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).

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

REDSTART on Blows Downs

07:30-12:15 The Blows Downs were alive with birds this morning. The highlight was a male COMMON REDSTART showing well in the chalk pit, with possibly a second bird also present. A close second was an elusive Acrocephalus warbler on the brow of Tesco slope, but views were too brief to confirm identification. There were many migrant passerine flocks roaming across the slopes (with 30+ Blackcap, 20+ Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, and at least 8 Lesser Whitethroats), a flyover Swallow, Red Kite, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 5 Jays, Green and GS Woodpeckers, and double figure counts of Bullfinch. An extremely enjoyable walk (per Steffan)

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