Shipley View Hex Pools 20/9/2014

September 21, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Decent Autumn weather but not so warm and clouding over later on. Still a few Swallows about and a single House Martin. Green Woodpecker calling. 3 Jay. Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel aloft. 10 Tufties on the pools and a young Coot still with some growing to do. Heron. A Green Sandpiper flew over – my first for the Nutbrook Valley! A couple of Speckled Wood butterflies, two Common Darters and a few Migrant Hawkers despite the chilly weather.

Earlier at Shipley Garden Centre a Hobby went over low at speed – looking for all the world like an out-sized Swift – heading South, off to Africa, I presume. I was just finishing my coffee – luxury birding!

Jim

Derwent Valley – I’m Happy When I’m Hiking !

June 8, 2013 in Photo's., Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

I went hiking today, yes hiking ! no bird counts, no chasing mega rarity’s, mainly just hiking taking in Whatstandwell,  Cromford, Fanny’s Coppice and Hard Labour, plus about four woods including Lea Wood, and it was a splendid day. I did pack binoculars, small telescope, camera and a mono-pod and a “day list” will appear at the end of this post.

The original plan was to look for flycatchers, Pied and/or Spotted, plus anything else that might be hiding in the ample woodlands in this part of the Derwent Valley. The basic plan and the “target species list” somehow drifted up into the dappled green woodland canopy and just drifted away and I just started  to enjoy the day and whatever it may bring.

I did run across a few birds, mainly just the more common species of tit, finch and warbler, the only ones of note being a Raven in a tree just above me that for the life of me, I just could not see ! and a Tree Pipit practicing parachuting on the woodland edge, both in Lea Wood. A couple of Roe Deer hinds also put in an appearance.

The River Derwent yielded a very busy Dipper and a family of five Grey Wagtails, plus three more individuals. There was a distinct lack of butterflies, a couple of Peacocks and a few whites but the event of the day was the sight of a Brown Wall Butterfly along the river near the Cromford Rugby Club, it’s amazing what one bumps into without really trying – as I say, a splendid day.

The Day List. Blue Tit, Great Tit, Crow, Raven, Jackdaw, Jay, Dipper, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, 3 Little Grebe, Black-headed Gull, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Robin, House Sparrow, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Stock Dove, Feral Rock Dove, Moorhen, Coot, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Swallow, House Martin, Swift, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 8 Grey Wagtail, Tree Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Wren.

Butterflies. Brown Wall, Peacock, Small White, Large White. Plus. 2 Fallow Deer hinds.

Red Campion

Red Campion

 

Roe Deer

Roe Deer

 

Ramsons

Ramsons

 

Mallard

Mallard

 

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

 

Dipper

Dipper

 

Bennerley To Cossall

May 19, 2013 in Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

A very nice day around the Cossall area, a Hobby at Spring Wood was a surprise, as was a Land Rover full of men armed to the teeth ! fortunately it wasn’t the Taliban, just the owner of Spring Wood out for a spot of “skeet” shooting – Ppppullll ! Nice chaps really and  it got me a few brownie points as far as the wood was concerned.

I found a nice display of Yellow Archangel in Old Moor Wood and alas some very nasty fly tipping, which was duly reported, complete with an address kindly provided by the perpetrators !

Bennerley. 2 Canada Goose, 6 Greylag Goose, 9 Lapwing, Buzzard, 14 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, Chiffchaff, 4 Goldfinch, Mistle Thrush.  Plus 2 Dingy Skipper Butterflies, 1 Large Red Damselfly [teneral]  Chat Corner. Grey Heron, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler,  Skylark, 2 Reed Bunting, Kestrel. 

Cossall. Buzzard, 2 Blackcap, 6 Swallow, 2 Pheasant. Spring Wood, Hobby, 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Skylark, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Linnet, Song Thrush. Old Moor Wood. 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, Pheasant.  Nottingham Canal, Cossall. Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap.

Butterflies. Speckled Woods, Small Whites, Orange Tips, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks.

 

Notts sightings for Thu 2nd May (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

May 4, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Arnold - 20 Bohemian Waxwing [Pinewood Avenue].
  • West Bridgford - 2 Red Kite [Abbey Park].
  • Kilvington Lakes - 1 Little Egret, 1 Yellow-legged Gull [1st Summer].
  • Meden Vale - Lesser Redpoll, House Martin, Common Swift, Grey Heron, Common Buzzard, Eurasian Sparrowhawk [female].
  • Holme Pierrepont - 3 Hobby, 2 Egyptian Goose, 9 Garden Warbler, 12 Common Tern [rowing course], 4 Eurasian Wigeon, 1 Common Sandpiper, 18 Gadwall, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Buzzard, 4 Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Lesser Whitethroat.
  • Hickling - 1 Northern Wheatear.

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Notts sightings for Mon 22nd Apr (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

April 24, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Skegby Trail - Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Common Buzzard.
  • Hoveringham - Railway Lake: 1 White Wagtail, 20 Yellow Wagtail.
  • Keyworth - 23 Northern Wheatear
  • King's Mill Reservoir - 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap [female], Barn Swallow, House Martin, 2 Eurasian Teal, 3 Northern Lapwing.

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Notts sightings for Fri 19th Apr (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

April 24, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Hoveringham - Gonalston Lane: 20 Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail.
  • West Bridgford - 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [drumming on bird box in park].
  • Winthorpe - 12 House Martin.
  • Worksop - c.20 Siskin [Meadow Lee at 09:45].
  • Besthorpe NWT - Meering: 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper [one on adjacent river bank], 2 Yellow Wagtail. Mons Pool: 1 Little Egret, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 3+ House Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler.
  • Collingham Lakes - 17 Northern Shoveler, 6 Common Goldeneye, 1 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit [Ferry Lane Lake], 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail.
  • Budby Pumping Station - 1 Osprey [flying down river Meden towards Budby], 2 Blackcap.
  • Clumber Park - 1 Common Swift, 20+ Barn Swallow, 20+ Sand Martin, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Common Sandpiper [pair Hardwick Village wetland], 3 Mandarin Duck [2 males & 1 female].
  • Welbeck Watchpoint - 1 Osprey [with primary missing on right wing], 6 Common Buzzard.
  • Worksop - Little Owl [Dukeries Industrial Estate].
  • Sherwood Pines - 1 Common Cuckoo [calling].
  • Walesby - 5 Yellow Wagtail [public footpath from Walesby to Bevercotes Pit Wood].
  • Sutton Bridge - Black Redstart [male].

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Wyver Lane 21/04/2013

April 22, 2013 in Holiday and Trip Reports by Jim Steele

A quick hour in the warming Spring! Dozens of Swallows, a few Sand Martins, House Martin and my first Swift of the season. A pair of Mandarin duck close up to the hide made for a great viewing. 3 male Reed Bunting at the feeder. A pair of Shoveler, Teal, Gadwall and Shelduck. Pair of Oystercatcher. Buzzards, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel completed the line up.

Jim

Notts sightings for Fri 19th Apr (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

April 21, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • West Bridgford - 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [drumming on bird box in park].
  • Winthorpe - 12 House Martin.
  • Worksop - c.20 Siskin [Meadow Lee at 09:45].
  • Besthorpe NWT - Meering: 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper [one on adjacent river bank], 2 Yellow Wagtail. Mons Pool: 1 Little Egret, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 3+ House Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler.
  • Collingham Lakes - 17 Northern Shoveler, 6 Common Goldeneye, 1 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit [Ferry Lane Lake], 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail.
  • Budby Pumping Station - 1 Osprey [flying down river Meden towards Budby], 2 Blackcap.
  • Clumber Park - 1 Common Swift, 20+ Barn Swallow, 20+ Sand Martin, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Common Sandpiper [pair Hardwick Village wetland], 3 Mandarin Duck [2 males & 1 female].
  • Welbeck Watchpoint - 1 Osprey [with primary missing on right wing], 6 Common Buzzard.
  • Worksop - Little Owl [Dukeries Industrial Estate].
  • Sherwood Pines - 1 Common Cuckoo [calling].
  • Walesby - 5 Yellow Wagtail [public footpath from Walesby to Bevercotes Pit Wood].
  • Sutton Bridge - Black Redstart [male].

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Bennerley’s “Little Jewel”

September 13, 2012 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Common Darter

The “Mud Hole” is a  fairly new addition to to Bennerley’s various habitats, it was formed after work was carried out on the site a few years ago, and has proved to be good for dragonflies, mainly skimmers and chasers but also the recent  Black Darters, today it was taken over by Common Darters, males joined to ovipositing females, so in summer and autumn its always worth a look and it also attracts wading birds including Green Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover, it really is Bennerley’s little jewel !

The Mud Hole



Stensons Lock. Kingfisher, 2 House Martin. Bennerley. 3 Pheasant, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, 3 Snipe, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 25 Black-headed Gull, 2 Skylark, 16 Swallow, 8 House Martin. Chat Corner. Kestrel, 3 Herring Gull, 11 Swallow, 50 House Martin, 6 Goldfinch, Reed Bunting.


Butterflies. Red Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood. Dragonflies. Common Darter, Emperor, Migrant Hawker, Brown Hawker, Banded Demoiselle.

Wot, No Photo’s ?

August 29, 2012 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Took my brand new Opticron ‘scope out to Bennerley today, it’s a ES 80 GA ED with a Opticron 20 x 60 SDL v 2 eyepiece and “stay on case” plus a Opticron digiscoping kit with Panasonic compact camera and adapter, sadly no photos yet, too much rain, but the ‘scope coped and behaved very well in the poor light and wet conditions.

It was a pity about the weather, there was a Green Sandpiper at Bennerley and a Wheatear at Chat Corner that would have made good subjects for digiscoping !

Hoping to get of to Willington tomorrow, the weather looks set to be a little better, I hope so.


Bennerley. 3 Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk [m] Green Sandpiper, 12 Black-headed Gull, 12 Sand Martin, 35 Swallow, 25 House Martin, Wheatear [Chat Corner]