Todwick Environment: Wild Birds

Brian Chambers, a member of SK58 Birders, writes articles about wild birds in Todwick.

SK58 Birders is a local birding group that meets monthly in the upper rooms at The Loyal Trooper, South Anston.

We have over 60 members; club nights always include a slide-illustrated talk and a report on local bird sightings. New members are always most welcome.

For further information please contact Brian Chambers, 01909 770816 or visit:

SK58 Birders – February 2017

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 at 7.30 pm at the Loyal Trooper, South Anston. The talk is by a regular visitor to SK58 – Bob Croxton, the subject is “Raptors through the Straits of Gibraltar”. 29 March 2017 meeting also welcomes back a regular, Mike Vickers, he will talk about “Madagascar”. As always non-members are very welcome to attend.

Locally, Waxwings have been scarce despite a good influx of birds into the country from Northern Europe. Sightings have been reported from Brandsmere Drive, Woodsetts, this is a site where in previous years the birds feed on an abundance of Guelder Rose berries. A small flock has also been seen, albeit briefly, in gardens near Netherthorpe Aerodrome.

If you love to see Barn Owls hunting then Dinnington Woodlands is the place to visit. Access the site by the entrance road to Bluebell Hospice off Cramfitt Road, park just here, scan over the grassland towards the bird hide at dusk and with luck the Owl should appear. The whole site stretching as far as Todwick Road to the west and Dinnington to the North is great hunting habitat for the Owls.

  1. Barn Owl
    Barn Owl
  2. Waxwing
    Waxwing amongst the berries
  3. Wigeon
    Wigeon on Tommy Flockton’s Marsh

Tommy Flockton’s Marsh – off the Harthill Road, has supported good numbers of Wigeon and Teal this month, as many as 16 birds of each species. The water level on the site is good with Mallard, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Coot and Moorhen also present. There is a good extent of shallow water margin which could attract some wader birds, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Dunlin, Oystercatcher are all possibilities.

The frosty weather has attracted lots of birds into our garden, sunflower heart feeders, mixed seed and fat balls being a welcome easy meal. Numbers have been as good this year as any in the past with c.50 Chaffinch, 15 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 20 Yellowhammer, 20 House Sparrow, 20 Blackbirds as well as Robins, Wrens, Tits and Dunnocks, plus rather less welcome Woodpigeon and up to 9 Magpie. So far no Brambling, which is an orange breasted relative of the Chaffinch – from Northern Europe.

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