Thanks to Rod Key for the following:-
WHOOPER SWANS There was significant movement this morning-Jan 19th-of birds moving across the county. A small herd of 7 flew SW over Willington GP, 4 adults were done on Ogston Res, 5 more flew SW over Rowsley, a total of 26 flew through Carr Vale DWT Reserve this morning and 18 flew West over Dunston Lane, Chesterfield mid-morning probably the same flock of 18 that flew through Carr Vale earlier. A flock of 8 flew over Linacre Res and 11 were at Carsington Water.
DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The adult female Long Tailed Duck was back again on Jan 18th but had returned to Branston GP, Staffs on Jan 19th.
CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on Jan 18th and 3 Waxwings were briefly seen on Jan 17t. Still up to 35 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 3 Ruff, 2 Dunlin an d4 Redshank present on site.
LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The 1st winter Black Necked Grebe still present on the Rifle range Pits on Jan 15th along with a Green Sandpiper. On Jan 14th 5 Red Crested Pochard and 14 Little Egrets.
SHIPLEY COUNTRY PARK A Short Eared Owl seen first thing on Jan 19th near Coppice Lake. A Stonechat on Jan 18th
CHURCH WILNE The adult Whooper Swan still in fields here with the Mute Swan flock on Jan 15th.
OGSTON RESERVOIR The Twite still present on Jan 16th and a Waxwing was heard only on Jan 14th. Two Yellow Legged Gulls roosted on Jan 13th and 19 Goosanders roosted on Jan 12th.
CARR VALE DWT RESERVE Up to 138 Wigeon, 22 Gadwall, 56 Teal, 9 Goosander, a Peregrine, 5 Water Rail, 59 Snipe,a Barn Owl, a Cettis Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs and the Marsh Tit all noted. A total of 500 Pink Footed Geese flew NW on Jan 18th with 150 flying through on Jan 19th. A Jack Snipe and a Woodcock on Jan 9th with 18 Golden Plover on Jan 19th. The Siberian Chiffchaff last seen on Jan 10th.
ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS Two drake Smew on Jan 14th whilst on Jan 17th 3 Little Grebes, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 22 Cormorants, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Shelduck, 37 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 20 Teal, 8 Shoveler, 17 Pochard, 97 Tufted Duck, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Smew-1 drake, 50 Lapwing and 2 Stonechats.
WILLINGTON GP Still up to 2 Bitterns here and 5 Shelduck. 11 Little Egrets left the roost on the morning of Jan 19th.
FOREMARK RESERVOIR On Jan 18th 2 Little Grebes, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 14 Cormorants, 68 Mallard, 22 Tufted Duck, 2 Goosander and a winter plumage adult Mediterranean Gull was in a small roost with only c300 “big” Gulls present at dusk.
ST.CHADS WATER On Jan 15th 3 Great Crested Grebes, 42 Wigeon, 14 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 19 Tufted Duck and a drake Goosander.
WILLERSLEY CASTLE 2 Hawfinches again on Jan 17th.
RED KITES Still single birds at Kedleston Park on Jan 12th and Quarndon on Jan 18th.