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, 9 September 2013

Willen Lake North Basin

A wet visit to Willen North was very productive. Viewing from the North bank - All birds in front of the pagoda.

Female GARGANEY , feeding in the north east corner , close to the reeds - would have been seen from Pagoda shore.
2 Islandica BLACK TAILED GODWITS , feeding the whole length of the western edge
1 RUFF and 1 DUNLIN spending most of their time on the large mud spit.
1 GREENSHANK roosting with the gulls.
6 Snipe and 1 Green Sandpiper also present
in excess of 80 Teal and 40 Wigeon
1 COMMON TERN on the mud spit also 1 LBB with the small flock of BH Gulls

Simon Nichols