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

Friday, 24 December 2010

More Waxwings on Oldbrook this lunchtime - about 25 seen perched in trees along Underwood Place as I was driving past, then half hour later, as I was driving back, 100+ flew over north. They are probably still on the estate somewhere.

Earlier, the adult Whooper Swan was still at Gayhurst Quarry, and at the Little Linford Wood maize strip, still 68 Tree Sparrow and about 50 Reed Buntings.

A Little Egret was on the ice at Tongwell, but ducks numbers at Willen are well down on last week, with 8 Goosanders being the pick of them.

Merry Christmas to all (Rob Hill)