out and about at swan lake

September 30, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by daz (Shipley)




















Notts sightings for Sat 29th Sep (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

September 30, 2012 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Langford Lowfields - 1 Merlin [male], 1 Jack Snipe, 4 Common Snipe, 5 Little Egret, 7 Siskin [flew south], 4 Sand Martin [flew south], 87 Barn Swallow [flew south], 31 Meadow Pipit, 3 Common Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest.
  • Bennerley Marsh - 2 Raven, 2 Eurasian Sparrowhark, 1 Common Kestrel, 11 Barn Swallow, 12 Common Snipe, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Common Kingfisher, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Northern Lapwing, 60 Black-headed Gull.
  • Budby Pumping Station - 1 Common Gull.

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Notts sightings for Mon 24th Sep (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

September 30, 2012 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Bennerley Marsh - 230 Black-headed Gull, 125 House Martin, 350 Barn Swallow, 65 Mallard, 5 Grey Heron, 11 Common Snipe, 2 Common Buzzard.

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A Trip To Bradgate Anyone?

September 30, 2012 in Featured, Holiday and Trip Reports by PaulS

It’s the Red Deer rutting season and the time of the gathering is nearly upon us.  Myself and Allison went over to Bradgate Park just outside Leicester today to check out the contenders. There’s certainly some big lads this year. We spotted four fully mature males and they’re looking magnificent. We’re going to be going back again in a couple of weeks time when the rutting is in full swing and if anyone wants to make a day of it with us let us know. It’s an early start to get there before sunrise and then we’ll have a good few hours to track the harems down. It’s then back to the cafe for a nice apres shoot bacon buttie!! We did the same last year and had a good day out. Let us know if you’re interested.



A few shots from today. For a bit of fun we’ve given the Deer names after Highlander immortals.

The Kurgan. The most powerful one, already with a large Harem.

Macleod. The pretender to the throne.

Ramirez. The old master.

Kastagir. A little below the main characters.

Macleod. Not the best at hiding!!

The Kurgan in mono.

Feel the stag Highlander.

Let the games begin!!

A Bennerley Sunday

September 30, 2012 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Had a good old hike around the area today, a Single Snipe on the “coal” started the ball rolling plus a couple of meadow pipits, a pair of Green Woodpeckers and a Reed bunting.

The Water Treatment Works was alive with corvids, mainly Jackdaws with their noisy calls, although the many white rumps of many House Martins was somewhat more impressive !

The flooded fields around Shipley Gate held three Lapwings and a Yellow Legged Gull among the regular Black-headed Gulls.

The North Marsh had a grand total of twenty three Snipe which by their behaviour had not long arrived !

All in all, not a bad Bennerley day !

Bennerley. Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, Snipe, 35 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Mistle Thrush, 2 Green Woodpecker. Water Treatment Works. 120 House Martin. Chat Corner. 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit. Shipley Gate. Buzzard, Grey Heron, 3 Lapwing, 40 Black-headed Gull, Yellow Legged Gull, 7 Swallow. North Marsh. 23 Snipe, 3 Meadow Pipit.



Mute Swans

Spurn trip Sunday Oct 7th

September 29, 2012 in Misc by Jim Steele

Chris, the DJ and myself are planning a trip to Spurn on Sunday, Oct 7th. We will be at the Visitor Centre entrance at 10am if anyone wants to meet us there/arrange anything between folk etc.


LE To Attenborough

September 29, 2012 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Sorry Looking Comma

A nice steady ramble from Long Eaton Gravel Pits to Attenborough Nature Reserve taking in the River Trent and most of the pits and ponds along the way.

Long Eaton produced a Hobby with prey, three Buzzards and a Grey Wagtail, then it was grebes and more grebes, Great Crested and Little.

Over at Attenborough lots of the more common wildfowl to be seen including six Red-crested Pochard on Church Pond, plus a few Snipe, Buzzards, a Yellow Legged Gull and a handful of Tree Sparrows, a very pleasant despite the lack of Bittern and Little Egret, but plenty of winter left !

Long Eaton GP’s. 3 Wigeon, 2 Pochard, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Little Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Buzzard, Kestrel, Hobby, Grey Wagtail. Attenborough NR. Clifton Pit. 30 Gadwall, 28 Shoveler, 37 Teal, Pheasant, 2 Sparrow Hawk, 4 Buzzard, 20 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, Herring Gull, Yellow Legged Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Swallow, 5 Tree Sparrow. Tween Pond. 5 Egyptian Goose, 12 Teal, 35 Lapwing, Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Church Pond. 6 Red-crested Pochard, 30 Gadwall, 3 Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe.

Butterflies. Small White, Comma. Dragonflies. Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter.




Happy Looking Comma




Wood Pigeon
Grey Heron [digi]

A wander to erewash meadows and back.

September 29, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by colin penny

An interesting walk from home to the aldercar end of the resevre and back, mainly by the fact that 4 different species of butterflies were found.

butterflies seen, red admiral, small tortoiseshell (at two different locations), speckled wood and a tatty holly blue ( i think).

oh and also seen around the reserve, mallard, wigeon, shoveler, kestrel, buzzard, pied wagtail and grey wagtail, lapwing and of course wood pigeon.

cheers colin.

A tatty holly blue at erewash meadows

Holly blue

Red admiral found on waste ground near to langley mill station

Small tortoiseshell found on waste ground next to the raiway at the back of asda langley mill

Digiscoped Pics. From Long Eaton GP’s and Attenborough

September 29, 2012 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Grey Heron

Opticron ES 80 ED ‘scope, Panasonic FS40 Camera

Great Tit


Rockin’ With The Heron !


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Notts sightings for Fri 28th Sep (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

September 29, 2012 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Welbeck - Robin Hood Way: Red Kite, 4 Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Long-tailed Tit.
  • Collingham Pits - c.50 Eurasian Wigeon, 4 Northern Pintail, c.50 Northern Shoveler, c.60 European Golden Plover [fly-over], 1 Common Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper.
  • Welbeck Lake - 2 Cormorant, Grey Heron, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Woodpigeon, Eurasian Nuthatch.

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