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BREAKING NEWS: NOVEMBER 2017
20th November: Brilliant dawn shots from by the Old West River. Nearby dead Mute Swans killed by flying into power lines. This has been reported and we hope that prevention measures will be installed. SS




19th November: Flatbridge Reservoir - Little Grebe 1 on river, Mute Swan 2 adults dead under wires, Gadwall 27, Mallard c6, Teal 2, Brambling 2, Corn Bunting c10 (1 singing), Roe Deer 3. Long Drove – Mute Swan c20, Whooper Swan c5. Dam Bank Bridge – Kingfisher 1. The Boot – Mallard c150 feeding on stubble with several hundred Woodpigeon, Corn Bunting c16
18th November:
Hillrow Causeway - Another brief visit, a.m. today.  Found c.160 Golden Plovers with c.250 Lapwings just in from the Earith to Haddenham road and bearing in mind the American Golden Plover not long ago spent some time looking them over. Got about two-thirds through them when a Peregrine arrived, made an unsuccessful attempt at a Golden Plover, and scattered everything in all directions...... So no AGP found - but I twice heard, quite clearly, a disyllabic call which sounded about right..... I will say no more than that. Further looks might be worthwhile though, if anybody is in that area. Other birds included 2 Buzzards, 4 Kestrels, a Stonechat and 6 Corn Buntings. Mike Everett

Flatbridge Farm reservoir. - I had a quick look this morning before breakfast.  The highlights were: Coot 22, Gadwall 40, Kingfisher 1, Grey Wagtail 1, Brambling 1 and Roe Deer 3. Simon.
16th November: Nice ringtail Hen Harrier hunting at the Aldreth end of Long Drove late this afternoon. Mike Everett
15th November:
Hinton Farm Reservoir. Wigeon 50,Tufted Duck 10,Pochard male 1, Mallard 150.
Cormorant 1 juv,Common Gull,30.Black-headed Gull 150,Lt Grebe 2,Moorhen 23.
Vipans Farm.
Meadow Pipit 12,Pied Wagtail,12,Yellowhammer 4,Fieldfare 100. PM&ID



13th November: This from Simon. The Hawfinch is a new record basically. The last record was pre 1985. (Paul)

I’ve been doing some migration watching when time has allowed over the past 10 days in the garden and near Nine Acre Wood.  I’ve seen a few Redpoll, Brambling, Siskin and Grey Wagtails going over as well as the usual pipits and thrushes.  Yesterday, morning I had 2 Hawfinch over the garden.  Hopefully, there will be more as they are still being reported around the county.  I also had a large flock of Greenfinch (50+) in Robert Norman’s Orchard. SS
12th November: Here is an image of a Muntjac chewing the cud taken in our garden this afternoon.  So much for our garden being deer-proof! Simon.


9th November: Two more fungi Cloudy Funnel Cap (Clytocibe nebularis) abnormal specimen (according to experienced Mycologist. Nr Feasts Green. photo AJ.  Meadow Puffballs (Vascellum pratense). All 5/11/17 photos AJ. P




9th November: Here is an image of a female Stonechat taken locally on 29th October. Simon.


9th November: Back Drove - 8 Yellowhammers 6 Corn Buntings,2 Pied Wagtails.1 Brambling, Long Drove. 400+ Lapwings,50+/- Pied Wagtails,150+ Common Gulls,12 Skylarks in flock, Dambank 4 Corn Buntings on wires probably means more on ground hard to see. Aldreth near ponds 6 Fieldfare 2 Redwings. PM& (Photo) ID


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