Bird Sightings for 29 August 2010 (courtesy of DOS)

August 31, 2010 in Other Derbys Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Kedleston Park (SK3041) 2 Kingfisher, Spotted Flycatcher
  • Foremark Res. (SK3323) 2 Redshank
  • Drakelow NR (SK2220) 6 Little Egret in roost; Hobby, Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Swift, 110 House Martin, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat
  • Barrow GP (SK3527) 20 Cormorant, 80 Mute Swan, 200 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Green Sandpiper, Wheatear
  • Willington GP (SK2827) Little Gull, 3 Little Egret, 470 Canada Goose, 620 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 2 Swallow, 3 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 2 Ringed Plover, 7 Snipe, Redshank, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Common Tern, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Jay

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Bird Sightings for 30 August 2010 (courtesy of DOS)

August 31, 2010 in Other Derbys Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Peak Naze (SK0496) 2 Yellow Wagtail
  • Loscoe Dam (SK4247) Honey Buzzard over, Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard
  • North Wingfield (SK4165) Peregrine
  • Ingelby area (SK3427) Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 2 Goldcrest, Coal Tit
  • Staunton Harold Res. (SK3723) Oystercatcher, Greenshank
  • Ogston Res. (SK3760) Citrine Wagtail (first for Derbyshire) - full details on Rod Key's page, 2 Whinchat
  • Willington GP (SK2827) Little Gull, Spotted Redshank (Canal Pit), Garganey (Platform 3), 3 Little Egret (2 main pit, 1 flying along river), 3 Hobby, 2 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, Redshank, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Common Tern, Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Tit, 2 Bullfinch, Raven, Kingfisher

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Anti-virus software – a reminder

August 31, 2010 in Latest News by ChrisLuv

I’ve been informed that a few birding sites have been affected by a trojan virus recently – while there is nothing to indicate this site has been affected I have taken some precautionary steps to remove the “Fat Birder” and “Birder Top 1000″ widgets from this site as these are the widgets that have been reported on the Internet as having  been associated with the virus. Please note that the information I have is that these sites are all now “cured” – and the administrators of those sites have worked very hard to repair them and fix the associated security holes. However I’d rather play safe, and since these widgets don’t add much more than counters to site I’d rather remove them to be safe.

Anyone using an infected site with up-to-date virus and firewall software, and a decent browser, will be okay, but it serves as a timely reminder to everyone to keep such software up to date. I use AVG and ZoneAlarm – a quick internet search will help you find them, they’re free. I would also recommend scanning regularly with some trusted AntiMalware software too.

I take this sites security very seriously, and hope the above will reassure anyone who reads about the problems that this site is safe.

Anyone with any concerns or questions can email me: webmaster (-at-) – removing the (-at-) and replacing it with @ (another battle we have is with spammers!).


Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint

August 31, 2010 in ChrisLuv's Birding Blog, Holiday and Trip Reports by ChrisLuv

[The photo
to the left is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License and kindly taken from Notts Birders site]

Bank Holiday Monday, and three of us locals (that’s Jim, Dave and I) decided to take a trip out and about to find us some decent birds. With the weather looking good then we decided to try Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint. Jim is a bit of a raptor nut and Dave has bags of experience too so I was hoping to pick a few tips on how to ID these fantastic birds at a distance. Honey Buzzard was very much the target species, but with very few records coming from the area, and the time of year, then we acknowledged it might be a tall order.

I was driving, and being the only one who hadn’t visited the “watchpoint” before, was warned that I might drive straight past it without realising – so eyes peeled I was ready for anything – but still drove straight past it. For those who haven’t been it’s little more than a piece of grass where you can park the car at the side of the road. I’ve taken the above picture from the Notts Birders site, because I forgot to take one, but it shows the vista as seen from the “lay-by” (and I’m being kind describing it that).

We immediately upped scopes and started scanning for birds, but in the drive up the weather had gone from a light wind and bright sunshine to strong winds and cloud. Not as good as we hoped. For a while the birding was frustrating, and a GS Woodpecker calling, a kestrel on the wire and a Yellowhammer or two were the only birds we saw. However, slowly, the birds started to show.

To start with just a Common Buzzard (or Radio Bird as Jim calls them – from C.B.) or two were climbing in the distant trees, but they gave us something to check and were positive signs. Then a Hobby went left to right in front, and proceeded to hawk among the Hirundines gathering to our left, often soaring alongside them. Later a second bird showed itself, soaring across the lake in front of us from right to left. After that it was like the floodgates opened and, joined by a sheffield lad, we watched the woodpigeons that had often fooled us with their playing in the wind in the distance give way to at least four more “Radio Birds”. Over the period we probably had 6 birds, while not a great number at least it was a bit of decent birding. Add to that the flock of 10 waders that came across the top of us (South to North) in silhouette against the sky and we were in good spirits suddenly. Frustratingly the waders gave very little away about themselves, 2 large birds and 8 little ones, Jim being fairly confident the larger ones may be Ruffs but the best guess we had for the smaller birds were Redshank.

Chatting to the bloke from Sheffield it seemed that we might struggle with “pencil birds” (another Jim-ism for Honey Buzzard. Think about it…) at this site, and so we moved on to see what was available elsewhere. We drove further south and walked through the forest, getting a lovely pair of Linnet on the way, setting ourselves up in a clearing that offered a bit of potential. It would be difficult here, as it didn’t have the panorama but looked like there may be some decent birds fly through if we were lucky.

From this vantage point it proved harder, as expected, and aside from a few “radio birds”, a sprawk and a kestrel nothing much offered itself. Whether a too brief sighting of a *very* interesting looking raptor over the forest top was something we should have got excited about deserved it, we’ll never know, but we did get excited – certainly it was to prove to be the most exciting sighting of the day (if only to prove just how fast three not-so-young birders can move when they get a whiff of a decent bird disappearing behind trees!).

After a couple of hours back we went, stopping briefly to watch a mixed flock of passerines, including treecreeper, willow warber, mixed tits and a family party of Spotted Flycatcher. Cracking birds.

Our last stop was to be “Budby Pond” – near the Pumping Station. Dave has really pushed us to go, Jim and I had never heard of the site, but I’m glad he did as what a mixed bag it threw up. Very quickly we’d got all three common wagtails in the same view, five Chiff-chaff, c50 Sand Martins, a hunting Kingfisher, Shelduck as well as a variety of wildfowl and other birds. A decent end to the day that really upped our “daylist” from paltry to okay, ending up with a few less than 40 species in the day.

The news that “pencil birds” were on the move when we got back home was a little annoying, with one sighted over Loscoe Dam on its way to Erewash Meadows a tantalising glimpse of what we might have seen had we stayed local, the third bird in three weeks. And of course not to mention the Citrine Wagtail at Ogston (though that sounded elusive).

All in all an enjoyable days birding.

Welbeck Raptor Watch Point, Welbeck Estate And Budby Pumping Station

August 30, 2010 in Beyond The Valley., The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Welbeck Raptor Watch Point. 2 Hobby, Kestrel, 6 Common Buzzard, 2 Yellow Hammers, 5 Great Black-Backed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 20 Swallow. Welbeck Estate. 4 Common Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Coal Tit. Budby Pumping Station Pond. Shelduck [juv] 35 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 9 Pied Wagtail. 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff, Kingfisher. 

The Bennerley Boys Outing

August 30, 2010 in Beyond The Valley., The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Myself and a couple of friends, Jim and Chris had a day out at Welbeck and Budby pumping station, target species were Honey Buzzard and Goshawk, sadly apart from a very slightly possible Honey, neither species was seen, but’ not to worry, we still made a good days birding out of it.  

There were actually birds galore, mostly common species but plenty of Buzzards, a couple of Hobby, a few gulls, a fair bit of visible migration, oh yes and a few grasshoppers and crickets.

We started at the Welbeck Raptor Watch Point which, whilst being somewhat disappointing threw up a few Buzzards and the two Hobby, plus the odd Yellow Hammer flitting about. A small group of waders passed overhead although high I thought about six of them were probably Redshank and Jim thought that two slightly larger “tail end Charlie's” were probably Ruff.  After directions from a fellow birder we made our way to another likely spot for our target species.

We found our forest clearing and with ‘scopes set up we settled down to watch and wait…….and wait ! apart from more Common Buzzards and a Sparrow Hawk nothing much else. Chris wandered off to photograph Grasshoppers and Crickets, I watched the skies and at the same time checked the surrounding trees and bushes for small stuff and Jim had a little snooze ! After a while we decided to head back to the car, and along the way, picking up a small mixed flock of tits, finches and warblers and including a family group of Spotted Flycatchers. 

A few minutes later we arrived at the Budby Pumping Station pond, a fairly recent addition to Budbys varied habitats. Lots of stuff here, a juvenile Shelduck, a good few Gadwall, a few Teal and as well as wildfowl, a good selection of warblers and wagtails,   but unfortunately we were told we had missed a small party of waders including Greenshank, oh well, yer’ can’t win em’ all and it had been a cracking day, a   cracking Bennerley Boys outing !    

Bird Sightings for 27 August 2010 (courtesy of DOS)

August 30, 2010 in Other Derbys Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Walton Dam (SK3670) Grasshaopper Warbler
  • Willington GP (SK2827) Little Gull, 5 Hobby

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Bird Sightings for 28 August 2010 (courtesy of DOS)

August 30, 2010 in Other Derbys Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Foremark Res. (SK3323) Redshank, Wheatear

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Notts sightings for Fri 27th Aug (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

August 30, 2010 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Papplewick - Sparrowhawk [male unsuccessfully attacking House Martins before being mobbed].
  • Collingham Gravel Pits / Silt Pond - 5 Little Egret, 3 Dunlin, 4 Common Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper.
  • Besthorpe - Mons Pool: 3 Dunlin, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper.
  • Cotham Flash - 2 Ruff, 6 Common Snipe, 2 Common Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper.
  • Kilvington Lakes - 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Northern Wheatear.
  • Ransom Wood Estate - Mallard, Woodpigeon, Black-headed Gull, Sand Martin, Meadow Pipit, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, Moorhen, Carrion Crow, White Wagtail [adult close to the edge of Ratcher Hill Quarry], Blue Tit, Great Tit, Common Buzzard, Green Woodpecker.
  • Gedling Pit Top - 4 Whinchat [around the small pool].
  • Cotham Flash - 2 Ruff [juveniles], 3 Common Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 10+ Common Snipe, Coot, Reed Warbler, Northern Lapwing.
  • Attenborough Nature Reserve - Little Egret, 2 Common Kingfisher [Clifton Pond].
  • Welbeck Lakes - Grey Heron [water dipping like a swallow].
  • Welbeck - 6 Common Buzzard [Robin Hood Trail - surrounded by swallows].
  • Meden Pumping Station - Common Buzzard , Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Common Kestrel.

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Notts sightings for Sat 28th Aug (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

August 30, 2010 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Aslockton - 2 COmmon Swift.
  • Woodthorpe Park - Osprey.
  • Clumber Park - 2 Eurasian Nuthatch, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stock Dove, Robin, 4 Carrion Crows, Common Kestrel, 2 Jays, 4 Greenwoodpecker, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Chaffinch.

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