ETWALL The 1st winter Rose coloured Starling last reported on Dec 22nd at Melville Court. Also a Waxwing there briefly on Dec 23rd. Please respect the privacy of the residents when going to look for the Starling especially on Jan 1st, 2019.
CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A Siberian Chiffchaff was found by Mark Beevers on Dec 22nd on the embankment and also up to 7 nominate Chiffchaffs along here. Up to 2 Little Egrets, 111 Wigeon, 20 Gadwall, 142 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 7 Goosanders, 6 Water Rail with possibly between 12-14 birds over the whole site, 32 Golden Plover and 13 Snipe noted. A Barn Owl on Dec 17/21st, the Marsh Tit seen daily, up to 2 Cettis Warblers, 4 Grey Wagtails and a male Brambling on Dec 17th.
CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on Dec 27th and up to 20 Gadwall, 6 Goldeneye, 4 Goosanders, 3 Ruff, 4 Dunlin, 4 Woodcock and 3 Redshank noted. C1800 Common Gulls roosted on Dec 18th with a 3rd winter Yellow Legged Gull being regular. Seven Barnacle Geese flew through on Dec 27th accompanied by a Hawaiian Goose. Up to 9 Grey Wagtails have been noted coming out of roost and a Brambling has been noted on a few dates.
OGSTON RESERVOIR An adult Glaucous Gull roosted on Dec 26th and up to 3 Caspian Gulls and 4 Yellow Legged Gulls have been seen in the roost. Up to 18 Gadwall, 5 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander, 3 Mandarin and 1 Wigeon and 2 Chiffchaffs noted. A Twite on Dec 19th with the Linnet flock was a good find for Steve Mann and was still present on Dec 23rd.
WAXWINGS 3 at Youlgreave on Dec. 20th and 12 were in Chesterfield on Dec 26th.
WILNE LANE, CHURCH WILNE/GREAT WILNE The adult Whooper Swan still present with the Mute Swan flock on Dec 26th. A Stonechat on Dec 24th.
ASTON-ON-TRENT GP A redhead Smew again present on Dec 27th along with 1 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 20 Cormorants, 8 Grey Herons, 69 Wigeon, 30 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 14 Pochard, 118 Tufted Duck, 13 Goldeneye, 7 Goosander, 1 Common Buzzard and 3 adult Common Gulls. A Chiffchaff on Dec 18th. Please note this site is strictly private with access for permit holders only.
WILLINGTON GP The Bittern still present on Dec 27th and is best looked for from Platforms 2 and 3. On Dec 22nd 2 Little Egrets, 1 Shelduck, 1 Wigeon, 16 Gadwall, 71 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 22 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Common Buzzard, 7 Common Gulls, c250 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 10 Herring Gulls, 5 Caspian Gulls-2 ads, 2 x3rd winter and a 1st winter, 2 Yellow Legged Gulls-am ad and a 1st winter and 5 Great Black Backed Gulls. Also 30 Goldfinch.
LONG EATON GP The long staying Black Necked Grebe still present on Dec 25th with, on Dc 24th, 12 Little Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons, 31 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 54 Pochard, 105 Tufted Duck, 9 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander and a Grey Wagtail.
DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE 4 Great White Egrets roosted on Dec 21st along with 2 Little Egrets. He escaped drake Hooded Merganser still present on Dec 25th along with 1 Great White Egret.
ALVASTON LAKES Still 3 Ring Necked Parakeets on Dec 26th.
SINFIN MOOR WETALNDS 4 Jack Snipe on Dec 20th with 1 on Dec 23rd and 2 on Dec 25th.
ASHBOURNE AIRFIELD A Jack Snipe on Dec 22nd.
COMBS RESERVOIR 3 Whooper Swans on Dec 18th.
FOREMARK RESERVOIR 6 adult Caspian Gulls and 2 Yellow Legged Gulls roosted on Dec 19th.