Thursday 31 January 2013

Thursday, 31 January

Wimpole - HAWFINCH still showing well 12:00h (Richard Allison); also at 13:20h (Mike and Anne Knowles)

Tanholt - redhead Smew (Dave Chambers)

Anglesea Abbey - Reeves Pheasant (Robin Cox)

Grafham Water - RED-NECKED GREBE, 2 Sanderling (

WAXWINGS today: Greystoke Road, Cambridge (c.30); Lynchwood, Peterborough (27);

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Wednesday, 30 January

Wimpole - HAWFINCH still present in the old rectory restaurant garden (Paul Rule); showing on and off all day until 17:00h (Vince Lea)

Fowlmere - Bittern (Carl Howard)

Teversham Fen - ringtail Hen Harrier (Carl Howard)
WAXWINGS today: Greystoke Road, Cambridge (36)

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Tuesday, 29 January

Cambridge - Peregrine over New Hall 07:45h (Sarah Howlett)

Wimpole - HAWFINCH still present in the old rectory restaurant garden, although elusive (James Hanlon); Nuthatch and Brambling at the same location (Mike Foley)

Fowlmere - ringtail Hen Harrier in to roost 15:48h (Ade Cooper)

Grafham Water - fem Red-breasted Merganser, pair of Goosander, 4 Bewick's Swan (Mike Everett)

Purl's Bridge - 2 Brent Geese over 15:30h (Chris Bowden)

WAXWINGS today: Greystoke Road, Cambridge (40+); Wingfield, Peterborough (1); Hemingford Grey (25);

Monday 28 January 2013

Monday, 28 Januray

Wimpole Hall - HAWFINCH still, feeding in the south-west corner of the restaurant garden (James Hanlon)

Fowlmere - ringtail Hen Harrier along road to Newton)

WAXWINGS today: Broad Street, Cambourne (c.74); Langham, Road, Cambridge briefly (c.40); by Highsett, Hills Road, Cambridge (c.20); Hemingford Grey (2);

Sunday 27 January 2013

Sunday, 27 January

Paxton Pits - 5 Smew, 3 Red-crested Pochard (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - Red-breasted Merganser, Scaup 4 Bewick's Swans, 3 Green SAndpipers, 2 Turnstones (Mark Hawkes)

Wimpole Hall - Hawfinch (Jim Lawrence)

Orton Wistow - Hawfinch (Howard Butler)

Ouse Washes - Water Pipit, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit, Hen Harrier (Ade Cooper); 258 Bewick's Swan, 87 Whooper Swan off Chain causeway (Brendan Doe)

Fowlmere - Hen Harrier (Guy Manners); male Merlin (Matthew Mellor)

Fenstanton - Short-eared Owl (Jeff Harrison)

Hemingford Gey - Flock of 46 WAXWINGS (Vic & Pauline Cozens); over Cheddars Way, Cambridge (5); Little Shelford (25); Cottenham (7)

Saturday, 26 January

Grafham Water - Great Northern Dive, Sanderling,  4 Bewick's Swans, 1st winter Scaup, Peregrine, 3+ Goosander (Mark Hawkes); 3 Turnstone, 2 Green Sandpipers (Mark Ward); Red-breasted Merganser (Mike & Anne)

Fen Drayton - redhead and male Smew on Far Fen, 8+ Ruff, Goosander, SLAVONIAN GREBE (Peter Cook); Scaup

Barleycraft - 2 White-fronted Geese (Richard Grimmett)

Paxton Pits - Bittern at Washout Pit, 3 Red-creasted Pochards, Scaup,  Caspian Gull, Mediterranean Gull, 3 Corn Buntings (Jamie Wells); 2 drk and 6 redhead Smew, 10+ Goosander 2 Pink-footed Geese over (Tim Stow)

Tanholt Pits - ad KUMLIEN'S GULL flew through, 1st Winter Glaucus Gull (Jonathan Taylor)

Ouse Washes - 3 Water Pipits, Scaup, Bittern, 2nd win Mediterranean Gull, 2000 Whooper Swans (Ade Cooper); Goosander, Ruddy Duck (David Hopkins)

Nine Wells, Sawston - 2 Woodcock (Jo Sinclair)

Castor Hanglnads - 60 Bullfinch (Matt Webb)

Fowlmere - fem Hen Harrier, fem Merlin, Bearded Tit (Matt Mellor)

Fen Ditton - Peregrine over (Mike Wood)

Wimpole - HAWFINCH, 26+ Mandarin (Brendan Doe)

Buckden - Short-eared Owl, 3 Woodcock (Mark Ward)

WAXWINGS today: Hemmigford Grey (30+)

Friday 25 January 2013

Friday, 25 January

Paxton Pits - fem Scaup, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 2 redhead Smew, male Goosander, Woodcock, 1st win Caspian Gull, juv Peregrine (Martin Davis)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 6 Smew, male Scaup, 2 Goosander, Peregrine (Peter Wells)

Milton - 4 Caspian Gulls, Merlin (James Hanlon,  Dick Newell)

WAXWINGS today: Hemingford Grey (very mobile flock of 33); Hardwick (9);

Thursday 24 January 2013

Thursday, 24 January

Nene Washes - Dark-bellied Brent Goose on High Wash (Mike Weedon)

Paxton Pits - Slavonian Grebe, 3rd win Caspian Gull, fem Red-crested Pochard (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - Great Northern Diver (Colin Addington)

Ferry Meadows - redhead Smew (Paul Taylor)

Pidley - Brambling (John Wright)

Ouse Washes - Bittern, Water Pipit, 'lots of Whooper Swan', Kingfisher (Mike Burdekin)

Hildesham - 3 Woodcock, 20 Siskin (Jo Sinclair)

WAXWINGS today: Monkfield Wood, Cambourne (5); in front of Imperial War Museum, Duxford (15); Union Lane, Cambridge (2); A1301/A505 Pampisford intersection (3); Somersham Road, St. Ives (6);

Wednesday 23 January 2013

Wednesday, 23 January

Ferry Meadows - redhead Smew (Paul Taylor)

Nene Washes - BRENT GOOSE

Fowlmere - ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Merlin, 3 Woodcock, 2 Barn Owl, 56+ Corn Bunting (Gavin Ryan)

Block Fen - pair of Smew (David Hopkins)

Wicken Fen - 18 Whooper Swan over, Water Rail, 2 Marsh Harrier (Dave Palmer)

Tadlow - 2 Short-eared Owls near New England Farm, TL274488 (Pete Cook)

WAXWINGS today: Monkfield Wood, Cambourne (40); Sugar Way, Peterborough (11); Ouse Washes, Mepal (c.15); Woodland Road, Sawston (3); just north of A1301/A505 junction (2);

Tuesday 22 January 2013

Tuesday, 22 January

Eaton Socon - fem/imm EIDER with Goosanders on River Ouse north of lock gates near Rivermill Tavern, until 15:52h at least (Stuart Elsom)

Eynesbury - Short-eared Owl over (Mark Hawkes)

Guided Busway, Trumpington - probable Water Pipit (Peter Cook)

Ouse Washes - Bar-tailed Godwit, pair of Smew at Mepal, redhead Goosander off Witcham Gravel (David Hopkins)

Impington Lake - 2nd win Caspian Gull (Richard Johnson)

WAXWINGS today: just north of A1301/A505 roundabout (4+); Marley Road, St. Ives (9); Fletton High Street (8);

Monday 21 January 2013

Monday, 21 January

Cambridge - Woodcock over Fen Causeway (as per Matt Mellor)

Fowlmere - fem Merlin flew towards the reserve (Doug Radford)

Ouse Washes, Mepal - KNOT (David Hopkins)

A603 Barton to Wimpole - Peregrine (Alan Pool)

WAXWINGS today: Woodland Road, Sawston (30);Ferry Meadows (c.20)

Sunday 20 January 2013

Sunday, 20 January

Grafham Water - fem Red-breasted Merganser, Green Sandpiper, 4 Bewick's Swan (Mark Hawkes)

Ferry Meadows - 2 male Goldeneye, Long-eared Owl, Woodcock (Matt Webb, Don Gardener); also redhead Goosander and Smew

Paxton Pits - pair of Smew, 3 Red-crested Pochard, Curlew (Martin Davis)

Needingworth Pits - Slavonian Grebe, Goosander (Duncan McNiven); 7 Smew (Mark Eaton)

Block Fen, Mepal - pair of Smew (David Hopkins)

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

Ouse Fen - 2 Jack Snipe, male Stonechat (Andy Cotton)

Milton Tip - 1st win Caspian Gull (Brendan Doe)

Histon - 2nd win Caspian Gull (Brendan Doe)

WAXWINGS today: Woodland Road, Sawston (10); Ferry Meadows (1 present, 36 over east); along A605 by Elton turn (5); Serpentine Lake, Hampton (20); Orchard Farm, Foxton (12); St. Neots Road between Hardwick and Madingley (25+);

Saturday, 19 January

Ouse Fen - ad GANNET, Jack Snipe, Merlin, 10 Bewick's Swan (Richard Thomas, Richard Grimmett, Jeremy Lindsell)

Barleycraft - SLAVONIAN GREBE, 6 Smew (Richard Thomas)

Grafham Water - Great Northern Diver (Colin Addington)

Fen Drayton Lakes - Sanderling, Smew, Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Yellow-legged Gull (Brendon Doe); Smew, Goosander, Bittern Woodcock (Andy Cotton)

Ferry Meadows - Smew, Goosander (Don Gardener)

Paxton - 50 Siskin (Mark Ward)

Buckden - 6 Caspian Gull, 6 Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Ward)

Little Abington - 40 Siskin (John Roote)

WAXWINGS today: Orchard Farm, Foxton; Ferry Meadows (92); Woodland Road, Sawston (18); Orton Centre, Peterborough (25)

Friday 18 January 2013

Friday, 18 January

Ouse Washes, Earith - 2 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick's Swan, c.550 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Ruff, 50+ Dunlin, 40+ Redshank (Mark Eaton)

Paxton Pits - 1st win male Scaup, male Red-crested Pochard, redhead Smew, Woodcock (Martin Davis)

Ferry Meadows - fem Smew from Roman Point (Paul Gallagher)

Horsey Toll, Stanground - 2 ad Mediterranean Gull (Steve Dudley)

Haddenham - Woodcock in a private garden (Barbara York)

Bloack Fen, Mepal - male Smew (David Hopkins)

WAXWINGS today: Haviland Way, Arbury (1); Ferry Meadows (c.190); opposite Jet petrol station, Werrington (30);

Thursday 17 January 2013

Thursday, 17 January

Paxton Pits - Curlew, 9 Smew, 3 Red-crested Pochard (Martin Davis)

Grafham Water - Bittern in lagoons (Colin Addington)

WAXWINGS today: Ferry Meadows (75); Girton (1); Sawston bypass;

Wednesday 16 January 2013

Wednesday, 16 January

Ouse Washes, Earith to Jolly Bankers - c.110 Whooper Swan, Water Pipit, 3+ Jack Snipe, 400+ Black-tailed Godwit, 20+ Ruff (Mark Eaton)

Heathfield - 3 Brambing with Chaffinch flock by Iceni water bottling plant (James Hanlon)

Paxton Pits - fem Smew (Martin Davis)

March Farmers - SANDERLING (Jonathan Taylor)

WAXWINGS today: alongside B1040 near Eltisley (2); Werrington (98); over Peterborough City Hospital;

Tuesday 15 January 2013

Tuesday, 15 January

Wimpole - 2 RAVEN, 5 Mandarin (Monica & Owen Marks)

Paxton Pits - 4 Smew, fem Red-crested Pochard, Curlew (Martin Davis)

Nene Washes (2 days of WeBS counts) -  a site record 1065 Whooper Swan, 591 Bewick's Swan, 3 Green Sandpiper, 148 Black-tailed Godwit, 228 Gadwall, GLAUCOUS GULL, Yellow Wagtail (Jonathan Taylor)

Impington Lake - ad Caspian Gull, 5 Yellow-legged Gull (Richard Johnson)

Milton Tip - 4+ Caspian Gull in the area (Dick Newell, Richard Johnson)

WAXWINGS today: Ferry Meadows (17); South Bretton (c.20); Fowlmere Road Foxton (1);

Monday 14 January 2013

Monday, 14 January

Cambridge - 40 Golden Plover over East Road (Mike Wood)

WAXWINGS today: Witcham (19); Fowlmere to Newton Road (12);

Sunday 13 January 2013

Sunday, 13 January

Wimpole Hall - 2 RAVEN west over the Hall 11:18h (Ian Ellis); 10+ Mandarin (James Hanlon)

Ouse Fen - Greenshank, 6 Whooper Swan over, 2 White-fronted Geese over (Richard Thomas)

Paxton Pits - 4+ Smew, fem Goosander, fem Red-crested Pochard (Neal Parkin, Jamie Wells, Martin Davis)

Woodwalton Fen - Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler, 6 calling Water Rail (Mike Weedon); Bittern (Colin Lee)

Southey Wood - c.12 Crossbill (Matt Webb)

Needingworth Pits - SLAVONIAN GREBE, 3 redhead Smew (Ade Cooper)

Buckden - Merlin nearby (Mark Ward)

WAXWINGS today: by A1198 1 km south of Longstowe (10); A428 cutting, Madingly (37);

Saturday 12 January 2013

Saturday, 12 January

Paxton Pits - 2 Smew, Red-crested Pochard, Goosander (Martin Davis & Jamie Wells)

Tanholt - 2 1st winter GLAUCOUS GULLS (Jonathan Taylor); ICELAND GULL (Mike Weedon)

Wimpole - 1+ RAVEN (Simon Stirrup); 9 Mandarin, Peregrine (Ade Cooper)

Fowlmere - Merlin (Andy Symes)

WAXWINGS today:Sawston Bypass  (22); Girton (1); Ferry Meadows (35)

Friday 11 January 2013

Friday, 11 January

Fowlmere - Cetti's Warbler, Barn Owl, albino Water Rail (Vince Lea, Louise Bacon); Merlin hunting over reserve (Doug Radford)

WAXWINGS today: Shepreth L-Moor (15); Malton Lane, Meldreth (c.14);

Thursday 10 January 2013

Thursday, 10 January

Wimpole Estate - probably 2 RAVEN, 3 pairs of Mandarin (Bruce & Gwen Martin)

WAXWINGS today: Shepreth L-Moor (c.10); Ferry Meadows (35);

Wednesday 9 January 2013

Wednesday, 9 January

Wimpole Estate - RAVEN, Mandarin (Dave Griffiths, Tony Lowe)

Maxey Pits - 4 Jack Snipe, Woodcock (John Saunders)

Fowlmere - Bittern (Mark Hows)

Wicken Fen - 2 male & 3 fem Hen Harrier, c.6 Water Rail (Colin Kirtland)

WAXWINGS today: Ferry Meadows (55);

Tuesday 8 January 2013

Tuesday, 8 January

Ouse Washes - gull resembling ad American Herrring Gull (David Hopkins)

Milton - 3+ Caspian Gull, 10+ Yellow-legged Gull (James Hanlon, Richard Johnson)

WAXWINGS today: industrial estate, Sawston (5); Cambridge exit eastbound A428 (15+); Ferry Meadows (10);

Monday 7 January 2013

Monday, 7 January

Milton - 3rd or 4th win GLAUCOUS GULL (Richard Johnson, Dick Newell)

 Needingworth - SLAVONIAN GREBE, 1500 Golden Plover, 20 Ruff, 2 Smew (Mike Everett)

WAXWINGS today: Ferry Meadows (32); Foxton (15);

Sunday, 6 January

Grafham Water - ad KUMLEIN'S GULL, ad GLAUCOUS GULL (Mark Ward)

Whittlesey - Mealy Redpoll by Partridge Farm stables (Matt Francis)

Paxton Pits - redhead Smew (Martin Davis); Lesser Spotted Woodpecker over visitor centre (Mark Rayment)

Dogsthorpe - 3rd c.y. ICELAND GULL (Jonathan Taylor)

Wimpole estate - 14 Mandarin (Gavin Paterson)

WAXWINGS today: opposite Orchard Farm, Foxton (12+); Sawston bypass (4+); Ferry Meadows (17); Castor Hanglands (12)

Sunday 6 January 2013

Saturday, 5 January

Barleycraft - SLAVONIAN GREBE (Bruce & Gwen Martin); 8 Smew [1 male] (Brendon Doe)

Paxton Pits - Mediterranean Gull, Jack Snipe (Martin Davis & Jamie Wells); Water Pipit (Dean Harlow)

Woodwalton Fen - Merlin, male Hen Harrier, 8+ Bearded Tits from North Hide (Mike and Anne Knowles)

Ouse Washes - juv GLAUCOUS GULL (David Hopkins)

Dogsthorpe - 4th c.y. Caspian Gull (Jonathan Taylor)

WAXWINGS today: Cambridge (15); Wttlesford (2); Woodwalton Fen (1); Foxton (19); Ferry Meadows (28)

Friday 4 January 2013

Friday, 4 January

Paxton Pits - male Peregrine, Jack Snipe, 7 Smew (Martin Davis)

Ouse Washes - 2 GLAUCOUS GULL (David Hopkins)

Woodwalton Fen - male Merlin, male Hen Harrier, 3 Short-eared Owl, 5 Woodcock, 2+ Tawny Owl, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Bearded Tit (Matt Webb, Ron Harold)

Milton - juv GLAUCOUS GULL (Ade Cooper); Caspian Gull from Butt Lane (David & Jon Heath)

Cam Washes - Peregrine, ringtail Hen Harrier (David & Jon Heath)

WAXWINGS today: Sawston bypass (9); Foxton (20+); Ferry Meadows (15); Fowlmere (18); Tesco, Huntingdon (5);

Thursday 3 January 2013

Thursday, 3 January

Ouse Washes, Witcham Gravel - possible ad KUMLIEN'S GULL (David Hopkins)

Milton Tip - GLAUCOUS GULL (James Hanlon)

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Paxton Pits - 4 Goosander, c.230 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Treecreeper (Martin Davis); male Merlin (David Griffiths)

Wicken Fen - 2 male, 1+ female Hen Harrier, Barn Owl (Christoph Zockler)

Kingfishers Bridge - Pink-footed Goose (Christoph Zockler)

Cam Washes - 8 Whooper Swan, 4 Egyptian Geese (Ian Burfield)

WAXWINGS today: Crown Lakes, Farcet (36+); Upware Lock (11); Ferry Meadows (30+); Sawston bypass (c.15); Shepreth L-Moor (1); Wicken Fen (15);

Wednesday 2 January 2013

Wednesday, 2 January

Paxton Pits - ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Jack Snipe, 25 Siskin (Martin Davis); 7 Smew, 6 Goosander, 30 Goldeneye, 4 Egyptian Geese (Ade & Steve Cooper)

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

Ouse Fen - 'dark-breasted' Barn Owl still, a further Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Cetti's Warbler (Richard Thomas)

Kneesworth - Jack Snipe (Ade & Steve Cooper)

Grafham Water - 2 Pink-footed Geese over, fem Scaup, 13 Goosander, 2 Bewick's Swan, Egyptian Goose (Ade & Steve Cooper)

WAXWINGS today: opposite Orchard Farm, Foxton (4); Ferry Meadows; Cam Washes (11); Audi garage on A1307, Cambridge; Cambourne;

Tuesday 1 January 2013

Tuesday, 1 January

Grafham Water - 15 Goosander, Green Sandpiper (Andrew Maddocks,Jeff Stenning)

Paxton Pits - fem Scaup, 4+ Smew, 2 Egyptian Geese, 4 Woodcock, Barn Owl (Martin Davis, Neal Parkin, Gary Rawlings, Martin Shadbolt, Jamie Wells)

Cam Washes, Upware - male Hen Harrier, 9 Whooper Swan (Gavin Paterson); 7 probable TUNDRA BEAN GEESE over, Short-eared Owl over Adventurer's Fen (Owen and Monica Marks)

Fen Drayton Lakes - 2000 Golden Plover, 4 Egyptian Geese (Mike Everett)

Ouse Washes - 4 Water Pipit between Sutton Gault and Earith (Matt Mellor)

Elton - 9+ Mandarin south along the River Nene (Brian Stone)

Nene Washes - 7 Crane, 3 Green Sandpiper, Bittern at Eldernell (Mike Weedon)

Maxey Pits - 7 Goosander, Jack Snipe (Mike Weedon)

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

WAXWINGS today: St. Neots Road, Hardwick (7); Sallowbush Road (10) and Coneygear Road (10), Huntingdon; Heathfield; Ferry Meadows (30); Foxton; Coton (2);