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, 30 May 2011

Monday, 30 May

Maxey - Whimbel (Chris Lines); Sanderling with 6 Dunlin (John Saunders)

Grafham Water - 8 Sanderling on dam (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton - Turtle Dove, Bittern (per Neil Renwick)

Sunday, 29 May

Fen Drayton - first summer Mediterranean Gull, Turtles Dove, Nightingale (Neil Renwick)

Saturday, 28 May

Paxton Pits - 2 Hobbies, Turtle Dove, 4 Nightingale (Jamie Wells)

Fen Drayton - first summer Mediterranean Gull, 2 Turtles Doves (Neil Renwick)

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Sunday, 22 May

Grafham Water - PALLID SWIFT 11.35-12.20 only, 500+ Swifts, Hobby, drake Pintail (Mark Hawkes)

Fowlmere - 2 possible Wrynecks reported (per Doug Radford)

Ely Beet Pools - female type GOLDEN ORIOLE over (Stuart Sharp, Ben Green)

Saturday, 21 May

Grafham Water - Black Tern off Mander car park this afternoon (Andy Massey); drake Pintail, 2 Turtle Dove, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Mark Hill, Mark Hawkes)

Little Wilbraham Fen - 5 Turtle Doves, Tree Sparrow, 2 Hobbies (David Heath)

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Thursday,19 May

Gunners Hall - Whinchat along the Roman Road nearby (Iain Webb)

Ouse Washes - Quail calling from field west-south-west of Welches Dam 18:26h (Jeff Stenning)

Witcham area - 5+ Turtle Doves, pair of Spotted Flycacthers, Short-eared Owl, Barn Owls (David Hopkins)

Paxton Pits - male Mandarin on the river (Steve May)

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Wednesday, 18 May

Little Wilbraham Fen - Cetti's Warbler, Turtle Dove (Michael Holdsworth)

Ouse Washes - Crane reported from the Grose Hide area (as per Paul Harrington)

Grunty Fen - 3 Little Egrets over, Grasshopper Warbler, Little Owl, 2+ Turtle Doves (David Nation)

Wicken Fen - 11 Little Egrets, Greenshank, 5 cetti's Warblers, 5 Cuckoos (Colin Kirtland)

Monday, 16 May 2011

Monday, 16 May

Grafham Water - 7 Arctic Terns off Mander CP 13:40h, Turnstone on the dam (Jamie Wells)

Beeby's BP - Whimbrel (Howard Butler)

Nene Washes - Corncrake calling, Hobby, 4+ Marsh Harriers (Don & Andrew Gardener)

Swaffham Prior - Nightingale (Claire Spottiswoode)

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Sunday, 15 May

Wicken Fen - PURPLE HERON from West Mere hide this morning (Martin Lester)

Grafham Water - 9 Sanderling on dam, 2 Dunlin, 2 Arctic Terns off Mander CP, plus Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes)

St Ives GP - 2 Arctic Terns (Alan Bull)

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Thursday, 12 May

Wicken Fen - 9 Hobbies, male Garganey (Gavin and Alan Paterson)

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Wednesday, 11 May

Paxton Pits - Black Tern (Steve May)

Grunty Fen - Turtle Dove (David Nation)

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Monday, 9 May

Grunty Fen - 2 Grasshopper Warblers (David Nation)

Ramsey - Spotted Flycatcher (Luise Addison)

Berry Fen - 2 Greenshanks, Bar-tailed Godwit, male Garganey (Mark Eaton)

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Sunday, 8 May

Grafham Water - Little Gull, 2 Sanderling , 2 Turtle Dove 2 Cetti's Warbler, escaped Speckled Teal from dam (Mark Hawkes)

Fowlmere - Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, at least 4 Turtle Dove (Matt Mellor)

Grunty Fen - Grasshopper warbler reeling away for its second evening in a ditch on the Fen (David Nation)

Hemmingford Abbots - Whinchat (Martin Sreeves)

Maxey Pits - Bar-tailed Godwit (Richard Astle)

Berry Fen - Wood Sandpiper, 2 Greenshanks (Mark Eaton)

Saturday, 7 May

Grafham Water - 4 Arctic Tern flew east, Turtle Dove calling in lagoons (Mark Hawkes); Black Tern off Mander car park (; Grey Plover in lagoons (Colin Addington)

Paxton Pits - male RED-FOOTED FALCON by Hayden hide c.1.15pm, then flew north (Richard Patient, Stuart Elsom, Paul Brewster); also Marsh Harrier, Turtle Dove, 2 Hobbies (Stuart Elsom)

Ely Beet Pits - Black Tern, Turtle Dove, Grasshopper Warbler (Stuart Sharp)

Ferry Meadows - Little Gull, 3 Greenshank, Hobby, 3 Grasshopper Warbler (Don Gardener)

Maxey pits - Bar-tailed Godwit (Mike Weedon)

Friday, 6 May 2011

Friday, 6 May

Paxton Pits - 2 TEMMINCK'S STINTS on Diddington Pit early morning. Park only in car park at end of village, and view only from footpath in SE corner of village at the SW corner of the pit. DO NOT enter working areas as this is an active quarry site still. Also Sanderling, Garganey, 4 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper (Mark Ward)

Monks Wood - Spotted Flycatcher (Keith Tinworth)

Cambridge, Stourbridge Common - COMMON CRANE over north-east 15:20h (

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Thursday, 5 May

Peterborough - probable Spotted Flycatcher 'singing' in the Catherdral grounds (Brian Stone)

Orton Brimbles - 10 Crossbills over south-east 07:40h (Matt Webb)

Grafham Water - Sanderling at north end of the dam (Colin Addington); 2 Little Gulls, 3 Black Terns, 2 Common Sandpipers (Mark Hawkes)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Greenshank (Chris Park)

Paxton Pits - Black Tern, c.80 Common Terns, Sanderling, 2 Greenshanks, 8 Little Ringed Plovers (Jamie Wells)

Marsh Lane GP - c.25 Arctic Terns, 8 pairs of Nightingales (Mike Everett)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Arctic Terns, 2 Hobbies, Balck Tern (Mike Knowles)

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Wednesday, 4 May

Fen Drayton Lakes - WHITE STORK over c.08:00h (as per Andy Cotton); 12 Black Terns, 7 Cetti's Warblers (Richard Allison)

Cow Lane, Godmanchester - WHITE STORK circling for 10 minutes c.09:00h before being lost to view (Mick Whitehouse); 2 Black Terns, Arctic Tern 13:30h (John Lindsell)

Paxton Pits - 3 Wood Sandpipers briefly, Sanderling, 2 Grey Plovers (Mark Ward); 6 Black Terns over north, Whinchat in north-west corner of Great Meadow (Dean Harlow)

Grafham Water - 13 Arctic Terns over, 7 Black Terns (Mark Ward); Ruddy Shelduck in lagoons but elusive (Colin Addington); 2 Little Gulls from Mander CP (Mark Hawkes)

Brampton to Buckden Marina - 3 Hobbies, Common Sandpiper, Wheatear (Stuart & Jill Elsom); also 2 male Garganey, Greenshank (John Lindsell)

Wicken Fen - 3 White Wagtails, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Greenshank, 3 Wood Sandpiper (Chris Went); also 2 male Garganey, Little Ringed Plover, fem Redstart at the edge of the village (Chris Brown)

Swifts reported from several sites today.

Late news for Sunday, 1 May: Paxton Pits - BLACK-WINGED STILT reportedly flushed from Diddington Pit

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Tuesday, 3 May

Hampton Vale - HONEY BUZZARD over south towards Yaxley c.13:30h (Howard Butler)

Fleam Dyke NR - fem GOSHAWK (Iain Webb)

Paxton Pits - 8, 2, 3 & 7  Black Terns, 11 Arctic Terns thorugh, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, Bar-tailed Godwit, Sanderling, 4 Greenshanks, 5 Grey Plovers, male Garganey, 5 Avocets, Whinchat, Wheatear, 4 Hobbies (Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - 13 Black Terns 12:15-12:45h (Ian Dawson); 2 Little Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Wood Sandpiper, 14 Black Terns on Ferry Lagoon (Dave Anderson)

Wicken Fen - 9 Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Arctic Tern briefly (Christoph Zockler); 8 Hobbies from Harrisons Drove (Monica & Owen Marks)

Beeby's BP - Bar-tailed Godwit (Paul Taylor)

Buckden Meadow - male Garganey, 2 Wood Sandpipers (John Lindsell)

Ickleton - 12 WAXWINGS (Gary Birch)

Castor Hanglands - 14 singing Nightingales (Richard Astle)

Monday, 2 May 2011

Monday, 2 May

Wicken Fen - 6 Wood Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Grey Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ruff, 3 Turtle Dove (Tim Dee); Whimbrel (Dean Harlow)

Paxton Pits - 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Grey Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank, 8 Tundra Ringed Plover, Sanderling (Mark Ward); 6 adult Little Gulls on DP briefly this morning, drake Garganey Pumphouse Pit, Whinchat (Jamie Wells); 2 1first-summer Little Gulls (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - Whimbrel over north shore (Mark Hawkes); 1st-summer Little Gull east past lagoons, Turtle Dove and Greenshank in lagoons (Martin Davis)

Fen Drayton - Black Tern on Ferry Lagoon, 2 Avocets and 5 Greenshanks on Moore Lake (Paul Andrew); Osprey over (Andy Cotton)

Berry Fen - 6 Greenshank, 2 Avocet, male Garganey, 4 Little Egret, 4 Common Buzzard (Duncan McNiven)

Beeby's BP - 2 Bar-tailed Godwits (Andrew Frost); 4 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpipers (Mike Weedon, John Saunders)

Sunday, 1 May

Grafham Water - 21 Common Sandpipers, Turnstone, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 13 Avocet, Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - 4 Turnstones, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Wood Sandpipers, 40 Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank, Common Sandpiper (Mark Ward); 4 more Wood Sandpipers, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits, 9 Greenshank, 6 Knot, 3 Grey Plovers, 3 Turnstone (Jamie Wells et al.); Ruff (Martin Shadbolt)

Fen Drayton Lakes - probable Purple Heron at 09:00 only, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper (Richard Patient)

Bradley Fen - 2cy ICELAND GULL (George Walthew)

Stretham - 2 Whimbrel (Monica & Owen Marks)

Ouse Washes - 5 Spotted Redshanks (Paul Harrington); CRANE, Golden Plover, 5 Greenshank, 2 Garganey, Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Pintail, 4 Avocet, 2 Little Gulls, 2 Hobbies (David Hopkins)

Beebys Pit - Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, Curlew (Andrew Frost)

Wicken Fen - 59 Bar-tailed Godwits through, 4 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank (Tim Dee); 2 Turnstone, 4 Ruff, Grey Plover,  2 Wood Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper (Bruce & Gwen Martin)

Maxey Pits - Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Wood Sandpiper (Mike Weedon et al.)

Hildesham - Short-eared Owl , Hobby nearby (Hugh Venables)

Saturday, 30 April

Beeby Pit - Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel (Paul Taylor)

Scarewell - 13 Bar-tailed Godwits over (Mark Eaton)

Nene Washes - 2 Bar-tailed Godwits (Peter Herkenrath)

Paxton Pits - 3 Wood Sandpipers, 9 Greenshank, 8 Knot, 10 Little Gulls, 7 Whimbrel, 23 Bar-tailed Godwits  (Mark Ward); 2 more Wood Sandpipers, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 11+ Greenshank, 3 Sanderling, 2 Hobbies, 5 Grey Plovers (Jamie Wells et al.); 6 Green Sandpipers (Duncan Ritchie)

Grafham Water - 4 Whimbrel over, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton Lake - 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, Crossbill, 15 Greenshank, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (Richard Patient); Garganey (Paul Andrews)

Wicken Fen - 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, 3 Wood Sandpipers, 3 Ruff, Greenshank, 14 Redshank, 8 Hobbies (Ian Ellis)

Buckden GP - c.35 Bar-tailed Godwits over, 2 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Grasshopper Warbler, Hobby (Mark Hawkes)

Block Fen - 60+ Bar-tailed Godwits over (David Hopkins)

Friday, 29 April

St. Neots - BLACK KITE flew west at 15:09 over Berkley Street, 6 Arctic Terns over (Geoff Welch)

Grafham Water - 11 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshank, Arctic Tern, Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes, Jono Leadley); 2 Turnstones (Colin Addington)

Roswell Pits - Sandwich Tern over (Duncan Poyser)

Ely Beet Pools - 3 Arctic Terns (Duncan Poyser)

Paxton Pits - 137 Bar-tailed Godwits through, Whimbrel, 8 Greenshank, Turnstone, 7 Arctic Terns, 2 Wheatears (Mark Ward); 7 more Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Arctic Tern, 2 Red-crested Pochards, 3+ Hobbies (Jamie Wells et al.)

Maxey GP - 2 Bar-tailed Godwits (Brian Stone)

Beeby BP - Turnstone, Bar-tailed Godwit (Paul Taylor et al.)

Ferry Meadows - 5 Arctic Terns, 2 Green Sandpipers, 14 Garden Warblers singing (Matt Webb)

Wicken Fen - 3 Wood Sandpipers (David Griffiths); 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Ruff (Duncan Poyser); Greenshank, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits (Dave Palmer)

Little Wilbraham Fen - 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Hobby (David & Jonathan Heath)

Tubney Fen - Short-eared Owl, 52 Corn Buntings (Tim  Dee & Claire Spottiswoode)