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, 8 January 2012

GOOSANDERS in West Bucks

I saw 11 GOOSANDERS this morning, 5 males and 6 females. Michael Hunt has reported 11 also, but 8 males and 3 females. Mine were not in Stowe Gardens, but on a small lake behind Stowe Castle, so possibly a different group. This suggests that there are at least 14 in the area (8 males, and 6 females)and maybe as many as 22 (Phil Tizzard)