Stanton 24/07/2014

July 24, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Yet more Summer sunshine. At Stanton it was a case of ‘second generation’ here we come! A couple of ‘Smessex’ Skipper and 3 Common Blues (second gen) at the lagoons, but it was at the ‘Stanton Strip’ that the numbers were impressive. 15 Common Blue and 8 pristine Brown Argus (second gen) and 4 ‘Smessex’ Skipper (ID’d one – Small). Elsewhere at Stanton another 7 Common Blue and 4 Brown Argus. Lots of Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, and a few Green-veined White, Large White and Peacock. I was buzzed by several Brown Hawker dragonfly and a single Common Darter flitted by, whilst a scattering of Banded Demoiselle and Common Blue Damselflies were also of note.

Jim

Shipley 22/07/2014

July 23, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

More beautiful weather. Gatekeepers everywhere, whilst Meadow Browns are on the way down and only a few, very faded Ringlet. Lots of pristine Peacocks now on the Buddlia bushes and good to see numbers of Small Tortoiseshell. Second generation Common Blues numbered four and two Small Heath were probably second gen. too in the ‘butterfly box’ at Woodside. Eight Speckled Woods in one spot. Small/Essex Skipper everywhere in grassland and two Large Skipper hanging on. A single Holly Blue near Shipley Lake.

I couldn’t find any Purple Hairstreak at Shipley Hill but I did see my first Migrant Hawker dragonfly of the season there. Common Darter, Brown Hakwer and Common Blue Damselfly in good numbers.

Green Woodpeckers two off and a glimpse of a Garden Warbler pleasing at this time of the Summer. Meadow Pipit ‘alarm calling’ near Shipley Hill and Stock Dove ‘singing’ in the woodland there. A Reed Warbler was still singing at Parker’s Marsh (near the Hex Pools) whilst nearby a late burst of song from a Willow Warbler was unexpected. A family party of Long-tailed Tits as always a pleasure to behold. Newly hatched baby Coot on the Hex Pools. Buzzards soaring over Mapperley.

Jim

Shipley Park Butterfly Walk 20/vii/2014

July 21, 2014 in Latest Sightings by Simon Horsnall

On a butterfly walk (well most insects were considered) at Shipley Park the following were seen:

Large White

Small White

Green-veined White

Comma

Small Tortoiseshell

Peacock

Ringlet

Meadow Brown

Gatekeeper

Speckled Wood

Large Skipper

Small Skipper

Essex Skipper small outnumbered Essex but not by a huge amount)

Common Blue

And the highlight: White-letter Hairstreak

Shipley Wood 18/7/2014

July 19, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

It has been suggested that the best time to look for Purple Hairstreak is in the evening on a sunny day – and it worked! I looked for PH last year without success at this site, adjacent to Ilkeston Hospital, but this time I finally found one, dashing about an oak tree crown, landing momentarily, then dashing about again in typical PH fashion. In addition, my first two ‘second brood’ Holly Blue were spotted – HB fly fast and erratically at above head height, very different to Common Blue. Other butterflies of note were a single Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown and a few ‘Smessex’ Skipper – one I checked was an Essex. The small pool yielded up some good Odonata – ovipositing Blue-tailed Damselfly, two patrolling Emperors, a boisterous Brown Hawker and a striking Southern Hawker – as I left the dragonflies were perching up to roost in the trees for the night, making me wonder how you would manage to sleep hanging by your legs like that…
Jim

The Bennerley Bugle–No. 28

July 17, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Ringlet

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

Maximum Temperature 22 c. Wind Direction: Northerly, Wind Speed: 5mph, Visibility: Sunny, Very Good,  Sunset: 21:29 BST

An insect sort of a day mainly because of a lack of birds as can be seen from the list, still, the appearance of Reed Warbler and Skylark at very unlikely nest sites is nice-for obvious reasons the exact location is as we say “suppressed”

The large hawker dragonflies that occur at Bennerley all appear to be on the wing now, I saw two Common Hawkers today, in this dragonfly species’ case they are not “common” in the  literal sense, they are scarce in and around Bennerley.

I have seen Common Darters on the patch this year but as yet, no Ruddy Darters and I still hope for the reappearance of the Black Darters of a couple of years ago!

45 Black-headed Gull, 1 Grey Heron. 2 Skylark, 1 Reed Warbler. Butterflies. 18 Gatekeeper, 26 Meadow Brown, 2 Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, 9 Small Skipper, Green-veined White, 2 Large White, 7 Small White.  Damselflies. 19 Azure, 5 Blue-tailed, 22 Common Blue, 3 Red-eyed, 40 Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. 4 Common Darter, 3 Brown Hawker, 2 Common Hawker, 2 Emperor, 5 Migrant Hawker, 2 Southern Hawker, 3 Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser.


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

Maximum Temperature: 22°C (72°F), Wind Direction: North North Westerly, Wind Speed: 8mph,

Bladder Campion

Visibility: Good, Sunset: 21:28 BST.

Speak of the devil! four very fresh female Ruddy Darters put in an appearance today in the Mud Hole area causing great consternation for a resident male Broad-bodied Chaser!

A damselfly I haven’t seen a lot of at Bennerley is the Emerald, there doesn’t seem to be that many at the moment, it is a little early but last year at Stensons Lock on the Erewash Canal they were on the wing but as I say, its a little early.

I often see Buzzards being harassed and seen off by crows and the like, today it was one Buzzard and a “pack” of Jackdaws, I always find this behaviour fascinating but I never think to video it even though I have the technology in the backpack!

1 Buzzard, 2 Skylark, 1 Green Woodpecker. Butterflies. 9 Gatekeeper, 25 Meadow Brown, 12 Ringlet, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Large Skipper, 8 Small Skipper, 2 Large White, 6 Small White. Damselflies. 12 Azure,15 Common Blue, 28 Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. 4 Ruddy Darter [all fresh females] 4 Brown Hawker, 3 Emperor, 3 Migrant Hawker, Broad-bodied Chaser.

 

Brown Hawker

Saturday, 12th. July, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 23°C (73°F),  Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 3mph, Visibility: Good,  Sunset: 21:27 BST.

Today was hot, hot, hot! ‘so good for insects and some species were very numerous especially Banded Demoiselles and Brown Hawkers.

The Black-headed Gull are steadily drifting back from their breeding grounds with at least one hundred and twenty on the marsh at one stage. four warbler species put an appearance today, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler and for good measure, a Lesser Whitethroat.

120 Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Song Thrush. Damselflies. 45 Azure, 25 Common Blue, 5 Blue-tailed Damselflies,140 Banded Demoiselle, Dragonflies.15 Brown Hawker, 3 Emperor, 2 Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser, 6 Common Darter, 2 Ruddy Darter. Butterflies. 40 Gatekeeper, 30 Meadow Brown, 35 Ringlet, 7 Small Tortoiseshell, 16 Large Skipper, 10 Small skipper, 3 Large White, 11 Small white.

The Bennerley Bugle – No. 28. Gallery

The Cotmanhay Family Swan

Sunday, 13th. July, 2014. Bennerley Marsh/Cossall.

Maximum Temperature: 19°C (66°F), Wind Direction: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 11mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 21:26 BST.

A busy day and a quick look at Bennerley, two each of Chiffchaff and Lesser Whitethroat plus a Reed Warbler and a mob of loafing Black-headed Gulls,

Butterflies on the wing included Peacock and Red admiral, dragonflies were Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Emperor and half a dozen Ruddy Darter.

Up at Spring Wood lot of activity with Swallows and Swifts, the fact that there were just four House Martins and one Sand Martin made me think that they were on the move and getting ready for the off! Add seven Yellowhammer, Skylarks, Linnets and other farmland species as well as Brown Hawker and Migrant Hawker Dragonflies, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, good counts of Meadow Brown and Meadow Brown Butterflies made for a very pleasant outing.


Bennerley. 110 Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Lapwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 2 Goldfinch, 2 House Martin, 5 Swallow. Butterflies. 5 Gatekeeper, 12 Meadow Brown, 3 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 8 Ringlet, 3 Speckled Wood, 11 Large Skipper, 8 Small Skipper, 3 Large White, 11 Small White. Dragonflies. 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 3 Common Darter, 6 Ruddy Darter, 2 Emperor, 1 Migrant Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker. Cossall. Grey Heron, 6 Goldfinch, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Wren, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, 5 Swallow. Spring Wood. Buzzard, 7 Yellow Hammer, 4 Skylark, 2 Lapwing, 6 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Linnet, 128 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 49 Swift. Old Moor Wood. 2 Buzzard, 6 Goldfinch, 4 Swallow. Butterflies. 21 Gatekeeper, 27 Meadow Brown, 2 Red Admiral, 13 Ringlet, 15 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Large White, 13 Small White. Damselflies. 2 Red Eyed, 4 Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. 5 Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker.

The Bennerley Bugle – No. 28. Gallery

July 17, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Gatekeeper

Not sure about this one!

Peacock

Meadow Brown

Male Banded Demoiselle

Speckled Wood

Moorhen, with a drink problem!

Red-eyed Damsefly

Red Admiral

Enjoy The Textures

Greenfinch

Mallard

Small Skipper

Banded Demoiselle

Brown Hawker

Broad-bodied Chaser

Brown Hawker

Four-spotted Chaser

 

Common Tern – Master Of The Sky

July 8, 2014 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

 

The Bennerley Bugle No. 27

July 8, 2014 in Photo Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Banded Demoiselle

Thursday, 3rd. July, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 20°C (68°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 12mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 21:33 BST.

The birds today were keeping a low profile as they do at this time of year, apart from my garden Starlings, they are hitting the fields in family groups with commando raids!  i don’t complain, they make a change from the Wood Pigeons two of which have been named Christmas and Boxing Day!

The day started well enough with a few damsels and dragons but then it clouded over and the few remained a few! still the butterflies didn’t seem to mind, especially the Ringlets and Meadow Browns, Large Skippers and Small Skippers, plus my first couple of Gatekeepers of the season and that can’t be bad!


Bennerley. 21 Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, Lapwing, Buzzard, 2 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, 2 Grey Partridge, Pheasant.  Butterflies. 2 Gatekeeper, 37 Meadow Brown, 82 Ringlet, 1 Red Admiral, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Speckled Wood, 15 Small Skipper, 10 Large Skipper, 6 Small White. Moths. 2 Five-spot Burnet, 5 Latticed Heath. Damselflies. 1 Azure, 3 Common Blue, 17 Banded Demoiselle. Plus. 2 Brown Hawker Dragonfly.


Friday, 4th. July, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 20°C (68°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 17mph,

Small Tortoiseshell

Visibility: Good, Sunset: 21:33 BST.

Another slow day for bird life but thankfully I find the move from “birder” to “pottering about looking for insects” quite easy, I find looking for butterflies and dragonflies very relaxing except of course when a more than interesting insect is found, then its, as with birding – “manic stations” Something like a Purple Emperor or a Small Red Damselflies would do it!

The butterflies had it to day with the Meadow Browns out numbering the Ringlets for the first time. A couple of Gatekeeper butterflies were found, they seem a tad reluctant to fly, a splendid Red Admiral and a very fresh Comma were the highlights.

The “Mud Hole” held three Broad Bodies Chasers, a female with two male seeking her attention, sadly the Mud Hole has been half vandalised by illegal motor bikes, yet again. A female Brown Hawker was oviposting in the Viaduct Lagoons and the first Southern Hawker was on the wing – thank goodness for the insects!


Bennerley. 17 Black-headed Gull, 3 Lapwing, Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Goldfinch, Song Thrush, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 24 Swallow, 3 Swift. Chat Corner. Reed Bunting, 2 Skylark, 9 Swallow, 2 Swift. Butterflies. 1 Comma, 2 Gatekeeper, 70 Meadow Brown, 56 Ringlet, 1 Red Admiral, 7 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Common Blue, 5 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Large White. Damselflies. 7 Azure, 15 Blue-tail, 21 Common Blue, 1 Emerald, 61 Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 3 Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 2 Brown Hawker, 1 Emperor, 1 Southern Hawker.

 

Meadow Brown

Saturday, 5th. July, 2014

Maximum Temperature: 19°C (66°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 10mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 21:32 BST.

I was definitely in “birding mode” today until I got on my way to Tathams Pond and found the usually very vocal Reed Warblers had fallen silent due to a big fishing match, the birding mood slightly dented I carried on to the North Marsh and the mood was restored by a family group of six Grey Wagtails plus Swallows, Swifts, Sand Martins and a dozen Reed Buntings.

Ringlets had out done Meadow Browns today, lots of both species plus Large and Small Skippers and Small Tortoiseshells, Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker, so it turned ok in the end.


Tathams Pond. 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat. Shipley Gate. 4 Tufted Duck, 17 Swallow, 6 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 6 Swift, 6 Grey Wagtail. North Marsh. 12 Reed Bunting, Kestrel, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Pheasant, 22 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow,  Chat Corner. Reed Bunting,  4 Long-tailed Tit, ,2 Swift, 3 Swallow. Lesser Black-backed Gull. Bennerley. 3 Swallow, Buzzard. Butterflies. 44 Meadow Brown, 80 Ringlet, 11 Small Tortoiseshell, 6 Large Skipper, 3 Small Skipper, Large White, 2 Small White. Damselflies.  8 Azure, 4 Common Blue, 8 Blue-tailed, 65 Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. 2 Broad-bodied Chaser, 4 Common Darter, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 3 Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker, Emperor.

 

Common Tern

Away Day–Holme Pierrepont GP’s, Sunday, 6th. July, 2014.

Maximum Temperature: 19°C (66°F),Wind Direction: West North Westerly, Wind Speed: 8mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 21:32 BST.

Headed off to one of my old regular patch’s Holme Pierrepont in Nottinghamshire, the intention was to do a little “digiscoping”  but with one thing and another i lost patience with some subjects being to distant and  in one case, too close! so I ended up with just one dragonfly shot-must try harder! What I settled on as I had just the compact Nikon S1 camera, was insects and there were plenty, hundreds of small blue damselflies! mostly Common Blue with some Azures and the occasional Blue-tailed, there were less dragonflies about, Brown Hawkers, Migrant Hawkers and a single Emperor, the subject of my abortive digiscoping efforts.

The Nikon S1 is an extremely fast camera even when shooting in raw and it seems quite adept at shooting birds in flight, I managed some decent snaps of a Common Tern over Blotts Pit [see separate photo post] using the 30×110 lens.

Common Blue Damselfly & Ringlet Butterfly

As for birds on the ground there were a couple of Little Egrets, at least two Cuckoo, a single Hobby and the usual warblers, gulls, terns and raptors, all in all a pleasant day despite no digiscoped  images, lots of photos all the same.


A52 Pit. 8 Reed Bunting, Cetti’s Warbler, Cuckoo, 2 Kestrel, 10 Great Crested Grebe. 3 Black-headed Blotts Pit. 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Gadwall, Hobby, 5 Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, 5 Black-headed Gull, Buzzard, Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 5 Reed Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler. Butterflies. 8 Comma, 3 Gatekeeper, 48 Meadow Brown, 32 Ringlet, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Large Skipper, 13 Small Skipper, 2 Small White. Damselflies. 18 Azure, 140 Common Blue. Dragonflies. 3 Brown Hawker, 2 Migrant Hawker, Emperor.

Gull, 5 Common Tern, 2 Little Egret, 6 Goldfinch, 12 Swift, Song Thrush.

Emperor Dragonfly – The only digiscoped image of the day! 

Small Skipper

Gatekeeper

Large Mute Family

Soldier Beatles

Small Tortoiseshell

Comma

 

The Bennerley Bugle No. 27 – Gallery

July 8, 2014 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Woody Nightshade [Bitter-sweet}
Brown Hawker
Gatekeeper
Gatekeeper & Small Skipper

Banded Demoiselle
Red Admiral 
Comma
Small Skipper
Blue-tailed Damselfly
Banded Demoiselle
Mute Swan
Buzzard

 

Shipley View Hex Lagoons 5/7/2014

July 6, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Lovely day again later on. At last, my first Gatekeepers of the season – four in total. Lots of Ringlets and Meadow Browns. A few Large Skippers looking quite tatty now but dozens of ‘Smessex’ (Small/Essex) Skippers – I checked a group in one spot by the lagoons and they were all Essex. Plenty of Common Blue Damselflies and a couple of Brown Hawkers were hawking at speed. Whitethroat and Chiffchaff still singing and a Kestrel soaring. Little Grebe on the pools. Somewhat unexpectedly a Raven calling.
Jim