April 2020 Bird News

Bewicks Swan – one at Broom GP on 3rd

Brent Goose – recorded over Biggleswade and Meppershall on nocturnal migration on 1st and 4th

Pink-footed Goose – at least one still roaming around being reported at Tythe Farm, Roxton, Willington, Priory and Meadow Lane

Shelduck – four together at Broom GP on 6th, one at Astral Park Lake, Biggleswade on 16th

Garganey – a pair at Broom East GP on 11th for much of the month, drake still present on 30th

Pintail – one at Woburn on 27th

Ring-necked Duck – still present at Priory CP throughout the month

Common Scoter – noted on twelve recording occasions over Biggleswade, Meppershall, Eaton Bray and Eaton Ford on nocturnal migration between 1st and 7th

Great White Egret – one at Broom on 21st, one at Radwell on 24th

White-tailed Eagle – an immature over Houghton Regis CP on 2nd and just to west near Sewell on 3rd (one of at least three birds noted around the home counties in this period with two in Bucks and Herts, and one in Cambs at least). This bird is not one of the satellite tagged individuals from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme and is considered to be one of those that have wandered from the growing population in the Netherlands

Osprey – one over Henlow on 21st

Hen Harrier – one over Meppershall on 10th

Avocet – one at Black Cat GP on 30th

Stone Curlew – two nocmig records, Luton on 8th and Meppershall on 11th

Little Ringed Plover – eight at Broom GP on 6th

Curlew – recorded over Biggleswade on nocturnal migration on 2nd and 3rd, Luton on 5th and Meppershall on 6th and 10th. One over Blows Down on 3rd and noted at Brogborough on 13th and 26th

Whimbrel – recorded on nocturnal migration between 15th and 29th on six occasions at Biggleswade, Meppershall and Eaton Ford. Three were seen at Broom GP early on 18th, one over Sandy and another at Houghton Brook Pools on 27th

Bar-tailed Godwit – recorded on nocturnal migration from Eaton Ford and Meppershall. One at Grovebury SP on 23rd and 25th, another flew over Potton on 29th

Black-tailed Godwit – three at Harrowden Meadows on 23rd

Ruff – one at Broom East GP on 3rd

Little Gull – recorded at Priory CP on 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th and 24th, one at Stewartby Lake on 18th and a flock of six over Upper Caldecotte on 21st

Sandwich Tern – one recorded on nocturnal migration on 8th

Little Tern – one at Grovebury SP on 30th

Arctic Tern – birds noted at Priory CP on 22nd and 23rd, five at Stewartby Lake on 24th and two on 29th, one at Grovebury on 30th

Black Tern – one at Grovebury SP and six at Stewartby Lake on 18th, two at Brogborough on 29th

Ring-necked Parakeet – pair still attending nest hole in Luton, one over Wootton on 7th

Hoopoe – one in Ampthill on 12th, another in Milton Bryan on 13th

Cuckoo – first report on 12th near Potton, more widely reported from 17th

Turtle Dove – reported from six locations in the month so looks to be hanging on in the county

Swift – a few early reports this year from 18th when first record received from Broon

White Wagtail – one on Stopsley Common on 4th, another there on 15th

Wheatear – noted in low numbers at various sites in the first half of the month

Whinchat – noted at Blows Downs on 13th, Houghton Brook Pools on 18th, near Meppershall on 19th

Redstart – one at Henlow Grange on 8th, one near Potton on 12th, one at Blows Downs on 13th, one near Chalton on 19th

Black Redstart – birds remained on 1st and 2nd at Bidwell and Blows Down, one in Wigmore, Luton on 3rd, one near Meppershall on 19th, one south of Broom on 29th

Nightingale – first of the year at Stewartby Lake on 7th with subsequent reports from a few brick pits locations, with one also near Sandy

Ring Ouzel – one at Barton Hills 5th, one at Potton on 6th, another at Blows Down on 6th, three at Dunstable Downs and one at Streatley on 10th, noted at Warden Hill Luton early morning on 10th (2), 12th and 16th (4) and 24th (3), and at Pulloxhill on 11th, one at Pegsdon on 12th with a count of eight there later in month. Also reported from Kensworth Quarry on 26th and near Potton on three dates

Wood Warbler – one reported at Priory CP on 7th, another heard in Maulden on 16th, another at Woburn GC on 28th

Firecrest – reported from Maulden Woods on 7th and near Southill on 23rd

Great Grey Shrike – Bird at Brogborough first noted in December, still present on 7th April