Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotus first winter juvenile Norfolk UK October 1996 cp crs

Pectoral Sandpiper  (Library photograph)

Cambridgeshire bird news September 2021

An eclipse drake American Wigeon was south of Bluntisham at Barleycraft Lake from 25th.

Highlights at Smithy Fen were a Pectoral Sandpiper 10th-27th, plus up to six Curlew Sandpipers, a Wood Sandpiper and up to three Little Stints and a Pied Flycatcher 9th & 11th. A Pectoral Sandpiper was at Burwell Fen 17th-22nd.

A Hoopoe was in a garden at Whittlesea 29th. A Wryneck was at Great Stukeley 12th. A Pied Flycatcher was at Fen Drayton GP by Middle Fen Drove 5th-6th and another was at Over 6th and Monks Wood 11th.

Highlights at Grafham Water were a Great Skua 4th, twenty Black Terns 5th and two Black-necked Grebe Valley Creek 22nd.


Up to five Glossy Ibises were at Fen Drayton12th-14th. They then were at Brownshill Staunch 24th and the Ouse Fen RSPB 26th. A single Glossy Ibis was at Barleycraft Lake 25th followed by five Glossy Ibises there 27th and three Glossy Ibis flew over Witcham 26th.


Two Redstarts were at Wilbraham Common 9th and one was at the Devil's Dyke 19th.

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