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:

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.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Sunday, 24 April

Wilbraham Fen - Nightingale singing in scrub 20 metres north west of wooden bridge at top end of long drove way, Grasshopper Warbler (Graeme Reed)

Grafham Water - 59 Arctic Terns, Red-necked Grebe, 4 Common Scoters, Little Gull (Mark Ward)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 10 Arctic Terns, Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Green Sandpipers briefly (Richard Thomas)

Milton - WHITE STORK over (Dave Barton)

Nene Washes - Spotted Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Whimbrel, 2 White Wagtails (Mike Weedon); SPOONBILL, 7 Bar-tailed Gowit, 4 Greenshank, 18 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper east of Eldernell (Charlie Kitchin)

Cottenham - Grasshopper Warbler, Wheatear, c.10 Redpoll (Ian Ellis)

Paxton Pits - 2 Whinchat, Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Cuckoo, Wheatear; also Firecrest photographed near Kingfisher Hide (various observers, as per Jamie Wells)

Ouse Washes - Crane, Garganey, Great White Egret, 4 Wheatear, 2 Arctic Tern over north, fem Redstart (Steve West)

Burwell Fen - 2 White Wagtail, 6 Wheatear, Short-eared Owl, Avocet, pair of Garganey (Malcolm Ausden)

Haddenham/Aldreth Fens - 5+ Wheatear (Paul Mason et al.)

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