Bennerley Marsh To Shipley

December 8, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Very Sun, Good,Sunset: 15:50 GMT.

A quick passage through Bennerley and on to probably the best days birding I’ve had around Shipley for some time, mainly due to a good few Wigeon, Goosander, a drake Mandarin and a single Willow Tit. The Mandarin was on the far side of Mapperley Reservoir and I was on the other side with the sun in my face, the Mandarin had  the undergrowth in front of it as did I on my side, very hard to focus on the subject, the Goosander shots were taken through holes in the perimeter fence of Shipley Lake, so the photography ain’t that good. Not to worry, it was still a good day !

Bennerley. Sparrowhawk, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Redwing, 2 Common Gull, 35 Black-headed Gull. Shipley Lake. 26 Goosander, 85 Wigeon, 4 Pochard, 4 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, Grey Heron, 2 Common Gull,  220 Black-headed Gull. Shipley Hill. Willow Tit, 6 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Stock Dove.  Mapperley Reservoir. Mandarin [m.] 6 Goosander, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 96 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose. Woodside. 4 Snipe, Grey Heron, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker.

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Drake Goosander, Shipley Lake.

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Some Fungi

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Grey Heron, this way ! Shipley Lake.

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…… and this way !

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Female Blackbird among the berries. Bennerley.

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Young Mute

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Male and female Goosander.

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Goosander’s on Shipley Lake.

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Bennerley & Shipley, Sunday, 16th. November, 2014.

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

Max. Temp. Wind Direction: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 10 mph, Visibility: Cloud, Moderate, Sunset: 16:09 GMT.

The plan today was to do a bit of “digiscoping” but luck and the light just wasn’t with me,  consequently the photos in this post were all taken with standard photography using the Nikon S1 and no ‘scope !

Bennerley was buzzing – almost, with ten whole Snipe on the “coal” plus Lapwing, Wigeon and Teal on the marsh plus a few Meadow Pipit and a single Buzzard at Chat Corner.

Shipley Lake held eight Goosander plus a few Shoveler and Pochard, Straws Bridge was mostly Black-headed Gulls plus a few Common Gulls and a few Pied Wagtails feeding along the bank edges. Woodside in the dark turned up just one Tawny Owl calling, it was distant and probably up on Shipley Hill.

Bennerley. 125 Wigeon, 52 Teal, 110 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 45 Lapwing, 10 Snipe, Kestrel, 3 Bullfinch. Chat Corner. Buzzard, Kestrel. 3 Meadow Pipit. Shipley Lake. 58 Wigeon, 8 Goosander, 7 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Cormorant. Straws Bridge. 330 Black-headed Gull, 11 Common Gull, 5 Pied Wagtail. Woodside. Tawny Owl, Greenfinch.


Pied Wagtail – Straws Bridge


Mute Swan – Straws Bridge


Two Pied Wagtails – Straws Bridge


Mute Swan, Marching – Straws Bridge


Black-headed Gulls – Straws Bridge


Avian Mayhem


Collared Doves In The Garden


Young Mute Swans – Erewash Canal, Bennerley


Ready To Leave Home


Mallard & Coot – Straws Bridge

Bennerley Marsh, Shipley, Sunday, 9th. November, 2014.

November 10, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

 Max. Temp. 9°C (48°F) Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 6mph, Visibility: Sun, Cloud, Moderate, Sunset: 16:20 GMT.

Bennerley lived up to its name today, it was in fact a “marsh” with a good flood cover a fair sized area and there was water on either side of Newtons Lane for a change. Good counts of ducks, gulls [black-headed] and even Buzzards with four putting in an appearance, plus half a dozen Snipe and a single Jack Snipe. No “chats” today at Chat Corner but a nice few Meadow Pipit and even more gulls.

A slow start up the hill at Shipley, just on Grey Squirrel in Shipley Wood ! but thing are getting better, slowly, on Shipley Lake but just a few Gadwall on the Shipley View Lagoons. Straws Bridge was worth the look with my first Goosander of the Winter and a Water Rail in Pewit Carr. Again Woodside was quiet with a pair of Lesser Redpoll being the highlight, but a nice day and a nice walk.

Bennerley. 125 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 11 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 32 Lapwing, 1 Jack Snipe, 6 Snipe, Grey Heron, 220 Black-headed Gull, 4 Buzzard, 25 Goldfinch, 5 Greenfinch, 5 Redwing, Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. 240 Black-headed Gull, 28 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Pheasant, Kestrel. Shipley Lake. 45 Wigeon, 7 Pochard, 6 Teal, 2 Gadwall. 6 Great Crested Grebe, Shipley View Lagoons. 7 Gadwall, 1 Fieldfare. Straws Bridge. 3 Pochard, 1 Goosander [m.] 12 Pied Wagtail. Pewit Carr. Water Rail. Woodside. 2 Lesser Redpoll, Green Woodpecker, 3 Pheasant, Jay.


Goosander, Straws Bridge


Pochard, Straws Bridge


Pied Wagtail, Straws Bridge


A Different Pied Wagtail, Straws Bridge


Mallards, Bennerley Marsh


Meadow Pipits, Chat Corner


On the rocks !


Wood Pigeons


Canada Geese


Common Gull, Black-headed Gulls, Straws Bridge


Pied Wagtail


Wood Pigeon, Bennerley

Shipley, Sunday, 2nd. November, 2014.

November 3, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 9 mph, Visibility: Sun, Cloud, Good, Sunset: 16:33 GMT.

Wildfowl numbers are creeping up on Shipley Lake, but the “hotspot” today was Shipley Hill with flocks of Redwing, tit and finch flocks, including a couple of Goldcrests and a Barn Owl over the opencast mine – among the pigeons ! I think it came out of farm buildings between the hill and the mine.

Woodside. 3 Cormorant, Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker. Shipley Lake. 7 Cormorant, 6 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 4 Teal, 42 Wigeon, 5 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron.. Shipley Park.  30 Goldfinch, 4 Mistle Thrush, Grey Heron, Shipley Hill. Barn Owl [ over the opencast mine] 2 Goldcrest, 40 Goldfinch, 12 Greenfinch, 90 Redwing, 3 Jay. Mapperley Reservoir. 4 Great Crested Grebe, 55 Redwing. Mapperley Wood. 25 Redwing, 30 Goldfinch, 6 Pheasant.


Gulls-Osbournes Pond


Redwing, hiding !


Looking Cute….


Black-headed Gull


Robin-dusk in Mapperley Wood


Coot, Mapperley Reservoir.

Bennerley Marsh/Shipley, Sunday, 26th. October, 2014.

October 27, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp : 14°C (57°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 17 mph, Visibility: Light Cloud, Good,. Sunset: 17:51 BST.

Nothing much happening at Bennerley or Shipley, although Shipley Lake was slightly better than last week but mainly because of a flight of Lapwings flying over ! After such an uneventful day I decided a little “Owling” might be fun, I thought maybe a Tawny calling or a Barn Owl winging silently over the “mound” I didn’t expect to hear the deep call of a Long-eared Owl somewhere near to the old car parks,  this is not the first Long-eared I’ve heard in the area, all I have to do now is see one !

Bennerley Marsh. 5 Wigeon, 32 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 180 Black-headed Gull, 2 Redwing, Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. Kestrel,  Grey Heron, 2 Redwing. Shipley Wood. 25 Goldfinch. Shipley Lake. 4 Cormorant, 12 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, 5  Great Crested Grebe, 20 Lapwing [over] Shipley View Lagoons. 6 Gadwall, Little Grebe, 18 Goldfinch. Straws Bridge. 3  Cormorant, 2 Common Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail, Redwing. Woodside. 2 Meadow Pipit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green  Woodpecker. Long Eared Owl. [one was calling after dusk in the vicinity of the old car parks]


Yer’ Basic Bracket !


Little Grebe-Shipley View Lagoons


Black-headed Gull Flypass- Straws Bridge


Mallard-Straws Bridge


Follow Me !


Black-headed Gull-Straws Bridge


A Lone Greylag Goose-Straws Bridge


Mute Swan, one of many-Straws Bridge


Still Bloomin’ -Old coal site.

Shipley – Sunday, 19th. October, 2014.

October 20, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 16°C (61°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 20 mph, Visibility: Sun, Good, Sunset: 18:02 BST. 

The first Redwings of the winter did it for me today, just four around Pewit Carr. I always thought the Shipley View Lagoons would hold something a bit special one day and a report of a Water Rail got me looking and listening for quite some around the lagoons, but nothing doing, just the resident, Dabchick, Gaddies and a flock of Collared Dove, always worth a look, I found a single Turtle Dove in just such a flock one year in early November, you never know.

Shipley Wood. Kestrel, 5 Meadow Pipit. Shipley Lake. 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gadwall, 17 Wigeon. Shipley View Lagoons. 4 Gadwall, Little Grebe, 9 Tufted Duck, Kestrel, Grey Heron,  30 Collared Dove. Pewit Carr. 4 Redwing, 2 Common Darter, 2 Migrant Hawker. Straws Bridge. 280 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Kingfisher,  3 Cormorant. Woodside. Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, 5 Meadow Pipit.


Mute Swan


Lesser Black-backed Gulls




Black-headed Gull


Tricky !


Nearly There !


A Bit Of A Crowd

Shipley, Woodside & Straws Bridge. Sunday 12th. October, 2014,

October 13, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

I made the climb out of the Erewash Valley and took a look at Shipley and finally found more than one Meadow Pipit up on the mound, no owls yet though. A single Peacock and two Red Admirals were at the Shipley View Lagoons and three Migrant Hawkers and a couple of Common darters were at Straws Bridge.

Shipley Lake. 8 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Gadwall, Wigeon [at least 2 heared, none seen] Shipley View Lagoons. 18 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Sparrow Hawk. Butterflies: 2 Red Admiral, Peacock. Straws Bridge. 240 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, 2 Cormorant. Dragonflies:  3 Migrant Hawker, 2 Common Darter. Woodside. 2 Jay, Buzzard, Grey Heron , 24 Gadwall [over] 3 Grey Partridge, Pheasant, Green Woodpecker, 15 Meadow Pipit.




Tufted Duck


Tufted Duck & Little Grebe


Great Crested Grebe


Cormorant wing drying.


…. and preening


Not sure, I thought Common Gull


Black-headed Gull


A tricky touch down !


The Shore Line


Grey Heron

Over Shipley 26/09/2014

September 28, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Half an hour scanning over Shipley Hill from near Shipley View. The usual Buzzards, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk aloft. Mistle Trush. Green Woodpecker. Jay. Ducks put off Shipley Lake by something or more likely somebody included Mallard, Shoveler, Gadwall and a few Wigeon.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 15

October 7, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Thursday, 3rd. October, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.


Farmyard Goose

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.

Green-veined Whit

Green-veined Whit

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.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 13

September 23, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

Friday, 20th. September, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

It’s nice to be able to say that there are still Willow Tits around Bennerley, I saw and heard one in the spring and there was one in their usual haunt at Botany Bay today.

Still a few butterflies about including a nice bright Comma and hordes of Small Tortoiseshells – well, a least five anyway!

Bennerley. Buzzard, Grey Heron, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20 Black-headed Gull. Chat Corner. Hobby, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 75 Goldfinch, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting. Botany Bay. 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Bullfinch, Willow Tit.

Butterflies. Comma, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Woods, Small whites. Plus. 5 Migrant Hawker Dragonflies.


Saturday, 21st. September, 2013. Woodside.

“vis-miggings” sure good I say and it wasn’t bad today, just find a high vantage point, pit tops are good for this, point your “bins” north’ish and wait! And ? My reward ? A Marsh Harrier,cruising along and heading south-east, plus a Hobby, a couple of Kestrels and a few Swallows.

Not a bad day for butterflies, Red admiral, a couple of Comma’s and a Brimstone.

Woodside. Marsh Harrier [f/juv.from NE 13:30hrs.] Hobby, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 39 Swallow, 3 Goldfinch, Meadow Pipit, 3 Bullfinch, 25 Lesser Redpoll, Little Grebe, Jay, 2 Grey Heron, Shipley Lake. 2 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon.

Butterflies. 2 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Woods, 1 Brimstone, 4 Small White.




Sunday, 22nd. September, Bennerley Marsh/Cossall.

More “vis-migging” today and the useful high vantage point was the Bennerley Viaduct, not so good today, Buzzards and a handful of Swallows.

Willow Warbler along the canal, a couple of Buzzards and a Blackcap up at Spring Wood.

Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells, Brimstone and a good few Speckled Wood butterflies all on the wing and Migrant Hawker and Common Darters were both pretty much everywhere.

Bennerley. 37 Black-headed Gull, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Buzzard, 9 Swallow. Cossall. Kestrel, Buzzard, Jay, 12 House Sparrow, Willow Warbler, 4 Pheasant. Spring Wood. 2 Buzzard, 2 Meadow Pipit, Blackcap.

Butterflies. Peacocks, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Woods, Brimstone, Small White. Dragonflies. Common Darters, Migrant Hawkers.