Bird Watching

The Bird Watching group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 10.30 am at the meeting place. The contacts for the group are Chrys and Paul Millington on 01773 764 943 or 07986 037 871.  No one is an expert and new members would be very welcome.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN US?

Please contact Chrys/Paul

If unsure about the weather please contact Chrys/Paul.  Thanks.

Hi everyone. Our numbers are rapidly increasing which is good to see. Being a member of the Bird Watching Group involves travelling to locations beyond the boundaries of Eastwood but the benefits are huge: fresh air, lovely walks (not too strenuous), nature, exercise, good company, learning a new hobby etc.  We go out once a month to a variety of locations so please contact us if you are interested.

2019 Calendar: 

18th July – Skylarks

15th August – Potteric Carr

19th September – Dearne Valley Old Moor

17th October – Willington / Calke Abbey

21st November – Kings Mill Reservoir

19th December – Brinsley Headstocks

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Reports of recent events.

18th July 2019 – Skylarks Reserve

It was a lovely warm and sunny day as we set off across the open meadow towards the gravel pits. There was a great variety of wild flowers which attracted butterflies, moths and many insects. As we continued Magpie, Carrion crow and Blackbird were seen. We approached our first gravel pit and there weren’t any birds to be seen. Then a Common tern swept across but that was it until a little further on we heard a Grasshopper warbler singing in the grasses. Looking over the second pit we saw all our normal ducks plus Black headed gull, Little egret, Lapwing, Great crested grebe, Herring gull, Tufted duck and Heron. Adult and young Cormorants could be seen with out stretched wings drying off from a fishing trip. Suddenly all the birds took off and our eyes immediately looked skywards for the reason. There, flying by was the culprit, a Sparrow hawk. On our way back we saw Greenfinch and a female Reed bunting. We also heard a Sedge warbler singing amongst the bushes. We noticed there was ragwort around (Listed in the weeds act 1959) which was covered with the orange and black striped caterpillars of the Cinnabar month. Yet another enjoyable meeting with our birdwatching friends.

Paul and Christine Millington

 

20th June 2019 – Carsington Reservoir

On the 20th June 2019 we visited Carsington Reservoir with a bright weather forecast and only 17% chance of rain. As we approached the Sheepwash car park it started to rain. At the appointed meeting time it stopped raining and we all strolled to the first hide, Sheepwash. Here were saw all our regular ducks and geese along with Great crested grebe (performing their mating dance), Tufted duck, Mute swan, Teal and what look like Sand Martins swooping across the water. We had another shower whilst in this hide which stopped when we continued on to the Paul Stanley hide. Here we saw Reed buntings, Black headed gull and Little grebe (Dabchick) . Whilst walking in the surrounding area we also saw Buzzard, Carrion crow, Robin and Coal tit.
The sun was now shining and we had a lovely lunch on the upstairs veranda at the visitors’ centre overlooking the reservoir.
Paul and Christine Millington

18th April – Langford Lowfields

We were greeted with glorious sunshine for our visit to Langford Lowfields on the 18th April 2019. This site is a commercial gravel extraction business where by the old extraction pits are then adopted by the RSPB, and other funding bodies, to return to nature for the benefit of wild life.
From the car park we walked through a small woodland, along a path with hedge rows to the RSPB site. Along the way we saw Blue tit, Chaffinch, Black cap, Blackbird, Robin, Magpie, Great tit, Reed bunting, and Longtailed tit. Six Avocet were seen in the ‘Avocet Lagoon’. These birds were once extinct in the UK. Around the gravel pit site we saw all the normal regular ducks along with Heron, Cormorant, Shelduck, Gadwell, Widgeon and Marsh Harrier. On our way back to the car park there were Garden warbler, Goldfinch, Song thrush Willow warbler, Swallow and House martin. Along with our sightings we also heard Cettis warbler, Chiff Chaff, Wren, and a ‘booming’ Bittern (mating call). Again the Bittern has just returned to Britain and is slowly increasing in numbers. The total bird species seen this morning was 30.
We were impressed by how many glorious butterflies they were with 4 or 5 species seen. After a lovely morning we headed for a well deserved drink and lunch at the local garden centre.
Birds of the day would be the Marsh Harrier and Avocets.
Paul and Christine Millington

21st February 2019 – Wollaton Park Lake

We met at Wollaton park on 21st February 2019. Once again a lovely sunny morning. We walked through the old stable block and onto the far lake. On the lake we first saw all the usual resident ducks plus Black Headed Gulls along with one or two hybrid ducks.Walking clockwise a little further on we saw the Heronry on the island, with Herons nesting in the trees in readiness for breeding. A little further on there were Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe and Tufted Duck. As we continued around the top end of the lake through the woods there were Blue Tit, Carrion Crows, Blackbird and Jackdaw. As we passed the old boat house we saw in the woods, between the lake and houses, 7 Grey squirrels, 5 of them on the tree trunk facing downwards, and they appeared to be sun bathing. Also a lone Ring Necked Parakeet was seen in the same area. As we approached the other side of the heronry, on the banks of the island were Egyptian Geese and Mandarin Ducks. As we came to the end of our walk around the lake we had close up views of Jays in the woods. We made our way back to the old stable block for a lovely lunch.   Paul and Chrys Millington see gallery for Heron photos.

 

17th January 2019 – Shipley Park

We all met in the visitors car park and were greeted with a bright and sunny crisp winters day. Walking past the visitor centre and on to Derby Lodge we saw Robin, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Dunnock, Magpie, Wood Pigeon and Carrion Crow. We arrived at the old house ruins behind Derby Lodge in the hope we might see Hawfinch. Alas this was not to be, but not to be outdone a male Bullfinch in the top of a yew tree was sitting there in the sun, dazzling us with its radiating red chest. This was followed by a Greenfinch glowing in the sun with its yellow/green chest. The Greenfinch then suddenly seem to disappear before our very eyes, but it had just turn its back towards us. Tea and coffee were enjoyed at Derby Lodge in front of the lovely wood burner. We moved on to Osbourne’s reservoir seeing Song Thrush and all the normal ducks Canada Geese, Moorhens etc. plus a Muscovy duck. Finishing back at the car park after a memorable morning.               Paul and Chrys Millington

Bird Watching Reports 2018

Bird Watching Reports 2017

Bird Watching Reports 2016

Bird Watching Reports 2015