October 2022 Bird News

Bar-headed Goose – a party of four of unknown origin were noted at Grovebury SP and Dunstable STW in the month

Pintail – one at Radwell Lakes on 9th

Scaup – eclipsed male at Grovebury SP on 2nd-16th

Ruff – one at Grovebury SP from 8th-16th

Dunlin – one at Grovebury SP on 2nd noted as alpina race (which breeds in northern Fennoscandia) based on the long length of its bill

Mediterranean Gull – one at Grovebury SP on 19th

Caspian Gull – one at Rookery ClP on 9th, possibly the same at MCP Wetlands NR on 15th

Great White Egret – one at Priory CP on five dates between 13th and 29th, two noted there on 22nd, one at Radwell Lakes on 18th

Marsh Harrier – one at Felmersham GP on 6th, one over Bison Hill, Whipsnade on 15th, a female regularly seen around Rookery ClP and MCP Wetlands NR was reported throughout the month

Hen Harrier – one ringtail seen from The Pinnacle, Sandy on 25th

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker – one seen on a telegraph pole from a slow moving train near Langford

Merlin – one at The Lodge RSPB on 19th, one at Broom East CWS on 28th

Bearded Tit – reported in both Rookery North ClP and MCP Wetlands NR

Yellow-browed Warbler – one in Potton on 9th, one in Dunstable on 13th, another at Brogborough Hill on 16th

Firecrest – recorded in Stanford on 10th, Potton on 16th to 20th at least, two at Ampthill Park on 17th remaining until month end, another at Priory CP on 18th, 24th and 29th

Ring Ouzel – one at Shortstown / Harrowden Lane from 26th to 28th

Redwing – a large passage of at least 18,000 noted on 19th over Sandy

Whinchat – one late migrant at Houghton Brook Pools from 15th to 18th

Tree Sparrow – a flock of seven from The Pinnacle, Sandy on 7th

Rock Pipit – one at Black Cat GP on 22nd

Brambling – recorded from the 10th, primarily on early morning vismig watches

Hawfinch – two records from vismig at The Pinnacle, Sandy; one bird on 19th, two on 22nd

Crossbill – a flock of c9 at The Lodge RSPB on 13th