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, 26 February 2011

The Hillesden SHRIKE

See Tim Watts' superb images here -

Once the rain finally pushed away and the NW winds brought clearer conditions with some bright sunny spells, the adult NORTHERN GREY SHRIKE seen yesterday by Richard Broughton and I SW of Hillesden (Buckinghamshire) reappeared mid afternoon. It was again in the same area of farmland, favouring the cut hedgerows and old isolated Oak stumps east of Manor Farm, easily accessed from the muddy footpath leading 500 yards SW of Hillesden church

Park in the new car park adjacent to the church in Church End and take the track across the middle of the crop field down to the wooden bridge over the brook. Cross the next field and then view from just beyond the stile in the next field. The bird is typically wide-ranging but just check the hedgerows and trees, particularly to your left

Lee Evans