American Golden Plover with Golden Plover. See below if you want directions. (Library photograph)
Cambridgeshire bird news October 2021
The eclipse drake American Wigeon remained south of Bluntisham at Barleycraft Lake until 20th and it or another was at Needingworth Quarry Lakes 21st. American Wigeons were later in October seen in both Bedfordshire and Lincolnshire. Coincidentally a drake Ferruginous Duck was at Needingworth Quarry Lakes briefly 23rd and one turned up later in October at Welney WWT.
An American Golden Plover was at the Ouse Washes and fields around Pymoor 1st-5th and a Snow Bunting was at the Ouse Washes 23rd. A Dotterel was near Guyhirn, west of Graysmoor Drove 16th.
A Hoopoe was at Coveney briefly along Downham Hythe Grove 6th and another frequented a garden at Helpston until 30th. A record breaking (for Cambridgeshire) flock of up to nine Glossy Ibises were in the Bluntisham, Earith and Berry Fen area during October.
A Leach’s Petrel was at Grafham Water 14th and other highlights at there were a Slavonian Grebe 7th, a Black-necked Grebe 27th and up to four Common Scoter from 13th. A Goshawk flew south over the Nene Washes 15th.
There were several seabirds clocked including three Arctic Skuas over Foul Anchor 6th and two Guillemots swimming upriver there 16th. Two Gannets flew over Eton 6th and single Gannets flew over Wisbech 8th and Bury Lug Fen 21st. A Red-breasted Merganser was on the Ouse Washes 18th-22nd and a Red-necked Grebe and drake Common Scoter were at Ferry Meadows CP 13th.
American Golden Plover is the first Plover from the left.
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