May 2021 Bird News

Quail – one near Southill on 28th

Turtle Dove – all records requested please – birds noted around Stewartby Lake and MCP Wetlands NR, Marston Thrift, near Tempsford, Dunton, Knotting Green, Waterloo Thorns

Crane – two heard in flight near Blunham on 18th

Ringed Plover – 23 at Grovebury SP on 8th, seven there on 9th,. Single birds noted at Broom East CWS on all dates from 3rd to 14th but also a group of 22 amassed on 8th, others at Black Cat GP between 13th and 21st, eight at Meadow Lane GP on 22nd

Curlew – noted at Brogborough Tip and over Ampthill Park on 9th

Whimbrel – two through Grovebury SP on 3rd

Turnstone – one at Grovebury on 22nd

Knot – one at Grovebury SP on 3rd, six there on 8th, one on 9th

Sanderling – two at Grovebury SP on 3rd, three different individuals reported on 4th, five through there on 8th, one also on 9th. One at Black Cat GP on 9th, one at Broom East CWS on 9th with another there on  15th and another at Grovebury SP on 21st

Dunlin – a total of 64 were counted moving through at Grovebury SP on 4th following an early morning initial report of 43 birds, with 17 also reported through there on 8th and ten on 21st. Also on 4th, seven at Broom East CWS and two at Black Cat GP. Otherwise one at Black Cat GP on 8th, another there on 18th, and two at Meadow Lane GP on 22nd

Greenshank – single birds at Meadow Lane on 1st and at Broom East CWS from 1st to 7th with two there on 4th, also at Broom Quarry on 1st to 3rd

Spotted Redshank – one early morning at Houghton Brook Pools on 9th

Wood Sandpiper – One at Black Cat GP from 1st to 5th, three at Broom East CWS on 2nd, two there on 3rd

Kittiwake – one at Grovebury SP on 23rd

Mediterranean Gull – one at Meadow Lane GP from 19th to 23rd

Black Tern – one at Broom GP on 10th

Arctic Tern – six through Black Cat GP on 1st and five at Brogborough Lake on 23rd

Great White Egret – three in flight together near Biggleswade on 1st

Osprey – one through Grovebury SP on 3rd, also over Broom on 7th and Black Cat GP on 8th

Marsh Harrier – one around the brick pits on 1st and 19th, a female at Tetworth Estate on 23rd and a male over Biggleswade on 31st

Hen Harrier – one over Stotfold on 3rd, another near Riseley on 29th

Alexandrine Parakeet – one in Brickhill garden on a few days mid-month was the second record of a bird in the county this year

Golden Oriole – one at Knotting Green on 19th and another at Willington on 22nd

SAVI’S WARBLER – first for the county was at Derek White Eggs GP from 5th to 12th was audible and occasionally visible from Biggleswade Common

Ring Ouzel – three at Hawkesbury Meadows on 1st, and one at Whipsnade on 9th

Fieldfare – a flock of 60 still lingered near Sandy on 1st

Whinchat – one at Streatley on 1st and another at Houghton Regis ChP on 2nd, three at Wigmore CP and two at Blows Downs on 9th

Redstart – a female near Potton on 7th, another at Wigmore CP on 9th with two at Blows Downs the same day and lastly on Brogborough Hill on 11th

Wheatear – five at Pegsdon on 15th

Spotted Flycatcher – all records requested, noted at ten sites on Birdtrack records in the month, all at sites across the central band of the county