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.

Thursday, 31 July 2008

Thursday, 31 July

Grafham Water - 52 Black Terns off Mander CP until departing east at c.08:40h (Jono Leadley); 56+ Black Tern off Mander CP but mobile, Mediterranean Gull, c.30 Yellow-legged Gull, Turnstone over east, 5 + Common Sandpiper, Mandarin east towards lagoons (Mark Hawkes)

Isleham Water Meadows - 8 Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 7 Black-tailed Godwit (Ben Green)

Cam Washes - 12+ Avocet, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, c.20 Green Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Ruff (Jonathan Heath); Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (Jonathan Heath & David Heath)

Paxton Pits - 2 Wood Sandpiper, 11 Green Sandpiper, Turnstone heard (Jamie Wells); 26 Little Egret, 11 Common Sandpiper, 50 Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Yellow Wagtail (Martin Davis)

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Wednesday, 30 July

Hardwick Wood - Hobby (Clive Sinclair)

Maxey GP - 3 Little Stint, 2 Ruff, 3+ Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper (John Saunders et al.)

Grafham Water - Osprey over north at midday (per

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Tuesday, 29 July

Maxey GP - 2 Ruff, Golden Plover, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper (Brian Stone)

Wicken Fen - 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, fem Marsh Harrier, Turtle Dove (Peter Stockwell)

Paxton Pits - Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 11 Ringed Plover this evening (Jamie Wells); 26 Little Egret, 9 Common Sandpiper, 64 Yellow-legged Gull, juv Yellow Wagtail, 383 Lapwing earlier in the afternoon (Martin Davis)

Toft - family of 4 Spotted Flycatchers (Clive Sinclair)

Cam washes, Waterbeach - 10 Little Egret, 10 Avocet, 20+ Green Sandpiper, 5+ Common Sandpiper, 5+ Snipe, Ruff, Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank (Richard Hall)

Monday, 28 July 2008

Monday, 28 July

Paxton Pits - 26 Yellow-legged Gull, Turtle Dove, Hobby, Golden Plover, 3+ Green Sandpiper, 8+ Common Sandpiper, 27+ Little Egret (Martin Davis)

Eversden Wood - 5 Buzzard (Clive Sinclair)

Grafham water - 2 juv Mediterranean Gull off lagoons, Hobby over, 3 Common Sandpiper, 10+ Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes)

Cottenham, Long Drove - Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Little Owl, Barn Owl (David Heath)

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Sunday, 27 July

Paxton Pits - 19 Little Egret, 3 Green Sandpiper, 8+ Common Sandpiper, 6+ Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, & Buzzard over Diddington village (Jamie Wells); 25 Little Egret (Mark Hawkes); 5 Turnstone, 80+ Yellow-legged Gull, juv Mediterranean Gull this evening (Richard Patient)

Cam Washes - 5 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Oystercatcher, 10 Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 10 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper (Jonathan and David Heath)

Grafham Water - 2 juv Mediterranean Gulls, 11+ Yellow-legged Gulls, Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton - 4 Little Egret, Hobby, 5 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, fem Red-crested Pochard (Richard Patient)

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Saturday, 26 July

Witcham - BLACK STORK circled over at 10:10hr (David Hopkins)

Dry Drayton - possible Black Stork over 14:40h but very distant (Ken Hook)

Grafham Water - 2 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls off Mander mid-morning (Jono Leadley)

Cambs Washes - 9 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 7 Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, 9 Golden Plover, Oystercatcher, 4+ Yellow Wagtail (Andy Massey)

Ferry Meadows - ad summer BLACK-NECKED GREBE on Overton lake this evening (Matt Webb)

Friday, 25 July 2008

Friday, 25 July

Paxton Pits - 3 adult Curlew Sandpipers, 16 Little Egrets, 4 Green Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank, 2 Ruff, (Martin Davis) 2 juv Mediterranean Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Grafham Water - 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper (Jono Leadley)

Ouse Fen - Curlew on Cell 1 this morning (Andy Cotton)

Maxey GP - 8 Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpiper (Brian Stone)

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Thursday, 24 july

Maxey GP - ad summer Golden Plover, 500 Lapwing, 9 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Ruff, Snipe, Hobby (Brian Stone, Malc Holley)

Paxton Pits - Ruff, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 20+ Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 34 Yellow-legged Gull, 15+ Little Egret, Hobby (Martin Davis); 1+ Turnstone, 5 Green Sandpipers, 6+ Common Sandpipers, ad Golden Plover, Greenshank this evening (Jamie Wells)

Ferry Meadows - Turnstone, Hobby this evening (Matt Webb)

Fen Ditton - Golden Plover over east (David Heath)

Grafham Water - Whimbrel over south (Colin Addington)

Witcham - 5+ Curlews over south-east this evening (David Hopkins)

Wednesday, 23 July

Earith sluice - Black Swan (David Henderson)

Ferry Meadows - Arctic Tern (Matt Webb)

Tanholt GP - 5 Yellow-legged Gull (Kevin Du Rose)

Paxton Pits - LITTLE TERN for c.30 min before flying south, c.40 Common Tern, Whimbrel over south, 17+ Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 21 Ringed Plover, Hobby, Yellow Wagtail over, Grasshopper Warbler still singing (Jamie Wells); 43 Yellow-legged Gull (Martin Davis)

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Tuesday, 22 July

Maxey GP - Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Pover, Ruff, c.600 Lapwing (Brian Stone)

Bassingbourn - Buzzard over c.10:15h (Jeff Hacon)

Grafham Water - ad Mediterranean Gull off Mander, Mandarin in Dudney Creek, 9+ Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes)

Wicken Fen - 7 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier (Gavin Paterson)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - 4 Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, 5 Green Sandpiper, 11 Little Egret, Kingfisher and a large hawk species with jesses (Jonathan & David Heath); possibly a Harris Hawk (Gavin Pateson)

Tanholt GP - Caspian Gull, 5+ Yellow-legged Gull, Turtle Dove (Kevin Du Rose)

Roswell Pits, Ely - 2 Little Egrets over and 2 Green Sandpiper between the pits and the railway bridge (Andrew Balmford)

Monday, 21 July

Grafham Water - 2 ad summer Little Gull off Mander CP 20:30h, 5+ Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes)

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Sunday, 20 July

Grafham Water - 1st-summer Arctic Tern still, Turnstone (Jono Leadley)

Paxton Pits - Wood Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 20+ Yellow-legged Gull (Neal Parkin); 2 Common Sandpiper, 13 Dunlin, 8+ islandica Black-tailed Godwit, Hobby, Grasshopper Warbler, c.150 Swift (Jamie Wells)

Ouse Washes - 2 COMMON CRANE over towards Cambs and possibly landed in the Cambs section of the Washes 06:30h (Leigh Marshall)

Saturday, 19 July

Fowlmere - SANDWICH TERN flew south at 10:30h (Rob Jones)

Wicham - 2 FIRECRESTS in private garden (David Hopkins)

Grafham Water - 1st-summer Arctic Tern, Little Egret, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes)

Buckden GP - 7+ Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Godmanchester GP - Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Sutton Gault - Green Sandpiper and at least 8 Little Egrets (Stuart Sharp)

Cam Washes - 7 Little Egret, 3 Avocet, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper (Jonathan and David Heath)

Maxey GP - Ruff, 4 Green Sandpiper (John Saunders); 22+ islandica Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Dunlin (Will Bowell)

Paxton Pits - 11 Little Egret, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Friday, 18 July 2008

Friday, 18 July

Great Gransden - Buzzard c.14:10h (Graham Askew)

Sawston - 2 Buzzard over 16:15h (Martin Leader)

Fen Drayton - Bittern, 5 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Hobby, Kingfisher, Barn Owl (Mike Clydesdale)

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Thursday, 17 July

Maxey GP - 17 Dunlin, 8 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail (Brian Stone)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 7 Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, 100+ Swift (Gavin Paterson)

Paxton Pits - Knot, 2 Sanderling, 3 Green Sandpiper, 11+ Yellow-legged Gull (Jamie Wells); 11 Little Egret, fem Red-crested Pochard, 5 Dunlin, 16 Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover (John Parslow)

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Wednesday, 16 July

Nene Washes - 2 COMMON CRANE at March Farmers still, viewable from south barrier bank one mile east of Eldernell; Corncrake calling on Low Wash (Jonathan Taylor)

Peterborough, Werrington - OSPREY over Hodgson Avenue 08:30h (Jonathan Taylor)

Great Gransden - Hobby 10:40h (Graham Askew)

Serpentine BP - 3 Hobby, 2 Buzzard (Paul Taylor)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - Little Egret, 3 ad Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Tern, Yellow Wagtail; also Whinchat & 2 Turtle Dove nearby at Waterbeach Long Drove (Jonathan & David Heath)

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Tuesday, 15 July

Woodwalton Fen - 2 COMMON CRANES still (Nick Hammond)

Ouse Washes - 42 Little Egret, 4 Common Tern, 7 Ruff, Greenshank, 2 Garganey, 144 Lapwing (Gavin Paterson)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher, Turtle Dove (Dave Anderson); also 7 Green Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Marsh Harrier (Duncan McNiven)

Haslingfield - 2 Barn Owls east of the village (Saimon Clark)

Monday, 14 July

Ramsey - possible Black Stork over NW at midday (Marion Criswell)

Buckden GP - Garganey, Egyptian Goose, 5 Little Egrets, Goldeneye (Mark Hawkes)

From Thursday, 10 July: Earith - NIGHT HERON north over the causeway 16:45h (Barbara York)

Monday, 14 July 2008

Sunday, 13 July

Landbeach - 4 Whimbrel over south (Dick Newell)

Ouse Washes - ad SPOONBILL from Gross Hide 13:55h, 71 Little Egret, 3 Turtle Dove, 7 Marsh Harriers, 6 Garganey, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, Whooper Swan, 18 Ruff, 1500 Lapwing, 11 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Yellow-legged Gull (Ade Cooper, Richard Patient)

Weybridge GP - 2 Hobby, Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 6 Green Sandpipers, 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher, Curlew, 3 Turtle Dove (Dave Anderson); also Barn Owl this evening (Gavin Paterson)

Tanholt Pit - Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Kingfisher, Buzzard over south (David Chambers)

Paxton Pits - 16 Little Egret, Garganey, 4 Green Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover, c.300 Lapwing (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Saturday, 12 July

Grafham Water - ad Hobby, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, 200+ Sand Martin (Mark Hawkes)

Buckden GP - 2 Garganey, 3 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Eldernell - OSPREY perched and eating a fish 16:40h

Fen Drayton Lakes - Curlew over, c.400 Sand Martin, Little Egret, 200 Lapwing, Hobby, Egyptian Goose, Kingfisher (Peter Herkenrath)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - 3 ad Avocet, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 9 Green Sandpiper, 4 Yellow Wagtail, Turtle Dove (Jonathan & David Heath)

Paxton Pits - 16+ Little Egret, Pintail, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, Greenshank, 8 Common Sandpiper, 6 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, Grasshopper Warbler (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Friday, 11 July

Fen Drayton Lakes - Hobby, 2 Turtle Dove, 7 Green Sandpiper, c.180 Sand martin (Gavin Paterson)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - 7+ Green Sandpiper, Turtle Dove, Marsh Harrier, 4 Black-tailed Godwit (Stuart Sharp)

Paxton Pits - 15 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Sanderling, Greenshank, 8 Little Egret, Common Sandpiper, 15 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, Grasshopper Warbler (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Friday, 11 July 2008

Thursday, 10 July

Cam Washes - 9 Green Sandpiper (Owen Marks); 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 9 Turtle Doves (David Heath)

Paxton Pits - 12 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, 7 Dunlin, Greenshank, Grasshopper Warbler (Jamie Wells)

Sutton Gault - Greenshank (Staurt Sharp)

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Wednesday, 9 July

Eynesbury - 5 Little Egret over east 06:55h (Mark Hawkes)

Landbeach - Crossbill this morning (Dick Newell)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Turtle Dove, Egyptian Goose, Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 3 Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit (Andy Cotton); also 115 Swift and a Hobby this evening (Gavin Paterson)

Witcham - 14 Whimbrel over south-west c.13:00h (David Hopkins)

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Tuesday, 8 July

St. Neots - 5 Whimbrel over south 08:20h (Mark Ward)

Cambridge - Marsh Harrier by A14/M11 junction 09:25h (Sue Rogers)

Fowlmere - c.250 Swifts low over wheat fields between the village and the A505 at 09:00h (Gareth Rees)

Hemingford Grey - 4 Crossbills over south-east this morning (Mike Everett)

Grafham Water - Osprey 13:54 h (BirdGuides)

Orton Malborne - Red Kite over (Kev Wicks)

Maxey GPs - 3 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper (Chris Lines)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 9 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Kingfisher (Dave Anderson)

Monday, 7 July

Fen Drayton Lakes - c.700 Sand Martins, 200+ Swifts, Bittern briefly, 2 Little Egrets this morning (Mike Everett); 10+ Green Sandpiper, 14 Little Egrets this evening (Dave Anderson)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - Little Ringed Plover, 3 Avocet, 5 Common Sandpiper, 6+ Green Sandpiper, 60+ Sand Martins, 2 Common Tern, Barn Owl, Marsh Harrier (David and Jonathan Heath)

Grafham Water - GREEN-WINGED TEAL in south-west corner of lagoons this evening, also female Mandarin, ad limosa Black-tailed Godwit (Jono Leadley)

Monday, 7 July 2008

Sunday, 6 July

Grafham Water - Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes)

Buckden GP - Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, male Goldeneye (Mark Hawkes)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - Little Egret, Hobby, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank, Dunlin, 5+ Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Turtle Dove (Jonathan & David Heath)

Chain Corner - 59 Little Egret, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Hobby, Spotted Redshank over (Richard Patient)

Paxton Pits - 3+ Little Egret, Peregrine over, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Turtle Dove (Jamie Wells)

Maxey GP - 7 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, 9 Little Ringed Plover, 16 Common Tern (Mike Weedon)

Saturday, 5 July

Cam Washes, Upware - 5 Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Black-tailed Godwit (Gavin Paterson)

Paxton Pits - 6 Little Egret, Garganey, ad Yellow-legged Gull, Greenshank, Grasshopper Warbler still singing (Jamie Wells)

Chain Corner - 85 Little Egret, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, Hobby (Richard Patient)

Cottenham - 5 Crossbill at Monksilver Nursery c.15:ooh (Viv Connor)

Friday, 4 July 2008

Friday, 4 July

Grafham Water - ad RED-NECKED GREBE in Dudney Creek 09:25h (Colin Addington)

Monks Wood - c.30 Crossbills 05:30h (Mike Everett)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Green Sandpiper, Turtle Dove (Gavin Paterson)

Paxton Pits - 14 Little Egret, 1+ Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 20+ Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Common Tern, Grasshopper Warbler singing (Jamie Wells)

Landbeach - Quail this morning (Dick Newell)

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Thursday, 3 July

Grafham Water - ad RED-NECKED GREBE off Mander CP (Colin Addington); asleep in Littless Creek 13:30h (Mark Hawkes); Black Tern, Greenshank (Jono Leadley); 13 Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Monks Wood - 11 Crossbills (Mark Hawkes)

Cambridge - Common Tern over the Cam along the college backs 06:30h (Peter Young)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler, Hobby (Andy Cotton)

Sutton Gault - 47 Little Egrets this evening (Mark Peck)

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Wednesday, 2 July

Stow Longa - BLACK STORK circling over Bicton Ind. Estate at 09:52-10.10hr, moving west (Allen Pocock)

Caldecote - Quail calling from a wheat field nearby 08:00h (Richard Jones) again at 19:00h, heard from field entrance at TL14648862 (Duncan Ritchie)

Cambridge - Crossbill south over Huntingdon Road 13:00h (Richard Hall)

Witcham - 3 Crossbills over this morning (David Hopkins)

Nr. Monks Wood - c50 Crossbills in a private wood with no public access (Richard Broughton)

Nene Washes - Corncrake calling 21:20h (Luise Addison)

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Tuesday, 1 July

Nene Washes - SPOONBILL again on High Wash two fields west of Dog-in-a-Doublet to 08:30h at least (Brian Stone)

Grafham Water - Greenshank (Colin Addington)