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 March 2013

Thursday, 28 March

Ferry Meadows - Sandwich Tern still, in front of watersports centre (Matt Webb)

Stuntney/Soham - 3 Cranes over the A142 between the villages this morning (Duncan Poyser)

Grafham Water - VELVET SCOTER, Slavonian Grebe (Colin Addington); also 4 Goosander (Mark Hawkes); and male Smew (Nick senior)

Murrow - Short-eared Owl (Marie Barton)

Girton - Firecrest (Matt Mellor)

Paxton Pits - pair of Smew, pair of Scaup, 50+ Goldeneye (Donal McCarthy)

Fen Drayton Lakes - male Smew, 115 Pintail, 2nd win Caspian Gull (Hugh Venables)

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Wednesday, 27 March

Ferry Meadows - SANDWICH TERN on Gunwade 08:15h (Matt Webb); still present 11:50h (Brian Stone); Sand Martin high over Overton Lake (Chris Park)

Dog-in-a-Doublet - ad Little Gull at (Jonathan Taylor)

Paxton Pits - Scaup still (Mark Ward); 2nd win Little Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Smew, Green Sandpiper (Martin Davis)

Haddenham - 10 WAXWING in Camping Close (Chris Boness)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3rd win ICELAND GULL (Mike Everett)

Grafham Water - 3rd win ICELAND GULL in roost (Mark Ward)

Witcham Toll - male Hen Harrier over (Monica & Owen Marks)

Cotenham, Long Drove - pale 2nd c.y. GLAUCOUS GULL, 2 Caspian Gull, Ruff, White Wagtail, 3 Little Egrets (Peter Herkenrath, Colin Kirtland); Peregrine (Ian Barton)

Fowlmere - Woodcock, Chiffchaff (Ade Cooper)

Teversham Fen - ringtail Hen Harrier, 6 Marsh Harriers (David Heath)

A14/B1047 bridge -  male Wheatear still on the traffic island, TL48966129 (David Heath)

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Tuesday, March 26

Cottenham - 'white' 2nd c.y. GLAUCOUS GULL, Yellow-legged Gull around the tip (Mark Ward); ad Mediterranean Gull (David & Jonathan Heath)

Paxton Pits - Jack Snipe, 64 Goldeneye, redhead Smew, pair of Scaup (Martin Davis)

Ferry Meadows - 18 WAXWING (Matt Webb)

Nene Washes - pair of Garganey,  Merlin, Water Pipits, Cranes, 'thousands' of Islandica Black-tailed Godwits also ad Little Gull at Dog-in-a-Doublet (Jonathan Taylor)

Fowlmere - fem Hen Harrier into roost (Matt Mellor)

Monday, 25 March 2013

Monday, 25 March

Fen Ditton/Horningsea road - male Wheatear by A14 bridge (Shaun Sowden)

Waterbeach - Short-eared Owl (Shaun Sowden)

Ferry Meadows - SANDWICH TERN along the Nene 08:00h (Paul Gallagher)

Hemingford Grey - 23 WAXWING in a private garden (Vic & Pauline Cozens)

Camborne - 27 WAXWING in Greenhaze Lane area this morning (Mark Ward)

Grafham Water - Slavonian Grebe still (Colin Addington); 2nd c.y. Caspian Gull, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, male Smew (Mark Ward)

Fen Drayton Lakes - c.1300 Black-tailed Godwits (Richard Palmer)

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Sunday, 24 March

Grafham Water - VELVET SCOTER, 4 Goosander, 12 Avocets (Mark Ward)

Fen Drayton - 2 Smew, 200 Black-tailed Godwits (Hugh Venables)

Girton - Firecrest along perimeter parh of college north car park (Hugh Venables)

Paxton Pits - Little Ringed Plover (Martin Shadbolt); Smew, c.20 Goldeneye, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (Martin Davis)

Saturday, 23 March

Cambridge - 19 Waxwings in Eachard Road (Christoph Zöckler)

Paxton Pits - Brambling, Scaup (Martin Davis/Jamie Wells)

Friday, 22 March 2013

Friday, 22 March

Cottenham, Long Drove - pale juv GLAUCOUS GULL 09:55h, ICELAND GULL (Chris Boness)

Church End, Cherry Hinton - 4 WAXWING over north (Martin Davis)

Cambridge - 5 WAXWINGS in Echard Road (Christoph Zöckler)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 6 Egyptian Geese, 1300 Wigeon, 42 Goldeneye, Cetti's Warbler, Little Gull (Colin Kirtland)

Wicken Fen - male Hen Harrier (Gavin Paterson)

Ferry Meadows - 22 WAXWING (Tom Davison)

Late news: Mucklands Wood, Peterborough -  calling male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker c.3 weeks ago (Tony Parker)

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Thursday, 21 March

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 Garganey on floods north-west of Moore Lake 08:00h, Avocet on Elney Lake, 250 Black-tailed Godwits, 1200+ Wigeon (Hugh Venables)

Cambridge - c.12 WAXWINGS over Downing College (Saimon Clark); 20+ WAXWINGS in Kendal Way and 10 between Chesterfiled Road nad Warren Road (Richard Johnson)

Paxton Pits - Jack Snipe, Red-breasted Merganser (Martin Davis)

Girton - Firecrest still present (Monica and Owen Marks)

Cambourne - 21 WAXWING around Greenhaze Lane (Graeme Reed)


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Wednesday, 20 March

Hemingford Grey - 23 WAXWINGS in a private garden still (Vic and Pauline Cozens)

Cambridge - 40+ WAXWINGS in Kendal Way/Chesterfield Road (Richard Johnson); 50+ & 14 Chesterton High Street (Bob Jarman)

Great Cambourne - WAXWING over (Iain Webb) 

Hemingford Grey - 23 WAXWINGS in a private garden (Vic and Pauline Cozens)

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Tuesday, 19 March

Baker's Fen, Wicken - 220 Gadwall, 85 Shoveler, 35 Snipe, Little Owl, Cetti' s Warbler (Colin Kirtland)

Cambridge - up to 48 WAXWINGS along Eachard Road this morning (Christoph Zöckler); 6 WAXWINGS by entrance to Dept. of Biochemistry, Tennis Court Road c.10:00h (Saimon Clark); c.12 birds 10:35h (Dermot Cooper)

Hemingford Grey - 23 WAXWINGS in a private garden (Vic and Pauline Cozens)

Monday, 18 March 2013

Monday, 18 March

Cam Washes - 5 Avocet briefly (David Heath)

Cambridge - up to 44 WAXWINGS along Eachard Road this morning (Christoph Zöckler)

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Sunday, 17 March

Nene Washes - 4+ Water Pipits, 2 Common Cranes, c.2000 Black-tailed Godwits, Ruff (Mike Weedon)

Grafham Water - Kittiwake, Turnstone, 9 Avocets (Mark Hawkes); Smew, 89 Goldeneye, 12 Goosadner, Caspian Gill, 4 Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Ward)

Paxton Pits - Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Smew, Peregrine, Brambling (Jamie Wells et al.); GREAT WHITE EGRET heading north along Ouse valley (Stuart and Jill Elsom)

Cambridge - c.60 WAXWINGS Eachard Road (Christoph Zöckler)

Girton - FIRECREST still present (Ken Hook)

Saturday, 16 March

Paxton Pits - Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Smew, Green Sandpiper, Jack Snipe (Martin Davis)

Cambridge - 66 WAXWINGS Eachard Road (Christoph Zöckler)

Grafham Water - Turnstone, 4 Kittiwakes, SANDWICH TERN (Ade Cooper)

Teversham Fen - Hen Harrier, Bittern (David Heath)

Fen Drayton - SLAVONIAN GREBE on Ferry Lagoon (Brendan Doe)

Ferry Meadows - Mediterranean Gull on Heron Meadow (Don Gardener)

Friday, 15 March 2013

Friday, 15 march

Cottenham, Long Drove - 1st win Peregrine over, Green Sandpiper (Christian Boness)

WAXWINGS today: Hill Rise, St. Ives (23); Eachard Road, Cambridge (50);

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Thursday, 14 March

St. Ives - Sand Martin (Mike Everett)

Girton - Firecrest still (Andy Symes)

Paxton Pits - 5 Smew, Jack Snipe (Martin Davis)

Wicken Fen - male Garganey on Bakers Fen, Brent Goose, 7 Whooper Swan on Burwell Fen and 7 more on Swaffham Prior Fen (Bruce & Gwen Martin)

Peterborough - RAVEN over Monument Street c.12:00h (Tina Lindsay)

Ferry Meadows - Woodcock, Little Owl, Long-eared Owl, pair of Kingfisher (Peter Hogan)

WAXWINGS today: Kendal Way, Cambridge (18);Eachard Road, Cambridge (30); Hill Rise, St. Ives (20+)

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Wednesday, 13 March

River Nene, Peterborough - Dark-bellied Brent Goose just west of Millenium Bridge 13:00h, also 4 Green Sandpiper at North Bank sewage works (Matt Webb)

Ferry Meadows - Long-eared Owl over Goldie meadow, 2 Woodcock (Don Gardener)

WAXWINGS today: Hill Rise, St. Ives (20+); Eachard Road, Cambridge (42);

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Tuesday, March 12

Monks Wood - 2 Crossbill (Richard Broughton)

Great Eversden - Short-eared Owl (David Barr)

WAXWINGS today: Shirley Grove, Cambridge (14); Hill Rise, St. Ives (30);

Monday, 11 March 2013

Monday, 11 March

Stanground Wash - Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Philip Parker)

Cottenham, Long Drove - juv GLAUCOUS GULL, 4 Caspian Gull (Steve Cooper)

Paxton Pits - Red-breasted Merganser, 9 Smew (Martin Davis)

WAXWINGS today: Eachard Road, Cambridge (38); Brook Road, Eaton Ford (2); Shirley Grove, Cambridge (c.13); Hill Rise, St. Ives (21); Hemingford Grey (21);

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Sunday, 10 March

Paxton Pits - 1st winter GLAUCOUS GULL on pump house pit, Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Smew, Jack Snipe (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - Slavonian Grebe, male Smew, Turnstone, 7 Avocet (Mark Hawkes et al.)

Maxey Pits - Brent Goose (Chris Lines et al.)

Monks Wood - 10 Woodcock (Richard Broughton)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Peregrine, pair of Marsh Harrier (Sarah Holwett)

WAXWINGS today: Kendal Way, Cambridge (13+); Eachard Road, Cambridge (70);

Saturday, 9 March

Paxton Pits - 13 Brent Geese, Scaup, 6 Goosander, 8 Smew, Pintail, Woodcock (Jamie Wells)

Cam Washes - 3 Avocets, Green Sandpiper, 6 Pintail (Gavin Paterson)

Fen Drayton Lakes - SLAVONIAN GREBE, 2 Brent Geese (Richard Palmer); 48+ Black-tailed Godwits (Graeme Reed)

Girton College - FIRECREST, 8 Siskin (Peter Herkenrath)

Maxey Pits - Avocet (Richard Astle); 5 Sanderling (Chris Lines)

Icknield Way W of West Wratting - c.12 Bramblings with flock of Chaffinches (Kevin Hand)

Cambridge - 6 Brent Geese over Chesterton High St. (Iain Webb)

Eldernell - Brent Goose over, Mealy Redpoll (Mike Weedon); as Mediterranean Gull (Matt Webb)




Friday, 8 March 2013

Friday, March 8

Wimpole  - HAWFINCH still present by the restaurant garden 11:00h (Ian Dawson)

Ouse Fen - Bittern, Short-eared Owl, Bearded Tit , 3 Marsh Harrier (Gavin Paterson)

Icknield Way, west of West Wratting - 12 Brambling over with Chaffinch & Yellowhammer flock (Kevin Hand)

WAXWINGS today: by 143, Church End, Cambridge (c.20);

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Thursday, 7 March

Girton - Firecrest, also Siskins, Trecreeper (Colin Kirtland)

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Wednesday, 6 March

Paxton Pits - fem Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, 7 Smew, Rock Pipit (Martin Davis)

Ferry Meadows - Red-crested Pochard (Peter Hogan)

Needingworth GPs - 2 fem Smew (Colin Kirtland)

Grafham Water - Slavonian Grebe still, with Goldeneyes just south of control tower at lunchtime, also Common Scoter early afternoon (David McCarthy)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Slavonian Grebe (Mike Everett)

Girton College, Cambridge - Firecrest (Colin Kirtland)

Cambridge -  Kingfisher west along River Cam from Elizabeth Way (Kevin Hand)




Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Tuesday, 5 March

Barleycraft GP - GREAT WHITE EGRET over south-west following River Ouse 10:06h; also 8 Smew (Chris Boness)

Adventurer's Fen - 10 Whooper Swan, 4 Short-eared Owl, Kingfisher (Colin Kirtland)

Swaffham Prior Fen - fem Hen Harrier, male Merlin (Colin Kirtland)

Teversham Fen - ringtail Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl (David Heath)

Girton - Firecrest (David Heath)

Fowlmere - fem Hen Harrier; also 2 Jack Snipe, Merlin reported (James Hanlon)

Landbeach - ad Caspian Gull (Dick Newell)

Monday, 4 March 2013

Monday, 4 March

Ouse Washes - 4 Egyptian Geese, 1170 Golden Plover, 138 Dunlin (Monica & Owen Marks)

Buckden - 24 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE  over north-east 08:20h (Mark Ward)

Paxton Pits - 3 DARK-BELLIED BRENT GEESE (Phil Cadman)

Eldernell - 2 Crane (Mike Wilson)

WAXWINGS today: Woodland Road, Sawston (10+)

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Sunday, 3 March

Paxton Pits - Red-brested Merganser, 9 Smew (Jamie Wells)

Fen Drayton - SLAVONIAN GREBE, 5 Smew, Goosander (Hugh Venables; Andrew Taylor)

Grafham Water - SLAVONIAN GREBE, Common Scoter (Mark Hawkes)

Berry Fen - 332 Gadwall (Jonathan Smith)

Nene Washes - 9+ Marsh Harrier over High Wash towards King's Dyke (Matt Webb)

Southhoe - fem Merlin (Mark Brandon)

WAXWINGS today: Kentings Junction, Comberton (14); Montgomery Road, Cambridge (3)

Saturday, 2 March

Grafham Water - SLAVONIAN GREBE and Common Scoter at south end of dam, Turnstone, Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Wimpole - HAWFINCH still present (Andy Massey)

Fen Drayton - SLAVONIAN GREBE on Ferry Lagoon (Andy Massey); Goosander (Graeme Reed)

Ouse Washes - c.1000  Black-tailed Godwits at Fortrey's Hall (Gavin Patterson); one pale and one dusky 1st win GLAUCOUS GULLS off Witcham Gravel, Short-eared Owl (David Hopkins)

Godmanchester - pair of  Ravens over (Ian Hellery)

Eldernell - pair of COMMON CRANES (Peter Hoags)

Swaffhan Prior Fen - Short -eared Owl (Giles Merrit)

WAXWINGS today: Montgomery Road, Cambridge (7);  Verlum Way, Cambridge (5); Kentings Junction, Comberton (14)

Friday, 1 March 2013

Friday, 1 March

Peterborough - ad Mediterranean Gull over park in Sugar Way estate 08:45h (Brendan Fraser)

Paxton Pits - pair of Scaup, 4 Smew, 4 Goosander (Martin Davis)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Slavoniain Grebe, c.1000 Black-tailed Godwit, Stonechat (Richard Palmer)

Grafham Water - Slavonian Grebe, Common Scoter (Colin Addington)

WAXWINGS today: Montgomery Road, Cambridge (12);