Bennerley Bugle No. 5

July 29, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Wednesday, 24th. July, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

 

Mute Swans

Mute Swans

Pleasant enough day with a few minor surprises, Black-headed Gulls not in singles or even small groups, but in their hundreds and its time to start scanning these flocks for anything that isn’t Black-headed !

Farmer Noone’s farmyard geese were augmented by a few free flying Greylag Geese and insects, although not in swarms, kept me busy, a few fresh Comma Butterflies about and my first sight of Southern Hawker and a single Common Hawker this summer.

The bonus species was a Water Vole on the “Top Cut”

Bennerley. 180 Black-headed Gull, 5 Greylag Goose, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Goldfinch, 4 Swift, 6 Swallow. Chat Corner. Buzzard, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Greenfinch, 220 Black-headed Gull.

Butterflies. 2 Comma, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, 2 Peacocks, Red Admiral, Ringlets, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skippers, Small Skippers, Green-veined White, Large White, Small White. Damselflies. Azure, Common Blue, Blue-tailed. Dragonflies. Southern Hawker, Hawker, Common Hawkers, Brown Hawker. Plus. Water Vole.

 

Thursday, 25th. July, 2013, Bennerley Marsh.

 

Shipley Gate was quite lively today, especially on the flooded fields, lots of Black-headed Gulls, a small flock of Lapwings, a couple of small raptor’s and a Red Fox taking in the rays in the middle of a field.

Tathams Pond. Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Little Grebe, 5 Black-headed Gull. Shipley Gate. Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 180 Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Chiffchaff, 12 Lapwing, 4 Tufted Duck, 8 Swallow, 2 House Martin. North Marsh. 2 Grey Heron, 11 Sand Martin, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, 3 Swift, 5 Reed Bunting. Botany Bay. Blackcap, Green Finch.

Butterflies. Commas, Meadow Browns, 3 Peacock, Red Admiral, Ringlets, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Woods, Large Skipper, Small Skippers, Green-veined White. Large White, Small White. Dragonflies. Common Darters, Brown Hawker. Damselflies. Azure, Common Blue, Banded Demoiselle. Plus. Red Fox.

Red Fox

Red Fox

 

Friday, 26th. July, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

 

Very much a day of insects, lots of Brown Hawkers, a couple of Emperors and a few Emerald Dragonflies, a single Red Admiral, Peacocks, Whites,Small Skippers, but I’m not seeing many Large Skippers at the moment

Bennerley. Grey Heron, 2 Green Woodpecker, 8 Goldfinch, 4 Greylag Goose. Chat Corner. Lesser Black-backed Gull, 22 Black-headed Gull, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Reed Bunting, 10 Goldfinch, 5 Mistle Thrush, Swift, 3 Swallow. Botany Bay. 7 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Greenfinch, Swift, Swallow, Pheasant.

Butterflies. Small Whites, Large Whites, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, Small Skippers, Speckled Woods, Peacocks, Red Admiral. Dragonflies. Brown Hawker, Emperor, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter. Damselflies. Common Blues, Azures, Blue-tailed, Emeralds, Red-eyed, Banded Demoiselle.

 

Saturday, 27th. July, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

 

Headed of to Woodside today, very quiet around Shipley Lake, mainly Coots and Mute Swans, no wildfowl back from the breeding grounds yet, its early yet but there can be the odd Pochard or Wigeon, possibly none breeders returning.

Bennerley Lodge. 2 Buzzard, 6 Swift. Tathams Pond. 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, Blackcap. Shipley Gate. 27 Sand Martin, 18 Swallow, 2 Swift, Grey Heron, Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler. Bentleys Plantation. Green Woodpecker, 4 Swallow. Woodside. 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet, Meadow Pipit, 2 Green Woodpecker. Shipley View Lagoons. 2 Little Grebe, Reed Warbler, 5 Tufted Duck.

Butterflies. Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Gatekeepers, Commas, Meadow Brown, Ringlets, Speckled Woods, Peacocks. Dragonflies. Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker. Damselflies. Common Blues, Blue-tailed, Red-eyed, Banded Demoiselle, Emerald.

 

Sunday, 28th. July, 2013. Bennerley/Cossall.

 

Blue on Blue

Blue on Blue

Birds were a bit thin on the ground and in the air for that matter ! There were a few of the larger gulls moving through later in the day.

Lots of insects about, dragonflies and butterflies and a large Carp was rising and rolling on the surface of the canal much to the amusement of young Coots.

On the return through Bennerley eleven Long-tailed Tits crossed my path and that is always a nice sight;

Bennerley. 5 Greylag Goose, 2 Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 9 Swallow. Cossall. 35 Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Buzzard, 8 Swallow.

Butterflies. Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Small Skippers, Peacocks, Comma’s. Dragonflies. Emperor, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter, Damselflies. Common Blues, Azures, Banded Demoiselles.

 

 

 

 

Bennerley Bugle No.5 – Gallery

July 29, 2013 in Photo Posts by Bennerley

Damselfles

Damselfles

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

Grey Heron

Grey Heron

 

 

Skipper

Small Skipper

Female Darter

Female Darter

 

Hover Fly [?]

Hover Fly [?]

 

Red-eyed Damselfly

Red-eyed Damselfly

 

 

 

Common Blue Damselfly

Common Blue Damselfly

Tufted Ducks

Tufted Ducks

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

 

Large White

Large White

 

Green-veined Whte

Green-veined Whte

Peacock On Budleia

Peacock On Budlia 

Hopton Quarry 26/7/2013

July 28, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings by Karl Proctor

Me and Jim had a run on Friday to Hopton Quarry and managed to see,

2 Comon Hawker, 1 Broad-Bodied Chaser,

20 Dark Green Fritillary,

8 Brown Argus,

1 Common Blue,

3 Small Skipper,

10 Small Heath,

Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, G V White, Large White, Peacock.

Fragrant Orchid, Broad-leaved Helleborine.

I have added a few pic’s.JKP_2170 JKP_2148 JKP_2189 JKP_2187 JKP_2185 JKP_2176 JKP_2173 JKP_2166 JKP_2162 JKP_2161 JKP_2159 JKP_2158 JKP_2157 JKP_2155

Mystery Moth

July 24, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

2013 07 19_1761_edited-1 I found this attractive moth on my bathroom window, the reason for the strange hues ? the hot sun was shining directly through the window and the insect was back-lit or even “through  lit”

The Bennerley Bugle No. 4 – Gallery

July 24, 2013 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Blackbird

Blackbird

Peregrine

Peregrine

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

Reed Bunting

Reed Bunting

 

House Sparrow

House Sparrow

 

Fish

Fish

 

Azure [?]

Azure [?]

 

Red-eyed Damselfly

Red-eyed Damselfly

Brown HawkerBrown Hawker

Banded Demoiselle

Banded Demoiselle

The Bennerley Bugle No. 4

July 24, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Wednesday, 17th. July, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Pied Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

Just a quick look around the site today and after some delay here Gatekeepers are definitely out !.I spent most of the time around Chat Corner trying to photograph a very handsome male Linnet, but he was having none of it, I had to make do with a Pied Wagtail.

Bennerly. 35 Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, Willow Warbler, 11 Swallow, 2 Swift, Song Thrush, 2 Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. 7 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, Song Thrush.

Butterflies. Gatekeepers, Ringlets, Small Heath, Speckled Woods, Large Skippers, Small Skippers, Large Whites, Small Whites. Dragonflies. Emperor, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser. Damselflies. Azures, Common Blues, Banded Demoiselles, Emeralds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 19th. July, 2013. Bennerley Marsh,

Lapwing

Lapwing

There was just the one Reed Warbler at Tathams Pond today, but I think it may well have been the best year for this species for about five years.

Also three Lapwings were in a field at Shipley Gate, always a nice sight.

Bennerley. Blackcap, 2 Greenfinch. Tathams Pond. Reed Warbler, 3 Swallow. Shipley Gate. Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Lapwing, 5 Goldfinch, 8 Sand Martin, 14 Swallow, 13 House Martin, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff. North Marsh. 5 Reed Bunting, 7 Swallow, 13 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, 3 Swift. Botany Bay. 2 Bullfinch, 3 Swift.

Butterflies. Comma, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Large Skippers, Small Skippers, Green-viened White, Small Whites, Large Whites. Damselflies. Azures, Common Blues, Blue-taileds, Emeralds, Banded Demoiselles. Dragonflies. Four-spotted Chaser, Brown Hawkers, Migrant Hawkers, Emperor.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday. 20th. July, 2013. Derby.

A little away from the local patch today for a bit of urban birding in the city of Derby.My plan was to find White Letter Hairstreak Butterflies in a couple of old elms near the city centre, but alas it was somewhat cloudy and not one solar powered hairstreak made an appearance ! However’ all was not lost, there were four Peregrines in the air around the cathedral with Cettis Warbler and Tree Creeper along the River Derwent, plus a slight improvement in the weather teased a few insects into the open.

Derby. Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, Tree Creeper, 4 Peregrine, Buzzard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Goldfinch, Kingfisher, 30 Tufted Duck, 30 Black-headed Gull, Cormorant.

Peregrin

Peregrin

Butterflies. Gatekeepers, Ringlets, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, Large White, Small White.

 

 

Sunday, 21st. July, 2013. Woodside.

A slow start at Woodside today, but things picked up at Mapperley Res. with a couple of Common Terns zipping about, plus a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls passing through and Great Crested Grebes with young are always a pleasure.

Mapperley Reservoir. 7 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Tern, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Swallow. Woodside. Whitethroat, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 23 Swallow, 11 House Martin, 5 Swift, Green Woodpecker.Butterflies. Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White.

 

 

Big Butterfly Count 2013

July 20, 2013 in Misc by Jim Steele

Have a spare 15 minutes? This year’s Big Butterfly Count is now upon us and it represents an easy and enjoyable way to contribute to our knowledge of butterflies in the UK. Check out the link:

http://butterfly-conservation.org/4291/big-butterfly-count-2013.html

Jim

 

 

The Bennerley Bugle No. 3

July 16, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

 

Thursday, 11th. July, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Dunnock

Dunnock

Insects galore today but very few birds, the Viaduct Lagoons held a few striking Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chaser Dragonflies, plus a couple of Emerald Damselflies, also there appears to have been an emergence of Comma Butterflies, which is one of my favorite butterfliy species.

Down on Chat Corner two Skylarks were dust bathing, Reed Buntings were popping up everywhere and a single Meadow Pipit, due to a cyclist, escaped the attention of my camera !

Bennerley. 9 Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, Blackcap, 2 Whitethoat, 2 Goldfinch. Chat Corner, 3 Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, 2 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Reed Bunting. Botany Bay. Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Dunnock.

Butterflies. 3 Comma, Ringlets, Meadow Browns, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Speckled Wood, 5 Common Blue, 7 Large Skipper, 3 Small Skipper. Damselflies. Azure, Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Red-eyed, Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker. Moths. Latticed Heath, Cinnabar, Five-spotted Burnet.

 

Friday, 12th. July, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Not a single Reed Warbler kicking off today ! A very quiet Tathams Pond !

Bennerley. 25 Black-headed Gull, Whitethoat, Garden Warbler. Tathams Pond. Kingfisher, Reed Bunting, 3 Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethoat, Buzzard, Grey Heron. Shipley Gate. Chiffchaff, 37 Swallow, House Martin, 8 Swift, 12 Long-tailed Tit. North Marsh. 12 Jackdaw, 8 Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, 7 Whitethoat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 5 Linnet, 27 Goldfinch.

Butterflies. Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Woods, Large Skippers, Small Skipper, Large Whites, Small Whites. Damselflies. Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Red-eyed,

Broad-bodied Chaser

Broad-bodied Chaser

Emerald, Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. Brown Hawkers, Migrant Hawkers, Four-spotted Chaser, 1 Emperor. Moths. Cinnabrs, Latticed Heaths.

 

Saturday, 13th. July, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Probably the hottest day of the year today and it was certainly verging on the oppressive, Bennerley is beginning to look and feel like a semi-desert !

Comma

Comma

Bird and insect sighting were fairly equal, possibly more birds owing to nice little family groups.

Bennerley Lodge. Buzzard, 3 Swift. Bennerley. Jay, 20 Black-headed Gull, Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Whitethoat, 5 Sand Martin, 12 Swallow, 13 Swift. Chat Corner. Reed Bunting, 3 Black-headed Gull, Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron, Lesser Whitethoat, 2 Linnet, 8 Goldfinch, Song Thrush, 15 Swallow, 3 Swift.

Butterflies. Comma, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skippers, Small Skippers, Large White, Small White. Damselflies. Azure’s, Common Blues, Red-eyed. Dragonflies. Common Darter, Four-spotted Chaser, Brown Hawkers, Migrant Hawkers, Emperor.

 

Woodside and Hex Pools 5/7/2013

July 9, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Hex Pools.
33 Ringlets, 22 Meadow Brown, 1 Common Blue, 3 Large Skipper, 1 Small/Essex Skipper.
Woodside.
102 Ringlet, 52 Meadow Brown, 2 Common Blue, 3 Large Skipper, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 faded Small Tortoiseshell, 1 very faded Peacock and 1 very very faded Dingy Skipper! My first Brown Hawker of the season and a couple of Emperor Dragons.
Not a single white butterfly today! And I hate Horse Flies!
The Bee Orchids are fewer at Woodside this year and later given the Spring but going over by now.
Jim

The Bennerley Bugle Gallery No. 2

July 8, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

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Slug

Emperor, oviposting.

Emperor, oviposting.

Four Spotted Chaser

Four Spotted Chaser

Small Tortiseshell

Small Tortiseshell

Large Skipper

Large Skipper

Banded Demoiselles

Banded Demoiselles

Red-eyed Damselflies - take at long range !

Red-eyed Damselflies – taken at long range !

 

Five-spotted Burnets

Five-spotted Burnets

Hay Making

Hay Making
Sand Martin

Sand Martin

Reed Bunting

Reed Bunting

Female Tufted Duck

Female Tufted Duck