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

Thursday, 1 March 2012

News from the west of the county today

Two pairs of Curlews with possibly a singleton along with a pair of Grey Partridges, a Merlin and a Short-eared Owl were enjoying the warm, sunny weather at Gallows Bridge. In addition there were numerous Red Kites and Buzzards, 4 Ravens, 15 Fieldfares, several Kestrels and 10 or so Skylarks.

At Calvert BBOWT the immature Iceland Gull was showing quite well but at a distance from the top hide. Its two-tone bill showed very clear (Ken Earnshaw)