Thursday, 3 September 2015

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights were Little Egret, Kingfisher 2, Meadow Pipit 2, Grey Wagtail, Canada Goose 11 and male and female Tawny Owl calling at dusk.
A Barn Owl was hunting the Western Meadow from 19.35hrs.

A pair of Little Owls have bred, on or near an old lorry chassis in a stone recycling yard nearby for at least 5 years, including this year. However, after massive reorganisation of the piles of stone, to make more room, it looked as though they had gone. No, they are still there, so maybe we can keep watching them for another 5 years.

Wintersett 03.09.15

10 - 12°C with 7/8 cloud and a cool northerly.
Anglers CP: Meadow Pipit 1 S,  Swift 1,  Sand Martin 1,  Siskin 1,  Common Sandpiper 1,  Kingfisher 1,  Little Grebe 3,   Wigeon 11 and  Pochard 36.  The Goldfinch flock has increased to 120. 

The Edge 3rd September

Wombwell Ings- Present were 25 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 17 Gadwall, 9 Teal, 7 Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Moorhen, 2 Kestrel, 14 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 13 BH Gull, 6 LBB Gull, 30+ House Martin and 40+ Goldfinch.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2a+5y Mute Swan, 35 Canada Geese, 125+ Gadwall, 15 Tufted Duck, 10 Teal, 3 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 3 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 17 Little Grebe, 127 Coot, 7 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 6 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2 LBB Gull and 12 Linnet.
 Bolton Ings- On the open water were 4a+10y Mute Swan, 19 Greylag, 5 Canada Geese, 37 Gadwall, 28 Tufted Duck, 10 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, 23 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 54 Lapwing,  146 Coot and 2 Moorhen. Also present were 5 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch and 2 Willow Tit. Two Chiffchaff were singing on Warbler Way.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Carlton Marsh

This morning Little Egret, Shelduck, Kingfisher 2, Greylag 5 and Ringed Plover 1 SE. (Jim Plant)
Also seen 2 Buzzard soaring with 2 Sparrowhawk and a Lime Hawk Moth larvae was in the car park.

A late Swift passed over this afternoon. (Rod Heeley)

Monk Bretton butterflies
Meadow Brown 39, Gatekeeper 3, Brown Argus 1 and a Six Spot Burnet Moth.

South Kirkby Tip (yesterday 1/9)
114 Common Blue

(Chris Parkin)

A Mixed Bag

Early doors at the Ingbirchworth 'Triangle' this morning produced the following of note:
Scout Dike - two Ringed Plover, single Yellow Wagtail, single Common Buzzard and Common Gull.
Ingbirchworth - 17 Pied Wags and 100+ House Martins around the farm buildings to the north.
Royd Moor - 210 Greylags.
My first autumn foray at Hartcliff  - 4 Wheatears and a Grey Wag over.

Wintersett 02.09.15

12 - 16°C with 4/8 cloud and a cool, light northerly.
Anglers CP: A Tree  Pipit  and a Yellow Wagtail flew over early doors.
Cold Hiendley Res: Goldeneye 1♀ in wing moult.
Wintersett Res: Redpoll 1 S and Meadow Pipit 2 S.  Cetti's Warbler 1♂ + 1 and Water Rail 1. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was on a buoy.
47 birds were ringed this morning, including 14 Chiffchaff,  11 Willow Warbler,  6 Blackcap,  Reed Warbler 4,  Sedge Warbler 2 and Swallow 6.

The Edge 2nd Sept

Wombwell Ings - Present on a quiet morning were 1 Mute Swan, 13 Greylag, 10 Canada Geese, 29 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 2 Kestrel, 21 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 19 BH Gull and 3 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2a+5y Mute Swan, 17 Canada Geese, 188 Gadwall, 25+ Teal, 18 Tufted Duck, 16 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 22 Little Grebe, 114 Coot, 10 Moorhen, 16 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 4 LBB Gull, c20 Linnet and 1 Fox.
Bolton Ings - On a normal day the highlight would be either the Great White Egret on the western pool, or the  Peregrine circling the west end, or the kettle of 9 Buzzards at c1.15pm. Today, it was the cream crown Marsh Harrier quartering the area between the two pools. Whilst hunting, it crashed into the overhead, power cables, dropped 10 metres before regaining flight control and calmly continued  hunting towards the west end. On the open water were 4a+10y Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 30 Gadwall, 28 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 6 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 30 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 139 Coot and 2 Moorhen. Also present were 4 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 55 Lapwing, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 3 Grey Wagtail and 1 singing Chiffchaff.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Edderthorpe Bank Holiday

Loads of wildfowl here over the holiday period, peak counts include;- Greylag Goose 285, Garganey 3 (including 1 drake), Shoveler 215 (the record is 243 on 31st October 2014), Teal 137. However, the shooting season opened today (1st Sept) and it seems the shooters were out this evening so it will be interesting to see how numbers compare in the coming week.
Waders continue to be attracted although in lower numbers after all the recent rain pushed up the water levels and since a juvenile Peregrine has been in daily attendance and terrifying everything. Highlights are, a Little Stint which arrived today and a couple of juvenile Knot which arrived yesterday (Monday) and are still present today. Up to 910 Lapwing, 20 Golden Plover, 5 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ringed Plover, 4 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper are also present. At least 7 Common Buzzards were flying as the rain ceased yesterday afternoon.

Carlton Marsh

This evening a Barn Owl was hunting from 19.10hrs and Little Egret and Green Sandpiper are on the Wader Scrape. (Dave Standish)

Ingbirchworth and Broadstone Reservoirs

Common Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Grey Heron, 4 Willow Tit (family group), c200 Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Weasel. Continuous passage west of mainly Swallows but a few House Martin.

Redstart, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Willow Tit and Painted Lady.

The Edge 1st September

Wombwell Ings- Present were 1 Mute Swan, 25 Canada Geese, 9 Mallard, 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, 1 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 24 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 45 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 10+ House Martin and 50+ Goldfinch.
Broomhill Flash - A Buzzard gave very good views for over an hour. As it sat on a fence at the back of the flash, two other Buzzards soared high above Darfield church. Also noted were 2a+5y Mute Swan, 159+ Gadwall, 28 Teal, 17 Tufted Duck, 11 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 1 Garganey, 1 Little Egret, 29 Little Grebe, 112 Coot, 9 Moorhen, 16 Lapwing, 3 Snipe,  1 Wheatear and 4 Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings -Highlight was a cc Marsh Harrier hunting over the Eastern Pool followed by a different cc Marsh Harrier making brief sorties over the same pool. The second bird was distinguishable by the lack of a primary in each wing. On the open water were 5a+5y Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 47 Gadwall, 41 Tufted Duck, 17 Mallard, 8 Pochard , 4 Grey Heron, 5 Cormorant, 27 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 147 Coot, 5 Moorhen and 2 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 180+ Lapwing, 2 Green Woodpecker and 1 singing Chiffchaff on Warbler Way.

Wintersett 01.09.15

11 - 16°C with 5/8 cloud and a cooling north westerly. 
Wintersett Res: A Ringed Plover flew over at 07.30hrs. 
Haw Park Wood:  Hobby 2
Anglers CP:  Meadow Pipit  1 S,  Siskin 12 over.
39 birds were ringed today, including: Garden Warbler 1,  Whitethroat 2,  Reed Warbler 2,  Willow Warbler 6,  Chiffchaff 19  and Blackcap 5.  A Spotted Flycatcher was a welcome catch. The first for many years.
Butterfly: Common Blue 1 ACP.
Spotted Flycatcher   ACP    ASmith

Monday, 31 August 2015

Wintersett 31.08.15

11°C , cool with steady/light rain until mid afternoon and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig:   3 Ringed Plover flew east at 09.00hrs.  2 Dunlin went over south at 09.40hrs.  A Wheatear came in from the east at 15.55hrs.
Anglers CP:   Greylag Goose 138,  Pochard 31, Teal 13, Wigeon 6,  Shoveler 3, Little Grebe 4 Lapwing 270,  Goldfinch 70, Common Sandpiper 1,  Grey Wagtail 2 and Snipe 1.
2 Hobbies were over,  hunting hirundines this afternoon.

Wilthorpe Marsh 31/8/15.

West end-, a Hobby at the sewage farm was the first of the year down here. A party of 5 Whinchats were in the reeds + 5 Common Snipe and 2 Willow Tits on the river. Definetly 5 probably 6 Green Sandpipers at the oxbow pond + 1 Buzzard.

The Edge 31st August

Wombwell Ings - Present were 10 Canada Geese, 89 Teal, 23 Mallard, 5 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 2 Moorhen, 21 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 3 BH Gull and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2a+5y Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 123 Gadwall, 24 Teal, 11 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 1 Garganey, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 18 Little Grebe, 129 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 1 juv female Peregrine through at  10.55am, 22 Lapwing, 4+ Snipe, 1 Greeenshank, 1 Dunlin, 2 LBB Gull, c100 Swallow and 6+ Linnet.
Bolton Ings Eastern Pool- On the open water were 2a+2y Mute Swan, 13 Greylag(+21 over), 2 Canada Geese, 32 Tufted Duck, 21 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, 17 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 133 Coot, 6 Moorhen and 2 LBB Gull. Also present were 46 Lapwing, 1 cc Marsh Harrier through at 1pm, c100 House Martin, 1 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Moorlands 30/8/15. S Green, D Simmonite.

Ewden stone circle track. Just to the left of the entrance gate in the fenced area we had a feeding party of 1 Spotted Flycatcher, a pair of Redstarts, 3 Stonechats, 6 Chiffchaffs and a juv Robin. 10 Siskins and a Nuthatch over the road in broomhead hall wood. Up to the lodge where we had 8 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 2 GS Peckers, 2 Stock Doves before being bit to death by the flys. Low Moor/Midhope, away from the midges here but very quiet with Peregrine and still a good southerly movement of Swallows.

Wintersett 30.08.15

Up to 17°C with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP Vis. Mig:   Buzzard - a group of 6 went south at 11.20 and 7 were in the area.  A juvenile Red Kite drifted slowly south west at 12.15hrs.  Sand Martin 1 S and Siskin 13 W.
Anglers CP: Hobby 1 juvenile over,  Grey Wagtail 1,   Common Sandpiper 1, Wigeon 5,  Gadwall 14,  Pochard 20 and Shoveler 1.  Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the rock wall. 
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 1 ♂ and Water Rail 1. 
116 birds were ringed this morning, including:  a WHINCHAT - new for the year,  18 Chiffchaff,  7 Willow Warbler,  8 Reed Warbler,  2 Sedge Warbler,  5 Whitethroat,  1 Garden Warbler,  22 Blackcap,  35 Swallow and 1 Sand Martin.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Carlton Marsh

Two Little Egrets, Greenshank and  a juv Shelduck were on the wader scrape this morning. 21 Greylags arrived on the main marsh and a Water Rail called. Also present Willow Tit 2 (SE 3709) 1 (SE3710) Coal Tit 2, Kingfisher 2, Grey Wagtail and c50 Goldfinches.

A male Vapourer moth was on the wing.

Low Moor/ Midhope, 29/8/15, 2-15pm to 5-15pm.

Greeted by the WAW team who looked to be at full strength. Somehow they all managed to fit in one vehicle. Very steady birding with just the norm of Hobby 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 4, Kestrel 5, Raven 1 pair, Siskin 3. A regular southerly passage of Swallows of 700+ but probably many more.

Wintersett 29.08.15

Up to 18°C with 4/8 cloud and a cool south westerly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig: Buzzard 3 SW,  Hobby 1 SW at 15.40hrs + 2 over HPWood,  Siskin 3 over,  Yellow Wagtail 2 over,  Sand Martin 7 S and  SWIFT 1 SW + 3 over WRes.
Anglers CP:  A Ruff  and a Little Egret were new in the shallows.  Little Grebe 3,  Cormorant 10 and Canada Goose 291.
Butterflies: Gatekeeper 1 MLPond,  Common Blue 3 Disp.Pt. and a  late Meadow Brown  1  ACP.