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.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Monday, 4 January

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still (Paul Mason); also in the area fem Merlin, c.200 Whooper Swans, c.6 Bewick's Swans (Stuart Sharp)

Roswell Pits - Bittern, Water Rail, Kingfisher (Stuart Sharp)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 16 Smews (Dennis Hall, Dave Anderson)

Ferry Meadows - 4 Red-crested Pochards, male Goldeneye, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtails (Brian Stone)

Grafham Water - fem Smew in Gaynes Creek (Ray Presley); imm male VELVET SCOTER still, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (

Buckden GP - BLACK REDSTART reported along hedge by river (as per

Ouse Washes, Earith to Welmore - 20,029 Wigeon, 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 49 Snipe, 2 Marsh Harriers, 3 Buzzards, 3 Chiffchaffs, 6 Water Pipits (as per Alex Thomas). The washes are deeply flooded and both the Sutton and Welney Wash roads are underwater.

Oakington - 50+ Corn buntings nearby (Bob Jarman)

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