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Only 63 bird species were recorded today, but they included a hobby and a bittern, both seen from the car park - the latter was seen twice within 30 minutes around mid day. Roving flocks of warblers included lesser and common whitethroats, garden warblers and blackcaps, but our Cetti's warblers seem...
7 Aug 2010
catch of the day
The rounded water beetles that were found by children recently on a pond dipping event have been identified as saucer bugs. It is marvellous what a volunteer can find on the internet! We caught more saucer bugs yesterday, along with leeches, flatworms, damselfly and caddisfly nymphs and water-scorpions...
5 Aug 2010
common tern chicks are fledging
The oldest of our common tern chicks are now beginning to fly, and the remainder should be flying within the week. Migrant dunlins, common and green sandpipers were seen today
18 Jul 2010
new babies and older ones
A mallard with two very small ducklings, perhaps a couple of days old, was on Drayton Lagoon yesterday (Saturday), and a tufted duck had a couple of slightly older ducklings with her on Ferry Lagoon. A mallard was seen with five small ducklings on Elney Lake this morning. The common tern chicks are...
11 Jul 2010
We now have several common tern chicks on rafts in various lakes here at Fen Drayton Lakes. The oldest chicks are just over a week old now, but are now fairly easy to spot as they're quite active - especially when a parent delivers a small fish. Friends donated unwanted or broken large terracotta...
27 Jun 2010
One of our volunteers discovered a drake blue-winged teal yesterday, on Ferry Mere. The bird is still there today, usually in the company of a couple of common teals. This is a North American species, which makes you wonder how it got to Cambridgeshire!
16 Jun 2010
Two logobirds (aka avocets) were seen on the Far Fen scrape, adjacent to our entrance road this morning. Dragon and damselflies were fairly easy to spot in the gloomy weather, becoming more active as the sun came out. We also saw a red admiral, little egret and marsh harrier, and interesting selection...
11 Jun 2010
Back to spring
Cold rain yesterday, wind and sun today - so Spring is still here after all. The wind has made birdwatching quite challenging today, as most birds seemed to be taking shelter. 80 bird species were recorded by 5pm, so they were there if you looked or listened. You could hear Cetti's and garden...
30 May 2010
walking and warbling
We had a lovely walk this morning for our event, which was called "What's that warbler". We'd heard five different species before we'd even left the car park, including a grasshopper warbler,. This one was expected to be the most troublesome, as they are fairly quiet, scarce and...
23 Apr 2010
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