Tuesday 29 May 2012

Tuesday, 29 May

Isleham Washes - Greenshank (Ben Green)

Cam Washes, Upware - pair of Egyptian Geese, pair of Ruff, Little Ringed Plover (Ben Green)

Monday, 28 May

Paxton Pits - pair of Egyptian Geese, Greenshank, 2 Hobby (Martin Davis)

Burwell Fen - 4 Short-eared Owl (Tim Dee)

Wicken Fen - roding Woodcock, 2 singing Grasshopper Warblers (Gavin Paterson)

Sunday 27 May 2012

Sunday, 27 May

Ouse Fen - ad male RED-FOOTED FALCON seen from the river 08:15h at TL361709 (Graham Tucker, Daniel Owen)

Fen Drayton - 10 Black Terns on Ferry Lagoon (Richard Patient)

Paxton Pits - TEMMINCK'S STINT at southern end of pump house pit (Jamie Wells)

Wicken Fen - 10-12 Hobbies (Tim Dee & Claire Spottiswoode)

Nene Washes - 3 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, Wheatear (Charlie Kitchin)

Cam Washes - 7 Common Sandpiper (David and Jon Heath)

Burwell - Short-eared Owl from factory Road (Andrew Taylor)

Saturday, 26 May

Paxton Pits - 2 Grey Plover, 2 Sanderling, Ruff, Dunlin, 4 Tundra Ringed Plover, OSPREY over island pit, Turtle Dove (Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - 20 Crossbill over lagoons this morning (Andrew Tongue)

Ouse Fen - SPOONBILL over, 2 Avocets, 2 Hobbies (Lynn Roberts)

Little Abinton - Quail singing nearby (Chris Coppock)

Eldernell - 15 Greenshank, Sanderling (Charlie Kitchin)

Friday 25 May 2012

Friday, 25 May

Sutton Gault - 3 male Garganey again (Mark Peck)

Beeby's BP - Grey Plover (Brian Stone)

Cam Washes, Upware - 2 Wood Sandpiper (Monica and Owen Marks)

Wicken Fen - 24+ Hobby, 3 Turtle Dove (Monica and Owen Marks)

Thursday 24 May 2012

Thursday, 24 May

Paxton Pits - BLACK-WINGED STILT before departing south at 20:30h (Jamie Wells)

Sutton Gault - 3 male Garganey (Mark Peck)

Woodwalton Fen - 8 Hobby (Matt Webb)

Wednesday, 23 May

Isleham Water Meadows - 8 Avocet, Greenshank, 2 Egyptian Geese (Chris Brown)

Burwell Fen - Short-eared Owl (Chris Brown)

Tuesday 22 May 2012

Tuesday, 22 May

Ouse Washes - 7 Hobby, 2 Black Tern (Mike Burdekin)

Stretham - Wood Sandpiper along River Ouse (Gavin Paterson)

Cam Washes, Upware - Wood Sandpiper (Gavin Paterson)

Paxton Pits - pair Egyptian Geese, Greenshank briefly, Wheatear (Jamie Wells)

Monday 21 May 2012

Monday, 21 May

Bevill's Wood - 12+ Crossbills (Rich Broughton)

Farcet Fen - 2nd c.y. MONTAGU'S HARRIER over north 07:35h (Steve Dudley)

Ferry Meadows - Black Tern (as per Mac bell)

Ouse Washes - Hobby, 2 Black Tern, dark-phase ARCTIC SKUA over north (Mike Burdekin)

Sunday, 20 May

Ouse Washes - 4 Black Tern, 19 Arctic Tern, male Garganey (Monica & Owen Marks); 3 Garganey (Mark Eaton)

Cam Washes, Upware - Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (Tim Dee & Claire Spottiswoode)

Nene Washes - 2 Turnstone, 3 Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 18 Little Egret (Jonathan Taylor)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Black Tern (Neil Renwick)

Grafham Water - Sanderling, Common Sandpiper (Mark Ward); also Greenshank (Mark Hawkes)

Sunday 20 May 2012

Saturday, 19 May

Lode - Turtle Dove between allotments and playing field (Peter Wells)

Paxon Pits - Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 4+ Dunlin, BLACK TERN, 2 Egyptian Geese, OSPREY north over pumphouse pit, pair Turtle Doves, Sanderling Hobby (Jamie Wells)

Grafham Water - Grey Plover, 4 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin (Mark Hawkes, Colin Addington)

Ouse Washes - Short-eared Owl, KITTIWAKE (David Hopkins); 2 SPOONBILLS landed briefly on the Earith section before flying north, 7 Garganey, 5 Egyptian Geese (Ade Cooper

Beeby's Pit - Common Sandper, 2 Yellow Wagtails (Brian Stone); LITTLE STINT, 3 Turnstones, 6 Sanderling, 23 Dunlin, 3 Wheatear (Matt Webb, Don Gardener); 2 Grey Plover (Matt Francis)

March Farmers - 2 Greenshank, 2 Short-eared Owls (Brian Stone)

Kingfishers Bridge - BLACK TERN (Hugh Venables)

Wicken Fen - Bittern, Grasshopper Warbler, Nightingale, Hobby (Hugh Venables)

Ferry Meadows - 1st year KITTIWAKE briefly (Matt Webb)

Maxey Pits - Sanderling (Chris Lines)

Crown Lakes, Farcet - Firecrest (Matt Francis)

Friday 18 May 2012

Friday, 18 May

Grafham Water - RED-RUMPED SWALLOW again north end of dam 09:20h. Park at Marlow car park, and walk south to view area around Model Farm (Colin Addington); 5 Sanderling (Duncan Ritchie)

Wicken Fen -  HONEY BUZZARD over south c.09:45h (Owen Marks); reported again 10:50h; 6 Hobby still (Michael Holdsworth)

Paxton Pits - Black Tern, Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 2 Hobby, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Wheatear (Martin Davis); Grey Plover (Ade Cooper)

Cambourne - Hobby over (Richard Hook)

Beeby's BP - Grey Plover (Brian Stone); Little Stint (Matt Webb)

Thursday 17 May 2012

Thursday, 17 May

Knapwell - BEE-EATER north over Grange Farm 11:35h (as per rarebirdalert.com)

Paxton Pits - 3 Ruff, 3+ Hobby, male Wheatear (Martin Davis)

Isleham Washes - 15 Avocet, 2 Greenshank, Hobby (Dave Palmer)

Little Wilbraham Fen - Short-eared Owl (Chris Brown)

Wednesday 16 May 2012

Wednesday, 16 May

Coton - male NIGHTJAR over the Polhill Garden Centre briefly (Rowena Baxter)

Paxton Pits - Wood Sandpiper briefly, ad & 2nd c.y. Little Gull, 5+ Wheatear (Jamie Wells)

Wicken Fen - c.15 Hobby, male Garganey, fem Wheatear (Dave Palmer); 8 Cetti's Warbler (Colin Kitland)

Grafham Water - Turnstone on the dam (Matthew Rodgers)

Witcham Gravel - male Whinchat, 4 Whimbrel (David Hopkins)

Tuesday 15 May 2012

Tuesday, 15 May

Beeby's BP - TEMMICK'S STINT until 13:15h at least, Grey Plover, 2 Greenshank (Brian Stone)

Wicken Fen - at least 12 Hobby visible at the same time along Wicken Lode (Martin Lester)

Kimbolton Castle - RAVEN over west 15:55h (Andy Plumb)

Nene Washes - 9 Turnstone, 2 Short-eared Owls, Osprey, 8 Cranes (Jonathan Taylor)

Paxton Pits - Sanderling, 2 Hobby, White Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells)

Monday, 14 May

Murrow - Firecrest in a private garden (Marie Barton)

Wimblington - Quail calling at Charity Farm (Andy Bayes)

Sunday 13 May 2012

Sunday, 13 May

Little Paxton - HONEY BUZZARD over village (Mark Brandon)

Ouse Fen - Whinchat, Wheatear, 10+ Hobbies (Mark Brandon)

Paxton Pits - Little Tern, Arctic Tern amongst 90+ Common Terns, Whimbrel, Sanderling, Greenshank, 7 Dunlin, Wheatear, 3 Hobbies, Redpoll (Ade Cooper)

Castor Hanglnads - Chiffchaff (prossibly Iberian) still present (Mike Weedon)

Cam Washes - Grey Plover, Bar-tailedGodwit, 1+ Greenshank (David and Jon Heath)

Fowlmere - fem Redstart (Ade Cooper)

Woodwalton Fen - 7+ Hobby, Cetti's Warbler (Matt Webb)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 3 Hobby (Chris Rider)

Wicken Fen - 6+ Hobby, also Short-eared Owl on Burwell Fen (Matt Mellor)

Saturday 12 May 2012

Saturday, 12 May

Grafham Water - RED-RUMPED SWALLOW again south end of dam, Turnstone (Mark Hawkes); Sanderling, Turtle Dove (anon.); Short-eared Owl nearby (Duncan McNiven)

Wicken Fen - 5 Hobby (Gavin Paterson); Nightingale (Andrew Knights); Garganey, 5+ Woodcock, 2 Turtle Dove,6+ Cetti's Warbler (Christoph Zockler et al.)

Cam Washes - Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 3 Dunlin (David & Jonathan Heath)

Stow-cum-Quy Fen - GOLDEN ORIOLE in morning only (Rob Pople)

Toft Wood - Short-eared Owl (Clive Sinclair)

Holme Fen (Tower Farm) - Quail (Duncan McNiven); 2 birds this evening (Mike Weedon)

Pondersbridge - Quail at Whitehill Farm (Andy Bayes)

Woodwalton Fen - 3 Nightingales (Duncan McNiven)

Ouse Washes - 2 Garganey, 2 Tree Sparrow, 2 Hobby, 3 Barnacle Geese (Gavin Paterson)

Paxton Pits - 2 Arctic Terns, Curlew, 3 Wheatear, 3 Hobby (Jamie Wells); Spotted Flycatcher (John Hoppett)

Foxton - 6 DOTTEREL to east of Fowlmere Road, 5 Wheatear (Matthew Mellor)

Little Wilbraham - 1+ Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Wheatear on the fen (Carl Howard)

Friday 11 May 2012

Friday, 11 May

Wicken Fen - RED-RUMPED SWALLOW over Bakers Fen in evening (Andrew Knights, Dave Fricker)

Grafham Water - Sanderling on dam (Dean Harlow)

Paxton Pits - Whimbrel over, 2+ Hobby, 3 Wheatear (Jamie Wells)

Burwell Fen - Whinchat (Tim Dee)

Eldernell - Mediterranean Gull over (Mark Avery)

Upwood Meadow - Spotted Flycatcher, Turtle Dove (Luise Addison)

Thursday 10 May 2012

Thursday, 10 May

Grafham Water -  RED-RUMPED SWALLOW still 07.30h north end of dam (Mark Hawkes); still present 08:50h (David Hollin); present again 15:50h, also 2 Sanderling on dam (Bruce Martin)

Ferry Meadows Country Park - RED-RUMPED SWALLOW over Gunwade Lake, viewed from Watersports centre 08.10h (Matt Webb); still 08.45h (Brian Stone)

Maxey GP - Sanderling, Wheatear (Mike Weedon)

Earith - 2 male Garganey in flooded field to the west (Mark Eaton)

Foxton - 4 Wheatears on east side of Fowlmere Road (Matthew Mellor)

Fowlmere - 2 Turtle Doves, 2+ Cetti's Warbler (Mike Foley)

Ouse Washes - 2 pairs of COMMON SCOTER off Witcham Gravel this evening (David Hopkins)

Whittlesey - QUAIL over calloing c.23:00h (Charlie Kitchin)

Wednesday 9 May 2012

Wednesday, 9 May

Grafham Water - RED-RUMPED SWALLOW around the dam 08:55h (Colin Addington); still showing well by water tower on dam 15:50h, 2 Dunlin (Martin Davis); 2 Whimbrel (Colin Addington); Spotted Flycatcher (Lee Evans)

Paxton Pits - 5 Wheatear, 2 Avocet (Martin Davis); 2+ Arctic Tern, 2 Hobby (Jamie Wells)

Barton - Whinchat at CRT Lark Rise Farm (Vince Lea)

Tuesday 8 May 2012

Tuesday, 8 May

Grafham Water - RED-RUMPED SWALLOW at north end of dam 09:05h (Colin Addington); by water tower along dam 10:05h (Chris Boness); 2 Arctic Tern off Mander (Mark Hawkes)

Paxton Pits - BLACK-WINGED STILT (John Hoppett); 2 Hobby (Jamie Wells)

Beeby's BP - 4 Wheatears (Paul Taylor)

Ferry Meadows - CRANE over north-west, 2 Hobby (Tony Rowe)

Turves - Short-eared Owl (Andy Bayes)

Swaffham Prior Fen - Short-eared Owl (Giles Merritt)

Wicken Fen - 7 Hobby, Turtle Dove, roding Woodcock (Gavin Paterson)

Little Wilbraham Fen - Short-eared Owl, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Grasshopper Warbler (Saimon Clark)

Nene Washes - 12 CRANES (Jonathan Taylor)

Monday 7 May 2012

Monday, 7 May

Paxton Pits - OSPREY over the Anglian water road 08:05h, 2 Turnstones, 2 Grey Plover (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells); OSPREY over 18:35h (David Fisher & Phil Yates)

Sutton Gault - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker feeding in the willows across the causeway (Mark Peck)

Nene Washes - 10 CRANES, 4 Black Terns (Jonny Taylor); 10-14 Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Garganey, Hobby, 20+ Black-tailed Godwit (Mark Hawkes)

Grafham Water - RED-RUMPED SWALLOW (James Hutchinson); 9 Arctic Terns, Hobby (Mark Hawkes, Mark Ward)

Cam Washes - Peregrine, Short-eared Owl, 2 Barn Owls (Saimon Clark)

Wicken Fen - 2 Short-eared Owl, Whimbrel 2 Egyptian Geese (Andrew Taylor)

Sunday, 6 May

Paxton Pits - BLACK-WINGED STILT  still present, also 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Greenshank (Ade Cooper)

Fowlmere - 2 Turtle Doves, Marsh Harrier (Ade Cooper)

Melbourn - RING OUZEL  (Ade Cooper)

Earith - 3 Spotted Redshank, Greenshank (Jon Smith)

Little Wilbraham Fen - Whinchat (Saimon Clark)

Berry Fen - 3 Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Bar-tailed Godwit (Mark Peck)

Ouse Washes - 3 COMMON SCOTER 1/2 mile north of Earith (Mark Peck)

March Farmers - Curlew Sandpiper, 14 Whimbrel, 2 Avocets (Jonathan Taylor); 5 Greenshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Peregrine, Hobby, Garganey (Mike Wedon, Will Bowell)

Isleham Washes - GREAT WHITE EGRET (Alastair Burn)

Mare Way - RING OUZEL (Mike Crosby)

Beeby's BP - 3 Grey Plovers (Paul Taylor); White Wagtail (Mike Wedon, Will Bowell)

Bradley Fen - ICELAND GULL, Short-eared Owl (Mike Wedon, Will Bowell)

Ferry Meadows - 12 Barnacle Geese over east, 4 Hobby (Don Gardener, Matt Webb)

Saturday 5 May 2012

Saturday, 5 May

Grafham Water - male Whinchat, 3 Wheatears, 2 Arctic Terns, Hobby, White Wagtail (Mark Hawkes)

Mare Fen - 2 drake Garganey (Richard Thomas)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Mediterranean Gull, Black Tern at Ferry Lagoon (Richard Thomas)

Nene washes - Spotted Redshanks, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Greenshank, 2 Avocets, 6 islandica Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Short-eared Owls, Hen harrier, Black Tern, 6 Wheatears, Bittern, Common Crane, Corncrake, Garganey (Jonathan Taylor); 15 Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit (Mike Weedon); fem BLACK REDSTART at March Farmers briefly (Peter Beesley)

Paxton Pits - BLACK-WINGED STILT  still present (Peter Chapman); Mediterranean Gull (Mark Brandon); Red-crested Pochard, 2 Avocets, 10 Greenshank, Arctic Tern, 16 Wheatears, Turtle Dove, (Martin Davis, Jamie Wells et al.)

Woodwalton Fen - Hobby, 3 Nightingale, 15 Redpoll. Also 2 KNOT on Thursday, 3 May (Jon Smith)

Berry Fen - 3 Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, Hobby (Alan Hitchings)

Maxey Pits - 2 Turtle Doves, Whinchat, Hobby (Chris Lines)

Friday 4 May 2012

Friday, 4 May

Paxton Pits - BLACK-WINGED STILT 13:00h still;  also CURLEW SANDPIPER, Turnstone, Sanderling, 13 Greenshank, 2 Avocet, 4 Wheatear, Hobby (Martin Davis); Grey Plover, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit (Owen Marks)

Park carefully by sewage works SE of Buckden at Stirtloe. Follow Anglian Water road south and the then east to pumphouse pit, continue along north side of pit/road, then walk carefully down east side of this pit (making sure not to flush birds on flooded field). At south end of pumphouse pit, take muddy track to east and view flooded field from metal gate. This is quite some walk, so allow at least 30 minutes to get there. It seems that the moorings are still under flood.
Please do not walk around other areas of the pits, as they are still run by the quarry company, and be cautious at all times not to flush birds or upset the landowner, as access right here are a subject still being discussed.
Do not park at Diddington.

Maxey Pits - Grey Plover briefly (Mike Weedon)

Ferry Meadows - 2 Hobby

Cam Washes, Upware - 2 Black Tern, Short-eared Owl (David & Jon Heath)

Beeby's BP - 4 Grey Plovers, Bar-tailed Godwit, White Wagtail, 4 Wheatear (Paul Taylor)

Nene washes - 12 Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Greenshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Avocet, Black Tern, Hen Harrier, 6 Wheatear (Jonathan Taylor)

Grafham Water - Whinchat along the dam (Colin Addington & David Hollin); 4 Wheatears, 9 Yellow Wagtails (Duncan Ritchie)

Ouse Washes - 3 COMMON SCOTER (Mark Eaton); 4 Spotted Redshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 pair of Garganey, 4 Avocets, 14 Arctic Terns over (Paul Harrington)

Thursday 3 May 2012

Thursday, 3 May

Paxton Pits - BLACK-WINGED STILT 13:35h until 14:00h and again at 16:00h (Martin Davis); also Grey Plover, Turnstone, Greenshank, Sanderling reported.

Buckden - 44 Bar-tailed Godwits north-east along the Ouse Valley 08:10h (Mark Ward)

Earith - up to 5 Spotted Redshanks (Mark Eaton)

Ferry Meadows - c.25 Arctic Terns (Howard Butler); Wheatear, 30 Yellow Wagtails (Chris Park); Short-eared Owl, Hobby (Matt Webb)

Maxey Pits - Knot until flying off 12:10h (John Saunders); male Whinchat (Peter Beesley); 2 Whimbrel over, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff (Mike Weedon)

Eldernell - GREAT WHITE EGRET just west of the CP (John Saunders)

Ouse Washes - Avocet, 44 Bar-tailed Godwit over, Knot over (David Hopkins); 3 Arctic Tern over, Grey Plover over, Hobby (Monica and Owen Marks)

Godmanchester - 2 Cranes over 20:05h (Ian Hellary)

Wednesday 2 May 2012

Wednesday, 2 May

Roswell Pits, Ely - 3 Turtle Doves, male Garganey on the water meadows, 2 Black Tern, 3 Arctic Tern (Ben Green); male Garganey moved to the Beet Pits (Stuart Sharp)

Earith - 4 Spotted Redshanks, 7 Black-tailed Godwit in fields towards Berry Fen (Mark Eaton)

Wicken Fen - Wood Sandpiper, male Garganey, Greenshank (Chris Boness); Hobby, pair of Garganey (Dave Palmer)

Ferry Meadows - up to 34 Arctic Terns on Gunwade, another 10 on Overton (Mike Weedon, Chris Park); 2 Wheatears (Tony Rowe)

Eldernell - GREAT WHITE EGRET from CP 15:30h but moving east (Mike Wilson)

Lolworth - male Whinchat in a private garden, 2 Whimbrel over, Little Owl, 5 pairs Yellow Wagtail (Vince Lea)

Maxey Pits - male Whinchat (John Saunders); 2 Whimbrel, Wheatear, White Wagtail (Mike Weedon)

Ouse Washes - 4 Black Tern, 12 Arctic Tern, Hobby, Whimbrel (Mike Burdekin)

Witcham Gravel - 112 Bar-tailed Godwit over, ringtail Hen Harrier, Wheatear; also 3 Fieldfares in Witcham village (David Hopkins)

Paxton Pits - 8+ Arctic Tern, 4 Wheatear, 2+ Hobby (Martin Davis); 33+ Arctic Tern, Little Gull briefly, 36 Bar-tailed Godwit,Whimbrel over, 9+ Greenshank, 2 Sanderlin (Mark Ward, Jamie Wells)

Bradley Fen -  imm Shag, White Wagtail (George Walthew)

Tuesday 1 May 2012

Tuesday, 1 May

Paxton Pits - Turnstone, 2 Greenshank, 2 Black Tern, 3 Wheatear, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, Short-eared Owl (Martin Davis); ad POMARINE SKUA, 2 LITTLE TERN, 4 Whimbrel, Hobby (Jamie Wells)

Ferry Meadows - Black Tern on Gunwade (Mike Weedon); 35 Yellow Wagtails (Matt Webb)

Ouse Washes - pair of Cranes, 2 Whimbrel, 2 male and a female Garganey on the reservoir, Grey Plover over (Mike Burdekin); 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Hobby (Mark Eaton)

Witcham - Turtle Dove (David Hopkins)

Earith - 4 Spotted Redshanks, 2 Ruff, male Wood Duck in fields towards Berry Fen (Mark Eaton)

Wicken Fen - pair Garganey, Greenshank, Bearded Tit (Gavin Paterson)

Eldernell - GREAT WHITE EGRET still in ditches west of CP (Brian Stone)

Nene Washes - Greenshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, Garganey, 30 islandica Black-tailed Godwits, Short-eared Owl (Brian Stone, Will Bowell, Mike Weedon)

Shropshire's Reservoir - Black Tern (Stuart Sharp)

Roswell Pits - 2 Nightingales, Cetti's Warbler (Staurt Sharp)

Cherry Hinton - 3 Wheatears (Bob Jarman)

Caldecote (Hunts) - 7 Fieldfare (Brian Stone)