Thanks to Rod Key for the following;-
POOLS BROOK AREA On Mar 1st a Little Ringed Plover was at Markham-the earliest ever county record and 2 Iceland Gulls were on waste ground behind the beet factory-a 4th year bird and a juv.
WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A Sand Martin on Feb 28th was again the earliest ever by one day. The Bittern still present but, as usual, elusive and the Great White Egret seen on at least 4 dates from Feb 16th. A Ringed Plover on Feb 16th and up to 2 different Mediterranean Gulls noted recently. A Caspian Gull on Feb 14/16th.
CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A juv. Iceland Gull on Feb 20/28/Mar 1st. The Siberian Chiffchaff still present on Mar 1st and up to 4 Common Chiffchaffs noted. Two Red Kites on Feb 12th with an ad. Whooper Swan briefly on Feb 18th and 9 flew N on Feb 25th. A male Stonechat on Feb 23rd. A Shelduck on Feb 15th, a Redshank on Feb 25th, a female Mandarin on Feb 27th and 2 Dunlin on Mar 1st. Up to 138 Wigeon, 32 Gadwall, 45 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 24 Tufted Duck, 6 Goosander 13 Common Buzzards, 2 Peregrines, 2 Oystercatchers, 55 Golden Plover, 10 Snipe, a Barn Owl and single Cettis Warblers and Marsh Tit noted
OGSTON RESERVOIR A Little Egret on Feb 23rd with an adult Whooper Swan on Feb 18th. A skein of 41 Pink Footed Geese flew NW on Feb 24th with a Shelduck on Feb 18th and a pair of Pintail from Feb 12-28th. Single Red Kites on Feb 19/20th and a female Goshawk on Feb 14th. A 2nd winter Caspian Gull roosted on 4 nights and up to 3 different Glaucous Gulls-a juv, a 2nd winter and an adult roosted from Feb 16th. An adult Kumlein’s Gull roosted on Feb 21-23rd and up to 2 different Iceland Gulls-a juv. and a 4th winter roosted on 5 nights from Feb 19th. Still a juv. Iceland Gull and an adult Glaucous Gull roosting on Mar 1st. An adult Mediterranean Gull roosted on Feb 26th. A Barn Owl on Feb 23rd and the Twite still present with the flock of c100 Linnets on Feb 28th. Up to 24 Mandarin, 5 Wigeon, 18 Gadwall, 145 Teal. 6 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 15 Tufted Duck, 5 Goldeneye and 15 Goosander, 6 Oystercatchers, 9 Woodcock and 1 Curlew noted recently. Also 2 Brambling on Feb 18th and a Crossbill on Feb 28th.
CARSINGTON WATER The long staying adult Great Northern Diver still present on Mar 1st along with a 3rd winter Yellow Legged Gull. A Little Egret on Feb 26th. Recently up 35 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Water Rail, 8 Oystercatchers, 2 Dunlin, 5 Ruff, 11 Curlew and 6+ Redshank noted.
LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS The long staying Black Necked Grebe still present on Feb 28th. A Merlin on Feb 25th with a Jack Snipe on Feb 16th, 2 Curlew on Feb 24th and 2 Stonechats on Feb 16th with one on Feb 17/23rd.
DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The female Long Tailed Duck re-appeared on Feb 20th with a 3rd winter Caspian Gull on Feb 24th and up to 6 Stonechats noted
ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS Still up to 3 Smew here with 31 Goldeneye and 34 Snipe.
MATLOCK Still up to 19 Waxwings here up to Feb 24th.
PLEASLEY COUNTRY PARK 6 Whooper Swans on Feb 25th. with a Black Necked Grebe on Feb 24th.
BARLOW A report of a Firecrest in a private garden in late Feb.
ASHFORD IN THE WATER A report on the DWT Blog of a Black Redstart here on Feb 4th which may have been present for between 7-10days. If the observer could get in touch with the undersigned or the DOS Website about this record I would be very grateful.