Monday, 26 June 2017

Wintersett 26.06.17

13 - 16 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a south easterly breeze.
Wintersett Res: 12 Sand Martins flew south west - the first Autumn movers.  3 Oystercatchers flew over.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 3.
Ringing Highlights: Cetti's Warbler 1 juvenile male.  Goldcrest 1 juvenile.  11 Blackcap.  3 Garden Warbler.   5 Reed Warbler .    9 Chiffchaff .   2 Whitethroat  and 5 Willow Warblers.

Carlton Marsh

A couple of shots sent in by Tony Harding today.

 Blue-tailed Damselfly
Vixen & cub

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Wintersett 25.05.16

Up to 16 degrees with  8/8, but decreasing, cloud and a cool westerly wind.
Anglers CP:  A Little Egret dropped into the shallows at 09.45hrs and left west at 09.58hrs.
Common Tern 8.  Grey Wagtail 2.  Wigeon 1 female.  Oystercatcher 2 adults.  Canada Goose 14 young. 
Odonata:  Ruddy Darter 4  tenerals - first for the year.   MLPonds 

                       Ruddy Darter teneral                   MLPond    ASmith

Hordron Road to Upper and return, 25/6/17.

Drizzle the problem here and almost a disaster when the rain got worse. Refuge was taken in the upper hordron barn with the weather clearing at 1-30 with good light. Barmings area had 1 chipping Snipe, Oystercatcher, Golden Plover, 2 juv Red Grouse and 2 Kestrels. Further up just before the long moor clough stream a family party of Stonechats with a male and 2 juvs showing. Lower hordron barn area had male Wheatear, 1 chipping Snipe, C Buzzard 3, Stock Dove 1 pair. Upper hordron barn area had 1 possibly 2 Merlin, 1 imm. Peregrine, 5 C Buzzard, 1 Kestrel. Raven 1 pair, Golden Plover 2, Stock Dove 1 pair, 13 LBB Gulls which spent all aft.on the moor. Also Mistle Thrush 6, 2 Redpoll over, 1 male Reed Bunting, 1 Lapwing chick, trickle of 15 Swifts going w. late aft. I assume the Ring Ouzels have gone with none seen anywhere.

Wintersett Saturday 24.06.17

A quiet day.
A Hobby was hunting near Santingley at 09.35hrs.  A Red Kite flew south over Moorhouse Lane Ponds at 10.00hrs.    The Pink-footed Goose is with the Greylag Geese on Anglers CP.
Odonata: Wintersett Res:  A Migrant Hawker was off the south west bank and a Brown Hawker was off the west bank. 

Reed Warbler with Chimney Sweeper Moth   WRes   23.06.17   CSwaine

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Carlton Marsh

A full grown immature Greylag succumbed to a Dog Fox this morning near the wader scrape. It cached its kill before taking the cubs to look at it. Garden Warbler, Buzzard and Peregrine were the only birds of note today.
Chris Parkin counted 14 species of butterfly that included 15 Comma, 14 Small Skipper, 6 Red Admiral, Small Copper and 324 Ringlets.
I saw our first Brown Hawker, Banded Demoiselle and 3 Southern Hawkers.

Saturday 24/6/17.

Nothing at all audible at Wilthorpe Marsh just after midnight. Couple of hours at Low Moor this aft just produced the usual stuff with a Curlew chick showing close and 2 displaying Snipe showing well. Also, 2 Oystercatchers, 4 LBB Gulls, Siskin 2, Buzzard, Kestrel. At Broadstones res. a Red Kite went north at 4-15pm and 2 Quail still singing.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Wintersett 23.06.17

16 - 18 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a  moderate south westerly.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 2.  Grey Wagtail 1.  Pink-footed Goose 1.
Walton Hall: Red Crested Pochard 1 eclipse drake.  3 young Green Woodpeckers were just out of the nest.
Haw Park Wood: A Red Kite flew in at 16.30hrs.

Juvenile Green Woodpecker    WHWood    ASmith

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Wintersett 22.06.17

15 - 18 degrees with 8/8, but decreasing cloud this morning, sunny spells this afternoon.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 2.  Pochard 1 male.  Gadwall 10.  Oystercatcher 3.
Haw Park Wood: Willow Tit 1.
Botany Bay: Mallard 7 large/fledged young.
Wintersett Res: Great Crested Grebe 1 sitting. 
Overnight Moth Highlights: Blackneck 1.  Beautiful Hooktip 1.  Dingy Shears 1.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Langsett 20/6/17

Richard Laverack sent me these photos from the Langsett area (yesterday) . We saw Redstart, Ring Ouzel, Curlew, Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear, Dipper and Grey Wagtail.  Raptors included Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. There were at least 20 Mistle Thrushes and I thought I heard a Nightjar 'churring' at the far side of the Res. where they have the cut trees down? 

Wintersett 21.06.17

17 - 21 degrees with sunshine, scattered but increasing cloud and a light southerly.
Anglers CP:  Common Sandpiper 1.  Black-necked Grebe 1 in summer plumage.  Common Tern 3.  Grey Wagtail 1.  Pink-footed Goose 1.
(A late addition)  A calling Green Sandpiper flew south ACP at 22.40hrs. 
Odonata: The male Lesser Emperor and the male Red-veined Darter were off the south and east bank at Anglers CP.     A male Lesser Emperor was viewable from the bench in Pits Wood,  on the south east bank, Wintersett Res. from 15.00 - 15.30hrs.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Wintersett 20.06.17

15 - 18 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light north easterly.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 1.  Pochard 1 drake.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Greylag Goose 70.  Canada Goose 126.  Canada X Greylag Hybrid 4.  Grey Wagtail 1 south.
Wintersett Res: Herring Gull 1.  Cetti's Warbler 2 males - north bank and west bank.
Ringing Highlights: Green Woodpecker 1 adult male.  Willow Warbler 5.  Chiffchaff 4.  Willow Tit 2.  Reed Warbler 3.  Garden Warbler 3.  Blackcap 3.  Long-tailed Tit 6. 
Overnight Moth trapping produced:  Red-necked Footman - 2nd record for this site.  The Shark 1.  Dingy Shell 1.  Dingy Shears 1. 

 Adult male Green Woodpecker   JHolliday

 Juvenile  Long-tailed Tit      JHolliday

Red-necked Footman    2nd site record      JHolliday

Monday, 19 June 2017

Carlton Marsh

Geoff Carr came this evening to ring our Barn Owl owlets. There were just 2 huddled up together. On route we noticed at least 100 Small Tortoiseshell larvae on a nettle patch. A kingfisher was busy nearby and  a shoal of about 20 Chub were coming up for flies.

Wintersett 19.06.17

18 - 22 degrees with scattered cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher 4 adults + 2 young.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Wigeon 1 female.  Herring Gull 5 .
Golf Course Pond: Greylag Goose 23 large young.
Overnight Moth trapping produced a good variety:  Beautiful Hook-tip 4.  Marbled White Spot 2.  Green Silver-lines 1.  Scallop Shell 2,  Dingy Footman 1.  Golden Plusia 1.  Small Yellow Wave 1.  Lilac Beauty 1.  Clay Triple-lines 1.  Pinion-streaked Snout 2.  Beautiful Carpet 1.  Pine Carpet 1. 
The Lesser Emperor and the male Red-veined Darter  were present off the eastern bank ACP. 
2 Four Spotted Chaser,  a Large Red Damselfly  and a pair of Broad bodied Chasers were on the GCPonds. 
Mustelid:  The Mink is still frequenting the islands, swimming underwater to avoid being mobbed!

Four-spotted Chaser      GCPond   ASmith

Edderthorpe & Houghton

Slowly getting a bit of an autumnal feel down here the last week, more especially this morning when the first Green Sandpiper has returned. Good news is that Avocets have reared young for the first time in six years - the pair hatched 4 eggs and despite low water levels and a marauding Fox family have managed to rear three of the chicks to the flying stage, they took their first short flights this morning. The pair of Shelduck are well on the way to fledging their single chick too.
Teal began arriving back last week with up to 4 present and there are up to 18 Shoveler in various stages of moult with at least 1 brood of chicks around.
Ringed Plovers are slowly building up, mostly birds from the nearby Symphony fenced area, peaking at 12 this morning and with a good number of juveniles amongst them. LRPs are present with up to 4 adults but no juveniles have appeared yet. Redshank peaked at 14 last week, all adults with no fledged juveniles seen yet.
Large gulls are coming in to loaf around the flash mid morning which is unusual here at this time of year - up to 80 Lesser Black-backs and 21 Herrings and all (except the semi-resident pair of LBBGs) are immatures in various grotty stages of moult and wear. A pair of Common Terns made a brief visit this morning.
The last singing Cuckoo (up to now) was heard on the 12th.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Moorland news 17th, 18th June 2017.

Very steady at low moor Saturday aft. but excellent views of 3 displaying Snipe. Also Sparrowhawk with prey, chased into midhope res. woods by about 20 Swallows, Buzzard 1, Kestrel 1, Siskin 2, Jay 1. Some low life has stolen the feeding station seed feeder. On the way here a Green Pecker was at the bypass entrance to fox valley shopping centre. On Saturday night birds in evidence but only Woodcocks showing. - Ewden stone circle track to first stone wall, 1 churring Nightjar, 1 roding Woodcock, 1 calling Golden Plover,1 displaying Snipe, 1 ad. Tawny Owl over Mortimer road on the way to Gill Royd Lane junction. Here, 1 churring Nightjar, 1 roding Woodcock, 2 displaying Snipe, 1 calling Golden Plover. Nearby in Spring Moor wood 4 calling juv. Long Eared Owls. On Gill Royd Lane, 1 calling juv Tawny Owl. Today in the ewden valley, very steady but 3 Hobbys. 1pair were hawking insects in the white carr area and another rear of the lodge over broomhead moor. Also, 2 Kestrels, hard to believe no Buzzards, 1 displaying Snipe, 2 calling Golden Plovers, 5 Red Grouse chicks, 3 Meadow Pipit fledglings.

Wintersett + Damsels and Dragons 18.07.17

18  to 26 degrees with sunshine and a light westerly breeze.
Anglers CP:  Common Tern 6 + 2 WRes.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Greylag Goose 64. Wigeon 1 female. Gadwall 2 small young. Pochard 1.
Botany Area:  A male Yellow Wagtail was on George's path.
Moorhouse Lane Ponds: Mallard 4 small young.
Wintersett Res:  A Cuckoo and a Grasshopper Warbler were heard on the north east bank.
Overnight Moth Highlights: Beautiful Hooktip 3,  Scarce Silver-lines `,  Marbled White Spot 1,  Dingy Shell 1,  Beautiful Carpet 1 and Pinion-streaked Snout 1.
Odonata: There was a good variety, but very low numbers of Dragonflies and Damselflies considering the weather was spot on!
At ACP: A male LESSER  EMPEROR was very mobile off the east bank.   A rare for here, Banded Demoiselle was seen off the south bank by Mick Hemingway.  Red-veined Darter 1 male.
Moorhouse Lane/Disposal Point Area. : Azure Damselfly 1 male.  Large Red Damselfly 1.

Record shots but easily identifiable
 Lesser Emperor Dragonfly 
taken by Paul Meredith.  Anglers CP

Wintersett Saturday 17.06.17

Up to 26 degrees,hot and sunny with a little scattered cloud and a very light south westerly.
Cold Hiendley Res: Black-headed Gull 1 juvenile.
Wintersett Res: Black-necked Grebe 2 in summer plumage.  A male Cuckoo was singing in the south west corner. Common Tern 1 + 3 ACP.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 1.  Greylag 63 in wing moult.  Canada Goose 15 young.  Great Crested Grebe 4.   2 Lapwing chicks were in the Golf Course field.
Odonata:  Red-veined Darter 1 mal eand Brown Hawker 1 ACP.

                       Male Red-veined Darter                     ACP      PMeredith

Carlton Marsh

On the warmest June day so far 27c, Garden Warbler, Grey Wagtail, Buzzard, Collared Dove (a scarce bird here) 2 Goldcrest in Scots Pine, is also unusual at this time of year! LRP and Lapwing are back on the wader scrape after the floods recently.

 Willow Tit
Sedge Warbler
A Bank Vole was happily feeding 3ft up in an Elder on the fresh green leaves.

Insects included 10 Ringlet, 4 Meadow Brown, 6 Large Skipper, a female Black-tailed Skimmer, a male Broad -bodied Chaser and 10+ Four Spotted Chasers.

 Female Black-tailed Skimmer

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Wader Scrape

The 2 Med Gulls briefly at Old Moor mid-aft.