No sign of yesterday's Brent Goose or Knot throughout the whole day.
Chainbridge Lane - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker and 5 Bullfinch. Sandy Hills - Single Woodcock here this morning. Linghurst Pool - c150 mixed flock of Siskin, Redpoll and Goldfinch in alders on western bank. Linghurst Wood - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel and 2 Bullfinch. Wildgoose Farm - Two Mistle Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Song Thrush and a few Fieldfare. Blaco - Two Great Crested Grebe, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 5 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Kestrel and c30 Wigeon. Linghurst Pit - Single Redshank and 10 Goldeneye. Neatholme Pit - Single Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron and 6+ Goldeneye. Neatholme Scrape - Single Oystercatcher, c20 Cormorant (including a summer 'sinensis' type) and 5+ Goldeneye. River Idle - Single Song Thrush near footbridge. The Willows - Five Yellowhammer, 5 Tree Sparrow, 2 Reed Bunting, 15+ Grey Partridge, 1 Kestrel and 1 Buzzard. Hawthorn Walk - Three Bullfinch and an unusual Great Tit mimicking the call of a Willow Tit. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 9 Redshank and c50 Teal including an odd 'pale' female Teal which appeared to show no speculum patch during a twenty minute observation. Windsurf Pool - Single Grey Heron but nothing else of note. Walters Lane Pit - A few Teal but little more other than small gulls. Sheep Fields (Lower) - Large Greylag and Canada Geese flock which also contained 21 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (MW,GH) and 1 Pink-footed Goose calling, also 1 Golden Plover, c100 Lapwings in area and c20 Starlings. Chainbridge Pit - The 21 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (MW,GH) re-located here, 43 Pink-footed Geese flew west, 7+ Goosander, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 male Sparrowhawk and 2 Goldcrest. Chainbridge (Finger Ponds) - Single Kingfisher heard calling, 5+ Wren and 1 Goosander. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Jay. (M.Warne,G.Hobson,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,T.Carter,B.Hurst,I.Cowgill,P.Cottam)
Saturday 28th January
An excellent record of a Brent Goose on site today and typically it has joined in the large roaming goose flock. Single Knot and up to 7 Short-eared Owls notching up another great days birding.
Clayworth Common - Up to 7 SHORT-EARED OWLS (DHo) noted at 10.55am this morning, also 17 Whooper Swans in a herd of c100 Mute Swans, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrels by river. The Willows - Single Willow Tit, 2 Yellowhammer and 1 Green Woodpecker. Cross Lane Fen - Single Little Egret. Neatholme Scrape - Single 'Dark-bellied' BRENT GOOSE (PL et al) flew into here with a large mixed goose flock from Blaco at 10.20am, the bird remaining here around the large island till at least 12.20pm. Also here, 16 Whooper Swans which flew to Clayworth Common, 3 Pink-footed Geese and 2 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (MW,IC) and 1 Kestrel. Neatholme Pit - Single Grey Heron. Neatholme Fen - Four Goldeneye. Linghurst Wood - Single Treecreeper, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Long-tailed Tit and 3 Goldcrest. Parish Park - Single Green Woodpecker. Sandy Hills - Four Bullfinch and 1 Jay. Sheep Fields - Single BRENT GOOSE (PJF) present here with large goose flock at 13.45pm but flew to Chainbridge Pit at 14.00pm. Chainbridge Pit - Single BRENT GOOSE (PJF) present with up to 20 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (PJF), 4 Pink-footed Geese at 14.10pm and 8 Goosander today. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Three Shelduck, 6 Wigeon, 4 Teal and 2 Goldeneye. Water Ski Pit - Single Jay and 1 Fieldfare. Hawthorn Walk - Single Song Thrush in field, 9 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing and 10 Goldfinch. Windsurf Pool - Single KNOT (AB,PB,RSt,MW,PCa,IH) still present with 3 Redshank and 7 Teal. Walters Lane Pit - Up to 10 Redshank here. Walters Lane - Two Long-tailed Tit. Mattersey Priory/Blaco Area - Single PEREGRINE (DM) and 3 Buzzard here today.(P.Lee,I.Cowgill,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,M.Warne,R.Stevens,P.Bradford,A.Bradford,P.J.Freeman)
Local Bird Sightings
Gringley Carr - Four SHORT-EAREDS OWLS, 2 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Kestrel and c100 Pink-footed Geese flew west. (M.Warne)
Friday 27th January
Water Ski Pit - Four Redshank and a pair of Goosander. Chanbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single KNOT (TT), 8 Redshank, 9 Shelduck and a pair of Goosander. Chainbridge Pit - Two pair of Goosander. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret and c50 Linnet. Doughty's Pit - 205 Gadwall noted today. (T.Tomlinson,D.Evans)
Thursday 26th January
A wintering Chiffchaff was noted at Bellmoor Lake today.
Bellmoor Lake - Single wintering Chiffchaff around the lake margin and up to 8 Goosander here. Linghurst Wood - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Redpoll and 20 Siskin. Parish Park - Canada Geese noted paired and displaying. Wildgoose Farm - c100 Linnet, c100 Greenfinch, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Tree Sparrow, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Jay and 2 Little Egret flew south. Neatholme Fen - Single PEREGRINE (MW,PC) hunting Lapwing over head, 1 Green Woodpecker and 2 Goldeneye. Neatholme Pit - Six Goldeneye. Water Ski Pit - Single Jay. (M.Speck,M.Warne,P.Cadman)
Windsurf Pool - Up to 8 Redshank. Neatholme Lane - Two pairs of Bullfinch and 1 Jay. Neatholme Pit - Two Redshank and 1 Buzzard perched. The Willows - Single Song Thrush and 1 Green Sandpiper in dyke. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard. Bellmoor Lake - There were a few gulls on the deck but the spectacle overhead was amazing with 7,500 Gulls in last hour heading North from the south west of Retford. (P.Cottam,I.Cowgill)
Thursday 12th January
Three Woodcock noted today.
Chainbridge Lane - Two Woodcock flew towards Chainbridge Pit at dusk. Chainbridge NR Scrape - 27 Shoveler. Clayworth Common - Up to 12 Whooper Swans flew towards Cross Lane Marsh late evening. Mattersey Common - Single PEREGRINE (PCa,MW,IH.JK) flew south at 15.45. Neatholme Pit - Single Buzzard perched on hedge, 2 Little Egret and 70 Lapwing over. Sandy Hills - Single Woodcock in woods to the north. Wildgoose Farm - Single Treecreeper, 1 Tawny Owl and 1 Little Egret sat on footpath. Linghurst Pool - Single male PEREGRINE (PCa,MW,IH.JK) flew over NW at 14.15pm. Lound Sewage Works - Single Goldcrest. Bellmoor Pond - 25 Goosander. (J.Parker,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,M.Warne,J.King)
Wednesday 11th January
Still needed on many local bird lists, yet another Red Kite has now been seen, this time a bird noted roosting in a tree on Clayworth Common this evening. There is a good chance it will be around early morning. Best of luck if you go!
Clayworth Commom - Single RED KITE (IC) roosting in a tree on common late afternoon and 16 Whooper Swans with 25 Mute Swans just east of New Restoration area. Chainbridge Pit - Three Goosander, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 5 Goldeneye. Blaco - Single Little Owl, 5 Yellowhammer, 2 Buzzard and 4 Red-legged Partridge. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tree Sparrow, 200 Linnet and 50 Greenfinch. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret and 4 Goldeneye. Neatholme Pit - Six Goldeneye with birds noted displaying again. Neatholme Scrape - Single Buzzard on deck nearby. Windsurf Pool - Up to 9 Redshank. Chainbridge Lane - Single Jay. (I.Cowgill,M.Warne,D.Mannifield)
Tuesday 10th January
A nice male Merlin was observed today.
Chainbridge Pit - Single male MERLIN (MW,PCa) flew from across river and headed west over pit, also here, two Goosander, 6 Goldeneye and 4 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (MW,PCa,IH). Sheep Fields (High Level) - Up to 13 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (MW,PCa) present with 1 'feral' Pink-footed Goose in Greylag flock at midday. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 10 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (MW,PCa) present here early morning. Windsurf Pool - Single Water Rail and up to 9 Redshank. Walter's Lane Pit - Six Reed Bunting feeding closeby. Bunker Wood - Two Coal Tit, 4 Goldcrest and c10 Siskin and c10 Redpoll. Bellmoor Lake - Single Goosander and 1 Buzzard. Tiln Wood - Single Coal Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Redpoll. (M.Warne,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,I.Cowgill)
Another record of Scandinavian Herring Gull, this time photographed by the observer. Also a migrant flock of Whooper Swans noted on Neatholme Scrape.
Monday 9th January
Windsurf Pool - Single adult 'Scandinavian' Herring Gull Larus a argentatus (PH) (see photos and info below) and 7 Redshank. Neatholme Fen - c1200+ Lapwing and 2 Little Egrets. Blaco - Single Buzzard. Neatholme Scrape - A total of 15 Whooper Swan (13 adults, 2 juveniles) and 1 male Pintail. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single male Pintail. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Little Egret. (P.Hobson)
'Scandinavian' Herring Gull Larus argentatus argentatus (From Scandinavia and the Baltic regions and wintering in Western Europe). Adult winter, Windsurf Pool, 9th January 2012. ©Paul Hobson
One adult winter present this morning on Windsurf Pool for five minutes on its own. Notable ID features were very dark grey and uniform mantle colour. Short 'bubblegum' coloured legs. Overall large size (but nothing to compare it with). Large white mirrors on closed primaries showing more white than black, which was particularly obvious when the bird flew off west towards Torworth. Bill was shortish with a pink hue to the basal half. Eye was pale with whitish iris colour. Faint streaking on head and neck with notable darkness surrounding the eye.
Sunday 8th January
Two definite, possibly three large 'white-winged' Gulls in the past couple of days bucks the widespread national influx so lets keep an eye out for more of the same. Many hundreds of gulls arrived very late this evening with big numbers on Neatholme Scrape, the Water Ski Pit and Neatholme Fen and even Chainbridge Pit at dusk.
Neatholme Scrape - Single first-winter ICELAND GULL (GH,PJF,IC,AS,PH) present here from 15.10pm until it flew with several hundred other large gulls towards either the Water Ski Pit or Neatholme Fen just before dark. This bird is a pale worn looking individual in a 'spring like' first-summer plumage, it still retains a dark eye, the bill has now become paler at the base with an obvious dark tip, the contrasting white primary feathers project extensively beyond the tail tip at rest and it is a fraction smaller in overall body size and length than other nearby Herring Gulls. Also here, c300 Greylag Geese, 1 'feral' Pink-footed Goose, c100 Starlings and c50 Fieldfare Neatholme Pit - 10 Goldeneye present with several male birds displaying and copulation also observed. Clayworth Common - A few Whooper Swans noted distantly over the common late afternoon. Windsurf Pool - Up to 9 Redshank. Blaco - Two Buzzard and 1 Treecreeper in trees along lane. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - c300 (270+30) Pink-footed Geese flew NW today. Linghurst Wood - Single Willow Tit. Sandy Hills - Single Woodcock disturbed from grassy area in NE corner. Bellmoor Lake - 14 Goosander, 12 Lapwing, 20+ Tufted Duck and 60+ Coot. (G.Hobson,P.J.Freeman,A.Shooter,I.Cowgill,P.Hobson,P.Cadman,J.Nyland)
Saturday 7th January
Neatholme Fen - Single second-winter GLAUCOUS GULL reported preening on here sometime before 14.30pm today but was only submitted second-hand via text with no further details. Chainbridge Lane - Single first or second- winter 'white-winged' gull sp (SM,MW) flew over here heading towards Neatholme Lane area at 15.30pm. Lound Sewage Works/Parish Park - Single Grey Wagtail, 7 Redpoll and 3 Siskin. Neatholme Lane - Five Bullfinch and 1 Jay. Cross Lane - Single Treecreeper, 1 Jay and 1 Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Scrape - 12-14 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (SM,MW), c350 Greylag Geese and 31 Cormorant. Clayworth Common - Up to 7 Whooper Swans. Hayton Common - Two adult PEREGRINE (SM,MW,PP) present here today, 1 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel. (S.Moakes,M.Wilson)
Thursday 5th January
Windsurf Pool - 12 Common Redshank still present today. Lound Sewage Works - Single Grey Wagtail still present early afternoon. Parish Park - 10+ Lesser Redpoll, 3 Siskin and single Sparrowhawk. (M.Warne)
Wednesday 4th January
Linghurst Wood - Single Woodcock. Chainbridge Lane - Single Grey Wagtail at Tarmac works. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tawny Owls. Blaco - Two Little Owls. Neatholme Pit/Fen/Scrape areas - Up to 10,000 Black-headed Gulls in roost and 1 'Scandinavian' Herring Gull Larus a argentatus. (I.Cowgill)
Tuesday 3rd January
Clayworth Common - 2 Little Egrets. Windsurf Pool - 12 Common Redshank and 2 Little Egrets. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tawny Owls. Lound Sewage Works - Single Grey Wagtail. Blaco - 12 Grey Partridge. (P.Cadman)
Monday 2nd January
Excellent coverage today but several observers present have yet to submit their sightings. Single Oystercatcher present today and this evening and at least one Short-eared Owl and 12 White-fronted Geese still present. Large numbers of gulls coming into roost in the Chainbridge Pit and Neatholme Lane Pits this evening.
A good start to the new year. Kingfisher, Treecreeper, White-fronted Geese, Whooper Swan, Green Sandpiper, Pintail and Short-eared Owl........
Bellmoor Lake - Single Kingfisher, 3 Bullfinch and 8 Goosander. Windsurf Pool - Up to 10 Redshank and 1 Kingfisher. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Little Egret. Cross Lane - Three Treecreepers. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 10 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (PH) flew north to Blaco at 10.45am, 1 male Pintail and 1 juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull. Neatholme Lane - Single Treecreeper and 10 Lesser Redpoll. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret and 3 male Pintail. Blaco - Up to 3 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (AS) in goose flock though distant. Clayworth Common - Single SHORT-EARED OWL (AS) at 1.00pm, 1 Little Egret, 8 Whooper Swan, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Buzzard and 25 Grey Partridge. The Willows - 40+ Yellowhammer. Walters Lane - 100+ Chaffinch at grain stores. (A.Shooter,D.Housman,P.Hobson)