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Cambridgeshire bird news February 2014

A Glossy Ibis was at Hemingford Abbots from 22nd and one flew over Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB 2nd and another over Nene Washes 4th and one was at Mare Fen 26th.

The two Taiga Bean Geese remained (with Greylags) at Cambridge Research Park. The Great Grey Shrike stayed at Holme Fen NNR as did the Hooded Crow, a Hen Harrier and several Short-eared Owls.

The Common Whitethroat was still at the Ouse Fen as were two Pink-footed Geese. Two Eurasian White-fronted Geese lingered at Kingfishers Bridge but a Dark-bellied Brent Goose at Upware was briefer.

Highlights at Grafham Water were the long-staying Great Northern Diver (with two there 22nd) and the Long-tailed Duck. A Red-throated Diver was found from 16th and the Slavonian Grebe stayed until 1st. A couple of Glaucous Gulls roosted on and off in early February as did an Iceland Gull 3rd and a Kumlien’s Gull 22nd. Three Ravens flew over 2nd and a Red-breasted Merganser was there 22nd. Nearby at Paxton Pits best birds were the Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck (from Grafham?) 22nd, a Raven 22nd, Smew and Scaup.

The Great Northern Diver stayed at Maxey GPs until 16th and a Great Northern Diver was at Bainton GPs 16th-23rd. Up to seven or so Smew were at Needingworth GPs.

Iceland Gulls were seen at Nene Washes 17th, Peterborough, Dogsthorpe Tip and Milton Tip and Glaucous Gulls were at Milton Tip and Mare Fen 16th.

A Raven flew over Milton Estate 10th. Two very early Yellow Wagtails were reported at Knapwell 24th and up to twenty-four Water Pipits roosted near Sutton Gault.

Cambridgeshire bird news March 2014

A drake Baikal Teal was at Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB from 29th. Also there was a Green-winged Teal 16th, Black-necked Grebe 22nd, nine Little Gulls 31st, up to three Garganey, a Smew and an Iceland Gull 1st.

A drake American Wigeon was on the Ouse Washes from 14th and a Ring-necked Duck from 29th and two Glossy Ibises 23rd-26th. Also at the Ouse Washes were a Slavonian Grebe, Scaup, thirty or so Water Pipits and two Red-breasted Mergansers 12th.

The Great Grey Shrike stayed at Holme Fen NNR and the Hooded Crow was seen again there. A Hooded Crow was at Farcet Fen 11th.

Highlights at Grafham Water were the long-staying Great Northern Diver with two there 31st, Red-throated Diver, Long-tailed Duck, two Common Scoters 30th, three Slavonian Grebes 31st a couple of Glaucous Gulls roosted on and off until 5th and an Iceland Gull 22nd. Nearby at Paxton Pits best birds were the Great Northern Diver, Smew and Scaup and a Snow Bunting 7th.
Up to twelve Smew were at Needingworth GPs 5th. A Great White Egret was at Nene Washes 31st. Two Sandwich Terns were at Ferry Meadows CP 31st. The two Taiga Bean Geese were at Cambridge Research Park until 4th.

Up to three Iceland Gulls were at Milton Tip as well as a Glaucous Gull. A Glaucous Gull was also at Witcham Gravel.

Some early returning migrants were: Wheatear Cambridge 10th. Turtle Dove Aldreth 9th, Sand Martin Sutton Gault 11th, Garganey Wicken Fen 15th, Swallow Granchester Meadows 22nd, Willow Warbler Woodwalton Fen 25th and Whinchat Haddenham 26th.

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