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.

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Tuesday, 30 September

Ouse Washes, Sutton Gault - GLOSSY IBIS again this morning 07:20h, 400m south of the causeway (Mark Peck); still present 09:45h (Colin Head)

Trumpington - 132 Golden Plovers on bare field to south of M11 interchange this afternoon (Mike Foley)

Grafham Water - 1st winter Mediterranean Gull off dam 18:00h (Mark Hawkes); Little Gull (Colin Addington); 2 Rock Pipits on dam early evening (Jono Leadley)

Monday, 29 September 2008

Monday, 29 September

Ouse Washes, Sutton Gault - GLOSSY IBIS again this morning until o8:45h at least, still on floods 300m south of the causeway; from Sutton, take the Bury road to the causeway and take the path down the east side of the drain. Also 2 Redpolls over, Cetti's Warbler (Mark Peck); also Green Sandpiper, Egyptian Goose, Cetti's Warbler (Jamie Wells, Mark Hawkes, Mark Peck, David Hopkins); ad GLOSSY IBIS still at 12:20h (Lee Evans)

Ouse Washes RSPB - 5 Whooper Swans from Welches Dam Hide (Alex Thomas)

Croydon Hill - Brambling over, Wheatear (Darren Oakley-Martin)

Ouse Fen - fem Merlin, 5 Ruff (Mark Brandon)

Grafham water - 2 male Scaups off the dam 18:05h (Colin Addington)

Wicken Fen - Hobby, Cetti's Warbler (Gavin Paterson)

Sunday, 28 September

Fowlmere - 4 HONEY BUZZARDS over 12:55h (Doug Radford)

Sutton Gault - GLOSSY IBIS 1/4 mile south causeway on washes (Mark Peck)

Wicken Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE on Baker's Fen (Saimon Clarke)

Ouse Fen - Wood Sandpiper, 2 Little Egrets (Richard Patient)

Fen Drayton - Little Gull on Ferry Lagoon (Paul Taylor)

King's Dyke NR - Osprey (Charlie Kitchin)

Paxton Pits - Little Stint, 11 Little Egrets, c.5 Green Sandpipers, 2 Rock Pipits (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Prior's Fen - 3 Red-crested Pochards (Mike Weedon)

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Saturday, 27 September

Woodwalton Fen - c.10 Common Buzzards,2 Marsh Harriers, juv Hobby, 40 Siskins, 2 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Redwings, 3 Reed Warblers, 1+ FIRECREST (Richard Patient)

Dry Drayton - 8 Common buzzards and one possible Honey Buzzard drifting high, south towards Madingley (Rowena Baxter)

Grafham Water - Osprey from Mander CP 17:35h (David Hollin)

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Thursday, 25 September

Serpentine BP - Stonechat, 8 Redwings, 4 Siskins, 2 Lesser Redpolls (Brian Stone)

Ouse Fen - Grey Plover (Mike Everett)

Paxton Pits - 2 SPOONBILLS still present, Little Stint, 5+ Yellow-legged Gulls, Cetti's Warbler (Mike Everett)

Grafham Water - juv Little Gull off Hill Farm this afternoon (Colin Addington)

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Wednesday, 24 September

Grafham Water - 3 Redpolls over, Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail (Mark Hawkes)

Ferry Meadows - Redstart (Paul Taylor)

Ouse Washes (Sutton Gault) - Greenshank, 3 Marsh Harriers, Common Sandpiper (Owen & Monica Marks)

Stretham - Redwing over (Owen Marks)

Paxton Pits - 2 juv SPOONBILLS, Green Sandpiper, Wheatear, Barn Owl, Buzzard (Jamie Wells)

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Tuesday, 23 September

Paxton Pits - 2 juv SPOONBILLS, juv Little Stint (John Parslow)

Coates - Osprey seen to try and catch fish twice, unsuccessfully, at a fishing pond (Mr. Brett)

Monday, 22 September 2008

Monday, 22 September

Sutton Gault - Lesser Redpoll, Cetti's Warbler (Mark Peck)

Upware - 3+ Whinchats (Owen and Monica Marks)

Sunday, 21 September

Grafham Water - 2 SPOONBILL still in lagoons, Little Egret, 4 Common Buzzard (Mark Hawkes)

Wicken Fen - Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 2 juv. Hobbies, Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier (Andrew Knights)

Paxton Pits - 11 Little Egret, Egyptian Goose, 2 Pintail, c5 Common Buzzard, Peregrine, 2 Hobby, juv Little Stint, 5 Greenshank, 5 -7 Green Sandpiper, 10 Yellow-legged Gull, Redstart, 2 Wheatear (Martin Davis, John Parslow, Jamie Wells)

Fen Drayton Lakes - HONEY BUZZARD over c.12:00h, 15 Buzzards over, 2 Hobbies, Cetti's Warbler (Mike Clydesdale et al.); Wheatear (Mike Everett)

Trumpington, Cambridge - 80 Golden Plovers (Ian Dodd)

Maxey GP - Wheatear (John Saunders)

Croydon Hill - fem Redstart, 2 Hobbies (Darren Oakley-Martin)

Upware - 6 Whinchats (Rob Palmer)

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Saturday, 20 September

Wimpole - ad. male RED-FOOTED FALCON over Wimpole Hill, near Eversden this morning last seen heading towards Wimpole Estate (Euan Dunn)

Cambridge (Birdwood Road) - probable juvenile Red-footed Falcon over southeast at 11:00h (Peter Holt)

Cambridge, Trumpington - probable Honey Buzzard over Shelford Road 08:26h (Mike Foley)

Grafham Water - 2 SPOONBILLS still, Curlew (Colin Addington); 79+ Siskin, 6 Redpoll (Mark Hawkes)

Ouse Washes (Earith) - dark phase HONEY BUZZARD south at 11:30h, male Marsh Harrier, Hobby (David Griffiths)

Fen Drayton - Ring-necked Parakeet flew NE towards Over, 3 Hobbies (Richard Patient)

Ely - juv HONEY BUZZARD south mid-afternoon (Duncan Poyser, Ben Green)

Offord Cluny - HONEY BUZZARD reported over at 11:45h (per rarebirdalert.com)

Haddenham - dark morph HONEY BUZZARD over south at 14:30h (per rarebirdalert.com)

Paxton Pits - fem Redstart, Egyptian Goose, Pintail, Peregrine, 2+ Hobbies, c.10 Buzzard, 3 Greenshank, 18 Golden Plover (Jamie Wells, Mark Hawkes et al.)

Fulbourn - pale morph HONEY BUZZARD over southeast at 11:30h (Richard Patient)

Littleport - HONEY BUZZARD over A10 at 11:30h (Stuart Sharp)

Castor Hanglands - Redstart (Mike Weedon)

Eldernell - Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Hobby, Water Rail (Peter Beesley)

Maxey GPs - 2 Little Egrets, 2 Hobbies, Green Sandpiper (Richard Astle)

Hemingford Grey - 9 Hobbies over (Mike Everett)

Friday, 19 September 2008

Friday, 19 September

Witcham - 2 HONEY BUZZARDS over south, c. 12:30h and 12:52h (David Hopkins)

Croydon Hill - 2 Redstarts in hedge at TL299491, Peregrine over (Darren Oakley-Martin); 4 Redstarts present late morning (Jim Lawrence)

Eldernell - juv Osprey, Cetti's Warbler, Water Rail (Mike Weedon); 5 Marsh Harriers to roost, Short-eared Owl, Merlin (Kevan Wolstencroft, Steve Gann)

Eynesbury - HONEY BUZZARD over14:18h (Stuart Elsom)

Bar Hill, Cambridge - 6 Buzzards soaring to north of A14 at 14:30h and 2 Buzzards over Dry Drayton 13:30h (Ken & Maggie Hook)

Grafham Water - Red-necked Grebe from Mander CP, though distant, 15:45h (Colin Addington); 2 juv SPOONBILLS, 2 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes); 3 Curlew west (David Hollin)

Girton - HONEY BUZZARD over early afternoon (Richard Thomas)

Warboys - HONEY BUZZARD over school at 12:15h then flew north (per rarebirdalert.com)

Ouse Fen - Whinchat, 6+ Hobbies, 7+ Buzzards, 2 Marsh Harriers, Water Rail, Greenshank (Dave Anderson)

Magog Down - 3 Buzzards, Red Kite (Richard Hall)

Little Abington - Hobby over, 5 Buzzards circling (Rebecca Nason, Phil Harris)

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Thursday, 18 September

Magog Down - HONEY BUZZARD over south-west 15:35h (Richard Hall)

Grafham Water - 2 juv SPOONBILLS still in lagoons, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Common Tern (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton GP - dark phase juvenile HONEY BUZZARD over (Colin Brown)

Trumpington - probable Honey Buzzard over south at 17:55h (James Hanlon)

Eldernell - Osprey on a lake just to the west (Chaz Shaw)

Ouse Fen - Wood Sandpiper, 2 Greenshanks, 3 Hobbies, Whinchat (Dave Anderson)

Little Abington - 2 Buzzards over (Rebecca Nason, Phil Harris)

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Wednesday, 17 September

Grafham Water - 2 juv SPOONBILLS still (Colin Addington)

Little Thetford - HONEY BUZZARD flew east at 12:35h, Marsh Harrier over at 13:05h (Craig Sammels)

Knapwell - Short-eared Owl flushed from stubble at RSPB Grange Farm this afternoon (Ian Dillon)

Nene Washes, Low Wash - Stonechat (Charlie Kitchin)

Ouse Fen - 3 Buzzards, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Hobbies, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 1000+ Lapwings in the area (Mike Everett)

Fen Drayton Lakes - c.30 Yellow Wagtails over (Mike Everett)

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Tuesday, 16 September

Grafham Water - 2 juv SPOONBILLS still, Rock Pipit, Short-eared Owl (Colin Addington)

Paxton Pits - Juv HONEY BUZZARD over southeast at 14.40h, 12 Little Egrets, 4 Pintail, Grey Plover, 3 Greenshank (John Parslow)

Ferry Meadows - HONEY BUZZARD east in evening (Mike Weedon)

Cambridge - Tree Pipit over Coton cycle path in the west of the city, calling, 09:10h (Richard Hall)

Castor Hanglands NNR - RAVEN reported over the northern end (per Justin Tilley)

Monday, 15 September 2008

Monday, 15 September

Grafham Water - 2 juv SPOONBILLS still, 2 Little Egrets, 6 Grey Wagtails over (Mark Hawkes); Little Gull off Mander (Jono Leadley)

Needingworth Quarry Lakes - Buzzard, 6 Curlew Sandpipers, 41 Golden Plovers (Andy Cotton)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 Hobbies, Cettis's Warbler (Dennis Hall)

Ouse Fen - 2 Green Sandpipers, Hobby, Yellow Wagtail (Andy Cotton)

King's Dyke NR - imm. Spotted Redshank (Phil Parker)

Paxton Pits - 7+ Little Egrets, 2+ Hobbies (Jamie Wells)

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Sunday, 14 September

Between Melbourn and Royston - HONEY BUZZARD flying into Herts (Toby Austin)

Ely - 2 HONEY BUZZARDS over at 10:10h, another at 11.00h (Duncan Poyser)

Needingworth GP - 3 juv Curlew Sandpipers, 4 Dunlins, 3 Ruffs, 4 Greenshanks, c.130 Golden Plovers, Curlew, 2 Yellow Wagtails (Philip Bubb)

Grafham Water - 2 juv SPOONBILLS in front of the lagoon hide (Mark Piercey); 3 Little Gulls, 3+ Hobbies (Mark Hawkes)

Wicken Fen - HONEY BUZZARD, 2 Common buzzards, 2 Hobbies, 2 Marsh Harriers (Andrew Knights)

Witcham - HONEY BUZZARD over west at 11:40h (David Hopkins)

Ouse Fen - HONEY BUZZARD, c.25 Common Buzzards, 2 Marsh Harrier, c.10 Hobbies, Peregrine (Richard Thomas, Richard Grimmett, Dave Anderson)

Ferry Meadows - 2 HONEY BUZZARDS, 2 Red Kites, 2+ Hobbies, Peregrine (Trevor Williams, Raymond Bowell et al.)

Upware - Osprey, 5 Hobbies, Marsh Harrier (Richard Hall)

Little Paxton - Osprey over west 11:50h (Ian Dawson); also 2 HONEY BUZZARDS over c.11:35h, another HONEY BUZZARD over early afternoon and c.25 Buzzards over south during the day (Mark Ward)

St. Neots- HONEY BUZZARD over c.12:15h (Mark Ward)

Castor - fem Merlin off Mill Lane 17:45h (Matt Webb)

Buckden GP - HONEY BUZZARD reported over southeast at 17:35h, Osprey (per rarebirdalert.com)

Saturday, 13 September

Ferry Meadows - 2 Redstarts, Lesser Whitethroat in poplars near main car park (Brian Stone)

Castor Hanglands - 2 Tree Pipits, Redstart (Jonathan Taylor); 6 Common Buzzards, 3+ Redstarts in the first meadow (Brian Stone, Mike Weedon)

Ouse Fen - 3 SPOONBILLS over heading towards Fen Drayton (Richard Grimmett)

Grafham Water - RAVEN over Dudney creek for 2-3 minutes (Mark Hawkes, Malcom Anderson); 2 Marsh Harriers, Red Kite over, 25+ Common Buzzards, 3 Ruffs, Black Tern, 20-40 Siskins, 2-3 Hobbies (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton - Osprey over, juvenile Marsh Harrier (Richard Allison)

Barleycraft GP - Spotted Flycatcher, 3 juv Curlew Sandpipers, 3 Dunlins, Ruff, Ringed Plover, 170 Golden Plovers, Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Common Buzzards, 2 Hobbies, 2 Egyptian Geese (Ade Cooper, Richard Patient)

Woodwalton Fen - 10+ Common Buzzards, 4 Hobbies, 3 Marsh Harriers, Red Kite (Ade Cooper, Richard Patient)

Ouse Washes, Earit - Marsh Harrier, 2 Hobbies, Little Egret, 2 Black Terns heading south (Ade Cooper, Richard Patient)

Paxton Pits - 5-6 Hobbies, 4 Buzzards, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Curlew, 2 Ruffs, 3 Greenshanks, 6+ Green Sandpipers, Little Gull, Black Tern (Jamie Wells)

Swaffham Prior - Peregrine over the centre village (Ade Long)

Morbourne Hill - 2 HONEY BUZZARDS (Jonathan Taylor)

Cam Washes (Waterbeach) - Osprey, Green Sandpiper (Jonathan and David Heath)

Maxey GPs - Curlew Sandpiper, 12 Green Sandpipers (Chris Lines)

Friday, 12 September 2008

Friday, 12 September

Ferry Meadows - 2 Redstarts in poplars near main car park, 5 Siskins over, Yellow Wagtails over south (Brian Stone)

Paxton Pits - 17 Little Egrets, Egyptian Goose, Red-crested Pochard, c.10 Siskins over (Jamie Wells)

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Thursday, 11 September

Ferry Meadows - at least 3 Redstarts, 4+ Spotted Flycatchers, Siskin over (Mike Weedon)

Maxey GPs -2 Green Sandpipers, 4 Ruffs, Wheatear, Whinchat (Chris Lines)

Paxton Pits - 6+ Little Egrets, 3 Buzzards, Hobby, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin (Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - 9 Black Terns off Mander CP, Curlew over, 3+ Hobbies, 4 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes)

Buckden GP - Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 4 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes)

Witcham - male Redstart and probably two other birds, though very elusive (David Hopkins)

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Wednesday, 10 September

Ouse Washes RSPB - Garganey, 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers, c.20 Ruff, c.470 Golden Plovers (Owen Marks)

Croydon - 2 Whinchats near the airfield this morning, also Yellow Wagtail (Darren Oakley-Martin)

Knapwell - juv Redstart at the RSPB farm this morning (Ian Dillon)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Redstarts, 8+ Spotted Flycatchers (Brian Stone)

Grafham Water - 3 Black Terns from Mander CP, 22 Siskins over, Spotted Flycatcher, c.10 Yellow Wagtails, 2+ Hobbies, 2+ Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes)

Duxford - Wheatear on the airfield 16:00h (Andy Harrold)

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Tuesday, 9 September

Maxey GPs - 20 Yellow Wagtails, Wheatear, 2 Green Sandpipers (Brian Stone)

Wicken Fen - 7 Green Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Swifts (Dave Palmer)

Grafham Water - 3 Black Terns, 2 Little Egrets, Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Cambridge - WRYNECK reported from a private garden in the west of the city this morning (per Mark Hawkes)

Monday, 8 September 2008

Monday, 8 September

Hauxton - NIGHTJAR in flight 07:00h (Richard Palmer)

Ouse Washes - COMMON CRANE from Rickwood Hide briefly this afternoon (Paul Harrington)

Milton CP - Tree Pipit over calling (Jonathan Heath)

Croydon - 2 Whinchats, 7+ Yellow Wagtails, Wheatear (Darren Oakley-Martin)

Godmanchester GPs, Cow Lane - Little Gull, 2 Dunlins, 2 Common Sandpipers (Gareth Ridewood)

Grafham Water - 5+ Black Terns, 3 Siskins over, Wheatear (Mark Hawkes)

Buckden GP - Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpipers, 3 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes)

Sutton Gault - 3+ Marsh Harriers, 2 Barn Owls, 2 Water Rails, Cetti's Warbler, 500+ Swallows (Mark Peck)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Cetti's Warbler, 2 Hobbies (Dave Anderson)

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Sunday, 7 September

Paxton Pits - GANNET flew south at 10:20hr, juv. BAIRD'S SANDPIPER still (please follow directions below), Ruff (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells, Neal Parkin)

Foul Anchor - juv LONG-TAILED SKUA, pale morph ARCTIC SKUA, ad HONEY BUZZARD, Buzzard, 3+ Hobbies, Marsh Harrier, Green Sandpiper, 2+ Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 5 Whimbrels, 40 Knot, 60 Golden Plover, 20 Yellow Wagtails along the river this afternoon (Stuart Elsom, Richard Pateint)

Ouse Washes - DOTTEREL still in field between pub and visitors centre at 08:30h (David Hopkins)

Ouse Fen - 2 SPOONBILLS (Tony Mallyon); 12 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 10 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 6 Greenshanks, 20 Little Egrets, 2 Turnstones, male Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Hobby, Garganey, 6 Whinchats, 5 Wheatears (Richard Thomas et al.)

Witcham - 4 Redstarts still (David Hopkins)

Landbeach - 5 ARCTIC SKUAS over, Little Egret (Dick Newell)

Grafham Water - HONEY BUZZARD over 13:10hr, adult Little Gull (Jono Leadley); 4 Marsh Harriers through during day, Osprey still, c.7 Hobbies, 6 Black Terns, juv Arctic Tern, Pintail (Mark Hawkes)

Croydon - 3 Whinchats (Darren Oakley-Martin)

Fen Drayton GP - 11 Green Sandpipers, Wheatear (Neil Renwick)

Maxey Pits - 3 Whinchats, 6 Wheatears, 6 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, Hobby (Chris Lines)

Ferry Meadows - Redstart still present this morning, 4 Spotted Flycatchers (Chaz Shaw); 8 Spotted Flycatchers by late afternoon and Crossbill over Orton Wistow (Matt Webb); Redstart still this evening, also Whinchat, Hobby (Don Gardener)

Wicken Fen - 7 Green Sandpipers, Greenshank, 3 Little Egrets, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Barn Owls (Andrew Knights)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 11 Green Sandpipers, Wheatear (Neil Renwick)

Melbourn, Grange Farm - 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 5 Buzzard, Hobby, Merlin, 5 Golden Plover, 10 Wheatears, Turnstone over (Steve Cooper)

King's Dyke NR - Pied Flycatcher, Redstart (Geroge Walthew)

Saturday, 6 September

Paxton Pits - Juv BAIRD'S SANDPIPER again. Please access only from Stirtloe. Park near sewage works, then follow road south, then east for 3/4 mile to view Pumphouse Pit. DO NOT access from Diddington, and DO NOT enter working areas of site. View from north or east side of pit only (Jamie Wells).

Grafham Water - MANX SHEARWATER, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, 6 Black Terns (Jono Leadley)

Ouse Washes - DOTTEREL near access road, in field between pub and visitor centre, 5 Garganey, Merlin, 40 Ruff (Richard Patient)

Witchford - COMMON CRANE over c.10:30h (Margaret Peyton)

Milton Country Park - Osprey over at 7:30hr, 2 Spotted Flycatchers (Jonathan Heath)

Cottenham - Osprey over at 10:10hr (Peter Herkenrath)

Waterbeach - Osprey at midday over pits (Colin Kirtland); 6 Wheatears (Gavin Paterson)

Ferry Meadows - Redstart, 12 Spotted Flycatchers (Matt Webb)

Witcham - 5 Whinchats, 8 Wheatears (David Hopkins)

Friday, 5 September

Maxey GP - 3 Whinchats (John Saunders)

Witcham - 3 Redstarts (David Hopkins)

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Thursday, 4 September

Grafham Water - adult Osprey (flew off southeast early morning), c.6 Black Terns, Wheatear, Turnstone, 2 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes); adult Knot, Whinchat (Jono Leadley)

Ferry Meadows CP - 5 Black Terns, 18 Common Terns (Matt Webb)

Maxey GP - 3 Whinchats (Leon Smith)

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Wednesday, 3 September

Grafham Water - 6 Black Terns, Marsh Harrier, Turnstone (Jono Leadley); Whinchat (Colin Addington); adult Osprey still, 9 Black Terns in evening (Mark Hawkes)

Ferry Meadows CP - 3 Black Terns (Mike Weedon, Don Gardener)

Maxey GP - Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, 7 Green Sandpipers (John Saunders); Whinchat (Brian Stone)

Ferry Meadows - 3+ Black Terns, Little Egret (Mike Weedon); juv Black-tailed Godwit (Don Gardener)

Tuesday, 2 September

Grafham Water - 4 Black Terns, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Jono Leadley); 10 Black Terns in evening, 4 Little Egrets, Greenshank (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - 13 Little Egrets, 3 Wheatears (Jamie Wells)

Ferry Meadows CP - 5 Black Terns (Brian Stone)

Monday, 1 September

Grafham Water - 2 Black Terns (Jono Leadley)

Paxton Pits - Juv BAIRD'S SANDPIPER still, Curlew Sandpiper (per rarebirdalert.com)

Ferry Meadows CP - 5 Black Terns (Mike Weedon); juv Shag (Stuart Pedley)