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 January 2014

Friday, 31 January

Wicken - 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, 3 Marsh Harrier, 80 Golden Plover, 2 Stonechat at Burwell Fen (Andy Hannaford); 10 Whooper Swan over, 2 Whitefronted Geese, 550 Greylag Geese, 1500 Lapwing at Adventurer's Fen (Christoph Zockler)

Grafham Water - Slavonian Grebe from dam but distant (Colin Addington)

Milton Tip - 1st year ICELAND GULL, Caspian Gull (Lee Gregory); 5 more caspian Gull, 5 Yellow-legged Gull (James Hanlon)

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Wednesday, 29 January

Holme Fen - Hooded Crow still behind Ladyseat Farm off New Long Drove, 3 Mealy Redpoll with Lesser Redpoll  along the same drove (Steve Dudley)

Paxton Pits - male Smew (Martin Davis)

Wicken Fen - 9 Marsh Harrier,  male & 2 fem Hen Harrier to roost, pair of Stonechat, 2 Water Rail (Colin Kirtland)

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Tuesday, 28 January

Farcet Fen - 3 Woodcock this afternoon (Steve Dudley)

Dry Drayton - Raven 12:25h (Ken & Maggie Hook)

Ouse Fen - 3 Marsh Harrier, Smew, c.1200 Lapwing, 60 Golden Plover, 103 Ruff, Stonechat (Monica & Owen Marks)

Milton Estate - Raven over the A47 nearby towards Milton Ferry bridge area (Mike Weedon)

Monday, 27 January 2014

Monday, 27 January

St. Ives - Merlin over B1040 nearby (Mark Eaton)

Cambridge -  Peregrine over the city centre (Matt Mellor)

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Sunday, 26 January

Milton Tip - Glaucous Gull, 3 ad Caspian Gull (Brendan Doe)

Ely - 2 Common Cranes over

Mare Fen - 5 Water Pipits (Richard Thomas)

Paxton Pits - Smew, 2 Green Sandpiper, Marsh Tit (Martin Davies)

Milton CP - 2 Woodcock (Nigel Butcher/Helen Booker)

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Saturday, 25 January

Fen Drayton Lakes - presumed escaped Red-breasted Goose in field between the reserve and Fenstanton, no ring seen yet (James K)

Ouse Fen - TWITE at c.TL375733 with flighty Linnet flock, Whitethroat at c.TL372726, though elusive. This site is very muddy. (Richard Thomas)

Paxton Pits - juv GLAUCOUS GULL briefly, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Smew, Grey plover, Peregrine, c.350 Black-tailed Godwit (Jamie Wells); Bewick's Swan late afteroon, ringtail Hen Harrier nearby (Martin Davis); 3 Goosander (Julian Young)

Tanholt - 1st win ICELAND GULL from approach road (Jonathan Taylor)

Holme Fen - Hooded Crow still (Jamie Wells); GREAT GREY SHRIKE (Brian Stone)

Wicken Fen - Bittern, male & fem Hen Harrier, 5+ Marsh Harrier, Peregrine (Matt Mellor); another Bittern and male Hen harrier (Christoph Zockler)

Ouse Washes - from Pymoor railway bridge, Pink-footed Goose, 2 Crane over, 310 Whooper Swan, 7 Bewick's Swan, pair of Stonechat; at Earith 2 Water Pipit, 6 Egyptian Geese (Ade Cooper)

Ely - 2 Crane over (per Dick Newell)

Cambridge Research Park, Waterbeach - probably the 2 TAIGA BEAN GEESE again (James Hutchison)

Milton/Impington Village - Mediterranean Gull, 7 Caspian Gull, 5+ Yellow-legged Gull (Andrew Tongue)

Friday, 24 January 2014

Friday, 24 January

Holme Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE, 2 Short-eared Owl mid-afternoon (John Hoppett)

Fowlmere - Bittern in flight (Ade Cooper)

West Cambridge - 11 Barnacle Geese from the Coton footpath near the University buildings (Iain Thomas)

Milton - 2nd c.y. GLAUCOUS GULL, Caspian Gull from Landbeach Road (Simon Stirrup)

Cambridge - 2 Peregrine on King's College chapel (James Hutchison)


Thursday, 23 January 2014

Thursday, 23 January

Ouse Fen - Whitethroat in the scrub and the hedgerow along the side of the conveyor belt at c. TL372726 (Richard Thomas); 4 Smew (Mat Wilson)

Eaton Ford - Woodcock (Richard Bashford)

Holme Fen - Hooded Crow in fields opposite Ladyseat Farm 08:40h (Steve Dudley)


Milton Tip - 2 Caspian Gull, 3+ Yellow-legged Gull, also 1st year GLAUCOUS GULL nearby (James Hanlon)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 700 Black-tailed Godwit, 3000 Lapwing (Mike Everett)

Swaffham Bulbeck - ringtail Hen Harrier (Dave Palmer)

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Wednesday, 22 January

Hinchinbrooke CP - probable Black-throated Diver on the lake (John Lindsell)

Paxton Pits - male Smew, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit (Martin Davis)

Cambridge - Peregrine on King's College chapel (Colin Kirtland)

Milton Tip & surrounds - juv GLAUCOUS GULL,  6 Caspian Gull. c.5 Yellow-legged Gull (Dick Newell)

Trundle Mere - GREAT GREY SHRIKE, fem Merlin, 5 Short-eared Owl, Hooded Crow (Howard Butler)

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Tuesday, 21 January

Ouse Washes, Earith - 2 Water Pipit (Mark Eaton)

Witcham Gravel - Pink-footed Goose just to the east (David Hopkins)

Cambridge - Peregrine on St. George's church spire c.16:30h (James Hutchison)

Needingworth Pits - 6 Smew, 1300 Wigeon, 3 Goldeneye, c.500 Lapwing, 46 Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Owl (Colin Kirtland)

Fowlmere - 2 Merlin in south-east fields in the trees run up to airstrip. Also 2 Woodcock recently (Ade Cooper)

Monday, 20 January 2014

Monday, 20 January

Cambridge - 2 Peregrine on King's College Chapel (James Hutchison)

Eldernell - GLOSSY IBIS (Jonathan Taylor) 

Holme Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE (Colin Kirtland)

Woodwalton Fen - male Hen Harrier, 3 Tawny Owl, 4 Marsh Harrier, 5 Water Rail (Colin Kirtland)

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Sunday, 19 January

Holme Fen - Hooded Crow, GREAT GREY SHRIKE (Hugh Lewis-Wright)

Eldernell - GLOSSY IBIS, 8 Common Cranes (c/o Rarebirdalert)

Grafham Water - juv GLAUCOUS GULL, Long-tailed Duck, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 3 Goosander (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, c.40 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Green Sandpipers (Martin Davis)

Cambridge Research Park - 2 TAIGA BEAN GEESE still present  (Daniel Osborne)

Bainton Pits - 2 Smew (Bob Titman)

Witcham Gravel - male Hen Harrier, fem Merlin, 3 Curlew (Ade Cooper)

Wicken Fen -  Hen Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine

Fen Drayton Lakes - redhead Smew, male Goosander, 2nd c.y. GLAUCOUS GULL (Richard Thomas)

Needingworth - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, male and 5 female Smew, Bearded Tit, Whitethroat (Chris Bowden)

Saturday, 18 January

Cambridge Research Park - 2 TAIGA BEAN GEESE still present  (John Lindsell/Jamie Wells)

Milton Tip - juv ICELAND GULL  (Andrew Maddocks and Jeff Stenning)

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on new workings, 5 Pintail, 4 Goosander, Shelduck, 3 Woodcock (Martin Davis/Jamie Wells)

Holme Fen  - Hooded Crow (Mike Weedon)

Maxey Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still, 12 Goosander (Mike Weedon)

Friday, 17 January 2014

Friday, 17 January

Cambridge Research Park/Waterbeach GP - 2 TAIGA BEAN GEESE from the hide (Chris Brown)

Ferry Meadows - Brambling under feeders at CP 12:00h (Paul Taylor)

Impington - juv GLAUCOUS GULL

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, Raven over, 4 Goosander, c.70 Goldeneye (Barbara York, Monica & Owen Marks)

Wicekn Fen - male & fem Hen Harrier, Peregrine, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Barn Owl, Bittern, 4 Cetti's Warbler heard, pair of Stonechat (Ade Cooper & Steve Cooper)

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Thursday, 16 January

Cambridge Research Park/Waterbeach GP - 2 TAIGA BEAN GEESE and Pink-footed Goose from the hide (John Hoppett)

Paxton Pits - Scaup  (John Hoppett)

Holme Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE, 6 Short-eared Owl, HOODED CROW (Lee G R Evans)

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Wednesday, 15 January

Over - 6 Pink-footed Geese over (Andy Cotton)

Trundle Mere - GREAT GREY SHRIKE (Vic & Pauline Cozens)

Witcham Gravel - male Hen Harrier, 3 Curlew at Cradge Bank, Short-eared owl, 2 juv Peregrine (David Hopkins)

Cambridge Research Park/Waterbeach GP - 2 TAIGA BEAN GEESE and Pink-footed Goose from the hide (Richard Palmer)

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Tuesday, 14 January

Grafham Water - LONG-TAILED DUCK, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Goosander (Ian Dawson)

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, redhead Smew, c.1500 Lapwing (Ian Dawson); 250+ Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Golden Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, Barn Owl, 1484 Wigeon (Martin Davis)

Maxey Pits -  GREAT NORTHERN DIVER reported

Needingworth - 2 male & 4 redhead Smew from Overcote Lane (Jeff Stenning, Andrew Maddocks)

Cambridge Research Park/Waterbeach GP - 2 TAIGA BEAN GEESE from the hide (Alex Quig); also Pink-footed Goose, Kingfisher, water Rail (Ade Cooper & Steve Cooper)

Monday, 13 January 2014

Monday, 13 January

Holme Fen - 4 Mealy Redpoll (Steve Dudley)

Cambridge Research Park/Waterbeach GP - 2 TAIGA BEAN GEESE, Pink-footed Goose still (Andy Symes)

Milton Tip -juv GLAUCOUS GULL, 8 Caspian Gull (Richard Johnson, Dick Newell)

Cambridge - Peregrine on St. George's Church 16:15h (Richard Johnson)

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Sunday, 12 January

Paxton Pits - Green Sandpiper,  2 Goosander, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER on new Workings (Jamie Wells/Martin Davis)

Grafham Water -  GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 5+ Goosander, Cetti's Warbler (Mark Hawkes); ad GLAUCOUS GULL, 9 Goosander (Andrew Tongue)

Cambridge Research Park/Waterbeach GP - 2 TAIGA BEAN GEESE, Pink-footed Goose (Brendan Doe)

Trundle Mere - GREAT GREY SHRIKE, Peregrine (Mac Bell)

Earith - GLOSSY IBIS in flight along river towards Needingworth (Graham Hirons)

Wilbraham Fen/Teversham Fen - ringtail Hen Harrier, c.350 Golden Plover, Marsh Harrier (Carl Howard)

Saturday, 11 January

Needingworth - 14 Smew, 3 Tree Sparrows (Duncan McNiven)

Grafham Water - adult GLAUCOUS GULL, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Long-tailed Duck, Scaup (Mark Hawkes); 2nd winter-type GLAUCOUS GULL (Andrew Tongue)

Paxton Pits - pair of Red-crested Pochards,  Woodcock (Jamie Wells/Martin Davis); Raven over, Scaup, 2 Goosander, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER on new Workings (Andrew Maddocks and Jeff Stenning)

Cambridge Research Park/Waterbeach GP - 2 TAIGA BEAN GEESE, Pink-footed Goose amongst a flock of Greylag (Jon and David Heath)

Trundle Mere - GREAT GREY SHRIKE still present

Maxey - Bewick's Swan on the reservoir, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER on the pits (Richard Astle)

Friday, 10 January 2014

Friday, 10 January

Trundle Mere - GREAT GREY SHRIKE, fem Merlin, 2 Short-eared Owl (Howard Butler)

Milton - juv GLAUCOUS GULL, juv ICELAND GULL, 3 ad Caspian Gull, 7 Yellow-legged Gull (Ade Cooper & Steve Cooper)

Wicken Fen - 2 fem. Hen Harrier, 3 Marsh Harrier, pair of Stonechat, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Colin Kirtland)

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Thursday, 9 January

Wale Recreation Ground, Little Shelford - 18 Little Egrets visible from this location (Richard Palmer)

Trumpington - 500+ Golden Plover (Richard Palmer)

Needingworth GPs - 2 male & 5 redhead Smew from Overcote Lane (Russell J. Watkins)

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Wednesday, 8 January

Ferry Meadows - 4+ Mealy Redpoll with Redpoll flock this morning (Mike Weedon)

Cambridge - Peregrine on King's College Chapel 13:53h (James Hutchison); juv ICELAND GULL from A10 near Rectory Farm briefly, before heading towards Milton Tip

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Tuesday, 7 January

Ferry Meadows - 5+ Mealy Redpoll with Redpoll flock this morning (Mike Weedon)

St. Ives - ad. Mediterranean Gull at The Waits 12:30h (Judith Dunkling)

Grafham Water - ad GLAUCOUS GULL to roost (Steve Blain)

Milton Tip - 6+ Caspian Gull (Steve Blain)

Paxton Pits - Shag, redhead Smew, Green Sandpiper, Barn Owl (Martin Davis)

Monday, 6 January 2014

Monday, 6 January

Ferry Meadows - 7+ Mealy Redpoll with Lesser Redpoll flock this morning (Mike Weedon)

Cambridge - 2 Peregrine on King's College Chapel this morning (Rob Law)

Waterbeach Pits - 2nd c.y. GLAUCOUS GULL (Colin Kirtland)

Teversham Fen - Bearded Tit, Water Rail (Michael Holdsworth)

Paxton Pits - Woodcock (Martin Davis)

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Sunday, 5 January

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Shag, 2 Scaup, 5 redhead Smew, Goosander, 4 Red-crested Pochard, Corn Bunting, 2 Green Sandpipers, Jack Snipe (Martin Davis); Brambling, Goosander (Jeff Wesson)

Wicken Fen - Bittern (Simon Booth); Ross's Goose, 2 Cettis Warblers (Christoph Zockler)

Waterbeach Fen - Hen Harrier, Green Sandpiper, 10 Corn Buntings (Gavin Paterson)

Trundle Mere - GREAT GREY SHRIKE, 3 Short-eared Owls, Hen Harrier  (Steve Dudley)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2nd c.y. ICELAND GULL (Richard Thomas)

Cambridge Research Park - juv. ICELAND GULL (Jon and David Heath)

Maxey Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (Ian Gordon)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, redhead Goosander (Andrew Tongue)

Waterbeach - Black-necked Grebe 200m north of lock at fishing club CP, though elusive. At the Cam Washes, ringtail Hen Harrier (Carl Howard)



Saturday, 4 January

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, LONG-TAILED DUCK (Andrew Tongue)

Maxey Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (Mike Weedon)

Friday, 3 January 2014

Friday, 3 January

Tanholt Pits - ICELAND GULL (Dave Chambers, Jonathan Taylor)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Shag (Richard Thomas)

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Shag, 4 redhead Smew, Red-crested Pochard (Martin Davis)

Cambridge - 10 WAXWING reported over Milton Road near the Science Park this morning (per Bruce Martin)

Trundle Mere - GREAT GREY SHRIKE still present although not showing well today (Brian Stone) 

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Thursday, 2 January

Ferry Meadows - 2+ Mealy Redpoll with Lesser Redpoll (Matt Web)

Needingworth GPs - 7 Smew, including 2 ad. male, from Overcote Lane (Mark Eaton)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, LONG-TAILED DUCK (David Hollin)

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 2 Scaup, Red-crested Pochard, 4 redhead Smew, 2 Goosander, c.2000 Lapwing, 77 Black-tailed Godwit, 31 Golden Plover, Brambling (Martin Davis)

Holme Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE, male Hen Harrier from Trundle Mere Hide (Mike & Anne Knowles); also HOODED CROW, Merlin, 7 Short-eared Owl (Jonathan Taylor)

Tanholt Pits - 1st win ICELAND GULL (Jonathan Taylor)

Fen Drayton Lakes - c.250 Black-tailed Godwit over, Shag in flight briefly,  7+ Yellow-legged Gull (Richard Allison)

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Wednesday, 1 January

Paxton Pits - GREAT WHITE EGRET, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Shag, 2 Scaup, 5 redhead Smew, Goosander, 5 Red-crested Pochard, Brambling, 1000+ Lapwing (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - LONG-TAILED DUCK, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Kingfisher, 6 Siskin (Mark Hawkes)

Castor Hanglands - 2 RAVEN over, Woodcock, 22 Bullfinch (Matt Webb)