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, 5 July 2011

TURTLE DOVES at Calvert - Saturday 2 July

Just back from a long holiday in Canada and have been out of birding communication. Just to let you know I had two EUROPEAN TURTLE DOVES while doing my TTV at Calvert Jubilee on Saturday morning about 8.30 am. They flew into the thick bushes in the north east corner on the old railway line from a northerly direction. I spent some time in the area after the TTV but had no purring or further sign of them. I suggest approaching from the old railway bridge about a third of the way down the reserve and walking north along the track bed as that way you have a better chance of seeing birds break cover (Richard Birch)