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.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Thursday, 3 May

Paxton Pits - BLACK-WINGED STILT 13:35h until 14:00h and again at 16:00h (Martin Davis); also Grey Plover, Turnstone, Greenshank, Sanderling reported.

Buckden - 44 Bar-tailed Godwits north-east along the Ouse Valley 08:10h (Mark Ward)

Earith - up to 5 Spotted Redshanks (Mark Eaton)

Ferry Meadows - c.25 Arctic Terns (Howard Butler); Wheatear, 30 Yellow Wagtails (Chris Park); Short-eared Owl, Hobby (Matt Webb)

Maxey Pits - Knot until flying off 12:10h (John Saunders); male Whinchat (Peter Beesley); 2 Whimbrel over, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff (Mike Weedon)

Eldernell - GREAT WHITE EGRET just west of the CP (John Saunders)

Ouse Washes - Avocet, 44 Bar-tailed Godwit over, Knot over (David Hopkins); 3 Arctic Tern over, Grey Plover over, Hobby (Monica and Owen Marks)

Godmanchester - 2 Cranes over 20:05h (Ian Hellary)

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