News 30/10/18

Thanks to Rod Key for the following:-

LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS   The juv, Black Necked Grebe was still present on the Rifle Range Piot on 28th Oct. Also here recently have been 3 Whooper Swans on 27th Oct, a Jack Snipe on 20th Oct and up to 7 Red Crested Pochard, 6 Goldeneye, 3 Little Egrets, 2 Egyptian Geese, 3 Ruff,  3 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper and a Stonechat.

WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS   The Bittern is still being seen occasionally and the Great White Egret present briefly on 23rd Oct. A Whooper Swan on 20th Oct with 3 on 24th Oct. An Osprey flew through on 21st Oct. Still a Ruff here on 30th Oct with the last sighting of a Black Tailed Godwit on 27th Oct.  a colour ringed adult Caspian Gull on 23rd Oct with a 3rd winter on 20th Oct and an adult Yellow Legged Gull on 30th Oct.

LOSCOE DAM   A Kittiwake flew through on 29th Oct.

CARSINGTON WATER   8 Whooper Swans on 19th Oct with 18 on22nd Oct with 11 on 28th Oct. A Shelduck on 27/29th Oct with  a 1st winter Kittiwake through on 28th Oct. Up to 4 Little Egrets,3 Pintail,  1 Red Crested Pochard, 8 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander, 7 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, a Curlew, 3 Ruff, 2 Redshank and 4 Yellow Legged Gulls noted recently. Also 45 Pink Footed Geese flew East on 28th Oct.

MIDDLETON MOOR   AN Avocet on 20/21st Oct was probably the 1st ever October record for this species. Also a Yellow Legged Gull on 20th Oct.

EREWAH MEADOWS DWT RESERVE   A Hawfinch on 21st Oct. with a Great White Egret on 19th Oct.

DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE   The Great White Egret was again noted on 19/22/24/28th Oct. A record roost count of 487 Cormorants on 22nd Oct. 5 Whooper Swans on 28th Oct.

KINDER SCOUT   11 Whooper Swans flew over on 26th Oct.

WHOOPER SWANS   On 28th Oct 6 were at Barrow GP, 2 at Greenacres NR and 8 at Shipley Lake.

FLASH LANE   40 Crossbills on 25/27th Oct.

ASTON-ON-TRENT GP   On 25th Oct 6th Little Grebes, 20 Great Crested Grebes, 58 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 10 Grey Herons, 52 Wigon, 56 Gadwall, 48 Tea, 27 Shoveler, 13 Pochard, 210 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Buzzards and 3 Cettis Warblers.

APPEAL FOR HELP   On 11th Oct a Sheffield based naturalist was walking along the R.Derwent at Chatsworth Park when he saw, what he thought, were 4 Bearded Tits in some regenerated Alders. The observer is not a birder and had never seen Bearded Tits before and cannot really back this claim up which would be only the 2nd for the Peak District if correct. However he was only about 20 yards from the birds. Nearby was an unknown photographer who was taking pictures. If that unknown photographer has any photos of the birds in question if he could contact the undersigned about them I would be most grateful. Many Thanks.


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