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News update 22 Sep - 03 Oct
  • CARSINGTON WATER 2 Red Throated Divers were found on the water early morning on 3rd Oct by Clive Ashton. Unfortunately they then took off and circled the Reservoir before flying off West. On 2nd Oct a juvenile Gannet was brought in to the Wildlife Centre having been found that morning in a local quarry. It was checked over and released onto the water where it seemed quite Ok before it took off and flew off West. Other sightings include 1070 Pink Footed Geese flying through in 11 skeins on 28th Sept, 3 Pintail from 24th Sept., 11 Dunlin on 28th Sept., a Ruff from 20th Sept, a Turnstone on 21st Sept and the 1st Lesser Redpoll on 30th Sept along with a Great White Egret.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The juvenile Black Necked Grebe still present on 2nd Oct still on the Rifle Range Pit and up to 4 Red Crested Pochard noted.
  • EREWASH MEADOWS DWT RESERVE 2 Common Cranes late afternoon here on 29th Sept before they flew off NW
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR On 23rd Sept 4 Whooper Swans and 46 Pink Footed Geese flew through, 3 Pintail on 24th Sept., another 2 Whooper Swans flew East on 25th Sept., a Curlew on 26th Sept., one/two juv. Hobbies, a Little Egret and a Yellow Legged Gull on 27th Sept., an adult Hobby on 28/30th Sept with a report of a Brambling on the feeders on 30th Sept.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE On 22nd Sept a massive passage of Meadow Pipits with a total of 2958 flying South. Pink Footed Geese were well represented with 95 flying SE on 23rd Sept, 40 SE on 24th Sept, 69 NW on 25th Sept and on 28th Sept 520 flew NW in eight skeins, 310 flew East in 5 skeins and 140 flew N in 3 skeins. The 1st Redwing was on 30th Sept along with a juvenile Marsh Harrier. Four Crossbills flew over the mound on 2nd OCT AND A Pintail and a Yellow Legged Gull present.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE A Great White Egret and 30 Pink Footed Geese on 28th Sept. with 2 Great White Egrets and a Ring Necked Parakeet on 30th Sept.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS Still 2 Black Tailed Godwits and 2 Ruff here on 2nd Oct along with a Pintail, 3 adult Yellow Legged Gulls and a 3rd winter Caspian Gull. On 25th Sept stuill 2 Green Sandpipers and a juv Common Tern with a juv. Arctic Tern flying
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 24th Sept a Great White Egret and a Bittern
News update 21 Sep - 24 Sep
  • CARSINGTON WATER A juv/1st winter Grey Phalarope was found by Alan Stewardson at Sheepwash Hide about 09.15 a.m. on 21st Sept. It remained here all day and was still present, although mobile, up to about 09.50.a.m. on 22nd Sept when it flew towards the Paul Stanley Hide. Dan Martin then found what a few people think may well have been a second bird on Stones Island just after 10.00.a.m. on 22nd Sept which remained here until it flew towards the dam at about 11.15 a.m. There are reports that the Sheepwash bird was back here about 10.15 a.m. With mobile phone reception not the best at Carsington it would be most useful if any sightings at this site from 10.00.a.m. onwards at both sites could be reported to either myself or Clive Ashton the Carsington Bird Recorder to try and sort this out. One bird still present all day on 23rd Sept but there was no sign of any bird there this morning-24th Sept with conditions improving tremendously. Up to 9 Dunlin, 1 Ruff and 4 Ringed Plover also present along with a Red Crested Pochard whilst the Ruddy Shelduck was back at Millfields on 23rd Sept. This is the 6th record of Grey Phalarope for Carsington and take the county total on close to 40,
  • CODNOR PARK RESERVOIR A first winter Grey Phalarope was found here by Melvyn Harvey about midday on 22nd Sept and remained until early afternoon on 23rd Sept when it was unfortunately taken by a Pike!!!!!! Two records in a year is not unprecedented but represent good rewards to 2 local patch workers. Nice work guys.
  • WILLINGTON GP The Bittern showed well in front of the hide on 21st Sept and up to 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff and 1 Black Tailed Godwit here along with a late Common Tern. The Great White Egret is still putting in occasional appearances.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE An Osprey flew SW mid-morning on 23rd Sept.
  • LONG EATON GP The juv. Black Necked Grebe still here on the Rifle Range Pit on 22nd Sept
News update 1 Sep - 19 Sep
  • WILLINGTON GP A Temminck’s Stint was found here early morning on 19 Sept. by Richard James but was unfortunately disturbed by Lapwings after just 10 minutes and flew off never to be seen again. Also here today were 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 16 Snipe, 1 Back Tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpipers and a Hobby. A brief Great White Egret on the back pools as well before it disappeared behind trees/bushes. On 17th Sept 2 Spotted Redshank and an Osprey flew through. A Bittern has returned and shows itself a couple of times a day-if you are lucky!!!! Odd Yellow Legged Gulls and Caspian Gulls lately amongst the Lesser Black Backed Gulls. On 5th Sept 2 Pintail and 2 juv. Black Terns still present. A juv. Shelduck from 16-19th Sept.
  • LONG EATON GP A juv. Black Necked Grebe was found here on the Rifle Range Pit on 11th Sept and was still present on 18th Sept. A Marsh Harrier on 7th Sept and up to 6 Red Crested Pochard are currently here. Two Ruddy Shelduck on 11th Sept. Also up to 3 Green Sandpiper present with a Pintail on 13th Sept.
  • RENISHAW PARK A Great White Egret was found here on 13th Sept and was still present on 18th Sept. Please be aware that this site is strictly private and the only way to obtain public access is to visit Renishaw Hall-if still open-and paying an admission fee which then allows access to the lake.
  • KEDLESTON PARK A Great White Egret from 5-15th Sept.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE A Great White Egret on 8th Sept along with a Hobby, 2 Green Sandpipers and 365 Cormorants in the roost. On 10th Sept 13 Goosanders, 3 Green Sandpipers and 2 Hobbies.
  • EREWASH MEADOWS DWT RESERVE A Great White Egret on 13th Sept along with a Whinchat. A Ruff on 8th Sept.
  • CARSINGTON WATER A Great White Egret from 1-6th Sept with it, ot another, on 13th Sept. An Osprey on 1-3rd Sept with a Red Kite on 3rd Sept. On 4th Sept3 to 4 Black Terns and 8 Commic Terns flew through with another Black Tern on 5th Sept. A Wood Sandpiper on 7th Sept, 2 Common Scoter on 16th Sept. and up to 9 Little Egrets, 3 Red Crested Pochard, 9 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover,8 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank and 4 Yellow Legged Gulls noted.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A Honey Buzzard flew through on 5th Sept-the 4thg of the year with a juv. Merlin on 6/7th Sept.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The first Pink Footed Geese of the autumn were 63 flying West on 16th Sept. Up to 65 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 16 Cormorants, 13 Common Buzzards, 3 Hobbies, 2 Golden Plover-on 16th Sept, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Terns, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 100 Goldfinch and 10 Siskin noted. Meadow Pipot passage was noted with 357 flying S/SW on 15th and 337 on 17th Sept.
  • WYVER LANE DWT RESERVE A Wood Sandpiper on 7th Sept, a Mediterranean Gull on 9th Sept and 2 Ospreys flying South on 17th Sept.
  • PRIDE PARK SANCTUARY 4 Ring Necked Parakeets on 17th Sept.
  • STAUNTON HARLD RESERVOIR On 18th Sept 20 Great Crested Grebes, 29 Cormorants, 13 Little Egrets-recently up to 28 here. 4 Egyptian Geese, 322 Tufted Duck, 1 Caspian Gull-adult and 1 Great Black Backed Gull-ad
News update 14 Aug - 30 Aug
  • WILLINGTON GP 2 Spoonbills flew SW early morning on 29 Aug watched by 2 lucky observers, Richard James and Dave Richardson from the screen at the end of the lane. The eclipse drake Ring Necked Duck was last seen on 14th Aug. Wader highlights include up to 3 Ruff, 8 Black Tailed Godwits, 10 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Green Sandpipers and 2 Common Sandpipers. Today-30th Aug-a juv. Knot, 3 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper. A Great White Egret on 22nd Aug. Up to 3 Yellow Legged Gulls and single Caspian Gulls have ben noted and today-30th Aug-a first winter and a 4th winter Caspian Gull present along with a 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull, 2 Great Black Backed Gulls and an ad. Common Gull. Still 3 juv. Common Terns on 30th Aug along with a Whinchat
  • WIRKSWORTH A wholly unconfirmed report of a Golden Eagle circling the town on 28th Aug before flying off NW. This would be the 1st record since 1982 and will require very good notes etc. for it to be accepted.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A juv. Spotted Redshank from 27-30th Aug-the 8th Carr Vale record and the first since 2012. Up to 39 Gadwall, 18 Teal, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Hobbies,2 Water Rails and single Green and Common Sandpipers noted recently. A juv. Marsh Harrier on 21st Aug along with a Tree Pipit and 2 Tree Pipits on 22nd Aug with one on 26th Aug. A juv. Shelduck on 28thAug.
  • CARSINGTON WATER Recent wader highlights include a moulting ad. Sanderling on 14th Aug, A juv. Greenshank on 22nd Aug with singles on 24/25th Aug and 2 on 26th Aug, 2 juv. Knot on 27/28th Aug, a Whimbrel on 27th Aug and a Turnstone on 29th Aug. Up to 17 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, 1 Oystercatcher and 4 Common Sandpipes noted. A Ruddy Shelduck from 23-30th Aug and u to 2 Red Crested Pochards also noted. An Osprey flew through mid-afternoon on 28th Aug. An ad. type Caspian Gull hybrid present most dates along with up to 2 Yellow Legged Gulls. Up to 6 Little Egrets are present and 8 Shelduck on 30th Aug.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR One/two Ospreys present from 14-28th Aug, a Red Kite on 24th Aug, a juv. Marsh Harrier on 22nd Aug and an adult female Honey Buzzard lazily flew through late morning on 21st Aug. Up to 3 Hobbies have been noted most dates and up to 12 Common Buzzards noted. Up to 4 Little Egrets noted along with a Ringed Plover on 22nd Aug, 2 Greenshank on 23rd Aug and a Common Sandpiper on 27th Aug. Up to 2 Yellow Legged Gulls recently and one/two Whinchats on 25/27th Aug.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE A Great White Egret on 14th Aug
  • EREWASH MEADOWS DWT RESERVE 2 Ruff on 27th Aug with 1 on 28th Aug and a Green Sandpiper on 27th Aug.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS On 22 Aug 21 Little Grebes, 58 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 9 Little Egrets, 4 Grey Herons, 26 Mute Swans, 47 Canada Geese, 8 Teal, 8 Pochard, 113 Tufted Duck, , 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Terns, 1 Kingfisher and a Green Woodpecker.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GP On 23rd Aug 23 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Cormorants, 4 Grey Herons, 69 Gadwall, 29 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 153 Tufted Duck and a Common Tern
News update 7 Aug - 13 Aug
  • WILLINGTON GP An eclipse drake Ring Necked Duck was found by Mike Blaver and Richard James first thing on 11th Aug and was still present this am-13th Aug. At one stage yesterday morning it did appear to fly off to the East but was later found on The Canal Pit at Willington late afternoon. This is the 13th County record with the last being a female at Hilton GP in Dec 2015 and only the 2nd record for this site with the first being way back in 1994. The reported Temminck’s Stint was again seen early morning only on 7th Aug. Also on 11th Aug a juv. Curlew Sandpiper was found along with a 4th summer Caspian Gull. Recently up to 8 Dunlin, 16 Black Tailed Godwits, 8 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper and 8 Little Egrets here. Willington certainly going through a purple patch currently.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult type Caspian Gull still present up to at least 10th Aug. A Common Scoter and 2 Crossbills on 11th Aug. A Turnstone, a Ringed Plover and 3 Black Tailed Godwits on 7th Aug. A juv. Black Tailed Godwit on 9th Aug and up to 5 Little Ringed Plovers, 7 Dunlin and 5 Common Sandpipers here recently as well as 2 Red Crested Pochard.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR An Osprey from 8-11th Aug-the first here since spring. A Greenshank on 8th Aug and up to 2 Yellow Legged Gulls here.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS On 8th Aug 13 Little Grebes, 41 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 4 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Egyptian Geese, 6 Pochard, 66 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Sandpiper, 11 Common Terns and 2 Green Woodpeckers.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 9th Aug 20 Great Crested Grebes, 55 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 4 Grey Herons, 187 Canada Geese, 51 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 277 Tufted Duck,1 Ringed Plover, 55 Lapwing, 5 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers and 7 Common Terns
News update 28 July - 6 Aug
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A report of a Temminck’s Stint up to mid-morning on 6th Aug but no further sign by early afternoon. This is the first site record since one in early Aug, 2016 and if proved to be correct would be the 26th County record. Also a flock of c15 Back Tailed Godwits which departed mid-morning, a Dunlin and up to 5 Green Sandpipers. On 4th Aug 2 Black Tailed Godwits, 6 Little Egrets, 5 Green Sandpipers and 8 Common Terns. On 3rd Aug 3 adult Yellow Legged Gulls. On 31st July a Wood Sandpiper and a Marsh Harrier.
  • WESTON GRANGE GRAVEL PIT On 5th Aug a Little Egret, 2 Shoveler, 2 Yellow Legged Gulls and 3 adult Caspian Gulls in the morning and a juv. Curlew Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper late afternoon. Please be aware that this site is a working gravel pit and is completely private and should not be accessed without a permit.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A juv. Wood Sandpiper from 28-30th Aug. A adult Black Tailed Godwit n 27/28th Aug and up to 1 Little Egret, 3 Green Sandpipers, 4 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpipers, 4 Snipe and 10 Yellow Wagtails noted up to end of July.
  • CARSINGTON WATER A juv. Wood Sandpiper, a Black Tailed Godwit and a Turnstone on 31st July. On 4th Aug a juv Marsh Harrier drifted South and 2 Turnstone flew through, also a Black Tailed Godwit with 2 on 1st Aug. Up to 4 Yellow Legged Gulls and 2 Caspian Gulls present early Aug. A Green Sandpiper on 27th Jul/2/3 Aug. and up to 15 Common Sandpipers, 2 Dunlin and 10 Little Ringed Plovers noted recently. Two Red Crested Pochard also present recently. A Crossbill flew through on 5th Aug.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR 2 Whimbrel on 28th July, a Wigeon on 31st July and up to 6 Little Egrets and a Yellow Legged Gull noted.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE A Great White Egret seen leaving the roost on 28/31st July and up to 7 Green Sandpipers noted.
  • LONG EATON BGRAVEL PITS 3 Whimbrel on 28th July.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GP On 2nd Aug 11 Great Crested Grebes, 22 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets,5 Grey Herons, 23 Mute Swans, 21 Gadwall, 19 Teal, 234 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 24 Lapwing,11 Common Terns and a Green Woodpecker
News update 10 July - 19 July
  • WILLINGTON GP On 19th July a “flock” of 10 juv. Mediterranean Gull were found mid-morning on the spit and amongst the resting Black Headed Gulls. Most soon disappeared but still 2/3 present at 11.30 a.m. This is a record number of birds to be seen in the County. Also 5 Little Egrets and a Water Rail on that date. On 17th July a Wood Sandpiper and a Greenshank with 6 Black Tailed Godwits on 15th July, 4 on 18th July and 5 on 19th July. Up to 7 Little Egrets, 5 Green Sandpipers and 1 Dunlin also noted within the last few days.
  • CARSINGTON WATER 7 Common Scoters on 13th July and an Avocet flew North on 14th July apparently the 1st ever July record for the County. There were 2 Black Tailed Godwits on 13th July with a Shelduck and an Oystercatcher on 18th July. Up to 4 Little Egrets, 5 Common Sandpipers and an imm. Yellow Legged Gull recently. A Ruff on 11th July.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR A Caspian Gull on 19th July.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A Black Tailed Godwit on 17th July with 4 on 12th July. A Greenshank on 1st July with another on 6-9th July with 3 on 10th July which departed mid-morning and then another bird arrived at midday. Three Common Scoters and 3 Crossbills on 12th July. Up to 2 Little Egrets and 6 Little Ringed Plovers present and an ad. Yellow Legged Gull resident here at the moment.
  • WYVER LANE 3 Ruff on 17/18th July.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS 6 Black Tailed Godwits on 17th July with a Mediterranean Gull on 15th July.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE 7 Black Tailed Godwits circled the Reserve for 10 mins on 11th July before flying East and a Ruff on 12th July. On 13th July a juv. Mediterranean Gull flew North and different Red Kites on 15/17th July with a juv. Turtle Dove on 14th July. Up to 28 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Water Rails and 3 Common Terns noted.
  • KINDER RES A Common Scoter on 13th July.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS Up to 11 Little Egrets, 14 Grey Herons, 39 Gadwall, 25 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 168 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Ringed Plovers1 Green Sandpiper and 22 Common Terns here recently.
  • HIGH BRIDGE GP A Green Sandpiper on 15th July
  • ALVASTON PARK Still 4 Ring Necked Parakeets on 12th July.
  • RED KITES Single birds noted at at least 6 localities with 2 over Makeney on 17th July
News update 1 July - 8 July
  • LONG DALE Photos were taken on 4th July of a Woodchat Shrike here by 3 Suffolk Birders. I was contacted by them on Thursday evening-5th July- about this bird and was promised the photos when they returned home on Saturday 7th July. They duly arrived on my computer on 8th July and the 3 photos did, in fact, show a superb Woodchat Shrike. Rightly or wrongly I chose not to put the info out until I had at least seen the photos and I would like just to sat that this was not an attempt to suppress news of this bird in a vastly under watched part of the County. This will be the 5th county record after the one day bird in May 2016.
  • OLD WHITTINGTON A wholly unconfirmed report of 7 White Storks flying NW late evening on 5th July. This claim will obviously ned to be backed up with description etc. as it would be the largest number of White Storks ever recorded in the County.
  • HADFIELD 2 Crossbills flew over on 6th July.
  • WILLINGTON GP 7 Black Tailed Godwits on 4th July with 21 on 5th July along with 3 Little Egrets, 21 Gadwall, 3 Teal and a Green Sandpiper. Three Sandwich Terns here on 7th July.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS On 1st July a Curlew, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatchers and 3 Little Egrets with a Ringed Plover on 7th July and a Common Tern on 8th July.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS A Green Sandpiper on 4th July.
  • CARSINGTON WATER 3 Crossbills flew through on 5th July and a 2nd summer Yellow Legged Gull present. A Red Kite on 2nd July.
  • RED KITES Single birds noted at at least 5 locations.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 8th July 10 Great Crested Grebes, 14 Cormorants, 16 Little Egrets, 14 Grey Herons, 22 Mute Swans, 24 Canada Geese, 16 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 90 Tufted Duck, 1 Green Sandpiper, c245 Back Headed Gulls, 18 Common Terns and 1 Cettis Warbler.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A drake Shoveler and 4 Common Terns on 1st July, 4 Teal, the drake Shoveler and 4 Little Ringed Plovers on 2nd July. On 3rd July single Teal and Shoveler, 3 Oystercatchers, 3 Common Terns and 2 Meadow Pipits flew over with on 4th July the drake Shoveler, a juv. Water Rail, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Snipe, 3 Common Terns and a Peregrine. On 5th July 2 Teal, 4 Oystercatchers, 1 Common Snipe, the Peregrine and 3 Yellow Wagtails. On 6th July 3 Teal, a juv. Water Rail, 3 Oystercatchers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Common Snipe and 100 Swifts
News update 17 June - 30 June
  • LONG EATON GP An adult Shag flew round the Windsurfing Pit on 29th June before flying off towards Attenborough NR.A pair of Pochard have again bred here and have a brood of 5 young.
  • WILLINGTON A report of a White Stork flying over fields by the level crossing just North of the Village on 26th June. This record will need to be backed up with notes by the observer(s).
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE On 20th June the imm. Iceland Gull was again present in a mixed flock of Gulls. The 1st ever summer record of this species in the County. An adult Mediterranean Gull on 19th June.
  • CARSINGTON WATER 5 Common Scoter on 23rd June with 7 on 25TH June. An adult Kittlwake flew through on 30th June as did a Hobby. Am imm Yellow Legged Gull on 25/29th June.
  • ASHBOURNE A report on social media of a Hooded Crow on 30th June. Again this record will need to be backed up with a description if correct.
  • FLASH LANE AREA 4/5 Crossbills on 23rd June
  • WILLINGTON GP 2 Little Egrets, 3 Teal and a Shoveler on 17th June with a Little Egret, 4 Teal and 4 Ravens on 27th June.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GP 14 Little Egrets, 14 Grey Herons, 3 Teal, 1 Green Sandpiper, 14 Common Terns and a Raven on 23rd June with 15 Little Egrets, a Little Ringed Plover and 15 Common Terns on 30th June.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR 5 Black Tailed Godwits on 21st June with single Arctic Terns on 18/20th June.
  • RED KITES Single birds are being seen almost daily somewhere in the County with 5-a county record-over Cutthorpe on 26th
News update 2 June - 17 June
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR This site is currently going through a purple patch. Steve Mann found a Manx Shearwater late morning on 14th June. Despite being heavily mobbed/harried by Great Black Backed Gulls it was still alive and well mid evening but not seen next day. This is apparently the 250th species to be recorded at this well watched reservoir. On 11th June Steve also found a Honey Buzzard flying South over the area
  • ARNFIELD RESERVOIR A Hoopoe was fond here mid-morning on 10th Jun by Nargila Moura and Alex Lees and remained all day but no sign next day. The second record this year and unusually both in the NW of the County.
  • CARSINGTON WATER On 2nd June a Turnstone, a Sanderling and a Ringed Plover plus a Hobby and a Red Kite.. A Common Sandpiper and 2 Ringed Plover on 7th Jun with a female Pochard on 8th June. Six Crossbills flew over Millfields on 10th Jun and 2 Common Sandpipers, a Curlew and a 2nd summer Yellow Legged Gull present.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS 7 Ringed Plover on 5th Jun along with 4 Shoveler.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 15th Jun 12 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 4 Grey Herons, 16 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Buzzards, 5 Common Terns and a Raven.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS On 17th Jun 2 Little Egrets, 3 Teal, 3 Common Buzzards and a Shoveler.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE Up to 3 Oystercatchers, 6 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Common Terns, 2 Hobbies and a Peregrine are being seen on almost a daily basis. On 2nd Jun a Bar Headed Goose, a drake Teal and a Ringed over. An Arctic Tern flew north on 6th Jun and a Green Sandpipe and a 1st summer Common Gull noted. A Red Kite flew NE on 7th Jun with a pair of Teal on 8th Jun, a 2nd summer Caspian Gull on 10th Jun, 3 Egyptian Geese on 11th June and a Green Sandpiper and a Red Kite which flew East on 12th Jun.
  • BOTTOM MOOR A Crossbill on 16th Jun
  • KINDER RESERVOIR An Osprey on 3rd Jun.
  • SCREETHAM LANE A singing Quail on 9th Jun.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A Great White Egret flew through on 10th Jun.
  • RNG NECKED PARAKEET 1 in Allestree on 11th Jun with a party of 4 at Alvaston Lake on 15th Jun.
  • RED KITES Single birds noted at 15 localities between 2-16th Jun withb 4 birds together over Darley Dale on 13th Jun
News update 25 May - 12 June
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A report of a singing male Siberian Chiffchaff early morning On 1st June about 100 yards from the end of Pastures Lane. A Sanderling on 31st May and 3 Black Terns on 25/26th May. A report of a Great White Egret flying through on 27th May.
  • CARSINGTON WATER Yet another Turnstone on 1st June. On 26th May a Sanderling, 3 Turnstone, 3 Ringed Plover and a drake Red Crested Pochard. On 27th May 15 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel. Single Turnstone, Sanderling and Dunlin with just a single Ringed Plover on 28th May. On 31st May single Whimbrel and Yellow Legged Gull plus a Crossbill flew over.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR 3 drake Common Scoters on 31st May along with 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Curlews and a Dunlin. On 29th May a Greenshank which was still present on 31st May.. On 25/26th May 2 Curlews and a Ringed Plover and 2 sightings of Hobbies. On 27th May the Ringed Plover still present and a Red Kite flew through. On 28th May single Sanderling and Dunlin and 3 different Red Kites flew through in a Northerly direction from 9.45-1210. A Goshawk and a Hobby on 29th May with a drake Pochard on 30th May.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The 1st Summer Iceland Gull again present on 26th May and a pair of Pochard, 2 Common Sandpipers,, 13 Common Terns, a Cuckoo and a Hobby noted. The Iceland Gull again briefly on 27th May along with a drake Pochard and a Barnacle Goose. On 28th May a Sanderling, drake Pochard, a Barnacle Goose, a Ringed Plover and 2 Hobbies noted. Both the Barnacle Goose and the Ringed Plover still present on 29th May along with 26 Gadwall and 10 Common Terns. On 30th May 13 Arctic Terns flew North with a drake Teal and a Hobby on 31st May. On 1st June a female Stonechat was sen along with the drake Teal and a Ringed Plover.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS Still 3 Black Terns on 26th May along with a Ruff, 3 Redshanks and a Red Kite. There were 2 Ruff on 27th May with one still present on 28th May.
  • CARVER A cracking dark phase male Honey Buzzard soared round being mobbed by 2 Common Buzzards on 26th May before it flew off North.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS An Avocet on 27th May.
  • CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR A Hobby, a Kestrel and over 40 Swifts over the road running past the Reservoir on 29th May.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS 2 Shoveler and a Greenshank on 29th May.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 31st May 12 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Cormorants,4 Grey Herons, 21 Mute Swans, 5 Greylag Geese, 1 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Caspian Gull-1st summer, 4 Common Terns, 3 Cettis Warblers and 16 Reed Warblers
News update 22 May - 25 May
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS 12 Black Terns on The Windsurfing Pit early evening on 24th May.
  • CARSINGTON WATER 6 Black Terns early evening on 24th May with 3 during the morning on 25th May. Also 5 Common Terns and 10 Arctic Terns moved through, Still 4 Turnstones from 22-24th May with 3 still on 25th May. An Arctic Tern, a 2nd summer Common Gull and an imm. Yellow Legged Gull on 23rd May with 4 Arctic Terns on 24th May. On 25th May a drake Red Crested Pochard, the imm.Yellow Legged Gull and the 2nd summer Common Gull.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS 2 Black Terns on 25th May and a Sanderling which was joined briefly at about 10.45 a.m. by 6 more very jumpy birds. After a short time all 7 flew off East. On 23rd May a male Ruff with a near adult Yellow Legged Gull on 24th May.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The juv. Iceland Gull again seen briefly on 24th May. A Little Stint on 24/25th May with 2 Turnstone and 19 Arctic Terns flew North on 25th May. A Turtle Dove on 23rd May.
  • GREAT LONGSTONE A report of a White Stork on 22nd May.
  • WESTON UNDERWOOD A male Golden Oriole flew across the road leading to the Cement Factory late afternoon on 23rd May seen by Tony Wood. Of found acceptable by the Derbyshire Rare Birds Committee this will be the 25th County record.
  • ALFRETON A report of a Great White Egret on 24th May.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 24th May 11 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egrets, 7 Grey Herons, 10 Mute Swans, 2 Greylag Geese, 37 Gadwall, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Oystercatcher. 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwings and 11 Swifts.
  • PLEASLEY 15 Arctic Terns flew NE early morning on 23rd May.
  • RED KITES Single birds over Belper and Alfreton on 24th May
News update 12 May - 21 May
  • CARSINGTON WATER 2 Turnstone on Sailing Club Island on 20th May with 3 present on 21st May. An imm. Caspian Gull on 16th May. A Spotted Flycatcher on 15/19th May with 3 on 18th. A singing male Redstart on 15th May with 2 on 18th May.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A Woodlark was seen by Tim Sexey and Steve Mann flying NE over the dam wall on 16th May. Only the 2nd record of this site if found acceptable by the Derbyshire Rare Birds Committee. Also a Ringed Plover flew through on 16th May. A Red Kite on 12th May with an Osprey through on 15th May.
  • ELTON COMMON A Quail flushed on 19th May by the side of one of the footpaths.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A JUV. Iceland Gull on 17th May and again briefly early morning on 18th May. The latest ever record for the county.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Lower Higham on 14th May, Kinder Bank on 16th May, Middleton by Wirksworth on 17th May and West End on 18th May.
  • HOBBIES A definite influx recently with 8 at Aston-on-Trent Gravel Pits on 15th May with 4 still showing well on 17th May and still up to a max. of 7 on 17th May at Willington GP. Also 1 at Allestree on 15th May. The count of 8 equals the county record of birds together.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS 14 Little Egrets on 20th May.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS An Arctic Tern on 16th May with a 1st summer Herring Gull, 2 Teal and 7 Gadwall.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 17th May 15 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Cormorants, 5 Grey Herons, 4 Greylag Geese, 10 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 17 Tufted Duck, 4 Hobbies, 1 Common Tern and 2 Jays.
  • KINGS MILLS GRAVEL PITS On 20th May 1 Grey Heron, 4 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall and 1 Whitethroat.
  • NORTH WINGFIELD A Common Crane flew South on 15th May, the 7th record this year if all are acceptable
News update 8 May - 14 May
  • CARSINGTON WATER It appears that the adult Great Northern Diver has finally departed with no sign of the bird this morning-14th May. It was still present yesterday-13th May along with an Arctic Tern. A drake Common Scoter on 8/10th May with single Red Kites on 11/13th May. Two Ringed Plover and 2 Common Sandpipers on 8th May with an Arctic Tern, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin and 2 Whimbrel on 10th May. A Ringed Plover, a Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper’s and an imm. Yellow Legged Gull on 11th May with a Little Egret, a Common Tern, a Whimbrel and a Spotted Flycatcher on 12TH May.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A drake Red Crested Pochard first seen on 12th May still present on 13th May and 7 Hobbies were noted hawking insects from Platform 1 on the latter date. An Osprey flew through on 8th May, 2 drake Shoveler and a Hobby on 9th May with a Little Egret, a Shoveler and 8 Common Terns on 11th May.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A Little Stint early morning on 12th May before it flew off towards Attenborough NR.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR An Osprey flew NW on 8th May and single Red Kites on 8/9th May.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Wadshelf and Morley on 9th May and at Dale Abbey on 11th May.
  • WYVER LANE A Whimbrel on 10th May.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 12th May 2 Little Grebes, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 5 Grey Herons, 1 Shelduck, 12 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 23 Tufted Duck, 2 Hobbies, 6 Common Terns, 3 Cettis Warblers, 5 Reed Warblers, 11 Blackcaps, single Lesser Whitethroat and Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warblers and a Jay.
  • HIGHBRIDGE GRAVEL PITS On 13th May 7 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 1 Greylag Goose,5 Shelduck, 8 Gadwall, 17 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper and 3 Common Terns
News update 2 May - 7 May
  • WYVER LANE DWT RESERVE An Osprey over the main pool early morning on 7th May and an adult Little Gull on 2nd May.
  • MIDDLETON MOOR 3 Arctic Terns on 7th May
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 7th May along with 2 Shelduck. On 2nd May a total of c240 Arctic Terns moved through during the morning during a spell of inclement weather. Also noted were 10 Common Terns and 2 Little Gulls-the 1st summer bird remaining until the 4th May., 2 Dunlin, a Greenshank and a Yellow Wagtail. A total of 12 Swifts and 7 Little Ringed Plovers on 3rd May. On 4th May a Spotted Flycatcher, a Whinchat, a drake Common Scoter-still present on 6th May and an Arctic Tern. On 6th May a drake Red Crested Pochard.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR On 2nd May 42 Arctic Terns flew through during the morning along with a Whimbrel and 2 Yellow Wagtails.
  • HIGH BRIDGE GRAVEL PIT The adult Whooper Swan previously at Barrow GP here from 4-6th May with a Whimbrel on 5th May.
  • LOSCOE DAM 3 Arctic Terns and a Common Tern on 3rd May.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS An Arctic Tern, 14 Common Terns and a Dunlin on 2nd May. On 4th May a Shelduck, a Shoveler, a Hobby briefly perched up and a Common Sandpiper.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The Bittern again on 3rd May.
  • ABBEY HILL FLOODS An Osprey flew over mid-morning on 3rd May.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 6th May 11 Great Crested Grebes, 13 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Herons, 1 Shelduck, 8 Gadwall, 20 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Buzzards, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Common Terns, 1 Turtle Dove, 3 Cettis Warblers, 5 Reed Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Garden Warblers.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Walton on 5th May and over the M1 near Tibshelf on 7th May
News update 24 Apr - 1 May
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 20th Apr along with a 1st summer Little Gull, 3 Common Sandpipers and 5 Little Ringed Plovers. On 25th Apr. 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Common Terns and a Swift. On 26th Apr. 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Common Sandpipers and a Swift. On 28th Apr. a total of 30 Arctic Terns noted during the day along with an imm. Little Gull. Also a Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, 5 Swifts and 3 Yellow Wagtails. On 29th Apr. 4 Arctic Terns, the imm Little Gull, 4 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Goosander.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR On 23rd Apr. single Curlew and Whimbrel flew through and the first site records this year of Garden Warbler and Whitethroat. On 24th Apr. a Little Egret, 2 Oystercatchers and a Little Ringed Plover. On 25th Apr. 2 Whimbrel remained for most of the morning and 3 Goosander, a Red Kite and 3 Swifts noted. A different Red Kite flew through on 26th Apr. with 4 Oystercatchers, a Little Ringed Plover and 2 Curlew present. On 27th Apr 3 Common Terns, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Redshank and 2 Yellow Wagtails. Five Arctic Terns and a Common Sandpiper were the highlights on 28th Apr. with a Peregrine, a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Arctic Terns and a Yellow Wagtail on 29th Apr.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE 3 Shelduck on 23rd Apr .along with a Little Ringed Plover and 2 Wheatear. On 24th Apr the 1st Hobby, Cuckoo, Swift and Whitethroat were noted along with 2 Shelduck and 3 Whimbrel. On 25th Apr. 2 Common Sandpipers, a Common Tern and 2 Wheatears noted.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A 1st summer Mediterranean Gulls early afternoon on 1st May. 13 Black Tailed Godwits on 28th Apr. On 25th Apr 1 Little Egret, 4 Wigeon,2 Shoveler, 6 Oystercatchers, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpipers, 6 Common Tens and a Garden Warbler.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS 2 drake Common Scoters on 29th Apr.
  • ST CHADS WATER 2 Common Terns on 1st May.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI LAKES On 24th Apr a Common Tern and a Raven.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS On 24th Apr 7 Shoveler, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Ringed Plover, 6 Redshanks and a Whitethroat. On 1st May 2 Teal, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 8 Redshank.
  • ASTO-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 28th Apr. 12 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 6 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 49 Tufted Duck. 1 Swift, c30 Sand Martins, c20 Swallows, 3 House Martins, 3 Cettis Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler, 9 Blackcaps.
  • HIGH BRIDGE GRAVEL PIT On 29th Apr. 8 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 7 Shelduck, 2 WIgeon, 3 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Goosanders, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Tern, 4 Swifts, c 10 Sand Martins, c15 Swallows and 1 House Martin
News update 10 Apr - 23 Apr
  • COMMON CRANES After the 3 sightings on 14th Apr a further small party of 3 circled Carr Vale DWT Reserve on 19th Apr arriving from the North at 11.35 a.m. and slowly drifting off South and then SW at 11.52 a.m. watched by Mark Beevers and photographed by Doug Aston. Then a single bird flew North over Ogston Reservoir mid-morning on 21st Apr watched by among others Tim Sexey and finally a single bird was seen at 06.30 a.m. on 23rd flying SE over North Wingfield by Robin Elliott. These are the 23-25th County Records and 6 records in a 9 day spell is an amazing time for the county.
  • HOOPOE One was photographed in a garden at Old Glossop on 17th Apr and was elusive but present up to at least 19th Apr. in this area having probably been present since about 15th Apr. I would appreciate it if the finders could please get in touch with me about documenting this, the 41st county record.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A Common Sandpiper on 10th Apr, a Bittern on 13th Apr with an adult Kittiwake on 14th Apr. On 18th Apr. 2 Common Terns, a Shoveler, 2 Lesser Whitethroats and 3 Yellow Wagtails. On 19th Apr a female Ring Ouzel, only the 8th site record, a Red Kite flew West along with 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 3 Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler and 4 Lesser Whitethroats. On 20th Apr. 2 Whimbrel and a Curlew,
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 22nd Apr., a Red Kite flew low over Stones Island and single Arctic and Common Terns present. On 16th Apr a male Pied Flycatcher was present along with a Redstart, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, a Curlew and a Yellow Wagtail and a Bar Tailed Godwit was found which remained until the 19th Apr. On 17th Apr. 4 Arctic Terns, 2 Whimbrel, a Dunlin and a drake Common Scoter present with 2/3 Sandwich Terns through early morning on 19th Apr. Three more Sandwich Terns on 20th Apr. along with the drake Common Scoter, 4 Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew and 3 Common Sandpipers. The first Garden Warbler and Common Whitethroat on 21st Apr. along with 2 Swifts.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A Little Tern spent most of the day here on 18th Apr. and a brief Common Tern noted. A drake Red Crested Pochard on 19th Apr.
  • SINFIN MOOR 2 Whimbrel on 19th Apr with a Swift on 21st Apr and up to 3 Wheatears seen.
  • HIGHBRIDGE GRAVEL PITS 3 Whimbrel on 22nd Apr flew off South.
  • BARROW GRAVEL PITS A late Whooper Swan and a Whimbrel on 22nd Apr. Please note this site is private and should only be looked at from the Public Lake.
  • EREWASH MADPWS DWT RESERVE A Marsh Harrier on 21st Apr.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS An Arctic Tern and 6 Common Terns on 20th Apr with 2 Cuckoos on 22nd Apr.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS On 19th Apr, a Sandwich Tern and a Little Gull and on 20th Apr an Arctic Tern, 7 Common Terns , a brief Little Gull, 5 Little Egrets, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper.
  • ST.CHADS WATER 2 Egyptian Geese and 32 Tufted Duck on 17th Apr.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS On 17th Apr 1 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 1 Dunlin and 6 Redshank. ON 21ST Apr 5 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 6 Redshank and 3 Cettis Warblers. Please note that this site is private and access should not be attempted regardless of what may be put out on Facebook etc.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 22nd Apr 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 13 Mute Swans, 4 Greylag Geese, 1 Shelduck,3 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler, 62 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Common Buzzard, 7 Cettis Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 7 Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff
News update 9 Apr - 15 Apr
  • COMMON CRANE Two birds were seen by Andy Butler flying SE over Beeley Moor at 09.50 a.m. on 14th Apr and then later were seen at Butterley Top and by Melvyn Harvey flying South over Loscoe Dam. Still a very rare bird in the county these represent the 20/22nd record for Derbyshire.
  • LITTLE GULLS A considerable passage of Little Gulls across the Midlands on 15th Apr. In Derbyshire 13 were at WillIngton GP, 2 at Shipley Lake, 7 went through Carsington Water, 3 at Ogston Reservoir and 2 at Middleton Moor. It is most unfortunate that no access is now possible to Church Wilne Reservoir as I am certain that there would have been good numbers here. Other birds associated with this influx was a Kittiwake at Willington GP, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Arctic Terns and a Common Tern at Carsington Water and a Sandwich Tern briefly at Ogston Reservoir.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 16th Apr along with a Bar Tailed Godwit and a Pied Flycatcher. On 14th April 13 Common Scoter, a Red Kite, a Kittiwake, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 House Martins, 6 White Wagtails and 2 Yellow Wagtail. The drake Scaup was last seen on 13th Apr. A single drake COMMON Scoter from 13-15th Apr with a sub-adult Mediterranean Gull on 12th Apr.
  • WYVER LANE A Great White Egret from 13-15th Apr.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS 2 Common Scoter on 14th Apr. along with a Curlew , a Jack Snipe , a Common Tern, a Yellow Wagtail and a Whinchat.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A Little Gull and an Arctic Tern on 14th Apr along with a Sedge Warbler and a Wheatear. A Sandwich Tern on 9th Apr
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR 2 Common Scoters, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and an adult Kittiwake on 14th Apr.
  • EGGINTON A report of a Marsh Harrier on 14th Apr.
  • MIDDLETON MOOR 3 Ruff and a Fieldfare on 14th Apr with 10 Golden Plover on 15th Apr.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS A Shelduck and 4 Shoveler on 12th Apr.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT A drake Red Crested Pochard on 12/13th Apr.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 15th Apr 11 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Cormorants, 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 51 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Cettis WABLERS, 3 Blackcaps, 1 Wllow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff. 1 Jay and a Raven
News update 5 Apr - 9 Apr
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver and the drake Scaup are still present on 9th Apr along with 2 adult Kittiwakes and 2 White Wagtails. A summer plumage adult Black Necked Grebe showed well off Millfields on 5th Apr found by James Taylor. Two Blackcaps and 2 Willow Warblers on 6th Apr.An Avocet and a Ruddy Shelduck on 7th Apr. with a Common Sandpiper and 4 adult Kittiwakes on 8th Apr.
  • OGSTON RESRVOIR 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls soared round the reservoir for 20mins mid-morning on 5th Apr and a House Martin present along with 3 Willow Warblers and 2 Blackcaps.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls on 5th Apr were undoubtedly the same birds seen later at Ogston Reservoir and an adult Kittiwake, 4 Swallows, a Blackcap and 6 Wheatears also present. The 1st Willow Warbler on 6th Apr with a very early Reed Warble on 7th Apr. along with a Little Egret and a Little Ringed Plover.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A Common Tern on 6th Apr with a Redstart and a Green Sandpiper on 7th Apr.
  • WYVER LANE A Little Gull on 7th Apr.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS An adult Little Gull on 7th Apr. with a Grasshopper Warbler on 8th Apr.
  • FLASH DAM A Red Kite on 7th Apr.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 8th Apr 10 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons, 4 Greylag Geese, 2 Gadwall, 13 Teal, 83 Tufted Duck, 8 Goldeneye, 3 Common Buzzards, 1 Stick Dove, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Cettis Warblers, 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff
News update 28 Mar - 4 Apr
  • CARSINGTON WATER The long staying adult Great Northern Diver and the drake Scaup still present on 4th Apr. An Osprey flew North on 3rd Apr and it or another was again present late morning on 4th Apr. Also on 4th Apr. a Common Tern, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 10+ Sand Martins, 5+ Swallows and a House Martin. with a female Wheatear on the dam wall and a Willow Warbler singing on Stones Causeway. Still up to 7 Ruff, single Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Curlew noted along with up to 16 Goldeneye, a Shelduck and 5 Goosander. A male Wheatear on the dam wall on 3rd Apr. and an Avocet on 30th Mar found by Roger Carrington with 2 Kittiwakes on 31st Mar.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR An Osprey flew through with a fish on 2nd Apr.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR On 28th Mar 2 Iceland Gulls-a juv. plus a 3rd winter bird roosted. A drake Pintail and a Little Ringed Plover on 31st Mar. On 3rd Apr an Osprey flew through late morning, a Red Kite, a Goshawk, a drake Pintail, C25 Sand Martins, 3 Swallows and a Willow Warbler with 6 Bramblings flying over.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A juv.. Iceland Gull flew through on 4th Apr. with 2 Iceland Gulls-a juv. and a 3rd winter on 31st Mar.
  • MIDDLETON MOOR 2 Avocets found by Anne Johnson on 29th Mar. with a 2nd year Yellow Legged Gull on 1st Apr and a Ring Ousel flew over early morning. Sx Wheatear on 30th Mar.
  • DOVE HOLES/PEAK DALE The Lapland Bunting still present on 29th Mar.
  • BEE LOW QUARRY 2 Mediterranean Gulls and a Kittiwake on 31st Mar.
  • ABBEY HILL FLOODS A Black Tailed Godwit on 31st Mar/1st Apr.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A Black Necked Grebe n 28th Mar with 2 Jack Snipe, 4 Little Egrets and 8 Cettis Warblers on 30th Mar.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 1st Apr. 1 Little Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Cormorants, 10 Mute Swans, 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 113 Tufted Duck, 32 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 3 Common Buzzard and 3 Oystercatchers along with 3 singing Cettis Warblers.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI LAKE On 3rd Apr. 5 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 1 gadwall, 27 Tufted Duck, 9 Goldeneye and 72 Coot
  • WILNE LANE, CHURCH WILNE 2 Yellowhammers on 3rd Apr.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS On 3rd Apr 4 Little Grebes, 2 Greylag Geese, 21 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 17 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 19 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Black Tailed Godwit and 5 Redshank.
  • PLEASLEY COLLIERY 6 Bar Tailed Godwits on 31st Mar.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Great White Egret again present on 28th Mar along with a Little Egret, 1 Shelduck, 2 Swallows, 4 Sand Martins, 4 Cettis Warblers, and 6 Chiffchaffs.
  • RED KITES During the period 28th Mar-4th Apr single birds noted at 8 localities
News update 24 Mar - 26 Mar
  • PEAK DALE QUARRY A report that the Lapland Bunting was again present on 26th Mar.
  • CHELLASTON A report of 2 Cranes flying SW early evening on 26th Mar.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The Great Northern Diver and the drake Scaup still present on 27th Mar along with a Shelduck and a Ruff. On 26th Mar a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Merlin, 5 Ruff, 18 Barnacle Geese, an imm. Yellow Legged Gull and 8 Chiffchaffs.
  • CURBAR EDGE A male Ring Ouzel on 26th Mar. the first of the year.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE On 26th Mar a Little Ringed Plover and 40 Pink Footed Geese flew West.
  • DARLEY DALE Still 4 Hawfinches in the churchyard on 26th Mar.
  • LONG EATON GP A pair of Red Crested Pochards on 26th Mar. and 8 Whooper Swans on 24th Mar.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR The 2 Black Necked Grebes still present on 25th Mar along with 3 Common Scoters-2 drakes.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR A juv. Glaucous Gull and a juv. Iceland Gull roosted on 24th Mar.
  • HIGH BRIDGE GP The Great White Egret flew over on 24th Mar.
  • DRONFIELD 40 Whooper Swans flew through on 25th Mar.
  • RED KITES Single birds on 25th Mar at Bakewell, Heanor and Shirland.
  • WYVER LANE DWT RESERVE A pair of Mediterranean Gulls on 25th Mar with 2 Shelduck and a Pink Footed Goose on 26th Mar.
  • BOSSCROFT, HADFIELD From 2220-2310 hrs on 21st Mar Alex Lees and Nargilla Moura heard a large nocturnal movement of birds over this locality comprising of constant moving Common Scoter flocks, Curlew, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Redwing and Fieldfare all sound recorded. An exceptional movement especially of Common Scoter over the NW of the county in murky conditions
News update 24 Mar
  • PEAK DALE QUARRY Ray Scally found a Lapland Bunting “down” here on 24th Mar. First county record since 2014.
  • CARSINGTON WATER Both the Great Northern Diver and the drake Scaup still present on 24th Mar.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR The 2 Black Necked Grebes still present on 24th Mar along with a drake Common Scoter.
  • RUSHY LANE, SANDIACRE No sign of the reported Great Grey Shrike in a 2 hour watch this morning
News update 16 Mar - 23 Mar
  • SANDIACRE A Great Grey Shrike in fields at the Stanton-by-Dale end of Rushy Lane on 23rd March. Probably the same bird that was reported near Stanton Iron Works recently on 10th Mar.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver and the drake Scaup still present on 23rd Mar. A Bar Tailed Godwit on 16th Mar. with a Whooper Swan on 19/20th Mar. Still up to 5 Ruff, 14 Oystercatchers, 6 Redshank and 8 Curlew here.
  • WILLINGTON GP The Great White Egret still here on 23rd Mar. A flock of 16 Black Tailed Godwits on 19th Mar which were later seen flying over Newton Solney. A 2nd winter Caspian Gull on 22nd Mar. with a Little Ringed Plover on 19th Mar along with 12 Curlew. The Marsh Tit still by Platform 1 on 21st Mar and showing well.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVE PITS Still 6 Smew on 16th Mar with 4-2drakes-on 22nd Mar and 4-1 drake-on 23rd Mar. Also on 22nd Mar 8 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 77 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 16 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 118 Tufted Duck, 18 Goldeneye, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Cettis Warblers and a Jay.
  • ST.CHADS WATER On 20th Mar 1 Pochard and 11 Tufted Duck.
  • R.DERWENT, GREAT WILNE An Egyptian Goose and 19 Greylag Geese on 20th Mar.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATYER SKI PIT On 20th Mar 3 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Gadwall, 29 Tufted Duck, 6 Goldeneye and 89 Coot.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS On 20th Mar 3 Little Grebes, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Shoveler, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe, 2 Common Gulls and 4 Stock Doves.
  • MATLOCK A herd of 31 Whooper Swans flew through on 19th Mar.
  • MAPPERLEY A herd of 28 Whooper Swans flew through on 19th Mar.
  • SHIPLEY 3 Jack Snipe and 62 Common Snipe on 20th Mar.
  • EDNASTON A Red Kite on 19th Mar.
  • DARLEY DALE Still 13 Hawfinch in St. Helens Churchyard on 20th Mar.
  • ALLESTREE PARK Still 2 Hawfinch on 21st Mar.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR Still at least 1 Black Necked Grebe on 20th Mar.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A total of 35 Whooper Swans flew through on 19th Mar. Up to 5 Oystercatchers and 9 Curlews present with a Rock Pipit on 17th Mar.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE 2 adult Kittiwakes on 23rd Mar. A herd of 14 Whooper Swans flew North on 17th Mar and a total of 62 flew NNW on 19th Mar. A female Pintail on 17/18/20th Mar with a Redshank and 11 Golden Plover on 17th Mar. A Ringed Plover on 18th Mar. with a 1st winter Caspian Gull on 19th Mar
News update 5 Mar - 11 Mar
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR The 2 Black Necked Grebes were still present on 11th Mar. but distant, on the far side of the reservoir underneath the offices-sailing was taking place. They can be elusive as they could not be found on 8th Mar on a good look at most areas. Also on 11th Mar 4 Caspian Gulls moved through-an adult, a 2nd winter and 2 1st winters-with 6 Herring Gulls. On 8th Mar. 36 Great Crested Grebes, 41 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 23 Greylag Geese, 45 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Oystercatchers, 7 Common Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls, a 1st year Yellow Legged Gull and 2 Great Black Backed Gulls. Also 5 Yellowhammers on the dam car park feeders. A Ring Necked Parakeet was heard calling over Spring Wood on 11th Mar.
  • STANTON IRON WORKS A report of a Great Grey Shrike here on 10th Mar but no sign on 11th Mar.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR The adult Glaucous Gull again roosted on 10th Mar along with 4 Caspian Gulls.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A 2nd winter Iceland Gull flew through mid-morning on 11th Mar, and a Hawfinch was stull in Brackensfield Churchyard. On 10th Mar a Black Tailed Godwit and 6 Mealy Redpolls present.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present along with the drake Scaup on 11th Mar. and a Rock Pipit flew over Stones Island early morning. Still up to 5 Ruff and 8 Redshank here.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Great White Egret still present on 11th Mar. A Merlin briefly on 7th Mar along with 14 Shoveler and 8 Curlew.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 5th Mar 6 Smew and a Great White Egret. The 6 Smew-2 drakes-still present on 9th Mar and a Hawfinch was flushed and flew off SE-anew bird for the site. Also on 9th Mar 4 Little Grebes, 23 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons, 13 Mute Swans, 25 Wigeon, 20 Gadwall, 16 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 133 Tufted Duck, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Common Gulls, a Kingfisher, 2 Long Tailed Tits and a Jay.
  • ST.CHADS WATER On 6th Mar 4 Shoveler, 7 Pochard14 Tufted Ducks.
  • AMBASRON GRAVEL PITS On 6th Mar 3 Little Grebes, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Smew-“redhead” again present and a 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT On 6th Mar 3 Little Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 52 Tufted Duck, 9 Goldeneye, 120 Coot and 2 Common Gulls.
  • DARLEY DALE Still 10 Hawfinches in the churchyard on 12th Mar.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS 8 Whooper Swans on 8th Mar with a Short Eared Owl again on 6th Mar.
  • ELVASTON CASTLE COUNTRY PARK A report of 6+ Hawfinches by the Moorish Temple on 10th Mar but no sign on 11th Mar
News update 27 Feb - 5 Mar
  • CARSINGTON WATER A large herd of 59 Whooper Swans were here on Mar 3rd and remained until Mar 5th when they flew out mid-morning. Also on Mar 3rd a drake Scaup and 4 Pintail with an adult Little Gull briefly on Mar 5th. The Great Northern Diver still present on Mar. 3rd along with 6 Curlew, a Dunlin, a Ruff and 2 Yellow Legged Gulls.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR A Black Necked Grebe by the dam late afternoon on Mar 4th with an adult Caspian Gull on Mar 2nd.
  • ST HELENS CHURCHYEAD, DARLEY DALE An incredible flock of 51 Hawfinches counted, probably a county record flock, here on Mar 2nd . Also 2 flew over a garden near here on Mar. 4th.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS Still 2 Great White Egrets here on Mar 4th along with 1 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck and 15 Curlew. A Barn Owl on Mar 3rd along with 19 Curlew. On Feb. 28th a Dunlin, 23 Curlew and the regular Marsh Tit.
  • HAWFINCHES Still 1 in Allestree Park on Mar. 4th with 5 at Shipley CP on Mar. 3rd.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A herd of 11 Whooper Swans flew through on Mar 1st with 8 there on Mar 4th. Also on Mar. 1st a Jack Snipe, a Ringed Plover, 2 Red Crested Pochards. and 2 Mealy Redpolls.
  • ST. CHADS WATER On Feb. 27th 7 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck and an adult Common Gull.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT On Feb 27th 3 Little Grebes, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 14 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 58 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye, 114 Coot and an ad. Common Gull
News update 20 Feb - 26 Feb
  • HOWDEN RESERVOIR Still 12 Parrot Crossbills this morning-26th Feb- at about 10.00 a.m., in Ronsley South Plantation at the usual small pool
  • NEWTON SOLNEY The 2 Cattle Egrets still present in the Sheep Field viewed from the B5008 Repton-Burton road. Apparently they are roosting close to the R.Trent/Dove confluence with up to 15 Little Egrets just over the border in Staffs.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Great White Egret still present briefly on 21st Feb along with the adult Mediterranean Gull. Also on 21st Feb 1 Shelduck, 24Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 1 Oystercatcher, 15 Curlew, a 1st year Yellow Legged Gull, a male Stonechat and the Marsh Tit still visiting the feeders by Platform 1.
  • WILLINGTON CANAL PIT On 25th Feb a near adult Caspian Gull, 1 Shelduck and 9 Goldeneye.
  • HIGHBRIDGE GRAVEL PITS On 25th Feb 3 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Little Egrets, 1 Shelduck, 198 Wigeon, 11 Gadwall, 94 Teal, 11 Goosander, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Greenshank, 2 Redshank and 2 Kestrel.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 22nd Feb 11 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 17 Mute Swans, 71 Wigeon, 46 Gadwall, 14 Teal, 13 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 167 Tufted Duck, 24 Goldeneye, 3 Smew-1 drake and 2 “redheads”, 1 Goosander-“redhead”,7 Common Gulls, c20 Goldfinch and c10 Lesser Redpolls.
  • ST.CHADS WATER On 20th Feb 1 Cormorant, 4 Pochard, 26 Tufted Duck and a Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT On 20th Feb 10 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 5 Wigeon, 7 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 61 Tufted Duck,7 Goldeneye, 145 Coot and a Common Gull.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A Short Eared Owl on 20th Feb with a female Merlin on 24th Feb. Also present were 1 Egyptian Goose, up to 2 Little Egrets, up to 270 Wigeon, 84 Pochard, 2 Red Crested Pochard and 2 Oystercatchers.
  • ST.HELENS CHURCHYARD, DARLEY DALE Still at least 5 Hawfinches here on 25th Feb.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The presumed escaped 1st winter drake Hooded Merganser still present on 22nd Feb along with the female Long Tailed Duck. A Red Kite on 20th Feb.
  • WHOOPER SWANS 3 at Locko Park Lake on 22nd Feb were most unusual at this locality. A herd of 25 flew North over Carr Vale DWT Reserve on 22nd Feb with a Herd of 11 at Waterswallows Quarry on 23rd Feb
  • SPRING WOOD A Red Kite on 23rd Feb.
  • SNFIN MOOR WETLANDS A Ringed Plover on 24th Feb.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 25th Feb along with up to 3 Redshank and 2 Ruff. Still 5 Ruff and a Jack Snipe present on 24th Feb.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR On 21st Feb 4 Goosander, 1 Curlew, a Crossbill and 2+Mealy Redpolls. A Ringed Plover on 22nd Feb and up to 2 Shelduck and 3 Oystercatchers throughout the period
News update 16 Feb - 19 Feb
  • NEWTON SOLNEY Still 1 Cattle Egret in the usual sheep field by the B5008 Repton-Burton road on 19th Feb. Both birds still present on 17th Feb.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Great White Egret still present on 19th Feb. The summer plumage adult Mediterranean Gull also still present on 18th Feb along with 1 Shelduck, 17 Pochard and 8 Goldeneye. On 15th Feb 10 Great Crested Grebes, 19 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets and the Great White Egret, 4 Grey Herons, 3 Shelduck, 38 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Common Buzzards, 4 Oystercatchers, c300 Lapwing, 3 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Med. Gull, 11 Common Gulls, 3 Caspian Gulls-2 ads and a 2nd winter, 3 Herring Guylls-1ad and 2 x 1st winters, 3 Great Black Backed Gulls, 2 Stock Doves, 1 Skylark, 1 Stonechat. 1 Marsh Tit and c250 Starlings.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PIT On 17th Feb 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Teal, 17 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Smew-“redhead”-back again, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Snipe and 2 Caspian Gulls-ad- which flew off West.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 16th Feb 2 Little Grebes, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 26 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 17 Mute Swans, 3 Shelduck, 64 Wigeon, 57 Gadwall, 38 Teal, 20 Shoveler, 4 Goldeneye, 7 Smew-3 drakes, 2 Goosander, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Gull , 4 Skylarks and 5 Goldfinch.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The long staying Great Northern Diver still present on 19th Feb along with 3 Ruff, 7 Oystercatchers and 2 Brambling on the feeders. Up to 5 Ruff and 7 Redshank here within the last week and 2 Jack Snipe and a Curlew on 16th Feb.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A Knot briefly on 14th Feb arrived during a snow flurry and land on the ice briefly before departing. Up to 2 Goldeneye, 9 Goosander, 4 Oystercatchers recently with 2 Red Kites and a Goshawk on 16th Feb and 18 Golden Plover flew South on 18th Feb.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The first winter drake Hooded Merganser back here on 18th Feb after an absence of 14 days or so.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS A Ruddy Shelduck on 17th Feb.
  • ST.HELENS CHURCHYARD, DARLEY DALE Still 26 Hawfinch on 18th Feb.
  • ALLESTREE PARK Still 2/3 Hawfinches around the hall in the Yew Trees on 16th Feb
News update 5 Feb - 12 Feb
  • NEWTON SOLNEY The 2 Cattle Egrets still their favourite Sheepfield on 11th Feb. viewed from the B5008, the Repton-Burton road.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The long staying female Long Tailed Duck still present on 11th Feb after going over the water to Branston GP during the last few days.
  • WILLINGTON GP The Great White Egret still present on 12th Feb. On 7th Feb 2 Goldeneye, 3 Oystercatchers, 2 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull-ad.sp., 2 Caspian Gulls-a 2nd winter and a 1st winter and a 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull. The 2nd winter Caspian Gull and a Yellow Legged Gull on 8th Feb, 8 Curlew and a Red Breasted Merganser. On 10th Feb. an adult Glaucous Gull was present.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 11th Feb along with an adult Kittiwake and 5 Ruff.
  • ST.HELENS CHURCHYARD, DARLEY DALE Still 14 Hawfinches on 11th Feb.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 8th Feb 2 Little Grebes, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 22 Cormorants, 2 Grey Herons, 19 Mute Swans, 1 Greylag Goose, 144 Wigeon, 57 Gadwall, 68 Teal, 11 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 194 Tufted Duck, 21 Goldeneye, 3 Smew-1 drake, c50 Lapwing, 1 Common Gull, 1 Great Black Backed Gull, 1 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest. On 9th Feb the 3 Smew still present and also 2 Shelduck.
  • ST.CHADS WATER On 6th Feb 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Wigeon, 3 Pochard, 22 Tufted Duck and 5 Long Tailed Tits.
  • HORSE PADDOCKS, WILNE LANE, CHURCH WILNE On 6th Feb 1 Little Egret.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PITS On 6th Feb 2 Little Grebes, 14 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 64 Tufted Duck, 8 Goldeneye and 188 Coot..
  • ABBEY HILL FLOODS On 6th Feb 73 Teal, 3 Shoveler and c65 Lapwings
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR On 10th Feb a juv. Glaucous Gull roosted along with 4 Caspian Gulls-3 adults and a 1st winter.
  • DERWENTDALE, HOWDEN RESERVOIR The last reported sighting of the Parrot Crossbill flock from Ronksley South Plantation was 9 on 5th Feb although bad weather may have kept people away from this area over the last week.
  • SHIPLEY A Jack Snipe on 7th Feb.
  • ASHBOURNE AIRFIELD 2 Jack Snipe on 11th Feb.
  • ALLESTREE PARK Still 2 Ring Necked Parakeets on 11th Feb.
News update 30 Jan - 4 Feb
  • NEWTON SOLNEY The 2 Cattle Egrets were still present on 4th Feb, and spend a lot of their time in the sheep field which can be viewed from a small layby on the B5008 Repton-Burton road just before Newton Solney. Also here have been up to 2 Great White Egrets with a flock of c175 Fieldfares in a stubble field just south of the road on (4th). In addition 2 Shelduck and 2 Oystercatchers have been around the area.
  • HOWDEN RESERVOIR The small flock of up to 12 Parrot Crossbills still in Ronsley South Plantation on 3rd Feb with 4 on 4th Feb. Also here a flock of 20+ Common Crossbills.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS Still up to 2 Great White Egrets here on 4th Feb with 2 Bitterns on 3rd Feb and 1 on 4th Feb. Also a report of 20+ Whooper Swans here on 4tth Feb. On 31st Jan 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Pintail-a female, 2 Oystercatchers and a Curlew. There have been 2 Curlew here within the last week. The wintering Greenshank on 1st Feb along with 5 Redshank and the Marsh Tit still visiting feeders on 3rd Feb.
  • HIGHBRIDGE GRAVEL PITS ON 4th Feb 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 190 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 1 Pochard, 24 Tufted Duck, 1 Goosander, 1 Greenshank, c475 Black Headed Gulls, 2 Common Gulls, 37 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 1 Herring Gull and an adult Caspian Gull.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The long staying female Long Tailed Duck and the 1st winter drake Hooded Merganser still present on 4th Feb.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 1st Feb 2 Little Grebes, 14 Great Crested Grebes, 24 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons, 24 Mute Swans, 1 Shelduck, 104 Wigeon, 51 Gadwall, 105 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 168 Tufted Duck, 21 Goldeneye, 1 Smew-“redhead”, 3 Goosander, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Jay and a Bullfinch.
  • STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR On 2nd Feb 16 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Cormorants, 2 Grey Herons, 107 Greylag Geese, 2 Wigeon,31 Tufted Duck, 1 Kestrel, 4 Oystercatchers, 57 Lapwing,3 Common Gulls, 1 Tree Creeper, 1 Raven,1 Mealy Redpoll with a small, but very mobile flock of c20 Lesser Redpolls.
  • ST.CHADS WATER On 30th Jan 17 Wigeon, 2 Pochard and 29 Tufted Duck.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PITS On 30th Jan 4 Little Grebes, 14 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 18 Gadwall, 9 Pochard, 125 Tufted Duck, 12 Goldeneye, 11 Moorhen 182 Coot and an Oystercatcher.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PIT On 30th Jan 2 Little Grebes, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Wigeon,5 Tufted Duck and 1 Goldeneye.
  • SWARKESTONE BRIDGE 2 Egyptian Geese on 2nd Feb.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR An adult Glaucous Gull roosted on 2nd Feb.
  • DARLEY DALE Still 16 Hawfinches in St. Helens Churchyard on 2nd Feb in the Yews.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The long staying adult Great Northern Diver still present on 4th Feb. Still up to 3 Oystercatchers, 5 Ruff, 3 Redshank and single Curlew and Dunlin here. A skein of c60 Pink Footed Geese flew West on 5th Feb with 2 Shelduck on 30th Jan.
  • ALLESTREE PARK Still 2 Ring Necked Parakeets here on 2nd Feb along with 3 Hawfinches.
  • RED KITES Single birds at Hulland on 29th Feb, Bamford on 31st Jan with 2 at Ashbourne on 2nd Feb.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR A summer plumage adult Mediterranean Gull roosted on 30th Jan
News update 23 Jan - 29 Jan
  • R TRENT/DOVE CONFLUENCE Still 1 Cattle Egret here mid-afternoon on 28th Jan and for those lucky enough to go early afternoon the Great White Egret flew in to make the unique sight of all 3 “Common” White Egrets in one place-the first time this has happened in the county. At least 1 Cattle Egret still present tioday-29th Jan. Also 3 Oystercatchers on 28th Jan.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS 2 Woodlarks were watched flying over the Cattle Field from Platform 1 this morning-29th Jan by Richard James. Also present 1 Greenshank and 6 Redshank. The Great White Egret continues to be seen here , present on at least 23/27/238th Jan. The long staying but elusive Bittern again seen on 27th Jan from Platform 2. A Mediterranean Gull on 28th Jan. along with a Curlew, 2 Ravens, 3 Cettis Warblers , 3 Water Rails and 7 Grey Herons.
  • DERWENTDALE Still 12 Parrot Crossbills at Howden Reservoir in Ronsley South Plantation on 27th Jan.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS The “redhead” Smew again present here on 23/25th Jan but no sign on 27th Jan when 3 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall and a Pochard were the only wildfowl of note.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 25th Jan 1 Little Grebe, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 15 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons, 16 Mute Swans, 1 Shelduck, 32 Wgeon, 99 Gadwall, 92 Teal. 1 Pintail-female, 5 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 196 Tufted Duck, 36 Goldeneye, 4 Smew-2 drakes and 1 Goosander. On 27th Jan 3 Smew-2 drakes still present along with 23 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander and 2 Cettis Warblers.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 28th Jan. On 25th Jan 2 Red Breasted Mergansers were present with 2 Oystercatchers on 26th Jan and 12 Whooper Swans on 27th Jan, still 2 Ruff on 29th Jan.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR On 26th Jan 4 Little Grebes, 17 Great Crested Grebes, 11 Cormorants, 84 Tufted Duck, 6 Goosanders. The Gull roost held c15000 Black Headed Gulls, c500 Common Gulls, c3500 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, c1240 Herring Gulls, 7 Caspian Gulls-6 adults and a 3d winter, 2 adult Yellow Legged Gulls and c500 Great Black Backed Gulls.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT On 23rd Jan 5 Little Grebes, 13 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 6 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 9 Pochard, 64 Tufted Duck, 14 Goldeneye and 156 Coot.
  • WILNE LANE HORSE PADDOCKS, CHURCH WILNE A 3rd winter Caspian Gull flew SW on 23rd Jan.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESEVE The long staying female Long Tailed Duck still present on 23rd Jan but the presumed escaped 1st winter drake Hooded Merganser appears to have departed.
  • HAWFINCH Up to 20 still at Allestree Park In yews etc by the Hall and small numbers still at St. Helens Churchyard in Darley Dale.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS A Mediterranean Gull on 27/28th Jan along with a Yellow Legged Gull.
  • SHELDON A Red Kite on 27th Jan
News update 28 Jan
  • CATTLE EGRETS One was found close to the Trent/Dove Confluence with Little Egrets mid-morning on 28th Jan by Matt Reed. It was still present with up to 8 Little Egrets just after midday when they were all flushed by a Common Buzzard and the Cattle Egret flew East to land on a hillside with Sheep about a mile or so East. Whilst I was watching that one, 2 unknown-to me-birders had a second bird fly over us and land in a dead tree on the Derbyshire side of the R.Dove with 8 Little Egrets where it showed well and was still present in a field when I left about 1.00.p.m.. the 2nd bird had disappeared presumably flushed from the Sheepfield by a Common Buzzard which was perched on the hedge. These are the 10th and 11th County records and the 2nd occurrence of 2 together after the 2 at Drakelow DWT Reserve last November
News update 28 Jan
  • DERWENTDALE Still at least 2 Parrot Crossbills at Howden Reservoir in Ronsley South Plantation on 20th Jan.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The long staying female Long Tailed Duck and the imm ,drake presumed escaped Hooded Merganser still present on 20th Jan.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 19th Jan. The lone remaining Hawfinch was still at Millfields on 19th Jan along with 5 Ruff and 5 Redshank.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Great White Egret was again present on 19th Jan along with 2 Shelduck. The Marsh Tit is still present on feeders near the hide on 20th Jan with a Willow Tit on feeders near Platform 1. An early returning Oystercatcher on 16th Jan. The long staying Bittern remains elusive having only been seen briefly twice this year. Up to 17 Ravens have been seen here recently with what looks like a small roost in a wood just over the Railway line.
  • AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS A redhead Smew reported on 18th Jan but no sign next day when there was a single female Goldeneye and a redhead Goosander briefly before it flew off SW, both good birds for this small pool.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR A juv. Glaucous Gull again roosted on 19th Jan along with 8 Caspian Gulls-7 adults and a 1st winter and 3 Yellow Legged Gulls-2adults and a 1st winter. Up to c4000 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, c1000 Herring Gulls, c300 Great Black Backed Gulls, c12500 BLACK Headed Gulls and c500 Common Gulls in the roost. Also here were 1 Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Cormorants and 231 Tufted Duck.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 18th Jan 6 Little Grebes, 18 Great Crested Grebes, 34 Cormorants, 4 Grey Herons, 24 Mute Swans, 1 Shelduck, 111 Wigeon, 74 Gadwall, 30 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 130 Tufted Duck, 35 Goldeneye, 4 Smew-2 pair, 3 Goosander, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Common Gull-ad and 1 adult Caspian Gull. Still 3 Smew-2 drakes on 19th Jan.
  • HAWFINCHES Still a small flock at St. Helens Churchyard, Darley Dale and up to 3 are in Shipley CP. Also 1 again at Staunton Harold Reservoir on 20th Jan.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT On 16th Jan 4 Little Grebes, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 4 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 66 Tufted Duck,, 7 Goldeneye, 8 Moorhen, 145 Coot and an adult Common Gull.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS On 20th Jan 11 Red Crested Pochard, 104 Pochard, 264 Tufted Duck, 9 Goldeneye, 12 Goosander, 2 Little Egrets and a Jack Snipe.
  • R.TRENT, NEWTON SOLNEY On 19th Jan 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Redshank, 4 Goosander and 3 Little Egrets.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A brief rundown of the highlights here since 12th Jan when c95 Pink Footed Geese flew West, 108 Wigeon, 42 Teal, the Marsh Tit, the Cettis Warbler, a Barn Owl and 2 Chiffchaffs present. On 13th Jan 5 Shovelers and 3 Goosanders present. There were 6 Shelduck on 14th Jan along with 34 Gadwall, 3 Goosander and the Marsh Tit. On 15th Jan1 140 Wigeon, 2 Peregrines, 1 Cettis Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff
News update 6 Jan 18 - 15 Jan
  • DERWENTDALE Still up to 12 + Parrot Crossbills present at Howden Reservoir at Ronklsey South Plantation on 14th Jan. There is also a small flock of Common Crossbills at the same locality just to catch the unwary out.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The imm. drake Hooded Merganser still present on 14th Jan. Closer views on 6th Jan enabled birders to see that, unfortunately, the bird is ringed and therefore most likely to be of an escaped origin. However Tony Garton is endeavouring to obtain details on ringed numbers in the USA. It appears to be still feeding well on fish and, so far, it has not succumbed to feeding on bread!!!! The female Long Tailed Duck was still present on 13th Jan.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The long staying Great White Egret again present early morning on 15th Jan. Cream Crown Marsh Harriers have been seen here on 8/13th Jan apparently different birds. Probably one of the first records of this species in Derbyshire in January. A Marsh Tit was found here on 13th Jan on feeders near the hide and was still present on 14th Jan, apparently a new bird for the Reserve. Also on 13th Jan were a Black Tailed Godwits as well as 2 Greenshanks with the Godwit still present on 14th Jan along with a Dunlin and a report of possibly 2 Ring Necked Parakeets.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 14th Jan along with a drake Pintail, 3 Ruff and 2 Redshank. A small flock of Gulls loafing at Sheepwash included an adult Common Gull, a 1st winter Great Black Backed Gull and an adult “intermedius” Lesser Black Backed Gull.
  • ST.HELENS CHURCHYARD, DARLEY DALE Still up to 30 Hawfinches here on 14th Jan.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRVEL PITS On 12th Jan 11 Great Crested Grebes, 23 Cormorants, 2 Grey Herons, 27 Mute Swans, 135 Wigeon, 64 Wigeon, 34 Teal, 11 Shoveler, 9 Pochard, 175 Tufted Duck, 2 redhead Smew, 1 Goosander, 1 Common Buzzard.
  • ALLESTREE PARK Still up to 3 Hawfinches in Yews in front of the house and 2 Ring Necked Parakeets here as well
  • SPRING WOOD A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker on 14th Jan
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR On 9th Jan 23 Great Crested Grebes, 15 Cormorants, 284 Tufted Duck, 1 Goosander. In a large Gull roost a juv. Glaucous Gull at 4.15 p.m. and 10 Caspian Gulls-8 ads and 2 1st winters.
  • POOLS BROOK COUNTY PARK A 2nd winter Iceland Gull on 8/9th Jan.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR A 2nd winter Iceland Gull roosted on 9/10th Jan with an adult Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid and 4 Caspian Gull adults roosting on 9th Jan
  • HIGHBRIDGE GRAVEL PIT The Great White Egret and a Greenshank on 14th Jan
News update 1 Jan 18 - 5 Jan 18
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE On 1st Jan Richard James and Pete Hutchinson found a female/imm Hooded Merganser here. After examining photos of the bird, which spends a lot of time on its own and is full winged and showed well yesterday it is now thought that it may well be a 1st year male as the bill is all dark and does not show any trace of yellow. Also on Wednesday it did spend a few minutes with 4 Goldeneye and continually chivvied the 2 females. Obviously the presumed escape label has to be applied to the bird but we can always hope. Also still here and showing well is the female Long Tailed Duck. This reserve is only open to permit holders or DWT Members.
  • DERWENTDALE Still at least 2 Parrot Crossbills at Howden Reservoir at Ronksley South Plantation on 5th Jan.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Norther Diver still present on 5th Jan. Still up to 5 Ruff, 6 Redshank and a Dunlin herte with 4 Javck Snipe and 16 Common Snipe on 4th Jan. Single Pintail and Shoveler up to 4th Jan with a female Stonechat on 3/4th Jan.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Great White Egret again present on 3rd Jan with a Greenshank and 7 Redshank on 4th Jan. A pair of Pintail on 1st Jan with 3 on 3/4th Jan.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT On 4th Jan 6 Little Grebes, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Red Crested Pochard-drake, 8 Pochard, 73 Tufted Duck, 13 Goldeneye, 152 Coot and an ad. Herring Gull.
  • HAWFINCHES Still up to 20+ at St Helens Churchyard at Darley Dale on 5th Jan with a single bird in the Car Park at Staunton Harold Res on 5th Jan and still 1at Allestree Park on 4th Jan
News update 25 Dec - 28 Dec
  • DERWENTDALE Still up to 12 Parrot Crossbills at Ronksley South Plantation on 28th Dec. A flock of 12 are now being seen in larches between Kings Tree and Slippery Stones as well , presumably the same flock moving around. Access instructions to Ronksley South Plantation as before.
  • HAWFINCHES Up to 21-on 28th Dec- at St. Helens Churchyard at Darley Abbey with 1 at Allestree Park on 27th Dec and probably up to 10 in yews around the house and also by the lake on 28th Dec. A party of 6 were in Big Wood at Quarndon on 27th Dec with a single bird in a garden at Quarndon on 28th Dec.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The Great Northern Diver still present on 28th Dec.
  • SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS A Yellow Legged Gull on 26th Dec with a Mediterranean Gull on 27th Dec.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Great White Egret again on 25th Dec with a Greenshank on 26th Dec.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 28th Dec 1 Little Grebe, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 44 Cormorants, 4 Grey Herons, 13 Mute Swans, 1 Shelduck,108 Wigeon, 67 Gadwall, 15 Teal, 1 female Pintail, 15 Shoveler, 17 Pochard, 160 Tufted Duck, 23 Goldeneye, 3 Smew-1 drake, 8 Goosander, 2 Common Gulls, 1 Herring Gull, 8 Blackbirds, 1 Cettis Warbler and 3 Goldfinch.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT On 26th Dec 8 Little Grebes, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 12 Pochard, 85 Tufted Duck, 10 Goldeneye,175 Coot and 2 Common Gulls.
  • ST. CHADS WATER On 26th Dec just 22 Tufted Duck.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR On 27th Dec 4 Little Grebes, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Cormorants, 16 Teal, 224 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye and 1 Common Buzzard. The Gull roost was very small as birds may have moved elsewhere with the Albert Village Tip not in use over the Holiday period
  • Can I just remind birders who want to see Smew locally that Aston-on-Trent GP is completely private with no access apart from permit holders and access should not be attempted.
News update 21 Dec - 24 Dec
  • DERWENTDALE The small flock of Parrot Crossbills still present at Ronsley South Plantation on 23rd Dec when at least 8 were seen. Also present were up to c20 Common Crossbills. Access as before.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 24th Dec along with a Jack snipe and a Hawfinch.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The Long Tailed Duck again present on 24th Dec.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS On 24th Dec 5 Little Grebes, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 22 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 8 Grey Herons, 19 Grey Lag Geese, 37 Canada Geese, 2 Gadwall, 43 Teal, 18 Shoveler, 13 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, c495 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 10 Common Gulls-9ads and a 1st winter, 6 Herring Gulls-3ads one of which was a Northern race bird, 1 x 3rd winter, 1 x 2nd winter, 1 x 1st winter, 2 Caspian Gulls-1 ad and a 1st winter, 2 Great Black Backed Gulls-1 ad and a 1st winter, 11 Stock Doves, 1 Long Tailed Tit, 2 Willow Tits on the feeders by Platform 1, 2 Jay, 4 Raven and 2 Bullfinches.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 21st Dec 1 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 35 Cormorant, 6 Grey Herons, 292 Greylag Geese, 60 Canada Geese, 76 Wigeon, 41 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 11 Pochard, 152 Tufted Duck, 14 Goldeneye, 4 Smew-2 drakes and 2 “redheads”, 3 Goosander-all “redheads”, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzards, 6 ad. Common Gulls, 1 ad. Great Black Backed Gull, 11 Blackbirds, 1 Cettis Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and 4 Long Tailed Tits. Just a reminder that this site is completely private with permit access only.
  • HAWFINCHES Still up to 20 birds in St Helens Churchyard, Darley Dale
News update 14 Dec - 20 Dec
  • DERWENTDALE The small flock of 12 Parrot Crossbills still present late morning on 20th Dec at Howden Reservoir at the Ronksley South Plantation . Directions as before.
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT A redhead Smew present this morning-20th Dec-but most elusive spending a lot of its time disappearing into the reedy edges. Also present 6 Little Grebes, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, c130 Tufted Duck, 8 Goldeneye and 189 Coot. Please note this site is private and should only be viewed from the closed gate and there is no access at all to the Reservoir where all 3 active permits have been now rescinded.
  • ST.CHADS WATER On 20th Dec 1 Grey Heron, 10 Tufted Duck, 10 Goosander and an ad. Common Gull.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Great White Egret again present at 8.30.a.m. on 20th Dec.
  • HAWFINCHES Still up to 6 at Darley Dale on 20th Dec with 1 at Littleover on 19th Dec.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR The adult Glaucous Gull again roosted from 3.45 p.m. on 19th Dec but no sign in poor light conditions of the juv. bird. which was at Albert Village Lake earlier. Also 7 adult Caspian Gulls and an adult Yellow Legged Gull roosted. Other birds were 20 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Cormorants, 218 Tufted Duck and a Goldeneye. The large Gull roost held c12,500 Black Headed Gulls, c250 Common Gulls, c2800 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, c1000 Herring Gulls and c200 Great Black Backed Gulls.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The Long Tailed Duck again present on 19th Dec.
  • CARR VALE DWT RESERVE From 14-19th Dec up to 120 Wigeon,55 Gadwall, 56 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 1 Peregrine Falcon and 3 Water Ralls all noted. Two skeins of Pink Footed Geese totalling 300 birds flew West on 19th Dec., 2 Little Egrets on 16th Dec. a Pochad on 9th Dec, a male Goosander on 17th Dec, 10 Golden Plover on 10th Dec. Up to 2 Cettis Warblers now present along with up to 3 Chiffchaffs. A Brambling from 14-18th Dec. Single Barn Owls reported from Rylah Hill on 12th Dec and from Arkwright on 17th Dec with 2 on 16th Dec. Also a male Blackcap in a Bolsover garden on 11th Dec
News update 11 Dec - 18 Dec
  • DERWENTDALE The small flock of 12 Parrot Crossbills were still present on 18th Dec. just NW of Howden Reservoir at Ronksley South Plantation. They were still coming down to drink at the small puddle about 50yards from the 5 barred gate on the track which leads NW from the layby at the 7km mark. Walk up the track for about 450 yards.
  • FOREMARK RESERVOIR Keith Lyon found 2 Glaucous Gulls-an adult and a juv.-plus a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull in the Gull roost on 18th Dec.
  • CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present along with 2 Yellow Legged Gulls and 3 Hawfinches on 18th Dec. On 16th Dec. Simon Roddis found 2 Black Necked Grebes here late morning which were still present late afternoon. During the period 9-18th Dec up to 66 Wigeon, 424 Teal, 17 Gadwall, 1 Pintail,3 Shoveler, 77 Pochard, 240 Tufted Duck, 13 Goldeneye, 8 Goosander, 7 Ruff, 14 Snipe, 7 Redshank and 1 Dunlin noted.
  • BRADFORD DALE A Great White Egret on 18th Dec a most unusual locality for this species.
  • WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Great White Egret is still putting in occasional visits here and the Bittern still present on 17th Dec in the small reed bed in front of the hide. Also on 17th Dec a Male Goshawk spent at least 20 minutes sat up in the heavy rain in a willow bush on the far side of the main pit which was almost completely frozen over. Only things present on 17th Dec were 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorants-all flyovers, 3 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 40 Teal, 21 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 50 Coot, 40 Lapwing, 3 Common Gulls-ads, 2 Great Black Backed Gulls-1 ad and 1 1st winter and a Kingfisher. A Mediterranean Gull and a Redshank on 13th Dec with the Redshank again present on 14th Dec along with a Common Sandpiper.
  • HAWFINCHES Up to 9 Hawfinches still at Darley Dale, 1 at Bakewell, 3 at Radbourne and 1 in Calke Park.
  • DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The Long Tailed Duck again present on 14/15th Dec. with a Pintail on 14th Dec.
  • LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS Still up to 3 Red Crested Pochard here along with up to 2 Egyptian Geese, 56 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 21 Shoveler, 77 Pochard, 2 Goldeneye and 12 Goosanders.
  • OGSTON RESERVOIR 2 Caspian Gulls-a 1st and a 2nd winter-and a Yellow Legged Gull roosted on 11th Dec. A juv. Goshawk on 15/16th Dec with a Shelduck from 11-17th Dec. and the Water Rail on 15th Dec.
  • ST.CHADS WATER On 13th Dec with the water 60% frozen only 10 Tufted Duck and 2 drake Goosanders present
  • CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT On 13th Dec 6 Little Grebes, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Wigeon, 11 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 4 Pochard, 146 Tufted Duck, 10 Goldeneye and 171 Coot.
  • LOCKO PARK On 13th Dec 136 Greylag Geese, 236 Canada Geese, 1 small, dark hybrid Canada Goose, 1 Tufted Duck and a Raven. Again the lake was almost completely frozen.
  • ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 15th Dec 2 Little Grebes, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 39 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 5 Grey Herons, 16 Mute Swan, c190 Greylag Geese, 1 Shelduck, 29 Wigeon, 26 Gadwall, 84 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 17 Pochard, 114 Tufted Duck, 19 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 1 Common Buzzard, 40 Lapwing, 2 Common Gulls-ad, 1 Lesser Black Backed Gull-intermedius race, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Blackbirds, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Long Tailed Tit, 3 Linnets and a Bullfinch
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

 

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