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, 1 February 2014

Yesterday Roundup - MJP

Sorry for late posting….. spent 10.00 to 3.00 “in the field” y’day 31/1 and then, after a hospital visit, v. brief visits to Stew Lake and Broggie between 4.30 and 4.50.

Highlights were:

Octagon Farm:~ Little Egret, 3 Snipe, 4 Bullfinches

Bedford STW:~ Green Sandpiper calling and seen well as it flew south-east over the A421 towards Cople, 1 Chiffchaff again, calling and showing well along the hedgerow

Meadow Lane GP’s:~ 2 Mistle Thrushes, well over 1500 Golden Plover (possibly twice that figure) and 500+ Lapwings, 18 Skylarks, 4 Mipits, 2 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Common Redshank again

Mox Hill:~ 2 Mistle Thrushes

Sheerhatch:~ 2 Red Kites south of the reservoir

Swiss Garden:~ no luck (again) with L Sp W’pecker but 1 Jay and 13 Siskins by roadside trees

G M Growers, U Caldecote:~ 2 Grey Partridges west of, 1 very nice jumbo hot-dog with all the trimmings = excellent cholesterol count!

Furzenhall Farm;~ raining now and bleak but pair of Stonechats showing very well in the first paddocks

Gypsy Lane West:~ rain, no Merlin, no Blain, no Curlew

Gypsy Lane East:~ rain, 1 Shelduck

Southill Bend:~ 1 female Brambling amongst flock of 50+ Chaffinches but no show by Linnet flock

Southill Lake:~ 50+ Greylags but no Egyptian Geese or Pinkfoot today, 14 Brown Hares in field on north side of lane

Pastures Farm, S of Cardington:~ 14 Yellowhammers, 3 Corn Buntings, 1 Reed Bunting – it is important to only view from the Southill Road here, the farm track is strictly private (TL095463)

Stewartby Lake:~ appalling conditions with no wildfowl visible but 2 argenteus Harring Gulls, 3 L B Backs, 1 adult Great Black-back

Brogborough Lake:~ just 1f Goldeneye from the gull watchpoint, no gulls, 28 Cormorants. The wildfowl, apart from Coots spread across the lake, were all gathered tightly in the south-east corner away from the horrid weather.

In all 74 species today, 4 up on my New Year day list with Green Sandpiper and Stonechat taking my Beds year-list up to 106, (4 down on 2013), of which 96 have counted as self-found. The total County year-list at the end of January is 115 which I’ll detail over the weekend in a separate email.


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