December 2022 Bird News

Pink-footed Goose – one near Old Warden on 29th

Whooper Swan – four at Priory CP on 10th, four at Harrold CP on 14th

Red-crested Pochard – birds at Stewartby Lake and Brogborough Lake following the snow likely included the same group of individuals. Three drakes and two females at the former from 19th and at the latter site on 31st

Ring-necked Duck – a female at Stewartby Lake from 20th to 24th

Scaup – immature male continued throughout the month at Brogborough Lake

Common Scoter – one at Blunham Lake on 5th

Smew – a male on The Pillinge at MCP Wetlands NR on 26th

Goosander – largest counts of 16 at Harrold Odell CP on 24th and 14 at Woburn on 26th

Lady Amherst Pheasant – one considered a recent escape rather than a survivor from the original introduced population was noted near Flitwick Manor from 18th. The last record had been a lone male that survived near Lidlington until 2016

Woodcock – a number of sightings reported including many from gardens during the snowy period

Little Gull – one at Grovebury SP on 4th

Bittern – one at Brogborough Lake on 17th

Cattle Egret – one near Henlow on 9th

Hen Harrier – one at Whipsnade on 28th

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker – one at Priory CP on 8th, another at Ravensden on 20th

Merlin – one near Broom on three dates during the month

Chiffchaff – one of the Siberian race “tristis” at Priory CP from 15th to 18th

Firecrest – one at Leighton Buzzard on 5th, two reported aagain from Ampthill Park on 7th

Black Redstart – one heard in Luton Town Centre on 22nd