March 2019 Bird News

Whooper Swan – the seven birds from January still present in fields near Southill Lake on 7th. Party of eight (four ad, four juv) at Chimney Corner North on 23rd

Brent Goose – one near Broom GP on 9th

Ruddy Shelduck – pair again on Pillinge 11th

Common Scoter – three at Stewartby on 27th, also noted on nocmig in the last week of the month

Bittern – one sound recorded in nocturnal migration over Biggleswade on 25th

Great White Egret – one around the brick pits and probably another around Priory/Willington reported regularly through the month. One over Broom on 20th, another at Tiddenfoot 29th

Great Northern Diver – two birds from the start of the year still present at Stewartby Lake on 31st

Osprey – one heading northwards over Quest Pit 31st

Marsh Harrier – occasional reports from bick pits continue, one over Broom 30th

Little Ringed Plover – Grovebury 17th, one at Broom GLE 19th, two at Chimney Corner Nth on 23rd, four on 26th

Ringed Plover – two at Broom 19th and three there on 20th, one Grovebury 31st

Curlew – two in Chimney Corner Nth on 26th

Bar-tailed Godwit – Broom GLE 1st

Black-tailed Godwit – Broom GLE 19th

Dunlin – one at Broom 1st, one at Chimney Corner North on 2nd, one Grovebury 31st

Med Gull – one at Broom GLE 11th, first summer at G&M Pits 20th

Yellow-legged Gull – one Chimney Corner Nth 31st

Kittiwake – one at Stewartby 13th

Short-eared Owl – one at Cardington on 23rd

Wheatear – two at Blows Downs on 22nd were the first reported, four were there on 31st

Stonechat – one at Blows Downs 1st, wintering bird continued from Feb at Brogborough Tip until 2nd at least, one at Barton on 10th, one at Pegsdon on 17th and another at Wilden on 20th

Firecrest – one at The Lodge 15th

Chiffchaff – one resembling tristis at Bedford STW on 26th