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

Saturday, 2 February 2013

SLAV 'Up North'

A SLAVONIAN GREBE was discovered today at Tongwell Lake (North Bucks) - almost certainly one of the two present recently in the Brogborough area (Beds). It was present until dusk, showing well at the north end (Rob Norris). Also in North Bucks, a WILLOW TIT is once again being seen at Linford Nature Reserve, where also up to 4 PINTAILS have been seen in the past week.

In the South, both EURASIAN WHITE-FRONTED GEESE are still on Dorney Common/Eton Wick Floods, with 5 PINTAILS at Spade Oak and at least 1 first-winter CASPIAN GULL roosting there (Kevin Duncan/Alan Stephens)