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, 21 April 2014

North East Beds RING OUZEL

At about 08:15 this morning, I flushed what I am fairly certain was a female Ring Ouzel in thick fog, flying away from me, in the scrub to the north of the paddocks, opposite The Lodge Gatehouse. Despite searching, I could not relocate it - typically for a spring Ring Ouzel. 

Some time later (about 10:15, I guess), I was walking along the footpath between Lowfield Farm and Hazells Farm, when I heard a Ring Ouzel alarming. Minutes later, I was briefly watching a female in the sheep field at TL187503, some 1000m north of my earlier 'probable.' 

In the ploughed field adjacent to Everton Park (where RIB had a White Wagtail last week), there was a distant, unsexed Wheatear, and my first Garden Warblers of the year were at Sandy Heath and Deepdale. Lesser Whitethroats seemingly all over the place this morning.

Times approximate as I left my 'phone at home...good job the biggy didn't drop.

Darren Oakley Martin

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