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.
The drake Garganey hung around until the weekend at least. No reports since Saturday but it might be hiding itself somewhere, you never know.
The Red-crested Pochards also seem to have departed but I got this picture of the male which looks quite weird front on like this!
A Cuckoo was heard near the Priory Wall on Apr 11 per Lin.
Lesser Whitethroat and Reed Warbler both at Priory on Apr 12 per TP. This is the earliest record of Reed Warbler in the park per DK.
On Saturday (15th) JA and I had a Swift over, again the earliest record in the park per DK.
Plenty of Willow Warblers and Blackcaps but Whitethroats are hard to come by. On Tuesday (18th) I finally caught up with a House Martin which was in a mixed flock with Sand Martins and Swallows over the main lake.
Here are a couple more pictures from recent encounters. Firstly a Chiffchaff at the Sewage Works bridge.
And finally here's a Chiffchaff sunning itself in the Long Hedge up near the Kissing Gate.