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.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Thursday, 28 February

Barnwell East LNR, Cambridge - Woodcock (Iain Webb)

Burwell Fen - 2 Crane (John Roote)

Cottenham, Long Drove - dark 2nd c.y. GLAUCOUS GULL 08:20h (Simon Stirrup); pale 2nd c.y. GLAUCOUS GULL at lunchtime (James Hanlon)

Fowlmere - fem Hen Harrier 17:20h, also Jack Snipe reported (James Hanlon)

WAXWINGS today: Greenhaze Lane/Miller Lane, Cambourne (19); Montgomery Road, Cambridge (20);

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Wednesday, 27 February

Wilbraham Fen -  fem Hen Harrier (John Roote)

Paxton Pits -  Scaup, Green Sandpiper, pair of Goosander, 5 Red-crested Pochard (David McCarthy); 4 Smew (Martin Davis)

Witcham Gravel - dark 1st win GLAUCOUS GULL (David Hopkins)

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Tuesday, 26 February

Fen Drayton Lakes - Slavonian Grebe, Goosander on Ferry Lagoon this morning (John Hoppett)

Upware - 9 Whooper Swan, 4 Pink-footed Geese (Gavin Paterson)

Fowlmere - 2 Bearded Tit, 8+ Water Rail, c.40 Siskin (Mike Foley); 2 Jack Snipe flushed during reed cutting, but not generally visible (Doug Radford)

WAXWINGS today: Montgomery Road, Cambridge (19)

Monday, 25 February 2013

Monday, 25 February

Grafham Water - Slavonian Grebe still (Colin Addington)

Wimpole - HAWFINCH in Old Rectory Restaurant garden this afternoon (Jem Holding)

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Sunday, 24 February

Paxton Pits - 2 Scaup, 5 Smew, 7 Goosander, Woodcock (Jamie Wells)

Little Wilbraham - Hen Harrier across fields towards Bottisham (Keven Harris)

Long Drove, Cottenham - GLAUCOUS GULL on landfill site (Steve Cooper)

Needingworth - 7 Smew, Ruff (Hugh Venables)

Ouse Fen - Bittern over phase 1 (Hugh Venables)

Fen Drayton - SLAVONIAN GREBE & Goosander on Ferry Lagoon (Hugh Venables)

Wicken Fen - Cetti's Warbler, Bittern, 5 Curlew (Gavin Paterson)

WAXWINGS today: just beyond entrance to Chesterton College, Gilbert Road, Cambridge (c.40); Ferry Meadows (25);

Saturday, 23 February

Paxton Pits - 4+ Smew, 2+ Goosander, 5 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Lesser Redpoll (Jamie wells)

Ouse Valley Way between Brampton and Buckden pits - FIRECREST (John Lindsell)

Ouse Washes, Earith -  320 Black-tailed Godwit, 54 Ruff, Egyptian Goose, 16 Bewick's Swan (Gavin Paterson)

Fen Drayton - SLAVONIAN GREBE on Ferry Lagoon (Hugh Venables)

Fowlmere - Hen Harrier, Merlin (Matt Mellor)

Cam Washes, Upware - 14 Pink-footed Geese, 9 Whooper Swans (David & Jon Heath)

Nene Washes - 8 Crane, Caspian Gull (Jonathan Taylor)

WAXWINGS today: Arbury Road (1); St Andrews Rec. Chesterton (29); Gilbert Road, Cambridge (c.20)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Friday, 22 February

Paxton Pits - Mealy Redpoll with 2 Lesser redpolls at Visitor centre feeders (Martin Davis, Gary Rawlings); male Smew, 20+ Siskin (John Hoppett)

Burwell Fen - Peregrine, 4+ Marsh Harrier (Mark Brandon)

Tubney Fen - male and fem Hen Harrier (Mark Brandon)

Cottenham, Long Drove - GLAUCOUS GULL, 2nd c.y. Caspian Gull, Nordic jackdaw with 600+ Jackdaw (Steve Cooper)

Milton - ad & 4 further Caspian Gull (Steve Cooper)

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Thursday, 21 February

Ferry Meadows - Peregrine (Don Gardener)

Heathfield - Mealy Redpoll with 40+ Lesser Redpoll and 40+ Reed Buntings (James Hanlon)

Maxey Pits - 19 Goosander (Malcolm Holley)

Fleam Dyke - ringtail Hen Harrier, 40+ Corn Bunting at the Fulbourn end (Iain Webb)

Witcham Gravel - 2nd win GLAUCOUS GULL, 2nd win Mediterranean Gull (David Hopkins) 

Cam Washes - 14 PINK-FOOTED GEESE, 9 Whooper Swan, 6 Little Egret (Owen Marks)

WAXWINGS today: Milton Road/Elizabeth Way roundabout, Cambridge (c.20); Meadows Community Centre, Arbury (46);

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Wednesday, 20 February

Nene Washes - 7 Crane behind Holly Tree farm along North bank Road (John Saunders)

Cam Washes - 7 PINK-FOOTED GEESE with the Greylags this morning (Monica & Owen Marks); 14 PINK-FOOTED GEESE late afternoon, 9 Whooper Swan, male Merlin, 10 Little Egret (Steve Cooper)

WAXWINGS today: Greystoke Road, Cambridge (c.30); Greenhaze Lane/Miller Way, Cambourne (16); Longworth Avenue, Chesterton (31); Hemingford Grey (15);

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Tuesday, 19 February

Cottenham, Long Drove - imm. GLAUCOUS GULL, likely 1st win,  08:30h (Simon Stirrup)

Witcham Gravel - 2nd win GLAUCOUS GULL (David Hopkins)

Nene Washes - 7 Crane viewable from north bank just west of Holly Tree (Brian Stone)

Tubney Fen - 9 Whooper Swan (Gavin Paterson)

Burwell Fen - 2 Short-eared Owl, Peregrine (Gavin Paterson)

Fowlmere - Merlin, Hen Harrier, Kingfisher (Matt Mellor)

WAXWINGS today: Mill Road/Coleridge Road junction, Cambridge (c.25);

Monday, 18 February 2013

Monday, 18 February

Nene Washes - 5 Crane behind Holly Tree Farm, North Bank (Mac Bell)

Mare Fen - 1350 Black-tailed Godwit, 300 Lapwing, 5 Ruff (Monica & Owen Marks)

Cam Washes, Upware - 23 White-fronted Geese (David Elliott)

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Sunday, 17 February

Grafham Water - SLAVONIAN GREBE, 2 Bewick's Swans, 2 Grey Partridge, male Smew, Turnstone (Mark Hawkes)

Ouse Fen - 3 Little Gulls (Richard Thomas)

Mare Fen - fem. Garganey (Richard Grimmett)

Paxton Pits - 11 Smew, Red-brested Merganser, 5 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Egyptian Geese, 5 Goosander, Scaup  (Martin Davis)

Wimpole - HAWFINCH in Old Rectory Garden still (Richard Johnson)

Fen Drayton - SLAVIONIAN GREBE on Ferry Lagoon, c.160 Pintail (Mark Ward); 400+ Black-tailed Godwit (Sarah Howlett)

Fowlmere- Bittern (Ade Cooper); ringtail Hen Harrier, Merlin, 2 Barn Owl (Matt Mellor)

Little Wilbraham Fen - Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier (Donal McCarthy)

Burwell Fen - Short-eared Owl (Martin O'Leary)

Ely BF - Bitern (Mark Grooms)

WAXWINGS today: M11/A505 J10 Duxford junction (c.10)

Saturday, 16 February

Paxton Pits - 11 Smew, Red-brested Merganser, 5 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Egyptian Geese, 5 Goosander, Scaup, 9+ Buzzard  (Martin Davis et al.)

Grafham Water - SLAVONIAN GREBE (Gareth Rees); 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, Turnstone, 2 Bewick's Swans, 11 Goosander, Green Sandpiper, Scaup  (Mark Hawkes)

Wilbraham Fen - Short-eared Owl, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, 2 Barn Owls (Andy Symes)

Six Mile Bottom - 10 Crossbills over Hare Park (Kevin Wilson)

Tubney Fen -2 Short-eared Owls, Barn Owl, 2 Grey Partidge (Lester Bunyan)

Needingworth - 15 Smew, 12 Goldeneye, Green Sandpiper (Mark Eaton)

Ouse Fen - Peregrine, 3+ Bearded Tit, pair of Sonechat, Kingfisher, Barn Owl (Mark Eaton)

Maxey Pits - 28 Goosander (Malcolm Holley)

Burwell Fen - Short-eared Owl (Martin O'Leary)

WAXWINGS today at Hemingford Grey (15); Huntingdon (c.18); Histon Road, Cambridge (12);

Friday, 15 February 2013

Friday, 15 February

Ferry Meadows - redhead Smew (Mike Weedon)

Hatley St. George - Barn Owl (Tim Watling)

Girton College, Cambridge - Firecrest near main car park (Mike Crosby)

Ferry Meadows - 80+ Snipe (Matt Webb)

Witcham Gravel - juv/1st win GLAUCOUS GULL, 2nd win ICELAND GULL (David Hopkins)

Grafham Water - 2 Bewick's Swan, Turnstone, 5 Goosander (Colin Addington)

WAXWINGS today: Hemingford Grey (14);

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Thursday, 14 February

Wimpole - HAWFINCH still present (John Hoppett)

Fowlmere - Bittern, fem Hen Harrier, Merlin, Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher (Ade Cooper)

Grafham Water - Mediterranean Gull (Colin Addington); Slavonian Grebe(rarebirdalert.com)

Wicken Fen - 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Barn Owl, 2 Water Rail (James Hanlon)

WAXWINGS today: Hemingford Grey (12+);

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Wednesday, 13 February

Wimpole - HAWFINCH still present (Jenny Brightwell)

Grafham Water - 2 Sanderling in Dudney Creek still (Colin Addington)

WAXWINGS today: Hemingford Grey (16);

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Tuesday, 12 February

Harston/Newton - GREAT GREY SHRIKE over the London Road, c.TL440504, before 09:00h (matt Mellor)

Milton - ad and 1st win Caspian Gull, 5+ Yellow-legged Gull (James Hanlon)

Grafham Water - 1st win Mediterranean Gull, 8 Goosander (Mark Hawkes)

Fowlmere - Bittern, fem Hen Harrier, male Merlin, Bearded Tit (Ade Cooper)

Woodwalton Fen - 4 Marsh Harrier, 2+ Bearded Tit, 8+ Water Rail, Bittern (Mark Eaton)

Ouse Washes - Water Pipit, c.50 Black-tailed Godwit, c.40 Ruff over (Mark Eaton)

WAXWINGS today: Hemingford Grey (13);

Monday, 11 February 2013

Monday, 11 February

Nene Washes - 1150 Bewick's Swan, 1110 Whooper Swan, 507 Pintail, 162 Gadwall, ad fem Scaup, 10 Crane, 400 Black-tailed Godwit (Jonathan Taylor)

Wimpole - HAWFINCH still (Mike Crosby)

WAXWINGS today: Hemingford Grey (13);

Sunday, 10 February

Fowlmere - Hen Harrier, Jack Snipe (Matt Mellor)

Grafham Water - Scaup, 2 Sanderling, 4 Bewick's Swans (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - 5+ Smew, Goosander, 5 Red-creasted Pochard (Jamie Wells, Neal Parkin)

Fordham - 5 Bramblings (David Collins)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Slavonain Grebe (Richard Thomas)

WAXWINGS today: Hampton Vale (15); Hemingford Grey (13);

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Saturday, 9 February

Wimpole - HAWFINCH still (Andrew Allen); 10 Mandarin (Graham Moates)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 271 Black-tailed Godwit, Slavonian Grebe, 2 Goosander (Bruce Martin)

Impington / Milton - Mediterranean Gull in gull gathering in field between Impington and Milton tip (Mark Ward)

Wicken Fen - on Baker's Fen c.1630 Wigeon, 90 Gadwall, 119 Shoveler, c.525 Teal (Martin O'leary)

Paxton Pits - 3 Smew, 3-5 Goosander, 5 Red-creasted Pochard, Water Rail (Jamie Wells)

Fowlmere - Bearded Tit, Hen Harrier, Merlin (Matt Mellor)

Needingworth Quarry Lakes - 7 Smew (Duncan McNiven)

Aldreth - c.150 Bewick's Swans on flooded fields east of village (Paul Mason)

Cottenham, Long Drove - 2 Green Sandpiper (Mark Ward)

Ouse Washes, Earith - c.530 Black-tailed Godwit, 50+ Ruff, 360+ Golden Plover, 27 Whooper Swan (Mark Eaton)

Tubney Fen, Burwell - 2 Short-eared Owls, Barn Owl (Andrew Taylor)

Burwell village - 2 Brambling (Andrew Taylor)

WAXWINGS today: Bermuda Rad, Cambridge (81); Harvey Goodwin Avenue, Cambridge (c.60);

Friday, 8 February 2013

Friday, 8 February

Wimpole - HAWFINCH still present (Brian Anderson)

Fulbourn NR - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Colin Lee)

WAXWINGS today: Bermuda Road, Cambridge (c.20);

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Thursday, 7 January

Girton - Firecrest (Rob Pople)

Wicken Fen - male & 3 fem Hen Harrier, 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Barn Owl (Colin Kirtland)

WAXWINGS today: Bermuda Road, Cambridge (c.70); Hemingford Grey (6); Lnychwood, Peterborough (11+);

Wednesday, 6 February

Fowlmere - 2 Jack Snipe, ringtail Hen Harrier, fem Merlin, 2 Bearded Tit (Doug Radford); 30+ Siskin (Matt Mellor)

WAXWINGS today: Bermuda Road, Cambridge (10+);

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Tuesday, 5 February

Mare Fen - 800+ Black-tailed Godwit (Jeremy Lindsell)

Milton CP - Bittern on Todd's Pit still (Ade Long)

Milton - 4 Caspain Gull on floodded fields near the tip (James Hanlon)

Fowlmere - 2 Jack Snipe from reedbed hide (Ali Cooper, Diana Leech); ringtail Hen Harrier (Alex Quig)

Wimpole - HAWFINCH still present (John Lindsell)

WAXWINGS today: Oxford Road, Cambridge (28); Orchard Park (16 over);

Monday, 4 February 2013

Monday, 4 January

Wimpole - HAWFINCH still (Clive Sinclair)

Fowlmere - Jack Snipe, Hen Harrier (Mark Ward)

Earith - 14 Bewick's Swan nearby (Chris Boness)

Wicken Fen - 6 Hen Harrier to roost, juv fem Merlin, Barn Owl (Chris Boness)

Woodwalton Fen - male Hen Harrier, 4 Marsh Harrier (Luise Addison)

WAXWINGS today: Hemingford Grey (27+);

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Sunday, 3 February

Block Fen - c.500 Whooper Swans (Gavin Patterson)

Ouse Washes, Mepal - 19 Black-tailed Godwits, 12 Ruff (Gavin Patterson)

Eldernell - 326 Whooper Swans (Gavin Patterson); Brent Goose (Peter Hogan)

Paxton Pits - Goosander, 5 Red-crested Pochard, 7 Smew Green Sandpiper, Jack Snpe (Martin Davis)

Fowlmere - Jack Snipe, Hen Harrier (Matt Mellor)

Grafham Water - 2 Turnstones, 2 Sanderling, 1st win male Scaup (Andy Cotton)

Milton CP - Bittern at north end of Todd's Pitt (James Hanlon)

Woodwalton Fen - male Hen Harrier, 5 Marsh Harrier (Kevin Taylor)

WAXWINGS today: Cambridge (50); M11 between Barton and A10 turn off (10); Whittlesey (8) 

Saturday, 2 February

Wimpole - HAWFINCH still present (Jamie Wells); ad Mediterranean Gull over (Andy Cotton)

Grafham Water - 2 Sanderling, 4 Bewick's Swans, Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes); fem Red-breasted Merganser, ad Caspian Gull (Audrey & Gwyn Willimas)

Milton Tip - 9 Caspian Gulls (Mark Thomas, Steve Blain, Steve Cooper)

Needingworth Quarry Lakes - 18 Smew (per rarebirdalert)

Paxton Pits - Red-crested Pochard, 2-3 Smew, Water Rail (Jamie Wells)

Fowlmere - 2 Jack Snipe (Ade Cooper)

Upton - HAWFINCH seen in a maple on the road to Southey Wood just after Top Lodge Farm (Matt Webb)

Castor Hanglands - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 25 Bullfinches, Crossbill (Matt Webb)

Upton - Hawfinch nearby (Matt Webb)

Hemingford Grey – 26 Waxwings (Vic & Pauline Cozens)

Friday, 1 February 2013

Friday, 1 February

Wimpole - HAWFINCH still this morning, also Nuthatch, Little Egret (Martin Davis)

Earith - 4 Red-crested Pochard on flood just to the west this morning (Mark Eaton)

Milton CP - Bittern on Todds Pit (Nick Richardson)

Fowlmere - Jack Snipe, Merlin, Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler,  2 Barn Owl, Tawny Pwl, 2 Woodcock (Matt Mellor)

Grafham Water - imm male Scaup, fem Smew, Great Northern Diver, 4 Bewick's Swan (Colin Addington)

WAXWINGS today: Holywell Way, Longthorpe (28); Cherry Hinton Hall (26+)