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, 6 December 2010


When I first saw them, they were feeding on the white berries on a row of sorbus trees in the part of Bessemer Court nearest to John Lewis depot. Later they were resting and preening in a nearby tree. This is close to where I saw some last week, so they must be staying around here for a while. There were at least 19 birds today.

A quick look at Willen later found amongst the usual ducks, 3 male goosander and 2 goldeneye (Tony Garner)