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, 27 April 2011

PURPLE HERON still present

This morning at c. 09:30, I observed c.80 Waxwings behind Sandhouse Lane in a bare tree some 200 yards further south than yesterday's favourite oak tree (where there were up to 100 yesterday). On my return at 1pm, they were nowhere to be seen, but were probably still in the area.

Earlier in Rookery, the first-summer PURPLE HERON made a pleasant reappearance (thanks to Dave Ball for spotting it !) just after 11am and spent 5 minutes flying over the pit before heading off to MVCP. Other birds of note were 2 Red Crested Pochards, 1 Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 2 Shoveler, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow Wagtail and at least 2 Hobbies, c 12 Common Tern and 1 ARCTIC TERN. No sign of the drake Garganey which I saw there yesterday at c. 3.30pm. There was also another (?) Yellow Wagtail perched on the heap of horse manure upon leaving the site at around 12:30pm (Peter Nash)

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