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, 29 April 2011

A big BAR-WIT day

A flock of 4 BAR-TAILED GODWITS flew into Little Marlow Gravel Pits at 5:55am, with 3 remaining until 7am at least when I left. Also 2 Green Sandpipers were new in. A Common Cuckoo calling in the wood flew off west (Adam Bassett)

Meanwhile, a major passage of BAR-TAILED GODWITS was felt at Tring Reservoirs, with College Lake attracting 7 of these, a cracking male stopping and feeding on the main marsh throughout the rest of the day (Dave Bilcock et al). Dave counted a total of 80 birds move east in total.