Friday 30 January 2009

Friday, 30 January

Fen Drayton Lakes - Red Kite over, male Goosander (Dennis Hall)

Grafham water - 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 5 Goosanders, male Smew, fem Scaup, 6 Red-crested Pochards this morning; 2nd winter GLAUCOUS GULL in roost off Mander CP this afternoon, also 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (Jono Leadley)

Stetchworth - Red Kite over (Andrew Smith)

Pymoor - GREAT WHITE EGRET still present(Jon Warden)

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD 16:15h (David Hopkins)

Thursday 29 January 2009

Thursday, 29 January

Grafham Water - Smew 12:20h, Red-necked Grebe 13:10h (

Pymoor - 2 GREAT WHITE EGRETS in the drain on the Little Downham Road 16:00h (Colin Kirtland)

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD 16:15h (

March Farmers - 5 BEAN GEESE today (Jonathan Taylor)

Wednesday 28 January 2009

Wednesday, 28 January

Pymoor - 2 GREAT WHITE EGRETS now in drain east of village, just east of Dunkirk (Richard Fowling); before flying to a drain south of Pymoor by 15:30h, then to roost just north of Stevens Hide, as viewed from Pymoor railway bridge on the east side of the washes (Monica & Owen Marks)

Brampton - male Smew at the River Lane its (Richard Palmer)

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD at 15:20h (as per

Tuesday 27 January 2009

Tuesday, 27 January

Witcham - 2 White-fonted Geese over south-east this morning (David Hopkins)

Dogsthorpe Tip - ad Mediterranean Gull over (Mike Weedon)

Eldernell - COMMON CRANE 14:00h (

Monday 26 January 2009

Monday, 26 January

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD showing well this morning from the layby south of the black barn (Stuart Sharp); also 4 Common Buzzards and, at West Fen, 400+ Whooper Swans (Lee Evans)

Nene Washes - 2 ad COMMON CRANES west of March Farmers 11:20h (Bruce Martin)

Pymoor - GREAT WHITE EGRET again 13:30h (Peter Stockwell); present on the Main Drain south of Pymoor village at TL 505855, 15:10-15:25h (Lee Evans)

Wicken Fen - Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, Marsh Harrier, 3+ Stonechats, Cetti's Warbler (Gavin Paterson)

Burwell Fen - 2 Short-eared Owls, Barn Owl (Gavin Paterson)

Paxton Pits - redhead Smew, Red-crested Pochard, 2 ad Yellow-legged Gulls (Martin Davis)

Sunday 25 January 2009

Sunday, 25 January

Brampton - 2 Smew  at River Lane GP this morning (John Lindsell)
Buckden GP - 2 Goosander, 51 Goldeneye(Mark Hawkes)
Grafham Water - 2  Mediterranean Gull (adult off lagoons and 1st-winter off Fishing Lodge), 9 Red-crested Pochard off south end of dam, Smew still in Gaynes creek, female Scaup
3+ Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes, Mark Ward)
Over - adult GLAUCOUS GULL over (Richard Thomas)
Wimpole Estate - Hawfinch c.14:00h (Johannes Kamp)

Saturday 24 January 2009

Saturday, 24 January

Grafham Water - 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS (adult and juvenile) in roost from 15:20h, 7 Red-crested Pochards, drk Smew, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, 6 Goosander (Mark Hawkes); Red-necked Grebe still (Jono Leadley)

Nene Washes - LAPLAND BUNTING between March Farmers and Eldernell opp. trig point, 2 COMMON CRANES, Merlin, Water Pipit (Richard Patient)

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still (Jim Lawrence)

Pymore - GREAT WHITE EGRET still in drain at Dunkirk (Andy Massey)

Waterbeach Fen - Hen Harrier (Jonathan & David Heath)

Paxton Pits - 2 Smew, Little Egret, 8 Barnacle Geese, Jack Snipe (Jamie Wells)

Wicken Fen - 2 ringtail Hen Harriers to roost, 2 Barn Owl, Marsh Harrier, Curlew over, 3 Short-eared Owls (Andy Massey)

Friday 23 January 2009

Friday, 23 January

Cottenham, Long Drove - 1st win ICELAND GULL in the field opposite the tip 13:15h (Simon Stirrup)

Thursday 22 January 2009

Thursday, 22 January

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 Bitterns at Holywell Lake 10:40-11:00h (Tony Mallyon); White-fronted Goose & 2 Pink-footed Geese on Far Fen Lake (Andy Cotton)

Eldernell - 2 COMMON CRANES east of car park, 8 White-fronted Geese (Peter & Aran Beesley, Leon Smith)

Fowlmere - Bittern at the back of the Mere again this afternoon (Doug Radford)

Wednesday 21 January 2009

Wednesday, 21 January

Barrington - Bittern flushed from a ditch nearby this morning (as per Doug Radford)

Ouse Washes - GREAT WHITE EGRET in a drain viewable to the north from the road bridge at Dunkirk 12:30h (Graham Uney); and later at Pymoor roosting on north side of washes to west of railway bridge 15:30h. Also 3 Barn Owls along the B1411 nearby (Fred Heath)

Ferry Meadows - Scaup still present (Mike Weedon)

Tuesday 20 January 2009

Tuesday, 20 January

Grafham Water - Red-necked Grebe 08:15h, also fem Scaup, 5 Red-crested Pochards (Mark Hawkes)

Cambridge - male Peregrine north over the University vet school c.09:00h (Gavin Paterson)

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still (per

Pymoor - GREAT WHITE EGRET again in drain at Dunkirk (per

Fen Drayton Lakes - Pink-footed Goose with Greylags by Far Fen Lake, also Green Sandpiper, pair of Stonechats (Will George)

Fowlmere - Bittern from Reedbed Hide 16:30h (Mick Amos)

Shropshire's Reservoir - 1st win ICELAND GULL briefly, before leaving in the direction of the Ouse Washes (Ian Barton)

Wicken Fen - 2 ringtail Hen Harriers to roost, fem Merlin, 1+ Short-eared Owls, Barn Owl, 4 Cetti's Warblers calling (Craig Samuels)

Berry Fen - 8 Black-tailed Godwits (Keith Tinworth)

Eldernell - 2 CRANES still, 17 White-fronted Geese, male and female Peregrines (Mike Weedon)

Monday 19 January 2009

Monday, 19 January

Bythorn - 2 WOODLARKS c.0.5 miles to the north-west mid-afternoon, in a stubble field just north of the A14. Viewable from bridleway north of Old Tollbar Road (Michael Hoit); please view ONLY from public rights of way and DO NOT enter stubble fields.

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD sitting in a tree west of the road between A142 and Coveney, just off the green lane immediately south of Burnt Hill 10:00h (Graham Uney); brief views of the bird to the east of the road at 13:15h and 15:40h (Mike Everett)

Ouse Washes - GREAT WHITE EGRET at Pymoor 13:25h (; roosted at 16:35h, also 42 White-fronted Geese between Pymoor and Oxlode (Steve Cooper); 114 Ruffs, 705 Black-tailed Godwits, Pink-footed Goose, Peregrine (Alex Thomas)

Grafham Water - Slavonian Grebe and Red-necked Grebe at south end of the dam, Black-necked Grebe from Plummer CP 14:00h (Richard Bradbury); Black-necked Grebe, male Smew, 9 Red-crested Pochards from south end of dam at 16:00h (Colin Kirtland)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Bitterns on Holywell lake at first light (Dennis Hall); 2 redhead Goosanders, Red-breasted Merganser, Water Rail, Kingfisher. Possible 2+ Black-necked Grebes reported from Ferry Lagoon this morning, no sign this afternoon (Andy Cotton)

Nene Washes - 5 Bean Geese at March Famers but visible only in flight, 17 White-fronted Geese on Eldernell wash. Please keep to the south side of the wash bank to minimse disturbance of the wildfowl (Jonathan Taylor)

Sunday 18 January 2009

Sunday, 18 January

Ely - WAXWING in parkland off Teasel Drive (Fred Heath)

Fen Dayton - Pink-footed Goose on Far Fen Lake, Red-breasted Merganser at sw corner of Ferry Lagoon, Smew, 3 Goosanders, 2 Bitterns flew into the southern end of the Holywell Lake reed beds at first light (Andy Cotton)

Paxton Pits - Little Egret, Peregrine, 8 Barnacle Geese in fields at south end of Diddington (Martin Davis, Neal Parkin, Jamie Wells)

Eldernell, March Farmers - 2 COMMON CRANES, male Peregrine, 17 White-fronted Geese (Max Catterwell)

Grafham Water - Red-necked Grebe still from south end of dam, fem Scaup female, 9 Red-crested Pochards, 3 Smews, Goosander, 3 Redpoll (Mark Hawkes, Jono Leadley, Colin Addington, David Hollin); adult Caspian Gull, 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull (Jono Leadley, Mark Hawkes)

Pymoor - GREAT WHITE EGRET in the drain at Dunkirk (David Hopkins); c.15 White-fronted Geese on the washes between Oxlode and Pymore (Duncan Poyser, Ben Green); 30 White-fronted Geese and a Pink-footed Goose from Churchman's Hide, Peregrine, Water Pipit, 100+ Black-tailed Godwits, GREAT WHITE EGRET roosted 16:33h with 8+ Little Egrets (Ade Cooper, Richard Patient)

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD present again 12:00h (Mark Hawkes)

Cam washes, Waterbeach - 3 TUNDRA BEAN GEESE, Ross's Goose, Whooper Swan, Green Sandpiper, Little Egret (David & Jonathan Heath)

Wicken Fen - ringtail Hen Harrier, 1+ Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl (Hugh Venables, Tom & Liz Chapman)

Haddenham Fen - 5 Stonechats, 8 Bewick's Swans (Jake Allsop)

Saturday, 17 January

Pymoor - GREAT WHITE EGRET just south of the railway line, viewable from the east side of the washes early afternoon (Bruce Martin)

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD present again half way between A142 and Coveney on the east side of the minor road near a small coppice (Peter M Beesley)

Wicken Fen - 2 Short-eared Owls , 2 Little Egret, Merlin across the road on the way back to Burwell (David Heath); Little Egret, ringtail Hen Harrier at Burwell Fen (Mark Pettit)

Cam Washes, Upware - 3 TUNDRA BEAN GEESE, Hen Harrier, Whooper Swan, Short-eared Owl, Little Egret (Mark Pettit)

Nene Washes - 5 TUNDRA BEAN GEESE reported at Eldernell (per Birdguides)

Ferry Meadows - 1st winter Mediterranean Gull on Overton Lake, Scaup in southern section of Gunwade (Matt Webb)

Swaffham Bulbeck - Barn Owl hunting in the fields around Downing Farm (Giles Merritt )

Woodwalton Fen - ringtail Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard (Mike Weedon)

Swaddywell Pit - male Merlin over (Richard Astle)

Friday 16 January 2009

Friday, 16 January

Ouse Washes - 17 White-Fronted Geese and a Pink-Footed Goose at c.12:00h, midway between Pymore railway bridge and Oxlode (Mark Pettit)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Red-breasted Merganser (Will George)

Woodhurst - 19 Tree Sparrows (Duncan McNiven)

Bedford Purlieus - 1+ male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, c.45 Lesser Redpolls, 3+ Nuthatches, 5+ Treecreepers (Mike Weedon, Jack Thorpe)

Woodwalton Fen - 2 Peregrines this morning (Dean Harlow)

Thursday 15 January 2009

Thursday, 15 January

Grafham Water - 5 Red-crested Pochards, fem Scaup, c.20 Siskins (Richard Palmer); Goosander, male Smew, Red-necked Grebe (Mike Everett)

Wednesday 14 January 2009

Wednesday, 14 January

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD present again today 13:00h (Peter Stockwell)

Shropshires Reservoir - 3 TUNDRA BEAN GEESE which headed east independently at 15:45h (Monica & Owen Marks)

Wicken Fen - 3 Short-eared Owls, ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Bearded Tits, 2 fem Marsh Harriers, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Siskins, 2 Barn Owls (Mark Pettit)

Swaffham Prior Fen - ringtail Hen Harrier, fem Marsh Harrier (Mark Pettit)

Ferry Meadows - 5 Whooper Swans on Overton at lunchtime (Don Gardener)

Fen Drayton - Red-breasted Merganser, pair of Smews, Little Egret (Colin Kirtland)

Tuesday 13 January 2009

Tuesday, 13 January

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD present again today just north of the A142 at Wentworth, but flew at 14:00h (Tony Fenn)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Red-breasted Merganser, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Egret (Andy Cotton); Bittern into roost at Holywell 13:07h (Mike Everett)

Ouse Fen - 6 Bewick's Swans (Mike Everett)

Grafham Water - 8+ Red-crested Pochards (Colin Addington)

Monday 12 January 2009

Monday, 12 January

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD present again today at 14:30h c. TL480808 (Fred Heath)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 male Smews, 2 Little Egrets (Gavin Paterson)

Ferry Meadows - 1st win male Scaup on Gunwade this afternoon (Paul Taylor)

Sunday 11 January 2009

Sunday, 11 January

Paxton Pits - 3 Brent Geese,2 Red-crested Pochards, Smew, Buzzard, Peregrine, Water Rail, Dunlin, 18 Snipes, c.20 Siskins (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Woodwalton Fen - c.50 Lesser Redpolls and 2 Mealy Redpolls, Bittern on the ice on Gordon's Mere, adult male Peregrine (Richard Patient); female Marsh Harrier and Merlin hunting over fields to the west (Duncan McNiven & Debbie Pain)

Grafham Water - 8 Red-crested Pochards near south end of dam, male Smew, female Scaup, 2 Siskins, 9 Yellow-legged Gulls in roost from Mander CP, 2 Goosanders in harbour (Mark Hawkes); fem Smew (Jono Leadley); adult KUMLIEN'S GULL reported off Mander CP early afternoon (per

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2CY Mediterranean Gull in the Ferry Lagoon gull roost (Richard Thomas); Red-breasted Merganser, brief glimpses only of Bittern (David & Jonathan Heath)

Dogsthorpe Tip - 2nd-winter GLAUCOUS GULL (Mike Weedon)

Southey Woods - 20 Crossbills (Brian Lawrence)

Fowlmere - Peregrine, Barn Owl (Toby Austin)

Wicken Fen - 3 ringtail Hen Harriers into roost (Richard Palmer)

Saturday, 10th January

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, 2 Common Buzzards (Jonathan Taylor)

St. Ives Pits - Black-necked Grebe on main sailing lake (Alan Bull)

Gafham Water - Red-necked Grebe off Mander, drk Smew, fem Scaup, 5 Red-crested Pochards, 3 Ruddy Ducks, 9 Goosanders (Mark Hawkes)

Long Drove, Cottenham - 1st winter Glaucous Gull, adult Caspian Gull, 2+ Yellow-Legged Gulls (Hugh Venables)

Southey Wood - 6-8 Crossbills present again and viewable from picnic site (Bruce Martin)

Woodwalton Fen - 2Mealy Redpoll,in flock of c75-100 Lesser Redpolls (Mike Weedon)

Brampton - male Smew, 2 Whooper Swans (John Lindsell)

Fen Drayton - redhead Red-breasted Merganser, male Goosander over, Bittern into Holywell Reeds c. 09:00h, 2 male Red-crested Pochards, Little Egret (Richard Thomas); a further 2 Bitterns, 2 redhead Smews (Andy Cotton); 8 Yellow-legged Gulls (Richard Patient)

Fowlmere - 2 Woodcocks, 2 Tawny Owls (Toby Austin)

Friday 9 January 2009

Friday, 9 January

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Bitterns showed well in Holywell Lake reeds this morning (Dennis Hall); 2 Red-crested Pochards and male Smew also (Mark Eaton); Bittern sighted four times at Holywell Lake this afternoon but an unknown number of birds involved. Please view from Holywell lake car park only and do not approach the reedbeds, as this disturbs the birds (Andy Cotton)

Ferry Meadows - 1st win male Scaup on Gunwade this morning (Brian Stone)

Thursday 8 January 2009

Thursday, 8 January

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still present south of the village (Dean Harlow)

Fen Drayton Lakes - GREAT WHITE EGRET over 16:05h (Andy Cotton, Neil Renwick et al.); 2 Bitterns on Holywell Lake, but dropped into the reeds 08:20h. Also female Smew (Dennis Hall); 3 Bitterns in the Holywell reeds from 15:40h (Dennis Hall et al.); 3 male Smews (Will George);a total of 9 Red-crested Pochards (Andy Cotton)

Grafham Water - fem Smew (Colin Addington)

Ramsey - possible Rough-Legged Buzzard between Highlode Estate and the GC 08:30h ( No sign later.

Ferry Meadows - Scaup on Gunwade still (Chaz Shaw)

Brampton - male Smew on River Lane pits (Richard Palmer)

Wednesday 7 January 2009

Wednesday, 7 January

Grafham Water - 2 Bewick's Swans in Gaynes Creek still 08:45h (Colin Addington); Red-necked Grebe, fem Scaup, 5 Red-crested Pochard (Mark Hawkes); male Smew reported also.

Fen Drayton Lakes - 9 Red-crested Pochards, Ruddy Duck (Mark Eaton); Bittern, 4 Smews, 3 Water Rails, 2 Curlews over, Little Egret (Andy Cotton)

Ouse Washes - 2 ad White-fronted Geese just north of Steven's Hide, ringtail Hen Harrier (Owen & Monica Marks)

Shropshires Reservoir - 1st win GLAUCOUS GULL 15:20h, 2+ Yellow-legged Gulls (Owen & Monica Marks)

Tuesday 6 January 2009

Tuesday, 6 January

Grafham Water - male Smew in Gaynes Creek still (Jono Leadley); 2 Bewick's Swans in Gaynes Creek 13:30h (Colin Addington); also Red-necked Grebe and fem Scaup near Plummer CP and 2 Goosanders at Mander CP (Garth Peacock)

March Farmers - ringtail Hen Harrier 08:30h (Marie Barton)

Southey Wood - Crossbills present again and viewable from picnic site at 11:00h (Mac Bell)

Ferry Meadows - 1st win male Scaup still present (Mike Weedon)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Bitterns on Holywell (Dave Anderson); one still showing well this afternoon (Garth Peacock)

Cambridge - 2 Snipe over Murray Edwards College by Madingley Road (Peter Kirkham)

Monday 5 January 2009

Monday, 5 January

Little Paxton & Pits - 3 DARK-BELLIED BRENT GEESE still in field south of the farm in the village, 4 Smews, 3 Red-crested Pochards (Martin Davis)

Ouse Washes RSPB - 2 White-fronted Geese from Stevens Hide, ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Peregrines, 142 Black-tailed Godwits (Alex Thomas)

Barton - 2 WAXWINGS in a private garden this morning (Mrs McGill)

Ferry Meadows - 1st win male Scaup still present on Gunwade, just north of the Watersports Cafe car park (Mike Weedon)

Woodwalton Fen - Peregrine, 2 Woodcocks, Little Egret (Gavin Paterson)

Southorpe Paddock NR - Hawfinch 08:58h (

Fen Drayton Lakes - Little Egret, 2 Sanderlings over, redhead Goosander, 4 Smews (Gavin Paterson)

Maxey Pits - 4 Goosanders, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Whooper Swans over (Chris Lines)

Duxford - Red Kite over (Neil Howard)

Sunday 4 January 2009

Sunday, 4 January

Grafham Water - 2 drk Smew in Gaynes, Red-necked Grebe and female Scaup, 9 Goosander (Jono Leadley); Juv ICELAND GULL in roost, 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - drk Smew on Island Pit, Woodcock, Water Rail (Gary Rawlings, Jamie Wells)

Ferry Meadows - first-winter drake Scaup (Michael Weedon)

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still (per View only from road, and please do no enter fields or farm tracks.

Wicken Fen - 2 Hen Harriers, 2 Marsh Harriers, Barn Owl (Andrew Knights)

Cambridge - 2 Lesser Redpolls and a Blackcap in Harvey Goodwin Avenue (Sam Rouse)

Saturday, 3 January

Over Fen - 10+ Corn Bunting, 8 Bewick's Swans, 3 Dunlin, 2 Grey Partridge, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Water Pipit (Mark Eaton)

Cottenham Long Drove - 1st w GLAUCOUS GULL, 3rd w Caspian Gull, 3rd w & ad Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Eaton); juv ICELAND GULL (Andy Massey)

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD and 3 Common Buzzard (Mark Eaton)

Southorpe - 2 HAWFINCH,in the tops of trees along the road just north of Southorpe (Mike Weedon)

Southey Woods - 8-12 Crossbill feeding in pines along main track but mobile (Mike Weedon)

Grafham Water - Red-necked Grebe, Scaup, dk Smew, Peregrine, Little Egret, Dunlin, Yellow-legged Gull (Jono Leadley)

Grange Lane, littleport - Little Owl (Robin Henderson)

Fen Draytron - drake Smew on Ferry Lagoon, 3 Dunlin, several Kingfishers & Water Rails, 2 Little Egrets (Mark Eaton)

Clopton Medieval Village - Short-eared Owl again (Geoff Barlow)

Friday 2 January 2009

Friday, 2 January

Widgham Green - 2 HAWFINCHES, 2 Red Kites (TL658557) (Hugh Venables)

Grafham Water - Red-necked Grebe, drake Smew, female Scaup, 5 Red-crested Pochards, 11 Goosander, 2 drake Tufted Duck x Pochard hybrids (Mark Hawkes)

Buckden GP - 20 Siskin (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - 3 Dark-bellied Brent Geese still (Mark Hawkes); 3 Smew, Jack Snipe, Little Egret, Peregrine, 3 Goosander, 3 Red-crested Pochards (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Trumpington - WAXWING heard-over Park & Ride/Waitrose (Doug Radford)

Fen Drayton GP - 2-3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1st-winter Mediterannean Gull, 3 drake Smew, 4 Bewick's Swans (Richard Thomas); drake Pintail, 2 Goosanders, 15 Ruddy Ducks (David & Jonathan Heath)

Thursday, 1 January

Grafham Water - Water Pipit, drake Smew, Red-necked Grebe, female Scaup, 5 Red-crested Pochards (Mark Hawkes); 8 Smew reported (per

Perry - Egyptian Goose by road to Prison (Mark Hawkes)

Coveney - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD (per Please view only from the road and do not enter fields or farm tracks.

Brampton - female Smew on River Lane GP (John Lindsell)

Paxton Pits - 3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Red-crested Pochards, Smew (Gary Rawlings); 4 Smew, Jack Snipe (Martin Davis)

Southorpe/Barnack - HAWFINCH (David Cromack)

Wicken Fen - Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl (Andrew Knights)

Fen Drayton GP - 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (Richard Patient, Ade Cooper)

Ferry Meadows - 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull (Matt Webb)

Nene Washes - 2 COMMON CRANES still at Eldernell (Richard Patient, Ade Cooper)

Southey Wood - 4 Crossbills (Richard Patient, Ade Cooper)