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

Friday, 9 May 2014


Thursday 8 May saw a band of rain constantly pass east over the region. At about 1100 hours, local birder Adam Bassett located this transitional-plumaged GREY PLOVER at SPADE OAK PIT (LITTLE MARLOW), the bird then remaining on the spit for the rest of the day. Few other waders though other than a pair of Little Ringed Plover and some Lapwings, while 6 Common Shelducks remained and two drake Gadwalls. There was a huge influx of COMMON SWIFT involving at least 330 birds, with quite a few House Martin and Common Terns up to 33.

Otherwise, a lot of breeding activity going on, with several pairs of Common Tern on the rafts, Coots constructing nests, the Egyptian Geese with 9 surviving young (out of 13 initially) and two broods of Greylag Geese (5 and a 2)