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, 11 March 2012

Sunday, 11 March

Cambridge - Ring necked Parakeet in Eachard Road. Later flying towards Huntingdon Road (Christoph Zockler); Ring necked Parakeet west over River Cam at Fen Ditton (Jeff Stenning)

Wilbraham Common - 2 Short-eard Owls (Rob Law)

Cam Washes - 4 White-fronted Geese, Spotted Redshank, Avocet, Green Sandpiper, 8 Whooper Swan (David and Jon Heath)

Grafham Water - 9 Avocet in lagoons, 4 Siskin (Mark Hawkes)

Eldernell - 9 Common Cranes, 4+ Short-eared Owls  (Duncan Ritchie & Steve Dudley)

Fowlmere - ad femHen Harrier, fem Merlin, Barn Owl, pair of Kingfisher (James Hanlon)

Paxton Pits - 13 Smew, fem RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, 7 Goosander, 6+ Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Little Owl (Martin Davis, Gary Rawlings, Neal Parkin, Jamie Wells)

Wicken Fen - Bittern, Kingfisher (Matthew Mellor)

Burwell Fen - 5 Short-eared Owls, 2 Barn owls, Little Owl (Matthew Mellor)

Bedford Purlieus - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling and drumming (Peter and Jan Farbridge)

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