Canon SX 50
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
Thursday, 3rd. October, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.
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.
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.