January 2020 Bird News

Whooper Swan – two flew over Myers Farm near Potton on 4th

Pink-footed Goose – presumably the same one individual with Greylag and Barnacle Goose flock around Castle Mills / Willington / Roxton area early in the month until 12th at least

Shelduck – one at Broom East GP on 28th

Pintail – pair at Radwell GP on 12th, another male north of Dunstable on the same date

Ring-necked Duck – bird from November still present with sightings at Gadsey Brook GP from 1st to 12th and then at Priory CP from 16th to the end of the month

Pochard – one leucistic male at Brogborough Lake on 5th to 12th at least

Red-crested Pochard – two females at Brogborough Lake from 1st to 12th at least

Common Scoter – three at Stewartby Lake on 3rd

Goldeneye – recorded throughout the month at Brogborough including count of 21 on 12th

Goosander – a few reports of up to five from their regular sites at Lower Drakelow Pond, Woburn and Eversholt Lake. A pair at Broom East GP on 28th

Smew – a “redhead” briefly at Priory CP on 17th

Bittern – one noted at Cainhoe Lakes on 12th

Great White Egret – up to two birds regularly reported around Priory/Meadow Lane/Willington area at the throughout the month. Other reports included one near Dunstable STW on 31st

Marsh Harrier – female-type regularly reported around the brick pits during the month, a male also near Brogborough on 16th

Black-necked Grebe – one at Priory CP on 27th until early morning next day

Oystercatcher – returned early to the county with birds seen on 31st near Stewartby

Mediterranean Gull – adult in Stewartby Lake roost on 5th, one over Blunham Lakes 12th

Caspian Gull – adult north of Dunstable on 4th

Great Black-backed Gull – a bird at Grovebury SP on 5th was ringed and traced to a scheme at Portland, Dorset

Merlin – birds recorded near Staploe on 1st, female near Woodbury Hall on 8th with presumed the same near Tempsford Airfield on 16th, and near Cainhoe Lakes on 12th

Stonechat – wintering birds noted at Brogborough Tip, East Hyde, MCP Wetlands NR, near Staploe, on Thurleigh Airfield, near Gadsey Brook and in Quest ClP

Firecrest – one at Brogborough Hill all month

BLACK-THROATED THRUSH – continued at Whipsnade Zoo from December to end of the month

Great Grey Shrike – continued around Brogborough Hill area from December to 27th at least

Waxwing – one in Sandy from 9th until the end of the month

Lesser Redpoll – very few reports this winter. A group of six were briefly at Broom GP on 17th