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, 11 March 2012

North Bucks today

A few sightings from the north today.

Concrete Cows: one of the 3 regular Bancroft Stream Little Egrets was in the Paddock behind the "cows" as i drove past.

Emerson Valley 1 Buzzard over heading north Furzton Lake 10 Greylags was the only thing of note CMK I know its 15 days too early , but thought i would check ! 1 Meadow Pipit and 1 singing Skylark

Willen Lake North 1 REDSHANK, 12 Goldeneyes , 2 Goosander (Pair), 6 Teal , 2 Stock Doves Honda Garage on H5 A kettle of 6 Common Buzzards over the H5 heading towards Broughton Gravel Pits alongside M1 2 GREEN SANDPIPERS , 4 Teal

Linford (13:00) As well as the afore mentioned FERRUGINOUS DUCK by Heron Island ( or weird Aythya as it was then ) , Andy Harding and I counted a minimum of 8 Little Egrets and 20 Grey Herons, good numbers of Pochard , Tufted Duck and Wigeon remain, 1 Buzzard was soaring over the reserve.

Linford (17:45 - 18:15) The FERRUGINOUS DUCKwas showing well behind the bund , feeding with Pochard and Tufted Duck , 1 BARN OWL was sitiing in the entrance hole of the right hand Owl box , a distant CETTIS WARBLER was holding territory on the far bank.

Other news - Andy had 2 Red Crested Pochard on Dovecote (Private) and a lady by the name of Janet had a PEREGRINE feeding on a Black Headed Gull at Campbell Park on Thursday , the Willow Tit was reported from the Tree hide again today at Linford.

Chris Coppock had a GREEN SANDPIPER at Stony Stratford Nature Reserve (SSNR).

Simon Nichols