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, 13 May 2013


Another very unseasonal day with strong WNW winds and cool temperatures....
At SHARDELOES LAKE (BUCKS) first thing, the nesting Mute Swans, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, male Common Kestrel, immature Argenteus Herring Gull, 38 Coot (including 11 active nests and two familes) and Barn Swallow
And then on to BEDFORDSHIRE where..........
Thanks to Stephen Northwood, I eventually connected with the COMMON NIGHTINGALE in dense scrub immediately north of AMPTHILL BOWLING GREEN (accessed from Church Avenue), the coppice also harbouring both Common Chiffchaff and Blackcap
At BROOM GP GYPSY LANE EAST, the summer-plumaged adult TURNSTONE was present for its third day (see record shots below), as well as 1 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 28 Mute Swans, 9 Common Shelduck, Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher pair and 40 Common Swifts, with another 240 Common Swifts over neighbouring PEACOCKS LAKE. A pair of GREY PARTRIDGES was also seen.

To the north, TEMPSFORD CHURCHYARD yielded my first pair of SPOTTED FLYCATCHER of the year, whilst BEGWARY BROOK NR, WYBOSTON held a singing male Garden Warbler


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