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, 13 May 2011

Little Marlow wader passage today - 01 MAY

An interesting period of wader passage. Seemingly not turning up the numbers of passage waders seen at other nearby sites, but still getting a reasonable throughput. Spurred on by the 4 Barwits on Friday am and large numbers seen elsewhere, I made a quick check of the pit between 8 and 9am on Saturday 30th (all that time allowed) and the only new bird in was a Ringed Plover. In the evening, the Little Rings had swelled to 5 birds. Another early start today, pre 6am, and 4 Common Sands were new in on the spit, with the Ringed Plover remaining, but frustratingly nothing else was seen up to 8:15am (when I got the call for my fry-up, so had to go!). Typically, Alan Stevens texted at 8:45am as 3 Turnstones had arrived on the spit. I couldn’t make it back out until 11:15am, when a quick search for the Turnstones found that they had departed, but a Wood Sandpiper had taken their place! A fun weekend indeed – what will tomorrow bring! (Adam Bassett)