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, 7 February 2011

Both MEDS roosted again on Stewartby

The near summer plumage adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL, likely a male, and the first-winter Med Gull were again in the roost at Stewartby this evening seen by myself, Keith Owen, Lol Carman - happy birthday, Steve Blain and Neil Wright from the gull watchpoint. Dave Ball and Martin Green saw the adult bird from the Marston shore but both had seen both birds with me at the roost from the gull watchpoint c4.00pm yesterday afternoon when Jim Gurney and Neil Wright later connected with this excellent species.

Today, I counted 26 Great Black-backs - about half of which were first-winters, 191 Lesser Black-backs and exactly 150 Herring Gulls but no Yellow-legged Gulls were present. I under-counted and SCB likely over-counted Common Gulls due to the flock relocating during our counts but probably there were maybe 800 or more present - MJP

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