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

Thursday, 6 January 2011

BLACK-TAILED GODWIT briefly at Caldecotte Lake

About half of the north lake is still frozen, but quite a few birds about. A male Goldeneye, Female Goosander and a real treat, BLACK-TAILED GODWIT. This bird stayed for about 15 minutes, long enough for a few pictures, and then headed off north. Most of the south lake is now free of ice, and the birds spread out, but I did manage to find another female Goosander (per Keith of NBBR)