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15th February A couple of hours at Thurcroft Pit Top in the wind and rain produced Barn Owl hunting, Buzzard, 14 Snipe, a Jack Snipe, 3 Woodcock, 9 Herring Gull, 3 Black-headed Gull, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, 300 Woodpigeon, 4 Grey Partridge, 6 Skylark, 3 Song Thrush, m Kestrel, 8 Magpie, 6 Mallard, 2 Yellowhammer, Cormorant, 5 Reed Bunting, 4 Meadow Pipit and 19 Goldfinch. At Langold Lake were 7 Great Crested Grebe, 17 Coot, 32 Mallard, 4 Mute Swan, 10 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 9 Moorhen, Marsh Tit, 6 Blackbird and a Grey Wagtail (Andy Hirst).

11th February A Little Grebe at Langold Lake today, c30 Tufted Duck plus 2 pairs of Great Crested Grebe and 2-3 individuals (Mick Scott).

10th February Along Brands Lane today were c40 Fieldfare, 8 Linnet, 18 Yellowhammer, 10 Reed Bunting, 60 Rook, 21 Jackdaw, 2 Skylark, 4 Buzzard and a Kestrel (Alfie Bloor).

8th February A f Stonechat still present at Thurcroft Pit Top (Dave Jackson).

f Stonechat @ Thurcroft Pit Top © Dave Jackson

Roe Deer @ Thurcroft Pit Top © Dave Jackson

7th February A wildfowl count produced the following: At Roche Abbey were 4 Teal and 13 Mallard. At Langold Lake were 68 Mallard, 18 Coot, 9 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Moorhen, m Goosander, and Water Rail. Carlton Lake produced 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, Heron, 8 Mallard, 2 Canada Goose, and a m Gadwall. Brown Bailey's pond held 9 Coot, 19 Canada Goose, 10 Mallard, 25 Tufted Duck and a Mute Swan (Brian Chambers).

6th February At Axle Lane this morning were 2 Buzzard and a Raven (Mick Clay). At Langold Lake today were a pair of Kingfisher, Cormorant and Water Rail on old diving board pier (Mick Scott).

4th February At Langold Lake today were 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard and 6 Great Crested Grebe, some displaying (Mick Scott).

2nd February At Thurcroft Pit Top today were 2 Barn Owl, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel and Raven (Andy Murray, Brian Chambers & Mick Clay).

1st February Single Long-eared Owl at Thurcroft Pit Top today, plus Barn Owl, 2 Buzzard and 2 Kestrel (Chris Tyler).

31st January A Water Rail at NAPT near Hospice, plus Woodcock near Cramfit (Mick Clay).

30th January 90 Pink-footed Goose >W at 1030 over Laughton Common (John Gallagher).

29th January 3 Cormorant and a Water Rail at Langold Lake today (Mick Scott).

26th January Thurcroft Pit Top produced Stonechat, Peregrine, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and 5 Grey Partridge (Mick Clay). Plus 2 Long-eared Owl and 2 Barn Owl (John Gallagher).

25th January 2 Short-eared Owl at Thurcroft Pit top plus Barn Owl, this afternoon (John O'Malley). Further reports from here today included a Long-eared Owl and possibly up to 5 Barn Owl in the area (Chris Tyler). At Hodsock were 20 Meadow Pipit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Grey Partridge and 70 Pink-footed Goose >W (John Gallagher). At Tommy Flockton's Marsh were Heron, 2 Gadwall and Cormorant overhead. At Kiveton Pit Top were 5 Cormorant overhead, 2 Mute Swan, 12 Stock Dove and c15 Golden Plover in adjacent fields. Around the fallen tree feeding station were at least 3 Robin, 2 Coal Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, Willow Tit, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Dunnock and a m Bullfinch (Brian Chambers).

24th January At Langold Lake today were Water Rail, 30 Linnet, 2 Kingfisher, 12 Pochard, 2m Goosander and Raven over (John Gallagher).

22nd January At Thurcroft Pit Top were 2 Long-eared Owl and Barn Owl hunting, 2 Kestrel and 2 Buzzard (Alfie Bloor, Brian Chambers & Mick Clay).

21st January At Axle Lane a f Peregrine hunting, Buzzard, 200 Fieldfare, 150 Skylark, 150 Starling and a single Golden Plover (Mick Clay).

18th January Early morning at Thurcroft Pit Top produced brief views of Long-eared Owl, 3 Woodcock, 2 Kestrel, Buzzard & Grey Heron (Chris Tyler). Later that day at Thurcroft Pit Top were 3 Barn Owl (John Gallagher).

13th January Along First Lane were 4 Buzzard (Mick Clay).

12th January A walk from Shireoaks to Hawks Wood produced 12 Robin, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 25 Blackbird, 10 Blue Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Cormorant, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Nuthatch, 7 Mallard, Heron, a pair of Mute Swan, 3 Moorhen, 12 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, f Kestrel, 2 Marsh Tit, 18 House Sparrow and a Sparrowhawk. Hawks Wood was very quiet indeed producing a single tit flock consisting of 8 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Blue Tit and 2 Coal Tit, Other birds includes just Song Thrush, 2 Blackbird, Buzzard, & a Great Spotted Woodpecker (Andy Hirst).At Axle Lane were 400 Fieldfare and 200 Starling feeding together (Mick Clay). At Thurcroft Pit Top were Long-eared Owl, 3 Barn Owl (one possibly dark variant, continental type) (John Gallagher).

11th January At Harry Croft's Quarry this morning were 3 Grey Partridge, Sparrowhawk, 4 Stock Dove, Buzzard & Kestrel. At Dinnington Marsh were 53 Pink-footed Goose >NW, 3 Willow Tit, Woodcock, 16 Magpie, 2 Kestrel, 3 Greylag Goose, Buzzard & 6 Cormorant (Andy Hirst).

9th January In Harry Croft's Quarry this morning were c30 Meadow Pipit, 8 Stock Dove & Kestrel. At Axle Lane were 85 Fieldfare and c45 Skylark (Alfie Bloor). At Tommy Flockton's Marsh were 24 Wigeon and 3 Gadwall (Mick Clay).

8th January At Thurcroft Pit Top today were 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Barn Owl and Long-eared Owl. At times both owls were hunting were close by (Mick Clay & Brian Chambers).

6th January At Axle Lane today were 3 Buzzard feeding on worms in the stubble field and 200 Fieldfare (Mick Clay).

5th January At Tommy Flockton's Marsh this morning were 12 Teal, 4 Moorhen, 24 Mallard, Greylag Goose, 31 Wigeon, 2m, 1f Gadwall, 10 Rook, 3 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull >S, 18 Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull >S, 3 Common Gull >S and Cormorant >S. At NAPT were 8 Blackbird, 2 Bullfinch, 27 Black-headed Gull, 7 Cormorant >SW, 6 Mallard, 4 Herring Gull >S, 3 Great Black-backed Gull >S, Common Gull >S, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Stock Dove, 20 Snipe and a Jack Snipe. Roche Abbey held Water Rail, 2 Jay, Buzzard, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 12 Siskin & Raven. At Langold Lake were 73 Canada Goose, 24 Coot, 47 Mallard, 8 Tufted Duck, 13 Pochard, a pair of Goosander, Great Crested Grebe, 6 Mute Swan, 6 Moorhen, 18 Long-tailed Tit, 75 Black-headed Gull, Common Gull and 4 Siskin. Finally at dusk at Thurcroft Pit Top were Heron, single Barn Owl, 2 Grey Partridge & Snipe (Andy Hirst). Down Brands Lane today were 15 Reed Bunting, 80 Yellowhammer, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 6 Grey Partridge, 160 Linnet, 73 Skylark and 21 Meadow Pipit (Alfie Bloor). At Tommy Flockton's Marsh later in the day were 28 Wigeon and 20 Redwing. At Kiveton Pit Top 300 Pink-footed Goose >W, also Water Rail calling and 2 Buzzard (Mick Clay).

4th January A Red Kite drifted low >E over Laughton Common at 0830 (John Gallagher). At Harry Croft's Quarry today were Little Owl. Brown Bailey's held 16 Mallard, 21 Tufted Duck, Kingfisher & f Sparrowhawk. At Tommy Flockton's Marsh were 25 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, m Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 25 Wigeon, 19 Mallard, Grey Wagtail, m Sparrowhawk & 15 Goldfinch (Brian Chambers). At Hodsock today were Hodsock 35 Grey Partridge. Thurcroft Pit Top produced 5 Grey Partridge, Long-eared Owl, Barn Owl and 3 Kestrel (John Gallagher & John Williamson). Hunting over fields at Gildingwells were Peregrine and at Langold Lake a Little Grebe (Mick Clay).

2nd January 2 Curlew over North Anston this morning (Andy Murray).

1st January In Harry Croft's Quarry today were Barn Owl, 3 Kestrel, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk &Jack Snipe (Mick Clay).

31st December Circa 1000 Pink-footed Geese >W over South Anston and the Chesterfield Canal between 0900 and 1100 in 9 skeins and at Tommy Flockton's Marsh were 22 Wigeon, m Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, a Teal and 29 Redwing. Along First Lane were Raven & 4 Buzzard (Mick Clay). (Mick Clay).

29th December at Tommy Flockton's Marsh today were 22 Wigeon (Mick Clay).

28th December At Langold Lake today were 12 Tufted Duck & 5 Pochard (Mick Scott).

27th December At in Harry Crofts Quarry today were 2 Raven, Jack Snipe, 100 Fieldfare >S and a Grey Wagtail (Mick Clay).

22nd December This morning around Langold Lake were 9 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 30 Mallard flying in. Greater Spotted Woodpecker and Green Woodpecker calling (Mick Scott). At Axle Lane were 15 Skylark, 30 Fieldfare, 40 Linnet and 20 Yellowhammer (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

21st December c200 Pink-footed Goose >SW over South Anston (Geoff & Lyn Facer). Off Oldcotes Road by Long Thwaite Wood were 1000 Starling and 2 Peregrine plus 2 skeins of 75 & 200 Pink-footed Goose >W (John Gallagher).

15th December At Thurcroft Pit Top today were 70 Pink-footed Goose >W, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 16 Fieldfare and a Song Thrush (Mick Clay).

13th December Birds at Langold Lake today included 40-50 Goldfinch and a Little Grebe (Mick Scott).

11th December At Axle Lane today wereYellow-legged Gull with 20 Black-headed Gull and 2 Great Black-backed Gull >S plus 40 Skylark (Mick Clay).

10th December A pair of Shoveler still present at Langold Lake (Mick Scott).

9th December Five members took part in the Monday walk at Langold Lake. Among species recorded were, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 57 Canada Goose, 7 Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck, 3 Buzzard, 16 Moorhen, Kingfisher, 12 Robin, 34 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, Song Thrush, 10 Long-tailed Tit and a Nuthatch (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

8th December At Langold Lake today were Kingfisher, Little Grebe and 4m Pochard on main lake, m&f Shoveler on small pond and close by were 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and 28 Chaffinch (Mick Clay). Over Brookhouse were 4 Shelduck >SW. At Roche Abbey were 2 Marsh Tit and single Marsh Tit at Stone (John Gallagher & John Williamson).

7th December A walk from Laughten-en-le-Morthen to Firbeck and return produced- Along Eastfield Lane were 38 Redwing, 26 Herring Gull >W, 6 Robin, 8 Blackbird, 2 Mallard, Cormorant, 3 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove, 59 Golden Plover, 11 Greylag Goose >E, 3 Siskin and 21 Red-legged Partridge. Around Roche Abbey were Jay, 6 Chaffinch, 3 Nuthatch, a pair of Grey Wagtail, 3 Mallard, 3 Teal, Little Grebe, 21 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Herring Gull, Kestrel, Buzzard and a Heron. Around Stubbings Wood were 5 Yellowhammer, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Skylark, c300 Linnet in old rape/ set aside, 14 Black-headed Gull and 2 Buzzard. At Lingodell were 23 Starling and 700 Woodpigeon (Andy Hirst).

6th December A Brambling and Tawny Owl in Long Thwaite Wood (John Williamson). At Langold Lake today were a pair of Shoveler still and 3 Brambling in the old pit yard (Mick Scott).

5th December A pair of Shoveler at Langold Lake today (Mick Scott).

2nd December At Axle Lane today were 150 Skylark, 9 Pied Wagtail, 50 Fieldfare, 60 Golden Plover and 5 Greylag Goose >W (Mick Clay).

1st December At Carlton Lake today were Water Rail and 4 f Goosander (John Gallagher & John Williamson).

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