Priory Country Park is a former gravel pits located on the South East edge of Bedford, adjacent to the River Great Ouse. Find us at Barkers Lane off A428, or in Priory Business Park off A421 Bedford bypass. Admission is Free with access to the Visitor centre and 2 hides, one overlooking the main lake and one on the Finger lakes. You will find Winter wildfowl, passage terns and waders, and Water Rail all year.
This week has seen a little more movement of birds, e.g. Jay (fri), L.Grebes (DK), Mipit (daily), up to 4 Smarties (some days), Swallow (sat). Cormorants have jumped up to 14.
Ringing on Sat ended with 32 birds after 4 hours, including 6 Chiffs, 1 Willow, 5 Blackcaps & 4 Reeds. Other birds included Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Blackbird, Bullfinch (2) and an adult (in heavy moult) Goldfinch.
Female Willow Warbler 22-09-07, PCP
One of the Blackcaps, a female, was very grey/washed out colour - see pic below.