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, 5 January 2010

GLAUCOUS GULL still at Calvert

Calvert lakes & tip - Warren Claydon had the juvenile GLAUCOUS GULL again this morning, whilst the BBOWT lake also held a minimum of 7 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, plus 1 Dabchick. A loafing flock of gulls just south of the tip held 1 adult CASPIAN GULL, and there were an impressive 39 Red Kites there too, mostly perched in trees looking cold.

Foxcote Reservoir - the drake RING-NECKED DUCK still, plus 7 Goldeneye & 541 Wigeon.

Hyde Lane - an immature Peregrine over the field just west of HL, in hot pursuit of a Snipe (Rob Hill and others)