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

Monday, 14 June 2010

13 June breeding GREY and YELLOW WAGTAILS, a migrant DUNLIN and TREE SPARROW

A very enjoyable walk around Gayhurst Quarry and Quarryhall this morning (13 June). First off, by the side of the wood a very agitated Marsh Tit, so suspect nesting nearby.

On the Fishing Pit 15 Lapwing, a Little Ringed Plover and a summer plumaged DUNLIN, also a lingering drake Wigeon.

Spinney Pit had a Little Egret and a pair of Little Grebe. On Motorway Pit 2 Oystercatchers and 20 plus Common Tern.

The weir on the second river had a pair of Grey Wagtail with beakfulls of insects, so obviously a nest of youngsters nearby.

Walking across to Quarryhall, no less than 3 pairs of Yellow Wagtails harassed me as I walked through the cornfield, each with beakfulls of insects, so more young around. Skylarks were everywhere and 3 Stock Doves flew out of the corn. At the Quarry itself 2 or 3 Yellowhammers and a Tree Sparrow were present (Rob Norris)