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.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Saturday, 12 May

Grafham Water - RED-RUMPED SWALLOW again south end of dam, Turnstone (Mark Hawkes); Sanderling, Turtle Dove (anon.); Short-eared Owl nearby (Duncan McNiven)

Wicken Fen - 5 Hobby (Gavin Paterson); Nightingale (Andrew Knights); Garganey, 5+ Woodcock, 2 Turtle Dove,6+ Cetti's Warbler (Christoph Zockler et al.)

Cam Washes - Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 3 Dunlin (David & Jonathan Heath)

Stow-cum-Quy Fen - GOLDEN ORIOLE in morning only (Rob Pople)

Toft Wood - Short-eared Owl (Clive Sinclair)

Holme Fen (Tower Farm) - Quail (Duncan McNiven); 2 birds this evening (Mike Weedon)

Pondersbridge - Quail at Whitehill Farm (Andy Bayes)

Woodwalton Fen - 3 Nightingales (Duncan McNiven)

Ouse Washes - 2 Garganey, 2 Tree Sparrow, 2 Hobby, 3 Barnacle Geese (Gavin Paterson)

Paxton Pits - 2 Arctic Terns, Curlew, 3 Wheatear, 3 Hobby (Jamie Wells); Spotted Flycatcher (John Hoppett)

Foxton - 6 DOTTEREL to east of Fowlmere Road, 5 Wheatear (Matthew Mellor)

Little Wilbraham - 1+ Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Wheatear on the fen (Carl Howard)

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