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12th FEBRUARY 2021 After a trip round Long Drove and Dambank this afternoon, wildlife we saw:-
4 Snipe feeding in some thawed wet area, Lapwings, Fieldfare, 4/6 Reed Buntings, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard sat on some piles of manure, 1,000's Gulls, 2 Greylag geese, 15 Stock Doves, 4 Partridge(Red legged?)approx 350 Whooper swans between Aldreth causeway and Long Drove and another approx 100 down Long Drove.
Amazingly, 19 Roe Deer disturbed by the tractor ploughing. Ian and Sheila Dickerson
11th FEBRUARY 2021 A pair of Stonechats just south of Wilburton at  TL483737. There was also one here on 16th November 2020.
• There's been a good-sized flock of mixed buntings and finches at Mitchell's Farm, south of Wiburton, this winter.  On Thursday I counted 30-40 Linnets, maybe 20-30 Reed Buntings, and smaller numbers of Yellowhammers, Chaffinches and Goldfinches.  The Linnets are easiest to count as they tend to fly up and down together in a relatively tight flock, whereas the others tend to be more scattered and less cohesive. Stephen B
10th FEBRUARY 2021 All from Stephen B: At least 2 Chiffchaffs together along the Fen Side track, and I managed to photograph them both together. Also 1 Grey Wagtail here.



9th FEBRUARY 2021:

Reed Bunting (Female) between Haddenham and Wilburton



8th FEBRUARY 2021:
At least one Chiffchaff was along the Fen Side track near Haddenham, just east of Lode Way VIEW LOCATION.  I suspect there's been at least one here all winter, as I saw one here in November 2020. A Red Kite was loitering over the centre of Wilburton in the afternoon. Fieldfare in Haddenham orchard.




28th JANUARY 2021 from Stephen B: The Redwing was in a garden along Lode Way in Haddenham in the morning.   The Stonechat was along the catchwater drain south of Aldreth, in the afternoon.



19th JANUARY 2021 from Stephen B: Yesterday, 18th January, a Merlin flew north-east over the bottom of Linden End field [TL463739] VIEW MAP

18th JANUARY 2021:
Yesterday 17th January, along Long Drove, I noted:
Whooper Swan 800+ (in a single field!), HEN HARRIER  1 male, Green Sandpiper 1, Grey Wagtail 1
In the evening, still a pair of Stonechat along the Aldreth Causeway. Simon
18th JANUARY 2021 from Stephen B:

Saturday 16th January:
* What looked like a female Marsh Harrier flew west to the south of Bedlam Farm.
* At least two, possibly 3 Chiffchaff in the Aldreth area - one HERE , another HERE and then it or another HERE.
* I counted about 450 Swans on the fields south of Aldreth.  Those I had good views of were Whooper Swans, but many were distant.

Sunday 17th January:
* A Red Kite was over the western end of Haddenham.
* I also saw a Chiffchaff in Wilburton on 2nd January, so it seems there are quite a few around.
13th JANUARY 2021: A walk to the Old West River on 10th January produced:
 
GREAT WHITE EGRET 1 (Photograph), Little Egret 1, Whooper Swan c. 150, Mute Swan c. 30, Mallard 6, Buzzard 1, Kestrel 1, Snipe 1, Stonechat 1 male, Yellowhammer 28
 In addition, there was a Mistle Thrush in the garden, feeding on an apple we had put out.  This was the first Mistle Thrush we have seen actually in the garden for many years. Simon


1ST JANUARY 2021: – 52 species of bird were recorded on a walk from Aldreth to the Old West River and back via Nine Acre Wood: Cormorant 2, LITTLE EGRET 1, GREAT WHITE EGRET 3, Grey Heron 3. Mute Swan c30, WHOOPER SWAN c70, Greylag 2, Canada Goose, Gadwall 5, Teal 7, Mallard, Buzzard 2, Kestrel 1, Pheasant, Moorhen, Lapwing c20, Snipe 3, Black- headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark 1, Meadow Pipit 2, Pied Wagtail 2, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, STONECHAT 1 pair, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, BLACKCAP 1 male, Long- tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Rook, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting. In addition, 2 Mink were seen swimming in the river.

Photographs: A Fox in our garden on 27th December and tree reflections in the Old West River also taken on 27th December.


27th DECEMBER 2020: Highlights from a walk from Aldreth to the Old West River and to the Pumping Station were: Little Grebe 3, Heron c5, Little Egret 1, Moorhen c5, Mute Swan 30+, Whooper Swan 9, Greylag 1, Mallard c5, Gadwall 3, Buzzard 1 heard, Grey Partridge 12, Barn Owl 1, Little Owl 1 heard, Corn Bunting c10 Simon
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