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, 16 January 2010

No North Bucks Bittern

I met up briefly with Rob Norris this afternoon to check the reedbeds along the west side of the north lake at Willen. By 1620 we had not seen any Bitterns but did notch up – 3 Little Grebe, 3 drake Goosander roosting on the ice, 2 Greater Black Backed Gulls, 1 female Goldeneye amongst good numbers of wildfowl. A Common Redshank flew in and landed on the ice and walked amongst the geese and ducks standing on the ice. Rob earlier had at least 2 Water Rails near the sluice (in the North West corner) and 1 male Reed Bunting. Finally we had amazing views of a Water Rail walking on the ice near the duck feeding/fishing platform eating crumbs of bread put down by a family, obviously the bird was very hungry and not bothered by us stood nearby. Lastly, travelling East along the H6 at 16:40 I again spotted the Loughton Starling flock displaying over the Equestrian Centre, estimate 1 to 2000? birds at least (Paul Moon)