News 25/11/18

Thanks to Rod Key for the following:-

MARKHAM VALE   A Black Redstart on 24th Nov.

OGSTON RESERVOIR   The 2nd winter Glaucous Gull again present on Nov 14/15/19th with up to 2 Caspian Gulls an d4 Yellow Legged Gulls in the roost. Up to 5 Goldeneye and 3 Goosander also present along with 2 Dunlin on 18th Nov, 1 on 19th and 3 on 22nd. Up to 2 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap and 4 Bramblings also noted. A Great White Egret on Nov 19th and a Little Egret on 20th Nov. 4 Whooper Swans on 23rd Nov.

CARSINGTON WATER   An adult Ring Billed x Lesser Black Backed Gull hybrid roosted on 20/21st Nov found by Jon Bradley and Richard Lowe. Possibly the sane bird seen in recent years in Shropshire and Lincolnshire. A Hawfinch on 23rd Nov.  Skeins of 100 Pink Footed Geese flew through on 19th Nov and 100 om 24th Nov when 20 were actually down at Sheepwash. At least 8 and possibly 10 Woodcock-a site record-flew into roost on 24th Nov. Up to 3 Ruff, 11 Dunlin and 3 Redshank present here.

LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS   The juv. Black Necked Grebe still present on The Rifle Range Pot on 18th Nov. with 8 Common Scoter on 17th Nov.

BRAMBLING   It appears to be a bumper winter for this species with flocks of up to 1500 birds noted in the Matlock Moor area, Bumper Castle area and Errwood Reservoir. Smaller numbers notes at a variety of other sites.

FLASH LANE A Mealy Redpoll, 80 Lesser Redpoll and 18 Crossbills on 21st Nov.

WHOOPER SWANS   A herd of 26 on Swineshaw Reservoir on 21st Nov with 2 at Dove Holes Quarry and 2 at Middleton Moor also on 21st Nov. Eight flew through Carr Vale NR on 24th Nov.

GREAT WHITE EGRETS   Single birds at Erewash Meadows DWT Reserve on 18TH Nov and at Willington GP on 24th Nov.

WILLINGTON GP   The elusive Bittern again noted briefly on 24th Nov. The long staying Ruff present up to 21ST Nov with the Black Tailed Godwit still present on 17th Nov. Also a Redshank on 21st Nov. Up to 6 different Caspian Gulls noted during the period 15-24th Nov.

BARROW GRAVEL PITS   ON 23RD Nov 4 Little Grebes, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 23 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons, 5 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 20 Tufted Duck, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Common Buzzard, 50 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 4 Common Gulls, 4 Caspian Gulls-2 ads, 1 4th winter and a 1st winter, 1 Great Black Backed Gull and a Stonechat. Please note this site is completely private and only view from the Ingelby side of the River Trent.

ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS   On 22nd Nov 3 Little Grebes, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 49 Cormorants, 6 Grey Herons, 7 Grey Lag Geese, 55 Wigeon, 23 Gadwall, 37 Teal, 46 Shoveler, 36 Pochard, 119 Tufted Duck, 9 Goldeneye, 2 Goosanders, 1 Water Rail, 1 Common Gull-ad, 22 Redwing, 51 Fieldfares and a Raven.

LOCKO PARK LAKE   On 16th Nov 2 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Cormorants, 3 Little Egrets, 58 Greylag Geese, 153 Canada Geese but no sign of the recently reported Firecrest.

FOREMARK RESERVOIR   On 16th Nov 1 Little Grebe,  19 Great Crested Grebes, 17 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 138 Mallard, 35 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine Falcon and in the Gull roost were 6 adult Caspian Gulls and 4 Yellow Legged Gulls.

TORSIDE   A Ring Ouzel on 24th Nov.

HIGHBRIDGE GRAVEL PITS    A Ruff and a Common Sandpiper on 17th Nov along with 2 Redshank, 105 Wigeon and 2 Goldeneye.

CARR VALLE DWT RESERVE   The Marsh Tit still present on 24th Nov.


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