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




Bennerley Marsh, 20th. November, 2014.

November 20, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 8°C (46°F)Wind Direction: East South Easterly, Wind Speed: 12 mph, Visibility: Sun, Cloud, Moderate, Sunset: 16:03 GMT.

Not a bad day today, a bit of a late start but still a decent “bag” which included, Stonechat, Snipe, Lapwing and a few Golden Plover which is always nice to see at Bennerley.

Bennerley. 120 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 105 Wigeon, 42 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 96 Lapwing, 12 Golden Plover, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Mistle Thrush. Chat Corner. 1 Stonechat [m.] 22 Meadow Pipit, 18 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, Grey Heron, 6 Snipe, 6 Pheasant.


Mistle Thrush







Another Mistle Thrush


Stonechat [record shot in poor light]


Goodnight Chat Corner

Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 31st. October, 2014.

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

Max. Temp: 14°C (57°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Sun, Good, , Sunset: 16:35 GMT.

Not the hundreds or possibly thousands of yesteryear, but half a dozen Golden Plover is still a nice sight, add a couple of flocks of Redwing and a pair of Red Admiral and it makes for a good couple of hours spent at Bennerley.

Bennerley Marsh. 6 Golden Plover, 16 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 36 Wigeon, 2 Grey Heron, 26 Redwing, 3 Meadow pipit. Chat Corner. 50 Redwing, 5 Meadow Pipit, Buzzard. Plus: 2 Red Admiral butterflies.


Lapwing and Wigeon at Bennerley


A Distant Grey Grey Heron, taken from the top of the viaduct.


The end of the line for the old railway footbridge at Cotmanhay

The Bennerley Bugle, No. 11 – Gallery

March 18, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Motor Homes And A Wind Turbine!


Golden Plover


Black-headed Gull


Comma – Bennerley


Buzzard – Bennerley


Meadow Pipit – Chat Corner




Female Mallard – Tathams Pond


Displaying Carrion Crows


Greylag Geese – Shipley Gate



Tufted Ducks – Erewash Canal


Greylag Goose


Another Grey Thing!


Mute Swan – Cossall


Moorhen – Cossall


Wood Anemone 


Blue Tit


Today At Bennerley

April 10, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings, Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Greylag Goose

Greylag Goose

First Chiffchaff at Bennerley today, seen and heard around the water treatment works, a little late this year but better late than never.

Still around, fifty Wigeon and a similar count of Golden Plover plus a lot of noisy Jackdaws that live and breed in the viaduct.


Bennerley Marsh. 50 Wigeon, 18 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 4 Grey Heron, 58 Golden Plover, 24 Lapwing,  Kestrel, 2 Bullfinch. Newthorpe Water Treatment Works. Chiffchaff. Chat Corner. 7 Snipe, Green Woodpecker, 3 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 3 Greylag Goose, 5 Meadow Pipit, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Buzzard.

Cossall And Bennerley

April 5, 2013 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley




Coot - settled !

Coot – settled !

Bennerley Marsh had Lapwing, Golden Plover, Wigeon and Teal, round at Chat Corner a nice group of Snipe but only one Meadow Pipit !

Millichip Ponds. 2 Bullfinch, Pheasant. Cossall. 45 Black-headed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker. Bennerley Marsh. 70 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 27 Teal, 130 Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, 14 Golden Plover, 16 Lapwing,  2 Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. 10 Snipe, Grey Heron, 2 Meadow Pipit.

Springtime At Bennerley !

March 23, 2013 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


The Bennerley Lodge Feeders

The Bennerley Lodge Feeders


Lots of birds at Bennerley, mainly due to  biggish flocks of Starlings and Golden Plover but also a few more Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull and “Northern Thrushes”

Bennerley Marsh. 75 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 130 Golden Plover, 50 Lapwing, 220 Black-headed Gull, 9 Common Gull, Grey Heron, Kestrel. Chat Corner. Snipe, 6 Meadow Pipit, 11 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing. Botany Bay. 2 Redwing, Fieldfare.

The Bennerley Plovers

March 21, 2013 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Grey Heron

Grey Heron

Nice to see a few Golden Plover at Bennerley today, not in the numbers of years past, but nice all the same. A few Lapwing are taking up territories, about half a dozen at the moment but it remains to be seen how many stay to complete the process.


Bennerley Marsh. 90 Golden Plover, 30 Lapwing, 130 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 135 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 2 Grey Heron. Chat Corner. 5 Teal, Meadow Pipit.

Latest Sightings from Cyprus

November 19, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by Karl Proctor

Cape Greco, 19-Nov (JS)

Kouklia, 18-Nov (DJW)
Marsh Harrier 1
White-breasted Kingfisher 1
Hen Harrier 1 (fem)
Common Buzzard 2

Tunnel Beach, Episkopi, 18-Nov (CR)
Griffon Vulture 8
Blue Rock Thrush 3
No Wallcreepers after 3 hr search

Larnaca Desalination Plant and Spiros Pool Area, 18-Nov (PS)
Hen Harrier 1
Water Pipit 1
Black Francolin 2
Corn Bunting 9 [ bathing in a pool.]
Red Throated Pipit 2
Golden Plover 50
Skylark 100+
Calandra Lark 10+ with Skylarks
Sandwich Tern 1

Fresh Water Lake South 18-Nov (ME)
Whiskered Tern 1 (imm)
Great White Egret 2
Grey Heron 3
Chiffchaff 1
Cormorant 4

Paralimni Lake (Sotira Pools) 18-Nov (AKe)
Little Grebe 50
Marsh Harrier 1
Water Rail 2
Common Snipe 2
Green Sandpiper 1
Barn Swallow 1 (4 yesterday)

Larnaca Sewage Works 18-Nov (ME)
Ruddy Shelduck 1
Slender-billed Gull 2
Wigeon 3
Sardinian Warbler 1
Black Redstart 2

Spiros Pool 18-Nov (ME)
Golden Plover 65

Larnaca Airport Fields 18-Nov (ME)
Skylark c300

Larnaca Airport Pool South 18-Nov (ME)
Greater Flamingo c250
Redshank 6
Stone Curlew c40

Akhna Dam 18-Nov (ME)
Water Pipit 3
Meadow Pipit 1
Hen Harrier 1 (Ringtail)
Pintail 1
Grey Heron 4 (1 SHOT)
Black Redstart 1

Phassouri Reedbeds, 17-Nov (JN fieldtrip)
Peregrine Falcon 2 (grappling briefly)
Black Kite 1
Common Buzzard 1
Western Marsh Harrier 5+
Meadow Pipit 9+
Common Snipe 11+
Cattle Egret 4
Common Kingfisher 1
Mallard 2+
Common Starling 3+
Common Chaffinch 4+

Akrotiri Salt Lake, 17-Nov (JN fieldtrip)
Greater Flamingo c10,500
Eurasian Skylark 4

Bishop’s Pool, 17-Nov (JN fieldtrip)
Ferruginous Duck 1
Garganey 2
Teal c47
White-throated Kingfisher 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Little Grebe 5+
Northern Shoveler c8

Lady’s Mile, 17-Nov (JN fieldtrip)
Little Stint 25
Western Marsh Harrier 3
Merlin 1 (probable)
Armenian Gull 2
Slender-billed Gull 3
Yellow-legged Gull c29
Sandwich Tern 3
Common Crane (probable) flying over salt marsh behind Lady’s Mile

Kolossi fields, 17-Nov (JN)
Montagu’s Harrier 1 ringtail

Larnaca Sewage, Nov 17 (MKo)
Ruddy Shelduck 1

Spiros Pool Fields, Nov 17 (MKo)
Lesser Short toed Lark 1

Spiros Pool & Larnaca Sewage Works, 14-Nov (FGe)
Golden Plover 79
Northern Lapwing 12
Black-headed Gull 100+
Sparrowhawk 1 (juv)
Hen Harrier 1 (juv)
Common Buzzard 1

Blacktoft Sands

November 18, 2012 in Holiday and Trip Reports by colin penny

Had a great day at a chilly blacktoft, even spending over a hour stuck in traffic at junction 31 on the way back couldn’t spoil it. A couple of new birds for me with Golden Plover and Marsh Harrier(5 birds in the air at one point).

Also seen were, redwing, fieldfare, robin, magpie, tree sparrow, pheasant, moorhen, wood pigeon, great tit, blackbird, teal, snipe, wigeon, carrion crow, cormorant, lapwing, greylag goose, little grebe, kestrel, mute swan, gadwall, blue tit, starling, reed bunting, grey heron, long tailed tit, wren, shoveler, mallard, goldfinch, chaffinch, shelduck, sparrowhawk, barn owl, also 1 late flying peacock butterfly and heard a cettis warbler calling on site.

Long tailed tit

A pair of snipe

Marsh harrier

A pair of harriers

Marsh harrier