January 2016

January 2016

1st - Male Kestrel seen hunting over field Stanhope Wood. Grey Wagtail and Chiffchaff seen at the treatment works. 2 Mistle Thrush seen in the horse paddock north of Crow Park Way.

4th - 2 Goldcrest seen at the treatment works. 2 Bullfinch seen A50 embankment north of Stanhope Hole.

5th - Little Grebe seen on Mercia Marina Pond and 4 Cormorant seen perched on a pylon SW of the pond. Buzzard seen in stubble field S of Willington Road. 30+ Goldfinch seen feeding in Alders canalside between Nadee and the white footbridge.

13th - Six Song Thrush seen, some of them singing, on a walk around the canal circuit. 2 Goldcrest seen with a flock of Long Tailed Tits at the treatmentworks. 1 Coat Tit seen in the Pines at the bottom of Common Piece Lane. 4 Reed Bunting seen on the A50 embankment N of the treatment works.

15th - Immature Cormorant seen at the side of the canal near the Ballast Hole Pond, then seen to jump into the canal for a swim.

16th - 15 Lapwing seen in field NE of Hicklin's Bridge. Solitary Fieldfare seen by Clovermead. 2 Yellowhammer seen west of the Ballast Hole Pond.

17th - Flock of at least  20+ Fieldfare seen in the horse paddock north of Crow Park Way.

20th - 20+ Pied Wagtails seen feeding on the filter beds at the treatment works. Hawthorn bush in full flower adjacent to Stanhope Hole Conservation Area entrance.

22nd - Great Spotted Woodpecker seen to fly N over Common Piece Lane. 50+ Redwing seen in the horse paddock N of Crow Park Way. 1 Chiffchaff and 3 male Bullfinch seen on the A50 embankment N or Stanhope Hole. 3 Bullfinch seen on Baxter's Way N of King George V playing field. 8+ Reed Bunting seen on the A50 embankment N of the treatment works.

30th - 27 Teal and 10 Gadwall seen on floodwater Bakeacre Lane. 3 Greenfinch seen on seed feeder in garden Aults Close. 1 Peregrine seen hunting over fields north of Hillside garden. Blackthorn in ful flower top of Cromwell Avenue.

 31st - 3 Greenfinch seen on bird feeder Aults Close.

 

 

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February 2016

February 2016

2nd - 30 Pied Wagtail seen at the treatment works and c40 Redwing seen in the cow pasture SW of the treatment works. Snowdrops in flower near the Ballast Hole Pond and Primrose in flower on the bank north of Stanhope Hole.

3rd - Fox seen to cross from Cardales Meadow to Cote Close.

6th - 3 Shoveler (rare bird in Findern), 11 Gadwall and 7 Teal seen on floodwater near Blakemere Farm on Bakeacre Lane.

10th - Pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker seen at the Ballast Hole.1 Grey Wagtail seen at the treatment works. 1 Song Thrush singing near Clovermead and 2 Mistle Thrush singing at the treatment works.1 Goldcrest seen on the A50 embankment north of Stanhope Hole. 6 Siskin and 1 Lesser Redpoll seen feeding on Alders at the Ballast Hole Pond. 2 Male Yellowhammer seen west of the Ballast Hole Pond. 6 Bullfinch seen on the A50 embankment north of Stanhope Hole. 3+ Cowslips in flower Crow Park Way embankment.

11th - 1 Little Grebe seen on Mercia Marina Pond. 1 Peregrine seen perched on the central cooling tower Willington Power Station.

12th - 1 Male Reed Bunting seen on a garden on Hillside. 1 Barn Owl seen hunting Stanhope Wood. 1 Chiffchaff seen at the treatment works.

14th - 1720 hours Barn Owl seen hunting Stanhope Wood.

16th - 7 Wagtails seen on back lawn Aults Close. Chiffchaff seen at the treatment works.

17th - Sparrowhawk seen sitting on bird table in garden Aults Close. Needless to say no Sparrows in sight!!

18th - 60+ Lapwing seen circling over fields NE of Hicklin's Bridge.

19th - Kestrel seen hunting east of King George V playing field. 2 Stock Dove seen in stubble field SW of Watson's  Bridge. 40+ Pied Wagtail seen feeding on filter beds at the treatment works. 1 Goldcrest also seen at the treatment works. Treecreeper seen at the Ballast Hole Pond.

25th - 2 Little Grebe seen at Mercia Marina Pond. 1 male Wigeon seen canal side between the Nadee and the white footbridge. 1 male Kestrel seen hunting over fields NE of Nadee. Male Great Spotted Woodpecker seen near the cattery on Willington Road. 2 Grey Wagtail seen at the treatment works. 2 Siskin seen at Mercia Marina Pond. 2 pairs of Reed Bunting seen at Mercia Marina Pond and 2 pairs seenbetween the Nadee and the white footbridge and another 2 pairs seen at the treatmentworks.

 

 

 

 

March 2016

March 2016

4th - c30 Pied Wagtail seen feeding in cow field west of the treatment works.1 Yellowhammer seen perched on a hedge NE of Hicklin's Bridge.

7th - 1 Greylag Goose and 1 male Goosander seen at Mercia Marina. 1 Buzzard seen flying over Hillside. Pair of Kestrel seen feeding on the ground in the horse paddock Crow Park Way. 2 Peregrine seen perched on the rim of the cooling towers at Willington Power Station.1 Red Legged Partridge seen in field S of Common Piece Lane. 2 Grey Wagtail seen feeding in the cow field west of the treatment works. c80 Fieldfare and c20 Redwing seen feeding in a field NE of Hicklin's Bridge. 3 Reed Bunting seen at the treatment works.

9th - Frogspawn in garden pond Aults Close.

10th - Big Bumblebee seen on Hillside, another sign that spring is on the way,

11th - 2 Gadwall, 50+ Teal, 4 male Shoveler and 4 Snipe seen on flooded fields on Bakeacre Lane.

14th - Peacock Butterfly seen in garden on Hillside. The first sighting this year.

15th - c10 Stock Dove seen in the stubble field SW of Watson's Bridge. 50+ Redwing seen in the cow pasture SW of the treatment works. Goldcrest seen at the treatment works. 12 Siskin seen feeding on small Alders in Stanhope Hole Conservation Area. 1 male Yellowhammer seen west of the Ballast Hole Pond.

24th - Chiffchaff heard singing Heath Lane over the A50. 2 Little Grebe seen on Mercia Marina Pond. Grey Heron seen flying SW over Hillside, first sighting this year. 1 Treecreeper seen at the Ballast Hole Pond. 1 female Bullfinch seen at the treatment works.

25th - 2 Chiffchaff singing Heath Lane near A50 bridge. Brimstone butterfly and Peacock butterfly seen in garden on Castle Hill.

26th - 6 Fieldfare seen flying NE over Hillside.

27th - 3 Teal, 5 Gadwall and a nesting Coot seen on floodwater on Bakeacre Lane, also 2 Stock Dove seen and a Chiffchaff heard singing. Small Tortoiseshell butterfly seen in All Saints churchyard.

30th - Great Crested Grebe seen at Mercia Marina. Sparrowhawk seen over Hillside Garden. Chiffchaff seen feeding in Viburnam bodnantense tree in Hillside garden.

 31st - Brimstone butterfly seen in back garden Aults Close

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2016

April 2016

1st - 2 Little Grebe, 12+ Teal and a pair of Shoveler seen on flooded field Bakeacre Lane. 2 Stock Dove and a Treecreeper also seen on Bakeacre Lane.

3rd - Pair of Grey Wagtail seen west of the treatment works.

5th - Sparrowhawk seen hunting south of Heath Farm. 1 Swallow seen perched on wires Lower Heath Lane, the first sighting this year. Treecreeper seen east of the Ballast Hole Pond. 6+ Linnet seen feeding in the stubble field south of Willington Road, another first sighting this year.

 9th - 2 pairs of Mallard with broods of 8 or 9 ducklings seen on the canal between the treatment works and the Ballast Hole Pond. Male Kestrel seen hunting over field west of Watson's Bridge. Pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker seen Crow Park Way. Male Blackcap seen singing canal side between the treatment works and Ballast Hole Pond - 1st sighting this year. Willow Warbler seen southern corner of the treatment works, another 1st sighting this year. 2 Male Bullfinch seen on the A50 embankment north of Stanhope Hole. 2 Pairs of Reed Bunting seen in the reed bed Stanhope Wood. 2 Pair of Linnet  and a Blackcap seen at the junction of Common Piece Lane and Crow Park Way.

14th - Seen at 8 pm in a field Buckford Lane juntion with Frizzams Lane a white Pheasant.

19th - Hawthorn in flower adjacent to Stanhope Hole entrance. 1 Sparrowhawk seen hunting on embankment north of railway bridge. 1 Lesser Whitethroat heard singing (first song of the year) north of the railway bridge.2 Treecreeper seen canalside between the treatment works and the Ballast Hole Pond. Orange Tip and Large White butterflies seen in garden on Hillside (first local sightings of the year). 

20th - 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing junction of Heath Lane and Willington Road. Pair of Bullfinch seen in Cote Close and another pair at the treatment works.

21st - 2 Lesser Redpoll seen on bird feeders on Hillside garden.

23rd - 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing at the bottom of Cardales Meadow, another in Stanhope Wood and a third East of Nadee. Pair of Linnet seen Lower Heath Lane, one was gathering nesting material. Male Yellowhammer seen west of Ballast Hole Pond.

26th - 3 Lapwing seen SW of Watson's bridge

30th - 4 Greenfinches on feeder in garden Aults Close

 

 

 

 

 

May 2016

May 2016

1st - Cormorant seen flying over canal. Female Wagtail seen between Nadee and the treatment works,1 Lesser Whitethroat seen near the treatment works and another at the bottom of Cardale's Meadow. 1 Common Whitethroat seen on King George's playing field - the first local sighting of the year. Pair of Bullfinch seen in Cote Close. Male Reed Bunting seen in Stanhope Wood.

 4th - Male Kestrel seen hunting over field in Stanhope Wood. 4 House Martin seen collecting mud Hicklin's Farm, Heath Lane.

10th - Pheasant's Eye Naricissi growing in Cote Close Bird Sanctuary.

17th - House Martins nesting in Aults Close.

22nd - Brown Hare seen in the horse paddock north of Crow Park Way.

 

 

 

 

June 2016

June 2016

2nd - 1 Little Grebe, 1 Gadwall (unusual for this time of year),  a pair of Tufted Duck, 1 Reed Warbler (first sighting this year) and a pair of Linnet seen at Mercia Maria Pond. 2 Lapwing seen SW of Watson's Bridge.

3rd - Speckled Wood Butterfly seen on hedge Aults Close.

 

July 2016

July 2016

6th - 1 male and 2 female Reed Bunting seen in the wet area Crow Park Way, 1 Comma butterfly seen on the towpath under the railway bridge. Lots of Ringlet Butterflies seen in Cardales Meadow and on the bank.

 13th - Kestrel seen over Stanhope Wood. Sedge Warbler seen displaying in the reedbed Stanhope Wood. Male Bullfinch seen in Stanhope Wood and male Reed Bunting seen in the reed bed. Male Reed Bunting seen at Mercia Marina Pond.

17th - 11pm Hedgehog seen ambling along the bank Heath Lane near the farm.

28th - 1 Little Grebe, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Brown Hawker Dragonfly and 4 Essex Skipper Butterflies seen at Mercia Marina Pond.

29th - 1 Essex Skipper Butterfly seen NE of Stanhope Wood. 3 Essex Skipper seen E of King George V playing field. 1 Common Darter Dragonfly seen in Stanhope Wood. 1 Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker seen on Crow Park Way. Family party of 6 Mistle Thrush seen in the horse paddock N of Crow Park Way.

 

 

 

 

August 2016

August 2016

6th - Common Blue, Small Copper and Painted Lady butterflies seen in Cote Close Bird Sanctuary.

15th - Pair of Bullfinch on garden feeder Aults Close. 2 Little Grebe (adult and juvenile) seen on Mercia Marina Pond.

 

18th - (am)  Female Daubenton's Bat found dead outside the parish rooms

 

 

September 2016

September 2016

23rd - 5 Buzzard seen circling over Hillside.

30th - 1 Chiffchaff seen opposide Clovermead on Common Piece Lane, 10+ Red Admiral butterflies seen feeding on ivy canalside W of the railway bridge.

 

October 2016

October 2016

3rd - 7 Buzzard seen circling over Hillside. 

11th - 1 Chiffchaff seen at the treatment works.

17th - 2 Greylag geese seen with a flock of Canada geese at Mercia Marina. 1 Kestrel seen Hicklin's Bridge. 1 Green Woodpecker seen Common Plantation (opposite the Cattery). 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker seen at Mercia Marina Pond.

20th - c130 Pink Footed Geese seen flying SE over Buckford Bridge. 3 Bullfinch seen A50 embankment NE of the treatment works.

25th - 1 Grey Heron seen canalside S of the treatment works. 1 Mistle Thrush seen Heathcote's Farm, Heath Lane. 14 Gadwall seen at Mercia Marina Pond.

29th - 10 Fieldfare seen over garden on Hillside, the first sighting this autumn.

31st - 2.30 pm Kingfisher seen flying to and fro along the canal between Hicklin's Bridge and the railway bridge (bridge 20 and bridge 20a). 1 Grey Wagtail seen at the treatment works. 1 Redwing seen canalside SW of the treatment works (the first sighting this autumn. 7 Mistle Thrush seen in cultivated field E of King George V playing field.

 

 

November 2016

November 2016

2nd - 3 Fieldfare seen in Rowan tree Aults Close. 1 Green Woodpecker seen flying E towards the treatment works. 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker seen Crow Park Way. 1 Grey Wagtail seen at the treatment works. c8 REdwing seen Near Watson's Bridge. 3 Linnet seen by the railway line E of Stanhope Wood. Pair of Bullfinch seen canalside between the reailway bridge and Hicklin's Bridge. 1 Kingfisher seen flying along the canal S of the treatment works.

20th - Sparrowhawk seen sitting on garden bird table Aults Close.

28th - 1 Meadow Pipit seen on cow pasture W of the treatment works. 1 Goldcrest seen Crow Park Way near the locked metal gate, another one seen at the treatment works and a third on Upper Heath Lane near the A5 bridge.

30th - 5+ Stock Dove seen in stubble field SW of Watson's Bridge. 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker seen S of the treatment works. 40+ Pied Wagtail and 1 male Reed Bunting seen at the treatment works.

 

 

 

 

December 2016

December 2016

1st - 5 Stock Dove seen in the stubble field SW of Watson's bridge. 1 Grey Wagtail and 40+ Pied Wagtail seen at the treatment works. 1 Cormorant seen fishing at Mercia Marina and 4 Wigeon and 22 Gadwall seen on Mercia Marina Pond.

4th - 1 Grey Heron seenin flight west of Watson's bridge. 1 Kestrel seen hunting along the railway embankment east of Stanhope Wood. 2 Buzzard seen in the horse paddock north of Crow Park Way and 2 Buzzard seen in the field north east of Hicklin's Bridge. 3 Yellowhammer seen in hedge east of Stanhope Wood.

22nd - 7 Meadow Pipit and 50+ Pied Wagtails seen at the treatment works. c100 Redwing seen in the cow pasture SW of the treatment works, the largest flock seen this winter. 2 Siskin seen feeding with Goldfinches in alders near the Ballast Hole Pond. 2 male and 2 female Bullfinch seen on the A50 embankment NE of the treatment works.