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25 years of SK58 Birders, 1992-2017

30th December At Doles Wood today were 350 Lapwing, 800 Rook, 100 Starling, 50 Black-headed Gull and 6 Golden Plover (John Gallagher).

29th December Eight early risers set off on the annual Christmas walk from Firbeck through to Stone, then onto Roche Abbey recording a total of 38 species. The highlights were Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and 100 Lapwing >W at Kings Wood plus Marsh Tit and 30 Teal at Roche Abbey as well as 60 Pink-footed Geese >N over Laughton. Finally finishing off at the Black Lion pub, Firbeck for a welcome drink and meal (Mick Clay).

28th December In a stubble field adjacent to Oldcotes Road were an estimated flock of circa 300 Skylark, 100 Yellowhammer, 50 Reed Bunting, 30 Starling, 30 Meadow Pipit, Kestrel and 2 Buzzard (John Gallagher & Andy Murray).

Reed Bunting @ Hodsock © Kevin Hatley

27th December At Hodsock today were 15 Wigeon and Chiffchaff (John Gallagher).

18th December At Roche Abbey today were 2 Marsh Tit, Woodcock and Grey Wagtail. At nearby Stone Farm was a Peregrine hunting game cover (John Gallagher). At NAPT today Water Rail and Grey Wagtail and at Brampton Common were 14 Bullfinch (Mick Clay). At Carlton Lake today a pair of Goosander, 14 Mute Swan, 16 Greylag Goose, 20 Canada Goose, 5 Coot, 3 Gadwall, 9 Moorhen and 5 Mallard (Brian Chambers).

17th December At Langold Holt today were 11 Gadwall, Woodcock, 2 Heron, 5 Tufted Duck, 25 Pink-footed Geese >E and 31 >W. At nearby Hodsock Flash were 5 Lesser Redpoll, 22 Snipe, Jack Snipe and 21 Pink-footed Geese >W (John Gallagher). At Langold Lake today a f Goldeneye, 6 Tufted Duck, 7 Coot, 51 Mallard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 m Teal, 4 Water Rail, 7 Moorhen, 2 Kingfisher and 300 Pink-footed Geese >E. At Hewett Arms Pond a single Little Grebe (Mick Clay & Brian Chambers).

12th December The Monday walk at Langold Lake was attended by 10 members who recorded 34 species. A Tawny Owl was found roosting in the trees by the road to the old colliery buildings. Continuing around the lake were found, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 80 Canada Geese, 2m & 3f Shoveler, 17 Tufted Duck, a pair of Goosander, 3 Buzzard, 8 Moorhen, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 3 Coal Tit, 3 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 10 Siskin and 1m & 2f Bullfinch (Geoff and Lyn Facer).

7th December At Axle Lane today were c80 Redwing and 10 Fieldfare. At Tommy Flockton’s Marsh were 19 Teal and a mixed flock of Fieldfare and Redwing totaling c200 birds. Along the Chesterfield Canal between the Norwood Tunnel and Kiveton Park Station were 3 Moorhen and a Kingfisher (Geoff & Lyn Facer). Also a Yellow-legged Gull at Axle Lane today (Mick Clay).

4th December A rather quiet couple of hours at Harry Crofts Quarry produced 52 Jackdaw, single Kestrel, 3 Blackbird, 46 Woodpigeon, 5 Stock Dove, m Peregrine over, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Chaffinch, 12 Swan spp >SW, 165 Redwing >NE, 24 Goldfinch, 6 Red-legged Partridge, 8 Skylark, 8 Great Black-backed Gull >E, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellowhammer and a Song Thrush (Andy Hirst).

2nd December At NAPT this morning were 39 Blackbird, 100 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 6 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, 7 Bullfinch, Buzzard and Peregrine over South Anston (Mick Clay).

27th November The groups monthly trip was a wildfowl count, visiting the squares major (and some minor) water features. 4 members gathered in the Trooper car park as dark slowly turned to light, before heading off to Tommy Flockton's Marsh. Here were 4 Mallard, 13 Teal and 2m Wigeon. Other birds here included Grey Wagtail, c200 Fieldfare and c100 Redwing. Moving down the valley we visited Hewett Arms Pond, in the grounds of Shrieoaks Hall- not a great deal here, 2 Mallard, a Little Grebe, 2 Heron and 4 Moorhen. From here we ventured to the east side of the square and Brown Bailey's (by the A57). Here the flooded sandstone quarry revealed 26 Tufted Duck, 10 Coot, just 4 Mallard and a further 2 Little Grebe. Continuing east we parked by Carlton-in-Lindrick church and walked towards the lake. Here we counted 10 Mute Swan, these displaced from Langold Lake. Also present were 10 Gadwall, these recently arrived, as well as 12 Mallard and 6 Coot, a further Little Grebe, 2 Teal, 2 Moorhen and 2 Water Rail, one on the island and the other in the top corner. A short jaunt up the main Doncaster road to the areas largest body of water at Langold Lake- the damp, grey weather was slowly giving way to brighter, sunnier conditions. Each member took a species or two to count. Coot numbers were very low with just 6 recorded. Other counts included 38 Mallard, 9 Tufted Duck, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2m Pochard, 2 Mute Swan, single Greylag Goose amongst c200 Canada Goose. Although bird of the day is definitely Water Rail, having had 2 at Carlton Lake, we picked a further 4 at Langold Lake, 1 in the SW corner of the main lake and 3 in reeds by the top pond. We visited Hodsock however the wildfowl present the previous weekend had moved on, with just c50 Black-headed Gull and a couple of Common Gull present. Time was marching on so the final visit of the morning was Firbeck Hall. The lake in the parkland usually holding good numbers of wildfowl. As with Langold Lake numbers were generally low, with just 17 Mallard, 3 Mute Swan, 6 Coot, 4 Teal and single Tufted Duck. Having been out for 5 hours it was time to call it a day and head back for a well-earned cuppa. Reflecting on the morning, it was generally quiet still for wildfowl, but the 6 Water Rail in the square the highlight of the morning. (Andy Hirst, Mick Clay, Andy Murray and Pete Kenworthy).

Sparrowhawk @ Todwick © Ray Sykes

25th November At NAPT a Raven on the top plateau feeding, mobbed by crows, seen later >W, also at least 100 Brambling >W and 23 Redwing (Mick Clay).

20th November At Langold Lake today were 2 Gadwall, m Goosander, Kingfisher, Heron and Grey Wagtail. At nearby Hodsock were 14ad. and 1imm. Whooper Swan, 26 Wigeon, 100 Skylark, 6 Siskin, 20 Goldfinch, 15 Tree Sparrow, 20 Yellowhammer and 34 Teal (John Gallagher).

Whooper Swans @ Hodsock © John Gallagher

19th November over Slade Hooton a possible f Goshawk. Plus 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Raven >W and 200 Grey Geese >E. At Stone were 2 Kestrel and Sparrowhawk (John Gallagher). At Langold Lake today were 13 Tufted Duck, 3 Mute Swan, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Coot, 21 Mallard, 109 Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, a very showy Kingfisher, Heron, Buzzard and 4 Moorhen. A brief spell at Kings Wood Corner revealed 16 Fieldfare >S, Jay, 2 Siskin, 4 Buzzard, 2 Common Gull >S, 70 Woodpigeon and a Sparrowhawk (Andy Hirst).

18th November A walk in sleet and rain, including Roche Abbey produced c400 Woodpigeon, 4 Marsh Tit, c50 Fieldfare and Redwing plus a large f Peregrine hunting Woodpigeon, 18 Meadow Pipit and 2 Buzzard. No sign of any Harrier spp. (Andy Hirst). At Hodsock Flash today were Green Sandpiper, Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, 20 Wigeon, 24 Teal and 30 Black-headed Gull (John Gallagher).

14th November Six members recorded 34 species during the Monday walk around Langold Lake, including Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Heron, 5 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag Goose, 170 Canada Geese, 1 f Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, 4 Moorhen, Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Pied Wagtail, 15 Fieldfare, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Jay (Geoff & Lyn Facer). At Thurcroft Pit Top today were 10 Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, 15 Goldfinch, 6 Meadow Pipit 6, Jay, 4 Kestrel, 2 with prey, 2 Buzzard and a Peregrine >W (Gary P Dyson).

13th November At Roche Abbey today were Woodcock, 3 Marsh Tit, Kestrel, a pair of Sparrowhawk and Grey Wagtail. The gamekeeper reported a ringtail Hen Harrier on Saturday 5th November on Eastfield Lane (John Gallagher & Andy Murray). 200 Pink-footed Goose >E over Langold (Mick Clay).

12th November a Short-eared Owl at Dinnington Marsh, mobbed by corvids before flying off high >N (Mick Clay).

11th November 2 Red Kite over the A57 at Rhodesia in the SE of SK58 (Chris Lilley). At Hodsock Flash today were 11 Wigeon and 15 Teal. At nearby Langold Lake were Water Rail again, Kingfisher and Chiffchaff. High > NE over Eastfield Lane a Harrier/spp. (John Gallagher).

6th November Early morning high over South Anston were 12 Whooper Swan >S (Mick Clay).

Grey Heron @ Todwick © Ray Sykes

5th November At a quiet Langold Lake today were 5 Coot, 18 Mallard, 3 Mute Swan, single Greylag Goose, 51 Black-headed Gull, single Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2m Gadwall, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail and 14 Lapwing over. Over Eastfield Lane, a Woodcock heading towards Kings Wood (Andy Hirst).

3rd November A f Pintail circled Langold Lake with 2 Mallard before flying >E (Mick Clay).

1st November c70 Pink-footed Goose >NW over Lindrick Golf Course (Brian Chambers).

30th October >NW over Lodge Lane, Dinnington were 20 Whooper Swan at 13:30 (John Gallagher).

29th October 14 Whooper Swan over Tommy Flockton's Marsh also at Kiveton Pit Top were 384 Golden Plover, 69 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing, 12 Lesser Redpoll and 28 Siskin >S (Mick Clay). Over Laughton Common were 14 Whooper Swans >S at 10:25 (observed over Tommy Flockton's Marsh also). At Langold Lake today were 2 Jay, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Green Woodpecker, Lesser Redpoll, 40 Siskin, Water Rail and Kingfisher. At nearby Hodsock Flash were Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, 7 Snipe and 2 Jack Snipe (John Gallagher).

24th October At Langold Lake were 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Mute Swan, 120 Canada Geese, a m Mandarin on the top lake, m Pochard, 2m Tufted Duck, Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Moorhen, Common Gull, Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay and at least 2 Siskin (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

23rd October Red Kite over the A57 near the Red Lion at 08:30 (Farrell Kent).

15th October At Hodsock Flash today were single Green Sandpiper, 28 Teal and 18 Black-headed Gull (John Gallagher).

10th October 7 members attended the walk around Langold Lake. Among the species recorded were, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Mute Swan plus 1 juv. 5 Canada Geese, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 f Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 13 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Moorhen, 2 Common Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 2 Nuthatch (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

8th October A thorough 3 hour thrash of NAPT produced 48 species including: 7 Greenfinch, 15 Robin, 7 Blue Tit, 8 Blackbird, 29 Goldfinch, 16 Song Thrush, 32 Redwing, 7 Siskin, 9 Pheasant, 6 Great Tit, 14 Meadow Pipit, 2 Coal Tit, 64 Woodpigeon, 8 Jackdaw, 5 Linnet, 15 Skylark, 5 Magpie, 10 Dunnock, 6 Wren, f Kestrel, 5 Chaffinch, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull >N, 10 Reed Bunting, 6 Starling, 5 Black-headed Gull, 4 Cormorant >NW, single Jay, 60 Golden Plover from Axle Lane, 10 Chiffchaff, Brambling >S, a pair of Mallard, Lesser Redpoll >SE, m Sparrowhawk, 8 Bullfinch, 5 Pied Wagtail >S, Grey Wagtail >S, 5 Long-tailed Tit, f Blackcap, Moorhen, Fieldfare >S, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Buzzard (Andy Hirst).

6th October At Tinkerhole Dike Visual Migration (Viz- Migging) and a walk around the hedgerows this morning produced 2 Goldcrest, 4 Robin, 26 Jackdaw, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Blackbird, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Chaffinch, m Sparrowhawk, 51 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Buzzard, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 50 Lesser Black-backed Gull>S, 8 Pheasant, c100 Woodpigeon, 5 Stock Dove, 4 Pied Wagtail >S and a Siskin >S. At nearby Roche Abbey were 4 Blackbird, 4 Marsh Tit, 9 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Jay, 5 Buzzard, 4 Coal Tit, 4 Goldcrest, Heron, 7 Siskin, 21 Teal, single Little Grebe and Kingfisher at Colonels Holt (Andy Hirst). At Tommy Flockton's Marsh were 78 Mallard, 6 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Moorhen, 5 Snipe, 1 Grey Wagtail and a Jay (Brian Chambers).

5th October Early morning at NAPT failed to locate any Yellow-browed Warblers despite extensive searching. However there was a big fall of Song Thrush overnight with 30+ counted. Also counted were 3 Willow Tit, 5 Bullfinch, 3 Goldcrest, 10 Long-tailed Tit, a pair of Ring Ouzel, Grey Wagtail, c20 Redwing, 2 Pied Wagtail, 6 Dunnock, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Wren, 8 Blackbird, 9 Chaffinch, 3 Stock Dove, 5 Chiffchaff, 7 Skylark >S, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull >S, 12 Goldfinch, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls >S, f Sparrowhawk, 7 Reed Bunting, Jay, 3 Swallow >S, f Kestrel, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Lesser Redpoll and Blackcap. A stroll late morning along the Mineral Line at Dinnington Marsh was pretty quiet with: m Sparrowhawk, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Blackbird, 2 Buzzard, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Willow Tit, 9 Goldfinch and just 3 Redwing (Andy Hirst).

4th October At Tinkerhole Dike early morning were 4 Blackbird, 4 Robin, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Wren, 2 Mistle Thrush, 9 Pied Wagtail >S, m Kestrel, 3 Song Thrush, 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 9 Goldfinch, Heron >E, 20 Rook, single Buzzard, c20 Lesser Black-backed Gull >S, Lesser Redpoll >S, Jay, 4 Collared Dove, 2 Reed Bunting >S, 2 Skylark >S and a m Grey Wagtail >S. A very brief visit to Roche Abbey (before the YBW call) were 10 Pheasant, 3 Goldcrest, Song Thrush, 7 Blue Tit, Skylark >S and Nuthatch. At NAPT were 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Jay, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (1 in Willows by the hospice, 2nd in Willows by Cramfit Pond). 3 Skylark >S, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Linnet, 2 Song Thrush, single Snipe, and 2 Yellowhammer (Andy Hirst). At NAPT at least 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 7 Robin, 16 Redwing, 7 Swallow and 2 Lesser Redpoll >S, Great Spotted Woodpecker and 22 Pink-footed Geese >NW (Mick Clay). At Tommy Flockton's Marsh this morning were 8 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 54 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe and 1 Moorhen. At Kiveton Woodlands were c30 Greenfinch, 10 Blackbird, 1 Marsh Tit and 5 Meadow Pipit (Brian Chambers).

2nd October At Hodsock today were 35 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Jay, Kestrel, 6 Buzzard, 30 Skylark, 30 Grey Partridge, 2 Chiffchaff and 13 Mallard (John Gallagher).

1st October Single Wheatear at Axle Lane this morning plus 62 Golden Plover and a steady passage of Meadow Pipit and Skylark (Mick Clay).

30th September At Axle Lane this morning were 2 Wheatear (Mick Clay). At Tommy Flockton's Marsh today were Kestrel, f Sparrowhawk, 40 Mallard and 3 Teal. Between Tommy Flockton's Marsh and Kiveton along the Chesterfield Canal were 7 Moorhen, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Jay and 3 Chiffchaff (Brian Chambers).

29th September At Axle Lane this morning were 60 Golden Plover and 42 Skylark (Mick Clay).

28th September A morning in the square was rewarded with a bit of passage migration. Two hours in Harry Croft's Quarry produced Jay complete with Acorn, 12 Pied Wagtail >S, 7 Grey Wagtail >S, 31 Goldfinch, 8 Dunnock, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Yellowhammer, 5 Chaffinch >S, 6 Reed Bunting, 31 Meadow Pipit >S, Lesser Redpoll >S, 33 Skylark >S, 17 Linnet, Siskin >S, imm Sparrowhawk 9 Grey Partridge, Buzzard, 5 Blackbird, 10 Mallard, and Green Woodpecker. At Kings Wood Corner were 3 Skylark >S, 9 Buzzard, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker and 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull >S (Andy Hirst).

26th September A quick wander around Tinkerhole Dike this morning were 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Robin, 3 Swallow, single Buzzard as well as Grey Wagtail >S, 3 Chaffinch, Treecreeper and m Blackcap (Andy Hirst).

16th September Very little at Tinkerhole Dike this morning in the rain. 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull >S, 2 Chaffinch, Buzzard, single Chiffchaff and 2 Goldfinch. At Roche Abbey in a heavy shower were 6 Blackbird, 2 Marsh Tit, c30 Long-tailed Tit in roving tit flock with 3 Great Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Goldcrest, 9 Coal Tit and Kestrel over. On the fish pond were imm. Heron, 4 Mallard, single f Tufted Duck, 9 Teal with 6 Swallow >N! and 2 Bullfinch. The farmland around Hodsock Flash has been ploughed so no waders present save for a single Snipe which dropped in during heavy rain. In the hedge just a single Chiffchaff with 3 Meadow Pipit and a Skylark over and c30 Pied Wagtail feeding in field. Back at Throapham, a Grey Wagtail on roof and light passage of Meadow Pipit (Andy Hirst).

Roche Abbey © Andy Hirst

12th September A Hobby >N over Axle Lane plus Peregrine over South Anston (Mick Clay). Five members attended the Monday walk at Langold Lake today. Among 24 species recorded were 4 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Mute Swan + 1 juv. 4 Canada Geese, 26 Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Buzzard, 1 Swallow, c25 Goldfinch and 1 Nuthatch. At Brown Bailey's were 7 Mallard, 1 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck and 8 Coot (Geoff Facer).

Pheasants in a Todwick garden © Ray Sykes

11th September At Kings Wood corner today were 27 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel and 2 Sparrowhawk. At Thwaite House and Stone Farm, a Little Owl (Andy Murray). At Harry Croft's Quarry were 2 Raven, 4 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel and Sparrowhawk and at Lingodell 3 Hobby (Mick Clay).

9th September 2 Wheatear again today plus 2 Whinchat at Axle Lane (Mick Clay). A Hobby >N over Axle Lane (Mick Clay).

7th September 2 Wheatear at Axle Lane (Mick Clay).

6th September At NAPT today were 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Willow Tit and a Kingfisher (Mick Clay).

5th September 2 Wheatear at Axle Lane (Mick Clay).

4th September At Tinkerhole Dike this morning were 5 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 10 Linnet, 9 Woodpigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull >S, 8 Swallow >S, 2 imm. Kestrel, 2 Yellowhammer >S and single Chiffchaff. At Hodsock Flash were 3 Buzzard, 6 Snipe, 5 Greenshank still, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 22 Swallow >S as well as single Green Sandpiper, 8 Teal, single Little Ringed Plover, 3 Goldfinch, Hobby hunting hirundines, 10 House Martin, Yellow Wagtail >S, single Mallard, Jay, Chiffchaff and 20 Greenfinch (Andy Hirst).

25th August Early morning at NAPT were 15 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Willow Warbler and 3 Whitethroat and late evening at Axle Lane were 400 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 100 Linnet, Buzzard and single Whinchat and Wheatear by the hole in the wall (Mick Clay).

23rd August At Axle Lane today were 1000 Lesser Black-backed Gull, juv. Peregrine, 7 Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail >S (Brian Chambers & Mick Clay).

21st August At Tinkerhole Dike this morning were 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Chaffinch, 3 Robin, 18 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 6 Buzzard, 3 Goldfinch, Nuthatch, 6 Collared Dove, 12 Starling, 4 Wren and 2 Blackbird. At Hodsock were 12 Goldfinch, c20 Black-headed Gull, c50 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 28 Canada Goose, an amazing 6 Greenshank feeding around the muddy edges plus 18 Pied Wagtail, single Buzzard, 10 Swallow, Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 9 Teal, Grey Wagtail, 7 Linnet, f Sparrowhawk, Sand Martin, Sedge Warbler, Kestrel, 2 Tree Sparrow and 2 Raven >E (Andy Hirst).

17th August At Langold Lake today were 2 Common Tern, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker and Great Spotted Woodpecker. At Axle Lane were 500 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 3 Herring Gulls, 7 Heron, 2 Whitethroat , 8 Yellow Wagtail and Grey Wagtail >S and the first returning Golden Plover (Mick Clay).

16th August At Axle Lane were 400 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Heron, 4 Whitethroat and 1 in an Anston garden a first, as well as 100 House Martin and 4 Yellow Wagtail >S. Hobby >N over South Anston early evening. At Dinnington Marsh were 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 9 Bullfinch and 6 Tree Sparrow. At NAPT were 9 Chiffchaff and 3 Bullfinch (Mick Clay).

9th August At Axle Lane today were Sand Martin >S, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Whitethroat and late evening the first Wheatear of the autumn on main path (Mick Clay).

5th August Early morning on Axle Lane were 200 Swift and 11 Yellow Wagtail >S and late evening 80 House Martin chased by ad. Hobby (Mick Clay).

31st July At Tinkerhole Dike today were Buzzard, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Linnet, Willow Warbler, f Kestrel, Stock Dove and Mistle Thrush. At a very dry and overgrown NAPT were 6 Chiffchaff and c40 Goldfinch. At Hodsock were f Kestrel, ad Hobby hunting finches at close quarters, c200 Linnet, c200 Pied Wagtail, 3 Buzzard, c200 Starling, 46 Lapwing, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 15 Greylag Goose, 6 Swift, 12 Swallow, 5 Back-headed Gull, 14 House Martin, Grey Wagtail, 7 Mallard, Snipe and Sparrowhawk (Andy Hirst).

30th July In Harry Croft's quarry were ad. & juv. Buzzard, 2 Raven, m Green Woodpecker, 10 Yellowhammer, 6 Grey Partridge including 3 juv's, 30 Linnet and 6 Whitethroat (Mick Clay).

23rd July At Langold Lake today were 36 Canada Goose, 9 Mute Swan, 39 Mallard, 9 Coot, 6 Great Crested Grebe, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff and 10 Swift. At nearby Hodsock were 500+ mixed flock of Rook, Carrion Crow and Jackdaw feeding on ploughed and harvested land, c20 Lapwing, 30+ Pied Wagtail, 3 Buzzard and 15 Starling (Brian Chambers).

17th July At Langold Lake this morning were 4 Great Crested Grebe, 41 Mallard, 11 Mute Swan, 134 Canada Geese, just 12ad. Coot and a Common Tern. At nearby Hodsock were c400 Rook, c250 Pied Wagtail, c10ad. and 10juv.Yellow Wagtail. Plus single Tree Sparrow, circa 200 Starling, 2 Yellowhammer, 4 Linnet (no post breeding flocks yet). As well as 18 Greylag Goose, 46 Lapwing- mostly imm's. Heron, 8 Mallard, 20 Woodpigeon, Whitethroat, Blackcap, 6 Swallow and 15 Swift (Andy Hirst).

10th July At Hodsock Flash were Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 4 Buzzard, 6 Skylark, 45 Lapwing, 3 Common Sandpiper and 2 ad and 4 juv Yellow Wagtail (John Gallagher).

Goldfinch @ Todwick © Ray Sykes

Goldfinch @ Todwick © Ray Sykes

3rd July At Kiveton Hall Farm were Linnet, Whitethroat, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Song Thrush, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Kestrel, 5 Skylark and 5 Swift (Paul & Heather Rigg).

Marsh Orchid @ NAPT © Brian Chambers

Marsh Orchid @ NAPT © Brian Chambers

Bee Orchid @ NAPT © Brian Chambers

Bee Orchid @ NAPT © Brian Chambers

Common Spotted Orchid @ NAPT © Brian Chambers

Common Spotted Orchid @ NAPT © Brian Chambers

26th June Within the square a Goshawk and Sparrowhawk displaying with a Buzzard. At Hardwick Ashes were a pair of Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, Lapwing and c30 Swift. At Lindrick Dale were a family party of Pied Wagtail, f Tufted Duck with 5 juvs. and a Grey Wagtail (Andy Hirst).

Great Spotted Woodpecker @ Todwick © Ray Sykes

Great Spotted Woodpecker @ Todwick © Ray Sykes

23rd June At Harry Croft's quarry were 2 Barn Owl hunting and a Grasshopper Warbler (Andy Murray & Mick Clay).

19th June A Red Kite drifting >S over North Anston (John Gallagher, Andy Murray & Ivan Keeton).

18th June A Little Owl seen twice in a week on telegraph wires by the Oldcotes to Maltby road near Roche Abbey (Gary Hobson).

15th June At Langold Lake were 4 Common Tern (Andy Murray & Mick Clay).

13th June A Hobby >N rapidly over Woodsetts School (Gareth Picton).

11th June Around Throapham and Kirkcroft Lane were 8 House Martin, 10 Robin, 12 Blackbird, 4 Wren, 6 House Sparrow, 7 Chaffinch, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 2 Tree Sparrow, 8 Linnet, and a Bullfinch. Around Kings Wood were 12 Chaffinch, 7 Blackcap, 10 Wren, 13 Blackbird, 7 Robin, 5 Song Thrush, 4 Skylark, 9 Swift, 4 Buzzard, 3 Chiffchaff 2 Marsh Tit, Grey Wagtail and a pair of Tufted Duck. Between Thornbury Hill and Oldcotes were 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Chaffinch, 12 Blackbird, 5 Dunnock, 8 Skylark, 4 Yellowhammer, 5 Whitethroat, 3 Song Thrush, 6 House Martin, Buzzard and a Lesser Whitethroat. At Hardwick Ashes Wood were 23 Swift, 2 Blackcap, 3 Robin, Yellow Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, m Kestrel and a Lapwing (Andy Hirst).

10th June At Axle Lane was a Common Tern on the ponds (Mick Clay).

8th June A Red Kite circling over D Burgess' builders yard in South Anston before moving east, then seen the next day by the same builders at Turner Wood, reported to (Mick Clay).

7th June At Brampton were 2 Barn Owl hunting and a Tawny Owl (Andy Murray & Mick Clay).

6th June At Dinnington Marsh was a Barn Owl hunting (Andy Murray & Mick Clay).

4th June At King's Wood corner was a Red Kite (John Gallagher & Andy Murray).

2nd June At Anston Grange Farm were a Kestrel, 3 pairs of Grey Partridge and a Grasshopper Warbler (John Gallagher & Andy Murray).

28th May At NAPT were 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting, 6 Blackbird, 25 Jackdaw, 6 Lapwing, 4 Mallard 3m & 1f, 2 Swift, Kestrel, 4 Magpie, 2 Linnet, 2 Stock Dove, 4 House Martin, Robin, 2 Wren, 8 Woodpigeon, Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Black-headed Gull and
2 Whitethroat. Also the following butterflies, Dingy Skipper, 2 Small Heath, 2 Brimstone and 2 Orange Tips (Peter Kenworthy
).

23rd May Seven members attended the Monday walk today recording 41 species. At Broom Farm were 4 Buzzard, a Yellow Wagtail, Whitethroat, Blackcap and a pair of Yellowhammer. By the lodge on Owday Lane was a Little Owl. At Langold Lake were 5 Great Crested Grebe with a juvenile, 12 Mute Swan, but no sign of the previously seen young or the male breeding bird. Also 5 Tufted Duck (3 m and 2 f ), 2 Common Tern, Green Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch and 2 Treecreeper (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

8th May At Anston Stones Wood 20 Blackbird, 9 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 23 Robin, f Redstart, 34 Wren,10 Chaffinch, 4 Bullfinch, Siskin, 14 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 12 Blue Tit, 17 Great Tit, 5 Coal Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Goldcrest, Treecreeper and a Buzzard (Mick Clay). At Lindrick dale were 2 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher and Swift overhead (Farrell Kent).

6th May at NAPT first Sedge Warbler (Mick Clay).

4th May At Langold Lake were 10 Great Crested Grebe one pair on eggs and one with 1 juvenile also Orange Tip and Brimstone butterflies (Mick Clay).

3rd May At NAPT was a f Ring Ouzel and 2 Lesser Whitethroat. At Grange Farm, Loscar were 2 f Wheatear (Mick Clay).

2nd May on NAPT 2 Reed Warbler (Mick Clay).

1st May At Kiveton Pit Top were a Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Water Rail (Mick Clay). At NAPT were 2 Reed Warbler, Kingfisher, 6 Lapwing with 4 juv, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and f Whinchat in Willows to N of Bluebell Hospice. At Harry Croft's Quarry were Buzzard, 10 Yellowhammer, Yellow Wagtail >N, m Wheatear and f Sparrowhawk. From Kings Wood Corner were 8 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk and Kestrel (Andy Hirst).

30th April At Kiveton Pit Top were a Cuckoo, Willow Tit and 4 Whitethroat (Mick Clay).

27th April At NAPT a f Redstart by the the hospice gates, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Whitethroat (Mick Clay).

Grasshopper Warbler @ NAPT © Brian Chambers

Grasshopper Warbler @ NAPT © Brian Chambers

Grasshopper Warbler @ NAPT © Brian Chambers

Grasshopper Warbler @ NAPT © Brian Chambers

Wheatear @ Brampton Common © John Gallagher

Wheatear @ Brampton Common © John Gallagher

24th April At Brampton Common were 7 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Meadow Pipit, 25 Pied Wagtail, 3 Wheatear and 5 Yellow Wagtail (John Gallagher).

23rd April At Langold Pit Top were a Lesser Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, 30 Linnet and m Ring Ouzel (John Gallagher). At Kiveton Pit Top was a Woodlark (Mick Clay).

21st April At NAPT were 3 Grasshopper Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat and Oystercatcher on the scrape before flying north (Brian Chambers & Mick Clay). At Hodsock were 10 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 2 Lapwing, Hobby, Oystercatcher and 2 Wheatear (John Gallagher).

20th April At NAPT were a Lesser Whitethroat and a Grasshopper Warbler (Mick Clay).

19th April At NAPT were 3 Grasshopper Warbler (Mick Clay).

18th April At NAPT were 9 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, Blackcap and a Grasshopper Warbler (Mick Clay).

17th April At Kiveton Pit Top was a m Redstart (B Buchanan), also, Wheatear, 15 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, Willow Tit and 2 Water Rail. At Langold Pit Top were 7 Buzzard. Over Anston Stones Wood 2 Buzzard, and Raven (Andy Murray & Mick Clay). At Harry Croft's Quarry was a Whitethroat (Mick Clay).

15th April At Hodsock sewage works was a Yellow Wagtail. At Langold Lake were Oystercatcher, 30 Swallow and 20 Sand Martin (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

14th April At NAPT after light rain at least 4 Ring Ouzel dropped onto the pit top (Mick Clay). High overhead NAPT a Red Kite and single Ring Ouzel beside the hide (Farrell Kent & Geoff Facer).

13th April At Langold Lake were 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, Blackcap and a Common Sandpiper (Mick Clay).

11th April At Hodsock were 150 Linnet, Grey Wagtail, 50 Pied Wagtail and 3 Yellow Wagtail (John Gallagher). Eight members took part in the Langold walk. Among 29 species recorded were 8 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Mute Swan (12 on the main lake and a nesting pair on the top lake), a pair of Pochard, 14 Tufted Duck, 4 Buzzard, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler and 8 Nuthatch. At least 30 Sand Martin and a pair of nesting Great Crested Grebe at Brown Bailey's (Geoff Facer).

10th April At Kiveton Pit Top were 11 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff and a Water Rail calling. At Langold Lake were 5 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, Blackcap and 5 Buzzard and at Thurcroft Pit Top were 5 Buzzard (Mick Clay).

9th April Over the A57 near to the Red Lion was a Red Kite at 14:50, probably over the boundary of the SK58 square (Farrell & Julie Kent).

8th April A Red Kite looking to land in a South Anston garden (James Clay). At NAPT were 5 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff and 8 Lapwing (Mick Clay).

7th April At NAPT 2 Willow Warbler (Mick Clay).

6th April At Langold Lake 3 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 10 Swallow, Sparrowhawk and 10 Great Crested Grebe (2 on nests). At NAPT a Willow Warbler (Mick Clay). At Harry Croft's Quarry were 2 Wheatear (Andy Murray).

4th April At Kiveton Pit Top were a Willow Warbler and 3 Chiffchaff (Mick Clay).

3rd April In Harry Croft's Quarry this morning were 6 Meadow Pipit, 12 Goldfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Mallard, 6 Skylark, 25 Linnet, 5 Wren, 6 Dunnock, single f Sparrowhawk, 15 Pied Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming distantly, c50 Jackdaw, 10 Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, single Buzzard, Golden Plover >N, Lesser Black-backed Gull >NW, 5 Great Tit, 5 Yellowhammer, 7 Stock Dove and 4 Robin. Single Sand Martin over A57 by Brown Bailey's and Jay at Owday Wood. At Hodsock were 2 Yellowhammer, 3 Chiffchaff, 22 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Greylag Geese, Green Sandpiper, 3 Teal, 3 Skylark, 12 Linnet, single Lapwing, 3 Buzzard and single Swallow >N. At Throapham a single House Martin had returned to the estate. In Anston Stones Wood were 6 Chiffchaff and 3 Marsh Tit (Andy Hirst). At Kiveton Pit Top were a Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 5 Reed Bunting, 10 Yellowhammer and 3 Sand Martin >N. At Axle Lane 2 Swallow (Mick Clay).

1st April A Chiffchaff by a pond in a Langold garden backing onto Dyscarr Wood (Margaret Mantaj).

31st March A Red Kite over Brampton Common mid day (Mick Clay).

30th March At NAPT were 7 Reed Bunting, Lesser Redpoll, 4 Brambling, 5 Bullfinch, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 Robin, 15 Dunnock, 2 Grey Wagtail and 6 Lapwing displaying (Mick Clay).

28th March An Osprey was seen flying low >W at 14:55 viewed from towpath at Turnerwood Bridge/Broadwood area just west of Shirebrook (Adrian Siddall). At Rheins Plantation were 3 Marsh Tit. Colonels Holt held 2 Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, 5 Siskin, Song Thrush and Great Spotted Woodpecker. At Hodsock were Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, 24 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Swallow, 20 Teal and 12 Gadwall (John Gallagher).

27th March The SK58 square bash produced the following, at Tommy Flockton's Marsh was a Kingfisher and at Kiveton Pit Top 4 Buzzard, Kestrel, 7 Reed Bunting, 7 Yellowhammer, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, Snipe and a Water Rail calling. At Harry Croft's Quarry were Kestrel, 4 Buzzard, Little Owl, 3 Sand Martin >NW and a m Wheatear. (Mick Clay, John Gallagher & Ivan Keeton). A Red Kite over Lindrick Golf Course (Dave Thornley).

26th March At Axle Lane was the first returning m Wheatear on the wall and 50 Redwing >W. Also a Chiffchaff in a South Anston garden (Mick Clay).

25th March At Tommy Flockton's Marsh were 2 Wigeon and 3 Teal. Kiveton Pit Top held 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Reed Bunting, 5 Yellowhammer, Kestrel, 4 Buzzard, a Red Kite >S and at Smarson Hill were 4 Buzzard . At NAPT were 2 Buzzard, 2 Brimstone and Comma butterflies (Mick Clay). At Harry Croft's Quarry were a Kestrel, 4 Buzzard and 4 Little Owl (Mick Clay & Andy Murray).

Little Owl @ Carr© Andy Hirst24th March 13 Fieldfare very high >N over Woodsetts. (Gareth Picton).

22nd March A Red Kite heading from NAPT area over towards Greenland's park at 16.45 (Alan Platts).

Little Owl @ Carr © Andy Hirst

20th March At Harry Croft's Quarry were 12 Stock Dove, 4 Pied Wagtail, 15 Linnet, 3 Skylark , c20 Jackdaw and a Mistle Thrush. Thurcroft Pit Top was very quiet, apart from a Snipe (poss Jack Snipe) and c20+ Reed Bunting. Things picked up at Kings Wood Corner with 28 Buzzard in the air, Lapwing, 2 Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Kestrel and Siskin >N. At Hodsock were a further 12 Buzzard plus 12 Teal. At Crossley Hill and Red Lane were 6 Buzzard respectively, giving a day count of 54 Buzzard (Andy Hirst & Mick Clay).

17th March At NAPT Chiffchaff, 3 Woodcock on the slope at the rear of Bird hide, 4 Bullfinch, 6 Reed Bunting, Grey Wagtail, Jay and a Greylag Goose >N (Mick Clay).

14th March Nine members attended the Langold walk when a total of 32 species were seen, which included: 14 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Mute Swan, 46 Canada Geese, 19 Tufted Duck, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Moorhen, Common Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Nuthatch and a Treecreeper (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

Blackcap @ North Anston © John O'Brien13th March A quick visit to Hodsock produced 6 Black-headed Gull, Green Sandpiper, 8 Teal, 8 Gadwall and Buzzard (Andy Hirst).

Blackcap @ North Anston © John O'Brien

12th March At Hodsock were a Green Sandpiper, 10 Teal and 6 Gadwall, at Langold 13 Great Crested Grebe and 5 Common Gull. At Red Lane, Carlton in Lindrick were 4 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. At Crossly Hill were 5 Buzzard (Mick Clay). Early morning at Dinnington Marsh produced 4 Greylag Geese >S, 3 Cormorant >N, 2 Yellowhammer, 6 Robin, 450 Woodpigeon, 6 Wren, 5 Skylark, a pair of Kestrel, 5 Fieldfare, 21 Redwing, 26 Black-headed Gull, 4 Blackbird, Buzzard, 8 Mallard and a m Teal on a temporary flash, 3 Song Thrush, m Sparrowhawk, Little Owl and 5 Collared Dove. At NAPT were 9 Mallard, 6 Reed Bunting, singing Willow Tit, 2 Skylark, 8 Lapwing dropped in, m Sparrowhawk, Siskin >N, m Kestrel, 3 Meadow Pipit and 2 Grey Wagtail >N (Andy Hirst). Over Grange Farm, South Anston were 2 Shelduck >W and at NAPT were 2 Mistle Thrush and 6 Lesser Redpoll (John Gallagher).

9th March On the stone wall at Axle Lane, near to the houses at the South Anston end, was a m Stonechat (Mick Clay).

6th March At Hodsock Flash were Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, 15 Gadwall and 28 Teal. At Eastfield Lane was a finch flock of 80 birds (John Gallagher). In Anston Stones Wood was a Kingfisher and a Heron (Andy Murray). Three hours around NAPT this morning included 3 Greenfinch, 3 Coal Tit, 13 Blackbird, 7 Blue Tit, 14 Dunnock, 83 Woodpigeon, 8 Great Tit, 14 Robin, 13 Magpie, 13 Goldfinch, 3 Mistle Thrush, 6 Chaffinch, 64 Black-headed Gull, 5 Linnet, 11 Wren, 3 Song Thrush, 4 Skylark, 3 Lapwing, 9 Lapwing, 7 Stock Dove, 5 Meadow Pipit, 7 Carrion Crow, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 11 Reed Bunting, 8 House Sparrow, 3 Bullfinch, 4 Long-tailed Tit, m Sparrowhawk, Lesser Redpoll and Jay (Andy Hirst).

5th March A Red Kite over the Dinnington to Oldcotes road, 1/4 mile before the T junction near Oldcotes at 10:00 (Allan & Susan Parker).

3rd March At Langold Lake were 12 Mute Swan, 13 Great Crested Grebe, 17 m and 3 f Pochard, 6 Siskin and 2 Greylag Goose (Brian Chambers).

20th February In a Dinnington garden was a Ring-necked Parakeet (Martin Wallhead).

Kestrel @ Carr© Chris Tyler14th February A couple of hours around King's Wood produced the following; 5 Song Thrush, 15 Chaffinch in the wood and a further 20 in game cover, including 7 Reed Bunting and 17 Meadow Pipit. Back in King's Wood were 8 Robin, 12 Nuthatch, 5 Blackbird, 8 Blue Tit, 4 Coal Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, calling Tawny Owl, Jay, 20 Rook, 10 Carrion Crow and from King's Wood corner were 21 Buzzard and 11 Yellowhammer, 3 Common Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 29 Lapwing >N (Andy Hirst).

Kestrel @ Carr © Chris Tyler

12th February Dusk at NAPT a Barn Owl hunting and a Woodcock near the overflow area (Mick Clay).

11th February A skein of 60 Pink-footed Goose over Rackford Road >W at 09:00 (Farrell Kent).

8th February Six members attended a rather blustery walk around Langold lake. Amongst 29 species recorded were 10 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Mute Swan, 25 Pochard, 21 Tufted Duck, a drake Goosander, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 10 Goldfinch, 5 Bullfinch, a Nuthatch and Treecreeper (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

Lesser Redpoll @ Stiff's © Brian Chambers2nd February At Tommy Flockton's Marsh were 3 Wigeon. Chesterfield Canal at the section from Norwood Tunnel to Kiveton were Kingfisher and a Cormorant fishing the Canal. The Canal from Kiveton to Toplocks held 8 Bullfinch, 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Coal Tit, 2 Lesser Redpoll. At Stiff's were 5 Lesser Redpoll feeding on the seed heads of Great Willowherb (Brian Chambers).

Lesser Redpoll @ Stiff's © Brian Chambers

31st January A quick stroll around Langold Lake produced 9 Great Crested Grebe, several in summer plumage, 10 Mute Swan, 36 Tufted Duck, 17 Mallard, 17 Coot, 2 m Goosander, 21 Pochard, and a Cormorant >E. At nearby Carlton Lake were 12 Mallard, a further m Goosander, 2 Coot, 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Mute Swan, and Teal >N (Andy Hirst).

Wigeon @ Tommy Flockton's Marsh © Brian Chambers24th January Five members took part in the field trip outside of the SK58 square to Orgreave today and recorded 35 species. These included, Cormorant, Pochard, Teal, Gadwall, Goosander, Kestrel, Buzzard, a pair of Stonechat, Song Thrush, Redwing, Fieldfare and Bullfinch.

Wigeon @ Tommy Flockton's Marsh © Brian Chambers

A search of the Waverley development unfortunately failed to locate either of the 2 reported Black Redstart (Geoff Facer). Meanwhile at Wallingwells were 14 Grey Partridge, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. At the Church Lane entrance to NAPT was a Kingfisher (John Gallagher).

23rd January Half an hour at King's Wood Corner produced 33 Lapwing, 14 Buzzard - many displaying, 14 Yellowhammer, 3 Reed Bunting, 9 Skylark in song, m Sparrowhawk and Grey Heron >N. At Hodsock were 14 Lesser Redpoll (with at least one probable Mealy), 26 Black-headed Gull, 6 Teal, Green Sandpiper and 4 Herring Gull >N (Andy Hirst).

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). At Harry Crof't's Quarry were Grey Wagtail, 23 Golden Plover >N, Kestrel, 5 Bullfinch, 12 Linnet, 4 Stock Dove and 3 Herring Gull >N. At King's Wood Corner were 6 Chaffinch, and 2 Buzzard (Andy Hirst).

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 Smarson 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, ad. 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).

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