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, 12 June 2012

BLACK-NECKED GREBE relocates to Foxcote

BLACK-NECKED GREBE in summer plumage present at Foxcote Reservoir 09:30 -10:00 when I left. Out beyond the tern rafts. Presumably that from Calvert Sailing Lake
Also at Foxcote:

15 Common Terns, at least 5 nests of which 1 with 2 well grown chicks and 1 with a small chick peeking out from mum's wing. The other 3 having a parent bird sitting tight.

2 Cormorants, 4 Gt-crested Grebes, 2 Mute Swans, 5 Tufted Ducks, about 10 Coot and a fair number of Swifts and House Martins.

Ken Earnshaw