January 2019 Bird News

Whooper Swan – seven near Broom 19th into February

Shelduck – three Brogborough Lake 21st

Red-crested Pochard – female-type at MCP Wetlands 12th, then Chimney Corner South 19th

Goosander – four at Woburn and Eversholt Lake early in the month, two roosting at Grovebury

Smew – redhead at Priory 14th

White-headed Duck – one ringed female (possible escaped from Zwetloots) at Roxton 5th

Great White Egret – DWE 6th, Priory 10th, Stewartby Lake 11th, two over Chimney Corner Nth on 19th

Great Northern Diver –  Stewartby two birds from December throughout the month

Slavonian Grebe – Brogborough Tip Lake from December remained until 1st

Marsh Harrier – at least two birds have been reported regularly around the brick pits

Hen Harrier – Rookery North 18th

Merlin – one near Cardington 26th

Mediterranean Gull – Stewartby Lake 3rd and 11th, 1st winter Houghton Regis 15th

Stonechat – Brogborough Tip from 1st, two at MCP Wetlands NR

Siberian Chiffchaff (possible) – Meadow Lane by Bedford STW 12th and seen again 20th

Waxwing – up to three at John O’Gaunt GC 9th and 10th, Sandy 10th until 17th, two in Flitwick 19th-25th

Tree Sparrow – four to six at Sunderland Hall, Biggleswade on 9th

Brambling – up to 20 at Barton Hill Farm and others also at The Lodge at least

Crossbill – The Lodge four birds from December until 3rd at least

Corn Bunting – flock of 290+ near Stotfold on 1st