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18th April A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in Carlton Wood today (Mick Clay per Andy Murray).
16th April 2 Raven flew over woods East of Woodsetts at 0845 (Barry Cartwright).
15th April Red Kite again, low over Harry Croft's Quarry (Andy Murray & Mick Clay).
14th April Wardening the hide at NAPT this morning produced single Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover >N, 9 Goldfinch, 6 Reed Bunting, 5 Wren, 3 Siskin >NW, 7 Chiffchaff, 18 Linnet, 3 Skylark, 6 Swallow >N, 6 Mallard, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 4 Greylag Goose, 3 Sand Martin >S, 3 Kestrel, Heron, 2 Buzzard, Cormorant & Sparrowhawk (Andy Hirst). 2 Yellow Wagtail at Harry Croft's Quarry (Mick Clay). 2 Shelduck >W over Harry Croft's Quarry this afternoon (Andy Murray).
12th April 20- 30 Swallow & House Martin at Langold Lake today (Mick Scott).
11th April Corn Bunting again at Axle Lane, singing in dense fog (Mick Clay). A Brambling in a North Anston garden today (Phil Broadhead).
9th April Twelve
members took part in the Monday walk at Langold Lake. Among 39 species
recorded were, 4 Great Crested Grebe, a pair of Mute
Swan nesting on the top lake with 5 more on the main lake, 8 Greylag
Geese, 48 Canada Geese, Gadwall,
10 Tufted Duck, 4 Buzzard, Kestrel,
Green Woodpecker, a pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker,
Skylark, c20 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow,
6 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush,
6 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler,
3 Goldcrest and 7 Nuthatch (Geoff & Lyn Facer).
8th April At Tommy Flockton's Marsh this morning were Cormorant, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Mallard, a pair of Teal, a pair of Kestrel and a Grey Wagtail. At North Anston Pit Top were singing Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 7 Reed Bunting, 22 Linnet, 4 Willow Warbler, 5 Mallard, Jay high >S, 4 Sand Martin >S, 4 Fieldfare >NE, Greylag Goose >SW and a single Lapwing. Harry Croft's Quarry held 8 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, Kestrel, 8 Yellowhammer, 8 Buzzard, Cormorant >N, 4 Lapwing, 2 Swallow >N, f Wheatear, Raven and Little Owl. Hodsock was pretty quiet with just 3 Buzzard, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Skylark and a Lapwing. From Thornbury Hill this afternoon were 6 Yellowhammer, 6 Chaffinch, 4 Buzzard, m Blackcap, 2 Jay, 7 Skylark, 3 Swallow >N, 18 Linnet, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and Stock Dove (Andy Hirst).
Full wader scrape @ North Anston Pit Top © Andy Hirst
7th April At NAPT today were Willow Warbler and 4 Sand Martin (John Gallagher). This morning at Harry Croft's Quarry were m Wheatear, 2 Raven and 2 Little Owl (Brian Chambers). 2 Swallow over a Todwick garden this morning (Geoff Downs). 5 Sand Martin over Brown Bailey's today (Andy Hirst).
Wheatear m @ Harry Croft's Quarry © Brian Chambers
6th April Barn Owl, Little Ringed Plover and 2 Swallow at Harry Croft's Quarry today (Andy Murray).
5th April 2 House Martin and a Swallow over Langold Lake today (Mick Scott). 4 m Wheatear at Axle Lane today (Mick Clay).
3rd April The first Corn Bunting for 5 years at Axle Lane today. Doubt it will attract a mate (Mick Clay).
High water level @ NAPT (North Anston Pit Top) © Andy Hirst
1st April Early morning at NAPT produced a Barn Owl hunting and mobbing a Carrion Crow, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Robin, 14 Goldfinch, 5 Reed Bunting, 40 Woodpigeon, 4 Mallard, 3 Lapwing, 3 Stock Dove, 17 Linnet, 6 Magpie, a pair of Kestrel, 3 Snipe on far pond, 3 Meadow Pipit displaying, 3 Bullfinch and 8 Golden Plover >W. Around Harry Crofts Quarry were 3 Yellowhammer, c40 Skylark, 4 Pied Wagtail, 6 Linnet, m Wheatear, a pair of Raven, 2 pairs of Mallard, 2 Little Owl and Grey Partridge (Andy Hirst), plus Red Kite >NW (Mick Clay, Andy Murray & Andy Hirst). An hour from Kings Wood Corner this afternoon produced 8 Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Cormorant, Heron, 120 Golden Plover >NW and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull >NW. Langold Lake revealed just 4 Tufted Duck, 15 Coot, 8 Mute Swan, 19 Mallard, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Moorhen, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, 5 Chiffchaff and 2 Black-headed Gull. Nearby Hodsock has flooded again and held 4 Lesser Back-backed Gull, 2 Black-headed Gull and a Lapwing (more to come from here hopefully), plus Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 42 Fieldfare and c40 Linnet. Nearby Carlton Lake produced 19 Greylag Goose, a pair of Mute Swan and a f Goosander. Brown Baileys Pond was quiet, with just 8 Coot, Mute Swan, 5 Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe and a Cormorant. The fields around Grange Farm, towards Loscar were cold and quiet, save for a Buzzard, 4 Yellowhammer and Kestrel (Andy Hirst).
At Firbeck Hall, 7 Hawfinch still. At Hodsock were 120 Fieldfare
25th March An Osprey reported flying towards Langold Lake, also Chiffchaff here (Mick Scott).
24th March Chiffchaff at Langold Lake today (Mick Scott). At NAPT were Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 4 Lapwing now back and 3 Stock Dove (Brian Chambers). At Harry Croft's Quarry late afternoon were 2 Little Owl and a Barn Owl (Andy Murray, Andy Hirst & Mick Clay).
Lapwing @ NAPT © Brian Chambers
23rd March A Red Kite over Firbeck this morning, also 6 Teal and 6 Mallard at Roche Abbey (Brian Chambers).
22nd March A m Blackcap in Brook Walk today (Paul Tennyson).
21st March In Harry Crofts Quarry today were 2 Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, 2 pairs of Mallard, Buzzard, 2 Skylark and Little Owl. At NAPT late afternoon were Cormorant >S, 3 Kestrel, 9 Magpie and 44 Black-headed Gull on the overflow field (Andy Hirst).
18th March A very snowy and wintry NAPT produced several small flocks of Fieldfare >N totaling 49, 10 Snipe over the wader scrape, 7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Wren, 33 Black-headed Gull, the first returning Lapwing, 34 Redwing >E, a pair of Kestrel, m Sparrowhawk, 2 Linnet, 3 Common Gull >E, 3 Mallard, 6 Chaffinch, and 5 Bullfinch. Langold Lake Held 32 Mallard, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Tufted Duck, just 12 Coot, 7 Mute Swan including a pair displaying, 106 Black-headed Gull, flocks of 20 & 40 Siskin, Common Gull, 9 Pochard, 2 Greylag Goose and 7 Moorhen. At Firbeck Hall, in far from ideal conditions were 2 Hawfinch still (more must still be around), 2 Buzzard mewing, m Sparrowhawk, 10 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Coot and 2 Greylag Goose (Andy Hirst).
Nuthatch @ Langold Lake © Andy Hirst
17th March A bit of a Greylag Goose morning with 7 at Langold Lake, 45 at Carlton Lake and 33 Hewett Arms Pond (Brian Chambers). At nearby Langold Lake were Kingfisher and c50 Siskin (Mick Scott).
Greylag Geese @ Hewett Arms Pond © Brian Chambers
14th March A pair of Buzzard, talon grappling at Langold Lake (Mick Scott).
12th March Five members attended a rather wet Monday walk at Langold Lake. Among the 26 species recorded were, Little Grebe, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Mute Swan, 80 Canada Geese, 18 Mallard, 7 Pochard, 7 Tufted Duck, a pair of Goosander, 11 Moorhen, 26 Coot, Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Nuthatch and a Treecreeper (Geoff & Lyn Facer).
@ Firbeck © Andy Hirst
11th March c60 Hawfinch feeding in the grounds of Firbeck Hall, also in treeline of the field N of Firbeck Hall. Plus 4 Nuthatch, 2 Greylag Goose >N, 6 Mallard, 4 Siskin, 3 Song Thrush, 5 Blackbird, 15 Goldfinch, 3 Stock Dove, Jay, 3 Pied Wagtail, Buzzard, m Peregrine >N and 10 Fieldfare. At Kings Wood Corner were m Kestrel, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Buzzard, 2m Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Mistle Thrush (Andy Hirst).
7th March 4 Song Thrush and a Grey Wagtail at the Todwick end of Axle Lane (Geoff Facer).
6th March A Barn Owl flew over Dog Kennel Lane, S. Anston at 1820 (Geoff Facer) and a Barn Owl at Harry Crofts Quarry (Andy Murray).
Cormorant @ Langold Lake © Brian Chambers
4th March At NAPT this morning (in the snow and fog) were 9 Goldfinch, 4 House Sparrow, Lesser Redpoll >E, 4 Blackbird and a single Snipe. At Langold Lake were 7 Mute Swan, 27 Mallard, 13 Coot, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Tufted Duck, 19 Pochard, 22 Black-headed Gull and 10 Moorhen, plus 4 Treecreeper & 2 Nuthatch (Andy Hirst).
Roe Deer @ Buckwood Farm © Brian Chambers
3rd March A
Raven >W over South Anston at midday and a f Merlin
hunting Skylark at Axle Lane (Mick Clay). From a ringing
site (garden) at Gateford were: 10 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare,
5 Song Thrush, 12 Blackbird, 2m Blackcap,
9 Goldfinch, Treecreeper, 2f 1m Great
Spotted Woodpecker, Wren, 2 Dunnock,
2 Robin, 7 Jackdaw, 7 Long-tailed Tit,
Coal Tit, 13 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared
Dove and a pair of Nuthatch (Richard Platts).
Fieldfare @ Todwick © Ray Sykes
2nd March A very bleak walk from Laughten en le Morthen to Roche Abbey and back, was bitter on the exposed parts due to the biting easterly wind. However from Slade Hills were Buzzard and small numbers of Fieldfare, plus a Kestrel. The strong wind keeping most birds down. Activity picked up in the valley bottom between Colonels Holt and Roche Abbey, with 6 Robin within 20m of each other. As well as 4 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Jay & Great Spotted Woodpecker. On Laughton Pond (pond at Roche Abbey) were 33 Teal and 2 Mallard, with 4 more Teal in the river by the car park. Lots of small parties (3-6 birds) of Fieldfare & Redwing searching the leaf litter for food. Several Siskin, but no big flocks. A bleak, windswept walk back to Laughton (Andy Hirst).
1st March Female Blackcap in a different Woodsetts garden today (Barry Cartwright).
27th February Male Blackcap in a Woodsetts garden today at feeders (Gareth Picton).
Blackcap @ Woodsetts © Barry Cartwright
26th February A report of c40+ Hawfinch in the grounds of Roche Abbey today (John O'Malley per Andy Murray).
Group above Lindrick @ Fanfield © Pete Kenworthy
25th February Around Kings Wood today were 25 Buzzard, 3 Raven, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. On the ground were 100+ Fieldfare and c25 Yellowhammer (Andy Murray & Mick Clay). Seven members attended the SK58 walk through Anston Stones Wood, Lindrick Dale, Brancliffe Grange to Shireoaks and back via the Chesterfield Canal. It was a crisp winters day as we made our way through Anston Stones Wood. There were lots of commoner woodland birds calling and in some cases actively displaying, including Blue Tits, Great Tits, Chaffinches, Goldcrest, Treecreeper and Nuthatch. The Rookery in Anston Stones Wood had yet to be recolonised, so the bottom end of the woodland was fairly quiet. Crossing over the busy A57, we ventured down Lindrick Dale. More common woodland birds were added, including Jay and Greenfinch, which appear to be making a bit of a comeback. Wildfowl were a bit thin on the ground with just 12 Mallard and 2 Tufted Duck present on Dale Ponds.
Group @ Chesterfield Canal © Pete Kenworthy
The highlight of the walk was a Woodcock, flushed from cover by Brancliffe Grange, this no doubt a continental bird contemplating the return journey. In Shireoaks we retreated to "Laura's Cafe" for a well deserved coffee and for some a breakfast. After which we headed further along the Chesterfield Canal, around Shireoaks Marina and onto to Shireoaks Pit Top. From the viewing point on top we picked out landmarks within the square. Alas it was pretty devoid of bird life save for 3 Buzzard, 2 Cormorant and c90 Lapwing >S.
Goldcrest @ Chesterfield Canal © Pete Kenworthy
Retracing our steps we followed the Chesterfield Canal back towards Kiveton. By now it was mid afternoon and bird activity had slowed and quietened down. The highlight on the way back was Marsh Tit by Old Spring Wood. Despite the lack of birds, a very pleasant walk was had. Tales of roast dinners and mugs of tea spurred on on tiring legs as we returned to where we started in Anston Parish car park at at 1500, some six hours after we left.
24th February At Roche Abbey were c100 Siskin. That evening 22 Whooper Swan went >NW low over Dinnington 20:00 (John Gallagher).
20th February 2 Little Egret this morning at Tommy Flockton's Marsh (Brian Chambers).
2 Little Egrets @ Tommy Flockton's Marsh © Brian Chambers
A tour of SK58 Wetland Sites included the following species counts. At
Roche Abbey were 12 Mallard and 7 Teal. Langold
Lake held 15 Tufted Duck, 19 Coot, 8 Mute
Swan, 61 Canada Goose, 8, 5m & 3f Goosander,
35 Mallard, 15 Moorhen, 6 Great Crested
Grebe, 3 Greylag Goose, 15, 11m & 4f Pochard,
Heron and a pair of Gadwall. Carlton Lake
revealed 4 Moorhen, 8 Coot, 2 Mute Swan,
2m Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard and 2 Greylag
Goose. At Brown Bailey's were 14 Coot, Mute
Swan, 2 Mallard, 26 Tufted Duck and
2 Great Crested Grebe. Hewett Arms Pond produced 5 Coot,
2 Heron, 4 Moorhen and Mallard (Brian
Chambers). Wildfowl were obviously commuting, as this morning there were
6 4m & 2f Goosander on Langold Lake (Mick Scott).
18th February Over Harry Croft's Quarry today were 2 skeins of Pink-footed Goose >E and a Raven (Andy Murray). At Carlton Lake today were Kingfisher, 2 Song Thrush and a f Goosander. At Wallingwells Pond were a pair of Goosander and Kestrel. By Common Road, North Anston were 4 Grey Partridge and 3 Song Thrush (John Gallagher).
17th February At Carlton Lake this morning were 18 Greylag Goose, Little Egret, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swan, 7 Moorhen, 6 Coot, 3 pairs of Goosander and 2 Mallard. From Kings Wood Corner were 6 Buzzard, 25 Fieldfare, 3 Stock Dove, 600 Woodpigeon, Heron, Tawny Owl calling, 2 Lapwing >S, Sparrowhawk and Raven >S. Down Lindrick Dale were f Sparrowhawk, Little Grebe, 5 Mallard & 5 Tufted Duck (Andy Hirst).
A pair of Kingfisher at Langold Lake today, plus Red
Kite over (Mick Scott). On Lindrick Dale Pond were 5 Little
Grebe and a Buzzard and Raven over
Smarsons Hill Wood (Geoff & Lyn Facer).
12th February 6 members took part in the Monday walk at Langold Lake today. Among the 37 species recorded were, 9 Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, 9 Mute Swan, 33 Canada Goose, a pair of Gadwall, 14 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, a pair of Goosander, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Common Gull, Kingfisher, 5 Nuthatch, Treecreeper and 2 Raven which flew over the top lake (Geoff & Lyn Facer).
9th February At
Langold Lake today were the semi resident Cormorant on his
post, 2 pair of Goosander, Great Crested Grebe,
a displaying pair, Kingfisher darting by and the sound of
several Nuthatch (Mick Scott).
5th February 2 Heron around Langold Lake today (Mick Scott).
4th February From Kings Wood Corner in 90 mins were 19 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk and 2 Cormorant (Andy Hirst). Over Harry Croft's Quarry were 2 Raven (Andy Hirst, Andy Murray & Chris Lilley).
3rd February At Harry Croft's Quarry this morning were Little Owl, 2 Raven, c30 Skylark, 4 Stock Dove, c40 Linnet and 2 Grey Partridge. At Langold Lake were 8 Mute Swan, 15 Coot, 14 Tufted Duck, 26 Mallard, 7 Great Crested Grebe inc. several pairs displaying. Plus 6 Moorhen, c40 Black-headed Gull, Cormorant, 14 Pochard, Heron, a pair of Goosander and 6 Siskin. At nearby Buckwood Farm in a stewardship crop were a mixed flock of c50 Chaffinch, at least 25 Brambling plus several Reed Bunting and Linnet. Nearby were Jay, skeins of c300 NW & 82 SW Pink-footed Goose and a Buzzard. Along Brands Lane were 6 Common Gull, 2 Lapwing, 17 Yellowhammer, 3 pairs of Reed Bunting, 2 Buzzard and a Raven >S. At Dinnington Marsh were single Cormorant >SW, Willow Tit and a Buzzard (Andy Hirst). c100 Pink-footed Goose >NW over Woodsetts at 1335 today (Gareth Picton).
30th January Stonechat still present in fields near Brancliffe Farm, N of railway tunnel (Brian Chambers).
Stonechat @ Brancliffe Grange © Brian Chambers
28th January A Stonechat in fields near Brancliffe Farm, N of railway tunnel (Farrel & Julie Kent).
26th January Several Brambling still present at Buckwood Farm, feeding on Millet (Brian Chambers). Cormorant present for several days now at Langold Lake (Mick Scott).
Brambling @ Buckwood Farm, Wallingwells © Brian Chambers
23rd January At a windy Langold Lake today were 2f Goosander and displaying Great Crested Grebe, plus 2 Kingfisher (Mick Scott).
22nd January Among a large flock of finches at Buckwood Farm, Wallingwells were at least 4 Brambling and a Lesser Redpoll. At Langold Lake were Great Crested Grebe, 132 Canada Goose, 19 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker and 4 Nuthatch (Geoff & Lyn Facer).
Along Lamb Lane, Dinnington were 2 Barn Owl hunting along
hedgerows. Plus a Grey Wagtail visiting a garden pond regularly
on Central Avenue, Dinnington (John Gallagher).
20th January At Thurcroft Pit Top this morning were 2 Green Woodpecker, 8 Stock Dove, 3 Snipe, Jack Snipe and 4 Herring Gull >S. At Roche Abbey were 2 Buzzard, c60 Siskin and 2 Marsh Tit. Passing Lingodell revealed 11 Greylag Goose and c40 Canada Goose. A frozen Brown Bailey's Pond produced 5 Greylag Goose and just 2 Coot. A farm yard at Slade Hooton revealed c25 Chaffinch and c40 Linnet. A brief visit to Langold Lake produced 41 Mallard, 12 Coot, 14 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, 5 Mute Swan, 89 Black-headed Gull, 2f Goosander, 6 Common Gull, 11 9m, 2f Pochard, Kingfisher and a Buzzard. Nearby Hodsock held 26 Lapwing, Buzzard, 12 Black-headed Gull, Grey Wagtail and 220 Fieldfare. Hodsock Sewage Works revealed 10 Black-headed Gull, and 26 Pied Wagtail. From Kings Wood Corner this afternoon were c1000 Woodpigeon, 2 Buzzard, 49 Yellowhammer roosting in game cover with Reed Bunting and Lesser Redpoll. Dusk at NAPT produced Water Rail, Barn Owl and Woodcock (Andy Hirst). At Dinnington Marsh this evening were 1-2 Barn Owl, 300 Fieldfare, an 'Asio' Owl, Tawny Owl and 4 Woodcock (Andy Murray).
16th January At a bitterly cold Langold Lake were c30 Goldfinch and 2-3 Brambling (Mick Scott).
Several hours around NAPT was largely uneventful but added to the year
list. These included 28 Goldfinch, 4 Song Thrush,
8 Robin, 10 Blackbird, 26 Magpie,
2 Meadow Pipit, there was a bit of gull passage with 13
Herring Gull mostly >SW, 25 Black-headed Gull,
2 Common Gull >S, 4 Great Black-backed Gull
>SW, 3 Mallard, 28 Starling, 27 Fieldfare
>S, 4 Stock Dove, 4 Bullfinch,
Cormorant >S, 7 Snipe, a Water Rail
calling from Cramfit Pond, Buzzard and 12 Long-tailed
Tit (Andy Hirst).
12th January An early start in the dense fog at Tommy Flockton's Marsh produced 6 Teal, 10 Wigeon, 2 Mallard, 9 Common Gull >S, 2 Cormorant >N & 8 Redwing. Along the Mineral Line at Dinnington Marsh (in dense fog still) were 2 Mute Swan, 8 Bullfinch, 2 Coot, Willow Tit, 2 Mallard, Jay, c30 Pink-footed Goose (heard only- estimated) and 3 Lesser Redpoll. At nearby NAPT were a further c50 Pink-footed Goose heard >SE in fog, 3 Meadow Pipit, 13 Black-headed Gull, 11 Snipe, 2 Great Black-backed Gull >N, 8 Common Gull >SW & Kestrel. Harry Croft's Quarry (in now denser fog) revealed Kestrel, Little Owl and Grey Wagtail. Langold Lake held 12 Mute Swan, 37 Mallard, 25 Coot, 18 Tufted Duck, 82 Black-headed Gull, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Common Gull, 8 Moorhen, 2m, 4f Goosander, Kingfisher, 2 Siskin, 14 (6f, 8m) Pochard and f Wigeon (Andy Hirst).
At Tommy Flockton's Marsh today were 19 Mallard, 9 Teal
and 6 Wigeon. Along the Chesterfield Canal between Norwood
Tunnel and just beyond the footpath to South Anston were 20 Blue
Tit, 12 Great Tit, Coal Tit, 10 Long-tailed
Tit, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, 2 Great
Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Redwing & 45 Fieldfare.
At Axle Lane Ponds were 4 Cormorant, Heron,
Great Crested Grebe & 25 Fieldfare (Brian
Chambers). At Langold Lake today were 2 Brambling by the
boat house and Little Grebe (Mick Scott).
10th January 2 Raven >E over South Anston (Andy Murray).
8th January Seven members attended the Monday walk at Langold Lake. Among 39 species recorded were 3 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, 2m 1f Pochard, 14 Tufted Duck, 3m 6f Goosander , Buzzard, 4 Common Gull, 2 Stock Dove, f Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 8 Nuthatch, Lesser Redpoll and c10 Reed Bunting (Geoff & Lyn Facer). Also here were 6 Greylag Goose and Red Kite along woodland edge (Mick Scott). Along the Chesterfield Canal between Shireoaks & Kiveton a Little Egret by lock 38 and a Hawfinch just W of Shireoaks Marina (Simon Mitchie).
(f) @ Langold Lake © Lyn Facer
1st January Raven calling over crags at Roche Abbey. Landed in a tree beyond Abbey then flew from the tree and landed in the field by the first buildings at Stone (Simon Mitchie). 3 Hawfinch here also (Andy Murray per John O'Malley). With 5 Hawfinch here also (per BirdGuides).
Grey Wagtail @ North Anston © Chris Lilley
30th December Five members convened at the Loyal Trooper for the ten minute drive to Firbeck, which was the departure point for our traditional post Christmas walk this year. The day was fair, but blustery as we set off along the track, crossing the fields to Stubbin Wood, around the wood to Kings Wood, which offered a shelter from the wind. There was steady passage of Great Black-backed Gull with several birds noted, as well as a few Herring Gull. The various stands of trees and woodland produced several Nuthatch, Stock Dove, Kestrel and Mistle Thrush and a total of 8 Buzzard. The hedgerows produced good numbers of Yellowhammer with at least 15-20 birds noted. The ploughed fields produced little, save for several Skylark. Lingodell was particularly blustery, being exposed. 23 Black-headed Gull and 2 Common Gull rose from the field with c40 Fieldfare feeding in the short grass. A brief detour up the side of Kings Wood gave relief from the wind and the game cover yielded several small finch flocks. Mostly Goldfinch and Chaffinch with several Linnet and at least 3 Brambling. We reached the top of Kings Wood and dropped down on to the path which would return the party to Roche Abbey on our return leg. The valley was surprisingly windy and revealed little. The pond at Roche Abbey held 7 Mallard and a pair of Gadwall. The walk back to Firbeck, via Stone did produce a very showy m Peregrine, which had been put off a kill (by Corvids) and was hesitant at leaving its meal. We reached the Black Lion at at Firbeck a little after 1pm, where a drinks and excellent food were very welcome. Not the most productive of days bird wise, but non the less and great way to shift the Christmas excesses (Andy Hirst).
28th December Over Stone today was a single Red Kite. At nearby Roche Abbey were 3 Marsh Tit (John Gallagher).
24th December 2 Little Egrets at Carlton Lake this morning (John Gallagher). Also a Chiffchaff at the Todwick end of Axle Lane, wall side path (Lyn & Geoff Facer).
23rd December At Buckwood Farm, Langold were 20 Brambling in a finch flock in Millet field (John Gallagher). Also a report of 2 "White Egrets" in a tall tree on south side of Carlton Lake (Dawn Ingham).
Fieldfare @ Buckwood Farm, Langold © John Gallagher
17th December A frozen and quiet Tommy Flockton's Marsh produced several inquisitive horses, as well as 7 Black-headed Gull, 4 Bullfinch, 3 Stock Dove, 17 Mallard, Heron, 25 Starling and 3 Common Gull. Langold Lake was 90% frozen, but held a modest amount of wildfowl including 8 Mute Swan, 2 Common Gull, Herring Gull, 24 Coot, 95 Mallard, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard, 8 Moorhen, Kingfisher and 19 Siskin. At nearby Hodsock were 2 Teal and 7 Mallard. Carlton Lake was again c80% frozen but held 19 Mallard, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Little Grebe, 8 Coot, 35 Black-headed Gull, 7 Moorhen, 7 Song Thrush, which flew from cover, Great Black-backed Gull plus Lesser Redpoll and Kestrel. Hewett Arms Pond was equally frozen holding just 28 Black-headed Gull with 2 Herring Gull and 2 Great Black-backed Gull >S. At Grange Farm, Loscar were 95 Golden Plover, 53 Black-headed Gull, 2 Buzzard, 2 Common Gull and a Yellowhammer (Andy Hirst).
16th December A Red Kite along Lamb Lane, near the turn off for Firbeck, flying back towards Dinnington (Andy Murray). At Langold Lake were 2 f Goosander, 14 Pochard, Kingfisher and Little Egret >NE (John Gallagher & Mick Clay). THERE ARE X2 MUSCOVY TYPE DUCKS HERE TOO.
13th December Red Kite patrolling along the Old Mineral Line, Dinnington-Laughton Common (Les Coe).
11th December At NAPT this evening were Tawny Owl and Barn Owl hunting plus 4 Snipe over (John Gallagher). At Carlton Lake were 2 Goosander and 18 Gadwall (Geoff & Lyn Facer). 5 members attended the Monday walk at Langold Lake. While checking out a flock of passerines on the rough field between the lake and the pit top we were rewarded with the sight of a cream-crown Marsh Harrier approaching from the direction of the pit top and passing almost overhead. Other species among 35 recorded were 7 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, 5 Mute Swan with 3 juvs, 45 Mallard, 4 pairs of Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, f Goosander, Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 9 Moorhen, 21 Coot, 58 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, Grey Wagtail, 26 Robin, 14 Blackbird, 15 Fieldfare, 2 Nuthatch, 50 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, and 10 Reed Bunting (Geoff & Lyn Facer etal).
Snow @ Chesterfield Canal © Brian Chambers
10th December At Roche Abbey 3 Hawfinch still today (per BirdGuides).
A trip around the water sites of SK58 on a cold & frosty morning included
at Langold Lake, which was 85% iced over: 53 Mallard, 30
Coot, 8 Tufted Duck, 8 Great Crested
Grebe, 8 Mute Swan, f Goosander, 1
Gadwall, 23 Moorhen and 8 Pochard.
At Carlton Lake were 18 Gadwall, f Goosander,
f Pochard and 2 Mute Swan. At Brown Bailey's
was a single Great Crested Grebe (Brian Chambers). At Laughton
Road shopping centre a Grey Wagtail, seen regularly by shop
staff (John Gallagher).
At Axle Lane today were were 9 Cormorant, clearly taking
advantage of the fishery being closed. At Tommy Flockton's Marsh were
10 Wigeon.(Geoff Facer).
Grey Squirrel @ Chesterfield Canal © Brian Chambers
3rd December A quiet NAPT produced 10 Blackbird, 5 Dunnock, 4 Great Tit, c50 Woodpigeon, 12 Meadow Pipit, 7 Herring Gull >S, 2 Black-headed Gull, 4 Bullfinch, Siskin >S, 2 Reed Bunting and 120 Fieldfare >SW. Roche Abbey was equally quiet, with 170 Goldfinch, 37 Siskin, 6 Nuthatch, c20 Redwing, m Kestrel, 3 Marsh Tit, Yellowhammer, 3 Bullfinch, 4 Buzzard, a pair of Grey Wagtail, 2 Jay, 3 Song Thrush, Kingfisher, Lesser Redpoll >S, 5 Mallard and a Great Spotted Woodpecker (Andy Hirst). This evening, a Short-eared Owl at NAPT (Mick Clay).
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