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Key: ad= adult, m= male, f= female, juv.= juvenile, imm.= immature, N= North, S= South, E= East, W= West, c= circa (approx.), >= direction of flight, spp= species, 1st W= first winter, 2nd W= second winter, 3rd W= third winter, 2nd S= Second summer, 3rd S= third summer. Sites listed below do not imply any right of access or public right of way.

19th January Along First Lane today were 27 Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting and 2 Little Grebe on the small pond at Harry Croft's (Mick Clay).

18th January A Little Egret at Woodsetts Sewage Works (Gareth Picton). At the rear of the old St. Ledger pub at Laughton-en-le-Morthen; 4 Brambling in a small finch flock and at at Roche Abbey a Marsh Tit and Raven (John Gallagher).

17th January At Langold Lake this morning were f Grey Wagtail, 17 Lesser Redpoll, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Reed Bunting, m Kestrel, 3m &1f Brambling, Bullfinch, 7 Siskin, m Sparrowhawk , 5 Goldcrest, Water Rail & 3 Buzzard (John Williamson). At Tommy Flockton's Marsh first thing were 3 Mistle Thrush, 62 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 11 Cormorant, 36 Mallard, Kestrel, 3m 2f Gadwall, 5 Moorhen, 3 Herring Gull >W, Great Black-backed Gull >N and 3 Black-headed Gull. Harry Croft's Quarry revealed 10 Rook, 8 Blackbird, 2 Grey Wagtail, 17 Meadow Pipit, 3 Great Black-backed Gull >W, 2 Herring Gull >SW, 7 Mallard, Woodcock, Snipe, 3 Skylark, Lesser Redpoll >N and a Buzzard. At Roche Abbey were 31 Siskin, 3 Nuthatch, Marsh Tit, 6 Yellowhammer >W, Little Grebe, Moorhen, 2 Mallard, Buzzard and a Jay. Water remains at Hodsock Flash and produced 46 Black-headed Gull, 2 Mute Swan, 8 Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, 6 Blackbird, 67 Starling, Buzzard and 12 Pied Wagtail. Thornbury Hill yielded a f Peregrine hunting Woodpigeon, Raven, Sparrowhawk and 5 Stock Dove (Andy Hirst). A Tawny Owl calling on Swinston Hill Road (Alfie Bloor). At Kiveton Pit Top were 3 Water Rail calling,16 Lesser Redpoll, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and 70 Fieldfare. On Tommy Flockton's Marsh were 56 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 17 Mallard and 17 Redwing (Mick Clay).

Great Spotted Woodpecker @ Gateford © Kevin Hatley

16th January >S over Axle Lane were 55 Herring Gull (Mick Clay).

14th January Along Brands Lane were 12 Yellowhammer, 13 Grey Partridge and 26 Woodpigeon (Alfie Bloor).

Brambling @ Langold Lake © John Williamson

13th January Along First Lane today were 2 Buzzard, m Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and on small the pond; 10 Mallard, 4 Teal, 4 Gadwall and 3 Little Grebe (Mick Clay). 4 Cormorant over Axle Lane, plus c50 Fieldfare, 35 Black-headed Gull and 17 Pied Wagtail (Jan & Den Jarrold).

12th January On the top lake at Langold Lake, a pair of Goosander (Mick Scott). At Axle Lane today were 106 Fieldfare and 40 Skylark (Mick Clay).

Coot @ Langold Lake © Kevin Hatley

11th January A m Blackcap in gardens close to Lindrick Road, Woodsetts (Gareth Picton). Also 87 Lesser Redpoll on Lindrick Golf Course (Barry Cartwright). Along First Lane a Buzzard, m Kestrel and 6 Stock Dove. On the small pond (Harry Croft's Pond) were 26 Mallard, 4 Teal, 6 Gadwall and 2 Little Grebe (Mick Clay).

Leucistic Goldfinch @ Woodsetts © Barry Cartwright

10th January Down Brands Lane today were 2 Pied Wagtail, 6 Grey Partridge, Cormorant >SE, 3 Blackbird and 3 Long-tailed Tit. At Gildingwells were 30+ House Sparrow, Buzzard, Lapwing and a Kestrel. At Langold Lake there were 130+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, 3 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 37 Mallard, 5 Coot, 3 Canada Goose, 7 Mute Swan, 4 Moorhen, m Goosander, 2m Gadwall, 3 Siskin, 2 Cormorant over and a Grey Heron. In the woodland glade to the S of the lake towards Honey Hills, there was a Woodcock. In the hedgerow by the set aside field there were 20+ Chaffinch, m Reed Bunting, 3 Brambling, 15 Linnet, and c40 Fieldfare. In Harry Croft's Quarry were 32 Jackdaw, 2 Raven, Jack Snipe, Grey Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Song Thrush, Blackbird and 2 Linnet (Alfie Bloor). At Anston Grange farm 32 Collared Dove. Along First Lane were 5 Buzzard and 28 Yellowhammer (Mick Clay).

9th January A Water Rail at Langold Lake this morning (Kevin Hatley). At Axle Lane were 78 Fieldfare,12 Golden Plover and 6 Cormorant >N. Tommy Flockton's Marsh held 7 Gadwall and 45 Wigeon. Along the Chesterfield Canal; Marsh Tit and a Buzzard. By Anston Grange Farm were 60 Skylark (Mick Clay).

Water Rail @ Langold Lake © Kevin Hatley

8th January Along First Lane, South Anston were 2 Raven, m Kestrel, Buzzard and 3 Little Grebe on Harry Croft's Pond (Mick Clay). A f Tawny Owl calling on Swinston Hill Road in the evening (Alfie Bloor). At Axle Lane today were 40 Fieldfare, 4 Meadow Pipit and 12 Black-headed Gull. Plus 15 Blackbird in a S.Anston garden (Den & Jan Jarrold). 10 Golden Plover at Axle Lane (Mick Clay).

7th January At Harry Croft's Quarry were a Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Owl, Jack Snipe, 5 Song Thrush, 23 Meadow Pipit and 8 Pied Wagtail (Mick Clay).

6th January A m Blackcap in a Woodsetts garden today, coming to feeders (Nigel Butler). on First Lane, South Anston were 100 Rook, Raven and a Buzzard (Mick Clay).

5th January At Axle Lane today were 66 Fieldfare, 22 Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 75 Black-headed Gull and a Buzzard (Mick Clay).

4th January At First Lane, a Buzzard, 12 Yellowhammer, 2 Great Black-backed Gull >N and at Harry Croft's Pond, by the Chesterfield Canal, 4 Gadwall and Little Grebe. At Harry Croft's Quarry, Jack Snipe, 3 Song Thrush and Raven. Also dead Jack Snipe just by entrance to First Lane off Worksop Road (Mick Clay).

3rd January 2 Little Egret at Kiveton Pit Top (Kiveton Community Woodland) (Alan Bateman). A Red Kite >S over Woodsetts at 1025 (Gareth Picton). At NAPT this morning were Woodcock, 7 Snipe, 8 Blue Tit, 6 Jackdaw, 15 Fieldfare, 7 Great Tit, just 5 Linnet, Kestrel, 60 Black-headed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Reed Bunting, 11 (mostly ad's) Herring Gull >S, Cormorant >NW, Stock Dove, Yellowhammer>SE, 5m & 6f Bullfinch, Moorhen and imm. fSparrowhawk. At Langold Lake this morning were 3 Nuthatch, 38 Tufted Duck, 200 Black-headed Gull, 6 Greylag Goose, just 8 Canada Goose, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 48 Mallard, 5ad & 1imm Mute Swan, 13 Coot, 10 Moorhen, f Grey Wagtail, 2m Goosander and 2m & 1f Gadwall. Firbeck revealed 2 Stock Dove, Lesser Redpoll over, 223 Canada Goose, 18 Greylag Goose, 4 Coot and 4 Mallard. From Buckwood Farm were Buzzard, 10 Linnet, Green Woodpecker, 6 Goldfinch and a Jay (Andy Hirst).

2nd January At Thurcroft Pit Top were Woodcock, Barn Owl and Tawny Owl (John Gallagher). m&f Tawny Owl calling to each other from the small field opposite Tesco car wash. M flying low over field to trees behind Chindit Court (John Williamson). Stonechat and 70 Herring Gull at Thurcroft Pit Top. A Brambling in with the finch flock at Langold Lake, just S of the band stand (Mick Clay). 6 Lapwing in fields nr Dewidales Wood, plus c100 Linnet and 21 Lesser Redpoll on Lindrick Golf Course (Barry Cartwright). 15 Blackbird in a S. Anston garden (Den & Jan Jarrold).

1st January A pair of Tawny Owl calling from Goss Common at 0600 (Andy Hirst). Several hundred Pink-footed Goose >NW (Gareth Picton). 200 Pink-footed Goose >W over S. Anston (Mick Clay).

31st December At Kiveton Pit Top (Kiveton Community Woodland) this morning were 8 Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, 11 Chaffinch, 5 Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 19 Goldfinch, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Grey Wagtail > E, 32 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, Water Rail, 3 Cormorant, Treecreeper, 16 Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Kestrel and a Snipe (John Williamson). At Tommy Flockton's Marsh there were 7 Mallard, 18 Goldfinch and c13 Fieldfare (Alfie Bloor).

Fieldfare @ Kiveton Pit Top (Kiveton Community Woodland) © John Williamson

29th December m&f Stonechat and a flock of at least 200 Linnet on the path between Rackford Lane and Lindrick (Farrell Kent).

28th December 60 Pink-footed Goose > over S. Anston (Mick Clay). A m Blackcap in a Woodsetts garden (Gareth Picton).

27th December On a bright and calm morning 5 members attended the socially distanced Christmas walk. Starting at Anston Stones Wood with 3 calling Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Grey Wagtail on the River Ryton. Then onto Lindrick Dale with a Kingfisher feeding by a garden pond, another Grey Wagtail on the River Ryton, plus 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, Kestrel, 12 Mallard and 6 Little Grebe on a small lake. On the return leg around Harry Croft's, a Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Raven, 17 Grey Partridge, 8 Bullfinch, Song Thrush and 9 Meadow Pipit (Mick Clay).

m Bullfinch @ Kiveton Pit Top (Kiveton Community Woodland) © John Williamson

25th December Around Letwell were 14 Skylark, 2 Kestrel and 2 Buzzard (Alfie Bloor).

24th December Near Netherthorpe airfield there was a Buzzard, Carrion Crow and a Peregrine over the fields. Along the Chesterfield Canal were 2 Mute Swan and 4 Mallard. At Tommy Flockton's Marsh were 36 Mallard, 31 Wigeon, 4 Teal, Moorhen, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Gadwall and c50 Fieldfare (Alfie Bloor).

19th December At Langold Lake today were Kingfisher, 100 Fieldfare, 40 Linnet, Brambling calling, Woodcock, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel (Alfie Bloor & Mick Clay).

15th December At Roche Abbey were 10 Mallard and 4 Gadwall plus Marsh Tit and 2 Nuthatch. Langold Lake held 5 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Cormorant, Grey Heron, 31 Tufted Duck, 76 Mallard, f Goldeneye, 19 Coot, 21 Moorhen, Water Rail and 116 Black-headed Gull plus 2 Raven >S, 4 Nuthatch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. At Carlton Lake were 2 Mute Swan, 43 Greylag Goose, 2 Water Rail and 2 Little Egret. At Brown Bailey's were 27 Tufted Duck, 2 Mallard, 3 Coot and Kingfisher. At Hewett Arms Pond were 12 Mallard, 3 Moorhen and Grey Heron. (Mick Clay).

f Goldeneye @ Langold Lake © Mick Clay

14th December On the Monday walk at Langold Lake the count included 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Greylag Goose, 35 Canada Goose, a Shelduck, which was probably attracted to the muddy fringes as the water level was lowered, 34 Tufted Duck, c300 Black-headed Gull and 6 Common Gull. Away from the water were a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Pied Wagtail, a single Fieldfare & Goldcrest. What appeared to be a winter influx of Chaffinch were everywhere with in excess of 50 counted along with 5 Siskin in the alders (Geoff & Lyn Facer). A Tawny Owl calling during the night on Swinston Hill Road, Dinnington (Alfie Bloor).

12th December Along First Lane, South Anston, a Little Egret >W and along the Chesterfield Canal were Raven and Buzzard (Mick Clay). 30 Starling in a South Anston garden (Den & Jan Jarrold).

11th December At Langold Lake today were Shelduck, m Pochard, 33 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe and close by in a muddy field to the W, 49 Pied Wagtail and 2 Grey Wagtail. In the hedgerows around Honey Hills were 28 Blackbird, 100 Chaffinch, 100 Linnet, 4 Brambling, 6 Bullfinch, 3 Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Woodcock and 2 Buzzard (Mick Clay).

9th December Carlton Lake held a m Pintail, 35 Greylag Goose, 3 Water Rail, Kingfisher, 2 Little Egret, a pair of Goosander, m Gadwall, pair of Teal Jay, 2 Green Woodpecker, 30 Siskin and 10 Lesser Redpoll (John Gallagher). Results of a Nocturnal Migration (noc-mig) recording last night included an Oystercatcher over Dinnington at 2329 (Alfie Bloor).

8th December At Kiveton Pit Top today were 22 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Bullfinch, 7 Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting and Water Rail calling (Mick Clay).

7th December 2 Raven >N over Langold Lake, plus 72 Fieldfare, 27 Blackbird, 40 Linnet, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Kingfisher, 3 Jay, 2 and on the lake were 3 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 27 Tufted Duck and a Teal (Mick Clay).

6th December At Kiveton Pit Top were 19 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Bullfinch, 16 Grey Partridge and 26 Golden Plover in field to S (Mick Clay).

5th December At Langold Lake were 44 Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting, 44 Fieldfare, 23 Blackbird, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Treecreeper, Jay, 32 Tufted Duck, single Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 70 Pink footed Goose >N (Mick Clay). Down First Lane were 3 Grey Partridge, 4 Black-headed Gull, 19 Woodpigeon, 15 Rook, 9 Carrion Crow, 3 Goldfinch, Blackbird, a Lesser Redpoll and 2 Pheasant. In Harry Croft's Quarry were 2 Song Thrush, 3 Lesser Redpoll, Reed Bunting, 6 Blackbird, 2 Dunnock, 9 Goldfinch, Buzzard and 4 Yellowhammer (Alfie Bloor). Good number of Wigeon on Tommy Flockton’s Marsh, at least 15 plus 6+ Teal (Brian Chambers).

3rd December Early morning and a Woodcock flushed from Axle Lane garden (Mick Clay).

2nd December A Little Egret flying along the Chesterfield Canal Tommy Flockton's Marsh (Mick Clay). At Thurcroft Pit Top were Peregrine, 25 Lesser Redpoll, 20 Meadow Pipit, 35 Goldfinch, 150 Linnet, Chiffchaff, 18 Snipe, 3 Jack Snipe and 4 or 5 Stonechat (John Gallagher).

1st December At Hodsock Sewage Works were 41 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail and a Green Sandpiper feeding in the muddy field by the farm entrance. Also 80 Black-headed Gull in fields and on the flooded field near Hodsock Cottage plus Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Buzzard (Mick Clay). At Thurcroft Pit Top were c32 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, Song Thrush, 2 Kestrel and a Lesser Redpoll. Near Carr was a Barn Owl carrying a rodent (Alfie Bloor). Further records from Hodsock included 3 Jay, Peregrine and Chiffchaff (John Gallagher). 24 Skylark at Axle Lane (Den & Jan Jarrold ). At Langold Lake were Shelduck, Goosander and a pair of Shoveler (Kevin Hatley).

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