news 23/3/19

Thanks to Rod Key for the following:-

CARSINGTON WATER   The long staying adult Great Northern Diver still present on Mar. 22nd. Recently up to 6 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 4 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 36 Curlew, 1 Woodcock, 14 Snipe noted. A Shelduck on Mar 19th, single Little Ringed Plovers on Mar. 14/17th. An adult Kittiwake on Mar 16th, a 3rd winter Yellow Legged Gull on Mar 14/16/17th was joined by a second bird on Mar 17th. a Sand Martin on Mar 13th with 3 on Mar 21st. A Chiffchaff on Mar 15th with 5 on Mar 17/219th and 23 on Mar 21st. Finally a Crossbill on Mar 18th.

OGSTON RESERVOIR   Up to 20 Mandarins, 1 Wigeon, 17 Gadwall, 7 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander, 1Peregrine, 4 Oystercatchers, 9 Curlew, 2 Bramblings and the long staying Twite still present on Mar 18th. A Little Egret from Mar 16-29th, 3 Shelduck on Mar 14th, a female Common Scoter on Mar 18th, 2 Red Kites on Mar 21st, a Redshank on Mar 20th, a first year Iceland Gull roosted on Mar 15th. A Sand Martin on Mar 16th with 8 on Mar 21st. A Chiffchaff on Mar 18th with 5 on Mar 19/21st.

CARR VALE DWT RESERVE  The Siberian Chiffchaff still present on Mar 9th. Up to 131 Wigeon, 38 Gadwall, 41 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 3 Goosander on Mar 9th, 11 Common Buzzards, 1 Peregrine, 3 Oystercatchers,27 Snipe present recently. A Shelduck and a Mandarin on 13TH, an adult Kittiwake flew NE on Mar 11th. The adult “Viking “ Gull on Mar 9/11th with a Cettis Warbler singing on Mar 11th. A herd of 22 Whooper Swans flew through on Mar 19th.

DARLEY DALE   3 Caspian Gulls in  a flooded field-an adult, a 2nd winter and a 1st winter-along with a 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull on Mar 21st with the 1st winter Caspian Gull again present on Mar 22nd.

WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS   Up to 2 Great White Egrets here recently with 1 still present on Mar 23rd. Six Black Tailed Godwits on Mar 14th. Up to 8 Little Egrets, 10 Curlew and 2 Oystercatchers with a Sand Martin on Mar 13th.

LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS   The long staying 1st winter Black Necked Grebe still present on the Rifle Range Pit on Mar 22nd and the bird is now coming into full summer plumage. On Mar 20th 2 Whooper Swans here on the Wind Surfing Pit and a Great White Egret flew through. Also on Mar 21st 5 Little Grebes, 17 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Grey Herons, 12 Greylag Geese. 2 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 55 Tufted Duck, 13 Goldeneye, 4 Oystercatcher, a 1st winter Common Gull and 2 Chiffchaffs. Two Green Sandpipers, 3 Shelduck and 14 Goldeneye on Mar 17th.

CRANFLEET CUT   On flood pools 2 Ruddy Shelduck on Mar. 20th. On Mar 21st just 30 Greylag Geese, 74 Wigeon and 2 Oystercatchers.

MIDDLETON MOOR   57 Curlew and 2 Yellow Legged Gulls on Mar 14th.

WAXWINGS   15 were at Sheepbridge, Chesterfield on Mar 14th with 2 at Swadlincote on Mar 18th.

BASLOW   An Osprey flew through on Mar.16th, the first of the year.

STANAGE EDGE   2 Ring Ouzels on Mar 22nd.

WALTON-ON-TRENT   A Great White Egret on Mar 20th.

DOVE HOLES QUARRY   2 Wheatears on Mar 19th

BEELEY MOOR   A Wheatear on Mar 20th.

FALLINGE EDGE   2 Wheatears on Mar 21st

RED KITES   Single birds at Darley Dale and Chatsworth on Mar 20th.

SWINESHAW RESERVOIR   125 Curlew on Mar 17th.

AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS   On Mar 19th 23 Little Grebes, 6 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 13 Tufted Duck, 2 Oystercatchers and 35 Lapwings, Two Shelduck on Mar 22nd.

LOCKO PARK    On Mar 20th 2 Great crested Grebes, 12 Greylag Geese, 11 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and 3 Nuthatch


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