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, 31 May 2011

The Lodge RSPB - bumper number of SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS


The last day of May started off rather chilly and overcast (with the odd light shower) but as the day progressed, a ridge of high pressure moved in from the Southeast bringing clear skies, sunshine and increasing temperatures. As such, it was a very pleasant evening.

Apart from a brief excursion to Bedfordshire, most of my time was spent locally, where I was delighted to see more SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS and an abundance of HOUSE SPARROWS.......

(1200-1515 hours)

Spent several enjoyable hours in the company of the reserve warden Andy Schofield attempting to fathom out what was happening with the FIRECREST by the reserve gatehouse - very intriguing to say the least. This bird, first seen by Andy in mid March, was still present and singing from a variety of trees and shrubs - but was incredibly difficult to see - flitting between branches largely out of view in the foliage. It sang several times from a tall Cedar in the car park and from the line of Laurels bordering the car park and was joined on at least two occasions by a singing male Goldcrest.

Perhaps of more significance were the SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS - new for me for the year in Beds. The reserve this year is hosting up to five pairs of this diminishing summer migrant, with 1-2 pairs in the gatehouse garden and adjacent coppice, another singing male in the vicinity of the first grid on the access road and two different pairs in the Lodge house gardens themselves. Terrific news - and supplemented by the pair not far away in Tempsford Churchyard.

Steve Blain, Mark Ward, Andy and I also enjoyed remarkable views of a family group of Nuthatches - three juveniles all lined up on a branch waiting to be fed in turn by the parents

A COMMON CROSSBILL flew high across the 'new' heath and at least 7 Common Swifts were overhead.


Not much happening other than a pair of Little Ringed Plovers chasing each other about, 27 Black-headed Gulls (several pairs nesting on the central island), 6 Common Terns (also nesting) and a pair of Linnets feeding on the mud.

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