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, 18 July 2013

HONEY BUZZARD over Hardmead

I know it's seems early for a migrant but I've just had an adult male EUROPEAN HONEY BUZZARD over the fields at Hardmead. Absolutely certain on I.D as it came across low enough to see it's yellow eye.
The spots across its belly and wings were obvious on the pale grey background. At one point one of the local Common Buzzards arrived to escort it off the premises allowing a good comparison of the 2 birds with the shorter neck and longer tail of the Honey standing out. Last seen heading East towards Stagsden. Still can't believe it.

Robert Norris