Monday, 23 May 2016

Wintersett 23.05.16

Sunny but clouded over, then afternoon showers, but flat calm.
Anglers CP: Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull flew around at 17.15hrs, then left west.  2 Herring Gull flew north west.  Oystercatcher 2 broods with 2 young each.  A Cuckoo was singing near the golf course.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 2.

Carlton Marsh

A Hobby flew south from Bleachcroft Farm at 06.30hrs. (Tony Guest) A Cuckoo was singing and a male Tawny Owl gave away its presence by uttering the typical hoot.
A few Lesser Black-back Gulls passed over this afternoon and 2 new broods of Coot were out of the nest along with a new brood of 8 Mallard chicks. A single Rook flew west, a species we don't see much of here and a Willow Tit was foraging near the hide.

May blossom is filling the air with perfume and Red Campion abounds on the disused railway embankment. 
I saw my first Red Admiral butterfly of the year, in my south facing garden, this morning. This insect has almost certainly overwintered close by.

Whitley - Midhope

Highlights were
Whitley Edge - 1 Little Owl.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - five broods of Mallard, 1 Oystercatcher, 23 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 second-summer Yellow-legged Gull, 3 (1 first-summer & 2 second-summer) Herring Gulls. and singing Blackcap, Garden Warbler and Common Whitethroat.
Midhope Reservoir - 1 drake Teal (where's the female of a couple of weeks ago??) and a pair Little Grebe + 2 young.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Hordron road to Upper Hordron and return 22/5/16 .

Seen were 1 pair of Merlin, Buzzard 6, Kestrel 1, Raven 5, Ring Ouzel thought to be 6+ in the area, 1 pair taking food to nest. 5 Crossbills showing well at swinden, Golden Plover 2 down, Lapwing about 6 pairs on barmings and long moor with 5 young seen. On Sunday 15/5/16 at Ewden stone circle track - Hobby 1, Peregrine 1 imm., Kestrel 1, Buzzard 3, Raven 1, Stonechat 1 fem., Swift 8.

Carlton Marsh

3 Oystercatchers left north this morning. Also present a reeling Grasshopper Warbler and a family of 7 Grey Partridge

A female Broad-bodied Chaser and a Four-spotted Chaser were on the wing along with this year's first Small Yellow Underwing moth.

Four-spotted Chaser (Keith Webster)

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Wintersett 21.05.16

13 - 15 degrees warm, with rain until mid morning, then 4/8 sunny spells and a south westerly breeze.   Rain from mid afternoon.
Wintersett Res:  2 Little Ringed Plover were on the slipway.  The male Cuckoo was on the east bank.  Common Tern 4 and Mallard 1 medium young, 
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher  - just 2 young were seen this morning .  The Oystercatcher pair sitting on the Sand Martin box have 2 hatched young and the female is still sitting. Cormorant 4,  Shoveler 1m. 
Critters: The Red-eared Terrapin was showing off NE bank.  This year's first SMALL  COPPER was on the  north bank.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Wintersett 20.05.16

11 - 15 degrees ,  warm with 5/8 cloud and a south westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: Cuckoo 1m in the Willow Wood and then on the east bank.  Common Tern 3, Red-legged Partridge 1. 
Botany: A Tawny Owl was calling.  Yellow Wagtail 1m in the paddock.
Disposal Point: Great Crested Grebe young 2+. 
Around the area: 8 pairs of Lapwing seen.  8 young were in the Botany paddock.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Wintersett 19.05.16

10 - 13 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.  Rain from mid afternoon.
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher 5 adults + 3 young.  Mallard 6 medium young + 10 small young WRes..  Black-headed Gull 2 young on small raft.  Curlew 1 alarm calling.  Cormorant 2.
Wintersett Res:  Common Tern 3 and Cuckoo 1m. It was warm enough for the Red-eared Terrapin to haul out onto a reed pile, north west bank.

                   This is what the Reed Buntings were eating this morning.  ACP      Lynz Harston

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Wintersett 18.05.16

9 degrees with intermittent, short rain showers all day and a light north westerly.
Wintersett Res: An adult LITTLE  GULL was on at 14.55hrs until 15.05hrs. 
Anglers CP: Common Tern 2.  Cuckoo 1m.  This year's first young Black-headed Gull was seen on the big raft.   3 of the young Oystercatchers are plumping up, but the fourth is much smaller. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Wintersett 17.05.16

9 - 15 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a  south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP:  Oystercatcher 4 young,  Cormorant 1 and  Cuckoo 1m CP.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 2 and Cetti's Warbler 4m.
Insects: Common Blue Damsel Fly 1 north west bank,  and Bee Fly 1 west bank track.


A Hobby was seen flying over Engine Lane again today. (Jim Plant)

Carlton Marsh
A new brood of Canada Geese (8) Cuckoo singing male and a Fox was abroad. (Rod Heeley)

The Edge 17.05.16

Wombwell Ings - A quiet morning with 10 Mute Swan, 6+2y Greylag, 3 Canada Geese, 15 Gadwall, 14 Mallard, 14 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe,  1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron over, 9+2y Coot, 8+3y Lapwing, 32 BH Gull, 3+ Skylark, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 male Reed Bunting and 3 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 19 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 15 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Coot, 4 Moorhen and 76 BH Gull.
TPT - Singing males 10 Blackcap, 9 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff and 3 Whitethroat. Also 1 Bullfinch and 1 Grey Heron over.
Bolton Ings - Highlight of the day was at 12.06pm  when a Bittern flew from east to west along the length of the eastern pool. On the open water were 2+7y Mute Swan, 26 Tufted Duck, 5 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 2 Mallard, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 47 Coot, 350+ BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 4 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 3 Grey Heron,1 Jay and 1 singing Sedge Warbler.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Carlton Marsh

At least 10 singing Reed Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler and Grasshopper Warbler. Also present Redshank and Kingfisher. New broods of Coot (7) and Mallard (9).

South Kirkby tip
8 Black-tailed Godwits flew north this morning. (L. Corrall & R. Hibbert)

Wintersett 16.05.16

7 - 14 degrees with 0/8 and a cool but light westerly.   Not a great deal to report today.
Wintersett Res: The Cuckoo was calling on  on the north east bank.  3 Common Terns were flying around but then moved onto ACP.
Anglers CP: Cormorant 1. 

The Little Don and Mickleden Beck

A nice jaunt up the LDV today before the weather turns. A quick look at Langsett Res. revealed a distant plover, but without a big scope we couldn't put a name to it! Anyway, it was definitely one of the 'Ringed' types, but I understand both are unusual here. Later, birds of note were singing male Redstart, at least 5 Spotted Flycatchers, at least 4 Dipper, two Ring Ouzels, singing male Wheatear, Cuckoo, Woodcock, Stonechats including a recently fledged juv., c. 40 Crossbills were blogging around just to N of the entrance to Mickleden Beck, two Redpoll, 4 Buzzards over, single Peregrine and a Red Kite gave superb low level views has it drifted south at snap time!
Same time next year!
                                       Not bad with a hand held pocket camera, eh?

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Wintersett 15.05.16

9 - 12 degrees with 5/8 cloud and a cool north easterly.
Wintersett Res: A  BITTERN  dropping into the reedbed, from quite a height,  at 07.50hrs  was a  nice surprise for Graham Speight.  A Yellow Wagtail flew over the ruin field and the male Cuckoo was doing his rounds this morning.
Anglers CP:  Common Tern 2,  Wigeon 2m,  Shoveler 1m, and 4 young Oystercatchers.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Wintersett 14.05.16

9 - 13 degrees with sunny spells from late morning, but with a very cold northerly wind.
Anglers CP: Black Tern 1,  Arctic Tern 1 and Common Tern 4 in late morning.  Common Sandpiper 2,  Ringed Plover 1.  Wigeon 2m and Cormorant1.
Botany Paddock:  Yellow Wagtail 2.   Lapwing 1 young.
Wintersett Res: Cuckoo 1m.

                                     Black Tern                              ACP           CSwaine

Friday, 13 May 2016

Wintersett 13.05.16

9 - 13 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a very cold north westerly wind early morning.  Cloud cleared to 4/8 by mid morning.
Anglers CP:  Common Sandpiper 1.   Oystercatcher 4 young.
Wintersett Res: An Arctic Tern and 2 Common Terns were in first thing,  A male and a female Cuckoo were seen flying from the east bank. 
Odonata:  A Large Red Damselfly was seen in Haw Park Gully.

Recording birds in the Barnsley area.

The task of  the YNU bird recorder for South Yorkshire is very time consuming (and rewarding).
At a recent meeting with the BTO at Old Moor it was decided that using the BirdTrack system operated by the BTO would considerable lighten this workload.
This would take the form of producing maps for the most common 100 or so species recorded in the area, rather than the laborious task of writing an account for each species.
In order to achieve this, it would mean entering your records directly on to this system.
This would not only benefit the YNU, but also the BTO, and ornithology generally.
The system is easy to use and would allow you to collate and update your 'patch' records - all viewable at a glance.
The BirdTrack team will be willing to answer any queries you may have.
I would therefore asked you to seriously consider using this website when recording your sightings in the Barnsley area, South Yorkshire and Yorkshire as a whole.

Martin Wells

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Edderthorpe Flash

A Long tailed falcon seen over the flash at 12.20hrs heading down the valley was thought to be the Red Footed Falcon, but couldn't be certain. (R Hibbert & L Corrall)