January 2021 Bird News

White-fronted Goose – juvenile from December continued at Broom East CWS all month, one at Meadow Lane GP still on 1st and 22nd at least, an adult at Battlesden Lake on 3rd, nine at Radwell on 18th

Pink-footed Goose – one around the Priory CP and Meadow Lane GP area through the month, another on a few dates near Chicksands

Pintail – three at Meadow Lane GP from 1st, four there including three males on 19th, a male at Battlesden Lake on 3rd, five at Radwell on 18th

Red-crested Pochard – one at Blunham GP on 2nd

Goosander – six at Woburn on 1st, seemingly the only regular site where they are reported in the county

Great White Egret – seemingly now resident in the county with a minimum of four birds in the Ouse Valley east of Bedford, being noted at Priory CP, Meadow Lane, Willington, Blunham GP and Black Cat GP, single birds also recorded in the brick pits at Coronation and Chimney Corner North and at Radwell

Goosander – not reported anywhere away from Woburn during the month

Goldeneye – only reports came from Blunham Lake and Brogborough Lake, where more than 20 were present at the start of the month

Cattle Egret – one of the two birds from December still south of Henlow until 22nd at least, another at Priory CP on 4th

Glossy Ibis – one at Jordans Mill on 31st

Black-tailed Godwit – approx 60 flying around Broom GP on 28th

Black-headed Gull – One at Broom East CWS on 1st was carrying a yellow leg ring.  Was ringed in June 2019 at the nest in a reserve at Skoki Duze on the River Vistula, northeast of Warsaw. This is the second Polish ringed Black-headed Gull noted here, the previous one having come from further north.

Mediterranean Gull – two in roost at Broborough Lake on 3rd

Marsh Harrier – one noted around the brick pits on a few occasions in the month

Hen Harrier – a possible reported near Sundon on 17th, one reported near Kensworth Quarry on 31st

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker – one noted in Ampthill Park on 7th and 12th

Black Redstart – one reported from Great Denham on 2nd

Stonechat – many reports of wintering birds, most records being of pairs

Dartford Warbler – up to three birds in heathland around The Lodge, with others at Astral Lake near Leighton Buzzard and at Aspley Heath

Common Whitethroat – a remarkable record of one in a garden in Leighton Buzzard on the 31st

Yellow-browed Warbler – one in a garden in the north of the county on 30th

Brambling – a few noted at locations including Knocking Hoe, near Cardington, Old Warden and a flock of 50 near Bromham Park on 21st

Crossbill – seven at Warden Warren on 1st, a flock of 15 at The Lodge on 2nd and reported again on 22nd, also up to eight near Stockgrove CP