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).

Saturday, 9 April 2011

And yet more RING OUZELS

8 April: This morning at about 08.00 had two RING OUZELS at the top SE corner of Barton Hills NNR. One was a superb male which perched on the boundary hedge by the kissing gate and also fed on the ground. The other was only seen briefly then flew off calling loudly towards Hexton estate woods and I didnt get a view of its breast but suspect it was a female. The male moved off along the line of the boundary hedge. Also saw good numbers of Chiffy and Willow Warbler and far more Blackcaps than on Tuesday, with at least three pairs giving courtship displays.
Yesterday afternoon from top field path saw at least eleven Buzzards simultaneously although some were in Hertfordshire. One was very pale and looked almost like a Rough leg from beneath but didnt have a white rump. Also of great note was that the Pasque Flowers are already showing very well on Plum Pudden Hill, I dont think I have ever seen good numbers (50 to 100) so early (Ian Kelly).

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