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).

Sunday, 4 January 2015

First-ever BLACK-NECKED GREBE for Dunstable Sewage Works

Out and about in BEDFORDSHIRE today but birding restricted due to very dense fog which persisted all day.....

Highlight was DUNSTABLE SEWAGE WORK's first-ever BLACK-NECKED GREBE - showing well on pan 3 (see images below). Also there were both semi-resident Whooper Swans, 15 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, the odd Teal, 5 Redwing, 2 Bullfinch and a wintering COMMON CHIFFCHAFF...
STOCKGROVE COUNTRY PARK held just 1 drake MANDARIN DUCK, with 20+ Grey Squirrel, Nuthatch, 8+ Great Tit and Goldcrest showing well and Sparrowhawk also recorded.

Little of note in WOBURN PARK other than 155 Wigeon, 10 Mute Swan, Australian Black Swan pair, 18 Gadwall, 32 Tufted Duck, 43 Coot, Nuthatch and Coal Tit, whilst EVERSHOLT LAKE added 2 GOOSANDER (pair), Jay, Song Thrush and a charm of 42 Goldfinch feeding on Alder mast beneath the trees.

The drake COMMON SCOTER remained on STEWARTBY LAKE, as did 5 COMMON CHIFFCHAFF and a SIBERIAN-TYPE at Marston Sewage Works

The leucistic Cormorant was roosting on BROGBOROUGH LAKE

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