Happy New Year

December 31, 2009 in Latest Patch Sightings by ChrisLuv

Well, that’s my first full year at Bennerley and now I’ve got to know my way around I’m looking forward  to 2010 and the only thing left to do for 2009 is to wish everyone, A Happy New year and good luck with the birds and other wildlife.  Dave J.


December 31, 2009 in Latest Patch Sightings by ChrisLuv

70 Black-Headed Gull, 6 Common Gull, 150 Lapwing, 33 Wigeon, 16 Teal, Green Woodpecker, Jay, 12 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Bullfinch. Chat Corner. Jack Snipe, 3 Common Snipe, 2 Kestrel, Sparrow Hawk, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Goosander. North Marsh. Jack Snipe, 11 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Goosander.

Two walks

December 29, 2009 in ChrisLuv's Birding Blog by ChrisLuv

A couple of walks today. The first at Wyver Lane with my son, he was in the buggy and a bit ratty but we managed a nice walk and a quick sit in the hide.

On the way up the Lane we had Treecreeper, the three common Tits, Goosander (2 male, 1 female), Robin, Blackbird and other common birds. The main pool Pochard and a Stock Dove out of the ordinary (didn’t make a note of everything). Also met DaveN off Birdforum in the hide, managed to disturb his birding for a while before leaving. He had a Water Rail right in front of the hide after I’d left.

In the afternoon went a walk round Bennerley with my folks, showed them the area for the SEO but unfortunately had no joy. Snipe and Cormorant over, a small flock of unidentified finches and five Reed Bunting were the only birds worth reporting. A Wren also showed well for a while at “Chat Corner”.

No photos due to the fading light.

Cromford Canal

December 28, 2009 in ChrisLuv's Birding Blog, Uncategorized by ChrisLuv

Planned a pleasant walk along the canal. Had a idea we might see one of Hawfinch, Lesser Redpoll or Siskin, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

We parked at Cromford Wharf, or the nearby Meadows car park because the normal car park was closed due to ice. The car park we did park in was really icy and as we ventured onto the tow path we realised a walk was impossible – it was a sheet of ice and with the buggy we were scared for what might happen.

So a walk round the churchyard and castle entrance (and shops for the little one and missus) but no Hawfinch. Plenty of people looking but the best I managed were the common tits, chaffinch, blackbird and house sparrow.

Perhaps a visit in new year when numbers are higher may be more fruitful.


December 27, 2009 in Latest Patch Sightings by ChrisLuv

2 Kestrel, 9 Cormorant, 7 Pheasant, 3 Grey Partridge, 2 Chiffchaff, 60 Black- Headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Herring Gull , 60 Lapwing, Redshank, 83 Teal, 53 Wigeon, 30 Redwing, 5 Mistle Thrush, 3 Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher.


December 26, 2009 in Latest Patch Sightings by ChrisLuv

90 Black-Headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, 45 Wigeon, 90 Lapwing, 50 Golden Plover, Green Woodpecker, 30 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, Tawny Owl. Water Treatment Works. 65 Pied Wagtail, 9 Meadow Pipit, Fieldfare. Chat Corner. 2 Kestrel, 2 Snipe, Barn Owl.


December 25, 2009 in Latest Patch Sightings by ChrisLuv

30 Black-Headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 64 Lapwing, 44 Wigeon, 130 Redwing, 14 Fieldfare, 8 Mistle Thrush, Chat Corner. 2 Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Short-Eared Owl, 2 Kestrel. North Marsh. 9 Snipe, 40 Lapwing, 2 Teal, 47 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 60 Jackdaw.


December 24, 2009 in Latest Patch Sightings by ChrisLuv

35 Wigeon, 70 Lapwing, Snipe, 2 Kestrel, 70 Jackdaw, 40 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush.



December 23, 2009 in Latest Patch Sightings by ChrisLuv

85 Lapwing, 7 Snipe, 125 Redwing, 20 Fieldfare, 5 Mistle thrush, 2 Jay, 2 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat [m/f] 2 Barn Owl, 10 Teal, 7 Wigeon, 4 Cormorant, 120 Jackdaw.

Holme Pierrepont – GND

December 21, 2009 in ChrisLuv's Birding Blog by ChrisLuv

Very quick trip to Holme Pierrepont today in my lunch hour as the Great Northern Diver had stayed the weekend there. On arrival I couldn’t see too much – teal, mute swans, black-headed gulls and coot. I was soon scanning the water and walking up the rowing lake looking at every thing I could find – from the books I thought it might be easily confused with a great-crested grebe. I was determined not to dip out like I had at Carsington.
However, I shouldn’t have worried as I took my eyes off the lake to see a few birders coming towards me. A quick check in their direction and I had it. It approached to fairly close but didn’t give me long on the surface. Managed a few snaps between dives. As it dived it swam and we found ouselves having to nearly run to keep up with where it might appear next.
Ten minutes later and I checked with some guy if there were Smew around, there have been occasional reports over the last few days. Fortunately he said there had been a “redhead” (i.e. female) up near the far end. With one eye on the time it couldn’t have been in a worse place but I set off at a fast pace.
It’s further than you think, but on the way I got Goldeneye, Grey Wagtail and Redshank (more than one I think). I managed to pick out the small bird fairly easily, an absolute beauty (a lifer for me) and  I got some okay shots before it drifted over the far side. A cracking bird and one that probably pleases me more than the other lifer of the day (the GND) because it’s one I’ve wanted to see for years – before I took up “serious” birding this year.
A great few species for a lunch hour, and two lifers to boot. Also my first sucessful, non-accidental “twitch” (not counting the dark-eared junco a few years ago that we stumbled on (and its 100 “friends” with binoculars) at Dungeness. Okay so Holme Pierrepont isn’t miles away but still :-)