Late afternoon I put quite a few sardines out at Willington on the ice next to the reed edge on the west bank, by dusk 4 WATER RAILS were feeding together on them with at least another 6 calling around the site. The wintering BITTERN jumped up in the NW corner at 4.40hrs and then at 5.05 flew down the lagoon toward the East bank before dropping in to the reeds in the middle of the east bank.
Other birds here today, L Egret, Kingfisher, Common Snipe, teal 118, gc grebe 4, wigeon 111.
Total Number of Species Recorded in 2011
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).