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).

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Duck-counting with Richard Bashford

My contribution was done of Friday but I've been on the lash all weekend so this is my first chance to post.

A full day covering my six WeBS sites and a few smaller sites in-between - 8.30 to 4.15.

Just the highlights - Harrold - quiet with the highlight a group of four female Goosanders. Six Goldeneye. Also did Tustings Lake - Cormorant on a nest. Turvey Flood - 72 Mallard

Radwell - very flooded and looking fantastic but taking over two hours to cover. Best was the count of Wigeon - 759 of them by my tally! Also the three Curlew. No sign of the Bewick's though. 196 Mutes on the site and the usual Egyptian Goose keeping them company.

Back east 112 Mallard at Tythe Farm res near Staploe. Roxton 198 Coot, 92 Gadwall, 70 Wigeon.

Cuckoo Bridge only held 54 Mute Swans but the Red crested Pochard was back. 79 Tufted Duck.

Great Barford Lake - 46 birds of nine species.

My final site was Wyboston which had an Egyptian Goose, 90 Tufted Duck and 40 Pochard. A Woodcock over the bypass here was also notable.

A total of 4250 watery birds in 7 and a bit hours. Best site as ever, Radwell with a total of 2112. I was a bit tired by the end of it but it was a good day - Richard

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