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 Posted by on June 10, 2011

Monthly Notes from the Carsington Bird Club Recorders

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Recorder: Clive Ashton: cliveashton@btinternet.com

Historical Bird Notes: 2020, 2019201820172016201520142013, 20122011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Current Bird Notes for 2020

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Highlights: Great Northern Divers, Shag, Scaup, Water Rail, Red Kite, Merlin, Jack Snipe and Kittiwake.

A month of constant rain produced 93 species, which is the highest total since 96 in 2004. The Great Northern Divers remained all month and showy Jack Snipe drew in plenty of admirers. Water bird maxima come from the WeBS survey on 8th unless stated: 2 Great Northern Diver all month, 10 Little Grebe, 49 Great Crested Grebe, 29 Cormorant, a first winter Shag on 28th, 3 Grey Heron on 18th, 4 Mute Swan on several dates, a Pink-footed Goose on 11th and 12th, 11 Greylag Geese on 2nd, 203 Canada Geese on 1st, 34 Barnacle Geese on 18th, a Shelduck on 4 dates, 28 Wigeon on 12th, 34 Gadwall, 26 Teal on 12th, 97 Mallard, 2 Pintail on 14th, 3 Shoveler on 2nd, 30 Pochard, 96 Tufted Duck, 3 female Scaup, 15 Goldeneye, a Goosander on 10th, 1 Water Rail, 11 Moorhen and 291 Coot.

A nice spread of raptors included: a Red Kite on 19th, 3 Sparrowhawk on 26th, 11 Buzzard on 29th, 3 Kestrel on 18th, a Merlin on 25th and 2 Peregrine on 23rd.

Waders were represented by 10 Oystercatcher on 19th and 21st (including the 2 ringed birds from Dawlish Warren of previous years from 15th), 600 Lapwing on 8th, a single Dunlin on 22nd, 3 Jack Snipe on 22nd, 64 Common Snipe on 15th, 4 Woodcock on 8th, 29 Curlew on 27th and 6 Redshank also on 27th.

Gull counts on 20th recorded 3,000 Black-headed Gull, 1,000+ Common Gull and 212 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Other maxima were 4 Herring Gull on 19th, 4 Yellow-legged Gull on 20th, 2 Great Black-backed Gull on several dates and a first winter Kittiwake on 12th.

Five Stock Dove were noted on 2nd, 7 Tawny Owl on 8th and Kingfisher were regular throughout the month. Other counts were 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker on 2nd and 16th, 5 Skylark on 14th and 25th, 4 Meadow Pipit on 18th, 3 Grey Wagtail on 25th, 6 Fieldfare on 26th, 23 Song Thrush on 8th and 230 Redwing on 16th, 2 Chiffchaff on 22nd and 26th (a brief burst of song on 27th was the earliest ever at the reservoir) and 6 Goldcrest on 25th. As part of the national Willow Tit survey on 26th a healthy 16 were counted between Middle Wood and Stones Island via the west side, indicating the importance of Carsington to this declining species. Further counts this month produced 700 Jackdaw, post roost, on 4th, 3 Raven on several dates, 150 Starling on 12th, 12 Tree Sparrow on 4th, 35 Siskin on 2nd, 18 Lesser Redpoll on 16th and 10 Bullfinch on 11th.

93 species this month compared to 92 in 2019, 87 in 2018, 90 in 2017, 87 in 2016, 86 in 2015 and 81 in 2014.


Highlights : Great Northern Diver, Black-necked Grebe, Great Egret, Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Geese, Red Kite, Water Rail, Jack Snipe and Cetti’s Warbler.

The 2 Great Northern Divers remained all month, although the juvenile could be elusive at times. A single observer sighting of a Black-necked Grebe will require notes submitting to the Derbyshire Ornithilogical Society to become a formal record. Water bird maxima come from the WeBS survey on 12th unless stated: 15 Little Grebe on 3 dates, 57 Great Crested Grebe on 21st, a Black-necked Grebe on 20th, 29 Cormorant on 4th, a Great Egret on 1st, 3 Grey Heron on 29th, 5 Mute Swan on 12th and 14th, 9 Whooper Swan on 17th, 220 Pink-footed Geese on 19th, 22 Greylag on 21st, 172 Canada Geese on 15th, 30 Barnacle Geese on 4th, 5 Shelduck on 9th, 54 Wigeon, 38 Gadwall on 8th, 62 Teal, 147 Mallard, 11 Pintail on 28th, 4 Shoveler on 3rd, 355 Pochard on 29th, 133 Tufted Duck, 15 Goldeneye on 29th, 8 Goosander on 5th, a Water Rail on 3 dates, 8 Moorhen and 487 Coot.

Bird of prey records included: a Red Kite on 28th, regular sightings of Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard on 2nd and 15th, 2 Kestrel on numerous occasions and single Peregrine on 3 dates.

An Oystercatcher returned on 28th and other waders this month icluded: a Golden Plover on 12th, 600 Lapwing on 4th, a Dunlin on 29th, 3 Jack Snipe on 12th and 19th, 45 Snipe on 23rd, 4 Woodcock on 2nd, 3 Curlew on 20th and 2 Redshank regularly.

Gull counts were: 4,000 Black-headed on 22nd, 765 Lesser Black-backed on 18th, 5 Herring on 19th, 2 Yellow-legged on several dates and a single Great Black-backed from 7th to the month-end.

Five Tawny Owl were calling at dawn on 12th and regular Kingfisher sightings included 2 on 12th and 29th. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming on 10th, single Skylark flew over on 12th and 22nd, 3 Meadow Pipit were recorded on 18th and 4 Grey Wagtail left their roost in the Hopton reedbed on 30th. Winter thrushes were in evidence with 5 Fieldfare on 19th and 170 Redwing on 13th and 23rd. The, often elusive, Cetti’s Warbler remained around the Wildlife Centre reedbed until 24th at least and the over-wintering Chiffchaff, on Stones Island, was present until the month-end. Other counts of interest this month were: 5 Goldcrest on 30th, 8 Willow Tit on 20th, 5 Treecreeper on 10th, 600 Jackdaw on 4th, 52 Rook on 13th, 5 Raven on 3rd, 200 Starling on 29th, 15 Tree Sparrow on 4th, 30 Chaffinch on 13th, 5 Greenfinch on two dates, 50 Goldfinch on four dates, 40 Siskin on 23rd, 15 Lesser Redpoll on 8th, 14 Bullfinch on 8th and 9 Reed Bunting on 19th.

94 species recorded this January compared with 91 in 2019, 96 in 2018, 91 in 2017, 91 in 2016 and 81 in 2015.

Recorder: Clive Ashton: cliveashton@btinternet.com


Highlights: Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Great Egret, Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Geese, Water Rail, Jack Snipe and Cetti’s Warbler.

 The juvenile Great Northern Diver from last month remained and was joined by what is probably the long returning adult on 16th. Water bird maxima come from the WeBS survey on 14th unless stated: 24 Little Grebe, 50 Great Crested Grebe on 28th, a Red-necked Grebe on 30th, 32 Cormorant on 31st, a Great Egret on 22nd, 3 Grey Heron on 7th, 4 Mute Swan on 24th, 9 Whooper Swan on 2nd, 200 Pink-footed Geese on 22nd, 22 Greylag Geese on 30th, 210 Canada Geese on 3rd, 21 Barnacle Geese on 31st, 2 Ruddy Shelduck on 3rd, 3 Shelduck on 10th, 97 Wigeon on 3rd, 38 Gadwall on 30th, 61 Teal on 24th, 129 Mallard on 29th, 2 Pintail on 3 dates, 6 Shoveler on 16th, 429 Pochard on 7th, 163 Tufted Duck, 15 Goldeneye, 10 Goosander on 25th, 2 Water Rail on 3rd and 30th, 6 Moorhen and 623 Coot.

Raptor records included 2 Sparrowhawk on 3 dates, 6 Buzzard on 9th, 3 Kestrel on 7th and 22nd and Peregrine on 4 dates.

Waders recorded this month included: 30 Golden Plover on 9th, 670 Lapwing on 16th, a Ruff on 20th, a Jack Snipe all month from 7th, 40 Snipe on 7th, 4 Woodcock on 3 dates and 3 Redshank on 8th and 14th.

Roosting Gull peaks were: 11,000 Black-headed on 7th, 2,000 Common on 31st and 760 Lesser Black-backed on 29th. Other Gulls noted were 4 Herring on 2nd and 6th, 3 Yellow-legged on 31st and 4 Great Black-backed also on 31st.

Eight Tawny Owl were calling at the Hopton end on 28th, Kingfisher were seen regularly with 2 on 16th and 8 Great Spotted Woodpecker were counted on the west side on 30th. Counts of passerines included: 18 Wren and 15 Dunnock on 28th, 33 Blackbird on 30th, 10 Fieldfare on 18th, 8 Song Thrush on 9th and 350 Redwing on 22nd. The Cetti’s Warbler from last month remained to 24th at least and there were 3 over-wintering Chiffchaff around site. Other counts made this month were 26 Long-tailed Tit on 29th, 7 Willow Tit on 10th and 30th, 10 Coal Tit on 30th, 40 Blue Tit on 28th, 25 Great Tit on 30th, 6 Nuthatch and 7 Treecreeper both on 30th. Corvids were represented by 1,000 Jackdaw on 26th, 82 Rook on 16th, 18 Carrion Crow on 30th and 4 Raven on 1st. Forty House Sparrow were around the Visitor Centre on 28th and 12 Tree Sparrow were present on 16th. Finches included: 18 Chaffinch on 30th, a single Brambling on 22nd, 11 Greenfinch on 17th, 135 Goldfinch and 75 Siskin on 29th, a Linnet on 1st and 31st, 40 Lesser Redpoll on 4th and 16 Bullfinch on 30th. Ten Reed Bunting were calling from the Hopton reed bed on 3rd.

93 species recorded compared with 87 in 2019, 92 in 2017, 95 in 2016, 93 in 2015 and 91 in 2014.

Recorder: Clive Ashton: cliveashton@btinternet.com

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