February 2020 Bird News

Pink-footed Goose – a single being noted regularly in the Ouse Valley throughout the month

Pintail – male at Broom East GP on from 1st to 12th at least, another male at MCP Wetlands NR on 2nd, six at Brogborough Lake on 21st

Red-crested Pochard – one at Flitwick STW on 5th, a male at Chimney Corner South on 22nd

Ring-necked Duck – wintering bird continued to be seen at Priory CP throughout the month

Goosander – two at Harrold CP on 13th, one at Meadow Lane GP on 21st, one at Derek Whites Eggs Pit and two at Black Cat GP on 22nd, others around Eversholt/Woburn throughout the month

Great White Egret – one or two continuing around Meadow Lane area reported from 3rd to 24th, one near Sandy reported occasionally between 2nd and 21st, one from the M1 at Houghton Brrok pools on 26th

Redshank – one at Meadow Lane GP on 1st was the first returning bird of the year

Kittiwake – an adult at Grovebury SP on 2nd, a juvenile there on 16th

Mediterranean Gull – two in the county on the 8th with different individuals noted at Priory CP and in roost at Stewartby Lake

Merlin – one near Broom on 13th successfully caught a Skylark, perhaps same near Upper Caldecotte on 15th with another reported near Streatley the same day

Stonechat – wintering birds included four at Meadow Lane GP, three near Slip End, two near Sandy, and three pairs noted around various pits in Marston Vale

Great Grey Shrike – continuing south of Brogborough Lake last reported on 19th

Waxwing – one in Sandy from January still present until 20th at least, report of 13 in Biggleswade on 19th

BLACK-THROATED THRUSH – still present at Whipsnade Zoo until 24th at least

Lesser Redpoll – very few reports this year so far. A small party of up to six at Broom early in the month was the largest group recorded

Tree Sparrow – three near Chicksands early in the month with at least one remaining until 22nd