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, 10 March 2011

Male MERLIN - 2 March

Hi all now back in car so able to use phone without frostbite. The male MERLIN showed again perched on wires along the footpath to West Sunderland Farm at c. TL208454. Park at the corner on Hitchmead Rd by Ivel Valley School. Excellent views of a perched grey male Merlin with rufous breast streaking scoped for 2-3 minutes at c. 200m before being chased off by a crow. Also seen on the wires, but much nearer the back of the school, on a previous occasion at a similar time, c. 15-30 minutes before sunset, so that seems the time and place to look. Also Barn Owl hunting again as I left. 'Bunting fields' because this is where Richard Bashford had his Rustic Bunting and there are still several hundred Corn Bunts, a smaller number of Yellowhammers and a few Reeds (Dave Ball)

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