CATTLE EGRETS There is a report in the log book in the hide at Willington GP of one on May 17th. This would be a new bird for the site and, of curse, is still classed as a rare bird in the county. If the finder could get in touch with the undersigned or either of the other 2 Joint County Recorders to talk about documenting this important bird I would be very grateful. It, or another, was briefly at Sinfin Moor Wetlands on May 18th found late afternoon by Martin Roome but was very mobile being repeatedly flushed by dog walkers until it eventually flew off, Two birds, presumably the birds from just over the R.Trent at Branston GP in Staffs, were at Drakelow DWT Reserve on May 19th and finally a single bird was at Erewash Meadows DWT Reserve early morning on May 20th found by Colin Penny before it flew off North. Five birds in 4 days is exceptional and will represent the 12-15th county records if all are documented.
WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A Marsh Harrier on May 18/19th with a 1st summer Little Gull on May 19th. A brief Hobby flew NE late morning on May 23rd.
CARSINGTON WATER The Bar Tailed Godwit still present on May 19th with a Grey Plover from May 20-23rd. Also on May 20th a Curlew, 3 Little Egrets and 3 Redshank with a Red Kite on May 21st and a Ringed Plover on May 22nd. Two 1st summer Yellow Legged Gulls on May 19/20th with a sub adult bird on May 23rd.
OGSTON RESERVOIR On May 19th 2 Greenshank, single Curlew, Dunlin and Redshank with 2 Common Terns and 4 Oystercatchers and a Marsh Harrier appeared to roost. One Greenshank still present on May 20th with 2 Common Terns on May 22nd.
CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A Grey Plover flew through on May 21st.
STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIR An Arctic Tern on May 21st with an Osprey and a Hobby on May 22nd.