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, 31 May 2012

A productive second half of May

A SANDERLING was at Spade Oak Pit, Little Marlow, on 18 May (Adam Bassett et al), the same day a BLACK TERN appeared at Willen South Basin (Rob Hill). Next day, Rob and Lucy discovered a CATTLE EGRET at Manor Farm and this bird remained in the area and at Haversham Mill for three days.

A female RUFF paid a 3-day sojourn at College Lake from 20-22 May, where the pair of COMMON SHELDUCKS fledged 11 young. A TURNSTONE was at Caldecotte Lake on 21 May (Peter Lyons), the same day a MARSH HARRIER appeared at Gallows Bridge (Jackie Newcombe) and a superb first-summer male RED-FOOTED FALCON was besides the Jubilee River 400 yards of Marsh Lane Weir (and still present until late morning next day).

On 26 May, Rob and Lucy had a pair of GARGANEY, 2 COMMON GREENSHANKS and a SANDERLING at Manor Farm, whilst a single GREENSHANK was at Spade Oak on 29 May.