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.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Wednesday, 25 April

Grafham Water - 6 Little Gull in Valley Creek (Duncan Ritchie); 5 Arctic Tern, 2 dunlin, Cuckoo, 2 Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler also dead juv Shag (Monica and Owen Marks); Black Tern (Mark Ward)

Buckden Marina - 2+ Arctic Tern, 4 Little Gull (John Lindsell)

Ely  Beet Pits - 3 Arctic Tern and a Swift over (Stuart Elsom)

Ouse Washes - LITTLE TERN viewed from Oxlode early afternoon (David Hopkins)

Paxton Pits - 2 LITTLE TERN, 122 Common Tern, 5 Arctic Tern, 2 White Wagtail, 5 Wheatear (Martin Davis); 2 Greenshank, 9+ Swift, Shirt-eared Owl, Cuckoo, Dunlin (Stuart & Jill Elsom, Jamie Wells et al.)

Needingworth - LITTLE TERN and probably a second bird shortly after, from Pike & Eel Road briefly, also 3+ Arctic Tern, 5 Swift, Wheatear (Mark Eaton)

Milton - 50+ Swift over the sewage works this evening (David Heath)

Ferry Meadows - 2+ Arctic Terns amongst the Common Terns (Brian Stone)

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