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, 19 December 2012

WAXWINGS at Wolverton Works

Yes, Wolverton Works.

Around 40 WAXWINGS this afternoon (Tuesday) down the 'Black Boards' path at the far western end of the railway works between Wolverton & Old Wolverton. They were flitting down into the gulleys between the roof apex on the Works buildings where I guess water was collecting. Still in area on leaving in gardens alongside, soouth side of Longville, Old Wolverton.

100 yards further north on Manor Farm Workings, 9 Goosander (6 drakes, 3 redheads), a couple of Golden Plover, 5 Green Sandpiper including three quite happily feeding on floods right by the railway line and a handful of Common Snipe, Little Egrets also dotted here and there.

Chris Gleadell

Elsewhere in North Bucks, still at least 100 WAXWINGS in the Bletchley/Stony Stratford area, and several other flocks scattered around the county (LGRE)