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

Bird Sightings October 2012

Wednesday 31st October 

No Reports today as of 18:45pm.

Tuesday 30th October

Lound Village - Single NUTHATCH (PCo) coming to feeders in a garden at crossroads again and 1 BRAMBLING (MV) (see below) coming to feeders in his garden. Also here single NUTHATCH (MV) has visited this garden for last three days along with a small number of Siskins. Of note today Mike Vickers had a 'fleeting glimse' of a possible Firecrest but the bird was seen briefly from a bedroom window and is not confirmed. Wildgoose Farm - A group of 15 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Buzzard and c100 Fieldfare. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret and 2 Buzzard. Lound Sewage Works - Single Grey Wagtail and WHITE WAGTAIL (PCo) noted feeding on filter beds. Parish Park - Up to 10 Redpoll, 2 Goldcrest and two pairs of Red-crested Pochard. Water Ski Pit - Two Goldcrest. Walters Lane - Two Jay and 1 female Bullfinch. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - c100 Fieldfare noted. Clayworth Common - Four Whooper Swans on lake before flying away south at 10:30am plus, 3 Buzzard, 30 Fieldfare over and up to c350 Golden Plover present. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Up to 6 Grey Partridge. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Shelduck. Chainbridge Wood NR - Two Goldcrest noted. Chainbridge Pit - A total of 11 Snipe flew from here towards Neatholme area. Blaco - Geese counts totalling 1331 Greylags, 167 Canada plus 22 Pink-footed Geese which flew in from north lake. (P.Cottam,P.Cadman,I.Hunt,D.Roberts,M.Vickers)

 Brambling Fringilla montifringilla - Lound Village, 30th October 2012. ©Mike Vickers

Monday 29th October

Single male Stonechat on riverbanks and over Clayworth Common (possibly the first record this year?) plus 2 Whooper Swans on Chainbridge NR Scrape (West), Short-eared Owl in same area again and Nuthatch in village.

Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Whooper Swans this morning and still present this afternoon, also Kingfisher in SW corner. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Grey Heron plus Sparrowhawk hunting hedges. Chainbridge Lane - Single SHORT-EARED OWL (@VW) reported near to Chainbridge Bridge, also large flocks of Fieldfares and odd Redwings and large Chaffinch flock still present here. Clayworth Common - Single male STONECHAT (MV) seen along river bank then flew onto Common and lost to view and up to c1000 Golden Plover took to the air. Cross Lane Marsh - A fleeting view of a flock of c15 'Redshank sized' but unidentified waders. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Up to 250+ Fieldfare and c20-30 Redwings in mixed flocks in this area. Neatholme Lane - Four Bullfinch noted. Neatholme Scrape - Six Goldeneye and a verbal report of Whooper Swans also present here. Neatholme Fen - Single Buzzard over and 2 Song Thrush nearby. Elswhere - Single Grey Wagtail and many Starlings reported today. Lound Village - Single NUTHATCH (PJF) coming to feeders at rear garden of 'Cote Cottage' by village Crossroads. (M.Vickers,I.Cowgill,@VerdantWildlife,P.J.Freeman,D.Mannifield)

Sunday 28th October

Single Merlin over Tiln North and single Brambling again along Neatholme Lane but also noted in The Willows.

Neatholme Lane - Single BRAMBLING (ASh,IC) noted near river bridge and also in The Willows. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single male MERLIN (DM) flew across area chasing Goldfinch. (A.Shooter,I.Cowgill,D.Mannifield)

Saturday 27th October - NWT Members Walk

Seven Whooper Swans noted on Chainbridge Scrape today, also a single Brambling remains with the increasing Chaffinch flock around Walters Lane/Chainbridge Lane junction area.

Clayworth Common - Two Green Sandpiper feeding in dyke behind The Willows, 2 Kestrel, c500 Golden Plover, c200 Lapwing, c100 Starling, 35 Fieldfare and c20 Wigeon over. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - c35 Fieldfare. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Kestrel noted. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Shelduck, c20 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Lapwings, c15 Shoveler and 11 Pochard. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Seven Whooper Swans noted today. Chainbridge Lane - Single Jay and 1 male Sparrowhawk. Walters Lane - Single BRAMBLING heard calling with c100 Chaffinch moving along hedgerows, also a pair of Bullfinch and 1 Great Tit. Hawthorn Lane - Single Great Spotted Woodpecker and 3 Siskin flew over. Neatholme Lane - Two Goldcrests. Neatholme Scrape - A pair of Goldeneye, 12 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 21 Cormarant. Parish Park - Two Coal Tit, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Long-tailed Tit. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret. Linghurst Pool - Up to three Little Egrets. Lound Sewage Works - Single Grey Wagtail and 2 Pied Wagtail feeding on sewage beds. Bellmoor Lake - A total of 28 Red-crested Pochard. Total counts of 2 Kestrel, c150 Redwing and c80 Fieldfare were recorded today. (M.Warne,P.Cadman,A.Bradford,P.Bradford,G.Hobson,I.Cowgill,S.Davenport,M.Speck)

Friday 26th October

Large numbers of Fieldfare arrived today, a Water Rail was noted and a light passage of Pink-footed Geese heading east.

Bellmoor Lake - Single Water Rails (JW) noted from window of Rural Learning Centre. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Ruff present. Chainbridge Pit - Single Ruff, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and up to 500 Fieldfare in nearby area. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - A flock of 20 Grey Partridge. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Up to 7 Fieldfare, 1 Jay and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Walters Lane Pit - Up to 5 Little Egret and 1 Redshank. Parish Park - Four male Red-crested Pochard. Linghurst Pool - Five Little Egret present. Blaco - 335 Fieldfare, 1045 Greylag Geese, 140 Canada Geese, 1 Snipe flew over and 80 Skylark noted. Wildgoose Farm - Up top 30 Fieldfare and 5 Redwing. Neatholme Scrape - Single Snipe over. Clayworth Common - Up to 85 Fieldfare, 2 Buzzard, 15 Goldfinch and two flocks of Pink-footed Geese (80 & 150) heading east. (P.Cottam,V.Giles,T,Tomlinson)

Thursday 25th October

Bellmoor Lake (Area) - 16 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Snipe, 1 Redpoll over and up to 12 Redwings. (M.Speck)

Wednesday 24th October

Two Barnacle Geese and 4 Pink-footed Geese noted this morning and were still in area early pm.

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two BARNACLE GEESE (IC) of unknown origin flew south over here at 7.25am with 4 Pink-footed Geese before landing on Chainbridge Pit. Neatholme Lane - Single BRAMBLING (IC) noted this morning. (I.Cowgill)

Tuesday 23rd October

Chainbridge NR Scrape - In very poor visibility the following were seen from SE corner, 1 Coal Tit, 2 female Bullfinch, 1 female Reed Bunting, 1 Wren, 1 Green Woodpecker and a small flock of Long-tailed Tits. Clayworth Common - A flock of c150 Greylag Geese noted just east of Neatholme Scrape and single SHORT-EARED OWL and Barn Owls along the riverside area after the fog had cleared. (D.Mannifield)

Monday 22nd October - No reports recieved probably due to poor visability?

Sunday 21st October

Very misty and cold temperatures this am over the whole site with low visibility causing little birdlife to be recorded. 

Chainbridge Lane - Single BRAMBLING (DC,SC) heard calling amongst Chaffinch flock near junction to Walters Lane. Windsurf Pool - A few Red-crested Pochard noted in the mist. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two SHORT-EARED OWLS (IC) this afternoon, with 1 Barn Owl and a Tawny Owl calling nearby. Bellmoor Lake - Single male Pochard, 2 Redpoll and 2 Jays. Rural Learning Centre - Two Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit and 1 Jay. Bellmoor (Area) - c200 Siskin and c50 Goldfinch in large Willow by Bunker Wood, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Blackbird, 4+ Redwing, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Greylag Geese with many Robin and Wrens heard and a few Blue Tits. (G.Hobson,T.Carter,D.Askew,D.Came,S.Came,I.Cowgill)

Saturday 20th October

Three late Swallows were noted today.

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single MARSH HARRIER noted today. Chainbridge Pit - Single Jay and Green Woodpecker flew over pit. Chainbridge Wood NR - Several roving Long-tailed Tit flocks were noted moving in and out of the wood today. Bellmoor (Area) - Single Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 male Bullfinch, 3 Goldfinch and 6 Pied Wagtail in field over river. Bellmoor Lake - 30+ Lapwing, 50+ Coot, a pair of Shoveler, 10 Mute Swan, 10+ Starlings, 10+ Great Black-backed Gulls, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Moorhen and up to 4 Jays around Rural Learning Centre. Three late Swallows were noted today. Another 'second hand' report of an adult Mediterranean Gull in the 'Neatholme' gull roost this evening. (D.Mannifield,A.Nicholson,J.Nyland,I.Cowgill) 

Friday 19th October

Neatholme Scrape - Single female COMMON SCOTER (TT) still present and photographed by Tony Tomlinson. Also 3 female Goldeneye. Sandy Hills - Two Coal Tit and 1 Siskin feeding in pines. Cross Lane Fishery - Two pairs of Bullfinch and 1 Redpoll. Linghurst Pool - Single Little Egret present. Neatholme Fen - Single Kingfisher and 1 Little Egret present. Neatholme Pit - c25 Siskin flew east, 15 Long-tailed Tit on small island, two Goldcrest in nearby hedgerow and two pairs of Red-crested Pochard on pit. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Three Reed Buntings, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Yellowhammer. Clayworth Common - c500 Golden Plover, 30 Skylark, 30 Meadow Pipit, 2 Buzzard and 150 Linnets. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Four Snipe and 2 Little Egret. Walters Lane Pit - Two Shelduck and 1 Little Egret. At least four calling Tawny Owls were noted over the site during an evening moth trapping session. (T.Tomlinson,M.Warne,P.Cadman,A.Bradford,S.Moakes)


Common Scoter Melanitta nigra - Female, Neatholme Scrape, 19th October 2012. ©Tony Tomlinson 

A late afternoon 'second hand' text report of a claimed Yellow-browed Warbler at Bellmoor this morning. The bird was apparently seen and heard calling by two observers in a large roving tit (inc chiffchaff) flock in pine trees near to the Bailey Bridge over the River Idle. (per D.Mannifield,I.Cowgill)

Thursday 18th October

Neatholme Scrape - Single female COMMON SCOTER (IC) still present. A 'reported' GREAT GREY SHRIKE in the Chainbridge Lane (area?) today but no further details? (per I.Cowgill)

Wednesday 17th October

Neatholme Scrape - Single female (or immature) COMMON SCOTER (MW) present until 13.00pm at least, also a pair of Goldeneye and 21 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Redpoll flew west. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Bullfinch. Water Ski Pit - Single Bullfinch and 4 Red-crested Pochard. (M.Warne,P.Cadman)

Tuesday 16th October

Bellmoor Lake - A total of 15 Swallows noted. (I.Cowgill)

Monday 15th October

Neatholme Scrape - Single female (or immature) COMMON SCOTER (IC) present from 9.30am at least. Also here, 60 Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Egret present. Parish Park - Up to 25 Redpoll, 2 Bullfinch and 2 Green Woodpecker. Clayworth Common - A total of 650 Golden Plover, 350 Lapwing, 400 Starling, 70 Goldfinch, 2 Buzzard and up to 4 Kestrel. Hayton Common - Up to 350 Lapwing, 300 Starling and 3 Snipe. (T.Tomlinson,I.Cowgill,V.Giles,D.Housman,P.Cadman)

Sunday 14th October - WeBS/Bird Count

Chainbridge NR Scrape - An unconfirmed report of a GREAT WHITE EGRET here early afternoon but the bird flew off North, also here sub-adult male MARSH HARRIER still and 5 Snipe. Cross Lane Marsh - Single juvenile MARSH HARRIER (NB) noted. Clayworth Common - c250 Golden Plover and c150 Lapwing flushed by up to 5 Buzzard. Bellmoor Lake - Two Water Rails (IC) were heard calling around the lake this morning, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1-2 Snipe including a bird on the main island, c100 Lapwing roosting, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 2 Grey Heron. Bellmoor Pits - Single late juvenile Hobby over the Bailey Bridge area late morning, 10+ Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 4+ Coal Tit, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, up to 3 Buzzard, 40+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Jays, c20 Redpoll but mobile, c100 Siskin but mobile in small flocks, 2 Reed Bunting, 4+ Yellowhammer, 4 Bullfinch and c150 Skylark heading West and North. Neatholme Fen - c150 Pink-footed Geese flew South East at 10.00am, up to 3 Little Egret, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 male Goldeneye. Parish Park - Single Little Grebe. Linghurst Pool - Single Great Crested Grebe and 2 Little Grebe. Neatholme Pit - Single male Goldeneye and 5 Great Crested Grebe. The Willows - Two Redpoll. Lound Village - Single NUTHATCH coming to feeders in garden by Crossroads. (G.Hobson,I.Cowgill,P.Hobson,T.Carter,P.J.Freeman,N.Braund)

Friday 12th October

Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - A pair of Pintail and 1 Buzzard over. Walters Lane Pit - Two Shelduck. Hayton Common - Up to 5 Kestrels noted. Clayworth Common - Two Jays over and 2 Buzzard over. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - A flock of 150 Linnet. Neatholme Scrape - A total of 49 Red-crested Pochard. Neatholme Fen - Four Little Egrets. Blaco - A total of 46 Cormorant present today. Mattersey Common - A total of c400 Starlings, c100 Linnets, up to 3 Kestrels and 1 male Sparrowhawk. (T.Tomlinson)

Thursday 11th October

Neatholme Scrape - A grand total of 81 Red-crested Pochard present here today. (P.Hobson)

Wednesday 10th October

Clayworth Common - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (MW) flew in from the north then flew west over here at 12.09pm heading towards Neatholme Scrape & Cross Lane Marsh area. No further reports. Also here, 250 Golden Plover, 16 Grey Partridge and 12 Skylark. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Snipe. Neatholme Scrape - A flock of c300 Pink-footed Geese flew north over here at 13.00pm and 70 Red-crested Pochard were on the water. Neatholme Pit - Single Sparrowhawk. Neatholme Fen - Single male Goldeneye still with up to 4 Little Egrets. (M.Warne,D.Mannifield)

Tuesday 9th October

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Sparrowhawk overhead and 3 Buzzard hunting. Chainbridge Wood NR - Twenty Five Redpoll feeding in Alders then flew to Cross Lane area, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Wren, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker flew in from Chainbridge Pit area, 1 Jay and 1 Tawny Owl (calling). Clayworth Common - Single Juvenile MARSH HARRIER (MW,PCa,IH), up to 10 Golden Plover flew north, 1 Jay flew east, up to 5 Buzzard, 4 Kestrels, 5 Snipe flew south, 1 Swallow flew south and 1 male Sparrowhawk hunting. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Six Golden Plover, 3 Snipe and 1 male Sparrowhawk over grassy area. (M.Warne,D.Mannifield,I.Hunt,P.Cadman)

Monday 8th October

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Hobby over south low and hunting insects on way. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 21 Red-crested Pochard present. Clayworth Common - Single sub-adult male MARSH HARRIER (DM) still present. Chainbridge Pit- Forty Seven Pink Footed Goose overhead heading North. (D.Mannifield,M.Warne,P.Cadman).

Sunday 7th October
Bellmoor (Area) - Four Jay, 30+ Siskin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Buzzard, 10 Skylark south and 1 Sparrowhawk. (S.Davenport)

Saturday 6th October
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron and up to 100 Golden Plover but very flighty. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single PEREGRINE sat on pylon beyond here. River Idle - Single kingfisher flew off river and over Tiln North site towards SE corner. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single WHEATEAR (IC) flew over and two 'probable' Mealy Redpoll (IC) briefly. (D.Mannifield,I.Cowgill)

Friday 5th October

Chainbridge Wood NR - Again, no reports of the Yellow-browed Warbler today. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single Green Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker over, 1 Jay and flock of 15 Long-tailed Tits. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Three Little Egret and 1 Sparrowhawk over. Clayworth Common - A flock of 85 Golden Plover in ploughed field opposite Cross Lane Marsh. Cross Lane Marsh - Single Little Egret. (D.Mannifield,I.Cowgill)

Thursday 4th October

Chainbridge Wood NR - Again, no reports of the Yellow-browed Warbler today.

Wednesday 3rd October

Chainbridge Wood NR - No reports of the Yellow-browed Warbler today despite several birders looking throughout the day. Also here today, 1 Treecreeper, c30 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Siskins. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Up to four Buzzard mid afternoon. Chainbridge Pit - Single PEREGRINE (MW,PCa) flew from here to Tiln North, 5 Red-crested Pochard and 12 Pochard. (M.Warne,P.Cadman) 

Tuesday 2nd October

Chainbridge Wood NR - The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER was noted briefly at 11.45am on the western side of the wood, again on the edge of a mobile mixed feeding flock which also included 2 Coal Tits. It was still present on the riverside edged of the wood at 16.35pm this afternoon. Also here today, 1 Tawny Owl heard calling, 1 Treecreeper in wood and 2 Siskin flew over. Clayworth Common- Four Skylark noted flying South. (M.Warne,P.Cadman,TH,P.J.Freeman)

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus  - Chainbridge Wood NR, 1st October 2012 ©Mike Vickers

The left hand image clearly shows the cream/olive supercilium, the pale double wing bar, the bright olive edges to the flight feathers and the olive toned rump and upper tail covers. There is also an obvious 'paler' central crown stripe just visible which some Yellow-browed Warblers do often show. The right image obviously shows the key distinct 'eyebrow' supercilium, the typical 'short' and 'compact' body shape, a short rather squared off tail with pointed 'juvenile/first-winter' tail feathers and its short rather 'dagger like' bill shape. Hopefully the bird will be photographed again and we will post new images as we receive them. Thanks to Mike Vickers and Martin Warne for submitting images.  

Please refer to image and information below if visiting the site for this bird. ©Tarmac Ltd (Image used with permission)


Monday 1st October

The Yellow-browed Warbler continues to be present in Chainbridge Wood today showing well at times in the roving tit flock of mainly Long-tailed Tits but which also contains several Chiffchaff and the bird is regularly noted with a Chiffchaff close by. 

Chainbridge Wood NR - The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER (SM et al) was noted again in the tit flock at 7.24am in NE corner of wood by the entrance to the woodland footpath. It was then reported again at least four times between 11.15am and 13.45pm (various observers) either along the first section of footpath in the woodland up to the footbridge or by the feeding station 50 yards along the river from the damaged gate off Chainbridge Lane. Also here today 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest and 3 Siskin. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Up to four Little Egrets noted today. Neatholme Scrape - Up to 44 Red-crested Pochard noted today. Neatholme Fen - Two Little Egrets noted here today. Wildgoose Farm - A count of 16 Swalllows over. (T.Tomlinson,S.Moakes,D.Read,M.Vickers,M.Warne,P.Cadman)