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, 16 April 2012

Sexing and Ageing RING OUZELS

At this time of year, sexing and ageing RING OUZELS can be very difficult and is reliant on extremely good views being obtained - separating some first-year males from females is almost impossible. Anyway, Martin Parr has obtained some nice images from Ivinghoe Beacon today illustrating some of the differences -

The bottom two images are of a cracking adult male, with extensive yellow bill and well defined black and white plumage, whilst the next four are most likely an adult female. The two birds at the very top of the page seem most likely to be first-summer males.