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.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Sunday, 30 May

Earith - FULMAR flying high above the Great Ouse towards Fen Drayton at 08.24h (Graham Hirons)

Saturday, 29 May

Paxton Pits - SPOONBILL on Diddington Pit early morning, but then flew north (per RBA); 3 Little Egret, 5 drake Red-crested Pochard, 3 Sanderling, 14 Dunlin, c40 Ringed Plover, 6+ Little Ringed Plover, Grasshopper Warbler (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells); 3 Turtle Dove, 2-3 Nightingale, Hobby (Stuart Elsom)

Friday, 28 May

Ely BF - WHISKERED TERN until 08:35h at least (Stuart Sharp)

Paxton Pits - fem BLUE-WINGED TEAL till in SW corner of Diddington Pit with the drake Shoveler at 09:00 (Martin Davis)

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Thursday, 27 May

Paxton Pits - fem BLUE-WINGED TEAL until 16:08h at least. The bird is on Diddington Pit in the SW corner. Park carefully in Diddington village car park (far end of village) and walk back to access footpath in SE corner if village. View carefully from just after gap in hedge. The bird was a little flightly, but associating with drake Shoveler; possibly the same bird seen in Leics yesterday (Martin Davis)

Maxey Pits - Turnstone, Wood Sandpiper, Barn Owl (Mike Weedon, John Saunders)

Grafham Water - Black Tern (Colin Addington)

Fen Drayton lakes - TEMMINCK'S STINT on the scrape by Ferry Mere 16:20h (Dave Anderson); fem Wheatear (Neil Renwick)

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Wednesday, 26 May

Maxey Pits - Wood Sandpiper, Barn Owl (Mike Weedon)

Paxton Pits - 2 Greenshanks, Hobby, Little Egret (Jamie Wells); 2 Cetti's Warblers, Hobby, Kingfisher, Cuckoo (Stuart & Jill Elsom); 6 Nightingales (Roger Hughes); Black Tern, Sanderling (Martin Davis, John Parslow)

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Tuesday, 25 May

Paxton Pits - TEMMINCK'S STINT (Jamie Wells); 3 Sanderlings, Turnstone, 3 Greenshank, Common Sandpiper (Steve May, Jamie Wells)

Cambridge, Byron's pool - Sedge Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Treecreepers (Chris Richards)

Monday, 24 May 2010

Monday, 24 May

Paxton Pits - Osprey over south, Red Kite, 8 Sanderlings, 3 Little Egrets, 4 Red-crested Pochards, Cetti's Warbler (Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - 2 Black Terns (Mark Hawkes)

Bainton GP - 4 Black Terns (Chris Hughes)

Sunday, 23 May

Fen Drayton lakes - Corn Bunting, Black Tern (Neil Renwick)

Fowlmere - Grasshopper Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Turtle Dove, Cuckoo (James Hanlon)

Cam Washes - 4 Greenshanks (David & Jonathan Heath)

Wilbraham Fen - Buzzard, 3 Hobbies, 2+ Cuckoos (David & Jonathan Heath)

Paxton Pits - 4 Black Terns, 2+ Little Egrets, Hobby, Turtle Dove (Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - 14 Black Terns, 6+ Common Sandpipers (Mark Hawkes)

Berry Fen - 2 male Garganeys, Cuckoo (Mike Knowles)

Saturday, 22 May

Gunthorpe - GANNET over east, possible Wryneck along Coniston Road (Keith Lawton)

Orton BP - 4 Black Terns,2 Hobbies, Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoos (Andy Frost)

Orton Brimbles - Hobby, Red Kite, 5 Buzzards (Matt Webb)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Black Tern (Neil Renwick)

Grafham Water - 2 Black Terns, 5 Arctic Terns, Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Maxey Pits - Red Kite, Common Sandpiper, Hobby (Chris Lines)

Cam Washes - Greenshank, Barn Owl, Marsh Harrier (David Heath)

Paxton Pits - male Garganey, Sanderling, 2 Little Egrets, 3+ Hobbies, Turtle Dove (Jamie Wells)

Friday, 21 May 2010

Friday, 21 May

Helpston - PURPLE HERON over north 14:00h (Ian Moore)

Berry Fen - ringtail MONTAGU'S HARRIER 07:45-08:20h, when it departed high to the south-west, approximately over Fen Drayton. This is the French wing-tagged bird seen at Minsmere last week (Richard Thomas)

Cambridge - Oystercatcher over Emmanuel College 07:20h (Chris Richards); probable Honey Buzzard high north-west over Fanshawe Road (Richard Patient)

Grafham Water - Turnstone, Oystercatcher (Mark Hawkes)

Dry Drayton - Spotted Flycatcher (Ken Hook)

Hemingford Grey - Spotted Flycatcher (Mike Everett)

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Thursday, 20 May

Paxton Pits - TEMMINCK'S STINT (Martin Davis); also Cetti's Warbler, Common Sandpiper (Jamie Wells); 2 Sanderlings, Greenshank (Jamie Wells et al.)

Ouse Fen - ringtail MONTAGU'S HARRIER, 18:30-19:05h. This is the French wing-tagged bird seen at Minsmere last week (Richard Thomas)

Wednesday, 19 May

Paxton Pits - Wood Sandpiper over calling, 3 Avocets, Hobby, 6 Little Egrets (Jamie Wells)

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Tuesday, 18 May

Ouse Washes RSPB - GREAT WHITE EGRET between Churchman's and Cadbury Hides, Spotted Crake calling regularly after dark from opposite Welches Dam (Mike Burdekin)

Fletton Lake - Cetti's Warbler (Brian Stone)

Orton BP - Little Gull, 3 Hobbies (Paul Taylor)

Kingston - 4 Buzzards (Clive Sinclair)

King's Dyke NR - 4 Marsh Harriers, 5 Hobbies, 3 Cuckoos (Joe Lynn)

Monks Wood - Spotted Flycatcher (Neil Renwick)

Madingly - Spotted Flycatcher, Tawny Owl (Stuart Sharp)

Monday, 17 May 2010

Monday, 17 maM

Paxton Pits - 2 Sanderlings, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Yellow-legged Gull, Red-crested Pochard, Cetti's Warbler (Martin Davis)

Paradise Local NR, Cambridge - 2 Hobbies over, Spotted Flycatcher (Mike Foley et al.)

Blackbush Drove - 2 Barn Owls, Little Owl, Hobby (Mike Weedon)

Late news for Friday, 14 May: Ely BF - Osprey over north c.19:00h (Ben Green)

Sunday, 16 May

Wicken Fen - Wood Sandpiper, Red Kite over, Greenshank, Turtle Dove (Andy Massey); male Garganey and at least a second Turtle Dove (Mark Peck); Cetti's Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Marsh Harriers (David Wege)

Sutton Gault - 3 pairs Little Ringed Plover, Hobby (Andy Massey)

Elton - Spotted Flycatcher (Brian Stone)

Paxton Pits - 4+ Hobbies, Grey Plover, Turnstone (Martin Davis et al.) also GOSHAWK reported again

Saturday, 15 May

Farcet Fen - fem MONTAGU'S HARRIER over north 12:35h (Steve Dudley)

Hemingford Grey - 2 RAVENS over (Mike Everett)

Peterborough - Quail calling from Grange Road allotments (Mac Bell)

Maxey Pits - 2 Avocets, 3 Hobbies (Chris Lines)

Woodhurst - Blue-headed Wagtail (David Bale)

Fen Drayton lakes - Black Tern, 19 Hobbies, Wheatear (Richard Patient)

Friday, 14 May 2010

Friday, 14 May

Ferry Meadows - LITTLE TERN on Overton Lake 08:35h (Matt Webb)

Bury/Berry Fen - male Garganey, Greenshank & the more-or-less resident male Wood Duck (Mark Eaton)

Isleham Water Meadows - 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Black-tailed Godwit (Dave Palmer)

Wicken Fen - 2 Marsh Harriers, Buzzard, Hobby, Greenshsnk, Little Egret (Dave Palmer)

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Thursday, 13 May

Ouse Washes - GREAT WHITE EGRET showing well from Cottier Hide early afteroon (Patrick Harrington)

Maxey Pits - Whimbrel 08:30h (John Saunders)

Kingfisher's Bridge - Black Tern (John Thake)

Paxton Pits - GOSHAWK over 13:15h (Duncan Ritchie); Avocet, 2 Ruffs, Curlew, Grey Plover, Greenshank, 6+ Common Sandpipers, 4+ Hobbies, also Spotted Flycacther in Diddngton village (Jamie Wells); Red kite over (Martin Davis)

Bury/Berry Fen - Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 2 Hobbies (Mark Eaton)

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Wednesday, 12 May

Nene Washes - GREAT WHITE EGRET in summer plumage on Low Wash early afteroon (Jonathan Taylor)

St.Ives, Meadow Lane pits - pair of BLACK-NECKED GREBES at eastern end of main pit 08:45h (Mark Peck)

Maxey Pits - Hobby, Marsh Harrier, 4 Yellow Wagtails (Chris Lines); 16 Common Terns, Wheatear at the reserve and Common Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler, Barn Owl along the cut (Richard Astle)

Wicken Fen - Turnstone, Turtle Dove, 6 Cetti's Warblers, 5 SANDWICH TERNS over north (Chris Brown)

Sutton Gault - Grey Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Egyptian Goose, male Garganey (Mark Peck)

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Tuesday, 11 May

Whittlesey - 2 RING OUZELS at c.TL255977 (Charlie Kitchin)

Nene Washes - 2 Avocets, Greenshank, male Garganey, 3 Little Egrets (Brian Stone)

Eldernell - 15 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Barn Owls, 4 Marsh Harriers, 3 Little Egrets (Don & Andrew Gardener)

Isleham Water Meadows - 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit (Dave Palmer)

Sutton Gault - Whimbrel over north, Greenshank, pair of Egyptian Geese, Cetti's Warbler (Mark Peck)

Fleam Dyke - 4 Wheatears, 2 Hobbies, 6 Buzzards (Bob Jarman)

Paxton Pits - Little Gull, Grey Plover, 2 male Ruffs, 2 Greenshanks, 2+ Turnstones, 3+ Little Ringed Plovers, ad Yellow-legged Gull, Cetti's Warbler (Jamie Wells)

Fowlmere - probable Osprey over this mornng and a fem Ruddy Shelduck reported from Monday, 10 May (as per Doug Radford)

Monday, 10 May 2010

Monday, 10 May

Shropshire's reservoir - 3+ Black Terns (Stuart Sharp)

Ouse Washes - 3 Wood Sandpipers from Welches Dam hide this morning (Paul Harrington)

Cambridge - Common Tern over Emmanuel Collge pond 07:45h (Chris Richards)

Elton - probable HONEY BUZZARD over 10:08h (Brian Stone)

Tubney Fen - fem Whinchat (Bill Simmonds)

Fen Drayton Lakes - White Wagtail (Richard Bashford)

Paxton Pits - ad Little Gull, 7 Arctic Terns, Turnstone, 3 Common Sandpipers (Martin Davis)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Hobbies (Matt Webb)

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Sunday, 9 May

Fen Drayton - 2 RAVENS over north, 7 Hobbies, Wheatear, Garganey, Grey Plover, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull (Richard Patient)

Stirtloe SF - Grey Plover (Mark Peck)

Paxton Pits - 8 Whimbrels, Grey Plover over, Turnstone, 2 Sanderlings, Ruff, 6 Common Sandpipers, ad Little Gull, 5+ Cetti's Warblers, 2 Grasshopper Warblers (Neal Parkin, Jamie Wells et al.)

Diddington - 2 Bar-tailed Godwits over (Mark Peck)

Grafham Water - ad Little Gull, Common Sandpiper (Mark Peck)

Maxey Pits - 3 Wheatears, Greenshank (Chris Lines)

Dry Drayton - Red kite, 3 Buzzards over (Mike Clydesdale)

Ferry Meadows - 6 Arctic Terns, 80+ Common Terns, 2 Hobbies, Grasshopper Warbler (Matt Webb, Don Gardener)

Isleham Water Meadows - Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers; also Wheatear south-east of Isleham (Hugh Venables)

Saturday, 8 May

Paxton Pits - Kittiwake, Marsh Harrier, 2 Grey Plover, Sanderling, Red-crested Pochard, Cetti's Warbler, 6 Turnstone, 2 Greenshank, 21 Whimbrel flew in from south, Arctic Tern, Little Gull, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Avocet (Jamie Wells)

Fen Drayton - Egyptian Goose, Dunlin, Arctic Tern, and Knot on Moore Lake (Richard Patient)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Arctic Tern, Hobby (Matt Webb)

Marsh Lane Pits - Arctic Tern (Dan Duff)

Friday, 7 May 2010

Friday, 7 May

Grafham Water - Great Northern Diver (Mark Ward)

Paxton Pits - Turnstone (Mark Ward); a second Turnstone, 2 Arctic Terns, Sanderling, Grey Plover, Greenshank, Curlew heard (Martin Davis); fem GOSHAWK (Jamie Wells)

Ferry Meadows - 12 Arctic Terns on Overton (Mike Weedon)

Waresley & Gransden Woods - Hobby over (Graham Aaskew)

Little Fen, Earith - male Garganey, 3 Egyptian Geese, Cetti's Warbler (Mark Eaton)

Eltisley - 2 Hobbies nearby (Mark Eaton)

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Thursday, 6 May

Nene Washes - 2 KNOT along Central Drove, also Garganey, Hobby (Brian Stone)

Ferry Meadows - c.40 Arctic Terns (Mike Weedon, Chris Park)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Wheatear, Arctic Terns, Spotted Redshank reported (as per Andy cotton, Neil Renwick)

Grafham Water- c.50 Arctic Terns this evening (Mark Ward)

Berry Fen - GREAT WHITE EGRET (as per RBA)

Paxton Pits - 3+ Hobbies, Turtle Dove, 3 Cetti's Warblers, Grasshopper Warbler (Jim Stevenson); COMMON CRANE reported over high south

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Wednesday, 5 May

Grafham Water - 2 RING OUZELS still present north-west of Marlow CP 07:15h (David Hollin); still present 14:00h, also Great Northern Diver (Christoph zockler)

Trumpington - 3 Wheatears (Mike Foley)

A428 - RAVEN over low north near the Wintringham Road turn 18:09h (Stuart Elsom)

Paxton Pits - ad fem GOSHAWK, Wood Sandpiper, 2 Turnstones, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, Wheatear, Marsh Harrier over north (Martin Davis); 3 Common Sandpipers (Jamie Wells)

Tubney Fen - 3 ad TEMMINCK'S STINTS (Lee Evans)

Ferry Meadows - 115+ Common Terns (Matt Webb)

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Tuesday, 4 May

Ferry Meadows - RED-RUMPED SWALLOW still present over north shore of Gunwade (Peter Beesley, Gary Heath); 55+ Arcic Terns over Overton this evening (Mike Weedon)

Earith - GREAT WHITE EGRET in flight along the river 07:10h (Graham Hirons)

Little Fen - GREAT WHITE EGRET 08:15h, 2 Little Egrets (Mark Eaton)

Grafham Water - 2 RING OUZELS still, 2+ Arctic Terns (Dean Harlow)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Curlew Sandpiper in north-west corner of Ferry Lagoon (Richard Thomas)

Maxey Pits - Whinchat along the cut, 2 Wheatears, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Greenshanks over (Mike Weedon)

Isleham Water Meadows - Little Ringed Plover, 2 Buzzards (David Palmer)

Nene Washes - 8+ Little Egrets, 2 Barn Owls, 2 male Whetaears, 2 male Garganey (Don & Andrew Gardener) also a third male Garganey and a Spotted Redshank reported

Lime Kiln Hill - Oystercatcher over, Hobby (Iain Webb)

Monday, 3 May 2010

Monday, 3 May

Ferry Meadows - RED-RUMPED SWALLOW still present (John Saunders)

Grafham Water - 2 RING OUZELS still, Turnstone, Common Sandpiper, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington); 3 Curlew Sandpipers flew west past Marlow CP (Colin Addington); ad Little Gull (Dean Harlow)

Comberton - fem RING OUZEL south of the village near the footpath to Little Eversden (Mike Crosby)

Berry/Little Fen - GREAT WHITE EGRET, Curlew Sandpiper, Greenshank, drake Garganey (Richard Thomas); 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 White Wagtails (Jeremy Lindsell)

Fen Drayton - 5 Wheatears, 2 Dunlins and 6 Tundra Ringed Plovers (Richard Patient); Curlew Sandpiper (Neil Renwick); White Wagtail, 9 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Wheatears (Mike Everett)

Nene Washes - 2 Wood Sandpipers, 7 Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, 3 Ruff, 11 little Egret, Hobby, Peregrine (Jonathan Taylor)

Tubney Fen, Swaffham Prior Fen - 3 TEMMINCK'S STINT still, Little Ringed Plover, White Wagtail (David & Jonathan Heath)

Kingfishers Bridge - Ross's Goose, Arctic Tern (Peter Herkenrath)

Maxey Pits - 2 Whinchats, Cuckoo (Chris Lines)

Wicken Fen - Spotted Flycatcher (Andy Massey)

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Sunday, 2 May

Ferry Meadows - RED-RUMPED SWALLOW still present over Gunwade Lake most of the day, Hobby (Brian Stone et al.); 6 Arctic Terns (Jonny Taylor)

Berry/Little Fen - GREAT WHITE EGRET, Little Egret (Mike Everett)

Tubney Fen, Swaffham Prior Fen - 2 TEMMINCK'S STINTS, 4 Whimbrels (Ade Long); later 3 TEMMINCK'S STINTS, White Wagtail (Andy Symes)

Grafham Water - 2 RING OUZELS still, 600+ Swifts, Dunlin (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - 3 Grey Plovers, 10 Whimbrels, Turnstone, 6 Sanderlings, 26 Dunlins, Common Sandpiper, 11 Arctic Terns, Black Tern (Martin Davis, Gary Rawlings, Jamie Wells)

Nene Washes - 50+ Snipe, 50 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Marsh Harriers, fem Wheatear (Lockhart Horsburgh)

Saturday, 1 May

Fen Drayton - GREAT WHITE EGRET (Richard Patient); later seen on Little Fen (Duncan McNiven); heading towards Ouse Fen (Graham Hirons) and Berry Fen (Richard Thomas)

Ferry Meadows - RED-RUMPED SWALLOW in morning (Paul Gallagher); relocated in evening (Mike Weedon); still present over Gunwade Lake at 19:00hr (Jonny Taylor)

Fowlmere - COMMON CRANE over (c/0 Doug Radford); Nightingale (Rob Jones)

Grafham Water - 2 RING OUZEL on grassy slopes and in hedges NW of Marlow CP, 2 GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Cetti's Warbler, OSPREY over at 07:25h (Mark Hawkes)

Witcham Gravel / Way Head - 21 Wheatears, Whinchat, Grasshopper Warbler (David Hopkins)

Paxton Pits - Black Tern, 3+ Hobbies, 5-6 Little Egrets, pair Grey Partridge, Cetti's Warbler (Jamie Wells)

Wicken Fen - 2 Arctic Tern, 3 Turtle Dove (Christoph Zockler)

Maxey Pits - Bittern over, 2 Whinchats, Hobby (Richard Astle); Red Kite over (Chris Lines)