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

FERRUGONIUS DUCK overnights it and then gets spooked and disappears

Located the female-type FERRUGINOUS DUCK at Linford Lake at 8.20am in a small group of Pochard and Tufted Duck, from the Far Hide near the far bank by corner of lake near the mill. Observed for 5 minutes when the whole group was spooked. Unable to see in which direction it flew. Spent a further 30 minutes without success. Went to the Near Hide to search but without success again! Also present 2 Common Redshanks and 2 Oystercatchers (Mal McGar)