Compared to most recent years, when for example I recorded 165 species in the county in 2011, 187 in 2012 and 173 in 2013, this has been a particularly poor one with just 157 species recorded by mid December - one of my worst years on record


It's all over - 2012 has come to an end. I managed a total of 187 out of the 198 species recorded all told in Buckinghamshire - 94% of the total - probably my highest-ever annual tally.

The current record is 191 species achieved in 2006 and held jointly by both Rob Hill and Simon Nichols

Tuesday, 25 August 2009


2 WHINCHAT in the hedge along the Pump Field immediately to the west of the lakes. Scanning along the length of the hedge I picked them up as first one, then the second landed on the top of the hedge about midway along it. I got reasonable views for about 20 seconds before they flicked down to the other side of the hedge. Despite 30 minutes of further observation I couldn't find them again in very breezy conditions.
Earlier there were 3 Greenshank on the Seasonal Pool (SP) though most of the time only 2 were visble the other favouring the out of sight north shore. No sign of the Ruff though I didn't check the reserve pool owing to threatening clouds, had already got soaked once!!
5 Teal on the SP.
20 Barn Swallows over the arboretum but bushes appeared quiet with just a couple of Chiffchaffs calling (Dave Cleal)