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

Bird Sightings Feb 2012

Wednesday 29th February

Horse Paddock - Single Song Thrush. Neatholme Lane - Mixed flock of Redpoll and Siskin. Linghurst Wood - Single Buzzard, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Green Woodpecker and 1 Reed Bunting. Parish Park - 5 Red-crested Pochard (inc 3 males). Linghust Wood - c25 Siskin. Linghurst Lake - c200 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Long-tailed Tit and 1 Little Egret. Neatholme Fen - Two Great Crested Grebe and 5 Goldeneye. Wildgoose Farm - Mixed flock of c75 Fieldfare and Redwing. Neatholme Lane - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Little Egret. Blaco - 8 Tree Sparrow and 1 Kestrel. Mattersey Priory - The 12 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (AB,PB,KW) flew in to join flock of Greylag at 5.00pm and a female MERLIN (AB,PB,KW) was seen here at 5.30pm. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford,K.Wilson)

Tuesday 28th February

First-winter Glaucous Gull noted again in two area, a newly arrived Black-necked Grebe and single Raven heard calling over Chainbridge/Tiln Wood areas. 

Parish Park - Up to 4 Red-crested Pochard (inc 3 males) and 1 Little Grebe late afternoon. Lound Sewage Farm - Two Coal Tit including 1 in song and 1 singing Mistle Thrush. Linghurst Wood - Single Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker. Lound Sewage Works - Two Coal Tit. Cross Lane Fishery - Two Bullfinch. Linghurst Pool - Single first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL (SM,PJF,MW,DRo) present here at 15.30pm, also 1 male Pintail and c800 Black-headed Gulls. Neatholme Lane - Single Curlew flew over calling late afternoon and 1 Treecreeper by Neatholme Pit. Neatholme Fen - Single first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL (DHo) present at 13.20pm and 2 Little Egrets. Neatholme Pit - Nine Goldeneye, 25 Teal and 30 Pochard. Neatholme Scrape - Single BLACK-NECKED GREBE (IC,PCo,MW) with Pochard at 10.45am until 14.30pm at least (AB,PB,SM), 1 Little Egret, 18 Cormorant, 20 Shoveler, 15 Teal and 2 Redshank. The Willows - Three Long-tailed Tits, 20 Yellowhammer, 1 Buzzard and 2 Reed Bunting. Clayworth Common - Up to 30 Whooper Swans, 78 Mute Swan, 80 Lapwing, 1 Grey Partridge and 1 Kestrel. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Buzzard. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Four Goldeneye, 1 Redshank and 2 Oystercatcher. Tiln North GP (Restoration Area) - Three TUNDRA BEAN GEESE (SM,DRo) present from 12.45pm and 16.45pm today, also 1 male PEREGRINE (PCo,WM,IC) perched at 11.45am, 1 female Sparrowhawk over, 1 Buzzard, 184 Wigeon, 2 Grey Partridge and 1 Ringed Plover. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Up to 2 Little Egrets, 1 Curlew, 2 Redshank 250 Lapwing, 3 Shelduck, 1 male Pintail, 20 Lapwing, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Oystercatcher and 1 Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Goldcrest, 1 Redpoll and RAVEN (MW) heard calling at 13.125pm in the direction of Chainbridge Pit. Chainbridge Pit - Twelve Goldeneye, 25 Shoveler, 100 Pochard, 20 Teal, 6 Song Thrush in song, 1 Jay and 9 Goosander. Walters Lane Pit - Two Redshank and 5 Oystercatcher. Tiln Wood - Single RAVEN (SM,DRo) heard calling several times over wood between 12.35pm and 17.30pm. Hawthorn Walk - Two Grey Partridge flushed. Lound Village - Single Kestrel.(P.Cottam,D.Housman,I.Cowgill,M.Warne,S.Moakes,A.Bradford,P.Bradford,M.Warne,P.Cadman,P.J.Freeman, D.Roberts)



 Glaucous Gull Larus Hyperboreus - Neatholme Fen, 28th February 2012. ©Darren Housman

Monday 27th February

Single Glaucous Gull in roost again today, also Raven again over Hayton Common, a few Ringed Plover around and up to 12 White-fronted Geese still at Blaco.

Tiln North GP (Restoration Area) - Single RAVEN (TT) again noted flying in the direction of Tiln at 9.15am, 2 Little Egret, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Wagtail and a male PEREGRINE (TT,KW,SM) resting here at 14.30pm. Clayworth Common - Fourteen Whooper Swans inc 1 juvenile on new lake with 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank and 1 Little Egret. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Curlew here at 14.15pm then flew NE, 1 Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 1 Dunlin, 4 Oystercatcher and 5 Shelduck. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Willow Tit, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Goldcrest and 5 Long-tailed Tit near feeding station. Hawthorn Walk - Single Tawny Owl again and 1 Sparrowhawk. Windsurf Pool - Single Redshank. Blaco - Up to 12 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (TT,KW) still present, 1 Little Egret, 5 Oystercatcher and 2 Buzzard. Neatholme Pit - Single Great Crested Grebe, 2 Sparrowhawk and 11 Goldeneye. Neatholme Fen - Single first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL (SM) present at 16.55pm having been present at Daneshill tip throughout the day, up to 3 Little Egret, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Buzzard, 4 Redshank and 4 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Scrape - Two Buzzard over, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank and up to 3 'dead' Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Sheep Fields - Up to 7 Oystercatcher, 39 Greylag Geese and 17 Canada Geese. Lound Village - Three Song Thrush, 50 Redwing, 9 Redpoll and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Walters Lane - Single Little Owl in usual trees. (D.Housman,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,S.Moakes)


Little Owl Athene noctua - Walters Lane, 27th February 2012. ©Tony Tomlinson

Sunday 26th February

A good walk around the whole site today produced a very good selection of birds and probably two different Peregrine's but no sign of the Hen Harrier.

Chainbridge Wood NR - Four Goldcrest, 1 Jay, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Great Spoted Woodpecker. Chainbridge Lane - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 male Sparrowhawk opposite Tarmac. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single male Pintail and 2 Redshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Three Dunlin,1 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 15 Lapwing, 1 Snipe over, 3 Redshank, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Kestrel, 2 Goosander, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 10 Shelduck. Windsurf Pool - Two Redshank, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Skylark over and 1 Tawny Owl roosting again. Water Ski Pit - Single Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Scrape - Another male Pintail, 1 Kingfisher over, 15 Goldeneye, 18 Cormorant, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank and 4 Whooper Swans late evening. Neatholme Pit - Up to 17 Goldeneye, 1 Treecreeper and 1 Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Egret, 10 Great Black-backed Gulls and 70 Linnet. Blaco - Single Little Egret flew in from Drakeholes, up to 3 Buzzard (also over Linghurst Wood), 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Kestrel and c300 Lapwing late evening. Wildgoose Farm - Twenty Fieldfare, 5 Yellowhammer, 20 Linnet, 10 Tree Sparrows and 1 Kestrel. The Willows - Good numbers of birds including 25 Yellowhammer, 40 Reed Bunting, 20 Tree Sparrow, 50 Chaffinch and 1 Jay. Clayworth Common - Single female? PEREGRINE (GH,PH,RSc) circling distantly and high over common at 12.10pm, 30 Whooper Swans, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 150 Lapwing, 2 Buzzard and a SHORT-EARED OWL (SD) noted breifly this morning being flushed by dog walkers on common then noted again flying south mid-afternoon before circling around and back north over Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) (DM). Tiln North GP (Restoration Area) - Three TUNDRA BEAN GEESE (DM,GH,SD) present from mid afternoon til dusk. Chainbridge Pit - Single Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Goosander, up to 15 Goldeneye, 1 Kestrel, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Green Woodpecker. Tiln Wood - Single adult male PEREGRINE (GH,SD) flew south towards Bellmoor late afternoon, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Jay, 1 Siskin, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 female Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding together and 10 Long-tailed Tit. Tiln Gravel Pit - Two Oystercatcher. Broom Wood - Up to 3 Buzzard over late afternoon. Bunker Wood - Single Song Thrush, 3 Bullfinch and 1 Jay. Bellmoor Works - Two Goldcrest, 1 Coal tit, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Buzzard and 1 Goosander over. Bellmoor Lake - Pair of Red-crested Pochard late evening, 4 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 24 Lapwing, 4 Goosander, 1 Snipe over, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing and 3 Great Crested Grebes. Doughty's Pit - c300 Gadwall, c240 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Oystercatcher, 25 Lapwing and 150 Fieldfare. Doughty's Farm Lake - Two Oystercatcher and 8 Wigeon. (G.Hobson,S.Davenport,J.Hancock,R.Scott,P.Hobson,D.Mannifield,M.Vickers)

Saturday 25th February

Single 'ringtail' Hen Harrier noted at Blaco in morning and late afternoon.

Windsurf Pool - Three Redshank, 4 Teal and 1 Grey Heron. Hawthorne Way - Two Kestrel. Chainbridge Scrape (West) - Up to 20 Shoveler, 2 Oystercatcher and 3 Dunlin. Chainbridge Lane - Two Kestrel. Clayworth Common - Single Skylark, 60 Lapwing, 3 Buzzard, 25 Whooper Swans and 1 Grey Partridge. Chainbridge Wood Nature Reserve - Single Green woodpecker and 11 Long-tailed Tit. Tiln North GP (Restoration Area) - Two Ringed Plover, 1 Little Egret, 3 Skylark, 1 Buzzard, 3 TUNDRA BEAN GEESE (AB,PB) with Greylags and c300 Wigeon. Blaco - Single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (DHo) showing well mid morning and again at 4.30pm (AS). Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret, 40 Cormorant, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Buzzard over and 1 Goldeneye. Neatholme Pit - c1000 mixed gulls including Black-headed & Common Gulls. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 40 Cormorant. (D.Housman,A.Shooter,A.Bradford,P.Bradford,J.Nyland)

Friday 24th February

The Raven was seen again this evening and at least two Short-eared Owls are still being noted on Clayworth Common. Please note, Clayworth Common is private farmland with very few public footpaths over it. The owls are usually sat in ditches on the Common and are nearly always seen when they are flushed by the farmer or by vehicles with permission to be on the land. If you see anyone who you believe does not have permission to be on this land please inform the Police who will hopefully assist with their removal.

Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret and a pair of Bullfinch,  Blaco - c200 Wigeon grazing on edge of first lake. Clayworth Common - Two SHORT-EARED OWLS (PCo), up to 26 Whooper Swan and 2 Grey Partridge. Tiln North GP's (Restoration Area) - Single RAVEN (SD) seen briefly at 5.45pm flying over common towards Tiln/Sheep Fields, 2 Ringed Plover and 1 Green Sandpiper. (S.Davenport,D.Housman,P.Cottam,P.J.Freeman)

Thursday 23rd February - AGM

A Red Kite was observed by three people this afternoon flying south over the site heading towards Tiln. An 'escaped' Harris Hawk was then observed around Tiln & Bolham between 4.00pm and 5.00pm and a single Raven was seen and heard well over Chainbridge Lane at 5.35pm til dusk.

Chainbridge Bridge - Single RED KITE (GF,MF per KW) was observed to fly from the Neatholme Scrape area over here and onto the Tiln area at about 2.00pm. Tiln Lane/Bolham - A single (initiallly unidentified) large, broad-winged and long-tailed 'escaped' bird of prey with very obvious trailing jesses was seen being mobbed by a female PEREGRINE (GH) at some distance over Broom Wood at Tiln at 4.10pm. The bird soon dived below the horizon evading the Peregrine attacks and was not see for some forty minutes. At 4.50pm the bird reappeared in the same area and flew around for several minutes and was then identified as a 'immature' HARRIS HAWK (GH), the bird having an overall dark plumage to body, flight feathers and tail but the upper wing coverts showed extensive 'rusty red' colouration and the pale looking rump patch was rather dull and not clean white as it should have been on an adult bird. The bird eventually landed (presumably to roost) in the small copse of tall trees to the east of Bolham Hall house. Also here, 500 Rooks, 200 Jackdaw, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Song Thrush, 10 Yellowhammer, 10 Redpoll and 20 Chaffinch. Windsurf Pool - Single RAVEN (GH) was observed 'calling' loudly at 5.35pm as it flew south over the Windsurf Pool field with a large pre-roost gathering of mixed corvids, mainly Rooks and Jackdaws. The bird flew towards, then over Chainbridge Lane before it circled the four small fishing pits several times and then headed back 'still calling' loudly towards Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) where it seemed to drop down, presumably to roost with the massing corvid flocks already gathering on the ground. Checking this area the bird could not be located on the ground but it was heard to call several times until the majority of corvids had settled or left the site, also here, estimates of 1500-2000 Rook, 500 Jackdaw, 100+ Carrion Crow, 30+ Shoveler and 7 Shelduck. Also here, single Grey Heron, 1 Tawny Owl calling at dusk, 10+ Teal and 5 Redshank. Linghurst Wood - a mixed flock of c60 Siskin, Redpoll and Goldfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 male Sparrowhawk. Linghurst Pool - Single Little Egret and 2 Oystercatcher. Blaco - Single PEREGRINE (TT,VG,KW) chasing Lapwing and 4 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Pit - c50 Fieldfare 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher and a female Sparrowhawk. Neatholme Scrape - Four Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Pit - Single male Pintail. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Up to 4 Oystercatcher.


Wednesday 22nd February

Windsurf Pool - Single Little Egret. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Up to 8 Redshank. Hawthorn Walk - Single Tawny Owl again roosting. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 12 Goldeneye. Neatholme Pit - Up to 11 Goldeneye and 1 Buzzard hunting around pit. Neatholme Fen - Three Little Egret, 1 Oystercatcher and a 'yellow colour-ringed' juvenile Herring Gull. Neatholme Lane - Five Bullfinch. Linghurst Wood - Five Redwing in tree tops then flew south, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Bullfinch and a mixed finch flock of c60 birds. Lound Sewage Works - Single Goldcrest and 1 Treecreeper. (M.Warne,P.Cadman)

Tuesday 21st February

No sign of the Firecrest today. 

Hawthorne Walk - Single Green Woodpecker. Windsurf Pool - Five Teal and 11 Redshank. Walters Lane Pit - c250 Lapwing. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Two Buzzard, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Pied Wagtail and 3 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (AB,PB) with Greylag. Sheep Fields (High Level) - Three TUNDRA BEAN GEESE (PCa,IH) feeding with Greylags. Walters Lane - Single Mistle Thrush, 1 Jay and 1 Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Lane Viewpoint - Four Oystercatcher and 5 Goosander (inc two males). Chainbridge Lane - Single Yellowhammer, 1 Kestrel and a mixed flock of 20 Goldfinch and Long-tailed Tit. Chainbridge Pit - Single Great Crested Grebe, 25 Pochard and 2 Grey Partridge on nearby Willow crop field. Cross Lane Marsh - Five Grey Heron and 1 Little Egret. Clayworth Common - A total of 20 Whooper Swans still present and were also noted on the newly restored conservation lake?, a male Kestrel, 1 Skylark and 1 Buzzard. The Willows - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Greenfinch, 1 Tree Sparrow, 8 Reed Bunting and 3 Yellowhammer. Neatholme Pit - Single Redshank, 13 Gadwall, 18 Goldeneye and 200 Lapwing flew over. Blaco - Two Snipe. (S.Moakes,A.Bradford,P.Bradford,K.Wilson,P.Cadman,I.Hunt) 

Monday 20th February

The Firecrest re-appeared in Chainbridge Wood today and 3 Waxwing were noted along the river.

Chainbridge Wood NR - The FIRECREST (DM) re-appeared and was noted near the feeding station area at 12.30pm, also 1 Treecreeper, 1 Redpoll and 2 Bullfinch. River Idle - Three WAXWINGS (DE) which were first heard calling then noted in tree tops at c13.00pm before gradually moving along the riverside trees towards Tiln before going out of sight. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Oystercatcher and up to 10 Redshank. Clayworth Common - Up to 14 Whooper Swans flew from new workings to common. Chainbridge Pit - Four TUNDRA BEAN GEESE (MW,PCa) noted in field east of here at 13.00pm. Hawthorn Walk - Single Green Woodpecker. Walters Lane Pit - Single Oystercatcher. Sheep Fields (High Level) - Single Green Woodpecker. Linghurst Pool - Single Little Egret in trees. Parish Park - Single Little Grebe here. (D.Mannifield,D.Evans,M.Warne,P.Cadman)

Sunday 19th February

No sign of Firecrest but the three Tundra Bean Geese were still mobile and another Short-eared Owl noted having been flushed on Clayworth Common. A very recent influx of Oystercatchers and possibly of Redshanks notable today.

Chainbridge Wood NR - No sign of FIRECREST all day today despite extensive searching by several birders, also in wood, 1 Willow Tit, 3+ Treecreeper, 3+ Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jays, 5 Long-tailed Tit and 1 Bullfinch. Chainbridge Lane - Two Bullfinch and 1 Jay. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, 3 Goosander, 3 Buzzard over, 2 Little Egret, 2 Goldeneye and 1 Grey Heron. Chainbridge Pit - Three TUNDRA BEAN GEESE (MD,MW) then moved to the Sheep fields, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 20+ Pochard, 3 Oystercatcher and 24 Goldeneye. Walters Lane - Single female Sparrowhawk and 1 Mistle Thrush. Walters Lane Pit - Single Redshank. Hawthorn Walk - Single Tawny Owl day roosting in tree by Windsurf Pool. Sheep Fields - Three TUNDRA BEAN GEESE (MW) present here today. Clayworth Common - Single SHORT-EARED OWL (SM,MW) flushed by people using metal detectors, also 3 TUNDRA BEAN GEESE (GH,SD) present briefly but flew off towards Neatholme Scrape late afternoon, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard and several Whooper Swans still with Mute Swan herd. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Up to 150 Wigeon flew from here towards Chainbridge Pit mid afternoon. River Idle - Single Little Grebe on river north of Neatholme footbridge. Neatholme Scrape - Single male Pintail, 1 Oystercatcher, 10 Cormorant, 20+ Pochard and a large 'black-headed Gull roost present late evening. Neatholme Pit - Single Oystercatcher and 4 Goldeneye. Neatholme Fen - Up to 4 Little Egret and 1 Redshank. Linghurst Pool - Four Little Egret roosting in trees and 2 Oystercatcher. Blaco - Up to 11 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (MW) present and 1 Buzzard. Water Ski Pit - Single Oystercatcher. Linghurst Wood - Four Redpoll, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch and 1 Tawny Owl. (S.Moakes,M.Wilson,M.Warne,P.Cottam,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,S.Davenport,D.Mannifield,G.Hobson,D.Read)

Saturday 18th February

Anyone have anything else to report here?

Clayworth Common - Three TUNDRA BEAN GEESE (MV) present and photographed here today. (M.Vickers)


 Tundra Bean Geese Anser fabalis rossicus - Clayworth Commom, 18th February 2012. ©Mike Vickers

Friday 17th February

A Bittern was found this morning and was another new addition to the year list. The Firecrest showed well again today and the three Tundra Bean Geese remain at Blaco.

Chainbridge Wood NR - Single FIRECREST (VG,TT et al) showing on and off in same area all day from 10.00am, also 1 Goldcrest, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Tawny Owl. River Idle - Two Little Grebe on river by Chainbridge Wood and 1 Kestrel. Chainbridge Pit - Single Little Grebe, 9 Goldeneye and 2 Goosander. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single BITTERN (TT et al) showing well in northern reedbed from 10.50am until 12.30pm at least, up to 4 Oystercatcher with some birds noted displaying, 2 Redshank, a pair of Pintail, 2 Goosander, c100 Wigeon arrived late afternoon and 1 Little Egret. Windsurf Pool - Single winter plumage Dunlin and 4 Redshank. Hawthorn Walk - Single Green Woodpecker. Cross Lane Marsh - Three Goosander, 3 Grey Heron and 2 Little Egrets. Clayworth Common - c15 Whooper Swan, 100 Pink-footed Geese flew NW, 6 Grey Partridge, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Egret and 2 Buzzard over. The Willows - Up to 8 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Tree Sparrow and 12 Long-tailed Tit. Neatholme Scrape - Six Whooper Swans, 3 Oystercatcher, 6 Goldeneye, 10 Pochard, 50 Gadwall and 60 Lapwing flew over. Neatholme Pit - Single Redshank, 12 Goldeneye and 16 Pochard. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Egret. Linghurst Pit - Single Little Egret. Blaco - Three TUNDRA BEAN GEESE (VG,TT) and 8+ WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (VG,TT) present. Elsewhere a report of a single Ringed Plover.

Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla - Chainbridge Wood NR, 17th February 2012. ©Ian Cowgill

Thursday 16th February

The Firecrest was relocated again today.

Chainbridge Wood NR - Single FIRECREST (IC et al) still present today along main access path c50m from reserve access gate in NE corner of wood, also 2 Treecreeper and a Buzzard. The bird was located in willows and scrub on far side of water filled ditch looking from the path. (I.Cowgill,P.Cadman)

 Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla - Chainbridge Wood NR, 16th February 2012. ©David Read

Wednesday 15th February

Blaco - Three TUNDRA BEAN GEESE (RR,IC) still present and a MERLIN (RR,IC) was noted. Wildgoose Farm - Single Tawny Owl present. Neatholme Scrape - Single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (DM) hunting on over scrape, also here 29 Whooper Swans and 1 Dunlin. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two 'redhead' SMEW (RR,IC) still present. Chainbridge Pit - Up to 15 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 8 Goosander and 1 Green Woodpecker on banks. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Little Egret. (D.Mannifield,R.Revill,I.Cowgill)

Tuesday 14th February

A 'red letter' day at Lound. Here is a brief overview of todays sightings. More info to follow tomorrow night. Contact the observers for further info if needed tonight. 

Blaco - Three TUNDRA BEAN GEESE (DHo,PCo,IC,RSt,PCa,MW,CNe) in field south of track at 9.35am with up to 10 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (MW,PCa,CNe,PCo), the first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL (PCo) re-located here at 10.30am and 1 female Sparrowhawk. Neatholme Pit - Five Goldeneye, 2 Shelduck, 1 Buzzard and 2 Redshank. Neatholme Scrape - Single first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL (IC) present at 9.35am before re-locating to Blaco, 1 male Pintail, 2 Shelduck, 17 Cormorant, 20 Lapwing, 1 Kestrel and up to 12 Goldeneye. Neatholme Fen - Single 'rintail' HEN HARRIER (MW,PCa,CNe) present and hunting at 11.45am, 3 Shelduck and 1 Goldeneye. Clayworth Common - Up to 14 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (MW,PCa) present, up to 28 Whooper Swans up to 5 Buzzard and 3 Grey Partridge. The Willows - 11 Fieldfare flew east. River Idle - Single SHORT-EARED OWL (MD) present at dusk and 1 Little Grebe on river near Neatholme footbridge. Chainbridge Pit - Single 'redhead' SMEW (DM) still present with c32 Goosander, c20 Goldeneye and 2 Bullfinch. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single FIRECREST (PCa,MW) present in brambles at footbridge in the wood at 15.00pm but was only viewed for about 30 seconds before being lost, also 4 Bullfinch and 1 Treecreeper. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Three 'redhead' SMEW (PCo,DHo) still present at 9.00am, 1 Redshank, 6 Shelduck, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Grey Heron, 60 Shoveler, 30 Teal, 20 Redwing, 1 Jay and 1 Kestrel. Chainbridge Lane - Single Green Woodpecker. Windsurf Pit - Four Redshank, 1 Grey Heron and up to 10 Teal. Water Ski Pit - c40 Shoveler and 1 Goldeneye. Bellmoor Lake - Seven Redwing and 2 Song Thrush in trees. Bunker Wood - Three Siskin. Tiln Gravel Pit - Single 'redhead' SMEW (MW,PCa) present at 10.30am and 11 Linnets. Tiln Wood - Single Buzzard. (M.Warne,I.Cowgill,P.Cadman,D.Housman,P.Cottam,D.Mannifield,R.StevensC.Neale)

Monday 13th February

Smew numbers have swelled to five (possibly six) birds including two males at Blaco and up to four 'redheads' elsewhere accross the site. Hen Harrier, Merlin and Peregrine continue to grace Clayworth Common at times.

Clayworth Common - Single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (SM,TT) seen breifly at 11.40am, a male MERLIN (SM) perched up but distant, 1 PEREGRINE (MW,DM) hunting pigeon late afternoon, 10 Whooper Swan (inc 3 juve/imm), 1 Buzzard and 8 Grey Partridge. Hayton Common - Single Sparrowhawk hunting along dykes.
Blaco - Two male SMEW (TT,KW,AB,PB), 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 12 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (TT,KW,AB,PB) with 250 Greylag, 1 Redshank, 35, Lapwing, 100 Fiedfare, 10 Tree Sparrow, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Kestrel and 50 Linnet. Wildgoose Farm - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Neatholme Fen - Two Skylark, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Fieldfare. Water Ski Pit - Five Goldeneye. Neatholme Scrape - Two Goldeneye. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Three 'redhead' SMEW (DM), 1 Dunlin, 2 Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge Pit - Up to 32 Goosander here today (possibly more but obscured), 12 Goldeneye and 1 'redhead' SMEW (DM) (possibly a Chainbridge Scrape bird) early evening . Chainbridge Lane - Single Green Woodpecker and 20 Long-tailed Tit. Tiln Wood - Single Buzzard. Bellmoor Lake - Six Shoveler, 10 Teal, 2 Goosander, 50+ Coot and 2 Great Tit. (S.Moakes,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,A.Bradford,P.Bradford,M.Warne,D.Mannifield,J.Nyland)


Sunday 12th February - WeBS/Bird Count & Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers Site Visit

Four freshly arrived Smew noted today a Blaco plus a single Tundra Bean Goose and up to 28 Whooper Swans on Clayworth Common.

Blaco - Four SMEW (TC,SD,AB et al) (including a male and three 'redheads' present here at 11.50am, 1 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (KW) at 1.00pm, 2 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (KW) with c300 Greylags, 250 Wigeon, 250 Linnet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 20 Yellowhammer, 1 Buzzard, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Redshank, 2 Snipe and 1 Cormorant. Wildgoose Farm - Twelve Tree Sparrows, 10 Reed Bunting and 10 Greenfinch. Clayworth Common - Single TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE (NG et al) with greylags at 12.30pm, c500 Skylark, 1 Buzzard and 28 Whooper Swan noted on common. Neatholme Fen - Single Red-legged Partridge. Neatholme Scrape - Single Redshank and Snipe. Chainbridge Lane - Two Treecreeper. Chainbridge Pit -  Single Black-tailed Godwit flew low over pit, 15 Goosander (inc 9 males), the male 'Aythya' hybrid still, 203 Wigeon, 9 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (RSc) which departed north at 11.00am and 12 Goldeneye. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Cross Lane Marsh - Two Grey Partridge. River Idle - Single male Pintail. (T.Carter,S.Davenport,A.Bradford,N.Glenn,R.Scott,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,D.Parmenter)

Saturday 11th February
Clayworth Common recording Hen Harrier again, a male Merlin and increased numbers of Skylark. 
Hawthorne Walk - Single Woodcock seen flying towards Windsurf Pool and 1 Fieldfare. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Goldeneye and 70 Shoveler. Water Ski Pit - Two Pochard, 6 Shoveler, 95 Mallard, 4 Teal, 6 Goldeneye, 14 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 29 moorhen, 16 Coot, 2 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Chainbridge Lane - Single Song Thrush, Jay, Bullfinch and Grey Heron. Chainbridge Wood NR - Three Fieldfare in tree tops. Clayworth Common - Single male MERLIN (MW) observed hunting wide area for an hour, 1 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (MW) hunting common between 14.45pm and 15.15pm, 5 Whooper Swan still present, 110 Mute Swan, c800 Skylark feeding on common, 3 Buzzard hunting area, 4 Meadow Pipit flew south, 1 Redshank and 1 Fieldfare.  (P.Bradford,A.Bradford,M.Warne)

Friday 10th February
Single 'ringtail' Hen Harrier hanging around, yet another 'wintering' Chiffchaff noted, a 'fresh in' Merlin but no recent reports of any Short-eared Owls.
Bellmoor - Three Goosander, 1 Buzzard, 2 Treecreeper, 6 Bullfinch, a mixed flock of c50 finches (inc Siskin, Goldfinch, Lesser Redpoll) and 1 COMMON 'Mealy' REDPOLL (TT,VG). Chainbridge Wood NR - Two Bullfinch. Chainbridge Pit - Three Goosander, 500 Common Gull, 300 Black-headed Gull, 2 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull in roost. Also 5 Goldeneye and 1 Pied Wagtail. Chainbridge NR Scrape/Chainbridge Lane - Two Red-legged Partridge, single Green Woodpecker and 2 Bullfinch. Clayworth Common - Single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (TT,VG) in area for about 30 mins, 1 female MERLIN (PH) sat on mound of earth near Chainbridge Bridge at 4.30pm, 3 Buzzard, 6 Grey Partridge, c600 Skylark and 50 Linnet. Neatholme Pit - Single Grey Heron. Neatholme Scrape - Single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (TT,VG) same as clayworth bird, 1 Snipe, 300 Herring Gull in roost, also 170 Great Black-backed Gull, 150 Common Gull, 15 Goldeneye, 12 Shelduck, 14 Pochard, 15+ Grey Partridge. Water Ski Pit - Up to 7 Goosander, 1 Snipe, 70 Herring Gull, 230 Common Gull and 15 Pochard. Hawthorn Walk - Single probable wintering Chiffchaff noted, 2 Willow Tit and 2 Bullfinch. Retford Road (between Mattersey & Lound) - Up to 3 Kestrel. (T.Tomlinson,V.Giles,P.Hobson)

Thursday 9th February
Single Raven noted again today.
Tiln - Single RAVEN (IC) heard calling between Bunker Wood and Tiln Gravel Pit. Bellmoor - Single Water Rail in frost free dike and a flock of 200+ Skylark feeding in a nearby cabbage field. Poplar Walk - Single Goldcrest, 1 Wren and 1 Long-tailed Tit. Linghurst Wood - Two Jay. Linghust Lake - 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swan, 19 Pochard, 16 Gadwall, 15 Mallard and 14 Teal. Neatholme Lane - Single Kestrel, 5 Bullfinch, 10 Siskin and 2 Jackdaw. Bellmoor Lake - Three Goosander and 1 Shelduck. (P.J.Freeman,P.Bradford,A.Bradford,I.Cowgill)

Tuesday 7th February
Chainbridge Lane - Four Bullfinch, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Wren. Chainbridge Pit - Up to 11 Goldeneye, 1 male Pintail, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron and 3 Goosander. Clayworth Common - At least 3 Whooper Swans were noted in distant flock. (D.Mannifield)

Monday 6th February

Clayworth Common - Single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (IC,TT) flew from Blaco to The Willows at 12.05pm and was also seen hunting near the owl box on the common, c250 Linnet and 1 male Sparrowhawk. Chainbridge Lane - Single Sparrowhawk and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker near Tarmac Works. Chainbridge NR Scrape - c100 Shoveler. Walters Lane - Single Little Owl noted. Neatholme Scrape - Single juvenile PEREGRINE (TT) seen on kill, 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Redshank. Neatholme Lane - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Linghurst Wood - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker, a mixed finch flock of c50 birds and a Sparrowhawk. Tiln - c200 Linnets. (T.Tomlinson,I.Cowgill,M.Warne)

Sunday 5th February

Chainbridge Lane - Six Fieldfare, 1 Jay, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Bullfinch, 4 Meadow Pipit over east and 1 Song Thrush. Chainbridge Pit - Three Goosander, 6 Goldeneye, 1 male Pintail and 3 Great Crested Grebe. Clayworth Common - Single male PEREGRINE (MW) perched in a tree then flew north, 4 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret and 37 Grey Partridge. River Idle - Single Little Grebe in stretch of river near Cross Lane Marsh. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Kestrel watched as it caught a mouse. The Willows - Single Snipe flew north, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Yellowhammer and 2 Tree Sparrow. Neatholme Pit - Five Pintail flew north from here towards Mattersey Priory. Water Ski Pit - Two Goldeneye and 1 Buzzard. Neatholme Scrape - Single Dunlin, 1 Pied Wagtail, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Jay and 2 Grey Partridge. Hawthorne Walk - Three Skylark flew over south. (M.Warne,J.King,C.King)

Saturday 4th February

Single Grey Plover seen or heard from three areas today. Possibly the same as bird that was seen in mid January?

Linghurst Wood - Single Treecreeper and 1 Bullfinch. Parish Park - Mixed flock of c100 Siskin, Goldfinch and Redpoll, 5 Redfwing and 2 Fieldfare. Linghurst Pool - Single Redshank and 1 Green Woodpecker. Wildgoose Farm - Mixed flock of c200 Linnet and Greenfinch and 2 Bullfinch. Neatholme Fen - 10 Red-legged Partridge in scrub. Neatholme Scrape - Single GREY PLOVER (IC) present this morning, also 5 Redshank. Neatholme Pit - Single GREY PLOVER (MW,IC) heard calling at 14.15pm, 1 Redshank, 2 Snipe and 1 Goosander. The Willows - Five Yellowhammer, 2 Tree Sparrow and 2 Reed Bunting. Clayworth Common - Single GREY PLOVER (NBW) reported as present here today and 1 Buzzard. Water Ski Pit - Single Goosander in an unfrozen pool. Cross Lane Fishery - Single Buzzard hunting here. Chainbridge Pit - Three Dunlin flew over from Chainbridge Scrape and landed on NW corner, 1 male Pintail, 6 Goosander, 11 Goldeneye, 1 Heron and 2 Great Crested Grebes. Lound - Single Jay at Crossroads. (D.Mannifield,M.Warne,D.Parmenter,Notts Birdwatchers Web Site)

Friday 3rd February
Chainbridge Lane - Two Kestrel. Poplar Walk - Single Willow Tit along track. Linghurst Wood - Mixed flock of 40 Siskin and 15 Goldfinch also, 22 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Kestrel, 2 Wren and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Neatholme Scrape - 52 Cormorants. Sheep Fields - Fifty Lapwing. Walters Farm - Single Mistle Thrush and 20 Chaffinch. Bellmoor Lake - 12 shoveler, 14 Linnets, 80+ Redwing & Fieldfare and 1 Bullfinch. (P.Bradford,A.Bradford,J.Nyland,S.Davenport)

Thursday 2nd February

Parish Park - Mixed flock of up to 60 Redpoll, Siskin and Goldfinch. Wildgoose Farm - Two Grey Partridge and 1 Song Thrush. Neatholme Fen - Three Jays, 1 Redshank, 1 Dunlin and 4 Grey Partridge. Neatholme Fen - Single Dunlin, 1 Redshank and 6 Goldeneye. The Willows - Six Yellowhammer and 2 Tree Sparrow. River - Single Song Thrush by Neatholme Pit. Neatholme Scrape - 18 Whooper Swans roosting on pit. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard. Chainbridge Pit - Nine WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (MW,PCa) and 8 Goosander. Sheep Fields (High Level) - Up to 36 Golden Plover and 5 Bullfinch in nearby hedgerow. Chainbridge Lane - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. (M.Warne,P.Cadman,J.Dean)

Wednesday 1st February

Sheep Fields - Up to 17 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (TT,VG,PCa) still present. Chainbridge Scrape - Single male Pintail. Chainbridge Lane - Single Woodcock flew SE from direction of Windsurf Pool 17.30pm. Chainbridge Pit - Up to 4 Goosander. Clayworth Common - A total of 5 SHORT-EARED OWLS (TT,VG) were reported today, 2 Buzzard, 19 Whooper Swans (inc 4 juveniles), 90 Mute Swans and 2 Grey Partridge. Linghurst Pool - A roost count produced 1263 Black-headed Gull, 82 Herring Gull, 172 Great Black-backed Gull and 12 Common Gull. Neatholme Fen - Two Dunlin landed for 5 mins then flew, 50 Linnet, 45 Stock Doves and a roost count produced 761 Black-headed Gull, 214 Herring Gull, 92 Great Black-backed Gull and 62 Common Gull. Neatholme Scrape - Another probable 'hybrid' Glaucous Gull (IC) was in the roost here tonight. Neatholme Lane - Up to 5 Bullfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Pit - A roost count produced 502 Black-headed Gull, also 1 Redshank and 1 Buzzard. Wildgoose Farm - Two Red-legged Partridge. (P.Cadman,D.Roberts,T.Tomlinson,V.Giles,I.Cowgill)