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, 18 August 2009

Now 2 RUFF at Dorney

Arrived at the Seasonal Pool this morning to see no visible waders. After a short wait they appeared in view from the near bank. First two COMMON GREENSHANK then the Ringed Plover and the juvenile RUFF. At 07:38 the two Greenshank flew east. Over the Reserve Pool a third bird joined them. They landed along the Return Lake then continued east over the Thames and appeared to come down near to Bray GP(Berks). Walked to check Bray GP but no sign.

Returned to the Seasonal Pool to find 3 Greenshank on it and another bird along the Return Lake. Will never know if the three are returning birds or new in. Could be a total of 7 Greenshank seen today. There was also a second juvenile RUFF. They were being chased around the Seasonal Pool by about 20 Jackdaws. Finally they were allowed to feed in peace.

Viewed from the causeway between the Rowing Lakes.

Also a site record of five other birders seen! (Kevin Duncan)