The quick rules are that birds must be seen in Bedfordshire between 00:00 on 25/12/2016 and 24:00 on 31/12/2016. You have seven days to find as many species as possible. In 2015 we found 109 species and average over the 14 years is now 112.
We have a core list of 87 species that have been found in all the 14 years we have run this but others only turn up occasionally or maybe in half the years. Redshank was not seen in 2015 and that meant the core list went to 87 from 88.
155 species have been seen over the 14 years and in the list below only Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Rock Pipit & Willow Tit have not been seen. In 2015 Great White Egret and Brent Goose were seen for only the second year. GWE was added to the list in 2014 and Brent Goose had previously only been seen in 2008.
For a proper write-up on the first ten years of the Christmas Birdhunt then please see the 2011 county bird report.
So what will be found this year? We will only know if as many people as possible take part and report what they find. You can spend as little or as much time as you wish looking for birds on this the only rules are that the sightings must be in Bedfordshire and within the 7 day period from Christmas Day to the end of the year.
You can submit sightings either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, on the Bedsbirds email group, by phone to me on 01462 850753, or indeed by post to 32 Long Close, Lower Stondon, Beds, SG16 6JS.
|TOTAL SO FAR:||112 species|
Below is the list of species with a Y or N indicating whether seen yet or not:
|Common Name||Seen (Y/N)|
|Tundra Bean Goose||N|
|Greater Canada Goose||Y|
|Lady Amherst’s Pheasant||N|
|Great Northern Diver||N|
|Great White Egret||N|
|Great Crested Grebe||Y|
|European Golden Plover||Y|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull||Y|
|Great Black-backed Gull||Y|
|Rock / Feral Pigeon||Y|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker||Y|
|Lesser Spotted Woodpecker||N|