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

Bird Sightings - July 2013

Wednesday 31st July 
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Dunlin over here. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 1 Snipe and Green Woodpecker. (I.Cowgill, D.Mannifield)

Tuesday 30th July
Parish Park - Single COMMON CROSSBILL (DRo,MWa) flew north calling over here at 12:35pm. (Chainbridge Lane (Tarmac Yard) - Four Little Ringed Plover still present including 2 juveniles. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Ruff, 3 Little Egret, 4 Great Crested Grebe including 2 juveniles and 1 Hobby over. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Oystercatcher and 1 Little Ringed Plover. Blaco - Three Oystercatcher. Neatholme Scrape - Single Common Sandpiper noted. Neatholme Fen - Three Turtle Dove calling here plus 1 Green Sandpiper. Walters Lane Pit - Six Shelduck including 4 juveniles. (T.Tomlinson, D.Housman, K.Wilson, I.Cowgill, M.Warne, D.Roberts)

Sunday 28th July
Walters Lane Pit - Single RED KITE (SD et al) flew over four lucky observers and drifting low to the east heading towards the river at approx 13:55pm being hassled by Oystercatchers. Also here a single Whimbrel was on the deck with 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 Turtle Dove nearby. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 5 Little Egrets, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Hobby and 2 Common Tern. Chainbridge Pit - Single Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher and a immature Marsh Harrier flew through. Chainbridge Wood NR - In a visit today there were 2 juvenile Treecreeper and 3 juvenile Blackcap noted. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Green Sandpiper and 4 Common Tern including 2 juveniles. Neatholme Scrape - Single Common Sandpiper. Bellmoor Lake (Rural Learning Centre) - Near to the main entrance gate 2 juvenile Bullfinch were noted. (S.Davenport, I.Cowgill, D.Housman)

Saturday 27th July
Walters Lane Pit - Single adult CASPIAN GULL (DM,ASh) again today at 2:00pm until 2:30pm at least plus 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 10 Common Gull, 2 Green Sandpiper this evening, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ruff and 1 Ringed Plover. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Four Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier this evening and 1 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Scrape - Single Little Egret. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Hobby again hawking insects in grassy area. (D.Mannifield, A.Shooter, @IVNRSightings)

Friday 26th July
Walters Lane Pit - Adult CASPIAN GULL (@IVNRSightings) reported again with 20 Lesser black-backed Gulls at 1:30 pm, plus 2 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single 'juvenile' and 'sub-adult male' Marsh Harriers reported over, 1 Ruff, 3 Little Egrets, 2 Common Tern and 2 Buzzard over. Neatholme Fen - Six Turtle Dove including 4 calling birds plus a further 2 juveniles sitting on wires plus 2 Buzzard nearby. Blaco - A total of 11 Red-crested Pochard plus 3 Oystercatcher including a juvenile, 1 Ruff, 1 Little Egret and 2 Common Tern. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, @IVNRSightings)

Thursday 25th July
Walters lane Pit - Two Black-tailed Godwit still, 1 Ruff and 1 Green Sandpiper. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Little Egret. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Hobby hawking insects. Cross Lane Marsh - Single female Marsh Harrier over towards Chainbridge Scrape. (D.Mannifield)

Wednesday 24th July

Walters Lane Pit - Two adult Yellow-legged Gulls and  2 Black-tailed Godwits. (P.J.Freeman)

Tuesday 23rd July

Please Note! There is NO general access to Walters Lane Pit which is a private site (not in the IVNR) and still remains a dangerous former quarry area. DO NOT walk onto the pit itself which was a former Tarmac Quarry settling lagoon that may still contain areas of quick sand. Please only view this site from the main Walters Lane dirt track.  

Walters Lane Pit - Single adult CASPIAN GULL (DRo,DM) again today and reported widely on Birdguides, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Turtle Dove singing in trees nearby. Neatholme Fen - Adult CASPIAN GULL reported here today with Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Little Egret, 2 Turtle Dove flew over toward Chainbridge Wood, 2 Common Tern and 2 Grey Heron. Chainbridge Lane - Two Green Woodpeckers. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single female Tufted Duck with 10 ducklings. Blaco - Single Common Sandpiper and 18 Red-crested Pochard. (D.Mannifield, D.Roberts, @IVNRSightings, @NottsBirders, K.Wilson)

Monday 22nd July

Another 'colour-ringed' Little Egret now on site which we will hopefully get details of very soon. Ian Cowgill informs us that he his still awaiting details from both a Cormorant and a Canada Goose!

Walters Lane Pit - Adult CASPIAN GULL again, 2 Ruff, summer plumage Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Turtle Dove and both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Curlew and up to 6 Little Egret including a colour-ringed bird with green on right leg and orange on left leg. Can anyone confirm any codes present on the rings of this bird? Check out the exiting news on the Home page about Little Egret breeding for the first time in Nottinghamshire. Chainbridge Lane - Family of Green Woodpeckers noted including an adult with 2 youngters. (P.J.Freeman, I.Cowgill, @IVNRSightings, D.Mannifield)

Sunday 21st July
Walters Lane Pit - Single Black-tailed Godwit. Neatholme Scrape - Five Grey Heron, 1 Green Sandpiper at south end, 30 Pochard, 2 Common Tern, 11 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper at north end and 50 Tufted Duck plus 3 ducklings. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Four Little Egret at midday with single Green Sandpiper and 4 Oystercatcher. Cross Lane - Single Turtle Dove and juvenile Green Woodpecker on dead tree along lane.  River Idle - Single Barn Owls flying north along river by Neatholme Bridge and (possibly the same?) flew south towards Tiln village. Bellmoor (Area) - Three Goldcrest in pine belt including calling fledglings, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Bullfinch, 3 Whitethroat, a family party of Willow Warblers, a female Tufted Duck with 4 ducklings and a pair of Sedge Warblers feeding chicks in dense Hawthorn scrub. Bellmoor Lake - Two Common Tern and a female Tufted Duck with 4 ducklings.  (N.Braund, M. Guest, @IVNRSightings via @IdleBirder)

Saturday 20th July
Walters Lane Pit - Adult CASPIAN GULL still present til 2:55pm when it flew off, also at least 6 Yellow-legged Gulls (Adults, Sub-adults and single 2nd-Summer birds) plus 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff, 35 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, c80 Lapwing including a grey looking 'leucistic' bird seen earlier on Chainbridge NR Scrape, 1 Oystercatcher and 1 Grey Wagtail flew west over. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Adult male Marsh Harrier, 1 eclipse male Pintail. Cross Lane - Two juvenile Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Fen - Single moulting adult female Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Tern and 3 Little Egret. Chainbridge Lane - Three Little Ringed Plover including a juvenile on the old Tarmac Works yard. Also at least 3 Turtle Dove calling in various locations. (D & N.Nicholson, I.Cowgill)
 Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans - Adult, Walters Lane Pit, 20th July 2013. ©Dean Nicholson
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans - Adult showing wing moult, Walters Lane Pit, 20th July 2013. ©Dean Nicholson
 Lapwing Vanellus vanellus - 'leucistic' bird, Walters Lane Pit, 20th July 2013. ©Dean Nicholson

Friday 19th July

Walters Lane Pit - Single adult CASPIAN GULL (DHo) present again at 15:00pm, up to 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (173) at 15:00pm at least, 1 Ruff and 6 Shelduck including 4 young. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Up to 3 Little Egret plus a pair of Red-crested Pochard and 12 Redshank. Chainbridge Pit - Single Common Sandpiper at 8:15am. Neatholme Scrape - Single juvenile Marsh Harrier over at 8:30am. Neatholme Pit - Six Green Woodpecker including 4 juveniles. Neatholme Fen - Up to 4 Turtle Doves calling. Blaco Pits - Single Little Egret, a pair of Red-crested Pochard and up to 3 Buzzard nearby. Wildgoose Farm - Two Buzzard in area. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, D.Housman, @IVNRSightings)

Wednesday 17th July

Today's adult Caspian Gull is thought to be a different bird to the one seen yesterday. The bird today is heavily bloodied (or stained) on the right side of the head.

Walters Lane Pit - Single adult CASPIAN GULL (IC,DHo) present again with other gulls today plus 2 Greenshank and 1 Ruff. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Grasshopper Warbler reeling and showing well. (I.Cowgill, D.Housman)


Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans - Adult, Walters Lane Pit, 17th July 2013. ©Darren Housman

Tuesday 16th July

Walters Lane Pit - Single adult CASPIAN GULL (DHo) present with other gulls today. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Little Egret noted early morning. (D.Housman,@IVNRSightings)


Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans - Adult, Walters Lane Pit, 16th July 2013. ©Darren Housman

Monday 15th July

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Little Ringed Plover here. Chainbridge Wood NR - Turtle Dove noted here. (@IVNRSightings)

Sunday 14th July

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Little Egret, 1 Curlew, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 1 male Pintail, 13 Redshank, 2 Buzzard and Turtle Dove late afternoon. Chainbridge Pit - Single Little Egret early morning at the southern end and up to 4 Turtle Dove noted around the Chainbridge area. (@IVNRSightings) 

Saturday 13th July

Chainbridge Lane - Turtle Dove. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 23 Redshank, 1 Little Egret and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Chainbridge Pit - 7 Red-crested Pochard. Cross Lane - Single Turtle Dove. (@IVNRSightings)

Friday 12th July

Chainbridge Wood NR - Single juvenile Cuckoo at midday. Chainbridge Lane - Single Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge Lane (ex Tarmac Gravel Yard) - Two Little Ringed Plover with 3 chicks. (A.Bradford, P.Bradford, D.Mannifield)

Thursday 11th July
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Seven adult Red-crested Pochard plus one female still with 6 almost adult sized young, 1 Little Egret and 1 Redshank. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single immature male Marsh Harrier spent 10 minutes hunting the banks. (D.Mannifield)

Wednesday 10th July
Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove near gate by large Oak tree, also single Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge NR Scrape - 29 Redshank, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Little Egret, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Grey Heron. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Buzzard. Cross Lane - Single Turtle Dove. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Turtle Dove. (D.Mannifield)

Monday 8th July
Bellmoor Lake - Single Black-tailed Godwit on deck for ten minutes. Walters Lane Pit - Single Greenshank and Common Tern. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Common Tern and 3 Oystercatcher. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Little Ringed Plover and 2 Ringed Plover. (I.Cowgill, @IVNRSightings)

Friday 5th July

Walters Lane Pit - Single Ruff, 1 Greenshank late afternoon, 1 Turtle Dove and a pair of Shelduck still with 4 ducklings. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Little Egret and a female Red-crested Pochard with 5 ducklings. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Three Little Ringed Plover flew in. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Common Tern plus 2 male Red-crested Pochard. River Idle (Chainbridge NR) - Single Turtle Dove calling. Neatholme Scrape - Two Common Tern. Neatholme Fen - Single Turtle Dove calling. Blaco Pits - Single Common Tern, 5 Buzzard and a pair of Oystercatcher with a single chick. River Idle (Bellmoor Lake) - Two Kingfishers noted here today. (T.Tomlinson, I.Cowgill, B.Featherstone, M.Featherstone, @IVNRSightings)

Thursday 4th July

Neatholme Scrape - Twelve (8+4) juvenile Teal noted at south end of the main 'Pig Island'. Chainbridge Pit - c12 male Red-crested Pochard and 2 females with chicks today. (I.Cowgill, @IVNRSightings)

Tuesday 2nd July

Tiln (Broom Wood) - Negative news! No sign of the Melodious Warbler in a brief visit to the site this morning and no further news either way throughout the day. (via Birdguides)

Monday 1st July 2013

Tiln (Broom Wood) - The MELODIOUS WARBLER (170) was reported as still present via Birdguides at 8:50am today. (Birdguides)