Shipley Wood and Colliers Wood 27/03/2015

March 27, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Still chilly but a pleasant, fairly sunny morning. My first blackcap of the Spring singing. A pair of mistle thrushes. Single dunnock. Great spotted woodpecker making some very loud tapping. Nuthatch calling. Wrens, blackbirds, robins, blue and great tits all singing, as was a stock dove. I watched a chiffchaff working the tree branches for food, whilst another was singing further away. No lesser spotted woodpecker, alas.

Later in the day at Colliers Wood LNR at Moorgreen, great views of a pair of mandarin duck. Male reed bunting at the feeders. Buzzards overhead soaring ahead of settling down to breed.


Bennerley/Shipley, Sunday, 22nd. March, 2015.

March 22, 2015 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Temp. 8°C (46°F)2°C (36°F), Wind Direction: South South Easterly, Wind Speed: 3 mph, Visibility: Sun, Cloud, Very Good, Sunset: 18:22 GMT.

A pleasant yomp today, I had a good look and a hard listen for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in Shipley Wood and for my trouble found two of the Great Spotted variety and a Marsh Tit.

A Water Rail and a Chiffchaff were in Pewit Carr and next door in the coal screen,  were a Tawny Owl and a Green Woodpecker, a trio of Buzzard and 5 Common Gull were at Straws Bridge, plus a Snipe and a couple or Meadow Pipit were at Woodside.

Bennerley: Scaup [drake still on the Erewash canal] 3 Shoveler, 32 Teal, 70 Wigeon, 26 Lapwing.  Chat Corner: 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Redwing, 8 Long-tailed Tit. Shipley Wood: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Marsh Tit, Song Thrush. Shipley View Lagoons: 5 Gadwall, Teal, Little Grebe, Green Woodpecker. Pewit Carr: Water Rail, Chiffchaff, 8 Long-tailed Tit, Green Woodpecker. Straws Bridge: 3 Buzzard, 5 Common Gull, 28 Tufted Duck, 4 Greylag Goose. Hallam Coal Screens: Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker. Woodside: Snipe, Buzzard, 2 Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush.


Scaup on the Erewash Canal


The Bennerley Viaduct-a work in progress!


Drake Gadwall, Shipley View Lagoons.


Little Grebe, Shipley View Lagoons.


Canada Goose, Straws Bridge.


Greylag Goose, Straws Bridge.


A Taste Of Spring


Song Thrush, Woodside


Buzzard, Woodside


Tufted Duck, Straws Bridge.

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 Wood 18/7/2014

July 19, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

It has been suggested that the best time to look for Purple Hairstreak is in the evening on a sunny day – and it worked! I looked for PH last year without success at this site, adjacent to Ilkeston Hospital, but this time I finally found one, dashing about an oak tree crown, landing momentarily, then dashing about again in typical PH fashion. In addition, my first two ‘second brood’ Holly Blue were spotted – HB fly fast and erratically at above head height, very different to Common Blue. Other butterflies of note were a single Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown and a few ‘Smessex’ Skipper – one I checked was an Essex. The small pool yielded up some good Odonata – ovipositing Blue-tailed Damselfly, two patrolling Emperors, a boisterous Brown Hawker and a striking Southern Hawker – as I left the dragonflies were perching up to roost in the trees for the night, making me wonder how you would manage to sleep hanging by your legs like that…

The Bennerley Bugle No. 26

December 30, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Friday, 27 December, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 8°C (46°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 27mph, Sunny/Cloud, Visibility: Very Good, Low. Sunset: 15:54 GMT.



A quiet day today with less Fieldfare and Redwing than of late, but higher numbers of Wigeon and Lapwing, the Wigeon were joined by a pair of Shoveler, but no sign of any Goosander. Two Grey Partridge were at Chat Corner, this is a another species that is getting harder to find at Bennerley which is sad, it begs the question, what will the wildlife be like when the wind turbine is up and running, one can only hope that said wildlife will get used to it, as happens at some airports.

Bennerley. 100 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 80 Lapwing, 95 Wigeon, 2 Grey Heron, Buzzard, 14 Redwing, Kestrel. Water Treatment Works. 25 Redwing, 8 Goldfinch, Kestrel. Chat Corner. 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Pheasant, Snipe, Meadow Pipit, 35 Redwing, 8 Fieldfare.

Saturday, 28th. December, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 6°C (43°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 12mph, Sun/cloud. Visibility: Good, Sunset: 15:55 GMT.


Another late start and again a quiet day but a single Jack Snipe and several Snipe is always worth the


effort. There is definitely a reduction in numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing numbers, i hope they have left enough berries for the impending Waxwing invasion!!!

Bennerley. 100 Black-headed Gull, 6 Common Gull, 3 Mistle Thrush, 5 Redwing. North Marsh. 1 Jack Snipe, 22 Snipe, 5 Pheasant, 3 Tufted Duck, 8 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker. Cotmanhay Meadows. Buzzard, 7 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing. Chat Corner. Goosander, Lesser Black-backed Gull.


A Not So Mute Pic. Of A Mute Swan!

Sunday, 29th. December, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 5°C (41°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 10mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 15:56 GMT.


A quick exit from Bennerley today and on to Shipley and Woodside, but not before watching the arrival of Wigeon and Lapwing, not many but maybe just the first to arrive. Shipley Wood threw up a Great Spotted Woodpecker, “lesser peckers” occur in this wood and it’s usually one of my first ports of call for the new year. Good numbers of wildfowl  on Shipley Lake, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler and lots of Coot, five Goosander were hauled up, distant and exceedingly difficult to locate! if it wasn’t for one female having a shake, they would probably have remained unfound. The Woodside reserve is in a state of transition, but before the Derbyshire Wildlife took over it was pretty good for small passerines, tits, finches, buntings and chats, and today it seemed to be headed back in that direction with good numbers of Siskin, a few Lesser Redpoll and Long-tailed Tits, sadly, the only chat was the Robin, maybe Stonechat will return in the future.

Bennerley. 240 Black-headed Gull, 7 Common Gull, 2 Cormorant, 25 Wigeon, 16 Lapwing, Pheasant, Mistle Thrush, 10 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare. Shipley Wood. Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Lesser Redpoll, Jay. Shipley Lake. 65 Wigeon, 32 Shoveler, 28 Gadwall, 5 Goosander, 2 Teal, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 180 Coot. Shipley View Lagoons. 6 Gadwall, Grey Heron. Woodside. 12 Lesser Redpoll, 30 Siskin, 25 Long-tailed Tit, 48 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pheasant, 2 Green Woodpecker, 220 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, Tawny Owl.

Bennerley, Stanton – In Search Of The Jolly Green One !

May 25, 2013 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Sadly no “Jolly Green Ones” but plenty of “Drab Dingy Ones” at least seven Dingy Skippers at Stanton but no Green Hair Streaks,  plus a couple of Small Heath, a Common Blue and a single Cinnabar Moth, a Water Vole was on the Nottingham Canal at Cossall and a male Banded Demoiselle at the Shipley View Lagoons, a long walk but well worth the effort.

Bennerley. 8 Lapwing, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 2 Swallow, Sand Martin. Butterflies. 1 Dingy Skipper, Peacocks, Speckled Wood, Green Veined Whites, Large Whites, Small Whites, Orange Tips. Plus. 3 Large Red Damselflies.

Nottingham Canal, Cossall. 2 Grey Heron, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler. 2 Blackcap. Butterflies. Peacocks, Speckled Wood, Large Whites, Small Whites, Orange Tips. Plus. 1 Common Blue Damselfly. 1 1 Water Vole

Stanton. Cormorant, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, Whitethroat. Butterflies. 7 Dingy Skipper, 1 Common Blue, 2 Brimstone, 1 Green Veined White, 1 Large White. Plus. Cinnabar Moth.

Shipley View Lagoons. 6 Canada Goose, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, Reed Warbler. Woodside. Grey Heron, Willow Warbler, 2 Pheasant, Song Thrush. Plus. 1 Male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly.

Shipley Wood. 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Song Thrush.




Bennerley, Woodside Sightings

May 3, 2013 in Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Bennerley. 2 Chiffchaff, 20 House Sparrow. Shipley Wood. 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Grey Heron, Shipley Lake. 2 Great Crested Grebe, 70 Swallow, 15 Sand Martin. Mapperley Reservoir. 2 Coomon Tern, Great Grested Grebe. Mapperley Wood. 3 Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 4 Pheasant, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Woodside. 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk [f] 5 Pheasant.

Butterflies. Small White, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small Copper.


Woodside, Straws Bridge Sightings

April 21, 2013 in Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Woodside. 9 Canada Goose, 3 Tufted Duck, Willow Warbler, 2 Pheasant. Shipley Wood. Chiffchaff. Straws Bridge. 14 Tufted Duck, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Buzzard, Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Crested grebe.

Bennerley Marsh To Shipley Wood

April 20, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Excellent views of Sand Martins at the railway bridge at Tathams Pond, looks like a new colony ! Quite a few butterflies about, including Orange Tip and Small White.


Bennerley Marsh. 7 Lapwing, 5 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 7 Swallow, 6 Sand Martin. Butterflies. Comma, 3 Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Orange Tip, Small White. Chat Corner. Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker.  Butterflies. 5 Small Tortoiseshells, Peacock. Tathams Pond. 6 Tufted Duck, Blackcap, 15 Sand Martin. Shipley Gate. 6 Greylag Goose, Green Woodpecker, 55 Sand Martin. Butterflies. Brimstone, 2 Small Tortoiseshell. Bentleys Plantation. Nuthatch, Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly. Shipley Wood. Sparrow Hawk, 2 Chiffchaff, Song Thrush. Plus. 2 Peacock Butterflies.