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

Birds galore - Wednesday 2 May

Mark McKeown heard a COMMON NIGHTINGALE singing constantly in Bledlow village from 1130 to 0200 hours this morning and again at 1100 hours. It was singing from the side of a railway cutting and was ranging 50-100 yards beyond the 15 mph sign on the railway line running west from the village (Park by the Lions pub and then walk diagonally across the oilseed rape field to the line and then 200 yards west beyond the cricket field). The bird was still singing early afternoon (Mike Collard, Adam Bassett, Warren Claydon) but became much more elusive by late afternoon (Dave Parmenter, LGRE).

A COMMON REDSTART was seen by the aquaduct at Ouse Valley park (Paul Dowdle), with a pair of RING OUZELS at the west end of Manor Farm Workings, Old Wolverton (Chris Gleadell). The latter site also hosted a LITTLE TERN for just 5 minutes at 1900 hours (Rob Hill) before departing east, with the 2 summer-plumaged DUNLINS still there.

Simon Nichols and Rob Hill had a summer-plumaged TURNSTONE on the ski-raft at Willen South Basin, with the 9 WHIMBREL still in residence at Gallows Bridge (Tim Watts) and the summer-plumaged BLACK-TAILED GODWIT at Dorney Rowing Lakes (Dave Ferguson). A further DUNLIN and a COMMON CUCKOO were at Spade Oak (Ben Miller), with two new WHINCHATS (a male and a female this time) in the northern section of the Pump Lane horse paddocks, Marlow Bottom (David Cox et al).

A flock of 5 LITTLE GULLS flew east through Manor Farm (Chris Gleadell), whilst later in the day, Rob Norris discovered a transitional-plumaged GREY PLOVER and 3 SANDERLINGS on extensive floodwaters to the NW of Sherington Bridge, NE of Newport Pagnell