Gonalston And Hoveringham GP’s. Sunday, 8th. March, 2015.

March 9, 2015 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Temp.10°C (50°F),-1°C (34°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 12 mph, Visibility: Cloud, Good, Sunset: 17:56 GMT.

Bus services being what they are on a Sunday I managed to miss my connection leaving me an hour to find and photo Peregrine’s no problem, the pair were there on the Newton Building although not appearing to be having anything to do with each other! so’ I focused on the female right on the corner of the building, a very long shot for my Canon SX50HS camera but I managed a few passable shots.

Headed of to Gonalston for a Glossy Ibis but mainly for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, strange but true! Gonalston is a beautiful little village but I remember way back from bike rides as a kid that cows were likely to be strolling through the village and farmers wore big leather gaiters over their boots and there was a smithy, the smithy is still there and its still a nice village.

The Ibis was nowhere to be seen when I arrived hot foot from the bus stop, but not to worry, we got possibly the best view of the bird since its arrival as it flew in showing it’s dark green iridescent plumage in all its glory! I would have gladly traded all the photos I did take for the one I didn’t! The Lesser Spotted ‘Pecker however was nowhere to be seen, I did at one time fancy I heard it, but not enough to be sure.

With the Ibis in the bag and a pair of Grey Wagtails to boot, I set off down the lane to the nearby Hoveringham gravel pits for a quick look, a foursome of Oystercatchers,  a single Little Egret and a small flock of Goldeneye’s – probably getting ready for the off.

Back in the village there was no sign of the Ibis and after a thoroughly good look for the ‘pecker with no result and it being a Sunday bus service it was back to the bus stop for me.


The Newton Building, Nottingham: 2 Peregrine [m. f.] Gonalston Village: Glossy Ibis, 2 Grey Wagtail, 18 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing. Hoveringham GP’s Railway Pit: 38 Goldeneye, 20 Goosander, 110 Wigeon, Little Egret Grey Heron, 5 Herring Gull, 4 Common Cull.


Peregrine, Newton Building


Glossy Ibis, Gonalston Village




Glossy Ibis


Glossy Ibis and Moorhen


Glossy Ibis