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

SCANDINAVIAN ARCTIC REDPOLL at Meadow Lane, east of Bedford - 06 March

At the Meadow lane bridge this morning just by Bedford Eagles football club Di and I saw at least 7 redpolls - all were grey and white Mealy Redpolls but one of them was only vaguely streaked along the flanks and generally "whiter". Unfortunately I only had bins with me and was looking upward, though with the light behing me. On the views obtained, the bird looked remarkedly like the SCANDINAVIAN ARCTIC REDPOLL at Coronation ClP in January. Plenty of birches about the area so worth checking out (Martin Palmer).

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