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

Sunday, 10 January

Comberton - Woodcock in private garden

Melbourn - 340 yellowhammer, 240 Corn Bunting,140 Reed bunting, 330 Linnet, 420 Skylark, 110 Stock Dove, 31 Grey Partridge and a Tree Sparrow (Stephen Cooper)

Grafham Water - 3 Bitterns in lagoons (Dean Harlow); imm male VELVET SCOTER, 2+ GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS, Cetti's Warbler, c.10 Smew, 2 Woodcock, pair Scaup (Mark Hawkes et al.); SLAVONIAN GREBE between Hill Farm and Church Lane, 3 Common Scoter (Mark Piercey and Nigel Butler); 24 Red-crested Pochard (Duncan Ritchie, Dean Harlow)

Dernford Farm near Stapleford - 4 Water Rail in full view in a narrow ditch near the railway line (Mike Foley)

Fen Drayton - 4 Bittern, 6 Smew, 5 Goosander, Water rail (c/o Neil Renwick) Chiffchaff & Corn bunting (Hugh Venables) pr Stonechat pair (S Howlett)

Histon - Jack Snipe & 2 Little Egrets in ditch @ TL429641 (Hugh Venables)

Wicken Fen - ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Cetti's Warblers (Loiuse Bacon, Vince Lea)

Roswell Pits - 2 Bitterns walking around the central island (Ben Green)

Barleycraft - 2 Woodcocks, 6 Goldeneyes, 6 Smew on the river, 29+ Red-crested Pochards flew upriver (Mark Eaton)

Ouse Fen - 4 Whooper Swans, Merlin, Barn Owl (Mark Eaton)

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