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, 3 May 2012

Another highly eventful day

The day began with a flock of 9 BAR-TAILED GODWITS briefly on the main marsh at College Lake BBOWT (Chris Trew). Tim Watts then had 4 WHIMBREL and a GREENSHANK at Gallows Bridge before Rob Norris found a nice male BAR-TAILED GODWIT at the Sherington Bridge Floods (seen later by LGRE and others). Simon Nichols then found a breeding-plumaged GREY PLOVER at Manor Farm, Old Wolverton, with 7 DUNLIN and 3 TUNDRA RINGED PLOVER there also (Chris Gleadell, LGRE).

Richard Billyard had another BAR-TAILED GODWIT and 3 WHINCHATS at his farm at Kimblewick, with 2 of the latter still present at the Pump Lane Horse Paddocks in Marlow Bottom (Rosalind Stevens).

At Bledlow, the singing male COMMON NIGHTINGALE remains (Dave Parmenter)