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

Saturday, 1 January 2011

WHOOPER SWAN still present

The adult WHOOPER SWAN was still present this morning in amongst the huge mixed Greylag/ Canada/ Mute Swan flock.Other than part of Motorway Pit all of the Lakes are frozen, but still 300 plus Wigeon and smaller numbers of Mallard, Tufteds,Pochard, Gadwall and Teal. Also Little Egret and 5 Siskins.

Up at Quarryhall, 40 plus Skylarks and a mixed flock contained 30 Yellowhammers, several Goldfinch, Chaffinches, Greenfinches and a single Tree Sparrow (Robert Norris)