Sunday, 31 August 2008

Sunday, 31 August

Paxton Pits - Juv BAIRD'S SANDPIPER still (please follow directions below); Crossbill, 10 Turnstones, 3 Green Sandpiper, 13 Little Egret, 2 Black Terns, juv Little Gull, Wheatear (Jamie Wells, John Parslow, Mark Ward et al)

Grafham Water - Osprey, 2 Black Terns, Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egrets, 6 Yellow Wagtails (Mark Hawkes); 2 Crossbills over east (Jono Leadley)

Castor Hanglands - 2 RAVENS over heading north (Derek Gruar)

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Saturday, 30 August

Paxton Pits - Juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER still (please follow directions below); Also, 2 RAVENS over, WILLOW TIT, Osprey, 6 Sandwich Terns through, Greenshank (all per; Peregrine (Ken Hook)

Grafham Water - c.40 Black Terns, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2+ Little Egrets, 2 Hobbies (Mark Hawkes, Jono Leadley)

Fen Drayton GP - PIED FLYCATCHER and Redstart between Holywell Lake and Windsurfing Pit (Richard Patient)

Hinchinbrooke Country Park - Black Tern (John Lindsell)

Maxey GP - Grey Plover over, 2 Avocets, 2 Turtle Doves (Chris Lines); Whinchat, 3 Wheatears, 6 Green Sandpiper, 10 Ringed Plovers (Mike Weedon)

Cam Washes (Waterbeach) - 2 Ruff, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Turtle Doves, Hobby (Jonathan & David Heath)

Friday, 29 August 2008

Friday, 29 August

Paxton Pits - juv BAIRD'S SANDPIPER still (per Please follow directions for viewing. Park by sewage works at Stirtloe,then walk south and east along tarmac road for around 1 mile. View pumphouse on right from road, or along east edge only. DO NOT access from Diddington, and DO NOT view from west side of pit, or the working areas of the site (this will upset the site manager and could damage relationships withlocals). Also Osprey over 17:51h, Wheatear, Hobby, 2 Grey Wagtails over, 7 Yellow Wagtails, Spotted Flycatcher, 3+ Green Sandpipers, 3+ Greenshanks, 11 Little Egrets (Stuart Elsom)

Grafham Water - Whinchat below dam still this morning (Colin Addington); 4 Sanderlings, Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Stapleford - 8 Crossbills south over Magog Down (Iain Webb)

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Thursday, 28 August

Paxton Pits - juv BAIRD'S SANDPIPER still (per Martin Davis). Please follow directions for viewing. Park by sewage works at Stirtloe,then walk south and east along tarmac road for around 1 mile. View pumphouse on right from road, or along east edge only. DO NOT access from Diddington, and DO NOT view from west side of pit, or the working areas of the site (this will upset the site manager and could damage relationships withlocals).

Maxey GP - Little Egret, 2 Wheatears, 6 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers, 4 tundrae Ringed Plovers (Mike Weedon)

Buckden GP - 2 Greenshanks, 3 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Grafham Water - Whinchat, 2 Wheatears, Sanderling (Colin Addington)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 Green Sandpipers (Neil Renwick)

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Wednesday, 27 August

Paxton Pits - juv BAIRD'S SANDPIPER on Pumphouse pit (Martin Davis et al). Please follow directions for viewing. Park by sewage works at Stirtloe, then walk south and east along tarmac road for around 1 mile. View pumphouse pit on right from road, or along east edge only. DO NOT access from Diddington, and DO NOT wander onto the working areas of the site (this will upset the site manager and could damage relationships withlocals).

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Tuesday, 26 August

Ouse Washes RSPB - 2 SPOONBILLS from the Grose Hide 19:15-20:15h (Stephen Green); Spotted Redshank, 28 Ruffs, 3 Little Egrets, 2 Garganey, 6 Golden Plovers, 2 Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank (Gavin Paterson)

Maxey Pits - Wheatear, 5 ad tundrae Ringed Plovers & Spotted Redshank over calling, 08:20h (Mike Weedon, Chris Orders)

Ferry Meadows - Spotted Redshank over west, calling, 08:35h (Matt Webb)

Wicken Fen - 5 Green Sandpipers, 3 Little Egrets (Dave Palmer);

Cam Washes - Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Common Sandpiper, 27 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Ruffs, Yellow Wagtail (Gavin Paterson)

Monday, 25 August 2008

Monday, 25 August

Maxey GP - juv Winchat on bend left of dog bite bench, 2 Common Sandpiper, 10+ Green Sandpiper (Chris Lines, Chris Orders)

Congington - fem. PIED FLYCATCHER in private garden (Sarah Kelman)

Over - fem/juv Redstart along Overcote Road (Jeremy Lindsell)

Ferry Meadows - Arctic Tern, Spotted Flycatcher, (Ray & Will Bowell)

Maxey GP - 7 Ringed Plover, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover (Ray & Will Bowell)

Stirtloe Pits - 2 Greenshank, Ruff, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Little Egrets and Goldeneye (Bob Scott)

Cam Washes - 2 Garganey, 27 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff, Common Sandpiper, 4 Avocet, Barn Owl (Colin Kirtland)

Paxton Pits - Shag on Heronry South Pit, 2 Greenshank, c17 Little Egret Bar-headed Goose (Steffan W)

Sunday, 24 August

Fen Drayton - 46 Little Egrets roosted on island in Ferry Lagoon, viewed from riverside path (Richard Allison)

Fowlmere - juv Shag (Ade Cooper)

Grafham Water - Little Egret, 5+ Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Buckden GP - 2 Greenshanks, 5 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers (Mark Hawkes)

Maxey GP - 2 Wheatears, 12+ Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers (Chris Lines)

Helpston - 6 Whimbrel over west 18:00h (Richard Astle)

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Saturday, 23 August

Grafham Water - drake Common Scoter, Grey Plover, juv. Shag still off Marlow, Spotted Flycatcher, Little Egret, 9 Buzzards (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - Juvenile Shag on Heronry South Pit (Jamie Wells); 2 Green Sandpipers on Washout Pit (Steve May)

Nene Low Wash - 10 Wheatears, Whinchat, 3 Grey Wagtails in the vicinity of the tractor sheds (Peter Beesley); SPOONBILL flew west 16:43h, Curlew, 2 Hobbies, 4+ Whinchats, 10+ Wheatear s(Jamie Wilson)

Cam Washes - 29 Black-tailed Godwits, 8 Ruffs, 2 Greenshanks, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 3 Golden Plovers, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Grey Partridges, 5 Avocets (Jonathan and David Heath)

Maxey Pits - Wheatear, Turnstone (Mike Weedon)

Friday, 22 August 2008

Friday, 22 August

Ferry Meadows - juv Mediterranean Gull this morning (Matt Webb)

Paxton Pits - juv Shag still present (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - 2 juv Shags still (Mark Hawkes)

Buckden GP - 2 Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpipers, 2 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes)

Ferry Meadows - juv Shag on Overton Lake (Chris Park)

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Thursday, 21 August

Over - PIED FLYCATCHER along Fen End Road; TL382.707 (Richard Thomas); still present 18:20h (Jeremy Lindsell)

Grafham Water - 5 Shags; 3 juveniles on boom, 2 juveniles off dam (Mark Hawkes, Jono Leadley); 2+ Black Terns, 4 Wheatears, 3 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - juvenile Shag still (Martin Davis); 2 Curlews, 8 Green Sandpipers over, 3 Common Sandpipers (Jamie Wells)

Ferry Meadows - Wheatear (Matt Webb); 3 Spotted Flycatchers, possible Crossbill (Brian Stone); Shag on Overton Lake from 18:45h (Matt Webb)

Ouse Fen - Green Sandpiper, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Ruffs, 6 Little Egrets (Gavin Paterson)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - 28 Black-tailed Godwits which departed at 19:45h, 8 Green Sandpipers, 6 Ruffs, 2 Greenshanks, Yellow-legged Gull, Barn Owl (David & Jonathan Heath)

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Wednesday, 20 August

Grafham Water - 3 juvenile Shags by fishing lodge (Colin Addington, Jono Leadley); Turnstone, 3 Wheatears (Colin Addington); 2 Black Terns (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - juvenile Shag, 3 Curlews, 19 Little Egrets, 2 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 10 Green Sandpipers (Jamie Wells)

Nene Washes RSPB, Low Wash - 12 Wheatear, 5 Whinchat, 2 Common Sandpiper (Charlie Kitchin)

Hatley St. George - Crossbill in a private garden 07:45h this morning (Katie Fuller)

Maxey Pits - 2 Wheatears, Greenshank, 19 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper (Mike Weedon)

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Tuesday, 19 August

Ferry Meadows - Shag on Gunwade Lake towards north-east corner, also juv Arctic Tern, Common Sandpiper (Brian Stone)

Maxey Pits - fem Wheatear, 11 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, Greenshank, 8 Little Ringed Plovers (Ray & Will Bowell)

Grafham Water - 3 ad Black Terns off Mander CP, 3 Wheatears below dam, Little Egret, 4 Common Sandpipers, Water Rail (Mark Hawkes)

Cam washes, Waterbeach - Curlew briefly, 5 Ruff, 6 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenshanks, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, Barn Owl (Jonathan & David Heath)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 43+ Little Egrets to roost on island in Ferry Lagoon (Neil Renwick)

Monday, 18 August

Fen Drayton Lakes - PURPLE HERON flew into reeds at north-east corner of Elney Lake 09:55h (

Grafham Water - Black Tern off Mander, 2 Wheatears on the dam (Colin Addington)

Ferry Meadows - Shag on Gunwade Lake 20:10h (Brian Stone); Shag roosting by the watersports centre 20:37h and Curlew over (Mike Weedon); also Hobby, 30+ Common Terns (Matt Webb)

Witcham - Merlin (David Hopkins)

Maxey Pits - Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover (Mike Weedon)

Monday, 18 August 2008

Sunday, 17 August

Wicken Fen - GREAT SKUA over the ringing area 09:25h (Peter Stronach, Robin Ward)

Fen Drayton - PURPLE HERON in flight 20:15h, Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpipers, juv Black Tern, 2 Hobbies, 30 Little Egrets to roost (Richard Patient); 3 BLACK-NECKED GREBE on Ferry Lagoon, Turtle Dove, 8 Green Sandpiper (Mike Everett); 3 Garganey (Mark Ward); Whimbrel (Neil Renwick)

Over Fen - Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Greenshank, 14 Little Egret, Barn Owl, Hobby (Gavin Paterson)

Grafham Water - Greenshank, Hobby, adult Black Tern with c.120 Common Terns off Mander (Jono Leadley); 3 Wheatears on dam c.08:00h (Chris Mackley)

Paxton Pits - Black Tern, 5 Wheatear, 18 Little Egret, Buzzard, 7 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Ringed Plover, 7+ Yellow Wag (Jamie Wells)

Maxey Pits - 2 Wood Sadnpipers, Greenshank, Hobby (Chris Lines)

Saturday, 16 August

Grafham Water - juv Marsh Harrier over Dudney Creek, 3 Wheatears on the dam (Mark Hawkes)

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Friday, 15 August

Monks Wood - Crossbill (Richard Broughton)

Cambs Washes - Little Egret, 4 Shelduck, 350 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 2 Ruff, 5 Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper (Colin Kirtland)

Maxey Pits - 12 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, female Wheatear, 2 Turtle Doves (Chris Lines)

Waresley - Wheatear (Graham Askew)

Friday, 15 August 2008

Thursday, 14 August

Grafham Water - Juvenile Mediterranean Gull, Sanderling, 2 Green Sandpipers, 5 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes)

Maxey GP - 2 Wood Sandpipers, 9 Green Sandpipers, 3 Avocet, 6 Ringed Plover (John Saunders)

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Wednesday, 13 August

Grafham Water - 2 Wheatears, 3 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes)

Maxey GP - Wood Sandpiper (John Saunders), 12 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Avocets, 15+ Green Sandpipers (Will Bowell)

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Tuesday, 12 August

Grafham Water - GREAT SKUA at west end until 21:10h, Whimbrel & Wheatear (Jono Leadley)

St. Neots - Crossbill over Childs Pond Road (Richard Bashford)

Paxton Pits - Juvenile Mediterranean Gull, Pintail, 4 Green Sandpipers (Jamie Wells)

Monday, 11 August 2008

Monday, 11 August

Toft - probable BLACK KITE south over the golf course 09:00h (Clive Sinclair)

Grafham Water - Turnstone on the dam this morning (Colin Addington), adult Mediterranean Gull, Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher, Hobby (Mark Hawkes)

Maxey Pits - Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, Dunlin, Ruff (Brian Stone)

Hemingford Grey - 7 Crossbills over east this afternoon (Mike Everett)

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Sunday, 10th August

Grafham Water - Pied Flycatcher reported at north end of dam around 9am (David Hollin); 2+ Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper, drk Ruddy Duck (Mark Hawkes); 2 Arctic Tern with c.30 Common Tern off Mander this evening (Jono Leadley)

Saturday, 9th August

Fen Drayton - 22 Little Egrets in the cormorant roost at Ferry Lagoon, 5 green sandpiper, 2 Greenshank at Holywell Lake (Duncan McNiven)

Maxey GP - juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Etton Road, juv Wood Sandpiper, 4+ Green Sandpiper, Hobby, Yellow Wagtail (Mike Weedon)

Over Fen - Green Sandpiper, 5 Little Egret, Hobby (Gavin Paterson)

Friday, 8 August 2008

Friday, 8 August

Comberton - 1st year/fem PIED FLYCATCHER in a private garden briefly this morming (Mike Crosby)

Grafham Water - Egyptian Goose flew east, 4 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls in roost (Mark Hawkes)

Ferry Meadows - juv Arctic Tern, 10 Common Tern on Gunwade (Matt Webb)

Maxey Pits - summer plumage KNOT, Green Sandpiper from Woodgate Lane, 3+ Green Sandpiper from Etton Road (Brian Stone, John Saunders); 2 Wood Sandpiper, Knot still present this evening (Will Bowell et al.)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - Wood Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, Marsh Harrier, 2 Greenshank, Little Egret (Jonathan & David Heath)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 22 Little Egret, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank (Duncan McNiven)

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Thursday, 7 August

Eldernell - Corncrake calling briefly near the car park this morning (Max Catterwell)

Maxey Pits - 2 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Avocet, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, 2 Kingfisher (Brian Stone)

Grafham water - 3+ juv Mediterranean Gull off the sailing club by 20:45h, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, 9 Common Sandpiper, 10+ Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes)

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Wednesday, 6 August

Ferry Meadows - WOOD WARBLER in trees along the mound as you walk over the pontoon bridge between Overton and Gunwade Lakes 08:25h (Matt Webb)

Southey Wood - 5+ Crossbill near the main track at TF108027 this morning (Brian Stone)

Grafham Water - 2 Turnstone on the dam this morning (Colin Addington)

Fen Drayton - Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank on Holywell (Mike Clydesdale); Bittern flew out of reeds on Holywell 12:15h, also 8 Green Sandpiper & 2 Little Egret on the reserve (Andy Cotton)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - 16 Avocet, 8 Greenshank, c.15 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 6 Little Egret, Cuckoo (Jonathan & David Heath)

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Tuesday, 5 August

Eldernell - Wheatear (Charlie Kitchin)

Ferry Meadows - SPOONBILL at Lynch Lake 08:45h but headed off west soon after, also Wheatear (Matt Webb); SPOONBILL viewable from first hide after visitor centre 16:10h (Howard Butler); still present 19:40h at least (Will Bowell)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Mike Clydesdale); 6 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, 2 Common Sandpiper, Egyptian Goose (Andy Cotton)

Maxey Pits - Wood Sandpiper (Will Bowell)

Paxton Pits - 16 Redshank, 7 Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 16 Little Egret, 39 Yellow-legged Gull (Martin Davis)

Monday, 4 August 2008

Monday, 4 August

Grafham Water - 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper in lagoons (Jono Leadley)

Maxey Pits - Wheatear, juv Wood Sandpiper, 4+ Green Sandpiper, 3+ Common Sandpiper (Mike Weedon)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Wood Sandpiper, 6+ Green Sandpiper, 6+ Snipe, Little Egret and Kingfisher on Holywell (Dave Anderson)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - Wood Sandpiper, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Avocet, 9 Greenshank, 15 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Barn Owl, Cuckoo (Jonathan & David Heath)

Paxton Pits - 4 Green Sandpiper, 13 Little Egret (Martin Davis)

Sunday, 3 August

Paxton Pits - Wheatear, 16+ Little Egret, 3 Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover, 3 summer plumage islandica Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Ringed Plover, 9 Green Sandpiper, 9+ Common Sandpiper (Jamie Wells, Martin Davis)

Maxey GP - Little Stint, Ruff, 4 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 5 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, Turtle Dove (John Saunders); also Wheatear (Mike Weedon)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - Wood Sandpiper, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Avocet, 7 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, c.15 Green Sandpiper, Ruff, 4 Little Egret, 12+ Snipe, 4 Dunlin, 340 Lapwing, Turtle Dove (Hugh Venables)

Whittlesey - Wheatear (Matt Francis)

Grafham Water - 2 Whimbrel over west 20:30h (Jono Leadley); 2 juv Yellow-legged Gull on the dam (Mark Hawkes)

Saturday, 2 August

Maxey GP - 2 Turnstone, Dunlin (Chris Lines)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - Wood Sandpiper, 16 Avocet, 6+ Greenshank, 20 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, 20+ Snipe, 2 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, 7 Black-tailed Godwit this morning (Jonathan & David Heath); also 3 Common Tern, 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher, Cuckoo this evening (Stuart Sharp)

Paxton Pits - Wheatear, Turnstone, Buzzard, 11 Ringed Plover, 7 Green Sandpiper, 12 Common Sandpiper (Jamie Wells, Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - juv Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sanderling, 11 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, 15+ Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes)

Whittlesey - Turtle Dove (Matt Francis)

Hartford on Thursday 31st July - CATTLE EGRET reported on River Ouse "near Pontoons" (per Mark Hawkes)

Friday, 1 August 2008

Friday, 1 August

Grafham Water - c.25 Black Tern off Mander CP 08:00h, Little Egret over east (Mark Hawkes); 2 Sanderling on the dam 11:00h (Colin Addington)

Paxton Pits - 2 Wood Sandpiper, 7 Green Sandpiper, 17 Little Egret, 11 Common Sandpiper, 40 Yellow-legged Gull (Martin Davis)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - 6 Little Egret, 16 Avocet, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Greenshank, 13 Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 10 Snipe, Dunlin, possible Little Stint briefly (Owen Marks); Garganey, 22 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper later in the day (Colin Kirtland)

Cambridge, Trumpington - c.18 Black-tailed Godwit over south (Mike Foley)