The Bennerley Bugle No. 25

June 23, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Banded Demoiselle

Friday, 20th. June, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 21°C (70°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 8mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 21:34 BST.

A little quiet on the bird front but not so butterflies and dragonflies with good counts of Ringlet and Meadow Brown butterflies, plus Small Tortoiseshells, Speckled Woods, Large Skippers, Common Blues and singles of Holly Blue and Brimstone and I saw my first Brown Hawker dragonflies of the season along with Emperors, Black-tailed Skimmers, Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chasers and Common Darters, speaking of darters, on the mud-hole I saw two darter species that I could not get close enough to identify, they were not Ruddy and didn’t look right for Common, it was on this spot two years ago I found two Black Darters so I will be keeping an eye on this small muddy puddle!

Bennerley. Common Tern, Black-headed Gull, Kestrel, 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 7 Swift, 15 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Wren, Song Thrush. Chat Corner. Buzzard, 9 Swift, 1 Swallow, Reed Bunting. Butterflies. 35 Meadow Brown, 75 Ringlet, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Speckled Wood, 8 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 3 Large Skipper, Brimstone, 12 Small White, 3 Large White. Damselflies. 17 Azure, 10 Common Blue, 14 Large-red, 2 Blue-tailed, 14 Banded Demoiselle.  Dragonflies. 3 Emperor, 2 Brown Hawker, 5 Black-tailed Skimmer, 2 Broad-bodied Chaser, 6 Four-spotted Chaser, 3 Common Darter.

Saturday, 21st. June, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 20°C (68°F), Wind Direction: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 5 mph,

Mute Swan Family

Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 21:35 BST.

Got out and found a few birds today, mainly the half dozen  Reed Warblers at Tathams Ponds and the many Sand Martins to be found in the area, sadly due a big fishing match the Erewash Canal north of Tathams was for practical reasons not worth bothering  with, so Tathams got looked at twice!

Still good numbers of butterflies to be seen and a great many Banded Demoiselles were on the wing, plus a couple of Brown Hawker dragonflies, but no sign of Emerald Damselfly as yet, one of my favourites.

Tathams Pond. Buzzard, 6 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 4 Sand Martin, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Goldfinch. North Marsh. 3 Reed Bunting, 7 Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 16 Sand Martin, 10 Goldfinch, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Pheasant, Grey Heron. Shipley Gate. Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 6 Swallow. Chat Corner. 2 Skylark, 2 Whitethroat, Blackcap, 6 Swift, 16 Swallow. Bennerley. Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, 10 Swallow, 2 Swift, Whitethroat,1 Chiffchaff, Butterflies. 10 Meadow Brown, 12 Ringlet, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood. Damselflies. 18 Azure, 4 Common Blue, 4 Red-eyed, 72 Banded Demoiselle. Plus. 3 Brown Hawker Dragonflies. Plus. 5 Chimney Sweeper Moths.


Sunday, 22nd. June, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 21°C (70°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 4mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 21:35 BST.

Again another pleasant, quiet day above Cossall, no mini-moto’s, not so mini motos, silly dog walkers, joggers or cyclists, just Buzzards, Skylarks, Warblers and butterflies, actually, it was a little quieter wildlife wise, I only managed one female Yellowhammer and just a couple of Chiffchaff but I did get an excellent view of a male Lesser Whitethroat.

On my through Bennerley I picked up a few Dragonflies, Broad-bodied Chasers , Four-spotted Chasers, Black-tailed Skimmers, a couple of Common Darters and a single Emperor, plus a couple of Large Skipper butterflies and one Single Small Skipper, and a couple of Lapwing, one adult and one fairly well developed juvenile, so this year they have managed at least one chick!

Bennerley. 2 Dunnock, 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Lapwing [1 adult, 1 juv.] 6 Swallow, 2 Swift, Song Thrush, 2 Wren. Butterflies. 4 Meadow Brown, 10 Ringlet, 8 Speckled Wood, 2 Large skipper, 1 Small Skipper. Damselflies. 10 Azure, 6 Common Blue, 18 Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. 2 Black-tailed Skimmer, 3 Broad-bodied Chaser, 4 Four-spotted Chaser, 1 Emperor. Cossall, Grey Heron, Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 2 Pheasant, Green Woodpecker. Spring Wood. Yellowhammer, 2 Buzzard, 7 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Pheasant, Butterflies. 19 Meadow Brown, 35 Ringlet, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Speckled wood.  Plus. 5 Banded Demoiselle Damselfly.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 25 – Gallery

June 23, 2014 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Found In The Kitchen 



Bladder Campion

Common Blue

Four-spotted Chaser

Large Red Damselfly

Broad-bodied Chaser

Small Or Essex

Shield Bug ?

Four-spotted Chaser

Red Eyed Damselfly

Mute Family

Reed Bunting


Red Eyed Damselfly

Hedge Bindweed

Azure Damselfly

Broad Bodied Chaser

Four-spotted Chaser

Water lilies

Young Moorhen

Speckled Wood [i seem to recall, before it turned in!]


The Bennerley Bugle No. 24

June 17, 2014 in Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Thursday 12th. June, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 21°C (70°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 6mph, Visibility: Sunny, Good, Sunset: 21:31 BST.

I got involved with “digiscoping” today involving mainly insects and trying to create a decent work flow for this activity, at present work flow in this area is pretty none existent, I tend to get confused and lose things, usually lens caps! Generally speaking the exercise went well, but with not many pictures taken and only a few “keepers”

Bennerley. 1 Lapwing, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 20 House Sparrow, Song Thrush, 9 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 Swift. Butterflies: 3 Meadow Brown, 8 Ringlet, 8 Speckled Wood, 2 Large Skipper, 9 Common Blue. Damselflies: 7 Azure, 4 Common Blue, 5 Large Red, 25 Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies: Emperor, 4 Four-spotted Chaser, 3 Black-tailed Skimmer.

Friday, 13th. June, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 22°C (72°F), Wind Direction: North North Westerly, Wind Speed: 3mph,

Tufted Duck

Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 21:31 BST.

I did manage to see a few more birds to including Sand Martins under bridges, obstinate Reed Warblers that won’t sit long enough to get  “snapped” and also a single male Hairy Dragonfly where I’ve noticed them in previous years, around  the Chat Corner area.

Although the day was mainly overcast there were good numbers of Red-eyed Damselflies and Banded Demoiselles.

Tathams Pond. 2 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, 2 Sand Martin. Shipley Gate. 13 Swallow, 11 House Martin, 2 Tufted Duck. North Marsh. 6 Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat. 2 Blackcap, 3 Sedge Warbler, Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. Skylark, Reed Bunting, Song Thrush. Bennerley. Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, Swift, Green Woodpecker. Butterflies: 9 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Speckled Wood, 8 Small White. Damselflies. 4 Azure, 2 Common Blue, 27  Red-eyed, 60 Banded Demoiselle. Plus. 1 Hairy Dragonfly.


Unknown Bug

Saturday,  14th. June, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 20°C (68°F), Wind Direction: North Easterly, Wind Speed: 10mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 21:32 BST

Another muggy and overcast day but it didn’t seem to bother the insects, good numbers of Butterflies and Dragonflies on the wing including [I think] my first Common Darter, plus a few Great Crested Newt were breaking the surface on the Viaduct Lagoons, sadly, not a lot of birds about but a late Common Tern fishing on the Erewash Canal was nice.

Bennerley. 1 Lapwing, Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, 3 Swift, 2 Song Thrush, Common Tern. Butterflies. 8 Meadow Brown, 18 Ringlet, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Common Blue, 2 Large Skipper, 8 Small White. Damselflies. 15 Azure, 12 Common Blue, 30 Red-eyed, 22 Banded Demoiselles. Dragonflies. 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Common Darter, 3 Four-spotted Chaser, 2 Emperor.

Sunday, 15th. June, 2014.

Maximum Temperature: 18°C (64°F), Wind Direction: North North Easterly, Wind Speed: 7mph,

Weeping Willow

Visibility: Good, Sunset: 21:32 BST.

I thought it high time I did a days birding, one cannot piffle about with creepy crawlies for ever-and what a day! at first I thought as I headed of towards Cossall, I might pick up the odd Buzzard or the odd Skylark, but I didn’t count on not one but three Common Cranes making their way in formation and very stately across the sky, very high and heading north westerly.

I did find a couple of Buzzards, a few more than the odd Skylark and a small flock of Yellow Hammers, and the creepy crawlies ? just one Speckled Wood butterfly – a cracking day!

Bennerley. Black-headed Gull, Common Tern, 1 Lapwing, 2 Willow Warbler, 55 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Swift, Green Woodpecker. Cossall. 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Wren, Green Woodpecker. Spring Wood. 3 Common Crane [to NW at 14:00 hrs.] 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Jay, Black-headed Gull, 8 Yellow Hammer, 5 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 38 Swallow, 9 Goldfinch, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 24 – Gallery

June 17, 2014 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Small Tortoiseshell
Water Lily
Common Blue

Meadow Brown

Red-eyed Damselfly
Azure Damselfly 
Four-spotted Chaser
House Sparrow

Brown China Mark



Scarlet Pimpernel 
Red-eyed Damselfly
Meadow Cranesbill

Meadow Cranesbill

Reed Bunting
Yellow Iris
Banded Demoiselle 

Reed Warbler

Speckled Wood


Stanton and Woodside 10/6/2014

June 10, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Sunny, breezy day but a few butterflies about.


On the lagoons a pristine Small Tortoiseshell, a few Common Blues, Small Heath and Meadow Browns. My first Emperor Dragonfly – a female – and a group of Banded Demoiselle sheltering by some bushes. Reed Warbler, Whitethroat and Reed Bunting singing. Buzzard over.

On the Strip more Small Heath, Common Blues, Meadow Browns and a very faded Brown Argus. Four-spotted Chaser. Two, young Great Spotted Woodpecker. Several plants of the locally rare Yellow-wort about to flower.

Shipley Woodside NR:

At the Butterfly Box. Lots of Small Heath, a few Common Blue, 7 Large Skipper, 2 pristine Speckled Wood, more Yellow-wort plants and some cracking Bee Orchids in full flower – wonderful.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 23

June 9, 2014 in Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Female Four-spotted Chaser

Friday, 6th. June, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 20°C (68°F), Wind Direction: South Easterly, Wind Speed: 8mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 21:26 BST.

I’ve been experimenting with the Canon SX 50 mainly using the on-board electronic 1.5 or 2.0 extensions, which give an focal length of  up to 2400 mm. or 100x zoom! I have been using these extreme settings in the macro mode and sometimes up pops an image like the yellow and black giant Four Spotted Chaser dragonfly that is included in this post. The 1.5 seems the most usable [the dragonfly]

Hairy Dragonfly was once a Bennerley speciality, it appears to be still around, I saw two a couple of years ago around Chat Corner and one today in the fenced off pond on the dispersal point, they probably get overlooked and get taken for an early Southern Hawker or something similar.

Bennerley. Buzzard, 6 Lapwing, 3 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 6 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 2 Swift, Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker, 2 Stock Dove,2 Pheasant. Chat Corner. 2 Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit. Butterflies. 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Speckled Wood, 8 Common Blue, 1 Brimstone, 1 Large White. Moths. 1 Cinnabar, 1 Chimney Sweeper Moth, 1 Latticed Heath, Eyed Hawk Moth. Damselflies. 9 Azure, 3 Blue-tailed, 12 Common Blue, 11 Red-eyed, 1 Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. 3 Four-spotted Chaser, 4 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Hairy Dragonfly [m]

Saturday, 7th. June, 2014. Bennerley Marsh

Maximum Temperature: 18°C (64°F), Wind Direction: South Easterly, South West, Wind Speed:


8mph, Visibility: Rain/cloud/Sun, Good, Sunset: 21:27 BST.

The first half of the day was wet, the second dry, so I thought I’d field test a new pair of boots. Now i walk every where, around gravel pits, moorland, rocky outcrops and wet woods and marsh and I got fed up with walking boots that don’t live up to what it says on the box, the latest pair for instance are a few months old and letting in water already. So I bought a pair of Dunlop work boots that were on offer and put them to the test. It absolutely persisted down this morning so attired in water proof trousers, poncho with sleeves and of course the boots, I conducted the not very scientific up to the knees in long wet grass test, if anything is going to find a weakness in a boot, its long wet grass, result? passed with flying colours. The rest of the day once the rain had subsided was spent finding birds and photographing insects, with totally dry feet!

A Cuckoo was calling somewhere near the “lodge” there were a half dozen Reed Warblers at Tathams Pond, other warblers, Swallows, Swifts, a single House Martin and Green Woodpeckers, all departments!

Bennerley Lodge. Cuckoo [Calling] 5 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch. Bennerley. 2 Gadwall, Grey Heron, 7 Lapwing, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 3 Swift, 3 Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker. Tathams Pond. 2 Reed Bunting, 6 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, Grey Heron, 2 Tufted Duck. Shipley Gate. 7 Swallow, Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. 2 Bunting, Green Woodpecker. Butterflies. 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White, 5 Large White. Plus. 1 Common Blue Damselfly.


The Viaduct Lagoons

Sunday, 8th. June, 2014. Bennerley.

Maximum Temperature: 21°C (70°F), Wind Direction: Southerly, Wind Speed: 11mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 21:28 BST.

Headed off over to Stanton, via Bennerley and Cossall to seek out Green Hairstreak butterfly, recent information tells me I was in the right place but not necessarily at the right time – the flight period for this species is just about over! never mind I still managed a couple of species for the season, Brown Argus and Large Skipper

Bennerley. Grey Heron, Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 8 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 Swift, Green Woodpecker. Butterflies. 1 Meadow Brown, 2 Speckled Wood, 5 Small White, Brimstone.  Damselflies. 2 Azure, 3 Common Blue, 4 Red-eyed, 8 Large Red, 20 Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. 3 Black-tailed Skimmer, 2 Four-spotted Chaser. Cossall. 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Partridge, 7 Lapwing, Song Thrush. 7 Small White Butterflies. Damselflies.4 Blue-tailed, 5 Common Blue, 7 Red-eyed, 10 Azure. Dragonflies. Four Spotted Chaser. Stanton. Kingfisher, 7 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 5 Bullfinch, Mistle Thrush, Cormorant, 8 Black-headed Gull. Butterflies. Brown Argus, 7 Common Blue, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Brimstone, 6 Small White. Damselflies. 11 Red-eyed, 7 Azure.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 23 – Gallery

June 9, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Blue-tailed Damselfly
Home Sweet Home!
Red-eyed Damselflies-And Thats Love!
A Large Bee [Canon SX50-50x zoom + 1.5]
Mistle Thrush
Large Red Damselfly
Four-spotted Chaser [Canon SX50-50x zoom + 1.5]
Ladybird [Canon SX50-50x zoom + 1.5]
Speckled Wood
Red-eyed Damselfly
Water Lily 
Eyed Hawkmoth
Broadleaved Pondweed

Broadleaved Pondweed


Red-eyed Damselfly
The Family Coot
Four-spotted Chaser
Azure Danselflies
Brown Argus 

Hex Pools 8/6/2014

June 9, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Several Buzzards soaring, a Kestrel and Sparrowhawk. Meadow Pipits parachute display flighting. Two Little Grebe on the pools were the first for a long time.
My first Large Skipper (5 off) and Meadow Brown of the season, a Red Admiral and a couple of Common Blue butterflies.
Loads of Common Blue Damselflies.

The Bennerley Bugle No22.

June 2, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Common Blue

Saturday, 31st. May, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 17°C (63°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 7mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 21:19 BST.


Today turned out to be more of a “bug” walk around the viaduct and part of the Nottingham Canal within the Bennerley area, not a perfect day weather wise but still a nice few insects, including Common Blue butterflies, Red-eyed Damselflies and Four-spotted Chaser dragonflies.


A nice surprise was a soaring, singing Skylark on the actual marsh! not often seen on the farmland, plus seven Lapwing easily seen for a change!


Bennerley. 3 Grey Heron, 6 Lapwing, 4 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Skylark, 8 Goldfinch, 2 Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. 3 Skylark, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Green Woodpecker. Butterflies. 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood, 3 Common Blue, 3 Small White. Damselflies. 2 Azure, 1 Blue-tailed, 3 Common Blue, 1 Red-eyed, 21 Large Red, 17 Banded Demoiselle. Plus. 3 Four-spotted Chaser.


Sunday, 1st. June, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 20°C (68°F),  Wind Direction: Southerly, Wind Speed: 4mph, Visibility:


Good, 21:20 BST.


A similar day to yesterday and I’m still doing the local patch, I thought I can travel miles on a bus or three or walk miles and I still won’t see much more than I  see at Bennerley! and besides, I’ll miss the “big one” if I’m not here – the thought will pass!

I found a small new colony of nesting Sand Martins today [ssssh, no names no pack-drill] which was nice and up at the North Marsh, along with other insects, butterflies, damselflies etc. I found a lot of Chimney Sweeper moths in the excellent river meadows just north of the marsh, this is really valuable habitat for insects and wild flowers and of course all habitat is valuable and should be treated  as such.



Bennerley. 2 Greylag Goose, 3 Grey Heron, 7 Lapwing, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, Jay, 14 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 3 Swift. Tathams Pond.  6 Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat. Shipley Gate. 16 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 2 Pheasant. North Marsh. 2 Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 7 Reed Bunting, 3 Sand Martin, Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat. Chat Corner. Kingfisher, Reed Bunting. Butterflies. 7 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Common Blue, 2 Small Copper, 2 Brimstone, 2 Large White, 21 Small White. Damselflies. 3 Azure, 2 Blue-tail, 5 Common Blue, 15 Large Red, 25 Red-eyed, 30 Banded Demoiselle. Plus. 3 Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonflies. Plus. 23 Chimney Sweeper Moths.

The Bennerley Bugle – Gallery

June 2, 2014 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Ragged Robin


Black-tailed Skimmer


Hoverfly [?]

Red-eyed Damselfly

Chimney Sweeper Moth

Small Copper
Stuff Grows Up Here!

Herb Robert

Red-eyed Damelflies

Speckled Wood


Large Red Damselfly

Unknown Moth

Female Four Spotted Chaser


Banded Demoiselles 

Common Blue

The One That Got Away!