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, 6 November 2010

WHOOPERS arrive at Linford

A splendid north Bucks morning, starting with the 4 BEARDED TITS at Walton, showing well as they moved through the reeds right next to the boardwalk, calling repeatedly. Myself and Simon think there may - may - be a fifth bird in there, but as far as I'm aware the total thus far is still 4. Also 8 Siskin over, a few Redwing, and 3 Water Rail.

Moving to Linford, there was a Marsh Tit in the car park, 16 Snipe circled the lake several times before heading off towards Haversham Mill, and a flock of c12 Siskin also contained 2 Lesser Redpoll. Then scanning through the Mutes, I found 3 WHOOPER SWANS. They initially looked nervous, trumpeting away before flying off low west. Luckily they were only circuiting the lake, and they landed again in front of near hide, eventually looking a lot more settled. If we're lucky they'll spend a prolonged period of time in the Ouse valley.

Also at Linford, c160 migrating Woodpigeons, flying high south-west in 3 flocks, something I haven't paid too much attention to before. Excellent morning! Rob Hill