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

Monday, 4 March 2013

Eleventh time lucky


Despite the cold easterly wind, it was a glorious day - with wall-to-wall sunshine and clear blue skies. Temperatures climbed to a high of 8 degrees C, about average for the time of year.

More local Target Birding today, with two attempts at Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Common Stonechat....

Stopped off at HEDGERLEY LANDFILL first thing but nothing interesting amongst the 5,000 or so foraging gulls, whilst two separate visits to CHURCH WOOD RSPB, HEDGERLEY, drew yet another blank on Lesser Spot - highlights being 2 singing male Dunnocks, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Common Treecreepers, Nuthatch, Jay and Goldcrest.

Met up with Graham Smith at STOKE COMMON and after two complete circuits of the site, eventually bumped into the 'two strange chaps' - oops - the 'two COMMON STONECHATS both of which were male. They were in the vicinity of the bench in the middle of the Common and exactly where both Peter and Adam have seen them previously. They afforded some reasonable views, allowing Graham and I to get some images (see above).

Otherwise, the batallion of Carrion Crow had now reached 65, with two each of Red Kite and Common Buzzard.

Joining up with Neil Wragg in the afternoon, I twitched his COMMON GOLDENEYE at THE ROACH PIT, MARLOW, where once again the first-winter female GREATER SCAUP was present