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

Thursday, 14 March 2013

SLAV GREBE relocated and new Tring email group

The winter-plumaged SLAVONIAN GREBE that had been present on Tongwell Lake for several weeks was seen yesterday morning at Willen Lake South Basin and photographed - it is still in black and white plumage (per Adam Bassett).

Adam also tells me that he had a 'new' first-winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL in the Spade Oak Nature Reserve roost and Graham Smith has seen that same bird today.

Also be minded that I have set up a new Birding Tring Reservoirs email group for those of you who restrict your birding to that general area - it may provide you with something of interest - click here to join

All the very best