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Key: ad= adult, m= male, f= female, juv= juvenile, imm.= immature, N= north, S= South,E= East, W= West, c= circa (approx.), >= direction of flight. Sites below do not imply any right of access or public right of way-contact us for further details.

17th January At Axle Lane were 43 Golden Plover, Kestrel, 13 Grey Partridge and 400 Skylark (MIck Clay).

Dunlin @ Langold Lake © Brian Chambers16th January At Roche Abbey were 7 Teal. Langold Lake held 52 Mallard, 21 Tufted Duck, 13 Pochard, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Gull and a Dunlin feeding on the path by the main lake overflow.

Dunlin @ Langold Lake © Brian Chambers

At Carlton Lake were 16 Mallard, a m Goosander, 2 Mute Swan and a Snipe. Brown Bailey's held 45 Tufted Duck, 10 Mallard and 3 Great Crested Grebe. FInally, at the Hewett Arms were 8 Mallard, a Heron and a Little Grebe (Brian Chambers).

15th January With a shoot a Roche Abbey Kings Wood Corner produced just 5 Buzzard, 2 Siskin and c500 Woodpigeon, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk m and Marsh Tit, and 30 Pheasant which avoided the lead! At Thurcroft Pit Top were 11 Snipe, single Jack Snipe and a showy Short-eared Owl (Andy Hirst). At Roche Abbey were 2 Little Owl near the farm on the entrance road to the site. Langold Lake held 12 Pochard, 7 Great Crested Grebe including a displaying pair, 11 Mute Swan, 30 Tufted Duck and 43 Mallard. Carlton Lake held 2 Mute Swan and 12 Greylag Goose. At Brown Bailey's were 38 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe (Brian Chambers).

13th January A Barn Owl hunting prior to dawn SE of Carr Hill and Little Owl at Carr this evening (Andy Hirst). At Langold Lake were 16 m and 7 f Pochard and 2 Great Crested Grebe displaying (Mick Clay).

11th January Six members took part in the Monday Walk at Langold Lake. Amongst the 32 species recorded were, 5 Great Crested Grebe (one pair doing their courtship display), 12 Mute Swan, 12 Pochard, 17 Tufted Duck, 2 Buzzard, 5 Moorhen, Common Gull, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, Redwing, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper and about 35 Siskin. At Brown Bailey's were 2 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Tufted Duck and a drake Goosander (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

10th January At Tommy Flockton's Marsh were 12 Wigeon and at Kiveton Pit Top a Willow Tit and a Water Rail calling (Mick Clay). Barn Owl seen hunting at the junction of Woodsetts Road and Dinnington Road, Woodsetts (Bob Bellis).

9th January At Tommy Flockton's Marsh this morning, viewing from the roadside produced 17 Cormorant >N and 11 Wigeon. Around Roche Abbey were 2 Grey Wagtail, Marsh Tit, Green Woodpecker and 3 Nuthatch (Andy Hirst). At Langold Lake were 12 m and 5 f Pochard, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, 20 Siskin, 20 Fieldfare,15 Redwing and 6 Song Thrush in song. At Grange Farm, South Anston were a Green Woodpecker, 6 Bullfinch,10 Grey Partridge and a Buzzard (Andy Murray, John Gallagher & Mick Clay).

7th January At the Chesterfield Canal from Kiveton Park station to Norwood Tunnel were 6 Moorhen and a m Kingfisher. At Tommy Flockton's Marsh were approx. 60 Mallard, 15 Wigeon, a pair of Gadwall, a drake Teal and 10 Grey Partridge (Geoff Facer).

6th January At Langold Lake 11 m and 6 f Pochard and Kingfisher on the top pond (Mick Clay).

5th January Tommy Flockton's Marsh - a very wet site hosted 46 Mallard and 15 Wigeon. Kiveton Woodlands was also very wet, most of the Tit Species were present - 15 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit and 1 Willow Tit. Also good numbers of Buntings - at least 14 Yellowhammer but could have been twice this number, similarly 12 Reed Bunting were counted but probably many more (Brian Chambers). Red Kite over Laughton (Keith Sadler).

3rd January Along Eastfield Lane, near Kings Wood, c20 Pink-footed Geese heard. In roadside bushes were c20 Fieldfare and 15 Redwing. At NAPT were 11 Snipe, 3 Jack Snipe & 2 Lesser Redpoll. At Langold Lake were 46 Mallard, 16 Coot, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Tufted Duck, 21 Pochard, 12 Mute Swan, Greylag Goose and 42 Black-headed Gull. At Brown Bailey's were 7 Coot, 8 Mallard, 14 Tufted Duck, single Great Crested Grebe and a Common Gull (Andy Hirst).

31st December At Brands Lane were 80 Fieldfare, 50 Skylark, 30 Chaffinch, 60 Yellowhammer, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel and f Merlin (John Gallagher).

30th December This morning at Langold Lake were 12 Mute Swan, 34 Tufted Duck, 25 Coot, 45 Mallard, 74 Black-headed Gull, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Pochard, single Greylag Goose and a Buzzard (Andy Hirst). At Carlton Lake were a Barn Owl and Woodcock (John Gallagher). At Laughton Village was a Red Kite (Keith Sadler).

29th December The SK58 2015 Christmas walk had 10 eager participants following First Lane at South Anston down to the Chesterfield Canal and the first bird of the day a Buzzard over Smarsons Hill Wood, 2 Cormorant >S, Yellowhammers in the hedgerow and Stock Dove in the field. On arrival at the canal we soon had Marsh Tit in a mixed tit flock, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Treecreeper calling and a flock of Goldfinch and Siskin. At Hawkes Wood we added Teal, Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Leaving the canal at Fanfield we had 4 Buzzard in a clear blue sky. By Lindrick Dale we had excellent views of Marsh Tit feeding only 6 m away. Passing through Anston Grange farm we had 20 Yellowhammer and up to 45 Skylark feeding in rape. Shortly after we saw Peregrine out hunting and the final birds of the day were 75 Pink-footed Goose extremely high >NE. A total of 43 species seen finished of with a excellent meal at the Loyal Trooper (Mick Clay). At Thurcroft Pit Top was a Short-eared Owl and at Carr a Little Owl (John Gallagher).

24th December Langold Lake in heavy rain produced 19 Coot, 30 Tufted Duck, 48 Mallard, 20 Pochard, 9 Mute Swan, 6 Great Crested Grebe a m Goosander plus 8 Siskin (Andy Hirst).

21st December A Woodcock over Goss Common at 07.00 this morning (Andy Hirst).

18th December At Langold Lake were 9m and 7f Pochard, 12 Mute Swan including 6 immature birds, 23 Tufted Duck, 37 Mallard, 21 Coot, 3 Great Crested Grebe. Carlton Lake held 3m and 1f Goosander, 2 Gadwall, 16 Mallard and 4 Lesser Redpoll. Brown Bailey's held 2 Great Crested Grebe, 29 Tufted Duck, 15 Coot. Finally, at the Hewett Arms was a Little Grebe (Brian Chambers).

14th December Eleven people took part in the Langold Lake walk today. Among 35 species recorded were, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4ad and 6juv Mute Swan, 6m and 3f Pochard, 18 Tufted Duck, 1m Goosander, Buzzard, 6 Moorhen, Common Gull, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 10 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 2 Nuthatch, 35 Siskin and 1f Bullfinch (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

6th December At Axle Lane were 64 Skylark. At Langold lake a Waxwing was reported >S (John O'Malley).

5th December At Langold Lake were 7m and 4f Pochard and 39 Tufted Duck (Mick Clay).

2nd December A Kingfisher at NAPT (Mick Clay).

1st December At Axle Lane were 18 Yellowhammer and 50 Golden Plover (Mick Clay).

29th November The inclement weather did not deter three hardy souls from scouring the square's bodies of water. First port of call was Tommy Flockton's Marsh before the dog walkers flushed all the birds. First birds of the day were 7 Cormorant >NE. 26 Mallard were counted plus 7 flighty Wigeon which took off towards Harthill. Retracing our steps we headed for the nearby Hewett Arms Pond. A noisy 17 Canada Geese were counted plus 10 Mallard and a single Greylag Goose. Other notables here were single Little Grebe, Heron & Buzzard.

The next port of call was a noisy Brown Bailey's pond, sandwiched between Woodsetts Road and the busy A57. The most numerous species was Tufted Duck with 38 counted. Generally wildfowl numbers were high here with 22 Coot, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, and a lowly 8 Mallard. The private lake at Carlton was the next port of call, but was hardly worth the walk with just 6 Mallard and 2 Heron present. The flash at Hodsock was visited - the water level was really high here so not much chance of waders, however a muddy margin held 3 Snipe. The expanse of water held 42 Teal albeit looking straight into the sun reflecting off the water, high winds and a few rain showers! The only other birds of note were 4 Mallard, single Lapwing and about 6 Lesser Redpoll.

Our largest body of water, Langold Lake was the next venue. The three members took species to count, thus spreading the load! Generally wildfowl numbers have been low this winter, mainly due to the mild weather. The highlights were 2m Shovelor and 3 Pochard. Other counts here included a dismal 17 Coot, a more respectable 66 Mallard, a reasonable 27 Tufted Duck (high numbers when added to the 38 at Brown Bailey's), 10 Mute Swan and 9 Great Crested Grebe, with Siskin buzzing around the Alders. Time was marching on, so we decided to make Firbeck our final call. The restricted viewing produced dozens of Canada Geese, with not much else showing apart from 8 Mallard, 4 Coot and 3 Greylag Geese.

The wildfowl numbers were generally disappointing apart from Tufted Duck. Numbers and variety should rise when winter 'proper' kicks in. Despite this the three members thoroughly enjoyed the jaunt around the square. Here's to the next one, our post-Christmas walk (Andy Hirst).

23rd November At Langold Lake were, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Mute Swan plus 6 juv. A pair of Mandarin, 2m Shoveler on the top lake, 2m Pochard, 30 Tufted Duck, 3m Goosander, 9 Moorhen, 3 Common Gull, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and approx. 50 Siskin (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

Dunlin @ Hodsock © John Gallagher22nd November At Wallingwells were 25 Skylark, 4 Grey Partridge and 100 Fieldfare. At Hodsock were 50 Lesser Redpoll, 25 Reed Bunting, 20 Greenfinch, 16 Tree Sparrow, 30 Chaffinch and a single Dunlin (John Gallagher).

Dunlin @ Hodsock © John Gallagher

At Langold Lake 14 Greylag Goose >N and 50 >E. Also, just outside Oldcotes on the Tickhill Road was a Barn Owl (Mick Clay).

21st November At Eastfield Lane allottments were 2 Woodcock. Thurcroft Marsh held 2 Tawny Owl whilst at Thurcroft Pit Top were Snipe and Woodcock (John Gallagher).

20th November At Tommy Flockton's Marsh were 30 Redwing, 200 Starling and 6 Wigeon (John Gallagher).

17th November A walk around the scrape at NAPT with the Forestry Commission found 17 Snipe and 2 Jack Snipe (Mick Clay).

16th November A Great White Egret >W over Axle Lane this morning (Mick Clay).

10th November At Langold Lake were 58 Mallard, 18 Coot, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 72 Canada Goose, 9 Tufted Duck, 10 Mute Swan, 3f& 2m Pochard, 3m Shovelor, Little Grebe, 2 Moorhen, c70 Black-headed Gull (Brian Chambers).

9th November Amongst the 31 species recorded on the Monday walk at Langold Lake were, Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Mute Swan + 6 juv. 71 Canada Goose, 3m Shovelor, 2 m and 1f Pochard, 18 Tufted Duck, 1m Goosander, Sparrowhawk, 3 Moorhen, Common Gull, Mistle Thrush, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper and circa 20 Siskin (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

Shovelor @ Langold Lake © Farrell Kent

8th November At Langold Lake 2m Shovelor, 5 Pochard (2m and 3f). 4 Great Crested Grebe, Buzzard, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 5 Siskin (MIck Clay).

7th November A damp and dull couple of hours at Langold Lake this morning produced 10 Mute Swan, (4ad, 6imm). 24 Coot, 30 Mallard, 17 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3m Shovelor, Little Grebe, 6 Siskin and a Common Gull (Andy Hirst)

1st November Early morning at Dinnington Marsh produced 8 Robin, 12 Bullfinch, 8 Siskin, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 14 Blackbird, 8 Chaffinch, 3 Willow Tit, 5 Reed Bunting, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper and 2 Yellowhammer. Later that day at the Basin at Turnerwood were 22 Collared Dove and 47 Mallard (Andy Hirst).

Mute Swan @ Langold Lake© Brian Chambers31st October at Hodsock were 2 Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 2 Mallard. Langold Lake held 6 Adult + 6 imm Mute Swan, 56 Mallard, 20 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Coot, 20 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin, 18 Redwing. At Brown Bailey's were 9 Tufted Duck, 8 Coot, 6 Mallard, 2 Mute Swan and a Great Crested Grebe (Brian Chambers).

Mute Swan @ Langold Lake © Brian Chambers

Also at Langold Lake were 8 Common Gull, Kingfisher, 2 Gadwall, Little Grebe and 2 Brambling at Miller Lands (John Gallagher).

30th October At Langold Lake were a Kingfisher, 4 Raven, 2 f Pochard and a Lesser Redpoll (John Gallagher). A Kingfisher at Milestone Lock, Chesterfield Canal and a Great Spotted Woodpecker at Saucheage Hill, Woodsetts (Nigel Butler).

29th October Over South Anston >S were 300 Fieldfare. At NAPT were 9 Snipe and a Woodcock (Mick Clay).

25th October At Langold Lake were Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Woodcock and 2 Raven. At Carlton Lake were Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff and a hovering Kingfisher (John Gallagher).

Golden Plover @ Axle Lane © Brian Chambers23rd October On the wall at Axle Lane was a m Stonechat (Mick Clay). Also at Axle Lane were c50 Skylark, c200 Golden Plover, 10 Meadow Pipit, 18 Carrion Crow and 12 Linnet (Brian Chambers).

Golden Plover @ Axle Lane © Brian Chambers

20th October Early morning at Axle Lane was a Fieldfare >S (Mick Clay).

18th October In the garden of a property on Burghley Close, Dinnington, which has a water feature, was a Grey Wagtail (Adrian Rodgers). Two hours at NAPT this morning produced 9 Robin, 12 Blackbird, 6 Goldcrest, 35 Goldfinch, 30 Herring Gull >NE, 8 Wren, 137 Redwing in several small flocks, 6 Siskin >S, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 77 Woodpigeon, 3 Reed Bunting, Grey Wagtail, 8 Meadow Pipit, 6 Stock Dove, 3 Song Thrush, 12 Black-headed Gull, 2 Jay, 48 Fieldfare, 15 Long-tailed Tit, and 2 Bullfinch. At Langold Lake were 43 Mallard, 12 Coot, 5ad & 6 imm Mute Swan, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Moorhen, c50 Siskin, 3 Tufted Duck, Green Woodpecker and Kingfisher (Andy Hirst)

17th October At NAPT were 60 Redwing, 5 Siskin, 5 Bullfinch, 3 Swallow >S and 850 Pink-footed Goose >E in 3 skeins and 200 more >E over South Anston (Mick Clay). 3 Skeins of Pink-footed Goose >W over Woodsetts towards Wallingwells (Gareth Picton). At Roche Abbey were 12 Teal and a Little Grebe. Langold Lake held 41 Mallard, 15 Coot, 11 Tufted Duck, 11 Mute Swan, 88 Canada Goose, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Heron. At Brown Bailey's were 20 Tufted Duck, 7 Coot, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mute Swan. At the Hewett Arms were 8 Moorhen, 8 Mallard and 2 Little Grebe (Brian Chambers).

Heron @ Todwick © Ray Sykes12th October Six group members on the walk at Langold Lake today recorded 30 species which included 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Mute Swan + 6 juv, 102 Canada Goose, 8 Tufted Duck, Kestrel, 6 Buzzard, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 6 Siskin and 2 Bullfinch (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

Heron @ Todwick © Ray Sykes

11th October At Harry Croft's Quarry were 8 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Little Owl, 2 Raven, 9 Stock Dove, Redwing and Tree Sparrow >S and Green Woodpecker. (John Gallagher, Andy Murray, Geoffrey Green, Christopher Oldale & Mick Clay). At Axle Lane were 3 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Siskin >S and 2 Peregrine hunting (Mick Clay).

8th October >E over South Anston were 100 Pink-footed Goose mid morning (Mick Clay).

4th October At Axle Lane were 250 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 400 Skylark >S,143 Golden Plover, 300 Linnet and 30 Meadow Pipit anda single Redwing >S. Also 12 Redwing over North Anston (MIck Clay).

2nd October At Axle Lane were 2 Peregrine sat in the field. Still up to 100 Golden Plover and a large movement of Skylark early morning (Mick Clay).

1st October At Axle Lane was a f Peregrine chasing up to 100 Golden Plover also 100 Black-headed Gull >S, 28 Grey Partridge and 2 Chiffchaff (Mick Clay).

26th September Over Langold pit top was a Peregrine and a Buzzard. At Firbeck were 7 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and a Hobby with prey (Mick Clay).

22nd September At NAPT was a Spotted Flycatcher on the path by the hospice road, 11 Siskin >S, 8 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and 4 Bullfinch (Mick Clay).

21st September Late evening at NAPT were 6 Chiffchaff and a juvenile, Stonechat on Buckthorn north of the scrape (Mick Clay).

20th September At Langold Lake was a Red Kite over Buck Wood Farm, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel 9 Bullfinch, 9 Siskin >S, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail and 30 Meadow Pipit >S. At Axle Lane were 52 Golden Plover (MIck Clay).

Sparrowhawk @ Todwick © Ray Sykes19th September At Kiveton Community Woodland fallen tree feeding area was a Coal Tit, this is a first sighting at the feeder (Alan Bateman). At Axle Lane were 300 Black-headed Gull, 250 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 41 Golden Plover (MIck Clay).

Sparrowhawk @ Todwick © Ray Sykes

17th September A Water Rail was showing well at Kiveton Community Woodland (Alan Bateman). A reenshank was calling high >W over Throapham at 15:15 (Andy Hirst).

10th September At Axle Lane were 450 Lesser Black-backed Gull, single Yellow-legged Gull and 300 Linnet (Mick Clay).

9th September Early morning on Axle Lane were 590 Lesser Black-backed Gull reduced by 1 when an adult Peregrine took one to leave it with a juvenile in the field to eat. Also 5 Heron, 22 Grey Partridge, 5 Golden Plover and 300 Linnet (Mick Clay).

Kingfisher @ Chesterfield Canal © Brian Chambers7th September At Axle Lane were 600 Lesser Black-backed Gull and a single Yellow-legged Gull (Mick Clay).

5th September At Hodsock Flash were a Dunlin and a Green Sandpiper (John Gallgher).

Kingfisher @ Chesterfield Canal © Brian Chambers

2nd September An evening visit to Hodsock produced single m Ruff, 2 Snipe, Dunlin, 3 Teal, 2 Whinchat and a Yellow Wagtail (Andy Hirst & Mick Clay). On Axle Lane were 400 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Golden Plover and 200 Swallow and a single Tree Pipit >S (Mick Clay).

31st August At Hodsock Flash were 2 Whinchat and a Wheatear, at Thurcroft Pit Top were a Whinchat and a Wheatear (John Gallagher).

Ruff @ Hodsock © John Gallagher24th August 4 Hobby over the garden & in the general Woodsetts area. Nice garden tick while decorating (Gareth Picton). At Langold Lake today were 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Heron, 5 ad and 6 juv. Mute Swan, 12 Canada Goose, a Lesser Canada Goose - Branta Hutchinsii, 2 ad and 2 juv. Common Tern, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 6 Swallow and a Grey Wagtail (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

Ruff @ Hodsock © John Gallagher

22nd August At Hodsock were 11 Snipe, 9 Teal and a m and f Ruff (John Gallagher).

21st August At Axle Lane were a Yellow-legged Gull, Herring Gull and 300 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Mick Clay). At Tommy Flockton's Marsh were 45 Mallard, a Heron and 10 Swift overhead (Brian Chambers).

Spotted Flycatcher @ Langold Lake © Brian Chambers18th August At Langold Lake were 36 Mallard, 14 Coot, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Adt & 5 young Mute Swan, 2 Common Tern, Green Woodpecker and a Spotted Flycatcher in the Willows on the top pond near the spillway (Brian Chambers).

Spotted Flycatcher @ Langold Lake © Brian Chambers

15th August Single Green Sandpiper still present at Hodsock early morning. Several pairs of Sand Martin still feeding young at Brown Bailey's, although majority have left (Andy Hirst).

14th August At Axle Lane were 53 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow Wagtail >S and the first returning Wheatear (Mick Clay).

Grasshopper Warbler @ Kiveton © Alan Bateman8th August Two hours early morning at Tinkerhole Dike produced 3 vocal Buzzard, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Robin, 3 Wren, family party of 4 Blackcap, 7 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Linnet, 2 Blackbird, 25 Woodpigeon, single Coal Tit, Blue Tit and Great Tit, plus Mistle Thrush mobbing a Buzzard.

Grasshopper Warbler @ Kiveton © Alan Bateman

At Hodsock were 4 Lapwing, Yellow Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 2 imm. Heron, 2 Green Sandpiper, 8 Black-headed Gull, 45 Swallow, Green Woodpecker, just 6 Linnet, 2 Chaffinch, Whitethroat, single Buzzard, 7 Starling, 20 House Martin, Grey Partridge, 3 Kestrel (1f & 2imm) and 2 Chiffchaff (Andy Hirst).

4th August At Axle Lane were 10 Greylag Geese in the stubble, 3 Yellow Wagtail >S and the first returning Golden Plover of the season (Mick Clay).

3rd August At Axle Lane were 3 Buzzard (Mick Clay).

Kestrels @ SK58 © Chris Lilley2nd August A blue wing-tagged juvenile Marsh Harrier was hunting on Axle Lane before moving off South East and then returning and the moving off South. Also good movement of Swift South (Mick Clay).

25th July At Hodsock the water levels looked ideal for waders, alas non were present but there 20+ Swallow, 12 House Martin, c30 Linnet, c20 Pied Wagtail, 23 Starling, 2 Reed Bunting, Buzzard, 10 Canada Geese towards Langold, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Tree Sparrow, 4 Greenfinch and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull >S.

Kestrels @ SK58 © Chris Lilley

At nearby Langold Lake were 34 Mallard, 4 Mute Swan (2ad and 2 almost fully white imm. from last year), Common Tern, c35 Swift, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Black-headed Gull with a bird apparently nesting and 17 Coot (Andy Hirst).

17th July Early evening over Magnolia Close, South Anston, was a Hobby hunting (Mick Clay). A Red Kite over Wales Square at 17.10 near the Old Conyers pub site and was harassed by a crow before flying off towards Aston ponds (Darren Carnall).

Little Owl @ SK58 © Chris Lilley12th July At NAPT were 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Grasshopper Warbler and a Siskin >S (Mick Clay).

11th July At Harry Croft's quarry were 7 Whitethroat, 6 Yellowhammer, 2 juv Little Owl and 12 Stock Dove. At Tommy Flockton's Marsh was a Siskin >S. On the Chesterfield canal were 10 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, Reed Warbler, 4 Treecreeper, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard including 1 Juv and 4 Bullfinch (Mick Clay).

Little Owl @ SK58 © Chris Lilley

5th July At Harry Croft's quarry were a juv Stonechat near the entrance. Also 27 Marbled White butterfly, 88 Ringlet, 81 Meadow Brown, 9 Tortoiseshell, 8 Small Skipper, a Dark Green Fritillary and 5 Cinnabar moths (Mick Clay).

29th June At Kiveton Pit top were Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler and 5 Reed Bunting. At Harry Croft's quarry were a Buzzard, Little Owl, Tawny Owl and two calling on the Chesterfield canal (Mick Clay).

Barn Owl @ SK58 © Chris Lilley27th June A single Red Kite from Kings Wood corner this morning, plus 6 Buzzard (Andy Hirst).

22nd June A Barn Owl hunting in daylight at 6:30am in the field adjacent to Thornbury Animal Sanctuary (John Gallagher).

20th June At Kiveton Pit Top were 5 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Garden Warbler and at Tommy Flockton's Marsh was a Kingfisher (Mick Clay).

Barn Owl @ SK58 © Chris Lilley

16th June A Cuckoo was calling in the Hawks Wood canal area at 7:40pm (John Gallagher).

15th June At Harry Croft's quarry was a Barn Owl hunting by the entrance and a Buzzard and Oystercatcher were flushed off the ponds (Andy Murray & Mick Clay).

10th June At Dinnington Marsh were 2 Barn Owl hunting and a Buzzard (Andy Murray & Mick Clay).

Common Tern @ Langold Lake © John Gallagher8th June On the Langold Summer walk 38 species were recorded. These included 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Swallow, 7 Blackcap and 6 Chiffchaff. At Langold Lake were 6 Great Crested Grebe with 2 juv, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Tern and 2 Green Woodpecker. In the farmland approaching Letwell were 2 Grey Partridge, about 30 Swift, 6 House Martin and a Whitethroat. Walking along the bridleway from Letwell were a couple of Red-legged Partridge (Geoff & Lyn Facer, Martin Garwell).

Common Tern @ Langold Lake © John Gallagher

7th June At Harry Croft's quarry were 2 Buzzard, one carrying a rabbit (Mick Clay).

6th June By the metal gates into a grass field on the Mineral Line at Dinnington Marsh was a Garden Warbler (Mick Clay).

5th June A Red Kite landed in field in the area of Cramfit, near Dinnington (Janet Allsop).

30th May A report of a Red Kite >NW over Woodsetts at 12.15pm from a family relative (Gareth Picton). Early morning on Carlton Lake was a Common Tern (Mick Clay).

25th May At Carlton Mill were a Kestrel, Grey Wagtail and 2 Tree Sparrow. At Broom Farm was a Kestrel. At Langold Lake were 6 Great Crested Grebe with 2 young, a pair of Mute Swan with 6 young plus 3 more adults, 6 Tufted Duck and a Reed Warbler at the top lake (Geoff & Lyn Facer, Den & Jan Jarrold, Martin Garwell & Geoff Green).

24th May At Langold Lake was a Common Tern (Mick Clay). At Slade Hooton was a Barn Owl hunting and at Thurcroft Marsh a Grasshopper Warbler reeling (Andy Murray & Mick Clay).

21st May The Quail is still calling at Dinnington Marsh (Mick Clay).

17th May At Gildingwells were 2 Lesser Whitethroat. At Dinnington Marsh was a Quail calling and a Willow Tit (John Gallagher, Andy Murray & Mick Clay). At Thurcroft Pit Top were 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler and a Sedge Warbler (Mick Clay).

16th May At Lindrick Dale was a Spotted Flycatcher. At Shireoaks Pond 2 ad and 3 juv Great Crested Grebe (John Gallagher).

12th May At Langold Lake were 5 Song Thrush,12 Robin, 4 Blackcap, 8 Willow Warbler, a m Wheatear, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard and 7 Great Crested Grebe with 2 Juv and at Roach Abbey were 2 Marsh Tit (Mick Clay).

11th May At NAPT were 5 Willow Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff and a Blackcap (Mick Clay).

10th May 40 Species at Thurcroft Pit Top this morning included 8 Whitethroat, 6 Song Thrush, pair of Bullfinch, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 10 Skylark, Garden Warbler, 15 Linnet, 10 Reed Bunting, 5 Sedge Warbler, 3m 2f and 8 juv. Mallard, 3 Coot, f Wheatear and 4 Grey Partridge. At Broom Farm were Grey Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, m Wheatear, Buzzard, Kestrel and 3 Skylark. Also, a Hobby over Woodsetts this afternoon, near Sewage Works (Andy Hirst). At 07.40 a Barn Owl was perched on the 50mph sign on the A57 at Fox Covert (Geoff & Lyn Facer, Paul Tennyson & Tony Jacobs). At Dinnington Marsh was a Garden Warbler and at King's Wood corner a Hobby,10 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and a Tawny Owl calling (John Gallagher, Mick Clay & Andy Murray).

9th May At Carr were 3 Lesser Whitethroat. Thurcroft Pit Top held 2 Sedge Warbler (the bowl). At Thurcroft Marsh a Lesser Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker and Garden Warbler. At Hodsock a Lesser Whitethroat (John Gallagher). On a walk from Kiveton Station to Turnerwood were 18 Blackbird, 6 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush,15 Robin, 7 Goldcrest, 29 Wren, 13 Great Tit, 9 Blue Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 19 Chaffinch, 3 Bullfinch, 19 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtail and a Buzzard (Mick Clay).

8th May 10 Swift screaming over the house of an SK58 member in Woodsetts (Ruth Brown).

4th May 2 Swift >N over Lingodell (John Gallagher)

3rd May There was a Hobby flying over houses >NW at Kiveton at 17:45 this evening Sunday 3rd May (Darren carnall).

3rd May at Anston Stones Wood was a Kingfisher. Carlton Lake held 7 Gadwall and at Penny Piece Lane was a Barn Owl and Little Owl (John Gallagher & Andy Murray).

2nd May At Carr were 3 Lesser Whitethroat and a Little Owl. At Thurcroft Pit Top was a Reed Warbler. At Thurcroft Marsh was a Garden Warbler. At Grange Farm a Lesser Whitethroat (John Gallagher).

30th April In a garden on the North side of Carlton Lake was a m Redstart. On Carlton Lake, a pair of Gadwall and 2 pair of Greylag Geese with 6 young each and a Kingfisher (John Gallagher).

26th April A Whimbrel >N calling over King's Wood this morning (Andy Hirst, Geoff Green & Michelle Dawes)

25th April At NAPT were a Reed Warbler, 5 Grasshopper Warbler, Jay and a f Sparrowhawk (John Gallagher). A Grasshopper Warbler was at Slade Hills. At King's Wood were 7 Buzzard, with another 10 from King's Wood corner and a Red Kite was showing well . At Brookhouse were 4 Buzzard and on Axle Lane was a m Wheatear (Mick Clay).

24th April At NAPT were 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, a Whitethroat, 9 m Reed Bunting and a Kingfisher. At Axle Lane was a m Whinchat and 2 f Wheatear on the main path where the drainage excavations are taking place (Mick Clay). The first Reed Warbler was also seen at NAPT (Brian Chambers). At Kiveton Pit Top near the fallen tree feeding site was a Grasshopper Warbler (Brian Chambers).

22nd April At NAPT >N was a Red Kite (Janet Allsop)

21st April At Harry Croft's Quarry was a Common Sandpiper (Mick Clay & Andy Murray).

20th April At NAPT was a Grasshopper Warbler (Mick Clay).

17th April At Grange Farm Pond in South Anston were 3 Teal and a Kingfisher (John Gallagher).

15th April At Harry Crofts Quarry, a single Common Sandpiper, with 3 Wheatear, 6 Swallow and Yellow Wagtail at Axle Lane (Andy Hirst & Mick Clay).

Redstart @ Harry Croft's Works © Chris Lilley14th April At Axle Lane was a m Wheatear (Mick Clay). At Harry Croft's Works a m Redstart was ringed by an SK58 member (Chris Lilley).

Redstart @ Harry Croft's Works © Chris Lilley

13th April At Brown Bailey's ponds were a pair of Great Crested Grebe, 9 Greylag Goose, 3 Canada Goose, 17 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Wagtail, 8 Sand Martin, Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff and a Reed Bunting (Geoff Facer). On the Monday walk at Langold were 7 members who recorded 12 Great Crested Grebe, a Mute Swan, 9 Tufted Duck, 4 Buzzard, a Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Swallow, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff and 4 Nuthatch. After lunch at Andy's Cafe, 4 members carried on to Hodsock sewage works and recorded a 1 Heron, 2 Buzzard, 2 Swallow, a Yellow Wagtail, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Linnet, Reed Bunting and a Yellowhammer. The total number of species for Langold & Hodsock was 37 (Geoff & Lyn Facer). At Axle Lane was a f Wheatear (Mick Clay).

12th April At Axle Lane were 3 f Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail >S, 4 Greylag Goose and 6 Buzzard (Mick Clay).

11th April At Langold Lake were 30 Swallow, 12 Sand Martin, 5 Blackcap and Green Woodpecker. At Hodsock sewage works were 35 Pied Wagtail and 4 Yellow Wagtail (John Gallagher). At NAPT were 4 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Reed Bunting and a Song Thrush. At Dinnington Marsh were 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, Reed Bunting and Blackcap. At Hodsock were 5 m Yellow Wagtail at the sewage works, also 16 Pied Wagtail, 10 Yellowhammer, 4 Buzzard and 3 Swallow >N. In Dyscarr Wood was a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap and 2 Marsh Tit and at Langold Lake 30 Swallow, 20 Sand Martin and a Buzzard (Mick Clay).

10th April The first Wheatear was on the wall at Axle Lane (Mick Clay).

9th April At least 4 Tawny Owl on Dinnington Marsh (Andy Murray & Mick Clay).

8th April Over Brampton Common >N were 2 Swallow whilst 14 Fieldfare >W. Over Harry Croft's was a Red Kite >S (Mick Clay).

7th April At the Chesterfield Canal, c120 Fieldfare >W out of Hawks Wood, a Blackcap and a Treecreeper were by Thorpe Bridge and 20 Chiffchaff were singing between there and Shireoaks. At Brancliffe Grange were 4 more Chiffchaff, with a further 8 on Lindrick Common and another 5 at Little Stones along with a pair of Marsh Tit (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

Sparrowhawk @ Todwick © Ray Sykes4th April A Barn Owl this evening between Brown Bailey's ponds & Woodsetts (Gareth Picton).

31st March A Red Kite between Brown Bailey's and Woodsetts (Ruth Brown & Sheila Newsome).

Sparrowhawk @ Todwick © Ray Sykes

29th March At Kiveton Pit Top a Water Rail was seen and one was calling, also Green Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff and Willow Tit. At Tommy Flockton's Marsh was a Kingfisher. At Thurcroft Pit Top m Wheatear and 6 Snipe. At Langold Lake were 16 Great Crested Grebe with 2 nests, Green Woodpecker and 3 Chiffchaff (Mick Clay, John Gallagher, Geoff Facer & Geoff Green).

23rd March At Brown Bailey's were 2 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Greylag Goose, 4 Canada Goose, 4 Mallard, 33 Tufted Duck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Moorhen, 6 Coot and 2 Chiffchaff. At Carlton Lake were 2 Greylag Goose, 19 Canada Goose, a pair of Gadwall, 2 Moorhen and 4 Coot. At Langold Lake were 14 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Mute Swan, 1 m Gadwall, 9 Tufted Duck, 2 f Goosander, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Grey Partridge, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Redwing, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, 4 Nuthatch and 1 Treecreeper (Lyn & Geoff Facer).

22nd March At Roche Abbey were 5 Teal, 13 Mallard, 2 Grey Wagtail. Langold Lake held 19 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Tufted Duck, 32 Mallard, 5 Mute Swan including a pair nest building on the upper pond, 3 f Goosander, 2 Gadwall, 2 Greylag Goose. At Carlton Lake were 6 Greylag Goose, 3 m & 3 f Gadwall. At Brown Bailey's were 33 Tufted Duck, 6 Greylag Goose, 2 Great Crested Grebe nesting. Hewett Arms held 26 Greylag Goose, 5 Teal, 1 Grey Heron (Brian Chambers). Over South Anston were 35 Whooper Swans. At dusk over South Anston were 50 Whooper Swans >NW (Andy Murray). At dusk at Thurcroft Marsh was a Tawny Owl calling (John Gallagher).

20th March At Axle Lane a Red Kite >SE at 08.10, 18 Golden Plover circled but did not land due to being startled by the bird-scarer, 150 Fieldfare were feeding on freshly ploughed land at the Todwick end. Also 2 Greylag Goose, 4 Pied Wagtail and 4 Yellowhammer (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

19th March >N over North Anston was a Brambling (Andy Murray).

9th March 7 Members took part in today's walk at Langold Lake. Among 36 species recorded were, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Mute Swan, 4 Greylag Goose, 3 Gadwall, 10 Tufted Duck, 2m and 5f Goosander, Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Common Gull, 3 Stock Dove, Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Marsh Tit, 2 Nuthatch and a Treecreeper (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

7th March A Red Kite seen drifting south over Shireoaks village (John Gallagher). 2.5 Hours around NAPT produced 12 Robin, 25 Chaffinch, 6 Dunnock, 14 Great Tit, 7 Blue Tit, c75 Black-headed Gull, 7 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark in song on the top plateau, 7 Song Thrush, 2 pairs of Bullfinch, 10 Wren, 3 Lapwing, 5m Reed Bunting, 3 Common Gull, 3 Mallard, Grey Partridge, f Teal >N, 25 Redwing, 2 Grey Wagtail & Lesser Redpoll. An hour at Kings Wood corner produced Tawny Owl on a nest, Jay, 9 Buzzard, 2 Nuthatch and Raven >SE (Andy Hirst).

23rd February At Langold Lake were 10 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Mute Swan, 21 Tufted Duck, 7 Goosander, 2 Kestrel, Buzzard, Common Gull, Green Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Nuthatch, Treecreeper and a pair of Bullfinch (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

22nd February 10 Yellowhammer at Smarson's Hill. Along the Chesterfield canal were Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Goldcrest in Hawks Wood, 3 Jay at Stiff's and 2 m Teal on the pond.
At Lindrick Dale top pond were a pair of Little Grebe (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

15th February At Doles Wood were 250 Fieldfare, 7 Lapwing, 12 Skylark, Willow Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker and 22 Yellowhammer. At Thurcroft Marsh were 3 Woodcock (John Gallagher).

9th February Nine members of the group took part in the Monday walk at Langold Lake, where amongst the 31 species recorded were 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Mute Swan, 75 Canada Geese, 4 Gadwall (2 pairs), 18 Tufted Duck,1 Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 180 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 22 Robin, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Coal Tit, 5 Nuthatch and 2 Treecreeper. Also recorded was a Field Vole (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

8th February At Loscar were 20 Golden Plover. Dinnington Marsh held 2 Woodcock and a Tawny Owl (John Gallager).

4th February There were 4 Bullfinch on Rackford Road, North Anston (Ron Cushing).

25th January A walk along the canal from Kiveton station to Hawks Wood produced 21 Great Tit, 10 Blue Tit, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 14 Robin, 10 Blackbird, 4 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker and by Smarstons Hill Wood were a Raven and a Buzzard (Mick Clay).

24th January At Langold Holt was a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling, also at Langold were 5 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 4 Bullfinch, a Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 15 Golden Plover, m Goosander and a Jay (Mick Clay).

17th January At Axle Lane were 2 Peregrine hunting and successfully catching Golden Plover, 8 Golden Plover and 34 Cormorant >W (Mick Clay).

14th January At Napt were 24 Snipe and 2 Jack Snipe (Mick Clay).

12th January Among 29 species recorded on today's walk at Langold Lake were 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 plus 4 juv Mute Swan, 24 Tufted Duck, a pair of Goosander, 9 Moorhen, 1 Common Gull, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Jay, 40 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin and 2 Bullfinch. Luckily the rain held off until all were safely inside the cafe! (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

11th January Among the sightings around the square were a Goldcrest, Nuthatch and Jay at Langold Lake and a Kingfisher, darting through the trees beside the canal, West of Turnerwood (Farrell Kent).

8th January At Langold Lake were 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 m & 2 f Goosander, 14 Moorhen, 43 Mallard. At Hodsock were circa 50 Pied Wagtail, all over the fields, 2 Grey Wagtail, 15 Meadow Pipit, 1 m Merlin (Brian Chambers). At Sandbeck there was a Red Kite (John O'Malley).

5th January At Tommy Flockton's Marsh were 10 Moorhen, 19 Mallard, 5 Teal, 2 m & 3 f Wigeon, Song Thrush and 3 Redwing. At the Chesterfield Canal between the Norwood Tunnel & Kiveton were 4 m & 2 f Bullfinch, Marsh Tit, Willow Tit, 2 Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail and a Great Spotted Woodpecker (Brian Chambers).

Kingfisher @ Harry Croft's Pond © John Gallagher4th January At the Chesterfield Canal from South Anston to Turnerwood were 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 27 Blue Tit, 21 Great Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 31 Long-tailed Tit, 22 Blackbird, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Tree Sparrow, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 11 Robin.

Kingfisher @ Harry Croft's Pond © John Gallagher

At NAPT were 2 Barn Owl, Woodcock and a Water Rail calling (Mick Clay). At Smarson Hills Wood were 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (both drumming) and 2 Marsh Tit. At Harry Croft's Pond were Raven, Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, 4 Teal, 12 Mallard and a Kingfisher (John Gallagher).

29th December At Langold Lake were 10 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Heron, 6 Mute Swan, 1 m Gadwall, 14 Tufted Duck, 6m and 4f Goosander, 5 Common Gull, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush and a Redwing (Lyn & Geoff Facer).

28th December The highlights from the SK58 post Christmas walk around Firbeck & Kings Wood included skeins of c50 & c80 Pink-footed Geese >NW over Kings Wood plus Peregrine and 2 Buzzard, 20 Chaffinch, 20 Yellowhammer and 10 Greenfinch.

Following a hearty carvery at the Black Lion in Firbeck we visited Langold Lake where 35 Mallard, 17 Coot, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Tufted Duck, 5m + 4f Goosander, m & 2f Gadwall and 7 Moorhen and a calling Water Rail were present (Andy Hirst, Mick Clay & John Gallagher). Roe Deer @ Hodsock© John GallagherA Jack Snipe on the road between Dinnington and Letwell and a Buzzard on a post at Letwell. (Mick Clay & John Gallagher).

Roe Deer @ Hodsock © John Gallagher

28th December The highlights from the SK58 post Christmas walk around Firbeck & Kings Wood included skeins of c50 & c80 Pink-footed Geese >NW over Kings Wood plus Peregrine and 2 Buzzard, 20 Chaffinch, 20 Yellowhammer and 10 Greenfinch. Following a hearty carvery at the Black Lion in Firbeck we visited Langold Lake where 35 Mallard, 17 Coot, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Tufted Duck, 5m + 4f Goosander, m & 2f Gadwall and 7 Moorhen and a calling Water Rail were present (Andy Hirst, Mick Clay & John Gallagher). A Jack Snipe on the road between Dinnington and Letwell and a Buzzard on a post at Letwell. (Mick Clay & John Gallagher).

Fieldfare @ Firbeck Church © John Gallagher24th December At Langold Lake were 2 Nuthatch, 11 Bullfinch, 11 Robin, 26 Blackbird, Green Woodpecker, 3 Pochard, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 17 Tufted Duck, 2 Goosander and 200 Black-headed Gull (Mick Clay).

Fieldfare @ Firbeck Church © John Gallagher

21st December At Anston Stones Wood were 2 Buzzard one with jesses, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 17 Magpie, 5 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch, Jay, 11 Robin, 9 Blackbird and in two tit flocks 3 Marsh Tit, 5 Goldcrest, 10 Coal Tit, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 31 Blue Tit and 53 Great Tit (Mick Clay).

15th December A Barn Owl hunting the hedgerow Slade Hooton side of Carr Hill at 06:50 (Andy Hirst).

8th December At Hewett Arms were 5 Greylag Goose, 25 Mallard, 2 Grey Heron. Brown Bailey's held 2 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Tufted Duck. At Langold Lake were 31 Coot, 64 Mallard, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 m & 2 f Goosander, 5 Great Crested Grebe. At Roche Abbey were a Kingfisher and 12 Mallard (Brian Chambers). 8 people attended the Monday walk at Langold Lake. Among 33 species recorded were, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Mute Swan, 80 Canada Goose, 6 m Tufted Duck, 2 Buzzard, 85 Black-headed Gull, a Common Gull, 5 Nuthatch, 40 Goldfinch and 3 Goosander >W. A very vocal Mistle Thrush was trying to ward off about 20 Redwing and 5 Fieldfare (Geoff & Lyn Facer). Over South Anston >E were 100 Pink-footed Geese (Mick Clay).

7th December A few hours around Grange Farm produced c300 Starling, c30 Tree Sparrow, 2 Mistle Thrush, 15 Black-headed Gull, 17 Chaffinch, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Stock Dove. The highlight, a f Merlin hunting (Andy Hirst). At Langold Lake, 3f and 1m Goosander. Carlton Lake, Green Woodpecker, 3m and 1f Goosander, Tawny Owl, 2 Water Rail and 1 possibly 2 Barn Owl (John Gallagher).

3rd December At Axle Lane 41 Cormorant flying North (Mick Clay).

2nd December Mid afternoon at Kiveton Pit Top were 4 Bullfinch, 2 Pheasant, 12 Cormorant flying over, 2 Yellowhammer, 6 Reed Bunting, 16 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Robin, 8 Wren, 150+ Starling flock, 20 Fieldfare, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Moorhen, 20 Goldfinch and 6 Mallard (Darren Carnall).


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