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

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Manor Farm today

As Graham has stipulated, the possible Wood Sandpiper was in fact a juvenile Common Redshank - the second such identification confusion of this type in two days - and following on from the same misidentification at College Lake just under a month ago. Easily happens.

Manor Farm Workings was full of birds though - and huge potential - and now being managed by the Parks Trust who were on site detailing what they were going to do with the site. Interesting stuff - and following on the lines of Marston Vale. Talk of reedbeds again - cripes !

Anyhow, back to the birds - or waders

4 summer-plumaged DUNLIN on site, 2 adult COMMON SNIPES, 6 Little Ringed Plovers, the Oystercatcher pair, 168 Lapwing, 3 GREEN SANDPIPERS and 7 COMMON SANDPIPERS
96 Common Terns, a sickly sub-adult Common Gull, Coot with 3 chicks and two broods of Tufted Duck - a 4 and a 7