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.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Friday, 27 April

Castor Hanglands - IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF singing male this morning (Nick Mudge)

Ferry Meadows - LITTLE TERN on Gunwade Lake 09:15 h (Mike Weedon); but not present at lunchtime (Brian Stone)

Murrow - 3 Wheatears, 5 Yellow Wagtails nearby (Marie Barton)

Milton CP - Turtle Dove, Garden Warbler, Swifts (David Heath)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 8 Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Cuckoo, "plenty of swifts, swallows and martins" (Jacqui Miller)

Ouse Washes - male Garganey from Rickwood Hide and a pair from Cottier Hide, 20 Ruff from Common Wash Hide (Mike Burdekin)

Paxton Pits - male Whinchat, Common Sandpiper, 10 Dunlin (Jamie Wells); also 3 Wheatear, Short-eared Owl, 2 Avocet, Greenshank (Martin Davis); c.160 islandica Black-tailed Godwits and 5 Arctic Terns over in the evening (Mark Ward)

Cam Washes - Short-eared Owl, 5 Black-tailed Godwit over, 2 Avocet (David and Jon Heath)

Little Wilbraham Fen - 2 Short-eared Owl, 4 Grasshopper Warblers (Erica Towner, John Roote)

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