Bennerley Bugle No. 17 – Gallery

October 28, 2013 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Teal

 

Brown Rats

 

Great Tit

 

Chaffinch

 

Spruce Carpet

 

Unknown Fungi

Canon SX 50

The Bennerley Bugle No. 17

October 28, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

 

Monday, 28 October 2013

Bennerley & Attenborough

Thursday, 24th. October, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.
Today a flooded Bennerley heralded the start of the snipe season, both Jack and Common made an appearance on the coal plant, and the Wigeon were growing in numbers on the marsh itself.
At Chat Corner there were Redwing and Mistle Thrush and a small flock of Long-tailed Tit.
There were a few late hangers on, Swallow, Peacock Butterfly and a trio of Migrant Hawker Dragonflies.
Bennerley. 55 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 36 Wigeon. Grey Heron, 4 Snipe 2 Jack Snipe, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Swallow. Chat Corner. 145 Black-headed Gull, 35 Redwing, 6 Mistle Thrush, Kingfisher, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting.
Plus. Peacock Butterfly, 3 Migrant Hawker Dragonflies.
Saturday, 26th. October, 2013. Attenborough NR.
A quieter day than last week but still plenty too see, mainly, Lapwing with good numbers around the reserve and a big flock across the river on Barton Flash.
A small group of Snipe were gathered in the area immediately in front of the Tower Hide, with one of the resident Cetti’s Warblers making it’s presence known.
Still a few insects about, one Small White Butterfly and a few Migrant Hawker Dragonflies.
Works Pond. 32 Teal, 45 Lapwing, Grey Heron. Delta. 10 Gadwall, Shoveler, Jay. Clifton Pond. 3 Reed Bunting, Cetti’s Warbler, 44 Wigeon, 16 Gadwall, 35 Teal, 14 Shoveler, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Pochard, 5 Great Crested Bird, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Grey Heron, 9 Snipe, 60 Lapwing, 12 Tree Sparrow, 10 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet, Siskin, 3 Fieldfare. Tween Pond. 8 Teal, Herring Gull, 41 Lapwing. Church Pond. 22 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Lapwing. Erewash Field. 5 Meadow Pipit. Coneries. 16 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 2 Goldeneye, 14 Great Crested Grebe. Plus. Small White Butterfly, 3 Migrant Hawker Dragonflies.
Sunday, 27th. October, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.
With a big storm looming, I donned Muck Boots, water-proofs and carrying my trusty “Trekking ‘Brolly” I decided to stay around my local patch which is is no bad thing and before member of the Chavington Motorcycling Club arrived I got Jack Snipe!
As well as the afore mentioned “Jack” there were also nineteen Snipe up at the North Marsh
Sadly, not many photo’s today, just about nothing was showing well and any birds that did were making their way rapidly for shelter from the wind and rain, apart from a single Migrant Hawker Dragonfly that didn’t seem too bothered about the inclement weather!
Bennerley. 50 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Jack Snipe, 5 Meadow Pipit. Chat Corner. Great Black-backed Gull, Buzzard, Pheasant, 48 Redwing, 30 Fieldfare, 100 Starling. North Marsh. 19 Snipe, Jack Snipe, 2 Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, 3 Reed Bunting.

Bennerley Marsh, Woodside & Attenborough

Tuesday, 15th. October, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.
Bennerley. 40 Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Long-tailed Tit. Chat Corner. 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Cormorant, 22 Redwing, 18 Goldfinch.
Thursday, 17th. October, 2013. Bennerley Marsh, Woodside.
Peacock
Peacock
Today almost turned into a butterfly walk rather than a birding walk, with a couple of Comma’s, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell and a fine looking Brimstone, plus a single Migrant Hawker Dragonfly.
Bennerley. 50 Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, Jay. Chat Corner. 2 Reed Bunting, 7 Meadow Pipit, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Pheasant. Shipley Gate. Buzzard, Grey Heron, Kingfisher.
Butterflies. 2 Peacock, Brimstone.
Shipley Lake. 40 Wigeon, 110 Coot, 3 Great Crested Grebe. Woodside. 22 Meadow Pipit, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Jay.
Butterflies. Small White, Small Tortoiseshell. Plus. 1 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly.
Friday, 18th. October, 2013. Woodside.
A pretty slow day at Woodside, but a small group of Pink-footed Geese flew over to brighten up the day and woodpeckers, green or big and spotty always bring a smile to the face.
I had a wander around Straws Bridge with the camera taking a few snaps, flocks of Jays, not snapped and a drake Pochard, duly snapped!
Shipley View Lagoons. 4 Tufted Duck, Gadwall [f.] Little Grebe. Straws Bridge. Common Gull, Pochard [m.] Great Crested Grebe, 8 Long-tailed Tit. Green Woodpecker, Great-spotted Woodpecker, 5 Jay. Woodside. 7 Pink Footed Goose [over to SW] 7 Meadow Pipit, 6 Goldfinch, 3 Pheasant, Cormorant.
Saturday, 19th. October, 2013. Attenborough Nature Reserve.
Digiscoped Cormorants
Digiscoped Cormorants
Today must rate as the best day I’ve had at Attenborough for some time, not just for the birds but for the digiscoping too, I unlocked a few more secrets of this dark art! A Curlew Sandpiper did it for me, plus a Ruff and three Jack Snipe bobbing and darting about and plenty of House Sparrows to point the little camera at.
Clifton Pond. 2 Goosander, 40 Wigeon, 35 Gadwall, 40 Teal, 8 Shoveler, Curlew Sandpiper [from the Tower Hide]180 Lapwing, 22 Snipe, 3 Jack Snipe, Ruff, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 30 Goldfinch, 18 Tree Sparrow, Buzzard. Tween Pond. 2 Egyptian Goose, Great black-backed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 40 Lapwing. Wet Marsh. 18 Gadwall, 2 Grey Heron. Works Pond. Grey Heron, 25 Lapwing, 18 Teal, Cetti’s Warbler. Delta. 30 Wigeon. Church Pond. 14 Egyptian Goose, 5 Gadwall, 15 Wigeon, 10 Great Crested Grebe.
Sunday, 20th. October, 2013. Bennerley Marsh/Woodside.
Nice to see a few Wigeon, Common Gull and just the one Fieldfare back at Bennerley for the winter.
Over the far end of Shipley CP. A pair of Ravens “cronked” their way over and I caught up with them a little later tucked away, unseen in a small copse near the back entrance to Mapperley Reservoir, having a real good conversation!
The day ended nicely with a Little Owl betraying his presence, loudly, at Woodside, on the edge of Shipley Wood – nice!
Blue Tit
Blue Tit
Bennerley. 14 Wigeon, 50 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, 5 Goldfinch, 1 Fieldfare, Kestrel. Shipley CP. 2 Raven, Jay, 2 Redwing, Greylag Goose. Mapperley Reservoir. 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, 90 Black-headed Gull. Mapperley Wood. Water Rail, 2 Jay, Coal Tit. Woodside. Sparrowhawk, 4 Redwing, Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, Little Owl, 2 Pheasant.

Tree Felling

October 27, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings by Stephen Greenacre

Does anyone know what’s going on along the old West Hallam colliery track?  We have been for a walk there this morning and there seems to have been a horrific amount of tree felling going on.  The footpaths are covered with mud and the row of Leylandii which offered substantial cover for roosting birds has been completely destroyed.  It seems to be an act of pure vandalism.  Any ideas?

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October 24, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

The Bennerley Bugle No.16.

October 21, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Tuesday, 15th. October, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Bennerley. 40 Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Long-tailed Tit. Chat Corner. 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Cormorant, 22 Redwing, 18 Goldfinch.

 

Thursday, 17th. October, 2013. Bennerley Marsh, Woodside.

 

Peacock

Peacock

Today almost turned into a butterfly walk rather than a birding walk, with a couple of Comma’s, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell and a fine looking Brimstone, plus a single Migrant Hawker Dragonfly.

Bennerley. 50 Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, Jay. Chat Corner. 2 Reed Bunting, 7 Meadow Pipit, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Pheasant. Shipley Gate. Buzzard, Grey Heron, Kingfisher.

Butterflies. 2 Peacock, Brimstone.

Shipley Lake. 40 Wigeon, 110 Coot, 3 Great Crested Grebe. Woodside. 22 Meadow Pipit, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Jay.

Butterflies. Small White, Small Tortoiseshell. Plus. 1 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly.

 

Friday, 18th. October, 2013. Woodside.

A pretty slow day at Woodside, but a small group of Pink-footed Geese flew over to brighten up the day and woodpeckers, green or big and spotty always bring a smile to the face.

I had a wander around Straws Bridge with the camera taking a few snaps, flocks of Jays, not snapped and a drake Pochard, duly snapped!

Shipley View Lagoons. 4 Tufted Duck, Gadwall [f.] Little Grebe. Straws Bridge. Common Gull, Pochard [m.] Great Crested Grebe, 8 Long-tailed Tit. Green Woodpecker, Great-spotted Woodpecker, 5 Jay. Woodside. 7 Pink Footed Goose [over to SW] 7 Meadow Pipit, 6 Goldfinch, 3 Pheasant, Cormorant.

 

Saturday, 19th. October, 2013. Attenborough Nature Reserve.

 

Digiscoped Cormorants

Digiscoped Cormorants

Today must rate as the best day I’ve had at Attenborough for some time, not just for the birds but for the digiscoping too, I unlocked a few more secrets of this dark art! A Curlew Sandpiper did it for me, plus a Ruff and three Jack Snipe bobbing and darting about and plenty of House Sparrows to point the little camera at.

Clifton Pond. 2 Goosander, 40 Wigeon, 35 Gadwall, 40 Teal, 8 Shoveler, Curlew Sandpiper [from the Tower Hide]180 Lapwing, 22 Snipe, 3 Jack Snipe, Ruff, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 30 Goldfinch, 18 Tree Sparrow, Buzzard. Tween Pond. 2 Egyptian Goose, Great black-backed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 40 Lapwing. Wet Marsh. 18 Gadwall, 2 Grey Heron. Works Pond. Grey Heron, 25 Lapwing, 18 Teal, Cetti’s Warbler. Delta. 30 Wigeon. Church Pond. 14 Egyptian Goose, 5 Gadwall, 15 Wigeon, 10 Great Crested Grebe.

 

Sunday, 20th. October, 2013. Bennerley Marsh/Woodside.

Nice to see a few Wigeon, Common Gull and just the one Fieldfare back at Bennerley for the winter.

Over the far end of Shipley CP. A pair of Ravens “cronked” their way over and I caught up with them a little later tucked away, unseen in a small copse near the back entrance to Mapperley Reservoir, having a real good conversation!

The day ended nicely with a Little Owl betraying his presence, loudly, at Woodside, on the edge of Shipley Wood – nice!

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

Bennerley. 14 Wigeon, 50 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, 5 Goldfinch, 1 Fieldfare, Kestrel. Shipley CP. 2 Raven, Jay, 2 Redwing, Greylag Goose. Mapperley Reservoir. 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, 90 Black-headed Gull. Mapperley Wood. Water Rail, 2 Jay, Coal Tit. Woodside. Sparrowhawk, 4 Redwing, Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, Little Owl, 2 Pheasant.

 

 

The Bennerley Bugle No.16. – Gallery

October 21, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Coal Tit-Mapperley Wood

Coal Tit-Mapperley Wood 

Fungi
Fungi

Black-headed Gulls-Osbournes Pond, Shipley CP

Black-headed Gulls-Osbournes Pond, Shipley CP

Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Gull

 

Greylag Goose-Osbourne's Pond

Greylag Goose-Osbourne’s Pond

Fly Agaric

Fly Agaric

Drake Pochard-Straws Bridge
Drake Pochard-Straws Bridge

Mute Swan

Mute Swan

Brimstone-Bennerley Marsh
Brimstone-Bennerley Marsh

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Egyptian Goose-Attenborough NR

Egyptian Goose-Attenborough NR

Canada Goose-Attenborough NR

Canada Goose-Attenborough NR

 

 

 

Digiscoped Images From Attenborough NR

October 21, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

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Lesser Black-backed Gull

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Cormorant

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Black-headed Gull

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Grey Heron

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Egyptian Goose

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Female Goosander

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Lapwing

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The Bennerley Bugle No. 15

October 7, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Thursday, 3rd. October, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

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Farmyard Goose

A misty and rainy day, not nice at all and only a fool would attempt any form of photo taking in such light and weather-I never learn.

A custom made part arrived to connect my camera to my ‘scope so I thought I’d give it a whirl, I tried for the Black-headed Gulls and the Lesser Black-backed Gull and the Grey Heron, Long-tailed Tit was out of the question! The only snaps I came away with were off one of farmer Noons geese!

Bennerley. 35 Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 18 Goldfinch. Chat Corner. 2 Buzzard, 2 Mistle Thrush. Botany Bay. 15 Collared Dove, 8 Goldfinch.

 

Friday, 4th. October, 2013. Bennerley/Woodside.

A small flock of Lapwing was a pleasant sight as I hastened trough Bennerley on my way to Woodside, likewise a single Red Admiral butterfly.

The wildfowl population is building nicely at Shipley Lake with Coot, Wigeon, Gadwall and Pochard, just two of this species at the moment, lets hope we can get through another winter before any development gets started, lets hope it go’s “pear shaped” and never gets started!

Bennerley Marsh. 28 Black-headed Gull, 35 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, Mistle Thrush, Jay.

Butterflies. Speckled Woods, Red Admiral.

Shipley Lake. 30 Canada Goose, 2 Pochard, 12 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 60 Coot. Woodside. Jay, Buzzard, 6 Pheasant, Meadow Pipit, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 26 Black-backed Gull.

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

 

Saturday, 5th. October, 2013. Willington.

Green-veined Whit

Green-veined Whit

As I walked onto the reserve a fellow birder informed me that there “wasn’t much about” which wasn’t quite true as the wildfowl, Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall and Shoveler would testify, not to mention a quartet of Buzzards, a Lapwing flock, a pair of Kestrels, a single Sparrowhawk and two ranting Cetti’s Warblers!

I’d come equipped for “digiscoping” and duly got stuck in, even though it’s taking me an age to get the hang of this particular method of photography so the photo’s aren’t that great, but I’m not too bothered, at least I can tell what it is now-sometimes!

Main Reserve. 17 Wigeon, 14 Gadwall, 30 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 90 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, Blackcap.

Butterflies. Small Whites, Green-veined White, Comma. Dragonflies. Migrant Hawkers, Common Darters.

 

Sunday, 6th. October, 2013. Bennerley/Cossall.

Wall to wall Buzzards today, they were everywhere around Cossall plus a couple at Bennerley.

A few Swallows flew over Cossall Pit-top, as did a male Sparrowhawk along with Goldfinches and a Chiffchaff.

Back to the Buzzards and there were seven above Old Moor Wood, much to the consternation of the local Jackdaws.

An Osprey glided high over Spring Wood ahead of a group of Lesser Black-backed Gulls all heading south, I think they must be using the motorway as a guide, I do see large gulls passing regularly at this spot, but not Osprey, this is the first for me in this area.

A trio of Yellowhammers flew along the hedgerow and as per normal just lately, a single Meadow Pipit, although the lack of small birds may have something to do with the presence of a Male Sparrowhawk and yet another pair of Buzzards!

Bennerley. 35 Black-headed Gull, 2 Buzzard, Greenfinch.

Dragonflies. Migrant Hawkers, Common Darters. Plus. Speckled Wood Butterflies.

Cossall Pit-Top. 8 Swallow, 23 Jackdaw, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, 2 Goldfinch. Nottingham Canal. 2 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, Blackcap. Old Moor Wood. 7 Buzzard, 35 Jackdaw, 6 Pied Wagtail. Spring Wood. Osprey [over to south-16:55hrs.] 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Yellowhammer. 1 Meadow Pipit.

Dragonflies. Common Darter, Migrant Hawkers. Plus. Speckled Wood Butterflies.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 15 – Gallery

October 7, 2013 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

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Speckled Wood

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Cone Head [?] Bennerley

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Common Darter

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Grey Heron-Coosall

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Moorhen-Cossall

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Mistle Thrush-casual shot with point & shoot Panasonic FS40

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Acorns, Natures Bount

Canada Geese, River Derwent, Derby City Centre

Canada Geese, River Derwent, Derby City Centre

 

Digiscoped Images From Willinton

October 7, 2013 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Farmyard Goose, Bennerley

Farmyard Goose, Bennerley

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Mute Swan, Willigton NR. Derbyshire

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Gulls, Willington NR. Derbyshire

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Grey Heron, Willington NR. Derbyshire

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Snipe, Willington NR. Derbyshire

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Great Crested Grebe, Willington NR. Derbyshire