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, 22 February 2011

First OYSTERCATCHER in North Bucks for the year

First Oystercatcher back today on Motorway Pit at Gayhurst, also 90 Lapwings and 5 Little Egrets. The Whooper Swan is still present, but was down on the grass fields just below Quarryhall Farm with around 40 Mutes. At Quarryhall itself 2 to 3 Tree Sparrows in the Chaffinch flock.

Yesterday, a Curlew was back at the traditional site in the far north of the county (Robert Norris).

At the Upper Ray Meadows today, all 5 CURLEW remained present, both Peregrines, 2 Pintail and at least 8 DUNLINS (Tim Watts) whilst the BLACK-NECKED GREBE was still at Calvert Sailing Lake (Warren Claydon)