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.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Friday, 1 January

Witcham/Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still, Long-eared Owl, Hen Harrier, Woodcock (David Hopkins); 2 Water Pipits at The Gravel (Owen Marks)

Grafham Water - imm male VELVET SCOTER still from dam, 4-5 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS, 3 Common Scoters, 2 Scaup, 2 Red-crested Pochards, 8 Goosanders, 2 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes, Mark Piercey); Yellow-legged Gull (Richard Patient)

Paxton Pits - 3 Bearded Tits still on Rudd Lake, Smew (Gary Rawlings et al)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 6+ Smew, Peregrine, 250+ Black-tailed Godwits (David & Jonathan Heath); Cetti's Warbler (Stuart Elsom); 2 Goosander (Aubrey Warboys); Little Egret, Yellow-legged Gull, Woodcock (Richard Patient)

Ouse Washes - Water Pipit at Pymoor, Peregrine at Chain Corner (Richard Patient)

Brampton Wood - female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Richard Patient)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Bewick's Swans flew south (Matt Webb); 25 Lesser Redpolls (Mike Weedon et al)

Nene Washes - 3-4 Short-eared Owls at March Famers (Mike Weedon et al)

Roswell Pits, Ely - Bittern on Sailing Pit (Will Burdett)

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