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

Monday, 12 March 2012

Another KITTIWAKE at Calvert

At 1015 hours tonight, over four hours after it got dark, Steve Rodwell posted a message on the Bucks Bird Club website informing of an adult KITTIWAKE that he and another Calvert regular saw roost this evening (along with the regular 2nd-winter ICELAND GULL). I had not heard of the sighting prior to its posting.

Not that far away, the ringtail HEN HARRIER was still present at Gallows Bridge this morning.

Dissemination of rare bird news in the county has sadly taken a step backwards in many cases, with Calvert in particular being a lost cause. The argument put forward is that the majority of birds are found just prior to dark and are not worth putting it out. Each to his own I suppose....