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).

Sunday, 8 January 2012

COMMON GOLDENEYE at Southill Lake - first since 1992

Rarest site bird by far was a duck Common Goldeneye, the first at Southill since November 1992. Otherwise counts inc 72 Mallards, 6 Gadwalls, one Shoveler, 25 Teals, 68 Tufted Ducks, 41 Pochards, 46 Coots and two Little Grebes - pretty average fare. No GC Grebes or Mandarins. Also a few Siskins over and Marsh Tit. Five Common Buzzards and at least two Red Kites made up the raptor contingent (Barry Nightingale)

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