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, 5 December 2012


Rod Scaife discovered 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS today at Foxcote Reservoir (from the hide), incredible after I had left Elaine at the Waxwings and said to her I was off to search for that species !

Adam Bassett had a redhead GOOSANDER and a 'new' unringed first-winter CASPIAN GULL too - at Spade Oak Pit, Little Marlow.

Still at least 34 WAXWINGS hanging around Gatehouse Way but not doing much feeding