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

Monday, 15 July 2013


Stopped off at Willen Lake North Basin on my way back from the Rutland Water PGP and couldn't believe how shallow the lake was - lots of mud and some huge potential for the coming autumn season. Waders were represented by 7 GREEN SANDPIPERS, 3 Oystercatchers and 52 Lapwings, with 20 Little Egrets fishing in the shallow reedbed fringes; also female Gadwall with 4 young and female Tufted Duck with 6 young.

Just look at all that mud !!

Roosting Black-headed Gulls, Common Terns and Sinensis Cormorants on spit

The Green Sandpiper flock

Little Egrets and Lapwings

Lots of Little Egrets wading in the shallows

Closer-up of the Green Sandpiper flock