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, 6 April 2011

SEDGE WARBLER at Kempston Mill - and first CUCKOO

Singing SEDGE WARBLER in the reed bed at the mouth of the back channel just downstream from the bridge. Initially heard at 06:40 and then again on my way back past at 07:30.

Also 2 Grey Partridge, initially flushed close to the river where the western bypass crosses, but later alongside the bypass where it turns to head across to Great Denham (Dave Barnes)

Meanwhile, Pete Soper heard the first COMMON CUCKOO of the year - at Cainhoe Gravel Pits

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