TUESDAY 11 MAY
A cool NE wind blew for most of the day but it did remain bright. Temperatures reached 12 degrees C..
CASTLE MILLS GRAVEL PIT, WILLINGTON (BEDFORDSHIRE)
The star attraction here were my first Bedfordshire SANDERLINGS of the year – two freshly-plumaged individuals showing well on the islands. Other waders noted included 2 Little Ringed Plovers and a Common Redshank.
THURLEIGH AIRFIELD (TL 0745 6018) (BEDFORDSHIRE)
I moved on to Thurleigh Airfield where at 1800 hours, I listened to a COMMON QUAIL calling from a barley field – my first of 2010.
The fields adjacent to the airfield held several YELLOW WAGTAILS, a jangling male CORN BUNTING, several Common Swifts, Stock Doves, a total of at least 11 pairs of Lapwing (several with small chicks) and Skylarks.
Joining Clive Harris overlooking the disused runway, we both searched for the Short-eared Owl that had been seen in this vicinity recently. No joy with this species but we did enjoy views of BARN OWL, the resident pair of EURASIAN CURLEW, 3 Common Buzzards, 2 Green Woodpeckers, a splendid male GREY PARTRIDGE, 3 Yellowhammers, a single singing male Willow Warbler and 4 Common Whitethroats.