Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 31st. October, 2014.

October 31, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp: 14°C (57°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Sun, Good, , Sunset: 16:35 GMT.

Not the hundreds or possibly thousands of yesteryear, but half a dozen Golden Plover is still a nice sight, add a couple of flocks of Redwing and a pair of Red Admiral and it makes for a good couple of hours spent at Bennerley.

Bennerley Marsh. 6 Golden Plover, 16 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 36 Wigeon, 2 Grey Heron, 26 Redwing, 3 Meadow pipit. Chat Corner. 50 Redwing, 5 Meadow Pipit, Buzzard. Plus: 2 Red Admiral butterflies.


Lapwing and Wigeon at Bennerley


A Distant Grey Grey Heron, taken from the top of the viaduct.


The end of the line for the old railway footbridge at Cotmanhay

Bennerley Marsh, Wednesday, 29th. October, 2014.

October 29, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp: 11°C (52°F), Wind Direction: East North Easterly, Wind Speed: 7mph, Visibility: l/Cloud. Mod. * Sunset: 16:41 GMT.

Not much to report birdwise today, no wintering ducks, no Lapwings but a single Jack Snipe and fair numbers of “northern thrushes” cheered me up a little. The reason for the lack of birds on the marsh may have been the trundling machine making the service road between the farm gate and the viaduct fit for the passage of materials and machinery needed to build a new footbridge over the railway after the removal of the old one, meaning sometime soon the footpath will be closed while the work is done.

Bennerley. Jack Snipe, 90 Black-headed Gull, Green Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit, Buzzard, Kestrel. Chat Corner. Snipe, 50 Fieldfare, 45 Redwing, 30 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch.


Young Mute Swan on the River Erewash


A Small Mushroom


A distant Kestrel


Gedling Pit Top 28/10/2014

October 28, 2014 in Holiday and Trip Reports by Jim Steele

A morning dash to the ornithological Mecca that is Gedling Pit Top was well worthwhile – after two hours of scanning a juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard flew directly overhead and drifted West. Also, a pair of very obliging Stonechats, several Skylark and Meadow Pipits, Goldfinches, two Sparrowhawk and a few Kestrel. An unusual view of a Green Woodpecker from above – the green back and that bright, red patch on the back of the head is impressive. Four Red Admiral butterflies and a few Migrant Hawkers.

Pictures below courtesy of Mr Karl Proctor.

Bennerley Marsh/Shipley, Sunday, 26th. October, 2014.

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

Max. Temp : 14°C (57°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 17 mph, Visibility: Light Cloud, Good,. Sunset: 17:51 BST.

Nothing much happening at Bennerley or Shipley, although Shipley Lake was slightly better than last week but mainly because of a flight of Lapwings flying over ! After such an uneventful day I decided a little “Owling” might be fun, I thought maybe a Tawny calling or a Barn Owl winging silently over the “mound” I didn’t expect to hear the deep call of a Long-eared Owl somewhere near to the old car parks,  this is not the first Long-eared I’ve heard in the area, all I have to do now is see one !

Bennerley Marsh. 5 Wigeon, 32 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 180 Black-headed Gull, 2 Redwing, Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. Kestrel,  Grey Heron, 2 Redwing. Shipley Wood. 25 Goldfinch. Shipley Lake. 4 Cormorant, 12 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, 5  Great Crested Grebe, 20 Lapwing [over] Shipley View Lagoons. 6 Gadwall, Little Grebe, 18 Goldfinch. Straws Bridge. 3  Cormorant, 2 Common Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail, Redwing. Woodside. 2 Meadow Pipit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green  Woodpecker. Long Eared Owl. [one was calling after dusk in the vicinity of the old car parks]


Yer’ Basic Bracket !


Little Grebe-Shipley View Lagoons


Black-headed Gull Flypass- Straws Bridge


Mallard-Straws Bridge


Follow Me !


Black-headed Gull-Straws Bridge


A Lone Greylag Goose-Straws Bridge


Mute Swan, one of many-Straws Bridge


Still Bloomin’ -Old coal site.

Attenborough NR. Saturday, 25th. October, 2014.

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

Max. Temp: 14°C (50°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 12mph, Visibility: Sun, Cloud, Good,. Sunset: 17:49 GMT.

Not much action at Attenborough today, a single female Goldeneye, a Yellow-legged Gull and highlight of the day,  my first four Siskin of the winter.


The day list: Cormorant, Carrion Crow, Jay, Magpie, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Egyptian Goose, Gadwall, Goldeneye, Mallard, Pochard, Wigeon, Shoveler, Teal, Great Crested Grebe , Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Lapwing, Snipe, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Starling, Blackbird, Grey Wagtail.


Chaffinch & Tree Sparrow-Kingfisher Hide.


Egyptian Goose-Visitor Centre


Teal-The Works Pond


Shoveler-The Delta


Chaffinch-Kingfisher Hide


Cormorants [digiscoped]


Lapwings-Church Pond


Young Great Crested Grebes-Church Pond


Muscovy Type Duck-Visitor Centre


Lapwings-Tween Pond [digiscoped]



Comma-bank of the River Trent, Attenborough

Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 24th. October, 2014.

October 24, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp : 14°C (57°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 9 mph, Visibility: Moderate,Sunset: 17:51 BST.

A rather damp day today but not bad birdwise, fairly good counts of Wigeon and Lapwing plus five Snipe on the dispersal point and just a handful or Redwing. Over at Chat Corner, three Stonechat, two males and a female taking advantage of the abundance of the new perching posts, come on you Corn Bunting !

Bennerley. 30 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 30 Lapwing. 5 Snipe, 90 Black-headed Gull, 3 Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Redwing. Chat Corner. 3 Stonechat, 3 Redwing, Reed Bunting, 2 Greenfinch, 12 Goldfinch, Kestrel, Grey Heron.


Feral Rock Dove






Male Stonechat


Rain Clouds

Bennerley Marsh, Thursday, 23rd. October, 2014.

October 23, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp: 14°C (57°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 12 mph, Visibility: Cloud, Moderate, Sunset: 17:53 BST.

The Bennerley coal plant is now a gated area ! gates have been installed at both ends of the concrete road so I imagine that the “sides” will be fenced off soon , motor bikes and 4X4′s are definitely not welcome, if you haven’t eaten all the pies you can just about squeeze past the gate.Other work is going on around Chat Corner on the Severn Trent side, an elaborate new stock fence is  being installed, there is a “no mans land” between the fence and the hedgerows, whether this is to protect the hedgerow I’m not sure but that would be good.

First birds of the day, almost’ were Jack Snipe and Snipe plus Green and Great Spotted ‘peckers, a nice few Redwing, likewise Long-tailed Tit and a trio of Migrant Hawker Dragonflies !

Bennerley. 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 4 Lapwing, 85 Black-headed Gull, 3 Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 45 Redwing, 40 Goldfinch, 4 Bullfinch, 32 Long-tailed Tit, Meadow Pipit. Chat Corner. Kestrel, 2 Meadow Pipit.


Fort Bennerley !


Phone Mast-A favorite roost for Starlings.




Female Mallard


Plea for help

October 22, 2014 in Featured, Misc by Simon Horsnall

I’m not sure how many people still read this but it’s worth a try.

Has anybody got any previously occupied nestboxes?  If so, could you scrape the nest contents into a sealed freezer/sandwich bag with the following on the label:

Grid reference, date collected, host species (what nested in the box).

Also, if anybody notices fleas on their family pets, a selection of them into a container with the same data would be most welcome.

Let me know and I will collect.

Shipley – Sunday, 19th. October, 2014.

October 20, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 16°C (61°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 20 mph, Visibility: Sun, Good, Sunset: 18:02 BST. 

The first Redwings of the winter did it for me today, just four around Pewit Carr. I always thought the Shipley View Lagoons would hold something a bit special one day and a report of a Water Rail got me looking and listening for quite some around the lagoons, but nothing doing, just the resident, Dabchick, Gaddies and a flock of Collared Dove, always worth a look, I found a single Turtle Dove in just such a flock one year in early November, you never know.

Shipley Wood. Kestrel, 5 Meadow Pipit. Shipley Lake. 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gadwall, 17 Wigeon. Shipley View Lagoons. 4 Gadwall, Little Grebe, 9 Tufted Duck, Kestrel, Grey Heron,  30 Collared Dove. Pewit Carr. 4 Redwing, 2 Common Darter, 2 Migrant Hawker. Straws Bridge. 280 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Kingfisher,  3 Cormorant. Woodside. Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, 5 Meadow Pipit.


Mute Swan


Lesser Black-backed Gulls




Black-headed Gull


Tricky !


Nearly There !


A Bit Of A Crowd

Hoveringham GPs. – Away Day- Saturday, 18th. October, 2014.

October 18, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max Temp. 18c., Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Sun, Cloud, Moderate, Sunset: 18:04 BST.

I suppose a “tick list” of Great Skua, Long-tailed Skua and Glossy Ibis was a bit ambitious but the Skuas had been seen over the last few days and the Ibis is known to drop in sometimes, it would have been nice but it was not to be. A Snow Goose of dubious origin was seen, I don’t think it was the “Ross’s” that frequents Attenborough, I got an excellent view of it flying. Bird of the day was a single Green Sandpiper and Lapwings were strangely conspicuous by their absence ! There were a lot of Meadow Pipits, they were all over the place but no other “small brown jobs” apart from House Sparrows were Seen.

The Day List. Feral Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose, Snow Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pochard, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Robin, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Long-tailed, Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker, House Sparrow, Staling, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Kestrel, Buzzard.


Egyptian Goose


Part Of A Greylag Flock


A Snow Goose Among The Mixed Goose Flock