Bennerley/Cossall, Sunday, 15th. March, 2015

March 16, 2015 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Temp. 6°C (43°F)-4°C (39°F), Wind Direction: North Easterly, Wind Speed: 12 mph, Visibility: Cloud, Good, Sunset: 18:09 GMT.

Took my circular walk as far as Old Moor Wood and back through Cossall.

Dougie picked up the scent of Fallow Deer near Spring Wood and we stalked them like a pair of pro’s! making our way closer to shoot them – with a camera of course! although the weather wasn’t good for photography it was still a good experience.

Six singing Wrens were all in a small area at Cossall, a Wheatear was in fields around Spring Wood and a Tree Creeper led me a merry dance at Old Moor Wood, no photos but it cleared up a stubborn tick for the year, all in all a pleasant day.


Bennerley: Drake Scaup [Still on the Erewash Canal, Between Stenson and Barkers  Locks, Cotmanhay]  67 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 20 Lapwing, 90 Black-headed Gull, 3 Grey Heron, Kestrel, 1 Redwing. Cossall: 28 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Wren, 3 Pheasant, 2 Buzzard, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Snipe. Spring Wood: Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron, 95 Fieldfare, 36 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, Wheatear, 350 Starling, Plus: c 35 Fallow Deer. Old Moor Wood: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tree Creeper, Grey Heron.


Fallow  Deer




And More!




Canada Geese


Grey Heron






Canada Geese


Cromford Canal, Saturday, 14th. March, 2015

March 16, 2015 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Temp. 6°C (43°F)-4°C (39°F), Wind Direction: North Easterly, Wind Speed: 12 mph, Visibility: Cloud, Good, Sunset: 18:09 GMT.

Cromford for Hawfinch today, easy peasy! three seen twice along with a Peregrine, Mandarins Dipper and five Grey Wagtail among other things.

Cromford Canal: 3 Hawfinch, 5 Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, Peregrine, 12 Little Grebe, 5 Goosander [R.Derwent] 7 Mandarin [R.Derwent]


Little Grebe




And Yet Again


One Grey Wagtail


Another Grey Wagtail On A Pumping Station


Drake Goosander


Drake Mandarin

Gonalston And Hoveringham GP’s. Sunday, 8th. March, 2015.

March 9, 2015 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Temp.10°C (50°F),-1°C (34°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 12 mph, Visibility: Cloud, Good, Sunset: 17:56 GMT.

Bus services being what they are on a Sunday I managed to miss my connection leaving me an hour to find and photo Peregrine’s no problem, the pair were there on the Newton Building although not appearing to be having anything to do with each other! so’ I focused on the female right on the corner of the building, a very long shot for my Canon SX50HS camera but I managed a few passable shots.

Headed of to Gonalston for a Glossy Ibis but mainly for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, strange but true! Gonalston is a beautiful little village but I remember way back from bike rides as a kid that cows were likely to be strolling through the village and farmers wore big leather gaiters over their boots and there was a smithy, the smithy is still there and its still a nice village.

The Ibis was nowhere to be seen when I arrived hot foot from the bus stop, but not to worry, we got possibly the best view of the bird since its arrival as it flew in showing it’s dark green iridescent plumage in all its glory! I would have gladly traded all the photos I did take for the one I didn’t! The Lesser Spotted ‘Pecker however was nowhere to be seen, I did at one time fancy I heard it, but not enough to be sure.

With the Ibis in the bag and a pair of Grey Wagtails to boot, I set off down the lane to the nearby Hoveringham gravel pits for a quick look, a foursome of Oystercatchers,  a single Little Egret and a small flock of Goldeneye’s – probably getting ready for the off.

Back in the village there was no sign of the Ibis and after a thoroughly good look for the ‘pecker with no result and it being a Sunday bus service it was back to the bus stop for me.


The Newton Building, Nottingham: 2 Peregrine [m. f.] Gonalston Village: Glossy Ibis, 2 Grey Wagtail, 18 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing. Hoveringham GP’s Railway Pit: 38 Goldeneye, 20 Goosander, 110 Wigeon, Little Egret Grey Heron, 5 Herring Gull, 4 Common Cull.


Peregrine, Newton Building


Glossy Ibis, Gonalston Village




Glossy Ibis


Glossy Ibis and Moorhen


Glossy Ibis





Holme Pierrepont In Search Of The “Yankee Bald Pate”

February 19, 2015 in Photo Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Temp. 8°C (46°F)-5°C (41°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 14mph, Visibility: Sun, Good, Sunset: 17:22 GMT. 

It was an excellent day weather-wise and the birding wasn’t bad either, the “yank” was found as soon as I arrived at the 52 Pit gate, not a good view as it was drifting across the pond and nearing the far bank so I determined not to worry about it and keep going and confirm later if it was in fact a drake American Wigeon.

Over at Blotts not a lot going on,  the area  is a building site at the moment and by the looks of it, for some time to come, with fencing being installed, pathways being laid and the feature every reserve should have “The Wader Scrape” in Blotts case this should be a  pretty addition to the site. As I say not a lot to see, a few Goldeneye, Gadwall, Shoveler, Wigeon and a small flock of Lapwing already taking advantage of the wader scrape facility !

Dusk was fast approaching when I arrived back at the 52 Pit gate and I was thinking, I hadn’t seen a single Smew all day, no sweat, there were three right there in front of me, a drake and two redheads, plus the American Wigeon – job done! and there were still Little Egrets flying about all over the place!


Holme Pierrepont, 52 Pit: Drake American Wigeon [from the gate on the A 52] 3 Smew [1 drake, 2 red-heads] 44 Pochard, 8 Shoveler, 38 Teal, 340 Wigeon, 28 Goldeneye,6 Great Created Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Common Gull, 4 Redshank, 2 Oyster Catcher, 8 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 3 Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, Buzzard. Blotts Pit. NR. 9 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 35 Wigeon, 6 Goldeneye, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 75 Lapwing.


Wigeon Grazing on The banks of the 52 Pit


Little Egret – One Of Eight Around The 52 Pit


A Very Lucky Snap Shot Of A Drake Smew

Bennerley/Cossall, Sunday, 15th. February, 2015

February 16, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings, Photo Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Temp. 8°C (46°F)-4°C (39°F), Wind Direction: Easterly, Wind Speed: 6 mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 17:16 GMT.

First of my long Sunday strolls, this year, through Bennerley and on to Strelley, on this occasion looking for Yellow Hammer but no joy today, but I did hear albeit briefly, a Goshawk calling.

I ended up at Strelley Church, I’d heard a rumour of Peregrines in the area but all I found was two Starlings!

Lodge Feeders: 2 Bullfinch, 16 Goldfinch.  Bennerley:  Scaup [ drake-Erewash Canal, Bridge Pub, Cotmanhay]  5 Tufted Duck, 95 Wigeon, 28 Teal, 90 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, 130 Black-headed Gull, 18 Redwing. Chat Corner: 7 Snipe, 3 Stonechat, 5 Teal. Cossall: 2 Bullfinch, 20 Redwing, 12 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, Buzzard, Grey Heron, 15 Pheasant. Spring Wood: Goshawk [1 calling briefly] 2 Kestrel, Buzzard, 2 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Strelley: 2 Buzzard, Grey Heron.


House Sparrow, Eyeing Up The Feeders




Stonechat, Chat corner


Black-headed Gull


A Very Vocal Robin!

Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 13th. February, 2015.

February 16, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings, Photo Posts, Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Temp. 7°C (45°F) -4°C (39°F), Wind Direction: South South Easterly, Wind Speed: 12 mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 17:13 GMT.

The Scaup was on the canal again today about one hundred and fifty yards from my back gate, I could almost include it in the “Lodge Feeders” reports!

Lodge Feeders: 3 Bullfinch, 16 Goldfinch. Bennerley: Drake Scaup [Stensons Lock, Cotmanhay] 180 Black-headed Gull. 140 Wigeon, 52 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 1 Jack Snipe, 112 Golden Plover, 95 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, 44 Redwing, 9 Fieldfare. Chat Corner: 11 Snipe, 2 Stonechat [m. f.] 18 Fieldfare, Kestrel, Pheasant.




Drake Scaup


Unlikely Bedfellow!


And Again




Bennerley Marsh, Sunday, 8th. February, 2015.

February 9, 2015 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Temp. 6°C (43°F), 2°C (36°F), Wind Direction: West North Westerly, Wind Speed: 4 mph, Visibility: Sun, Good, Sunset: 17:03 GMT.

Another pleasant Bennerley day, apart from motor bikes and an illegal shooter, Golden Plover’s, lots of Snipe, a Water Rail and a pair of Stonechat’s, what’s not to love!

Bennerley Marsh: 130 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 70 Lapwing, 40 Golden Plover, 190 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull.Grey Heron, 6 Redwing, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk [f.] Jay. Chat Corner: 20 Snipe, 2 Jack Snipe, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat [m.-f.] Buzzard. Shipley Gate: 23 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, Water Rail, 23 Fieldfare, 45 Redwing. North Marsh:  2 Jack Snipe, 16 Snipe, 5 Goosander [over] 5 Teal, Grey Heron, Lesser Black-backed Gull





Carrion Crow




Tufted Duck


Little Grebe




Chat Corner


Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 6th. February, 2015.

February 7, 2015 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley


Temp. 4°C (39°F) -2°C (36°F), Wind Direction: North Easterly, Wind Speed: 9mph, Visibility: L/cloud, Good, Sunset: 16:59 GMT.

A very busy day starting with the Lodge Feeders where four Bullfinches, a Coal Tit and a Wren are now regular visitors.

The drake Scaup was around again today, it has now  been on the Erewash Canal now for six days!

A couple of Snipe were on Bennerley Marsh along with a pair of Stonechat, another pair of Stonechat’s along with eight Snipe were at Chat Corner.

Bennerley Marsh Feeders: Coal Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 4 Bullfinch, 4 Blackbird, Song Thrush, 6 Starling, Wren, 2 Robin, 4 Carrion Crow,  8 Black-headed Gull, 4 Collared Dove, Woodpigeon. Stensons Lock, Erewash Canal, Cotmanhay: Scaup [m.] Bennerley Marsh: 125 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 190 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, 30 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 2 Stonechat, 16 Redwing, Kestrel. Chat Corner: 8  Snipe2 Stonechat, Reed Bunting, 20 Redwing, 12 Fieldfare, Buzzard, 2 Pheasant.


Female Bullfinch








Coal Tit


Drake Scaup, Erewash Canal, Cotmanhay




Wigeon On The Marsh


Robin, Chat corner


Blue Tit

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 Marsh, Friday, 23rd. January, 2015.

January 30, 2015 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp.3°C (37°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 11 mph, Visibility: Cloud, Sun, Moderate, Sunset: 16:32 GMT.

Bennerley: 135 Wigeon, 19 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck, 85 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, 110 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull. Mistle Thrush, 35 Goldfinch. Shipley Gate: Water Rail, Reed Bunting, North Marsh: 9 Snipe, 4 Cormorant, Pheasant, 2 Kestrel. Chat Corner: Reed Bunting, Green Woodpecker, 6 Redwing.