Monday, 19 February 2018

The Edge 19/02/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, c220 Canada Geese, 157 Greylag, 3 Pink Footed Geese, 2 Shelduck, 135 Wigeon, 16 Mallard, 12 Teal, 11 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 1m Goosander, 1 Litle Egret, 13 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 58 Lapwing, 12 Golden Plover, 68 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 4+ Skylark, 12 Meadow Pipit, 5 Pied Wagtail and a flock of c40 Goldfinch.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 5 Mute Swan, 68 Canada Geese, 46 Wigeon, 28 Gadwall, 16 Mallard, 12 Teal, 9 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 5 Shoveler, 3 Cormorant, 27 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 150+ Lapwing, c20 Golden Plover, 54 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Stonechat and 1 Hawfinch.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 32 Tufted Duck, 19 Pochard, 14 Shoveler, 13 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 3m+3f Goldeneye, 1m+2f Goosander, 2 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 205 Coot, 23 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1cc Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 singing Song Thrush and 3 Bullfinch.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Low Moor 18/2/18.

As expected very steady. Cold with mist which started lifting at 12-30. No Curlews yet but about 30 Lapwing in the area. 300+ Fieldfare with most of them down. Raven 3, Grey Heron 1 down, Starling 100+ down, GS Pecker 1 male, 2 singing Mistle Thrush, C Buzzard 3, Kestrel 2.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Carlton Marsh

There were 168 Herring Gulls (mostly immatures) on the wader scrape at 13.30hrs.
Bittern flew across the main scrape to roost at 17.32hrs (Dave Standish)

Wilthorpe Marsh / Woolley Dam 17/2/18.

Wilthorpe late aft. - Water Pipit on wires with 100+ Meadow Pipits. c 70 Linnet flock and 100+ Redwing. Oystercatcher 1 pair on sewage farm. Woolley Dam - Quiet, with not much sign of any woodland species. Nearby shotguns created movement with c 500 Woodpigeon, c 200 Rooks. 6 Teal on the dam, 4 Grey Heron, Siskin 6, c 100 Redwing.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Carlton Marsh

Birds of prey today included Male and female Peregrine (Ian Pickard) and an escaped Harris Hawk (Richard Laverack).

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Carlton Marsh

Bittern flew across the main scrape at 17.32hrs (D. Standish/D. Smith/G. Miller).

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Edge 14/02/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 44 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 116 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 4 Mallard, 3 Goosander,1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 13 Coot, c200 Golden Plover, 92 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 118 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 Skylark, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 11 Meadow Pipit and 10 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 7 Mute Swan, 260+ Canada Geese, 51 Greylag, 3 Pink Footed Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 54 Wigeon, 27 Gadwall, 18 Tufted Duck, 14 Teal, 9 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 5 Shoveler, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 33 Coot, 36 Lapwing, 196 BH Gull, 19 Herring Gull, 2 Common Gull, 11 Redwing, 6 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush and 1 Hawfinch.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 3 Mute Swan, 96 Tufted Duck, 62 Gadwall, 28 Pochard, 23 Shoveler, 8 Mallard, 6 Goosander, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, c200 Coot and 5 Herring Gull. Also present were 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Bullfinch.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Carlton Marsh

Rained off most of the day, the site was watched for a couple of hours before dark. Of note Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 willow Tits, 12 Herring Gulls (down), Water Rail, a few Yellow Buntings roosted and Bittern showed at 16.15hrs. (D. Standish/R. Poole)

Wilthorpe Marsh 13/2/18.

Water Pipit on wires with 20 Meadow Pipits this aft. Also 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 pair of Oystercatchers, 20 Lapwing down. Green Pecker yaffling and 1 GS Pecker. c 80 Goldfinchs in 3 flocks, 1 H Gull down.

The Edge 13/02/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 247 Canada Geese, 132 Greylag, 3 Pink Footed Geese, 2 Shelduck, 114 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 6 Teal, 2m+3f Goosander, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 14 Grey Partridge, 8 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 151 Lapwing, 150+ Golden Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 152 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull and 2 Stonechat.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 7 Mute Swan, 65 Canada Geese, 46 Wigeon, 35 Gadwall, 13 Teal, 9 Mallard, 6 Tufted Duck, 5 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 5 Cormorant, 36 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 105 Lapwing, 108 BH Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 3 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Hawfinch.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 16 Tufted Duck, 11 Gadwall, 7 Goosander, 6 Pochard, 5 Goldeneye, 4 Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 236 Coot and 1 BH Gull. Also present were 9 Canada Geese, 7 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit and 1 Goldcrest.

Monday, 12 February 2018

The Edge 12/02/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 21 Canada Geese, 101 Greylag, 2 Pink Footed Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 5 Shelduck, 114 Wigeon , 8 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 7 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 143 Golden Plover, 72 Lapwing, 193 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull, 11 Meadow Pipit, 5 Pied Wagtail and 2 Stonechat.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 7 Mute Swan, 150+ Canada Geese, 43 Gadwall, 38 Wigeon, 14 Tufted Duck, 11 Teal, 10 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 4 Shoveler, 2 Goldeneye, 3 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 31 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 64 Lapwing, c120 BH Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 3 Common Gull and 1 Hawfinch.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 7 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 22 Tufted Duck, 11 Gadwall, 10 Pochard, 3 Shoveler, 3 Mallard, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Teal, 2 Goosander, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 235 Coot, 3 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 7 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Marsh Tit.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Carlton Marsh

A Red Kite heading NW scattered all the Wood Pigeon at 16.26hrs. Bittern flew from left of the hide at 16.40hrs and to roost at 17.27hrs. Both our resident Buzzards were in the air. (Dave Standish)

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Wintersett + Gull Roost.

3 - 10 degrees, with 8/8 cloud and a short shower this morning.
Golf Course Field:  Fieldfare 120.  
Stone Heaps /Walton Canal: Nuthatch 2.  Grey Wagtail 1.
Wintersett Res: 2 Cetti's Warblers - north bank and west bank.  Goosander 10.  Little Grebe 6 + 3 ACP.
Wintersett Gull Roost: The Gulls behaved impeccably tonight.. The adult Iceland Gull was in from 16,35hrs.
            Adult Iceland Gull    WintersettRes             SDenny

Wilthorpe Marsh 10/2/18.

Water Pipit showed well on wires at roost site with 100+ Meadow Pipits. Pair of Oystercatchers on sewage farm with 5+ Grey Wagtail.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Wintersett Ringing Recoveries

A juvenile male Chiffchaff ringed at Wintersett Reservoir on 30.08.17
was caught by ringers on 19.10.17 at Mannez Quarry  (Alderney)  CHANNEL  ISLANDS
at a distance of 437 kms south.

A nestling Tree Sparrow ringed at Anglers CP on 11.05.17
was caught by ringers on 30.10.17  at Stanford Reservoir (Northamptonshire)
at a distance of 137 kms south.

A 1st year male Blackcap ringed at Wintersett Reservoir on 17.09.17
was caught by ringers on 23.10.17 at Pantano de la Torre del Aguila, El Coron (Sevilla) SPAIN
at a distance of 1874 kms SSW.

An adult male Willow Warbler ringed at Wintersett Reservoir on 22.04.17
was caught by ringers on 05.08.17 at Heestert (West- Vlaanderen)  BELGIUM
at a distance of 456 kms SE.

Wintersett + Gull Roost

0 - 3 degrees,  with blue sky and sunshine and a very cold north westerly.
Anglers CP: 1500 Herring Gulls were on at dawn.   5 noisy Oystercatchers were around the shallows -  two returning pairs +  1 other.  Teal 11.  Cormorant 10.
Wintersett Res: A male Cetti's Warbler was on the west bank.
Wintersett Res Gull Roost:  An adult Yellow-legged Gull was in a 16.55hrs followed by a dread which totally ruined the roost, with birds leaving for Anglers CP.  No notables were found there.
NB: The 2nd W Kumlien's Gull was in the roost at Eccup Reservoir tonight.

Cannon Hall 8th Feb.

Surprised to see these on the bottom pond at Cannon Hall ponds. Didn't stay long, however.
Then on to so-called 'fairyland' see my first Hawfinch here since Dec.1990.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Wintersett + Gull Roost 08.02.18

4 - 6 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Little Grebe 7.  Shoveler 2m + 2f.  Green Woodpecker 1.
Wintersett Res: Gadwall 111 + 55 CHRes..  2 male Cetti's Warblers - north bank and west bank.
Wintersett Res Gull Roost:  The gulls actually  behaved well tonight.   An adult Iceland Gull was present from 16.35hrs.  The same bird was photographed, by Jonathan Holliday in a field near Hampole Tip at 10.00hrs this morning.

Adult Iceland Gull                    Hampole, South Elmsall           JHolliday

Carlton Marsh

Bittern flew up from the marsh to its favourite reed bed in the main scrape beneath the disused railway embankment at 11.40hrs. 2 Willow Tit, Grey Wagtail, Peregrine and 32 Herring Gull on the wader scrape were also of note.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Carlton Marsh

Bittern was seen during the day despite disturbance from essential management work and Little Egret was on the wader scrape first thing. A Red Kite flushed everything at 09.05hrs (Rod Heeley).
Persistence pays, a ringing session this afternoon provided a retrapped colour-ringed Willow Tit (green on left leg) which was fitted with a transmitter (Vivien Hartwell/CG).

A Coal Tit and a beautiful Jay were also ringed.

A Fox was hunting around the wader scrape at dusk.