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

Little Marlow in the tropical weather

After work this afternoon, the shade of the trees along the west bank of the
lake was most welcome!

Lots of birds present but nothing of real note. A single Little Egret
appeared and an Oystercatcher was again present along with two Teal in
eclipse and a single Little Ringed Plover.

Most interesting sightings was of two Black-headed Gulls wearing colour
rings, both adults. A white ring with "EEM3" on left leg. The second bird
had a black ring with "R34A" on left leg and with a silver ring above the
knee on the right leg. I have submitted details to the likely ringing
projects (Netherlands and France) and await replies. I will post on the
sightings website when I find out more. With most of the gulls laying down
I wonder just how many more were there!

Jim Rose