Nine members were well rewarded on the annual trip to Blacktoft with good weather and excellent birding. Immediately sightings of Bearded Tits were had from the visitors centre before we’d even had a chance to get properly started. Juveniles or females were then seen from a number of the hides throughout the day. Excitement rose when two Barn Owl chicks were spotted in the owl box. A closer inspection however, revealed them to be juvenile Kestrels. Of the 43 species of bird identified, the stars (other than the Bearded Tits) were undoubtedly the Green Sandpipers, Ruff in a variety of plumages, Spotted Redshank still with considerable remnants of their summer plumage, a juvenile Water Rail spotted skulking in the reeds by Mr Conroy, three Greenshank and finally a flock of 6 Spoonbills which definitely didn’t skulk. The Marsh Harriers put on a grand display with both male and female birds flying by at closish quarters. A thoroughly excellent trip – Blacktoft never seems to let us down at this time of year.
- Sat 7 December 2019
Highlight was a Twite that flew south at 0840, Also a juvenile Mute Swan, 22 Canada & 2 Greylag Geese plus one hybrid, 25 Tufteds, 6 Goldeneye (inc three ad drakes), 3 fem Goosander, 2 Water Rails, 4+ Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 90 Lapwings, a Raven, a Kingfisher, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail.
- Fri 6 December 2019
Juvenile Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 24 Tufteds, drake Pochard, 4 Goldeneye, 4 Buzzards, male Goshawk, 3 Snipe and a Willow Tit.
- News 5/12/19
LONG EATON GP 2 Cattle Egrets were on Erewash Field on Dec 3rd. Two Stonechats and a lone Pink Footed Goose on Nov. 30th. Up to 1 Little Egret, 54 Wigeon, 69 Pochard and 6 Goldeneye also noted. EGGINTON HALL The long staying Cattle Egret still present on Dec 2nd. DRAKELOW DWT RESERVE The Long […]