11th March 2003

*44 Waxwing Barlborough On Limekiln Way 15:45
*81 Whooper Swan Shipley Cp On Mapperley Resv12:45
*46 Whooper Swan Over Belper This Mrng
*14 Whooper Swan 10:00 Long Eaton Gps Briefly Then Flew E/
*Ad Kittiwake Carsington Water Off Lane End Midday
*Bittern Attenborough Nr Flew To Clifton Pond 14:40
*C15 Waxwing West Bridgford E/Over Newstead Drive At 07:20

Thanks to Rod Key for the following:-
WHOOPER SWANS A definite passage through the county today-11th Mar. A herd of 46 flew over Belper mid-morning and 14 were on the Conservation Pit at Long Eaton Gravel Pits briefly at 10.–.a.m. before they flew off East. Then at 11.00.a.m. Richard Taylor found a herd of 81 on Mapperley Reservoir and they were still present at 12.45 p.m. This is a record count for Derbyshire and a magnificent sight. However there were only 4 immature birds in the flock. The 5ads were still in fields South of the R.Trent between Barrow and Twyford viewed distantly from Anchor Church on 7th Mar.
KITTIWAKES 4 adults were at Poolsbrook Country Park on 10th Mar with single adults at Carsington Water-still present on 11th Mar-and Staunton Harold Reservoir. Again part of a cross country movement which is often noted at this time of year.
CARSINGTON WATER Still 2 Great Northern Divers on 10th Mar.
CROMFORD WHARF Still 20 Hawfinches on 10th Mar.
LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS Still 2 Red Crested Pochard on 9th Mar along with a Little Egret and a Green Sandpiper.
ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 10th Mar 22 Great Crested Grebes, 46 Cormorants, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Herons, 4 Grey Lag Geese, 43 Mute Swans, 4 Shelduck, 100 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 115 Teal, 2 Pochard, 87 Tufted Duck, 12 Goldeneye, 5 Smew-2 drakes and 3 females, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Redshank, 5 Common Gulls, 10 Lesser Redpolls and 2 Bullfinches.
WAXWINGS On 10th Mar 24 in Allestree on Blenheim Drive and 15 were in Mickleover.

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