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.
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.