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).

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Today's county ramblings with Martin Palmer

Stewartby Lake roost on a nice calm bright Tuesday afternoon held clicker-counted totals of 1210 Common Gulls (SCB was clearly closer in his count than me last Sunday), 212 Lesser Black-backs, 140 Herring Gulls, at least 32 Gt Black-backs inc 7 first-winters.

On the basis of the Common Gull count, I would estimate a B H Gull presence of nearer 5,000 than 3,000 but within that range. The albinistic bird was again present, but with all the counting I didn't happen across a Med Gull this evening.

The usual Gt Sp Woodpecker flew to its roost hole by the gull watchpoint and the 2 drake Scaup were still present - an adult and a first winter.

At lunch time I did a raptor triangle tour but failed to find the hoped for Raven. Nonetheless a minmum of 12 Common Buzzards were seen in one round scan, also 3 Sparrowhawks and a Kestrel. Another Kestrel was at Cardington with a Peregrine seen nearby - MJP

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