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.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Monday, 31 March

Ferry Meadows - 2 Sandwich Tern over north 08:30h (Paul Gallagher)

Fen Drayton Lakes - male Smew, 3 male Garganey, 9 Little Gull on Ferry Lagoon (Howard Butler); male BAIKAL TEAL on Moore Lake still, also Swallow (Jon & David Heath)

Dog-in-a-Doublet/Whittlesey - GREAT WHITE EGRET near the B1040 (Chris Lines)

Ouse Washes - male AMERICAN WIGEON just south of Pymoor railway bridge, Ruddy Shelduck (Jon & David Heath)

Grafham Water - 2 Slavonian Grebe, 2 GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Caspian Gull (Mark Ward)

Paxton Pits - fem Scaup, Sedge Warbler (Martin Davis)

Coates - House Martin nearby (Andy Bayes)

Clay Farm, Trumpington - 4 Little Ringed Plover (Rob Pople) 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sunday, 30 March

Ouse Washes - fem RING-NECKED DUCK still from four balls farm, AMERICAN WIGEON still south of Pymoor railway line, 2 Little Gulls, 2 Green Sandpiper, Grey Plover (Mark Hawkes, Jonathan Taylor); 5 Garganey, 500+ Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, male Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Merlin (Steve Cooper)

Grafham Water - pair of COMMON SCOTERS from Lagoons, 2 juvenile GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS just west of Marlow car park (Mark Hawkes); ad Mediterranean Gull in roost (Mark Ward); LONG-TAILED DUCK (Andrew Tongue)

Paxton Pits - Sedge Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Curlew, fem Scaup, pair of Red-crested Pochard, Little Ringed Plover over, Yellow Wagtail (Martin Davis)

Fen Drayton Lakes - male Scaup (Jonathan Taylor); BAIKAL TEAL, Little Ringed Plover (Ken Hook); WOODLARK from footpath between Moore Lake 7 Fenstanton (Michael Murphy)

Burwell Fen - 2 Short-eared Owl (Mike Causer)

Coates - House Martin nearby (Andy Bayes)


Saturday, 29 March

Fen Drayton - drake BAIKAL TEAL on Moore Lake, 2 Avocets, Little Ringed Plover (Mike Everett); Garganey (Mark Hawkes); Scaup, Smew (Martin, Jamie and John Lindsell)

Ouse Washes - fem RING-NECKED DUCK just north of four balls farm, drake AMERICAN WIGEON just south of Pymoor railway bridge (Brendan Doe); also male Hen Harrier there; pair of Garganey at Chain Corner (Ducan Poyser)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (Richard Patient)

Nene Washes - 2 Grey Plover, 8 Ruff, Spotted Redshank (Johnathan Taylor)

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Kingfishers Bridge - Garganey, Gadwall (Cloin Hothersall)

Friday, 28 March 2014

Friday, 28 March

Nene Washes - Yellow Wagtail over (Jonathan Taylor)

Paxton Pits - Grey Plover, fem Scaup, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Swallow, pair of Goosander (Jamie Wells)

Wicken Fen - 2 Wheatear, Bearded Tit, 8 Cetti's Warbler, 40 Snipe (Gavin Paterson)

Trundle Mere - GREAT GREY SHRIKE (Malcolm Holley)

New Shardelows Farm, Fulbourn -  2 Little Owl (Kevin Wilson)

Possible Eagle Owl reported on fence by the road between Bar Hill & Longstanton yesterday.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Thursday, 27 March

Needingworth GPs - 7 Smew (Mark Eaton)

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Goosander, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Cetti's Warbler singing, ad summer Mediterranean Gull, Swallow (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Eldernell - 10 Crane (Peter Beesley)

Fen Drayton Lakes - male Scaup, male Smew (Richard Jackson)

Maxey Pits - pair of Garganey, 72 Fieldfare (Bob Titman)

Wicken Fen - 2 male & 3 fem Hen Harrier, 3+ roding Woodcock (Christoph Zöckler)

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Wednesday, 26 March

Pingles Wood, Warboys - Firecrest (Richard Broughton)

Fen Drayton Lakes - male Scaup, male Smew, Swallow, plenty of Sand Martins (Richard Thomas)

Maxey Pits - pair of Garganey (Peter Beesley)

Galls Fen, Haddenham - Whinchat (Paul Mason)

Grafham Water - RED-THROATED DIVER, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, LONG-TAILED DUCK still (Mark Ward)

Ouse Washes - 2 GLOSSY IBIS, juv Whooper Swan just south of Willocks Farm, 32 Little Egrets from Four Balls Farm, 3 Goldeneye, Slavonian Grebe opposite Stevens Hide (Owen Marks)

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Swallow, 15 Snipe (Martin Davis)

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Tuesday, 25 March

Ouse Washes - Slavonian Grebe opposite Stevens Hide (Mike Burdekin)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 2 COMMON SCOTER (Dean Harlow)

Paxton PIts - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still (Martin Davis)

Woodwalton Fen - Willow Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, 5 Marsh Harrier (Jeff Harrison)

Monday, 24 March 2014

Monday, 24 March

Histon - Nightingale reported by the A14 junction

Paxton Pits - Common Sandpiper (Rob Martyr)

Ouse Washes - 2 GLOSSY IBIS still present between Fourballs farm and Pymoor Railway bridge (Bruce Martin)

Alconbury - male Hen Harrier over fields to the south-west, along Globe Lane (John Lindsell)

Burwell Fen - 2 Avocet (Tim Dee)

Maxey Pits - pair of Garganey, 2 Swallow (Brian Lawrence)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Goosander, male Scaup (Mike Everett)

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Sunday, 23 March

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, 9 Avocets, 2+ Sand Martins (Mark Hawkes)

Pyemoor - 2 GLOSSY IBIS between Fourballs farm and Pymoor Railway bridge (Brendan Doe)

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, fem Scaup, Wheatear (Jamie Wells)

Sutton Gault - c.20 Water Pipits, ringtail Hen Harrier, Barn Owl (Andrew Tounge)

Ouse Washes - Ring-necked Parakeet around visitor centre, 2 Swallow (Kevin Taylor)

Blackbush - 2 Wheatear (Mike Weedon)

Holme Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE, 2 Short-eared Owl (Mike Weedon)

Saturday, 22 March

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 4 Goosander, fem Scaup, Cetti's Warbler, 13 Sand Martins (Jamie Wells)

Granchester Meadows - Swallow (Rob Pople)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, 3 Goosander, ICELAND GULL (Mark Ward); Caspian Gull, c.100 Sand Martins (Mark Hawkes)

Milton - juv GLAUCOUS GULL (Brendan Doe)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Black-necked Grebe (Jim Lawrence); male Scaup, Goosander, Black-tailed Godwit, Cetti's Warbler (Brendan Doe)

Friday, 21 March 2014

Friday, 21 March

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 2 redhead Goosander, fem Scaup, Green Sandpiper, 2 Avocet, Cetti's Warbler (Martin Davis)

Ouse Washes - Slavonian Grebe opposite Stevens Hide (Monica & Owen Marks)

Milton - GLAUCOUS GULL south over Butt Lane 14:45h (James Hanlon)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (Christoph Zöckler)

Wicken Fen - male & 2 fem Hen Harrier, 2+ roding Woodcock, 5+ Water Rail  (Christoph Zöckler)

Sand Martins: 31 Paxton Pits

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Thursday, 20 March

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Scaup, Cetti's Warbler (Martin Davis)

Sand Martins reported: 18 Paxton Pits, 1 Chatteris, 2 Grafham Water, 4 Peterborough, 5 Needingworth

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Wednesday, 19 March

Paxton Pits - 6 Sand Martin, Great Northern Diver (Martin Davis)

Milton Tip - GLAUCOUS GULL before gulls dispersed mid-afternoon  (Mark Ward)

Ouse Washes, Witcham Gravel - GLAUCOUS GULL to roost, male Hen Harrier (David Hopkins); AMERICAN WIGEON still near Earith. From Earith to Sutton Gault,  260 Whooper Swans, fem Hen Harrier, 30+ Water Pipits to roost (Mark Ward)

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Tuesday, 18 March

Ouse Washes - Slavonian Grebe from Stevens Hide, also Scaup, Water Pipit, 277 Ruff, 5 Goledneye (Mike Burdekin)

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (Martin Davis)

Haddenham/Aldreth Fens - 3 Brambling near Clayton's Drove (Paul Mason)

Monday, 17 March 2014

Monday, 17 March

Paxton Pits - Rock Pipit, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Scaup, Cetti's Warbler (Martin Davis)

Soham Mere - male Hen Harrier over towards Wicken 17:06h (Andy Hannaford)

Devil's Dyke - Wheatear (Kevin Wilson)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Smew, 2 Mealy Redpoll (Ade Cooper)

Ouse Washes, Earith - 2 Avocet, 3 Mediterranean Gull (Ade Cooper)

Ouse Washes, Sutton Gault - 32 Water Pipit to roost (James Hanlon)

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Sunday, 16 March

Ouse Washes - male AMERICAN WIGEON still present (Tony Lowe); 2 Mediterranean Gull (Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water - RED-THROATED DIVER, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Green Sandpiper, 9 Avocets, 3 Water Rails, 2 Cetti's Warblers  (Mark Hawkes); adult ICELAND GULL in roost (Mark Ward)

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Scaup, Smew, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Goosander, Avocet, 4 Ruff (Jamie Wells); 2nd W ICELAND GULL (David Cousins)

Fen Drayton - GREEN WINGED TEAL at Ferry Mere from watchpoint on NW side of Ferry Lagoon (Richard Grimmett); male Smew, redhead Goosander, 2 Avocet, 50+ Black-tailed Godwit (Sarah Howlett)

Sutton Gault -  31 Water Pipit to roost (Brendan Doe)

Cam Washes - 7 Avocet, Marsh Harrier, 6 Little Egret (Ian Burfield)

Saturday, 15 March

Ouse Washes - male AMERICAN WIGEON still just north of Earith Industrial Estate (Brendan Doe)

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Scaup, Smew, 2 Cetti's Warblers (Gary Rawlings, Jamie Wells)

Ramsey - 2 Crossbills  in Bow WIndow Restaurant car park (John and Sue Wells)

Castor Hanglands - 6 Mandarin, 3 Nuthatch, 'general abundance' of Bullfinch and Treecreeper (Mike Weedon)

Friday, 14 March 2014

Friday, 14 March

Grantchester - pair of Mandarin (Michael Holdsworth)

Ouse Washes - male AMERICAN WIGEON just north of Earith Industrial Estate. Park sensibly in the industrial estate off Meadow Drove just north of Earith, and access the west bank of the Ouse Washes at TL393755. Walk north for 1/4 mile or so to look across the Washes  (Mark Eaton); bird likely 1st win male moulting into adult plumage (Ade Cooper). No evidence of captivity or hybridisation apparent, although views have not been especially close as yet.

Ouse Washes, Witcham Gravel - GLAUCOUS GULL, 2 ICELAND GULL (David Hopkins)

Burwell Fen - Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, 4 Marsh Harrier (Andy Hannaford)

Eldernell - Short-eared Owl (Steve Gann)

Thursday, 13 March

Landbeach - ad caspain Gull, 1st win GLAUCOUS GULL near the cemetery (Dick Newell)

Milton Tip - 1st win GLAUCOUS GULL (possibly the Landbeach bird), 2nd win ICELAND GULL, 2+ Caspian Gull, 2 Yellow-legged gull (Dick Newell)

Ousw Washes - 1st win GLAUCOUS GULL, possibly the Milton/Landbeach bird, to roost (David Hopkins).

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Wednesday, 12 March

Fen Drayton Lakes - 4 Curlew, 3 Treecreeper singing (Mike Everett); 3rd c.y. ICELAND GULL in roost (Richard Thomas)

Tubney Fen - male Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl (Tim Dee & Claire Spottiswoode)

Burwell Fen - 11 Whooper Swan, 3 Short-eared Owl (Tim Dee & Claire Spottiswoode)

Ouse Washes, Chain Corner - pair of RED-BREASTED MERGANSER briefly before flying north (Ade Cooper & Steve Cooper)

Sutton Gault - 50+ Whooper Swan, c.16 Water Pipit to roost (Matthew Wilson)

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still, 2 Smew, Avocet (Martin Davis)

Woodwalton Fen - male Hen Harrier (Jonathan Taylor)

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Tuesday, 11 March

Sutton Gault - Sand Martin (Mark Peck)

Farcet Fen - Hooded Crow with corvid flock at bottom of conquest drove (Steve Dudley)

Eldernell & March Farmers -  6 Crane, c.2000 Golden Plover, c.35 Redshank (Peter Beesley)

Monday, 10 March 2014

Monday, 10 March

Wennington Wood - 5 Woodcock flushed, 21 Marsh Tit (Richard Broughton)

Milton - 2 Caspian Gull at the tip, 2nd win ICELAND GULL from A10 layby (Dick Newell)

Cambridge Science Park - Wheatear near regional College guided bus stop (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Wicken Fen - 2 Crane in flight, 2 male Hen Harrier, 4+ Marsh Harrier, 3 roding Woodcock (Christoph Zöckler)

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Sunday, 9 March

Holme Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE, Hooded Crow, Short-eared Owl, Woodcock, Corn Bunting (Hugh Wright)

Aldreth - Turtle Dove (Simon Stirrup)

Wicken Fen - Common Crane circling over (Simon Stirrup)

Grafham Water - RED-THROATED DIVER, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER  (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Smew (Hugh Wright)

Eldernell - Short-eared Owl, Crane (Mike Weedon); 2 Cranes 15:45h, 3 in flight later (joe Taylor)

Cam Washes - 14 Avocet on Waterbeach side (Ian Burfield)

Sutton Gault - 21+ Water Pipit to roost (Simon Stirrup)

Saturday, 8 March

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Smew, Goosander, Green Sandpiper, 5 Egyptian Geese (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - RED-THROATED DIVER, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 6 Avocet, Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Adventurers/Burwell Fen - 5 Marsh Harrier, 3 Short-eared Owl (Les Bunyan)

Friday, 7 March 2014

Friday, 7 March

Paxton Pits - Smew, Goosander (John Hoppett); SNOW BUNTING in an area with no public access (Martin Davis). Details will be posted should the bird become accessible.

Milton Tip - 3 Caspian Gull, 6 Yellow-legged Gull, possible 1st win Baltic Gull (James Hanlon)

Mare Fen - 12 Little Egret, 3 Grey Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler  (James Hanlon)

Sutton Gault -  20+ Water Pipit, 55+ Whooper Swan, 12+ Corn Bunting, Barn Owl (James Hanlon)

Swaffham Prior Fen - 2 Short-eared Owl, 13 Whooper Swan to roost (Christoph Zöckler)

Histon - 2 Lesser and 1 Mealy Redpoll (John Hoppett)

Thursday, 6 March

Ouse Washes, Sutton Gault - 26 Water Pipits to roost 17:00-17:33h (Mike Everett)

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Wenesday, 5 March

Grafham Water - ad & juv GLAUCOUS GULL, Caspian Gull, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 6+ Goosander (James Hanlon)

Needingworth Pits - 12 Smew (Richard Jackson)

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Tuesday, 4 March

Holme Fen - 9 Crossbill around Jackson's Covert (Steve Dudley); GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Trundle Mere still (Mat Wilson)

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 2 redhead Smew, 2 Green Sandpiper (Martin Davis)

Maxey Pits - Short-eared Owl (Bob Titman)

Monday, 3 March 2014

Monday, 3 March

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Egyptian Geese (Martin Davis)

Milton - juv GLAUCOUS GULL, GLAUCOUSxHERRING hybrid gull, Caspian Gull (Brendan Doe)

Cambridge Research Park, Waterbeach - 2 TAIGA BEAN GEESE still (Brendan Doe)

Castor Hanglands - male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at TF11870168 (Peter Beesley)

Burwell Fen - 2 Short-eared Owl, ringtail hen Harrier, 2 Barn owl (Matt Wilson)

Isleham Washes - 41 Avocet (Tony Weston)

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Sunday, 2 March

Paxton Pits -  GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Peregrine, Goosander, 2 Egyptian Geese, 8 Siskin (Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, RED-THROATED DIVER (per RBA); 3 adult Mediterranean Gull, Long-tailed Duck (Brendan Doe)

Wicken Fen - 4 Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Jack Snipe (Matt Mellor)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 5 redhead Smew, 500+ Black-tailed Godwit, c.35 Ruff (Sarah Howlett)

Wimpole - 4+ drake Mandarin (Colin Kirtland)

Isleham Washes -  41 Avocet (David Collins)

Saturday, 1 March

Ouse Fen - 2 Bitterns, Smew, 4-5 Bearded Tits (Matt Mellor)

Landbeach Rd, Milton - juv GLAUCOUS GULL, Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid (Brendan Doe); also at the tip 3rd C.y. ICELAND GULL, 3 Caspian Gull (Mark Ward)

Cambridge Research Park -2 TAIGA BEAN GEESE still  (Brendan Doe)

Ouse Washes - 5 Water Pipits (David Hopkins)

Hemingford Abbots - GLOSSY IBIS still present (via Ian Ellis)

Burwell Fen - 4 Short-eared Owls, 4 Stonechats, Little Owl (Brendan Doe)

Paxton Pits - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Green Sandpiper, 2 Egyptian Geese (Jamie Wells)

Fen Drayton - 2 2nd c.y.  ICELAND GULLS, Smew (Richard Thomas)

Mare Fen - 9 Water Pipit  (Richard Thomas)

Needingworth Pits - 8 Smew (Phillip Bubb)

Wicken Fen - 3 ringtailed Hen Harriers

Grafham Water - juv GLAUCOUS GULL, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-THROATED DIVER, 14 Goosander (Mark Ward)