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, 26 August 2010

PIED FLYCATCHER in Marlow Bottom garden

I sat down at lunchtime and looked at the back garden - there was a slight break in the weather and a bit of blue sky actually appeared fleetingly. A large flock of tits was moving through the silver birches and oak at the bottom of the garden and into the beech wood that lies adjacent to the property. It comprised Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed Tits in quite large numbers, but little else could be picked out other than 2 Willow Warblers and a Nuthatch. At 12:30pm, a female/immature type PIED FLYCATCHER landed in my field of view in a silver birch and promptly disappeared. Slightly disbelieving, I watched the spot and luckily it reappeared and I was able to watch it for a couple of minutes before it moved off with the flock through the wood. This emulates a similar occurrence from 2004 when a fem/imm type Pied Fly was seen in the same silver birch before moving off through the wood in a similar manner (Adam Bassett)