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

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Passage RUFF in North Bucks

Our celebrity continues to summer on the Chess but due to restricted access, the bird cannot be seen without trespassing. Several SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS remain in the Misbourne Valley, whilst passage COMMON REDSTARTS continue to be seen, particularly the 3-4 east of Rowsham along the main track that runs parallel to the hedgerow running away to the south (and in the vicinity of the chalk mounds).

A single RUFF was a nice find at Manor Farm, Old Wolverton, with a WHIMBREL over too. Little Marlow was quiet but up to 8 YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS continue to be seen