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 November 2014

TREE SPARROWS back on the menu in Bedfordshire......

Evenin’ all…. I went for a farmland walk between Ickwell and Upper Caldicote late morning and amongst a good array of passerines happened on at least 7 TREE SPARROWS in a hedgerow at TL160 462 – this is quite near but apparently not the same site from where a few were reported by Steve Blain some days ago. For those wishing to look for them, take the Caldecote Road east from Ickwell which becomes the Ickwell Road some way along it. Some 250m east of the Vets establishment there is room to park on a dirt pull-in just off of the south side of the road at TL1624 4584. A public footpath runs north from here and you should walk some 400m along it when you will reach a hedgerow running away to the west. Amongst the plentiful Reed Buntings and Linnets you should find the Tree Sparrows as well as the odd Yellowhammer and Greenfinch. Starlings, Mipits and, especially, Skylarks were all seen well either side of the footpath. Good Luck! I’ve sent Steve Blain a record photo of 5 of them to put on the Bedsbirds Images blog (Martin J Palmer)

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