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14th January 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).

11th January 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).

Kingfisher (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).

Red Kite @ Stone © John Gallagher
Marsh Tit @ Stone © 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).

9th December 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).

5th December 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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