Watnall & Moorgreen In Sunshine

March 11, 2012 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

A very pleasant sunday walk, nice weather and a few good sightings along the way, I really

Feeding Station A Watnall Wood

expected to see butterflies of some sort today, but not a one.

Several Brown Hares in the fields and a Wood Mouse under the feeders in Watnall Wood, apparently this little chap is a regular at these feeders.

Two Goshawk were soaring above the forest at some distance but seen clearly through my little Minox ‘scope, I was sure of the sighting but phoned a friend on a point of ID and later consulted the Raptor watchers oracle to confirm, all salient points covered I was happy !

The reservoir itself threw a a few wildfowl like, Teal, Gadwall amd Pochard, plus a single Wigeon.

More hares and a Tawny Owl on the steady stroll home-ward rounded of my day nicely.



Bennerley. Grey Wagtail, Watnall Wood. 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrow Hawk [m.] Nuthatch, 90 Jackdaw, Plus. Wood Mouse. Moorgreen Woods. 2 Goshawk [m. f. spoaring] Buzzard, 2 Red-legged Partridge 3 Green Woodpecker, 4 Sky Lark, 2 Meadow Pipit, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, 3 Song Thrush Plus. 3 Brown Hare. Moorgreen Reservoir. 2 Teal, Pochard, Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 9 Great Crested Grebe. Greasley. Tawny Owl. Plus.  2 Brown Hare. 



A Good Yomp !

February 26, 2012 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Great Tit

Did one of my once regular hikes today, Bennerley to Moorgreen.

Bennerley Marsh seemed very empty as I walked across the viaduct, not even a Grey Heron ! so, it was head down and onward.

On my arrival at Watnall Wood I found I found I was in yet another ecological war zone ! Broxtowe Council want to develop a great deal of the area including this very nice piece of woodland and one that is much loved by the locals. Woodland is for wildlife and green fields are for farming, so Broxtowe Council build your development in the city, and stop this silliness now !

A lot of forestry work is happening in Moorgreen Woods and the shrubbery that plagues some area is being uprooted and removed opening up the wood which I think could be a good thing, because to be honest Moorgreen is not as species rich as it used to be, birds like Nuthatch, Tree Creeper and a few others seem harder to find although the area was alive with Song Thrush and Jackdaw with with Green Woodpecker bringing up the rear.




Watnall Wood. Pheasant, Kestrel, 7 Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, 35 Rook, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Meadow Pipit. Moorgreen Woods. 5 Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Song Thrush. Moorgreen Reservoir. 30 Canada Goose, 4 Gadwall, Wigeon [m.] 3 Pochard, Goosander [f.] 10 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe.