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, 31 March 2011


I was able to watch the pair of Little Gulls found by Keith Owen from 5.50 until 6.40 pm by when Jim Gurney and Darren Thomas had also arrived. Both adults (the gulls as well as J+D), one had an almost full hood but the other still had a "winter" head plumage tho' that bird had a slight pinkish bloom to the underparts. Flying to and fro over open water both birds were easily picked out by the lack of black in their wing tips, smaller size than the numerous B H Gulls present, and, of course, their black underwings.

As the pit rapidly drains, waders were not so numerous this evening with 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, just a few Lapwings and at least 10 Redshanks. I didn't see any Ringed or Little Ringed Plovers this evening. No R C Pochards, Pintail or Marsh Harrier present this evening either.

Round at Stewartby Lake briefly soon after, the Oyk was still on the sailing club green but little else of note was viewable from here.


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