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, 21 September 2010

The Wryneck at Bacomb Hill, Wendover

I should just like to thank the many of you that have either phoned or written to commend me on the help and advice given over the Wryneck - it is very much appreciated - and I am more than willing to help out at any time. It is therefore quite distressing to hear of the nonsensical tirade directed at me by a number of members of the Buckinghamshire Bird Club email group. I think I have a little more experience of migrant Wrynecks than most people and certainly know how best to consider the welfare of any bird. What I did find most distasteful was when I was originally trying to locate the bird from appalling directions on its first day, two BBC members let me walk back and forth past them without notifying me of the bird's presence - that's selfishness for you. Talking about me on an email group of which I have no direct access is also cowardly.