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Old Sunday 29th October 2006, 17:40   #1
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Cambridgeshire Birding

As several areas of the UK have their own threads, thought I'd start one for Cambridgeshire. While not held in as high esteem as some of its neighbours, it nevertheless has some very good and varied birding. Living in Cambridge, the county offers some good sites, most of which I imagine I haven't discovered!

Lots of info for starters
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/e...idgeshire.html
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Post Cambridge Bird Club web site

Find more sites in the Gazetteer:

http://www.cambridgebirdclub.org.uk/

Join Cambirds here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cambirds/

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Old Sunday 29th October 2006, 17:54   #3
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As several areas of the UK have their own threads, thought I'd start one for Cambridgeshire. While not held in as high esteem as some of its neighbours, it nevertheless has some very good and varied birding. Living in Cambridge, the county offers some good sites, most of which I imagine I haven't discovered!

Lots of info for starters
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/e...idgeshire.html
Very useful - could have done with the info this morning when deciding where to spend the day - ended up at Grafham Water, but did Fowlmere dawn and dusk also.

Great site, thanks.
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Peterborough Bird Club's web site for bird news in the north of the county:

http://pbc.codehog.co.uk/

Birding sites here:

http://pbc.codehog.co.uk/sites.htm

Join the Peterbirder Newsgroup here:

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Very useful - could have done with the info this morning when deciding where to spend the day - ended up at Grafham Water, but did Fowlmere dawn and dusk also.

Great site, thanks.

actually, it was your post this morning that made me think that Cambridgeshire probably deserved its own thread!
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Old Tuesday 7th November 2006, 17:31   #6
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American Wigeon at Needingworth Quarry Lakes again today (TL365734)
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American Wigeon at Needingworth Quarry Lakes again today (TL365734)
A few sightings of Tree Sparrows at Fowlmere over the past few days - the first for years.
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An immature Shag at Dog in a Doublet. This site is the number one place for this species in the area and, being the tidal limit of the River Nene, also hosts other normally coastal birds. There are few pictures here including an outrageous one of it with a flat fish:
http://peterboroughbirdclub.blogspot.com/

Shag is just about annual in Cambs I should think.
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Old Tuesday 7th November 2006, 20:01   #9
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Tree Sparrows are also making a comeback in the north of the county. They are returning to former sites and doing well at a couple of new ones.
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Nipped out to see the Shag this lunchtime. It posed throughout on rocks near the sluice. The green colour ring on it's left leg with the white letters CPL identify it as a bird ringed in the nest on the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth on 11th July 2006.
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Old Friday 10th November 2006, 13:34   #11
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Probably as stupid question, but I'll ask anyway.

May head towards Ouse Washes tomorrow, but there's quite a strong westerly wind forecast.

Is this likely to have any effect on what I might see?
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Yep, it'll make your tripod shake.
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Yep, it'll make your tripod shake.

My tripod shakes all the time, I'm of that age!

Remember I'm fairly new to all this, is it still worth a visit tomorrow?
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Always worth a visit. The westerlies won't make much odds.

Just a bit to the north there's an adult Dotterel been located today with Golden Plover at TF390016.
http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.c...e=25000&icon=x
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Always worth a visit. The westerlies won't make much odds.

Just a bit to the north there's an adult Dotterel been located today with Golden Plover at TF390016.
http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.c...e=25000&icon=x
Cheers, Brian - now just got to convince the wife that there's a major shopping centre nearby!

(Has there ever been a thread on non-birding partners? She enjoys walking (in good weather!), but usually takes a book into the hides and sits at the back reading, much to the distain of some of the more twitchy twitchers.)
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(Has there ever been a thread on non-birding partners?
Yes, there has.
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Cheers, Brian - now just got to convince the wife that there's a major shopping centre nearby!

(Has there ever been a thread on non-birding partners? She enjoys walking (in good weather!), but usually takes a book into the hides and sits at the back reading, much to the distain of some of the more twitchy twitchers.)
Don't worry about your wife, take her to new 5* WWT bird hide at Welney and she'll be cosy in the heated, glass-fronted luxury of it all. She could even buy you your Christmas present in the WWT gift shop and eat cakes washed down by copious amounts of tea in the cafe! Meanwhile you could do some birding and be back in time for the evening feeding the swans spectacle. Even a non-birder should be impressed by that!
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Don't worry about your wife, take her to new 5* WWT bird hide at Welney and she'll be cosy in the heated, glass-fronted luxury of it all. She could even buy you your Christmas present in the WWT gift shop and eat cakes washed down by copious amounts of tea in the cafe! Meanwhile you could do some birding and be back in time for the evening feeding the swans spectacle. Even a non-birder should be impressed by that!
Sounds just the ticket, I'll definintely give it a go when the weather's poor!
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Went to the Ouse Washes early this morning - nice sunrise, causing the problem that you're always looking into the sun from the hides. Having said that, saw Great Crested Grebe, Wigeon, Lapwings, Teal and Mute Swans clearly, no big deal for some you I'm sure, but I'm happy with that.

Stayed from 7.30am until 10.00am and had every hide to myself. Not complaining, but very surprised there wasn't more people about.
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Laughing Gull at Grafham Water today
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hi cambs birders,i am up in cambridgeshire around the ely area on tuesday from about 11,just wondering iff anyone can suggest the best place for a days birding,haven't really been to cambs birding before apart from graffham water but fancy trying somewhere different.Anyone help please???
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hi cambs birders,i am up in cambridgeshire around the ely area on tuesday from about 11,just wondering iff anyone can suggest the best place for a days birding,haven't really been to cambs birding before apart from graffham water but fancy trying somewhere different.Anyone help please???
Hi, Robert. Depends on what you're looking for, really. In one direction, Welney WWT and the Ouse Washes RSPB are not too far away and both worth a visit for Swans, Geese, Waders and Raptors. Ouse Washes is much quieter but they have good coffee and more swans at Welney. The Brecks are also within reasonably easy distance from Ely for woodland birds - the Hawfinches have been reliable at Lynford Arboretum and there are lots of Brambling about. There had been a Great Grey Shrike at Santon but we failed to find it yesterday. If you're interested in rarities there's been an American Wigeon at Needingworth for some time - see above in this thread and a Red-Necked Grebe at Fen Drayton recently.

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thanks very much helen,will definatly get to at least one of the above mentioned places,just got to make my mind up but once again thanks very much!
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Barnacle goose

Was visiting Ferry Meadows yesterday (first time) and amongst a large group of canda geese was a lonesome Barnacle goose.

Does anyone know if this is an escapee/ resident? or was I just lucky with that spot!

Rest of area was pretty quiet.
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There are a few feral Barnacle Geese present all year in this area and it's not unusual to find one or two with Canada or Greylag flocks.
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