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December 2019 Bird News

Great White Egret – reports included one regularly roosting at Priory CP early in the month noted from 6th with two there on 15th with presumably one of the same birds seen at 100 Acre Lake also on 15th, also maybe the same individuals recorded elsewhere as one at Willington GP on 24th and two at Octagon Farm GP on 31st. Elsewhere one was at Brogborough Lake on 29th

Pink-Footed Goose – one at Meadow Lane 25th to 30th at least

Ruddy Shelduck – pair at MCP Wetlands NR on three dates between 1st and 6th and reported again on 21st

Common Shelduck – two at Dunstable STW 27th

Pintail – adult male at Grovebury SP on 28th and 29th, another or the same at Brogborough Lake on 30th

Red-crested Pochard – pair at Cuckoo Bridge Lake on 3rd, female at MCP Wetlands NR on 6th, female at Brogborough Lake 27th and 30th

Ring-necked Duck – the bird from November was noted again at Priory CP on 13th and Gadsey Brook GP on 31st

Common Scoter – one at Grovebury SP on 22nd

Goosander – one at Brogborough Lake on 3rd, five at Felmersham GP on 14th, two in Woburn Park on 25th, one at Henlow Lakes on 28th

Goldeneye – two at Stewartby on 26th and 27th

Marsh Harrier – one around the brick pits again during the month

Hen Harrier – one passed through Grovebury SP on 8th

Jack Snipe – one at Meadow Lane on 25th

Black-tailed Godwit – two at Chimney Corner North on 27th

Mediterranean Gull – one adult on 29th and two adults on 31st in roost at Stewartby Lake

Little Gull – one on Peacocks Lake at Broom GP on 29th

Caspian Gull – one at Grovebury SP on 2nd, a 2w at Brogborough Lake on 27th and 29th

Yellow-legged Gull – a few individuals noted in roost at Stewartby through the month

Great Black-backed Gull – increasingly scarce in the county, two at Brogborough Lake and a few individuals the Stewartby Lake roost in the last week of the month

Ring-necked Parakeet – three in Bedford on 3rd

Merlin – one near Streatley on 11th, another near Old Warden on 23rd

Waxwing- one in Bedford on 25th

Great Grey Shrike – the bird first noted in November was still present to 30th at least with a report of two birds present on one day early in the month

BLACK-THROATED THRUSH – A first for the county identified from a photograph taken at Whipsnade Zoo on 11th before being seen again by a number of observers on 13th and then daily into the New Year 2020

Stonechat – pairs opposite The Lodge and near Upper Caldecote on 2nd, one in Chimney Corner North pit on 5th, four at Yielden Airfield on 26th, one at Meadow Lane 27th, two at MCP Wetlands NR on 29th

Chiffchaff – one of “tristis” race noted at Bedford STW on 7th, 8th and 27th with good numbers of regular “collybita”

Firecrest – two at Capability Green in Luton on 5th, one at Brogborough Hill on 16th and 31st

Siskin – relatively scarce so far this winter, but c50 at Sandy Smith NR on 27th

November 2019 Bird News

Great White Egret – one at Priory CP on 5th and 13th, one at Willington GP on 9th, two at Cuckoo Bridge Lake on 20th-22nd, one south of Sandy from train on 23rd

Whooper Swan – five reported in flight near Luton on 30th, a family group of two adults and three youngsters

Greylag Goose – a massive count of 1460 at Broom GP on 27th

Pink-footed Goose – one with Barnacle Goose flock at Roxton on 1st

Pintail – male near Dunstable STW on 8th, female at Broom GLE on 15th, another at Flitwick STW on 17th and 18th

Gadwall /Wigeon hybrid – one at Blunham on 26th

Red-crested Pochard – four (3m, 1f) at Grovebury SP on 10th, one female at Flitwick STW on 18th and 23rd at least

Pochard – 180 at Brogborough Tip Lake was a high count on 16th

Ring-necked Duck – one at Cuckoo Bridge Lake on 20th to 22nd

Goldeneye – 17 at Brogborough Lake on 17th, one at Blunham on 26th

Goosander – female at Wilden on 10th

Smew – one “redhead” at Meadow Lane GP on 9th

Marsh Harrier – one around the brick pits during the month

Avocet – one flew over Quest ClP on 7th

Woodcock – a a few wintering birds reported including nine around Sandy Smith/Chicksands area on 30th

Little Gull – one at Houghton Brook pools on 7th

Short-eared Owl – one on Brogborough Tip on 20th, another just north of Barton-le-Clay on 26th

Ring-necked Parakeet – three investigating suitable nesting holes in  Wardown Park, Luton on 17th

Swallow – one late bird near Meppershall on 8th

Rock Pipit – one at Broom GLE on 1st

Great Grey Shrike – one between Brogborough Lake and Brogborough Hill from 19th into December

Stonechat – one near Linslade on 10th, four at Houghton Brook pools on 10th, two at Brogborough Tip on 16th

Redstart – one late bird near Rowney Warren on 4th

Tree Sparrow – one in a garden in Radwell on 2nd

Snow Bunting – one in flight between Broom and Southill on 24th

October 2019 Bird News

Cormorant – count of 82 from Priory CP on 31st

Great Egret – one at Willington GP on 19th

Teal – a leucisitic bird has been seen on a few occasions in Chimney Corner North

Pintail – male at Grovebury on 20th

Red-crested Pochard – male at Grovebury on 20th

Ring-necked Duck – an eclipse adult male at MCP Wetlands NR on 5th until 17th was the first in the county since 2006

Scaup – one at MCP Wetlands NR from 16th until 20th

Common Scoter – one in Coronation ClP on 21st

Goldeneye – five at Priory CP on 28th

Osprey – one over Broom on 3rd

Goshawk – one reported over The Lodge 9th, another escaped bird from Flitwick was around Stewartby area early in the month before being returned to its owner

Harris Hawk – one seen near Cople has been noted as having been living as a feral bird for some three years

Black-tailed Godwit – one at Chimney Corner North on 2nd

Dunlin – one at Broom GLE 29th

Yellow-legged Gull – one at Stewartby on 16th, one in CCN on 25th, one at Broom GLE on 29th

Caspian Gull – one at Grovebury SP on 13th at least was carrying a yellow ring demonstrating German origin

Mediterranean Gull – one at Grovebury SP on 13th

Ring-necked Parakeet – one in Wootton on 16th, four in Biddeham on 31st

Rock Pipit – one at Radwell Lakes on 13th

Ring Ouzel – one over The Pinnacle, Sandy on 12th, one at Knocking Hoe on 20th

Stonechat – one in Ridgeway Wood on 15th, one in Woburn Park on 18th

Firecrest – one in a Langford garden on 24th, one in Ampthill Park on 27th

Brambling – birds noted at Knocking Hoe and Sharpenhoe Clappers on 20th

Hawfinch – one heard over Knocking Hoe on 20th

September 2019 Bird News

Great White Egret – one flew along the River Ivel at Sandy on 12th, one at Willington GP on 17th and 18th, three at Brogborough Tip pools on 20th, presumably same three at Coronation ClP on 21st and two at Chimney Corner North on 22nd, one at Grovebury SP 21st was first for the site.

Snow Goose – one presumed escaped bird at Brogborough Tip pools on 20th – 23rd at least

Ross Goose – one escaped bird at Brogborough Lake on 30th

Pink-footed Goose – one at Willington GP on 17th and 18th

Egyptian Goose – eight were at Peacocks Lake, Broom on 28th

Garganey – bird at Broom GP from August present until 27th Sept at least, one at Chimney Corner North on 7th

Teal – a leucistic bird in Chimney Corner North on 30th

Pintail – one at Millenium CP 7th and 13th

Red-crested Pochard – one juvenile at Millenium CP 8th

Marsh Harrier – two at Quest Pit 8th, one at Millenium CP 13th

Harrier sp – one ringtail at Brogborough Tip on 23rd

Osprey – one over RSPB Sandy 6th

Ringed Plover – one at Grovebury on 1st

Golden Plover – two at Broom GLE 8th

Dunlin – two at Grovebury 12th, two at Broom East 28th

Curlew Sandpiper – one juvenile at Dunstable STW on 17th

Knot – one at Grovebury on 9th

Ruff – one at Broom GLE 8th and 9th

Pectoral Sandpiper – bird at Broom GP from 31st August reported until 2nd Sept

Black-tailed Godwit – one at CCN 1st

Greenshank – one at Broom GLE 6th, two at Millenium CP 7th and 13th, one at Brogborough Tip 8th, one at Millenium CP 20th

Spotted Redshank – one at Broom GLE 8th

Common Sandpiper – two at Millenium CP 13th, one on 20th, one at Priory CP on 24th

Mediterranean Gull – adult at Grovebury on 1st, three there on 12th, another there on 21st, two adults on 28th

Yellow-legged Gull – three at CCN 13th

Caspian Gull – a regular bird at roost in Grovebury SP, another adult there 12th, a 1st-winter there on 29th

Sandwich Tern – two briefly at Millenium CP 20th

Turtle Dove – pair summering at Brogborough Tip/Marston Thrift still present on 1st Sept

Hobby – birds remained towards end of month with one near Wootton on 22nd

Swift – two over Luton on 14th

Yellow Wagtail – 16 in field between Broom and Stanford on 8th

Wheatear – one at Pegsdon 14th, three there on 15th, two at Sharpenhoe on 30th

Black Redstart – one at Luton Hoo 2nd

Redstart-  one at Brogborough Hill on 1st, three on Blows Down 22nd

Stonechat – bird at Brogborough Tip from August until 13th at least, pair at Pegsdon 14th, pairs at Stopsley Common and Blows Downs and three near A421 Swan Roundabout on 22nd, with eleven at Brogborough Tip on 26th where eight remained on 28th, five at Blows Down also on 28th

Whinchat –  nine at Brogborough Tip on 1st, three there on 13th, two at Pegsdon 2nd, one at Streatley 22nd, one at Brogborough Tip on 26th

Spotted Flycatcher – one at Willington 11th, one at Pegsdon 14th and 15th

Pied Flycatcher – one remaining at Pegsdon 2nd

August 2019 Bird News

Barnacle Goose – 29 in CCN on 8th, 35 on 21st

Garganey – one at Broom East 19th until end of month

Pintail –  two at MCP Wetlands 17th

Red-crested Pochard – one at MCP Wetlands 17th

Marsh Harrier – one female around the brick pits through the month

Little Ringed Plover – five at Grovebury 25th

Dunlin – one at Brogborough Tip 19th, one at Grovebury 25th

Pectoral Sandpiper – one at Broom 31st

Greenshank – two at Brogborough Tip 8th, one at Grovebury 11th, one at Broom 21st, 23rd and 24th

Black-tailed Godwit – two at CCN on 5th and three there 8th

Curlew – one over Henlow 25th

Whimbrel – one flew over The Lodge on 23rd

Common Sandpiper – maximums of four at Grovebury 18th, five at Brogborough Tip 17th

Wood Sandpiper – one on pool by Dunstable STW from July to 11th, one at Broom East 8th

Great Skua – one at Grovebury SP 19th

Caspian Gull – one adult regularly roosting at Grovebury SP throughout the month

Mediterranean Gull – individuals regularly found in roost at Grovebury SP including four juveniles on 31st. One at Brogborough Tip pools on 28th

Black Tern – one at MCP Wetlands on 24th

Arctic Tern – one juvenile at MCP Wetlands and Stewartby Lake 17th, also reported on 21st

Yellow Wagtail – passage through the county was towards the end of the month and included nineteen at Stopsley Common on 22nd, seven over Pegsdon 25th and nine over there on 26th.

Redstart – two at Pegsdon 11th and 18th, four on 25th and 26th, six there on 31st. Four at Streatley 15th, two on 19th, one in Flitwick on 21st, one at Stopsley Common on 22nd, one near Potton on 22nd, one at Brogborough Hill on 26th and 28th. one on Biggleswade Common on 30th

Wheatear – two at Luton Airport on 9th, one at Henlow on 11th, Pegsdon three on 8th, one on 11th, five there 17th and 20th

Whinchat – one at Henlow on 11th, multiple counts of three at Meadow Lane GP on 25th, two at Pegsdon on three dates, two at Sharpenhoe 29th, three at Sandy Heath on 30th, four at Blows Down and five at Thurleigh 31st

Stonechat – one throughout the month at Brogborough Tip, another at Sandy Heath on 30th

Spotted Flycatcher – at least eight at Pegsdon on 26th and three there on 31st. Another six at Sandy on 26th and eight at Ampthill Park on 31st

Pied Flycatcher – two at Brogborough Hill on 3rd and 4th, at least one remaining to 5th. One at Streatley 24th, two at Pegsdon on 26th, with one remaining to 27th, one at Brogborough Hill on 26th and 28th, one at Coopers Hill 26th, one in Luton 27th. One at The Lodge 30th. One at Ampthill Park on 30th and 31st.

Firecrest – one at Coopers Hill 18th

Tree Pipit – one near Potton on 22nd, two at Hawkesbury Meadows Sandy on 24th

July 2019 Bird News

Little Egret – 13 at Houghton Brook Pools on 8th, 10 at Millenium CP on 18th, 10 at Dunstable STW 29th

Great White Egret – one at Priory on 7th

Quail – sound recorded over Potton at night on 8th

Black-tailed Godwit – seven at CCN on 1st and 7th, nine at Grovebury on 7th, one at CCN 18th, two at Millenium CP 20th

Whimbrel – four at Millenium CP 28th

Curlew Sandpiper – one each at Grovebury and at CCN on 7th

Greenshank – over Priory CP 9th, one CCN 12th and 18th

Wood Sandpiper – one on pool by Dunstable STW 28th and 29th

Common Sandpiper – good numbers reported including four at Broom GP on both 21st and 29th

Ring-necked Parakeet – one at Wootton on 9th

Grasshopper Warbler – a few recorded singing early in the month around the county including one at Leagrave Marsh, Luton on 26th

Spotted Flycatcher – Stotfold 5th, John O’Gaunt GC 6th

Stonechat – Brogborough Tip 9th and through the month

Black Redstart – pair bred in Luton Town centre noted on two dates in July

June 2019 Bird News

Shelduck – pair noted with six young at Grovebury

Teal – three back at CCN on 24th

Little Egret – bred at Southill and Blunham

Marsh Harrier – female occasionally noted in the brick pits through the month

Quail – one heard near Sutton on 1st

Ringed Plover – three migrants in CCN on 6th

Dunlin – one in CCN 6th

Sanderling – one in CCN on 6th, another 7th

Black-tailed Godwit – at Grovebury, one on 28th and two on 29th

Arctic Tern – 35+ on Brogborough Lake on 16th !

Turtle Dove – pairs noted at Marston Thrift and near Tempsford Aerodrome, one near Milbrook Station on 15th

Rose-ringed Parakeet – pair regularly seen in Houghton Regis early in the month, one continuing in Stopsley, one over Wootton on 29th

Spotted Flycatcher – well watched pair at Tempsford but very few records received

Firecrest – one at Pegsdon Hills on 8th

May 2019 Bird News

Black-necked Grebe – two at Stewartby Lake on 2nd, one Priory 10th

Shelduck – two on Harrowden Meadows 4th

Pintail – male at Priory CP on 17th

Great White Egret – one at Millenium CP 14th

Marsh Harrier – a female seen infrequently around the brick pits all month

Osprey – one through Grovebury on 8th, one near Clapham on 13th

Avocet – four at Broom GLE on 8th, one at Grovebury on 23rd

Ringed Plover – – one at MVCP 4th, four at Grovebury on 8th, five there on 18th, five at Derek White’s Eggs pit on 17th, four at Chimney Corner North on 18th

Grey Plover – Grovebury on 8th (6), 10th (3), one at Chimney Corner North on 8th

Dunlin – two at Broom GLE 3rd, one at Chimney Corner North on 1st, another on 4th and 15 there on 8th. Maximum of thirty  at Grovebury on 8th, with one there and three at MVCP on 10th

Sanderling – two at Chimney Corner North on 9th, two at Grovebury 11th, one there on 18th, seven through on 26th

Little Stint – one at Grovebury on 26th and 27th

Temmincks Stint – one at Grovebury on 25th to 27th

Knot – nine on shore and ten more flew through at Grovebury on 8th, two at Chimney Corner North on 8th, one at Derek White’s Eggs Pit on 13th and 14th

Ruff – one at Broom GLE on 8th

Whimbrel – one on 7th and seven on 8th at Grovebury

Greenshank – one at Chimney Corner North on 1st, another on 4th, two on 18th, two at Grovebury on 13th, one at Derek White’s Eggs pit on 17th

Common Sandpiper – one at MVCP 4th, two at Grovebury 8th, Brogborough Tip (2) on 10th, one at East Hyde 16th, two at Derek White’s Eggs pit on 17th, two at Priory CP 17th, Chimney Corner North (3) on 18th

Wood Sandpiper – one at Broom GLE on 12th, one at Chimney Corner North on 16th

Arctic Tern – three at Stewartby on 3rd, two on 4th, three on 8th,  one at Priory 4th, five through Chimney Corner North on 10th

Little Tern – Grovebury 8th. another there on 13th

Black Tern – 22 at Stewartby and 31 at Chimney Corner South on 7th, three on 7th then twelve through at Grovebury on 8th, one 11th, Stewartby on 8th (2), 10th (3), 11th (1), 15th (1), 18th (3), Derek Whites (2) on 10th, Priory 8th (13) and 10th (1)

Turtle Dove – pair all month near Marston Thrift, one at MVCP 12th

House Martin – 260+ counted at Grovebury on 8th

Raven – a group of six reported over Marston Thrift on 29th

Yellow Wagtail – one grey-headed resembling “Channel” type at Henlow Grange on 2nd

Spotted Flycatcher – first reports on 11th with birds at Linslade and Coopers Hill

Wheatear – one at Chimney Corner North on 1st, two at Houghton Regis Quarry 4th, one at Broom on 9th

Whinchat – Henlow Grange on 2nd, one near Wrestlingworth on 13th

Black Redstart – male at Blows Down 7th-10th

Ring Ouzel – female near Chimney Corner South on 1st

April 2019 Bird News

Great White Egret – one around Leighton Buzzard from 1st at least seen at Ledburn GP. Another again around Priory CP reported 10th at least

White Stork – one over Grovebury SP 10th

Bittern – at least one booming occasionally in the brick pits

Shelduck – five at Chimney Corner North on 22nd

Garganey – male at Priory on 3rd, one on 15th and eleven at Broom GP on 16th (eight drakes and three ducks)

Common Scoter – four at Stewartby 10th

Great Northern Diver – one still at Stewartby to 28th at least

Hen Harrier – one ringtail near Cople 2nd

Osprey – one over Broom GLE 8th

Hobby – first near Willington 15th

Little Ringed Plover – two at Broom GLE 2nd, nine around the brick pits 6th, four at MVCP 28th

Ringed Plover – two at Broom GP 9th, two at Chimney Corner North on 11th, five at MVCP and two at Chimney Corner North on 28th

Dunlin – one at Chimney Corner North on 6th and 11th, five Broom 8th, two Wixams 17th, Grovebury 20th

Turnstone – one at Chimney Corner North on 28th

Sanderling – one at Chimney Corner North on 22nd

Ruff – one at Meadow Lane 1st, one Chimney Corner North 9th

Curlew – Chimney Corner north 14th, pair returned to southwest of county

Whimbrel – one over Blows Down 14th, two at Grovebury 20th, one on 22nd

Black-tailed Godwit – one at Chimney Corner North on 22nd, one at Broom 24th

Bar-tailed Godwit – two at Grovebury on 30th

Common Sandpiper – one at Stewartby 24th, one at MVCP 28th

Green Sandpiper – one at Chimney Corner South on 19th – 23rd at least, one also at Broom on 23rd

Spotted Redshank – one at Grovebury 20th

Greenshank – one Broom GP GLE 16th, two Wixams 18th, two at Grovebury 20th, one at Chimney Corner North 24th, one each at Broom GLE and Chimney Corner North on 30th

Caspian Gull – 1st winter at Stewartby 12th

Little Gull – Stewartby 5th then fifteen on 8th and five on 9th, one on 10th, 23 at Grovebury SP on 8th,  one Broom GP 8th, two at Priory on 9th, one Southill Lake 10th, 15 at Priory on 22nd

Black Tern – one at Steawrtby 25th

Common Tern – first two Stewartby 5th and two at Broom GP on same date

Arctic Tern – one at Grovebury SP 8th, one Stewartby 9th and another 28th, at least three at Priory on 22nd

Short-eared Owl – Broom GLE pits on four dates from  1st to 8th, two Brogborough Tip 10th

Turtle Dove – a pair returned to Marston Thrift from 28th

Swift – first reported at Meadow Lane/Priory on 23rd

Sand Martin – 100 at Broom GP on 4th and c500 at Stewartby on 2nd and 4th

House Martin – two at East Hyde on 1st, one Eversholt 2nd

Swallow – odd singletons around on 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Water Pipit (or littoralis spp Rock Pipit) – at least two at Broom GP 13th and one on 14th

Yellow Wagtail – two at Broom GP 8th were first reported

White Wagtail – two at Chimney Corner North on 23rd, one at Broom 27th

Willow Warbler – one at Millenium CP and two near Toddington on 1st were first reported

Wood Warbler – one reported from The Lodge on 30th

Grasshopper Warbler – birds reported at Sandy Smith, Millenium CP, Coronation ClP

Reed Warbler – first on 17th at Priory

Stonechat – male on Blows Down 16th

Nightingale – first on 17th at Chimney Corner South, at least two at Stewartby from 18th, at least seven around brick pits complex on 19th

Redstart – one at Blows Down 7th, maybe the same 9th, one at Potton and another at Knocking Hoe both on 12th

Black Redstart – one reported at Pegsdon 10th

Ring Ouzel – Blows Down 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 10th, 11th(2), 14th (1), 16th (3). Knocking Hoe 7th, 9th (2), 10th (3), 14th (2), Pegsdon 14th (2), Willington 15th, Biggleswade Common 17th, Henlow Grange 18th (patch tick for Roger), Warden Hill Luton on 20th & 21st (2), Bison Hill had five on 25th

Tree Sparrow – pair at potential nest site near Biggleswade 26th

March 2019 Bird News

Whooper Swan – the seven birds from January still present in fields near Southill Lake on 7th. Party of eight (four ad, four juv) at Chimney Corner North on 23rd

Brent Goose – one near Broom GP on 9th

Ruddy Shelduck – pair again on Pillinge 11th

Common Scoter – three at Stewartby on 27th, also noted on nocmig in the last week of the month

Bittern – one sound recorded in nocturnal migration over Biggleswade on 25th

Great White Egret – one around the brick pits and probably another around Priory/Willington reported regularly through the month. One over Broom on 20th, another at Tiddenfoot 29th

Great Northern Diver – two birds from the start of the year still present at Stewartby Lake on 31st

Osprey – one heading northwards over Quest Pit 31st

Marsh Harrier – occasional reports from bick pits continue, one over Broom 30th

Little Ringed Plover – Grovebury 17th, one at Broom GLE 19th, two at Chimney Corner Nth on 23rd, four on 26th

Ringed Plover – two at Broom 19th and three there on 20th, one Grovebury 31st

Curlew – two in Chimney Corner Nth on 26th

Bar-tailed Godwit – Broom GLE 1st

Black-tailed Godwit – Broom GLE 19th

Dunlin – one at Broom 1st, one at Chimney Corner North on 2nd, one Grovebury 31st

Med Gull – one at Broom GLE 11th, first summer at G&M Pits 20th

Yellow-legged Gull – one Chimney Corner Nth 31st

Kittiwake – one at Stewartby 13th

Short-eared Owl – one at Cardington on 23rd

Wheatear – two at Blows Downs on 22nd were the first reported, four were there on 31st

Stonechat – one at Blows Downs 1st, wintering bird continued from Feb at Brogborough Tip until 2nd at least, one at Barton on 10th, one at Pegsdon on 17th and another at Wilden on 20th

Firecrest – one at The Lodge 15th

Chiffchaff – one resembling tristis at Bedford STW on 26th