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).

Friday, 4 May 2012

Another hectic but frustrating day

Early morning saw a SANDERLING at Gypsy Lane East (many observers), with the GREY PLOVER still in the field just west of Peacock's Lake (Steve Blain). Next off, a TURNSTONE appeared on Millbrook Pillinge (Nick Cook), whilst on Stewartby Lake, the breeding-plumaged SLAVONIAN GREBE, drake COMMON SCOTER, 8 Yellow Wagtails and TURTLE DOVE remained (LGRE et al).

A WHINCHAT was behind Toddinton Services (Chris Dreary), with the female still at Blows Downs.

Yesterday's Pillinge BLACK-NECKED GREBES (3 birds) relocated east to Derek White's Pit (SCB et al), whilst Broom Gypsy Lane East & West during the afternoon produced a single DUNLIN and Common Sandpiper (LGRE & Stuart Warren), a BAR-TAILED GODWIT (SCB, Matt Burgess, et al), a WHIMBREL very briefly (Jim Gurney) and a flock of 6 GREY PLOVERS (JG, MJP)

The first-summer LITTLE GULL continues for a third day at Brogborough Lake (LGRE) with a WHIMBREL at lunchtime on Biggleswade Common (Kathy Sims)

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