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

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Yet another Dorney SANDERLING - but video evidence proves it is a LITTLE STINT !

A visit this evening (Saturday 1 August) produced nothing until reaching the Seasonal Pool (1250m). On the pool feeding were 2 Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpiper. After sheltering from a heavy shower I scanned back along the Return Lake to find at about 900m 4 Common Redshank that had just flown in. Then a small wader flew over calling, luckily it flew back to land on the Seasonal Pool. I tentatively identified it as a SANDERLING. As I left just the waders were all feeding on the pool, no Lapwing or BHG's (Kevin Duncan)

Fortunately, Kevin videoed the 'Sanderling' and on perusal on his Dorney blogsite, the bird can be safely reidentified as an adult summer-plumaged LITTLE STINT.