Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Wednesday 12th April 2017

Nightingale singing opposite the Hayden Hide. Confirmed by sight as well as sound.
A previous report at the moorings on the 10th is also possible (A&P Miles)

Thursday 6th and Friday 7th April 2017

6th: Grass snake swimming by the river bank. Terrapin on river. (JMU)
7th: Whitethroat, willow warbler, blackcap, chiffchaff, cettis warbler (2), blue tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, reed bunting, red kite (2), buzzard, sparrowhawk (2), wigeon, pochard, goldcrest.
Orange tip, small tortoiseshell, speckled wood, peacock. (Robert Pedlar and Rose and David Seabrook)
Speckled Wood Butterfly

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Wednesday 5th April 2017

No nightingales yet, but many blackcaps and chiff chaffs singing. A whitethroat was heard in Rory's Wood (Sarahjane Williams). Common tern on Heronry North, two egrets in the heronry and swallows feeding over the dragonfly pond at 5 pm. Willow warbler singing in fishermen's car park.
A good day for raptors including buzzard, red kite, kestrel and sparrowhawk.

Speckled wood and orange tip butterflies on the Meadow Trail, but only one of each so far.

Swallow (RSPB)

Monday, 3 April 2017

Monday 3rd April 2017

Heronry Lakes: swallow, common tern, four egrets in the heronry, marsh tit, blackcap, two pairs of buzzards displaying.
Terrapin and mallard on the river. April 1st. 

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Sunday 26th March, 2017

Blackcap singing at Washout Pit. 2 Avocets in private quarry (no access, sorry) (GR)
Great spotted woodpecker on feeder at Hayden Hide (D Stewart)

Blackcap (RSPB)

Saturday 25th March 2017

Chiff-chaff, marsh harrier, gadwall, heron, gt.crested grebe.
Muntjac, peacock butterfly and brimstone. (RSPB Group)
Great Crested Grebes (PK Smith)

Friday 24th March 2017

Goosander, kingfisher and drumming woodpeckers at the River Viewpoint. (JWS)
6 Scaup (3 m + 3 fm) from Kingfisher Hide. Chiff-chaffs singing. (RSB)
Chiff-chaff (PK Smith)

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Goldeneye pair. (PK Smith)
Tortoiseshell, brimstone, white-tailed, red-tailed and buff tailed bumble bees, honey bees and many solitary bees. (GFF)

Scaup, chiff-chaff, goldeneyes.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

19th March 2017

7 + Sandmartins on the Meadow Trail. (A Harrold)
8 Pochard, buzzard, 8 goldeneyes, Cetti's warbler, water rail, 5 teal, 8 yellowhammer, jay, 7 scaup, 7 bullfinch, 3 kingfisher, 12 chiff-chaff, 53 widgeon 158 tufted duck. (Anon)

Buzzard by Phil PK Smith.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

18th March 2017

Jay and male siskin near Rory's Wood/ Parish Boundary Wood. (Phil PK Smith)
Siskin by Phil Smith

Jay by Phil Smith

Friday, 17 March 2017

16th March 2017

Spring migrants are arriving! First chiff chaff reported by Phil Smith. Have you seen a sand martin yet?
Chiff chaff (Phil PK Smith)
The Third Thursday Walk produced a good list that included five scaup on the Heronry Lakes (8 earlier).   Some female tufted ducks have a scaup-like face and some female pochards can be very pale too, but when you get a group like this there's no argument.
Scaup at Grafham Water (Ian Dawson, Cambridge Bird Club)

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

15th March 2017

The Great Grey shrike was seen again, this time near the beach on the Ouse Valley Way. It's definitely worth a walk to see it.

Monday, 13 March 2017

11th March 2017

South Heronry Lake: 3 Goldeneye (1f 2m), Marsh tit, 4 Scaup (1f 3m)
Moorings: Goosander (m)

Farmland (SE): Red Kite (Eduardo Lopez Salas)
Marsh tit (Phil PK Smith)

Friday, 10 March 2017

10th March 2017

Great grey shrike  at the moorings today, photographed by Phil (PK) Smith. It flew over the river towards Great Paxton. This is not a first sighting for Paxton Pits, but extremely unusual. There are at least two others in the county.
Great grey shrike. (Phil PK Smith)

Sunday, 5 March 2017

28th February 2017

Heronry South: Post 17, possible ring-billed gull. These American birds are hard to tell from common gulls but not impossible. Keep looking! (C Bailey)
Ring billed gull, New Hampshire (Jim Stevenson)

26th February 2017

Heronry Lakes: 12 shovellers in a "feeding wheel." 36 cormorant nests occupied. It looks like some have been wrecked by storm Doris. (Trevor Gunton)

Shovellers by Phil (PK) Smith.

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.