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, 22 September 2011

AZOREAN GULL again present in roost

A good sized roost enjoyed by several local birders this evening - star bird was the AZOREAN GULL found by SCB yesterday evening and showing again this evening from 6.15pm. This is the first county record of this species and had been seen earlier today by DHB and me in a private access pit a couple of miles away to the east briefly at 10.10am. Bizarrely, Caspian Gulls (1fw 1sw) outnumbered Common Gulls (none) and there were several (20+) Yellow-legged Gulls present as well - they were mostly adults but included two juv cum first-winter birds too.

A calling Green Sandpiper flying over this evening is unusual here and early afternoon DHB and I saw a Turtle Dove perched in a large willow along the south-west shore.A gulltastic day!


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