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).

Friday, 25 March 2011

Spring passage underway at Broom......remarkable flock of RAVENS

A cracking start to the Broom spring campaign! It was a lovely mix of winter migrants, summer migrants, and residents.

The summer plumaged WATER PIPIT was showing well creeping along the edge of the flood to the west of Gypsy Lane, and can be viewed from the footpath at grid ref TL178441. Also here were two Ringed Plovers, and a single LRP.

After Matt Burgess turned up we stood at the watch point overlooking Peacock's Lake for a while. A Brambling flew over calling (and Matt later found three in Moat House Copse) along with a couple of Siskins. The other highlight was a group of 8 COMMON RAVENS all slowly drifting north together.

Other stuff included the regular Pink-footed Goose, two Sand Martins, singing Chiffchaff, and five Shovelers (Steve Blain)

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