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early morning in the woods

March 31, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by mick c

had awalk down the wood and took these woodland flower covered in dew


wood anemone

oh of course the nuthachers where out in forse again on the feed

all the best

mick c


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Photo posts

March 30, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by PaulS

If anyone posts an article and it’s got some decent photos (oh, that’ll just be me then ;) ) don’t forget in the categories section you can select featured. This will put the post at the top of the home page and keep things fresh. Don’t forget to look underneath categories and select your featured image. Just pick one of the images you’ve copied into your library.



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The Norfolk Journal. Barn Owls 1. Me 0!!

March 30, 2012 in Holiday and Trip Reports by PaulS

Before we get going can I just say there’s been some excellent posts and photos of late. Everyone keep ‘em coming.

Decided to head over to my sure fire Barn Owl location last night and totally predictably no Barnies. Still it’s a great spot and never disappoints with the wildlife encounters I have there. Roe Deer, Fox, Green Woodpecker, Egyptian Goose, Red Legged Partridge and grey Heron to name a few. Here’s some details of where it is.

It’s a bit of rough pasture amongst a sea of arable land and is situated in the beautiful Bure Valley just outside the village of Ingworth. The river Bure runs through the Bure valley (unsurprisingly!!). I’ve had Kingfisher, Crayfish and Otter on here regularly.

Now the area itself doesn’t look anything different to some of the land near us but the one massive difference is the noise. There’s no major road within, pardon the pun, a country mile of here and you can hear everything. It’s amazing just sitting and hearing no traffic, no kids, no nothing  just wildlife. Even the odd tractor doesn’t distract from the experience.

So hopefully if you are in the area and you can drag yourself away from the delights of the coast Ingworth and the surrounding area would be high on my recommendations for a great day out.

Oh, and some of the locals…

And one for Jim. Quite literally the only one I saw in 2 days??

I’ll get those Barnies next time!!



Not A Relatively Normal Kind Of Day !

March 30, 2012 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


I thought after yesterdays fab day at Wollaton, today would be relatively normal, well’ not really, the day managed to deliver a few surprises, like a couple of Orange Tip Butterflies and a couple of Small Copper Butterflies, plus a couple of Peacock Butterflies.

And ! not to mention two Willow Warblers and a Swallow, now’ that is really nice !



Cotmanhay. 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldfinch. Woodside. Chiffchaff, 4 Green Woodpecker, Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Jay, 2 Grey Partridge. Butterflies. Peacock, Small Copper. Pewit Carr. 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Swallow, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Fieldfare, 3 Pheasant. Butterflies. Peacock, 2 Orange Tip, Small Copper.

Wild Woodside

March 30, 2012 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Black-headed Gull
Bumble Bee

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Ladybirds in the Garden

March 30, 2012 in Latest Sightings by lammie

Had a play with the new toy today, tried a few shots of the ladybirds (about the only things in the garden).





The Torrent !

March 30, 2012 in Photo's., The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley



Tales Of The Canal Bank

March 30, 2012 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Song Thrush
Grey Wagtail
Water Vole

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Cromford – Seeking Rattie !

March 30, 2012 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Peep Bo !

Well, I am on a bit of a roll ! another fun filled day, not many species but some cracking creatures !

I started on the canal at Ambergate with a Dunnock orgy, Grey Wagtails, an overflying female Crossbill and the first “Rattie” the second appeared in playful mood a few minutes later, rolling about in the water at arms length !

The only Dipper of the day was seen on the Derwent from the footbridge at the High Peak Trail.

At the rugby club the game had just finished as I arrived and as the small crowd left, three Hawfinch left with them, the crowed headed for the cars, the Hawfinch headed for the Castle Hotel !

Sat down by the river by the chapel hoping for a closer Dipper but no joy with that one, just a pair of Goosander battling the white water and drifting of down stream, I drifted of home.


Cromford Canal. 2 Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk [f.] Crossbill [f.] 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Grey Wagtail, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Hawfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 6 Little Grebe, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Goosander [R.Derwent] 14 Greylag Goose. Plus. 2 Water Vole. Bow Wood. Chiffchaff, Song Thrush.

Wonderful Wollaton Park

March 30, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by Bennerley


I have been visiting Wollaton Park since I was a young lad, I’ve seen stuffed gorillas, vintage cars, heard lots of music and done a bit of wildlife watching, but today just has to be my best ever visit !

A passing Osprey, 3 Buzzards, a full set of woodpeckers, a couple of butterflies and two species of deer, what could be finer !


Osprey [very high and to NW] 3 Buzzard, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Green Woodpecker, 5 Nuthatch, Tree Creeper, Blackcap [m.] 2 Jay, 4 Teal. Plus 2 Peacock Butterflies.