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News update 5 Dec - 9 Dec
  • DERWENTDALE The small flock of Parrot Crossbills still present on the west side of Howden Reservoir at Ronksley South Plantation. Numbers have varied but the peak count was of 12 on 7/9th Dec. Although mobile they are best looked for as they come down to drink etc. at a small pool/puddle on a track accessed from a layby by the 7km marker. Walk NW along the track for about 450 yards and the small pool/puddle is 50 yards from a 5 bar gate.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Great White Egret still present on 9th Dec.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 9th Dec. with the male Hawfinch still at Millfields. There were 3 “redhead” Goosanders on 5th Dec and a female Pintail still on 6/7th Dec. Up to 2 Peregrines, 4 Water Rail, 5 Ruff, 8 Redshank,4 Dunlin and 4 Common Snipe present. In the Gull roost on 7th Dec were 3 Yellow Legged Gulls and c2000 Common Gulls.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE Up to 94 Wigeon,57 Gadwall, 22 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 1 Peregrine, 12 Water Rails, the Cettis Warbler and 3 Chiffchaffs noted. A juvenile Whooper Swan flew N on 3rd Dec, 60 Pink Footed Geese flew W, a drake Goosander flew N and a flock on 40 Sky Larks on 4th Dec. Three Goosanders flew N on 5th Dec and a Barn Owl noted on 5/6th Dec. An Egyptian Goose on 7th Dec. Finally a Marsh Tit found by Roy Frost on 28th Nov was relocated on 6th Dec and was only the 5th record for the site and followed on from the bird seen in 2016.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The female Long Tailed Duck again present on 6th Dec before it went back over the R.Trent to Branston GP.
  • QUARNDON 2 Ring Necked Parakeets on 7th Dec.’
  • LONGDENDALE A Jack Snipe on 9th Dec was unusual here.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR On 5th Dec 2 Little Grebes, 47 Great Crested Grebes, 11 Cormorants, 4 Grey Herons, 1 Grey Lag Goose, 25 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 53 Tufted Duck.1 Goldeneye, 3 “redhead” Goosanders, 8 Common Gulls and an ad. Great Black Backed Gull.
  • ST.CHADS WATER On 6th Dec 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 20 Tufted Duck and 18 Goosander.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT On 6th Dec 3 3 Little Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Gadwall, 11 Pochard, 143 Tufted Duck, 9 Goldeneye, 3 “redhead” Goosanders, 152 Coot and single Common and Herring Gulls.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 8th Dec 2 Little Grebes, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 29 Cormorants, 5 Grey Herons, 15 Mute Swans, 88 Wigeon, 37 Gadwall, 44 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 9 Pochard, 126 Tufted Duck, 12 Goldeneye, 1 Common Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker and 3 Blackbirds
News update 24 Nov - 4 Dec
  • HOWDEN RESERVOIR A party of 3+ Parrot Crossbills were found on the west side of the reservoir opposite Windy Corner just SE of Ridge Wood early afternoon on 2nd Dec by Roy Twigg. They were with a party of 12 Common Crossbills and only showed for a period of about 20-30 minutes. On 3rd Dec they were most elusive with eventually at least 4 birds seen early afternoon in the same area. These are the first birds to be seen in the County since 1985 when 3 juvs were in the Longshaw/Padley area in June/July. These birds are part of a small influx with up to 30 birds being present recently in Norfolk and Besrkshire.
  • STAUNTON HARLOD RESERVOIR The fem/imm Common Scoter still present here on 4th Dec.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 3rd Dec. having been found on 24th Nov. Up to 3 Hawfinches are still present here and seem to be favouring the Millfields area. A Little Egret on 2nd Dec with 6 adult Whooper Swans on 28th Nov. A female Pintail from 28th Nov-2nd Dec with up to 9 Shoveler, 157 Pochard, 6 Dunlin, 5 Ruff, 3+ Woodcock, 23 Snipe and 8 Redshank noted. A 2nd winter Yellow Legged Gull on 26/30th Nov. with a Chiffchaff on 28th Nov.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A Great White Egret was found here on 24th Nov and although elusive at times was still present on 3rd Dec when it was seen flying East mid-morning. The Bittern also still here on 3rd Dec. Up to 21 Little Egrets are still roosting here. On 3rd Dec. 3 Little Grebes, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 18 Cormorants, 9 Grey Lag Geese, 11 Wigeon, 11 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 21 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 37 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Water Rails, c100 Lapwing, 2 Common Gulls-ad, 1 Herring Gull-3rd winter flew West, 2 Great Black Backed Gulls-1ad, 1 2nd winter, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Stonechat 14 Blackbirds, c45 Fieldfares and 4 Ravens.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The Long Tailed Duck again present on 28th Nov/3rd Dec.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS 7 Whooper Swans flew East on 3rd Dec and a Jack Snipe present.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 1st Dec 1 Little Grebe, 14 Great Crested Grebes, 19 cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Herons, 1 Shelduck, 166 Wigeon, 97 Gadwall, 111 Teal, 28 Shoveler, 127 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Chiffchaff.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR On 30th Nov 5 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Cormorants, 166 Tufted Duck. 1 Goosander. The Gull roost consisted on c15,000 Black Headed Gulls, c150 Common Gulls, c2500 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, c510 Herring Gulls, 5 Caspian Gulls-4 ads and a 3rd winter and c20 Great Blacked Gulls.
  • LOCKO PARK LAKE On 28th Nov. 2 Grey Herons, 51 Greylag Geese, 236 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag xCanada Goose hybrid, 1 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 2 Pochard. 18 Tufted Duck and a Common Buzzard.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE During the period 23rd Nov-3rd Dec. up to 2 Little Egrets, 92 Wigeon,67 Gadwall, 38 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 3 Peregrine Falcons and 35 Golden Plover noted. A juv. Whopper Swan flew North on 3rd Dec, c170 Pink Footed Geese flew east on 26th Nov with c150 East on 28th Nov. There were 4 Goosander on 27th Nov with 1 on 2nd Dec. A Merlin on 2nd Dec with a 1st winter Caspian Gull on 21st Nov, the Cettis Warbler still present on 3rd Dec with 2 Chiffchaffs on the same date. Finally a male Brambling on 1st Dec.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A 1st winter Caspian Gull roosted on 1st Dec. A skein of 74 Pink Footed Geese flew WNW on 2nd Dec Three Ruff on 28th Nov with a single Dunlin and a Redshank up to 30th Nov
News update 16 Nov - 22 Nov
  • CARSINGTON WATER A Great Northern Diver was watched by Jon Bradley and Mark Pass flying out SE at about 08.00.over the res on 19th Nov. It may have been on the water beforehand. The first record this autumn. More Hawfinches were 1 by the Wildlife Centre on 16th Nov, 4 at Millfields on 18th Nov, single birds on 19/20/22nd Nov with 5 on 21st Nov. A Whooper Swan flew SW on 19th Nov. A 1st winter Kittiwake flew South on 20th Nov. From 16-22nd Nov up to 2 Golden Plover, 16 Dunlin, 9 Redshank, 36 Snipe, 2 Woodcock and 3 Ruff noted. Also up to 8 Goldeneye, 9 Goosanders, 3 Shoveler and single Pintails-a female on 16th Nov with a male on 22nd Nov. A 2nd winter Yellow Legged Gull on 16th Nov with an adult on 22nd Nov.
  • WILLINGTON GP Up to c30 Little Egrets are now roosting here with the elusive Bittern again seen on 20/22nd Nov.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE 885 Pink Footed Geese in 12 skeins flew SE on 12th Nov with 1400 in 11 skeins SE on 13th Nov. Up to 6 Water Rails, 69 Wigeon, 54 Gadwall, 34 Teal, 4 Shoveler and 15 Tufted Duck noted. A drake Goosander on 13th Nov. A Merlin on 15th Nov, 2 Little Egrets on 16th Nov with up to 4 Chiffchaffs and the usual Cettis Warbler all noted.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR 5 Waxwings flew low West calling mid-morning on 22nd Nov-the first of the autumn-and a surprise with so few in the country at the moment. There were 2 Black Tailed Godwits on 17th Nov. The regular adult Yellow Legged Gull still present and up to 11 Gadwall, 105 Teal and single Shoveler and Goldeneye noted. A skein of 60 Pink Footed Geese flew SE on 19th Nov and a Water Rail noted.
  • HARDWICK HALL A report of a single Waxwing-heard only-on 22nd Nov.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR A fem/imm. Common Scoter on 20th Nov.
  • ILKESTON A report of 7 Ring Necked Parakeets flying over on 16th Nov.
  • GREAT WHITE EGRETS A report of 1 at Ambergate by the R.Derwent on 12th Nov with single birds at Barrow-on-Trent area and at Barrow GP on 18th Nov.
  • LONG EATON GP 2 Pintail on 17/18th Nov.
  • JACK SNIPE Single birds at Shipley on 17th Nov and at Ashbourne Airfield on 20th Nov.
  • ST.CHADS WATER On 18th Nov 3 Cormorants, 4 Little Egrets, 1 Greylag x Canada Goose hybrid, 2 Egyptian Geese, 12 Tufted Duck. 19 Goosander and a Kingfisher
  • CHESTERFIELD A Red Kite flew over Tescos/Sainsburys by Chesterfield Canal on 21st Nov
News update 13 Nov - 15 Nov
  • RED THROATED DIVER One was picked up grounded in a factory at Killamarsh on 14th Nov. Kept overnight in a cage and checked over the bird proved to be healthy and was released this morning-15th Nov-on Renishaw Lake but there was no sign of the bird after 11.00.a.m. This species has averaged about 1 record a year lately and this would be about the 44th County record if found acceptable-(the locality in Killamarsh may well be in South Yorkshire).
  • GLAUCOUS GULL The juv again roosted at Middleton Moor on 13/14th Nov
News update 1 Nov - 13 Nov
  • MIDDLETON MOOR A juv. Glaucous Gull came in to roost late afternoon of 3rd Nov. It re-appeared in the roost on 8th Nov and has come into the roost every night since then up to 12th Nov. A very early record for this “white-winger” and at a most unusual locality. Thanks to David Hatfield and Diane Gregory for finding it. Also up to 8 Yellow Legged Gulls have also been using the roost.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR A Hawfinch flew South over the res at about 10.00.a.m. on 13th Nov.
  • WYVER LANE A Great White Egret roosted here on 10th Nov and was still present early morning on 11th Nov before it flew off.
  • CARSINGTON WATER A Great White Egret on 12th Nov-presumably the Wyver Lane bird-with a total of 29 Whooper Swans present. Up to 4 Ruff, 15 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover and 5 Redshank still about. Sixteen Whooper Swans flew East and 190 Pink Footed Geese flew through in 2skeins on 2nd Nov. A Hawfinch flew SW on 2nd Nov with 2/3 on 5th Nov, 6 on 6th Nov with a minimum of 28 on 7th Nov mostly moving SW. One flew through on 8th Nov. with another 10 SW on 9th Nov. A Bar Tailed Godwit on 9th Nov with a black Tailed Godwit on 10th Nov.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GP A Great White Egret again on 7th Nov with a Bittern again seen on 9th Nov. Just a reminder that this site is strictly private.
  • SHIPLEY COUNTRY PARK A winter male Snow Bunting was seen close to Bell Lane on 7th Nov. Probably a first record for this locality.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE 2 Cattle Egrets dropped into the spit on 2nd Nov before flying out and 1 re-appeared on 5th Nov. Also the Long Tailed Duck again noted on 2nd Nov.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR Up to 2 Little Egrets noted with 2 Whooper Swans and 900 Pink Footed Geese flew East on 5th Nov., 3 Dunlin on 7th Nov. with 1 on 9/10th Nov. Up to 3 Goosanders noted. A Stonechat on 7th Nov with the usual ad. Yellow Legged Gull still present.
  • HIGHORDISH 39 Whooper Swans flew ESE on 2nd Nov and were later seen over Annesley Pit Top in Notts. Also a total of 3505 Pink Footed Geese flew East in 9 skeins 50 minutes and a Goshawk noted. Eight Hawfinches flew SW on 3rd Nov. with a Merlin on 4th Nov. On 6th Nov 8 Golden Plovers and 14 Bramblings moved through.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A Great White Egret and a Hawfinch on 4th Nov. Up to 3 Little Egrets, 29 Wigeon, 98 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 5Water Rails and 2 Peregrines noted. On 2nd Nov. 475 Pink Footed Geese flew SE in 3 skeins whilst on 5th 1050 in 8 skeins flew SE early morning and 1350 again flew SE mid-morning with different flight lines being used by the 2 numbers involved. 35 Golden Plover on 1st with the Cettis Warbler and the Chffchaff present throughout,.
  • GLOSSOP A male Golden Pheasant-obviously an escape-was found in a garden on 10th Nov.
  • WILLINGTON GP The Firecrest was again seen by Richard James on 1st Nov. but has not been seen again. Also the Bittern showed briefly on 1st Nov. A Common Sandpiper on 5th Nov. with 24 Little Egrets roosting on 11th Nov and 2 Goosander and 9 Egyptian Geese also noted. A report of a Marsh Harrier on 12th Nov.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Allestree and Sawley on 1st Nov and Great Longstone on 6th Nov.
  • RING NECKED PARAKEET A virtual influx of these colourful birds with single birds at Mickleover on 3/8th Nov, Allestree Park on 4/8/11thNov. and Alvaston on 9th Nov
News update 21 Oct - 29 Oct
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The Yellow Browed Warbler was again present on 25/26th Oct. The 1st winter Mediterranean Gull again present on 21/24th Oct. Up to 54 Wigeon, 113 Gadwall, 34 Teal and 6 Shoveler noted. On 21st Oct 1 Little Egret, 2 Chiffchaffs and 57 Redwing flew SW with a Peregrine and 235 Redwings S/SW on 22nd Oct. On 23rd Oct 1640 Redwing, 925 Wood Pigeons, 50 Fieldfares, 14 Redpoll and 12 Siskins flew through and the Peregrine and a BRAMBLING NOTED. On 24th Oct an adult Yellow Legged Gull, 3 Goosander, 5 Water Rails, 3 Golden Plover, the Peregrine and a Cettis Warbler noted. On 25th Oct the first Goldeneye was noted along with a Stonechat, 50 Stock Doves, 1535 Wood Pigeon, 200 Redwing, 538 Fieldfares and 5 Siskin. On 26th Oct 345 Pink Footed Geese in 3 skeins flew SE, 2 Whooper Swans flew South, 3 Water Rails, 7 Golden Plovers, 965 Wood Pigeons flew SW, 2 Peregrines, 110 Redwing, the female Stonechat, Cettis Warbler and a Chiffchaff.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A small flock of 5+ Bearded Tits briefly on the Cranfleet Cut Pit on 27th Oct along with a Green Sandpiper, a Little Egret and 2 Cettis Warblers. On 28th Oct 300 Wigeon, 9 Red Crested Pochards, 54 Pochard, 1 Green Sandpiper and 50 Fieldfare. Three Hawfinches flew S on 22nd Oct.
  • CARSINGTON WATER On 22nd Oct 2 Kittiwakes. Up to 10 Pintail, 4 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 4 Ruff and 4 Redshank noted. The drake Green Winged Teal still present on Stones Island on 24th Oct. along with a Brambling and 4 Goosanders. A total of 26 Hawfinch flew through SW on 28th Oct.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR On 26th Oct a flock of 7 Bean Geese flew W and c300 Pink Footed Geese flew W/SW in two skeins. Also present 2 Little Egrets, 7 Shoveler, a Golden Plover, an ad. Yellow Legged Gull, and a Pintail with 5490 Wood Pigeons, 590 Redwing, 11 Crossbills and 20 Brambling flew through. Three Dunlin on 24th Oct and on 25th Oct 7 Shoveler, a Pintail, a Little Egret, a Goshawk, a Water Rail and a Stonechat.
  • HIGHORDISH A Great White Egret flew East on 25th Oct. Seven Hawfinch flew through on 23rd Oct, seven more on 24th Oct and 6 on 25th Oct. Other totals on 25th Oct included 1390 Wood Pigeons, 617 Redwing, 58 Fieldfares, 6 Crossbills and 2 Bramblings.
  • WILLINGTON GP The Bittern was again present on 27th Oct and 3 Whooper Swans briefly on 23rd Oct. Up to 22 Little Egrets have taken to roosting here. A Green Sandpiper on 29th Oct.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GP A Ruff on 23rd Oct. On 27th Oct 2 Little Grebes, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 31 Cormorants, 4 Grey Herons, 76 Wigeon, 35 Gadwall, 9 Teal, 44 Shoveler, 119 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye-the first migrant, .
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR On 26th Oct 23 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 186 Tufted Duck.
  • WILLINGTON CANAL PIT On 29th Oct 4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Wigeon, 14 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 9 Shoveler, 13 Pochard, 23 Tufted Duck, a Common Buzzard and a Cettis Warbler.
  • HIGHBRIDGE GP On 29th Oct 2 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 85 Canada Geese, 20 Pochard, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 62 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Gull-ad, 62 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 9 Herring Gulls and a 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE 3 Hawfinch flew SW on 29th Oct and 5 Little Egret, 57 Wigeon, 12 Shoveler, 4 Goosander, a Peregrine and a Water Rail noted
News update 17 Oct - 20 Oct
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE a PROBABLE Yellow Browed Warbler was heard calling by Mark Beevers on 19th Oct and was confirmed when the bird was seen on 20th Oct. This is the 4th claim of this species this autumn in the county but, so far, this bid is the only one to be seen. Two Great White Egrets flew NW early morning on 17th Oct the first ever multiple sighting for the Reserve and only the 4th ever here. On 18th Oct 400 Pink Footed Geese flew East and the 1st winter Mediterranean Gull still present. Also 109 Gadwall, 37 Wigeon and 5 Shoveler and 19 Redwing flew SW. On 19th Oct a Little Egret, the Mediterranean Gull and a Cettis Warbler noted along wit 105 Gadwall, 45 Wigeon and 28 Teal but only 1 Shoveler. Also 125 Redwing and 11 Fieldfare flew South.
  • LONG EATON GP A Wryneck was seen briefly by Ray Longland and Keith Barker on 18th Oct and a Great White Egret was also here. This is the latest ever sighting of a Wryneck in the county by 2 days.
  • NORTH WINGFIELD On 16th Oct 2 Great White Egrets flew over going NE and a Hawfinch flew through.
  • DRAYCOTT A report of 2 Great White Egrets in a field on the NW edge of the village late afternoon on 17th Oct.
  • A50 NEAR CHELLASTON A pager report of a flock of 5 flying South over the A50 near the Chellaston turn off early afternoon on 17th Oct. If correct this would be the biggest number ever seen in the county. Details are awaited with interest.
  • TAMWORTH ROAD, SAWLEY A Great White Egret flew over early morning on 18th Oct and a Hawfinch flew over early morning on 19th Oct.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The eclipse drake Green Winged Teal still present on 20th Oct on Stones Island. Two drake Common Scoters on 18/20th Oct with one on 16th Oct. A Rock Pipit on 13/16th Oct with a Water Pipit briefly on 17th Oct along with a Merlin.. A Great White Egret on 16th Oct and a possible Yellow Browed Warbler was heard briefly. Up to 7 Little Egrets, 3 Ruff, 17 Pintail, 11 Ringed Plover and 7 Dunlin also noted.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A Rock Pipit on 15/17th Oct with 2 Goosander on 18th Oct. A Hawfinch at Brummit Plantation on 18th Oct.
  • HIGHOREDISH An incredible number of Hawfinches have been seen flying over this watchpoint with 8 on 15th Oct with 11 on 16th Oct. A juv. Merlin flew through on 17th Oct. with 90 Pink Footed Geese flying NW and a juv. Goshawk on 18th Oct.
  • WILLINGTON GP A Firecrest was found by Richard James early morning on 19th Oct but was not seen again. Also here on that date were 8 Great Crested Grebes, 36 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons, 13 Greylag Geese, 8 Wigeon, 38 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 69 Tufted Duck, 1 Kingfisher and a singing Cettis Warbler. Te Little Egret roost has built up to 21 birds on 18th Oct..
  • ST.CHADS WATER On 17th Oct 1 Great Crested Grebe, c365 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag x Canada Goose hybrid and 17 Tufted Duck.
  • SWARKESTONE A Ruddy Shelduck and 7 Egyptian Geese on 16th Oct.
  • PADFIELD A Whooper Swan on 18th Oct.
  • PEAK FOREST 770 Pink Footed Geese flew over on 18th Oct
News update 5 Oct - 13 Oct
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS A Great White Egret was found here on 13th Oct by Vic Bevan, only the 2nd record for the site. He was also lucky enough to see a Bittern here on 2nd Oct. On 12th Oct 2 Little Grebes, 18 Great Crested Grebes, 41 Cormorants, 4 Little Egrets, 7 Grey Herons, 36 Mute Swans, 126 Wigeon, 33 Gadwall, 9 Teal, 40 Shoveler, 139 Tufted Duck, 10 Lapwing, 10 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 1 Herring Gull-ad., 1 Kingfisher, 7 singing Robins and 1 Cettis Warbler. Please be aware that this site is completely private with permit access only possible during the working week. It is now virtually impossible to view the area from the A50 because of the vegetation.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The eclipse drake Green Winged Teal was still present from Sheepwash on 11th Oct although it could not be found on 13th Oct. A Rock Pipit and 6 Redwing also on 13th Oct and up to 9 Little Egrets, 236 Wigeon, 522 Teal, 58 Gadwall, 17 Shoveler, 23 Pintail, 3 Red Crested Pochard, 130 Pochard, 9 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, a Redshank and 5 Yellow Legged Gulls noted. A Little Stint on 5th Oct with 2 Scaup on 6th Oct and a late Wheatear on 11th Oct.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Bittern was again seen on 5th Oct and up to 15 Little Egrets have started to roost here. On 11th Oct 8 Great Crested Grebes, 32 Cormorants, 4 Grey Herons, 29 Greylag Geese, 174 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag x Canada Goose hybrid, 2 Wigeon, 51 Gadwall, 41 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 29 Tufted Duck,2 Great Black Backed Gulls-an ad. and a 1st winter, 8 Stick Doves and a Raven.
  • BASLOW An exhausted Manx Shearwater was picked up on 7th Oct and taken into care. The 4th record this year and the 2nd latest ever for the county.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A Yellow Browed Warbler was heard to call 3 times by Steve Mann on 9th Oct but, frustratingly, could not be seen with another possible sighting on 12th Oct. A Water Pipit also on 9th Oct. An adult Whooper Swan and a drake Common Scoter on 7th Oct. with a Dunlin and a Brambling on 10th Oct. with a juv. Merlin on 11th Oct. Also noted was a Little Egrets on a few dates and a juv. Goshawk on 6th Oct with the usual adult Yellow Legged Gull still present.
  • HIGHORDISH WATCH POINT A Hawfinch, a Mealy Redpoll and the first Fieldfare flew over on9th Oct with an adult Goshawk on 11th Oct.
  • WYVER LANE DWT RESERVE An adult Whooper Swan on 6th Oct with a Red Kite and 2 Stonechats on 10th Oct.
  • SHIPLEY COUNTRY PARK A Black Redstart at Meadows Farm on 7th Oct.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS A Ring Necked Parakeet and 6 Egyptian Geese on 8th Oct
News update 1 Oct - 4 Oct
  • CARSINGTON WATER An eclipse drake Green Winged Teal was found and photographed by Richard Lowe on 1st Oct and although mobile with the large flock of 300+Teal was still present from Sheepwash Hide on 4th Oct. It has also been to Millfields where it spent the day on 3rd Oct. This is the 19th county record. A juv. Little Stint on 4th Oct with still up to 8 Ringed Plover and 9 Dunlin present from Sheepwash as well as up to 23 Pintail.
  • WILLINGTON GP A Pink Footed Goose was with the Canada Goose flock on 2nd Oct. up to 2 Little Egrets, 71 Wigeon, 53 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler and one/two Common Sandpipers present from 1-4th Oct.
  • HIGHBRIDGE GP A Ruff on 2nd Oct
News update 24 Sep - 30 Sep
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Bittern continues to show well at times especially on 24/30th Sept. A juv. Black Tern present on 24th Sept along with a 1st winter Caspian Gull, 3 Hobbies and a Pintail. A Marsh Harries also present on 24/25th Sept., an adult Common Gull on 27th Sept. and a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull on 29th Sept. Also noted during the period 24-30th Sept were up to 3 Little Egrets, 11 Grey Herons, 8 Wigeon, 21 Gadwall, 21 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 43 Tufted Duck, 2 Water Rails, 3 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Kingfishers and 5 Cettis Warblers.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR On 26th Sept, 30 Great Crested Grebes, 19 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 4 Grey Herons, 197 Grey Lag Geese, 175 Canada Geese, 25 Teal, 303 Tufted Duck, c1230 Black Headed Gulls, 1 Yellow Legged Gull-ad, 1 Caspian Gull-ad, 1 Great Black Backed Gull-ad.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 27th Sept 3 Ruff. On 28th Sept. 17 Great Crested Grebes, 25 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 9 Grey Herons, 24 Mute Swans, 66 Wigeon, 81 Gadwall, 15 Teal, 33 Shoveler, 102 Tufted Duck, c120 Lapwing, 2 Ruff and 2 Caspian Gulls-a 1st and a 2nd winter.
  • CARSINGTON WATER Only 1 Little Stint left on 24th Sept with the Ruff remaining until 25th Sept. On 24th Sept a Turnstone and a juv. Little Ringed Plover present. During the period 24-39th Sept up to 11 Little Egrets, 200 Wigeon, 56 Gadwall, 374 Teal, 19 Pintail, 7 Shoveler, 3 Red Crested Pochard, 86 Pochard, a Goosander, 1 Golden Plover, 18 Ringed Plover including a Norwegian ringed bird, 8 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 2 Yellow Legged Gulls, a Stonechat, 11 Bullfinches, 19 Tree Sparrows and c35 Linnets.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR During the period 24-28th Sept up to 76 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 22 Mandarin, 7 Gadwall, 20 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Hobbies still on 28th Sept, c10 Snipe, a Yellow Legged Gull, a 1st winter Common Gull, a Rock Pipit on 27th Sept, 60 Goldfinches, 33 Siskin and 5 Redpolls.
  • LONGDENDALE A Common Scoter on 25th Sept.
  • RAMSLEY POOLS The 1st Fieldfares were a flock of 17 here on 28th Sept along with 2 Ring Ouzels and a Stonechat
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS 5 Little Egrets on 26th Sept
  • DRAYCOTT A Stonechat on 26th Sept
News update 17 Sep - 23 Sep
  • NEW MILLS a Yellow Browed Warbler was heard to call three/four times early morning from amongst a large Tit/Goldcrest/Chiffchaff flock by Alexander Lees at High Lea Park who unfortunately did not manage to set eyes on the bird.
  • CARSINGTN WATER Up to 3 Little Stints-all juv. Birds from Sept 18-23rd at least either from Sheepwash of from Stones. Three Knot briefly on Sept 20th with a juvenile Ruff present from Sept 17-23rd and a lone Golden Plover from Sept. 18-21st. Up to 14 Dunlin, 18 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and an Oystercatcher also here along with up to 14 Pintail. A 2/3 winter Caspian Gull roosted on Sept. 22nd.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS 2 Bitterns were seen on Sept. 19th and a juv. Ruff has been present since mid Sept still present on Sept. 21st. A Short Eared Owl was here briefly on Sept. 19th with a Hobby, 2 Common Sandpipers and 4 Ravens on Sept. 20th. A Marsh Harrier on Sept. 17th.
  • BUMPER CASTLE A Marsh Harrier on 18th Sept.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Alfreton and Stockley on Sept. 19th.
  • SHARDLOW A Ring Necked Parakeet on Sept.22nd.
  • CHADDESDEN 4 Redwings heard flying over on Sept. 19th.
  • RAMSLEY RESERVOIR A flock of 10 Fieldfare flew over on Sept. 23rd.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GP On Sept 22nd 2 Little Grebes, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 36 Cormorant, 6 Little Egrets, 6 Grey Herons, 29 Mute Swans, 32 Wigeon, 55 Gadwall, 16 Teal, 1 Garganey, 14 Shoveler, 123 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, c35 Lapwing, 1 Water Rail, c500 Black Headed Gulls and 3 Cettis Warblers.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE On Sept. 16th 4 skeins of Pink Footed Geese totalling 240 birds flew East and the 1st winter Mediterranean Gull still present. Also noted were a Barn Owl, 13 Common Buzzards, an.imm Common Gull and a Swift. On Sept 17th the 1st Wigeon of the autumn noted along with a juv. Common Gull, Barn Owl and a Hobby. On Sept 18th a Red Kite flew East early morning and a Little Egret present briefly, the Mediterranean Gull again present along with 5 Common Gulls, 2 Hobbies and 2 Peregrines. More Pink Footed Geese movement on Sept 19th with 2 skeins totalling 70 flying East and 2 skeins totalling 45 going West. Two Wigeon, 22 Common Buzzards, a Little Egret, 6 Snipe, the Mediterranean Gull, a juv. Common Gull and a female Goosander noted. On Sept. 20th the Mediterranean Gull again present, a Little Egret and 3 Wigeon noted whilst on Sept. 21st Wigeon numbers increased to 4, Snipe to 7, the Mediterranean Gull was joined by a juv. Common Gull and a Greenshank circled briefly before flying off North
News update 1 Sep - 14 Sep
  • MANX SHEARWATERS One was picked up dead at Stanton-by-Bridge on 9th Sept. Another was found at Carsington Water at dusk on 11th Sept by Jon Bradley and remained showing well on and off until it took off and flew towards the North end of the Res at about 5.30.p.m. on 12th Sept. On 13th Sept a cat brought in yet another-or could it have been the Carsington Bird-still alive and kicking. It was found 2 fields away from Wyver Lane. The bird was rescued from the cat and is being rehabilitated. These will be the 43-45th county record once all three have documented/described etc.
  • GREY PHALAROPE A nice double for Carsington Water when one was found late afternoon on 13th Sept in the Sheepwash area but was very flighty and mobile until It was last seen about 5.30p.m. when it flew towards the dam.
  • ABBEY HILL FLOODS The juv. Spotted Redshank still present until last seen on 6th Sept.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE During the period 1-13th Sept up to 4 Peregrines, 4 Hobbies and 2 Water Rails noted. Also up to 43 Gadwall. 24 Teal and 7 Shoveler noted. A Green Sandpiper on 1st. a Little Egret on 3rd, 5 Greenshank on 5th. A juv. Mediterranean Gull on 6th , 5 Yellow Wagtails and 8 Swifts. The juv. Mediterranean Gull again present on 7th along with 2 Greenshanks, 2 Green Sandpipers, 13 Common Buzzards, 3 Swifts and 5 Yellow Wagtails. A brief visit from 4 Ruff on 10th with 2 Little Egrets, 1 Green Sandpiper and the juv. Mediterranean Gull on 11th. On the 12th a Juv. Caspian Gull and a juv. Yellow Legged Gull, an Osprey flew South, 14 Common Buzzards, still 4 Swifts, A Swift and a Siskin on 13th and on 14th c100 Pink Footed Geese flew East at 08.25.a.m. a sure sign that winter is on the way.
  • CARSINGTON WATER during the period 1-13th Sept up to 8 Little Egrets, 43 Wigeon, 32 Gadwall, 212 Teal, 7 Pintail, 12 Shoveler, 4 Red Crested Pochards, 44 Pochard, 236 Tufted Duck, 12 Common Buzzards, 2 Peregrines, 12 Ringed Plover, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 16 Dunlin, 3 Redshank, 4 Common Sandpipers and 5 Yellow Legged Gulls noted. A new bird for the site was a Dipper on 3rd found by Simon Roddis, a Shelduck on 10th, an Osprey flew through on 12th, 2 Golden Plover on 5th, 5 Curlew on 3rd, 2 Greenshank on 8th, a common Tern and a “Commic” Tern on 3rd, 2 Sandwich Terns on 3/4th, a Redstart on 7th, a Wheatear and 3 Yellow Wagtail on 5th. On 14th Sept 29 Pink Footed Geese flew East and a Swift still present.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A quiet time with between 1-12th Sept 3 Little Egrets, 21 Mandarin, 11Gadwall, 19 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 35 Tufted Duck, 15 Common Buzzards, 3 Hobbies and 2 Peregrines noted. Up to 4 different Ospreys noted up to 8th with a Red Kite on 3rd, a Ringed Plover on 4th, 2 Curlew on 3rd and a Greenshank on 4th. An adult Yellow Legged Gull present throughout. 6 Swifts on 2nd with odd birds up to 12th and a Redstart on 1/4th.
  • LONG EATON GP A Rock Pipit on 10th Sept and the remaining juv. Shag was eventually picked up dead early in the month. Up to 15 Red Crested Pochard, 19 Pochard, 6 Little Egrets, 2 Wigeon on 10th and a Redstart on 6th.
  • WILLINGTON GP A juv. Black Tern on 12-14th with a Ruff on 13th. Up to 4 Little Egrets, 2 Goosander on 1st, a Green Sandpiper on 9th along with 2 Dunlin.
  • OSPREYS Single Birds over Melbourne and Beeley Moor on 1st.
  • OTHER HIGHLIGHTS A Corn Bunting at Pleasley Colliery on 2nd, a Whimbrel at Dove Holes Quarry on 3rd and a Ruff at Wyver Lane DWT Reserve on 12th
News update 27 Aug - 28 Aug
  • LONG EATON GP Two juvenile Shags were found on the Rifle Range Pit early this morning-Aug 28th and we're still present late morning. This is probably the first record of this species from this locality. Young birds do tend to turn up at this time of year but not in such ideal weather conditions we have experienced this weekend. Also 8 eclipse drake Red Crested Pochards including 4 leucistic/ pale birds, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Little Egrets and a Green Woodpecker. On Aug 27th 11 Red Crested Pochards
News update 20 Aug - 26 Aug
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE On Aug. 25th at about 09.00 a.m. An adult Sabines Gull flew in, stopped for about 50 mins before it flew off SE. Talk about deja vu or what. Last years big double repeats itself. Congratulations Mr. Beevers.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR On Aug 22nd 3 Ospreys were noted during the day with 2 on Aug. 23rd and 1 on Aug 25th. On Aug 26th a Marsh Harrier present for about 15 minutes mid morning, also 6 Little Egrets, 3 Hobbies, 2 Greenshank, a Yellow Legged Gull and a Yellow Wagtail. On Aug 23rd 2 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank and 6 Little Egrets.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR On Aug. 26th a Sandwich Tern and the resident Black Swan
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR An Osprey flew through at 2.20.pm on Aug 25th and a juv. Caspian Gull present.
  • SHIPLEY VIEW LAGOON An Osprey on Aug 25th, presumably the same bird that was later seen at Church Wilne Reservoir.
  • CARSINGTON WATER 3 Common Scoter on Aug. 26th along with a Black Tailed Godwit, a Whimbrel,, a Greenshank, a Yellow l Legged Gull and. a Yellow Wagtail. On Aug 24th a Marsh Harrier flew through and 4 Dunlin, 2 Turnstone, 2 Ringed Plover and a Redshank present. Also within the last week up to 7 Little Egrets, 2 Little Ringed Plover, a Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpiper, a Yellow Legged Gull and 2 Red Crested Pochards all noted.
  • MIDDLETON MOOR A juv. Marsh Harrier flew through on Aug. 21st. On Aug 25th 3 Yellow Legged Gulls, a Greenshank and a Yellow Wagtail.
  • BARROW GP On Aug. 20th 4 Green Sandpipers, 1 Little Egret, 1 Shoveler.
  • LONG EATON GP On Aug 20th 7 Red Crested Pochards,2 Green Sandpipers, 5 Shovelers, 6 Little Egrets, 2 Common Sandpipers and 2 Spotted Flycatchers. Still a Spotted Flycatcher on Aug 26th.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE On Aug 22nd 22 Little Egrets left. The roost, 46 Gadwall, 4 Gossander, 2 Green Sandpipers, Still 2 Green Sandpipers on Aug. 22nd.
  • WILLINGTON GP On Aug 26th 1 Green Sandpipers, 1 Hobb y, 4 Little Egrets, 6 Goosanders, 2 Pochard, at least 2 Water Rails calling and a Lesser Whitethroat ALDERWASLEY. A Red Kite on Aug. 25th.
  • ASTON ON TRENT GP On Aug. 24th 9 Great Crested Grebes, 13 Cormorants, 9 Little Egrets, 18 Grey Herons, an eclipse drake Wigeon, 82 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 1 Pochard, 122 Tufted Duck, the injured female Goldeneye, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Ringed Plover, c100 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Green Sandpiper and 3 Common Terns. On Aug 25th a juv. Caspian Gull.
  • KINGS MILLS GP On Aug. 20th juv Shelduck, 3 juv. Little Ringed Plovers and a Grey Wagtail.
  • HIGHBRIDGE GP A Yellow Legged Gull, 2 Little Egrets and a Common Tern. A Redstart on Aug. 21st
News update 14 Aug - 19 Aug
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR 2 adult Roseate Terns -both ringed- were found by Dave Wragg on the West Bank at about 11.00.a.m.on 18th August.They were still present up to about 1.00p.m. But could not be found after that. This will be the 9th county record and the 2nd record for this site. An Osprey there late afternoon on 18th August with 2 there earlier in the week. Up to c50 Swifts on 19th August.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A flock of 12 Black Tailed Godwits flew through on 17th August with a single bird mid-morning on 18th August.
  • LONG EATON GP On 19th August 12 Little Grebes, 34 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Cormorants , 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 67 Mute Swans, 3 Egyptian Geese, 4 Gadwall, 5 Red Crested Pochards- all eclipse drakes, 24 Tufted Duck, 293 Coot, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Te runs, 1 Green Woodpecker and c10 Sand Martins. On 14th August a Spotted Flycatcher which was still present on 19th August but very elusive
News update 3 Aug - 4 Aug
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE An adult Caspian Tern was found here late yesterday afternoon-3rd Aug- by Ian Swain walking his dog. It remained until about 6.50 p.m. when after it had circled round for about 30 minutes it flew off SE. This is the 9th Derbyshire record and the 2nd in two years at this prime site. Almost certain to be the bird that has toured the country and was last seen at Swillington Ings in West Yorkshire a couple of days ago. Any odds on it also being last years bird!!!!
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 4th Aug 13 Great Crested Grebes, 24 Cormorants, 12 Little Egrets, 12 Grey Herons, 17 Mute Swans, 27 Canada Geese, 26 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 1 Pochard-drake, 213 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye-injured female, 1 Water Rail-calling, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Little Ringed Plover-ad, c75 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 12 Common Tens, 1 Cettis Warbler and a Raven
News update 16 July - 31 July
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A Juv. Black Necked Grebe was found firs thing on 30th July by Richard James and remained showing well all day from the hide, the second record this year. Also present on the 30th July 16 Great Crested Grebes, 15 Cormorants, 5 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Herons, 21 Mute Swans, 1 Greylag Goose, 20 Canada Geese, 7 Gadwall, 66 Tufted Duck, c50 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper and 13 Common Terns included at least 9 young fledged birds. On 25th July 8 Common Scoters graced the water until about 11.00.a.m. when they departed. A Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers and 7 Pochard on 20th July. A snipe, the injured drake Wigeon, 3 Common Sandpipers, a Yellow Wagtail, 3 Teal and 5 Little Egrets on 22nd July with a Shoveler, 1 Wigeon and 10 Teal on 26th July. Small numbers of Black Tailed Godwits also seen during this period.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE From 16-31st up to 4 Little Egrets, 32 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 2 Peregrine Falcons, 2 Hobbies, 2 Water Rails, 2 Oystercatchers, 7 Common Terns and a reeling Grasshopper Warbler noted. On 16th July a Greenshank, a Little Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper present. A Raven flew SE on 17th with a moulting male Ruff on 19/20th. A Cuckoo on 21st with 141 Lapwing and a Common Sandpiper on 23rd.On 24th a juv. Mandarin, a Red Kite and a Green Sandpiper with 2 Raven, a Grey Wagtail and a Green Sandpiper on 25th. The Green Sandpiper still present on 26/27th with an adult Common Gull on 28th and a Snipe on 29th and a brief juv. Black Tailed Godwit on 30th.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE A staggering 44 Little Egrets left the roost on the morning of 21st July-a new county record total and a Whimbrel, a Goosander and 5 Green Sandpipers also present. On 23rd July 38 Little Egrets left the roost and 2 Hobbies, 5 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpipe and 4 Common Terns noted.
  • CARSINGTON WATER A Hobby and a Teal on 18th July. An adult Yellow Legged Gull and 2 Common Terns on 20th July with 2 Yellow Legged Gulls on 21st. A Wigeon, a drake Common Scoter, a Dunlin, a juv. Mediterranean Gull and a Yellow Legged Gull on 23rd July with a Dunlin, a Whimbrel, a Black Tailed Godwit, a Ringed Plover and 4 Common Tern son 24th July, A Wheatear, 2 Sanderling and 2 Yellow Legged Gulls on 25th July, 2 Dunlin and 2 Yellow Legged Gulls on 26th July. On 27th July 11 Black Tailed Godwits included a colour ringed bird originally ringed on the R.Alde, Suffolk in September 2012. It was again back in Suffolk in the winter on 2014/15 before being seen in Iceland in April 2015. And then back in Suffolk in Sept. 2015. Another colour ringed Black Tailed Godwit on 28th July ands a juv. Yellow Wagtail on 29th July. During the period up to 6 Little Egrets, 10 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 2 Red Crested Pochards, 5 Oystercatchers, 14 Little Ringed Plovers, 7 Common Sandpipers and 2 Redshank noted.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR During the period up to 1 Little EGRET, 29 Mandarin, 8 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 69 Tufted Ducks, single Hobby and Peregrine Falcon, 9 Oystercatchers, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank and 3 Common Tens noted. Single Ospreys noted on 8 dates from 16-30th. The regular adult Yellow Legged Gull returned for its 5th Year on 16th. An adult Knot on 19th, 2 Whimbrel on 20th, a drake Common Scoter on 22nd, a Goosander on 24th, a Dunlin on 25th, a Curlew on 26th with 2on 28th, a Black Tailed Godwit on 27th with 5 on 28th and an Arctic Tern briefly on 29th.
  • LITTLEOVER A Ring Necked Parakeet on 20th July.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS 2 Whimbrel on 22nd July
  • BEELEY MOOR 9 Whimbrel on 28th July.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A Little Gull, 12 Little Egrets, 14 Common Terns, 2 Egyptian Geese and 4 Common Sandpipers on 28th July.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Oakwood on 16th July and Derwent Reservoir on 24th July.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 21st July 15 Great Crested Grebes, 23 Cormorants, 35 Little Egrets-a site record count, 12 Grey Herons, 21 Mute Swans, 15 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 154 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 8 Common Terns and a Jay. On 27th July numbers similar but 16 Little Egrets, 2 Wigeon, 32 Gadwall, 196 Tufted Duck, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Common Terns and a Green Woodpecker.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On 29th July 38 Great Crested Grebes, 14 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Pochard, 297 Tufted Duck, 80 Coot and 6 Common Terns
News update 6 July - 16 July
  • CARR VALE NR On 6th July 5 Teal present with smaller numbers to 16th.Also a drake Shoveler which stayed until the 13th July and was joined by a female on 7th July with this bird still present on 14th July, a Common Sandpipe until 12th July which was joined by a second bird on 10th July and again 1 on 16th July. A max of 6 Common Terns on 6th July. On 7th July a drake Pochard and 3 Oystercatchers with 2 Black Tailed Godwits on 9th July. A total of 28 Cormorants noted on 10th July-a record count for the reserve plus the first Snipe of the autumn. A Little Egret from 11th-13th July with 17 Mistle Thrushes and 3 Grey Wagtails on 13/14th July. Finally a Greenshank and a Little Ringed Plover on 16th July. A Hobby and up to 2 Peregrines noted throughout.
  • EREWASH MEADOWS DWT RESERVE An imm. Spoonbill on 8/9th July-the 4th record in the county this year-with an Osprey again on 15th July.
  • BELPER A White Stork flew over on 9th July.
  • ERRWODD RESERVOIR 24 Common Scoters on 10th July
  • CARSINGTON WATER 3 Little Egrets from 9-13th July with one on 14th July. On 10th July 10 Black Tailed Godwits, 17 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Curlew, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe and 4 Common Sandpipers. A female Common Scoter and an ad. Yellow Legged Gull on 11th July with 2 Yellow Legged Gulls, 16 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlin, 3 Black Tailed Godwits, a Greenshank and 4 Common Sandpipers on 13th July. On 15th July 1 Little Egret, 2 Yellow Legged Gulls, 17 Little Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin and 7 Common Sandpipers. On 16th July a juv. Goosander, 2 Little Egrets, 14 Little Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR An Osprey on 6/10th July with a Ringed Plover on 6/10/11th July. Up to 6 Little Ringed Plovers noted with the first Little Egret on 12th July. There were 2 Redshank and a Curlew on 11th July with a Hobby, a Yellow Wagtail and 2 Ravens on 14th July.
  • WILLINGTON GP The Bitten still present and can be seen-with luck-on most days. 46 Black Tailed Godwits on 10th July and up to 7 Little Egrets have ben noted. A Hobby on 14th July.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A Marsh Harrier on 8th July
  • ALFRETON A Marsh Harrier flew over on 12th July.
  • ALLESTREE PARK A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker on 14th July was very noteworthy with a Red Kite on 13th July.
  • HIGHBRIDGE GP 2 Whimbrel flew through on 14th July with a Caspian Gull and 2 Yellow Legged Gulls also noted.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE 32 Little Egrets were seen leaving the roost on 16th July-a record county count. Also 2 Hobbies, 3 Green Sandpipers an d3 Yellow Wagtails.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On 12th July 377 Tufted Duck and 4 Common Terns.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GP On 13th July 44 Cormorants, 20 Little Egrets-a site record count,13 Grey Herons, 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 7 Gadwall, 114 Tufted Duck, a Peregrine Falcon and 8 Common Terns.
  • KINGS MILLS GRAVEL PIT 2 Caspian Gulls-ads and 5 Shelduck on 16th July
News update 28 June - 5 July
  • PLEASLEY COLLIERY 2 Back Tailed Godwits briefly early morning on 5th July.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR 2 Black Tailed Godwits, possibly the Pleasley birds, showed well on 5th July with a female Common Scoter on 4th July. An Osprey on 1.2nd July with a Black Tailed Godwit on 1 July.
  • LINACRE RESERVOIR A drake Common Scoter on 2nd July.
  • WILLINGTON GP 4 Black Tailed Godwits flew through on 1st July and the Bittern was again seen on 2-4th July. Up to 3 Little Egrets currently present and the eclipse drake Wigeon-probably an injured bird-again seen on 5th July.
  • CARSINGTON WATER A Black Tailed Godwit and 2 Sanderling on 28th June with 2 Knot on 29th June. A juv. Little Egret on 5th July.
  • DRAKELOW WR An Osprey on 2nd July and 24 little Egrets left the roost. Also a Hobby, 6 Green Sandpipers and 19 Green Woodpeckers which must be some form of record count.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Brailsford on 29th June, Aston-on-Trent on 1st July and Sparrowpit on 5th July.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GP A Little Egret, a Peregrine Falcon and 12 Common Tern son 30th June.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS 3 Egyptian Geese flew West, 2 Grey Partridge and 9 Little Ringed Plovers on 4th July.
  • ST.CHADS WATER 3 Common Tern son 4th July.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR 145 Tufted Duck and a Common Tern on 4th July. Also c50 Swifts and c50 Sand Martins.
  • MIDDLETON MOOR A Green Sandpiper and 24 Curlew on 30th June
News update 14 June - 27 June
  • WOODHEAD RESERVOIR An adult Gannet was found late morning on 25 June on the water here being mobbed by Black Headed Gulls. It remained here all day and in fact roosted overnight still being present early morning on 26 June but could not be found later. A most unusual summer record of this species.
  • WILLINGTON GP A Spoonbill dropped in mid-morning on 24 June, spent just 18 minutes on the deck before flying out. The 2nd record here this year. Also 4 Little Egrets and 3 Oystercatchers here. An Avocet here on 18 June.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS An Avocet and a Wheatear on 14 June.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A Spoonbill found late afternoon on 14 June by Mike Coates appeared to roost but there was no sign next morning. An Osprey on 18/22/26 June. On 14 June a Red Kite and 2 Ringed Plovers, a Red Kite, a Hobby, a Ringed Plover and 2 Ravens on 15 June. A Hobby on 16/17/27 June with a Peregrine on 17 June. On 20 June 2 Ringed Plover and a Green Sandpiper. A Ringed Plover on 22/23/25 June with a Redshank on 23 June. Six Curlew on 24 June
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR 7 Common Scoter on 18 June.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Longlane, Brimington and Barlborough on 14 June, Walton and the Avenue Washlands NR on 15 June, Taddington on 18 June, Beeley Moor on 20 June, Ambergate, Ashford-in-the-Water and Dronfield on 22 June, Via Gellia on 23 rd June, West Hallam and Atlow on 25th June and Atlow and Hadfield on 26 June. In addition two were over Matlock and Mickleover on 17 June.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The pair of Red Crested Pochard was found with a brood of 6 young at the Wildlife Centre on 18 June, the first proved breeding record for the county.
  • LONG EATON GP A pair of Red Crested Pochard with young on 22nd young represents the 2nd ever breeding record for the County.
  • DRAKELOW WR On 25th June 25 Little Egrets left the roost and 2 Hobbies and a Green Sandpiper noted.
  • WINGERWORTH Photos have just been received of a male Black Redstart in a garden from 4-6 June
News update 2 June - 13 June
  • SHIPLEY PARK A report of a Black Kite flying towards Ilkeston early evening on 2nd June. If backed up by a full description etc this would be only the 7th record for the county.
  • CARSINGTON WATER A drake Common Scoter, 2 Curlew and 2 Crossbills flew over on 13th June. An Osprey flew South on 12th June and the 2 Red Crested Pochard still present. On 11th June 2 Ringed Plover and a Dunlin. A Sanderling and a 1st summer Yellow Legged Gull on 9th June with a Hobby on 7th June. On 6th June 6 Common Scoters, 7 Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin.
  • MIDDLETON MOOR A Quail singing in a field here early morning on 11th June with 3 Black Tailed Godwits on 9th June.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A drake Common Scoter and a Little Egret on 9th June. A male Honey Buzzard flew West on 3rd June. A Dunlin and a Dipper on 4th June with 2 Dunlin and a 2nd summer Yellow Legged Gull on 5th June. A Ringed Plover, 4 Common Terns and the 2nd summer Yellow Legged Gull on 6th June and 4 Ringed Plovers on 11th June. An Osprey seen on most days with 2 Red Kites on 2nd June and 1 on 3rd June along with a juv. Goshawk.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR 2 drake Common Scoters and 3 Little Egrets on 7th June.
  • WYVER LANE An Osprey flew South on 2nd June.
  • PLEASLEY COLLIERY A summer plumaged Black Necked Grebe on 3rd June.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Youlgreave on 1st June, Egginton Sewage Farm on 10th June and Foston on 11th June.
  • WINGERWORTH Photos have been supplied of a male Black Redstart in a back garden from 4-6th June.
  • WILINGTON GRAVEL PITS A Pair of Garganey from Platform 1 on 4th June and a male Hen Harrier briefly here late morning
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS 2 Sanderling on 5th June
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS A Ringed Plover on 6th June.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A drake Pochard and a Siskin on 1st June with regular sightings of pairs of Hobbies and Peregrines
News update 24 May - 30 May
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A pale phase adult male Honey Buzzard flew East on 28th May. Also a Ringed Plover, a Grasshopper Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher. On 24th May a Hobby, 3 Ringed Plovers, 1 Dunlin and 8 Common Terns. On 25th May 1 Osprey, 2 Hobbies, 8 Ringed Plover, 6+Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Common Sandpiper and a Yellow Legged Gull. On 26th May a Red Kite flew NE, 2 Shelduck, 7 Ringed Plovers, a Curlew, 3 Yellow Legged Gulls and 2 Yellow Wagtails. On 27th May a Hobby, 7 Little Ringed Plovers, 9 Ringed Plovers, a Curlew, a Yellow Legged Gull. On 29th May 6 Sanderling, 9 Little Ringed lovers, 3 Ringed Plovers, a Curlew, 3 Yellow Legged Gulls, a Yellow Wagtail and a Raven. On 30th May the Grasshopper Warbler still present along with 5 Ringed Plovers, a Raven and a Yellow Wagtail. On 1st June an Osprey, an escaped “Blue” Snow Goose and a Pink Footed Goose.
  • CARSINGTON WATER On 26th May a pair of Red Crested Pochards still present with 3 Spotted Flycatchers, a Common Sandpiper and 3 Raven. On 27th May 2 Turnstone, 1 Curlew, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Shoveler and a Yellow Legged Gull. On 28th May a Red Kite, a Sanderling, a drake Red Crested Pochard and 2 Common Sandpipers.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A Redshank on 24th May, a Red Kite flew NE on 26th May with a 2nd bird again flying NE an hour later, also a Hobby and a Peregrine. On 28th May 3 Little Egrets and a male Shoveler with a Water Rail heard calling. The mak]le Shoveler still present on 29/30/31st May and 6 Barnacle Geese flew North on 30th May. An Osprey and 2 Peregrine Falcons on 31st May.
  • WILLINGTON GP 7 Black Tailed Godwits briefly on 28th May. A male Redstart briefly on 29 May along with 2 Dunlin which were still present on 30th May.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR 11 Common Terns and a Shelduck on 23rd May with 9 Common Terns still on 1st June.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GP On 25th MY A Little Egret and 3 Shelduck along with a Green Woodpecker.
  • MIDDLETON MOOR A Red Kite on 26th May along with a Common Sandpiper and 6 Curlew.
  • MATLOCK A Red Kite on 26th May
News update 17 May - 23 May
  • HIGH BRIDGE GRAVEL PITS 2 Sanderling on May 23rd. On May 21st 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Shelduck, 3 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, 4 Common Buzzards, 40 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 3 Caspian Gulls-2 x 2nd summer, 1 x 1st summer and 3 Stock Doves.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS 2 Sanderling on May 21st with 5 Egyptian Geese on May 23rd.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A drake Garganey on May 20th along with 1 Little Egret and 2 Cuckoos.
  • CARSINGTON WATER 7 Sanderling on May 23rd.The pair of Red Crested Pochard still present on May 23rd. On May 17th just a Ringed Plover with on May 18th a Knot, a Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpipers. On May 19th the Knot still present along with a Turnstone, 1 Dunlin, 1 Curlew and a Common Sandpiper. Also 2 Sandwich Terns, 3 Common Terns and 3 Arctic Terns flew through. A Whimbrel on May 20th with 2 Black Terns on May 22nd.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The Great White Egret again present on May 22nd along with 8 Little Egrets and 4 Black Swans.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR On May 18th 3 Shelduck, 5 Common Scoters flew through, an Osprey, 5 Common Terns and a Yellow Legged Gull. On May 19th 2 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Shelduck, a Dunlin, a Curlew, 2 Teal and 2 Goosanders. A Little Egret, 2 Barnacle Geese, 2 Shelduck, 1 Goosander, 1 Curlew, 1 Ringed Plover and 2 Yellow Wagtails on May 20th with 2 Little Egrets, 2 Dunlin and 2 Shelduck on May 21st. A Red Kite, 2 Black Terns, a Hobby, 2 Dunlin, 4 Common Terns and a Yellow Legged Gull on May 22nd. On May 23rd an Osprey, 2 Red Kites, 2 Hobbies, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 4 Common Terns and the first Cuckoo of the year.
  • MIDDLETON MOOR 10 Curlew, 6 Sanderling and 7 Dunlin on May 17th.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT A Red Kite on May 22nd.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE 2 adult Mediterranean Gull and a Little Egret on May 23rd.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On May 18th 17 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 5 Grey Herons, 12 Greylag Geese, 6 Shelduck, 16 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck, 4 Common Terns and 6 Cettis Warblers
News update 9 May - 16 May
  • FORRESTS PLANTATION NEAR CLOWNE A report of a probable Iberian Chiffchaff singing early afternoon on May 17th found by an ecologist. It was looked for later by other birders but nothing was seen or heard of this bird.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE On May 9th a Ringed Plover, a Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, a 3rd summer Herring Gull, a Wheatear, 3 Garden Warblers, 5 Yellow Wagtails and 4 Redpolls flew North. On May 10th 2 1st winter Kittiwakes flew NW, 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, single imm. Herring Gulls and Great Black Backed Gulls and a Wheatear. On May 11th 2 Little Egrets, a Ringed Plover. 7 Arctic Terns flew SE . On May 12th 3 Arctic Terns flew North. On May 13th an Osprey caught a fish at 0820 and then flew off South but re-appeared at 1220 caught another fish and flew od SE. A distant perched Hobby on May 14th whist on May 15th a ringtail Hen Harrier spent about 30 minutes on site early morning to be followed by a Kittiwake moving through. Just a drake Pochard and a Hobby on May 16th.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The pair of Red Crested Pochards still present on May 16th. On May 10th a Grey Plover, 3 Sanderling, 1 Ringed Plover, c7 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Common Sandpipers and 4 Redshank. Also a Curlew and 2 Yellow Wagtails. On May 11th a Sanderling with 6 on May 13th. On May 12th 2 Ringed Plover, a Little Egret and 2 Spotted Flycatchers. On May 15th a juv. Yellow Legged Gull and a Spotted Flycatcher whilst on May 16th a Sanderling and a Common Tern.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR On May 10th 3 Shelduck, 1 Goosander, an Osprey early morning, 1 Ringed Plover, 9 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpipers and 4 Common Terns. On May 11th the 3 Shelduck still present with an unringed young male Osprey late afternoon and a Goshawk. Waders present were up to 10 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Ringed Plovers, 1 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpipers, single Greenshank and Curlew, 2 Common Terns and a Yellow Legged Gull. On May 12th 2 female Common Scoters and an adult Kittiwake plus 11 Ringed Plovers, 1 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpipers and a Curlew. Still 2 Shelduck, a Little Egret and an Osprey. On May 13th still an Osprey here with 8 Ringed Plover, single Curlews and Common Sandpiper, a Goshawk and a Yellow Wagtail. On May 14th 11 Ringed Plover and 6 Common Terns. On May 15th still a Ringed Plover with “several” Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper and a Curlew, 3 Common Terns plus a White Wagtail and 2 Yellow Wagtails. On May 16th 4 Common Terns and a 2nd summer Yellow Legged Gull
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A 1st year Knot from May 10-14th with 2 Sanderling on May 13th and a Whimbrel on May 14th. A Red Kite on May 15th. A Hobby and 5 Dunlin on May 12th. A 1st year Caspian Gull on May 19th.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A Sanderling on May 14th.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On May 11th 22 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Herons, 36 Mute Swans, 7 Greylag Geese, 1 Shelduck, 7 Gadwall, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Terns, 1 Green Woodpecker and 3 Cettis Warblers, A female Common Scoter-only the 2nd site record-on May 12th.
  • HIGHBRIDGE GRAVEL PITS A Sanderling and 5 Shelduck on May 14th.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR Just 3 Arctic Terns briefly on May 16th.
  • ABBEY HILL FLOODS The drake Garganey still present on May 11th.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Calke Park and Walton Dam on May 10th, Avenue Washlands NR on May 11th, New Mills and Wingerworth on May 14th and Oakwood on May 15th
News update 2 May - 9 May
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver was last seen on May 2nd along with a pair of Red Crested Pochards-still present on May 8th, a Grey Plover, a Turnstone and a Sanderling. On May 3rd a Knot, a Grey Plover, 3 Common Sandpipers, 14 Arctic Terns flew through and 2 Swifts. On May 4th a Grey Plover, 4 Turnstone, 3 Common Sandpipers, 1 Yellow Legged Gull, 3 Arctic Terns, 4 Swifts and 5 Red Warblers. On May 5th 4 Turnstones still present along with a Grey Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew and a Common Sandpiper. On May 6th 2 Grey Plover, 10 Ringed Plover, 4 Bar Tailed Godwits, 5 Turnstone, 1 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank and 387 Swifts flew North. Also a Wood Warbler briefly in Hall wood and a Hobby. On May 7th 2 1st summer Little Gulls flew East, 1 Black Tern, 1 Common Tern, 5 Turnstone, 8 Ringed Plovers, 5 Dunlin, a Grey Plover and a Whimbrel. On May 8th an ad. summer Little Gull flew North early morning, 3 Arctic Terns, 2 Grey Plovers, 5 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin and a drake Goosander. On May 9th 3 Shelduck, the drake Goosander still present, 2 Grey Plover, 8 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Curlew and a Bar Tailed Godwit flew through.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR On May 2nd a Ringed Plover, a Ruff, a Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Whimbrel, 1 White Wagtail and 33 Yellow Wagtails. On May 3rd a summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe spent all day here, an Osprey, 1 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, a Yellow Legged Gull and a White Wagtail. On May 4th 1 Ringed Plover, 8 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 1 Common Tern, 1 White Wagtail and 2 Yellow Wagtails. On May 5th a drake Common Scoter, 8 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpipe and a Yellow Legged Gull. On May 8th a Little Egret, 6 Shelduck, 8 species of Raptors included 2 Ospreys, a Goshawk, a Hobby, a Red Kite and a Marsh Harrier. Waders present were 6+ Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Ringed Plovers, 3 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpipes, a Wood Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 3 Greenshank and 2 Curlew. Also a Yellow Legged Gull. On May 9th 2 Black Terns, 2 Arctic Terns, 3 Common Terns and 2 Ospreys.
  • CHEE DALE A Hoopoe reported on May 2nd.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A Turnstone still present and this was last seen on May 5th. Also 5 Black Terns , 9 Common Terns, 1 Common Sandpiper and a Cuckoo. On May 3rd a drake Garganey appeared and was still present on May 8th plus a Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, a 1st summer Mediterranean Gull, 3 Black Terns, 2 Arctic Terns and 3 Swifts. On May 4th an Arctic Ten, 3 Black Terns and 3 Black Tailed Godwits with 4 Black Terns still present on May 5/6th. Also on My 6th a Great White Egret flew through and a Wood Sandpiper present briefly early morning. On May 7th the Great White Egret still present along with a Little Gull and 2 Black Terns.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE On May 2nd a drake Pochard, a Water Rail, a Dunlin, 2 Peregrines and a female Wheatear. On May 3rd 6 Arctic Terns flew through and the female Wheatear still present. May 4th produced a Greenshank and a Cuckoo, 2 Peregrines and a Grasshopper Warbler. On May 5th 5 Common Terns and 2 Hobbies whilst on May 6th a Little Egret, 3 Greenshanks, a drake Pochard and a 1st summer Common Gull. On May 7th a Grey Plover, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, a Common Gull, 2 Hobbies, 2 Peregrines, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Siskin and 2 Lesser Redpolls.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS On May 2nd 2 Sanderling and 4 Pochard with a Turnstone and a White Wagtail on May 8th.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS On May 2nd 9 Whimbrel and a Yellow Legged Gull with a Grey Plover on May 6th.
  • NORTH WINGFIELD A Marsh Harrier on May 4th.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On May 4th 16 Great Crested Grebes, 14 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Herons, 3 Shelduck, 29 Gadwall, 24 Teal, 1 Garganey-drake, 51 Tufted Duck, a Marsh Harrier flew North just before noon and a Green Woodpecker.
  • MIDDLETON MOOR A Marsh Harrier on May 5th along with 2 Common Sandpipers, 5 Curlew a Yellow Legged Gull and 7 Wheatears.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The Great White Egret again seen leaving the roost along with 9 Little Egrets on May 7th.
  • ABBEY HILL FLOODS A drake Garganey on May 7/8th.
  • DOVE HOLES QUARRY A Bar-Tailed Godwit on May 7th
  • THE SANCTUARY, PRIDE PARK A male Ring Ousel on May 6/7th.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS A Wood Sandpiper on May 3/4th.
  • ST CHADS WATER On May 9th a Common Sandpiper and 2 Common Terns.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On May 9th 8 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Gadwall, 1 Kestrel, 3 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Terns, 13 Arctic Terns, c35 Swifts, c50 Sand Martins, c100 Swallows and c10 House Martins
News update 1 May
  • CARSINGTON WATER On May 1st 1 Grey Plover, 6 Sanderling, 1 Turnstone, 3 Black Terns and 29 Arctic Terns.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS On May 1st 1 Turnstone, 1 Bar Tailed Godwit and 4 Black Terns.
  • MIDDLETON MOOR 1 Turnstone and 3 Ring Ouzels on May 1st.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR Still 2 Waxwings in the ash tree at Brackenfields Church.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR Just 7 Arctic Terns on May 1st.
  • ST CHADS WATER 1 Common Sandpiper and 4 Common Terns on May 1st
News update 27 April - 30 April
  • CARSINGTON WATER On Apr. 30th the adult Great Northern Diver still present. Also 18 Common Scoter, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Bar Tailed Godwit flew straight through, 8 Sanderling, 11 whimbrel, 4 Little Terns and 10 Black Terns.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR 2 Ospreys on Apr. 29th with 2 Black Terns and 11 Whimbrel on Apr. 30th. The flock of 8 Waxwings still present on Apr.28th.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS On Apr. 29th a cream crowned Marsh Harrier, 3 Black Tailed Godwits, 3 Greenshank and 2 Dunlin. On Apr. 30th a Grey Plover flew through, 1 Turnstone, 1 Little Tern and 1 Arctic Tern.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The Great White Egret again and the imm. female Long Tailed Duck still present.
  • MIDDLETON MOOR A Sanderling, 2 Ring Ouzels and 3 Fieldfares on Apr. 30th.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On Apr. 30th 5 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Cormorants, 2 Gadwall, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Sanderling on the “booms”, 1 Little Tern, 13 Arctic Terns, c100 Sand Martins, c40 Swallows and 5+ House Martins.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PIT 2 “Greenland” Wheatears-a pair.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS 4 Arctic Terns on Apr. 30th.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE An Avocet on Apr. 29th.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On Apr. 27th 22 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Shelduck, 26 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 18 Shoveler, 49 Tufted Duck, the injured female Goldeneye, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Redshank. 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Common Terns, 3 Stock Doves, c35 Sand Martins, c35 Swallows, 3 House martins, 3 Cettis Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler, 10 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers and 2 Long Tailed Tits
News update 9 April - 26 April
  • ASHBOURNE A pager report pf a Hooded Crow 2 miles North of Ashbourne flew to the bottom of a field at Agnes Meadow Lane at 12.45 p.m. on Apr. 26th.
  • HOOPOE One was found at Stainsby Common on Apr. 24th at 1.00.p.m. by Adan Sass on his way to work. News was quickly put out but the bird was elusive until re-located late afternoon. It reminded here until at least 5.00.p.m. but was then reported to have been flushed and it was never seen again. This is the 39th Society record with the last one in 2013 when single birds were seen in May in an Alvaston garden and at Whitwell Quarry.
  • WILLINGTON GP A Spoonbill was watched flying North at 10.00.a.m. on Apr. 24th and was later seen flying over Mickleover. This will be the 23rd county record. Also on Apr. 24th were 3 Arctic Terns and 10 Black Tailed Godwits. On Apr. 24th a Swift, a Whmbrel and 2 more Arctic Terns. A Kittiwake and 2 Swifts on Apr. 15th. A Cuckoo on Apr. 22nd.
  • LONG EATON GP 2 Black Terns on Apr.25th. On Apr. 15th 2 Little Egrets, a Pochard, 2 Goldeneye , a House Martin and a Garden Warbler.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The male Bearded Tit reappeared on Apr. 13th briefly before flying of SE. Also present were the first Common Sandpiper, 4 Yellow Wagtails and a Wheatear. An Osprey flew through on Apr.15th. Also on that day were the first House Martin, 2 Wheatears, 1 White Wagtail and 3 Yellow Wagtails. A Knot was found on Apr. 16th only the 9th site record, and 3 Wheatears. On Apr. 17th there were 3 Common Sandpipers, a Peregrine, 3 Fieldfares, 3 Wheatears and the Cettis Warbler was still present. The 1st Reed Warbler was on Apr.9th with a “cream crowned” Marsh Harrier flying West on Apr.21st. On Apr. 22nd a Whimbrel left to the SE early morning. On Apr. 23rd a Little Egret was found which was still present on Apr. 25th. The Cettis Warbler was last heard on Apr. 23rd. On Apr. 24th 2 Common Terns, a 1st winter Little Gull for about 30 minutes early morning and an Arctic Tern flew North. On Apr. 25th a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull and a Common Tern.
  • GOYT VALLEY A Marsh Harrier flew through on Apr, 22nd.
  • DRAKELOW WILDFOWL RESERVE A Great White Egret left the roost early morning on Apr. 23rd and the long staying Long Tailed Duck last seen on Apr.24th.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The long staying adult Great Northern Diver still present on Apr. 25th. An Osprey on Apr. 14/18th.An Arctic Tern and a Yellow Wagtail on Apr. 14th with 7 Ringed Plover, a 1st summer Mediterranean Gull, 5 White Wagtails and a Yellow Wagtail on Apr. 15h. On Apr. 16th 2 Goldeneye, 7 Ringed Plover, the 1st summer Mediterranean Gull, an adult Kittiwake and a 3rd summer Yellow Legged Gull. A Whimbrel and a 1st summer Yellow Legged Gull on Apr.17th. A Bar Tailed Godwit n Apr. 18th and also 3 Goldeneye. A drake Red Crested Pochard and 6 Whimbrel on Apr. 19th, also a Sedge Warbler. On Apr. 20th 2 Black Tailed Godwits. A Red Kite flew South on Apr. 23rd and the 1st Redstart seen. A pair of Red Crested Pochard and a Black Tailed Godwit on Apr. 24/25th.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A single Osprey on Apr. 14-17/19/23/25th. Seven Arctic Terns on Apr.14th with a Pied Flycatcher and a Little Egret on Apr. 16th. The 1st Common Tern was on Apr. 18th. On Apr. 19th 4 Common Sandpipers, a 3rd summer Yellow Legged Gull, the 1st Whitethroat, a Reed Warbler and a Wheatear. On Apr. 20th a Whimbrel and 2 Curlew. A small flock of 8 Waxwings at Brackenfields Church from Apr 22-25th. A Black Tailed Godwit, a Whimbrel and 2 Swifts on Apr. 23trd. On Apr. 24th 2 Common Scoter, a Whimbrel and the Black Tailed Godwit still present and this remained on Apr. 25th.
  • SUNNYHILL A flock of 10 Waxwing on Apr. 19th.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Findern on Apr. 15th and Chellaston on Apr. 23rd.
  • WESTHOUSES A Cuckoo on Apr. 17th
News update 3 April - 11 April
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A male Bearded Tit was a found here this morning-April 11th-at about 8.35 a.m. It remained here until 9.50 a.m. when it flew off North. An Osprey flew NW on April 4th and 2 Red Kites drifted West distantly on April 7th. An Egyptian Goose flew South on April 2nd. Up to April 9th up to 3 Wigeon, 38 Gadwall and 32 Teal all noted along with up to 22 Common Buzzards, 4 Oystercatchers, 22 Snipe, 2 Redshank, 19 Golden Plover and single Little Ringed Plovers. The first Swallow was on April 1st .
  • CATTLE EGRET One was found by Kev Navin at Poolsbrook Marsh early afternoon of April 3rd but at about 6.35 p.m. it took off and flew North much to the disgust of the Carr Vale birders!!!! This is the 8th county record and the first since 1 at Carsington Water in April 2014. In view of the big influx this winter/spring it was not surprising that Derbyshire should score with 1.
  • WHITE STORK The escaped green ringed Polish bird was back at Sudbury Hall on April 8th and may have been the bird at Rutland Water next day.
  • CARSINGTN WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still ;present on April 10th. A Little Egret on April 4th with the first House Martin on April 6th. An Osprey flew NW on April 7th and a Turnstone was found which remained up to April 9th. Up to 3 Sandwich Terns on April 9th along with the first Yellow Wagtail.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The imm. female Long Tailed Duck was last seen on April 7th and the pair of Egyptian Geese have hatched a brood of 10 young. Up to 13 Little Egrets are currently roosting here.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS There were 7 Black Tailed Godwits on April 9th with 6 on April 10th. Also 2 Grasshopper Warblers here on April 10th with the Greenshank briefly on April 11th. Also a Lesser Whitethroat on April 9th. There were 2 Black Swans on April 5th.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On April 6th 23 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Cormorants, 3 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Herons, 13 Mute Swans, 8 Greylag Geese, 9 Canada Geese, 5 Shelduck, 10 Wigeon, 12 Gadwall, 21 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 100 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye including the long staying injured female, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Cettis Warblers, 2 Blackcaps and 1 Chiffchaff.
  • ST CHADS WATER On April 11th 1 Great Crested Grebe, 26 Tufted Duck, 1 Oystercatcher and a Blackcap.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On April 11th 8 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron,7 Gadwall, 237 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard and 48 Coot plus 2 Blackcaps.
  • SHATTON An Osprey on April 9th.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Brailsford on April 4th, Allestree Park on April 5th, Stanage Edge on April 6th, Mapperley on April 9th and Overseal and Loscoe Dam on April 10th.
  • WAXWINGS Still a few about with 22 at Littleover on April 3rd, 30 in Ilkeston on April 4th, 30 at Rowthorne on April 5th, 54 in Buxton on April 6th and 18 at Clowne with 11 stull here on April 7th
News update 31 Mar - 2 April
  • WHITE STORK Photos were taken by a visitor to Sudbury Hall on the morning of April 1st and shown to a DOS Member who works there and is a relation of Dan Martin and who identified the bird as a White Stork. Dan went out and saw the bird and took some great photos of it which showed it to be a colour ringed bird. From the ring information It is a bird of Polish origin which was rehabilitated in Norfolk and allowed to roam. There was no sign of it on the morning of April,2nd but at about 11.15 a.m. it was seen circling over Sinfin Moor Wetlands by Mike Blaver, Richard Crookes and Martin Roome for about 7 minutes before of flew off SE and was later seen over Attenborough Nature Reserve in Notts. Although of an escaped origin this is the first county record since 2011.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On April 1st a Common Tern was found sitting on the booms, the earliest ever site record for here. Also present 2 Little Grebes, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Gadwall, the drake Red Crested Pochard, 63 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye and 72 Coot. On March 31st 2 imm. Little Gulls were here.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on April 2nd.
  • ST.CHADS WATER An Osprey flew North at 5.45 p.m. on April 2nd.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS 2 Black Tailed Godwits briefly on April 2nd before they flew off East.
  • WILLINGTON CANAL PIT On April 2nd 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 16 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup-drakes-still present and 5 Goldeneye.
  • HIGH BRIDGE GRAVEL PIT On April 2nd 5 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye, 21 Sparrow Hawk, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Cettis Warbler and 3 Chiffchaffs.
  • HEATH STREET BUXTON c100 Waxwings feeding in trees on March 31st with c40 on April 1st.
  • SINFIN MOOR 3 Waxwings on April 1st by the riding stables.
News update 18 Mar - 31 Mar
  • R.TRENT, CRANFLEET CUT, LONG EATON A very early Common Tern noted this morning-March 31st. This is one of the earliest ever records of this species in the County.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present this morning-March 31st. A Grey Plover on Mar 27th and 2 drake Common Scoters on Mar 29th. There were 2 Willow Warblers and a Common Sandpiper on Mar 30th with a Black Necked Grebe early evening on Mar 24th. An Osprey on Mar. 20th was early. Small numbers of Sand Martin have been moving through, max, 20 on Mar 30th and a Wheatear has been on Stones Island on Mar. 29th. Up to 2 Little Ringed Plover,1 Ringed Plover, 13 Oystercatchers, 3 Dunlin, 2 Jack Snipe, 14 Curlew and 9 Redshank have also been seen.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR An Osprey on Mar.30th, a Red Kite on Mar. 29th. On Mar 24th a herd of 41 Whooper Swans spent most of the day here. A Kittiwake on Mar 21st with the first Little Ringed Plover on Mar.18th with 2 Ringed Plover. Up to c40 Sand Martins noted and a Swallow on Mar 29th. Wader highlights were up to 4 Oystercatchers and 11 Curlews.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The 2 Garganey still present on Mar.25th.
  • GREAT GREY SHRIKES The bird at Horsleygate still present on Mar 27th with single birds at Calver on Mar 23rd and reports from Big Moor and Leash Fen recently.
  • LOSCOE DAM Osprey flew SSW on Mar. 29th.
  • WILLINGTON GP The drake Garganey still present on Mar 18th. The Greenshank was again seen briefly on Mar 29th and 2 Mediterranean Gulls again present on Mar 23rd. six very early Little Gulls found during the morning of Mar 26th had increased to 9 by mid-afternoon. A Swallow on Mar 27th with up to 50 Sand Martins. A Green Sandpiper on Mar.2 8th. A Singing male Blackcap on Mar 29th. Up to 5 Shelduck, 6 Curlew, 6 Oystercatchers, 2 Redshank and a dunlin noted recently.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A Red Kite on Mar 22/28th with 10 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpipers om Mar 27th. On Mar 28th 200 Sand Martins and a White Wagtail. There were 10 Whooper Swans on Mar 224th.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR 4 Avocets were found here early evening on Mar 26th but no sign on Mar 27th. There were 2 Shelduck and 8 Goldeneye on Mar 21st with 3 Sand Martins, 1 Shelduck and a drake Red Crested Pochard on Mar 28th. The drake Red Crested Pochard still present on Mar 31st along with 2 imm. Little Gulls.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On Mar 23rd 3 Little Grebes, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 17 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Mute Swans, 6 Gadwall, 17 Teal, 35 Shoveler, 124 Tufted Duck, 32 Goldeneye, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Similar numbers on Mar 30th with 2 Little Egrets, 4 Shelduck, 40 Shoveler, 31 Goldeneye, 4 Common Buzzards, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank and 3 Cettis Warblers.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The imm. female Long Tailed Duck returned on Mar. 24th and was still present on Mar 30th.
  • MELBOURNE A Mealy Redpoll on Mar 20th.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Apperknowle on Mar 18th, Markeaton Park on Mar. 21st, Middleton Moor on Mar 24th, Lathkill Dale on Mar 25th, Heage on Mar. 27th and Hayfield on Mar 29th.
  • WAXWNGS There were 4 in Ilkeston on Mar 18th. On Mar 19th, 30 in Sandiacre, 7at Long Eaton and c60 at Mercia Marina with 7 at Wingerworth on Mar 20th. On Mar 21st up to 24 in the lane at Willington GP. On Mar 24th 40 at Amberagte, 2 were at Old Tupton with 3 on Mar 25th, ,15 on Mar.26th with 32 on Mar 28th. There were 10 at Chapel-en-le-Frith on Mar 27th with 26 on Mar.28th. Also on Mar 28/29th 21 at Darley Abbey. On Mar. 30th 30 at Allestree with 12 in Derby at St. James Court
News update 10 Mar - 17 Mar
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on Mar.17th. along with 25 Barnacle Geese and 36 Curlews. On Mar 10th Simon Roddis found a flock of 7 Avocets on Stones Island first light and they then moved down to Sheepwash and were present until 11.20 a.m. at least. This is the 3rd highest flock ever seen in the county following on from 15 which flew through Church Wilne Reservoir in April 1992 and 8 which flew over Shardlow in April 1960. The long staying Ruff still present on Mar 16th and the Cettis Warbler still present on Mar 15th. A pair of Common Scoter on Mar 13th with the first Wheatear on Mar. 16th.Common Snipe peaked at 78 on Mar. 10th and still up to 3 Jack Snipe in the Hopton Reed bed up to Mar 15. Single Sand Martins on Mar. 11/14th. A peak total of 18 Chiffchaffs around the Reservoir on Mar.12th. A Ringed Plover on Mar 13/14th and up to 2 Dunlin on most dates up to Mar 14th.
  • WILLINGTON GP A drake Garganey was found in front of the hide on Mar 14th and was still present on Mar 17th. Two Mediterranean Gulls on Mar 14/15th. Pintail peaked at 11 on Mar 13th.
  • HORSLEYGATE, OWLER BAR The Great Grey Shrike still present on Mar 16th.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR Still a juv. Glaucous Gull in the roost on Mar 16th with 2 on Mar 10/11th. Also 2 Mediterranean Gulls roosted on Mar 10th with 3-2 ads and a 1st winter on Mar 14th. The adult Iceland Gull last roosted on Mar 11th.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE A Great White Egret on Mar 16th.
  • SINFIN MOOR The imm. male Black Redstart last noted on Mar. 11th.
  • UPPERTOWN The Hooded Crow last noted on Mar. 12th at Peasenhurst.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A pair of Garganey were found on Mar 14th and were still present on Mar 16th.
  • HOLMEBROOK VALLEY CP 2 Whooper Swans on Mar 12th.
  • BEELEY MOOR PUMPING STATION A Wheatear on Mar15th.
  • BUNSAL COB 2 Wheatear on Mar 16th.
  • LONG EATON GP 2 Sand Martins on Mar. 12th along with 12 Chiffchaff.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On mar 10th20 Great Crested Grebes, 19 Cormorants, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Greylag Geese, 5 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 43 Teal, 31 Shoveler, 129 Tufted Duck, 38 Goldeneye, 4 Smew including a drake, Similar numbers on Mar 16th but only 2 Smew-both drakes, 57 Shoveler, 44 Goldeneye, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Jack Snipe, a Ruff and c50 Goldfinches.
  • WILLINGTON CANAL PIT On Mar 12th both Scaup were still present with 1 now being in full plumage. Also 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Shelduck, 1 Pochard, 15 Tufted Duck, 5 Goldeneye and a Cettis Warbler.
  • HIGH BRIDGE GP On Mar 12th4 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Greylag Geese, 6 Shelduck, 262 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 13 Teal, 14 Pintail, 15 Goosander, 3 Oystercatcher and a Redshank.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On Mar 14th 13 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Cormorants, 24 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 112 Tufted Duck, 13 Goldeneye, a “redhead” Smew still present, 2 Common Buzzards and 89 Coot.
  • WAXWINGS Still quite a few small flocks about with 26 in Long Eaton on Mar 10th, 10 in Whaley Bridge on Mar 11th, 10 in Codnor on Mar 12th, 12 in Mickleover on Mar 13th and 21 in Littleover and 5 in Darley Abbey on Mar 14th
News update 2 Mar - 9 Mar
  • HOODED CROW A bird was found by Simon Moody on Mar 2nd in the Uppertown area feeding in fields along Alicehead Road and near the junction with Cullumbell Lane with up to 50 Carrion Crows and other Corvids. It was seen again on Mar 3rd in poor weather conditions and continued to show well on Mar 4th to all comers. However it was not present from Mar 5-7th but had relocated on Mar 8th at Peasenhurst. It was still present in fields at Alicehead Road on Mar 9th before again re-locating to Peasenhurst. Unbelievable as it may sound this could well be one of the rarest birds seen in the County this year. The last record was at Carsington Water in Oct 2007 and the one previous to that was way back in 1995. It has become a very rare and scarce bird both in Derbyshire and on the East Coast over the last 10-20 years or so.
  • BLACK REDSTART The imm. male still present at Sinfin Moor Wetlands area on Mar 8th. It can be sometimes found in the hedgerow by the riding stables or on the fence posts there or it spends time either on the burnt out car or near there singing. Also up to 4 Stonechats still here. Please respect the residents and do not trespass down the riding school drive etc.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR Still 2 juv. Glaucous Gulls, an adult Iceland Gull and up to 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls on Mar 8th coming into the roost here.
  • HORSLEYGATE The Great Grey Shrike still present in the area on Mar.8th. Walk about 400yards down the track and look north towards Owler Bar.
  • CARSINGTON WATER A very early Little Ringed Plover briefly here on Mar. 8th at Millfields before it flew off towards the Watersports Islands. Also the adult Great Northern Diver still present along with the long staying Ruff and the Cettis Warbler.
  • WYVER LANE DWT RESERVE A female Pintail on Mar 8th was a really good record from here. Also a Rd Kite on Mar 6th.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESRVOIR On Mar 7th 1 Little Grebe, 21 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 119 Wigeon, 15 Gadwall, 89 Tufted Duck, 11 Goldeneye, 1 Smew-redhead, 1 Common Buzzard, 104 Coot and a Common Gull.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS On Mar 8th 3 Little Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 44 Mute Swans, 2 Shelduck, 12 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Raven and c10 Siskin.
  • WAXWINGS On Mar.4th 20 at Winster, on Mar 6th 6 at Uppertown and 40 at Darley Dale with 38 still present on Mar 8th and on Mar 7th 17 in Allenton, Derby
News update 22 Feb - 2 Mar
  • SINFIN MOOR An imam. male Black Redstart was found on fence posts at the junction of Infinity Way and Sinfin Moor Lane on Feb 25th. It was still present on Mar 2nd but can be very elusive. It ranges as far as the hedge and fences by the Riding Stables and even has been seen over on the burnt out car. Also here are 4 Stonechats-a male and 3 females.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR On Mar 1st an adult Iceland Gull, a juv. Glaucous Gull and 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls roosted here. The adult Iceland Gull also roosted here on Feb 26th and up to 2 juv Glaucous Gulls and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls have ben regular in the roost since Feb 21st.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on Mar. 2nd . The Ruff was still present on Mar 1st and up to 51 Curlews, 14 Oystercatchers, 2 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 3 Jack Snipe, c30 Common Snipe, 4 Woodcock and a Ringed Plover have been seen in the last 10 days or so. Two Shelduck on Feb. 23rd , 2 Goosander on Feb. 28th and the Cettis Warbler still on Mar 2nd. A 2nd winter Kittiwake on Mar 1st.
  • HORSLEYGATE NEAR OWLER BAR A Great Grey Shrike on Mar 1st.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A Great White Egret was flushed from in front of Platform 1 on Feb 25th and flew off down the valley but was again present on Feb 26th. Another adult Kittiwake briefly on Feb 21st along with 3 Mediterranean Gulls- 2 adults and a 2nd winter, 63 Common Gulls, 7 imm. Herring Gulls and 2 imm. Great Black Backed Gulls. Also seen on that date wee a drake Pintail, 24 Curlew and 2 male Stonechats.. A Little Egret, 1 Redshank. 1 Dunlin and 1 Mediterranean Gull on Feb 26th with 2 Little Egrets, a Shelduck, 22 Curlew and 6 Oystercatchers on Feb 28th. On Mar 2nd 2 Pintail, 26 Curlew and a Goldeneye.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GP On Feb 24th 18 Great Crested Grebes, 31 Cormorants, 4 Grey Herons, 85 Mute Swans, 2 Shelduck, 28 Wigeon, 20 Gadwall, 37 Teal, 18 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 109 Tufted Duck, 44 Goldeneye, 5 Smew-1 drake, 1 Water Rail, 11 Common Gulls, 1 Herring Gull.1 Kingfisher and 1 Cettis Warbler. On Mar 2nd the 5 Smew still present along with 3 Goosander, 46 Goldeneye, 8 Meadow Pipits, 3 Stonechats, a Cettis Warbler and 2 Raven.
  • LONG EAZTON GRAVEL PITS The long staying female Common Scoter was last seen on Feb. 23rd. On Feb 26th 1 Little Grebe, 28 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Cormorants, 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Red Crested Pochard, 17 Pochard, 124 Tufted Duck, 10 Goldeneye, 11 Goosander, 158 Coot and 2 Oystercatchers.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On Feb. 22nd 11 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Shelduck, 3 Wigeon, 27 Gadwall, 13 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 58 Tufted Duck, 11 Goldeneye and 148 Coot. Similar counts on Feb 28th but 2 Little Grebes, 88 Tufted Duck and a Common Buzzard.
  • R.DERWENT, CROMFORD Still 7 Hawfinches on Feb 26th along with 2 Dippers and a Grey Wagtail.
  • OAKLEYS AVENUE, LONG EATON Up to 4 Little Egrets have been roosting here in trees above a small brook alongside a busy road just minutes from the centre of Long Eaton. Sometimes one/two present in the trees at midday.
  • WAXWINGS 45 at Mickleover by the Robin Pub, Devonshire Drive on Feb 22nd with 30 still present on Feb 24th and 15 on Feb. 26th. In Long Eaton 8 on Feb 22nd with 6 at Newton on Feb. 25th. In Codnor 10 on Feb 28th with 3 still present on Mar 1/2nd. On Mar. 2nd 15 were in Littleover at 195 Blagreaves Lane
News update 15 Feb - 20 Feb
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present this morning-Feb 20th.along with the long staying Ruff. Also here were 26 Barnacle Geese, 1 Shelduck, 10 Goldeneye, 9 Goosanders, 9 Oystercatchers, 1 Ringed Plover which flew North, 4 Dunlin, 1 Curlew and 7 Raven. Up to 73 Common Snipe here lately and the Cettis Warbler is still present. Still a Jack Snipe , a Water Rail and 13 Grey Wagtails leaving the roost at the Hopton End on Feb 16th.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS An adult Kittiwake briefly this morning-Feb 20th with a Mediterranean Gull on Feb 18th along with a Shelduck, 17 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Stonechats.
  • WILLINGTON CANAL PIT The 2 imm. male Scaup still present here on Feb 19th along with 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Shelduck, 1 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, 7 Goldeneye and an adult Common Gull.
  • HIGHBRIDGE GRAVEL PITS On Feb 19th 5 Shelduck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 392 Wigeon, 77 Teal, 1 Pintail, 6 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 32 Pochard, 13 Goosander, 626 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Ringed Plover briefly, 21 Curlew and 1 Greenshank.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The Tundra Bean Goose finally made it into the County when it was seen on the Windsurfing Pit on Feb 15th. The female Common Scoter still here on the Pylon Pit on Feb. 19th along with 5 Little Egrets, 10 Goldeneye and 12 Common Snipe.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR Still 2 juv. Glaucous Gulls roosting here on Feb 16th.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The imm. female Long Tailed Duck still on the reserve on Feb. 16th.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On Feb 15th 3 Little Grebes, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Gadwall, 24 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 104 Tufted Duck, 14 Goldeneye, 167 Coot, 9 Common Gulls and an ad. Herring Gull.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On Feb 16th 1 Little Grebe, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 38 Cormorants, 10 Grey Herons, 48 Mute Swans, 5 Shelduck, 59 Wigeon,34 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 15 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 1234 Tufted Duck, 21 Goldeneye, 3 Smew including 1 drake, 3 Goosander, 2 Common Buzzards, c160 Wood Pigeon. On Feb 18th 4 Smew, 95 Wigeon, 25 Shoveler, 23 Goldeneye and 2 Goosander. Also 2 Cettis Warblers and 2 Bullfinch.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR On Feb 17th 50 Great Crested Grebes, 25 Cormorants, 2 Grey Herons, 9 Teal, 14 Tufted Duck, 1 Goosander,37 Common Gulls, 1 Herring Gull and 1 Great Black Backed Gull.
  • EGGINTON he Ring Necked Parakeet again present on Feb 17th.
  • AVENUE WASHLANDS DWT RESERVE A Jack Snipe on Feb 18th.
  • PILSLEY NEAR CHATSWORTH A Red Kite Feb 16th.
  • CROMFORD Still 4 Hawfinches on Feb 16th.
  • WAXWINGS On Feb 16th 75 in Shirebrook and 10 in Codnor. On Feb 17th 15 at Shipley Country Park, 4 in Darley Dale and still 25 in Codnor near the French Horn Pub. On Feb 18th 18 at Calton Lees and still 40 in The Oaklands Avenue area of Sunnyhill
News update 7 Feb - 14 Feb
  • DUSKY THRUSH The last positive sighting of this long staying bird was on Feb. 9th.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The imm. female Long Tailed Duck was last seen on the fish pond on Feb 8th but then re-appeared on the reserve on Feb 12th.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A herd of 41 Whooper Swanson Feb 13th with a single Waxwing on the mound on Feb 14th.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The 4 adult Whooper Swans from across the R.Trent in Notts were found on the Windsurfing Piot on Feb 13th. The female Common Scoter was last reported on Feb 11th along with 3 Red Crested Pochard , 2 Little Egrets, 1 Redshank. 1 Green Sandpiper and 10 Snipe. Just 2 Red Crested Pochards on Feb 13th.
  • WILLINGTON GP 2 imm. male Scaup were found on the Canal Pit on Feb 9th and 1 was in front of the hide on Feb 10/12th.The Bittern was seen again on Feb 11th and up to 25000 Starlings have been roosting here. Also up to 9 curlew have been regular I the cattle field from Platform 1 and up to 4 Oystercatcher have been present.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR Still up to 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls roosting here most nights with single birds on Feb 12/13th.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on Feb 12th and the Ruff still here on Feb 13th. Up to 18 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, 6 Oystercatchers, 4 Dunlin, 67 Common Snipe and 2 Redshank here recently.
  • ST CHADS WATER Still 3 Goosanders here on Feb 7th.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On Feb 7th 8 Little Grebes, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Cormorants, 2 Grey Herons, 34 Wigeon, 10 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 22 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 148 Tufted Duck, 13 Goldeneye, 159 coot and 3 Common Gulls
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On Feb 9th 14 Great Crested Grebes, 31 Cormorants, 4 Grey Herons, 46 Mute Swans, 32 Greylag Geese, 16 Canada Geese, 3 Shelduck, 43 Wigeon, 48 Gadwall, 30 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 9 Pochard, 107 Tufted Duck, 17 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 5 Common Gulls.
  • R.TRENT, SWARKESTONE BRIDGE On Feb 10th 59 Mute Swans,1 Pink Footed Goose, 131 Greylag Geese, 195 Canada Geese and 2 Goosanders. On Feb 11th 5 Egyptian Geese had joined this flock.
  • HIGHBRIDGE GRAVEL PIT On Feb 9th 134 Wigeon, 46 Teal. 1 Pintail, 6 Shoveler, 28 Pochard, 40 Golden Plover, c500Lapwing and an Oystercatcher. On Feb 10th a Greenshank and 27 Goosanders roosted here.
  • WAXWINGS On Feb 7th 1 was in Ripley and 40 in Sunnyhill on Oaklands Avenue including a colour ringed bird. We await details on this bird. Up to 50 were here on Feb 8th and 40 ranged as far as Grampian Way . Up to 20 in Dronfield on Feb 9th with at least 10 here on Feb 10th. In Brimington 130 present on Feb 11th and 30 were still in Grampian Way on Feb 14th
News update 29 Jan - 6 Feb
  • DUSKY THRUSH The imm female still in its favoured field down Pig Lane at Beeley Village on Feb. 6th. With a report yesterday of up to 8 birders walking the hedgerows can I ask that birders visiting this site stay on all the appropriate rights of way and do not venture of them. If the bird is not on view please be patient and wait for it to re-appear
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE An imm. female Long Tailed Duck was found late morning of Feb 6th by the warden, Tom Cockburn, just of the reserve on the small fishing pond. Please be aware that access to this site is strictly for DWT members/permit holders. The second record this winter of this sea duck. Also a Great White Egret here within the last few days.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on Feb 6th. Also the long staying Ruff still present. On Jan 29th a Shelduck, 1 Oystercatcher and 6 Dunlin. The 6 Dunlin still present on Feb 1st along with a Redshank. On Feb 3rd 6 Goldeneye, 4 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 13 Common Snipe and 11 Barnacle Geese. A report of a Greenshank here on Feb. 5th.
  • HAREWOOD MOOR A Great Grey Shrike on Feb 5th.
  • TODDBROOK RESERVOIR A Great Grey Shrike on Feb. 4th.
  • COMBS RESERVOIR 6 Whooper Swans on Feb 5th.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A Great White Egret was found here on Feb 1st and was still present on Feb 4th. The imm. female Scaup still present on Feb 5th. The Bittern was again present on Jan 30th. Also on Feb 4th 4 Great Crested Grebes, 25 Cormorants, 5 Grey Herons, 6 Greylag Geese, 54 Wigeon, 11 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 3 Pintail, 12 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 18 Tufted Duck, 4 Common Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatchers, 55 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 1 Herring Gull-ad, 2 Great Black Backed Gulls and 2 Ravens.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS On Feb 5th the female Common Scoter still present on the Pylon Pit. Also here 2 Little Grebes, 14 Great Crested Grebes, 12 cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Greylag Geese, 3 Egyptian Geese, 3 Wigeon, 13 Gadwall, 2 Red Crested Pochard, 44 Pochard, 189 Tufted Duck, 13 Goldeneye, 224 Coot, 2 Oystercatchers, 6 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 10 Common Gulls and a Kingfisher.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR On Jan 29th both the juv. Iceland Gull and the 1st winter Caspian Gull roosted and showed well from the 5 bar gate. The Caspian Gull again roosted on Jan 30th along with a Glaucous type hybrid. On Feb 4th the 1st winter Caspian Gull again present but a juv. Goshawk caused much disturbance. Also c10 Waxwings were found in the garden at the top of Hide Lane.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR Still up to 3 juv. Glaucous Gulls roosting here.
  • LOCKO PARK LAKE On Feb 2nd 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons, 33 Greylag Geese, 2 Shoveler, 10 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Buzzards, 2 Common Gulls and 2 Ravens.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Ockbrook on Feb 3rd and Little over on Feb 4th.
  • WAXWINGS 71 At Ripley on Jan 29th with 30 at Sheepbridge Business Centre, Chesterfield. On Jan 3oth 10 at Two Dales and 6 at Darley Dale. On Jan 31st 34 at Rectory Drive, Wingerworth. On Feb 1st 7 at Barlborough with 5 still at Darley Dale and 29 at New Whittington on Feb 2nd. The only report on Feb 3rd was of a single bird at The Avenue Washlands NR. On Feb 4th 11 were at Whittington Moor and 28in Belper at MacDonalds whilst on Feb 5th 7 we in Chesterfield, 7 at Holymoorside, 30 at New Whittington and 1 in Ripley. On Feb 6th up to 28 in Sunnyhill, Derby at the SE end of Oaklands Avenue, still c40 at New Whittington at Stone Lane, 2 still in Ripley at the entrance to the Co-op Car Park with 1 still at MacDonalds in Belper
News update 19 Jan - 29 Jan
  • DUSKY THRUSH Still at the end of Pig Lane, Beeley village in fields to the right on Jan 29th.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR The 2 Velvet Scoter, now thought to be an imm male and an imm, female, on Jan 29th.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS There has been no sign of the imm. female Long Tailed Duck since it was last seen on The Pylon Pit on Jan 22nd. A Great White Egret was seen flying over the pits on Jan 27/28th with a fem/imm. Common Scoter on the Pylon Pit on Jan 27/28th. Also on Jan 27th there were 2 Little Egrets, 3 Pintail, 3 Red Crested Pochard and a Golden Plover.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR In a small Gull roost on Jan 28th were a juv. Iceland Gull 1st winter Caspian and Yellow Legged Gulls and an adult Herring x Lesser Black Backed Gull hybrid. A juv. Glaucous Gull and a 2nd winter Yellow Legged Gull roosted on Jan 23rd. A 1st winter Caspian Gull on Jan 25th with a 3rd winter Yellow Legged Gull roosting on Jan 24/25/27th with a 1st winter joining it on Jan 25th. A lone Pink Footed Goose present with the Greylag flock still and Goosander peaked at 14 on Jan 28th.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR From Jan 23-28th up to 3 juv. Glaucous Gull roosted here and were joined by a juv. Glaucous x Herring hybrid from Jan 25-27th. Up to 7 Caspian Gulls roosted here on Jan 24/28th with a single 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull on Jan 28th. Still a very big roost with up to 20,000 Black Headed Gulls, c500 Common Gulls and c4000 “Big” Gulls here most nights. On Jan 24th 2 Little Grebes, 33 Great Crested Grebes, 13 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 38 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 36 Tufted Duck and 2 Goosanders.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on Jan 28th. On Jan 23rd 2 Jack snipe still at the Hopton End and the Ruff, 2 Redshank, 1 Curlew and a Dunlin still around Stones Island. The Ruff and Curlew still present on Jan 24th along with a Pink Footed Goose, an Oystercatcher and 22 Barnacle Geese.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On Jan 26th 1 Little Grebe, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 39 Cormorants, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Shelduck, 33 Wigeon, 26 Gadwall, 26 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 10 Pochard, 146 Tufted Duck, 19 Goldeneye, 2 Smew-a drake and a redhead, 1 Goosander-redhead, a juv. Glaucous Gull flew West at 12.05 p.m. a Grey Wagtail and c50 Goldfinches. Please be aware that these pits are strictly private with no access except for permit holders.
  • ST CHADS WATER On Jan 24th a Little Egret and at least 8 Goosanders could just be seen through the mirk in the morning with 7 Pochard, 21 Tufted Duck and 5 Goosanders on Jan 27th.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On Jan 27th 2 Little Grebes, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 11 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 175 Tufted Duck, 14 Goldeneye and 201 Coot.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE From Jan 19-27th up to 146 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 26 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 27 Tufted Duck and 22 Goosander noted. On Jan 19th a Woodcock , a Raven and 101 Pied Wagtails. ON Jan 20th c420 Pink Footed Geese flew NW, an Egyptian Goose flew North and 29 Whooper Swans flew NW. On Jan 21st another 150 Pink Footed Geese flew West, 3 Whooper Swans flew North and a Shelduck present. On Jan 22nd 2 Shelduck flew North and a Peregrine present. Just 5 Grey Partridge on Jan 23rd with 72 Goldfinches roosting on Jan 25th and a flock of 90 Yellowhammers on Jan 26/27th . The Cettis Warbler and the Chiffchaff stull present.
  • WAXWINGS Small numbers and flocks continue to be seen throughout the county with the largest flock being 45 in Belper on Jan 23rd. Of 4 birds in Swadlincote on Jan 24th one was colour ringed and photographed. The photo was passed onto the people ringing Waxwings in Scotland and this bird which was a imm. female was caught on Dec. 4th, 2016 in Ballater and then moved to Bradwell, Great Yarmouth in Norfolk where it was seen on Jan 8th before moving to Swadlincote. This gives some idea of the long distances this eruptive species can move in search of berries etc. It is a great pity that some of these flocks do not linger this winter in the county
News update 15 Jan - 22 Jan
  • DUSKY THRUSH The imm. female still present at Beeley Village on Jan 22nd. It was distant but still in the fields at the end of Pig Lane.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESEVOIR The 2 fem/imm. Velvet Scoters still present on Jan 22nd from the main carpark.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR Up to 3 juv. Glaucous Gulls continue to roost here up to Jan 21st with just the one on Jan 22nd along with a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull. Also 4 Caspian Gulls-3 adults and a 3rd winter roosted on Jan 19th.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still off Stones Island on Jan 22nd. A Knot flew in with 2 Dunlin at about 10.00.a.m. also on Jan 22nd and other birds present were 4 Little Grebes, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 24 Cormorants, 1 Greylag Goose, 37 Wigeon, 21 Gadwall, 113 Teal, 25 Pochard, 111 Tufted Duck, 6 Goldeneye, 4 Goosanders, 1 Kestrel. 1 Oystercatcher, 94 Lapwing, 5 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 56 Snipe, 2 Redshank, 2 Willow Tits and 10+Tree Sparrows. At the Hopton End 3 Jack Snipe and 2 Woodcocks. On Jan 20th a total of 38 Whooper Swans were seen with 22 of them flying through. The Cettis Warbler still present on Jan 19th.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The imm. female Long Tailed Duck still present on Jan 22nd but now on the Pylon Pit. On Jan 20th 2 Whooper Swans, 3 Red Crested Pochards and a Little Egret with 27 Egyptian Geese, 1 Common Scoter, 4 Red Crested Pochards, 2 Little Egrets, 12 Goosander and an Oystercatcher. On Jan 18th a herd of 23 Whooper Swans flew over Attenborough GP heading towards Long Eaton GP and 3 Little Egrets, 11 Wigeon, 26 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 70 Pochard, 185 Tufted Duck, 5 Goldeneye and 5 Goosander,326 Cot and 4 Snipe present.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On Jan 17th 5 Little Grebes, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron,7 Gadwall, 13 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 136 Tufted Duck, 15 Goldeneye, 201 Coot and the “redhead” Smew still here.
  • ST.CHADS WATER On Jan 17th 3 Little Egrets, 5 Pochard, 24 Tufted Duck and 17 Goosander present.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GP On Jan 19th 15 Great Crested Grebes, 30 Cormorants, 5 Grey Herons, 97 Canada Geese, 16 Wigeon, 26 Gadwall, 62 Teal, 9 Shoveler, 20 Pochard, 190 Tufted Duck, 24 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, 1 Water Rail, 1 Caspian Gull-ad flew West but again no sign of any Smew on this private site.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE On Jan 17th a juv Glaucous Gull present along with 295 Wigeon, 61 Teal, 20 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 15 Goosander, 3 Shelduck, 13 Pink Footed Geese flew West, 1 Golden Plover and 18 Snipe. A herd of 9 Whooper Swans flew NW and the Cettis Warbler and a Common Chiffchaff also noted.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A Herd of 9 Whooper Swans-probably the Carr Vale birds-spent at least 5 hours here before departing. A possible juiv. Kumleins Gull found late afternoon by Richard Lowe on Jan 15th with 2 Yellow Legged Gulls0a 1st winter and a 3rd winter in the roost. A Glaucous Gull type hybrid in the roost on Jan 18th with a Little Egret and 2 female Pintails on Jan 20th.
  • WAXWINGS In the period Jan 15-22nd birds noted in at least 10 sites with the max. flocks being in the Chesterfield area peaking at 200 at Abercrombie Street, Newbold on Jan 18th and 140 in Glossop on Jan 16th. Further south up to 40 in Belper and 70 flew over Heage. In the Derby area the only sightings were of up to 4 in Darley Abbey on Jan 19/21st.
  • HADDON FIELDS An unusual sighting of 3 Brent Geese here on Jan 18th.
  • WILLINGTON GP The Bittern again noted on Jan 20th along with a female Marsh Harrier, a very early record. Also up to 5 Pintail and a Stonechat here recently. A possible 1st winter American Herring Gull was seen flying through on Jan 19th with 50 Lesser Black Backed Gulls and a single Herring Gull by Richard James and 2 other observers.
  • WHOOPER SWANS On Jan 20th 11 were on Toddbrook Reservoir and 25 over Hayfield. An obvious movement on this date.
  • DERWENT MEADOWS DWT RESERVE A Ring Necked Parakeet on Jan 18th.
  • WESTHOUSES A possible Cattle Egret was reported from here on Jan 19th
News update 9 Jan - 14 Jan
  • DUSKY THRUSH Still at Beeley Village on Jan 14th in fields either side of Pig Lane. It has also started to return to the orchard at Dukes Barn.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR A juv. Glaucous Gull roosted here on Jan 14th.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR The 2 fem/imm. Velvet Scoter still here showing well off the dam on Jan 14th.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The imm. female Long Tailed Duck still present on The Rifle Range Pit on Jan 14th and 2 Brent Geese flew West along The River Trent
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS At least 4 Smew including an adult male here on Jan 14th. On Jan 12th 16 Great Crested Grebes, 38 Cormorants, 6 Grey Herons, 13 Greylag Geese, 35 Wigeon, 65 Teal, 1 Pintail-drake, 23 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 145 Tufted Duck, 16 Goldeneye, 4 Goosander, 2 Common Gulls-ad, 1 Great Black Backed Gull, 7 Blackbirds, 2 Cettis Warblers, 9 Long Tailed Tits and c30 Goldfinches. This site is completely private still with access only to permit holders.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE A Scaup on Jan 13/14th.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The imm fem Scaup still on the Canal Pit on Jan 13th. a Yellow Legged Gull on Jan 11th. On Jan 14th 1 Little Grebe, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 20 Cormorants, 4 Grey Herons, 1 Greylag Goose, 3 Shelduck, 16 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 24 Tufted Duck, a drake Pochard x Ferruginuous Duck “Aythya” hybrid, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch and 3 Bullfinch.
  • WAXWINGS Still 20 in Central Derby on Phoenix Street on Jan 10th with c60 on Stenson Road , Sunnyhill on Jan 12th with 4 in Chellaston on the same date. On Jan 14th 58 were in Shirebrook, up to 100 in Glossop at Shirebrook Park Estate on Leicester Drive. 40 were in Belper at the junction of Spencer Street and Short Street an 17 were in Allestree. Also 3 were in the orchard at Dukes Barn, Beeley during the morning on Jan 14th.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on Jan 14th. The Ruff, 9 Dunlin and 2 Redshank on Jan 12th with 4 Jack Snipe, 4 Woodcock and 9 Grey Wagtails at the Hopton reedbed on Jan 10th.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR On Jan 9th an adult Iceland Gull and a juv. Glaucous Gull roosted with a Ringed Plover and the escaped Blue Snow Goose present and this bird remained here until Jan 11th.. On Jan 100th a second winter Iceland Gull roosted and was again in the roost on Jan 11th. A juv. Glaucous Gull roosted on Jan 14th.
  • ST CHADS WATER On Jan 10th 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 55 Greylag Geese, 112 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag x Canada Goose hybrids, 6 Pochard, 25 Tufted Duck and 13 Goosander.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On Jan 10th 5 Little Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Cormorants, 127 Wigeon, 11 Gadwall, 17 Pochard, 155 Tufted Duck, 13 Goldeneye, 1 Smew-redhead, 203 Coot and c30 Goldfinches.
  • DERWENT MEADOWS DWT RESERVE/DERBY SEWAGE WORKS A Ring Necked Parakeet on Jan 11/12th
  • WALTON A Red Kite on Jan 14th.
  • POOLS BROOK COUNTRY PARK A second winter Iceland Gull on Jan 11th
News update 2 Jan - 9 Jan
  • OGSTON RESEVOIR An adult Iceland Gull again of the West Bank at 3.40.p.m. on Jan 9th with a juv. Glaucous Gull at 4.30.p.m.
  • MARKHAM a Glaucous Gull, presumably the juv. which roosted at Ogston Res, on Jan 9th.
  • BEELEY The imm. female Dusky Thrush still in the field on the right hand side of Pig Lane on Jan 9th.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR The 2 fem/imm. Velvet Scoters still of the dam on Jan 9th. On Jan 3rd 1 Little Grebe, 55 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 104 Greylag Geese, 132 Canada Geese, 28 Wigeon, 88 Teal, 30 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, c30 House Sparrows and 1 Tree Sparrow on feeders at the Round Car Park, c30 Goldfinches and c30 Lesser Redpolls.
  • WAXWINGS The Whittington Moor flock had built up to at least 85 birds on Jan 9th. A small flock of 7 were found on Jan 8th in tress/bushes at the entrance to the Phoenix Street Car Park in the centre of Derby and had built up to 20 by late afternoon. These birds still present at lunchtime on Jan 9th and were showing well in poor light. A flock of 22 in Apple Trees at Holloway on Jan 8th with 21 on Flash Lane, Beeley Moor on Jan 7th. Up to 40 were in the centre of Long Eaton on Jan 6th with at least 5 still present in the Aldi Car Park on Jan 7th. A flock of 12 in Glossop on Jan 6th with 4 in Derby and 1 at Old Tupton on the same date. In Ilkeston 50 were on Station Road on Jan 5th with the same number in Victoria Park on Jan 6th. Two were in Ashbourne on Jan 44th with 2 in Belper on Dec 30th.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The Siberian Chiffchaff still present on Jan 8th with 2 noted on Jan 2nd along with the Cettis Warbler still present on Jan 8th. Up to 4 Common Chiffchaffs have been present in early January. Up to 173 Wigeon, 17 Gadwall, 56 Teal, 6 Shoveler and 9 Goosander all noted along with up to 2 Peregrines and 3 Water Rails. A small covey of 5 Grey Partridges on Jan 5th and 315 Pink Footed Geese flew West/North West. Ten Golden Plover on Jan 7th with a Red Kite and a Jack Snipe on Jan 8th.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The imm. female Long Tailed Duck still present on the Rifle Range Pit on Jan 8th. Also on site were a Jack Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, 18 Goosander, 2 Little Egrets and 3 Pintail.. On Jan 4th 9 Little Grebes, 31 Great Crested Grebes, 29 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 4 Grey Herons, 29 Mute Swans, 5 Greylag Geese, 37 Wigeon, 68 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 43 Pochard, 169 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, 307 Coot, 4 Common Gull, 1 Herring Gull 1 Kingfisher and 2 Raven.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS 2 Great White Egrets briefly on Jan 2nd with 7 Little Egrets. On Jan 5th 1 Little Grebe, 17 Great Crested Grebes, 27 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 11 Grey Herons, 20 White Fronted Geese flew low SW at 9.35 a.m., 39 Wigeon, 149 Teal, 23 Gadwall, 22 Shoveler, 16 Pochard, 169 Tufted Duck,14 Goldeneye, 2 Goosanders, 1 Snipe, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 13 Blackbirds and a Chiffchaff.
  • BEELEY TRIANGLE The Great Grey Shrike still present on Jan 7th.
  • APPERKNOWLE A Red Kite on Jan 8th with 23 Grey Partridge on Jan 9th.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Bittern again seen on Jan 2/5th along with a Greenshank. The female Scaup still on the Canal Pit on Jan 8th.
  • SWADLINCOTE A fem/imm. male Black Redstart seen around the area of “The Big Chimney” on Jan 5th.
  • HIGHBRIDGE GRAVEL PITS A Greenshank on Jan 2nd with on Jan 8th 1 Little Grebe, 92 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 2 Pintail, 14 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Redshank and a Raven.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on Jan 8th with the Ruff still present on Jan 1st at least and 3 Brent Geese flew over.
  • CROMFORD MEADOWS Up to 14 Hawfinch have been seen here in early Jan.
  • ST.CHADS WATER On Jan 2nd 1 Little Grebe, 7 Wigeon, 6 Pochard, 35 Tufted Duck and 3 Goosander.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On Jan 2nd 5 Little Grebes, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Wigeon,10 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 16 Pochard, 163 Tufted Duck, 189 Coot and c60 Goldfinches roosted. The Gull roost consisted of c21,000 Black Headed Gulls, c1000 Common Gulls, c30 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, c40 Herring Gulls, 2 Caspian Gulls-an adult and a 3rd winter and 6 Great Black Backed Gulls.
  • BUMPER CASTLE c70 Bramblings on Jan 7th
News update 22 Dec - 28 Dec
  • DUSKY THRUSH Still present in Beeley Village on 28th Dec now in a field right of Pig Lane. Dukes Barn Car Park and facilities are closed until Jan 2nd.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR The 2 fem/imm male Velvet Scoters still present on Dec 28th of the round car park and showing well.
  • WAXWINGS Birds are starting to arrive as they now filter South. On Dec 25th 6 were at Ilkeston with 16 at Hasland and 1 at Whitwell Quarry on Dec 26th. On Dec 27th up to 32 were on Rowans at The Grouse Inn on the Longshaw Estate with 40 there on Dec 28th. On Dec 27th 2 were at the Ashopton Viaduct over Ladybower Reservoir and 5 were in Matlock.
  • BEELEY MOOR/HAREWOOD MOOR The Great Grey Shrike reappeared here on Dec 27th.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The imm. female Long Tailed Duck still present on the Rifle Range Pit on Dec 26th and 26 Egyptian Geese were around the area. On Dec 24th 4 White Fronted Geese on the Waterski Pit with 3 there on Dec 23rd.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still off Millfields on Dec 26th and the Ruff was still present. A dark bellied BRENT Goose on the dam wall on Dec 25th.
  • WILLINGTON GP The Bittern was again seen on Dec 24/25th.
  • LOCKO PARK LAKE A drake Pintail was found here on Dec 22nd and was still present on Dec 26th. Also present on the latter date was 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorants, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 205 Greylag Geese, 77 Canada Geese, 4 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 13 Tufted Duck, c70 Redwings, c180 Jackdaws and c70 Rooks.
  • ST CHADS WATER On Dec 28th 4 Cormorants, 4 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Pochard, 19 Tufted Duck, 2 Goosanders, 17 Coot and 2 Long Tailed Tits.
  • CHIRCH WILNE RESERVOIR On Dec 28th 4 Little Grebes, 43 Great Crested Grebes, 180 Cormorants-a site record count, 3 GREY Herons, 8 Gadwall, 12 Pochard,192 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Scoters-fem/imms-these are now the longest staying Common Scoter in the county, 15 Goldeneye, 199 Coot.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS On Dec 24th 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 10 Wigeon,15 Teal, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 40 Coot, 1 Herring Gull flew SW, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 18 Blackbirds, c55 Fieldfares, 1 Raven and 6 Goldfinches.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The Siberian Chiffchaff still present on Dec 25th
News update 11 Dec - 21 Dec
  • BEELEY The Dusky Thrush still present at 8.00.a.m.this morning-Dec 21st-but was elusive. Also here were 27 Waxwings in the orchard at Dukes Barn but they flew off.
  • CARSINGTON WATER Finally a Great Northern Diver was found off Stones Island yesterday morning-Dec 20th so the run of records from here of this Diver marches on. Also present were the long staying Ruff and Cettis Warbler, 8 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 280 Golden Plover, 48 Snipe and 5 Goosander. The Little Stint has not been seen since Dec 17th.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR The 2 Velvet Scoters were still present on Dec 20th again off the dam wall.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The long staying juv. female Long Tailed Duck still present on the Rifle Range Pit on Dec 19th.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESEVOIR On Dec 20th 6 Little Grebes, 51 Great Crested Grebes, 125 Cormorants, 2 Grey Herons, 11 Wigeon, 10 Pochard, 131 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Scoters-fem/imm still present, 10 Goldeneye and 197 Coot.
  • ST.CHADS WATER On Dec 20th 3 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 3 Pochard, 29 Tufted Duck, 7 Goosander and 18 Coot.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE On Dec 13th on a rarely visited part of the Reserve an adult Gannet was found sat in the middle of a field. It was encouraged to fly but either couldn’t or wouldn’t and was eventually taken into care by the RSPCA. This is the 3rd record for the site. A Siberian Chiffchaff was found on Dec 11th with 2 together on Dec 19th. Also up to 3 Common Chiffchaffs on site. A probable Water Pipit on Dec 18th flew off from the Sewage Works but could not be re-located and the Cettis Warbler was last heard on Dec 17th but is probably still present. An adult CASPIAN Gull on Dec 9th. Duck numbers had increased to a winter max. of 142 Wigeon and 90 Teal with 3 Goosanders on Dec 10th and 5 on Dec 11th. On Dec 11th 620 Pink Footed Geese flew East, 55 flew West on Dec 12th and on Dec 17th 60 flew East and 420 flew West. Finally a Dunlin flew North on Dec 16th. Apologies to MAB for missing a lot of this info from my last Report
  • UPPER LANGWITH 4 Little Egrets on Dec 16th.
  • LINACRE RES The long staying imm. Shag was found dead on Dec 18th after just over a year at the site
News update 13 Dec - 18 Dec
  • BEELEY VILLAGE The 1st year female Dusky Thrush still present this morning-Dec 18th. The bird did go missing from Dec 15-17th but was presumably still about with very few birders on site then. This bird has already been accepted by The British Birds Rarities Committee-something of a record time for acceptance I would think. Please still park ion Dukes Barn car Park-£3.00 parking fee-although I believe that facilities there are now closed.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR 2 fem/imm. Velvet Scoters were found early morning on 16th Dec by Tony Davison close to the dam wall at the Car Park end. They showed well all day apart from a visit to the Calke Park end when a boat flushed them. Still present on Dec 18th this represents the first record for the site and about the 23rd record for Derbyshire. A unique opportunity at the moment to see 2 species of Scoter and a Long Tailed Duck in the county.
  • LONG EATON GP The fem/imm. Long Tailed Duck still on the Rifle Range Pit on Dec 18th and showing well. On Dec. 14th 19 Little Grebes, 47 Great Crested Grebes, 15 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 49 Mute Swans, 3 Greylag Geese, 81 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag x Canada Goose hybrid, 12 Egyptian Geese, 258 Wigeon, 102 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 5 Red Crested Pochards, 86 Pochard, 304 Tufted Duck, 1 Long Tailed Duck, 4 Goldeneye, 348 Coot, c50 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 12 Common Gulls and 8 Fieldfares.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS On Dec 18th an adult Caspian Gull. On 17th Dec 3 Great Crested Grebes, 19 Cormorants, 2Grey Herons, 27 Greylag Geese, 11 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 12 Teal, 12 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 23 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Kestrels, c80 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls-ads, 1 Caspian Gull-3rd winter, 1 Yellow Legged Gull-ad, 1 Great Black Backed Gull-ad, 2 Fieldfares and 2 Reed Buntings. On Dec 15th a redhead Smew
  • CARSNGTON WATER The wintering Little Stint and Ruff still present on Dec. 17th along with the Cettis Warbler, 8 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 16 Barnacle Geese, 5 Shoveler, 10 Goosander and 13 Goldeneye. Also 31 Pink Footed Geese flew SE and 130 flew NW. On Dec 15th 2 White Fronted Geese were present with 11 Greylag Geese.
  • HIGHBRIDGE GRAVEL PITS On Dec 18th 1 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorants, 4 Grey Herons, 173 Canada Geese, 246 Wigeon, 27 Teal, 10 Pintail-8 drakes, 19 Pochard, 73 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 422 Lapwing, 1 3rd winter Caspian Gull flew West and a Tree Creeper. On Dec 17th a Redshank and 4 Golden Plover.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR The fem/imm. Common Scoter still present on Dec 16th.
  • ST.CHADS WATER On Dec. 13th 1 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Pochard, 26 Tufted Duck and 12 Goosander.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On Dec. 13th 7 Little Grebes, 44 Great Crested Grebes, 95 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons, 2 Wigeon, 10 Pochard, 146 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Scoter-fem/imms, 12 Goldeneye, 196 Coot and 7 Common Gulls.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On Dec 15th 2 Little Grebes, 17 Great Crested Grebes, 43 Cormorants, 7 Grey Herons, 11 Mute Swans, 38 Greylag Geese, 124 Canada Geese, 77 Wigeon, 19 Gadwall, 106 Teal, 10 Shiveler, 13 Pochard, 170 Tufted Duck, 24 Goldeneye, 2 Smew-redheads, 2 Goosanders, 1 Kestrel, 2 Water Rails, 1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Gulls, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 11 Blackbirds and a Cettis Warbler.
  • WAXWINGS 7 flew through Drakelow Wildfowl Reserve on Dec 14 with 12+ at Mossy Lea Farm, Glossop late morning on Dec 18th
News update 3 Dec - 12 Dec
  • DUSKY THRUSH Still present at Beeley today-12th Dec-in the Orchard at Dukes Barn. Please keep contributing to this worthwhile Charity and enjoy the hospitality of villagers etc. Also enjoy the Bacon/Sausage Cobs!!!!!
  • CARSINGTON WATER The Little Stint still present on 12th Dec on the Watersports Island along with the Ruff. Up to 18 Dunlin here recently along with 2 Shelduck, 2 Redshank, a male Stonechat with up to 3 Jack Snipe in the Hopton Reedbed. A skein of 250 Pink Footed Geese flew East on 11th Dec and 16 Goosanders present on 12th Dec. The Cettis Warbler still present on 10th Dec.
  • HIGHBRiDGE GRAVEL PIT On 11th Dec 17 Little Egrets, 235 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 9 Pintail, 1 Shoveler-female, 23 Pochard, 59 Tufted Duck, the imm female Scaup, up to 11 Goosanders, a Sparrowhawk, a peregrine Falcon, c360 Lapwing, a Redshank, a 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull flew East and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The imm female Long Tailed Duck still on the Rifle Range Pit on 11th Dec along with 2 Little Egrets,5 Red Crested Pochard and a Green Sandpiper.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On 10th Dec 6 Little Grebes, 58 Great Crested Grebes, 147 Cormorants-probably a site record count, 3 Grey Herons, 9 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 15 Pochard, 165 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Scoters-fem/imm., 1 Red Breasted Merganser-“redhead”, 13 Goldeneye, 201 Coot, 6 Common Gulls and 2 Herring Gulls
  • ST CHADS WATER On 10th Dec 3 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Herons, 1 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 4 Pochard,27 Tufted Duck, 7 Goosanders, and a Kingfisher.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 9th Dec 12 Great Crested Grebes, 26 Cormorants, 10 Grey Herons, 14 Mute Swans, 23 Greylag Geese, 15 Canada Geese, 97 Wigeon, 43 Gadwall, 149 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 8 Pochad, 193 Tufted Duck, 16 Goldeneye, 1 Smew-drake, 3 Goosanders, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, c170 Lapwing, 4 Common Gulls, 75 wood Pigeons, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 13 Blackbirds, 8 Redwing, 4 Cettis Warbler and 4 Goldfinch.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Bittern was again seen on 10th Dec and a Yellow Legged Gull on 11th Dec.
  • NEWTON SOLNEY 19 Little Egrets on 11th Dec.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR The fem/imm Common Scoter still present on 11th Dec with 3 Caspian Gulls-2 ads and a 1st winter in the roost.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A 3rd/4th winter Caspian Gull roosted on 11th Dec.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE 2 Bewick’s Swans on 7th Dec were the first county record of this increasingly rare Swan since 2013.Also a Chiffchaff present. On 9th Dec a male Hen Harrier in the afternoon and a an adult Caspian Gull in the morning. The Cettis Warbler still present on 9th Dec. On 11th Dec a Siberian Chifffchaff again present.
News update 29 Nov - 5 Dec
  • DUSKY THRUSH This bird was photographed yesterday afternoon-4th Dec-by Rachel Jones in Beeley Village. It was identified when she put photos out of this bird. Happily it was still present today-5th Dec and although very mobile showed well on occasions. The bird is frequenting gardens round the Church and coming into an orchard at Dukes Barn an activity centre. Parking is also available here. It is a charity so I would ask that birders give generously and they make a very nice Bacon Sarnie-or so I am told. This is obviously a first for Derbyshire and appears to be the 12th for Britain after the bird on St. Marys this October. Please respect the privacy of the villagers and obey all on-site instructions. Finally congratulations to Rachel Jones for finding this Mega and making it possible for the crowds to see it.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The imm. female Long Tailed Duck was still on the Rifle Range Pit on 4th Dec and still showing well. On 3rd Dec 5 Little Grebes, 47 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets,3 Grey Herons, 64 Mute Swans, 3 Greylag Geese, 51 Canada Geese, 155 Wigeon, 82 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 46 Pochard, 331 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, 343 Coot, 116 Lapwing, 7 Common Gulls, 5 Redwing and 5 Long Tailed Tits. On 4th Dec 3 Pintail.
  • HIGH BRIDGE GRAVEL PITS On 4th Dec Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 26 Mute Swans, 1 Black Swan, 22 Greylag Geese, 141 Canada Geese, 318 Wigeon,204 Teal, 2 Pintail-drakes, 2 Pochard, 62 Tufted Duck. 1 Scaup-female, 2 Goosander, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk. 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Curlew which flew off West at 10.45 a.m., 1 Redshank, 3 Common Gulls, c50 Redwing and c50 Jackdaws.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS 4 Curlew on 4th Dec. On 2nd Dec 4 Pintail, a Stonechat and a Yellow Legged Gull. Still 3 Pintail on 3rd Dec.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Little Stint still present on 4th Dec. On 1st Dec a Ruff and 17 Dunlin. The Ruff still present on 4th Dec. On 2nd Dec 2 Shelduck, 17 Dunlin, 3 Redshank and the Cettis Warbler still present. On 3rd Dec. 2 Black Tailed Godwits, 19 Dunlin. 2 Redshank , 2 Shelduck and the Cettis Warbler. The imm male Scaup was last seen on 30th Nov.
  • DERWENT RESERVOIR On 4th Dec a Great Grey Shrike west of the South End at Lockerbrook.
  • LINACRE RESERVOIR The imm. Shag still present on 4th Dec.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On 29th Nov. 9 Little Grebes, 40 Great Crested Grebes, 104 Cormorants, 2 Grey Herons, 7 Gadwall, 24 Pochard, 116 Tufted Duck. 2 Common Scoters-fem/imm, 17 Goldeneye, a “redhead” Smew on the Water Ski Pit, 208 Coot and 2 Common Gulls.
  • ST CHADS WATER On 29th Nov. 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 25 Wigeon,2 Gadwall, 7 Pochard, 45 Tufted Duck, 1 Goosander and 1 Grey Wagtail. There was no sign of the Red Breasted Merganser.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT FRAVEL PITS On 1st Dec. 1 Little Grebe, 17 Great Crested Grebes,44 Cormorants, 5 Grey Herons, 15 Mute Swans, 124 Wigeon, 28 Gadwall, 183 Teal, 18 Shoveler, 13 Pochard, 159 Tufted Duck, 13 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander,1 Snipe, 4 Common Gulls, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black Backed Gulls, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Stonechat-male, 16 Blackbirds, 1 Cettis Warbler, 30 Long Tailed Tits and 5 Goldfinch.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR On 2nd Dec 2 Little Grebes, 24 Great Crested Grebes, 21 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 159 Mallard. 23 Tufted Duck, 6 Goldeneye, 18 Goosanders. The Gull roost consisted of c20,000 Black Headed Gulls, c300 Common Gulls, c3000 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, c1000 Herring gulls, 11 Caspian Gulls-7 ads and 4 3rd winters, 4 Yellow Legged Gulls-ads and c50 Great Black Backed GULLS.
  • STAVELEY SEWAGE FARM A Greenshank on 29th Nov.
  • HASLAND 12 Waxwings on 1st Dec.
  • RING NECKED PARAKEETS Single birds on 2nd Dec at Eggington and Derby Sewage Works/Incinerator

 

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