Monday 31 December 2012

Monday, 31 December

Ouse Washes, Earith to Jolly Bankers bridge - 5+ Water Pipit, Stonechat (Mark Eaton)

Ouse Fen - 'dark-breasted' Barn Owl, 3+ further Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl (Richard Thomas)

Paxton Pits - Peregrine, 3 Goosander over (Jamie Wells)

Dogsthorpe - 1st win ICELAND GULL, also 7 Crane distantly from Willow Hall Lane (Jonathan Taylor)

WAXWINGS today: Orchard Farm, Foxton (6);

Sunday 30 December 2012

Sunday, 30 December

Paxton Pits - ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Smew (Jamie Wells)

Foxton - 1st win Mediterranean Gull, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (Toby Austin)

Needingworth GPs - SLAVONIAN GREBE, 11 Smew, c.40 Redshank (Mark Eaton)

Grafham Water - Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Common Scoter, fem Scaup (Richard Patient)

Tanholt/Dogsthorpe - 1st win GLAUCOUS GULL (Jonathan Taylor)

Nene Washes - redhead Smew on High Wash (Matt Francis)

Haddenham - Merlin, Peregrine (Barbara York)

Ouse Fen - 'dark-breasted' Barn Owl, another Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl (Richard Thomas)

WAXWINGS today: Sallowbush Road, Huntingdon; Wingfield, Peterborough (30); Mander CP, Grafham Water (3); Tesco, Bar Hill (5); Orchard Farm, Foxton (3+);

Saturday 29 December 2012

Saturday, 29 December

Ouse Fen - 'dark-breasted' Barn Owl, 2+ further Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl (Richard Thomas, Dennis Hall, Richard Bradbury)

Paxton Pits - 2 Smew; Red-crested Pochard, Brambling (Martin Davis)

WAXWINGS today: Maple Drive, Huntingdon (42); Cambourne; Serpentine BP (30+);

Friday 28 December 2012

Friday, 28 December

Grafham Water - Peregrine, Red-breasted Merganser, 26 Goosander, 2 Bewick's Swan, Kingfisher (Mark Ward)

Paxton Pits - 5 Smew, Red-crested Pochard (Martin Davis)

Ouse Fen - 'dark-breasted' Barn Owl (Richard Thomas)

WAXWINGS today: Maple Drive, Huntingdon (30+);

Thursday 27 December 2012

Thursday, 27 December

Grafham Water - fem Scaup, redhead Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Common Scoter, 15+ Goosander, 2 Bewick's Swan, c.15 Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Willow Hall Lane - Peregrine, 7 distant Crane (Matt Webb)

Buckden - Bittern (

WAXWINGS today: Napier Place, Orton Wistow (12); East Farm orchard, Melbourn (7); Walton, Peterborough (60); Glinton (20); Ferry Meadows (c.30);

Wednesday 26 December 2012

Wednesday, 26 December

Grafham Water - fem/imm Red-breasted Merganser, 2 juv Common Scoter (Mark Hawkes)

Cam Washes - 150 Golden Plover, 450 Lapwing, Little Egret, 9 Redshank, 8 Whooper Swan just to the south (Monica & Owen Marks)

Paxton Pits - 2 Smew, Red-crested Pochard, 64 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Ruff, Kingfisher, 2 Mealy Redpoll (Martin Davis)

Tuesday 25 December 2012

Tuesday, 25 December

Grafham Water - Red-breasted Merganser (

WAXWINGS today: New Road, Barton (1); Foxton (3); Coneygear Road, Huntingdon (42);

Monday 24 December 2012

Monday, 24 December

Paxton Pits - 2 SLAVONIAN GREBE, 3 Smew, Peregrine, c.120 Black-tailed Godwit (Martin Davis)

Wicken Fen - 2+ male and a ringtail Hen Harrier (Matt Mellor)

WAXWINGS today: Buttsgrove Way, Huntingdon (30+)

Sunday 23 December 2012

Sunday, 23 December

Earith/Chain Corner - SNOW BUNTING over, c.6000 Golden Plover, 2000 Lapwing, 4 Whooper Swan (Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water - 2nd win ICELAND GULL, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 2 Common Scoter, 26 Goosander, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Bewick's Swan (Richard Patient, Ade Cooper, Mark Hawkes)

Ouse Fen - Bittern, Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler (Gavin Paterson)

Cam Washes - Greenshank, Curlew, Egyptian Goose (David & Jon Heath)

Southey Wood - 25+ Crossbill (Matt Webb)

Buckden - male Merlin (Mark Ward)

Foxton - ad Mediterranean Gull (Steve Cooper)

Kneesworth - 2 Jack Snipe (Steve Cooper)

WAXWINGS today: Buttsgrove Way, Huntingdon (70);

Saturday, 22 December

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (; 23 Goosander, 2 Bewick's Swan, 2 Common Scoter from Mander (Mark Ward)

Tubney and Burwell Fens - 2 Short-eared Owl, Little Owl, Barn Owl, 2 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher (Gavin Paterson)

WAXWINGS today: Dart Close, St. Ives (55); Foxhollow, Bar Hill (10+); Screwfix/Plumb Base, Peterborough (65); Orchard Farm, Foxton (2+); Newton (10);

Friday 21 December 2012

Friday, 21 December

Tanholt - 2nd win ICELAND GULL, ad Caspian Gull (Josh Jones)

Willow Hall Lane - juv GLAUCOUS GULL (John Saunders)

Paxton Pits - Smew, 86 Golden Plover (Martin Davis)

WAXWINGS today: over Tennis Court Road, Cambridge (4); Broadway Cemetery, Peterborough (1); Lynch Wood, Peterborough (7+); Fengate, Peterborough (75+); Fordham bypass by B1102 (10); Tesco Extra, Hampton (20); Orchard Farm, Fowlmere Road, Foxton (27); Anchor pub, Little Paxton (12);

Thursday 20 December 2012

Thursday, 20 December

WAXWINGS today: along minor road south from Comberton towards Harlton (5+)

Wednesday 19 December 2012

Wednesday, 19 December

Tanholt - 2 GLAUCOUS GULL in the area (Jonatahan Taylor)

Grafham Water - 2 Smew, Red-breasted Merganser from Mander CP (

WAXWINGS today: Foxton end of Fowlmere Road; Bar Hill (c.45); Hinxton Road, Duxford (10+); Great Wilbraham Common (15)

Tuesday 18 December 2012

Tuesday, 18 December

Milton Tip - 1st win Caspian Gull (James Hanlon)

WAXWINGS today: Foxton end of Fowlmere Road (18); opposite Jet petrol station,Werington (4); Bar Hill (c.40);

Monday 17 December 2012

Monday, 17 December

Nene Washes - 7 Crane north of High Wash, c.900 Whooper Swan, 195 Bewick's Swan. At Willow Hall Lane ad GLAUCOUS GULL, ad Yellow-legged Gull (Jonathan Taylor)

Grafham water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 2 Smew, Red-breasted Merganser, fem Scaup, 2 Bewick's Swan (

Maxey - plenty of Goosander on west-most private lake, viewed from road (Brian Stone)

WAXWINGS today: Dicken's Street, Peterborough (c.30); Hinxton Road, Duxford (8); off David's Lane/ Davids Close Werrington (28); John Wesley Road, Werrington (20); behind Fenman Pub, Stanground (2); east end of Whittlesey (6); Trumpington Street, Cambridge (10+); Adams Road Cambridge (1); Swaffham Prior (4)

Sunday 16 December 2012

Sunday, 16 December

Ouse Fen - 2 pairs Stonechat, 2 Bearded Tit, 4 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Kingfisher (Jonathan Taylor)

Eldernell - Peregrine, 7 COMMON CRANES (Luise Addison)

Grafham Water - GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Common Scoter, pair Smew, fem Scaup, 2 Ruddy Duck, 2 Turnstones, 2 Bewick's Swans, Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 20+ Goosander (Mark Hawkes, David Hollin, Chris Shurlock and Colin Addington)

Maxey - BRENT GOOSE (Bob Titman)

March Farmers - 2 Bewick's Swan over, 12 Goldeneye, c.1200 Golden Plover, c.1500 Lapwing (Monica and Owen Marks)

Fen Drayton Lakes - c.80 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Ruff, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Ricky Whelan; Bittern, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (Richard Allison)

Needingworth pits - 7 redhead Smew, Jack Snipe, Green Sandpiper (Brendan Doe)

Little Paxton - 2 redhead Smew, Mealy Redpoll, Kingfisher at the pits (Martin Davis); Short-eared Owl by A1/LittlePaxton slip road (Mark Brandon)

Ouse Washes - redhaed Smew off Witcham Gravel (David Hopkins)

Milton Tip - ICELAND GULL, 2 Caspian Gull (Brendan Doe)

WAXWINGS today: Fowlmere Rd. Foxton (13); Bramley Way, Hardwick (30+); A10/A14 slip Rd. Milton (10); Etton (15); Impington (1); Airport Way, Cambridge (c.20); Heathfield (c.20); Helpston (2); Ely (49); Bar Hill (c.15); Needingworth quarry (1); Wardy Hill (14); Chatteris (3);

Saturday, 15 December

Ouse Fen -  PENDULINE TIT still present (Brendan Doe); juv Peregrine (Andrew Blamford)

Fen Drayton - SLAVONIAN GREBE on Ferry Lagoon (Richard Thomas)

Paxton Pits - fem Merlin, 2 redhead Smew (Martin Davis)

Dogsthorpe Tip - 1st win ICELAND GULL (John Saunders)

March Farmers - 100 Whooper Swan (Matt Francis)

Cambridge Research Park, Waterbeach - Caspian Gull,Yellow-legged Gull (David and Jon Heath)

WAXWINGS today: Fowlmere Rd. Foxton (20+); Over (2); Hollytrees, Bar Hill (35); Bury Way, St. Ives (3);

Friday 14 December 2012

Friday, 14 December

Cambridge - Peregrine over Blinco Grove (Robb Spragg)

WAXWINGS today: Fowlmere Road, Foxton (c.12); Fordham bypass near B1102 roundabout (3);Histon (1); Bar Hill (c.25)

Thursday 13 December 2012

Thursday, 13 December

Ouse Fen - 2 PENDULINE TIT again today 13:00-13:45h before flying into the heart of the site (Ben Green)

Ferry Meadows - pair of Goosander, Woodcock (Howard Butler)

Needingworth GP - redhead Smew (Mark Eaton)

Milton Tip - ad & 2 1st win Caspian Gull in the vicinity, 5+ Yellow-legged Gull (Dick Newell, James Hanlon)

Milton CP - 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (David Heath)

WAXWINGS today: Stuart House, Peterborough (10); Wingfield, Peterborough (2); by TRAFFIC International, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge (1); Yaxley; Linden Way, Haddenham (3); Bar Hill (c.12); Airport Way, Cambridge (20+);

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Wednesday, 12 December

Milton Tip - 2nd win ICELAND GULL, 4 Yellow-legged Gull (Dick Newell)

Paxton Pits - male Smew, c.50 Goldeneye, Kingfisher (Martin Davis)

Genome Campus, Hinxton - redhead Goosander (Gavin Paterson)

WAXWINGS today: opposite Super Bowl in Peterborough (43); A505 / A1301 Whittlesford roundabout (c.20); by A1303 Cambridge airport/Teversham roundabout (51); Cage Lane, Stretham (30); Bar Hill (1)

Tuesday 11 December 2012

Tuesday, 11 December

Wicken Fen - Bittern, Peregrine (Will Burdett, Nikki Dibbs & John Walsh)

WAXWINGS today: near the airfield at Bourn (5+); Fowlmere Road, Foxton (13);

Monday 10 December 2012

Monday, 10 December

Paxton Pits - male and female Smew (Jamie Wells)

Ouse Fen - pair of Bearded Tit 11:30h (Alex Quig)

WAXWINGS today: Shrewsbury Avenue, Peterborough (c.60); Stilton (4); Stanground (40+); Crown Lakes CP (10); Six Mile Bottom (4 south);

Sunday 9 December 2012

Sunday, 9 December

Ouse Fen - Jack Snipe (Matt Mellor)

Grafham Water - 2 ad Bewick's Swan, juv Common Scoter, 13 Goosander, 11+ Little Egret (Mark Hawkes)

Nene Washes - 7 Bearded Tit west of Eldernell (Charlie Kitchin)

WAXWINGS today: Woodston Industry, Peterborough (46); Bretton (50); Foxton (50-60); Trumpington Park and Ride (18); Panton St. Cambridge (12); Over (3); Grafham water (2); Cambourne (c.25);

Saturday, 8 December

Ouse Fen -  PENDULINE TITS again present in usual location (James Cadbury)

Grafham Water - SLAVONIAN GREBE off southern end of dam (Nick Senior); fem. Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Common Scoters (Richard Patient)

Milton - 1st win GLAUCOUS GULL still present.

Fen Drayton - Mediterranean Gull in Ferry Lagoon roost  (Richard Grimmett)

Southey Wood - 8 Crossbills (Matt Webb)

WAXWINGS today: Fowlmere Rd. Foxton (20+); British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge (25); Norfolk Rd. Huntingdon (2); apple orchard, Over (5); Cambridge Research Park (2); Barhill (1);  Foxton (c.50); Burwell Fen (3); Kings Hedges, Cambridge (12); BP Garage, Whittlesford (26);  Perry Road, Great Staughton (2); Histon Road Cemetery, Cambridge (60); Farcet (1); Kings Hedges (12); Cherry Hinton (20+); Hemingford Grey (8);

Friday 7 December 2012

Friday, 7 December

Ouse Washes - Cetti's Warbler at Gault Hole (Mark Eaton)

WAXWINGS today: 38 at Eland Way, Cherry Hinton; 3 at Werrington; 3 at Over; 2 over Ouse Washes; c.50 at Church Street, Stapleford; 30+ at egde of Foxton by Fowlmere Road; 30+ Huntingdon Road, Cambridge;

Thursday 6 December 2012

Thursday, 6 December

Ouse fen - Bittern (Matt Mellor); pair Stonechat (James Hanlon)

Milton - 1st win GLAUCOUS GULL, ad Caspian Gull, 4+ Yellow-legged Gull in field north of Butt Lane again (James Hanlon)

Maxey Pits - 19 Goosander (Richard Astle)

Woodcock today: over Broadway in Peterborough; Barton; Windsor Road in Cambridge; 2 Thriplow Meadows

WAXWINGS today: 140+ at Crab & Winkle pub, Werrington; small numbers over Needingworth; 8 at Church End Road, Cherry Hinton; 1 Little Shelford; 30 Stretham; 2 at Giffords Way, Over; 20+ at Collier Close, Ely; in Cambridge 60 at Histon Road Cemetery, 5 over Windsor Road, 25+ West Cambridge site, c.120 at Storey's Way

Wednesday 5 December 2012

Wednesday, 5 December

Ouse Fen - 2 PENDULINE TIT (Duncan Ritchie); 3 birds reported, with a second imm./fem bird present alongside the known imm. male and imm./female.

Maxey Pits - 13 Goosander (Richard Astle)

WAXWINGS today: 101 at Crab & Winkle pub, Werrington; 33 at Cage Lane, Stretham; 38 at Church Road, 48 Hauxton; 20+ Haddenham; 15 at Hurdles Way, Heathfield; 3 Cottenham; in Cambridge c.40 Histon Road Cemetery, 20+ Kendal Way, 20+ Stourbridge Common; 40+ at Henley Way, Ely; 25 Fowlmere;

Tuesday 4 December 2012

Tuesday, 4 December

Ouse Fen - 2 PENDULINE TIT from 11:30h (Phil Rogers)

Milton - 1st win GLAUCOUS GULL, 2 Caspian Gulls at the tip and then in fields north of Butt Lane (Richard Johnson)

WAXWINGS today: 79+ at Crab & Winkle pub, Werrington; 1 over West Cambridge site; 60+ by A605 c.1 mile east of B671 to Elton; 25 at Cage Lane, Stretham; 81 at Church Road, Hauxton; 12 over Searle Street, Cambridge; c.25 at Bell Road, Bottisham; 25 on Elton Furze GC;

Monday 3 December 2012

Monday, 3 December

Ouse Fen - 2 fem/imm PENDULINE TITS (Jeremy Lindsell et al.). Please stick to public access. People are parking at TL370726 - that will find you near the bridleway gate (closest access point)at the end of Long Drove off Overcote Road. The Grid reference for the bird "hotspot" is TL375735, just head north along bridleway. 

Fowlmere - Bittern (Gary Thornton)

Wicken Fen - Peregrine, Woodcock (Dave Palmer)

Wlibraham Fen - Short-eared Owl, 2 Bar Owl, c.20 Golden Plover (John Roote)

WAXWINGS today: 50+ Longthorpe; 7 Bottisham; 20 Needingworth; 73 at Cage Lane, Stretham; 42 Crab and Winkle Pub, Werrington; 9 outside sewage works at Somersham; 1 at Brimley Road, Cambridge

Sunday 2 December 2012

Sunday, 2 December

Ouse Fen - 2 fem/imm PENDULINE TITS (Richard Thomas et al.). Park just off Overcote Road at its junction with Long Drove: TL370713. If you're comfortable with driving the rough Long Drove road, then park close to Brownshill Staunch at TL371726. Once there, go under the conveyor belt between the tall (Cypress??) trees as noted above. An obvious track crosses the large field beyond the bridalway gate heading towards the canal. The birds were either along the canal or in the smallish area of reeds off to the northwest of this track at ca. TL378737.

Grafham Water - 2 Bewick's Swan, 8 Goosander, Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper (Mark Hawkes)

Wicken Fen - Bittern, Bearded Tit (Gavin Paterson)

Fowlmere - male Bearded Tit (Ade Cooper); male Merlin, Bittern, 14 Siskins (Doug Radford)

Nene Washes - 6 Crane, Short-eared Owl (Matt Webb)

WAXWINGS today: 7 Trumpington; 20 at Kings Grove, Barton; Fletton BP; Jeavons Wood;

Saturday, 1 December

Southey Wood - 15 Crossbills, Woodcock (Matt Webb)

Castor Hanglands - 30 Bullfinch, Woodcock (Matt Webb)

Fowlmere - male Merlin (Matt Mellor)

Wicken Fen - 2 male & 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, Woodcock (David Heath)

WAXWINGS today: 11 at Norfolk Road, Ely; 14 West Cambridge site; 2 Little Paxton; 18 at Church Road, Hauxton; 2 Somersham; 8 Cromwell Golf Club; 25+ Barton; 30 Oakington; 1 Glinton; 2 Comberton