Bennerley/Cossall, Sunday, 15th. March, 2015

March 16, 2015 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Temp. 6°C (43°F)-4°C (39°F), Wind Direction: North Easterly, Wind Speed: 12 mph, Visibility: Cloud, Good, Sunset: 18:09 GMT.

Took my circular walk as far as Old Moor Wood and back through Cossall.

Dougie picked up the scent of Fallow Deer near Spring Wood and we stalked them like a pair of pro’s! making our way closer to shoot them – with a camera of course! although the weather wasn’t good for photography it was still a good experience.

Six singing Wrens were all in a small area at Cossall, a Wheatear was in fields around Spring Wood and a Tree Creeper led me a merry dance at Old Moor Wood, no photos but it cleared up a stubborn tick for the year, all in all a pleasant day.


Bennerley: Drake Scaup [Still on the Erewash Canal, Between Stenson and Barkers  Locks, Cotmanhay]  67 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 20 Lapwing, 90 Black-headed Gull, 3 Grey Heron, Kestrel, 1 Redwing. Cossall: 28 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Wren, 3 Pheasant, 2 Buzzard, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Snipe. Spring Wood: Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron, 95 Fieldfare, 36 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, Wheatear, 350 Starling, Plus: c 35 Fallow Deer. Old Moor Wood: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tree Creeper, Grey Heron.


Fallow  Deer




And More!




Canada Geese


Grey Heron






Canada Geese


Bennerley/Cossall, Sunday, 15th. February, 2015

February 16, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings, Photo Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Temp. 8°C (46°F)-4°C (39°F), Wind Direction: Easterly, Wind Speed: 6 mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 17:16 GMT.

First of my long Sunday strolls, this year, through Bennerley and on to Strelley, on this occasion looking for Yellow Hammer but no joy today, but I did hear albeit briefly, a Goshawk calling.

I ended up at Strelley Church, I’d heard a rumour of Peregrines in the area but all I found was two Starlings!

Lodge Feeders: 2 Bullfinch, 16 Goldfinch.  Bennerley:  Scaup [ drake-Erewash Canal, Bridge Pub, Cotmanhay]  5 Tufted Duck, 95 Wigeon, 28 Teal, 90 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, 130 Black-headed Gull, 18 Redwing. Chat Corner: 7 Snipe, 3 Stonechat, 5 Teal. Cossall: 2 Bullfinch, 20 Redwing, 12 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, Buzzard, Grey Heron, 15 Pheasant. Spring Wood: Goshawk [1 calling briefly] 2 Kestrel, Buzzard, 2 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Strelley: 2 Buzzard, Grey Heron.


House Sparrow, Eyeing Up The Feeders




Stonechat, Chat corner


Black-headed Gull


A Very Vocal Robin!

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




Attenborough, Saturday, 31st. January, 2015,

January 31, 2015 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Nothing dramatic at Attenborough today, lots of bird species but I had to wait until dusk for the main prize, a single Bittern plus a very visible Water Rail on the grass apron in front of the Tower Hide, sadly no Cetti’s Warbler, cake and eating it come to mind!


Muskovey Duck


Great Crested Grebe








Male and female Gadwall


Grey Heron


Tufted Duck




Great Tits


Another Grey Heron


And another………


Funny light on this one, the primary big dots, yellow legs, eye and clean head made me think Yellow Leg.




Great Crested Grebe


Lapwings in the evening sun


Water Rail at dusk on the grass apron in front of the Tower Hide.

Bennerley Marsh – Christmas Day

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

 Max. Temp.Sunset: 15:53 GMT. 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: West North Westerly, Wind Speed: 10 mph, Visibility: Sun, Good, 

Happy Christmas all, a few nice presents, a lot of Wigeon, two Stonechats, and a nice dinner, what’s not to like !

Bennerley: 220 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gul, 140 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 14 Lapwing, 4 Grey Heron, Jay, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard. Chat Corner: 2 Stonechat [m. f.]  38 Redwing, 7 Meadow Pipit, 4 Snipe, Grey Heron, Kestrel.

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Black-headed Gull

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Song Thrush

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Male Stonechat

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Long-tailed Tits

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Great Tit



Bennerley Marsh To Shipley

December 8, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Very Sun, Good,Sunset: 15:50 GMT.

A quick passage through Bennerley and on to probably the best days birding I’ve had around Shipley for some time, mainly due to a good few Wigeon, Goosander, a drake Mandarin and a single Willow Tit. The Mandarin was on the far side of Mapperley Reservoir and I was on the other side with the sun in my face, the Mandarin had  the undergrowth in front of it as did I on my side, very hard to focus on the subject, the Goosander shots were taken through holes in the perimeter fence of Shipley Lake, so the photography ain’t that good. Not to worry, it was still a good day !

Bennerley. Sparrowhawk, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Redwing, 2 Common Gull, 35 Black-headed Gull. Shipley Lake. 26 Goosander, 85 Wigeon, 4 Pochard, 4 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, Grey Heron, 2 Common Gull,  220 Black-headed Gull. Shipley Hill. Willow Tit, 6 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Stock Dove.  Mapperley Reservoir. Mandarin [m.] 6 Goosander, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 96 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose. Woodside. 4 Snipe, Grey Heron, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker.

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Drake Goosander, Shipley Lake.

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Some Fungi

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Grey Heron, this way ! Shipley Lake.

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…… and this way !

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Female Blackbird among the berries. Bennerley.

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Young Mute

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Male and female Goosander.

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Goosander’s on Shipley Lake.

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Bennerley Marsh, Saturday, 6th. December, 2014.

December 7, 2014 in Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 4°C (39°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 6 mph, Visibility: Sun, Moderate, Sunset: 15:50 GMT.

I changed my routine a little today, I explored the canal and the fields around Cossall as far as Mill Lane, taking a look at the Millichip Newt Ponds on the way, just a Kestrel and a Grey Heron there, and a similar story at Cossall, it looked like being a quiet day and it was. By the time I got back to Bennerley there were just three Magpies on the frozen main marsh ! there were a few Teal on the river and a few Redwings flitting about, still I had seen a small flock of Lapwing earlier that morning. It was much the same at Chat Corner with small groups of Redwing and Fieldfare moving around and three Snipe rounded of the day.

Millichip Newt Pond. Kestrel, Grey Heron. Cossall. Buzzard, Kestrel, 18 Redwing, Pheasant. Bennerley. Coal Tit [Bennerley Lodge] 9 Teal, 18 Lapwing, 29 Fieldfare, 42 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush.  Chat Corner. 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Meadow Pipit, 27 Fieldfare, 53 Redwing, 3 Snipe, 2 Cormorant.

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Young Mute Swan

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…. And Its Parent

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Two Black-headed Gulls

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One Black-headed Gull

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Carrion Crow

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And Finally…….

Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 5th. December, 2014.

December 5, 2014 in Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 6°C (43°F) Wind Direction: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 11mph,,Visibility: Cloud/Sun, Good, Sunset: 15:50 GMT.

No rare gulls today, just a couple of common or garden Herring Gulls and a few Common Gulls, the northern thrushes especially the the Redwings are well ensconced  and always a treat to see as are the Lapwing and Wigeon.

Bennerley.210 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 4 Common Gull. 65 Lapwing, 3 Grey Heron, 125 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 40 Redwing, 25 Goldfinch, 7 Fieldfare, 2 Bullfinch, Kestrel, Chat Corner. 35 Redwing, 20 Fieldfare, 5 Meadow Pipit, Grey Heron, 2 Pheasant,  1 Snipe.

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Bennerley Marsh

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Drake Mallard

Bennerley Marsh, Wednesday, 3rd. December, 2014.

December 4, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp.5°C (41°F), Wind Direction: Northerly, Wind Speed: 9 mph, Visibility: Sun, Moderate, Sunset: 15:52 GMT.

Cracking day at Bennerley today a couple of rarities, a Single 3rd. winter Caspian Gull, rare anywhere and a drake Pochard, rare at Bennerley, plus just under a dozen Snipe and lots of Redwing, especially around Chat Corner.

Bennerley. Caspian Gull [3rd. winter] 90 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 135 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 70 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, Sparrow Hawk, Kestrel, 8 Goldfinch, 5 Greenfinch, Green Woodpecker, 49 Redwing. Chat Corner. Pochard [single drake over]200 Redwing, 72 Fieldfare, 11 Snipe, 20 Meadow Pipit, 4 Reed Bunting, 6 Pheasant, Sparrowhawk, Grey Heron.

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Robin, Chat Corner.

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Wigeon, Bennerley Marsh.

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Lapwing, Bennerley Marsh.

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Meadow Pipit, Chat Corner.

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Bennerley To Shipley, Sunday, 30th. 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: North North Westerly, Wind Speed: 8 mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 15:54 GMT.

Another turn around Shipley and again Shipley Lake was the main attraction with amongst others nine Goosander, three Pochard and just under a dozen Pied Wagtail were at Straws Bridge.

Bennerley. 80 Black-headed Gull [Bennerley School] 90 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 65 Lapwing, 3 Grey Heron. Shipley Lake. 22 Wigeon, 3 Pochard, 9 Goosander, 2 Gadwall, l12 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, Common Gull, 190 Black-headed Gull, Shipley View Lagoons. 7 Gadwall, Mistle Thrush.  Pewit Carr. Marsh Tit, 22 Redwing, 18 Goldfinch. Straws Bridge. 3 Pochard, 2 Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, 11 Pied Wagtail. Woodside. 80 Wigeon [over] 2 Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Snipe.

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Cormorants, Straws Bridge

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Juvenile Mute Swan, Straws Bridge

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Grey Heron, Shipley View Lagoons

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Cormorants, Straws Bridge

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Fungi, Shipley View Lagoons



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Mistle Thrush, Shipley View Lagoons

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Pied Wagtail, Straws Bridge

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