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

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Recent Highlights

A summer-plumaged BLACK-NECKED GREBE was at Willen Lake South Basin on 15-16 March (Steve Rodwell et al), where also the SLAVONIAN GREBE remained until at least 18 March (Rob Hill et al). Meanwhile, Warren Claydon and Tim Watts had 4 adult KITTIWAKES in the roost at Calvert Sailing Lake on 15 March, 3 of these remaining overnight and finally departing to the east at 0905 hours; WC also had an adult LICELAND GULL and a first-winter CASPIAN GULL in the roost there.

The male MERLIN and a pair of EURASIAN CURLEW were at Gallows Bridge NR, whilst a BLACK-TAILED GODWIT was briefly at College Lake on 16th (Rose Collard) and a MARSH HARRIER on 23rd (RDA).

A male MARSH HARRIER in the Misbourne between Great Missenden Abbey and Shardeloes Lake on 25 March was exceptional and a first record for the area (Don Stone, Mike Collard & Graham Smith).

There has been a tiny scattering of Sand Martins seen, several Northern Wheatears and 2 different male RING OUZELS (at Wicken on 24th and in Hardmead on 26th), whilst Mike & Ted Wallen had an exceptional 7 RUFF at Rowsham on 26 March.