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14th January Eight members took part in the Monday walk at Langold Lake. Among 43 species recorded were 7 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Mute Swan, 17 Greylag Geese, 200 Canada Geese, 27 Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck, 23 Goosander, 2 Buzzard, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 10 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 11 Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch, 3 Brambling, Greenfinch, 16 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 5 Lesser Redpoll and 6 Bullfinch (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

13th January Early morning at Grange Farm, near Loscar were 11 Yellowhammer, 4 Blackbird, c20 Chaffinch, 19 Goldfinch, 6 Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull >S, 3 Herring Gull >S and a m Sparrowhawk. In Harry Croft's Quarry were Raven, Great Black-backed Gull >N, 2 Herring Gull >N, Little Owl, 9 Redwing >W, Buzzard and Grey Wagtail >S. Around Roche Abbey were Grey Wagtail, 13 Teal, 1m, 2f Bullfinch, f Kestrel and Marsh Tit. From a blustery Hodsock were c50 Linnet, m Sparrowhawk, a single flock of 33 Stock Dove, 2 Yellowhammer, 4 Pied Wagtail, 8 Herring Gull >N, c10 Tree Sparrow (Andy Hirst).

10th January At Roche Abbey were 9 Teal. At Hodsock were large flocks of birds including; 100 Linnet, 15 Chaffinch and 30 Tree Sparrow feeding on possibly Millet seed crop. 100 Starling, 80 Fieldfare 4 Reed Bunting and 10 Grey Partridge (Brian Chambers).

8th January A f Peregrine hunting at Axle Lane today, plus 38 Meadow Pipit (Mick Clay).

6th January From Anston Stones Wood today were c14 Great Tit, c40 Woodpigeon, Buzzard, 5 Coal Tit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 6 Blackbird, c15 Blue Tit, and Brambling (Alfie Bloor).

5th January At NAPT this morning were 7 Snipe, 11 +4 Cormorant >S, 76 Woodpigeon, 6 Robin, 9 Blackbird, 3 Mistle Thrush, 12 Linnet, 15 Goldfinch, 27 Black-headed Gull, 33 Lesser Black-backed Gull >S in parties of 4-10, 2ad, 2 1st W Great Black-backed Gull >S, Common Gull >S, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Buzzard, 7 Starling, 5 Rook, 2 Song Thrush, 7 Bullfinch and 10 Long-tailed Tit. At Carlton Lake were 10 Black-headed Gull, 3 Moorhen, 2 Mute Swan and 5 Mallard. At nearby Langold Lake were 6 Great Crested Grebe, 26m 3f Pochard, 6ad. 2imm. Mute Swan, c300 Canada Goose, 12 Greylag Goose, 9 Coot, Heron, 43 Mallard, Kingfisher, 400 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 6 Moorhen, feeding party of 43 Chaffinch with 3 Brambling and 4 Siskin and Lesser Redpoll at Thurcroft Pit Top (Andy Hirst). At Hodsock today were 51 Lapwing and imm. Peregrine. Roche Abbey held 11 Teal, 2 Grey Wagtail and 2 Little Grebe. From Stubbing Wood were 100 Yellowhammer and 2 Brambling (John Gallagher).

4th January At Tommy Flockton's Marsh today were 4 Teal and 20 Redwing. At nearby Kiveton Pit Top records included 18 Cormorant circling over the fishing ponds, 6 Mallard, Kestrel, 14 Blackbird, 7 Redwing, 13 Magpie and 5 Bullfinch (Brian Chambers). 20 Golden Plover at Axle Lane today (Mick Clay).

3rd January A walk around the woodlands at Roche Abbey produced 5 Robin, 2 flocks of c10 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Teal, 3 Buzzard, 2 Mallard, c10 Blackbird and c40-50 Woodpigeon (Alfie Bloor).

1st January Peregrine over Dinnington Marsh today (Andy Murray). At Harry Croft's Quarry today were 100 Fieldfare and 2 Raven over Smarson Hill's Wood (Mick Clay).

29th December The groups annual post Christmas walk took us from Firbeck to Roche Abbey via Kings Wood and returning by Stone. On a blustery morning eleven members set off from the Black Lion. Stopping briefly at the entrance to Firbeck Hall, now sadly almost derelict and overgrown. Picking up a few common birds here such as Coal Tit. We headed north across the fields towards Stubbing Wood. The wind was stronger over the open fields, so little was seen. However we scanned and picked up a few Skylark as well c30 Linnet feeding on Maize game cover plus 6 Buzzard on the skyline towards Oldcotes and a Cormorant. Continuing around the wood we picked up an imm f Peregrine making its way along the tree line, no doubt on the look out for an easy meal, we then picked up an ad m Peregrine- a pair? As well as c20 Pheasant which had thus far escaped the guns. A party of 14 Yellowhammer flew away from us towards Kings Wood, as we made our way towards Lingodell. Here were 28 Greylag Geese. In the fields were c50 Starling, a rare sight in rural locations these days.

Stubbings Wood & Kings Wood @ Firbeck © Andy Hirst

Making our way around the back of Kings Wood and down towards Roche Abbey we picked up a small party of Siskin, they seem scarcer this year. It was more sheltered in the valley bottom and walking towards Roche Abbey we picked up Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, 3 Bullfinch and 4 Teal on the Laughton Pond. From the Gatehouse we had Kingfisher and modest parties of Fieldfare, Siskin and Goldfinch around the Abbey itself. Returning to Firbeck via Stone we recorded several passing gulls including Lesser Black-backed Gull and Herring Gull. Back in Firbeck by 1300, we descended on the Black Lion for a welcome drink and what proved to be very popular posh fish finger sandwiches for lunch, concluding another excellent SK58 Birders walk (Andy Hirst).

23rd December At a very damp Dinnington Marsh were 3 Willow Tit, 5 Woodcock, 14 Mallard, f Sparrowhawk, 45 Fieldfare, 8 Blackbird, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Magpie, Lesser Redpoll and Buzzard. At Harry Croft's Quarry were 6 Herring Gull >N, 50 Fieldfare, Little Owl, 2 Yellowhammer, Barn Owl hunting late morning, 4 Blackbird and 2 Great Black-backed Gull >N. At Carlton Lake were Heron, Little Egret, 4 Blackbird, Buzzard, 6 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 14 Mallard, m Gadwall, 2 Mute Swan (and an imm Mute Swan dead on the ground after hitting overhead wires (feathers on the cables), on a nearby footpath- incidentally, bird was unringed).

imm. Mute Swan killed having hit overhead power lines @ Carlton-in-Lindrick © Andy Hirst

22nd December 2 Water Rail at Kiveton Pit Top today (Mick Clay).

16th December Early morning at Tommy Flockton's Marsh produced 4 Mallard , 8 Teal, c20 Redwing and 12 Fieldfare (Andy Hirst). Water Rail here later (Mick Clay). NAPT held 2 Buzzard, 7 Snipe, 4 Bullfinch, 13 Blackbird, 8 Robin, Common Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 9 Black-headed Gull, 15 Woodpigeon, 3 Dunnock, 2 House Sparrow, 36 Redwing, 35 Fieldfare, 3 Reed Bunting, 5 Meadow Pipit and 6 Blue Tit. Late morning at Kings Wood Corner revealed 11 Buzzard, 2 Nuthatch, a pair of Sparrowhawk, 3 Cormorant >S and a Jay (Andy Hirst). At Langold Lake were 48 Mallard, 21 Coot, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Mute Swan, 11 Tufted Duck, 11 Moorhen, 2 Brambling, 14m, 3f Pochard, 8 Siskin, 2 Kingfisher chasing each other, 2 Common Gull and 4 Cormorant >S (Andy Hirst & John Gallagher). From Buckwood Farm were 3 Blackbird, Cormorant >S, c35 Starling and a Buzzard (no sign of the large finch flocks present last winter) (Andy Hirst). At nearby Hodsock were 150 Linnet, 50 Reed Bunting, 60 Siskin, 80 Tree Sparrow, 50 Greenfinch, 40 Skylark, 100 Starling, 150 Fieldfare and single Brambling (John Gallagher).

13th December 25 Pink-footed Goose >W over South Anston at 0930 (Mick Clay).

11th December Skeins of c200 Pink-footed Goose >W over South Anston and c400 >W over North Anston (Andy Murray).

10th December Six members took part in the December midweek walk at Langold Lake. Among 35 species recorded were 7 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Heron, 13 Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck, m Goosander, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 6 Nuthatch, 16 Siskin and a m Bullfinch (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

9th December At Thorpe Salvin today were 350 Fieldfare, Peregrine and possible m Goshawk (John Gallagher). At Kiveton Pit top today were Water Rail calling, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 40 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 9 Bullfinch and a Buzzard (Mick Clay). Circa 100 Pink-footed Goose >E over Anston Stones Wood early morning (Andy Murray).

2nd December At Roche Abbey today were 12 Teal, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. At Langold Lake were 7 Pochard, Water Rail, 2 Kingfisher and a pair of Shoveler on Langold Holt, plus 40 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, Grey Wagtail and 3 Jay. Nearby Hodsock produced 80 Tree Sparrow. Carlton Lake held 5 Goosander. Fields near Throapham held 12 Grey Partridge (John Gallagher).

1st December A damp Harry Crofts Quarry produced m&f Kestrel, 2 Raven, 41 Blackbird, 15 Song Thrush, 36 Fieldfare, 4 Bullfinch, 60 Linnet and 5 Yellowhammer (Mick Clay).

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