Thanks to Rod Key for the following:-
COMMON CRANE Two birds were seen by Andy Butler flying SE over Beeley Moor at 09.50 a.m. on 14th Apr and then later were seen at Butterley Top and by Melvyn Harvey flying South over Loscoe Dam. Still a very rare bird in the county these represent the 20/22nd record for Derbyshire.
LITTLE GULLS A considerable passage of Little Gulls across the Midlands on 15th Apr. In Derbyshire 13 were at WillIngton GP, 2 at Shipley Lake, 7 went through Carsington Water, 3 at Ogston Reservoir and 2 at Middleton Moor. It is most unfortunate that no access is now possible to Church Wilne Reservoir as I am certain that there would have been good numbers here. Other birds associated with this influx was a Kittiwake at Willington GP, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Arctic Terns and a Common Tern at Carsington Water and a Sandwich Tern briefly at Ogston Reservoir.
CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on 16th Apr along with a Bar Tailed Godwit and a Pied Flycatcher. On 14th April 13 Common Scoter, a Red Kite, a Kittiwake, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 House Martins, 6 White Wagtails and 2 Yellow Wagtail. The drake Scaup was last seen on 13th Apr. A single drake COMMON Scoter from 13-15th Apr with a sub-adult Mediterranean Gull on 12th Apr.
WYVER LANE A Great White Egret from 13-15th Apr.
LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS 2 Common Scoter on 14th Apr. along with a Curlew , a Jack Snipe , a Common Tern, a Yellow Wagtail and a Whinchat.
WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A Little Gull and an Arctic Tern on 14th Apr along with a Sedge Warbler and a Wheatear. A Sandwich Tern on 9th Apr
OGSTON RESERVOIR 2 Common Scoters, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and an adult Kittiwake on 14th Apr.
EGGINGTON A report of a Marsh Harrier on 14th Apr.
MIDDLETON MOOR 3 Ruff and a Fieldfare on 14th Apr with 10 Golden Plover on 15th Apr.
AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS A Shelduck and 4 Shoveler on 12th Apr.
CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT A drake Red Crested Pochard on 12/13th Apr.
ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 15th Apr 11 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Cormorants, 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 51 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Cettis WABLERS, 3 Blackcaps, 1 Wllow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff. 1 Jay and a Raven.