To north marsh for a paddle

August 31, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by colin penny

Had a wander across the fields in the sun this morning to shipley lock and paddled back through the water on north marsh(oops thought it would be dry), not lots of birds about except for a flock of 50+ goldfinches on munching  thistles but quite a few butterflies.

whites,speckled wood,meadow brown,small tortoiseshell,peacock,red admiral,small copper(6 seen)


Peacock and Small tortoiseshell butterflies

Small copper

And another Small copper

Green veined white



Shipley lake 30/8/12

August 31, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by colin penny

Parked up at pit lane and wandered down to shipley lake then along the nutbrook trail to the lagoons were not much to see through the trees but two workmen on site. numbers of coots building on shipley lake over 70 birds present.

also spotted the following along the way,

Gadwall(2), house martin, wood pigeon, magpie, crow, green woodpecker, coot(70+), mute swan(7), great crested gebe, canada goose(2), moorhen, little grebe(one on shipley lake and one on the lagoons), robin,wren,long tailed tit, blue tit, kingfisher( on pauls arm and flew under the bridge onto shipley lake),blackbird, goldfinch, black headed gull(7), great tit, jackdaw, jay, mallard, great spotted woodpecker, and 3 speckled wood butterflies.

cheers colin.

Next thursday i am aiming to visit rutland water for the day seats are free in the car if anybody would like to join me.

cheers colin.

Bee Orchid at old Cossall Ski Slope

August 30, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by Philip Bond

I found this bee orchid on 1st July 2012 .  Its not a very clear photo because I took it by mobile phone but gives proof of its location. It was growing by the old ski run near the top, there was just one plant but two large common orchids close by.


Bennerley 30/8/2012

August 30, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Quick walk around today, including along the Nottingham Canal.

1 Chiffchaff, juv Green Woodpecker, 50 Swallows/Martins and 3 Swifts high over. Kestrel and Cormorant. 50ish Black-headed Gull.

2 Southern Hawker.


Frampton and Chambers Farm Wood, Lincs 25/26 Aug 2012

August 30, 2012 in Holiday and Trip Reports by Jim Steele

Over to see my Brother, Garry, last weekend, in deepest Lincolnshire.

At Frampton there were thousands of waders: mainly Black-tailed Godwit, but also 3 Spotted Reshank, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 3 Wood Sandpiper and a superb Red-necked Phalarope – my first in England.

At Chambers Farm Wood a single Brown Hairstreak (second attempt after spending a few hours searching in vain on the Friday), Brown Argus and Essex Skipper. Hundreds of Migrant Hawkers and some very inquisitive Southern Hawkers. Pictures courtesy of my Brother. No chance of getting a BH pic – a rather superb female stuck up in a tree but good views through the binocs! Jim

Brimstone – look closely you can see a water droplet on its proboscis!


Brown Argus – second brood



Essex Skipper – note the dark underside of the antennae.

A Few Digi-scoped Images From Attenborough

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





Wrangling With Kit At Willington

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

Banded Demoiselle

The bottom picture is a digiscoped effort of a Common Tern and two Black-headed Gull, my first attempt using the new kit, the other two pics. were taken using the Lumix, or on todays digiscoping results – “the Lummox” removed from the ‘scope, early days !

The Opticron ‘scope seems to work very well, I easily ID’d a couple of Yellow Legged Gulls at the far end of a spit from platform three, but don’t you just hate new gear, it tends to get in the way, detracting from the main game – BIRDING !

Main Reserve. 7 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Grey Heron, 60 Lapwing, 140 Black-headed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Yellow Legged Gull, 2 Common Tern. Canal Scrape. Garganey [f] 5 Shoveler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 30 Lapwing, 5 Goldfinch


Green Veined White

Wot, No Photo’s ?

August 29, 2012 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Took my brand new Opticron ‘scope out to Bennerley today, it’s a ES 80 GA ED with a Opticron 20 x 60 SDL v 2 eyepiece and “stay on case” plus a Opticron digiscoping kit with Panasonic compact camera and adapter, sadly no photos yet, too much rain, but the ‘scope coped and behaved very well in the poor light and wet conditions.

It was a pity about the weather, there was a Green Sandpiper at Bennerley and a Wheatear at Chat Corner that would have made good subjects for digiscoping !

Hoping to get of to Willington tomorrow, the weather looks set to be a little better, I hope so.

Bennerley. 3 Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk [m] Green Sandpiper, 12 Black-headed Gull, 12 Sand Martin, 35 Swallow, 25 House Martin, Wheatear [Chat Corner]

Wykeham & Blacktoft Photos

August 28, 2012 in Holiday and Trip Reports by Sam Viles

Sorry they’re a little (very) late, and I don’t really have an excuse for them being so other than laziness. Paul and Dave covered the day pretty well, so its  just a few photos from me.


Honey Buzzard (thanks to Paul for editing these two up for me :) )


Black-tailed Skimmers


Spotted Redshanks

Marsh Harrier

Thanks, Sam

Clent Hills near Bromsgrove

August 27, 2012 in ChrisLuv's Birding Blog, Holiday and Trip Reports by ChrisLuv

A bank holiday weekend camping with my parents and the kids, and what a pleasant one it was. Ignore the weatherman, it was gorgeous.

We took a walk in the Clent Hills just south of Birmingham on Sunday and the views are fantastic, I’d recommend the walk if you’re in the area. The butterflies were all out too and so I took a few snaps I thought I’d share.

All the below were on the same plant, with also 2 Small Heath and 2 Meadow Brown.

First an Antler Moth, a day flying moth common across the UK especially on upper slopes and moorland.

Now my favourite butterfly the Small Copper, of which there were three.

The campsite also had an impressive bird list and Little Owl calls had me dreaming of Little Owls in Sainsbury’s last night!