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Great day out today, to see the Bee-eaters at East Leake Cemex quarry. Three hours on site, with almost constant activity from 4 Bee-eaters, with
a fifth one seen briefly. A Lifer for me and my car share; David Rogers.
The Bee-eaters were airborne ( hawking) for a lot of the time and came close overhead on several occasions. Also perching up on the dead branch of a large Ash tree and some smaller trees not in leaf. Excellent viewing with the sun on them, as they perched 120 to 150 yards from the viewing area.
Plenty of photographs taken by David and some by me to be posted soon.
Other sightings included:
Little Grebe.... 3 including one small juvenile.
Linnets...c50 always about us in small parties but one large group seen.
Buzzard.
Kestrel
Goldfinch.
Butterflies... Lots of Red Admiral, less one eaten by a Bee-eater!.... And Dragonflies in abundance.

-- Edited by keith mills on Wednesday 19th of July 2017 09:52:20 AM

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Toured a trio of county sites today with most of the usual crew.

East Leake:
Never managed to count more than 4 bee-eaters at any one time, although apparently 5 had been seen early doors over towards the red and white striped posts. Despite the dull weather the birds showed well, especially when a couple of them moved to the right hand end of the small flooded pit, where they were against a wall of green vegetation. At various points they shared their favorite clump of dead trees with adult & juvenile Green and adult Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Linnets, Whitethroat, Blackcap, and an ever-attendant Blackbird. Kestrel, Greylag Geese, all 3 hirundines, Tufted Duck and Moorhen also seen

Attenborough. A trio of Sandpipers on Clifton Pond, with 1 Wood and 2 Green Sandpipers seen from Kingfisher hide, together with a reasonable range of water birds from Cormorants and Great Crested Grebes through to Common Terns, Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. After the Sandpipers moved out of sight an attempt to relocate them from the screen south of the pool failed but turned up a Common Sandpiper. On our way back we saw adult and juvenile Garden Warblers together with plenty of Blackcaps in a large area of bramble and willow scrub. Wren, Blue Tit, Cetti's Warbler, an arboreal Sedge Warbler and Long-tailed Tit were also seen.

At Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint there were plenty of sightings of Common Buzzards, both near and distant, but only one of Honey Buzzard, as one bird came in high from East Southeast then turning north over the lake. Initially spotted by another birder, it's fair to say that we all had different levels of confidence in the sighting, depending on how successful we were in picking the bird up against a clear sky. Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, Common Terns, Shelduck with ducklings, Bullfinch and Yellowhammer also seen here.

-- Edited by Mike Chorley on Monday 17th of July 2017 12:09:28 AM

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Saw 4 Bee Eaters from the watchpoint at Esst Leake yesterday morning. Active, calling and catching many bees. 

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Sunday with Simon and Chris.
Totally forgot we were still in the same county when we visited some other sites.

Welbeck Raptor Point.
- 5/6 Common Buzzard
- 1 Sparrowhawk
- 1 Lesser Whitethroat
- 2 Song Thrush
- 2 Common Tern

Budby Common.
First time here, fantastic looking place which looked ideal for all the iconic species but we couldn't wait until evening unfortunately.
- 1 Tree Pipit
- 1 Yellowhammer
- 3 Whitethroat
- 1 Kestrel
- Blackcap and Willow Warbler heard around

Plenty of Swift, House Martin and Sand Martin seen throughout the day.

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Sat 2nd July Took the train and a cab to East Leake to arrive at around 11AM. Views were good and I managed to see up to 5 of the Beefeater. The Twitch seemed well organised and friendly and everyone seemed happy with the views. Other birds seen included - 3 Buzzard - Skylark - 1 Little Ringed Plover - Lots of Sand Martin plus Several House Martin and Swift - several Chiffchaff, plus Garden Warbler and Blackcap in nearby woodland

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Sunday 2nd July
Early morning visit to East Leake (Cemex) with Simon Gough and Chris Chandler.

- European Bee-eaters
Very smart birds, 4 was the most we saw at any one point. They showed well most of the time we were there apart from a short spell when they all disappeared. They were taking Bee's at a crazy rate and seemed to do it with ease, whacking them on the branch before tossing them up in the air and swallowing them. Nice to hear them calling too.
Tried a few digiscoped images, not that bad really.

Also...
- 1 Hobby chasing Hirundines
- 1 Common Buzzard
- 1 Yellowhammer
- 1 Skylark
- 2 Bullfinch

Nice to see Spurn's Danny Branch holding the fort at the car park, well worth the £5 I might add, but it seemed a lot of people didn't think so as they'd parked on the grass verge along a busy main road.



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A few highlights of a trip to some sites around the county this weekend. 

Sat 20th. 

Welbeck watchpoint: Osprey, 4 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Yellow Wagtail 

Budby Common:  Woodlark heard, displaying Tree Pipit, 2 Cuckoo, 4 Yellowhammer, 10 Linnet 

Sun 21st 

Idle Valley near Lound: Turtle Dove, 2 Hobby, Cuckoo 



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Sunday 19th Feb with Chris Chandler.

Notts Co. Sailing Club.
- 1 Black-throated Diver
- 1 Black-necked Grebe
- 1 Glaucous Gull
- 1 Whooper Swan
- 1 Black Swan
- 2 drake Goldeneye
- 2 drake Pochard

Around the feeding station behind the club house. Plenty of activity incl...
- 2 Brambling
- Tree Sparrows
- 3 Reed Bunting (inc a palish golden individual)

Apparently the Glaucous Gull has been there a few days on the island and is thought likely to be unwell or injured, it did look a bit on the emaciated side.





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17th February.

With Ian Lyth.

Notts County Sailing Club. Hoveringham.

Arrived here at 17.00 hrs but were fortunate enough to still get decent views of the Black Throated Diver in the failing light.

Also.
Black-necked Grebe.
Glaucous Gull.

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Trip to Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint today with Simon Gough.
Arrived around 9am-ish

-1 Honey Buzzard (a Lifer for me) at 12.46pm
It was circling with a Common Buzzard and a few of us were checking with each other to get the features correct for a positive ID. We'd already had a false alarm but with good reason as a pale phase Common Buzzard was seen showing similar features.
But this one showed the necessary qualities including a long tail which was fanned out whilst circling then closed somewhat when gliding right above us.
The underside of the wings were pale with obvious barring, dark carpals, and the hand area easily seen as being translucent and with that we were confirming it and what a fantastic bird it was. It just soared right over us and I was very pleased with being able to contribute to ID'ing it with everyone else especially when there were so many Common Buzzards about of different colour phases to make it difficult.
-9 Common Buzzard seen together at once but lots more seen, a rough estimate I'd say approx 20
-2 Hobby circling and hawking above the woods, at distance but good scope views.
-1 female Sparrowhawk
-2 Kestrel
-1 Raven flying with a large Carrion Crow
-lots of Jackdaw
-a few Rook
-1 Jay
-Great Spotted Woodpecker seen a few times, could all be same bird
-2 Mistle Thrush
-2 Yellow Wagtail on lines infront of us (1m 1f)
-2 Yellowhammer
-few Goldfinch
-plenty of Linnet
-lots of Grey Heron
-1 Shelduck flying down to the Great Lake

...and something that amazed everybody was the very active pair of Lesser Whitethroat no more than feet away from us all going about their routine and didn't stop from the minute we arrived until we left mid-afternoon.
A cracking place and everything was seen without moving from the spot no more than 25yards from the car and meeting some nice people in the process!

No luck with the Golden Oriole that was reported yesterday at the local allotments a mile away.

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I had a day off this week (28th) and decided that with a couple of good birds over in the Nottingham area that would be a decent trip out. From my home S.of Northwich the trip wasn't too far, not much different than heading to Leighton Moss, just 5 miles further in fact, so off I headed along the A50 to Nottingham!

First port of call was to the NE of the city, at Gonalston village, where a now seemingly resident Glossy Ibis had been seen for the last few months. Without knowing exactly which area I was looking for I drove through the village until I found a field with wet hollows & sedges in it. Stopping on the verge for a quick scan I was rewarded with excellent views of a feeding adult Glossy Ibis. In the sun this bird showed a glossier, more colourful plumage than any other specimens of this species that I had ever seen before, it was a real stunner! After watching for a while & taking several digiscoped shots, difficult as it always had its head down feeding and never stopped moving, I headed off back westwards.

Next destination was Attenborough NR, where an adult Night Heron had been seen the previous day. Chatting to birders on site soon ascertained that no sightings had been had that day. Still I had a nice walk round connecting with my first Lesser Whitethroats of the year, as well as Whitethroat, Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler & Cetti's Warbler. A few hirundines flew about but I didn't see the Swifts others had seen earlier. Eventually my time was up and I had to depart back west and leave Notts behind. One of my two targets achieved but a cracking day nonetheless smile

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A successful trip in the end for myself and Alex Jones this afternoon at Broom Wood, Tiln, Nottinghamshire for the reported Melodious Warbler.

The windy weather meant that although the bird was constantly singing, it was keeping very low in the pine plantation. Finally after 3 hours, our perseverance paid off and good views were had as it sang on a pine branch about 3 feet from the ground.

Nice to hear it's mix of mimicries which interestingly included Common Whitethroat, Blue Tit, Swallow and a Blackbird alarm call.



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