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, 12 January 2010

Foxcote in the freeze

Foxcote Reservoir was still largely covered with ice this afternoon, except for two patches of open water; one in front of the hide and one close to the east shore, which was where the majority of the action was. Here there were 108 Wigeon, 52 Mallard and single figure counts of Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Pochard, Teal and Goldeneye, plus 211 Coots. The patch in front of the hide held 8 Common Goldeneye plus two drake GOOSANDERS which came in and left again after 15 mins. An odd sight was a Great Crested Grebe, which repeatedly got up "on its hind legs" to walk across the ice! (Phil Tizzard)