April 2023 Bird News

Whooper Swan – three at Harrold CP on 1st

Garganey – drakes at both Fenlake Meadows and Broom East CWS on 6th; one at Meadow Lane GP on 10th

Red-crested Pochard – one at Roxton GP on 8th

Common Scoter – one at Quest ClP on 16th

Crane – two over Biggleswade on 19th, another single bird noted on 25th

Black-necked Grebe – one at Brogborough Tip Pools from 26th to 29th

Avocet – one at MCP Wetlands NR on 29th

Grey Plover – one at Wixams on 23rd

Whimbrel – one at Grovebury SP on 21st, another at MCP Wetlands NR on 28th

Curlew – 12 passed through Rookery North ClP on 22nd, three pairs noted at Thurleigh Airfield

Bar-tailed Godwit – seven at Broom East CWS and ten over Stewartby Lake on 18th; a large passage on 19th when 54 were noted through Broom South Quarry, 30 through Stewartby Lake and 13 through Fenlake Meadows; another 32 passed NE through Broom East CWS on 21st with a single at Broom Quarry South the next day

Black-tailed Godwit – single at Black Cat GP on 8th, three at Stewartby Lake on 19th and another at Grovebury SP on 22nd

Ruff – six at Broom East CWS on 6th, a single there on 24th and one at Wixams on 26th

Dunlin – ten at Wixams on 1st and 2nd, one at Grovebury SP on 16th

Snipe – skull of one found below Peregrine perch in Luton

Wood Sandpiper – two at Wixams on 22nd, one remaining the next day

Greenshank – one on nocmig recorded over Luton on 21st, five at Grovebury SP on 22nd

Kittiwake – an adult at Stewartby Lake on 1st

Little Gull – five at Grovebury SP on 8th, three at Coronation ClP on 19th, four at Stewartby Lake on both 19th and 21st

Mediterranean Gull – singles at Stewartby Lake and Broom East CWS on 1st, two at Broom East CWS on 17th

Great Black-backed Gull – one at Fenlake Meadows on 21st

Arctic Tern – two at Grovebury SP on 15th, four at Harrold CP on 18th, another at Priory CP also on 18th, two at Chimney Corner North on 19th and one at Stewartby Lake on 22nd

Osprey – birds at Broom East CWS on 5th and 8th, another over Blows Down on 12th

Marsh Harrier – birds noted away from the brick pits included one at Tetworth on 12th, near Bedford WTW on 20th and at Willington on 30th

Hen Harrier – a male near Broom East CWS on 21st

Merlin – a female around Broom East CWS and Broom Quarry on 6th and 7th

Firecrest – noted at The Lodge on 2nd and 3rd, another at Kings Wood Ampthill on 30th

Ring Ouzel – at the two most regular sites, the largest count at Pegsdon Hills was four on 22nd and from Blows Downs, three on 11th; elsewhere birds were noted at Barton Hills, Brogborough Hill, Rookery ClP, Shortstown and Wigmore CP Luton

Redstart – best count was four at Blows Down on 13th where birds had been noted daily from 7th to 15th