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

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Today's News - GWE, GND and two HEN HARRIERS

The juvenile GREAT NORTHERN DIVER was still present at Caldecotte Lake today until at least 10.30, covering huge areas of both the North and South lakes; it can literally disappear in front of your eyes; 6 Siskin over and 2 Little Egrets also (per Mike Wallen) (see Malcolm Stewart's superb images above)

Nearby, the wintering GREAT WHITE EGRET is still present at Linford NR and in the west of the county, Warren Claydon has confirmed the presence of two HEN HARRIERS at Gallows Bridge Farm, the original adult female that Warren and I both saw and the juvenile that has been present for a couple of weeks now