Bird News

This is a news service only and the reports are unchecked. All records submitted via the "Submit record" page will be sent to the Bulletin Bird Notes Compiler and entered onto the DOS database even if they do not appear here. Please note that for obvious reasons we do not publish sightings of rare breeders such as Little Ringed Plover during the breeding season (unless obvious migrants)

 

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15 December 2017
  • Allestree (SK3439) 1 Grey Wagtail
  • Carsington Water (SK2451) 1 Stonechat
  • Darley Dale (SK266630) 1 Goldcrest, 1 Redwing, 3 Hawfinch
  • Drakelow Nature Reserve (SK2220) 1 Long-tailed Duck
  • Kinder Bank (SK0587) 1 Stonechat
  • Pleasley (SK5064) 10 Redwing
14 December 2017
  • Drakelow Nature Reserve (SK2220) 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Pintail, 1 Water Rail, 15 Gadwall, 21 Teal, 30 Shoveler, 35 Wigeon, 7 Pheasant, 90 Mallard
  • Hayfield (SK0386) 1 Barn Owl, 3 Reed Bunting
  • Normanton Brook (SK4357) 1 Little Egret, 1 Stonechat, 2 Willow Tit
  • South Normanton (SK4456) 80 Carrion Crow
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Redshank, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Goosander
13 December 2017
  • Bakewell (SK2168) 1 Hawfinch
  • Toddbrook Res (SK005828) 1 Sparrowhawk
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 1 Great White Egret, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Redshank, 8 Siskin
  • Willington PS (SK3028) 2 Peregrine
12 December 2017
  • Allestree (SK3439) 2 Common Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 44 Black Headed Gull
  • Barlow (SK344755) 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Nuthatch, 40 Siskin
  • Darley Dale (SK2662) 7 Hawfinch
  • Dowel Dale (SK0667) 2 Stonechat, 85 Fieldfare
  • Rowthorne (SK4764) 1 Goldcrest, 1 Sparrowhawk, 12 Long Tailed Tit, 13 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Fieldfare, 6 Tree Sparrow
11 December 2017
  • Alvaston Lake (SK3734) 1 Egyptian Goose
  • Clay Cross (SK3963) 506 Black Headed Gull
  • Hardwick Wood (SK3766) 1 Snipe
  • Hayfield (SK0386) 1 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Goosander, 4 Reed Bunting
  • North Wingfield (SK4165) 2 Brambling
  • Radbourne (SK2835) 3 Hawfinch
  • Raynesway (SK3834) 1 Kingfisher
  • Rowthorne (SK4764) 1 Grey Partridge, 7 Redwing
  • Swarkestone (SK3628) 1 Cormorant, 1 Goosander, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Mallard, 10 Mute Swan, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Dunnock, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Moorhen, 2 Robin, 32 Black Headed Gull, 4 Blackbird, 5 Great Tit, 5 Wren, 7 Wood Pigeon, 75 Greylag Goose
10 December 2017
  • Kinder Bank (SK0486) 30 Siskin
  • Littleover (SK3132) 1 Brambling
  • Mickleover (SK3034) 1 Grey Wagtail
  • Moorway Lane Pond (SK3232) Sparrowhawk, 3 Common Gull
  • Newhall (SK2920) 1 Starling, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Dunnock, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Robin, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Wren, 16 House Sparrow, 17 Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Great Tit, 3 Bullfinch, 4 Redwing, 4 Wood Pigeon, 5 Blackbird, 6 Greenfinch, 9 Collared Dove
  • Ripley (SK401517) 1 Water Rail
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 1 Great White Egret
9 December 2017
  • Buxton (SK0573) 4 Herring Gull
  • Chesterfield (SK3871) 1 Peregrine
  • Derby (SK3234) 1 Sparrowhawk
  • Drakelow Nature Reserve (SK2220) 314 Cormorant, 4 Goosander
  • Kirk Hallam Lake (SK4540) 1 Muscovy Duck, 16 Moorhen, 2 Egyptian Goose, 9 Shoveler
  • Longdendale (SK031971) 1 Jack Snipe
  • Long Eaton GP (SK5033) 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Siskin, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Red Crested Pochard, 2 Water Rail, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 32 Pochard, 5 Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Little Grebe, 7 Common Gull, 7 Goosander
  • Sinfin Moor (SK3531) 4 Stonechat
  • Sinfin Moor Wetlands (SK3631) 1 Little Owl, 1 Peregrine, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 140 Redwing
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 1 Great White Egret
8 December 2017
  • Barlow (SK336752) 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Treecreeper
  • Bennerley Marsh (SK4743) 2 Peregrine
  • Smalley (SK4044) 25 Golden Plover
7 December 2017
  • Cromford (SK2956) 1 Hawfinch
  • Matlock Bank (SK301604) 1 Pied Wagtail
  • Quarndon (SK3341) 2 Ring Necked Parakeet
6 December 2017
  • Carsington Water (SK2451) 1 Great Northern Diver again
  • Dove Holes Quarry (SK0878) 100 Fieldfare, 17 Tufted Duck, 2 Shelduck, 2 Stonechat, 48 Teal, 59 Canada Goose
  • Drakelow Nature Reserve (SK2220) 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Goosander, 3 Goldeneye
  • Howden Res. (SK164936) Now 7 Parrot Crossbill (via Derbyshire Birders)
  • Glapwell (SK4766) 22 Redwing
  • Pride Park Sanctuary LNR (SK3734) 1 Kestrel, 2 Meadow Pipit
  • Rowthorne (SK4764) 7 Redwing
  • Shipley Country Park (SK4444) 1 Bullfinch, 2 Jay, 3 Common Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 30 Black Headed Gull
  • Shipley View Lagoon (SK4444) 1 Green Woodpecker
5 December 2017
  • Chellaston (SK3730) 1 Grey Heron, 110 Fieldfare, 15 Long Tailed Tit, 5 Yellowhammer, 80 Redwing
  • Holloway (SK3256) 2 Raven
  • Longdendale (SK0598) 2 Whooper Swan, 27 Long Tailed Tit, 9 Coal Tit
  • Matlock Bank (SK301604) 1 Magpie, 1 Wood Pigeon
4 December 2017
  • Abbey Hill Flood (SK3639) 1 Little Egret, 141 Lapwing, 26 Mallard, 28 Teal, 82 Black Headed Gull
  • Ashbourne (SK1746) 1 Grey Wagtail
  • Barlow (SK3474) 1 Nuthatch, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Treecreeper, 20 Siskin
  • Carsington Water (SK2451) 2 Goldeneye, 4 Gadwall, 5 Ruff
  • Glapwell (SK4766) 18 Redwing
  • Littleover (SK3233) 3 Gadwall
  • Rowthorne (SK4764) 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Treecreeper, 5 Fieldfare
  • Staveley (SK4374) 1 Sparrowhawk
  • Staveley SF (SK4476) 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Peregrine, 11 Pied Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Kestrel, 45 Linnet, 5 Fieldfare, 5 Meadow Pipit, 5 Yellowhammer
  • Whaley Bridge (SK007814) 1 Nuthatch
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 1 Great White Egret, 2 Gadwall
3 December 2017
  • Allestree (SK3439) 550 Pink Footed Goose
  • Alton (SK3664) 93 Pink Footed Goose
  • Bennerley Marsh (SK4743) 110 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 2 Buzzard, 2 Shoveler, 2 Snipe, 4 Bullfinch, 80 Jackdaw
  • Bretby (SK2923) 10 Red Legged Partridge, 69 Pheasant
  • Chaddesden (SK3937) 1 Buzzard, 1 Stonechat, 2 Kestrel, 3 Fieldfare, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Redwing
  • Clay Cross (SK3963) 2 Hawfinch
  • High Bridge GP (SK2727) 1 Cetti's Warbler
  • Drakelow Nature Reserve (SK2220) 1 Long-tailed Duck again
  • Holmgate (SK3863) 56 House Sparrow
  • Long Eaton GP (SK5033) 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Common Gull, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Red Crested Pochard, 2 Water Rail, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Snipe, 7 Whooper Swan
  • Newton Solney (SK2725) 2 Stonechat
  • Rowthorne (SK4764) 2 Coal Tit, 2 Redwing, 48 Fieldfare
  • Sinfin Moor Wetlands (SK3631) 26 Common Gull
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 1 Bittern, 21 Little Egret
  • Wyver Lane (SK3449) 1 Goldeneye, 97 Teal
2 December 2017
  • Arkwright Town (SK4270) 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Snipe, 108 Pink Footed Goose
  • Barrow GP (SK3527) 2 Peregrine, 5 Goosander, 7 Goldeneye
  • Carsington Water (SK2451) 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Hawfinch
  • Drakelow Nature Reserve (SK2220) 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Water Rail
  • Erewash Meadows (DWT Resv) (SK4449) 1 Pink Footed Goose, 144 Teal, 2 Little Egret, 3 Shoveler, 56 Wigeon
  • Howden Res. (SK167931) 3 Parrot Crossbill, 12 Crossbill (via Derbyshire Birders)
  • Osmaston (SK1943) 1 Collared Dove, 1 Dunnock, 13 Red Legged Partridge, 15 Blackbird, 2 Collared Dove
  • Osmaston Lake/Park/Wood (SK2042) 105 Canada Goose, 18 Teal, 39 Wigeon, 44 Coot, 5 Siskin
  • Shirley Common (SK2142) 33 Golden Plover
  • Sinfin Moor (SK3531) 4 Stonechat
  • Sinfin Moor Wetlands (SK3631) 1 Siskin, 2 Little Owl
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 1 Great White Egret, 10 Water Rail, 6 Little Egret
1 December 2017
  • Alvaston (SK3833) 200 Pink Footed Goose
  • Dove Holes Quarry (SK0878) 2 Shelduck, 2 Stonechat, 27 Canada Goose, 56 Herring Gull
  • Rowthorne (SK4764) 2 Fieldfare
  • Summerley (SK3778) 2 Little Owl
  • Swarkestone (SK3628) 1 Dunnock, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Moorhen, 1 Reed Bunting, 116 Canada Goose, 14 Mute Swan, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Great Tit, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Magpie, 28 Wood Pigeon, 3 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 4 Carrion Crow, 4 Cormorant, 4 Long Tailed Tit, 4 Mallard, 4 Wren, 6 Goldfinch, 60 Greylag Goose
30 November 2017
  • Abbey Hill Flood (SK3639) 66 Black Headed Gull
  • Ambaston (SK4233) 1 Bullfinch, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Goldcrest, 11 House Sparrow, 11 Starling, 2 Buzzard, 2 Redwing, 4 Wren
  • Borrowash (SK4133) 14 Fieldfare, 80 Starling
  • Breaston (SK4633) 2 Redwing
  • Carsington Water (SK2451) 1 Great Northern Diver
  • Church Wilne (SK4532) 1 Kestrel, 2 Bullfinch, 8 Yellowhammer
  • Littleover (SK316331) 1 Coal Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Blue Tit
  • Mickleover (SK3034) 1 Magpie, 2 Blue Tit, 2 House Sparrow, 3 Blackbird, 3 Carrion Crow, 4 Black Headed Gull
  • Ogston Res. (SK3760) 1 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Mute Swan, 4 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, 91 Coot
  • Shardlow (SK4330) 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 Redwing
  • Sheldon (SK171682) 30 Lapwing
28 November 2017
  • Carsington Water (SK2451) 1 Great Northern Diver, 6 Whooper Swan, 1 Hawfinch
  • Drakelow Nature Reserve (SK2220) 1 Long-tailed Duck
  • Kinder Bank (SK0486) 1 Woodcock
  • Normanton Brook (SK4357) 1 Great Black Backed Gull, 2 Stonechat, 4 Meadow Pipit
  • Rowthorne (SK4764) 2 Fieldfare
  • Whitwell (SK5276) 1 Little Owl
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 1 Great White Egret

 

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Oct 2017 highlights



Autumn always brings much to interest us and this year was no exception. Yet another Manx Shearwater was discovered, Great White Egrets have become almost monthly occurrences and several sites saw new species or record counts. The latter included the highest ever Pintail count at Carsington Water.


Whooper Swans arrived, the passage of Pink-footed Geese picked up and wildfowl included obliging Green-winged Teal and Long-tailed Duck individuals. It was nice to be able to report a Ruddy Duck (even without giving full details) and there was once again an impressive list of wader species. The list of gulls was less varied than usual but does include a number of Yellow-legged Gulls and a couple of Kittiwake.


Several rarer species reported were, sadly, all too brief or just seen by single observers and these included Bean Geese, Wryneck, Yellow-browed Warblers, Bearded Tits and a Firecrest. The national influx of Hawfinch, however, did push a good number of this large finch through the county and many birders were lucky enough to catch up with some of them. A number were reported from the visible-migration sites where there were also some excellent counts of both expected and less usual species.


Add in a few Water Pipits and Rock Pipits and there was plenty to look for whilst refamiliarizing ourselves with the calls of Fieldfare, Redwing and Brambling.

Bryan Barnacle

 

 
 
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