Following the sighting of an escaped Black-winged Stilt at Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB it was a shock for local birders to find several dropping in to the county from 16th. This was part of an unusual influx of Black-winged Stilts to the UK this spring. Black-winged Stilts were seen as follows: two Paxton Pits 16th, one Berry Fen, three Ouse fen 16th, three Burwell Fen 17th and two Offord Cluny 18th.
A Great Reed Warbler was at Nene Washes RSPB 18th. An Alpine Swift was over Ouse Fen 10th and a Red-rumped Swallow flew past Cambourne 18th. Five Bee-eaters flew over Helpston 25th and were probably the flock seen earlier on that day in Yorkshire. A White-tailed Eagle flew over Dry Drayton 25th. A Honey Buzzard flew over Huntingdon 13th and Grafham Water 26th.
A female Red-necked Phalarope was at the Nene Washes RSPB 23rd and a male Red-necked Phalarope was there 31st. A Spoonbill was there 24th-28th. A summer plumaged Black-throated Diver dropped in at Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB 29th.
There was an amazing count of four hundred and sixty Arctic Terns was made at Grafham Water 1st. Two Sandwich Terns 19th and the Great Northern Diver lingered on there for a while.
The drake Baikal Teal remained at Ouse Washes until 3rd and the Cattle Egret was at the Ouse Washes until 3rd. Two Great White Egret were seen there on and off. A Little Tern was at Burwell Fen 19th.
Highlights at Paxton Pits were a Temminck's Stint 6th, Honey Buzzard 14th and Sandwich Tern 19th. A Spotted Crake was heard at Wicken Fen NT.
Highlights of the wader passage included a Little Stint and Wood Sandpiper at Nene Washes RSPB.