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

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

More WAXWINGS in Milton Keynes - at Downhead Park

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY: Firstly a Happy New Year to everybody that reads this. And secondly, Yes Yes Yes, WAXWINGS in my garden...well, almost! Flock of 30+ in trees along redway behind Coberley Close and Colesbourne Drive. They seemed to be interested in something the other side of the redway which I could not see. Present from approx 2.45 - 3.15. I have a cotoneaster in my garden full of red berries and was willing them to spot it but no luck. Will watch again tomorrow but have to go to work. Never thought I'd see waxwings without even having to go out! My wife said I actually got excited...

Also briefly in my garden today a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Sparrowhawk whizzed through (Chris James)