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.

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)