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

Bird Sightings - August 2013

Saturday 31st August

Neatholme Scrape - Single Little Stint (177) on east shore at 8:55am, also, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 5 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Marsh Harrier. Mattersey Priory - Two Wheatear (a pair) noted here at 15:40pm. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 10 Snipe and 4 Little Egrets. Walters Lane Pit - Five Dunlin and 1 Ruff. Lound - Single Tawny Owl heard calling at 4:30am. (M.Dawson, I.Cowgill, D.Housman, P.J.Freeman, D.Mannifield)

Thursday 29th August

Neatholme Scrape - Two Little Egrets. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Egrets and 3 Snipe. Blaco - Single first-winter Wheatear photographed, 1 Curlew over and 2 Buzzard. Wildgoose Farm - Single Treecreeper and 2 Buzzard. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Twelve Great Crested Grebe (including 8 juveniles), 1 Curlew, 2 Hobby and 1 Buzzard. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Ten Snipe and 6 juvenile Dunlin. Walters Lane Pit - Two Ruff, 3 Dunlin, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Buzzard. (T.Tomlinson, V.Giles, K.Wilson, D.Housman)

Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe - First-winter, Blaco, 29th August 2013. ©Tony Tomlinson

Wednesday 28th August

Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single PECTORAL SANDPIPER (176) (DHo et al) present from 7:15am today but was not present at 11:00am. Also here, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 5-6 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 1 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 6 Snipe and 1 Yellow Wagtail. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Peregrine hunting pigeons at 15:15pm plus 2 Greenshank. Clayworth Common - Up to 5 Buzzard noted.  (I.Cowgill, D.Housman, M.Warne, P.Cadman, I.Hunt)

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos - Chainbridge NR Scrape (East), 28th August 2013. ©Ian Cowgill

Tuesday 27th August

Walters Lane Pit - Single Peregrine on deck at 14:30pm, 1 Ruff, 5 Dunlin and 2 Greenshank calling here at 20:00pm. Chainbridge Pit - Single Curlew calling at 20:30pm. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Four Yellow Wagtail, 3 Little Egret, 1 Ruff and 1 Common Tern. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Grasshopper Warbler 'reeling' at 23:30pm. Windsurf Pool - Single Tawny Owl calling at 22:00pm. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Greenshank. Chainbridge Pit - Single Kingfisher. Hawthorn Lane - Two Bullfinch. Neatholme Scrape - Two Snipe. The Willows - Single female Sparrowhawk. (P.Cottam, M.Warne, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, J.King, C.King)

Monday 26th August

Neatholme Fen - Single female PIED FLYCATCHER (174) (IC, DHo, TT et al) and Spotted Flycatcher noted on wires between Neatholme Fen and Neatholme Pit at 9:30am this morning. Also here, 2 Little Egrets. Wildgoose Farm - Single TREE PIPIT (175) (DHo,IC,TT,KW et al) noted briefly on wires behind drain near to metal gate/turnstile at 10:55am. Also here, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Buzzard. Blaco - Three male Red-crested Pochard and 6 Yellow Wagtail. Neatholme Scrape - Single Spotted Flycatcher flew accross from Neatholme Lane after flycatching briefly at 14:15pm, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Pintail. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single TREE PIPIT (MWa,DRo) heard calling over here at 15:00pm. Walters Lane Pit - Single Green Sandpiper. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Four Little Egrets, 1 Dunlin and 1 Ruff. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Snipe. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single WHINCHAT (RSt) and 2 Little Egret. Clayworth Common - Two Buzzard. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Little Egret. (I.Cowgill, D.Housman, T.Tomlinson, A.Shooter, P.Cottam, P.J.Freeman, D.Roberts, M.Warne, P.Cadman, R.Stevens)


(Left) Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis and (Right) Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca - NeatholmeFen/Wildgoose Farm area, 26th August 2013. © Daz Housman

Sunday 25th August

Neatholme Scrape - Single female Garganey at south end near large island at 18:15pm. Walters Lane Pit - Four Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 85 Lapwing, 1 Wigeon, 45 Teal, 1 Pintail, immature Marsh Harrier, 5 Snipe, 1 Yellow Wagtail over and a single Grey Heron. Bluebell Fishing Pit - Singles of  Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher and Grey Heron. Police Pond - Single Grey Heron. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two juvenile Hobby hawking around scrape and wood, single juvenile Marsh Harrier, 4 very early Goldeneye flew past the viewpoint, 2 Little Egret, 2 Common Tern, 5 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, c40 Shoveler and 2 Heron. Hayton Common - Single Green Sandpiper in main drain. Doughty's Pit - Six Little Grebe and 4 Great Crested Grebe. Bellmoor Lake - Two Buzzard and a single hybrid 'small race' Canada x Barnacle Goose which shows a white patch on the forehead indicating Barnacle parentage. (M.Warne, S.Davenport, G.Hobson, D.Housman, P.J.Freeman)

Saturday 24th August

Walters Lane Pit - A flock 7 Whimbrel first heard calling then seen flying west over the Charcon factory, 4 Dunlin 1 Green Sandpiper. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Three Snipe, 1 Common Tern and 1 Little Egret. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Four Little Ringed Plover and single Greenshank calling. Bellmoor Lake - Singles of Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper. (D.Housman)

Friday 23rd August

Walters Lane Pit - Two Dunlin and 1 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Scrape - Single Green Sandpiper and Little Egret. (P.Cottam)

Wednesday 21st August

Neatholme Scrape - Two Green Sandpiper. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single Song Thrush, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 juvenile Yellowhammer, 1 Turtle Dove, a small mixed tit flock and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 adult Dunlin, 2 Buzzard and 1 Common Tern. (D.Housman,I.Cowgill)

Tuesday 20th August
Blaco - Single Yellow-legged Gull with Great Black-backed Gulls plus 5 Little Egrets. Walters Lane Pit - Three Dunlin and 1 Green Sandpiper. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Snipe, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Little Egret. (K.Wilson, D.Mannifield)

Sunday 18th August
Walters Lane Pit - Single Greenshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Singles of Little Egret, Common Tern, Snipe and Ruff. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Singles of Dunlin, 4 Greenshank and Little Egret. Neatholme Scrape - Single female Marsh Harrier, Hobby and Buzzard over plus Common Sandpiper and Ruff. Neatholme Fen - Five Little Egrets present. (P.Cottam, K.Wilson, I.Cowgill)

Saturday 17th August

Walters Lane Pit - Single Greenshank feeding. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Snipe, Ruff, 5 female Red-crested Pochard, 3 Little Egret and 3 Great Crested Grebe. Later at 12:45pm, 5 Black-tailed Godwit circled round looking to land but flew towards Neatholme Scrape, 2 Yellow Wagtail in flight. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Greenshank plus single Peregrine chasing on of the Greenshank. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Hobby amongst small number of Swift. (M.Warne, D.Evans)

Tuesday 13th August
Neatholme Scrape - Three Green Sandpiper and 3 Common Sandpiper. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two adult Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank and 4 Little Egrets. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Four Little Egrets and 1 Common Tern. Walters Lane Pit - Five Little Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 Ruff and 2 Dunlin. (I.Cowgill, D.Housman)

Monday 12th August
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Marsh Harrier present including a male and a juvenile, 7 Black-tailed Godwit for an hour from 14:15pm, 2 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Tern. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Little Egret. Hayton Common - Single Little Egret and 2 Grey Heron. Broom Wood (Tiln) - Six Mistle Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker and a pair of Bullfinch. (M.Warne, P.Cadman)

Sunday 11th August - Two bird walks in one day
Bellmoor Lake - Three Common Tern, 1 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, three juvenile Blackcaps and c10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls including juveniles. Bellmoor Fishing Pits - Singles of Kingfisher, Coal Tit, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and Green Woodpecker. River Idle (Bellmoor) - Single Green Woodpecker, 1 Bullfinch and 1 Goldcrest. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Egret, 1 'neck-collared' Canada Goose still, 1 Grey Heron. Wildgoose Farm - Two Collared Dove. Neatholme Scrape - Single RAVEN (DHo,HS) with other corvids before it flew west over the Water Ski Pit area at 9:40am, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, c25 Teal, 2 juvenile Marsh Harriers and 1 Kestrel. The Willows - Single Spotted Flycatcher breifly before flying towards Neatholme Lane and 1 Garden Warbler. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three Little Egret, 1 Common Tern, 4 Wigeon, 1 juvenile Marsh Harrier, 2 Grey Heron and 1 Common Tern. Chainbridge Lane - Single female Peregrine hunting over short rotation willow coppice area early morning. Clayworth Common - Single immature male Peregrine 'dogfighting' with a juvenile Marsh Harrier and Kestrel. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Common Sandpiper, 3 Oystercatcher and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls. Walters Lane Pit - Four Greenshank late afternoon, 1 Spotted Redshank (173), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Turtle Dove, 2 Collared Dove and 2 Little Egret. Boat Inn Fishing Pit - Three Oystercatcher and 1 Little Egret. Sheep Fields - Single Peregrine (presumed same as earlier) over Tiln Wood briefly then west towards Sutton village plus 2 Green Sandpiper heading north over Walters Lane. (G.Hobson, P.Hobson, E.Hobson, A.Nicholson, P & J Harrison, R.Jones & partner, J.Tupling, D.Housman, H.Scall)

Friday 9th August
Parish Park - Single Jay. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Egrets, 1 Greenshank and 1 Snipe. Blaco - Five juvenile Red-crested Pochard and 2 Buzzard over area. Wildgoose Farm - Two Buzzard over. Neatholme Scrape - Single Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpipers. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Greenshank and 1 Redshank. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Hobby. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three Hobby over. Walters Lane Pit - Single Yellow-legged Gull present. (T.Tomlinson, V.Giles, K.Wilson, I.Cowgill, M.Warne, P.Cadman)

Wednesday 7th August
Chainbridge Lane (Tarmac Yard) - Up to 4 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Green Sandpiper. Walters Lane Pit - Single Greenshank, 1 Ruff, 2 immature Shelduck and 1 Turtle Dove. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Three Little Egrets , 1 'cream-crowned' Marsh Harrier and 1 Turtle Dove. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Green Sandpiper and 3 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Scrape - Single Common Sandpiper. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Gull from 15:35 - 16:00pm at least and 2 Little Egrets. (D.Housman, C.Bell)

Tuesday 6th August
Chainbridge Lane (Tarmac Yard) - Single Green Sandpiper feeding on gravel yard pools. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Little Egret. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Little Egret plus a pair of Oystercatcher with a large juvenile. Neatholme Scrape - Two Common Sandpipers and 1 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret. Blaco - Single Little Egret and 2 Buzzard over nearby fields. Chainbridge Pit - Single Hobby over. (T.Tomlinson, I.Cowgill, D.Housman)

Sunday 4th August
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - A late report by an unknown visiting birder of a GREAT WHITE EGRET which had apparently dropped into an area opposite the viewing screen late evening. (per D.Evans) 

Saturday 3rd August
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Ruff, Redshank and Dunlin noted plus up to 4 Little Egrets. Chainbridge Lane - Single juvenile Blackcap. Chainbridge Wood NR - Huge numbers of warblers present including adult and juvenile Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff plus single Willow Tit heard calling. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Peregrine, sub-adult male Marsh Harrier, 2 Hobby and 2 Greenshank. Walters Lane Pit - Single Ruff. (G.Hobson, D.Housman, S.Furber)

Friday 2nd August
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Little Egrets, 1 Ruff and 1 Hobby over. Clayworth Common - Two Buzzard. Walters Lane Pit - Five Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff and 1 Yellow-legged Gull. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Little Egret, 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Turtle Dove. Blaco - Single Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper and 3 Buzzard. Neatholme Fen - Single Green Sandpiper, 2 Turtle Dove on wires and 3 juvenile Green Woodpecker on fence posts. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, D.Housman)

Thursday 1st August
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Peregrine chasing Lapwing over scrape, 1 Ruff and 1 Dunlin. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Hobby over plus 2 Treecreeper in wood. (I.Cowgill, M.Warne)