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, 21 January 2011

Calvert area today

Did the gull roost with Warren Claydon and amongst the biggest roost of the Winter.

Warren spotted a 3rd W ICELAND GULL on the BBOWT Lake. It has white primaries, very light grey mantle, small amount retained immature plumage and dull yellow bill; viewed at very long range. At least one adult CASPIAN GULL still present.We

We looked for the Iceland on main sailing roost but couldn't spot it amongst the huge roost in bad light.

Also redhead GOOSANDER, 1-2 BITTERNS seen in flight and BLACK-NECKED GREBE still on sailing lake by reedbed on East bank (per Tim Watts)