• Derbyshire Bittern Willington GPs SK285274
• Derbyshire Great Grey Shrike Goyt Valley this mrng but no sign Parrot Crossbills. From NW/corner of Errwood Resv park at top of c/pk on The Street go thru gate & take track for 1/4ml into forest to view clearing SK102757
• Nottinghamshire Female Parrot Crossbill mid a/noon Budby Common + Great Grey Shrike. Walk in from South Forest entrance or walk up from Budby village
• Nottinghamshire Possible 1+Parrot Crossbill Budby Common + Great Grey Shrike this a/noon. Walk in from South Forest entrance or walk up from Budby village
• Nottinghamshire Redhead Smew Attenborough NR on Clifton Pond 12:50 + Jack Snipe 12:35 NG9 6DY SK516340
• South Yorkshire 9 Two-barred Crossbill (4+males) 1.5mls S/of Stocksbridge at Broomhead Resv on S/side in roadside larches by main road to Lower Bradfield 100yds E/of junction S36 4ZA SK255957
Thanks to Rod Key for the following:-
PARROT CROSSBILLS Photos were taken of 2 very large billed Crossbills-a pair-coming down to a drinking pool ion the Goyt Valley on 1st Dec. They were forwarded to one of the County Recorders for his views. He sent them on to 3 other good County Birders and the general opinion was that they looked good for Parrots. This was conveyed back to the finders with the proviso about whether the birds were heard to call which would have been a clincher. The bill and general structure certainly looked good when comparing the photos against photos of Parrot Crossbills on websites like Surfbirds and news apparently came out in a conversation that one of the finders has with another birder in the NW. There has been no further sign of the birds and they have been looked for. If submitted by the finders as Parrot Crossbills these would be the first in the county since 1985. A Great Grey Shrike in the Goyt on 9th Dec.
OGSTON RESERVOIR 3 Caspian Gulls roosted on 30th Nov-2 ads and an imm, bird. a juv. Glaucous Gull briefly on 1st Dec before it flew off SW late afternoon.
CARSINGTON WATER The Great Northern Diver still present on 1st Dec.
CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A Siberian Chiffchaff on 8th Dec. A Little Egret on 4th Dec with a single wary Pink Footed Goose from 2-5th Dec. A skein of 180 Pink Feet flew SE on the 4th Dec. 211 Wigeon and 20 Golden Plover on 3rd Dec with 2 Chiffchaffs from 2-4/9th Dec. A Jack Snipe showed well during the evening of 5th Dec. On 8th Dec 130 Pink Footed Geese flew SE with 191 Wigeon and a Dunlin on 9th Dec.
RENISHAW PARK 13 Mandarin on 3rd Dec and a lone Pink Footed Goosed and 144 Grey Lag Geese with the Canada flock.
WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS A Bittern was seen briefly on 30th Nov/1st Dec.
FOREMARK RESERVOIR The adult Glaucous Gull roosted again on 2/9th Dec with a winter adult Mediterranean Gull on 2nd Dec. Still a big Gull roost with up to 25,000 Black Headed Gulls, 250 Common Gulls, c2700 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, c950 Herring Gulls and c330 Great Black Backed Gulls. Up to 7 adult Yellow Legged Gulls also roosting and 2 Caspian Gulls-3rd winters-roosted on 2nd Dec and a first winter roosted on 8th Dec. Also up to 17 Goosander roost here and a Goldeneye also present.
ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PIT On 28th Nov 2 Little Grebes, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 31 Cormorants, 6 Grey Herons, 87 Wigeon, 16 Gadwall, 62 Teal, 3 Pintail, 20 Shoveler, 20 Pochard, 63 Tufted Duck, 19 Goldeneye, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 5 Common Gulls, 1 Caspian Gull-ad, 1 Grey Wagtail, c100 Fieldfare, c30 Redwing. On 6th Dec similar numbers but 83 Cormorants, 152 Mallard and a Snipe.
AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS On 30th Nov 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 22 Wigeon, 16 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 1 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 74 Coot, 2 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, 1 Common Gull, 5 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and c25 Redwing. On 7th Dec 24 Gadwall, 1 Jack Snipe, 7 Snipe and a Short Eared Owl.
LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS On 1st Dec 45 Great Crested Grebes, 14 Cormorants, 9 Little Egrets-a site record count, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Wigeon, 28 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 47 Pochard, 115 Tufted Duck, 5 Goldeneye, 11 Goosander, 2 Common Gulls and a Kingfisher.
ST CHADS WATER On 1st Dec 4 Cormorants, 5 Pochard,18 Tufted Duck, 15 Goosander and c20 Fieldfares.
CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On 1st Dec 2 Little Grebes, 32 Great Crested Grebes, 34 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 20 Gadwall, 9 Pochard, 221 Tufted Duck, 18 Goldeneye, 215 Coot
R.DERWENT, RAYBESWAY-ACORDIS On 8th Dec 1 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorants, 2 Pochard, 7 Tufted Duck and a drake Goosander.