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, 11 October 2014

Well LESSER GREY SHRIKE lasted all of 6 hours.....

Here’s a couple of record photos of the LESSER GREY SHRIKE…….. the upper shot was the first taken (3.13pm) and from which I called the bird as a Lesser and not Great. So good that so many managed to get there during the afternoon – over 40 I think.

Thanks especially to Kathy Sims who put an email out at 2.17 re her husband Peter finding a (presumed) Great Grey Shrike at 11.30, (and picked up on by RBA with a pager message at 2.23), but also a huge thanks to Andy Plumb for sending out text messages at 2.30 so as some of us old’uns out in the field got to hear and went over to check it out. JG and I got there at c3.05 at much same time as Andy Jackson who had just latched on to the bird along its favoured fence line. With a mask that huge, alarm bells rang as soon as I looked at it and it was time to get ‘phoning…. Hoorah!!

Congrats on your 250th. Pete Smith said it was his 260th and Bob Chalkley his 255th as it was for Jim Gurney. Pip moves on to 254 as does Rob Dazley. John Bowler and RIB used to be on similar tallies, hopefully they’ll let us know how many soon. DHB moves to 263, Barry, Lee, DJO and I are on 262 – that’s BOU listings Lee. I doubt we’ll find out what Lol’s list is!

Martin Palmer

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