Thanks to Rod key for the following:-
LONG DALE Photos were taken on 4th July of a Woodchat Shrike here by 3 Suffolk Birders. I was contacted by them on Thursday evening-5th July- about this bird and was promised the photos when they returned home on Saturday 7th July. They duly arrived on my computer on 8th July and the 3 photos did, in fact, show a superb Woodchat Shrike. Rightly or wrongly I chose not to put the info out until I had at least seen the photos and I would like just to sat that this was not an attempt to suppress news of this bird in a vastly under watched part of the County. This will be the 5th county record after the one day bird in May 2016.
OLD WHITTINGTON A wholly unconfirmed report of 7 White Storks flying NW late evening on 5th July. This claim will obviously ned to be backed up with description etc. as it would be the largest number of White Storks ever recorded in the County.
HADFIELD 2 Crossbills flew over on 6th July.
WILLINGTON GP 7 Black Tailed Godwits on 4th July with 21 on 5th July along with 3 Little Egrets, 21 Gadwall, 3 Teal and a Green Sandpiper. Three Sandwich Terns here on 7th July.
SINFIN MOOR WETLANDS On 1st July a Curlew, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatchers and 3 Little Egrets with a Ringed Plover on 7th July and a Common Tern on 8th July.
AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS A Green Sandpiper on 4th July.
CARSINGTON WATER 3 Crossbills flew through on 5th July and a 2nd summer Yellow Legged Gull present. A Red Kite on 2nd July.
RED KITES Single birds noted at at least 5 locations.
ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 8th July 10 Great Crested Grebes, 14 Cormorants, 16 Little Egrets, 14 Grey Herons, 22 Mute Swans, 24 Canada Geese, 16 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 90 Tufted Duck, 1 Green Sandpiper, c245 Back Headed Gulls, 18 Common Terns and 1 Cettis Warbler.
CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A drake Shoveler and 4 Common Terns on 1st July, 4 Teal, the drake Shoveler and 4 Little Ringed Plovers on 2nd July. On 3rd July single Teal and Shoveler, 3 Oystercatchers, 3 Common Terns and 2 Meadow Pipits flew over with on 4th July the drake Shoveler, a juv. Water Rail, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Snipe, 3 Common Terns and a Peregrine. On 5th July 2 Teal, 4 Oystercatchers, 1 Common Snipe, the Peregrine and 3 Yellow Wagtails. On 6th July 3 Teal, a juv. Water Rail, 3 Oystercatchers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Common Snipe and 100 Swifts.