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

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Another local mega whilst I'm off twitching......

Warren Claydon discovered a EUROPEAN STORM PETREL at Calvert BBOWT Lake this afternoon allowing all of the county's birders an opportunity to see this mega-rare bird in the county - the first in two centuries. It was on view for about an hour allowing everyone of the county's birders to see it (bar me of course) before it flew off.

A juvenile COMMON SCOTER was also discovered at Weston Turville Reservoir early morning (before relocating to Wilstone) whilst 4 eclipse RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS touched down for a short while at College Lake BBOWT (where also HEN HARRIER, MERLIN and RING OUZEL were sighted)

To cap it all off, a juvenile NORTHERN GANNET flew west over Buckingham at 1600 hours

Not a day to have been out of county