News 14/8/2018

Thanks to Rod key for the following:-

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.


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