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).

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Millenium Park yields four new species to Year List - LGRE

Well, following a number of April days breaking all previous records to 1892, cooler NW winds set in overnight bringing a much fresher feel to the weather. In fact, temperatures returned to near normal at this time of year, ranging between 8 and 11 degrees C. It did remain fine and dry however.
After an abortive attempt at the Arundel WWT Little Crake all day yesterday, I decided to concentrate closer to home today and birded the Three Counties. It was a very productive day.......
(midday to 1330 hours)
In an attempt to 'clean up' on a few outstanding common migrants that had appeared over the weekend, I visited Marston Vale and notched up my 150th species in Bedfordshire this year. I managed four additions in total - WESTERN REED & SEDGE WARBLER, COMMON WHITETHROAT and HOUSE MARTIN - but failed in my quest to hear or see the single Grasshopper Warbler that has arrived on site, mainly because of the freshening and cold wind.
I did a complete circuit of the reserve with a very impressive 22 singing male WILLOW WARBLERS being recorded. Also seen were Sparrowhawk, several Barn Swallows and Sand Martins, 8 House Martins, 5 Sedge Warblers, 1 Western Reed Warbler, 1 male Common Whitethroat, 2 CETTI'S WARBLERS (the overgrown ditch pair), 9 Blackcaps, male Bullfinch and 6 Reed Buntings.
No sign of yesterday's early Hobby nor of a hoped-for Osprey (one of which did fly north over Southill this afternoon) and very quiet overall - just 4 Common Redshanks, the 2 singing male Willow Warblers by Jackdaw Bridge and a male Blackcap. Of interest, Black-headed Gulls numbered 122 with the breeding colony now harbouring 45 active nests.
No luck with any Common Cuckoos but 18 Great Crested Grebes loafing, 20 Sand Martins, 4 Blackcaps, a male Sedge Warbler (by the fishing lake), a male Willow Warbler, 1 Common Chiffchaff and Bullfinch all seen, as well as an Orange Tip butterfly.
 Lee G R Evans

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