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, 2 January 2010

MED GULL at Spade Oak

I decided to look at the Little Marlow Gravel Pit gull roost this afternoon and almost the first bird I looked at was an adult winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL. First seen on the far side of spit right of island looking from the bench on the west side, it later washed and then flew to spit on right of island when I lost it at about 4pm.

Immature PEREGRINE spooked everything shortly afterwards and took a couple of half-hearted passes and then flew off east.

5 Little Egrets were roosting on the same branch right of the island at 4:30pm, although I didn't see any of them fly in (Adam Bassett)