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).

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Woburn Park and environs

Duck numbers in Woburn Pk this am reasonable, inc 129 Wigeon, 44 Gadwall, 80 Mallard, 77 Tufted, 112 Greylags, 6 Shoveler. I presume all last years off-spring from the Black Swans and Egyptian Geese have left the parish, as only the adults are left.

Big flock of Siskins swirling around Eversholt Lake. Impossible to count, but I estimated 180. On the lake itself not a single wildfowl. With other 'no birds' visits by other observers recently can only assume that something has happened to the water quality. Very strange

At Milton Bryan Pond 42 Mallards and 2 Moorhens, also various released exotics inc R C Pochard and about 4 Ferruginous Ducks.

Mill Pond 4 Coots and 6 Mute Swans

At least 40 Waxwings near Millbrook Stn at 11:00 am.

At Stewartby a Little Egret, Common Redshank, 11 G C Grebes, 8 Siskins, 13 Gadwall, a Wigeon and a few other bits and pieces. Of interest was a very pale falcon hybrid (female size) on one of the chimneys, which, for about ten minutes, was continually dive-bombed by the 'resident' male Peregrine.

Barry Nightingale

Meanwhile, Darin Stanley saw the male MERLIN again near Streatley, and a PEREGRINE, whilst 25 or so WAXWINGS were still present at Marston Vale, and the SLAVONIAN GREBE and GREATER SCAUP at Brogborough Lake. Steve Blain further reported both PINK-FOOTED GOOSE and MERLIN at Broom

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