Bennerley Marsh, Cossall and Spring Wood. Sunday, 5th. April, 2015

April 5, 2015 in Photo Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Temp. 13°C (55°F)-6°C (43°F), Wind Direction: North Easterly, Wind Speed: 5 mph, Visibility: Cloud, Good, Sunset: 19:46 BST.
A very decent day, I decided on Cossall to avoid the “holiday makers” and all that entails! plus I needed Yellow Hammer and Lesser Redpoll and the area around Spring Wood is good for farmland birds, I needed Linnet but missed out on that one! Buzzards everywhere, flocks of em’ An intimate episode with a group of Fallow Deer, females with young, lot of ears sticking up from the long grass, all viewed and photographed from deep cover and a very safe distance-nice!
Back at Bennerley and just to round the day off nicely, a flock of Golden Plover put in an appearance-and that folks was my Easter Sunday!

Bennerley: 2 Canada Goose, 10 Greylag Goose, 24 Teal, Grey Heron, 360 Golden Plover, 16 Lapwing, Green Woodpecker, 5 Sand Martin.
Cossall: 4 Buzzard, 4 Pheasant, 2 Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Jay. Spring Wood: 4 Buzzard, Kestrel, 6 Skylark, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Yellow Hammer, 1 Swallow, 1 Lapwing. Old Moor Wood: 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker. Plus: 3 Peacock Butterflies. 8 + Fallow Deer


Mute Swan


Fallow Deer


Fallow Deer


A Bee!

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Greylag Geese, Bennerley


This pair of Mute Swans were displaying! the scandal of it!!


Greylag Geese


Wood Anemone

Hex Pools 16/01/2015

January 16, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Chilly day with some sunshine. Met up with Karl P.

8 Gadwall, 2 Teal, several Coot and a single Dabchick on the pools. 2 Goosander over South. Green Woodpecker on a pylon post, Buzzard perched up and calling (strange call) nearby. Redpoll heard. Brown Hare sat up in the adjacent field. Jim

Church Wilne And St. Chads Water, Saturday, 29th. November, 2014.

December 1, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 10°C (50°F), Wind Direction: East South Easterly, Wind Speed: 6 mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 15:54 GMT.

Thought I would have a little poke around St. Chads Water at Church Wilne today, I heard the were a few Goosander and a quartet of Little Egrets, but sadly just one Goosander, a drake and no Little Egrets ! I headed of along a bridle path with the ominous sounding name of Coffin Walk ending upper at the safer sounding Orchid Wood, a smallish wood with huge amounts of Gorse, but not much birdlife, a single Goldcrest, a couple of Lesser Redpoll, a pair of those Goosander over and a nice sized flock of Lapwing over, plus lots of Redwing and Fieldfare in the general area.

St. Chads Water. 5 Shoveler, Goosander, 2 Shoveler, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 90 Fieldfare,  150 Redwing, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker. Orchid Wood/Coffin Walk. 2 Lesser Redpoll, Goldcrest, 80 Fieldfare, 35 Redwing, 160 Lapwing [over] 2 Goosander [over] 4 Common Gull [over]

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Shoveler And Tufted Duck

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Great Spotted Woodpecker

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A Not So Graceful Mute Swan

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Black-headed Gull

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Bennerley Marsh, Wednesday, 29th. October, 2014.

October 29, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp: 11°C (52°F), Wind Direction: East North Easterly, Wind Speed: 7mph, Visibility: l/Cloud. Mod. * Sunset: 16:41 GMT.

Not much to report birdwise today, no wintering ducks, no Lapwings but a single Jack Snipe and fair numbers of “northern thrushes” cheered me up a little. The reason for the lack of birds on the marsh may have been the trundling machine making the service road between the farm gate and the viaduct fit for the passage of materials and machinery needed to build a new footbridge over the railway after the removal of the old one, meaning sometime soon the footpath will be closed while the work is done.

Bennerley. Jack Snipe, 90 Black-headed Gull, Green Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit, Buzzard, Kestrel. Chat Corner. Snipe, 50 Fieldfare, 45 Redwing, 30 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch.


Young Mute Swan on the River Erewash


A Small Mushroom


A distant Kestrel


Gedling Pit Top 28/10/2014

October 28, 2014 in Holiday and Trip Reports by Jim Steele

A morning dash to the ornithological Mecca that is Gedling Pit Top was well worthwhile – after two hours of scanning a juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard flew directly overhead and drifted West. Also, a pair of very obliging Stonechats, several Skylark and Meadow Pipits, Goldfinches, two Sparrowhawk and a few Kestrel. An unusual view of a Green Woodpecker from above – the green back and that bright, red patch on the back of the head is impressive. Four Red Admiral butterflies and a few Migrant Hawkers.

Pictures below courtesy of Mr Karl Proctor.

Bennerley and Watnall Wood, Saturday, 11th. October, 2014.

October 13, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp: 12°C (54°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 5 mph, Visibility: Cloud, Sunset: 18:20 BST.

Had a little walk from Bennerley up to Watnall wood and back, not a lot to see but I did manage a few snaps !

Bennerley Marsh. 22 Teal, 9 Wigeon, Grey Heron, 33 Goldfinch, Green Woodpecker. Watnall Wood. Kestrel, Jay, 2 Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker.


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Green Woodpecker






Great Spotted Woodpecker


Great Spotted Woodpecker

Shipley 2/10/2014

October 2, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Lovely afternoon again. 8 Buzzard including one in full display, Kestrel and 2 Sparrowhawk soaring. Jay. The inevitable Green Woodpecker. A Raven soaring over Shipley Hill. Cormorant going South. 5 Wigeon and 4 Gadwall flying about. A group of 15 Swallows going South were the first I’ve seen for a while. Heron through.

Over Shipley 26/09/2014

September 28, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Half an hour scanning over Shipley Hill from near Shipley View. The usual Buzzards, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk aloft. Mistle Trush. Green Woodpecker. Jay. Ducks put off Shipley Lake by something or more likely somebody included Mallard, Shoveler, Gadwall and a few Wigeon.

Shipley 21/09/2014

September 21, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Lovely day for scanning for raptors. 8 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel and 3 Sparrowhawk. 2 Ravens headed over high. 3 Jay flying at medium height over woodlands – they always seem to do this in the Autumn. Skylark flying North. Green Woodpecker calling. Coal Tit close by. A single Speckled Wood was the only butterfly I could see.


Bennerley To Woodside

June 9, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings, Photo's., Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

A family of Long-tailed Tits at Bennerley, Common Terns with one juvenile and Great Crested Grebes with two chicks at Mapperley Reservoir shows things are moving alone nicely.

Plenty of Dingy Skippers, Small Heaths and Common Blues to enjoy although a few may have been flattened by a motor bike and a quad bike, this pair of pillocks seem to think it was great fun to kick up as much dust as possible ! still’ my duty was clear and was duly fulfilled !

Dingy Skipper

Dingy Skipper

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Burnett Companion

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Ox-eye Daises

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Spiders ?

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Early Purple ?

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Red Campion

Bennerley. 4 Long-tailed Tit, Green Woodpecker. Woodside. Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, 3 Grey Partridge, 3 Pheasant, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Bullfinch, 8 Swallow, 3 Swift, 2 Song Thrush. Mapperley Reservoir. 5 Great Crested Grebe [inc. 2 chicks] 3 Common Tern [inc. 1 juv.] 2 Chiffchaff.

Butterflies. 8 Dingy Skipper, 6 Small Heath, 4 Common Blue, Orange Tip, Small White. Plus. Burnett Companion Moth.