Cambridgeshire Bird Club

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The Cambridgeshire Bird Club promotes the study, recording and conservation of birds in Cambridgeshire and encourages a wider interest in natural history and the protection of county wildlife habitats.

We record the County's birds in our Annual Report, so we need your records. We have a stunning Gallery, so we need your photos, and we have a video blog where you add your bird recordings. We do research, we have indoor and outdoor meetings, and we keep you informed with our regular print and online Bulletins. And have a look at our Facebook page.

You can see What's About? and we urge you to report interesting, sensitive or confidential sightings to the County Recorder.

We hope you enjoy your visit and come back soon.

Grey Wagtail Survey 2018 - Reminder

You may recall, (hopefully, a good few of you do!) that our research programme for 2018 included a survey of Grey Wagtails. The first phase of this comes to a close on 1/9/18. If you have been collecting data could you send your results to I would be grateful if I could receive these by 8th October 2018.
The initial results have proved to be very thought provoking, especially with regards the relationship between Homo sapiens and Wagtails. More of that anon.
Could you also note that this is just the first, intensive, phase of the survey? We are also interested in the winter distribution of the species. So if you see a Grey Wagtail between 1/9/18 and 31/3/19 could you record it at the above web site?
Many thanks to all those who have taken part so far. But not too many thanks because I’m sure you enjoyed observing this superb little bird. I was watching an absolutely beautiful male collecting food for a second brood when England were playing Sweden in some recent football match. There was a lot of squawking from the village nearby – Maguire had scored – but hey that can wait for the i-player – I had the best of it.

Raptor Survey 22nd or 23rd September 2018

Over the past couple of years we have carried out a biennial raptor survey. This is giving us a better idea of the changing status of these birds in our county. It’s a relatively simple and hopefully enjoyable task. Pick a promising site. Just about anywhere will do and look out for raptors for a period of one hour. Try to do this in the late morning to the mid afternoon. This is when many raptors are at their most active and most visible, especially those species that soar.
If you see a Raptor could you note the

  • Species, number and if possible gender
  • The location, ideally with a six figure Ordnance grid reference
  • The nature of the location – “urban”, “woodland”, “marsh” etc
  • What the bird(s) were doing – hunting, on passage etc.
  • The time of day and weather conditions.
Don’t be concerned if you cannot answer all the points above. Each observation adds to the snapshot. Send your results to Hopefully, we will be able to repeat this survey in the years to come thereby producing trend data of even value than a one off. And especial thanks to those of you who have contributed in the past.

Spotted Flycatchers in 2018

We will continue this project for its third season into 2018. Cambridgeshire (with Devon) has been piloting ground-breaking geolocator research with the BTO and this will also continue.

Quite simply, we need EVERY record of SpotFlys in the county, from arrival in mid-May until departure.

Records please as usual to the database and to BirdTrack, or email

To see what we found in 2016 check out This page will be updated for the 2017 season at some stage...

Next indoor meetings:

Indoor meeting will resume in September

Next outdoor meetings:

Contact/booking via Louise Bacon,

10th August:To be arranged

More information on Meetings...

Maps of meeting sites


The Club Bulletin is distributed to members six times a year in February, April, June, August, October and December. It contains a summary of recent reports, topical short articles and items of Club news. If you wish to receive our bulletins then you need to join us.
The Bulletin can either be mailed in paper form to members, or sent as a PDF email attachment. In addition, a more immediate monthly e-Bulletin with more detailed information and additional illustrations and photographs is distributed monthly, exclusively by email.
Members who wish to receive e-Bulletins (and / or their Bulletins by email) should provide their email details to the Editors, Peter Bircham & Chris Brown , who are always pleased to receive articles, papers and illustrative artwork for publication. If you would like to send in your records for inclusion in the bulletin summaries then see here.
Back-issues of Bulletins and e-Bulletins are available here.

Have you seen colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit?

The RSPB's Project Godwit has been colour-ringing Black-tailed Godwits, and would welcome any sightings.

More at Project Godwit

Bird Rescue

If you find an injured bird that may have a chance of rehabilitation please contact Chris Percival on 01223 860933. If there is no answerphone switched on, she is away and alternative arrangements will need to be made such as the RSPCA or a local vet.

Cambirds and Peterbirder

Cambirds is an unmoderated discussion group on Cambridgeshire birds and birding which is independent of the Cambridgeshire Bird Club. You do not need to be a member of the Club to participate in this forum, but you will need a Google account.

Peterbirder is a Yahoo-based discussion group for birdwatching, bird sightings and ornithology in Peterborough and the surrounding area. The group also welcomes discussion of all other wildlife in the Peterborough area. Peterbirder is not a part of Peterborough Bird Club.

British Birds magazine- free monthly newsletter

This is an initiative from Britain’s leading birding publication.

More at


Picture of the month for June
Cuckoo, Ouse Washes RSPB
3rd June 2018 ©Richard Patient
Vince Lea has made this month's selection.

"With slightly fewer photos in June it should have been a bit easier to pick a favourite. There were some instructive series of photos such as Steve Cooper's female Pied Wagtail parade, the second, with a lovely reflection, almost made the top spot. Brendan Doe's set of launching starlings, with the Rosy at the centre of the action, are fabulous; particularly the first image with Rosy in the Gold position and adult and juvenile Commons taking up Silver and Bronze! Nigel Sprowell's Spotted Flycatcher bringing food to the nest, with a beautifully framed shot of the nestlings being fed struck a chord with me having helped find one of these nests for Michael Holdsworth's ringing project. All of these work well on the blog as series but what we need is one image for the POM... so I have chosen Richard Patient's Cuckoo at the Ouse Washes. This image engenders such a tranquil scene and a view that we seldom get of this species."

See all the pictures in the Gallery here

Previous Pictures of the Month can be seen here
Grey Partridge
CBC photograph of the year, 2017:
Grey Partridge©Gary Thornton
The Club's congratulations go to Gary.

CBC photograph of the year 2017, 1st runner-up:
Hawfinch ©Geoff Harries

Spotted Flycatcher
CBC photograph of the year 2017, 2nd runner-up:
Spotted Flycatcher ©Nigel Sprowell

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