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

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Waders on the move

With a notable passage of Barwits this morning from London and various Beds sites, I made a quick check of LMGP and Dorney Lake from 9:30am to 11am (probably too late!).

LMGP – just the regular 2 LRPs, but 6 Shelduck, with 4 flying in from the SE at 9:45am to join the regular pair.

Dorney Lake – a single COMMON GREENSHANK on the Reserve Pool and 1-2 LRPs at the start of the return lake. At 11am a familiar tew tew tew call near the Seasonal Pool made me think the earlier Greenshank was flying, but a flock of 4 descended from quite a height and had obviously just arrived. They flew into the Seasonal Pool. I could not see the single bird on the RP on my return, so this may have joined the arriving flock. Also 2 Shelduck, 2 Common Terns, 2 Swifts over and c40 House Martins with a few Swallows and sand Martins.

Adam Bassett