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, 21 April 2014

Manor Farm this evening

A whistle stop tour of Willen Lake north and south + Manor Farm this evening turned up a few surprises but not quite the flood gates opening yet.

Willen South

Best was the COMMON SWIFT wheeling around with 15 House Martins , 2 Common Terns were on the raft with a 3rd bird commuting to the north lake , not much else on the spit other than 4 Teal

Manor Farm

Andy Morris BLACK TAILED GODWIT was still roosting in the shallows just out from the Gate - almost full Summer Plumage - cracking bird. Also on site were 7 LRP's ( I managed to miss the DUNLIN that Rob had 20 mins later, unless it dropped in ) 2 YELLOW WAGTAILS and 3 WHITE WAGTAILS were great to see as well

Simon Nichols