North Marsh 12/2/2015

February 12, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings by colin penny

Barn owl still in the valley

Barn owl still in the valley

Bennerley Marsh, Sunday, 8th. February, 2015.

February 9, 2015 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Temp. 6°C (43°F), 2°C (36°F), Wind Direction: West North Westerly, Wind Speed: 4 mph, Visibility: Sun, Good, Sunset: 17:03 GMT.

Another pleasant Bennerley day, apart from motor bikes and an illegal shooter, Golden Plover’s, lots of Snipe, a Water Rail and a pair of Stonechat’s, what’s not to love!

Bennerley Marsh: 130 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 70 Lapwing, 40 Golden Plover, 190 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull.Grey Heron, 6 Redwing, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk [f.] Jay. Chat Corner: 20 Snipe, 2 Jack Snipe, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat [m.-f.] Buzzard. Shipley Gate: 23 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, Water Rail, 23 Fieldfare, 45 Redwing. North Marsh:  2 Jack Snipe, 16 Snipe, 5 Goosander [over] 5 Teal, Grey Heron, Lesser Black-backed Gull





Carrion Crow




Tufted Duck


Little Grebe




Chat Corner


Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 23rd. January, 2015.

January 30, 2015 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp.3°C (37°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 11 mph, Visibility: Cloud, Sun, Moderate, Sunset: 16:32 GMT.

Bennerley: 135 Wigeon, 19 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck, 85 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, 110 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull. Mistle Thrush, 35 Goldfinch. Shipley Gate: Water Rail, Reed Bunting, North Marsh: 9 Snipe, 4 Cormorant, Pheasant, 2 Kestrel. Chat Corner: Reed Bunting, Green Woodpecker, 6 Redwing.


Bennerley Marsh, Sunday, 11th. January, 2015.

January 12, 2015 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max.Temp. 6°C (43°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 17mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sun, Cloud, Sunset: 16:12 GMT.

Lively  around the North Marsh today, but no Owls – anywhere !

Bennerley: 16 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 70 Lapwing, 260 Black-headed Gull, Sparrowhawk., 25 Goldfinch, Bullfinch. Chat Corner: Stonechat [f.] 5 Redwing. Shipley Gate: Kingfisher, 5 Tufted Duck, Kestrel. North Marsh: 19 Snipe, 3 Jack Snipe, Grey Heron, 2 Meadow Pipit.

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Little Grebe-Erewash Canal.

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Tufted Ducks-Erewash Canal.

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Its On My List !!!!


Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 28th. November, 2014.

December 1, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

 Max.Temp. 10°C (50°F), Wind Direction: East North Easterly, Wind Speed: 9 mph, Visibility: T/Cloud, Moderate, Sunset: 15:55 GMT.

A pretty normal day at Bennerley, fifteen Snipe, sixty five Golden Plover and a Kingfisher at Shipley gate livened things up a bit.

Shipley Gate. Kingfisher, 5 Redwing, 6 Tufted Duck, Teal, 2 Cormorant. North Marsh. 15 Snipe, 18 Fieldfare, Lesser Black-backed Gull. Chat Corner. 1 Snipe, 18 Fieldfare, 3 Meadow Pipit. Bennerley. 110 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 85 Lapwing, 65 Golden Plover, Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Redwing.

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The Family Muts

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Starlings-a buzz on the wires.

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Kingfisher, Shipley, too far away though !

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Spot The Teal.

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Tufted Ducks.

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Bennerley Marsh, 21st. November, 2014.

November 22, 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: 11mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 16:03 GMT.

I took the “clockwise” route around Bennerley for a change, there were a lot of Redwings about, but not so many Fieldfare, a good count of Snipe at the North Marsh, a duo of Stonechats were at Chat Corner, a good number of Lapwings at Bennerley along with plenty of Teal, a trio of Shovelers but just two Wigeon, if I had stayed to count the Black-headed Gulls heading of to roost for the night there would have been many hundreds – I stopped counting at one hundred and seventy !

Shipley Gate. 30 Goldfinch, 60 Redwing, 35 Fieldfare, Sparrowhawk [m.] North Marsh. 2 Grey Heron, 24 Snipe, 70 Redwing. Chat Corner. Kestrel. 2 Stonechat, 68 Redwing, 12 Fieldfare, Grey Heron. Bennerley. Green Woodpecker, 4 Mistle Thrush, 2 Bullfinch, 84 Lapwing, 38 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 170 Black-headed Gull.


Male Black Bird


Female Blackbird


Young Mute


Mute Swans – Erewash Canal


Mallards, Erewash Canal


Stonechat, Chat Corner




Bennerley Marsh, Saturday, 1st. November, 2014.

November 2, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 14c. Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Sun, Cloud, Good, , Sunset: 16:35 GMT.

First day of November and there are still wildflowers in bloom and the odd butterfly on the wing. I caught a perfect view of a Jack Snipe as it got up and quickly put down again at Chat Corner and the “northern thrushes” were very much in evidence but sadly no further sightings of Golden Plover on the marsh.

Bennerley. 190 Black-headed Gull, 35 Wigeon, 16 Lapwing, Snipe, Grey Heron. Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker, 9 Redwing. Chat Corner. Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, 4 Meadow Pipit, 70 Redwing, 16 Fieldfare, 2 Kestrel. North Marsh. 10 Snipe, 6 Pheasant, Grey Heron, 32 Fieldfare. Plus. 1 Peacock Butterfly.


The Footbridge At Cotmanhay


A Chat Corner Sunset


A Mushroom


Ragged Robin

Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 17th. October, 2014.

October 17, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Maxi. Temp: 17°C (63°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 11mph, Visibility: Cloud, Good, Sunset: 18:06 BST.

Lots of Buzzards about today, a good day for soaring ! A dozen Snipe at the North Marsh and more Green Woodpeckers than I’ve seen for a while, plus a few dragonflies hanging on and a single Red Admiral.

Bennerley. 200 Black-headed Gull, 18 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 27 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 9 Long-tailed Tit, Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit. Shipley Gate. 4 Buzzard, 2 Jay, 3o Goldfinch, Green Woodpecker. North Marsh. 12 Snipe, 2 Cormorant, Kestrel, Buzzard, Grey Heron, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Pheasant, 2 Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. 2 Reed Bunting, 8 Long-tailed Tit. Dragonflies: 1 Migrant Hawker, 3 Common Darter. Plus: 1 Red Admiral Butterfly.




In Yer Face !


Young Swan


Panic !





Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 10th. October, 2014.

October 11, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 15°C (59°F) Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 11mph, Visibility: Sun, Cloud, Good, Sunset: 18:22 BST.

After a slow start a single female Stonechat was on the North Marsh, five Sand Martin passed through the same area, plus a single Red Admiral, a single Migrant Hawker and a few Common Darters were on the wing.

Tathams Pond. 2 Tufted Duck. Dragonflies: 5 Common Darter, 1 Migrant Hawker. Bentleys Plantation. Buzzard. Plus: Red Admiral butterfly. North Marsh. 3 Snipe, Reed Bunting, Stonechat [f.] 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Sand Martin, 2 Pheasant, 12 Goldfinch. Shipley Gate. Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit. Bennerley. 27 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 2 Lapwing, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 8 Goldfinch.


Tufted Duck


Common Darter


Bracket Fungi




Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 26th. September, 2014.

September 26, 2014 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

IMG_5574Maximum Temp: 18°C (64°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 11mph, Visibility: Cloud, Sun, Good, Sunset: 18:55 BST.

Bennerley. 3 Grey Heron, 2 Gadwall, 24 Black-headed Gull, 6 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit. Chat Corner. 2 Buzzard, 24 Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Pheasant. Tathams Pond. 3 Tufted Duck, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Shipley Gate. 70 Rook, 5 Bullfinch. Bentleys Plantation. 2 Buzzard. North Marsh. 4 Reed Bunting, Kestrel, Snipe, 2 Pheasant. Butterflies: 1 Comma, 1 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood. Dragonflies: 10 Migrant Hawker, 2 Brown Hawker, 5 Common Darter.