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, 28 November 2012

Mute Swan 677

Yesterday, I reported on a colour-ringed Mute Swan I saw at Watermead Park in Aylesbury

Today, its ringer Mike Reed, sent me some intriguing information

The bird was ringed as an adult in Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, on 5 May of this year, 206 days ago, and had moved 26 kilometres from there. It was accompanying two youngsters, so had presumably nested there or in Aylesbury. Interesting stuff