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

Stewartby roost this evening

Another poor gull roost for Neil Wright, Bob Hook and me with a good number of gulls giving the roost a miss altogether and heading over eastward.160+ L B Backs, 3 fw G B Backs, 25+ Herring Gulls, 53 B H Gulls and only a dozen Common Gulls were the peak counts.

A Kingfisher flew low across the centre of the lake and Neil spied a Sand Martin flying west along the treeline above us.

"Bird of the evening" must definitely go to the excellent (presumed) Daubenton's Bat flying less than a metre above the lake surface and dipping occasionally, and keeping about 25m off shore. Perhaps a tiddly bit bigger than a Pipistrelle, it's presence low over the water would inidicate this species I believe. Much smaller than the large presumed Noctule Bat seen from the gull watchpoint earlier this week - MJP

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