Sunday 30 October 2011

Sunday, 30 October

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, SNOW BUNTING in ditch north of car park, 2 ringtail Hen Harriers, 2 Marsh Harriers (Jeff Stenning & Andrew Maddocks); 2 Merlins (Geoff Barlow); Short-eared Owl, 6 Siskin, Bearded Tits heard (James Hanlon)

Grafham Water - SLAVONIAN GREBE in Valley Creek (per; Greenshank, juv.Shag (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Draytom - Bittens recorded in 3 locations (c/o Neil Renwick)

Burwell Fen - 4 Short-eared Owls (Andrew Knights); also 600+ Golden Plover (Alan Pool)

Gamlingay Cinques - RAVEN over (Peter Bradley)

Nene Washes - BLACK KITE over Eldernell (as per Mike Foley)

Saturday 29 October 2011

Saturday, 29 October

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, male and 2 juv Hen Harrier, 2 juv Marsh Harrier, 3 Bearded Tits (Mark Ward)

Buckden - 3 Bramblings (Mark Ward)

Grafham Water - juv. Shag still by fishing lodge, 3 Crossbill west over Plummer car park, Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, Ruddy Duck (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - Merlin and Crossbill over (Katie Fuller)

Upton - RAVEN over village (Richard Broughton)

Cambridge - Swallow over (Jonathan Heath)

Woodwalton Fen - Cetti's Warbler, Peregrine, Barn Owl (Mike Weedon)

Friday 28 October 2011

Friday, 28 October

Murrow - Short-eared Owl nearby (Marie Barton)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD in the area (Paul Mason); seen very well from about 2 miles south of Earith 10:15h (David Griffiths, Tony Lowe); also 2 Hen Harriers, Peregrine, Short-eared Owl (Brian Groombridge)

Upton Wood  - Hawfinch over, Merlin (Richard Broughton)

Babraham - Merlin nearby (Andrew Knights)

Late news: Wimpole - Reeve's Pheasant photographed at about TL325530 some four weeks ago (Richard Hook)

Thursday, 27 October

Wicken - ringtail Hen Harrier, 4 Short-eared Owls at Burwell Fen, 2 Cetti's Warblers, Bearded Tit at Wicken Fen (Gavin Paterson)

Wednesday 26 October 2011

Wednesday, 26 October

Earith - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD to the south, ranging widely (David Hopkins)

Dogsthorpe Tip - 2nd win GLAUCOUS GULL on the tip 09:00h (Mike Weedon)

Wicken Fen - 7 Cetti's Warblers singing (Gavin Paterson)

Woodwalton Fen - male Hen Harrier roosting near north hide with Marsh Harriers for the  last nine days, but not tonight (John Waine)

Tuesday 25 October 2011

Tuesday, 25 October

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD in the area still (Colin Kirtland)

Dogsthorpe Tip - 2nd win GLAUCOUS GULL in a field opposite the tip 10:30h, later to the south of the tip (Josh Jones)

Grafham water - Shag still (Matthew Rodgers)

Monday 24 October 2011

Monday, 24 October

Ferry Meadows - 5 Grey Wagtails (Chris Avanti)

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD in the area this afternoon (as per

Fowlmere - male and fem Merlins over the reserve and adjacent farmland recently (Doug Radford)

Sunday 23 October 2011

Sunday, 23 October

Eldernell - 3 Common Cranes

Bare Fen (just east of Ouse Fen) - DOTTEREL Access along Fen End Causeway, then take track which heads to Willingham, park by drove after sewage works and walk 1/4 mile to view (Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water -imm SPOONBILL over, Shag, Greenshank, Goosander (Matthew Rodgers); also 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Pintail (Mark Hawkes)

Saturday, 22 October

Ouse Fen - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD in the area east of the conveyor belt, DOTTEREL with 150+ Golden Plover, Rock Pipit over (Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water - Grey Phalarope still off south end of dam this morning, Grey Plover. Greenshank at Gaynes creek, Shag still by fishing lodge, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington)

Milton Tip - Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull (Peter Herkenrath)

Burwell Fen - Short-eared Owl (Andrew Knights)

Barford Pocket Park, Eynesbury - 2+ Cetti's Warblers (Stuart & Jill Elsom)

Friday 21 October 2011

Friday, 21 October

Eldernell - 3 Cranes (Lynne & Mac Bell)

Thursday 20 October 2011

Thursday, 20 October

Witcham - 7 Crossbills over 08:25h, also Brambling, Siskin Redpolls (David Hopkins)

March - Crane over 11:55h (Andy Bayes)

Grafham - GREY PHALAROPE still (as per rarebirdalert)

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Wednesday, 19 October

Witcham - 7 ARCTIC SKUAS over south-west 13:30h (David Hopkins)

Gamlingay - RAVEN over Sugley Meadow 14:10h (Mark Thomas)

Grafham Water - GREY PHALAROPE off Plmmer CP, RAVEN flew down Ouse Valley as viewed from dam (Colin Addington); Greenshank (Mark Eaton)

Ferry Meadows - fem Stonechat (Matt Webb)

Foxton - ad Mediterranean Gull following the plough (Steve Cooper)

Fleam Dyke - House Martin south (Iain Webb)

Eldernell - 7 Cranes (Tina Lindsey)

Tuesday 18 October 2011

Tuesday, 18 October

Knapwell - YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at the RSPB's working farm this morning (Derek Gruar); but no further sign early afternoon (Mark Hawkes). Parking is in farmyard which is accessed from drive just before flashing 30 mph sign on left, 200 m into village coming from A428 end. Bird has been in large pines by grainstore but ranging as far as the 30mph sign itself - calling quite a lot (Ian Dillon). This is not open to the public and anybody wanting to see the bird should call 01954 267438 before visiting the site.

Grafham Water - GREY PHALAROPE off south end of dam still 08:35h, juvenile Shag, 7 Pintail (Mark Hawkes)

Shepreth - Osprey north over the rail station at 11:43h (Ian Ellis)

Monday 17 October 2011

Monday, 17 October

Grafham Water - 1st-winter GREY PHALAROPE still, juvenile Shag, Brambling, Goosander, 10 Goldeneye, 4 Green Sandpipers, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (Mark Hawkes)

Nene Washes - fem Merlin, Curlew, 3 Crane, 2 Whooper Swan (Charlie Kitchin)

Ferry Meadows - 4 Crossbills over (Matt Webb)

Sunday 16 October 2011

Sunday, 16 October

Grafham Water - 1st-winter GREY PHALAROPE feeding off south end dam, 2 Whooper Swan until midday, Goosander, 5 Green Sandpiper, juvenile Shag, 7 Goldeneye (Mark Hawkes); Wheatear (Matthew Rodgers)

Paxton Pits - 2 Whooper Swan just after midday (Jamie Wells)

Morborne Hill - pair of RAVENS (Richard Jones)

Wimplole - DOTTEREL heading north-east over Mare Way, calling 09:10h (Mike Crosby)

Greenhill, Elton - 3 Tree Sparrows, 12 Redpoll (Brian Stone)

Saturday, 15 October

Fen Drayton Lakes - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD over (Richard Patient); seen soon after going north over Ouse Fen (Richard Thomas)

Wicken Fen - 7 Whooper Swans at east mere hide. RING OUZEL along Bakers Fen (Dermot Cooper)

Grafham Water - GREY PHALAROPE off dam late afternoon (per rarebirdalert)

Paxton Pits - Brambling over (Jamie Wells)

Southey Wood - 2+ Crossbills (Matt Webb)

Greenhill, Elton - Brambling over (Brian Stone)

Friday 14 October 2011

Friday, 14 October

Abbotsley - 2 Brambling, 20 Fieldfare, 9 Siskin (Stuart Elsom)

Fwrry Meadows - fem Hen Harrier, 2 Swallows over (Brian Stone)

Grafham Water - 2 COMMON SCOTER from Mander CP this morning (Colin Addington)

Bradley Fen - Wheatear (Brian Stone)

Dry Drayton - 8 Buzzards over east (Ken Hook)

Fen Drayton Lakes -  fem Wheatear, 3 Cetti's Warblers (Andy Cotton)

Thursday 13 October 2011

Thursday, 13 October

Ferry Meadows - 4 Brambling (Brian Stone et al.); 390 Fieldfare over (Matt Webb)

Paxton Pits - 27+ Crossbills over this morning, c.55 Fieldfare over, m SCAUP,  3 Kingfisher (Jamie Wells)

Toft - 100+ Fieldfares over (Louise Bacon)

Impington - Pergrine over (David Wege)

Hemingford Grey - 7 Crossbills over (Mike Everett)

Wednesday 12 October 2011

Wednesday, 12 October

Castor Mill - 2 Stonechats (Paul Taylor)

Paxton Pits - SCAUP amongst 1460+ Tufted Duck on Island Pit, 6+ Siskin over, 20 Redpoll over, 1+ Cetti's Warbler, 2 Kingfisher (Jamie Wells)

Witcham - 1st win RING OUSEL briefly this morning (David Hopkins)

Tuesday 11 October 2011

Tuesday, 11 October

Ferry Meadows - Wheatear (Matt Webb)

Grafham Water - 2 TWITE with Linnets at Marlow CP, juv Shag still  (Colin Addington)

Monday 10 October 2011

Monday, 10 October

Hadenham - Wheatear along Dambank, also many Golden Plover over (Paul Mason)

Redwings reported widely over the last few days, also small numbers of Swallows and House Martins still heading south.

Sunday, 9 October

Cottenham - 25 Redwings in the middle of village (Vicki Harley)

Cambridge - ARCTIC SKUA north over Research Park (Gavin Paterson)

Grafham Water -  SLAVONIAN GREBE, Short-eared Owl (Matthew Rodgers); Mediterranean Gull, Shag, 6+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 7 Little Egrets (Mark Hawkes)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Curlew, c.200 Golden Plovers (as per Neil Renwick)

Cam Washes, Waterbeach - 4 Green Sandpiper, Marsh Harrier (Gavin Paterson)

Waterbeach Fen - 5 Fieldfare with large numbers of Redwing (Jonathan & David Heath)

Sunday 9 October 2011

Saturday, 8 October

Woodwalton Fen - Merlin, Peregrine (Joe Lynn)

Grafham Water - Shag, Peregrine (Mark Hawkes et al.); Rock Pipit (Colin Addington)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2 Bearded Tits, 3 Green Sandpiper, Snipe (as per Neil Renwick)

Cambridge Research Park - 8+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Green Sandpipers (David & Jonathan Heath)

Abbotts Ripton  -  escaped Lilac-breasted Roller still in the area

Friday 7 October 2011

Friday, 7 October

Grafham Water - possible adult Black-tailed Gull briefly in flight at 6.42pm (Stuart Elsom); Shag, 15 Redpoll, 5+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 10 House Martins (Mark Hawkes); Rock Pipit, Common Sandpiper (David Russell)

Ferry Meadows - fem Wheatear (Don Gardener)

Colne - 2 Crossbills over 08:30h (Mark Eaton)

Ouse Washes - 45 Whooper Swan, 11 Bewick Swan, 50+ Ruff, fem Wheatear (Mike Burdekin)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Bittern, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Green Sandpiper (Andy Cotton)

Abbots Ripton - escaped Lilac-breasted Roller in the area, mostly on private land, but wide-ranging (Stuart Elsom).

Thursday 6 October 2011

Thursday, 6 October

Barton - House Martin over south (Louise Bacon)

Bretton, Peterborough - 5 House Martins over (Don Gardener)

Grafham Water - dark-headed Yellow-legged Gull again 18:40h, also Shag still (Matthew Rodgers); 2 Black Tern from Church Hill 16:45h (David Hollin)

Wednesday, 5 October

Monks Wood - small numbers of Crossbills & Siskins over (Richard Broughton)

Impington - Hobby over (David Wege)

Grafham Water - Shag by fishing lodge (Mark Hawkes)

Wednesday 5 October 2011

Tuesday, 4 October

Grafham Water - dark-hooded 'Azorean type' Yellow legged Gull this evening in the roost 18.30h, Shag, Black Tern (Matthew Rodgers)

Monday 3 October 2011

Monday, 3 October

Sugley Wood - juv PALLID HARRIER 08:10h (Stuart Elsom); then in Bedfordshire flew south-west from Little Barford towards Tempsford 08:45h (Mark Ward)

Wimpole - 2 RAVENS near the folly this morning (Clive Sinclair)

Woodston, Peterborough - Wheatear on roof-tops near Sugar Way/Crystal Drive junction (Ben Fraser)

Sunday, 2 October

Sugley Wood - juv PALLID HARRIER photographed in afternoon (Brycchan Carey)

Hemingford Abbotts - HOOPOE reported along Rideaway at 12.55 (per

Elton - 2 RAVEN over towards Northants (Brian Stone)

Bevill's Wood - 16 Crossbill, c.15 Siskin, 2 Red Kite (Richard Broughton)

Monks Wood - c.65 Marsh Tit (Richard Broughton)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Redwing over (Matt Webb)

Ely Beet Pool - 25+ Bearded Tit, 7 Marsh Harrier in to roost (Mark Hawkes, Duncan Poyser)

Stretham - 3 Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, 2 Green Sandpiper amongst waders on flooded fields nearby (Mark Hawkes, Duncan Poyser)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 4 Bearded Tit, Bittern report twice, Hobby, 2 Water Rail (Neil Renwick)

Waterbeach Fen - 2 Little Owl, 2 Green Sandpiper (Gavin Paterson)

Saturday, 1 October

Ferry Meadows - Cetti's Warbler (Don Gardener)

Knarr Fen - 2 Marsh Harriers (David Withrington)

Stretham - 2+ Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, 2 Green Sandpiper amongst waders on flooded fields nearby (Hugh Venables)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2  Bittern together (Neil Renwick)