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

Parrot Crossbills at Budby Heath

Two of our own club members have submitted more images below of the Budby Parrot Crossbills from the past couple of days. If you have not already visited this site to see these fantastic and 'very rare' birds in Nottinghamshire an early morning visit in good weather would be advisable for a better chance of seeing them well. Please park sensibly in Budby village and walk up the dirt track to reach the heath. The flock of up to 14 birds can usually be found in the middle (the dip) of the heath often drinking from rainwater puddles along the main tank track. The birds are normally in a tight flock and can show very well at times. However, today both Gary Hobson, Neil Braund and Christine Booth arrived at the site at around 12:30pm but the birds which had been showing well all morning had already moved off west (as they often do) towards the back half of the heath. Despite the poor weather thankfully the flock was seen again briefly in flight at 13:30pm flying from the centre cross track towards the main forest on the southern edge but were soon lost from view.

 (Above) Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus - Male, Budby Heath, near Edwinstowe, 14th December 2013. ©Mike Vickers

(Below) Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus - Female/immature, Budby Heath, near Edwinstowe, 15th December 2013. ©Rachael Theaker


Posted on Sunday 15th December 2013 at 22:29pm 

Parrot Crossbills at Budby Heath & Sherwood NNR - December 2013

Club member Tony Tomlinson has shared the photo below of a male Parrot Crossbill he saw today, one of up to 14 birds still present but very mobile and often elusive in the Budby Heath and surrounding forest area. There is also a sizeable Common Crossbill flock which the Parrot Crossbills interact with in a roving flock. If you visit the site over the coming weeks please park safely and keep any valuables out of view. Car crime is well known from this site.


Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus - Male, Budby Heath, near Edwinstowe, 12th December 2013. ©Tony Tomlinson

Posted on Thursday 12th December 2013 at 22:00pm

Spotted Flycatcher breeding success at South Leverton

Recently joined new member Kevin Marsh has shared a photo (below) of the Spotted Flycatcher chicks that were ringed recently by Adrian Blackburn at a nest box in his garden in South Leverton, to the East of Retford. Kevin says that presumably the same pair nested in the same box in his garden last summer and produced four chicks. A locally scarce bird of late so its good to hear of this repeated breeding success. Hope they get away safely!

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata - South Leverton, Friday 5th July. ©Kevin Marsh

Posted on Monday 8th July at 18:00pm  

Juvenile Opsrey at Sprotborough near Doncaster

Club member Alec Bonser has kindly passed to us an image of the juvenile Osprey that has been regularly noted fishing in the Sprotborough Flash area of Doncaster. I very nice bird and an amazing photo too. Thanks to Alec for sharing the photo.

Osprey Pandion haliaetus - Juvenile, Sprotborough, South Yorkshire, 31st August 2012. ©Alec Bonser

Posted on Sunday 2nd September at 21.00pm

Mandarin's in Reflection at Clumber Park

Mike Vickers has sent us the following images to share with you on this page. Enjoy!


Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata - male (Above) & female (Below), Clumber Park, Worksop, 19th March 2012. ©Mike Vickers
Posted on Sunday 25th March 2012 at 22.20pm.

Gringley Carr - Latest Sightings

At Gringley Carr today there were still at least 2 Short-eared Owls and 1 'ringtail' Hen Harrier. (Martin Warne)

Posted on Wednesday 11th January 2012 at 22.30pm

Wintering Great Grey Shrike at South Wheatley

Club member John Dean has submitted this excellent image of the recent wintering Great Grey Shrike which is still present along Muspitt Lane at South Wheatley which is north east of Retford. Muspitt Lane is a farm track which can be found by turning right off Sturton Road as you drive south out of the village.  John took this image whilst the bird was hovering 'Kestrel like' before pouncing onto its prey and had not been aware that shrikes did hover like this so it came as quite a surprise to him!

Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor - South Wheatley, 18th November 2011. ©John Dean


Anyone visiting Nottinghamshire's 'second best nature reserve' at Attenborough NR will no doubt be aware of the presence of a juvenile Squacco Heron which has given joy to many birdwatchers and photographers who have made the trip there in recent weeks. Our very own club member and photographer Alec Bonser has also been and photographed the bird and has sent us the following images to share with our members. Along with Purple Heron, this species could possibly be the next new bird for the recording area so keep your eyes peeled especially when it finally leaves Attenborough.

Look very closely, it has actually caught a small fish! ©Alec Bonser

Perfectly still and 100% focussed on lovely fish! ©Alec Bonser

Red-necked Grebe at Hatfield Moors NNR

Mike Vickers has just sent me this photo (see below) of the near resident adult Red-necked Grebe present again at Hatfield Moors NNR. This bird has now summered in this areas for several years now but still pulls in the crowds to see its fine plumage.


Red-necked Grebe - Hatfield Moors NNR, 14th June 2011 (Mike Vickers)  

More Images from Clumber Park

Tony Tomlinson and Mike Vickers have sent the following images of the Great Grey Shrike presently at Clumber Park. The top image is Tony's and the next two are Mike's.




Bird images from Clumber Park & Rufford Country Park

Mike Vickers has passed on the following two images from his recent visits to Clumber Park and Rufford Country Park

Hawfinch - Clumber Park, January 2011 (Mike Vickers)


Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - Female, Rufford CP, January 2011 (Mike Vickers)

 Posted on Thursday 3rd February 2011

Local Starling Roost

If your interested there is a Starling roost being noted frequently at Hawk's Nest Pet Store on the A638 between Bawtry and Scrooby. There are around 700 birds now but this could increse if the weather gets colder again.

Thanks to Dave Mannifield for the info.

Posted on Tuesday 18th January 2011

The Budby GREAT GREY SHRIKE - Update & Directions

Just a bit of local information for you to pass onto any interested LBC

The Budby Great Grey Shrike seems now to be showing a preference for the area east of the SE corner of the "triangle".

For those not knowing the Budby Common triangle, the shrike is now frequenting the area 70/200 yards south of the tree covered "hill" with the corrugated steel hut on the east side of the common.

On Saturday the 15th in the afternoon it was feeding perched on low shrubs and particularly very visible after 16.00pm.

Chris Bell

Posted on Saturday 15th January 2011

ICELAND GULL at Daneshill LNR, 10th January 2011

Richard Doan has today located and identified a first-winter ICELAND GULL at nearby Daneshill LNR. He took the following images of the bird with other roosting gull on the main lake.

 First-winter ICELAND GULL, Daneshill LNR, 10th January 2010. (Photo courtesy of Richard Doan)

 First-winter ICELAND GULL, Daneshill LNR, 10th January 2010. (Photo courtesy of Richard Doan)

 Posted on Monday 10th January 2011

LESSER SCAUP & Common 'mealy' Redpoll at Hatfield Moor NNR

Mike Vickers has kindly passed on these images of the 'tame' 1st-winter female LESSER SCAUP and a Common 'mealy' Redpoll at nearby Hatfield Moors NNR at Boston Park, near Lindholme, north of Bawtry on the A614. The reserve is signposted off the A614 about a mile north of the River Torn roadbridge as you travel between Blaxton and Lindholme. The Lesser scaup is, as I understand it, on the first pit overlooked by the bird hide near the car park.

Photo courtesy of Mike Vickers.

The Lesser Scaup although extremely tame apparently shows little sign of being of recent captive origin and is also a pure bird. Lesser Scaup in the USA do often become tame in local parks and do feed on thrown bread so who knows if its wild or not?


 Photo courtesy of Mike Vickers.

The Common 'mealy' Redpoll are present in good numbers and there has also been a couple of rare COUE'S ARCTIC REDPOLL seen recently amongst the many redpolls found there. 

For further information please visit Hatfield Moors Birding Blog


On Sunday 19th December 2010 bird club member Ian Sexton was counting his WeBS Survey at Danehill LNR when he came accross an EGYPTIAN GOOSE amongst the other waterfowl present. Ian took the following photo and would like to share it with us here.

 Posted on Monday 20th December 2010

Waxwings in Sheffield

Sheffield area birder Chris Bell has e-mailed to give the following update on the Waxwings in Sheffield.

'The Sheffield, High Storrs Drive/Edale Rd, Waxwing flock had grown to 150+ by Saturday the 20th Nov. With the local trees still loaded with berries, the flock should remain in this area for at least a few more days. Whilst in the area, a visit to the Beauchief Hotel, Abbeydale Rd car park was rewarded with an easy Dipper in the Sheaf.'

A quick check on Birdguides toinight showed that there are now c300 in this area today.

Gary Hobson (LBC - Secretary and WeB Site Administrator) 

Update added on Monday 22nd November 2010


On Saturday 6th November Mike Vickers visited the Waxwings which have been frequenting the Eccleshall Road area of Sheffield and he managed to capture these two fantastic images which he would like to share with us here.


Waxwing - Sheffield, 6th November 2010 (Photo courtesy of Mike Vickers)


Waxwing - Sheffield, 6th November 2010 (Photo courtesy of Mike Vickers)  

 Posted on Tuesday 16th November 2010

SLAVONEAN GREBE at Lakeside, Doncaster Sept - October 2010

Lound Bird Club member and photographer Mike Vickers would like to share his fantastic photo of the Slavonean Grebe which he photographed at Lakeside, Doncaster on the 2nd October 2010. The bird having been present there from 26th September until at least the 14th October. 


Slavonean Grebe - Lakeside, Doncaster, 2nd October 2010 (Photo courtesy of Mike Vickers)

Posted on Tuesday 9th November 2010

Warblers at Gringley Carr

Members who would like to see Reed and Sedge Warblers at close quarters should go to Gringley Carr. Drive to the end of Leys Lane out of the village and park by the pumping station. Climb up onto the embankment and turn to the left. On the opposite bank there are extensive reed beds with Sedge and Reed Warblers nesting. The birds are very vocal and occasionally come to the top of the the reeds where they sit and sing. A Cuckoo is frequently seen patrolling the reeds. 

John wilkins

Ring-necked Parakeet at Clarborough

Local Clarborough residents John Dean and his wife have recently had another visit from a wandering Ring-necked Parakeet and sent us the photograph below. John is perplexed to where this bird frequents away from his garden bird feeders so if anyone has heard of any Ring-necked Parakeet sightings or of any unusual green parrots can they get in touch so we can let John know where it's going to.


Ring-necked Parakeet - Clarborough, 28th April 2010 (Photo courtesy of John Dean)

Ring-necked Parakeet at Lound & Clarborough

This Ring-necked Parakeet was observed by bird club member Phil Lee as it was flying over Chainbridge Lane heading towards Hayton at around 8.40am on the morning of Saturday 27th March 2010. A short time later at 9.15am a Mr John Dean observed the bird on a feeder in is garden in Clarborough just south of Hayton. Mr Dean has contacted the club and submitted this photo which was taken in the short time the bird was present on his feeders before a squirrel saw it off. An excellent 'twin' report and a 'nice' bird to see despite the bad press these birds are getting as they increase their 'feral' population throughout many part of the UK.

 Ring-necked Parakeet - Clarborough, 27th March 2010 (Photo courtesy of John Dean)

Red-necked Grebe at Langold Lake

The adult Red-necked Grebe continues to perform at the west end of Langold Lake and is still present today having been present since mid February at least. Photo's of this locally scarce bird will be added here soon.

 RED-NECKED GREBE - moulting adult, Langold Lake, March 2010 (Photo courtesy of David Read)

BITTERNS at Potteric Carr

Several bird club members have recently visited Potteric Carr NR (YWT) near Doncaster and have been lucky enough to see one or more of the resident wintering Bitterns there. On several occasions the freezing weather conditions have forced birds to wander up to the bird feeders to find food with one bird even observed taking a Rat. There are possibly still up to four Bittern present and YYT's Potteric Carr staff have now started a controlled supplementary feeding program for the Bitterns which involves putting out fresh fish with sprats and salmon having been already used successfully.

Here is one of Ian Sexton's photo's taken during his recent visit. Enjoy!

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 BITTERN - Potteric Carr, 11th January 2010 (Photo courtesy of Ian Sexton)

Siberian Stonechat - Bevercotes Pit Wood

The male Siberian Stonechat Saxicola torquatus maurus continues to perform reasonably well for visiting birders having been present at this site now since the 17th December 2009. It was first found by local Worksop birder Robert Stevens and the id was confirmed by LBC member Phil Palmer.

                        Male Siberian Stonechat - Bevercotes Pit Wood, 21st December 2009.    (Photo courtesy of Mike B. Vickers)

Directions to the bird are as follows. Take the B6387 between Gamston and Ollerton and after approx 1 Km past the A1 road bridge turn left on the minor road to Bevercotes & Milton (passing the old Bevercotes Colliery site on your left) and park in the layby at SK697735 just after the River Meden bridge. From here take the circular track to the right and go around the pit tip to furthest point to view boundary hedge beyond the mown area. The bird gets in the scrub and grass field just south of the large lake at SK706735. Please keep strictly to the tracks at all times and do not enter fenced conservation areas.