Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Wintersett +Gulls 17.12.14

A mild 10°C,  mostly cloudy with a westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warblers 1 and Water Rail 2.
By the time the Gulls came to roost on Wintersett Res., it was after 16.00hrs and nearly dark.  The only gulls of note were a 1st W Yellow-legged at 16.00hrs and a 1st W Iceland at 16.10hrs.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Wintersett + Gulls 16.12.14

4°C with 7/8 cloud and a light south westerly.  Very little to report today.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull came in at 16.00hrs and the ringed adult Mediterranean Gull arrived at 16.20hrs.  Cormorants 44.

Rabbit Ings

Black Redstart not relocated this morning! However a pair of Stonechats were feeding together to the rear of the Ranger's Office in a small plantation.

Rabbit Ings

Couldn't find Black Redstart late morning/early afternoon but two Stonechat (m&f).

Monday, 15 December 2014

Carlton Marsh

A Nuthatch seen here this morning was only the 4th record. (Rod 'Hawfinch' Heeley)

Rabbit Ings

Just received news of a male Black Redstart seen this morning by Mick Birkinshaw, Tom Gorman and Ray Dye. It was found just below the Ranger Centre on the left hand side of the path quite near to a ditch and small pond.

Monk Bretton

45 Pink Feet over at 13.15hrs (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett + Gull Roost 15.12.14

5°C, damp and cloudy with a brief shower at midday and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Cormorant 41,  Pochard 67 + 25 WRes and  Greylay Goose 107.
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 1 SE corner and 1 male west bank and Water Rail 2.
Wintersett Res Roost: The Gulls arrived late today.  An adult Caspian came in at 16.10hrs and a juv/1stW Iceland flew in at 16.12hrs.
NB: Fairburn had an adult Caspian tonight.

Dodworth, midday

Jack Snipe flushed from brownfield site between Hugset Wood and M1.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Wilthorpe Marsh late aft./dusk. 14/12/14.

Just a walk around, gave the flushing a rest. Little Egret 1, a welcome return in the oxbow area where I assume it roosted. Calling Little Owl + 600 Woodpigeons.

Wintersett Gull Roosts 14.12.14

5°C with  7/8 cloud.  Dry with a short shower mid afternoon.
The Anglers CP  hide was standing room only by 14.15hrs and there were also some observers on the east bank.  60 Pink-footed Geese flew west at 14.20hrs as an opener, but the gulls were slow to appear tonight.  At 15.10 hrs the red ringed adult Mediterranean Gull flew through but didn't appear back on the rock wall until 16.30hrs.  At 15.30hrs 2 x 1st W Iceland Gulls were picked up,  but they only dropped in briefly before leaving for Wintersettt Res where they were seen at 15.45hrs  One was a very pale bird and the other was much darker .  The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull arrived at 16.00hrs.   An adult Caspian was  seen on WRes at 15.50hrs.   A total of 442 Great Black-backed Gulls were counted.
NB  Pugneys Roost also had lots of visitors tonight who were  treated to the whole range of Caspians - 1st W,  2nd W, 3rd W, and Adult  plus 2 Yellow-legged Gulls.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Wintersett - Yorkshire Super 6 13.12.14

0°C,  icy conditions with clear sky and a light south westerly.  Cold Hiendley Res. had a small frozen area.
Anglers CP:  Grey Wagtail 1, Green Woodpecker 1 and Cormorant 33. 
Wintersett Res:  Water Rail 2.  A RED KITE flew north along the west bank at 11.48hrs and then came back SE over ACP at 12.10hrs. A Little Egret went north at 13.50hrs.
Our amazing Gull Roosts broke a Yorkshire record tonight with a stupendous 6 CASPIAN GULLS coming in as follows.  The first to arrive on Anglers CP was a 2nd W at 14.25,  another 2nd W came in at 15.00,  a 3rd W flew in at 15.30 and an adult dropped in  on the rock wall at 16.00hrs. This adult had a red ring on its right leg, (unreadable in the poor light) and a metal ring on its left leg.  On Wintersett Res an adult Caspian flew in at 15.45 and a further adult came in at 15.55hrs.
Interspersed among the Caspians were,  a juv/1stW ICELAND GULL at 14.55hrs  and a 1st W Yellow-legged  at 16.10hrs on WRes,  and the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull on Anglers at 15.45hrs.
Other totals for both roosts  - Herring  2870,  Great Black-backed 384 and Lesser Black-backed 10. 
NB - Pugneys had a 2nd W Caspian Gull and a 1st W Yellow-legged Gull.  The Blyth's Pipit is present for the 6th day.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Wintersett - Gull Roost 12.12.14

2°C,  cold with 8/8 cloud first thing but some sunny spells from mid morning and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:  The adult Yellow-legged Gull was in at 15.00hrs. Unfortunately the visiting (Teeside?) birders left just a few minutes before an adult Caspian Gull came in at 16.12hrs  followed by a 1st W Caspian at 16.25hrs.  
NB  Pugneys roost  had a record breaking  5 Caspian Gulls tonight - 2adults,  2 x 2nd W and 1 4thW. 


Drake Mandarin still on Cortonwood Pond midday today.

Between the Blizzards

Low Common, Ingbirchworth - c400 Starlings, c100 Fieldfares and 3+ Redwings.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 54 Mallards, 12 Tufted Ducks, 1 male Sparrowhawk hunting low over the water, 3 Moorhens and 7 Bullfinches.
Gunthwaite Dam - 18 Teal, 46 Mallards, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Moorhens, 3 Coots and 1 Kingfisher.
Castle Dam - 173 Canada Geese, 3 Wigeon, 4 Moorhens, 18 Coots, c60 Black-headed Gulls and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull,
Roughbirchworth Common - 150+ Lapwings.
Shepherd's Height - c110 Rooks.
Midhope Reservoir - 11+ Teal, 8 Mallards and 1 Common Buzzard.
+ I Blue-faced Martin.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Carlton Marsh

A quick walk round this afternoon produced 2 Little Owls, Shoveler 1 female, 2 drake Teal, Cormorant, 2 Mute Swans, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Willow Tits, c50 Redwings, 33 Fieldfares, 13 Jackdaws north and loads of Black Headed Gulls heading north for the Winterset Roost.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 11.12.14

3°C,  cold, gusty south westerly,  with light rain and sleet showers but a couple of sunny breaks around midday.
 Anglers CP Gull Roost: Viewing was hindered by atrocious weather conditions, with only the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull seen tonight.


Elsecar Reservoir - c100 Mallards, 2 Tufted Ducks, 1 Cormorant, 6 Great Crested Grebes, c10 Moorhens, 16 Coots and c100 Black-headed Gulls.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Wintersett- AnglersCP Gull Roost 10.12.14

2°C, intermittent  rain showers with strong, gusty, south westerly wind this afternoon.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:  The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull came in at 16.00hrs. The adult Caspian Gull flew in at 16.10 (and was also reported on Bird Guides present at 12.00hrs).  The adult Ringed Mediterranean Gull arrived at 16.20hrs.

NB - Great set of photos by of Blyth's Pipit at

Broomhill Flash

Todays sightings for the Broomhill Flash reserve were :-

Teal 7, Lapwing 13, Gadwall 4, Tufted Duck 4, Shoveler 2, Pochard 4, Goldeneye 1♀, Cormorant 1, Black-headed Gull c300, Common Gull 2, Goosander ♂♀ flew down river Dearne circa 8.50, Wigeon 15, Pied Wagtail 2, Sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 1, Fieldfare 100+, Redwing 60+, Little Owl 1.