Monday, 19 October 2020

Wintersett + Gull Roost 19.10.20

13 - 17 degrees, sunny with 3/8 cloud and a light westerly breeze.

Anglers CP:  Brambling 2 west.   Black-necked Grebe 3.  Little Grebe 7.   

Wintersett Res: The juvenile male Garganey in the north east corner.  

Anglers CP Gull Roost:  An adult Mediterranean Gull,  a 1st Winter  Caspian Gull  and  5 Yellow-legged Gulls were in this evening. 

Mediterranean Gull adult   Anglers CP   SDenny

                                            Black-necked Grebe  Anglers CP SDenny

Wilthorpe Marsh 19/10/20.

Very quiet with no sign of yesterdays mobile YB Warbler. J Snipe 1, C Snipe 2, Cettis 1, with this species assumed to be a winter visitor with none heard in spring or summer. Linnet 300+, 1 Parakeet, 1 Green Pecker.

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Wintersett WeBS count for October 2020

Her are the Wintersett WeBS counts for September 202o:

Mute Swan 56   Whooper Swan 1   Greylag Goose 60   Canada Goose 34   Cormorant 7   Great Crested Grebe 22   Black-necked Grebe 2   Little Grebe 6   Water Rail 1   Coot 884   Moorhen 24  Mallard 62   Teal 18   Garganey 1 juvenile male   Shoveler 69   Wigeon 372   Gadwall 227   Tufted Duck 333   Pochard 94   Goldeneye 10.   Grey Heron 10   Lapwing 250   Snipe 6   Kingfisher 2.

Carlton Marsh

It looks as though Cetti's is here to stay, it was singing from the scrape this morning. In addition to the usual stuff, 2 Herring and 10 Common Gulls on the wader scrape. (JP)

The late Ralph Hibbert's funeral service with be at Ardsley Crematorium on Tuesday 3rd November at 10.50am.

Wintersett + Ringing 18.10.20

 8 - 10 degrees with 8/8 cloud with a light southerly breeze.

120 birds were ringed today. per @BeckyBailey101

Highlights of  3 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 male Blackcap,  2 Coal Tit, 88 Lesser Redpoll, 14 Redwing & 1 Blackbird.

Anglers CP: Chiffchaff 3.  A Whooper Swan flew in.  Siskin 8.  Black-necked Grebe 2. A Grey Plover flew over NW at 15.25hrs.

Wintersett Res: 

Swallow 1.  The juvenile male Garganey was in the north east corner. 


Saturday, 17 October 2020

Carlton Marsh

Quiet today birdwise 21 Shoveler, 2 Tufted, 2 Cormorant, 4 adult Common Gulls, Water Rail, 2 Goldcrests, 4 Jays, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail. (JP/Dave Smith/CG)

A Fox was hunting the wader scrape.      Fungi included:

Crepidotus variabilis (CG)
Tricholoma atrosquamosum (CG)
Earth Star (Geastrum trilplex) (CG)

Wintersett 17.10.20

10 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a north easterly breeze.

Wintersett Res:  The immature male Garganey still present - per Peter Garrity.  

Anglers CP: A Stonechat and a Red Kite were in the back fields - per Chris Swaine.  Dunlin 1.  Black-necked Grebe 1.  36 Whooper Swans flew east at 09.00hrs.


Immature male Garganey Wintersett Res.. P Garrity 

Stonechat    ACP  back field    C Swaine

17/10/20 Low Moor, Upper Midhope

07.45 - 09.45. An attempted vis-mig session at Ewden Height was abandoned due to thick fog so I moved spots to a lower level under the cloud cover. The area was alive with winter thrushes and passing Chaffinch’s and Starlings. 

Fieldfare - c300-500 hard to estimate numbers due to large groups roaming the area.
Redwing - c200-300
Blackbird - c20 suspected to be of migrant origin 
Pink-footed Geese - 18 low ENE at 07.50
Brambling - 3 NW (1+2)
Chaffinch- c120 NW
Starling - c350 NW
Snipe - 4 ENE (1+3)
Skylark - 4 south, 1 returned

+ Reed Bunting, Grey Wagtail south, 12 Siskin, 7 Lesser Redpoll, Kestrel, 3 Crossbill, 2 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 2 Jay

Friday, 16 October 2020

Carlton Marsh

This morning 2 Willow Tits, a singing Cetti's Warbler, 3 Water Rails and 3 Common Gulls (1 noticeably smaller with shorter bill and more streaking on head and breast). (JP/D. Standish)

This afternoon Goldcrest, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 3 Jays, 50 Fieldfares north and 5 Redwings west.

A Migrant Hawker was flying. 

Fungi on show included Candlesnuff, loads of Sulphur Tuft and up to 6 Earth Stars.(Dave Smith)

Wintersett 16.10.20

 A cool 8 - 12 degrees with 6/8 cloud and a light north easterly.

Wintersett Res: The juvenile Garganey still in the north east corner and a Ring-necked Parakeet flew over west (Keith Horne) 

Anglers CP: A Black-tailed Godwit and a Dunlin were feeding in  the SW corner.  Black-necked Grebe 3. (Steve Denny)

Haw Park Wood:  Pink-footed Goose 150 north east in 4 skeins over 5 Ways, HPWood. at 11.30hrs. (AS, SG).   

Wilthorpe Marsh 16/10/20.

Very steady. Highlights, - Jack Snipe 1, C Snipe 4, L Egret 2. Parakeet 4, Linnet c 300 on wires, 2 singing Chiffchaffs, 2 Skylarks s . Green Pecker 1, L Grebe 3 on the oxbow, presumed the first of the year.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Carlton Marsh

This morning saw the return of Cetti's Warbler after an absence of 2 years. A male sang briefly before first light and subsequently more strongly from 3 different locations in the marsh up until 09.00hrs. Male and female Tawny Owl also called before dawn. Water Rails called from 3 sites and 6 Redpoll and a Siskin were roaming around. Redwings moving west included 2+20+20+5. (CG)

Meanwhile (JP) was on the top field on the east side of the reserve and saw c100 Fieldfare and c200 Redwing moving north. 10 Skylarks and 6 Meadow Pipits were down on the field of stubble.

On his way home (JP) found a Tree Sparrow in a hedegerow on the Royston Road, Cudworth allotments. This is scarce bird in these parts, the last record for nearby Carlton Marsh was on 25/9/10.

Wintersett + VisMig + Gull Roost 15.10.20

Wintersett VisMig - per Gray Speight

 Going north west:  A Hawfinch, calling continuously. 

Going east: Whooper Swan 7.  Pink-footed Goose 200 in 3 skeins. 

Going west:  Redwing 2089.  Fieldfare 375.  Starling 945.   Brambling 7.   Chaffinch 70. 

Going south east: 2 Great Egrets came in to Wintersett Res. at 12.50,hrs. They landed in theWillow Wood tree tops before leaving to south east at 13.00. 

Going south: Goosander 1.  Swallow 6 

Going north:  Heron 1. 

Anglers CP: Black-necked Grebe 3.  Pintail 1 drake.  Goldeneye 7 + 4 WRes.. 

Wintersett Res: The juvenile Garganey still in NE corner and a Kingfisher.   per Steve Denny.

Anglers CP Gull Roost: per Steve Denny  

 Lesser Black-backed Gull 667.  Herring Gull 150.  Great Black-backed Gull 18. Yellow-legged Gull 7. 

Insect: A European Hornet was seen near the cafe.

Juvenile Garganey, north east corner Wintersett Res. SDenny
Kingfisher Video per Steve Denny 

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Low Moor/Midhope 14/10/20, J Wasse, S Green.

Good light and mainly dry apart from one heavy downpour. Both accipiters with Goshawk and 2 Sparrowhawks. Male Merlin chasing, 1/2 Peregrine, 5+ C Buzzards, 3+ Kestrel. Plenty Thrushes with estimates of 1000 Fieldfares and 500 Redwings, couple of Song Thrushs and 3 Blackbirds. Crossbill 10/15 with some showing well in conifer tops. Raven scarce, just 1 w. Brambling 3 down briefly with a fem showing well. Siskin 11, flock of c30 Meadow Pipits, 1 Grey Wagtail down.

Carlton Marsh

This morning 32 Teal, 50+ Gadwall, 20 Shoveler, 3 Common Gull, 1 Fieldfare with 20 Redwing and 1 Collared Dove east was only the 4th record this year.(JP)

Late morning 60 Greylags high NW at 11.05hrs were folowed by 50 more west at 11.20hrs. (R.J. Boland)

This afternoon 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small White and 3 Small Copper butterflies. (Chris Parkin)  

Dave Smith discovered several Earth Stars (Geastrum triplex) on the disused railway embankment, which is new for the reserve. (That's one I never expected here). He also found our annual Shaggy Pholiota (Pholoita squarrosa) in the car park.

This evening 25 Greylags flew SE at 17.10hrs (CG) 

Before dusk 2 Buzzards, 50 Redwing, 15 Starlings and Great Spot Woodpecker. 2 Snipe left the wader scrape west  to feed elsewhere. A Fox was hunting the wader scrape and a Pippistrelle was out and about. (Dave Standish)

Wintersett 14.10.20

  8 - 13 degrees sunny, with 4/8 cloud, and a light north easterly.

Sightings per Steve Denny.

Anglers CP: Rock Pipit 1.   3 Black-necked Grebes still present. Fieldfare 1.

Wintersett Res:  Chiffchaff 1.   The ducks flushed to CHRes!

Cold Hiendley Res: Goldeneye 7. TuftedDuck 380 + 10 WRes.

Botany Bay:  Brambling 1.

Lepidoptera: Comma 1 in the Willow Wood WRes.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Carlton Marsh

 A Barn Owl was hunting at the back of the wader scrape at dusk. (Dave Standish)

c50 Fieldfares flew west over the Newtown estate in Cudworth at 14.25hrs. (CG)

Wintersett 13.10.20

 9 - 12 degrees,  with 8/8 dull cloud and a cool north easterly. Rain from late morning to mid afternoon. 

Wintersett Res: The juvenile Garganey still in the northeast corner.  A Brambling was on the north bank.

Anglers CP:  At least 2 Black-necked Grebes still present and our first Fieldfare seen on the east bank.  
per Steve Denny.

Cold Hiendley Res:
4 Grey Wagtail. , 4 Redwings, and a  skein of Pink-footed geese in the distance. per Alex Aylward.

Monday, 12 October 2020

Carlton Marsh

Our mate Ralph Hibbert died this morning! He tested positive for Covid 19 recently and appeared to be reasonably well, but this morning he had a little fall and may have had a blood clot on his brain? He was 81. Ralph was a bloody good naturalist, his passion was identifying and counting butterflies in the locale. He was a pretty good botanist too. About 20 years ago he became one of our wildlife group helping with the management of the reserve. We shall miss his cheeky chappy antics and friendship. Here are few photographs from happier times.  

Ralph's got the chair with a group of Barnsley Nats. you might know.
Ralph and Keith Bannister with the lovely Pat Jobling, her daughter in law, Dave Smith and Geoff Miller in the backgrouund
Ralph with Chris Parkin
From left, CG, Les Corrall and Ralph on an open day
Dark Green Fritillary Ralph and Les found on 27/7/10
It was somewhat damaged by the time I got to see it a couple of days later.
One of the last things Ralph did was to write his early memories of WW2 for a free local magazine called Chewin T' Cud. It also goes out to ex pats around the world and part 2 is in the next edition. 

It was quiet today on the reserve 21 Shoveler, Water Rail, 1 Redpoll, Great Spot Woodpecker, Kingfisher, 12 Pied Wagtail and 30 Magpie. 

A very late Brown Hawker equalled the latest ever of 12/10/08.

Clouded Agaric and Jew's Ear was amongst the fungi found.

Wintersett Ringing Recovery per Becky Bailey

Reed Warbler ATJ3857 

was ringed at Wintersett  on 22/07/20

 and 20 days later was retrapped by ringers

 at Buckland Marsh, Oxfordshire - a move of 214km South.