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

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Ageing the Aylesbury WAXWINGS

Michael Stallman has very kindly emailed me these two excellent images from Gatehouse Way in Aylesbury, allowing me an opportunity to write a short piece on ageing Waxwings.

The bird in the lower image is an ADULT MALE, typified by its broad pale yellow terminal tail-band and sharply defined black throat patch. Males also have more striking red waxing on the wing. Adult females have a much narrower yellow tail band and a relatively poorly-defined black throat patch. Both adults have clearly visible white tips to the primaries.

FIRST-YEARS, such as the bird in the top image, have a very thin yellow terminal tail-band and lack the white primary tips, possessing just pale fringes to the outer webs.