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

SCANDINAVIAN ARCTIC REDPOLL still present at Coronation


Another very windy day, with blustery SW winds bringing moist moderately mild conditions. It did just about remain dry during daylight hours but was generally grey and dull.

I took the opportunity to do a full count at the reservoirs and was impressed by the number of wildfowl and waders had returned since the freeze. Lapwings were in impressive numbers, whilst other highlights were a redhead Goosander and 4 Little Egrets........


My first Beds LITTLE EGRET of the year was feeding in a brook south of the Thorn turn at TL 008 247.

(O & M Developers, who own and manage the site, refuse permission for birders to visit because of Health & Safety issues)

All 43 redpolls still present and showing well in the Silver Birch trees at the NW corner of the pit, including the well-marked first-winter SCANDINAVIAN ARCTIC REDPOLL and at least 5 grey MEALY REDPOLLS. In reality, I believe virtually all of the flock are Mealy Redpolls.

Sadly, like many of the Stewartby Area Brickpits, this site is STRICTLY PRIVATE with no permissive footpaths nor access.


A drake Shoveler was the only bird present.

Again, the last hour of daylight was spent searching for both Little and Barn Owls but without success

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