Total Number of Species Recorded in 2011

2010 saw a total of 196 species recorded in Bedfordshire. Of this total, LGRE recorded 183, closely followed by Jim Gurney and Steve Blain on 181, Lol Carman on 180, Martin Palmer on 179 and Bob Chalkley on 177.

In 2011, a total of 452 species was recorded in Britain and Ireland of which I recorded just 69% (312); Bedfordshire recorded 204 species (of which I saw 94% at 191), Hertfordshire 192 (of which I saw 88.5% at 170) and Buckinghamshire 192 (of which I recorded just 86% at 165)

In 2012, I came fourth (on 168), following Steve Blain (177), Jim Gurney (174) and Martin Plamer (171).

Monday, 17 January 2011

An afternoon out in North Beds - LGRE


Another very wet day. In fact it rained heavily virtually all morning. Still fairly mild though, with brighter conditions moving in during the afternoon.

I finally got out just after midday and decided to concentrate on North Beds today. Not a great deal seen but a few decent snippets.......


Site was in great shape again with many shallow pools and scrapes appearing after the recent rains - no sign of the Water Pipit though despite an exhaustive search, but the flock of 11 Pied Wagtails were still feeding.

Highlight was 2 GREEN SANDPIPERS on the car park pools, with 150 Greylag Geese, 160 Lapwing and 6 Common Magpies noted.


Still pots of wildfowl to be seen including a staggering 783+ Eurasian Wigeon, 176 Common Teal, 38 Northern Shoveler, 177 Tufted Duck and 104 Northern Pochard, whilst 198 Mute Swans were visible from Moor End Lane Bridge. The Bewick's Swan herd had gone and again I dipped the Egyptian Goose.

A pair of EURASIAN CURLEW was feeding at the southern end of the main field west of the Ouse and could be 'scoped distantly from the bridge. Not much else though - 4 Grey Herons and 25 Fieldfares worthy of mention.


Still no sign of any Egyptian Geese - certainly none present on the main pit or the adjacent sites where they are normally seen. A reasonable selection of wildfowl present, highlighted by the presence of 13 Common Goldeneye (3 adult drakes) and 6 redhead GOOSANDER. The far car park area yielded 60 Redwings.

Spent the last hour searching suitable locations for Owls but once more drew a complete blank - too wet for them perhaps?

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