Thursday, 27th. March, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.
Maximum Temperature: 8°C (46°F), Wind Direction: Easterly, Wind Speed: 10mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 18:30 GMT
A duck and a drake Mandarin were on the Erewash Canal today, a lovely sight, but the were very “flighty” they kept taking flight making the “small yapping dog” call they make, which until today I’d never heard. A few Lapwing, a single Redshank and a decent count of Golden Plover were on Bennerley Marsh, very nice! A Kingfisher was on the River Erewash in absolutely perfect position, staring right down the barrel of the camera lens, I’ve been after this shot for years but as usual with Kingfisher I completely fluffed the whole affair! I have a few shots of Kingfisher tucked away somewhere but they are just not right, I’m told I’ll know the money shot when and if I get it!
Tathams Pond. Mandarin [m. f.] 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Canada Goose. Shipley Gate. Kingfisher, Buzzard, 2 Redwing, 2 Pheasant. Bennerley. 230 Golden Plover, 10 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Greylag Goose, 2 Canada Goose, Green Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch.
Friday, 28th. March, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.
Maximum Temperature: 11°C (52°F),Wind Direction: Easterly, Wind Speed: 10mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 18:32 GMT.
Not as many Gold Plover on the marsh today but there were three Sand Martin flitting about along the
river. The Snipe are still hanging on at the North Marsh and I manage two “Jacks” eight Reed Bunting and a pair of Grey Wagtails on the River Erewash.
Bennerley. 90 Golden Plover, 14 Lapwing, 4 Canada Goose, 4 Greylag Goose, 6 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, Kestrel, Chiffchaff, 3 Sand Martin, 5 Stock Dove. Chat Corner. 2 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Skylark. Botany Bay. 6 Green Finch, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch. North Marsh. 20 Snipe, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Grey Wagtail [R.Erewash] 4 Sand Martin, 12 Meadow Pipit, 8 Reed Bunting, 2 Kestrel, Kingfisher. Bentleys Plantation. Nuthatch, Song Thrush, 200 Starling, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Pheasant.
Saturday, 29th. March, 2014.
Maximum Temperature: 17°C (63°F), Wind Direction: Easterly, Wind Speed: 10mph, Visibility: Sun Very Good, Sunset: 19:36 GMT.
|Kestrel On Beeley Moor.|
A most wonderful spring day today spent on Beeley Moor in wildest Derbyshire, it took me right back to my early years on the Yorkshire Moors, I even had the Lapwing, Curlew. Red Grouse, Skylark and Meadow Pipit, as I did back then at the end of the fifties and early sixties, there were even a few butterflies in the mix, a lovely day.
Bent Lane. Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Meadow Pipit. Wraggs Quarry. 6 Curlew, 19 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark,Buzzard Kestrel. Beeley Moor. 2 Red Grouse, 4 Lapwing, 3 Curlew, 5 Skylark, 23 Meadow Pipit. Flash Lane. Curlew, 2 Chiffchaff, Song Thrush. Butterflies. 2 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell.
Sunday, 30th. March, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.
Maximum Temperature: 16°C (61°F), Wind Direction: Easterly, Wind Speed: 7mph, Visibility: cloud/Sun Moderate Sunset: 19:36 BST.
Another very pleasant day today, nice weather and closer to home, again with butterflies, a few more than yesterday, plus three Brown Hares behaving quite well for the time of year,The Bennerley Bugle No. 13. just getting warmed up probably! As can be expected Buzzards were above Moorgreen Woods, as were a small flock of Redwing and a single Blackcap, a few Lapwings were where they were to be expected and Chiffchaff were everywhere!
Bennerley Marsh. 2 Greylag Goose, 3 Teal, 7 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Chiffchaff. Butterflies 10 Peacock, 13 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 1 Small White. Watnall Wood. Buzzard, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Nuthatch, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Wren, Green Woodpecker,4 Pheasant. Butterflies. 5 Peacock, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone. Greasley. Buzzard, 2 Pheasant, 3 Linnet, 3 Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush. Plus. 1 Peacock Butterfly. Moorgreen Woods. 3 Buzzard, 25 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush,15 Goldfinch, Yellow Hammer, 6 Lapwing. Butterflies. 4 Peacock, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone.