April 2018 Bird News

Ring Ouzel – first at Blows Down 1st, then Pegsdon 3rd (x1) and 4th-5th (x3), up to six on 7th, four on 9th, six on 13th, two at Blows 13th, three on 14th, two at Pegsdon on 23rd and 25th, three there on 26th

White Stork – one previously first seen near Stevenage flew over Broom Quarry going north on 1st (bird considered from a reintroduction project as had small ring)

Mandarins – eight on floods by A507 Flitton 1st

Great White Egret – Brogborough 1st, Radwell 1st, at a number of sites around Marston Vale through the month, seen at roost in MVCP on 28th, one over Priory 26th

Little Gull – Stewartby 2nd, imm Priory 20th

Common Tern – first at Stewartby Lake 3rd

Yellow Wagtail – first by Stewartby Lake 4th, one of Channel form at Stewartby Lake on 8th

Curlew – Houghton Regis pools 4th, two over Broom on 7th, one or more regularly at Grovebury including 8th, two at Broom on 12th, Meadow Lane 14th, Thurleigh 22nd at least

Osprey – Wyboston 4th

Redstart – Blows Down paddocks 5th, two there on 6th, one on 14th

Black Redstart – Blows Down paddocks 5th, another 13th. One in Flitwick on 10th

Crane – three SW over Everton 5th, two over MVCP on 7th later seen in Bucks

Black-tailed Godwit – one MVCP 7th, 340 at Broom evening of 27th, the perhaps dispersal of these next morning or new birds were 76 Coronation, (source of 25 Chimney Corner North and 50 Meadow Lane on 28th?)

Kittiwake – two on Brogborough Lake 8th

Little Gull – Peacocks Broom on 8th, one at Grovebury 13th

Sandwich Tern – photo at Priory on 8th, two at Grovebury 13th

Common Scoter – two males Stewartby 8th, a pair Brogborough 9th, male at Priory on 9th, two at Arlesey Blue Lagoon on 10th, two at Grovebury on 10th

Spoonbill – ten flew SE over Biggleswade 9th

Brambling – over 50 still around The Lodge 9th

Sanderling – one at MVCP on 12th

White Wagtail – six at Houghton Brook pools on 13th, six at Broom also 13th, one Steartby 19th

Cuckoo – first on 15th

Grasshopper Warbler – first on 15th

Black-necked Grebe – Brogborough Lake 19th

Hobby – first noted on 20th

Nightingale – first on 20th

Tree Pipit – Warden Hill Luton 20th, Pegsdon 21st

Red-necked Grebe – Priory 21st

Avocet – two Grovebury 22nd

Whimbrel – three at Black Cat GP 22nd

Dunlin – Rookery South 23rd

Wood Warbler – Castle Mill Bedford 22nd, Flitwick Moor 23rd

Whinchat – Meadow Lane 25th and 26th

Swift – reported from

Hobby – reported from

Turtle Dove – one returned to Wood End, Marston Thrift from 21st

Arctic Tern – Southill Lake 20th and 26th, at least two on 25th, one Chimney Corner North 26th and 27th, three Priory 27th, two Brogborough 27th

Reeves Pheasant – Flitwick Manor 25th

Crossbill – The Lodge 30th

Wheatear – five at Knocking Hoe on 29th, nine on Brogborough Tip on 30th