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, 5 May 2012

Saturday, 5 May

Grafham Water - male Whinchat, 3 Wheatears, 2 Arctic Terns, Hobby, White Wagtail (Mark Hawkes)

Mare Fen - 2 drake Garganey (Richard Thomas)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Mediterranean Gull, Black Tern at Ferry Lagoon (Richard Thomas)

Nene washes - Spotted Redshanks, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Greenshank, 2 Avocets, 6 islandica Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Short-eared Owls, Hen harrier, Black Tern, 6 Wheatears, Bittern, Common Crane, Corncrake, Garganey (Jonathan Taylor); 15 Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit (Mike Weedon); fem BLACK REDSTART at March Farmers briefly (Peter Beesley)

Paxton Pits - BLACK-WINGED STILT  still present (Peter Chapman); Mediterranean Gull (Mark Brandon); Red-crested Pochard, 2 Avocets, 10 Greenshank, Arctic Tern, 16 Wheatears, Turtle Dove, (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells et al.)

Woodwalton Fen - Hobby, 3 Nightingale, 15 Redpoll. Also 2 KNOT on Thursday, 3 May (Jon Smith)

Berry Fen - 3 Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, Hobby (Alan Hitchings)

Maxey Pits - 2 Turtle Doves, Whinchat, Hobby (Chris Lines)

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