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, 3 February 2012

Cold blast produces birds including record flock of TUNDRA BEANS

A great day in the county today, no doubt created by the arrival of the deep freeze.....

EURASIAN BITTERNS forced out into the open by ice included single at Willington GP (Mark Thomas, Lol & Bob), Millbrook Pillinge Pit (Steve Northwood) and the west end of Brogborough Lake (Lol & Bob), whilst Jim Gurney's flock of 10 TUNDRA BEAN GEESE at Blunham Lake remained all afternoon on the ice (Richard Bashford, LGRE, MJP, MT, et al). This is the largest flock ever recorded in the county.

SMEWS irrupted from the east with Steve Blain's redhead still on Broom Gypsy Lane GP West (MT, LGRE, MJP, JG, et al), with 3 more redheads on Millbrook Pillinge Pit (SN, LGRE), where the female COMMON SCOTER still remains at the SW end (SN, LGRE).

Dave Ball discovered 8 NORTHERN PINTAILS at Radwell, with 3 more at Peacock's Lake, Broom (MJP).

Two SHORT-EARED OWLS and two COMMON STONECHATS remain at The Wixams

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