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.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Tuesday, 28 February

Waterbeach - Glaucous Gull at the Cambridge Research Park (Simon Stirrup)

Monday, 27 February 2017

Monday, 27 February

Ouse Washes - Great White Egret over north (David Griffiths)

Grafham Water - Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver (Richard Palmer)

Hare Park, Six Mile Bottom - 3 Brambling with Chaffinches (Kevin Wilson)

Cambridge - BLACK REDSTART on roof of St. Botolph's church, Trumpington Street (Mike Crosby)

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Sunday, 26 February

Earith - Dark-bellied Brent Goose on the washes, LAPLAND BUNTING flying north, 2 Great White Egrets, 2 Water Pipits (Richard Patient); 8 Scaup, Water Pipit at Chain Corner (Simon Stirrup)

Paxton Pits - RING-NECKED DUCK still on new workings, 4 Pintail (Martin Davis)

Cottenham, Long Drove - 2 cy Glaucous Gull still this morning (Brendan Doe)

Ely Sewage Works - SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF (Duncan Poyser)

Wicken Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE still (Kevin Wilson)

Saturday, 25 February

Farcet Fen - 3 Tundra Bean Geese still present with mixed goose flock (Steve Dudley)

Cambridge Science Park  - 12 Waxwings by guided bus way (Jon Heath)

Ouse Washes - 1600 Golden Plover, 6 Water Pipit (Monica & Owen Marks)

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Friday, 24 February

Witcham Gravel - 2 Scaup (David Hopkins)

Ouse Washes - Great White Egret near Earith,  9 Scaup near Sutton Gault, ad Mediterranean Gull, 12 Water Pipit, 1170 Black-tailed Godwit, 65 Dunlin, 700 Golden Plover (Ade Cooper)

Burwell Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE, 18 White-fronted Geese, Peregrine (Diana Leech et al.)

Wicken Fen - Short-eared Owl (Bob Mansfield)

Cambridge Research Park, Waterbeach - juv GLAUCOUS GULL (Diana Leech et al.)

Cambridge - 14 WAXWING by guided busway (Diana Leech et al.)

Thorney Toll - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD east of Wryde Croft wind farm, distant but best viewed from Black Drove near traveller's camp (Duncan McNiven)

Sawtry - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD on farmland off the B1090 about a mile to the south (Mike and Anne Knowles)

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Thursday, 23 February

Ferry Meadows - Mediterranean Gull, Peregrine (Matt Webb)

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Tuesday, 21 February

Ouse Washes - Great White Egret, 8 Scaup near Chain Corner (Jonathan Taylor); Wigeon showing characteristics of American Wigeon but possibly a hybrid (Richard Palmer); a second Great White Egret (Andy Hannaford)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 Cetti's Warbler singing (Richard Allison)

Cambridge - at least 5 WAXWING still near A14 bridge over guided busway (as per Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water - 4 Scaup at south end of dam (Colin Addington); ICELAND GULL, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, 11 Goosander, Mediterranean Gull, 2 Caspian Gull (Mark Ward)

Ferry Meadows - Jack Snipe, 4 Woodcock (Matt Webb)

Monday, 20 February 2017

Monday, 20 February

Grafham Water - 4 Scaup from Plummer CP still (Mark Hawkes)

Rings End - 175 Whooper Swan, 85 Bewick's Swan just to the south near the Twenty Foot Drain  (David Withrington)

Burwell Fen - 18 White-fronted Geese (Kevin Wilson)

Paxton Pits - pair of Goosander, Cetti's Warbler (Martin Davis)

Lark Rise Farm - Brambling amongst birds coming to the feeding area (Vince Lea)

Isleham Washes - 12 Avocet (Anthony Weston)

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Sunday, 19 February

Ely, Kiln Lane / River Path  - GLOSSY IBIS by broken tree flew to water and the side viewed from the gate by railway crossing (Daniel Osborne)

Cambridge - 5 WAXWINGS beyond the Science park busway stop in the top of the tallest trees towards the end of the building site (Iain Thomas)

Wicken Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE still near West Mere Hide (Jon & David Heath)

Paxton Pits - RING-NECKED DUCK still, 14 White-fronted Geese, 3 Goosander (Martin Davis); Short-eared Owl, Bittern (Gary Rawlings)

Grafham Water - Great Northern Diver, 4 Scaup (Richard Patient)

Cottenham - 2 c.y. GLAUCOUS GULL (Brendan Doe)

Ouse Washes - 54 Bewick's Swan, 650 Golden Plover; 9 Scaup at Chain Corner (Brendan Doe); also 28 Water Pipit, White-fronted Goose (Steve Cooper)

Earith - redhead Smew on River Ouse nearby (Brendan Doe)

Thorney Toll - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD reported




Saturday, 18 February

Thorney area - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still present and showing well from the travellers site between site and wind turbines before disappearing into copse south of Throckenholt at south end of Common Drove (Steve Dudley)

Grafham Water - Great Northern Diver off dam (Mark Jackson); Red-necked Grebe, 4 Scaup (Richard Patient)

Cottenham Area - GLAUCOUS GULL (Brendan Doe)

Chain Corner - Great White Egret  (Brendan Doe) 

Cam Washes - 8 Common Cranes flew in from north, with 3 seemingly dropping down on Burwell Fen and the remaining 5 heading back northwards (Jon Heath)

Ouse Washes - 9 Scaup, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 5 Water Pipits, 500 Black-Tailed Godwit, 12 Ruff, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 60 Dunlin, 26 Redshank, 2 Peregrine, 2 Stonechats (Ade Cooper)

Cambridge - 5 WAXWING still present by guided busway at Science park but further along (Jon Heath); 10 birds by busway on Orchard Park side of A14 bridge (Hugh Venables)

Paxton Pits - RING-NECKED DUCK still (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Friday, 17 February 2017

Friday, 17 February

Ely - GLOSSY IBIS between railway and river south-east of Kiln Lane (Geoff Barlow)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Great White Egret (Andrew Jennings); also Smew, Bittern (Jon & David Heath)

Cam Washes - 37+ White-fronted Geese, male Hen Harrier, Peregrine (Jon & David Heath)

Paxton Pits - fem RING-NECKED DUCK (Martin Davis)

Wicken Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE at tower hide end of Harrisons Drove, 2 Short-eared Owl (David Ellis)

Grafham - redhead Smew off Dam (Richard Patient)

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Thursday, 16 February

Ely - GLOSSY IBIS from Kiln Lane, SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF at the sewage works (Duncan Poyser)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Great White Egret, male Smew (Luke Wake)

Ferry Meadows - Peregrine, Yellow-legged Gull (Matt Webb)

Paxton Pits - fem RING-NECKED DUCK, fem Merlin (Martin Davis)

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Wednesday, 15 February

Ely - GLOSSY IBIS to south of rail cross ing on Kiln Lane (Jonathan Taylor); SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF at sewage works (David Ellis)

Cambridge - 12-15 WAXWING by Guided Busway at Science Park (Chris Percival)

Grafham Water - Brent Goose (Colin Addington)

Paxton Pits - RING-NECKED DUCK still, 3 Goosander (Martin Davis)

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Tuesday, 14 February

Cambridge - 15 WAXWING by the Guided Busway Science Park stop (Jill Aldred)

Ely - GLOSSY IBIS between Kiln Lane and the Rail Bridge. flew to flooded field by Lisle Lane 14:50h (Monica & Owen Marks)

Paxton Pits - RING-NECKED DUCK still (Martin Davis)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Great White Egret (Luke Wake)

Monday, 13 February 2017

Monday, 13 February

Cambridge - 15 WAXWING at Milton Road end of Kendal Way briefly (Richard Johnson); back by the Science Park from 13:00h (David Heath); Brambling in a private garden on Windsor Road (Chris Akhurst)

Fen Drayton - Great White Egret (Richard Allison)

Nene Washes - 3 Bean Geese, 24 Crane, 12,929 Wigeon, 11375 Lapwing, 6500 Golden Plover, 780 Black-tailed Godwit, 103 Dunlin (Charlie Kitchin)

Wicken Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE from old tower hide (Steve Dutton)


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Sunday, 12 February

Cambridge - 15 WAXWING by the guided busway/science park still (Jon Heath)

Wicken Fen -  GREAT GREY SHRIKE still present, Hen Harrier (Chris Rider)

Burwell Fen - 31 White-fronted Geese, 2 Short-eared Owl (Patrick Woods)

Colne Fen GP - 2 redhead Smew, Green Sandpiper (Steve Cooper)

Cottenham - 6+ Caspian Gull in the area (Brendan Doe)

Grafham Water - Red-Necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Divers (Mark Hawkes); fem Common Scoter, 8 Goosander (Mark Ward)

Fen Drayton - Short-eared Owl (Richard Allison); male and 2 redhead Smew (Luke Wake)

Yaxely - 2 WAXWING in a private garden (Andy Frost)

Saturday, 11 February

Paxton Pits -  RING-NECKED DUCK still, Green Sandpiper, Barnacle Goose, Shelduck, 17+ Siskin (Martin Davis)

Cambridge - 15 WAXWING by the guided busway/science park (Mark Ward)

Friday, 10 February 2017

Friday, 10 February

Somersham, Long Drove - fem Merlin (Keith Tinworth)

Wicken Fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE in newly cleared area by West Mere Hide but mobile (Andy Hannaford)

Ferry Meadows - 3 Woodcock (Matt Webb)

Paxton Pits - Jack Snipe, Short-eared Owl, RING-NECKED DUCK still (Martin Davis)

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Thursday, 9 February

Melbourn - GREAT GREY SHRIKE in the allotments at the end of the moor (Ade Cooper)

Wimpole - 8 Mandarin at the lake (Steve Dutton)

Grafham Water - fem Common Scoter (Duncan McNiven)

Cambridge Research Park, Waterbeach -  GLAUCOUS GULL (Anthony Weston)

Milton - 15 WAXWING by the guided busway/science park (Anthony Weston)

Manea - 28 Eurasian White-fronted Geese beside the fishing pit to the east of the village (Jonathan Taylor)

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Wednesday, 8 February

Milton - 15 WAXWING by the guided busway/science park, also Goldeneye at the CP (Jon Heath)

Wicken fen - GREAT GREY SHRIKE c.100m past the old Tower Hide this evening (Duncan McNiven)

Ouse Washes, Welches Dam - 83 Tree Sparrow, Brambling (Jonathan Taylor)

Foxton - up to 14 Tree Sparrow on red & white millet at a garden feeder (Marcus Kohler)

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Tuesday, 7 February

Melbourn - GREAT GREY SHRIKE c.TL382456. Appeared at 11 in the hedge on the other side of the farm gate from the orchard, then crossed the field to the trees along the A10. Was still there, perched on a fence between the field and the road embankment, at  11.45. (Nick Langley).

The village college and several businesses that are along this road make mornings between 8-9.00 am a bit chaotic. This area is popular with dog walkers also so the bird will be flushed on occasions but seems quite confiding otherwise if viewed from a sensible distance. The Allotments are private but no one should need to go in here PLEASE DO NOT trespass on private land.

Sutton Gault - 20+ Water Pipit to roost, south of the Gullet. Also Short-eared Owl, 3 Barn Owl (Ian Dawson)

Monday, 6 February 2017

Monday, 6 February

Cambridge Research Park, Waterbeach - 2nd c.y. GLAUCOUS GULL (Simon Stirrup)

Milton - 15 WAXWING by the guided busway/science park (Jon Heath)

Burwell Fen - 37 White-fronted Geese (Andy Hannaford); 3 Crane, 5 Short-eared Owl in the area (Kevin Wilson)

Roman Road - c.10 Brambling with Chaffinches between Copley and the A11 (Iain Webb)

Melbourn - GREAT GREY SHRIKE (Steve & Ade Cooper)

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Sunday, 5 February

Science Park - 15 Waxwings (Jon Heath)

Paxton Pits -  20 White-fronted Geese  (Jamie Wells)

Burwell Fen - c.12 White-fronted Geese, 3 Short-eared Owl (Matt Mellor)

Saturday, 4 February

Cambridge Research Park - GLAUCOUS GULL on back field (Jon & David Heath)

Paxton Pits - RING-NECKED DUCK, 20 White-fronted Geese  (Jamie Wells); Short-eared Owl (Mark Ward)

Needingworth Quarry Lakes - 41 White-fronted Geese  (Richard Thomas)

Cambridge Science Park - 15 WAXWINGS (David Heath)

Grafham Water - 2 Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Common Scoter, Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes); 3rd Great Northern Diver off Mander (Richard Patient)

Wicken Fen - 4 Short-eared Owls, Water Pipit, 2 Hen Harriers, Stonechat (Duncan McNiven); GREAT GREAY SHRIKE (Bartlow Wylie)

Burwell Fen - c.15 White-fronted Geese, c.6 Short-eared Owl, 2 Bewick's Swan, Whooper Swan (John Raven)

Friday, 3 February 2017

Friday, 3 February

Cambridge Science Park - 15 WAXWINGS at corner of guided bus stop and Milton Road (Richard Thomas)

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Thursday, 2 February

Cambridge Science Park - WAXWINGS at corner of guided bus stop and Milton Road (Richard Bradbury); 13 birds present 08:20h (Jon Heath); still present 16:30h before flying towards the city (Andrew Bryce)

Grafham Water - 3 Great Northern Diver (Colin Addington)

Long Drove, Cottenham - 2 c.y. and ad GLAUCOUS GULL (Brendan Doe)

Paxton Pits - RING-NECKED DUCK 11:00h (John Hoppett)

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Wednesday, 1 February

Cambridge Science Park - 6 WAXWING at corner of guided bus stop and Milton Road  (Mark Jackson); 13 WAXWING at Science Park by guided busway 09:30h (Richard Johnson)

Waterbeach - ad GLAUCOUS GULL at Cambridge Research Park briefly (Simon Stirrup); TUNDRA BEAN GEESE briefly (James Hanlon)

Grafham Water - 3 Great Northern Diver (Ian Dawson)

Hare Park - 2 Tawny Owl (Kevin Wilson)

Ouse Washes - 10 Barnacle Geese, c.30 White-fonted Geese (Norman Sills)