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).

Monday, 19 November 2012

male MERLIN at Broom

I saw the adult male MERLIN again on the muddy area of Gypsy Lane West this lunchtime. This must be one of the easiest to see Merlins ever in Beds, as I've now seen it about six times in the last month, with others seeing it in between.

The best times to have a look seems to be weekday lunchtimes when it's fairly quiet. It tends to sit either on the mud or on the wooden levelling posts around grid ref: TL177439 and is surprisingly faithful to this small area.

This area is easily viewed from the bridge which the bridleway crosses at grid ref: TL178441 but you may need a scope for a good view. My last tip is to scan carefully, as the blue back can be easy to miss against the grey of the clay mud, especially if it's a south-west wind as it will be facing away from you from the bridge.

Other news includes a single WAXWING along Sunderland Road, Sandy this morning, per Mark Gurney.

Steve Blain

No comments:

Post a Comment