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, 15 September 2014

Another near miss....

Just 50 yards across from the Bucks border sat this juvenile CURLEW SANDPIPER this evening (Sunday 14 September).........

Chris Heard and I enjoyed excellent views of the CURLEW SANDPIPER as it fed voraciously on the flood right up until dusk - the first record in Berkshire this year. It had been a red letter day for Chris as he had discovered a Wryneck at QMR early in the morning. The Pintail was still present on Eton Wick also...

In terms of Buckinghamshire though, still pretty quiet: plenty of WHINCHATS still around (including up to 8 long-staying birds at Springfield Farm) and COMMON REDSTARTS (6+ at Quainton, 1+ on Ivinghoe and 3 still at Springfield) and a few waders including RUFF at Manor Farm