Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) (Library photograph)
Cambridgeshire bird news April 2021
The three Glossy Ibises remained north of Earith Bridge until 18th and then moved to Oxlode 18th. They were also seen at Berry Fen 16th. A single Glossy Ibis was seen at Nene Washes 15th-16th, Fen Drayton Lakes 23rd, Needingworth Quarry Lakes 26th, Berry Fen 28th and the Cam Washes from 21st.
Highlights at Grafham Water were the Great Northern Diver until 10th, Kittiwake 11th, Black-necked Grebe 15th, three Common Scoter 20th, Black Tern 21st & 23rd, Arctic Skua 28th, Black Redstart 20th & 28th, Ring Ouzel from 18th, and nineteen Arctic Terns 21st and forty-two Arctic Terns that flew through 28th. The Kumlien’s Gull was seen regularly at Smithy Fen during April until 25th.
A Black-necked Grebe was at the Ouse Washes 2nd-8th and a Slavonian Grebe was at Paxton Pits 13th. The Tundra Bean Goose remained at Wimpole Hall until 12th. A Common Scoter was at Ferry Meadows CP 16th& 21st.
There was an unusually high number of Ring Ouzels found. Most sightings were of single birds and a few of them lingering for several days. There were just a handful of Common Redstart sightings.
Black Terns were seen at: Buckden GPs 22nd, Paxton Pits 22nd, 29th-30th with eleven there 28th, three Kingfishers Bridge 28th, two Fen Drayton Lakes 29th-30th. Little Terns were at Isleham Washes 14th and Fen Drayton Lakes 30th-1st May. A Kittiwake was at Dernford Reservoir 26th.
Single Wood Sandpipers were at Cam Washes 23rd-26th, Kingfishers Bridge 24th, Maxey GPs 25th-26th, Ouse Fen 29th, Wilbraham Fens 29th, Cottenham 29th and two were at Berry Fen 28th. The only Curlew Sandpiper was at Kingfishers Bridge 26th.
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