The Bennerley Bugle No. 14.

September 30, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Thursday, 26th. September, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Mistle Thrush

Mistle Thrush

A very quiet start today, until I got to Chat Corner, then it was Buzzards and flocks of Mistle Thrush, Goldfinch and a pair of Chiffchaff’s at Botany Bay.

Bennerley. 30 Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron. Chat Corner. 4 Buzzard, 35 Goldfinch, 22 Mistle Thrush, 3 Swallow, Jay. Botany Bay. 2 Chiffchaff, 12 House Sparrow.

Butterflies. Speckled Woods, Small Tortoiseshell. Dragonflies. Migrant Hawkers, Common Darters.

 

 

Friday, 26th. September, 2013. Woodside.

Another quiet day at Woodside, not many birds but the butterflies fared better with Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and a single Common Blue among those still on the wing.

2 Jay, Buzzard, Chiffchaff, 4 Pheasant, 3 Meadow Pipit, Great-spotted Woodpecker.

Butterflies. 2 Comma, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Woods, 1 Common Blue, 4 Small Whites. Dragonflies. Common Darters, Migrant Hawkers.

Drake Gadwall - Shipley View Lagoons

Drake Gadwall – Shipley View Lagoons

 

Saturday, 28th. September, 2013. Wyver Lane.

A view from my watch point above Wyver

A view from my watch point above Wyver

A most enjoyable day staring with a few waders and ducks, including Snipe and a “Blackwit” then it was up the steep bank behind Wyver and a few Hawthorne trees I’ve had luck before, I was hoping for a late Redstart or something, but on this occasion, just a few Long Tailed Tits and a Great-spotted Woodpecker.

I set up the small travel ‘scope looking northward up the valley for a spot of “vismigging” and I wasn’t disappointed, a pair of Peregrines, a female Goshawk, 2 Sparrowhawk, a “Kessie” and a grand total of seven Buzzards.

Back down at the bus-stop with time to kill, I had an half baked idea to look for Dipper on the river around the road bridge, and – I found one!

Wyver. Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Snipe, 90 Lapwing, 2 Peregrine, Goshawk, 7 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Great-spotted Woodpecker. 20 Teal, 12 Gadwall, 3 Grey Heron, Dipper.

 

Sunday, 29th. September, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

My local patch has greatly increased since the land-owner has given me leave to wander at will on farmland from Bennerley to Langley Mill in return for me keeping an eye on animals, gates and fencing etc. which is handy when the Chav Town motor cycle club have their Sunday meeting on the Bennerley coal plant.

Snipe are moving in for the winter at Chat Corner and the North Marsh and buzzards seem to have taken up residence at Chat Corner.

Bennerley. Grey Heron, 35 Black-headed Gull, Chat Corner. 3 Buzzard, 2 Snipe, 2 Linnet, Reed Bunting, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Swallow, 2 Mistle Thrush, Jay. Botany Bay. Kestrel, Sparrowhawk. Grey Heron, 6 Goldfinch, 7 Swallow, Great-spotted Woodpecker. North Marsh. Buzzard, Snipe, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Swallow.

 

The Bennerley Bugle No. 14. – Gallery

September 30, 2013 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Small Tortoiseshell-Linear Park, Cotmanhay

Small Tortoiseshell-Linear Park, Cotmanhay

"The Comma"

“The Comma”

Pair Of Gadwall-Shipley View Lagoons

Pair Of Gadwall-Shipley View Lagoons

Drake Gadwall-Shipley View Lagoons

Drake Gadwall-Shipley View Lagoons

Fungi-Shipley View Lagoons

Fungi-Shipley View Lagoons

Little Grebe-Shipley View Lagoons

Little Grebe-Shipley View Lagoons

Teal-Shipley View Lagoons

Teal-Shipley View Lagoons

Common Darter-Wyver Lane

Common Darter-Wyver Lane

Black-tailed Godwit-Wyver Lane

Black-tailed Godwit-Wyver Lane

Snipe-Wyver Lane

Snipe-Wyver Lane

 

Dipper-River Derwent, Belper.

Dipper-River Derwent, Belper.

 

Swallow-Bennerley

Swallow-Bennerley

 

Starling-Bennerley

Starling-Bennerley

Black-tailed Godwit & Snipe-Wyver Lane

Black-tailed Godwit & Snipe-Wyver Lane
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Bat Dectector Fun and puzzle

September 27, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings by SteveI

Went out with the bat detector and picked up mainly pips.

But at about 32khz we picked up an insect (we think) giving a panting rhythm or a bit like a steam train.
There were several spots usually in tussocks of grass.
These were picked up by 2 detectors, as we walked past it stopped as we stood still started again.

Any body any idea of what we may have been “detecting”

Cheers
Steve

Shipley and Woodside 22/09/2013

September 23, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

A beautiful day, and a real surprise with the warmth and sunshine – just when I said that Summer was well and truly over! At the Hex Pools several Tufted Duck and a couple of Little Grebe now in residence, and the young Chiffchaff still calling away. From my ‘vantage point’ several Buzzard, two Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel, a bounding Great Spotted Woodpecker, Greenfinches, and dozens of hirrundines feeding really high up and drifting South. A couple of late Common Blue butterflies, 3 Comma and Speckled Woods and a few Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters. At Woodside a Jay, more Commas and a couple of Small Tortoiseshell. Shipley Lake is building up its winter complement of waterfowl including over a hundred Coot, about 40 Wigeon, 5 Great Crested Grebe and several Tufties. At Shipley Hill lots more Speckled Woods, a Peacock and plenty of Migrant Hawkers – I have never seen so many insects high up in the sky, certainly not this year at any rate. More Buzzards soaring and what looked like a distant Osprey but I couldn’t be sure, however 3 Hobbies indulging in aerobatics catching insects (probably high-altitude dragonflies) were a real treat. More Tufties and 3 Great Crested Grebe on Mapperley Pond and 2 Buzzards and another Sparrowhawk over the woodland fringes, whilst yet more Swallows and House Martins were hawking and dipping over the water. Autumn approaches, nonetheless….
Jim

The Bennerley Bugle No.13 – Gallery

September 23, 2013 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Comma and Small Tortoiseshell

Comma and Small Tortoiseshell

Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood

Comma

Comma

Moorhen

Moorhen

And A Parent!

And A Parent!

Mute Swan

Mute Swan

Green Bottle

Green Bottle

Spider

Spider

Common Darter

Common Darter

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

Peacock

Peacock

Speckled Wood and Hoverfly

Speckled Wood and Hoverfly

Comma

Comma

A Family Scene

A Family Scene

The Bennerley Bugle No. 13

September 23, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

Friday, 20th. September, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

It’s nice to be able to say that there are still Willow Tits around Bennerley, I saw and heard one in the spring and there was one in their usual haunt at Botany Bay today.

Still a few butterflies about including a nice bright Comma and hordes of Small Tortoiseshells – well, a least five anyway!

Bennerley. Buzzard, Grey Heron, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20 Black-headed Gull. Chat Corner. Hobby, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 75 Goldfinch, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting. Botany Bay. 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Bullfinch, Willow Tit.

Butterflies. Comma, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Woods, Small whites. Plus. 5 Migrant Hawker Dragonflies.

 

Saturday, 21st. September, 2013. Woodside.

“vis-miggings” sure good I say and it wasn’t bad today, just find a high vantage point, pit tops are good for this, point your “bins” north’ish and wait! And ? My reward ? A Marsh Harrier,cruising along and heading south-east, plus a Hobby, a couple of Kestrels and a few Swallows.

Not a bad day for butterflies, Red admiral, a couple of Comma’s and a Brimstone.

Woodside. Marsh Harrier [f/juv.from NE 13:30hrs.] Hobby, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 39 Swallow, 3 Goldfinch, Meadow Pipit, 3 Bullfinch, 25 Lesser Redpoll, Little Grebe, Jay, 2 Grey Heron, Shipley Lake. 2 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon.

Butterflies. 2 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Woods, 1 Brimstone, 4 Small White.

 

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Moorhen

Sunday, 22nd. September, Bennerley Marsh/Cossall.

More “vis-migging” today and the useful high vantage point was the Bennerley Viaduct, not so good today, Buzzards and a handful of Swallows.

Willow Warbler along the canal, a couple of Buzzards and a Blackcap up at Spring Wood.

Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells, Brimstone and a good few Speckled Wood butterflies all on the wing and Migrant Hawker and Common Darters were both pretty much everywhere.

Bennerley. 37 Black-headed Gull, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Buzzard, 9 Swallow. Cossall. Kestrel, Buzzard, Jay, 12 House Sparrow, Willow Warbler, 4 Pheasant. Spring Wood. 2 Buzzard, 2 Meadow Pipit, Blackcap.

Butterflies. Peacocks, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Woods, Brimstone, Small White. Dragonflies. Common Darters, Migrant Hawkers.

 

Marsh Harrier thro’ Woodside today, plus Hobby, more in the next “Bugle”

September 21, 2013 in Latest News by Bennerley

Shipley and Woodside 18/9/2013

September 18, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Walked out in some definite Autumnal weather. At the Hex Pools several Tufted Duck now in residence and a young Chiffchaff calling from cover. Over Mapperley a distant Buzzard soared with what looked like a Sparrowhawk. Jay flew across and good views of a Yellowhammer was welcome. A few Tufties on Mapperley Pond together with 3 Great Crested Grebe, two of which were displaying. At Derby Lodge Blue and Great Tits, the usual Nuthatch and an unusually tame Stock Dove. Scanning for raptors off Shipley Hill over the Nutbrook Valley was not productive but as I put my binocs down a really close Hobby flicked past me heading South – my first this year here! Shipley Hill also produced a few Speckled Wood butterflies and a Migrant Hawker. Walked through the edge of Woodside Reserve and spotted a Common Darter dragonfly and a Large White butterfly, whilst a Green Woodpecker rushed across the path in front of me. A few Swallows still flitting about but Summer is now surely long gone…..
Jim

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Deer Rutt at Bradgate

September 18, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings by SteveI

Anybody know of an update ,as I would like to pop down again this year but would some info before we go.I missed the action last year as we went a bit late

Cheers
Steve

The Bennerley Bugle No. 12

September 16, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Thursday, 12th. September, 2013. Bennerley Marsh

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

The Bennerley feeders were busy this morning with three Coal Tit and half a dozen Goldfinch’s with Starlings and House Sparrows joining in for breakfast.

A quick turn around Bennerley and on arrival three Buzzards above the viaduct joined by a Sparrowhawk plus a Kestrel waiting in the wings.

Bennerley Lodge. 3 Coal Tit, 6 Goldfinch, 28 Starling, 10 House Sparrow. Bennerley. 3 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk [m.] Kestrel,3 Grey Heron, 22 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Canada Goose, 6 Swallow. Chat Corner. Buzzard, Kestrel, 5 Greenfinch, Pheasant. Botany Bay. 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldfinch.

Butterflies. 3 Large White, Small Whites, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Small Tortoiseshell. Dragonflies. Southern Hawker, Common Darter.

 

 

 

 

Friday, 13th. September, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Tufted Ducks

Tufted Ducks

There was an irate male Blackcap in the Linear Park as I was doing the milk-run, he didn’t seem to like anyone, avian or human! Then on to Bennerley for what was a quiet time with odd Swallows passing through, the regular Buzzard and Grey Heron, things were made a little more interesting with a Tufted Duck family on the Erewash Canal and a single Small Copper.

Linear Park. Blackcap, 15 Starling. Botany Bay. 5 Goldfinch.  Shipley Gate, 5 Swallow, 3 Tufted Duck. North Marsh. 2 Reed Bunting, Kestrel, Sparrow Hawk, Snipe, 6 Swallow. Chat Corner. Buzzard, Grey Heron, 6 Swallow. Bennerley. 20 Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20 Swallow.

Butterflies. Small Whites, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Woods, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper. Dragonflies. Common Darter, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 14th. September, 2013. Attenborough NR. 

Egyptian Geese

Egyptian Geese

I got to Attenborough early [for me!] before the people got there and I was rewarded with a spectacle involving hundreds of hirudines, Swallows, Sand Martins and for me, the stars of the show, House Martins, diving, swirling and appearing ready for the journey to come. While this aerial display was happening down on a sand pit a juvenile Ruff was running up and down upsetting the Lapwings.

With people starting to arrive I headed of up to the Coneries Pond and the Erewash field and round to the Church Pond with nothing to show but a Kestrel and a Sedge Warbler plus a few Gadwall but I picked up a pair of Egyptian Geese, a female Blackcap and tow Chiffchaff.

Back on the Clifton, four Buzzards were soaring above the wood on the Barton side of the Trent. More Hirundines were passing through with a Hobby in tow, food for the journey ?

Two more Ruff appeared on the sand spit, a Little Egret flew past and a Cettis’ Warbler kept popping up below the Tower Hide and a female Sparrowhawk sitting by a reed bed probably aware of the Cettis’ among other things-a nice day and one or two nice people!

 

Clifton Pond. 12 Wigeon, 22 Gadwall, 14 Shoveler, 3 Ruff, 10 Tree Sparrow, 220 House Martin, 35 Sand Martin, 40 Swallow, 4 Buzzard [Barton Side] Sparrowhawk [f] Hobby, Little Egret, Cetti’s Warbler.

Coneries. Kestrel, Sedge Warbler, Grey Heron, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 14 Gadwall, 6 Great Crested Grebe. Tween Pond. 25 Lapwing, Little Egret, 28 Teal. Church Pond. 2 Egyptian Goose, 22 Gadwall, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap.

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

 

 

Sunday, 15 September, 2013. Bennerley/Woodside.

Meadow Pipits

Meadow Pipits

After a promising start the day turned out to be something of a disappointment, with wind and rain throughout and not much to see.

“vismig” in action at Chat Corner with Meadow Pipits and Swallows passing through, plus quite a few Speckled Wood butterflies with a hardy disposition! By the time I got to Woodside it was raining of and on and there was very little to see, so for the next few weeks it all eyes to the north, preferably from a suitable vantage point, like a pit top!

Bennerley. 12 Black-headed Gull, 4 Swallow. Chat Corner. 24 Meadow Pipit. Plus. Speckled Wood Butterflies.

Shipley Lake. 4 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe. Woodside. 11 Long-tailed Tit, Blackcap [f.] Grey Heron, 2 Pheasant.