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

Bird Sightings - February 2014

Friday 28th February

The Willows - Single Chiffchaff within a tit flock. Cross Lane Fishery - Single winter plumaged SLAVONIAN GREBE (PCa) still here today. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret and 3 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Scrape - Three Oystercatcher and 2 Red-legged Partridge. (P.Cadman)

Thursday 27th February

Bellmoor Lake - A single RAVEN (MF) drifted south over here at 9:30am before heading out of sight over Hallcroft Fishery. Also here, 16 Goosander, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 86 Tufted Duck, 340 Black-headed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Kestrel, 6 Teal, 2 Grey Heron and 2 Shelduck. Bunker Wood - Two Treecreeper, 2 Coal Tit, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 Long-tailed Tit, and 6 Bullfinch. Bellmoor Ponds - A flock of 30 Siskin. Tiln Pits - Two Water Rail heard calling from a reedbed here plus 4 Little Grebe. Tiln Fishery - Two Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Oystercatcher (including 5 flying south), 38 Wigeon, 28 Tufted Duck and 16 Pochard. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Four Redwing noted. (M.Fitzsimmons)

Wednesday 26th February

Neatholme Pit - Single probable Siberian Chiffchaff noted again in small hawthorn bushes near to river bridge. This bird was first noted in this area on 10th February. Also here a single Green Sandpiper flew south. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret flew west over. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single Kingfisher on vegetation in dyke viewed from footbridge on east side. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt)

Tuesday 25th February

Neatholme Fen - Single Curlew flew south calling at 10:30am plus 2 Buzzard. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Peregrine over. Clayworth Common - c200 Golden Plover flushed by the Peregrine which was also sat on the deck plus 4 Egyptian Geese and 1 Green Sandpiper in the dike. Cross Lane Fishery - Single winter plumaged SLAVONIAN GREBE (MWa) still here today. Sheep Field (Low Level) - Two Oystercatcher. Hallcroft Sewage Works - The Siberian Chiffchaff reported on Birdguides today presumably still at this location. (P.J.Freeman, M.Warne, Birdguides)

Monday 24th February

Clayworth Common - Single male Merlin perched on ground, 35 Whooper Swans feeding with Mute Swan herd, 6 Egyptian Geese, c300 Golden Plover and 1 Barn Owl on box. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Oystercatcher. Cross Lane Marsh/River Idle - Single female Stonechat (111) feeding around brambles and perching on fence posts. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Oystercatcher plus a juvenile Peregrine on deck at 15:30pm and 2 Buzzard. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Five Ruff and 1 male Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single BITTERN (TT,DHo) noted in flight briefly at 13:45pm flying towards Cross Lane Marsh, 2 Jays and 2 Oystercatcher. Windsurf Pool - Thirteen Red-crested Pochard including 8 males. Cross Lane Fishery - Single winter plumaged SLAVONIAN GREBE (TT) still here today. Neatholme Fen - A pair of Pintail here today. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single 'ringed' Willow Tit noted here today and 1 Little Egret over. Chainbridge Lane (Charcon Works) - Single Green Sandpiper in pools. (M.Warne, P.Cadman, D.Mannifield, T.Tomlinson, V.Giles, D.Housman, K.Wilson)

Stonechat Saxicola rubicola - Female, Cross Lane Marsh/River Idle, 24th February 2014. ©Tony Tomlinson 

Sunday 23rd February

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Short-eared Owls flew off from here at 9:15am with a single later seen at 15:00pm over the high southern end having been flushed by two hunters with a dog walking around Whittaker's Fishery. Clayworth Common - c150 Golden Plover with c500 Lapwing plus 2 Grey Partridge and c100 Fieldfare. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Oystercatchers and 1 Egyptian Goose. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Pit - Two Oystercatcher. Windsurf Pool - A total of 13 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single BITTERN (DRe) noted in reeds opposite the western viewpoint at 12:45pm plus 1 Green Woodpecker. Bittern Pools - Single Woodcock noted here. Cross Lane Fishery - Single winter plumaged SLAVONIAN GREBE (DRe) back again on here. Walters Lane - Single Little Egret. Neatholme Fen - Single Kingfisher. Wildgoose Farm - Single Green Woodpecker. Blaco - Single male Sparrowhawk, 1 female Kestrel, 5 Buzzard and c150 Fieldfare. Doughty's Pit - Single Little Egret. A total of 11 Oystercatcher recorded over the site today. Hallcroft Sewage Works - Single FIRECREST still reported via twitter as still present today. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt, D.Read)

Saturday 22nd February

Hallcroft Sewage Works - Single FIRECREST (ABo) still present and showing well around midday. (A.Bonser)

Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla - Hallcroft Sewage Works, 22nd February 2014. ©Alec Bonser

Friday 21st February

Water Ski Pit - Single winter plumaged SLAVONIAN GREBE still present. Windsurf Pool - A small group of Red-crested Pochard were present with courtship display recorded. (M.Vickers)

 Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus - Water Ski Pit, 21st February 2014 ©Mike Vickers

Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina - Two males, Windsurf Pool, 21st February 2014. ©Mike Vickers 

Thursday 20th February

Water Ski Pit - Single winter plumaged SLAVONIAN GREBE re-located here at 14:00pm this afternoon. (K.Wilson)

Wednesday 19th February 

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Ringed Plover (110) noted here at midday, 30 Skylark, 30 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail and male Merlin sat on post at 16:30pm plus 10 Fieldfare. Cross Lane Fishery - Single winter plumaged SLAVONIAN GREBE (PCa, MWa, IH, DHo) again today. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Kingfisher perched in Willow. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Five Ruff, 2 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Snipe. Windsurf Pool - Four male Red-crested Pochard. Clayworth Common - Single Little Egret in dyke plus 2 Kestrels displaying. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Up to 9 Egyptian Geese present. (D.Housman, P.Cadman, M.Warne, I.Hunt, P.J.Freeman)

Tuesday 18th February

Cross Lane Fishery - Single winter plumaged SLAVONIAN GREBE (KW) again today. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Three Short-eared Owls hunting early morning. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single female Marsh Harrier briefly then flew towards Chainbridge Pit, also 2 Goldeneye. Chainbridge Pit - 11 Goosander, 7 Goldeneye, 4 Oystercatcher and 2 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge Wood - Single singing Blackcap. (109) Clayworth Common - 12 Whooper Swans still. IVNR Centre - Single Barn Owl showing at 17:45pm. Bellmoor Lake - 8 Goosander, 4 LBB Gulls, 3 Common Snipe, 2 Siskin and 3 Bullfinch. Bunker Wood - Three Goldcrest, 20 Siskin, mixed flock of c.60 Fieldfare/Redwing, 7 Bullfinch, one Coal Tit and one Song Thrush. (P.Cadman, P.Cottam, D. Mannifield, D.Read)

  Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus - Cross Lane Fishery, 18th February 2014 ©Ken Wilson

Monday 17th February

Chainbridge Pit (Finger Ponds) - Three Water Rails calling plus 1 Song Thrush. Chainbridge Pit - 6 Goosander and c150 Pink-footed Geese flew NW at 12:15pm. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Six Egyptian Geese and 2 Oystercatcher. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two different Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Pit - Single Kingfisher. (M.Warne, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, J.King, C.King)

Sunday 16th February - WeBS/Bird Count & NWT Bellmoor Bird Walk

Cross Lane Fishery - winter plumaged SLAVONIAN GREBE again today. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Little Egret. River Idle - Single Grey Plover (108) flew north along the river at 8:40am. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Grey Plover (108) flew north over here at 9.40am and was heard calling several times but not seen. Also here, 2 Green Woodpeckers. Windsurf Pool - Three male Red-crested Pochard. Parish Park - Four pair of Red-crested Pochard. Linghurst Pool - Two Goldeneye. Neatholme Lane - Single Treecreeper near Neatholme Pit. Neatholme Fen - Two Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 759 Lapwing, 3 Oystercatcher, 5 Snipe, 5 Goldeneye and 60 Teal. Neatholme Pit - Two Goldeneye. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - 28 Common Gull. Hallcroft Sewage Works - Chiffchaff noted at 11:45am. Hallcroft Fishery - single Siberian Chiffchaff still present mid-morning (PH), also 3 Goldcrest and singing Chiffchaff. Hallcroft Tip - A total of 27 Pied Wagtail bathing in large puddle on waste ground opposite tip. Bellmoor Lake - A total of 23 Goosander, 13 Pochard,  24 Teal, 332 Lapwing, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Wigeon, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Oystercatcher and 2 different Song Thrush calling at either end of lake. Bellmoor Ponds - Two Goosander, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Song Thrush. Bunker Wood - Twelve Bullfinch, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, counts of 7 & 8 Goldcrest, 1 Jay, 2 Skylark, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Reed Bunting, 20 Siskin, 2 Linnet, 20 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Buzzard. Tiln Fishery - Single Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Wigeon and 1 Cormorant. Tiln Pits - Single Water Rail heard calling at 9:45am, c40 Wigeon, 12 Gadwall and 2 Green Woodpecker. (M.Fitzsimmons, D.Read, P.Cadman, P.Hobson, I.Hunt, M.Guest, D.Housman)

Thursday 13th February

Cross Lane Fishery - winter plumaged SLAVONIAN GREBE again at 12:25pm (SMo) and 15:00pm (DRo). Hawthorn Lane - Single Jay flew across path into woodland by Windsurf Pool plus Great Spotted Woodpecker at nearby container. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Merlin flew south from fence along Chainbridge Lane heading towards Tiln at 13:05pm. (S.Moakes, D.Roberts)

Monday 10th February

Cross Lane Fishery - winter plumaged SLAVONIAN GREBE again. Tiln (North) - male Merlin flew west towards Walter's Lane at 13:45pm and Peregrine sat on a pylon at 12:10, also here 10 Golden Plover and 5 Buzzard. Clayworth Common - 37 Whooper Swans, 11 Egyptian Geese and 20 Skylark. Chainbridge Pit - 15 Goosander. Horse Paddocks - 57 Redwing. Chainbridge Wood - Single Song Thrush singing. Chainbridge Scrape (East) - 5 Ruff and 3 Common Snipe. Windsurf Pool - 9 Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Scrape - Single Little Egret in flight. The Willows - Single Kingfisher along the dyke. Neatholme Fen - 14 Common Snipe. Mattersey Common - 170 Pink-feet flew WNW. Bunker Wood - 40 Siskin. Bellmoor Ponds - Two COMMON REDPOLL (MF) with the finch flock at 08:45am, also 20 Lesser Redpoll, 20 Siskin and 6 Bullfinch. Bellmoor Lake - 67 Pink-feet flew WSW over, also 11 Goosander present today. Lound Village (Horse Paddocks) - Two Buzzards were seen interacting (talon grappling) and calling flying very low over the horse field south of Chainbridge Lane around midday. (M.Fitzsimmons, T. Tomlinson, V.Giles, K.Wilson, M.Warne, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, M.Vickers)

Sunday 9th February

Cross Lane Fishery - winter plumaged SLAVONIAN GREBE still. Clayworth Common - 9 Egyptian Geese feeding at 13:00pm. Chainbridge Pit - 3 Egyptian Geese flew north over at 08:15. Chainbridge Scrape (West) - Two Little Egrets feeding on the western side. (P.Cadman, M.Warne, G.Hobson, P.Hobson)

Saturday 8th February

Cross Lane Fishery - Single winter plumaged SLAVONIAN GREBE still present today. Neatholme Fen - 5 Snipe and single Oystercatcher. Linghurst Wood - 2 Treecreepers and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, also 40 Redwing. Clayworth Common - 6 Egyptian Geese and 2 Little Egrets flew over. (P.Cadman, M.Warne, A.Shooter, I.Cowgill)

Friday 7th February 

Cross Lane Fishery - Single winter plumage SLAVONIAN GREBE (DHo,TT et al) (107) was located here at midday, it was reported again at 13:00pm and was still present at dusk. Also here today, a female Marsh Harrier flew over. Neatholme Scrape - A verbal report from an unknown visiting birder of the previously reported LONG-TAILED DUCK (via DE) on the scrape which was viewed from the river looking towards the main island. Clayworth Common - 6 Whooper Swans and 8 Egyptian Geese still. (D.Housman, T.Tomlinson, I.Cowgill, D.Evans, P.Cadman)

 Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus - Cross Lane Fishery, 7th February 2014 ©Daz Housman

Thursday 6th February

Linghurst Wood - Single female Marsh Harrier over wood. Wildgoose Farm - Three Jays. Neatholme Lane - Three Bullfinch. Cross Lane Fisheries - Two Buzzard and 12 Redwing. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret and Oystercatcher plus 3 Goldeneye. Neatholme Pit - Nine Goldeneye. Neatholme Scrape - 12 Goldeneye including 4 displaying males. Bellmoor Lake - Single Water Rail calling by viewpoint, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Oystercatcher, 20 Goosander, 1 Shelduck, 4 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 37 Lapwing, 39 Teal, 12 Pochard and 1 Grey Heron. Bellmoor Ponds - c80 Siskin, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Bullfinch and 1 Song Thrush. Bunker Wood - Single Sparrowhawk and Coal Tit plus, 30 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare and 6 Bullfinch. Tiln Fishery - 12 Goosander, 1 Shelduck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 110 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Mistle Thrush and 1 Skylark. Tiln village (area to the north) - Three Egyptian Geese, 2 Ruff, 300 Lapwing, 62 Golden Plover, 12 Yellowhammer and 2 Meadow Pipit. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Short-eared Owls hunting over scrape this morning. Clayworth Common - 11 Egyptian Geese were noted here today. (B.Featherstone, M.Featherstone, M.Fitzsimmons, D.Housman)

Wednesday 5th February

Neatholme Scrape - Unconfirmed sighting of a possible LONG-TAILED DUCK in SE corner today. (M.Fisher)

Monday 3rd February

Cross Lane Fishery - Single Woodcock and 20 Snipe. Linghurst Wood - single Treecreeper and single Goldcrest. Lound Sewage Works - Single male Grey Wagtail feeding on filter beds. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret and 2 Snipe. (P.Cadman, I. Hunt)

Sunday 2nd February

Hallcroft Sewage Works - Single Grey Wagtail. Bellmoor Lake - 26 Goosander, 1 Oystercatcher, 76 Lapwing, 4 Shelduck. Bellmoor Ponds - Single Buzzard over, also 3 Bullfinch, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Treecreeper. Bunker Wood - c160 Siskin, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Goldcrest, 6 Bullfinch, 4 Coal Tit and 2 Jay. Chainbridge Wood - Single Kingfisher flew over. Chainbridge Pit - 4 Goosander and 9 Goldeneye. Chainbridge Scrape (East) - 3 Ruff, 1 Little Egret, 4 Goldeneye. Walter's Lane Pit - Single Peregrine at 13:00pm. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - 10 Egyptian Geese still present. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Snipe. (P.Cadman, M.Fitzsimmons, M.Warne)

Saturday 1st February

Blaco - Single Short-eared Owl (AL) (106) by 2nd lake and 2 Peregrines over Wildgoose Farm. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Little Egret and Buzzard. Cross Lane Fishery - 5 Snipe and 1 Sparrowhawk. Clayworth Common - 38 Whooper Swans. Neatholme Fen - 23 Snipe. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - 2 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Scrape (West) - A record breaking 600 Teal sheltering in lea of the strong wind. (M.Warne, P.Cadman, A.Lees)