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

Friday, 24 February 2012

CURLEWS back at Upper Ray Meadows

Gallows Bridge 14.00-16.30

In field left of car park 5 Canada Geese by large pool of water and
great views of a pair of hares. All the usual residents - Red Kites, Kestrel
and flock of mixed finches and Skylarks singing overhead. In the right-hand
old crop field 4 Red-legged Partridges and pheasants.

Highlight was a Curlew in the grass field from the second hide. It wasn't
visible for a while because of the furrows on the far side from which it
emerged (see rather distant photo's). As I reached the car park I heard
a Curlew calling and one flew in from the left. The other joined it circling
overhead and they flew down into the pool areas in front of the hides.

I decided not to go back to get better views of them because the hedges
in that area have been re-laid and do not provide any screening for approaching
watchers. I didn't want to flush them.

Kind regards.

Sally Douglas