News 1/4/19

Thanks to Rod Key for the following:-

CARSINGTON WATER   After an Avocet on Mar 24th another was found during the morning of Mar 31st. An Osprey at Millfields early morning on Mar 31st and the long staying Great Northern Diver still present on Mar 31st-probably still a good 5 weeks to go before it leaves us for pastures new. Recently up to 7 Mandarins, 4 Shovelers. 6 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 15 Oystercatchers, 17 Snipe, 1 Woodcock and 12 Redshank. A Red Kite on Mar 25th with single Little Ringed Plovers on Mar 25/26/27/29th. A Mediterranean Gull on Mar 25th with two Yellow Legged Gulls on Mar 27th with a 3rd winter bird on Mar 28/31st. Sand Martins continue to trickle through with 7 on Mar 23rd and 17 on Mar 27th. Two Swallows on Mar 29th whilst Chiffchaffs built up from 22 to a massive 104 on Mar 29th. First Blackcap on Mar 24/25th with 7 on Mar 29th. Finally a Brambling on Mar 29th.

OGSTON RESERVOIR   Up to 7 Mandarin, 7 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, 4 Oystercatchers and 2 Curlew recently. A Little Ringed Plover on Mar 27th and a near adult Iceland Gull roosted on Mar 25th and 17 Common Gulls flew through on Mar 25th. Sand Martins built up with 139 moving N on Mar 24th. Up, to 10 Chiffchaffs noted with the first Blackcap on Mar 27th. Up to 14 Brambling noted.

CARR VALE DWT RESERVE   A skein of 80 Pink Footed Geese flew NW on Mar 24th. Up to 29 Gadwall, 33 Teal, 2 Shoveler noted with Wigeon down to 15 on Mar 25th and the long staying imm. male Goosander last seen on Mar 22nd.A Red Kite on Mar 25th with up to 17 Common Buzzards and 2 Peregrine Falcons noted. A Water Rai on Mar. 23rd and up to 2 Oystercatchers, 5 Golden Plovers and 11 Snipe noted. A 4th winter Caspian Gull on mar 25th with up to 12 Sand Martins,100 Fieldfares and 22 Chiffchaffs noted. A distant Wheatear on Mar 21st.

OSMASTON PARK   An Osprey flew through on Mar 30th.

HADFIELD   A Red Kite on Mar 30th.

SANDIACRE   An Osprey flew through on Mar. 26th.

NEWBOLD, CHESTERFIELD   A flock of 13/14 Waxwings on Mar 26th with 8 on Mar 27th and 4 still present on Mar 28th.

R.DERWENT, ALVASTON PARK-RAYNESWAY   An imm. drake Common Scoter on Mar 27th, a most unusual locality for this seaduck.

WOODHEAD RESERVOIR   A herd of 32 Whooper Swans on Mar. 26th.

BEELEY MOOR   A Red Kite on Mar. 24th.

WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS   The Great White Egret still present on Mar 31st. Four Pintail on Mar 23rd Up to 5 Shelduck, 7 Curlew and 2 Redshank noted.

LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS   The long staying 1st winter Black Necked Grebe still present on Mar 24th along with  a Green Sandpiper, a Shelduck, 2 Egyptian Geese, 3 Little Egrets, 3 Oystercatchers, 5 Goldeneye and 7 Goosanders.

ABBEY HILL FLOODS   A Little Ringed Plover on Mar 28th.

RED KITES   Single birds at Farley on Mar 24th, Allestree Park, Duffield and Ashbourne Airfield on Mar 25th, Chatsworth Park on Mar 27th, Tissington on Mar 28th and Alderwasley on Mar 29th.


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