Friday, 22 August 2014

Cudworth

Just back from the Yorkshire Dales. Whilst I was there I received a call from Geoff Miller on Tuesday the 19th to say that an Osprey had just flown low over his home in Beech Avenue heading south towards the Dearne Valley at 16.10hrs. It would appear that nobody else picked it up at the usual hot spots.

Wintersett 22.08.14

13°C start with 6/8 cloud and a cool north westerly.
Anglers CP: Cormorant 9  and Pochard 8. 
Cold Hiendley Res: Shoveler 3 + 1 ACP.  Common Tern 1 adult.
Wintersett Res: 500 Black-headed Gulls were roosting first thing.  Cetti's Warbler 1 male + 1 female,  Water Rail 1,  Yellow Wagtail 2 over, Swift 2 and  Goldeneye 1 female.
50 birds were ringed this morning, including: Blackcap 11,  Sedge Warbler 8,  Reed Warbler 5,  Whitethroat 1,  Reed Bunting 6,  Willow Warbler 4 and Chiffchaff 10.

The Edge 22nd Aug

Wombwell Ings mid PM- Present were 4 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 55 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 31 Teal, 13 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 1 Garganey, 89 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 11 BH Gull, 2 Coot and 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker.
Broomhilll Flash late AM- Noted were 24 Little Grebe, 8 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan +2y, 3 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 24 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 5 Teal, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank and 1 Red Legged Partridge.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM- Present were 7 Little Grebe, 7a+3y Great Crested Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan +2y, 49 Gadwall, 16 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 2 Teal, 1 Pochard, 22 Lapwing, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Wintersett and Anglers CP Gull Roosts 21.08.14

For those who are not in with the Twitterati, here are the gull totals from this evening per Steve Denny.
Wintersett Res:  20 LBBS,  C1000 BH Gulls.
Anglers CP: 33 LBBs and usual adult YL Gull . 

Langsett

Langsett Reservoir - 78 Mallards, 2 Tufted Ducks and 1 Common Sandpiper - gull roost - 369+ Black-headed Gulls, 1 adult Common Gull, 319+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 2 (1 adult & 1 third-summer) Yellow-legged Gulls.

The Edge 21st Aug

Wombwell Ings mid AM- Present were 1 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Shelduck, 28 Teal, 10 Mallard, 1 Garganey, 107 Lapwing, 12 Black Tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 15 BH Gull, 60+ Goldfinch, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap and 3 Swift.
Broomhill Flash late AM- Noted were 23 Little Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan +2y, 14 Tufted Duck, 14 Mallard, 6 Teal, 1 Pochard, 100+ Lapwing, 3 Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard and 1 Barn Owl.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM-Present were 8 Little Grebe, 9a+3y Great Crested Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan + 7y, 6 Canada Geese, 43 Gadwall, 19 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 3 Mallard, 58 Lapwing, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Wintersett 21.08.14

14°C,  6/8 cloud  with a south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: A Little Egret flew over north at 07.25hrs.  3 Shelduck flew in from WRes at 07.40.  A juv. Shelduck was on the islands mid morning.   Swift 2 + 1 WRes..
Wintersett Village:  Little Owl 1
Walton Hall: Common Tern 1 adult.  A Nuthatch was heard at Stoneheaps (on the canal).

Adwick (am)

Little Egret 4, Lapwing 80, Redshank 1 west at 10.30, Peregrine 1, Grey Partridge 6, Little Owl 1, Yellow Wagtail 4, Willow Tit 3,

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Edge 20th AUG

Wombwell Ings mid AM-Highlight was the cream crowned Marsh Harrier that flew in at 9.10am but mobbing by Lapwings resulted in it leaving northwards. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 1 Shelduck, 7 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, c150 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank(flew towards Broomhill at 8.55am), 1 Kestrel, 43 BH Gull, 10+ Yellow Wagtail and 6+ Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash late AM- Noted were 8 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 27 Little Grebe, 1 Mute Swan +2y, 3 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 21 Mallard, 19 Tufted Duck, 8+ Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 1 Garganey(seen early AM leaving Wombwell Ings by J.Hewitt), 80+ Lapwing, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 17 BH Gull and 1 Barn Owl.
Bolton Ings early PM-Present were 4 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 9 Little Grebe, 6a+2y Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan +6y, 53 Greylag, 14 Canada Geese, 45 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, 6 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 3 Mallard, 14 Lapwing, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Swift.

To Tesco & back

Elsecar Reservoir - 1 Grey Heron, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 14+ Coot and 3 Grey Wagtails.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 19 Canada Geese, 90 Mallards, 13 Tufted Ducks, 6 Little Grebes, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Moorhen, 4 Coots, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtails and 14 Pied Wagtails.
Midhope Reservoir - 34 Canada Geese, 2 Tufted Ducks, 7 Little Grebes and 1 male Redstart.

Wintersett 20.08.14

13°C,   some sunshine with 4/8 cloud and a cool north westerly.  There was a light shower early afternoon.
Anglers CP: Teal 8 left east  + 1 WRes., Shoveler 1,  Pochard 6 + 15 WRes. and  Gadwall 2. Canada Goose 276,  Greylag Goose 108,  Mallard 84.   A Curlew flew NW at 14.55hrs..
Wintersett Res: Yellow-legged Gull,  usual adult,  Swift 1 + 2 ACP,  Common Tern 2 adults + 2 juvs., Goldeneye 1 female.  Cetti's 1 male.  Tufted Duck 5 fledged young + 2 fledged CHRes..
Archie was ringing in the NE corner this morning: His catch included:-  Garden Warbler 1, Blackcap 14 and Chiffchaff 10.
Alien: The long term resident  Red-eared Terrapin Trechemys scripta elegans, was seen basking just under the surface of the water in the NE corner of WRes..

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Edge 19th Aug

Wombwell Ings mid AM- Highlight was the 2  Redstart in Broomhill Park. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Mute Swan, 23 Canada Geese, 7 Teal, 5 Mallard, 1 Garganey, 44+ Lapwing, 5 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 53 BH Gull, 1 Kestrel, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash late AM- Noted were 10 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 23+ Little Grebe, 1 Mute Swan +2y, 29 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 35 Mallard, 16+ Tufted Duck, 13 Teal, 5 Gadwall, 60+ Lapwing, 11 BH Gull, 1 GBB Gull, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel and 1 Hobby.
Bolton Ings early PM-  Present were 6 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 8 Little Grebe, 6a+2y Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan +6y, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Greylag, 32 Gadwall, 19 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 2 Mallard, 8 Lapwing, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Swift .

Wintersett 19.08.14

15°C,  sunny but cool with a light north westerly. 
Anglers CP: Yellow Wagtail 4 + 1 SE WRes., Grey Wagtail 1,  Common Tern 1 + 1 NW,  Shelduck 1 juv. east,  Pochard 4,  Shoveler 2,  usual adult Yellow-legged Gull, Buzzard 4 and a Meadow Pipit went south.
Wintersett Res: Redshank 2,  Sand Martin 400,  Swift 1,  Common Tern 2 adults + 2 juvs. and a Hobby over at 14.22hrs.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Old moor Nocturnal Report - Monday 18th August

Mere - Green Sandpiper 4, Common Sandpiper 2, Dunlin 2, Ringed Plover 1, Little Ringed Plover 3.

Main Marsh - Barnacle Goose 1, Wigeon 1, Lapwing 900+, Black Tailed Godwit 2, Greenshank 1, Green Sandpiper 4, Snipe 5,  LBB Gull 13, Common Gull 1, Peregrine 1, Hobby 1.

Roost in willows on Willow Pool - Grey Heron 3, Cormorant 20, Little Egret 25.

The Little Egrets came in as follows - 1 at 19.55, 1 at 20.06, 1 at 20.08, 1 at 20.17, 1 at 20.19, 5 at 20.26, 4 at 20.28, 2 at 20.31, 2 at 20.32, 1 at 20.34, 1 at 20.41, 2 at 20.44, 2 at 20.45 and finally 1 at 20.56. Tonight 9 came in from up the valley and 16 from down the valley.

Wintersett 18.08.14

14°C start,  dry but cold with 8/8 cloud and a moderate north westerly.  Very quiet birdwise.
Anglers CP: Swift 1,  Snipe 1, Grey Wagtail 1,  Pochard 9 + 1 CHRes., Teal 3,  Shoveler 3, Mallard Broods  1 large young + 1 small young.  Buzzard 2 and the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull.
Botany Bay: Cetti's Warbler 1 calling on the north bank.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 1 adult and 2 juveniles.    Goldeneye 2 female + 1 female CHRes..   Yellow Wagtail 2 over and  Goldfinch 35.

The Edge 18th Aug

Wombwell Ings mid AM- Present were 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 11 Teal, 5 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Garganey, 188 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 25 BH Gull, 1 Kestrel, 2 Whitethroat, 20+ Goldfinch and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash late AM- Noted were 9 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 21 Little Grebe, 1 Mute Swan +2y, 3 Greylag,  18 Mallard, 17 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 76 Lapwing, 4+ Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Barn Owl.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM- Present were 6 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 10 Little Grebe, 6a+2y Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan +6y, 11 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 54 Gadwall, 19 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 1 Teal, 56 Lapwing, 5 Black Tailed Godwit and 1 Kestrel.

Edderthorpe Flash 18 August

This morning, Black-tailed Godwit, Golden Plover s/p, 3 Little Egret, 1 Dunlin, 12 Little Grebe 6 Snipe and 124 Lapwing.

Bolton Ings - Sunday 17th August

I started out at 09.30, the weather was dry but with a very strong wind. Highlight was a juvenile Marsh Harrier quartering over the reeds before making its way onto the Western pool and out of sight. Full list :- Grey Heron 1, Little Egret 1, Mute Swan 16, Canada Goose 3, Grey Lag Goose 10, Cormorant 6, Great Crested Grebe 11, Little Grebe 16, Mallard 28, Teal 1, Wigeon 3, Gadwall 91, Tufted Duck 32, Pochard 6, Coot 262, Moorhen 4, Lapwing 21, Black Headed Gull 5, Marsh Harrier 1, Kestrel 1, Sand Martin c50.

Not the Nocturnal Report - Saturday 16th August

Decided to check the Little Egret roost on Saturday morning, that meant an early start, a very early start.  Up at 04.30 I was in position in the Wath Ings hide at 04.55, still dark the roost was quiet. At 05.10 2 Grey Herons flew out of the roost and the Little Egrets started calling. At 05.23 the first 8 Egrets flew out, followed by 6 at 05.26, 2 at 05.28, 4 at 05.29, 3 at 05.31 and the last 2 at 05.33. The 25 Egrets had all left the roost in ten minutes, 20 left up the valley and 5 down the valley.

Also seen were Greenshank 3, Ruff 1, Common Sandpiper 6, Green Sandpiper 7, Little Ringed Plover 3, Black Tailed Godwit 12, Golden Plover 3, Dunlin 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, Chiffchaff 1 singing, Sand Martin c650.

Went to the Bird Fair at Rutland Water later and only saw 2 Little Egrets, thats rubbish. Heard that the roost on the Ouse Washes was a bit better with 299 counted last week.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Wintersett 17.08.14

Oops!  I made two omissions yesterday.  A juvenile Cuckoo was seen on the Disposal Point and a Common Sandpiper was on Anglers CP
16°C,  sunny spells and a light shower this morning, with a brisk westerly.
Anglers CP: Yellow-legged Gull, usual adult, Shoveler 4,  Goldeneye 2 female, Pochard 9,  Common Sandpiper 1 and Swift 2.
Butterfly:  Holly Blue near the boathouse bench WRes..