Sightings

February 28, 2010 in Sightings by davejsblog

Cotmanhay. Black Cap [m]  Bennerley Marsh. 160 Lapwing, 15 Golden Plover, Redshank, 60 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 80 Black-Headed Gull, Merlin [f] Cotmanhay/Erewash Canal. 3 Snipe, 2 Bullfinch, 50 Black-Headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull. Tathame Pond. 4 Tufted Duck. Bennerley/Chat Corner. 3 Stonechat, 3 Snipe, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark. Bennerley/North Marsh. 12 Teal, 14 Snipe, 2 Green Woodpecker. Milnehay Water Treatment Works. 2 Grey Wagtail.

Sightings

February 28, 2010 in Latest Patch Sightings by Bennerley

Cotmanhay. Black Cap [m]  Bennerley Marsh. 160 Lapwing, 15 Golden Plover, Redshank, 60 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 80 Black-Headed Gull, Merlin [f] Cotmanhay/Erewash Canal. 3 Snipe, 2 Bullfinch, 50 Black-Headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull. Tathame Pond. 4 Tufted Duck. Bennerley/Chat Corner. 3 Stonechat, 3 Snipe, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark. Bennerley/North Marsh. 12 Teal, 14 Snipe, 2 Green Woodpecker. Milnehay Water Treatment Works. 2 Grey Wagtail. Aldercar Flash [Derbys.] Pink-Footed Goose, 5 Greylag Geese, 40 Wigeon, 3 Teal. Erewash Meadows. 17 Lapwing, 30 Greylag Geese, Pink-Footed Goose, 2 Shoverler,2 Gadwall, 8 Bullfinch, Blackcap [singing, male] 50 Fieldfare. Aldercar  Flash [Notts.] 3 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 4 Gadwall. plus. Brown Hare.

Latest

February 28, 2010 in Latest News by Bennerley

3 Stonechat at Chat Corner and female Merlin by the viaduct, Bennerley, plus, Pink-Footed Goose at Aldercar Flash and Erewash Meadows, possibly the same bird.

Long Eaton Gravel /Trent Meadows

February 28, 2010 in Latest Patch Sightings by ChrisLuv

3 Great-crested Grebe, 4 Pochard, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Tufted Duck, Blue Tits, Magpies, Great Tits, Long tailed Tits.

Erewash Meadows

February 27, 2010 in Latest Patch Sightings by ChrisLuv

Aldercar Feeders: Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Blackbird.

Southern Flashes: Teal, Widgeon, Gadwall

Big Marsh: Pink-Footed Goose, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Goldfinch, 5 Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Gadwall, Moorhen, Coot, Grey Heron, Rook, Carrion Crow, Pheasant, House Sparrow [Stoneyford Lodge].  

Bennerley Sightings

February 27, 2010 in Latest Patch Sightings by Bennerley

Bennerley Marsh. 80 Wigeon, 38 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 80 Lapwing, 11 Golden Plover, Redshank, 250 Black-Headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull. Water Treatment Works. 90 Pied Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtail, 7 Common Gull. Chat Corner. Knot [over & NW] 5 Common Snipe, 14 Teal. Cotmanhay/Erewash Canal. 3 Common Snipe, 4 Goosander, Kingfisher.

Bennerley Sightings

February 27, 2010 in Sightings by davejsblog

Bennerley Marsh. 80 Wigeon, 38 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 80 Lapwing, 11 Golden Plover, Redshank, 250 Black-Headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull. Water Treatment Works. 90 Pied Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtail, 7 Common Gull. Chat Corner. Knot [over & NW] 5 Common Snipe, 14 Teal.

Local Patchs

February 23, 2010 in ChrisLuv's Birding Blog by ChrisLuv

Not had an update in a while due to work commitments, I’ve been to Poland again but no time for birding.

I did have time in my weekend to visit Bennerley and Erewash Meadows. First Bennerley on the Saturday evening – in search of the SEO. Kestrel was the first bird I saw, hunting over the fields and it hung around most of the day.

I decided to hunt for Snipe in the fields by Erewash and ideally wanted a close photo but only managed to flush one bird (Snipe), whatever else was there was proving very difficult to move. So I settled for another walk around, not going down to the Viaduct or main marsh. A Barn Owl (a year tick) was active by the Erewash, but no sign of the SEO.

I was joined by another birder and as we stood watching a BOP was over the marsh area where I had been looking for Snipe, it obviously was having more luck finding them and was going for it ducking and diving in a dogfight with a Snipe. Eventually it gave up but it gave good views and appeared to be a Peregrine (too big for a Merlin) – the bad light made it difficult to be sure. My companion also had a Shelduck flying along the Erewash but I failed to get on it.

DaveJ came along then and as we chatted the Barn Owl appeared again, giving a good, though distant chance of video which I’ll add to my YouTube page, and gave brilliant close views later, a lovely bird and my first for a while. We then had a few confusing minutes as calls started in the field close to us, how far away the bird (If it was a bird) was was difficult to accertain but it appeared to be moving in the undergrowth near us – were two birds facing each other off? Eventually on returning home we identified the calls as Grey Partridge - are they getting fiesty before breeding season?

Finally, as we returned home we had a Woodcock flash across our path.

The next morning I planned to go to Matlock Forest to try and tick Crossbill, but I woke to a blanket of snow. Having got dressed then I decided to try Erewash Meadows instead – though the drive there was dicy to say the least (the gritter still wasn’t out and A610 was covered in snow).

The walk around was fiarly uneventful, I wanted to get up to the Top Copse for a photo of Woodcock – which I thought might be easier in the snow – I’ve been flushing them there lately. However, as I went to turn in then I was overtaken by a jogger and so decided to wait to see if he flushed it. Which he did. One flew over towards Brinsley Flash just as he went through.
Lots of the normal birds, but nothing else and so I tried for the Water Rail at the Feeders at Aldercar Flash. Standing with my camera by the tree, just out of sight, I was amazed by how close the birds come. Redwing, Willow Tit, Dunnock, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit all flew feeding on the feeders and I got good photos before my target bird appeared. It stayed in the marsh, not daring to come too close, but I had nice views.

Bennerley Sightings

February 21, 2010 in Latest Patch Sightings by Bennerley

Bennerley Marsh South [behind Ilkeston Town FC] 35 Lapwing, 2 Teal, Grey Heron. Erewash Fields [down from Cossal] 16 Fieldfare, 6 Lapwing, Jay. Bennerley Marsh. Kingfisher, 25 teal, 16 Lapwing

Bennerley Sightings

February 21, 2010 in Latest Patch Sightings by davejsblog

Bennerley Marsh South [behind Ilkeston Town FC] 35 Lapwing, 2 Teal, Grey Heron. Erewash Fields [down from Cossal] 16 Fieldfare, 6 Lapwing, Jay. Bennerley Marsh. Kingfisher, 25 teal, 16 Lapwing.