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, 15 August 2009


A pleasant walk up the footpath opposite Kiln Lane produced a Hobby taking a dive at 20ish Barn Swallows. A GARDEN WARBLER was feeding in an Elder Tree. 2 Common Buzzards and several Red Kites. Unfortunately no Quail but hundreds of red legged Partridges which the farmer confirmed had recently been released. He also said that 4 years ago they released some Grey Partridges of which some were still around. A Kestrel being mobbed by 2 Carrion Crows, a Magpie & a Red Kite had probably had better days!

A quick trip to Springfield Farm allowed me to catch up with the 3 COMMON RAVENS spotted there the other day. All 3 were initially flying over the mounds but later flew into the field to the west of the farm buildings allowing views on the ground (Dave Cleal)