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, 29 April 2016

Friday, 29 April

Litlington - fem Redstart (Geoff Barlow)

Ely - Osprey over West Fen Road 11:45h (Chris Boness)

Paxton Pits - dark-phase ARCTIC SKUA briefly 13:51h before flying north, pair of RAVEN over, Wood Sandpiper, Greensahnk, 56 Common Sandpiper, Wheatear (Jamie Wells)

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Thursday, 28 April

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Cuckoo, Garganey, 4 Avocet (Luke Wake)

Grafham Water - 2 Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, 2 White Wagtail, Channel Wagtail (Ian Dawson); also 6+ Arctic Tern, Little Gull  (James Hanlon)

Paxton Pits - Wood Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpiper, Whinchat, Short-eared Owl (Martin Davis); also Arctic Tern, 2 White Wagtail (James Hanlon)

Ferry Meadows - LITTLE TERN (David Cromack)

Waterbeach Fen - 6 Wheatear (David Heath)

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wednesday, 27 April

Paxton Pits - Hobby, 3 Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Avocet, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, White Wagtail, Short-eared Owl (Martin Davis)

Burwell Fen - 2 male Garganey, Wheatear, Short-eared Owl, Whimbrel, Hobby and Little Owl long road to Swaffham Prior (Chris Rider)

Maxey Pits - Wheatear (Richard Astle)

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Tuesday, 26 April

Moonshine Gap - 2 RING OUZEL 2 miles west of Glatton TL125866 (Jonathan Taylor)

Paxton Pits - 2 Whinchat (Martin Davis)

Monday, 25 April 2016

Monday, 25 April

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 male Garganey on Ferry Lagoon c.08:00h (Luke Wake); Greenshank, 10+ Arctic Tern (Mike Everett)

Bainton Pots - WOOD WARBLER singing west of Lolham Bridges, c.300 metres along the Cut, TF107073. Also Turtle Dove singing (Jonathan Taylor); and Grasshopper warbler (Mike Weedon)

Burwell Fen - Garganey, 3 Arctic Tern, 14 Swift, Cuckoo (Andy Hannaford); Hobby over (Dave Palmer)

Tubney Fen - 5 Wheatear  (Andy Hannaford)

Ouse Washes - 3 Whinchat, male Channel Wagtail between Witcham Gravel & Straight Drove (David Hopkins)

Paxton  pits - 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, Wood Sandpiper, 9 Arctic Tern, Peregrine, Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpiper (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - ad Little Gull, 21 Common Tern (Mark Ward)

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.)



Saturday, 23 April

Paxton Pits - Wood Sandpiper, 2 Raven over north (Martin Davis); also Swift, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Greenshank, Common Sandpiper (Jamie Wells)

Cambridge Research Park - 2 Wheatear, Arctic Tern over north (Jon & David Heath)

Ferry Meadows - Cuckoo (Keith Lievesley)

Maxey - Cuckoo at the pits, 2 Wheatear along the Cut (Richard Astle)

Burwell Fen - 5+ Wheatear, Whimbrel, 3 Swift (Diana Leech)

Wicken Fen - Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Cuckoo, Bittern, Nightingale (Kevin Wilson)

Cam Washes, Upware - 3 Avocet (Kevin Wilson)

Ouse Washes - to north of Witcahm Gravel, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, Swifts moving through (David Hopkins); WHITE STORK circling high to south of Pymoor (Brendan Doe)

Nene Washes - Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Hobby, Short-eared Owl, 9 Fieldfare (Jonathan Taylor); at March Farmers 2 Arctic Tern, Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Short-eared Owl (Steve West)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 15+ Arctic Tern, Grasshopper Warbler, Nightingale, 3 Swift, Cuckoo, 3 Common Sandpiper (Hugh Venables)

Friday, 22 April 2016

Friday, 22 April

Cam Washes - 20 Avocet, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Corn Bunting on Waterbeach  side (Ian Burfield); also 2 Wheatear & 4 more along Waterbeach Long Drove, 3 Whimbrel on the Upware side (Jon & David Heath)

Cambridge Research Park - Cetti's Warbler (Ian Burfield)

Paxton Pits - 3 Whinchat, 2 Arctic Tern, Sanderling, 2 Greenshank, Turtle Dove reported near education centre (Jamie Wells); Osprey over west (RBA)

Ouse Washes - 7 Arctic Tern, Grey Plover over north of Witcham Gravel, Whinchat at Great Dams Fen (David hopkins)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Nightingale, 10+ Swift (Luke Wake)

Tubney Fen - 7 Wheatear, Cuckoo (Andy Hannaford)

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Thursday, 21 April

Ferry Meadows - Swift over 10:00h (Keith Lievesley)

Ouse Washes - Cuckoo near Witcham Gravel, Whimbrel over, pair of Garganey from Stevens Hide (Mike Burdekin)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Cuckoo (Luke Wake)

Paxton Pits - 2 Swift, Common Sandpiper, Cuckoo (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - 3 Greenshank, 2 Avocet, 3+ Arctic Tern; also Grasshopper Warbler and Little Gull reported (Mark Hawkes)

Burwell Fen - 2 Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl (Andy Hannaford)

March Farmers - Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank (Mike Weedon)

Cam Washes, Upware - Ruff, 2 Avocet (Steve Dutton)

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Wednesday, 20 April

Ferry Meadows - Sandwich Tern briefly (Don Gardener)

Wicken Fen - 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Cetti's Warbler, Merlin, Hobby, Cuckoo (Robert Mansfield)

Haddenham/Aldreth Fens -  3 Wheatear (Paul Mason)

Wimpole - 2 Mandarin (Ken Hook)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Mediterranean Gull (Luke Wake)

Granta Park - fem Black Redstart, Little Owl at a private location (Andy Merryweather)

Eaton Socon - Cuckoo (Martin Davis)

Hare Park - 2 Tawny Owl (Kevin Wilson)

Wicken Fen - 2 Bittern , also Short-eared Owl at Burwell Fen (Erica Towner, John Roote); also 3 Garganey at Adventurer's Fen (Colin Kirtland)

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Tuesday, 19 April

Litlington - Grasshopper Warbler (Geoff Barlow)

Fen Drayton Lakes - male Redstart on Middle Fen (Luke Wake)

Wardy Hill Drove, Witcham - male Redstart (David Hopkins)

Witcham - RING OUSEL by model flying club, but elusive (David Hopkins)

Grafham Water - singing Wood Warbler to north of Littless Hide, Osprey reported (Colin Addington); Red-necked Grebe still (Robin Ward)

Burwell fen - 4 Garganey, Crane, 2 Short-eared Owl, male Whinchat (Steve Cooper)

Fowlmere RSPB - fem Redstart (Ade Cooper)

Wicken Fen - Cuckoo, Hobby (Roger Cresswell)

Trumpington Meadows - Wheatear (Iain Webb)

Maxey - 3 Wheatear, Green Sandpiper at the pits,  Wheatear, 2 Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler along the Cut (Richard Astle)

Monday, 18 April 2016

Monday, 18 April

Castor Hanglands - 2 Raven over, Nightingale singing (Richard Astle)

Castor Hanglands - Cuckoo, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Paul Taylor)

Chesterton - CATTLE EGRET still (Saimon Clark)

Murrow - Turtle Dove under a garden feeder (Marie Barton)

Paxton Pits - Whimbrel (Mike Everett); White Wagtail, Common Sandpiper (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - Red-necked Grebe, Common Scoter, 4 Common Sandpiper, Wheatear, 9 Arctic Tern, 5 House Martin (Mike Everett)

Burwell Fen - 4 Garganey (Andy Hannaford); 3 White Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, Short-eared Owl (Malcolm Ausden)

Wicken - 3 Arctic Tern over (Kevin Wilson)

Ferry Meadows - White Wagtail (Howard Butler)

Witcham - RING OUSEL by model flying club (David Hopkins)

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Sunday, 17 April

Chesterton - CATTLE EGRET still (Daniel Osborne)

Grafham Water - Raven, 8 Whimbrel, RED-NECKED GREBE, Redstart (Mark Hawkes)

Waterbeach - Cuckoo (Hugh Venables)

Paxton Pits - 6 Wimbrel, 2 Ruff (Jamie Wells); 3 singing Nightingale (Trevor Gunton)

March Farmers - SPOONBILL, Merlin (Charlie Kichen)

Burwell Fen - 2 Garganey, Cuckoo (Tim Dee); Wheatear between Burwell & Upware (Mat Wilson)

Ouse Washes - Great White Egret from Grose Hide (Steve West)

Cambridge Research Park - Turtle Dove, Cetti's Warbler (Jon & David Heath)

Wilbraham Common - RING OUZEL, Cuckoo, also Grasshopper Warbler from Long Drove (Carl Howard)

Little Wilbraham Fen - 3 Bearded Tit, Grasshopper Warbler (likely that recorded from Long Drove), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (John Walsh)

Maxey Pits - Wheatear, Green Sandpiper (Richard Astle)

March Farmers - SPOONBILL, Merlin, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 112 Pintail (Charlie Kitchin)

Eldernell - Hobby, fem Redstart (Charlie Kitchin)

Berry Fen - Sandwich Tern, Greenshank, Curlew (Jem Holding)

Ouse Fen - Grasshopper Warbler, Crane briefly (Simon Passey)

Saturday, 16 April

Grafham Water - 3 Arctic Terns, RED-NECKED GREBE (Mark Ward); 6 Little Gull (Mark Hawkes); 3 White Wagtail, 4 Yellow Wagtail (Barbara

Fen Drayton - 3 Arctic Terns (Richard Grimmett)

Devils Dyke at Swaffham Prior/Burwell - male Hen Harrier (Tim Dee)

Maxey Pits - Wheatear, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Bob Titman)

Eldernell - 2 Crane (Malcolm Bell)

Ferry meadows - 5 Arctic Tern (Mike Weedon); LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER from Teal Hide (Tony Rowe)

Friday, 15 April 2016

Friday, 15 April

Ferry Meadows - Turnstone, Little Gull (Paul Taylor); Yellow Wagtail (Mike Weedon)

Haddenham, Long Drove - White Wagtail (David & Sallie Jones)

Paxton Pits - 3 Red-crested Pochard, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 26 Common Tern (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - Redstart, 2 Arctic Tern, Little Ringed Plover (James Hanlon)

Burwell Fen - pair of Garganey, 3 Arctic Tern, 2 Short-eared Owl (Andy Hannaford)

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Thursday, 14 April

Fen Drayton Lakes - SANDWICH TERN, 6 Common Tern, Common Sandpiper (Luke Wake); 2 Arctic Tern briefly (Jonathan Taylor)

Witcham - pair of Ring-necked Parakeet (David Hopkins)

Great Wibraham Common - male  RING OUZEL (Chris Brown)

Eldernell - imm  SPOONBILL half a mile to the east, 4 Avocet, 45 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 40+ Little Egret, 20+ Yellow Wagtail, Peregrine (Hugh Wright)

Maxey Pits - 2 ad Mediterranean Gull (Ivor Cumberpatch); probable RING OUZEL, Yellow Wagtail (Richard Astle)

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Wednesday, 13 April

Chesterton - CATTLE EGRET still present at TL481614, 08:20h (Saimon Clark); still present mid-morning (Jon Heath)

Fen Drayton Lakes - SANDWICH TERN on island to left of hide on Moore Lake (Richard Palmer); Grasshopper Warbler near Drayton Lagoon (Luke Wake)

Milton CP - Cetti's Warbler, Willow Warbler (Jon Heath)

Paxton Pits - Nightingale singing (Gill Butt as per Mark Brandon); also Sedge Warbler, Swallow, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Cetti's Warbler singing (Ian Dawson)

RSPB Hope Farm, Knapwell - male Redstart, male Brambling (Derek Gruar)

River Nene, North Bank - Wheatear near Fitzwilliam Bridge, and another near Millennium Bridge (Hugh Wright)

Peterborough - 8 House Martin at the Mill colony & a single bird at Hayes Walk (Brian Stone)

Paxton Pits - 2 Little Ringed Plover, Ruff, Curlew, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler, Avocet (Martin Davis); Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - Red-necked Grebe (Richard Jackson); 5 Nightingale (Mark Hawkes)

Marsh Lane GPs - 3 Nightingale, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (Mike Everett)

Haddenham Long Drove - 2 Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail (Paul Mason)

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Tuesday, 12 April

Chesterton - CATTLE EGRET still present 13:15h (Louise Bacon)

Grafham Water - 6 Little Gull, 3 Arctic Tern, Red-necked Grebe (Ian Dawson)

Burwell Fen - 2 Common Tern, 2 Swallow (Dave Palmer); Little Gull briefly, male Garganey, 3 Short-eared Owl, Sedge Warbler, Green Sandpiper (Brendan Doe)

Paxton Pits -  11 Little Gull, 2 Common Tern, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Avocet, 4 Little Ringed Plover, Ruff (Martin Davis)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 6 Little Gull at Ferry Lagoon 16:45h (Luke Wake)

Cottenham - Merlin over the fen from the lode bank (Neil Howard)

Ouse Washes - 8 Little Gull, 2 Peregrine, c.800 islandica Black-tailed Godwit, Wheatear (Monica & Owen Marks); 12 Water Pipit to roost, Great White Egret along the Delph (James Harding-Morris)

Maxey - Short-eared Owl, Swallow, Brambling, Yellow Wagtail. Also a Wheatear  reported (Bob Titman)

Wicken Fen - 2 Barn Owl, 4 Water Rail, 2 Grasshopper Warbler (Christoph Zöckler)

Monday, 11 April 2016

Monday, 11 April

Grafham Water - Red-necked Grebe still (Colin Addington); 13 Little Gull, Arctic Tern, 2 Common Scoter  (Mard Ward)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Little Gull (Paul Gallagher, as per Don Gardener)

Wardy Hill Drove - Lesser Whitethroat (David Hopkins)

Maxey Pits - 5 Little Gull, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Common Tern 15:30h (Bob Titman)

Ferry Meadows - Arctic Tern, 2 Common Tern (Howard Butler)

Ouse Washes - 5 Crane, 4 Garganey, 6 Little Gull over (Mike Burdekin)

Chesterton - CATTLE EGRET still (Robin Ward)

Paxton Pits - Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Yellow Wagtail (Martin Davis)

Marsh Lane GPs - Nightingale (Bill Simmonds)

Eldernell - RING OUZEL, c.25 Bar-tailed Godwit, c.10 Little Gull, Garganey, 3 Greenshank (Andrew Gardener)

Hare Park - Brambling (Kevin Wilson)

Guyhirn - Osprey over 14:20h (Steve West)

Sunday, 10 April

 Chesterton - CATTLE EGRET still present (Matt Mellor)

Ouse Washes - 2 cy Eurasian White-fronted Goose still with c.80 Whopper Swan just north of Pymoor railway bridge, Avocet  at 4 balls farm, c. 700 Black-tailed Godwits (Brendan Doe)

Saturday, 9 April

Ouse Washes - SPOONBILL at Earith, Garganey at Fortreys Hall (Steve Cooper)

Colne - Common Crane, White Wagtail (Steve Cooper)

Chesterton - CATTLE EGRET still present (Richard Jackson)

Friday, 8 April 2016

Friday 8th April

Chesterton (Cambridge) - Cattle Egret currently in horse fields East of Fen Road Chesterton. Viewed through hedge from river public footpath between A14 and Plough at Fen Ditton (Jon Heath)

Thursday 7th April


Sutton Gault - 2 Bewick's Swans and a few Whoopers still, 11 Fieldfare heading north and an amazing 46 Water Pipit and 1 Rock Pipit to roost (David Hopkins)

Ouse Washes - Great White Egret a mile north of Earith (David Griffiths)

Nene Washes - Spotted Redshank, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 31 Whooper Swan, Willow Warbler (Charlie Kitchin)

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Wednesday 6th April


Ouse Washes (Sutton Gault) - 15+ Black-tailed Godwits; and, flying steadily "south" down the Washes, a group of 6 Little Gulls (Mike Everett)

Tuesday 5th April

Ouse Washes, Four Balls farm - Drake Scaup showing very well, White-fronted Goose still with the Whooper flock right over on the west bank (Matthew Wilson)

Maxey Pits - One, possibly two, Ospreys (Steve Lonsdale)


Monday 4th April


Grafham water - Red necked Grebe still today (Colin Addington)

Woodwalton Fen - 2singing Sedge Warbler (Ron Harold/Katy Smith)
Farcet Fen - Great White Egret along the New Cut near Froghall Bridge, Osprey over (Steve Dudley)
Paxton Pits - first Yellow Wagtail of the year (Jamie Wells)

Earith - 2 Avocet, 5 Swallow over (David Griffiths)

Hare Park - Brambling (Kevin Wilson)
Dry Drayton - 2 Brambling (Michael Clydesdale, Ros Coey) 

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Sunday, 3 April

Cambridge - RING OUZEL feeding in 'paddock' between Stourbridge Common and Ditton Meadows Rob Pople)

Reach Lode - 3 Swallow (Martin O'Leary)

Hare Park - 2 Swallow (Kevin Wilson)

Burwell Fen - Wheatear, 2 Short-eared Owl (Will Burdett)


Saturday, 2nd April

Swaffham Prior - Hen Harrier over village (Tim Dee)

Ouse Washes - Scaup, 3 Yellow Wagtails (Brendan Doe)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Short-eared Owl, Little Gull, 21 singing Cetti's Warblers (Hugh Venables)

Sutton Gault - 15 Water Pipit, Bewick's Swan (David Hopkins)

Bury Fen - Garganey, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Richard Thomas)

Friday, 1 April 2016

Thursday 31st March

Ferry Meadows - a singing Willow Warbler near the corner of Lynch Lake (Don Gardener)

Wednesday 30th March

Nene Washes - Wheatear, Little Ringed Plover near March farmers entrance, Avocet, 450 golden plover flying about. Water pipit in summer plumage east of Eldernell car park, also drake Garganey, 2100 Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits (Jonathan Taylor)

Eldernell - pair & 2 male Garganey, 2 Short-eared Owls (Robin Ward)

Ferry Meadows - singing Blackcap, 20+ Sand Martin, 7+ Chiffchaff, Black Swan flying around (Don Gardener)

Yaxley - Black Redstart still present (Will Bowell)

Grafham Water - Red-necked Grebe, 2 House Martin (John Hoppett)

Swaffham Bulbeck - 2 Swallow (Giles Merritt)

Tuesday 29th March

Grafham Water - Red-necked Grebe still off dam (Colin Addington)

 Yaxley - Black Redstart (Hugh and Emma Wright)

Ouse Washes - Wheatear, Sand Martin (David Griffiths)