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15 January 2019
  • Abbey Hill Flood (SK3639) 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 40 Pied Wagtail
  • Allestree (SK3439) 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush
  • Buxton (SK0573) 1 Brambling
  • Flash Lane (SK2965) 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Siskin, 45 Crossbill
  • Hoo Moor (SK0077) 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Crossbill, 7 Lesser Redpoll
  • Mickleover (SK3034) 2 Blackcap
  • New Mills (SJ995865) 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch
  • Shipley View Lagoon (SK4444) 1 Stonechat, 1 Water Rail
  • Taxal (SK003784) 1 Buzzard
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 1 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 3 Shoveler, 1 Snipe, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Kingfisher, 5 Water Rail, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Raven
14 January 2019
  • Buxton (SK0573) 1 Raven, 80 Goldfinch
  • Freebirch (SK3073) 1 Little Owl, 8 Red-Legged Partridge
  • Harland Edge (SK2868) 2 Kestrel, 2 Raven
  • Kedleston Hall/Park/Lake (SK3140) 60 Redwing
  • Long Eaton GP (SK5033) 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 14 Little Egret, 3 Siskin, 5 Red-Crested Pochard
  • Peak Forest (SK1179) 1 Sparrowhawk
  • Shipley Country Park (SK4444) 4 Brambling
  • Shipley Lake (SK4444) 6 Cormorant
  • Shipley View Lagoon (SK4444) 1 Stonechat
13 January 2019
  • Clay Cross (SK3963) 22 Goldfinch, 7 Siskin
  • Holmgate (SK3863) 67 Redwing
  • Mapperley Res. (SK4343) 1 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Tawny Owl, 115 Canada Goose, 137 Black-headed Gull, 15 Greylag Goose, 3 Hybrid Goose, 4 Common Gull, 4 Shoveler, 5 Mandarin, 56 Tufted Duck
  • Mickleover (SK3034) 2 Blackcap
  • Ogston Res. (SK3760) 10 Goosander
  • Pools Brook CP (SK4373) 400 Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Shipley Lake (SK4444) 108 Wigeon, 11 Shoveler, 16 Pochard, 27 Mute Swan, 305 Coot, 56 Gadwall
  • Stretton (SK3961) 1 Herring Gull
  • Wyver Lane (SK3449) 1 Kestrel, 12 Tufted Duck, 5 Shoveler, 8 Goosander
12 January 2019
  • Doe Hill Lake (SK3964) 3 Goosander
  • Hardwick Wood (SK3766) 1 Snipe, 76 Redwing
  • Kedleston Hall/Park/Lake (SK3140) 250 Greylag Goose, 150 Canada Goose, 10 Goosander, 1 Red Kite, 15 Brambling
  • Markeaton Lake/Park (SK3337) 110 Black-headed Gull, 13 Coot, 23 Mallard, 28 Canada Goose, 4 Goosander, 4 Mute Swan, 6 Tufted Duck
11 January 2019
  • Buxton (SK061742) 28 Brambling, 5 Lesser Redpoll
  • Chaddesden Sidings (SK3735) 1 Bullfinch, 1 Kestrel, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Sparrowhawk
  • Denby (SK3946) 1 Little Grebe, 10 Coot, 11 Mallard, 14 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck, 42 Jackdaw, 66 Black-headed Gull, 8 Great Tit, 84 Wood Pigeon
  • Glapwell (SK4766) 1 Song Thrush, 2 Buzzard
  • Hoo Moor (SK0077) 30 Long-tailed Tit
  • Kedleston Hall/Park/Lake (SK3140) 2 Brambling
  • Matlock (SK3060) 1 Tawny Owl
  • Pavilion Gardens(Buxton) (SK0573) 21 Mandarin
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 1 Bittern, 1 Shelduck, 6 Water Rail
10 January 2019
  • Abbey Hill Flood (SK3639) 3 Wigeon, 4 Mallard, 5 Moorhen, 52 Teal, 167 Black-headed Gull, 73 Lapwing
  • Aldercar (SK441491) 4 Grey Partridge
  • Buxton (SK0573) 4 Brambling
  • Curbar (SK2574) 1 Brambling, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Dipper, 2 Goosander, 30 Mandarin
  • Darley Dale (SK2762) 1 Treecreeper, 14 Moorhen
  • Erewash Meadows (DWT Resv) (SK4449) 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Little Owl, 1 Shelduck, 7 Snipe
  • Loscoe Dam (SK4247) 1 Tawny Owl
  • Markham (SK452718) 4 Bearded Tit
  • Mickleover (SK3034) 1 Blackcap, 1 Grey Wagtail
  • Rowthorne (SK4764) 1 Buzzard, 1 Jay, 1 Song Thrush, 30 Yellowhammer
  • Sinfin Moor (SK369308) 1 Yellow-browed Warbler
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Water Rail, 5 Bullfinch
9 January 2019
  • Barrow-On-Trent (SK3528) 1 Blue Tit, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Moorhen, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Wren, 4 Black-headed Gull, 50 Wood Pigeon, 6 Mallard
  • Bolsover (SK4770) 1 Grey Heron, 3 Mistle Thrush
  • Mapperley Res. (SK4343) 3 Goosander, 4 Shoveler, 44 Tufted Duck, 6 Cormorant, 7 Mandarin
  • Swarkestone (SK3628) 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cormorant, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Redwing, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Dunnock, 2 Moorhen, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Mallard, 9 Black-headed Gull
  • Wadshelf (SK3072) 1 Barn Owl
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Little Egret, 2 Bittern, 2 Kingfisher, 6 Water Rail
8 January 2019
  • Belper (SK354490) 10 Brambling
  • Bradley Dam (SK2245) 700 Black-headed Gull
  • Buxton (SK0573) 8 Brambling
  • Cutthorpe (SK3473) 1 Buzzard, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Goldcrest
  • Darley Dale (SK272627) 1 Grey Heron, 2 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 45 Mallard
  • Errwood Res. (SK0175) 65 Lapwing
  • Hoo Moor (SK0077) 300 Brambling
  • Kinder Res. (SK0588) 11 Goldcrest, 4 Goosander, 6 Red Grouse
  • Matlock (SK3060) 1 Tawny Owl
  • Roseland Wood (SK4967) 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard
  • Sinfin Moor (SK369308) 1 Yellow-browed Warbler
  • Wyver Lane (SK3449) 1 Gadwall, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Raven, 1 Wigeon, 10 Goosander, 110 Canada Goose, 12 Reed Bunting, 2 Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Pink-Footed Goose, 2 Tufted Duck, 276 Teal, 5 Cormorant, 5 Siskin, 6 Shoveler, 79 Black-headed Gull, 80 Lapwing, 9 Stock Dove, 95 Greylag Goose
7 January 2019
  • Cromford Canal (SK334540) 3 Goldcrest
  • Glapwell (SK4766) 1500 Wood Pigeon, 4 Mistle Thrush
  • Rowthorne (SK4764) 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine
  • Wadshelf (SK2873) 2 Barn Owl
  • Whaley Bridge (SK011817) 1 Grey Wagtail
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 1 Bittern, 1 Shelduck, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Oystercatcher
6 January 2019
  • Barrow GP (SK3527) 1 Little Egret, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 14 Goldeneye, 17 Great Crested Grebe, 241 Canada Goose, 29 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, 7 Pochard, 79 Greylag Goose
  • Buxton (SK0573) 1 Nuthatch, 6 Brambling
  • Cauldwell (SK2517) 1 Kestrel
  • Drakelow Nature Reserve (SK2220) 1 Little Egret, 1 Hooded Merganser, 13 Goosander, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff
  • Glapwell (SK4766) 1 Kestrel
  • Hardwick Park (SK4664) 2 Grey Heron
  • Langley Mill (SK456463) 1 Chiffchaff
  • Long Eaton GP (SK5033) 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Treecreeper, 13 Little Grebe, 4 Snipe, 7 Shoveler
  • Mickleover (SK3034) 1 Blackcap
  • Rowthorne (SK4764) 1 Buzzard
  • Shipley (SK459456) 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Stonechat, 14 Snipe, 2 Water Rail
  • Sinfin Moor (SK369308) 1 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler
  • Sinfin Moor Wetlands (SK3631) 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Owl, 1 Peregrine, 3 Jack Snipe
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 1 Bittern, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail
5 January 2019
  • Alvaston Lake (SK377346) 12 Shoveler
  • Carsington Water (SK2451) 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Willow Tit, 7 Lesser Redpoll
  • Clay Cross (SK3963) 26 House Sparrow
  • Glapwell (SK4766) 1 Buzzard
  • Holmgate (SK3863) 83 Redwing
  • Matlock (SK2960) 1 Waxwing
  • Palterton (SK4768) 300 Golden Plover
  • Rowthorne (SK4764) 1 Buzzard, 2 Song Thrush
  • Sinfin Moor (SK369308) 1 Yellow-browed Warbler
  • Sinfin Moor Wetlands (SK3631) 2 Shelduck, 5 Jack Snipe
4 January 2019
  • Apperknowle (SK3878) 1 Buzzard, 1 Wren, 2 Coal Tit, 36 Goldfinch
  • Chatsworth Park (SK2570) 1 the probable Scaup x Pochard again
  • Church Wilne Res. (SK4631) 1 Hen Harrier reported briefly
  • Curbar (SK2574) 1 Brambling, 12 House Sparrow, 8 Chaffinch
  • Erewash Meadows (DWT Resv) (SK4449) 1 Shelduck, 1 Willow Tit, 139 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 47 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 7 Shoveler, 92 Wigeon
  • Shillito Wood (SK2974) 4 Siskin
  • Ticknall (SK3523) 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtail, 30 Redwing, 50 Fieldfare, 60 Jackdaw, 7 Nuthatch, 8 Long-tailed Tit
3 January 2019
  • Belper (SK361465) 2 Brambling
  • Cauldwell (SK2517) 1 Buzzard
  • Church Wilne (SK4331) 1 Whooper Swan
  • Crich Chase (SK3452) 40 Lesser Redpoll
  • Drakelow Nature Reserve (SK2220) 1 Great White Egret, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Hooded Merganser, 1 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 10 Goosander, 90 Carrion Crow
  • Mapperley Res. (SK4343) 13 Goosander, 15 Mandarin, 3 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 5 Cormorant, 56 Tufted Duck
  • Mickleover (SK3034) 1 Blackcap
  • Normanton Brook (SK4357) 4 Meadow Pipit, 40 Fieldfare
  • Shillito Wood (SK2974) 1 Nuthatch, 3 Brambling, 4 Yellowhammer
  • Taddington (SK1471) 1 Song Thrush, 10 Goldfinch, 40 Brambling
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 2 Oystercatcher
2 January 2019
  • Baslow (SK2572) 1 Dunnock, 1 Goosander, 10 Mallard, 10 Rook, 2 Blue Tit
  • Beeley (SK2667) 1 Jay
  • Belper (SK3547) 10 Siskin, 3 Brambling, 3 Pink-Footed Goose
  • Carr Wood (SK3659) 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Chaddesden Park (SK3836) 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush
  • Chatsworth Park (SK2570) 10 Pheasant
  • Church Wilne (SK4431) 1 Black-necked Swan (Escape)
  • Cromford Moor (SK3055) 40 Brambling
  • Curbar (SK2574) 1 House Sparrow, 2 Collared Dove, 3 Blackbird, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Jackdaw
  • Flash Lane (SK2965) 1 Brambling, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Treecreeper, 10 Crossbill, 10 Fieldfare, 10 Goldfinch, 10 Wood Pigeon, 50 Redwing, 6 Crossbill
  • Locko Park/Lake (SK4038) 1 Little Egret, 1 Raven, 2 Shoveler, 3 Pheasant
  • Matlock (SK301604) 3 Wood Pigeon
  • Ogston Res. (SK3760) 30 Siskin
  • Pleasley Colliery (SK4964) 10 Lesser Redpoll
  • Rowthorne (SK4764) 1 Jay, 19 Red-Legged Partridge
  • St Chad's Water (SK447319) 1 Water Rail
  • Taddington (SK1471) 5 Skylark
1 January 2019
  • Ambaston GP (SK4232) 1 Woodcock
  • Arkwright Colliery (SK4270) 1 Coal Tit, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Snipe, 1 Treecreeper, 18 Redwing, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Meadow Pipit, 35 Goldfinch, 6 Bullfinch
  • Bolsover (SK465713) 1 Song Thrush, 1 Waxwing
  • Church Wilne (SK4431) 1 Whooper Swan
  • Erewash Meadows (DWT Resv) (SK4449) 1 Shelduck
  • Kedleston Hall/Park/Lake (SK3140) 2 Red Kite
  • Kirk Hallam Lake (SK4540) 1 Muscovy Duck, 13 Shoveler, 2 Egyptian Goose
  • Long Eaton GP (SK5033) 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Jay, 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Raven, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Snipe, 6 Shoveler
  • Markeaton Lake/Park (SK3337) 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Mandarin, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Treecreeper, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Buzzard, 2 Goosander, 2 Jay, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Redwing, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Stock Dove, 25 Canada Goose, 3 Little Egret, 4 Goosander, 5 Nuthatch, 50 Black-headed Gull, 8 Goldfinch
  • Matlock (SK298601) 1 Treecreeper
  • Matlock Bridge (SK297601) 1 Dipper
  • Mickleover (SK3034) 1 Ring-necked Parakeet
  • St Chad's Water (SK4431) 2 Goosander
  • Stockley (SK4667) 3 Buzzard, 5 Goosander
  • Taddington (SK1471) 9 Brambling
  • Willington GP (SK283271) 1 Bittern, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Shelduck, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker
31 December 2018
  • Bolsover (SK4671) 2 Waxwings (via DBFG)
  • Carsington Water (SK2451) 154 Canada Goose, 19 Pochard, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 20 Cormorant, 28 Tree Sparrow, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Peregrine, 3 Ruff, 31 Little Grebe, 6 Great Black-backed Gull
  • Clay Cross (SK3963) 5 Bullfinch
  • Drakelow Nature Reserve (SK2220) 1 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret
  • Erewash Meadows (DWT Resv) (SK4449) 50 Wigeon, 1 Dunnock, 1 Gadwall, 10 Wood Pigeon, 13 Teal, 15 Coot, 18 Mallard, 2 Stock Dove, 23 Pink-Footed Goose, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Carrion Crow, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Moorhen, 3 Redwing, 3 Wren, 5 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 7 Canada Goose, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Great Tit, 9 Shoveler
  • Holmgate (SK3863) 1 Dunnock, 1 Great Tit
  • Mapperley Res. (SK4343) 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Willow Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Nuthatch, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Treecreeper
  • Rose End Meadows (SK2956) 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Stock Dove, 11 Bullfinch, 15 Goldfinch, 16 Blue Tit, 20 Great Tit, 25 Jackdaw, 3 Redwing, 30 Wood Pigeon, 4 Coal Tit, 4 Magpie, 5 Blackbird, 5 Robin, 5 Wren
  • Rowthorne (SK4764) 1 Buzzard, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 21 Red-Legged Partridge
  • Willington GP (SK283271) 1 Great White Egret
30 December 2018
  • Abbey Hill Flood (SK3639) 1 Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Snipe, 28 Lapwing, 328 Black-headed Gull, 41 Teal, 5 Common Gull, 6 Moorhen, 9 Mallard
  • Buxton (SK0574) 1 Woodcock
  • Drakelow Nature Reserve (SK2220) 1 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, Hooded Merganser, 17 Goosander, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Cetti’s Warbler
  • Long Eaton (SK4934) 1 Sparrowhawk
  • Longshaw (SK2679) 24 Mandarin
  • Markeaton Lake/Park (SK3337) 1 Little Grebe, 16 Moorhen, 17 Tufted Duck, 18 Coot, 2 Little Egret, 5 Goosander
  • Monyash (SK1566) 500 Starling
  • Moscar (SK2187) 11 Red Grouse
  • Rowthorne (SK4764) 1 Coal Tit, 1 Kestrel, 180 Chaffinch, 3 Fieldfare, 4 Siskin
  • Sinfin Moor Wetlands (SK3631) 2 Shelduck, 93 Common Gull
  • Staveley SF (SK4476) 1 Barn Owl, 1 Jay, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Yellowhammer, 11 Mallard, 15 Blue Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Pheasant, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Bullfinch, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Great Tit, 4 Wren, 5 Carrion Crow, 6 Blackbird, 6 Magpie, 7 Fieldfare, 7 Robin, 85 Wood Pigeon
  • Stockley (SK4667) 2 Goosander, 70 Pink-Footed Goose
  • Wyver Lane (SK3449) 1 Buzzard, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1000 Corvids, 11 Goosander, 2 Cormorant, 2 Wigeon, 3 Coot, 30 Lapwing, 5 Tufted Duck, 6 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 85 Greylag Goose, 98 Canada Goose
29 December 2018
  • Ambaston (SK4233) 1 Great Tit, 124 Jackdaw, 4 Goosander
  • Brackenfield (SK3758) 70 Redwing
  • Breaston (SK4533) 2 Common Gull, 25 House Sparrow
  • Cauldwell (SK2517) 1 Kestrel
  • Dove Valley Lake (SK2031) 310 Lapwing
  • Drakelow Nature Reserve (SK2220) 1 Great White Egret, 1 Hooded Merganser, 1 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 150 Mallard, 195 Cormorant, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2000 Jackdaw, 46 Lapwing, 8 Greylag Goose
  • Great Wilne (SK4430) 1 Fieldfare
  • Hayfield (SK0386) 2 Brambling, 2 Goosander, 30 Fieldfare, 40 Pink-Footed Goose
  • Long Eaton (SK4933) 18 Goldfinch
  • Long Eaton GP (SK5033) 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Siskin, 1 Stonechat, 104 Pochard, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Little Egret, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Bullfinch, 7 Goldeneye
  • Ogston Res. (SK3760) 243 Lapwing, 60 Teal, 7 Goosander
  • Pinxton (SK4555) 1 Blackcap
  • Rowthorne (SK4764) 1 Buzzard
  • Shipley Lake (SK4444) 11 Common Gull, 12 Pochard, 181 Wigeon, 2 Siskin, 2 Teal, 29 Mute Swan, 35 Goldfinch, 68 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 1 Bittern, 1 Peregrine, 1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk
28 December 2018
  • Apperknowle (SK3878) 3 Buzzard
  • Barrow GP (SK3527) 1 Canada/Greylag Hybrid, 1 Goosander, 14 Goldeneye, 15 Great Crested Grebe, 29 Cormorant, 3 Shelduck, 429 Canada Goose, 59 Greylag Goose, 9 Grey Heron
  • Church Wilne (SK4431) 1 Whooper Swan
  • Findern (SK3030) 106 Canada Goose
  • Glapwell (SK4766) 1 Coal Tit
  • Glossop (SK033940) 7 Waxwing
  • Kirk Hallam Lake (SK4540) 1 Muscovy Duck, 16 Moorhen, 2 Egyptian Goose, 7 Shoveler
  • Norbriggs Flash (SK4475) 1 Buzzard, 1 Gadwall, 1 Kestrel, 11 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 14 Great Tit, 16 Black-headed Gull, 16 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 23 Blackbird, 3 Yellowhammer, 4 Bullfinch
  • Press Res. (SK3565) 150 Fieldfare
  • Rowthorne (SK4764) 1 Buzzard, 11 Red-Legged Partridge
  • Straw's Bridge (SK4541) 115 Mallard
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 1 Bittern, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Shelduck, 1 Goosander, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 10 Pochard, 12 Grey Heron, 19 Shoveler, 19 Tufted Duck, 27 Gadwall, 5 Water Rail, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 9 Grey Heron, 9 Herring Gull, 98 Teal

 

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December 2018 highlights



Derbyshire has a habit of producing a significant rarity in the final months (Crag Martin and Dusky Thrush in recent years, for example) and 2018 provided a fairly obliging Rose-coloured Starling to maintain that standard. More expected, but a little later than usual, was the Great Northern Diver at Carsington Water whilst the same site produced notes on a putative Red-Necked Grebe. If only the latter had stayed as long as the more obliging Black-necked Grebe at Long Eaton GP.


Willington GP again holds a wintering Bittern, a sighting of five Great White Egrets at one location holds enormous promise and it was great to see Bewick's Swans back on the list.


More Pink-footed Geese headed mainly eastwards, whilst amongst a good assortment of wildfowl a Garganey was an excellent find. The list of wader species was impressive within which we seem to have further confirmation of Ruff, Dunlin and Common Sandpiper as inland wintering species. An early Oystercatcher and a Grey Plover were also notable.


Gull-watchers were rewarded with a Swedish-ringed Mediterranean Gull and the number of reported Yellow-legged Gulls and Caspian Gulls is probably assisted by increased observer familiarity with these species.Barn Owl reports from 16 locations is a cause for rejoicing, a few Waxwing raised hopes of more to come, Ogston Res held a most obliging Twite and Carr Vale again proved the place to look for wintering Chiffchaff, where the total of eight included one of the tristis race.


Lots to enjoy, therefore, despite the absence of any Great Grey Shrikes

Bryan Barnacle

 

 
 
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