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

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Manor Farm today - 30 APRIL

Whilst not competing with elsewhere still some stuff of interest today.

The 'sumplum' Dunlin found by Simon Nichols earlier still on site as were another pair, one in summer, one in transitional plumage in the inlet as was a Common Sandpiper. Little Ringed Plover numbers appear to has risen again given how easy they were to find, also a single Ringed Plover. A pair of Oystercatcher also about as were three Little Egrets.

Alongside five Common Tern two Arctic Terns dropped in late afternoon. A White Wagtail and a handful of Yellow Wagtails can still be found on site. Out on the water was a drake Common Shelduck.

Bird of the day though a Hobby, who not only hunted at close quarters along Back Brook but put in several strafing runs along the channels between the islands out on the water at breakneck speed.

A fine day...Chris Gleadell