Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Carlton Marsh

This afternoon between 17.15hrs and 18.15hrs 105 Herring and 6 LBB Gulls came in to the wader scrape, but no sign of Iceland. Large Gulls regularly leave SE around 7pm and fly over where I live at Newtown, Cudworth, but now I know they are roosting at Edderthorpe, that's good. 
A Little Ringed Plover was also present.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Carlton Marsh

A group of 21 Herring and 4 LBB Gulls accompanied an immature Iceland Gull at 09.00hrs as they came in to the wader scrape, but as they were about to alight they saw a Fox on the prowl. The Iceland (probably a 2nd summer) quickly left south. I contacted Alan Stonier to keep a lookout at Edderthorpe, but he wasn't on site. This is the first record for this site since 20/2/1996.
A pair of Little Ringed Plovers were also present, one displaying. Also of note Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Buzzard, Garden Warbler, Cetti's Warbler and 11 singing Reed warblers.

Red Kite over Higham

Red Kite that flew over Higham last Sunday morning but added now to provide moult reference in case different birds are seen in the near future. I presume this was a different bird to what Russ Boland had mid-day on the same date?

The Edge 22/05/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 16 Mute Swan, 27 Greylag, 16 Canada Geese, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 18 Gadwall, 12 Mallard, 6 Tufted Duck, 5 Shoveler, 8 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 6+ Lapwing, 2+1y Redshank, 31 BH Gull, 4+ Skylark, 1 Pied Wagtail and 2 Blackcap.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 1 Mute Swan, 59 Canada Geese, 27 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Geese, 8 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kestrel, 12 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 5 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher and 100+ Swift.
TPT - Singing males included 9 Blackcap, 7 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler and 1 Lesser Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 17 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 4+9y Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 21+9y Coot and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 2 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 3 LBB Gull , 1 Kingfisher and 2 Bullfinch.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Carlton Marsh

Its good to know that more Swifts and House Martins have arrived back safely to the local breeding colonies. (G. Miller J. Plant)
45 Herring Gulls were on the wader scrape and the Pink Foot is still with the greylags and seems content. Grey Wagtails are feeding fledged young and a male Peregrine was nearby.

A Little Egret flew SE over the Newtown estate, Cudworth at 17.35hrs (D. Standish)

Dunford Bridge
9 Green Hairstreak butterflies were on the wing along with c100 Common Heath Moths.

7 Wall Brown were airborne and 3 Brown Hares were seen. (Chris Parkin)

The Edge 21/05/2018

Broomhill Flash - Highlight was the Red Necked Phalarope , present for a second day. Noted, on a clearing misty flash, were 1 Mute Swan, 5 Canada Geese, 7 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 5+12y Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Red Legged Partridge,  2 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing and 2 LBB Gull.
Wombwell Ings - Present were 27 Mute Swan, 32 Greylag, 24+4y Canada Geese, 2 Pink Footed Geese, 14 Mallard, 13 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 7 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 6 Lapwing, 3+1y Redshank, 31 BH Gull, 4+ Skylark, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Linnet and 4+ Reed Bunting.
TPT - Singing males included 7 Willow Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff and 3 Whitethroat. On the return walk from Bolton Ings good views were had of a Glossy Ibis on the Field Pool West of Old Moor Rspb.
Bolton Ings - Highlight was a Bittern flying in from Wath Ings at 12.08pm  and flying back at 12.14pm. On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 14 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 1 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 23+22y Coot and 200+ BH Gull. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret over, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Jay.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Red-necked Phalarope, Old Moor & Broomhill

These two shots of the Red-necked Phalarope were taken by Ron Marshall on the Wader Scrape at Old Moor yesterday (Saturday). Today (Sunday) the bird has spent the full day feeding on Broomhill Flash and is viewable from the hide there. The Glossy Ibis is still feeding at Old Moor.
A bit of a purple patch for the valley at the moment!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Wintersett. 19th May 2018

Cuckoo calling early morning at the Low Lake. A pair of Black-necked Grebes were on the Country Park, whilst a Sanderling showed at close range on the boathouse slipway on the Top Res.

Carlton Marsh

There were 65 Herring Gulls and 4 LBB Gulls on the wader scrape this morning. Also of note 2 singing Garden Warblers, Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Pink Foot Goose and 2 Buzzards. (J Plant/CG)

A Vixen was with her 2 cubs.

Low Moor/Midhope/ Cliff Wood 19/5/18.

Cliff Wood early aft., surprisingly quiet. The only thing of note a pair of Pied Flycatchers with the singing male showing very well. 2 hours at Low Moor very steady. - 2 C Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Siskin, 1 Jay, 1 Snipe showing well, Cuckoo still shaw brook.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Wintersett + Tree Sparrows 18.05.18

9 - 14 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a south easterly breeze.
Anglers CP: A Cuckoo was calling behind the hide this morning + 1 calling this afternoon in Haw Park.  Common Tern 2 + 1 WRes..   A Curlew was in the back fields.  Oystercatcher with at least 1 young, southern pair.  Teal 1 m.  Little Grebe 1.  Herring Gull 4.  
Tree Sparrows: Brilliant news!  Pete Smith ringed the first broods.  60 pulli today, with most pairs having 5 young.  The chicks looked healthy due to the warm sunny weather bringing out the insects. No losses so far.

Langsett Reservoir

A Common Sandpiper and a Little Ringed Plover were on the dam wall and another possibly 2 Common Sand and an Oystercatcher were seen later at the far end. 2 drake Teal, Tufted Duck and Cormorant were among the Canada Geese. A Cuckoo was calling in North America Wood along with a singing Goldcrest.
Over the moor 2 Buzzards were harassed by Curlews. In the Little Don Valley 2 Goldcrests were singing and a few Siskins were flying around calling, but there was no Redstart or Spotted Flycatcher. We talked to two local birders, who had the same negative result in Cliffe Wood.

South Kirkby Tip
Kestrel, Green Woodpecker and Cuckoo.
Butterflies included Dingy Skipper 115, Small Copper 3, Brimstone 4 males, Small Heath 3 and Holly Blue 1.
Other insects Light Emerald, Green Carpet and Mother Shipton moth 8, and Broad-bodied Chaser (Chris Parkin)

The Edge 18/05/2018

Warbler Way - Singing males included 11 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Cettis Warbler, 1 Song Thrush and 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker.
Bolton Ings mid morning - On the open water were 4+8y Mute Swan, 13 Greylag, 9 Canada Geese, 39 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 7 Pochard, 5 Gadwall, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 25+26y Coot, 2 LBB Gull, 2 Herring Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Bullfinch and 1 Linnet.
Wombwell Ings late morning - Present were 12 Mute Swan, 9 Greylag, 5+6y Canada Geese, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 21 Gadwall, 14 Mallard, 11 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 1 male Goosander, 2 Grey Heron, 9 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 6 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 39 BH Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail and 3 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash early PM- Noted were 1 Mute Swan, 25 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 19 Tufted Duck, 18 Gadwall, 11 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Buzzard, 17 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 4 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Herring Gull and 1 LBB Gull.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Carlton Marsh

Pretty much the same as yesterday Herring Gull 22, LBB Gull 4, Grey Wagtail with young. Tufted Duck increased to 6 pairs and new Mallard broods totalled 26 young. 2 Lesser Whitethroats were singing and 6 Swallows and 2 Swifts passed through. Geoff Miller informs me that his Beech Avenue, Cudworth colony only has around 6 pairs instead of the usual 20 pairs. Its difficult to argue that it's because of bad weather after recent fine settled conditions. So if this is reflected elsewhere where are they?
A male Peregrine was perched up nearby and a Pink Foot Goose was present.

Wintersett 17.05.18

9 - 13 degrees,  4/8 cloud with a cool north easterly breeze.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 1.
Anglers CP: The second pair of Oystercatchers have hatched at least 1 young.
Cold Hiendley Field:  2m + 1 f Yellow Wagtail.
Old Royston Flash: Oystercatcher 2 adults.  Red-legged Partridge 2.

The Edge 17/05/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 22 Mute Swan (most I've seen on the Ings), 37 Canada Geese, 33 Greylag, 2 Pink Footed Geese, 19 Gadwall, 15 Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 1 male Goosander, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 2 Grey Heron, 9 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 8 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 28 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 5+ Skylark, 5+ House Martin, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Reed Bunting and 1 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 18 Canada Geese, 17 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 10 Gadwall, 10 Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 6 Lapwing, c200 BH Gull and 1 Pied Wagtail.
TPT - 7 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting and 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 4 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 19 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 4 Mallard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 30+13y Coot, 300+ BH Gull and 1 Common Gull.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Wintersett 16.05.18

9 degrees with 8/8 but decreasing cloud and a cold north easterly.  A quiet day here. 
Wintersett Res: A Common Sandpiper was on the boathouse slipway.  3 Arctic  and 1 Common Tern were feeding.
Anglers CP: Oystercatchers 3 young.

The Edge 16/05/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 11 Mute Swan, 48 Canada Geese, 18 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 17 Mallard, 17 Tufted Duck, 15 Gadwall, 9 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 5 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 30+ Swift, 20+ Swallow, 15+ House Martin and 2 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 1 Mute Swan, 12 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 9 Tufted Duck, 8+6y Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 5 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 13 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel and 100+ Swift.
TPT - Singing males 7 Willow Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Lesser Whitethroat.
 Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 7 Greylag, 3 Canada Geese, 20 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 2 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 27+7y Coot and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Lapwing over, 50+ Swift and 2 Bullfinch.

Carlton Marsh

This mornings sightings included 51 Herring, 1 immature GBB and 4 LBB Gulls on the wader scrape with 3 broods of Canada Geese and 2 broods of Greylag geese. Cetti's, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Sedge and Reed Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff were all singing.
9 Swifts flew north and 6 House Martins were feeding over the marsh. Kingfisher, Cormorant and Great Spotted Woodpecker were around.
A Pink Foot Goose arrived at 15.00hrs (Rod Heeley)

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Wintersett 15.05.18

10 - 15 degrees, sunny with 2/8 cloud and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP: A Red Kite was circling to the north at 09.30hrs.  Oystercatcher 3 young.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 1.  4m Cetti's Warblers - east bank, west bank, ruin and 1 alarming at Botany Road.
Old Royston Flash: Red-legged Partridge 2.  Grey Partridge 1.  Yellow Wagtail 1. Lapwing 2. Mallard 8 young + 8 small/medium young WRes..
Lepidoptera: A Holly Blue was on the west bank WRes..
Odonata: Azure Damselfly 1 west bank WRes..