November 2020 Bird News

Whooper Swan – two at MCP Wetlands NR on 28th

White-fronted Goose – a juvenile associating with the Greylag flock around Broom from 16th into December. Ten at Meadow Lane GP from 30th

Ruddy Shelduck – two at MCP Wetlands NR were likely a pair that has been around the county and some neighbouring sites in Northamptonshire for at least a year

Hybrid Aythya duck – a bird resembling a Scaup at Grovebury SP from the start of the month was identified on close views as a Tufted Duck x Pochard hybrid

Slavonian Grebe – one at Stewartby Lake on 4th, another at Harrold CP on 25th and 26th

Great White Egret – one throughout the month at Stewartby Lake, two together at Priory CP on 26th

Black-headed Gull – a bird at Broom GP was carrying a colour ring that had been applied on 15 May 2019 as an adult at Lubczyna in western Poland, on the edge of the Szczecin Lagoon, which joins up with the Baltic Sea

Caspian Gull – a regular adult in the roost at Grovebury SP incl 8th, a first winter there also on 1st

Marsh Harrier – one seen on a few occaasions aroudn the brick pits in the month, one also at Broom on 8th

Red Kite – a roost at Southill Park on 19th attracted 47 individuals

Hoopoe – one well watched in Northill from 8th until 15th at least, having apparently been in the area from at least 4th according to local residents

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker – one at Coopers Hill on 8th, another at Ampthill Park on 20th

Merlin – one near Old Warden on 11th

Short-eared Owl – one near Broom on 17th

Black Redstart – one in Wootton on 19th

Stonechat – a good number of records of potentailly wintering birds, many reported as pairs

Firecrest – two at Ampthill Park from October to 20th November throughout the month, one in Luton on 29th and 30th

Yellow-browed Warbler – one at Borgborough Hill on 8th

Dartford Warbler – at Lodge from October until 19th at least, another at Sandy Heath from October until at least 2nd, another at Aspley Heath on 22nd

Brambling – few reported, two birds near Henlow on 6th, one in Beeston

Crossbills – 40 at The Lodge on 2nd with more reported throughout the month. also a minimum of 22 at there on 4th and at least 20 at Warden Warren, 25 at Aspley Heath and birds also noted at Maulden Woods on 22nd

Redpoll – following higher numbers than usual on vismig in October a few good size groups have benen found; at least 20 at The Lodge on 5th, up to 100 reported on Biggleswade Common on 4th