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).

Thursday, 3 May 2012


Without doubt, bird of the day was a first-summer PURPLE HERON that Mark Thomas picked up flying SE over Peacocks Lake, Broom, at 1857 hours; Jim Gurney managed to just get onto it too after a hasty call from MT

Meanwhile, early on, Stewartby Lake had been the place to be, with 2 adult KITTIWAKES present from 0650-0800 hours (Keith Owen, Chris Dreary), the drake COMMON SCOTER, the continuing SLAV, a nice summer-plumaged SANDERLING on the slipway (KO et al) (flew off just before midday) and a first-summer LITTLE GULL briefly (KO) (which relocated to Brogborough - Dave Odell).

Returning to Broom GP, Mark Thomas found a summer-plumaged TURNSTONE on Peacock's Lake, with DUNLIN numbers at Gypsy Lane East increasing from 4 to 13 by the end of the day (Matt Burgess, SCB, et al). A male WHITE WAGTAIL also appeared there, with 6 BLACK-TAILED GODWITS north through Peacock's at 2034 hours (SCB).

Martin Palmer discovered 3 SANDWICH TERNS at Stewartby lake at 1145 hours, these remaining for about 20 minutes before flying off, with 3 ARCTIC TERNS at Derek White's later (SCB). Another TURNSTONE appeared at Millbrook Pillinge early afternoon (Dave Ball et al), with 5 Northern Wheatears and a female WHINCHAT at Poppy Hill Farm Paddocks at Langford (TL 191 397) (Roger Hicks; Andy & Melissa Banthorpe)

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