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.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Tuesday, 30 November

Guyhirn - 3 Cranes in flight by the A47 07:25h (Andy Bayes)

Fen Drayton Lakes - male & fem Smew on Swavesey Lake (Dave Anderson); 2 male & 2 redhead Goosander on Drayton Lagoon (Andy Cotton)

Orton BP - 10 Goldeneyes, 10 Red-crested Pochards, 500 Greylag Geese (Brian Stone)

Cambridge - 6 WAXWING in Brimley Road early afternoon, Brambling in a Lovell Road garden (David Heath)

Ouse Washes RSPB - 9 WAXWINGS at the visitor centre (Mike Burdekin)

Woodwalton Fen - 8 Bewick's Swans over north, 10 Marsh Tits, 3 Water Rails, c.200 Siskin, c.100 Lesser Redpolls, 2 Common Crane over east, male & fem Peregrines, Woodcock (Ron Harold)

Kingfishers Bridge - up to 3 WAXWINGS until 13:00h (Bruce Martin et al.)

Maxey Pits - 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe (Chris Lines & Chris Orders)

Monday, 29 November 2010

Monday, 29 November

Woodwalton Fen - COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL in the south-west corner (per rarebirdalert.com); Bittern, 4 Woodcock, 2+ Mealy Redpolls with c.100 Lesser Redpolls (Ron Harold)

Fen Drayton Lakes - male & fem Smew, 2 Little Egrets on Swavesey Lake (Richard Allison); male Goosander on Drayton Lagoon, 2+ Bittern sightings (Dennis Hall, Dave Anderson); Peregrine over, fem Marsh Harrier over, 2 WAXWINGS over (Andy Cotton)

Paxton - 8 WAXWINGS in Gordon Road briefly 09:55h (Ian Langdon)

Werrington - 3 WAXWINGS over west c.12:30h (John Saunders)

Orton Waterville - 15 WAXWINGS at junction of Church Drive and Valence Road briefly c.13:00h (Ron & Sheila Clark)

Ouse Fen - Green Sandpiper, Curlew, Snipe, Peregrine (Martin Sreeves)

Godmanchester GPs - Peregrine, Snipe (Martin Sreeves)

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Sunday, 28 November

Fen Drayton Lakes -  imm male LONG-TAILED DUCK on Ferry Lagoon, male and red head Smew on Swavesey Lake, Bittern on Elney Lake (Chris Went)

Cambridge - 6 WAXWING still in Brimley Rd (David Heath)

South Bretton - 2 Waxwing sitting in a tree half way along Thomas Close (Don Gardener)

Orton Brimbles / Mately - 15 Waxwing and 12 more at Ferry Meadows(Matt Webb)

Kingfishers Bridge - WAXWING (Stuart Sharp)

Ely BF - 2 Bitterns, 2 Water Rails, Marsh Harrier (Mark Grooms)

Chippenham Fen - Woodock, Buzzrad, 3 Water Rails, c. 65 Siskins, c.70 Reed Buntings, c.100 Linnets (Colin Kirtland)

Saturday, 27 November

Fen Drayton Lakes -  imm male LONG-TAILED DUCK on Ferry Lagoon, red head Smew on Swavesey Lake, male Goosander on Drayton Lagoon (Richard Allison); Barn Owl, 40+ Black-tailed Godwit on Ferry Lagoon Dunlin (David Heath)

Soham - 2 WAXWING over (Andrew Knights)

Cambridge - 6 WAXWING feeding on white berries in Brimley Rd on the corner of Roland Close (Colin Kirtland)

Woodwalton Fen - Marsh Tit, 3 Bearded Tit, Water Rail (Peter Beesley); Jack Snipe, 4 Bearded Tit, Red KIte, 100+ Siskin, 10-20 Redpoll sp. (Stuart Elsom and Richard Bayldon); COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, 3 Common Crane (per RBA)

Lynch Woods - 50+ WAXWING (Brian Stone)

Southoe - c.90 Lesser Redpolls, c.500 Fieldfares (Mark Brandon)

Ferry Meadows - 2 male Goosanders, 3 Goldeneyes, Woodcock, 2+ Bramblings (Matt Webb)

Friday, 26 November 2010

Friday, 26 November

Fen Drayton Lakes - imm male LONG-TAILED DUCK, redhead Smew on on Swavesey Lake at midday (Jacqui Miller); 4 Goosanders over west (Monica & Owen Marks)

Southoe - 22 Golden Plovers with Lapwings, 2 Coal Tits, 2 Treecreepers, possible Merlin (Martin & Lucy Sreeves)

Bradley Fen - Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler (Brian Stone)

Orton BP - 4 Red-crested Pochards, 4 Goldeneyes, 50 Golden Plovers (Brian Stone)

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Thursday, 25 November

Peterborough - WAXWING calling over Thomas Close, South Bretton 07:45h (Don Gardener)

Broughton - 3 WAXWINGS near the village cemetery (RonHarold)

Wistow - Brambling, Red Kite, 3 Buzzards in the area (Ron Harold)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 redhead Smews on Drayton Lagoon at midday (Jacqui Miller); redhead Smew, imm male LONG-TAILED DUCK, Little Egret on Swavesey Lake, Stonechat along entrance track (Andy Cotton)

Late news from Sunday, 21 November: Grafham Water - 9 Goosanders off Mander CP (Alan Bull)

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Wednesday, 24 November

Fen Drayton Lakes - redhead Smew, imm male LONG-TAILED DUCK on Swavesey Lake still, also redhead Goosander, Brambling (Andy Cotton)

Paxton Pits - Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Little Egrets. Also WATER PIPIT briefly yesterday, 23 November (Martin Davis)

Wicken Fen - fem Hen Harrier in to roost near Tower Hide (Colin Kirtland)

Woodwalton Fen - possible eastern race Chiffchaff,  40 Siskins, Red Kite, 2 Short-eared Owls, Woodcock (Ron Harold)

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Tuesday, 23 November

Fen Drayton Lakes - redhead Smew on Swavesey Lake this morning (Neil Renwick); LONG-TAILED DUCK still present (Nigel Russell)

Monday, 22 November 2010

Monday, 22 November

Coveney - calling LAPLAND BUNTING north over Sweethill Drove but not seen to land (David Hopkins)

Fen Drayton Lakes - imm. male LONG-TAILED DUCK still on Swavesey Lake, also 12 Siskins, Little Egret (Andy Cotton)

Paxton Pits - fem Peregrine, Buzzard, 8 Little Egrets, Ruff, 25 Golden Plovers, 3 ad Whooper Swans over north (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - 4 Bewick's Swans (Colin Addington)

Woodwalton Fen -  Short-eared Owl, 3 Marsh Harriers, 140 Redpoll, 60 Siskins, 4 Bewick's Swans over west (Ron Harold)

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Sunday, 21 November

Fen Drayton - juv Whooper Swan on Far Fen Lake, small flock of WAXWINGS over path between Elney & Moore Lake heading south-west (Neil Renwick)

Woodwalton Fen - ARCTIC REDPOLL, 10+ Mealy Redpoll, 120 Lesser Redpoll, 200 Siskin (Richard Patient)

Ely BF -  5 Marsh Harriers, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 10+ Bearded Tits, Green Sandpiper, 3 + Water Rails (Stuart Sharp)

Fen Drayton Lakes - LONG-TAILED DUCK, BLACK-NECKED GREBE, Caspian Gull (Neil Renwick)

Saturday, 20 November

Milton Tip - adult Caspian Gull, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (Peter Herkenrath)

Fen Drayton Lakes - LONG-TAILED DUCK still present on Swavesey Lake, Little Egret, Stonechat (David & Jonathan Heath)

Ely - BLACK REDSTART was at the railway station at 08.30 (Mark Grooms); at the BF a fem SCAUP and a TWITE over (Stuart Sharp)

Stretham - Short-eared Owl (Bob Jarman)

Friday, 19 November 2010

Friday, 19 November

Fen Drayton Lakes - LONG-TAILED DUCK still present on Swavesey Lake 12:20h (Andy Cotton)

Barton - road casualty Short-eared Owl  (Vince Lea)

Cambridge - Red Kite over 14:15h (Peter Herkenrath); 2 WAXWINGS near Waitrose in Trumpington (Mike Foley); probably 3 WAXWINGS over Chesterton late morning (Dan Davison)

Paxton Pits - 4 Little Egrets, 49 Golden Plovers, Ruff, 2 Green Sandpipers, 11 Siskin (Martin Davis)

Godmanchester GP, Cow Lane - Red Kite at the tip, Peregrine over, 2 Little Egrets, 2 WAXWINGS reported from the Ouse Valley behind the pits (Ian Hellary)

From Tuesday, 16 November: Ouse Washes - dawn roost counts of 4980 Whooper Swans, 1226 Bewick's Swans (Paul Harrington)

From Monday, 15 November: Ouse Washes - Webs counts of 16,408 Wigeon, 4,039 Teal, 523 Pintail, 151 Gadwall, 269 Shoveler, 2,227 Golden plover, 7,640 Lapwing, 696 Black-tailed Godwit, 243 Ruff, 106 Dunlin, 105 Redshank, 1 Curlew (Paul Harrington)

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Thursday, 18 November

Fen Drayton Lakes - LONG-TAILED DUCK still present on Swavesey Lake (Neil Renwick); still present at dusk (Stuart Elsom); also 2 AVOCETS swimming in Ferry Lagoon, Peregrine, Woodcock, 2 Egyptian Geese (Richard Palmer, Ali Cooper, Diana Leech)

Kingfishers Bridge - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD briefly before flying towards Wicken (John Thake)

Hayley Wood - Woodcock, Nuthatch, Buzzard (Steve Hartley)

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Wednesday, 17 November

Fen Drayton Lakes - LONG-TAILED DUCK on Swavesey Lake still this morning, also Black-necked Grebe briefly (Dave Anderson et al.); LONG-TAILED DUCK still present 13:15h, probably an immature male bird (Andy Cotton)

Orton BP - 5 Red-crested Pochards, 6 Goldeneyes (Paul Taylor)

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Tuesday, 16 November

Fen Drayton Lakes - LONG-TAILED DUCK on Swavesey Lake in morning (John Harding)

Hemingford Grey - 2 WAXWINGS briefly this morning ( as per rarebirdalert.com)

Orton BP - 4 Goldeneyes, 4 Red-crested Pochards, Water Rail, ad Yellow-legged Gull, c.150 Golden Plovers (Brian Stone)

Grafham Water - 8 Pink-footed Geese over late afternoon (Colin Addington)

Nene Washes - Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, 4 Short-eared Owls (Colin Kirtland)

Ferry Meadows - 35 Siskins, 4 Lesser Redpolls in the car park behind the visitors centre (Matt Webb)

Monday, 15 November 2010

Monday, 15 November

Fowlmere - fem Merlin, Buzzard, 2 Water Rails (Tim Knight)

Ouse Washes - CATTLE EGRET in Cambs but close to the Norfolk border early afternoon, 2 Short-eared Owls near Jolly Bankers bridge (Paul Harrington)

Aldreth - LAPLAND BUNTING nearby over Dam Bank Drove 15:15h (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Grafham Water - SLAVONIAN GREBE at Savaegs Creek still 14:00h (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Sunday, 14 November

Gamlingay - LAPLAND BUNTING in flight, calling a lot, at Fullers Hill (Mark Thomas)

Grafham Water - adult SLAVONIAN GREBE still at Savages creek, fem Scaup from Plummer car park, 2 Water Rail, 2 Pintail, 2 Goosander, 2 Brambling over, 17+ Lesser Redpoll and 20+ Siskin (Mark Hawkes)

Fordham - Little Egret in private garden (Peter Browne)

Paxton Pits -  Red-crested Pochard, 3 ad Yellow-legged Gulls, Buzzard, Ruff, 2 Green Sandpipers, 5 Dunlins, 16 Siskins (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Bitterns, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Siskin, possible Chestnut Teal reported (Neil Renwick)

Saturday, 13 November

Soham - 10 WAXWINGS still present on Eye Hill Road (Andrew Knights & Dave Fricker)

Monk's Wood - 20 Redpolls and several Siskins (Peter Herkenrath)

Fowlmere - female Merlin hunting at Manor Farm, c.250 Corn Bunting, female brambling (Doug Radford)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 Caspian Gulls on Ferry Mere, 6 Yellow-legged Gulls (Richard Patient); female Smew, pair Red-Crested Pochard (Kumaran Arul)

Woodwalton Fen - COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL with 100+ Lesser Redpolls and 10+ Mealy Redpolls at south end of reserve, but mobile, RING OUZEL, FIRECREST, SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF 50 yards south of the entrance bridge (Richard Patient)

Grafham Water - adult SLAVONIAN GREBE at Savages creek mouth late afternoon, 3 redhead Goodander (Andy Massey)

Nene Washes / Guyhirn - Tree Sparrow along Folly Drove, redhead Goosander on Twenty Foot River, 3 Green Sandpipers in a ditch along Graysmoor Drove, 3 CRANES, CATTLE EGRET with cattle close to Redgate Farm, Short-eared Owl (Hugh Venables)

Cam Washes - Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Ross's Goose (David & Jonathan Heath)

Burwell / Reach - Short-eared Owl hunting on Adventurer's Fen right next to the new bridge over Reach Lode (Giles Merrit)

Peterborough - pair of Peregrine over London Rd (Dave Bradley)

Cambridge - Woodcock east over Cromwell Road/Coldham's Lane junction (James Hutchison); Woodcock dropped into trees at A14/A10 junction (David Wege)

Friday, 12 November 2010

Friday, 12 November

Peterborough- WAXWING this morning, Short-eared Owl over this afternoon (Brian Stone)

Soham - 10 WAXWINGS on Eye Hill Road, just off the A142, until 14:30h at least. Also 950 Golden Plovers by the railway line to the south of Barway Road (Chris Brown)

Guyhirn - 3 CRANES in cattle fields at Redgate Farm, viewed from layby 2km past A47 roundabout 10:55h (birdguides.com)

Grafham - Hen Harrier over the village, fem Scaup on the reservoir (Colin Addington)

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Thursday, 11 November

Ferry Meadows - GREAT GREY SHRIKE to west and south of Overton Lake, but flighty and out of sight c.14:00h (Matt Webb); no further sign by 16:00h (Brian Stone)

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Wednesday, 10 November

Ferry Meadows - 9 WAXWINGS south-west over Coney Meadow c.08:15h (Matt Webb)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 4 redhead Goosanders, 2 Red-crested Pochards, Little Egret (Andy Cotton)

Woodwalton Fen - Short-eared Owl, 3 Marsh Harriers, Barn Owl (Luise Addison)

Fleam Dyke - Woodcock flushed south of A11 (Iain Webb)

Cambridge - Barn Owl over the junction of Union Lane and Milton Road 19:00h (Mike Wood)

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Tuesday, 9 November

Nene Washes - Spotted Redshank & Grey Plover on Low Wash (Charlie Kitchen)

Paxton Pits - two 1st winter Little Gulls,  redhead Goosander, Green Sandpiper (Martin Davis)

Monday, 8 November 2010

Monday, 8 November

Nene Washes - Spotted Redshank a field next to the Skating Field at Dog in a Doublet (Charlie Kitchen)

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Sunday, 7 November

Roswell Pits - 10 WAXWING over (Duncan Poyser)

Gyhirn - CATTLE EGRET still present in the cattle flock, furthest west from Red Gate Farm (Trevor Williams)

Woodwalton Fen - Peregrine, 3 Marsh Harriers, 3 Little Egrets (Duncan McNiven)

Cam Washes - Merlin, 3 Marsh Harriers, 5 Buzzards, Barn Owl, Little Egret (Jonathan & David Heath)

Paxton Pits - 2 ad Whooper Swans, Short-eared Owl, redhead Goosander, Stonechat, Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Saturday, 6 November

Fen Drayton - female Scaup on Drayton Lagoon, Little Egret (David McCarthy)

Oundle Road between Orton Wistow and Orton Brimbles - 8 WAXWING feeding on insects around the footbridge (Matt Webb)

Grafham Water - Rock Pipit at south end of dam, 2 Redpoll over (Mark Hawkes)

Woodwalton Fen - Peregrine, 3 Marsh Harriers, 3 Little Egrets, Bearded Tits calling from reeds in the centre of the reserve (Duncan McNiven)

Maxey Pits - 2 Jack Snipe, 50+ Golden Plovers (Chris Lines)

Friday, 5 November 2010

Friday, 5 November

Guyhirn - CATTLE EGRET 14:00h (as per birdguides.com)

Cambridge - a mobile WAXWING along Davy Road and then Argyle Street (Iain Webb)

Ely BF - WATER PIPIT, Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail (Stuart Sharp)

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Thursday, 4 November

Guyhirn - CATTLE EGRET between the village and Thorney Toll, c. 1.5 miles from the Guyhirn roundabout (Mike Weedon)

Ely - BLACK REDSTART in private gardens along Henley Way for a second day (Mark Grooms)

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Wednesday, 3 November

Grafham Water - RED BREASTED MERGANSER off lagoons briefly c.11:10h (Colin Addington)

Cambridge - BLACK REDSTART in Perne Avenue/Gisborne Road briefly 10:00h (Tony Corps); Kingfisher on Hobson's Brook opposite The Leys School 08:15h (Alison Edwards)

Guyhirn - CATTLE EGRET (as per birdguides.com)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern showed well in north-east corner of Elney Lake this morning, Caspian Gull on Moore Lake (Neil Renwick)

From Sunday, 31 October: Wicken Fen -  1st c.y. SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF trapped (Michael Holdsworth)

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November

Guyhirn - CATTLE EGRET between the village and Thorney Toll, c. 1.5 miles from the Guyhirn roundabout (as per birdguides.com) - for it's second day.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Monday, 1 November

Over - 1st c.y. Swallow on wires along Fen End Road this morning (Richard Thomas)

Ferry Meadows - ad Mediterranean Gull on Gunwade Lake 09:40h (Don Gardnener)

Duxford - 2 Peregrines, fem Merlin, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Buzzards, 300+ Golden Plovers, 25 Grey Partridge, 54 Corn Bunting to the south of Duxford Airfield (Steve Cooper)

Wicken Fen - Marsh Harrier, ringtail Hen Harrier, Barn Owl, 2 Little Owls, 9 Cetti's Warblers, Redpoll, Grey Wagtail (Monica & Owen Marks)

Welney - 2500+ Golden Plovers between the village and Manea (Mike Everett)