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

Thursday, 25 March 2010

.And another county round-up with Ben Miller

With the reason for my planned morning trip to Linford cruelly gone, it was back to the Tring area early doors, where the theme of Wildfowl movement continued.

At College Lake, there was no sign of the 5 Goldeneye from yesterday, and Shoveler numbers were also down. Just the usual 2 Oystercatchers and 6 Redshanks.

The drake Red-crested Pochard was on Startops with 2 Barn Swallows, whilst the presumably plastic female Pintail has re-appeared to take bread with the Mallards on Marsworth.

This afternoon I tried to avoid the rain (and failed) to check a few sites, with just limited success;

Calvert - Cetti's singing, 1 Common Snipe, 3 Barn Swallows
Mid-Bucks - 4 Curlews
Weston Turville - 1 Little Egret
Wilstone (Herts) - Roy's Northern Wheatear still sat on the fence between the reservoir and Cemetery corner; hopefully it had moved at some point in the intervening 9 hours....
Pitstone Ind Estate - 2 Ringed Plovers still, but no sign of the LRP of yesterday.

Cheers & Good Spring Birdfinding,

Ben Miller