Pip H and I took a stroll around Meadow Lane DP’s this afternoon…… a Chiffchaff was along the hedgerow as we passed Bedford STW, over to the east on the field beside the cycle path just before it crosses the A421 were hundreds of Lapwings with an estimate 1.5 to 2 thousand Golden Plovers – a spectacular sight, 2 single Redshanks flew up as did 5 Common Snipe.
Later we visited Chimney Corner South ClP where a pair of Pintail was my third self-found year tick of the day taking me up to 95 species so far this year; at least 34 Magpies were gathering amongst the bushes along the north-west side.
It was bleak and rainy at Stewartby Lake around 4.30 but the juvenile Great Northern Diver was initially seen by the water-ski hut and very soon after some 600m close just by us at the old green hut viewpoint along Green Lane. Nought of note in the gulls excepting there were only two larger individuals – both L B Backs.
Redshank and Pintail take my personal tally for Beds this year up to 104, the overall list standing at 114 – I’ll send out a full list for January at the weekend.