17th May 2017 Latest News

Thanks to Rod Key for the following:-

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.

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