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.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Saturday, 9 January

Grafham Water - 4 BLACK-NECKED GREBE briefly (Colin Addington); imm male VELVET SCOTER, EURASIAN WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, 4 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS, 10+ Smew, 27 Red-crested Pochards, Whooper Swan, juv KITTIWAKE, 2 Scaup, Little Egret, Pink-footed Goose, 2 Pintail, c.20 Goosander, 9 Dunlin, Peregrine (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Egyptian Goose (Hugh Venables); 4-5 Bitterns roosted on Hollywell Lake, Bearded Tit calling (Stuart Elsom); 3 Caspian Gulls in roost, 10+ Yellow-legged Gulls (Richard Patient); 9 Smews and 4 Goosanders on Drayton Lagoon late afternoon (Richard Allison); male Hen Harrier mobbbed by Crow c.16:15h (Arash Marashi)

Waterbeach (River Cam) - 5 Bewick's Swans over, Goosander (Hugh Venables)

Ouse Fen/Berry Fen - 10 Smew, Brambling, Woodcock, Water Rail (Richard Thomas)

Barleycraft GP - 6 Smew (Richard Thomas); 6 Red-crested Pochard (Richard Grimmett)

Ferry Meadows - 3 Whooper Swans (Matt Webb)

Needingworth - redhead Smew on river east of pits (Ben Green)

Eldernell - Barn Owl, Merlin, c.10 Whooper Swans west of Lord's Holt (Matt Francis)

Roswell Pits - Bittern, Woodcock, Water Rail (Andrew Balmford)

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