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Derbyshire County Birding (4 Viewers)

Daniel Martin

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Per Philip Precey.....

Rather randomly, a flock of about 30 Waxwings flew over Belper this morning: come over near St Peter’s Church at treetop height and headed high west over the valley. Didn’t seem to be dropping down, and lost from sight somewhere over towards the Chevin.
In Belper Park, quite a few Redwings in the treetops and a family of Bullfinches chomping on Rowan berries.
 

Gomphus

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Per Philip Precey.....

Rather randomly, a flock of about 30 Waxwings flew over Belper this morning: come over near St Peter’s Church at treetop height and headed high west over the valley. Didn’t seem to be dropping down, and lost from sight somewhere over towards the Chevin.
In Belper Park, quite a few Redwings in the treetops and a family of Bullfinches chomping on Rowan berries.

Interesting.... a few WWings comng in over the last few days in the UK, but not that many,
We had better be on the look out when shopping in Belper now then! I usually strike lucky ay the Post Office:-O
 

Daniel Martin

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Drake Scaup (or hybrid) Linacre Resvs on middle resv

Does anyone cover this? I used to visit when the office was near Sheepbridge but not been for a while.
 

DaveN

Derwent Valley Birder
Drake Scaup (or hybrid) Linacre Resvs on middle resv

Does anyone cover this? I used to visit when the office was near Sheepbridge but not been for a while.

Yes, I think his name could be Paul. I met him down Wyver last winter when the Bitterns were there. Seemed to be a decent birder.
 

DaveN

Derwent Valley Birder
RJL has just rang me to tell me he's got a 3rd winter Caspian Gull and a juv Iceland Gull from Sheepwash Hide. I still need Iceland for Carsi and in normal circumstances I would have been there today too. But, unfortunately I'm not.
 

Clive A

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RJL has just rang me to tell me he's got a 3rd winter Caspian Gull and a juv Iceland Gull from Sheepwash Hide. I still need Iceland for Carsi and in normal circumstances I would have been there today too. But, unfortunately I'm not.

Bugger! I hate work!! Must be the first Carsi record for some time. Shame for you Dave, let's hope you can get up soon eh?:t:
 

Gomphus

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Using data from when? Don't tell me all that grid work we did back in the nineties?

Yup I thinks so AFAIK, but I'm not sure how much of it that work forms it now.... they have updated it all with new records etc as it went along so a lot more new stuff is in there. Sadly a large part of the main area I surveyed in the 90's is a large housing estate now.... and the rest has changed beyond recognition!

Hope its worth the wait!

ATB

Steph'
 
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Birdbox

staringin2thevoid
I guess it goes without saying and goes for all those concerned that several species will now have disappeared from many surveyed squares (Spot Fly, Corn Bunt) and certain populations will be much reduced.

A couple of species of raptor spring to mind that now will be well established but which were barely on the radar 'back then'.

It's gonna be quite a read for not entirely the intended reasons.
 

Daniel Martin

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It's Roy Frosts book in the main so I guess it will be a compilation of all sorts of records.
I'm not sure how much it will rely on DOS and many I have spoken to are eagerly awaiting to see what isn't included as much as what is! Many people don't send stuff in or back records up and so it's inevitable that some good records may not make it if its a DOS summary as such.
Write ups on Roller and Least Sand anyone!?
I hope it looks like other County books - I have collected those from my favourite birding areas and so the books that cover Scillies, Norfolk and Suffolk for example and they are extremely well done.
I will be interested to see the fluctuating populations too. Turtle Dove must be almost extinct like Corn Bunt as a breeding bird, but there are others that we used to take for granted in the County that are now increasingly hard to observe (Lesser Pecker for one).
And the gains too? Little Egret on the local patch was unheard of 20 years ago and thankfully those raptors that have moved out of the north Peaks are doing so well in other areas.
 

Gomphus

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I know Roys done a sterling job with the atlas, and its had a long and difficult road to this point by the sounds of it and I believe quite a bit was rewritten and records were stll being added not that long ago. I think Roys happy to see the back of it :)
I agree that it will make interesting reading with the trends over the last few years. I suspect we loose a lot of "common bird" records which people don't send in routinely.

Not seen many atlas's but I but I have produced work for a few and I think the Derbys one has taken the longest from conception to print, certainly since artwork commission to print! I have a couple I did work for.....the Wiltshire one is particularly nice I feel. Hoping the Derbys one is as good.
 
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michael23

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16 crossbills and a hawfinch were a great sight at chatsworth this afternoon. They were in the larches by the river as you get closer to the house end walking from calton lees. Also a little grebe on the river too.
 

Daniel Martin

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�� one for another time eh Ro!?
I think I've been plied with just one bias version over the years!
May still be interesting if they get covered in the new book.

"Tit for tat suppression"......never good.
 

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