The Last One !

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

Max. Temp. 5°C (41°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 9 mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 15:58 GMT.

The last out of the year and a Barn Owl still patrolling Chat Corner, plus a wintering Chiffchaff hanging out with a Goldcrest, eight Snipe were on the marsh and a flight of ten Goosander flew over to the north west. Happy New Year all.

Bennerley: 10 Goosander [over] 50 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 8 Snipe, 18 Lapwing, 225 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, 11 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing. Newthorpe Water Treatment Wks: Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Long-tailed Tit.80 Black-headed Gull.  Chat Corner: Barn Owl, Kestrel, Buzzard, 8 Meadow Pipit, 10  Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Pheasant.

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Kestrel

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Grey Squirrel

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Black-headed Gull

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Wigeon

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Robin

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Drake Mallard

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Female Mallard

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Wood Pigeon

Bennerley Marsh – Christmas Day

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

 Max. Temp.Sunset: 15:53 GMT. 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: West North Westerly, Wind Speed: 10 mph, Visibility: Sun, Good, 

Happy Christmas all, a few nice presents, a lot of Wigeon, two Stonechats, and a nice dinner, what’s not to like !

Bennerley: 220 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gul, 140 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 14 Lapwing, 4 Grey Heron, Jay, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard. Chat Corner: 2 Stonechat [m. f.]  38 Redwing, 7 Meadow Pipit, 4 Snipe, Grey Heron, Kestrel.

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Black-headed Gull

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Mallard

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Song Thrush

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Male Stonechat

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Long-tailed Tits

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Great Tit

 

 

Bennerley Marsh To Shipley

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

Max. Temp. Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Very Sun, Good,Sunset: 15:50 GMT.

A quick passage through Bennerley and on to probably the best days birding I’ve had around Shipley for some time, mainly due to a good few Wigeon, Goosander, a drake Mandarin and a single Willow Tit. The Mandarin was on the far side of Mapperley Reservoir and I was on the other side with the sun in my face, the Mandarin had  the undergrowth in front of it as did I on my side, very hard to focus on the subject, the Goosander shots were taken through holes in the perimeter fence of Shipley Lake, so the photography ain’t that good. Not to worry, it was still a good day !

Bennerley. Sparrowhawk, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Redwing, 2 Common Gull, 35 Black-headed Gull. Shipley Lake. 26 Goosander, 85 Wigeon, 4 Pochard, 4 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, Grey Heron, 2 Common Gull,  220 Black-headed Gull. Shipley Hill. Willow Tit, 6 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Stock Dove.  Mapperley Reservoir. Mandarin [m.] 6 Goosander, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 96 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose. Woodside. 4 Snipe, Grey Heron, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker.

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Drake Goosander, Shipley Lake.

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Some Fungi

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Grey Heron, this way ! Shipley Lake.

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…… and this way !

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Female Blackbird among the berries. Bennerley.

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Young Mute

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Mallard

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Mandarin.

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Male and female Goosander.

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Goosander’s on Shipley Lake.

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Woodpigeon.

Bennerley Marsh, Saturday, 6th. December, 2014.

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

Max. Temp. 4°C (39°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 6 mph, Visibility: Sun, Moderate, Sunset: 15:50 GMT.

I changed my routine a little today, I explored the canal and the fields around Cossall as far as Mill Lane, taking a look at the Millichip Newt Ponds on the way, just a Kestrel and a Grey Heron there, and a similar story at Cossall, it looked like being a quiet day and it was. By the time I got back to Bennerley there were just three Magpies on the frozen main marsh ! there were a few Teal on the river and a few Redwings flitting about, still I had seen a small flock of Lapwing earlier that morning. It was much the same at Chat Corner with small groups of Redwing and Fieldfare moving around and three Snipe rounded of the day.

Millichip Newt Pond. Kestrel, Grey Heron. Cossall. Buzzard, Kestrel, 18 Redwing, Pheasant. Bennerley. Coal Tit [Bennerley Lodge] 9 Teal, 18 Lapwing, 29 Fieldfare, 42 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush.  Chat Corner. 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Meadow Pipit, 27 Fieldfare, 53 Redwing, 3 Snipe, 2 Cormorant.

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Fieldfare

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Woodpigeon

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Young Mute Swan

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…. And Its Parent

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Kestrel

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Two Black-headed Gulls

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One Black-headed Gull

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Carrion Crow

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And Finally…….

Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 5th. December, 2014.

December 5, 2014 in Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 6°C (43°F) Wind Direction: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 11mph,,Visibility: Cloud/Sun, Good, Sunset: 15:50 GMT.

No rare gulls today, just a couple of common or garden Herring Gulls and a few Common Gulls, the northern thrushes especially the the Redwings are well ensconced  and always a treat to see as are the Lapwing and Wigeon.

Bennerley.210 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 4 Common Gull. 65 Lapwing, 3 Grey Heron, 125 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 40 Redwing, 25 Goldfinch, 7 Fieldfare, 2 Bullfinch, Kestrel, Chat Corner. 35 Redwing, 20 Fieldfare, 5 Meadow Pipit, Grey Heron, 2 Pheasant,  1 Snipe.

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Redwing

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Bennerley Marsh

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Mallards

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Drake Mallard

Bennerley Marsh, Wednesday, 3rd. December, 2014.

December 4, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp.5°C (41°F), Wind Direction: Northerly, Wind Speed: 9 mph, Visibility: Sun, Moderate, Sunset: 15:52 GMT.

Cracking day at Bennerley today a couple of rarities, a Single 3rd. winter Caspian Gull, rare anywhere and a drake Pochard, rare at Bennerley, plus just under a dozen Snipe and lots of Redwing, especially around Chat Corner.

Bennerley. Caspian Gull [3rd. winter] 90 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 135 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 70 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, Sparrow Hawk, Kestrel, 8 Goldfinch, 5 Greenfinch, Green Woodpecker, 49 Redwing. Chat Corner. Pochard [single drake over]200 Redwing, 72 Fieldfare, 11 Snipe, 20 Meadow Pipit, 4 Reed Bunting, 6 Pheasant, Sparrowhawk, Grey Heron.

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Robin, Chat Corner.

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Wigeon, Bennerley Marsh.

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Lapwing, Bennerley Marsh.

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Meadow Pipit, Chat Corner.

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Bennerley To Shipley, Sunday, 30th. November, 2014.

December 1, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 10°C (50°F), Wind Direction: North North Westerly, Wind Speed: 8 mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 15:54 GMT.

Another turn around Shipley and again Shipley Lake was the main attraction with amongst others nine Goosander, three Pochard and just under a dozen Pied Wagtail were at Straws Bridge.

Bennerley. 80 Black-headed Gull [Bennerley School] 90 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 65 Lapwing, 3 Grey Heron. Shipley Lake. 22 Wigeon, 3 Pochard, 9 Goosander, 2 Gadwall, l12 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, Common Gull, 190 Black-headed Gull, Shipley View Lagoons. 7 Gadwall, Mistle Thrush.  Pewit Carr. Marsh Tit, 22 Redwing, 18 Goldfinch. Straws Bridge. 3 Pochard, 2 Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, 11 Pied Wagtail. Woodside. 80 Wigeon [over] 2 Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Snipe.

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Cormorants, Straws Bridge

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Juvenile Mute Swan, Straws Bridge

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Grey Heron, Shipley View Lagoons

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Cormorants, Straws Bridge

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Fungi, Shipley View Lagoons

 

 

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Mistle Thrush, Shipley View Lagoons

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Pied Wagtail, Straws Bridge

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Church Wilne And St. Chads Water, Saturday, 29th. November, 2014.

December 1, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 10°C (50°F), Wind Direction: East South Easterly, Wind Speed: 6 mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 15:54 GMT.

Thought I would have a little poke around St. Chads Water at Church Wilne today, I heard the were a few Goosander and a quartet of Little Egrets, but sadly just one Goosander, a drake and no Little Egrets ! I headed of along a bridle path with the ominous sounding name of Coffin Walk ending upper at the safer sounding Orchid Wood, a smallish wood with huge amounts of Gorse, but not much birdlife, a single Goldcrest, a couple of Lesser Redpoll, a pair of those Goosander over and a nice sized flock of Lapwing over, plus lots of Redwing and Fieldfare in the general area.

St. Chads Water. 5 Shoveler, Goosander, 2 Shoveler, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 90 Fieldfare,  150 Redwing, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker. Orchid Wood/Coffin Walk. 2 Lesser Redpoll, Goldcrest, 80 Fieldfare, 35 Redwing, 160 Lapwing [over] 2 Goosander [over] 4 Common Gull [over]

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Shoveler And Tufted Duck

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Cormorant

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Wigeon

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Great Spotted Woodpecker

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A Not So Graceful Mute Swan

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Goosander

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Black-headed Gull

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Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 28th. November, 2014.

December 1, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

 Max.Temp. 10°C (50°F), Wind Direction: East North Easterly, Wind Speed: 9 mph, Visibility: T/Cloud, Moderate, Sunset: 15:55 GMT.

A pretty normal day at Bennerley, fifteen Snipe, sixty five Golden Plover and a Kingfisher at Shipley gate livened things up a bit.

Shipley Gate. Kingfisher, 5 Redwing, 6 Tufted Duck, Teal, 2 Cormorant. North Marsh. 15 Snipe, 18 Fieldfare, Lesser Black-backed Gull. Chat Corner. 1 Snipe, 18 Fieldfare, 3 Meadow Pipit. Bennerley. 110 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 85 Lapwing, 65 Golden Plover, Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Redwing.

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The Family Muts

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Starlings-a buzz on the wires.

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Coot

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Kingfisher, Shipley, too far away though !

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Spot The Teal.

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Tufted Ducks.

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