Work Party needed Tues 3rd March

On Tues 3rd Mar, a contractor is coming on site to clear the scrub between the main hide and the public hide.  To make the most of his time, we need a small number of members to form a work party.  The work will include raking up the vegetation that has been cut by the contractor, clearing vegetation from around large stones so that they are clearly visible to the contractor and thus avoid damaging his machine, and lopping some remaining saplings.  If you could bring all/some of the following tools, it would be immensely helpful:

rake, fork, loppers

If you are available, please email Martin Kaye ( because, while it is unlikely many people will be available during the week, we only need a small number and we wish to avoid wasting members time if we have enough helpers.

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Disturbance – Work being carried out Tues 3rd March 2015

Scrub clearance is taking place to the north of the main hide (between the main hide and public hide).  Some heavy machinery is being used which will cause significant disturbance so you may wish to avoid the site on this day.

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Local School Out for the Count!

Pupils at Stretton Handley C of E Primary School have recently completed 3 surveys for The Big Schools’ Birdwatch which takes place every January. The school is within the recording area for Ogston Bird Club and is often on the route of the club’s monthly guided bird walks. The school’s bird hide overlooks a pond, hedgerows and a wooded area where Bullfinches and Tree Sparrows can often be seen in impressive numbers. Full details of this year’s results can be found on the school’s wildlife blog.

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January 2015 Guided Bird Walk Report

What a merry throng we 12 made in the shelter of the hides on this drear January morning. The feeders were busy with tits , finches and buntings , accompanied by a hopeful hen Pheasant lurking for scraps below. Bullfinches added a welcome splash of colour in the gloom as did the glowing yellow rump of a Grey Wagtail showing well on nearby posts.

Eventually Paul called time and we progressed towards Brackenfield Church seeing two Little Grebes , a female Goldeneye , and several Snipe fly in to join the Lapwing flock on the shore.

Light levels became exceedingly poor , everything and everyone became soggier as the intensity of the rain increased and so we headed for home as it turned to sleet. Nevertheless 38 species had been recorded. Bleak midwinter …. not a bit of it!!

Little Grebe , Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant , Greylag Goose ,Canada Goose , Mallard , Teal , Goldeneye , Pheasant , Moorhen , Coot , Lapwing , Common Snipe , Black-headed Gull , Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon , Grey Wagtail , Pied Wagtail , Wren , Dunnock , Robin, Song Thrush , Mistle Thrush , Blackbird , Goldcrest , Long-tailed Tit , Blue Tit , Great Tit , Coal Tit , Nuthatch , Jay , Magpie , Jackdaw , Carrion Crow , Bullfinch , Chaffinch , Siskin , Reed Bunting.

Jennifer Johnson

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December Newsletter

Dec 2014 Newsletter

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December 2014 guided bird walk

‘Twas a finger-numbing , windscreen – scraping start to the day for those of us with so much clutter in our garages they hadn’t seen a car in decades . However compensation was a clear blue sky , perfect reflections on the reservoir surface and frozen ground keeping mud -slicks to a minimum.

Paul Beard led 14 of us on a favourite route to Ashover Hay via Smithy Cottage , wood and fields to Brown Lane, and eventually back through  Clattercotes Farm .As with last month’s walk views were extensive .To Hardwick Hall and Bolsover Castle across the valley, and in the opposite direction the sun picked out detail of ledges in Milltown Quarry , and Ashover Chuch beyond, nestling below Ashover Rock .

Several parties of Redwings were seen in the thickets . A couple of folk managed to spot an elusive Raven which had been heard , and several of us witnessed a Buzzard plunge from a tree , pick up prey and then cheekily  begin to devour it atop an aerial on a nearby cottage !!

43 species were recorded with a few ” was its ?” and ” possibly a …. ”  which eluded positive identification and are therefore not included in the tally.

Great Crested Grebe , Cormorant, Grey Heron , Canada Goose, Wigeon , Mallard , Teal , Pochard , Tufted Duck , Buzzard , Coot , Lapwing , Black-headed Gull ,Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull ,Woodpigeon , Pied Wagtail ,Wren , Dunnock , Robin , Redwing , Fieldfare , Song Thrush , Mistle Thrush , Blackbird , Goldcrest , Long-tailed Tit , Blue Tit , Great Tit , Coal Tit , Nuthatch , Treecreeper , Jay , Magpie , Jackdaw , Raven , Carrion Crow , House Sparrow , Starling , Bullfinch ,Chaffinch , Greenfinch , Goldfinch.

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December Guided Bird Walk

The first Saturday of the month, Ogston Bird Club guided walk will take place on 6th December. Meet at 9:30am in the West Bank Car Park, all welcome. We aim to return between 12noon and 12:30pm depending on the weather and what we see. In the case of bad weather please check the website to ensure the walk is still on.

Please wear walking boots or good walking shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather conditions. Bring binoculars if you have them. Dogs are allowed if kept on a lead and are well behaved

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John Tagg

Many of you will remember a long standing member of Ogston Bird Club, John Tagg, I am sorry to let you know that I have been informed by Maggie Campbell he has died.

Anyone who would like to attend the funeral, the arrangements are as follows:-

Thursday 4th December at 11.10am at Chesterfield Crematorium.

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November Guided Bird Walk Report

This glorious balmy morning was bound to swell numbers of participants and so 21 of us set out for Highoredish with Paul Beard , our leader ,  to the fore. We were not the only ones abroad in the sunshine , every ivy patch yielding it’s nectar to a host of flies and wasps .Comma , Red Admiral and possibly a Painted Lady were also on the wing .

Birding aside it was a day for lingering to admire the autumn colours in the undulating landscape , spotting fungi in the wet grass ( at least a dozen species ) , and viewing  distant church spires and landmarks on reaching our destination . 

As usual the initial reaction was ” there’s not much about ” but the tally rose as did we !!  Buzzards circling below us near Clattercotes , flights of migrant Redwings and Fieldfares , and a flock of approximately 18 Yellowhammers were perhaps the highlights . The species count for the main walk was 32 boosted to 40 as a couple of folk diverted to the hide and another couple ambled along the West bank for a spell at the end . 

Great Crested Grebe , Cormorant, Grey Heron , Mallard, Teal, Shoveler , Tufted Duck hybrid, Buzzard, Kestrel , Pheasant , Moorhen , Lapwing ,Common Snipe , Black-headed Gull , Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove , Pied Wagtail ,Wren ,Dunnock , Robin ,Fieldfare, Redwing,  Blackbird , Long-tailed Tit , Blue Tit , Great tit , Coal Tit , Nuthatch , Jay , Magpie , Jackdaw , Rook , Carrion Crow , House Sparrow , Starling ,Bullfinch ,Chaffinch , Goldfinch , Yellowhammer ,  

Plants still in flower : Ivy, Daisy,  Water – lily , Shepherd’s purse , Mouse-ear Chickweed, Bramble , Hogweed, Betony, Harebell, White and Red Clover , Herb Robert, Scabious , Dandelion , Hawkbit , Buttercup, Gorse .

Jennifer Johnson

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