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August 16, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Breezy but still a pleasant enough day. Summer feels like it is on the wane.
Highlight was close views of three Hobbies, two working together in tandem at altitude hunting hirrundines, then joining a third at low level tackling the local dragonfly population. There is nothing like a Hobby in level, powered flight – looks like a stick with a couple of School classroom, wooden rulers for wings!
Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard aloft, whilst once again a noisy Green Woodpecker was present but invisible. Little Grebe, single Tuftie and Coot with very small young on the ponds. Song Thrush, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Bullfinch in the bushes.
A few butterflies in the cooler conditions included three Common Blues, two Gatekeepers and a lonesome Speckled Wood. Brown Hawker and Migrant Hawker and a few Common Darters represented the dragonfly contingent – best try keep out the way of they Hobby….

The Bennerley Bugle No. 3

July 16, 2013 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Thursday, 11th. July, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.



Insects galore today but very few birds, the Viaduct Lagoons held a few striking Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chaser Dragonflies, plus a couple of Emerald Damselflies, also there appears to have been an emergence of Comma Butterflies, which is one of my favorite butterfliy species.

Down on Chat Corner two Skylarks were dust bathing, Reed Buntings were popping up everywhere and a single Meadow Pipit, due to a cyclist, escaped the attention of my camera !

Bennerley. 9 Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, Blackcap, 2 Whitethoat, 2 Goldfinch. Chat Corner, 3 Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, 2 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Reed Bunting. Botany Bay. Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Dunnock.

Butterflies. 3 Comma, Ringlets, Meadow Browns, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Speckled Wood, 5 Common Blue, 7 Large Skipper, 3 Small Skipper. Damselflies. Azure, Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Red-eyed, Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker. Moths. Latticed Heath, Cinnabar, Five-spotted Burnet.


Friday, 12th. July, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Not a single Reed Warbler kicking off today ! A very quiet Tathams Pond !

Bennerley. 25 Black-headed Gull, Whitethoat, Garden Warbler. Tathams Pond. Kingfisher, Reed Bunting, 3 Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethoat, Buzzard, Grey Heron. Shipley Gate. Chiffchaff, 37 Swallow, House Martin, 8 Swift, 12 Long-tailed Tit. North Marsh. 12 Jackdaw, 8 Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, 7 Whitethoat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 5 Linnet, 27 Goldfinch.

Butterflies. Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Woods, Large Skippers, Small Skipper, Large Whites, Small Whites. Damselflies. Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Red-eyed,

Broad-bodied Chaser

Broad-bodied Chaser

Emerald, Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. Brown Hawkers, Migrant Hawkers, Four-spotted Chaser, 1 Emperor. Moths. Cinnabrs, Latticed Heaths.


Saturday, 13th. July, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.

Probably the hottest day of the year today and it was certainly verging on the oppressive, Bennerley is beginning to look and feel like a semi-desert !



Bird and insect sighting were fairly equal, possibly more birds owing to nice little family groups.

Bennerley Lodge. Buzzard, 3 Swift. Bennerley. Jay, 20 Black-headed Gull, Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Whitethoat, 5 Sand Martin, 12 Swallow, 13 Swift. Chat Corner. Reed Bunting, 3 Black-headed Gull, Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron, Lesser Whitethoat, 2 Linnet, 8 Goldfinch, Song Thrush, 15 Swallow, 3 Swift.

Butterflies. Comma, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skippers, Small Skippers, Large White, Small White. Damselflies. Azure’s, Common Blues, Red-eyed. Dragonflies. Common Darter, Four-spotted Chaser, Brown Hawkers, Migrant Hawkers, Emperor.


Notts sightings for Mon 10th Jun (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

June 20, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Welbeck Watchpoint - Osprey, Eurasian Jay, Common Buzzard.
  • Kinoulton - Common Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, 4 Mute Swan, c.10 House Martin.
  • Besthorpe NWT - Mons Pool: 2 Turtle Dove.
  • Collingham Lakes - 2 Little Egret, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Stint [Ferry Lane Lake], 1 Turtle Dove.
  • Kilvington Lakes - 1 Little Egret, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin.
  • Attenborough - 1 Oystercatcher.

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Notts sightings for Fri 7th Jun (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

June 20, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Kings Mill Reservoir - 2 Common Whitethroat [nesting].
  • Maun Valley Trail - Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Common Cuckoo, Bullfinch, Skylark, Yellowhammer.

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Bennerley To Woodside

June 9, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings, Photo's., Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

A family of Long-tailed Tits at Bennerley, Common Terns with one juvenile and Great Crested Grebes with two chicks at Mapperley Reservoir shows things are moving alone nicely.

Plenty of Dingy Skippers, Small Heaths and Common Blues to enjoy although a few may have been flattened by a motor bike and a quad bike, this pair of pillocks seem to think it was great fun to kick up as much dust as possible ! still’ my duty was clear and was duly fulfilled !

Dingy Skipper

Dingy Skipper

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Burnett Companion

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Ox-eye Daises

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Spiders ?

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Early Purple ?

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Red Campion

Bennerley. 4 Long-tailed Tit, Green Woodpecker. Woodside. Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, 3 Grey Partridge, 3 Pheasant, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Bullfinch, 8 Swallow, 3 Swift, 2 Song Thrush. Mapperley Reservoir. 5 Great Crested Grebe [inc. 2 chicks] 3 Common Tern [inc. 1 juv.] 2 Chiffchaff.

Butterflies. 8 Dingy Skipper, 6 Small Heath, 4 Common Blue, Orange Tip, Small White. Plus. Burnett Companion Moth.

Derwent Valley – I’m Happy When I’m Hiking !

June 8, 2013 in Photo's., Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

I went hiking today, yes hiking ! no bird counts, no chasing mega rarity’s, mainly just hiking taking in Whatstandwell,  Cromford, Fanny’s Coppice and Hard Labour, plus about four woods including Lea Wood, and it was a splendid day. I did pack binoculars, small telescope, camera and a mono-pod and a “day list” will appear at the end of this post.

The original plan was to look for flycatchers, Pied and/or Spotted, plus anything else that might be hiding in the ample woodlands in this part of the Derwent Valley. The basic plan and the “target species list” somehow drifted up into the dappled green woodland canopy and just drifted away and I just started  to enjoy the day and whatever it may bring.

I did run across a few birds, mainly just the more common species of tit, finch and warbler, the only ones of note being a Raven in a tree just above me that for the life of me, I just could not see ! and a Tree Pipit practicing parachuting on the woodland edge, both in Lea Wood. A couple of Roe Deer hinds also put in an appearance.

The River Derwent yielded a very busy Dipper and a family of five Grey Wagtails, plus three more individuals. There was a distinct lack of butterflies, a couple of Peacocks and a few whites but the event of the day was the sight of a Brown Wall Butterfly along the river near the Cromford Rugby Club, it’s amazing what one bumps into without really trying – as I say, a splendid day.

The Day List. Blue Tit, Great Tit, Crow, Raven, Jackdaw, Jay, Dipper, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, 3 Little Grebe, Black-headed Gull, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Robin, House Sparrow, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Stock Dove, Feral Rock Dove, Moorhen, Coot, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Swallow, House Martin, Swift, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 8 Grey Wagtail, Tree Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Wren.

Butterflies. Brown Wall, Peacock, Small White, Large White. Plus. 2 Fallow Deer hinds.

Red Campion

Red Campion


Roe Deer

Roe Deer








Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail





Six Of The Best For Bennerley

June 2, 2013 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Six Dingy Skippers that is ! this species seems to be doing well at Bennerley this year, especially on the north western edge of the site, where until recently the works railway line was, that’s where five of today’s specimens were found.

Other highlights were, the first Black-tailed Skimmer of the season, a female, 2 Grasshopper Warblers at the North Marsh, both birds very conveniently out in the open and Tathams Pond is another area that is buzzing, mostly with the sound of Reed Warblers, eight today, another species doing well on the Bennerley circuit. I’nt Bennerley brilliant !


Bennerley. 2 Grey Heron, 8 Lapwing, 3 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Song Thrush, 4 Swallow, Sand Martin, 3 Swift, Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, 2 Goldfinch. Plus. 6 Dingy Skipper Butterflies, 1 female Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly. North Marsh. 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 4 Reed Bunting, Song Thrush. Tathams Pond. 8 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting. Cotmanhay 2 Swift.

Butterflies. Large Whites, Small Whites, Green Vein White, Orange Tips, Peacocks, Comma’s. Damselflies. Common Blue, Large Red, Banded Demoiselles .

Stanton Pics.

May 25, 2013 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Leaning On A Lamp Post - Robin

Leaning On A Lamp Post – Robin

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Green Vein White

Green Vein White


Dingy Skipper, Stanton

Dingy Skipper, Stanton

Cinnabar Moth. Stanton.

Cinnabar Moth. Stanton.


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 To Cossall

May 19, 2013 in Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

A very nice day around the Cossall area, a Hobby at Spring Wood was a surprise, as was a Land Rover full of men armed to the teeth ! fortunately it wasn’t the Taliban, just the owner of Spring Wood out for a spot of “skeet” shooting – Ppppullll ! Nice chaps really and  it got me a few brownie points as far as the wood was concerned.

I found a nice display of Yellow Archangel in Old Moor Wood and alas some very nasty fly tipping, which was duly reported, complete with an address kindly provided by the perpetrators !

Bennerley. 2 Canada Goose, 6 Greylag Goose, 9 Lapwing, Buzzard, 14 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, Chiffchaff, 4 Goldfinch, Mistle Thrush.  Plus 2 Dingy Skipper Butterflies, 1 Large Red Damselfly [teneral]  Chat Corner. Grey Heron, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler,  Skylark, 2 Reed Bunting, Kestrel. 

Cossall. Buzzard, 2 Blackcap, 6 Swallow, 2 Pheasant. Spring Wood, Hobby, 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Skylark, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Linnet, Song Thrush. Old Moor Wood. 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, Pheasant.  Nottingham Canal, Cossall. Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap.

Butterflies. Speckled Woods, Small Whites, Orange Tips, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks.