SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS

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: spofl@cambridgebirdclub.org.uk

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.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Monday, 30 January

Fen Drayton lakes - SLAVONIAN GREBE, Green Sandpiper (John Hoppett)

Ferry Meadows - White-fronted Goose still (Don Gardener)

Ouse Washes - TEMMINCK'S STINT from Grose Hide still (Tony Lowe); also 124 Ruff, 2313 Black-tailed Godwit, 2939 Golden Plover (Mike Burdekin); Peregrine, Merlin (Colin Kirtlnd, Graham Easy)

Nene Washes - 7 Cranes, Hen Harrier, Merlin, 6 Short-eared Owl, pair of Stonechat (Colin Kirtlnd, Graham Easy)

From Satrurday, 28 January: Fowlmere - 500 Reed Buntings to roost, 4 Egyptian Geese over (Ade Cooper); Wimpole Hall - 2 pairs of Mandarin (Ade Cooper); Milton - 4 Caspian Gull, 11 Yellow-legged Gull (Steve Cooper)

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Sunday, 29 January

Fen Drayton - SLAVIONIAN GREBE still on Drayton Lagoon (Richard Allison); also Goosander, Green Sandpiper, Bittern, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Short-eared Owl (Nigel Sprowell)

Grafham water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER at Hill Farm (Peter Beesley)

Ouse Washes - TEMMINCK'S STINT (David Fisher, Tim Stowe)

Wicken Fen – 3 Short-eared Owl on Burwell Fen, 3 Marsh Harrier on Adventurer’s Fen, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier over Mere, 4 Cetti’s singing, 4 drake Pintail from Charlie’s Hide (Carl Howard)

Toft - 2 Short-eared Owls hunting along the grass margins of arable fields between Toft Meridian Golf Course and Great Eversden (Roger Buisson)

Paxton Pits - Knot, Common Sandpiper, 6 Smew, 4 Egyptian Geese, 3 Goosander (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Nene Washes, Eldernell to March Farmers - 7 Cranes over east, 10+ Short-eared Owl, ringtail Hen Harrier (Steve Dudley)

Saturday, 28 January

Braham Farm - GREAT GREY SHRIKE on private land but can be viewed along the Cawdle Fen Way (Phil Savage)

Guyhirn - 7 COMMON CRANES viewed from the pull-in on the south side of the A47, just under 1/2 mile east of the Chill Out cafe (Alan Clarke)

Fen Drayton - 2 Short-eared Owls, Cetti's Warbler (Richard Allison); Bittern on Holywell Lake (Duncan Ritchie)

Foxton village - Hen Harrier over (Matthew Mellor)

Haddon - fem Merlin (Andrew Gardener)

Ely BF - Bittern (Mark Grooms)

Wicken Fen - 3 Short-eared Owl, 3 Marsh Harrier, ringtail Hen Harrier, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Carl Howard)

Paxton Pits - Bittern reported over visitors centre

Friday, 27 January 2012

Friday, 27 January

Fen Drayton Lakes - SLAVONIAN GREBE on Drayton Lagoon this morning (Richard Bradbury); Bittern, Cetti's Warbler, 'orange' ringtail Harrier sp. (Monica & Owen Marks)

Eldernell - 3 Cranes just east of decoy wood (Kev Wolstencroft); 4 more Cranes, 8+ Short-eared Owls (Steve Dudley)

Ferry Meadows - White-fronted Goose, Little Owl, Nuthatch, 20+ Siskin (Don Gardener)

Thursday, 26 January

Cherry Hinton - Peregrine (Roger Horton)

Fowlmere - ringtail Hen Harrier (Mike Foley)

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Wednesday, 25 January

Paxtin Pits - male Smew (Tony Lowe)

Cambridge - Goosander over Fulbrooke Road (Bob Jarman)

Fen Drayton Lakes - SLAVONIAN GREBE (Mike Knowles)

Grafham water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER,  Shag (Vic & Pauline Cozens)

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Tuesday, 24 January

Stanley Park, Peterborough - ad Mediterranean Gull (Matt Webb)

Paxton Pits - male and female Smew on Sailing Lake (as per RBA)

Monday, 23 January 2012

Monday, 23 January

Fen Drayton Lakes - SLAVONIAN GREBE still, on Drayton Lagoon (Bruce Martin); also redhead Smew on Oxholme Lake, redhead Goosander on Moore Lake (Jacqui Miller); Short-eared Owl, 6 Siskin  (Vic & Pauline Cozens)

Ferry Meadows - White-fronted Goose, Little Owl, 8 Siskin (Don Gardener)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD (Vic & Pauline Cozens)

Ouse Washes - TEMMINCK'S STINT still from Grose Hide (per rarebirdalert.com)

Needingworth GP - 4 male & 8 redhead Smew, Green Sandpiper (Bruce & Gwen Martin, Monica and Owen Marks)

Turves - Short-eared Owl (Andy Bayes)

Maxey Pots - 5 Goosander (BobbTitman)

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Sunday, 22 January

Fen Drayton Lakes - SLAVONIAN GREBE on still on Ferry Lagoon (Nigel Sprowell); 2nd-winter GLAUCOUS GULL briefly before flying west (Richard Thomas, Steve Cooper)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER off Sailing Club, Shag still on boom, Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Barleycraft GP - 18 Smew including 6 drakes (Jeff Stenning & Andrew Maddocks)

Milton Tip - 2nd winter GLAUCOUS GULL (Steve Cooper)

Cam Washes - 6 White-fronted Geese again in grassy field on Upware side of the river, 17 Whooper Swan still in nearby sugar beet field (David and Jon Heath)

Eldernell - 7 Cranes (Stuart Ball)

Paxton Pits - fem Red-crested Pochard, redhead Smew, Common Sandpiper (Jamie Wells)

Saturday, 21 January

Ouse Washes - TEMMINCK'S STINT from Grose Hide, ~2000 Black-tailed Godwit, 57 Ruff, Peregrine, 106 Stock Dove at Manea (Gavin Paterson)

Ouse Fen - SNOW BUNTING (Vic & Pauline Cozens)

Ferry Meadows - White-fronted Goose (Don Gardener)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern, Short-eared Owl (Matt Mellor)

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Thursday, 19 January

Fen Drayton Lakes - SLAVONIAN GREBE on Ferry Lagoon (Mike Everett)

Grafham Water - Shag, male Goosander (Graham Moates)

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Wednesday, 18 January

Peterborough - Bittern flushed from near Nene North Bank, landed in area of Bradley Fen (Steve Dudley)

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Tuesday, 17 January

Witcham - GREAT GREY SHRIKE briefly, before flying high north-west (David Hopkins)

Dogsthorpe Tip - juv ICELAND GULL (Brian Stone)

King's Dyke NR - Peregrines showing well, also Woodcock, Jack Snipe, Cetti's Warbler recently (Philip Parker)

Six Mile Bottom - c.50 Bramblings in Beeches by Bottisham Heath Stud (Chris Barker)

Grafham Water - male & female Crossbill near hatchery sheds at north end (Vic & Pauline Cozens)

Monday, 16 January 2012

Monday, 16 January

Ferry Meadows - White-fronted Goose, Little Owl (Don Gardener)

Dogsthorpe Tip - juv ICELAND GULL (Josh Jones)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, 3 ringtail Hen Harrier, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1+ Bearded Tit (Stuart Elsom; Mark Peck)

Eynesbury (Barford Pocket Park) - Bittern, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Stuart Elsom)

Fowlmere - Merlin, ringtail Hen Harrier (Edward Imber)

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Sunday, 15 January

Grafham Water - 3 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS, Brent Goose, 3 Green Sandpiper, drake Scaup, 133 Goldeneye (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington, David Hollin, Chris Shurlock)

Cam Washes  - 18 Whooper Swans still in nearby sugar beet field, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail (Jon and David Heath)

Ouse Fen - 2 Hen Harriers,  ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, 1-2 Short-eared Owls, presumed hybrid Pallid x Hen Harrier c.16:00h (Richard Hook)

Fen Drayton Lakes -  presumed hybrid Pallid x Hen Harrier 08:45h (Bruce Martin & Phil Pitelen)

Little Wilbraham Fen - 14 Corn Bunting, Barn Owl, Grey Partridge (Saimon Clark)

Nene Washes - 6 Short-eared Owl, 2 Barn Owl, 7 Crane (Stuart Ball)

Woodwalton Fen - Bittern, male Merlin, Cetti's Warbler (Mike Weedon)

Paxton Pits - Peregrine, 5 Smew, 6 Goosander, 2 Green Sandpiper (Martin Davis, Steve May, David Milne, Neal Parkin, Jamie Wells)

Saturday, 14 January

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, 2 ringtail Hen harriers, presumed hybrid Pallid x Hen Harrier, Merlin, 2 Grey Partridges (Andy Cotton); SNOW BUNTING, Merlin, Short-eared Owl, Marsh Harrier, 172 Mute Swans (Peter Herkenrath and Vicki Harley)

Milton Tip - adult Mediterranean Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1200 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Peter Herkenrath)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER along north shore this morning, Scaup in Dudney creek, Shag on boom, 2 Goosander, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Woodcock (Mark Hawkes)

Cam Washes - 6 White-fronted Geese in grassy field on Upware side of the river, 17 Whooper Swans, Short-eared Owl, Merlin, Green Sandpiper, 5 Grey Partridge, 15 Corn Bunting (Jon and David Heath)

Paxton Pits - 15 Pink-footed Geese over, 2 Whooper Swans heading (Martin Davis/Mark Rayment); 4 Smew, Jack Snipe (Jamie Wells)

Ely Beet Pits - Peregrine (Stuart Sharp)

Eldernell - 7 COMMON CRANES, Long-eared Owl, 7+ Short-eared Owl, 2+ Barn Owl (Steve Dudley)

Woodwalton Fen - Bittern (Matt Webb)

Farcet - Bittern reported from Crown Lakes (Steve Dudley)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern, 3 Short-eared Owls, male Smew, Woodcock, presumed hybrid Pallid x Hen Harrier 11:15h (Andy Massey)

Black Horse Drove - 2 Peregrines (Malcolm Rains)

Chainbridge, March - 3 Goosanders (Andy Bayes)

Friday, 13 January 2012

Friday, 13 January

Fen Drayton Lakes - male Smew, Bittern, redhead Goosander (Andy Cotton); presumed hybrid Pallid x Hen Harrier over Ferry Mere just after 13:00h (Jacqui Miller); 3 Short-eared Owls (Bill Simmonds)

Burwell Fen - 5 Short-eared Owls (Dave Palmer)

Milton CP - male Goosander still on Dickerson's Pit (David Heath)

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Thursday, 12 January

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (David Hollin); 3 Scaup (per rarebirdalert.com)

Wicken Fen - male & a ringtail Hen Harrier, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Cetti's Warbler singing, 260 Gadwall, 98 Shoveler, 339 Teal, 299 Wigeon (Gavin Paterson)

Fen Drayton Lakes - male Smew, Goosander, presumed hybrid Pallid x Hen Harrier over 09:30h & 10:05h (Andy Cotton; Jacqui Miller); and still at 14:00h (Bill Simmonds); 3 Short-eared Owls near entrance track (Gill Parish)

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Wednesday, 11 January

Needingworth GPs - 5 Smew in flight (Mark Eaton)

Haddenham Fen - Stonechat (Paul Mason)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 4 Goosander, redhead Smew (David Hollin)

Ouse Fen - SNOW BUNTING, ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, presumed Pallid x Hen Harrier, 2 Hen Harriers, 3 Marsh Harriers, Green Sandpiper (Mike Everett)

Fen Drayton Lakes - presumed Pallid x Hen Harrier 09:30h (Pam Peacock); male Smew, Goosander (Andy Cotton); also 2 Green Sandpipers (Jacqui Miller)

Milton CP - Goosander on Dickerson's Pit (David Heath)

Ouse Washes - 3500+ Golden Plover, 800+ Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Stonechat (Mike Burdekin)

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Tuesday, 10 January

Thorney Toll - juv & 6 adult Cranes in fields south of the A47 towards Guyhirn, opposite the "Chill Out" cafe (Duncan Ritchie)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 8 Goldeneye (Tony Lowe)

Cambourne - fem Goosander, Short-eared Owl (Martin Leader)

Ouse Washes - 16 Ruff, 1500+ Golden Plover, Merlin, Stonechat (Mike Burdekin)

Monday, 9 January 2012

Monday, 9 January

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER,  drk Scaup, 2 male & 3 female Smew, Shag still (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Cambourne - Short-eared Owl (Martin Leader)

Thorney Toll - 7 adult Cranes in fields south of the A47 towards Guyhirn, opposite the "Chill Out" cafe (Duncan Ritchie)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 'orange' ringtail harrier species, 3 Short-eared Owls near entrance track, 2+ Bitterns in Holywell Lake reedbeds, redhead Goosander, Cetti's Warbler (Andy Cotton et al.)

Foxton - ringtail Hen Harrier over the Fowlmere Road, TL421469, this morning (Matt Mellor)

Eldernell - 7 Short-eared Owls, 3 Barn Owls, ringtail Harrier (Peter Beesley)

Grunty Fen - ringtail Hen Harrier over (David Nation)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, 2 Hen Harriers, Peregrine, Short-eared Owl (Colin Kirtland, Monica & Owen Marks)

Sunday, 8 January

Fen Drayton Lakes - male Smew (Nigel Sprowell)

Grafham Water - adult GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, drk Scaup from Dudney Hide, Shag still on boom, Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, SNOW BUNTING still, 2  Hen Harriers, 2 Marsh Harriers, Short-eared Owl (Richard Patient); presumed hybrid Pallid x Hen Harrier (Richard Thomas et al.)

Ouse Washes - TEMMINCK'S STINT still from Grose Hide (per rarebirdalert.com)

Cambourne - Short-eared Owl in the Whomping Willow Lake area (Rowena Baxter); 2+ Short-eared Owls (Jonathan Hook)

Cam Washes - 16 Whooper Swans, Short-eared Owl, 5 Little Egrets, Green Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck, 12 Corn Buntings (David and Jon Heath)

Wicken Fen - 5 Hen Harriers, 2 Short-eared Owls, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Barn Owls Bittern, Cetti's Warbler (Matt Mellor)

Swaffham Prior Fen - Short-eared Owl Burwell Fen - 3 Short-eared Owls from Reach Bridge (Peter Wells)

Comberton - Short-eared Owl hunting across a pasture field between the church and Fox's Bridge Farm (Roger Buisson)

Paxton Pits - female FERRUGINOUS DUCK still, 8 Smew, 2 Pintail (Jamie Wells et al.)

Great Eversden - 2+ Short-eared Owls (Jonathan Hook)

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Saturday, 7 January

Ouse Washes RSPB - TEMMINCK'S STINT still from Grose Hide (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - female FERRUGINOUS DUCK at the south end of Pumphouse Pit (Martin Davis); 7 Smew, Goosander, Ruddy Duck, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Tree Sparrows (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - Juvenile Shag still on boom, 6+ Goosander (Mark Hawkes)

Great Eversden - 3 Short-eared Owls off Wimpole Lane (Graham Moates)

Burwell Fen - 6 Short-eared Owls, Barn Owl (Les Bunyan; Giles Merritt)

Somersham GP - Green Sandpiper, pair Egyptian Geese (Russell Watkins)

Ouse Fen - 2+ ringtail Harriers, 2+ Short-eared Owls, 2+ Barn Owls (Jonathan Hook)

Cambourne - 2+ Short-eared Owls (Jonathan Hook)

Friday, 6 January 2012

Friday, 6 January

Ferry Meadows - European White-fronted Goose, Goosander (Mike Weedon)

Alconbury - 2+ Short-eared Owls along Globe Lane still (Tony Lowe)

Little Shelford - Firecrest in garden near the level crossing on Hauxton Road again (Ali Cooper)

Nene Washes - 24 Short-eared Owls (Jonathan Taylor)

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Thursday, 5 January

Ouse Washes RSPB - TEMMINCK'S STINT from Grose Hide 09:20h (Bruce Martin, James Cadbury)

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Wednesday, 4 January

Ouse Washes RSPB - TEMMINCK'S STINT from Grose Hide, 11:45h onwards (Nick Sinden)

Ferry Meadows - White-fronted Goose still, showing well with Greylags this morning (Mike Weedon)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 4 Goosander (David Hollin)

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Tuesday, 3 January

Ferry Meadows - fem Goosander on Gunwade (Matt Webb)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, 2 ringtail Hen Harriers (David Collins)

Monday, 2 January

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, SNOW BUNTING still, also 3 ringtail Hen Harriers (Duncan Ritchie); orange ringtail Harrier until c.11:15h, seen later at Fen Drayton Lakes (Robin Cox)

Great Eversden/Mares Way - 3 Short-eared Owl, male Merlin (David Fotherby); a fourth Short-eared Owl (Stuart & Jill Elsom, Mark Ward, Aubrey Warboys)


Waterbeach Fen - 13 Whooper Swan, Little Egret, Ross's Goose (David & Jonathan Heath)

Nene Washes - 2 ringtail Hen Harriers, 4+ Marsh Harriers, c.50 Bewick's Swan, c.150 Whooper Swan (David Chambers); BRENT GOOSE, 3+ Short-eared Owls (Paul Taylor)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (Colin Addington)

Fowlmere - ringtail Hen Harrier (Rogher Buisson)

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Sunday, 1 January

Ferry Meadows - 1st winter Mediterranean Gull on the Gunwade shoreline, White-fronted Goose (Matt Webb); RAVEN low over Bluebell wood (Andrew Frost)

Ouse Washes - probable Temminck's Stint from Grose Hide (John Wells)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, SNOW BUNTING, 3 Peregrines, Jack Snipe, 4 Hen Harriers (Richard Thomas); c.48 Pink-footed Geese flew over (David Heath)

Little Shelford - FIRECREST is still resident in the hedges of my garden near the level crossing on Hauxton Road (Ali Cooper)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (David Hollin)

Paxton Pits - 2 Tree Sparrow, Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, 1+ Peregrine, 7 Smew, 5 Goosander, Ringed Plover, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, 2 Corn Bunting (Martin Davis, Gary Rawlings, Martin Shadbolt, Jamie Wells, Jim Stevenson)

Somersham GP - ad Caspian Gull, Green Sandpiper (Russell Watkins)

Eldernell to March Farmers - Hen Harrier, 4 Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, 2+ Short-eared Owl, 140 Whooper Swan, 65 Bewick's Swan (Duncan Ritchie); also BRENT GOOSE, Peregrine (Mike Weedon et al.)

Cambourne - Short-eared Owl, JACK SNIPE (Jonathan Heath)

Maxey Pits - 3 JACK SNIPE, 2 Goosander (Mike Weedon et al.)

Saturday, 31 December

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, drake Scaup, 3 Ruddy Ducks 2 Goosander (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Gamlingay Wood - Short-eared Owl at dusk on Sugley Meadow (Stuart & Jill Elsom)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Mediterranean Gulls 2, White-fronted Goose on Heron Meadows (Mike Weedon)

Eldernell - 8 Common Cranes, 4 Short-eared Owls, Merlin (Dave Chambers)

Friday, 30 December

Eldernell - 8 COMMON CRANES, 2 Short-eared Owls, Peregrine (Gavin Patterson)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, SNOW BUNTING (m.o.)

Fen Drayton - adult Mediterranean Gull in the Ferry Lagoon roost (Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Shag, 3+ Goosander (Duncan Ritchie)

Cambourn - 4+ Short Eared Owls (Jonathan Hook)

Thursday, 29 December

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Shag, drk Scaup, 4+ Goosander (Mark Hawkes)

Ouse Fen - SNOW BUNTING, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl (David Hollin)

Eldernell / March Farmers - 8 COMMON CRANES, 3-4 Marsh harrier, Peregrine (Mike Weedon, Ray and Will Bowell)

Maxey GP - 2 Jack snipe, 9 Goosander, (Mike Weedon, Ray and Will Bowell)