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).

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Hi all, its "Gull Time" !!!

I did my first gull count of the "autumn" this afternoon scanning over the new borrow pits north-west of Marsh Leys, Kempston from the blue footbridge over the A421 by-pass.....

4 Yellow-legged Gulls - 1 adult, 1 fourth year, 2 first summers - also 180 variously aged, but mostly younger, Lesser Black-backs, 1 first-summer Great Black-back, 22 B H Gulls inc 2 fledged juveniles

others species present during my 5.10 to 5.30pm visit were a pair and singleton Little Ringed Plover inc a bird sitting on a scrape nest, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 12a 10j Mallards, 8 Stock Doves, 1 G C Grebe, 1 Mute Swan, 8 Pied Wagtails, and a few Wood Pigeons. 2 Magpies and a Green Woodpecker were by the old A421 close by the Kempston Hardwick turning.Earlier, I had visited Rookery South ClP from 3.35 until 4.55pm. Mammals were a Chinese Water Deer, 1 Brown Hare, a (presumed) Bank Vole and a few Rabbits. Buttys included Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Large Skippers and a couple of Marbled Whites.Some 35 bird species were noted as follows; quite a few G C Grebes inc juvs, 3 Dabchicks, 2 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, quite a few Mute Swans with 2 broods of 5 cygnets each, 2 x 2a 2j Canada Geese, several Mallards, 1 pair Shoveler, 3 Common Teal, well over 20 Pochards, Tufted Ducks, 2 Moorhens, numerous Coots, several Lapwings inc a family of 4 downy juvs, at least 10 R/LR Plovers inc at least 4 L R Plovers and 2 Ringed Plovers, 4 Common Redshanks, numerous B H Gulls inc 2 x 2 juvs, 2 L B Backs, 1 sub-adult Yellow-legged Gull flew over, at least 7 pairs of Common Terns nesting, 2 single Carrion Crows, 1 Stock Dove, numerous Wood Pigeons, 2 single Swifts, 2 single House Martins, 1+ Long-tailed Tit in mixed tit flock with a Phyllosc, 2 Common Whitethroats, a Reed Warbler heard, 2 Blackbirds, 1 singing Yellowhammer, 1 Chaffinch, a few Reed Bunting

Martin J Palmer

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