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).

Monday, 15 August 2011



Still warm (70 degrees F) in the sunshine but an increasing westerly wind bringing rain in the evening...


When I was on site today, the juvenile WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN was favouring the orange part of the long pontoon in front of the Harbour View Restaurant, immediately east of the Mander Car Park, roosting with up to 25 Common Terns. When not there, I watched it fishing in front of the settlement lagoons, up to 400 yards to the east. The views afforded were excellent.

At the Settlement Lagoons, a single GARGANEY was with the 18 Common Teal present, along with several Little Egrets, 12 Common Terns and 6 Green Sandpipers.

The BLACK-NECKED GREBE was in amongst the large flotilla of birds in the bay in front of Plummer Car Park.

Most impressive was the gathering of 330 House Martins, over 100 of which were sat on top of the Sailing Club building. Little else of note other than a juvenile YELLOW WAGTAIL


Thanks to Pip Housden and directions from Jim Gurney, I was able to add my 176th species in the county this afternoon - WHINCHAT. An adult male and two juveniles were in keeping with a family party of Common Whitethroats along the fence line bordering the well vegetated footpath that leads east from the Speedsdairy Farm, up to 150 yards beyond the third isolated tall Oak at approximately TL 114 390. The male was still in good plumage. The site also yielded the regular LITTLE OWLS.


At 1822 hours, there was little change from recent days: the 4 juvenile RUFFS were still present, 2 COMMON GREENSHANKS, a Common Sandpiper and 9 Ringed Plovers.


No sign of either of the two juvenile MEDITERRANEAN GULLS present earlier in the afternoon but the 2 Green Sandpipers were still present on the sandy spit

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