LONG EATON GP A 1st winter Purple Sandpiper was found on the Rifle Range Pit on Dec 7th by Paul Buxton and Clive Prescott and looked incongruous feeding along the grassy shoreline and actually in longer grass alongside the pool. It was still present and showing well on Dec 8th. This is the 24th county record and the first since 1 at Carsington Water in April 2015. Also the 2nd site record and the latest ever in Derbyshire. Also the 2 Cattle Egrets still on Erewash Fields on Dec. 8th before flying over the railway line and 2 Stonechats on Dec 7th. Up to 2 Little Egrets, 3 Cettis Warblers and 2 Ravens also noted.
WILLINGTON GP A report of a Black Necked Grebe on Dec 9th along with a sighting of the Bittern again. A Great White Egret on Dec 8th and a Stonechat again on Dec 7th. Up to 4500 Starlings are roosting here.
CARSINGTON WATER The juv. Great Northern Diver still present on Dec 9th although it can be very elusive. A small skein of 18 Pink Footed Geese flew SE on Dec 9th and 30 Golden Plover flew SW on Dec 7th. A Jack Snipe and the Cettis Warbler again heard on Dec 7th with a Chiffchaff and 20 Siskin on Dec 6th. Up to 26 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 429 Pochard, 10 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, 1 Water Rail, 40 Snipe, 2 Redshank, a near adult Yellow Legged Gull and 5 Willow Tits noted.
OGSTON RESERVOIR A 3rd winter Caspian Gull roosted on Dec 8th with an adult roosting on Dec 9th.A Twite flew South on Dec 7th with a Goshawk on Dec 6th.Up to 5 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 31 Tufted Duck, 6 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, 2 Water Rail, 3 Snipe,2 Willow Tits and 2 Ravens noted.
DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The Long Tailed Duck and the escaped Hooded Merganser still present on Dec 7th along with a Pintail and a Great White Egret. Two Woodcock and a Green Sandpiper on Dec 8th. A Marsh Tit on Dec 7/8th. Up to 132 Cormorants, 51 Wigeon, 67 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 58 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 34 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, and 3 Cettis Warblers noted.
SHIRLEY 2 Red Kites on Dec 9th.