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, 12 April 2011

No Gropper or Spot Shanks


Well, following a number of April days breaking all previous records to 1892, cooler NW winds set in overnight bringing a much fresher feel to the weather. In fact, temperatures returned to near normal at this time of year, ranging between 8 and 11 degrees C. It did remain fine and dry however.

After an abortive attempt at the Arundel WWT Little Crake all day yesterday, I decided to concentrate closer to home today and birded the Three Counties. It was a very productive day.......

LINFORD LAKES (or HESC as it is now officially known) (NORTH BUCKS)

No luck with the reeling Grasshopper Warbler here too (wrong time of day) but numerous singing warblers present including 7 Blackcaps, 3 Common Chiffchaff and 2 WILLOW WARBLERS along with a Common Treecreeper, Jay and several butterflies including Large White, Brimstone, Speckled Wood and my first two Commas of the year.

A drake and two female RED-CRESTED POCHARD were on the main lake to the right of the bund, with 8 Common Teal, 6 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler (4 drakes), 1 Oystercatcher, Common Tern, Barn Swallow and a pair of Coots nesting. The heronry was in full swing with two juvenile Grey Herons already fledged and 10 chicks being fed and two Little Egrets still sitting.


Some 5 Little Egrets were present, with the spit and environs yielding several Lapwings, a pair of OYSTERCATCHER, a GREEN SANDPIPER and 3 LITTLE RINGED PLOVERS, and 6 Common Terns roosting. Lingering wildfowl included 4 Common Teal and a drake Shoveler, whilst the reedbed in the SW corner harboured an early singing male WESTERN REED WARBLER.


Joined Warren Claydon and Tim Watts on a late afternoon visit but did not locate the two transitional-plumaged SPOTTED REDSHANKS that had been present earlier in the day (Mick A'Court) and yesterday evening. There was a very impressive 7 EURASIAN CURLEWS still present (much aerial display being undertaken), a single EUROPEAN GOLDEN PLOVER on the main reserve field, 1 Barn Swallow and a beautiful male YELLOW WAGTAIL briefly on the scrape. Some 40 Linnets were in the area, a male Yellowhammer and a COMMON RAVEN flew over with a full crop, incidentally being joined by two more as it flew high towards Brill.