The Bennerley Bugle No. 21

May 27, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Thursday, 22nd. May. 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 14°C (57°F), Wind Direction: East North Easterly, Wind Speed: 7mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: Cloud, Rain. 21:07 BST.

A day of dodging showers and not really a day for insects, just a single Orange Tip butterfly and a single Large Red Damselfly, plus a few hardy Bees!

A large female Sparrowhawk was patrolling the numerous copse’s around the site and a lone Redshank was sharing the marsh with half a dozen Lapwing and a handful of Swallows and Swifts.

More Swallows and swifts along with Meadow Pipits and Skylarks were at Chat Corner and that was about it, apart from the rain of course.

Bennerley. 2 Greylag Goose, 6 Lapwing, Redshank, 3 Black-headed Gull, 7 Swift, 4 Swallow, Sparrowhawk [F.] Kestrel, 2 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush. Plus. 1 Orange Tip Butterfly, 1 Large Red Damselfly. Chat Corner. 4 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, 3 Swift, 2 Swallow.

Friday, 23rd. May, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 17°C (63°F), Wind Direction: South Easterly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 21:09 BST.

As the un-official, unpaid and probably unwanted Bennerley Warden I made a tour of my patch [someone has to!] Tathams Pond was on form song-wise with Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers, I’m still waiting for Cetti’s Warbler to arrive at this location, its perfect, it will happen I’m sure!

A single Grasshopper Warbler was “reeling”at the North Marsh plus more “Sedgies” and a single Reed Warbler, now I did have Cetti’s here a couple of years ago so there is always hope.

Back at Bennerley I bumped into a couple of my favorite small butterflies, Small Coppers as well as quite a few Banded Demoiselles.   

Botany Bay. 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat. Tathams Pond. Reed Bunting, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Tufted Duck. North Marsh. 7 Reed Bunting, 3 Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 15 Sand Martin, 2 Grey Heron. Shipley Gate. 2 Tufted Duck, 9 House Martin, 6 Swallow, 5 Sand Martin. Bennerley. 7 Lapwing, 2 Gadwall, 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Grey Heron, Cormorant, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Bullfinch, 2 Song Thrush. Butterflies. 8 Orange Tip. 8 Small White, 2 Small Copper. Plus. 11 Banded Demoiselle Danselflies.


Saturday, 24th. May, 2014. Long Eaton Gravel Pits & Attenborough NR.

Chaffinch, Kingfisher Hide Feeders.

Maximum Temperature: 14°C (57°F), Wind Direction: East South Easterly, Wind Speed: 9mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 21:10 BST.


A very wet day for the most part so I spent a lot of time, unusually for me, in the various hides around Attenborough which gave me the chance to try my new central column clamp, which saves using the tripod legs and it works a treat!

I started at Long Eaton GP’s, there were many hirundines and Swifts, a real treat to see so many over the big still working pit, mostly Swifts, then Swallows followed by House Martins and Sand Martins, as I say, a real treat!

Up at Attenborough it was a cast of thousands but not much stood out apart from a ventricular Cuckoo [or was it two!] Common Terns, twenty five on the main pit, zipping about and Cetti’s Warblers on every bush – well four bush’s at least! Support was from the more common warbling birds and the regular waterfowl that frequent Attenborough.


Long Eaton GP’s. 8 Gadwall, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Common Tern, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, 140 Swift, 95 Swallow 50 House Martin, 35 Sand Martin. Attenborough NR. Coneries. 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 6 Gadwall, 4 Great Crested Grebe. Clifton Pond. 2 Cettis Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler,10 Swallow, 6 Swift, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Common Tern, 2 Grey Heron. Main Pond. 25 Common Tern, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe. Delta. 5 Reed Bunting, Cuckoo, Sedge Warbler, 4 Swift. Tween Pond. 11 Gadwall, Teal, 6 Lapwing, 3 Common Tern, 2 Grey Heron, Cettis Warbler. Church Pond. 4 Common Tern, Great Crested Grebe. Sailing Pit. 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Common Tern, 3 Grey Heron.

Sunday, 25th. May, 2014. Bennerley Marsh/Cossall.

Grey Heron, Nottingham Canal, Cossall 


Maximum Temperature: 16°C (61°F),  Wind Direction: Southerly, Wind Speed: 14mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 21:11 BST.

As far as Sunday goes I’m sort of “old school lazy” and the unmade lanes and bridleways around Cossall is ideal for this frame of mind and  you really don’t know what you might see, I didn’t expect to encounter many insects today but the Nottingham Canal turned up a few Red-eyed, Common Blue and Azure Damselflies as well as a few common butterflies.

Spring Wood seemed to be the liveliest with Buzzards, Skylarks and one each of Lesser White Throat and Green Woodpecker. 

Bennerley. 2 Gadwall, 2 Greylag Goose, Grey Heron, 5 Lapwing, 3 House Martin, 3 Swallow, 4 Swift. Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker. Butterflies. 2 Speckled Wood, Orange Tip. Cossall. Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron, Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Lapwing, 2 Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker, 5 Pheasant. Old Moor Wood. Jay, Blackcap, Whitethroat, 18 Swallow. Spring Wood. 4 Buzzard. 5 Skylark, Whitethroat. 6 Pheasant, 10 Swallow, Green Woodpecker. Butterflies. 3 Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, 3 Large White, 6 Orange Tip, 13 Small White. Damselflies. 12 Red-eyed, 5 Common Blue, 4 Azure.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 21-Gallery

May 27, 2014 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Carrion Crow


Banded Demoiselle


Azure  Damselfly 


Buff-tailed Bumble Bee


Black-headed Gull-Attenborough


Oxeye Daisy & bugs 


Green-veined White-Nottingham Canal, Cossall


Azure Damselflies-Nottingham Canal, Cossall 


Grey Heron-Cossall


Green-veined White-Cossall


Speckled Wood 


Digiscoped,Yellow Iris- Attenborough




Grey Heron-Cossall


The Bennerley Bugle No. 20

May 21, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Wednesday, 14th. May, 2014. Bennerley.

Maximum Temperature: 16°C (61°F), Wind Direction: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 7mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 20:55 BST

A pleasant outing today kicking of with a few Dingy Skipper Butterflies plus Large Red and Banded Demoiselle Damselflies with  a couple of Small Copper butterflies thrown in for good measure.

Grasshopper Warbler and Garden Warbler were up at the North Marsh and a few Sand Martins were feeding above the reed bed.

A single Chiffchaff , a Green Woodpecker and a number of Swallows were around Shipley Gate.



Bennerley. 2 Gadwall, 4 Greylag Goose, 7 Lapwing, Redshank, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Swallow, Buzzard,Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, Buzzard. North Marsh. Grasshopper Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, 10 Sand Martin, Swallow, Pheasant. Shipley Gate. Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 9 Swallow. Tathams Pond. 5 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 2 Swallow, Song Thrush. Butterflies. 3 Dingy Skipper, 23 Small White, 22 Orange Tip, 2 Large White, 1 Brimstone, 2 Small Copper, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock. Damselflies.. 5 Large Red, 2 Banded Demoiselle.

Friday, 16th. May, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 20°C (68°F),Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 6mph,

Speckled Wood -Bennerley

Visibility: Sun, Good, Sunset: 20:58 BST.


Things started of quite lively with good numbers of butterflies and a few damselflies and it continued so with singing warblers and thrushes.

My first two Common blue butterflies of the summer were seen along with a single Black-tailed Skimmer dragonfly.

Bennerley. 3 Canada Goose, Buzzard, 7 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 11 Swallow, Green Woodpecker, 5 Stock Dove, 3 Black-headed Gull. Chat Corner. 3 Skylark, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Whitethroat, Pheasant. North Marsh. 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Sand Martin, Grey Heron, 2 Song Thrush, Pheasant. Shipley Gate. 6 Swallow Grey Heron, Pheasant. Butterflies. 5 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Large White, 27 Orange Tip, 24 Small White. Damselflies. 2 Common Blue, 14 Large Red. Plus. Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly.


Moorland Sheep-Beeley Moor

Saturday, 17th. May, 2014. Wraggs Quarry/Beeley Moor.

Maximum Temperature: 22c.[54f] Wind Direction South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 5mph. Visibility: Sunny, Good. Sunset: 20;59 BST.


Headed Of up to the Derbyshire moorland at Beeley Moor armed with an ambitious “hit list” of eleven species to “tick” including Green Hairstreak Butterfly, I must have looked at every sprig of Bilberry on the moor and not a single  butterfly, not even a caterpillar! I only actually saw one species on the list, a Single Hobby, like I say an ambitious list! I did see however, Raven, Cuckoo, Curlew and a great many Common Heath moths, a new species for me.

Back to the “hit list” and I was given a tip off that there were Wood Warbler  in Halldale Wood, I’d already checked out the wood I had in mind for this species but to no avail and after two hours in this pleasant little wood I decided that a list of eleven species was in fact, too ambitious!

Wraggs Quarry. Buzzard, Hobby, 3 Skylark, 19 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pheasant. Beeley Moor. 2 Raven, Cuckoo, 2 Buzzard, 8 Skylark, 19 Meadow Pipit, Red Grouse, 3 Pheasant, 5 Lapwing, 2 Curlew. Bent Lane. Curlew, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Swallow, 3 Pheasant. Halldale Wood. Jay, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Butterflies. 2 Small Heath, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Brimstone, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Large White, 10 Orange Tip, 12 Small White. Plus. Many Common Heath Moth’s.



Sunday, 18th. May, 2014. Bennerley.

Maximum Temperature: 22°C (54°F), Wind Direction: Southerly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Good.  Sunset: 21:01 BST.



The obligatory Sunday stroll took me up the valley to the Erewash Meadows reserve, a pleasant area


with plenty of the more common bird species plus a few damselflies and butterflies.

There was, again a single Redshank at Bennerley, a single Grasshopper Warbler at the North Marsh, Reed Warblers at Tathams Pond and Aldercar, a single Small Heath butterfly also at Aldercar and Banded Demoiselle damselflies pretty much everywhere.


Bennerley Lodge. Green Woodpecker,2 Goldfinch, Buzzard [evening] Bennerley. 5 Lapwing, Redshank, Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, willow Warbler, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush. Chat Corner. Skylark, 2 Whitethroat. North Marsh. 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 3 Sand Martin, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel. Shipley Gate. 6 Swallow, Tathams Pond. 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler. Butterflies. 4 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Common Blue, 1 Green Veined White, 2 Large White, 4 Orange Tip, 13 Small White. Damselflies. 3 Azure, 8 Banded Demoiselle. Erewash Meadows. Aldercar [Notts.] 3 Greylag Goose, Kingfisher, Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Swallow, 2 Swift. North Meadow. 38 Greylag Goose, 8 Lapwing, 4 Black-headed Gull, Common Tern, 3 Skylark, 7 Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Green Woodpecker, Aldercar [Derbys.] Grey heron, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Lapwing, Green Woodpecker. Butterflies. 13 Peacock, 1 Small Heath, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Green-Veined White, 2 Large White, 4 Orange Tip, 21 Small White. Damselflies. 3 Azure, 7 Banded Demoiselle.


The Bennerley Bugle No.20 – Gallery

May 21, 2014 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Meadow Pipit-Beeley Moor
Unknown Orchid-Beeley Moor
Mistle Thrush-Bennerley
Small Tortoiseshell-Aldercar


Dingy Skipper-Bennerley 









Tathams Pond
Black-headed Gull-Bennerley
Black-Tailed Skimmer-Bennerley
Large Red Damselfly 
Grey Heron-Bennerley
Speckled Wood-Bennerley
Mute Swan


Male Reed Bunting-Tathams Pond 








Stanton 17/05/2014

May 17, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

All the Spring butterflies (except perhaps the Green Hairstreak and given they are being seen at Toton we haven’t given up!) are now out and pristine at the ‘Stanton Strip’ and the surrounding area. Well worth a visit with the weather holding for a couple of days now. Dinghy Skipper, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Heath and Small Copper. The odd Speckled Wood and Brimstone about, and still a couple of Peacocks, the Whites, and a very occasional Small Tortoiseshell. I also saw a Holly Blue nearby two days ago, too. (Note: beware the Dinghy Skipper look-alike Burnet Companion moth which is also in evidence now).


Image: Brown Argus (courtesy Ken Orpe).

The Bennerley Bugle No. 19

May 14, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Friday, 9th. May, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 15°C (59°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 19mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 20:48 BST.


A nice steady walking the dog sort of stroll today, the warblers are returned and vocal in all areas, a flock of Meadow Pipit, a trio of Skylark and a flight of Swallows were at Chat Corner, butterflies are on the wing and all is well at Bennerley.

Bennerley. 3 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, Cormorant, Grey Heron, 4 Lapwing, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Swallow, 8 Goldfinch, Green Woodpecker, Pheasant. Chat Corner. 20 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, Reed Bunting, Whitethroat, 7 Swallow, Grey Heron. Butterflies. 2 Green-vein White, 7 Orange Tip, 6 Small White, Small Tortoiseshell.

Saturday, 10th. May, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 15°C (59°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 18mph,

Tufted Ducks

Visibility: Good, Sunset: 20:48 BST.


Armed with the trusty Opticron MM50, I ascended the lofty and exceedingly breezy heights of the viaduct today to get an overall view of the marsh, a pair of unseasonal Black-headed Gulls and more Lapwings than I expected plus my first Swifts of the year were zipping about above my head. Reed Warblers were in good voice up at Tathams Pond along with a couple of Sedge Warblers. Swallow, Sand Martins and House Martins  all put an appearance in, especially around Shipley Gate and the North Marsh held Reed Buntings, Sedge Warblers and a few Swifts. In spite of the heavy showers a few butterflies were out –: Small Whites, Orange Tips and a single Orange Tip.

Bennerley. 2 Black-headed Gull, 7 Lapwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Swallow, 3 Swift, Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker. Tathams Pond. 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, Whitethroat, 2 Tufted Duck. North Marsh. 10 Reed Bunting, 2 Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 5 Swift, 3 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, Kestrel, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Bentleys Plantation. 12 House Martin, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Pheasant. Shipley Gate. 30 Swallow,  12 Sand Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Pied Wagtail, Buzzard.


Orange Tip

Sunday, 11th. May, 2014. Bennerley/Cossall

Maximum Temperature: 12°C (54°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 18mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 20:50 BST.


Another wet and breezy day and i spent most of it in my high tech poncho with sleeves! just the thing for keeping all the kit dry, apart from the dog! I passed through Bennerley picking up a single Redshank and a few Lapwing on my way to Cossall and Spring Wood. I found a different route today along a unmade lane with wall to wall warblers, mainly Whitethroats and Blackcaps. I can usually rely on Spring Wood for a couple of Yellowhammers and today was no exception, a small flock of Linnet, another regular species in this area was also seen and Buzzards were seen all over the place from Spring Wood over to Old Moor Wood!

Bennerley. 7 Canada Goose, 2 Gadwall, 6 Lapwing, Redshank, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Swallow, Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush. Cossall. 4 Lapwing, 3 Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, Grey Heron, 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 5 Swallow. Spring Wood. 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 11 Linnet, 2 Yellow Hammer, Meadow Pipit,12 Swallow, 6 Pheasant. Old Moor Wood. 4 Buzzard, 2 Pheasant, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush. Butterflies. 2 Orange Tip, Speckled Wood.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 19 – Gallery

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

Young Coot


Adult Coot


Mallard, Old Moor Wood


Orange Tip, Bennerley


Lapwing, Cossall


Grey Heron, Nottingham Canal, Cossall



Pheasant, Spring Wood


Water Vole In A Tree, Nottingham Canal, Cossall


Small Tortoiseshell, Bennerley


Bee, Bennerley


Tufted Ducks, Tathams Pond


From The Bennerley Viaduct 


The Bennerley Bugle No. 18

May 7, 2014 in Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Robin-Nottingham Canal

Thursday, 1st. May, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: North Easterly, Wind Speed: 7mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 20:33 BST.


I love it when a plan comes together! Today I made my first serious search for the Dingy Skipper butterfly at Bennerley, within minutes I found a single individual in pristine condition! it was found on the old coal plant in an area that wasn’t touched during the recent clearance work. I thought I’d chance my hand again over at Chat Corner, this time for Grasshopper Warbler, but with the wind, the traffic noise from the bypass, the “whirly thing” in motion and being of a certain age, I didn’t rate my chances of hearing one, but knowing where they occur in this area i scanned with the “bins” and I found one, on low perch, bill wide open and although I couldn’t hear it, was singing it’s little heart out – I love it!

Bennerley. 2 Gadwall, 2 Canada Goose,7 Lapwing, Kestrel, 3 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat. Chat Corner. 1 Grasshopper Warbler,5 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Reed Bunting, Song Thrush. North Marsh. 1 Sedge Warbler. 7 Reed Bunting, 3 Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron. Tathams Pond. 2 Reed Warbler. Butterflies. Dingy Skipper, 6 Orange Tip, 5 Small White, 1 Large White, 5 Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell.

Friday, 2nd. May, 2014. Bennerley

Maximum Temperature: 11°C (52°F), Wind Direction: North Easterly, Wind Speed: 12mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 20:34 BST.


I’ve been looking around Bennerley since the end of March for Hairy Dragonfly, but so far no luck, I’ve

Bentleys Plantation

tried around the Viaduct Lagoons and up at Tathams Pond, I found a few last year around the area where the wind turbine now stands! I’m hoping the small pond where I found two Black Darter dragonflies two years ago ago will survive a little longer than it did last year after being totally vandalised by the moronic moto’s! No “Hairys”  at Tathams Pond yet but Three Reed Warbler and a Sedge Warbler is nice.


Tathams Pond. 3 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 2 Tufted Duck, Whitethroat. Bentleys Plantation. Green Woodpecker, 11 House Martin, 2 Swallow, Song Thrush. Pheasant.North Marsh. 6 Reed Bunting, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, Shipley Gate. 11 Swallow, 5 Sand Martin, 6 Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush. Bennerley. 5 Canada Goose, 3 Greylag Goose, 7 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, Buzzard, 11 Swallow.


Small White-Bennerley Marsh

Saturday, 3rd. May, 2014. Bennerley Marsh, Woodside/Shipley.

Maximum Temperature: 12°C (54°F), Wind Direction: South South Easterly, Wind Speed: 3mph, Visibility: Sun, Good,Sunset: 20:36 BST.


Good numbers of warblers on my way through Bennerley, plus a good selection of butterflies including a cracking Holly Blue. Sadly a another fairly disappointing day at Woodside, a single Meadow Pipit and no Skylarks on the “hump” is worrying, not so long ago this spot was teeming with birds and I couldn’t noticing there is an awful lot of barred wire around this site. On a brighter note I did have a Cuckoo fly over my head!

Bennerley. 4 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Lapwing, 3 Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat. Chat Corner. 2 Reed Bunting, Pheasant. Botany Bay. Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, Jay. Butterflies. 6 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Large White, 12 Orange Tip, 19 Small White. Shipley Wood. 2 Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Buzzard. Shipley View Lagoons. 2 Gadwall, 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker. Woodside. Cuckoo, 2 Buzzard, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 9 Whitethroat, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Meadow Pipit, 5 Pheasant, 2 Green Woodpecker. Butterflies. 2 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 7 Brimstone, 11 Orange Tip, 7 Small White.

Sunday, 4th. May. 2014. Bennerley and Watnall

Maximum Temperature: 14°C (57°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 7mph,

Red Campion-Watnall Wood

Visibility: Good. Sunset: 20:38 BST.


Off for a bit of raptor watching at the “Beauvale Raptor Watch Point” today via Watnall Wood and “Watnall International Airport” Lots of butterflies along the way and quite a few birds including Grey Partridge and “French Partridge” as some local folk call em’ although most know them as Red-Legged Partridge. As I ambled along warblers were in good voice, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Lesser and Common Whitethroats, Lapwings were on fields defending territories and a few Swallows were feeding way up high – the raptor watch point ? one Buzzard and a Kestrel!!

Bennerley. 4 Canada Goose, 3 Greylag Goose, 7 Lapwing, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Swallow, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Green Woodpecker. Butterflies. 6 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood, 3 Brimstone, 1 Large White, 12 Orange Tip, 12 Small White. Watnall Wood. Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 7 Pheasant, 1 Grey Partridge, 1 Linnet. Watnall Aerodrome. 2 Skylark, 6 Lapwing, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 7 Swallow. Beauvale Priory. Buzzard, Kestrel, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat.



Monday, 5th. May, 2014. Bennerley Marsh, Cossall.

Maximum Temperature: 16°C (61°F), Wind Direction: Southerly, Wind Speed: 12mph, Visibility: Sunset: 20:40 BST.

Got out for a bank holiday stroll with Dougie, nipped through Bennerley and headed north along the old Nottingham Canal, I saw one dragonfly at Bennerley, a Large Red and thought there may be more along the canal, but sadly there were none, plenty of butterflies though, but not many species, likewise for birds. The highlight was a Hobby [my first of the year] among a group of Swallows, it was persuaded to leave the area by a “mob” of angry Starlings – I love a bit of avian spectacle !

Bennerley Marsh. 2 Grey Heron, 5 Lapwing, 7 Swallow, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat. Butterflies. 2 Speckled Wood, 3 Orange Tip, 4 Small White. Plus. 1 Large Red Damselfly. Cossall. Hobby, 5 Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 10 Lapwing, 17 Swallow, Song Thrush. Butterflies. 2 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Brimstone, 1 Green-veined White, 10 Orange Tip, 6 Small White.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 18 – Gallery

May 7, 2014 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Orange Tip-Bennerley Marsh
Dingy Skipper-Bennerley Marsh
Reed Bunting-Tathams Pond
Mistle Thrush-Shipley Gate
Bentleys Plantation
Bentleys Plantation
Tufted Ducks-Tathams Pond
Large Red Damselfly-Bennerley Viaduct Lagoons
Holly Blue-Bennerley Marsh
Willow Warbler-Shipley View Lagoons


Young Coots-Erewash Canal
Speckled Wood-Erewash Canal
Great Tit-Watnall Wood
Wood Anemone-Watnall Wood
Red-Legged Partridge-Watnall Aerodrome
Marsh Marigold-Watnall Wood


Pyramidal Bugle
Pyramidal Bugle

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May 3, 2014 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds