Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 16th. January, 2015.

January 16, 2015 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max.Temp. 5°C (41°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 10 mph, Visibility: Sun, Cloud, Good, Sunset: 16:20 GMT.

Bennerley: 120 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 75 Lapwing, 430 Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, 2 Grey Heron, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner: 2 Stonechat [m. f.] 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch, 5 Redwing, Kestrel.

Bennerley Marsh, Saturday, 6th. December, 2014.

December 7, 2014 in Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 4°C (39°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 6 mph, Visibility: Sun, Moderate, Sunset: 15:50 GMT.

I changed my routine a little today, I explored the canal and the fields around Cossall as far as Mill Lane, taking a look at the Millichip Newt Ponds on the way, just a Kestrel and a Grey Heron there, and a similar story at Cossall, it looked like being a quiet day and it was. By the time I got back to Bennerley there were just three Magpies on the frozen main marsh ! there were a few Teal on the river and a few Redwings flitting about, still I had seen a small flock of Lapwing earlier that morning. It was much the same at Chat Corner with small groups of Redwing and Fieldfare moving around and three Snipe rounded of the day.

Millichip Newt Pond. Kestrel, Grey Heron. Cossall. Buzzard, Kestrel, 18 Redwing, Pheasant. Bennerley. Coal Tit [Bennerley Lodge] 9 Teal, 18 Lapwing, 29 Fieldfare, 42 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush.  Chat Corner. 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Meadow Pipit, 27 Fieldfare, 53 Redwing, 3 Snipe, 2 Cormorant.

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Young Mute Swan

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…. And Its Parent

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Two Black-headed Gulls

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One Black-headed Gull

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Carrion Crow

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And Finally…….

Bennerley/Cossall, Sunday, 5th. October, 2014.

October 6, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 14mph, Visibility: Sun, Cloud, Good, Sunset: 18:29 BST.

A nice hike around the Bennerley and Cossall area, Teal and Wigeon numbers seem to be building and on the second sweep of Bennerley in the evening I came upon a Stonechat actually on the marsh, a fair distance away and hard to relocated when it dropped down but despite the failing light I still manage a few record shots. A female or possibly a first winter bird.

A minor “raptor fest” at Cossall plus a flock of Linnet, an unexpected Snipe along the Robinettes Arm stretch of the canal and a nice Small Copper butterfly made for a very pleasant hike.

Bennerley. 17 Teal, 5 Wigeon, Grey Heron, 1 Lapwing, Stonechat, 23 Goldfinch. Chat Corner. 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Pheasant, 12 Long-tailed Tit. Plus: Red Admiral butterfly, 2 Common Darter dragonfly. Cossall. Kestrel, Buzzard, 13 Lapwing, 1 Snipe  [Robinettes Arm] Old Moor Wood. Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Pheasant.  Spring Wood. 2 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Meadow Pipit, 25 Linnet. Butterflies: Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White.  Dragonflies: 14 Migrant Hawker, 8 Common Darter.


Common Darter




Common Darter


Distant Stonechat


Taken early evening in rapidly fading light !


Bennerley Marsh, 19th. September, 2014.

September 19, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Maximum Temperature: 17°C (63°F), Wind Direction: North Easterly, Wind Speed: 6 mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 19:12 BST.


Not so busy today but still a few Swallows and a couple of Sand Martin, sadly overcast and misty meaning poor light for photography.

Bennerley. 2 Gadwall, 27 Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail,  5 Greenfinch, 22 Goldfinch, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Meadow Pipit, 8 Swallow. Chat Corner. 2 Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit. Shipley Gate. 3 Tufted Duck, 12 Swallow, 4 House Martin, Grey Wagtail. North Marsh. 2 Reed Bunting, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel. Dragonflies. 2 Migrant Hawker, 1 Brown Hawker. Plus. Peacock Butterfly.


Grey Wagtail, Eastwood Lock.


Dunnock, North Marsh.


Tufted Duck, Erewash Canal.


Kestrel on the wind turbine fence.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 25 – Gallery

June 23, 2014 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Found In The Kitchen 



Bladder Campion

Common Blue

Four-spotted Chaser

Large Red Damselfly

Broad-bodied Chaser

Small Or Essex

Shield Bug ?

Four-spotted Chaser

Red Eyed Damselfly

Mute Family

Reed Bunting


Red Eyed Damselfly

Hedge Bindweed

Azure Damselfly

Broad Bodied Chaser

Four-spotted Chaser

Water lilies

Young Moorhen

Speckled Wood [i seem to recall, before it turned in!]


The Bennerley Bugle No. 24 – Gallery

June 17, 2014 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Small Tortoiseshell
Water Lily
Common Blue

Meadow Brown

Red-eyed Damselfly
Azure Damselfly 
Four-spotted Chaser
House Sparrow

Brown China Mark



Scarlet Pimpernel 
Red-eyed Damselfly
Meadow Cranesbill

Meadow Cranesbill

Reed Bunting
Yellow Iris
Banded Demoiselle 

Reed Warbler

Speckled Wood


The Bennerley Bugle No. 3

July 16, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Thursday, 11th. July, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.



Insects galore today but very few birds, the Viaduct Lagoons held a few striking Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chaser Dragonflies, plus a couple of Emerald Damselflies, also there appears to have been an emergence of Comma Butterflies, which is one of my favorite butterfliy species.

Down on Chat Corner two Skylarks were dust bathing, Reed Buntings were popping up everywhere and a single Meadow Pipit, due to a cyclist, escaped the attention of my camera !

Bennerley. 9 Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, Blackcap, 2 Whitethoat, 2 Goldfinch. Chat Corner, 3 Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, 2 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Reed Bunting. Botany Bay. Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Dunnock.

Butterflies. 3 Comma, Ringlets, Meadow Browns, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Speckled Wood, 5 Common Blue, 7 Large Skipper, 3 Small Skipper. Damselflies. Azure, Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Red-eyed, Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker. Moths. Latticed Heath, Cinnabar, Five-spotted Burnet.


Friday, 12th. July, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Not a single Reed Warbler kicking off today ! A very quiet Tathams Pond !

Bennerley. 25 Black-headed Gull, Whitethoat, Garden Warbler. Tathams Pond. Kingfisher, Reed Bunting, 3 Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethoat, Buzzard, Grey Heron. Shipley Gate. Chiffchaff, 37 Swallow, House Martin, 8 Swift, 12 Long-tailed Tit. North Marsh. 12 Jackdaw, 8 Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, 7 Whitethoat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 5 Linnet, 27 Goldfinch.

Butterflies. Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Woods, Large Skippers, Small Skipper, Large Whites, Small Whites. Damselflies. Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Red-eyed,

Broad-bodied Chaser

Broad-bodied Chaser

Emerald, Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. Brown Hawkers, Migrant Hawkers, Four-spotted Chaser, 1 Emperor. Moths. Cinnabrs, Latticed Heaths.


Saturday, 13th. July, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Probably the hottest day of the year today and it was certainly verging on the oppressive, Bennerley is beginning to look and feel like a semi-desert !



Bird and insect sighting were fairly equal, possibly more birds owing to nice little family groups.

Bennerley Lodge. Buzzard, 3 Swift. Bennerley. Jay, 20 Black-headed Gull, Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Whitethoat, 5 Sand Martin, 12 Swallow, 13 Swift. Chat Corner. Reed Bunting, 3 Black-headed Gull, Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron, Lesser Whitethoat, 2 Linnet, 8 Goldfinch, Song Thrush, 15 Swallow, 3 Swift.

Butterflies. Comma, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skippers, Small Skippers, Large White, Small White. Damselflies. Azure’s, Common Blues, Red-eyed. Dragonflies. Common Darter, Four-spotted Chaser, Brown Hawkers, Migrant Hawkers, Emperor.


Red Eyed At Bennerley !

June 21, 2013 in Photo Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Red-eyed Damselflies made an appearance at Bennerley today in decent numbers, plus many Chimney Sweeper moths on the wing.

Eleven Reed Warbler at Tathams Pond, birds everywhere ! lots in song, amazing, although I stuck around to try for a photo, not one was usable, these little blighters are just too quick for me !

Bennerley. Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Black-headed Gull, 2 Goldfinch, Song Thrush, 5 Swift. Tathams Pond. 11 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, 6 Long-tailed Tit, North Marsh. 4 Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, Meadow Pipit,6 Reed Bunting, 5 Goldfinch, 29 Sand Martin, Buzzard, 3 Pheasant. Chat Corner. 3 Swift, Reed Bunting.

Butterflies. Meadow Brown, 2 Peacock, 2 Ringlet, 4 Small Heath, 4 Common Blue,Large White, Small White. Damselflies. Red-eyed, Common Blue, Azure, Banded Demoiselle. Moths. Pale Tussock, Cinnabar, Chimney Sweeper [lots !]

Common Blue Danselfly

Common Blue Danselfly

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unknown Moth

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House Sparrow

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Red-eyed Damselfly

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Yellow Iris

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Male Banded Demoiselle

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A Horses Head !

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Azure Damselflies

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 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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