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January 31, 2011 in Latest News by ChrisLuv

Bird Sightings for 30 January 2011 (courtesy of DOS)

January 31, 2011 in Other Derbys Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Westhouses (SK4257) A Dipper on the brook
  • Erewash Meadows NR (SK4449) 100 Wigeon, 130 Teal, Jack Snipe
  • Ambaston (SK4232) 2 Whooper Swan
  • Chaddesen Park (SK3836) Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Treecreeper
  • Carsington Water (SK2451) 3 Pink-footed Goose, Smew
  • Walton (SK3670) 2 Blackcap (over-wintering)
  • Chellaston (SK3730) Blackcap
  • Heanor (SK454465) 5 Waxwing
  • Avenue Washlands NR (SK3966) Barn Owl
  • Harewood Moor (SK454465) Great Grey Shrike
  • Eyam Edge (SK2077) 250 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 50 Fieldfare, 4 Raven
  • Alvaston Lake (SK3734) 2 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, 2 Teal, 20 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 6 Goosander, Peregrine, 400 Black-headed Gull, 12 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, Kingfisher (R Derwent), 12 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 12 Redwing, 15 Long-tailed Tit, Willow Tit
  • Locko Park Lake (SK4038) Little Egret
  • Foremark Res (SK3323) 8 Grey Partridge, Lesser Redpoll

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Bird Sightings for 31 January 2011 (courtesy of DOS)

January 31, 2011 in Other Derbys Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Carsington Water (SK2451) 3 Great Northern Diver, 3 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Goosander, 2 Redshank, Yellow-legged Gull
  • Avenue Washlands NR (SK3966) Waxwing
  • Foremark Res (SK3323) Shoveler, 43 Goosander

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Another Wildlife Quiz Results

January 30, 2011 in Latest News by PaulS

Firstly congrats to Mark. The Secretary bird secured the win so well done that man!

Here’s the answers and the full pictures

Poppy. Glandford, Norfolk

Common Cotton Grass. Warslow Moors, Peak District.

There are two types of Cotton Grass in the Peak. This, with multiple heads and Haresfoot with a solitary head.

Common Knapweed. Risley Glebe, Derbyshire.

Female Jaguar (captive). Amazona Zoo, Cromer, Norfolk.

Merlin (captive, so nothing to be jealous of Chris). Norfolk.

Peregrine (male). Peak District. Exact location has to be withheld.

Slug (Arion ater). Peewit Carr, Derbyshire.

Common Spotted Orchid. Matlock Moor, Derbyshire.

Nuthatch. Mapperley Woods, Derbyshire.

Small Tortoiseshell. Ockbrook, Derbyshire.

Spotted Redshank. Morston, Norfolk.

Grey Headed Kingfisher. Lake Manyara, Tanzania.

Wildebeest (with only one eye!). Ngorongora Crater, Tanzania.

Secretary Bird (on recently burnt savannah. This is done by the ranger service to encourage new growth and increase the biodiversity). Serengeti, Tanzania.

Crowned Crane. Maasi Mara, Kenya.

Kookaburra (captive). Desford, Leicestershire.

Snowy Owl (female, captive). Desford, Leicestershire.

Bat Eared Fox (captive). Twycross zoo. Leicestershire.

Great Grey Owl (captive). Twycross Zoo. Leicestershire.

Amur Leopard (male cub. Captive). Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire.

So there you go. One point worth mentioning is the use of zoos to improve your photography. It sounds easy but try to get shots without any bars or obvious distractions in the background and it will improve your compositional skills no end. Try taking some shots as quick as you can also to improve your setting selections.

Hope you enjoyed the quiz and if you didn’t you might just like looking at the pictures.

Cheers

Paul

Bird Sightings for 29 January 2011 (courtesy of DOS)

January 30, 2011 in Other Derbys Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Spondon (SK3935) Blackcap
  • Belper (SK364479) 15 Waxwing
  • Avenue Washlands NR (SK3966) Little Owl, Barn Owl
  • Allestree (SK3439) 200 Pink-footed Goose
  • Linacre Res. (SK3372) 6 Goosander

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Bird Sightings for 30 January 2011 (courtesy of DOS)

January 30, 2011 in Other Derbys Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Carsington Water (SK2451) 3 Pink-footed Goose, Smew
  • Walton (SK3670) 2 Blackcap (over-wintering)
  • Chellaston (SK3730) Blackcap
  • Heanor (SK454465) 5 Waxwing
  • Avenue Washlands NR (SK3966) Barn Owl
  • Harewood Moor (SK454465) Great Grey Shrike
  • Eyam Edge (SK2077) 250 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 50 Fieldfare, 4 Raven
  • Alvaston Lake (SK3734) 2 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, 2 Teal, 20 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 6 Goosander, Peregrine, 400 Black-headed Gull, 12 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, Kingfisher (R Derwent), 12 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 12 Redwing, 15 Long-tailed Tit, Willow Tit
  • Locko Park Lake (SK4038) Little Egret

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Off For A Gander At Hoveringham Gravel Pits

January 30, 2011 in Home, Read Posts by davejsblog

Great White Egret

Pink Footed Geese
White Fronted Goose [right foreground]

Waved the old bus pass about today and got out to Hoveringham Gravel Pits, I used to get here most Sundays but i haven’t been since I  moved to Derbyshire, but it can be and excellent site and has produced some decent birds.

 
I gave myself four target species and got all four, how nice is that ? the Great White Egret, the White Fronted Geese, the Pink Footed Geese and the Red Crested Pochards. The water fowl were easy but the big white one led me a merry dance from the Railway Pit to the Sailing Pit looking in every ditch  along the way. Eventually it appeared in a sort of “looking for me? ” situation on the Nursery Pit by the Sailing Pit, distant but very viewable.
 
I also managed a few other species like Goldeneye, Goosander, Pochard, a single Barnacle Goose, a fewEgytian Geese and a single Little Egret, but strangely very few passerines !  A good day for goose lovers.

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My BGBW Westwood

January 30, 2011 in Latest Patch Sightings by SteveI

My Garden watch netted a fantastic (not) number of birds

3Blackbird,3Starlng2 Wood Pigeon1Song Thrush

hope you did better

off for the dog walk along the canal now hopefully to see a few more birds

Notts sightings for Wed 12th Jan (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

January 30, 2011 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Langford Lowfields - Marsh Harrier [female on Phase 1], 50 Northern Lapwing.
  • Attenborough Nature Reserve - 4 Common Goldeneye [2 males & 2 females on Clifton Pond], 1 Bittern [flushed from bank on river-side of Clifton Pond], Goosander [scattered across the reserve].
  • Budby Common - Great Grey Shrike [showed well from main footpath at north end of triangle].
  • Netherfield Lagoons - 1 Glaucous Gull, 1 Black Swan [possibly the Colwick bird], 60+ Eurasian Teal, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
  • Holme Pierrepont - 65 Northern Lapwing, 14 Common Goldeneye, 24 Gadwall, 6 Common Pochard, 1 Smew [redhead on rowing course].
  • King's Mill Reservoir - 8 Gadwall, 4 Eurasian Teal, 7 Common Pochard, 1 Mandarin Duck [drake], Bittern [showing towards front of wet marsh at 08:45], 1 Willow Tit.
  • Collingham - Collingham Pits: 10 Whooper Swan [in field with Mute Swans on opposite bank of River Trent to the pits], 120 Eurasian Wigeon, 6 Common Goldeneye, 4 Common Bullfinch. Coillingham Silt Pond: 2 Common Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper.
  • Kilvington Lakes - 80 Eurasian Wigeon, 80 Eurasian Teal, 3 Common Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 2 Eurasian Sparrowhawk [pair].

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Notts sightings for Mon 17th Jan (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

January 30, 2011 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Langford Lowfields - 300 Northern Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Shelduck, c.90 European Golden Plover, Marsh Harrier [female], c.200 Pink-footed Goose [flying north-west over Phase 1].
  • West Bridgford - 20+ Bohemian Waxwing [Byron Road].
  • Clumber - Jay, Eurasian Nuthatch, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Goosander. Great Spotted Woodpecker.
  • Welbeck Lake - 3 Grey Heron, Mallards, Moorhen.

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