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

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

MANOR FARM on fire!!

Another good evening at Manor Farm, the best bird being a juvenile LITTLE STINT, which was seen very briefly at the west end, before being flushed by hordes of incoming geese. The bird circuited a couple of times before flying off west and was not relocated. Could still be on site of course.

Also the juv Black n Grebe still, 2 juv Black-wits, 2 juv Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, Ringed and Little Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe, 3 Garganey and 8 Swift.

Rob Hill

Friday, 22 August 2014

MANOR FARM week ending 22nd August 2014

At the MANOR FARM OUSE VALLEY WARKINGS, the highlight of the week has been this juvenile BLACK-NECKED GREBE - favouring the north side of the complex loosely associating with the 6 Little Grebes on site.


Little happening on the wader front other than a continuing juvenile BLACK-TAILED GODWIT, 3 LITTLE RINGED PLOVERS (adult & 2 juveniles), 418 Lapwing, 4 Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper, while otherwise an adult Australian Black Swan, 320 Greylag Geese, 130 Atlantic Canada Geese, 20 Common Teal, 3 Shoveler, a GARGANEY, 30 Tufted Duck (including 3 growing broods), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 80 Common Starling and 5 Linnet.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

LITTLE STINT present on Dorney Common for a second day

Dave Carter and I had the LITTLE STINT all to ourselves this evening - the bird showing as the sun went down along the southern shoreline of Dorney Common Flood. On one occasion, we watched it fly over to Eton Wick flash, over the border into Berkshire. During the two hours I was present, I took quite a few shots, but due to the nature of the site and the positioning of the sun in the evening, it was difficult to get any sharp shots. It was still keeping close company with the juvenile Dunlin....