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

Friday, 11 March 2011

NORTHERN GREY SHRIKE still in Hillesden Area

Gallows bridge; 4 Curlew with 2 of these giving splendid close range views inthe pool in front of hides/ male MERLIN bombed over main meadow, chased Skylarks and perched on North side of main meadow/ male Stonechat/ 65 Teal visible/1 Meadow Pipit. Earlier in week, 181 Golden Plover bathing on main flood, a few of these starting to show breeding pumage.

Calvert; Black necked Grebe still on sailing lake.

Hillesden; NORTHERN GREY SHRIKE still, at 11;45 it was feeding from the overhead wires, near valley bottom on path from church car park.Visible from car park.

On the pools there were 2 Oystercatcher/ 1 Common Redshank/ 1 Green Sandpiper/ 1 Little Egret/selection of duck species/ 11 Lapwing/ 3 Snipe (Tim Watts)