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

Sunday, 3 April 2011

BLACK REDSTART on Quainton Hills

Next to the transmitter field on summit of Quainton Hills there was a fem type BLACK REDSTART this morning; it's in an area of old farm machinery,off public footpath but spotted from main path over the top.It is super wary and I spent near on 2hrs, including a later re-visit trying and failing to get pic of it. Although sat down in camo-type clothing it knew I was about and would just pop up for 4 secs in different spot each time and completely disappear for 15 mins!!

This is 3rd one had in this general area,all about same time of year and only ever managed one chronic record shot!

Also 10 NORTHERN WHEATEARS, 5 spread over North slopes from top to paddocks at bottom, 4 together base of East slopes and 1 on top of Denham hill. Small but noticable increase in Blackbirds on tops and large flock of c400 Fieldfare on Denham Hill (Tim Watts)