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December 2005


Sat 31st Dec: Sutton in Ashfield - Female or imm MERLIN on fence post by the Caudwell dam, 1130hrs
Sat 31st Dec: Kingsmill Reservoir - Mediterranean Gull in the roost.
Sat 31st Dec: Attenborough N.R. - Scaup x 2 main pond,bittern delta reedbed,shelduck x 2,ruddy duck x 61 on Conneries,brambling on southside.
Sat 31st Dec: Annesley Pit Top - Short eared Owl
Fri 30th Dec: King's Mill Reservoir - 1st Winter Iceland Gull
Fri 30th Dec: Huthwaite Tip - Probable Adult Kumlien's Gull, Adult and 1st Winter Glaucous Gull, 1st Winter Iceland Gull.
Fri 30th Dec: Colwick CP - Drake and 2 redhead Smew on West Lake
Fri 30th Dec: Attenborough - Female Scaup,and Redhead smew[main pond],Bittern[flying over delta reedbed],R.C.Pochard[tween pond],Corn bunting c6 and Yellowhammer[sth of river],S.E.Owl x3 and Stonechat[erewash field],Water Rail and Herring Gull[works],Lesser Redpoll x4,snipe,Shelduck x2[clifton pit].
Thu 29th Dec: Skegby - Male Blackcap feeding on birdtable in garden
Thu 29th Dec: Colwick CP - Three Smew including 2 drakes on the West Lake.
Thu 29th Dec: Attenborough - Scaup x2[main pond],Shelduck x2[clifton pit],Chiffchaff,Siskin c12[Butterfly Triangle].
Wed 28th Dec: KingsMill Reservoir - Caspian Gull and Mediterranean Gull in the afternoon.
Tue 27th Dec: Hoveringham - Great northern Diver still on the sailing pit.
Tue 27th Dec: Clifton - 0910am Fairham Brook Nature Reserve. 3 Bullfinch, Kingfisher, Kestrel, 3 Herons.
Tue 27th Dec: Attenborough - Scaup x4[main pond],Pintail[drake on clifton pit],Shelduck x2 [[clifton pit],R.C.Pochard[female on church pond],Chiffchaff x6[between sailing pit/sewerage plant].
Tue 27th Dec: Attenborough - 3 Shelducks, 21 Goosanders, 3 Egyptian Geese, 4 female Scaup [main pond], male Pintail [Clifton Pit], male Stonechat + 4 Short eared Owls [Erewash Field], Bittern [16:30] + Water Rail [Delta].
Mon 26th Dec: Kinoulton - Kinoulton/Owthorpe - Woodcock flying into copse around fishing pegs 30 - 38.[Grantham Canal]
Mon 26th Dec: Holme Pit (Clifton) - 2 Water Rails, 4 Stonechats in the Beeston Weir/Home Pit area.
Mon 26th Dec: Colwick CP - Smew [male], Red crested Pochard [male + fem.], Merlin [fem.], c100 Lapwing, Redshank.
Mon 26th Dec: Clifton Grove - 1 male Brambling in the Alder plantation behind Clifton wood, also 4 Siskin on the Alders. 3 Stonechat near Beeston weir, 1 Water Rail on Holme pit.
Mon 26th Dec: Bestwood (Mill Lakes) - Water Rail x 2, Siskin x 80, Snipe x 7
Mon 26th Dec: Beeston Weir - 50+Lapwings, pair Stonechats, flock of 8 Tree Sparrows, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Great spotted Woodpeckers.
Sun 25th Dec: Hucknall - Male Brambling, Jay (2), Greenfinch (20+), Goldfinch (6+), Chaffinch (10+), Blackbird (6+), Starling (50+) in a garden in the Linby Colliery Pit Tip allotments area.
Sun 25th Dec: Holme Pierrepont (Rowing Course) - 5 Redshank, 70 Pink footed Geese[to the SW], Merlin [fem.]
Sun 25th Dec: Holme Pierrepont (Finger Ponds) - 2 Red-Head Smews.
Sun 25th Dec: Cotgrave Country Park - 300+ Greenfinch, 3 Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Water Rail.
Sun 25th Dec: Bestwood (Mill Lakes) - Red crested Pochard [pair], c50 Siskin, 7 Snipe.
Sat 24th Dec: Hoveringham [Sailing Pit] - Great Northern Diver [11:32 till at least 15:50] Drake Smew, 2 Redshank, Tawny Owl.
Sat 24th Dec: Hoveringham [Railway Pit] - 5 Goosander, 7 Redshank.
Sat 24th Dec: Holme Pierrepont - Drake Smew and two Redhead Smews on the finger ponds.
Sat 24th Dec: Clifton - 3 Goldcrests in the trees at Clifton spinney.
Sat 24th Dec: Attenborough - Bittern[delta hide],Brambling+Yellowhammer[sth of river],Snipe,Chiffchaff,Stonechat[pair at sailing club],Good numbers of Goosander around,Water Rail,Lapwing c60[works beach].
Sat 24th Dec: Attenborough - A Bittern was showing well directly across from the delta hide from (at least) 12.50pm and showed even better after being flushed by a fox at around 3.20pm!!. 4 Chiffchaffs [Toton Sewerage works], male Stonechat [Erewash field].
Fri 23rd Dec: Ruddington - 2 reed buntings enjoying seed on garden bird table.
Fri 23rd Dec: Haywood Oaks - 20 Corn Bunting - just N of road linking Blidworth and the A614, by bend to East of NORTH end of Haywood Oaks.
Fri 23rd Dec: Colwick CP - Drake Smew + 2 Red Heads, Red crested Pochard [male and female], c105 Shoveler, 22 Wigeon [West Lake], c80 Lapwing, 8 Redwing, 14 Fieldfare, Western Yellow - Legged Gull[model boat boom].
Fri 23rd Dec: Clifton Grove - 3 Hawfinches behind Clifton Wood, near the aster tree plantation showing well at times, sat in tree tops on the edge of the ploughed field. Also 1 Brambling, 5 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll and large numbers of Goldfinches feeding on the aster trees and feeders.
Fri 23rd Dec: Attenborough - 3 Bitterns in the delta area, late afternoon.
Fri 23rd Dec: Attenborough - 2 Short eared Owls over the Erewash field at 2pm.
Thu 22nd Dec: Hoveringham - Great nortern Diver still on the Sailing Lake.
Thu 22nd Dec: Harlow Wood - c20 Crossbills.
Thu 22nd Dec: Dunham-on-Trent Lakes - Snipe, Redshank, all the usual ducks but in low numbers, very few Fieldfare/Redwings in area.
Thu 22nd Dec: Attenborough - Bittern x2[delta hide],Brambling,Fem Scaup[main pond,Yellowhammer x2.
Thu 22nd Dec: Attenborough - Bittern x 3 at the Delta. Also Firecrest x 1 near Sewage farm.
Wed 21st Dec: Attenborough N.R. - Female scaup-Tween pond,Smew off north path midday,shelduck-works pond.
Tue 20th Dec: Nottingham - Peregrine on the Burton Building [junc Talbot Street and Burton Street]
Tue 20th Dec: Hoveringham - Great Northern Diver still on the sailing pit.
Tue 20th Dec: Eakring - Jack Snipe [Penny Pasture], 15 Common Snipe across Penny Pasture/Eakring Meadow. Lesser Redpoll (cabaret) at Eakring Flash.
Tue 20th Dec: Attenborough N.R. - Two bitterns in delta reedbed,redhead smew main pond,6+lesser redpoll Barton lane,red-crested pochard-church pond,corn bunting,2 chiffchaff,sev.water rail,c.20 siskin,grey wagtail.
Mon 19th Dec: Hockerton - Barn Owl - Flew across private road to the Hockerton Housing Project.
Mon 19th Dec: Clumber Park - Hawfinch near to the chapel.
Mon 19th Dec: Attenborough - 2 male Goldeneye, Kingfisher, 23 Goosander, 6 Snipe (Works Beach), 7 Siskin, Water Rail (Wet Marsh).
Sun 18th Dec: Clumber Park - Hawfinch by the Chapel.
Sun 18th Dec: Bestwood Pit Top - 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Woodcock.
Sun 18th Dec: Bestwood CP - 5 Goldcrest, Coal Tit.
Sun 18th Dec: Bestwood (Mill Lakes) - Water Rail, 8 Snipe.
Sun 18th Dec: Bestwood (Mill Lakes) - 5 Snipe, 7 Siskin, 2 Goosander[over].
Sat 17th Dec: Holme Pierrepont - Mediterranean Gull in the A52 pit roost.
Sat 17th Dec: Gamston - Barn Owl on the verge of the A52 at Gamston, near the council depot. Flew up and crossed over the A52 towards the Holme Pierrepont area. [19.10]
Sat 17th Dec: Attenborough - The Barton Lane new hide feeders attracting a lot of birds including Tree Sparrow, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redpoll, Gold Finch, Chaffinch, Green Finch, Tits, Dunnock, Wren, Kingfisher flying by. Goldeneye, Greylag and Egyptian Geese on Clifton Pit. Goosander on the works pit. Willow Tits on Delta Gates feeding table. 3 Short eared Owls in Erewash field 2 - 3pm. Stand with your back to the railway line looking towards the pylons and round towards the back of the visitor centre. 2 Bitterns from Delta hide 3 -4pm, perched / roosted two thirds of the way up the reed stems. Also in the delta Gadwall, Teal, Little Grebe, Sparrow Hawk.
Sat 17th Dec: Attenborough - Bittern from the delta hide [c1045]
Sat 17th Dec: Attenborough - 17 Goosander, 3 Stonechat, 3 Short - Eared Owl[Erewash Field], Bittern [Delta Hide - 1645]
Fri 16th Dec: Netherfield Lagoons - c30 Golden Plover, Snipe, Goldcrest, Meadow Pipit, Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin [female], 2 Stonechat [male and female], c80 Shoveler.
Fri 16th Dec: Colwick CP - 3 Redshank, 2 Teal, 6 Wigeon, 2 Red crested Pochard[male and female], Smew [Hall Lake].
Fri 16th Dec: Attenborough - Bittern[delta hide],Redhead Smew[main pond],Grey Partridge x2[wheatear field.
Thu 15th Dec: Hoveringham - Great northern Diver still on the sailing pit
Wed 14th Dec: Ruddington - Male Blackcap on feeders in a Ruddington garden this morning (regular occurrence at this time of year for the last three years).
Tue 13th Dec: Attenborough N.R. - Bearded tit -Clifton pit,brambling 2,corn bunting 14,lesser redpoll 2,water rail 2,ruddy duck 44,snipe 6,redshank flew west.
Mon 12th Dec: Hoveringham - juvenile Great Northern Diver still present on the fishing lake.
Mon 12th Dec: Clumber Park - A group of 41 Barnacle Geese circled the lake a couple of times and then landed on the grass bank near the chapel at 11am. After fifty minutes they flew off in a northerly direction. Thought to be feral, possibly from the Osberton area.
Mon 12th Dec: Attenborough - Bittern[delta hide approx 14.15],Bearded Tit[from Barton Lane hide],Siskin,Snipe x5.
Sun 11th Dec: Mansfield - 2 Brambling, a male and a female in a garden in Nottingham Road. Female has been visiting/feeding for past 7 days regularly, male first time Sunday.
Sun 11th Dec: Hoveringham - Great Northern Diver still at Hoveringham sailing pit first thing.
Sun 11th Dec: Holme Pierrepont (A52 pit) - Mediterranean Gull in the gull roost.
Sun 11th Dec: Harlow Wood - Crossbill heard in the wood at first light, then 12 to s/east at 0745.
Sun 11th Dec: Hardwick Hall, - Male Hen Harrier at Lady Spencers Wood at approx. 11.45 am.
Sun 11th Dec: Gunthorpe - 1 Woodcock, 50+ Shoveler, 4 Goosander, 1 Buzzard, 1 partially leucistic Black-headed Gull, 2 Snipe, 3 Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaff.
Sun 11th Dec: Clifton - female Blackcap in a Clifton garden on the feeders, mid-afternoon.
Sun 11th Dec: Bulwell - two Whooper Swans heading SW near Cinderhill Island at 10.06 am
Sun 11th Dec: Bestwood Pit Top - 27 Meadow Pipit,1 Redpoll,3 Woodcock.
Sun 11th Dec: Bestwood (Mill Lakes) - Water Rail x 2, Siskin x 20, L Redpoll x 10, Snipe x 6
Sun 11th Dec: Bestwood (Mill Lakes) - 38 Siskin,3 Goldcrest,22 Linnets.
Sun 11th Dec: Attenborough - Female Bearded Tit from Clifton Pit hide at 09:05
Sat 10th Dec: Normanton-on-Trent Holmes - Short eared Owl.
Sat 10th Dec: Holme Pierrepont - on the A52 Pit/Blotts: 7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Redshank, Shelduck.
Sat 10th Dec: Dunham-on-Trent lakes - Redshank, Snipe, Goldeye, evening roost very quiet -- very few gulls/Coots.
Sat 10th Dec: Clifton Grove Area - 2 Short eared Owls in fields north from Beeston weir (Clifton side of the river), 2 Stonechats on the track from Beeston weir to Clifton wood.
Sat 10th Dec: Attenborough - Bittern[from Barton Lane hide,11.30.],Lesser Redpoll x2,Siskin,Corn Bunting x9[sth of river].
Fri 9th Dec: Netherfield Lagoons - 35 Golden Plover, Water Rail.
Fri 9th Dec: Lenton - 2 x Waxwing - Castle Bridge Road, Lenton, 1pm
Fri 9th Dec: Colwick CP - 5 Goldeneye, Smew [pos.imm.male.. Hall Lake], 25 Wigeon[West Lake], 35 Lapwing, Redshank.
Fri 9th Dec: Beeston - Grey Wagtail on the High Road ( main shopping area ).
Thu 8th Dec: Plumtree - Common Buzzard flying north
Thu 8th Dec: Hoveringham - Juvenile Great Northern Diver on the Sailing Pit in the morning.
Thu 8th Dec: Attenborough - Brambling,Snipe,G.B.B.Gull,Bullfinch x7.
Wed 7th Dec: Hoveringham - Great Northern Diver all day on the Sailing Pit.
Tue 6th Dec: Hoveringham - Juvenile Great Northern Diver on the Sailing Pit.
Tue 6th Dec: Grantham canal - 2.30pm behind Morrisons, Gamston very tame drake red crested pochard.
Tue 6th Dec: Center Parcs(Sherwood) - 2 Bramblings (male and female), c20 Siskin.
Tue 6th Dec: Attenborough - Bearded Tit[heard in clifton pit reedbeds],Brambling[sth of river,opposite delta hide],Siskin,Water Rail,Goosander x22,Tree Sparrow x2[feeders,Barton Ln hide].
Mon 5th Dec: Silverhill Park - c50 Siskin, c8 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Grey Wagtail
Mon 5th Dec: Netherfield Lagoons - Little Egret in the afternoon
Mon 5th Dec: East Leake - In a garden backing onto Manor Farm, c30 Lesser Redpolls feeding in Alder, Green Woodpecker, Great spotted Woodpecker, 2 Willow Tits, 3 Reed Buntings (females), Coal Tit, plus usual Goldfinches, Long Tailed Tits, etc..
Mon 5th Dec: City Centre - Peregrine on Newton Building of Nottingham Trent University. At lunchtime overlooking South Sherwood Street.
Sun 4th Dec: Welbeck Raptor Watch - Point - 8 Goosander, 3 Shelduck
Sun 4th Dec: Sherwood Forest/Budby Common - 2 Goshawks, Barn Owl [after dark - calling]
Sun 4th Dec: Dorket Head - Common Buzzard.
Sun 4th Dec: Cumber Park - 22 Goosander, 12 Siskin.
Sun 4th Dec: Bestwood[Mill Lakes] - Water Rail,6 Snipe, c40 Siskin, 22 Fieldfares.
Sun 4th Dec: Attenborough - Bittern [Late morning,flying over Delta reedbed], 3 Chiffchaffs.
Sun 4th Dec: Attenborough - Bearded Tit[From Barton Lane hide],Snipe x2,Siskin c6,Lesser redpoll,G.B.B.Gull,R.C.Pochard,Displaying Drake goldeneye.
Sun 4th Dec: Annesley Pit Tops - Woodcock, Good numbers of Golden Plover & Lapwing, Yellowhammer, Common Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron
Sat 3rd Dec: Hoveringham - c250 Golden Plover [Washing Pit], 2 Redshank [Sailing Pit].
Sat 3rd Dec: Holme Pierrepont[Rowing Course] - 2 Redshank, 2 Dunlin, Grey Wagtail.
Sat 3rd Dec: Holme Pierrepont[Blotts] - 5 Redshank.
Sat 3rd Dec: Holme Pierrepont[A52 pit] - c30 Golden Plover, Peregrine Falcon.
Sat 3rd Dec: Attenborough N.R. - Slavonian Grebe-church pond.
Fri 2nd Dec: Nottingham - Red-Crested Pochard drake. Arboretum lake
Fri 2nd Dec: Barton in Farbis - Grey Wagtail, Buzzard [Holme Pit], Snipe, 2 Stonechat [male and female], 2 Egyptian Geese
Fri 2nd Dec: Attenborough NR - 6 Snipe, 17 Goosander; Stonechat + Short eared Owl [both Erewash Field]; Bittern [16:40 last glimmer of light - east to west across Delta], female Lesser spotted Woodpecker [Delta gate].
Thu 1st Dec: Wollaton Park, - Rose-ringed Parakeet in trees by the golf club.
Thu 1st Dec: Beeston Rylands - female Lesser spotted Woodpecker.
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