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Cambridgeshire bird news March 2016

Cambridgeshire bird news February 2016

Dartford Warbler (Library photograph)                                Photo

The Rough-legged Buzzard remained near Thorney, perhaps ranging as far as Eldernell on 17th. Four Garganey were at Eldernell 23rd.


Highlights from Grafham Water were: Glaucous Gull 1st, Iceland Gull 6th, Red-necked Grebe from 24th, Black-necked Grebe 20th-21st, Osprey 20th-21st and Common Scoter 20th-21st. Highlights from Paxton Pits: ten Common Scoter 20th, a Smew 21st and a pair of Garganey 26th-27th.


Glaucous Gulls was seen occasionally at Ouse Washes at Witcham Gravel and there were two adult Kumlien’s Gulls and an Iceland Gull in the roost there 2nd. At Sutton Gault eight Little Gulls flew south 26th. Also at the Ouse Washes were a Black-necked Grebe 20th and Scaup. A Kittiwake was at Waterbeach 12th.


Highlights from Fen Drayton Lakes: Sand Martin 15th, Spotted Redshank 20th, Black-necked Grebe 25th, Little Gull 28th and up to three Smew and four Short-eared Owls.


A Black Redstart was seen occasionally at Upper Cambourne and another at Yaxley 30th. The Dartford Warbler was at Coates until 3rd.

The first American Herring Gull for Cambridgeshire was seen at Whittlesey 2nd. Only the fifth Dartford Warbler for Cambridgeshire was at Coates from 18th. A Rough-legged Buzzards was near Thorney 22nd-27th.


Highlights from Fen Drayton Lakes were a Smew, a Slavonian Grebe until 11th and a Kumlien’s Gull and an Iceland Gull was in the roost on occasionally.


A Great Skua flew through Grafham Water 14th. Other highlights from there were a Scaup 8th, a Kumlien’s Gull 26th, an Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull and three Caspian Gull.


Glaucous Gulls was seen occasionally at Ouse Washes RSPB, Landbeach and Fowlmere. A Iceland Gull was very occasionally at Landbeach.


The best count of fourteen Smew were at Needingworth Quarry Lakes and thirteen at Colne Fen GP on the same day 21st.


A Black Redstart was seen occasionally at Upper Cambourne 16th-27th.

026 Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata) Dunwich Heath