News 14th September 2017
Thanks to Rod Key for the following:-
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.