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, 7 February 2012

Perched MERLIN

Having the opportunity to leave work in London early this afternoon, I decided to head north up the A1 to try for Jim Gurney's TUNDRA BEAN GEESE at Blunham Lake. I pulled up beside the lake at 14.45 and immediately saw the geese on the ice on the eastern side of the lake. Next moved onto Gypsy Lane West where the redhead SMEW was feeding in the ice free northern end of the lake beside the lay-by. Returning back along Gypsy Lane towards Hill Lane, I noticed what looked like a small raptor on telegraph wires above the unmade road leading to Brookland Farm. I pulled over and there on the wire was a stunning male MERLIN. Three excellent Beds birds in an hour and I didn't even have to get out of the car (Johnny Lynch)

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