The Bennerley Bugle no. 12

March 26, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Monday, 17th. March, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 12°C (54°F),Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 11mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 18:07 GMT.


Fungi [?]

Two species or Woodpecker in Bentleys Plantation but the the one I was hoping to find! Great Spotted and Green only and no lesser! Jack Snipe and Water Rail along with over a dozen Snipe were at the North Marsh, I saw the two species of Snipe but I only heard Water Rail. Meadow Pipits and Redwings at Chat Corner, plus Teal, Wigeon and Lapwings at Bennerley.

Bentleys Plantation. Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 4 Dunnock, Pheasant. North Marsh. Jack Snipe, 14 Snipe, Water Rail, Reed Bunting, 3 Teal, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Buzzard, Pheasant. Chat Corner. 7 Meadow Pipit, 9 Goldfinch, 5 Redwing. Bennerley South. 15 Teal, Grey Heron. Bennerley. 3 Wigeon, 4 Tufted Duck, 5 Canada Goose, Grey Heron, 10 Lapwing, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush.

Thursday, 20th. March, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 12°C (54°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 24mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 18:18 GMT.


A couple of surprises today, a single Oystercatcher on the marsh and despite the recent disturbances of site clearance and motor bikes, I managed to find a Snipe, just the one, I have been saying for years that  if places like this were left undisturbed wildlife returns pretty quickly.

Bennerley South. 14 Teal. Bennerley. 2 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, Oystercatcher, Snipe, 10 Lapwing, Grey Heron,Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush, 8 Goldfinch. Chat Corner. 5 Snipe, 7 Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Skylark, Green Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard, Grey Heron, Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Friday, 21st. March, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 10°C (50°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 17mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 18:20 GMT.


A couple of good sightings today, first a Peregrine on the ground by the marsh with prey and what appeared to be blood and gore but way out of range for the camera, I am trying to do something with the


very poor shots I did get, but I don’t hold out much hope. The Other good sighting was seven Sand Martin arriving home in Shipley Gate, a truly wonderful sight.

Bennerley South. 14 Teal. Bennerley. 7 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 5 Greylag Goose, 5 Canada Goose, 14 Lapwing, Grey Heron, Peregrine, Song Thrush,6 Greenfinch, Bullfinch. Tathams Pond. 2 Greylag Goose, 5 Tufted Duck. Shipley Gate. 7 Sand Martin, 5 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush. Bentleys Plantation. 12 Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker.

Bennerley South. 14 Teal. Bennerley. Peregrine, 7 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 14 Lapwing, 5 Greylag, Goose, 5 Canada Goose, Grey Heron., Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch, 6 Greenfinch, Song Thrush. Bentleys Plantation. Green Woodpecker, 12 Fieldfare. Plus. 2 Brown Hare. Shipley Gate. 7 Sand Martin, 5 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush.

Saturday, 22nd. March, 2014. Bennerley Marsh. Shipley/Woodside.

Maximum Temperature: 8°C (46°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 15mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 18:22 GMT.

I gave the Shipley/Woodside area another go today with slightly better results by way of a couple of drake Goosanders, two Grey Partridge, a Chiffchaff and a small flock of Meadow Pipit, like I say, a little better.

Bennerley. 2 Wigeon, 2 Greylag Goose, Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. 2 Snipe. Shipley, Osborn’s Pond. 2 Goosander [m’s] 2 Great Crested Grebe, Chiffchaff. Shipley Park. Jay, 3 Buzzard, 5 Stock Dove, Mistle Thrush. Woodside. 10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, Song Thrush, 2 Pheasant, 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Green Woodpecker, Buzzard. Mapperley Reservoir. 2 Great Crested Grebe, Song Thrush. Shipley Wood. Green Woodpecker.


Sunday, 23rd. March, 2014. Holme Pierrepont.

Maximum Temperature: 8°C (46°F), Wind Direction: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 15mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 18:23 GMT.



Back on an old stomping ground today, things are changing at Holme P, with fencing and mowing etc.hopefully another piece of ground saved for wildlife and kept from the land grabbing developers! Warblers were in evidence around Blotts with Chiffchaff’s and Blackcap’s in vocal mode, still a few Goldeneye on the water but not for much longer methinks! Over on the 52 Pit still good numbers of Wigeon about, a single Redshank and a few each of Shoveler, Teal and Goldeneye. One of the three Buzzards seen above the “52” was a distant individual that appeared to be a large bird and had the look of a Black Kite and I have seen a great many Black Kite’s, it refused to adopt the wing attitude of a Buzzard and was performing some kind of swooping, hovering, stooping display, fortunately it was drifting towards me and my agony was soon ended – it was a dark Buzzard and a biggish specimen of that species, it had me fooled for a while’ good practise though!

52 Pit. 180 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 5 Goldeneye, 6 Shoveler, 5 Teal, Redshank,  3 Buzzard, 5 Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, 2 Pied Wagtail. Blotts Pit. 5 Goldeneye, 2 Teal, 1 Pochard, 3 Grey Heron, 5 Great Crested Grebe,2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Nuthatch.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 9.

March 3, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Wednesday, 26th. February, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 9°C (48°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 14mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 17:37 GMT.


Lapwing At Bennerley Marsh

The kids were back at school today, so Bennerley wasn’t the “motopsycho nightmare” it can be when they are not at school! Wigeon were just over the ton as were Black-headed Gull, Teal, Shoveler and Lapwing were there in lesser numbers. Two each of Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush and Lesser Redpoll. Round at Chat Corner just a few each of Redwing and Field, not many birds but it was nice and peaceful – for a change!

Bennerley. 26 Teal, 120 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 110 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 35 Lapwing, Grey Heron, 33 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. 27 Redwing, 12 Fieldfare, Song Thrush.


Thursday, 27th. February, 2014. Wollaton Park.

Maximum Temperature: 9°C (48°F),  Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 12mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 17:39 GMT.


A hospital appointment at the QMC today meant I had an excuse to stroll through Wollaton Park to catch my bus home – and to look for that elusive little chap the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, no “little

Grey Heron – Wollaton Park

pecker” but walking through the park is much nicer than walking through the city traffic! There was something of a “Hitchcock” moment at dusk with a large gathering of exceedingly fearless Carrion strolling about on the ground, Jackdaws calling from the trees and the hall and more strolling by a gaggle of Canada Geese – eerie!

The List. Black-headed Gull, Collared Dove, Feral Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Pochard [3] Goosander [2-m. f.] Coot, Moor Hen, Grey Heron, Robin, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Wren, Green Woodpecker [2] Starling, Carrion Crow [150] Magpie, Jackdaw. Mammals. Red Deer, Fallow Deer.

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

Maximum Temperature: 6°C (43°F), Wind Direction: North North Easterly, Wind Speed: 9mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 17:41 GMT.


Robin – Bennerley Marsh

After a good look round the patch for anything spring like happening among the Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Snipe, Lapwing and “Northern Thrushes” I was pleasantly surprised to see a single juvenile Whooper Swan flying over and heading North West [ish] that is three winters that I’ve seen this species at Bennerley and that cannot be bad!

Bennerley South. 22 Teal, 35 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler. Bennerley. Whooper Swan [single juv. over and NE] 80 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 95 Black-headed Gull, 14 Lapwing, 30 Redwing, Song Thrush, 22 Goldfinch, 9 Bullfinch. Chat Corner. Snipe, Grey Heron, 95 Redwing, 8 Fieldfare, 3 Mistle Thrush.

Saturday, 1st. March. 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 4mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 17:43 GMT.


A real humdinger of a Spring day today including two butterflies both Peacock’s, not to mention two Skylarks up and singing at Chat Corner, the day was marred slightly by a particularly moronic band of

Tufted Ducks – Erewash Canal


illegal users of motorcycle’s, I do not use the term “motorcyclist’s” because they are not, they are criminals.

Bennerley South. 3 Shoveler, 26 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 2 Wigeon, Grey Heron. Bennerley. 95 Wigeon, 5 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 24 Lapwing. Botany Bay. 7 Tufted Duck, 4 Canada Goose, Snipe, 2 Buzzard, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 22 House Sparrow. Corky Wood. Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard.  Chat Corner.  2 Skylark, Grey Heron. Plus. 2 Peacock Butterflies.

Sunday, 2nd. March, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 8°C (46°F), Wind Direction: Southerly, Wind Speed: 16mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 17:45 GMT.


Daffodil – Shipley Hill 

The smaller finches were very much in evidence today around the Woodside area with, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin and Goldfinch all showing. Unfortunately, the weather descended into cold,wet and dirty conditions with not a lot happening, Shipley Lake was especially quiet with just one Drake Goosander, a quartet of Pochard and a few Tufted Duck, strange to think that yesterday was all sunshine, butterflies and singing Skylarks, oh well, that’s the  British weather for you!

Bennerley. 4 Canada Goose, 4 Common Gull, 5 Bullfinch, 32 Goldfinch. Shipley Wood. 2 Nuthatch. Shipley Lake. 1 Goosander [f.] 4 Pochard, 35 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant. Mapperley Reservoir. 1 Goosander [m.] 4 Great Crested Grebe. Woodside, 35 Lesser Redpoll, 30 Siskin, 30 Goldfinch, 6 Meadow Pipit, 87 Redwing, Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, 350 Black-headed Gull.


The Bennerley Bugle No. 8.

February 25, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Wednesday, 19th. February, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 9°C (48°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 8mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 17:24 GMT.


Mallards-Water Treatment Works.


Bennerley must be due for a “big one” anytime! I’m surprised something like a Glossy Ibis or Great White Egret hasn’t  dropped in during the last few years, but not yet, so I will just enjoy the regular Bennerley species. Four Golden Plover did drop in, so that was nice.

Bennerley. 190 Wigeon, 18 Shoveler, 260 Black-headed Gull. 3 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, 40 Lapwing. 4 Golden Plover, Buzzard, Kestrel,12 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Bullfinch. Bennerley South. 8 Teal. Newthorpe Water Treatment Works. 25 Pied Wagtail. Chat Corner. 2 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker. 3 Fieldfare, 31 Redwing, Song Thrush, 7 Long-tailed Tit,

Thursday, 20 February, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 11°C (52°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 17mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 17:26 GMT.


It was nice to see a flock of seventy Golden Plover on the marsh today along with a smaller group of Lapwing, what a difference day makes!



Bennerley. 120 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 260 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 70 Golden Plover, 40 Lapwing, Buzzard, Mistle Thrush. Bennerley South. 20 Teal. Chat Corner. 2 Buzzard. Kestrel, 50 Redwing, 8 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grey Partridge.

Friday, 21st. February, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 19mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 17:28 GMT.


Over a hundred Golden Plover on the marsh today, a wonderful sight, plus twenty Teal on the South Marsh. I think the Snipe at the North Marsh might be getting ready to move, thirty-nine today along with three Jack Snipe but not a patch on last years one hundred plus counts for Snipe and Jack Snipe in half dozens! there is time yet for them to gather in bigger flocks.


Golden Plover

Bennerley. 110 Golden Plover, 35 Lapwing, 120 Wigeon, 10 Shoveler, 190 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Kestrel, 4 Bullfinch. Bennerley South. 20 Teal, 15 Wigeon, Grey Heron. North Marsh. 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 39 Snipe, 3 Jack Snipe, 14 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 8 Lesser Redpoll. Chat Corner. Kestrel, 12 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing.

Saturday, 22nd. February, 2014. Long Eaton GPs’/Attenborough NR.

Maximum Temperature: 9°C (48°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 15mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 17:30 GMT.

Female Smew.


I started the day with a quick look at Long Eaton Gravel Pits, just as well, my [almost] first bird of the day was a lone female Smew on the pit next to the entrance to the Wind Surfing Club, after that it was mainly small groups or pairs of Goosander, Goldeneye, Shoveler, Pochard and both resident Grebes. Up at Attenborough apart the the usual none wildlife friendly crowds with their unleashed dogs, on their bikes and in their running shoes it was quite a pleasant day, I think meeting a couple of “dads and their lads” with ‘scopes and bins enjoying the birding restored my faith for a while



Long Eaton GPs’ 4 Reed Bunting, Smew [single redhead] 4 Goldeneye, 8 Goosander, 6 Pochard, 7 Shoveler, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe.. Attenborough NR. Coneries. 2 Little Egret, Grey Heron, 7 Goosander, 6 Great Crested Grebe, Kestrel. Clifton Pond. 4 Goldeneye, 17 Shoveler, 80 Wigeon, Bittern, 3 Snipe, Pink Footed Goose,  Barton Flash. Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher. Works Pond. 5 Goosander, 1 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe. Church Pond. 2 Egyptian Goose. 10 Gadwall, 3 Goldeneye, Pochard, 2 Shoveler. Tween Pond. Shelduck, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Snipe, 45 Lapwing, Buzzard. Main Pond. 7 Goosander, 11 Great Crested Grebe. Delta. 7 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebe.

Sunday, 23rd. February, 2014. Bennerley.

Maximum Temperature: 11°C (52°F),Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 21mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 17:32 GMT.


I spent a quiet day strolling the hedgerows up above Cossall, enjoying this nice area before it becomes British Coals Surface Super Pit No. 666 ! Yellow Hammer was at the top of my list and two were duly found along with a small flock of Linnet, plus a couple of Grey Partridge, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. Surprise of the day was a male Merlin that I managed to flush along the arm of the Nottingham Canal. I always think it strange that I rarely see other birders in this area, the last two, last year were Scandinavian! There are a wealth of species to be found around this slightly old fashioned farm land.


Bennerley Marsh. 130 Wigeon, 12 Shoveler, 230 Black-headed Gull, 35 Lapwing. Cossall. Merlin [male] 5 Redwing. Old Moor Wood. Sparrowhawk, Coal Tit, 220 Wood Pigeon. Spring Wood. Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Yellow Hammer, 25 Linnet, 2 Grey Partridge.

Bennerley Sightings

January 4, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Chat Corner. Cormorant, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Long-tailed Tit. Bennerley. 60 Lapwing, 120 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, Green Woodpecker. Bennerley South. Grey Wagtail, Grey Heron, Mistle Thrush.

Gulls Galore !

February 11, 2011 in Home by davejsblog

Snow Drops

Black-headed Gulls

I thought there might have been a butterfly or two about today with the weather being quite pleasant but no luck there, still there were Snow Drops and I thought I saw Daffodils in bud somewhere, so we must be edging toward spring.

Bennerley was a little on the quiet side, Wigeon, a few Lapwing and more Wigeon across the road on Bennerley South.

A couple of Snipe on Chat Corner, plus Reed Bunting and a small flock of Fieldfare were making their way along a hedge row.

A cup of tea was in order by the time I reached Shipley Park and while I sat on my rock a flock of Siskin passed through and promptly vanished ! a Green Woodpecker was calling somewhere close and after my tea I found a Snipe in an area of wet meadow. Out on Shipley Lake, flotillas of Goosander and Pochard were cruising around while a few Gadwall looked on. A large number of mainly Black-headed Gulls had gathered in a large raft at the middle of the lake and then as one, got up and flew off.

Bennerley, Cossall & Mapperley Sightings

January 21, 2011 in Sightings by Bennerley

Friday, 21st. January. Cotmanhay. 15 Goldfinch, 4 Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Mistle Thrush. Bennerley Marsh. 2 Teal, 60 Black-Headed Gull, 24 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, Sparrow Hawk [m. f. displaying] Bennerley South. 45 Wigeon, 4 Redwing. Cossall. Great-Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Lapwing, 50 Black-Headed Gull, 4 Tufted Duck. Straws Bridge. 90 Black-Headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, Pochard [f.] 2 Great Crested Grebe. Mapperley Village. Great-Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch. Mapperley Wood. Coal Tit, Great-Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Robin. Shipley park. Tawny Owl.

Robin In da Hood !

January 13, 2011 in Home by davejsblog


Same Robin

Now is this a Robin, or is this a Robin ? This little fellow was on the Nottingham Canal Near East wood, to say he was confiding would be an understatement, this one was just plain tame ! I thought I was going to miss it, the camera was in its case hanging around my back some where and the dog was loose, but the Robin was very obliging and waited till I was set up and ready, although he only allowed me four shots.

Around the rest of the manor not much was moving, a couple of Little Grebe on the canal, two Buzzards, two Snipe and a few other bits and bobs.

I think the resident Wigeon must have been on Bennerley South, I could only see seven from my position on top of the viaduct along with Teal, Gadwall and a drake and two female Shoveler. Still no waders on the marsh, a few pairs of Lapwing nest here so the should arrive soon but numbers for Lapwing and Golden Plover have really dropped of in recent years.

Erewash Valley – the future.

January 12, 2011 in Latest News, Read Posts by davejsblog

Heard today that Mr Martin who owns most of the land in the Erewash Valley from roughly Bennerley South to beyond Shipley Gate has obtained the contract for a compost recyling works on the old Bennerley coal plant, this needs to be confirmed of course, but it makes one wonder how it will affect the valley and how it will shape the Erewash Valley Trail.

Muchbinding In The Marsh

December 15, 2010 in Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Cotmanhay. 14 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Bullfinch, 95 Black-Headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, Herring Gull. Botany Bay. 60 Redwing, 6 Fieldfare, 2 Willow Tit, Sparrow Hawk. Bennerley Marsh, 35 Wigeon, 5 Shoveler, 65 Lapwing, Snipe, Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 120 Black-Headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 30 Redwing. Marsh Tit, 35 Long-Tailed Tit. Bennerley South, 11 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler.

Local Patch

December 4, 2010 in Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Cotmanhay. Coal Tit, 45 Redwing, 5 Mistle Thrush, 12 Green Finch, 5 Bullfinch, Great-Spotted Woodpecker. Bennerley Marsh. 50 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 80 Black-Headed Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 7 Redwing, 5 Reed Bunting, 5 Bullfinch, Kestrel, Jay, 8 Teal. Bennerley South. 44 Wigeon. Chat Corner. 2 Kestrel, 8 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 190 Wood Pigeon. Botany Bay. 40 Redwing, 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Pheasant, Buzzard.