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, 31 January 2011

A gorgeous day but no Goshawks; additional owl species take my January County Total to 107


A perfect birding day for a change with wall-to-wall sunshine, light winds and a light frost underfoot. It was ideal for raptors, so I took the chance to do my first large accipiter searching of the year


As up to 6 Goshawks had been showing at one site this morning in the New Forest, I decided to give a traditional site in Bedfordshire the once-over. Despite a constant rising of thermalling Common Buzzards above the plantations and ridge, the resident pair of Northern Goshawks did not appear.

An outstanding 12 RED KITES danced together in the sky over Deacon Hill, whilst other species noted in the Pegsdon Hills included a WOODCOCK, both Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers and 50+ Fieldfares.


At last, and presumably due to the change in weather, the resident LITTLE OWL at Speedsdairy Farm showed well in the dead tree. I also managed two LONG-EARED OWLS at a neighbouring site, pushing my tally for the month to 107 species - 8 behind MJP.

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