Tuesday 29 December 2009

Tuesday, 29 December

Fowlmere - 2 imm. Marsh Harriers, 10+ Lesser Redpoll, Siskin (Richard Palmer)

Monday 28 December 2009

Monday, 28 December

Grafham Water - 1st-winter male VELVET SCOTER still by dam, RED-NECKED GREBE, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 2 Scaup and 2 Red-crested Pochard at Savages creek (Mark Piercey)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 6 Smew, 4 Goosander, c250 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Pintail, Little Egret (Richard Allison) Marsh Harrier, Bittern (Nigel Sprowell)

Paxton Pits - 3 Bearded Tits still on north side of Rudd Lake today. (Steve May)

Sunday, 27 December

Fen Drayton - drk Smew, 3 Goosander (Chris Wentworth)

Cambridge - Woodcock in private garden (Chris Wentworth)

Paxton Pits - Ruddy Shelduck on Heronry South Pit (Neal Parkin)

Sunday 27 December 2009

Saturday, 26 December

Paxton Pits - 3 Bearded Tits still SW of visitor centre in reeds at Rudd Lake (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - 1st-winter male VELVET SCOTER still from dam, RED-NECKED GREBE, 4+ GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS, 4 Common Scoters (1 drk), 11 Goosander, Pink-footed Goose (David & Jonathan Heath, Mark Hawkes)

Cam Washes - 7 Little Egrets, 2 Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Barn Owl (David & Jonathan Heath)

Friday, 25 December

St Ives GP - Cetti's Warbler (Stuart Elsom)

Ferry Meadows CP - Bewick's Swan (Matt Webb)

Thursday 24 December 2009

Thursday, 24 December

Grafham Water - 1st-winter male VELVET SCOTER, still from dam, RED-NECKED GREBE, 3 Common Scoter (Colin Addington)

Paxton - 3 Bearded Tits still present on north side of Rudd Lake, Water Rail (Paul Lippett, Mark Ward, Jamie Wells et al)

Coveney/A142 - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still late afternoon from TL482804 (Monica & Owen Marks)

Wednesday 23 December 2009

Wednesday, 23 December

Paxton - 3 Bearded Tits feeding in Phragmites heads in the reedbed on the north side of Rudd Lake (Ian Dawson)

Fen Drayton - 10 Smew, 2 drakes on Swavesey Lake, 7 redheads on Drayton Lagoon & 1 on the Trout Pond (Dennis Hall)

Grafham Water - 1st-winter male VELVET SCOTER, RED-NECKED GREBE, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still all present from dam (per Birdforum)

Tuesday, 22 December

Fen Drayton - 8 Smew, 2 drakes on Swavesey Lake and 6 redheads on Drayton Lagoon, drake Goosander (Dennis Hall)

Monday 21 December 2009

Monday, 21 December

Coveney - adult male ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still south of village at 12:05hr (per rarebirdalert)

Grafham Water - 1st-winter male VELVET SCOTER still from dam, RED-NECKED GREBE, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (Peter Beesley)

Needingworth - 9 Smew, 2 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, leucistic Wigeon (Mark Eaton)

Woodcocks reported at Marsh Lane GP (Mike Everett); Cambridge over Madingley Road (Gavin Patterson); Stretham (John Thake)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Bitterns, Yellow-legged Gull, Smew, Ruff, 3 Dunlin (Andy Cotton)

Sunday 20 December 2009

Sunday, 20 December

Grafham Water - 1st-winter male VELVET SCOTER still between south end of dam and water tower, RED-NECKED GREBE, 4 GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Woodcock, 4 Red-crested Pochard at Savages creek, fem Scaup, Barnacle Goose, 19 Goosander (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington, David Hollin et al)

March - Black-necked Grebe on pool north of Hundred Road recycling centre (Nigel Crowhurst)

Milton CP - red-head Goosander (Jonathan Heath)

Paxton Pits - 26 Bewick's Swan, Little Egret, Jack Snipe, male Stonechat, (Neal Parkin, Jamie Wells)

Ouse Fen - 18 Barnacle Geese, heading west towards Fen Drayton (Richard Thomas)

Offord Cluny - 5 Bewick's Swans south of Offord Hill at 12:55hr (per rarebirdalert)

Farcet Fen - 12 Corn Bunting, Merlin, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Brambling, 36+ Tree Sparrow, (Steve Dudley)

Saturday 19 December 2009

Saturday, 19 December

Grafham Water - 1st-winter male VELVET SCOTER again from dam, RED-NECKED GREBE, c4 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS, Ruff, 2 Green Sandpipers, 9 Goosander (Mark Hawkes et al)

Coveney - ad ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still SE of village late morning (per rarebirdalert)

Maxey GP - 11 Goosander, Dunlin (Mike Weedon)

Friday 18 December 2009

Friday, 18 December

Coveney - ad ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD between the village and Wentworth (David Hopkins)

Grafham Water - RED-NECKED GREBE still (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton Lakes - ad Bewick's Swan (Andy Cotton); redhead Goosander (Dennis Hall)

Thursday 17 December 2009

Thursday, 17 December

Grafham Water - Imm male VELVET SCOTER at 1pm (per Birdguides); RED-NECKED GREBE from dam, also 4 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS, Rock Pipit (per rarebirdalert.com); 2 Red-crested Pochards (Colin Addington)

Fen Drayton Lakes - redhead Smew (Mike Everett)

Cottenham (Long Drove) - Nr-adult Caspian Gull on pools at midday (per Birdguides)

Wednesday 16 December 2009

Tuesday, 15 December

Wicken Fen - 3 Marsh Harriers, 2 ringtail Hen Harriers, Barn Owl, Stonechat, Kingfisher (Nikki Dibbs, Will Burdett, John Walsh)

Monday 14 December 2009

Monday, 14 December

Grafham Water - RED-NECKED GREBE from dam at midday, 4 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS, 2 Goosanders (Duncan Ritchie)

Nene Washes - Peregrine, 4 Marsh Harriers, 20 Whooper swans, 3 Stonechats on Low Wash (Peter Beesley)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern flew into Holywell reedbeds 15:50h, redhead Goosander, 4 redhead Smews, Cetti's warbler (Andy Cotton)

Sunday 13 December 2009

Sunday, 13 December

Grafham Water - 6 GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still present, fem Common Scoter (Mark Hawkes)

Wicken Fen - 4 Water Rails, 4+ Bearded Tits, 3 Stonechats (Michael Holdsworth)

Fen Drayton Lakes - fem Goosander, 5 redhead Smews, Bittern (Neil Renwick); 2 Siskins (Richard Patient)

Waterbeach Fen - Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, Little Egret, c.60 Yellowhammers (Gavin Paterson)

Needingworth GPs - 2 rehead Smew, Grey Wagtail (Jem Holding)

Saturday, 12 December

Whittlesford - GREAT WHITE EGRET at Spicers fishing lake (Guy & Ali Cooper)

Fen Drayton - 7 Bewick's Swans on Ferry Lagoon this evening, then a further party of 33 flew over, 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (Richard Thomas)

Little Wilbraham Fen - 2+ Marsh Harrier (David & Jonathan Heath)

Fowlmere - Marsh Harrier (Toby Austin)

Maxey Pits - 11 Goosanders (Mike Weedon)

Darlow's Farm - 23 Bewick's Swans, 18 Whooper swans, 8 Buzzards, 2 Red Kites, 4 Marsh Harriers, Peregrine, 3 Barn Owls, 2 Tawny Owls, possible tristis Chiffchaff heard (Richard Patient)

Thursday 10 December 2009

Thursday, 10 December

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 redhead Smews, 38 Dunlins, 2 Little Egrets, Green Sandpiper, 2 Stonechats, 2 Cetti's Warblers (Andy Cotton)

Grafham Water - 6 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS (Tony Moverley)

Toft - c.700 Golden Plovers (Clive Sinclair)

Wednesday 9 December 2009

Wednesday, 9 December

Grafham Water - 1st win ICELAND GULL roosted in front of sailing club this evening (Colin Addington)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Smews, Little Egret, 2 Stonechats, 2 Cetti's Warblers, ad Caspian Gull, 3 ad Yellow-legged Gulls (Andy Cotton); Bittern (Dennis Hall, Nigel Sprowell, Dave Anderson)

Sutton Gault - juv Hobby, 2 Knots over south, Water Pipit, Cetti's Warbler (David Hopkins)

Tuesday, 8 December

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern in Holywell Lake reedbeds from 15:25h, also 2 Cetti's Warblers, Water Rail, ad Yellow -legged Gull, Stonechat (Nigel Sprowell); 20+ Snipe on Moore Lake (Jacqui Miller)

Monday 7 December 2009

Monday, 7 December

Fen Drayton Lakes - a flock comprising 2500+ Golden Plovers, 1500+ Lapwings in fields along the entrance track, fem Merlin, Cetti's Warbler at Holywell Lake (Andy Cotton); Bittern into Holywell Lake reedbeds 15:56h (Dennis Hall)

Ouse Washes - 2 Water Pipits, 2 Marsh Harriers, 61 Ruffs, 7340 Lapwings, 48 Golden Plovers (Alex Thomas)

Little Shelford - Little Egret (Mike Foley)

Maxey Pits - 7 Goosanders (Malcolm Holley)

Sunday 6 December 2009

Sunday, 6 December

Grafham Water - RED BREASTED MERGANSER in Dudney Creek (Mark Ward); 2 juv. Common Scoter Dudney Creek, then moved to Savages Creek, 6+ GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Green Sandpiper, 3+ Siskin over (Mark Hawkes)

Little Shelford - CATTLE EGRET Seen next to small stream adjacent to Little Shelford Bowls Club in cattle field near to a small piece of woodland, around 100m from River Cam (Graham Newsam)

Mepal - FIRECREST with a Goldcrest in a small Hawthorn bush and Cypress tree by old bridge, later flew towards the Three Pickerels Pub (Monica and Owen Marks)

Earith to Brownshill Staunch - 14 Egyptian Geese and Pink-footed Goose just below the lock, 1 Green Sandpiper, c150 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing (Monica and Owen Marks)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 46+ Stock Dove, Bittern, 6 Pink-footed Geese (flying east), Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warblers, 3 red-headed Smew (c/o Neil Renwick)

Cam Washes - ringtail Hen Harrier, Little Egret, Kingfisher (David & Jonathan Heath)

Saturday, 5 December

Butt Lane, Milton - 3rd winter Caspian Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 740 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Peter Herkenrath)

Ouse Washes - fem Goosander, 3 Water Pipits from Chain Corner, imm Shag on the 100ft river flew south but veered across the washes and probably landed near to Fortrey's Hall, ringtail Hen Harrier (Monica and Owen Marks)

Grafham Water - 6 GREAT NORTHERN DIVER from Fishing Lodge, 2 adults towards middle of the reservoir, plus a new adult and 3 juveniles still around the harbour, Mealy Redpoll, with 30+ Lesser Redpolls around Plummer CP late morning, 3+ Goosander, 10+ Redshank (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington) Pink-footed Goose with Greylags (Colin Addington)

Nene Washes - 6 Marsh Harriers, 100+ Whooper swans, 6+ Marsh Harriers, c.1000 Golden Plovers, 20+ Ruffs (Mike Weedon, Jack Thorpe)

March Farmers - ringtail Hen Harrier & 3+ Short-eared Owl east of car park, 2 Barn Owl, 4 Marsh Harrier (Mark Hawkes, Steve Gann, Kevan Wolstencroft)

Eldernell - Bittern on the pit at 08:15h (Mike Weedon); 2 COMMON CRANES (Charlie Kitchin)

Stretham - Peregine (Graeme Reed)

Maxey Pits - 7 Goosanders, Green Sandpiper (Richard Astle)

Paxton Pits - 2 Little Egrets, imm. fem Peregrine, Woodcock (Jamie Wells)

Cam Washes - Green Sandpiper (David & Jonathan Heath)

Friday 4 December 2009

Friday, 4 December

Grafham Water - fem/imm Common Scoter from Mander CP late morning before flying east along reservoir, also 3+ GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS still (Nigel Sprowell)

Gransden Wood - Marsh Tit (Peter Cook)

Thursday 3 December 2009

Thursday, 3 December

Kingfisher's Bridge - fem Hen Harrier (John Thake)

Farcet Fen - Mediterranean Gull, imm/fem Merlin (Steve Dudley)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern into roost 15:52h (Robin Cox)

Wednesday 2 December 2009

Wednesday, 2 December

Stanground bypass - ad Mediterranean Gull on the roadside pools at the Whittlesey end this lunchtime (Steve Dudley)

Witcham - 2 Egyptian Geese over Grange Farm this afternoon (David Hopkins)

Tuesday 1 December 2009

Tuesday, 1 December

Fen Drayton Lakes - 6 Bearded Tits at Elney Lake 10:10h, Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher, Little Egret, 2 Stonechats (Andy Cotton)

Aldreth - 3 Stonechats (John Thake)

March Farmers - 2 Short-eared Owls (Chris Orders, Leon Smith)

Monday 30 November 2009

Monday, 30 November

Ferry Meadows - 3 ad Whooper Swans on Gunwade Lake this morning (Mike Weedon)

St. Ives Pits - redhead Smew on Long Reach Pit still (Neal Gates)

Sutton Gault - 2 Little Gulls over flooded fields to the south, also Short-eared Owl and Marsh Harrier in the area (Neal Gates)

Sunday, 29 November

March Farmers - 308 Whooper Swans, fem Marsh Harrier (Paul Taylor)

Barcham - ad male Peregrine nearby, Little Egret over (David Hopkins)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 redhead Smews, 6 Cetti's Warblers, Water Rail, Bearded Tits (as per Neil Renwick)

Sunday 29 November 2009

Saturday, 28 November

Ely Beet Factory - Bittern (Cliff Carson)

Grafham Water - 5 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS still present, and viewable from the fishing lodge, adult Yellow-legged Gull, adult at south end of dam, 14+ Redpolls with 3+ Siskins in lagoons (Mark Hawkes); male Scaup, 3 Marsh Tits and 4 Goldcrests with the tit flock, Woodcock in the wood (Stuart & Jill Elsom)

Stirtloe - 8 Corn Buntings (Mark Hawkes)

March Farmers - Short-eared Owl (Marie Barton)

Friday 27 November 2009

Friday, 27 November

Farcet Fen - ad Mediterranean Gull, Jack Snipe (Steve Dudley)

Thursday 26 November 2009

Thursday, 26 November

Grafham Water - ad & juv GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS, 2 ad KITTIWAKES west past sailing club early morning (Mark Hawkes)

Ferry Meadows - 3 male & 2 fem Mandarins on Overton Lake at lunchtime (Mike Weedon)

Milton - 14+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Caspian Gulls (Matthew Silk)

Wednesday 25 November 2009

Wednesday, 25 November

Grafham Water - LEACH'S PETREL 07:30-08:30 at least, 2 juv GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS still (Mark Hawkes); LEACH'S PETREL visbile from bank at end of Church Lane at midday (Tony Fenn); taken into care early afternoon after being attacked by a crow (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Fen Drayton Lakes- redhead Smew on Moore Lake this morning (Nigel Sprowell)

Tuesday 24 November 2009

Tuesday, 24 November

March Farmers - 2 COMMON CRANES over, landing a few times, Merlin 08:00-09:00 (Marie Barton)

Grafham Water - fem Common Scoter & ad Mediterranean Gull from Mander CP late morning (Colin Addington)

St. Ives Pits - redhead Smew on Long Reach Pit this afternoon (Neal Gates)

Milton landfill - ad Caspian Gull, 7 Yellow-legged Gulls (Matthew Silk)

Holt Fen - juv Grey Plover, 4500+ Golden Plovers, ad Caspian Gull, 12 Yellow-legged Gulls (Ian Barton)

Monday 23 November 2009

Monday, 23 November

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Bitterns flew into Elney Lake this morning (Dennis Hall); one visible from car park viewpoint (Mike Everett)

Ouse Washes, Earith to Welmore - 6071 Golden Plovers, 6492 Lapwings, 380 Black-tailed Godwits, 73 Ruffs, 188 Pintials, 241 Shovelers amongst today's WeBS count (as per Alex Thomas)

St. Ives Pits - 2 redhead Smew on Long Reach Pit this afternoon (Neal Gates)

Dogsthorpe - Red Kite over (David Withrington)

Sunday, 22 November

Ely BF settling pools - 2 Bitterns, 2 Marsh Harriers, Bearded Tits calling, 2 Water Rails calling, Bewick's Swan briefly (Richard Bowles)

Fen Drayton Lakes - male FERRUGINOUS DUCK in south-east corner of Elney Lake 10:45h, redhead Smew (Bruce Martin); Jack Snipe at Moore Lake (Nigel Sprowell); Brambling this afternoon (David & Jonathan Heath)

Grafham Water - 2nd win Caspian Gull (Ade Cooper, Richard Patient); 5 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS still, 2 Scaups, 89 Goldeneyes, Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (Colin Addington, Mark Hawkes, David Hollin)

Hilton - Little Egret over (Chris McCabe)

Wicken - ringtail Hen Harrier over Adventurer's Fen 15:15h (Kathleen Rosewarne, Ian Barton)

Wansford - Red Kite over the A1 nearby (Anna Mcoustra)

Paxton Pits - 2 Peregrines, 5+ Little Egrets, 5 Green Sandpipers, Egyptian Goose (Martin Davis, Neal Parkin, Steve May, Jamie Wells)

Saturday, 21 November

Grafham Water - Cetti's Warbler in lagoons 09:45h, 4+ GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS still, Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - Egyptian Goose (Jamie Wells)

Ouse Washes RSPB - 3-4000 Golden Plovers, 10 Ruffs, c.40 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Bewick's Swans, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Marsh Harriers (Gavin Paterson)

Maxey Pits - 5+ Jack Snipe, c.500 Golden Plovers (Mike Weedon)

Milton CP - Cetti's Warbler in north-east corner of Dickerson's Lake, 2 Siskins over (David & Jonathan Heath)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret, 3 Siskins over (David & Jonathan Heath)

Cambridge Research Park - 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, ad Caspian Gull (David & Jonathan Heath)

Friday 20 November 2009

Friday, 20 November

Grafham Water - 5 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS still (Colin Addington)

Ferry Meadows - ad Mediterranean Gull on Overton Lake this morning (Mike Weedon)

Bar Hill - 2 Buzzards and a Woodcock by the golf course this afternoon (Mike Clydesdale)

Thursday 19 November 2009

Thursday, 19 November

Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University - Grey Wagtail on the sedum roof at 11:00h (Nick Hillman, Chris Herbert, John Walsh)

Tuesday 17 November 2009

Tuesday, 17 November

Grafham Water - 4 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS still (Mark Hawkes, David Hollins); redhead Goosander, Little Egret, 7+ Redpolls and a Siskin over (Mark Hawkes); 6 Whooper Swans over 10:05h (David Hollin)

Holt Fen - 15 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Caspian Gulls, 2000 Golden Plovers, 2 Black-tailed Godwits (Steve Cooper)

Monday 16 November 2009

Monday, 16 November

Grafham Water - 2 juv GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS from fishing lodge, Little Egret (Mark Hawkes); a total of 5 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS still (Steve Cooper)

Sunday 15 November 2009

Sunday, 15 November

Ely Beet Factory - 10+ Bearded Tit, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Water Rails calling, probably 2 Bittern, 3 Marsh Harriers (Richard Bowles)

Grafham Water - 5 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS , 2 adults distantly towards the north side of reservoir and 3 juveniles strung out in a line in the middle of the water from Mander CP, also Green Sandpiper, Redpoll and 2 Siskins (Mark Hawkes, Jono Leadley, Owen Marks), 3 Shags (Matt Webb)

Fen Drayton - Bittern showing well in reeds in NE corner of Elney Lake at late-morning, Jack Snipe showing in SW corner of Moore Lake (Nigel Sprowell)

Paxton Pits - Marsh Harrier circling over Pumphouse, adult Peregrine, 2 Buzzards, 3 Little Egrets, 3 Green Sandpipers, 6+ Pintail (Jamie Wells)

Wicken Fen - Marsh Harrier, c350 Fieldfare (Gavin Paterson)

Wardy Hill - 2 Peregrines, Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harriers (David Hopkins)

Holt Fen - 2+ Black-tailed Godwits, Peregrine, ad Caspian Gull (Matthew Silk, Andrew Bladon, James Westrip)

Saturday, 14 November

Grafham Water - 4 GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still, 2 adults and juv in centre of reservoir from Fishing Lodge late afternoon, and a juvenile feeding around boom, fem Scaup at Valley Creek, 2 Little Egret (Mark Hawkes, Jono Leadley, Colin Addington); also 2 Green Sandpipers, 5 Shovelers in lagoons (David Bale)

Ouse Washes - ringtail Hen Harrier (as per Alex Thomas)

Friday 13 November 2009

Friday, 13 November

Emmanual College, Cambridge - 1st win RING OUZEL briefly at 10:55h (Matt Silk)

Grafham Water - 3 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS still (Colin Addington)

Eaton Socon - Diver sp. over east 15:35h (Mark Hawkes)

Dry Drayton - 2 Grey Wagtails (Ken Hook)

Ouse Washes - 4 Marsh Harriers, 3 Hen Harriers c.16:00h (as per Alex Thomas)

Thursday 12 November 2009

Thursday, 12 November

Grafham Water - 2 ad and a juv GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still, imm fem Scaup, Little Egret, Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Ferry Meadows - ad win Mediterranean Gull (Mike Weedon)

Farcet Fen - fem Marsh Harrier, fem/imm Merlin, 4 Buzzards, Brambling over (Steve Dudley)

Holt Fen - 3500 Golden Plovers, c.1200 Lapwings, Green Sandpiper, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, Peregrine, Water Pipit (Owen Marks)

Ouse Washes RSPB - 52 Bewick's Swans, 2184 Whooper Swans at dawn (as per Alex Thomas)

Wednesday 11 November 2009

Wednesday, 11 November

Cambridge - Woodcock in a Richmond Road garden this morning (Sarah Howlett)

Peterborough - 2 Woodcocks separately over a West Town garden this morning (Mike Weedon)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern showed well on Elney Lake this morning (Dennis Hall); also at lunchtime (Jacqui Miller); also 2 vocal Cetti's Warblers (Andy Cotton); 2 Bitterns at Elney Lake this afternoon (Dennis Hall)

Orton BP - 2 Red-crested Pochards, 2 fem Goldeneyes (Paul Taylor)

Farcet Fen - male Hen Harrier, fem/imm Merlin (Steve Dudley)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still from Mander CP this morning (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Tuesday 10 November 2009

Tuesday, 10 November

Grafham Water - redhead Goosander, heavy fog (Mark Hawkes)

November 5th or 6th - PUFFIN at Mepal on New Bedford River, 1/2 mile south of Bridge Road (per Stuart Elsom)

Holt Fen - Avocet, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Dunlin, Water Pipit, c.3700 Golden Plovers (Ian Barton). Please take care when parking near this site that the road and passing points are not obstructed.

Wilburton - Woodcock in a private garden (Paul Mason)

Monday 9 November 2009

Monday, 9 November

Ouse Washes, Earith to Welmore - 49 Pintails, 147 Shovelers, 274 Golden Plovers, 20 Ruffs, 93 Black-tailed Godwits, Green Sandpiper, Hen Harrier, 5 Marsh Harriers (as per Alex Thomas)

Paxton Pits - 6 Little Egrets, Buzzard, Water Rail, 4 Green Sandpipers, Barn Owl (Jamie Wells)

Dry Drayton - 3 Buzzards (Ken Hook)

Cam Washes - 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Little Egrets, Buzzard, Stonechat (Gavin Paterson)

Holt Fen - 13 Whooper Swans, 5 Bewick's Swans, 8 Egyptian Geese, 5 Green Sandpipers, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, Ruff, Dunlin (Ian barton)

Eldernell - Marsh Harrier, 3 Barn Owls, 14 Whooper Swans (Luise Addison)

Sunday 8 November 2009

Sunday, 8 November

Ely Beet Factory - 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Cetti's Warbler and 2 Water Rails calling, 5+ Bearded Tit, Bittern, Egyptian Goose (Richard Bowles)

Grafham Water - 4 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS; juvenile off lagoons, and 2 adults and juvenile off Mander CP/Valley Creek. Adult BLACK-THROATED DIVER, but mobile, Black-necked Grebe off Mander CP and later off Church Lane, Scaup 2 (drk & fem), Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Goosander and 3 Ruddy Ducks (Mark Hawkes); Brambling (Mike Everett;) Water Rail calling in the lagoons, 13 Little Grebes off the dam (Anthony Fenn)

Dry Drayton/Bar Hill area - Brambling (Rowena Baxter)

Holt Fen - c.7000 Golden Plover, c.2000 Lapwing, Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Egyptian Geese, amongst c.1300 large gulls 4 adult and two 2nd winter Yellow legged Gulls (Kathleen Rosewarne and Ian Barton) Water Pipit (Hugh Venables) 1st CY Caspian Gull (Simon Stirrup)

Fen Drayton - Rock Pipit (Nigel Sprowell, Dave Anderson); Bittern, Marsh Harrier, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Stonechat, Barn Owl, Water Rail (c/o Neil Renwick)

Ferry Meadows CP - Swallow through (Don Gardener)

Saturday, 7 November

Grafham Water - ad BLACK-THROATED DIVER and 2 adult GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS from Hill Farm, juv. GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still from Mander CP/Valley creek hide, 6 Whooper Swan (Colin Addington et al)

Ely Beet Factory - 4 Marsh Harriers, Cetti's Warbler calling in reeds by roadside, 3 Water Rail, Bittern (Richard Bowles); 6+ Bearded Tits (Mark Hawkes, Ben Green, Duncan Poyser)

Holt Fen - adult Caspian Gull, 2+ Yellow-legged Gull, c.7000 Golden Plover c.7000, Green Sandpiper, 300+ Fieldfare (Mark Hawkes, Duncan Poyser, Ben Green)

Wicham - FIRECREST (Alistair Berry)

Friday 6 November 2009

Friday, 6 November

Grafham Water - ad BLACK-THROATED DIVER and 2 adult GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS from Hill Farm at 13:00hr (Colin Addington); juvenile GREAT NORTHERN DIVER from Sailing Club 13:00hr (Ade Cooper, Mark Hawkes); Green Sandpiper, 10+ Redpolls, Siskin, 2 Whooper Swans over west (Mark Hawkes)

Holt Fen - DOTTEREL, 7520 Golden Plovers, 5 Green Sandpipers; view from second pull-over at c.TL529739 (Owen Marks); male Peregrine over (Paul Mason, Bruce Martin)

Thursday 5 November 2009

Thursday, 5 November

Grafham Water - 2 ad GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS, one off Mander CP, the other off the dam 08:20h, Slavonian Grebe from Mander CP, Scaup from dam, Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Ferry Meadows - ad Mediterranean Gull (Matt Webb)

Farcet Fen - male Hen Harrier over west at Crowtree 13:35h (Steve Dudley)

Holt Fen - c.1500 Golden Plovers, 3 Green Sandpipers (Monica & Owen Marks)

Maxey GPs - 4 Green Sandpipers (Keith Lawton)

Ouse Washes RSPB - ringtail Hen Harrier, fem Marsh Harrier, 20+ Ruffs (Paul Boult)

Wednesday 4 November 2009

Wednesday, 4 November

Grafham Water - 2 ad GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS at south end of dam 10:00h, 2nd win Caspian Gull, two fem Scaup, Little Egret, 2+ Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

St. Ives GP - pair of Scaup amongst the Tufted Ducks (Bruce Martin)

Cambridge - Black Redstart at a private site briefly again this morning, but remains elusive (Peter Herkenrath)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Woodcock on entrance road (Pam Peacock); Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler, 2 male Goldeneyes, 2 Grey Wagtails (Neil Renwick)

Tuesday 3 November 2009

Tuesday, 3 November

Cambridge - Black Redstart at a private site briefly at 14:15h, subsequently elusive (Peter Herkenrath)

Shropshire's Reservoir - 1st win Little Gull this afternoon (Ian Barton)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still, 2+ Green Sandpipers, Barnacle Goose (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington)

Monday, 2 November

Grafham Water - ad GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 1cy SLAVONIAN GREBE from fishing lodge, also juv fem Scaup, 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Upton Wood - Crossbill over, 7+ Marsh Tits, 3 Treecreepers, 3 Redpolls and 4 Siskins over (Mark Hawkes)

Woodwalton Fen - male RING OUZEL c15:00h, 30+ Redpolls, 3 Marsh Harriers, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, 20+ Corn Buntings (Mark Hawkes)

Farcet Fen - male RING OUZEL c.16:15h, opposite the workshops on the village side of Park House Farm (Steve Dudley)

Ouse Washes - Short-eared Owl over Common Wash (Paul Harrington)

Sunday 1 November 2009

Sunday, 1 November

Grafham Water - 2nd winter Caspian Gull, 1cy SLAVONIAN GREBE, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Scaup, MEDITERRANEAN GULL, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 3+ Yellow-legged Gull, 22+ Goldeneye (Mark Hawkes)

Ely Beet settling pools - 4 Marsh Harriers, Bittern (Richard Bowles)

Little Wilbraham - Little Owl in horse paddocks near village (Hugh Venables)

Ouse Fen - juvenile Grey Plover with Golden Plover flock (Richard Thomas)

Paxton Pits - c.3000 Starlings to roost (Martin Sreeves)

Saturday, 31 October

Ely - COMMON CRANE over Downham Road (D Norman); Bittern, 5 Marsh Harriers at the BF (Mark Grooms)

Paxton Pits - juv Little Stint, 9 Dunlin, 70+ Golden Plover, Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Jack Snipe, 5 Little Egret, 2 Pintail, 1/2 Common Buzzard (Jamie Wells)

Ouse Fen - c1200 Golden Plover, Merlin, 4+ Pintail, Dunlin, 3+ Little Egret, 25+ Corn Bunting (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton - Bearded Tit, Green Sandpiper, Barn Owl, Cetti's Warbler (Hugh Venables)

Fowlmere - 1550 Golden plover in the field opposite the reserve (Doug Radford)

Upton Wood - 2-3 Crossbill heading south (Rich Broughton)

Friday 30 October 2009

Friday, 30 October

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER and fem Scaup at south end of dam this morning (Mark Hawkes)

Milton CP - Cetti's Warbler in north-east corner of Dickerson's Pit, 11 Redpolls, 8 Siskins this morning (Jonathan Heath)

Maxey Pits - 1000 Golden Plovers (Don Gardener)

Stretham - 2000+ Golden Plovers (Jonathan & David Heath)

Thursday 29 October 2009

Thursday, 29 October

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still, Black Redstart around play area at Marlow CP but mobile (Colin Addington)

Bevill's Wood - 2+ Crossbills (Richard Broughton)

Fowlmere - c.510 Golden Plovers (Mike Foley)

Wednesday 28 October 2009

Wednesday, 28 October

Witcham - RED-RUMPED SWALLOW until 07:15h, but no further sign by 07:50h (Stuart Elsom, Richard Allison)

Maxey Pits - GLOSSY IBIS 12:50-13:00h (John Sherwood)

Ouse Fen - DOTTEREL in a field on the left as you head towards Brownshill Staunch, c.TL371724, until 09:00h at least (Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water - 3 Scaups at south end of dam, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, ad Common Tern, SLAVONIAN GREBE (Mark Hawkes)

Croydon Hill - 1466 Fieldfares, 1073 Redwings, 213 Chaffinches over 06:50-08:05h, but many more not counted (Darren Oakley-Martin)

Ely BF - pair of Bearded Tits (James Hanlon)

Ferry Meadows - 14 Bramblings, 4 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Siskins (Matt Webb)

Tuesday 27 October 2009

Tuesday, 27 October

Witcham - RED-RUMPED SWALLOW around Silver Street c.09:45h (David Hopkins); still present 13:30h (Mark Hawkes)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER 08:15h but mobile, 2 Scaup, 13+ Lesser redpolls, 3 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes); SLAVONIAN GREBE 15:35h, ad Common Tern (Lee Evans)

Grantchester - fem GOSHAWK over east towards the River Cam 09:15h (Chris Richards)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Lesser Redpolls, Siskin, Brambling (Mike Weedon)

Stretham - separate flocks of 2000 and c.900 Golden Plovers, 470 and c.400 Lapwings, in the area (James Cadbury, Owen Marks)

Monday 26 October 2009

Monday, 26 October

Cambridge - male Wood Duck on the River Cam by the Elizabeth Way bridge 09:00h (JohnWalsh)

Ouse Washes (Earith to Welmore)- 96 Whooper Swans, 4 Ruffs, 3 Marsh Harriers, Peregrine (Alex Thomas)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER 16:45-17:00h (Colin Addington, Mark Hawkes)

Sunday 25 October 2009

Sunday, 25 October

Paxton Pits - 2 Whooper Swans on Heronry North this morning, Common Buzzard, Siskin, Marsh Tit (Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - 1st-winter female Scaup at Gaynes creek, adult Common Tern still on boom at Mander CP (Mark Hawkes)

Witcham - male RING OUZEL still (Mark Hawkes)

Fowlmere - 2 (possibly 3) FIRECREST in private Garden (Doug Radford)

Fen Drayton - female Goosander, female Ruddy Duck, Red-crested Pochard, Peregrine, Grey wagtail, Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler (per Neil Renwick); 3 Goldeneyes, 400 Golden Plovers Fen Drayton village (Gavin Patterson)

Papley Way, Eltisley - Little Owl (Chris McCabe)

Saturday, 24 October

Grafham Water - 2 Rock Pipit and 60+ Meadow Pipits on dam, Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Common Tern, 3+ Yellow-legged Gull, Pintail, 4 Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - drk Scaup, 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull, Egyptian Goose, 7 Pintail, 6 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 4+ Yellow-legged Gull, Barn Owl (Jamie Wells)

Witcham - male and female RING OUZEL in private garden (David Hopkins)

Friday 23 October 2009

Friday, 23 October

Trumpington - Swirling flock of 600-800 Golden Plover this morning (Peter Bircham)

Grafham Water - SLAVONIAN GREBE between Hill Farm and Savages Creek, Red Kite over, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Siskin (Monica and Owen Marks)

Ouse Fen - 3 Merlin (Brian Groombridge)

Maxey Pits - GLOSSY IBIS again 14:50h (Mike Weedon)

Thursday 22 October 2009

Thursday, 22 October

Ferry Meadows - 1+ Brambling, Redpoll sp., 2 Siskins, small flock of Bullfinches (Mike Weedon)

Grafham Water - SLAVONIAN GREBE still present 12:00h (Colin Addington)

Ouse Washes - Barnacle Goose, White-fronted Goose, ringtail Hen Harrier, Peregrine (Mark Pettit)

Wednesday 21 October 2009

Wednesday, 21 October

Paxton Pits - male and fem Scaup, 4 Little Egrets, Egyptian Goose (Martin Davis)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Dunlin, 4 Little Egrets, c.60 Golden Plovers circling, 2 Cetti's Warblers singing (Neil Renwick)

Tuesday 20 October 2009

Tuesday, 20 October

Great Shelford - fem Merlin briefly (James Hanlon)

Little Thetford - c.250 Golden Plovers nearby, 13:00h (John Thake)

Toft - c.224 Golden Plovers near the golf course this morning (Clive Sinclair)

Paxton Pits - Scaup, Grey Plover over, 3+ Little Egrets (Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - 1st win SLAVONIAN GREBE still present, ad Common Tern, Black-tailed Godwit (Mark Hawkes)

Nene Washes - 2 Water Pipits, Yellow Wagtail (Jonathan Taylor)

Fenstanton - Siskin (Neil Renwick)

Monday, 19 October

Brinkley - Red Kite, 10+ Buzzards over the wood, 30 Golden Plovers nearby (Monica & Owen Marks)

Waresley & Gransden Woods - Grey Wagtail (Graham Askew)

Grafham Water - 1cy SLAVONIAN GREBE, ad Common Tern, 2 Redpoll, 1+ Siskin (Mark Hawkes)

Cam Washes - Green Sandpiper, 14 Snipe, Marsh Harrier, Kingfisher (Gavin Paterson)

Roswell Pits, Ely - 4 Marsh Harriers (Allistair Berry)

Sunday 18 October 2009

Sunday, 18 October

Woodwalton Fen - Bearded Tit, 3 Brambling, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, 50+ Lesser Redpoll, 40+ Siskin, 4 Water Rail (Mike Weedon)

Ely Beet Factory - Marsh Harrier, Water Rail, 10+ Bearded Tits (Richard Bowles); 2 Crossbills over (Stuart Sharp)

Cuckoo Bridge, Roswell Pits - Cetti's Warbler (Richard Bowles)

Ouse Fen - Rock Pipit, 5 Jack Snipe, juv Marsh Harrier, 2 Bearded Tits (Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water - 1cy SLAVONIAN GREBE near Savages creek, 2 Scaup, fem Common Scoter, 2+ Rock Pipit on dam with 40+ Meadow Pipits, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 3 Ruddy Duck, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4+ Little Egret, 9 Pintail, 2 Redpoll 2 over, 5+ Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington, David Hollin); Arctic Tern (James Hanlon).

Paxton Pits - fem Scaup on pumphouse pit, Rock Pipit, Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret, 6 Dunlin (Dean Harlow)

Ouse Washes - Spotted Redshank in front of Welches Dam Hide (David Hopkins)

Wilburton - 2 Redpolls, Siskin, Common Buzzard (Peter Stockwell)

Wentworth - 5 Common Buzzard (Rick Sanders)

Abbotsley - 12 Common Buzzard, 4 Grey Partridge, 4 Bullfinches, 11 Stock Doves
5 Treecreeper, Marsh Tit (Stuart & Jill Elsom)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Tree Sparrow, House Martin, 10 Little Egrets, 4 Stonechats, 7000+ Starlings, Barn Owl (Neil Renwick, Dave Anderson)

Saturday, 17 October

Grafham Water - fem/imm Common Scoter. drk Scaup, Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, c6,000 Redwing and 300+ Fieldfare through, 15 Redpoll and 2+ Siskin, 11+ Goldeneye, 3+ Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton - Cetti's Warbler singing, up to 6000 Starlings in roost (Neil Renwick)

Maxey Pits - GLOSSY IBIS again present (Trevor Williams); Little Egret (Brian Stone)

Milton - Peregrine over the A10 heading towards the park and ride 11:35h (David Nation)

Friday 16 October 2009

Friday, 16 October

Maxey Pits - GLOSSY IBIS arrived 15:25h (Chris Lines, Jonathan Taylor); departed 16:30h (Richard Astle); also Knot (Mike Weedon); Wheatear (Mike Weedon)

Ferry Meadows - male COMMON SCOTER at east end of Gunwade Lake 13:00h (Paul Taylor)

Grafham Water - 2 Black-necked Grebes from Hill Farm 17:00h (Colin Addington)

Ouse Washes - juv GANNET over west Suton Gault 11:00h, 17 Grey Partridges just north of Chain Corner (Paul Harrington)

Trumpington - c.1200 Golden Plovers in two flocks by the M11 interchange (Mike Foley)

Littleport - GREAT WHITE EGRET north of the A10 (Peter Herkenrath)

Cambridge - ARCTIC SKUA low over Huntingdon St 15:00h (Philip Bubb)

Thursday 15 October 2009

Thursday, 15 October

Grafham Water - 2 Curlew Sandpipers at Marlow CP 08:00h, also 3 Dunlins & 3 Goldeneyes (David Hollin)

Farcet Fen - Tree Pipit over, 8 Bramblings, Merlin, 4 Buzzards, Marsh Harrier (Steve Dudley)

Ferry Meadows - 3 Bramblings over (Don Gardener)

Fowlmere RSPB - 3 Little Egrets briefly, 9 Grey Partridges nearby (Mike Foley)

Late news from Saturday, 10th October: Manx Shearwater found in a weak condition in a Reach garden on Saturday evening. Taken into care by the RSPCA (Susan Dunnett/RSPB)

Wednesday 14 October 2009

Wednesday, 14 October

Maxey Pits - GLOSSY IBIS until 15:00h (Kevan Wolstencroft)

Grafham Water - Brambling over the dam, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Little Egrets, 2+ Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes); Black-tailed Godwit (David Bale)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Red-crested Pochards this morning (Brian Stone); Curlew over (Don Gardener); 2 Bramblings over (Matt Webb)

Trumpington - Buzzard, c.300 Golden Plovers near the M11/A10 junction 08:45h (Peter Bircham); 1390 Golden Plovers at 13:15h (Mike Foley)

Stretham - 2 vocal Little Owls this morning (John Thake)

Farcet Fen - 6 Bramblings, 58+ Tree Sparrows (Steve Dudley)

Bretton, Peterborough - Brambling over (Don Gardener)

Redwings reported moving in numbers, also some Fieldfares

Tuesday 13 October 2009

Tuesday, 13 October

Maxey Pits - GLOSSY IBIS present at 15:05h, departed 16:22h (Bob Titman); Green Sandpiper,male Wheatear (Chris Lines)

Eldernell - 2 COMMON CRANES this afternoon (Celia Johns)

Grafham Water - fem/imm Common Scoter 08:40h (David Hollin); Rock Pipit past Marlow CP, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Cetti's Warbler, Grey Wagtail (Andy Cotton)

Redwings reported moving in numbers today, also some Fieldfares

Monday 12 October 2009

Monday, 12 October

Nene Washes - 5 COMMON CRANES between Eldernell and March Farmers (Charlie Kitchen)

Ouse Washes RSPB -Peregrine, Hen Harrier, Curlew Sandpiper, Stonechat, 47 Whooper Swans (Alex Thomas)

Fowlmere - Jack Snipe in the cut area by the mere but elusive (Doug Radford)

Sunday 11 October 2009

Sunday, 11 October

Stretham - PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER briefly (Phil Savage)

Paxton Pits - GLOSSY IBIS, 3 Little Egrets, 5 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Siskins and a Redpoll over (Neal Parkin , Jamie Wells); Rock Pipit, Caspian Gull, Water Rail, Barn Owl, Stonechat, 5 Swallows (Martin Davis)

Maxey Pits - GLOSSY IBIS seen at 3.25pm where it remained for 45 minutes before flying high to the South (Peter Beesley); Rock Pipit, male Wheatear, Peregrine over, 1000+ Golden Plovers, Green Sandpiper (Mike Weedon, Chris Lines)

Midloe Grange Farm - fem Merlin (Martin Sreeves)

Wicken Fen - 2 BEARDED TITS at Sedge Fen (Andrew Knights)

Monks Wood - 2 Red Kites, 3+ Buzzards, Nuthatch, 4+ Treeceepers (Stuart & Jill Elsom)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Ruddy Duck, Red-crested Pochard (David & Jonathan Heath)

Also several reports of Redwing movements this weekend

Saturday, 10 October

Paxton Pits - GLOSSY IBIS reported (Sue Reeks & Derrick Ling); 4+ Little Egret, 9 Pintail, Stonechat (Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - juv Arctic Tern off Plummer, drake Pintail,5 Little Egrets (Jono Leadley)

Maxey Pits - GLOSSY IBIS at Etton Road (Keith Lawton)

Barnack Hills & Holes - 15+ Red Kites, 6 Buzzards, Hobby (Chris Lines)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 4+ singing Cetti's Warblers, Hobby (Neil Renwick)

Friday 9 October 2009

Friday, 9 October

Paxton Pits - GLOSSY IBIS still present (John Parslow)

Fowlmere - Jack Snipe showing well in front of the main hide, also Water Rail (James Hanlon)

Thursday 8 October 2009

Thursday, 8 October

Maxey Pits - GLOSSY IBIS at Etton Road, which departed south / south-east 16:55h (Leon Smith)

Grafham Water - 3 COMMON SCOTERS from Mander CP 10:20h, though distant (Colin Addington)

Yaxley - Red Kite nearby just after dawn (James Hanlon)

Ferry Meadows - Red-crested Pochard, 3 Grey Wagtails (Brian Stone)

Wednesday 7 October 2009

Wednesday, 7 October

Paxton Pits - GLOSSY IBIS on Diddington Pit late morning, also Peregrine over south (Dean Harlow)

Ferry Meadows - Red-crested Pochard (Brian Stone)

Grafham Water - 3 Goldeneyes near Hill Farm this afternoon (Colin Addington)

Tuesday 6 October 2009

Tuesday, 6 October

Paxton Pits - juvenile BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER still on Diddington Pit 10:00h (Jeremy Lindsell); present 16:20h (David Hollin). Park carefully in village, and please do not block access. The take footpath in SE corner of village to view from SW corner pit. Also 2nd winter GANNET for c.30 minutes, Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshanks (Mike Everett); GLOSSY IBIS 15:00h (as per birdguides.com)

Grafham Water - 2 Greenshank over (Mark Hawkes)

Monday 5 October 2009

Monday, 5 October

Paxton Pits - juvenile BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER & GLOSSY IBIS still on Diddington Pit (Martin Davis, Lee Evans). Park carefully in village, and please do not block access. The take footpath in SE corner of village to view from SW corner pit.

Cambridge - male Wood Duck on the River Cam at the Elizabeth Way bridge 09:00h (John Walsh)

Grafham Water - Jack Snipe, Sedge Warbler, Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes); Short-eared Owl near Dudney Hide 17:20h (Colin Addington).

Sunday 4 October 2009

Sunday, 4 October

Paxton Pits - juvenile BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER & GLOSSY IBIS on Diddington Pit (Jamie Wells et al.). Park carefully in village, and please do not block access. The take footpath in SE corner of village to view from SW corner pit.

Grafham Water - adult GREY PHALAROPE off lagoons (Richard Palmer et al.); 2 Jack Snipe, juv CURLEW SANDPIPER, Black-tailed Godwit, 2+ Green Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton - juv Garganey, 5 Pintail, drake Red-crested Pochard, 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Little Egrets, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Water Rails, Little Owl, Barn Owl, Coal Tit and a flock of 16 Swallows (Richard Patient)

Dyr Drayton - 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Redwings (Ken Hook)

Great Grandsden - Little Owl, 3 Buzzards (Chris McCabe)

Saturday, 3 October

Ouse Fen - juv PECTORAL SANDPIPER on phase 1 half way along Cuckoo Drove (Richard Thomas)

Paxton Pits - GLOSSY IBIS on Diddington Pit again this morning (Neal Parkin); Greenshank, 7+ Little Egrets and c.100 Linnets (Mark Hawkes)

Grafham Water - juv CURLEW SANDPIPER in lagoons, drk Scaup in Dudney Creek, 3 Pintails, 4 Green Sandpipers, Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Egrets, 3+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 37+ Little Grebes (Mark Hawkes)

Friday 2 October 2009

Friday, 2 October

Fordham- BARRED WARBLER in the south-west corner of the new section of the churchyard early morning, although elusive. DO NOT park in the church grounds (David Collins, Mark Hawkes et al.). First seen yesterday in a private garden. No further sign by 18:50h.

Little Shelford - 7+ Fieldfares over c.08:30h (Peter Bircham)

Ouse Fen - 2 ad Whooper Swans on Sophie's Pool this morning (Richard Thomas); departing at 09:30h, Peregrine over (Jeremy Lindsell)

Paxton Pits - GLOSSY IBIS until 07:30h but likely still in the area (Jamie Wells); flew north from Heronry South 12:25h and on Diddington Pit 13:30h (Natalie Atkin); 9 Little Egrets, 2 Greenshanks (Martin Davis)

Ferry Meadows - Redwing, Common Sandpiper (Matt Webb); Rock Pipit (Matt Webb)

Trumpington - Hobby standing in a field, 370 Golden Plovers by Great Shelford (Mike Foley)

Thursday, 1 October

Ferry Meadows - Redwing (Matt Webb); littoralis Rock Pipit on north shore of Gunwade lake (Brian Stone)

Isleham Water Meadows - 9 Whooper Swans, Green Sandpiper, fem Marsh Harrier (Dave Palmer)

Wimblington - 18 Whooper Swans over (Andy Bayes)

Paxton Pits - GLOSSY IBIS until 18:25h (David Hollin, Martin Davis); also 5+ Little Egrets, 3 Greenshanks (Jamie Wells); 11 Whooper Swans (as per Mark Hawkes)

Manea - 102 Whooper Swans just east of the village (Bruce & Gwen Martin); 2 Fieldfares nearby (Chris Went)

Little Wilbraham Fen - 2 fem BEARDED TITS, Green Sandpiper over, Buzzard (David & Jonathan Heath)

Wednesday 30 September 2009

Wednesday, 30 September

Ferry Meadows - Rock Pipit on north side of Gunwade Lake 09:00h (Mike Weedon)

Ouse Fen - Ruff, Hobby, Peregrine, 3 Little Egrets, 9 Corn Buntings (Gavin Paterson)

Tuesday 29 September 2009

Tuesday, 29 September

Grafham Water - Rock Pipit west of Marlow CP 07:00h, Greenshank, 4+ Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes); Black-tailed Godwit (Colin Addington)

Ferry Meadows - Mandarin on Lynch Lake this morning (Matt Webb)

Trumpington - c.200 Golden Plovers 17:00h (Mike Foley)

Sunday 27 September 2009

Sunday, 27 September

Wilbraham Fen - GOSHAWK (brief close up view of a male hunting at tree top level), 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, Green Sandpiper (David & Jonathan Heath)

Little Thetford - 4 GLOSSY IBIS flew south just NE ofvillage at 10.35am TL535771 (per rarebirdalert.com)

Grafham Water - Rock Pipit on shoreline west of Marlow CP, but mobile, Mediterranean Gull flew past Plummer CP at 6.40pm, Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Top Farm, Croydon - 2 Wheatears (Darren Oakley-Martin)

Fuller's Hill Farm, Gamlingay - 2 Wheatears (Mark Thomas)

Paxton Pits - 11 Little Egrets, 2 Greenshanks (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Eltisley - Little Owl (Chris McCabe)

Saturday, 26 September

Fen Drayton - 1,213 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Little Egrets and Green Sandpiper, 2 Peregrine, 6 Common Buzzards (Richard Patient)

Paxton Pits - juv. BLACK-NECKED GREBE, on Pumphouse Pit, 3 Little Egret, 2 Common Buzzard, 6 Pintail, 3 Greenshank, 2 Blackcap (Martin Davis/Jamie Wells)

Haddenham Fen - adult male GOSHAWK over Long Drove for c5 mins at 11.40, then moved off slowly towards Sutton, 2 Merlin (Mark Hawkes, Duncan Poyser)

Isleham Water Meadows - Wheatear (Mark Hawkes)

Midloe Grange Farm - juv Spotted Flycatcher (Martin Shreeves)

Friday 25 September 2009

Friday, 25 September

Ouse Fen - juv PECTORAL SANDPIPER on 'Sophie's pool' to 09:30h at least. Access along Fen End Road from Over, go past first pools on the left to view the next large pool, where the bird is favouring the north-east corner and showing well (Richard Thomas); chased off by a Merlin late afternoon and lost to view in flight high to the north-west. Also Green Sandpiper, 20+ Corn Buntings, 4 Hobbies, Peregrine, 5 Buzzards (Andy Cotton)

Ferry Meadows - Scaup still present on Overton Lake (Brian Stone)

Great Shelford - Peregrine over (James Hanlon)

Thursday 24 September 2009

Thursday, 24 September

Ferry Meadows - ad fem SCAUP on Overton Lake near Ham Bridge this morning (Brian Stone)

Hatley Park - pair of Tawny Owls (Darren Oakley-Martin)

Grafham Water - 2 Ruffs, Greenshank, 4+ Green Sandpipers, 3 Little Egrets, 5 Snipes (Mark Hawkes)

Wednesday 23 September 2009

Wednesday, 23 September

Hatley Gate - 2 RAVENS over towards Top Farm, Croydon 10:00h. Also 7+ Marsh Tits at Hatley Park (Darren Oakley-Martin)

Ferry Meadows - ad fem SCAUP on Overton Lake (Mike Weedon)

Grafham Water - Garganey, juv male Ruff, Greenshank, 4+ Green Sandpipers at Gaynes Creek (Mark Hawkes)

Godmanchester GPs, Cow Lane - Green Sandpiper, 5 Egyptian Geese (Gareth Ridewood)

From Monday, 21 September: Grafham Water - probable GLOSSY IBIS reported

Tuesday 22 September 2009

Tuesday, 22 September

Ouse Washes - one GLOSSY IBIS still at Sutton Gault this afternoon, Hobby (per rarebirdalert.com)

Grafham Water - Greenshank, 3 Little Egrets, 3 Ringed Plovers, Ruddy Duck (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - 4 Little Egrets, Egyptian Goose, 2 Greenshanks, Marsh Tit (Jamie Wells)

Warren Hill, Newmarket - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD reported 11:00h (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Monday, 21 September

Paxton Pits - 2 Turnstones briefly, 2 Greenshanks, Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Egrets, Hobby (Jamie Wells, Jim Stevenson)

Wicken Fen - 3 Buzzards, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2+ Hobbies, 4 Cetti's Warblers (Owen Marks)

Sunday 20 September 2009

Sunday, 20 September

Grafham Water - 7 Little Egrets, 2 Pintails, Ruddy Duck, drake Scaup in lagoons, Ruff, 2 Greenshanks, 4 Green Sandpipers, 20+ Yellow Wagtails on dam, 2 Grey Wagtails (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington, David Hollin)

Wicken Fen - 2 Redstarts together along Harrison's Drove (Mark Pettit); 3 Whinchats on Adventurer's, 6 Yellow Wagtails, Little Owl (Andrew Knight)

Ouse Washes - GLOSSY IBIS Willow Wash Pool, Peregrine, 150+ Swallows, female Marsh Harrier, Little Owl, Barn Owl (Peter Herkenrath)

Kingfishers Bridge - GREAT WHITE EGRET showed well at lunchtime, also fem Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, 2 Hobbies (John Thake)

Barford Pocket Park - Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, 11 Yellow Wagtails over, Hobby, Buzzard (Stuart & Jill Elsom)

Ouse Fen - Tree Pipit over, 2 Whinchats, 3 Green Sandpipers, Black-tailed Godwit (Richard Thomas); Wheatear (Dennis Hall, Peter Moule)

Aldreth, Haddenham Fen - 3 Buzzrads, 2 Marsh Harriers, Hobby, Green Sandpiper, 5 Wheatears, 3 White Wagtails, 6 Yellow Wagtails (Simon Stirrup)

Saturday, 19 Sepember

Ouse Washes - 6 GLOSSY IBIS flew in from the NW to Willow Wash pool, Greenshank also present (Owen and Monica Marks)

Ouse Fen - male Redstart in the paddocks along Bare Fen (Richard Grimmett); 3+ Whinchats (Richard Thomas)

Hemingford Grey - Siskin , Grey Wagtail, 2 CROSSBILLS over (Mike Everett)

Cambridge - Little Owl at the Vet School, Madingley Road (Gavin Patterson)

Wicken Fen - at least 3 Whinchat and 4 Stonechat all feeding together just behind the hide that overlooks Baker Fen, 10+ Yellow Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler (David Heath)

Grafham Water - Rock Pipit at midday at Marlow (per rarebirdalert.com)

Woodwalton Fen - ad Peregrine, 2 Hobbies, fem Redstart (Richard Patient)

Sutton Gault - Little Stint, 3 Little Egret, 2 Ringed Plover, no Ibis (Nick Hillman, John Walsh, Penny Winter)

Friday 18 September 2009

Friday, 18 September

Ouse Washes RSPB - 6 GLOSSY IBIS c. 1 mile north of Mepal on Willow Wash Pool. Access Cradge Bank at Mepal, just off the A142. The entrance is past the Three Pickerels pub and over the bridge. Turn right onto Cradge bank next to cattle pens and thick hedge. Walk approximately 1 mile north. As the bank starts to turn there is a water inlet point (upright winding gear in bank, a red van may be present) and view wash that is behind the first small wood. Ibis are on the pool (Alex Thomas)

Kingfishers Bridge - GREAT WHITE EGRET showed well 15:45-16:30h (Mark Pettit)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Cetti's Warbler, c.30 Golden Plovers (Andy Cotton); Rock Pipit, Whinchat (Dave Anderson)

Whittlesford - ad Yellow-legged Gull on plough between the village and Little Shelford 15:45h (Richard Palmer)

Paxton Pits - Marsh Harrier over, Caspian Gull, 3+ Little Egrets, 2 Green Sandpipers, Greenshank (Jamie Wells); Red Kite over, 2 Turtle Doves, Egyptian Goose (Ian Langdon)

Great Gransden - Wheatear (Graham Askew)

Grafham Water - 2 Marsh Harriers over, Red Kite over, Hobby, 6+ Buzzards, 2 Greenshanks (Mark Hawkes)

Thursday 17 September 2009

Thursday, 17 September

Ouse Washes RSPB - 6 GLOSSY IBIS c. 1 mile north of Mepal on Willow Wash Pool, in the wash behind the first small wood next to the cradge bank (Paul Harrington)

Kingfishers Bridge - GREAT WHITE EGRET briefly (Bruce Martin)

Ouse Fen - 3 Whinchats (Richard Thomas)

Ferry Meadows - 4 Water Rails showing well from the second hide this morning and a fifth bird calling (Brian Stone)

Paxton Pits - Greenshank, 3 Little Egrets, 2 Ruffs, 3 Grey Wagtails over south (Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - 4 Common Scoter, Greenshank, 3 Little Egrets, Marsh Harrier over (Mark Hawkes)

Sutton Gault - Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Yellow Wagtails (Owen Marks)

Stapleford - Hobby over (Mike Foley)

Wednesday 16 September 2009

Wednesday, 16 September

Sutton Gault - 6 GLOSSY IBIS still present on flooded field to north of Anchor pub 06:45h, also 2 juv Little Stints, juvenile Little Ringed Plover (Richard Allen)

Ferry Meadows - 3 Water Rails showing well from the second hide this morning (Brian Stone); juv GANNET reported heading south-west over Overton Lake 13:48h (as per Brian Stone)

Peterborough - 2nd-3rd cal. year GANNET heading south over the town centre 13:53h (Brian Stone)

Isleham - Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers (Dave Palmer)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 juv Hobbies (James Hanlon)

Ouse Fen - Greenshank, 2+ Little Egrets, Kingfisher (James Hanlon); 3 Whinchats (Richard Thomas)

Paxton Pits - Whinchat (John Parslow)

Tuesday 15 September 2009

Tuesday, 15 September

Sutton Gault - 7 GLOSSY IBIS still present on flooded field to north of Anchor pub 14:20h, 2 juv Little Stints, juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin (Mark Hawkes)

St. Neots (Eynesbury) - Juv. GANNET flew NW over Caernarvon Road (Stuart Elsom) and then Cook Drive at 19:02h (Mark Hawkes)

The Ortons - 2 juv. GANNETS flying parallel to the Nene towards Orton Water, across Oundle Road, south over Orton Mere and then Orton Longuveille, c.18:00h (Mike Weedon, Jack Thorpe)

Grafham Water - Pintail, Greenshank, 5 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes)

Buckden GP - Garganey, Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Hobby, 2+ Buzzards, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, also 'plenty' of Yellow Wagtails, Meadow Pipits and hirundines this morning (Jamie Wells)

Cambridge - Hobby over the Vet School this afternoon (Gavin Paterson)

Monday 14 September 2009

Monday, 14 September

Grafham Water - juv GANNET until mid-morning at least, but very mobile. Also 3 Little Gulls, drake Scaup, 4 Little Egrets, Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Sutton Gault - 4 GLOSSY IBIS still present on flooded field to north of Anchor pub 11:40h (David Hollin); to roost at 19:16h (Duncan Ritchie)

Isleham water meadows - Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 39 Snipe, Hobby (Owen Marks)

Kingfishers Bridge - GREAT WHITE EGRET (Duncan Poyser)

Sunday 13 September 2009

Sunday, 13 September

Sutton Gault - 5 GLOSSY IBIS just north of village on flooded field (Dean Harlow)

Paxton Pits - Knot on Diddington Pit, 2 Sanderling over, 2/3 Dunlin, 14 Golden Plover, over, Greenshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 4+ Little Egret, 4+ Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, (Martin Davis/Jamie Wells)

Fowlmere 3 Water Rail, Hobby, Marsh Harrier (Louise Bacon)

Cam Washes - 2 Turtle Dove, 3 Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Common Buzzard, 10 Snipe (David & Jonathan Heath)

Ouse Fen - GREAT WHITE EGRET, Whimbrel, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Merlin, Peregrine, Common Buzzard (Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water - fem/imm Garganey in creek from Plummer CP, Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, 25+ Wigeon (Mark Hawkes)

St. Ives - ad Hobby over (Alan Bull)

Cambourne -Hobby over (Gavin Paterson)

Saturday 12 September 2009

Saturday, 12 September

Croydon Hill - Tree Pipit at site of the deserted Clopton village (Daren Oakley-Martin)

Paxton Pits - Caspian Gull, Whinchat, 2 Pintail, 4+ Little Egret, 2 Hobby, 3 Greenshank, (Martin Davis, Neal Parkin, Jamie Wells)

Wicken Fen - 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 5 Cettis Warbler, 3 Yellow Wagtail and over 25 Meadow Pipit (Louise Bacon, Vince Lea)

Sutton Gault - 7 GLOSSY IBIS (2 colour-ringed) on flooded field north of pub early morning (Mark Ward et al); still present in evening (Stuart Sharp)

Fowlmere - juv PECTORAL SANDPIPER from Reedbed Hide (Gavin Ryan and Arthur Jones)

Colne Fen - Cetti's Warbler, 2 Green Sandpiper, Ruddy Duck, 52+ Little Grebe, Barn Owl, Little Owl (Mark Hawkes)

Isleham Water Meadows - 3 Curlew Sandpiper, Greenshank (Duncan Poyser and Ben Green)

Friday 11 September

Isleham - 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Greenshanks, 2 Common Buzzard, Hobby (Dave Palmer)

Earith - 7 GLOSSY IBIS flying NE the Ouse Washes (Graham Hirons)

Gault Hole - 7 GLOSSY IBIS in to roost mid way between the Anchor pub and the A141 road bridge at Mepal (Mark Peck)

Thursday, 10 September

Isleham - 6 Curlew Sandpipers 4 Green Sandpipers 3 Greenshanks (Dave Palmer)

Thursday 10 September 2009

Wednesday, 9 September

Aldreth - 3CY male PALLID HARRIER flew south at 06:45h (Jonathan Taylor); and present viewed from bridge over Old West river until 07:30h (Ian Barton, Kathleen Rosewarne).

Willingham - Juvenile MONTAGU'S HARRIER flew SE from Tibbets Farm at 08:05h (per rarebirdalert.com)

Earith - COMMON CRANE in flight at 14:30h only 1 mile NE of village, south of B1381 (Jonathan Dean).

Fen Drayton Lakes - Turnstone over north, 4 Egyptian Geese, 2 Green Sandpipers (Gavin Paterson)

Stilton Golf Course - Whinchat (Janet Drake)

Waterbeach - Swift (David Heath)

Tuesday 8 September 2009

Tuesday, 8 September

Aldreth/Willingham - 3CY male PALLID HARRIER relocated NE of Willingham late afternoon (per David Hopkins). Viewed from south of Aldreth, south over river; Juvenile MONTAGU'S HARRIER at 19:00h (David Hopkins, Andrew Massey); also Merlin, Hobby (David Hopkins); 2 GREAT WHITE EGRETS flew east at 06:25h (Ian Barton, Kathleen Rosewarne). Please park carefully in this area, and do not block Droves.

Paxton Pits - 2CY Caspian Gull, Redstart, Whinchat, 9 Yellow-legged Gulls (John Parslow)

Grafham Water - Ruff, 4 Green Sandpipers (Mark Hawkes)

Ferry Meadows - 5 Spotted Flycatchers at Overton Lake (Paul Taylor)

Hilton - PIED FLYCATCHER still, 4 Spotted Flycatchers (per rarebirdalert.com)

Monday 7 September 2009

Monday, 7 September

Aldreth/Haddenham - 3CY male PALLID HARRIER again from 08:20h (Mark Hawkes et al). View from Long Drove or Dam Bank Drove TL423733; still at 14:30h (per rarebirdalert.com); 4 Marsh Harriers, Peregrine, adult Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes, James Hanlon); Whinchat, 2 Hobbies (Paul Mason et al)

Ouse Washes - 7 GLOSSY IBIS flew north over Chain Corner at 17:50h (Alan Hitchings, Bruce Martin, Ian Ellis et al); no sign of them at Sutton Gault later (Duncan Poyser)

Hilton - PIED FLYCATCHER still, 2 Spotted Flycatchers TL296660 (Mark Hawkes)

Ouse Fen - Hobby, 30+ Yellow Wagtails, Ruddy Duck, 5+ Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes, James Hanlon)

Grafham Water - adult Med Gulll, Ruff, 8 Green Sandpipers, 15+ Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Ouse Fen - 2 GREAT WHITE EGRETS still late afternoon (per rarebirdalert.com)

Sunday, 6 September

Aldreth/Haddenham - sub-adult PALLID HARRIER late afternoon, TL423733 (Simon Stirrup). View from Long Drove or Dam Bank Drove.

Hilton - PIED FLYCATCHER still in morning (John Clark); 14 Yellow Wagtails, Hobby (Mark Hawkes)

Ouse Fen - 2 GREAT WHITE EGRETS still (flew to roost at Needingworth at 19:41h), 12 Black-tailed Godwits, Greenshank, 4 Whinchats, Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher (Richard Thomas)

Paxton Pits - Black-necked Grebe, 2CY Caspian Gull, 4 Greenshank (Martin Davis, Mark Ward)

Ferry Meadows - 5 Spotted Flycatchers, Red Kite (Howard Butler)

Saturday, 5 September

Paxton Pits - 6 adult ARCTIC SKUAS over SW at 08:53h, 2 Hobbies, Greenshank (Jamie Wells)

Ferry Meadows -2 Redstarts (male & female), 8 Spotted Flycatchers, 35 Chiffchaffs, 11 Willow Warblers, 6 Swifts, 2 Hobbies (Matt Webb)

Maxey GP - Juvenile Osprey (Chris Lines)

Tanholt GP - 2 Turnstones, 2 Spotted Flycatchers (David Chambers)

Grafham Water - Juvenile Osprey over east, adult Arctic Tern, 6 Green Sandpipers, 3 Dunlin, Garden Warbler, 2 Hobbies (Mark Hawkes); Wheatear (Colin Addington)

Fowlmere - 3 Spotted Flycatchers (James Hanlon)

Friday 4 September 2009

Friday, 4 September

Grafham Water - SPOTTED CRAKE in north-west corner of lagoons again 06:30-06:45h (Ade Cooper); and again in evening (Duncan Ritchie, Mark Pettit et al); Also male Scaup, 3+ Green Sandpipers, juv Arctic Tern, 24 Dunlin (Mark Hawkes)

A1/A428 St. Neots junction - FULMAR flying into Bedfordshire 08:30h (Alan Bull)

Wisbech - 3 ARCTIC SKUAS flew south along River Nene at 16:07h (Mark Missin)

Witcham - 2 PIED FLYCATCHERS still (Barbara York, Steve Cooper); TWITE over (David Hopkins)

Great Gransden - Hobby over 10:45h (Graham Askew)

Farcet Fen - 1CY Med Gull, 5 Turtle Doves, 2+ Spotted Flycatchers (Steve Dudley)

Paxton Pits - 3 Whimbrel (Jamie Wells)

Thursday 3 September 2009

Thursday, 3 September

Grafham Water - SPOTTED CRAKE in north-west corner of lagoons c.19:45h (Mark ward)

Ferry Meadows - 8+ Spotted Flycatchers at southern end of Gunwade Lake this lunchtime (Mike Weedon)

Witcham, Wardy Hill Drove - PIED FLYCATCHER still present but very elusive (David Hopkins)

Farcet Fen - 1st win Mediterranean Gull, up to 5 Turtle Doves (Steve Dudley)

Hilton - a passerine fall including PIED FLYCATCHER, Redstart, 7 Spotted Flycatchers (John Clark)

Wednesday 2 September 2009

Wednesday, 2 September

Grafham Water - Wheatear, 10+ Yellow Wagtails, 1+ Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes); Hobby, a fourth Little Egret (David Bale)

Witcham, Wardy Hill Drove - PIED FLYCATCHER still present but elusive (David Hopkins)

Ferry Meadows - Redstart, Hobby (Matt Webb)

Tuesday, 1 September

Isleham - 6 Green Sandpipers, 4 Greenshanks, Little Egret, fem Marsh Harrier, Hobby (Dave Palmer)

Witcham, Wardy Hill Drove - PIED FLYCATCHER, 3 Spotted Flycatchers (David Hopkins)

Monday 31 August 2009

Monday, 31 August

Ouse Fen - both GREAT WHITE EGRETS still present, 2 Garganeys, Greenshank, c.80 Snipes, 2 Whinchat (Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water - drake Scaup still on lagoon 3+ Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Little Egrets, 12+ Yellow Wagtails, 3+ Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Whimbrels passed south over Gunwade Lake, Restart on Coney Meadow (Matt Webb)

Cam Washes - 11 Little Egrets, 6 Green Sandpipers, Greenshank, Peregrine, Hobby, 2 Buzzards (Gavin Paterson)

Paxton Pits - 3 Whinchats at Pumphouse Pit (Steve May); Whinchat at Great Meadow (Martin Davis); 4 Little Egrets, juv Hobby, 2 Greenshanks, 4 Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper, Egyptian Goose, 2 Red-crested Pochards, Marsh Tit (Jamie Wells)

Sunday 30 August 2009

Sunday, 30 August

Ouse Fen - both GREAT WHITE EGRETS present this morning, 4+ Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 30-40 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hobby, 2 Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff (Richard Thomas)

Nene Low Washes - 4 Whinchat, Hobby (Peter Beesley)

Grafham Water - Juvenile SPOTTED CRAKE in lagoons from 7-7.15pm, but not again by dusk. Also 3+ Green Sandpiper, Hobby, 3 Little Egret (Mark Hawkes); drake Scaup (Steve Cooper)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Black Tern this morning, 4 Snipe, Marsh Harrier (Nigel Sprowell); Little Ringed Plover (Dave Anderson)

Paxton Pits - Little Egret, Egyptian Goose, 3 Red-crested Pochard, Peregrine, 3 Dunlin, c300 Sand Martin, 3+ Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear (Jamie Wells); Tree Pipit over village (Mark Ward)

Ferry Meadows - HONEY BUZZARD, Osprey, Redstart (Matt Webb)

Cam Washes - 6 Green Sandpipers, 3 Greenshanks, 4 Turtle Doves (Jonathan & David Heath)

King's Dyke NR - 1st win male Redstart reported (as per Phil Paker)

Saturday, 29 August

Ouse Fen - colour-ringed GREAT WHITE EGRET still present, OSPREY over (Richard Thomas, Richard Grimmett)

Nene Washes - GREAT WHITE EGRET over southern Corncrake pen and appeared to land on pits at 2.30pm (per rarebirdalert.com)

Cam Washes - 3 Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 35 Snipe, 4 Little Egret, 160 Teal, Swift, 70 Sand Martin, Yellow Wagtail (Gavin Paterson); 8 Turtle Doves (Jonathan & David Heath)

Friday 28 August 2009

Friday, 28 August

Nene Washes, Central Drove - 3+ Greenshanks, 4 Ruffs, juv Marsh Harrier, 4 Whinchats, Cuckoo, 'plenty' of Yellow wagtails (Brian Stone; Steve Gann)

Grafham Water - 4 Black Terns, 5 Little Egrets, Hobby (Peter Beesley)

Ferry Meadows - male Redstart at Heron Meadow (Paul Taylor)

Paxton Pits - Sanderling, Whinchat (Tony Ploszajski); Turnstone, Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail (Jamie Wells)

Ouse Fen - The colour-ringed GREAT WHITE EGRET still present this evening, Phase 3, also Peregrine, Whimbrel over, 2 Garganeys (Richard Thomas); Wood Sandpiper over with a party of Green Sandpipers (Richard Grimmett)

Thursday 27 August 2009

Thursday, 27 August

Fen Drayton Lakes - 4 Egyptian Geese, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler (Gavin Paterson)

Ferry Meadows - male Redstart at southern end of Heron Meadows again (John Saunders)

Paxton Pits - 3 Whinchats, Wheatear, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpipers, Little Egret (Dean Harlow)

Nene Washes, Low Wash - Wood Sandpiper, 3 Greenshanks, 7 Ruffs, 3 Whinchats (Charlie Kitchen)

Grafham Water - 5 Black Terns off Mander CP, 9+ Green Sandpipers, eclipse male Garganey, eclipse male SCAUP, fem Ruddy Duck, 2 Common Sandpipers, Little Egret (Mark Hawkes; Jim Guthrie)

Maxey Pits - Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpipers (John Saunders); 8 Green Sandpipers, Little Egret, 2 Grey Wagtails (Leon Smith)

Wednesday 26 August 2009

Wednesday, 26 August

Grafham Water - Whinchat, below dam early morning, 4 Black Terns, fem Peregrine, Little Egret, 4+ Yellow Wagtails (Mark Hawkes)

Witcham - Wheatear at Grange Farm this morning (David Hopkins)

Ferry Meadows - male Redstart, 5+ Spotted Flycatchers at Ham Bridge end of Heron Meadow (Peter Beesely, Mac Bell); 2+ Green Sandpipers (Brian Stone)

Farcet Fen - Nightingale, Turtle Dove, 2 Spotted Flycatchers (Steve Dudley)

Tuesday 25 August 2009

Tuesday, 25 August

Grafham Water - 8 Black Terns on jetty by sailing club early morning, Peregrine over west, 4 Little Egrets, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 6+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Yellow Wagtails (Mark Hawkes); 2 Ospreys at Savages Creek 18:30h (Colin Addington)

Ferry Meadows - vocal TREE PIPIT, probably 2 birds, south over Coney Meadow this morning, male Redstart at south end of Heron Meadow 17:45h (Brian Stone)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Egyptian Geese, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (Gavin Paterson)

Little Paxton Wood - Quail flushed in the evening (Martin Shreeves)

Monday 24 August 2009

Monday, 24 August

Ouse Fen - both GREAT WHITE EGRETS in flight c.12:00h, also Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Egrets (Ian Anderson)

Grafham Water - 32+ Black Terns off Mander CP, 2 Green Sandpipers, Little Egret, 3+ Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Fuller's Hill Farm, Gamlingay - Whinchat, 2 Wheatears still 07:30h (Darren Oakley-Martin)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Black Terns, 3+ Green Sandpipers (Brian Stone et al.)

Fen Drayton lakes - at Ferry Lagoon Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Little Egret, Hobby (Andy Cotton)

Paxton Pits - Whinchat, 5+ Little Egrets, 2 Green Sandpipers, 7+ Common Sandpipers (Jamie Wells)

Isleham - 7 Green Sandpipers, 6 Greenshanks, 5 Ruffs, 3 Common Sandpipers (Dave Palmer)

Sunday 23 August 2009

Sunday, 23 August

Ouse Fen - Both GREAT WHITE EGRET still present, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Whinchat, juv Wheatear (Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water - 41+ Black Tern, 2 Whimbrel over, drk Scaup still in lagoons, 3 Green Sandpiper, 6 Little Egret, Common Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Fuller's Hill Farm, Gamlingay - Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Wheatears, Whinchat (Mark Thomas)

Cam Washes - 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, Barn Owl (David & Jonathan Heath)

Ferry Meadows - male Redstart on Coney Meadow (Don Gardener)

Clopton / Croydon - OSPREY over and around village seen 9 am and again 17.00 (Tim Hancock)

Fen Drayton - pair of Garganey on Moore Lake, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 2 Hobbies, 3 Cetti's Warblers (Neil Renwick)

Paxton Pits - Whinchat (Martin Davis)

Saturday, 22 August

Ouse Fen - Both GREAT WHITE EGRET still present, juv Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Turnstone, 2 Ruff over(Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water - Wheatear, Little Egret, 12 Dunlin, Grey Wagtail (Peter Beesley)

Croydon Hill - Tree Pipit (Daren Oakley-Martin)

Wicken Fen - 4 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 6 Snipe, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Stonechat, Whinchat, 3 Swift, Turtle Dove, Cetti's Warbler (Gavin Paterson)

Friday 21 August 2009

Friday, 21 August

Grafham Water - juv Little Gull & juv Mediterranean Gull on the boom at Mander CP 06:30-07:30h, also 5+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Common Sandpipers (Mark Hawkes); Marsh Harrier near Hill Farm, 2 Peregrines over east (Colin Addington)

Wicken Fen - 2 Greenshanks, 2 Green Sandpipers, Whinchat (Dave Palmer)

Ferry Meadows - 4 Green Sandpipers, 16 Common Terns (Brian Stone)

Thursday 20 August 2009

Thursday, 20 August

Grafham Water - 4 dark phase ad ARCTIC SKUAS over c.11:00h (Colin Addington)

Isleham - 5 Greenshanks, 5 Ruffs, 6 Green Sandpipers, juv Avocet, 2 Common Sandpipers, Little Egret (Dave Palmer)

Nene Washes - Wheatear, Common Sandpiper (Brian Stone)

Wednesday 19 August 2009

Wednesday, 19 August

Grafham Water - juv Little Gull, Hobby over, Common Sandpiper, 10 Yellow Wagtails, Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Ouse Fen - GREAT WHITE EGRET flew from Phase 4 to Phase 3 at 09:35h, still present at 09:50h at least. Also Greenshank, 3 Turtle Doves, 2 Ruffs this morning (Andy Cotton); 2 GREAT WHITE EGRETS seen in flight several times, but not otherwise visible, c.18:00 (Mark Eaton)

Needingworth Quarry Lakes - GREAT WHITE EGRET to roost at 20:40h, TL365733 (Richard Thomas)

Cambridge - 6 Yellow Wagtails at the University Veterinery School on Madingly Road (Gavin Paterson)

Cam Washes - 7 Green Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks (Hugh Venables)

Fowlmere village - 8 Yellow Wagtails over 18:30h (Robin Cox)

Tuesday 18 August 2009

Tuesday, 18 August

Ouse Fen - GREAT WHITE EGRET on Phase 3 at 08:35h, viewable from the track to Brownshill Staunch. Wheatear nearby (Richard Thomas); 2 birds present 19:20-19:40h (Tony Mallyon)

Isleham - 5 Greenshanks, 5 Ruffs, 3 Green Sandpipers, juv Avocet, Common Sandpiper (Dave Palmer)

Fen Draton Lakes - 3 Egyptian Geese, 42 Little Egrets to roost (Andy Cotton)

Monday 17 August 2009

Monday, 17 August

Top Farm, Croydon - ad male Marsh Harrier over west (Darren Oakley-Martin)

Fen Drayton Lakes - juv Curlew Sandpiper on Ferry Lagoon (Dave Anderson); male Hen Harrier near the entrance this evening (John Raven); 46 Little Egrets to roost, 6 Greenshanks (Andy Cotton); also 2+ Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Egyptian Geese, Barn Owl. Possible distant Night Heron at dusk (Mark Hawkes et al)

Ouse Fen - GREAT WHITE EGRET (per Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water - Osprey over, Little Gull (Colin Addington)

Sunday 16 August 2009

Sunday, 16 August

Ouse Fen - 2 GREAT WHITE EGRET still present, Red Kite, 2+ Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Greenshank, 4+ Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, Turnstone (Richard Grimmett and Richard Thomas)

Paxton Pits - juv Mediterranean Gull, 4 Little Egret, Egyptian Goose, 2 Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - 2 Whinchat on fence below north end of dam, but mobile, Wheatear, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2+ Little Egret, 10+ Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes)

Isleham - 6 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, juv Black-tailed Godwit, 5 juv Ruff, juv Avocet (Monica and Owen Marks)

Fen Drayton - NIGHT HERON flew from the direction of the egret roost out north over the river and drop down between the river and Needingworth at 20:30hr (Richard Thomas)

Nene Washes - 2 COMMON CRANES, Hobby, Peregrine, 6 Yellow Wagtails (Stuart Ball)

Saturday 15 August 2009

Saturday, 15 August

Ouse Fen - 2 GREAT WHITE EGRETS from the end of track to Brownshill Staunch [Long Drove, off Overcote Road] both birds moved to Bury Fen returning to their original location later. Also 16+ Little Egret, 2 Garganey, 2 Pintail, 5 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Hobby, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Marsh Harrier (Richard Grimmett and Richard Thomas)

Mare Fen - 9 Greenshank (Richard Grimmett and Richard Thomas)

Barleycroft - juv Black Tern (Richard Grimmett and Richard Thomas)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 4 Common Scoter, Hobby at Ferry Lagoon (Richard Thomas); 37 Little Egrets to roost, juv Black Tern, Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin (Steve Cooper)

Grafham Water - drk SCAUP, Ruff, 2 Greenshank, Dunlin, 8 Green Sandpipers (Mark Hawkes)

Buckden GP - Hobby, Little Egret, Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Croydon Hill - juv Osprey over south-south east (Darren Oakley-Martin)

Eldernell - Osprey, 3 Grey Wagtails, 2 Marsh Harriers, Kingfisher (Peter Beesley)

Friday 14 August 2009

Friday, 14 August

Grafham Water - Garganey, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers, Hobby (Mark Hawkes)

Maxey Pits - Garganey, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpiper (Mike Weedon); 2 Greenshanks (Peter Beesley)

Paxton Pits - 2 Little Egrets, Egyptian Goose, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpipers, Wheatear (Jamie Wells)

Fowlmere - 3 ad Yellow-legged Gulls with Lesser Black-backed Gulls on fields being ploughed at Manor Farm (Doug Radford)

Thursday, 13 August

Sutton Gault - Garganey, 4 Little Egrets, 10 Greenshanks, 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Ruffs (Monica & Owen Marks)

Grafham Water - juv Little Gull off Mander CP (Colin Addington)

Thursday 13 August 2009

Wednesday, 12 August

Wicken Fen - 2 Greenshanks, 6 Green Sandpipers (Dave Palmer)

Isleham - 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Common Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Hobbies, Buzzard (Dave Palmer)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 4 Black Terns, eclipse Garganey (Dennis Hall); juv and male Marsh Harriers (Luise Addison, Pam Peacock)

Sutton Gault - Osprey over north, Garganey, Little Egret, Ruff, 2 Green Sandpipers, 4 Greenshanks (Owen Marks)

Paxton Pits - 2+ Little Egrets, Egyptian Goose, fem Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtails (Jamie Wells)

Tuesday 11 August 2009

Tuesday, 11 August

Tubney Fen NT - COLLARED PRATINCOLE 19:40-21:05hr, Wood Sandpiper, 5 Greenshanks (Claire Spottiswoode, Tim Dee et al.) From Reach, head west towards Upware for 1/2 mile, park by new gate/NT sign, and follow track to view pool on right.

Ferry Meadows - juv Wheatear in Coney Meadow (Matt Webb)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 Black Terns on windsurfing lake, one on Moore lake (David Heath); 5 Common Sandpipers, 4 Green Sandpipers (Mike Everett)

Swafham Bulbeck - Red Kite over 16:20h (Giles Merrit)

Grafham Water - 6 Greenshank, 4 Ruff, Dunlin, 7 Green Sandpipers (Mark Hawkes)

Sutton Gault - Garganey, Little Egret, Greenshank, 3 Ruffs, 2 Green Sandpipers (Monica & Owen Marks)

Monday, 10 August

Grafham Water - juv Marsh Harrier over, 2 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes); 2 Garganeys in Savages Creek (Colin Addington)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Green Sandpiper, 2+ Common Sandpipers, Egyptian Goose (James Hanlon)

Wicken Fen - 5+ Green Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks (Dave Palmer)

Cam Washes - Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpipers, Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzards (David & Jonathan Heath)

Paxton Pits - Caspian Gull, Wheatear (Mark Ward); 8+ Green Sandpipers (Jamie Wells)

Dogsthorpe Tip - 2nd sum Caspian Gull, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Sandpiper (Josh Jones)

Maxey GPs - juv Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpipers (Josh Jones)

Sunday 9 August 2009

Sunday, 9 August

Grafham Water - 2 juv Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, 2+ Little Egret 3+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Marsh Tit (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - 4 Little Egrets, 2 Green Sands, 3 Common Sandpiper, Turtle Dove (Jamie Wells)

Saturday 8 August 2009

Saturday, 8 August

Grafham Water - moulting drake SCAUP still in lagoons on pool right of hide, Wheatear, 5+ Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Avocet and Greenshank in lagoons (Mark Hawkes)

Ouse Washes - 2 Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 5 Garganey 3 Marsh Harrier, Whooper Swan, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Gavin Paterson)

Paxton Pits - 5 Little Egret, 2 Red-crested Pochard on Heronry South, c40 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Green Sandpiper, c10 Common Sandpiper, 5 Turtle Dove, 6+ Common Buzzard, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Jamie Wells)

Cambridge - Red Kite high over Chesterton (Ian Anderson)

Maxey Pits - juv Garganey with 20+ Teal, 4 Shoveler, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper (Mike Weedon)

Shropshires Res - 10+ Common Terns, Sandwich Tern over, Little Gull, 5 Yellow Wagtail (Anne Howard)

Friday 7 August 2009

Friday, 7 August

Coveney - Osprey over West Fen Road between the village and the A10 c.14:00h (Peter Wilkinson, Jake Allsop)

Grafham Water - 13+ Black Terns off Mander CP 07:20h in poor visibility, elsewhere Greenshank, Turnstone, Little Ringed Plover (Mark Hawkes); 2 Common Scoters from Marlow CP 09:15h (Colin Addington); 16 Black Terns in evening, drake SCAUP, 7 Green Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 5 Avocet (Mark Hawkes)

Maxey Pits - 8 Common Sandpipers, 3 Green Sandpipers, Kingfisher, Golden Plover briefly (Mike Weedon)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Wood Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpipers (Mike Everett)

Thursday 6 August 2009

Thursday, 6 August

Grafham Water - c.29 Black Terns from Mander CP (Colin Addington); juv Arctic Tern (Mark Ward)

Wednesday 5 August 2009

Wednesday, 5 August

Ferry Meadows - Black Tern on Overton Lake (Mike Weedon)

Paxton Pits - Egyptian Goose, Barnacle Goose, Golden Plover, 8 Common Sandpipers, possible Turnstone heard (Martin Davis)

Tuesday 4 August 2009

Tuesday, 4 August

Ferry Meadows - Black Tern on Overton Lake (Brian Stone)

Paxton Pits - Hobby, 9+ Common Sandpipers, 6 Dunlin, 2 Little Egrets, 11 Yellow-legged Gulls, Yellow Wagtail (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - 2 ad Turnstones at Marlow CP, 3 Common Sandpipers and Little Ringed Plover on the dam (Mark Hawkes)

Buckden GP - fem type Mandarin, 2 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Cam Washes - 6 Greenshanks, 16 Green Sandpipers, 3 Avocets, 4 Common Sandpipers, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Ruff, juv Cuckoo, Hobby (David & Jonathan Heath)

Monday 3 August 2009

Monday, 3 August

Maxey Pits - 5+ Common Sandpipers, 4+ Green Sandpipers, juv Greenshank, Barn Owl (Mike Weedon)

Isleham - Little Egret, Ruff, juv Avocet, 6 Green Sandpipers, Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers, Turtle Dove (Monica & Owen Marks)

Paxton Pits - 6 Little Egrets, Greenshank, 40+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Black-tailed Godwits (John Parslow)

Sunday, 2 August

Maxey Pits - 7 Common Sandpipers, 3 Green Sandpipers, Barn Owl (Chris Lines)

Grafham Water - ad Black Tern from Mander CP, 3 Common Sandpipers (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - 15+ Common Sandpipers, 4 Green Sandpipers, 7+ Dunlins (Jamie Wells)

Saturday 1 August 2009

Saturday, 1 August

Buckden GP - ad. drake FERRUGINOUS DUCK on first pit on left until 3.40pm at least, 2 Green Sandpipers, Little Egret, Hobby, 4 Oystercatchers (Mark Hawkes)

Grafham Water - 4 Black Terns, Turnstone, Dunlin, 4 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - adult Caspian Gull, c.80 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Hobbies, Black Tern (Martin Davis)

Maxey Pits - Peregrine over south, 4+ Common Sandpipers, 5+ Green Sandpipers, juv Greenshank, also 2 Little Owls in Etton (Mike Weedon); 5 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Corn Buntings, Little Owl (Chris Lines)

Fowlmere - 7 Green Sandpipers (Doug Radford)

Aldreth - juv Wheater nearby (Simon Stirrup)

Eltisley - Little Owl between the village and Papworth at Papley Way (Graham Askew)

Friday 31 July 2009

Friday, 31 July

Grafham Water - juvenile Mediterranean Gull Gull, 70 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, Ruddy Duck, Ringed Plover, 3 Avocet, 2 Green Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plover (Mark Hawkes)

Fowlmere - 2 Garganeys, which flew off at 06:15h (Gavin Ryan)

Wicken Fen - Red Kite over west, Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpipers, Hobby, Stonechat (Dave Palmer)

Thursday, 30 July

Grafham Water - 7 Sanderlings on dam early afternoon (Colin Addington); this evening one Sanderling remains, also moulting male SCAUP in lagoons, juv Mediterranean Gull off lagoons, 4+ Green Sandpipers, 6+ Avocets, 2 Common Sandpipers, 5+ Little Egrets,, 5+ Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - Whimbrel over, 11 Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egrets (Jamie Wells)

Fowlmere - 2 Garganeys from 21:20h (Gavin Ryan)

Wansford - Red Kite over A1/A47 junction c. 11:00h (Anna Mcoustra)

Wednesday 29 July 2009

Wednesday, 29 July

Earith - Bittern flushed from the side of the Old Bedford River this morning (David Griffiths)

Paxton Pits - 4 Little Egrets, 58+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 1+ Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpipers, 6 Dunlins (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Tuesday 28 July 2009

Tuesday, 28 July

Grafham water - Turnstone near Savages Creek, Avocet in lagoons, also 3 Little Egrets, Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, probable Garganey in flight briefly (Mark Hawkes)

Monday, 27 July

Cam Washes - juv Mediterranean Gull, Greenshank, 8 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper, Marsh Harrier, 2 Barn Owls this evening (David Heath)

Monday 27 July 2009

Sunday, 26 July

Grafham Water - 2+ Green Sandpipers, 6+ Little Egrets, 4+ Avocets, 4+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 5 Dunlins (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - Whimbrel, c.50 Yellow-legged Gulls, 4+ Little Egrets, Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpipers, 1+ Hobby, juv Cuckoo (Jamie Wells); fem Red-crested Pochard (Trevor Gunton)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit (Dave Anderson); Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Turtle Dove (Neil Renwick)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - 3 Ruffs, 5 Green Sandpipers (Peter Herkenrath)

Saturday, 25 July

Maxey Pits - juv Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpipers, 10+ Green Sandpipers, Black-tailed Godwit (Chris Lines)

Grafham Water - Garganey, 3 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers, 7 Little Egrets, 4+ Avocets, 3+ Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes); 2 Whimbrels briefly, 2 Dunlins (Colin Addington)

Paxton Pits - 3 Little Egrets, 74+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 6+ Common Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpipers (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Friday 24 July 2009

Friday, 24 July

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern in flight over Holywell redbeds 09:00h (Dennis Hall, Dave Anderson)

Maxey Pits - 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Black-tailed Godwits (Malcolm Holley)

Thursday 23 July 2009

Thursday, 23 July

Paxton Pits - 84+ Yellow-legged Gulls, Peregrine, 2 Whimbrels, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Common Sandpipers, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Dunlins (Martin Davis)

Cam Washes - 5 Black-tailed Godwits - 14+ Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 6 Avocets, 4 Ruffs, 4 Greenshanks, Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Barn Owls (David Heath)

Wednesday, 22 July

Maxey Pits - Tawny Owl (Phil Ackerman); 3 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper (Malcolm Holley)

Grafham Water - Black Tern off Mander CP 16:20h (Colin Addington)

Ferry Meadows - juv Mediterranean Gull from Peake Hide 17:45h but flew and not relocated (Brian Stone)

Fowlmere - Green Sandpiper, Turtle Dove, Dunlin (Gavin Ryan)

Fulbourn - 2 Tawny Owls (Hugh Venables)

Little Wilbraham - pair of Little Owls with two juvs nearby (Hugh Venables)

Monday 20 July 2009

Monday, 20 July

Stanground Wash - Garganey (Brian Stone)

Paxton Pits - Egyptian Goose, 22+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Little Egrets, 6 Common Sandpipers (Jamie Wells)

Sunday, 19 July

Paxton Pits - 5 Common Sandpipers, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, Little Egret (Jamie Wells)

Maxey Pits - 16 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper (Mike Weedon)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern, Spotted Flycatcher, male Marsh Harrier reported

Saturday, 18 july

Buckden GP - 5 Little Egrets, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Cam Washes - 3 Avocets, 3 Ruffs, 13 Green Sandpipers, 6 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers (David & Jonathan Heath)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 Green Sandpipers, 3 Marsh Harriers (James Hanlon)

Paxton Pits - 2 Whimbrels, Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpipers, 25 Yellow-legged Gulls (Martin Davis)

Nene Washes - 2 Common Cranes at TL290997 about 17:00h (Phil Jackson)

Friday, 17 July

Paxton Pits -2 Whimbrel, Greenshank, 31+ Yellow-legged Gulls (Martin Davis)

Maxey Pits - 3 Greenshanks (Mike Weedon)

Friday 17 July 2009

Thursday, 16 July

Kingston - Crossbill over (Iain Webb)

Grafham Water - Whimbrel over east, 3 Green Sandpipers, 4 Common Sandpipers, Greenshank, 3+ Avocets, 7+ Little Egrets, 5+ Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - 2 Little Egrets, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 2+ Common Sandpipers, 20+ Yellow-legged Gulls (Jamie Wells); 2 Turtle Doves, 4 Buzzards (Martin Davis)

Southoe Farms - 2 Turtle Doves, Grasshopper Warbler (Martin Sreeves)

Tuesday 14 July 2009

Tuesday, 14 july

Fen Drayton Lakes - no sign of the White-winged Black Tern by late morning (Andy Cotton); 3+ Green Sandpipers, 5 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Dunlins (Gavin Paterson)

Elton - 10 Crossbills low over Greenhill heading south (Brian Stone)

Ferry Meadows - Crossbill low west over Ham Lane, near the entrance, 07:50h (Matt Webb)

Monday 13 July 2009

Monday, 13 July

Fen Drayton Lakes - adult WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN still present 12:15h (birdguides.com); present on the spit in the northern section of Ferry Lagoon. The best views can be obtained from the riverbank footpath (Jacqui, Andy Cotton); still present 17:45h. Also 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers (John Hoppett)

Southey Wood - 18 Crossbills along the main ride, TF108027, at 08:00h (Brian Stone)

Brampton Wood - 2 Crossbills over north 09:15h (Dean Harlow)

Hemingford Grey - c.20 Crossbills over south this morning, also Barn Owl, Egyptian Goose (Mike Everett)

Sunday 12 July 2009

Sunday, 12 July

Fen Drayton Lakes - adult WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN still present 06:40h (Bruce Martin); still present this evening (John Lindsell)

Cam Washes - Oyster Catcher, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Avocet, 7 Greenshank, 4 Redshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 5 Little ringed Plover, 470 Lapwing, 3 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, Hobby, Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl (Owen Marks and Dean Harlow)

Grafham Water - 10 Little Egret, 6 Little Ringed Plover, 4+ Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes); 5 Common Sandpipers (Ade Cooper); Osprey over west this evening (David Hollin)

Saturday, 11 July

Fen Drayton Lakes - adult WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN all day, mostly at Ferry Mere and Lagoon, but occasionally at Far Fen Lake and Drayton Lagoon, Grasshopper Warbler , 3 Turtle Doves, Red Kite, pair of Marsh Harriers and two flying juveniles, 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Buzzards (Neil Renwick)

Grafham Water - Greenshank, 4+ Little Egret, 3+ Yellow-legged Gull, Ruddy Duck (Mark Hawkes)

Cam Washes - 2 Dunlin, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Oystercatcher, 9 Greenshank, 14 Green Sandpiper, 9 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, 3 Marsh Harrier, Hobby (Jonathan & David Heath)

Friday 10 July 2009

Friday, 10 July

Fen Drayton Lakes - adult WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN over eastern end of Ferry Lagoon to 11:30h at least (Andy Cotton); still present 12:55h (Bruce Martin); still present 15:58h, best viewed from river footpath along north side of Ferry Lagoon (Dean Harlow).

Thursday 9 July 2009

Thursday, 9 July

Paxton Pits - 2 Little Egrets, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, Green Sandpiper, 5 Dunlins, pair of Turtle Doves (Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - male Ruff from lagoon hide (Colin Addington); also Greenshank, Little Egret, 61+ Common Terns, 7 Redshanks (Mark Hawkes)

Ouse Washes - Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, 9 Avocets (Dean Harlow)

Cam Washes - 14 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Avocets, 3 Ruff, 12+ Green Sandpipers, 5 Greenshanks, Snipe, 9+ Little Ringed Plovers, 10+ Redshanks, 2 Barn Owls,2 Oystercatchers (David Heath)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Mike Everett)

Hemingford Grey - Grasshopper Warbler and an Egyptian Goose still present (Mike Everett)

Wednesday 8 July 2009

Wednesday, 8 July

Paxton Pits - 29 Yellow-legged Gulls, Green Sandpiper, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Little Egrets (Martin Davis)

Great Gransden - pair of Spotted Flycatchers with young (Graham Askew)

Cam Washes - 3 Avocets, 3 Ruffs, 9 Green Sandpipers, 7 Greenshanks, 8 Little Ringed Plovers, Black-tailed Godwit (David Heath)

Southoe - Little Owl, Barn owl, Grasshopper Warbler (Martin Sreeves)

Tuesday, 7 July

Ouse Washes - Wood Sandpiper, 13 Ruffs, 3 Avocets, Peregrine, Garganey, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Marsh Harriers, 3 Black-tailed Godwits (Gavin Paterson)

Paxton Pits - SCAUP on Diddington Pit unitl flying towards Island Pit at 15:40h, Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank over east, 3 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, Hobby, 30 Yellow Legged Gulls (Jamie Wells)

Gamlingay - Quail singing nearby at Fuller's Hill Farm (Derek Gruar, Darren Oakley-Martin)

Islesham Water Meadows - presumed escape White Pelican, 3 Green Sandpipers (Steve Cooper)

Tuesday 7 July 2009

Monday, 6 July

Fen Drayton Lakes - 5 Egyptian Geese, Green Sandpiper (Gavin Paterson)

Paxton Pits - Wood Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plovers (Jamie Wells)

Sunday 5 July 2009

Sunday, 5 July

Grafham Water - 2 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 6 Little Egret, at least 7 Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Cam Washes - 13 Avocet 13, 11 Greenshank, 10 Green Sandpiper, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 5 Little Ringed Plover (Dean Harlow)

Ouse Washes RPSB - 2 Wood Sandpipers and 25 Ruff (per rarebirdalert.com)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 Green Sandpipers, 5+ Little Egrets, Hobby (Neil Renwick)

Saturday, 4 July

Paxton Pits - SANDWICH TERN around Pumphouse Pit (occasionally flying over to Diddinton Pit) Little Egret, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Buzzard, Turtle Dove, (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Cam Washes - 6 Wood Sandpiper, 10 Greenshank (David Heath)

Grafham Water - 4 SANDWICH TERN off Plummer CP at 10.10, then flew off over lagoons, Whimbrel flew over north, 3 Oystercatcher, 5 Little Egret, 8+ Avocet (Mark Hawkes); 2Common Sandpipers on dam (Colin Addington)

Buckden GP - 2 Green Sandpipers, Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Monks Wood - Long-eared Owl (Roger Hughes)

Devil's Dyke just east of Swaffham Prior - Quail calling from a wheatfield (Claire Spottiswoode)

Fen Drayton Lakes - male Ruff, Greenshank (Richard Patient)

Friday 3 July 2009

Friday, 3 July

Foxton - Quail calling in a private garden about 24:00h last night (Marcus Kohler)

Great Gransden - Spotted Flycatcher in the churchyard (Chris McCabe)

Ouse Washes - Hobby over reserve near Welches Dam and Quail calling form arable fields just off reserve east of Common Wash (Paul Harrington)

Thursday 2 July 2009

Thursday, 2 July

Grafham Water - ARCTIC SKUA adult still on wall of dam 07:50h, female Common Scoter, Greenshank (Mark Hawkes). The Arctic Skua was humanely put down at 12.20h.

Arctic Skua, Grafham Water, 2nd July © Mark Hawkes (click for larger image). Hand-held shot taken at around 3 foot range. Only the 2nd county record for July.

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 Green Sandpipers, Hobby, 7 Little Egrets, 4 Egyptian Geese (Gavin Paterson)

Helpston - Spotted Flycatcher (Richard Astle)

Southoe - pair of Little Owls, possibly with young (Martin Sreeves)

Wednesday 1 July 2009

Wednesday, 1 July

Grafham Water - 3 Common Scoter off Plummer CP, Greenshank, 14+ Avocets, 2+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 5 Little Egrets, Hobby over (Mark Hawkes); ARCTIC SKUA adult on dam in evening (Ade Cooper)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Marsh Harriers have bred successfully. The first chick fledged on Monday, the second fledged on Wednesday. RSPB volunteers & staff will be on hand at the Holywell Lake car park at weekends to help visitors to see them taking flying lessons (Neil Renwick)

Dry Drayton - BLACK KITE over the village 18:30h heading towards Cambridge (Mike Clydesdale)

Monks Wood - pair of Spotted Flycatchers with two fledged young (Stuart Sharp)

Tuesday, 30 June

Maxey Pits - 2+ Wood Sandpipers, 5 Green Sandpipers, Cuckoo (Chris Lines)

Cam Washes - 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 10 Green Sandpipers, 2 Ruffs, 13 Avocets, 2 Greenshanks, 13 Little Ringed Plovers, Little Egret, Barn Owl (Jonathan & David Heath)

Monday 29 June 2009

Monday, 29 June

Toseland - ad male PALLID HARRIER over wheat fields, north of the A428 just south of the village, for several minutes around 13:00h. The bird then headed west and was not relocated.

Ferry Meadows - fem Ruddy Shelduck on the island in Overton Lake (Paul Taylor)

Paxton Pits - male Ruff on Diddington Pit island (Tony Ploszajski)

Sunday, 28 June

Maxey Pits - 3 Wood Sandpipers, Little Owl, Buzzard (Malcolm Holley); 4+ Green Sandpipers (Mike Weedon)

Paxton Pits - 2 Green Sandpipers (Martin Davis)

Hemingford Grey - 2 Grasshopper Warblers (Mike Everett)

Cam Washes - 11 Green Sandpipers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 17 Avocets, 2 Barn Owls (David & Jonathan Heath)

Newnham - HONEY BUZZARD soaring 08:50h (Rita & Stuart Linguard)

Sunday 28 June 2009

Saturday, 27 June

Buckden GP - Wood Sandpiper, drk Garganey, Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Grafham Water - 2 SANDWICH TERNS until 12:15h , then flew east, 3 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Little Ringed Plovers (Jamie Wells)

Friday, 26 June

Paxton Pits - 5 Wood Sandpipers in evening (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Little Ringed Plovers (Mark Hawkes)

Maxey GP - 2 Wood Sandpipers, Greenshank and 8 Green Sandpipers (Mike Weedon)

Thursday 25 June 2009

Wednesday, 24 June

Midloe Grange farm - Little Owl (Martin Shreeves)

Etton GP - Peregrine over (Keith Lawton)

Wednesday 24 June 2009

Tuesday, 23 June

Cam Washes - 31 Avocets, Greenshank, 5+ Green Sandpipers, 2 Little Egrets, Oystercatcher, Marsh Harrier (David Heath)

Paxton Pits - Buzzard, 10 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Little Ringd Plovers (John Parslow)

Pocket Park, Eynesbury - Grasshopper Warbler reeling in evening (Roger Hughes)

Tuesday 23 June 2009

Monday, 22 June

Maxey Pits - 9 Green Sandpipers (Mike Weedon)

Sunday 21 June 2009

Sunday, 21 June

Friday Bridge - Quail calling from fields south of village around 9am, Hobby, Little Egret, Turtle Dove and several ground-nesting birds out here, including Yellow Wagtails in several fields of peas, Corn Buntings, Reed Buntings and Meadow Pipits (Louise Bacon)

Paxton Pits - 1-2 Little Egrets, 9 Yellow-legged Gulls, Turtle Dove (Jamie Wells/John Parslow)

Saturday, 20 June

Cam Washes - 5 Green Sandpipers (Jonathan & David Heath)

Paxton Pits - 2 Little Egrets, 8+ Yellow-legged Gulls, pair Little Ringed Plover, 6+ Ringed Plovers, Wigeon (Jamie Wells)

Friday 19 June 2009

Friday, 19 June

Cambourne - Quail singing to southwest of Whomping Willow Lake 06:00h. Please park carefully at the south end of Jeavons Lane and follow the path to the lake. Also, a pair of Stonechat with fledged young; please keep your distance when viewing these birds (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton - 4 summer-plumaged Black-tailed Godwit at Ferry Lagoon (Neil Renwick)

Thursday, 18 June

Wicken Fen - 4 Little Egrets, male Garganey, Spotted Redshank on Baker's Fen and 5 Cetti's Warblers, 3 male Cuckoos, Marsh Harrier along Wicken Lode (Richard Hall)

Cambourne - 2 Quails singing at southeast side of Whomping Willow Lake (Jonathan Hook)

Thursday 18 June 2009

Wednesday, 17 June

Balsham - Quail calling along the Roman Road, north of the Hildersham/Balsham road (Iain Webb)

Tuesday 16 June 2009

Tuesday, 16 June

Grafham Water - 4 Yellow-legged Gulls, Turtle Dove, 4 ad & 3 young Avocets (Andrew Tongue)

Paxton Pits - Little Egret, 2+ Little Ringed Plovers, Greenshank, Hobby, Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoos, 4 Nightingales. Also Spotted Flycatcher at Diddington (Andrew Tongue, Martin Davis)

Maxey Pits - 3 Green Sandpipers, Yellow Wagtail, Red Kite, 2 Turtle Doves (Chris Lines)

Monday 15 June 2009

Monday, 15 June

Castor Hanglands - 1+ Turtle Dove, Cuckoo, 2 Grasshopper Warblers early morning (Richard Astle)

Sunday 14 June 2009

Sunday, 14 June

Eaton Ford - Red Kite over (Richard Bashford)

Wicken Fen - SQUACCO HERON still on Bakers Fen (per rarebirdalert.com)

Helpston - 2 Barn Owls nearby (Richard Astle)

Saturday, 13 June

Dogsthorpe Tip - Red Kite over (Jack Thorpe)

Bainton GP - Hobby, Cuckoo (Keith Lawton)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 Egyptian Geese at Ferry Lagoon (Richard Thomas)

Wednesday 10 June 2009

Wednesday, 10 June

Wicken Fen - SQUACCO HERON on Baker's Fen still this afternoon, although often elusive (birdguides.com)

Stretham - Red Kite perched near A10 a mile to the south (Paul Mason)

Tuesday 9 June 2009

Tuesday, 9 June

Wicken Fen - SQUACCO HERON on Baker's Fen still, 15:30h (Peter Blythe)

Grafham Water - OSPREY until 08:15h at least, also 5 Yellow-legged Gulls, Little Ringed Plover (Mark Hawkes); OSPREY flew off north at 10:10h (Colin Addington)

Monday 8 June 2009

Monday, 8 June

Wicken Fen - SQUACCO HERON still 11:25h (birdguides.com)

Paxton Pits - Whimbrel this morning (Tony Ploszajski)

King's Dyke NR - 2 possible Cranes reported circling this morning, also Little Egret, 2 Cuckoos, Grasshopper Warbler (Phil Parker)

Cam Washes - Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Avocets, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 12+ Redshanks (Jonathan & David Heath)

Maxey Pits - Barn Owl (Richard Astle)

Helpston - Little Owl, pair of Tawny Owls (Richard Astle)

Sunday 7 June 2009

Sunday, 7 June

Paxton Pits - Grey Plover, Greenshank, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Teal, Red-crested Pochard and Grasshopper Warbler this morning (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells et al.); Tree Sparrow (Gary Rawlings/Neal Parkin); Black Tern, 4 Yellow Legged Gulls, 2 Greenshanks, 5 Dunlins, Hobby this afternoon (John Parslow, Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water -OSPREY circling over west end at 4.05pm, drifting off westwards, also Hobby (Mark Hawkes)

Wicken Fen - SQUACCO HERON still, also 2 Avocets, Wood Sandpiper, 5 Ringed Plovers (Andrew Knights, Dave Fricker)

March Farmers - Ruff, Whopper Swan, 2 Turtle Doves, 2 Cuckoos (Paul Taylor)

Saturday, 6 June

Wicken Fen - SQUACCO HERON on Baker's Fen still, Hobby, 6 Ringed Plover (David Heath)

Paxton Pits - Greenshank, 4 Sanderlings (Martin Davis); Peregrine, Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes, Ade Cooper)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Egyptian Goose, Hobby, 5 Little Ringed Plovers, Cuckoo (Gavin Paterson)

Godmanchester GP - 2 Egyptian Geese (Mark Hawkes)