Thursday, 3rd. October, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.
A misty and rainy day, not nice at all and only a fool would attempt any form of photo taking in such light and weather-I never learn.
A custom made part arrived to connect my camera to my ‘scope so I thought I’d give it a whirl, I tried for the Black-headed Gulls and the Lesser Black-backed Gull and the Grey Heron, Long-tailed Tit was out of the question! The only snaps I came away with were off one of farmer Noons geese!
Bennerley. 35 Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 18 Goldfinch. Chat Corner. 2 Buzzard, 2 Mistle Thrush. Botany Bay. 15 Collared Dove, 8 Goldfinch.
Friday, 4th. October, 2013. Bennerley/Woodside.
A small flock of Lapwing was a pleasant sight as I hastened trough Bennerley on my way to Woodside, likewise a single Red Admiral butterfly.
The wildfowl population is building nicely at Shipley Lake with Coot, Wigeon, Gadwall and Pochard, just two of this species at the moment, lets hope we can get through another winter before any development gets started, lets hope it go’s “pear shaped” and never gets started!
Bennerley Marsh. 28 Black-headed Gull, 35 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, Mistle Thrush, Jay.
Butterflies. Speckled Woods, Red Admiral.
Shipley Lake. 30 Canada Goose, 2 Pochard, 12 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 60 Coot. Woodside. Jay, Buzzard, 6 Pheasant, Meadow Pipit, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 26 Black-backed Gull.
Butterflies. Speckled Woods. Dragonflies. Common Darters, Migrant Hawkers.
Saturday, 5th. October, 2013. Willington.
As I walked onto the reserve a fellow birder informed me that there “wasn’t much about” which wasn’t quite true as the wildfowl, Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall and Shoveler would testify, not to mention a quartet of Buzzards, a Lapwing flock, a pair of Kestrels, a single Sparrowhawk and two ranting Cetti’s Warblers!
I’d come equipped for “digiscoping” and duly got stuck in, even though it’s taking me an age to get the hang of this particular method of photography so the photo’s aren’t that great, but I’m not too bothered, at least I can tell what it is now-sometimes!
Main Reserve. 17 Wigeon, 14 Gadwall, 30 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 90 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, Blackcap.
Butterflies. Small Whites, Green-veined White, Comma. Dragonflies. Migrant Hawkers, Common Darters.
Sunday, 6th. October, 2013. Bennerley/Cossall.
Wall to wall Buzzards today, they were everywhere around Cossall plus a couple at Bennerley.
A few Swallows flew over Cossall Pit-top, as did a male Sparrowhawk along with Goldfinches and a Chiffchaff.
Back to the Buzzards and there were seven above Old Moor Wood, much to the consternation of the local Jackdaws.
An Osprey glided high over Spring Wood ahead of a group of Lesser Black-backed Gulls all heading south, I think they must be using the motorway as a guide, I do see large gulls passing regularly at this spot, but not Osprey, this is the first for me in this area.
A trio of Yellowhammers flew along the hedgerow and as per normal just lately, a single Meadow Pipit, although the lack of small birds may have something to do with the presence of a Male Sparrowhawk and yet another pair of Buzzards!
Bennerley. 35 Black-headed Gull, 2 Buzzard, Greenfinch.
Dragonflies. Migrant Hawkers, Common Darters. Plus. Speckled Wood Butterflies.
Cossall Pit-Top. 8 Swallow, 23 Jackdaw, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, 2 Goldfinch. Nottingham Canal. 2 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, Blackcap. Old Moor Wood. 7 Buzzard, 35 Jackdaw, 6 Pied Wagtail. Spring Wood. Osprey [over to south-16:55hrs.] 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Yellowhammer. 1 Meadow Pipit.
Dragonflies. Common Darter, Migrant Hawkers. Plus. Speckled Wood Butterflies.