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, 10 March 2013

Saturday: great day for passage waders with an AVOCET briefly at Spade Oak

Saturday 9 March Highlights: A PIED AVOCET was present at Spade Oak Pit for nearly two hours during the afternoon, eventually disappearing to the SE at 1620 (Kevin Holt, MMc, JN, MP, AJS, AB). A single EURASIAN CURLEW was also seen briefly (Dick Seekins). Meanwhile, Manor Farm in the north of the county saw 3 BLACK-TAILED GODWITS, 9 Dunlin and 7 Goosanders (Rob Hill).

A 2nd-winter LITTLE GULL was seen at Gallows Bridge briefly (Warren Claydon, Tim Watts) with another seen at Foxcote Reservoir (per Steve Rodwell) and 2 PINTAIL at the former site.