March 2021 Bird News

Brent Goose – eight present on the morning of the 10th at Priory CP with another at Millenium CP on 18th. Several groups also picked up in the second half of the month on nocturnal migration over the county

Pink-footed Goose – one with the Greylag Geese again at Meadow Lane GP all month

White-fronted Goose –  juvenile was still present at Meadow Lane GP in the month until 23rd at least, suggested this is not the same bird as that present in January

Ruddy Shelduck – one at Broom East CWS on 24th

Garganey – a pair in Chimney Corner North on 29th

Scaup – a pair at birds at Broom Gypsy Lane West GP on 19th

Common Scoter – a male on Stewartby Lake on 19th. Several groups also picked up in the second half of the month on nocturnal migration over the county

Black-necked Grebe – one at Grovebury SP on 7th

Great White Egret – one at Grovebury SP regularly through the month, maybe one one of three being regularly noted near Leighton Buzzard and roosting at Tring Reservoirs; others continuing in the Ouse Valley  east of Bedford particularly, one at Radwell GP on 30th, one at Broom East CWS on 31st

Common Crane – two flew north over Potton on 17th

Avocet – one at Broom GP opposite G&M Growers on 21st

Curlew – one possibly two birds have returned to Thurleigh Airfield, three at Grovebury SP on 13th, a migrant at Broom GP on 24th

Black-tailed Godwit – three at Broom East CWS on 21st, another there on 30th. also one at Meadow Lane GP on 30th

Dunlin – singles reported at Broom East CWS on 6th, 8th, 10th and 17th

Redshank – one at East Hyde on 3rd was the first there for some years

Jack Snipe – one at Broom East CWS was visible from the viewpoint on 6th and 7th, others noted at Black Cat GP, Fenlake, Stratton Park Balancing Pond and in Quest ClP

Woodcock – a few odd birds reported after an arrival in the cold easterly winds in the latter part of February

White-tailed Eagle – one of the Isle of Wight reintroduced birds were around the county early in the month.G471 Roosted 1st between Leighton Buzzard and Duntable, 2nd and 3rd near Woburn, 4th near Old Warden. Seen near Staploe morning of 5th before spending a few days at Grafham Water

Osprey – birds noted over Potton on 15th, Grovebury SP on 18th, Biggleswade on 24th, Silsoe on 25th, Blows Down on 27th, Southill on 28th, another north near Grovebury SP on 29th, one over Broom on 30th and another over Brogborough on 31st

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker – very few seem to be left in the county but one was noted in Ampthill Park in the month

Caspian Gull – one adult at Grovebury SP on 1st

Mediterranean Gull – one at Stewartby Lake on 5th, another on 26th

Sandwich Tern – three briefly at Stewartby Lake on 30th

Alexandrine Parakeet – one of unknown origin identified in Willington on 31st

Merlin – noted at Henlow, Langford and Broom GP during the month with another at Grovebury SP on 13th

Peregrine – pairs noted in Luton and Leighton Buzzard town centres

Swallow – first two recorded at Grovebury SP 22nd

Rock Pipit – birds at Broom Gypsy Lane West GP and Black Cat GP on 19th

Ring Ouzel – one at Blows Down on 28th was the first for he year

Wheatear – following the first on 24th there was a strong passage in the last few days of the month including four at Blows Down on 26th, six near WIllington on 27th, eight at Pegsdon Hills and possibly different seven at Knocking Hoe on 29th

Black Redstart – two noted in Stopsley, a male and a female separately on 15th, with the male also noted there on two other dates up to 27th, another at Pegsdon Hills on 31st

Siberian Chiffchaff – one by Broom East CWS was singing from 27th until the end of the month

Firecrest – one at Deepdale on 1st, Ampthill Park on 20th and The Lodge RSPB on 30th

Crossbill – party in Maulden Woods on 1st, three there also on 21st, three at Aspley Heath on 6th and up to 20 at The Lodge RSPB