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, 29 June 2010

COMMON SANDPIPERS return - autumn passage commences

My first Common Sandpiper of the 'autumn' today - at GAYHURST PITS.

Otherwise, lots of young birds around including noisy Kingfishers on the bottom end of Motorway Pit and even noisier Green Woodpeckers spread around the wood area. Lapwing with two small young seen, also Great crested Grebe.

The nesting Common Terns on the big island seem to have disappeared, but at least 8 pairs on the flat island have young of all sizes.

The breeding Mute Swans are intriguing. The pair on Motorway Pit have four young, 3 being the normal grey and one almost pure white. The pair on the Reedy Pit have 5 young, 4 of which are grey and the other one being also pure white.

Up at Quarryhall 4 male Yellow Wagtails with several young birds, also juvenile Grey Wagtail by the weir. Also good view of a Signal Crayfish walking along bottom of the river (Rob Norris)