Report on Clumber Trip – 23rd May 2017

Maximum numbers had booked on this rightly, popular trip and with the weather being incredibly warm, with little wind, hopes were high that we would break the previous record of 44 species of bird identified.  Indeed, the evening started well with linnets and a Yellow Wagtail spotted on our way to the ford near to Hardwick Village. At or near the ford, a Cetti’s warbler was heard and there were a few Sedge Warblers and Reed Buntings whizzing around to keep us entertained.
At about 9 p.m. we drove to the area where we hoped to see the Nightjars and we’d only been there a few moments when the first Woodcock flew overhead.  Ten minutes later, while it was still quite light, we heard the first Nightjar churring.  It seemed to be coming from close to the top of some nearby pine trees and this was confirmed a moment later when someone spotted it perched on a branch.  We stayed in the same spot until about 10:20 p.m. getting frequent sightings of flying Woodcock with a maximum of 4 at any one time.  We also had excellent, close sightings of a male Nightjar, displaying to the female with wing clapping and yelping cries.
The last species to be identified was a cuckoo, which rather surprisingly was still calling after 10 p.m.  Total species seen/heard was 44 so the record remains.

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21st May Trip to Padley Gorge

A very select group of people, ie both of us, set off at 8:30am for a fabulous walk in brilliant weather. We finished as usual with the excellent brunch at Grindleford Station.

The following is a full list of birds recorded:-

Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coal tit, Common Buzzard, Crow, Cuckoo, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Green Woodpecker, GS Woodpecker, Jackdaw, Jay, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Pheasant, Pied Flycatcher, Robin, Rook, Song Thrush, Starling, Stonechat, Swallow, Swift, Tree Creeper, Tree Pipit, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Wood Pigeon, Wren.

Paul Beard

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Whisby Trip Report – 4th May 2017

Six members attended this meet on a gorgeous sunny day marred a little by a rather strong wind.  The target species was the Nightingale but when we arrived at ‘Nightingale Corner’ it was to find that the bird had just departed.  Ten minutes later there was still no sign and with the majority of the party never having seen one before and expectations being high, the trip leader wondered if his best course of action was to sneak off unseen and thus avoid a potential lynching party.
Hoping to find Nightingales further on, we set off round Coot Lake and fortunately were soon distracted by hearing and then getting fleeting glimpses of Lesser Whitethroats.  Added to this were good sightings of Blackcaps and Garden Warblers as well as a fabulous surround sound serenade from these warblers.
Having done a full circuit of the lake, half the group decided to take a walk round the northerly half of the reserve while the other half returned to the favourite Nightingale spotting place, determined to see the bird.  The walkers eventually returned pleased as punch with their sighting, albeit brief, of a Hobby.  However, their triumphalism proved to be short-lived as the others, with ear to ear grins, had both seen and heard a Nightingale.

Green-veined White

Green-veined White

After lunch the Nightingaless group went back hoping to see the elusive bird and this time were quickly rewarded with a 10 minute serenade from this little brown job as well as the opportunity to see it between the tangle of branches.

After this success, we decided to drop into RSPB Langford Lowfields reserve on our way back.  The highlight here was, without doubt, being able to sit on a bench beside the reed bed, in sunshine, watching up to four Hobbies hawking for dragonflies. And finally, the icing on the birding cake was our sighting of a Whimbrel on one of the islands.
A great day on two excellent reserves with 55 species of bird identified.

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6th May 2017 Guided Walk Report

Thanks to Wendy Dyson for the recording on the walk. An excellent list of 69 species were seen.

Reed Bunting, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Lapwing, Goldfinch, Swift, Sand Martin, Swallow, Little Ringed Plover, Coot, Magpie, Redshank, Cormorant, Herring Gull, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Pied Wagtail, Dunlin, Yellow  Wagtail, Moorhen, Ringed  Plover, Bullfinch, Greylag, Common Crow, Garden Warbler, Canada Goose, Mallard, Blackbird, Grey Heron, Stock Dove, Long Tailed Tit, Kestrel, Pheasant, Oystercatcher, Great Crested Grebe, Gadwall, Robin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Common Buzzard, Dunock, Grey Wagtail, Starling, Sparrowhawk, Song Thrush, Ferral Pigeon, Jackdaw, Rook, Wood Pigeon, Mistle Thrush, Wren, House Sparrow, Collared Dove, Chaffinch, Yellow Hammer, Greenfinch, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Greenshank, Tufted Duck, Nuthatch, Common Sandpiper, House Martin, Mandarin Duck, Willow Tit, Willow tit, Lesser Backed Gull, Curlew.

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Jim Mart NR Work Party 6th May

The main task of the day will be clearing any brambles encroaching on the paths. There are also some grass clippings to be raked and collected from the paths.

To help out at the work party, meet at the reserve on Saturday, 6th May, at 9:30 am. We will finish around lunchtime.

All members are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. Please wear appropriate work clothes, stout shoes, boots or wellies, and gardening gloves or equivalent. Appropriate tools to bring, although some are available, would be  secateurs or hedge cutters and a spade with a sharp edge.

Organised work parties take place at the Jim Mart on a monthly basis as required, except in December. Notification of work parties will be via the Jim Mart NR pages on the Ogston Bird Club website.

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Open Hide Day May 1st

There will be an Open Hide Day event on Monday 1st May when non-members will have access to the hides from 10am to 4pm.

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Report on trip to Old Moor RSPB reserve – 6/4/17

Three members had arrived in the Old Moor car park by the appointed time of 9:30am and, under the direction of Jeff Davies, duly set off with a target of finding sixty species. The sun shone warmly all day, but with a cold edge to a freshening wind we were glad of the promise of many hides to visit. Alas, these turned out to be colder than being out in the open!

Blackbird, Black-headed Gull, Black-tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Collared Dove, Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Common Snipe, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Linnet, Little Grebe, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Reed Bunting, Robin, Sand Martin, Shelduck, Shoveller, Starling, Stock Dove, Teal, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon, Wren, and Yellowhammer came to 53 species.

The target was therefore easily surpassed by the addition of Speckled Wood, Orange-tip and Peacock butterflies, a large maurauding Carp, a docile Terrapin and several species of plant in bloom (Cowslip, Coltsfoot, Gorse, Broom…)

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1st April 2017 walk

Gadwall, Cormorant, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Crow, Sand Martin, Swallow, L B backed Gull, Goldeneye, Graylag Goose, Robin, Chiff Chaff, Lapwing, Blue tit, Teal, Snipe, Wood pigeon, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Mandarin Duck, Oystercatcher, Mallard, Coot, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, GT Spotted Woodpecker, Pheasant, Moorhen, Canada Goose, Herring Gull, Blackbird, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Wren, Goldcrest, GT tit, Nuthatch, Long Tailed Tit, Starling, Song thrush, Coal tit, House Sparrow, Redwing, Kestrel, Magpie, Pied wagtail, Bullfinch, Jay, Mistle thrush, Rook, Buzzard, Mute Swan

53 Species in Total thanks to Wendy Dyson for keeping the list.

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JMNR – 18th March 2017 work party report

Four members attended this month’s work party in showery but mild conditions. The west ditch was cleared as planned, Buddleia pruned (all four), and various areas cleared of dead vegetation. See the separate post for the wildlife sightings.

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Derwent Trip Saturday 18th March CANCELLED

The weather forecast for the Peak District is pretty dire over the weekend with strong winds and the possibility of heavy rain. Of all the trips we undertake, this one is the most at risk from adverse weather but in previous years, it has always been at least OK. Sadly, not on this occasion. If you know anyone who might have wished to go but hasn’t got access to emails, we’d be grateful if you would let them know.

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