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

Saturday, 29 August 2009

North Bucks GARGANEY

On spinney Pit this morning (Friday 28 August) a female-type GARGANEY was keeping company of a male Shoveler and 8 Gadwall. Just one Common Sandpiper and one Green Sandpiper were on the Fishing Pit.

Around the site were 4 Little Egret, 4 Little Grebe and Tufted Duck broods of 7, 4 and 3; also a noticeable movement of Sand Martins through.

Up at Quarryhall which was surprisingly sheltered from the wind was a lone Spotted Flycatcher and a Hobby flew through. On the way back up a Sparrowhawk was being mobbed by several Swallows and 3 Yellow Wagtails as it flew over (Robert Norris)