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Guillemot, River Ouse, 2005

Bird Photo Archive


  • Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis
    At one point in the same field of view as the Night Heron! Ouse Washes near Earith. 8.30pm on 15th June 2008.

  • Black-crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax
    Ouse Washes near Earith. 8.30pm on 15th June 2008.

  • Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus
    Fen Drayton, 18th May 2008. Female showing well this morning, hawking from this dead tree by the road north of Elney Lake.

  • Wood Warbler, Phylloscopus sibilatrix
    Paxton Pits, 3rd May 2008. Nice find by Jamie Wells.

  • Lesser Yellowlegs, Tringa flavipes - distant record shot (it is there somewhere!) 19th April, Berry Fen.

  • Common Cranes, Grus grus - this pair were found roosting during the evening of 4th April. At dawn the following morning, they flew north out of the reedbed and landed nearby. For the next few hours the birds put on a fantastic spectacle, dancing and calling, and mating at least twice. This behaviour may not have been seen in the Cambridgeshire Fens for many hundreds of years. The birds later flew south being seen over Paxton Pits and then again by me over Grafham Water. A truly fantastic experience.

  • Red-necked Grebe, Podiceps grisegena - right, with female Tufted Duck, 9th March, Buckden.

  • Lapland Buntings, Calcarius lapponicus - 26th February, Stirtloe near Paxton Pits. A superb find by Mark Hawkes on Sunday morning, at least two, a male and a female were present this morning. A few shaky shots were secured at high magnification and in a strong wind. The birds seem to favour the stubble on the ploughed area around the bird scarer with the Skylarks, but occasionally move into the grassy stubble.


    Male, apparently singing!

    The same male as above, showing the rufous collar

    Presumably the same male as above

    The same male as in the previous photo


  • Great Egret, Egretta alba - 9th January, Pymoor, near the Ouse Washes. This bird hasbeen quite elusive, but we found it close to Dunkirk east of Pymoor, fishing in a drain. It has distincly green lores.


  • Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis - 29th December, St Neots. Part of an influx into the UK.

  • Purple Heron, Ardea purpurea - 6th October, juvenile at Eldernell.

  • Squacco Heron, Ardeola ralloides - 11th August, Earith pits.

  • Black-necked Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis - 11th February, Diddington Pit, Paxton Pits. What a fluffy bum!


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Red-necked Grebe, adult.

Fen Drayton, 9 September 2006.

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta.

Cambourne, 1 August, 2006. The rise of the egret continues with this confiding individual in the business park this morning.

Spoonbill, Platalea leucorodia.

Wicken Fen, 21 June 2006. Showing well along with 20 (!) Little Egrets on Bakers Fen.

Roseate Tern, Sterna dougallii.

Paxton Pits, 3 June 2006. An awesome bird and much-hoped-for Cambs tick, showing well at Diddington Pit.

Arctic Tern, Sterna paradiseae.

Paxton Pits, 29 April, part of a group of c30. Note differences with nearby Common Terns.

Common Tern left, Arctic Tern right.

Green-winged Teal, Anas carolinensis.

Showing well on Gordon's Mere, Woodwalton Fen, 22 April.

Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros.

28 March. A female in The Wildlife Trust office garden, Cambourne. The same bird as last year?

Long-eared Owl, Asio otus.

Paxton Pits, 5 March.

Pintail, Anas acuta.

Welches Dam, Ouse Washes, 5 March.

Lesser Redpoll, Carduelis cabaret.

Woodwalton Fen, 4 March.


Black-throated Diver, Gavia arctica.

Juvenile, Paxton Pits, 4 December. Amazingly, this bird dropped in on Diddington Pit, where the GND was also present!

Great Northern Diver, Gavia immer.

Juvenile, Paxton Pits, 4 December.

Water Pipit, Anthus spinoletta.

Paxton Pits, 4 December.

American Wigeon, Anas americana.

Adult drake at Needingworth, 4 December.

Collared Pratincole, Glareola pratincola.

Seen early morning at Bakers Fen, Wicken Fen, on 28 May 2005. The bird departed high to the east at c9.20am and arrived at Cley, Norfolk at 12.55, where I saw it again the following day. This is the first record in Cambridgeshire since 1983.

American Wigeon, Anas americana.

Male paired with a female Eurasion Wigeon, on the Ouse Washes, near Chain Corner, 21 April 2005.

Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros.

Female type, spent the day around the garden of the Wildlife Trust office at Cambourne.

Guillemot, Uria aalge,

adult of the bridled form. South of the Pymore railway bridge, River Ouse, 29 January.


Tundra Bean Goose, Anser fabalis rossicus.

Near Welches Dam, 5 December.


Twite, Carduelis flavirostris.

Fowlmere, 1 November.

Rose-coloured Starling, Sturnus roseus.

Histon, 1 November.

Great White Egret, Egretta alba.

Cam Washes, 8 July.

Long-tailed Duck, Clangula hyemalis.

Paxton Pits, 6 July.

Temminck's Stint, Calidris temminckii.

Paxton Pits, 4 May.

Black-necked Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis.

Paxton Pits, 4 May.

Sandwich Tern, Sterna sandvicensis.

Ferry Meadows, 15 April.

Long-tailed Duck, Clangula hyemalis.

St Ives Gravel Pits, female, 1 March.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos minor.

Cambridge, 2 March.

Iceland Gull, Larus glaucoides.

Cow Lane GP, GOdmanchester, 1 February.

Coot, Fulica atra.

Cow Lane GP, GOdmanchester, 1 February. The resident partial albino.

Greenland White-fronted Goose, Anser albifrons flavirostris.

Priors Fen, Peterborough, 14 January.

Crossbill, Loxia curvirostra.

Wood Ditton, 11 January.

Waxwing, Bombycilla garrulus.

St Neots, 11 January.


Slavonian Grebe, Podiceps auritus

Fen Drayton,30 December.

Long-tailed Duck, Clangula hyemalis.

Fen Drayton, male, 10 November.

American Golden Plover, Pluvialis dominca.

Aldreth, 2 November.

Great Grey Shrike, Lanius excubitor.

Nene Washes, near the Dog-in-a-Doublet Bridge, 20 October. My first good find in Cambs!

All material copyright Jono Leadley 2006