Wednesday, 3 May 2017




Two female/first winter Linnets in our Potton back garden 1840 03/05/2017.

Rather poor quality photos taken under difficult conditions.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Friday, 28 April 2017

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Tree Pipit




Tree Pipit, Galley Hill, 18th April 2017 by Lol Carman

Blue-headed Wagtail




Blue-headed Wagtail, Stewartby Lake, 18th April 2017 by Tim Mason

Blackcat Turnstone

The awkward to watch, Blackcat workings were good with a smart Turnstone, Common Sandpiper, eight Little Ringed Plovers, four Ringed Plovers, two Oystercatchers, Green Sandpiper, Redshank and Lapwings.  Not the first Turnstone record here following one last spring.


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Gargany Priory CP 13-04-2017

I managed to catch up with the Gargany Drake on the Finger Lakes at Priory CP this lunchtime which was a bit of a treat:-)









Avocets

Avocets, Broom GP, 13th April 2017
Avocets, GLE, Broom GP, 13th April 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Red Crested Pochard Priory CP

I went looking for the Drake Garganey at Priory CP on Sunday afternoon but unfortunately dipped out, but came across a pair of Red Crested Pochard on the finger lakes which was a nice consolation.





Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Black Tern

Black Tern, Derek Whites Eggs pit, 1st April 2017

Black Tern, Derek Whites Eggs pit, 1st April 2017
Black Tern, Derek Whites Eggs pit, 1st April 2017. Found by Matt Bruce - the earliest Beds record by around two weeks!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Great Grey Shrike

GGS showing well yesterday all be it at distance in the hedgerow Beds side of the Beds/Cams border by the church in Little Staughton. Follow footpath from the church and look down the hedge lines running down the hill towards the road, the LH hedge nearest the Church Yard is in Beds anything to the right is in Cambs i am advised.











Saturday, 11 March 2017

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Aythya hybrids in the brick pits

There have been odd reports of male Scaup and male Aythya hybrids in the Bedfordshire brick pits this winter. Recent images that I have been able to capture would indicate that there are two birds about, one that looks very like (Greater) Scaup and one that looks more like Lesser Scaup.

The first two pics are the bird that looks more like (Greater) Scaup and without a close look to see the smooth grey back and the subtle peak on the crown, rather than larger rounded head this would be readily noted as Scaup. It can also show a hint of green sheen in the right light.The third pic is the other bird which is more easily noted as a hybrid with a reasonable view.


Bird 1 - seen from distance against the reeds in Marston Corner, Stewartby Lake from the old gull watchpoint. Looks like (Greater) Scaup. This bird has been noted on The Pillinge and Rookery North pits as well at least.


Bird 1 - seen from much closer notes the smooth back and bill with apparently no dark nail on the bill.


Bird 2 - Looks more like Lesser Scaup but again has smooth grey back which does not appear slightly lighter towards the fron like on Bird 1. The head shape has a much more defined peak and the bill clearly shows a distinct black nail with a lighter ring towards the tip.

Please take great care when looking at any potential male Scaup in the county.

Bird 2 seems to fit the style of described hybrids between male Tufted and female Pochard whereas Bird 1 perhaps is more of a mix of Tufted and (Greater) Scaup ?

We would welcome any comments about these birds please





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