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

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Gulls galore and roosting BITTERNS

11/2: thanks to information kindly supplied by Adam Bassett, I finally found time to give HEDGERLEY LANDFILL a proper viewing today, where prior to lunchtime, a throng of over 2,500 large white-headed gulls included 5 CASPIAN GULLS amongst their horde, four different first-winters and an adult-type. I click-counted 713 Herring (including a large contingent of northern argentatus), 425 Lesser Black-backed and 21 Great Black-backed before the council worker arrived armed with his Saker hybrid and flushed the entire flock away. The landfill also attracted an incredible 112 RED KITES.

Later on at dusk, I visited a still frozen-over WESTON TURVILLE RESERVOIR, where 2 BITTERNS were seen from the hide from 1701 hours onwards, a very pale individual roosting in reeds less than 75 yards away from the hide, just beyond the pool. Three Little Egrets flew in across the lake to roost at The Wides on the canal, with 3 WOODCOCK and a single Common Snipe appearing as night fell. Not a single Reed Bunting was recorded. At least 5 Water Rail squealed from the reedbed.