Peewit Carr and Hex Pools and Woodside 20/04/2013

April 21, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Peewit Carr – two Great Spotted Woodies drumming. Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.

At Hex Pools a single Dabchick, and at the ‘lookout point’ 3 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel and several Buzzards. A distant pair of Raven. Skylark singing.

At Woodside my first Whitethroat of the Spring, two Brimstone butterflies and my first Large White.




Notts sightings for Mon 21st Jan (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

January 21, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Sutton in Ashfield - 1 Yellowhammer [feeding with blackbirds in garden]
  • Worksop - 1 European Robin [in Sainsbury's feeding on floor and shelves], c.200 Fieldfare [west past Meadow Lea at 13:10].
  • Newstead Village - 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [seen flying between terraced houses and trees].

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Notts sightings for Sun 6th Jan (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

January 8, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Wollaton Park - 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2+ Cormorant, 2+ Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, c.10 Eurasian Wigeon, 20+ Gadwall, Mallard, c.20 Northern Shoveler, 30+ Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Woodpigeon, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [at very south of grounds east of lake feeding high in trees with Treecreepers and Tits], Wren, Dunnock, European Robin, Blackbird, 4+ Mistle Thursh, 2+ Goldcrest, c.15 Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 5+ Eurasian Nuthatch, 3+ Treecreeper, 2 Eurasian Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, c.20 Siskin.
  • Hoveringham - 1 Glaucous Gull [immature], Barn Owl, 6 Little Grebe, Little Egret.
  • Misson - 45 Whooper Swan, 5 Bewick's Swan [both species flooded field about half a mile upstream of village - easily viewed from River Lane], 500+ Eurasian Wigeon, 24+ Common Snipe, 50 Reed Bunting, Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Siskin.
  • Clumber Park - 6 Siskin , 17 Cormorant , 8 Mandarin Duck [either side of ornamental bridge], Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [flew from trees to island in lake opposite Lincoln Terrace], Goldcrest, Brambling [briefly at bird tables], Great Spotted Woodpecker [feeders], 5 Common Pochard, Goosander, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Marsh Tit, Stock Dove.
  • Gedling Pit Top - 4 Short-eared Owl, Reed Bunting , Common Kestrel.
  • Bestwood Country Park - 1 Brambling [male with goldfinches - visiting garden near Sidlaw Rise].
  • Stanton on the Wolds - 2 Blackcap [pair on garden feeders].
  • Balderton Lake - 3 Goosander, 1 Common Kingfisher.
  • Cotham - 95 Pink-footed Goose [over], 8 Red-legged Partridge, 6 Yellowhammer.
  • Worksop - Thievesdale: 4 Common Buzzard.

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Notts sightings for Sat 1st Dec (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

December 3, 2012 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Radcliffe on Trent - 50 Bohemian Waxwing, 12 Redwing.
  • Nottingham - 200+ Bohemian Waxwing [Garden Street].
  • Clumber Park - 8 Hawfinch [2 in Chapel area, 5 just off track towards Estate Office and one in flight near cafe], Redwing, c.100 Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Fieldfare, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, c.5 Marsh Tit, Treecreeper, Eurasian Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush, Goosander.

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Wonderful Wollaton Park

March 30, 2012 in Latest Patch Sightings by Bennerley


I have been visiting Wollaton Park since I was a young lad, I’ve seen stuffed gorillas, vintage cars, heard lots of music and done a bit of wildlife watching, but today just has to be my best ever visit !

A passing Osprey, 3 Buzzards, a full set of woodpeckers, a couple of butterflies and two species of deer, what could be finer !


Osprey [very high and to NW] 3 Buzzard, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Green Woodpecker, 5 Nuthatch, Tree Creeper, Blackcap [m.] 2 Jay, 4 Teal. Plus 2 Peacock Butterflies.

Cotmanhay To Shipley Sightings

February 11, 2012 in Sightings by Bennerley

Cotmanhay. Sparrow Hawk, 35 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, 30 House Sparrow, 15 Goldfinch. Shipley Wood. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest. Shipley Lake. 100 Coot, 45 Tufted Duck, 2 Goosander, Little Grebe.Woodside. 90 Canada Goose, 30 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Sparrow Hawk, Buzzard, 30 Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipit.

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Rufford Country Park

January 17, 2012 in Latest Sightings by lammie

Had a trip up to Rufford Country Park today to see the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Spent quite a bit of time searching for them along with a lot of other birdwatchers. Finally saw one after a couple of hours as it made a short visit to the car park area but it didn’t stay in one place very long as it moved about at the top of the tall trees. No pics of the woody today but I did catch this as it was resting at the bottom of a tree.



Talking of resting this is one of the Smew, at Attenborough yesterday , having a rest.


The Urban Thing

November 6, 2011 in Read Posts, Sightings by davejsblog

Canada Geese

I change my “mo” for today’s adventure and headed of for a bit of “urban wildlife” taking in Tescos car park, two cemeteries and an urban lake.

With a north wind blowing the was a chance of something fleeing the tundra, I didn’t even see a Redwing !

I’ve been wanting to visit Ilkeston’s Stanton Road cemetery for a while now, old cemeteries can be a real haven for wildlife, species like Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Spotted and Pied flycatchers, Gold and Firecrests and Woodcock have all been found fairly locally in such places. Although small, the Stanton Road example amply provides for wildlife with an owl box, bat box and assorted bird boxes and there are signs of a fox, a feeding station would be nice, I have found my urban local patch ! handy when shopping or when visiting the doctor !

On to what once would have been a municipal lake at Kirk Hallam, I didn’t really expect too much, so I just sat down for a while to photograph the “ducks” To my surprise there were five Goosander at the far side of the lake, very nice !

On to the more familiar territory of Straws Bridge for more sitting down and more “snapping” Lots of gulls and Canada Geese, plus a small group of Pochard snoozing or feeding, none looking like the resident female, tho’ she may have perked up seeing her own kind !

Is Shipley an urban nature reserve ? it matters not, it’s a good link to the other places I visited today. By now the sun was sinking down behind the trees and the moon was high – and the fireworks were kicking off ! So, after a quick duck head count, involving lots of Wigeon, Gadwall and Shoveler it was – Owl time ! I got myself to the top of “Jones Mound” and waited. I knew despite, the fact that the fireworks had increased from a few pops and bangs to a “barrage” tonight was the night – and it was ! seeming completely oblivious to the noise, a Short-eared Owl arrived and began its patrol just feet from me ! birding’s brilliant’ in’it !

Just to round of an interestingly pleasant day, a fox was in my back garden stealing the meal worms from the ground feeder ! ear-plugs please and Good Night !

Kirk Hallam Lake. 5 Goosander. 35 Canada Geese, Grey Heron. Straws Bridge. 160 Black-head gull, 6 Pochard. Shipley NR. 25 Pochard, 45 Gadwall, 85 Wigeon, 22 Shoveler, 14 Mute Swan, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 110 Jackdaw, Tawny Owl, Short Eared Owl.

Mysterious Moorgreen

April 10, 2011 in Home, Read Posts by davejsblog

Garlic Mustard [I prefer jack-by-the-hedge]

 Back at Moorgreen Reservoir and woods today for a look around, came in the back door from “Watnall International Airport” after an uneventful stroll via Greasley Church Yard.

Things picked up a bit on reaching the woodland edge with the first of four or more soaring Buzzards in the company of a few “cousins”

Its getting more difficult finding birds with spring progressing nicely, I was hoping for my particular holy grail, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. It took me a long time to get on this little beauties Christmas  like card list so now every time I see one, it’s a little like the first time, I love the little chaps and chappettes ! but not today, Coal Tit, Green Woodpecker, and a trio of Nuthatch, still nice to see tho’ and hear of course.

Out of the trees and in to the central valley and more soaring raptors and a nice group of twelve Fallow Deer, although about as distant as they could be over the other side of the valley, I decided on a quick “photo snipe” the sun was out, the light was good, so’ let’s go for it thinks I, and go for it I did ! not a bad result, see photo post, love it !

Also in the photo post is Wood Anemone, one of my favorite wild flowers and a single very lonely Swallow on a wire outside the keepers cottage.

Rave On !

January 9, 2011 in Home by davejsblog

DSCF0779_edited-1  This picture is of Moorgreen Reservoir, frozen solid and not good for wildfowl, I think there were two Mallards in total ! but I did see something small scurrying across the ice, it look like a small wader but I didn’t get a good look.

The idea today was a quick passage through to Moorgreen and flocks of Firecrest’s – I wish ! Still it was feasible to find a few easy “ticks” Nuthatch, Tree Creeper, Goldcrest or even Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, I didn’t think any of these species were unreasonable, but all I managed was a Great Tit and a possible Nuthatch and that my friends, is birding.

I wouldn’t be downhearted for long, a great big black Raven showed along the tree line, poking its beak into Buzzard business and as a character from Little Britain might say : “what a kafuffle” what a glorious sight I say.