Monday 27 December 2010

Monday, 27 December

Eaton Ford - WAXWING (Richard Bashford)

Witcham - 17 WAXWINGS in private garden (Ian Dickerson)

Stretham - 5 WAXWINGS at Cage Lane (Owen Markes)

Grafham Water - 2 Scaup (imm male & female), pair of Red-crested Pochard, Pintail, 2 Siskin (Mark Hawkes)

Crown Lakes - 4 WAXWINGS, 13 Whooper Swan, 8 Red-crested Pochard (Steve Dudley)

Farcet Fen - Merlin, 3 Brambling, 47+ Tree Sparrow (Steve Dudley)

Buckden Marina - 8 White-fronted Geese, flew off west (John Lindsell)

Cambridge - Peregrine at the Museum of Technology 15:30h (Iain Bray)

Sunday 26 December 2010

Sunday, 26 December

Stretham - WAXWING numbers now up to 18 (Owen Marks)

Histon - 50-60 WAXWINGS midway between Garden Walk and Orchard Road, feeding on the white-berried Rowan trees (Chris Martin); 2 Green Sandpiper and Common Snipe in ditch at Abbey Farm (John Hoppett)

Whadden Gap - c.50 WAXWINGS, Barn Owl (Alan Pool)

Wicken - 8 WAXWINGS (Ed Bullmore)

Grafham Water - 2 drk Smew (Colin Addington)

Cambourne - 8 WAXWINGS over (Stephen Bell)

Saturday, 25 December

Stretham - 9 WAXWINGS still at Cage Lane on and off (Owen Marks)

Trumpington - 25 WAXWINGS in trees by the park and ride (Richard Palmer)

River Ouse Little Paxton - 2 redhead Smew (Ian Dawson); 14 Goosander (Mark Brandon)

Friday 24 December 2010

Friday, 24 December

Stretham - 9 WAXWINGS in garden 7a Cage Lane (Monica and Owen Marks)

Fen Drayton - 69 European White-fronted Geese, Bearded Tit, Bittern, 6 Bewick's Swans, Lttle Egret (Andy Cotton)

Trumpington - 26 WAXWINGS in Bishops Road (Howard Slatter)

Cambridge - 38 WAXWINGS by Elizabeth Way Bridge (Michael Wood)

Thursday, 23 December

Fen Drayton - 63 European White-fronted Geese across the river from the north east corner of Ferry Lagoon, 2 Pink-footed Geese briefly in fields beside the Entrance Track before flying off east, 2 Smew, Bittern (Andy Cotton)

Witchford - WAXWING over Midway garage (Mark Peck)

Ramsey St. Mary's ring tailed Hen Harrier (John Atkins)

Dogsthorp tip - 1st winter Caspian Gull (Josh Jones)

Wednesday 22 December 2010

Wednesday, 22 December

Fen Drayton Lakes - 17+ WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 4 Smew, Goosander, Bearded Tit, Bittern (Dennis Hall); 2 PINK-FOOTED GEESE & 7 Bewick's Swans in the field opposite the main entrance (Andy Cotton)

Cambridge -  WAXWING over Elizabeth Way 11:45h (Andy Cotton);WAXWING over Thoday Street 08:30 (Joe Taylor)

Farcet -  Merlin, 4 Bramblings, 40+ Tree Sparrows. At Crown Lakes, a Bittern flew in at 16:10h, 22 Bewick's Swans, 4 Woodcock (Steve Dudley)

Tuesday 21 December 2010

Tuesday, 21 December

Longthorpe - c.50 Bewick's Swans over north 08:45h (Brian Stone)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 50+ Bewick's Swans departed Ferry Lagoon this miorning (Dennis Hall et al.)

Buckden - Woodcock (David Bale)

Crown Lakes, Farcet - 22 Bewick's Swans, 2 Whooper Swans (Steve Dudley)

Cherry Hinton - several flocks totalling 128+ WAXWINGS in the vicinity of Tesco's car park 10:00h (Claire Spottiswoode, Lucy Browning, James Gilbert); 95+ still present 12:00h (Richard Palmer)

Girton - WAXWING over 08:00h (Peter Herkenrath)

Cambridge - 10+ WAXWINGS over the TRAFFIC offices (Richard Thomas); 49 WAXWINGS in the Brimley Road area (Jeff Stenning)

Orton BP - Bittern 13:30h, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 7 Goldeneye, 612 Coot (Paul Taylor)

Orton Brimbles - Jack Snipe, WAXWING, 15 Siskins (Matt Webb)

Grafham water - 2 redhead Smew, 2 Whooper Swan over (Colin Addington)

Granta Science Park - probably up to 30 WAXWINGS 15:50h (Gareth Rees)

Bretton - c.50 WAXWINGS 15:30h (Don Gardener)

Woodwalton Fen - Woodcock, 2 Short-eared Owls,  2 Barn Owls, ringtail Hen Harrier, 120 Corn Buntings (Ron Harold)

Wicken Fen - 4 Barn Owls, 2+ ringtail Harriers, 3 Stonechats (Will Burdett, Nikki Dibbs, John Walsh)

Monday 20 December 2010

Monday, 20 December

St. Neots - WAXWING over Little End Road Industrial estate 10:05h (Mark Hawkes)

Cambridge - Woodcock in a Harvey Goodwin Avenue garden this afternoon (Ben Grieg); 6 Curlews over Histon Road (Kumaran Arul)

Cherry Hinton -  40 WAXWINGS at Lucerne Close 10:00h, 9 more birds closer to Tescos (Christian Boness); c.60 birds in the area this afternoon (Martin Davis)

Toft - 4 WAXWINGS briefly (Clive Sinclair)

Kneesworth - 24 WAXWINGS near the A1198 roundabout (as per Christian Boness)

Orton BP - 2 Bitterns flew out of the reedbed c.11:30h (Andy Frost, Neil Crossman)

Newton - probable ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD north of the village (Iain Webb)

Grafham Water - 13 Whooper Swans (as per

Barton - male Peregrine over (Vince Lea)

Sunday 19 December 2010

Sunday 19 December

Fen Drayton - 2 drake & 13 redhead Smew on Swavesey Lake (Nigel Sprowell); 7 Goosander on the Trout Pond, 2 Bitterns flew over Holywell Lake & Far Fen Lake, 8 Bewick's Swans, Pink-footed Goose on Ferry Lagoon, Peregrine - Ferry Lagoon, Barn Owl (Andy Cotton)

River Cam, Clayhithe to Bottisham Lock - 12 Little Grebe, Female Red-crested Pochard, Kingfisher (Saimon Clark)

Fletton BP - GLAUCOUS GULL (Tony & Jackie Rowe)

Buckden - WAXWING in private garden, 2 Siskin in hedges by roadside at Buckden Marina (David Bale)

Dry Drayton - Woodcock SE of village (Ken & Maggie Hook)

Sawston - 15 WAXWINGS feeding on whitebeam outside residential care home in The Green Road (Mike Redshaw)

Home Fen NNR - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, c.100 Siskin (Bob Davis)

Paxton Pits - 4 ad Whooper Swans over, 3 Curlew over, 3 Peregrines, Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egrets, 4 Buzzards, 7 Red-crested Pochard (Neal Parkin, Jamie Wells)

Cambridge - WAXWING in Fanshawe Road (Richard Patient)

Bretton - c.21 WAXWINGS (Don Gardener)

Foxton - 4 WAXWINGS briefly (Marcus Kohler)

Barton - 2 Curlew flew along the Bourn Brook, Little Egret to the osuth of Comberton (Vince Lea)

Saturday 18 December 2010

Saturday, 18 December

Cherry Hinton - 112 WAXWINGS in the vicinity of Lucerne Close / Tescos (Paul Rule)

Dogsthorpe Tip - 2nd year GLAUCOUS GULL still present

Fen Drayton - Peregrine, 2 Smew, Bittern, Goosander (Richard Thomas)

Grafham water -  ad. Mediterranean Gull, 7 Smew, 2 Scaup, 220 Goldeneye, 18 Goosander (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington, David Hollin)

Bretton - 4 WAXWINGS (Don Gardener)

Witcham - WAXWING (David Hopkins)

Farcet - 2 Bitterns flew in to Crown Lakes c.16:00h (Steve Dudley)

Comberton - 2 WAXWINGS over, also Woodcock, 4 Lesser Redpoll (Mike Crosby)

Histon - Woodcock (David Chandler)

Friday 17 December 2010

Friday, 17 December

Dogsthorpe Tip - 1st or 2nd year GLAUCOUS GULL to 10:55h at least (Josh Jones)

Cambridge - groups of 8 and 10 WAXWINGS along Brimley Road (Jeff Stenning); 15 WAXWINGS in Windsor Road 09:00h (Chris Akhurst)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 Bitterns, Goldeneye (Nigel Russell); 8 Goosanders, 3 redhead Smew, Curlew, 2 WAXWINGS over the car park (Mike Everett, Dennis Hall)

Cherry Hinton - 50+ WAXWINGS around Lucerne Close (Martin Leader)

Thursday 16 December 2010

Thursday, 16 December

Cambridge - 15 WAXWINGS over the University West Cambridge site this morning (Hugh Venables)

Wednesday 15 December 2010

Wednesday, 15 December

Fen Drayton Lakes - 7 Goosanders, male and 4 fem Smew (Jacqui Miller, Andy Cotton); Bittern on Oxholme 15:00h (Duncan Brooks and Ksenija Putilin)

Grafham Water - RED-THROATED DIVER this afternoon but mobile (Colin Addington)

Paxton Pits - Bittern into reedbed at south-west corner of Washout Pit 15:05h (Martin Davis)

Woodwalton Fen - 2+ Marsh Harriers, 5 Marsh Tits, Woodcock (Don Gardnener)

Cambridge - 11 WAXWINGS on Warwick Road, by the Gilbert Road/Histon Road intersection (Duncan Brooks and Ksenija Putilin)

Tuesday 14 December 2010

Tuesday, 14 December

Ely - 3 WAXWINGS mid-way between Ely and Stuntney 09:00h (David Norman)

St. Neots -  c.15 WAXWINGS over the priory Centre 12:25h (Chris Harbard)

Wicken Fen - 12 WAXWINGS, 2 Stonechats (Chris Brown)

Milton CP - 3 Water Rail, fem Goldeneye, Woodcock, Kingfisher, Cetti's warbler, 6 Siskin, Buzzard, Barn Owl (Colin Kirtland)

From Sunday, 12 December: Wimpole Hall - 14 male & 8 female Mandarin Ducks (Mike Crosby)

Monday 13 December 2010

Monday, 13 December

Cambridge - 37 WAXWINGS commuting between Redfern and Brimley Roads (Kate Holmes); 25 WAXWINGS around 141 Gilbert Road 13:20h (Steve Hartley); 35-40 birds along Gilbert Road near Colwyn Close (Ksenija Putilin & Duncan Brooks)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 5 Smew, Goosander, Bittern, 3 Black-tailed Godwits (Jacqui Miller)

Anglesey Abbey - 27 WAXWINGS 13:00h (Gareth Sandham)

Werrington - 2 WAXWINGS (John Saunders)

Folksworth - c.40 WAXWINGS 14:45h-13:15h (Ken Davies)

Farcet - Bittern in flight at Crown Lakes 16:10h, also Cetti's Warbler (Steve Dudley)

Witcham - WAXWING, Blackcap, Tree Sparrows (David Hopkins)

Wicken Fen - 4 WAXWINGS 13:30h (Chris Brown)

Paxton Pits - redhead Smew, Curlew, 2 Woodcock (Martin Davis)

Ferry Meadows - 10 Lesser Redpolls, c.45 Siskins, 2 Goldeneyes (Matt Webb)

Sunday 12 December 2010

Sunday, 12 December

Fowlmere - 3/4 WAXWINGS by the stream half way between the bridge and the bench (Matt Mellor)

Cambridge - 20 WAXWINGS still present Brimley Road/Roland Close, 20 more in Lucerne Close, Cherry Hinton (Hugh Venables); 23 birds by 47 Arbury Road at 14:15h (Jeff Stenning)

Barford Pocket Park, St Neots - Bittern, Woodcock, Tawny Owl (Stuart & Jill Elsom)

Orton Brickpits - 4 pairs of Red-crested Pochards (Chris Grave)

Holme Fen - probable Arctic Redpoll with group of c.25 Lesser & 5 Mealy Redpoll, Siskin, 2 Peregrine, Marsh Harrier (Vince Lea)

Werrington -  7+ WAXWINGS on Lincoln Road (Chris Orders); 13 birds at 13:45h (Mike Weedon)

Burwell Fen - Short-eared Owl (Ken & Maggie Hook)

Bretton - 9 WAXWINGS in Walkers Way briefly (Don Gardener)

Cam Washes - 2 Green Sandpipers, 4 Whooper Swans, 4 Little Egrets (David & Jonathan Heath)

Grafham Water - 5+ Smew, 9+ Goosanders (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - Siskin, 11 Redpolls, Curlew, 7 Red-crested Pochards (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells); also 2 Goosanders reported 

Saturday 11 December 2010

Saturday, 11 December

Cambridge - 11 WAXWINGS in tree outside 171 Gilbert Road, c.25 more at Brimley Road/Montgomery Road (Peter Wells); 9 WAXWINGS onthe corner of Roseford Road and St. Albans Road (Sarah Howlett)

Ferry Meadows - 5 WAXWINGS, 5 Lesser Redpolls, Red Kite (Matt Web)

Orton Brimbles - pair of Brambling (Matt Web)

Histon - 15 WAXWINGS on Glebe Way (Mark Dunning)

St. Ives - WAXWING over Langley Close, redhead Smew on gravel pit (Alan Bull)

Fen Drayton - 11 Smew, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Black-tailed Godwit (David Heath); 10 WAXWINGS flew west along the river, 2 Chiffchaff, Common Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harriers (Stuart Elsom)

Grafham Water - RED-NECKED GREBE in Savages creek (Colin Addington)

Wicken Fen - 2/3 Short-eared Owls from Cockup Bridge (Dave Griffiths)

Hemingford Grey - 2 WAXWINGS (Mike Everett)

March Farmers - 2 Cranes over (Marie Barton)

Farcet - Bittern at Crown Lakes (Steve Dudley)

Ramsey Heights - 4 WAXWINGS (Mike Weedon)

Friday 10 December 2010

Friday, 10 December

Cambridge - 11 WAXWINGS along Gilbert Road, near no.141 at 11:00h (Kumaran Arul); 26 WAXWINGS along Brimley Road at the junction of Montgomery Road and Durnford Way c.13:30h (David Heath)

Histon - 20 WAXWINHS opposite Narrow Close (Vince Lea, Louise Bacon, Colin Kirtland)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 Bitterns, 3 Smews, Goosander, Short-eared Owl, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, Little Egret (Andy Cotton, Dave Anderson)

Hemingford Grey - 2 WAXWINGS briefly (Mike Everett)

Late news for Saturday, 4 December: Eynesbury - Bittern at the Barford Road Pocket Park (Simon Marsh as per Richard Bashford)

Thursday 9 December 2010

Thursday, 9 December

Farcet - Bittern at Crown Lakes again this morning (Steve Dudley)

Ferry Meadows - Red Kite, Curlew (Don Gardener); 2 Goldeneyes (Paul Taylor)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 5+ Bitterns, 4 Smew, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Goosanders, Little Egret, Peregrine (Andy Cotton)

Stirtloe - ringtail Hen Harrier (Martin Smith)

St. Ives - 3 WAXWINGS over this morning (Alan Bull)

Fowlmere - Curlew over 11:55h (Doug Radford)

Waterbeach - Curlew in Cow Hollow Wood next to the stations car park (Karen Champion)

Wednesday 8 December 2010

Wednesday, 8 December

Farcet - 2 Bittern at Crown Lakes, also Woodcock, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Lesser Redpoll (Steve Dudley)

Peterborough - 4 WAXWINGS at the junction of Walker's Way and Huntsmans Gate in Bretton 09:50h (Don Gardener)

Grafham Water - 2 redhead Smew, 6 Red-crested Pochards (Colin Addington)

Ouse Washes - 2 WAXWINGS at the visitor centre briefly this morning (Mike Burdekin)

Woodwalton Fen - male Hen Harrier (Duncan Ritchie)

Tuesday 7 December 2010

Tuesday, 7 December

Black Drove - BRENT GOOSE in a field north of the A47, just west of the drove, 09:10h (Garry Heath)

Bourn - 5 WAXWINGS along Broadway 08:45h (Chris Went)

Colne - 2 WAXWINGS 08:00h (Mark Eaton)

Peterborough - 2 WAXWINGS in a Bretton garden this morning (Don Gardener)

Ickleton - Chiffchaff (Dave Fricker & Andrew Knights)

Elton - Bittern over the sewage works 15:45h (Roger Davis)

Cambridge - 5+ WAXWINGS east over Coldham's Common (Iain Webb, Steve Hartley)

Crown Lakes, Farcet - 4 redhead Smew, Bittern, distant Black-necked or Slavonian Grebe in failing light (Steve Duley)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 8 Bitterns, male Smew, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Goosanders along the river, Woodcock, Barn Owl, 2 Little Egrets (Dennis Hall, Dave Anderson, David Parrish, Janet Garnett, Phil Pitelen, Jacqui Miller, Andy Cotton); with 3 Bitterns seen on Drayton and 5 on Oxholme by David Heath  & Garth Peacock, its quite possible that there are 10+ at the site. Also 3 fem and a male Smew on Far Fen Lake, 3 Goosanders on Elney Lake (James Hutchison)

Grafham Water - 2 male Red-crested Pochards, 2 Woodcock, 3 Curlews over, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 12 Goosanders (Mark Hawkes)

Block Fen - 700+ Whooper Swans between the fen and Chatteris (Mark Eaton)

Marsh Lane GP - male Smew (Bill Simmonds)

Ely to Coveney - 2 Short-eared Owls, Jack Snipe (David Hopkins)

Monday 6 December 2010

Monday, 6 December

Cambridge - 2 WAXWINGS in Panton Street 9:05h (Ed Bullmore)

Guyhirn - NIGHT HERON in flight along River Nene by A47 1.5 miles north-east of the village (as per

Fen Drayton Lakes - at least 6 Bitterns, imm. male LONG-TAILED DUCK still, 3 Smew, 3 Goosanders (Jacqui Miller et al.)

Sunday 5 December 2010

Sunday, 5 December

Abbotsley area - TWITE east over towards Croxton (Stuart Elsom)

Grafham Water - TWITE circled Plummer car park calling, before heading off over lagoons, 4 Scaup (2 imm. males, 2 females), 7 Ruddy Duck, 4+ Marsh Tit, 5 Goosander (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - 78+ Barnacle Geese over (Martin Davis); fem SCAUP (Neal Parkin)

Tubney Fen - Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl (Tim Dee)

Adventurers Fen - 3 Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl (Tim Dee)

Maxey Pits - 24 Goosanders (Richard Astle)

Bainton Pits - 18 Goosanders, 10+ Goldeneyes, Woodcock (Richard Astle)

Woodwalton Fen - ringtail Hen Harrier, male Marsh Harrier, 2 Bitterns (Duncan McNiven)

Fen Drayton Lakes - imm. male LONG-TAILED DUCK still, 3 Smew, Bittern swimming, Cetti's Warbler, fem Marsh Harrier (Mark Eaton); 13 Goosanders, Merlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwits (Sarah Howlett)

Mepal - 3 Tree Sparrows, ringtail Hen Harrier, Barn Owl, Kingfisher (Martin Hansen)

Ely area - Short-eared Owl by West Fen Road, Greenshank at Witcham Bridge Drove (Martin Hansen)

Saturday, 4 December

Grafham Water - Bittern east over lagoons, Scaup, Green Sandpiper, 4+ Redshank, 5+ Goosander, 2+ Siskin, Redpoll (Mark Hawkes)

Woodwalton Fen - 11 Whooper Swan, 14 Corn Bunting, Peregrine, 2 Hen Harrier, Merlin, Marsh Harrier, Coues Arctic Redpoll, 4 Mealy Redpoll, 120 Lesser Redpoll, 20 Siskin, Water Rail, 2 Barn Owl (Ron Harold and Jonathan Taylor)

Fowlmere - Bittern from Reedbed hide (Doug Radford)

Milton Tip - 1cy Caspian Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull (per Dick Newell)

Cottenham (Long Drove) - 2cy Caspian Gull (Dick Newell)

Barleycraft GP - drk Smew (Brian Groombridge)

Cambridge - male Wood Duck and Black Swan on the River Cam still downstream of the city (Martin Hansen)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 16 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE over, imm. male LONG-TAILED DUCK still, male Smew, male Peregrine (Mark Eaton)

Friday 3 December 2010

Friday, 3 December

Fen Drayton Lakes -  imm male LONG-TAILED DUCK on Ferry Lagoon (Mike Everett), Bewick's Swan on Far Fen lake (Jacqui Miller); male and 3 fem Smew on Drayton lagoon, 2 Black-tailed Godwits on Swavesey lake (Nigel Sprowell); Bittern on Drayton Lagoon, Woodcock (Dennis Hall); 8 Goosanders on Drayton Lagoon (Nigel Sprowell, Jacqui Miller, Dennis Hall)

Orton BP - 9 Red-crested Pochards, 5 Goldeneyes (Paul Taylor)

Barleycraft - Bittern (Brian Groombridge)

Thursday 2 December 2010

Thursday, 2 December

Doddington - male GOSHAWK (Paul Harrington)

Cambridge - 7 WAXWINGS on the corner of Roland Close and Brimley Road 09:00h (John Walsh);  7 WAXWINGS low over Chesterton Hall Crescent 11:00h (Will Miles); WAXWING over Longworth Avenue (Bob Jarman)

Fen Drayton Lakes - male and fem Smew on Swavesey Lake 13:00h (Gill Parrish); also Bitern, 25 Goldeneyes, Little Egret (Colin Kirtland)

Woodwalton Fen - ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Buzzards, 2 Short-eared Owls, 2 Woodcocks, 40 Corn Buntings (Ron Harold)

Wednesday 1 December 2010

Wednesday, 1 December

Haslingfield - Whitethroat (Dave Barr)

Swaffham Prior - 1+ Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Tim Dee & Claire Spottiswoode)

Fen Drayton Lakes -  imm male LONG-TAILED DUCK on Ferry Lagoon, 6 Bewick's Swans briefly, 5 Goosanders on Dryaton Lagoon (Andy Cotton & Jacqui Miller); Bitterns reported from Oxholme Lake (Mark Gurney) and Ferry lagoon (Graham White).

Cambridge - 5 WAXWING on the corner of Roland Close and Brimley Road this morning (Chris Went); 7 birds present mid-morning (David Heath)

St. Ives - 20+ WAXWINGS over the A1096 c.08:00h (Mark Eaton)

Grafham Water - Little Gull from Mander CP 10:45h (Dean Harlow); 16 Whooper Swans, 5 Bewick's Swans over (Colin Addington)

Grantchester - a mixed flock of finches and buntings containing c.25 Tree Sparrows, c.25 Reed Buntings and 130+ Yellowhammers (Mike Foley)

Little Wibraham - c.25 WAXWINGS south of A14 between the village and Bottisham (Peter Wilson)