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).

Sunday, 3 March 2013

BITTERN again at Chimney Corner 2/3

Another run around some pits this morning produced some nice birds. Firstly I passed a flock of 22 WAXWINGS sitting in a tree behind bungalows just north of Westoning by A5120 as I went that way with the A6 closed for roadworks. Brogborough had some new GREATER SCAUP'S, last weekend's two males have now been joined by two more pairs so four males and two females there altogether, also plenty of Goldeneye remaining, many displaying. Chimney Corner South had remaining male SCAUP from last week, a female PINTAIL and a BITTERN in flight while Rookery contained a scattering of Teal, a COMMON RAVEN cronking over and a Little Egret which may have been the same as one seen dropping in from height to the Pillinge earlier in the morning, where an Oystercatcher was my first one in beds this year. Also heard my first Cetti song of the year this morning at WL9 by the vehicle entrance to MVCP and a Common Redshank seen distantly again on the slipway at Stewartby Lake. Back home to find a Stock Dove on the lawn, fir st this year of a very scarce visitor (Andy Grimsey)

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