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.
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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.
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.
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.