The Bennerley Bugle No. 21.

November 25, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Thursday, 21st. November, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: °C, Wind Direction: North North Easterly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 16:03 GMT.  

 

Black-headed Gull

A better day today, A few Lapwings and Snipe put in an appearance, plus the “Northern Thrushes” along with Mistle Thrushes which are probably from up’t north as well.


Bennerley. 75 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 170 Black-headed Gull, 11 Common Gull, 40 Lapwing, 5 Snipe,  Buzzard, Kestrel, 5 Bullfinch, Mistle Thrush,Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. 3 Snipe, Kestrel, 40 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 7 Mistle Thrush, 130 Jackdaw.


Friday, 22nd. November, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature:  6°C (43°F),  Wind Direction: Northerly, Wind Speed: 9mph,  Sun: Visibility: Good, Sunset: 16:01 GMT

 

One of my resident Coal Tits was on the feeders along with a few House Sparrows, it’s strange to think that people in some parts of the country don’t get to see these “cheeky chappies” Out on the patch, Wigeon, Lapwing, gulls, including one Lesser Black-back and Common. A couple of Kestrels were at Chat Corner with a single Snipe, Fieldfares, Mistle Thrushes and one Redwing!

Redwing


Bennerley Lodge. Coal Tit, 7 House Sparrows. Bennerley. 70 Wigeon, 90 Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, 25 Lapwing, Kestrel, Pied Wagtail, 9 Meadow Pipit. Chat Corner. 2 Kestrel, Buzzard, Grey Heron, 1 Snipe, 10 Fieldfare, 5 Mistle Thrush, 1 Redwing.


Sunday, 24 November, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 6°C (43°F),  Wind Direction: Northerly, Wind Speed: 9mph, Sun/cloud: Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 15:59 GMT

 

The best way to see Bennerley is to get there before the “Notts. & Derbys. Chavs Motor Cycling Club” kick-off if you want to find anything on the old coal plant, this I did and not a single thing did I see! A different story up at the North Marsh, a single Water Rail, a flock of Snipe and a small group of Meadow Pipit.

 

Tufted Duck

Bennerley. Grey Heron, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, 25 Wigeon, 175 Black-headed Gull, Chat Corner. 23 Redwing, 9 Fieldfare,9 Mistle Thrush, 160 Starling, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Tathams Pond. 2 Tufted Duck, 16 Collared Dove, 9 Goldfinch, 7 Redwing. North Marsh. 32 Snipe, Water Rail, 34 Redwing, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Mistle Thrush, Little Grebe [R.Erewash]

[Camera: Canon SX 50]

The Bennerley Bugle No. 21-Gallery

November 25, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Hawthorne Shell Bug
House Sparrows

 

Buzzard

 

Mute Swan

 

Redwing

 

Starlings

 

Tufted Ducks

 

 

 

Street Light! 

Canon HS 50

 

 

Away Day-Carsington Water-Gallery,

November 25, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Teal

[Opticron ES 80 GA ED/45 – 20-60X SDL v2 Eyepiece/Nikon S1 + 11-27.5 lens.]

 

 

Cormorants

[Opticron ES 80 GA ED/45 – 20-60X SDL v2 Eyepiece/Nikon S1 + 11-27.5 lens.]

 

Wigeon & Lapwings

[Opticron ES 80 GA ED/45 – 20-60X SDL v2 Eyepiece/Nikon S1 + 11-27.5 lens.]

 

Great Northern Diver

[Opticron ES 80 GA ED/45 – 20-60X SDL v2 Eyepiece/Nikon S1 + 11-27.5 lens.]

 

Great Northern Diver

[Opticron ES 80 GA ED/45 – 20-60X SDL v2 Eyepiece/Nikon S1 + 11-27.5 lens.]

 

Lapwings

[Opticron ES 80 GA ED/45 – 20-60X SDL v2 Eyepiece/Nikon S1 + 11-27.5 lens.]

 

 

 

Carsington Water At Dusk

[Nikon S1, 80-110 lens]

Saturday, 23rd. November, 2013.

Away Day-Carsington Water

November 25, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

 

Saturday, 23rd. November, 2013. Carsington  Water.

 

Great Northern Diver-

[Opticron ES 80 GA ED/45 – 20-60X SDL v2 Eyepiece/Nikon S1 + 11-27.5 lens.]

Headed of to Carsington today mainly to find a shorter walking route from the bus, I’d tried Cromford and The High Peak Trail and found them a bit too long when carrying a lot of kit, ‘scope, tripod, camera, food and drink etc. I tried Wirksworth this time as a stepping of point, pretty good, apart from the “v.diff” hill out of the town, two and  a half walk and pretty all the way until you hit the B5035, “Suicide Ally” for the walker especially the return walk which of course at this time of year is in the dark! I’m almost sure there is a “back door way” by way of a public foot path from Wirksworth that comes in behind Carsington Water, I will check out early in the new year. Still a nice walk but extra, extra care is needed, some thing that flashes in the dark is also very handy!

 

 

The other purpose for my visit was to “digiscope”the reported Great Northern Diver, this required more walking, from one end of the reservoir to the other, the bird was up at the “dam end” and by the time I found my target and got into position it had clouded over, still I persevered, and for my efforts I got a good many grainy pictures which I’m quite pleased with, I really didn’t think I’d get much at all and the walking allowed me to enjoy many of the regular bird species Carsington has to offer.

A View Of Carsington Water

[Nikon S1]

 

 

The Day List. Great Northern Diver, Cormorant, Canada Goose, Goldeneye, Goosander, Pochard, Wigeon, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Teal, Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Pheasant, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Feral Rock Dove, Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Magpie, Grey Wagtail, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Blackbird, Wren, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull. Herring Gull.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 20

November 19, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

 

Thursday, 14th. November, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 8°C (46°F), Wind Direction: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 16mph, sun/light cloud: Visibility:  Sunset: 16:12 GMT.

 

Mute Swan

Numbers of Wigeon, Snipe and Gulls have risen since last week, but no sign of and Lapwing 0r [if we’re lucky] Golden Plover.

 Bennerley. 190 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull,2 Grey Heron, 37 Wigeon,  3 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe. Chat Corner. Buzzard, Grey Heron, 8 Snipe, 32 Fieldfare, 27 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 7 Goldfinch, 6 Long-tailed Tit.

 

Friday, 15th. November, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 8°C (46°F),  Wind Direction: West North Westerly, Wind Speed: 4mph, sun: Visibility: Very Good, Low,  Sunset: 16:11 GMT.

 A couple Of Coal Tit’s on my garden feeders is always a nice start to the day, especially as the Starlings and House Sparrows rule the roost, so to speak. Out on the “marsh” the return of the Lapwing, albeit only three birds, a single Jack Snipe and the now daily Redwings and Fieldfare plus a Green Woodpecker now not as “daily” as they were.

 Bennerley Lodge. 2 Coal Tit, Bennerley. 190 Black-headed Gull, 8 Common Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Snipe, 3 Lapwing, 1 Bullfinch [m.] 20 Redwing. Chat Corner. 18 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Goldfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 40 Fieldfare, 35 Redwing, 1 Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, Kestrel, Buzzard,

 

Saturday, 16th. November, 2013. Wagg’s Quarry/Beeley Moor.

Maximum Temperature: 10°C (50°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 9mph, Visibility: cloud: Good,, Sunset: 16:09 GMT.

Headed of up to Beeley Moor to see a Great Grey Shrike which turned out to be a no-show! What birds were seen were in flocks, tits, crows, Lesser Redpolls and my second choice target species, Brambling, a biggish flock at Bent Lane just down from Wragg’s Quarry. I’ve got a new app on the phone, GPS and maps which is really good for navigating around the tracks and lane you find in Derbyshire, a very useful app, osmAnd Maps & Navigation.

The Day List. Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Feral Rock Dove, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Black-headed Gull, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Lesser Redpoll,  Brambling, Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Magpie, Jay, Kestrel, Pheasant.


Sunday, 17th. November. 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 9°C (48°F),Wind Direction: Easterly, Wind Speed: 3mph, Cloudy, Visibility: Poor, Sunset: 16:08 GMT.

 

Pheasant

The Sunday constitutional took me quickly through Bennerley via Chat Corner and on to Watnall Wood, a Sunday favourite of mine. It was a pretty murky day, so the light in the middle of the wood was so bad, I would have needed the flash, which I don’t like for most wildlife pics.hence, no shots of birds on the well stocked feeders in the wood, which is a shame, Coal Tit and Nuthatch are so photogenic! Yellow Hammer, Meadow Pipits and Siskin made up for the lack of light.


Chat Corner. Buzzard, 7 Goldfinch, 12 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker. Bennerley. 14 Wigeon, 2 Grey Heron, 90 Black-headed Gull, 2 Buzzard, 40 Redwing. Watnall Wood. 2 Yellow Hammer, 7 Siskin, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

 

The Bennerley Bugle No. 20. – Gallery

November 19, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Mistle Thrush-Bennerley

 

Buzzard-Chat Corner

 

Mute Swan-R.Derwent, Derby City

 

Pheasants-Wraggs Quarry,Derbyshre

 

Robin-Bent Lane, Derbyshire

 

Buzzard-Bennerley

 

Its Not Just Birds At Bennerley!

 

Shipley and Mapperley 15/11/2013

November 15, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Not been able to get out of late, but managed it today – couldn’t let the DJ be the sole contributor!

Plenty of Jays, two Green and one Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatches at Shipley Hill and Mapperley Wood. Long-tailed Tits at two locations. A scattered group of Gold and Green finches betrayed a dashing male Sparrowhawk whilst a female was seen later by Mapperley village. On Shipley Lake a couple of dozen Wigeon, five Shoveler, a Heron, two Great Crested Grebe and two Gadwall. Good views of a Tree Creeper at Shipley Hill. Mapperley Pond had another five Shoveler – close views of the drakes resplendent in their new post-eclipse plumage – several Tufties, two more Great Crested Grebe and a good thirty Black-headed Gulls. Five Meadow Pipit in a small group off Slack Lane and a Cormorant and several Redwings over.
At the Hex Lagoons fairly quiet but six Gadwall were of note.

Later on in Ilkeston a Song Thrush in song – my first of the new season!

Jim

The Bennerley Bugle No. 19.

November 11, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Thursday, 7th. November, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Max : 9°C (48°F), Minimum Temperature: 5°C (41°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 11mph, sunny: Visibility: Very Good: Sunset: 16:24 GMT.

Tufted Ducks

A fairly quite day around Bennerley, a few Wigeon, a couple of Snipe, “northern thrushes” and of course, a Buzzard.Bennerley. 14 Wigeon, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Snipe, Sparrow Hawk [f.] 

Chat Corner. Buzzard, 38 Redwing, 15 Fieldfare, 3 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush.


Friday, 8th. November, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Max: 9°C (48°F) Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 7mph, L/cloud: Visibility: Moderate, , Sunset: 16:22 GMT.

 

A damp, wet, muddy but busy day, plenty of snipe about and a small gaggle of Pink-footed Geese over, plus “northern thrushes” but the spectacle of the day has to be a Peregrine falling from a dark and wet sky straight into a flock of starlings coming in to roost at dusk-perfik! Yes’ and she got her evening meal!


Bennerley. 20 Wigeon, 60 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, Grey Heron, 1 Snipe, Kingfisher. Chat Corner. Buzzard, Grey Heron, 28 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush. North Marsh. 7 Pink-footed Goose, 13 Teal, 35 Snipe, 4 Pheasant, Peregrine, 30 Redwing, 175 Starling.


Saturday, 9th. November, 2013. Hoveringham GP’s

Max Temp: 6°C (43°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 9mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 16:20 GMT

Glossy Ibis
Fungi

I joined the throng at Lowdham today to have a look at the much reported Glossy Ibis, I stepped off the bus and took my first snap in a matter of seconds, actually not much of a throng more of a small crowd and most of them it seemed, charity collectors [children in need] but one doesn’t really mind on such a joyous day, unless of course their “rattling” had flushed the bird! The Ibis dealt with, seen, ticked and photographed I strolled up the road for a look at Hoveringham Gravel Pits hoping there might be a lingering Red-breasted Merganser, no luck with that one but two Little Egret’s and a few Egyptian Geese were seen, plus a flock of Meadow Pipit and halve a dozen Little Grebe. Finally to round of the day I had a good scan through the gull roost on the sailing pit which seems to be growing nicely, lots of Great Blacked-backed, Lesser Black-backed, Herring and Black-headed Gulls but not so many Common Gull and no “white wingers”

 

Lowdham. Glossy Ibis. Hoveringham New Workings. 48 Wigeon, 14 Pochard, 19 Gadwall. Railway Pit. 4 Egyptian Goose, 30 Wigeon, 2 Little Egret, 55 Meadow Pipit, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Common Gull, 7 Cormorant. Sailing Pit. 6 Pochard, 37 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 7 Little Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebe. 

 

 Sunday, 10th. November, 2013. Bennerley Marsh/Cossall/Spring Wood

Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 9mph, Sunny Visibility: Good, Sunset: 16:19 GMT.

A quiet but pleasant walk taking in Bennerley, Cossall and Spring Wood, a Peacock Butterfly, a Little Owl at dusk and a glorious sunset made it well worth the effort.

Sunset Over Ilkeston


Chat Corner. Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Snipe, 14 Fieldfare, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Redwing. Bennerley. 75 Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Kestrel,Bullfinch [m.] Cossall. 2 Buzzard, 2 Pheasant. Spring Wood. 2 Kestrel, Buzzard, Little Owl, 5 Pheasant, 5 Fieldfare, Meadow Pipit. Plus. Peacock Butterfly.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 19 – Gallery

November 11, 2013 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Buddies-digiscoped, Opticron ES 80 GA ED/45 – 20-60X SDL v2 Eyepiece + Nikon S1 + 11-27.5 lens.
Egyptian Goose, Hoveringham–digiscoped, Opticron ES 80 GA ED/45 – 20-60X SDL v2 Eyepiece + Nikon S1 + 11-27.5 lens.
Cormorant, Hoveringham–digiscoped, Opticron ES 80 GA ED/45 – 20-60X SDL v2 Eyepiece + Nikon S1 + 11-27.5 lens.
Glossy Ibis-digiscoped, Opticron ES 80 GA ED/45 – 20-60X SDL v2 Eyepiece + Nikon S1 + 11-27.5 lens.

 

 

Little Egret-Opticron ES 80 GA ED/45 – 20-60X SDL v2 Eyepiece + Nikon S1 + 11-27.5 lens.

 

Fungi-Nikon S1, 11-27.5 lens.

 

Buzzard, Chat Corner, Canon SX 50

 

Starlings Over The North Marsh-Canon SX 50

 

Buzzard, Bennerley-Canon SX 50

 

Carrion Crow, Chat Corner-Canon SX 50

 

Peacock, Cossall-Canon SX 50

 

Cossall Church-SX 50

 

The Bennerley Bugle No. 18

November 4, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

 

 

Tuesday, 29th. October, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 10°C (50°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 15 mph, Visibility: Very Good, , Sunset: 16:41 GMT

 

 

Stone Chat

Had a walk around Bennerley this afternoon to look for a Stonechat that was reported but not before seeing a few Wigeon and Snipe at Bennerley.

I hung around Chat Corner for only about twenty minutes before a female/juvenile Stonechat popped up onto a fence post and because I hadn’t seen this species for at least a year at this spot  so, I was rather pleased.

 

 

Bennerley. 18 Wigeon, 80 Black-headed Gull, Common Gill, 3 Snipe, Grey Heron. Buzzard. Chat Corner. Stonechat, 3 Lapwing, Snipe, 32 Goldfinch, 10 Fieldfare, 14 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtail.

 

 

Wednesday, 30th. October, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 11°C (52°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 12 mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 16:39 GMT

Young Mute Swan

 

I thought today was going to be a little on the quiet side but things were just a bit slow getting going! A few Wigeon, Fieldfare and Meadow Pipit on the marsh, whilst the North Marsh held a flock of Snipe but just a single Jack Snipe.

A couple of surprises today, first a very smart looking Comma butterfly and an equally smart looking Ruddy Darter, so not a bad day at all.


Bennerley. 55 Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, 16 Wigeon, 3 Meadow Pipit, 5 Fieldfare. North Marsh. Grey Heron, 36 Snipe, Jack Snipe, 4 Reed Bunting, 8 Pied Wagtail, 2 MistleThrush. Chat Corner. Kestrel, Pheasant, 40 Goldfinch, 18 Meadow Pipit, 3 Reed Bunting, Green Woodpecker

 

Friday, 1st. November, 2013. Bennerley & Woodside

Maximum Temperature: 11°C (52°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 7 mph, Visibility: Moderate,  Sunset: 16:35 GMT


Almost a total wash-out today, heavy rain for most of the time but I persisted and for my efforts I got to see a few birds including Goosanders, Shovelers and a few Meadow Pipit, I even managed a few photo’s at the Derby Lodge tea rooms, shooting from the shelter of the front porch, the staff had gone home early because of the rain!

Magpie


Bennerley. 50 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull. Shipley Lake. 40 Wigeon, 28 Gadwall, 24 Tufted Duck, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 210 Coot. Mapperley Reservoir. 4 Shoveler, 2 Goosander, 5 Great Crested Grebe. Woodside. Green Woodpecker, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pheasant, 41 Canada Goose

 

Saturday, 2nd. November, 2013. Straws Bridge.

Max. Temperature: 10 mph. Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 22 mph, sun, cloud, light rain,Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 16:33 GMT

Black-headed Gulls [Nikon S1]


I headed of over to Straws Bridge to try out a digiscoping mini-rig comprising Minox 50 mm travel ‘scope and Nikon S1 camera, I need more practice with this set up, plus I need to learn how to correct colour abboration the ‘scope not being of the ED persuasion, but the rig could be a viable option in certain situations.  

 

3 Pochard, 4 Gadwall [Shipley View Lagoons] 90 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, Grey Heron, Water Rail, Green Woodpecker.

 

Sunday, 3rd. November, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Max. 9°C (48°F),  Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 15mph, Visibility:  sun/cloud. Very Good,  Sunset: 16:31 GMT.

 

Knapweed

A funny sort of a day, it started when I tried to sneak up on a Water Rail in the North Marsh, that was just begging to be photographed, it was moving into the marsh one big hop at a time, and led me in to a hole! the rail got away, I got a left “welly boot” full of water that I had to live with for the rest of the day and no photo! Later on the way home I had to intervene in a full scale “punch up” between two family’s of Mute Swans on the Erewash Canal, family A strayed into family B’s patch, male B had male A trapped in the lock and was trying it’s utmost to drown his adversary, I stepped in grabbed male A by the neck, tucked him under my arm and popped him back in his own part of the canal with the missus!

Somewhere between the two incidents I managed to see a few birds, not many, a couple of Meadow Pipits, Green Woodpeckers, Buzzards and northern thrushes, Fieldfare’s  and Redwing’s


Bennerley. 80 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, Snipe. Sparrow Hawk. Chat Corner. Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 18 Redwing, 9 Mistle Thrush, 18 Redwing, 2 Meadow Pipit. Shipley Gate. 2 Buzzard, 3 Tufted Duck, Grey Heron. North Marsh. 23 Snipe, Water Rail, Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker.