Bennerley Marsh, Sunday, 1st. February, 2015.

February 1, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings, Photo Posts, Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Temp. 3°C (37°F), -3°C (27°F), Wind Direction: NNW, Wind Speed: 16 mph, Visibility: Sun, Cloud, Very Good, Sunset: 16:49 GMT. 

A day Of surprises mainly due to a single drake Scaup, swimming with half a dozen Tufted Duck on the Erewash Canal, plus 50 Golden Plover and a couple of Stonechat.

Bennerley: 90 Wigeon, 65 Lapwing, 50 Golden Plover, 6 Bullfinch, 6 Wren. Tathams Pond: Scaup [1st. winter ?] 6 Tufted Duck, Kingfisher, 2 Bullfinch. Chat Corner: 12 Snipe, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 35 Rook.



Who’s that !


Arrested by the Tufttie Police !


He’s fit !


Time fore a snooze!


It’s old bighead!


Drake Scaup, Canon SX50.

Bennerley Today

February 1, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings, Photo Posts, Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley



Drake Scaup

Today at Bennerley, Erewash Canal, Tathams Pond, a drake Scaup with half a dozen Tufted Duck.

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.


Bennerley – Friday, 12th. September, 2014.

September 12, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings, Photo Posts, Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Maximum Temperature: 18°C (64°F), Wind Direction: East North Easterly, Wind Speed: 5mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 19:29 BST.

A better day today, quite a bit more about, Buzzards appeared to be on the move and Swallows seem to be tailing off.

Bennerley. 25 Black-headed Gull, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Mistle Thrush, 9 Swallow. Tathams Pond.  Buzzard, Kingfisher, 11 Swallow. Shipley Gate. Buzzard, Grey Heron. North Marsh. Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Reed Bunting, 6 Pheasant, 9 Goldfinch. Chat Corner. 3 Buzzard, Kestrel, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Greenfinch. Butterflies. 1 Red Admiral, 23 Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Clouded Yellow [ one, Derbyshire side or the river Erewash below Eastwood Lock] 2 Large White, 9 Small White. Dragonflies. 10 Common Darter, 8 Brown Hawker,  12 Migrant Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker.



Speckled Wood


Speckled Wood-heading for a little “tipsiness”


Common Blue-sadly close to the end.




Common Darter




Same as above but really tiny.


Common Darter

The Bennerley Bugle No. 23

June 9, 2014 in Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Female Four-spotted Chaser

Friday, 6th. June, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 20°C (68°F), Wind Direction: South Easterly, Wind Speed: 8mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 21:26 BST.

I’ve been experimenting with the Canon SX 50 mainly using the on-board electronic 1.5 or 2.0 extensions, which give an focal length of  up to 2400 mm. or 100x zoom! I have been using these extreme settings in the macro mode and sometimes up pops an image like the yellow and black giant Four Spotted Chaser dragonfly that is included in this post. The 1.5 seems the most usable [the dragonfly]

Hairy Dragonfly was once a Bennerley speciality, it appears to be still around, I saw two a couple of years ago around Chat Corner and one today in the fenced off pond on the dispersal point, they probably get overlooked and get taken for an early Southern Hawker or something similar.

Bennerley. Buzzard, 6 Lapwing, 3 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 6 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 2 Swift, Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker, 2 Stock Dove,2 Pheasant. Chat Corner. 2 Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit. Butterflies. 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Speckled Wood, 8 Common Blue, 1 Brimstone, 1 Large White. Moths. 1 Cinnabar, 1 Chimney Sweeper Moth, 1 Latticed Heath, Eyed Hawk Moth. Damselflies. 9 Azure, 3 Blue-tailed, 12 Common Blue, 11 Red-eyed, 1 Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. 3 Four-spotted Chaser, 4 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Hairy Dragonfly [m]

Saturday, 7th. June, 2014. Bennerley Marsh

Maximum Temperature: 18°C (64°F), Wind Direction: South Easterly, South West, Wind Speed:


8mph, Visibility: Rain/cloud/Sun, Good, Sunset: 21:27 BST.

The first half of the day was wet, the second dry, so I thought I’d field test a new pair of boots. Now i walk every where, around gravel pits, moorland, rocky outcrops and wet woods and marsh and I got fed up with walking boots that don’t live up to what it says on the box, the latest pair for instance are a few months old and letting in water already. So I bought a pair of Dunlop work boots that were on offer and put them to the test. It absolutely persisted down this morning so attired in water proof trousers, poncho with sleeves and of course the boots, I conducted the not very scientific up to the knees in long wet grass test, if anything is going to find a weakness in a boot, its long wet grass, result? passed with flying colours. The rest of the day once the rain had subsided was spent finding birds and photographing insects, with totally dry feet!

A Cuckoo was calling somewhere near the “lodge” there were a half dozen Reed Warblers at Tathams Pond, other warblers, Swallows, Swifts, a single House Martin and Green Woodpeckers, all departments!

Bennerley Lodge. Cuckoo [Calling] 5 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch. Bennerley. 2 Gadwall, Grey Heron, 7 Lapwing, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 3 Swift, 3 Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker. Tathams Pond. 2 Reed Bunting, 6 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, Grey Heron, 2 Tufted Duck. Shipley Gate. 7 Swallow, Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. 2 Bunting, Green Woodpecker. Butterflies. 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White, 5 Large White. Plus. 1 Common Blue Damselfly.


The Viaduct Lagoons

Sunday, 8th. June, 2014. Bennerley.

Maximum Temperature: 21°C (70°F), Wind Direction: Southerly, Wind Speed: 11mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 21:28 BST.

Headed off over to Stanton, via Bennerley and Cossall to seek out Green Hairstreak butterfly, recent information tells me I was in the right place but not necessarily at the right time – the flight period for this species is just about over! never mind I still managed a couple of species for the season, Brown Argus and Large Skipper

Bennerley. Grey Heron, Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 8 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 Swift, Green Woodpecker. Butterflies. 1 Meadow Brown, 2 Speckled Wood, 5 Small White, Brimstone.  Damselflies. 2 Azure, 3 Common Blue, 4 Red-eyed, 8 Large Red, 20 Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. 3 Black-tailed Skimmer, 2 Four-spotted Chaser. Cossall. 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Partridge, 7 Lapwing, Song Thrush. 7 Small White Butterflies. Damselflies.4 Blue-tailed, 5 Common Blue, 7 Red-eyed, 10 Azure. Dragonflies. Four Spotted Chaser. Stanton. Kingfisher, 7 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 5 Bullfinch, Mistle Thrush, Cormorant, 8 Black-headed Gull. Butterflies. Brown Argus, 7 Common Blue, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Brimstone, 6 Small White. Damselflies. 11 Red-eyed, 7 Azure.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 20

May 21, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Wednesday, 14th. May, 2014. Bennerley.

Maximum Temperature: 16°C (61°F), Wind Direction: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 7mph, Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 20:55 BST

A pleasant outing today kicking of with a few Dingy Skipper Butterflies plus Large Red and Banded Demoiselle Damselflies with  a couple of Small Copper butterflies thrown in for good measure.

Grasshopper Warbler and Garden Warbler were up at the North Marsh and a few Sand Martins were feeding above the reed bed.

A single Chiffchaff , a Green Woodpecker and a number of Swallows were around Shipley Gate.



Bennerley. 2 Gadwall, 4 Greylag Goose, 7 Lapwing, Redshank, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Swallow, Buzzard,Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, Buzzard. North Marsh. Grasshopper Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, 10 Sand Martin, Swallow, Pheasant. Shipley Gate. Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 9 Swallow. Tathams Pond. 5 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 2 Swallow, Song Thrush. Butterflies. 3 Dingy Skipper, 23 Small White, 22 Orange Tip, 2 Large White, 1 Brimstone, 2 Small Copper, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock. Damselflies.. 5 Large Red, 2 Banded Demoiselle.

Friday, 16th. May, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 20°C (68°F),Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 6mph,

Speckled Wood -Bennerley

Visibility: Sun, Good, Sunset: 20:58 BST.


Things started of quite lively with good numbers of butterflies and a few damselflies and it continued so with singing warblers and thrushes.

My first two Common blue butterflies of the summer were seen along with a single Black-tailed Skimmer dragonfly.

Bennerley. 3 Canada Goose, Buzzard, 7 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 11 Swallow, Green Woodpecker, 5 Stock Dove, 3 Black-headed Gull. Chat Corner. 3 Skylark, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Whitethroat, Pheasant. North Marsh. 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Sand Martin, Grey Heron, 2 Song Thrush, Pheasant. Shipley Gate. 6 Swallow Grey Heron, Pheasant. Butterflies. 5 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Large White, 27 Orange Tip, 24 Small White. Damselflies. 2 Common Blue, 14 Large Red. Plus. Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly.


Moorland Sheep-Beeley Moor

Saturday, 17th. May, 2014. Wraggs Quarry/Beeley Moor.

Maximum Temperature: 22c.[54f] Wind Direction South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 5mph. Visibility: Sunny, Good. Sunset: 20;59 BST.


Headed Of up to the Derbyshire moorland at Beeley Moor armed with an ambitious “hit list” of eleven species to “tick” including Green Hairstreak Butterfly, I must have looked at every sprig of Bilberry on the moor and not a single  butterfly, not even a caterpillar! I only actually saw one species on the list, a Single Hobby, like I say an ambitious list! I did see however, Raven, Cuckoo, Curlew and a great many Common Heath moths, a new species for me.

Back to the “hit list” and I was given a tip off that there were Wood Warbler  in Halldale Wood, I’d already checked out the wood I had in mind for this species but to no avail and after two hours in this pleasant little wood I decided that a list of eleven species was in fact, too ambitious!

Wraggs Quarry. Buzzard, Hobby, 3 Skylark, 19 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pheasant. Beeley Moor. 2 Raven, Cuckoo, 2 Buzzard, 8 Skylark, 19 Meadow Pipit, Red Grouse, 3 Pheasant, 5 Lapwing, 2 Curlew. Bent Lane. Curlew, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Swallow, 3 Pheasant. Halldale Wood. Jay, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Butterflies. 2 Small Heath, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Brimstone, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Large White, 10 Orange Tip, 12 Small White. Plus. Many Common Heath Moth’s.



Sunday, 18th. May, 2014. Bennerley.

Maximum Temperature: 22°C (54°F), Wind Direction: Southerly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Good.  Sunset: 21:01 BST.



The obligatory Sunday stroll took me up the valley to the Erewash Meadows reserve, a pleasant area


with plenty of the more common bird species plus a few damselflies and butterflies.

There was, again a single Redshank at Bennerley, a single Grasshopper Warbler at the North Marsh, Reed Warblers at Tathams Pond and Aldercar, a single Small Heath butterfly also at Aldercar and Banded Demoiselle damselflies pretty much everywhere.


Bennerley Lodge. Green Woodpecker,2 Goldfinch, Buzzard [evening] Bennerley. 5 Lapwing, Redshank, Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, willow Warbler, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush. Chat Corner. Skylark, 2 Whitethroat. North Marsh. 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 3 Sand Martin, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel. Shipley Gate. 6 Swallow, Tathams Pond. 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler. Butterflies. 4 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Common Blue, 1 Green Veined White, 2 Large White, 4 Orange Tip, 13 Small White. Damselflies. 3 Azure, 8 Banded Demoiselle. Erewash Meadows. Aldercar [Notts.] 3 Greylag Goose, Kingfisher, Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Swallow, 2 Swift. North Meadow. 38 Greylag Goose, 8 Lapwing, 4 Black-headed Gull, Common Tern, 3 Skylark, 7 Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Green Woodpecker, Aldercar [Derbys.] Grey heron, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Lapwing, Green Woodpecker. Butterflies. 13 Peacock, 1 Small Heath, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Green-Veined White, 2 Large White, 4 Orange Tip, 21 Small White. Damselflies. 3 Azure, 7 Banded Demoiselle.


The Bennerley Bugle No.20 – Gallery

May 21, 2014 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Meadow Pipit-Beeley Moor
Unknown Orchid-Beeley Moor
Mistle Thrush-Bennerley
Small Tortoiseshell-Aldercar


Dingy Skipper-Bennerley 









Tathams Pond
Black-headed Gull-Bennerley
Black-Tailed Skimmer-Bennerley
Large Red Damselfly 
Grey Heron-Bennerley
Speckled Wood-Bennerley
Mute Swan


Male Reed Bunting-Tathams Pond 








The Bennerley Bugle No. 19 – Gallery

May 14, 2014 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Young Coot


Adult Coot


Mallard, Old Moor Wood


Orange Tip, Bennerley


Lapwing, Cossall


Grey Heron, Nottingham Canal, Cossall



Pheasant, Spring Wood


Water Vole In A Tree, Nottingham Canal, Cossall


Small Tortoiseshell, Bennerley


Bee, Bennerley


Tufted Ducks, Tathams Pond


From The Bennerley Viaduct 


The Bennerley Bugle No. 18

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


Robin-Nottingham Canal

Thursday, 1st. May, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: North Easterly, Wind Speed: 7mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 20:33 BST.


I love it when a plan comes together! Today I made my first serious search for the Dingy Skipper butterfly at Bennerley, within minutes I found a single individual in pristine condition! it was found on the old coal plant in an area that wasn’t touched during the recent clearance work. I thought I’d chance my hand again over at Chat Corner, this time for Grasshopper Warbler, but with the wind, the traffic noise from the bypass, the “whirly thing” in motion and being of a certain age, I didn’t rate my chances of hearing one, but knowing where they occur in this area i scanned with the “bins” and I found one, on low perch, bill wide open and although I couldn’t hear it, was singing it’s little heart out – I love it!

Bennerley. 2 Gadwall, 2 Canada Goose,7 Lapwing, Kestrel, 3 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat. Chat Corner. 1 Grasshopper Warbler,5 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Reed Bunting, Song Thrush. North Marsh. 1 Sedge Warbler. 7 Reed Bunting, 3 Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron. Tathams Pond. 2 Reed Warbler. Butterflies. Dingy Skipper, 6 Orange Tip, 5 Small White, 1 Large White, 5 Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell.

Friday, 2nd. May, 2014. Bennerley

Maximum Temperature: 11°C (52°F), Wind Direction: North Easterly, Wind Speed: 12mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 20:34 BST.


I’ve been looking around Bennerley since the end of March for Hairy Dragonfly, but so far no luck, I’ve

Bentleys Plantation

tried around the Viaduct Lagoons and up at Tathams Pond, I found a few last year around the area where the wind turbine now stands! I’m hoping the small pond where I found two Black Darter dragonflies two years ago ago will survive a little longer than it did last year after being totally vandalised by the moronic moto’s! No “Hairys”  at Tathams Pond yet but Three Reed Warbler and a Sedge Warbler is nice.


Tathams Pond. 3 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 2 Tufted Duck, Whitethroat. Bentleys Plantation. Green Woodpecker, 11 House Martin, 2 Swallow, Song Thrush. Pheasant.North Marsh. 6 Reed Bunting, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, Shipley Gate. 11 Swallow, 5 Sand Martin, 6 Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush. Bennerley. 5 Canada Goose, 3 Greylag Goose, 7 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, Buzzard, 11 Swallow.


Small White-Bennerley Marsh

Saturday, 3rd. May, 2014. Bennerley Marsh, Woodside/Shipley.

Maximum Temperature: 12°C (54°F), Wind Direction: South South Easterly, Wind Speed: 3mph, Visibility: Sun, Good,Sunset: 20:36 BST.


Good numbers of warblers on my way through Bennerley, plus a good selection of butterflies including a cracking Holly Blue. Sadly a another fairly disappointing day at Woodside, a single Meadow Pipit and no Skylarks on the “hump” is worrying, not so long ago this spot was teeming with birds and I couldn’t noticing there is an awful lot of barred wire around this site. On a brighter note I did have a Cuckoo fly over my head!

Bennerley. 4 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Lapwing, 3 Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat. Chat Corner. 2 Reed Bunting, Pheasant. Botany Bay. Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, Jay. Butterflies. 6 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Large White, 12 Orange Tip, 19 Small White. Shipley Wood. 2 Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Buzzard. Shipley View Lagoons. 2 Gadwall, 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker. Woodside. Cuckoo, 2 Buzzard, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 9 Whitethroat, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Meadow Pipit, 5 Pheasant, 2 Green Woodpecker. Butterflies. 2 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 7 Brimstone, 11 Orange Tip, 7 Small White.

Sunday, 4th. May. 2014. Bennerley and Watnall

Maximum Temperature: 14°C (57°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 7mph,

Red Campion-Watnall Wood

Visibility: Good. Sunset: 20:38 BST.


Off for a bit of raptor watching at the “Beauvale Raptor Watch Point” today via Watnall Wood and “Watnall International Airport” Lots of butterflies along the way and quite a few birds including Grey Partridge and “French Partridge” as some local folk call em’ although most know them as Red-Legged Partridge. As I ambled along warblers were in good voice, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Lesser and Common Whitethroats, Lapwings were on fields defending territories and a few Swallows were feeding way up high – the raptor watch point ? one Buzzard and a Kestrel!!

Bennerley. 4 Canada Goose, 3 Greylag Goose, 7 Lapwing, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Swallow, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Green Woodpecker. Butterflies. 6 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood, 3 Brimstone, 1 Large White, 12 Orange Tip, 12 Small White. Watnall Wood. Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 7 Pheasant, 1 Grey Partridge, 1 Linnet. Watnall Aerodrome. 2 Skylark, 6 Lapwing, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 7 Swallow. Beauvale Priory. Buzzard, Kestrel, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat.



Monday, 5th. May, 2014. Bennerley Marsh, Cossall.

Maximum Temperature: 16°C (61°F), Wind Direction: Southerly, Wind Speed: 12mph, Visibility: Sunset: 20:40 BST.

Got out for a bank holiday stroll with Dougie, nipped through Bennerley and headed north along the old Nottingham Canal, I saw one dragonfly at Bennerley, a Large Red and thought there may be more along the canal, but sadly there were none, plenty of butterflies though, but not many species, likewise for birds. The highlight was a Hobby [my first of the year] among a group of Swallows, it was persuaded to leave the area by a “mob” of angry Starlings – I love a bit of avian spectacle !

Bennerley Marsh. 2 Grey Heron, 5 Lapwing, 7 Swallow, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat. Butterflies. 2 Speckled Wood, 3 Orange Tip, 4 Small White. Plus. 1 Large Red Damselfly. Cossall. Hobby, 5 Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 10 Lapwing, 17 Swallow, Song Thrush. Butterflies. 2 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Brimstone, 1 Green-veined White, 10 Orange Tip, 6 Small White.

The Bennerley Bugle–No. 14.

April 7, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Not much to report this week, I sold one telescope and bought another, tried a bit of “digiscoping” with the new one, traveled to and from Nottingham twice, once to buy a ‘scope and the next day to pick it up! I wanted straight the shop only had angled and had to order.

I can report that at Bennerley Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Sand Martins are definitely in.



Saturday, 5th. April, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 12mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 19:46 BST.

A pair of Teal, half a dozen Lapwing, Chiffchaffs and a single Blackcap were at Bennerley.Took a look and a listen for Sedge and/or Reed Warbler today up at Tathams Pond  but nothing yet, just the now resident Tufted Ducks and a couple of Pheasant. Still a few Snipe up at the North Marsh, plus an early [ish] Sedge Warbler and numbers of Sand Martin are increasing, not many Reed Bunting though, they usually start appearing in force at this time of year, up on the reed heads and singing,


Bennerley. 2 Teal, 4 Greylag Goose, 3 Grey Heron, 6 Lapwing, 2 Pheasant, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap. Tathams Pond. 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Pheasant. North Marsh. 10 Snipe, 2 Pheasant, Sedge Warbler, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Sand Martin, 15 Goldfinch, Green Wood Pecker, Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard. Shipley Gate. 15 Sand Martin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chat Corner. 2 Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Skylark.


Sunday, 6th. April, 2014. Bennerley.

Maximum Temperature: 16°C (61°F),  Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 17mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 19:48 BST.

A Black Throated Diver reported as seen yesterday at Moorgreen Reservoir dictated my ramblings today, I made my way across “Lawrence Country” to said reservoir only to be informed by water bailiff Peter that the bird had flown!  I had to make do with a very possible female Goshawk very distant and high over Brinsley, no tick, but it told me that my brand new “Mighty Midget” Opticron MM3 travel ‘scope fitted with the Opticron SVL eyepiece I had retained after the sale of my big Opticron ES 80 definitely works! now I have to see if it works for “Digiscoping”  I’m confident it will, I’ve already managed a couple of shots in pretty poor weather and/or light.


Moorgreen. 6 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 7 Pheasant, Linnet, Mistle Thrush. Bennerley/Chat Corner. Buzzard, Chiffchaff, 3 Meadow Pipit, Pheasant. Bennerley Marsh. 136 Golden Plover, 8 Lapwing, 4 Greylag Goose, 2 Canada Goose, 2 Grey Heron.




Red-legged Partridge-Beauvale Priory.


Goldfinch-Bennerley Lodge.


Coot-Erewash Canal


Mallards against the current-River Erewash, Shipley Gate


Bluebells- Moorgreen
Golden Plover-Bennerley Marsh, digiscoped at dusk, Opticron MM3 ED x Nikon S1