The Bennerley Bugle No. 4.

January 28, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Wednesday, 22nd. January, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 7mph, Visibility: Good,Sunset: 16:31 GMT.



The Lodge feeders were busy again this morning and three very accommodating Goosanders greeted me on the Erewash Canal, plus the small “flock” of Bullfinches’ were about. There were more Black-headed Gulls than usual , Common Gulls numbers were over the half dozen mark, Wigeon and Shoveler were on the marsh itself with more Wigeon and a few Teal on Bennerley South Marsh. A couple each of Snipe and Grey Partridge were at Chat Corner along with Fieldfare and Redwing and at 15:30 hours a pair of Whooper Swans flew over the canal as I headed home-sweet!

Bennerley Lodge. 9 Goldfinch, Coal Tit, 15 Starling, 6 House Sparrow. Bennerley. 2 Whooper Swan [over-15:30hrs.] 3 Goosander, 65 Wigeon, 5 Shoveler, 210 Black-headed Gull, 7 Common Gull, 7 Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, 7 Bullfinch, Bennerley South Marsh. 25 Wigeon, 18 Teal. Chat Corner. 2 Snipe, 2 Grey Partridge, Pheasant, 65 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing,

Friday, 24th. January, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 4°C (39°F),Wind Direction: South South Easterly, Wind Speed: 8mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 16:34 GMT.

Highlight of the day was watching a pair of Lesser Black-backed Gulls displaying, fascinating stuff, strutting, splashing and handing {should that be billing ?] bits of greenery over, love was in the air!

Bennerley. 180 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull [displaying] 2 Common Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 14 Lapwing, 85 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 4 Bullfinch, 33 Redwing. Chat Corner. Buzzard, 2 Snipe, 27 Fieldfare, 27 Redwing.

Saturday, 25th. January, 2014. Away Day-Wragg’s Quarry/Beeley Moor.

Maximum Temperature: 9°C (48°F),Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 14mph, Visibility: Sun/Cloud/Moderate, Heavy Hail/Rain, Sunset: 16:36 GMT.

I was on my way to Derby before dawn and heading through the back lanes towards Wragg’s Quarry fairly early in the day, for me anyway, hoping for a Great Grey Shrike. I searched for this bird for some time both within the quarry and up on the moor close to the post’s where it is known to perch, but to no avail, a pair of displaying Ravens could be the cause of the Shrike’s absence! Around about mid-afternoon I spotted dark clouds and lightening way over to the horizon, just after mid-afternoon I was drenched! I was about half way down from the moor when the skies opened, I’d just picked up Brambling, the second tick for the year after Raven, I didn’t even have time to put on the water-proof suit so i just toughed it out and headed for the bus stop, not much photography and I’ll have to do the Cromford  Hawfinches another day!

The Day List. Buzzard, Raven, Crossbill, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jackdaw, Canada Goose, Mallard, House Sparrow, Pheasant, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Brambling, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Song Thrush.    

Sunday, 26th. January, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: Southerly, Wind Speed: 20mph, Visibility: Cloud/Rain, Moderate, Sunset: 16:38 GMT.

After yesterday you would think I had more sense than to venture out in heavy rain again, but no, the I was on Bennerley in Muck Boots and water-proofs and things were much the same, we need a cold snap to get old place buzzing again! I usually use my little Minox 50mm. travel ‘scope at Bennerley and today I found its “sweet spot” it was always a useful little ‘scope especially for resting it on things or using it hand held for a quick ID but now it a little bit better.

Bennerley Lodge. 8 Goldfinch. 20 Starling. Bennerley. 95 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 120 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 2 Greylag Goose,  14 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrel, 2 Mistle Thrush, 6 Redwing. Chat Corner. Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 6 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare. North Marsh. 21 Snipe, Teal, Pheasant.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 4 – Gallery

January 28, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley





Wood Pigeon




Fieldfare-the only photo from Beeley Moor!!!




First Dunnock 23/01/2014

January 25, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

My first Dunnock singing of the season at Shipley. Jim

What kind of duck?

January 21, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by daz (Shipley)

Hi Guys, been a while since i posted on here, but i could do with some help identifying this duck. There are two of them on the canal just off Awesworth road, near to Ilkeston Town FC. They are very shy and it was hard to get a good clear shot of them…any ideas??


The Bennerley Bugle No. 3

January 20, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Friday, 17th. January, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F),Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 12mph, Visibility:Light Cloud, Good,  Sunset: 16:22 GMT.



Apart from a pretty good Wigeon count not much happening at Bennerley, two feral Greylag Geese had to be checked out to make sure they were not of the “farm yard” persuasion, feral’s  count farmyards don’t! I did notice today, there wasn’t a single Redwing or Fieldfare at Bennerley today. I missed a really good chance of a good photo of a Kingfisher, so easy i was bound to mess it up! I tend to bin all photos of Kingfisher because I have not managed one yet that is up to the shot of this species I really want!


Bennerley. 2 Greylag Goose, 220 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 130 Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Bullfinch, Greenfinch. Chat Corner. 4 Herring Gull, Buzzard, Kingfisher, 2 Pheasant.


Saturday, 18th. January, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 8°C (46°F),Wind Direction: South Easterly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 16:24 GMT.


A flock of Bullfinches , well nearly a flock, opened the proceedings along with a single female Lesser Redpoll, a nice group of Teal were south of Newton’s Lane with a quartet of Shoveler among the Wigeon on the marsh. A single Snipe was at Chat Corner along with a local scarcity, a pair of Greylag Goose and after a short absence, Fieldfare and Redwing were back in numbers.

Bennerley. 190 Wigeon, 18 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 11 Lapwing, 160 Black-headed Gull, 7 Common Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 11 Lapwing, Lesser  Redpoll [f] 8 Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 12 Goldfinch, 14 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Mistle Thrush. Chat Corner, 2 Greylag Goose, 1 Snipe, 75 Fieldfare, 48 Redwing, , Mistle Thrush.

Sunday, 19th. January, 2014. Bennerley

Maximum Temperature: 6°C (43°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 7mph, Visibility: Cloud, Good, Sunset: 16:25 GMT.


The “Lodge” feeders were busy this morning, all manner of avian kind! Today was the Sunday stroll,

Female Tufted Duck

so it was straight along the canal leaving the Black-headed and Common Gulls behind at Bennerley, towards Shipley Lock picking up a few Tufted Duck and a rather handsome drake Goosander, then passing Malcolm’s MFN club and over the railway foot bridge to Bentley’s Plantation, a small copse-like wood that has in recent years held Lesser Spotted Woodpecker but today there was just lesser’s  larger cousin the Great Spotted Woodpecker. My destination turned out to be Mapperley Reservoir which turned out to be to be the best place to be with Goosanders, Shoveler’s, Great Crested Grebe and a Tawny Owl and evensong was provided by an extremely noisy and very busy corvid roost, very relaxing! love it!


Drake Goosander

The Bennerley Lodge Feeders. 2 Bullfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch. 2 Coal Tit. Bennerley. 90 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, 2 Bullfinch, Shipley Gate. 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Goosander [m.f.] Bentleys Plantation. Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Long-tailed Tit. Mapperley Reservoir. 2 Goosander, 3 Shoveler, 6 Great Crested Grebe, Tawny Owl.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 3 – Gallery

January 20, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Drake Goosander, Canon SX50
Drake Tufted Duck, Canon SX50
Male Bullfinch, Canon SX50


Fieldfare, Canon SX50


Robin, Canon SX50
Long-tailed Tit, Canon SX50


Mute Swan, Canon SX50
House Sparrow, Linear Park, Nikon S1


Robin, Linear Park, Nikon S1


Birding Kit For Sale

January 19, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

For Sale

Opticron ES 80 GA ED/45 telescope with 23X HDF Eyepiece, plus stay on case and Giotto’s tripod with fluid head, case and two head shoes –  Complete birding rig, all excellent condition.

£500 Cash the lot!!

Ilkeston Victoria Swimming Pool 18/01/2014

January 18, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

My first Blackbird of the season singing today. In full song at 7.30am. Wonderful. Jim

The Bennerley Bugle No. 2

January 13, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Friday, 10th. January, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 9mph, Visibility: Sun/Cloud, Good, Sunset: 16:11 GMT.


A well flooded Bennerley Marsh

Noticed courting Wood Pigeon and nest material carrying Starling the morning at the “lodge” not to mention randy Mallards on the canal. Quite a few more Shoveler on marsh than usual and a Jack Snipe where I didn’t expect on the old coal plant, there seems to be just one “Jack” this year, there has been a couple in the past few years. A small flock of Siskin was nice along with and out-numbered by a larger flock of Goldfinch. Two Goosander flew over Chat Corner and the resident Buzzard was in his favourite tree and someone has created a small feeding station that attracts Long-tailed Tits, well done that person.

Bennerley South. 55 Wigeon, 8 Teal, Grey Heron,.Bennerley. 130 Black-headed Gull, 9 Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 45 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 3 Grey Heron, Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, 55 Lapwing, 15 Siskin, 35 Goldfinch. Chat Corner. Kestrel, Buzzard, 2 Pheasant, 14 Long-tailed Tit, 150 Fieldfare, 80 Redwing, 2 Goosander.

Saturday, 11th. January, 2014. Away Day! Budby Common.

Maximum Temperature: 6°C (41°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 9mph Visibility: Good,Sunset: 16:12 GMT.

Managed to get over to Budby Common for Parrot Crossbill, I got a quick view of all fourteen of em’ early on, then it was just one’s and two’s and the best view [and the only photo’s] was of two females drinking from a puddle! Later I found a trio of Common Crossbills, a single Green Sandpiper and a good few “year ticks” but no Great Grey Shrike and no Stone Chat, still, a good day out and it being somewhat chilly and being slightly under-dressed for the weather, I caught an early bus and headed of home smiling!


Female Parrot Crossbill, Budby Common.

14 Parrot Crossbill, 3 Common Crossbill, 9 Linnet, 2 Nuthatch, Marsh Tit, 2 Coal, Tit25 House Sparrow, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Pheasant, Green Sandpiper, Grey Heron, 2 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 30 Tufted Duck,120 Greylag Goose, 60 Black-headed Gull.

Sunday, 12th. January, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 4°C (39°F),Wind Direction: South South Easterly, Wind Speed: 10mph, Visibility: Light Cloud, Good, Sunset: 16:14 GMT.

It really is always nice to see Golden Plover at Bennerley even if it’s just over half a dozen and not the many hundreds that used to arrive in years gone by. There was a little ice on the ponds and canals that seemed to have put the regular Wigeon off, not a single bird of that species either north or south of the road! at least there was Lapwing – a “singleton” A single Jack Snipe was at the North Marsh along a few Snipe, a Green Woodpecker and a couple of Buzzards. Three Grey Partridge were on Chat Corner and five Goosander flew over and that was my week that was!

Bennerley. 2 Kestrel [m. f.] 300 Black-headed Gull, 10 Common Gull, 1 Lapwing, 7 Golden Plover, 16 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, 3 Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. 2 Snipe, 3 Grey Partridge, 10 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, Buzzard. Shipley Gate. 16 Fieldfare, 17 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, Pheasant. North Marsh 2  Buzzard, Jack Snipe, 6 Snipe, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, 14 Redwing, 16 Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 2.-Gallery

January 13, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Great Tit-Budby Common
Blue Tit-Budby Common


Mute Swan-Budby Common


Greylag Geese-Budby Common



Sunset Over Budby Common



Sunset Over Cotmanhay Wood.
It Don’t Matter Where You Stand-Its There!
Long-Tailed Tit, Chat Corner


Female Parrot Crossbill-Budby Common