Friday, 22 May 2015

Wintersett 22.05.15

13°C, sunny and  humid with south westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 8.  The first fledged Longtailed Tit was in the SW corner.
Anglers CP: There are 4 broods of Black-headed Gulls on the rafts.  The Oystercatchers are down to 2 young (from 4).
Other critters:  Two Yellow-bellied sliders were on WRes.  The first Blue-tailed Damselfly was at the north east end of WRes.

The Edge 22nd May

There continues to be very little change in the variety of birds recorded on the Edge. The usual breeding migrants have moved in and set up territories but there has been a dearth of passage migrants. We seem to have gone very quickly from winter to the summer lull. Hoping for a few late Spring surprises on the Edge of Old Moor.
Wombwell Ings- Present were 2 Mute Swan, 34 Canada Geese, 30 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 15 Gadwall, 11 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 2 Wigeon, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 21 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Lapwing, 3 Redshank, 26 BH Gull, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Skylark  and 1 Meadow Pipit.
Broomhill Flash- Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 18 Canada Geese, 29 Greylag, 7 Shelduck, 13 Tufted Duck, 13 Mallard, 11 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 19 Coot, 3 Moorhen and 1 Pied Wagtail.
Warbler Way- Singing males 10 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Willow Tit and 1 Song Thrush. 9 Avocet were counted on the Waderscrape.
Bolton Ings- On the open water were 2 Mute Swan + 6 cygnets, 3 Canada Geese, 26 Tufted Duck, 11 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 2 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 39 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 3 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also noted were 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing and 2 Bullfinch.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Carlton Marsh

A Peregrine was heading towards the New Scrape area at 12.52hrs. (Geoff Miller) At Carlton a Weasel appeared on Dave Smith's patio and a Cuckoo was singing near his home. 

Edderthorpe, Thursday

Still excellent for waders down here at the moment. The Little Stint remains for its fourth day, Dunlin 6, Ruff 1, Ringed Plover 24 (at least 9 had left high to the north by 07.00), LRP 3, no sign of the drake Garganey which was still present yesterday. Lapwings appear to be having a disastrous breeding season on the Flash and at Houghton Washlands. Only 2 broods of chicks have been seen and each for only a single day before disappearing, 3 nests were ploughed over by the farmer and most adults appear to have given up the breeding attempt this year, only 35 were counted today, most stood around in silage fields. Thank goodness for the adjacent fenced area at Symphony where once again Lapwings are raising plenty of chicks!

The Edge 21st May

Wombwell Ings-Present were 2 Mute Swan, 37 Canada Goose, 31 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 12 Gadwall, 11 Tufted Duck,10 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 17 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 5 Lapwing, 4+ Redshank, 1 Ruff, 18 BH Gull, 6 Skylark and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash-Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 58 Canada Geese, 48 Greylag, 8 Shelduck, 12 Tufted Duck, 5 Gadwall, 4 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 4 Little Grebe, 23 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 3 Lapwing, 1 Redshank and 3 LBB Gull.
Warbler Way- Singing males 11 Willow Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler and 2 Reed Bunting.Also of note were the year's first male Banded Demoiselle Damselflies.
Bolton Ings-On the open water were 2 Mute Swan + 7 cygnets, 9 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 24 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 34 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail  and 1 Kingfisher.

Surprises at Ingbirchworth

Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 23 Mallards + broods of  6+4+2 ducklings (including a golden one in brood of 6), 4 Tufted Ducks, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Black-headed Gulls, 2 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 first-summer Herring Gulls, 4 Moorhens, 18 Coots, 1 Kingfisher, 2 singing Garden Warblers, 3 singing Whitethroats and 3 singing Yellowhammers

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Old Moor Sofa

Again apologies for late blog, still haven't sorted internet/laptop problems and too lazy to buy a new one.

An update on the number of species recorded in the Old Moor Area this year, at the end of March the total was 112.

A further 26 species were added in April as follows - Swallow on 1st (113), Marsh Harrier on 4th (114), Osprey on 5th (115), Ruff on 6th (116), Whimbrel on 8th (117), Little Gull on 10th (118), Willow Warbler on 10th (119), Common Sandpiper on 11th (120), House Martin on 14th (121), Black Tailed Godwit on 14th (122), Reed Warbler on 15th (123), Yellow Wagtail on 15th (124), Sedge Warbler on 16th (125), Whitethroat on 16th (126), Grasshopper Warbler on 17th (127), Swift on 18th (128), Cuckoo on 20th (129), Tree Pipit on 22nd (130), Lesser Whitethroat on 24th (131), Gareden Warbler on 24th (132), Black Tern on 24th (133), Grey Plover on 24th (134), Common Tern on 25th (135), Hobby on 25th (136), Whinchat on 28th (137), and finally Yellow Legged Gull on 29th (138).

A further 5 species have been added in May as follows - Garganey on 2nd (139), Bar Tailed Godwit on 11th (140), Arctic Tern on 12th (141), Turnstone on 12th (142) and Sanderling on 12th (143).

Personally I think it has been one of the worst Springs on record if not the worst. Maybe because of the weather, seems to have been windy and cold nearly all the time and still is today. Wader passage has been very poor with no Greenshank and only 2 Black Tailed Godwits, 1 record of Little Gull, hardly any Arctic Terns and whats happened to the Mediterranean Gulls. Of couse it could all change tomorrow (probably won't) but we live in hope and it's always good to be out enjoying the birds that are with us.

For comparison some other inland sites totals are as follows - Lound, Nottinghamshire 153, Swillington Ings, West Yorkshire 159 (Wow), Upton Warren, Worcestershire 123, Hatfield Moors, South Yorkshire 157 and Potteric Carr, South Yorkshire 146.

Ewden stone circle track./ Low Moor, Midhope. 20/5/15.

Ewden - No escaping winter here in a cold n.w. wind. Up to the cabin and back had 2 pairs of Stonechats possibly 3 with another bird heard. 2 calling Cuckoo's, Golden Plover 1, Swift 6, chipping Snipe 1, Ring Ouzel 1, Raven 2 and a party of 5, Buzzard 6, Kestrel 2 and a pair of Pied Wagtails at the cabin. Low Moor/ Midhope - A coat warmer here and a pleasant lunch in the sun. Buzzard 6, Kestrel 2, Sparrowhawk 1, Raven 2, Oystercatcher 2, Siskin 2, Snipe 6 and a constant steady movement of Swifts going east to west. Over 100 counted but many more. Light entertainment was provided mid-aft by the week a Wednesday team who had come for the GG Shrike.

The Edge 20th May

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 30 Canada Geese, 24 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 2 Shelduck, 14 Mallard, 12 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Haron, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 18 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 5 Lapwing, 1 Avocet, 1 Redshank, 1 Ruff, 1 Little  Ringed Plover, 21 BH Gull and 4 Skylark.
Broomhill Flash- Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 28 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 23 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 4 Little Grebe, 28 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Redshank, 3 LBB Gull and 1 Buzzard.
Warbler Way- Singing males  8 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler and 2 Song Thrush. Also seen 1 Barn Owl.
Bolton Ings- On the open water were 3 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 37 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 42 Moorhen, 1 Moorhen,and 5 LBB Gull. Also seen were 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Carlton Marsh

It was great to be warm again outdoors! Todays highlights included 20 Tufted Duck, which equalled the record. 2 Dabchick, a new brood of 5 Canada Geese and 2 Kingfishers. If the latter breed it will be a first for this site! Lesser Whitethroat was singing along with at least 7 Reed Warblers.

On route to my mothers', an Osprey mobbed by a Crow at 16.13hrs, flew North over the new cemetery in Cudworth, as it ambled towards Rabbit Ings. Cudworth cemetery is about three quarters of a mile east of Carlton Marsh.

Ingbirchworth & Midhope

Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 50+ Swifts.
Midhope Reservoir - 2 drake Teal.

Wintersett 20.05.15

8°C with 7/8 cloud and a moderate north westerly this morning.  Sunny this afternoon but still windy.
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher 4 adults + 3 young.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 9
Moorhouse Lane Pond: Large Red Damselfly.
Of interest:  Brian Lee reported an Osprey over his house in Royston heading NW at 11.55hrs.  There was an Osprey at Broomhill going west 15.15hrs  and then one at Carlton Marsh ambling slowly north towards Rabbit Ings at 16.13hrs.  Could this be the same bird?   Maybe a two year old returning to the UK for the first time?  Unfortunately there was no one on site at Wintersett to await its probable arrival. 

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Edderthorpe, Tuesday

Following the influx of Tundra Ringed Plover here yesterday evening it was no real surprise to find them all gone this morning, clearly pressing on with their northward bound migration. The Little Stint is rather surprisingly still present as are the 9 Dunlin, but everything else appears to have moved on. A Ruff is different from the very small individual present yesterday, a winter plumaged Sanderling with 3 Ringed Plovers dropped in at 05.55 but only stayed for 2 minutes before leaving to the north and a further 13 Ringed Plovers were present later in the afternoon. LRP 4, Common Sandpiper 1, Redshank 16 were also present and a Peregrine put in an appearance during the afternoon.

Wilthorpe Marsh 19/5/15.

Not much new here. About 150 House Martins feeding at sewage farm and a notable increase this year of Bullfinchs. 2 young Tawny Owls were showing well at the end of April.

Wintersett 19.05.15

7°C with 8/8 cloud,  intermittent rain and hail showers with a cool north westerly.  Some short sunny intervals from midday.
Anglers CP: A 1st Summer BLACK  TERN was a surprise this morning. It stayed here until mid afternoon and then went to Wintersett Res.   Oystercatcher 4 young and  Cormorant 2.  More Sand Martins were prospecting around the Sand Martin Box.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 11,  Willow Tit 1.

special views

This morning I had distant views of the splendid black tern at Anglers and then lost it until I realised it was flying over the rocks in front of the hide.  It then settled on a rock at 11am and stayed there preening for 20 minutes providing crippling views before flying off to feed across the lake.
At Old Moor at 12.10 I had a brief sighting of a bittern in low flight over the reeds.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Wader passage - at last...

Edderthorpe Flash, Monday. It has been rather slow going this spring at this site but finally things looked up today, clearly a day when lots of waders are on the move. A breeding plumage Sanderling was the first decent bird to appear, followed by a Little Stint a Avocet, a Ruff and a few Dunlin and Ringed Plovers. By late evening Ringed Plovers had built up to 31 and Dunlin to 9, with 4 LRPs and 18 Redshank for company. The drake Garganey is still present on the Flash, Teal 2 and Shelduck 4.

Wintersett 18.05.15

8°C,  drizzle,  showers,  mainly cloudy with a cool south westerly.
Despite an extensive search of the area there was no sign of the Lesser Scaup today.  Not a lot else to report.
Anglers CP:  Redshank 1.  4 young Oystercatchers.  Common Tern 2 + 8 WRes.. 

The Edge 18th May

Back from birdwatching around Lake Kerkini, Northern Greece-a wonderful spot.
Wombwell Ings mid AM-Present were 4 Mute Swan, 34 Greylag, 21 Canada Geese, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 7 Shelduck, 20 Gadwall, 11 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 18 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 3 Redshank + 2 very young chicks, 5 Lapwing, 26 BH Gull, 5 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash late AM-Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 7 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 6 Shelduck, 11 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 4 Mallard, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 11 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 2 Redshank, 1 Kestrel, 2 LBB Gull, 40+ Swift, 20+ Swallow, 20+ House Martin and c6 Sand Martin.
Warbler Way-Singing males- 1 Song Thrush, 7 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and 2 Blackcap. 14 Avocet could be seen on an island on The Waderscrape.
Bolton Ings early PM-On the open water were 3 Mute Swans+ a brood of  7 cygnets, 7 Canada Geese, 29 Tufted Duck, 5 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 2 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 38 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 191 BH Gull and 3 LBB Gull. Also present were 2 Grey Partridge and 1 Oystercatcher.

Willow Tit Survey

Results from the spring Willow Tit Survey were excellent and far more than expected.
The main focus was the Dearne Nature Improvement Area (NIA) which roughly is north to Rabbit Ings, east to Barnburgh/Sprotborough, south to Swinton/Wentworth and west to Worsbrough. The NIA covers 200 sq km and Willow Tit were found in 43 sqs.
A total of 63 territories were located in mainly damp/wet habitats with a strong emphasis on the post industrial habitats. Some territories were only 250-300 metres apart in ideal habitats.
So, thanks to everyone who put records on this blog or sent me info via email and text.
Keep any records coming in for the rest of the BBSG recording area.
Thanks to Alwyn Timms for the image.