Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Wintersett + VisMig + Ringing 22.10.19

9 - 11 degrees with 6/8 cloud and a very light southerly. 
Anglers CP VisMig:  https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1100/20191022 
Going east:   Whooper Swan 22 at 09.37hrs.   Pink-footed Goose 97 (27 at 09.42hrs + 70 at 10.25hrs).  Siskin 1.  Yellowhammer 4.  
Going south:  Goosander 1. Skylark 10. Mistle Thrush 1.  alba Wagtail 2. Meadow Pipit 21.  Linnet 5.  Goldfinch 4.  Reed Bunting 5.
Going south west: Golden Plover 1.  Stock Dove 3.  Wood Pigeon 1320. 
Going west:  Grey Heron 3.  Fieldfare 68.  Redwing 158.  Chaffinch 2.  Brambling 2.  Lesser Redpoll 15.
Going west north west: Starling 505.
Anglers CP: Peregrine 1.  30 Goosander roosted this evening.
Moorhouse Lane Ponds: Skylark 20 in fields. 
27  Birds were ringed: Highlights were - 17 Redwing,  1 Goldcrest,  1 Lesser Redpoll,  3 Goldfinch.  1 Tree Sparrow and 2 Reed Bunting. 

Monday, 21 October 2019

Wintersett + VisMig 21.10.19

8 - 11 degrees, with 7/8 cloud, a couple of light drizzle showers, and a cold north west to northerly wind.
Anglers CP VisMig: 07.30 - 11.30hrs +  15.45 - 17.15hrs.
Highlight and a record Autumn Movement  of 85 Whooper Swans  east!
(21 at 08.00hrs. 5 at 10.10hrs. 52 at 10.38hrs.  2 at 11.00hrs and 5 at 11.35hrs
364 Pink-footed Goose (80 NW,  84 W,  80 NW and 50 E + 70 W)
Going north: Red Kite - 1 at 09.20hrs.  1 at 09.40hrs. 1 drifting slowly at 10.45hrs. 
Going west: Fieldfare 1310.  Redwing 490.   Starling 570.  Goosander 1.
Going south: Meadow Pipit 1.   Siskin 1.
Anglers CP: A Black-tailed Godwit flew over WNW at 09.35hrs.
Wintersett Res: Goldeneye 5 + 1 ACP.  Chiffchaff 1 near the boathouse.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Wintersett + VisMig + Fungi 20.10.19

9 - 12 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a cool north westerly breeze. 
Anglers CP VisMig:      per @Fitzybirder    https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1100/20191020
Good Thrush numbers until mid morning.  A Record count for Red Kite , otherwise not much moving. 
Going west: Fieldfare 535.  Redwing 770.  Mistle Thrush 2.  Starling 165.   Pink-footed Goose 35 at 08.35hrs + 40 east at 09.40hrs. 
Going south: Goosander 16 came in from the west at 08.50hrs (from Bretton?) then left south.  Skylark 1.  alba Wagtail 1.   A record number of 6 Red Kite with  5 south (1 at 09.57hrs,  2 low at 11.12hrs,  1 high at 11.24hrs and 1 very high at 11.38hrs.) + 1 west at 08.35hrs.  A Red Kite flew north at 15.55hrs - possibly one of this morning's birds returning
Anglers CP:  Dunlin 1 appeared to drop in at 08.40hrs.  Merlin 1 at 09.25, presumably the regular bird.
Botany Bay:  A Chiffchaff was heard from the road.
Cold Hiendley Res: Scaup 1 juvenile.  Goldeneye 3 + 1 WRes + 1 ACP..  Tufted Duck 263 + 51 WRes. + 42 ACP.
Haw Park Wood:  Siskin 1.
Haw Park Wood Mycology: Francis Hickenbotton and Hiram Wingust led the Friends of Haw Park Wood and Wintersett on a Fungus Foray in the wood.  More than 35 species were seen including the rare Yellow earthtongue  (Spathulaia flaviada).

Yellow earthtongue  (Spathulaia flaviada)   HPWood  @fhickenbottom
Here are more results of the foray in Haw Park Wood.  @fhickenbottom

Carlton Marsh

Approximately 217 Pink Feet Geese flew SE at 09.32hrs (Rod Heeley).

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Wintersett + VisMig + Ringing

 9 - 11 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light westerly.
Anglers CP VisMig:
Not much happened here.  Highlight was the autumn's first Fieldfare, heard only, direction unknown.
Going south:  Goosander 3 at 9.48hrs. Redwing 250.  alba Wagtail 7.  Meadow Pipit 7.  Skylark 4 + 4 west + 2 east.
Going west: Starling 81.
Anglers CP: Cetti's Warbler 1 SW corner + 2 males WRes. - north bank and boathouse. Lesser Redpoll 15.  Siskin 1.
Wintersett Res:  Red-crested Pochard still in SW corner.
Cold Hiendley Res:  Scaup 1 juvenile.  Goldeneye 4 + 1 ACP. 
32 birds were ringed this morning ACP Highlights were 5 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 9 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Tree Sparrow. 

Chiffchaff               ACP    RBailey

Friday, 18 October 2019

Carlton Marsh

21 Shoveler were present this morning along with 3 Cormorant, c200 BH Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 2 LBB Gull and a Common Gull. 20 Skylark, 10 Pied Wagtail, 17 Lapwing and 40 Linnet were on the surrounding fields (Jim Plant). Not forgetting a calling Willow Tit.
A Collared Dove was chased by a an immature male Sparrowhawk in my garden this afternoon, both smacked into the kitchen window at speed. Of course there was only one winner, undeterred the hawk carried off the spoils. (CG)

Wintersett 18.10.19

10 to 13 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a south westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: The male Red-crested Pochard still in south west corner,(2nd day). Kingfisher 2.  Water Rail 1 east bank.  Cetti's Warbler 4 males - south west, south east and northeast banks +  boathouse
Cold Hiendley Res: The juvenile Scaup still present. 
Pits Wood: Nuthatch 2
Lepidoptera: Red Admiral 2 Botany Bay +  2 Pits Wood.
Odonata: Migrant Hawker  1 1 west bank WRes + 1 Haw Park Lane.

Red-crested Pochard      WRes     SDenny
Scaup juvenile       CHRes      SDenny

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Little Bunting - a first for Barnsley area!

The vismiggers at Harden, up above Winscar Reservoir hit the jackpot this morning with a Little Bunting flying past them calling.
It came in from the north calling at 07.28 hours, circled the three observers stationed there, constantly calling as it did so and then flew off to the south-west. Photographs (unfortunately not identifiable images) were obtained, but the views and calls left the fortunate observers in no doubt what they were seeing.
This is the first record of Little Bunting for the Barnsley area. One trapped a few years ago on the Broomhead Moor area just a few hundred metres outside the Barnsley area is the closest until today.

Harden is in a bit of a purple patch at present - a Hawfinch passed over there two days ago (15th).

Wintersett + VisMig Landmark for Mippits + Ringing + Gull Roost

11 - 15 degrees with  0/8 cloud and a light south easterly.
Anglers CP VisMig: per @Fitzybirder https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1100/20191017
A Landmark day for Meadow Pipit when our 30,000th bird of the autumn flew south at 09.02 hrs - 320 is a good count for the date.  A Little Egret flew in to the shallows at dusk but flew towards Wres after 10 minutes.
Going south: Meadow Pipit 320.  Skylark 82.  Mistle Thrush 1.  alba Wagtail 46. Bullfinch 2.  Greenfinch 2.  Linnet 96.  Goldfinch 23.  Reed bunting 12.    
Going south west: Wood Pigeon 500.
Going west: Snipe 2.  Redwing 196.  Chaffinch 11. Siskin 22.
Going west north west: Starling 910 (including flocks of 400 and 260)
Going east: Pink-footed Goose  400 + 46 west.

Anglers CP:  Goosander 12 present,  then left west,  presumably to Bretton Hall Lake.  The regular female type Merlin was seen at 07.59hrs.  Blackcap 1 female ringed.ringed. Lesser Redpoll 3 + 10 Disposal Point.  Greylag Goose 104.  Shoveler 60.  Wigeon 110.
Wintersett Res: Red-crested Pochard, 1 drake.  Cetti's Warbler males - north bank, north east bank  + 1 SW CHRes. + 1 1stY male ringed ACP.
Cold Hiendley Res: Scaup 1 juvenile.  Chiffchaff 1 + 1 boathouse WRes..
Haw Park Wood: Goldfinch 70.
Disposal Point: Siskin 3.

29 Birds were ringed ACP:  Cetti's Warbler 1 male.  Blackcap 1 female.  Goldcrest 4.  Redwing 9.  Song Thrush 1  Blackbird 1.  Goldfinch 4.  Lesser Redpoll 2.  

Anglers CP Gull Roost per @StevieD131
Lesser Black-backed Gull 178.  Great Black-backed Gull 11.  Common Gull 10,  Herring Gull 34.  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.

Odonata: Common Darter 1 ACP.  Migrant Hawker 1 WRes..
Lepidoptera: Red Admiral 6 WRes + 2 HPWood.  Comma 4, Speckled Wood 1 and Small White WRes.
Red-crested Pochard     WRes   SDenny
Little Egret     ACP shallows        SDenny

Carlton Marsh

Management work today entailed removing scrub from one of the viewing points over the marsh (Carlton Marsh Wildlife Group). Shoveler numbers increased from 12 yesterday to 23 today, the highest this year! (Rod Heeley)

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Wintersett + VisMig 16.10.19

Rain to 09.00hrs. 9 - 12 degrees with 8/8 and a very light south easterly, switching to a light south westerly by midday.
Anglers CP VisMig: per @Fitzybirder  https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1100/20191016
Good variety today, Grey Plover and Raven being the singular highlights, but an awesome flock of 70 Skylarks, straight over our heads, the most memorable sight.  Redwings did well for an hour once the rain had stopped, then dried up for a while and started coming through in pulses prior to midday.
Going west: Pink-footed Goose 260 at 08.07hrs.   Raven 1 low overhead, calling at 12.10hrs.   Redwing 1486 - veering SW as the wind changed. Mostly small parties with some larger flocks including a 250 and a 130. Chaffinch 7.  Brambling 11.  Siskin 26.
Going west north west: Starling 182. 
Going south:  Goosander 7 redheads at 10.04hrs + a pair high west at 10.15hrs. Swallow 3.  Blackbird 2.  Song Thrush 3 + 3 west + 1 east.  alba Wagtail 4.  Meadow Pipit 6. Yellowhammer 2.  Reed Bunting 4.
Going south west: Golden Plover 80.  Grey Plover 2 at 09.10hrs.  Skylark 94 (including a fabulous flock of 70 at 10.53hrs) + 3 east. 
Going north east: Snipe 1.
Anglers CP: Chiffchaff 5 + 4 CHRes.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 3 males + 1 male ACP + 1 male CHRes.  Pied Wagtail 70 in the west bank field.
Cold Hiendley Res: Scaup 1 juvenile.  Grey Wagtail 3 + 1 WRes..  A juvenile Peregrine flew over the field.

The Edge 16/10/2019

Wombwell Ings - Present were 6+1juv Mute Swan, 83 Canada Geese, 51 Pink Footed Goose over west at 8.45am, 38 Teal, 37 Mallard, 31 Shoveler, 13 Gadwall, 12 Wigeon, 3 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 113 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 12 BH Gull,1 Swallow, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Stonechat.
The Fleet - Viewable were 2 Mute Swan, 1 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Grey Heron, 87 Lapwing, 19 BH Gull, 10+ Skylark, 7 Meadow Pipit and c30 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 5+3juv Mute Swan, 33 Shoveler, 23 Tufted Duck, 22 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 2 Teal, 1 Pochard, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 19 Coot, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 200+ Golden Plover over east, 1 Snipe and 1 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1juv Mute Swan, 1 Greylag, 36 Wigeon, 18 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 5 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 9 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 215 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 9 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 5 Buzzard, three groups of Lapwing over west (20,22 and 34 ), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 50+ Redwing and 1 Stonechat.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Wintersett + VisMig 15.10.19

10 - 12 degrees with 7/8 cloud cover and a very light WNWesterly
Anglers CP VisMig: per @Fitzybirder https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1100/20191015
After a very steady start things picked up from mid morning, with the first good push of continental Starling, quite a few Redwing and Skylarks again in decent numbers.  Peaked late morning but nothing much after midday.
Going east: Pink-footed Goose:  870  + 4 NW + 120 NW + 19W.
Going north east: Jack Snipe 1 at 10.45hrs.
Going north west: Goosander 11 at 07.33.  (presumably roosted on Wintersett Res.)
Going south: Snipe 1 south.  Skylark 130.  Swallow 6.  House Martin 12.  alba Wagtail 11.  Meadow Pipit 85.   Chaffinch 5 + 5 west.  Linnet 19.  Goldfinch 11. Siskin 4 + 11 west.  Reed Bunting 3.
Going west: Redwing 541.  Brambling 1.  Finch sp. 25.   
Going south west: Pintail 7 at 11.27hrs.  Goosander 6 at 11.47hrs.  Stock Dove 8.  Wood Pigeon 300.
Going west north west: Starling 407.
Anglers CP: Chiffchaff 2 + 2 WRes.  Snipe 5.  Greylag Goose 12.  Grey Heron 6 + 1 WRes..  Goldeneye 3.
Wintersett Res: 2 adult Whooper Swans flew in briefly at 11.00hrs.  Cetti's Warbler 3 males - NE, SE and SW pond  + 1 calling on south Bank ACP.  Swallow 5 + 1 south over Disposal Point. Redpoll 1 south + 1 south Disposal Point.
Lepidoptera:  Red Admiral 2 Haw Park Lane (RH + LC)

Carlton Marsh

This morning c150 Pink Feet flew north at 09.55hrs (Keith Bannister).
New in today 2m and 1f Wigeon and an adult and 1 immature Mute Swan. 12 Shoveler, 43 Gadwall and an adult Common Gull were enjoying the flood water. Also present juv. Buzzard, 2 Treecreeper, Goldcrest and Willow Tit at the wader scrape view point (Dave Smith).

At around mid-day, Chris Parkin had 2 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Painted Lady.

This afternoon a Little Egret was on the wader scrape, but there was no sign of the Wigeon. Of note 6 Redwing, 6 Mistle Thrush, 2 Siskin, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, 2 Linnet south with 2 Pied Wagtail. Our resident female Mute Swan must have chased off the incoming adult from this morning and persistently harassed the immature all afternoon.

2 foxes were abroad and a male Migrant Hawker on the wing braved the cool late afternoon temperature (c12c). (CG)

The Edge 15/10/2019

Wombwell Ings - Present were 9+1juv Mute Swan, 26 Canada Geese, 8 Greylag, 71 Teal, 34 Shoveler, 28 Gadwall, 23 Mallard,, 21 Wigeon, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Coot, 2 Moorhen, c150 Lapwing, 20+ Golden Plover, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush and 2 Stonechat.
The Fleet - Viewable were 61 Canada Geese, 3 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, c50 Lapwing, c20 Golden Plover, 26 BH Gull, 3 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 15+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Stonechat and 10+ Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+3juv Mute Swan, 2 Shoveler, 23 Mallard, 23 Shoveler, 22 Tufted Duck, 13 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 5 Little Grebe, 11 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 28 Coot, 46 Lapwing, 28 BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 106 Greylag, 3 Canada Geese, 22 Wigeon, 9 Mallard, 8 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 6 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 215 Coot, 5 BH Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Bittern, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay and 1 Goldcrest.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Wintersett + VisMig + Ringing 14.10.19

10 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south easterly.
Anglers CP VisMig:
Going WNW  Pinkfooted Goose 499.  Starling 43
Going west: Siskin 10.   Skylark 13 + 4 N+4 S + 10E.   Meadow Pipit 219.  Finch sp. 18 
Going south west: Redwing 30
Going south: A Merlin at 08.20hrs + another at 09.25hrs.  Swallow 3.  Song Thrush 2. alba wagtail 68.  Meadow Pipit 219.   Linnet 37.   Goldfinch 23.
Anglers CP: Chiffchaff 1.   Goldeneye 2.   SAND MARTIN 1 still present at 07.55hrs 
Haw Park Wood: A Red Kite was over at 10.00hrs. 
Wintersett: Barn Owl 1
Wintersett Res:Cetti's Warbler 1 male west bank + 1 female ringed.  Water Rail 1 west bank + 1 SW corner.  Black Tern 1 over briefly this afternoon.
Botany Bay: Common Buzzard 1. 
26 Birds were ringed: 1 female Cetti's Warbler.   3 Chiffchaffs   1 Goldcrest   9 Long-tailed Tits
3 Reed Buntings   7 Greenfinch
Lepidoptera: Speckled Wood 1 Botany path.  A Peacock was on Dockshire.

Common Buzzard    Botany Bay    SDenny

The Edge 14/10/2019

Wombwell Ings - Present were 8 Mute Swan, 57 Teal, 41 Mallard, 37 Shoveler, 34 Gadwall, 23 Wigeon, 6 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 81 Lapwing, 1 Swallow, 11 Meadow Pipit, 1 Redwing, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Bullfinch.
The Fleet - Viewable were 27 Canada Geese, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Moorhen, 205 Lapwing, 41 BH Gull, 3 LBB Gull, 10+ Skylark and 20+ Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+3juv Mute Swan, 150+ Pink Footed Geese over west at 10.35am, 8 Canada Geese, 21 Tufted Duck, 16 Gadwall, 16 Shoveler, 12 Mallard, 5 Little Grebe, 13 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 31 Coot, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel and 102 Lapwing.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 187 Greylag, 102 Canada Geese, 51 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 228 Coot, 2 Herring Gull and 1 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Bittern which flew  the length of the eastern pool at 12 o'clock, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay and 1 Mistle Thrush. Just packing up for the return walk at 12.30pm when a skein of 250+ Pink Footed Geese flew over west and a few minutes later 12 Swallow flew south east.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Barnsley Nats' meeting on Wednesday

People who saw a talk given by Professor John Reilly at BBSG in early January this year will remember how thought-provoking, original and incredibly well researched the presentation was.
For anyone who missed the talk (and indeed anyone who wants educating about the worlds birds) then John is returning to Barnsley this week, being hosted by Barnsley Nats'.

Wednesday 16th October 2019 at Barnsley Town Hall starting at 7pm.
John Reilly on 'The Ascent of Birds', the evolution of birds and how they got where they are in the world today.
All welcome.

Wintersett WeBS for October 2019

Here are the October 2019  WeBS totals for the Wintersett Area.

Mute Swan 66   Canada Goose 6   Greylag 0   Cormorant 27   Great Crested Grebe 58   Little Grebe 10  Coot 747   Mallard 92   Teal 14   Shoveler 70   Wigeon 53   Gadwall 120   Tufted Duck 330   Pochard 148   Goldeneye 2   Scaup 2   Grey Heron 2   Lapwing300   Snipe 1.

Wintersett + VisMig 13.10.19

Light drizzle turned to continuous rain from 08.00hrs with 8/8 cloud and a very light south easterly.
Anglers CP VisMig: Per @Fitzybirder   https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1100/20191013
Better than expected given the conditions.   
Going south: Golden Plover 14 (1+8+5)     Snipe 15 (14 +1)     Swallow 1     House Martin 1.
Song Thrush 10 (6 singles and 2 parties of 2)     alba Wagtail 57 (including flocks of 23 and 14)    Meadow Pipit 54     Skylark 158 in just 6 flocks ((27, 20, 8, 36, 38, 29)  with 47 S + 67 ESE + 44SE. 
Going south west: Redwing 16.
Going south east: Reed Bunting 2
Going west north west: Starling 11
Highlight was a very late Sand Martin, that dropped in with a Swallow, just prior to midday - possibly the latest here since the 1970s, then joined by 2 more Swallows. 
Anglers CP: Yellow-legged Gull 2 adults + 1 1stW.    
Wintersett Res: Chiffchaff 2.  Cetti's Warbler 3 males.
Cold Hiendley Res: Scaup 2 juveniles.


A very late Sand Martin   Anglers CP     PMeredith