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

Thursday, 22 November 2012

WAXWING circus continues

All 20 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS spent long periods feeding on the berry-laden bushes in Aylesbury today, showing well from at least 0830 to 1400 hours. The flock includes three first-winters. They were again favouring the same two berry busges adjacent to the Micha building in Gatehouse Way.

There were large numbers of admirers, both birders and general public, as well as local journalists, including a team from the Bucks Herald. This is a very busy road, so parking is limited. Lots of great photographs were taken by the myriad of photographers on site.

I expect the flock number to rise considerable over coming weeks