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High­lights

Though not a very rare bird, breed­ing at­tempts by Bee-eaters are in­deed ‘mega’ events. So, the reg­u­lar, set­tled ap­pear­ance of up to seven Bee-eaters at East Leake Quarry, in Not­ting­hamshire in the last week of the month, trig­gered a very pop­u­lar ‘watch­point twitch’, with park­ing or­gan­ised by the RSPB in con­junc­tion with a field-own­ing farmer. Else­where, the ap­pear­ance of three first-sum­mer Sabine’s Gulls at Bel­vide Reser­voir on the morn­ing of 24th was ex­tra­or­di­nary!

DERBYSHIRE

HIGH­LIGHTS: A Black-necked Grebe was at Pleasley Col­liery (3rd). A Gannet was at Wood­head Reser­voir (25th-26th). Spoon­bills were at Ogston Reser­voir (14th) and Willing­ton GP (24th & 30th). A Hen Har­rier was at Willing­ton GP (4th). A Honey Buz­zard flew over Ogston Reser­voir (3rd). A Black Kite flew over Ship­ley CP (2nd). A Quail was at Mid­dle­ton Moor (11th) with two at Monyash (27th). Avo­cets were at Sin­fin Moor (14th) and Willing­ton GP (18th). A Black Red­start was in a Winger­worth gar­den (4th-6th). AS­TON-ON-TRENT GP: There were 14 Lit­tle Egrets, 12 Com­mon Terns, a Green­shank and four Oys­ter­catch­ers. CARR VALE: There were two Teal, two Grey Par­tridges, two Hob­bies, two Pere­grines, two Wa­ter Rails, two Oys­ter­catch­ers, six Com­mon Terns, two Red Kites, a Red­shank, Her­ring Gull, Barn Owl, Grasshopper War­bler and Siskin. CARSINGTON WA­TER: bred for the first time in Derbyshire. Red-crested There Pochardswere seven Com­mon Scot­ers, an Osprey, Hobby, Pere­grine, two Spar­rowhawks, 10 Buz­zards, 15 Oys­ter­catch­ers, seven Ringed Plovers, nine Lit­tle Ringed Plovers, two Knot, two San­der­ling, two Dunlin, a Black-tailed Godwit, two Curlews, 13 Red­shanks, two Com­mon Sand­pipers, a Yel­low-legged Gull, five Ravens and two Cross­bills (13th). DRAKELOW: There were 305 Cor­morants, 17 Lit­tle Egrets, two Egyp­tian Geese, six Mandarins, four Oys­ter­catch­ers, a Lit­tle Ringed Plover, 12 Com­mon Terns, two Hob­bies, a Green Sandpiper and Grasshopper War­bler. EREWASH MEAD­OWS: There were two Lit­tle Egrets, a Red Kite, Osprey, two Grey Par­tridges and two Red­shanks. LONG EATON GP: The County’s sec­ond pair of Red-crested Pochards bred. There were four Lit­tle Egrets, an Egyp­tian Goose, four Oys­ter­catch­ers, 11 Com­mon Terns, 12 Stock Doves, six Cetti’s War­blers, four Grasshopper War­blers, two San­der­ling, a Com­mon Sandpiper and Cuckoo. MID­DLE­TON MOOR: There were four Teal, a Pere­grine, two Ravens, three Black-tailed God­wits, 24 Curlews and a Green Sandpiper. OGSTON RESER­VOIR: High­lights in­cluded 58 Cor­morants, a Lit­tle Egret, 24 Mandarins, a Com­mon Scoter, two Red Kites, a Goshawk, Osprey, Hobby, Pere­grine, eight Oys­ter­catch­ers, two Dunlin, six Curlews, a Red­shank, Com­mon Sandpiper, four Ringed Plovers, 14 Lit­tle Ringed Plovers, a Green Sandpiper, two Yel­low-legged Gulls, a Com­mon Gull, four Com­mon Terns, a Tree Pipit, Cuckoo, two Yel­low Wag­tails, a Dip­per, Grasshopper War­bler and three Ravens. WILLING­TON GP: There was a Bit­tern, five Lit­tle Egrets, two Wi­geon, two Gar­ganeys, seven Oys­ter­catch­ers, a Lit­tle Ringed Plover, eight Com­mon Terns, a Her­ring Gull, breed­ing Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a Grasshopper War­bler. OTHER SITES: Two Com­mon Scot­ers and six Oys­ter­catch­ers were at Staunton Harold Reser­voir. Seven Com­mon Scot­ers were at Fore­mark Reser­voir. Sin­fin Moor held nine Lit­tle Egrets, two Egyp­tian Geese, a Yel­low Wag­tail and Wheatear. High Bridge GP had two Oys­ter­catch­ers, two Red­shanks, a Her­ring Gull and Yel­low-legged Gull. Two Red Kites were at Mat­lock and Mick­leover, with sin­gles at a fur­ther 20 lo­cal­i­ties. Rod Key

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

COTSWOLDS: At the Cotswold Wa­ter Park, a Lit­tle Bit­tern, only the sec­ond for the county, was at pits 84/85 (2nd-7th). A Bit­tern was also there (to 6th). The Hoopoe re­mained at Cran­ham Com­mon (to 13th). A Wood­cock flew over Bus­sage (28th). Four Quail were at Leighter­ton, with sin­gles at Ar­ling­ton and Ready Token. A to­tal of four Firecrests were at three sites. Three Ring-necked Para­keets were at Winch­comb (29th). FOR­EST OF DEAN: Five Night­jars were seen to­gether in flight at Crab­tree Hill. Lesser Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers bred at Nagshead. LOWER SEV­ERN VALE: A Ful­mar was at Sharp­ness (6th). Three Sand­wich Terns were at Framp­ton Pools (30th) and Wa­ter Rails bred. A Yel­low-legged Gull was at Ep­ney (30th). Lit­tle Egrets at Berkley Shore peaked at 21 (24th). SLIM­BRIDGE: High­lights in­cluded a Red-necked Phalarope (13th), a prob­a­ble Golden Ori­ole (22nd), 10 Cranes, an Osprey (17th), Pere­grine, Marsh Har­rier, Red Kites (3rd and 20th), Hobby, 16 Oys­ter­catch­ers, a record 126 Avo­cets, two Lit­tle Ringed Plovers, 125 Lap­wings, nine Knot, San­der­ling (1st and 26th), two Curlew Sandpiper (28th), 14 Dunlin, 12 Green Sand­pipers, 60 Red­shanks, a Green­shank, 141 Black-tailed God­wits, 119 Curlews, two Ruff, six Mediter­ranean Gulls, three pairs of Com­mon Terns, two Cuck­oos, 100 Swifts and a Yel­low Wag­tail. UP­PER SEV­ERN VALE: Two Cat­tle Egrets at Hors­bere Brook Flood Stor­age Lake (3rd) were a site first. Ash­le­worth Ham had a Quail and Grasshopper War­bler. At Coombe Hill Mead­ows Oys­ter­catch­ers, Lap­wings and Red­shanks bred. Seven Lit­tle Ringed Plovers, two Green Sand­pipers and two Grasshopper War­blers were also present. Andy Jayne (01452 506 502) and Martin Mcgill

LE­ICES­TER­SHIRE

HIGH­LIGHTS: Five of the Not­ting­hamshire Bee-eaters oc­ca­sion­ally crossed into the county (26th-27th). EYEBROOK RESER­VOIR: There was a Goosander (2nd), two Whin­chats (27th), a Lit­tle Tern (29th-30th), four Black-tailed God­wits (29th), a Com­mon Sandpiper (29th) and Knot (30th). STAN­FORD RESER­VOIR: The Jack Snipe was seen again (1st). Other waders in­cluded a Grey Plover (1st), two Green Sand­pipers, a Ringed Plover (20th), Avo­cet (25th-26th), 27 Ice­landic Black-tailed God­wits (25th) and a Green­shank (27th). There were two Lit­tle Terns (28th). Two Ospreys from the Rut­land Wa­ter project were seen reg­u­larly. OTHER SITES: There were 18 Mandarins at Swith­land Reser­voir (29th). A Com­mon

Sandpiper was at Stoney Cove (7th). Cross­bills flew over Braun­stone (17th) and Lough­bor­ough (21st). Steve Lis­ter (01509 829 495)

NORTHAMP­TON­SHIRE

HIGH­LIGHTS: An Arc­tic Skua cir­cled over Daven­try CP and a Honey Buz­zard flew over Oun­dle (2nd). A Great White Egret vis­ited Earls Barton GP (14th). Quails were near Kings Sut­ton (9th) and Bur­ton La­timer (18th). A flock of 17 Com­mon Scot­ers at Daven­try CP (30th) in­cluded 12 drakes. DAVEN­TRY CP: Five San­der­ling, a Dunlin and Ringed Plover passed through. EARLS BARTON GP: A Bit­tern was seen twice. A Gar­ganey stayed for three days at the start of the month. A peak of 25 Black-tailed God­wits passed through (25th). Red­shanks and Lit­tle Ringed Plovers bred. A Pere­grine and six Hob­bies were present. PITSFORD RESER­VOIR: A White-fronted Goose stayed (to 11th). A Sand­wich Tern passed through (19th). Two Caspian Gulls were noted. STANWICK GP: A pair of Mediter­ranean Gulls bred. There was a Gar­ganey (15th). A Black-tailed Godwit vis­ited. STAN­FORD RESER­VOIR: Two Lit­tle Terns vis­ited (28th). An Osprey was recorded through­out. Waders in­cluded a late Jack Snipe (1st), Avo­cet (25th-26th), Grey Plover, Green­shank, Curlew, a peak of 27 Black-tailed God­wits (25th), six Lit­tle Ringed Plovers, two Ringed Plovers and two Green Sand­pipers. Two Yel­low-legged Gulls were logged. OTHER SITES: Clifford Hill GP hosted two Red­starts, with an­other in a Sprat­ton gar­den. A Buf­fle­head, which also spent a day at Daven­try CP, proved to be an es­cape. Ospreys were at Welford Reser­voir, Blather­wycke Lake and Bul­wick (three). Two Mediter­ranean Gulls flew over By­field. A Black-tailed Godwit flew over Far Cot­ton, Northamp­ton. Red-crested Pochards bred at Thrap­ston GP. Bob Bul­lock (01604 627 262)

NOT­TING­HAMSHIRE

HIGH­LIGHTS: Seven Bee-eaters were in East Leake Quarry (from 25th), prompt­ing hopes that they would stay to breed. A Red-necked Phalarope was at At­ten­bor­ough (20th). Two Spoon­bills were at Lang­ford and Colling­ham (19th-22nd). OTHER SITES: An Osprey was at At­ten­bor­ough (16th). Many Red Kites were noted mid-month, in­clud­ing birds at Bur­ton Joyce, Hick­ling, Skegby, Cot­grave and West Bridg­ford. Honey Buz­zards were seen twice at Budby. Marsh Har­ri­ers were at Idle Wash­lands and Mis­ter­ton. Two Sand­wich Terns were at Wel­beck (18th), with a Lit­tle Tern at Lang­ford (12th). Spal­ford held a Caspian Gull (20th) and eight Yel­low-legged Gulls. Kilv­ing­ton also had a Yel­low-legged Gull. Nether­field and Idle Wash­lands both hosted Mediter­ranean Gulls. A San­der­ling was at Holme Pier­re­pont (5th), with two at At­ten­bor­ough (6th). A Curlew was at Idle Wash­lands, a Ruff at Killing­ton (20th) and a Whim­brel at At­ten­bor­ough (20th). At­ten­bor­ough and Holme Pier­re­pont both saw Black-tailed God­wits mak­ing their way back through the coun­try. A Wood Sandpiper was at Lang­ford (22nd). A Scaup was at Lound (7th-9th), with an­other at the end of June. A Pin­tail was at Nether­field. Kilv­ing­ton hosted a Com­mon Scoter (20th). A Great White Egret was at Besthorpe (23rd). Tur­tle Doves were at Clum­ber, Fin­ning­ley and Lound, among oth­ers. Budby and Sher­wood both held Lesser Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers. A Quail was at Os­ber­ton (23rd). Grasshopper War­blers were at ANR through­out. Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers were at Mis­son and Sher­wood For­est. A Hawfinch was at Work­sop (2nd). Tom Shields

OX­FORD­SHIRE

OTMOOR: A Quail called in­ter­mit­tently (13th-25th). The first Mandarins re­turned (18th). Lit­tle Egrets peaked at 27. Last month’s Crane was seen spo­rad­i­cally across the re­serve and the wider moor, as were Green­shank and Green Sandpiper. The male Hen Har­rier that has over-sum­mered started to moult. There were six Cuck­oos, in­clud­ing a he­patic fe­male, four Marsh Har­ri­ers, 20 Com­mon Terns, three Bit­terns, Grasshopper War­bler, Tur­tle Dove, Curlew, Hobby and Yel­low Wag­tail. Fer­gus Mosey

RUT­LAND

HIGH­LIGHTS: Rut­land Wa­ter had a Great White Egret through­out, with two (from 22nd). There were two Mediter­ranean Gulls there

(20th) and a Lit­tle Tern (10th). RUT­LAND WA­TER: Wild­fowl in­cluded two Mandarins (13th), with breed­ing at Nor­man­ton, three Gar­ganeys (9th-14th) and a Com­mon Scoter (5th-7th). There were 21 Lit­tle Egrets, 12 Wa­ter Rails and 88 Com­mon Terns (13th). An Arc­tic Tern was present (to 10th), with six Yel­low-legged Gulls (23rd). Waders in­cluded a Grey Plover (1st), 21 Ringed Plovers (4th), a Green Sandpiper (16th), San­der­ling (20th), 18 Black-tailed God­wits (24th), two Knot and four Whim­brels (27th) and six Wood Sand­pipers (30th). A Marsh Har­rier was reg­u­lar at Egle­ton. Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers bred near the Egle­ton Cen­tre. A Grasshopper War­bler was present (27th). Tree Spar­rows fre­quented the Lyn­don Cen­tre feed­ers. OTHER SITES: Breed­ing wild­fowl at Fort Henry Ponds in­cluded Shel­ducks, Gad­wall, Shov­el­ers and Lit­tle Grebes. A Man­darin was there (21st and 24th). Two Oys­ter­catch­ers were at Ban­thorpe GP (24th). Barn Owls had a bet­ter year, with 16 young ringed at five nest­box sites. A Tree Spar­row fed in a Bar­row gar­den. Terry Mitcham

SHROPSHIRE

HIGH­LIGHTS: The adult Night Heron (of the Amer­i­can sub­species) con­tin­ued to show well at the Quarry at Din­gle Gar­dens, Shrews­bury, through­out the month. An Osprey flew over Venus Pool (7th). Quail sang at Alder­sey (17th-18th), and a Chan­nel Wag­tail went over. An­other Quail was found dead in a Waitrose car-park at New­port (18th), and one sang at Wem (22nd). A fe­male Com­mon Scoter was at Pri­orslee Lake (29th).

STAFFORD­SHIRE

HIGH­LIGHTS: Blith­field Reser­voir held a Lesser Yel­lowlegs and 10 Com­mon Scot­ers (29th), an Osprey (29th-30th) and a Green­shank (30th). Mid­dle­ton Lakes had a Red-necked Phalarope (10th). Bel­vide Reser­voir had a Sabine’s Gull (24th), two Gar­ganeys (1st-11th), an Avo­cet (4th), two San­der­ling (1st), two Yel­low-legged Gulls (1st), Ospreys (1st and 26th), two Lit­tle Gulls (12th) and a Lit­tle Tern (23rd). Two Quails sang at Whit­ting­ton (16th). A Spoon­bill was at Doxey Marshes (17th-27th), with a Wood Sandpiper there (26th).

WAR­WICK­SHIRE

HIGH­LIGHTS: A Corn­crake was at Alve­cote. A Cat­tle Egret was at Kings­bury WP (10th). OTHER SITES: Brandon Marsh had a Black-tailed Godwit, Com­mon and Green Sand­pipers, a Green­shank, Lit­tle Egret, Wil­low Tit, Lesser Whitethroat, Cuckoo, Hobby and Marsh Har­rier. Dray­cote Wa­ter held seven Lit­tle Egrets, a Dunlin, Curlew, Hobby, Yel­low-legged Gull, Green­shank and three Com­mon Scot­ers. Lady­walk logged a Cuckoo, Hobby, Pere­grine, Ringed Plover, two Great White Egrets, eight Lit­tle Egrets and an Osprey. Alve­cote held a Great White Egret and three Avo­cets. Six Avo­cets were at Mid­dle­ton. Dosthill held an Egyp­tian Goose and Pere­grine. Four Com­mon Scot­ers were at Shus­toke with five at Earlswood Lakes. There was a Grasshopper War­bler and Green Sandpiper at Stor­ton’s Pits. Clare Top­ping

WEST MIDLANDS

BARTLEY RESER­VOIR: There were two Sand­wich Terns and nine Com­mon Scot­ers. MARSH LANE: Waders in­cluded a San­der­ling and Ruff. A Red Kite flew over. The Man­darin reap­peared. Two Cuck­oos and two Mediter­ranean Gulls were noted. The Cetti’s War­bler re­mained. SANDWELL VAL­LEY: There was a Red Kite, Barn Owl and Green Sandpiper. Lit­tle Ringed Plovers peaked at ten. A Goosander and sev­eral Pochards were present. A Pere­grine was reg­u­lar. Pete Hack­ett (0121 358 2454)

WORCES­TER­SHIRE

AVON VAL­LEY: A Green­shank was at John Ben­nett Wet­land. Two Cat­tle Egrets (24th), a Lit­tle Gull, Wood Sandpiper, seven Black-tailed God­wits and two Green­shanks were at Lower Moor. A Grasshopper War­bler was at Peo­ple­ton. GRIM­LEY/HOLT: High­lights in­cluded two Lit­tle Gulls, a Gar­ganey, Wood Sandpiper and two Hob­bies. LOWER SEV­ERN VAL­LEY: Three Black-tailed God­wits were at Clifton. Three Grasshopper War­blers were at Kempsey. NORTH: A Com­mon Scoter and three San­der­ling were at Bit­tell Reser­voirs. A Quail was at Low Hab­ber­ley. UP­TON WAR­REN: High­lights in­cluded a Red-crested Pochard, Wood Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwit. Brian Stretch (www.worces­ter­bird­ing.co.uk)

First-sum­mer Lit­tle Gull, Camp Lane pits, Grim­ley, Worces­ter­shire, 10 June

Osprey, Horn Mill Trout Farm, Rut­land, June

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