Bird Sightings for 29 April 2011 (courtesy of DOS)

April 30, 2011 in Other Derbys Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Poolsbrook Marsh (SK4473) Green Woodpecker, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler, 12 Reed Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Yellowhammer
  • Willington GP (SK2827) Marsh Harrier
  • Carr Vale NR (SK4669) 7 Arctic Tern
  • Middleton Moor (SK2074) 2 Arctic Tern
  • Markeaton Park (SK3337) 3 Mute Swan, 2 Greylag Goose, 48 Canada Goose, 31 Mallard, Buzzard, Moorhen, 19 Coot, Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush
  • Matlock Moor (SK3162) Red Kite over
  • Carver's Rocks (SK3322) Cuckoo, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 5 Linnet, 6 Bullfinch, 2 Grasshopper Warbler

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Bird Sightings for 30 April 2011 (courtesy of DOS)

April 30, 2011 in Other Derbys Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Pride Park Sanctuary (SK3734) Little Grebe, 2 Gadwall, 2 Wheatear
  • Hatton (SK2129) 2 Lesser Whitethroat
  • Newton Solney (SK2725) Cormorant, 12 Mallard, 5 Coot, 2 Common Gull, 10 Sand Martin, Yellow Wagtail
  • Willington GP (SK2827) Common Sandpiper, 13 Arctic Tern

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Bennerley Sightings

April 30, 2011 in Latest Patch Sightings by Bennerley

Saturday, 30th. April. Cotmanhay. Blackcap, 2 Mistle Thrush. Butterflies. Small White, Speckled Wood. Bennerley Marsh. 16 Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Common Tern, Grey Heron, 3 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, Bullfinch [f.]  Butterflies. Small White, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell. Chat Corner. 3 Reed Bunting, Skylark, 6 Whitethroat, King Fisher. Butterflies. Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood.

A Brief Bennerley Stroll

April 30, 2011 in Home, Read Posts by davejsblog

Common Sandpiper

Had a quick look around Bennerley today but not much happening, a few butterflies but after looking at a couple of likely spots, no Dingy Skipper yet and not a single damselfly.

A similar story with the birds, a couple of Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff or two and Whitethroat and Blackcap here and there. Just one of the regular Common Terns and a dozen Lapwing getting by.

Had a look at the river from Awesworth road and I have been expecting something along the Erewash at some time, and today was the day ! nothing really “fab” a Common Sandpiper, I suppose it is “fab” really, they are not nearly as common as they once were on local Rivers, although they might have struggled a bit on the Erewash with all the mining and industrial activity that are part of the valleys past.

although a little out off range for the camera that is part of my light weight trekking kit, I managed to get a few shots off. I thought at first I may have a none-breeding Spotted Sandpiper, this bird didn’t look quite right from my elevated position on the bridge and I couldn’t decide on the leg color and it looked to have a more prominent supercilium than common, but having looked and compared the photos with Spotted, I’m pretty sure it is common, although I hope I’m wrong !

Common Sandpiper

April 30, 2011 in Home, Photo Posts by davejsblog

Common Sandpiper

April 30, 2011 in Home, Photo Posts by davejsblog

Red Campion

April 30, 2011 in Home, Photo Posts by davejsblog

“Macro Man”

April 30, 2011 in Home, Photo Posts by davejsblog



“Far Out”"

Padley Gorge

April 29, 2011 in ChrisLuv's Birding Blog, Holiday and Trip Reports by ChrisLuv

Well what a cracking day, Paul, Don, Mick and I headed off, looking like some kind of photography club, up the gorge. Not much of a write up coz I’m knackered.

First off was a cuckoo sounding in the distance, but first birds sighted were Nuthatch and Treecreepers, we stood watching and were soon treated to a cracking male Redstart.

Later we found several close quarters Pied Flycatchers, who just wouldn’t pose for me, and Paul saw a Wood Warbler. I could hear it and later saw a very likely looking bird.

Tree Pipits and Stonechat, as well as moths, cuckoo and willow warbler, all showed on the moor, before we headed down the gorge. There we found some orange tiny fungus which started the macro photography and after that, with the help of Pauls lens (in the spirit of the royal wedding day – something borrowed) I tested the other’s patience with my endless pursuit of tiny subjects.

Later we tried some long exposures on the water, and I tried their patience again, but to their credit they looked more than happy as I got as may shots as I wanted and Paul dished out the expert advice

A cracking day, and after sorting through a rather snap happy SD card, I’ve whittled it down to the following gallery. Comments and criticism appreciated as always. Remember you can click on the pictures and expand them using the icon in the bottom right once you’ve done so – left/right arrow guys navigate the gallery.

Bird Sightings for 28 April 2011 (courtesy of DOS)

April 29, 2011 in Other Derbys Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Kedleston Park (SK3140) 2 Great Crested Grebe, 50 Greylag Goose, 2 Shelduck, 6 Mandarin, 25 Mallard, 26 Tufted Duck, 19 Coot,
  • Heanor (SK4545) 20 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, Bullfinch, 12 Reed Bunting
  • Pleasley Colliery (SK4964) 2 Lesser Whitethroat
  • Glapwell (SK4766) Stonechat
  • Willington GP (SK2827) 8 Arctic Tern, 6 Swift, Green Woodpecker, 2 Grasshopper Warbler

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