The Bennerley Bugle No. 8.

February 25, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Wednesday, 19th. February, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 9°C (48°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 8mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 17:24 GMT.


Mallards-Water Treatment Works.


Bennerley must be due for a “big one” anytime! I’m surprised something like a Glossy Ibis or Great White Egret hasn’t  dropped in during the last few years, but not yet, so I will just enjoy the regular Bennerley species. Four Golden Plover did drop in, so that was nice.

Bennerley. 190 Wigeon, 18 Shoveler, 260 Black-headed Gull. 3 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, 40 Lapwing. 4 Golden Plover, Buzzard, Kestrel,12 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Bullfinch. Bennerley South. 8 Teal. Newthorpe Water Treatment Works. 25 Pied Wagtail. Chat Corner. 2 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker. 3 Fieldfare, 31 Redwing, Song Thrush, 7 Long-tailed Tit,

Thursday, 20 February, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 11°C (52°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 17mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 17:26 GMT.


It was nice to see a flock of seventy Golden Plover on the marsh today along with a smaller group of Lapwing, what a difference day makes!



Bennerley. 120 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 260 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 70 Golden Plover, 40 Lapwing, Buzzard, Mistle Thrush. Bennerley South. 20 Teal. Chat Corner. 2 Buzzard. Kestrel, 50 Redwing, 8 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grey Partridge.

Friday, 21st. February, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 19mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 17:28 GMT.


Over a hundred Golden Plover on the marsh today, a wonderful sight, plus twenty Teal on the South Marsh. I think the Snipe at the North Marsh might be getting ready to move, thirty-nine today along with three Jack Snipe but not a patch on last years one hundred plus counts for Snipe and Jack Snipe in half dozens! there is time yet for them to gather in bigger flocks.


Golden Plover

Bennerley. 110 Golden Plover, 35 Lapwing, 120 Wigeon, 10 Shoveler, 190 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Kestrel, 4 Bullfinch. Bennerley South. 20 Teal, 15 Wigeon, Grey Heron. North Marsh. 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 39 Snipe, 3 Jack Snipe, 14 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 8 Lesser Redpoll. Chat Corner. Kestrel, 12 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing.

Saturday, 22nd. February, 2014. Long Eaton GPs’/Attenborough NR.

Maximum Temperature: 9°C (48°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 15mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 17:30 GMT.

Female Smew.


I started the day with a quick look at Long Eaton Gravel Pits, just as well, my [almost] first bird of the day was a lone female Smew on the pit next to the entrance to the Wind Surfing Club, after that it was mainly small groups or pairs of Goosander, Goldeneye, Shoveler, Pochard and both resident Grebes. Up at Attenborough apart the the usual none wildlife friendly crowds with their unleashed dogs, on their bikes and in their running shoes it was quite a pleasant day, I think meeting a couple of “dads and their lads” with ‘scopes and bins enjoying the birding restored my faith for a while



Long Eaton GPs’ 4 Reed Bunting, Smew [single redhead] 4 Goldeneye, 8 Goosander, 6 Pochard, 7 Shoveler, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe.. Attenborough NR. Coneries. 2 Little Egret, Grey Heron, 7 Goosander, 6 Great Crested Grebe, Kestrel. Clifton Pond. 4 Goldeneye, 17 Shoveler, 80 Wigeon, Bittern, 3 Snipe, Pink Footed Goose,  Barton Flash. Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher. Works Pond. 5 Goosander, 1 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe. Church Pond. 2 Egyptian Goose. 10 Gadwall, 3 Goldeneye, Pochard, 2 Shoveler. Tween Pond. Shelduck, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Snipe, 45 Lapwing, Buzzard. Main Pond. 7 Goosander, 11 Great Crested Grebe. Delta. 7 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebe.

Sunday, 23rd. February, 2014. Bennerley.

Maximum Temperature: 11°C (52°F),Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 21mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 17:32 GMT.


I spent a quiet day strolling the hedgerows up above Cossall, enjoying this nice area before it becomes British Coals Surface Super Pit No. 666 ! Yellow Hammer was at the top of my list and two were duly found along with a small flock of Linnet, plus a couple of Grey Partridge, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. Surprise of the day was a male Merlin that I managed to flush along the arm of the Nottingham Canal. I always think it strange that I rarely see other birders in this area, the last two, last year were Scandinavian! There are a wealth of species to be found around this slightly old fashioned farm land.


Bennerley Marsh. 130 Wigeon, 12 Shoveler, 230 Black-headed Gull, 35 Lapwing. Cossall. Merlin [male] 5 Redwing. Old Moor Wood. Sparrowhawk, Coal Tit, 220 Wood Pigeon. Spring Wood. Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Yellow Hammer, 25 Linnet, 2 Grey Partridge.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 8 – Gallery

February 25, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley




Coltsfoot-First Of The Year


Female Smew-[Redhead] Long Eaton GPs’


Pink Footed Goose With Greylag Geese, Attenborough NR.


Bittern, Clifton Pond, Attenborough NR.


Red-crested Pochard, Attenborough NR.


Red-crested Pochard, Tufted Ducks, Attenborough NR.


Shelduck, ‘Tween Pond, Attenborough NR.


Lapwing, ‘Tween Pond, Attenborough NR.


Red-crested Pochard, ‘Tween Pond, Attenborough NR.


Goosander,  Attenborough NR.





Gadwall, Attenborough NR.


Egyptian Goose, ‘Tween Pond, Attenborough NR.


Mute Swan, Cossall


Mistle Thrush, “Lodge Feeders”

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February 19, 2014 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

The Bennerley Bugle No. 7 – Extra.

February 17, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Mute Swan


Heavy Going For A Drake Mallard




Mistle Thrush, Star Of The Lodge Feeders!





Moorhen-Proud As Punch!


Peregrine – On stage tonight


Heres Lookin’ At Ya’


Gissa’ Kiss



Frolics And Bollards




Resident Of The Cromford Canal – Little Grebe

The Bennerley Bugle No. 7.

February 17, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Thursday, 13th. February, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 5°C (41°F), Minimum Temperature: 1°C (34°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 15mph, Visibility: Sun, Good, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:27 GMT.

Mistle Thrush

One of the quietest days at Bennerley I’ve seen for a long time, although morons on motos might have something to do with it!  So again it was down to the “old regulars” to provide the entertainment, the Wigeon, a dozen plus Shoveler, the raptors, thrushes and a handful of Lapwing.

Bennerley Lodge. 8 Goldfinch, 6 Blackbird, 35 Starling. Bennerley South. 35 Wigeon, 3 Grey Heron. Bennerley. 170 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 14 Lapwing, 190 Black-headed Gull, 6 Common Gull, Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 25 Redwing, Song Thrush, 7 Long-tailed Tit.

Friday, 14th. February, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 8°C (46°F), Wind Direction: South Easterly, Wind Speed: 18mph. Visibility: Cloud, Rain, Moderate, Sunset: 17:14 GMT.




Not Counting flyovers like Gull and Corvids, the total of bird species count today on the “Lodge Feeders” was fourteen.

Chat Corner had livened up a bit with a couple of drake Shoveler, singles each of Snipe and Meadow Pipit but the “Northern Thrushes” were there in decent numbers, meanwhile over at Bennerley, Lapwing numbers were up to the mid-thirties but thats not nearly enough for this threatened species. I think with the amount of habitat available the Wigeon are doing pretty well, relative to the bigger Wigeon sites like Holme Pierrepont compared with the Lapwing.

Bennerley Lodge. Sparrowhawk, 10 Goldfinch, Greenfinch,2 Chaffinch, Coal Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 4 Blackbird, 35 Starling, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, 9 House Sparrow, 4 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove. Chat Corner. Cormorant, 2 Shoveler [over] Snipe, Grey Heron, Meadow Pipit, 170 Redwing, 100 Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Kestrel. Bennerley. 140 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 35 Lapwing, 120 Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, 3 Grey Heron, 35 Lapwing, Kestrel, 2 Bullfinch.

Saturday, 15th. February, 2014. Bennerely Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 23 mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 17:16 GMT.


Through The Murk!



It was a surprise to see a pair of Shelduck flying over Chat Corner! i don,t think I’ve seen this fine looking duck at Bennerley before.

Half a dozen Meadow Pipit were at the North Marsh along with a good few Snipe and a single Grey Wagtail.

Five Goosander were hanging around on the canal by Tathams Pond in the company of four Tufted Duck, very nice!

Bennerley. 120 Wigeon, 10 Shoveler, 2 Shelduck, 2 Grey Heron, 30 Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull. Chat Corner. 2 Shelduck [over to north west] Kestrel, 12 Goldfinch, 32 Redwing. North Marsh. 27 Snipe, 6 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush. Tathams Pond. 60 Black-headed Gull, 5 Goosander, 4 Tufted Duck.

Sunday, 16 February, 2014.

Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), , Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 10mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 17:18 GMT.

Peregrine, Derby Cathedral



Today was more about quality rather than quantity, three birds on the “hit list” and two seen, a female Peregrine was on the Derby Cathedral tower and three Hawfinch were-shall i say, highly mobile around the Cromford Canal, the third target species, Dipper was nowhere to be seen, I should imagine they had repaired to more tranquil waters further upstream away from the river Derwent which was running high and offering few rocky perches for a Dipper to operate from.

The half dozen Little Grebe on the Cromford Canal were very entertaining as usual and there were probably a few more further along the canal.

The Day List. Peregrine, Buzzard Sparrowhawk, Goosander,

Record shot of three Hawfinch: Willersley Castle, Cromford.

Mallard, Little Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Hawfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Carrion Crow, Rook, Magpie, Jackdaw, Wood Pigeon, Feral Rock Dove, Collared Dove.




























The Bennerley Bugle No. 7 – Gallery

February 17, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

C’mon, this way!






Mistle Thrush, The Lodge Feeders


A Pair Of Displaying Crows


Tufted Duck, Tathams Pond


Mistle Thrush


Peregrine, Derby Cathedral


Canada Geese, Mallard, River Derwent, Derby City Centre.


Black-headed Gulls,  River Derwent, Derby City Centre.


Canada Goose,  River Derwent, Derby City Centre.


Gulls,  River Derwent, Derby City Centre.


Little Grebe, Cromford Canal


Buzzard – up a pole! Cromford


Redwing, Cromford


Snowdrops, Cromford Church Yard


Moorgreen 13/2/2014

February 13, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

An impressive 9 Buzzards and 2 Ravens soaring together in the wind and with blue skies behind! A Kestrel about and a Sparrowhawk on the hedgerow, and several Fieldfare and Redwing on the move.

Bennerley Bugle No. 6

February 11, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Tuesday, 4th. February, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 6°C (43°F), Wind Direction: Southerly, Wind Speed: 15mph, Visibility: Sun ‘ Good,  Sunset: 16:55 GMT.


Mute Swan-Stensons Lock

A little spare time enabled a non-scheduled look at Bennerley, the flooded area behind Ilkeston Town FC had held good numbers of Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler and Gulls over the weekend, so I headed off there first, Its always worth a look but sadly not today, just a few Black-headed Gull and not quite half a dozen Common Gull.

Millership Way Newt Ponds. 8o Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull. Bennerley. 145 Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, 90 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, Grey Heron. Chat Corner. Pheasant, 5 Grey Partridge, Snipe, Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush, 125 Redwing, 95 Fieldfare, 45 Black-headed Gull, 32 Mallard.

Thursday, 6th. February, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), 4°C (39°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 12mph. Visibility: Cloud/Rain, Good/Poor, Sunset: 16:59 GMT


Today was a day when one was thankful for “old reliable regulars” apart for good counts of Wigeon and Black-headed Gull it was very quiet.

Bennerley. 220 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 4 Canada Goose, 2 Grey Heron, 255 Black-headed Gull, 6 Common Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 22 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Pied Wagtail, 2 Kestrel, Jay.  Chat Corner. Buzzard, 2 Song Thrush,  5 Fieldfare.

Saturday. 8th. February. 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 25mph, Visibility: Sun, Very Good, Sunset: 17:03 GMT.


Starling-”Lodge Feeders”

The “Lodge” feeders were busy this morning, a Coal Tit, the pigeons and doves, the Blackbirds, Sparrows,Tits and the ever present Starlings. Out on Bennerley it was another day of  “old reliable regulars” including the North Marsh Snipe with numbers up in the thirties. A single Meadow Pipit was at Chat Corner which doesn’t bode well for this once fairly numerous species. At the far end of the “corner” some kind person was still putting out food which was attracting blue Tits and Long-tailed Tits-pretty!

Bennerley Lodge Feeders. Coal Tit, 6 Goldfinch, 15 Starling. Bennerley. 240 Black-headed Gull, 6 Common Gull, 190 Wigeon, 16 Shoveler, 2 Grey Heron, Cormorant. 2 Kestrel, Buzzard, 6 Redwing, 5 Bullfinch. Tathams Pond. 7 Tufted Duck, 85 Redwing, Common Gull. North Marsh. 35 Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 220 Starling, 95 Jackdaw. Chat Corner. Meadow Pipit, 17 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Redwing, Buzzard.

Sunday, 9th. February, 2014. Holme Pierrepont/Blotts Pit.

Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 19mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 17:05 GMT.


Gadwall-Holme Pierrepont

Got underway to Holme Pierrepont fairly early, but I was beaten to it by a group of Wildlife Trust volunteers doing the hedgerows and gathering Hazel, I must admit I felt a little guilty, these people do sterling work throughout the UK and I wish The Nottingham Wildlife Trust all the best with this latest worthwhile project. I kicked off with a pair of Little Egrets, then a shedload of Wigeon and other assorted ducks, geese and other wetland species, but no Shoveler, a few waders and a pair of very handsome Buzzards plus lots of spectacle including a finale of whirling Starlings. I had come to Holme Pierrepont for the annual handful of Smew that arrive in winter, but no luck, the area is big and part of what used to be known as a birding “super site” making these little beauties sometimes hard to nail down with lots of little hidey holes for this highly mobile species to hide in! Still’ there is always next time-I hope!

The Day List. Gadwall, Goldeneye, Pochard,Tufted Duck, Teal, Mallard , Wigeon, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Lapwing, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Coot, Moorhen, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull. Kestrel, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker,  Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, House Sparrow,Wren, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Carrion Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Magpie, Starling, Collared Dove, Wood  Pigeon, Feral Rock Dove.


February 11, 2014 in Latest News by Simon Horsnall

A lifetime ambition realised today: a Lesser Celandine in flower in February.  Chilwell, Notts.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 6 – Gallery

February 11, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Starlings Taking Flight-52 Pit, Holme Pierrepont
Blue Tit-Bennerley
Lapwings-52 Pit, Holme Pierrepont
Mute Swan-Blotts Pit, Holme Pierrepont
Tufted Duck-Tathams Pond, Cotmanhay
Mute Swan-Blotts Pit, Holme Pierrepont
Great Crested Grebe-Blotts Pit, Holme Pierrepont
Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe-Blotts Pit, Holme Pierrepont
Goldeneye-Blotts Pit, Holme Pierrepont
Geese, Lapwings and Gulls-52 Pit, Holme Pierrepont




Starling-Lodge Feeders, Bennerley


Female Blackbird-Lodge Feeders, Bennerley


Goldfinches-Lodge Feeders, Bennerley