Urban Birding In Derby

July 17, 2015 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Feral Rock Dove

Watch out Mr Lindo! I’m doing the urban birding thing. I had to be in Derby today with Dougie at the vets, I thought on the way back to the bus station I’d check out the Sanctuary behind the football stadium via Alvaston Park and the River Derwent. This little reserve was pretty quiet today a Reed Warbler, a few Swallows and Sand Martins but no sign of any Little Ring Plover. Alvaston Park held two Sedge Warbler and some not very wildfowl! The River Derwent stretch next to the bus station threw up twelve Goosander, through the drizzling rain they all appeared to be juveniles or females, plus a single Common Gull, lots of Black-heads and a group of hybrid geese that seemed to be showing not only features of Canada and Greylag but also features of the more exotic geese like Bar-head or Emperor, a proper genetic cocktail! Highlight of the day was a
single Great White Egret crossing the the river the stadium and heading roughly for the Sanctuary, sweet!

Dougie had two more visits to the vet and I had a couple of more days urban birding, the list  increased on the second day, Dougie was in theatre  so rather than go home I hung around the area to wait what seemed a very long wait and I probably wasn’t paying as much attention to the birding as I should but species were added to the list including Buzzard, Peregrine, Lesser Black-backed and Common Gulls and Mandarin Duck plus more of the same as the first day. I was on the phone to the vet on a regular basis and with a long operating list I knew it would be a long day but at least I was much closer to Dougie [minutes] than I would have been had I travelled back home.

The final day was pretty straight forward, with Dougie much recovered from his ordeal we attended the vets for a routine check up, the process was fairly swift with Dougie declared fit enough to resume light duties for awhile and we set off at “walking wounded pace” for the bus station picking up a few birds, butterflies, hover-flies and a few “odes” mostly Banded Demoiselles along the way, with the bus station reached it was time for a final sit down on a rock by the river and a final scan of the river and weir mainly for gulls, a quick photo shoot involving a manic Grey Heron and we were homeward bound. We will certainly do this again, visiting the river, Pride Park, Alvaston Park, the Sanctuary and the cathedral but hopefully not with the vets on the itinerary!  And finally a big thank you to the PDSA in Derby.


Postscript. Dougie is now resting and recovering nicely and will do so for the next few days when hopefully he will be fit for normal birding duties.






Lesser Black-backed Gull


Mandarin Duck [f]


Black-headed Gull




Banded Demoiselle




Brimstone Moth


Black-headed Gull

Greylag Goose


Great Crested Grebe


Canada Goose


Shipley Park

January 16, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings by colin penny

Todays walk was taken from Shipley hall cricket club to hex pools and back, with coppice lake being frozen over and 80% of Shipley lake being frozen over hex pools proved to be a bit of a hot spot. on the return journey from hex pools I soon lost count of the number of corvids passing overhead to roost.

Sightings were as follows- wood pigeon, Carrion crow, Rook, Jackdaw, great spotted woodpecker, Black headed gull, Blackbird, Long tailed tit, Wren, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Lapwing, Mute swan, Mallard, coot, Tuffed duck, Great crested grebe, Pochard, Robin, Magpie, Great tit, Moorhen, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Little grebe, Canada goose, Starling, and Fieldfare.

Numbers on the hex pools(2/6 have ice on them) were as follows.


Teal 6

Shoveler 2

Gadwall 4

Mallard 6

Little grebe 2

Black headed gull 15

Lapwing 2

Mute swan 2

Coot 6

Canada goose 8

And around a dozen fieldfare in the bushes on the cycle route side of the pools.


Cheers Colin.


A Muddy Trek

January 6, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings by colin penny

Having not visited Erewash Meadows site for quite some time set of from home with lily the lurcher, we managed to make it to the top of the reserve and back and were rewarded with a great list of birds along the way.

House sparrow   Long tailed tit   Blue tit   Robin   Feral pigeon   Collared dove   Carrion crow   Rook   Starling   Magpie   pheasant   Greylag goose

wood pigeon   Mallard   Black headed gull   Lapwing   Coot   Grey heron   Teal   Cormorant   Moorhen   Wigeon   Wren   Kestrel   Mute swan

Blackbird   Whopper swan   Jackdaw   Bullfinch   Goldcrest   Shoveler   Willow Tit   Gadwall   Great tit   Reed bunting   Dunnock   Chaffinch   Waxwing

Goldfinch   Great spotted woodpecker   Canada goose.


Kestrel in the gloom



A pair of male bullfinches


Distant view of the 16 waxwing at the Aldercar end of the reserve.

Steetley quarry and carr vale

December 29, 2012 in Holiday and Trip Reports by colin penny

Despite the continuing poor weather decided i should really get to to see the velvet scoter near worksop, headed up the M1 to juction 30 and cut across towards worksop to find the bird still there and showing well, also found little grebe, cormorant, great crested grebe, mallard, jay, and 6 red legged partridges.

Headed back down the motorway to juction 29a and called in at carr vale as the rain had stopped , but despite wating till 4pm no sign of the bittern seen the previous day. the following were spotted, great tit, robin, blackbird, wood pigeon, carrion crow, jackdaw, long tailed tit, kestrel, wren, mallard, bullfinch, mute swan, grey heron, lapwing, pheasant, pochard, tuffed duck, gadwall, wigeon, black headed gull, moorhen, coot, pied wagtail, teal. reed bunting, buzzard, goldfinch, jay, sparrowhawk, starling, canada goose, greylag goose, blue tit, dunnock, and willow tit.

cheers colin.

Willow or Marsh

December 28, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by colin penny

Looking for an end of year addition to my list is the pictured bird found at a very soggy attenborough a marsh tit or a willow tit.                                                                                                                                                                            Also spotted while paddling around the nature reserve were the following, kestrel, tuffed duck, mallard, canada goose, feral pigeon, wood pigeon, egpytian goose, black headed gull, chaffinch, greenfinch, great tit, coot, pochard, shoveler, great crested grebe, goldfinch, gadwall, goldeneye, goosander, robin, carrion crow, magpie, grey heron, blue tit, coal tit, cormorant, nuthatch, redwing, wigeon, grelag goose, lapwing, moorhen, blackbird, jackdaw, little grebe, l/b/b/gull, teal, mute swan, starling.

willow or marsh

Shipley Lake

December 9, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by colin penny

Had a wander down to the bottom of shipley lake, lots of coot but other waterfowl numbers a bit depleated.

The following were seen, blackbird, goosander(8 present at the far end both M&F present), coot, mute swan, tuffed duck, wigeon, black headed gull, gadwall, cormorant(15), canada goose, grey heron, great crested grebe, great tit, magpie, kestrel.

cheers colin.

Rutland Water

December 1, 2012 in Holiday and Trip Reports by colin penny

Pair of Red legged partridge

Had a chilly but rewarding trip to Rutland Water, with three new birds for me.

The following were seen, redwing, blackbird, grey heron, lapwing, carrion crow, lesser black backed gull, black headed gull, pheasant, wren, pied wagtail, cormorant, mallard, HAWFINCH, blue tit, wigeon, coot, mute swan, gadwall, wood pigeon, great crested grebe, teal, goosander, tuffed duck, starling, long tailed tit, chaffinch, moorhen, fieldfare, shelduck, little erget, dunnock, bullfinch, SMEW, shoveler, pochard, goldeneye, pintail, snipe, water rail, robin, redshank, magpie, great tit, jay, jackdaw, great spotted woodpecker, goldfinch, common gull, greylag goose, canada goose, red legged partridge, kestrel, sparrowhawk, common sandpiper, greenfinch, nuthatch, willow tit, BRAMBLING, coal tit.

Hawfinch in the tree tops, iffy photo but didn't find it again.

Drake Smew standing to attention

Female Smew

Drake Pintail


Snipe on ice(what great markings on these birds)


Attenborough NR

November 11, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by colin penny

A lovely but chilly start this morning at attenborough signalled the start of an interesting day, quite a large number of birds seen finishing of with short lived views of a water rail on Tween pond.

Water rail found wandering around on tween pond.

Seen were the following, pheasant, wood pigeon, coot, mute swan, tuffed duck, canada goose, grey heron, gadwall, black headed gull, great crested grebe, wigeon, robin, mallard, egytian goose, feral pigeon, cormorant, shoveler, carrion crow, magpie, pochard, goldeneye, dunnock, chaffinch, goldfinch, blue tit, redwing, lapwing, gooseander, teal, moorhen, long tailed tit, kingfisher, great tit, blackbird, bullfinch, willow tit, nuthatch, coal tit, little grebe, starling, reed bunting, lesser black backed gull, water rail, and heard but not seen cettis warbler.


Shipley lake and Hex pools

October 30, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by colin penny

Parked up on pit lane and wandered down to shipley lake, plenty of waterfowl present. From there trekked across to Hex pools were not much was found except plenty of mud for the dog,the following were seen.

Carrion crow, redwing, jay, great tit, blue tit, song thrush, robin, coot, great crested grebe, cormorant, wigeon, mute swan, black headed gull, blackbird, mallard, gadwall, tuffed duck, canada goose, wren, shoveler, pochard, wood pigeon, moorhen, kestrel, little grebe, starling, goldfinch, chaffinch, buzzard, and greenfinch.

the true colour of this tree was fantastic, the photo doesn't convey it very well.

Buzzard being mobbed by a Carrion crow.

Editted version and the colour it should be.


Attenborough NR

October 28, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by colin penny

Little Erget

Had a wander around the nature reserve this morning till just after dinner, not expecting to find anything new but got a Jack Snipe on the Tween pond which was in good view all morning and was still there when i left, heres a full list of birds spotted, black headed gull, coot, canada goose, mute swan, magpie, mallard, gadwall, great crested grebe, wigeon, tuffed duck, lesser black backed gull, cormorant, carrion crow, pochard, egytian goose, feral pigeon, chaffinch, lapwing, teal, grey heron, dunnock, blue tit, starling, robin, goldeneye, moorhen, little erget, shoveler, cettis warbler(+ several heard calling), jackdaw, goldcrest, goldfinch, kestrel, blackbird, little grebe, long tailed tit, fieldfare, siskin, gooseander(on works pit), JACK SNIPE, green woodpecker, stock dove, pheasant.

Stock Dove i think


Little Erget again


iffy photo of a pair of Goleneye