Monday, 16 July 2018

July Hobby increase.

One found by the shooting lodge Swallows in the ewden valley on the 7th and it or another yesterday carrying a prey item and being mobbed by 6+ Swallows in the same place. One found by Swallows this evening went west over Staincross.

Carlton Marsh

The Iceland Gull was relocated at a glass recycling plant on the Carlton Industrial estate at 11.45hrs (R. J. Boland)

Butterfly counts today were Peacock 151, Painted Lady 1, Red Admiral 5, Comma 12, Purple Hairstreak 1, Brown Argus 4, Small Copper 5, and Holly Blue 5,
(Chris Parkin)

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Carlton Marsh

A nice surprise today, a 1st summer Iceland Gull! It came onto the Wader Scrape at 12.09hrs and was still present when I left at 14.30hrs. It was a site tick for Keith Bannister, Jim Plant, Dave Standish and Chris Parkin. Jim was on a roll having seen the Audouins Gull at Sheffield yesterday and the Greater Sand Plover at the coast this morning.
Also present 35 LBB Gulls, 20 Herring Gulls, Coal Tit singing, Lesser Whitethroat singing and Willow Tit 2 + 2 calling
All photographs of Iceland Gull by Dave Standish

Butterflies included 20 peacock, 6 Comma, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Purple Hairstreak and 2 Red Admiral.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Carlton Marsh

New in today- Green Sandpiper, on the wader scrape (Jim Plant). There were 57 LBB Gulls, 30 Herring Gulls and c250 BH Gulls.

Storrs Mill area
18 species of butterfly included Small Copper 12, Holly Blue 7, Purple Hairstreak 16, Brown Argus 2, Brimstone 2, Comma 25, Red Admiral 3 and Peacock 22.
Buzzard and Kingfisher were around and there were 12 Little Egrets on Edderthorpe Flash (Chris Parkin)

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Wintersett 12.07.18

15 - 19 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a light north easterly.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 1. 
Wintersett Res: Oystercatcher 1. 
Cold Hiendley Res: Gadwall 5 small young down to 4 seconds later, when a fish took one!  Tufted Duck 1 male in wing moult.  Mallard 4 young. 
Haw Park Wood: Nuthatch 1 + 2 Fox Well

Carlton Marsh

A Common Sandpiper was feeding in the shallows on the main marsh and 40 LBB Gulls, 30 Herring Gulls and 120 BH Gulls were on the wader scrape. Kingfisher and Peregrine were around. (Les Corrall/Ralph Hibbert)

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Wintersett 11.07.18

15 - 21 degrees with 4/8 but increasing cloud and a light easterly.
Wintersett Res: A male Grasshopper warbler was reeling this morning + juveniles, and still reeling late morning on the north east bank.  Common Tern 4.  Mallard 8 small young.  Little Grebe 2.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Wintersett 10.07.18

15 - 20 degrees with 7/8 but decreasing cloud and a light north easterly.
Wintersett Res: Common Sandpiper 1.  Mallard 56 + 10 ACP.  Little Grebe 1 adult. 
Anglers CP: Common Tern 2.  Sand Martin 10.  Grey Wagtail 2.
Haw Park Wood: Grass Snake 1.

Scarce Butterflies in the Barnsley recording area.

Photos by Geoff Carr.
At least 15 Brown Argus recorded at Lundwood in May by Geoff Carr and Jeff Lunn. The site was revisited recently and the habitat completely dried out with no butterflies seen - lets hope the colony survives.

Photo by Geoff Carr
25-30 Essex Skipper around the Park Hill area, Wombwell last week and found by Jeff Lunn and Geoff Carr.
And.....Marbled White now at Adwick on the old tip site per Ken Foundation and Jeff Lunn.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Ringed Robin Recovery per Becky Bailey 08.07.18

We don't get many recoveries of robins, but one came in this week:
S396912 was ringed at Winterset on 06/09/16
and recaptured by Sorby Breck Ringing Group,  just down the M1 in Woodhouse,
on 12/05/18 and showing signs of breeding.

Wintersett 09.07.18

15 - 18 degrees with sun and scattered, but increasing cloud, with a light north easterly.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 2.  Great Crested Grebe 10.  Oystercatcher 1.
Overnight moth trapping highlights: Pine Hawk moth 1.  Clay Triple-lines 1.  Dingy Shell 1.  Pinion Streaked Snout 2.  Purple Clay 1.  Scallop Shell 1.  Dingy Shears 3.  Dingy Footman 13.  Scarce Footman 5.

White Plume Moth

In answer to Ziggy. Yes White Plume Moth is quite common.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Wintersett 08.07.18

18 - 24 degrees with light scattered cloud and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP: Hobby 1 north.  Common Tern 2.  Pochard 2.
Wintersett Res: Mallard 8 small young.   Grasshopper Warbler 1m on west bank.
Cold Hiendley Res: Tufted Duck 114 coming in to moult. 
Odonata WRes: A male Lesser Emperor was seen from the south bank and again from the south east corner bench.   Four Spotted Chaser  1.   White letter Hairstreak 1 north east corner.
Lepidoptera: There was a large movement of Small White Butterflies with some Large Whites going nort east over Wintersett Res. from 11.00hrs.

Mortimer road, dukes road, ewden valley, 8/7/18.

Not many birds in near perfect conditions. Ewden shooting lodge the most productive with a Merlin mobbing a Red Kite a few times. 2 Red Kites seen together and possibly 3 in the area. 5 C Buzzards and 2 Kestrels completed the raptors. 5 Ravens, 3 Siskins and 42 Meadow Pipits counted on the walk.

Woolley Colliery - correction

The second local record - one was recorded by Andy Godfrey from Mapplewell in 2014.

Woolley Colliery

A new species of solitary wasp for the Barnsley area, Cerceris rybyensis.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Wintersett 07.07.2018

17 - 23 degrees with 0/8 cloud and a light north westerly.
Wintersett Res: 2 male Grasshopper Warblers were reeling - west bank and north east bank.  A Yellow Wagtail flew over west bank.  Common Tern 3.  Willow Tit 1 north bank.
44 birds were ringed this morning.  Highlights were:  5 Blackcap ,  2 Garden Warbler,   6  Whitethroat,   1 Lesser Whitethroat,  9 Reed Warbler,  1 Sedge Warbler,  5 Willow Warbler,   3 Chiffchaff,  1 Grasshopper Warbler,  2 Treecreeper and 1 Coal Tit.   A male Cetti's Warbler was retrapped on the west bank.
Lepidoptera: Purple Hairstreaks were seen in Haw Park Lane Wood and in Haw Park Wood per @StevieD131
Odonata: A Broad -bodied Chaser was in the Willow Wood, WRes.
2  male Lesser Emperors were seen from the south east corner WRes.  per @Fitzybirder.

Ewden valley 7/7/18.

Late a.m. early aft. Very cloudy so excellent light at times. Hobby 1, at last. Red Kite 1 constant, C Buzzard 4, Kestrel 3. Raven 2, Siskin 2, Meadow Pipit 15 and 1 juv Curlew down, near adult size.

Friday, 6 July 2018

River Dearne, Storrs Mill

On another beautiful sunny day. These white butterflies were coming down to take minerals from the edge of the water. There was as many as 50 Green Veined and Small White.

(Brian Dearnley)
A Kingfisher shot under the bridge and there were around 20 male Banded Demoiselles and a Brown Hawker.

Wintersett + Good and Bad News 06.07.18

18 - 22 degrees with 2/8 cloud and a light north easterly.
Wintersett Res: 2 Redshank were on the boathouse slipway.  A Nuthatch was near the boathouse bench + another was in HPWood.  
Cold Hiendley Res: Mute Swan 35 + 2 WRes.    Gadwall 4 vs young + 5 small young.
Mallard young in the area:  WRes: 10vs.    CHRes: 10 vs + 5 vs + 5 m + 2 large + 3 fledged
Lepidoptera: Large Skipper 1 west bank WRes..
Bad news: A Mink was eating the eggs of a Coot, from a nest on the edge of the algae/weed, CHRes..  This could explain why we have no young Coot or Great Crested Grebe in the area.

Mink eating eggs from a Coot nest   CHRes.   ASmith
 Good News: I found the first Bee Orchid forAnglers CP yesterday.
First Bee Orchid for ACP   ASmith