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, 30 December 2013

Wintering GOOSANDERS in Buckinghamshire

When I was in my early teens, the number of GOOSANDER wintering in Buckinghamshire always exceeded 100 birds, with flocks of over 40 rather commonplace at both Willen Lakes South Basin and at Foxcote Reservoir. Nowadays the entire winter total rarely reaches 50 and today's 44 is about average - with 20 on Emberton Lakes (12 drakes), 11 on Stowe Lakes (4 drakes), 7 on Wootton Underwood Lake (2 drakes) and just 6 on Willen Lakes (1 drake).