Holme Pierrepont, Sunday, 18th. January, 2015.

January 19, 2015 in Beyond The Valley., Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

I managed on a cold Sunday morning to climb out of my valley and into the Trent Valley, Holme Pierrepont to be precise.

I arrived at at the gate of the A 52 Pit and the second or third species of the day was Smew, two redhead females and target species number one ! over on the far bank three Redshank were darting about and a Little Egret glided gracefully by – two and three in the bag! bonus year tick was a single Ruddy Duck and that concluded the days birding [not really]

There were a good number of Pochard on the water and I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many Wigeon in years of visiting this site! I didn’t do a count but there were many hundreds, but strangely just one Shoveler!

Over at Blotts Pitt I thought they were extracting gravel again but it was in fact the creation of islands and the regulatory “wader scrape” with, according to the notice, viewing points to be added in the near future, so access to the usual tried and tested areas of interest was somewhat restricted, but things are looking good at the moment, I only hope this reserve doesn’t become like the theme park that is Attenborough.

Most of the remaining daylight was used hoping for a Bittern [number four!] drifting in but it wasn’t going to happen so I headed off back to the 52 Pit gate and took up my secret observation post for the “gull roost” safely ensconced I began to scan the not too large roost, mainly Black-headed but a few larger gulls were coming in, Greater and Lesser Black-backs,  Herring and Common, but no “white wingers or “bisquit” colored birds, just one fairly possible Caspian Gull, but the light was ebbing away by this time, never the less I was surprised just how good my small Opticron MM 3 ‘scope was for gull watching and I had been entertained by a “murmeration”  of thousands of Starlings in between scans, not millions but still a great spectacle.

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Carrion Crow, Gamston.

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Blotts Pit

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A Murmeration Of Starlings

Hoveringham GPs. – Away Day- Saturday, 18th. October, 2014.

October 18, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max Temp. 18c., Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Sun, Cloud, Moderate, Sunset: 18:04 BST.

I suppose a “tick list” of Great Skua, Long-tailed Skua and Glossy Ibis was a bit ambitious but the Skuas had been seen over the last few days and the Ibis is known to drop in sometimes, it would have been nice but it was not to be. A Snow Goose of dubious origin was seen, I don’t think it was the “Ross’s” that frequents Attenborough, I got an excellent view of it flying. Bird of the day was a single Green Sandpiper and Lapwings were strangely conspicuous by their absence ! There were a lot of Meadow Pipits, they were all over the place but no other “small brown jobs” apart from House Sparrows were Seen.

The Day List. Feral Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose, Snow Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pochard, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Robin, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Long-tailed, Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker, House Sparrow, Staling, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Kestrel, Buzzard.

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Egyptian Goose

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Part Of A Greylag Flock

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A Snow Goose Among The Mixed Goose Flock

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Greylags

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Notts sightings for Tue 18th Jun (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

June 20, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Clifton - 1 Ring-necked Parakeet [in trees at Glapton Primary School at 15:30].
  • Newark - 1 Little Egret [flew south along Trent].
  • Lound - 1 Ringed Plover, 2+ Oystercatcher, 3+ Common Redshank, 2+ Common Shelduck, 7 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Common Tern, 1+ Turtle Dove [heard], 1 Eurasian Wigeon [drake].
  • Budby Pumping Station - Gadwall [good numbers], Common Buzzard, Oystercatcher, Green Sandpiper, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff.

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Notts sightings for Thu 13th Jun (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

June 20, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Kinoulton - Eurasian Jay, Common Buzzard, Common Swift, Barn Swallow, 4 House Martin.
  • Collingham Lakes - 1 Little Egret, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ruddy Turnstone.
  • Kilvington - West Lake: 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Plover [summer female].
  • Linby - Hobby.
  • Hoveringham - Sailing Lake: 50+ Common Swift.

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Notts sightings for Thu 6th Jun (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

June 20, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • The Hook Nature Reserve - 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Greenfinch.
  • Mansfield Woodhouse - 1 Red Kite.
  • Besthorpe NWT - Mons Pool: 35 Gadwall, 1+ Turtle Dove.
  • Collingham Lakes - 8 Ringed Plover, 1 Turtle Dove.
  • Kilvington Lakes - 2 Little Egret, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling.
  • Dukes Wood to Kirklington - Barn Swallow, Common Swift, House Martin, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Wren, European Robin, Dunnock, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Marsh Tit, Mallard, Gadwall, Common Shelduck [pair], Common Pheasant, Grey Partridge, Common Kestrel, Common Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Rook, Magpie, Jackdaw, Yellowhammer, Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird, Eurasian Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Song Thrush [heard], Northern Lapwing [heard].
  • Bassingfield- Hobby

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Notts sightings for Tue 4th Jun (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

June 20, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Barton-in-Fabis - 1 Montagu's Harrier.
  • Rainworth Heath - 5 Common Crossbill [4 males, 1 female], 1 Woodcock [roding].
  • Besthorpe NWT - Mons Pool: 1 Little Egret, 1 Turtle Dove.
  • Collingham Lakes - 1 Little Egret, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Redshank.

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Norfolk

May 18, 2013 in Holiday and Trip Reports by lammie

Just spent a week at a dull wet Norfolk. Managed to spend a bit of time with the birds in between keeping the grand kids in control. Here’s a few shots I took, hope you like them.

Whimbrel

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Little Egret

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Avocet

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Kestrel

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Ruff (Summer Plumage)

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Fulmar

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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 Wed 17th Apr (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

April 18, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Attenborough Nature Reserve - 1 Common Redstart, 1 Grasshopper Warbler.
  • RSPB Langford Lowfields - 1 Northern Wheatear, 20+ Yellow Wagtail.
  • Cotham Flash - 3 Northern Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail.
  • Hoveringham - Railway Lake: 1 Northern Wheatear, 20+ Yellow Wagtail, 2 Oystercatcher.
  • Hazleford Lock - 3 Willow Warbler [singing], 10+ Barn Swallow, 20+ Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Linnet, 3 Chiffchaff [singing], 2 Song Thrush, 2 Common Kingfisher.
  • Lambley - Barn Owl [Catfoot Lane - heard].
  • Newark - 1 Common Swift [over Beaumont Cross].
  • Beeston Canal - 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 20 Sand Martin.
  • Besthorpe NWT - Meering: 3 Green Sandpiper. Mons Pool: 1 Little Egret, 1 Eurasian Curlew.
  • Collingham Lakes - 7 Northern Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 3 Common Goldeneye, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper [Ferry Lane Lake], 1 Common Sandpiper [Silt Pond].
  • Bevercotes Pit Wood - 2 Common Shelduck [pair], 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Northern Lapwing, 2 Cormorant, 1 Barn Swallow.
  • Netherfield Lagoons - 2 Green Woodpecker.

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Notts sightings for Wed 17th Apr (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

April 17, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Beeston Canal - 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 20 Sand Martin.
  • Besthorpe NWT - Meering: 3 Green Sandpiper. Mons Pool: 1 Little Egret, 1 Eurasian Curlew.
  • Collingham Lakes - 7 Northern Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 3 Common Goldeneye, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper [Ferry Lane Lake], 1 Common Sandpiper [Silt Pond].
  • Bevercotes Pit Wood - 2 Common Shelduck [pair], 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Northern Lapwing, 2 Cormorant, 1 Barn Swallow.
  • Netherfield Lagoons - 2 Green Woodpecker.

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