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, 7 January 2014

A decent roost at Caldecotte tonight (more gulls than last week anyway).

Highlight was a 1cy Caspian Gull, also 1+ 1cy Yellow-legged Gull.

Beast place to look at the Gulls from is in the SE corner by the offices - this is where they have roosted the last couple of times I have been there. The water level is exceptionally high at the moment and this evening it wasn't possible to walk from the North Lake to the South lake without crossing over the main road as all the paths were covered with a couple of foot of water (per Matt Slaymaker)

Elsewhere in the North of the county, PINTAIL at both Manor Farm (2) and Linford NR (5) and the CATTLE EGRET still present just east of Briarhill Farm.

At Gallows Bridge, up to 33 RUFF present on the far floods (Tim Watts)