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 July 2011

Rookery Pit today


Although the first half of the day was relatively bright and calm, the second half was dominated by increasing winds from the Southwest. A few sharp heavy rain showers also quickly swept through. This deepening front was responsible for pushing over 660 Cory's Shearwaters in front of it, moving west past the Runnel Stone at Gwennap Head, Porthgwarra (West Cornwall)......

With such conditions, I fully expected a wave of new waders in Rookery Pit South but the only arrivals landed after I had departed the site.........


Cliff Tack and I had a good look around Rookery Pit South early afternoon, recording 10 species of wader - not bad for early July......

The haul included 61 Lapwing (including 11 fledged young), the adult Oystercatcher, 4 Common Redshanks, 6 Ringed Plovers, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 GREEN SANDPIPERS, a female RUFF (second day), 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 COMMON GREENSHANKS and the continuing adult WOOD SANDPIPER. Keith Owen recorded a 11th species in the evening, when 4 ICELANDIC BLACK-TAILED GODWITS dropped in.

Also noted were the single Little Egret, both Great Crested and Little Grebe with chicks, both pairs of Mute Swans including that with the 5 cygnets, 5 Common Teal, 3 Shoveler, 23 Northern Pochard and 76 Black-headed Gulls.


A post-breeding flock of 256 Common Starlings on wires, including virtually 50% (119 birds) juvenile birds.

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