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

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

North Bucks WHINCHAT present for its 29th day

A few interesting birds around North Bucks today,

Olney Meadows this morning: RED KITE.

Ravenstone S.T.W. lunchtime: Despite the crop on both sides of the track having been harvested, the WHINCHAT is still present (29 days now) but now on the fence at the top of the 'Wheatear Bank' and viewable from the main road.

Also loitering was a pair of COMMON RAVENS which were last seen to land in the field opposite with the sheep. Down at the works the family party of 5 GREY WAGTAILS were enjoying their ride on the carousel (when it stopped they flew off!). Also a family party of 5 LESSER WHITETHROATS were flycatching from a pile of branches. I heard a KINGFISHER but didn't see it- never seen one here before.

Gayhurst Quarry, in the rain this afternoon: Just 2 COMMON SANDPIPERS and 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 3 LITTLE GREBES including fully grown youngster, LITTLE OWL, TUFTED DUCKS with broods of 5 and 7 and screaming young EURASIAN SPARROWHAWKS in the wood.

Quarryhall Bean field, also this afternoon: Still 2 YELLOW WAGTAILS, around a dozen LINNETS and several SKYLARKS (Robert Norris)