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.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Friday, 31 August

Ouse fen - Osprey over 08:40h (Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water - 2 Whinchat north end of dam (Colin Addington)

Witcham - 2 Cranes over east early morning (David Hopkins)

Sutton Gault - Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank (Mark Peck)

Wicken Fen - 2 Cranes over 10:30h (Richard Palmer et al.)

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Thursday, 30 August

Grafham Water - 2 ARCTIC SKUA (Mark Ward)

Ouse Washes - GLOSSY IBIS from Grose Hide still, 127 Garganey, 4 juv Spotted Redshank, 28 Greenshank, 25 Ruff (James Hanlon)

Wednesday, 29 August

Ouse Washes - GLOSSY IBIS from Grose Hide, ARCTIC SKUA over north-east, 48 Garganey from Kingfisher Hide, 2 Common Sands, 12 Ruffs, 14+ Greenshanks, Wheatear (Mike Everett) 

Hemingford Abbotts - Osprey east along the River Ouse this evening (Kevin Hand)

Tuesday, 28 August

Fowlmere - elusive fem Redstart, 2 Green Sand flew over (Ade Cooper) 

Ouse Washes - unringed juv GLOSSY IBIS Grose hide until 20.07h when it flew off north, 6 juv Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 42 Garganey, 43 Little Egret, Hobby, 3 male Red-crested Pochard, 4 juv Arctic Tern over south (Richard Allison); 4 Curlew Sandpipers (Mike Burdekin)

Monday, 27 August 2012

Monday, 27 August

Eynesbury - TREE PIPIT flew over 06.10hr (Mark Hawkes)

Ouse Washes - juvenile GLOSSY IBIS, 92 Garganey, 4 Curlew Sandpipers, 5 Spotted Redshanks, 20+ Greenshank, 8+ Black-tailed Godwits, 50+ Ruff, 3 Dunlin (Mark Ward, Mark Hawkes)

Grafham Water - PIED FLYCATCHER south end dam, Osprey over (Richard Patient); 4 Turnstones (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - Osprey over, 2 Turnstones (Jamie Wells)

Wicken Fen - 2 Little-ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, 5 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank (Tim Dee)

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Sunday, 26 August

Ouse Washes - GLOSSY IBIS still in front of Grose Hide, 2 Spotted Redshanks, Black Tailed Godwit, 7+ Greenshank, 10+ Ruff, 3 Whinchats, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Mandarin (Brendan Doe); juvenile PURPLE HERON again on east side of washes at Witcham Gravel (Owen Marks); SPOTTED CRAKE, Montagu's Harrier, 53 Garganey (Richard Patient); 2 Wood Sandpiper (Dawn Balmer, Peter wilson); 250 Little Egrets (Hugh Venables)

Paxton Pits - 2 juv. Spotted Redshanks, 2 Whinchat, 3 Hobbies (Martin Davis)

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Saturday, 25 August

Ouse Washes - GLOSSY IBIS still in front of Grose Hide (Mike Burdekin) juvenile PURPLE HERON  from Witcham gravel (David Hopkins)

Paxton Pits - 2 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 2+ Hobbies (Jamie Wells)

Friday, 24 August 2012

Friday, 24 August

Chain Corner - no sign of the American Golden Plover to 08:30h, but Whinchat and Wheatear present (Ben Green)

Ouse Washes - GLOSSY IBIS from Grose Hide 13:00h (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Wicken Fen - Snipe 73, Green Sandpiper 3, Dunlin 3, Ruff 2 (Tim Dee & Helen Macdonald)

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Thursday, 23 August

Peterborough - Peregrine at Storeys Bar Road near the power station 07:45h (Andy Bayes)

Chain Corner - AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER in stubble field at ca. TL424777 until 08:00h at least. Park on right hand side of road, heading towards Sutton, at ca. TL423781 There's tracks heading south along either side of a ditch for ca. 100 yards that lead to the edge of the stubble field. Viewing not easy as rather long stubble and plenty of Goldies in the field. (Richard Thomas, Ian Dillon)

Ouse Washes, Grose Hide - PURPLE HERON mid-morning (Mike Burdekin); also a count of 230-233 Little Egrets (Mike Burdekin, Bruce Martin, Owen Marks, Patrick Harrington,)

Paxton Pits - Caspian Gull, Green Sandpiper, Hobby, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Curlew over (Jamie Wells)

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Wednesday, 22 August

Chain Corner - AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER (Mark Eaton)

Ouse Washes, Earith - Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank (Stuart Sharp)

Wicken Fen - Spotted Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Hobby this morning (Peter Wells); 5 Green Sandpiper, 106 Snipe (Tim Dee)

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Tuesday, 21 August

Ouse Washes, Earith - 1st summer AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER until flying north into arable near Sutton at 19:23h. Parking at Earith industrial estate walk north for about half a mile to the obvious pool. Also 2 Spotted Redshank, 3 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover (Ade Cooper)

Ouse Washes - Hobby, juv Black Tern, 13 Garganey, Curlew, 4 Greenshank, fem Wheatear (Mike Burdekin)

Grafham Water - Little Gull, Black Tern, 13 Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper, 30+ Yellow Wagtail (Mark Hawkes)

Ferry Meadows - juv Wheatear (Don Gardener)

Paxton Pits - ad Peregrine over, 2 Turnstone briefly, 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (Jamie Wells)

Bradley Fen -  27 Little Egrets (as per Brian Stone)

Maxey Pits - Osprey, Turtle Dove, 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (Mike Weedon)

Wicken Fen - 96 Snipe, 10 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Wheatear (Tim Dee)

Isleham Water Meadows - 4 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper (Chris Brown)

Monday, 20 August 2012

Monday, 20 August

Grafham Water - Little Gull, Black Tern, 15 Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Godmanchester - RAVEN, 2 Osprey's over (Ian Hellary)

Paxton Pits - 3 Whimbrel over south (Martin Davis); 2 ad and 2 juv Turtle Doves (Jamie Wells)

Wicken Fen - 6 Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit (Tim Dee)

Cambridge - 7 Crossbills over Addenbrookes early morning (Jonathan Hetah)

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Sunday, 19 August

Grafham Water - 2 Black Terns, Red-crested Pochard, 3+ Spotted Flycatchers, 6 Green Sandpipers (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington, David Hollin)

Ouse Washes - juv. Black Tern, 7 Greenshank (Brendan Doe); 225 Little Egrets (Hugh Venables, Brendan Doe, Owen Marks); 12 Garganey, Wheatear (Hugh Venables); 2 Wood Sandpiper (Andy Massey)

Ouse Fen - juv Little Gull briefly (Andy Massey)

Ferry Meadows - Tree Pipit over, 3 Black Tailed Godwits, 5 Crossbills, Yellow Wagtail (Matt Webb, Don Gardener)

Fowlmere - 1st win REDSTART (Ade Cooper)

Wicken Fen - 68 Snipe, 7 Green Sandpiper, Ruff, 6 Black-tailed Godwit (Tim Dee & Claire Spottiswoode)

Saturday, 18 August

Grafham Water - 18 Black Terns, Knot east of fishing lodge on rocks, drk Red-crested Pochard (Mark Hawkes)

Friday, 17 August

Gamlingay - adult DOTTEREL in field by road to Little Gransden TL259528 (Rosemary Setchfield)

Grafham Water - 18 Black Terns this evening (per rarebirdalert.com)

Ouse Washes - 3 Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper around the last rapidly-dwindling pool north of Earith, 40+ Yellow Wagtails (Mark Eaton); Mandarin, 2 Bitterns, 173+ Little Egrets, juv Black Tern, 10 Garganey, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Ruff (Hugh Venables)

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Thursday, 16 August

Guided Busway - 2 Quail singing from cereal field at c.TL416669, between Long Stanton and Westwick, 08:25h (Richard Thamas)

Grafham Water - 18 Black Terns, Little Gull (per rarebirdalert.com)

Arrington - Whimbrel (Jim Lawrence)

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Wednesday, 15 August

Paxton Pits - 2 SANDWICH TERN briefly, 7 Black Tern, Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2+ Common Sandpiper (Martin Davis); Turnstone over south, Wheatear (Jamie Wells, Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - 21 Black Tern (Mark Ward)

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Tuesday, 14 August

Paxton Pits - Caspian Gull, 37+ Yellow-legged Gulls, Wheatear, 2 Greenshank, 2+ Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Hobby, Barn Owl, Turtle Dove over (Martin Davis)

Stretham - Crossbill over (Owen Marks)

Isleham Washes - 6 Green Sandpipers (David Collins)

Fowlmere - Wheatear at Manor Farm (Doug Radford)

Farcet Fen - 2nd c.y. Hen Harrier (Steve Dudley)

Ouse Washes - 77 Little Egret, 38+ Garganey, 2 Turnstone (James Hanlon)

Grafham Water - 2 Black Tern, 7 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Mark Ward)

Monday, 13 August 2012

Monday, 13 August

Grafham Water - 4 Black Terns from Mander CP c.14:00h (Mark Brandon); juv Mediterranean Gull, juv Arctic Tern, 20 Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Ward)

Ouse Washes - Wood Sandpiper, 20 Greenshank (Mike Burdekin); 94 Little Egrets, 39 Garganey, juv Black Tern, Wheatear (Owen Marks); Quail calling in fields between Common Wash Hide and Fortrey Hall (Hugh Venables)

Ely - Peregrine over train station 17:45h (Andrew Knights)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 juv Arctic Terns (Richard Thomas)

Gamlingay Wood - 4 Crossbills over (Stuart & Jill Elsom) 

Sunday, 12 August

Maxey GP - OSPREY at Etton Road site, Greenshank, 6 Green Sandpipers this morning (John Saunders); 9 Green Sandpipers this evening (Mike Weedon)

Grafham Water - Black Tern on the boom at the fishing lodge, 4 Green Sandpipers (Richard Palmer)

Fen Drayton - 3 Greenshank at Ferry Lagoon (Richard Palmer)

Eldernell - Osprey over east 11:30h, 2 ad Crane, 2 Greenshank (Steve Dudley)

Paxton Pits - Caspian Gull, 1+ Curlew, 2 Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 2 Egyptian Geese, Hobby (Jamie Wells)

Bedford Purlieus - 3 Crossbills (Stuart & Jill Elsom)

Saturday, 11 August

Ouse Washes - 42 Garganey, Hobby, Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 2 Tree Sparrows (Gavin Paterson); juvenile Black Tern, juvenile Arctic Tern on wash at Fortry Hall (Ade Cooper); 60+ Little Egret at Chain Corner (Simon Stirrup)

Paxton Pits - 2 Curlew, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1-2 Greenshank, pair Egyptian Goose, Hobby, Wheatear (Martin Davis/Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - Red-crested Pochard, 9 Green Sandpipers (Mark Hawkes); Black Tern (per rarebirdalert)

Maxey GP - Greenshank, 6 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper (John Saunders)

Cam Washes, Upware - 7 Green Sandpiper (Tim Dee)

Friday, 10 August 2012

Friday, 10 August

Ouse Washes - 43 Garganey from Common Wash Hide (Mike Burdekin); PURPLE HERON 14:00h, 2 Red-crested Pochards (per rarebirdalert.com)

Grafham Water - Black Tern (per rarebirdalert.com)

Swaffham Pior Fen - 40 Golden Plover (Tim Dee)

Isleham Washes - 6 Green Sandpipers (David Collins)

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Thursday, 9 August

Paxton Pits - 4 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Hobby (Martin Davis)

Earith Washes - 70 Little Egrets, male Wheatear (David McCarthy)

Ouse Washes - 25+ Garganey from Common Wash Hide, juv Wheatear; also PURPLE HERON reported this morning (Mike Burdekin). 

Wednesday, 8 August

Paxton Pits - 3 COMMON SCOTER in flight only, likely after being flushed from new workings by a microlight 19:20h, Also Garganey, Greenshank, 5+ Green Sandpiper, 2+ Common Sandpiper (Jamie Wells)

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Tuesday, 7 August

Sutton Gault - 4+ Green Sandpiper, 6 Garganey, Greenshank, 32 Snipe, 80+ Little Egrets (Mark Eaton)

Grafham Water - Red-crested Pochard, Greenshank, 7+ Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Ouse Washes west bank north of Earith -  juv Wheatear, 9+ Garganey, 3 Green Sandpiper (Andy Massey)

Monday, 6 August

Grafham Water - Greenshank, 10+ Green Sandpiper, 25+ Yellow-legged Gull, Tawny Owl (Mark Hawkes)

Sutton Gault - PURPLE HERON 14:00-14:30h at least (Alex Quig)

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Sunday, 5 August

Eaton Ford - Crossbill over (Richard Bashford)

Grafham Water - Greenshank, Red-crested Pochard, 11 Common Sandpipers, 9 Green Sandpipers, 6 Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Sutton Gault - adult PURPLE HERON still (Simon Stirrup)

Paxton Pits - Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Hobby (Martin Davis)

King's Dyke - ad male HONEY BUZZARD over thowards Whittlesey this morning (as per Steve Dudley)

Saturday, 4 August

Sutton Gault - ad PURPLE HERON still present, 9 Crossbills flew east (Dean Harlow)

Paxton Pits - Greenshank, Hobby, 2 Egyptian Geese (Jamie Wells)

Fen Drayton - Crossbill over south near Holywell car park (Peter Herkenrath and Ricky Whelan)

Ouse Washes, between Earith and chain corner - juv Turnstone, 6 Greenshank, 6 Ruff, 50+ Black-tailed Godwits,14 Little Egret, 5 Common Sandpipers (Ade Cooper)

Earith Washes, north from Earith industrial estate - 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 8 Garganey, 65 Black-tailed Godwit (Gavin Paterson)

Fowlmere - Turtle Dove (Ade Cooper)

Needingworth Quarry complex - Arctic Tern, Green Sandpiper (Gavin Paterson)

Eldernell - Hobby, Green Sandpiper, 26 Little Egret, 2 Tree Sparrow (Gavin Paterson)

Friday, 3 August 2012

Friday, 3 August

Sutton Gault - ad PURPLE HERON still 200 yards south of the road along the Old Bedford River (rarebirdealert.com); at south end of osiers 15:35h (Bruce Martin)

Earith Washes - 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS with Lapwing flock 07:45h, from east bank c.2 km upriver from bridge. Also Turnstone, 2 Wood Sandpipers, 3 Garganey (Richard Grimmett)

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Thursday, 2 August

Eldernell - 32 Little Egrets (Peter Beesley)

Ouse Washes, Earith to Mepal - ad PURPLE HERON at Sutton Gault, 103 Little Egret, 17 Egyptian Geese, 5 Greensahnk, 65+ Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper (Ade Cooper)

Paxton Pits - Crossbill over (Stuart Elsom); Whimbrel over (Jamie Wells)

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Wednesday, 1 August

Longstanton - SPOTTED CRAKE reported singing in wheat field east of guided busway at 08.20h. Access via public bridleway from Westwick or Longstanton (as per rarebirdalert.com).

Peterborough - Osprey over south c.13:20h (Ben Fraser)

Mepal - 119 Little Egrets (David Hollin, Ady Cooper and James Hanlon)