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

Bird Sightings - October 2013

Wednesday 30th October

Has the Great White Egret finally returned to winter here once again? Having had a few very brief sightings already this year could the regular wintering bird have settled again.......lets wait and see. 

Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (MWa, PCa) present in south west corner at 11:00am but lost to view and no sign up to 13:00pm, also here, 1 Grey Plover flying south at 13:30pm and noted here again at 14:15pm, 1 Black Tern over south at 14:15pm then returned north at 14:25pm, 3 Little Egret, 3 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, 1 Pied Wagtail, 90+ Teal, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker and 3 Shelduck. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Up to 3 Whooper Swans noted here today, one bird carrying a yellow colour-ring on its left leg, also here 1 Sparrowhawk and 24 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge Wood NR - Four Lesser Redpoll feeding in Silver Birch. Blaco - Two Buzzard in area today. (I. Hunt, M.Warne, P.Cadman, V.Theaker, R.Theaker, J.Wilkins, D.Mannifield)

Tuesday 29th October

Neatholme Scrape - Single Black Tern over, 1 male Pintail and 1 Ringed Plover. Neatholme Pit - Single Black Tern relocated here. Cross Lane - Male Bullfinch with tit flock plus 15 Redwings. (B.Featherstone, I.Cowgill)

Saturday 26th October

IVNR - A big 'movement' of c500 Wood Pigeon all heading south over the reserve in just half an hour this morning. (I.Cowgill)

Thursday 24th October 

Walters Lane Pit - Eight Grey Partridge. Chainbridge Scrape (West) - Seven Red-crested Pochard and 8 Jay. Chainbridge Scrape (East) - Single Little Egret and 2 Common Snipe. Chainbridge Pit - A total of 51 Red-crested Pochard. Tiln North - Single Common Redshank. Clayworth Common - Seventy Golden Plover, 150 Skylark and a single male Sparrowhawk. Neatholme Fen - Eight Little Egret a single Ruff and 1000+ Lapwing. Wildgoose Farm - Single Female Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard. Hayton Common - 185 Pink footed Goose. (T.Tomlinson, V. Giles)

Sunday 20th October

Bellmoor Lake/Pits - In area today, 2 Snipe, 2 Grey Wagtail, 60 Lapwing, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Cormorant, 3 Siskin, 5 Bullfinch, 1 Chiffchaff singing, 12 Redwing, 2 Skylark, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Buzzard, 1 Treecreeper and good numbers of roving mixed tit species and  a few Jays. Chainbridge Scrape(E), Single Cormorant with yellow colour ring on right leg CTR. Neatholme Pit. single Common Kingfisher, single Little Egret. Neatholme Fen 7 Little Egret. Water Ski Pit - Starlings flocking with around 400 Birds. Doughty's Pond - Single Ruddy Shelduck of Unknown origin and 43 Red-crested Pochard. (M.Guest et al, D.Housman, P.Cadman, P.Freeman)

Saturday 19th October

Tiln Fishing Pits - Single juvenile Black Tern feeding from 15:00pm - 16:00pm at least, 1 Peregrine south, 2 female Goldeneye and 55+ Golden Plover over south. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Two Green Woodpecker. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - On a early morning visit, 2 Goldcrest, 9 Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing, 20+ Skylark, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c30 Chaffinch2 Dunnock, 3 Reed Bunting and 1 Bullfinch. Neatholme Scrape - Single male Goldeneye, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Little Grebe. Neatholme Pit - Two Great Crested Grebe amongst many other waterfowl present. Neatholme Fen - Single Dunlin flew around, 7 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Shelduck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 5+ Snipe amongst many other waterfowl. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Seven Snipe, 30+ Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 10+ Skylark over, 5+ Meadow Pipit over and c20 Red-crested Pochard. Bellmoor Lake - Two Grey Heron, 1 Shelduck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, c20 Lapwing, 1 Sparrowhawk and 12 Teal. Doughty's Pit - c50 Red-crested Pochard reported here. (D.Houseman, G.Hobson) 

Friday 18th October

Chinbridge NR Scrape (West) - A flock of 67 Pochard present. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Two Ruff, 2 Little Egret and 45 Redwing. Clayworth Common - Up to 4 Buzzard noted. Chainbridge Pit - A flock of 35 Red-crested Pochard and 35 Fieldfare. Neatholme Pit - c70 Goldfinch noted. Neatholme Fen - Ten Little Egrets and 1 Kingfisher. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Peregrine on distant pylon. (T.Tomlinson, D. Housman)

Thursday 17th October

Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single GREAT WHITE EGRET (DHo) flying slowly north over scrape and eventually lost from view over Blaco Pits at 8:45am. Also here, single Spotted Redshank through and 7 Dunlin. Blaco - Single Stonechat noted. (D.Housman, D.Parmenter, D.Mannifield)

Tuesday 15th October

Another record breaking Red-crested Pochard count involving a minimum of 171 birds (See breakdown below). 

Windsurf Pool - A total of 64 Red-crested Pochard here. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - A total of 57 Red-crested Pochard here plus 1 Little Egret and 1 Grey Heron. Chainbridge Pit - A total of 13 Red-crested Pochard here plus 10 Golden Plover over. Water Ski Pit - A total of 8 Red-crested Pochard here. Doughty's Pit - A total of 29 Red-crested Pochard here. 

Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina - 13 males & 1 female, Lound, 15th October 2013. ©Tony Tomlinson

Walters Lane Pit - Three Ruff still hanging on here with a single Green Sandpiper. Tiln Pits - Single Peregrine on pylon plus 3 Snipe over. Neatholme Scrape - Two Green Sandpipers here. Neatholme Fen - Up to 9 Little Egrets feeding here probably due to the recently lowering of the water level. Blaco - Two Green Sandpipers here. Clayworth Common - Up to 7 Swallows, 3 Skylark, 2 Buzzard and 1 female Sparrowhawk over. The Willows (Clayworth Copse) - Flock of 30 Goldfinch plus 8 Yellowhammer and 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers.  (T.Tomlinson, V.Giles, J.Wilkins)

Monday 14th October

Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Little Egret and 3 Snipe, single Ringed Plover and single Dunlin feeding around scrape. Chainbridge Pit - Single Jay in flight over pit. (M.Warne)

Sunday 13th October 

Walters Lane Pit - Five Ruff Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Rock Pipit flying SE at 14:09pm circling Chainbridge Pit several times (may have landed) then lost to sight. Also here, 2 Little Egret and a single Snipe, up to 70 Golden Plover, 10 Redwing in 3 small flocks overhead, 3 Swallow flew south and a female Marsh Harrier flew over. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Yellow-legged Gull noted amongst other Gulls. (M.Warne, P. Hobson, J. King, C. King, A.Shooter)

Friday 11th October

Two juvenile Gannet were seen in a country wide invasion of seabirds. Winter had truly arrived today with the first Fieldfare and Whooper Swan and increased numbers of Goldeneye.

River Idle - Two Juvenile GANNET (DE) (181) were first noted circling over Tiln North before flying north along the river and over the Blaco area then continuing north sometime this afternoon. Blaco - Two Barnacle Geese of unknown origin were present on fields here shortly after midday. Walters Lane Pit - Four Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret and 2 Shelduck. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Pintail, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe and Little Egrets. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Up to 45 Red-crested Pochard were still mid morning but there was an earlier report of 130+ in the area. Hayton Common - A group of 21 Whooper Swans feeding. Clayworth Common - A group of 60 Fieldfare were feeding along a hawthorn hedge on the common at 10:30am, also here, 50 Golden Plover and 2 Buzzard. Neatholme Scrape - Single Pintail and 4 Goldeneye. Neatholme Pit - Two Little Egrets. Neatholme Fen - Six Little Egret and 3 Goldeneye. (T.Tomlinson, P.J.Freeman, D.Housman, D.Evans via D.Mannifield)

Monday 7th October

Record breaking count of 142 Red-crested Pochard today!

Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - A flock of 35 Red-crested Pochard. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Little Egret, 1 male Pintail and 2 Redwing over. Walters Lane Pit - Six Ruff and 2 Shelduck. Chainbridge Pit - A further 107 Red-crested Pochard making a record breaking 142 birds present on site today, also here, 2 Little Egret over plus 9 Golden Plover over. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single Little Egret and 1 Peregrine sat on distant pylon. Clayworth Common - Two Buzzard sat in a bush on common. Neatholme Scrape - A pair of Goldeneye, 2 Snipe and 1 Green Sandpiper. Neatholme Pit - Single Little Egret. Neatholme Fen - Single Little Egret. (T.Tomlinson, V.Giles)

Sunday 6th October

Mattersey Priory - Three Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 4 Goldfinch and 1 Skylark. (C. Noble)

Saturday 5th October

Quite a few birders down today which was good to see for a weekend day. Please advise on any omissions from the quick tally below.

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 5 Little Egret, 7 Ruff, 78 Pink-footed Geese heading south-east, 2 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 1 Hobby but distant, c100 Skylark during day moving south, c20 Swallow south, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Common Gull, 1 Kestrel, 4 Grey Heron, c400 Wigeon, c100 Shoveler, 1 eclipse male Pintail, 25+ Red-crested Pochard, c50 Teal, 6+ Buzzard in area, c6 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Jay, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Lesser Redpoll landed briefly, 1 Redwing heard calling and c300 Lapwing including the 'buff' coloured juvenile with pale primary feathers. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Willow Tit calling, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Bullfinch and 10+ Long-tailed Tit. Walters Lane Pit - Five Ruff and Lapwings. Neatholme Scrape - Single female Marsh Harrier along the river, 2 Little Egret, several Buzzard over, 2 Great Crested Grebe, c30 Lapwing and c15 Cormorant. Neatholme Pit - Single Little Egret, 3 Great Crested Grebe and c4 Buzzard in area. (I.Cowgill, G.Hobson, D.Parmenter, A. Shooter, D.Housman, H.Scall, M.Warne, B & M Featherstone)

Local News 

Retford - A flock of 25 Pink-footed Geese flew in from the north and over the town at 7:15am. (J.Wilkins)

Friday 4th October

IVNR - Single Marsh Harrier, Hobby, and 2 Siskin noted today. Neatholme Scrape - Single Water Rail seen flying onto island. (I.Cowgill)

Thursday 3rd October

Neatholme Scrape - Single Black Tern present this evening. (I. Cowgill)

Wednesday 2nd October

Local News

Barnby Moor - A good south/south-westerly movement of Skylark over here today concerning in excess of 50+ birds. (S.Davenport)

Tuesday 1st October

No sign today of the Stilt Sandpiper reported from early yesterday.

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two Hobby, 1 Little Egret, 3 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 20 Golden Plover, 2 Grey Heron and 1 Kestrel. (D.Mannifield)