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, 14 February 2011

OYSTERCATCHER added but still no Caspian Gull - GLAUC roosts again on Stewartby


With the wind veering more to the SSW today, the mild conditions continued. It was also very bright, with some sunshine and blue skies, and dry throughout.

More local birding today, although a visit to West Essex was purely to target a new county bird - COMMON RAVEN.......


Two redhead GOOSANDERS on Peacock's Lake were presumably migrants whilst the Washout Pit held a pair of COMMON SHELDUCK and 86 Lapwings; not much else of note other than 4 Little Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 2 Common Teal and 14 Pochard.


The pair of OYSTERCATCHER were still present by the shooting butts on the left shoreline.


A healthy turnout of observers at the roost - 12 in all - but again no Caspian Gull, although the juvenile GLAUCOUS GULL returned for its second successive night, 3 adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS and the first-winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL (Dave Fisher).

(Andy Grimsey had seen the two redhead SMEW in Quest Pit during the afternoon)

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