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

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

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)