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

Bird Sightings May 2012

Wednesday 30th May

Neatholme Scrape - Two BLACK TERN (IC,ASt,DM) present from 9.50am until 13.20pm at least, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Pintail and 1 Common Tern. Water Ski Pit - Single Lesser Whitethroat singing. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Greenshank in SW corner, 2 Common Tern and 1 Wigeon. Walters Lane Pit - Single Common Tern. Lound Low Road - Single Little Owl sat on roadside verge at midday. (I.Cowgill,D.Mannifield,M.Warne,P.Bradford,A.Bradford,M.Vickers)

Tuesday 29th May

A first-summer male Pied Flycatcher was ringed and released in Adrian Blackburn's Retford garden this morning. Click here to see the image taken by Ian Cowgill.

Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two TURNSTONE (DM) still present and a pair of Pintail still. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Scrape - Single Greenshank. Clayworth Common - Reed Buntings noted with juveniles in Rape field. (D.Mannifield,I.Cowgill,D.Housman)

Monday 28th May

Four or five Turnstones still around from yesterday and the Egyptian Goose was re-located at Blaco.

Hawthorn Lane - Single Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Greenshank, 1 Common Tern and 1 Yellow Wagtail. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Common Tern, 2 Redshank, 2-3 TURNSTONE (AB,PB,DM,TT), 4 Oystercatcher and 1 Little Ringed Plover. Chainbridge Lane - Two Turtle Doves calling along lane. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Little Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Oystercatcher with 1 chick. Clayworth Common - Two Yellow Wagtail. The Willows - Single Cuckoo. Neatholme Pit - Two Oystercatcher. River Idle - Four Common Tern feeding on river by Neatholme Scrape. Neatholme Scrape - Two TURNSTONE (TT,KW) from 10.30am, a pair of Pintail still, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 2 Common Tern, a pair of Great Crested Grebes displaying and 1 Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Fen - Single Cuckoo and 4 Common Tern. Neatholme Lane - Two Turtle Dove. Water Ski Pit - Single Cuckoo. Wildgoose Farm - Two Buzzard. Blaco - Single EGYPTIAN GOOSE (TT,KW) noted here today, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank and 6 male Red-crested Pochard. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,P.J.Freeman)
 (Above) EGYPTIAN GOOSE Alopochen aegyptiaca - Adult, Blaco, 28th May 2012. ©Tony Tomlinson

Sunday 27th May

The reported 'Baird's Sandpipers' were wrongley identified and were actually Sanderlings. Birders got on site fairly quickly and we didn't have a repeat of another 'dodgy wader' like last year. 

Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - The two reported 'Baird's Sandpipers' on Birdguides were re-identified as 'partial' summer plumaged SANDERLINGS (DHu,SC,DC,PCa) and were still accompanying a Dunlin late morning until at least 13.45pm, the original reporter is still unknown but had obviously reported them to Birdguides as only 'probable' Baird's Sandpipers at both 8.25am and 10.15am? Also here, 1 male Wigeon, 4 Common Tern, 4 Redshank and 2 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern and 2 Ringed Plover. Neatholme Pit - Two Buzzard. Neatholme Scrape - Single MARSH HARRIER (PNa) at 13.40pm, 2-4 TURNSTONE (DM,MWa,KW) 2 Redshank, a pair of Pintail still, 1 Red-crested Pochard and 2 Common Tern. Neatholme Fen - Four Turtle Doves on wires. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Little Ringed Plover and 1 Green Woodpecker. Clayworth Common - Single female MARSH HARRIER (MWa) hunting around common at 14.15pm, 2 Little Ringed Plover on rough area today. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Three Redshank displaying. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Cuckoo. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Garden Warbler and Blackcap seen from Chainbridge Lane. (P.Cadman,P.Naylor,S.Came,D,Came,D.Mannifield,K.Wilson,M.Warne)

Saturday 26th May

Another rare/scarce bird filled day! Two Sanderlings, a Temminck's Stint, Black Tern, Egyptian Goose, Quail and Corn Bunting.

Parish Park - Negative News - NO SIGN of Golden Oriole today but 1 Turtle Dove calling here, 1 male Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and many Reed Warblers were also singing. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single TEMMINCK'S STINT (MD,PNa et al) present in SE corner of scrape at 10.20am and still present at 12.30pm at least, also 9 Arctic Tern through at 10.30am, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparowhawk, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Kestrel. Clayworth Common - Single CORN BUNTING (GH et al) still singing and display flighting near Chainbridge Lane from 06.30am at least, also here, a possible QUAIL (MD) calling from riverside rape field near Neatholme Scrape, several Lapwing chicks, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Kestrel and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two male Wigeon and 2 Common Tern over. Neatholme Scrape - Two BLACK TERN (DRo) from 8.00am, 1 Common Tern. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single EGYPTIAN GOOSE (DM) present in front of Chainbridge viewpoint from 14.25pm until 16.00pm at least, 2 SANDERLINGS (same as Sundays birds), 2 Common Tern and 1 Garden Warbler. Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove in trees near gate to Hawthorn Lane. Bittern Pools - Two Tawny Owls calling at 13.30pm.


Friday 25th May

What a fabulous day for those lucky enough to witness these fantastic birds on such a warm day in May. 

Parish Park - A first-summer GOLDEN ORIOLE (J.Simpson,C?) was seen briefly and heard singing in woodland to the NW corner of the Parish Park at 9.45am. The only other report is that the bird was noted to sing twice from trees on the main island at 11.50am (D.Read) followed with a further few short song bursts just minutes later but has not been seen or heard since despite a good crowd of onlookers searching for the bird after midday. This contitutes only the 3rd record for the LBC Recording Area after single males noted on the site of the current Wetlands Waterfowl Reserve in 1975 or 76 (actual date unknown) and at Tiln Poplar Plantation on 7th June 1992. Also whilst looking for the Golden Oriole David Read saw a 'dark' adult (probable) male, HONEY BUZZARD (DRe) which flew in from the south circled over the main lake at 11.50am then proceeded to move off north and out of view. Also, 2 Hobby were hawking insects and a single PEREGRINE (PJF) flew through. Clayworth Common - Single CORN BUNTING (DRo) singing and showing well at 6.25pm in rough spoil heap area north of Chainbridge Lane and just east of Conservation Lake. Neatholme Lane - Single Cuckoo and Turtle Dove calling. Neatholme Scrape - An extremely late pair of Pintail were noted here today. Windsurf Pool - A pair of Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Hobby flew around then headed north, also 3 Common Tern. (J.Simpson,D.Read,D.Roberts,P.J.Freeman,P.Bradford,A.Bradford)

Wednesday 23rd May

Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single MARSH HARRIER (AB,PB) flew north being mobbed by gulls, 1 Redshank, a pair of Oystercatcher, 1 Jay, 1 Pied Wagtail and 1 Cuckoo calling. Windsurf Pool - A pair of Red-crested Pochard and 1 Green Woodpecker. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Five Common Tern. Clayworth Common - Six Stock Dove, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Linnet and 3 Skylark. Neatholme Scrape - Three Common Tern. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford)

Sunday 20th May - WeBS/Bird Count/NWT Bird Walk

Neatholme Pit - Two Lesser Whitethroat in hedgerows along lane. Neatholme Scrape - Three Shelduck, 1 Teal, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Buzzard and 5 Yellow Wagtails which flew to Clayworth Common. Neatholme Fen - Four Shelduck, 2 Red-crested Pochard, a pair of Pochard, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Parish Park - Three Little Grebe. Clayworth Common - Five Yellow Wagtails, 2 Linnet and 1 Kestrel. Cross Lane Marsh - Single male Wigeon, 8 Cormorant and three pairs of Lapwing. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Oystercatchers now with chicks and two pair of Lapwing nearby with chicks. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Curlew mid afternoon. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Cuckoo and 1 Turtle Dove calling. Chainbridge Pit - Single Common Tern. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Dunlin late evening, 1 Common Sandpiper calling, 4 Shelduck, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, a pair of Teal and male Wigeon again. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single immature female PEREGRINE (PH) flew west at 9.45am, 1 male Pintail still and 1 Sparrowhawk. Bellmoor Lake - Three Red-crested Pochard including a partial 'leucistic' bird.  Masses of hirundines in area today with counts of 200 Swallow, 275 House Martin, 60 Sand Martin and up to 850 Swifts with probably many more Swifts still in area early evening especially around Neatholme & Cross Lanes. (P.Hobson,A.Bradford,P.Bradford,G.Foster,S.Davenport,D.Mannifield,P.Cadman,N.Braund,M.Warne,G.Hobson, J.Simpson)

Saturday 19th May

Neatholme Scrape - Single female MARSH HARRIER (DHu) flew in from the north at 10.30am then headed east. Clayworth Common - Single female MARSH HARRIER (DHu) again over common near The Willows at 11.00am and 11.45am. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Hobby then two birds over scrape hunting swifts and a Sparrowhawk flew over high. (M.Warne,D.Hursthouse)

Friday 18th May

Hayton Common - Single immature RED KITE (TT) seen roosting and hunting in the Tiln area at 8.00am with 2 Buzzard nearby. Walters Lane Pit - Single Little Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common - Single Buzzard and 1 Kestrel. Blaco - Four male Red-crested Pochard and up to 7 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Scrape - Two Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redshank and a pair Great Crested Grebe. Wildgoose Farm - Two Buzzard. Neatholme Lane - Three Blackcap and up to 2 Turtle Dove by Neatholme Fen. Neatholme Fen - Four Oystercatcher and 1 Green Woodpecker. Water Ski Pit - Single Cuckoo. The Willows - A pair of Kestrel. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Grey Partridge and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Four Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover and 2 Little Ringed Plover. River Idle - Single Kingfisher flew down stream towards Chainbridge Pit. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - A pair of Common Terns. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Three Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 1 male Pintail. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford,T.Tomlinson,M.Warne,P.Cadman)

Thursday 17th May

Mattersey Priory - Single first-summer male WHEATEAR (CN) on ruins. Chainbridge Pit - Single Cuckoo, 250 Swift and 1 Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Scrape - Seven TURNSTONE (NB) briefly then flew NE. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Treecreeper. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - A pair of Wigeon still and the male Pintail. Windsurf Pool - Single male Red-crested Pochard. (C.Noble,M.Warne,N.Braund)

 (Above) WHEATEAR Oenanthe oenanthe - First-summer, Wildgoose Farm, 17th May 2012. ©Colin Noble

Wednesday 16th May

Parish Park - Single migrant NIGHTJAR (PCa) was disturbed from grass and juncus near the lake and was seen flying off low east towards Neatholme Fen at 12.40pm. This will be only the fourth documented record of Nightjar for the recording area. Hawthorn Lane - Single SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (ABr,PB) noted late morning. Walters Lane Pit - Single Little Ringed Plover. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Cuckoo on post calling in front of screen, 2 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover and 1 WHEATEAR (PCo). Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Yellow Wagtail. Clayworth Common - Single WHEATEAR on soil heaps north of lane and, 1 Little Ringed Plover nearby 1 male Sparrowhawk low over car. Neatholme Scrape - Two Redshank and 2 Ringed Plover. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Ringed Plover. (P.Cottam,P.Cadman,P.Bradford,A.Bradford)

Tuesday 15th May

Blaco - Two Red-crested Pochard, 1 Redshank and 4 Oystercatcher. Wildgoose Farm - Three WHEATEAR (TT,KW) and 2 Buzzard. Neatholme Fen - Two Turtle Dove bathing in puddles, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 3 Oystercatcher. Neatholme Scrape - Single Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Common Tern. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Oystercatcher. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Common Tern, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Turtle Dove drinking. Bellmoor - Single Kingfisher along river. (T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson)
(Above) WHEATEAR Oenanthe oenanthe - Male, Wildgoose Farm, 15th May 2012. ©Tony Tomlinson

Monday 14th May
Hawthorn Lane - Single Jay and Green Woodpecker. Neatholme Fen - Three pairs of Great Crested Grebe and a pair of Sedge Warbler in reeds. Parish Park - Single Green Woodpecker. Clayworth Common - Three Yellow Wagtail, 3 Whitethroat, a pair Reed Bunting and 1 Skylark. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Cuckoo calling. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Common Sandpiper. Neatholme Scrape - Single Common Tern over. Neatholme Lane - Two Turtle Dove drinking from puddle. Blaco - Pair Red-crested Pochard and 1 Redshank. Neatholme Pit (Grassland) - Single male WHEATEAR (AB,PB) present. Up to 5 WHEATEAR (IC) noted today. (P.Bradford,A.Bradford,K.Wilson,I.Cowgill)

Sunday 13th May
Walters Lane Pit - Two Common Tern copulating. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Common Tern. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) -Two Oystercatcher. The Willows - Single Lesser Whitethroat. Up to 4 WHEATEAR (IC) noted today plus Mistle Thrush and Turtle Dove. (P.Cottam,I.Cowgill)

Saturday 12th May

The 'Big Bird Day' went well and I'm sure everyone who took part during the day saw lots of interesting birds. Highlights being Osprey, Grey Plover, Whimbrel, Raven, Peregrine, Short-eared Owl, Hobby, Wheatear, Black-tailed Godwit and Turtle Dove. Also, a female Roe Deer and its recently born faun was a very nice sighting away from all those birds.

The combined day list of 'all known' sightings stands now at an amazing 106 species which we think beats a previous record 'big bird day' that recorded 105 species. Stuart Davenport and Gary Hobson (who both actually began their day list at 1.30am and 2.00am) recorded personal best day lists of exactly 100 species each though frustratingly for them, they still missed a couple of easy species that other observers saw during the day.

A very BIG thanks to everyone who took part, to those members who attended the walk this afternoon and for Phil Lee and his team of moth trappers for adding to the days events in the evening.

Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single male Pintail, 1 Greenshank at 02.04am, 2 Common Tern throughout the day and 4 Black-tailed Godwit present at 14.55pm. Chainbridge Bridge - Single PEREGRINE (MV et al) over mid morning. River Idle - Single male Wigeon flew off the river at 02.05am and Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler in song at 02.15am. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Green Woodpecker and 1 Tawny Owl calling at 01.40am. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single WHIMBREL (GH,SD) calling overhead at 03.10am, up to 3 Curlew present at 02.20am, a moulting into summer GREY PLOVER (GH,SD) was present from 8.08am but had departed around an hour later and a late first-summer Common Gull over east at 08.10am. Tiln Wood - Single Tawny Owl calling in darkness. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Common Sandpiper flew from here at 04.00am towards Tiln North, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank and 1 Dunlin on nearby flood pools. Cross Lane Marsh - Single MARSH HARRIER (IC,DHo) flew east over here at approx 15.15pm and high out of sight over Hayton to Clayworth road, 1 male Wigeon and 2 Grey Heron. The Willows - Single Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Tree Sparrows and 3 Yellowhammer. Neatholme Pit - Two Red-legged Partridge. Neatholme Scrape - Single Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 male Red-crested Pochard and 2 Common Tern. Neatholme Fen - Single RAVEN over east at approx 10.50am, 2 Hobby over nearby, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin. Blaco - Single OSPREY (IC et al) was seen distantly heading east over the north end, up to 7 Buzzard were in the air together mid morning and 2 Kestrels. Mattersey Priory - Single Turtle Dove ( the 105th species of the day) on wires just east of river here at 7.20pm Parish Park - Single male Red-crested Pochard, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Kestrel and 2 Little Grebe. Windsurf Pool - Several Reed Warbler, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Oystercatcher over. Walters Lane Pit - Two Bullfinch. Lound - Two Greenfinch in Mike V's garden. Tiln Pits - Two Common Tern over heading towards Chainbridge and 1 Little Grebe. Bellmoor Lake - Single Snipe at 05.18am, 2 Common Tern and 3 male Red-crested Pochard. Bellmoor Fishing Pits - Single Kingfisher at 05.50am along river here with up to three birds late evening, 2 Cuckoo, 5+ Coal Tit, 2 Goldcrests and 4+ Treecreeper around midday. Bellmoor Works (Access Road) - Three WHEATEAR (GH,SD) inc 1 male were on the roadside verges and fence posts at 06.28am and 2 Meadow Pipit were in the nearby field. (G.Hobson,S.Davenport,I.Cowgill,M.Dawson,D.Housman,M.Vickers,V.Giles,A.Bradford,P.Bradford,A.Nicholson, M.Richards,D.Mannifield, P.J.Freeman)

Friday 11th May

Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Three Oystercatcher, 1 male Wigeon, 2 Dunlin, 1 male Pintail, 250 Swift and 100 House Martin. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Moorhen nest with 5 chicks and two eggs still, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Garden Warbler and up to 17 Long-tailed Tit which probably includes youngsters. Neatholme Scrape - Two male Red-crested Pochard. Blaco - Single CommonTern and a pair of Red-crested Pochard. (M.Warne,T.Tomlinson)


Thursday 10th May

Neatholme Scrape - Pair of Red-crested Pochard and 1 Yellowhammer. Clayworth Common - Single WHEATEAR (DM)  and 1 Sparrowhawk. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Redshank and 2 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Greenshank, 7 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Cuckoo. Cross Lane - Single Turtle Dove calling. Wildgoose Farm - Single Cuckoo. River Idle - Single Kingfisher seen twice in half an hour near Bunker Wood. Bellmoor Lake - Three male Red-crested Pochard and single Sedge Warbler in Willows near Rural Learning Centre. (M.Warne,P.Cadman,D.Mannifield,P.J.Freeman)

Wednesday 9th May

Single Osprey moved north this morning.

Clayworth Common - Single Hobby. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Five WHEATEAR (DM), 2 Little Ringed PLover, 2 Ringed Plover and 4 Lapwing chicks. The Willows - Single Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Tree Sparrow and 1 Yellowhammer. Neatholme Lane - Single Lesser Whitethroat. Neatholme Pit - Lapwings with four chicks in cattle field by  Neatholme bridge. Neatholme Scrape - Single OSPREY (MW) flew north over scrape at 10.45am, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Red-crested Pochard. Linghurst Pool - Single Dunlin, 1 Greenshank and 12 Shelduck. Neatholme Fen - Single Reed Warbler. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plover and 1 Dunlin. Windsurf Pool - Two Oystercatcher and 1 Reed Warbler. Bittern Pools - Two Blackcap. Water Ski Pit - Single Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo and 1 Sedge Warbler. Cross Lane Fishery - Single Bullfinch. Linghurst Wood - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Parish Park - Three Garden Warbler, 2 Little Grebe and a pair of Bullfinch. Bellmoor - Pair of Bullfinch and 2 Treecreeper near weir. (P.J.Freeman,M.Warne,D.Mannifield,S.Davenport)

Tuesday 8th May 

Single Temminck's Stint was noted on Neatholme Fen for just over an hour this afternoon then relocated on Neatholme Scrape at 17.50pm and was present until 20.15pm.

Neatholme Fen - Single summer plumaged TEMMINCK'S STINT (MGo,PJF et al) was present from 15.30pm until it flew off at approx 16.45pm but was relocated on Neatholme Scrape at 19.50pm (PH) and was still present at 20.15pm at least. Also here was a single PEREGRINE (PJF,PCa,DRo) over south, 1 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, 4 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Common Tern. Windsurf Pool - Pair of Great Crested Grebe, 1 Reed Bunting and 2 Reed Warbler. Hawthorn Lane - Single Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Garden Warbler and 1 male Blackcap. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Oystercatcher, 1 Ruff, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Grey Partridge and 1 Chiffchaff. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East)  - Three Oystercatcher, 1 Sedge Warbler, a pair of Little Ringed Plover displaying, 1 Ruff and 1 Yellow Wagtail. Chainbridge Lane - Three Whitethroat and 1 Sedge Warbler in Dyke. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Cuckoo. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Oystercatcher. Wildgoose Farm - Single Cuckoo today. Neatholme Lane - Single Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat and a Kingfisher flew from the Water Ski Pit to Neatholme Fen. (P.J.Freeman,M.Goodman,I.Cowgill,A.Bradford,P.Bradford,P.Cadman,D.Roberts,P.Hobson)


Monday 7th May

Neatholme Scrape - Up to 6 Arctic Tern over north at about 15.00pm, 1 LITTLE GULL (DM), 2 Ruff, 3 Redshank, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Hobby at 14.00pm, 1 Sedge Warbler along the river and 1 Whitethroat. Neatholme Fen - Single Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 1 Yellow Wagtail 4 Oystercatcher and 1 Turtle Dove on wires. Water Ski Pit - Three Garden Warbler and 1 Lesser Whitethroat. Cross Lane - Single Cuckoo calling from here. Blaco - Three Red-crested Pochard, 4 Oystercatcher and up to 3 Buzzard in area. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Whitethroat. Clayworth Common - Three Yellow Wagtail (D.Mannifield,T.Tomlinson,D.Housman)

Sunday 6th May
Two Whimbrel still around and a summer plumaged Spotted Redshank mid afternoon briefly.

Walters Lane Pit - Single Little Ringed Plover and 1 Reed Warbler. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two WHIMBREL (RSt,PCo) still, a single summer plumaged SPOTTED REDSHANK (AN) (possibly a second distant bird) here at 13.30pm, 3 Ruff, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher and single Turtle Dove over heading west. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single male WHEATEAR (RSt,PCo) and 2 Yellow Wagtails. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Cuckoo. Neathome Scrape - Single Hobby over and 2 Green Sandpipers. Neatholme Lane - Single Lesser Whitethroat near Neatholme Bridge. Bellmoor - Single Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap and 4 Swallow along river. Bellmoor Lake - Two male Red-crested Pochard, 2 Shelduck and 1 Oystercatcher. (R.Stevens,P.Cottam,A.Nicholson)

Saturday 5th May

First sighting of Turtle Dove today, a Raven, a Marsh Harrier, a few interesting waders and 2 late Fieldfare noted.

Walters Lane Pit - Two WHIMBREL (MD et al) noted this morning here and over Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) and 1 Grey Heron. Chainbridge Lane - Two Fieldfare flew into a tall Willow (to roost?) by Chainbridge NR Scrape later afternoon Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single summer Black-tailed Godwit throughout most of today but flew north late afternoon, 1 male Pintail, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Little Ringed Plover. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Little Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Oystercatcher. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single female WHEATEAR (GH) on rough ground by southern edge of pit, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 10+ Stock Dove feeding in various areas. The Willows - Single Cuckoo. Clayworth Common - Single Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo, 2 WHEATEAR (DM,AB,PB) in field opposite Neatholme Scrape, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5+ Whitethroats and 5+ Reed Buntings in rape fields. Cross Lane Marsh - Single female MARSH HARRIER (IC,RSt,DHo,DHu,MD et al) flew west over here heading towards Lound village and out of site early morning. Neatholme Scrape - Single BAR-TAILED GODWIT (IC,MD,DHu,RSt,PL,DHo et al) on deck early morning, 1 TURNSTONE (IC,MD,DHu,RSt,PL,DHo et al) still present throughout the day, 2 adult LITTLE GULLS (IC,MD,DHu,RSt,PL,DHo et al) with a single remaining throughout the day, 5+ Arctic Terns throughout the day, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3+ Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 individual Hobby flew from north to south here at 14.00pm, 14.20pm & 15.00pm, 1 Cuckoo flew from the Common towards Neatholme Lane. Neatholme Lane - Single Turtle Dove reported earlty morning, 10+ Blackcap, 3 Garden Warblers, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Jays and 1 Kestrel. Wildgoose Farm - Single Cuckoo. Neatholme Fen - Two Greenshank. Blaco - Single RAVEN (GH) flew directly overhead coming from Wiseton village direction being noisily pursued by a Carrion Crow and heading over the southern pit towards Blaco Hill. A short time later it was seen distantly over Mattersey village.(I.Cowgill,R.Stevens,M.Dawson,D.Housman,D.Hursthouse,P.Lee,G.Hobson,A.Bradford,P.Bradford,P.J.Freeman,


Friday 4th May

Walters Pit - Two Common Tern, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, a pair Great Crested Grebe, a pair Oysteratcher and Cuckoo calling. Hawthorn Lane - Single Song Thrush, 1 Jay and 1 Chiffchaff. Windsurf Pool - Up to 8 Reed Warblers and 1 Cuckoo. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two WHIMBREL (SM,MW,TT,DHu) still present at 6.45am and then flew off north over Blaco late morning, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Dunlin, 1 Cuckoo and 1 Redshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, a pair Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 male Pintail, 1 Great Crested Grebe and a pair of Grey Partridge. Chainbridge Pit - Up to 13 Arctic Terns north today. Chainbridge Lane - Single Kestrel, a pair of Reed Bunting, 2 Sedge Warblers seen in dyke, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Bullfinch. Chainbridge Wood NR  - Single Green Woodpecker. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single WHEATEAR (DM) on posts and 4 Little Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Four Arctic Terns over here at 12.30pm, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Little Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common - Two WHEATEAR (DM) in ploughed field by Neatholme Scrape, 200 Swift, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Kestrel, 1 Curlew mid afternoon, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Linnet, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Whooper Swan with Mute Swans. River Idle - Up to 5 Arctic Tern flew north at 12.30pm, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Whitethroat. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 5 Arctic Tern mid-morning increased to 10 birds flew north by 12.30pm, 4 birds flew north at 13.30pm but there were up to 30 noted throughout the day by one observer, 1 TURNSTONE (DM et al), 2 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 male Ruff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Mistle Thrush north, a pair of Oystercatcher, 1 male Goldeneye and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Neatholme Lane - 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warbler. Neatholme Fen - Single Greenshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Lesser Whitethroat nearby. Blaco - 80 Swift, 2 Redshank and 4 Oystercatcher. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Cuckoo. Water Ski Pit - Single Sedge Warbler,2 Garden Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 4 Whitethroat. Lound (Horse Paddocks) - Single Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Song Thrush and 2 Mistle Thrush.(S.Moakes,P.Cottam,P.Hobson,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,D.Hursthouse,A.Bradford,P.Bradford,D.Mannifield,


Thursday 3rd May
Neatholme Scrape - At 6.45am 7 Arctic Terns flew north, a further single bird was here at 7.50am and then a further 8 birds flew north at 10.45am (see image below), 2 Hobby were here late morning with a single bird noted with prey late afternoon, 1 Common Sandpiper was noted today, 3 Yellow Wagtail, and the 2 Ruff were also still present. Neatholme Fen - Two WHIMBREL (IC) flew east then turned north at 7.30am and 2 Dunlin. Cross Lane Marsh - A nice group of 9 BAR-TAILED GODWIT (IC) (see image below) flew north over at 9.00am. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Common Sandpipers were noted here today. Clayworth Common - Single adult Whooper Swan remained with Mute's here. Chainbridge Lane - Single Sedge Warbler in ditch opposite Chainbridge viewpoint, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Jay nearby. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two WHIMBREL (SM) present this afternoon and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Windsurf Pool - Two Reed Warbler and 1 Lesser Whitethroat nearby. Hawthorn Lane - Single Cuckoo heard calling. A single Greenshank was mobile around the whole site today. (I.Cowgill,S.Moakes 

(Above) Arctic Tern Sterna paradiseae - Neatholme Scrape, 3rd May 2012. ©Ian Cowgill
(Below) Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica -  Nine flew North, Cross Lane Marsh, 3rd May 2012. ©Ian Cowgill

Wednesday 2nd May
Neatholme Pit - Single Whitethroat near footbridge. Neatholme Scrape - Two BLACK TERNS (IC) were present from 08.50am until they flew off at 11.00am, but at 5.20pm two further birds were again present here and were presumably new arrivals (DM et al), four LITTLE GULLS (IC,RSt,PCo) were noted here from 11.28am but were joined by a fifth bird at 14.15pm (PJF), a steady passage of Arctic Terns were noted today with counts numbering 13, 18, 21 and finally 24 being the maximum count at any one time. Obviously there may have been many more than 24 individuals as birds will no doubt have moved on as new birds arrived. Also here today, up to 6 Buzzard, 2 Hobby, 2 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Common Tern, 1 Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatcher and finally 1 WHIMBREL (KW) photographed on the deck (see images below). Water Ski Pit - Single Red-crested Pochard, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackcap and 1 Willow Warbler. Neatholme Fen - Two Buzzard, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Lesser Whitethroat in hedgerow. Linghurst Pool - Single Buzzard and 1 Sparrowhawk over. Windsurf Pool - Single Cuckoo heard here and 1 Reed Warbler. Chainbridge Lane - Single Lesser Whitethroat singing from Chainbridge Meadow side of track. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Oystercatcher. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Whooper Swan, 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Reed Bunting. Walters Lane Pit - Single Cuckoo heard here. (P.Cadman,M.Warne,K.Wilson,D.Mannifield,P.J.Freeman,I.Cowgill)


(Above two images) Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus - Neatholme Scrape, 2nd May 2012. ©Ken Wilson

Tuesday 1st May

Clayworth Common (Conservatiuon Lake) - Two Yellow Wagtails. Clayworth Common - Single Yellow Wagtail flew NE over rape field. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wigeon, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Redshank and 2 Oystercatcher copulating. Neatholme Scrape - Single Ruff and 1 Common Tern. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Cuckoo calling from this area. Neatholme Lane - Three Garden Warblers sand from here today. (D.Mannifield,C.Johnson)