December 2019 Bird News

Great White Egret – reports included one regularly roosting at Priory CP early in the month noted from 6th with two there on 15th with presumably one of the same birds seen at 100 Acre Lake also on 15th, also maybe the same individuals recorded elsewhere as one at Willington GP on 24th and two at Octagon Farm GP on 31st. Elsewhere one was at Brogborough Lake on 29th

Pink-Footed Goose – one at Meadow Lane 25th to 30th at least

Ruddy Shelduck – pair at MCP Wetlands NR on three dates between 1st and 6th and reported again on 21st

Common Shelduck – two at Dunstable STW 27th

Pintail – adult male at Grovebury SP on 28th and 29th, another or the same at Brogborough Lake on 30th

Red-crested Pochard – pair at Cuckoo Bridge Lake on 3rd, female at MCP Wetlands NR on 6th, female at Brogborough Lake 27th and 30th

Ring-necked Duck – the bird from November was noted again at Priory CP on 13th and Gadsey Brook GP on 31st

Common Scoter – one at Grovebury SP on 22nd

Goosander – one at Brogborough Lake on 3rd, five at Felmersham GP on 14th, two in Woburn Park on 25th, one at Henlow Lakes on 28th

Goldeneye – two at Stewartby on 26th and 27th

Marsh Harrier – one around the brick pits again during the month

Hen Harrier – one passed through Grovebury SP on 8th

Jack Snipe – one at Meadow Lane on 25th

Black-tailed Godwit – two at Chimney Corner North on 27th

Mediterranean Gull – one adult on 29th and two adults on 31st in roost at Stewartby Lake

Little Gull – one on Peacocks Lake at Broom GP on 29th

Caspian Gull – one at Grovebury SP on 2nd, a 2w at Brogborough Lake on 27th and 29th

Yellow-legged Gull – a few individuals noted in roost at Stewartby through the month

Great Black-backed Gull – increasingly scarce in the county, two at Brogborough Lake and a few individuals the Stewartby Lake roost in the last week of the month

Ring-necked Parakeet – three in Bedford on 3rd

Merlin – one near Streatley on 11th, another near Old Warden on 23rd

Waxwing- one in Bedford on 25th

Great Grey Shrike – the bird first noted in November was still present to 30th at least with a report of two birds present on one day early in the month

BLACK-THROATED THRUSH – A first for the county identified from a photograph taken at Whipsnade Zoo on 11th before being seen again by a number of observers on 13th and then daily into the New Year 2020

Stonechat – pairs opposite The Lodge and near Upper Caldecote on 2nd, one in Chimney Corner North pit on 5th, four at Yielden Airfield on 26th, one at Meadow Lane 27th, two at MCP Wetlands NR on 29th

Chiffchaff – one of “tristis” race noted at Bedford STW on 7th, 8th and 27th with good numbers of regular “collybita”

Firecrest – two at Capability Green in Luton on 5th, one at Brogborough Hill on 16th and 31st

Siskin – relatively scarce so far this winter, but c50 at Sandy Smith NR on 27th