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News update 12 November - 18 November
- WHOOPER SWANS A small movement this weekend with on Nov. 16th 26 flying E at Ogston Res., 36 flew N over Carr Vale DWT Reserve , 11 at North Wingfield, 10 at Dove Holes Quarry, 20 at Abbey Hill Floods, 6 on floodwater at Swarkestone and 11 on floodwater along Wilne Lane, Church Wilne. This flock still present on Nov 17th and had increased to 13/14. Previously 6 were at Dove Holes Quarry on Nov. 13th with 3 W at Carsington Water also on Nov. 13th and 6 flew SE at Carr Vale DWT Reserve on Nov.15th.
- PINK FOOTED GEESE At Carsington Water 89 flew W on Nov.13th, 55 flew S on Nov. 16th and 139 flew E on Nov. 17th. At Ogston Res. 150 flew E on Nov, 13th, 150 flew E and 15 flew NNW on Nov.15th and 300 flew N on Nov. 16th. On Nov. 15th, 70 were over Buxton, 50 over Melbourne and 180 over Normanton Brook with 160 over Marston-on-Dove on Nov. 17th and 360 over Pilsley also on Nov.17th.
- EGGINTON HALL The Cattle Egret still here in fields S of the Hall on Nov. 17th
- OGSTON RESERVOIR The Siberian Chiffchaff again seen on Nov. 13th and the female Common Scoter present until Nov. 15th. Up to 8 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Goosander, 1 Water Rail and 1 ad. Yellow Legged Gull all noted.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A Little Egret on Nov. 12th, a Golden Plover on Nov 13th with 9 Pochard, 2 Dunlin and the Marsh Tit on Nov, 16th. Up to 58 Wigeon,75 Teal, 15 Snipe, 4 Willow Tits and 2 Cettis Warblers noted.
- CARSINGTON WATER The juv. Great Northern Diver still present on Nov 18th along with 2 female Common Scoter. A juv. Scaup on Nov 16th and a Cettis Warbler which was still present on Nov. 17th. A Dunlin on Nov. 15th with 2 Red Crested Pochard and 2 adult Yellow Legged Gulls on Nov . 12th. Up to 1 Little Egret, 21 Wigeon, 23 Gadwall, 78 Teal, single Shoveler on Nov. 17th, and a Pintail on Nov 16th, 314 Pochard, 159 Tufted Duck, 8 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander, 2 Water Rail, 3 Woodcock, 25 Snipe and a Brambling all noted.
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The Long Tailed Duck and the escaped Hooded Merganser still present on Nov. 17th.Up to 5 Goldeneye, 6 Goosander, 5 Water Rail, 4 Woodcock and 4 Cettis Warblers also noted.
- LONG EATON GP The long staying juv, Scaup still present on Nov. 16th along with 2 Little Egrets, 221Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 85 Pochard, 272 Tufted Duck, 15 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander and 9 Cettis Warblers.
- WILLINGTON GP The â€śringtailâ€ť Hen Harrier still here on Nov. 18th.
- ABBEY HILL FLOODS A Great White Egret on Nov. 14th.
- SHIPLEY 6 Jack Snipe and 79 Snipe on Nov. 16th.
- KEDLESTON HALL A Ruddy Shelduck on Nov. 12th with a Shelduck on Nov, 12th.
- DOVE HOLES QUARRY A Shelduck on Nov.13th.
- CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT On Nov. 13th 5 Little Grebes, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Cormorants, 2 Gadwall, 14 Pochard, 63 Tufted Duck, 206 Coot, 2 Common Gulls and an adult Caspian Gull.
- HORSE PADDOCKS, WILNE LANE, CHURCH WILNE On Nov. 17th a Great Crested Grebe on floodwater a most incongruous site!!!!
- R.DERWENT NEAR BORROWASH On Nov. 17th 5 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Herons, c650 Black Headed Gulls and an ad. Common Gull on floodwater.
- R DERWENT, GREAT WILNE On Nov. 17th c750 Black Headed Gulls on floodwater
News update 11 November - 12 November
- OGSTON RESERVOIR A Siberian Chiffchaff was found by the members hide on Nov. 11th and the female Common Scoter still present on Nov.12th
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The Long Tailed Duck and the escaped drake Hooded Merganser again present on Nov. 11th.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The Marsh Tit still present on Nov 11th along with 4 Willow Tits and the Cettis Warbler. On Nov 10th c800 Pink Footed Geese flew ESE in 8 skeins. A Chiffchaff still present on Nov. 3rd, a Golden Plover and a 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull on Nov 5th, 3 Goosanders, 3 Peregrines and a Polish colour ringed Black Headed Gull ringed in June 2017 and seen here in Jan/Feb this year on Nov 6th with 3 Goosanders, a Peregrine and 18 Redpolls flying S on Nov 9th. Also noted were up to 74 Wigeon, 42 Gadwall, 90 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 37 Tufted Duck and 21 Snipe
News update 4 November - 10 November
- CURBAR EDGE A Snow Bunting was found here by Ron Blagden on Nov 8th
- WILLINGTON GP Despite flooding a few brave souls have still managed access here. The Hen Harrier still present late afternoon on Nov. 10th and the Marsh Harrier still here on 6th Nov. There were 30 Little Egrets and an adult Whooper Swan on Nov 5th with a Goldeneye, a Redshank and a Willow Tit on Nov 6th and a Jack Snipe on Nov 7th. A Bearded Tit again reported on Nov. 4th.
- ETWALL HALL The Cattle Egret re-found here on Nov. 8th.
- CARSINGTON WATER The juv. Great Northern Diver still present but mobile on Nov. 10th with 110 Pink Footed Geese SE on Nov 5th and 150 East on Nov. 6th. Thirty Wigeon and 193 Pochard on Nov 9th, 3 Goldeneye on Nov 5th with 2 on Nov 6th, 30 Snipe on Nov 5th, 2 adult Yellow Legged Gulls on Nov. 9th and 25 Siskin on Nov. 10th.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR There were 2 adult Whooper Swans briefly on Nov 8th whilst 320 Pink Footed Geese flew E in 3 skeins on Nov 8th. A juv.. Common Scoter from Nov. 5-10th with a Goshawk and a Merlin on Nov. 8th and 4 Brambling on Nov. 5th. Up to 10 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 3 Goldeneye, 6 Snipe, an adult Yellow Legged Gull and 2w Raven also noted.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE 6 Whooper Swans flew through on Nov. 10th.
- LONG EATON GP The juv. Scaup still present on the Windsurfing Pit on Nov. 19th. A skein of 64 Pink Footed Geese flew through on Nov.8th. Up to 3 Little Egrets, 10 Wigeon, 52 Pochard, 194 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye and 4 Cettis Warblers also noted.
- R.TRENT, NEWTON SOLNEY The adult Whooper Swan still present on Nov 6th and the â€śringtailâ€ť Hen Harrier also noted.
- DOVE HOLES QUARRY A Shelduck and a Stonechat on Nov. 8th.
- SHIPLEY A Jack Snipe and 68 Snipe on Nov. 10th.
- PINK FOOTED GEESE On Nov. 6th c100 flew East over Spondon, On Nov 8th 260 flew over Kinder Scout with 72 on Nov. 10th. At Mapperley 120 flew over on Nov. 8th, Hathersage 81 flew over on Nov 9th with on Nov. 10th 605 over Holymoorside, 64 over Press Reservoir and 320 over Wingerworth
News update 27 October - 4 November
- CARR VALER DWT RESERVE A Marsh Tit was found on Oct. 27th and was still present on Nov.3rd. On Oct 28th 45 Pink Footed Geese flew NW, 60 Flew NW on Oct 29th with a further 40 Flying West on Oct.29th. A lone Whooper Swan circled the reserve on Oct 29th before flying off NE and a Brambling flew N. There were 2 Shoveler on Nov 1-3rd whist on Nov.3rd 3 Goosander and a Chiffchaff. Up to 56 Wigeon,28 Gadwall, 95 Teal, 29 Tufted Duck, 5 Water Rails, 23 Snipe, 2/3 Peregrine Falcons noted and the Cettis Warbler heard most days
- HIGH BRIDGE GP A Cattle Egret here on Nov. 2nd along with 11 Snipe.
- WILLINGTON GP Despite high water levels and access difficulties this locality continues to deliver the goods. The Cattle Egret was seen to leave the roost on Nov. 3rd. There were 2 Marsh Harriers on Oct. 31st with 1 from Nov 1-3rd. A â€śringtailâ€ť Hen Harrier from Nov 1-3rd with a Bittern on Nov. 1st, 2 Great White Egrets on Nov 2nd and 2 on Nov. 1st. An Egyptian Goose on Nov 2nd with 57 Wigeon on Oct. 31st, 2 Goldeneye on Nov. 2nd and a Peregrine Falcon on Nov 1st.
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE A Cattle Egret on Oct 27th with 110 Pink Footed Geese on Oct 29th, 3 Goldeneye on Oct 30th, the returning female Long Tailed Duck on Nov. 3rd, the escaped drake Hooded Merganser on Oct 31/Nov 3rd and a Woodcock and a Ring Necked Parakeet on Oct 29th. Also on Oct 239th 1045 Redwing and 1100 Fieldfares moved through.
- R.TRENT, NEWTON SOLNEY The adult Whooper Swan still present up to Nov.1st with 3 Ruff on Oct.29th.
- R.DERWENT, CHURCH WILNE An adult Whooper Swan on flood pools with 7 Mute Swans on Oct 29th with 500 Starlings in nearby wet fields.
- AMBASTON GP A Raven on Oct. 29th.
- FOREMARK RESERVOIR On Oct 30th 3 Little Grebes, 40 Great Crested Grebes, 14 Cormorants, 5 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Herons, 21 Tufted Duck, a drake Common Scoter, 40 â€średheadâ€ť Goosander and 2 Kingfishers, In a small Gull roost a 3rd winter Caspian Gull.
- LOCKO PARK LAKE On Oct 31st 185 Greylag Geese, a Goosander-redhead and 2 Common Buzzards.
- LONG EATON GP The juv. Scaup still present on Oct. 30th with 56 Pochard, 100 Redwing, 150 Fieldfares and 4 Cettis Warblers.
- CARSINGTON WATER A juv. Great Northern Diver found on Nov 2nd and still present on Nov. 4th. A Goldeneye on Oct 29th with 4 on Nov. 2nd. A Redshank on Nov 2/4th with a Yellow Legged Gull on Nov. 2nd and 2 Raven on Nov. 4th.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR 2 Great White Egrets on Oct. 30th along with a Shelduck. A max. of 8 Shoveler on Nov. 3rd with a female Common Scoter on Nov. 2/3rd. A Water Rail on Oct. 28th, a male Blackcap on Oct.27th with a Raven on Ocvt.28th.
- TWYFORD 2 Great White Egrets on Nov.2nd
- MELBOURNE POOL 3 Red Crested Pochard on Oct. 30th
- NORBRIGGS FLASH A female type Common Scoter on Oct.29th
- EREWASH MEADOWS DWT RESERVE 2 Bearded Tits on Oct.29th
- SPONDON 4 Ring Necked Parakeets on Oct.31st.
- PLEASLEY COLLIERY 2 Stonechats on Oct 31st
News update 21 October - 27 October
- CARSINGTON WATER A Manx Shearwater was found about 8.30.a.m. on 21st Oct on the water of the dam and remained until at least dinnertime. There was no sign of it next morning. This is about the 47th county record. The Slavonian Grebe still present on 23rd Oct off Stones Island. Also on 21st Oct 3 Whooper Swans were found early morning and then 17 flew NE at 9.10.a.m. quickly followed by another 20 about 5 minutes later and 52 Pink Footed Geese flew SE. a Great White Egret and a female Goldeneye on 24th Oct with a Redshank on 26th Oct. Up to 5 Shoveler present.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR A white phase Snow Goose flew through with c80 Pink Footed Geese on 21st Oct. This could well be a truly wild bird that has arrived on the West Coast of the UK with Pink Footed Geese. Also noted were up to 23 Gadwall, a Goldeneye and 3 Shoveler on 24th Oct and a Chiffchaff on 22/24th Oct.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The Last sighting of the Yellow Browed Warbler was on 19th Oct and was thought to be a second bird. Also a singing Cetti's Warbler and a Barn Owl on that date. On 20th Oct 1550 Pink Footed Geese flew SE in 12 skeins whilst a further 100 flew West, a Dunlin flew NW as did 380 Redwings and 200 Fieldfares. But the highlight was a probable Black Kite which was found South of the observer-Mark Beevers- on the mound, On 21st Oct another 475 Pink Footed Geese flew East with 50 flying North, c35 Whooper Sans flew East, a late Swallow noted and 675 FIeldfares and 385 Redwings flew NW. On 22nd Oct 150 Pink footed Geese flew SE, 3 Goosanders were present and more thrushes-320 Fieldfares and 185 Redwings-flew NW. On 24th Oct 2 Cettis Warblers were calling, a Goosander flew North, 7 Golden Plover flew South and a Jack Snipe noted at dawn. The 2 Cettis Warblers showed well on 25th Oct with 1 on 27tyh Oct along with 20 Snipe. Also up to 35 Wigeon ,95 Teal, 36 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 9 Pochard, 30 Tufted Duck, 5 Water Rails, 3 Peregrines an d4 Chiffchaffs were noted.
- WILLINGTON GP The 3 Bearded Tits again noted on 22nd Oct with 1 Bittern on 21st Oct and 2 on 22nd Oct. A Jack Snipe on 27th Oct with a Green Sandpiper on 23rd Oct. A Fieldfare on 21st Oct with a Brambling on 23rd Oct. Up to 20 Little Egrets, 20 Snipe and 6 Ravens noted.
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE A Cattle Egret flew out of roost on 27th Oct with 6 Whooper Swans flying through and 2 Ring Necked Parakeets on 22nd Oct. Up to 4 Little Egrets noted.
- LONG EATON GP The Juv. Scaup still present on 27th Oct on the Wind Surfing Pit. A Great White Egret on 23td Oct and 3 Stonechats on 23rd Oct. Up to2 Little Egrets, 19 Wigeon, 32 Gadwall, 9 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck , 2 Common Gulls and 5 Cettis Warblers also noted.
- SINFIN MOLOR WETLANDS A colour ringed-red-adult Caspian Gull on 26th Oct and 3 Jack Snipe and 4 Stonechats on 27th Oct.
- ASHBOURNE AIRFIELD A Jack Snipe on 27th Oct.
- SAWLEY 19 Whooper Swans flew over on 26th Oct.
- STAVELEY SF A Ring Ousel on 27th Oct.
- FOREMARK RESERVOIR A drake Common Scoter on 26th Oct.
- STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR An adult Caspian Gull on 24th Oct with 3 Whooper Swans and a Red Kite on 21st Oct with 2 Brambling on 23rd Oct.
News update 14 October - 20 October
- YELLOW BROWED WARBLER A pager report of one on the east side of Alfreton Sewage Farm on 20th Oct.
- WILLINGTON GP 3 Bearded Tits reported as being seen from the hide late morning on 20th Oct.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A probable Black Kite was watched from the mound flying south late morning on 20th Oct
- LONG BILLED DOWITCHER It was seen again at Willington GP from about 09.45 a.m. until it flew off with 5 Lapwing at 11.00.a.m. on 19th Oct. It was then re-located at Highbridge GP early afternoon on 19th Oct but so far on 20th Oct it has not been seen although looked for at both localities.
- YELLOW BROWED WARBLERS Note have been received of a bird at Cupola Pools on 19th Oct. On 20th Oct one was found on the west sided of Combs Reservoir by the field near the bridge over the stream. Counting the Carr Vale sightings as 2 birds these are the 4th and 5th records this autumn.
- VALEHOUSE RESERVOIR A Hawfinch in the beeches above the Res on 20th Oct.
- WYVER LANE DWT RESERVE A female Goshawk flew over on 20th Oct.
- LONG EATON GP The juv. Scaup again present on 20th Oct.
- CARSINGTON WATER The Slavonian Grebe still present on 19th Oct along with a Golden Plover.
- HIGH BRIDGE GRAVEL PITS On 20th Oct 4 Green Sandpipers, 19 Wigeon and 2 Shoveler.
- R.TRENT, NEWTON DOLNEY An adult Whooper Swan with 3 Mute Swans in a field by the river.
- CARR VALW DWT RESERVE On 18th Oct a Red Kite, 2 Little Egrets, a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull, a Peregrine and 4 Chiffchaffs. On 17th Oct 3 Goosander flew South and a 1st winter Caspian Gull present. On 16th Oct 700 Redwings flew West, 2 House Martins and 22 Siskins flew North. On 15th Oct 2 Golden Plover, a Peregrine, 15 Swallows, 135 Redwings and 2 Tree Sparrows flew West. On 14th Oct 400 Pink Footed Geese flew West, a female Mandarin and a Goosander flew North
News update 15 October - 18 October
- WILLINGTON GP A Long Billed Dowitcher was found at 9.00.a.m. on 18th Oct on Dead Goose Island by Steve Porter. Unfortunately it then flew off with a small flock of Lapwings towards High Bridge GP 10 minutes later. It re-appeared with the Lapwings about an hour later accompanied by 2 Ruff but at about 11.30 a.m. it was flushed along with the Lapwings and Ruff and left to the East and so far has not returned again. This is obviously the first record of this American wader for Derbyshire. Also this morning a Marsh Harrier and a Red Kite flew through along with a Great White Egret. Another Marsh Harrier here on 16th Oct.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The Yellow Browed Warbler again present on 15/18th Oct.
- CARSINGTON WATER The Slavonian Grebe still present on 18th Oct. On 15th Oct a Water Rail, 2 Yellow Legged Gulls, 2 Swallows, a female Stonechat, a female Blackcap, a Chiffchaff, 250 Redwings, 32 Siskin and 2 Ravens. On 14th Oct 3 Chiffchaffs and 6 Siskin flew through. On 17th Oct 1 Redshank and a Common Sandpiper. Also noted recently 1 Little Egret and 2 Shoveler.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR 160 Pink Footed Geese flew E on 16th Oct along with 1530 Redwings flying W whilst 2 Swallows and a Brambling noted. On 14th Oct a Water Pipit whilst on 15th Oct an adult Little Gull and 2 Raven. Also noted were 2 Mandarin, 5 Shoveler, a Goosander and the regular adult Yellow Legged Gull.
- WYVER LANE DWT RESERVE A Great White Egret on 16th Oct.
- HOWDEN RESERVOIR 2 Ring Ousels on 16th Oct.
- HIGH BRIDGE GP On 18th Oct 3 Little Egrets, 4 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Wigeon, 43 Lesser Black Backed Gulls and 2 Herring Gulls ikn a brief look.
- STAUNTON HAROILD RESERVOIR On 17th Oct 25 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Cormorants and an adult Caspian Gull
- FOREMARK RESERRVOIR On 17th Oct a Little Grebe, 27 Great Crested Grebes, 15 Cormorants, 20 Tufted Duck, a juv. female Goshawk flew SW, 3 Common Gulls, an adult Yellow Legged Gull and an adult Great Black Backed Gull
News update 8 October - 14 October
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A Yellow Browed Warbler was present again late morning on 14th Oct at the top of the embankment slope by the oak tree at the end of the path and was still present at 2.15p.m. and showing well by the bottom path between the Sewage Works and the embankment. Whether this is a fresh bird or the one from 5/6th Oct is difficult to tell. Other recent sightings have been 2 Ravens and 950 Redwings flying West on 8th Oct, 5 Golden Plover, a Rock Pipit, a Brambling NW, 450 Redwings West on 9th Oct. On 10th Oct 18 Pink Footed Geese flew East, 119 Meadow Pipits flew South and 2 Stonechats with 2 Little Egrets, 4 Golden Plover and the last Blackcap of the year on 11th Oct. On 12th Oct 150 Pink Feet flew East, a Mandarin Duck, a Jack Snipe and 8 Swallows noted whilst on 13th Oct the ringed Little Egret again present along with 3 Water Rails, 24 Snipe and a Cettis Warbler. Also noted up to 18 Wigeon, 33 Gadwall, 78 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 19 Tufted Duck, 2 Peregrines and 5 Chiffchaffs.
- CARSINGTON WATER The Slavonian Grebe still present and showing well on 14th Oct. Four Whooper Swans briefly on 12th Oct before they left to the East and 300 Pink Footed Geese flew SE on 9th Oct. A late Common Sandpiper on 12th Oct with a 1st year Mediterranean Gull and 3 Yellow Legged Gulls on 11th Oct, 6 Swallows on 9th Oct, movement of 75 Redwings on 8th Oct and 81 on 9th Oct. The last Blackcap was one on 8/0th Oct with 7 Chiffchaff son 9th Oct and 5 on 10th Oct. Up to 1 Little Egret, 27 Wigeon, 23 Gadwall, 62 Teal,2 Shoveler, 112 Pochard, 147 Tufted Duck, a Goosander, a Peregrine and 5 Siskin noted.
- HOLME MOSS TRANSMITTER The 2 Black Redstarts still present on 12th Oct.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR A late Common Sandpiper on 8/9th Oct, a late Sand Martin on 8th Oct. Up to 8 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 50 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine, the regular adult Yellow Legged Gull, 5 House Martins, 20 Swallows and 3 Chiffchaffs noted.
- LONG EATON GP A drake Common Scoter on 8th Oct with a female Scaup on 12th Oct.
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE Still up to 3 Great White Egrets roosting here along with 8 Little Egrets and 193 Cormorants. A Peregrine on 9th Oct, 2 Fieldfares and 6t Redwings on 11th Oct with a Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff on 12th Oct.
- WILLINGTON GP A Common Tern on 11th Oct and a Grey Plover on 12th Oct. The lone Pintail still present on 11/12th Oct. Up to 31 Little Egrets, 35 Shoveler noted with a Grey Wagtail on 12th Oct, 7 Swallows on 13th Oct and a Chiffchaff on 11th Oct.
- BEELEY TRIANGLE 2 Ring Ousels on 12th Oct
- RAMSLEY MOOR A Ring Ousel on 12th Oct.
- ALFRETON A late Hobby on 13th Oct
- KINDER RESERVOIR 7 Fieldfares on 8th Oct.
- KINDER BANK A Brambling on 9th Oct.
News update 5 October - 7 October
- YELLOW BROWED WARBLER One calling in bushes found by Andre Allen behind Derby Cathedral mid-afternoon on 5th Oct and seen briefly
- CARSINGTON WATER A small juv. Skua was found on the water off Paul Stanley Hide in poor conditions mid-afternoon on 7th Oct by Simon Roddis. It was initially identified as an ArctIc Skua but when photos of the bird were later posted on Social Media alarm bells started to ring and the bird was re-identified as a juv. Long Tailed Skua. There was no sign this morning-8th Oct. Killian Mullarney was especially helpful in this process. This will be only the 7th County record of this, the rarest of the Skuas. The last one was in 2010. Carsington joins Ogston Reservoir in having recorded all 4 species of Skua. The Slavonian Grebe was still present on 8ith Oct and showing well from Stones Island, On 6th Oct a juv. Arctic Tern and a juv. Black Tern with the latter still present on 7th Oct.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR The female Garganey and a Rock Pipit still present on 7th Oct.
News update 30 September - 6 October
- YELLOW BROWED WARBLERS One was found late morning on 5th Oct calling along the embankment at Carr Vale DWT Reserve by Mark Beevers and was still present early afternoon although difficult to see at times. A pager report also of one in Derby behind the Cathedral mid-afternoon on 5th Oct. These will be the 2nd and 3rd this year after the January bird at Sinfin Moor and the 18/19th for Derbyshire if accepted by the county Rare Bird Committee.
- CARSINGTON WATER On 4th Oct a Slavonian Grebe was found by Roger Carrington off Stones Island and showed well and was still present on Oct. 6th. This is the first county record since 2017. Also a Grey Phalarope was found near the Visitor Centre by Simon Roddis and again showed well until late morning when it disappeared. This is the 3rd county record in a week. On 1st Oct. 3 juv. Arctic Terns found late morning and they remained until mid-afternoon. A Rock Pipit flew over the Visitor Centre on 6th Oct. The 1st Redwings noted on 4th Oct when 650m flew SW with 130 flying SW on 5th Oct. Single Dunlin and Golden Plover on 2nd Oct. On 5th Oct 47 Ravens noted of which a flock of 46 flew E early morning. Also noted where up to 2 Little Egrets, 23 Wigeon, 14 Gadwall, 65 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 70 Pochard, a sub-ad. Yellow Legged Gull, 3 Blackcaps and 11 Chiffchaffs. Still 3 Swallows on 5th Oct.
- TORSIDE RESERVOIR The Grey Phalarope still present up to 3rd Oct and then again on 5th Oct.
- HOLME MOSS The 2 Black Redstarts-1 male-still at the Transmitting Station on 5th Oct.
- R.TRENT, WALTON-ON-TRENT On the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border a Long Tailed Duck on pits by the R.Trent early morning. Is this the returning Drakelow bird of the last couple of years.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR The Great White Egret still present on 30th Sept. along with the female Garganey. The first returning Goldeneye-a drake-on 1st Oct. The juv. Male Goshawk again on 30th Sept. Still 68 House Martins and 2 Swallows on 1st Oct along with a Redpoll and 200 House Martins on 2nd Oct. The 1st Redwings were 8 on 2nd Oct. Also 15 Mandarins, 7 Wigeon, 4 Snipe and the ad. Yellow Legged Gull noted.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE On 30th Sept 8 Pink Footed Geese flew W and 14 Golden Plovers noted along with the 1st Redwing of the Autumn. Also 553 Meadow Pipits and 4 Siskin flew S, the highlights of a busy viz migging day. On 1st Oct a Golden Plover, a Green Sandpiper, 17 Snipe and a Rock Pipit. On 2nd Oct a very showy Bittern performed well in the reeds below the viewing mound and the 2 juv. Garganey were seen for the last time. Also 450 Pink Footed Geese flew E in 5 skeins and 80 flew W in two skeins. Also seen were 30 Common Buzzards, a Golden Plover and a Little Egret and a very late Lesser Whitethroat. On 3rd Oct 107 Redwings flew W. A Cettis Warbler on 4/5th Oct and 275 Redwings and 8 Siskins moved through. Up to 14 Wigeon,34 Gadwall, 99 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Peregrines,35 Swallows and 50 House Martins noted.
- DRAKWLOW DWT RESERVE A Marsh Harrier on 3rd Oct. Up to 10 Little Egrets, 10 Wigeon, 27 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 1 Peregrine, 106 House Martins, 8 Swallows and 4 Cettis Warblers noted.
- DOVE HOLES QUARRY A Hobby on 1st Oct.
- WYVER LANE DWT RESERVE A Marsh Harrier on 2nd Oct.
- YELDERSLEY A Red Kite on 3rd Oct.
- REDWINGS 1 at Chellaston and 2 at Kinder Bank on 4th Oct with 24 at Kinder Bank on 5th Oct.
News update 25 September - 29 September
- GREY PHALAROPE One was found at Swineshaw Reservoir along the dam on Sept. 28th but no sign this morning-Sept 29th. However it or another bird was found at Torside Reservoir mid-morning on Sept 29th. These 2 records will probably bring the County total to 40 and follow on from the 2 records in 2018.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The 2 juvenile Garganey still present on Sept. 28th with one on Sept. 29th although the Reserve is very flooded. Also on Sept 29th a Goosander flew South, a Common Sandpiper and a Raven whilst208 Meadow Pipits flew South in 3 hours. On Sept 25th a Mandarin, 3 Little Egrets with one remaining until Sept 27th and one again on Sept 29th and a Hobby. On Sept. 26th a Raven, a Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Water Rails. Up to 9 Wigeon, 41 Gadwall, 96 Teal, 6 Shoveler and 2 Peregrines noted.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR On Sept. 25th 33 Mandarin, 1 Pochard, 3 Shoveler, 5 Goosander flew through and an adult Yellow Legged Gull.
- CARSINGTON WATER On Sept. 25th 2 Little Egrets, a 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull, 2 Reed Warblers and 7+Ravens.
- WILLINGTON GP On Sept 27th a Common Tern, a Pintail and 10 Snipe whilst on Sept, 28th the Pintail still present along with 2 Little Grebes, 13 Wigeon, 43 Gadwall, 9 Teal, 6 Shoveler, a Pochard, a Kingfiaher and a Jay.
- ST.CHADS WATER On Sept. 267th 6 Greylag Geese and 588 Canada Geese-probably a site record count.
- CHUTCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT On Sept. 26th 19 Pochard and 52 Tufted Duck.
- AMBASTON GP A Raven on Sept. 26th
News update 17 September - 24 September
- HOLME MOSS A Black Redstart was singing here on Sept. 22nd.
- CROWDEN 4 Ring Ousels on Sept. 22nd.
- LONG EATON GP The Black Necked Grebe was last seen on Sept. 20th. On Sept 22nd 3 Little Egrets, 11 Pochard and 243 tufted Duck.
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE On Sept 19tht 2 Great White Egrets, 23 Little Egrets and a Shelduck.
- WALTON-ON-TRENT A Great White Egret on Sept, 23rd.
- WILLINGTON GP The Bittern still present on Sept. 21/22nd with up to 25 Little Egrets, 11 Wigeon, 16 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 15 Tufted Duck and 2 Water Rails noted. Two Pintail and 2 Reed Warblers on Sept. 18th, a Hobby on Sept, 21/23rd and a Common Tern on Sept. 21st.
- MIDDLETON MOOR A Marsh Harrier, 2 Pintail, a Dunlin and 45 Teal on Sept. 19th
- BEELEY MOOR A Marsh Harrier on Sept. 19th.
- CARSINGTON WATER A Great White Egret on Sept. 23rd along with a fem/juv. Red Breasted Merganser and a juv. Osprey flew South. The 1st small skein of Pink Footed Geese-27-flew NE on Sept. 17th. Two Pintail on Sept 18th with 13 on Sept 19th. A Hobby on Sept 17/18th with a juv. Arctic Tern, a juv. Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin on Sept. 18th. Two Yellow Wagtails on Sept. 17th with a Tree Pipit on Sept. 18th. Up to 1 Little Egret, 9 Wigeon, 31 Teal, 1 Shoveler, the sub. adult Yellow Legged Gull and 6+ Ravens also noted.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR A Great White Egret on Sept. 21st was joined by 2 more on Sept. 22nd before the 2 â€śnewâ€ť birds flew off NE. The female Garganey still present on Sept. 21st. a Goshawk on Sept. 19th along with an ad. Arctic Tern. Two Stonechats on Sept. 18th. Up to 1 Little Egret, 8 Gadwall, 12 Teal, 1 Pochard, 15 Common Buzzards, a Peregrine Falcon, 7 Snipe and an adult Yellow Legged Gull noted.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The 2 juv. Garganeys still present on Sept, 24th. On Sept. 16th a Little Egret, a Red Kite and 6 Grey Wagtails. On Sept. 17th a skein of 60 Pink Footed Geese flew SE whilst oln Sept. 18th a juv. Arctic Tern briefly dropped in before leaving to the North. On Sept 19th the 1st Golden Plover of the autumn and a male Stonechat, the latter still present on Sept. 21st. A Marsh Tit on Sept. 20/24th. A Pintail on Sept. 22nd with a Green Sandpiper and a 1st year Caspian Gull on Sept. 24th. Up to 5 Wigeon, 35 Gadwall, 55 Teal, 14 Shoveler, 2 Water Rails, 8 Snipe, 3 Hobbies and 2 Peregrines noted
News update 11 September - 16 September
- WILLINGTON GP A Cattle Egret mid-morning on 16th Sept and also a Great White Egret again present. The Bittern was again seen on 14th Sept. The Cattle Egret will be a first site record although a claim of a Cattle Egret from here back in May has never been substantiated
- WYVER LANE A Spotted Crake was found by Dave Newcombe late afternoon on 13th Sept and showed until dusk. There was no sign of it on 14th Sept but it was again seen briefly on 15th Sept. This will be only the 20th record since the formation of the DOS with the last being in 2015.
- SHIPLEY LAKE An Osprey on 15th Sept.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The 3 Garganey still present on 15th Sept. On 11th Sept a juv. Red Kite and a juv. Yellow Legged Gull, An Osprey flew South on 12th Sept and a Redstart present with another Red Kite, a Green Sandpiper, 13 Swifts and a Yellow Wagtail on 13thSept. Yet another Red Kite on 14th Sept. On 15th Sept 2 Swifts and a Nuthatch-a rare record here. Also noted were up to 28 Gadwall, 53 Teal including one with a nasal band-so far too distant to read the code, 2 Shoveler, 22 Common Buzzards, 4 Hobbies and 2 Peregrines.
- LONG EATON GP The Black Necked Grebe still present on the Pylon Pit on 15th Sept. Also on 15th Sept 1 Little Egret, 3 Gadwall. 2 Teal, 13 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 131 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Sandpiper and a Common Tern.
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE Still up to 5 Great White Egrets and 28 Little Egrets roosting here with 82 Gadwall and a Green Sandpipe on 12th Sept.
- CARSINGTON WATER A Black Tailed Godwit and 2 Oystercatchers on 16th Sept with 6 Curlew flying South on 12th Sept. Two Yellow Wagtails on 12/15th Sept with single Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart and Wheatear on 12th Sept. Up to 1 Little Egrets, 2 Wigeon, 17 Gadwall, 25 Teal, 56 Pochard, 293 Tufted Duck, 1 Goosander on 15th Sept, 3 Yellow Legged Gulls all noted,
- OGSTON RESERVOIR The female Garganey still present on 15th Sept along with a Spotted Flycatcher. A Shelduck on 14th Sept. Up to 1 Little Egret, 17 Gadwall, 20 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 1 Pochard and an adult Yellow Legged Gull all noted
News update 29 August - 10 September
- NE DERBYSHIRE A Wryneck was trapped and ringed at a private site on 8th Sept. This is the first record since a brief bird at Long Eaton GP in October 2017. The DOS realises that there may well be comments about the fact news of this bird was not released sooner but the privacy of the site and access for the ringers would have been compromised if this information was released.
- CARSINGTON WATER Two pale phase Arctic Skuas briefly early morning on 1st Sept before they flew off SW. An Osprey on 1/4/10th Sept. Up to 1 Little Egret, 15 Wigeon, 20 Gadwall, 17 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 24 Pochard, 6 Goosander, 2 Hobbies and 1 Peregrine Falcon noted. Single Oystercatchers on 3/8th Sept, a Golden Plover on 5th Sept, a Dunlin on 8th Sept, 7 Black Tailed Godwits on 10th Sept along with a Curlew and 2 Snipe. A second year Yellow Legged Gull on 7th Sept. Up to 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Redstarts, 3 Wheatears. 4 Spotted Flycatchers and 9 Raven noted.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR The female Garganey still present on 7th Sept with a Ruff and a Greenshank on 8th Sept. An Osprey on 5/8th Sept. Up to 2 Little Egrets, 51 Mandarin, 17 Gadwall, 40 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 130 Tufted Duck, 2 Hobbies and 1 Peregrine Falcon noted. A Goosander on 6th Sept with the adult Yellow Legged Gull still present on 4th Sept. A Wheatear on 2nd Sept wth a Spotted Flycatcher on 2/10th Sept.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The juv. Mediterranean Gull still present from 29-31st Aug with on 31st Aug a Great White Egret, an Osprey, an eclipse drake Garganey and a Caspian Gull present. The drake Garganey still present on 10th Sept. The Osprey again present on 1/3rd Sept with the juv. Mediterranean Gull on 1/2nd Sept with a winter plumage adult on 4th Sept. A juv. Red Kite on 3/6th Sept. A Ringed Plover on 4th Sept with a Green Sandpiper on 1st Sept. Up to 2 Little Egrets, 8 Wigeon, 31 Gadwall, 31 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 22 Common Buzzards, 4 Hobbies, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Dunlin, 8 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper and a Water Rail all noted. Two Tree Pipits flew S on 6th Sept with a Whinchat on 10th Sept.
- LONG EATON GP The Black Necked Grebe still present on 5th Sept. Up to 5 Little Egrets, single Wigeon and Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 187 Tufted Duck and 6 Common Terns noted.
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE Still up to 4 Great White Egrets and 30 Little Egrets roosting here with a claim of a Common Crane flying over on 5th Sept.
- WILLINGTON GP The Bittern again on 2nd Sept.
- ASTON-ON-TRENT GP A Black Tailed Godwit and 2 Green Sandpipers on 10th Sept.
- HIGH BRIDGE GP A Garganey on 8/9th Sept
News update 26 August - 31 August
- LONG EATON GP The Black Necked Grebe still on The Rifle Range Pit on 29th Aug and 5 Sandwich Terns flew through on this same date. Also up to 5 Little Egrets, 6 Pochard and 143 Tufted Duck noted.
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE Still 4 Great White Egrets roosting here and watched flying out the roost on 29th Aug along with 18 Little Egrets. Also on 29th Aug 1 Green Sandpiper and a Hobby.
- WILLINGTON GP On 29th Aug 2 Little Egrets, 5 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 20 Snipe and a Common Sandpiper.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR Up to 3 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 106 Tufted Duck, single Hobbies and Peregrine Falcon, the regular adult Yellow Legged Gull all noted. An Osprey on 27/28th Aug with a Spotted Flycatcher on 28th Aug and a Grasshopper Warbler on 29th Aug.
- CARSINGTON WATER A drake Wigeon on 26th Aug with 4 on 30th, a female Pintail on 29th Aug with 2 female/juv. Red Crested Pochards on 30th Aug.. An Osprey on 28/29/30th Aug with a Greenshank on 28th Aug. Two Arctic Terns on 29th Aug with a Whinchat and 2 Wheatears on 29th Aug and 3 Spotted Flycatchers on 26th Aug. Up 1 Little Egret, 25 Gadwall, 32 Teal,3 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 2 Sniper, 1 Common Sandpiper 2 Yellow Legged Gulls, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Tree Pipits and 3 Redstarts noted.
- CARR VALE NR On 24th Aug still one of the juv. Mediterranean Gulls present. An eclipse drake Garganey from 26-31st Aug, a Marsh Harrier on 26th Aug and the Osprey still present on 31st Aug with a second bird through on 29th Aug. On 27th Aug a Ringed Plover and 3 Green Sandpipers with a Green Sandpiper and a male Redstart on 28th Aug. On 31st Aug a juv. Caspian Gull. Up to 3 Little Egrets, single different Wigeon on 26/27th Aug, 30 Gadwall, 13 Teal, 5 Shoveler, a Water Rail, 3 Hobbies and a Peregrine noted.
- OSPREYS Single birds at Linacre Reservoir on 26th Aug and over Ramsley Moor on 29th Aug
News update 14 August - 26 August
- MIDDLETON MOOR 2 Great White Egrets mid-morning on 26th Aug and an Osprey flew over at 10.45 a.m. almost certainly the first GWE records from here.
- LONG EATON GP A Black Necked Grebe was found on the Rifle Range Pit by Clive Prescott this morning-26th Aug. On 25th Aug 3 juv. Black Terns along with 3 Little Egrets, an Egyptian Goose, 4 Pochard, 88 Tufted Duck. 5 Curlew and 8 Common Terns.
- CARSINGTON WATER A Common Scoter on 26th Aug with a female Pintail, 3 Shoveler and 7 Yellow Wagtails on 25th Aug. On 24th Aug 2 Ospreys, 2 juv. Black Terns, a Little Egret and a 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull. The juv. Black Tailed Godwit still present on 23rd Aug. Up to 24 Gadwall, 15 Teal and 4 Pochard noted There were 3 Tree Pipits on 23rd Aug with 2 on 24th Aug.
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE Still 4 Great White Egrets roosting on 25th Aug along with 16 Little Egrets. Also noted were 114 Gadwall, 7 Goosander, a Hobby and a Green Sandpiper.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR An Osprey again on 23rtd Aug with a Tree Pipit over Highordish on the same date. Up to 1 Little Egret, 16 Gadwall, 1Teal, 1 Pochard, 134 Tufted Duck and the regular adult Yellow Legged Gull noted.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE After the moulting juv. Mediterranean Gull on 22nd Aug there were 3 birds on 23rd Aug. The Osprey which has been present since 10th Aug still present on 25th Aug and there is an unconfirmed report of 2 birds on 19th Aug. Up to 19 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 2 Little Egrets, single Water Rails, Hobby, Peregrine Falcon and 3e Raven noted . A pair of Shoveler on 20/21st Aug with a Greenshank on 14/15th Aug. a Spotted Flycatcher on 14th Aug and a Tree Pipit flew S on 20th Aug with 3 on 23rd Aug
- WINDGATHER ROCKS, GOYT VALLEY The juv. Chough still present on 24th Aug.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The Osprey still present this morning-26th Aug-along with an eclipse drake Garganey.
- CARSINGTON WATER 2 Ospreys at dinnertime on 26th Aug
News update 14 August - 22 August
- WINDGATHER ROCKS, GOYT VALLEY The juv. Chough still present on 22nd Aug.
- OSPREYS At least 2 birds at Ogston Res between 14-21st Aug. One at Carr Vale DWT Reserve from 17-20th Aug and this bird was also at Pleasley Colliery and over the R.Meden at Pleasley on 17th Aug. One at Carsington Water on 20th Aug. Two were seen over the Bakewell-Hassop road on 16th Aug, one over Holmebrook Valley CP on 15th Aug, one over Lathkill Dale on 17th Aug and one over Netherthorpe on 19th Aug. It would be useful if observers of this species could indicate the time of their sighting plus, if possible, the age of the bird when reporting the records.
- CARSINGTION WATER A drake Common Scoter on 15th Aug along with a Curlew. A juv. Black Tailed Godwit, a Redshank and a Tree Pipit on 21st Aug with 2 Yellow Wagtails on 14/21st Aug and 4 Ravens on 15th Aug. Also up to 3 Little Egrets,13 Gadwall, 10n Teal, 1 Pochard., single Hobby and Peregrine Falcon, 2 Common Sandpipers, and the 2 Yellow Legged Gulls noted.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR 3 parties of between 10-15 Goosanders flew through on 20th Aug with a cream croiwn Marsh Harrier on 15th Aug. A male Merlin on 15th Aug with a â€śbrownâ€ť bird on 20th Aug. Two Snipe, a Tree Pipit and 6 Whimbrel on 19th Aug with a juv.Wheatear on 14th Aug. Up to 1 Little Egret, 25 Mandarin,10 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 2 Pochard, 151 Tufted Duck, 1 Hobby, 2 Peregrines, and the regular adult Yellow Legged Gull noted. At Highoredish 17 Tree Pipits flew S/SW on 21st Aug.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper and Hobby on 14th Aug with a Greenshank and a Hobby on 15th Aug. A juv moulting into 1st winter Mediterranean Gull on 22nd Aug along with a Polish colour ringed Black Headed Gull
- LONG EATON GP On 18th Aug a Marsh Harrier, 2 Egyptian Geese, 3 Little Egrets, 1 Pochard and 5 Common Terns with 31 Gadwall on 20th Aug.
- WILLINGTON GP A Great White Egret and 31 Little Egrets on 19th Aug.
- BARROW-ON-TRENT GP 4 Great White Egrets on 22nd Aug viewing from the Anchor Church side.
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE 2 Great White Egrets and 24 Little Egrets on 15th Aug.
- ST CHADS WATER A Little Egret on 20th Aug
News update 8 August - 13 August
- WINDGSATHER ROCKS, GOYT VALLEY The last report of the juv. Chough was on 10 Aug.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR On 9th Aug a dark phase Arctic Skua flew in at 09.40 and left to the SW 5 mins later only to return at 09.50 and circle the Res for 5 minutes before it then left to the NW, On 10th Aug 2 moulting adult Black Terns and c1000 Swifts moved through during the day. An Osprey has been seen daily for 6 days up to 13th Aug. Up to 1Little Egret, 4 Shelduck on 13th Aug, 48 Mandarin, 12 Gadwall, 132 Tufted Duck-a site record count, 3 Hobbies on 9/10 Aug, a juv. female Peregrine, a Dunlin on 10th Aug, 2 Yellow Legged Gulls on 10th Aug with the regular ad. still present on 13th Aug.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE An Osprey from 10-13th Aug. Up to 1 Little Egret, 5 Teal, 2 different Hobbies, a Peregrine Falcon, Water Rails and 9 Ravens noted. A juv. Marsh Harrier flew NW on 4th Aug along with the 1st Snipe on the autumn,. A Green Sandpiper and a Grasshopper Warbler on 8th Aug, a Snipe and an adult Common Tern on 9th Aug and 2 Greenshanks flew S on 10th Aug.
- POOLS BROOK CP Two juv. Caspian Gulls and a juv. Yellow Legged Gulls on 8th Aug.
- ALDERWASLEY-BELPER A Red Kite on 11th Aug.
- CARSINGTON WATER a Corn Bunting dropped into bushes on Stones Island on 10th Aug but could not be re-found, a rare bird indeed these days. An Osprey on 13th Aug along with a drake Common Scoter and Sanderling. A Turnstone on 9th Aug and 7 flew NW on 11th Aug. A â€ślimosaâ€ť Back Tailed Godwit on 10th Aug. Up to 4 Little Egrets, 26 Gadwall, `4 Teal, 2 Pochard, 2 Hobbies, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 2 Redshank,10 Common Sandpipers and the sub-adult Yellow Legged Gull noted.
- LONG EATON GP On 11th Aug 4 Little Egrets, a Red Crested Pochard-also on 12th Aug, a Green Sandpiper and 4 Common Sandpipers noted.
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE On 11th Aug 5 Great White Egrets and 41 Little Egrets left the roost. Also present 101 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Hobbies and a Green Sandpiper.
- WILLINGTON GP A Great White Egret on 11th Aug.
- MELBOURNE POOL A Little Egret and a Common Tern on 13th Aug.
- STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR On 13th Aug 40 Great Crested Grebes, 11 Cormorants, 3 Little Egrets, 313 Greylag Geese, 49 Canada Geese, an adult Caspian Gull and an adult Great Black Backed Gull.
- FOREMARK RESRRVOIR On 13th Aug 50 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Little Egrets, 66 Tufted Duck and 4 Common Terns
News update 4 August - 8 August
- WINDGATHER ROCKS, GOYT VALLEY A Chough was reported to the DOS by an observer called John Dixon on 3rd Aug and confirmed by Tim Phillips late afternoon on 4th Aug. The bird is a juvenile and was still present in the area on 8th Aug. It spends most of itâ€™s time in a sheep field below the Rocks where it shows well and this field is just in Cheshire, the Rocks being the county boundary. This may be one of the two juveniles that were on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border in late July. Obviously this is a county first and a most unexpected, but very welcome, addition to the Derbyshire list.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR An Osprey on 8th Aug. A Little Egret on 6/8th Aug, 113 Tufted Duck on 5th Aug, single Oystercatchers, Dunlin and Common Sandpipers noted along with the regular adult Yellow Legged Gull.
- MIDDLETON MOOR An Osprey on 8th Aug.
- CARSINGTON WATER A Turnstone on 9th Aug. Three Little Egrets on 7/8th Aug,. Also 18 Teal, a drake Pochard,1 Oystercatcher, 4 Common Sandpipers and the regular sub-adult Yellow Legged Gull noted.
- DRAKELOW WILDFOWL RESERVE On 7th Aug a Barn Owl, 2 Hobbies, 4 Great White Egrets, 22 Little Egrets and an Otter.
- WESTON-ON-TRENT A report of 2 Great White Egrets on 7th Aug.
- MELBOURNE POOL A report of a Great White Egret on 8th Aug and also 4 Little Egrets.
- HADFIELD At least 1 Turnstone flew through early morning of 4th Aug.
- CHATSWORTH PARK An Osprey on 4th Aug.
- PLEASLEY COUNTRY PARK A Black Necked Grebe on 4th Aug.
- WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS 16 Ravens on 7th Aug with 3 on 8th Aug.
- CLIFTON A Red Kite on 7th Aug.
- CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT 2 Pochard on 8th Aug.
- AMBASTON GP A Yellow Wagtail on 8th Aug
News update 24 July - 2 August
- COMMON SCOTER With the storms etc. last weekend a large cross country movement of Common Scoters took place. With large flocks and smaller numbers seen at a variety of places in the North of the county. At Ogston Reservoir a flock of c70 flew SSW on July 27th with 4 on July 28th and 1 on July 31st. At Woodhead Reservoir 10 on July 28th with 2 at Arnfield Reservoir on July 28th with one remaining until July 30th. There were 8 at Toddbrook Reservoir on July 31st. At Carsington Water 35 drakes on July 28th, 8 on July 29th,37 on July 31st with 4 on Aug 1st and 1 on Aug 2nd. At Carr Vale DWT Reserve 40 flew NW on July 29th. The only record from the South of the County was a single drake at Willington GP on July 31st.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE 3 Wood Sandpipers flew North on July 28th with a Black Tailed Godwit on July 24th, 2 Marsh Tits on July 25th, a Red Kite on July 26th, a Redshank on Aug 1st, an adult Caspian Gull on Aug 2nd and 2 Greenshank and a Redstart on Aug 3rd. Up to 1 Little Egret, 5 Teal, 1 Water Rail, 4 Common Sandpipers, 1 Hobby and 1 Peregrine, 2 Barn Owls, 2 Grasshopper Warblers and 2 Raven also noted.
- CARSINGTON WATER Up to 6 Little Egrets, 120 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 3 juv. Peregrines, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Common Sandpipers, 1 Dunlin, the sub-adult Yellow Legged Gull, the hybrid Caspian type Gull and 4 Raven all noted. Three Red Kites on Aug 3rd, an Osprey on July 29th, a Black Tailed Godwit on July 26th, a Redshank on July 29th, a Whimbrel , a Greenshank and a Turnstone on July 30th with a Sanderling on Aug 2nd and a Hobby on Aug 1st.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR 8 Goosander on July 26th, an Osprey on July 31st along with 2 Hobbies and a Green Sandpiper. An adult Yellow Legged Gull on July 30/31st with a juv. Arctic Tern ln July 31st. Also on July 31st 836 Swifts flew SW. On Aug 1st 2 Little Egrets, 3 Red Kites, up to 2 Hobbies and a Dunlin and a Peregrine.
- LONG EATON GP A moulting ad. Sanderling on July 28th with a Whimbrel on July 29th
News update 12 July - 24 July
- WILLINGTON GP A flock of 30 Black Tailed Godwits flew through SW on 14th July. A Bittern again and a Great White Egret on 15th July. A Red Kite on 19th July with an Osprey on 21st July. A Little Egret and a Green Sandpiper on 24th July with at least 1 Grasshopper Warbler still singing. Up to 3 Oystercatchers and 3 Common Sandpipers noted. A Yellow Legged Gull on 20th July.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The Bittern seen on most days up to 17th July. A scruffy 1st summer Mediterranean Gull on 13th July with a pristine juv. on 19th July.10 Grey Wagtails on (17th was a sire record count and 5 Raven flying NW on 18th July equalled the site record count. Single Little Egrets on 16/21st July with a Green Sandpiper on 19th July. Up to 5 Teal, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Common Terns, 2 Hobbies and a Peregrine also noted with a Grasshopper Warbler singing from 13-17th July and at least 1 Water Rail heard/seen.
- CARSINGTON WATER An Osprey on 14/15/21st July with a Hobby on 21/24th July. A Wood Sandpiper on 21st July with a Dunlin on 13th July and 3 on 22nd July. A sub0-ad Yellow Legged Gull throughout with an adult Caspian Gull type from 15th July and a Shelduck on 22nd July. Up to 5 Little Egrets, 4 Teal, 1 Peregrine Falcon,11 Oystercatchers,10 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Common Sandpipers, 5 Redshank and 2 Common Terns noted.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR An Osprey on 12th July, a Black Tailed Godwit n 18th July and a Little Tern on 13th July .A Belgian ringed ad. Mediterranean Gull on 11th July with another ad. on 20th July. Up to 3 Little Egrets-including a bird ringed at Walthamstowe Res in London, 7 Mandarin,65 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Oystercatchers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Common Sandpipers and 3 Common Terns noted along with an ad. Yellow Legged Gull on17/18/20th July
- LONG EATON GP Up to 5 Little Egrets, 25 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 3 Oystercatchers, and 1 Common Sandpiper noted
- BARROW GP On 14th July 6 Shoveler, 90 Tufted Duck, 3 Yellow Legged Gulls and 8 Common Terns.
- HIGH BRIDGE GP On 14th July a Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper.
- STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR An ad. Caspian Gull on 18th July.
- ASTON-ON-TRENT GP 10 Little Egrets. 15 Grey Herons, 210 Tufted Duck, 2 Oystercatchers and 10 Common Terns on 21st July.
- CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT 2 Common Terns on 22nd July
News update 3 July - 11 July
- ELTON COMMON Still up to 3 male Quail â€śsingingâ€ť 4-10th July.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR An Osprey and 3 Avocets on 4th July with the Osprey again present on 6/7th July. Two drake Common Scoters on 10th July with a Goosander and a Hobby on 6th July. A Whimbrel on 9th July with a Black Tailed Godwit on 3rd July. Up to 1 Little Egret, 4 Oystercatchers, 8 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Common Sandpiper and 3 Common Terns also noted.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The Bittern showed every day from 3-7th July with 3 juv. Little Egrets on 3rd July, a Hobby on 3/4th July with a Dunlin and 2 Curlew on 7th July. Also up to 4 Teal.1+Water Rail, 2 Oystercatchers, 5 Common Terns and a Barn Owl noted.
- CARSINGTON WATER Up to 1 Little Egret, 3 Shoveler, a Goosander, a Peregrine Falcon, 11 Oystercatchers, 1 Curlew. 11 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper and a sub-adult Yellow Legged Gull noted. A Dunlin on 4/5th July, a Whimbrel on 8th July, a Greenshank on 10th July and a Common Tern on 11th July.
- MIDDLETON MOOR 2 Shelduck, 6 Curlew, a Common Sandpiper and 2 Yellow Legged Gulls on 4th July.
- WILLINGTON GP A drake Wigeon still remains here with 2 Little egrets and a Hobby on 4th July.
- LONG EATON GP a Little Egret and an Oystercatcher noted with a Red Crested Pochard on 3rd July, a Hobby on 5th July, a Black Tailed Godwit on 3rd July and a Common Sandpiper on 5th July.
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE Up to 4 Mandarin, 73 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 47 Tufted Duck and 5 Cettis Warblers noted with a Green Sandpiper and a Ring Necked Parakeet on 7th July.
- MERCASTON SAND PITS 13 Shelduck, 15 Mandarin, 1 Teal and 2 Oystercatchers on 7th July.
- TWO DALES An Osprey over on 7th July.
- CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT 3 Common Terns and 45 Tufted Duck on 11th July
News update 25 June - 2 July
- WHITE EDGE A Bee Ester flew North on June 29th, only the 6th county record and a superb find for the observer(s).
- ELTON COMMON Still up to 2 â€śsingingâ€ť Quail on June 30th.
- CARR VALE NR The Bittern again present from June 30th-July 2nd and a Black Tailed Godwit on July 1st. Still 4 Teal on July 2nd with a Little Egret ON June 27/28th.A Curlew and 9 Black Tailed Godwits on June 25th, a Hobby on June 26/30th. A Red Kite flew S on June 30th and a Barn Owl seen most days from June 29th-July 2nd. Three Little Ringed Plovers on July 1st with one on June 30th.
- CARSINGTON WATER A Knot on June 27th with a drake Common Scoter and 26 Black Tailed Godwits on June 30th.
- LONG EATON GP A Black Tailed Godwit on June 28th. A Green Sandpiper, a Red Crested Pochard and a Little Egret on June 29th
- AMBASTON GP A Greenshank on June 28th.
- ASTON-ON-TRENT GP On July 1st 1 Little Grebe, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Cormorants, 6 Little Egrets, 8 Grey HERONS, 8 Greylag Geese, 1 Wigeon-an injured bird, 18 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard-drake.52 Tufted Duck, 25 Lapwing and 2 Common Terns.
- KINGS MILLS GP 3 Shelduck-2ads and a juv, 18 Lapwing and 10 Pied Wagtails on July 2nd.
- HUIGHBRIDGE GP A Green Sandpiper, a Yellow Legged Gull and 4 Oystercatcher on June 30th.
- BARROW GP On June 30th a Shelduck and a Yellow Legged Gull and 4 Common Terns.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR 3 Little Egrets on June 27th with 2 Black Tailed Godwits on July 1st along with a Common Sandpiper. Up to 23 Mnadarin, 7 Gadwall, 4 Oystercatchers also noted recently
News update 12 June - 22 June
- QUAIL 1 was at Parsley Hay on 16th June, up to 5 â€śsingingâ€ť birds reported near Edale on 22nd June, 2 at Elton Common on 23rd June and 1 near Kinder Res on 24th Jun.
- OSPREYS 2 at Carsington Water on 19th June with single birds at Ladybower Res on 16th June and Middleton Moor on 19th June.
- CARSINGTON WATER Up to 8 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 15 Oystercatchers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 8 Redshank noted. A Little Egret on 22nd June, 3 Shoveler on 21st June, a Hobby on 13th June, a Peregrine Falcon on 21st June, single Green and Common Sandpipers on 16th June, a sub-adult Yellow Legged Gull throughout the period, a 1st summer Common Gull on 13th June, 5 Raven on 21st June and 25 Tree Sparrows including 20 juvs at the Visitor Centre on 22nd June.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR Up to 3 Little Egrets, 6 Mandarin, 4 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew and 2 Common Terns noted. A Goosander on 21st June, single Red Kites on 19/23rd June, a Hobby on 18th June, a Dunlin on 12th June, a Black Tailed Godwit on 24th Jun, a Green Sandpiper on 15th June, a Dipper on the R.Amber on 19th June, a juv. Stonechat on 20th June and a Spotted Flycatcher on 14th June.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A Bittern dropped into the reedbed on 20th June and a Little Egret and 6 Black Tailed Godwits o the same date. Up to 3 Teal and a Peregrine Falcon noted with a barn Owl on 22nd June and a singing Cettis Warbler from 10-20th June.
- LONG EATON GP Up to 2 Little Egrets, 14 Gadwall, 1 Red Crested Pochard, 5 Pochard,1 Oystercatcher and 9 Common Terns noted.
- HIGH BRIDGE GP A Greenshank, 2 Redshank and 6 Little Egrets on 22nd June.
- HOBBIES Single birds noted at Church Wilne Water Ski Pit and Glapwell on 15th June, Erewash Meadows DWT Reserve on 18th June and Mickleover on 21st June.
- GOOSANDERS 1 at St. Chads Water on 16th June with 9 at Wolfscote Dale also on 16th June
News update 9 June - 11 June
- REPTON A Pager Report appeared on Monday afternoon of a Rose Coloured Starling at Repton on June 9th. None of the local sources of info can shed any light on this record so if anybody out there reading this can enlighten us about where the bird was and more importantly, the observer's name. I would be really grateful. This would be only the 11th County record and would follow on from the bird at Etwall last Nov/Dec.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR During June9-11th a Little Egret, 4 Teal, 4 Oystercatchers, a Curlew, a Common Sandpiper and 2 Common Terns noted
- CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PITS 5 Arctic Terns and 2 Common Terns on June 12th along with about 5 Swifts with a further 10 Swifts nearby over Wilne Lane.
- HEANOR A Hobby on June 10th
- TAPTON A Hobby on June 11th.
- REPORTING RARITIES The above Rose Coloured Starling report is the 3rd report of a Rare Bird in the County in the last three/four weeks for which no details have been submitted to any of the local sources of info. The other 2 being a Cattle Egret reported at Willington GP-would be the 1st site record and a Common Crane over Monyash. It seems to be part of a growing trend nowadays to just report the bird but then not back the record up. The effect of this is that these records will not appear in the annual record for the county published in the Derbyshire Bird Report for the year in question so please make sure you complete the formalities - see here for help
News update 29 May - 7 June
- MONYASH A Common Crane flew NW at 10.00 a.m. on June 7th. The 1st record this year.
- CARSINGTON WATER A Turnstone on June 6th. On May 29th a Little Egret and 2 Dunlin: a drake Teal on May 31/June 6th with 4 Ringed Plover and a Little Egret on June 3rd, 6 Redshank on June 6th and a Little Egret again on June 7th. Up to 3 Yellow Legged Gulls noted during May 29-June 7th.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR 2 Ringed Plover on May 29th, a Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Curlew on June 1st, a Dunlin, a Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper on June 2nd. On June 3rd a Red Kite flew SW and a Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plovers noted with a Dunlin, a Ringed Plover and 3 Teal on June 4th. Up to 4 Oystercatcher and 2 Common Terns also noted during this period
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE On June 1st a drake Mandarin and a Red Kite. Two Red Kites flew through on June 5th ,one having been seen earlier a Pools Brook CP. During the period up to 43 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 1 Pochard, 2 Oystercatchers and 3 Common Terns noted.
- LONG EATOM GP On May 30th 1 Goosander, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Dunlin and 3 Pochard with a Little Egret and a Sanderling on June 1st.
- MIDDLETON MOOR 2 Shelduck, 2 Sanderling and Dunlin on May 30th.
- ALVASTON PARK Still 4 Ring Necked Parakeets on June 4th.
- ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS A Red Kite on June 2nd, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers, a Shoveler and a Common Tern.
- WHITWELL A Quail singing on June 4th.
- WILLINGTON GP A Red Kite on June 5th with the drake Wigeon, 2 Oystercatchers, a Cuckoo and 9 Common Terns still present on June 6th.
- DUFFIELD A Red Kite on June 1st
News update 14 May
- STAVELEY SEWAGE FARM Belated news has just emerged of a male Red Backed Shrike seen by just one observer here on May 14th. Photos were taken but were not looked at until recently when the truth emerged. This would be the 13th record since the formation of the DOS and the first since 2016.
News update 23 May - 29 May
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A 1st summer Bonaparte's Gull dropped in to Carr Vale this morning about 10.00.a.m. and was watched by Mark Beevers, Tony Irons and Ian Swain. Unfortunately at 10.20a.m. it took off and left high to the South with 4 Black Headed Gulls. This will be the 7th county record of this small American Gull and the first since 2000. Interestingly this will also be the 2nd May record. A very nice record from a very well watched site. On May 23rd a Little Egret and a Barn Owl whilst on May 24th the Little Egret remained and was joined by the female Garganey again-still present on May 25/26th, a very late Snipe and a Peregrine Falcon. On May 25th 2 Arctic Terns flew NE and a Hobby was seen. The 3 Pochard still present on May 26th whilst on May 27th 35 Gadwall, a Peregrine Falcon and a calling Water Rail were noted. Finally on May 28th a pair of Teal, 2 Pochard and a Common Tern present.
- WYVER LANE DWT RESERVE A drake Garganey on May 28th.
- CARSINGTON WATER A pair of Garganey on May29th.
- WILLINGTON GP Very little of note on May 29th but the drake Wigeon still present, a Little Egret flew through and a steady westerly passage of Swifts including c70 in 45 minutes took place. The Mink appears to be starting to take a toll on the Black Headed Gull colony on Dead Goose Island with vastly reduced number of nests and very few youngsters
News update 25 May - 28 May
- OGSTON RESERVOIR There was no sign of the Temminckâ€™s Stint on May 25th although the drake Garganey still present along with 5 Ringed Plover, 4 Oystercatchers, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Terns and 6 Gadwall. On May 26th 6 Ringed Plover and a Sanderling.
- CARSINGTON WATER On May 25th a cream crown Marsh Harrier flew over the dam wall early morning and a Ringed Plover present-still present on May 27th. On May 26th 8 Gadwall, a Curlew and 2 sub-ad. Yellow Legged Gulls. On May 27th a Hobby and 3 Yellow Legged Gulls-the 2 sub-ads and a 1st summer bird.
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The 2 Cattle Egrets were again present on May 27th and a Great White Egret flew through.
- LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A Great White Egret flew through on May 25th.
- EREWASH MEADOWS DWT RESERVE A drake Green Winged Teal found on May 25th and was still present on May 26th.
- ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On May 26th 2 Little Egrets, 2 Shelduck and a drake Shoveler were the only birds of note.
- ST.CHADS WATER A female Wigeon which may well be a pricked bird on May 28th.
- CHURCH WILNW WATER SKI PIT 6 Arctic Terns ad a Common Tern on May 28th.
- BARLOW COMMON SIDE An Osprey on May 27th
News update 18 May - 24 May
- OGSTON RESERVOIR Yet another red letter day for this site with a Temminckâ€™s Stint being found this morning-May 24th still present at 1.00.p.m. best viewed from The Oak Tree. This will be the 27th county record and the first since 2016. Also present a drake Garganey. On May 23rd an Osprey.
- WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A Turnstone mid-morning on May 24th,
- BOLE HILL A Quail calling in a field on the east side of Bole Hill on May 23rd. Heard from the footpath running down the East side of the field. Grid Ref SK336 746
- DEEP DALE An Osprey on My 22nd.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE On May 18th a Barnacle Goose and a male Cuckoo which was again present on May 20th. A drake Shoveler from May 19-22nd. A Grey Plover flew North on May 21st and a Dunlin, a Grey Wagtail and a Hobby noted. On May 22nd a pair of Garganey and a Dunlin. On May 23rd a Red Kite, a Ringed Plover and a female Cuckoo. Present throughout the period were up to 24 Gadwall, 2 Teal and 3 Pochard.
- Please note that the claim of an Arctic Skua at Junction 29 of the M1 at Bolsover on May 17th is now thought to refer to the Pomarine Skua seen at Carr Vale DWT Reserve. It now transpires that the Duckmanton sighting was just 3 minutes after the Pomarine Skua was lost to view from Carr Vale.
News update 17 May - 23 May
- CATTLE EGRETS There is a report in the log book in the hide at Willington GP of one on May 17th. This would be a new bird for the site and, of course, is still classed as a rare bird in the county. If the finder could get in touch with the undersigned or either of the other 2 Joint County Recorders to talk about documenting this important bird I would be very grateful. It, or another, was briefly at Sinfin Moor Wetlands on May 18th found late afternoon by Martin Roome but was very mobile being repeatedly flushed by dog walkers until it eventually flew off, Two birds, presumably the birds from just over the R.Trent at Branston GP in Staffs, were at Drakelow DWT Reserve on May 19th and finally a single bird was at Erewash Meadows DWT Reserve early morning on May 20th found by Colin Penny before it flew off North. Five birds in 4 days is exceptional and will represent the 12-15th county records if all are documented.
- WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A Marsh Harrier on May 18/19th with a 1st summer Little Gull on May 19th. A brief Hobby flew NE late morning on May 23rd.
- CARSINGTON WATER The Bar Tailed Godwit still present on May 19th with a Grey Plover from May 20-23rd. Also on May 20th a Curlew, 3 Little Egrets and 3 Redshank with a Red Kite on May 21st and a Ringed Plover on May 22nd. Two 1st summer Yellow Legged Gulls on May 19/20th with a sub adult bird on May 23rd.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR On May 19th 2 Greenshank, single Curlew, Dunlin and Redshank with 2 Common Terns and 4 Oystercatchers and a Marsh Harrier appeared to roost. One Greenshank still present on May 20th with 2 Common Terns on May 22nd.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A Grey Plover flew through on May 21st.
- STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR An Arctic Tern on May 21st with an Osprey and a Hobby on May 22nd
News update 13 May - 18 May
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A pale phase adult Pomarine Skua complete with a full set of Spoons was watched by Mark Beevers et al as it flew North over the site between 08.40-08.51 a.m. on May 17th This is a new bird for this well watched reserve and is only the 8th county record with last being way back in 2005 with the last 2 records also being in May. Also recorded on May 17th were 2 Common Sandpipers, 6 Greylag Geese, a pair of Pochard and 2 Teal. On May 11th a Spotted Flycatcher and a Whinchat. A female Wheatear, a Common Sandpiper on May 12th with the Wheatear still present on May 13th. Two Redshank on May 14th with 2 Grey Partridge on May 15th with 17 Gadwall on May 15-16th. Up to 4 Oystercatchers and 4 Common Terns noted during this period.
- MIDDLETON MOOR Two Grey Plovers on May 16th with 2 Sanderling on May 17th.
- HIGH BRIDGE GRAVEL PITS A Grey Plover on May 18th.
- WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS 3 Black Terns on May 16th and an Arctic Tern with 4 on May 17/18th.
- LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS 3 Black Terns on May 16th
- WYVER LANE A Little Gull on May 14th.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR A Sanderling, a Ringed Plover and a drake Shoveler on May 14th. The drake Shoveler and a Little Egret on May 15th with a report of 40+ Arctic Tern son May 17th.
- CARSINGTON WATER The Bar-Tailed Godwit still present on May 18th. A Dunlin and a 1st summer Yellow Legged Gull on May 16th with 2 Dunlin, 2 1st summer Yellow Legged Gulls and a Whimbrel on May 17th with the Whimbrel and a Curlew on May 18th.
- ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS A Honey Buzzard, probably a female flew low East over Phase 1 about midday on May 18th before doubling back and flying off South. Only other birds of note were 9 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 1 Oystercatcher and a Little Ringed Plover.
- BIGGIN A Turtle Dove along the Tissington Trail near here on May 16th.
- EREWASH MEADOWS DWT RESERVE 2 Wood Sandpipers on May 17th
News update 8 May - 14 May
- CARSINGTON WATER 2 Avocets were found by Ian Wright early this morning-May 14th-and were present up to 9.05 a.m. when they appeared to fly off. Also present a Bar Tailed Godwit. A Black Tern on May 11th with 4 Gadwall and 2 Shoveler on May 12th. A correction to my last post is that the adult Great Northern Diver was last seen on May 7th not May 10th. Apologies.
- OSPREYS On May 12th birds present at Chatsworth Park before flying off North, Holmebrook Valley CP before flying off NE, Linacre Res before it flew off North and Willington GP when it flew off E late afternoon.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR An Oystercatcher and c30 Dunlin on May 11th.
- BARROW-ON-TRENT A Great White Egret and a Whinchat on May 11th.
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE A Great White Egret again on May 11th.
- HIGH BRIDGE GRAVEL PITS On May 12th 5 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 6 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Shelduck, 13 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 31 Tufted Duck, 4 Hobbies, 2 Grey Partridge, 5 Oystercatchers, 1 Greenshank, and 2 Common Terns.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE On May 8th 3 Ringed Plover, a Dunlin,2 Whimbrel,2 Common Sandpipers, 15 Common Terns and a Peregrine Falcon. On May 9th 6 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 11 Arctic Terns and 2 Hobbies. On May 10th 3 Black Terns, 2 Arctic Terns, 4 Common Terns, an adult Kittiwake, a 3rd summer Yellow Legged Gull, 3 Wheatears and the Swallow x House Martin hybrid.
- PLEASLEY COLLIERY The Wood Sandpiper still present on May 11th.
- CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PITS 2 Common Terns on May 14th.
- WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A Raven and a Cuckoo on May 11th with 3 Hobbies on May 12th
News update 9 May - 10 May
- OGSTON RESERVOIR A Roseate Tern present up to about 6.40 a.m. on May 10th before it departed. This is the 10th County record with the last one being at Ogston Res in August 2017. Also present 3 Black Terns, 7 Arctic Terns, Knot, Turnstone, and Osprey along with c80 Dunlin and 30 Ringed Plover. On May 9th 9 Arctic Tern and 6 Sanderling.
- CARSINGTON WATER The Great Northern Diver was last reported on May 9th with no sign of it on May 10th.
- LOWGATES FLASH, STAVELEY A drake Garganey on May 9/10th
- WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS 2 Black Terns and a Turnstone on May 10th.
- PLEASLEY PIT A Wood Sandpiper n May 10th.
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The Great White Egret flew over on May 10th
News update 8 May - 10 May
- OGSTON RESERVOIR On May 8th a Knot which was still present on May 9th, 2 Common Scoter, 9 Common Terns, 10 Whimbrel and 17 Dunlin. On May 9th 2 Black Terns, 12 Arctic Terns, 4 Common Terns, 84 Dunlin, 31 Ringed Plover, a Greenshank and 2 Whimbrel.
- CARSINGTON WATER 3 Black Terns, 25 Arctic Terns, and 2 Bar Tailed Godwits on May 9th. On May 10th a Little Tern flew through, 2 Black Tens, 3 Bar Tailed Godwits, 2 Whimbrel, single Ringed Plover and Dunlin, a White Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtails and an imm. Yellow Legged Gull.
- WYVER LANE DWT RESERVE A Knot on May 8th with an Arctic Tern and 3 Black Terns on May 9th .
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE 11 Arctic Terns flew through on May 9th.
- HIGHBRIDGE GRAVEL PITS 2 Black Terns, a Greenshank, a Dunlin and a Ringed Plover on May 9th.
- WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS 2 Black Terns on May 9th.
- CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR 7 Black Terns on Mya 9th with 2 on May 10th. Please note this site is still completely private. View only from a distance on the Railway Bridge at Old Sawley. By the side of the M1 motorway
- STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR 2 Black Terns and an Arctic Tern on May 8th.
- LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS 2 Black Terns and 2 Sanderling on May 8th.
- ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On May 9th only 2 Dunlin, a Little Ringed Plover, 3 Shelduck and a Shoveler. Poor fare compared with elsewhere!!!!!
- In addition to all the above large numbers of Hirundines were noted everywhere and at Carsington up to 63 Swifts
News update 30 Apr - 8 May
- KINGS MILLS GRAVEL PIT, WESTON-ON-TRENT A Red Rumped Swallow was found by Neil Loverock early morning on May 6th amongst a gathering of about 50-60 Hirundines. It showed well at times until about 3.30 p.m. when it was last seen. This is the 9th County record and the first since 2012. Also here was a Common Sandpiper, a White Wagtail, up to 6 Yellow Wagtails and a probable â€śChannelâ€ť Wagtail. On May 7th the Common Sandpiper and the White Wagtail still present plus 2 Yellow Wagtails.
- WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS On May 8th a Black Tern, a very brief Little Tern, 2 Arctic Terns and 4 Common Terns. Also a Shelduck, 5 Gadwall, 3 Oystercatchers, 4 Swifts, c100 Sand Martins, c100 Swallows and c30 House Martins. An adult Little Gull on May 6/7th. On May 3rd a drake Shoveler, an imm. Great Black Backed Gull, 3 Common Terns, 2 Arctic Terns, 8 Swifts, c55 Sand Martins, c130 Swallows and 10 House Martins with all the hirundines moving West
- MAPPERLEY RESERVOIR An Osprey on May 7th.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A Merlin on May 1st along with a Common Sandpiper, 10 Great Black Backed Gulls and 30 Herring Gulls. On May 2nd an Osprey spent 20 minutes late morning before flying off NE with the Common Sandpipe still present. On May 3rd 3 Whimbrel briefly and a total of14 Arctic Terns flew NE with 5 more flying NE on May 4th. A Green Sandpiper on May 5th. Still 2 Pink Footed Geese, the injured drake Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Oystercatchers and 2 Common Terns present.
- CARSNGTON WATER The long staying adult Great Northern Diver still present on May 7th. There were 4 Mandarin and 2 Teal on May 3rd with a Ringed Plover on May 1st, A Turnstone flew through on May 3rd, a Whimbrel on May 5th, 2 Yellow Legged Gull son My 1st with 1 on May 2nd and a Wheatear on May 2nd. Up to2 Oystercatchers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Redshank,2 Dunlin and 2 Common Sandpipers noted.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR A Whimbrel on My 2nd, a Greenshank from May2-4th, 3 Arctic Tern son May 4th and 17 Yellow Wagtails on May 3rd. Up to4 Oystercatchers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlin,2 Redshank and 2 Common Sandpipers noted.
- DOVE HOLES QUARRY A Marsh Harrier, an Osprey and 2 Wigeon on May 1st.
- NEW WHITTINGTON A Marsh Harrier on May 4th.
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE A Great White Egret on May 6th and a singing Wood Warbler on May 2nd. A Whimbrel on May 5th along with 20 Little Egrets.
- LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS An Osprey flew through on Apr. 30th and a Little Egret and a Red Crested Pochard also present.
- ST CHADS WATER A late drake Wigeon on May 1st.
- HIGH BRIDGE GRAVEL PITS On May 4th 5 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Cormorants, 8 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Gadwall., 1 Shoveler, 23 Tufted Ducks, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Arctic Terns, c200 Sand Martins, c2100 Swallows and c100 Huse Martins all moving N/NW.
- ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On May 5th 12 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Cormorants, 3 Shelduck, 13 Gadwall, 39 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Oystercatchers, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Terns plus 8 species of Warbler
News update 23 Apr - 29 Apr
- CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on Apr. 29th. A Shelduck on Apr. 24th with 2 on 25th. Still a female Goldeneye present n Apr 24/28th with a male on Apr. 26th. Up to 3 Sparrowhawks, 12 Common Buzzards, 4 Kestrels and a Peregrine Falcon noted. A Bar Tailed Godwit on Apr. 23/24th with 2 on 25th. A Whimbrel on Apr. 27/28th and a Greenshank from Apr 23-28th. Apart from the usual warder single Dunlin and Common Sandpiper also present. A 1st summer Kittiwake on Apr.27th and up to 4 Yellow Legged Gulls noted. One. Possibly 2 Arctic Terns on Apr. 25th with 1 on 28th. The 1st Swifts were 2 on Apr.25th whilst the 1st Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler on Apr. 23rd.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR Up to 2 Gadwall, a drake Shoveler-Apr. 24th, A Peregrine Falcon, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Redshank, 1 Snipe and 1 Common Tern noted. Two Kittiwakes-an ad. and a 1st summer on Apr. 27th with a 1st summer Little Gull on Apr. 27/28th. A Black Tern on Apr. 24th with 2 Arctic Terns on Apr. 27th.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The 2 Pink Footed Geese still present on Apr.28th. Up to 3 Wigeon, 35 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 5 Pochard, 2 Peregrine Falcons, 4 Oystercatchers, 2 Common Sandpipers and 2 Common Terns noted. The 1st Hobby on Apr. 28th, single Whimbrel on Apr 24/25/27th, a Greenshank on Apr. 24th. An adult Kittiwake on Apr 27th and the 1st summer Little Gull still present on Apr. 23rd. Three Arctic Terns on Apr 25th with 2 on Apr. 27th and a Sandwich Tern on Apr. 26th. A hybrid Swallow x House Martin set pulses racing on Apr 26/27th with a White Wagtail on Apr. 26th and single Wheatears and Whinchats on Apr. 28th.
- MIDDLETON MOOR a Bar Tailed Godwit dropped in on Apr. 28th later followed by 2 Whimbrel.
- BARROW GRAVEL PITS On Apr. 28th a Great White Egret, a Whimbrel, a Greenshank, a late Goldeneye, 2 Common Terns, 3 Shelduck, 4 Oystercatchers, 6 Common Terns and 8 Egyptian Geese. Please be aware that this site is completely private .
- WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS On Apr. 23rd 2 Egyptian Geese, a Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, a Little Ringed Plover, a Ruff, a Redshank, 2 Common Sandpipers, a 1st summer Herring Gull, 4 Common Terns and a good range of Common Warblers. On Apr. 26th a Black Tailed Godwit, a Common Sandpiper, a Dunlin, 15 Little Egrets and a Grasshopper Warbler. On Ar. 28th an Arctic Tern, a brief adult Kittiwake which flew through early morning, a Marsh Harrier, 6 Common Terns and 2 Grashopper Warblers.
- WYVER LANE DWT RESERVE 2 Great White Egrets on Apr. 24th flew off North.
- LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A Little Gull on Apr. 25th with a Red Crested Pochard on Apr. 27th.
- CHURCH WILNE 2 Grey Partridge in fields on Apr. 25th
- ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On Apr. 28th 8 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Cormorants, 4 Grey Herons, 5 Greylag Geese, 2 Shelduck, 1 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 34 Tufted Duck, 1 Kestrel, 4 Lapwings, 1 Redshank, 3 Cettis Warblers, 2 Sedge Warblers, 7 Reed Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler, 15 Blackcaps and 4 Willow Warblers
News update 16 Apr - 22 Apr
- MIDDLETON MOOR Ray Scally had a good morning here on Apr. 22nd with a Hen Harrier flying through early morning followed by a Red Kite, 2 Dunlin and 2 Redstarts. A Little Gull on Apr. 18th
- EREWASH MEADOWS DWT RESERVE A Black-Tailed Godwit and a Greenshank on Apr. 22nd.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE a 1st summer Little Gull on Apr. 22nd with 2 brief Wood Sandpipers on Apr. 21st. Two Pink Footed Geese from Apr 18-22nd with 8 Wigeon on Apr. 15th down to 4 from Apr.20/21st. A drake Shoveler on Apr. 15th with a female Marsh Harrier on Apr. 18th. Up to 38 Gadwall, 37 Teal and 2 Pochard present along with a Peregrine Falcon, 2 Water Rails, 7 Oystercatchers, 1 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpipers and 3 Yellow Wagtails. 2 Whimbrel flew N on Apr. 17th with a Green Sandpiper on Apr.18th. A Common Tern from Apr 18-21st. The 1st Grasshopper Warbler on Apr 17th, Reed Warbler on Apr.16th. Sedge Warbler on Apr.18th, Whitethroat on Apr. 19th and Lesser Whitethroat on Apr. 20th.
- CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on Apr. 22nd. Recently up to 4 Shelduck, 4 Mandarin, 2 Wigeon, 10 Gadwall, 18Teal and 75 Tufted Duck noted. 7 Goldeneye on Apr 16th with 1 on Apr 20th, a female Red Breasted Merganser on Apr 18th with 2 drake Common Scoter on Apr. 21st. Up to 9 Oystercatchers, 2 Curlew, 4 Redshank and 2 Common Sandpipers noted with a Dunlin on Apr. 16th, single Greenshanks on Apr 20/22nd and a Green Sandpiper on Apr. 20th. A Yellow Legged Gull on Apr.18th with 2 on Apr. 21st. A Sandwich Tern briefly on Apr. 21st with single Arctic Terns on Apr.17/21st. 2 White Wagtails on Apr. 17th with the 1st Reed Warbler on Apr. 19th, Sedge Warbler on Apr. 18th, Whitethroat on Apr. 19th and Garden Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat on Apr.20th.
- DRONFIELD A Bar Tailed Godwit was presumably heard flying over at 10.00.p.m. on Apr. 21st.
- WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS On Apr, 22nd 2 Grasshopper Warblers, a Ruff and 3 Common Terns. An adult Little Gull and the Great White Egret on Apr. 18th with a Marsh Harrier and 2 Common Terns on Apr.21st.
- UPPER LOADS A Marsh Harrier on Apr.20th.
- WESTON-ON-TRENT 3 Ring Ouzels at the end of Kings Mills Lane on Apr. 18th before flying off down river
News update 11 Apr - 15 Apr
- LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS 2 Arctic Terns late morning on Apr.15th. Two Ruddy Shelduck on Apr.13th along with a Green Sandpiper, a Common Tern n Apr. 12th and a Red Crested Pochard on Apr. 11th. UP TO 2 Little Egrets, 2 Shoveler, 11 Pochard, 108 Tufted Duck and 3 Oystercatchers noted.
- CARSINGTON WATER The Great Northern Diver still present on Apr.15th. An Avocet-the 3rd of the year-and a Black Tailed Godwit on Apr. 11th with a Common Sandpiper on Apr. 12th. A White Wagtail on Ap.10th with a Yellow Wagtail on Apr 14th along with c80 Fieldfare flying SE and a Redstart with 2 on Apr. 115th along with a pair of Wigeon. Up to 8 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 18 Shoveler, 5 Goldeneye, 3 Curlew and 2 Yellow Legged Gulls noted.
- OGSTON RESERVOIR On Apr. 14th a Common Tern, c250 Sand Martins, c70 Swallows and 6 House Martins.
- DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE A Reed Warbler, a Sedge Warbler and a Green Sandpiper on Apr. 14th.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A drake Mandarin, an adult Yellow Legged Gull and a Redshank on Apr.11th, A White Wagtail and a Yellow Wagtail on Apr. 10th, the first Willow Warbler on Apr. 11th with the first Reed Warbler on Apr. 14th. Up to 8 Wigeon, 40 Gadwall, 33 teal, 3 Pochard, 15 Common Buzzards, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Oystercatchers, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Curlew also noted.
- KEDLESTON PARK A male Ring Ouzel on Apr.12th was a very nice record.
- PADLEY GORGE A Pied Flycatcher on Apr.12th.
- ALPORT NEAR YOULGREAVE A Red Kite on Apr.14th.
- ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On Apr. 14th 11 Great Crested Grebes, 20 Cormorants, 1 drake Wigeon, 16 Gadwall, 54 Teal, 16 Shoveler, 86 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Oystercatchers, 5 Lapwings, 1 Snipe, 2 Stock Doves, Cettis Warblers, 13 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers and a Linnet.
- WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Great White Egret still present on Apr.11th
News update 1 Apr - 7 Apr
- CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on Apr.10th. Four Common Scoter-3 drakes-and a Yellow Wagtail on Apr.9th.
- CARR VALE DWT RESERVE In early April up to 8 Wigeon,40 Gadwall, 37 Teal,13 Common Buzzards,2 Oystercatchers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 8 Snipe present. A Little Egret flew North n Apr. 3rd, 2 Pochard from Apr 1-6th,a Dunlin on Apr. 1st with a Curlew on Apr. 5th. An adult Yellow Legged Gull on Apr.4th with 2 House Martins n Apr. 4/6th. A Yellow Wagtail and a female Wheatear on Apr. 7th and up to 35 Chiffchaffs and 20 Fieldfares on Apr. 1st with a Marsh Tit on Apr.4th.
- WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Great White Egret still present but elusive on Apr. 10th. Also 1 Wigeon, 17 Gadwall, 19 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Oystercatchers and a Green Woodpecker.
- AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS On Apr. 9th 3 Little Ringed Plovers and a Redshank, 3 Greylag Geese and a Linnet
News update 1 Apr - 7 Apr
- CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on Apr.7th. A Little Egret on Apr. 2nd with a pair of Pintail on Apr 1st on wgich date a male Marsh Harrier flew through. An Osprey on Apr. 4th with a Ringed Plover on Apr 2/3rd and a Greenshank on Apr.2nd. Two House Martins on pr. 5th and 3 Crossbil son Apr.1st. Up to 2 Mandarin Ducks, 15 Teal,6 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 14 Snipe, 3 Yellow Legged Gulls, 8 Sand Martins, 12 Swallows and 2 Blackcaps noted.
- WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS Up to 2 Great White Egrets still present up to Apr. 6th. Both single House Martins an Willow Warblers on Apr.4th. Up to 2 Shelduck, 1 Wigeon, 12 Gadwall. 6 Teal, 13 Shoveler, 32 Tufted Duck, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Curlew, c150 Sand Martins, 20 Swallows, 8 Blackcaps and 3 Chiffchaffs noted.
- AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS On Apr. 1st 1 Little Ringed Plover and a Redshank.
- LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A Great White Egret flew South on Apr. 5th. On Apr. 2nd 7 Little Grebes, 37 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Greylag Geese, 9 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 69 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, c40 Sand Martins, 3 Blackcaps and 2 Chiffchaffs.
- CRANFLEET CUT On Apr. 2nd a Green Sandpiper and c20 Sand Martins.
- ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On Apr. 3rd 1 Little Grebe, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 23 Cormorants,3 Grey Herons, 6 Greylag Geese, 4 Wigeon, 13 Gadwall, 72 Teal, 16 Shoveler, 129 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Swallow, 6 Cettis Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs and 2 Long Tailed Tits.
- HIGH BRIDGE GRAVEL PITS On Apr. 7th6 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants flew West, 1 Little Egret, 43 Mute Swans, 9 Greylag Geese, 23 Wigeon, 9 Gadwall, 8 Teal. 5 Shoveler,35 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Blackcaps and 2 Chiffchaffs.
- WYVER LANE DWT RESERVE A drake Garganey on Apr. 1/3rd.
- EREWASH MEADOWS DWT RESERVE On Apr. 2nd 2 Black Tailed Godwits and 3 Little Egrets.
- MIDDLETON MOOR A Red Kite and 3 Wheatears on Apr.6th.
- HOLESTONE GATE The Hooded Crow still present on Apr. 1st
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