Saturday 23rd Feb 2013
2 Bittern (Clifton Pond), Bittern (Wet Marsh Path), Red-Breasted Merganser (female River Trent nr. Cottages Flash), Water Rail.
Thursday 21st Feb 2013
Raven (over Corbett's Meadow), Water Rail (Tween Pond from Wet Marsh Path), 20 Common Snipe (Work's Pond), 15 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll (The Bund)
Wednesday 20th Feb 2013
Bittern (Clifton Pond reedbed between 13:50pm and 15:10pm later appearing at 15:30pm), 3 Common Snipe, Water Rail (also Clifton Pond), Common Snipe (Tween Pond)
Sunday 17th Feb 2013
WHOOPER SWAN 8 all adults just off Clifton Pond reedbed. Apparently flew in with about 50 mute swan about "2 hrs earlier from direction of Barton in Fabis". The latter all eventually left and flew back over Trent, but whoopers were still looking settled in tight flock (and calling around 5PM) swimming around the ends of the reedpens. Little Egret - 1 feeding really close (35m) to all the visitors walking along Barton Lane, on Wheatear scrape late afternoon!
Saturday 16th Feb 2013
Stonechat (1 female on Erewash Meadows - viewed from railway fence by pylon, Jack Snipe (1 Erewash meadow), 2 Common Snipe, Little Egret (2 separately flew into Coneries roost from NE), 2 Shelduck, 8 Northern Shoveler, 10 Goosander (Clifton Pond) 60 Fieldfare (to NW) 45 Common Gull (Tween pond reedbed fencing), 8 Redpoll (in flock on thistles near new upstream outflow), Bittern (Clifton Pond Reedbed, in front of Tower Hide), Water Rail (on fringes of Clifton Pond Reedbed, in front of Tower Hide), male Goldeneye (on Clifton Pond), many Tree Sparrow (in trees near Kingfisher Hide), Goosander (on Church Pond), large flock of Pochard on Coronies Pond, several Shoveler on Clifton Pond, group of Gadwall present on the flooded Wheater Field, 2 Common Snipe (seen flying into Reedbed in front of Tower Hide)
Thursday 14th Feb 2013
4 Bittern (Clifton Pond - see account below), 4 Common Snipe (Clifton Pond), Common Buzzard (Barton Island), Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Bullfinch (along riverside top of Clifton pond), Redwing (Barton lane), Treecreeper (near Church Pond), Water Rail (Willow Peninsula - back of Nature Centre), Sparrowhawk (Wheatear field), Kestrel (Tween Pond), Goosander, Goldeneye, Pochard (Clifton pond) An account of Bittern watching on Clifton Pond 14/02/13 - The first appeared at 14:15 at the northern edge of the reedbed, located south of the east end of Corbert Hide and was visible off and on for approx. 15 minutes. 2 further Bitterns flew into the same reedbed from reedbeds to the east at approx 15:00.These 2 then played around swimming across to an eastern reedbed, one perching on one of the reedbed protection posts until dislodged by the other, one climbing with some difficulty over the "chicken wire" reedbed protection fencing.Eventually, separately, they returned to the first mentioned reedbed. At about 15:55 a 4th Bittern flew from a western reedbed into the reedbed to the south of the western edge of the hide. It then strolled across where the reeds are flattened to the east side of that reedbed.The Bittern was still in that reedbed when I had to leave shortly after 4PM. A Little Egret that flew into Clifton Pond had possibly disturbed the Bittern from its original position. C. Bell
Friday 8th Feb 2013
Bittern (16:00pm - Clifton Pond Reedbed), Water Rail, Little Egret (over Coneries Pond early AM), Kingfisher
Thursday 7th Feb 2013
20 Gadwall, 10 Northern Shoveler, 12 Eurasian Wigeon, 50 Eurasian Teal, 14 Common Goldeneye, 22 Goosander, 19 Common Pochard, 5 Common Snipe, 10 Bullfinch, 50 Fieldfare, Siskin, Marsh Tit.
Wednesday 6th Feb 2013
1 Bittern [Clifton Pond at 13:58].
Saturday 2nd Feb 2013
4 Siskin, 2 Little Egret, 1 Northern Shoveler, 2 Common Goldeneye, 2 Gadwall, Common Pochard, 2 Red-crested Pochard, Eurasian Teal, Grey Wagtail, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Egyptian Goose. Clifton Pond: 2 Eurasian Wigeon, 29 Common Goldeneye, 17 Goosander, 3 Common Pheasant, Water Rail, Green Woodpecker. Tween Pond: 10 Gadwall, 22 Eurasian Teal, 7 Goosander, 2 Common Goldeneye, 3 Common Pochard, 4 Egyptian Goose, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Common Buzzard. Works Pond: 3 Common Snipe, 15 Eurasian Teal, Grey Heron, Common Buzzard.
Already a best seller this new Collins Guide to British Birds is a must for beginners and experts alike. The book was co-authored by Paul Stancliffe, former volunteer at Attenborough and features great quality photographs.
£ 19.99 Paperback instore (£22 online)