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

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

WAXWINGS now up to 18

Looks like many of the smaller WAXWING flocks in our area are all joining up as Paul Boult has just 'phoned to say that there are now 18 birds where I saw them yesterday on Gatehouse Way, Aylesbury. So Rob (RDA), your assumption is correct, clearly more than one flock and explains why I could not find the first-year bird previously photographed. Well worth the visit, as by sitting in your vehicle, you can obtain brilliant views of these birds. If you walk around though, they will most likely fly off. There is enough berries in the area to keep Waxwings supplied for several weeks