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Cambridgeshire bird news January 2016
Cambridgeshire bird news October 2015
Serin (Downham Market January 2016) Photo www.robinchittenden.co.uk
A pair of Serins at Fen Drayton Lakes was a fabulous winter record from 4th-17th. This record was eclipsed for some by a Franklin’s Gull seen in the roost 30th. Other highlights at Fen Drayton Lakes were a Smew, Slavonian Grebe and a ‘dark’ Iceland Gull was in the roost on several occasions.
The drake Green-winged Teal remained at Grafham Water until 3rd. Other highlights from there were a Glaucous Gull 1st, Kittiwake 3rd, twenty-four Little Gulls 2nd. Another drake Green-winged Teal was found at Needingworth Quarry Lakes from 3rd-11th and at Berry Fen 24th. A Shag was at Sutton Gault 2nd, Witcham Gravel 2nd and Mepal 3rd.
Other Glaucous Gulls was seen occasionally at Milton Tip, Waterbeach, Milton Tip, Tanholt GPs, Cottenham and Witcham Gravel and Iceland Gulls were very occasionally at Waterbeach and Witcham Gravel. Two Kittiwakes were at Ouse Washes RSPB 3rd.
Up to seven Hen Harriers were at the Wicken Fen roost.
An American Golden Plover was with Golden Plover at Pymoor 19th-22nd. Also found among Golden Plover was a Dotterel at the Ouse Fen 19th.
A drake Green-winged Teal was at Grafham Water from 20th. Also there were an Iceland Gull 6thand Red-breasted Merganser 29th.
A Long-tailed Duck was at Fen Drayton Lakes 4th-19th. Also there were: Tundra Bean Goose 20th, Glaucous Gull 5th-6th & 19th & 31st, Iceland Gull 9th-12th, Slavonian Grebe 21st-26th and up to eight Smew. An Iceland Gull was at Waterbeach 3rd-8th. A Tundra Bean Goose was on Westside Common from 26th. A Shag was at Earith 30th.
Late dates included a Ring Ouzel seen irregularly in a garden in Lode between 4th and 23rd and a Black Redstart at Cheveley 3rd. A Common or Pallid Swift was seen over Needingworth Quarry Lakes and Earith 16th.
There was an amazing count of sixteen Short-eared Owls at the Great Fen. Up to four Hen Harriers at Wicken Fen roost.
A Waxwing was at Ely 2nd and a Firecrest at Bramford Mill.