News 21/5/18

Thanks to Rod Key for the following:-

CARSINGTON WATER   2 Turnstone on Sailing Club Island on 20th May with 3 present on 21st May. An imm. Caspian Gull on 16th May. A Spotted Flycatcher on 15/19th May with 3 on 18th. A singing male Redstart on 15th May with 2 on 18th May.

OGSTON RESERVOIR   A Woodlark was seen by Tim Sexey and Steve Mann flying NE over the dam wall on 16th May. Only the 2nd record of this site if found acceptable by the Derbyshire Rare Birds Committee. Also a Ringed Plover flew through on 16th May. A Red Kite on 12th May with an Osprey through on 15th May.

ELTON COMMON   A Quail flushed on 19th May by the side of one of the footpaths.

CARR VALE DWT RESERVE   A JUV. Iceland Gull on 17th May and again briefly early morning on 18th May. The latest ever record for the county.

RED KITES   Single birds at Lower Higham on 14th May, Kinder Bank on 16th May, Middleton by Wirksworth on 17th May and West End on 18th May.

HOBBIES   A definite influx recently with  8 at Aston-on-Trent Gravel Pits on 15th May with 4 still showing well on 17th May and still up to a max. of 7 on 17th May at Willington GP. Also 1 at Allestree on 15th May. The count of 8 equals the county record of birds together.

SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS   14 Little Egrets on 20th May.

WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS   An Arctic Tern on 16th May with a 1st summer Herring Gull, 2 Teal and 7 Gadwall.

ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS   On 17th May 15 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Cormorants, 5 Grey Herons, 4 Greylag Geese, 10 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 17 Tufted Duck, 4 Hobbies, 1 Common Tern and 2 Jays.

KINGS MILLS GRAVEL PITS   On 20th May 1 Grey Heron, 4 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall and 1 Whitethroat.

NORTH WINGFIELD   A Common Crane flew South on 15th May, the 7th record this year if all are acceptable.


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