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).

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Roosting gulls

Brogboro' Lake (4.05 to 5.00pm, with DHB, JG and latterly NW)

1 adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL amongst a few thousand BH and Common Gulls, just 9 argenteus Herring Gulls and 2 Lesser Black-backs1 drake Goosander, several Goldeneye, 1 drake Wigeon

other species as usual - most of the ducks were a long way off so we didn't look for any Scaup

Stewartby Lake (5.08 to 5.18 with DHB)

An amazing 42 Little Grebes in three tight groups mid centre of the lake, a dispersing roost of only a 100 or so gulls including 7 L B Backs which had all flown by our departure, the remainder being mostly Common Gulls with some B H gullsboth lakes completely ice free

Martin J Palmer

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