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).

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

80 species at just two Bedfordshire sites !!

First day of a ten day break from work....hoorah! and 80 species seen or heard today, mainly from just two sites.

from 8.45 till 11.10 I was at Willington, much of the vist in the company of Jim Gurney, and late afternoon I went to Rookery South ClP from 4.00 until 5.40pm (latterly joined by Keith Owen). 58 species at Willington and 40 at Rookery were recorded with highlights as follows....

Willington: 1 Cuckoo, 1 purring Turtle Dove, 2 Nightingales in song - one photographed, 8 species of warbler included 3 Garden Warblers, lots of Common W'throats and 2 reeling Groppers, 1 Kingfisher, 2 pair LRP's, 1 Oyk, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wigeon still, pair Shelducks, 1 Sparrowhawk, both Woodpeckers and a Raven flew south-east "cronking" - my first from this site, I even got a passable photograph of it.

Rookery South ClP: Cuckoo, Red Kite, 3 Greenshanks - county year tick for me, 5 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 7 Redshanks, 4+ LRP's, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 drake R C Pochards, 1 drake Garganey, 6 Shoveler, several Teal, 1 Common Lizard

Martin J Palmer

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