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).

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

4th-ever GREAT WHITE EGRET for Bedfordshire

I finally caught up with this GREAT WHITE EGRET this afternoon, thanks to Jim Gurney and Roy Dunham. Despite dipping twice on the bird at Roxton River Pit, I eventually saw (and photographed) it when Roy relocated it on the main pit; it's stay was very short-lived though - the bird flying west to roost on the islands of the River Pit at 3.45pm.

These two drake GOOSANDERS were present on the River Pit...

At Blunham Lake, a single Little Egret was roosting on the island, with 6 Grey Heron present, 106 Greylag Geese, 70 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 34 Wigeon, a drake Shoveler, 84 Tufted Duck and 62 Pochard

Roy had also located the Pink-footed Goose with Greylag just west of Peacock's Lake, Broom, but there was no sign of it when Jim Gurney and I looked shortly later (nor of the wintering male Merlin)

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