The Bennerley Bugle No. 26

December 30, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Friday, 27 December, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 8°C (46°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 27mph, Sunny/Cloud, Visibility: Very Good, Low. Sunset: 15:54 GMT.



A quiet day today with less Fieldfare and Redwing than of late, but higher numbers of Wigeon and Lapwing, the Wigeon were joined by a pair of Shoveler, but no sign of any Goosander. Two Grey Partridge were at Chat Corner, this is a another species that is getting harder to find at Bennerley which is sad, it begs the question, what will the wildlife be like when the wind turbine is up and running, one can only hope that said wildlife will get used to it, as happens at some airports.

Bennerley. 100 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 80 Lapwing, 95 Wigeon, 2 Grey Heron, Buzzard, 14 Redwing, Kestrel. Water Treatment Works. 25 Redwing, 8 Goldfinch, Kestrel. Chat Corner. 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Pheasant, Snipe, Meadow Pipit, 35 Redwing, 8 Fieldfare.

Saturday, 28th. December, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 6°C (43°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 12mph, Sun/cloud. Visibility: Good, Sunset: 15:55 GMT.


Another late start and again a quiet day but a single Jack Snipe and several Snipe is always worth the


effort. There is definitely a reduction in numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing numbers, i hope they have left enough berries for the impending Waxwing invasion!!!

Bennerley. 100 Black-headed Gull, 6 Common Gull, 3 Mistle Thrush, 5 Redwing. North Marsh. 1 Jack Snipe, 22 Snipe, 5 Pheasant, 3 Tufted Duck, 8 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker. Cotmanhay Meadows. Buzzard, 7 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing. Chat Corner. Goosander, Lesser Black-backed Gull.


A Not So Mute Pic. Of A Mute Swan!

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

Maximum Temperature: 5°C (41°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 10mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 15:56 GMT.


A quick exit from Bennerley today and on to Shipley and Woodside, but not before watching the arrival of Wigeon and Lapwing, not many but maybe just the first to arrive. Shipley Wood threw up a Great Spotted Woodpecker, “lesser peckers” occur in this wood and it’s usually one of my first ports of call for the new year. Good numbers of wildfowl  on Shipley Lake, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler and lots of Coot, five Goosander were hauled up, distant and exceedingly difficult to locate! if it wasn’t for one female having a shake, they would probably have remained unfound. The Woodside reserve is in a state of transition, but before the Derbyshire Wildlife took over it was pretty good for small passerines, tits, finches, buntings and chats, and today it seemed to be headed back in that direction with good numbers of Siskin, a few Lesser Redpoll and Long-tailed Tits, sadly, the only chat was the Robin, maybe Stonechat will return in the future.

Bennerley. 240 Black-headed Gull, 7 Common Gull, 2 Cormorant, 25 Wigeon, 16 Lapwing, Pheasant, Mistle Thrush, 10 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare. Shipley Wood. Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Lesser Redpoll, Jay. Shipley Lake. 65 Wigeon, 32 Shoveler, 28 Gadwall, 5 Goosander, 2 Teal, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 180 Coot. Shipley View Lagoons. 6 Gadwall, Grey Heron. Woodside. 12 Lesser Redpoll, 30 Siskin, 25 Long-tailed Tit, 48 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pheasant, 2 Green Woodpecker, 220 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, Tawny Owl.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 26 – Gallery

December 30, 2013 in Photo Posts by Bennerley

Mute Swans


Nice to See A Blooming Flower At This Time Of Year.


Carrion Crow


Wood Pigeon In The Wind!




House Sparrow


A Different Robin! 
The Sun Sinks Behind Corky Wood

The Bennerley Bugle No. 24

December 16, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Maximum Temperature: 9°C (48°F),Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 11mph, Light Cloud, Visibility: Moderate/Poor, Sunset: 15:48 GMT.

Common Gull

Thursday, 12th. December, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

A very murky day but a good day for Common Gull, we usually get one or two but there seems to be a few more this year. A couple of Green Woodpeckers was nice, they are a bit scarce of late and several pairs use to breed, I only confirmed two pairs this year, still “blips” do occur.


Bennerley. 100 Black-headed Gull, 10 Common Gull, 3 Grey Heron, 80 Wigeon,  Snipe, 14 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Green Woodpecker, 118 Redwing,42 Fieldfare, 3 Mistle Thrush,  Buzzard, Kestrel,Chat Corner. 4 Snipe, 2 Goldfinch,42 Redwing, 55 Fieldfare, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull,


Saturday, 14th.  December, 2013. Bennerley  Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 10°C (50°F) , Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 16mph, sunny, Visibility: Low,  Sunset: 15:48 GMT.


The Wigeon took some finding today, but I found a few less than of late, they do commute and can be found anywhere from Bennerley across to Bennerley South and through to the Millichip Newt Ponds. Good to find a Jack Snipe up at the North Marsh along with a handful of Common Snipe, plus of course, “Northern Thrushes” everywhere!

Bennerley. 130 Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, 40 Wigeon, 12 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, Grey Heron, 96 Fieldfare, 67 Redwing, 5 Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit, 130 Starling. Chat Corner. Jack Snipe, 8 Snipe, Kestrel, Buzzard, 42 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing. North Marsh. 28 Snipe, 2 Grey Heron, Pheasant, 60 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare.


Sunday, 15th. December, 2013.

Maximum Temperature: 12°C (54°F), Wind Direction: Southerly, Wind Speed: 15mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 15:49 GMT.

Female Goosander

I thought I would pop next door and pay a visit to a neighbouring  patch, Woodside NR, I’ve not been to this Derbyshire Wildlife Trust site for a while and I was Interested, it being a new venture, to see how things were progressing, not much as it goes, its a steady progress, a bit more fencing and site management. Still, Shipley lake held a lot of Wigeon, it quite an important site for this species, lets hope the developers realise this, Mapperley Reservoir held a group of Shoveler and a single female Goosander. Elsewhere in the area, Siskin, a Goldcrest and those pesky “northern Thrushes, but no Waxwings!

Bennerley.  90 Black-headed Gull, 8 Common Gull, 3 Bullfinch, 88 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Fieldfare. Shipley Lake. 230 Wigeon, 35 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 220 Coot, 6 Cormorant. Woodside. 70 Fieldfare, 45 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, 21 Siskin, Green Woodpecker, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Teal. Shipley View Lagoons, 4 Teal, 2 Gadwall, Little Grebe. Mapperley Reservoir. 11 Shoveler, Goosander [f.] 3 Great Crested Grebe.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 24-Gallery

December 16, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Common Gull






Birds On Wires!


Grey Heron




Grey Squirrel


And Again
A Pair Of Shoveler


Mapperley Reservoir


The Bennerley Bugle No. 23

December 9, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Saturday. 7th. December, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F),  Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 9mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 15:50 GMT.


Mute Swan

I’ve not managed to get out much this week, I’ve been indulging my other great passion, music, playing, recording etc. just got some new top end software for my home music studio and these new toys need a lot of playing with! On to Bennerley and despite a late start [new toys again!] I still managed a nice spell of birding. It was nice to see a small flock of Lapwing on the marsh along with the Wigeon which seem to be increasing in numbers and Redwing and Fieldfare are still the most obvious feature of Bennerley with decent sized groups in all areas.

Bennerley Lodge, Coal Tit, 35 Redwing, 6 Goldfinch. Bennerley. 3 Grey Heron, 90 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 90 Wigeon, 40 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 75 Fieldfare, 31 Redwing. Newthorpe WTW. 2 Mistle Thrush, 130 Fieldfare, 90 Redwing, 5 Bullfinch, Grey Wagtail. Chat Corner. Buzzard, 7 Fieldfare, 24 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker.

Sunday, 8th. December, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 9°C (48°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 12mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 15:49 GMT. 


Another good day for those pesky “northern thrushes” I’m pretty sure they are still arriving, the Wigeon


are looking good, with some on the river, which you don’t see a lot of the time and some grazing you don’t get to see the whole flock very often. Common Gulls were showing more than they usually do at Bennerley with at least half a dozen loafing about among the “black heads”  My quiet Sunday birding day was marred yet again by morons on motor bikes, its time these idiot,s wherever they are throughout the country were stopped. There was some consolation provided by a Yellow Legged Gull passing

sedately overhead rolling slightly to show the salient features of this species for easy


I managed to resume my peaceful Sunday up at the North Marsh, with lots of Snipe flitting about and more “northern thrushes” and a small flight of Lesser Blackbacked Gulls passing through, plus a Little Grebe on the Erewash Canal and a Kingfisher on the River Erewash., the day redeemed!



Kiss My Vent!

Bennerley. 160 Wigeon, 150 Black-headed Gull, 7 Common Gull, Snipe, 3 Grey Heron, Cormorant, Buzzard, 15o Redwing, 25 Fieldfare, 6 Mistle Thrush, 8 Goldfinch. Chat Corner. Buzzard, Grey Heron, Snipe, 90 Fieldfare, 48 Redwing. North Marsh. 36 Snipe, 80 Redwing, 35 Fieldfare, 3 Mistle Thrush, Little Grebe [Erewash Canal] Kingfisher [R.Erewash]

Bennerley Marshscapes

December 9, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Bennerley Viaduct


Cotmanhay Wood


Sunset Over The Bridge Inn

Canon SX50

The Bennerley Bugle No. 22

December 3, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Thursday, 28th. November, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 9°C ( 48°F), Wind Direction: North North Westerly, Wind Speed: 2mph,Cloud, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 15:55 GMT



A brisk patrol around the patch showed that Wigeon numbers had risen beyond the “ton” Teal are starting to show on the river, Fieldfare, Redwing and Mistle Thrush are in most areas and the resident Buzzard at Chat Corner is vying for supremacy with the Crows and Jackdaws, all that remains is the return of the Goosanders and the Waxwings!

Linear Park. 25 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Bennerley. 110 Wigeon, 30 Black-headed Gull, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker.25 House Sparrow, 60 Starling, 5 Greenfinch. Bennerley South. 25 Wigeon. Chat Corner. Grey Heron, 3 Teal, Buzzard, Kestrel, Snipe, Meadow Pipit, 94 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, 7 Mistle Thrush.

Saturday, 30th. November, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 6°C (48°F), Wind Direction: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 9 mph, Sun/cloud: Visibility: Good,  Sunset: 15:54 GMT.


As can be seen from the list, lots of thrushes, Redwing and Fieldfare with Sparrowhawks watching and waiting to grab one! Up at the North Marsh decent numbers of Snipe and more thrushes.


Ilkeston from Bennerley

Bennerley. 90 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull. Botany Bay. Sparrowhawk, Pheasant, 6 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch, 45 Redwing. Shipley Gate. Sparrowhawk, 150 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush. North Marsh. 17 Snipe, 30 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, Pheasant.

Sunday, 1st. December, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 9°C (48°F), Wind Direction: North North Westerly, Wind Speed: 3mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 15:53 GMT.


Bennerley from Cossall Pit Top

A quick look at Bennerley turned up a good few Wigeon, plus a handful of Bullfinches and just over half a dozen Redwing. The Sunday ramble continued on to Cossall and Spring Wood but not a lot to see, Buzzard, Kestrel with the main event being a large flock of Black-headed Gulls head off to roost, possibly at Hoveringham or Holme Pierrepont.

Bennerley. 75 Wigeon, 90 Black-headed Gull, 5 Bullfinch, 8 Redwing, Grey Heron. Cossall. Buzzard, Kestrel, 70 Black-headed Gull, 7 Redwing. Spring Wood. 350 Black-headed Gull, 12 Fieldfare, 2 Pheasant.


Wigeon at Bennerley