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, 5 May 2015

CURLEW SANDPIPER present for a second day

Despite near gale force SW winds, I managed to find enough shelter at MANOR FARM today (Tuesday 5 May) to relocate the summer-plumaged CURLEW SANDPIPER found late yesterday evening; it was showing very well at the west end of the complex (see pix below).....

In all, 9 species of wader were noted, with 3 migrant Dunlin, a GREENSHANK, 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Ringed Plover, 6 Little Ringed Plover and breeding Common Redshank, Lapwing and Oystercatcher; 25
Common Swift were also noted