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, 29 July 2013

Willen this evening

I popped into Willen Lake North Basin on the way home tonight to see if anything had been brought down by the heavy rain. At first I thought nothing as all I could find were a Green Sandpiper and an Oystercatcher amongst the Lapwings and Common Terns. I then noticed a group of 8 small waders on the right hand side of the spit that turned out to be a group of 7 Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper.

There were only 9 Little Egret on the island but there were probably more on the other side of the lake as they tend to gather near the reedbeds on the north side.The drake Red-crested Pochard, which is is now in full eclipse, was right in front of the hide (Robert Norris)