ROSE COLOURED STARLING The long staying juv./first winter bird is still coming to feeders in Melville Close at Etwall. It also gets on roof tops and ridge tiles and in trees behind the houses. Please respect the privacy of the residents in the Close especially of the Festive Season.
CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present here and looks set for the winter. Up to 2 Shoveler, 8 Goldeneye. 5 Goosander, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Ruff, 3 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 4 Woodcock and 47 Snipe present. A small skein of 15 Pink Footed Geese flew SW on Dec 12th with a 3rd winter Yellow Legged Gull on Dec 12/15th.
LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The long staying juv. Black Necked Grebe still present on Dec 16th but can be very elusive. There were 2 Whooper Swan son Dec 13th with a Green Sandpiper on Dec 15/16th and 12 Little Egrets and 3 Goosander on Dec 15th.
WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Bittern still present on Dec 17th and shows occasionally in flight. A Short Eared Owl on Dec 11th, a Dunlin and 4 Goldeneye on Dec 13th with a Shelduck, 2 Goldeneye, a Common Sandpiper, a Golden Plover and a Redshank on Dec 17th.
OGSTON RESERVOIR Up to a minimum of 4 Caspian Gulls here both in the roost and during the morning-single adults, 3rd winter, 2nd winter and a 1st winter. Also 2 different Yellow Legged Gulls-an ad and a 1st winter. Up to 5 Goldeneye and 1 Goosander noted with one/two Chiffchaffs on Dec 13th and a Barn Owl and 4 Woodcocks on Dec 16th.
FOREMARK RESERVOIR A juv. Glaucous Gull and 4 Caspian Gulls roosted on Dec 14th.
SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS 2 Jack Snipe on Dec 16th.
R.DERWENT, GREAT WILNE The adult Whooper Swan still present in fields with 32 Mute Swans on Dec 18th.
ST. CHADS WATER On Dec 18th 3 Great Crested Grebes, 16 Wigeon, 14 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 23 Tufted Duck and a “redhead” Goosander with 5 Goosander on Dec 11th.
CHURCH WILNE WATERSKI PIT On Dec 18th 11 Little Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Cormorants, 19 Gadwall, 22 Pochard. 50 Tufted Duck, 10 Goldeneye, 174 coot and an adult Herring Gull.
AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS On Dec 18th 2 Cormorants, 5 Tufted Duck and 62 Coot.
ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On Dec 13th 5 Little Grebes, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 24 Cormorants, 11 Grey Herons, 12 Wigeon, 29 Gadwall, 48 Teal, 13 Shoveler, 26 Pochard, 116 Tufted Duck, 8 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, 1 Common Gull-ad and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
PRESS RESERVOIR A Marsh Tit on Dec 17th.
CARR VALE DWT RESERVE On Dec 10th 5 skeins of Pink Footed Geese totalling 620 birds flew East and 90 Wigeon, 76 Teal, 18 Gadwall, 2 Goosanders, 6 Water Rails, a Barn Owl, a Peregrine Falcon, the long staying Marsh Tit, a Cettis Warbler and 4 Chiffchaffs noted. On Dec 11th a female Goldeneye, a pair of Goosander, 2 Peregrine Falcons and a colour ringed adult Mediterranean Gull were present.
DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The escaped drake Hooded Merganser still present on Dec 11th along with 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Little Egrets and 207 Cormorants.