May 2020 Bird News

Quail – four at Southill mid-month, others recorded near Shillington on 28th, near Streatley on 30th and Marston Moretaine on 31st. also recorded twice on nocmig at Meppershall

Shelduck – up to seven at Dunstable STW at the start of the month, one at Priory CP on 16th, with breeding noted at Grovebury SP

Garganey – male at Broom East GP on 1st and 9th, another male at at MCP Wetlands NR on 22nd

Ring-necked Duck – last report of this long staying male was at Priory CP on 16th

Bittern – one booming in the brick pits again this year

Turtle Dove – still hanging on in the county, birds reported at Marston Thrift, MCP Wetlands NR, Knotting Green, Tempsford and Dunton

Crane – one reported over Biggleswade on 30th

Black-necked Grebe – two at Priory CP on 10th

Avocet – reported at Black Cat GP on 2nd – 5th May

Whimbrel – four over Sandy on 1st, one near Potton on 7th, two at MCP Wetalnds NR on 15th, also noted on nocmig on two occasions

Curlew – noted over Brogborough Tip on 4th and at Broom East GP on 5th

Turnstone – birds at Black Cat GPs on 5th and 16th

Ringed Plover – one at Grovebury on 23rd, three on 24th

Curlew Sandpiper – one in breeding plumage at Grovebury on 30th

Sanderling – two at Grovebury on 23rd, an  additional five there on 24th

Dunlin – one at MCP Wetlands NRon 8th and three there on 15th, noted at Grovebury on 2nd and 23rd, also reported from Black Cat GP including four on 14th

Wood Sandpiper – three at Broom East GP on 6th, one at Black Cat GP on 9th, one at Houghton Brook Pools on 16th

Little Gull – one at Priory CP on 23rd and 24th

Arctic Tern – two at Southill Lake on 2nd

Great Egret – one at Henlow Grange on 27th was a frist record at the site

Osprey – one through East Hyde on 1st, one over Houghton Brook Pools on 16th and another over MCP Wetlands NR on 17th

Montagus Harrier – female near Potton on 12th, male at Henlow on evening of 19th

Hobby – a maximum count of  14 noted catching insects over the brick pits on 17th

Hoopoe – third record this spring of a bird in Barton-le-Clay on 22nd

Black Redstart – a female in Blunham on 2nd

Nightingale – six singing around MCP Wetlands NR and Stewartby Lake with other birds at brick pit locations

Spotted Flycatcher – first report from Woburn on 7th, a few birds reported from known previuos locations suggests that it is hanging on the county but still a very scarce bird, please share all records