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SK58 Year List Competition

2010 Year list Competition-It was a really close run thing this year, so close for the first time we had a tie, with joint winners Mick Clay & Andy Hirst with 129 spp. John Gallagher came in a close second at his first attempt with 127 spp. Here's to what 2011 will bring.

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31st December Langold Lake remains mostly frozen, despite this; 2m & 1f Pochard, 1m Shoveler & 1 pair of Gadwall present. Also Tawny Owl calling from western end. At Firbeck were 230 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose & 1 Green Woodpecker (Geoff & Lyn Facer). Further counts at Langold Lake produced 60 Mallard, 85 Coot, 11 Moorhen, m Shoveler 2 m& 1 f Pochard, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Siskin. Plus lots of Rook, Crow & Jackdaw, c 400 in total. Woodpigeon c400 (Brian Chambers).

30th December 260 Pink-footed Geese W> over Dinnington at 15:00 (John Gallagher), with a further 150 >NW over South Anston at 16:15 (Mick Clay).

Wigeon John Gallagher28th December 2 & 9 Waxwings briefly at Throapham this morning, singles heard later in fog, plus Brambling over (Andy Hirst).

27th December Langold Lake produced 100 Greenfinch, 6 Brambling, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Coal Tit, 7 Nuthatch, 5 Treecreeper, 7 Goldcrest, Jay, 3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Buzzard. At Thwaite House Farm Pond were 5 Snipe & 9 Red-legged Partridge (John Gallagher).

Wigeon @ Turnerwood © John Gallagher

24th December In Lindrick Dale were 18 Tufted Duck, 16 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Gadwall, 10 Moorhen and 9 Coot. On the Chesterfield Canal at Turnerwood were 2 Jay, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker plus Cormorant, Snipe & Wigeon (John Gallagher).

Brambling23rd December Brambling in a Todwick garden (Brian Chambers).

Brambling @ Todwick © Brian Chambers

22nd December Again at Langold Lake were 60 Siskin's in Alders, 80 Greenfinch 200 Rooks and Jackdaws, plus Woodcock in the ditch between the lake and field (Alan Bradford). 150 Pink-footed Geese >E over Langold Lake at 15:00, Little Owl at Carr & Oldcotes Road. (John Gallagher). Water Rail still showing at Cramfit at NAPT (Mick Clay).

21st December Feeding the birds at Langold Lake produced 2 Treereeper, 80 Greenfinch on sunflower crop along with 200 Rooks and Jackdaws plus Buzzard over second lake (Alan Bradford).

20th December At least 15 Waxwings in a garden on High Street, South Anston at 12:05, which then went > W into the estate (Mick Clay).

18th December 150 Pink-footed Geese >W over South Anston at 12:00. At Axle Lane were 71 Skylark and 5 Song Thrush (Mick Clay). At Roche Abbey were Grey Wagtail, 5 Greylag Geese >N, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Teal (displaying) 3 Coal Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, Tawny Owl, Gadwall, 23 Mallard, 2 Heron, 7 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Jay and 5 Bullfinch. On Thwaite House Farm Pond were 3 Snipe (John Gallagher). Pink-footed Geese low >E over South Anston in the dark (Mick Clay).

13th December 5 Waxwings reported from Lindrick Dale today (David Wright).

12th December At Langold Lake today were 30 Redwing, 15 Fieldfare, 2 Buzzard, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Brambling with 400 Greenfinch, 70 Siskin, 12 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Skylark, 3 Bullfinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker (John Gallagher).

11th December 8 Waxwings at Gildingwells Road,Woodsetts and 2 at High Street South Anston (Mick Clay).

8th December At NAPT today were Water Rail showing well in Cramfit Dike, also Brambling and Sparrowhawk (Mick Clay). Later here, single Water Rail (again) & Green Woodpecker (Geoff & Lyn Facer). 10 Waxwings around Magnolia Close, South Anston early morning. (Andy Murray). At 10:15 NAPT held c25 Waxwings, which flew towards Church Lane, Dinnington. Also 1 Redshank in stream close to the Church Lane entrance (Geoff Facer).

7th December Waxwing calling in fog and Little Grebe coming to bread at Turnerwood (Bob Stevens). 8 Red-legged Partridge coming to seed in a Throapham garden this morning (Andy Hirst).


Little Grebe, Chesterfield Canal6th December Along the Chesterfield Canal from Anston to Turnerwood were 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 12 Moorhen, 14 Blackbirds, 25 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Willow Tits and 2 Marsh Tits. At Turnerwood were at least 3 Brambling, 50 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, Song Thrush, 2 Mute Swan and m Mandarin. Towards Shireoaks, a Kingfisher (Mick Clay). 12 Red-legged Partridge in a Throapham garden most of the day (Andy Hirst).

Little Grebe @ Chesterfield Canal © John Gallagher

5th December Along the Chesterfield Canal between Cinderhill and Stiffs (Top Locks) were m Mandarin, 54 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Heron, 2 Kestrel, 3 Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Willow Tit, 16 Blue Tit, 20 Great Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher, 2 Jay, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Brambling, 2 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Siskin, 7 Robin, Reed Bunting, 7 Dunnock, 12 Wren, 8 Goldfinch, 5 Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail, 14 Tree Sparrow, 30 Chaffinch and 7 Yellowhammer (Fieldfare, Redwing & Blackbird in abundance) (John Gallagher). At Turnerwood a Barn Owl hunting (Bob Stevens).

3rd December A dead Barn Owl was found in stable near South Anston today-no doubt a casualty of the weather (Alan Platts per Mick Clay).

29th November In the dark at Thurcroft Pit Top were 2 Woodcock & 2 Snipe (John Gallagher).

Wintry NAPT28th November A snowy (& cold-minus 8 degrees c ) NAPT produced little save for 14 Blackbird, Water Rail, 8 Bullfinch, Snipe, 3 Reed Bunting and 7 Common Gull (bit of a movement). Kings Wood Corner however produced f Pintail >N, which may have risen from Roche Abbey and possibly dropped in to Sandbeck?, 2 Raven >W and 5 more Common Gull >W (Andy Hirst). Langold Lake was 95% frozen so a concentration of wildfowl in the ice free patch produced 2 pairs of Pochard, 60 Gadwall, 149 Coot, 36 Tufted Duck, 3m and 2 f Wigeon, just 6 Mallard, a single Great Crested Grebe and 4 Mute Swan (Andy Hirst & John Gallagher). In Reins Plantation, Firbeck were 2 Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, 13 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 2 Robin, 6 Blackbird, Song Thrush, 4 Wren, 3 Siskin, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Treecreeper, 4 Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrest & 2 Woodcock (John Gallagher). Winter @ NAPT © Andy Hirst

27th November Along First Lane were 2 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 12 House Sparrow, 14 Yellowhammer and 10 Grey Partridge (Mick Clay). At Langold Lake today were 32 Tufted Duck, 70 Gadwall, single Pochard, 80 Canada Goose, Buzzard, c100 Coot and 49 Moorhen (Alan Bradford). A walk down Rackford Lane to Lindrick, back Via Anston Stones Wood produced 4 Kestrel, single Buzzard, 4 Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, c30 Fieldfare, a flock c70 Chaffinch, c25 Lapwing over, 5 Golden Plover plus 3 Jay (Andy Murray).

26th November At Brown Bailey's today were 1m and 7f Goosander (Alan Bradford).

24th November At Langold Lake today were 34 Tufted Duck, 80 Black-headed Gull, 260 Canada Geese, 58 Gadwall, 24 Moorhen, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Pochard, 2 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 2 Mute Swan, Heron, 80 Coot, 35 Siskin, and a probable 6 Whooper Swans circled over over the car park before heading off >S (Alan Bradford).

21st November A party of c20? Waxwing around Soucheage Hill/ Lindrick Golf Course today (James Clay).

20th November at Axle Lane were 500 Golden Plover. At Roche Abbey were 30 Fieldfare, Treecreeper, 4 Nuthatch, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 5 Siskin, 2 Yellowhammer, 5 Buzzard and 2 Little Grebe. Lingodell held 2 imm. Cormorant (John Gallagher). At Langold Lake were 8 Wigeon, 2 Pochard, f Goosander, 25 Tufted Ducks, a new record of 153 Gadwall, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 28 Moorhen, 10 Siskin and 2 Lesser Redpoll >S (Mick Clay).

19th November At NAPT today were Water Rail at Cramfit, 6 Bullfinch, Snipe, 15 Blackbird, 18 Redwing and 71 Black-headed Gull. At Langold Lake, highlights included Little Grebe, pair of Pochard, 2m 1f Wigeon, 2 Nuthatch, Brambling with 300 Greenfinch & new pair of Mute Swans, which have ousted the resident single Mute Swan. Carlton Lake held 2 imm. Mute Swans (John Gallagher).

18th November 50 Pink-footed Geese >W over North Anston (James Clay).

14th November At NAPT today were 21 Mallard, 4 Lapwing, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Green Woodpecker, Skylark, 6 Black-headed Gull, 12 Goldfinch, 3 Meadow Pipit, 10 Blackbird, 6 Redwing, 3 Dunnock, 4 Wren, Blue Tit, Bullfinch & Jack Snipe in overflow field. (John Gallagher). At Carr in set a side were 10 Tree Sparrow, 8 Reed Bunting, 2 Brambling and Buzzard.. At Thurcroft Pit Top were 8 Reed Bunting (Mick Clay).

13th November At Langold Lake today were 109 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 5 Great Crested Grebe, Kingfisher, 3 Kestrel and 2 Buzzard (Mick Clay).

7th November 5 Buzzard from Kings Wood Corner this afternoon. Letwell Sewage Works held 50 Yellowhammer, 10 Greenfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Song Thrush and a Buzzard over. Lingodell produced 69 Lapwing, Buzzard, 189 Black-headed Gull and a Common Gull (Andy Hirst & John Gallagher).

5th November Along the Chesterfield Canal were single Brambling with a flock of c65 Chaffinch feeding in a ploughed field near Turnerwood. 6 Tree Sparrow on the feeders in a Turnerwood Garden, c20 Goldfinch around the Turnerwood area. 1 Little Grebe near Toplocks, 56 Mallard between Shireoaks and Kiveton Bridge, 7 Siskin at Stiff's and 2 Marsh Tit between Turnerwood and Hawk's Wood (Brian Chambers).

31st October A foggy start at NAPT produced 2 Golden Plover on the top plateau, plus 14 Grey Partridge and 6 Snipe, with Brambling over and 2 Grey Wagtail. Langold Lake held 130 Coot, 39 Mallard, 8 Tufted Duck, a record breaking 146 Gadwall, 15 Moorhen, 6 Great Crested Grebe, single Mute Swan and Wigeon. Hodsock produced 54 and 134 Pink-footed Geese >N and >SW, 100 Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 100 Meadow Pipit, 7 Tree Sparrow, Lesser Redpoll >S and 30 Fieldfare >SW (Andy Hirst). Stubble at Thorpe Salvin produced c100+ Skylark, 2 Buzzard, 13 Grey Partridge and c400 Woodpigeon (Mick Clay and Andy Hirst). A site within the square produced a single Long-eared Owl (Andy Hirst and Mick Clay)-although the highlight of the weekend was an adult Yellow-legged Gull at Lingodell (John O'Malley and Mick Clay), with a probable immature bird also. 2 Little Owl at the end of Rackford Lane again (Dave Thornley).

30th October 2 Little Owl at the end of Rackford Lane (Dave Thornley).

27th October At Roche Abbey today were 70 Fieldfare, 4 Marsh Tit, c20 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Bullfinch, 20 Siskin, 24 Teal and 2 Jay over (Andy Hirst). The end of Rackford Lane held 2 Little Owl, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and 12 Grey Partridge. Swinston Hill Wood produced 10 Goldcrest (Andy Murray).

25th October c100 Pink-footed Geese >NW over Woodsetts this afternoon (Andy Murray).

24th October c75 Golden Plover >N over Throapham, plus m Goshawk at a site within the square (Andy Hirst). Around Thorpe Salvin were Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 60+ Fieldfare, 50+ Skylark and 30 Linnet (Andy Murray).

23rd October Great White Egret reported from Tommy Flockton's Marsh, although not seen subsequently (John Gallagher). f Goosander >W, 2 Snipe, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll and 3 Reed Bunting recorded during subsequent search (Andy Hirst & Mick Clay). With Mute Swan, 4 Cormorant and c70 Mallard over Kiveton Pit Top (Mick Clay, John Gallagher and Andy Hirst). 16 Skylark >S over NAPT plus 6 Mallard, 16 Black-headed Gull, 3 Moorhen, Siskin, 16 Golden Plover >N and 30 Starling (Andy Hirst). c300 Pink-footed Geese >S over Dog Kennel Hill, Anston (Andy Murray).

18th October At Langold Lake today were 8 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 1 Heron, 1 Mute Swan, 10 Canada Goose, 1 pair of Wigeon, 85 Gadwall, 19 Mallard, a pair of Pochard, 13 Tufted Duck, 1m Kestrel, 29 Moorhen, 104 Coot, 35 Black-headed Gull plus 4 Nuthatch & 100 Siskin (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

14th October Brambling and 100 Skylarks >S over Axle Lane (Mick Clay)-Belated News... Wood Sandpiper over Turnerwood on 14/8/10 (Bob Stevens per Mick Clay).

12th October >E over Axle Lane today were 100 Pink-footed Geese (Mick Clay).

10th October Early morning at Kings Wood Corner produced 6 vocal Buzzard, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Pied Wagtail >S, 4 Brambling in game cover, 25 Chaffinch, 344 Redwing >SW, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull >SW, 12 Siskin >S, 57 Starling >SW, 150 Woodpigeon, 2 Jay, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Reed Bunting >N, Lesser Redpoll >S, 2 Sparrowhawk and 2 Tree Sparrow. Tinkerhole Dike was quiet except for 9 Blue Tit, 20 Redwing, 3 Pied Wagtail >S, 20 Rook, Yellowhammer, Bullfinch, Brambling >S and 3 Siskin >S (Andy Hirst). A quick wander around NAPT revealed 2 Chiffchaff, Jay, 4 Song Thrush, c50 Black-headed Gull, 28 Skylark on top plateau, Green Woodpecker, 18 Cormorant >N, 2 Willow Tit and 3 Lapwing. Langold Lake held 15 Tufted Duck, 187 Coot, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 88 Gadwall, a pair of Wigeon, Mute Swan, 45 Moorhen and a Little Grebe (Andy Hirst & Mick Clay). In addition to NAPT were Wheatear, Heron, 2 Grey Wagtail and Snipe (John Gallagher). Harry Crofts Quarry produced 240 Pink-footed Geese >W, 18 Cormorant >N (same as NAPT) , 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Fieldfare & 24 Grey Partridge (John Gallagher & Andy Murray).

9th October highlight of the weekend was an Osprey >S over Langold Pit Top at 14:00 (John Gallagher).

6th October Female Merlin present early morning at Axle Lane (Mick Clay).

5th October Early morning at Dinnington Marsh produced; 10 Robin, 350 Woodpigeon, 7 Mallard, 8 Willow Tit, 17 Siskin in several small flocks, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, 20 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Grey Partridge, 5 Bullfinch, 2 Redwing, Lesser Redpoll, Cormorant >S & 4 Swallow >S. NAPT produced 10 Song Thrush, 7 Blackbird, 2 Chiffchaff, 34 Black-headed Gull, 8 Skylark >S, 5 Bullfinch, 32 Goldfinch, Grey Wagtail, Buzzard, Grey Partridge and 6 Siskin >S. Roche Abbey produced 2 Marsh Tit, 30 Teal, Little Grebe and 3 Siskin (Andy Hirst). At Langold Lake a high number of wildfowl were present; 182 Coot, 35 Mallard, 18 Tufted Duck, Mute Swan, Grey Wagtail, 41 Moorhen, 83 Gadwall, 8 Great Crested Grebe, Heron, Little Grebe, pair of Wigeon, 83 Canada Geese and 2 Buzzard over (Andy Hirst & Brian Chambers). At Axle Lane the Merlin still hunting Linnets, also 150 Linnets, 150 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Common Gull and Fieldfare >W (Mick Clay).

4th October Early morning at Axle Lane produced a Merlin chasing Linnets (Mick Clay).

NAPT filling up3rd October Water levels have risen at NAPT, producing 44 Mallard, Curlew >S, 12 Black-headed Gull and 2 Lapwing. A walk in the rain produced 4 Blackbird, 3 Swallow >S, 16 Meadow Pipit, 5 Pheasant, 4 Song Thrush, Bullfinch, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 3 Grey Partridge and Kestrel (Andy Hirst).

NAPT © Andy Hirst

2nd October At Dinnington Marsh today were 6 Song Thrush and 2 Redwing >S, also 4 Chiffchaff . At NAPT were 12 Song Thrush >S, Willow Tit, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Snipe, 2 Lapwing, 3 Bullfinch and large movement of Meadow Pipits >S. At Axle Lane a m Wheatear near the wall (Mick Clay). Cramfit Brook, nr HospiceTommy Flockton's s Marsh held; 15 Mallard, 9 Mistle Thrush, 6 Pied Wagtail and Kingfisher. Axle Lane produced 350 Linnet, m Sparrowhawk & 4 Cormorant >S. Thurcroft Marsh revealed 4 Bullfinch, Willow Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Jay and Green Woodpecker, whilst Thurcroft Pit Top produced Cormorant >S, Teal, Green Woodpecker, 2f & m Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 5 Swallow >S, 60 Goldfinch, 35 Meadow Pipit, 30 Skylark plus 27 Skylark >S (John Gallagher).

Cramfit Brook, NAPT © Andy Hirst

1st October >W over Axle Lane today were 3 skeins of Pink-footed Geese; 187 in total, also 200 Linnet and 10 Swallows >S. (Mick Clay).

30th September Axle Lane at 17:45, f Merlin sat in field (John Gallagher).

29th September At Axle Lane today, f Merlin sat in field (Mick Clay).

28th September 2 Barn Owls over Dinnington Marsh this evening (Andy Murray).

27th September An hour and a half in the drizzle at NAPT today produced; 2 Chiffchaff, Bullfinch, 6 Blue Tit, Treecreeper, 8 Blackbird and 5 Song Thrush (bit of an influx), c15 Meadow Pipit, 4 Willow Tit, 7 Dunnock, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull >S, 106 Golden Plover >N, 12 Goldfinch, single Jay (unusual here, square wide influx), 2 Lesser Redpoll, 13 Collared Dove and a Skylark >S (Andy Hirst).

26th September From Axle Lane today were 4 Cormorant >S, 11 Swallow >S, 25 Pink-footed Geese >E and juv. Peregrine unsuccessfully hunting Grey Partridges. Kings Wood Corner revealed 4 Swallow >S, 70 House Martin, 8 Jay, 11 Greylag Geese >E, 10 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk & Kestrel. On Dinnington Marsh were single Curlew in field towards Brampton Common & 23 Pied Wagtails. Green Sandpiper dropped into Harry Crofts Quarry at dusk (John Gallagher & Andy Murray).

23rd September Juv Hobby hunting Linnets at Axle Lane and 2 Buzzard feeding on worms at Penny Piece (Mick Clay).

22nd September Early morning at Axle Lane produced juv. Peregrine with Woodpigeon (Mick Clay).

20th September At Langold Lake today were Little Grebe, 5ad and 4 juv. Great Crested Grebe, Heron, f Wigeon, 48 Gadwall, 9 Tufted Duck, Kingfisher & Grey Wagtail (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

19th September A quick early morning visit at NAPT produced 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Meadow Pipit >S, Reed Bunting, 3-4 Song Thrush and several Blackbird (Andy Hirst). The walk this morning was changed to a tour around the square because of the weather. Langold Lake held 188 Coot, 18 Moorhen, Mute Swan, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck, 65 Gadwall, 37 Mallard, f Shoveler, f Wigeon, 4 Jay, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail and 12 Snipe >SW. Hodsock produced 40+ Goldfinch, 50+ Linnet, c30 Chaffinch, c50 Meadow Pipit and c20 Pied Wagtail (Andy Hirst, Mick Clay, Chris Lilley and Andy Murray) Plus a Redshank at Harry Crofts Quarry (Andy Hirst, Mick Clay & Chris Lilley).

18th September Over Axle Lane were 40 Pink-footed Geese >E, Buzzard and Yellow Wagtail >S. Over NAPT were 39 Pink-footed Geese >E, Hobby >NE and 5 Corn Bunting >S plus 123 Meadow Pipit. A Hobby >S over Lindrick (Mick Clay).

17th September Early morning at Axle Lane produced a juv. Hobby, 2 Kestrel, 500 Linnet, 120 Golden Plover and 3 Yellow Wagtail >S plus 52 Skylark and 125 House Martin. Over NAPT were 2 Buzzard.(Mick Clay).

13th September A juv. Hobby hunting over Axle Lane at 17:30 today (John Gallagher).

12th September Early morning at NAPT produced 22 Mallard, 8 Chiffchaff, 6 Greenfinch, 3 Grey Partridge, Green Woodpecker, 2 Reed Bunting, 16 Meadow Pipit, Sparrowhawk, 4 Bullfinch, 3 Willow Tit, single Jay plus Lesser Whitethroat on the edge of the overflow field. A walk from Woodsetts to Carlton produced 100+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 25+ Lapwing, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Willow Tit, 5 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk plus Hobby catching Dragonflies near the horse livery (all Andy Murray).

11th September Early morning at NAPT produced 12 Chiffchaff, 3 Pied Wagtail, 48 Woodpigeon, 6 Robin, 13 Collared Dove, 4 Great Tit, Moorhen, Willow Tit, 69 Meadow Pipit >S, Bullfinch, Blackcap, Snipe >S, 4 Song Thrush, juv. Whinchat, 25 Swallow >S, 27 Mallard, Grey Partridge, 20 House Martin >S, Tree Pipit >S and Kingfisher (Andy Hirst & John Gallagher). Dinnington Marsh produced 3 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, juv. Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat and Chiffchaff. Also Small Copper and 5 Speckled Wood butterflies (Mick Clay).

10th September At NAPT early morning were 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Song Thrush, 50 Meadow Pipit, 10 Linnet, Willow Tit, 3 Mallard, Heron, Grey Wagtail >N, and a Blackcap (Andy Hirst).

5th September At Axle Lane were 3 Wheatear, Chiffchaff, Yellow Wagtail >S, Corn Bunting, 350 Linnet and 80 Golden Plover (Mick Clay).

4th September An early morning from Kings Wood Corner produced 237 Swallow >S, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, Green Sandpiper >S, 4 Yellow Wagtail >S, 6 Greenfinch, 28 House Martin >S, Blackcap, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull >S, Grey Wagtail >N, Sparrowhawk, single Buzzard, Snipe >N, Reed Bunting and 2 Pied Wagtail >S. Later Langold Lake held 132 Coot, 16 Mallard, 10 Great Crested Grebe (7ad 3juv), Mute Swan, 24 Moorhen plus many juvs, 9 Tufted Duck, 26 Gadwall, single Heron and Teal (Andy Hirst). At Thurcroft Pit Top were 18 Grey Partridge and a single 1 Curlew >SE (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

31st August Early morning at Axle Lane were 58 Golden Plover, Whimbrel >S, Wheatear on the wall and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Midday over Brampton Common were 5 Buzzard and over South Anston; Buzzard >S, Hobby hunting Swallows and Peregrine >W (Mick Clay).

30th August Early morning at Axle Lane were 300 Black-headed Gulls and 51 Golden Plover. In the hedgerow by Kiveton Hall Farm were 5 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and 3 Whitethroat (Mick Clay).

29th August Late afternoon at Axle Lane were 2 Wheatears and 6 Yellow Wagtail (Mick Clay).

27th August Early morning at Axle Lane produced 3 Wheatear, 5 Yellow Wagtail and 31 Golden Plover (Mick Clay).

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24th August At Axle Lane today were 4 Wheatear, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 11 Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, 66 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 Golden Plover (Mick Clay).

23rd August Early morning at Axle Lane produced 17 Yellow Wagtail and 18 Golden Plover (Mick Clay).

22nd August At Dinnington Marsh today were 4 Willow Tit, Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, juv Hobby and Buzzard. Over Axle Lane were Peregrine and 2 Buzzard (Mick Clay). Hobby over Kings Wood Corner (John Gallagher & Andy Murray).

21st August At Dinnington Marsh, 2 Spotted Flycatcher by the big boulders, plus reeling Grasshopper Warbler (Andy Murray). Langold Lake produced 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Heron, 4 Swift, Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe, 1m & 5f Gadwall, 6 juv. Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail & 6 juv Great Crested Grebe from 3 broods (John Gallagher).

20th August At Axle Lane, Wheatear on the wall and 2 Buzzard over Penny Piece (Mick Clay).

19th August Late evening at Axle Lane produced 19 Yellow Wagtail, mainly juvs. (Mick Clay).

18th August >S over Axle Lane were Green Sandpiper and Golden Plover, plus 2 Corn Bunting and 5 Yellow Wagtail (Mick Clay).

16th August At Axle Lane were 500 Black-headed Gulls, 60 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 6 Golden Plover (Mick Clay).

15th August At Kings Wood Corner were 15 Buzzard, juv Hobby, Green Woodpecker and Curlew >S. At Lingodell were 15 Yellow Wagtail and 25 Pied Wagtail. At Roche Abbey were 3 juv. Sparrowhawk and Kingfisher (John Gallagher, Andy Murray & Mick Clay). Late evening over Axle Lane were 13 Yellow Wagtail (Mick Clay).

14th August Early morning Kings Wood corner highlights included Tree Pipit >N, Whimbrel >N, c100 Lesser Black-backed Gull >S-SW, 4 Buzzard, imm f Sparrowhawk, c320 Swallow, 220 House Martin, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, Yellow Wagtail >N and Collared Dove >S. At NAPT were 36 Black-headed Gull, 2ad and 3 small juv. Moorhen, Chiffchaff, c30 Swallow >S, Kestrel, 7 Swift 30, House Martin >S, 2 Snipe >N, and 24 Mallard, although the highlight was a Skua sp >S (probably Arctic) (Andy Hirst, John Gallagher and Alan Bradford). >S over Harry Crofts Quarry were Green Sandpiper and Redshank. At Dinnington Marsh were 13 Chiffchaff, 19 Willow Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 3 Willow Tit, 10 Bullfinch, 2 juv. Sparrowhawk and juv. Hobby which caught a Swallow (Mick Clay).

13th August At Axle Lane today were 2000 Black-headed Gulls and 500 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Mick Clay).Imm. Shelduck at Harry Crofts Quarry present at 17:45 (John Gallagher).

12th August At Axle Lane today were 2000 Black-headed Gulls and 500 Lesser Black-backed Gull. plus Golden Plover > N (Mick Clay).

11th August At Axle Lane today were 485 Black-headed Gulls, 236 Lesser Black-back Gull,12 Yellow Wagtail and 4 Whitethroat (Mick Clay).

9th August 250 Lesser Black-backed Gull by Oldcotes Road. In Lindrick Dale were 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, single Green Woodpecker and Heron. Kingfisher & f Sparrowhawk at Carlton Lake (John Gallagher). Big movement of Lesser Black-backed Gulls today-constant stream all day over Throapham (Andy Hirst).

8th August male Ruddy Duck on Langold Lake, at the western end in the reeds (Mick Clay).

6th August Over Axle Lane were 200 House Martin >S (Mick Clay).

3rd August At Axle Lane today were 5 Corn Bunting inc. 4 juvs, also 7 juv. Yellow Wagtail and 54 Swallow >S (Mick Clay).

2nd August >S Axle Lane today were 240 House Martin and 47 Lapwing (Mick Clay). Grasshopper Warbler on the top plateau of NAPT this afternoon (Dave Thornley).

27th July Reeling Grasshopper Warbler on top Plateau (fenced off area) at NAPT this evening (Andy Murray).

25th July Early morning at Lindrick Golf Course and wood at the back of the 4th green produced 2 Nuthatch, 3 Bullfinch, 3 Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, at least 4 Goldcrest, 11 Black-headed Gull over, Kestrel and Curlew quite low over (Andy Murray).

21st July Single Woodcock flushed from Dinnington Marsh, also 3 Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Owl and 15 Mistle Thrush (Andy Murray).

19th July A site in SK58 produced hunting Long-eared Owl and 2 Barn Owl (Andy Murray).

18th July Very early this morning walk Dinington Marsh to Thurcroft Marsh produced 7 Kestrel, 3 Reed Buntings, Grey Heron, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, 8 Bullfinch, 5 Willow Tit plus Greenfinch, Yellowhammer and Linnet. Single Hare and Roe Deer at Thurcroft Pit Top (Andy Murray). Good numbers of Swallow, Swift and House Martin >S over NAPT and Harry Crofts Quarry (Andy Hirst).

17th July Late evening at Dinnington Marsh produced single Grasshopper Warbler 'reeling' (Andy Murray). Thurcroft Marsh, produced Heron, Song Thrush & Turtle Dove. Thurcroft Pit Top held Green Woodpecker (ad. & 3 juv.), Sedge Warbler, 3 juv Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting (ad& 4 juv) and a family of Kestrel. At NAPT a Kingfisher was recorded (John Gallagher).

14th July hunting Barn Owl showing well at Dinnington Marsh, also 2 Kestrels, 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Bullfinch, 6 Willow Tit, 4 Yellowhammer and 2 Whitethroat. Thurcroft Marsh held Green Woodpecker with large numbers of Swift over Thurcroft Pit Top (Andy Murray).

11th July At Brampton Common today were juv Yellow Wagtail, 2 Common Tern, family of Kestrels & Hobby drifting >S towards Axle Lane. Langold (top) Lake held Tufted Duck & 6 ducklings. These in addition to f & 5 ducklings on main lake. Lindrick Dale held Kingfisher (John Gallagher). A report of 2 Red Kite reported over the western end of South Anston mid afternoon. Plenty of Swift and several Yellow Wagtail off Dog Kennel Lane, by Park Farm later (per Andy Murray, no sign despite a thorough search Andy Hirst).

Tufted Duck family, Langold Holt6th July Tommy Flockton's Marsh produced 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3ad + 3juv Lapwing & 8 Heron (at least 4 juvs.) (John Gallagher). At Langold Lake were 6 Great Crested Grebe (4ad + 2juvs), Heron, 8 Tufted Duck (1m 2f + 5juvs), 4 Common Sandpiper (maybe 2ad + 2juvs.) and Common Tern (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

Tufted Duck @ Langold Lake © John Gallagher

4th July The first Golden Plover over Axle Lane today (Mick Clay).

3rd July Langold Lake produced f Tufted Duck & 5 ducklings, Kingfisher, Great Crested Grebe & 2 juvs. Langold Holt held 2 Buzzard, Heron, Green Woodpecker, f Tufted Duck & 7 ducklings and juv Little Grebe. One of our new Barn Owl boxes near Langold Lake held adult & 2 juv. Barn Owls (John Gallagher).

29th June Dinnington Marsh held 2 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls over, single Common Tern, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Reed Bunting 3 Whitethroat and really good numbers of Swallow, Swift and House Martins (Andy Murray). Quail calling by Turnerwood in the field before the railway crossing footpath (per Bob Stevens).

Kestrel ad & juv Paul Rigg27th June Anston Stones Wood held 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Treecreeper In Lindrick Dale a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff and Treecreeper. The Chesterfield Canal from Stiffs to South Anston produced 7 Blackcap,12 Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, Treecreeper, 2 Grey Wagtails feeding young and 2 Buzzard (Mick Clay).

Kestrel ad & juv @ Kiveton Woodland © Paul Rigg.

A walk from Woodsetts to Carlton produced 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, single Sparrowhawk, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Bullfinch, 8 Yellowhammer, 6 Linnet, 2 Mistle Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker and at least 15 Skylark plus good numbers of Swifts and Swallows (Andy Murray).

25th June Hewett Arms produced single Common Tern, 15 Greylag Goose (2-3 families), 31 Canada Geese, 19 Mallard, 12 Coot, 2 Heron plus many Swallow, House Martin & Swift feeding (Brian Chambers).

22nd June At a site to the West of SK58 a Barn Owl with food going back to a nest box, also Little Owl and Tawny Owls calling (Mick Clay).

20th June At Thurcroft Marsh were 3 Buzzard, 6 Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler and 4 Willow Tit (Mick Clay).

18th June At Dinnington Marsh today were 7 Lapwing, 2 ad. and 2 juv. Little Ringed Plovers, Willow Tit and Hobby (Mick Clay).

16th June Quail calling in A field to the left of the main path by a recently cut grass field late evening also Cuckoo (Mick Clay).

4th June Common Tern at Axle and 3 Buzzard at Brampton (Mick Clay).

3rd June Cuckoo over Laughton Common at 05:00. A Spotted Flycatcher regularly in a garden on the south side of the Chesterfield Canal at Cinderhill (Dave Shaw per John Gallagher).

2nd June Red Kite over Gildingwells Road, Woodsetts at 16:45 (Nigel Butler). At Rackford Lane today were Little Owl in a nest box. Dinnington Marsh produced 9 Lapwing and at least 2 juvs. and Buzzard. At Brampton Common were 4 juv Kestrels a nest box and 30 Lapwing (inc. several juvs.).At Common Road were 2 Little Owl and juv Kestrels in Owl box at Penny Piece (Mick Clay). A report of a Long-eared Owl sat on a post by Carlton Lake early morning after rain shower (per Mick Clay).

31st May Early morning at NAPT were 7 Lapwings, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Kestrel, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Linnet, 3 Skylark, single Whitethroat 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull and Heron over, 5 House Martin and single Willow Tit (Andy Murray).

Blue-headed Wagtail  Brampton23rd May Blue-headed Wagtail at Brampton today (John Gallagher).

22nd May Mandarin on the Chesterfield Canal by the road bridge at Kiveton Par (Brian Chambers).

Blue-headed Wagtail @ Brampton © John Gallagher

20th May At NAPT were 12 Lapwing with at least 16 juvs, 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat and 3 Willow Warbler (Mick Clay).

18th May Early morning at Axle Lane were 3 Common Terns on the ponds, 3 Yellow Wagtail and Corn Bunting (Mick Clay).

17th May 14 Lapwing with at least 14 juvs, Reed Warbler and 2 Sedge Warbler at NAPT today (Mick Clay). Also a report of Red Kite over Thurcroft (Steve Wilson per Mick Clay).

16th May Spotted Flycatcher in Lindrick Dale by fruit tree by mini golf course (Mick Clay). In Harry Croft Quarry a Common Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat, 50 House Martin, 25 Swift,10 Swallow, 10 Linnet, 4 Pied Wagtail, 4 Yellowhammer and Grey Partridge (John Gallagher).

15th May Spotted Flycatcher in Lindrick Dale by fruit tree by mini golf course (Mick Clay).

14th May Late afternoon at Kiveton Pit Top produced Cuckoo and 2 Heron Langold LakeCommon Terns on ponds (Mick Clay).

13th May Early morning at Thurcroft Marsh produced. 2Cuckoo, 2 Turtle Dove, 4 Willow Warbler, 8 Whitethroat, lots of Blackcap, Garden Warbler and 2 Grasshopper Warbler (Andy Hirst). Early morning at Axle Lane produced 4 Yellow Wagtail, Corn Bunting and 6 Buzzard. Late evening produced 3 Common Terns (Mick Clay).

Heron @ Langold Lake © John Gallagher

12th May Reed Warbler by entrance to NAPT (Mick Clay). 17:15 at Harrycrofts produced f Marsh Harrier >E chased by a Crow & Jackdaw. Also m&f Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 House Martin, 4 Swallow & 10 Swift. NAPT produced 4Redshank (John Gallagher).

11th May Osprey over Turnerwood (per Bob Stevens). Early morning at Thurcroft Marsh produced Cuckoo, 2 Turtle Dove, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 11 Whitethroat, 9 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap and 3 Song Thrush (Mick Clay). At Tommy Flockton's Marsh today were a pair of Gadwall still. At Kiveton Pit Top were 5 Willow Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, 5 m& 1f Reed Bunting, 2 Lesser WhitReed Warblerethroat, 18 Swift overhead, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler & 1 Reed Warbler (Brian Chambers).

9th May At Kiveton Woodlands today were Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Cuckoo and 3 Swift (Paul Rigg).

8th May The NAPT open hide produced single Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 13ad and 11juv Lapwing with 5 birds sat on nests, 6 Black-headed Gull & 3 Swallow. 2 Lesser Whitethroat heard (Brian Chambers). Wheatear m and Ringed Plover still present early afternoon (Andy Hirst).

Reed Warbler @ Kiveton Woodlands (Kiveton Pit Top) © Paul Rigg

7th May Thurcroft Marsh today held Garden Warbler & 2 Turtle Dove. At Thurcroft Pit Top were Cuckoo, 5 Wheatear, Little Grebe, Yellow Wagtail & Buzzard mobbed by 4 Carrion Crow & Kestrel (John Gallagher).

6th May Dinnington Marsh held Garden Warbler today (John Gallagher). Grey Wagtail Langold Lake

5th May Today at the end of Rackford Lane through the horse paddock were many Yellowhammer, 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Skylark, single Wheatear and Buzzard, 2 Whitethroat plus Little Owl (Andy Murray). At Dinnington Marsh today the Cuckoo was heard. At NAPT single Ringed Plover & Redshank (Geoff Facer).

4th May Dinnington Marsh held Grasshopper Warbler and Cuckoo. NAPT produced hunting Barn Owl (Andy Murray).

3rd May Hodsock produced 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 6 Pied Wagtail, 4 Yellowhammer, c70 House Martin and 20 Swallow as well as 20 Swift (Andy Hirst). At Axle Lane this evening was a single Common Tern (Paul Rigg).

Grey Wagtail @ Langold Lake © John Gallagher

2nd May At Thurcroft Pit Top today were 9 Wheatear, 2 Lapwing, 11 Linnet, 6 Reed Bunting, 4 Skylark, 7 Meadow Pipit & 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Thurcroft Marsh held 3 vocal Song Thrush. (John Gallagher).

1st May At NAPT, a calling Ring Ouzel in a hedge by the hospice road (Mick Clay).

Coot Chicks Brown Bailey's29th April At NAPT in the hedge by overflow area, a f Ring Ouzel, and a m Whinchat by the scrape,18 Lapwing + 16 juvs & 2 Redshank (Mick Clay). Ring Ouzel later flew over towards college fields (Andy Hirst). At Thurcroft Marsh today were single Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler, 9 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 3 Swift & a Sparrowhawk. On Thurcroft Pit Top were 8 Wheatear (4 m, 4 f), 12 Meadow Pipit & 6 Reed Bunting (Brian Chambers).

Coot chicks @ Brown Bailey's © Brian Chambers

28th April Along the Chesterfield Canal , a m Mandarin, of note behind Turnerwood, across railway track were a good number of Yellowhammer, 20+ Swallows plus reeling Grasshopper Warbler heard not seen (Andy Murray). At Axle Lane today were Common Tern on the ponds, 2m Wheatear on the wall, YWheatear Axle Laneellow Wagtail & Sand Martin >W, 4 Whitethroat & Corn Bunting (Mick Clay).

27th April 2 Yellow Wagtail at Lingodell Farm today (John Gallagher). Axle Lane produced Common Tern on the ponds, Corn Bunting and Little Owl on the wall, Yellow Wagtail and 4 Whitethroat (Mick Clay).

m Wheatear @ Axle Lane © Mick Clay

26th April In Anston Stones Wood today were 11 Chiffchaff, 15 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 14 Robin, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 11 Blackbird, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 27 Wren, 15 Blue Tit, 22 Great Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit, Marsh Tit, 4 Coal Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Bullfinch,17 Chaffinch and 73 Rook nests. NAPT held 3 Redshank,16 Lapwing plus 3 nests and 16 juvs, Sedge Warbler, 4 Swifts and 6 House Martins. Harry Crofts produced 2 Little Owl and 3 Wheatear (Mick Clay). Little Owl using the nest box along Rackford Lane and Tree SparSwallows Stonerow in adjacent hedge (Dave Thornley).

24th April 2-3 Grasshopper Warbler in the triangle of waste ground near the Lordens hotel, Dinnington on the corner of Leys Lane and Lodge Lane. Also Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Blackcap. A possible Garden Warbler also. A Grasshopper Warbler along the small lane at the side of Firbeck Hall, 2 Tree Sparrow at Letwell and Common Lane near Laughton Common.

Swallows nest @ Stone © Brian Waugh

Also Tawny Owl using a nest box in Dyscarr Wood and Grey Wagtail at Roche Abbey by the stepping stones (Sue Jordan). Cuckoo in Lofties Plantation, Woodsetts (Nigel Butler). 4 m Blackcap, a pair of Bullfinch, 20 Swallow nest building, 2 Buzzard, 8 Tree Sparrow & 6 Mistle Thrush in Stone area today (Brian Waugh). Langold Lake held 4 singing Blackcap and 4 nesting Great Crested Grebe (John Gallagher).

23rd April At Axle Lane today were Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat and 2 Corn Bunting (Mick Clay).

Grasshopper Warbler Dinnington Marsh22nd April At Axle Lane today were m Wheatear, 2 Buzzard and 25 Sand Martin >N. In Harrycrofts were 4 m and 4 f Wheatear and 2 Buzzard. At Dinnington Marsh were 2 Grasshopper Warbler(1 by the entrance and 1 by the two metal gates), also 9 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and 2 Willow Tit. At NAPT were Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat (Mick Clay).

Grasshopper Warbler @ Dinnington Marsh © John Gallagher

21st April At Axle Lane today 2m Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail >N, Whitethroat and 2 Corn Bunting (Mick Clay). By Stone Farm were 8 Nuthatch together in one Ash tree, a pair of Bullfinch, 8 Wren together in a clump of Brambles carrying nesting material. 12 Swallow building nests in the barn, single Kestrel, Buzzard, 4m Blackcap and 4 Tree Sparrow with nesting material (Brian Waugh). Dinnington Marsh produced 2 Willow Tit, f Sparrowhawk, 6 Yellowhammer, m Whitethroat, 2 Pied Wagtail & Redshank (John Gallagher).

Common Sandpiper Langold Lake20th April Early morning at Axle Lane produced m Wheatear on the main path,15 Sand Martin and 9 Swallows >N, 5 Reed Bunting and single Corn Bunting (Mick Clay). At Langold Lake, single Common Sandpiper, 6 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow & 7 House Martin (Geoff & Lyn Facer). Common Sandpiper still present on main island at 17:30, modest movement of hirundines, c70 Swallow, 20 House Martin and 20 Sand Martin (Andy Hirst & John Gallagher).

Common Sandpiper @ Langold Lake © Geoff Facer

19th April At NAPT a m Redstart by the hospice gateway. On the scrape was single Little Ringed Plover, a pair of Lapwing with 4 juvs. and 4 birds still sitting (Geoff Facer). Redstart still present early evening (Andy Hirst, Mick Clay, John Gallagher, Andy & Danny Murray).17:00 at Tommy Flockton's Marsh, a Red Kite circled, mobbed by 2 Crows then flew NW. Also 2 pair of Gadwall. NAPT, m Redstart, Yellow Wagtail >N, Swift >N, 4 House Martin & 6 Sand Martin >N (John Gallagher). Just before dusk and 2m Ring Ouzels >N oRedstart NAPTver NAPT (Mick Clay, Andy & Danny Murray). Lesser Whitethroat by the entrance at Cramfit (Andy Hirst).

17th April Curlew >W over Thurcroft Pit Top (Mick Clay).

Redstart @ NAPT © Brian Chambers

11th April At Red Lane, Carlton in Lindrick were 60 Sand Martin, 2 Green Woodpeckers and Great Spotted Woodpecker. NAPT produced Redshank, 5 Lapwing nests, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff and Blackcap (Mick Clay).

10th April At Thurcroft Marsh today were 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Robin & 2 Little Grebe. Thurcroft Pit Top held Green Sandpiper (John Gallagher). m Roe Deer walking behind South Anston grave yard, on the path towards the quarry (Keith Naylor). At Dinnington Marsh today were 2 Redshank, 6 Lapwing, Buzzard, 7 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and 4 Bullfinch. Kings Wood Corner produced 10 Buzzard, 4 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Hawfinch, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Green Woodpecker. At Red Lane in Carlton in Lindrick were 3 Buzzard, 3 Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, 2 Tree Sparrow and 20 Sand Martin. A m Yellow Wagtail at Axle Lane (Mick Clay).

9th April 2 Redshank at NAPT today (Dave Thornley). Around Stone Farm this evening were 4 Swallows and 6 Sand Martins around the barns. Kingfisher fishing off a large Bamboo plant at the side of the bridge over Maltby Beck. Kestrel hunting fields towards Stubbing Wood (Brian Waugh).

Stoat Kings Wood 8th April Now 3 Redshank at Dinnington Marsh before flying towards NAPT (Andy & Danny Murray).NAPT produced 3 Redshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, Kingfisher, Song Thrush, 4 Greylag Geese >W, Green Woodpecker & 2 Grey Partridge. Harrycrofts Quarry held 5 Wheatear & a pair of Gadwall. Dinnington Marsh produced Treecreeper, Goldcrest & Barn Owl (John Gallagher). A late evening stroll around Stone Farm produced 2 recently arrived Swallows. A single Chiffchaff, 4 Chaffinch, single Mistle Thrush m Yellowhammer, 12 Woodpigeon, a dozen Rabbits and 3 m Pheasants (Brian Waugh).

Stoat @ Kings Wood © John Gallagher

7th April Willow Warbler at Kiveton pit Top (Dave Thornley). Dinnington Marsh held 2 Redshank in the boggy field (Andy Murray).

6th April At NAPT this morning, by the Bluebell hospice a m Ring Ouzel with 3 Sand Martin over (Bob Sanderson). Willow Warbler today at NAPT (Dave Thornley).

5th April At NAPT, 12 Lapwing. Osprey dropped into the pond at Thurcroft Pit Top before rising and harassed by Buzzard and corvids at 14:00 before flying off >N at 14:10. Also 2m Kestrel & 2m Wheatear (Geoff & Lyn Facer). Langold Holt held 3 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Song Thrush, 6 Goldfinch, pair of Bullfinch, Woodcock, 2 Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit & Marsh Tit (John Gallagher). From Kings Wood corner today were Heron, 9 Buzzard, Blackcap, Tawny Owl, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Sparrowhawk but the highlight was a Short-eared Owl >N. Hodsock produced single House Martin, c15 Swallow, 30 Pied Wagtail, 4 Reed Bunting, 30 Starling, 2 Tree Sparrow, 5 Linnet, 4 Yellowhammer and 6 Meadow Pipit (Andy Murray, John Gallagher & Andy Hirst).

Great Crested Grebe J Gallagher4th April 2-3 Corn Bunting at Axle Lane this morning. At Kings Wood corner were 3 Nuthatch, 9 Buzzard, Marsh Tit, 2 Sparrowhawk, Swallow and single singing Hawfinch. Langold Lake held 3 pairs of Great Crested Grebe with 2 nests, 6 Tufted Duck, single Gadwall and 2 Mute Swan. Carlton Lake produced 9 Swallow, pair of Great Crested Grebe, m Gadwall, 3 Greylag Geese and a Buzzard. Brown Bailey's produced 22 Tufted Duck, 3 Sand Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, Marsh Tit 3 Coot and 4 Mallard. (Andy Hirst). Harry Crofts produced a Merlin >N and 2 Grey Partridge (Mick Clay & Andy Hirst).

Great Crested Grebe, Langold Lake © John Gallagher

3rd April In Kings Wood today were 3 Hawfinch, 5 Jay,2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Green Woodpecker and 3 Nuthatch. From Kings Wood Corner was Great Crested Grebe John GallagherPeregrine, 3 Sparrowhawk & 8 Buzzard (Mick Clay). Single Woodcock at Dinnington Marsh this evening (Andy Murray).

2nd April Axle Lane held 2 m Wheatear plus Corn Bunting and 200 Golden Plover (Mick Clay). At Brown Baileys today were 24 Tufted Duck, 6 Sand Martin, 2 Chiffchaff & 1 Willow Warbler. At Carlton Lake were a pair of Great Crested Grebe, 10 Canada Goose, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow & 2 Chiffchaff. At Hodsock, 1 Buzzard, 2 Lapwing, 6 Swallow, 10 Fieldfare & 4 Chiffchaff. Langold Lake held 4 Great Crested Grebe (1 on nest), 2 Greylag Goose, 61 Canada Goose, 1 Gadwall, 13 Tufted Duck, 2 Buzzard, 2 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler & 4 Nuthatch. At Firbeck were 7 Greylag Goose, 62 Canada Goose & 1 Chiffchaff with 3 Chiffchaff at Rough Wood. At Gildingwells were c50 Yellowhammer at Home Farm. Also at Langold Lake a raptor flying away, harassed by Buzzards was a possible Marsh Harrier (Geoff & Lyn Facer). In Harry Crofts Quarry today were 4 Swallow, Green Woodpecker, and a very early Yellow Wagtail, 2 Gadwall, 2 Grey Partridge & 5 Buzzard over, also 2 Foxes (Andy Murray). Mid-day from from Axle Lane were 5 Buzzard over S. Anston and 7 Buzzard over Loscar plus Swallow >W (Mick Clay).

1st April At Kings Wood Corner Osprey >N (J O'Malley). At NAPT 4 Lesser Redpoll near Church Lane entrance (John Gallagher).

31st March Osprey over Langold Lake (BirdGuides). At Kiveton Pit Top were 3 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 8 Reed Bunting, 3 Swallow, 2 Willow Tit, 5 Song Thrush, Treecreeper and Green Woodpecker (Mick Clay). Tommy Flockton's Marsh held 4 Pied Wagtail, 25 Starling, 12 Meadow Pipit, 18 Goldfinch, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Teal, 4 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall & Kingfisher. NAPT held a Kingfisher & a pair of Shoveler (John Gallagher). Today at Brown Bailey's were 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Sand Martin, 2 Chiffchaff & 1 Willow Tit. Carlton Lake held 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Swallow & 1 Chiffchaff. At Hodsock were 4 Yellowhammer & 12 Swallow around the sewage works. Langold Lake held 7 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Swallow & 3 Chiffchaff (Brian Chambers).

Lapwing J Gallagher30th March At Harry Crofts were 2 Little Ringed Plover, Little Owl and m Wheatear. At NAPT were 2 Redshank and 5 Lapwing nests (Mick Clay).

Lapwing, NAPT © John Gallagher

28th March At Thurcroft Pit Top were 6 Wheatear (2m & 4f), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing, Buzzard and 2 Chiffchaff. At Carr single f Wheatear and at Kings Wood were 8 Buzzard, 5 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, calling Tawny Owl and at least 2 Hawfinch (Mick Clay).

27th March Thurcroft Marsh held Song Thrush, 2 Jay, Little Grebe, Green Woodpecker, 4 Chiffchaff with f Wheatear on Thurcroft Pit Top (John Gallagher). 16 Buzzard from Kings Wood Corner today, plus 3 Kestrel, Marsh Tit, 3 Sparrowhawk, Tawny Owl, and 2 Hawfinch calling (Andy Hirst).

26th March Early morning at Axle Lane produced Sand Martin >W, 300 Golden Plover and Corn Bunting (Mick Clay).

NAPT John Gallagher23rd March Tommy Flockton's Marsh this morning produced 13 Mallard, 4 pairs of Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Canada Goose, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Chiffchaff & 4 Moorhen (Brian Chambers & Andy Hirst). At NAPT were 6 Bullfinch, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Mallard, 2 Grey Partridge & 10 Lapwing (Andy Hirst). Brown Bailey's produced 6 Sand Martin, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Mallard, 13 Coot, 13 Tufted Duck, 2 Chiffchaff & a Great Spotted Woodpecker (Brian Chambers).

Scrape @ NAPT © John Gallagher

22nd March At Brampton Common today were 2 Redshank feeding by the stream (Brian Chambers). 2m Wheatear at NAPT this morning near the concrete bridge by the sewage works (Dave Thornley). Tommy Flockton's Marsh at teatime produced Heron, 2 Mistle Thrush, 18 Mallard, 14 Moorhen, 3m 2f Wigeon, 5 Teal & 2 Redshank. Just before dusk at NAPT, a pair of Shoveler, 25 Linnet & 2 Redshank dropped in (John Gallagher). 2 Buzzard >SE over Lakeland Drive, N. Anston today (Chris Lilley).

21st March At NAPT this morning were single Oystercatcher and 2 Little Ringed Plover (Ivan Keeton) also Oystercatcher circling over Axle Lane (James Clay). Red-necked Grebe still at Langold Lake (BirdGuides). Harry Crofts Quarry held single m Wheatear & 2 Buzzard (Mick Clay). At Stone Farm were 5 Tree Sparrows and a Jay (Brian Waugh).

20th March At Slade Hills today were c75 Yellowhammer, with c40 Chaffinch and c15 Reed Bunting feeding on cut down Maize game cover (Andy Hirst & John Gallagher). 08:30 at NAPT produced a pair of Wheatear sat on the roof of the hide plus 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Shoveler,14 Lapwing and 5 Snipe (John Gallagher & Mick Clay).

17th March At NAPT today were 2 Shoveler, 11 Mallard, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 10 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Buzzard, 16 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 8 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff & 4 Reed Bunting (Geoff Facer).

14th March 07:00 at NAPT produced Little Ringed Plover on the scrape, also good numbers of Lapwing, Reed Bunting, Black-headed Gull, 2 Kestrel, a pair of Shoveler, 2 Snipe and good numbers of Skylarks by the top scrape (Andy Murray).At Kings Wood today were 2 Hawfinch, 3 Marsh Tit, 6 Nuthatch, 2 Tawny Owl calling and 14 Buzzard (Mick Clay & John Gallagher). At Thurcroft Pit Top today were Green Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, Snipe & Jack Snipe. Langold Pit Top at dusk revealed roosting Buzzard, 3 Tawny Owl calling, Woodcock, Little Owl & 3 Snipe (John Gallagher).

13th March Amongst wildfowl at Langold Lake today were 10 Great Crested Grebe, the Red-necked Grebe and 2m Gadwall (Geoff Facer). At Buckwood Farm today were 20 Tree Sparrow & 2 Song Thrush. Langold Lake held 8 Great Crested Grebe, f Goosander & Red-necked Grebe. Carlton Lake revealed 4 pair of Goosander, 4 Greylag Geese, 2 pairs of Tufted Duck & Heron. NAPT, produced single Little Ringed Plover, 5 Snipe, a pair of Shoveler & 12 Lapwing. Tommy Flockton's Marsh held 12 Teal, 2 Heron, Kingfisher, single Gadwall, 14 Moorhen, 12 Mallard & 2 Pied Wagtail (John Gallagher & Geoff Facer).

11th March At Thornbury Hill today were 2 pairs of Red-legged Partridge, 3 Buzzards, 4 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Carrion Crows, 2 separate flocks of Woodpigeonnumbering 50+ in each flock and a Tawny Owl sat in large Ash tree. From Stone village, a walk towards Kings Wood produced 3 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, Little Owl , 100+ Rooks in large flock on newly ploughed field. 2 small flocks of Long-tailed Tits near the footbridge over Maltby Beck along with several Dunnocks, Robins and Great Tits (Brian Waugh).

9th March Early morning at Axle Lane produced 37 Whooper Swans >N, also 85 Golden Plover and good numbers of Skylark (Mick Clay). 10:00-13:00 A dog walk around Langold Lake and through Dyscarr Woods produced (despite the presence of a film crew) 2 Tree Sparrows, 4 Chaffinch, 6 Robin & 6 Great Crested Grebe (Brian Waugh). A walk around Thurcroft Pit Top produced 3m Reed Bunting, 1 pair of Mallard, 10 Woodpigeon & 1 Hare. On the path to & from Carr were a pair of Chaffinch, f Bullfinch, 2 Robin, 2m Blackbird. In Carr village were 2 Kestrel & a Buzzard harassed by Carrion Crow (Paul Rigg).

Red-necked Grebe Langold Lake Brian Waugh8th March Dinnington Marsh produced 4 Snipe, single Jack Snipe, Heron, Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Chaffinch, 8 Blue Tit, 8 Great Tit, 4 Goldfinch & 10 Long-tailed Tit (John Gallagher). At Langold Lake between 08:30-12:00 produced; Red-necked Grebe still present and showing well against the bank side to 4 feet from viewing point.

Red-necked Grebe @ Langold Lake © Brian Waugh

Large numbers of Canada Geese. 30-40 Fieldfares in grassland at the side of the lake and two Mistle Thrush mixed in. 30 + Goldfinch flock on Alders, 12 Long-tailed Tits and 3 Kestrels. Lots of Robins Blue Tits and Great Tits, Blackbirds also in good numbers (Brian Waugh). Mid morning at the top end of Carlton Lake were 3 pairs of Goosander, they flew off towards Langold Lake (Keith Naylor).

Barn owl NAPT Paul Rigg7th March At Thurcroft Pit Top today were m & f Stonechat. Kings Wood Corner produced the highest ever count of 22 Buzzard in the air at one time, with 4 Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.

Barn Owl @ NAPT © Paul Rigg

At Langold Lake the Red-necked Grebe was entertaining several visiting birders. Carlton Lake held 4 pairs of Goosander. Over Brampton were 6 Buzzard. NAPT held a f Stonechat, large number of Reed Bunting here (8), 24 Black-headed Gull on scrape with 2 Common Gull (Mick Clay, Andy Hirst & Brian Chambers). A Little Ringed Plover put in a brief appearance here early morning (Andy Hirst & Andy Murray). Late afternoon at Thurcroft Pit Top was a single Little Ringed Plover-may well have been the NAPT bird from earlier (John O'Malley).

6th March An ad Long-eared Owl was found in an emaciated state at Thurcroft Pit Top. It was picked up and taken to the vets at Dinnington. Unfortunately it was too far gone and died on the table. Also on Thurcroft Pit Top were 5 Reed Bunting, 4 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, 2 m Stonechat, Green Sandpiper & 3 Snipe. Langold Lake held 3 pairs Goosander & Red-necked Grebe still at Langold Lake & showing well . Buckwood Farm, Langold produced 2 Jay. (2 Barn Owl regularly seen in field adjacent to farm, per farmer.) (John Gallagher & Mick Clay).

5th March The Little Egret was still at Carlton Lake at 16:15 on the south side of lake in a field (John Gallagher).

4th March 17:30 at the Terrace/ Low Farm at Carr a Barn Owl carrying prey pursued and harassed by a loud Kestrel. At 18:20, 2 Barn Owls hunting in field adjacent to Ramper Road, Carr, also Little Owl & a pair of Tawny Owl calling (John Gallagher). Around Laughton pond and Roche Abbey 10:00-12:30;
2 Buzzards thermaling high, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Collared Doves, 2 Wren, a small flock (6) Long-tailed Tits, 2 Great Tits, 2 Blue Tits and probably 4 m Blackbirds (Brian Waugh).

3rd March Hot on the heels of our first Red-necked Grebe, was another first for the square today, not quite as glamorous, but greatly overdue-an ad. winter Little Egret at Carlton Lake (Keith Trow). Perched on the island, it then flew into a nearby field, before flying around the trees in an attempt to roost, where it was lost from view. Also around were 2 Heron and mixed thrush flock of mainly c50 Fieldfare & c20 Redwing (Andy Hirst, Alan Bradford & John Gallagher).

2nd March The Red-necked Grebe still present at Langold Lake (BirdGuides). Barn Owl hunting and Snipe over NAPT this evening (Andy Hirst, John Gallagher & Andy Murray).

1st March Early morning at Axle Lane produced 200 Pink-footed Geese >NW also 17 Skylark and 1 Corn Bunting all in song. Over Brampton Common were 100 Lapwing (Mick Clay).

28th February Late afternoon at Axle Lane were 100 Pink-footed Geese >W and 300 Golden Plover (Mick Clay).

27th February From Kings Wood this morning were 11 Buzzard. By Lingodell 6 Tree Sparrow, 20 Chaffinch, 15 Reed Bunting and 40 Yellowhammer. 5 Buzzard at Lamb Lane, Dinnington (Mick Clay). At NAPT today were a pair of Shoveler, Willow Tit, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Snipe, 7 Lapwing, 45 Black-headed Gull, 34 Mallard & m Stonechat. Brampton Common produced Snipe, 6 Grey Partridge & Woodcock (John Gallagher). Ad. Red-necked Grebe still at Langold Lake, although harassed by many photographers! (Jan & Den Jarrold).

26th February Kingfisher & a pair of Shoveler still at NAPT. Highlights at a rainy Langold Lake were 2 pairs of Great Crested Grebe displaying and harassing the Red-necked Grebe. 3 f & 1m Pochard, Kingfisher, 2f & 1m Goosander, 40 Yellowhammer & 30 Goldfinch (John Gallagher). Barn Owl hunting at NAPT (Mick Clay).

25th February At NAPT today were 2m &1f Shoveler, 30 Mallard, 4 Lapwing, 10 Reed Bunting, 2 Willow Tit & 4 Bullfinch (John Gallagher). Barn Owl, Tawny Owl and Woodcock at Dinnington Marsh this evening (Mick Clay).

24th February Red-necked Grebe still present at Langold Lake at 13:00, towards the western end of the Lake. As well as the usual Canada Geese, Mallard, Moorhen, Coot, Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 2 Gadwall and 2 Buzzard (Nigel Butler). Kingfisher today at NAPT (Mick Clay).

23rd February On Langold Lake at 16:00 the Red-necked Grebe still present, a Peregrine over Langold Pit Top flew > Oldcotes, plus Jack Snipe in the rough field at the side of factories (Keith Trow).

22nd February At 18:05 Barn Owl on a fence post below one of our new nest boxes (John Gallagher).

21st February Early morning in the snow At Axle Lane produced 300 Skylark & 47 Golden Plover (Mick Clay). In the snow at Thurcroft Pit Top were Water Rail, 4 Reed Bunting & Meadow Pipit. Mid afternoon at Langold Pit Top were 2 Green Woodpecker, Lesser Redpoll with 9 Goldfinch & Red-necked Grebe on lake still (John Gallagher).

Red-necked Grebe Langold Lake20th February Early morning at Langold Lake produced a pair of Goosander & Red-necked Grebe. Carlton Lake held 3 pair of Goosander, Cormorant, 2 Heron, 2 Buzzard & f Pochard. From Kings Wood corner were 9 Buzzard & 2 over Lingodell (John Gallagher & Mick Clay). At Dewidales today were 2 Stonechat, 5 Yellowhammer & 3 Reed Bunting. Around the Butterfly House were 17 Chaffinch, 6 Backbird & Robin, 6 House Sparrow and 10 Tree Sparrow (Chris Lilley).

Red-necked Grebe, Langold Lake © Brian Chambers

18th February At NAPT today were a pair of Shoveler on the pond by hospice access road, 2 pair of Mallard, 1m Kestrel, Moorhen, 2 Lapwing, Snipe, 12 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, Redwing , Willow Tit and a pair of Bullfinch (Geoff Facer).

14th February At the junction of Eastfield Lane and Kings Wood Lane were a large mixed finch flock, predominantly Chaffinch(c100), with 17 Reed Bunting, 4 Yellowhammer & Brambling. Firbeck was quiet with 2 Greylag Geese >S, 15 Herring Gull >N, Siskin, Heron, 2 Buzzard and Sparrowhawk Thornbury Hill was equally dull & quiet with 4 Buzzard the highlight. Little Grebe and 18 Teal were the high points at Roche Abbey, with Grey Wagtail, 2 Buzzard 23 Mallard and 6 Moorhen also present (Andy Hirst).

13th February At Kiveton Pit Top today were 2 Willow Tit, 6 Skylark, f Sparrowhawk, 3 Greylag Geese, 15 Mallard, 5 Chaffinch & 2 Reed Bunting. In the Kings Wood/ Lingodell area were 2 Brambling amongst the many Chaffinch. 100 Pink-footed Geese over N. Anston at 10:20 (John Gallagher) and what were probably the same 100 Pink-footed Geese over South Anston (Mick Clay). Over Thornbury Hill this morning were 8 Buzzard, plus Tawny Owl calling. Langold Lake held c6 Gadwall, 3 Great Crested Grebe, m Goosander and a Cormorant (Andy Hirst).

12th February At NAPT today were 4 Grey Partridge, 3 Teal, 10 Mallard, 26 Black-headed Gull, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Skylark, 2 Lapwing(on scrape-first birds back here), 2 Willow Tit & Kestrel. At Langold Lake were a pair of Pochard. Lingodell held Little Owl, 90 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 3 Tufted Duck,12 Mallard, 85 Fieldfare, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard & single Coot ( John Gallagher). On Langold Lake today were 37 Mallard, 59 Coot, 22 Tufted Duck, 2m Pochard, a pair of Goosander, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 88 Canada Goose, 3 Gadwall, 19 Moorhen, c15 Siskin, Treecreeper, Nuthatch & Willow Tit. At Kings Wood Corner revealed ploughing in progress attracting: c100 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull & 15 Pied Wagtail. Surrounding trees & hedges held 4000+ Woodpigeon. Feeding on the cropped maize by the corner with Eastfield Lane were c35 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 12 Yellowhammer and 6 Reed Bunting (Brian Chambers). Early evening at NAPT produced c10 Grey Partridge calling/ flying, single Barn Owl hunting and c45 Pink-footed Geese >NW in the dark (Andy Hirst & Mick Clay).

11th February Calling Little Owl plus Teal at Dinnington Marsh, as well as 2 Woodcock and 2 Snipe (Mick Clay). At Tommy Flockton's Marsh today were 4 Teal, 8 Mallard, 70 Fieldfare & Kingfisher (John Gallagher). At NAPT were 4 Snipe & Barn Owl (showing before dusk) (John Gallagher & Andy Murray).

10th February Brambling calling over Axle Lane (Mick Clay).

9th February 2 Buzzards. 1 either side, landed in fields by the A57 at Axle Lane today at 11:05, plus
150+ Woodpigeon & 100+ Corvids (Kevin Bower).

8th February Single Barn Owl hunting along Dinnington Road, Woodsetts at 19:30 (Chris & Linda Lilley).

2nd February At Langold Lake today were 55 Mallard, 63 Coot, 39 Tufted Duck, 2 m Pochard, 1m Goosander, 4 Gadwall, 16 Moorhen, 2 Great Crested Grebe & 77 Canada Goose. On Carlton Lake were a pair of Goosander. Firbeck Hall produced c125 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose &15 Coot. With 12 Mallard at Lingodell. Kings Wood Corner revealed 6 Buzzard, 1 Jay, 100+ Black-headed Gull feeding on ploughed fields, 1 Common Gull a flock of c25 Chaffinch, plus c200 Pink-footed Goose>W (Brian Chambers). At NAPT, a Barn Owl as well as 18 Linnet roosting in Gorse bushes. Also remains (feather & bone) of a Barn Owl in the overflow field (John Gallagher).

31st January 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bullfinch and 2 Tree Sparrow at Firbeck. Thornbury Hill produced 4 Buzzard, 6 Stock Dove, 6 Chaffinch, 7 Yellowhammer, c50 Woodpigeon, Nuthatch 2 Great Black-backed Gull >N and a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker the highlight (Andy Hirst). Langold Lake produced c30 Coot, c100 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swan, 6 Common Gull, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Greylag Geese, 47 Tufted Duck and a m Pochard. Hodsock held c50 Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Cormorant, Woodcock and c4 Buzzard. Oldcotes revealed a pair of Peregrines harassing Woodpigeons, c200 Linnet, several Song Thrush, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 25 Stock Dove, 3 Buzzard and a Great Black-backed Gull. Letwell Sewage works held c20 Yellowhammer, 4 Robin, 10 Chaffinch, 6 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Blackbird and 2 Reed Bunting. Mid-afternoon at NAPT produced calling Water Rail and Willow Tit (Andy Hirst & Mick Clay). A walk around Brampton Common produced 2 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, Woodcock, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Snipe, 200 Fieldfare & 80 Starling (John Gallagher). A 2 hour walk along the Chesterfield Canal from Kiveton to Turnerwood produced; 28 Blue Tit, 17 Great Tit, 26 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Coal Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 drumming), 2 Jay, 29 Mallard, 14 Moorhen & 2 Mute Swan (Brian Chambers).

30th January Thurcroft Pit Top was very quiet with just 2 Snipe and single Jack Snipe of note. Over Thornbury Hill were 4 Buzzard, Common Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker and 4 Stock Dove (Andy Hirst). Late pm produced a f Shoveler at a 90% frozen NAPT (Geoff Facer). At a site at dusk were single hunting Long-eared Owl and Woodcock (Andy Murray & Andy Hirst). A Little Owl at Carr this morning. At Carlton Lake were Kingfisher & Sparrowhawk. Lingodell held Little Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 240 Fieldfare & 20 Redwing (John Gallagher). Along Common Lane was the Little Owl perched by the usual tree stump. At nearby NAPT were Kingfisher, 23 Magpie, 3 Grey Partridge & Common Gull over. The Chesterfield Canal between Kiveton & the South Anston path produced 13 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, Redwing, 3 Bullfinch and Jay (Brian Chambers).

29th January Goosander m still present on the scrape at NAPT this afternoon c14:00, also probable Harris Hawk (Dave Thornley).

28th January Kingfisher at Tommy Flockton's Marsh today. Early morning at NAPT m Goosander still on scrape and Water Rail in Cramfit Dike (Mick Clay). At NAPT at 17:15 m Goosander curled up on edge of scrape, plus Barn Owl over (John Gallagher).

27th January NAPT at dusk revealed 31 Mallard & m Goosander on the pond adjacent to the hospice road (John Gallagher).

26th January At Thurcroft Pit Top today were Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe & 8 Mallard. Brampton Common held c300 Starling, c300 Fieldfare, 1 Kestrel, 10 Mallard & 6 Long-tailed Tit (Brian Chambers). Circa 100 Pink-footed Geese >W over South Anston at 09:40 (Geoff Facer). Dusk at Dinnington Marsh produced a Barn Owl (John Gallagher).

25th January Flushed from Thurcroft Pit Top today (14.45) was a Lapland Bunting. It rose up and flew in the direction of Maltby (John O'Malley). It's been 18 years since the last (& only) records of 2 birds at NAPT on 18/10/92. Langold Lake is now almost ice-free and today's records included; 2 Mute Swan, 10 Canada Geese, 45 Mallard, 1 m Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck, 14 Moorhen, 80 Coot, 130 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 30 Goldfinch and 20 Siskin (Geoff Facer). The f Blackcap frequenting Grange Farm Court, present again this morning (Nigel Butler).

24th January At Langold Lake today were c100 Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Treecreeper, 5 Robin, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 20 m Mallard, 22 f Mallard, 6 m Tufted Duck, 8 f Tufted Duck, c30 Coot, 12 Moorhen, feral Greylag Goose & 2 Mute Swan (Paul Rigg).

Mandarin m Paul Rigg17th January Lunchtime at Roche Abbey revealed 25 Pied Wagtail, 4 Buzzard, m Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 26 Teal, 42 Mallard, Little Grebe, Grey Wagtail, Jay, Goldcrest & Tawny Owl calling (John Gallagher). A m Mandarin showing really well on the basin in front of the houses at Turnerwood. Also present were 2 Mute Swan, 3 m, 2 f Mallard & 3 Moorhen. On the stretch between Turnerwood and Shireoaks were 12 m Mallards & 10 f Mallard, 6 Moorhens & 2 Mute Swans near Marina at Shireoaks (Paul Rigg).

Mandarin, Turnerwood © Paul Rigg.

At Letwell Sewage Works today were 150 Yellowhammers, 5 Tree Sparrows and 6 Reed Bunting. At Harry Crofts were 4 Little Owls and 2 Green Woodpeckers (Mick Clay).

16th January In Harry Crofts Quarry were 9 Grey Partridge, 3 Skylark, and 6 Yellowhammer. At NAPT were 15 Black-headed Gulls, single Common Gull, Moorhen, 2 Snipe, single Jack Snipe, 20 Mallard, Kingfisher and Green Woodpecker (Andy Hirst).

15th January A walk on a misty morning across Tommy Flockton's Marsh, then along the Chesterfield Canal produced at Tommy Flockton's Marsh 10 Moorhen, 15 Jackdaw, 5 Woodpigeon, 2 Fieldfare and a pair of Pheasant. By the canal 1 f Tufted Duck, 1 Kingfisher (near Albert Dock), 10m and 8f Mallard, 3 Coot, 8 Moorhen, Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 seen but 2 heard, 6 Pheasants 4m and 2 f in field between canal and railway line (Paul Rigg).

13th January A f Blackcap in a garden this morning at Grange Farm Court, Woodsetts (Nigel Butler).

12th January At Langold Lake, which was completely frozen apart from c150 square metres were 11 Moorhen, 66 Mallard, 75 Coot, 6 Tufted Duck, c100 Black-headRoche Abbeyed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull >N, 19 Robin, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Brambling and 10 Chaffinch (Brian Chambers). 3 Jays at Lindrick Golf Course, plus 15-20 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Siskin and a Grey Wagtail by the canal. The Mandarin is reported to be back on the Chesterfield Canal, east of Turnerwood (Nigel Butler).

10th January Noon at Dinnington Marsh produced Jay, 26 Fieldfare, 4 Woodcock & 2 Tawny Owl (one asleep with wings fanned around to keep warm). Roche Abbey revealed 3 Buzzard, 22 Teal, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Goldcrest & Tawny Owl. Langold Lake held Brambling & Snipe. Feeding in a garden on Lakeland Drive were 35 Fieldfare & 4 Redwing (John Gallagher). A m Blackcap feeding on grapes in a Rackford Road garden (Farrell Kent). 20 House Sparrow in a Throapham garden (Andy Hirst).

Roche Abbey in Snow © Andy Hirst

9th January An early morning walk along the Chesterfield Canal; South Anston to Turner Wood produced 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Green Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 3 Marsh Tit, 3 Willow Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 26 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Treecreepers, 3 Tree Sparrows,13 Siskin, 29 Chaffinch, Grey Wagtail, 2 Mute Swan and a Little Grebe (Mick Clay). At NAPT were 14 Grey Partridge, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Snipe, & Grey Wagtail (John Gallagher). 4 Bullfinch and a Grey Wagtail by Lindrick Golf Course and Chesterfield Canal (Nigel Butler). In a Throapham garden were 14 Blackbirds coming to food (Andy Hirst).Also a large raptor, which was definitelty not a Buzzard reported over S Anston today (Phil Broadhead).

Laughton Church8th January A walk from Laughton to Stone and back produced 200 Woodpigeon along Eastfield Lane, plus 4 Buzzard, Mute Swan >NW, Willow Tit & 2 Bullfinch. Kings Wood produced c20 Hare, 4 Roe Deer, 40 Red-legged Partridge, at least 4 Nuthatch, 3 Marsh Tit, 15 Long-tailed Tits and a Sparrowhawk. Around Roche Abbey were a staggering 64 Teal, 4 Mallard, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Siskin and a Great Spotted Woodpecker, plus 2 Buzzard. Over Stubbings Wood were c20 Chaffinch and Brambling feeding in game cover (Andy Hirst).

Laughton Church from Eastfield Lane © Andy Hirst

Tommy Flockton's Marsh held 2 Lapwing and single Snipe. The Chesterfield Canal between Norwood Tunnel and Stiff's produced 4 Moorhen, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Mallard, Kestrel, 6 Siskin and a Coal Tit (Brian Chambers). Of note was a Raven flying out of SK58 over the Sandbeck Estate at Blythgate Lane (Stuart Davenport-Lound Bird Club).

7th January A walk around a snowbound Lindrick Golf Course produced amongst other records 9 Blackbird; 1 Coal Tit, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Jay, 2 Mistle Thrush & 27 Fieldfare (Brian Chambers).

1st January m Blackcap in a North Anston Garden today (Chris Lilley). Kingfisher at NAPT. At Thurcroft Pit Top 2 m and 1 f Stonechat and at Brampton Common, 2 Buzzard (Mick Clay). A f Goshawk was observed in the square today (J O'Malley).

30th December 1-2 Brambling at Letwell Sewage Works, with c70 Yellowhammer, 4-5 Reed Bunting, c20 Chaffinch. At Roche Abbey were 19 Teal, 20 Mallard and 2 Moorhen, plus Kingfisher (John Gallagher, Mick Clay, Andy Hirst, Geoff Facer & Andy Murray).

29th December Early morning over Axle Lane were 89 Pink-footed Geese >W (Mick Clay).

27th December Late afternoon at Axle Lane were 300 Golden Plover, 350 Starling and 36 Fieldfare (Mick Clay).

26th December At Axle Lane today were 200 Skylark, 41 Fieldfare and 9 Redwing >SW. Late afternoon at NAPT was a Woodcock and a very pale Common Buzzard at Dinnington Marsh (Mick Clay).

25th December 2 Woodcock in Hawks Wood this morning (Mick Clay).

24th December At Letwell Sewage Works today was a120 strong flock of mainly Yellowhammer with Reed Bunting, A few Chaffinch, Greenfinch & 2 f Brambling (John Gallagher).

23rd December c250 Fieldfare at Dewidales, 2 Little Grebe on Lindrick Dale pond and at Harry Crofts were 14 Grey Partridge, 7 Red-legged Partridge and 3 Fieldfare (Geoff Facer). At Thurcroft Marsh today were Woodcock, Water Rail, Green Woodpecker, Snipe & Buzzard (John Gallagher).

22nd December 10:00 at Axle Lane produced f Merlin unsuccessfully hunting Skylarks (John Gallagher).

Andy Hirst in the snow!20th December At Axle Lane this morning were c200 Golden Plover (Mick Clay), as well as c350 Skylark, towards the A57, plus 150 Starling. At Langold Lake, which was 90% frozen were single Grey Wagtail, 39 Mallard, 38 Tufted Duck, 5 Moorhen, 2 Mute Swan, 13 Gadwall, 75 Coot, 5 Great Crested Grebe and single Teal. Kings Wood Corner was quiet with just 20 Skylark, 4 Buzzard, 20 Black-headed Gull, single Common Gull, 200 Woodpigeon and 3 Herring Gull >S.

Andy Hirst in the snow at Oldcotes © Andy Hirst

Brown Bailey's was equally frozen & quiet with 2 Marsh Tit, 13 Coot & single Mallard. Carlton Lake held 3 Moorhen, 15 Black-headed Gull and a pair of Gadwall. The large finch flock was still present at Oldcotes with c500 birds present, The majority were Linnet c300, with 150 Goldfinch-the rest Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Yellowhammer-but the snow storm hit reducing visibility to a few feet. At Carlton in Lindrick 30 Lapwing over, and on Eastfield Lane c700 corvids, mostly Rook (Andy Hirst).

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