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

Monday, 8 November 2010

Walton Lake BEARDIES still in situ

The BEARDED TITS remain at Walton BL this morning.Having been away since Thursday night, this morning was the first chance I've had to look for Paul's 4 Bearded Tits. Unfortunately the weather was less than helpful; I was on site from dawn, confronted with persistent and frequently very heavy rain and regular strong gusts of wind.

Hardly good Bearded Tit weather...

At 08:05 3+ Bearded Tits put in a brief performance; I was looking right from the boardwalk where the hide used to be. Despite staying until 09:30, there was no further sight nor sound; the birds keeping their head down feeding I guess.

3-4 WATER RAILS called at various times, and the surprise of the morning was a WOODCOCK which flew over giving great views just before 09:00! (Ben Miller)