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, 5 August 2013

PEC' PIPER just over the border again

Kevin Duncan picked up a small brown wader which he believed to be a 'Pec' at Eton Wick Flood on Sunday morning - Russell Ness confirming his suspicions some 25 minutes later. In exactly the same location as last autumn's birding, one could forgive speculation that it is the same bird returning. It remained all day and was still present on Monday, the scrape also yielding an adult summer Dunlin and two flocks of Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits last week. The site is literally just yards from Buckinghamshire, bordering the east end of Dorney Common. Graham Smith and I staked it out last night but there was no realistic chance of either of us getting it on the 2013 Bucks Year List - the Dorney Common flood being completely dried out and just grass. A juvenile Mediterranean Gull has also visited the scrape in recent days. These were the best images I obtained of the Pec in fading light and at 200 yards range - seems to be an adult.........

The local Mute Swan pair on the river...

........and sunset