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, 2 January 2016

New Years Day with Martin Palmer Birding

Hi all,
had a day of two halves y’day – brilliant in the morning but tailing off dramatically in the afternoon. Thanks to directions from Stu Warren, I caught up with the Roger Hick’s Poppy Hill Farm Great Grey Shrike and left there at 1.25 with my day’s species tally on 73 then, in the next 3 hours, I visited Langford Mill, Gypsy Lane E + W, Broom Lake, lanes from Southill to Houghton Conquest, Quest ClP, Chimney Corner South ClP, Brogborough Lake and Stewartby Lake but only added another half dozen species ~ Long-tailed Tit, Greenfinch, Red Crested Pochard, Great Black-back and Goldeneye then Feral Pigeon on Kempston Keep as I passed by at dusk.
Nonetheless, a very satisfying day out – 5 raptors, 2 owls + GGS being one highlight; finding G N Diver and Scaup on Rookery North being another and getting some great views of the c60 strong flock of Lesser and Mealy Redpolls by Broom Village Pond being a third. Very satisfying were a small flock of 3 mixed bunting sp with Linnets at Pasture Farm entrance track south of Cardington. I totalled 79 species so (only) just pipped Roger’s tally despite covering a good few more miles.
I could, perhaps should, have had at least another 11 species to reach a magic 90 but I failed to find any Common Snipe, Jack Snipe or Green Sandpiper at up to 4 suitable sites I visited, neither, surprisingly, could I find any Red-legged Partridges, Stock Doves, Kingfisher or Bullfinches, nor any Egyptian Geese along Harrowden Lane nor the recent Pintail at Broom Lake.
My diversion to Poppy Hill and Langford Mill meant I didn’t visit The Lodge so I could have had Brambling, Siskin and, perhaps Raven and Woodcock there – there were none of the latter pair in suitable habitat I visited in the Old warden area. A walk along Meadow Lane/BSTW failed to produce the hoped for Chiffy and maybe Firecrest and I ran out of “passerine” time to visit MVMP or MSTW for e.g. Chiffchaffs, Stonechat and possibly Bearded Tit – also Water Rail. Overall finch numbers were very poor throughout the day – apart from the Redpolls -  and my only House Sparrows were a few in Southill.
My list is below – Roger, I wonder how many we got between us? Thanks to all friends I met out and about y’day and messages of sightings from Pip, Richard, Steve, Martin G, Stu W etc All the best to all for 2016,

  1. Great Northern Diver
  2. Great Crested Grebe
  3. Dabchick
  4. Cormorant
  5. Little Egret
  6. Grey Heron
  7. Mute Swan
  8. Greylag
  9. Barnacle
  10. Canada Goose
  11. Mallard
  12. Gadwall
  13. Wigeon
  14. Common Teal
  15. Shoveler
  16. Tufted Duck
  17. Greater Scaup
  18. Common Pochard
  19. Red Crested Pochard
  20. Goldeneye
  21. Coot
  22. Moorhen
  23. Pheasant
  24. Grey Partridge
  25. Red Kite
  26. Common Buzzard
  27. Sparrowhawk
  28. Peregrine
  29. Kestrel
  30. Lapwing
  31. Golden Plover
  32. Great Black-back
  33. Herring Gull
  34. Lesser Black-back
  35. Common Gull
  36. B H Gull
  37. Carrion Crow
  38. Rook
  39. Jackdaw
  40. Magpie
  41. Jay
  42. Wood Pigeon
  43. Feral Pigeon
  44. Collared Dove
  45. Little Owl
  46. Short-eared Owl
  47. Green Woodpecker
  48. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  49. Skylark
  50. Meadow Pipit
  51. Grey Wagtail
  52. Pied Wagtail
  53. Great Tit
  54. Blue Tit
  55. Coal Tit
  56. Long-tailed Tit
  57. Treecreeper
  58. Nuthatch
  59. Goldcrest
  60. Wren
  61. Dunnock
  62. Robin
  63. Starling
  64. Blackbird
  65. Song Thrush
  66. Redwing
  67. Filedfare
  68. Mistle Thrush
  69. Great Grey Shrike
  70. House Sparrow
  71. Chaffinch
  72. Greenfinch
  73. Goldfinch
  74. Linnet
  75. Lesser Redpoll
  76. Mealy Redpoll
  77. Reed Bunting
  78. Yellowhammer
  79. Corn Bunting

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