LOUND BIRD CLUB

Striving to record, monitor and conserve birds & wildlife found on the Sutton & Lound GP's SSSI (Idle Valley NR) since 1990.

Bird Sightings 2011 - December

Saturday 31st December
 
Windsurf Pool - A total of 12 Redshank and 7 Goosander (later on Chainbridge Pit). Chainbridge NR Scrape - Six Goldeneye and 1 male 'Aythya hybrid' (Pochard x Tufted) still and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Chainbridge Pit - Up to 11 Goldeneye. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Grey Wagtail over. Tiln North GP (Restoration Area) - Two PEREGRINE (RSc) on deck. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 20 Goldeneye, 66 Pochard, 119 Tufted Duck, 329 Greylag, 12 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (RSc) and 1 'hybrid' Bean Goose. Neatholme Pit - Up to 7 Goldeneye. Neatholme Fen - Up to 8 Goldeneye and 1 LITTLE EGRET (later on Chainbridge Scrape). Also c100 Pink-footed Geese flew west and c400 Lapwing flew south. (R.Scott)
 
Friday 30th December
 
Clear weather until just beyond midday when light but cold rain developed. White-fronted Geese flock now containing 15 birds with brief sightings of Short-eared Owl and Peregrine.
 
Clayworth Common - The 8 adult Whooper Swans continue to reside amongst the Mute Swan herd, also 129+ (110+19) Pink-footed Geese flew north, 1 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel. Tiln North GP (Restoration Area) - Single PEREGRINE (PJF) here again today. Cross Lane Marsh - Two Grey Heron. Chainbridge Pit - Up to 6 Goosander and c120 Golden Plover high over SW. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single male Pintail, 1 Goosander, 12 Shelduck and 3 Song Thrush near to Chainbridge viewpoint. Chainbridge Lane - 30+ Stock Dove and c100 Fieldfare. Walters Lane - c30 Redwings. Doughty's Pond - c250 Gadwall, c50 Wigeon, 50 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing and 1 Bullfinch. Windsurf Pool - Up to 12 Redshank, 4 Goosander, 2 Treecreeper and 2 Goldcrest. Cross Lane SSSI (Bittern Pool) - Four Reed Bunting feeding in fragmites reed. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTTLE EGRET, 10 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20 Great Black-backed Gulls all seen late morning, 50+ Lapwing and 1 Grey Heron. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET, 5 Cormorant, 1 Song Thrush near footbridge and 4 Stock Dove. Blaco - c800 Greylag Goose and 1 'feral' Pink-footed Goose. Neatholme Scrape - Single SHORT-EARED OWL (GH,PH) seen briefly being attacked and grounded by a Carrion Crow, 25 Cormorant, 12-15  WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (GH,PH) flew in from Blaco then flocks of 12 & 3 birds returned north later with Greylag flock, 1 'feral' Pink-footed Goose, 1 'hybrid' Bean Goose , 1 female Sparrowhawk, 1 female Kestrel and 5 Shelduck. River Idle - c30 Long-tailed Tit, 20 Fieldfare and c20 Linnet (P.J.Freeman,G.Hobson,P.Hobson)

Wednesday 28th December
 
Has anyone noted the GREAT WHITE EGRET since the last report on the 17th December?
 
Windsurf Pool - Up to 6 Redshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, 107 Wigeon, 5 Goldeneye, 8 Shelduck and 1 male 'Aythya hybrid' (Pochard x Tufted) still. Neatholme Scrape - A count of 16 Wigeon and 11 Goldeneye. Neatholme Pit - Four Goldeneye. Neatholme Fen - Four Goldeneye, 292 Wigeon, 3 Shelduck and 1 Dunlin. Blaco - Just 5 Wigeon. Wildgoose Farm - Single Buzzard. Chainbridge Pit - Up to 9 Goldeneye, 269 Wigeon and 1 Goosander. Bellmoor -Up to 40 Siskin, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 female Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Jay and up to 12 Goosander. (R.Scott,S.Davenport)

Tuesday 27th December
 
Two Short-eared Owls together on Hayton Common today and the White-fronted Geese remain in the area.
 
Hayton Common - Single Snipe, 7 Whooper Swans, 1 Kestrel and 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS (DHo). Bellmoor - Single Buzzard over. Blaco - Two Little Owl and 27 Pink-footed Geese flew W low over farm. Neatholme Fen - c20 Red-legged Partridge. Neatholme Pit - Eleven WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (PCa,TC) with c500 Greylag Geese. Windsurf Pool - Up to 9 Redshank. (D.Housman,P.Cadman,T.Carter)

Monday 26th December
 
Single Raven noted over Walters Farm and again moving in the same general direction it is always heading.
 
Bellmoor Lake - Four Snipe in front of visitors centre. Windsurf Pool - Up to 9 Redshank also c25 Redpoll in trees nearby. Walters Farm - c30 Chaffinch feeding near buildings also single RAVEN (AS) over moving NW. Chainbridge Pit - Up to 9 Goosander. Neatholme Lane - Single Treecreeper. (A.Shooter)

Saturday 24th December
 
Tiln North GP's (Restoration Area) - Two (male & female) PEREGRINE (PJF,DHo) still present over workings. Hayton Common - Up to 7 Whooper Swan, 1 Snipe in drainage ditch, 1 Kestrel and 1 Buzzard. Windsurf Pool - Four (1 male & 3 female) Goosander and 12 Redshank. Chainbridge Pit - Single Kingfisher and 4 Goosander. Lound village - Single Tawny Owl heard 6.10am this morning in centre of village. (P.J.Freeman,D.Housman)

Friday 23rd December
 
Tiln North GP's (Restoration Area) - Single PEREGRINE (PJF). Clayworth Common - Up to 6 Whooper Swans with 78 Mute Swans. (P.J.Freeman)

Thursday 22nd December
 
Clayworth Common - A total of  8 Whooper Swans noted today. Windsurf Pool - A gathering of 12 Redshank today. Hayton Common - The 8 Whooper Swans, 1 MERLIN (DHo), 1 PEREGRINE (DHo), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel and 2 Snipe. (P.J.Freeman,D.Housman)

Wednesday 21st December
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, 8 Goosander (2 males), the male 'Aythya hybrid', 12 Shelduck and 1 Treecreeper. Chainbridge Wood NR - 13 Long-tailed Tit. Chainbridge Pit - Single Grey Wagtail and 3 Goosander (2 males). Windsurf Pool - Up to 10 Redshank. Neatholme Scrape - Single Shelduck. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET, 8 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Shelduck. The Willows - Single Yellowhammer and 3 Tree Sparrow. Neatholme Fen - Single second-winter (2CY) CASPIAN GULL (RSc) (see photo's below) present at 12.55pm in front of the viewing screen, 1 Shelduck and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Lane - A total of 28 Lesser Redpoll. Linghurst Wood - Two Lesser Redpoll over. (R.Scott)
 
 
 Second-winter Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans, Neatholme Fen, 21st December 2011. ©Richard Scott
 
 
Second-winter Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans, Neatholme Fen, 21st December 2011. ©Richard Scott

Monday 19th December
 
Three Barnacle Geese have been seen at Hoveringham Sailing Pit in south Notts today and these were joined by a fourth bird on 22nd December. Interestingley up to 40 White-fronted Geese have remained in this area for a few weeks now. Lound birds re-locating further south after recent frosts? Are these wild birds?
 

Sunday 18th December

Overnight freezing temperatures have cause many pits to freeze over again.

Clayworth Common - Six Whooper Swan present with 85 Mute Swan, 1 Buzzard and c40 Pink-footed Geese flew over. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single adult PEREGRINE (RSt) present. The Willows - Two PEREGRINE (MW,PCo) both noted together and one bird attacking the other before flying off separately. Cross Lane Marsh - Single LITTLE EGRET and 5 Grey Heron. Chainbridge Pit - Twelve WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (RSt) still present, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Goosander, 87 Wigeon, 11 Goldeneye, 50 Teal, the male 'Aythya hybrid' again present and 107 Pink-footed Geese flew NW. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Chainbridge NR Scrape - c100 Teal, 5 Shelduck and 1 male Pintail. Chainbridge Lane - c120 Fieldfare, 8 Bullfinch opposite Tarmac, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard and 10 Pink-footed Geese flew over. Windsurf Pool - Two Redshank, 1 Kestrel, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Bullfinch and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Cross Lane SSSI (Bittern Pool) - Single Woodcock flushed from woodland edge. Water Ski Pit - Single Kestrel, 1 Buzzard and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Neatholme Scrape - Two Redshank, Neatholme Pit - Two Redshank, 1 Grey Heron and 5 Goldeneye. Neatholme Fen - Nine Redshank, 387 Wigeaon, 48 Teal, 1 Shelduck, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 3 Goldeneye. Blaco - Single Common Sandpiper, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 3 BARNACLE GEESE (KW) still present. (K.Wilson,R.Stevens,P.Cottam,M.Warne,R.Scott,V.Giles,D.Mannifield)


Saturday 17th December

Chainbridge Pit - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (GH et al) still present here early morning before it flew to Chainbridge NR Scrape. Also here, 2 PEREGRINE (GH et al) chasing each other heading south, 4 Goosander, 3 Grey Heron and 2 Great Crested Grebe. Chainbridge NR Scrape -Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (GH et al) re-located here but soon flushed by gunfire noise from Walters Lane area, also here, 5 Shelduck, 50+ Teal, 30+ large gulls briefly, 10 Cormorant and 3 Goldeneye. Chainbridge Lane - Single Jay and c200 Fieldfare. (G.Hobson) 


Friday 16th December

Windsurf Pool - Up to 10 Redshank and 250+ Fieldfare. Walters Lane Pit - Single Snipe and c60 Reed Bunting in nearby weedy field. Clayworth Common - Three BARNACLE GEESE (PJF) still feeding with Greylags, 1 Pink-footed Goose and 600+ Linnet. (P.J.Freeman)

Thursday 15th December
 
Lound Village - A pre-roost gathering of c50 Greenfinch at crossroads. Linghurst Wood - Up to 7 Bullfinch, c 70 Goldfinch with a few Redpoll and Siskin. Linghust Pool - Three LITTLE EGRET. Blaco - Three BARNACLE GEESE (TT,VG,KW), 3 Buzzard and c90 Fieldfare. Neatholme Pit - Single Redshank and c 80 Fieldfare. Clayworth Common - Several mobile flocks of c1200 Linnet and 2 Buzzard. Hayton Common - Single adult male PEREGRINE (RSt) sat on deck. Chainbridge Pit - Five Goosander, 3 Snipe, 13 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (RSt) with Greylags in field south of pit. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three Goosander, 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET (TT,VG,KW), 13 Shelduck, c250 Fieldfare and 25 Redwing. Windsurf Pool - Up to 8 Redshank. (P.J.Freeman,T.Tomlinson,V.Giles,K.Wilson,R.Stevens)

Wednesday 14th December
 
Neatholme Fen - Single Redshank, 5 LITTLE EGRET, 70 Lapwing and a female Sparrowhawk. The Willows - Two Yellowhammer, 15 Greenfinch, 20 Chaffinch, 7 Tree Sparrow, 35 Linnet, 1 Jay, 50+ Fieldfare and a few Redwing. Walters Lane Pit - Up to 8 Redshank roosting. Chainbridge Pit - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (DHo) still present then flew towards Neatholme Scrape. (D.Housman)

Tuesday 13th December
 
Chainbridge Lane - Single Song Thrush and 1 female Sparrowhawk flew over lane. Neatholme Scrape - Seven WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (SM,MW), 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Kestrel. Neatholme Pit - Single Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Lane - Single Yellowhammer near footbridge. Clayworth Common - Three Whooper Swans and large flocks of Linnet still. (S.Moakes,M.Wilson)

Monday 12th December
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET and up to 15 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 3 Pintail and 1 LITTLE EGRET present today. (Notts Birdwatchers)
 

November

Wednesday 30th November

Clayworth Common - Twelve WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (MW,PCa,DHo) still present at 14.45pm but flew towards Neatholme Scrape and 1 Pink-footed Goose. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (MW,PCa,DHo) still present with 1 LITTLE EGRET. Windsurf Pool - Single female Goosander and 4 Redshank. Neatholme Scrape - Three Whooper Swans. Neatholme Pit - Up to 11 Goldeneye. Neatholme Fen - Six Dunlin. Parish Park - Single Sparrowhawk. Sandy Hills - Single WOODCOCK (MW,PCa) flushed from cover. (M.Warne,P.Cadman,D.Housman,A.Bradford)


Tuesday 29th November

Eleven newly arrived White-fronted Geese joining the single already present and the three Barnacle Geese. 

Neatholme Pit/Scrape - Up to 12 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (IC,RSt,PCo) with Greylag Goose flock at 10.50am but 11 birds then flushed off towards Clayworth Common, also, 3 BARNACLE GEESE of unknown origin still present. Windsurf Pool - Four Redshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Redshank and 3 LITTLE EGRET. The Willows - c100 Fieldfare and 2 Redwing. (P.Cottam,I.Cowgill,R.Stevens)

Monday 28th November

Single White-fronted Goose still present and long-stayers include Great White Egret, Hen Harrier and Barnacle Geese.

Neatholme Scrape - Single WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (PCa,IH,IC,TT,KW) feeding on eastern back at 13.00pm before flying off towards Clayworth Common at 13.30pm, also 6 Whooper Swan in SE corner of scrape. Clayworth Common - Single WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (SM,MW) still present this evening, c150 Linnet and 1 Buzzard. Windsurf Pool - Up to 8 Goosander (inc 4 males) today on northern side, also 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 28 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing and 4 Redshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (TT,KW) still present, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 7 Shelduck and 1 male Pintail. Blaco - Three BARNACLE GEESE (TT,KW) of unknown origin still, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 'ringtail'  HEN HARRIER (TT,KW), 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Snipe and c90 Fieldfare. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET. Mattersey Priory - Two Buzzard and 2 Kestrel. Chainbridge Lane - A flock of 45 Fieldfare and 1 Green Woodpecker. (P.Cadman,I.Hunt,I.Cowgill,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,S.Moakes,M.Wilson)


Sunday 27th November

No reports received either by e-mail or text?


Saturday 26th November

Up to three White-fronted Geese noted today and not unexpected considering the amount of White-fronts that are currently scattered around the UK.

Neatholme Scrape - Single WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (IC) present here from 11.20am until it flew south at 11.50am. Clayworth Common/Tiln (New Workings) - Two PEREGRINE (IC), 1 MERLIN (IC) and 1 Green Sandpiper. Also seperately there were 2 WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (Barry & Ken?) and 15 Pink-footed Goose noted elsewhere? (I.Cowgill,Barry & Ken?)


Friday 25th November

Blaco - Three BARNACLE GEESE (MK,JK,DP,PCo) of unknown origin still present in fields by the pits, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 50 Fieldfare. Mattersey Common - Single PEREGRINE (MK,JK,DP) hunting overhead. Neatholme Pit - Six Goldeneye. Neatholme Scrape - Three Goldeneye and 1 Dunlin. Neatholme Fen - Four Dunlin and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Lane - Single male Sparrowhawk. Water Ski Pit - Single Goldeneye. Clayworth Common - Two Buzzard and 1 Sparrowhawk. Hayton Common - Two Buzzard. Hawthorne Lane - Thirty Fieldfare and 3 Redwings. Windsurf Pool - Four Redshank and 1 Grey Heron. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Goldeneye. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (MW,JK,TT,VG,KW) still present, up to 3 LITTLE EGRET, 8 Shelduck, 1 male Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Heron and 2 Goldeneye. (M.Warne,J.King,D.Parmenter,P.Cottam,T.Tomlinson,V.Giles,K.Wilson)


Thursday 24th November

Confirmed sighting of all three Barnacle Geese present at Blaco today.

Blaco - Three BARNACLE GEESE (IC) of unknown origin now present in fields by the pits. An extra single bird was noted around the site yesterday (per IC) and has joined the two already present. Chainbridge Lane - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Boat Inn Fishery - Single Grey Heron. Windsurf Pool - Four Redshank and 1 Grey Heron. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 39 Cormorant, 2 Goldeneye and 2 Grey Heron. Neatholme Pit - Single Goldcrest and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Lane - Single Jay. Linghurst Wood - Three Bullfinch and 2 Song Thrush. Sandy Hills - Three Jays. (M.Warne,I.Cowgill) 


Wednesday 23rd November

A 'third' single Barnacle Goose was reported around the site today.

Windsurf Pool - Three Redshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (DHo) still present and 68 Cormorant was notable. Blaco - Single SHORT-EARED OWL (PCo) showing well at 16.15pm, 1 Little Owl, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Kestrel. Neatholme Scrape - Five Goldeneye and GREAT WHITE EGRET (DHo) relocating to here. (D.Housman,P.Cottam)


Tuesday 22nd November

Blaco - Two BARNACLE GEESE (PCa,DRo) of unknown origin still present feeding and on their own, 5 Red-legged Partridge and 1 Treecreeper feeding along the lane. Mattersey Priory - Single SHORT-EARED OWL still present, 2 Kestrel and 2 Buzzard. Wildgoose Farm - Eight Grey Partridge. Linghurst Wood - Single NUTHATCH (PCa,DRo) heard callin at 13.30pm. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET and 2 Red-legged Partridge. Windsurf Pool - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (SM,MW) still present mid afternoon. (P.Cadman,D.Roberts,S.Moakes,M.Wilson)

Barnacle Geese Branta leucopsis - Blaco, 19th November 2011. This seems to be a pair of adult birds, the male being the obviously larger of the two, seen on the right in the photo. ©Darren Housman

Barnacle Geese Branta leucopsis - Blaco, 19th November 2011. ©Darren Housman


Monday 21st November

Neatholme Scrape - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (PCo) at southern end at 9.00am. Neatholme Fen - Three Golden plover with Lapwing flock and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Blaco - Two BARNACLE GEESE of unknown origin still present. The Willows - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Neatholme Lane - Single Green Woodpecker, c100 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing and Song Thrush. Chainbridge Lane - Single Oystercatcher over North. (P.Cottam)

Sunday 20th November - WeBS/Bird Count (Called off due to poor visability)

Linghurst Pool - Two Dunlin, 142 Lapwing, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Bullfinch. Neatholme Fen - Single Siskin and 2 Bullfinch. Parish Park - Single Song Thrush and 2 Bullfinch. Linghurst Wood - Four Redwing, 22 Long-tailed Tit and 1 Goldcrest. Neatholme Pit - Single Kestrel and 58 Fieldfare. Water Ski Pit - Single Jay. (P.Cadman et al)


Saturday 19th November

Mattersey Priory/Blaco - Single SHORT-EARED OWL (PJF,KW,GH,PH) present from 3.15pm til dusk, 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (KW) noted here, 1 adult male PEREGRINE (GH,PH,PJF) perching on telegraph poles on Drakeholes side of River Idle, the 2 BARNACLE GEESE (DHo,GH,PH) of unknown origin still present, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 12 Grey Partridges. Hayton Common - Two PEREGRINES (PJF) on ground this afternoon. Chainbridge Pit - Single male Goosander. Chainbridge NR Scrape -Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (PJF,DM,GH,PH) still present, 1 Grey Heron, 20 Cormorant, 5 Shelduck and 4 Goldeneye. Bellmoor Lake - Two Shelduck, 3 Teal, 5 Shoveler and 2 Great Crested Grebe. (P.J.Freeman,K.Wilson,D.Housman,G.Hobson,P.Hobson,J.Nyland,A.Nicholson)

Friday 18th November
 
Neatholme Lane - Single imm PEREGRINE (PH) over lane at 13.00pm. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two LITTLE EGRET and 12 Shelduck. Chainbridge NR Scrape (South) - Single male Pintail. Windsurf Pool - Single RUFF and 2 Redshank. Neatholme Scrape - c20 Goldeneye and 1 Dunlin. (P.Hobson) 

Thursday 17th November

Clayworth Common - Single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER reported still present today. 


Wednesday 16th November

Another or the same Hen Harrier once again present and the two Barnacle Geese still present at Blaco.

Chainbridge NR Srape - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (DM) still present with 4 Pintail (3 males). Blaco - Two BARNACLE GEESE (MW,PCo) of unknown origin still in same location from midday until 15.30pm at least, also 1 Little Owl in usual area and 10 Great Crested Grebes on pits. Wildgoose Farm - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Clayworth Common - Single HEN HARRIER (MW,JK) hunting and dropping onto prey at 13,30pm, also 14 Golden Plover. Neatholme Pit - Single Dunlin and 1 LITTLE EGRET. River Idle - Single Little Grebe. Neatholme Scrape - c200 Fieldfare noted here. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET and up to 62 Golden Plover. Linghurst Pool - Single Grey Heron. Parish Park - Single Tawny Owl calling at 11.00am and 1 Little Egret on lake. Lound Sewage Works - Single Grey Wagtail. Linghurst Wood - Single Jay and 2 Green Woodpecker. Horse Paddock - Three Goldcrest feeding in hedgerow, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Lound - Single Tawny Owl calling at 5.00pm. (M.Warne,J.King,P.J.Freeman,D.Mannifield,P.Cottam)


Tuesday 15th November

Two Barnacle Geese at Blaco today. Described as "birds of unknown origin" so not sure if these are the real deal or not. Any truly wild Barnacle Geese at Lound would be fantastic but there is still a very large roaming feral population which does not help matters. Can anyone tell us if the Osberton flock is still at large?

Blaco - Two BARNACLE GEESE (IC,RSt) of unknown origin found in the early morning and still present at 14.05pm in field south of main track, also 5 Pink-footed Geese, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Cormorant, 5 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 1 male Sparrowhawk, 35 Skylark and 1 NUTHATCH (TT,KW) at Top Cottage on feeders. The Willows - c150 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing and 1 LITTLE EGRET over. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET still present at 13.30pm 14.20pm viewed from Chainbridge Lane. Boat Inn Fishery - Single Grey Heron. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 10 Goldeneye. Neatholme Fen - A flock of 60 Golden Plover. Bittern Pool (Cross Lane SSSI) - Six Reed Bunting feeding in reeds. (P.Cottam,M.Warne,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,I.Cowgill)


Monday 14th November

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET again reported as being present. Also single SMEW reported but no further details. (Birdguides)


Sunday 13th November

Two Bewick's Swan today were the first for the winter.

Mattersey Priory - Single SHORT-EARED OWL (TT,ASa) again quatering set aside at 4.30pm, also 3 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 10 Grey Partridge, c80 Linnet and c50 Fieldfare. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two BEWICK'S SWAN (DM), 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET (DM), 1 Grey Wagtail over early morning, 2 Snipe, 36 Golden Plover, 1 Pintail, up to 4 LITTLE EGRET today, 2 Goldeneye, Green Woodpecker, 12 Fieldfare and 6 Redwing. Windsurf Pool - Single RUFF and 1 Redshank. Neatholme Lane - A flock of 55 Pink-footed Geese flew north at 10.12am and 1 Chiffchaff noted although a second bird was also reported from another unknown location. Neatholme Pit - Single Dunlin. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 Treecreeper in nearby tit flock, 6 Snipe flew off and 20+ Meadow Pipit were seen here. Lound Sewage Works - Single Grey Wagtail and 1 Goldcrest. Linghurst Wood - Single Goldcrest. Parish Park - Single Tawny Owl calling from western end early morning. Also in the whole area - 20+ Redpoll, 8 Bullfinch, 2 Goldcrest, 18 Goldeneye and 46 Pochard. (D.Mannifield,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,T.Tomlinson,A.Saint,P.J.Freeman,P.Hobson)


Saturday 12th November

Single Smew was freshly arrived today.

Mattersey Priory - Single SHORT-EARED OWL (ABo,DL) again present at dusk circling high over the area, also 2 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel. Windsurf Pool/Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (Birdguides) reported as still present at 13.50pm today. Lound - Forty Greenfinch noted in trees at crossroads in village and 1 Tawny Owl heard calling in village at 17.30pm. . Chainbridge Pit - Single 'Redhead' SMEW (AS) flew in with 2 Goldeneye at 9.45am. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 7 Snipe. Windsurf Pool - Up to 40 Golden Plover and 2 Redshank. (P.J.Freeman,A.Shooter,Birdguides.com,A.Bonser,D.Lynett)

Local Sightings

Gringley Carr (Pumping station between 2pm and 4pm) - Four SHORT-EARED OWL (PL) hunting over set aside on the Misterton Carr/Idle Stop side, immature male MARSH HARRIER (PL), juvenile PEREGRINE (PL), adult male MERLIN (PL), 3 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk and 1 TWITE (PL) over calling. (P.Lee)


Friday 11th November

A brief sighting of a Fulmar today. If accepted this will be the third site record following singles on 6th September 1995 and 11th June 2006.

Windsurf Pool - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET reported as still present today. Blaco/Mattersey Priory - Single SHORT-EARED OWL (PCo,KW,DRo,ABo,DL) still present late afternoon until 4.00pm. Bellmoor Lake - Single FULMAR (DE) was reported to fly from here heading towards Tiln Gravel Pit (Trout Fishery) at 11.25am though there were no further reports of this bird this afternoon. (P.Cottam,K.Wilson,D.Evans,D.Roberts,A.Bonser,D.Lynett)


Thursday 10th November

Single Short-eared Owl still at Mattersey Priory this evening and the Great White Egret continues to show well on the Windsurf Pool. 

Mattersey Priory - Single SHORT-EARED OWL (MW,IH,PCa)still present at 16.15pm quatering set aside near the priory ruins. Windsurf Pool - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (PH,MW,IH,PCa) still present along with 1 Heron, 1 Dunlin and 5 Redshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Goldeneye. Bittern Pool (Cross Lane SSSI) - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Neatholme Pit - Three Goldeneye and 1 Redshank. Clayworth Common - A flock of c200 Linnet with mixed corvids and 3 Red-legged Partridge. The Willows - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Neatholme Fen - ThreeDunlin and 185 Golden Plover. (P.Hobson,P.Cadman,M.Warne,I.Hunt)


Wednesday 9th November

Mattersey Priory - Single SHORT-EARED OWL (MW,SM) seen being mobbed by a Magpie at 15.45pm near the priory then it moved west and inturn it mobbed a Buzzard before it drifted back towards the priory and out of sight. No sign of the Hen Harrier.  Also here, 1 immature/female MERLIN (MW,SM), 3 Kestrel. 2 Buzzard, 49 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing and 23 Skylark. (M.Wilson,S.Moakes)


Tuesday 8th November

Ruddy Duck were again targeted on the Idle Valley NR again today. Nine birds were killed on Chainbridge Pit by FERA marksmen.

Blaco - Single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (KW,AL) present hunting the fields west of the pits at 3.00pm and again at dusk. Windsurf Pool - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (Pca,MW,JK) present early morning, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 3 Redshank, 7 Dunlin, c60 Teal, 1 Heron, 1 Reed Bunting, 250 Fieldfare over, 12 Carrion Crow and 1 Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge Lane - Three Redwing and 1 Goldcrest in tit flock. Chainbridge Pit - In the gull roost tonight 400 Common Gull and 300 Black-headed Gull. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (PCa,MW,JK) present here mid afternoon feeding with 2 LITTLE EGRET and then flew north with the Little Egrets at 16.00pm presumably to roost (PH), also here 6 Dunlin and 1 Shelduck. Cross Lane - Four Fieldfare. Neatholme Scrape - Five Whooper Swan which then flew NE towards Matersey Common, 1 male Pintail, the returning 'Aythya hybrid' Lesser Scaup type bird again and c200 Fieldfare. In the gull roost tonight 500 Common Gull, 1500 Black-headed Gull, 325 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 30 Herring Gull. Neatholme Fen - Two Snipe calling, 2 Redshank and 25 Golden Plover. Water Ski Pit - Up to 11 Red-crested Pochard. Wildgoose Farm - Single Woodcock flushed from cover when entering farm and 25 Red-legged Partridge. Linghurst Pool - Ten Siskin. Linghurst Wood - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. (P.Cottam,K.Wilson.A.Lee,P.Cadman,M.Warne,J.King,P.Hobson)


Monday 7th November
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (MW) present here mid afternoon, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 7 Shelduck. Chainbridge Lane - Ten Fieldfare in Hawthorn. Windsurf Pool - Two Redshank. Neatholme Scrape - Single Goldeneye. Neatholme Fen - Fifty Fieldfare over and 2 Snipe. Clayworth Common - Single Tawny Owl calling at 16.45pm. Boat Inn Fishery - Two Tawny Owls calling at 17.30pm. (M.Warne,J.King)

Sunday 6th November

Male American Wigeon was a great find and possibly a different bird from the one ealier in the autumn? Hen Harrier was present earlier today but not from mid afternoon til dusk. Also an 'unidentified' Acrocephalus type warbler was observed briefly today? 

Neatholme Fen - Male AMERICAN WIGEON (IC) present from 9.45am and remaining there all day being still present at 3.45pm at least (TH,JT,GH). Also here single JACK SNIPE (TH,JT) briefly in flight in front of the screen, 224 Wigeon, 1 Dunlin, 520 Lapwing, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 60+ Golden Plover, 1 Redshank, 12 Pochard and a pair of Red-crested Pochard. Blaco - Single HEN HARRIER (KW) present at 1.30pm today but no sign from 2.45pm until dusk despite an extensive search from Neatholme to Mattersey Priory. Also here, up to 3 Buzzard, 1 immature/famale MERLIN (ASa) at 16.00pm east of south pit and presumed same at dusk south over Mattersey Priory (GH), 1 Red-crested Pochard on northern pit and NUTHATCH (KW) again on feeders at Top Cottage. Boat Inn Fishery - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (PCa) present here at 7.15am. Windsurf Pool - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (ASa,DRo) still present here from 13.00pm until dusk, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Heron, 3 Redshank, 7 Dunlin, 55 Teal and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker over. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 10 Dunlin, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 6 Shoveler, 40 Canada Goose and 150 Greylag Goose. Neatholme Scrape - A flock of 8 Whooper Swans (inc 4 juveniles) flew in from Clayworth Common at 1.20pm and were still there early evening, 34 Mute Swan, 35 Teal, 45 Shoveler, 25 Pochard, 650 Greylag Goose (flew in from Blaco area), 1 Pink-footed Goose, 25 Canada Goose, 26 Cormorant, 1 Treecreeper and 1 Sparrowhawk nearby. Linghurst Pool - Two LITTLE EGRET and 1 Dunlin. Linghurst Wood - Three Goldcrest in hedge along west side. Water Ski Pit - Single Treecreeper in wiilows. Wildgoose Farm - Single Little Owl in usual area and 30 Red-legged Partridge. (I.Cowgill,D.Read,P.J.Freeman,M.Vickers,G.Hobson,T.Harris,J.Tupling,P.Cottam,A.Bradford,I.Hunt,P.Cadman,

A.Saint,D.Roberts,K.Wilson)


Saturday 5th November

Windsurf Pool - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (AN) still present at 1.00pm. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (AN) present here at 1.30pm, 1 male Pintail and 3 Snipe. Blaco - Single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (AS,IC) present here at 12.30pm then flew north, also female/immature MERLIN (AS,IC) chasing Skylark. Cross Lane Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET. Hayton Common - Single LITTLE EGRET and 1 Buzzard. Bellmoor Lake - Three Great Crested Grebe with 9 Mute Swans and 40+ Coot. (A.Nicholson,A.Shooter,I.Cowgill,J.Nyland)


Friday 4th November

Two different 'ringtail' Hen Harriers were present today. The Neatholme Scrape bird being present there whilst the regular bird was showing in fields between Mattersey Priory and Blaco Hill. No reports of Great White Egret today?

Blaco - Single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (PJF,VG,ABr,KW) this evening showing well, 300 Lapwing, 8 Grey Partridge, 2 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel. Neatholme Scrape - Single different (much darker) 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (TT) present along eastern side from 3.00pm until 3.15pm. Clayworth Common - Up to 12 Grey Partridge, c 80 Fieldfare and 15 Redwing. (P.J.Freeman,V.Giles,A.Bradford,K.Wilson,T.Tomlinson)


Thursday 3rd November

Has last years Great White Egret returned to us? If it has, how long will it remain this time?

Blaco - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (IC) flew south over here at 11.40am then along river towards Chainbridge Scrape before settling on the Windsurf Pit. The bird was also noted in the Chainbridge Scrape area in flight at 14.30pm (SM,MW) and later at the Boat Inn Fishery off Walters Lane at 15.50pm (PCa) before returning to the Windsurf Pool area. This bird is likely to be the same bird that has been roaming South Yorkshire sites over the last week or so and was also present at Potteric Carr until 1.00pm yesterday. The same egret may have also been present at Lound yesterday having been seen briefly flying over Chainbridge mid afternoon (See below). Also at Blaco today the single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (IC) was still present late morning and again at 16.15pm this evening (PCa). Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two LITTLE EGRET present mid afternoon, 4 Dunlin late morning. Chainbridge Pit - Single Snipe and 1 Curlew south at 10.30am. Windsurf Pool - Single LITTLE EGRET and 2 Redshank. (I.Cowgill,P.Cadman,D.Read,S.Moakes,M.Wilson.P.Hobson)

 Great White Egret Ardea alba - Lound, 3rd November 2011. ©Ian Cowgill.

Great White Egret Ardea alba - Windsurf Pool, 3rd November 2011. ©Ian Cowgill.


Wednesday 2nd November

Blaco - Single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (KW,VG,PCa,IH,PH) still present from 15.55pm in the Mattersey Priory area, also single PEREGRINE (VG) on deck, 22 Stock Dove, 215 Jackdaw, 390 Rook and 4 Grey Partridge. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single possible GREAT WHITE EGRET (PH) over Chainbridge Lane mid afternoon. (K.Wilson,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,P.Hobson,V.Giles) 


Tuesday 1st November

Single Hen Harrier is still present pre-roost in the Blaco/Mattersey Priory area. Also a single Water Rail showed well in reeds in the eastern section of Neatholme Pit.

Blaco - Single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (PCo,BH,KW) showing well again south of Mattersey Priory from 3.30pm until 4.15pm then apparently flew north and west, also here 1 LITTLE EGRET, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 19 Stock Dove, 70 Linnet, 6 Grey Partridge, 3 Mistle Thrush, 25 Fieldfare, 4 Redpoll, c80 Pink-footed Geese over N and 1 Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single LITTLE EGRET, 7 Shelduck, up to 4 Dunlin, 65 Lapwing and 43 Golden Plover. Windsurf Pool - Single LITTLE EGRET, 2 Dunlin, 1 Heron and 2 Redshank. Clayworth Common - Single Barn Owl flying N at 9.30am, a lock of c50 Skylark and a covey of 18 Grey Partridge. Neatholme Fen - Two LITTLE EGRET, 96 Lapwing, 85 Golden Plover, 17 Dunlin briefly then flew S, 1 Snipe overt, 3 Bullfinch, 15 Redwing, 30 Fieldfare, 15 Goldfinch and 12 Chaffinch. Neatholme Pit - Single WATER RAIL (DHo,PCo) showing well on edge of reeds on eastern section late morning, also 1 LITTLE EGRET. Linghurst Wood - Single Buzzard.
(P.Cottam,B.Hurst,K.Wilson,D.Housman,T.Tomlinson,P.J.Freeman)
 
 
 Hen Harrier Circus cyaneaus - 'Ringtail', Blaco, 1st November 2011. ©Ken Wilson
 
 Water Rail Rallus aquaticus - Neatholme Pit, 1st November 2011. ©Darren Housman

 
 

October 2011

PLEASE NOTE. THE HIGH LEVEL SHEEP FIELDS ARE PRIVATE FARMLAND WITH NO PUBLIC ACCESS. HOWEVER, THERE ARE A COUPLE OF AREAS WHERE ACCESS TO THE FENCE LINE CAN BE GAINED FROM EXISTING RIGHTS OF WAY.

Monday 31st October

Blaco - Single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (KW) south of Mattersey Priory at 3.30pm noted on both sides of River Idle. Windsurf Pool - Two Redshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - up to 8 Dunlin and 4 Shelduck. (K.Wilson)


Sunday 30th October - LBC Autumn Bird Walk

At least one Raven still in area and the immature Peregrine (probably the red colour-ringed bird) seen regularly. A sizable movement of Pink-footed Geese noted.

Blaco (viwable from Mattersey Priory Road) - Single female/juvenile MERLIN (TT), 1 PEREGRINE (TT), 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel and 3 Mistle Thrush. Blaco - Single RAVEN (PCo,PCa,MW,IH) low south and calling at 10.00am heading towards Neatholme Pit, 1 female Sparrowhawk, 250 Pink-footed Geese moving east at 9.45am, 1 Snipe, 10 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipits, 40 Red-legged Partridge and 3 Buzzard. Neatholme Scrape - Single RAVEN (AS,RSc) moving south over scrape calling constantly at c10.10am, also 6 Dunlin, 7 Goldeneye, 3 Snipe over and 40 Golden Plover. Neatholme Fen - Single PEREGRINE (PCa,IH,MW,PCo) landed briefly, 2 LITTLE EGRET and 1 Goldcrest nearby. Linghurst Pool - Single LITTLE EGRET and 1 Grey Heron. Neatholme Pit - Single PEREGRINE (PCo) over west, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 4 Goldeneye. Neatholme Lane - Two Goldcrest and 120 Fieldfare. Clayworth Common - Single immature female PEREGRINE (AS) sat on ground then moved off east, also c100 Pink-footed Geese south, c200 Fieldfare, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 2 Buzzard. Mattersey Common - Single Buzzard. Wildgoose Farm - Up to 40 Greenfinch on pwer lines, 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Tree Sparrow, 8 Red-legged Partridge and c70 Fieldfare. Sheep Fields (Old C5 Lagoon) - Single RAVEN (AS) feeding on ground with Rooks at 12.15pm then flew towards Sutton-cum-Lound. Chainbridge Lane - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker by Tarmac Works. Windsurf Pool - Two Redshank and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Six Shelduck, 6 Dunlin, 1 Willow Tit and 1 Goldcrest. Water Ski Pit - Single Goldcrest. Sandy Hills - Single Coal Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Goldcrest. Up to 250 Fieldfare noted today at various locations. (A.Shooter,P.Cottam,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,M.Warne,R.Scott,T.Tomlinson)


Friday 28th October

Blaco (viewable from Mattersey Priory Road) - Single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (DRe,AS) here at 3.50pm for 25 mins then flew N, returning again and present here briefly at 5.30pm, also 1 CORN BUNTING (DRe,AS) flew NE at 5.10pm, the female MARSH HARRIER (DRe,AS) at 4.30pm, 1 Little Owl, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sarrowhawk, 1 Barn Owl and 3 Buzzard. Windsurf Pool - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 Dunlin and 2 Redshank. Clayworth Common - Single immature fem PEREGRINE (PCo) over south. The Willows - c200 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single female MARSH HARRIER (DRe,AS) here at 2.30pm, 1 Dunlin and c60 Golden Plover over south. Chainbridge Lane - Single Sparrowhawk over. (P.Cottam,I.Cowgill,D.Read,A.Shooter)

Wednesday 26th October

Blaco - Single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (IC) present at 10.20am.  Bellmoor Lake - Up to 50+ Red-crested Pochard present with 2 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Teal. (I.Cowgill,J.Nyland)

 Red-crested Pochard - part of the flock present at Bellmoor, 26th October 2011. ©Janet Nyland


Tuesday 25th October

Neatholme Scrape - Five Dunlin, 1 Goldeneye and c100 Redwing south in three flocks. Neatholme Pit - Two Pink-footed Geese flocks (120 & 32) flew SE at 11.20 & 11.25am and both flocks landed on Clayworth Common and rested and fed with Greylags for 40 minutes before moving off onto Neatholme Scrape but had departed 90 minutes later. Also here, 2 female Pintail, c150 Golden Plover south, 1 Snipe south and c50 Skylark south. The Willows - Good numbers of birds including a single PEREGRINE (DRe) low to the west, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Kestrel, c120 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 15 Blackbirds, c200 Starling and several Mistle Thrush and a Song Thrush. Clayworth Common - Good numbers of birds including c150 Linnet, 30 Skylark feeding in stubble and 1 Buzzard. Neatholme Lane - Three Bullfinch. Neatholme Fen - Single Buzzard. (D.Read) 


Monday 24th October

No sign of yesterday's Ferruginous Duck despite an extensive search locally. See images of the bird below.

Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Pit - Single winter BLACK-NECKED GREBE (PCo,MW,JK.CK) from 7.45am swimming with Coots, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Redshank, 2 Siskin and 10 Greenfinch. Neatholme Scrape - Adult female MARSH HARRIER (PCo) seen taking a Moorhen from edge of the scrape, losing it when mobbed by crows, then plucking it from under the surface and taking it to edge of scrape when it was lost to view, 1 juvenile Whooper Swan present at 7.45am then flew south at 9.30am and dropping into Chainbridge area with 1 Whooper Swan later roosting here at 10.15am, 12 Grey Partridge, 1 Redshank and 5 Dunlin. The Willows - c100 Fieldfare. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single PEREGRINE (MW,JK,CK) on deck here at 14.30pm, also 1 Green Woodpecker. Cross Lane Fishery - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker and 3 Bullfinch. Windsurf Pool - Two Redshank, 1 Heron and 1 LITTLE EGRET. (P.Cottam,M.Warne,J.King,C.King,P.Cadman,)

Sunday 23rd October

Today's Ferruginous Duck becomes only the second record for the Lound Bird Club recording area, the previous record being a single male on the Wetlands Waterfowl Reserve (Wetlands Animal Park) from 25th October until 29th November 1981 although this record was never published by the Trent Valley Bird Watchers (Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers).

Neatholme Pit - Adult male FERRUGINOUS DUCK (PH) present from 11.55am and was still present at dusk when it appeared to go to roost on the main island.

 

                Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca - Adult male, Neatholme Pit, 23rd October 2011.
©Darren Housman (top left) ©Alec Bonser (top right and below) 
 
 
Neatholme Scrape - Single female MARSH HARRIER (MS,RJ), 1 ROCK PIPIT (MS,PH et al) moving NW over scrape, 3 (inc 2 male) Pintail, 1 Pink-footed Goose with Greylags and 4 Dunlin. Windsurf Pool - Three Redshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET and 1 Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge Lane - Two Jays. Clayworth Common - Single LITTLE EGRET. Bellmoor Lake - c80 Red-crested Pochard. (P.Hobson,M.Speck,Birdguides,D.Mannifield,G.Hobson,R.Jenkinson)

Saturday 22nd October

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET and 1 Heron. Windsurf Pool - Single LITTLE EGRET and 3 Redshank. Water Ski Pit - Two Jays. Neatholme Scrape - Single Green Sandpiper and 4 Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 Heron and 70 Fieldfare. Neatholme Fen - Single male Pintail. Linghurst Pool - Single LITTLE EGRET. Blaco - Single Sparrowhawk. Bellmoor Lake - Up to 40 Red-crested Pochard, 23 Mute Swan and 2 Great Crested Grebe. (M.Warne,J.Nyland)


Friday 21st October

Windsurf Pool - Nine LITTLE EGRET, 1 male Kestrel and 3 Redshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Pintail, 2 Dunlin and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Scrape - Three Dunlin and 8 Goldeneye. Neatholme Fen - Single female MARSH HARRIER (AB,SB) photographed at 14.07pm picking several times at an uknown dead bird from the water. See images below. Also here, 3 LITTLE EGRET and 4 Grey Partridge.

Adult female Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus picking at a dead bird, Neatholme Fen, 21st October 2011. ©Alec Bonser
 
Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Lane - Single Goldcrest. Blaco - Up to 25 Red-legged Partridge. Wildgoose Farm - Mixed flock of 50 Greenfinch and Chaffinch and 1 Goldcrest. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard and 6 Grey Partridge. River Idle - Single Kingfisher. Chainbridge Pit - Two Goldeneye. Chainbridge Lane - Single Goldcrest. Also of note were 70 Fieldfare and 60 Redwing heading south-west. (R.Scott,J.Parker,A.Bonser,S.Black)

Thursday 20th October
 
A very notable movement of Crossbills today and a probable 'calling' Common Crane over Clayworth Common..

Neatholme Scrape - At 11.30am 14 CROSSBILLS (DRe) flew in calling from the east over Clayworth Common and headed west over River Idle and Neatholme Scrape. Not much else of note except a PEREGRINE (DRe) over Neatholme Scrape made two attempts at Teal but failed then a Dunlin but again failed, it then gained height and moved north over Blaco where it made at least two more swoops at prey. Chainbridge NR Scrape (west) - Single LITTLE EGRET. Windsurf Pool - Two Snipe and 3 Redshank. Neatholme Scrape - Four Dunlin and 1 Redshank. Parish Park - Single Goldcrest. Linghurst Wood - Single bird unusually noted feeding on the ground briefly. Wildgoose Farm - Two Buzzard. (D.Read,P.Cadman,I.Cowgill)

Also an unconfirmed report of a probable Common Crane heard calling but not seen over fields to the east of The Willows seemingly heading towards Hayton. (PCa,IC)


Monday 17th October

Single Raven making a return visit over the site. Colour-ringed Peregrine present again. If this is the same bird that has been seen regularly since mid August the ring has obviously now faded from 'bright red' to a 'brick red' colour.

Neatholme Fen - Single YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (PCa,MW), 1 immature PEREGRINE (PCa,MW) (with red colour ring) again at 15.15pm and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Pit - Two Red-legged Partridge and 15 Grey Partridge. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 10 Dunlin. Water Ski Pit - Five Red-crested Pochard. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tawny Owls in usual area. Windsurf Pit - Single calling RAVEN (PCa,MW) flew over heading NW at 13.45pm. (P.Cadman,M.Warne,I.Hunt,A.Shooter)

 Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus - Colour-ringed immature bird (ring now faded?), Neatholme Fen, 17th October 2011. ©Martin Warne


Sunday 16th October WeBS/Bird Count

A single Raven was reported twice over the site today, a Grey Plover was heard and may have been around a few days, 1 Knot briefly and a male Peregrine perfomed well in front of Chainbridge Lane viewpoint.

Blaco - Four Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 40 Lapwing and 769 Greylag Geese. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 17 Dunlin, 1 KNOT (GH) briefly settle then south, 2 Snipe, 40 Fieldfare over, 6 Linnet, 1 (Feral?) Pink-footed Goose, 1 Redshank, 20 Golden Plover, 1 female/imm Goosander, 3 Goldeneye and 26 Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Fen - Single GREY PLOVER (PCa,IH,VG) heard calling over, 251 Wigeon, 182 Lapwing, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Jay,1 Sparrowhawk, 25+ Herring Gulls, 20 Fieldfare and 1 Meadow Pipit. Linghurst Pool - A flock of 51 Wigeon. Neatholme Pit - Two Goldeneye, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 13 Dunlin (possibly some of Neatholme Scrape flock), 30 Lapwing and 1 Heron. Linghurst Wood - Single Treecreeper, 25 Siskin and 1 Bullfinch. Parish Park - Single Kestrel, 2 Little Grebe and 2 Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Lane - Single Treecreeper near footbridge and c20 Fieldfare over. The Willows - Five Reed Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer, 30 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 25 Redwing and 10 Greenfinch. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard perched on hedge, 3 Siskin south and 2 Kestrel. Walters Lane - Single RAVEN (DHu) heard and seen moving NW towards Lound/Torworth around midday. Chainbridge NR Scrape (east) - Single male Pintail, 1 adult male PEREGRINE (SD,GH et al) caught prey but it was not identified, 10 Shoveler, 1 Pied Wagtail and 30 Golden Plover. Chainbridge Scrape (west) - A covey of 14 Grey Partridge and 25 Golden Plover. Windsurf Pool - Single Green Sandpiper. Cross Lane SSSI - Single Kingfisher. Chainbridge Lane - Two Goldcrest, 5 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing and 1 Song Thrush. Chainbridge Pit - Three Great Crested Grebes and 2 Goldeneye. Tiln Pits - Two LITTLE EGRET, 15 Wigeon and 25 Teal. Tiln Wood - ,Twenty Siskin, c20 Fieldfare, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Long-tailed Tit and 3 Coal Tit. Bellmoor Pit - Single RAVEN (SD) seen moving north around midday and probably same as bird a short time later over Walters Lane. Passerine totals today (P.Hobson) - 16 Robin, 33 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, 5+ Redpoll, 9 Skylark.

(P.Cadman,I.Hunt,D.Hursthouse,G.Hobson,R.Revill,M.Revill,I.Cowgill,S.Davenport,T.Carter,

V.Giles,A.Bradford,N.Braund,P.Hobson)


Saturday 15th October

Possible sighting of the injured Pectoral Sandpiper again, the first Goosander of the autumn, further Fieldfare and Redwing influx, a light passage of Pink-footed Geese and a few lingering Swallows seen.

Chainbridge Lane - Single Green Woodpecker, 2 Jays and a flock of 6 Swallows heading SE. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two LITTLE EGRET, 140 Lapwing plus c200-300 Golden Plover in the air ealy morning. Windsurf Pool - Single Green Sandpiper and 40 Teal.  Chainbridge Pit - Single Goldeneye, 4 Red-crested Pochard and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Scrape - Single PEREGRINE (DRe) made several attempts to catch Lapwing, 1 female/imm Goosander, 2 Goldeneye, 1 female Pintail, up to 13 Dunlin, 60 Golden Plover, 1 Sparrowhawk, 30 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Fieldfare over plus a wader which had a few feathers out of place on it's wing that could possibly be the injured PECTORAL SANDPIPER (DM) last reported on the 2nd October? Neatholme Pit - Four Dunlin, 3 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Sparrowhawk. Neatholme Fen - Five Dunlin, 30 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 3 Goldeneye, 120 Wigeon, 1 Redpoll, 1 Fieldfare and 1 Green Woodpecker. Blaco - Two Buzzard, 60 Golden Plover, 1 Green Woodpecker and 5 Red-legged Partridge. The Willows - Two Yellowhammer, 12 Reed Bunting, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 50 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Willow Tit and two flocks of 25 and 30 Pink-footed Goose moving NW. Clayworth Common - A flock of 120 Linnet, 25 Skylark south and 20 Grey Partridge. Neatholme Bridge (late evening) - Two Siskin, 400 Starling and 1 Buzzard. (D.Mannifield,M.Speck,D.Read)


Friday 14th October
 
First Short-eared Owls of the autumn and follow a heavy influx of scandinavian/european birds into coastal counties. 

Neatholme Bridge - Two SHORT-EARED OWLS (IC) were seen here at dusk. Wildgoose Farm - c100 Goldfinch and 37 Greenfinch present. Also this morning 115 Fieldfare, 16 Swallow, 155 Skylark, 1 MERLIN (IC), 150 Pink-footed Geese, 12 Siskin, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 House Martin were noted. (I.Cowgill)


Thursday 13th October

A heavy movement of migrants over today including 60+ Fieldfare, 450+ Redwing and 225 Skylark.  

Chainbridge Pit - 6 Goldeneye, 6 GC Grebe and 1 Common SandpiperChainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Up to 16 Dunlin. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Up to 300+ Golden Plover circled several times and a few landed, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 2 Shelduck, 3 Heron, 19 Lapwing and 1 Little Grebe. Chainbridge Lane - single MERLIN hunting at 12.45pm by the Cement Works. Windsurf Pool - Single Green Sandpiper, 1 Buzzard over with 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jays and 1 Goldcrest along lane and 12 Redwings in nearby field. Neatholme Fen - Possible TREE PIPIT (PH) south-west over at 9.00am (flight call heard only) and 3 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Lane - Five Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush with 10+ Siskin and 10+ Redpoll by the Sandy Hills. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 43 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Goldeneye, 1 RUFF and up to 15 Dunlin. Water Ski Pit - Nine Fieldfare circled then flew north. Wildgoose Farm - Two Buzzard. Blaco - Flocks of 50 Lapwing and 17 Golden Plover noted. Mattersey Common - Two Buzzard. Parish Park - Single Curlew flew west over village. Cross Lane Marsh - Single LITTLE EGRET roosting. Hayton Common - Single Sparrowhawk. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Flocks of 32 Lapwing and 11 Golden Plover. Good passage of winter thrushes and larks/finches today included counts prior to 13.00pm of 600+ Fieldfare, 450+ Redwing, 225 Skylark, 50+ Goldfinch, 30+ Redpoll, 6 Goldcrest, 3 Jay and 8+ Grey Heron (including 3 moving high west over Chainbridge Lane at 12.35pm). Five Whooper Swans moving north at dusk. (I.Cowgill, P.Hobson,D.Housman,P.Cadman,D.Roberts,I.Hunt)


Wednesday 12th October

Neatholme Lane - Single MARSH TIT (PL) heard calling with the tit-flock. (P. Lee)


Tuesday 11th October

Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Up to 16 Dunlin, 1 RUFF, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 20 Golden Plover, 25 Lapwing, 2 Snipe and 1 Grey Partridge. Windsurf Pool - Two Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Green Woodpecker and 3 Jays along the lane. Neatholme Scrape - Three Dunlin, 14 Lapwing and 5 Redpoll over. Clayworth Common - Single Curlew. Neatholme Fen - Two LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Pit - Two Dunlin and 26 Lapwing. Blaco - Over 70 Lapwing flew over. Neatholme Lane - Three Bullfinch, 10 Chaffinch, 1 Song Thrush and 2 Jay all next to Neatholme Fen. Linghurst Lakes - Two Chiffchaff, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Siskin, 6 Bullfinch, 40 Long-tailed Tit. (P.Hobson,D.Housman)


Sunday 9th October

The first Redwings, Whooper Swans and Bean Goose of the autumn today and possibly a Firecrest noted calling but not seen. 

Chainbridge Lane - Flocks of 24 Golden Plover and 21 Lapwing flew over. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Up to 35 Golden Plover, 15 Lapwing, a male PEREGRINE, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 12 Pheasant and 25+ Lesser Redpoll in the trees opposite. Windsurf Pool - Single WATER RAIL (RSc), 2 Ringed Plover, 2 RUFF and 2 LITTLE EGRET. Clayworth Common - Up to 90 Golden Plover and 3 Grey Partridge. The Willows - Single Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Yellowhammer and 3 Redpoll plus a large mixed flock of finches and Tree Sparrows. Neatholme Lane - A count of 114 Redwings (in four flocks) were noted moving west along the lane, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Goldcrest & single Treecreeper. Neatholme Pit - Two LITTLE EGRET, 1 female Goldeneye, 1 Green Woodpecker and a female Sparrowhawk over. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 17 Dunlin and a pair of Pintail. Neatholme Fen - Possible FIRECREST (PH) calling by the viewing screen but remaining elusive bwtween 12.15 and 12.50pm and 21 BEAN GOOSE (PH) flew over NW at 12.57pm. Single adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL present mid-afternoon. Water Ski Pit - A flock of 15 Whooper Swans was noted moving North over here and later North East over Blaco between 10.15am and 10.30am? Because of the fifteen minute duration between recorded timings of the first and last sightings did these birds circle the area twice. Also here, 36 Red-crested Pochard and another flock of 45 Redwing noted moving west. Cross Lane SSSI area - Twenty Goldfinch and 1 Sparrowhawk. Cross Lane Fishery - Two Song Thrush noted on wires. Blaco - Fifteen Whooper Swans as reported above and 5 Redpoll. Mattersey Common - Two Buzzard. Also noted today were 3 Snipe moving south, 1 Reed Bunting south, 1 Swallow south, 1 Siskin south and up to 44 Skylark south. 38 Snipe flew west in two flocks between 10:20 &n 10:45. Walter's Lane Pit - 4 Shelduck and single Redshank. Walter's Farm Duck Pond - 102 Mallard mid-morning. (D.Housman,R.Scott,P.Hobson,P.Cadman,I.Cowgill,I.Hunt,A.Saint)


Saturday 8th October

Tiln Works Pit - Single Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Grebe and 2 LITTLE EGRET. (D.Housman)


Friday 7th October

Windsurf Pool - Two RUFF, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Heron and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Three LITTLE EGRET, 1 Heron and 3 Skylark south. Water Ski Pit - Single Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Scrape - Single PEREGRINE (PCo,BH) over, Up to 12 Dunlin, 2 Redshank and 3 Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET. Wildgoose Farm - Two Buzzard, 3 Swallow flew west , 1 Tawny Owl and 1 Jay. Blaco - Two Buzzard over. The Willows - Two Chiffchaff. Mattersey Common - Three Buzzard over. Clayworth Common - Two Sparrowhawk and 2 Golden Plover. Linghurst Wood - Single Treecreeper and 1 WillowTit. Parish Park - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. (P.Cottam,B.Hurst,M.Warne,P.Cadman)

Thursday 6th October

Missing bird sightings between the 2nd and 6th? Anyone see anything between these dates and anybody know the fate of the injured Pectoral Sandpiper?

Neatholme Scrape - Single WHEATEAR (IC,BH) and 15 Dunlin. Windsurf Pit - Two RUFF present. River Idle - Single Kingfisher on river near Hallcroft Fishery. (I.Cowgill,B.Hurst,D.Housman)


Sunday 2nd October

No sign of the odd looking Stint sp today. The Pectoral Sandpiper was noted with serious injuries explained below and light passage occurred with many Skylark south, a few Wheatear noted and a flock of Pink-footed Geese moved west.

Neatholme Scrape - Single juvenile LITTLE STINT still present but no sign of yesterdays STINT sp. Also, the juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER was still present but has now sustained serious injuries to its right wing and has presumably survived a Peregrine/Sparrowhawk attack. The bird was feeding normally with Dunlin and the Little Stint and appears to be missing all apart from possibly one primary feather and has been bleeding from the mid wing area. If it survives it will probably linger here for some time because it looks like it may not be capable of flight. Also here, were 107 Red-crested Pochard, 1 female Goldeneye, 16+ Dunlin including 6 that flew through, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Green Woodpecker and 20+ Cormorants. Neatholme Lane - Up to 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Willow Tit and 1 Coat Tit present. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET present. Neatholme Fen - Single YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (PCa,IH) present with Great Black-backed Gulls, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Chiffchaff. Linghurst Pool - Single LITTLE EGRET roosting in trees. Wildgoose Farm - Single Goldcrest in tit flock and Green Woodpecker. Blaco - Two WHEATEAR (PCa,IH,RSc et al), 10+ Golden Plover flew south from here, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Buzzard, 12 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Grey Partridge and flocks of 20+ & 45+ Skylarks heading south. River Idle - Two WHEATEAR (BHu,DRe) present on fields north of Neatholme bridge. Clayworth Common - Single Hobby and Kestrel noted and (30+) Skylarks moving south. Water Ski Pit - Single Hobby south early morning, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 109 Red-crested Pochard before relocating to Neatholme Scrape and 1 Chiffchaff singing. Windsurf Pool - Single LITTLE EGRET present early morning and 3 Ringed Plover. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single RUFF, several Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Pintail, 2 LITTLE EGRETS and 1 Goldcrest. Chainbridge/Tiln area - 210 Pink-footed Geese flew west. Chainbridge Lane - Single Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrest. Walters Lane - Single Green Woodpecker. Also noted were single Golden Plover south, 4 Redpoll south, a further 31 Skylark south and 2 Siskin south.(G.Hobson,D.Housman,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,B.Hurst,D.Hursthouse,S.Davenport,R.Scott,K.Wilson,T.Tomlinson,

V.Giles,A.Bradford)


Saturday 1st October

The odd looking Stint sp has now been present for four days. Debate on the identity of this bird has been mixed and through the Birdforum web site it has come to our attention that there is evidence that 'long-legged' and 'green-legged' Little Stints do exist although obviously they are rare. I'll post links to various web sites that depict these odd stints when I gain the permission from the owners of these sites/blogs.

Neatholme Scrape - Single STINT sp (with long green legs) still present today til 16.30pm at least (BC,SD,MW,PJF), 1 TEMMINK'S STINT (BC et al) present early morning at least, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 LITTLE STINT (SD), 1 TURNSTONE (SD) over and 3 Greenshank over. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single PEREGRINE (MW) present at 15.00pm and 2 Dunlin. Neatholme Fen - Single WHEATEAR in front of viewing screen and 1 LITTLE EGRET present. Linghurst Pool - Single Jay. (B.Cartwright.Davenport,P.J.Freeman,M.Warne)

 

September 2011

Friday 30th September

Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single STINT sp (with long green legs) still present today with 1 LITTLE STINT (PCo,PCa,DP,IH,JK,MW) also still present, 4 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 50+ Swallow this evening, 2 Snipe, 2 LITTLE EGRET (with three birds heading to roost this evening) and 65 Golden Plover. Chainbridge Pit - No sign of America Wigeon this evening, 5 Wigeon, up to 17 Red-crested Pochard, 6 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Chiffchaff in song. Windsurf Pit - Single PEREGRINE (PCa,DP,IH,JK,MW) flew south and 2 Buzzard high over. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 80+ Red-crested Pochard, 1 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper and up to 8 Dunlin. The Willows - Single female Sparrowhawk over. Blaco - Single WHEATEAR present. Neatholme Fen - Single WHEATEAR present.
(P.Cottam,P.Hobson,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,P.Parmenter,J.King,M.Warne)

Thursday 29th September

An initially 'unidentified stint' was still present early this (8.30am?) and was claimed firstly as a stint sp then a possible juvenile Long-toed Stint, being present again at 11.30am and again just before it flew off at around 13.30pm when a Peregrine flushed the site. The same 'unidentified wader' was re-located by me on nearby Chainbridge NR Scrape shortly after the Peregrine flush and that bird appeared to show obvious structure and plumage features indicative of a possible juvenile Long-toed Stint. The birds structure & jizz being the primary feature most were happy with because the bird appeared to be really tall and it fed in a tail up belly down action and not like the quick close to the ground feeding action typical in Little Stint. Then it seems whilst some were happy with id having seen it initially at close range and well, it was then turned to now being hailed as just a Little Stint and this was projected to a miss-id on the news services. In the opinion of many locals and some county birders I spoke to this bird was not a 'classic' Little Stint that some were suggesting and the words 'leggy bird' were also used. I have no idea if the bird I saw was a juvenile Long-toed Stint (or a leggy Little Stint for that matter but it was certainly not 'classic' Little Stint. I'm sure many would agree and I know nobody who can say they have seen any long-legged Little Stints before that have very obvious as described in the field 'olive' or 'greenish' legs, another ID feature that Little Stint does not have. The debate will obviously go on but the bird that was photographed below to me was the same bird that was seen today in both areas. There was no Temmink's Stint there that I know about but there was certainly still a normal juvenile Little Stint and a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper. I cannot ID this bird so I'll leave it to those who can.

One visitor was in need of medical attention and paramedics were attending to him as I left. I understand he was going to being airlifted to hospital with severe heat exhaustion. I hope that gentleman is doing ok.

Normal Service will resume tomorrow. I need to chill.

Gary Hobson (Web Site Administrator)   

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 4 Dunlin and 3 Ringed Plover were present with the 'unidentified stint sp', the latter being less that 150 yards on first being re-located here then was seen at between 200-250 yards for the next three hours as many birders watched it from Chainbridge Lane viewpoint. Neatholme Pit - Single juvenile BLACK TERN (PHo) till 12.30pm at least. River Idle - Single WHEATEAR along the river bank by Neatholme Scrape. Neatholme Scrape - Single PEREGRINE flew through at 12.15pm and single Hobby over at 11.40am flushing waders, the Peregrine appearance causing the 'unidentified stint sp' to re-locate to Chainbridge NR Scrape. Also a late evening report of 1 TEMMINCK'S STINT and juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER. Chainbridge Lane - Three Swallow over mid afternoon. Chainbridge Pit - NO SIGN of yesterdays male AMERICAN WIGEON  after extensive searching this morning but 2 eclipse males and one female Goldeneye present here with 40+ Red-crested Pochard. (P.Hobson,G.Hobson,P.Cadman,M.Warne,R.Revill,J.King)

 American Wigeon - transitional/eclipse male, Chainbridge Pit 28th September, 2011. ©Paul Hobson


Wednesday 28th September

Neatholme Pit - Single transitional/eclipse male AMERICAN WIGEON (DHu) present on pit early this morning viewable from river bank. This bird was re-located with c20 wigeon at the south end of Chainbridge Pit at 7.00pm this evening (PHo,DHo). Neatholme Scrape - An unconfirmed small 'stint like' wader was observed and photgraphed on Neatholme Scrape for a few minutes until 11.45am today. The images, though very grainy, appear to show what could possibly be a (juvenile?) Least Sandpiper. It appears to be very small, has yellowish green legs, has very plain white underparts with a little buff or grey colouration to the sides of the throat. It has a short 'stint like' dark bill pointed and slightly down curved. It appears long-legged compared to a Little Stint and seems to show long tertials, a short tail and no obvious primary projection. See images below.

   Unidentified wader? with Lapwing in background showing structure, leg length, head colour and bill features and possibly a line of braces on its mantle (juvenile?) - Neatholme Scrape, 28th September 2011. ©Daz Housman

 Unidentified wader? Showing body structure, head, mantle and a general rear on profile which suggests 'minature' Ruff in shape - Neatholme Scrape, 28th September 2011. ©Daz Housman

Unidentified wader? Front and side profile showing minimal darker colouration to sides of neck, clean underparts, leg length and yellow green colouration - Neatholme Scrape, 28th September 2011. ©Daz Housman

These images have also been added to Birdforum in the hope that the bird is positively identified. Initial feedback from birders in Notts point to the bird being very interesting so hopefully it can be re-located and identified tomorrow. Good Luck to those who can make it in the morning.

Neatholme Scrape - Single juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER (DHo), 1 juvenile LITTLE STINT and up to 8 Dunlin. Mattersey Common - Single female MARSH HARIER (DHo), 2 Kestrel and 4 Buzzard. Chainbridge Pit - As mentioned above the male AMERICAN WIGEON (PHo,DHo) was re-located at the south end of the pit with c20 Wigeon and c80 Red-crested Pochard at 7.00pm this evening. (D.Housman,D.Hursthouse per I.Cowgill,P.Hobson)


Tuesday 27th September

Windsurf Pit - Single juvenile LITTLE STINT, 2 Dunlin,2 Ringed Plover, 2 LITTLE EGRET and 1 Buzzard over. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three LITTLE EGRET, 1 juvenile LITTLE STINT, 2 Dunlin and 1 Hobby over. Neatholme Scrape - Single juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER (PCo,PCa,JK) still present, 3 Dunlin, c80 Red-crested Pochard and 2 Hobby. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET, 3 Dunlin and 1 Ringed Plover. Neatholme Fen - Single juvenile CURLEW SANDPIPER (PCa,JK), 2 RUFF, 2 Dunlin and 1 Ringed Plover. Blaco - Single WHEATEAR and 1 Buzzard. Water Ski Pit - Single female/imm Blackcap. The Willows - Single Song Thrush. Clayworth Common - Up to 5 Buzzard and 3 Hobby flew north. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single LITTLE EGRET. (P.Cotam,P.Cadman,J.King)


Monday 26th September

An Osprey and several Marsh Harriers noted in the better weather we have had today.

Neatholme Scrape - Single juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER (DMa) still present on small island near river, 25 Red-crested Pochard, 1 LITTLE EGRET and three big and dark raptors possibly juvenile MARSH HARRIERS (DMa) flew over gained height then flew south. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single OSPREY (DMa) observed being mobbed by crows before it moved of NE, a female MARSH HARRIER (DMa) flew low over nearby spoil heaps and 2 Sparrowhawks circling overhead. Windsurf Pit - Five late Little Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin and 1 Jay. Chainbridge Lane - Single Jay and 1 Green Woodpecker. Bellmoor Lake - Single WATER RAIL (VG) in NE corner by outfall to river. (D.Mannifield,V.Giles)


Sunday 25th September

Windsurf Pool - Single Juvenile female MARSH HARRIER (DHo) 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Heron, 4 Ringed Plover and 2 Treecreeper on hedgerow bordering Chainbridge Lane. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two LITTLE EGRET and 3 Heron. Neatholme Pit - Single Hobby hunting hirundines and 1 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Scrape - Single PECTORAL SANDPIPER (DHo,PCa,IH,JK) still present, 1 PEREGRINE (PCa,IH,JK) flew in low at 11.45am and landed on an island, 95 Red-crested Pochard (including many roosting), 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Juvenile female MARSH HARRIER (DHo) presumed same bird as at Windsurf Pool, 1 now moulted male Pintail. Neatholme Fen - Two LITTLE STINT (DHo,PCa,IH,JK) still present. Blaco - Single juvenile MARSH HARRIER (PCa,IH,JK) hunting over fields north of track, also 1 WHEATEAR (PCa,IH,JK) on field south of track, 2 Buzzard in area and 2 Snipe landed on the shore of the southern lake. (D.Housman,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,J.King)


Saturday 24th September

Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET and 1 Shelduck. Neatholme Lane - Three Yellow Wagtails over, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Scrape - Single PECTORAL SANDPIPER (SD,DHo) still present with 1 Dunlin, 25 Red-crested Pochard and 43 Lapwing. Neatholme Fen - Two LITTLE STINT (DHo,ABe) still present and 1 Common Gull. Wildgoose Farm - Single Green Woodpecker, 4 Tree Sparrow, 2 Swallow and 2 House Martin over. Blaco - Single WHEATEAR (ABe), numerous Red-legged Partridge, 4 Buzzard, 1 Hobby and 2 Kestrel. Windsurf Pool - Five Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Heron and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Chainbridge Lane - Two Mistle Thrush. (S.Davenport,D.Housman,A.Bell)


Friday 23rd September

The three Gannets west over Blaco was a lucky find for the two observers and a shame that others did not connect with them. Hopefully these individuals will make it back to the sea as many other lost inland seabirds often perish. There was a probable adult/sub-adult Gannet seen flying high over Clayworth Common Thursday 15th September but this was not confirmed so keep your eyes peeled to the skies. September is traditionally the month for seabird movement in Nottinghamshire.

Blaco - Three Juvenile GANNET (TT,DP) flew over west at 10.00am, they few in from Clayworth Common over the north lake and west in a couple of minutes and did not look to land or veer off course, also here, 1 juvenile MARSH HARRIER (TT,DP), 2 Hobby, 8 Buzzard, 7 Kestrel, 3 Sparowhawk and 2 WHEATEAR (TT,DP). Neatholme Scrape - Single PECTORAL SANDPIPER (PCo,TT,DP) still present on island near to river at 9.30am, 1 Snipe, up to 32 Red-crested Pochard and 2 Common Sandpiper. Neatholme Pit - Two LITTLE EGRET and 1 Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Fen - Two juvenile LITTLE STINT (TT,DP), 1 KNOT (RB,SB) late afternoon with a CURLEW SANDPIPER (RB,SB) and 3 LITTLE EGRET. Windsurf Pool - Up to 6 Ringed Plover, up to 64 Red-crested Pochard and 2 LITTLE EGRET. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two juvenile LITTLE STINT (TT,DP) presumably same as Neatholme Fen birds and 2 LITTLE EGRETS. Bellmoor Lake - Single Kingfisher along the river here. (P.Cottam,T.Tomlinson,D.Parmenter,R.Bird,S.Bird,P.Hobson)

Thursday 22nd September

Bellmoor Lake - Single Buzzard. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Up to 8 Ringed Plover. Windsurf Pool - Four Ringed Plover and 2 Kestrel. Clayworth Common - Three Hobby hunting SE of The Willows, 1 Sparrowhawk and  up to 17 Grey Partridge. The Willows - Single Sparrowhawk and 1 Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Scrape - Single PECTORAL SANDPIPER (MW,IH,PCa) still present on island south of scrape, 1 Common Sandpiper and 36 Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Pit - Three LITTLE EGRETS. Neatholme Fen - Two juvenile LITTLE STINT (MW,IH,PCa) still present feeding on central island and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Linghurst Pool - Four LITTLE EGRETS roosting in trees. Linghurst Wood - Single Buzzard. Parish Park - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. (M.Warne,I.Hunt,P.Cadman)


Wednesday 21st September

Neatholme Scrape - Single PECTORAL SANDPIPER (MW,JK) still present feeding on islands at 11.30am, also here 1 RUFF, 51 Red-crested Pochard and 1 Sparrowhawk. Water Ski Pit - 30 Red-crested Pochard noted (Total of 81 birds). Neatholme Fen - Single YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (MW,JK), 2 LITTLE STINT (MW,JK) and 2 Dunlin. Blaco Pits - A pair of WHEATEAR (MW,JK,KW) fed on Cattle Fields and single Hobby, Meadow Pipit and Pink-footed Goose were noted on the south pit. Wildgoose Farm - Single Tawny Owl in usual area. Chainbridge NR Scrape (wester viewpoint) - Single LITTLE EGRET. (M.Warne,J.King,K.Wilson)


Tuesday 20th September

Windsurf Pool (Pit) - Single Dunlin, 9 Ringed Plover, 3 LITTLE EGRET and 2 Heron. Neatholme Fen - Two juvenile LITTLE STINTS (DHo) at 11.00am, 1 Snipe and 1 Dunlin. (D.Housman)

 Little Stints - Two juveniles with single adult Dunlin, Neatholme Fen, 20th September 2011. ©Daz Housman


Monday 19th September

Linghurst Pool (Pit) - Two LITTLE EGRETS. Blaco - Single Juvenile MARSH HARRIER (TT,VG,KW), 1 Little Owl and 4 Buzzard. Neatholme Pit - Two LITTLE EGRETS and 1 female Sparrowhawk. The Willows - Two Buzzard. Neatholme Scrape - Single BLACK TERN (TT,VG,KW) and 32 Red-crested Pochard. Windsurf Pool (Pit) - Up to 10 Ringed Plover and 1 Dunlin. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Up to 4 LITTLE EGRETS. Neatholme Lane - Single Hobby and 1 Sparrowhawk over. Bellmoor Lake - Single WATER RAIL (PCa) noted at 17.10pm on south shore near to wind turbine. (P.Cadman,T.Tomlinson,V,Giles,K.Wilson)


Sunday 18th September - WeBS/Bird Count Day

Visible Migration very evident by todays batch of sightings including five Crossbill south this morning, a male Goshawk, 2 Peregrines, several Sparrowhawks and Buzzards, along with a very obvious influx of Chiffchaffs over the site, 120+ Swallows, several Meadow Pipits, a Yellow Wagtail, a Redpoll and a few Siskins.

Hallcroft - Single male GOSHAWK (DC,SC) was noted over here this afternoon and 1 WATER RAIL (IC,RR) was also noted here today. Chainbridge Lane - Five CROSSBILL (DC,SC) flew south over here this morning, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 LITTLE EGRET over and 1 Grey Wagtail. Chainbridge Pit - Eight Red-crested Pochard, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Siskin, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Kingfisher. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 Pintail, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Heron, 6 Shelduck, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Chiffchaff and 1 Greenshank over. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Chiffchaff. Windsurf Pool (Pit) - Up to 15 Ringed Plover briefly then flew west, 4 Dunlin, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 LITTLE EGRET noted here. The Willows - Single female PEREGRINE (PCa) circling high at 10.30am, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard and 1 Chiffchaff. Clayworth Common - Two Buzzard, 2 Hobby and 2 Kestrel. Parish Park - Four Jays. Linghurst Wood - Three Bullfinch, 4 Siskin, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Buzzard over. Cross Lane Fishery (Pit) - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Neatholme Scrape - A huge flock of 92 Red-crested Pochard were counted here today (per DHu), 1 juvenile PEREGRINE (RSc) chasing a Snipe, 1 Redpoll, 1 Siskin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Hobby over viewpoint, 1 PECTORAL SANDPIPER (PCa,RSc,AS), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin and 2 RUFF. Neatholme Pit - Single Greenshank and 2 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Little Grebe and 26 Swallows. Linghurst Pool (Pit) - Four LITTLE EGRET, 1 Ringed Plover and 10 Swallows. Sandy Hills - Single Chiffchaff, 1 Bullfinch and Siskin over. Blaco - Single MARSH HARRIER (RSc), 1 NUTHATCH (KW) on feeders at Top Cottage, 5 Golden Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank and 1 Buzzard. Andy Shooter reports a large movement of raptors moving over blaco in a 2 hour period today which included 5 sparrowhawk, 6 kestrel, 1 female PEREGRINE (AS) south, 1 Hobby, 8 Buzzard and 2 MARSH HARRIER (AS) including an adult female going north and an immature bird heading south. (P.Cadman,I.Cowgill,R.Revill,D.Came,S.Came,R.Scott,K.Wilson,A.Shooter,D.Hursthouse)


Saturday 17th September

As was suspected we now have confirmation that there has probably been two juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers present for the past week. Today two juvenile birds were feeding together on Neatholme Scrape easter shoreline.

Neatholme Scrape - Two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS (IC,MW,PCa,DHo et al) present from 8.00am today, both birds feeding together along the eastern shoreline opposite the northern viewpoint and still present in the afternoon. Also here 2 RUFF, 1 Greenshank, 8+ Dunlin which flew south early morning then up to 13 were noted later, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 8+ Snipe flew west, 11 Curlew flew north over and possibly landed on Neatholme Pit, 1 Siskin flew over and 11 Swift south. Neatholme Pit - Single WHINCHAT (PL) present near the footbridge. Water Ski Pit - Single Chiffchaff in song, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Green Sandpiper over and up to 27 Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Fen - Five Ringed Plover and 4 Dunlin. Chainbridge Lane - A flock of 17 Grey Partridge noted near viewpoint. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single CURLEW SANDPIPER (RSt) reported, up to 7 Dunlin, up to 10 Ringed Plover present in the afternoon and 2 LITTLE EGRETS. Windsurf Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET present. Walters Lane Pit - Up to 7 Shelduck here today. Cross Lane - Single Chiffchaff in song and a couple of Siskin noted briefly in tree tops. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single Greenshank and 2 Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common - Single MARSH HARRIER (MW,PCa,IC) flew over at 9.00am. Blaco - Single female MARSH HARRIER (RSt) which was later seen over Neatholme Scrape. (G.Hobson,I.Cowgill,P.Cadman,P.Lee,M.Warne,D.Housman,P.J.Freeman)

Pectoral Sandpipers - Two juveniles, Neatholme Scrape, 17th September 2011. ©Daz Housman

Friday 16th September

Pectoral Sandpiper still present generally being noted along the eastern shoreline opposite the northern screen. A light wave of migrants today including probably another Redstart, a Wheatear and a fewcommon summer warblers.

Windsurf Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Jay. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Up to 5 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Hobby hawking over with 1 Buzzard. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Up to 10 Grey Partridge and 1 female Sparrowhawk over. Neatholme Scrape - Single juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER (PCo,IC) still present, 2 RUFF, 10 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 3 Curlew, 1 Redshank and 48 Red-crested Pochard (with a minimum of 72 birds recorded over the site today). Neatholme Lane - Single immature male REDSTART (PCo) in hawthorn just west of river bridge, 1 Chiffchaff in song, 3 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat and 2 Redpoll. Mattersey Common - Single WHEATEAR present. Neatholme Pit - Single WHINCHAT (PCo) on fence between pit & river. (P.Cottam,I.Cowgill) 

Thursday 15th September
 
There was a bit of late summer warm weather today and ideal for birds of prey hence the many sightings below.

Chainbridge NR Scrape (western viewpoint) - Six Ringed Plover and 8 Dunlin. Chainbridge Lane - Single Jay and 12 Long-tailed Tits. Windsurf Pit - Ten Gadwall, 10 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 1 Heron. The Willows - A flock of 68 Pink-footed Geese flew south-east, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Lesser Whitethroat present. Clayworth Common - Single PEREGRINE (ABr) and 1 Hobby. Neatholme Scrape - Single juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER (MW,ABr,PCa) still present mid afternoon at least, 1 RUFF, 1 Greenshank and 62 Red-crested Pochard. Ian Cowgill estimates that at least c100 birds may now be present on site in one or two mobile flocks. Neatholme Fen - Five LITTLE EGRET, 1 Greenshank and 9 Ringed Plover. Neatholme Lane - Single REDSTART (ABr) and 1 Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Pit - Single Jay, 1 RUFF, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tree Sparrow, 2 Red-legged Partridge and 1 Song Thrush. Blaco - Single MARSH HARRIER (MW,PCa,IH,IC) hunting around pits at 9.00am, 1 RUFF, 5 Grey Partridge and 5 Skylark. A combined total of 9 Buzzard, 1 Hobby and 1 PEREGRINE (MW,JK) were noted at various locations around the recording area. (M.Warne,P.Cadman,J.King,I.Hunt,I.Cowgill,A.Bradford)


Wednesday 14th September

The Pectoral Sandpiper still present on Neatholme Scrape but Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Ruff becoming mobile. A trickle of migrants moving through including White Wagtail, Whichat and Wheatear. 

Windsurf Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET. Chainbridge NR Scrape (western viewpoint) - Two LITTLE EGRET, 1 juvenile CURLEW SANDPIPER (PCo,RSt,TT,VG), 1 juvenile LITTLE STINT (PCo), 1 female PEREGRINE (PCo) over, 1 Hobby over, 9 Dunlin, 9 Ringed Plover, 1 WHINCHAT (TT,VG) and 55 Meadow Pipits. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Two Greenshank and 7 Grey Partridge. Neatholme Scrape - Single juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER (PCo,RSt,TT,VG,DE) still present mid afternoon, 1 juvenile LITTLE STINT (IC,TT,VG), 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 RUFF, 4 Ringed Plover and female Sparrowhawk over. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET and 1 Green Sandpiper. The Willows - Single Willow Tit. Neatholm Fen - Single juvenile LITTLE STINT (TT,VG), 10 Ringed Plover, 1 juvenile CURLEW SANDPIPER (TT,VG,DE), 1 RUFF, 8 Dunlin and 2 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Lane (Horse paddocks) - Four Yellow Wagtail, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL (TT,VG), 19 Pied Wagtail, 1 Sparrowhawk. Blaco - Single juvenile MARSH HARRIER (TT,VG), 2 Buzzard, 1 WHEATEAR (TT,VG), 6 Yellow Wagtail and c650 Sand Martin.. (P.Cottam,T.Tomlinson,V.Giles,R.Stevens,D.Evans)

Tuesday 13th September

The Pectoral Sandpiper, Little Stint and Sanderling still present.

Chainbridge NR Scrape (western viewpoint) - Single CURLEW SANDPIPER (PJF,PCo,MW et al), 1 LITTLE STINT (PCa,CK,JK,MW) at 13.30pm & 18.00pm, 5 LITTLE EGRET, 14 Ringed Plover and up to 10 Dunlin, 6 Meadow Pipit, 13 Pied Wagtail and 1 Sparrowhawk. Windsurf Pit - Single juvenile CURLEW SANDPIPER (RC), 12 Ringed Plover and 8 Dunlin. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Two Greenshank, 1 Hobby and female Sparrowhawk. Neatholme Pit - Single Pink-footed Goose with greylag geese, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 Little Grebe and 9 Pied Wagtail. Neatholme Scrape - Single juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER (PCo,RC,MW,PCa,JK,CK) still present until 14.45pm at least,1 SANDERLING (MW,PCa,CK,JK), 1 LITTLE STINT (PCo,RC), 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 Hobby on the deck and 3 Swift. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE STINT (PJF) and up to 16 Ringed Plover. Neatholme Lane - Single Treecreeper. Blaco - Single WHINCHAT (RC) still present. (P.J.Freeman,P.Cottam,R.Collis,M.Warne,P.Cadman,C.King,J.King)

 

Whinchat - Blaco, 13th September 2011. ©Richard Collis


Monday 12th September

Extremely windy conditions did not deter some from venturing out. The Pectoral Sandpiper was relocated and a Sanderling, Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper were present on the more sheltered Windsurf Pit.

Neatholme Scrape - Single juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER (DRe) re-located here today at 11.30am and 1 Swift over south at midday. Neatholme Fen - Single adult male PEREGRINE (RSt,MW) sat on deck and over pit, 1 juvenile LITTLE STINT (DRe), 4 Ringed Plover and 2 LITTLE EGRETS. Windsurf Pit - Single juvenile SANDERLING (RSt,MW), 1 juvenile LITTLE STINT (RSt,MW,DHo), 1 juvenile CURLEW SANDPIPER (RSt,MW,DHo), 9 Dunlin  and 6 Ringed Plovers all present late morning. Cross Lane Pit - Single Jay calling. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Up to 50 Meadow Pipit and 30 Goldfinch feeding. (R.Stevens,M.Warne,D.Housman,D.Read)


Sunday 11th September

A couple of new waders through today including Whimbrel and Turnstone. 

Chainbridge NR Scrape (western viewpoint) - Single WHIMBREL (PJF) on deck at 9.20am, 2 Curlew, 8 Dunlin, 1 juvenile CURLEW SANDPIPER, 4 RP, 6 adult Shelduck, 2 Herons, 1 Kestrel and 5 LITTLE EGRET. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard and 2 Kestrel. The Willows - Single Buzzard. Chainbridge Pit - Single CommonSandpiper. Windsurf Pit - c100 Teal. Neatholme Fen - Single CURLEW SANDPIPER (MW,TH,JT), up to 19 Ringed Plover, up to 19 Dunlin and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Pit - Two BLACK-NECKED GREBE (TH,JT) still, 1 BLACK TERN (MW) 2 GARGANEY, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 50 Teal and 1 Swift with House Martins and Sand Martins. Neatholme Scrape - Single TURNSTONE (AS), 1 BLACK TERN, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 3 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 30 Red-crested Pochard and 1 Curlew over late evening. Wildgoose Farm - Single Treecreeper and 1 Red-legged Partridge. Linghurst Wood - Single Tawny Owl and Coal Tit both heard calling. Blaco - Single WHINCHAT (PJF,PCa,IH,MW), 1 female WHEATEAR (PJF,MW,PCa,IH), 1 Whitethroat, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Swift south. 
(P.J.Freeman,M.Warne,T.Harris,J.Tupling,G.Hobson,A.Shooter,P.Cadman,I.Hunt)

Saturday 10th September

One possibly two Pectoral Sandpipers present today on Neatholme Scrape with fresh in Little Stint on Neatholme Fen and three Curlew Sandpiper at Chainbridge.

Neatholme Scrape - Single juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER (GH,GF,LF et al) present here from 10.30am. The bird was first seen feeding around the small islands off the main island and a short time later flew to the eastern shoreline where it remained feeding until midday at least. Still present at 15.20-15.40pm (DRo). Also here, 1 juvenile BLACK TERN, up to 7 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover and a still unidentified large 'calidrid' possibly a second Pectoral Sandpiper that flew off west with 2 Dunlin. Cross Lane SSSI - Single Willow Tit calling. Water Ski Pit - Two Hobby over. Neatholme Pit - Two BLACK-NECKED GREBE (MW,GF,LF) still present, 1 GARGANEY (DRo) present, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE STINT (MD) up to 4 2 Dunlin and up to 13 Ringed Plover. Neatholme Lane - Three Siskin present at 17.40pm. Windsurf Pit - 10+ Ringed Plover, 11 Dunlin  and 3 LITTLE EGRET. Chainbridge NR Scrape (western viewpoint) - Three juvenile CURLEW SANDPIPER (AS), 11 Dunlin, 1 RUFF, 1 Kingfisher and 2 LITTLE EGRETS. Wildgoose Farm - Single Buzzard. Blaco - Single juvenile WHINCHAT (MW,DRo) still present on fence posts south of track, 2 WHEATEAR (DRo), 1 BLACK TERN (MW), 1 Snipe flew over towards Neatholme Pit, sub-adult MARSH HARRIER (MW,IC) hunting grassland then south over Neatholme area and 5 Red-legged Partridge. The Willows - Single WHEATEAR in field at the rear. Bellmoor Lake - Five Cormorant and 3 Great Crested Grebe. (G.Hobson,I.Cowgill,M.Warne,B.Hurst,G.Facer,L.Facer,A.Bradford,D.Roberts)


Friday 9th September

Raptors much in evidence today probably because of the better weather with Osprey, 15 Buzzard and several Hobby noted. Also a small influx of Stonechat and Wheatear.

Neatholme Pit - A good raptor day noted this morning from the raised viewing mound with a single OSPREY (DRe) viewable distantly as it came in from the north, circled briefly possibly over Daneshill NR and was then lost to view. Also many Buzzards were noted including 8 birds in the air at the same time though the true number of birds involved was probably up to 15 with most drifting slowly south, 1 juvenile/winter BLACK-NECKED GREBE (DRe,PCo,PCa,MW), 1 BLACK TERN (PCo), 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard sat in tree, 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Blaco - Two different STONECHAT (PCo,RC) present from 10.40am and 1 female WHINCHAT (RC). Neatholme Fen - Up to 11 Dunlin and 9 Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape - Single Hobby, 8 Dunlin and 10 Red-crested Pochard. Clayworth Common - Two Hobby and 1 Buzzard perched. The Willows - Five Grey Partridge and 1 Buzzard. Windsurf Pit - Single CURLEW SANDPIPER (DRe), 5 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 RUFF and 5 LITTLE EGRETS. Chainbridge Pit - Two Long-eared Owls noted from one area and a PEREGRINE (PCa,MW) flew south at 11.00am. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single PEREGRINE (PCa,MW) sat on islands at 14.45pm, c30 Red-crested Pochard flew over south, 1 Hobby, 2 Snipe and 2 LITTLE EGRETS. Tiln North GP (Restoration Area) - Three WHEATEAR (IC) present this morning. Tiln Works Pit - Up to 4 Buzzard over at midday. (D.Read,P.CottamPCadman,M.Warne,R.Collis)

 Stonechat - Male at Blaco (one of two present), 9th September 2011. ©Richard Collis


Thursday 8th September

Continuing the fantastic 'wader year' here at Lound another good record concerned this mornings fairly brief Pectoral Sandpiper which seen by just a few of our regular members before it moved on.

Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single Juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER (RSt et al) found at 9.15am but at 9.45am it flew norh west towards Chainbridge Scrape but could not be relocated. Also here 1 LITTLE EGRET. The Willows - Two Buzzard. Neatholme Scrape - Single Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin (18 birds present this evening), 2 juvenile BLACK TERNS (RSt,PCa,DP,IH,MW) present from 7.00am, 2 Swifts and 15 Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Pit - Two GARGANEY (RSt), 2 BLACK TERN (same as Neatholme Scrape birds), 2 juv/winter BLACK-NECKED GREBE (PCa,DP,IH,MW), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover and 1 Swift. Neatholme Fen - Single adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (PCa,DP,IH,MW), 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover and 4 LITTLE EGRETS. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three Red-crested Pochard. Windsurf Pit - Single juvenile CURLEW SANDPIPER (RSt,PCa,IH,MW) still, 2 RUFF, 5 Dunlin, up to 13 Ringed Plover and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Linghurst Wood - Single Coal Tit on tit and warbler flock. (R.Stevens,P.Cadman,I.Cowgill,I.Hunt,D.Parmenter,M.Warne,D.Housman)

 

Pectoral Sandpiper - Clayworth Common (New Workings), 8th September 2011. ©Daz Housman


Wednesday 7th September

Neatholme Scrape - Two BLACK TERN (IC) north at 6.30am with 5 BLACK TERN (DHo) present here at 16.50pm at least. Chainbridge NR Scrape (western viewpoint) - Single CURLEW SANDPIPER (IC), 23 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 1 RUFF, 1 Kingfisher and 20 Siskin flew south. (I.Cowgill,D.Housman)


Tuesday 6th September

Neatholme Pit - Two BLACK TERNS (CJ et al) present for ten minutes from 13.00pm, although on one occasion flew high and looked like they would depart. Also here 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE (CJ et al) still present. Neatholme Scrape - Two Turtle Doves flew from western side and onto vegetation near to the northern viewing screen. (C.Johnson)


Monday 5th September

Windsurf Pit - Single CURLEW SANDPIPER (PJF), up to 8 Dunlin, up to 17 Ringed Plover, 1 eclipe male Pintail and wader numbers had dropped off to only 5 Ringed Plover here at midday. River Idle (adjacent to Neatholme Scrape) - Single juvenile WHINCHAT (DRe) on fence-line. The Willows - Two Willow Tit. Neatholme Pit - Two GARGANEY, 2 Green Sandpipers and 1 RUFF. Neatholme Scrape - A total of 128 Lapwing and 4 Swifts over. Neatholme Fen - Two Curlew feeding in north west corner. (P.J.Freeman,D.Read)


Sunday 4th September

Chainbridge Lane - c500 House Martin on wires near horse paddocks. Chainbridge NR Scrape (western viewpoint) - Two CURLEW SANDPIPER (DRo) from 9.44am until they flew east at 10.05, 9 Dunlin, 2 LITTLE EGRET, up to 22 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Windsurf Pit - Two LITTLE EGRET. Windsurf Pit - 10 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 LITTLE EGRET and Grey Wagtail over South West. Neatholme Scrape - A flock of 57 Red-crested Pochard present. Neatholme Pit - Two GARGANEY, 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 LITTLE EGRET. (D.Roberts,D.Read)


Saturday 3rd September

A late Cuckoo was reported today.

Chainbridge NR Scrape (western viewpoint) - Single CURLEW SANDPIPER (DHo) still present at 17.10pm, 1 Hobby and 5 Dunlin. A single extremely late Cuckoo (RF) was reported today. (D.Housman,R.Frost,S.Davenport)


Friday 2nd September

Windsurf Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET present. Chainbridge NR Scrape (western viewpoint) - Single CURLEW SANDPIPER (PCo) over 12.20pm (seen also by Andy Shooter & Ian Cowgill), 7 Curlew, 12 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin and 3 LITTLE EGRETS. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single Dunlin. Neatholme Pit - Two RUFF, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 eclipse GARGANEY (PCo) and 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE (PCo). Neatholme Scrape - A flock of 15 Common Snipe over and 10 Swift. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard. The Willows - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. (P.Cottam,A.Shooter,I.Cowgill,M.Vickers)
 
 
 Garganey - Neatholme Pit, 2nd September 2011. ©Mike Vickers
 
 
Ruff - Neatholme Pit, 2nd September 2011. ©Mike Vickers
 

Thursday 1st September
 
A Common Rosefinch was heard calling and seen briefly in flight in The Willows today. This will be a new addition to the site species list if accepted. Also in The Willows there was another new first-winter male and a different 'un-ringed' female Redtart bringing the autumns total to four birds.

Windsurf Pit - Two LITTLE EGRETS. Chainbridge NR Scrape (western viewpoint) - Single Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plovers, 1 Hobby and 1 LITTLE EGRET. The Willows - Single first-winter male REDSTART (IC) and an 'un-ringed' female REDSTART (IC) now present? The previous 'ringed' adult female has been replaced. A COMMON ROSEFINCH (IC) was heard and seen briefly in flight. Clayworth Common - Single Juvenile PEREGRINE (RSt) and 1 Turtle Dove. Neatholme Lane - Single Juvenile WHINCHAT (RSt,DH,TT,KW) north of Neathome bridge and 1 Treecreeper by Neatholme Pit. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET, 2 RUFF, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpipers and 1 juvenile BLACK-NECKED GREBE (RSt,TT,KW). Neatholme Scrape - Four Ringed Plovers and 6 Dunlin. Neatholme Fen - Up to 8 Ringed Plovers, 6 Dunlin, 6 LITTLE EGRET and 15 Yellow Wagtail. Wildgoose Farm - Two SPOTTED FLYCATCHER still present. Blaco - Three Hobby, 5 Buzzard, 5 RUFF flew over heading south, 1 WHINCHAT and 25 Swift over south. (R.Stevens,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,I.Cowgill,DH?)

August 2011

Wednesday 31st August

Tarmac Concrete Works (Chainbridge Lane) - An escaped GYR FALCON (DM,DA) complete with jesses, bells and a radio tag was found here today having recently gone awol during a falconry display at the nearby Wetlands Wildlife Park and was being mobbed by a resident Kestrel. The birds owner finally retrieved the bird after several attempts to lure if from its perch on top of a crushed concrete mound. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 7 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Dunlin and 1 LITTLE EGRET. (D.Mannifield,D.Askew)

 

 Escaped Gyr Falcon - Tarmac Concrete Works, Lound, 31st August 201. ©Dave Mannifield

Tuesday 30th August

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single TEMMINCKS STINT (PCo,RSt et al), 1 juvenile CURLEW SANDPIPER (GH) relocated at 10.30am from initial sighting on Neatholme Fen, 1 Kingfisher, up to 6 Dunlin, up to 14 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, c30 Pied Wagtails and 3 LITTLE EGRETS over. Chainbridge Pit - Single Hobby over. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single YELLOW LEGGED GULL (PCo,RSt) and 1 Green Sandpiper. Clayworth Common - Up to 3 Buzzard circling over Hayton area. Neatholme Lane - Single juvenile WHINCHAT (PCo,RSt) on rose hips at bottom of lane just west of bridge. Neatholme Scrape - Single Hobby and c20 Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Fen - Single CURLEW SANDPIPER (IC,DRe) seen with a small flock of Dunlin (3) & Ringed Plover (3) briefly at 9.40am but flew west and disappeared from view, 7 LITTLE EGRETS were seen together (including a colour-ringed bird again), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher on western section (formerly Linghurst Pit), c20 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Curlew flew in from Blaco area at 3.00pm. The Willows - Single female Sparrowhawk over, 1 Kingfisher along dyke, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Tree Sparrow and c10 Yellow Wagtails over. Neatholme Pit - Single BLACK-NECKED GREBE and 2 eclipse GARGANEY (PCo,RSt) still present. Blaco - Single juvenile female MARSH HARRIER (DRe,IC) again, 1 WHINCHAT (DRe,IC) and 1 Buzzard. Wildgoose Farm - Two SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (PJF,KW) noted together. Large numbers of mixed hirundines noted today with c50 Swifts present over areas north of Chainbridge Lane.
(R.Stevens,P.Cottam,G.Hobson,D.Read,I.Cowgill,P.Cadman,K.Wilson,P.J.Freeman)
 
 
Spotted Flycatcher - One of two birds, Wildgoose Farm area, 30th August 2011. ©Ken Wilson
 
 
 Whinchat - Blaco, 30th August 2011. ©David Read
 

Monday 29th August

The Temmincks Stint still present for its fifth day and there were two reports of single Ravens moving over the site. Long stayers included at least two Whinchat, the female Redstart in The Willows, the Garganeys and Black-necked Grebes on Neatholme Pit and the juvenile female Marsh Harrier noted again.

Chainbridge NR Scrape (western viewpoint) - Single TEMMINCK'S STINT (IC,TT,VG,KW) still present this morning, 2 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover (inc 3 juveniles) and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Windsurf Pit - Two LITTLE EGRETS. Neatholme Lane - Two seperate sightings of single RAVENS moving NW over Neatholme Pit/Bridge area early this morning. One bird initially seen over Neatholme Lane (IC) was independently seen moving NW over Neatholme Fen (TT) at 9.00am and a second sighting again NW over Neatholme Bridge (IC,DC,SC) area at 10.15am heading towards Blaco Farm. The Willows - Single female REDSTART (IC,TT,VG,KW) still present. Clayworth Common - Single PEREGRINE (IC) noted hunting pigeons over common and c200 Linnet. Neatholme Pit - Two BLACK-NECKED GREBE (TT,VG,KW), 1 juvenile WHINCHAT (TT,VG,KW), 2 RUFF and 1 Common Sandpiper. Neatholme Scrape - Single RUFF and 2 Dunlin. Neatholme Fen - Single RAVEN (TT) NW at 9.00am, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 55 Yellow Wagtails. Linghurst Pit - Up to 4 LITTLE EGRETS. Blaco - Single juvenile female MARSH HARRIER (TT,VG,KW), 1 Hobby, 1 juvenile WHINCHAT (TT,VG,KW), 60 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Little Owl and 1 RUFF. (I.Cowgill,T.Tomlinson,D.Came,S.Came,B.Hurst,V.Giles,K.Wilson)

 Ruff - Neatholme Pit, 29th August 2011 ©Tony Tomlinson


Sunday 28th August

Chainbridge NR Scrape (western viewpoint) - Single TEMMINCK'S STINT (MW,PCa,IH,DRo) again present at 6.30am, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 23 Wigeon and 4 LITTLE EGRETS. Chainbridge Pit - Up to 21 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Swift, c30 House Martin and c100 Sand Martin. Windsurf Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET. Clayworth Common - Single juvenile famale MARSH HARRIER (DRo) south over the Willows at 14.00pm and 1 Buzzard. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 36 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 18 Cormorant, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 RUFF, 4 Swift, 3 LITTLE EGRET and 1 Hobby over. Neatholme Pit - Up to 3 GARGANEY (PCa,IH,MW,DRo), 40 Teal, 100 Gadwall, 5 RUFF, 1 Hobby over which took a martin sp, 8 Swift over, 10 House Martin, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 2 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Lane - Single Grey Wagtail over west. The Willows - Single REDSTART (PCo,PCa,IH,MW) still present in northern half with 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Willow Tit. Neatholme Fen - The 'colour-ringed' PEREGRINE (SD) was noted again from the viewpoint here. Also, 5 LITTLE EGRETS here including two birds roosting in trees to the western end, c50 House Martin and c30 Sand Martin. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tawny Owls and 2 Buzzards. Cross Lane Pit - Single Coal Tit calling from power lines along Neatholme Lane. Walters Lane - c50 Chaffinch. (P.Cottam,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,J.King,C.King,M.Warne,P.Hobson,D.Roberts,S.Davenport)

Saturday 27th August
 
The Temminck's Stint remained on Chainbridge NR Scrape and was joined by a nice flock of 6 Spotted Redshank. Also a very rare bird these days was the minimum of 4 Tree Pipits that were noted from two locations accross the site.

Chainbridge Scrape (western viewpoint) - Single TEMMINCK'S STINT (IC,RSt et al) again present, also 6 SPOTTED REDSHANKS (DP,RSt), 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Hobby. Chainbridge Lane - Single TREE PIPIT (MDa) flew south over here. Clayworth Common - Up to 4 Swift, 1 Hobby and 2 Kestrel. River Idle - c50 Goldfinch feeding on thistles. Neatholme Lane (by River Idle Foot Bridge) - Single juvenile WHINCHAT (RSt), single NUTHATCH (DH). The Willows - Single SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (RSt), up to 3 TREE PIPITS were noted including a single over south (MDa) and two in tree tops (RSt,DP). Neatholme Pit - Two GARGANEY, 5 RUFF, single Common Sandpiper and 2 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Scrape - Single RUFF, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 6 Dunlin, 1 Kestrel and up to 37 Red-crested Pochard. Cross Lane - A big warbler flock including a few Lesser Whitethroat and Garden Warbler. Windsurf Pit - Single Wigeon. Neatholme Fen - Single Whimbrel over south, 3 LITTLE EGRETS and 1 Greenshank. Blaco - Two NUTHATCH (KW) on feeders today, also single MARSH HARRIER (KW), 1 Buzzard, 1 Swift, 2 Red-crested Pochard and good numbers of Yellow Wagtail. Parish Park - Single Sparrowhawk sat on water's edge. (D.Parmenter,I.Cowgill,D.Housman,R.Stevens,K.Wilson,A.Bell,M.Vickers,M.Dawson)

Whinchat - Juvenile, Neatholme Bridge, 27th August 2011. ©Daz Housman


Friday 26th August

Chainbridge NR Scrape (western viewpoint) - Single TEMMINCKS STINT (TT) still present from 7.00am, also 2 Dunlin, 2 LITTLE EGRETS and 1 Kingfisher. Windsurf Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET. Water Ski Pit - 38 Red-crested Pochard and 2 Swift. Neatholme Scrape - Single Curlew. Neatholme Pit - Up to 4 RUFF. Blaco - Two WHINCHAT (TT,KW), c100 Yellow Wagtail, c500 Sand Martin and 1 NUTHATCH (TT,KW). Neatholme Fen - Two LITTLE EGRETS. The Willows - Single REDSTART still present. (P.Cottam,I.Cowgill,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson)


Thursday 25th August
 
An excellent find today was the Temminck's Stint on Chainbridge NR Scrape. Also, a good passage of migrants including Turnstone, Ruff, Black Tern and Common Tern.

Chainbridge NR Scrape (Western viewpoint) - Single TEMMINCK'S STINT (RSt,PJF et al) present here from 1.15pm till 6.00pm at least having first been found on the New Workings (Clayworth Common) at 9.30am (RSt). Also here early morning were single TURNSTONE (IC), 3 RUFF, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Curlew and a PEREGRINE (RSt) over. In the evening single RUFF, 2 Ringed Plover and 2 LITTLE EGRETS. Chainbridge Pit - A flock of 14 RUFF flew south today. Neatholme Pit - Two GARGANEY (IC), up to 4 RUFF and 4 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Scrape - Two BLACK TERNS (IC) flew north, 30 Red-crested Pochard and juvenile female MARSH HARRIER (RSt). Neatholme Fen - Single Kingfisher. Chainbridge Pit - Up to 12 Common Tern moved south early morning. (R.Stevens,P.J.Freeman,I.Cowgill,T.Tomlinson,BirdGuides)

Temminck's Stint - Chainbridge NR Scrape, 25th August 2011 ©Daz Housman


Wednesday 24th August

Windsurf Pit- Two LITTLE  EGRETS. Chainbridge NR Scrape (Western viewpoint) - Two LITTLE EGRETS. Neatholme Lane - Single SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (PCo) in hedge 100m west of River Idle 9:30am, 2 Blackcap, 10 Common Whitethroat.. The Willows - Single REDSTART (PCo) still present. Chainbridge Lane - Single female Sparrowhawk over Neatholme Scrape, 1 Common Sandpiper and Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Pit - Up to 4 RUFF (inc 2 reeves), 1 eclipse drake GARGANEY, 1 LITTLE  EGRET and Red-crested Pochard. (P.Cottam)


Tuesday 23rd August

Windsurf Pit - Two Heron. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Dunlin. The Willows - Single Turtle Dove. Neatholme Pit - Up to 6 RUFF and 2 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Fen - Three LITTLE EGRET, single juvenile female PEREGRINE (DHo) put in an appearance hunting low over the fen. Wildgoose Farm - Three Kestrels. Blaco - Up to 15+ Yellow Wagtail, 1 female WHEATEAR (DHo), 4 Red Crested Pochard and 1 Kestrel. (D.Housman)


Monday 22nd August

Bellmoor - Seven Red-crested Pochard. Tiln - Single LITTLE EGRET. Chainbridge Pit - Single juvenile Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge NR Scrape (Western viewpoint) - Five Ringed Plover and 2 LITTLE EGRETS. Neatholme Bridge- Single SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (DRe) dropped into dead Willow by river but was chased off by a Sedge Warbler and flew down Neatholme Lane. Neatholme Pit - Three RUFF, 5 Green Sands, 2 LITTLE EGRET and 1 juvenile MARSH HARRIER (DRe) circled low over here then drifted south over Neatholme Scrape. Cross Lane - Single SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (IC) noted in dead tree at 9.50am. The Willows - Single REDSTART (DRe), 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Buzzards. Neatholme Fen - Single Hobby hawking insects over north shore, 3 Buzzard, 2 LITTLE EGRET and 1 Turtle Dove. Wildgoose Farm - Single juvenile MARSH HARRIER (TT,KW,VG), 1 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (TT,KW,VG), 3 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard and 16 Yellow Wagtail. Cross Lane Pit - Single Greenshank. Windsurf Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET and 8 Heron including juveniles. Chainbride NR Scrape - Up to 5 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Hobby flew south and 1 Green Woodpecker. Sheepfields - Single Buzzard and 1 Kestrel. Blaco - Single NUTHATCH (KW) still coming to feeders at top cottage this evening and c40 Yellow Wagtails in Cattle field. Lound - Single Tawny Owl calling at 4.30am. (D.Read,K.Wilson,P.J.Freeman,T.Tomlinson,V.Giles)


Sunday 21st August

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single RUFF, 2 Dunlin, 4 Whitethroat around Chainbridge viewpoint and 1 Buzzard over. Walters Lane - c40 Chaffinch. Chainbridge Lane - c20 Chaffinch and 1 Green Woodpecker. Windsurf Pit - Two WOOD SANDPIPER (AS), 4 Green Sandpiper and 3 Heron. Neatholme Scrape - Single RUFF and 2 Dunlin flew south early morning, 2 Ringed Plover, 10+ Swift over during early morning and 1 Kestrel. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET, 2 Greenshank at Linghurst Pit end, c50 Yellow Wagtails (many juveniles) and 1 Kestrel. Neatholme Pit - Single WHINCHAT (AS) at 10.35am on eastern side between pit and river. Also here 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Hobby, 1 juvenile MARSH HARRIER (PCa,IH) at 9.00am and up to 4 Buzzard over. Clayworth Common - c1000 Greylag Geese on common with several hybrids present. The Willows - Single SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (BH et al) at 8.20am in far NE corner by drain, also 1 adult female REDSTART (IH et al), 20+ Whitethroat, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Meadow Pipit over and 1 Willow Tit. Blaco - Up to 5 Buzzard noted together.(B.HurstmP.Cadman,I.Hunt,G.Hobson,I.Cowgill,D.Housman,D.Hursthouse,K.Wilson,J.Simpson)


Saturday 20th August

The Willows - Single 1st-winter male REDSTART (IC) still present along main track. Clayworth Common - Two Golden Plover flew north, 3 Buzzard and 2 Sparrowhawk present. Neatholme Pit - Two Green Sandpiper and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Linghurst Wood - Single Hobby over late morning. Parish Park - Two Little Grebe. (M.Warne,D.Hursthouse)


Friday 19th August

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Hobby late afternoon, 3 Swift and 1 Sparrowhawk. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single juvenile PEREGRINE (DHo) hunting overhead then flew towards Neatholme Scrape, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 2 Heron. Windsurf Pit - Two WOOD SANDPIPER (DHo,PCo), 1 LITTLE EGRET, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Heron, 15 Lapwing and 1 Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge Pit - Single Jay. Walters Lane Pit - Single Buzzard. The Willows - Single Willow Tit. Clayworth Common - Up to 4 Buzzards together. Neatholme Pit - Up to 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Heron, 1 Snipe and 1 Buzzard over. Neatholme Fen - Two Greenshank, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 Heron and 1 Buzzard. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 11 Red-crested Pochard and 1 Common Tern. Wildgoose Farm - Large flock of Yellow Wagtail (40+) in stubble field. Blaco - Single juvenile MARSH HARRIER (DHo), 1 Buzzard, 6 Red-crested Pochard and 4 Curlew headed south. (M.Warne,D.Housman,P.Cottam)


Thursday 18th August

Windsurf Pit - Four Green Sandpiper, 2 WOOD SANDPIPER (DHo), 1 LITTLE EGRET and 2 Heron. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 4 LITTLE EGRET, 1 WHEATEAR (IC), 4 Heron and 1 Greenshank. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET, 2 Heron, 5 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper. Walters Lane  Pit - Three Oystercatcher over.River Idle - Single Kingfisher. (D.Housman,I.Cowgill)


Wednesday 17th August

Word back from Jez Blackburn at the BTO on yesterdays colour-ringed Peregrine draws little information apart from the fact that red colour-rings are being used on Peregrine nestlings in the NW of England. Without the two letter code which is present on the colour-ring this individual bird cannot be traced back to its nest, where these rings will have been attached to the partially grown chick. 

Bird of the day must be the Red Kite that drifted over the site close to midday. The three remaining Wood Sandpiper still on the Windsurf Pit and the two Redstart still present in The Willows.

Wetlands Reserve - A single RED KITE (DHu,IC) drifted west over here at 11.45am today. Bellmoor - Single Kingfisher flew upstream here today. Windsurf Pit - Three WOOD SANDPIPERS (RSc,CC), 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 1 Greenshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Five Oystercatcher, 1 Greenshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 juvenile Shelduck, 3 Little Ringed Plover and up to 4 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Fen - Two Wigeon and 2 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Pit - Four Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail over, 3 Swift and 1 Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape - Three Common Sandpiper, 33 Swift south and 30 Swift present, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 juvenile Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 LITTLE EGRET and up to 3 Yellow Wagtail over. The Willows - Two REDSTART (RSc,CC) (adult female and juvenile/1st-winter male) again present in northern Willows and along central track till at least 7.30pm. Also here, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Tit, 4 Yellow Wagtail over, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Little Owl, 1 Buzzard and 2 Sparrowhawk. Clayworth Common - Two Buzzard. Cross Lane Marsh - Single LITTLE EGRET. Walters Lane Pit - Single Shelduck. Chainbridge Pit - Two Wigeon and 3 Red-crested Pochard. Bellmoor Pit - Single immature PEREGRINE (VG) (presumably same bird as yesterday) over here briefly at 11.00am before settling on a distant pylon over the other side of the river. (D.Hursthouse,I.Cowgill,D,Housman,R.Scott,V.Giles,C.Cornish)


Tuesday 16th August

Star bird today was undoubtedly the 'colour-ringed' Peregrine that was seen in three areas before eventually and unfortunately caught and killed a Greenshank. Steps have been made to try to identify this individual bird but if anyone sees it again at close quateres could they please try to read off any lettering/number codes on the red colour-ring on the birds left leg. 

Windsurf Pit - Three WOOD SANDPIPER (DHo,PJF,PCo,DRo), 4 Green Sandpiper , 2 Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single (colour-ringed) juvenile female PEREGRINE (PCo,PJF) first seen here on the deck, 2 YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (PCo,PJF), 2 Little Ringed Plover, female Sparrowhawk, 23 Wigeon, 10 Pied Wagtail and 7 juvenile Shelduck. Chainbridge Wood NR - A pair of Sparrowhawk noted here. Chainbridge Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET present, 100 Sand Martin, 20 Swift, 10 Swallow and 4 Red-crested Pochard. Clayworth Common - Single Hobby over today. The Willows - Single Lesser Whitethroat, 12+ Whitethroat and 1 Turtle Dove. Neatholme Scrape - Single (colour-ringed) juvenile female PEREGRINE (PJF,PCo) was observed to catch and kill a (injured?) Greenshank then proceed to fly off westwards along Neatholme Lane towards Neatholme Fen, also here 4 Ringed Plover flew east, 1 Common Sandpiper flew over, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Pit - Up to 5 Green Sandpiper were present, 1 'feral' Pink-footed Goose, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 12 Teal and 1 Heron. Neatholme Lane - Single Willow Tit calling. Neatholme Fen - Single (colour-ringed) juvenile presumed female PEREGRINE (DHo) flew in with Greenshank (probably still alive as one was heard calling just prior to the peregrines arrival) prey then landed and set about devouring its victim. (See Daz Housmans images below), also here, up to 3 YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (DHo,DRo), 2 Hobby (one caught a Sand Martin), 1 Buzzard, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Heron and 2 LITTLE EGRET. Walters Lane Pit - Single YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (DRo), 3 Oystercatcher and 5 Pied Wagtail. Blaco - Single MARSH HARRIER (KW) flew over here heading towards the Water Ski Pit. Lound - Single Hobby flew over here. Also noted around the site were 11 Willow Warbler, 8 Whitethroat and 6 Chiffchaff. (D.Housman,P.Cottam,P.J.Freeman,K.Wilson,D.Roberts)

 

Peregrine - Juvenile presumed female, Neatholme Fen, 16th August 2011. ©Daz Housman

Peregrine - Juvenile presumed female, showing the red colour and metal rings, Neatholme Fen, 16th August 2011. ©Daz Housman


Monday 15th August

Windsurf Pit - Up to 7 LITTLE EGRET, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 WOOD SANDPIPER (DHo,TT,KW,MV) and 1 Heron. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 Heron and 3 Yellow Wagtail. Neatholme Scrape - Two Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper and 2 Ringed Plover. Neatholme Fen - Single juvenile MARSH HARRIER (DHo), 4 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 3 juvenile Common Tern, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (TT,KW) and 2 Turtle Dove. Neatholme Lane - Single SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (DHo) in trees adjacent to Neatholme Pit. Neatholme Pit - Single Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern and 2 LITTLE EGRET. Cross Lane Marsh - Three LITTLE EGRET and 4 Heron. Blaco - Five Red-crested Pochard, 5 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Buzzard. (D.Housman,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,M.Vickers)  

 

Wood Sandpiper - One of two birds, Windsurf Pit, 15th August 2011. ©Mike Vickers


Sunday 14th August - WeBS/Bird Count

At least three of the Wood Sandpipers have today dispersed around the site. The female Redstart continues to frequent the dense Blackthorn scrub along the main footpath through The Willows. An early Siskin was noted over Chainbridge Scrape and there was at least three sightings of Kingfisher and two sightings of a Marsh Harrier.

Chainbridge Pit - A total of 21 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Heron, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 5 Great Crested Grebe and 4 Little Grebe. Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove and a family party of Reed Warbler noted opposite Tarmac Works. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single WOOD SANDPIPER (RSc), 1 early Siskin over, 3 LITTLE EGRET, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebe, 37 Lapwing, 22 Teal, 14 Pied Wagtail, 3 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover and 1 Kingfisher. Windsurf Pit - Single WOOD SANDPIPER (RSc,PCa,MV) present, also 4 LITTLE EGRET, up to 7 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern, 1 Snipe, 1 Pintail, 100 Lapwing and 1 Buzzard over. Parish Park - Single Grey Wagtail over south and 1 Buzzard. Cross Lane Pit - Single Willow Tit and 1 Sparrowhawk. Neatholme Fen - Single WOOD SANDPIPER (PCa,IH) today, 1 MARSH HARRIER (MW) hunting at 14.00pm, 1 Greenshank and 2 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Pit - Five Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 10 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Oystercatcher and 4 Teal. Neatholme Scrape - Three Snipe, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin and 1 Buzzard over. Blaco - Single MARSH HARRIER (KW) noted today, also 1 Buzzard, 7 Red-crested Pochard, 17 Lapwing, 2 Heron, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 71 Pochard and 1 Little Grebe. The Willows - Single female REDSTART (PCo,PCa,MW) noted again today, also 2 Treecreeper, 1 Swift over this morning, 1 Yellow Wagtail over, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Tit and 1 Grey Partridge. Clayworth Common - Single Sparrowhawk and 2 Buzzard. Cross Lane Marsh - Two LITTLE EGRET. Walters Lane Pit - Single juvenile YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (RSc) , 107 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Kestrel and 1 Yellow Wagtail. Wetlands Reserve - Single Turtle Dove. Walters Lane - Up to 80 Chaffinch present. Doughtys Pit - Single Kingfisher.(P.Cadman,I.Hunt,P.J.Freeman,K.Wilson,M.Warne,P.Cottam,R.Scott,J.Carr,M.Vickers,V.Giles)


Saturday 13th August

The colour-ringed Little Egret was photographed today (see photo below) and confirmation of the birds ring sequence has now been submitted so we will hopefully soon get details of the birds history. 

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Four WOOD SANDPIPER (DHo,CC) still present here today, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 Dunlin and 3 juvenile Little Ringed Plover. Cross Lane Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover and 5 (2 adult and 3 juvenile) Common Tern. Neatholme Pit - Five Green Sandpiper and 2 Swift. Neatholme Fen - Three YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS (CC) sub-adults (3rd Calendar Year birds) with Lesser Black-backed Gulls (including a few apparent intermedius) types. The Willows - Single Willow Tit, 8+ Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Yellow Wagtail over. Blaco - Single WHEATEAR (IC), 1 WHINCHAT (KW) and 60+ Yellow Wagtails this evening. (D.Housman,C.Cornish,I.Cowgill,K.Wilson)

Little Egret - Colour-ringed bird, Chainbridge NR Scrape, 13th August 2011. ©Daz Housman


Friday 12th August

Single Osprey reported again today. Thanks to those who have took the time and confirmed some bits of recent information. It is much appreciated.

Neatholme Fen - Four WOOD SANDPIPER (PJF) present at 15.00pm and 1 LITTLE EGRET. The Willows - Single SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (BH,PCo) present in NE corner overlooking the dyke from 11.00am til at least 19.20pm, also an adult female REDSTART (NNRG) ringed today along with 2 juvenile Willow Tits, 2 Little Owl, 2 Turtle Dove, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 80 Swallow south, 15 Tree Sparrow, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Song Thrush. Windsurf Pit - Single RUFF, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, up to 7 LITTLE EGRET at 7.00am, 1 female Sparrowhawk over and 1 WATER RAIL calling nearby at 8.15am. Chainbridge NR Scrape (Western) - A flock of 11 Curlew flew off SW from here at 8.20am, 1 adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (TT,KW), 5 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 2 Buzzard and 3 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Scrape - Single OSPREY (MF,GF) was noted over here briefly at 2.00pm before it flew over Chainbridge Scrape, the Windsurf Pit and Water Ski Pit hen flew off towards Mattersey and out of site. Two Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Oystercatcher, 10 Common Terns, 2 Stock Dove and Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Pit - Two Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher and 2 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Lane - Up to 6 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and 2 Bullfinch, all feeding on elder & hawthorn berries. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET. Clayworth Common - Up to 7 Grey Partridge and 1 Buzzard perched. Blaco - Up to 15 Red-crested Pochard (inc 10 males,) 25 Yellow Wagtails (ads + juvs), 2 Buzzard and 1 Sparrowhawk. (B.Hurst,P.J.Freeman,P.Cottam,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,NNRG,D.Roberts,M.Foster,G.Foster)


Thursday 11th August

Tiln Gravel Pit - Single OSPREY (DE) caught a fish and flew towards Bellmoor/Retford at 18.15pm. Windsurf Pit - Four Green Sandpiper, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 25 Lapwing, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Tern, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Green Woodpecker nearby. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Common Tern. Neatholme Scrape - Single Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 RUFF and 3 Common Tern. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET, 5 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Tern. Neatholme Lane - Single Green Woodpecker, 1 Turtle Dove and 1 Bullfinch. The Willows - Single Song Thrush. Neatholme Fen - Single YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (DHo). (D.Housman,D.Evans)


Wednesday 10th August

Windsurf Pit - Three Green Sand, 1 Greenshank, 1 RUFF, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Grey Heron, 20 Lapwing and 1 Green Woodpecker nearby. Chainbridge Scrape (Western) - Single LITTLE EGRET, 7 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 12 Lapwing. Neatholme Fen - Four YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (DRe), 1 Herring Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Lane - Two Green woodpecker, 1 male Bullfinch, 1 female Blackcap and 1 Song Thrush. Neatholme Pit - Two Common Sandpiper, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 6 Green Sandpiper, 5 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Oystercatcher and 4 Lapwing. Neatholme Scrape - Single RUFF, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatcher and 3 Common Tern. The Willows - Single Turtle Dove. Walters Lane Pit - Single YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (DRe). Walters Lane - c20+ Chaffinch  in a flock. Blue Bell Fishing Pond - Three Oystercatcher. (D.Housman,D.Read)


Tuesday 9th August

If you see the reported colour-ringed Little Egret please can you confirm which lower leg if any holds a metal BTO ring as this is also important in identifying the birds history. Carl Cornish also comments that UK colour-ringed birds should have letters on their colour rings and red colour rings sometimes appear orange so this also needs to be confirmed.

The Willows - Single female REDSTART (PCo) still present, also 1 Blackcap and 3 Willow Warbler. Clayworth Common - Single immature MARSH HARRIER (PCo) mobbing a perched Buzzard. Windsurf Pit - Three Green Sandpiper, 50+ Lapwing, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 2 Heron and 2 Sparrowhawk. Chainbridge NR Scrape (Western) - Two LITTLE EGRET, 2 Dunlin, 8 Little Ringed Plover, 12 Lapwing and 1 Kestrel. Chainbridge Wood NR - Two Willow Tit present. Neatholme Pit - Single Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Kestrel, 5 Green Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, 5 LITTLE EGRET including a colour-ringed bird (Yellow Letter Z. on right leg above knee and Orange (Red?) Letter U. on left leg above knee) and a female Sparrowhawk over. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 7 Common Tern, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 RUFF, 2 Dunlin and 4 Black-tailed Godwit which arrived at 10.50am. River Idle (south of Tiln) - Single Kingfisher flew up river here at midday. Tiln Works Pit - Single Greenshank and 3 Green Sandpiper feeding together. Tiln Gravel Pit - Single Buzzard over. Hallcroft Fishery - Single PEREGRINE (DHo) moving north being mobbed by 5 Common Terns. (D.Housman,P.Cottam,P.Cadman,I.Hunt)


Monday 8th August

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three Dunlin, 7 Little Ringed Plover, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 1 Kestrel. Windsurf Pit - Single RUFF, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Heron, 30 Lapwing and a pair of Sparrowhawks again carrying food to nearby fledged young. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 13 Common Tern and 6 Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Pit - Three Green Sandpiper and 2 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Fen - Single YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (ABe), 6 Common Tern and 2 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Lane - Two Green Woodpecker over and 20 Goldfinch. Blaco - Single female MARSH HARRIER (ABe) and 5 Red-crested Pochard. (A.Bell,D.Housman)


Sunday 7th August

Walters Lane Pit - Single YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (DHo) present. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 8 Litte Ringed Plover, 3 Common Tern, 2 Greenshank, 4 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Dunlin, 1 RUFF and 1 Turtle Dove. Windsurf Pit - Two Greenshank, 50 Lapwing, 5 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Tern, 3 Jay and a Hobby over south. Clayworth Common - Single Green Sandpiper in dyke. Tiln North GP's - Up to 3 Buzzard. Cross Lane Marsh - Up to 6 LITTLE EGRET noted roosting. The Willows - Single female REDSTART (PCa) still present in Blackthorn Scrub along main footpath, also 1 Willow Tit, 1 Chiffchaff and 4 Whitethroat. Neatholme Pit - Up to 7 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 65 Pochard, 20 Teal, 20 Swift moving west and 1 Turtle Dove. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 8 Common Tern, 1 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Ringed Plover. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET, 3 YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (DE), 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Little Ringed Plover. Water Ski Pit - Two Greenshank and 5 Green Sandpiper flew over heading east and 1 Lesser Whitethroat nearby. Parish Park - Single Coal Tit present. (P.Cadman,D.Housman,D.Roberts,C.Cornish,S.Davenport,D.Evans)


Saturday 6th August

Two different Redstarts present in The Willows today. This site is becoming a magnet for this species and general passerine movement so always worth visiting especially in autumn.

The Willows - A single adult famale REDSTART (BH) noted from 10.15am till at least 13.05pm was joined by another juvenile/first-winter (male?) REDSTART (PJF) at 15.30pm. These birds were noted in the central hedgrow alongside the main footpath. Also seen here today were up to 3 Turtle Dove, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 1 Grey Partridge and 1 Hobby over. Neatholme Scrape - Single ARCTIC TERN (IC) present at 10.00am (IC) and 11.45am (MW,PCa), 1 Common Sandpiper and up to 10 Common Tern. Neatholme Pit - Two Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper and 1 Oystercatcher. Water Ski Pit - Two Turtle Doves on wires. Neatholme Fen - Up to 4 LITTLE EGRET, 1 YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (DRo) and 1 male Sparrowhawk perched. Blaco - Single juvenile WHEATEAR (IC) and a female Wigeon with 6 ducklings. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 8 Little Ringed Plover, 4 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Greenshank and 1 Green Sandpiper over south. Windsurf Pit - Three Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Common Sandpiper and 50+ Lapwing. Chainbridge Lane - Up to 4 Turtle Dove and 30 Chaffinch at junction to Walters Lane. (P.J.Freeman,I.Cowgill,B.Hurst,A.Shooter,D.Housman,M.Warne,D.Roberts,D.Parmemter,P.Cadman)


Friday 5th August

Lound Village - Single Hobby flew north along Town Streetat 11.35am. Windsurf Pit - 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Tern, 80 Lapwing and 2 LITTLE EGRET. Chainbridge NR Scrape (Western) - Single juvenile/female WHEATEAR (RSt), 1 RUFF, 2 Greenshank, 10 Little Ringed Plover and 4 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 Buzzard and 2 juvenile Turtle Doves. Neatholme Lane - 2 Adult + 1 Juvenile Turtle Dove. Blaco - Single MARSH HARRIER (KW) going to roost, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 13 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Buzzard, 1 fem Sparrowhawk. Neatholme Scrape - Two Common Sandpiper and 1 Ringed Plover. Neatholme Pit - Up to 9 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Linghurst Wood - Six Long-tailed Tit, 1 Jay and 1 Buzzard. The Willows - Two Willow Tit. (P.Cottam,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,B.Hurst,M.Warne)


Thursday 4th August

Clayworth Common - Single MARSH HARRIER (PJF) present. Neatholme Pit - Single Common Sandpiper and 3 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Scrape - Two BLACK TERNS present until at least 11.30am, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Common Sandpiper. Neatholme Fen - Up to 3 Snipe, 2 LITTLE EGRET and 1 Common Sandpiper. Windsurf Pit - Up to 4 Green Sandpiper and 3 Common Sandpiper. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 6 LITTLE EGRET, 1 RUFF, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Turtle Dove. Chainbridge Pit - Three Common Sandpiper noted together. (P.J.Freeman,P.Cadman,I.Hunt)
 
 
 Common Sandpiper - Three birds at Chainbridge Pit, 4th August, 2011. ©Phil Cadman

Wednesday 3rd August

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single RUFF, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, c180 Lapwing, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 5 Heron. Windsurf Pit - Up to 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 2 Sparrowhawk including a juvenile calling from adjacent woodland. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 6 Heron. Neatholme Pit - Up to 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 2 LITTLE EGRET and 1 Common Sandpiper. Neatholme Lane - Two Willow Tit near to the Neatholme Pit high viewpoint. Blaco - Single Buzzard. The Willows - Single Willow Tit heard calling and 4 Long-tailed Tit. Neatholme Fen - Two LITTLE EGRET, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Turtle Dove and 1 Linnet. (M.Warne,P.Cadman,D.Roberts)


Tuesday 2nd August

The Willows - Single first-winter REDSTART (BH et al) present from 9.35 at least but no sign between 5 and 6pm. Also here 6+ Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler and 2 Willow Tit. Chainbridge Lane - Five Bullfinch and 2 Turtle Dove. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 RUFF, 1 Dunlin, 1 'leucistic' Lapwing, 5 juvenile Shelduck and 4 Little Ringed Plover. Cross Lane area - Single PEREGRINE (PH) circling at 14.45pm. Windsurf Pit - Single Jay 4 LITTLE EGRET, 3 Oystercatcher and 4 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Scrape - Seven WHIMBREL (IC) and 1 BAR-TAILED GODWIT (IC) flew south here at 7.30am. Also, 25+ Common Tern, 1 Pintail, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover and a female Sparrowhawk over. Neatholme Pit - Up to 7 Green Sandpiper and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Lane - Two Turtle Dove on wires. Neatholme Fen - Single Greenshank noted and 4 YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (PH). (P.Cottam,B.Hurst,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,P.Hobson)


Monday 1st August

Neatholme Scrape - Single SPOTTED REDSHANK (IC) flew over here at 8.40am. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Black-tailed Godwit, 1 'leucistic' Lapwing, 2 Wigeon and a female Sparrowhawk over. Windsurf Pit - Two Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 LITTLE EGRET and 4 Grey Heron. Blaco - Single MARSH HARRIER (KW) flew towards The Willows and a juvenile Barn Owl was noted again. (K.Wilson,D.Mannifield,I.Cowgill)

July 2011

Sunday 31st July

Blaco - Single NUTHATCH (KW) on feeders again at Top Cottage. Windsurf Pit - Single Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper and a juvenile/female PEREGRINE (PCa,IH) harrassing terns and waders at 6.30am. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 7 LITTLE EGRET, 1 RUFF, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 'leucistic' Lapwing again, 1 YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (DM) and 2 Turtle Dove. Neatholme Fen - Two additional LITTLE EGRET to the CNR birds. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET, a tenth bird? and 6 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Scrape - Two Dunlin and 1 Little Ringed Plover. (P.Cadman,I.Hunt,D.Mannifield,K.Wilson)


Saturday 30th July - NWT Idle Valley NR: Walk the Reserve.

A well attended NWT walk around the whole site today. A little rushed for our liking but still enjoyable. We hope that everyone who attended this walk enjoyed the day and the bird information that was provided by both Stuart Davenport and Gary Hobson was informative. Thanks. 

Clayworth Common - Single MARSH HARRIER (AS) noted moving high and south today, also 1 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER reported 'reeling' on east side of Tiln North GP, 1 Hobby, 1 Buzzard and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Blaco - Single WHEATEAR (KW) sat on bales briefly, also 1 female (sub-adult?) PEREGRINE (IC,AS) being mobbed by a kestrel, 20 Red-crested Pochard inc 4 juveniles and Tree Sparrow at Top Cottage feeders but no sign of Nuthatch today. Neatholme Scrape - Numerous Common Tern present with several juveniles still beeing fed on island, female Tufted Duck witrh 14 ducklings, 6 Cormorant and 1 Common Sandpiper. Neatholme Fen - Two adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (GH et al) present amongst a small number of Great and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Pit - Up to 5 Greenshank and 2 Green Sandpiper. Chainbridge NR Scrape (Western Scrape) - Single Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 RUFF, 1 'leucistic' Lapwing and several Common Tern through with fish for youngsters. Chainbridge Pit - Two Oystercatcher, 2 Common Tern, and 5 Pochard. Tiln GP - Three LITTLE EGRET present with 5 Great crested Grebe. Bellmoor - Numerous passerines including Whitethroats, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler as well as 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Buzzard. Bellmoor Lake - Single Oystercatcher, 1 Cormorant and several adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls still around gull colony. (A.Shooter,G.Hobson,I.Cowgill,K.Wilson)


Friday 29th July
Windsurf Pit - Three LITTLE EGRET, 3 Green Sandpiper and 8 Common Tern including juveniles with the same number seen on Chainbridge NR Scrape. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two RUFF, 1 Curlew, 7 Oystercatcher, 2 Dunlin, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Green Woodpecker and up to 5 Little Ringed Plover including juveniles. Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove calling. Waters Lane Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET and 12 Common Tern including juveniles. Neatholme Scrape - Two Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher and 12 Common Tern inc juveniles. Neatholme Pit - Up to 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 LITTLE EGRET,  2 Snipe, 3 Oystercatcher and 1 Hobby over. Neatholme Fen - Three LITTLE EGRET noted, 2 YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (TT,KW), 1 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank and 6 Common Tern including juveniles. Cross Lane - Two Turtle Dove calling. Also noted today were an adult female MARSH HARRIER (IC) and up to 4 Common Sandpipers over the site. (P.Cottam,I.Cowgill,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson)

Thursday 28th July

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE STINT (IC) viewable from the western viewpoint at 9.25am and still present at 2.15pm (PCo) and again at 16.45pm (BH). Also here, 1 RUFF, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 3 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Redshank. Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove near Tarmac Offices. Cross Lane - Two Turtle Dove. Windsurf Pit - Three Green Sandpiper and 1 Heron. Neatholme Pit - Up to 6 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Lane - Single Turtle Dove. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET present and 1 Redshank. Neatholme Fen - Up to 3 LITTLE EGRETS present. Linghurst Wood - Single NUTHATCH (MW,PCa,IH) heard calling and 1 Tawny Owl noted. (I.Cowgill,P.Cottamm,M.Warne,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,B.Hurst)


Wednesday 27th July - LBC Evening Bird Walk

Many thanks to everyone who made it to this evenings very productive and hopefully enjoyable by all bird walk. We had a head count of 22 men, women, and children and although it was a late finish we hope you all enjoyed the highlights.

Chainbridge Lane - Up to 3 adult Common Gulls over Tarmac Works and 1 Turtle Dove. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 6 LITTLE EGRET noted this evening, 2 RUFF from chainbridge viewpoint, 1 Dunlin, 5 Little Ringed Plover (inc 3 juveniles), 2 Heron, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Ringed Plover and 2 Oystercatcher. Windsurf Pit - Two Green Sandpiper, 3 Oystercatcher and 1 Common Tern. Water Ski Pit - Up to 12 Common Terns over including fledged juveniles and 1 Turtle Dove. Neatholme Fen - Several YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS (Several Observers) noted this evening including up to 3 adults, a sub-adult and a juvenile. Also here, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Tern and 2 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Pit - Up to 5 Green Sandpiper and 1 Turtle Dove. Neatholme Scrape - Several Common Terns still feeding chicks and 2 Ringed Plover. Cross Lane - A pre-roost Starling flock contained a total of 513 birds counted from a photograph taken at the time by Janet Nyland. Mattersey Village - Single CORN BUNTING noted today. Also noted today, 1 juvenile MARSH HARRIER (IC) and up to 4 Dunlin. (I.Cowgill,G.Hobson,R.Scott,V.Giles,J.Nyland)


Tuesday 26th July

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two RUFF, 3 Ringed Plover and 1 Snipe. Neatholme Pit - Five Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Fen - Single Greenshank and 2 YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (DHo). A maximum of 9 LITTLE EGRET and 7 Green Sandpiper noted today. (D.Housman,I.Cowgill)


Monday 25th July

Blaco - Single MARSH HARRIER (IC) present. Windsurf Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET, 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 Heron. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two RUFF from 12.15pm, 4 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Common Tern, 2 Ringed Plover and 1 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove. Neatholme Fen - Three YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS (DHo). Neatholme Scrape - Single SANDERLING (DHo,IC) 1 RUFF and 3 Ringed Plover. (D.Housman,R.Collis,I.Cowgill,D.Mannifield)


Sunday 24th July
Windsurf Pit - Two Green Sandpipers. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two PEREGRINE (DM,IC) flew over here towards Chainbridge Pit, 4 Dunlin, 3 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Wigeon, 1 Turtle Dove and a massive 21 Black-tailed Godwit. Neatholme Pit - Single PEREGRINE (RSc) present. Neatholme Scrape - Single PEREGRINE (DM) flew over at 7.30am, 1 Turtle Dove. Walters Lane Pit - Two YELLOW-LEGGED GULL present. Cross Lane Marsh - Two LITTLE EGRET present. (R.Scott,D.Mannifield,I.Cowgill)

Saturday 23rd July

Windsurf Pit - Single Green Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher and 5 Heron. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Ringed Plover. Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove. Water Ski Pit - Two possibly three GRASSHOPPER WARBLERS (GH) present with several Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers nearby. Cross Lane - Two Turtle Dove. Neatholme Scrape - Two Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 female Shoveler with 8 young in tow and 1 Turtle Dove. Neatholme Pit - Single Oystercatcher with 1 chick, 3 Green Sandpiper and 1 Black-tailed Godwit. Neatholme Lane - Single Turtle Dove. Neatholme Fen - Two LITTLE EGRET present and 4 YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (DE,SV,DV) late afternoon. Clayworth Common - Two Grey Partridge and 1 YELLOW-LEGGED GULL on the new workings. Walters Lane Pit - Two YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (PCo). (G.Hobson,P.Cottam,A.Shooter,B.Hurst,P.Lee,D.Housman,S.Viles,D.Viles)


Friday 22nd July

Water Ski Pit - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER still reeling in usual area. Neatholme Scrape - Two Green Sandpiper. Chainbridge NR Scrape (Western Viewpoint) - Three Dunlin and 5 Little Ringed Plover (inc 3 juvs). Neatholme Pit -  Five Green sandpiper and 2 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Fen - Four YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (TT,KW), 2 Ringed Plover, 8 Little Ringed Plover and 4 LITTLE EGRET. Blaco - Up to 11 Red-crested Pochard and 2 Buzzard. (M.Vickers,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson)


Thursday 21st July

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Sub-adult CASPIAN GULL (RSt) present, 2 YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (PJF), 5 Dunlin and 4 Little Ringed Plover with a single juvenile. Chainbridge Lane - A group of 5 Oystercather over. Walters Lane Pit - Two YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (MW,PCa), 4 Common Tern, 1 Redshank and 1 Oystercatcher. Sheep Fields - Single Green Woodpecker. Tiln Works Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Little Grebe and 1 Heron. Bellmoor - A roving tit flock near to the Bunker Wood included up to 8 Goldcrest and 4 Coal Tits. Windsurf Pit - Single Green Woodpecker, 1 Oystercatcher and 3 Heron. Water Ski Pit - Single Green Sandpiper over and 3 Heron. Neatholme Scrape - Two Dunlin. Neatholme Pit - Up to 6 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 1 Turtle Dove. Neatholme Fen - Up to 4 YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS (PJF), 4 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin and 1 LITTLE EGRET. (P.J.Freeman,R.Stevens,D.Housman,P.Cadman,M.Warne)


Wednesday 20th July
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Windsurf Pit - Three Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Tern, 4 Heron and 1 Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge Lane - Single Bullfinch. Neatholme Lane - Single Turtle Dove and 1 Blackcap. Parish Park - Single Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Grebe and 1 Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Fen - Single EGYPTIAN GOOSE (DE), 1 Greenshank, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (MW,JK,PCa), 6 Redshank, 1 Dunlin and 1 Common Tern. Neatholme Pit - Two LITTLE EGRET, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Tern and 1 Dunlin. (M.Warne,J.King,P.Cadman,D.Evans)

Tuesday 19th July
 
Blaco - A family party of 4 NUTHATCH visited feeders at Top Cottage today, also 1 Little Owl, 1 Hobby, 2 Grey Partridge, 18 Red-crested Pochard and a single of at least two fledged Barn Owls sat on its nesting box. Chainbridge Lane - Two Turtle Dove. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two LITTLE EGRET, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin and 2 Greenshank. Windsurf Pit - Single Greenshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit. Neatholme Fen - Single CASPIAN GULL (TT,KW) present with 1 YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (TT,KW), 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (PCo,DHo), 3 LITTLE EGRET, 7 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, and up to 8 Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Lane - Three Bullfinch (inc 1 juvenile) and 2 Turtle Dove. Cross Lane SSSI - Three Bullfinch. Neatholme Pit - Three Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher with 1 chick, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 2 Ringed Plover and 6 Common Tern (inc 4 juveniles). Neatholme Scrape - Single Dunlin. Walters Lane - Single Turtle Dove calling. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single Stock Dove.
(P.J.Freeman,P.Cottam,D.Housman,K.Wilson,T.Tomlinson)
 
 
Nuthatch - One of four birds seen on feeders at Blaco, 19th July 2011. ©Ken Wilson

Monday 18th July

Walters Lane Pit - Two YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS (PL) but no sign of Caspian Gull. Neatholme Fen - Two Greenshank, 6 Common Tern, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Oystercatcher, c150 Lapwing, 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (DHo) and 1 Grey Heron. Neatholme Lane - Single Turtle Dove on wires. Neatholme Pit - Single Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper and 2 Grey Heron. Neatholme Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 Ringed Plover. Cross Lane Marsh - Single LITTLE EGRET and 2 Grey Heron. (D.Housman,P.Lee)


Sunday 17th July
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single immature PEREGRINE (RSc), 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Oystercatcher, 1 Teal, 1 Ringed plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Common Tern. Windsurf Pit - Two Greenshank, 6 Common Terns (inc 3 juveniles) and 1 Green Sandpiper. Chainbridge Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Buzzard. Neatholme Scrape - Single Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Turtle Dove, 4 Shelduck (inc 2 juveniles), 4 Whitethroat and 6 Common Tern. Water Ski Pit - Single Turtle Dove and 1 Common Tern. Neatholme Lane - Three Willow Tits and 1 Turtle Dove. Neatholme Fen - Single EGYPTIAN GOOSE (PCa,IH,ABr,NB), 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Tern and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Pit - Single Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Turtle Dove. Linghurst Wood - Pair of Blackcap. Parish Park - Three Red-crested Pochard. (R.Scott,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,A.Bradford,N.Braund,B.Hurst)

Friday 15th July
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three Black-tailed Godwit (two remaining at 7.00pm), 1 Dunlin, 2 Teal, c200+ Lapwing, 3 Oystercatcher and 1 Ringed Plover. Chainbridge Pit - Up to 5 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Kestrel and many Swifts, Swallows and Sand Martins. Windsurf Pit - Two Greenshank. Neatholme Scrape - Three Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 20 Cormorant, 5+ Common Tern and 3 Teal. Neatholme Pit - Up to 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 2 Teal. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Ringed Plover, 1 Turtle Dove on wires. Tiln Gravel Pit - Two Redshank. Bellmoor Lake - Three Oystercatcher. (P.Hobson,I.Cowgill,G.Hobson)

Thursday 14th July
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 11 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Dunlin. Neatholme Pit - Single Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Green Sandpiper and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Fen - Two adult and 3 juvenile Common Terns and 2 YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS (DHo) present. (D.Housman,I.Cowgill)

Tuesday 12th July
 
The recent Caspian Gull (a pale eyed sub-adult bird) has begun a debate over its true ID. The pale eye seems to be the feature that is being talked about most but it is also apparent that some 25% of adult Caspian Gulls can have a pale iris. The darker mantle (same as a Common Gull in the bottom image), the diffuse tail band, its tall looking 'leggy' stance and a typically, shallow forehead, slender face and long yet evenly narrow bill all indicate Caspian Gull. It is unfortunate that this bird still retains its second-summer/winter flight feathers and has not yet started to moult any new adult type primary/secondary feathers which could have added further light on the birds ID. It has been suggested that this bird could be a hybrid form between Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans and Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis which are now interbreeding in their Eastern European and Central Asian breeding grounds. All submitting observers of this bird are seemingly happy with the ID so it is now up to the County Rarity Committee to sort this one out.   
 
Walters Lane Pit - Single sub-adult (3rd calendar year bird) CASPIAN GULL (PJF,PH) (see images below), also 2 adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS (PJF,PH), 2 Common Gull and 1 Ringed Plover. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Greenshank, 4 Dunlin, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank and 2 Teal. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Hobby. Windsurf Pit - Single Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker and 1 Heron. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 12 Common Tern, 2 Wigeon and 1 Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET and 2 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Fen - Up to 7 Ringed Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (MK,JK,PCa,DRo), 3 LITTLE EGRET and 1 Heron. Neatholme Lane - Single Turtle Dove. (P.J.Freeman,P.Hobson,M.Warne,J.King,P.Cadman,D.Roberts,B.Hurst)
 
 
 
Caspian Gull - Sub-adult (3rd calendar year bird), Walters Lane Pit, 12th July 2011. ©Paul Hobson

Monday 11th July

Walters Lane Pit - Three YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (TT) present. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Common Sandpiper and 2 Ringed Plover. Chainbridge Pit - Two Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Scrape - Two GRASSHOPPER WARBLERS (PJF), 4 Shelduck inc 2 large juveniles, 3 Redshank and 12 Common Tern including 3 juveniles. Clayworth Common - Two Grey Partridge and a Barn Owl. Cross Lane Marsh - Single LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET, 3 Greenshank, 1 adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (DHo,TT), 8 Little Ringed Plover including at least 3 juveniles, 3 Turtle Doves including 1 juvenile, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Pit - Up to 5 Green Sandpipers, 2 LITTLE EGRETS, and 3 Oystercatcher including 1 juvenile. Blaco - A total of 19 Red-crested Pochard, 5 Yellow Wagtail and 2 juvenile Green Woodpecker. (D.Housman,T.Tomlinson,P.J.Freeman,N.Braund)

Sunday 10th July

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper and 8 Black-tailed Godwit in NW corner late evening. Windsurf Pit - Single Greenshank and 11 Herons. Cross Lane Pit - Single Turtle Dove. Cross Lane Marsh - Two LITTLE EGRET present. Neatholme Fen - Three Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Common Tern and 8 Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Pit - Up to 7 Green Sandpiper, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Turtle Dove. Neatholme Scrape - Three Common Tern, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Grebe and 2 Great Crested Grebe. Neatholme Lane - Single male Bullfinch and 1 Turtle Dove. (P.Cadman,D.Roberts,I.Cowgill,M.Revill,R.Revill,D.Evans,D.Housman)

Saturday 9th July
 
Chainbridge NR Srape - Single 2nd/3rd year CASPIAN GULL (GH) present at midday plus 1 adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (GH), 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Heron and 1 Redshank. Walters Lane Pit - Two YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS (PJF) and a Common Sandpiper. Hayton Common - Adult female PEREGRINE (AS). Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Two Common Tern including 1 juvenile, Barn Owl, 1 Turtle Dove and 2 Grey Partridge. Neatholme Scrape - Four Little Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, c20 Cormorant and a pair of Shelduck with two large young. Neatholme Lane - Two Green Woodpecker and 1 Garden Warbler in song. Neatholme Pit - Up to 8 Green Sandpiper in eastern section. Neatholme Fen - Up to 15 Black-tailed Godwit early am with up to 5 birds remaining in the area until late morning, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Tern including 1 juvenile. Parish Park - Single SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (VG) and Treecreeper noted this morning. (G.Hobson,I.Cowgill,A.Shooter,V.Giles,B.Hurst,P.J.Freeman)

Tuesday 5th July
 
Chainbridge Lane - Single Goldcrest, 1 Green Woodpecker and 3 juvenile Coal Tit present in the Larch plantation opposite Tarmac works. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Four Teal, 1 Heron and 2 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Common Tern over south, 1 Jay and 1 female Blackcap. Walters Lane Pit - Single Adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (PJF) present and 1 Turtle Dove nearby. Clayworth Common - Three Grey Partridge. Cross Lane Marsh - Six Heron, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Turtle Dove. Neatholme Pit - Two LITTLE EGRET and a female Gadwall with 5 small ducklings. Neatholme Scrape - 15 Red-crested Pochard including 8 males, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Sparrowhawk and a Tufted Duck with 10 ducklings. The Willows - Single Turtle Dove. Neatholme Lane - Two Turtle Doves. Neatholme Fen - Two LITTLE EGRET, 1 YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (PCa,MW) between 11.45 and 12.15pm, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank and 4 Green Sandpiper briefly which flew off. Parish Park - Single Buzzard over. (P.J.Freeman,P.Cadman,M.Warne)

Monday 4th July
 
Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 Greenshank, 8 Little Ringed Plover including 4 fledged young and two Turtle Dove singing nearby. Blaco - Twelve Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Pit - Two LITTLE EGRET, 5 Willow Tit including 3 juveniles and 2 Turtle Dove. Neatholme Scrape - Single Green Sandpiper and 5 Yellow Wagtail. (T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson)

Sunday 3rd July
 
River - Single MERLIN (BH) reported along river near Chainbridge Bridge. (B.Hurst)

Saturday 2nd July
 
Neatholme Fen - Single Greenshank. Neatholme Scrape - Single Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Pit - Three LITTLE EGRET present. (I.Cowgill)
 

June 2011

Thursday 30th June
 
Walters Lane Pit - Single 2nd/3rd year CASPIAN GULL (AS) at 3.00pm also single adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (AS) present. (A.Shooter)

Wednesday 29th June
 
Neatholme Fen - Two Little Ringed Plover with 1 juvenile. Neatholme Pit - Up to 4 Green Sandpiper. The Willows - Four Tree Sparrow. Neatholme Scrape - Three LITTLE EGRET over, 1 Dunlin and 4 pairs of Common Tern with at least 4 juveniles. (P.Cottam)

Tuesday 28th June
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, 5 Curlew which flew off towards Bellmoor, 1 Ringed PLover and 7 Redshank. Neatholme Pit - Five Green Sandpipers. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET and 2 Little Ringed Plover. (R.Stevens,V.Giles)

Monday 27th June 
 
Neatholme Scrape - Single first-summer Common Tern. (I.Cowgill)

Sunday 26th June
 
Walters Lane Pit - Single Turtle Dove. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Bullfinch and 3 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single Little Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Sparrowhawk over common. Neatholme Scrape - Single Turtle Dove and a female Pochard with 3 ducklings. Neatholme Fen - Single WOOD SANDPIPER (MW) present at 14.00pm. (M.Warne)

Friday 24th June
 
Neatholme Fen - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (MW), 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Turtle Dove on nearby wires. Chainbridge NR Scrape -Single Hobb, 3 Common Tern, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank and a female Gadwall with 10 ducklings. (M.Warne,I.Cowgill,R.Stevens,T.Tomlinson)

Thursday 23rd June
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single WOOD SANDPIPER (IC), 2 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper and 7 Redshank. (I.Cowgill)

Wednesday 22nd June
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single WOOD SANDPIPER (RSt) present. (R.Stevens)

Tuesday 21st June
 
Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove noted. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Cuckoo feeding on grass bank, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin and 2 Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Scrape - Single Dunlin. Clayworth Common - Two Barn Owls hunting on common and 1 Ringed Plover. River - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (DM) reeling along river by Cross Lane Marsh. (D.Mannifield)

Monday 20th June
 
Windsurf Pit - Single Curlew flew south. (V.Giles)

Sunday 19th June
 
Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Two Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Fen - Three Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Pit - Two Green Sandpipers. Water Ski Pit - Single Turtle Dove. Bellmoor Lake - Six Common Tern and at least 1 chick. Bellmoor - One or two Cuckoo seen along the river during the evening. (M.Warne,M.Vickers)

Saturday 18th June - Idle Valley NR Summer Fayre
 
The Spoonbill was again present this morning being seen again on Neatholme Fen but it apparently flew off.
 
Neatholme Fen - Single SPOONBILL (HH) present here at c8.45am but apparently flew off, also 1 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 Cuckoo. Neatholme Scrape - Single juvenile LITTLE GULL (PJF) present in the evening, the Shelduck brood is now down to just two chicks and 2 Yellow Wagtail present. Blaco - Five Oystercatcher and 1 Common Tern. Clayworth Common - Three Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk and 2 Barn Owls hunting neat New Workings. Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove noted. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover and 2 Cuckoo feeding on grassland at times during the day. Bellmoor - Four Bullfinch, 1 Treecreeper and a brood of Kestrels were ringed along with many more common species during todays Ringing Demo. Bellmoor Lake - Four Red-crested Pochard, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3+ Common Tern and 2 Buzzard.
(M.Warne,I.Cowgill,H.Holdaway,G.Hobson,S.Davenport,C.Cornish,A.Blackburn,M.Vickers,D.Mannifield)

Friday 17th June
 
An excellent find and thankfully it lingered around for several birders to see. This is a species that was seen several times during the period when the PFA Lagoons used to be present in the area south of Chainbridge Lane that are now sheep fields and willow plantations. 
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single SPOONBILL (JD) seen and photographed on here at 12.00pm today before relocating to Neatholme Fen late afternoon. Neatholme Fen - Single SPOONBILL (GF,MF,BH) re-located here at 3.30pm and photographed at 16.35pm (DHo) and still present at 17.45pm at least. (J.Dean,B.Hurst,D.Housman,G.Foster,M.Foster)
 
 Spoonbill - Chainbridge NR Scrape, at midday, 17th June 2011. ©John Dean
 
 Spoonbill - Neatholme Fen, 17th June 2011. ©Daz Housman
 
 Spoonbill - with roosting gulls, Neatholme Fen, 17th June 2011 ©Daz Housman

Thursday 16th June
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Five Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 male Pintail, 1 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove on wires. Cross Lane Marsh - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER singing on riverbank. Neatholme Scrape - Shelducks still with 4 young. Riverbank - Single Barn Owl hunting. Chainbridge Pit - Six Red-crested Pochard. (D.Mannifield)

Tuesday 14th June
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin and 1 Cuckoo. Neatholme Scrape - Single Curlew.  Neatholme Lane - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER reeling north of Neatholme Bridge. Neatholme Fen - Single Curlew, 2 Dunlin, 6 Little Ringed Plover including 2 juveniles and 1 Buzzard. Clayworth Common - Two Little Ringed Plover and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Blaco - A pair of Red-crested Pochard, 6 Oystercatcher including 2 juveniles, 1 Buzzard and 2 Yellow Wagtails. Chainbridge Lane - Three Lesser Whitethroat heard calling. Tiln - Two Buzzard displaying over here. (M.Warne,I.Cowgill,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson)

Sunday 12th June
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Third-winter/adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (NB) present, 2 Dunlin, 1 male Wigeon and 15+ Black-headed Gull chicks. Chainbridge Pit - c300 Greylag Geese. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Two Shelduck and 1 Little Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common - Pair of Yellow Wagtails in wheat field. Neatholme Scrape - The female Shelduck has now only got 4 ducklings. The Willows - Two Great Spotted Woodpecker. Neatholme Pit - Lapwings with 4 chicks. Neatholme Fen - Lapwings with a single chick and 1 juvenile Great Crested Grebe noted. (N.Braund)

Saturday 11th June
 
Neatholme Scrape - Two Dunlin. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover and Mistle Thrush. Chainbridge Lane - Single Lesser Whitethroat. (G.Hobson,A.Bradford,I.Cowgill)

Friday 10th June
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Redshank and 4 Oystercatcher. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Two Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape - Single Shelduck with 7 ducklings still, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cuckoo and 2 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Ringed Plover. The Willows - Two Tree Sparrow, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Song Thrush. Clayworth Common - Single Turtle Dove dropped into a rape field from The Willows. Blaco - Single Buzzard. (M.Warne,D.Mannifield)

Thursday 9th June
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Six Dunlin, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 2 Red-crested Pochard and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Two Little Ringed Plover and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Neatholme Scrape - Two Shelduck with 6 ducklings, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Heron and 4 Common Tern. Netholme Fen - Two Little Ringed Plover with 3 small young. (T.Tomlinson,D.Mannifield)

Wednesday 8th June
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Scrape - Shelduck pair now has 6 ducklings and 1 Little Ringed Plover was present. Clayworth Common - Single Barn Owl hunting. River Idle - Single Common Tern noted along here. Doughty's Farm - Single Little Owl present. (D.Mannifield,D.Read)
 
 
Common Tern - Along the River Idle, 8th June 2011 ©Dave Mannifield

Sunday 5th June
 
Neatholme Fen - Single immature CASPIAN GULL (DC,SC) present mid morning til 11.30am at least, also 1 immature YELLOW-LEGGED GULL, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Ringed Plover.  Neatholme Scrape - Two Ringed Plover, a pair of Shelduck with 7 ducklings and a Cuckoo. Water Ski Pit - Single Cuckoo. Chainbridge Pit - Single Cuckoo. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Wigeon, 1 male Pintail, 3 Redshank, a pair of Oystercatcher with 2 chicks and 2 Reed Warblers. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Two Ringed Plover. (D.Came,S.Came,P.Cadman,I.Cowgill,R.Stevens,I.Hunt,R.Revill,M.Revill,D.Mannifield)

Saturday 4th June
 
Neatholme Fen - Single YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (DHo) today. Neatholme Lane - Turtle Dove on wires. (D.Housman)

Thursday 2nd June
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Red-crested Pochard and a pair of Mute Swan with 7 young. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Cuckoo. Neatholme Pit - Single Grey Heron. Neatholme Fen - Single Ringed Plover, 40 Pochard and 1 Oystercatcher. (M.Warne)

Wednesday 1st June
 
Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove and 1 Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common - Single Barn Owl hunting on common.
(D.Mannifield)

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Tuesday 31st May
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three Red-crested Pochard and 2 Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Up to 4 Little Ringed Plover. River Idle - Reed Warbler in reeds adjacent to X Lane Fen. Clayworth Common - Two Grey Partridge. Neatholme Scrape - Two Common Tern, a pair of Shelduck with 11 small ducklings, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Hobby over. Neatholme Fen - Two SANDERLING (PCo,TT,KW), 6 Dunlin, 13 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Cuckoo over. Blaco - Four male Red-crested Pochard and 3 Buzzard over. (P.Cottam,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson)

Monday 30th May
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - A pair of Pintail were noted today, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, 2 Common Tern and Oystercatchers with chicks. Chainbridge Lane - Two Turtle Doves on wires, 1 Green Woodpecker and male Bullfinch in willow plantation. Neatholme Scrape - Three Redshank, 2 Common Tern and 1 Cuckoo
(D.Mannifield,J.Dean)
 
Saturday 28th May
 
Lound (Horse Paddocks) - Single Turtle Dove. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three Dunlin and 5 Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape - Single Hobby over trees and 3 Common Tern. (D.Mannifield)
 
Friday 27th May
 
Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single Barn Owl, 1 hunting Hobby flew into the flock of Swifts but missed them and was then joined by another Hobby, both then flew West over Neatholme Scrape. River Idle - Two pair of Grey Partridge. Chainbridge Lane - Single Green Woodpecker over lane and a Cuckoo heard. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Cuckoo heard. (D.Mannifield)
 
 
Common Swift over Clayworth Common, 27th May 2011 (Photo courtesy of Dave Mannifield)

Thursday 26th May
 
Chainbridge Lane - Single Green Woodpecker and Reed Warbler. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 4 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern, c100 Swifts, a flock of about 12 Yellow Wagtails feeding on grassy hill, 1 male Teal, 3 Oystercatchers, 1 Grey Heron and single Garden Warbler, Whitethroat and Song Thrush by the viewpoint. Chainbridge Lane - Single male Buillfinch. Cross Lane Marsh - Two Yellow Wagtails and 1 Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape - Four Common Tern, 2 Oystercatcher, c200 Swifts and 2 Yellow Wagtails. Neatholme Fen - Two Dunlin, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 pair of Tree Sparrows feeding a single juvenile by the waters edge, a pair of Shelduck with 1 duckling, c200 Swifts and 1 Common Tern. Neatholme Lane - Two Garden Warblers singing.
(D.Mannifield,C.Cornish)
 
Wednesday 25th May
 
Lound (Horse Paddocks) - Single Turtle Dove. Chainbridge Lane - Single Stock Dove on wires. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 6 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Reed Warblers in reeds at bottom of viewpoint track. Neatholme Scrape - Single Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common - Single Barn Owl hunting.
(D.Mannifield)
 
Wednesday 25th May
 
Neatholme Fen - Five Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Turtle Dove and 2 male Red-crested Pochard.
Blaco - Single EGYPTIAN GOOSE (TT,KW,SF,MW), 1 Bar-Headed Goose, up to 6 Red-crested Pochard, 7 Oystercatcher (inc 3 juvs) and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Wildgoose Farm - Single Little Owl noted. Neatholme Pit - Single Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank and 2 male Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Scrape - Five Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (SF) and 1 Redshank. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Two Little Ringed Plover and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Hayton Common - Single Barn Owl late evening. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 Oystercatcher (inc 3 small juvs) and 1 pair Red- crested Pochard. (T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,S.Furber,M.Warne)
 
Tuesday 24th May
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single TURNSTONE (PJF,PCa,CC,PCo) up to 14 Ringed Plover, 7 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, 7 Dunlin and 1 male Pintail and 1 male Teal. Neatholme Scrape - Six Dunlin, 2 Common Tern, 1 Ringed Plover and a pair of Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Fen - Three Ringed Plover, 4 Little Ringed Plover and a pair of Shelduck with 8 ducklings noted. Neatholme Pit - Single Redshank. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Two Little Ringed Plover. Hayton Common - Single Barn Owl late evening and single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (MW,JK) reeling nearby.
(P.J.Freeman,P.Cadman,N.Braund,C.Cornish,P.Cottam,M.Warne,J.King)

Monday 23rd May
 
Lound (Horse Paddocks) - Two Turtle Doves in horse field next to track. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 16 Ringed Plover and 3 Dunlin. (D.Mannifield,P.J.Freeman)
 
Sunday 22nd May
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single EGYPTIAN GOOSE present (PCa,IH) also, male Pintail, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Redshank and 1 Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape - Single Hobby, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Dunlin and 1 Red-crested Pochard. Water Ski Pit - Two Turtle Dove. Wildgoose Farm - Single Lesser Whitethroat. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover and 1 Dunlin. (P.Cadman,I.Hunt)

Saturday 21st May
 
Chainbridge Lane - Single Cuckoo on fence at beginning of entrance to Chainbridge viewpoint and a Green Woodpecker over. Chainbridge NR Scrape -Single Hobby, a pair of Red Crested Pochard, 3 Ringed Plover and 1 Redshank. Neatholme Scrape - Single 'tatty looking' female MARSH HARRIER (DM) flew over Clayworth Common then west over the scrape hunting. (D.Mannifield)
 
Friday 20th May
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Six Dunlin, 1 SANDERLING (DM), 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, two pair of Red-crested Pochard, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Wigeon, 1 Redshank and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Single Common Tern. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Two Little Ringed Plover and 1 Buzzard over the common. Neatholme Lane - Grey Partridge with chick near to footbridge. Neatholme Scrape - Nesting Black-headed Gulls now have there first chicks hatching. Neatholme Fen - Four Little Ringed Plover and 7 Shelduck. (D.Mannifield,P.Cottam,P.J.Freeman) 
 
Thursday 19th May
 
Clayworth/Hayton Common (New Workings) - Single Barn Owl, 1 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (DRo), 4 Grey Partridge and 1 Cuckoo. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single RUFF (DRo), 12 Ringed Plover and 4 Dunlin. (D.Roberts,V.Theaker)

Wednesday 18th May
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two EGYPTIAN GOOSE (DHo) flew south here early morning, 4 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Redshank and three Little Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single Little Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common - Two Grey Partridge and a Barn Owl late evening. Neatholme Scrape - Single EGYPTIAN GOOSE (DHo) present here this morning, 1single Hobby over, 4 Dunlin, 1 Redshank and 2 Common Tern. Neatholme Fen - 1 SANDERLING (PH), Five Dunlin, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plover and 1 Redshank. Walter's Lane - 2 Turtle Dove Blaco - 4 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Willow Tit. Windsurf Pit - 2 Bullfinch. (D.Housman,D.Evans,P.Cottam,P.Hobson)

Tuesday 17th May
 
Blaco - Single EGYPTIAN GOOSE (DRe,AS,DHo) in first Cattle field and 6 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge Pit - Single Hobby over. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to three SANDERLING present (PCa,MW,IC,BH,NB,DRe,AS) including two in summer plumage, 6 Dunlin, 13 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Cuckoo and 1 Redshank. Neatholme Scrape - Six Common Tern and 1 Redshank present. Neatholme Fen - Up to five SANDERLING (IC,DRe,AS,NB) here today including at least four in summer plumage present, 1 Greenshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Buzzard ans 2 Turtle Dove. Neatholme Lane - Two Garden Warblers. Wildgoose Farm - Single LesserWhitethroat.(D.Housman,D.Read,A.Shooter,P.Cadman,M.Warne,I.Cowgill,B.Hurst,N.Braund)
 
 
 Egyptian Goose - Blaco, 17th May 2011 (Photo courtesy of Daz Housman)
 
Monday 16th May 
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Five TURNSTONE (IC,CCo), 6 Dunlin, 11 Ringed Plover and 2 Little Ringed Plover. River Idle - Single EGYPTIAN GOOSE flew over at bend in river by Neatholme Scrape. Neatholme Scrape - Single ARCTIC TERN (IC) present.  In the general area there were c500 Swift and c100 House Martin. (I.Cowgill,P.Hobson,C.Cornish)
 
Sunday 15th May - WeBS/Bird Count
 
Blaco - Three EGYPTIAN GOOSE (KW) were present today and 2 Red-crested Pochard.  Chainbridge Pit - Single Sparrowhawk. Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove and Cuckoo. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Red-crested Pochard, 7 Shelduck, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Greenshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, up to 12 Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 9 Dunlin, 1 male Pintail, 1 Turtle Dove and 1 Common Tern. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single Little Ringed Plover and 1 Yellow Wagtail. The Willows - c20 Swift, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Yellowhammer and 2 Buzzard. Neatholme Pit - Single Turtle Dove, 1 Redshank and 2 Common Tern. Neatholme Scrape - Single WOOD SANDPIPER (PCa,IH,MW), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 3 Common Tern, 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby and 2 Redshank. Neatholme Fen - Single Turtle Dove, 1 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 170 Swift, 555 Sand Martins and 1 Bullfinch. Parish Park - Two Red-crested Pochard. A general area count of c350 Swifts noted today. (K.Wilson,R.Scott,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,P.Cottam,M.Warne,P.Hobson) 
 
Saturday 14th May 
 
Negative News - No sign of the Broad-billed Sandpiper all day today. Last nights relatively clear sky obviously allowing good weather for the bird to move on north.
 
Neatholme Scrape - Five SANDERLING (AS), 5 TURNSTONE (SD), 4 Dunlin and 2 Greenshank. Neatholme Lane - Two Turtle Dove. Cross Lane - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (AS) present. (S.Davenport,A.Shooter)

Friday 13th May
 
Today's Broad-billed Sandpiper was a first record for the recording area and well done to Daz Housman for quickly alerting others to the bird early this morning and to Des Parmenter for securing the correct identification. A major twitch in local terms and a bird that was actually seen very well and greatly enjoyed by the majority of visitors today. A big thanks must also go to everyone who donated to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust collection which will go to purchasing bird food for next winters feeding stations around the site.  
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER (DHo,DP) present from 7.00am. The bird showed well all day with varying amounts of Dunlin and Ringed Plover and despite flying off high to the NW at 6.35pm it soon returned and remained til dusk in failing light at 8.50pm. This is the second record for Nottinghamshire, the previous record concerned a single at Nottingham Sewage Farm on 23rd-26th August 1961 - Fifty Years Ago! Also here, 6-10 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Teal, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Turtle Dove on lane, 1 Jay from viewpoint and 4 Common Tern. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single Hobby, 1 Grey Partridge and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape - Single TURNSTONE (TT,VG,KW), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Hobby, 80 Swift and 1 Yellow Wagtail. Neatholme Lane - Two Turtle Dove, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Pied Wagtail on lane. Neatholme Fen - Single Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Turtle Doves, 2 Common Tern and 2 Oystercatcher. Blaco - Two Red-crested Pochard, 4 Oystercatcher and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Lound - Single SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (Birdguides) reported.
(D.Housman,D.Parmenter,T.Tomlinson,V.Giles,K.Wilson,D.Read,S.Davenport,P.Hobson,G.Hobson,Birdguides)
 
 
 Broad-billed Sandpiper - Chainbridge NR Scrape, 13th May 2011 (Photo courtesy of Tony Tomlinson)
  
Thursday 14th May
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - An influx of waders including 15+ Dunlin and 15+ Ringed Plover and 3 Little Ringed Plover. Blaco - Single Common Sandpiper. Neatholme Fen - Single Greenshank, 1 Redshank and 1 Turtle Dove. Neatholme Pit - Two Turtle Dove over. Neatholme Scrape - Single Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 4 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Turtle Dove, 1 Hobby and 1 Buzzard. Water Ski Pit - Two Turtle Dove on wires. Wildgoose Farm - Single Buzzard. (P.Cadman,I.Hunt) 

Wednesday 11th May
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 8 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 5 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge Lane - Two Turtle Dove. Neatholme Scrape - Two Common Terns. (D.Mannifield)
 
Tuesday 10th May
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Four Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew and 1 Redshank. Chainbridge Lane - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Chainbridge Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET in tree on island and a Cuckoo calling. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Two Grey Partridge and 1 Little Ringed Plover. Cross Lane Marsh - Two Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape - Single WOOD SANDPIPER (PCo), 1 Curlew, a different GREY PLOVER (IC,MR,RR) to that seen on Sunday, a pair of Red-crested Pochard, 1 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 2 Common Tern and 2 Dunlin. Clayworth Common - Single male WHEATEAR (PCo) in ploughed field adjacent to The Willows. The Willows - Single Lesser Whitethroat. Neatholme Lane - Single Turtle Dove on wires and 1 Lesser Whitethroat. Neatholme Fen - Single Greenshank and 5 Hobby hawking over. Blaco - Two Buzzard. Linghurst Wood - Two Buzzard over.  Hallcroft Fisheries - Two Turtle Dove. (P.Cottam,I.Cowgill,M.Revill,R.Revill,D.Housman,P.Cadman,M.Warne)

Monday 9th May

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank and 1 male Red-crested Pochard. Clayworth Common - Single Sparrowhawk. Walters Lane Pit - Two Oystercatcher. Neatholme Pit - Single female MARSH HARRIER (TT) over here, 1 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Greenshank, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern and a Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Scrape - Three WOOD SANDPIPER (IC) present and up to 8 Hobby in the air over here today, 1 Ringed Plover and several Yellow Wagtails. Blaco - Single Hobby, 1 Buzzard and 2 Oystercatcher. (D.Mannifield,T.Tomlinson,M.Warne,I.Cowgill)

Sunday 8th May

Chainbridge Lane - Three Turtle Doves. Chainbridge NR Scrape - A single SPOTTED REDSHANK (DM) flew in and settled on an island, 1 WOOD SANDPIPER (PCa,DHu), 6 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Ringed Plover, 4 Hobby over, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, several Reed Warblers by viewpoint and 1 Green Woodpecker. River Idle (Flood Banks) - Two Turtle Doves flew from here into New Workings. Clayworth Common - Two Cuckoo, 2 Grey Partridge, 4 Yellow Wagtail chasing a Kestrel, 1 Buzzard and 2 Little Ringed Plover in new workings. Neatholme Pit - Single ARCTIC TERN (DRo) at 1.50pm before moving to Neatholme Scrape, 1 Greenshank and 1 Cuckoo calling. Neatholme Scrape - Two BLACK TERN (PCa,DHu) feeding then flew high west at 7.10am, 2 partial summer plumage SANDERLING (PCa,DHu,PJF,MW,PCo,DRo) at 8.30am, 1 GREY PLOVER (PCa,DHu,IC,MW,PCo) heard then seen flying east over Clayworth Common at 9.15am, 1 female MARSH HARRIER (PCa,DHu,IC,MW,PCo) flew in from the south-east at 9.30am, 1 ARCTIC TERN (DRo) till 3.00pm, 1 immature male PEREGRINE (PCa,PCo et al) heading south over common at 10.15am chasing Swifts, 1 Hobby, 2 Greenshank, 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo and 2 Turtle Dove flew over scrape.

Sanderlings - Neatholme Scrape, 8th May 2011 (Photo courtesy of Mike Vickers)

Neatholme Lane - An incredible 23 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Sedge Warbler. Neatholme Fen - Two Greenshank and 3 Hobby at 1.10pm Blaco - Single Buzzard over. Walters Lane - Two Turtle Doves, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Whitethroat. Bellmoor Lake - Two Grey Partridge, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler(D.Mannifield,P.Cadman,D.Hursthouse,I.Cowgill,M.Warne,P.Cottam,B.Hurst,P.Hobson,P.J.Freeman,D.Roberts)

 

 Turtle Dove - Walters Lane, 8th May 2011 (Photo courtesy of Mike Vickers)

Saturday 7th May

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single SANDERLING (DRe,PJF,CK) present from 9.55am til at least 13.15pm, 1 first-summer LITTLE GULL (RR,MR,MW,JK,CK) 2 WOOD SANDPIPER (RR,MR,MW,JK,CK) and 2 BLACK TERN (RR,MR,MW,JK,CK) present at 7.15pm for just 10 minutes, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern, 1 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, up to 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Hobby and the male Pintail still. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single WHITE WAGTAIL (PJF), 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Little Ringed Plover and Ringed Plovers present. Hayton Common - Single Cuckoo. Walters Lane - Two Turtle Dove. Neatholme Scrape - Single LITTLE TERN (MD,IC,BH,DHo) at 8.05am, up to 10 Common Tern, 1 Greenshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Common Sandpiper. Water Ski Pit - Up to 8 Hobby over here at 3.30pm today. Neatholme Fen - Three WOOD SANDPIPER (IC) present at 6.30am and 1 Greenshank and 2 Little Ringed Plovers.(D.ReadP.J.Freeman,R.Revill,R.Revill,M.Warne,J.King,C.King,D.Housman,M.Stanser)

Friday 6th May

Walters Lane Pit - Single Ringed Plover and 2 Oystercatcher. Walters Lane - Single male Bullfinch. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redshank and 1 Cuckoo on deck eating insect and calling from a fencepost. Chainbridge Lane - Two Turtle Dove, 1 Bullfinch and 1 Yellowhammer. The Willows - Single Cuckoo heard calling. Clayworth Common (New Workings) Four Little Ringed Plover and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Neatholme Scrape - Three BLACK TERN (PCo,PH,DM), 3 Hobby, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Common Tern and 1 Cuckoo. Neatholme Pit - Single BLACK TERN (TT) (one of the scrape birds), 1 female WHEATEAR (TT) and pair of Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Fen - Single Greenshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Dunlin. Blaco - Single WHIMBREL (IC) present early morning. Linghurst Wood - Two Buzzard. Cross Lane - Single Turtle Dove calling. A total of 6 pairs of Grey Partridge were recorded over the site today.
(P.Cottam,P.Hobson,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,D.Mannifield,I.Cowgill)
 
 Wheatear - Female, Neatholme Pit, 6th May 2011 (Photo courtesy of Tony Tomlinson)

Thursday 5th May

A late report of a single Red Kite flying south over the site mid afternoon and single Sanderling.

General area - A single RED KITE (RB,SB) drifted south over the site at 14.35pm. Chainbridge Scrape - Single WOOD SANDPIPER (DRe), 1 Dunlin and 1 female RUFF (DRe). Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Five Dunlin, 1 Greenshank and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape - Single winter plumage SANDERLING (DRe), 2 Redsank and 2 Common Tern. Neatholme Fen - Two Greenshank, 1 Hobby,2 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Redshank. Neatholme Pit - Two Common Tern. Neatholme Lane - Single Turtle Dove singing from wires adjacent to Water Ski Pit and 3 Hobby hawking an abundance of insects. Cross Lane - Single Cuckoo calling. Walters Lane Pit - Single Common Tern and 1 Turtle Dove singing from wires near farm. Also many Swifts around today. (D.Read,R.Bird,S.Bird,I.Cowgill)

Wednesday 4th May

Walters Pit - Single Dunlin. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single WOOD SANDPIPER (DM), 1 Snipe, 1 RUFF (PCo), 2 Common Tern, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Cuckoo calling, 4 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Redshank. Neatholme Scrape - Three Redshank, a second Cuckoo calling, 4 Common Tern, 2 Hobby, 1 Greenshank, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a male Sparrowhawk over. Blaco - Two Buzzard. Neatholme Pit - A pair of Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Fen - Single Greenshank and 2 Little Ringed Plover.
(P.Cottam,D.Mannifield)
 
 
  Yellow Wagtail - Lost in a sea of yellow flower - Male bird sat it Rape field, Clayworth Common, 4th May 2011 (Photo courtesy of Mike Vickers)

Tuesday 3rd May

An excellent record of a single 'ringtail' Montagu's Harrier moving through the site today. If accepted this will be a first record for the recording area though there have been at least two previous records that were never submitted to the County Rarities Committee. Des Roberts and Vic Giles have also kindly taken time to count summer migrants and the results below show a very healthy population of warblers and especially the numbers of Lesser Whitethroat.
 
Neatholme Scrape - Single 'ringtail' MONTAGU'S HARRIER (DRe,RR) noted at 10.00am this morning, the bird flew rapidly south over the eastern side of the scrape,  over the spoil mounds bordering the River Idle then off towards Clayworth Common where it was lost to view, 1 summer plumage GREY PLOVER (DRo) present at 14.25pm and later on Chainbridge NR Scrape (PH,MV), 3 Greenshank, 12 Cormorant and 1 Buzzard. Clayworth Common - Three first-summer Common Gulls. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single OSPREY (DRo,VG,RR) flew north towards Neatholme Scrape at 11.10am and headed off out of sight towards Blaco, 3 WOOD SANDPIPER (DRo,VG), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 RUFF (DRo,VG), 1 Redshank, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Dunlin, 1 male Pintail, 12 Teal, 20 Swift, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 House Martin and 1 Yellow Wagtail. Chainbridge Lane - Two Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and 3 Willow Warbler. Neatholme Fen - Single Hobby over here at midday, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 3 Ringed Plover, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Greenshank, 7 Pochard and 2 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Lane - Three Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Whitethroat, 9 Willow Warbler 2 Green Woodpecker and 5 Garden Warbler. Neatholme Pit - Single Green Sandpiper. Blaco - Single Oystercatcher, 5 Red-legged Partridge and 1 Yellow Wagtail. Cross Lane - Single Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warbler and c50 Swifts. Walters Lane - Five Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff. Walters Lane Sheep Fields - A maximum of 17 Oystercatcher at 5.00pm this evening.
(D.Roberts,D.Read,R.Revill,M.Revill,I.Cowgill,P.J.Freeman,I.Hunt,M.Vickers,P.Hobson)
 
 
 Grey Plover - Chainbridge NR Scrape, 3rd May 2011. (Photo courtesy of Mike Vickers)

Monday 2nd May
 
Highlight today was the report of four Dotterel on the old C5 ash lagoon sheep field this afternoon though these birds flushed and could not be relocated despite a search.
 
Walters Lane Sheep Fields (Old C5 Ash Lagoon) - Four DOTTEREL (DE) reportedly present at 16.15pm in the SW corner field but were then flushed by the shepherd's truck and they flew towards the northern (Walter's Lane) side but were not relocated despite a search of the area. Visitors should be aware that there is no right of access to any fields either on the Higher Level (C5) or the Lower Level (Site J on map) because this is private farmland and lambing is also in progress. Walters Pit - Three BAR-TAILED GODWIT (PCo,TT,MW,RR) today, 1 in summer plumage (see image below) and still present at 19.15pm, 1 Cuckoo and 2 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single male RUFF, 2 WOOD SANDPIPER (PCo,TT,KW,MW), 1 Cuckoo over and possibly another in wood area, 1 Hobby over, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher and the male Pintail still. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (MW) reeling by wood and two Linnet. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single Little Ringed Plover, 1 Cuckoo, c100 Sand Martins and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Cross Lane Marsh - Single summer plumage GREY PLOVER (IC) landed south of Cross Lane presumably here, and 2 Little Ringed Plover. The Willows - Two Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Tree Sparrow, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Buzzard. Neatholme Scrape - Single SANDERLING (IC,PCo,TT,KW) present from 6.50am, 1 ARCTIC TERN (IC) at 16.20pm, 2 RUFF (PCo,TT,KW), 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper,1 Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher and 5 Common Tern. Neatholme Pit - Two Greenshank. Water Ski Pit - c50 Swifts and 2 Cuckoo flying over. Neatholme Fen - Single Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Oystercatcher, 15 Swift, 25 Swallow, 40 Sand Martin and 2 Buzzard over. Blaco - Two Curlew, 4 Oystercatcher, 8 Grey Partridge, 1 Buzzard and 1 Little Owl. (P.Cottam,I.Cowgill,D.Evans,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,M.Warne,P.Cadman,R,Revill,M.Vickers)
 
 
 Bar-tailed Godwits -  2 (1 in summer plumage) Walters Lane Pit, 2nd May 2011 (Photo courtesy of Mike Vickers)
 
Bar-tailed Gowit - Summer plumage bird, Walters Lane Pit, 2nd May 2011 (Photo courtesy of Mike Vickers)
 
Local News
Gringley Carr - Three DOTTEREL were present there from 16.06pm so could not be the same birds as reported above. (Info via Ian Cowgill,Birdnet) 
 
Sunday 1st May
 
The highlight for those present this morning was the single Osprey which moved over the pits and Wood Sandpiper numbers had incresed to three birds on Chainbridge NR Scrape.  
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three WOOD SANDPIPER (DHu,IC) today with at least two birds still present at dusk this evening, 1 first-summer LITTLE GULL (PCo,IH,PCa,MW,BH) at 10.45am, 1 Greenshank, 1 'Black' male RUFF still this morning, 2 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Hobby, 1 female Sparrowhawk, 1 Cuckoo early morning, 1 male Pintail, 1 Snipe, 2 Buzzard, 3 Redshank and 20 Yellow Wagtails feeding on central bank this evening. Chainbridge Pit - A minimum of 6 ARCTIC TERNS (JWn) were noted. Chainbridge Lane - Single Mistle Thrush singing from wires by village at dusk. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single Little Ringed Plover. Cross Lane Marsh/Neatholme Scrape/Neatholme Fen - Single OSPREY (IC et al) between 9.15am and 9.30am flew in from the south and overhead then headed east briefly before then flying north again.
 
 
Osprey over Neatholme Lane, 1st May 2011 (Photo courtesy of Martin Warne)
 
Cross Lane Marsh - Single BAR-TAILED GODWIT (PCa,IH,MW,PJF) flew north at 6.45am, 1 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (PCa,IH,MW,PJF), 1 Cuckoo, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Little Grebe. Neatholme Scrape - Single RUFF today and still present at dusk, 1 first-summer LITTLE GULL (PCo,IC) present, also later on Chainbridge NR Scrape, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Greenshank. Neatholme Lane - Two BAR-TAILED GODWIT (PCo,IC) flew east here this morning before then heading north, also 4 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Turtle Dove. Neatholme Fen - Single Dunlin on western shoreline. Windsurf Pit - Three Hobby hawking over here late morning. (P.Cottam,M.Warne,I.Cowgill,P.J.Freeman,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,G.Hobson,J.Wilson)
 
MAY

Saturday 30th April
 
The ultimate 'Red Letter Day' for the many birders who witnessed todays magnificent passage of waders but interestingly no further Arctic Terns were reported. If there are any reports not included in the following please submit them to us including any rare/scarce breeding birds noted. Photographs would also be much appreciated from those who visit this web site.
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two adult LITTLE GULLS (IC,MD) flew north over the Chainbridge viewpoint early morning heading towards Neatholme Scrape, a single first-winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL (GH,DBa) was present for ten minutes from 10.05am, a single summer plumage KNOT (IC,MD,MW) was present here from early morning until at least 19.00pm, two to three WHIMBREL (JK,IC,RR,MR,PJF) were noted here today, one briefly early morning with one or two birds present between 12.45pm until at least 16.30pm, a single WOOD SANDPIPER (PJF,IC,RR,MR) present from 12.30pm until at least 16.00pm, initially there were 7 Greenshank here early this morning which increased to 13 birds by mid afternoon and peaking at an increadible 15 birds, all viewable from the western viewpoint by 16.45pm before many of them then flew off, a single 'Black' male RUFF (JK,MW,GH,PJF) present early morning and again at 16.45pm, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, c25 Teal, 1 male Pintail, 3 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, 3+ Hobby over today, 2 Common Tern and 10+ Swift. Neatholme Scrape - Two adult LITTLE GULLS were re-located here this morning (GH), 3 summer plumage KNOT (GH) which soon flew off, 1 WHIMBREL (GH) initially on the deck with the Knot then flew north but then returned and landed again briefly before departing north again over Neatholme Fen and Blaco, 1 summer plumage BAR-TAILED GODWIT (MD et al) flew in and landed briefly before departing north early morning, a further 3 BAR-TAILED GODWIT (KR,BH) (two in summer plumage) landed briefly mid afternoon then departed north, 1 female WHEATEAR on islands, 5+ Common Tern, 4 Teal, 10 Cormorant, 3 Redshank,10+ Yellow Wagtail, c10+ Swift, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Buzzard. Windsurf Pit - At least three Hobby over here today. Clayworth Common - Two WHEATEAR in freshly sown potato field near The Willows, 3 Buzzard, 5 Swallows, and 2 Grey Partridge. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single Ringed Plover. Neatholme Pit - Single Buzzard over and 1 Grey Heron. Neatholme Fen - Single Greenshank early morning with 1 still present at 15.30pm, 1 WHIMBREL (GH,DHo) over early morning heading towards Blaco and a further single WHIMBREL (RR,MR) still present at 18.30pm, 1 Dunlin, 2 Common Tern, 2 Redshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Buzzard. Neatholme Lane - Single Lesser Whitethroat by Water Ski Pit and 1 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (GH,DHo) by footbridge. Cross Lane Marsh - A nice flock of 8 WHIMBREL (DM,GH,PJF) were 'grounded' here from 15.00-16.00pm at least, 1 Greenshank was present early morning and again mid afternoon, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 6+ Teal and 3 Yellow Wagtail on river bank nearby. Water Ski Pit - Three Buzzard and 1 Sparrowhawk being mobbed by corvids over here today, also 2 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (GH,DHo) in SE corner. Walters Lane Pit - A flock of c25 Swifts here this morning, 1 Hobby over the lane and 2 Red-legged Partridge. Bellmoor Pit - c20 House Martin.
(I.Cowgill,M.Dawson,G.Hobson,P.J.Freeman,D.Housman,P.Cadman,K.Roberts,R.Revill,M.Revill,
D.Bateman,M.Warne,J.King) 
 
Friday 29th April
 
A minimum of 79 Arctic Tern had moved north through the whole site today before mid afternoon.
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Six ARCTIC TERN (IC,DM) north past the western viewpoint, 9 Hobby in the air together witnessed by two observers, 1 male Pintail, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 House Martin and a few Swifts noted. Chainbridge Lane - Single Jay and a few Garden Warblers. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Jay. Clayworth Common - Two Buzzard and 1 Little Ringed Plover on new workings. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 9 ARCTIC TERN (IC) through this morning and a further 16 ARCTIC TERN (PCa,IH) through at 13.30pm, all departed north over Neatholme bridge, also 1 Redshank and 2 Hobby hunting early evening. Neatholme Lane - Two Lesser Whitethroat in two areas by Neatholme Fen and 6 Grey Partridge. Neatholme Fen - At least 30 ARCTIC TERN (DHo,PCo) on the deck & flying north early morning. Blaco - At least 17 ARCTIC TERN (IC) flew north through here at 6.30am. Water Ski Pit - Two Hobby over here at 13.00pm. Cross Lane - Two Lesser Whitethroat in two areas along the lane. Windsurf Pit - Single male Red-crested Pochard. Bellmoor Lake - Single ARCTIC TERN (IC,PCa,IH,PJF,RR) present at 8.40am. (P.Cottam,I.Cowgill,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,P.J.Freeman,R.Revill,D.Mannifield)
 
Thursday 28th April
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Black-tailed Godwit, 15+ Swift, 1 male Pintail, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank and 2 Common Tern. Chainbridge Lane - A few Garden Warblers noted along lane and in wood. Neatholme Scrape - Three Common Tern, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, 5 Yellow Wagtail and 38 Mute Swan. Neatholme Fen - Four House Martin, 10 Swallow, c80 Sand Martin, 2 Common Tern, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover and 2 Oystercatcher. Blaco - At least 15 Swallow, c60 Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Little Owl and 2 Buzzard. Neatholme Lane - Two Turtle Doves and 1 Green Woodpecker at the footbridge. Water Ski Pit - Four Hobby hawking over, c30 Swift and 1 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (TT,KW). Hayton Common - Five Yellow Wagtail. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard. Cross Lane Marsh - Four Hobby in sky together over here. Walters Lane Pit - Five Oystercatcher, 20 Swallow and 30 Sand Martin. Dozens of Swifts noted flying through today. (M.Warne,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,D.Mannifield) 
 
Wednesday 27th April
 
Neatholme Scrape - Two ARCTIC TERN (IC) present briefly at 4.20pm then flew north. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Hobby over mid morning, 1 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and 1 Little Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common - Two Buzzard. (R.Revill,M.Revill,I.Cowgill)
 
 
Mute Swan in flight, Lound, 27th April 2011 (Photo courtesy of Ken Wilson)
 
Tuesday 26th April
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 pair of Red-crested Pochard, 2 Redshank, 2 Common Tern and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Chainbridge Pit - Several House Martins & Swallows with many Sand Martins. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single Little Ringed Plover and 3 Yellow Wagtail. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape -Three Black-tailed Godwit present (later on Chainbridge NR Scrape) and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Ringed Plover. Water Ski Pit - 3 Swift, 1 House Martin with 200+ Sand Martin. Cross Lane - Three Bullfinch, 1 Turtle Dove calling, Swift and Sand Martins. Windsurf Pit - Three Red-crested Pochard.
(P.Cottam,P.J.Freeman)
 
Monday 25th April 
 
Large numbers of Hobby over today which may have included up to 12 birds or more and the first Swift sightings.
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - At least 7 Hobby over here at 13.15pm, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 male Pintail, 4 Common Tern, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Oystercatcher and 3 Redshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape (Western Viewpoint) - Two Little Ringed Plover. Chainbridge Pit - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (DM) on the eastern edge. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Garden Warbler near bridge. Walters Lane - At least 10 Swift feeding over farm area. Clayworth Common - Two Yellow Wagtail, 2 Buzzard and c100 Sand Martins. Cross Lane Marsh - Two Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Lane - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (DM) near to footbridge. Neatholme Scrape - Single WHEATEAR (MW) in NE corner, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redshank, 2 Hobby and 4 Common Tern. Neatholme Fen - Three Common Tern and 1 Redshank. Blaco - Single female WHEATEAR (TT,KW), 5 Buzzard and 2 Oystercatcher. Water Ski Pit - Single Lesser Whitethroat still along eastern hedgerow, 1 Hobby and 1 Swift. Lound Village - Two House Martin around houses in village. In the area today - Single male MARSH HARRIER (SD), 9+ Hobby, 6 Buzzard, 6 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (SD,IC), 12+ Swift, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Turtle Dove.
(S.Davenport,I.Cowgill,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,J.King,M.Warne,P.J.Freeman,D.Mannifield)
 
Sunday 24th April
 
A further un-confirmed report of two Common Cranes today.
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Hobby hawking insects over, 4 Common Tern, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Ringed Plover. Chainbridge Lane - Two Turtle Dove at junction of Walter's Lane. Windsurf Pit - Two Hobby high over here. Walters Lane Pit - Up to 11 Oystercatcher. Walters Lane - Single Green Woodpecker, 1 Bullfinch and 1 Pied Wagtail. Neatholme Scrape - Single Swallow, 1 Dunlin, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover and 2 Redshank. Neatholme Pit - Single female Goosander still and 1 Cuckoo. Neatholme Fen - Single WHIMBREL (PCo et al) flew in from east and settled on western shoreline at 11.15am, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover and 2 Red-legged Partridge. Wildgoose Farm - Single Buzzard and 2 Red-legged Partridge. Neatholme Lane - Two Turtle Dove on wires and 2 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (MW) near footbridge. Cross Lane - Single Turtle Dove calling. Water Ski Pit - An un-confirmed report from a Water Ski Club resident of two COMMON CRANES flying east over here at 9.15am, also 1 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (PCa,IH) in SE corner and 1 Lesser Whitethroat on eastern hedgerow. Clayworth Common - Single male Sparrowhawk mobbed by corvids and 6 Grey Partridge. The Willows - Single Lesser Whitethroat.
(P.Cottam,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,D.Tinker,M.Warne)
 
Saturday 23rd April
 
Single Wood Sandpiper on Cross Lane Marsh all but briefly early evening.
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single RUFF (DHo) still present on small island this am, up to 6 Common Tern and 1 Lesser Whitethroat. Cross Lane Marsh - Single WOOD SANDPIPER (IC) at 18.35pm but no further sign by 20.30pm. Cross Lane - Single MARSH HARRIER (ABe) over south, 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Reed Warbler and 2 Bullfinch. Neatholme Scrape - Single WHEATEAR (IC) still present, 2 Whooper Swans, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 2 Common Tern and 2 Hobby over. Neatholme Pit - Two GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (MW,ABe) reeling near footbridge. Neatholme Fen - Single Green Woodpecker and 1 Reed Warbler. Neatholme Lane - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (ABe) near Cross Lane junction. Parish Park - Eight Red-crested Pochard. Water Ski Pit - Two GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (MW,ABe) in SE corner. Blaco - Single Pink-footed Goose.  Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three Common Tern, 2 Dunlin, 2 Redshank and 1 Ringed Plover. Windsurf Pit - Single Reed Warbler.
(D.Housman,I.Cowgill,M.Warne,R.Goatley,A.Bell,D.Tinker)

Friday 22nd April
 
The birding highlight today was surely the two Common Crane that were observed by several birders as they circled and drifted south over the Neatholme & Chainbridge areas at midday and shortly after SW over Bellmoor Lake. After the wind finally changed to SE yesterday Black Terns were an almost certain addition today with up to 12 birds being recorded throughout the day at Bellmoor Lake. An extremely late Fieldfare was also noted at Neatholme Scrape.
 
Neatholme Lane/Water Ski Pit - Two COMMON CRANE (PCo,TT,CMa et al) circled and drifted south over here at 12.00pm at a height of around 200m and were eventually lost to view as they drifted south over the Chainbridge Lane/Pit area only to be relocated passing SW over Bellmoor Lake a few minutes later at 12.05pm still at a height of approx 150-200m (MR,RR). Neatholme Lane - Many Whitethroats and Garden Warblers still, 1 Song Thrush, a pair of Bullfinch, 1 Jay, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Garden Warbler and 5 Sedge Warbler. Bellmoor Lake - Five BLACK TERN (VG,IC) at 09.25am and still present late morning (IC) with 12 present from 14.45pm til at least 6.30pm (MW,MR,RR,PH,EH). Also here, 1 RUFF mid morning briefly and then again from 15.00 til 15.30pm, 1 male Red-crested Pochard, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Sedge Warbler, up to 6 Common Tern on main island and 1 Lesser Whitethroat. Neatholme Pit - Single female Goosander and 1 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (GH,AB,DM) on riverbank fencline by footbridge and 1 WHEATEAR (DM) nearby. Neatholme Scrape - Single male WHEATEAR (GH,AB) mid afternoon flew in from over Water Ski Pit and landed in front of northern viewing screen. Also here, 1 LITTLE EGRET still, 1 late Fieldfare by bend in river, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Redshank, a pair of Goldeneye, 1 Common Tern and 1 Hobby hunting late evening Water Ski Pit - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER in SE corner. Linghurst Wood - Single female Sparrowhawk over. Parish Park - A pair of Red-crested Pochard and 1 Song Thrush. Lound Horse Paddocks - Two Mistle Thrush. Cross Lane - Single Lesser Whitethroat and 1 male Bullfinch. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Four Ringed Plover, 1 Common Tern, 1 Snipe, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ostercatcher, 2 Redshank, 1 Buzzard, 1 Dunlin, 1 Goldeneye and 7+ Teal. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single Buzzard and 2 Little Ringed Plover. The Willows - Single female MERLIN (DM) on deck in ploughed field for 15 minutes then flushed by a kestrel, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Grey Partridge, 3 Song Thrush and a Tree Sparrow. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Dunlin and 4 Teal. Sutton-cum-Lound village - Three House Martin around The Gate Inn pub.
(G.Hobson,A.Bradford,I.Cowgill,P.J.Freeman,T.Tomlinson,A.Shooter,D.Read,P.Cottam,D.Roberts,C.Marshall,
M.Revill,R.Revill,P.Hobson,E.Hobson,D.Mannifield,M.Warne,R.Goatley)
 
Thursday 21st April
 
First sightings of Hobby today with many warblers now present in good numbers including counts of Whitethroat 49, Willow Warbler 43, Blackcap 30, Chiffchaff 18, Sedge Warbler 7, Garden Warbler 6 and Reed Warbler 4. 
 
Neatholme Lane - Four Garden Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Green Woodpecker and 2 Turtle Dove on wires at 7.15pm. Parish Park - Four Red-crested Pochard, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Linghurst Wood - Two Garden Warbler and 1 Green Woodpecker. Wildgoose Farm - Eight Tree Sparrow and 2 Buzzard. Blaco Pits - Single Common Tern, 6 Wigeon, 25 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Linnets, 2 Whooper Swan present til late afternoon with flock of 80+ Mute Swan mid-morning, 1 Mistle Thrush and 2 Curlew on south pit this evening. Chainbridge NR Scrape/Wood - Two Hobby (GH,PH) over wood at 1.00pm then over Scrape area till 1.20pm, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 6 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 male Pintail. Chainbridge Lane - Two Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Cross Lane - Single Cuckoo, 1 Hobby hunting over here at 2.15pm and 1 Reed Warbler. Water Ski Pit - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER in SE corner (MW). Neatholme Scrape - Single female Goldeneye, 4 Teal, 2 Dunlin, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 1 Redshank. Neatholme Pit - single Green Sandpiper still and 1 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (PJF,MW,DM) near footbridge, 1 LITTLE EGRET (presumed same as scrape bird). Neatholme Fen - Five Red-crested Pochard (inc 4 males at 18.30pm) and 1 Green Woodpecker. Clayworth Common - Single WHEATEAR (DM) on ploughed field, 17 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Heron, 16 Yellow Wagtail. Bellmoor Lake - Four Common Tern, 1 Sedge Warbler and 2 Red-crested Pochard. Doughty's Pond - Two male Red-crested Pochard. Walter's Lane - Single Turtle Dove. Sheep Fields - 8 Oystercatcher. Lound Village - Single Mistle Thrush.
(G.Hobson,P.Hobson,I.Cowgill,P.J.Freeman,K.Wilson,M.Warne,D.Mannifield)
 
Wednesday 20th April
 
Hayton Common - Single Cuckoo. Neatholme Pit - Single Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Scrape - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (PJF) in SW corner and 1 Cuckoo in far SE corner near river. Cross Lane - Single Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (PJF) reeling from near Cross Lane Pit. Neatholme Lane - Single Turtle Dove. Windsurf Pit - Single Garden Warbler. (P.J.Freeman,M.Vickers)
 
 
 Whitethroat, Lound, 20th April 2011 (Photo courtesy of Mike Vickers)
 
Tuesday 19th April
 
The first Turtle Dove report today.
 
Cross Lane - Single Turtle Dove, 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Reed Warbler. Cross Lane Pit - Single Reed Warbler.
Neatholme Lane - Single Lesser Whitethroat. Neatholme Fen - Single Buzzard over. Neatholme Scrape - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, 1 Redshank and a pair Goldeneye. Windsurf Pit - Single Reed Warbler.
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single WHITE WAGTAIL (PCa,VG), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin. Clayworth Common (New Workings) -Single WHEATEAR (PJF) present. Cross Lane Marsh - Two Little Ringed Plover and 3 Buzzard over. (P.J.Freeman,P.Cadman,V.Giles)
 
Monday 18th April
 
Blaco - Two female WHEATEAR (TT,KW), 5 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Buzzard, 10 Pink-footed Goose and 1 Little Owl. Neatholme Scrape - Two Redshank, 1 Buzzard, 1 female Goosander, 2 Goldeneye and 2 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Lane - Two Sedge Warbler, 12 Blackcap and 11 Whitethroat. Water Ski Pit - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (PJF) in SE corner. Chainbridge N R Scrape - Four Dunlin, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Common Tern, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plover and 4 Oystercatcher. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Two Yellow Wagtail and c100 Sand Martin. Bellmoor Lake - Two Common Tern present. (T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,P.J.Freeman,R.Revill,M.Revill)
 
Sunday 17th April  -  WeBS/Bird Count & Bird Walk at Bellmoor & Tiln this am.
 
Highlights being the 7 Twite and a single Grey Plover.
 
Clayworth Common (New Workings) - A party of 7 TWITE (RSc et al) were found feeding with Linnets on the River Idle flood bank and in nearby weeds in corner by Chainbridge Bridge at 7.50m. Unfortunitely all seven birds were reported as flew off north at 8.30am. Also here, 2 male WHEATEAR (PCa,IH) on fench line at northern edge , 1 WHITE WAGTAIL (RSc), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Shelduck and 1 Yellow Wagtail.
 
 
 Twite - Two of the seven birds noted on the edge of Clayworth Common (New Workings), Sunday 17th April 2011. (Photo courtesy of Richard Scott)
 
Clayworth Common - Three Buzzard over The Willows, 1 Swallow, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Kestrel. The Willows - Three Whitethroat, 2 Tree Sparrow and 1 Yellowhammer. Chainbridge NR  Scrape - Single male Pintail, 5 Oystercatcher, 7 Teal, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Redshank, 2 Reed Warbler, 14 Shelduck, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Yellow Wagtail. Cross Lane SSSI - Two Reed Warbler noted. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single singing Willow Tit. Chainbridge Pit - Two Oystercatcher, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Goldeneye and 1 Yellow Wagtail north. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Whitethroat, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (at north end), 4 Teal and 2 Little Grebe. Neatholme Scrape - Single GREY PLOVER (IC,RSc) this am on islands viewable from river bank, 1 Dunlin, 1 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 1 female Goosander, 2 Redshank and 1 Yellow Wagtail north. Neatholme Fen - Five Whitethroat and 2 Red-legged Partridge. Blaco - Six Oystercatcher, 9 Wigeon, 1 Goosander (thought to be injured), 9 WHEATEAR (KW), 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Green Sandpiper. Parish Park - Seven Red-crested Pochard including 6 males, 1 Sparrowhawk, 7 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Song Thrush, 1 'feral' Pink-footed Goose, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Green Woodpecker. Linghurst Wood - Thirteen Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warbler. Wildgoose Farm - Single Buzzard. Water Ski Pit - Single Sedge Warbler and 2 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (PCa,IH) in SE corner. Cross Lane - Single Cuckoo. Bellmoor to Tiln area - Three Buzzard in the air at same time, a pair of Sparrowhawk (including 1 ringed today), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodspecker (including 1 ringed today), 1 Bullfinch (ringed today), 3 Coal Tit, 1 calling Goldcrest, 2 Common Tern, 1 male Red-crested Pochard, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 1 Whitethroat and plenty of Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers noted. 
(R.Scott,I.Cowgill,P.Cottam,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,S.Davenport,J.Nyland,K.Wilson,A.Bradford)
 
Saturday 16th April
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - One Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Buzzard and 2 Oystercatcher. Cross Lane - Single MARSH HARRIER (MR,RR) flew west over here mid morning. Cross Lane Marsh - Two Whitethroat, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 5 Linnet and 1 Great Crested Grebe. Clayworth Common - Single WHEATEAR (MR,RR) next to The Willows at 11.45am and 2 Buzzard. Neatholme Lane - Large numbers of warblers here including 10+ Willow Warbler, 10+ Blackcap, 3+ Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, also 1 Reed Bunting and 3 Buzzard. Horse Paddocks - Single Goldcrest along cross track. Neatholme Scrape - Two Redshank, 3 Yellow Wagtail over, 2-3 Black-tailed Godwit today including 2 still present mid-afternoon and 1 Common Tern. Neatholme Pit - Single Green Sandpiper. Blaco - Single male WHEATEAR (DHo,MW), 4 Buzzard and 10 Linnets. Wildgoose Farm - Single Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers. Parish Park - Up to 8 Red-crested Pochard and 1 'feral' Pink-footed Goose. Water Ski Pit - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (MW) in SE corner.
(M.Warne,D.Housman,P.J.Freeman,G.Hobson,I.Cowgill,T.Carter,P.Lee,M.Revill,R.Revill)

Friday 15th April
 
Parish Park - Up to 8 Red-crested Pochard. Linghurst Wood - Two Great Spotted Woodpecker. The Willows - Single Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat near footbridge. Clayworth Common - Two Buzzard over and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Two Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover and 100+ Sand Martin. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Ringed Plover and 1 Redshank. Neatholme Scrape - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (JP,PJF) still in SW corner, 1 male WHEATEAR (PCo), 2 Goldeneye and 1 Yellow Wagtail flew north towards Blaco. Neatholme Fen - Single Ringed Plover, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Red-legged Partridge and 1 Pink-footed Goose. Neatholme Lane - Two Sedge Warbler. Water Ski Pit - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (JP) in SE corner. Wildgoose Farm - Two Red-legged Partridge. Blaco - Four Yellow Wagtail, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Buzzard, 2 Tree Sparrow and a Grey Partridge. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Tern, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Pintail and 1 Swallow. Walters Lane (Sheep Fields) - Up to 6 Oystercatcher. Bellmoor Lake - A pair of Red-crested Pochard on main island. (J.Parker,P.Cottam,P.J.Freeman,T.Tomlinson,P.Cadman,M.Warne,J.King,C.King)
 
Thursday 14th April
 
The first Arctic Terns noted on spring passage today and at least one Merlin is still hanging around.
 
Bellmoor Lake - Up to 3 ARCTIC TERN (IC,DRe) and 1 Common Tern from 12.15pm til 13.00pm Chainbridge Lane (Viewpoint) - Single Whitethroat and Blackcap. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single male Pintail and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Cross Lane Marsh - Two Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape - Single Black-tailed Godwit, 2 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (DRe) along the western edge and 2 Goldeneye. The Willows - Single MERLIN (DM) flew into same tree as a kestrel and was soon seen off by the Kestrel, also up to 4 Whitethroat, 6 Tree Sparrow and c30 Meadow Pipit nearby. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single female MERLIN (DRe) flew over at 18.00pm being chased by a Carrion Crow. (D.Mannifield,I.Cowgill,D.Read)
 
Local Sightings
Gringley Carr - 10+ WHEATEAR, 20+ Yellow Wagtail, 4 WHITE WAGTAIL and 150+ Golden Plover in summer plumage. (P.Lee)

 

Wednesday 13th April
 
Spring migration continues with in excess of 10 Wheatear, more hirundines and more 'fresh in' warblers.
 
Blaco - c400 Sand Martins and 5 WHEATEAR (KW) including 3 females. Mattersey Common - Four WHEATEAR (MW,JK) including 1 female in ploughed field, 2 Whooper Swans with 96 Mute Swan. Clayworth Common - Single male WHEATEAR (MW,JK) and 3 Yellow Wagtails in ploughed field north of The Willows, also a male MERLIN (MW,JK) hunting common and in The Willows. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Oystercatcher and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Lane - Two GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (MW,JK), 2 Whitethroat and 1 Sedge Warbler in hedgrows near footbridge, also 2 Grey Partridge. Neatholme Fen - Single Whitethroat in hedrow at north side. The Willows - Four Swallow, 1 Green Woodpecker and 5 Linnets noted. Neatholme Scrape - Single Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, the 'yellow bill tagged' male Shoveler still, c200 Sand Martin late evening with c20 Swallow and 5+ House Martin. Neatholme Pit - Two Oystercatcher anmd 1 Redshank. Parish Park - Single Swallow. Linghurst Wood - A pair of Blackcap noted. Walters Lane Pit - Up to 9 Oystarcatcher. Bellmoor Pit - Single Common Tern. An estimated c1000 Sand Martin present today.
(K.Wilson,M.Warne,J.King,G.Hobson,I.Cowgill,D.Housman)
 
 
 Wheatear - A female at Blaco, 13th April 2011. (Photo courtesy of Ken Wilson)

Tuesday 12th April
 
Chainbridge Lane - Three Stock Doves. Chainbridge Pit - Single House Martin and 2 Goosander. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape - Single Dunlin, 1 Redshank and 1 Buzzard over. The Willows - Six Tree Sparrow. Windsurf Pit - A pair of Red-crested Pochard.
(P.Cottam,P.J.Freeman)

Monday 11th April
 
Blaco - A pair of WHEATEAR (IC), 1 'Syke's' type Yellow Wagtail (IC) at 9.20am. Up to 20 Yellows Wagtails present in cow field. Clayworth Common - Three female WHEATEAR (IC) just off Clayworth to Hayton road in ploughed field. (K.Wilson,I.Cowgill) 
 
Sunday 10th April
 
Cross Lane Marsh - Single Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape - Single Redshank and 2 Buzzard over.
Clayworth Common - Single male WHEATEAR (PCo) in ploughed field on edge of The Willows and 1 Yellow Wagtail. The Willows - Two Grey Partridge. Neatholme Lane - Single Sedge Warbler and 1 WHEATEAR (PCa,IH) perched on Hawthorn briefly before flying off north over Neatholme Pit. Water Ski Pit - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (PCa,IH,AS) in usual SE corner Cross Lane Pit - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (PCa,IH) in north east corner. Linghurst Wood - Two Buzzard displaying over wood. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tree Sparrow and 2 Red-legged Partridge. , 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe and 1 Buzzard.
(P.Cottam,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,I.Cowgill,A.Shooter)

Saturday 9th April
 
First Common Tern and Grasshopper Warbler reports this year, several Green Sandpiper and an immature Marsh Harrier through.
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single 1st-summer MARSH HARRIER (PCa,IC) moving south at 11.30am, 1 Common Tern today, also male Pintail, 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Water Ski Pit - Single GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (MR,RR) in usual SE corner. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Pit - Single Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Scrape - Single Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 2 Red-crested Pochard and up to 4 Buzzard including one bird mobbing Marsh Harrier. Blaco - Up to 20 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whooper Swan, 77 Mute Swan, 1 Snipe and 1 Green Sandpiper. The Willows - Single Tree Sparrow. Linghurst Wood - Single Willow Tit.
(K.Roberts,P.Cadman,I.Cowgill,R.Revill,M.Revill,K.Wilson)
 
Friday 8th April
 
The first sighting of Sedge Warbler today with more Wheatear and Whitethroat arriving.
 
Cross Lane - Single Sedge Warbler noted today and 3 Buzzard. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Pintail, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redshank and up to 4 Buzzard over. Walters Lane - A report of a Bean Goose near to the Wetlands Reserve. Blaco - Two WHEATEAR (PJF,TT,KW,CF), 5 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Whooper Swan, 4 Oystercatcher and 2 Buzzard. Clayworth Common (New Workngs) - Two Little Ringed Plover and c100 Sand Martin. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover and a 2 female Goosanders. River Idle - Single male Goosander. Clayworth Common - Two male WHEATEAR (PCo) in ploughed field adjacent to The Willows and 2  Buzzard. The Willows - Single Whitethroat and 1 Tree Sparrow. Neatholme Pit - Up to 25 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow and 1 Redshank. Neatholme Fen - Three Little Ringed Plover and 2 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Scrape - Four Redshank and 2 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Lane - Single male Bullfinch.
(D.Housman,J.Parker,P.J.Freeman,P.Cottam,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,C.Forsyth,D.Read)
 
Thursday 7th April
 
The first sighting of Whitethroat and Common Sandpiper today and raptors were very evident and obviously taking advantage of this unusual summer type weather.
 
Neatholme Lane - Single Whitethroat perched briefly then flew towards The Willows. Blaco - Single WHEATEAR (KW), up to 10 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 WHITE WAGTAIL (KW), 6 Buzzard, a PEREGRINE (MW,JK) hunting and moving west at 12.15pm, 1 male Goosander on river, 5 Whooper Swan still plus 30+ Meadow Pipit. Wildgoose Farm - Two Swallow going north, 1 Red-legged Partridge and 1 Tawny Owl. Neatholme Scrape - Single Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 2 Buzzard and up to 5 Red-crested Pochard still. Neatholme Pit - Two Linnets. Linghurst Wood - A pair of Blackcap noted. Water Ski Pit - Up to 500 Sand Martin feeding over here. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Sparrowhawk over and 2 Buzzard over. Chainbridge Pit - Five Goldeneye and a Great Crested Grebe. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Two Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover and 2 Grey Partridge. Clayworth Common - Single male MERLIN (MW,JK) hunting hedrows on common before heading into The Willows at 19.45, also 2 Buzzard.  (K.Wilson,M.Warne,J.King,P.Cadman,I.Hunt)  
 
Wednesday 6th April
 
Blaco - Five Whooper Swan still, 28 Yellow Wagtail, 2 WHITE WAGTAIL (KW), 2 Pied Wagtail, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 3 WHEATEAR (KW) and 5 Reed Bunting. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Snipe. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Clayworth Common - Single Pink-footed Goose and 4 Buzzard soaring on thermals. Blaco - Two Buzzard soaring on thermals. Neatholme Scrape - Single Redshank. Neatholme Fen - Single Redshank. 1 LITTLE EGRET and 1 Little Ringed Plover. (P.Cottam,K.Wilson)
 
Tuesday 5th April
 
Good numbers of migrants noted today included Willow Warbler (10), Blackcap (20+) and Chiffchaff (6). Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET present. Walters Lane Pit - A roost of 17 Oystercatcher with other roosting gulls. Cross Lane Marsh - Two Oystercatcher. Neatholme Fen - Single Buzzard, 2 Redshank and 1 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Scrape - Single Redshank. Neatholme Pit - A flock of c250 Sand Martin feeding over pit. Wildgoose Farm - Single Redshank over, 1 Tawny Owl and 3 Buzzard in area. Parish Park - A group of 8 Red-crested Pochard on islands. (P.Cadman,M.Warne,B.Hurst)
 
Monday 4th April
 
Another wave of migrants today including more Wheatear, White and Yellow Wagtails noted.
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Black-tailed Godwit present, 1 Dunlin, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 Oystercatcher and 15 Sand Martin. Chainbridge Pit - Four Goldeneye present. Neatholme Fen - c300 Sand Martin, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Redshank and 2 Oystercatcher. Blaco - Three WHEATEAR (TT,VG,KW,MW), 7 Yellow Wagtail, 2 WHITE WAGTAIL (TT,VG,KW,MW), 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, 1 Buzzard, 2 Goosander over. Neatholme Lane - Four Blackcap (inc a female), 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff and 2 Bullfinch. Wildgoose Farm - Three Tree Sparrow and 1 Buzzard. Clayworth Common (viewing from willows footbridge) - Single WHEATEAR (TT,VG,KW), 1 Yellow Wagtail and 2 WHITE WAGTAIL (TT,VG,KW,MW). The Willows - Single Yellowhammer. Clayworth Common (New workings) - Two Little Ringed Plover and 2 Ringed Plover. Tiln North GP (Restoration Site) - Two Little Ringed Plover and 2 Ringed Plover. Cross Lane Marsh - Four Oystercatcher. Walters Lane Pit - Up to 13 Oystercatcher. (N.Braund,T.Tomlinson,V.Giles,K.Wilson,M.Warne,D.Housman
 
   
Reed Bunting - A partialy 'leucistic' bird photographed at Lound today. The sex is uncertain (could be a female or imm male by showing chestnut tones in supercilium and crown?) but the bird clearly shows a white face and chin, white flecks in the cheeks, white undetail coverts and greyish white rump area  (Photo's courtesy of Daz Housman) 
 
 Willow Warbler - In Willow Scrub between Chainbridge & the Parish Park, 4th April 2011 (Photo courtesy of Mike Vickers
Sunday 3rd April
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 Redshank, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 11 Shelduck, 20 Wigeon, 1 pair of Red-crested Pochard, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Pink-footed Goose. Chainbridge Lane - Three Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Bullfinch and 1 Willow Tit singing. Chainbridge Wood NR - 1 male Tawny Owl calling and 2 Chiffchaff. Chainbridge Pit - Three Goldeneye. Cross Lane Marsh - Two Ringed Plover and 1 Little Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Three Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Swallow south and 6 Sand Martin. Clayworth Common/The Willows - Single STONECHAT (PCo) still on Common, 5 Buzzard, 2 Grey Partridge and 1 Pink-footed Goose with Greylags. Neatholme Scrape - Two Redshank, 2 Wigeon, 2 Grey Partridge, 9 Goldeneye and a pair of Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Pit - Seven Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe and 2 Shelduck. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET, 3 Golden Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 male Shoveler with a yellow tag on its bill, 6 Shelduck, 24 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull and 1 Redshank. Neatholme Lane - Pair of Bullfinch, 2 Jay, 1 Kestrel, 1 Treecreeper singing, 5 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warbler. Wildgoose Farm - Single Curlew north late morning. Blaco - Single WHITE WAGTAIL (DN), 1 STONECHAT (KW), 5 WHEATEAR (KW) present (including 3 males), 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Curlew noted, 5 Whooper Swan (inc 1 immature) flew east, 70 Mute Swan, 3 Buzzard, 6 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 50 Linnet and 3 Tree Sparrow.

Wheatear - A cracking male, one of five noted at Blaco today. (Photo courtesy of Ken Wilson)
 
Cross Lane Scrape (Willow Plantation) - Single Curlew over north. Water Ski Pit - A pair of Red-crested Pochard, 2 Blackcap and 1 Willow Warbler. Cross Lane - Single Chiffchaff. Parish Park - A pair of Red-crested Pochard. Windsurf Pit - Two Chiffchaff. Walters Lane Pit - Up to 11 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Blackcap.
(P.Cottam,R.Scott,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,B.Hurst,I.Cowgill,D.Nicholson,K.Wilson)

Redshank - Lound, 3rd April 2011 (Photo courtesy of Dean Nicholson)
 
Saturday 2nd April
 
Clayworth Common (New workings) - No sign of the male Stonechat today but a single WHEATEAR (IC,PCa) was noted in a ploughed field by the Willows. Tiln North GP's (Restoration Site) - Two Ringed Plover and 1 Green Sandpiper. Chainbridge Wood NR - Two Chiffchaff and 1 Willow Warbler. Cross Lane Fen - Single Ruff flew towards Neatholme Scrape early am. Neatholme Scrape - Single Swallow moving north with a couple of Sand Martins. Neatholme Bridge -  Single Willow Warbler singing. Neatholme Lane - Two Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff and two Blackcap.
(A.Shooter,G.Hobson,I.Cowgill,P.Cadman,B.Hurst,A.Saint)

Friday 1st April
 
The second Swallow report this spring and an increase in the number of Blackcaps present.
 
Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Two Ringed Plover and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape - Single Swallow, 1 Black-tailed Godwit present early morning, 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Lane - Up to 2 Blackcap noted. Neatholme Fen - Single Black-tailed Godwit present here til 18.30pm at least, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 LITTLE EGRET present. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Pink-footed Goose and 1 Blackcap. Windsurf Pit - A pair of Red-crested Pochard and nearby 1 Blackcap and a male Sparrowhawk. Sheepfields - Up to 13 Oystercatcher present this evening. (P.J.Freeman,P.Cottam,P.Cadman)
 
APRIL
 
Thursday 31st March
 
Single Stonechat noted again on Clayworth Common. Have birds wintered here and been overlooked.
 
Clayworth Common - Single male STONECHAT (MW,JK) sat on posts on Clayworth Common. (M.Warne,J.King) 
 
Wednesday 30th March
 
The first Yellow Wagtail report of the spring came from Blaco Cattle Fields. 
 
Clayworth Common (New workings) - Two Ringed Plover and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard and 1 Snipe over. Chainbridge Pit - Five Chiffchaff, 1 Jay, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 4 Goldeneye. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Little Ringed Plover flew north, 10 Sand Martin and 2 Oystercatcher. Cross Lane - Two Chiffchaff and 2 male Blackcap. Water Ski Pit - Single Bullfinch. Neatholme Pit - Twenty Sand Martin and 20 Goldeneye. Neatholme area - Single LITTLE EGRET and 1 Redshank on Fen, several Sand Martins, 1 Song Thrush and 3 Willow Warbler. Blaco - Single Yellow Wagtail in cattle field south of track, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Buzzard, 5 Skylark, 4 Whooper Swan and 11 Pink-footed Geese. (P.J.Freeman,M.Warne,K.Wilson)
 
Tuesday 29th March
 
The first Blackcaps noted from the Cross Lane SSSI and the Parish Park and two more Wheatear seen.
 
Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single Little Ringed Plover, 3 Buzzard, 4 Whooper Swan and 55 Mute Swan. The Willows - Single Buzzard high over. Tiln North GP (New Workings) - Two Ringled Plover, 3 LIttle Ringed Plover, 1 male WHEATEAR in set aside field just south of new workings, 6 Sand Martin and 2 Red-legged Partridge. Cross Lane Marsh - Two Ringed Plover. Cross Lane Pit - Two male Blackcap singing in SSSI area west of Chainbridge NR Scrape. Neatholme Scrape - Single female Goosander and 1 Redshank. Neatholme Lane - Two singing Willow Warbler near Neatholme Scrape. Linghurst Wood - Two Buzzard over here and Water Ski Pit. Parish Park - Four Red-crested Pochard, 5 Redwing moving north and 2 male Blackcap singing from woodland at eastern edge. Neatholme Pit - Single male WHEATEAR (PCo,PCa,MW) in ploughed area east of pit, 10 Sand Martin and 1 Redshank. Neatholme Fen - Two Redshank, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 2 Buzzard. Blaco - Two Buzzard, 1 Treecreeper and 1 Little Owl. Wildgoose Farm - Up to 15 Tree Sparrow noted ande 2 Red-legged Partridge. (P.Cottam,K.Wilson,P.Cadman,M.Warne,D.Housman) 
 
Monday 28th March
 
Probable single adult BEAN GOOSE sp (DHo,DM) (or hybrid?) present from 10.30am today (see video on home page). Cross Lane Marsh - Single Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 Jay and 3 Oystercatcher. Blaco - Single Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Lane - Two Chiffchaff, 20+ Sand Martin over and 10 Reed Buntings. Neatholme Fen - Single Dunlin, 1 Redshank and 6 Oystercatcher. Wildgoose Farm - Single Great Spotted & Green Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard and 1 Meadow Pipit. Parish Park - Two Red-crested Pochard, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Redpoll and 10 Goldfinch. Clayworth Common - Single male WHEATEAR (ASa) approx 100 yards north east of Neatholme Footbridge. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Oystercatcher and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Chiffchaff calling and 1 male Sparrowhawk. Bellmoor - Two  Little Ringed  Plover. (D.Housman,D.Mannifield,A.Saint,M.Warne)
 
Sunday 27th March
 
Chainbridge Lane - Three Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Tit and 2 Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge Wood - Two Chiffchaff. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Dunlin and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard and 1 Pink-footed Goose. Chainbridge Pit - Single Buzzard and 1 Goosander. Neatholme Scrape - Single Dunlin and c50 Sand Martin. Neatholme Lane - Two Chiffchaff and 2 Bullfinch. Neathome Pit - A total of 38 Whooper Swans, the male Aythya hybrid (Lesser Scaup type), 1 Buzzard and 8 Pink-footed Goose. Neatholme Fen - c170 Sand Martin, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 male Pintail 1 Redshank, 1 female Red-crested Pochard. Wildgoose Farm - 1 Green Woodpecker. Elsewhere 16  Whooper Swan flew north. (R.Scott,P.Cottam,J.Nyland)

Whooper Swans - Six of the 38 present on Neatholme Pit, 27th March 2011 (Photo courtesy of Janet Nyland)

Saturday 26th March
 
The first Willow Warbler and House Martin reports this spring. 
 
Clayworth Common - Single BEAN GOOSE sp (RG) (or hybrid?) noted with Greylags mid afternoon but no sign of any Wheatear today, also 2 Grey Partridge and 1 Meadow Pipit. Hayton Common - Single Grey Partridge. Tiln North GP's (New Workings) - Two to three Ringed Plover present, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 2 Little Ringed Plover south of lane. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 3 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Wood NR - Up to 3 Chiffchaff noted. Chainbridge Pit - c15 Sand Martin, 10 Goldeneye, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Lane (Willows) - Three Chiffchaff and 2 Fieldfare. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Curlew, 1 Heron and c100 Sand Martins. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 250 Sand Martin over here at one time today with at least 2 House Martin, 1 Redshank and 2 Meadow Pipit. Water Ski Pit - Single Willow Warbler calling in willow scrub to south east corner this morning. Neatholme Lane - Single Chiffchaff near Neatholme Bridge and 1 Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Fen - Single PEREGRINE (DRe) over heading towards Wildgoose Farm area. Walter's Lane Pit - Two Oystercatcher. Mucky Pond - Single Bullfinch and Redpoll. Sheep Fields - Up to 12 Oystercatcher and a flock of 90+ Fieldfare. Tiln GP - Four Little Ringed Plover and c50 Sand Martin, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 male Sparrowhawk, 1 Jay and 4 Goosander. Tiln Wood - Up to 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Kestrel and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Hallcroft/Babworth Wood - Up to 4 Buzzard on thermals. (I.Cowgill,G.Hobson,P.J.Freeman,P.Cadman,D.Housman,N.Housman,R.Goatley)
 
Friday 25th March
 
The first Wheatear and White Wagtail reported this spring.
 
Clayworth Common - Two WHEATEAR (BHu) present in ploghed field near to Hayton/Clayworth road til dusk. Tiln North GP's (New Workings) - Single Ringed Plover. Chainbridge Lane - Two singing Chiffchaff. Chainbridge Scrape - Up to 13 Whooper Swan this evening, 1 LITTLE EGRET and a male Pintail. Tiln North GP (New Workings) - Two Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Red-legged Partridge. Blaco - Single MARSH HARRIER, 1 Curlew, 2 Buzzard and 4 Oystercatcher. The Willows - Three Buzzard soaring over. Neatholme Pit - A count of 43 Whooper Swans here with a further 30 birds at Blaco later. Neatholme Lane - Two singing Chiffchaff. Neatholme Fen - Three  LITTLE EGRET, 18 Pied Wagtail, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL (TT,KW), 1 Redshank, 1 Snipe and 4 Oystercatchers. Parish Park - Four Chiffchaff, 1 Redpoll and 4 Bullfinch. Cross Lane - Two singing Chiffchaff.
(B.Hurst,P.Cottam,R.Goatley,I.Cowgill,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson)
 
Thursday 24th March
 
Walters Pit - Single RUFF (PJF). Chainbridge NR Scrape – Single Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Shelduck, 11 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 17 Wigeon and a pair of Goldeneye. Chainbridge Pit - Eight Goldeneye. Clayworth Common - Two Buzzard. Cross Lane - Singing Chiffchaff, 1 Jay and a pair of Bullfinch. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Fen - Up to 2 LITTLE EGRET and 2 (pair) Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Scrape - Four Sand Martin flew north mid afternoon, 2 Oystercatcher and 5 Goldeneye. Blaco - Single Barn Owl in residence again. Up to 20 Oystercatchers noted around site. Bellmoor to Bunker Wood – Six Chiffchaffs singing, 2 Goldcrests singing, 2 Treecreepers, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Siskin (Bunker Wood), 3 Buzzards displaying, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 female Goosander on river. Bellmoor Lake – Three Goosander (inc  2 females), 1 Oystercatcher and 2 Shelduck. (P.J.Freeman,K.Wilson,C.Cornish,J.Simpson,V.Giles,I.Cowgill) 
 
Wednesday 23rd March
 
A single Red-necked Grebe was located on the southernmost pit at Blaco today. Access from Neatholme Lane via Wildgoose Farm footpath and track and view only from the track south of the pit. There was a Red-necked Grebe reported at Daneshill NR on the 14th-15th March but was this the same bird?
 
Blaco - Single winter plumaged RED-NECKED GREBE (DHo) present from 10.40am, also here 1 adult BEWICK'S SWAN, 20+ Whooper Swans and 4 Oystercatcher. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tree Sparrow. Neatholme Scrape - Two Snipe. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Six Oystercatcher and 1 male Pintail. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Chiffchaff. Chainbridge Lane - Single Song Thrush and Bullfinch. Cross Lane Marsh - Single female MERLIN (DRo)viewable from the river bank at 5.20pm, 1 LITTLE EGRET. Tiln North GP (New Workings) - Two Ringed Plover. Water Ski Pit - Single Redwing and Chiffchaff. Walters Lane Pit - Nine Oystercatcher. Sheep Fields - Up to 15 birds present at 5.45pm.  (D.Housman,P.Cadman,M.Warne,D.Roberts) 

Red-necked Grebe - Single, Blaco, 23rd March 2011 (Photo courtesy of Ken Wilson)
 
Tuesday 22nd March
 
Bellmoor Pit - Single adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL (TT,KW) present from 7.30 til 7.45am then flew, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Buzzard over. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two LITTLE EGRET, 4 Pintail (inc 3 males), 1 male Sparrowhawk and 7 Shelduck. Cross Lane Marsh - Single LITTLE EGRET, 2 Goosander and 1 Sand Martin. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET and 4 Shelduck. Blaco - Single Green Sandpiper, 6 Oystercatcher, 4 Whooper Swan, 2 Buzzard and 9 Meadow Pipit. Neatholme Fen - Single Chiffchaff, 1 LITTLE EGRET flushed by workmen, 11 Shelduck and 4 Oystercatcher. Parish Park - Single Chiffchaff, 6 Bullfinch (3 pairs), 2 Jay, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 male Sparrowhawk and 1 Buzzard over. (T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson)

Sunday 20th March

The third ever site record of Common Crane occurred today and several members managed to see these three birds before they departed on their way northwards. 

Neatholme Scrape - Three COMMON CRANES (PCa,IH) present on here at 7.30am but flew of initially south but turned and headed north over The Willows and later relocated at 8.00am on Mattersey Common and were then present here until 9.00am when they flew off high north towards Gringley. The Willows - Three Tree Sparrow. Clayworth Common - Single LITTLE EGRET flying south in morning and an immature PEREGRINE (GH) at 5.30pm sat on deck. Tiln North GP's - Single Buzzard over. Neatholme Scrape - Single BLACK-NECKED GREBE (PCo,MW,PCa,IH) still, 3 Redshank, 1 Buzzard and 1 female Sparrowhawk over. A group of 9 Sand Martin present. Neatholme Fen - Up to 11 Sand Martins. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tawny Owl and 2 Buzzard. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 4 Pintail (two pairs), 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Snipe and 2 Sand Martins. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Great Spotted Wodpecker. Chainbridge Pit - Two 'redhead' SMEW (PCa) still present, 12 Goldeneye and up to 20 Goosander. Mattersey Common -Single adult BEWICK'S SWAN (GH) present at dusk with 12 adult Whooper Swans, 1 Buzzard and 7 Pink-footed Geese with Greylags. River Idle - One to two LITTLE EGRETS along here today. Walter's Lane Pit - Four Oystercatcher and 1 Green Woodpecker. Blaco - Four Oystercatcher. A total of 6 Chiffchaffs recorded including a single singing at Eastern end of Water Ski Pit off Neatholme Lane, single singing and single noted in Linghurst Wood, single singing Parish Park near Water Treatment Plant, a single heard singing at Western end Water Ski Pit off Neatholme Lane and a single singing along the river. Hallcroft Fisheries - An impressive 14 birds were noted very high on thermals today viewed from a birders garden on the nearby estate. (P.Cadman,I.Hunt,P.Cottam,G.Hobson,M.Warne,D.Mannifield,I.Cowgill,D.Askew)

Saturday 19th March

Mattersey Common - Up to 17 Whooper Swan (all adults), 6 Fieldfare on river banks. Blaco - Two Shelduck.(K.Wilson)

Friday 18th March

Chainbridge Pit - Up to 9 Goosander (inc 2 males). Cross Lane Marsh - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 female Goosander and 1 Chiffchaff near River Idle. Clayworth Common - Two Buzzard and 6 Grey Partridge. Mattersey Common - c20 Whooper Swan present. Neatholme Lane - Two Treecreeper. (T.Tomlinson,P.Cottam)

Thursday 17th March

Blaco - Six Whooper Swan noted here today. Mattersey Common - 30 Whooper Swan noted here today. Neatholme Pit - Single drake 'Lesser Scaup' type Aythya hybrid (Click on youtube link below). Neatholme Lane - Single Chiffchaff, 4 Redpoll, 1 Treecreeper and several Green Woodpeckers.  Neatholme Scrape - Single Black-tailed Godwit present this morning, 2 Redshank and the BLACK-NECKED GREBE (PJF). Cross Lane Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET present. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two LITTLE EGRET and 3 Dunlin present. Chainbridge Pit - Up to 22 Goosander present today. Cross Lane Pit - Single Snipe. Walters Lane Pit - A roost of up to 14 Oystercatcher. Bluebell Fishing Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET present. (D.Housman,P.J.Freeman,T.Collett)

 

 

Tuesday 15th March

Neatholme Lane - Single Chiffchaff. Neatholme Scrape - c20 Golden Plover over. Cross Lane - Single Chiffchaff. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Oystercatcher, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbird, 10+ Long-tailed Tit and 5 Shelduck. Clayworth Common - Two Red-legged Partridge. (G.Hobson,M.Vickers)

Local News - At Daneshill NR there is a single moulting RED-NECKED GREBE present since 14th.(J.Wilkins,M.Gibson) 

Monday 14th March

A single Little Ringed Plover noted, the Black-necked Grebe still present and further Sand Martin & Chiffchaff reports.

Parish Park area - Three Redpoll, 2 pair of Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker and up to 5 Red-crested Pochard (inc 4 males). Linghurst Wood - Single Chiffchaff and Treecreeper. Blaco - Four female Goosander, a pair of Red-crested Pochard, 4 Oystercatcher and 2 Buzzard. Neatholme Lane - Single Chiffchaff calling by Water Ski Pit. Neatholme Pit - Single Pink-footed Goose. Wildgoose Farm - Single Tawny Owl in usual area. Neatholme Fen - Four Snipe. Neatholme Scrape - Single summer plumaged BLACK-NECKED GREBE (PCa,TT,KW,PJF) still, 2 Whooper Swan, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 4 Sand Martin, 1 Redshank and 2 Oystercatcher. Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Redshank and 2 Buzzard over. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, a pair of Pintail, 2 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Pit - Two Pintail and 7 Goosander. River Idle - Two LITTLE EGRETS and 1 Goosander. (P.Cadman,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,P.J.Freeman,P.Cadman,M.Warne,B.Hurst)
 
 
 Green Woodpecker - Female, Parish Park, 14th March 2011 (Courtesy of Martin Warne)
 
Sunday 13th March - WeBS/Bird Count

The first records of Swallow and Sand Martin today plus a couple of Chiffchaff. A large influx of migrant Whooper Swans also dropped into Blaco Pits, this area is now becoming a well known Whooper Swan stopping off point on their long migration back to Iceland.

A BIG THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE ONCE AGAIN KINDLY HELPED WITH TODAYS WEBS/BIRD COUNT AND TO THOSE WHO HAVE SUBMITTED THEIR OWN SIGHTINGS FOR THE DAY.

Neatholme Pit - Single Swallow and Sand Martin over pit around 8.00am with a further 6 Sand Martin only briefly feeding over pit at 10.00am. Chainbridge Pit - Two 'redhead' SMEW (RSc) still, 3 Goosander, 2 Oystercatcher, 10 Goldeneye and 3 Great Crested Grebes. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Eleven Shelduck, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Goosander. Chainbridge Lane - Two Green Woodpecker and 1 Willow Tit. Cross Lane - Single singing Chiffchaff. Cross Lane Marsh - Two LITTLE EGRET and 2 Great Crested Grebe. Mattersey Common - Up to 3 Buzzard noted looking from Blaco. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tawny Owls, 3 Tree Sparrow and 4 Red-legged Partridge. Blaco - A single BEWICK'S SWAN (KW) was with and increadible gathering of 48 Whooper Swans (inc 4 juveniles), 8 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Bean Goose, 5 Great Crested Grebe and 4 Oystercatchers. Neatholme Scrape - Single Dunlin. Linghurst Wood - Single Chiffchaff. Parish Park - Up to 8 Red-crested Pochard (inc 5 males) present and 1 Buzzard. Water Ski Pit - Single Redpoll.  (D.Housman,R.Scott,D.Mannifield,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,K.Wilson)  

Saturday 12th March

Tiln North GP's - Single Meadow Pipit flew up and headed north. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Willow Tit, 20 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting and 1 Goldcrest. Chainbridge Pit - Three Goosander and 4 Goldeneye. River Idle - Single Kingfisher flew downstream under Chainbridge Bridge. Neatholme Scrape - Single Redshank. Bellmoor Fishing Ponds - Forty Fieldfare, 5 Treecreeper, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Buzzard. Bellmoor Pit - Single Oystercatcher. (M.Warne,J.Kig,C.King) 

Friday 11th March

Neatholme Scrape - Single BLACK-NECKED GREBE (TT,KW,PJF,PCo) still present but elusive, the adult BEWICK'S SWAN (PJF) again and 2 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Fen - Single female PEREGRINE (PCo) over. Chainbridge Pit - Two 'redhead' SMEW (PH,TT,KW,JS) today and 4 Goosander. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Seven Dunlin and 1 Ringed Plover. (P.Hobson,J.Simpson,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,P.J.Freeman,P.Cottam)

Thursday 10th March 

Neatholme Scrape - single  BLACK-NECKED GREBE (DHo) single 'redhead' SMEW (DHo,PCa,DRo) and 2 Dunlin noted today. Mattersey Common - 20+ Whooper Swans at far end of common. Neatholme Fen - Single Meadow Pipit. Linghurst Wood - Single Willow Tit. Parish Park - Nine Red-crested Pochard. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tawny Owls in usual site. The Willows - Single Buzzard over. (D.Housman,P.Cadman,D.Roberts,J.Dukes)

Wednesday 9th March

Lound Village - A flock of 20 WAXWING (BH) were roosting in trees at the village cross roads at 5.45pm. (B.Hurst)

Sunday 6th March

Lound Village - A party of 11 WAXWING (PCa,IH) were noted in a tree in the garden of the last house along Mattersey Road as you travel north out of the village. Blaco - Three individual Curlew flew north between 9.30 and 9.40am, also here, 22 Whooper Swans on the pits, 2 Buzzard, 2 Red-legged Partridge and 1 Pink-footed Goose. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET and 7 Goldeneye. Neatholme Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET flew over, 1 Buzzard, 2 Pink-footed Geese flew towards Blaco and 2 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Fen - Eight Shelduck and 2 Oystercatcher. Parish Park - Up to 6 Red-crested Pochard, 30 Siskin and 15 Redwing near Horse Paddocks. Wildgoose Farm - Three Tree Sparrow noted displaying near nesting boxes and up to 3 Buzzard here today. Clayworth Common - Single Kestrel, 2 Ringed Plover, 120 Lapwing and 1 LITTLE EGRET.  Cross Lane Marsh - Up to 7 Goosander. Chainbridge Pit - Single 'redhead' SMEW (DRo) at 14.15pm, 45 Goldeneye, 50 Mute Swans, 3 Goosander, 4 Goldeneye and 2 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single male Pintail, 1 Curlew over, 6 Shelduck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 190 Lapwing and 2 Oystercatcher. Walters Lane Pit - Up to 5 Oystercatcher and c1000 Common Gull at 16.00pm. Sheep Fields - Up to 6 Oystercatcher, 100 Lapwing and 1 Buzzard. Mucky Pond - Two Shelduck. Bellmoor Lake - Four Goosander, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Sparrowhawk over Bolham Wood. Bellmoor Fishing Ponds - Two Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Coal Tit at Bunker Wood, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard and 1 Heron. (P.Cadman,I.Hunt,M.Warne,D.Roberts)

Saturday 5th March

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 4 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 male Pintail, 2 Goosander and 8 Shelduck. Chainbridge Pit - Eight Goosander. Clayworth Common - Single LITTLE EGRET in main drain, 2 Ringed Plover and Golden Plover were noted. Cross Lane Marsh - Single LITTLE EGRET. Mattersey Common - Up to 24 Whooper Swan noted with Mute Swan but no sign of Bewick's Swan again. Neatholme Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, 60 Goldeneye and 2 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Pit - Two Pink-footed Geese and 2 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Fen - Two Oystercatcher. Neatholme Lane - A pair of Goosander over and 1 male Bullfinch. Cross Lane Pit - Single Snipe  and 1 Jay and 1 Green Woodpecker nearby. Linghurst Wood - Single Green Woodpecker. Parish Park - Eight Red-crested Pochard still. Wildgoose Farm - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Red-legged Partridge. Over the whole site there were up to 24 Shelduck noted. (G.Hobson,P.J.Freeman)

Local News - In Tickhill there has been up to 100 WAXWING over the last couple of days. They can be found around the School on Common Lane and the Doctors Surgery near the Church (S.Davenport,P.Hobson).

 Lesser Redpoll at feeders in his Lound village garden (Courtesy of Mike Vickers)

Friday 4th March

Chainbridge  Scrape - Single male Pintail. Chainbridge  Pit - The 'redhead' SMEW (TT,VG) was again noted here with up to 7 Goosander. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard, female Sparrowhawk and 2 Grey Partridge. Cross Lane Marsh - Two Goosander. River Idle - Single Goosander. Neatholme Fen - Single PEREGRINE (TT,VG) flew over and awat to the west. Neatholme Scrape - Single BEWICK SWAN (PCo) at 10.00am. Neatholme Lane - Up to 5 Bullfinch. Parish Park - Eight Red-crested Pochard still. Linghurst Wood - Single Song Thrush, c30 Siskin and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Horse Paddocks - c30 Redwing and 2 Mistle Thrush. (P.Cottam,T.Tomlinson,V.Giles)
 
Thursday 3rd March
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single AVOCET (VT,RT) still present this evening. Cross Lane Marsh - Single LITTLE EGRET and 2 Goosander.(V.Theaker,R.Theaker)

Wednesday 2nd March

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single AVOCET (PCa) at 10.00am but was flushed by a Moorhen, also 2 Snipe noted. Neatholme Scrape - Single AVOCET (PCa) relocated here at 12.00pm. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard and 2 LITTLE EGRET flew out of ditch. Linghurst Wood - Single Treecreeper and 2 Goldcrest within tit flock. Parish Park - Eight Red-crested Pochard still and 2 Willow Tit. Mattersey Common - Up to 26 Whooper Swan with 1 adult BEWICK'S SWAN still present. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET. Wildgoose Farm - Single Tawny Owl. (P.Cadman,D.Housman) 

Tuesday 1st March 

Bellmoor - A single early migrant (or wintering?) Chiffchaff (JW) was located at 14.00pm today and was noted fly-catching and the soft 'huweet huweet' call was heard, also nearby were 3 male Goosander. Bellmoor Lake - Up to 7 Great Crested Grebe and a pair of Goosander. (J.Wilkins)

MARCH

Sunday 27th February

The 'redhead' Smew has once again been refound on Chainbridge Pit having not been seen since the 15th February?

Chainbridge Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 male Pintail and 4 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Pit - Single 'redhead' SMEW (PCo) and 3 Goosander. Cross Lane Marsh - Four Goosander. Clayworth Common - Two Buzzard and 7 Whooper Swan. Neatholme Scrape - Single male Pintail. (P.Cottam)

Friday 25th February

Neatholme Fen - Single Curlew present. Chainbridge Pit - An impressive 26 Goosander roosted here. (A.Davenport,R.Doan)

Thursday 24th February - LBC Annual General Meeting

A bright and sunny early spring day was enjoyed by many and some were rewarded with the sighting of a adult female Marsh Harrier that moved south west over the site.

Neatholme Pit - A single adult female MARSH HARRIER (PCa,CK,JK,MW) flew south west at 13.00pm and 1 Red-legged Partridge was on the large island. Neatholme Fen - The same single adult female MARSH HARRIER (TT,VG) was noted over hear, also 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Scrape - Four Whooper Swan were noted mid morning before flying to join other swans at Mattersey Common, also here 1 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 male Pintail. Parish Park - Up to 8 Red-crested Pochard (including 5 males) still present, 2 Treecreeper, c70 Siskin, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Green Woodpecker. Linghurst Wood - Single Treecreeper noted. Mattersey Common - Up to 27 Whooper Swans and the single adult BEWICK'S SWAN (PCa,CK,JK,MW) still present. Blaco - Up to 6 Buzzard were noted here today (five birds in the air at 12.30pm) ranging from Linghurst Wood to Blaco Pits, also 5 Oystercatcher. Windsurf Pit - Four Goosander noted. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two male Pintail, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 LITTLE EGRET and up to 5 Snipe. Cross Lane Marsh - Single LITTLE EGRET and 2 Goosander. Clayworth Common - Single Barn Owl at 6.10pm hunting the spoil mounds just north of the lane. Hayton Common - Single Meadow Pipit north with c20 Skylark. Tiln North GP's - Single LITTLE EGRET present in the main drain at dusk, 1 PEREGRINE (TT,VG), c250 Stock Doves and up to 3 Buzzard. Lound Village - One possibly two NUTHATCH (GH) still at feeders in garden by war memorial. (P.Cadman,C.King,J.King.M.Warne,G.Hobson,T.Tomlinson,V.Giles)

Wednesday 23rd February

Clayworth Common - Single STONECHAT (PJF)  viewable distantly on fenceposts from riverside track opposite end of Cross Lane, also 150+ Golden Plover. Hayton Common - Two Barn Owls hunting over common. Neatholme Scrape - 40+ Goldeneye, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Redshank. Lound Village - Single NUTHATCH (PJF) still coming to feeders in garden by war memorial. (P.J.Freeman,P.Cadman,I.Hunt)

Tuesday 22nd February

Clayworth Common - c1500+ Lapwing, c400 Golden Plover and 1 Pink-footed Goose. (P.J.Freeman)

Monday 21st February

Neatholme Scrape - Two Dunlin. Parish Park - Up to 8 Red-crested Pochard including 5 males. Linghurst Wood - Single Willow Tit, Treecreeper and Goldcrest amongst the tit flock. Mattersey Common - Single Buzzard. Wildgoose Farm - Single Tawny Owl. (P.Cadman)

Sunday 20th February

The single wintering Bewick's Swan remains loyal to the Whooper Swan herd and they seem to favour Chainbridge NR Scrape for overnight roosting over Blaco which is much nearer to their preferred feeding fields on Mattersey Common north of The Willows.

Blaco - A party of 25 Golden Plover and 2 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Lane - A part of 75+ Goldfinch near the Horse Paddocks near the village. Chainbridge NR Scrape - A party of now 27 Whooper Swan and 1 BEWICK'S SWAN (AS) flew from the scrape towards Mattersey Common at 7.36am, also 1 LITTLE EGRET. Windsurf Pit - Two pair of Goosander noted. Chainbridge Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET and 3 Oystercatcher. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard, 1 LITTLE EGRET and 16 Golden Plover. Hayton Common - Single LITTLE EGRET flew north over common and settled in Tiln North GP's. Neatholme Scrape - Three Ringed Plover flew in from the south then high NE and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Wildgoose Farm - Single Coal Tit in tit flock, 1 Tree Sparrow with Yellowhammer and Reed Buntings, 1 Buzzard and 1 Tawny Owl at usual roost site. (P.Cadman,I.Hunt,A.Shooter,S.Allen)

Thursday 17th February

Blaco - Four Pink-footed Geese and 5 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 Redshank and 1 Oystercatcher.  Clayworth Common - Single Pink-footed Goose, 2 Golden Plover with 80 Lapwings. Hayton Common - Two Barn Owl hunting common near Tiln North GP's. Mattersey Common - Single Buzzard. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET, 30 Golden Plover with 200 Lapwing moving north, 4 Oystercatcher and 1 Grey Partridge. Parish Park - Two Goldcrest in large tit flock. Wildgoose Farm - Two Little Owl and 1 Tawny Owl in usual areas, 3 Tree Sparrow and 1 Buzzard. The Willows - Single Buzzard and 1 male BRAMBLING with good numbers of Yellowhammer and Chaffinch. (P.Cadman,J.King,M.Warne,N.Braund)

Tuesday 15th February

Blaco - Single adult BEWICK'S SWAN (PCa) with 26 Whooper Swans still, also 4 Pink-footed Goose and 3 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Linghurst Wood - Single Goldcrest with Long-tailed Tits. Parish Park - Single Goldcrest and Redpoll. Neatholme Fen - Three Oystercatcher. Neatholme Scrape - Single 'redhead' SMEW (PCa) with Goldeneye. Wildgoose Farm - Single Tawny Owl and 2 Grey Partridge. The Willows - A single female Sparrowhawk was observed down to 10ft having just caught and killed a Jay.  (P.Cadman,D.Housman)

Monday 14th February

Neatholme Fen - Single Oystercatcher, 5 Shelduck, 1 female Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Bullfinch. Blaco - A herd of 26 Whooper Swans still, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Oystercatcher and c300 Fieldfare. The Willows - A pair of BRAMBLING (CC), 32 Linnet, c30 Yellowhammer, c20 Reed Buntings, c50 Chaffinch, c30 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 28 Fieldfare and 2 Grey Partridge. Neatholme Scrape - Single Redshank and 4 Shelduck. Chainbridge Lane - Single Mistle Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel and 1 Bullfinch. Chainbridge N R Scrape - Single Dunlin, c1000 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 20 Golden Plover and 14 Shelduck. Chainbridge Pit - Two pair of Goosander, 3 Oystercatcher and 8 Goldeneye. Walters Lane Pit - Up to 8 Oystercatchers. River Idle - Single Goosander. (T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,C.Cornish,J.Simpson)

Sunday 13th February - WeBS/Bird Count Day

Blaco - 25 Whooper Swan (Inc 4 juveniles) were present with 1 adult BEWICK'S SWAN (KW) this morning and c750 Lapwing were also present. Wildgoose Farm - 55 Golden Plover, 214 Fieldfare and 7 Red-legged Partridge. Neatholme Fen - Single probable adult CASPIAN GULL (RSc) briefly between 12.00 and 12.15pm before it flew off over Linghurst Wood, also here 10 Shelduck, 3 Oystercatcher, c1000 Lapwing flew over, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 Grey Partridge and 3 Bullfinch. Linghurst Wood/Parish Park area - Single Green Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 20 Siskin and up to 7 Bullfinch. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET present. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 4 Oystercatchers here today. Cross Lane Marsh - Single LITTLE EGRET and 2 Little Grebe. The Willows - Single male BRAMBLING (PCa,IH), 1 Redwing, 12 Yellowhammer and 6 Reed Bunting. Clayworth Common - Two Buzzard, 2 Kestrel and 1 Grey Partridge. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 Dunlin, 10 Shelduck, 6 Pintail (inc 5 males), 374 Wigeon, 330 Lapwing, 3 Goosander, 2 Great Crested Grebe and at 17.20 at least 20 Whooper Swan were present in roost. Chainbridge Pit - Single 'redhead' SMEW (RSc) still present, 4 Oystercatcher, up to 9 Goosander and 3 Great Crested Grebe. Walters Lane Pit - Single PEREGRINE (RDo) and 1 Ringed Plover. Bellmoor Lake - Up to 9 Goosander, 1 Snipe and 1 Oystercatcher. Hallcroft Fishing Complex - Single Goldcrest and 32 Pied Wagtail. (P.Cadman,I.Hunt,R.Doan,R.Scott,K.Wilson,A.Shooter) 

Recently taken image of the adult Bewick's Swan (bird sat) with an adult Whooper Swan at Blaco. Note the shape and structure difference on necks of either bird! (Courtesy of Ken Wilson)

Saturday 12th February

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Treecreeper in hedgerow at southern end and 2 male Pintail. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard and 2 Grey Partridge. Hayton Common - Single LITTLE EGRET and 4 Grey Partridge. Cross Lane Marsh - Single WOODCOCK (PJF) and 1 Snipe. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET present. Neatholme Lane - Single Goldcrest in hawthorne. Neatholme Pit - Single Curlew heard calling. The Willows - Two Tree Sparrows on feeders. Lound Village - Single NUTHATCH (PJF) still visiting feeders in garden by war memorial. (P.Cadman,A.Shooter,D.Parmenter,P.J.Freeman) 

Local News - In Bawtry at group of 30 WAXWING were noted today near the truck yard on Doncaster Road. (news via S.Davenport)

Friday 11th February

Chainbridge Pit - Single 'redhead' SMEW (PJF) still present, 8 Goosander, 10 Goldeneye, 1 Oystercatcher and 1 Great Crested Grebe. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single BEWICK'S SWAN (MW) at 7.50am with 8 Whooper Swan but all flew to Mattersey Common at 8.05am, also here 2 Pintail, 1 Oystercatcher, 25+ Golden Plover over here and 1 LITTLE EGRET.Walter's Lane - Up to 3 Buzzard on thermals this morning. Hayton Common - Single Barn Owl, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Buzzards circling together high over and an impressive c300 Stock Dove. Parish Park - Single Goldcrest at sewage works. Blaco - Single Buzzard. Bellmoor Lake - 16 Goosander, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Buzzard and 32 Long-tailed Tit. (P.J.Freeman,M.Warne,S.Davenport)

Wednesday 9th February
No news reported today. 

 

Red-crested Pochard - Male taking flight, Lound, February 2011 (Courtesy of Mike Vickers)

Tuesday 8th February

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET in SW corner of pit and presumed same bird as Windsurf Pit later, also 2 Goosander, 2 male Pintail, 6 Shelduck, 1 Green Woodpecker and 3 Redshank. Chainbridge Wood NR - c50 Linnets present. Chainbridge Pit - Single 'redhead' SMEW (PCo) still present, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Buzzard and up to 14 Goosander. Clayworth Common - Up to 3 Buzzard including a bird feeding on a dead gull, 2 Golden Plover flew south, 1 Barn Owl at 15.50pm and 17.30pm, 1 Pink-footed Goose and 3 Grey Partridge. Cross Lane Marsh - Up to 2 LITTLE EGRET present here today and a WOODCOCK (RG) was flushed from the southern edge by the river. Neatholme Scrape - Two male Pintail, 10 Shelduck, 26 Goldeneye and 1 Buzzard. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET present and 1 Redshank. Neatholme Lane - Three male Bullfinch. Parish Park - Single Treecreeper , 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Redpoll, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Neatholme Fen - Single Oystercatcher, 24 Goldeneye, 7 Red-legged Partridge and 6 Shelduck. Blaco - Single Little Owl, 3 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Buzzard and 14 Fieldfare. Wildgoose Farm - Two Little Owl, 1 Tawny Owl, 5 Grey Partridge and 3 Red-legged Partridge. Mattersey Common - Up to 8 Whooper Swan. Bellmoor - c10 Siskin, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Green Woodpecker. Bellmoor Pit - 19 Goosander and 1 Oystercatcher. (D.Read,P.Cottam,T.Tomlinson,V.Giles,M.Warne,R.Goatley,P.Cadman,D.Roberts)

Monday 7th February

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET and 9 Shelduck.Chainbridge Pit - No sign of the Smew in very windy conditions, also 11 Goosander and a pair of Red-crested Pochard. Cross Lane Marsh - Single LITTLE EGRET. Clayworth Common - Three Whooper Swan noted. (R.Stevens)

Local News - At Daneshill LNR today a single RAVEN flew NW over the main car part and calling loundly a 11.45am. (R.Doan)

 Great Tit - Adult bird showing a deformed 'extra long' upper mandibill in the hedgerow opposite the Windsurf Pit at Lound, 1st February 2011 (Courtesy of Ian Sexton)

Click here to go to the BTO web site which gives more information on deformities in wild birds.

Sunday 6th February

Chainbridge Pit - Two SMEW (PCa,IH) still present in SW corner at 9.00am and 1 LITTLE EGRET in Willows at southern end. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Whooper Swan early morning, 1 LITTLE EGRET, c20 Shelduck and at dusk a mixed flock of c2000 ground roosting corvids but mainly consisting of Rook and Jackdaw. Chainbridge Lane - Two COMMON 'MEALY' REDPOLL (AS,PL) in with c15 Redpoll feeding on ground near metal 5 bar gate opposite Tarmac Works, also 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Neatholme Lane - Single female MERLIN (PCa,IH) flew west along the lane at 11.15am. Clayworth Common - Single juvenile/female MERLIN (GH) at 3.30pm chasing Skylarks, 1 LITTLE EGRET in main drain and 3 Golden Plover flew over. Hayton Common - Four Whooper Swan present with c40 Mute Swan at 3.00pm. Mattersey Common - Twenty Whooper Swan (inc 4 juveniles) present at dusk with 110 Mute Swan but no sign of the adult BEWICK'S SWAN although it had been present a short time ealier (DT) but two walkers crossing the common off the right of way had recently flushed some of the swans. River Idle - Single male Goosander flew north. Cross Lane Marsh - Three Heron, 1 male Goosander and c45 Cormorant. Water Ski Pit - A pair of Goosander. Wildgoose Farm - single Tawny Owl in usual area. Bellmoor Lake - Two Oystercatcher. (A.Shooter,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,G.Hobson,D.Tinker,P.Lee)
 
Saturday 5th February
 
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Whooper Swans present at 3.30pm. Clayworth Common - Up to 17 Whooper Swan (inc 3 Juveniles) and 1 BEWICK'S SWAN (NB) were joined by 2 more Whooper Swan which flew in  at 4.00pm. These birds then flew to roost on Chainbridge NR Scrape at 4.30pm and gave good views from the western viewpoint. (N.Braund)

Friday 4th February

No reports as at 10.30pm. Probably because of the poor weather today?

Thursday 3rd February

Neatholme Fen - Single PEREGRINE (RSt) over and 1 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Pit - Single LITTLE EGRET and 1 Redshank. Wildgoose Farm - Single Sparrowhawk. Neatholme Fen - Single 'very pale' Buzzard over. Linghurst Wood - Single Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, a pair of Pintail, 1 Redsahank, 1 Oystercatcher and 1 Kestrel. Chainbridge Pit - The pair of SMEW (RSt) still present and 10 Goosander. Hayton/Clayworth Common - Single PEREGRINE (RSt), 26 Whooper Swans (inc 4 juvs), 1 adult BEWICK'S SWAN (DRe) again, 1 'typical' Buzzard and 54 Fieldfares. Walter's Lane Pit - Two Pink-footed Geese flew over and a count of 528 Lapwings was notable. (R.Stevens,D.Read,R.Goatley)

Wednesday 2nd February

Neatholme Scrape - Single PEREGRINE (MW) over scrape at 12.45pm which flushed everything off the pit. Chainbridge NR Scrape - A total of 23 Whooper Swans and 1 BEWICK'S SWAN (RD) roosting on scrape and giving good close views from Western Viewpoint at 17:00pm, also Whooper Swan noted on Clayworth Common. Lound Sewage Works - Single Goldcrest. The Willows - Single BRAMBLING (MW) present. Hayton Common - Single Buzzard over.  (R.Doan,M.Warne)

Tuesday 1st February

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Dunlin and 2 Redshank. Chainbridge  Pit - Single redhead SMEW (PCo,RSt) but no sign of the male, also 1 female Goosander. Clayworth Common - Single TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE (PCo,RSt,MV), the bird being on its own in the field opposite Cross Lane at 10.30am, but was unfortunately flushed by a horse & rider. Later in the day at 3.00pm Ian Cowgill whilst looking for the reported Tundra Bean Goose located a single Pink-footed Goose in the same field where the Tundra Bean Goose had been observed this am. He photographed it and has since compared photo's of this Pink-footed Goose with Mike Vicker's Tundra Bean Goose pics and to him they are clearly two different individuals and agrees that the bird observed this morning is a Tundra Bean Goose. Also here, 6 Whooper Swan over south 1 Barn Owl crossed Chainbridge Lane, and 6 Grey Partridge. The Willows - at least 1 BRAMBLING (PCo,RSt) with mixed flock of finches, Tree Sparrows & Yellowhammers. (P.Cottam,R.Stevens,R.Goatley,I.Cowgill)
 
 
 Tundra Bean Goose (Anser fabalis rossicus) - Single in flight, Clayworth Common, 1st February 2011 (Photo courtesy of Mike Vickers) 

FEBRUARY 

Monday 31st January

Bellmoor Lake - Single adult male PEREGRINE (DRe) over west at midday, also here 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Goldcrest. Bunker Wood - A small flock of c10 Siskin present. Tiln Gravel Pit - Single Buzzard. Tin North GP's - Single adult male PEREGRINE (DRe) (presumed same bird as earlier) flew in and landed at edge of pit at 2.00pm and began to preen. Chainbridge Pit - Single Green Woodpecker. Parish Park - c80 Siskin, 20 Redpoll and 3 Bullfinch. Neatholme Fen - Single Green Sandpiper, 3 Redshank and 7 Shelduck. Neatholme Lane - Single WOODCOCK (TT,VG,KW,CF) on Water Ski Pit side of lane. Blaco - c300 Pinkfeet over NW at 10.30am. The Willows - Single male BRAMBLING (TT,VG,KW,CF), 50 Linnet, 40 Yellowhammer and 40 Chaffinch. Clayworth Common - Having been missing for one day there were again 10 Whooper Swan (inc 4 juv) present, also 8 Grey Partridge and 1 Buzzard. Chainbridge Pit - The pair of SMEW (TT,VG,KW,CF,JP) were again noted today. Chainbridge NR Srape - 1 Dunlin, 2 male Pintail and 10 Shelduck.(D.Read,J.Parker,T.Tomlinson,V.Giles,K.Wilson,C.Forsyth)

Smew - Male, Chainbridge Pit, February 2011 (Photo courtesy of MikeVickers)

Sunday 30th January - New Year Bird Walk

An reasonable turn out for todays walk with several interesting birds noted, highlights including the pair of Smew, up to 3 Brambling and Little Egret. Thank you to everyone who attended the walk and it was good to see new faces who have joined the club previously. We really appreciated your company and hope you all enjoyed the morning. If there is anything I have ommitted from the following bird notes please advise.

Chainbridge Pit - The pair of SMEW still present today, also 2 Goosander over, 2 Redshank and 1 Snipe flew over mid afternoon. Chainbridge Lane - Around 6 Redpoll near river bridge, 30+ Long-tailed Tit and 5 Great Tit. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET flew off north early morning, up to 12 Pintail present, c10 Shelduck, 1 Heron and c30 Shoveler. Hayton Common - Single Barn Owl late afternoon. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard and Barn Owl early noted morning. The Wilows - Up to 3 BRAMBLING noted around feeders at midday, also c50 Yellowhammer, 2 Tree Sparrows, 1 Song Thrush and small numbers of Reed Bunting and Greenfinch. Mattersey Common - Single Buzzard but no sign of any Whooper Swans today. Blaco - A flock of several hundred Greylags containing at least 2 Pink-footed Geese and 1 Kestrel. Neatholme Pit - Single Heron and c10 Goldeneye. Neatholme Scrape - Single male Pintail. Neatholme Lane - Two Jays, c20 Long-tailed Tit and a WOODCOCK (IC) noted today. Neatholme Fen - Up to 5 Shelduck, 1 Heron and a few large gull sp at midday but no sign of any white-winged gulls. Walter's Farm - c50 Collared Dove at farm. Doughty's Farm - Single female Kestrel. Bellmoor Lake - Single 1st-winter MEDITTERANEAN GULL (DHu) this morning with no sign by early afternoon, also here were c800 Common Gull, c300 Black-headed Gull, 17 Goosander and 1 Grey Wagtail flew over. Lound Village - No sign of the Nuthatch on feeders this morning. At the main crossroads on the Mattersey to Sutton road this afternoon a female Blackbird bearing a ring was found dead. (A.Shooter,G.Hobson,I.Cowgill,D.Hursthouse and all the participants on the walk this morning)

Saturday 29th January

Blaco - A flock of 54 Pink-footed Geese flew NW. Neatholme Fen - An un-identified immature 'White-winged' Gull  sp flew east heading towards Clayworth Common at 12.05pm (AS). Clayworth Common - 14 birds flew over here today and a part of 19 Grey Partridge were present. Cross Lane Fen - Three LITTLE EGRET present. Chainbridge Pit - The pair of SMEW (PCa,AS) were again noted in the SW corner today, also 3 Redshank and 1 Oystercatcher flew north. Mattersey Common - 12 Whooper Swan (inc 3 immatures) flushed from here today and were then seen flying west over Neatholme Pit then later on Chainbridge NR Scrape. Neatholme Pit - Single PEREGRINE (PCa,DRe,DP) was noted first near Wildgoose Farm then over here. Neatholme Scrape - Three Redshank. The Willows - Two BRAMBLING (PCa,DRe,DP) and 2 Tree Sparrow around feeders. Parish Park - Single Tawny Owl again and 6 Redpoll and 2 Goldcrest nearby. (P.CadmanD.Parmenter,D.Read,A.Shooter)

Friday 28th January

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Goosander. Wildgoose Farm - Single Tawny Owl and Little Owl in usual places and 3 Redwing. Blaco - juvenile/female PEREGRINE (PCo) bathing, 26 Whooper Swan flew off onto Mattersey Common & were lost to view, 6 Pink footed Geese, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Buzzard and 3 Fieldfare. Neatholme Fen - Female Sparrowhawk.
(P.Cottam)

Thursday 27th January

Chainbridge Pit - Single male SMEW (PJF) still present and 1 Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge NR Scrape - A pair of Pintail and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Neatholme Pit - Single Snipe, 1 Redshank and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Mattersey Common - Single BEWICK'S SWAN (PJF) and 27 Whooper Swan (inc 4 immatures). Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard over here and Chainbridge Wood NR. Neatholme Lane - A count of 56 Yellowhammer and 1 Tree Sparrow at the village end of lane and 9 Bullfinch noted. Wildgoose Farm - Single Tawny Owl and 1 Tree Sparrow. Linghurst Wood - Single Treecreeper and Coal Tit. Parish Park - Two Tawny Owls noted in a day roost. Walter's Lane (Sheep Fields) - Single Redshank and 4 Grey Partridge. The Willows - Single BRAMBLING (PCa), 30 Yellowhammer, 5 Tree Sparrow, 4 Grey Partridge, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Buzzard. Lound - Single NUTHATCH (PJF) at feeders in garden by war memorial. A total of 48 Goldeneye on various pits
(P.J.Freeman,D.Read,P.Cadman)
 
Wednesday 26th January

Chainbridge Pit - Single Male SMEW (RG) still present. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Pintail, 18 Shelduck, c50 Linnet by river, 2 Goldeneye and 3 Goosander. Cross Lane Marsh - Single LITTLE EGRET, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Kestrel. Neatholme Pit - 10 Goldeneye and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Mattersey Common - Single BEWICK'S SWAN (RG), 23 Whooper Swan, 1 Kestrel, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Skylark, 1 Buzzard, c50 Fieldfare, 1 Reed Bunting and c200 Rook. The Clayworth Common - Single Pink-footed Goose. Willows - c30 Yellowhammer, c20 Greenfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, c30 Linnet, 1 Kestrel, 2 Tree Sparrows and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (R.Goatley,M.Warne,P.J.Freeman)

Tuesday 25th January

Thanks to Phil Cadman for investigating the neck-collared Pink-footed Goose and to Kevin Gould and David Williams of the Sheffield Bird Study Group who provided Phil with extensive details and advice. A brief overview of this birds recent movements is also provided below.

Bellmoor Lake - 180 Pink-footed Geese flew NW at 10.15am. Chainbridge Pit - Both the male and redhead SMEW (DE,RSt) were still present today, also, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Pintail and 110 Pink-footed Geese over NW at 13.00pm. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Willow Tit calling from wood. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two LITTLE EGRET present, 1 Curlew over SW and 1 Dunlin present late afternoon. Cross Lane Marsh - Four Goosander. Mattersey/Clayworth Common - Single BEWICK'S SWAN (PCo,RSt) with 26 Whooper Swan (inc 4 juveniles) at 11.00am on Common opposite Blaco, also 1 Pink footed Goose, 9 Golden Plover, 8 Grey Partridge and 1 Buzzard. The Willows - Single BRAMBLING (PCa,DRo) flew towards Neatholme Lane, c70 Linnet, c10 Yellowhammer, 2 Tree Sparrow and 1 Buzzard. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 7 Pink-footed Geese including a bird with a white neck collar with the code M65. This bird was also noted at Orgreave Lakes, Near Rotherham on 31st December 2010 and previous to that it was recorded two days earlier at Pikesyl, Friesland, in the Netherlands click here on the 29th December 2010. This goose has quite a long history of sightings in the eastern north sea bordering countries of Norway, Denmark, Belgium and Netherlands as far back as March 2009. (D.Evans,P.Cottam,R.Stevens,P.Cadman,D.Roberts,M.Warne,S.Branch)

Monday 24th January

One or two Meditteranean Gulls reported today and two 'fresh in' adult Bewick's Swan which roamed around with Whooper Swans from Blaco & Mattersey Common. The male Smew was still present but no sign of the redhead.

Bellmoor Lake - Single 1st-winter MEDITTERANEAN GULL (JW) at 11.00am with c500 Common Gulls and a pair of Grey Wagtail near the weir on the river.  Walter's Lane Pit - Single MEDITTERANEAN GULL (DHo) present at 10.00am and a LITTLE EGRET on the nearby Bluebell Fishing Lake. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET, 11 Shelduck and 6 Pintail. Chainbridge Pit - Single adult BEWICK'S SWAN (DHo) with 12 Whooper Swan here at 10.20am, also here the male SMEW (PJF) still present, 6 Pintail and and 2 Red-crested Pochard. Cross Lane Marsh - Single LITTLE EGRET and 4 Goosander. Blaco - Single adult BEWICK'S SWAN (PCa) flew from here to Clayworth/Mattersey Common at 11.20am, also single PEREGRINE (TT,VG,KW), 70 Fieldfare and 2 Buzzard. Mattersey Common - Two adult BEWICK'S SWAN (DRe,TT,VG,KW) with up to 26 Whooper Swan (inc 4 immatures). Clayworth Common - Up to 81 Fieldfare near The Willows and a Great Spotted Woodpecker noted over the common. Neatholme Scrape - Six Pintail and 4 Pink-footed Geese. Parish Park - 45 Siskin, 4 Bullfinch, 20 Yellowhammer. A count of 1100 Wigeon, and 250 Gadwall were recorded on all pits. (D.Housman,P.Cadman,J.Wilkins,D.Read,P.J.Freeman,T.Tomlinson,V.Giles,K.Wilson)

Bewick's Swan - Adult, Chainbridge Pit, 24th January 2011 (Photo courtesy of Daz Housman)

Sunday 23rd January

Bellmoor Lake - Single first-winter MEDITTERANEAN GULL (AS,DR,DHo) present with c400 Black-headed Gull and c500 Common Gull from 10.30am. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single LITTLE EGRET present, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Redshank. Chainbridge Lane - Up to 6 Bullfinch and a Redpoll. Chainbridge Pit - a pair of SMEW (PCo,RSt,MW) though flighty at times, also a pair Pintail, a pair of Red-crested Pochard, 2 pair of Goosander and 9 Grey Partridge. Clayworth Common - Single Kestrel. Hayton Common - c50 Fieldfare, c30 Yellowhammer a a Buzzard over. Neatholome Pit - Single MARSH HARRIER (DHo) noted here at 11.15am. Neatholme Lane - Fieldfare noted. Linghurst Wood - Single Goldcrest and Song Thrush. Wildgoose Farm - Single WOODCOCK (MW) over farm at 17.00pm and a Barn Owl was heard calling. (A.Shooter,D.Read,D.Housman,P.Cottam,R.Stevens,M.Warne)

Saturday 22nd January

Chainbridge Pit - Both the male and 'redhead' SMEW (GH) were still present from 8.30am but the 'redhead' was not seen between 10.30 and 2.00pm at least, also here 14 adult Whooper Swan flew east at 10.30, 9 Pintail at 10.30am, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 300 Wigeon, 1 Redshank and a single BRAMBLING (GH) flew west along Chainbridge Lane with Chaffinch and later seen in Willows opposite Chainbridge viewpoint. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Great Crested Grebe and 1 Heron an river nearby. Hayton Common - Two LITTLE EGRET together in main drain east of Tiln North GP's and a Buzzard on nearby spoil heaps,. Chainbridge Wood NR - c100 Linnet, 20 Goldfinch and 5 Chaffinch near feeders. The Willows - Single Buzzard perched and c200 Wood Pigeon in a flock. Lound Village - Single Goldcrest in Yew trees in village park and 2 Coal Tit at feeders but no sign of Nuthatch early am, also 10 Lapwing flew east over village. (G,HobsonP.Cadman,A.Shooter)

Friday 21st January

Another drop in overnight temperatures to a recorded -9 degrees celcius at 9.00am this morning has resulted in some pits once again freezing over.

 
Chainbridge Pit - Single male SMEW (DM), 2 newly arrived Oystercatcher, 600 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 12 Shoveler, 40 Teal, 3 Redshank, 1 Sparrowhawk, 20 Goldeneye, 12+ Goosander, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe and 3 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge Wood NR (Feeding Station) -  Two BRAMBLING (DE), 7 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, , 3 Bullfinch, 3 Goldcrest plus 115 Linnet, 24 Chaffinch, c30 Redpoll and 1 COMMON 'MEALY' REDPOLL (DE) in adjacent trees, plus male Sparrowhawk.   Tiln North GP's (New Workings) - c40 Goldfinch. Clayworth Common - Four Grey Partridge. Lound Village - Single NUTHATCH (DRo) on feeders, 8 Redwing and 1 female Sparrowhawk. (D.Evans,D.Mannifield,D.Roberts)

Local News - A group of between 12  Waxwings were this morning feeding on hawthorne at Meadow Lea, Worksop. This number had increased to 50 by mid afternoon before they all flew west. (C.Bell)

Thursday 20th January

Chainbridge Pit - A pair of SMEW (JW,PJF) are now present on this pit, also noted were 1 MERLIN (JW), 1 WOODCOCK (PJF), 6 Goosander, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Red-legged Partridge and c50 Linnet. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 16 Pintail and 15 Shelduck present. (J.Wilkins,P.J.Freeman)

Wednesday 19th January

A male Smew was a new arrival today.

Chainbridge Pit - Single male SMEW (RSt) present today with 7 Goosander and 2 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 18 Pintail (inc 12 males) in western section, 1 LITTLE EGRET, c200 Teal, 1 Redshank, 1 Willow Tit and 8 Shelduck. Chainbridge Wood NR - A group of 36 Linnet noted. Tiln North GP's (New Workings) - Single MERLIN (DHo) present at 1.00pm and 3 Red-legged Partridge. Chainbridge Lane - Single Barn Owl near to Hayton to Clayworth road. Neatholme Lane - Two Bullfinch. Neatholme Fen - Single WOODCOCK (PCa) flushed by a Stoat from the northern edge and 1 Buzzard. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tawny Owls and a Little Owl in the usual areas. Linghurst Wood - Single Treecreeper. Clayworth Common - Two Grey Partridge and 1 Buzzard. (D.Housman,R.Stevens,P.J.Freeman,P.Cadman,K.Wilson)

Tuesday 18th January

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Five Pintail, 1 Snipe, 1 Green Woodpecker and 90 Linnet near the Riverbank by the Wood. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard and Kestrel. Cross Lane Marsh - Single LITTLE EGRET present. Neatholme Scrape - 41 Pink-footed Geese flew north over here and Blaco. Neatholme Pit - Up to 20 Goldeneye. Neatholme Fen - Five Goldeneye. Windsurf Pit - Single Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge Lane - Single Kestrel. Walter's Lane - c15 Redwing near the entrance to Wetlands Reserve. (D.Read)

Monday 17th January

Neatholme Fen - Single adult CASPIAN GULL (RSt) noted at 10.15am with other roosting Herring Gulls. The bird was observed for 10 minutes and a description was made before the bird flew off over Linghurst Wood. (R.Stevens)

Sunday 16th January - WeBS/Bird Count

A second Meditteranean Gull was located at Bellmoor Lake today and the Smew was still present.

 
Bellmoor Lake - Single adult winter MEDITTERANEAN GULL (IC) present at 1.00pm. Neatholme Fen - Single 'redhead' SMEW (DHu,PCo,PCa,DR) still present at 11.20am on the western 'Linghurst Pit' section, 840 Black-headed Gull and 1 Bullfinch. Neatholme Scrape - Two Pink-footed Geese. Neatholme Lane - A pair of Pintail flew over lane, 14 Yellowhammer, 1 Tree Sparrow and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Windsurf Pit - Four female Goosander. Water Ski Pit - A pair of Goosander. Chainbridge Lane - Single female Sparrowhawk over and 2 Bullfinch. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 13 Pintail (inc 7 males) present, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 Heron,1 Buzzard, 484 Wigeon, 106 Teal and 122 Gadwall. Chainbridge Pit - Four Goosander and 7 Goldeneye. Cross Lane - Single Goldcrest and Treecreeper. Blaco - Sixteen Whooper Swan present including 5 juveniles. Clayworth Common - Single adult male MERLIN (AB) present, 1 Barn Owl noted hunting and 3 Buzzard together over common. The Willows - Up to 220 Fieldfare, 100 Redwing, 15 Starling, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 15 Yellowhammer. Cross Lane Marsh - Two LITTLE EGRET 62 Teal and 3 Goosander.
(P.Cottam,I.Cowgill,D.Read,P.Cadman,D.Housman,D.Hursthouse,A.Bell,R.Scott.M.Revill,R.Revill,R.Goatley)
 
Saturday 15th January

We have witnessed an unusually large influx of wildfowl into the site this morning especially of Wigeon and Teal. Added to this a redhead Smew has arrived and up to 9 Pintail. At Bellmoor gull watchers located a 1st-winter Meditteranean Gull.

Neatholme Fen - Single 'redhead' SMEW (GH,IC) located here at 10.20am. Bellmoor Lake - Single 1st-winter MEDITTERANEAN GULL (AS,DR,DH,NH) present from 12.30pm at least, also 18 Goosander there. Neatholme Pit - In a ten munute period an estimated c2000 Wigeon flew over the site having flown over Blaco from the Everton direction so presumably these are displaced birds from the Newington/Misson area. Quite a few of these Wigeon settled on the pits but a lot turned around and headed back NW over Blaco Hill. Neatholme Lane - Single juvenile male Sparrowhawk. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 9 Pintail (including 5 males), c1200-1500 Wigeon during the morning, c100 Shoveler, 190 Teal, 10 Shelduck, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Heron and 30 Lapwing over. Wildgoose Farm - Single Tawny Owl. Blaco - Twenty Whooper Swan in fields at back of pits and c100 Fieldfare in nearby fields. Neatholme Scrape - c25 Goldeneye, c50 Teal, 2 Kestrel and 1 Golden Plover flew west over here. Water Ski Pit - Two pair of Red-crested Pochard, 3 Goosander and c20 Goldeneye. Tiln North GP's - Single LITTLE EGRET flew east. Walter's Lane - c100 Redwing in field west of Wetlands Animal Park. (G.Hobson,,P.J.Freeman,A.Shooter,P.Cadman,I.Cowgill,J.Nyland,D.Housman,N.Housman)

Friday 14th January

Reports submitted to 9.30pm.

Blaco - Single Little Owl  noted today, also Barn Owls were noted twice earlier this week which is encouraging. Chainbridge NR Scrape - an impressive 149 Teal present with 5 Shelduck. Neatholme Fen - Single Curlew at waters edge, calling at 09.05am. (K.Wilson,P.J.Freeman) 

Thursday 13th January

Single Waxwing noted moving through and the Common 'Mealy' Redpoll are still being noted amongst the Redpoll flocks.

Chainbridge Lane - Single COMMON 'MEALY' REDPOLL (DR) with 6 Redpoll on lane opposite Tarmac Works at 9.45am, also a single WAXWING (DR) flew in from the North calling and landed briefly for 30 seconds in the top of tall trees on Chainbridge Lane, again near Tarmac Works, before continuing south at 10.05am. Also along Chainbridge Lane were 2 Stock Dove and a Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge Wood NR - One probably Two COMMON 'MEALY' REDPOLL (DR) with c60 Redpoll in birches bordering Chainbridge Wood NR and the River Idle at 12.30pm. Water Ski Pit - A single drake Pintail. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Now starting to thaw, with a selection of wildfowl including 2 Shelduck and 1 Goosander. Several flocks of Lapwing over various locations totaling c300 birds. Blaco - Single Little Owl, 3 Little Grebe, female Sparrowhawk, 2 female Goosander and a reported probable 'feral' TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE (PCo) with Greylags. (D.Read,P.Cottam)

Local News - At Newington near Bawtry there has apparently been (in the past few days) a few WAXWING coming to feed in a garden near to the small Renualt garage near the turn off to Misson. Please park safely and sensibly if visiting this area and please respect the privacy of residents. (Info supplied by D.Mannifield)

Wednesday 12th January

Still no sign of the Daneshill Iceland Gull which will probably be visiting our recording area. A check at Blaco, Neatholme Fen or Bellmoor Lake would be a good idea? Also, can someone take a look over Clayworth Common to confirm if the two reported Bewick's Swans are still present.

Chainbridge Wood NR - Two COMMON 'MEALY' REDPOLL (RD) feeding alongside c50 Redpoll in Silver Birch in by River Idle, also here a single BRAMBLING (RD) on feeder. Chainbridge Lane - Single COMMON 'MEALY' REDPOLL (PCa) with c60 Redpoll in Silver Birch opposite Tarmac Works, also 1 Green Woodpecker. Clayworth Common - Single Pink-footed Goose with a Greylag Goose. Drakeholes to Clayworth Road - Two Whooper Swans noted in fields over the river with 2 possible BEWICK'S SWANS (DM) also there though very distant. Neatholme Fen - Single LITTLE EGRET flew from ditch nearby. Water Ski Pit - Single male Pintail and 6 Goosander. Wildgoose Farm - Single Tawny Owl in usual area. The Willows - Single Tree Sparrow. Bellmoor Lake - A count of 26 Goosander (including 11 males), 2 Goldcrest, 3 Bullfinch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (P.Cadman,R.Doan,D.Read,D.Mannifield)

Tuesday 11th January

Bellmoor Lake - A count of 23 Goosander (including 9 males) was made. Water Ski Pit - 110 Teal, 1 male Pintail and 27 Goldeneye (including 13 males). Hayton Common - Single LITTLE EGRET (PJF) (D.Read,P.J.Freeman) 

Local News - the first-winter ICELAND GULL (VT,RT) was still present at Daneshill LNR near Torworth early this morning (see photo below) though had moved on before other local birders arrived a little later. (V.Theaker,R.Theaker) For those with keen eyes take a close look at the photo and you will see that the Coot behind the Iceland Gull has a disabled right foot!

 

Iceland Gull - Daneshill LNR, 11th January 2011 (Photo courtesy of Racheal Theaker)

Monday 10th January

Single Bittern again and a single Common 'mealy' Redpoll with Redpoll flock again along Chainbridge Lane. After the recent spell of Merlin records a bird noted on Mattersey Road obviously indicates the bird in now hunting a wider area.

Windsurf Pit - Single BITTERN (PJF) still present in wooded area just north of pit. Lound to Mattersey Road - Single female MERLIN (MV) in fields west road half way between villages. Chainbridge Lane - Single COMMON 'MEALY' REDPOLL (TT,VG,KW) with 25 Redpoll. Clayworth Common - Two Whooper Swan, 1 Pink-footed Goose and 30 Lapwing. Mattersey Common - A party of 10 Whooper Swans flew high NW at 11.00am. Blaco - A party of 8 Whooper Swans (inc 3 juvs), 1 Shelduck, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 male Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard and 15 Lapwing. Water Ski Pit - An excellent count of 27 Goldeneye and 1 Shelduck. (M.Vickers,T.Tomlinson,V.Giles,K.Wilson)

Local News - Richard Doan has today located and identified a first-winter ICELAND GULL at Daneshill LNR near Torworth. Click here for further info and images he took of the bird.

Sunday 9th January

The Bittern was again noted in the same area and both Merlin and Peregrine were around.

Neatholme Fen - Single PEREGRINE (PCa,IH) took prey possibly a Snipe from side of fen then flew high SE over Neatholme Scrape at 11.30am. Neatholme Lane - Single Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper 10 Siskin and 2 Bullfinch. Windsurf Pit - Single BITTERN (PCo,RSt,AS,DR) showing well in small pools north of here between 1.30 - 3.30pm, also nearby were 1 Sparrowhawk displaying, 1 Willow Tit, 15 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Redpoll and 1 Buzzard over. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tawny Owls. Water Ski Pit - Single male Pintail, 18 Goldeneye, 2 Buzzard (including a pale bird), 45 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 32 Teal and 6 Cormorant. Blaco - A total of 20 Whooper Swan, 8 Grey Partridge, 1 Mistle Thrush and 1 Buzzard. Clayworth Common - Single female MERLIN (PCo,RSt,PCa,IH) noted on spoil heaps near the New Workings at 12.15pm initially with small 'bird' prey item but was also seen eating worms from a nearby field, also here 1 LITTLE EGRET. Lound Village - Single NUTHATCH (PCa,IH) coming to feeders in garden by war memorial and 18 Redwing noted here. Bellmoor Lake - Up to 13 Goosander today along with 336 Common Gull. (P.Cottam,R.Stevens,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,A.Shooter,V.Giles,D.Roberts)

Saturday 8th January

An excellent days birding for all with Bittern noted again, two different Peregrine, a Merlin and a flock of 15 Waxwing observed moving through the site.

River Idle - A flock of c15 WAXWING (IC) were seen to fly from a Willow towards Cross Lane and the Water Ski Pit at midday. Clayworth Common - Single adult PEREGRINE (RSt) sat on the deck in new quarry at 10.15am before it flew to Tiln and again over Clayworth Common at 2.25pm (PJF). Windsurf Pit - Single BITTERN (IH) in small pools north of pit at 2.30pm, 1 immature PEREGRINE (RSt) over here at 1.15pm and 4 Goosander. Chainbridge Lane - Single male MERLIN (RSt) flew from here towards Clayworth Common at 10.30am. Bellmoor Lake - Five Goosander, 30+ Teal, 20 Lapwing, 2 Bullfinch, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 20 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing and 1 Skylark. Doughty's Pit - Single Lesser Canada Goose with small Canada Goose flock, 1 Sparrowhawk and 2 Pochard. Walter's Farm - Single Mistle Thrush, 20 Chaffinch and 10 Teal. Cross Lane - Up to 7 Bullfinch. Neatholme Lane - Single Kestrel. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tawny Owl and 5+ Tree Sparrow. Blaco - Two Little Owl in usual area,3 Little Grebe, 150+ Wigeon, 30 Herring Gull, 50 Great Black-backed Gull and 10+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Water Ski Pit - Single immature PEREGRINE (TT,DR) briefly at 1.00pm and 5 Goldeneye. Chainbridge NR Wood - Eight Redpoll, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Willow Tit. Cross Lane Marsh - Single LITTLE EGRET present. (G.Hobson,D.Housman,I.Cowgill,P.J.Freeman,T.Tomlinson,I.Hunt, R.Stevens,D.Read,J.Nyland)

Friday 7th January

Bellmoor Lake - Up to 10 Goosander present here today. (D.Read)
  
Thursday 6th January
 
The presumed same Bittern last seen on December 31st 2010 was relocated and photographed today on the Windsurf Pit.  The remains of a second Barn Owl has been found today along the River Idle at Bellmoor.
 
Windsurf Pit - Single BITTERN (PJF,DR,RSt,PCa,IC) present from 12.20pm til 13.30pm. Hayton Common - Single MERLIN (PJF) present and perched in small tree from 14.30pm to 15.00pm viewable from Chainbridge Lane. Clayworth Common - Having been seen at Blaco earlier today 18 Whooper Swan were then present at north end along with 1 Redshank, 2 Buzzard and 1 LITTLE EGRET. Lound Village - Single NUTHATCH (DR) near crossroads. Chainbridge Lane - 60+ Goldfinch in horse paddocks. Water Ski Pit - A count of 26 Goldeneye noted. Neatholme Lane - Pair of Bullfinch. Cross Lane - Single Bullfinch. Blaco - 20 Whooper Swan (including 3 juveniles) present today and later at north end of Clayworth Common. Single male Pintail. Bunker Wood - Single Buzzard and 1 Goldcrest. Hallcroft Fishery - Single Grey Wagtail flew towards Bellmoor Lake. (P.J.Freeman,D.Read,R.Stevens,P.Cadman,I.Cowgill)

Bittern - Windsurf Pit, 6th January 2010 (Photo courtesy of David Read)

Tuesday 4th January
 
The White-fronted Goose in the Tiln/Bellmoor area is thought to be a 1st-winter individual and is clearly not the same bird noted on the Water Ski Pit in late December 2010.
 
Clayworth Common - Single `cream-crowned` MARSH HARRIER (PJF) flew over The Willows & Neatholme Scrape at 13.34pm. Tiln Gravel Pits - Single WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (DRe) with 146 Greylag Geese and a small Canada Goose flock in field on the east bank of the River Idle viewed from the weir near Bellmoor Lake. River Idle - c60 Siskin in alders along river bank. Bellmoor Pit - Six Goosander (inc 3 males). Bunker Wood - Single female Sparrowhawk. Lound village - Single NUTHATCH (PJF) at feeders in garden by war memorial again. (P.J.Freeman,D.Read)
 
Monday 3rd January
 
Bellmoor Lake - Single WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (PJF) noted briefly but dissapeared. Blaco - Up to 8 Whooper Swan (including 3 juveniles) present, 1 juvenile/female MARSH HARRIER (TT,VG,KW) moving north over 3rd lake and 2 Buzzard, 1 Little Owl and 1 Green Woodpecker. Parish Park area - 1 male Sparrowhawk, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 25 Redwing and 20 Fieldfare. Linghurst Wood - Single Treecreeper with Long-tailed Tit flock. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tawny Owl, 1 Little Owl, 1 Buzzard, 15+ Tree Sparrow and 1 Red-legged Partridge. Neatholme Scrape - Single Willow Tit on seedheads on western bank by viewpoint. Neatholme Pit - 10 Grey Partridge present. Water Ski Pit - Single male Pintail, 2 Goosander, 13 Goldeneye, 57 Shoveler and 1 Goldcrest in hedgerow. River Idle - A pair of Goosander. Clayworth Common - Two Whooper Swan (inc 1 juvenile), 123 Mute Swan (inc 18 juveniles), 1 Buzzard and 6 Grey Partridge. Bunker Wood to Tiln - 1 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Coal Tit, 8 Bullfinch, 25 Redpoll, 45 Siskin, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goosander on the river and 1 Little Grebe on the river. Bellmoor Lake - 8 Goosander. (R.Scott,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,T.Tomlinson,V.Giles,P.Cottam,K.Wilson,P.Freeman)

Sunday 2nd January
 
Blaco - Seven Whooper Swan present at 11.00am before flying off towards Clayworth Common. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tawny Owls present, a single Little Owl nearby, 5 Tree Sparrow by farm house and a Buzzard flew over heading towards Linghurst Wood. Chainbridge Wood NR (near River Idle) - A large flock of 225 Linnet present.
Chainbridge Lane - Up to 16 Redpoll present. Cross Lane (Willows/Fishing Lake) Two different individual WOODCOCK (PJF,PCa) were present here including a single that was flushed from fence at eastern edge. (P.J.Freeman,P.Cadman)
 
Saturday 1st January
 
Linghurst Wood - Single Treecreeper and c130 Siskin. Wildgoose Farm - Single BRAMBLING Clayworth Common (North End) - A party of 6 Whooper Swan (including 1 imm). (PJF) present. Lound Village - Single NUTHATCH (PJF) present at crossroads. Water Ski Pit - A group of 6 Goosander, 20 Goldeneye and 105 Shoveler. Bellmoor Pit - A group of 11 Goosander. (P.J.Freeman)

JANUARY 2011

 

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