April 2021 Bird News

White-fronted Goose – an adult at Southill on 20th as well as the lingering bird from the winter at Meadow Lane GP up to the end of the month

Pink-footed Goose – one long term resident present with Greylag at Meadow Lane in the month, also seen at Priory CP

Shelduck – ten at Grovebury SP on 25th was a high count

Garganey – male at MCP Wetlands NR from 16th to 20th, one at Meadow Lane GP on 22nd, another male at Black Cat GP on 28th

Pintail – on 24th a male was present at Stewartby Lake at first light but not after, then another was reported flying over Priory early morning and then found at Meadow Lane GP, potentially the same bird in all sightings

Turtle Dove – one around Stewartby Lake and MCP Wetlands NR and another near Little Staughton on 30th

Common Crane – two noted over Rookery North on 3rd, one was noted moving between the clay pits on 6th

Stone Curlew – one recorded on nocturnal migration over Sandy on 3rd

Whimbrel – three at Grovebury SP early morning on the 14th, four there on 24th, two at Stewartby Lake on 23rd where birds were also noted passing over on both 24th and 27th. A group of 15 flew around at Broom East CWS on 24thm two remaining there later on 24th and 25th and another at Meadow Lane on 27th

Curlew – one at Meadow Lane GP on 19th

Bar-tailed Godwit – one at Broom GP on 17th, another at MCP Wetlands NR from 18th, with three there on 23rd and one remaining to 26th, one at Grovebury on 23rd, three there on 25th and one there on 27th, one circled Stewartby Lake a number of times without landing on 24th, birds at Broom East CWS on 25th and 28th

Ruff – one at Rookery South on 27th, four females at Grovebury on 27th

Sanderling – one at Grovebury SP on 5th

Dunlin – found in Rookery South ClP on 3rd and 8th, at Grovebury on 21st, 23rd and 27th,  three at Black Cat GP on 28th, singles at Broom East CWS on 28th and 29th

Wood Sandpiper – birds at Broom East CWS on 26th and 27th, one at Black Cat GP on 30th

Spotted Redshank – two at Grovebury SP on 25th, one at Black Cat GP from 28th to 30th

Greenshank – three at Grovebury on 23rd, birds at Broom East CWS on 23rd, 26th-28th and 30th, three at Brogborough Tip Pools on 27th, four on 28th, with three remaining to 29th

Little Gull – three at Priory CP on 20th, one at Broom on 21st, at least 35 at Stewartby Lake on 23rd, eight at Rookery South Pit, two at Broom GP on same day; a big passage on 24th included a minimum of 139 through Stewartby Lake in ten groups, seven at Priory CP

Mediterraneian Gull – two at Broom East CWS on 24th

Kittiwake – two at Stewartby Lake on 6th

Arctic Tern – at least 70 in a flock through Stewartby Lake on 23rd, 14 at Rookery North, six at Priory CP and six at Broom East CWS as well as other small groups elsewhere on 28th

Black Tern – three at Stewartby Lake on 23rd, one at Black Cat GP on 28th

Great White Egret – two regularly at Stewartby Lake from 10th, increased to four on 28th at least, elsewhere on at Broom East CWS on 4th, two over Potton on 5th and two at Black Cat GP on 20th

Spoonbill – one over Broom GP on 10th

Bittern – one booming in the brick pits during the month

Marsh Harrier – a few records around the brick pits, others flew over Sandy on 17th, and Sandy Smith NR on 20th

Osprey – one over Luton on 27th, one over Stewartby Lake on 28th

Short-eared Owl – one passing near Old Warden on 24th

Hoopoe – one in Biddenham on 18th

Merlin – a selection of reports near Langford Solar Farm and wind turbines in the first half of the month

Cettis Warbler – a few double figure counts of singing birds around Stewartby Lake and MCP Wetlands NR

Wood Warbler – one noted at Coopers Hill on 21st

Siberian Chiffchaff – one singing near Broom East CWS from the start of the month until the 13th

Ring Ouzel – birds regularly reported from Pegsdon Hills with a maximum of five on 12th and 15th with birds present up to 30th,  elsewhere reports included one at Everton Sand Quarry on 1st, two at Dunstable Downs on 3rd, one on Stopsley Common on 6th, two in Sewell on 12th, one at Caddington GC on 19th, Blows Downs on 14th, 20th, and 21st, three near Houghton House on 23rd, two at Kensworth Quarry on 24th, three at Hawkesbury Meadows on 30th

Nightingale – at least three around Stewartby Lake area; away from the brick pits there was one at Cardington Lock on 26th and also one at Knotting Green

Pied Flycatcher – one at Blows Downs on 22nd

Black Redstart – a female in Renhold on 1st, others at Chelveston Airfield on 4th, near Langford on 5th, another in Flitwick between 11th and 13th, female at Pegsdon Hills on 18th and one on top of the incinerator building in Rookery North on 26th

Common Redstart – first at Stopsley Common on 6th, others noted near Grovebury SP on 11th, at Blows Downs on 11th,13th, 16th and 21st, Potton on 12th another at Ruxox Farm, Flitwick on 13th and at Pegsdon on 19th and 20th

Whinchat – one at Pegsdon on the 20th then three birds noted on 28th – at Ridgeway Wood,  Pegsdon Hills and Blows Downs

Wheatear – a few birds of the larger Greenland type noted at the end of the month

Tree Pipit – one near Potton on 16th and 19th

Brambling – a few lingered near The Lodge RSPB on 16th

Hawfinch –  one noted at Carthegena GC on 14th