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).

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Beds Yearlisting with Martin Palmer

All 15 (fifteen) BEWICK'S SWANS were present at Radwell, viewable distantly from the A6 pull-in, mid afternoon - I'm guessing these are the dozen from Priory CPk having joined the three present at Radwell during the week between Xmas and New Year - also at least 118 Mute Swans and a single Egyptian Goose as well as lots of Wigeon, Greylags and Canada Geese were seen.

I'd started off today, visiting the south-east of the county with 4 Red Kites and a Woodcock seen, then enjoyed the sight of 40+ Corn Buntings on telegraph lines west of Barton Hill Farm.

At Moor Lane, Maulden, mid morning, I located 23+ Lesser Redpolls accompanied by a very smart Mealy Redpoll. There were no Redpolls at all at Coopers Hill, Ampthill a little later.

Late morning there was a male Peregrine over Rookery South ClP with the female viewable very distantly atop one of the Stewartby brick chimneys - 20+ Linnets flew south-east over the railway and wildfowl included 67 Teal, 8 Wigeon, 40 Mute Swans, 103 Mallards and c130 Pochard (but no Tufted Ducks) - 80+ Greylags flew over.

Soon afterwards from London Lane, south of Houghton Conquest, there were 3 Brambling amongst the numerous Chaffinches and well over 100 Linnets

Around 1.00pm, 10 Red Crested Pochards were at Chimney Corner South ClP (5 drakes, 5 females) and plenty more Pochards and other wildfowl.

A Grey Wagtail was a year tick at Marston STW c3.15.

Stewartby Lake roost was poor with probably under 50 total large gulls - no tipping on the adjacent landfill over the New Year being the cause but 14 Goldeneye were on view plus 3 Scaup in a brief scan about the lake.

Last light I joined DHB, PH, KRO, SCB+C trying to find our way round the Wixhams, off the A6 south west of Elstow, so S E Owl wasn't seen which would have been my hundreth species in Bedfordshire for the year.

Still quite a few common birds to catch up on, most notably Siskin, Bullfinch, Meadow Pipit and Golden Plover plus some owls I hope......Best wishes,MJP

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