The Bennerley Bugle No. 9

August 26, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

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Thursday, 22nd. August, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

The Young Natualist

The Young Naturalist

Armed with binoculars, camera and a Grasshopper detector in the shape of my young niece, off we went to look for insects, mainly butterflies and dragonflies and although the young relative is just nine, she soon got the hang of hearing and then finding Grasshoppers, she found quite a few which with glee, she pointed out to me. Grasshoppers only sadly, no bush crickets or cone heads, but its early days.

Butterflies. Comma’s, Meadow Brown, Peacocks, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshells, 17 Common Blue, 3 Small Copper, Green-veined, Whites, Small Whites, Large Whites. Damselflies. Common Blues, Emeralds, Banded Demoiselles. Dragonflies. Brown Hawkers, 3 Migrant Hawker, Common Darters.

 

Friday, 23rd. August, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

A fairly normal Bennerley day, the finches and tits are starting to flock and the trees and the bushes are heavy with berries, which in country lore mean a hard winter.

After a couple of summers without, I got to see a Grass Snake, unfortunately its wriggling was just a bit too quick for the camera !

Bennerley. 35 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrow Hawk, Green Woodpecker, 2 Swallow. Chat Corner. Kestrel, 2 Pheasant, 4 Linnet, 35 Goldfinch.

Butterflies. Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells, Speckled Woods, Common Blues, Small Copper, Green-veined Whites, Large Whites, Small Whites. Damselflies. Common Blues, Emeralds. Dragonflies. Common Darter, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker. Plus. Grass Snake.

 

Saturday, 24th. August, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Field Bind-weed

Field Bind-weed

I had the pleasure of a Marsh Harrier passing through the North Marsh today, I think probably a juvenile, I thought Black Kite at first but the call confirmed the Harrier.

Tathams Pond. 18 Goldfinch, 5 Long-tailed Tit. Shipley Gate. Sparrow Hawk, Grey Heron, 6 Goldfinch, 3 Swallow. North Marsh. Marsh Harrier [juv.] 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Mistle Thrush, 8 Swallow. Bennerley. 9 Canada Goose, Grey Heron, 30 Black-headed Gull.

Butterflies. Peacock, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Green-veined White, Large White, Small White. Dragonflies. Brown Hawker, Common Darter.

 

Sunday, 25th. August, 2013. Bennerley Marsh/Cossall

A day for Hobby’s today, with one over Cossall Pit Top and two at Spring Wood, but no Lapwings and no Yellowhammers, both species sadly missed. A lot fewer Swallows and Martins now, it’s about time for some “vis-migging” so it will be up a hill with the big ‘scope !

Bennerley. 9 Canada Goose, 40 Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Swallow, 1 House Martin. Nottm. Canal, Cossall. Hobby [Cossall Pit Top] Sparrow Hawk [f] 190 Wood Pigeon, 3 Swallow, 18 House Martin. Old Moor Wood. Buzzard, 35 Rook, 20 Jackdaw. Spring Wood. 2 Hobby, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Linnet, Skylark.

Butterflies. Small Whites, Large Whites, Speckled Woods, 1 Gatekeeper, 2 Small Tortoiseshell. Dragonflies. Brown Hawkers, 1 Common Darter, 2 Migrant Hawker.

 

 

The Bennerley Bugle No. 9 – Gallery

August 26, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Holly Blue

Holly Blue

Common Blue

Common Blue

Tansey

Tansey

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Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

Common Darter

Common Darter

Banded Demoiselle

Banded Demoiselle

Red Admiral - Linear Park

Red Admiral – Linear Park

Comma - Linear Park

Comma – Linear Park

Small Tortoiseshell - Linear Park

Small Tortoiseshell – Linear Park

Small Copper

Small Copper

Around straws bridge

August 24, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings by daz (Shipley)

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Woodside and Shipley Hill 20/08/2013

August 21, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

A good day for the larger, flying insects.

Woodside. At least a dozen Common Blues, lots of Small Heath (second gen.), a single Brown Argus, just two Small Skipper, two Brimstone, a few Speckled Wood and Gatekeeper, only two Meadow Brown, three pristine Small Tortoiseshells, several Small Copper, lots of Whites and Peacocks…but then…my first Derbyshire…. Clouded Yellow!!

Shipley Hill. A pair of faded Ringlets and two Purple Hairstreak on the same Oaks as before. Speckled Wood. Nuthatch still calling near Derby Lodge.

Several Brown Hawkers (including one that landed briefly on my white bush hat!), Migrant Hawkers, a couple of Southern Hawkers and Common Darters. Common Blue Damselflies.

Jim

The Bennerley Bugle No. 8 – Gallery

August 19, 2013 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Goshawk

Goshawk

 

Common Darter-on the beer !

Common Darter-on the beer !

 

Common Darter-the missus !

Common Darter-the missus !

 

Canal Side

Canal Side

Yellowhammer

Yellowhammer
Moody Mutes

Moody Mutes

Comma

Comma

Snail

Snail

Hoverfly

Hoverfly

Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood

Gatekeepers

Gatekeepers

Young Moorhen

Young Moorhen

The Bennerley Bugle – No. 8

August 19, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Wednesday, 14th. August, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

 

2013 08 14_3131_edited-002Lots of Peacock butterflies again today, I saw eighty plus on just one Buddleia bush and many more all over the Bennerley area.

Bennerley. 2 Gadwall, 10 Black-headed Gull, Sparrow Hawk, 30 Goldfinch, 3 Swallow, Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. 35 Swallow, Whitethroat.

Butterflies. 2 Comma, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Peacocks, Ringlets, Speckled Woods, Common Blues, 1 Small Copper, Green-veined Whites, Large Whites, Small Whites. Damselflies. Azures, Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Emeralds, Banded Demoiselles. Dragonflies. Brown Hawkers, 3 Migrant Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker [f] Common Darters.

 

Thursday, 15th. August, 2013. Linear Park, Cotmanhay.

Again, many Peacock, whites and three Commas.

Butterflies. Large Whites, Small Whites, Green-veined Whites, Peacocks, 3 Comma.

 

Saturday, 17th. August, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

As Can be seen from the list below, not much about today, the lull before the storm maybe ? Still no Black Darters at Bennerley, just a couple of their more common cousins.

A Goshawk was seen today but sadly it was attached to someone’s wrist !

Tathams Pond. 3 Swallow. North Marsh. 2 Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, 8 Goldfinch, Grey Heron. Chat Corner. Greylag Goose, Buzzard, Grey Heron, 2 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch, 15 Swallow. Bennerley. 40 Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Canada Goose, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Swallow.

Butterflies. 3 Speckled Wood, 5 Small Whites, 3 Large Whites, Green-veined Whites Plus. 2 Common Darter Dragonflies.

 

Sunday, 18th. August, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Grey Herons

Grey Herons

Quite a day today, when you haven’t seen any raptor’s for a while, five species show up at once ! The best being a Buzzard and a Hobby over Spring Wood in quick succession. The Buzzard gave good views and then dropped in or behind the wood, the Hobby gave similar views but somewhat quicker, both were vocal !

Bennerley, 7 Canada Goose, 2 Grey Heron, 35 Goldfinch, 4 Swallow, Green Woodpecker. Nottm. Canal/Cossall. 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Whitethroat, 38 Swallow, 40 House Martin, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Old Moor Wood. 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Black-headed Gull, 6 Swallow. Spring Wood. Buzzard, Hobby, Kestrel, 2 Skylark, 4 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 14 Lapwing, 150 Jackdaw.

Butterflies. Large Whites, Small Whites, Green-veined Whites, Ringlets, Speckled Woods, Peacocks, Gatekeepers, Common Blues. Damselflies. Emeralds, Common Blues. Dragonflies. Brown Hawkers, Migrant Hawkers, Common Darters.

Spring Wood Latest Sightings

August 18, 2013 in Latest News, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Spring Wood 1  Buzzard, 1 Hobby – More details in the next Bennerley Bugle.

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A Few Days in Norfolk

August 16, 2013 in Holiday and Trip Reports, Latest Patch Sightings by lammie

Had a trip down to Norfolk for a few days last week. Here’s a few shots I took. Can anyone Id the butterfly please, think it could be a Wall Brown.

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Don

Stanton 11/08/2013

August 13, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Quick trip to Stanton area for butterflies with Karl.

Picture courtesy KP – Brown Argus (doing well second generation….).

North Lagoon:
Uncounted Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Peacock.
4 Ringlet. 4 Brown Argus. 9 Common Blue. 1 Small Skipper. 1 Small Copper.
Stanton Strip:
Uncounted LW, SW, GvW, MB.
11 Brown Argus. 22 Common Blue. 3 Ringlet. 1 Speckled Wood. 6 Gatekeeper. 4 Peacock.
Wider Stanton (near strip):
9 Common Blue. 6 Brown Argus. 1 Ringlet. 1 Small Copper.
Brown and Southern Hawkers. Common Darters.
Alas, no second generation Dingy Skippers!
Jim

Bennerley Bugle No 7.

August 12, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Thursday, 8th. August, 2013. Linear Park, Cotmanhay.

 

A trip to the local shop took me through Linear Park in Cotmanhay, a part of the old local railway infrastructure, lots of butterflies here, including at least seventy Peacocks’

Butterflies. Peacock [70 +] Large Whites, Small Whites, Green-vein Whites, Comma [2]

 

Friday, 9th. August, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Southern Hawker

Southern Hawker

Finally caught up with a female Southern Hawker dragonfly again, oviposting in the Viaduct Lagoons, excellent views of this large dragonfly.

20 Black-headed Gull, Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Swallow, 2 Goldfinch. Chat Corner. 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Swallow, Goldfinch.

Butterflies. 2 Comma, 8 Common Blue, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Peacocks [abundant] Ringlets, Speckled Woods, Green-vein Whites, Large Whites, Small Whites. Dragonflies. Southern Hawker [f] Brown Hawkers, Migrant Hawkers, Common Darters. Damselflies. Common Blues, Azures, Emeralds, Banded Demoiselles.

 

Saturday, 10th. August. 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

 

At least a few birds about today, a couple of warblers, a Kingfisher and hirudines, rounded of with a Brown Hare at Shipley Gate.

Shipley Gate. Green Woodpecker, 28 Goldfinch, 2 Pied Wagtail, 8 Swallow. North Marsh Sedge Warbler, 22 Goldfinch, 3 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, House Martin, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, 4 Long-tailed Tit. Chat Corner. 3 Buzzard,16 Swallow, 22 House Martin.

Butterflies. Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Peacocks, 3 Speckled Wood, Green-vein Whites. Small Whites. Large Whites. Dragonflies. Brown Hawkers. Plus. Brown Hare.

 

Sunday, 11th. August, 2013. Bennerley Marsh-Cossall.

Small Copper

Small Copper

Another look at the farmland and wooded habits around the Cossall area.

Spring Wood was the main attraction today, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Lapwing, a large corvid flocks and Common Darter and Migrant Hawker dragonflies along the woodland edge.

My personal find of the day was a single pristine Small Copper butterfly back at Bennerley early on the walk.

Bennerley. 6 Canada Goose, 15 Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, 2 Whitethroat. Millichip Ponds. 2 Kestrel, 2 Jackdaw. Nottingham Canal, Cossall. Grey Heron, 170 Wood Pigeon, Greenfinch, 30 Swallow, 45 House Martin. Spring Wood. Yellow Hammer, 2 Linnet, 15 House Sparrow, Skylark, 9 Goldfinch, Greenfinch, 8 Swallow, 3 Kestrel, 22 Lapwing, Grey Partridge 7 Stock Dove. Old Moor Wood. Buzzard, 38 Swallow, 2 Stock Dove. Plus. Large Corvid flock, single female Roe Deer.

Butterflies. Comma, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Peacocks, Speckled Woods, 1 Small Copper, Large Whites, Small Whites, Green-veined Whites. Damselflies. Azures, Blue-tailed, Banded Demoiselles, Emeralds. Dragonflies. Common Darters, Migrant Hawkers, Brown Hawk

 

Monday, 12th. August, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

As can be seen from the list, a very quiet day for bird but fortunately there were a few insects about the hold my interest and a single Holly Blue at Linear Park made this short walk worthwhile.

Grey Heron, 30 Black-headed Gull, 2 Swallow.

Butterflies. Comma, Gatekeepers, Meadow Brown, Peacocks, Common Blues, Holly Blue [Linear Park] 2 Small Skipper, Green-veined White, Large White, Small White. Dragonflies. Common Darters, Brown Hawkers. Plus. Emerald Damselflies.