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, 5 February 2012

College Lake and Weston Turville Reservoir today

Highlight of a visit to College Lake this afternoon were 3 Dunlin on themain lake. Two were feeding together on the west shore, with the other oneon the east shore and in flight a couple of times.On the water were 5 Goldeneye, the 2 Red-crested Pochards and good numbersof the usual species.

Called into Weston Turville for the last hour or so of light and was pleasedto see a Chinese Water Deer in the cleared area, followed shortly afterwardsby a Bittern in flight over the far left corner, viewed from the hide at1702hrs. A few minutes later I was joined by John Mason and at around 5.30pmanother Bittern flew out from the closer area of reeds in front of the hideand disappeared behind the clump of willows at the far side of the reedbed.At least 2 Little Egrets came into roost and 4+ Water Rails were calling (Rob Andrews)