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

Sunday, 2 January 2011

82 WAXWINGS in Aylesbury

The flock returned to Griffin Lane in Aylesbury. Birds were typically moving around and coming and going. Maximum size was 82. They do fly over the railway line into the Fairford leys estate, where some were seen in Arncott Way late afternoon. Still present to 3pm at least.
Perhaps the strangest sight was seeing c40-50 go down inside a skip, presumably to drink from melt water there.

The whole afternoon was brilliant, getting people onto their first ever Waxwings and delighting children and adults alike who stopped to look. Fantastic stuff (Mike Wallen)