AGM 2018 – Tuesday May 15th

Our AGM this year will be held on Tuesday May 15th at Blackwell Community Centre
Woburn Close, Blackwell, Alfreton. DE55 5HH. The formal business starts 7.30pm.

Following the AGM, Mike Price of the Peak District Raptor Monitoring Group will present his highly recommended talk, “The Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative”.

Please support your club on the evening.

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Walk 3/3/2018

Please note the Ogston Bird Walk on Saturday 3rd March is cancelled because of the severe weather.

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Ogston Guided Bird Walk 3/2/2018

Thanks to Wendy for the following:-

Wren, Black bird, B H Gull, Robin, Teal, Coot, GT Tit, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Canada goose, Pied Wag, Nuthatch, Readbunting, Goosander, Moorhen, Cormorant, Crow, Lapwing, Tufted duck, Greylag, Jay, Wood Pig, Linnet, Magpie, Mallard, Heron, Goldeneye, Gadwall, Gt spotted, Treecreeper, Jackdaw, L B Backed, Kestrel, Willow Tit, Goldcrest, S thrush.

39 in total.Not bad considering the weather!

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Ogston Guided Bird Walk 6/1/2018

Thanks to Wendy Dyson for scribing on our walk

Pink Footed Goose, Blackbird, Crow. Lesser Black Backed Gull, Cormorant, Lapwing, Blue Tit, Black Headed Gull, Mallard, Linnet, Robin, Rook, Buzzard, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Wood Pigeon, Grey Heron, Pied Wagtail, Kestrel, Mistle thrush, Teal, Gadwall, Redpoll, Jay, Tuftedb Duck, Gt Crested Grebe, Nuthatch, Bull Finch, Dunnock, Redwing, Starling, Magpie, Goldfinch, Goldcrest, Moorhen, Little Grebe, Goldeneye, Wren, Greylag Goose, Coaltit, Water Rail, Treecreeper, Reed Bunting, Greenfinch.

Makes it 44 in total


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Guided Bird Walk 2/11/17

Thanks to Wendy for scribing, here is the list from the walk.

Mallard, M Swan, Herring Gull, Coot, Crow, Blackbird, L B Backed Gull, B H Gull, Wood Pig, Magpie, Blue tit, Chaffinch, Gt B Backed Gull, Gt Spotted W Pecker, Jay, Greylag Goose, Gold Crest, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Kestrel, Wren, Gt Crested Grebe,Teal, Moorhen, Grey Wagtail,  Robin, Nuthatch, Gt Tit, Redwing, Goldfinch, Yellowhammer, M Thrush, Starling, Sparrowhawk, Collared dove, Coal tit, H Sparrow, Dunnock, Pied Wag, Siskin, Buzzard, L Tailed Tit, Bullfinch.

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Report on trip to RSPB Blacktoft – 22/11/17

Seven members made the trip and inspite of the strong wind, had a good time (it remained dry which was probably better than most parts of the country).  A total of 39 species were seen which compared to this time last year when we had 49, wasn’t brilliant but then perhaps not surprising in view of the conditions.
The highlights of the day included a Green-winged Teal, 9 Spotted Redshank, the skeins of Pink-footed Geese going over, excellent views of a male and female Sparrowhawk, a Green Sandpiper and as dusk fell, the Harrier roost with up to 15 Marsh Harriers in the air at once.  This was truly spectacular – one of the group described the scene as a flock of Marshies.  Sadly no Hen Harriers or Barn Owls although regarding the latter, we probably departed too early.
Thanks to Doug Aston for the photos.

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Jim Mart Work Party 18th November 2017

The final JMNR  work party of the year will take place on Saturday 18th November. The main tasks to be undertaken will include our annual bird box survey and the raking up of recently cut vegetation.

To help at the work party, meet at the reserve 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. Most tools are available on-site but bring along anything you think might help such as a sturdy rake or a pair of loppers.

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4th November Guided Bird Walk

Thanks to Wendy for scribing the list

Robin, Blackbird, Mallard, B H gull, Shoveler, Coot, Teal, Coal tit, Dunnock, Blue tit, Cormorant, Goldfinch, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, Great tit, Chaffinch, Canada Goose, Moorhen, Great Crested Grebe, L B Backed Gull, Pied Wagtail, Yellow Legged Gull, Magpie, Long tailed tit, Wood pigeon, Lapwing, Jay, Crow, Stock dove, Heron, Greylag Goose, Common Buzzard, Willow tit, Gt spotted woodpecker, Mistle thrush, Greenfinch, Jackdaw, Common Snipe, Redwing, Tree creeper, Sparrowhawk, Rook, Little Grebe, Little Egret.

44 in total

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Trip by coach to Spurn Point – 8th October 2017

A very successful trip thanks to the leader Julia Smith who organised everything and who wrote the following report.  Thanks also to Christine Gregory and Dave Hallam for the photos.

It was a lively group of 16 birders that met on Sunday 8th Oct to head off to Spurn. Mike Conroy advised us that if we stopped off at Easington, just before we arrived, we had the chance to see a Red-backed Shrike and a

Red-backed Shrike

Rosy Starling. Our driver was happy to oblige so we stopped, headed down the lane and there it was – what a treat! It was quite happily bouncing around in the hedgerow. Sadly, no sign of the Rosy Starling.

On arrival at Spurn, everyone split up in different directions and groups which may account for the final great number of 62 spots, with roe deer, seals and red admiral/green veined butterflies (and fossils!) as an added bonus. Particular highlights were a Lapland Bunting, Red-breasted Flycatcher and a couple of members caught a Long-eared Owl flying over their heads. Amazing!

The Bluebell cafe still serves an excellent cuppa and bacon butty and we hope that they continue to be available when the new, sadly still controversial, YWT visitor centre opens. It’s construction was observed to be well on the way.

A great day, the weather was dry and the drive home was bathed in sunshine. Happy birders!


Lesser Redpoll


Knot in flight


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Guided Bird Walk 7th October 2017


Thanks to Rob Smith for keeping the list on the walk. The walk included a first for a Saturday Morning Walk, the male Common Scoter.

Great Crested Grebe Cormorant Grey Heron Mute Swan Whooper Swan Greylag Goose Canada Goose Gadwall Mallard Tufted Duck Common Scoter Goosander Kestrel Moorhen Coot Lapwing Black-headed Gull Herring Gull Stock Dove Woodpigeon Pied Wagtail Wren Dunnock Robin Blackbird Song Thrush Goldcrest Long-tailed Tit Coal Tit Blue Tit Great Tit Nuthatch (call) Jay Magpie Jackdaw Rook Carrion Crow Starling House Sparrow Chaffinch Greenfinch Goldfinch Bullfinch

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