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, 9 April 2012

A Day on QUAINTON HILLS - 06 April - Tim Watts

Spent seven hrs trying various spots on tops and surrounding fields and in the end a very good day!

Common Chiffchaffs base level and tops/ Northern Wheatear at base level in a tree!/ c30 Fieldfare + 3 Redwing base, c 350 Fieldfare on tops/ 6 Song Thrush together in paddock on top (migrants)/ another 7 Northern Wheatear found in 3 different areas.

Had tried a lot of hotspots for Redstart/ Ring Ouzel with no luck but seems was looking in wrong areas, both found late in day, not on tops/slopes but at ground level at base of hills. Male COMMON REDSTART at bottom of Sth slopes, very, very wary. Fed mostly from inside hedgeline.

Virtually last stop of day at base of East slopes, found a Female RING OUZEL feeding in a field. Checked this field countless times over years and only ever had 1 Stonechat, so scanned from roadside gate. I was very pleased to see the Ouzel but not pleased it saw me!! It went into hedgeline, watched for long time from distance trying both sides of hedge, other fields but didn't see it again. This was two fields from base of hills and damper and these are areas been looking at as top of hills (Tim Watts)