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, 18 October 2014

Bedfordshire's Purple Patch continues......

On Tuesday (14 October) following a day of Northeasterly gales on Monday, Barry Nightingale discovered a juvenile GREAT SKUA on Brogborough Lake - the bird remaining for about two hours before flying off high west. It spent the majority of its time attacking the resident Coot flock (see my images below)....

Whilst trying to relocate the Great Skua on Stewartby Lake, Tony Donnelly then discovered a juvenile NORTHERN GANNET - this bird too spending about two hours in the county.

On Thursday (16 October), Steve Blain relocated the Radwell DOTTEREL in fields between Biggleswade and Sandy after it had been photographed Wednesday evening at Gypsy Lane East with the Golden Plover flock.

Lastly, Jon Palmer located the Streatley GREAT GREY SHRIKE for its 4th consecutive winter - the bird roosting in the hedgerow just east of the Swiss Cottage on the Icknield Way. Like in previous years, best looked for two hours after dawn.

No sign of the Great Grey Shrike when I visited Friday but 6 CORN BUNTINGS were of note

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