News 10/12/18

Thanks to Rod Key for the following:-

ROSE COLOURED STARLING  The juv. bird still present in private gardens at Etwall. It is with c70 Common Starlings so the best bet may be to look out form Starlings on rooftops etc. Please respect the privacy of the local residents etc.

CARSINGTON WATER   A report of a Red Necked Grebe at Millfields on Dec 8th but no sign on Dec 9th .  The regular adult Great Northern Diver returned on Dec 2nd and although elusive at times was still present this morning-Dec 9th. Up to 9 Goldeneye, 3 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 10 Snipe and 1 Woodcock noted.

LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS   The long staying juv, Black Necked Grebe still present on the Rifle Range Pit on Dec 8th. On Dec 2nd 2 Great White Egrets, a L.ittle Egret and a Green Sandpiper.

WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS   A juv. Glaucous Gull was present mid-morning on Dec 6th before it flew off SW. At least 1 and probably 2 Bitterns present on Dec 3/5th. A Green Sandpiper, a Redshank and a Yellow Legged Gull on Dec 6th. On Dec 8th 3 Caspian Gulls, 3 Yellow Legged Gulls, 5 Great Black Backed Gulls and  at least 10 Herring Gulls. Also 1 Little Egret, 1 Bittern briefly, 3 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 75 Teal, 21 Shoveler and 11 Pochard.

DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE   5 Great White Egrets roosted here on Dec 8th-a county record total. Also the escaped drake Hooded Merganser still present along with a Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egrets, a Woodcock, 285 Cormorants, 6 Goldeneye and 6 Goosanders.

OGSTON RESERVOIR   2 adult Bewicks Swans on Dec 5th, the first county record since 2016. Also on Dec 5th a Grey Plover. The 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was last noted roosting on Dec 5th with up to 4 Caspian Gulls and 3 Yellow Legged Gulls regularly in the roost.

POOLSBROOK COUNTRY PARK AREA   On Dec 6th  6 Caspian Gulls in this area.

R.DERWENT CHUIRCH WILNE/GREAT WILNE   On Dec 4th a report of 4 Whooper Swans. Only 1 adult could be found with a small flock of Mute Swans on Dec 5/6th.

ST.CHADS WATER   A Great White Egret reported ion Dec 3rd. On Dec 5th 3 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Little Egrets, 30 Wigeon, 11 Gadwall, 36 Tufted Duck, 3 Goosanders.

CHURCH WILNWE WATER SKI PIT   On Dec 5th 3 Little Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Cormorants, 10 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 17 Pochard, 115 Tufted Duck. 10 Goldeneye and 156 Coot.

FOREMARK RESERVOIR   On Dec 4th 2 Little Grebes, 19 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Cormorant, 37 Tufted Duck and in a large Gull roost 8n Caspian Gulls0-7ads and a 1st winter-and 6 Yellow Legged Gulls.

SDTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS   On Dec 6th 6 Little Grebes,  5 Great Crested Grebes, 33 Cormorants, 21 Wigeon, 22 Gadwall, 98 Teal, 39 Shoveler, 11 Pochard, 126 Tufted Duck, 19 Goldeneye, 3 Goosanders, 5 Common Gulls and 5 Brambling.


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