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, 4 December 2010

Beaconsfield WAXWING flock increasing


A temporary weekend thaw in proceedings is taking place with temperatures rising to a heady 4 degrees C and melting much of the lying snow. The warmer weather did bring very misty conditions though and later light rain.

WAXWINGS continue to be the main theme, even though the first-winter SANDERLING remains at Dorney Return Lakes, with the flock at Holtspur seemingly increasing.........

This morning, Beaconsfield birders Peter Stevens and Wally Smith have counted up to 30 birds, intermingling with the Common Starlings and commuting between the five Rowan trees in Beacon Close and the Hawthorn hedgerow berries adjacent to the field of the Beacon Sports Centre in Holtspur Way. The same berries are also attracting up to 20 Redwings, a Fieldfare, a Mistle Thrush and numerous Common Blackbirds. The Waxwings though are highly mobile and very erratic in their appearances here.

For example, Chris Hazell and I and at least 20 others searched from early afternoon through to 1500 hours and there was NO SIGN of them whatsoever - not here or in neighbouring parts of Beaconsfield. The berry crop is ample though and is sufficient to keep them there for several days.