Saturday, 19 August 2017

Wintersett 19.08.17

14 - 17 degrees with sun, 4/8 cloud, a cold westerly wind and a couple of short showers this morning.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig from 06.30 - 09.30 Nothing moving.
Anglers CP:  Pink-footed Goose 1. Cormorant 7. Wigeon 3. Pochard 4. Shoveler 1.  Little Grebe 4. Snipe 1.  Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull,  was on the small raft this afternoon.
Haw Park Wood: Hobby 1.
Wintersett Res: Swift 40. Common Tern 3.
Lepidoptera: A Gatekeeper was on the west bank WRes.   A Red Admiral  was at ACP.

Dunford Bridge 19th Aug.


A new plant-gall for the Barnsley area (as far as I know), the spectacular tongue-like growth Taphrina alni, caused by an ascomycete fungus infecting the scales of female alder catkins.
Formerly rare but spreading.

Friday, 18 August 2017

The Edge 18/08/2017

Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+4y Mute Swan, 13 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 15 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant and 53 Coot. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 3 Kestrel, 1 LBB Gull over, 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker and 1 Grey Wagtail.
Wombwell Ings early pm- Walked on to the sound of a singing Chiffchaff in the hawthorns alongside the Bulling Dyke. Present were 2 Mute Swan, 24 Greylag, 15 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 263 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 54 BH Gull and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan,  57 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 33 Tufted Duck, 19 Mallard, 8 Pochard, 7 Shoveler, 21 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 138 Coot, 13 Moorhen, 2 Kestrel, 115 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 12 BH Gull and 1 juv Grey Wagtail. Also seen early AM by PWK were c120 Gadwall, 1f+1juv Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Snipe, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 4 LBB Gull and 8 Yellow Wagtail.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Silkstone Wagonway

At least 2 Spotted Flycatcher on the Wagonway and 9 Buzzards on the grassy bank above Low Mill Farm

Wintersett 17.08.17

16 - 19 degrees with 6/8 cloud and a south westerly wind.  Sunny and hot this afternoon for a couple of hours.
Anglers CP: Snipe 2, Teal 1,   Pochard 6.
Stubbs Wood: Sparrowhawk 1 young calling.  Buzzard 1.
Haw Park Wood: Hobby 1 juvenile.
Cold Hiendley Res: Little Grebe 2.  Shoveler 1.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 4.
Moorhouse Lane Pond: Wigeon 1 female,  Gadwall 29, Tufted Duck 5 medium young.
Lepidoptera MLPond:   Gatekeeper 1,  Small Heath 4 and Common Blue 2.
Odonata MLPond: Emperor 6,  Ruddy Darter 20,  Common Darter 4,  Blue-tailed Damselfly 3, Migrant Hawker 1 and Souther Hawker 1 female + 1 HPWood.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wintersett 16.08.17

18 degrees with sun, light scattered cloud and a cool, light southwesterly.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: A Tree Pipit flew south west at 07.00hrs. (new for the year list).
Anglers CP: Pochard 6.  Snipe 3.  Common Sandpiper 1,  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull came in, and was seen later on the small raft.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 2 ( 1 ad + 1 juv).  Grey Wagtail 1.
Odonata: Black-tailed Skimmer 1 ACP.

another one for Cliff

Is this a Hebrew Character?
On thistle at Low Moor watchpoint.

The Edge 16/08/2017

Wombwell Ings - Highlight was the Spotted Flycatcher that Ken Foundation and I noticed briefly at 9.54am  in the hawthorns near the Broomhill Park kissing gate entrance. Also present were 1 Mute Swan, 35 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 33 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Lapwing, 36 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash -2+6y Mute Swan, 8 Greylag, 5 Canada Geese, 73 Gadwall, 23 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 8 Pochard, 6 Shoveler, 18 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 167 Coot, 27 Moorhen, 34 Lapwing, 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Sparrowhawk, 34 BH Gull and 5 Yellow Wagtail.
 Bolton Ings - Best sighting was a Marsh Harrier being mobbed by three Kestrels over Bolton tip at high noon. On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 6 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 1 Mallard, 10 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, and 41 Coot. Also present were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Lapwing, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch and c50 Goldfinch.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Edge 15/08/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 4 Mute Swan, 14 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 44 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 12 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 37 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 29 BH Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 76 Gadwall, 24 Tufted Duck, 11 Mallard, 11 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 22 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 137 Coot, 10 Moorhen, 63 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 41 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 2 Pied Wagtail. Early AM Chaz also had 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel and 10+ Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1+1y Mute Swan, 11 Gadwall, 10 Mallard, 7 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 9 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant and 81 Coot. Also present were 60+ Lapwing, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron,  2 Bullfinch, 2 singing Willow Warbler and 1 singing Chiffchaff.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Little Ringed Plovers

A total of  four pairs have bred at or close to moorland/upland reservoirs this year and fledged a total of 10+ chicks.
With the exception of a pair that bred close to an upland reservoir, all young fledged relatively late in late July & early August.
The reason for this was no doubt the unsuitability of the reservoir sites until the falling water levels in mid May produced a 'shoreline'.
This total is double that of the previous best years of 1978, 1984 and 1992.

Carlton Marsh

On the wader scrape today 4 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher and a Yellow Wagtail. (K. Bannister/Rod Heeley)

Wintersett WeBS August 2017.

Here are the Wintersett WeBS totals for August 2017.

Mute Swan 12 + 11 young   Canada Goose 28   Greylag Goose 3   Pink-footed Goose 1.   Cormorant 1   Great Crested Grebe 28   Little Grebe 8   Coot 265   Moorhen 16   Mallard 79   Gadwall 30  Shoveler 2  Tufted Duck 299   Pochard 5   Goldeneye 1 female   Lapwing 24   Common Sandpiper 1  Grey Heron 1.  

    

Wintersett 14.08.17

Rain from 08.30 until 10.30hrs.  Up to 17 degrees with decreasing cloud, short sunny spells and a south westerly wind.
Wintersett:  Little Owl 1.
Anglers CP: Pochard 4.  Little Grebe 1. Pink-footed Goose 1.  Yellow Wagtail 1 over.  Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull dropped in. 
Bird Ringing was cut short by the rain this morning: Garden Warbler 4,  Blackcap 6,  Willow Warbler19,  Whitethroat 2.

                                   Psycho                 ACP            ASmith

The Edge 14/08/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 5 Mute Swan, 61 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Teal, 3 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Moorhen, 22 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 29 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 2 Linnet.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1y Mute Swan, 29 Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 21 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 6 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 8 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 31 Coot and 1 Common Tern. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 69 Lapwing and 2 Green Sandpiper over.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 28 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 44 Gadwall, 25 Mallard, 18 Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard, 19 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 144 Coot, 14 Moorhen, 76 Lapwing, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 19 BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Carlton Marsh

5 Little Egrets ( a new site record) and a Green Sandpiper were on the wader scrape this morning. Also present 2 Buzzard, 2 Kingfisher and Treecreeper.

Wintersett + VisMig: 13.08.17

14 degrees, sunny with 0/8 cloud 06.45hrs. A very cold south westerly was blowing so it was 2 coats colder on VisMigHill.  Cloud increased through the morning to 4/8.  Up to 19 degrees this afternoon.
Anglers CP VisMig: 06.45 - 12.00hrs.   Going south- 2 Little Egrets at 07.15hrs,  Swallow 3,  Sand Martin 7,  Grey Wagtail 1,  Yellow Wagtail 1,  Reed Bunting 1.
3 Cormorants flew south east.  2 adult Common Gulls flew west.
Anglers CP: A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was in at 08.10hrs.  Common Tern 2.  Pochard 1. Mallard 48.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  5 Black tailed Godwits dropped onto shallows at 15:20hrs.
Cold Hiendley SF: Grey Wagtail 6.  Yellow Wagtail 2.  Sparrowhawk 1 + 1 WRes.
Wintersett Res: A Cetti's Warbler was in the south west corner.  40 Linnets were in the south west field.
Haw Park Wood: 2 Hobbies were mobbing a Buzzard.  Nuthatch 2.
Critter:  A Weasel was seen in HPWood.

 Juvenile Mediterranean Gull     ACP    PMeredith

5 Black-tailed Godwits          ACP              SDenny
                                                     Weasel                   HPWood    CSwaine

Ewden lodge + 13/8/17.

Good conditions but surprisingly poor for raptors. A Whinchat was among 5 Stonechats near the s bend and another Stonechat was at the lodge. Fem. Redstart was on the plantation fence just on the left at the entrance gate. Curlew 2, a pair of Ravens showed well a few times and a Snipe was flushed near the s bend. Sparrowhawk 1, have been scarce this summer, C Buzzard total about 8 includes a kettle of 6. Kestrel 5, Stock Dove 2, juv. Bullfinch 1. Wilthorpe Marsh this a.m. very steady with 3 Green Sand, L Egret, 5 Willow Tits.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Wintersett + VisMig. 12.08.17

17 - 19 degrees, sunny and warm early start, but cloud increased to 5/8 by mid morning, with a cold, moderate south westerly wind.
Anglers CP VisMig: 06.15 - 12.00hrs An OSPREY flew south at 09.45hrs, mobbed by 3 Hobbies and a Buzzard over Haw Park Wood.  A Buzzard flew south.  Little Grebe 1. 
Anglers CP: Grey Partridge 2 young in fields.  Pochard 4.  Lapwing 180.  Peregrine 1 over 08.35hrs Pink-footed Goose 1. 
Moorhouse Lane Big Pond: Tufted Duck 4 vs young. 
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 2. Swift 100.  Sand Martin 400 in area.

Red Underwing       ACP   CSwaine

Friday, 11 August 2017

Broomhill Flash 11.08.17

An obliging Common Sandpiper  taken by Ron Marshall at Broomhill Flash.


Wintersett 11.08.17

15 - 17 degrees with 8/8, but decreasing cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig. 0500 - 07.30hrs  Dunlin 1 over and a Little Egret flew west.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 1. Pochard 1 drake. Green Woodpecker 1. Buzzard 1 adult + 1 fledged juvenile.
Wintersett Res: Dunlin 3 over at 06.15hrs.   A BITTERN flew over north at 07.50hrs.  A juvenile, female Cetti'sWarbler was retrapped.  A Barn Owl flew over HPLane at dawn.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 2.
63 Birds were ringed this morning. Highlights were: Willow Warbler 13,  Chiffchaff 11.  Blackcap 7,  Garden Warbler,  Reed Warbler 8,  Whitethroat 4 and Sand Martin 15.