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.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Saturday, 30 November

Grafham Water - fem Common Scoter, 36 Goldeneye (Richard Bashford); juv LONG-TAILED DUCK still, Black-necked Grebe, 3 Goosander, Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Ferry Meadows - 36 Pink-footed Geese over high to the east (Matt Webb)

Nene Washes - 13 Crane opposite Chill Out Cafe at first light (Mark Ward); 13 birds at Eldernell 16:00h (Steve Dudley)

Paxton Pits - redhead Smew, fem Ruddy Duck, 2 Egyptian Geese, Green Sandpiper, 6 Siskin (Jamie Wells)

Fen Dryaton Lakes - 3 redhead Smew, fem Goosdander, Red-crested Pochard, 3 Ruddy Duck (Hugh Venables)

Ouse Fen - 2 Bittern, Bearded Tit, Short-eared Owl (Hugh Venables)

Friday, 29 November 2013

Friday, 29 November

Fowlmere - WAXWING heard in a back garden 09:40h (Doug Radford)

Nene Washes - ringtail Harrier sp. showing obvious orangey underparts and a dark boa west past Eldernell at 15:30h, East at 15:55h, also 13 Crane; c.200 Whooper Swan at March Farmers (Steve Dudley, Hugh Wright)

Holme - GREAT GREY SHRIKE still this morning (as per Steve Dudley)

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Thursday, 28 November

Nene Washes - 6 Crane between the washes and the A605 near Goosetree Corner (Richard Caney)

St. Ives - Ring-necked Parakeet over (Mike & Anne Knowles)

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Wednesday, 27 November

Grafham Water - LONG-TAILED DUCK, Great Northern Diver, Black-necked Grebe, Common Scoter, Scaup, Rock Pipit (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Burwell Fen - Short-eared Owl in the mist (Tim Dee)

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Tuesday, 26 November

Ouse Washes - 1+ Water Pipit, 2 Barn Owl, pair of Stonechat, Green Sandpiper, 210+ Whooper Swan, 15+ Bewick's Swan (Mark Eaton)

Holme - GREAT GREY SHRIKE near level crossing still (Mark Eaton)

Wicken Fen - male & ringtail Hen Harrier (Tim Dee); also ringtail Hen Harrier at Tubney Fen & Peregrine at Burwell Fen (John Roote & Erica Towner)

Grafham Water - juv Common Scoter (David Hollin); LONG-TAILED DUCK, Goosander, 43 Goldeneye (Mike Everett)

Monday, 25 November 2013

Monday, 25 November

Woodwalton Fen - male Hen harrier at northern edge of Fen (Steve Gann)

Nene Washes - 18 Crane this morning; 8 adult & a juv. additional to the regular birds, 7 of which were opposite the Chill Out Cafe (Charlie Kitchin)

Ferry Meadows - 2 RAVEN over (Chris Park)

Wicken Fen - male Hen Harrier to roost, Barn Owl, 2 male Goosander, 6 Whooper Swan (Tim Dee)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Black-necked Grebe, 7 Goosander (Richard Palmer)

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Sunday, 24 November

Paxton Pits - Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, Ruddy Duck (Andrew Tongue)

Woodwalton Fen - Hen Harrier, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Tawney Owl, 2 Woodcock (Kevin Taylor)

Wicken Fen - male & ringtail Hen Harrier to roost at dusk (Tim Dee & Claire Spottiswoode)

Saturday, 23 November

Woodwalton Fen - HOODED CROW still present has now headed towards Holme Fen (John Lindsell)

Milton Tip - GLAUCOUS GULL (Andrew Tongue)

Nene Washes - 2 Short-eared Owl, ringtail Hen Harrier, imm. Peregrine, 3 Red Kite, 500 Whooper Swan (Charlie Kitchin)

Friday, 22 November 2013

Friday, 22 November


Woodwalton Fen - HOODED CROW in rushy field just west of the north-west corner of the Fen (Mike Weedon)

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Thursday, 21 November

Cambridge - Peregrine low over Histon Road 08:30h (Robb Spragg)

Farcet Fen - male Hen Harrier over south (Steve Dudley)

Colne GPs - imm. fem. Peregrine, Green Sandpiper (Mark Eaton)

Woodwalton Fen - HOODED CROW in fields just to the west (Kevan Wolstencroft, James Hanlon)

Holme - GREAT GREY SHRIKE near the level crossing again, showed down to 8 yards (Charlie Kitchin)

Wednesday, 20 November

Little Wibraham & Teversham Fens - Marsh harrier, Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail (Colin Kirtland)

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Tuesday, 19 November

Holme - GREAT GREY SHRIKE on wires near the village still, but distant (John Saunders)

Eldernell - 4 Crane (John Sherwood)

Orton Waterville - 2 RAVEN over (Howard Butler)

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Monday, 18 November

Great Shelford - Crossbill over west (Iain Webb)

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Sunday, 17 November

Orton BPs - 15 Tree Sparrows (Peter Hogan)

Wicken Fen - 4 Water Rail, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Gavin Paterson)

Ouse Fen - 1200 Golden Plover, Green Sandpiper, 2 Egyptian Goose, Kingfisher, Bearded Tit (Gavin Paterson)

Paxton Pits - male Goosander, 20+ Goldeneye (Jamie Wells)

Cambridge - Peregrine on St. George's Church this evening (Chris Went)

Saturday, 16 November

Fen Drayton Lakes - 20+ Little Egret to roost at Drayton lagoon (Andy Cotton); redhead Goosander, 2 Ruddy Duck, 15+ Egyptian Geese, ad Yellow-legged Gull (Brendan Doe)

Upware - 1+ GLOSSY IBIS on the Cam Washes, Redpoll flock in the village with 2 probable Mealy (Carl Howard)

Wicken Fen - 5 Bearded Tit, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Carl Howard)

Burwell fen - male Hen Harrier, Stonechat (Brendan Doe)

Holme - GREAT GREY SHRIKES still, one near the level crossing and one at Trundle Mere (Mike Weedon)

Paxton Pits - Curlew, 7+ Goldeneye (Jamie Wells); 2 fem Mandarin (John Lindsell)

Friday, 15 November 2013

Friday, 15 November

Holme - GREAT GREY SHRIKE just east of the village still, also Peregrine, 2 Woodcock (Steve Dudley)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still (Colin Addington)

Wicken Fen - 2 male & a ringtail Hen Harrier, Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler (Rob Pople); also Goosander briefly, Stonechat, 5 Water Rail, Chiffchaff (Colin Kirtland)

Burwell Fen - 4 Whooper swan (Martin O'Leary)

Cambridge - Peregrine on OLEM Church, Hills Road, c.14:45h (Saimon Clark)

Ouse Fen - ringtail Hen Harrier, Stonechat (Judtih Dunkling)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Chiffchaff (Judtih Dunkling); ad Caspian Gull, 3+ Yellow-legged Gull, 10+ BRENT GEESE through (Richard Thomas)

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Thursday, 14 November

Cambridge - Peregrine on King's College Chapel c.14:15h (Saimon Clark)

Witchford - Jack Snipe & Woodcock flushed from farmland nearby (Ben Green)

Haddenham - Woodcock flushed form Aldreth Road orchard (Paul Mason)

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Wednesday, 13 November

Holme - both GREAT GREY SHRIKES still today, one east of the village (Matt Webb) and one from Trundle Mere Hide (Paul Tinsley-Marshall)

Woodwalton Fen - 3 Bearded Tit, 6 Siskin, 7 Redpoll (Robert Mansfield); 5+ Marsh Harrier, wing-tagged male Hen Harrier, Merlin; also Bittern reported (Ron Harold)

Milton CP - fem Red-crested Pochard on Dickerson's Pit (Jon Heath)

Comberton - Woodcock (Vince Lea)

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Tuesday, 12 November

Holme - both GREAT GREY SHRIKES still today, one east of the village and one from Trundle Mere Hide. Note that the B660 is very busy and the verges are too soft for parking. (Brian Stone)

Ouse Washes - NORTHERN HARRIER from Grose Hide 15:00h (rarebirdalert.com); 2 Water Pipit, Brambling over, Bewick's Swan, 16 Whooper Swan (Mark Eaton)

Guyhirn - 5 Crane from A47 opposite Chill-Out cafe (Richard Palmer)

Grafham Water - LONG-TAILED DUCK, fem Common Scoter, fem Scaup, ad Yellow-legged Gull (Richard Palmer)

Ferry Meadows - 2 RAVEN over south (Matt Webb)

Monday, 11 November 2013

Monday, 11 November

Ouse Washes - GLOSSY IBIS, best viewed from east bank by the pumping station just north of the railway, 9+ Marsh Harrier (Bruce Martin)

Grafham Water - LONG-TAILED DUCK, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Common Scoter, Black-necked Grebe, ad fem Scaup all around mouth of Dudney Creek this morning (Mark Hawkes)

Holme - GREAT GREY SHRIKE east of the railway line on wires by the lone brick building. Seen on wires to the north if the road (Steve Dudley)

Great Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE from Trundle Mere Hide again (as per Mike Weedon)

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Sunday, 10 November

Ouse Washes - GLOSSY IBIS just north of railway bridge (Brendan Doe); c.400 Golden Plover, ringtail Hen Harrier, 6 Marsh Harrier (Monica & Owen Marks)

Grafham Water - juv GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Black necked Grebe (David Hollin); ad Arctic Tern, ad Caspian Gull, Green Sandpiper (Mark Ward)

Great Fen (Holme Fen)- GREAT GREY SHRIKE still from Trundle Mere Hide (Jem Holding and Simon Henderson)

Holme Village - GREAT GREY SHRIKE just east of Holme village near the small building on the north side of the B660, just east of the level crossing at approx TL201878 (Jem Holding and Simon Henderson)

Fen Drayton Lakes - pair of Red-crested Pochard (Jo Bray & David Wagland)

Burwell Fen - 2+ Stonechat, Green Sandpiper (Mark Brandon)

Tubney Fen - ringtail Hen Harrier (Mark Brandon)

Woodwalton Fen - wing-tagged male Hen Harrier to roost, 3 Tawny Owl (David Hollin)

Ouse Fen - Short-eared Owl, Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler (Saimon Clark)

Eldernell - 9+ Crane, Cetti's Wabler, Short-eared Owl, Little Owl, 4 Marsh Harrier, 5+ Water Rail (Mike Weedon)

Cherry Hinton - pair of Peregrine over (David Seilly)

Saturday, 9 November

Fen Drayton - pair Red-crested Pochard (Jo Bray & David Wagland)

Paxton Pits - 250+ Golden Plover over, Brambling, Rock Pipit, Green Sandpiper (Andrew Tongue)

Friday, 8 November 2013

Friday, 8 November

Cambridge - pair of Peregrine on Kings College Chapel at midday (Rob Law)

Thursday, 7 November

Burwell Fen - 2 Short-eared Owl, male Stonechat (Chris Brown)

Great Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE still from Trundle Mere Hide, also wing-tagged male Hen Harrier (Paul Tinsley-Marshall)

Ouse Washes - Peregrine, 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, one of which with orange underparts but very distant (Chris Boness)

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Wednesday, 6 November

Ouse Washes RSPB - 5+ Hen Harrier, imm/fem Merlin, 2 Swallow (Chris Boness)

Monday, 4 November 2013

Monday, 4 November

Murrow - 5 Crane over towards Chill Out Cafe area (Marie Barton)

Ferry Meadows - GREAT WHITE EGRET flew north from Lynch Lake 08:40h (Don Gardener)

Ouse Washes - GREY PHALAROPE (Duncan Ritchie); NORTHERN HARRIER (Mike Everett); 8 Marsh Harrier, 2+ ringtail Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, imm. male Merlin, 600 Golden Plover (Ron Harold)

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Sunday, 3 November

Ouse Washes - GREAT GREY SHRIKE, Peregrine (Mark Hawkes); GREY PHALAROPE, Goosander (Brendan Doe)

Grafham Water - LONG-TAILED DUCK, Black-necked Grebe, Scaup (Mark Brandon); fem/imm Common Scoter, 2 further Black-necked Grebe (Mark Hawkes); ad Caspian Gull, ad Mediterranean Gull, 4 Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Ward)

20 PUFFINS reported between March and Rings End

Great Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE from Trundle Mere Hide (Stuart Ball); also 2 Marsh Tit (Tina Lindsay & Stuart Pedley)

Saturday, 2 November

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (Richard Patient); 5 Common Scoter, Arctic Tern, c.25 Goldeneye (Mark Ward)

Ouse Washes RSPB - NORTHERN HARRIER still present (Brendan Doe); GREAT GREY SHRIKE on east side of washes at Pymoor (David Hopkins); GREY PHALAROPE from Welches Dam Hide (as per rarebirdalert.com)

 Paxton Pits - Mediterranean Gull, Caspian Gull, Green Sandpiper (Jamie Wells)

Eldernell - 6 Crane, Peregrine, 6+ Marsh Harrier (Matt Webb)

Six Mile Bottom - 6 Brambling (Chris Barker)

Lark Rise Farm, Barton - 2 Peregrine (Vince Lea)

Friday, 1 November 2013

Friday, 1 November

Great Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE from Trundle Mere Lookout (Ron Harold)