The Bennerley Bugle No. 17

April 30, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Friday, 25th. April, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.


Maximum Temperature: 11°C (52°F), Wind Direction: North North Easterly, Wind Speed: 10mph, Visibility: Cloud, Poor, Sunset: 20:22 BST.

Not a nice day weather-wise and not a busy day bird-wise, just a couple of Lesser  Whitethroats,a single Chiffchaff and the song of two soaring Skylarks.

Bennerley. 8 Lapwing. Grey Heron, 2 Greylag Goose, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Pheasant. Chat Corner. 2 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush,Buzzard, Pheasant, 6 Canada Goose.



Saturday, 26th. April, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 14°C (57°F), Wind Direction: South South Easterly, Wind Speed: 16mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 20:24 BST.

A much better day today a few more birds about, including the first Reed Warbler back on Tathams Pond and the first House Martins I’ve seen in the area this year, plus a nice few Sand Martin around Shipley Gate. Reed Buntings were active on the North Marsh and Bentleys Plantation held Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat and Blackcap, with a pair of Lesser Black-backed Gulls over this small wood.

Tathams Pond. Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, 2 Tufted Duck, Pheasant. Shipley Gate. 25 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, 17 Swallow, 3 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard. North Marsh. 9 Reed Bunting, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 House Martin, 2 Stock Dove,Grey Heron. Bentleys Plantation. Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Buzzard, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Chat Corner. 2 Buzzard. Bennerley. Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker. Butterflies. Small Whites, Green Vein White, Orange Tips, Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks, 2 Speckled Wood.


Greylag Goose Family

Sunday, 27th. April, 2014. Holme Pierrepont.

Maximum Temperature: 14°C (57°F), Wind Direction: East North Easterly, Wind Speed: 16mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 20:26 BST.

An excellent day for me, lots to see and a few year ticks with a couple of Wheatear and four Artic Terns in the bag! Warblers were everywhere and in song including one of my favourites, Garden Warbler. I had to wait just about all day for Swallow but picked up a few late after noon, the same as a group of Terns made their way down along the A52 Pit, Common and Artic Terns passed the end of the ‘scope! – Nice.

52 Pit. 6 Wigeon, 4 Artic Tern, 10 Common Tern, 2 Wheatear, 6 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 7 Swallow, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard. Blotts Pit. 1 Gadwall, 3 Common Tern, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler. Skylarks NR. 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush,Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Pheasant. Butterfkies. Small Whites, Orange Tips, Green-vein White, Peacocks, Brimstons.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 17 – Gallery

April 30, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

A Fly!




Small White




Orange Tip





Bee [?]


Ant [?]


Carrion Crow, Chat Corner, Bennerley








Orange Tip


Distant Wheatear, Holme Pirrepont, Notts.


Pied Wagtail, Holme Pirrepont, Notts.



Brimstone, Holme Pirrepont, Notts.


The Family Goose, Holme Pirrepont, Notts.


White Bluebells [?]


Coot, Holme Pirrepont, Notts.


Unknown, Linear Park, Cotmanhay, Derbys.


Brimstone, Linear Park, Cotmanhay, Derbys.


Mistle Thrush & Starling, Linear Park, Cotmanhay, Derbys.


Stanton 29/04/2014

April 29, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Another quick visit to Stanton. The emergence is on! 3 Dingy Skipper at the Lagoons and the first one out at the ‘strip’ together with a cracking, male Brimstone belting about. My first Whitethroat singing, too.

Stanton 28/04/2014

April 28, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

My first Dingy Skipper of the season today at the Lagoons – and apparently the first one reported in the County! 2 Lesser Whitethroats have been singing regularly around there of late, too.

The Bennerley Bugle, No. 16

April 22, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

A Fly ?

Wednesday, 16th. April, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 14°C (57°F), Wind Direction: Southerly, Wind Speed: 10mph, Visibility: Sunny, Good, Sunset: 20:06 BST.

A nice sunny day, so lots of butterflies about including a single Small Copper, a cracking little butterfly, I love ‘em! Not too much avian activity, a single Sedge Warbler up at Tathams Pond but no Reed Warblers yet and at the North Marsh Reed Buntings, a Willow Warbler and strangely, apart from a single Swallow, no hirundines-not a single Sand Martin in sight! and just three Snipe still about. A pair of Linnet were at Chat Corner along with a couple of Meadow Pipit, but as yet no “Chats” not even a Robin!

Bennerley. 3 Buzzard, Kestrel, 6 Lapwing. 2 Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff. Butterflies. 5 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small Copper, 2 Brimstone, 2 Green-veined White, 7 Orange Tip, 5 Small White.Tathams Pond. Sedge Warbler, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Tufted Duck. Butterflies. 4 Peacock, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, 2 Brimstone. Shipley Gate. 2 Swallow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Stock Dove. Butterflies. 2 Peacock, 3 Orange Tip. North Marsh. 3 Snipe, 6 Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, Swallow, Jay. Butterflies. 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock, 6 Orange Tip, 4 Small White. Chat Corner. 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, Greenfinch, Buzzard.

Friday, 18th. April, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 11°C (52°F), Wind Direction: North North Easterly, Wind Speed: 8mph,

Orange Tip

Visibility: Good, Sunset: 20:10 BST.

I headed of to a local garden centre today, I needed a Buddleia bush for the garden, I could have hopped on a bus but instead I cut across country and picked up a few species. After my recent earing problem it was great to be able to hear again, I could hear Blackcap, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff, but I didn’t pick up Grasshopper Warbler anywhere and a Sedge Warbler that has been at Tathams Pond for two days has not uttered a single warble yet! Finally the Mod Scooter gig taking place at the MFN pub doesn’t seem to faze the many Sand Martins zipping around the area! scooters and birds all zipping around together-peace man!

Bennerley Marsh. 2 Greylag Goose, Grey Heron, 8 Lapwing, Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, Blackcap. Chat Corner. Buzzard, Meadow Pipit.Tathams Pond. Sedge Warbler, Bullfinch, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, 2 Tufted Duck. Shipley Gate. 40 Sand Martin, Grey Heron.. Bentleys Plantation. 3 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat.



Saturday, 19th. April, 2014. Willington GP’s.

Maximum Temperature: 12°C (54°F), Wind Direction: Easterly, Wind Speed: 11mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 20:11 BST.

It was a bank holiday so I thought Willington would be a good bet for a decent “away day” and so it was, decent birds and good company were the order of the day. The lane that is a big feature of this reserve was full of birds in song, Lesser Whitethroats, Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs, Cetti’s, Blackcaps, in fact a cacophony of warblers! A good “bag” of water birds was to be had, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Curlew, Shelduck, Gadwall and the star of the show a cracking drake Garganey, the bird was in the small bay at Viewing Platform One and so’ was close enough to give some excellent views. The fairly cool weather with occasional cloud meant it wasn’t a day for butterflies but there were a few about, enough to add variety to a very pleasant day.



The List. 12 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 4 Shelduck, Garganey [m] 2 Grey Heron, 28 Lapwing, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin.  Butterflies. 7 Peacock, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Orange Tip, 5 Small White.

Sunday, 20th. April, 2014. Bennerley Marsh & Woodside.

Maximum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: North Easterly, Wind Speed: 19mph,


Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 20:13 BST.

A quick scan over Bennerley Marsh turned up half a dozen Lapwing and a single Redshank, plus Swallows and warblers along the way. More warblers in Shipley wood along with a Green Woodpecker, in Mapperley Wood, my first Tree Creeper of the year and a cracking view of a Jay, striking a real photogenic pose! The Woodside reserve was very quiet, not much about at all, a couple each of Sky Lark and Meadow Pipit and just one Chiffchaff, one Reed Bunting, a Buzzard and one Green ‘Pecker, very strange!

Bennerley Marsh. 8 Canada Goose, Grey Heron, 6 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 9 Swallow, Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler. Butterflies.  2 Orange Tip, Small White. Chat Corner. 3 Reed Bunting, 5 Swallow. Shipley Wood. 2 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker. Mapperley Wood. Treecreeper, Jay, Song Thrush, 4 Pheasant. Woodside. Reed Bunting, 2 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, 8 Pheasant.

The Bennerley Bugle, No. 16 – Gallery

April 22, 2014 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

A Pair Of Oystercatcher’s. Willington NR.
Lesser Black-backed Gull, R.Derwent, Derby.
Feral Rock Dove-Derby. 

Redshank-Willington NR.

Redshank-Willington NR.

Canada Geese-R.Derwent, Derby.
Lesser Black-backed Gull-R,Derwent, Derby.


Garganey-Willington NR.


Shelduck-Willington NR.


Redshank-Willington NR.


Greenfinch-Willington NR.


Oystercatcher-Willington NR.


Garganey-Willington NR.


Redshanks-Willington NR.


Garganey & Black-headed Gull-Willington NR.



Shelduck-Willington NR.


Little Ringed Plover-Willington NR.


Grey Squirrel-Shipley Wood


Robin-Mapperley Wood


Yellow Archangel & Bluebelles-Shipley Wood




Greylag Geese-R.Derwent, Derby. 

The Bennerley Bugle No. 15 – Gallery

April 14, 2014 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley



Small Tortoiseshell


House Sparrow-on a house!




Speckled Wood


Small Tortoiseshell


Reed Bunting-Tathams Pond


Taking Flight-Wyver Lane,Derbyshire, UK


Black-headed Gull-Wyver Lane,Derbyshire, UK



Teal & Oystercatcher-Wyver Lane,Derbyshire, UK


Oystercatcher-Wyver Lane,Derbyshire, UK



Lapwing-Cossall, Notts. UK


Red Campion, Old Moor Wood, Notts. UK


Distant Redshank-Bennerley Marsh


The Bennerley Bugle No. 15

April 14, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Water Dock

Wednesday, 9th April, 2014, Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 14°C (57°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 11mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 19:54 BST.

A quiet day today and not much about bird wise but plenty of butterflies especially Small Tortoise Shell and Peacocks, plus I saw my first Orange Tips of the season, two splendid males.


Bennerley. 6 Lapwing, 2 Pheasant, 2 Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail. Chat Corner. 2 Teal, Snipe, Green Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, Skylark, Buzzard. Butterflies. Comma, 16 Peacock, 24 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Orange Tip.


Thursday, 10th. April, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 7mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 19:55 BST.

Earwax and a heavy head cold has caused me some temporally deafness which is not good-especially at spring migration, I won’t be able the hear a passing Wood Warbler should one choose to pass through the Erewash Valley and I’m sure they do! I know Wood Lark and Tree Pipit do as do Artic Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Crane and Osprey all seen on passage through the valley. One strange thing about my affliction is that I can hear a Sand Martin but not a Chiffchaff!


Bennerley. Buzzard, 6 Canada Goose, 3 Greylag Goose, 5 Lapwing, Grey Heron. Tathams Pond. 7 Tufted Duck, 4 Black-headed Gull. North Marsh. 11 Snipe, 7 Reed Bunting, 3 Sedge Warbler, Meadow Pipit,3 Pied Wagtail, 12 Sand Martin, Swallow, Kestrel. Chat Corner. 3 Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Grey Heron. Butterflies. 11 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell.


Friday, 11th. April, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: North North Westerly, Wind Speed: 3mph,

House Sparrow-home building

 Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 19:57 BST.

Still a few Snipe up at the North Marsh, plus Sedge Warblers and Reed Buntings but no Reed Warbler yet. I was very surprised and pleased to see a female Pied Flycatcher at the bottom of Long Lane at Shipley Gate, a good sighting for the area I think and the Sand Martins are always a pleasure to see.


Bennerley. 6 Lapwing, Grey Heron, 6 Greylag Goose, 2 Canada Goose, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Chiffchaff. North Marsh. 7 Snipe, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Sedge Warbler, Pheasant. Bentleys Plantation. 2 Green Woodpecker, Pheasant. Shipley Gate. Pied Flycatcher, 25 Sand Martin. Chat Corner. Reed Bunting, 2 Skylark.


Oystercatcher-Wyver Lane.

Saturday, 12th. April, 2014.

Maximum Temperature: 12°C (54°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Sun/Cloud, Good, Sunset: 19:59 BST.

A pleasant, if somewhat cold day kicked off with a couple of drake Mandarins and three Grey Wagtails along the river walk at Belper. My plan was to “bird” the ridge that looks over Wyver Lane for anything passing through, I had a little success here in the past, but with the hearing ailment that blights me at the moment a few tits and a trio of Buzzards was all I could manage.Wyver itself was fairly quiet with a pair of Oystercatchers, Gadwall, Teal and a few Lapwing, a Green Woodpecker [which I can hear!] and two Common Gulls also put in an appearance.


River Derwent At Belper. 2 Drake Mandarin, 2 Buzzard, 3 Grey Wagtail. Wyver Lane. 12 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Lapwing, 2 Common Gull, 120 Black-headed Gull, 3 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, 3 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush,60 Swallow, 12 House Martin. Butterflies. 3 Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock.


Sunday, 13th. April, 2014. Bennerley Marsh, Cossall, Old Moor Wood, Spring Wood.

Maximum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 15mph, Visibility: 

Mute Swans-Cossall 

Very Good, Sunset: 20:01 BST.

Half a dozen Lapwing were at Cossall which is really nice to see, I also managed to see a couple of Chiffchaff. Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk all above Old Moor Wood with a single Great Spotted Woodpecker within. A willow Warbler was at the entrance of Spring Wood and the surrounding fields had Skylark, Yellowhammer, Grey Partridge and a single Meadow Pipit. A nice few butterflies to be seen in the area, including Orange Tips and Comma’s. A casual scan around Bennerley on the way home rounded the day of nicely with a Redshank on the marsh and a Peregrine above the viaduct – sweet!


Bennerley. 8 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Greylag Goose, 2 Canada Goose, 1 Swallow, 2 Bullfinch. [after 18:00 hrs.] Peregrine, Redshank. Butterflies. 5 Peacock, 4 Orange Tip. Cossall. 6 Lapwing,2 Chiffchaff, Buzzard, Grey Heron, Pheasant. Butterflies. 4 Peacock, 3 Orange Tip, Small White. Old Moor Wood. Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrow Hawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Butterflies. 5 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma,2 Orange Tip, 3 Small White. Spring Wood. 2 Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, 2 Yellow Hammer, 2 Grey Partridge, 6 Pheasant.

Pied Flycatcher

April 13, 2014 in Other Derbys Sightings, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

A female Pied Flycatcher was at Shipley Gate at the bottom of Long Lane by the railway footbridge on Friday 11th. May, it was moving along the hedgerows upwards towards Shipley.

Mapperley Pond 9/4/2014

April 9, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Sunny Spring day. Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Nuthatch, Green Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Tufties and Great Crested Grebe on the water. Buzzard over. No sign of the Little Owl in its usual tree, however. Several Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies, together with my first Orange-Tip of the Spring.