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

Sunday, 27 January 2013

LGRE is back

Back after ten days touring the UK. Highlights whilst I was away included a flock of 11 or more EURASIAN WHITE-FRONTED GEESE on the Jubilee River at Marsh Lane, an adult drake SMEW on Willen Lake, a county record flock of 8 GREATER SCAUPS at Caldecotte South Lake, up to 3 MERLINS, some excellent counts of GREY PARTRIDGE in the snow and both juvenile ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS at Calvert Sailing Lake. The GREAT WHITE EGRET remains present too in the Chess Valley.