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, 5 June 2010

MONTAGU'S failure

The returning pair of MONTAGU'S HARRIERS in west Bucks/Oxon has sadly deserted its cereal crop nest for unknown reasons, with no sign of either bird in six hours of searching today. Otherwise, very quiet, but 5 'purring' male EUROPEAN TURTLE DOVES at one site was highly noteworthy. RED KITE censusing revealed the presence of well over 70 pairs on the west Chilterns escarpment but no Eurasian Honey Buzzards have returned yet, and few Common Quails. LONG-EARED OWLS are again feeding young at one regular site, with two pairs of EURASIAN CURLEW now breeding and PEREGRINES feeding three well-grown chicks at one protected site (LGRE)