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

Bird Sightings - May 2013

Friday 31st May

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Common Tern, 1 Hobby over, 1 Cuckoo calling and a large family party of Long-tailed Tit noted. Chainbridge Pit - Single Grasshopper Warbler and Turtle Dove noted here. Windsurf Pool - Pair of Mute Swan + 5 cygnets, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 pair of Red-crested Pochard, 1 Jay and 2 Buzzard over. Water Ski Pit - 2 pair of Great Crested Grebe plus a different Cuckoo calling. Cross Lane Marsh - Two Hobby noted over here today. Neatholme Scrape - 60+ Mute Swan, pair of Great Crested Grebe, 1 male Kestrel, 6 male Pochard and male cuckoo over. Neatholme Pit - Pair of Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Hobby over and a female kestrel. Wildgoose Farm - Single Buzzard over. Clayworth Common - Single Marsh Harrier, 1 Shelduck and 1 Grey Partridge. Walters Lane Pit - Two Shelduck. (Col Neale, D.Mannifield, @IdleValleyChat, @IdleBirder)

Thursday 30th May

A single female Marsh Harrier and 1 Hobby was reported at in the northern part of the reserve today. (@IdleValleyChat)

Monday 27th May

Parish Park - Single Cuckoo. Neatholme Lane - Single Lesser Whitethroat. Neatholme Fen - Single Hobby here at 13:30pm. Chainbridge Scrape (West) - Up to 3 Hobby present at 11:30am plus 1 Common Tern. Windsurf Pool - 5 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe. Hawthorn Lane - Two Garden Warbler. Cross Lane - Single Sedge Warbler and a Cuckoo heard from direction of Cross Lane Marsh. Chainbridge Pit - Singles of Grasshopper Warbler, Cuckoo and Turtle Dove. Walters Lane Pit - Two Shelduck and 1 Grey Heron. Wetlands Animal Park - Single Garden Warbler and 1 Oystercatcher. (P.J.Freeman, A.Bradford, P.Bradford, A.Bell)

Sunday 26th May

Neatholme Lane - One to two Turtle Doves on wires by track to Wildgoose Farm and along lane in evening. Water Ski Pit - Single Hobby over. Neatholme Pit - Two Egyptian Geese (166) flew north over pit and landed at Blaco in fields at 12:50am. Neatholme Scrape - Two Common Terns plus 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Pintail and 1 Cuckoo. Bellmoor Lake (Area) - Single Wheatear seen near the 'modern art' style steal seat and a Woodcock flushed along a track north of Tarmac offices. (D.Roberts, Stuart Allen, @IdleBirder) 

 Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur - Neatholme Lane, 26th May 2013. ©Stuart Allen

Local News

Gringley-on-the Hill - Single RED KITE flew over Gringley dual carriageway heading in the general direction of Mattersey Priory then lost to view. (@IdleBirder)

Saturday 25th May 

Water Ski Pit - Male and female Cuckoo calling on Eastern edge of Pit. Cross Lane Fishery - single Turtle Dove calling. Parish Park - Single male Wigeon present today. Tiln Pits - Mute Swan pair with seven cygnets. (P.Cadman, K.Wilson)

 Mute Swan Cygnus Olor - Adult tending four of seven recently hatched cygnets, Tiln Pits, 25th May 2013. ©Ken Wilson

Friday 24th May

Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove on wires opposite 'Charcon' yard. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Redshank and Little Ringed Plover plus 2 Oystercatcher and 1 male Pochard. (G.Hobson)

Wednesday 22nd May

Clayworth Common - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (DHo) (165) observed flying north over common at 8:15am but bird continued north eventually going out of sight. Still a county rarity so a description will be submitted to the county recorder. Water Ski Pit - Singles of Turtle Dove, Cuckoo and Lesser Whitethroat all calling/singing. Wildgoose Farm - Single Buzzard. Neatholme Scrape - Two Common Terns on island. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Three Red-crested Pochard and 1 Oystercatcher. Chainbridge Lane - Single Little Ringed Plover in old Tarmac Yard. Tiln Pits - Single Little Grebe and Sparrowhawk. (M.Warne, P.Cadman, D.Housman)

Tuesday 21st May

Walters Lane Pit - Two Redshank. Hawthorn Lane - Single Turtle Dove calling opposite green box plus a female Sparrowhawk flew north along lane. Water Ski Pit - Single Turtle Dove and Cuckoo calling. Sandy Hills - Single male Bullfinch. Short Rotation Coppice (North) - Single Hobby over. Walters Lane - Single Turtle Dove on wires which may be a separate bird to one above? Neatholme Lane - Single Turtle Dove calling here. Neatholme Scrape - Single Redshank flew towards Chainbridge Scrape. Blaco - Two Egyptian Goose on lake by island at 14:20pm. Parish Park - Single Cuckoo heard calling. Bellmoor Lake - Single Turtle Dove calling from Bolham Wood east of the river. (P.Cottam, M.Warne, M.Speck)

Monday 20th May

Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Hobby south here at 13:30pm. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Hobby north at 11:45am. (M.Warne, P.Cadman)

Sunday 19th May

Walters Lane - Single Turtle Dove on wires at 8:30am. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Little Egret over. Chainbridge Pit - Single Redshank. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Singles of Little Ringed Plover and Stock Dove. River Idle - Single Turtle Dove calling between Tiln North & Chainbridge Pit. Bellmoor Area -Single of Buzzard, Song Thrush, Sedge Warbler, Green Woodpecker and Skylark, 2 Shelduck, 1 Wigeon, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull plus numerous Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Whitethroat noted in area. (P.Cottam, Matt Guest)

Local News

Retford - A pair of Grey Wagtails were feeding at least 2 juveniles between Town Bridge and the Bridge in the park. (J.Wilkins)

Saturday 18th May

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Black-tailed Godwit again on Scrape and 3 Common Tern. Water Ski Pit - Turtle Dove on Power Lines and 2 Garden Warblers. Neatholme Scrape - Single Cuckoo in tree near Bridge. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single male Wheatear in North East corner, 2 Wigeon, 2 Ringed Plover, single Curlew and 4 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge Pit - Singles of Cuckoo and Turtle Dove in South East corner. Chainbridge Wood NR - 2 Jay's. Neatholme Scrape - Single male Pintail still present. Bittern Pools - Single Spotted Flycatcher (164) noted here at 10:30am. Windsurf Pool - 3 Red-crested Pochard. (D.Mannifield, Ken Roberts)

Friday 17th May

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Black-tailed Godwit. Hayton Common - Single Marsh Harrier flew north. Walters Lane Pit - Two Little Ringed Plover. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Sanderling on eastern shore this am, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, single Cuckoo flew over towards Hayton, single female Marsh Harrier flew towards Clayworth Common and 1 male Wheatear. Chainbridge Pit - Single Ringed Plover. Clayworth Common (Spoil Heaps) - Single Hobby hunting low over here. Cross Lane - Single Cuckoo calling. Neatholme Scrape - Single Wood Sandpiper on eastern shoreline this am but had gone by 10:30am, 2 Black Tern here early am, single Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Redshank plus male Pintail, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Common Tern. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Lane - Single Turtle Dove calling near to Neatholme Fen viewing screen entrance. Water Ski Pit - Singles of Cuckoo and Turtle Dove calling. (P.Cottam, D.Mannifield, I.Cowgill. P.Cadman, D.Housman, H.Scall) 

Thursday 16th May

Clayworth Common - Two Hobby noted here  and Cross Lane Marsh today.  Neatholme Scrape - Single Wigeon. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Common Tern. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Three Common Terns here. (D.Mannifield)

Wednesday 15th May

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Up to 2 Sanderling on eastern shore until this evening, plus up to 6 Dunlin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wigeon still, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Ringed Plover. Chainbridge Pit - Single Cuckoo calling from east side. Chainbridge Lane - Single Jay. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Common Tern and 1 Dunlin. Walters Lane Pit - Single Ringed Plover. Cross Lane Marsh - Single female Marsh Harrier over here at 11:30am. Neatholme Bridge - Visual migration watching here between 12:00pm and 13:30pm produced 3 Arctic Tern south to north, single Marsh Harrier lingering, 5 Dunlin and 5 Ringed Plover south to north then a further 2 Dunlin south to north plus 6 unidentified waders south to north. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 8 Black Terns flew in from the south fed a while then eventually left in one flock north over Neatholme Bridge at 10:00am, a group of 7 Ruff flew in from south at 10:00am but did not rest and flew north, a group of 9 Dunlin flew in from south at 10:15am but did not rest and again flew north. Also here, 2 Turtle Dove flew over northern end of scrape and up to 50 House Martin noted. Neatholme Fen - Three Black Tern present here at 3:00pm. Neatholme Lane - Single Turtle Dove on wires. River Idle (Bunker Wood) - Single Kingfisher on river. (I.Cowgill, K.Wilson, P.Cadman, M.Warne, D.Mannifield, P.Harrison, C.Smith, M.Goodman)

Tuesday 14th May

Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Dunlin and Redshank. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Little Ringed Plover. Chainbridge Pit - Single Redshank and Cuckoo. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Treecreeper. Windsurf Pool - Up to 3 male Red-crested Pochard. Bluebell Fishery (Walters Lane) - Single Little Ringed Plover. Wildgoose Farm - Single Yellow Wagtail in field. Parish Park - Single Tawny Owl calling and 1 Jay.  (P.Cottam, M.Warne, P.Cadman)

Monday 13th May

Blaco - Two male Red-crested Pochard and 2 Buzzard. Neatholme Fen - Single Common Tern. Neatholme Scrape - Single Turnstone flew around here at 6:45am. Windsurf Pool - Five male Red-crested Pochard. Water Ski Pit - Single Cuckoo. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover and 3 Buzzard in area. Chainbridge Pit - Two Redshank and 1 Cuckoo. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Cuckoo. Bellmoor Lake - Single Common Tern. (I.Cowgill, M.Warne, T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson)

Sunday 12th May

Clayworth Common - Single Hobby. Chainbridge Pit - Two Turnstone (thought to be different to yesterday's birds) were noted eastern shoreline from around midday? until 15:30pm at least. Walters Lane Pit - Single Wood Sandpiper (@IdleBirder) present late evening. Water Ski Pit - Single Turtle Dove on wires. Neatholme Pit - Single Great Crested Grebe. Neatholme Scrape - Single Cuckoo flew east over scrape, 1 Hobby, 1 Redshank, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 3 Dunlin. Parish Park - Single Lesser Whitethroat and Garden Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 1 male Bullfinch, 1 Common Tern, 2 Buzzard and 4 Linnet. Doughty's Pit - The two 'pinioned' Ruddy Shelduck were present here having walked from the Wetlands Animal Park. Also here; 2 Great Crested Grebe, c200 Sand Martin, c100 House Martin, c50 Swifts and c100 Swifts. (D.Housman, S.Davenport, P.J.Freeman, G.Hobson, D.Evans, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, N.Braund, @IdleBirder)

Saturday 11th May

No news reported via e-mail or text.

Friday 10th May

Windsurf Pool - Up to 6 male Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Scrape - Two Turnstone (163) present on east shoreline from 7:10am until 15:15am at least plus a pair of Wigeon, 1 Redshank and 1 male Pintail present. Neatholme Lane - Single Cuckoo, several hundred Swift, c20 House Martin and c40 Sand Martin. Cross Lane - Single Turtle Dove calling briefly at top of lane at 11:00am. Water Ski Pit - Single Turtle Dove calling at 10:30am. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Singles of Arctic Tern, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Ringed Plover and Little Ringed Plover plus 4 Dunlin. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Arctic Tern present at 16:00pm. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Cuckoo. Chainbridge Lane - Two Turtle Dove near 'Charcon' Works. Bellmoor Lake - Single Arctic Tern, c200 Swift, c80 Swallow, c30 House Martin, 84 Tufted Duck, 2 Shelduck, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Common Sandpiper at 9:45am, 1 Little Ringed Plover at midday, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Tern, 4 Sedge Warbler, 7 Common Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Bellmoor Ponds - Single Turtle Dove flushed from river bank and flew south, 1 Buzzard, 2 Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff,  1 Garden Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Song Thrush. Bunker Wood - Two Garden Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Blackcap. Tiln Fishery - c200 Swifts, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Crested Grebe, c100 Sand Martin, c50 Swallows. Tiln Pits - Two Reed Warbler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe and 1 Hobby flew north at 11:00am. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Whimbrel heard calling at 21:30pm heading NE. Also here today; 1 Redshank and 2 Yellow Wagtail. (M.Fitzsimmons, I.Cowgill, P.Cottam, P.J.Freeman, P.Cadman, I.Hunt, D.Roberts)

Thursday 9th May

No news reported via e-mail or text.

Wednesday 8th May

Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single 'ringtail' HEN HARRIER (PHa,CS) noted from here this morning, the bird flew in low from the north being mobbed by crows, tried to settle on an island but was forced off and flew south at 8:35am. Also here, 2 Common Terns. Walters Lane Pit - Single Greenshank. Chainbridge Pit - Single Cuckoo over. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single female Sparrowhawk over, 1 Dunlin and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Neatholme Pit - Single imm/female LONG-TAILED DUCK (IC,PCo) was still present at 10:00am. Windsurf Pool - Up to 5 male Red-crested Pochard. (P.Harrison, C.Smith, I.Cowgill, P.Cottam)

Tuesday 7th May

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Wood Sandpiper (161) (IC) flew south from here at 8:25am plus 1 Common Sandpiper. Clayworth Common - Single female Marsh Harrier plus 3 Buzzard today. Walters Lane Pit - Single Greenshank still. Chainbridge Pit - Single Cuckoo sat on fence. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Common Tern feeding. (I.Cowgill, I.Hunt, D.Housman, D.Mannifield)

Local News

Grangley Carr - Up to 5 DOTTEREL still present in field by barn with blue doors at 15:30pm at SK717938  (#rbnNTT via @IdleBirder on Twitter)

Monday 6th May 

Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single COMMON CRANE (RR,MR,IC,DM) flew north with a Grey Heron at 20:18pm. Also here 1 Oystercatcher. Clayworth Common - Two Hobby seen hawking from 14.09pm viewable from Neatholme Scrape viewing screen. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Eight Ringed Plover through this am, 1 Wheatear on island still, 2 Redshank and 2 Dunlin at 8:30pm. Chainbridge Pit - Single Cuckoo heard during evening, 2 Sedge Warbler alongside the river and 2 Redshank. Chainbridge Lane - Single Lesser Whitethroat and Reed Warbler. Walters Lane Pit - Single Greenshank, 1 Ruff and 1 Ringed Plover. Windsurf Pool - Five Red-crested Pochard (inc 4 males), 2 Reed Warbler and 1 Cuckoo. Cross Lane - Two Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler and Cuckoo over. Neatholme Scrape - Single Black Tern (160) dropped into scrape from the south at 13:35pm then flew over to Chainbridge Scrape and returned to here at 13:43pm, fed a while before picking up height at 13:57pm and flew high north over Blaco. Also here single Marsh Harrier at 14:09pm and 1 Sparrowhawk. Bellmoor Lake - Two Common Tern including copulating being noted and 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sedge Warbler, three pairs of Greylag Geese with gosling's and 1 male Red-crested Pochard. (D.Roberts, J.Nyland, I.Cowgill, M.Dawson, R.Revill, M.Revill, D.Mannifield, A.Bell)

Local News

Grangley Carr - Up to 7 DOTTEREL still present at 8.15am at least in field next to field with "white bags" (via @IdleBirder on Twitter) with 6 birds still in adjoining field at 10:30am (V.Giles) 

Sunday 5th May

Chainbridge Lane - Single Turtle Dove on lane opposite 'Charcon' Works again this morning. Bellmoor Lake - Single Hobby flew low over lake at 11:25am. Neatholme Scrape - Single Hobby over at 12:00pm. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single  Curlew calling, single Wheatear on island, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin. Bellmoor Lake - 2 Common Tern, 2 Lesser Whitethroat. Tiln Poplar Plantation - 3 Lesser Redpoll. Chainbridge Pit - Single Ruff and Redshank. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Greenshank and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Tiln Pits - 4 Oystercatcher and 4 Little Grebe.  Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - 4 Red-crested Pochard. (T.Carter, A & P Bradford, D. Mannifield, M.Fitzsimmons, M.Warne)

Saturday 4th May

Parish Park - Two Little Grebe. Neatholme Pit - Single OSPREY (GH) flew north over here along the River Idle past Blaco Pits and over Gringley village then out of view at 8:05am plus 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Swift, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Linnet and 1 Cuckoo. Neatholme Scrape - Single male Goldeneye, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler plus many Blackcaps in song. Neatholme Fen - Two Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Bullfinch, 3+ Garden Warbler, c5 Swift, 1 Cuckoo and a single Song Thrush mimicking the alarm call of Greenshank. The Willows - Single Lesser Whitethroat singing. Cross Lane Marsh - Single female Marsh Harrier being harassed by crows late morning. Cross Lane Fishery - Single Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Reed Warbler. Tiln North (Restoration Area) Up to 4 Dunlin present today, 2 Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Wheatear in NE corner at 12:15pm, 6 Shelduck, 2 Meadow Pipit and up to 5 Reed Bunting along the eastern edge fence line. Clayworth Common - Two Marsh Harriers present at 3:50pm heading south. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Single Meadow Pipit and 1 Redshank. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Chiffchaff and many Blackcaps. Chainbridge Pit - Single Cuckoo heard calling throughout the day here. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Common Tern around midday plus 3 Shelduck. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single male Red-crested Pochard, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Green Woodpecker, c10 Swifts and Lesser Whitethroat on track to viewing screen. Chainbridge Lane - A single Turtle Dove was on lane opposite the 'Charcon' Works this evening. couple of Reed Warblers and 1 Sedge Warbler singing from ditch. Water Ski Pit - Single Lesser Whitethroat in song. Windsurf Pool - Single Lesser Whitethroat in song. Walters Lane Pit - Single Ruff and Greenshank with the later present until 16:15pm at least. Lound (Horse Paddocks) - Single RAVEN (PCa,MWa) observed flying low SW and calling at 11.30am. Walters Lane - Two 'pinioned' Ruddy Shelducks from the Wetlands Animal Park were out on the track again early this morning confirming that the earlier bird on Chainbridge Scrape and behind The Willows was not one of these birds being fully able to fly. Bellmoor Lake - Two Great Crested Grebe and 1 Common Tern. (V.Theaker, G.Hobson, T.Carter, M.Warne, D.Housman, P.Cadman, D.Mannifield, G.Foster, V.Giles, A.Blackburn, J.Lawrence)

Friday 3rd May

Walters Lane Pit - Single Greenshank (159) present at 06:15am and still present at 11:45am, also here 1 Ruff and 4 Oystercatcher. Clayworth Common (Conservation Lake) - Two Oystercatcher. Clayworth Common - Single Wheatear and Buzzard. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Greenshank, 2 (pair) Wheatear, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank, 1 Sparrowhawk over and 1 Cuckoo. Chainbridge Pit - Single Lesser Whitethroat singing. Blaco - Four Oystercatcher, c60 Swifts, 1 Sparowhawk and 2 Buzzard. Mattersey Common - Single Yellow Wagtail. Neatholme Scrape - Single male Pintail, 4 Oystercatcher and 1 Hobby hawking over scrape. Linghurst Wood - Two Treecreeper.  (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, M.Warne,P.Cadman)

Thursday 2nd May

Walters Lane Pit - Single Ruff still. Windsurf Pool - Two Red-crested Pochard. Clayworth Common - Two Redshank and 2 Red-legged Partridge. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Black-tailed Godwit noted. Neatholme Fen - Up to 5 Garden Warbler and 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing in adjoining hedgerow. Neatholme Scrape - Single Redshank. Water Ski Pit - Single Cuckoo calling from edge. The Willows (S) - Single Cuckoo calling and 2 Grey Pertridge. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover and 1 Redshank. (I.Hunt, I.Cowgill, K.Wilson, G.Foster, I.Cowgill)

Wednesday 1st May

Windsurf Pool - Single Red-crested Pochard and Great Crested Grebe. Cross Lane Fishery - Single Lesser Whitethroat and Blackcap. Parish Park - Two Jay, 2 Green Woodpecker and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Up to 4 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Little Ringed Plover. (A.Bradford, P.Bradford)