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.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Friday, 30 December

Paxton Pits - 6 Goosander on the river, 3 Kingfisher (Martin Davis & Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - Great Northern Diver, 6 Bewick's Swan (Mark Hawkes); all 3 Great Northern Divers visible this afternoon (Mark Ward)

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Thursday, 29 December

Grafham Water - 2 Common Scoter off Mander (Richard Patient)

Paxton Pits - RING-NECKED DUCK, Great White Egret (Martin Davis)

Eldernell - CATTLE EGRET, 33 Crane, 7 Short-eared Owl (Jonathan Taylor)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 redhead Smew, fem Scaup, Bearded Tits, 4 Caspian Gull (Hugh Venables)

Wandlebury - c.20 Brambling to the south along the Roman Road between Copley Hill and Signal Hill (Mike Redshaw)

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Wednesday, 28 December

Paxton Pits - fem RING-NECKED DUCK still, Great White Egret, Red-crested Pochard, Peregrine (Jamie Wells)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 redhead Smew (Mike Everett); also fem Scaup (Hugh Venables)

Glinton - 3 WAXWING at the Helpston crossroads (Jonathan Taylor)

Melbourn - WAXWING in gardens along Fordham Way this morning (Ade Cooper)

Tuesday, 27 December

Paxton Pits - fem RING-NECKED DUCK still (Monica & Owen Marks)

Grafham Water - 3 Great Northern Diver (Stephanie James); Red-necked Grebe, Common Scoter, 6 Bewick's Swan (as per rarebirdalert)

Nene Washes - CATTLE EGRET, Bean Goose with 300+ Bewick's Swan,White-fronted Goose, 102 Ruff, 97 Dunlin (Charlie Kitchin)

Cambridge - Peregrine around the old pumping station on Riverside (Chris Brown)

Maxey Pits - 16 Goosander (Richard Astle)

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Monday, 26 December

Ferry Meadows - adult Mediterranean Gull (Matt Webb)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 Scaup (Jon & David Heath)

Burwell Fen - at least 15 Short-eared Owl in the air at the same time, 3+ Barn Owl, 12 Whooper Swan, 12 Kestrel (James Hanlon)

Hauxton - Raven over between the village and junction 11 (Jill Aldred)

Sunday, 25 December

Ferry Meadows - adult Mediterranean Gull (Matt Webb)

Saturday, 24 December

Hilton - Alexandrine Parakeet (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - fem RING-NECKED DUCK still, Great White Egret, Woodcock (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Eldernell - CATTLE EGRET, Merlin, 3 Crane (Mark Brandon)

Friday, 23 December

Paxton Pits - fem RING-NECKED DUCK, drake Scaup, Great White Egret (Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - Red-necked Grebe, 4 Goosander, 6 Bewick's Swans, Great Northern Diver (Richard Patient)

Ouse Fen - 10 Smew on pit by Overcote Lane (David Lee)


Thursday, 22 December 2016

Thursday, 22 December

Eldernell - CATTLE EGRET still (Matt Webb)

March Farmers - tundra Bean Goose near Cross Guns before flying east, 30 Pink-footed Geese over c. half a mile to the east (Mike & Ed Weedon)

Bar Hill - Raven over c.14:30h (Ian Ellis)

Wednesday, 21 December

Eldernell - 4 Crane, 2 Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl (Brian Stone)

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Wednesday, 21 December

Paxton Pits - fem RING-NECKED DUCK, Great White Egret (Martin Davis)

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Monday, 19 December

Upwell - 3 male Goosander on Sixteen Foot drain nearby (Andy Bayes)

Monks Wood - 2 Raven (Calum Urquhart)

Monday, 19 December 2016

Sunday, 18 December

St. Neots - 2 Raven over (Richard Patient)

Paxton Pits - RING-NECKED DUCK (Neal Parkin); Great White Egret, Red-crested Pochard (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - fem/imm Common Scoter, 6 Bewick's Swan, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, 4 Goosander (various observers)

March Farmers - 9 Pink-footed Geese (Mike Weedon)

Needingworth Pits - male & 13 female Smew (Brendan Doe)

Hare Park - 4 Brambling with Chaffinches (Kevin Wilson)

Wilbraham Fen - 5+ Bearded Tit (Carl Howard)

Burwell Fen - Water Pipit, 5 Short-eared Owl, Peregrine, 12 Whooper Swan, 179 Gadwall (Malcolm Ausden)

Colne Fen  - 6 European White-fronted Geese, 4000+ Lapwing, 702 Golden Plover, 22 Whooper Swan, Woodcock, 24 Dunlin (Steve Cooper)

Southey Wood - c.30 Brambling (Matt Webb)

Saturday, 17 December

May Farm, Littleport - 274 Whooper Swan, 26 Bewick's Swan (Steve Mumford)

Grafham Water - Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Raven (Richard Patient); 6 Goosander (Mark Ward)

Sutton North Fen - 65 Whooper Swan over, 3 Bewick's Swan, Green Sandpiper (Brendan Doe)

Sutton Gault - Water Pipit (Brendan Doe)

Chain Corner - 220 Golden Plover, 11+ Barnacle Geese, 91 Whooper Swan (Brendan Doe)

Stirtloe Sewage Works - probable SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF but not heard to call (Mark Ward)

Holme Fen - Merlin, 30+ Siskin (Calum Urquhart)

Woodwalton Fen - male Hen Harrier (Calum Urquhart)

Friday, 16 December 2016

Friday, 16 December

Paxton Pits - RING-NECKED DUCK still, Great White Egret, c.80 Goldeneye, Green Sandpiper (Martin Davis)

Kingfishers Bridge - GREAT GREY SHRIKE on east side, behind the mound by the first parking area although can be elusive (John Thake)

Waterbeach - ad Caspian Gull (Simon Stirrup)

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Thursday, 15 December

Fen Drayton Lakes - fem Scaup (Gill Parrish)

Eldernell - 34 Crane; 31 east of Decoy Wood, 3 more to the west. Also CATTLE EGRET near car park, 3 Short-eared Owl (Ian Gordon).

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Wednesday, 14 December

Paxton Pits - fem RING-NECKED DUCK still, Great White Egret (Martin Davis)

Fen Drayton Lakes - SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF near kissing gate at east side of Drayton Lagoon, also fem Scaup, Slavonian Grebe; male Scaup on Ferry Mere (Hugh Venables)

Nene Washes - CATTLE EGRET north-east of Eldernell CP; a total of 22 Crane: 17 landed east of Decoy Wood, a pair west of Lords Holt and 3 more north of Decoy Wood (Norman Sills)

Hare Park - 2 Tawny Owl (Kevin Wilson)

Cambridge - Black Redstart at Pembroke College, favouring the library roof (Matt Mellor)

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Tuesday, 13 December

Fen Drayton Lakes - SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF near kissing gate at east side of Drayton Lagoon (James Hanlon)

Wimpole - 20 Mandarin on west lake (Michael Wood)

Monday, 12 December 2016

Monday, 12 December

Kingfishers Bridge - GREAT GREY SHRIKE on east side, behind the mound by the first parking area (John Thake)

Grafham Water - 6 Bewick's Swan in Valley Creek (Colin Addington)

Thorny Toll - 4 Crane over A47 (Tim Bagworth)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern, Great White Egret (Richard Palmer)

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Sunday, 11 December

Kingfishers Bridge - GREAT GREY SHRIKE on east side of reserve (Ian Barton)

Paxton Pits - RING-NECKED DUCK still on new workings, pair Stonechats (Martin Davis)

Fen Drayton - SLAVONIAN GREBE on Moore Lake, Bittern briefly in flight from Elney viewpoint, Peregrine (Hugh Venables); also fem Scaup, redhead Smew, 40+ Goldeneye (Steve Cooper)

Sutton, North Fen - Brent Goose, 20 Barnacle Geese, Whooper Swan (Brendan Doe)

Burwell Fen - Merlin, Peregrine, 7 Short-eared Owls (Malcolm Ausden)

Woodwalton Fen - 2 Bittern sightings, Cetti's Warbler, Bearded Tit calling (Steve Dutton)

Eldernell - CATTLE EGRET, 9 Crane, 2 Short-eared Owl (Dan Barrell)

Saturday, 10 December

Nene Washes - 33 Common Cranes, CATTLE EGRET, Merlin, 2 Short-eared Owl (Mike Weedon)

Grafham Water - Great Northern Diver close in off dam by tower (Jamie Wells)

Hainey Farm, Barway - GLOSSY IBIS at this private site this morning (Steve Mumford)

Nene Washes - 30 Crane in flight and a family of 3 at Eldernell, CATTLE EGRET, Merlin, 2 Short-eared Owl, 3 Peregrine (Mike Weedon et al.)

Friday, 9 December 2016

Friday, 9 December

Nene Washes - CATTLE EGRET still present, 6 probable tundra BEAN GEESE but distant on the north side halfway between March Farmers and Eldernell (Brian Stone)

Ouse Washes - CATTLE EGRET off Witcham Gravel (David Hopkins)

Paxton Pits - RING-NECKED DUCK still, Great White Egret (Calum Urqhart, Toby Phelps)

Grafham Water - Grafham Water (Calum Urqhart, Toby Phelps)

Woodwalton Fen - male and female Hen Harrier (Calum Urqhart, Toby Phelps)

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Thursday, 8 December

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Raven over west, 1st win male Scaup (Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water - Great Northern Diver, 6 Bewick's Swan (Richard Palmer); Red-necked Grebe off Mander, fem Goosander (Ron Harold)

Holme Lode, Great Fen - wing-raged male Hen Harrier and 23 red Kite to roost (Ron Harold)

Paxton Pits - fem RING-NECKED DUCK (Ron Harold)

March Farmers - 26 Crane, 3 Great White Egret, Peregrine (John Wells)

Wednesday, 7 December

Eldernell - ringtail Hen Harrier, Merlin, 7 Crane (Ian Gordon)

March Farmers - distant CATTLE EGRET, 24 Crane, 4 Pink-footed Geese, 120 Whopper Swan, 3 Peregrine (Monica & Owen Marks, Ron Harold)

Paxton Pits - fem RING-NECKED DUCK still, Curlew (Stuart & Jill Elsom)

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Tuesday, 6 December

Paxton Pits -  fem RING-NECKED DUCK still present, Jack Snipe (Martin Davis)

Burwell Fen -  3 Short-eared Owl (Andy Hannaford)

Monday, 5 December 2016

Monday, 5 December

Paxton Pits - RING-NECKED DUCK still (David Ellis)

Maxey Pits - 21 Goosander (Malcolm Holley)

Grafham Water - 3 redhead Smew in Savages Creek (Colin Addington)

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sunday, 4 December

Ely - GLOSSY IBIS still present this morning south of Roswell Pits (Mark Peck); Great White Egret along the river to the south (Gareth Rees)

Fowlmere - Jack Snipe, Merlin, 2 Raven (Ade Cooper)

Ouse Washes - 7 White-fronted Geese (Richard Patient)

Paxton Pits - fem RING-NECKED DUCK still present (Martin Davis); 10 Goosander (Ian Dawson)

Grafham Water - Great Northern Dive, 5 Water Rail (Mark Ward)

Wicken Fen - Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Long-eared Owl, Tawny Owl, Peregrine (David Walsh)

Woodwalton Fen - male Hen Harrier (Donal McCarthy and Ellie Burke); 8 Cetti's Warbler, c.12 water Rail, 8 Marsh Harrier (Mike Weedon)

Histon - CATTLE EGRET over east 09:00h (Malcolm Ausden)

May Farm, Littleport - 59 Corn Bunting at this private site (Steve Mumford)

March Farmers - 4 Pink-footed Geese, CATTLE EGRET, 3 Crane in flight, 2 Peregrine (Mike Weedon)

March - 26 Crane over west (as per rba)

Great Fen - male and ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Raven, fem Merlin, 5 Short-eared Owl, 17+ Red Kite (Steve Dudley)


Saturday, 3 December

Paxton Pits - fem RING-NECKED DUCK still present, Great White Egret, pair of Stonechats (Martin Davis); Jack Snipe (Neal Parkin); ad Caspian Gull (Chris Rider)

Ouse Washes - 3500 Whooper Swans, 15 Bewick's Swans, Merlin, LAPLAND BUNTING (Ade Cooper)

Little Shelford - 2 Raven over (Ali Cooper)

March Farmers - 26 Crane (Terry Cooper)


Friday, 2 December 2016

Friday, 2 December

Paxton Pits - fem RING-NECKED DUCK present this morning (Martin Davis)

Milton CP - redhead Smew on Todd's Pit (Jon Heath)

Grafham Water - 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Bewick's Swan (Colin Addington)

Nene washes - CATTLE EGRET and 10 Crane near Eldernell, Merlin, Peregrine (Mike Weedon)

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Thursday, 1 December

Paxton Pits - fem RING-NECKED DUCK present at 15:00h (Martin Davis)

Somersham - WAXWING in a private garden (James Pipe)

Farcet Fen - Bittern in one of the few non-frozen drain sections (Steve Dudley)

Milton CP - redhead Smew on Todd's Pit (Jon Heath)