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Bird Sightings - March 2013 

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Sunday 31st March  - Don't forget! - IVNR CRAFT FAIR - Sunday 31st March & Monday 1st April

A new addition to the year list (126) was the Rose-ringed Parakeet which flew over Bellmoor Lake. Spring has arrived today with three Little Ringed Plovers (127), 1 singing Blackcap and several singing Chiffchaff over the site. Single COMMON REDPOLL at Hallcroft Sewage Works.

Neatholme Pit - The immature/female LONG-TAILED DUCK (DC,SC,DP,IH,PCa,PCo) was still present today plus 1 Little Egret. Neatholme Fen - Two Oystercatcher. Neatholme Scrape -c70 Goldeneye, 1 female Pintail, 4 Shoveler. Sandy Hills/Poplar Walk - Single Blackcap singing this morning. Clayworth Common - Three Stock Dove. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Chiffchaff singing in Willow at southern end. Also here, up to 3 Little Ringed Plover present, 1 Curlew flew over, 4 Shelduck, 1 Skylark. Chainbridge Pit - Four Goldeneye. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Ruff late morning plus 2 Buzzard over here this evening. Walters Lane Pit - Single Ruff, 1 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper and 4 Shelduck. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - The 58 Pink-footed Geese were still present today and were still present this evening. Tiln Fishery - Six Teal and 3 Oystercatcher. Bunker Wood - Three Woodcock here this morning, also 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Treecreeper. Bellmoor Lake - Single Rose-ringed Parakeet (AS) flew south calling constantly at 10.44am. Also here, 1 Chiffchaff singing, 4 Goldcrest singing, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Siskin, 3 Oystercatcher, 14 Teal, 78 Tufted Duck, 7 Moorhen, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 2 (pair) Goosander, c500 Black-headed Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler. Hallcroft Sewage Works - Single COMMON REDPOLL (MF) with 1 Lesser Redpoll feeding here within a tit flock at 14:50pm. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt, B.Hurst, D.Housman, H.Scall, D.Evans, A.Bell, M.Fitzsimmons, P.J.Freeman, A.Shooter, D.Mannifield, P.Cottam, D.Parmenter, D.Came, S.Came)

Saturday 30th March -LBC Bird Walk around Bellmoor Lake

A new addition to the year list (125) was a female Stonechat at Tiln North (Restoration Area).

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single female Stonechat noted at southern end of scrape from 9.15am until at least 11.00am. Also here single Peregrine hunting then landing on deck for 15 minutes before flying south, 170 Black-headed Gull, 27 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c160 Wigeon, 3 Pintail and 1 Curlew.


Stonechat Saxicola torquatus - Female, Tiln North (Restoration Area), 30th March 2013. ©Phil Cadman

Chainbridge Pit - A total of 26 Goosander, 85 Common Gull, 36 Black-headed Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - A total of 58 Pink-footed Geese present, 375 Common Gull, 178 Black-headed Gull, 10 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 45 Greylag geese, 15 Canada Geese, 3 (feral) Pink-footed Geese and 3 Oystercatcher. Walters Lane Pit - Single Ruff, 1 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 16 Common Gull, 8 Black-headed Gull and 9 Shelduck. Tiln Village - Three Buzzard over here. Bellmoor Lake - Highlights from the 26 species recorded on the walk today included 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Kestrel, c40 Tufted Duck, 1 Goosander, 1 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Goldcrest 3 Buzzard and 2 Jays. (B.Hurst, A.Shooter, S.Davenport, P.Cadman, P.J.Freeman, J.Nyland, A.Nicholson, D.Mannifield, D.Evans)

Friday 29th March

Yesterday's adult winter Little Gull remained today being noted in several locations plus a immature male Marsh Harrier, the 'long-staying' Long tailed Duck and 1 Ruff still.

Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single adult winter Little Gull was still present in northern edge from 8:20am but flew off towards Chainbridge NR Scrape at 9:00am. Also here, c60+ Wigeon, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Kestrel, 4+ Grey Partridge, several singing Skylark and c30 Black-headed Gulls. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single adult winter Little Gull feeding over southern half at 9:30am then flew back towards the Conservation Lake. Also here, c20 Linnet, c150 Wigeon, 2 Curlews early afternoon, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin on flood south of main lake. Chainbridge Pit - Single Goosander, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 male Reed Bunting in song, 2 Great Crested Grebe, c5 Goldeneye and 2 Barn Owls late evening. Chainbridge Wood NR - Two Goldcrests fly-catching over edge of lane and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Four Cormorant, 5 Shelduck, 4 Oystercatcher, c50 Wigeon, c30 Teal, c 30 Shoveler, 10 Goldeneye and 1 Kestrel. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Fieldfare and Redwing noted. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Marsh Harrier (presumed same as Neatholme Pit) was noted here today. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 23 Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6+ Shelduck, c20 Teal and 3 Cormorant. Neatholme Pit - The immature/female LONG-TAILED DUCK (PJF) was still present this morning and a confirmed '2nd-summer' male Marsh Harrier was photographed over here at 13:25pm plus 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe and c10 Goldeneye. 

 Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus - 2nd-summer male, Neatholme Pit, 29th March 2013. ©Ken Wilson

Neatholme Fen - c75 Wigeon, c50 Teal, c20 Shoveler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher and many large gulls including c30 Great Black-backed Gulls, c10 Herring Gull and c20 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Windsurf Pool - Two Red-crested Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Meadow Pipit on nearby field. Walters Lane Pit - Single Ruff noted here all day, 2 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher and 2 Shelduck. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Two Oystercatcher, 4 Pink-footed Geese, c10 Teal and 10 Common Gulls. Tiln Fishery - Single adult winter Little Gull noted here from 11:00 until 11:20am at least. Also here, 150 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 170 Black-headed Gull, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Shelduck, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Great Black-backed Gull and 2 Pied Wagtail. Bellmoor Lake - Up to 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 6 Great Black-backed Gulls, c400 Black-headed Gull, 7 Oystercatcher, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Teal, 4 Goosander, 6 Pochard and 5+ Redwing noted near Rural Learning Centre building. Bellmoor Ponds - Two Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. A minimum of 10 Common Buzzard over the whole site with frequent display noted by several birds. (G.Hobson, P.Cottam, M.Fitzsimmons, I.Cowgill, P.J.Freeman, K.Wilson, D.Evans, D.Mannifield, I.Sexton, S.Sexton, G.Foster)

Thursday 28th March

A new addition to the year list (124) was the adult winter Little Gull found on the Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake)

Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single adult winter Little Gull was noted here from 9:20am until it flew to Tiln North (Restoration Area) at 14:20pm, also here 1 Oystercatcher. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single adult winter Little Gull noted here at 14:20pm also here 3 Goldeneye and 3 Pintail (inc 2 males). Cross Lane Marsh - Single Little Egret noted late morning. Neatholme Scrape - A total of 27 Goldeneye present. Neatholme Pit - The imm/female LONG-TAILED DUCK was still present today. Neatholme Fen - A pair of Goosander and 1 Oystercatcher. Windsurf Pool - A total of 14 Red-crested Pochard here. (D.Housman, N.Housman, H.Scall, P.Cadman, M.Warne, I.Cowgill, D.Roberts)

 Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus - Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake), 28th March 2013. ©Darren Housman

Wednesday 27th March

Blaco Pits (North) - Single female Marsh Harrier hunting. Neatholme Pit - Single imm/female LONG-TAILED DUCK (DHo) still present and showing well and 1 Green Woodpecker. Bellmoor Lake - 12 Mute Swan, 53 Coot, 53 Tufted Duck, 5 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 8 Canada Goose, 310 Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Moorhen, 6 Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Teal, 3 Goosander, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Grey Heron. Hallcroft Sewage Works - 6 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Coal Tit. Tiln Fishery - 150 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 6 Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Shelduck, 2 Canada Goose, 10 Greylag Goose, 5 Coot, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall and 1 Pied Wagtail. Horse Paddocks (Lound) - Single Reed Bunting, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Parish Park - 10 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Little Grebe. Linghurst Wood - 100 Redwing and 2 Siskin. Wildgoose Farm - Single Green Woodpecker, 1 Tree Sparrow and 1 Tawny Owl. Blaco Fields (North) - Single Grey Partridge. Blaco Pits (South) - Four Oystercatcher and 1 Buzzard. Neatholme Fen - Single Tree Sparrow and 1 Red-legged Partridge. Sandy Hills - 10 Redwing and 1 Bullfinch. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Merlin flew South over Lake and perched briefly on Spoil heaps, then flew North hunting on Common. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Sparrowhawk, 1 Ringed Plover and 3 Buzzard. Bluebell Fishery - Single Redshank and 2 Oystercatcher. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Single Oystercatcher. (D.Housman, M.Fitzsimmons, M.Warne)

 Tuesday 26th March

Bellmoor Lake - c15 Redwings and 1 Oystercatcher. Bellmoor Sand Pit - Single Goldcrest and Bullfinch. Bunker Wood - Single Buzzard. Tiln Fishery - Single Peregrine on deck feeding on a kill plus 10 Pied Wagtail and 3 Meadow Pipit. Bellmoor Finger Ponds - Single Little Grebe heard calling. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Two Oystercatcher. Bluebell Fishery (Walters Lane) - Two Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Redwing and 2 Fieldfare. Walters Lane Pit - Single Ruff present. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Curlew and 4 male Pintail on edges. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Woodcock disturbed from ground, 1 Kestrel, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Treecreeper. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Pair of Red-crested Pochard. (M.Warne, D.Roberts, I.Hunt, P.Cadman)

Monday 25th March

Bellmoor Ponds - 2 Coal Tit in Pines, 2 Siskin, single Green Woodpecker. Bellmoor Sand Pit - 2 Bullfinch. Bunker Wood - single Buzzard. Broom Wood - single Buzzard. Bellmoor Lake - Single adult Yellow-legged Gull on main island, a pair of Sparrowhawk hunting, single Oystercatcher, 40 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare, single Snipe. Chainbridge Scrape East - 2 Oystercatcher. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) 2 Oystercatcher. Mattersey Common - Little Egret. Linghurst Pool - male Peregrine Falcon over North East. Linghurst Wood - 118 Redwing and a single Tawny Owl. Lound (Horse Paddocks) - 150 Redwing, 20 Fieldfare and a single Meadow Pipit. (M.Warne, P.Cadman, V.Giles, D.Mannifield)

Sunday 24th March

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Black-tailed Godwit and c50 Fieldfare over. (B.Hurst)

Saturday 23rd March

Two new additions to the year list were the Caspian Gull (122) at Bellmoor Lake and the three Common Redpoll (123) in Mike Vickers garden.

Lound Village - Up to 15 Lesser Redpoll and 3 COMMON REDPOLL (MV) coming to feeders in Mike Vickers Garden. Bellmoor Lake - A 3rd Calendar Year (2nd-winter) CASPIAN GULL (DE) noted today on main island. Bellmoor Pits - Two Kittiwake over late afternoon. (D.Evans,M.Vickers,D.Roberts)

Friday 22nd March

Lound Village - Up to 6 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin and a male Brambling coming to feeders in Mike Vickers Garden. (M.Vickers)

Thursday 21st March

Hawthorn Lane/IVNR - Four COMMON CRANES (PP,DE et al), 2 adults and 2 immatures, were first identified circling over here at 13:45pm heading slowly northwards, before turning towards Clayworth Common and the River Idle  then returning west towards the Blaco area and loosing height until they were lost from view. The four birds were soon re-located having pitched down in a ploughed field near Mattersey Priory and were still present at 15:30pm at least. Interestingly there were two reports of 2 and 3 Common Cranes heading south over Gringley Carr this morning.  Blaco/Mattersey Priory - Four COMMON CRANES (DM,DHo,ASh,PCa,IH,DRo et al) were still present at 15:30pm at least and photographed feeding in field just north of top lake. www.birdguides.com reporting them as still present at 17:00pm today. Also, single Buzzard perched in a tree.

Common Crane Grus grus - Blaco, 21st March 2013. ©Darren Housman

Neatholme Scrape - An incredible 126 Goldeneye (TT, KW), 32 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher and 20 Red-crested Pochard, single Grey Plover flew East over Neatholme Scrape around 10:30. Bellmoor Lake - 11 Goosander, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Teal, 40+ Fieldfare, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and c475 Black-headed Gulls. River Idle (Bellmoor) - c40 Siskin. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Up to 7 Pintail still present, 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Ringed Plover. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Single Black-tailed Godwit feeding and 6 Oystercatcher. Walters Lane Pit - Single Ruff. Neatholme Fen - 2 Oystercatcher and 10 Goldeneye. Blaco Fields (South) - 4 Oystercatcher. Linghurst Pool - 4 Goldeneye. Neatholme Pit - 8 Goldeneye.  (D.Evans, D.Mannifield, M.Fitzsimmons, K.Wilson, A.Shooter, D.Housman. P.Cadman, I.Hunt. D.Roberts, T.Tomlinson)

Wednesday 20th March

Sheep Fields (Low Level) -Two Oystercatcher and a single Black-tailed Godwit. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - 4 Pintail with small flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare over. (D.Mannifield)  

Tuesday 19th March

Walters Lane Pit - Single Ruff, 1 Redshank, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher, 30 Lesser Redpoll and 1 White Wagtail. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Oystercatcher and 1 'feral' Pink-footed Goose still. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - A group of 7 Pintail (inc 4 males) noted here at 10:15am and again at 14:30pm, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Oystercatcher and 1 Curlew feeding at 16:00pm. Clayworth Common - Single juvenile Marsh Harrier which flushed 200 Lapwings plus, 1 Grey Partridge up to 5 Buzzard. Chainbridge Pit - Single Redshank, 16 Goosander, 2 Red-crested Pochard and up to 4 Buzzard over. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Little Grebe. Neatholme Scrape - Pair of Goosander noted plus 10 Red-crested Pochard, a pair of Little Grebe displaying and 1 Fieldfare over. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Single Green Woodpecker, 1 singing Coal Tit and 4 Grey Partridge. Neatholme Pit - Single imm/female LONG-TAILED DUCK (MWa,PCa,IH,RDo) still present and showing very well plus single Rock Pipit south and a pair of Treecreeper nearby. Neatholme Fen - Single Black-tailed Godwit feeding at 13:15pm, 1 'first-winter' GLAUCOUS GULL (DHo, PCa, IH) in roost at 14:15-15:30pm, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Redshank 1 Jay, 3 Oystercatcher and 2 Goldcrest nearby. Bittern Pools - Up to 5 Redwings noted. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Oystercatcher and 1 Buzzard. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Oystercatcher, two Red-crested Pochard. Windsurf Pool - Single 'migrant' Chiffchaff singing in Willows at edge of pool. (M.Warne, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, R.Doan, D.Housman, A.Bradford, P.Bradford)

Monday 18th March

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Morning, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatchers, 6 Pintail including 4 male, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Buzzard. Afternoon 250 Fieldfare over east, single Curlew late afternoon. Clayworth Common - 6 Whooper Swans and 20+ Golden Plover. Neatholme Pit -single Little Grebe on Pit, single Short-eared Owl, perched on fence post on Northern edge. Neatholme Scrape - 11 Goldeneye including 8 female, single Short-eared Owl, perched on fence post on Eastern shoreline. 7 Red-crested Pochard roosting on island icluded 4 males. Willows (S), single Short-eared Owl, harassed by Corvids flew West over Neatholme Scrape. Parish Park Reserve - 4 Red-crested Pochard (2 Pair), singles of Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker and a Little Grebe that was heard calling.  Walters Lane Pit - 2 Oystercatcher, single Redshank and Ruff. Willows (N), single Yellowhammer, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Meadow Pipit. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Two Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Scrape (E) - 2 Oystercatcher. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - 2 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Fen - Single Oystercatcher and 3 Bullfinch. Water Ski Pit - single Bullfinch. Linghurst Pool - Single Heron. (P.Cadman, M.Warne, H.Scall, D.Housman)

Sunday 17th March


Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Four Jack Snipe seen on flooded ground plus 1 Meadow Pipit and 1 Pink-footed Goose. Clayworth Common - 2 Short-eared Owl 1 Barn Owl and a Single Buzzard. Chainbridge Pit - 2 Short-eared Owl, up to 10 Goosander and 9 Goldeneye. Chainbridge Meadows - Single Green Woodpecker. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Up to 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew early morning plus 350 Fieldfare feeding in field and 2 Oystercatcher. Water Ski Pit - Single RED KITE (PCa,IH) drifted south over here at 11:30am. Bellmoor Lake - Up to 10 Goosander, 3 Shelduck, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Common Gull, c400+ Black-headed Gulls, 1 Stock Dove, 8 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Mute Swan, 4 Shoveler, 30 Tufted Duck, 20 Pochard, 20 Teal, 20 Siskin and 1 Lesser Redpoll near river. Bellmoor Pits/Bunker Wood - Two Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Goldcrest, 150 Siskin, 20+ Lesser Redpoll, 1 Treecreeper, 8 Long-tailed Tit and 2 Kingfisher along river. Blaco Fields (North) - Single Green Sandpiper flying North, along River Idle, single Red-legged partridge in flight over field. Blaco Pit (North) - 4 Oystercatcher. Lound Sewage Works - Single female Grey Wagtail. Neatholme Fen - Single Goldcrest, Little Egret and Oystercatcher. Neatholme Pit - Single immature/female LONG-TAILED DUCK (PCa, IH) still present. Walters Lane Pit - Single Ruff and Redshank  (G.Hobson, S.Davenport, M.Warne, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, M.Fitzsimmons, D.Mannifield, B.Hurst, D. Housman, H.Scall, N.Housman)

Saturday 16th March 

Bellmoor Lake - Single Kittiwake reported by a visitor but no further details. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Ringed Plover and 1 Curlew, 1 Short-eared Owl noted today. Cross Lane Marsh - 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge Wood NR -Tawny Owl calling mid-afternoon. (D.Mannifield, D.Housman, per M.Fitzsimmons)

Friday 15th March

Neatholme Fen - Single 'first-winter' GLAUCOUS GULL (BM) was present again here between 17:50-18:05pm this evening plus single Little Egret flew over Fen and 2 Oystercatcher feeding. Blaco Farm & Cottages - Single Barn Owl hunting. Blaco Fields(N) - Two Oystercatcher and a single Snipe observed. Neatholme Pit - Single immature/female LONG-TAILED DUCK (TT,VG,KW) still present. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - single Goosander.  Bellmoor Lake - Single Goosander and 6 Oystercatcher on main island, two Treecreeper in Wood to West, single Goldcrest, Northern end of Lake. Chainbridge Pit - Single Goosander. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Oystercatcher. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Two Oystercatcher. Walters Lane Pit - Two Oystercatcher. (Bill Mulhearn, P. Cadman, I. Hunt, T.Tomlinson, V. Giles, K. Wilson).

Thursday 14th March

Neatholme Fen - Single 'first-winter' GLAUCOUS GULL (DHo) was present here at 6:00pm this evening. Parish Park - Single Green Woodpecker. Lound Sewage Works - Single Goldcrest and Pied Wagtail. Sandy Hills - Two Sparrowhawks displaying, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Song Thrush singing. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Four Oystercatcher. Cross Lane - Four Green Woodpecker at western end plus 2 Buzzard over. Walters Lane Pit - c400 Golden Plover, c300 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 7 Shelduck and 14 Teal. Clayworth Common - Up to 20 Whooper Swans still plus single Kestrel. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - c200 Lapwing, 5 Goldeneye, 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Pied Wagtail. Bellmoor Lake - Nine Goosander, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 1 Shelduck, 2 Reed Buntings singing, 500+ Black-headed Gulls, 5 Common Gulls, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls, 16 Pochard, 5 Mute Swan, 1 Shelduck, 56 Tufted Duck, 88 Coot, 2 Shoveler, 22 Teal, 15 Gadwall, 19 Mallard and 8 Moorhen. Tiln Fishery - c200 Wigeon, 10 Cormorant, 2 Shelduck, 15 Tufted Duck, 18 Canada Geese, 80 Greylag Geese, 6 Teal and 6 Mallard. Bellmoor Ponds - Single Goldcrest in pines. (D.Housman, A.Bradford, P.Bradford, M.Fitzsimmons, D.Mannifield)

Tuesday 12th March

Neatholme Fen - Single probable juvenile ICELAND GULL (DHo) present here from 17:50pm until dusk this evening but poor light restricting viewing. Bellmoor Lake - Single Snipe, 4 (2 pair) Goosander, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 50+ Siskin, 20+ Redwing. Bellmoor Sand Pits - Single female Merlin harrased by Jays at 10:45am and 1 Buzzard. Bellmoor Ponds - 2 Goldcrest in Pines, 1 Goosander and 1 Fieldfare. Bunker Wood - Single Buzzard. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - 2 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Goldcrest and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Chainbridge Lane (Charcon Works) - Single Green Sandpiper flew over North calling. Clayworth Common - Single male Merlin perched on spoil heaps at Sothern end at 15:00pm. Mucky Pond - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - 2 Oystercatcher. Tiln Fishery - 2 Oystercatcher. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - 2 Oystercatcher. (P.Cadman, M.Warne, D.Housman)


Monday 11th March

Lound (Horse Paddocks) - Up to 50 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare and 1 Mistle Thrush. Lound Sewage Works - Single 'wintering' Chiffchaff still present but still no sign of the Siberian race bird here since 22nd February. Also here, female Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtails and up to 10 Redwings. Parish Park - Two Red-crested Pochard, 1 Little Grebe and 70 Redwings in flight. Linghurst Wood - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Linghurst Pool - A total of 21 Goldeneye present including just 3 males. Neatholme Fen - Two Snipe flew West, a total of 10 Goldeneye including just 2 males plus 1 Oystercatcher. Wildgoose Farm - Single Song Thrush and 2 Fieldfare. (M.Warne, P.Cadman)

Sunday 10th March

Neatholme Pit - Single immature/female LONG-TAILED DUCK (PCa, BF, MF) still present. Neatholme Scrape - Single male Merlin flew South along waters edge, 2 Oystercatcher feeding on riverbank. Neatholme Fen - Up to 3 Little Egret, 10 Goldeneye including 8 males, 15 Pochard, 22 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, small numbers of Mallard, Gadwall and Tufted Duck. Blaco Fields South - single 'Ringtail' HEN HARRIER (KW) flew towards River Idle, then back over Blaco Pit. Mattersey Priory - A number of SHORT-EARED OWLS (KW) are being noted around this area hunting along dykes. Wildgoose Farm - Single Tawny Owl in usual roosting area, Jay and Chaffinch. Lound Sewage Works - Two Bullfinch plus single Lesser Redpoll and Reed Bunting. Parish Park - Single 'wintering' Chiffchaff still present, 2 Pied Wagtail, 20 Goldfinch, 20 Redwing, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Kestrel, small numbers of Tufted, Pochard, Coot and Moorhen. Lound (Horse Paddocks) - Mixed flock of c60 Redwing and Fieldfare, 100 Starling, 20 Goldfinch, Chaffinch and 1 Goldcrest. Water Ski Pit- Three Goldcrest feeding in hedgerow. Windsurf Pool - Up to 14 Red-crested Pochard, including 8 males, single Little Grebe calling. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Peregrine Falcon, 4 Goosander overhead, 2 Oystercatcher, 150 Wigeon and 4 Goldeneye including 3 females Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Single Sparrowhawk flew towards farm, 1 Mistle Thrush, 7 Redwing, 1 Reed Bunting and 2 Oystercatcher feeding. Bunker Wood - A flock of 30 Siskin. Tiln Fishery - 107 Wigeon, 8 Cormorant, 78 Greylag Geese and 6 Canada Geese. Bellmoor Lake - Up to 4 Oystercatcher, 40 Lapwing, 2 Wigeon, 2 Cormorant, 1 Heron, 12 Gadwall, 4 Mute Swan, 18 Teal, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 181 Black-headed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Pochard, 2 Canada Goose, 2 Goosander, 10 Mallard, 43 Tufted Duck, 3 Moorhen and 69 Coot. River Idle adjacent Bellmoor Lake - 18 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Goosander.  Bellmoor Lake (IVNR Visitors Centre) - Single Green Woodpecker. (P. Cadman, M. Warne, M. Fitzsimmons, Bernard & Maureen Featherstone, Ken Wilson, Alan and Pauline Bradford)

Of interest a Second-winter KUMLIEN'S GULL and also a First-winter GLAUCOUS GULL were both reported again at Gainsborough Tip yesterday (7th) by Dean Nicholson. As there is known interaction between birds feeding there and later roosting at Lound we should all be on the lookout for these birds over the weekend. Here are two images of the KUMLIEN'S GULL at Gainsborough Tip taken by Dean Nicholson. 
 Kumlien's Gull Larus glaucoides kumlieni - Second-winter, Gainsborough Tip, 7th March 2013. ©Dean Nicholson 

Thursday 7th March
Neatholme Scrape - Common Gull (1,190), Great Black-backed Gull (270), Herring Gull (375) and Black-headed Gull (10,960). Water Ski Pit - Great Black-backed Gull (150), Herring Gull (100).
Chainbridge Pit - Up to 30 Goosander. Neatholme Scrape - Two Oystercatchers roosting on Western shoreline. Also noted today, three Curlews and a single Redshank, both species unusually still 'scarce' for the time of year.  (V.Giles, P.Cadman, P.Freeman, I.Cowgill)

Wednesday 6th March
Chainbridge Pit - A count of 35 Whooper Swans which were earlier seen at Daneshill NR, also noted were two SHORT-EARED OWLS (SD). (S.Davenport)

Monday 4th March
Chainbridge Pit - Up to 22 Goosander and single Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Bullfinch. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Three Oystercatcher and 8 Red-crested Pochard. Clayworth Common - Single PEREGRINE (PCa, MWa) attacking Lapwing and Golden Plover. Linghurst Pool - Two Siskin. Linghurst Wood - Single Treecreeper. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher and single Green Woodpecker. Sandy Hills - Two Redpoll, 20 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest and single Fieldfare and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Three Fieldfare. Short Rotational Coppice (North) - Two Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay and single Goldcrest. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Oystercatcher and single Buzzard. Walters Lane Pit - Single Green Sandpiper and 5 Oystercatcher. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tawny Owls  and a single Buzzard. (P.Cadman, M.Warne)

Sunday 3rd March
Bellmoor Lake - Two Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, 2 Wigeon, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Snipe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Common Gull, 38 Gadwall, 7 Mute Swan, 7 Teal, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 510 Black-headed Gull, 11 Pochard, 6 Canada Goose, 10 Goosander, 9 Shoveler, 10 Mallard, 60 Tufted Duck and 68 Coot. Hallcroft Sewage Works - Three Redpoll. Hallcroft Fishery - Single Reed Bunting calling from reedbed near entrance gate. Bellmoor Ponds - Two Song Thrush, 40 Siskin and 1 Treecreeper. Bunker Wood - A flock of 40 Fieldfare, 2 Green Woodpecker plus 1 Skylark and 2 Bullfinch nearby. Tiln Fishery - Single male PEREGRINE (MF) north along the river at 11:15am, 3 Cormorant, 90 Greylag Goose, 1 Shelduck and 4 Wigeon. Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Single Oystercatcher noted on flooded field. Mucky Pond (Walters Lane) - Two Oystercatcher flying South West. Walters Lane Pit - Single RUFF again feeding with Gulls. Windsurf Pool - 11 Red-crested Pochard, including 6 males. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Oystercatcher feeding on bank. Neatholme Scrape - Single male Pintail and single SHORT-EARED OWL (PCa, IH) perched in small bush on North East end of Scrape. Neatholme Pit - Single immature/female LONG-TAILED DUCK (PCa, IH) still present, single Tawny Owl roosting in usual tree and 2 Snipe flew West over Pit. Wildgoose Farm - Two Tawny Owls. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Egret present. IVNR - A count of c50 Goldeneye noted across Chainbridge Pit, Tiln North, Neatholme Scrape, Neatholme Fen, Neatholme Pit. (P.Cadman, I.Hunt, M.Fitzsimmons, R.Scott)

Saturday 2nd March
Clayworth Common - Up to 36 Whooper Swans, c400 Golden Plover, 3 Snipe, c100 Linnet, 3 Skylark and 1 Buzzard. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Sparrowhawk. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming. River Idle - Single Kingfisher. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Up to 4 SHORT-EARED OWLS (DM) flying from 3.30pm, 4 Oystercatcher and 2 Goldeneye. Cross Lane Marsh - Four Goldeneye and 1 Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Scrape - Six Goldeneye and 1 Little Grebe. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Oystercatcher and 1 Sparrowhawk. Sandy Hills - Single RAVEN (AB,PB) was observed and heard calling whilst flying West over Sandy Hills, a new species for the year. (M.Warne, D.Mannifield, B.Hurst. Alan & Pauline Bradford)

Friday 1st March
Sheep Fields (Low Level) - Single Oystercatcher observed, a single Wood Pigeon was witnessed when attacked and killed by crows. Walters Lane Pit - Single RUFF and 1 Kingfisher. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Treecreeper and Bullfinch. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Three Goosander. Mattersey Common - Single Buzzard. Lound Sewage Works - Single Grey Wagtail. Linghurst Pool - Two Oystercatcher. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret and 3 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Pit - Single immature/female LONG-TAILED DUCK (MWa,PCa) still present. (M.Warne, P.Cadman)