Notts sightings for Tue 30th Oct (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

October 31, 2012 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Hoveringham - 3 Mediterranean Gull [1 adult and 2 1st winters in Sailing Lake roost], 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Little Egret.
  • Clumber Park - c.200 Tufted Duck, c.200 Coot, 8 Northern Shoveler, 1 Dipper [Hardwick Ford].

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October 30, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by colin penny

Still active think this one needs to grow a bit more before the bad weather sets in, had  visits from a much bigger one all summer but that one seems to have gone missing !, not sure how the older dog i have knows when ones in the garden but she sits at the patio doors wagging her tail.

The hedgehog was allready curled up didn't frighten it with the flash.


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Beeley Moor and Ogston Today

October 30, 2012 in Latest Sightings by lammie

Had a trip out today looking for the shrike at Beeley, didn’t find it although it had been seen down on Bent Lane  near to Bumper Castle. Called in at Ogston on the way there and had a few minutes with the Kingfisher and a few of the others in front of the hide.

Reed Bunting




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Starling From A Window

October 30, 2012 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Nikon 60 mm. ‘scope, Panasonic FS 40 camera, universal adapter.

Nikon 60 mm. ‘scope, Panasonic FS 40 camera, universal adapter.

Latest Sightings From Cyprus

October 30, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by Karl Proctor

Recent interesting sightings:

Akrotiri Env Centre, 29-Oct, and later on the north side of the salt lake 07.00-17.00 (DJR)
Honey buzzard 4
Black kite 1
Western marsh harrier 6
Hen harrier 2 (adult male and female)
Sparrowhawk 4
Common buzzard 1
Long-legged buzzard 1
Bonelli’s eagle 1
Lesser kestrel 1
Red-footed falcon 2
Merlin 1
Eleonora’s falcon 2
Black redstart 1 juv
Red-throated pipit 30 roosting in northern saltmarsh
Water pipit 1 flew

Mandria, 29-Oct (YCH)
Water Pipit 18
Lesser Short-toed Lark 1

Chrysochou Bay, 29-Oct (YCH)
Audouin’s Gull 2

Akamas, 29-Oct (YCH)
Bonelli’s Eagle 1

Akhna Dam & Fields 29-Oct (AKe)
Marsh Harrier 2
Osprey 1
Skylark 25
Bluethroat 1
Sedge Warbler 1
Corn Bunting 50

Marathounta, 29-Oct (CR)
Finsch’s Wheatear 2 (m,f)

Mandria, 29-Oct (KS)
Hen Harrier 2 (incl. 1 male)

Larnaca Airport Pools South 29-Oct (ME)
Black Francolin 2 (males)
Greater Flamingo 2 (1 juv)
Redshank 11
Stone Curlew 63

Larnaca Sewage Works 29-Oct (ME)
Shelduck 2
Ferruginous Duck 2 (Drake and Duck)
Water Pipit 3
Red-throated Pipit c30
Meadow Pipit 1
Black-headed Gull 144
Mediterranean Gull 1 (2nd Winter)

Larnaca Airport Fields 29-Oct (ME)
Skylark c20
Lesser Short Toed Lark 6
Corn Bunting 1
Hen Harrier 1 (fem)

Spiros Pool 29-Oct (ME)
Black Francolin 1 (fem)
Stonechat 4

Akhna Dam 29-Oct (ME)
Pallid Harrier 1 (juv)
Marsh Harrier 2
Osprey 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Kingfisher 2

Frenaros Area 28-Oct (AKe)
Barn Swallow 6

Agia Trias (Paralimni) 28-Oct (AKe)
Sandwich Tern 3

Pernera, Protaras, 28-Oct (NLo)
Sandwich tern 3 (same birds as Agia Trias?)
Common Crane 3 on 18th (153 on 24th)

Larnaca Sewage Works 28-Oct (ME, JS)
Common Shelduck 2
Chukar 20
Black-headed Gull 70+
Whiskered Tern 1
Skylark 20+
Yellow Wagtail 1
Bluethroat 1
Spectacled Warbler 3
Pintail 5 (2 Drakes)

Larnaca Airport Fields 28-Oct (ME, JS) – The Corn Field has been cut
Red-throated Pipit c50
Water Pipit 1 (Winter race coutelli)
Calandra Lark 3
Hen Harrier 1 (Ringtail)
White Wagtail 40+
Skylark 70+
Lesser Short-toed Lark 7
Spanish Sparrow 40+

Meneou Pool, 28-Oct (JS)
Stone Curlew 9
Black Francolin 3 (2 heard and one seen)

Spiro’s Pool and Beach, 28-Oct (JS)
Black Francolin 1m and 1f
Skylark 20+ and another 30 flew out to sea from the beach
Kentish Plover 7
Common Ringed Plover 1

Larnaca Salt Lake, 28-Oct (JS)
Greater Flamingo 26
Common Ringed Plover 3
Spur-winged Lapwing 1
Ruff 1
Common Redshank 2
Common Snipe 1

Oroklini Marsh, 28-Oct (JS)
Cattle Egret 4
Little Egret 2
Marsh Harrier 1
Water Rail
Spur-winged Lapwing 20+
Lapwing 1 (ME)
Ruff 1
Common Redshank 2

Akhna Dam 28-Oct (ME)
Very Quiet but
White Wagtail c150 (roosting)
Yellow Wagtail 1

Cape Greco, 27-Oct (NLo)
Merlin 1
Common Crane 380 (and 352 on 25th)
Greater short-toed lark 1
Black redstart 4
Finsch’s wheatear 1 on 28th
Song thrush 3
Mistle thrush 1 on 19th, 2 on 26th
Sardinian warbler 9 on 28th
SERIN 21 on 26th
BRAMBLING 2 on 28th with small flocks of chaffinches
SISKIN 1 on 27th

Bishops Pool, 27-Oct (CS)
Red-necked Phalarope 1
Marsh Harriers 4

Fasouri Reeds, 27-Oct (CS)
Marsh Harrier 4
Black Francolin 4
Ring-tail Harrier 1

Sindi monastery 27-Oct (AMcA)

Sindi monastery to Pentalia 27-Oct (AMcA)
Corn Bunting c50
Finsch’s Wheatear 1
Black Redstart 1
Stonechat 12
Magpie 45+

Akhna Dam 27-Oct (AKe)
Skylark 5
Robin 1
Common Redstart 2
Chiffchaff 2
Serin 1

Avagas Gorge area 26-Oct (AMcA)
Robin 12

Akoursos west 25-Oct (AMcA)
Linnets 24

Adonis Falls track 25-Oct (AMcA)
Robin 4
Chiffchaff 1

Pernera, Protaras, 24-Oct (NLo)
Scopoli’s shearwater 2
Yelkouan shearwater 1

Shipley lake and Hex pools

October 30, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by colin penny

Parked up on pit lane and wandered down to shipley lake, plenty of waterfowl present. From there trekked across to Hex pools were not much was found except plenty of mud for the dog,the following were seen.

Carrion crow, redwing, jay, great tit, blue tit, song thrush, robin, coot, great crested grebe, cormorant, wigeon, mute swan, black headed gull, blackbird, mallard, gadwall, tuffed duck, canada goose, wren, shoveler, pochard, wood pigeon, moorhen, kestrel, little grebe, starling, goldfinch, chaffinch, buzzard, and greenfinch.

the true colour of this tree was fantastic, the photo doesn't convey it very well.

Buzzard being mobbed by a Carrion crow.

Editted version and the colour it should be.


Notts sightings for Sun 28th Oct (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

October 29, 2012 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Oxton Estate - 200+ Fieldfare, 15 Northern Lapwing, 2 Eurasian Jay, 1 Common Buzzard, 30 European Golden Plover, 50+ Common Pheasant.
  • Brackenhurst - Cmmpus: 1 Ring Ouzel [female seen and heard in hedgerow on Clink Lane], c.30 Northern Lapwing, c.40 European Golden Plover, Raven, 4 Bullfinch, c.60 Redwing, c.200 Fieldfare, c.50 Blackbird.
  • Rufford Pit - 265 Redwing, 90 Fieldfare, 20 Eurasian Jay [estimated over a wider area].
  • Attenborough Nature Reserve - 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Common Snipe, Goldcrest, 1 Goosander.

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Out and About

October 29, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by colin penny

A pleasant little walk to the top of north marsh and back in the sunshine this morning produced a couple of nice sightings, a red admiral in flight and a couple of unknown dragons along the edge of the river Erewash. Also spotted my first redwings in valley proper a group of 13 birds seen and its allways great to see a kingfisher even if it was only briefly as it headed down river.

cheers colin.

Attenborough NR

October 28, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by colin penny

Little Erget

Had a wander around the nature reserve this morning till just after dinner, not expecting to find anything new but got a Jack Snipe on the Tween pond which was in good view all morning and was still there when i left, heres a full list of birds spotted, black headed gull, coot, canada goose, mute swan, magpie, mallard, gadwall, great crested grebe, wigeon, tuffed duck, lesser black backed gull, cormorant, carrion crow, pochard, egytian goose, feral pigeon, chaffinch, lapwing, teal, grey heron, dunnock, blue tit, starling, robin, goldeneye, moorhen, little erget, shoveler, cettis warbler(+ several heard calling), jackdaw, goldcrest, goldfinch, kestrel, blackbird, little grebe, long tailed tit, fieldfare, siskin, gooseander(on works pit), JACK SNIPE, green woodpecker, stock dove, pheasant.

Stock Dove i think


Little Erget again


iffy photo of a pair of Goleneye


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A Few More From Norfolk

October 28, 2012 in Holiday and Trip Reports by lammie

A few more images taken last weekend on the days when there was a bit of bright weather.

Black Tailed Godwit

Bar Tailed Godwit


Little Egret

Hope I got the Godwit pics ID’d correctly.