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).

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Heavy overnight show then a WHITE-TAILED SEA EAGLE


The region was blessed with another 3-6 inches of fresh snow overnight which meant birding for me was once again put on hold - roads had to be cleared

At 1359 hours, I took a call from a very excited Duncan Coates who was at EAST HYDE twitching Jack Snipes. Incredibly, a juvenile WHITE-TAILED SEA EAGLE had appeared from the Batford direction and was flying fairly slowly but steadily north over the sewage treatment works. It continued flying north along the course of the Lea but was lost from view five minutes later as it flew NE towards Peters Green and Luton Airport........A phenomenal sighting

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