Attenborough, Saturday, 31st. January, 2015,

January 31, 2015 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Nothing dramatic at Attenborough today, lots of bird species but I had to wait until dusk for the main prize, a single Bittern plus a very visible Water Rail on the grass apron in front of the Tower Hide, sadly no Cetti’s Warbler, cake and eating it come to mind!


Muskovey Duck


Great Crested Grebe








Male and female Gadwall


Grey Heron


Tufted Duck




Great Tits


Another Grey Heron


And another………


Funny light on this one, the primary big dots, yellow legs, eye and clean head made me think Yellow Leg.




Great Crested Grebe


Lapwings in the evening sun


Water Rail at dusk on the grass apron in front of the Tower Hide.

Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 23rd. January, 2015.

January 30, 2015 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp.3°C (37°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 11 mph, Visibility: Cloud, Sun, Moderate, Sunset: 16:32 GMT.

Bennerley: 135 Wigeon, 19 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck, 85 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, 110 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull. Mistle Thrush, 35 Goldfinch. Shipley Gate: Water Rail, Reed Bunting, North Marsh: 9 Snipe, 4 Cormorant, Pheasant, 2 Kestrel. Chat Corner: Reed Bunting, Green Woodpecker, 6 Redwing.


Straw’s Bridge 20/01/2015

January 20, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Cold but sunny, met up with KP. Swan Lake was nearly half frozen over so concentrating the wildfowl which included an excellent count of Shoveler – 27 to be precise. Several Tufty Ducks. A few Common Gulls and a Lesser Black-backed in with the numerous Black-headeds. Pied Wagtail. Brown Rat working the water line.
Manners Flood held a single G C Grebe, 15 Tufty and some very cold-looking Lapwings on the far bank were all but parked up within the woodland copse there.
Kestrel near by and 3 Bullfinch posing in the small trees.
Green Woodpecker calling in West Hallam Screens.

(Photo courtesy Karl Proctor)

Holme Pierrepont, Sunday, 18th. January, 2015.

January 19, 2015 in Beyond The Valley., Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

I managed on a cold Sunday morning to climb out of my valley and into the Trent Valley, Holme Pierrepont to be precise.

I arrived at at the gate of the A 52 Pit and the second or third species of the day was Smew, two redhead females and target species number one ! over on the far bank three Redshank were darting about and a Little Egret glided gracefully by – two and three in the bag! bonus year tick was a single Ruddy Duck and that concluded the days birding [not really]

There were a good number of Pochard on the water and I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many Wigeon in years of visiting this site! I didn’t do a count but there were many hundreds, but strangely just one Shoveler!

Over at Blotts Pitt I thought they were extracting gravel again but it was in fact the creation of islands and the regulatory “wader scrape” with, according to the notice, viewing points to be added in the near future, so access to the usual tried and tested areas of interest was somewhat restricted, but things are looking good at the moment, I only hope this reserve doesn’t become like the theme park that is Attenborough.

Most of the remaining daylight was used hoping for a Bittern [number four!] drifting in but it wasn’t going to happen so I headed off back to the 52 Pit gate and took up my secret observation post for the “gull roost” safely ensconced I began to scan the not too large roost, mainly Black-headed but a few larger gulls were coming in, Greater and Lesser Black-backs,  Herring and Common, but no “white wingers or “bisquit” colored birds, just one fairly possible Caspian Gull, but the light was ebbing away by this time, never the less I was surprised just how good my small Opticron MM 3 ‘scope was for gull watching and I had been entertained by a “murmeration”  of thousands of Starlings in between scans, not millions but still a great spectacle.

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Carrion Crow, Gamston.

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Blotts Pit

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A Murmeration Of Starlings

Moorgreen 18/01/2015

January 18, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

First ‘Raptor Quest’ out this season scanning for soaring BOPs. Beautiful afternoon – nippy, no wind and bright sun. 5 Buzzards up, 2 Sparrowhawk and a pair of courting Kestrel. Cormorant over. Several Fieldfare and a couple of Redwing. Roe Deer in field. Jim

Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 16th. January, 2015.

January 16, 2015 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max.Temp. 5°C (41°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 10 mph, Visibility: Sun, Cloud, Good, Sunset: 16:20 GMT.

Bennerley: 120 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 75 Lapwing, 430 Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, 2 Grey Heron, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner: 2 Stonechat [m. f.] 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch, 5 Redwing, Kestrel.

Hex Pools 16/01/2015

January 16, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Chilly day with some sunshine. Met up with Karl P.

8 Gadwall, 2 Teal, several Coot and a single Dabchick on the pools. 2 Goosander over South. Green Woodpecker on a pylon post, Buzzard perched up and calling (strange call) nearby. Redpoll heard. Brown Hare sat up in the adjacent field. Jim

Bennerley Marsh, Thursday, 15th. January, 2015.

January 15, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings, Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 5°C (41°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 19 mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 16:19 GMT.

Bennerley: 2 Cormorant, 4 Goosander, 1 Shoveler, 38 Teal, 130 Wigeon, 85 Lapwing, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Grey Heron. Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Stonechat., 6 Redwing. Chat Corner: Buzzard, Kestrel, 1 Redwing.

Bennerley Marsh, Sunday, 11th. January, 2015.

January 12, 2015 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max.Temp. 6°C (43°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 17mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sun, Cloud, Sunset: 16:12 GMT.

Lively  around the North Marsh today, but no Owls – anywhere !

Bennerley: 16 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 70 Lapwing, 260 Black-headed Gull, Sparrowhawk., 25 Goldfinch, Bullfinch. Chat Corner: Stonechat [f.] 5 Redwing. Shipley Gate: Kingfisher, 5 Tufted Duck, Kestrel. North Marsh: 19 Snipe, 3 Jack Snipe, Grey Heron, 2 Meadow Pipit.

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Little Grebe-Erewash Canal.

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Tufted Ducks-Erewash Canal.

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Its On My List !!!!


Bennerley Marsh. Friday, 9th. January, 2015.

January 9, 2015 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp.13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 15mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 16:09 GMT.

A windy and damp day but a good count of Lapwing on the marsh and the two Stonechats at Chat Corner braved  the weather to put in an appearance, sadly any photo’s taken were very lucky record shots !

Bennerley: 240 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-headed Gull, 130 Wigeon, 45 Teal, 98 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 3 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch, 35 Goldfinch, 12 Long-tailed Tit, Grey Wagtail, 30 Redwing, Jay, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel. Chat Corner: 2 Stonechat [m. f.] 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Fieldfare

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Grey Wagtail