Wednesday, 22 February 2017

21st February 2017

Woodcock flew out of scrub on Heronry South. 2 Marsh Tits at the Hayden Hide (one ringed).
At least 30 occupied cormorant nests and at least four herons nesting. Song Thrushes singing. (Trevor and Veronica Gunton)
Cormorants have been nesting since Christmas.

19th February 2017

Archive photo by Stuart Elsom
Bittern at Washout Pit plus Cetti's warbler, 2 water rails and 5 goosanders. (G.R)

82 Gadwall, 76 Widgeon, 46 Pochard, 105 B.h.gulls, 2 Oystercatchers, 50 Linnets, 2 Kingfishers, 32 Goldeneyes, 4 Goosanders, 205 Tufted Ducks, 3 Buzzards, 6 Shovellers, 2 Teal, Jay, Redwing, Wren and Songthrush. (RD and MS)

Friday, 17 February 2017

17th February

Rudd Pit: over 50 coots today, which is unusual. (Trevor Gunton)
Heronry Lakes: Excellent views of nesting cormorants and herons at the moment.
Coot. Note the bare white skin and the red eyes. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

15th February 2017

A pair of Goosanders by Phil (PK) Smith.
The Heronry Lakes and Heron Trail produced 3 Egyptian Geese, wigeon, tufted ducks, shovellers, pochards, a red kite, buzzard and a goldcrest plus 22 regular species. Goosanders showed well on the river and the Heronry Lakes, including a vivid pink drake. (T. Simmonds).

We have not had many otter sightings lately but you may find a few spraints if you look carefully. This one was at the River Viewpoint on a fallen tree that bridges Southoe Brook.
Otter spraint made of fish bones and scales (Jim Stevenson).

February 14th 2017

Trevor Gunton saw our regular marsh tit at the feeders by the Hayden Hide and heard several song thrushes singing.
On the islands in the Sailing Lake there were 2 oystercatchers and four lapwings.
Marsh tit by Phil (PK) Smith

February 13th 2017

A brown hare was reported at the weekend but no location given. We don't see them very often.
Pochard drake (they are nearly all drakes) by Jim Stevenson,
Birds: tree-creeper, goosander, bullfinches, buzzard, kestrel, red kite, grey wagtail, all from the Heron Trail. Pochards and goldeneyes have returned as water level is up.
Linnet by Phil (PK) Smith.
On the arable fields near the quarry, just after you cross Southoe Brook, there is a huge flock of linnets. Trevor Gunton estimates 250+. Its worth looking for other finches and buntings there.

Friday, 3 February 2017

February 2nd and 4th 2017

2/2/17 BITTERN flew over car park. (R Donson.)
4/2/17 Buzzard over meadow plus shovelers and coots on the Hayling Pit.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

January 19th to 30th 2017

19/1/17 Third Thursday Walk 41 spp. including green sandpipers and goosanders.
24/1/17 Goldcrest by allotments (D Payne).
24/1/17 Weasel under boardwalk. (D Payne)
24/1/17 Grey Wagtail on Heronry South (Alan Coles)
25/1/17 Goldcrest, treecreeper, marsh tit, bullfinch near Hayden Hide (NA Whitehouse)
27/1/17 Male lesser spotted woodpecker (no details) (JD Clements)
29/1/17 Weasel crossing road by the Visitor Centre.(JMD)
30/1/17  Big Lake Birdwatch saw 40 spp including goldeneyes marsh tit and 2 green sandpipers.
Green sandpiper (taken at Grafham Water by Phil Smith.)

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Saturday 21st January 2017

For the latest bird news this weekend, keep checking the Cambridge Bird Club site. On Wednesday a Waxwing was seen in Little Paxton and 3 Short-eared Owls were in the quarry. Ian Dawson posted this amazing photo and some more on their photo page.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Catch up.

Happy New Year!
This page hasn't been updated since October as the editor has moved on to other things.
We are extremely grateful for all the years that Jamie has put in, both in the field and at the computer. For the time being Senior Ranger Jim Stevenson will try to update the page regularly from the logbook in the Visitor Centre. Please send any interesting sightings of birds and other wildlife to

Bittern photographed by Mike Anderson Brown on December 29th at Washout Pit.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Northern Pits: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER late morning on north east side of Pumphouse Pit, but no sign thereafter. Also 8+ White-fronted Geese flew north late afternoon, 2-3 Rock Pipits, GREAT WHITE EGRET still, 3+ Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Marsh and Coal Tits, plus single Lesser Redpoll. Small movement of Redwing throughout the morning.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Northern Pits: GREAT WHITE EGRET on Pumphouse Pit mid-afternoon, then flew south; also adult Caspian Gull on new workings, 2 Pintail, 7 Little Egrets, juv Ruff, 3 juv Dunlin, juv Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 7+ Snipe, 2 Rock Pipits, Marsh Tit, 1+ Redpoll over.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Northern Pits: juvenile Marsh Harrier, 9 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3+ Snipe, 3 Little Egrets, 13 Yellow-legged Gulls.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Northern Pits: 2 Hobbies, juvenile Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, Barnacle Goose and Wheatear.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Northern Pits: juvenile Whinchat, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 8 Dunlin and Hobby.