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.