Following on from the success of the first ever Ely bird race back in May, five teams set out early on the 20th November to once again try to see and hear as many bird species as possible in a single morning in the Wildspace. The winning team was captained by Ben Green and recorded an impressive 62 species, including scarce local species such as Bearded Tit and Marsh Harrier. Seventy one species were seen in total across the teams, bringing the grand total number of species recorded during the two 2011 bird races to a nice round 100 – an amazing achievement, and a testament to the amazing wildlife sites we have around Ely (click here for the species seen). Everyone had a great time in the winter sunshine, and the morning was rounded off by some excellent food back at the sailing club. But can we beat 100 next year?