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, 15 July 2012

REDSTARTS and returning waders

COMMON REDSTARTS, presumably early returning Midlands passage birds, were seen at Quainton Hills and Rowsham today (2 individuals at both sites).....

There were also a few more returning waders, with 2 ICELANDIC BLACK-TAILED GODWITS and 2 Dunlins at Manor Farm and a single Dunlin at College Lake BBOWT

Undoubted highlight was a EUROPEAN TURTLE DOVE on territory at Pitstone Green, near Ivinghoe, possibly the bird seen earlier near Long Marston in June

A juvenile COMMON NIGHTINGALE near Ascott follows up to 5 singing males there in May.

What was probably the female LITTLE BITTERN was glimpsed at a private site in the south of the county today.