Bennerley Marsh, Sunday, 4th. January, 2015.

January 4, 2015 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 2°C (36°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 5 mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 16:03 GMT.

Not a bad day, sunshine, a sharp frost and Kingfisher, Jack Snipe and Water Rail added to the year list !

Bennerley: 110 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 19 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Mistle Thrush, 4 Redwing, 3 Pied Wagtail. Chat Corner: 2 Stonechat, 4 Snipe. Shipley Gate:  19 Fieldfare, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe   North Marsh: Jack Snipe, 11 Snipe, Pheasant, 23 Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush.

Bennerley Marsh, 20th. November, 2014.

November 20, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 8°C (46°F)Wind Direction: East South Easterly, Wind Speed: 12 mph, Visibility: Sun, Cloud, Moderate, Sunset: 16:03 GMT.

Not a bad day today, a bit of a late start but still a decent “bag” which included, Stonechat, Snipe, Lapwing and a few Golden Plover which is always nice to see at Bennerley.

Bennerley. 120 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 105 Wigeon, 42 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 96 Lapwing, 12 Golden Plover, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Mistle Thrush. Chat Corner. 1 Stonechat [m.] 22 Meadow Pipit, 18 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, Grey Heron, 6 Snipe, 6 Pheasant.


Mistle Thrush







Another Mistle Thrush


Stonechat [record shot in poor light]


Goodnight Chat Corner

The Bennerley Bugle No. 23 – Gallery

June 9, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Blue-tailed Damselfly
Home Sweet Home!
Red-eyed Damselflies-And Thats Love!
A Large Bee [Canon SX50-50x zoom + 1.5]
Mistle Thrush
Large Red Damselfly
Four-spotted Chaser [Canon SX50-50x zoom + 1.5]
Ladybird [Canon SX50-50x zoom + 1.5]
Speckled Wood
Red-eyed Damselfly
Water Lily 
Eyed Hawkmoth
Broadleaved Pondweed

Broadleaved Pondweed


Red-eyed Damselfly
The Family Coot
Four-spotted Chaser
Azure Danselflies
Brown Argus 

The Bennerley Bugle No. 8 – Gallery

February 25, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley




Coltsfoot-First Of The Year


Female Smew-[Redhead] Long Eaton GPs’


Pink Footed Goose With Greylag Geese, Attenborough NR.


Bittern, Clifton Pond, Attenborough NR.


Red-crested Pochard, Attenborough NR.


Red-crested Pochard, Tufted Ducks, Attenborough NR.


Shelduck, ‘Tween Pond, Attenborough NR.


Lapwing, ‘Tween Pond, Attenborough NR.


Red-crested Pochard, ‘Tween Pond, Attenborough NR.


Goosander,  Attenborough NR.





Gadwall, Attenborough NR.


Egyptian Goose, ‘Tween Pond, Attenborough NR.


Mute Swan, Cossall


Mistle Thrush, “Lodge Feeders”

The Bennerley Bugle No. 7 – Extra.

February 17, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Mute Swan


Heavy Going For A Drake Mallard




Mistle Thrush, Star Of The Lodge Feeders!





Moorhen-Proud As Punch!


Peregrine – On stage tonight


Heres Lookin’ At Ya’


Gissa’ Kiss



Frolics And Bollards




Resident Of The Cromford Canal – Little Grebe

The Bennerley Bugle No. 7.

February 17, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Thursday, 13th. February, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 5°C (41°F), Minimum Temperature: 1°C (34°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 15mph, Visibility: Sun, Good, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:27 GMT.

Mistle Thrush

One of the quietest days at Bennerley I’ve seen for a long time, although morons on motos might have something to do with it!  So again it was down to the “old regulars” to provide the entertainment, the Wigeon, a dozen plus Shoveler, the raptors, thrushes and a handful of Lapwing.

Bennerley Lodge. 8 Goldfinch, 6 Blackbird, 35 Starling. Bennerley South. 35 Wigeon, 3 Grey Heron. Bennerley. 170 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 14 Lapwing, 190 Black-headed Gull, 6 Common Gull, Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 25 Redwing, Song Thrush, 7 Long-tailed Tit.

Friday, 14th. February, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 8°C (46°F), Wind Direction: South Easterly, Wind Speed: 18mph. Visibility: Cloud, Rain, Moderate, Sunset: 17:14 GMT.




Not Counting flyovers like Gull and Corvids, the total of bird species count today on the “Lodge Feeders” was fourteen.

Chat Corner had livened up a bit with a couple of drake Shoveler, singles each of Snipe and Meadow Pipit but the “Northern Thrushes” were there in decent numbers, meanwhile over at Bennerley, Lapwing numbers were up to the mid-thirties but thats not nearly enough for this threatened species. I think with the amount of habitat available the Wigeon are doing pretty well, relative to the bigger Wigeon sites like Holme Pierrepont compared with the Lapwing.

Bennerley Lodge. Sparrowhawk, 10 Goldfinch, Greenfinch,2 Chaffinch, Coal Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 4 Blackbird, 35 Starling, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, 9 House Sparrow, 4 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove. Chat Corner. Cormorant, 2 Shoveler [over] Snipe, Grey Heron, Meadow Pipit, 170 Redwing, 100 Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Kestrel. Bennerley. 140 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 35 Lapwing, 120 Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, 3 Grey Heron, 35 Lapwing, Kestrel, 2 Bullfinch.

Saturday, 15th. February, 2014. Bennerely Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 23 mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 17:16 GMT.


Through The Murk!



It was a surprise to see a pair of Shelduck flying over Chat Corner! i don,t think I’ve seen this fine looking duck at Bennerley before.

Half a dozen Meadow Pipit were at the North Marsh along with a good few Snipe and a single Grey Wagtail.

Five Goosander were hanging around on the canal by Tathams Pond in the company of four Tufted Duck, very nice!

Bennerley. 120 Wigeon, 10 Shoveler, 2 Shelduck, 2 Grey Heron, 30 Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull. Chat Corner. 2 Shelduck [over to north west] Kestrel, 12 Goldfinch, 32 Redwing. North Marsh. 27 Snipe, 6 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush. Tathams Pond. 60 Black-headed Gull, 5 Goosander, 4 Tufted Duck.

Sunday, 16 February, 2014.

Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), , Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 10mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 17:18 GMT.

Peregrine, Derby Cathedral



Today was more about quality rather than quantity, three birds on the “hit list” and two seen, a female Peregrine was on the Derby Cathedral tower and three Hawfinch were-shall i say, highly mobile around the Cromford Canal, the third target species, Dipper was nowhere to be seen, I should imagine they had repaired to more tranquil waters further upstream away from the river Derwent which was running high and offering few rocky perches for a Dipper to operate from.

The half dozen Little Grebe on the Cromford Canal were very entertaining as usual and there were probably a few more further along the canal.

The Day List. Peregrine, Buzzard Sparrowhawk, Goosander,

Record shot of three Hawfinch: Willersley Castle, Cromford.

Mallard, Little Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Hawfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Carrion Crow, Rook, Magpie, Jackdaw, Wood Pigeon, Feral Rock Dove, Collared Dove.




























The Bennerley Bugle No. 7 – Gallery

February 17, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

C’mon, this way!






Mistle Thrush, The Lodge Feeders


A Pair Of Displaying Crows


Tufted Duck, Tathams Pond


Mistle Thrush


Peregrine, Derby Cathedral


Canada Geese, Mallard, River Derwent, Derby City Centre.


Black-headed Gulls,  River Derwent, Derby City Centre.


Canada Goose,  River Derwent, Derby City Centre.


Gulls,  River Derwent, Derby City Centre.


Little Grebe, Cromford Canal


Buzzard – up a pole! Cromford


Redwing, Cromford


Snowdrops, Cromford Church Yard


The Bennerley Bugle No. 15 – Gallery

October 7, 2013 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Speckled Wood


Cone Head [?] Bennerley


Common Darter


Grey Heron-Coosall




Mistle Thrush-casual shot with point & shoot Panasonic FS40


Acorns, Natures Bount

Canada Geese, River Derwent, Derby City Centre

Canada Geese, River Derwent, Derby City Centre


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

June 20, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Attenborough Nature Reserve - 5 Red-crested Pochard, Grasshopper Warbler [heard - hedges near Tower Hide], Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher.
  • Gringley Carr - 4 Reed Bunting [2 pairs], 1 Reed Warbler, 12 Greylag Goose, c.14 Common Swift, c.8 Barn Swallow, Yellowhammer [heard].
  • Longdale Lane Woods - 3 Woodcock.
  • Arnot Hill Park - 1 Gadwall [drake - remaining 1 of a group of 5 which flew in over a week ago], 3 Greylag Goose, 29 Tufted Duck, 8 Common Coot, 37 Moorhen, 12 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Common Pochard, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Cormorant, 2 Goldcrest, 25 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackcap, 5 Pied Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Wren, 11 European Robin, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Jackdaw, 11 Carrion Crow, 8 Magpie, 1 Eurasian Nuthatch, 2 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 17 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Sparrow, Blue Tit, Great Tit.
  • Southwell Trail - Bilsthorpe to Farnsfield: Grey Partridge, Common Pheasant, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, European Robin, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Skylark, Yellowhammer, Pied Wagtail, Common Swift, Barn Swallow, Green Woodpecker, Common Shelduck [pair], Long-tailed Tit, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, House Martin, Wren.
  • Kirklington - Tree Sparrow [garden]. Top Dam: Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, Yellowhammer, Dunnock, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, European Robin, Wren, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Woodpigeon, Rook, Carrion Crow, Skylark [singing], Chiffchaff [heard], Blackcap [heard], Sedge Warbler [heard], Common Pheasant, Blue Tit, Great Tit.
  • Welbeck Watchpoint - Osprey [through at 14:55], Hobby.
  • Clumber Park - c.80 Common Crossbill, Tree Pipit, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat.
  • Carburton - 1 Turtle Dove.
  • Sherwood Forest NNR - 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Common Cuckoo.
  • Holme Pierrepont - Blott's Pit: Common Cuckoo.
  • Budby Pumping Station - Osprey, 2 Common Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 41 Mute Swan.
  • Holme Pierrepont - 1 Black Swan.

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Notts sightings for Mon 18th Mar (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

March 26, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Maun Valley - Little Egret [tree near electricity sub-station], Greenfinch, Goldcrest, Common Buzzard, Eurasian Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Common Kestrel, Mistle Thrush.
  • The Hook Nature Reserve - 1 Short-eared Owl.
  • Wollaton Park - Raven [over], Oystercatcher.
  • Underwood - Raven.
  • Bentinck Void - Stonechat.

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