Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Carlton Marsh

The highlights of of today were, 2 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Greylags, 2 Canada Geese, 16 Common Gulls, 35 Teal, ' Redhead Goosander, 5 Tufted Duck and 1 Little Egret. 

Also present Green Woodpecker and 28 Magpies assembling to roost before dusk (JP/R. Laverack/S. Grove/CG).

Wintersett 26.02.2022

 Anglers CP:

Little  Grebe 1.  Gadwall 11.  

Pink-footed Goose 110 flew west.

Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Wintersett 25.01.2022

Wintersett Res:

Willow Tit 1 west bank.  Goldeneye 104 + 4 Cold Hiendley Res.  + 46 Anglers CP.

Golden Plover 1 over.  Shoveler 4.  A Cetti's Warbler was in the south west corner. 

Anglers CP:

Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.  Little Grebe 1.  Shelduck 2 flew in at 11.10hrs.  

Monday, 24 January 2022

Carlton Marsh

 A pair of Shoveler were new in today. A Green Woodpecker was calling, 6 Bullfinch were feeding along with 2 Redpolls a Siskin and 1 Redwing. 3 Buzzards were in the air. (R. Laverack/L & A Corrall/CG).

This afternoon a 'Red Head' Goosander flew north at 16.33hrs and 40 Stock Doves and up to 15 Blackbirds were counted (Dave Smith)

Sunday, 23 January 2022

Roesel's Bush Cricket - a new species for Wintersett - @GeorgieWightman

 A Roesel's Bush Cricket 

was found in the north west corner of the Dam Wall, 

Wintersett Res. on the 19th August 2021

by @GeorgieWightman

                            Roesel's Bush Cricket   NW corner of Dam Wall Wintersett Res.

19.08.2021     Georgie W-S                    

Carlton Marsh

Present this morning 3 Cormorants, 2 Greylags, Little Egret, 10 Herring and 6 Common Gulls. Good numbers of finches included c50 Goldfinches and c30 Siskins. 

Also of note Goldcrest, Cetti's Warbler, Green Woodpecker and 6 Redwings (Dave Smith/Dave Standish).

Around 150 Pink Feet Geese flew west over the Newtown estate, Low Cudworth

Wilthorpe Marsh 23/1/22.

Water Pipit on wires preening then flew to sf. Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 1, Raven 1, L Egret 1. Grey Partridge 1 pair, 1 singing Cetti's.

Wintersett 23.01.2022

 Wintersett Res:

Willow Tit 1 on west bank.   Lesser Redpoll 1.  Pink-footed Goose 48 west. 

                       Willow Tit   west bank Wintersett Res. P.Meredith  23.01.2022                 

                     Willow Tit  west bank Wintersett Res. Georgie W-S  23.01.2022

Disposal Point: 

Siskin 1.  Redpoll 4.  Green Woodpecker 1.

Botany Bay:

Redwing 31. 

Lepidoptera on Green Building Anglers CP Car Park:

Early Moth 5.  Engrailed 1.  

                                           Engrailed  Anglers CP Bulding in Car Park

                                                      Georgie W-S  23.01.2022

Saturday, 22 January 2022

Carlton Marsh

 A few Siskins were singing again this morning in the car park, Coal Tit, Great Spot and Green Woodpecker were calling and Treecreeper and Coal Tit were present.

On the water Cormorant, 2 Grey Herons, Little Egret, 5 Herring Gulls and a a female Goosander that left south at 12.15hrs. A Fox flushed a Snipe from the wader scrape (JP/Rob Lindley/Ruth & Paul Thorpe).

Three bespoke Woodpecker boxes, 2 Blue Tit boxes and a Bat box made by John Finch were put up around the reserve this morning.

Wintersett WeBS January 2022

Here is the Wintersett WeBS count for January 2022

Mute Swan 6.   Canada Goose 78.   Greylag Goose 138.   Cormorant 12

Coot 139,  Moorhen 13.   Great Crested Grebe 25.   Mallard 41.   Teal 58.   

Shoveler 8.  Gadwall 16.   Wigeon  271.   Tufted Duck 192.   Pochard 158.   

Goldeneye 85.   Goosander 20.   Lapwing 219.   Snipe 4.   Grey Heron 5. 

Wintersett + Gull Roost 22.01.2022

 Wintersett Res:

The Willow Tit was on the west bank.  

A calling Raven flew north at 08.50hrs.   

Shelduck 1. 

Anglers CP:

Snipe 4. 

Anglers CP Gull Roost:

175 Great Black-backed Gulls were in tonight. 

Walton Hall:

Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull was present this morning.  

Wigeon 1 male + 1 female.

Friday, 21 January 2022

Wintersett + Gull Roost 21.01.2022

 Wintersett Res:

26 Meadow Pipits were in the east bank field.   Goosander 19. 

Anglers CP:

Snipe 28 

Anglers CP Gull Roost:

3,000 Herring Gulls,   210 Great Black-backed Gulls  

and 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were in tonight.

Thursday, 20 January 2022

Wintersett + Gull Roosts. 20.01.2022

 Wintersett Res:

Cetti's Warbler 1 male north bank,  1 south west bank and 1 south bank Cold Hiendley Res.

Little Grebe 2.  Shoveler 8 +  3 Anglers CP.   A Willow Tit was on the west bank.

Gull roosts:

The gulls roosted on Anglers  Country Park  tonight,  but an adult Caspian Gull 

was amongst the 500 Herring Gulls on Wintersett  Res.   

A Woodcock flushed from the clump.

Carlton Marsh

BMBC Rangers and our wildlife group were hard at it this morning removing regenerating scrub from the middle of the marsh and on the embankment.

Meanwhile 4 Grey and 4 Red - legged Partridges were feeding in nearby fields along with 2 Mistle Thrushes (JP).

On the marsh this afternoon were Great Spotted Woodpecker, Water Rail and 20 Stock Doves. As dusk approached Tawny Owl called and c500 BH Gulls and 10 Herring Gulls headed north (Dave Smith). 

At mid-day a Little Owl flew across Carrs Lane, Low Cudworth (Richard Laverack).

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Wintersett Ringing Recovery - Becky Bailey

Reed warbler AJN7123 was ringed as a juv on 8/8/2020. 
  @PeteSmith 1954 retrapped it on 24/08/20.
implying that it was bred in the area.

It wasn't recaptured at Wintersett in 2021. 
It was however caught by ringers
 in Noyant, Maine-et-Loire, France on 20/08/21 (678km S).

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights were 3 Grey Partridges, 1 Lesser Redpoll with c50 Siskins and c200 BH Gulls with 10 Herring and 15 Common Gulls on the wader scrape (JP/L & A Corrall).

Geoff Miller lives about a half a mile to the east of the reserve on Beech Avenue, Cudworth. Over the years Geoff has seen many good birds in his garden and over his home. Arguably one of the best was the Bittern today that came in low over the house at 17.02hrs from the direction of the reserve heading ESE, perhaps towards Edderthorpe Flash!

Cudworth Common
20 Redwing, 1 Redpoll, 9 Skylarks and a male Peregrine west (CG). 

Wintersett with Ice and a Surprise. 18.01.2022

Calm,  minus 2 degrees  with ice on all water bodies.

Wintersett Res. 80%.   Cold Hiendley Res. 98%.   Anglers CP 50%.

Wintersett Res:

The female Ring-necked Duck was spotted off the west bank by visitor John Fowler this morning.

A Kingfisher was new for the year.   

A Cetti's Warbler was in the west bank marsh and one was singing on the north bank.  

 21 Great Crested Grebe + 7 Anglers CP.    Gadwall 2 + 20 Anglers CP.

23 Whooper Swans with one Pink-footed Goose flew in at 11.20hrs,  circled around the area, before landing  on Cold Hiendley Res. at 11.30hrs.  

7 more Whooper Swans with a Greylag Goose, flew over and joined the flock on Cold Hiendley Res..  

All 30 flew off west at 14.15hrs. 

As we walked back to the Dam Wall,  Pete Smith heard a very welcome call.  

It was an unringed Willow Tit on the west bank!  Also new for the year and a very nice suprise.  

Anglers CP:

Cormorant 10.  Little Grebe 3.  Teal 65. Wigeon 303. Leucistic Greylag Goose 1.   

                                                   Ring-necked Duck female   

                                  Wintersett Res. 18.01.2022  Dave Dawson                                              

Monday, 17 January 2022

Carlton Marsh

36 Teal and 15 Herring Gulls on the the wader scrape. A Treecreeper was the first this year and a Green Woodpecker and a Siskin were singing in the sunshine. A Song Thrush was under the bird feeder and 3 Buzzards included last years juvenile (L & A Corrall/CG).

Edderthorpe Flash
2 Whooper Swans and a Herring Gull with a Yellow Darvic ring, but too far away to read (Richard Laverack).

Dearne Valley Park - Hoyle Mill
3 Buzzards, 18 Fieldfares, Grey Wagtail, 2 Greylags and 46 Mallards (Chris Parkin).

Sunday, 16 January 2022

Wintersett 16.01.2022

 Wintersett Res: 

Russ Boland saw 4 Whooper Swans fly high south west at 10.10hrs.  

A Shelduck flew over, then left at 10.15hrs.     Shoveler 7.

Cold Hiendley Res:

Gadwall 13.  


An  Early Moth was on a security light on the Green Building in the car park.

A first for Georgie W-S @GeorgieWightman who visited this morning.

Low Moor/Midhope 16/1/22.

Very good light with a blanket of cloud blocking the sun. Rt Hen Harrier 1, C Buzzard 3, Kestrel 2. Raven 2, Greylag c100, Nuthatch 1, Bullfinch 3, LT Tit 15 on fatballs.