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, 10 January 2011

The sighting history of the 15 vagrant BARNACLE GEESE currently wintering at Dorney Lakes

Kevin Duncan very kindly put this summary together. I am of the opinion that these birds are of Continental origin and arrived during the cold spell with up to 1,600 other Barnacle Geese forced out by the freeze. Many of these Dutch birds of course are naturalised.

The following is list of the sightings of the 16 now 15 Barnacle Geese.

06/12: 16 first seen at Island Barn Reservoir, Surrey
14/12: Dorney Lake, Bucks
17/12: Dorney Lake, Bucks

Not seen when the snow was on the ground

30/12 Dorney Lake/Dorney Wetlands now reduced to 15 birds
01/01 Dorney Wetlands
02/01 Jubilee River, Marsh Lane, Bucks
08/01 Dorney Lake, Bucks
09/01 Dorney Lake, Bucks
10/01 Dorney Lake, Bucks