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, 29 August 2012

WOOD SANDPIPER still present

Taken through the scope - Dave Cleal's record shots of the WOOD SAND

The juvenile WOOD SANDPIPER was still present at Gallows Bridge BBOWT this morning, showing well with a Green Sandpiper in front of the hide; also 2 WHINCHATS still there (per Rod Scaife)

Last night, Warren Claydon had a juvenile MARSH HARRIER at Calvert Sailing Lake not that far away

Lots of COMMON REDSTARTS still around, including up to 9 at Rowsham, 11 on the Quainton Hills, 3 around Steps Hill and singles at Stowe and elsewhere; numerous WHINCHATS too

An OSPREY flew through College Lake on Saturday (Steve Rodwell)