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, 29 January 2012

Today's Highlights

At Hedgerley Tip where I found an excellent selection of rare gulls last week, Steve Rodwell, Chris Hazell and others connected with both the juvenile GLAUCOUS and 2nd-winter ICELAND there today, as well as 3 different CASPIAN GULLS.

Dave Parmenter had a female LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER in Hillmott's Farm Wood, Hedgerley, and both Ted & Mike Wallen saw the 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS at Gallows Bridge and 4 Yellow-legged Gulls and a CASPIAN GULL on Calvert Sailing Lake.

A probable DUSKY WARBLER was also seen again by the pools at Hedgerley Landfill, but this area is strictly private and dangerous to access