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18th February 2 Little Egret in trees at Penny Piece, South Anston, before flying off >E early morning (Mick Clay). Little Egret still present at Kiveton Pit Top (Alan Bateman), this plus the 3 birds at Carlton in Lindrick means there are currently 5-6 birds around locally.

Little Egret @ Kiveton Pit Top © Alan Bateman

17th February From Kings Wood Corner this morning were 8 Buzzard, 70 Fieldfare >NE, 36 Lapwing >SE, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull >N, 16 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Coal Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Nuthatch, Marsh Tit, Raven, 3 Siskin >N and 6 Chaffinch. At Langold Lake were 10 Great Crested Grebe, 33 Mallard, 18 Tufted Duck, 23 Coot, 8 Mute Swan, 12 Greylag Goose, 3 Buzzard, 15 Pochard, 11 Siskin, Heron, Green Woodpecker and 250 Woodpigeon (Andy Hirst). In Harry Croft's Quarry today were 2 Raven and Little Owl. At NAPT were 25 Snipe and 3 Jack Snipe (Mick Clay, Andy Murray, Brian Chambers & Alfie Bloor).

Goosanders @ Langold Lake © Brian Chambers

16th February At Carlton Lake today were 3 Little Egret and 65 Greylag Goose. At Hodsock were 100 Starling, 100 Lapwing, 300 Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 30 Linnet (John Gallagher). A trip around SK58 Water sites included the following: At Roche Abbey were 8 Teal, Little Grebe & 8 Mallard. At Langold Lake were 95 Canada Goose, 8 Greylag Goose, 3m & 4f Goosander, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Mute Swan, 44 Mallard, 13 Coot, 11 Pochard, 2 Heron and 5 Moorhen. At Carlton Lake were 54 Greylag Goose, 13 Canada Goose, 2 Mute Swan, & a Little Egret. At Hewett Arms Pond were 50 Greylag Goose, 5 Canada Goose and 6 Mallard (Brian Chambers).

Little Egret @ Carlton Lake © Brian Chambers

15th February At Dinnington Marsh today were 2 Willow Tit and a Woodcock (Mick Clay).

12th February At Axle Lane this morning were 35 Cormorants on the ponds, 60 Fieldfare over and a steady passage of Herring Gull >S (Mick Clay).

11th February Ten members attended the Monday walk at Langold Lake. Among 36 species recorded were, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Heron, 9 Mute Swan, 5 Greylag Goose, 106 Canada Goose, single Gadwall, 21 Mallard, 15 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 6 Goosander (1m 5f), Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, Herring Gull, 6 Dunnock, 20 Robin, 1 each of Song Thrush, Redwing and Mistle Thrush, 9 Long-tailed Tit, Marsh Tit, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 17 Goldfinch and 3 Bullfinch (Geoff & Lyn Facer). Early evening and Tawny Owls calling at Old Spring Wood, Hawks Wood and Smarson Hills Wood plus Barn Owl in Harry Croft’s Quarry (Mick Clay).

10th February At Harry Croft's Quarry today were hunting Barn Owl, 2 Raven and Little Owl. Dusk at NAPT revealed Woodcock & at least 12 Snipe (Mick Clay).

9th February At Axle Lane this afternoon were 7 Grey Partridge, 2 Heron, c20 Skylark, 9 Linnet, 7 Cormorant, a Buzzard and c30 Redwing (Alfie Bloor). A Barn Owl hunting late at night around Brampton Straight Mile (Mick Clay).

8th February A Little Egret remains at Kiveton Waters (Kiveton Pit Top) (Alan Bateman). This means there are 3 birds in SK58 currently, with 2 birds in he Carlton in Lindrick area.

2nd February A Barn Owl hunting at near dusk in Harry Croft's Quarry (Alfie & Paul Bloor).

30th January At Axle Lane today were f Peregrine sat in field plus 14 Golden Plover and 60 Fieldfare (Mick Clay).

Sparrowhawk @ Todwick © Ray Sykes

27th January Early morning at Dinnington Marsh produced 10 Black-headed Gull, 3-5 Woodcock, 4 Stock Dove, 5 Robin, 6 Blue Tit, Willow Tit, 6 Magpie, Buzzard, 5 Bullfinch, Jay, 8 Mallard, 2 Coot and a Heron. The wildfowl count began at Langold Lake with 6 Great Crested Grebe, 36 Mallard, 16 Coot, 8 Mute Swan, 16 Tufted Duck, Common Gull, 66 Black-headed Gull, 2 Heron, 28 Pochard, 12 Greylag Goose, 10 Moorhen, 6 Siskin and 6 Goldfinch. At nearby Carlton Lake were 16 Greylag Goose, 2 Little Egret and 7 Mallard. Down the road at Brown Bailey's were 11 Coot, Little Grebe, a pair of Great Crested Grebe, 8 Mallard and 43 Tufted Duck. A rather quiet Hewett Arms Pond produced 2 Coot, 2 Mallard and 3 Cormorant. Firbeck Hall was also quiet with just 7 Mallard, 6 Greylag Goose, 3 Moorhen and 2 Coot. Roche Abbey was the final destination, producing Marsh Tit, m Kestrel, 3 Mallard and 12 Siskin (Andy Hirst).

24th January At Kiveton Pit Top (Kiveton Community Woodland), a Little Egret still present, in stream near amphitheater (Alan Bateman).

Little Egret @ Kiveton Pit Top (Kiveton Community Woodland) © Alan Bateman

22nd January A Little Egret at the N end of Kiveton Pit Top (Kiveton Community Woodland) this morning (Alan Bateman).

21st January Barn Owl at Harry Croft's Quarry (a live one!) and Tawny Owl in Smarson Hills Wood (Mick Clay).

20th January A Waxwing briefly on Brandsmere Drive, Woodsetts this afternoon (Sheila Newsome & Ruth Brown). At Carlton Lake this morning were 26 Greylag Goose, 5 Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 13 Mallard, Mute Swan, Heron, Tufted Duck and 96 Pink-footed Goose > low NW. At nearby Langold Lake were Green Woodpecker, 8 Mute Swan, 12 Tufted Duck, 11 Coot, 51 Mallard, 90 Pink-footed Goose > SE (same as Carlton lake birds?), 16 Pochard, 21 Black-headed Gull, 2 Heron, 5 Moorhen, Water Rail, c40 Siskin and Kingfisher. At Brown Bailey's Pond were 8 Coot, at least 2 Little Grebe, 39 Tufted Duck, a pair of Great Crested Grebe, 10 Mallard, 3m, 1f Gadwall and a m Shoveler and at Woodsetts a single Waxwing again and at NAPT, 9 Snipe (Andy Hirst). 3 skeins of Pink-footed Goose, totaling 450 birds >W over South Anston (Mick Clay).

Barn Owl remains (no carcass but presumed predated) @ Harry Croft's Quarry © Farrell Kent

17th January c100 Pink-footed Goose >W over South Anston (Mick Clay).

16th January c390 (150+190+50) Pink-footed Goose >NW over Woodsetts (Gareth Picton).

14th January Eight members took part in the Monday walk at Langold Lake. Among 43 species recorded were 7 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Mute Swan, 17 Greylag Geese, 200 Canada Geese, 27 Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck, 23 Goosander, 2 Buzzard, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 10 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 11 Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch, 3 Brambling, Greenfinch, 16 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 5 Lesser Redpoll and 6 Bullfinch (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

Nuthatch & Great Crested Grebe displaying @ Langold Lake © Pete Kenworthy

13th January Early morning at Grange Farm, near Loscar were 11 Yellowhammer, 4 Blackbird, c20 Chaffinch, 19 Goldfinch, 6 Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull >S, 3 Herring Gull >S and a m Sparrowhawk. In Harry Croft's Quarry were Raven, Great Black-backed Gull >N, 2 Herring Gull >N, Little Owl, 9 Redwing >W, Buzzard and Grey Wagtail >S. Around Roche Abbey were Grey Wagtail, 13 Teal, 1m, 2f Bullfinch, f Kestrel and Marsh Tit. From a blustery Hodsock were c50 Linnet, m Sparrowhawk, a single flock of 33 Stock Dove, 2 Yellowhammer, 4 Pied Wagtail, 8 Herring Gull >N, c10 Tree Sparrow (Andy Hirst).

10th January At Roche Abbey were 9 Teal. At Hodsock were large flocks of birds including; 100 Linnet, 15 Chaffinch and 30 Tree Sparrow feeding on possibly Millet seed crop. 100 Starling, 80 Fieldfare 4 Reed Bunting and 10 Grey Partridge (Brian Chambers).

8th January A f Peregrine hunting at Axle Lane today, plus 38 Meadow Pipit (Mick Clay).

6th January From Anston Stones Wood today were c14 Great Tit, c40 Woodpigeon, Buzzard, 5 Coal Tit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 6 Blackbird, c15 Blue Tit, and Brambling (Alfie Bloor).

5th January At NAPT this morning were 7 Snipe, 11 +4 Cormorant >S, 76 Woodpigeon, 6 Robin, 9 Blackbird, 3 Mistle Thrush, 12 Linnet, 15 Goldfinch, 27 Black-headed Gull, 33 Lesser Black-backed Gull >S in parties of 4-10, 2ad, 2 1st W Great Black-backed Gull >S, Common Gull >S, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Buzzard, 7 Starling, 5 Rook, 2 Song Thrush, 7 Bullfinch and 10 Long-tailed Tit. At Carlton Lake were 10 Black-headed Gull, 3 Moorhen, 2 Mute Swan and 5 Mallard. At nearby Langold Lake were 6 Great Crested Grebe, 26m 3f Pochard, 6ad. 2imm. Mute Swan, c300 Canada Goose, 12 Greylag Goose, 9 Coot, Heron, 43 Mallard, Kingfisher, 400 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 6 Moorhen, feeding party of 43 Chaffinch with 3 Brambling and 4 Siskin and Lesser Redpoll at Thurcroft Pit Top (Andy Hirst). At Hodsock today were 51 Lapwing and imm. Peregrine. Roche Abbey held 11 Teal, 2 Grey Wagtail and 2 Little Grebe. From Stubbing Wood were 100 Yellowhammer and 2 Brambling (John Gallagher).

4th January At Tommy Flockton's Marsh today were 4 Teal and 20 Redwing. At nearby Kiveton Pit Top records included 18 Cormorant circling over the fishing ponds, 6 Mallard, Kestrel, 14 Blackbird, 7 Redwing, 13 Magpie and 5 Bullfinch (Brian Chambers). 20 Golden Plover at Axle Lane today (Mick Clay).

3rd January A walk around the woodlands at Roche Abbey produced 5 Robin, 2 flocks of c10 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Teal, 3 Buzzard, 2 Mallard, c10 Blackbird and c40-50 Woodpigeon (Alfie Bloor).

1st January Peregrine over Dinnington Marsh today (Andy Murray). At Harry Croft's Quarry today were 100 Fieldfare and 2 Raven over Smarson Hill's Wood (Mick Clay).

29th December The groups annual post Christmas walk took us from Firbeck to Roche Abbey via Kings Wood and returning by Stone. On a blustery morning eleven members set off from the Black Lion. Stopping briefly at the entrance to Firbeck Hall, now sadly almost derelict and overgrown. Picking up a few common birds here such as Coal Tit. We headed north across the fields towards Stubbing Wood. The wind was stronger over the open fields, so little was seen. However we scanned and picked up a few Skylark as well c30 Linnet feeding on Maize game cover plus 6 Buzzard on the skyline towards Oldcotes and a Cormorant. Continuing around the wood we picked up an imm f Peregrine making its way along the tree line, no doubt on the look out for an easy meal, we then picked up an ad m Peregrine- a pair? As well as c20 Pheasant which had thus far escaped the guns. A party of 14 Yellowhammer flew away from us towards Kings Wood, as we made our way towards Lingodell. Here were 28 Greylag Geese. In the fields were c50 Starling, a rare sight in rural locations these days.

Stubbings Wood & Kings Wood @ Firbeck © Andy Hirst

Making our way around the back of Kings Wood and down towards Roche Abbey we picked up a small party of Siskin, they seem scarcer this year. It was more sheltered in the valley bottom and walking towards Roche Abbey we picked up Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, 3 Bullfinch and 4 Teal on the Laughton Pond. From the Gatehouse we had Kingfisher and modest parties of Fieldfare, Siskin and Goldfinch around the Abbey itself. Returning to Firbeck via Stone we recorded several passing gulls including Lesser Black-backed Gull and Herring Gull. Back in Firbeck by 1300, we descended on the Black Lion for a welcome drink and what proved to be very popular posh fish finger sandwiches for lunch, concluding another excellent SK58 Birders walk (Andy Hirst).

23rd December At a very damp Dinnington Marsh were 3 Willow Tit, 5 Woodcock, 14 Mallard, f Sparrowhawk, 45 Fieldfare, 8 Blackbird, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Magpie, Lesser Redpoll and Buzzard. At Harry Croft's Quarry were 6 Herring Gull >N, 50 Fieldfare, Little Owl, 2 Yellowhammer, Barn Owl hunting late morning, 4 Blackbird and 2 Great Black-backed Gull >N. At Carlton Lake were Heron, Little Egret, 4 Blackbird, Buzzard, 6 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 14 Mallard, m Gadwall, 2 Mute Swan (and an imm Mute Swan dead on the ground after hitting overhead wires (feathers on the cables), on a nearby footpath- incidentally, bird was unringed).

imm. Mute Swan killed having hit overhead power lines @ Carlton-in-Lindrick © Andy Hirst

22nd December 2 Water Rail at Kiveton Pit Top today (Mick Clay).

16th December Early morning at Tommy Flockton's Marsh produced 4 Mallard , 8 Teal, c20 Redwing and 12 Fieldfare (Andy Hirst). Water Rail here later (Mick Clay). NAPT held 2 Buzzard, 7 Snipe, 4 Bullfinch, 13 Blackbird, 8 Robin, Common Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 9 Black-headed Gull, 15 Woodpigeon, 3 Dunnock, 2 House Sparrow, 36 Redwing, 35 Fieldfare, 3 Reed Bunting, 5 Meadow Pipit and 6 Blue Tit. Late morning at Kings Wood Corner revealed 11 Buzzard, 2 Nuthatch, a pair of Sparrowhawk, 3 Cormorant >S and a Jay (Andy Hirst). At Langold Lake were 48 Mallard, 21 Coot, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Mute Swan, 11 Tufted Duck, 11 Moorhen, 2 Brambling, 14m, 3f Pochard, 8 Siskin, 2 Kingfisher chasing each other, 2 Common Gull and 4 Cormorant >S (Andy Hirst & John Gallagher). From Buckwood Farm were 3 Blackbird, Cormorant >S, c35 Starling and a Buzzard (no sign of the large finch flocks present last winter) (Andy Hirst). At nearby Hodsock were 150 Linnet, 50 Reed Bunting, 60 Siskin, 80 Tree Sparrow, 50 Greenfinch, 40 Skylark, 100 Starling, 150 Fieldfare and single Brambling (John Gallagher).

13th December 25 Pink-footed Goose >W over South Anston at 0930 (Mick Clay).

11th December Skeins of c200 Pink-footed Goose >W over South Anston and c400 >W over North Anston (Andy Murray).

10th December Six members took part in the December midweek walk at Langold Lake. Among 35 species recorded were 7 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Heron, 13 Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck, m Goosander, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 6 Nuthatch, 16 Siskin and a m Bullfinch (Geoff & Lyn Facer).

9th December At Thorpe Salvin today were 350 Fieldfare, Peregrine and possible m Goshawk (John Gallagher). At Kiveton Pit top today were Water Rail calling, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 40 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 9 Bullfinch and a Buzzard (Mick Clay). Circa 100 Pink-footed Goose >E over Anston Stones Wood early morning (Andy Murray).

2nd December At Roche Abbey today were 12 Teal, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. At Langold Lake were 7 Pochard, Water Rail, 2 Kingfisher and a pair of Shoveler on Langold Holt, plus 40 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, Grey Wagtail and 3 Jay. Nearby Hodsock produced 80 Tree Sparrow. Carlton Lake held 5 Goosander. Fields near Throapham held 12 Grey Partridge (John Gallagher).

1st December A damp Harry Crofts Quarry produced m&f Kestrel, 2 Raven, 41 Blackbird, 15 Song Thrush, 36 Fieldfare, 4 Bullfinch, 60 Linnet and 5 Yellowhammer (Mick Clay).

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