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

Wednesday, 14 July 2010


A quick visit pre school pick-up found a large group of 200+ large gulls loafing on the Spade Oak Gravel Pit spit, which contained a surprisingly higher percentage of Herring Gulls than LBB. Also found in the group were 6 Yellow-legged Gulls, 5 adults and a second summer and also an intriguing gull that showed a lot of features of second summer Caspian - unfortunately I had to leave before I could see all conclusive features. None of the yellow legs appeared to be wearing a ring, although a 2S Herring had a white ring on its right leg that I couldn't read and a juv LBB had a red ring that I also couldn't read - note to self, need higher magnification!

Also present, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 adult LRP, a juv Little Egret and 5 Shoveler (per Adam Bassett).