Thanks to Rod Key for the following:-
YELLOW BROWED WARBLER One was found early afternoon on Jan. 5th on Sinfin Moor Lane, Derby by Mike Blaver close to where the cycle path crosses the lane. It showed well on and off for the rest of the afternoon. Although very elusive it was still present mid-morning on Jan 6th. This is the 17th county record and the very first one in winter with October being usually the optimum time for finding this bird.
CARR VALE DWT RESERVE The Siberian Chiffchaff still present on Jan 3rd as was the 2 Cettis Warblers and the long staying Marsh Tit. On Dec 29th a Mealy Redpoll was found in the mixed flock of Lesser Redpolls and Goldfinches. On Jan 3rd 50 Pink Footed Geese flew West and a green colour ringed adult Mediterranean Gull present before flying west mid-morning. Between Dec 28th-Jan 3rd up to 134 Wigeon, 24 Gadwall, 63 Teal,7 Goosander, 5 Water Rails, a Peregrine, 30 Snipe, a Barn Owl,4 Common Chiffchaffs and a Brambling reported.
CARSINGTON WATER The adult Great Northern Diver still present on Jan 5th and 2 Avocets present on Jan 3rd-a most unusual winter record. A Dark Bellied Brent Goose on Jan 4th. Four Waxwings flew SW on 29th Dec and 3 more flew SW on Dec 30th. Between Dec 28th-Jan 5th up to 1 Shelduck, 19 Pochard, 6 Shoveler, 51 Tufted Duck, 10 Goldeneye, 10 Goosander, 3 Peregrines, 3 Ruff, 3 Dunlin, 24 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 4 Redshank, 4 Raven and 60 Siskin noted. A Golden Plover on Dec 31st, a Yellow Legged Gull on Dec 28th.
OGSTON RESERVOIR The Twite still with the Linnet flock on Jan 4tgh. A small flock of 9 Red Crested Pochard on Jan 3rd was the largest flock ever seen here.A Black Tailed Godwit on Dec 29th was unusual. Between Dec 28th-Jan 4th the following were noted 5 Wigeon, 18 Gadwall, 190 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 23 Tufted Duck, 10 Goldeneye, 10 Goosander, 2 Woodcock and 2/3 Chiffchaffs. A Shelduck on Jan 4th, 43 Pink Footed Geese flew SW on Dec 30th, an adult Caspian Gull on Jan 3rd and a Yellow Legged Gull on Dec 31/Jan 3rd roosted with a Barn Owl on Jan 4th.
LONG EATON GP The juv. Black Necked Grebe still present on the Rifle Range Pit on Jan 1st. A Stonechat on Dec 29th.
DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The Great White Egret roosted on Dec 29-31st and the escaped drake Hooded Merganser still present.
CHURCH WILNE AREA The adult Whooper Swan still present with the Mute Swan flock on Jan 3rd and has been joined by an escaped Black Necked Swan-complete with S.American passport !!!!!. These birds do wander and have been seen as far down river as the Trent/Derwent Confluence.
ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On Jan 3rd 3 Great Crested Grebes, 33 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons, 26 Wigeon, 9 Gadwall, 21 Teal, 20 Shoveler, 15 Pochard, 132 Tufted Duck, 12 Goldeneye and 2 “redhead” Smew,
WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The Bittern and a Great White Egret still present on Jan 5th along with a Brambling and 2 Oystercatchers. 4 Red Crested Pochard on Jan 3rd with a drake Pintail on Jan 4th. A Red Kite on Dec 29th.
BOLSOVER 2 Waxwings on Dec 29-31st.
RENISHAW PARK 3 Whooper Swans from Dec 27-Jan 2nd having previously been on Staveley Floods on Dec 26th.
SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS 2 Shelduck and 5 Jack Snipe on Jan 5th.
CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR AREA On Jan 4th a brief report of a “ringtail” Hen Harrier flying south seen from a moving car travelling North on the M1, Details on this record are being sought.
FOREMARK RESERVOIR On Jan 4th 6 adult Caspian Gulls an d3 Yellow Legged Gulls-2 ads and a 1st winter roosted.