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).

Friday, 23 December 2011

The demise of the Stewartby gull roost

Well someone's got to be mad enough....... Keith Owen and I did Stew Lake roost this evening!

The juvenile GREAT NORTHERN DIVER was still present in the middle of the lake 3.45 pm but mobile, a Kingfisher flew in to land close to the gull watchpoint, 9 Dabchicks and c dozen G C Grebes bobbed about the waves as did several Coots and 8 Wigeon. A male Bullfinch showed well but briefly.

Gulls were huddled toward the west (Marston) corner though numbers were poor with perhaps 400 B H Gulls but more flying through, 59 Common Gulls, 1 Great Black-back, 2 L B Backs and 5 Herring Gulls - with the tip finished, Stew Lake roost like Brog Lake a few years back will quickly cease to bring in any good numbers and any scarcities except perhaps in passage periods. What'll I do now? - I know, count ducks!

Happy Christmas, Martin J Palmer

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