Bennerley/Cossall, Sunday, 28th. September, 2014.

September 28, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Maximum Temp: 18°C (64°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 7mph, Visibility: Cloud, Sun,Moderate, Sunset: 18:53 BST.

A pleasant sort of a day and it was kicked of with not one but two Treecreepers beneath the viaduct at Bennerley, a nice surprise and a year tick ! Still a few Swallows passing through Bennerley. Up around Cossall it was all Buzzards and Migrant Hawker Dragonflies, but there was a single Chiffchaff and a single Blackcap in the same tree so, that was handy !

Bennerley. 2 Treecreeper, 2 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 55 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lapwing, 3 Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 26 Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 25 Swallow. Plus. 7 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly, 1 Speckled Wood Butterfly. Cossall. 3 Dunnock, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Buzzard. Spring Wood. 5 Buzzard, 2 Pheasant, 6 Long-tailed Tit. Old Moor Wood. Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 3 Meadow Pipit. Dragonflies.  1 Brown Hawker, 13 Migrant Hawker.


A Bennerley Viaduct resident.


A Mushroom




Over Shipley 26/09/2014

September 28, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Half an hour scanning over Shipley Hill from near Shipley View. The usual Buzzards, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk aloft. Mistle Trush. Green Woodpecker. Jay. Ducks put off Shipley Lake by something or more likely somebody included Mallard, Shoveler, Gadwall and a few Wigeon.

Bennerley Marsh, Saturday, 27th. September, 2014.

September 27, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Maximum Temp: 18°C (64°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 7mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 18:53 BST.

Not a bad day today, steady passage of Swallows, House Martins and Meadow Pipits, plus a few Teal and Gadwall on the marsh and still a good few dragonflies about. 

Bennerley. 3 Buzzard, 40 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Lapwing, Jay, 4 Stock Dove, 3 Meadow Pipit, 30 Goldfinch, Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 36 Swallow, 18 House Martin. Chat Corner. Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, Cormorant, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Mistle Thrush,  Dragonflies. 20 Common Darter, 15 Migrant Hawker. Plus. 1 Speckled Wood Butterfly.




Meadow Pipit






Common Darter





Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 26th. September, 2014.

September 26, 2014 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

IMG_5574Maximum Temp: 18°C (64°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 11mph, Visibility: Cloud, Sun, Good, Sunset: 18:55 BST.

Bennerley. 3 Grey Heron, 2 Gadwall, 24 Black-headed Gull, 6 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit. Chat Corner. 2 Buzzard, 24 Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Pheasant. Tathams Pond. 3 Tufted Duck, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Shipley Gate. 70 Rook, 5 Bullfinch. Bentleys Plantation. 2 Buzzard. North Marsh. 4 Reed Bunting, Kestrel, Snipe, 2 Pheasant. Butterflies: 1 Comma, 1 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood. Dragonflies: 10 Migrant Hawker, 2 Brown Hawker, 5 Common Darter.


Bennerley Marsh. Thursday, 25th. September, 2014.

September 25, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Maximum Temp. 17°C (63°F), Wind Direction: West North Westerly, Wind Speed: 13mph. Visibility: Cloud, Very Good, Sunset: 18:55 BST.

Bennerley. 7 Gadwall, 27 Black-headed Gull, Buzzard, 39 Goldfinch, 2 Meadow Pipit. Chat Corner. 3 Buzzard, Kestrel, 28 Meadow Pipit, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Mistle Thrush. Butterflies: 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Speckled Wood, 1 Small White. Dragonflies: 4 Common Darter, 3 Migrant Hawker.




Mistle Thrush

Shipley and Mapperley 22/09/2014

September 23, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

A walk around on a nice day. Several Speckled Woods about, two Red Admiral, two Peacock, Green-veined White and a Small Copper in the ‘butterfly box’ at Woodside. Migrant Hawkers still about and Common Darter, with a single, resplendent Southern Hawker hunting at Mapperley Wood. On the bird front nine Buzzards soaring together (I thought I was in Spain!), a distant pair of Kestrels being buzzed by a latish Hobby and a Sparrowhawk up, too. On Shipley Lake seven Great Crested Grebe whilst four Gadwall were loafing on Paul’s Arm and the inevitable Green Woodpecker calling. On Mapperley Reservoir another three Great Crested Grebe with Buzzard and Kestrel soaring over the woodland. In the Mapperley Wood Reserve a Nuthatch was spotted, with another from the hide together with Great, Blue and Coal Tits, a Chaffinch and the distant cronking of a Raven. Finally, a single Gadwall on the Hex Pools.

Shipley 21/09/2014

September 21, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Lovely day for scanning for raptors. 8 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel and 3 Sparrowhawk. 2 Ravens headed over high. 3 Jay flying at medium height over woodlands – they always seem to do this in the Autumn. Skylark flying North. Green Woodpecker calling. Coal Tit close by. A single Speckled Wood was the only butterfly I could see.


Shipley View Hex Pools 20/9/2014

September 21, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Decent Autumn weather but not so warm and clouding over later on. Still a few Swallows about and a single House Martin. Green Woodpecker calling. 3 Jay. Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel aloft. 10 Tufties on the pools and a young Coot still with some growing to do. Heron. A Green Sandpiper flew over – my first for the Nutbrook Valley! A couple of Speckled Wood butterflies, two Common Darters and a few Migrant Hawkers despite the chilly weather.

Earlier at Shipley Garden Centre a Hobby went over low at speed – looking for all the world like an out-sized Swift – heading South, off to Africa, I presume. I was just finishing my coffee – luxury birding!


Bennerley Marsh And Cossall

September 21, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

A quick look at Bennerley then on for a pleasant day spent above the valley.

Bennerley. 130 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Buzzard, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, 10 Goldfinch, 25 Swallow.  Butterflies. 1 Peacock, 3 Speckled Wood. Dragonflies. 5 Common Darter, 4 Migrant Hawker.  Cossall. 3 Yellowhammer, 4 Bullfinch, 25 House Sparrow, 2 Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron, Jay. 6 Swallow. Spring Wood. 145 Meadow Pipit, 1 Skylark, Kestrel, 2 Swallow. Old Moor Wood. Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, Buzzard, Grey Heron, 14 Goldfinch, 2 Swallow. Plus: 6 Speckled Wood butterflies and 6 Migrant Hawker dragonflies.


Young Mute


Speckled Wood


Meadow Pipit


Grey Heron


Bennerley Marsh, 19th. September, 2014.

September 19, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Maximum Temperature: 17°C (63°F), Wind Direction: North Easterly, Wind Speed: 6 mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 19:12 BST.


Not so busy today but still a few Swallows and a couple of Sand Martin, sadly overcast and misty meaning poor light for photography.

Bennerley. 2 Gadwall, 27 Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail,  5 Greenfinch, 22 Goldfinch, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Meadow Pipit, 8 Swallow. Chat Corner. 2 Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit. Shipley Gate. 3 Tufted Duck, 12 Swallow, 4 House Martin, Grey Wagtail. North Marsh. 2 Reed Bunting, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel. Dragonflies. 2 Migrant Hawker, 1 Brown Hawker. Plus. Peacock Butterfly.


Grey Wagtail, Eastwood Lock.


Dunnock, North Marsh.


Tufted Duck, Erewash Canal.


Kestrel on the wind turbine fence.