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

Female COMMON REDSTART on Blows and more RING OUZELS

Friday 08 April: Female COMMON REDSTART today at Blows - showing very well in the same section of hedgerow as the male earlier this week - in the eastern paddocks - also 3 Northern Wheatears still
Otherwise, Keith Owen discovered three RING OUZELS this evening at Lidlington Hill, 150 yards along the Boughton End road and visible from the first gate (MJP and I joined keith and watched one of the birds - a crippling adult male - go to roost in a neighbouring hedgerow. This bird broke out into full song for a brief period - very rarely heard on passage.
I did a full circuit of the Millenium Park earlier but failed to locate any Western Reed, Sedge or Grasshopper Warblers but did manage 9 different singing male Willow Warblers and 1 Cetti's whilst Keith and I checked Rookery Pit South - a BLACK-TAILED GODWIT present for its second day, 3 LITTLE RINGED PLOVERS which later flew off east together, 10 Common Redshanks, 5 Common Teal and the 5 Red-crested Pochards; also great views of a sleeping Grass Snake and two more Willow Warblers

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