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).

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

WHITE-FRONT and SMEW still present


(View this private pit only from the public footpath viewpoint at the SE corner at SP 019 403)

Following Steve Blain's posting, I was very pleased to finally catch up with the redhead SMEW that had been present in the Stewartby area since late December 2010 - the bird showing very well roll-preening along the southern shore, just beyond the reedbed. It represented my 112th species in the county this year.

Also present were 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Little Grebe, 33 Mute Swans, 18 Common Teal, 2 Eurasian Wigeon, 15 Tufted Duck, 69 Northern Pochard, 28 Coot, 500+ Black-headed Gulls, 446 Common Gulls, 9 Herring Gulls, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 2 Stock Dove.


The first-winter EURASIAN WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (pale pink bill and orange legs and narrow white forehead blaze) was still present amongst 140 or so Greylag Geese and 200+ Atlantic Canada Geese to the north of the Bedford sewage treatment works at the north end of the gravel pits at SP 085 505.

There were also a few Little Grebes, Gadwall and Wigeon present on the pits but no sign of either the Water Pipit or Common Chiffchaff at the sewage works (whilst Jim Gurney solitarily flushed a single Jack Snipe from the hardstanding pools at Octagon Farm).

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