Straw’s Bridge 18.07.2015

July 19, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Straw’s Bridge was looking good in the evening sunlight. A Migrant Hawker was ‘parked up’ allowing close inspection and an Emperor Dragonfly still patrolled one of the smaller ponds. Somewhat surprisingly a Great Crested Grebe is making a late breeding attempt on Swan Lake and is utilising one of the small rafts the Friends of Straw’s Bridge installed! Success (hopefully). Tufted Duck and a couple of young Common Gulls completed the scene.

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.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 24

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


Thursday 12th. June, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 21°C (70°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 6mph, Visibility: Sunny, Good, Sunset: 21:31 BST.

I got involved with “digiscoping” today involving mainly insects and trying to create a decent work flow for this activity, at present work flow in this area is pretty none existent, I tend to get confused and lose things, usually lens caps! Generally speaking the exercise went well, but with not many pictures taken and only a few “keepers”

Bennerley. 1 Lapwing, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 20 House Sparrow, Song Thrush, 9 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 Swift. Butterflies: 3 Meadow Brown, 8 Ringlet, 8 Speckled Wood, 2 Large Skipper, 9 Common Blue. Damselflies: 7 Azure, 4 Common Blue, 5 Large Red, 25 Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies: Emperor, 4 Four-spotted Chaser, 3 Black-tailed Skimmer.

Friday, 13th. June, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 22°C (72°F), Wind Direction: North North Westerly, Wind Speed: 3mph,

Tufted Duck

Visibility: Very Good, Sunset: 21:31 BST.

I did manage to see a few more birds to including Sand Martins under bridges, obstinate Reed Warblers that won’t sit long enough to get  “snapped” and also a single male Hairy Dragonfly where I’ve noticed them in previous years, around  the Chat Corner area.

Although the day was mainly overcast there were good numbers of Red-eyed Damselflies and Banded Demoiselles.

Tathams Pond. 2 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, 2 Sand Martin. Shipley Gate. 13 Swallow, 11 House Martin, 2 Tufted Duck. North Marsh. 6 Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat. 2 Blackcap, 3 Sedge Warbler, Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. Skylark, Reed Bunting, Song Thrush. Bennerley. Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, Swift, Green Woodpecker. Butterflies: 9 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Speckled Wood, 8 Small White. Damselflies. 4 Azure, 2 Common Blue, 27  Red-eyed, 60 Banded Demoiselle. Plus. 1 Hairy Dragonfly.


Unknown Bug

Saturday,  14th. June, 2014. Bennerley Marsh.

Maximum Temperature: 20°C (68°F), Wind Direction: North Easterly, Wind Speed: 10mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 21:32 BST

Another muggy and overcast day but it didn’t seem to bother the insects, good numbers of Butterflies and Dragonflies on the wing including [I think] my first Common Darter, plus a few Great Crested Newt were breaking the surface on the Viaduct Lagoons, sadly, not a lot of birds about but a late Common Tern fishing on the Erewash Canal was nice.

Bennerley. 1 Lapwing, Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, 3 Swift, 2 Song Thrush, Common Tern. Butterflies. 8 Meadow Brown, 18 Ringlet, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Common Blue, 2 Large Skipper, 8 Small White. Damselflies. 15 Azure, 12 Common Blue, 30 Red-eyed, 22 Banded Demoiselles. Dragonflies. 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Common Darter, 3 Four-spotted Chaser, 2 Emperor.

Sunday, 15th. June, 2014.

Maximum Temperature: 18°C (64°F), Wind Direction: North North Easterly, Wind Speed: 7mph,

Weeping Willow

Visibility: Good, Sunset: 21:32 BST.

I thought it high time I did a days birding, one cannot piffle about with creepy crawlies for ever-and what a day! at first I thought as I headed of towards Cossall, I might pick up the odd Buzzard or the odd Skylark, but I didn’t count on not one but three Common Cranes making their way in formation and very stately across the sky, very high and heading north westerly.

I did find a couple of Buzzards, a few more than the odd Skylark and a small flock of Yellow Hammers, and the creepy crawlies ? just one Speckled Wood butterfly – a cracking day!

Bennerley. Black-headed Gull, Common Tern, 1 Lapwing, 2 Willow Warbler, 55 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Swift, Green Woodpecker. Cossall. 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Wren, Green Woodpecker. Spring Wood. 3 Common Crane [to NW at 14:00 hrs.] 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Jay, Black-headed Gull, 8 Yellow Hammer, 5 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 38 Swallow, 9 Goldfinch, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker.

The Bennerley Bugle No. 5-Gallery

February 3, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley







Tufted Duck






Great Crested Grebe


Grey Squirrel


Great Crested Grebe


Common Gull




Grey Squirrel


Muscovy Duck


Egyptian Goose


Egyptian Goose Show Off


Egyptian Goose


Great Tit




Tufted Duck








The Bennerley Bugle No. 1-2014 – Gallery

January 6, 2014 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Mallard steamin on’


Drake Goosander, Osborne’s Pond, Shipley


Kestrel, Mapperley Reservoir


Buzzard Chat Corner








Tufted Duck


Notts sightings for Thu 25th Apr (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

April 27, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Clumber Park - 5 Common Crossbill.
  • Cresswell Crags - 1 Ring Ouzel.
  • Holme Pierrepont - Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Northern Wheatear, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Hobby, Lesser Scaup.
  • Meden Vale - garden: 10+ Lesser Redpoll, 10+ Siskin, 10+ Linnet, 6 Goldfinch.
  • Keyworth - 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Whinchat, 24 Northern Wheatear, 3 Green Woodpecker.
  • Kilvington Lakes - 8 Whimbrel, 2 Common Redshank, 1 Common Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Northern Shoveler, 4 Common Shelduck, 1 Gadwall, 2 Eurasian Wigeon, 4 Eurasian Teal.
  • Hangar Hill Wood- Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Common Redstart, Yellowhammer, Chiffchaff.
  • Maun Valley Trail - Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Barn Swallow, Sand Martin, Common Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat, Lesser Redpoll.
  • Welbeck Colliery - Green Woodpecker, Northern Lapwing, Dunnock, Skylark.

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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.

Tathams Pond To Woodside-Sightings

April 12, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Bennerley Lodge. Blackcap, Coal Tit. Tathams Pond. 4 Tufted Duck, Green Woodpecker, 2 Greylag Goose [over] Shipley Gate. Swallow, 8 Sand Martin, Song Thrush. Bentley’s Plantation.  2 Tufted Duck, 2 Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Lapwing [over] Woodside. 50 Black- headed Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, 2 Fieldfare. Plus. 1 Small Copper Butterfly.

Notts sightings for Fri 5th Apr (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

April 6, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • South Muskham Pits - 14 Common Goldeneye, 99 Eurasian Wigeon, 2 Common Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher.
  • Sherwood - Red Kite.
  • King's Mill Reservoir - 2 Kittiwake [adults].
  • Beeston - Canal: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 40+ Fieldfare.
  • Attenborough Nature Reserve - Swallow, Sand Martin, Chiffchaff, 2 Oystercatcher [mating].

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Notts sightings for Fri 5th Apr (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

April 5, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Beeston - Canal: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 40+ Fieldfare.
  • Attenborough Nature Reserve - Swallow, Sand Martin, Chiffchaff, 2 Oystercatcher [mating].

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