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, 11 August 2014

Manor Farm's on fire

The adult GREAT WHITE EGRET has returned to the Ouse Valley, commuting between the four pits at Gayhurst but mainly favouring the far eastern end of the main shallow pit to the right of the footpath (present for its second day - Rob Norris); also 72 Mute Swans there and 2 broods of Great Crested Grebe.

Meanwhile, MANOR FARM WORKINGS continue to pay dividends - Rob Hill discovering an adult PECTORAL SANDPIPER there last night. The bird was still present this morning, showing well at the east end of the complex, along with the adult male RUFF, 4 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 60 Lapwing, a juvenile MEDITERRANEAN GULL, a juvenile Common Gull, 7 Little Egret, 3 GARGANEY, 11 Teal, 8 Common Swift and numerous House Martin.


WILLEN LAKE NORTH BASIN held 3 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, 8 Gadwall, 3 Great Crested Grebe broods and 1 Mute Swan, with the SOUTH BASIN adding a further 118 Mute Swans.