January 2017

 January 2017

2nd - 1 Grey Heron seen in flight East of upper Heath Lane. 2 Buzzard seen east of Lower Heath Lane. 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail and 30+ Pied Wagtail seen at the treatment works. 1 Grey Wagtail seen in the cow pasture W of the treatment works.1 Fieldfare seen on the village green. 40+ Redwing seen in the stubble field E of Stanhope Wood. 1 Goldcrest seen in the churchyuard and another seen canalside between Hicklin's Bridge and the railway bridge. 2 Yellowhammer and 1 Reed Bunting seen in the stubble field E of Stanhope Wood.

3rd - Mistle Thrush seen eating sultanas put on the lawn of back garden in Aults Close. Also seen in the garden lots of Starlings, House Sparrows, a Wren and a Pied Wagtail.

5th - 1 Little Grebe, 22 Gadwall and 1 Male Reed Bunting seen on Mercia Marina Pond. 1 Cormorant seen at Mercia Marina circling over frozen water looking for somewhere to fish. c6 Long-tailed Tit and 1 Coal Tit sen in a garden on Hillside.

13th - 2 Kestrel seen hunting low over the stubble field SW of Watson's Bridge. c30 Fieldfare seen feeding with Redwing in the pasture field SE of the cemetery. 3 Mistle Thrush seen in the pasture field opp Clovermead. 1 Bullfinch seen on the A50 embankment NE of the treatment works.

25th - 1 Sparrowhawk seen in the horse paddock N of Crow Park Way. c50 Fieldfare seen feeding with Redwing in the pasture field SE of the cemetery. 1 Song Thrush singing near the treatment works. 1 Chiffchaff seen at the treatment works. 1 Goldcrest seen in the churchyard. c10 Linnet seen near the treatment works. 4 Bullfinch seen on the A50 embankment NE of the treatment works.

30th - 1 male Kestrel seen in Stanhope Wood. 1 Kingfisher seen canalside between treatment works and Ballast Hole Pond. 80+ Pied Wagtail (highest count at this site) a 1 Goldcrest seen at the treatment works. 2 Bullfinch seen on the A50 embankment NE of the treatment works, 4 Bullfinch seen canalside E of the railway bridge and another 2 Bullfinch seen Upper Heath Lane. 10 Yellowhammer and 4 Reed Bunting seen feeding in stubble field SW of Watson' Bridge. 3 Reed Bunting seen at the treatment works.

 

 

 

February 2017

 February 2017

1st - 10 Waxwing counted in trees by the pedestrian gate Willington end of Mercia Marina.

3rd -  1 Kestrel seen over King George V playing field. 30-40 Lapwing seen over Crow Park Way flying SE towards Stenson. 1 Snipe seen in the wet meadow SW of the treatment works. 4 Stock Dove seen in the ploughed field E of King George V playing field. 1 Kingfisher seen canalside between the treatment works and the Ballast Hole Pond. 5 Song Thrush heard singing all around the short canal circuit. 2 Siskin seen feeding with Goldfinch at the Ballast Hole Pond. 6 Yellowhammer seen in a hedge N of Hicklin's Bridge. 2 Reed Bunting seen in Stanhope Wood.

3rd - Great Spotted Woodpecker heard hammering in Common Plantation on the north side of Willington Road opposite the cattery.

4th - Buzzard seen flying over fields at the top of Porter's Lane. Barn Owl seen flying over allotments Common Piece Lane.

9th - 1 Water Rail seen in the central channel of the reed bed at the treatment works.

13th - 1 Kestrel seen in Cardale's Meadow. 1 Grey Wagtail seen at the treatment works. 1 Goldcrest seen canalside SE of the treatment works. A pair of Bullfinch seen on the A50 embankment N of the treatment works.

17th - 1 Kingfisher seen canalside between Ballast Hole and Nadee.

18th - Roe Deer seen by Rushy Meadow Way footpath (this path runs across the field from Lower Green to Heath Lane).

20th - 2 Reed Bunting seen at the treatment works.

24th - 1 male dead Badger seen A50 bridge Heath Lane.

26th - 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker seen in tree next to the treatment works.

28th - 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker seen east of the treatment works. 1 Skylark heard singing over the stubble field SW of Watson's Bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2017

 March 2017

1st - 1 Little Grebe and 14 Gadwall seen on Mercia Marina Pond. 3 Buzzard seen circling over Mercia Marina Pond. 1 Water Rail seen in the centre channel of the reed bed at the treatment works. 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker seen east of the treatment works. 1 Goldcrest seen between the canal and the railway line. 1 Siskin seen feeding in Alders with Goldfinches at the Ballast Hole Pond. 1 male Yellowhammer seen north of Hicklin's Bridge and another east of Nadee. 3 Reed Bunting seen at the treatment works.

8th - 20+ Frogs very active in garden pond Aults Close and lots of Frogspawn.

9th - Comma butterfly seen in a garden on Hillside. the first sighting this year. Small Tortoiseshell butterfly seen in a second garden in Hillside, another first sighting this year.

13th - Peacock butterfly seen in a garden on Hillside, the first sighting this year.

14th - 3 Chiffchaff seen around the short canal circuit, all singing.

15th - Peacock butterfly seen in Cloverslade and Brimstone butterfly seen on Hillside. Comma and Brimstone butterfly seen in a garden on Castle Hill. 1 male Brimstone butterfly seen in a garden on Hillside.

23rd - 1 Grey Wagtail seen at the treatment works. 1 Blackcap seen singing canalside SE of the treatment works (the first sighting of the year)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2017

 April 2017

1st - Pair of Swans nesting near the Nadee, 3 eggs in the nest.

5th - 2 Peregrine seen perched on the rim of a cooling tower at Willington Power Station. 1 male Grey Wagtail seen at the treatment works.

8th - ! Skylark singing over field N of Hillside garden.

9th - Hawthorn in flower adjacent to the entrance to Stanhjope Hole Conservation Area. 1 Green-veined White butterfly seen at the entrance to Stanhope Hole, the first sighting this year. 2 Small White butterflies seen in a garden on Hillside, another first sighting of the year.

10th - 2 Swallows seen over Hicklin's Farm on Heath Lane, the first sighting in Findern this year. 2 Yellowhammer seen east of the Nadee.

13th - 1 Little Grebe, a pair of Mallard with 7 duckilings and a pair of Coot with 3 young seen at Mercia Marina Pond. 1 Stock Dove seen in the cultivated field SW of Watson's bridge and 1 Kestrel seen over Mercia Marina Pond.

 

 

 

 

May 2017

 May 2017

4th - 1 Green Woodpecker heard east of the treatment works. 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker seen to fly over Cote Close. 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing btwn Ballast Hole Pond and Nadee (the first this year). 1 Common Whitethroat displaying at the bottom of Cardales Meadow (another first in Findern this year). 1 male Yellowhammer singing east of King George V Playing Field.  

6th - All seen on our dawn chorus walk in Findern this morning:- Blackbird, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Robin, Blue Tit, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Wren, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Goldfinch, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Kestrel, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Swallow, Swift, Heron, Pied Wagtail, Mallard and ducklings, Mute Swan, Yellowhammer, Long Tailed Tit and Black Backed Gull.

7th - 1 male Kestrel hunting Cardale's Meadow. 4 Stock Dove and 4 Mistle Thrush seen in the cultivated field SW of Watson's Bridge. 1 Sedge Warbles seen in Stanhope Wood reed bed. 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing between Hicklin's Bridge and Stenson marina. Pair of Yellowhammer seen north of Hicklin's Bridge. 2 male Reed Bunting seen in Stanhope Wood reed bed.

11th - Pair of Litte Grebe nest building Mercia Marina Pond.

15th - 3 Swift seen flying over Hillside garden, first sighting in Findern this year.

21st - 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 male Yellowhammer heard singing near Hicklin's Bridge. 1 male Bullfinch seen Common Piece Lane.

22nd - House Martins nesting in Aults Close.

27th - Dead Mole seen on the towpath near Nadee. 1 Leisler's bat and 1 Pipistrelle bat found in separate boxes in Cote Close Bird Sancturay during bat box check with Derbyshire Bat Conservation Group.

 

 

 

June 2017

 June 2017

1st - Bee Orchid seen in flower Stanhope Wood. 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing N edge of Stanhope Wood. 1 Male Reed Bunting seen carrying food to nest site Stanhope Wood reed bed.

7th - 2 Peregrine seen perched on the rim of Willington Power Station cooling tower. 1 Grey Wagtail seen canalside SE of the treatment works.

14th - 7 Ringlet and 7 Large Skipper butterflies seen on the Findern Transect. - the 1st sightings this year. 1 Common Blue butterfly seen in Cardale's Meadow. 2 Chimney Sweeper Moths seen in Cote Close, another 1st sighting this year and1 Broad-bodied Chaser seen in Cardale's Meadow, another 1st sighting. Other butterflies also seen around Findern were 6 Meadow Brown, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Large White, a Red Admiral and a Brimstone.

 

 

July 2017

 July 2017

27th - Kestrel seen hunting over field west of upper Heath Lane.

30th - 2 Brown Argus butterflies seen at Mercia Marina Pond. Essex Skipper, a Small Copper, a Comma and several Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown butterflies seen near King George V playing field Heath Lane. Common Blue butterfly, 2 Speckled Woods, 2 Comma and a Red Admiral butterfly seen in Stanhope Wood. Common Blue seen in Cardale's Meadow and a Holly Blue seen in Common Piece Lane. Little Grebe seen Mercia Marina Pond. Chiffchaff seen Crow Park Way. Yellowhammer seen east of King George V playing field.

 31st - 11pm Tawny Owl seen Common Piece Lane

 

August 2017

 August 2017

1st - 1 Painted Lady butterfly seen in Cote Close Bird Sanctuary.

4th - 3 Purple Hairstreak butterflies seen in the large oak tree north side of A50 underpass Crow Park Way. Painted Lady butterfly seen Cote Close Bird Sanctuary.

15th - Great Spottted Woodpecker seen at the treatment works. Banded Demoiselle and Holly Blue butterfly seen near Hicklin's Bridge.

19th - Sparrowhawk seen over Hillside garden.

21st - 2 juvenile Grey Wagtail and a family of 5 Chiffchaff seen at the treatment works.

24th - 30+ Swallows seen hawking over cereal crop SW of Watson's Bridge. 2 Common Whitethroat seen adjacent to the reailway line E of Stanhope Wood. 4 juvenile Blackcap seen at the treatment works and 1 male Yellowhammer seen est of Nadee.

 28th - 1 Grey Heron seen canalside SW of the treatment works. 6 Greylag Geese seen flying south over canal. 1 Kingfisher seen flying over field parallel to the canal opposide the Ballast Hole Pond. 1 Blackcap singing (very late) near Watson's Bridge. Family party of 4 Chiffchaff and 1 juvenile Reed Bunting seen Stanhope Wood reed bed.

29th - Kingfisher seen along Doles Brook, Common Piece Lane.

 

 

 

 

 

September 2017

September 2017

2nd - Owl pellet found near the Tower House, Porter's Lane. On dissection seen to contain a mouse's tail and the skull of a small mammal.

6th - 1 Little Grebe seen Mercia Marina Pond. 1 Grey Heron seen in cattle field W of treatment works. 3 Gadwall seen at Mercia Marina Pond, first sighting this autumn. 1 Sparrowhawk seen being mobbed by a crow over Upper Heath Lane. 2 Peregrine seen perched on the cooling towers. 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 male Blackcap and 3 Chiffchaff sen at the treatment works.

18th - 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker seen at the Ballast Hole Pond. 2 Goldcrest seen at the treatment works, the first this autumn. 1 Nuthatch heard in Findern churchyard. 2 Swallow seen over Hillside garden.

27th - Pair of Kestrel seen over a cereal field SW of Watson's Bridge. 1 Kingfisher seen over field E of Nadee. 1 Chiffchaff singing Crow Park Way. 2 Linnet seen in the cow pasture W of the treatment works.

 

 

 

October 2017

October 2017

2nd - 1 Grey Wagtail seen at the treatment works and 1 Jay seen in the cattle field SW of the treatment works.

4th - 1 Grey Heron seen canalside SW of the treatment works and 1 Greylag Goose seen on the canal S of the treatment works in company with 100+ Canada Geese. 4 Gadwall seen on Mercia Marina Pond. 1 Kingfisher seen flying west along the canal towards the Nadee. A late record of 1 Swallow seen flying south over Heath Farm.

8th - 1 Coal Tit seen in Hillside garden.

14th - 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker see to fly over the canal just E of Nadee, 1 Chiffchaff seen at the treatment works.

17th - 1 male Kestrel seen hunting adjecent to Heath Farm.

22nd - 1 Tawny Owl heard calling from Hillside Garden.

26th - 2 Widgeon and 11 Gadwall seen on Mercia Marina Pond. 1 Peregrine seen perched on the rim of a cooling tower at Willington power station. 1 Water Rail seen at the treatment works. c18 Redwing seen by the old fish ponds N of Common Piece Lane (first sighting of the autumn). 1 Goldcrest seen with a flock of tits at the bottom of Common Piece Lane. 1 Treecreeper seen near Hicklin's Bridge (first sighting this year).

31st - Kingfisher seen flying along the canal between Hicklin's bridge and the railway bridge.

 

 

November 2017

 November 2017

1st - Male Kestrel seen perched on wires east of Nadee. 1 Grey Wagtail and c20 Pied Wagtail seen at the treatment works.

13th - Sparrowhawk seen to take a Sparrow from a bird table in Aults Close.

 16th - 2 Cormorant seen on a pylon S of Mercia Marina. 2 Wigeon and 19 Gadwall seen on Mercia Marina Pond. 1 Kingfisher seen fllying east along the canal between the railway bridge and Hicklin's bridge. 2 Fieldfare seen flying W over the churchyard, the first sighting this autumn. 1 Goldcrest seen feeding with a tit flock near the railway bridge. 1 Jay flew over the canal near the Ballast Hole Pond. 1 male Bullfinch seen near the A50 underpass, the first sighting since May. 1 male Yellowhammer seen in fields NW of the Ballast Hole Pond, the first sighting for several weeks.

19th - Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding on bird table Aults Close.

 

December 2017