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).

Thursday, 6 January 2011

I had no joy with (yet) another visit to Dane Lane, Wilstead - I was there with Tony Hukin from 3.35 to 4.05pm and TP was just walking back to his car as Tony and I shielded ourselves from owl view by the large oak tree. A Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Green Woodpecker were both seen. Tony had been present there since 2.30 but the 2 SEO's seen by RAN earlier failed to materialise for us.

As dusk began to fall, I dashed over to nearby Stewartby Lake where I 'scoped the gull roost between 4.15 to 4.35pm. 2 adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS showed well and I counted 164+ Gt Black-backs, 184+ Herring Gulls amongst the hordes of B H and Common Gulls with several L B Backs - I also noticed a single female GREATER SCAUP amongst the very numerous Tufted Ducks scattered in large groups about the general shorelines of the lake (M J Palmer)

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