SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS

This is a request, please, to start looking out for birds now, and to let me know immediately you see one, whether ringed or not, at: spofl@cambridgebirdclub.org.uk

Our highest priority target, which we need to catch, are the geolocator-tagged birds with red metal rings. We need to download the tag data to see where the birds have been. Second in importance are our un-tagged controls, with blue metal rings. There will also be birds around which we have ringed as nestlings; these will just have an uncoloured silver metal ring.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Wednesday, 28 December

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, SNOW BUNTING still showing well, 2 Peregrine (Mark Hawkes); 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, Stonechat (Mark Eaton)

Tuesday, 27 December

Paxton Pits - 2 redhead Smew, 2 Little Egrets and a Corn Bunting (Jamie Wells)

Ouse Fen - SNOW BUNTING, ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, 2+ Hen Harriers, 2 Short-eared Owl, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Merlin (David Heath)

Waterbeach Fen - 26 Corn Bunting, Green Sandpiper (Gavin Patterson)

Great Eversden / Wimpole - 5+ Short-eared Owls showing well over fields south of the water tower adjacent to the Mare Way (Stuart Elsom)

Eldernell - 5 COMMON CRANES, 10 Short-eared Owls, 2 Barn Owls, 90 Whooper and 18 Bewick's Swans (Duncan Ritchie)

Wicken Fen - 4-6 Marsh Harrier, 7 Hen Harrier, 4 Short-eared Owls, 3 Barn Owls, 2 Stonechat (Jeff Stenning and Andrew Maddocks)

Woodwalton Fen - 3 Marsh Harrier, Cetti's Warbler, 15 Siskin (John Wells)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Green Sandpiper, 2 ad Yellow-legged Gulls, ad Caspian Gull, Short-eared Owl (Richard Allison)

Cambourne - 2 Short-eared Owls (Martin Leader)

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Monday, 26 December

Great Eversden - 3 Short-eared Owls (Louise Bacon)

Ouse Fen - SNOW BUNTING, ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD 2 Hen Harriers, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier (David & Jon Heath)

Fowlmere - 2 Hen Harriers (Doug Radford)

Ferry Meadows - 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull on Overton Lake, c.120 Common Gulls (Matt Webb)

Monday, 26 December 2011

Saturday, 24 December

Fowlmere - Hen Harrier (Matt Mellor)

Milton - 1st winter ICELAND GULL among large gull flock in field to N of Milton P + R (Gavin Patterson)

Ouse Fen - SNOW BUNTING along fen end road at TL386730 (Jamie Wells/Martin Davis); ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD (Richard Thomas); female Hen Harrier (Russell Watkins)

Grafham Water - 5 Bewick's Swans near Hill Farm car park this morning, juv Shag, 11+ Goosander (Mark Hawkes)

Alconbury - Short-eared Owl along Globe Lane (Matthew Rogers)

Paxton Pits - Smew, 2 Marsh Tit, 9 Lesser Redpoll (Jamie Wells)

Friday, 23 December

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, juvenile Shag, 13 Goosander (Mark Ward)

Cambridge - Peregrine over Addenbrookes hospital (Graeme Reed)

Thusday, 22 December

Aldreth - male Hen Harrier hunting along Dambank Drove (Simon Stirrup)

Gamlingay Wood - 2 ringtail Hen Harriers in to roost on Sugley meadow, Short-eared Owl (Stuart Elsom)

Burwell Fen - 9 Short-eared Owls

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Wednesday, 21 December

Cherry Hinton - Peregrine 09:30h (Roger Horton)

Tuesday, 20 December

Eldernell - 3 Cranes (Joe Lynn)

Monday, 19 December 2011

Monday, 19 December

Ouse Fen - SNOW BUNTING is still on the track at Ouse Fen, about 50 yards beyond the dumped tyres (Richard Thomas)

St. Neots - 4 imm GANNETS low over St. Andrews Road, heading south at 14:25h (Stuart Elsom)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Short-eared Owls south of access track (Richard Allison)

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Sunday, 18 December

Waterbeach Fen - 51 Corn Bunting, 5 Grey Partridge (Gavin Paterson)

Ouse Fen - SNOW BUNTING is still on the track at Ouse Fen - about 100 yards further north than it was yesterday, beyond the dumped tyres, ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier (Andy Cotton)

Grafham Water - 5 Bewick's Swans still in Dudeny Creek, Shag still around harbour, Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes, David Hollin, Chris Shurlock)

Eldernell - 5 COMMON CRANES flying E between Eldernell and March Farmers, 11 Short-eared Owls, 2 Barn Owls, Marsh Harriers (Duncan Ritchie)

Wicken Fen - 6 Hen Harriers, Marsh Harrier, 3 Barn owls, 2 Short-eared Owls (David Heath)

Paxton Pits - 2 redhead Smew (Jamie Wells, Neal Parkin)

Sarturday, 17 December

Ouse Fen - SNOW BUNTING,  still present feeding on the track 300 yards past Sophie's pool, near the area where some tyres have been dumped, juv ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, ringtail Hen Harrier (Richard Thomas); 2 Short-eared Owls, 2 ringtail Hen Harriers, Marsh Harrier, Bewick's Swan (Andy Cotton)

Fen Drayton - juv ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, about a mile south of the village by the A14, c.300 yards from the Conington turn (Stuart Elsom)

Bakers Fen / Burwell Fen - 8 Short-eared Owls (Vicki Harley)

Ferry Meadows - adult Kittiwake flying north east over the Mound (Matt Webb)

Great Eversden - 6-8 Short-eared Owls hunting over and roosting in rough grassland around and to the SE of the water towers above Wimple Road (David Fotherby)

Cambourne - 2-3 Short Eared Owls still present above Whomping Willow Lake this morning, Stonechat (Jonathan Hook)

Paxton Pits - fem. Goosander on river near moorings (Jim Stevenson)

Friday, 16 December 2011

Friday, 16 December

Ouse Fen - SNOW BUNTING, first seen in late October, is still present but very elusive. This morning it was feeding on Long Holme Drove - the extension of Fen End Road as you drive out of Over - beyond Sophie's Pool and before you get to the main quarry entrance. ca. TL386730. Long Holme Drove is a public right of way, but obviously keep out of the way of any farm or quarry vehicles and on no account leave the public rights of way and go onto private farmland or into the working quarry area (Richard Thomas).

Fen Drayton Lakes - ad ICELAND GULL into roost on Ferry Lagoon 15:20h (Richard Bradbury)

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Thursday, 15 December

Burwell Fen - 7 Short-eared Owls (Dave Palmer)

Eldernell - 8 Cranes, c.60 Whooper Swan, c.200 Golden Plover, Kingfisher, c.250 Lapwing, c.200 Fieldfare, probable Green Sandpiper (Don & Andrew Gardener)

Fowlmere - ringtail Hen Harrier (Doug Radford)

Fen Drayton Lakes - ad ICELAND GULL over west 15:50h, also Caspian Gull, 6+ Yellow-legged Gull (Hugh Venables)

Wednesday, 14 December

Cambourne - Merlin, Stonechat (Louise Bacon)

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Tuesday, 13 December

Little Shelford - FIRECREST still in garden near level crossing on Hauxton Road (Ali Cooper)

Monday, 12 December 2011

Monday, 12 December

Duxford - 3 Little Egrets on the river (Neil Howard)

Paxton Pits - ad ICELAND GULL into roost on Ferry Lagoon 16:05h, 5 Yellow-legged Gull (Richard Thomas)

Burwell Fen - 9 Short-eared Owls (Matt Mellor)

Sunday, 11 December

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Short-eared Owls (Sarah Howlett)

Impington - Woodcock over (David Wege)

Paxton Pits - Smew, 3 Red-crested Pochard 35 Golden Plover, Corn Bunting with c.100 Yellowhammer (Martin Davis, Neal Parkin, Gary Rawlings, Jamie Wells)

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Saturday, 10 December

Little Shelford - FIRECREST still in garden near level crossing on Hauxton Road (Ali Cooper)

Paxton Pits - redhead Smew on Sailing Lake, female Ruddy Duck on A1 North (Jamie Wells)

Cambourne - Short-eared Owl between Crow Hill and Whomping Willow lake

Fen Drayton - ICELAND GULL in the gull roost at the East end of Ferry Lagoon (Richard Thomas, Richard Grimmett); LITTLE STINT showing well from Coucher Hide, 2 Smew, Green Sandpiper (Alex Quig)

Cam WAshes - 20 White-fronted Geese in grassy field on Upware side of river, Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Merlin (Jon and David Heath)

Little Wilbraham - Merlin over (Jon and David Heath)

Fowlmere - Hen Harrier flew over the reserve, FIRECREST in dense hawthorn/ivy near Spring Hide at 2.30pm, and then presumably the same bird seen going to roost near the Watercress Hut at (Doug Radford)

Ely Beet Factory - Bittern flew up from the narrow fringe of reeds at the north-western corner (Colin Kirtland)

Friday, 9 December 2011

Friday, 9 December

Fen Drayton Lakes - Little Stint on Moore Lake (Dave Anderson); also redhead Smew, 4 Bewick's Swans over (Nigel Sprowell)

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Wednesday, 7 December

Little Shelford - FIRECREST in garden on hauxton Road by level-crossing, calling vigorously; seen previously on 24 November (Ali Cooper)

Bakers Fen, Wicken - male Hen Harrier (David Hartill)

Cherry Hinton - Peregrine over 14:30h (Roger Horton)

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Tuesday, 6 December

Ferry Meadows - fem Goosander on Overton (Chris Park)

Impington - Peregrine over (David Wege)

Monday, 5 December 2011

Monday, 5 December

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Short-eared Owls to south of entrance track (Richard Allison)

Babraham - Short-eared Owl from the Roman Road nearby (Iain Webb)

Cam Washes - c.17 White-fronted Geese (Colin Kirtland)

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Sunday, 4 December

Grafham Water - 5 Bewick's Swans & redhead Smew from Dudney hide, adult drake Scaup, Ruddy Duck, Shag (Mark Hawkes)

Gamlingay Wood - RAVEN over Sugley Wood heading SE, 1+ Short-eared Owl, Woodcock (Stuart & Jill Elsom)

Burwell Fen - 6 Short-eared Owls (Matt Mellor)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Little Stint, redhead Smew, Bittern (Neil Renwick); ad Caspian Gull, ad Yellow-legged Gull (Hugh Venables)

Haddenham - ringtail Hen Harrier 13:00h (Mark Brandon)

Kingfishers Bridge - Ruff, Green Sandpiper (Mark Brandon)

Woodwalton Fen - Peregrine, Woodcock, Cetti's Warbler (Gavin Paterson)

Ferry Meadows - 3 Goosanders (Matt Webb)

Saturday, 3 December

Ouse Fen - juv. ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still, 3 Hen Harriers, 2 Marsh Harriers, Peregrine (Mark Hawkes, Andrew Massey)

Fen Drayton - adult ICELAND GULL in gull roost at the east end of Ferry Lagoon, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Caspian Gulls (Richard Thomas)

Little Wilbraham Fen - Short-eared Owl (David Heath)

Great Eversden - 5 Short-eared Owls, Peregrine in clover field north of The Gloucesters and south of the Harcamlow/ Mare Way track (Darren Oakley-Martin)

Grafham Water - 5 Bewick's Swans from Dudney hide today (per rarebirdalert.com)

Nene Washes - 8 Cranes, Peregrine, Green Sandpiper, Ruff, 260 Whooper Swan (Mike Weedon)

Ferry Meadows - redhead Smew, White-fronted Goose, Goosander (Matt Webb); 3 Goosander over (Paul Taylor)

Cam Washes - 20 White-fronted Geese (Jon & David Heath)

Friday, 2 December 2011

Friday, 2 December

Ferry Meadows - 2 male Goosander (Don Gardener); ad European White-fronted Goose nearby still (Brian Stone)

Orton BP - pair Red-crested Pochard, 2 male Goldeneye (Paul Taylor)

Cam washes, Upware - 20 European White-fronted Geese (as per birdguides.com)

Milton Tip - 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, ad Caspian Gull (Peter Herkenrath)

Paxton Pits - 4 Goosander, Woodcock (Jamie Wells)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, 4 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Peregrine (David Fotherby)

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Thursday, 1 December

Ferry Meadows - 2 Goosander, 2 Crossbill (Chris Avanti)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 4 redhead Smew on Moore Lake 13:00h (Alex Quig)

Alconbury - 4 Short-eared Owls, ringtail Hen Harrier (Jeff Harrison)

Burwell Fen - 10 Short-eared Owls, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, 2 Little Owls (Robin Cox)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, 4 ringtail Hen Harriers (Duncan Ritchie)

River Nene, Peterborough - Bittern reported

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Wednesday, 30 November

Ferry Meadows - fem Goosander on Overton still (Mike Wilson); White-fronted Goose (Matt Webb)

Grafham water - 2 ad & 3 juv Bewick's Swans off Dudney Bay 15:40h (David Hollin)

Stanley Park, Peterborough - ad Peregrine (Brian Stone)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 redhead Smew on More lake (John Le Gassick)

River Nene, Peterborough - Bittern reported 

Burwell fen - 5+ Short-eared Owls, Little Owl, Stonechat (James Hanlon)

Dogsthorpe - 8 Cranes to south of A47 (Anthony Fenn)

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Tuesday, 29 November

Ferry Meadows - ad European White-fronted Goose, redhead Goosander still (Brian Stone)

Monday, 28 November 2011

Monday, 28 November

Cambourne - Short-eared Owl 09:15h (Louise Bacon)

Ferry Meadows - Goosander on Overton lake (Matt Webb)

Burwell Fen - 2 Short-eared Owls (Dave Palmer)

Alconbury Weston - 5 Short-eared Owls (Bill Simmonds)

Grafham Water - juv Shag still, redhead Goosander (Richard Allison)

Cambridge - Peregrine along Hills Road (Mrs Scoffin)

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Sunday, 27 November

Grafham Water - 3 VELVET SCOTER, Smew, Red-crested Pochard, Shag, 6 Goosander, 3 Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Cam WAshes - 18 White-fronted Geese still in grassy field on the Upware side of the river (Jon and David Heath)

Cambourne - 2 Short-eared Owls, male Merlin (Rob Spragg)

Waterbeach Fen - Peregrine, 18 Corn Bunting, 5 Grey Partridge (Gavin Paterson)

Fen Drayton - 2 red-headed Smew still at Moore Lake, 5 Dunlin, a snipe and a LITTLE STINT (c/o Neil Renwick); 2 Short-eared Owl (Andy Massey)

Caldecote - Merlin over (Elliot and Richard Hook)

Wimpole Hall - 4+ Short-eared Owls between the hall and Great Eversden (Chris Bowden)

Ferry Meadows - Goosander (Don Gardener)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, ringtail Hen Harrier (Richard Allison)

Barleycraft - male Smew (Richard Thomas)

Saturday, 26 November

Grafham Water - 3 VELVET SCOTER, Grey Plover over, Yellow Wagtail, juv Shag, 2 Smew, 7 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 19 Little Egret, Ruddy Duck, 6 Goosander, 16 Siskin (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington, David Hollin, Chris Shurlock).

Paxton Pits - 1-2 Smew, Goosander (Neal Parkin, Jamie Wells)

Wicken / Soham - Merlin low over fields between Wicken and Soham (Peter Bircham)

Fen Drayton - 2 red-headed Smew, Green Sandpiper (Neil Renwick)

Friday, 25 November 2011

Friday, 25 November

Swaffham Prior Fen - RAVEN over south-west (Tim Dee & Claire Spottiswoode)

Burwell Fen - Short-eared Owl, ringtail Hen Harrier (Dave Palmer); c.3000 Golden Plover (Tim Dee & Claire Spottiswoode)

Tubney Fen - 8 Whooper Swan (Tim Dee & Claire Spottiswoode)

Ferry Meadows - White-fronted Goose still (Don Gardener)

Grafham Water - 3 juv VELVET SCOTER still, juv Shag, 14 Little Egret, 4 Goosander, Green Sandpiper, Red-crested Pochard, 3+ Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Grey Wagtail (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington)

Alconbury - Short-eared Owl, Red Kite (Jeff Harrison)

Cam Washes - 24 White-fronted Geese, very wary and diffiuclt to view without disturbing them (Jon & David Heath)

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Thursday, 24 November

Fen Drayton Lakes - 4+ Biterns in Holywell Lake reeds (dennis Hall et al.); 2 Short-eared Owls in fields by entrance track (Jacqui Miler); 2 redhead Smew from Coucher Hide (Andy Cotton)

Ferry Meadows - redhead Goosander this morning (Brian Stone)

Little Shelford - Firecrest in conifer hedge near level crossing on Hauxton Road 08:00h, present since dusk last night (Ali Cooper)

Cambourne - Short-eared Owl reported between Crow Hill and Whomping Willow Lake (Martin Leader)

Ouse Washes - ad fem Peregrine, 20 White-fronted Geese, c.600 Whooper Swans (Jonathan Taylor and Owen Marks)

Cam Washes - 6 White-fronted Geese on the Upware side, Peregrine (Jon & David Heath)

Alconbury - 2 Short-eared Owls but distant, Peregrine (Mike Everett)

Burwell Fen - 5 Short-eared Owls, c.3000 Golden Plover (Dave Palmer)

Ouse Fen - 2 Hen Harriers, fem Peregrine (Mark Eaton)

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Wednesday, 23 November

Ferry Meadows - European White-fronted Goose stil, Grey Wagtail (Brian Stone)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, juv Hen Harrier (Richard Thomas)

Alconbury - 4 Short-eared Owls, Hen Harrier along Globe Lane (Jeff Harrison)

Ousw Washes - 19 Cranes north-east over Four Balls Farm 15:50h, ad fem Peregrine, also 13 White-fronted Geese, c.65 Black-tailed Godwits, 13 Ruff near Pymore Railway Bridge  (Owen Marks)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 redhead Smew, Bittern, also 3 Short-eared Owls south of Far Fen Lake (Andy Cotton)

Nene Washes - 2000+ Golden Plover, 2000+ Lapwing, 15 Whooper Swans, Short-eared Owl, 10+ Kestrels (Don Gardener)

Devil's Dyke - Crossbill over at Swaffham Prior (Iain Webb)

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Tuesday, 22 November

Ferry Meadows - European White-fronted Goose stil, also Merlin (Chris Park)

Monday, 21 November 2011

Monday, 21 November

Mare Way - Short-eared Owl (Clive Sinclair)

Ferry Meadows - European White-fronted Goose still (Mike Weedon)

Alconbury - ringtail Hen Harrier still (Matthew Rodgers); also 2 Short-eared Owls reported

Grafham Water - 3 juv VELVET SCOTER, 6 Goosander, juv Shag, 20+ Lesser Redpoll (Mark Hawkes)

Wilbraham Fen - Peregrine, 2 Barn Owls (Bob Jarman)

Ouse Washes - 13 White-fronted Geese, 1964 Lapwing, 1023 Golden Plover, Grey Plover, 63 Ruff, Hen Harrier, Peregrine, 3 Barn Owl, 5 Short-eared Owl, 4 Stonechat (Mike Burdekin)

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Sunday, 20 November

Ferry Meadows - European White-fronted Goose still in with Greylags in field bordered by Nene Valley Railway (Mike Weedon)

Cam Washes - 3 Short-eard Owls (Jonathan & David Heath)

Mare Way - Merlin (Mike Crosby)

Saturday, 19 November

Cam Washes - 7 White-fronted Geese, 2 Short-eared Owls (Jon and David Heath)

Grafham Water - 3 VELVET SCOTER, juv Shag,  Goosander (Jamie Wells); Short-eared Owl (David Hollin)

Paxton Pits - 3 redhead Smew, Peregrine (Jamie Wells)

Alcolnbury - 5 Short-eared Owls (Matthew Rogers)

Fen Drayton - 2 redhead Smew, 7 Little Egret, 4 Water Rail, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper and 2 Cetti's Warblers (Colin Kirtland)

Wilbraham Fen - Barn Owl, Merlin, ring-tail Hen Harrier (Saimon Clark)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Green Sandpiper, 20 Corn Bunting (Jeff Stenning, Andrew Maddocks)

Burwell Fen - 6 Short-eared Owl 6, 500 Golden Plover (Tim Dee & Claire Spottiswoode)

Tubney Fen - 6 Whooper Swan (Tim Dee & Claire Spottiswoode)

Cambourne - 3 Short Eared Owls above Whomping Willow Lake (Jonathan Hook)

Nene Washes - 8 COMMON CRANE from Eldernell car park, 12+ Short-eared Owl between Bassenhally and March Farmers, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl (Steve Dudley)

Mare Way - 6 Short-eared Owls, Little Owl (Mike Crosby)

Friday, 18 November 2011

Friday, 18 November

Ferry Meadows - ad European White-fronted Goose with a flock of Greylags just west of the river along the railway line just after it crosses the river (Brian Stone)

Farcet Fen - male Hen harrier over west 11:55h (Steve Dudley)

Kimbolton - ad KITTIWAKE over towards Grafham Water 15:50h (Andy plumb)

Alconbury - ringtail Hen Harrier along Globe Lane 09:30h (Jem Holding)

Burwell Fen - 9 Short-eared Owls (Les Bunyan)

Little Wibraham - Merlin reported 

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Thursday, 17 November

Grafham Water - 3 VELVET SCOTER from Mander CP 13:15h (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 redhead Smew (Jacqui Miller)

Ferry Meadows - GREAT GREY SHRIKE, White-fronted Goose (Malte Busch)

Burwell Fen - 12 Short-eared Owls, 2 Barn Owls, 4 Water Rails, 4 Cetti's Warblers (Colin Kirtland); also Merlin (Andrew Balmford)

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Wednesday, 16 November

Alconbury Weston - 5 Short-eared Owls to the south-west along Buckworth Road, also Short-eared Owl near along Globe Lane, Alconbury (Nigel Sprowell)

Great Shelford - 6 Crossbills over south (Iain Webb)

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Tuesday, 15 November

Alconbury - BRENT GOOSE in fields along Globe Lane, south-west of the village, 12:55h. Also fem Hen Harrier (John Lindsell, Matthew Rodgers); 3 Short-eared Owls (David Hollin)

Milton CP - redhead Goosander, 65 Gadwall, 2 Kingfisher (Colin Kirtland)

Eldernell - 6 Short-eared Owls, Cetti's Warbler west of CP (Joe Taylor); Cetti's Warbler east of CP towards March Farmers (Nick Mudge)

Monday, 14 November 2011

Monday, 14 November

Milton CP - redhead Goosander on Dickerson's Pit (David Heath, Jeff Stenning)

Alconbury - 4 Short-eared Owls, ringtail Hen Harrier (David Hollin); a further 2 Short-eared Owls (Mike Everett)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 redhead Smew, 3000+ Starlings at roost; also Short-eared Owl nearby (Andy Cotton)

Burwell Fen - 3 Short-eared Owl, Merlin (Tim Dee)

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Sunday, 13 November

Fen Drayton Lakes - redhead Smew (Sarah Howlett)

St Neots - 3 Crossbill over Riverside Park (Richard Bashford)

Sutton Gault - 3 Curlew, 2 Grey Wagtail, Water Pipit (Mark Peck)

Grafham Water - 7 Red crested Pochards in Valley creek (Mark Hawkes)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, 3 Bewick Swans, 13 Whooper Swans, 2 Pink-footed Geese (David & Jonathan Heath)

Alconbury - 6 Short-eared Owls, female Hen Harrier, 3 Red Kite (Mark Ward, Mark Hawkes et al.)

Paxton Pits - 2 redhead Smew (Jamie Wells)

Burwell Fem - 11+ Short-eared Owls (Hugh Venables); also Merlin (Andrew Knights) and 3 Barn Owls in the area (Simon Phelps)

Nene Washes - 8 Cranes, Merlin, 3 Short-eared Owls, c.50 Bewick's Swans (Howard Butler); 6+ Short-eared Owls, Barn Owl, Peregrine at Eldernell (Mike Weedon); 10+ Short-eared Owls, 2 Barn Owls and Little Owl at March Farmers (Paul Taylor)

Cambridge - 2 Mealy Redpoll in Fanshawe Road (Richard Patient)

Woodwalton Fen - 15+ Mealy Redpoll in flock of 100+ Redpoll spp., 70 Siskins, male Hen Harrier (Richard Patient); Cetti's Warbler (Mike Weedon)

Ferry Meadows - 7 Brambling (Matt Webb)

Saturday, 12 November

Paxton Pits - adult Caspian Gull, Merlin (Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - 3 juvenile VELVET SCOTER, juv. Shag, Ruddy Duck, Goosander, Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes); Red-crested Pochard, 26 Pintail (Colin Addington)

Fen Drayton - 6000-7000 starlings in the roost flock (Neil Renwick); GREAT WHITE EGRET over (Graham Askew)

Alcolnbury - 5+ Short-eared Owls around the sheep-fields 1/4 mile west of the village on the Woolley Road this afternoon, ringtail Hen Harrier (Stuart Elsom)

Nene Washes - 3 Short-eared owls (Simon Phelps)

Cambridge - WAXWING over Adams Road Sanctuary (Iain Webb)

Beeby's BP - SLAVONIAN GREBE still (Tony Rowe)

Bainton Pits - Cetti's Warbler, 2 Red-crested Pochard (Richard Astle)

Friday, 11 November 2011

Friday, 11 November

Ferry Meadows - redhead Smew briefly (Brian Stone)

Orton BPs - 2 SLAVONIAN GREBES (Paul Taylor)

Thursday, 10 November

Guyhirn - 8 Cranes south of A47 about 1 mile to the west, in field opposite cafe 10:55h (Richard Allison)

Fowlmere - male Mandarin (Mike Foley)

Grafham Water - 3 VELVET SCOTER still from mander CP 13:00h (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Burwell Fen - 8 Short-eared Owls (Richard Allison)

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Wednesday, 9 November

Ferry Meadows Country Park - 1st-winter GREY PHALAROPE until 10:00h then flew north (Brian Stone et al).

Grafham Water - 3 VELEVET SCOTER still; fem/imm from Mander car park, 2 juvs (male and female) from Plummer car park (Colin Addington, Mark Hawkes); SLAVONIAN GREBE from Mander car park, 3 Goosander (David Hollin)

St. Neots - 10 White-fronted Geese flew south over Eaton Socon 08:15h (Mark Hawkes)

Fowlmere - fem/imm Smew (per RSPB)

Nene Washes - 8 CRANES, 3 Short-eared Owl, 13 Whooper Swans (Monica & Owen Marks)

Brampton Wood - Crossbill (Vince Lea)

Late news from 6th November:  Alconbury - 3 Short-eared Owls, with 2 still on 7/11 (per rarebirdalert.com)

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Tuesday, 8 November

Grafham Water - Imm/fem VELVET SCOTER from fishing lodge until 08:00h at least, also juv Shag and Goosander (Mark Hawkes, David Hollin); Osprey over 11:50h (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Ouse Washes - 1862 Whooper Swan, 2 Bewick's Swan 2 Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler (Mike Burdekin)

Bar Hill - Woodcock nearby (Ken Hook)

Monday, 7 November 2011

Monday, 7 November

Grafham Water - 3 VELVET SCOTER from fishing lodge 16:30h (David Hollin)

Nene Washes - 8 CRANES reported (Garry)

Tubney Fen - male Hen Harrier, Wheatear (Peter Wells)

Ouse Washes - 116 Whooper Swan, 12 Egyptian Geese, 352 Golden Plover, 5 Ruff, 24 Snipe, 9 Curlew, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, Merlin, 2 Peregrine (as per Mike Burdekin)

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Sunday, 6 November

Fen Drayton Lakes - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD over Hollywell Lake car park (as per Neil Renwick); GREAT WHITE EGRET over north-east 11:10h (Richard Patient); Stonechat, Bittern, 4 Goldeneyes, Spotted Redshank, Green Sandpiper also reported (as per Neil Renwick)

Sutton Gault - DOTTEREL opposite the microlite airfield, also Merlin, ad Peregrine (David Hopkins)

Ouse Washes - GREAT WHITE EGRET south along the Washes (Mark Eaton)

Ouse Fen -  ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD showing at 11:43h and 12:25h, also 2 ringtail Hen Harriers, Peregrine (Andy Cotton)

Grafham Water - Red-crested Pochard, ad Mediterranenan Gull, Shag, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Goosander (Mark Hawkes)

Nene Washes - 8 Cranes (Tony Lowe, Dave Griffiths and Les Turner)

Little Wilbraham Fen - Merlin, Barn Owl (Saimon Clark)

Stutney - WAXWING over (Duncan Poyser)

Saturday, 5 November

Grafham Water - Mealy Redpoll at south end of dam in silver birches with c.20 Lesser Redpolls (Mark Hawkes)

Nene Washes - 5 COMMON CRANES, up to 3 Hen Harriers, 10+ Short-eared Owls (Jonathan Taylor)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD (Mark Eaton)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Hen Harrier (Nigel Sprowell)

Burwell Fen - 10+ Short-eared Owls, Hen Harrier, Merlin (Dave Griffiths)

Cambridge Research Park - 8+ Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail (David & Jonathan Heath)

Cam Washes - Merlin (Saimon Clark)

Paxton Pits - Grey Plover (Jamie Wells)

Friday, 4 November 2011

Friday, 4 November

Burwell/Adventurer's Fen - 4+ Short-eared Owls, Little Owl, Peregrine over (Les Bunyan); 13+ Short-eared Owls, 3+ Barn Owls (Stuart Elsom); ringtail Hen Harrier (Colin Kirtland)

Tubney fen - 10 Short-eared Owls, male Hen Harrier (David Hollin and John Lindsell)

Nene Washes - 8 Cranes reported, 4 Short-eared Owls at Eldernell (Duncan Ritchie)

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Thursday, 3 November

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, ringtail Hen Harrier (Peter Louden)

Burwell Fen - Peregrine (Peter Louden)

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Wednesday, 2 November

Ferry Meadows - 3 Red-crested Pochard on Gunwade Lake (Matt Webb)

Burwell Fen - 3 Short-eared Olws (Jeff Harrison)

Fen Drayton Lakes - ringtail Hen Harrier, Bittern, Cetti's Warbler (as per Neil Renwick); fem Goosander, 5 Little Egrets (Andy Cotton)

Haddenham -  male Hen Harrier (Paul Mason)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD (Paul Mason); also 2 ringtail Hen Harriers (Duncan Ritchie)

Fowlmere - Water Rail showing well from Drewer Hide (Doug Radford)

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Tuesday, 1 November

Burwell Fen - 3+ Short-eared Olws 07:00-08:00h (Kevin Harris); 9+ Short-eared Owls this afternoon, also pair of Barn Owls, Little Owl, male Hen Harrier (James Hanlon)

Haddenham - 3rd win Caspian Gull until 07:35h, juv male Hen Harrier, male Merlin, ad Yellow-legged Gull (as per ararebirdalert.com)

Dogsthorpe Tip - 1st win Caspian Gull briefly (Josh Jones)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, 2 Hen Harriers, Short-eared Owl, c.500 Golden Plover, Cetti's Warbler (Colin Kirtland)

Nene Washes - 4 Short-eared Owls (Simon Phelps)

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Sunday, 30 October

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, SNOW BUNTING in ditch north of car park, 2 ringtail Hen Harriers, 2 Marsh Harriers (Jeff Stenning & Andrew Maddocks); 2 Merlins (Geoff Barlow); Short-eared Owl, 6 Siskin, Bearded Tits heard (James Hanlon)

Grafham Water - SLAVONIAN GREBE in Valley Creek (per rarebirdalert.com); Greenshank, juv.Shag (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Draytom - Bittens recorded in 3 locations (c/o Neil Renwick)

Burwell Fen - 4 Short-eared Owls (Andrew Knights); also 600+ Golden Plover (Alan Pool)

Gamlingay Cinques - RAVEN over (Peter Bradley)

Nene Washes - BLACK KITE over Eldernell (as per Mike Foley)

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Saturday, 29 October

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, male and 2 juv Hen Harrier, 2 juv Marsh Harrier, 3 Bearded Tits (Mark Ward)

Buckden - 3 Bramblings (Mark Ward)

Grafham Water - juv. Shag still by fishing lodge, 3 Crossbill west over Plummer car park, Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, Ruddy Duck (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - Merlin and Crossbill over (Katie Fuller)

Upton - RAVEN over village (Richard Broughton)

Cambridge - Swallow over (Jonathan Heath)

Woodwalton Fen - Cetti's Warbler, Peregrine, Barn Owl (Mike Weedon)

Friday, 28 October 2011

Friday, 28 October

Murrow - Short-eared Owl nearby (Marie Barton)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD in the area (Paul Mason); seen very well from about 2 miles south of Earith 10:15h (David Griffiths, Tony Lowe); also 2 Hen Harriers, Peregrine, Short-eared Owl (Brian Groombridge)

Upton Wood  - Hawfinch over, Merlin (Richard Broughton)

Babraham - Merlin nearby (Andrew Knights)

Late news: Wimpole - Reeve's Pheasant photographed at about TL325530 some four weeks ago (Richard Hook)

Thursday, 27 October

Wicken - ringtail Hen Harrier, 4 Short-eared Owls at Burwell Fen, 2 Cetti's Warblers, Bearded Tit at Wicken Fen (Gavin Paterson)

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Wednesday, 26 October

Earith - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD to the south, ranging widely (David Hopkins)

Dogsthorpe Tip - 2nd win GLAUCOUS GULL on the tip 09:00h (Mike Weedon)

Wicken Fen - 7 Cetti's Warblers singing (Gavin Paterson)

Woodwalton Fen - male Hen Harrier roosting near north hide with Marsh Harriers for the  last nine days, but not tonight (John Waine)

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Tuesday, 25 October

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD in the area still (Colin Kirtland)

Dogsthorpe Tip - 2nd win GLAUCOUS GULL in a field opposite the tip 10:30h, later to the south of the tip (Josh Jones)

Grafham water - Shag still (Matthew Rodgers)

Monday, 24 October 2011

Monday, 24 October

Ferry Meadows - 5 Grey Wagtails (Chris Avanti)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD in the area this afternoon (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Fowlmere - male and fem Merlins over the reserve and adjacent farmland recently (Doug Radford)

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Sunday, 23 October

Eldernell - 3 Common Cranes

Bare Fen (just east of Ouse Fen) - DOTTEREL Access along Fen End Causeway, then take track which heads to Willingham, park by drove after sewage works and walk 1/4 mile to view (Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water -imm SPOONBILL over, Shag, Greenshank, Goosander (Matthew Rodgers); also 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Pintail (Mark Hawkes)

Saturday, 22 October

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD in the area east of the conveyor belt, DOTTEREL with 150+ Golden Plover, Rock Pipit over (Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water - Grey Phalarope still off south end of dam this morning, Grey Plover. Greenshank at Gaynes creek, Shag still by fishing lodge, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington)

Milton Tip - Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull (Peter Herkenrath)

Burwell Fen - Short-eared Owl (Andrew Knights)

Barford Pocket Park, Eynesbury - 2+ Cetti's Warblers (Stuart & Jill Elsom)

Friday, 21 October 2011

Friday, 21 October

Eldernell - 3 Cranes (Lynne & Mac Bell)

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Thursday, 20 October

Witcham - 7 Crossbills over 08:25h, also Brambling, Siskin Redpolls (David Hopkins)

March - Crane over 11:55h (Andy Bayes)

Grafham - GREY PHALAROPE still (as per rarebirdalert)

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Wednesday, 19 October

Witcham - 7 ARCTIC SKUAS over south-west 13:30h (David Hopkins)

Gamlingay - RAVEN over Sugley Meadow 14:10h (Mark Thomas)

Grafham Water - GREY PHALAROPE off Plmmer CP, RAVEN flew down Ouse Valley as viewed from dam (Colin Addington); Greenshank (Mark Eaton)

Ferry Meadows - fem Stonechat (Matt Webb)

Foxton - ad Mediterranean Gull following the plough (Steve Cooper)

Fleam Dyke - House Martin south (Iain Webb)

Eldernell - 7 Cranes (Tina Lindsey)

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Tuesday, 18 October

Knapwell - YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at the RSPB's working farm this morning (Derek Gruar); but no further sign early afternoon (Mark Hawkes). Parking is in farmyard which is accessed from drive just before flashing 30 mph sign on left, 200 m into village coming from A428 end. Bird has been in large pines by grainstore but ranging as far as the 30mph sign itself - calling quite a lot (Ian Dillon). This is not open to the public and anybody wanting to see the bird should call 01954 267438 before visiting the site.

Grafham Water - GREY PHALAROPE off south end of dam still 08:35h, juvenile Shag, 7 Pintail (Mark Hawkes)

Shepreth - Osprey north over the rail station at 11:43h (Ian Ellis)

Monday, 17 October 2011

Monday, 17 October

Grafham Water - 1st-winter GREY PHALAROPE still, juvenile Shag, Brambling, Goosander, 10 Goldeneye, 4 Green Sandpipers, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Nene Washes - fem Merlin, Curlew, 3 Crane, 2 Whooper Swan (Charlie Kitchin)

Ferry Meadows - 4 Crossbills over (Matt Webb)

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Sunday, 16 October

Grafham Water - 1st-winter GREY PHALAROPE feeding off south end dam, 2 Whooper Swan until midday, Goosander, 5 Green Sandpiper, juvenile Shag, 7 Goldeneye (Mark Hawkes); Wheatear (Matthew Rodgers)

Paxton Pits - 2 Whooper Swan just after midday (Jamie Wells)

Morborne Hill - pair of RAVENS (Richard Jones)

Wimplole - DOTTEREL heading north-east over Mare Way, calling 09:10h (Mike Crosby)

Greenhill, Elton - 3 Tree Sparrows, 12 Redpoll (Brian Stone)

Saturday, 15 October

Fen Drayton Lakes - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD over (Richard Patient); seen soon after going north over Ouse Fen (Richard Thomas)

Wicken Fen - 7 Whooper Swans at east mere hide. RING OUZEL along Bakers Fen (Dermot Cooper)

Grafham Water - GREY PHALAROPE off dam late afternoon (per rarebirdalert)

Paxton Pits - Brambling over (Jamie Wells)

Southey Wood - 2+ Crossbills (Matt Webb)

Greenhill, Elton - Brambling over (Brian Stone)

Friday, 14 October 2011

Friday, 14 October

Abbotsley - 2 Brambling, 20 Fieldfare, 9 Siskin (Stuart Elsom)

Fwrry Meadows - fem Hen Harrier, 2 Swallows over (Brian Stone)

Grafham Water - 2 COMMON SCOTER from Mander CP this morning (Colin Addington)

Bradley Fen - Wheatear (Brian Stone)

Dry Drayton - 8 Buzzards over east (Ken Hook)

Fen Drayton Lakes -  fem Wheatear, 3 Cetti's Warblers (Andy Cotton)

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Thursday, 13 October

Ferry Meadows - 4 Brambling (Brian Stone et al.); 390 Fieldfare over (Matt Webb)

Paxton Pits - 27+ Crossbills over this morning, c.55 Fieldfare over, m SCAUP,  3 Kingfisher (Jamie Wells)

Toft - 100+ Fieldfares over (Louise Bacon)

Impington - Pergrine over (David Wege)

Hemingford Grey - 7 Crossbills over (Mike Everett)

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Wednesday, 12 October

Castor Mill - 2 Stonechats (Paul Taylor)

Paxton Pits - SCAUP amongst 1460+ Tufted Duck on Island Pit, 6+ Siskin over, 20 Redpoll over, 1+ Cetti's Warbler, 2 Kingfisher (Jamie Wells)

Witcham - 1st win RING OUSEL briefly this morning (David Hopkins)

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Tuesday, 11 October

Ferry Meadows - Wheatear (Matt Webb)

Grafham Water - 2 TWITE with Linnets at Marlow CP, juv Shag still  (Colin Addington)

Monday, 10 October 2011

Monday, 10 October

Hadenham - Wheatear along Dambank, also many Golden Plover over (Paul Mason)

Redwings reported widely over the last few days, also small numbers of Swallows and House Martins still heading south.

Sunday, 9 October

Cottenham - 25 Redwings in the middle of village (Vicki Harley)

Cambridge - ARCTIC SKUA north over Research Park (Gavin Paterson)

Grafham Water -  SLAVONIAN GREBE, Short-eared Owl (Matthew Rodgers); Mediterranean Gull, Shag, 6+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 7 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Curlew, c.200 Golden Plovers (as per Neil Renwick)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - 4 Green Sandpiper, Marsh Harrier (Gavin Paterson)

Waterbeach Fen - 5 Fieldfare with large numbers of Redwing (Jonathan & David Heath)

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Saturday, 8 October

Woodwalton Fen - Merlin, Peregrine (Joe Lynn)

Grafham Water - Shag, Peregrine (Mark Hawkes et al.); Rock Pipit (Colin Addington)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Bearded Tits, 3 Green Sandpiper, Snipe (as per Neil Renwick)

Cambridge Research Park - 8+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Green Sandpipers (David & Jonathan Heath)

Abbotts Ripton  -  escaped Lilac-breasted Roller still in the area

Friday, 7 October 2011

Friday, 7 October

Grafham Water - possible adult Black-tailed Gull briefly in flight at 6.42pm (Stuart Elsom); Shag, 15 Redpoll, 5+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 10 House Martins (Mark Hawkes); Rock Pipit, Common Sandpiper (David Russell)

Ferry Meadows - fem Wheatear (Don Gardener)

Colne - 2 Crossbills over 08:30h (Mark Eaton)

Ouse Washes - 45 Whooper Swan, 11 Bewick Swan, 50+ Ruff, fem Wheatear (Mike Burdekin)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Green Sandpiper (Andy Cotton)

Abbots Ripton - escaped Lilac-breasted Roller in the area, mostly on private land, but wide-ranging (Stuart Elsom).

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Thursday, 6 October

Barton - House Martin over south (Louise Bacon)

Bretton, Peterborough - 5 House Martins over (Don Gardener)

Grafham Water - dark-headed Yellow-legged Gull again 18:40h, also Shag still (Matthew Rodgers); 2 Black Tern from Church Hill 16:45h (David Hollin)

Wednesday, 5 October

Monks Wood - small numbers of Crossbills & Siskins over (Richard Broughton)

Impington - Hobby over (David Wege)

Grafham Water - Shag by fishing lodge (Mark Hawkes)

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Tuesday, 4 October

Grafham Water - dark-hooded 'Azorean type' Yellow legged Gull this evening in the roost 18.30h, Shag, Black Tern (Matthew Rodgers)

Monday, 3 October 2011

Monday, 3 October

Sugley Wood - juv PALLID HARRIER 08:10h (Stuart Elsom); then in Bedfordshire flew south-west from Little Barford towards Tempsford 08:45h (Mark Ward)

Wimpole - 2 RAVENS near the folly this morning (Clive Sinclair)

Woodston, Peterborough - Wheatear on roof-tops near Sugar Way/Crystal Drive junction (Ben Fraser)

Sunday, 2 October

Sugley Wood - juv PALLID HARRIER photographed in afternoon (Brycchan Carey)

Hemingford Abbotts - HOOPOE reported along Rideaway at 12.55 (per rarebirdalert.com)

Elton - 2 RAVEN over towards Northants (Brian Stone)

Bevill's Wood - 16 Crossbill, c.15 Siskin, 2 Red Kite (Richard Broughton)

Monks Wood - c.65 Marsh Tit (Richard Broughton)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Redwing over (Matt Webb)

Ely Beet Pool - 25+ Bearded Tit, 7 Marsh Harrier in to roost (Mark Hawkes, Duncan Poyser)

Stretham - 3 Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, 2 Green Sandpiper amongst waders on flooded fields nearby (Mark Hawkes, Duncan Poyser)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 4 Bearded Tit, Bittern report twice, Hobby, 2 Water Rail (Neil Renwick)

Waterbeach Fen - 2 Little Owl, 2 Green Sandpiper (Gavin Paterson)

Saturday, 1 October

Ferry Meadows - Cetti's Warbler (Don Gardener)

Knarr Fen - 2 Marsh Harriers (David Withrington)

Stretham - 2+ Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, 2 Green Sandpiper amongst waders on flooded fields nearby (Hugh Venables)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2  Bittern together (Neil Renwick)

Friday, 30 September 2011

Friday, 30 September

Grafham Water - Rock Pipit on dam, Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes); Shag (Matthew Rodgers)

Ferry Meadows - Cetti's Warbler singing at the bottom of Landy Green Way (Roger Davis)

A1/A14 interchange - Cetti's Warbler nearby (Rich Broughton)

Stretham - 4 Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, 2 Green Sandpiper amongst waders on flooded fields nearby (Jonathan & David Heath); Grasshopper Warbler reeling (Mike & Anne Knowles)

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Thursday, 29 September

Grafham Water - Little Gull from Mander CP (Dean Harlow)

Godmanchester GPs - ad Caspian Gull, 6 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Egyptian Geese (Mark Hawkes)

Stretham - on flooded fields nearby, waders included  juv Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint, 5 Green Sandpiper, 48 Snipe, 8 Ruff, 575 Golden Plover (Steve Cooper)

Late news from Tuesday, 27 September - Cow Lane, Godmanchester - NIGHTJAR hawking over fields between the river and the fishing complex 19:15h. To find the fields where the bird was last seen you need to drive to the very bottom of Cow lane. Park in the car park then head EAST through the gate on to the lower common. Follow the tree line around the fishing complex (at a near right angle bend continue along tree line to north, until you reach a brook. Cross the brook and on your left will be another gate and cow pen. The bird was seen hawking these fields,  TL266721. There are three fields along the river, the centre one being opposite the entrance channel to Hartford Marina. There is a footpath all the way, but please respect any signs that point to private land.  Walking to the viewing area via the middle part of the fishing complex is not allowed.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Wednesday, 28 September

Paxton Pits - HONEY BUZZARD over 09:53h (Steve May)

Grafham Water - Little Stint (Colin Addington); Shag (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Tuesday, 27 September

Milton Park, Peterborough - 2 RAVENS and a Red Kite over south-west 13:10h (Don Gardener)

Madingley Wood - pair of RAVENS tumbling and calling 15:05h, also Hobby (Bob Jarman)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Hobby (Chris Avanti)

Witcham - ad Hobby, 3 Turtle Doves, 6 Marsh Harriers, juv Red Kite (David Hopkins)

Monday, 26 September 2011

Monday, 26 September

Wicken Fen - 2 Marsh Harrier, 7 Cetti's Warbler (Gavin Paterson)

Genome Campus - probable HONEY BUZZARD over south 13:30h (David Fricker, Andrew Knights)

Peterborough - HOODED CROW over north-east along Monument Street 13:00h (Tina Lindsey)

March - Wheatear at Knights End Road (Andy Bayes)

Stretham - Little Stint, 15 Ruff amongst waders on flooded fields at c.TL510724 (Bruce Martin)

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Sunday, 25 September

Fen Drayton - 3 Black Tern (Chris Brown); a fourth Black Tern, c.12 Black-tailed Godwit, Hobby, Bearded Tits, Marsh Harrier, Osprey, Cetti's Warblers, Wheatear (c/o Neil Renwick)

Ouse Washes - 5 CRANES from Stockdales hide (Duncan Poyser)

Grafham Water - juv Shag, Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes, David Hollin, Chris Shurlock, Colin Addington); 3 Black Tern in gull roost (Matthew Rodgers)

Saturday, 24 September

Grafham Water - Grafham Water -  SABINE'S GULL in morning only (per Birdguides); GREY PHALAROPE still along dam, juvenile GANNET off Mander car park 1.50-2.15pm, juv SHAG, Arctic Tern, 3 Green Sandpipers in lagoons, 2 juv Little Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Isleham Lock - Osprey heading south along the River Lark, 2 Hobbies (David Fricker & Andrew Knights)

Fen Drayton - Black-tailed Godwit, Black Tern and a number of Bearded Tits (c/o Neil Renwick)

Haddenham - 3 Wheatears along Adventurer's Drove (Paul Mason)

Tanholt - 2 Greenshank (Dave Chambers)

Friday, 23 September 2011

Friday, 23 September

Grafham Water -  SABINE'S GULL, GREY PHALAROPE from north end of dam still 10:00h (Richard Allen)

Paxton Pits - Common Sandpiper, 6 Little Egret, Stonechat (Martin Davis)

Fen Drayton Lakes - juv Black Tern (Dave Anderson)

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Thursday, 22 September

Grafham Water -  SABINE'S GULL, GREY PHALAROPE from dam still 16:30h (Stuart Elsom & Malcolm Goodman)

Paxton Pits - PECTORAL SANDPIPER on Pumphouse Pit and then Diddington Pit before flying off northwards (Martin Davis). There is strictly no access to the working areas of the site. Please view only from footpaths along the north side of Pumphouse Pit or the south-west corner of Diddington Pit. Park only in the car park at far end of Diddington village or by sewage works east of Stirtloe.

Nene washes - 5 Cranes over (Brian Stone)

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Wednesday, 21 September

Grafham Water -  SABINE'S GULL, GREY PHALAROPE from dam still (Stuart Sharp)

Cambridge Research Park / Waterbeach GPs - 2 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper, Hobby (David Heath)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Redpolls (Matt Webb)

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Tuesday, 20 September

Grafham Water -  SABINE'S GULL on dam by tower 08:20h, juv SHAG by Mander CP, GREY PHALAROPE along north section of dam, Green Sandpiper, Swift (Mark Hawkes)

Ferry Meadows - Whinchat on Goldie Meadow (Chris Park)

Nene Washes - 8 Crane, Curlew, Bittern,  4 Whinchat (Charlie Kitchin)

Late news from Sunday, 18 September: Whittlesey - Redwing over 02:00h (Charlie Kitchin)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Osprey, 2 Green Sandpipers (Andy Cotton)

Isleham Washes - 5 Ruff, 3 Wigeon (David Collins)

Monday, 19 September 2011

Monday, 19 September

Grafham Water -  SABINE'S GULL showing well, half way between Marlow CP and the dam,  GREY PHALAROPE near the valve tower c.100m out, Shag also still present (David Hollin)

Ferry Meadows - Whinchat briefly (Matt Webb)

Trumpington - 53 Golden Plovers (Mike Foley)

Sunday, 18 September

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2+ Redstart, 3 Hobby, 2 Marsh Harrier, Red Kite, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper. Also Whinchat along the guided busway near Longstanton (Sarah Howlett)

Bainton Pits - Hobby, Turtle Dove (Richard Astle)

St. Ives GPs - Black Tern, 2 Green Sandpiper (Alan Bull)

Ouse Washes - 11 Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 5 ad Whooper Swan, Hobby, 2 Kingfisher, 15 Golden Plover (Gavin Paterson)

Monks Wood - 20+ Nuthatch territories now recorded, up from just 2 in 1999, and the 1000th Marsh Tit was ringed this weekend (Richard Broughton)

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Saturday, 17 September

Grafham Water -  SABINE'S GULL GREY PHALAROPE still present (Steve Blain); SHAG, 2 Wheatear (Matthew Rogers)

Tanholt - Greenshank (Dave Chambers)

Ferry Meadows - 2 RAVEN (Matt Webb)

Abbotsley - Whinchat, 2 Hobby at Hail Lane (Stuart Elsom)

Friday, 16 September 2011

Friday, 16 September

Grafham Water - ad SABINE'S GULL in and around Church Hill bay (David & Jonathan Heath); also juv Shag off Marlow, Greenshank (Ian Dawson) and Knot (Duncan McNiven);  juv Little Gull, 3 Black Terns (Matthew Rodgers)

Wicken Fen - Bearded Tit, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Gavin Paterson)

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Thursday, 15 September

Grafham Water - ad SABINE'S GULL, 2 GREY PHALAROPES showing well from the dam wall 08:00h (David Bale); also juv Little Gull, Little Stint (Ian Dawson); imm SHAG at Marlow CP (Dean Harlow).

Beeby's BP - Turnstone, Wheatear (Paul Taylor)

Dogsthorpe Tip - 1st win Caspian Gull (Josh Jones)

Late news from Monday, 12 September: Chatteris - 12 Pink-footed Geese over (as per Mark Ward)

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Wednesday, 14 September

Grafham Water - ad SABINE'S GULL in bay to north-west of Marlow CP, 2 GREY PHALAROPES, Arctic Tern (Stuart Elsom, Howard Joliffe, Mark Peck); 1st cy Little Gull (Robin Cox); Whinchat (Alan Pool); ad Mediterranean Gull (Mark Ward)

Aldreth - 3 Wheatears along Dambank (Paul Mason)

River Lark - MANX SHEARWATER reported at TL586836 (as per Mike Foley)

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Tuesday, 13 September

Grafham Water - GREY PHALAROPE still on curve of dam and bouncing in the 'surf' at 11:00h, approach from Marlow CP (Richard Palmer); Arctic Tern, Black Tern (Colin Kirtland); ad SABINE'S GULL, 1st cy Little Gull, 2+ further Black Terns (Stuart Elsom)

Aldreth - 6 Wheatear, Whinchat along Dambank still (Paul Mason)

Ferry Meadows - Arctic Tern (Mike Weedon, Brian Stone)

Nene Washes, Dog-in-a-Doublet - 8 Cranes still (as per birdguides.com)

Mepal - Whimbrel over (Rob Partridge)

March - ringtail Hen Harrier between the town and Turves (Celia Johns)

Monday, 12 September 2011

Monday, 12 September

Nene washes, Low Wash - 8 Common Cranes (Jonathan Taylor)

Aldreth - 5 Whetaer, 3 Whinchat in the same field along Dambank (Paul Mason)

Grafham Water - GREY PHALAROPE by curve of dam on Marlow side 16:50h (David Hollin); also 2 Green Dandpiper, Common Sandpiper (Graham Moates); 2 juv Black Tern, juv Arctic Tern (Mark Peck)

The last few days have brought many reports of Yellow Wagtail, Meadow Pipt, House Martin and Siskin movements through the county, also several Swifts.

Sunday, 11 September

Grafham Water - Little Gull, 4+ Black Terns, Arctic Tern, Greenshank (Stuart Elsom)

Haddenham/Aldreth -  7 Wheatear (Paul Mason); 3 Whinchat (Simon Stirrup)

Rings End NR - 3 Green Sandpiper (Andy Bayes)

Paxton Pits - Whinchat (Neal Parkin)

Saturday, 10 September

Grafham Water - 1st cy Little Gull, 5 Black Terns, Arctic Tern (Richard Patient); also Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, Hobby, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (Stuart Elsom)

Tanholt - Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (Dave Chambers)

Buckden/Brampton - 4 Whinchat, Hobby, 4 Grey Wagtail (John Lindesll)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Whinchat, 2 Wheatears, Hobby, 2 Egyptian Geese (Richard Patient)

Ouse Washes - 90 Ruff, 2 Hobby, 2 Green Sandpiper from Welches Dam hide (Mark Peck)

Friday, 9 September 2011

Friday, 9 September

Crown Lakes, Farcet - juv SABINE'S GULL on main lake 08:20h, flew with Black-headed Gulls towards Yaxley 08:27h (Steve Dudley) 

CEGB reservoir, Peterborough - MANX SHEARWATER c.09:20h briefly, flew towards Yaxley (as per Steve Dudley)

Ferry Meadows - Cetti's Warbler, 3 Swifts, Siskin (Matt Webb)

Cambridge - male Redstart at WCMC offices off Huntingdon Road 10:00h (Philip Bubb)

Aldreth - 10 Wheatears nearby (Simon Stirrup)

Witcham - Opsrey, Turtle Dove over (Dabid Hopkins)

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Thursday, 8 September

Nene Washes - juv SPOONBILL on pool east of sheds on Low Wash (Charlie Kitchin)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Whinchat, male Redstart (Paul Taylor); also Stonechat (Mike Weedon, Brian Stone)

Haddenham/Aldreth - 8 Wheatear, Whinchat (Paul Mason)

Grafham Water - ad Mediterranean Gull, Hobby, Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egrets, Grey Wagtail, 30+ Yellow Wagtail (Stuart Elsom)

Cambridge Research Park, Waterbeach - Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Swift (Jon & David Heath)

Fowlmere - 2cy Caspain Gull amongts gulls following plough. Recently, over 20 Yellow-legged Gulls noted, 5+ Wheatear in the area (Steve Cooper)

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Wednesday, 7 September

Hauxton - juv Osprey perched in riverside tree for half an hour early morning (Richard Palmer)

Dog-in-a-Doublet -  SPOONBILL on the Nene downstream of the B1040 bridge 16:45h (Charlie Kitchin)

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Monday, 5 September

Ferry Meadows - 10 Yellow Wagtails (Matt Webb)

Nene Washes - 6 scattered Wheatears, 11 Curlew at March Farmers (Charlie Kitchin)

Gamlingay - Osprey over 17:15h (Jeremy Lindsell)

Fowlmere - Osprey over 17:39h (Mark Rayment)

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Sunday, 4 September

Grafham Water - 2 juv Black Terns, 3 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Kneesworth - Whinchat on beet tops near the agricultural reservoir/horse paddocks (Gareth Rees)

Wicken Fen - Bearded Tit 2 on Adventurer's Fen, 2 Marsh Harrier, Hobby (Gavin Paterson)

Cambridge Research Park - 2nd winter Caspian Gull, Green Sandpiper (Jon and David Heath)

Paxton Pits - 3 Whimbrel over south (Jamie Wells)

Whittlesey - 25 Siskins (Charlie Kitchin)

Saturday, 3 September

Grafham Water - 2 juv Black Terns, 2 Greenshank, 2 Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 20+ Yellow Wagtail (Mark Hawks)

Hinchingbrook Country Park - 4 Black Terns (John Lindsell)

Wicken Fen - juv Osprey over (Mark Peck)

Wicken Fen - 5 Whinchats on posts along Newnham drove (Dermot Cooper)

Friday, 2 September 2011

Thursday, 1 September

Haddenham Fen - Wheatear (Paul Mason)

Fen Daryton Lakes - juv Black Tern, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Curlew over (Andy Cotton)

Grafham Water - 4 juv Black Tern, 2 Ruff, 3 Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Wednesday, 31 August

Ferry Meadows - juv Black Tern (Brian Stone)

Fen Drayton Lakes - juv Black Tern, 6 Common Tern, 5 Egyptian Geese, Curlew, Whimbrel, Hobby, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Little Egret, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Marsh Harrier (Richard Allison)

Mepal Fen - Whinchat (Rob Partridge)

Haddon - Whinchat nearby (Don Gardener)

March Farmers - 24 Curlews (Charlie Kitchin)

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Tuesday, 30 August

St. Ives - juv GANNET nearby flying west along the A14 at 13:30h (Garth Peacock)

Haddon - Whinchat, Wheatear nearby (Andrew Gardener)

Nene Washes - 13 Curlew and 6 more over west at March Farmers, Wheatear at Low Wash (Charlie Kitchin)

Fen Drayton Lakes - juv Black Tern, 6 Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper (Andy Cotton, Jacqui Miller)

Granta Science Park - Whinchat (Gareth Rees)

Monday, 29 August 2011

Monday, 29 August

Grafham Water - 3 Whinchats and a Wheatear below dam, 3 Hobbies, 11 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - two possible Honey Buzzards heading south along river (Steve May)

Fen Drayton - 3 Hobbies, Whinchat, Greenshank (Peter Herkenrath); Black Tern (Ben Phalan)

Ferry Meadows - Black Tern (Don Gardener)

Haddon - female ringtail harrier species over 08:45h (as per Don Gardener)

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Sunday, 28 August

Paxton Pits - Osprey at Heronry North, Ring-necked Parakeet (Ian Dillon)

Grafham Water - 3 Curlew over (Andy Masey); Hobby, 2 Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff , 45+ Yellow Wagtail, 3 more Curlew over (Mark Hawkes)

Maxey - Wheatear, Hobby, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Turtle Doves (Chris Lines); Wood Sandpiper
(Will Bowell)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Black Terns (Andrew Golding)

Fen Drayton - juv. Black Tern, Hobby (Ben Phalan)

Beeby's BP - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Steve Dudley)

Cambridge - Peregrine over the Addenbrooke's site (Ian Dickerson)

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Saturday, 27 August

Murrow - fem PIED FLYCATCHER in a private garden 12:30h (Marie Barton)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Black Tern (Howard Butler); Hobby, Wheatear (Matt Webb)

Grafham Water - juv Arctic Tern, Hobby, 2 Wheatears, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 5 Greenshank, 7 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 14 Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, Peregrine (Mark Hawkes)

Beeby's BP - 4 juv Little Stints briefly (Paul Taylor)

Friday, 26 August 2011

Friday, 26 August

Grafham Water - 6+ Black Terns, 2 Swifts, but poor visibility (Mark Hawkes)

Ferry Meadows - 50+ Sand Martin, 20+ Swift, hundreds of Swallow and House Martin, 20+ Common Tern, 2 Wigeon (Chris Park)

Murrow - fem PIED FLYCATCHER in a private garden very briefly at 19:00h (Marie Barton)

Monks Wood - at least one Redstart in a private area of the wood on friday afternoon (Richard Broughton)

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Thursday, 25 August

Chatteris - juv Harrier species, probably MONTAGU'S, heading south-west over the A142 roughly towards Somersham, c.12:20h (Duncan Poyser)

Cambridge, Byron's pool LNR - 5+ Spotted Flycatchers (Iain Webb)

Grafham Water - 27 Black Terns 15:40h (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Welches Dam - 10 Golden Plovers over west 10:30h (Cliff Carson)

Turves - 2 Golden Plovers 17:45h (Andy Bayes)

Ferry Meadows - Hobby, Wigeon (Matt Webb)

Maxey Pits - Wood Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plover, Wigeon, male Wheatear (Mike Weedon)

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Wednesday, 24 August

Hauxton - PIED FLYCATCHER in a private garden early morning (Richard Palmer)

Ferry Meadows - Osprey (Matt Webb)

Grafham Water - TEMMINCK'S STINT briefly 11:30h (James Walsh); Whinchat, Wheatear (Ian Dawson); 6+ Black Terns, 4 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington, David Hollin)

Paxton Pits - 11 Black Terns for c.10 min only (Ian Dawson)

Isleham Washes - Garganey, 8 Ruff, 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 6 Avocets, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 10 Yellow Wagtails, Barn Owl (David Collins)

Cambridge Research Park / Waterbeach GPs -  2 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper, Turtle Dove (Jonathan & David Heath)

Maxey Pits - Wood Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpipers, Turtle Dove (Chris Lines)

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Tuesday, 23 August

Grafham Water - 3+ Black Tern, juv Whinchat, 2 Wheatears (Colin Addington); Black-necked Grebe, 2 Greenshank, 10+ Yellow-legged Gull, 67+ Common Tern (Mark Hawkes)

Ouse Washes - 3 CRANES, currently favouring the scrape in front of Stevens Hide (Mike Burdekin)

Maxey Pits - Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Turtle Doves, Hobby (Chris Lines)

Eaton Ford - 2 Whimbrel over (Richard Bashford)

Monday, 22 August 2011

Monday, August 22

Grafham Water - juv WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN off sailing club with Black Tern (as per rarebirdalert.com); 4 Black Terns, Black-necked Grebe, Peregrine over (Ian Dawson)

Eltisley - GOSHAWK over south 06:30h (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Sunday, 21 August

Grafham Water - juv WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN still around fishing lodge, 6+ Black Terns, 7 Greenshank, 7 Green Sandpipers (Mark Hawkes); Black necked Grebe off Plummer car park (Andy Cotton); Osprey over (Andy Massey)

Kings Ripton - juv PIED FLYCATCHER in private garden at 13:30 (Duncan Ritchie)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern (Neil Renwick)

Warboys Airfield - male Redstart (Keith Tinworth)

Ouse Washes - 2 Spotted Redshanks, Wood Sandpiper, 3 Curlew Sandpipers (Richard Patient)

Isleham Washes - Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Little Ringed Plover, 9 Avocets, Common Sandpiper, 8 Snipe, 3 Ruff (David Collins)

Saturday, 20 August

Grafham Water - juv WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN still present, 2 Black Terns, 8 Little Egrets, juv Wheatear, 40+ Yellow Wagtails, 8+ Greenshank, 2 Ruff, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Grey Partridge, 40+ Linnet, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, Common Sandpiper, Marsh Tit, juv Whinchat, juv Marsh Harrier (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton - 2 juvenile Black Terns (c/o Neil Renwick)

Rings End Nature Reserve - 4 Green Sandpipers, Little Egret (Andy Bayes)

Maxey Pits - Wood Sandpiper, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper (John Saunders)

Friday, 19 August 2011

Friday, 19 August

Grafham Water - juv WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN still present, juv Black Tern, 6 Little Egrets, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls, Knot, 2 Ruff, 7 Greenshanks, 7+ Green Sandpipers (Mark Hawkes)

Ferry Meadows - WOOD WARBLER in ash trees along the railway line near Lynch Bridge until 08:40h at least. Also Wheatear (Matt Webb, Brian Stone)

Maxey Pits - Wheatear (John Saunders)

Wisbech - RED-FOOTED FALCON reported over late morning, although described as a juvenile (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Thursday, 18 August

Maxey Pits - 2 Wood Sandpipers, Greenshank briefly, 4 Green Sandpipers (John Saunders)

Grafham Water - juv WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN still present, Knot, 4 Ruff, 4 Greenshanks, 3+ Green Sandpipers (Mark Hawkes); 2 Black Terns, Little Gull, Hobby (Dean Harlow)

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Wednesday, 17 August

Maxey Pits - 2 Wood Sandpipers, 3 Green Sandpipers, 8 Little Egrets (John Saunders)

Dogsthorpe Tip - juv Caspain Gull until 14:30 at least (Josh Jones)

Grafham Water - juv WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN still present (Colin Addington); 6 Ruff, 4 Greenshanks, 4 Spotted Redshanks, Ruddy Shelduck (Robin Cox); 14+ Green Sandpipers (Mark Hawkes); 2 Whimbrel over (David Hollin)



Tuesday, 16 August

Maxey Pits - 2 Wood Sandpipers (Chris Lines)

Grafham water - juv WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN still present, Ruddy Shelduck, 12 Green Sandpipers, 4 Ruff, 7 Greenshank, Curlew over, 12+ Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Waterbeach Fen - 25 Mistle Thrush, 2 Little Owl (Gavin Paterson)

Monday, 15 August 2011

Monday, 15 August

Grafham Water - juv WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN still present 08:25h, juv Black-necked Grebe from sailing club, but distant 07:45h (Mark Hawkes); Black-necked Grebe from Plummer CP 17:20h, fem Ruddy Shelduck, 3 Spotted Flycatchers (David Hollin); also Garganey, 6 Green Sandpipers in lagoons (Lee Evans)

Ferry Meadows - Redstart on Coney Meadow (Matt Webb)

Shepreth - Wheatear at the recreation ground this morning (Marcus Kohler)

Maxey Pits - Wood Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Brian Stone); a second Wood Sandpiper, 2 more Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 3 Turtle Doves (Chris Lines)

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Sunday, 14 August

Grafham Water - juv WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN still present, Ruddy Shelduck, Merlin, Whimbrel, 4 Ruff, Garganey in lagoons, 4+ Greenshank, 7+ Green Sandpiper, Spotted Flycatcher (Mark Hawkes et al.); Osprey over (Martin Davis)

Ouse Washes RSPB - juvenile Tree Pipit showing well at the bridge by the visitor's centre (Richard Patient)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Crossbill over heading north (Peter Herkenrath)

Maxey Pits - Wood Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Turtle Doves (John Saunders, Chris Lines); a second Wood Sandpiper (Will Bowell)

Buckden - fem Redstart in a private garden, 4 juv Greenshank, 4 juv Ruff at Buckden Meadow (Mark Ward)

Stirtloe - juv Whinchat nearby (Mark Ward)

Ferry Meadows - 1+ Tree Pipit over (Matt Webb)

Folksworth - Redstart in a private garden (Ken Davies)

Isleham Washes - Wood Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 9 Avocet (David Collins)

Saturday, 13 August

Grafham Water - juv WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN still present, Garganey, 15+ Yellow Wagtails, 4 Ruff, 4 Greenshank, 11 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Nene Washes - Osprey over (Charlie Kitchin)

Maxey - 2 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, Turtle Dove (John Saunders et al.)

Swaffham Bulbeck Fen - Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper (Tim Dee)

Tubney Fen - Wheatear, Hobby (Tim Dee)

Friday, 12 August 2011

Friday, 12 August

Grafham Water - juv WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN off sailing club 09:22h, Turnstone on jetty by sailing club (Dean Harlow); also 11 Green Sandpipers, 1+ Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpipers, a second Turnstone (Monica & Owen Marks)

Adventurer's Fen - Short-eared Owl, Golden Plover (Tim Dee)

Swaffham Prior - 2 Hobby (Tim Dee)

Maxey Pits - Whinchat still, 4 Green Sandpipers, Golden Plover (Mike Weedon)

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Thursday, 11 August

Grafham Water - juv WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN from Plummer CP 08:00h, off lagoons 19:20h, later off Mander CP. Also Garganey, fem Ruddy Shelduck, juv Mediterranean Gull, 5+ Green Sandpipers, Greenshank, 10+ Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Maxey GP - Whinchat at Maxey GP 07:00h, 4 Green Sandpipers (John Saunders); Whinchat present 10:30h (Peter Beesley)

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Wednesday, 10 August

Maxey Pits - Whinchat this morning, Avocet, 4 Green Sandpipers late this afternoon (John Saunders)

Grafham Water - 7 Green Sandpipers in lagoons, ad Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes)

Isleham - Wood Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, 6 juv and 5 ad Avocets (Ben Green); Hobby (Jake Allsop)

Swaffham Bulbeck Fen - Wheatear, Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpipers (Tim Dee)

Tubney Fen - 3 Green Sandpipers (Tim Dee)

Tuesday, 9 August

Isleham Washes - Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper, Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwits (David Collins)

Grafham Water - Ruddy Shleduck, 2 Dunlin (Matthew Rodgers)

Soham - juv Wheatear (Jake Allsop)

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Monday, 8 August

Tubney Fen - 2 Garganey, Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper (Tim Dee)

Swaffham Bulbeck Fen - Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpipers (Tim Dee)

Grafham Water - Ruddy Shelduck still off Plummer CP (Matthew Rodgers)

Saturday, 6 August

Grafham Water - 2 Greenshank and 9 Green Sandpipers in lagoons (Mark Hawkes)

Wilbraham Common - Spotted Flycatchers with fledged young (Carl Howard)

Friday, 5 August

Buckden GP - ad Black Tern, also 10+ Yellow-legged Gulls over towards Grafham (Mark Ward); Green Sandpiper, juv Ruff at Buckden Meadow (John Lindsell)

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Thursday, 4 August

Grafham Water - Ruddy Shelduck (Matthew Rodgers)

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Wednesday, 3 August

Histon - juv Wheatear just to the west (Richard Thomas)

Ferry Meadows - Greenshank over (Don Gardener)

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Tuesday, 2 August

Fen Drayton Lakes - Ruddy Duck (Mike Everett)

Swaffham Bulbeck - Hobby (Giles Merritt)

Isleham Washes - Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank (David Collins)

Tanholt Pit - 5 Common Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpipers (Dave Chambers)

Monday, 1 August 2011

Monday, 1 August

Ferry Meadows - WOOD WARBLER near the visitor centre 07:40h before flying off across the car park, fem Ruddy Shelduck still (Howard Butler)

Sunday, 31 July

Fen Drayton Lakes - Grey Plover over (Neil Renwick)

Ouse Washes RSPB - 3 CRANES, fem Ruddy Shelduck, 3 Garganey, Hobby, 52 Ruff, 27 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Richard Patient)

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Saturday, 30 July

Maxey Pits - PURPLE HERON over just before 09:00h, also Osprey over, Curlew briefly, 4+ Green Sandpipers, Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Kingfishers, 3 Hobby, fem Marsh Harrier (MIke Weedon)

Grafham Water - 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Cetti's Warbler, Sanderling, 3 Common Sandpiper, fem Ruddy Shelduck, 3 Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 12 Green Sand[pipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, pair of Turtle Doves (Richard Patient)

Friday, 29 July

Paxton Pits - Drake FERRUGINOUS DUCK , still this afternoon (Owen Marks)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Spotted Redshank on Moore Lake (Mike Everett)

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Wednesday, 27 July

Paxton Pits - Drake FERRUGINOUS DUCK, Greenshank. Park by sewage works east of Stirtloe village, then follow road south through gate then east for around 1 mile to north end of Pumphouse Pit to view. View only from footpaths - DO NOT PARK IN DIDDINGTON VILLAGE (Richard Palmer).

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Tuesday, 26 July

Melbourn - 1st-summer male COMMON ROSEFINCH still at Foxfield Farm (Doug Radford). Park at Kingways Golf Centre and follow footpath under power lines for  200m to view gardens.

Ouse Washes - 3 CRANES still from Cottier Hide (Mike Burdekin), present until 5.45pm when they flew towards potato fields at Manea (Chris Went).

Paxton Pits - Drake FERRUGINOUS DUCK. Park by sewage works east of Stirtloe village, then follow road south through gate then east for around 1 mile to north end of Pumphouse Pit to view. View only from footpaths - DO NOT PARK IN DIDDINGTON VILLAGE (Jamie Wells).

Monday, 25 July

Paxton Pits - Drake FERRUGINOUS DUCK (for its third day). Park by sewage works east of Stirtloe village, then follow road south through gate then east for around 1 mile to north end of Pumphouse Pit to view. View only from footpaths - DO NOT PARK IN DIDDINGTON VILLAGE, also 39 Yellow-legged Gulls, Turnstone, Dunlin (Steve Cooper).

Melbourn - 1st-summer male COMMON ROSEFINCH still (per rarebirdalert)

Grafham Water - Ruddy Shelduck, dead juvenile Kittiwake (Colin Addington)

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Sunday, 24 July

Swaffham Prior - 10 Crossbills over (Tim Dee & Claire Spottiswoode)

Grafham Water - Female Ruddy Shelduck still early afternoon between south end of dam and Gaynes creek (Jamie Wells); fem Garganey in lagoons still, 2 Avocet (Mark Hawkes)

Saturday, 23 July

Grafham Water - fem Garganey in lagoons, 2 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 7 Green Sandpiper, Whimbrel over, 2 Avocet, Little Ringed Plover juvenil, 5+ Little Egret, 4+ Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes)

Long Drove Cottenham - c700 Lesser Black-backed, 4 Yellow-legged gulls Green Sandpiper (Peter Herkenrath)

Fen Drayton - 2/3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers (Neil Renwick)

Fowlmere - 3 CRANES over at 11.45am (Louisa Curnow)

Wicken Fen - 3 CRANES over NW at 2.40pm (per rarebirdalert.com)

Friday, 22 July 2011

Friday, 22 July

Cambridge - 14 Crossbills over the northwest of the city 12:45h (Peter Herkenrath)

Dogsthorpe Tip - ad Caspian Gull, 6 Yellow-legged Gulls (Josh Jones)

Tanholt Pit - 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (Josh Jones)

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Thursday, 21 July

Melbourn - 1st-summer male COMMON ROSEFINCH singing still off Cambridge Road by Kingsway Golf Course at Foxfield Farm at Old Barn golf course car park, take path northeast by hedge under power line to end of course; don't walk on course TL399458 (as per birdguides.com)

Beeby's BP - 5 Common Sandpipers, Dunlin (Brian Stone)

Little Downham - ad male Hen Harrier over B1411 nearby 19:30h (Barbara York)

Burwell - Quail calling between the village and Reach (Andrew Taylor)

Wicken Fen - Quail over the Visitor Centre calling 03:55h (Mark Peck)


Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Wednesday, 20 July

Melbourn - 1st-summer male COMMON ROSEFINCH still singing and showing well at Foxfield Farm 09:00h (Richard Palmer)

Serpentine BP - 2 Hobbies, 2 Grasshopper Warblers (Paul Taylor)

Fen Drayton Lakes - ad Black Tern, Grasshopper Warbler (Neil Renwick)

Crown Lakes, Farcet - 3 Crossbills over (Steve Dudley)

Waterbeach - 6 Hobbies drifting south over Winfold Road amongst hirundines, Swifts, Starlings and gulls catching insects 18:15h (Ian Burfield)

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Tuesday, 19 July

Melbourn - 1st-summer male COMMON ROSEFINCH still singing and showing occasionally in garden of old barns at Foxfield Farm (birdguides.com)

Ferry Meadows - 2 juv Grey wagtails, 2 Kingfishers, RUDDY SHELDUCK (Chris Park)

Maxey Cut & Pits - 7 Little Egrets, 2 Green Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plover (Richard Astle)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers, Barn Owl (Richard Palmer et al.)

Great Shelford - 3 Crossbills over (Ali Cooper)

Monday, 18 July 2011

Monday, 18 July

Melbourn - 1st-summer male COMMON ROSEFINCH still singing and showing occasionally in garden of old barns at Foxfield Farm (birdguides.com)

Grunty Fen - 4 Turtle Doves (David Nation)

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Sunday, 17 July

Melbourn - 1st-summer male COMMON ROSEFINCH still (per rarebirdalert.com)

Grafham Water- RUDDY SHELDUCK still, 8 Little Egrets, 2 Common Sandpipers (David Hollin); Crossbill over, juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 2 Dunlin (Mark Ward); 8+ Yellow-legged Gulls, Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Ely Beet Pits - juv SHAG (Stuart Sharp)

Hinchingbrooke CP - Hobby, Common Sandpiper (John Lindsell)

Saturday, 16 July

Brinkley - Short-eared Owl (John Walsh)

Melbourn - 1st-summer male COMMON ROSEFINCH still (Peter Herkenrath)

Grafham Water - RUDDY SHELDUCK, 2 Avocets, 3 Green Sandpiper, 9 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes)

Friday, 15 July 2011

Friday, 15 July

Melbourn - 1st-summer male COMMON ROSEFINCH still in the garden of Foxfield House 08:00h (Duncan Ritchie)

Beeby's BP - Little Ringed Plover, 5 Ringed Plovers, 4 Common Sandpipers (Paul Taylor)

Fowlmere - Turtle Dove, Barn Owl, Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Ringed Plovers (Doug Radford)

Ouse Washes - Crane, several Greenshanks (Paul Harrington)

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Thursday, 14 July

Melbourn - 1st-summer male COMMON ROSEFINCH 19:30h still singing (Richard Bashford)

Dogsthorpe - 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (Josh Jones)

Waterbeach Fen - 3 Turtle Doves, Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, 12 Mistle Thrush (Gavin Paterson)

Farcet Fen - Little Egret (Steve Dudley)

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Wednesday, 13 July

Melbourn - 1st-summer male COMMON ROSEFINCH, very vocal, in garden along Fowlmere Road12:00h (Colin Kirtland).

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Tuesday, 12 July

Melbourn - 1st-summer male COMMON ROSEFINCH, very vocal and showing well 08:45-09:55 at least (Ian Delgado)

Cottenham - 5 Crossbills over 08:55h (Ian Ellis)

Dogsthorpe Tip - 4 Yellow-legged Gulls, ad Mediterranean Gull (Josh Jones)

Fordham - Quail still calling intermittently (Graeme Reed)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 42 Common Sandpipers (Neil Renwick)

Monday, 11 July 2011

Monday, 11 July

Melbourn - 1st-summer male COMMON ROSEFINCH (Owen Marks).

Swaffham Fen - Quail singing (Jonathan & David Heath)

Paxton Pits - Turtle Dove, Hobby, pair of Kingfishers with young (Stuart & Jill Elsom)

Little Paxton - Whimbrel over calling (Ian Dawson)

Sunday, 10 July

Melbourn - 1st-summer male COMMON ROSEFINCH (David Hatton).

Grafham Water - 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 6 Green Sandpipers, 5 Little Egrets, Red Kite, Hobby (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 RAVENS reported (per Neil Renwick)

Grunty Fen - Quail calling in evening (David Nation)

Fordham - Crossbill over (David Collins)

Impington - 2 Crossbills over (David Wege)

Saturday, 9 July

Grafham Water - 2CY Caspian Gull, 5 Yellow-legged Gulls, 4 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Brampton Ouse Valley - 4 Black-tailed Godwits, Hobby, Little Egret (John Lindsell)

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Thursday, 7 July

Dogsthorpe Tip - 8 Yellow-legged Gulls (Josh Jones)

Isleham Washes - Green Sandpiper (David Collins)

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Tuesday, 5 July

Hinchingbrooke Park - 6 Crossbills over 07:30h (Dean Harlow)

Peterborough - 3 Crossbills over Hansel Close 08:15h (Ben Fraser)

Fowlmere - at least five Turtle Dove territories this year, birds showing well this morning (Doug Radford)

Monday, 4 July 2011

Monday, 4 July

Peterborough - 2 Crossbills over West Town 08:00h (Mike Weedon)

Grafham Water - Avocet, 6 Green Sandpipers (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington)

Sunday, 3 July

Grafham Water - 4 Little Egrets, 5 Green Sandpipers, Avocet, Turtle Dove (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton lakes - 2 Bearded Tits, 2 Grasshopper Warblers (Richard Palmer)

Wimpole Farm - 2 Hobbies over (Mike Shipton)

Swaffham Bulbeck - Grasshopper Warbler (Giles Merritt)

Paxton Pits - 5 Siskins over, Hobby (Jamie Wells)

Clayhithe - MARSH WARBLER reported singing 11:42h (as per birdguides); not located this evening (David Heath, James Hanlon)

Saturday, 2 July

Grafham Water - 3 Black-tailed Godwits in lagoons (Colin Addington)

Bedford Pulieus - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Don & Andrew Gardener)

Friday, 1 July 2011

Thursday, 30 June

Maxey Pits - 5 Green Sandpipers (Mike Weedon)

Fordham - Quail (Andrew Taylor)

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Wednesday, 29 June

Ouse Washes RSPB - BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER reported from Welches Dam Hide 14:00h (Mike Harvey)

Fordham - Quail calling (Graeme Reed)

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Monday, 27 June

Witcham - Quail calling at midnight (David Hopkins)

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Sunday, 26 June

Barrington - male Redstart reported singing (as per Doug Radford)

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Friday, 24 June

Gamlingay - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in private garden (Audrey Williams)

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Sunday, 19 June

Grafham Water - drake Common Scoter, Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes)

Saturday, 18 June

Grafham Water - Green Sandpiper, 4 Avocet, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton - 1st summer Mediterranean gull still present (Neil Renwick)

Tanholt - Green Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail (Dave Chambers)

Friday, 17 June 2011

Friday, 17 June

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Green Sandpipers, 6 Egyptian Geese (Andy Cotton)

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Wednesday, 15 June

Fen Drayton Lakes - juv CATTLE EGRET at Ferry Lagoon (Mike Everett)

Beeby's BP - 4 Curlew 13:00h (Paul Taylor)

Monday, 13 June

Waterbeach Fen - 4+ Barn Owls, Little Owl, Marsh Harrier, 4 Yellow Wagtails (David Heath)

Cambridge - Black Tern over the River Cam near King's College 09:30h (Richard Barnes)

Monday, 13 June 2011

Sunday, 12 June

Bainton GP - imm NIGHT HERON, later on Maxey Cut (Bob Titman); still on the cut at 11:30h, though elusive (Mike Weedon)

Milton COP - Cetti's Warbler, Turtle Dove (Iain Webb)

Saturday, 11 June

Fowlmere - 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (Doug Radford)

Friday, 10 June

Fen Drayton Lakes - 1st summer Little Gull, pair of Egyptian Geese with young (Neil Renwick)

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Thursday, 9 June

Cambridge - Crossbill south over the northwest of the city 13:30h (Peter Herkenrath)

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Wednesday, 8 June

Teversham - Quail singing 03:30h (Michael Holdsworth)

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Tuesday, 7 June

Ferry Meadows - 2nd c.y. Little Gull on Gunwade Lake (Matt Webb)

Witcham Gravel - Quail singing nearby 21:00h (David Hopkins)

Wicken Fen - Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, Woodcock, Cetti's Warbler, 4 Cuckoos (Colin KIrtland)

Comberton - Osprey over 17:40h (Mike Crosby)

Monday, 6 June 2011

Sunday, 5 June

Fen Drayton Lakes - 1st summer Little Gull on Elney Lake 12:30h (Peter Herkenrath)

Saturday, 4 June

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern, Little Gull, Mediterranean Gull (Neil Renwick)

Southorpe Paddock SSSI - fem Crossbill over (Matt Webb)

Thursday, 2 June

Ouse Washes - Bittern & 3 Quail calling (Mike Burdekin)

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Tuesday, 31 May

Woodwalton Fen - PURPLE HERON on Gordon's Mere at 20:00-20:30h (Neal Gates)

Monday, 30 May 2011

Monday, 30 May

Maxey - Whimbel (Chris Lines); Sanderling with 6 Dunlin (John Saunders)

Grafham Water - 8 Sanderling on dam (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton - Turtle Dove, Bittern (per Neil Renwick)

Sunday, 29 May

Fen Drayton - first summer Mediterranean Gull, Turtles Dove, Nightingale (Neil Renwick)

Saturday, 28 May

Paxton Pits - 2 Hobbies, Turtle Dove, 4 Nightingale (Jamie Wells)

Fen Drayton - first summer Mediterranean Gull, 2 Turtles Doves (Neil Renwick)

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Sunday, 22 May

Grafham Water - PALLID SWIFT 11.35-12.20 only, 500+ Swifts, Hobby, drake Pintail (Mark Hawkes)

Fowlmere - 2 possible Wrynecks reported (per Doug Radford)

Ely Beet Pools - female type GOLDEN ORIOLE over (Stuart Sharp, Ben Green)

Saturday, 21 May

Grafham Water - Black Tern off Mander car park this afternoon (Andy Massey); drake Pintail, 2 Turtle Dove, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Mark Hill, Mark Hawkes)

Little Wilbraham Fen - 5 Turtle Doves, Tree Sparrow, 2 Hobbies (David Heath)

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Thursday,19 May

Gunners Hall - Whinchat along the Roman Road nearby (Iain Webb)

Ouse Washes - Quail calling from field west-south-west of Welches Dam 18:26h (Jeff Stenning)

Witcham area - 5+ Turtle Doves, pair of Spotted Flycacthers, Short-eared Owl, Barn Owls (David Hopkins)

Paxton Pits - male Mandarin on the river (Steve May)

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Wednesday, 18 May

Little Wilbraham Fen - Cetti's Warbler, Turtle Dove (Michael Holdsworth)

Ouse Washes - Crane reported from the Grose Hide area (as per Paul Harrington)

Grunty Fen - 3 Little Egrets over, Grasshopper Warbler, Little Owl, 2+ Turtle Doves (David Nation)

Wicken Fen - 11 Little Egrets, Greenshank, 5 cetti's Warblers, 5 Cuckoos (Colin Kirtland)

Monday, 16 May 2011

Monday, 16 May

Grafham Water - 7 Arctic Terns off Mander CP 13:40h, Turnstone on the dam (Jamie Wells)

Beeby's BP - Whimbrel (Howard Butler)

Nene Washes - Corncrake calling, Hobby, 4+ Marsh Harriers (Don & Andrew Gardener)

Swaffham Prior - Nightingale (Claire Spottiswoode)

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Sunday, 15 May

Wicken Fen - PURPLE HERON from West Mere hide this morning (Martin Lester)

Grafham Water - 9 Sanderling on dam, 2 Dunlin, 2 Arctic Terns off Mander CP, plus Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes)

St Ives GP - 2 Arctic Terns (Alan Bull)

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Thursday, 12 May

Wicken Fen - 9 Hobbies, male Garganey (Gavin and Alan Paterson)

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Wednesday, 11 May

Paxton Pits - Black Tern (Steve May)

Grunty Fen - Turtle Dove (David Nation)

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Monday, 9 May

Grunty Fen - 2 Grasshopper Warblers (David Nation)

Ramsey - Spotted Flycatcher (Luise Addison)

Berry Fen - 2 Greenshanks, Bar-tailed Godwit, male Garganey (Mark Eaton)

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Sunday, 8 May

Grafham Water - Little Gull, 2 Sanderling , 2 Turtle Dove 2 Cetti's Warbler, escaped Speckled Teal from dam (Mark Hawkes)

Fowlmere - Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, at least 4 Turtle Dove (Matt Mellor)

Grunty Fen - Grasshopper warbler reeling away for its second evening in a ditch on the Fen (David Nation)

Hemmingford Abbots - Whinchat (Martin Sreeves)

Maxey Pits - Bar-tailed Godwit (Richard Astle)

Berry Fen - Wood Sandpiper, 2 Greenshanks (Mark Eaton)

Saturday, 7 May

Grafham Water - 4 Arctic Tern flew east, Turtle Dove calling in lagoons (Mark Hawkes); Black Tern off Mander car park (rarebirdalert.com); Grey Plover in lagoons (Colin Addington)

Paxton Pits - male RED-FOOTED FALCON by Hayden hide c.1.15pm, then flew north (Richard Patient, Stuart Elsom, Paul Brewster); also Marsh Harrier, Turtle Dove, 2 Hobbies (Stuart Elsom)

Ely Beet Pits - Black Tern, Turtle Dove, Grasshopper Warbler (Stuart Sharp)

Ferry Meadows - Little Gull, 3 Greenshank, Hobby, 3 Grasshopper Warbler (Don Gardener)

Maxey pits - Bar-tailed Godwit (Mike Weedon)

Friday, 6 May 2011

Friday, 6 May

Paxton Pits - 2 TEMMINCK'S STINTS on Diddington Pit early morning. Park only in car park at end of village, and view only from footpath in SE corner of village at the SW corner of the pit. DO NOT enter working areas as this is an active quarry site still. Also Sanderling, Garganey, 4 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper (Mark Ward)

Monks Wood - Spotted Flycatcher (Keith Tinworth)

Cambridge, Stourbridge Common - COMMON CRANE over north-east 15:20h (rarebirdalert.com)

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Thursday, 5 May

Peterborough - probable Spotted Flycatcher 'singing' in the Catherdral grounds (Brian Stone)

Orton Brimbles - 10 Crossbills over south-east 07:40h (Matt Webb)

Grafham Water - Sanderling at north end of the dam (Colin Addington); 2 Little Gulls, 3 Black Terns, 2 Common Sandpipers (Mark Hawkes)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Greenshank (Chris Park)

Paxton Pits - Black Tern, c.80 Common Terns, Sanderling, 2 Greenshanks, 8 Little Ringed Plovers (Jamie Wells)

Marsh Lane GP - c.25 Arctic Terns, 8 pairs of Nightingales (Mike Everett)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Arctic Terns, 2 Hobbies, Balck Tern (Mike Knowles)

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Wednesday, 4 May

Fen Drayton Lakes - WHITE STORK over c.08:00h (as per Andy Cotton); 12 Black Terns, 7 Cetti's Warblers (Richard Allison)

Cow Lane, Godmanchester - WHITE STORK circling for 10 minutes c.09:00h before being lost to view (Mick Whitehouse); 2 Black Terns, Arctic Tern 13:30h (John Lindsell)

Paxton Pits - 3 Wood Sandpipers briefly, Sanderling, 2 Grey Plovers (Mark Ward); 6 Black Terns over north, Whinchat in north-west corner of Great Meadow (Dean Harlow)

Grafham Water - 13 Arctic Terns over, 7 Black Terns (Mark Ward); Ruddy Shelduck in lagoons but elusive (Colin Addington); 2 Little Gulls from Mander CP (Mark Hawkes)

Brampton to Buckden Marina - 3 Hobbies, Common Sandpiper, Wheatear (Stuart & Jill Elsom); also 2 male Garganey, Greenshank (John Lindsell)

Wicken Fen - 3 White Wagtails, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Greenshank, 3 Wood Sandpiper (Chris Went); also 2 male Garganey, Little Ringed Plover, fem Redstart at the edge of the village (Chris Brown)

Swifts reported from several sites today.

Late news for Sunday, 1 May: Paxton Pits - BLACK-WINGED STILT reportedly flushed from Diddington Pit

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Tuesday, 3 May

Hampton Vale - HONEY BUZZARD over south towards Yaxley c.13:30h (Howard Butler)

Fleam Dyke NR - fem GOSHAWK (Iain Webb)

Paxton Pits - 8, 2, 3 & 7  Black Terns, 11 Arctic Terns thorugh, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, Bar-tailed Godwit, Sanderling, 4 Greenshanks, 5 Grey Plovers, male Garganey, 5 Avocets, Whinchat, Wheatear, 4 Hobbies (Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - 13 Black Terns 12:15-12:45h (Ian Dawson); 2 Little Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Wood Sandpiper, 14 Black Terns on Ferry Lagoon (Dave Anderson)

Wicken Fen - 9 Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Arctic Tern briefly (Christoph Zockler); 8 Hobbies from Harrisons Drove (Monica & Owen Marks)

Beeby's BP - Bar-tailed Godwit (Paul Taylor)

Buckden Meadow - male Garganey, 2 Wood Sandpipers (John Lindsell)

Ickleton - 12 WAXWINGS (Gary Birch)

Castor Hanglands - 14 singing Nightingales (Richard Astle)

Monday, 2 May 2011

Monday, 2 May

Wicken Fen - 6 Wood Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Grey Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ruff, 3 Turtle Dove (Tim Dee); Whimbrel (Dean Harlow)

Paxton Pits - 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Grey Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank, 8 Tundra Ringed Plover, Sanderling (Mark Ward); 6 adult Little Gulls on DP briefly this morning, drake Garganey Pumphouse Pit, Whinchat (Jamie Wells); 2 1first-summer Little Gulls (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - Whimbrel over north shore (Mark Hawkes); 1st-summer Little Gull east past lagoons, Turtle Dove and Greenshank in lagoons (Martin Davis)

Fen Drayton - Black Tern on Ferry Lagoon, 2 Avocets and 5 Greenshanks on Moore Lake (Paul Andrew); Osprey over (Andy Cotton)

Berry Fen - 6 Greenshank, 2 Avocet, male Garganey, 4 Little Egret, 4 Common Buzzard (Duncan McNiven)

Beeby's BP - 2 Bar-tailed Godwits (Andrew Frost); 4 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpipers (Mike Weedon, John Saunders)

Sunday, 1 May

Grafham Water - 21 Common Sandpipers, Turnstone, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 13 Avocet, Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - 4 Turnstones, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Wood Sandpipers, 40 Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank, Common Sandpiper (Mark Ward); 4 more Wood Sandpipers, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits, 9 Greenshank, 6 Knot, 3 Grey Plovers, 3 Turnstone (Jamie Wells et al.); Ruff (Martin Shadbolt)

Fen Drayton Lakes - probable Purple Heron at 09:00 only, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper (Richard Patient)

Bradley Fen - 2cy ICELAND GULL (George Walthew)

Stretham - 2 Whimbrel (Monica & Owen Marks)

Ouse Washes - 5 Spotted Redshanks (Paul Harrington); CRANE, Golden Plover, 5 Greenshank, 2 Garganey, Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Pintail, 4 Avocet, 2 Little Gulls, 2 Hobbies (David Hopkins)

Beebys Pit - Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, Curlew (Andrew Frost)

Wicken Fen - 59 Bar-tailed Godwits through, 4 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank (Tim Dee); 2 Turnstone, 4 Ruff, Grey Plover,  2 Wood Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper (Bruce & Gwen Martin)

Maxey Pits - Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Wood Sandpiper (Mike Weedon et al.)

Hildesham - Short-eared Owl , Hobby nearby (Hugh Venables)

Saturday, 30 April

Beeby Pit - Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel (Paul Taylor)

Scarewell - 13 Bar-tailed Godwits over (Mark Eaton)

Nene Washes - 2 Bar-tailed Godwits (Peter Herkenrath)

Paxton Pits - 3 Wood Sandpipers, 9 Greenshank, 8 Knot, 10 Little Gulls, 7 Whimbrel, 23 Bar-tailed Godwits  (Mark Ward); 2 more Wood Sandpipers, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 11+ Greenshank, 3 Sanderling, 2 Hobbies, 5 Grey Plovers (Jamie Wells et al.); 6 Green Sandpipers (Duncan Ritchie)

Grafham Water - 4 Whimbrel over, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton Lake - 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, Crossbill, 15 Greenshank, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (Richard Patient); Garganey (Paul Andrews)

Wicken Fen - 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, 3 Wood Sandpipers, 3 Ruff, Greenshank, 14 Redshank, 8 Hobbies (Ian Ellis)

Buckden GP - c.35 Bar-tailed Godwits over, 2 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Grasshopper Warbler, Hobby (Mark Hawkes)

Block Fen - 60+ Bar-tailed Godwits over (David Hopkins)

Friday, 29 April

St. Neots - BLACK KITE flew west at 15:09 over Berkley Street, 6 Arctic Terns over (Geoff Welch)

Grafham Water - 11 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshank, Arctic Tern, Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes, Jono Leadley); 2 Turnstones (Colin Addington)

Roswell Pits - Sandwich Tern over (Duncan Poyser)

Ely Beet Pools - 3 Arctic Terns (Duncan Poyser)

Paxton Pits - 137 Bar-tailed Godwits through, Whimbrel, 8 Greenshank, Turnstone, 7 Arctic Terns, 2 Wheatears (Mark Ward); 7 more Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Arctic Tern, 2 Red-crested Pochards, 3+ Hobbies (Jamie Wells et al.)

Maxey GP - 2 Bar-tailed Godwits (Brian Stone)

Beeby BP - Turnstone, Bar-tailed Godwit (Paul Taylor et al.)

Ferry Meadows - 5 Arctic Terns, 2 Green Sandpipers, 14 Garden Warblers singing (Matt Webb)

Wicken Fen - 3 Wood Sandpipers (David Griffiths); 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Ruff (Duncan Poyser); Greenshank, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits (Dave Palmer)

Little Wilbraham Fen - 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Hobby (David & Jonathan Heath)

Tubney Fen - Short-eared Owl, 52 Corn Buntings (Tim  Dee & Claire Spottiswoode)

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Thursday, 28 April

Paxton Pits - 9 Bar-tailed Godwits, 8 flew north  09:00h, 2 Wheatears (Dean Harlow); 35 Arctic Terns, 3 Greenshank (Martin Davis)

Alconbury Airfield - 3 Bar-tailed Godwits over north-east 08:00h, Wheatear, Hobby (Iain Webb)

Wicken Fen - 3 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Ruff, Turtle Dove (David Heath)

Grafham Water - 3 Arctic Terns (Jono Leadley)

Byron's Pool LNR - c.5 WAXWINGS (Ellis Selway)

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Wednesday, 27 April

Ferry Meadows - Black Tern (Matt Webb); 2 Arctic Terns (Mike Weedon)

Paxton Pits - male Garganey, Knot, male Wheatear (Jamie Wells); 5+ Arctic Terns, Grey Plover, 2 Avocets, Wood Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank (Martin Davis)

Wicken Fen - 4+ Hobbies, 2 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Ruff, Greenshank (Shaun Jarvis)

Waterbeach - Ring-necked Parakeet at the rec (Shaun Sowden)

Maxey Pits - Common Sandpiper, fem Wheatear, also Cetti's Warbler & Turtle Dove along the cut (Richard Astle); Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Trevor & Jake Williams)

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Tuesday, 26 April

Ouse Washes - Ruddy Shelduck from Oxlode Hide, which has a broken door handle (Ben Green)

Paxton Pits - Wood Sandpiper, 2 Greenshanks, Green Sandpiper (John Hoppett); also 9 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Kingfishers (Martin Davis); Grey Plover, Swift over (Jamie Wells); male Whinchat at north-west corner of Great Meadow (Stuart Elsom)

Bar Hill - 3 WAXWINGS over (Tim Dee)

Ferry Meadows - Arctic Tern (Brian Stone)

Soham Mere - Quail flushed by dog 07:30h (Tony Wilson)

Monday, 25 April

Maxey - male PIED FLYCATCHER (Chris Lines)

Ouse Washes - CRANE from Welches Dam hide, Ruddy Shelduck, male Garganey, 2 Whimbrel (David Hopkins); also 11 Hobbies, 2 more Garganey, Hen Harrier, 5 Greenshank (per Mike Burdekin)

Bluntisham - 2 Garganey at Berry fen (Philip Bubb)

Paxton Pits - 2 Greenshanks, 2 Hobbies (Jamie Wells); 2 Wood Sandpipers, Grey Plover, Common Sandpiper, male Wheatear (Andy Massey)

Haddenham -  male RING OUZEL in the field by the paddock south of Third Bridge Farm, just west of the Adventurers' Head Drove nyway 09:00h (Hugh Venables)

Grafham Water - Green Sandpiper, 5 Avocets (Mark Hawkes)

New Chesterton - 15 WAXWINGS over the allotments 16:40h (Chris Went)

Cambridge - Osprey north over Nuttings Road (Iain Webb)

Wicken Fen - 3 Arctic Terns over, 3 Ruff, 4 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Turtle Doves, male Wheatear at Bakers Fen (Monica & Owen Marks)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 6 Swifts over (Pam Peacock)

Swaffham Prior - Nightingale (Tim Dee & Claire Spottiswoode)

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Sunday, 24 April

Fen Drayton Lakes - Arctic Tern (Steve Blain); Nightingale, 4+ Hobbies, 2 Common Sandpipers, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper (Neil Renwick)

Ouse Washes - ad Peregrine, 8 Greensahnks, Green Sandpiper, c.25 Yellow Wagtails (Monica & Owen Marks)

Beeby's BP - 2 Whimbrel (Mike Weedon)

Lode - Nightingale (Peter Wells)

Maxey Pits - Turtle Dove, Green Sandpiper, fem Wheatear (Chris Lines)

Paxton Pits - Wood Sandpiper, Grey Plover, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 2 Egyptian Geese, male Peregrine, 1+ Hobby, Turtle Dove, 3 Swifts over, 2 Wheatears (Martin Davis et al.)

Little Wilbraham Fen - 2 Hobbies, Cetti's Warbler (Felix Randow)

Wicken Fen - 2 Wood Sandpipers, 4 Ruff (Duncan Poyser)

Colne - Whimbrel over (Mark Eaton)

Late news from the 20th - Firecrest a wood near Madingley (Bob Jarman)
Late news from the 22nd - RING-NECKED PARAKEET over Haslingfield (Tim Knight)

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Saturday, 23 April

Grafham Water - 16 Black Terns (flocks of 3, 6 & 7 all heading east), Sandwich Tern at 11:15hrs, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Ouse Washes - drake BLUE-WINGED TEAL still, Greenshank (Mark Eaton); 3 Little Ringed Plovers (Chris Went)

Hauxton - Crossbill (Richard Palmer)

Pymoor - Whinchat, Whimbrel (Ian Ellis)

Little Paxton - Sandwich Tern north over village 11:30hrs, Swift over (Mark Brandon)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Garganey (Matt Webb)

Swaffham Prior Fen - CRANE flying east towards Tubney Fen (Tim Dee & Claire Spottiswoode)

King's Dyke - GLOSSY IBIS over north 11:00 (Joe Lynn)

Paxton Pits - Wood Sandpiper, 11 Black Terns, Greenshank, Grey Plover (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells et al); Whimbrel, Little Gull (Stuart & Jill Elsom)

Waresley Woods - Tree Pipit (Mark Brandon)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Nightingale, 4+ Hobbies (Neil Renwick); 3 Marsh Harriers (Chris Went)

Waterbeach GPs - 2 Turtle Doves, Little Ringed Plover (David & Jonathan Heath)

Friday, 22 April

Paxton Pits - 3 Black Terns, 2 Whimbrels (Jamie Wells)

Ely Beet Pools - male MONTAGU'S HARRIER through north (Duncan Poyser)

Grafham Water - Black Tern,  Common Sandpiper, 4+ Nightingales, Grasshopper Warbler, 2+ Cetti's Warblers, 4 Avocet (Mark Hawkes); 21 Black Terns in evening, Turnstone, Marsh Harrier (Mark Ward, Mark Hawkes)

Godmanchester - 3 Swifts (Paul Andrews); 3 Black Terns at Gravel Pits (per rarebirdalert.com)

Fowlmere - 4 Hobbies (Doug Radford)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Little Gull, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper (per Neil Renwick)

Monk's Wood - Nightingale (Richard Broughton)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Black Terns, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Swift (Howard Butler)

Maxey Pits - Fieldfare, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Little Egrets (Chris Lines)

Cambridge - Swift over (Chris Went)

Thursday, 21 April

Wardy Hill area - 2 DOTTERELS, male Hen Harrier, 4 Wheatears, Red Kite (David Hopkins)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Greenshank (per Neil Renwick)

Cambridge - Cetti's Warbler reported by Green Dragon Pub (per Chris Went); c.15 WAXWINGS along Herbert Street (as per Matthew Mellor)

Paxton Pits - 2 Black Terns, Wheatear (Dean Harlow)

Grunty Fen - male Whinchat (David Nation)

Ouse Washes - drake BLUE-WINGED TEAL still, 3 Greenshank (Mark Ward)

Isleham Water Meadows - 8 Avocets, 2 Egyptian Geese, Common Sandpiper (Ben Green)

Maxey Pits - Turtle Dove (Chris Lines)

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Wednesday, 20 April

Ouse Washes RSPB - male BLUE-WINGED TEAL from Welches Dam hide still, GREAT WHITE EGRET, 3 Greenshanks, 3 Garganey, Hobby (Paul Harrington)
 
Cambridge - 6 Swifts over (Glenn Harding)

Paxton Pits - Turtle Dove over, Green Sandpiper, 2 Wheatears (Jamie Wells); 5+ Grasshopper Warblers (Roger Hughes)

Fowlmere - 2 Grasshopper Warblers, Green Sandpiper (Doug Radford)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Common Sandpipers (Matt Webb); 2 Black Terns (Mike Weedon)

Brampton - c.12 WAXWINGS along old Thrapston Road (John Lindsell)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Nightingale, 2 male Garganeys (Neil Renwick)

Isleham Water Meadows - 12 Avocets, 2 Egyptian Geese (David Collins)

Marsh Lane GP - 6 Nightingales (Bill Simmonds)

Wicken Fen - 2 Garganey, Greenshank, 2 Woodcock, 2 Barn Owls, 3 Cetti's Warblers (Tim Dee, Claire Spottiswoode)