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).

Thursday, 24 March 2011

A full day's birding - Martin J Palmer

Around 60 species today in a tour of the claypits.....

Very little at Chimney Corner North ClP c10.30am - 6 Grey lags and a Cormorant were the best plus a very distant Common Buzzard over Marsh Leys

Onto Quest ClP next where there were 6 Red Crested Pochards - 2 pairs and two extra drakes - 2 pairs Redshanks and at least 10 Dabchicks

Rookery South late morning still had 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Ruff and 13 Redshanks - [Wednesday evening I had seen 10 Black-wits, 3 Ruff, 15 Redshanks, 1 Snipe, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Dunlin]

Also in Rookery South were the pair of Pintail - I had seen them displaying to each other yesterday evening - but Shoveler numbers had dropped.

From noon until c1.15 I visited Stewartby Lake and again from c5.35 until 6.20pm - star birds were 2 CETTI'S WARBLERS singing, one 200m north-east of the gull watchpoint and the other near the west (Marston) corner. Only a couple of second-winter Yellow-legged Gulls were of note in a small gull roost this evening. A Sand Martin this evening was my first of the year and my 132nd species in Beds so far in 2011.

Butterflies were out and about with a Brimstone in Stewartby village, another at Stewartby Lake plus a Peacock and a couple of Commas.

Di and I had gone for an afternoon stroll along the Ouse to and from Kempston Mill - 3 Green Woodpeckers were calling and a Sparrowhawk sped through but again there were no Mandarin at the Mill bridge itself. 2 Peacocks, a Comma and a Small Tortoiseshell were seen. A Brimstone was seen outside our garden earlier.What a lovely warm day.

Martin J Palmer

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