Holme Pierrepont In Search Of The “Yankee Bald Pate”

February 19, 2015 in Photo Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Temp. 8°C (46°F)-5°C (41°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 14mph, Visibility: Sun, Good, Sunset: 17:22 GMT. 

It was an excellent day weather-wise and the birding wasn’t bad either, the “yank” was found as soon as I arrived at the 52 Pit gate, not a good view as it was drifting across the pond and nearing the far bank so I determined not to worry about it and keep going and confirm later if it was in fact a drake American Wigeon.

Over at Blotts not a lot going on,  the area  is a building site at the moment and by the looks of it, for some time to come, with fencing being installed, pathways being laid and the feature every reserve should have “The Wader Scrape” in Blotts case this should be a  pretty addition to the site. As I say not a lot to see, a few Goldeneye, Gadwall, Shoveler, Wigeon and a small flock of Lapwing already taking advantage of the wader scrape facility !

Dusk was fast approaching when I arrived back at the 52 Pit gate and I was thinking, I hadn’t seen a single Smew all day, no sweat, there were three right there in front of me, a drake and two redheads, plus the American Wigeon – job done! and there were still Little Egrets flying about all over the place!


Holme Pierrepont, 52 Pit: Drake American Wigeon [from the gate on the A 52] 3 Smew [1 drake, 2 red-heads] 44 Pochard, 8 Shoveler, 38 Teal, 340 Wigeon, 28 Goldeneye,6 Great Created Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Common Gull, 4 Redshank, 2 Oyster Catcher, 8 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 3 Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, Buzzard. Blotts Pit. NR. 9 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 35 Wigeon, 6 Goldeneye, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 75 Lapwing.


Wigeon Grazing on The banks of the 52 Pit


Little Egret – One Of Eight Around The 52 Pit


A Very Lucky Snap Shot Of A Drake Smew

Bennerley/Cossall, Sunday, 15th. February, 2015

February 16, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings, Photo Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Temp. 8°C (46°F)-4°C (39°F), Wind Direction: Easterly, Wind Speed: 6 mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 17:16 GMT.

First of my long Sunday strolls, this year, through Bennerley and on to Strelley, on this occasion looking for Yellow Hammer but no joy today, but I did hear albeit briefly, a Goshawk calling.

I ended up at Strelley Church, I’d heard a rumour of Peregrines in the area but all I found was two Starlings!

Lodge Feeders: 2 Bullfinch, 16 Goldfinch.  Bennerley:  Scaup [ drake-Erewash Canal, Bridge Pub, Cotmanhay]  5 Tufted Duck, 95 Wigeon, 28 Teal, 90 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, 130 Black-headed Gull, 18 Redwing. Chat Corner: 7 Snipe, 3 Stonechat, 5 Teal. Cossall: 2 Bullfinch, 20 Redwing, 12 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, Buzzard, Grey Heron, 15 Pheasant. Spring Wood: Goshawk [1 calling briefly] 2 Kestrel, Buzzard, 2 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Strelley: 2 Buzzard, Grey Heron.


House Sparrow, Eyeing Up The Feeders




Stonechat, Chat corner


Black-headed Gull


A Very Vocal Robin!

Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 13th. February, 2015.

February 16, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings, Photo Posts, Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Temp. 7°C (45°F) -4°C (39°F), Wind Direction: South South Easterly, Wind Speed: 12 mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 17:13 GMT.

The Scaup was on the canal again today about one hundred and fifty yards from my back gate, I could almost include it in the “Lodge Feeders” reports!

Lodge Feeders: 3 Bullfinch, 16 Goldfinch. Bennerley: Drake Scaup [Stensons Lock, Cotmanhay] 180 Black-headed Gull. 140 Wigeon, 52 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 1 Jack Snipe, 112 Golden Plover, 95 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, 44 Redwing, 9 Fieldfare. Chat Corner: 11 Snipe, 2 Stonechat [m. f.] 18 Fieldfare, Kestrel, Pheasant.




Drake Scaup


Unlikely Bedfellow!


And Again




North Marsh 12/2/2015

February 12, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings by colin penny

Barn owl still in the valley

Barn owl still in the valley

Moorgreen 8/02/2015

February 9, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Lovely day for raptor scanning. At least 9 buzzards soaring and displaying. 2 pairs of Sparrowhawk. 2 Kestrel. Raven far away and high. A group of 7 goosanders and a couple of cormorant dropped below the trees and onto Moorgreen Reservoir. About a 100 greylag geese flew South. Fieldfare. Brown Hare in field. No Skylark singing yet. Jim

Bennerley Marsh, Sunday, 8th. February, 2015.

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


Temp. 6°C (43°F), 2°C (36°F), Wind Direction: West North Westerly, Wind Speed: 4 mph, Visibility: Sun, Good, Sunset: 17:03 GMT.

Another pleasant Bennerley day, apart from motor bikes and an illegal shooter, Golden Plover’s, lots of Snipe, a Water Rail and a pair of Stonechat’s, what’s not to love!

Bennerley Marsh: 130 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 70 Lapwing, 40 Golden Plover, 190 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull.Grey Heron, 6 Redwing, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk [f.] Jay. Chat Corner: 20 Snipe, 2 Jack Snipe, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat [m.-f.] Buzzard. Shipley Gate: 23 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, Water Rail, 23 Fieldfare, 45 Redwing. North Marsh:  2 Jack Snipe, 16 Snipe, 5 Goosander [over] 5 Teal, Grey Heron, Lesser Black-backed Gull





Carrion Crow




Tufted Duck


Little Grebe




Chat Corner


Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 6th. February, 2015.

February 7, 2015 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Temp. 4°C (39°F) -2°C (36°F), Wind Direction: North Easterly, Wind Speed: 9mph, Visibility: L/cloud, Good, Sunset: 16:59 GMT.

A very busy day starting with the Lodge Feeders where four Bullfinches, a Coal Tit and a Wren are now regular visitors.

The drake Scaup was around again today, it has now  been on the Erewash Canal now for six days!

A couple of Snipe were on Bennerley Marsh along with a pair of Stonechat, another pair of Stonechat’s along with eight Snipe were at Chat Corner.

Bennerley Marsh Feeders: Coal Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 4 Bullfinch, 4 Blackbird, Song Thrush, 6 Starling, Wren, 2 Robin, 4 Carrion Crow,  8 Black-headed Gull, 4 Collared Dove, Woodpigeon. Stensons Lock, Erewash Canal, Cotmanhay: Scaup [m.] Bennerley Marsh: 125 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 190 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, 30 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 2 Stonechat, 16 Redwing, Kestrel. Chat Corner: 8  Snipe2 Stonechat, Reed Bunting, 20 Redwing, 12 Fieldfare, Buzzard, 2 Pheasant.


Female Bullfinch








Coal Tit


Drake Scaup, Erewash Canal, Cotmanhay




Wigeon On The Marsh


Robin, Chat corner


Blue Tit

Shipley 5/02/2015

February 6, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

About to get into the van at the Garden Centre, when a ‘wink-wink, wink-wink’ noise grabbed my attention. Looked up – counted 52 pink-footed geese heading SE. I thought I was back in Scotland! Jim

Shipley and Woodside 3/2/2015

February 3, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

A beautiful, clear, cold day, and exposed to that Northerly wind, even colder! In the fields between the Hex Pools and the farm were 2 brown hare – this is a good place to see hares – the two of them were motionless, in typical ‘static stand off’, but by next month they will be suitably crazed, now doubt! On the Hex Pools a few tufties, a gadwall and 8 teal. Nearby a kestrel drifted past and a jay shrieked. Quick view of a water rail as it fluttered weakly into the reeds – icy conditions can bring this species out into the open affording unusually good views. At Shipley Hill a couple of nuthatches were calling repeatedly and one feeding on the tables at Derby Lodge Tea Lodge – where it is possible to consume magnificent cheese on toast and drink hot tea! Blankets of snowdrops coming out – another ten days I reckon to reach their peak and are then well worth going to see. A stock dove ‘singing’. Single redwing, great tit, coal tit and blue tit. At Woodside a goldfinch singing was my first of the season, whilst a group of fieldfare drew my attention ‘chack-chacking’ overhead. Half a dozen buzzards wheeling about and pairing up in the soft light of the now low, winter sun. At Shipley Lake wildfowl were sheltering from the bitter wind in the lee of the far bank, where I could just make out at least 12 shoveler and half a dozen silvery-backed, drake pochard, several tufties, and a few more scattered about the lake braving the conditions.


Bennerley Marsh, Sunday, 1st. February, 2015.

February 1, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings, Photo Posts, Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Temp. 3°C (37°F), -3°C (27°F), Wind Direction: NNW, Wind Speed: 16 mph, Visibility: Sun, Cloud, Very Good, Sunset: 16:49 GMT. 

A day Of surprises mainly due to a single drake Scaup, swimming with half a dozen Tufted Duck on the Erewash Canal, plus 50 Golden Plover and a couple of Stonechat.

Bennerley: 90 Wigeon, 65 Lapwing, 50 Golden Plover, 6 Bullfinch, 6 Wren. Tathams Pond: Scaup [1st. winter ?] 6 Tufted Duck, Kingfisher, 2 Bullfinch. Chat Corner: 12 Snipe, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 35 Rook.



Who’s that !


Arrested by the Tufttie Police !


He’s fit !


Time fore a snooze!


It’s old bighead!


Drake Scaup, Canon SX50.