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.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Tuesday, 24 April

Castor Hanglands - IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF singing male still (Mike Weedon)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 8 Arctic Terns at Ferry Lagoon (Richard Thomas)

Buckden (Ouse Valley) - 61 Arctic Terns north by 08:15h (Mark Ward)

Swavesey - male RING OUZEL  near guided busway still (Jeremy Lindsell; Roger Horton)

Grafham Water - Osprey, 2 Whimbrel over, Marsh Harrier over, 2 Avocet over to Paxton Pits (Mark Hawkes); 100+ Arctic Tern (Mark Ward)

Milton - 2 Swifts over the sewage works and Reed Warbler at the CP (David Heath)

Paxton Pits - 2 White Wagtail, Wheatear, 5 Dunlin, 2 Avocet from Grafham (Jamie Wells); Swift over the moorings (Stuart Elsom); 39 Arctic Tern (Mark Ward)

Wicken Fen - 3+ roding Woodcock, Greenshank, male Garganey, 2 Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler (Tim Dee, Claire Spottiswoode); also 3+ Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl at Burwell fen (Tim Dee)

Nene Washes - 3 Avocet, Grey Plover, Curlew, 12 Ruff, 30 islandica Black-tailed Godwit (Brian Stone)

Witcham - Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, also 2 Swift at the Ouse washes (David Hopkins)

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