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.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Saturday, 27 May

Grafham Water - Black Tern (Mark Hawkes)

Friday, 26 May 2017

Friday, 26 May

Peterborough - LITTLE TERN over towards Fletton BP (Matt Webb)

Thursday, 25 May

Witcham - Turtle Dove (David Hopkins)

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Tuesday, 24 May

Tubney Fen - Grasshopper Warbler (Kevin Wilson)

Wilbraham Fen - Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Cuckoo (Saimon Clarke)

Monday, 22 May 2017

Monday, 22 May

Wicken Fen - Nightingale singing at top end of Harrison's Drove (Andy Hannaford)

Sunday, 21 May

Ouse Washes - fem BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL, 2 Garganey, Wheatear, 3 Whooper Swan (Brendan Doe)

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Saturday, 20 May

Paxton Pits / Buckden Marina - 23 Hobby in the area (Mark Ward)

Friday, 19 May

New Shardlows Farm - Cuckoo, Hobby (Kevin Wilson)

Friday, 19 May 2017

Thursday, 18 May

RSPB Hope Farm - Wheatear, Cuckoo (Derek Gruar)

Wicken - Turnstone, 2 Garganey on Baker's Fen, Garganey on Burwell Fen (Brendan Doe)

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wednesday, 17 May

Paxton Pits - Grey Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Little Ringed Plover (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - Sanderling (Mark Ward)

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Tuesday, 16 May

RSPB Hope Farm - Whinchat (Derek Gruar)

Monday, 15 May 2017

Monday, 15 May

Ouse Washes - calling, summer-plumage  GULL-BILLED TERN over Welches Dam towards Stockdales c.08:50h (Jonathan Taylor); 2 BLACK-WINGED STILT from Stockdales  Hide (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Burwell Fen - GULL-BILLED TERN over south (Richard Johnson)

Grafham Water - Osprey (Colin Addington)

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sunday, 14 May

Fen Drayton Lakes - female RED-FOOTED FALCON still, Sanderling, 2 Dunlin (Richard Allison)

Wicken Fen - 10 Hobbies (Owen Marks)

Brampton - Osprey over north (Robin Ward)

March Farmers - Grey Plover, 2 Greenshank (Charlie Kitchin)

Fowlmere - 3 Turtle Dove (Doug Radford)

Saturday, 13 May

Fen Drayton Lakes - female RED-FOOTED FALCON still (Dean Harlow)

Wicken Fen - 5 Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Nightingale, Greenshank, 2 pairs of Garganey (Kevin Wilson)

Witcham - 2 BLACK-WINGED STILT over north, Fieldfare, White Wagtail (David Hopkins)

Little Wilbraham Fen - Cuckoo, Cetti's Warbler (Ben Grieg)

Friday, 12 May 2017

Friday, 12 May

Grafham Water - male RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, 3 Black Tern (Richard Patient)

Paxton Pits - Grey Plover over, Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, Nightingale (Jamie Wells, Martin Davis)

Berry Fen - Garganey (Ian Dawson)

Wicken Fen - male RED-FOOTED FALCON along river just beyond turning to West Mere Hide, 7 Hobby (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Fen Drayton Lakes - female RED-FOOTED FALCON showed well 15:40h (Dean Harlow)

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Thursday, 11 May

Foxton - Siskin in a private garden this morning (Matt Mellor)

Fen Drayton Lakes - male Garganey (Richard Thomas); RED-FOOTED FALCON, 3 Hobby, Black Tern (Luke Wake)

Berry Fen - BLACK-WINGED STILT, Garganey (Richard Grimmett)

Fleam Dyke - QUAIL singing to the north-east opposite pumping station (Steve Hartley)

Paxton Pits - Avocet, Greenshank, 3 Hobby (Martin Davis)

Wicken Fen - 4 Garganey on Baker's Fen, Nightingale, Hobby (Christoph Zöckler)

Linton - Mandarin on the River Granta (Rob McEwen)

March Farmers - 2 Grey Plover, 6 Greenshank, 4 Cuckoo (Mike Weedon)

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Wednesday, 10 May

Paxton Pits - BLACK-WINGED STILT (Neal Parkin); also Whimbrel (Janie Wells); also Avocet, 2 Greenshank (Martin Davis).
Directions for the Stilt (this is the ONLY way to view the bird although it will be distant):
Park on Stirloe bend by sewage works off of Leadens Lane (on the Buckdem to Offord road).
Walk south then east along concrete road till you reach the pumping station, take the path right and follow it till you reach the obvious gap in the wire fence and hop over it. Walk south and view from east side of php. Please dont go any further than the cattle pen.


Fen Drayton Lakes - RED-FOOTED FALCON, Great White Egret, Black Tern (Luke Wake); 3 Hobby (Richard Allison); 2 Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoo, 2 further Hobby (Monica & Owen Marks)

Eltisley - male BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL at a private site nearby (Derek Gruar)

Cam Washes - Turtle Dove, Hobby (Jon Heath)

Cambridge Research Park, Waterbeach - Cetti's Warbler (Jon Heath)

Cambridge - a massive raptor with rectangular wings reported over Trumpington c.14:30h, heading roughly north-northwest, but not seen since

Grafham Water - Grey Plover (Colin Addington)

Westfield Farm, Comberton - Whinchat (Vince Lea)

Maxey Pits - RING OUZEL seen to depart high north 20:35h (Bob Titman)

Bakers Fen - 3 Wood Sandpiper (Norman Ratcliffe)

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Tuesday, 9 May

Fen Drayton Lakes - fem RED-FOOTED FALCON still, but mobile (Richard Palmer & others); Osprey over 18:40h (Richard Allison); Black Tern (Brendan Doe)

Paxton Pits - Sanderling (Jamie Wells)

Ferry Meadows - Arctic Tern (Paul Gallagher); 3 Arctic Tern this evening (Matt Webb)

Maxey Pits - 4 Whimbrel over, Greenshank, Cuckoo, Turtle Dove (Richard Astle)

Bakers Fen - Wood Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank (Kevin Wilson)

Monday, 8 May 2017

Monday, 8 May

Etton Pits - fem RING OUZEL (Jonathan Taylor)

Paxton Pits - Turnstone, Greenshank, Arctic Tern, Black Tern, Grey Plover, 3+ Hobby (Martin Davis); 2 RING OUZEL still, Turtle Dove (Jim Stevenson)

Ferry Meadows - 5 Arctic Tern, Black Tern (Matt Webb)

Coveney, Byall Fen - 17 Wood Sandpiper, Sanderling, Spotted Redshank. Also WRYNECK seen at dusk Sunday, 7 May c. 1/2 mile north of Witcham Gravel but no sign today (David Hopkins)

March Farmers - SPOONBILL, Grey Plover, 5 Greenshank (Mike Weedon)

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Sunday, 7 May

Cambridge Research Park - RING OUZEL (Jon Heath)

Paxton Pits - 2 RING OUZEL, Wimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank, 3 Black Terns, Gargany (Martin Davis); Osprey (as per RBA)

Coveney Byall Fen - 11 Wood Sandpipers, 3 Greenshank, 3 Corn Buntings, Avocet, 3 Ruff (Chris Rider)

Ouse Washes - 2 Wood Sandpipers, Spotted Redshank, 6 Grey Plover, 15 Greenshank, 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Avocet, European White-fronted Goose, Red-crested Pochard, 10 Whooper Swan, 5 Garganey,  Barn Owl (Brendan Doe); female BLACK REDSTART by pumping station (Mark Hawkes)

 Fen Drayton Lakes - 4 Black Tern, Arctic Tern (John Hoppett); ad fem RED-FOOTED FALCON still (Richard Patient); also 5+ Hobby, Greenshank (Hugh Venables)

Ferry Meadows - Whinchat, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit over, 6 Black Tern (Matt Webb

March Farmers - SPOONBILL, Hobby, 5 Crane, Cuckoo (Terry Cooper)

Saturday, 6 May

Fen Drayton Lakes - ad fem RED-FOOTED FALCON, Sanderling, Whimbrel, 2 Grey Plovers, 10 Black Tern (Ian Ellis)

Paxton Pits - 2 RING OUZELS in the same scrubby area behind basin area (Jamie Wells); 3 Avocets (Martin Davis)

March Farmers - Spoonbill, 6 Grey Plover, Turnstone, 19 Tundra Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 6 Greenshank (JonathanTaylor); Bar-tailed Godwit, Sanderling (Mike Weedon)

Bakers Fen - Whinchat, Wheatear (Mark Jackson)

Burwell Fen - 2 Avocets, 6 Ruff (Malcolm Ausden); Garganey (Graeme Reed)

Coveney Byall Fen - 7+ Wood Sandpipers, 3 Greenshank, Corn Bunting (Mark Hawkes)

Cambridge Research Park - RING OUZEL (Jon Heath)

Ouse Washes - TEMMINCK'S STINT between Stevens hide and the rail bridge, 16 Grey Plover, 28 Ringed Plover, 17 Dunlin, 3 Wood Sandpiper, 9 Greenshank, 6 Ruff, 1 White-Fronted Goose, 5 male Garganey, 1 male Red-Crested Pochard, 1 Peregrine, 2 Hobbies (Ade Cooper)

Ferry Meadows - 2 ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Greenshank, 6 Black Tern (Matt Webb)

Friday, 5 May 2017

Friday, 5 May

Grafham Water - Grey Plover over (Colin Addington)

Paxton Pits - 2 Greenshank, Grey Plover, Whimbrel, Black Tern (Neal Parkin); also 3 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Knot, Sanderling, 3+ Hobby (Martin Davis)

Swaffham Prior - Nightingale nearby at DEvil's Dyke (Christoph Zöckler)

Coveney Byall Fen - 8 Greenshank (Mike Everett); Whimbrel, 11+ Wood Sandpiper and a further 9 Greenshank (David Hopkins)

Pontoon Wash - TEMMINCK'S STINT on pools to the south, c.1/2 mile north of Witcham Gravel (David Hopkins, Mike Everett)

Ouse Washes - 35 Greenshank, 4 Grey Plover, Spotted Redshank (Jonathan Taylor); 2 Wood Sandpiper, Sanderling, 23 Avocet, 2 Garganey  (Brendan Doe)

Burwell Fen - Peregrine, Hobby, Cuckoo, Greenshank (Norman Ratcliffe)

Ferry Meadows - 6 Black Tern (Matt Webb)

Fen Drayton Lakes - ad fem RED-FOOTED FALCON from track leading to river on left hand side near car park (Andy Jennings); 3 Greenshank, 2 Turnstone, 7 Black Tern, Grey Plover (Luke Wake)

Fletton Lake - 2 Black Tern (Tony Rowe)

Swifts reported widely today

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Thursday, 4 May

Paxton Pits - 6 Bar-tailed Godwit over, Grey Plover, 5 Greenshank over, 2 Common Sandpiper (Jamie Wells)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Black Tern on Gunwade this morning (Mike Weedon); 7 Black Tern c.19:00h (Richard Allison)

March Farmers - SPOONBILL, 10 Crane, 2 Grey Plover, Cetti's Warbler (Richard Caney)

Barrington - Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Ed Gill)

Orton BP - Turtle Dove, Cuckoo, 5 Cetti's Warbler (David Withrington)

Cottenham - Short-eared Owl nearby (Simon Stirrup)

Ouse Washes - 9 Grey Plover, 13 Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, 5 Wood Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit over (Jonathan Taylor)

Coveney Byall Fen - 14 Wood Sandpiper (Mike Burdekin)

Shropshire's Reservoir - Black Tern, Arctic Tern (David Ellis)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 10 Black Tern, Knot (Hugh Venables)

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Wednesday, 3 May

Ferry Meadows - Black Tern on Gunwade (Hugh Wright); 3 Black Tern, 10 Arctic Tern on Ferry Lagoon (Mike Everett)

Maxey Pits - Sanderling late afternoon but gone by 19:00h (Bob Titman)

Coveney Byall Fen - 9 Wood Sandpipers reported (as per Mike Burdekin)

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Tuesday, 2 May

Eldernell - CATTLE EGRET to the east (Richard Patient)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 10 Black Tern, Grey Plover (John Hoppett); also Whimbrel (Pete Wood); 2 Hobby, 3 Swift (Richard Allison); Arctic Tern, Turtle Dove (Hugh Venables)

Paxton Pits - 2 RING OUZEL, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, 4 Black Tern (Martin Davis)

RSPB Hope Farm, Knapwell - RING OUZEL 11:45h (Derek Gruar)

Berry Fen - 2 Grey Plover (Philip Bubb)

Peterborough - Osprey over towards Yaxley (Andy Jennings)

Ouse Fen - Grasshopper Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Greenshank, 4 Hobby (Bob Mansfield)

Ouse Washes RSPB - 5 Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, 9 Grey Plover, 4 Greenshank (Ian Dawson)

Barleycraft GPs - Hobby, Nightingale  (Bob Mansfield)

March Farmers - 5 Greenshank, 2 Grey Plover (Brian Stone)

Fletton Lake - 2 Arctic Tern (Brian Stone)

Ferry Meadows - 5 Black Tern (Matt Webb)

Warmington - Nightingale singing nearby (Garry Heath)

Monday, 1 May 2017

Monday, 1 May

Paxton Pits - 2 RING OUZEL (Steve May); 8 Black Tern, Whinchat, 5 Wheatear,  Whimbrel, Greenshank, 3 Hobby (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells); 3 Bar-tailed Godwit (Mark Ward)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 13 Black Tern (Richard Allison); 2 Little Gull, Knot (David Fisher); Grey Plover, 20+ Swift, c.20 Black Tern (Luke Wake); also Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel (Jon & David Heath)

Eaton Ford - Bar-tailed Godwit over (Richard Patient)

Witcham - 2 Grasshopper Warbler, pair of Turtle Dove, 2 Fieldfare (David Hopkins)

Grafham Water - 2 Black Tern, White Wagtail (Mark Ward)

Ferry Meadows - 5 Black Tern (Matt Webb)

Wicken Fen - 5 Greenshank, Hobby, Cuckoo, 2 Grasshopper Warbler (Norman Ratcliffe)

Ouse Washes RSPB - 5 Wood Sandpiper, 14 Grey Plover, Spotted Redsgank, Turnstone, Whimbrel, 10+ Greenshank, Hobby, 3 Garganey (Ade Cooper

March Farmers - Curlew, 3 Grey Plover, 4 Greenshank (Mike Weedon); Fieldfare, Whimbrel (Charlie Kitchin)

Berry Fen - 3 Grey Plover, Sanderling, Mandarin (Jem Holding)

Sunday, 30 April

Wendy - DOTTEREL over (Louise Bacon)

March Farmers - 7 Crane over (Andy Golding)

Ferry Meadows - Mediterranean Gull (Matt Webb); 5 Grey Plover, 7 Crane, Great White Egret, Wheatear, Hobby (Stuart Ball)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 30 Black Tern, 3 Grey Plover, Sanderling, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Swift (Jon Heath, David Heath, Chris Rider); Wood Sandpiper (Mark Ward et al.)

Paxton Pits - 41 Black Tern, Arctic Tern, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, Whimbrel, 5 Hobby (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - Turnstone, Sanderling, 2 Black Tern, COMMON SCOTER, Whinchat (Mark Hawkes et al.)

Berry Fen - Turtle Dove (Mark Hawkes et al.); Wood Sandpiper (Richard Grimmett)

Barleycraft - 2 Turnstone, Sandlering (Richard Grimmett)

Ouse Washes - 12+ Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Turnstone  (Mark Hawkes et al.); 12 Grey Plover, 5 Wood Sandpiper, Osprey to the north (Mark Ward et al.)

Saturday, 29 April

Paxton Pits - 5 Arctic Tern, Greenshank, Hobby, Bar-tailed Godwit, 10+ Whetaear (Jamie Wells)

Burwell fen - 3 Barn Owl, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, Cuckoo, pair of Garganey, 3 Wheatear (Christoph Zöckler)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Whimbrel, Turtle Dove, Wheatear, Cuckoo (Hugh Venables); Hobby over (Nick Langley)

March Farmers - 5 BLACK-WINGED STILT  (Mike Weedon); also 4 Crane, 4 Hobby, 4 Swift, 3 Wheatear, 3 Greenshank, Cuckoo, 5 Whooper Swan (Ian Gordon)

Cambridge - Spotted Redshank over (Simon Gillings)

Grafham Water - Arctic Tern, Greenshank (Mark Ward); Osprey,Whinchat (Ian Dwason)

Yubney Fen - pair of Garganey (Giles Meritt)