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).

Friday, 21 January 2011

Afternoon Sightings from Martin Palmer

4 Waxwings were showing well in the sparsely berried tree opposite the Mulberry Bush Pub, Orchard St, Kempston at 10.10

Around mid-day I was in the Southill area and saw 3+ Tree Sparrows up the lane opposite the small shop - respect owners' privacy here please - a Tawny Owl was basking in the sunshine from it's roost hole between the village and Broom lakes and 7+ Brambling and a Jay were by the sharp bend between Southill village and Southill Lake. Two Common Buzzards and 2 Kestrels were in the general area. 2 Coal Tits were at garden feeders in Old Warden. A Green Woodpecker was on the paddocks SW of Ickwell. Another Buzzard was south of Cople along the lane toward Sheerhatch.

A Common Shelduck was on Peacock's Island, Broom Lake.

The Bittern was showing really well for around half an hour c1.30 this afternoon from the Kramer Hide at Priory CPk and I counted 60 Mute Swans about the lakes. 5 Shoveler were nice too.

50 species in all for my couple of hours birding - and only one species of gull! (MJP)

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