26th January 2014

• Nottinghamshire Adult Iceland Gull Hoveringham GPs roosted on sailing pit SK699478
• Nottinghamshire 4 Hawfinch Rufford CP by the c/pk mid a/noon NG22 9DG SK645656
• Nottinghamshire Redhead Smew Holme Pierrepoint on Waterski Pit + Grey Plover on A52 Pit & 2 Whooper Swan on Blotts Pit SK625395
• Nottinghamshire 2 Hawfinch Rufford CP by the c/pk NG22 9DG SK645656
• South Yorkshire 3 Waxwing 14:55 Sheffield on Carter Knowle Rd 400yds W/of the shops
• South Yorkshire Adult Med Gull Broomhead Resv roosted this evng S36 4ZA SK255957

Thanks to Rod Key for the following:-
EGGINGTON VILLAGE It is now thought that the wintering Lesser Whitethroat is possibly a bird belonging to one of the Eastern races. A number of photos, some showing the tail pattern, have been sent to Colin Bradshaw in whose garden the Tynemouth bird is wintering in Northumberland, Colin is a past Chair of the BBRC and has written a paper on the Northumberland and Tyneside Bird Club Website on Lesser Whitethroat identification. His comments are that the bird looks good and “whatever We have got you have got as well”. This is the first ever record of a probable Eastern race Lesser Whitethroat in Derbyshire. Unfortunately the bird is coming to a bird table in a private garden in the village and cannot be seen from any public footpaths or roads. It was last reported on 17th Jan but may still be present.
OGSTON RESERVOIR An adult Mediterranean Gull roosted on 24/25th Jan with a 4th winter Yellow Legged Gull roosting on 22nd Jan and a n adult on 24th Jan. On 25th Jan a very large flock of c400 Stock Doves present and several Bramblings are still about the Reservoir.
CARSINGTON WATER The 2 adult Great Northern Divers were still present on 19th Jan with at least 1 on 25th Jan. a herd of 11 Whooper Swans on 19th Jan present from 08.00-09.45 HRS before they flew off NW with 2 on 22nd Jan. The small flock of 5 Scaup still present on 19th Jan along with a superb flock of 515 Pochard.
PAVILION GADENS, BUXTON An adult Kittiwake on 19th Jan.
LONG EATON GRAVEL PITS A redhead Red Breasted Merganser and a redhead Smew on 20th Jan.
WRAGGS QUARRY The Great Grey Shrike still present on 22nd Jan.
DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE Still 190 Shoveler on 22/24th Jan with a Shelduck on 24/25th Jan.
WILLINGTON GRAVEL PITS The elusive wintering Bittern was seem briefly in flight over the back reedbed on 24th Jan along with a Curlew, a Redshank and an Oystercatcher. On 25th Jan 4 Ruff and a Curlew present. Still good numbers of Wigeon and Teal present here.
BELPER A male Blackcap and 52 Bramblings coming to feeders in a private garden on 25th Jan.
FOREMARK RESERVOIR On 20th Jan 4 Little Grebes, 36 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Cormorants, 2 Grey Herons, 4 Tufted Duck, 12 Goosander, c150 Woodpigeons and 7 Long Tailed Tits. In the Gull roost 1 adult Yellow Legged Gull and 2 adult Caspian Gulls. On 24th Jan 1 Little Egret and 250 Golden Plover.
CHURCH WILNE RESERVOIR On 21st Jan 7 Little Grebes, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 13 Gadwall, 14 Pochard, 135 Tufted Duck, 9 Goldeneye and 194 Coot. An adult Caspian Gull roosted.
ST CHADS WATER On 21st Jan 1 Cormorant, 2 Wigeon, 3 Pochard and 8 Tufted Duck.
CHURCH WILNE On 21st Jan c15 Stock Doves, c40 Jackdaws and c80 Rooks.
ASTON-ON-TRENT GRAVEL PITS On 23rd Jan 9 Great Crested Grebes, 27 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 7 Grey Herons, 2 Pink Footed Geese, 12 Grey Lag Geese, 17 Canada Geese, 5 Shelduck, c125 Wigeon, 12 Gadwall, c85 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 10 Pochard, 109 Tufted Duck, 14 Goldeneye, 2 Smew-1 drake, 1 Common Buzzard and a Kestrel.
ASTON-ON-TRENT CRICKET GROUND On 23rd Jan c30 Fieldfares, c60 Redwings and 5 Goldfinches
AMBASTON GRAVEL PITS On 25th Jan 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorants, 7 Mute Swans, 18 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, 17 Tufted Duck, 5 Common Buzzards, 1 Merlin mobbing a Peregrine, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Snipe, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 9 Skylarks and 9 Long Tailed Tits.
AMBASTON LANE FARM NESAR THULSTON On 25th Jan c30 Feral Pigeons, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c150 Redwings, c30 Chaffinches and c150 Linnets.

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