Thanks to Rod Key for the following:-
DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE On 1st Jan Richard James and Pete Hutchinson found a female/imm Hooded Merganser here. After examining photos of the bird, which spends a lot of time on its own and is full winged and showed well yesterday it is now thought that it may well be a 1st year male as the bill is all dark and does not show any trace of yellow. Also on Wednesday it did spend a few minutes with 4 Goldeneye and continually chivvied the 2 females. Obviously the presumed escape label has to be applied to the bird but we can always hope. Also still here and showing well is the female Long Tailed Duck. This reserve is only open to permit holders or DWT Members.
DERWENTDALE Still at least 2 Parrot Crossbills at Howden Reservoir at Ronksley South Plantation on 5th Jan.
CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Norther Diver still present on 5th Jan. Still up to 5 Ruff, 6 Redshank and a Dunlin herte with 4 Javck Snipe and 16 Common Snipe on 4th Jan. Single Pintail and Shoveler up to 4th Jan with a female Stonechat on 3/4th Jan.
WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Great White Egret again present on 3rd Jan with a Greenshank and 7 Redshank on 4th Jan. A pair of Pintail on 1st Jan with 3 on 3/4th Jan.
CHURCH WILNE WATER SKI PIT On 4th Jan 6 Little Grebes, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Red Crested Pochard-drake, 8 Pochard, 73 Tufted Duck, 13 Goldeneye, 152 Coot and an ad. Herring Gull.
HAWFINCHES Still up to 20+ at St Helens Churchyard at Darley Dale on 5th Jan with a single bird in the Car Park at Staunton Harold Res on 5th Jan and still 1at Allestree Park on 4th Jan.