Sunday, 4 December 2016

Wintersett + Gull Roost 04.12.16

5 degrees, calm with  sun and 5/8 cloud.
Cold Hiendley Field - The amazing Skylark feeding flock is up to 650 today, probably more too. Also Yellowhammer 35, Grey Part 4 per GJS.   (This is the huge field from Cold Hiendley towards Old Royston . There is a footpath down the middle from  Ryhill Pits Lane down to Cold Hiendley Common Lane/Church Lane . Please park with due regard for residents and other traffic.)
Haw Park Wood: Siskin 36 + 11 ACP.
Anglers CP: Redpoll 100+,  Mealy Redpoll 2,  Little Grebe 5,  Teal 49,  Wigeon 8 and Woodcock 2.
ACP Gull Roost:  The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull was in at 15.25hrs but left later and flew to WRes.  An adult CASPIAN GULL was seen at 15.55hrs.  Another  adult Yellow-legged Gull was in at 16.10hrs..
Wintersett Res: Wigeon 8.   A Harvest mouse nest was found on the north east bank.

                  Harvest Mouse nest    WRes.       ASmith
Lynz Harston paid his first visit for a long time and this little beauty dropped on the gate near the hide.
                 Kestrel         ACP   LHarston

Ewden, 4/12/16.

Noon to 4pm. Very cold but plenty of sun giving top views looking towards Margery hill. Raptors few all singles - ad. Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, C Buzzard, Kestrel. Raven 1 pair seen twice, Woodpigeon flock of 60 n., Fieldfare 200 up the beck late aft. presumably to roost. Good for Brambling with about 60 up the beck valley with 2 showing well and 30 + at the entrance to broomhead farm in mixed finch flock + Nuthatch. Redpoll 1 over.

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights were Kingfisher 2, Water Rail 2 (1 seen) Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Bittern. As seen from the hide it flew at reed top height across the scrape at 14.01hrs onto one of the islands out of sight. It emerged about 10 minutes later before finally disappearing into its favourite reed bed.
Apologies for the poor quality (CG)

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Carlton Marsh

Good numbers of thrushes included c150 Redwing. Also present Cormorant, 5 Shoveler, Green Woodpecker, 14 Skylarks and 3 Goldcrests. A Fox was hunting around the wader scrape during the afternoon.

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 03.12.16

6 degrees with 8/8 and a light easterly.
Anglers CP:  Pink-footed Goose 35 west at 08.10hrs + 49 west at 10.08 hrs.  Teal 45.  Little Grebe 4.   Snipe 12.   Goldeneye 18.  Goosander 26 at dusk.
Birds ringed today included:  1 Snipe,  6 Redwing and 1 Lesser Redpoll.
Wintersett:  Little Owl 1.
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 1m boathouse reeds.
Haw Park Wood:  Siskin 15,  CROSSBILL 2 females. 
Haw Park Lane:  Green Woodpecker 1.
Cold Hiendley Field: A fantastic flock of  550  SKYLARK.  Yellowhammer 35 and Grey Partridge 4.
Gull Roosts Notables:   An adult Yellow-legged Gull  was in at 14.40hrs  and the usual YL adult at 15,50hrs.  A further adult YL Gull was on WRes..
Roost Totals:  Herring Gull                             1570    (760 ACP  + 810 WRes)
                         Great Blackbacked Gull               50    (  40 ACP  +   10 WRes)
                         Lesser Black-backed Gull            23     (    3 ACP  +   20 WRes)

               Snipe    - ringed ACP           RHL

 
 Record shots of the 2 female Crossbills   HPW   CSwaine

Friday, 2 December 2016

Wintersett 02.12.16

6 degrees, calm  with 8/8 cloud.  Still quiet.
Anglers CP:  Greylag Goose 121,  Teal 32,  Shoveler 2 + 4 WRes.,  Little Grebe 3 and Siskin 2.

The Edge 02/12/16

Wombwell Ings -Present were 202 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 78 Wigeon, 18 Teal, 13 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 1 male Goosander, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Moorhen, 5 Red Legged Partridge, 119 Golden Plover, 7 Lapwing, 4 BH Gull, c50 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush and 3 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 45 Shoveler, 30+ Wigeon, 24 Teal, 17 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 1 female Goldeneye, 1 Cormorant, 7 Golden Plover, 78 BH Gull, 8 Common Gull, c200 Redwing and c50 Fieldfare.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 78 Wigeon, 13 Tufted Duck, 11 Shoveler, 11 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 5 Pochard, 3 Goosander, 1m+2f Pintail, 2 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 161 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 15 BH Gull and 17 Common Gull. Also present were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Redshank, 2 Jay and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Wintersett 01.12.16

A mild 10 degrees with 5/8 cloud and a light north westerly.  Another quiet day.
Anglers CP:   Wigeon 228,  Teal 20,  Shoveler 3 and Little Grebe 1.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Wintersett 30.11.2016

5 - 6 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a light westerly. A very quiet day without any new birds in.
Anglers CP:  Wigeon 241  and Shoveler 5 + 2 CHRes +  1 WRes..

The Edge 30/11/16

Wombwell Ings - 100% ice cover of the main flash meant there were few birds to count. Present were 2 Mute Swan over, 15 Wigeon, 2 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 3 Moorhen, 25 Lapwing, 56 BH Gull and c40 Redwing.
Broomhill Flash - About 80% ice cover. Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 55+ Shoveler, 45 Wigeon, 13 Gadwall, 12 Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, 2 Pochard, 5 Cormorant, 4 Moorhen, 50+ Golden Plover, 40+ Lapwing, 7+ Snipe, 123 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Red Legged Partridge and 1 Kingfisher.
Bolton Ings - About 66% ice cover. On the small area of open water were 2 Mute Swan, c70 Mallard, 57 Tufted Duck, 11 Shoveler, 10 Pochard, 8 Goosander, 2 Teal, 2 female Goldeneye, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 212 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 28 BH Gull and 12 Common Gull. Also present were 4 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Song Thrush and 3 Bullfinch.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Moorlands + 29/11/16.

Broomhead Moor, dukes rd., ewden, circular. Very cold with bright sunshine for this classic walk. Shame the birding wasn't as good with not much seen. Smoke from heather burning spoiling the views in the ewden valley. 1+ Brambling were in the elusive Chaffinch flock at the Mortimer road entrance gate + Nuthatch. Woodcock flushed off and a Stonechat on broomhead moor. On to midhope/low moor which had very poor visibility due to the sun and smoke from heather burning. 17 Teal on the res. On to ingbirchworth with some of the Brambling flock showing well. All the geese were too far away in fields above the nw corner of the res.

Wintersett + Gull Roost. 29.11.16

A very cold and  frosty  -2  to 4 degrees.  mostly calm with clear blue sky.
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 1m west bank.  Chiffchaff 1 boathouse area.  Shoveler 3.
Anglers CP:  50 Pink-footed Geese were in the fields.   2 Barn Owls were seen - 16.00hrs and 16.07hrs.   Teal 37.  Woodcock 1.
ACP Gull Roost: The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull was the only notable in the roost tonight.

The Edge 29/11/2016

Bolton Ings - Highlight was the Bittern that flew along the north side of the eastern pool at 11.37am. On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 1 Greylag, 50 Tufted Duck, 25 Mallard, 12 Teal, 6 Pochard, 4 male Goosander, 4 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 female Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 141 Coot, 26 BH Gull and 16 Common Gull. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 48 Lapwing, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Jay, c150 Redwing, 20+ Fieldfare, 1 Greenfinch and 6 Bullfinch.
Broomhill Flash - per J. Seeviour  Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 76 Greylag, 60+ Teal, 55+ Shoveler, 50+ Wigeon, 30+ Gadwall, 25 Mallard, 10+ Tufted Duck, 8+ Cormorant, 3 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 200+Redwing and 20+ Fieldfare.

BARNSLEY BIRD STUDY GROUP

Thursday 1st December 2016, 7.15 pm at the Old Moor visitor centre

Mike Pilsworth with an illustrated talk on 'A Year at Blacktoft Sands'

All welcome. £2.50 cover charge includes interval drink.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Fleets Dam 28/11/16.

3 Parakeets at the asda end of the dam this morning. For people that might not know, you can walk to the dam from the asda car park as well as the smithies lane entrance.

The Edge 28/11/2016

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 235 Canada Geese, skein of c40 Greylag NW at 8.40am, 101 Wigeon, 46 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Shoveler, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Moorhen, 19 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 83 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull and 100+ Redwing. K. Fisher had a Kingfisher and c20 Fieldfare along the R.Dove and a Jack Snipe on the Corner Pond.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+3y Whooper Swan which came in at 8.20 and left east at 8.40am. Also present were 2 Mute Swan, 60+ Shoveler, c50 Teal, 45 Wigeon, 30+ Gadwall, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 6 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 38 BH Gull and 4 Snipe.
TPT - 1 Goldcrest and 1 Little Egret.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 4 Mute Swan, 66 Tufted Duck, 9 Goosander, 8 Pochard, 6 Mallard, 1 female Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 126 Coot, 71 BH Gull and 13 Common Gull. Also present were 5 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, 2 Green Woodpecker and 2 Jay.

Wintersett 28.11.16

1 - 4 degrees,  with 6/8 cloud and a cool, light south easterly.
Anglers CP:  Siskin 4,  Shoveler 4 and Teal 19.   Canada X Greylag Goose hybrids 5.
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 1 m boathouse reeds.  Chiffchaff 1 south east corner.

Ingbirchworth

Ingbirchworth Reservoir - full list - 2 Pink-footed Geese; 174 Greylag Geese; 403 Canada Geese; 74 Mallards; 1 Tufted Duck; 2 Cormorants; 4 Little Grebes; 2 Moorhens; 5 Coots; 800+ Black-headed Gulls; 104 Common Gulls; 3 Herring Gulls; 12 Woodpigeons; 1 Kingfisher; 3 Magpies; 1 Jay; 2 Jackdaws; 16 Carrion Crows; 16 Blue Tits; 17 Great Tits; 1 Coal Tit; 3 Willow Tits; 2 Wrens; 4 Starlings; 10 Blackbirds; 7 Fieldfares; 1 Song Thrush; 3 Redwings; 12 Robins; 1 Dunnock; 80+ Bramblings; c20 Chaffinches, and 1 Reed Bunting.

Canada Geese at Ingbirchworth

Two colour ringed Canada Geese seen at Ingbirchworth Reservoir (Annat Royd Lane) yesterday 27th November had both ringed at Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria on 29th June 2014.

BAZN adult male 29/06/2014 Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria.
                  vv        27/112016  Ingbirchworth Reservoir. 123 kms SE. 2 yrs 151 days.

CAFK adult female 29/05/2014 Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria.
                  vv           27/11/2016 Ingbirchworth Reservoir. 123 km SE 2 yrs 151 days

Carlton Marsh

Bittern sunning itself at the southern end of the marsh as seen from the disused rail embankment from 13.44hrs (Rod Heeley)

This record shot was taken by a phone camera
Rod Heeley