December 2018 Bird News

Bewicks Swan – two at Chimney Corner South on 16th

Brent Goose – one near Langford 15th

Whitefronted Goose – one Broom GP 14th then at Southill 21st, nr Wrest Park on 22nd

Red-crested Pochard – one in MCP Wetlands NR on 28th then Stewartby Lake on 30th-31st

Smew – redhead at Brogborough Lake 23rd

Bittern – Brogborough 22nd

Great White Egret Wyboston 7th and near Sandy 8th, Willington 17th and 20th, presumed same briefly over Priory 18th, one at MCP Wetlands 27th, another at Roxton also 27th

Shag over Broom GLE 3rd

Great Northern Diver – one at Brogborough Tip then Lake from 15th also visiting Stewartby and Rookery North on 23rd, then regularly at Stewartby where two birds reported from 28th

Slavonian Grebe – Brogborough Tip Lake 22nd until 31st

Marsh Harrier – one female -type throughout the month around the brick pits

Merlin Broom Quarry 1st and 31st at least also Broom GLE 2nd

Caspian Gull 3w near Dunstable STW 2nd, 1w Brogborough Lake 8th

Mediterranean Gull Brogborough 1st, 16th, 18th and 30th, Wyboston 7th, Stewartby 16th, Grovebury 23rd

Short-eared Owl Brogborough Tip 1st, Biggleswade Common 10th, nr Wilstead on 27th

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker – one around The Lodge early month

Stonechat Brogborough Tip 8th. two there 22nd

Firecrest The Lodge 11th

Tree Sparrow – at least two around Upper Caldecotte between Christmas and the end of the year

Crossbills – up to ten at Stockgrove CP 9th, sixteen on 18th, four at The Lodge on 31st

Corn Bunting flock of 95+ Southill 5th