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Cambridgeshire bird news May 2015

Cambridgeshire bird news April 2015

White-winged Black Tern (library photograph)                               Photo

Paxton Pits had a fairly lively spring with a summer plumaged White-winged Black Tern 26th, a Golden Oriole 9th, a Great Northern Diver until 14th, a Little Tern 5th and Black Tern 12th. Nearby at Grafham Water there was the remarkably sight of a Pomarine Skua and up to four Arctic Skuas 6th. Also there was presumably the Paxton Great Northern Diver 19th-26th, eight Red-breasted Mergansers briefly 22nd and up to thirteen Sanderling 30-31st.


A Red-rumped Swallow actually lingered at Ferry Meadows CP 10th-11th. A Honey-Buzzard flew over Cambridge 31st.


The Green-winged Teal was last seen on the Ouse Washes 8th and a Spotted Crake was heard singing there 3rd. There were two Temminck’s Stint Cam Washes 31st and there were two waders thought to be of this species 13th. Two Wood Sandpipers were at Berry Fen 9th and another was at Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB 1st.


Three Black-winged Stilts were briefly at Nene Washes 16th.


Although the Green-winged Teal went missing from the Ouse Washes early on in April it re-appeared in May so was presumably lurking somewhere nearby.  Also at the Ouse Washes was either a Pallid or Montagu’s Harrier 18th and a Spotted Redshank 26th. A Rough-legged Buzzard was over Duxford 12th.


The Glossy Ibis was at Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB until 27th and a Black-necked Grebe was still there 18th. Other goodies were: Spotted Redshank 22nd, Sandwich Tern 24th, Little Tern 26th, Black Tern 26th, Scaup plus a couple of Little Gulls and Arctic Terns.


At Grafham Water there were magnificent counts of forty-one Little Gulls 23rd, seven Black Tern 23rd and thirty Arctic Terns 25th. Two Spotted Redshanks and a Wood Sandpiper were at the Cam Washes 26th. A Great Northern Diver was at Paxton Pits all month plus several Black and Arctic Terns. Two Common Scoter were at Bainton GPs 16th.


There was an influx of Ring Ouzels mainly in ones and twos at several sites but up to six at Witcham 16th. Redstarts were at Peterborough 11th, Coldham’s Common 14th and Ferry Meadows 23rd and Six Mile Bottom 26th.



007 White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopteru