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, 28 March 2016

Monday, 28 March

Fen Drayton Lakes - Little Gull, c100 Sand Martin, House Martin (Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water - RED-NECKED GREBE (James Hanlon);  3 House Martins, Swallow, c40 Sand Martin (Ian Dawson)

Nene Washes - Sand Martin at March Farmers, 2 Crane at Eldernell (John Wells)

Histon - Wheatear by guided busway (John Hoppett)


Sunday, 27 March

Paxton Pits - pair Garganey on Washout pit (Ian Dawson); c30 Sand Martins, 3 Swallows, 4 Green Sandpiper (Jamie Wells)

Ferry Meadows - Raven (Matt Webb); Curlew (Don Gardener)

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Saturday 26th March

Sutton Gault - 2 Little Egret, c.600 Wigeon, 8 Little Gull over at 14.50 (Colin Kirtland)

Cambridge Research Park - Swallow (Jon & David Heath)

Paxton Pits - pir of Garganey, Little Ringed Plover (Gary Rawlings); 2 Redpoll (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Friday 25th March

Nene washes - 2000 Black-tailed Godwit, several colour-ringed, from Eldernell plus 3 Sand Martin, several Marsh Harrier (Robin Ward)

Fen drayton Lakes - 3cy Mediterranean Gull, Swallow, 92 Black-tailed Godwit (Robin Ward); also Black-necked Grebe, 26m 39f Goldeneye, 32 Pochard (Colin Kirtland); 3 smew (1m 2f) and Stonechat (Sarah Howlett)

Cambridge - Woodcock in a Thoday St garden (Viv Connor, David Dunne)

Ouse Washes - SPOONBILL, White-fronted Goose, Scaup (Brendan Doe)

Thursday 24th March

Fen Drayton Lakes (Moore Lake) - Black-tailed Godwit 89, 2 Sand Martin, up to 4 Short-eared Owls on reserve during week (Luke Wake)

Grafham Water - Sand Martin (Mark Hawkes); 2 Red necked Grebe (various observers)

Wednesday 23rd March

Grafham Water - Knot on Dam (Colin Addington); Red-necked Grebe (Jonathan Taylor);

Eldernell -  2 prs Garganey, 2700 Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits, 34 Ruff, Ringed Plover (Jonathan Taylor); Great White Egret from Bassenhally towards Eldernell (Steve Gann)

Tuesday 22nd March

Fen Drayton Lakes - c.2000 Black-tailed Godwit, several colour-ringed and a single Bar-tailed Godwit. Also 3 Chiffchaff, 11 singing Cetti's (Mike Everett)

Monday, 21 March 2016

Monday, 21 March

Grafham Water - Black-necked Grebe, Osprey, Common Scoter briefly (Colin Addington)

Paxton Pits - Great White Egret, male Smew, 2 Curlew (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Sunday, 20 March

Grafham Water - pair of Common Scoter, OSPREY (Mark Hawkes); BLACK-NECKED GREBE (Ken Smith)

Cam Washes - Brent Goose, Great White Egret, 40 Avocet (Jon & David Heath)

Ouse Washes - 2 Common Cranes, Scaup, BLACK-NECKED GREBE (Duncan Poyser)

Paxton Pits - 10 Common Scoter, Rock Pipit (Martin Davis)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Spotted Redshank, c.3000 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Cetti's Warbler singing, 2 Short-eared Owl, Sand Martin (Hugh Venables)

Needingworth - Crane over south (Ted Harvey)

Gamlingay - 4 Raven over (Mark Thomas)



Saturday, 19 March

Ouse Washes - White-fronted Goose, c110 Whooper Swan, 7 Bewick Swan, Scaup (Brendan Doe); Great White Egret (David Hopkins)

Fowlmere NR - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Doug Radford)

Holland & Wennington Woods, Abbots Ripton - 8 Woodcock, 29 Marsh Tits (Richard Broughton)

Wicken Fen - 3 Hen Harriers (Duncan McNiven)

Cottenham - Great White Egret (Ian & Beth Ellis)

Friday, 18 March 2016

Friday, 18 March

Rampton - Great White Egret (Ian Ellis)

Earith - Crane over south 11:00h (David Griffiths)

Paxton Pits - Grey Plover (Jamie Wells)

Hare Park - 3 Bramblings with Chaffinches still (Kevin Wilson)

Kings Dyke NR - Great White Egret (Paul Barsby)

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Thursday, 17 March

Eldernell - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD over (David Withrington)

Burwell Fen - Crane over north 10:30h (Dave Palmer)

Witcham Gravel - pair of Mediterranean Gull (David Hopkins)

Fen Drayton Lakes - c.500 Black-tailed Godwit (Luke Wake)

Wicken Fen - 2 male & a female Hen Harrier to roost, roding Woodcock (Tim Dee)

Yaxley - Great White Egret, Short-eared Owl (Hugh Wright)

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Wednesday, 16 March

Fen Drayton lakes - 500+ Black-tailed Godwit on Ferry Lagoon, Peregrine (Gill Parrish)

Ouse Washes - 3 Water Pipit, White Wagtail just south of the Gullet at Sutton Gault (Ian Dawson)

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Tuesday, 15 March

Fen Drayton Lakes - Sand Martin over Drayton Lagoon (Luke Wake)

Burwell Fen - male Hen Harrier (Andy Hannaford)

Monks Wood - 350+ Redwing, 4 Woodcock, 35 Coal Tit (Richard Broughton)

Wicken Fen - 3 male & a female Hen Harrier (Ian Dickerson)

Cambridge - Peregrine on URC, Trumpington Street (Daniel Osborne)

Monday, 14 March 2016

Monday, 14 March

Yaxley - Great White Egret (Karen Woods)

Swaffham Prior Fen - male Hen Harrier (Kevin Wilson)

Cambridge - 2 Peregrine along Trumpington Street (Daniel Osborne)

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Sunday, 13 March

Paxton Pits - flock of c.4000 Black-tailed Godwit over, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper (Jamie Wells)

Colne GP - 4 Smew, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, Green Sandpiper, 2 Woodcock (Steve Cooper)

Holywell Marina - 2500 Black-tailed Godwit on flood nearby (Luke Wake)

Eye Green - 2 Mandarin (Steve West)

Castor Hanglands - Raven over (Mike Weedon)

Saturday, 12 March

Cambridge Research Park - Kittiwake, Water Rail, 2 Grey Partridge (David & Jon Heath)

Paxton Pits - Red-creasted Pochard, 5 pairs Pintail, Green Sandpiper, 5 Siskins (Jamie Wells)

Ouse Washes - Scaup, Short-eared Owl (Brendan Doe); Rock Pipit & 10 Water Pipit, Crane, Short-eared Owl, Peregrine to north of Fortrey (David Hopkins)

Eldernell - Great White Egret, 4 Crane, Curlew, 3 Short-eared Owl (Mike Weedon)
Pidley - Short-eared Owl between the village and Old Hurst (Russell  Watkins)

Wilbraham Fen -1500+ Golden Plover, 4 Corn Bunting, 5 Water Rail (Carl Howard)

Friday, 11 March 2016

Friday, 11 March

Eye Green - 2 Mandarin (Peter Beesley)

Camborne - Black Redstart, Woodcock (James Hanlon)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Cetti's Warbler (James Hanlon)

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Thursday, 10 March

Grafham Water - 6 Avocet in lagoons (Colin Addington); ICELAND GULL (Andrew Tongue)

March Famers - 240 Dunlin (Charlie Kitchin)

Burwell Fen - Short-eared Owl, 4 Stonechat (Tim Dee)

Wicken Fen - 2 Crane, Short-eared Owl, male Hen Harrier, 2 Barn Owl, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Water Rail (Tim Dee)

Hare Park - 3 Brambling with Chaffinches (Kevin Wilson)

Witcham Gravel - 2 Mediterranean Gull,  Barn Owl, also Short-eared Owl reported (Mat Wilson)

Cambridge - c.50 Siskin near St. John's Innovation Centre (David Heath)

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Tuesday, 8 March

Burwell Fen - c.450 Golden Plover (Martin O'Leary)

Witcham Gravel - pair of Mediterraean Gull, 2nd c.y. GLAUCOUS GULL (David Hopkins)

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Monday, 7 March

Hare Park - Brambling still with Chaffinches (Kevin Wilson)

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Sunday, 6 March

Thorney -  ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still present (David Withrington)

Church Fen Drain, Aldreth - GREAT WHITE EGRET (Paul Mason)

Grafham Water - ICELAND GULL, Mediterranean Gull, 17 Goosander (Mark Ward)

Farcet - GREAT WHITE EGRET south of the Black Swan pub, on Pig Water (Hugh Wright)

Elsworth - Ring tailed Hen Harrier  (Matt Williams)

Witcham Gravel - 2 Mediterranean Gull (David Hopkins)

Saturday, 5 March

Fen Drayton - Smew, Short-eared Owl, Peregrine, 3 Lesser Redpolls (Hugh Venables)

Cottenham - Hen Harrier over Broad Lane (Howard Neil)

Fowlmere / Newton - Short-Eared Owl in fields between the villages (Matt Mellor)

Godmanchester GP - Caspian Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes)


Friday, 4 March 2016

Friday, 4 March

Thorney -  ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still present, also Brambing & Little Owl in the area (Hugh Venables)

Burwell Fen - ringtail Hen Harrier (Dave Palmer)

Tower Farm, Great Fen - Great White Egret, 9 Short-eared Owl, Hen Harrier, Merlin (Hugh Venables)

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Thursday, 3 March

Thorney -  ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still present (Will Bowell)

Coates - DARTFORD WARBLER still present (James Hanlon)

Cambourne - Black Redstart still present (James Hanlon)

Eldernell - 6 Crane, 2 Short-eared Owl,  7000+ Golden Plover (Mike Everett, Chris Parker)

Witcham Gravel - 2nd c.y. GLAUCOUS GULL (David Hopkins); summer plumage Mediterranean Gull (Jonathan Taylor)

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Wenesday, 2 March

Garfham Water - 3 Avocet in lagoons (Colin Addington)

Thorney -  ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still present (Martin Coates)

Witcham Gravel - 2 ad KUMLIEN'S GULL, ad ICELAND GULL, ad MEDITERRANEAN GULL (David Hokins)

Tuesday, 1 March

Grafham Water - ad GLAUCOUS GULL to roost (Colin Addington)