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Erewash Meadows Sightings by Dave Sneap

Posted: Saturday 4th November 2017 by Erewash

Saturday 4th November - Notable sightings from mid October starting with the continueing presence of a Little Grebe, regular Little Egrets and a fly over Great White Egret seen by P.H. on the 15th. Greylag numbers are slowly rising and by 29th, 65 were present & the same day c120 Pinkfeet flew west. Wigeon numbers remained low, as did Gadwall, but Shovelers liked the reserve with numbers regularly into double figures with 16 on 27th at least. Grey Partridge are no longer easy to find, so 5 on 19th was a nice surprise. The Lapwing flock is gradually getting smaller & numbers about 60 now and the only other wader, Snipe are unusually scarse at present in low single figures. There has been the usual number of B.H.Gulls present, up to c150, but only 1 Common Gull,a 1st wtr on 17th. A few Meadow Pipits are on the fields and the newly ploughed fields next to S/Lane held good numbers (max-c40 ) Pied Wagtails daily. Redwings became more noticable especially on the last day of the month when over a 100 passed through together with the one & only Fieldfare which was feeding on the laden Hawthorns. A Chiffchaff lingered by the c/way on 21/22nd the only Tree Creeper was seen on 17th, but finch numbers & variety held up well with 8 species recorded. The best of these being a Brambling on 20th,(C.P.) up to 11 Bullfinch (S.B.) a Ring-necked Parakeet and a fly over Hawfinch (A.A.) heard from S/Lane c/way on 27th. A reminder of the days when this species bred Notable sightings from mid October starting with the continueing presence of a Little Grebe, regular Little Egrets and a fly over Great White Egret seen by P.H. on the 15th. Greylag numbers are slowly rising and by 29th, 65 were present & the same day c120 Pinkfeet flew west. Wigeon numbers remained low, as did Gadwall, but Shovelers liked the reserve with numbers regularly into double figures with 16 on 27th at least. Grey Partridge are no longer easy to find, so 5 on 19th was a nice surprise. The Lapwing flock is gradually getting smaller & numbers about 60 now and the only other wader, Snipe are unusually scarse at present in low single figures. There has been the usual number of B.H.Gulls present, up to c150, but only 1 Common Gull,a 1st wtr on 17th. A few Meadow Pipits areon the fields and the newly ploughed fields next to S/Lane held good numbers (max-c40 ) Pied Wagtails daily. Redwings became more noticable especially on the last day of the month when over a 100 passed through together with the one & only Fieldfare which was feeding on the laden Hawthorns. A Chiffchaff lingered by the c/way on 21/22nd the only Tree Creeper was seen on 17th, but finch numbers & variety held up well with 8 species recorded. The best of these being a Brambling on 20th,(C.P.) up to 11 Bullfinch (S.B.) and a fly over Hawfinch (A.A.) heard from S/Lane c/way on 27th. A reminder of the days when this species bred here in the 1980s. A Ring-necked Parakeet was also seen on 27th. Not content with the good day he (AA) had on the 27th, he did well to start the new month of November with a long expected 1st record for the site. This was a non singing/calling Cetti's Warbler on the morning of the 1st, even taking photographs of this the 194th species seen on the reserve. Since its discovery it has been heard a few times & seen again on 2nd & 3rd, but no sight or sound on a flooded out site today. here in the 1980s. Not content with the good day he (AA) had on the 27th, he did well to start the new month of November with a long expeckted 1st record for the site. This was a non singing/calling Cetti's Warbler on the morning of the 1st, even taking photographs of this the 194th species seen on the reserve. Since its discovery it has been heard a few times & seen again on 2nd & 3rd, but no sight or sound on a flooded out site today.

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