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.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Wednesday, 31 December

Paxton Pits - GREAT WHITE EGRET, male & fem Smew, Jack Snipe, Peregrine, 2 Green Sandpiper (Jamie Wells)

Burwell Fen - 3 Short-eared Owl (Frank James)

RSPB Needingworth Lakes - 4 redhead Smew (Duncan McNiven)

Dogsthorpe Tip - 2 juv GLAUCOUS GULL, 2nd win ICELAND GULL (Josh Jones)

Ouse Washes - Water Pipit, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 100 Golden Plover (Andy Hannaford); fem Scaup (Ade Cooper); 8 Water Pipit (Mark Eaton)

Wicken Fen - 2 male & 4 fem Hen Harrier (Colin Kirtland)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2nd win GLAUCOUS GULL to roost (Richard Grimmett)

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Tuesday, 30 December

Over - Pink-footed Goose over (Richard Bradbury)

Paxton Pits - LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER calling (Jamie Wells); GREAT WHITE EGRET, male Smew, Woodcock (Martin Davis)

Witcham Gravel - 9 Tundra Bean Geese (David Hopkins)

Dogsthorpe Star Pit - 1st win GLAUCOUS GULL, 2nd win ICELAND GULL (Mike Weedon); to roost at CEGB reservoir 15:40h (Chris Jones)

Devil's Dyke, Burwell - Peregrine perched on gatepost 12:00h (Martin O'Leary)

Eldernell - 5 Short-eared Owl, 2 Crane, Merlin, Peregrine (Peter Beesley)

Monday, 29 December 2014

Monday, 29 December

Great Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, 2 Short-eared Owl in Tower Farm area (Duncan McNiven)

Eldernell - 7 Short-eared Owl (Duncan McNiven)

Paxton Pits - GREAT WHITE EGRET, male & fem Smew (Jamie Wells)

Dogsthorpe Tip - 1st win GLAUCOUS GULL, 2nd win ICELAND GULL (Jonathan Taylor)

Ose Washes - 9 Tundra Bean Geese off Witcham Gravel (David Hopkins)

Milton Tip - Caspian Gull, Mediterranean Gull (Dick Newell)

Burwell Fen - 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Hen Harrier (Dave Palmer)

Wicken Fen - 6 Hen Harrier, 2 Crane over (David Heath)

Sunday, 28 December

Fen Drayton Lakes - GLOSSY IBIS by Swavesey Lake (Richard Bradbury)

Holme Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, view from Tower Farm at northern end of New Long Drove (Steve Dudley)

Cam Washes - GREAT WHITE EGRET, Green Sandpiper (David & Jonathan Heath)

Ouse Washes, Fortrey hall to Rickwood Hide - 1000 Whopper Swan, 6 Bewick's Swan, 9 Tundra Bean Geese, 10 Pink-footed Geese. South of Common Wash Hide, fem Scaup, Water Pipit, Peregrine, (Ade Cooper)

Paxton Pits - male Smew, Bewick's Swan, 5 Goosander (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Burwell Fen - Short-eared Owl, 52 Whooper Swan, also c.500 Golden Plover over Tubney Fen (Andy Hannaford)

Ouse Fen - 15 Bewick's Swan over, 9 Pink-footed Geese over, Ruddy Shelduck (Richard Thomas)

Saturday, 27 December

Grafham Water - male Scaup, 3 Bewick's Swan, 2 Goosander (Mark Hawkes)


Saturday, 27 December 2014

Friday, 26 December

South of the A605 near Goosetree Farm - a large herd of Whooper Swans with 2 Tundra  Bean Geese, 5 Pink-footed Geese (Monica and Owen Marks)

Nene Washes March Farmers - 2 Buzzards, 5 Kestrels, 2 Short-eared Owl, Black-tailed Godwit, 34 Ruff, 10 Redshank, 3 Dunlin, 1500+ Lapwing, 500+ Golden Plover, 3 Stonechat (Monica and Owen Marks)

Holme Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD north of Tower Farm again (Steve Dudley)

Friday, 26 December 2014

Thursday, 25 December

Paxton Pits - 3 Green Sand, Little egret, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff, no sign of the Great White Egret today (Jamie Wells)

Fen Drayton Lakes - GREAT WHITE EGRET feeding on edge of ferry lagoon this afternoon. The bird is colour ringed above the knee, red over white on left and blue over white on right (Ade Cooper)

Eldernell - 3 SEO's out and about in the sunshine and visible from the car park, Curlew (Steve Gann)

Goose Tree Farm -  2 Bean Geese, 5 Pink-footed Geese with Whooper & Bewick's Swans (Stuart Ball)

Wednesday, 24 December

Burwell Fen - 1 (poss 2) Short eared owl  (Andy Hannaford)

Tuesday, 23 December: Milton Tip - juv GLAUCOUS GULL (Andrew Maddocks)

Monday, 22 December 2014

Sunday, 21 December

Wicken Fen - 2 Crane over, 3 male & 7 ringtail Hen Harrier, Merlin (John Roote)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Ruddy Duck, Ruddy Shelduck (Sarah Howlett)

Cambridge - Brambling in a Richmond Road garden (Sarah Howlett)

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Saturday, 20 December

Paxton Pits - GREAT WHITE EGRET still, 35+ Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, 2 Goosander, pair of Stonechat (Jamie Wells)

Chain Corner to Sutton, Ouse Washes - Cormorant, ringtail Hen Harrier, 3 Water Pipit (Mark Eaton)

Ouse washes RSPB - 3 Tundra Bean geese in flight past Rickwood Hide (Ade Cooper)

Goosetree, Guyhirn - 2 Tundra Bean Geese, 5 Pink-footed Geese (Mike Weedon)

Eldernell - male Hen Harrier (Terry Cooper)

Friday, 19 December 2014

Friday, 19 December

Eltisley - Merlin over B1040 nearby (Mark Eaton)

Goosetree, Guyhirn - 2 Tundra Bean Geese with 5 Pink-footed Geese and swans (Kevan Wolstencroft); Bean Geese present 09:45h with 640 Whooper & Bewick's Swans, viewable from layby on A605 at c. TF379 010. The Pink-footed Geese were chased off by the Bean Geese (Hugh Wright)

Tower Farm - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still present (Hugh Wright); Hen Harrier, Merlin, 2+ Short-eared Owl also in the area (Mike Weedon)

Fortrey Hall - 3 Pink-footed Geese nearby, flew north west (David Hopkins)

Little Paxton - Pink-footed Goose over (Martin Davis)

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Wednesday, 17 December

Ferry Meadows - 2 male Goosander (Mike Weedon)

Eldernell - male Hen Harrier, Bittern, 14 Crane, 6+ Short-eared Owl, 2 Barn Owl (Paul Taylor)

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Tuesday, 16 December

St. Ives - RAVEN over (Mike & Anne Knowles)

Ferry Meadows - Cetti's Warbler, 2 male Goosander (Chris Park)

Monday, 15 December 2014

Monday, 15 December

Orton BP - 15 Tree Sparrows, 60+ Reed Buntings (Paul Taylor)

Tubney - Short-eared Owl, 10 Grey Partridge (Andy Hannaford)

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Sunday, 14 December

Holme Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still present (Keith Lievesley)

Wicken Fen - 8 Hen Harrier to roost (Matt Mellor)

Fen Ditton - Merlin off High Ditch Road (Kevin Harris)

Saturday, 13 December

Morborne Hill- Pair of RAVENS over (Richard Jones)

Ouse Fen - Hen Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine (Andy Cotton); GREAT WHITE EGRET over, 2 redhead Smew at Barleycraft (Hugh Venables)

Paxton Pits - GREAT WHITE EGRET (Martin Davis); Goosander, 30+ Goldeneye (Richard Jackson)


Friday, 12 December

Tubney Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE, 600+ Starlings (Neil Larner)

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Thursday, 11 December

Ouse Washes - RED-THROATED DIVER from Churchmans Hide (Mike Burdekin)

Paxton Pits - 3 White-fronted Geese, 3 Green Sandpipers (Martin Davis)

Nene Washes -14 Crane, 2 Peregrine, Merlin (Jonathan Taylor)

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Wednesday, 10 December

Ouse Washes - RED-THROATED DIVER near Churchmans Hide (David Hopkins)

Reach Fen - 25 Whooper Swan (Martin O'leary)

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Tuesday, 9 December

Chain Corner to Sutton Gault - 3+ Water Pipit, 490 Whooper Swan (Mark Eaton)

Nene Washes - 788 Whooper Swan, 119 Bewick's Swan, 12 Crane, 4210 Wigeon, Short-eared Owl, male & fem Hen Harrier (Charlie Kitchin); 25 Stonechat (Jonathan Taylor)

Monday, 8 December 2014

Monday, 8 December

Paxton Pits - RING-NECKED DUCK stilL present, fem Scaup, GREAT WHITE EGRET over north (as per birdguides)

Holme Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still present 14:00h (Kev Wolstencroft, Steve Gann); seen in the Pondersbridge area this morning (Ben Green)

Ouse Washes - 3 Water Pipit, 12 Curlew (Mike Burdekin)

Wicken Fen - 2 male, 5 fem Hen Harrier to roost (Colin Kirtland)

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Sunday, 7 December

Paxton Pits - GREAT WHITE EGRET, 4 Red-crested Pochard, RING-NECKED DUCK A1 pit (Martin Davis)

Burwell Fen - 2 Short-eared Owls, Stonechat (Andy Hannaford); 2 more Short-eared Owl (Matt Mellor)

Wicken Fen - c.8 Hen Harrier to roost (Matt Mellor)

Southey Wood - 2 RAVEN nearby (Matt Webb)

Saturday, 6 December

Paxton Pits -  RING-NECKED DUCK on Island pit, Goosander, Peregrine, Merlin, Green Sandpiper, 3 Stonechat (Jamie Wells)

Burwell Fen - GREAT WHITE EGRET, 4 Short-eared Owl, 24 Whooper Swan (James Hanlon)

Ferry Lagoon - GREAT WHITE EGRET (Richard Thomas)

Great Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still present (Kevin Wolstencroft)

Rampton - 18 Tree Saprrow (Ian Ellis)

Ouse Fen - 2 redhead Smew, Bean Goose over (Richard Thomas, Hugh Venables)

Friday, 5 December 2014

Friday, 5 December

Great Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD at the Frog Hall Bridge end, also Short-eared Owl (Steve Dudley)

Ouse Fen - Bittern, Green Sandpiper, 1740 Lapwing, 400 Golden Plover, Bearded Tit, 4 Stonechat (Mark Peck)

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Thursday, 4 December

Ouse Fen - fem PENDULINE TIT seen at 12.30 today from the RSPB visitor trail viewpoint overlooking the cell 2 reedbed. Feeding on reedmace heads by the ditch margin close to where the digger is working in front of the viewpoint. Quite mobile. (Barry O' Dowd)

Paxton Pits - 1st winter male RING-NECKED DUCK on A1 north,  fem Scaup, Red-crested Pochard, 3 Whooper Swan (Mark Ward)

Holme Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD hunting between Tower Farm and Frog Hall Bridge 09:40h (Steve Dudley)

Cambridge - 4 Bewick's Swan north over the West Cambridge site (Hugh Venables)

Folksworth - male Black Redstart in a private garden (Andy frost)

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Wednesday, 3 December

Paxton Pits - 1st winter male RING-NECKED DUCK on A1 north,  Red-crested Pochard (Mark Hawkes)

Holme Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD viewable from T-junction  by Tower Farm, also Merlin, Stonechat (Don & Andrew Gardener)

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Tuesday, 2 December

Paxton Pits - 1st winter male RING-NECKED DUCK on A1 north. Also pair of Red-crested Pochard, fem Scaup (Martin Davis, Andrew Tongue)

Ferry Meadows - Goosander (Mike Weedon)

Burwell Fen - Bittern, Merlin (Andy Hannaford)

Holme Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD north of Holme Farm, Peregrine (Colin Kirtland)

Woodwalton Fen - male Hen Harrier, Tawny Owl (Colin Kirtland)

Monday, 1 December 2014

Monday, 1 December

Paxton Pits - 1st winter male RING-NECKED DUCK on A1 north (Martin Davis)

Trundle Mere - ROUGH LEGGED BUZZARD (Andy Jackson)

Ferry Meadows - Goosander (Mike Weedon)

Burwell Fen - 25 Whooper Swan, fem Hen Harrier,  3 Short-eared Owl, Merlin, 37 Snipe (Andy Hannaford)