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News update 1 Dec - 10 Dec
  • ROSE COLOURED STARLING Still in Etwall coming to bird feeders in private gardens in Melville Court this morning-Dec 10th. Please respect the privacy of the residents when going to view this bird.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS A “redhead” Smew this dinnertime-Dec 10th-plus 15 Goosander and a Chiffchaff. This site is strictly private with access for permit holders only.
  • R.DERWENT, GREAT WILNE Still an adult Whooper Swan with the Mute Swan flock on Dec 10th.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE An eclipse drake Garganey found on Dec 6th but no sign thereafter. Other early December records were max. of 102 Wigeon, 131 Teal , 23 Gadwall and 5 Water Rails.. A flock of 30 Pink Footed Geese flew East on Dec 8th with 330 flying East on Dec 9th, a Goosander on Dec 1/3rd, a Peregrine Falcon on Dec 4/5/7th, a Merlin on Dec 5th, a Golden Plover on Dec 4th, possibly 2/3 Barn Owls in the area,. Up to 4 Chiffchaffs, 5 Willow Tits and the lone Marsh Tit all still present
News update 2 Dec - 9 Dec
  • ROSE COLOURED STARLING The juv. bird still present in private gardens at Etwall. It is with c70 Common Starlings so the best bet may be to look out form Starlings on rooftops etc. Please respect the privacy of the local residents etc.
  • CARSINGTON WATER A report of a Red Necked Grebe at Millfields on Dec 8th but no sign on Dec 9th . The regular adult Great Northern Diver returned on Dec 2nd and although elusive at times was still present this morning-Dec 9th. Up to 9 Goldeneye, 3 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 10 Snipe and 1 Woodcock noted.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The long staying juv, Black Necked Grebe still present on the Rifle Range Pit on Dec 8th. On Dec 2nd 2 Great White Egrets, a L.ittle Egret and a Green Sandpiper.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A juv. Glaucous Gull was present mid-morning on Dec 6th before it flew off SW. At least 1 and probably 2 Bitterns present on Dec 3/5th. A Green Sandpiper, a Redshank and a Yellow Legged Gull on Dec 6th. On Dec 8th 3 Caspian Gulls, 3 Yellow Legged Gulls, 5 Great Black Backed Gulls and at least 10 Herring Gulls. Also 1 Little Egret, 1 Bittern briefly, 3 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 75 Teal, 21 Shoveler and 11 Pochard.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE 5 Great White Egrets roosted here on Dec 8th-a county record total. Also the escaped drake Hooded Merganser still present along with a Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egrets, a Woodcock, 285 Cormorants, 6 Goldeneye and 6 Goosanders.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR 2 adult Bewicks Swans on Dec 5th, the first county record since 2016. Also on Dec 5th a Grey Plover. The 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was last noted roosting on Dec 5th with up to 4 Caspian Gulls and 3 Yellow Legged Gulls regularly in the roost.
  • POOLSBROOK COUNTRY PARK AREA On Dec 6th 6 Caspian Gulls in this area.
  • R.DERWENT CHUIRCH WILNE/GREAT WILNE On Dec 4th a report of 4 Whooper Swans. Only 1 adult could be found with a small flock of Mute Swans on Dec 5/6th.
  • ST.CHADS WATER A Great White Egret reported ion Dec 3rd. On Dec 5th 3 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Little Egrets, 30 Wigeon, 11 Gadwall, 36 Tufted Duck, 3 Goosanders.
  • CHURCH WILNWE WATER SKI PIT On Dec 5th 3 Little Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Cormorants, 10 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 17 Pochard, 115 Tufted Duck. 10 Goldeneye and 156 Coot.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR On Dec 4th 2 Little Grebes, 19 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Cormorant, 37 Tufted Duck and in a large Gull roost 8n Caspian Gulls0-7ads and a 1st winter-and 6 Yellow Legged Gulls.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On Dec 6th 6 Little Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 33 Cormorants, 21 Wigeon, 22 Gadwall, 98 Teal, 39 Shoveler, 11 Pochard, 126 Tufted Duck, 19 Goldeneye, 3 Goosanders, 5 Common Gulls and 5 Brambling
News update 25 Nov - 28 Nov
  • ETWALL Photos emerged on 27th Nov of an imm. Rose Coloured Starling in a private garden here which has apparently been present for about a week. The bird can only be seen from the house. I gather that an attempt to allow access to this garden may happen at the weekend. There have only been 4 society records with the first being at nearby Hilton in 2001 followed by the popular bird at Sinfin in 2002.
  • CARSINGTON WATER A Hawfinch was found at the Millfields end of the Reservoir on 25th Nov and was still present on 26/27th. Skeins totalling 180 Pink Footed Geese flew NE on 25th Nov with 300 more East n 26th Nov. Still up to 3 Ruff, 14 Dunlin, 8 Snipe and 4 Redshank present. Up to 10 goldeneye and 11 Goosander also noted.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR 73 Pink Footed Geese flew East on 26th Nov with a Little Egret on 26/27th Nov. Up to 25 Gadwall, 183 Teal, 4 Goldeneye AND 1 Shveler also noted.
  • WLLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A Little Egret, 24 Shoveler, 9 Pochard. 1 Goldeneye, 5 Snipe, an adult Yellow Legged Gull plus 4 Common and 2 Herring Gull son 28th Nov. On 26th Nov 18 Whooper Swans, a Black Tailed Godwit and a Short Eared Owl noted
  • ST. CHADS WATER On 27th Nov 3 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Little Egrets, 25 Wigeon, 20 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 4 Goosander and 2 Brambling.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT On 27th Nov 5 Little Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 11 Wigeon,9 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 9 Pochard, 92 Tufted Duck, 9 Goldeneye and 166 Coot.
  • MELBOURNE A Short Eared Owl flew over fields towards Newton Solney on 26th Nov.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The juv. Black Necked Grebe still present on 25th Nov along with 2 Little Egrets and 3 Egyptian Geese.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS On 25th Nov a Yellow Legged Gull and 2 Jack Snipe.
  • DOVE HOLES QUARRY 782 Pink Footed Geese flew through on 25th Nov
News update 14 Nov - 24 Nov
  • MARKHAM VALE A Black Redstart on 24th Nov.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR The 2nd winter Glaucous Gull again present on Nov 14/15/19th with up to 2 Caspian Gulls an d4 Yellow Legged Gulls in the roost. Up to 5 Goldeneye and 3 Goosander also present along with 2 Dunlin on 18th Nov, 1 on 19th and 3 on 22nd. Up to 2 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap and 4 Bramblings also noted. A Great White Egret on Nov 19th and a Little Egret on 20th Nov. 4 Whooper Swans on 23rd Nov.
  • CARSINGTON WATER An adult Ring Billed x Lesser Black Backed Gull hybrid roosted on 20/21st Nov found by Jon Bradley and Richard Lowe. Possibly the sane bird seen in recent years in Shropshire and Lincolnshire. A Hawfinch on 23rd Nov. Skeins of 100 Pink Footed Geese flew through on 19th Nov and 100 om 24th Nov when 20 were actually down at Sheepwash. At least 8 and possibly 10 Woodcock-a site record-flew into roost on 24th Nov. Up to 3 Ruff, 11 Dunlin and 3 Redshank present here.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The juv. Black Necked Grebe still present on The Rifle Range Pot on 18th Nov. with 8 Common Scoter on 17th Nov.
  • BRAMBLING It appears to be a bumper winter for this species with flocks of up to 1500 birds noted in the Matlock Moor area, Bumper Castle area and Errwood Reservoir. Smaller numbers notes at a variety of other sites.
  • FLASH LANE A Mealy Redpoll, 80 Lesser Redpoll and 18 Crossbills on 21st Nov.
  • WHOOPER SWANS A herd of 26 on Swineshaw Reservoir on 21st Nov with 2 at Dove Holes Quarry and 2 at Middleton Moor also on 21st Nov. Eight flew through Carr Vale NR on 24th Nov.
  • GREAT WHITE EGRETS Single birds at Erewash Meadows DWT Reserve on 18TH Nov and at Willington GP on 24th Nov.
  • WILLINGTON GP The elusive Bittern again noted briefly on 24th Nov. The long staying Ruff present up to 21ST Nov with the Black Tailed Godwit still present on 17th Nov. Also a Redshank on 21st Nov. Up to 6 different Caspian Gulls noted during the period 15-24th Nov.
  • BARROW GRAVEL PITS On 23rd Nov 4 Little Grebes, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 23 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons, 5 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 20 Tufted Duck, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Common Buzzard, 50 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 4 Common Gulls, 4 Caspian Gulls-2 ads, 1 4th winter and a 1st winter, 1 Great Black Backed Gull and a Stonechat. Please note this site is completely private and only view from the Ingelby side of the River Trent.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 22nd Nov 3 Little Grebes, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 49 Cormorants, 6 Grey Herons, 7 Grey Lag Geese, 55 Wigeon, 23 Gadwall, 37 Teal, 46 Shoveler, 36 Pochard, 119 Tufted Duck, 9 Goldeneye, 2 Goosanders, 1 Water Rail, 1 Common Gull-ad, 22 Redwing, 51 Fieldfares and a Raven.
  • LOCKO PARK LAKE On 16th Nov 2 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Cormorants, 3 Little Egrets, 58 Greylag Geese, 153 Canada Geese but no sign of the recently reported Firecrest.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR On 16th Nov 1 Little Grebe, 19 Great Crested Grebes, 17 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 138 Mallard, 35 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine Falcon and in the Gull roost were 6 adult Caspian Gulls and 4 Yellow Legged Gulls.
  • TORSIDE A Ring Ouzel on 24th Nov.
  • HIGHBRIDGE GRAVEL PITS A Ruff and a Common Sandpiper on 17th Nov along with 2 Redshank, 105 Wigeon and 2 Goldeneye.
  • CARR VALLE DWT RESERVE The Marsh Tit still present on 24th Nov
News update 5 Nov - 14 Nov
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A Glaucous Gull present up to 11.20.a.m. on 14th Nov before it flew off South. Also an adult Caspian Gull present. A 3rd winter Caspian Gull and 3 Yellow Legged Gulls roosted on 11th Nov. Five Bramblings and a fine male Crossbill flew over Highordish on 13th Nov.
  • CARSINGTON WATER A second winter Glaucous Gull was found here on mid-afternoon on 5th Nov and has roosted here most days since then coming in quite early on some dates including today-14th Nov-when it was in Brown Ale Bay early afternoon. Also here recently up to 4 Yellow Legged Gulls and an adult Caspian Gull in the roost. A flock of 72 Golden Plover circled the res on 10th Nov and up to 3 Ruff, 2 Redshank, 7 Dunlin, 1 Little Egret, 2 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 5 Goldeneye and 4 Goosander noted. A Peregrine on 14th Nov and c15 Brambling roosted on 5th Nov.
  • LONG EATON GP The juv. Black Necked Grebe still present on 11th Nov and a Great White Egret on 12th Nov.
  • MARKHAM VALE NORTH PIT 2 male Bearded Tits were finally seen on 12th Nov having been first heard on 9th Nov. and were still present on 13th Nov.
  • LOCKO PARK A Firecrest was reported on 13th Nov.
  • WILLINGTON GP On 14th Nov 3 Little Egrets, 1 Ruff, 1 Black Tailed Godwit and 2 Caspian Gulls, a colour ringed 1st winter and a 3rd winter along with up to 9 Common Gulls. On 12th Nov 2 Bramblings were found in the lane whilst on 19th Nov 10 Golden Plover, a Green Sandpiper and 2 3rd winter Caspian Gulls.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE 2 Great White egrets on 5th Nov with 1 on 10th Nov. The escaped drake Hooded Merganser again present on 10th Nov along with a Green Sandpipe and a Merlin.
  • EREWASH MEADOWS DWT RESERVE A Great White Egret present her on both sides of the county border since 10th Nov, still present on 13th Nov with 2 Shelduck on 10th Nov.
  • ROWSLEY A Hooded Crow flew over on 10th Nov.
  • RING NECKED PARAKEETS Still up to 6 in Allestree Park, 4 in Alvaston Park and 1 at Breadsall on 11th Nov.
  • ST CHADS WATER 3 Little Egrets, 22 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler and 2 Goosander on 13th Nov.
  • CHURCH WLNE WATER SKI PIT 10 Little Grebes, 11 Pochard, 79 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye on 13th Nov.
  • KEDLESTON Still 1 Red Kite on 13th Nov
News update 30 Oct - 4 Nov
  • GREAT WHITE EGRETS Numerous sighting sin the county at the moment with 2 at Pebley Pond on Nov 1-3rd with 1 on the 4th of Nov. Two-possibly the same 2 birds-were in Queens Park, Chesterfield on Nov. 3rd. Single birds at Drakelow DWT Reseve on Nov. 2nd, Ogston Reservoir on Nov. 4th and Aston-on-Trent GP on Oct 31/Nov. 5th.
  • CASPIAN GULLS On Oct. 31st 2 adults at Barrow GP with a colour ringed near adult on Nov. 4th. On Nov 3rd an adult at Willington GP with an adult at Carsington Water and a 3rd winter roosted at Ogston Reservoir both on Nov. 4th.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS he long staying juv. Black Necked Grebe still present on The Rifle Range Pit on Nov. 3rdalong with 3 Red Crested Pochard and a Goldeneye.
  • WILLINGTON GP A Jack Snipe on Oct. 31st with a Goldeneye and c80 Golden Plover on Nov. 1st. A Ruff still present here on Nov. 3rd and 5 Ravens flew through on the same date.
  • DOVERIDGE 2 Whooper Swans on Nov 1st.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The female Shelduck present here from Oct.29th was found dead on Nov. 4th. Up to 1 Little Egret, 1 Red Crested Pochard, 13 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 3 Ruff, 2 Redshank, 7 Dunlin, 10 Snipe, 1 Woodcock and 1 Yellow Legged Gull noted within the last week.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR The adult Yellow Legged Gull still present here with 2 Goldeneye on Nov. 2nd, and a Little Egret and 5 Bramblings on Nov. 4th.
  • CHINLEY CHURN A Snow Bunting on Oct. 30/31st.
  • EDENSOR A Hawfinch on Oct. 31st.
  • ALLESTREE Still 2 Ring Necked Parakeets on Oct. 30th
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GP A Shelduck and 8 Goldeneye on Oct. 31st.
  • BARROW GRAVEL PITS On Oct 31st 3 Little Grebes, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 29 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 7 Egyptian Geese, 39 Wigeon, 7 Gadwall, 4 teal, 4 Shoveler, 58 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Common Buzzard, c165 Lapwing, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail and a Raven. Additional sightings on Nov. 4th included a Shelduck and 2 Goosanders. Please note this site is strictly private and should only be viewed from the Ingleby side of the R.Derwent
News update 19 Oct - 29 Oct
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The juv, Black Necked Grebe was still present on the Rifle Range Pit on 28th Oct. Also here recently have been 3 Whooper Swans on 27th Oct, a Jack Snipe on 20th Oct and up to 7 Red Crested Pochard, 6 Goldeneye, 3 Little Egrets, 2 Egyptian Geese, 3 Ruff, 3 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper and a Stonechat.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Bittern is still being seen occasionally and the Great White Egret present briefly on 23rd Oct. A Whooper Swan on 20th Oct with 3 on 24th Oct. An Osprey flew through on 21st Oct. Still a Ruff here on 30th Oct with the last sighting of a Black Tailed Godwit on 27th Oct. a colour ringed adult Caspian Gull on 23rd Oct with a 3rd winter on 20th Oct and an adult Yellow Legged Gull on 30th Oct.
  • LOSCOE DAM A Kittiwake flew through on 29th Oct.
  • CARSINGTON WATER 8 Whooper Swans on 19th Oct with 18 on22nd Oct with 11 on 28th Oct. A Shelduck on 27/29th Oct with a 1st winter Kittiwake through on 28th Oct. Up to 4 Little Egrets,3 Pintail, 1 Red Crested Pochard, 8 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander, 7 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, a Curlew, 3 Ruff, 2 Redshank and 4 Yellow Legged Gulls noted recently. Also 45 Pink Footed Geese flew East on 28th Oct.
  • MIDDLETON MOOR An Avocet on 20/21st Oct was probably the 1st ever October record for this species. Also a Yellow Legged Gull on 20th Oct.
  • EREWASH MEADOWS DWT RESERVE A Hawfinch on 21st Oct. with a Great White Egret on 19th Oct.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The Great White Egret was again noted on 19/22/24/28th Oct. A record roost count of 487 Cormorants on 22nd Oct. 5 Whooper Swans on 28th Oct.
  • KINDER SCOUT 11 Whooper Swans flew over on 26th Oct.
  • WHOOPER SWANS On 28th Oct 6 were at Barrow GP, 2 at Greenacres NR and 8 at Shipley Lake.
  • FLASH LANE 40 Crossbills on 25/27th Oct.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GP On 25th Oct 6th Little Grebes, 20 Great Crested Grebes, 58 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 10 Grey Herons, 52 Wigon, 56 Gadwall, 48 Tea, 27 Shoveler, 13 Pochard, 210 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Buzzards and 3 Cettis Warblers.
  • APPEAL FOR HELP On 11th Oct a Sheffield based naturalist was walking along the R.Derwent at Chatsworth Park when he saw, what he thought, were 4 Bearded Tits in some regenerated Alders. The observer is not a birder and had never seen Bearded Tits before and cannot really back this claim up which would be only the 2nd for the Peak District if correct. However he was only about 20 yards from the birds. Nearby was an unknown photographer who was taking pictures. If that unknown photographer has any photos of the birds in question if he could contact the undersigned about them I would be most grateful. Many Thanks
News update 4 Oct - 18 Oct
  • WILLINGTON GP The Bittern is still present being seen just twice recently with the last sighting on Oct 16th when it was seen to fly across “Pittams” Pool at the rear of the site viewed from the causeway. The Great White Egret was again here on Oct 15th and 2 Black Tailed Godwits appear to have taken up residence here. Also lately up to 2 Ruff, 2 Green Sandpipers, a Redshank and a Dunlin plus the usual Little Egrets. Also a Goldeneye has been noted recently
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The escaped drake Hooded Merganser re-appeared here on Oct 14th with a Goldeneye and was also present on Oct 15th. with a Great White Egret on Oct 13/14th.
  • CHATSWORTH PARK 3 Great White Egrets flew through South on Oct.11th.
  • PLEASLEY PIT COUNTRY PARK A Great White Egret on Oct. 10th.
  • LONG EATON GP The long staying juv. Black Necked Grebe still present on Oct 18th with 3 Ruff on Oct. 13th. Still up to 11 Red Crested Pochards here.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE During October up to 23 Wigeon, 12 Gadwall, 167 Teal and 8 Shoveler noted. On Oct 17th a brief Great White Egret before it flew South just after 9.00.a.m. On Oct 1st 24 Pink Feet flew East and 5 flew North on Oct 15th with 170 flying East on Oct 17th. A pair of Pintail on Oct. 2nd with a female on Oct 17th. Eight Golden Plover on Oct 1st with one heard calling on Oct 15th. A Little Egret on Oct. 17th. Three Swallows and Chiffchaff on Oct 15th. A Marsh Tit from Oct 4th with a Cettis Warbler on Oct 15/17th. On Oct 7th 510 Redwings and 430 Fieldfares flew through.
  • MIDDLTON MOOR 6 Whooper Swans on Oct. 18th.
  • BIG MOOR A Great Grey Shrike on Oct. 11th.
  • CARSINGTON WATER Up to 4 Little Egrets, 6 Pintail, 2 Ruff, 4 Ringed Plover, a Redshank and a Dunlin recently. A Great White Egret on Oct. 10th. A juv. Arctic Tern, a Ruddy Shelduck and 7 Redwing on Oct 4th, a female Common Scoter on Oct 6th, a Rock Pipit and 3 Yellow Legged Gull on Oct. 10th, a female type Goldeneye on Oct 13th, a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull on Oct 14th and 70 Pink Footed Geese flew NW on Oct. 18th. The first Fieldfare were 77 moving through on Oct. 17th.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR An adult Yellow Legged Gull throughout the period. On Oct. 5th 2 Swallows and the first Redwings of the autumn-5.On Oct 6th 6 Whooper Swans flew NE. On Oct 7th 12 Mandarins and 4 Swallows. On Oct 8th a Little Egret, a Rock Pipit, 33 Bramblings and a Crossbill. On Oct. 9th the first 4 Fieldfares flew through with a Rock Pipit on Oct 10th.
  • RING NECKED PARAKEETS Single birds at Allestree on Oct 6th and at Smalley on Oct 16th.
  • BARLOW A Whooper Swan on Oct. 9th.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GP On Oct 18th 2 Little Grebes, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 50 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 10 Grey Herons, 31Mute Swans, 84 Greylag Geese, 40 Wigeon, 73 Gadwall, 34 Teal, 16 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 240 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel and 2 Cettis Warblers
News update 22 Sep - 3 Oct
  • CARSINGTON WATER 2 Red Throated Divers were found on the water early morning on 3rd Oct by Clive Ashton. Unfortunately they then took off and circled the Reservoir before flying off West. On 2nd Oct a juvenile Gannet was brought in to the Wildlife Centre having been found that morning in a local quarry. It was checked over and released onto the water where it seemed quite Ok before it took off and flew off West. Other sightings include 1070 Pink Footed Geese flying through in 11 skeins on 28th Sept, 3 Pintail from 24th Sept., 11 Dunlin on 28th Sept., a Ruff from 20th Sept, a Turnstone on 21st Sept and the 1st Lesser Redpoll on 30th Sept along with a Great White Egret.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The juvenile Black Necked Grebe still present on 2nd Oct still on the Rifle Range Pit and up to 4 Red Crested Pochard noted.
  • EREWASH MEADOWS DWT RESERVE 2 Common Cranes late afternoon here on 29th Sept before they flew off NW
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR On 23rd Sept 4 Whooper Swans and 46 Pink Footed Geese flew through, 3 Pintail on 24th Sept., another 2 Whooper Swans flew East on 25th Sept., a Curlew on 26th Sept., one/two juv. Hobbies, a Little Egret and a Yellow Legged Gull on 27th Sept., an adult Hobby on 28/30th Sept with a report of a Brambling on the feeders on 30th Sept.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE On 22nd Sept a massive passage of Meadow Pipits with a total of 2958 flying South. Pink Footed Geese were well represented with 95 flying SE on 23rd Sept, 40 SE on 24th Sept, 69 NW on 25th Sept and on 28th Sept 520 flew NW in eight skeins, 310 flew East in 5 skeins and 140 flew N in 3 skeins. The 1st Redwing was on 30th Sept along with a juvenile Marsh Harrier. Four Crossbills flew over the mound on 2nd OCT AND A Pintail and a Yellow Legged Gull present.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE A Great White Egret and 30 Pink Footed Geese on 28th Sept. with 2 Great White Egrets and a Ring Necked Parakeet on 30th Sept.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS Still 2 Black Tailed Godwits and 2 Ruff here on 2nd Oct along with a Pintail, 3 adult Yellow Legged Gulls and a 3rd winter Caspian Gull. On 25th Sept stuill 2 Green Sandpipers and a juv Common Tern with a juv. Arctic Tern flying
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 24th Sept a Great White Egret and a Bittern
News update 21 Sep - 24 Sep
  • CARSINGTON WATER A juv/1st winter Grey Phalarope was found by Alan Stewardson at Sheepwash Hide about 09.15 a.m. on 21st Sept. It remained here all day and was still present, although mobile, up to about 09.50.a.m. on 22nd Sept when it flew towards the Paul Stanley Hide. Dan Martin then found what a few people think may well have been a second bird on Stones Island just after 10.00.a.m. on 22nd Sept which remained here until it flew towards the dam at about 11.15 a.m. There are reports that the Sheepwash bird was back here about 10.15 a.m. With mobile phone reception not the best at Carsington it would be most useful if any sightings at this site from 10.00.a.m. onwards at both sites could be reported to either myself or Clive Ashton the Carsington Bird Recorder to try and sort this out. One bird still present all day on 23rd Sept but there was no sign of any bird there this morning-24th Sept with conditions improving tremendously. Up to 9 Dunlin, 1 Ruff and 4 Ringed Plover also present along with a Red Crested Pochard whilst the Ruddy Shelduck was back at Millfields on 23rd Sept. This is the 6th record of Grey Phalarope for Carsington and take the county total on close to 40,
  • CODNOR PARK RESERVOIR A first winter Grey Phalarope was found here by Melvyn Harvey about midday on 22nd Sept and remained until early afternoon on 23rd Sept when it was unfortunately taken by a Pike!!!!!! Two records in a year is not unprecedented but represent good rewards to 2 local patch workers. Nice work guys.
  • WILLINGTON GP The Bittern showed well in front of the hide on 21st Sept and up to 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff and 1 Black Tailed Godwit here along with a late Common Tern. The Great White Egret is still putting in occasional appearances.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE An Osprey flew SW mid-morning on 23rd Sept.
  • LONG EATON GP The juv. Black Necked Grebe still here on the Rifle Range Pit on 22nd Sept
News update 1 Sep - 19 Sep
  • WILLINGTON GP A Temminck’s Stint was found here early morning on 19 Sept. by Richard James but was unfortunately disturbed by Lapwings after just 10 minutes and flew off never to be seen again. Also here today were 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 16 Snipe, 1 Back Tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpipers and a Hobby. A brief Great White Egret on the back pools as well before it disappeared behind trees/bushes. On 17th Sept 2 Spotted Redshank and an Osprey flew through. A Bittern has returned and shows itself a couple of times a day-if you are lucky!!!! Odd Yellow Legged Gulls and Caspian Gulls lately amongst the Lesser Black Backed Gulls. On 5th Sept 2 Pintail and 2 juv. Black Terns still present. A juv. Shelduck from 16-19th Sept.
  • LONG EATON GP A juv. Black Necked Grebe was found here on the Rifle Range Pit on 11th Sept and was still present on 18th Sept. A Marsh Harrier on 7th Sept and up to 6 Red Crested Pochard are currently here. Two Ruddy Shelduck on 11th Sept. Also up to 3 Green Sandpiper present with a Pintail on 13th Sept.
  • RENISHAW PARK A Great White Egret was found here on 13th Sept and was still present on 18th Sept. Please be aware that this site is strictly private and the only way to obtain public access is to visit Renishaw Hall-if still open-and paying an admission fee which then allows access to the lake.
  • KEDLESTON PARK A Great White Egret from 5-15th Sept.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE A Great White Egret on 8th Sept along with a Hobby, 2 Green Sandpipers and 365 Cormorants in the roost. On 10th Sept 13 Goosanders, 3 Green Sandpipers and 2 Hobbies.
  • EREWASH MEADOWS DWT RESERVE A Great White Egret on 13th Sept along with a Whinchat. A Ruff on 8th Sept.
  • CARSINGTON WATER A Great White Egret from 1-6th Sept with it, ot another, on 13th Sept. An Osprey on 1-3rd Sept with a Red Kite on 3rd Sept. On 4th Sept3 to 4 Black Terns and 8 Commic Terns flew through with another Black Tern on 5th Sept. A Wood Sandpiper on 7th Sept, 2 Common Scoter on 16th Sept. and up to 9 Little Egrets, 3 Red Crested Pochard, 9 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover,8 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank and 4 Yellow Legged Gulls noted.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A Honey Buzzard flew through on 5th Sept-the 4thg of the year with a juv. Merlin on 6/7th Sept.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The first Pink Footed Geese of the autumn were 63 flying West on 16th Sept. Up to 65 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 16 Cormorants, 13 Common Buzzards, 3 Hobbies, 2 Golden Plover-on 16th Sept, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Terns, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 100 Goldfinch and 10 Siskin noted. Meadow Pipot passage was noted with 357 flying S/SW on 15th and 337 on 17th Sept.
  • WYVER LANE DWT RESERVE A Wood Sandpiper on 7th Sept, a Mediterranean Gull on 9th Sept and 2 Ospreys flying South on 17th Sept.
  • PRIDE PARK SANCTUARY 4 Ring Necked Parakeets on 17th Sept.
  • STAUNTON HARLD RESERVOIR On 18th Sept 20 Great Crested Grebes, 29 Cormorants, 13 Little Egrets-recently up to 28 here. 4 Egyptian Geese, 322 Tufted Duck, 1 Caspian Gull-adult and 1 Great Black Backed Gull-ad
News update 14 Aug - 30 Aug
  • WILLINGTON GP 2 Spoonbills flew SW early morning on 29 Aug watched by 2 lucky observers, Richard James and Dave Richardson from the screen at the end of the lane. The eclipse drake Ring Necked Duck was last seen on 14th Aug. Wader highlights include up to 3 Ruff, 8 Black Tailed Godwits, 10 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Green Sandpipers and 2 Common Sandpipers. Today-30th Aug-a juv. Knot, 3 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper. A Great White Egret on 22nd Aug. Up to 3 Yellow Legged Gulls and single Caspian Gulls have ben noted and today-30th Aug-a first winter and a 4th winter Caspian Gull present along with a 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull, 2 Great Black Backed Gulls and an ad. Common Gull. Still 3 juv. Common Terns on 30th Aug along with a Whinchat
  • WIRKSWORTH A wholly unconfirmed report of a Golden Eagle circling the town on 28th Aug before flying off NW. This would be the 1st record since 1982 and will require very good notes etc. for it to be accepted.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A juv. Spotted Redshank from 27-30th Aug-the 8th Carr Vale record and the first since 2012. Up to 39 Gadwall, 18 Teal, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Hobbies,2 Water Rails and single Green and Common Sandpipers noted recently. A juv. Marsh Harrier on 21st Aug along with a Tree Pipit and 2 Tree Pipits on 22nd Aug with one on 26th Aug. A juv. Shelduck on 28thAug.
  • CARSINGTON WATER Recent wader highlights include a moulting ad. Sanderling on 14th Aug, A juv. Greenshank on 22nd Aug with singles on 24/25th Aug and 2 on 26th Aug, 2 juv. Knot on 27/28th Aug, a Whimbrel on 27th Aug and a Turnstone on 29th Aug. Up to 17 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, 1 Oystercatcher and 4 Common Sandpipes noted. A Ruddy Shelduck from 23-30th Aug and u to 2 Red Crested Pochards also noted. An Osprey flew through mid-afternoon on 28th Aug. An ad. type Caspian Gull hybrid present most dates along with up to 2 Yellow Legged Gulls. Up to 6 Little Egrets are present and 8 Shelduck on 30th Aug.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR One/two Ospreys present from 14-28th Aug, a Red Kite on 24th Aug, a juv. Marsh Harrier on 22nd Aug and an adult female Honey Buzzard lazily flew through late morning on 21st Aug. Up to 3 Hobbies have been noted most dates and up to 12 Common Buzzards noted. Up to 4 Little Egrets noted along with a Ringed Plover on 22nd Aug, 2 Greenshank on 23rd Aug and a Common Sandpiper on 27th Aug. Up to 2 Yellow Legged Gulls recently and one/two Whinchats on 25/27th Aug.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE A Great White Egret on 14th Aug
  • EREWASH MEADOWS DWT RESERVE 2 Ruff on 27th Aug with 1 on 28th Aug and a Green Sandpiper on 27th Aug.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS On 22 Aug 21 Little Grebes, 58 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 9 Little Egrets, 4 Grey Herons, 26 Mute Swans, 47 Canada Geese, 8 Teal, 8 Pochard, 113 Tufted Duck, , 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Terns, 1 Kingfisher and a Green Woodpecker.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GP On 23rd Aug 23 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Cormorants, 4 Grey Herons, 69 Gadwall, 29 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 153 Tufted Duck and a Common Tern
News update 7 Aug - 13 Aug
  • WILLINGTON GP An eclipse drake Ring Necked Duck was found by Mike Blaver and Richard James first thing on 11th Aug and was still present this am-13th Aug. At one stage yesterday morning it did appear to fly off to the East but was later found on The Canal Pit at Willington late afternoon. This is the 13th County record with the last being a female at Hilton GP in Dec 2015 and only the 2nd record for this site with the first being way back in 1994. The reported Temminck’s Stint was again seen early morning only on 7th Aug. Also on 11th Aug a juv. Curlew Sandpiper was found along with a 4th summer Caspian Gull. Recently up to 8 Dunlin, 16 Black Tailed Godwits, 8 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper and 8 Little Egrets here. Willington certainly going through a purple patch currently.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult type Caspian Gull still present up to at least 10th Aug. A Common Scoter and 2 Crossbills on 11th Aug. A Turnstone, a Ringed Plover and 3 Black Tailed Godwits on 7th Aug. A juv. Black Tailed Godwit on 9th Aug and up to 5 Little Ringed Plovers, 7 Dunlin and 5 Common Sandpipers here recently as well as 2 Red Crested Pochard.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR An Osprey from 8-11th Aug-the first here since spring. A Greenshank on 8th Aug and up to 2 Yellow Legged Gulls here.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS On 8th Aug 13 Little Grebes, 41 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 4 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Egyptian Geese, 6 Pochard, 66 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Sandpiper, 11 Common Terns and 2 Green Woodpeckers.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 9th Aug 20 Great Crested Grebes, 55 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 4 Grey Herons, 187 Canada Geese, 51 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 277 Tufted Duck,1 Ringed Plover, 55 Lapwing, 5 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers and 7 Common Terns
News update 28 July - 6 Aug
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A report of a Temminck’s Stint up to mid-morning on 6th Aug but no further sign by early afternoon. This is the first site record since one in early Aug, 2016 and if proved to be correct would be the 26th County record. Also a flock of c15 Back Tailed Godwits which departed mid-morning, a Dunlin and up to 5 Green Sandpipers. On 4th Aug 2 Black Tailed Godwits, 6 Little Egrets, 5 Green Sandpipers and 8 Common Terns. On 3rd Aug 3 adult Yellow Legged Gulls. On 31st July a Wood Sandpiper and a Marsh Harrier.
  • WESTON GRANGE GRAVEL PIT On 5th Aug a Little Egret, 2 Shoveler, 2 Yellow Legged Gulls and 3 adult Caspian Gulls in the morning and a juv. Curlew Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper late afternoon. Please be aware that this site is a working gravel pit and is completely private and should not be accessed without a permit.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A juv. Wood Sandpiper from 28-30th Aug. A adult Black Tailed Godwit n 27/28th Aug and up to 1 Little Egret, 3 Green Sandpipers, 4 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpipers, 4 Snipe and 10 Yellow Wagtails noted up to end of July.
  • CARSINGTON WATER A juv. Wood Sandpiper, a Black Tailed Godwit and a Turnstone on 31st July. On 4th Aug a juv Marsh Harrier drifted South and 2 Turnstone flew through, also a Black Tailed Godwit with 2 on 1st Aug. Up to 4 Yellow Legged Gulls and 2 Caspian Gulls present early Aug. A Green Sandpiper on 27th Jul/2/3 Aug. and up to 15 Common Sandpipers, 2 Dunlin and 10 Little Ringed Plovers noted recently. Two Red Crested Pochard also present recently. A Crossbill flew through on 5th Aug.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR 2 Whimbrel on 28th July, a Wigeon on 31st July and up to 6 Little Egrets and a Yellow Legged Gull noted.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE A Great White Egret seen leaving the roost on 28/31st July and up to 7 Green Sandpipers noted.
  • LONG EATON BGRAVEL PITS 3 Whimbrel on 28th July.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GP On 2nd Aug 11 Great Crested Grebes, 22 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets,5 Grey Herons, 23 Mute Swans, 21 Gadwall, 19 Teal, 234 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 24 Lapwing,11 Common Terns and a Green Woodpecker
News update 10 July - 19 July
  • WILLINGTON GP On 19th July a “flock” of 10 juv. Mediterranean Gull were found mid-morning on the spit and amongst the resting Black Headed Gulls. Most soon disappeared but still 2/3 present at 11.30 a.m. This is a record number of birds to be seen in the County. Also 5 Little Egrets and a Water Rail on that date. On 17th July a Wood Sandpiper and a Greenshank with 6 Black Tailed Godwits on 15th July, 4 on 18th July and 5 on 19th July. Up to 7 Little Egrets, 5 Green Sandpipers and 1 Dunlin also noted within the last few days.
  • CARSINGTON WATER 7 Common Scoters on 13th July and an Avocet flew North on 14th July apparently the 1st ever July record for the County. There were 2 Black Tailed Godwits on 13th July with a Shelduck and an Oystercatcher on 18th July. Up to 4 Little Egrets, 5 Common Sandpipers and an imm. Yellow Legged Gull recently. A Ruff on 11th July.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR A Caspian Gull on 19th July.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A Black Tailed Godwit on 17th July with 4 on 12th July. A Greenshank on 1st July with another on 6-9th July with 3 on 10th July which departed mid-morning and then another bird arrived at midday. Three Common Scoters and 3 Crossbills on 12th July. Up to 2 Little Egrets and 6 Little Ringed Plovers present and an ad. Yellow Legged Gull resident here at the moment.
  • WYVER LANE 3 Ruff on 17/18th July.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS 6 Black Tailed Godwits on 17th July with a Mediterranean Gull on 15th July.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE 7 Black Tailed Godwits circled the Reserve for 10 mins on 11th July before flying East and a Ruff on 12th July. On 13th July a juv. Mediterranean Gull flew North and different Red Kites on 15/17th July with a juv. Turtle Dove on 14th July. Up to 28 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Water Rails and 3 Common Terns noted.
  • KINDER RES A Common Scoter on 13th July.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS Up to 11 Little Egrets, 14 Grey Herons, 39 Gadwall, 25 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 168 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Ringed Plovers1 Green Sandpiper and 22 Common Terns here recently.
  • HIGH BRIDGE GP A Green Sandpiper on 15th July
  • ALVASTON PARK Still 4 Ring Necked Parakeets on 12th July.
  • RED KITES Single birds noted at at least 6 localities with 2 over Makeney on 17th July
News update 1 July - 8 July
  • LONG DALE Photos were taken on 4th July of a Woodchat Shrike here by 3 Suffolk Birders. I was contacted by them on Thursday evening-5th July- about this bird and was promised the photos when they returned home on Saturday 7th July. They duly arrived on my computer on 8th July and the 3 photos did, in fact, show a superb Woodchat Shrike. Rightly or wrongly I chose not to put the info out until I had at least seen the photos and I would like just to sat that this was not an attempt to suppress news of this bird in a vastly under watched part of the County. This will be the 5th county record after the one day bird in May 2016.
  • OLD WHITTINGTON A wholly unconfirmed report of 7 White Storks flying NW late evening on 5th July. This claim will obviously ned to be backed up with description etc. as it would be the largest number of White Storks ever recorded in the County.
  • HADFIELD 2 Crossbills flew over on 6th July.
  • WILLINGTON GP 7 Black Tailed Godwits on 4th July with 21 on 5th July along with 3 Little Egrets, 21 Gadwall, 3 Teal and a Green Sandpiper. Three Sandwich Terns here on 7th July.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS On 1st July a Curlew, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatchers and 3 Little Egrets with a Ringed Plover on 7th July and a Common Tern on 8th July.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS A Green Sandpiper on 4th July.
  • CARSINGTON WATER 3 Crossbills flew through on 5th July and a 2nd summer Yellow Legged Gull present. A Red Kite on 2nd July.
  • RED KITES Single birds noted at at least 5 locations.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 8th July 10 Great Crested Grebes, 14 Cormorants, 16 Little Egrets, 14 Grey Herons, 22 Mute Swans, 24 Canada Geese, 16 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 90 Tufted Duck, 1 Green Sandpiper, c245 Back Headed Gulls, 18 Common Terns and 1 Cettis Warbler.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A drake Shoveler and 4 Common Terns on 1st July, 4 Teal, the drake Shoveler and 4 Little Ringed Plovers on 2nd July. On 3rd July single Teal and Shoveler, 3 Oystercatchers, 3 Common Terns and 2 Meadow Pipits flew over with on 4th July the drake Shoveler, a juv. Water Rail, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Snipe, 3 Common Terns and a Peregrine. On 5th July 2 Teal, 4 Oystercatchers, 1 Common Snipe, the Peregrine and 3 Yellow Wagtails. On 6th July 3 Teal, a juv. Water Rail, 3 Oystercatchers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Common Snipe and 100 Swifts
News update 17 June - 30 June
  • LONG EATON GP An adult Shag flew round the Windsurfing Pit on 29th June before flying off towards Attenborough NR.A pair of Pochard have again bred here and have a brood of 5 young.
  • WILLINGTON A report of a White Stork flying over fields by the level crossing just North of the Village on 26th June. This record will need to be backed up with notes by the observer(s).
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE On 20th June the imm. Iceland Gull was again present in a mixed flock of Gulls. The 1st ever summer record of this species in the County. An adult Mediterranean Gull on 19th June.
  • CARSINGTON WATER 5 Common Scoter on 23rd June with 7 on 25TH June. An adult Kittlwake flew through on 30th June as did a Hobby. Am imm Yellow Legged Gull on 25/29th June.
  • ASHBOURNE A report on social media of a Hooded Crow on 30th June. Again this record will need to be backed up with a description if correct.
  • FLASH LANE AREA 4/5 Crossbills on 23rd June
  • WILLINGTON GP 2 Little Egrets, 3 Teal and a Shoveler on 17th June with a Little Egret, 4 Teal and 4 Ravens on 27th June.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GP 14 Little Egrets, 14 Grey Herons, 3 Teal, 1 Green Sandpiper, 14 Common Terns and a Raven on 23rd June with 15 Little Egrets, a Little Ringed Plover and 15 Common Terns on 30th June.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR 5 Black Tailed Godwits on 21st June with single Arctic Terns on 18/20th June.
  • RED KITES Single birds are being seen almost daily somewhere in the County with 5-a county record-over Cutthorpe on 26th
News update 2 June - 17 June
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR This site is currently going through a purple patch. Steve Mann found a Manx Shearwater late morning on 14th June. Despite being heavily mobbed/harried by Great Black Backed Gulls it was still alive and well mid evening but not seen next day. This is apparently the 250th species to be recorded at this well watched reservoir. On 11th June Steve also found a Honey Buzzard flying South over the area
  • ARNFIELD RESERVOIR A Hoopoe was fond here mid-morning on 10th Jun by Nargila Moura and Alex Lees and remained all day but no sign next day. The second record this year and unusually both in the NW of the County.
  • CARSINGTON WATER On 2nd June a Turnstone, a Sanderling and a Ringed Plover plus a Hobby and a Red Kite.. A Common Sandpiper and 2 Ringed Plover on 7th Jun with a female Pochard on 8th June. Six Crossbills flew over Millfields on 10th Jun and 2 Common Sandpipers, a Curlew and a 2nd summer Yellow Legged Gull present.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS 7 Ringed Plover on 5th Jun along with 4 Shoveler.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 15th Jun 12 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 4 Grey Herons, 16 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Buzzards, 5 Common Terns and a Raven.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS On 17th Jun 2 Little Egrets, 3 Teal, 3 Common Buzzards and a Shoveler.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE Up to 3 Oystercatchers, 6 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Common Terns, 2 Hobbies and a Peregrine are being seen on almost a daily basis. On 2nd Jun a Bar Headed Goose, a drake Teal and a Ringed over. An Arctic Tern flew north on 6th Jun and a Green Sandpipe and a 1st summer Common Gull noted. A Red Kite flew NE on 7th Jun with a pair of Teal on 8th Jun, a 2nd summer Caspian Gull on 10th Jun, 3 Egyptian Geese on 11th June and a Green Sandpiper and a Red Kite which flew East on 12th Jun.
  • BOTTOM MOOR A Crossbill on 16th Jun
  • KINDER RESERVOIR An Osprey on 3rd Jun.
  • SCREETHAM LANE A singing Quail on 9th Jun.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A Great White Egret flew through on 10th Jun.
  • RNG NECKED PARAKEET 1 in Allestree on 11th Jun with a party of 4 at Alvaston Lake on 15th Jun.
  • RED KITES Single birds noted at 15 localities between 2-16th Jun withb 4 birds together over Darley Dale on 13th Jun
News update 25 May - 12 June
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A report of a singing male Siberian Chiffchaff early morning On 1st June about 100 yards from the end of Pastures Lane. A Sanderling on 31st May and 3 Black Terns on 25/26th May. A report of a Great White Egret flying through on 27th May.
  • CARSINGTON WATER Yet another Turnstone on 1st June. On 26th May a Sanderling, 3 Turnstone, 3 Ringed Plover and a drake Red Crested Pochard. On 27th May 15 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel. Single Turnstone, Sanderling and Dunlin with just a single Ringed Plover on 28th May. On 31st May single Whimbrel and Yellow Legged Gull plus a Crossbill flew over.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR 3 drake Common Scoters on 31st May along with 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Curlews and a Dunlin. On 29th May a Greenshank which was still present on 31st May.. On 25/26th May 2 Curlews and a Ringed Plover and 2 sightings of Hobbies. On 27th May the Ringed Plover still present and a Red Kite flew through. On 28th May single Sanderling and Dunlin and 3 different Red Kites flew through in a Northerly direction from 9.45-1210. A Goshawk and a Hobby on 29th May with a drake Pochard on 30th May.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The 1st Summer Iceland Gull again present on 26th May and a pair of Pochard, 2 Common Sandpipers,, 13 Common Terns, a Cuckoo and a Hobby noted. The Iceland Gull again briefly on 27th May along with a drake Pochard and a Barnacle Goose. On 28th May a Sanderling, drake Pochard, a Barnacle Goose, a Ringed Plover and 2 Hobbies noted. Both the Barnacle Goose and the Ringed Plover still present on 29th May along with 26 Gadwall and 10 Common Terns. On 30th May 13 Arctic Terns flew North with a drake Teal and a Hobby on 31st May. On 1st June a female Stonechat was sen along with the drake Teal and a Ringed Plover.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS Still 3 Black Terns on 26th May along with a Ruff, 3 Redshanks and a Red Kite. There were 2 Ruff on 27th May with one still present on 28th May.
  • CARVER A cracking dark phase male Honey Buzzard soared round being mobbed by 2 Common Buzzards on 26th May before it flew off North.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS An Avocet on 27th May.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR A Hobby, a Kestrel and over 40 Swifts over the road running past the Reservoir on 29th May.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS 2 Shoveler and a Greenshank on 29th May.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 31st May 12 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Cormorants,4 Grey Herons, 21 Mute Swans, 5 Greylag Geese, 1 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Caspian Gull-1st summer, 4 Common Terns, 3 Cettis Warblers and 16 Reed Warblers
News update 22 May - 25 May
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS 12 Black Terns on The Windsurfing Pit early evening on 24th May.
  • CARSINGTON WATER 6 Black Terns early evening on 24th May with 3 during the morning on 25th May. Also 5 Common Terns and 10 Arctic Terns moved through, Still 4 Turnstones from 22-24th May with 3 still on 25th May. An Arctic Tern, a 2nd summer Common Gull and an imm. Yellow Legged Gull on 23rd May with 4 Arctic Terns on 24th May. On 25th May a drake Red Crested Pochard, the imm.Yellow Legged Gull and the 2nd summer Common Gull.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS 2 Black Terns on 25th May and a Sanderling which was joined briefly at about 10.45 a.m. by 6 more very jumpy birds. After a short time all 7 flew off East. On 23rd May a male Ruff with a near adult Yellow Legged Gull on 24th May.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The juv. Iceland Gull again seen briefly on 24th May. A Little Stint on 24/25th May with 2 Turnstone and 19 Arctic Terns flew North on 25th May. A Turtle Dove on 23rd May.
  • GREAT LONGSTONE A report of a White Stork on 22nd May.
  • WESTON UNDERWOOD A male Golden Oriole flew across the road leading to the Cement Factory late afternoon on 23rd May seen by Tony Wood. Of found acceptable by the Derbyshire Rare Birds Committee this will be the 25th County record.
  • ALFRETON A report of a Great White Egret on 24th May.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 24th May 11 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egrets, 7 Grey Herons, 10 Mute Swans, 2 Greylag Geese, 37 Gadwall, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Oystercatcher. 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwings and 11 Swifts.
  • PLEASLEY 15 Arctic Terns flew NE early morning on 23rd May.
  • RED KITES Single birds over Belper and Alfreton on 24th May
News update 12 May - 21 May
  • CARSINGTON WATER 2 Turnstone on Sailing Club Island on 20th May with 3 present on 21st May. An imm. Caspian Gull on 16th May. A Spotted Flycatcher on 15/19th May with 3 on 18th. A singing male Redstart on 15th May with 2 on 18th May.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A Woodlark was seen by Tim Sexey and Steve Mann flying NE over the dam wall on 16th May. Only the 2nd record of this site if found acceptable by the Derbyshire Rare Birds Committee. Also a Ringed Plover flew through on 16th May. A Red Kite on 12th May with an Osprey through on 15th May.
  • ELTON COMMON A Quail flushed on 19th May by the side of one of the footpaths.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A JUV. Iceland Gull on 17th May and again briefly early morning on 18th May. The latest ever record for the county.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Lower Higham on 14th May, Kinder Bank on 16th May, Middleton by Wirksworth on 17th May and West End on 18th May.
  • HOBBIES A definite influx recently with 8 at Aston-on-Trent Gravel Pits on 15th May with 4 still showing well on 17th May and still up to a max. of 7 on 17th May at Willington GP. Also 1 at Allestree on 15th May. The count of 8 equals the county record of birds together.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS 14 Little Egrets on 20th May.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS An Arctic Tern on 16th May with a 1st summer Herring Gull, 2 Teal and 7 Gadwall.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 17th May 15 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Cormorants, 5 Grey Herons, 4 Greylag Geese, 10 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 17 Tufted Duck, 4 Hobbies, 1 Common Tern and 2 Jays.
  • KINGS MILLS GRAVEL PITS On 20th May 1 Grey Heron, 4 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall and 1 Whitethroat.
  • NORTH WINGFIELD A Common Crane flew South on 15th May, the 7th record this year if all are acceptable
News update 8 May - 14 May
  • CARSINGTON WATER It appears that the adult Great Northern Diver has finally departed with no sign of the bird this morning-14th May. It was still present yesterday-13th May along with an Arctic Tern. A drake Common Scoter on 8/10th May with single Red Kites on 11/13th May. Two Ringed Plover and 2 Common Sandpipers on 8th May with an Arctic Tern, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin and 2 Whimbrel on 10th May. A Ringed Plover, a Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper’s and an imm. Yellow Legged Gull on 11th May with a Little Egret, a Common Tern, a Whimbrel and a Spotted Flycatcher on 12TH May.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A drake Red Crested Pochard first seen on 12th May still present on 13th May and 7 Hobbies were noted hawking insects from Platform 1 on the latter date. An Osprey flew through on 8th May, 2 drake Shoveler and a Hobby on 9th May with a Little Egret, a Shoveler and 8 Common Terns on 11th May.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A Little Stint early morning on 12th May before it flew off towards Attenborough NR.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR An Osprey flew NW on 8th May and single Red Kites on 8/9th May.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Wadshelf and Morley on 9th May and at Dale Abbey on 11th May.
  • WYVER LANE A Whimbrel on 10th May.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 12th May 2 Little Grebes, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 5 Grey Herons, 1 Shelduck, 12 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 23 Tufted Duck, 2 Hobbies, 6 Common Terns, 3 Cettis Warblers, 5 Reed Warblers, 11 Blackcaps, single Lesser Whitethroat and Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warblers and a Jay.
  • HIGHBRIDGE GRAVEL PITS On 13th May 7 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 1 Greylag Goose,5 Shelduck, 8 Gadwall, 17 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper and 3 Common Terns
News update 2 May - 7 May
  • WYVER LANE DWT RESERVE An Osprey over the main pool early morning on 7th May and an adult Little Gull on 2nd May.
  • MIDDLETON MOOR 3 Arctic Terns on 7th May
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 7th May along with 2 Shelduck. On 2nd May a total of c240 Arctic Terns moved through during the morning during a spell of inclement weather. Also noted were 10 Common Terns and 2 Little Gulls-the 1st summer bird remaining until the 4th May., 2 Dunlin, a Greenshank and a Yellow Wagtail. A total of 12 Swifts and 7 Little Ringed Plovers on 3rd May. On 4th May a Spotted Flycatcher, a Whinchat, a drake Common Scoter-still present on 6th May and an Arctic Tern. On 6th May a drake Red Crested Pochard.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR On 2nd May 42 Arctic Terns flew through during the morning along with a Whimbrel and 2 Yellow Wagtails.
  • HIGH BRIDGE GRAVEL PIT The adult Whooper Swan previously at Barrow GP here from 4-6th May with a Whimbrel on 5th May.
  • LOSCOE DAM 3 Arctic Terns and a Common Tern on 3rd May.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS An Arctic Tern, 14 Common Terns and a Dunlin on 2nd May. On 4th May a Shelduck, a Shoveler, a Hobby briefly perched up and a Common Sandpiper.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The Bittern again on 3rd May.
  • ABBEY HILL FLOODS An Osprey flew over mid-morning on 3rd May.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 6th May 11 Great Crested Grebes, 13 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Herons, 1 Shelduck, 8 Gadwall, 20 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Buzzards, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Common Terns, 1 Turtle Dove, 3 Cettis Warblers, 5 Reed Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Garden Warblers.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Walton on 5th May and over the M1 near Tibshelf on 7th May
News update 24 Apr - 1 May
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 20th Apr along with a 1st summer Little Gull, 3 Common Sandpipers and 5 Little Ringed Plovers. On 25th Apr. 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Common Terns and a Swift. On 26th Apr. 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Common Sandpipers and a Swift. On 28th Apr. a total of 30 Arctic Terns noted during the day along with an imm. Little Gull. Also a Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, 5 Swifts and 3 Yellow Wagtails. On 29th Apr. 4 Arctic Terns, the imm Little Gull, 4 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Goosander.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR On 23rd Apr. single Curlew and Whimbrel flew through and the first site records this year of Garden Warbler and Whitethroat. On 24th Apr. a Little Egret, 2 Oystercatchers and a Little Ringed Plover. On 25th Apr. 2 Whimbrel remained for most of the morning and 3 Goosander, a Red Kite and 3 Swifts noted. A different Red Kite flew through on 26th Apr. with 4 Oystercatchers, a Little Ringed Plover and 2 Curlew present. On 27th Apr 3 Common Terns, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Redshank and 2 Yellow Wagtails. Five Arctic Terns and a Common Sandpiper were the highlights on 28th Apr. with a Peregrine, a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Arctic Terns and a Yellow Wagtail on 29th Apr.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE 3 Shelduck on 23rd Apr .along with a Little Ringed Plover and 2 Wheatear. On 24th Apr the 1st Hobby, Cuckoo, Swift and Whitethroat were noted along with 2 Shelduck and 3 Whimbrel. On 25th Apr. 2 Common Sandpipers, a Common Tern and 2 Wheatears noted.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A 1st summer Mediterranean Gulls early afternoon on 1st May. 13 Black Tailed Godwits on 28th Apr. On 25th Apr 1 Little Egret, 4 Wigeon,2 Shoveler, 6 Oystercatchers, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpipers, 6 Common Tens and a Garden Warbler.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS 2 drake Common Scoters on 29th Apr.
  • ST CHADS WATER 2 Common Terns on 1st May.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI LAKES On 24th Apr a Common Tern and a Raven.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS On 24th Apr 7 Shoveler, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Ringed Plover, 6 Redshanks and a Whitethroat. On 1st May 2 Teal, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 8 Redshank.
  • ASTO-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 28th Apr. 12 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 6 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 49 Tufted Duck. 1 Swift, c30 Sand Martins, c20 Swallows, 3 House Martins, 3 Cettis Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler, 9 Blackcaps.
  • HIGH BRIDGE GRAVEL PIT On 29th Apr. 8 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 7 Shelduck, 2 WIgeon, 3 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Goosanders, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Tern, 4 Swifts, c 10 Sand Martins, c15 Swallows and 1 House Martin
News update 10 Apr - 23 Apr
  • COMMON CRANES After the 3 sightings on 14th Apr a further small party of 3 circled Carr Vale DWT Reserve on 19th Apr arriving from the North at 11.35 a.m. and slowly drifting off South and then SW at 11.52 a.m. watched by Mark Beevers and photographed by Doug Aston. Then a single bird flew North over Ogston Reservoir mid-morning on 21st Apr watched by among others Tim Sexey and finally a single bird was seen at 06.30 a.m. on 23rd flying SE over North Wingfield by Robin Elliott. These are the 23-25th County Records and 6 records in a 9 day spell is an amazing time for the county.
  • HOOPOE One was photographed in a garden at Old Glossop on 17th Apr and was elusive but present up to at least 19th Apr. in this area having probably been present since about 15th Apr. I would appreciate it if the finders could please get in touch with me about documenting this, the 41st county record.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A Common Sandpiper on 10th Apr, a Bittern on 13th Apr with an adult Kittiwake on 14th Apr. On 18th Apr. 2 Common Terns, a Shoveler, 2 Lesser Whitethroats and 3 Yellow Wagtails. On 19th Apr a female Ring Ouzel, only the 8th site record, a Red Kite flew West along with 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 3 Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler and 4 Lesser Whitethroats. On 20th Apr. 2 Whimbrel and a Curlew,
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 22nd Apr., a Red Kite flew low over Stones Island and single Arctic and Common Terns present. On 16th Apr a male Pied Flycatcher was present along with a Redstart, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, a Curlew and a Yellow Wagtail and a Bar Tailed Godwit was found which remained until the 19th Apr. On 17th Apr. 4 Arctic Terns, 2 Whimbrel, a Dunlin and a drake Common Scoter present with 2/3 Sandwich Terns through early morning on 19th Apr. Three more Sandwich Terns on 20th Apr. along with the drake Common Scoter, 4 Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew and 3 Common Sandpipers. The first Garden Warbler and Common Whitethroat on 21st Apr. along with 2 Swifts.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A Little Tern spent most of the day here on 18th Apr. and a brief Common Tern noted. A drake Red Crested Pochard on 19th Apr.
  • SINFIN MOOR 2 Whimbrel on 19th Apr with a Swift on 21st Apr and up to 3 Wheatears seen.
  • HIGHBRIDGE GRAVEL PITS 3 Whimbrel on 22nd Apr flew off South.
  • BARROW GRAVEL PITS A late Whooper Swan and a Whimbrel on 22nd Apr. Please note this site is private and should only be looked at from the Public Lake.
  • EREWASH MADPWS DWT RESERVE A Marsh Harrier on 21st Apr.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS An Arctic Tern and 6 Common Terns on 20th Apr with 2 Cuckoos on 22nd Apr.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS On 19th Apr, a Sandwich Tern and a Little Gull and on 20th Apr an Arctic Tern, 7 Common Terns , a brief Little Gull, 5 Little Egrets, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper.
  • ST.CHADS WATER 2 Egyptian Geese and 32 Tufted Duck on 17th Apr.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS On 17th Apr 1 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 1 Dunlin and 6 Redshank. ON 21ST Apr 5 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 6 Redshank and 3 Cettis Warblers. Please note that this site is private and access should not be attempted regardless of what may be put out on Facebook etc.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 22nd Apr 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 13 Mute Swans, 4 Greylag Geese, 1 Shelduck,3 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler, 62 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Common Buzzard, 7 Cettis Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 7 Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff
News update 9 Apr - 15 Apr
  • COMMON CRANE Two birds were seen by Andy Butler flying SE over Beeley Moor at 09.50 a.m. on 14th Apr and then later were seen at Butterley Top and by Melvyn Harvey flying South over Loscoe Dam. Still a very rare bird in the county these represent the 20/22nd record for Derbyshire.
  • LITTLE GULLS A considerable passage of Little Gulls across the Midlands on 15th Apr. In Derbyshire 13 were at WillIngton GP, 2 at Shipley Lake, 7 went through Carsington Water, 3 at Ogston Reservoir and 2 at Middleton Moor. It is most unfortunate that no access is now possible to Church Wilne Reservoir as I am certain that there would have been good numbers here. Other birds associated with this influx was a Kittiwake at Willington GP, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Arctic Terns and a Common Tern at Carsington Water and a Sandwich Tern briefly at Ogston Reservoir.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 16th Apr along with a Bar Tailed Godwit and a Pied Flycatcher. On 14th April 13 Common Scoter, a Red Kite, a Kittiwake, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 House Martins, 6 White Wagtails and 2 Yellow Wagtail. The drake Scaup was last seen on 13th Apr. A single drake COMMON Scoter from 13-15th Apr with a sub-adult Mediterranean Gull on 12th Apr.
  • WYVER LANE A Great White Egret from 13-15th Apr.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS 2 Common Scoter on 14th Apr. along with a Curlew , a Jack Snipe , a Common Tern, a Yellow Wagtail and a Whinchat.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A Little Gull and an Arctic Tern on 14th Apr along with a Sedge Warbler and a Wheatear. A Sandwich Tern on 9th Apr
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR 2 Common Scoters, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and an adult Kittiwake on 14th Apr.
  • EGGINTON A report of a Marsh Harrier on 14th Apr.
  • MIDDLETON MOOR 3 Ruff and a Fieldfare on 14th Apr with 10 Golden Plover on 15th Apr.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS A Shelduck and 4 Shoveler on 12th Apr.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT A drake Red Crested Pochard on 12/13th Apr.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 15th Apr 11 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Cormorants, 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 51 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Cettis WABLERS, 3 Blackcaps, 1 Wllow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff. 1 Jay and a Raven
News update 5 Apr - 9 Apr
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver and the drake Scaup are still present on 9th Apr along with 2 adult Kittiwakes and 2 White Wagtails. A summer plumage adult Black Necked Grebe showed well off Millfields on 5th Apr found by James Taylor. Two Blackcaps and 2 Willow Warblers on 6th Apr.An Avocet and a Ruddy Shelduck on 7th Apr. with a Common Sandpiper and 4 adult Kittiwakes on 8th Apr.
  • OGSTON RESRVOIR 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls soared round the reservoir for 20mins mid-morning on 5th Apr and a House Martin present along with 3 Willow Warblers and 2 Blackcaps.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls on 5th Apr were undoubtedly the same birds seen later at Ogston Reservoir and an adult Kittiwake, 4 Swallows, a Blackcap and 6 Wheatears also present. The 1st Willow Warbler on 6th Apr with a very early Reed Warble on 7th Apr. along with a Little Egret and a Little Ringed Plover.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A Common Tern on 6th Apr with a Redstart and a Green Sandpiper on 7th Apr.
  • WYVER LANE A Little Gull on 7th Apr.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS An adult Little Gull on 7th Apr. with a Grasshopper Warbler on 8th Apr.
  • FLASH DAM A Red Kite on 7th Apr.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 8th Apr 10 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons, 4 Greylag Geese, 2 Gadwall, 13 Teal, 83 Tufted Duck, 8 Goldeneye, 3 Common Buzzards, 1 Stick Dove, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Cettis Warblers, 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff
News update 28 Mar - 4 Apr
  • CARSINGTON WATER The long staying adult Great Northern Diver and the drake Scaup still present on 4th Apr. An Osprey flew North on 3rd Apr and it or another was again present late morning on 4th Apr. Also on 4th Apr. a Common Tern, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 10+ Sand Martins, 5+ Swallows and a House Martin. with a female Wheatear on the dam wall and a Willow Warbler singing on Stones Causeway. Still up to 7 Ruff, single Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Curlew noted along with up to 16 Goldeneye, a Shelduck and 5 Goosander. A male Wheatear on the dam wall on 3rd Apr. and an Avocet on 30th Mar found by Roger Carrington with 2 Kittiwakes on 31st Mar.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR An Osprey flew through with a fish on 2nd Apr.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR On 28th Mar 2 Iceland Gulls-a juv. plus a 3rd winter bird roosted. A drake Pintail and a Little Ringed Plover on 31st Mar. On 3rd Apr an Osprey flew through late morning, a Red Kite, a Goshawk, a drake Pintail, C25 Sand Martins, 3 Swallows and a Willow Warbler with 6 Bramblings flying over.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A juv.. Iceland Gull flew through on 4th Apr. with 2 Iceland Gulls-a juv. and a 3rd winter on 31st Mar.
  • MIDDLETON MOOR 2 Avocets found by Anne Johnson on 29th Mar. with a 2nd year Yellow Legged Gull on 1st Apr and a Ring Ousel flew over early morning. Sx Wheatear on 30th Mar.
  • DOVE HOLES/PEAK DALE The Lapland Bunting still present on 29th Mar.
  • BEE LOW QUARRY 2 Mediterranean Gulls and a Kittiwake on 31st Mar.
  • ABBEY HILL FLOODS A Black Tailed Godwit on 31st Mar/1st Apr.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A Black Necked Grebe n 28th Mar with 2 Jack Snipe, 4 Little Egrets and 8 Cettis Warblers on 30th Mar.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 1st Apr. 1 Little Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Cormorants, 10 Mute Swans, 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 113 Tufted Duck, 32 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 3 Common Buzzard and 3 Oystercatchers along with 3 singing Cettis Warblers.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI LAKE On 3rd Apr. 5 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 1 gadwall, 27 Tufted Duck, 9 Goldeneye and 72 Coot
  • WILNE LANE, CHURCH WILNE 2 Yellowhammers on 3rd Apr.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS On 3rd Apr 4 Little Grebes, 2 Greylag Geese, 21 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 17 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 19 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Black Tailed Godwit and 5 Redshank.
  • PLEASLEY COLLIERY 6 Bar Tailed Godwits on 31st Mar.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Great White Egret again present on 28th Mar along with a Little Egret, 1 Shelduck, 2 Swallows, 4 Sand Martins, 4 Cettis Warblers, and 6 Chiffchaffs.
  • RED KITES During the period 28th Mar-4th Apr single birds noted at 8 localities
News update 24 Mar - 26 Mar
  • PEAK DALE QUARRY A report that the Lapland Bunting was again present on 26th Mar.
  • CHELLASTON A report of 2 Cranes flying SW early evening on 26th Mar.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The Great Northern Diver and the drake Scaup still present on 27th Mar along with a Shelduck and a Ruff. On 26th Mar a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Merlin, 5 Ruff, 18 Barnacle Geese, an imm. Yellow Legged Gull and 8 Chiffchaffs.
  • CURBAR EDGE A male Ring Ouzel on 26th Mar. the first of the year.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE On 26th Mar a Little Ringed Plover and 40 Pink Footed Geese flew West.
  • DARLEY DALE Still 4 Hawfinches in the churchyard on 26th Mar.
  • LONG EATON GP A pair of Red Crested Pochards on 26th Mar. and 8 Whooper Swans on 24th Mar.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR The 2 Black Necked Grebes still present on 25th Mar along with 3 Common Scoters-2 drakes.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR A juv. Glaucous Gull and a juv. Iceland Gull roosted on 24th Mar.
  • HIGH BRIDGE GP The Great White Egret flew over on 24th Mar.
  • DRONFIELD 40 Whooper Swans flew through on 25th Mar.
  • RED KITES Single birds on 25th Mar at Bakewell, Heanor and Shirland.
  • WYVER LANE DWT RESERVE A pair of Mediterranean Gulls on 25th Mar with 2 Shelduck and a Pink Footed Goose on 26th Mar.
  • BOSSCROFT, HADFIELD From 2220-2310 hrs on 21st Mar Alex Lees and Nargilla Moura heard a large nocturnal movement of birds over this locality comprising of constant moving Common Scoter flocks, Curlew, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Redwing and Fieldfare all sound recorded. An exceptional movement especially of Common Scoter over the NW of the county in murky conditions
News update 24 Mar
  • PEAK DALE QUARRY Ray Scally found a Lapland Bunting “down” here on 24th Mar. First county record since 2014.
  • CARSINGTON WATER Both the Great Northern Diver and the drake Scaup still present on 24th Mar.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR The 2 Black Necked Grebes still present on 24th Mar along with a drake Common Scoter.
  • RUSHY LANE, SANDIACRE No sign of the reported Great Grey Shrike in a 2 hour watch this morning
News update 16 Mar - 23 Mar
  • SANDIACRE A Great Grey Shrike in fields at the Stanton-by-Dale end of Rushy Lane on 23rd March. Probably the same bird that was reported near Stanton Iron Works recently on 10th Mar.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver and the drake Scaup still present on 23rd Mar. A Bar Tailed Godwit on 16th Mar. with a Whooper Swan on 19/20th Mar. Still up to 5 Ruff, 14 Oystercatchers, 6 Redshank and 8 Curlew here.
  • WILLINGTON GP The Great White Egret still here on 23rd Mar. A flock of 16 Black Tailed Godwits on 19th Mar which were later seen flying over Newton Solney. A 2nd winter Caspian Gull on 22nd Mar. with a Little Ringed Plover on 19th Mar along with 12 Curlew. The Marsh Tit still by Platform 1 on 21st Mar and showing well.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVE PITS Still 6 Smew on 16th Mar with 4-2drakes-on 22nd Mar and 4-1 drake-on 23rd Mar. Also on 22nd Mar 8 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 77 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 16 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 118 Tufted Duck, 18 Goldeneye, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Cettis Warblers and a Jay.
  • ST.CHADS WATER On 20th Mar 1 Pochard and 11 Tufted Duck.
  • R.DERWENT, GREAT WILNE An Egyptian Goose and 19 Greylag Geese on 20th Mar.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATYER SKI PIT On 20th Mar 3 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Gadwall, 29 Tufted Duck, 6 Goldeneye and 89 Coot.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS On 20th Mar 3 Little Grebes, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Shoveler, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe, 2 Common Gulls and 4 Stock Doves.
  • MATLOCK A herd of 31 Whooper Swans flew through on 19th Mar.
  • MAPPERLEY A herd of 28 Whooper Swans flew through on 19th Mar.
  • SHIPLEY 3 Jack Snipe and 62 Common Snipe on 20th Mar.
  • EDNASTON A Red Kite on 19th Mar.
  • DARLEY DALE Still 13 Hawfinch in St. Helens Churchyard on 20th Mar.
  • ALLESTREE PARK Still 2 Hawfinch on 21st Mar.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR Still at least 1 Black Necked Grebe on 20th Mar.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A total of 35 Whooper Swans flew through on 19th Mar. Up to 5 Oystercatchers and 9 Curlews present with a Rock Pipit on 17th Mar.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE 2 adult Kittiwakes on 23rd Mar. A herd of 14 Whooper Swans flew North on 17th Mar and a total of 62 flew NNW on 19th Mar. A female Pintail on 17/18/20th Mar with a Redshank and 11 Golden Plover on 17th Mar. A Ringed Plover on 18th Mar. with a 1st winter Caspian Gull on 19th Mar
News update 5 Mar - 11 Mar
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR The 2 Black Necked Grebes were still present on 11th Mar. but distant, on the far side of the reservoir underneath the offices-sailing was taking place. They can be elusive as they could not be found on 8th Mar on a good look at most areas. Also on 11th Mar 4 Caspian Gulls moved through-an adult, a 2nd winter and 2 1st winters-with 6 Herring Gulls. On 8th Mar. 36 Great Crested Grebes, 41 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 23 Greylag Geese, 45 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Oystercatchers, 7 Common Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls, a 1st year Yellow Legged Gull and 2 Great Black Backed Gulls. Also 5 Yellowhammers on the dam car park feeders. A Ring Necked Parakeet was heard calling over Spring Wood on 11th Mar.
  • STANTON IRON WORKS A report of a Great Grey Shrike here on 10th Mar but no sign on 11th Mar.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR The adult Glaucous Gull again roosted on 10th Mar along with 4 Caspian Gulls.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A 2nd winter Iceland Gull flew through mid-morning on 11th Mar, and a Hawfinch was stull in Brackensfield Churchyard. On 10th Mar a Black Tailed Godwit and 6 Mealy Redpolls present.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present along with the drake Scaup on 11th Mar. and a Rock Pipit flew over Stones Island early morning. Still up to 5 Ruff and 8 Redshank here.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Great White Egret still present on 11th Mar. A Merlin briefly on 7th Mar along with 14 Shoveler and 8 Curlew.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 5th Mar 6 Smew and a Great White Egret. The 6 Smew-2 drakes-still present on 9th Mar and a Hawfinch was flushed and flew off SE-anew bird for the site. Also on 9th Mar 4 Little Grebes, 23 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons, 13 Mute Swans, 25 Wigeon, 20 Gadwall, 16 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 133 Tufted Duck, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Common Gulls, a Kingfisher, 2 Long Tailed Tits and a Jay.
  • ST.CHADS WATER On 6th Mar 4 Shoveler, 7 Pochard14 Tufted Ducks.
  • AMBASRON GRAVEL PITS On 6th Mar 3 Little Grebes, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Smew-“redhead” again present and a 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT On 6th Mar 3 Little Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 52 Tufted Duck, 9 Goldeneye, 120 Coot and 2 Common Gulls.
  • DARLEY DALE Still 10 Hawfinches in the churchyard on 12th Mar.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS 8 Whooper Swans on 8th Mar with a Short Eared Owl again on 6th Mar.
  • ELVASTON CASTLE COUNTRY PARK A report of 6+ Hawfinches by the Moorish Temple on 10th Mar but no sign on 11th Mar
News update 27 Feb - 5 Mar
  • CARSINGTON WATER A large herd of 59 Whooper Swans were here on Mar 3rd and remained until Mar 5th when they flew out mid-morning. Also on Mar 3rd a drake Scaup and 4 Pintail with an adult Little Gull briefly on Mar 5th. The Great Northern Diver still present on Mar. 3rd along with 6 Curlew, a Dunlin, a Ruff and 2 Yellow Legged Gulls.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR A Black Necked Grebe by the dam late afternoon on Mar 4th with an adult Caspian Gull on Mar 2nd.
  • ST HELENS CHURCHYEAD, DARLEY DALE An incredible flock of 51 Hawfinches counted, probably a county record flock, here on Mar 2nd . Also 2 flew over a garden near here on Mar. 4th.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS Still 2 Great White Egrets here on Mar 4th along with 1 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck and 15 Curlew. A Barn Owl on Mar 3rd along with 19 Curlew. On Feb. 28th a Dunlin, 23 Curlew and the regular Marsh Tit.
  • HAWFINCHES Still 1 in Allestree Park on Mar. 4th with 5 at Shipley CP on Mar. 3rd.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A herd of 11 Whooper Swans flew through on Mar 1st with 8 there on Mar 4th. Also on Mar. 1st a Jack Snipe, a Ringed Plover, 2 Red Crested Pochards. and 2 Mealy Redpolls.
  • ST. CHADS WATER On Feb. 27th 7 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck and an adult Common Gull.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT On Feb 27th 3 Little Grebes, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 14 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 58 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye, 114 Coot and an ad. Common Gull
News update 20 Feb - 26 Feb
  • HOWDEN RESERVOIR Still 12 Parrot Crossbills this morning-26th Feb- at about 10.00 a.m., in Ronsley South Plantation at the usual small pool
  • NEWTON SOLNEY The 2 Cattle Egrets still present in the Sheep Field viewed from the B5008 Repton-Burton road. Apparently they are roosting close to the R.Trent/Dove confluence with up to 15 Little Egrets just over the border in Staffs.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Great White Egret still present briefly on 21st Feb along with the adult Mediterranean Gull. Also on 21st Feb 1 Shelduck, 24Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 1 Oystercatcher, 15 Curlew, a 1st year Yellow Legged Gull, a male Stonechat and the Marsh Tit still visiting the feeders by Platform 1.
  • WILLINGTON CANAL PIT On 25th Feb a near adult Caspian Gull, 1 Shelduck and 9 Goldeneye.
  • HIGHBRIDGE GRAVEL PITS On 25th Feb 3 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Little Egrets, 1 Shelduck, 198 Wigeon, 11 Gadwall, 94 Teal, 11 Goosander, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Greenshank, 2 Redshank and 2 Kestrel.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 22nd Feb 11 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 17 Mute Swans, 71 Wigeon, 46 Gadwall, 14 Teal, 13 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 167 Tufted Duck, 24 Goldeneye, 3 Smew-1 drake and 2 “redheads”, 1 Goosander-“redhead”,7 Common Gulls, c20 Goldfinch and c10 Lesser Redpolls.
  • ST.CHADS WATER On 20th Feb 1 Cormorant, 4 Pochard, 26 Tufted Duck and a Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT On 20th Feb 10 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 5 Wigeon, 7 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 61 Tufted Duck,7 Goldeneye, 145 Coot and a Common Gull.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A Short Eared Owl on 20th Feb with a female Merlin on 24th Feb. Also present were 1 Egyptian Goose, up to 2 Little Egrets, up to 270 Wigeon, 84 Pochard, 2 Red Crested Pochard and 2 Oystercatchers.
  • ST.HELENS CHURCHYARD, DARLEY DALE Still at least 5 Hawfinches here on 25th Feb.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The presumed escaped 1st winter drake Hooded Merganser still present on 22nd Feb along with the female Long Tailed Duck. A Red Kite on 20th Feb.
  • WHOOPER SWANS 3 at Locko Park Lake on 22nd Feb were most unusual at this locality. A herd of 25 flew North over Carr Vale DWT Reserve on 22nd Feb with a Herd of 11 at Waterswallows Quarry on 23rd Feb
  • SPRING WOOD A Red Kite on 23rd Feb.
  • SNFIN MOOR WETLANDS A Ringed Plover on 24th Feb.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 25th Feb along with up to 3 Redshank and 2 Ruff. Still 5 Ruff and a Jack Snipe present on 24th Feb.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR On 21st Feb 4 Goosander, 1 Curlew, a Crossbill and 2+Mealy Redpolls. A Ringed Plover on 22nd Feb and up to 2 Shelduck and 3 Oystercatchers throughout the period
News update 16 Feb - 19 Feb
  • NEWTON SOLNEY Still 1 Cattle Egret in the usual sheep field by the B5008 Repton-Burton road on 19th Feb. Both birds still present on 17th Feb.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Great White Egret still present on 19th Feb. The summer plumage adult Mediterranean Gull also still present on 18th Feb along with 1 Shelduck, 17 Pochard and 8 Goldeneye. On 15th Feb 10 Great Crested Grebes, 19 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets and the Great White Egret, 4 Grey Herons, 3 Shelduck, 38 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Common Buzzards, 4 Oystercatchers, c300 Lapwing, 3 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Med. Gull, 11 Common Gulls, 3 Caspian Gulls-2 ads and a 2nd winter, 3 Herring Guylls-1ad and 2 x 1st winters, 3 Great Black Backed Gulls, 2 Stock Doves, 1 Skylark, 1 Stonechat. 1 Marsh Tit and c250 Starlings.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PIT On 17th Feb 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Teal, 17 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Smew-“redhead”-back again, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Snipe and 2 Caspian Gulls-ad- which flew off West.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 16th Feb 2 Little Grebes, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 26 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 17 Mute Swans, 3 Shelduck, 64 Wigeon, 57 Gadwall, 38 Teal, 20 Shoveler, 4 Goldeneye, 7 Smew-3 drakes, 2 Goosander, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Gull , 4 Skylarks and 5 Goldfinch.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The long staying Great Northern Diver still present on 19th Feb along with 3 Ruff, 7 Oystercatchers and 2 Brambling on the feeders. Up to 5 Ruff and 7 Redshank here within the last week and 2 Jack Snipe and a Curlew on 16th Feb.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A Knot briefly on 14th Feb arrived during a snow flurry and land on the ice briefly before departing. Up to 2 Goldeneye, 9 Goosander, 4 Oystercatchers recently with 2 Red Kites and a Goshawk on 16th Feb and 18 Golden Plover flew South on 18th Feb.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The first winter drake Hooded Merganser back here on 18th Feb after an absence of 14 days or so.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS A Ruddy Shelduck on 17th Feb.
  • ST.HELENS CHURCHYARD, DARLEY DALE Still 26 Hawfinch on 18th Feb.
  • ALLESTREE PARK Still 2/3 Hawfinches around the hall in the Yew Trees on 16th Feb
News update 5 Feb - 12 Feb
  • NEWTON SOLNEY The 2 Cattle Egrets still their favourite Sheepfield on 11th Feb. viewed from the B5008, the Repton-Burton road.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The long staying female Long Tailed Duck still present on 11th Feb after going over the water to Branston GP during the last few days.
  • WILLINGTON GP The Great White Egret still present on 12th Feb. On 7th Feb 2 Goldeneye, 3 Oystercatchers, 2 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull-ad.sp., 2 Caspian Gulls-a 2nd winter and a 1st winter and a 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull. The 2nd winter Caspian Gull and a Yellow Legged Gull on 8th Feb, 8 Curlew and a Red Breasted Merganser. On 10th Feb. an adult Glaucous Gull was present.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 11th Feb along with an adult Kittiwake and 5 Ruff.
  • ST.HELENS CHURCHYARD, DARLEY DALE Still 14 Hawfinches on 11th Feb.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 8th Feb 2 Little Grebes, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 22 Cormorants, 2 Grey Herons, 19 Mute Swans, 1 Greylag Goose, 144 Wigeon, 57 Gadwall, 68 Teal, 11 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 194 Tufted Duck, 21 Goldeneye, 3 Smew-1 drake, c50 Lapwing, 1 Common Gull, 1 Great Black Backed Gull, 1 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest. On 9th Feb the 3 Smew still present and also 2 Shelduck.
  • ST.CHADS WATER On 6th Feb 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Wigeon, 3 Pochard, 22 Tufted Duck and 5 Long Tailed Tits.
  • HORSE PADDOCKS, WILNE LANE, CHURCH WILNE On 6th Feb 1 Little Egret.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PITS On 6th Feb 2 Little Grebes, 14 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 64 Tufted Duck, 8 Goldeneye and 188 Coot..
  • ABBEY HILL FLOODS On 6th Feb 73 Teal, 3 Shoveler and c65 Lapwings
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR On 10th Feb a juv. Glaucous Gull roosted along with 4 Caspian Gulls-3 adults and a 1st winter.
  • DERWENTDALE, HOWDEN RESERVOIR The last reported sighting of the Parrot Crossbill flock from Ronksley South Plantation was 9 on 5th Feb although bad weather may have kept people away from this area over the last week.
  • SHIPLEY A Jack Snipe on 7th Feb.
  • ASHBOURNE AIRFIELD 2 Jack Snipe on 11th Feb.
  • ALLESTREE PARK Still 2 Ring Necked Parakeets on 11th Feb.

 

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