News 8/5/19

KINGS MILLS GRAVEL PIT, WESTON-ON-TRENT   A Red Rumped Swallow was found by Neil Loverock early morning on May 6th amongst a gathering of about 50-60 Hirundines. It showed well at times until about 3.30 p.m. when it was last seen. This is the 9th County record and the first since 2012. Also here was a Common Sandpiper, a White Wagtail, up to 6 Yellow Wagtails and a probable “Channel” Wagtail. On May 7th the Common Sandpiper and the White Wagtail still present plus 2 Yellow Wagtails.

WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS  On May 8th a Black Tern, a very brief Little Tern, 2 Arctic Terns and 4 Common Terns. Also a Shelduck, 5 Gadwall, 3 Oystercatchers, 4 Swifts, c100 Sand Martins, c100 Swallows and c30 House Martins. An adult Little Gull on May 6/7th. On May 3rd  a drake Shoveler, an imm. Great Black Backed Gull, 3 Common Terns, 2 Arctic Terns, 8 Swifts, c55 Sand Martins, c130 Swallows and 10 House Martins with all the hirundines moving West

MAPPERLEY RESERVOIR  An Osprey on May 7th.

CARR VALE DWT RESERVE   A Merlin on May 1st along with a Common Sandpiper, 10 Great Black Backed Gulls and 30 Herring Gulls. On May 2nd an Osprey spent 20 minutes late morning before flying off NE with the Common Sandpipe still present. On May 3rd  3 Whimbrel briefly and a total of14 Arctic Terns flew NE with 5 more flying NE on May 4th. A Green Sandpiper on May 5th. Still 2 Pink Footed Geese, the injured drake Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Oystercatchers and 2 Common Terns present.

CARSNGTON WATER  The long staying adult Great Northern Diver still present on May 7th. There were 4 Mandarin and 2 Teal on May 3rd with a Ringed Plover on May 1st, A Turnstone flew through on May 3rd, a Whimbrel on May 5th, 2 Yellow Legged Gull son My 1st with 1 on May 2nd and a Wheatear on May 2nd. Up to2 Oystercatchers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Redshank,2 Dunlin and 2 Common Sandpipers noted.

OGSTON RESERVOIR   A Whimbrel on My 2nd, a Greenshank from May2-4th, 3 Arctic Tern son May 4th and 17 Yellow Wagtails on May 3rd. Up to4 Oystercatchers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlin,2 Redshank and 2 Common Sandpipers noted.

DOVE HOLES QUARRY   A Marsh Harrier, an Osprey and 2 Wigeon on May 1st.

NEW WHITTINGTON   A Marsh Harrier on May 4th.

DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE   A Great White Egret on May 6th and a singing Wood Warbler on May 2nd. A Whimbrel on May 5th along with 20 Little Egrets.

LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS   An Osprey flew through on Apr. 30th and a Little Egret and a Red Crested Pochard also present.

ST CHADS WATER   A late drake Wigeon on May 1st.

HIGHBRIDGE GRAVEL PITS   On May 4th 5 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Cormorants, 8 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Gadwall., 1 Shoveler, 23 Tufted Ducks, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Arctic Terns, c200 Sand Martins, c2100 Swallows and c100 Huse Martins all moving N/NW.

ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS   On May 5th 12 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Cormorants, 3 Shelduck, 13 Gadwall, 39 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Oystercatchers, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Terns plus 8 species of Warbler.


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