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

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Roosting LITTLE EGRETS continue to break records in North Bucks - 43 this evening

Rob Hill and I did a coordinated roost count @ Linford this evening 15.30 -16.40

One of the SHORT EARED OWLS was hunting the Paddocks as we drove past , along Swans Way

We set up counting position opp Tern Island , 2 LITTLE EGRETS (LE) were already in residence and a further 5 were roosting in the trees at the east edge along with the GREAT WHITE EGRET , within minutes another 4 had flown in (1 + 2 + 1 ) then at 15:50 an incredible flock of 30 birds headed in from the same direction as last night , along the river from Haversham and Bradwell ! ! Most of the flock dropped into the main lake and began washing and preening , then at 16.00 a single bird flew in making 42 birds onsite , at about 16.10 the GWE and 1 LE left towards Bradwell !? There was another 1 at 16.15 (previous bird returning) and then the GWE flew in at 16.20 , this time straight into the roost trees , almost immediately most of the onsite LE started to make their flight to the roost trees , there was another LE in at 16.21 to make an incredible 43 Little Egrets into roost ...... There were no more new arrivals in the next 20 minutes (Simon Nichols)