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:

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, 2 March 2008

Sunday, 2 March

Paxton Pits - FIRECREST at the south end of the moorings early am (Gary Rawlings); Marsh Tit, Water Rail, 3 Red-crested Pochard, Goosander, 2 Oystercatcher (Gary Rawlings, Mark Ward, Jamie Wells); Little Egret, Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Smew, c.1500 Golden Plover (Martin Davis)

Stirtloe - LAPLAND BUNTING female still 12.15-12.45pm (Mark Hawkes et al.)

Cam Washes, Upware - Avocet, 2 Little Egrets, also fem Gosander and 2 Egyptian Geese nearby (Tom Smith)

Godmanchester GP - Yellow-legged Gull, 12+ Goldeneye, 4 Oystercatcher (Mark Hawkes)

Grafham Water - GLAUCOUS GULL 1st-winter at 17:13h, 3 KNOT, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, drk Goosander, leucistic Black-headed Gull (Mark Hawkes)

Wicken Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE, 2 Hen Harriers, 5 Marsh Harriers (per rarebirdalert)

Barleycraft GP - KNOT (Richard Patient)

Buckden Marina - Short-eared Owl, 2 Barn Owls (Martin Davis)

Buckden GP - Red-necked Grebe still present (Jonathan & David Heath)

Maxey Pits - Curlew (Chris Lines); 6 Dunlin, 5 pairs of Shelduck (Mike Weedon)

Five Arches Pit - Water Rail, 2 Red Kites, c.8 Buzzards (Duncan McNiven)

Cottenham, Long Drove - 3 Buzzards, 4+ Bramblings, Barn Owl, 2 Shelduck (Jonathan & David Heath)

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