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, 29 December 2009

Tuesday, 29 December

Fowlmere - 2 imm. Marsh Harriers, 10+ Lesser Redpoll, Siskin (Richard Palmer)

Monday, 28 December 2009

Monday, 28 December

Grafham Water - 1st-winter male VELVET SCOTER still by dam, RED-NECKED GREBE, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 2 Scaup and 2 Red-crested Pochard at Savages creek (Mark Piercey)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 6 Smew, 4 Goosander, c250 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Pintail, Little Egret (Richard Allison) Marsh Harrier, Bittern (Nigel Sprowell)

Paxton Pits - 3 Bearded Tits still on north side of Rudd Lake today. (Steve May)

Sunday, 27 December

Fen Drayton - drk Smew, 3 Goosander (Chris Wentworth)

Cambridge - Woodcock in private garden (Chris Wentworth)

Paxton Pits - Ruddy Shelduck on Heronry South Pit (Neal Parkin)

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Saturday, 26 December

Paxton Pits - 3 Bearded Tits still SW of visitor centre in reeds at Rudd Lake (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - 1st-winter male VELVET SCOTER still from dam, RED-NECKED GREBE, 4+ GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS, 4 Common Scoters (1 drk), 11 Goosander, Pink-footed Goose (David & Jonathan Heath, Mark Hawkes)

Cam Washes - 7 Little Egrets, 2 Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Barn Owl (David & Jonathan Heath)

Friday, 25 December

St Ives GP - Cetti's Warbler (Stuart Elsom)

Ferry Meadows CP - Bewick's Swan (Matt Webb)

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Thursday, 24 December

Grafham Water - 1st-winter male VELVET SCOTER, still from dam, RED-NECKED GREBE, 3 Common Scoter (Colin Addington)

Paxton - 3 Bearded Tits still present on north side of Rudd Lake, Water Rail (Paul Lippett, Mark Ward, Jamie Wells et al)

Coveney/A142 - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still late afternoon from TL482804 (Monica & Owen Marks)

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Wednesday, 23 December

Paxton - 3 Bearded Tits feeding in Phragmites heads in the reedbed on the north side of Rudd Lake (Ian Dawson)

Fen Drayton - 10 Smew, 2 drakes on Swavesey Lake, 7 redheads on Drayton Lagoon & 1 on the Trout Pond (Dennis Hall)

Grafham Water - 1st-winter male VELVET SCOTER, RED-NECKED GREBE, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still all present from dam (per Birdforum)

Tuesday, 22 December

Fen Drayton - 8 Smew, 2 drakes on Swavesey Lake and 6 redheads on Drayton Lagoon, drake Goosander (Dennis Hall)

Monday, 21 December 2009

Monday, 21 December

Coveney - adult male ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still south of village at 12:05hr (per rarebirdalert)

Grafham Water - 1st-winter male VELVET SCOTER still from dam, RED-NECKED GREBE, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (Peter Beesley)

Needingworth - 9 Smew, 2 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, leucistic Wigeon (Mark Eaton)

Woodcocks reported at Marsh Lane GP (Mike Everett); Cambridge over Madingley Road (Gavin Patterson); Stretham (John Thake)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Bitterns, Yellow-legged Gull, Smew, Ruff, 3 Dunlin (Andy Cotton)

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Sunday, 20 December

Grafham Water - 1st-winter male VELVET SCOTER still between south end of dam and water tower, RED-NECKED GREBE, 4 GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Woodcock, 4 Red-crested Pochard at Savages creek, fem Scaup, Barnacle Goose, 19 Goosander (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington, David Hollin et al)

March - Black-necked Grebe on pool north of Hundred Road recycling centre (Nigel Crowhurst)

Milton CP - red-head Goosander (Jonathan Heath)

Paxton Pits - 26 Bewick's Swan, Little Egret, Jack Snipe, male Stonechat, (Neal Parkin, Jamie Wells)

Ouse Fen - 18 Barnacle Geese, heading west towards Fen Drayton (Richard Thomas)

Offord Cluny - 5 Bewick's Swans south of Offord Hill at 12:55hr (per rarebirdalert)

Farcet Fen - 12 Corn Bunting, Merlin, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Brambling, 36+ Tree Sparrow, (Steve Dudley)

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Saturday, 19 December

Grafham Water - 1st-winter male VELVET SCOTER again from dam, RED-NECKED GREBE, c4 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS, Ruff, 2 Green Sandpipers, 9 Goosander (Mark Hawkes et al)

Coveney - ad ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still SE of village late morning (per rarebirdalert)

Maxey GP - 11 Goosander, Dunlin (Mike Weedon)

Friday, 18 December 2009

Friday, 18 December

Coveney - ad ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD between the village and Wentworth (David Hopkins)

Grafham Water - RED-NECKED GREBE still (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton Lakes - ad Bewick's Swan (Andy Cotton); redhead Goosander (Dennis Hall)

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Thursday, 17 December

Grafham Water - Imm male VELVET SCOTER at 1pm (per Birdguides); RED-NECKED GREBE from dam, also 4 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS, Rock Pipit (per rarebirdalert.com); 2 Red-crested Pochards (Colin Addington)

Fen Drayton Lakes - redhead Smew (Mike Everett)

Cottenham (Long Drove) - Nr-adult Caspian Gull on pools at midday (per Birdguides)

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Tuesday, 15 December

Wicken Fen - 3 Marsh Harriers, 2 ringtail Hen Harriers, Barn Owl, Stonechat, Kingfisher (Nikki Dibbs, Will Burdett, John Walsh)

Monday, 14 December 2009

Monday, 14 December

Grafham Water - RED-NECKED GREBE from dam at midday, 4 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS, 2 Goosanders (Duncan Ritchie)

Nene Washes - Peregrine, 4 Marsh Harriers, 20 Whooper swans, 3 Stonechats on Low Wash (Peter Beesley)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern flew into Holywell reedbeds 15:50h, redhead Goosander, 4 redhead Smews, Cetti's warbler (Andy Cotton)

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Sunday, 13 December

Grafham Water - 6 GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still present, fem Common Scoter (Mark Hawkes)

Wicken Fen - 4 Water Rails, 4+ Bearded Tits, 3 Stonechats (Michael Holdsworth)

Fen Drayton Lakes - fem Goosander, 5 redhead Smews, Bittern (Neil Renwick); 2 Siskins (Richard Patient)

Waterbeach Fen - Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, Little Egret, c.60 Yellowhammers (Gavin Paterson)

Needingworth GPs - 2 rehead Smew, Grey Wagtail (Jem Holding)

Saturday, 12 December

Whittlesford - GREAT WHITE EGRET at Spicers fishing lake (Guy & Ali Cooper)

Fen Drayton - 7 Bewick's Swans on Ferry Lagoon this evening, then a further party of 33 flew over, 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (Richard Thomas)

Little Wilbraham Fen - 2+ Marsh Harrier (David & Jonathan Heath)

Fowlmere - Marsh Harrier (Toby Austin)

Maxey Pits - 11 Goosanders (Mike Weedon)

Darlow's Farm - 23 Bewick's Swans, 18 Whooper swans, 8 Buzzards, 2 Red Kites, 4 Marsh Harriers, Peregrine, 3 Barn Owls, 2 Tawny Owls, possible tristis Chiffchaff heard (Richard Patient)

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Thursday, 10 December

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 redhead Smews, 38 Dunlins, 2 Little Egrets, Green Sandpiper, 2 Stonechats, 2 Cetti's Warblers (Andy Cotton)

Grafham Water - 6 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS (Tony Moverley)

Toft - c.700 Golden Plovers (Clive Sinclair)

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Wednesday, 9 December

Grafham Water - 1st win ICELAND GULL roosted in front of sailing club this evening (Colin Addington)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Smews, Little Egret, 2 Stonechats, 2 Cetti's Warblers, ad Caspian Gull, 3 ad Yellow-legged Gulls (Andy Cotton); Bittern (Dennis Hall, Nigel Sprowell, Dave Anderson)

Sutton Gault - juv Hobby, 2 Knots over south, Water Pipit, Cetti's Warbler (David Hopkins)

Tuesday, 8 December

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern in Holywell Lake reedbeds from 15:25h, also 2 Cetti's Warblers, Water Rail, ad Yellow -legged Gull, Stonechat (Nigel Sprowell); 20+ Snipe on Moore Lake (Jacqui Miller)

Monday, 7 December 2009

Monday, 7 December

Fen Drayton Lakes - a flock comprising 2500+ Golden Plovers, 1500+ Lapwings in fields along the entrance track, fem Merlin, Cetti's Warbler at Holywell Lake (Andy Cotton); Bittern into Holywell Lake reedbeds 15:56h (Dennis Hall)

Ouse Washes - 2 Water Pipits, 2 Marsh Harriers, 61 Ruffs, 7340 Lapwings, 48 Golden Plovers (Alex Thomas)

Little Shelford - Little Egret (Mike Foley)

Maxey Pits - 7 Goosanders (Malcolm Holley)

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Sunday, 6 December

Grafham Water - RED BREASTED MERGANSER in Dudney Creek (Mark Ward); 2 juv. Common Scoter Dudney Creek, then moved to Savages Creek, 6+ GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Green Sandpiper, 3+ Siskin over (Mark Hawkes)

Little Shelford - CATTLE EGRET Seen next to small stream adjacent to Little Shelford Bowls Club in cattle field near to a small piece of woodland, around 100m from River Cam (Graham Newsam)

Mepal - FIRECREST with a Goldcrest in a small Hawthorn bush and Cypress tree by old bridge, later flew towards the Three Pickerels Pub (Monica and Owen Marks)

Earith to Brownshill Staunch - 14 Egyptian Geese and Pink-footed Goose just below the lock, 1 Green Sandpiper, c150 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing (Monica and Owen Marks)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 46+ Stock Dove, Bittern, 6 Pink-footed Geese (flying east), Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warblers, 3 red-headed Smew (c/o Neil Renwick)

Cam Washes - ringtail Hen Harrier, Little Egret, Kingfisher (David & Jonathan Heath)

Saturday, 5 December

Butt Lane, Milton - 3rd winter Caspian Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 740 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Peter Herkenrath)

Ouse Washes - fem Goosander, 3 Water Pipits from Chain Corner, imm Shag on the 100ft river flew south but veered across the washes and probably landed near to Fortrey's Hall, ringtail Hen Harrier (Monica and Owen Marks)

Grafham Water - 6 GREAT NORTHERN DIVER from Fishing Lodge, 2 adults towards middle of the reservoir, plus a new adult and 3 juveniles still around the harbour, Mealy Redpoll, with 30+ Lesser Redpolls around Plummer CP late morning, 3+ Goosander, 10+ Redshank (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington) Pink-footed Goose with Greylags (Colin Addington)

Nene Washes - 6 Marsh Harriers, 100+ Whooper swans, 6+ Marsh Harriers, c.1000 Golden Plovers, 20+ Ruffs (Mike Weedon, Jack Thorpe)

March Farmers - ringtail Hen Harrier & 3+ Short-eared Owl east of car park, 2 Barn Owl, 4 Marsh Harrier (Mark Hawkes, Steve Gann, Kevan Wolstencroft)

Eldernell - Bittern on the pit at 08:15h (Mike Weedon); 2 COMMON CRANES (Charlie Kitchin)

Stretham - Peregine (Graeme Reed)

Maxey Pits - 7 Goosanders, Green Sandpiper (Richard Astle)

Paxton Pits - 2 Little Egrets, imm. fem Peregrine, Woodcock (Jamie Wells)

Cam Washes - Green Sandpiper (David & Jonathan Heath)

Friday, 4 December 2009

Friday, 4 December

Grafham Water - fem/imm Common Scoter from Mander CP late morning before flying east along reservoir, also 3+ GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS still (Nigel Sprowell)

Gransden Wood - Marsh Tit (Peter Cook)

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Thursday, 3 December

Kingfisher's Bridge - fem Hen Harrier (John Thake)

Farcet Fen - Mediterranean Gull, imm/fem Merlin (Steve Dudley)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern into roost 15:52h (Robin Cox)

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Wednesday, 2 December

Stanground bypass - ad Mediterranean Gull on the roadside pools at the Whittlesey end this lunchtime (Steve Dudley)

Witcham - 2 Egyptian Geese over Grange Farm this afternoon (David Hopkins)

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Tuesday, 1 December

Fen Drayton Lakes - 6 Bearded Tits at Elney Lake 10:10h, Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher, Little Egret, 2 Stonechats (Andy Cotton)

Aldreth - 3 Stonechats (John Thake)

March Farmers - 2 Short-eared Owls (Chris Orders, Leon Smith)