Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Wintersett 18.07.18

17 - 19 degrees with scattered light cloud and a warm south westerly breeze.
Wintersett: Barn Owl 1.
Wintersett Res:  3 Redshank were in at 05.00hrs and left west at 06.45hrs.  A Water Rail was calling from the west bank marsh.  Common Tern 2.  Little Grebe 1 + 1 ACP.   Mallard young 9 s + 1 s + 7s.
43 Birds were ringed WRes. this morning.   Grasshopper Warbler 1 juvenile.  Chiffchaff 12.  Willow Warbler 1.  Reed Warbler 14.  Sedge Warbler 1.  Blackcap 4.  Treecreeper 1.  Yellowhammer  1.  Whitethroat 2.  Willow Tit 1.  Reed Bunting 5.

Wintersett Catch Up 13th to 17th July 2018

Just back from a short family holiday in beautiful Dentdale, North Yorkshire.

Weather at Wintersett mostly warm/hot and dry with temperature in the high teens to mid twenties.

Saturday 14th July: 
Wintersett Res: An adult Cetti's Warbler was alarm calling to a brood of stumpy tailed, fledged young in the south east corner.   A female Grasshopper Warbler and 4 Garden Warblers were ringed on the north east bank.  An adult Grey Wagtail with 2 juveniles was on the spillway.
WRes: Steve Denny found the first Essex Skipper since 2009, on the dam wall.  A Purple Hairstreak was on the west bank.
ACP: Meadow Brown 1.  Small Skipper 1.

 Sunday 15th July 
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 2.  Cormorant 22 over.  Common Tern 6.   Barn Owl 1.
WRes: The brood of Cetti's Warblers were on the east bank. Sand MArtin 3.   
61 Birds were ringed this morning.  14 Blackcap.  5 Garden Warbler.  11 Reed Warbler.  23 Chiffchaff and 8 Willow Warbler.
Lepidoptera: A Holly Blue was on the Pol, ACP.   Small Copper 1.
Odonata: Southern Hawker 1 female, ACP.   Black-tailed Skimmer 1 female north bank WRes.

Monday 16th July
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1.
WRes: Little Grebe 2.  Common Tern 2.  Mallard 9 small young.
Lepidoptera: A Small Copper was on the north bank WRes..

Tuesday 17th July
Anglers CP: Snipe 1.  Oystercatcher 1.  Grey Wagtail 1.  Sand Martin 6.
Lepidoptera WRes: Purple Hairstreak 1.  Green-veined White 1.
Odonata: Black-tailed Skimmer 1 male ACP.  Emperor 1 male Botany.

Wintersett WeBS July 2018

Here are the July2018  WeBS totals for the Wintersett Area.

Mute Swan 40 + 2 y   Canada Goose 87   Greylag Goose 34  Cormorant 2   Coot 144   Moorhen 6    Mallard 74 + 1 vs young   Gadwall 4   Tufted Duck 184   Great Crested Grebe 32   Lapwing 60   Grey Heron 1.

Carlton Marsh

This afternoon a male Peregrine scattered everything on the wader scrape including good numbers of Herring and LBB Gulls. The Iceland Gull wasn't present. (Dave Smith) 
A female Gadwall has a new brood of 7 small young.

Earlier a female Peregrine chased a LBB Gull over Dave Smith's home in Carlton at 10.25hrs. The gull squealed like a child, but it got away towards Royston. The Peregrine left SE followed by a Buzzard heading north.

This afternoon Arthur Vincent was awe struck watching hundreds of winged ants take to the wing in his and other gardens on Stanley Street, Cudworth, as loads of Black Headed Gulls circled above picking them off at will.

Then just before dusk in my Cudworth garden, a Little Owl alighted on the guttering, only to be attacked by 2 male Blackbirds that made it dash into the trees for cover!

The Edge 18/07/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 3 Mute Swan, 15 Canada Geese, 11 Greylag, 48 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 12 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 2+4y Moorhen, 2 Coot, 11 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 32 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 6 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting and 1 Yellowhammer.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 52 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 18 Gadwall, 16 Mallard, 16+29y Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 27 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 116+17y Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Peregrine, 1 Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk, 11 Lapwing, 46 BH Gull and 1 Kingfisher.
TPT - Highlight was seeing a Common Crane rising on a thermal over Old Moor Rspb before heading east towards Adwick Washlands. Singing males 5 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat and 1 Chiffchaff.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 12 Greylag, 7 Canada Geese, 35 Gadwall, 7m+3f Pochard, 7+3y Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 124+7y Coot, 1 Moorhen, 5+3juv LBB Gull  and 1 Common Tern. Also present were 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel and 1 Kingfisher.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Carlton Marsh

21 birds ringed this morning included 10 Reed Warblers, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcaps 1 Sedge Warbler and 4 Chiffchaffs. Reed Warbler Y392739 was ringed here as a juvenile on 4/8/14.

A return visit this evening saw the 1st summer Iceland Gull on the wader scrape at 19.15hrs. It was flushed by grazing horses at 19.30hrs, but not sure which way it went. An adult BH Gull was present with a white Darvic ring right leg, but too far away to read it.

Iceland Gull (CG)

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.