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

Tuesday, 8 May 2012


On Saturday (5 May), Richard Billyard's 2 WHINCHAT remained at Kimblewick, whilst 4 were 400 yards east of canal bridge 14 at Broughton Trout Pools (LGRE) and one briefly on the spit at Marlow. This latter site also yielded a WHIMBREL and up to 20 WHEATEARS (Mike Wallen). A female COMMON REDSTART was seen at Stowe (Phil Tizzard), with the BAR-TAILED GODWIT still at Sherington Bridge Floods (Simon Nichols).

Five WHIMBREL remained at Gallows Bridge, as did the COMMON NIGHTINGALE at Bledlow but highlight of the day were a party of 3 COMMON CRANES that flew NNE along the line of the A404 Marlow Hill mid afternoon (Chris Heard).

On Sunday, a drake COMMON SCOTER and BLACK TERN were at Willen Lake South Basin.