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, 31 March 2009

Tuesday, 31 March

Grafham Water - 3 Common Scoters off Marlow CP until 08:20h at least, fem Scaup, 2 Goosanders, c.10 Sand Martins (Mark Hawkes); Willow Warbler (birdguides.com)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Willow Warbler singing (Neil Renwick); 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Swallows, Little Owl, Cetti's Warbler, 550 Golden Plovers (Andy Cotton)

Litlington - Swallow (Geoff Barlow)

Ouse Washes - pair of Garganey, male Scaup, 11 Little Egrets, 3 Egyptian Geese, 60+ Golden Plovers, 2 Avocets, male Wheatear, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Barn Owsl, 4 Little-ringed Plovers, Green Sandpiper, 2 Water Pipits (Steve Cooper)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - male Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ruffs, 41 Avocets, 2 Little Egrets (David & Jonathan Heath)

Kimbolton School - HAWFINCH reported (rarebirdalert.com)

From Saturday, 28 March: Great Chesterford (Essex) - WHITE STORK over early afternoon, heading north/north-east and probably into Cambs (Sheila Elliot)

Monday, 30 March 2009

Monday, 30 March

Shepreth - Swallow 07:20h (Doug Radford)

Ouse Washes RSPB - 2363 Black-tailed Godwits, 18 Ruffs, 2 Avocets, 292 Whooper Swans, pair of Garganey, Whetear, Swallow, 2 White-fronted Geese, 2 Little Ringed Plovers (Alex Thomas)

Fen Drayton Lakes - male Marsh Harrier, Swallows, Cetti's Warbler (Neil Renwick)

Eldernell - Swallow, fem Wheatear, 700+ Black-tailed Godwits, Ruff, 5+ Marsh Harriers (Josh Jones)

Grafham Water - Little Ringed Plover, Grey Wagtail, 3 Goosanders, 2 Siskins (Karl Bucknall)

Cam Washes - Little Egret, 2 Whooper Swans, fem Hen Harrier, Red Kite, Barn Owl, 4 Ruffs, 26 Avocets, 2 Green Sandpipers, Sand Martin (Colin Kirtland)

Waterbeach - House Martin (Andy Massey)

Ferry Meadows - 100+ Sand Martins, Swallow (Brian Stone)

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Sunday, 29 March

Eynesbury, St. Neots - BLACK REDSTART again by entrance to Pocket Park near Bevington Way (James Hanlon, Mark Hawkes)

Grafham Water - fem Scaup, Swallow, Wheatear, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, c.30 Sand Martin, 2 Goosanders, 6 Goldeneyes, 2 Grey Wagtails, c.12 Siskins, fem Scaup (Mark Hawkes, Jono Leadley)

Godmanchester GP - 2 Egyptian Goose, Barnacle Goose (Mark Hawkes)

Eaton Ford - 4 Common Buzzard (Richard Bashford)

Elton - 2 RUDDY SHELDUCKS flew south 10.15h, 2 Mandarins over (Brian Stone); presumed same at Ferry Meadows, Swallow & 40 Sand Martins (Paul Gallagher) and at Nene Washes at 19:00h (Steve Gann)

Tanholt GP - juv ICELAND GULL, 2 Green Sandpipers (David Chambers)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - 54 Avocets (Kathleen Rosewarne & Ian Barton); 4 Ruffs, Little Ringed Plover, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, male Hen Harrier, 5+ Marsh Harriers, 2 Buzzards, Peregrine (David & Jonathan Heath)

Wicken Fen - 9 Marsh Harriers, ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Buzzards (Andrew & Jonah Balmford)

Cambridge - Swallow along the River Cam this evening (Graeme Reed)

Sutton Gault - 3 Water Pipits, 7 Little Egrets (Stuart Sharp)

Eldernell - Cetti's Warbler, 12+ Buzzards, (Mike Weedon); possible Aquila species reported

Dog-in-a-Doublet - pair of Garganey (Mike Weedon)

Maxey Pits - fem Wheatear, Little Egret, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Green Sandpipers, c.750 Golden Plovers (Mike Weedon); Swallow reported

Saturday, 28 March

Grafham Water - fem Scaup in Gaynes creek, male Pintail in lagoons (Mark Hawkes)

British Sugar, Oundle Road - 2 WAXWINGS (Kevin Durose)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - drk Garganey, 51 Avocets, 3 Marsh Harriers, Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ruffs, 2 Oystercatchers, 20+ Redshanks, 2 Little Egrets (David & Jonathan Heath)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 Swallows with Sand Martins (Dermot Cooper)

Paxton Pits - House Martin, Goosander, Jack Snipe, Green Sandpiper (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Friday, 27 March 2009

Friday, 27 March

St. Neots - fem BLACK REDSTART on roof-tops at marina end of Bevington Way (Mark Hawkes)

Swaddywell - Swallow, Little Egret (Mick Beeson)

Grafham Water - c.20 Sand Martins around Gaynes Creek, 4 Goosanders (Mark Hawkes)

Wennington Wood - 3 Buzzards mobbed by a Peregrine, 15 Marsh Tits, 6 Nuthatches (Rich Broughton)

Chatteris - WHITE STORK reported nearby at 16:20h, but no longer present (per Cliff Carson)

Marsh Lane, Hemingford Grey - Swallow among c60 Sand Martins (Mike Everett)

St. Ives - Swallow (Alan Bull)

Thursday, 26 March

Girton - pair of Siskins in a private garden (Ken Sheard)

Farcet Fen - male Hen Harrier over at 11.50 (Steve Dudley)

Newnham - Little Egret over (Olwen Williams)

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Wednesday, 25 March

Grafham Water - Wheatear on the dam (Colin Addington, Jono Leadley)

Tuesday, 24 March

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - 49 Avocets, Curlew, Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ruffs, 2 Barn Owls (David & Jonathan Heath)

Fen Drayton Lakes - c.400 Golden Plovers, 100+ Sand Martins, Cetti's Warbler (Mike Everett)

Monday, 23 March 2009

Monday, 23 March

Eaton Ford - Red Kite over 10:00h (Richard Bashford)

Cambridge - Buzzard over Kimberley Road 11:10h (Martin Davison)

Ferry Meadows - c.50 Sand Martins (Mike Weedon)

Paxton Pits - 2 Curlews, redhead Smew (Martin Davis)

Ouse Fen - Short-eared Owl late afternoon (Gwyn & Audrey Williams)

Peterborough - 6+ Siskins and 1-2 Stock Dove in an Orton Longueville garden (Peter & Jan Farbridge)

Mepal - ad male Merlin (Stuart Sharp)

Ely - ringtail Hen Harrier towards Coveney, along West Fen Road (Stuart Sharp)

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Sunday, 22 March

Dry Drayton - Red Kite flying east to west along the ridge (Rowena Baxter)

Eaton Ford - Red Kite heading towards Eynesbury Tescos (Richard Bashford)

Nene Washes - drake RING-NECKED DUCK c200 yards east of March Farmers (Monica & Owen Marks)

Swaddywell Pit - fem BLACK REDSTART (Richard Astle)

Paxton Pits - Water Pipit, Little Egret, redhead Smew, redhead Goosander, 4 Buzzards (Neal Parkin, Jamie Wells)

Balsham - ringtail Hen Harrier reported

Saturday, 21 March

Paxton Pits - 4 Smew, 5 Common Buzzard, Curlew, 3 Ringed Plover (Martin Davis); Cetti's Warbler on eastern edge of Hayling Pit (John Walsh, Nick Hillman and Penny Winter)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - Mediterranean Gull, 34 Avocet, 1+ Garganey, 4 Ruff, 6 Pintail, Corn Bunting (Jonathan and David Heath)

Ferry Meadows - 10 Sand Martins were at Lynch Lake, 4 Common Buzzards over the yews/Lynch Wood (Matt Webb)

Swaddywell Pit - fem BLACK REDSTART (Mick Beeson); 2 Wheatears, Red Kite over (Mike Weedon et al.); 2 Water Rail (Richard Astle)

Peterborough - 5+ Siskins and Stock Dove in an Orton Longueville garden recently (Peter & Jan Farbridge)

Friday, 20 March 2009

Friday, 20 March

Paxton Pits - 4 Smews, 5 Buzzards, Curlew (Martin Davis)

Maxey GP - Knot 14:30h (Chris Lines)

Hayley Wood - Willow Tit (Graham Askew)

Cam Washes - 46 Avocets, 2 Little Egrets, 2 male Garganeys, Green Sandpiper, Barn Owl, Kingfisher, 3 Sand Martins (Steve Cooper)

Cottenham, Long Drove - 2nd c.y. ICELAND GULL flushed by paraglider at 16:30h (Steve Cooper)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Cetti's Warblers singing, 5 Sand Martins (Audrey & Gwyn Williams)

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Thursday, 19 March

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still this evening (David Hopkins)

Cam Washes, Upware - 2 male Garganeys this morning (Stuart Sharp)

Nene Washes - 5 Water Pipits, Peregrine, Ruff (Peter Beesley)

Maxey Pits - 5 Green Sandpipers, Sand Martin, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Dunlin (John Saunders)

Nene Washes - 5 Water Pipits, Ruff, Peregrine (Peter Beesley)

Grafham Water - 3 Goosanders, c.5 Sand Martins (Jono Leadley)

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Wednesday, 18 March

Cam Washes, Upware - 2+ male Garganeys, 2+ Avocets, Ross's Goose (Christoph Zöckler)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Little Ringed Plover, Cetti's Warbler, Red-breasted Merganser, also Green Sandpiper at village reservoir (Dave Anderson)

Wicken Fen - 9 Little Egrets, Great Crested Grebe on Baker's Fen (Alan Wadsworth)

Maxey GPs - ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Ringed Plovers, 3 Green Sandpipers (John Saunders)

Cambridge - 4 Buzzards over Peterhouse (Daniel Osborne); 100+ Golden Plover near the A10/M11 junction this evening (Peter Bircham)

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Tuesday, 17 March

Ferry Meadows - 7 Sand Martins (Brian Stone)

Cambridge - 3 Siskins at garden feeders in Windsor Road this morning (Chris Akehurst); 2 Tawny Owls heard near the river at Stourbridge Common c.23:00h (Michael Price)

Farcet Fen - fem Brambling (Steve Dudley)

Paxton Pits - 4 Smews, Little Egret, Ringed Plover, male Brambling (Martin Davis)

Fen Drayton - Little Ringed Plover (Dave Anderson)

Cam Washes, Upware - male Garganey 14:00h (Les Gardiner)

Monday, 16 March 2009

Monday, 16 March

Ouse Washes RSPB - GREAT WHITE EGRET viewable from Stevens Hide, 5 Garganeys, redhead Smew, Scaup, 2 White-fronted Geese (Alex Thomas)

Clopton Village - Wheatear (Tim Hancock)

Cam Washes - male Garganey, 4 Green Sandpipers, 16 Avocets, Sand Martin (Colin Kirtland)

Farcet Fen - Wheatear, 90+ Fieldfares (Steve Dudley)

Orton BP - Little Egret (Brian Stone)

Little Shelford - Golden Pheasant reported in field by M11; a presumed escape.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Sunday, 15 March

Grafham Water - Rock Pipit on rocks west of Marlow CP, fem Scaup and Brambling in lagoons, Sand Martin, 41 Goldeneyes (Jono Leadley, Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington, David Hollin)

Maxey, Etton Road - 2 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Ringed Plover, 5 Green Sandpiper (Mike Weedon)

Paxton Pits - FIRECREST south of Cloudy lake near bench, Cetti's Warbler (Peter Beesley); pair of Smew, Brambling (Richard Palmer)

Wicken Fen - 5+ Cetti's Warblers, Little Owl, Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, Marsh Harrier, 4 Little Egret (Gavin Paterson)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 5 Cetti's Warblers, Red-breasted Merganser (Neil Renwick)

Milton CP - Buzzard over (Chris Akehurst)

D'Engaynes Wood & Meadows - 10 Buzzards over, Woodcock (Saimon Clark)

Thorney Dyke / Knarr Fen Drove - 2 Little Egrets reported

Saturday, 14 March

Grafham Water - 3 Sand Martins, 2 at west end (Mark Hawkes) and one over dam (Colin Addington)

Nene Washes - BLACK-NECKED GREBE in breeding plumage on main flood north of the central drove, east of the corral, 3 Water Pipits, Merlin, 2 Peregrines (Mike Weedon)

Fen Drayton - c.650 Golden Plovers, Cetti's Warbler (Mike Everett)

Singing Chiffchaff at Paxton Pits (Ken Hook), the Pike and Eel, Needingworth (Mike Everett)and Wicken Fen (Peter Bircham)

Mare Fen - Little Ringed Plover (Richard Thomas)

Woodwalton Fen - 2 Sand Martins (Rod & Jamie Wilson)

Friday, 13 March 2009

Friday, 13 March

Paxton Pits - 2 male FIRECRESTS at south end of Cloudy Pit still, Cetti's Warbler at Hayling Lake (Martin Davis)

Fen Drayton - Merlin (Alan Wadsworth)

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Thursday, 12 March

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Sand Martins and Cetti's Warbler at Moore Lake, also Green Sandpiper on village reservoir (Dave Anderson)

Grafham Water -fem Scaup at Gaynes Creek, 2 male Red-crested Pochards, 2 Oystercatchers at Marlow CP this morning (Mark Hawkes)

Cottenham - Brambling in a private garden this afternoon (Vicki Harley)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - 30 Avocets, 9 Little Egrets, 2 Whooper Swans, 10 Pintails (David & Jonathan Heath)

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Wednesday, 11 March

Earith - Red Kite over (David Griffiths)

Abbots Ripton - Red Kite (Rich Broughton)

Monks Wood - 7 Buzzards together (Rich Broughton)

Bar Hill - Merlin over fields nearby (Rich Broughton)

Wicken Fen - 3 Barn Owls, 3 Cetti's Warblers, Marsh Harrier, Merlin, ringtail Hen Harrier. Nearby 2 Whooper Swans and ringtail Hen Harrier between Swaffham Prior and Upware (David Heath); also 2 roding Woodcocks (Christoph Zockler)

Grafham Water - Little Ringed Plover (Colin Addington)

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Tuesday, 10 March

Cam Washes, Waterbeach -21 Avocets, 2 Marsh Harriers, Stonechat this morning (David Heath)

Grafham water - 2 RUDDY SHELDUCKS in valley Creek briefly late morning, 5 Kittiwakes off dam briefly this afternoon (Colin Addington); juv GLAUCOUS GULL in roost from fishing lodge 18:15h, Mandarin in Dudney Creek, 6 Goosanders (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - FIRECREST 12:30h (birdguides.com)

Monday, 9 March 2009

Monday, 9 March

Mare Fen - drake Garganey still, also Little Egret (Will George)

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Sunday, 8 March

Grafham Water - 3 Avocets, female Scaup, 2 Red-crested Pochards, Pintail (Mark Piercey, Mark Hawkes)

Mare Fen - drake Garganey, Red Kite over (Richard Thomas)

Giant's Hill, Rampton - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in dead trees by remains of moat (Adrian Hoyes)

Paxton Pits - 3 Avocets on Pumphouse Pit this morning/early (Neal Parkin, Mark Ward et al.); Goosander, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, Common Buzzard, Little Egret (Jamie Wells)

Fen Drayton - Barn Owl, 3 Little Egrets, 2 Cetti's Warblers (Mike Everett)

Saturday, 7 March

Cam Washes - 23 Avocets, 4 Egyptian Geese (inc. one leucisitc bird), 11 Pintails, 200 Golden Plovers (David & Jonathan Heath)

Paxton Pits - FIRECREST still, 4 Smews, 2 Pintails, Peregrine, Curlew (Jamie Wells et al.)

Ouse Washes (Pymoor) - GREAT WHITE EGRET in roost at 18:00h, 10 Little Egrets, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes, Duncan Poyser, Richard Baines)

Roswell Pits - GREAT WHITE EGRET in roost at 18:20h, Little Egret (Mark Hawkes, Duncan Poyser, Richard Baines)

Nr Little Ouse/Littleport - GREAT WHITE EGRET in ditch at 15:00h (per rarebirdalert.com)

Grafham Water - 3 Avocets, 2 Red-crested Pochards (per rarebirdalert.com)

Friday, 6 March 2009

Friday, 6 March

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still but elusive (David Hopkins)

Paxton Pits - FIRECREST still at south end of Cloudy Pit 11:00h, also Red Kite (Peter Beesley)

Grafham Water - fem Scaup in Gyanes Creek 08:00h, 2 Grey Wagtails on the dam (Mark Hawkes)

Dry Drayton - 3 Buzzards over west 10:10h (Ken Hook)

Stretham - 3 Buzzards over east 12:05h (Owen Marks)

Girton - 4 Buzzards over 12:45h (Peter Herkenrath)

Witcham - Short-eared Owl, 4 Grey Wagtails (David Hopkins)

Wicken Fen - 4 Little Egrets on Baker's Fen (Dave Palmer)

Thursday, 5 March

Nene Washes, Central Drove - 260 Whooper Swans, 10 Bewick's Swans, c.1000 Black-tailed Godwits (Brian Stone)

Trumpington - 100+ Golden Plovers near the M11/A10 junction 08:40h (Peter Bircham)

Ouse Washes - at the Fortrey's Hall area GREAT WHITE EGRET 16:00-16:30h, 1500+ Black-tailed Godwits, 8+ Water Pipits best viewed from TL 457 824 (Steve Cooper)

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Wednesday, 4 March

Earith Bridge - Sand Martin this morning (Chris Hudson)

Paxton Pits - at least one FIRECREST still at south end of Cloudy Pit early afternoon, 2 Smews, Sand Martin (as per RBA)

Croydon - fem Marsh Harrier and ringtail Hen Harrier over (Tim Hancock)

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Tuesday, 3 March

Paxton Pits - at least one FIRECREST still at south end of Cloudy Pit near the bench 08:00h (Mark Hawkes)

Cottenham, Long Drove - 1st win ICELAND GULL on the tip 15:30h (Stuart Sharp)

Mare Fen - male Garganey viewable from the Over-Swavesey Road, also fem Grey Wagtail and c.25 Black-tailed Godwits (Richard Thomas)

Caxton ford - Grey Wagtail c.14:00h (Chris McCabe)

Hemingford Abbots - 3 Egyptian Geese this morning (Mike Everett)

Cambridge - Peregrine on the Our Lady and the English Martyrs church on Hills Road 16:15h (Stuart Sharp)

Monday, 2 March 2009

Monday, 2 March

Roswell Pits, Ely - a single GREAT WHITE EGRET into roost at 18:00h (Ben Green)

Paxton Pits - 2 FIRECRESTS still present 13:45h, pair of Smews (Paul Andrew)

Cam Washes - 8 Avocets (Bruce Martin); still present this evening, also 2 Whooper Swans on the Upware side, 6 Little Egrets in flight along the river towards Bottisham Lock (Jonathan & David Heath)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern in flight over Oxholme 16:40h, Buzzard over east, 3 Little Egrets, singing Cetti's Warbler, fem Stonechat (Andy Cotton)

Fowlmere - a vocal Tawny Owl, 2 Buzzards (James Hanlon); Barn Owl, fem Merlin and a pair of Bearded Tits also reported recently.

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Sunday, 1 March

Fen Drayton - 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Siskins, Grey Partridge, 2 female Stonechats, 3 Barn Owls, 3 Goosanders (Mike Everett); 2000+ Black-tailed Godwits, Bittern in flight over Holywell Lake, Curlew, c.50 Golden plovers (David Heath); seven sightings of at least 3 Bitterns today (Dennis Hall)

Cam Washes - 6 Avocet (Ian Barton); 450 Golden Plover, Green Sandpiper, Marsh Harrier (Steve Cooper)

Roswell Pits, Ely - 2 GREAT WHITE EGRETS at dawn (Mark Groom); one roosted at 17:50h (Ben Green)

Grafham Water - juv. ICELAND GULL in roost from Mander CP, 4+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 8 Goosander, 6 Red-crested Pochards, fem. Scaup (Mark Hawkes)

Ouse Washes (Railway Bridge to Four Balls) - GREAT WHITE EGRET south over bridge, 2 Little Egrets, 19 TUNDRA BEAN GEESE, 1+ Water Pipit, Grey Plover, 9 Goldeneyes, Bar-headed Goose, 2 Barn Owls, Yellow-legged Gull (Richard Patient)

Stapleford - 25-30 Tree Sparrows in a private garden (Bob Jarman)

Paxton Pits - 2 FIRECRESTS, 2 Smews (Stuart & Jill Elsom)

Saturday, 28 Febuary

Kennet - WOODLARK in field at TL693691 (Duncan Poyser)

Roswell Pits, Ely - 2 GREAT WHITE EGRETS, Bittern, Little Egret (Andrew Balmford)

Berry Fen - fem Red-breasted Merganser (Richard Thomas)

Barleycroft GP - drake Smew (Richard Thomas)

Long Drove, Cottenham - ad Yellow-legged Gull, Common Buzzard, 27 Gadwall (Peter Herkenrath)

Paxton Pits - 6 Smew on Heronry South still and 4 on Island Pit, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Little Egret, Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Buzzard (Jamie Wells); 2 FIRECRESTS still in the usual spot (various observers); Bittern seen over Hayling pit early morning, Redpoll (Mark Ward)