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).

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

GREAT GREY SHRIKE very briefly near Upper Caldecote

I passed the bird on the left hand side of the road as I approached Upper Caldecote around 07:45 and needed to turn back. I parked in the rough lay by just north of the "Rumble Strips Ahead" sign heading south into the village and walked along the verge. The bird was perched in the tree beyond the sign. I didn't have optics but was reasonably close - rang Steve Blain and the bird then flew south, low along the hedge line. I turned the car around again but couldn't see where it had gone and didn't have time to hang around. On my return from Biggleswade around 08:50, I again couldn't stop but didn't see it along the hedge line from the village to the road sign where it had flown (Robin Edwards)

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