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, 28 November 2016

Finally connected with a DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE this year - thanks Adam!

A beautiful, calm, crisp early winter's day, with clear blue skies throughout and a peak temperature of just 4 degrees Centigrade. Following a mid-morning text from Adam Bassett, I finally connected with a DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE this year in the county. The bird was at SPADE OAK PIT, LITTLE MARLOW and was actually Adam's second of the year, following one earlier in September. This one was highly nervous, swimming at the east end of the pit and surrounded by Black-headed Gulls. In fact, shortly after I arrived, it decided to have a fly around but did alight back in the same place.
Also on site were the Black Swan pair, a Bar-headed Goose, 4 Egyptian Geese, 90 Teal, 40 Wigeon, 63 Tufted Duck, 43 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 40 Redwing and 15 Fieldfare