Friday, 28 November 2014

Wintersett + Gull Roost 28.11.14

7°C,  misty, gloomy day with drizzle at times. 
Anglers CP:  Golden Plover 1 over and Teal 26.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:  After yesterdays brilliant roost , poor weather and bad viewing conditions resulted in only the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull being seen today from 14.58hrs.  A north easterly breeze was blowing drizzle onto scope lenses in the hide  and the birds were facing away, so identification was not possible.   

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Wintersett + Gull Fest 27.11.14

8°C, calm and mild with fog and drizzle.  Around mid morning the fog cleared with a light nort easterly.
Anglers CP:  Carlton Dream Team had a 2nd W Mediterranean Gull on the rocks at 10.40 until it left north at 10.50hrs.  Golden Plover 35 over, Snipe 18 and greylag Goose 129.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: It was another interesting roost tonight.  The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull came in at 14.35hrs, followed by the usual, (large), 3rd W Caspian at 14.58, thought to be a male.  At 15.20hrs last nights, (small)  3rd W Caspian came in. This bird is thought to be a female.  When she was near the rafts the large, (male) 3rd W Caspian swam out of the main flock of big gulls, and headed straight towards her, calling, and bowing his head. The call was similar to that of an Eider duck.  When he swam close to her, she feigned indifference and swam off slowly.  The adult Caspian came in at 15.58hrs and the Polish ringed, adult Mediterranean Gull came in at 16.10 hrs.

Many thanks to Ralph Hibbert using Les Corral's 'scope for the following photo.

2nd W Med Gull      ACP           RH/LC

Many thanks to Tom Grose,   @tomgoose144,  for the following photos.

(Large/male?)  3rdW Caspian Gull   ACP        TG

(Small/female?) 3rdW Caspian  ACP         TG
Small and large  3rdW Caspian Gulls    ACP   TG
Polish ringed, adult Med. Gull       ACP          TG
The magnificent 'Psycho' - adult YL Gull    ACP     TG

Carlton Marsh

On a dull and dank afternoon 2 'Redheads' left west only to be replaced by an immature male and another Redhead that stayed to roost. A pair of Wigeon and a Little Grebe were keeping the Mute swans company along with a Kingfisher and 2 Water Rails. Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker were evident and at least 4 Snipe left at dusk.

Broomhill Flash & Bolton Ings

A walk on the TPT to Bolton Ings didn't produce anything on the way on but did produce 20+ Redpoll on the way off.

Broomhill Flash.

Grey Heron 1, Dunlin 2, Golden Plover 1+, Teal 17, Wigeon 10, Pochard 5, Tufted Duck 5, Mallard 20, Shoveler 6, Gadwall 3, Little Owl 1, Mute Swan 1 juvenile, Lapwing c52, Black-headed Gull c79, Kingfisher 1, Common Gull 2.

Bolton Ings.

Tufted Duck 45, Pochard 13, Great-crested Grebe 5, Little Grebe 3, Grey Heron 2, Mallard 4, Gadwall 4, Goosander 4 (2 pair), Common Gull 27, Mute Swan 4 ( 2 adult & 2 juvenile), Teal 3, Wigeon 4, Snipe 10, Cormorant 4, Green Woodpecker 1 (TPT Calling), Greater Spotted Woodpecker 1. Herring Gull 5, Lesser Black-backed Gull 2.


Redpoll c20.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Wintersett + Gull Roost 26.11.14

5°C,  cold with 8/8 cloud and drizzle on and off  from mid morning and a light north easterly.
Anglers CP:  Golden Plover 22 over.  Snipe 18.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:  Good numbers of birds present tonight included the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull at 14.55hrs. An adult Caspian came in at 15.30hrs.  The Polish ringed Mediterrranean Gull came in at 15.55hrs and a  NEW 3rd W Caspian came in at 16.00hrs.  
NB Yesterday at Fairburn 1stW Iceland Gull.

Broomhill Flash mid morning

Shoveler 8, Teal 4, Wigeon 8, Gadwall 4, Tufted Duck 6, Mallard 8, Pochard 4, Goldeneye 2♀, Mute Swan 2 juvenile, Black-headed Gull c105, Common Gull 2, Cormorant 1, Little Owl 1.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Wintersett Gull Roost 25.11.14

5°C, cold with 7/8 cloud and a light easterly.
Anglers CP:  Watr Rail 1, Grey Wagtail 2  and Cormorant 29.
ACP Gull Roost: An adult Caspian came in at 15.35 and a 3rd W Caspian followed at 15.50hrs.  The Polish ringed, adult Mediterranean Gull flew in at 16.00hrs.  There was a huge number of small gulls as those from Wintersett Res flew over to Anglers at dusk.

Broomhill Flash & Bolton Ings

Today's sightings for Broomhill Flash were a little spars till Shaun Roebuck gave a call out saying there was a Med Gull present. Photo John Seeviour.

Here are the rest of the sightings for Broomhill Flash.

Mute Swan 2, Shoveler 6, Teal 22, Pochard 5, Tufted Duck 5, Goldeneye 2♀, Gadwall 6, Mallard 6, Canada Gees129, Greylag Geese 4, Lapwing 35, Red-legged Partridge 2, Black-headed Gull c95, Pied Wagtail 2, Fieldfare 2, Golden Plover c1000, Snipe 3, Common Gull 2, Mediterranean Gull 1, Greater Black-backed Gull 4, Cormorant 1, Sparrowhawk 1.

Bolton Ings.

Greater spotted Woodpecker 1 (TPT), Bittern 1, Tufted Duck 27, Gadwall 4, Great-crested Grebe 4, Little Grebe 2, Pochard 4, Common Gull 11, Snipe 3, Mute Swan 7, Cormorant 4, Grey Heron 3, Green Wood pecker 1, Goldeneye 1♀, Stonechat 1♂.


A Magpie killed, plucked and eat a Goldfinch on Geoff Miller's bird table this morning.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Ewden Black Grouse.

An interesting conversation today with one of the Gamekeeper's lads. I asked him about any recent Black Grouse sightings and he informed me that about 3 weeks ago he saw one which was wearing what appeared to be a radio collar.  It was seen in the area below Ewden Height which is where they were normally located. I can't vouch for the accuracy of this sighting but I was just wondering if anyone had any info about the history of the released birds with regards to the possibility of it being correct ?


Wintersett Gull Roost 24.11.14

5°C, cold with 6/8 thin cloud and a light south westerly. 
No early birding here due to succesful jaunt for Isabelline Wheatear at Seaton Snook  and Hume's Leaf Warbler at Brier Dene,Whitley, 3 Waxwing were an added bonus.
Steve Denny covered Anglers CP Gull Roost.  130 Pink-footed Goose flew east.  The 3rd W Caspian and the adult ringed Mediterranean Gull were the most notable tonight.
NB Pugneys had 2nd W Caspian and 4 Yellow-legs.

Ewden Shooting Cabin

Another nippy day ....

Results were;
Common Buzzard 3, Rough-Legged Buzzard 1 seen over Upper Commons, Kestrel 3, Hen Harrier 1 (ringtail,) Raven 14, best count for some time, all 14 were in the air in 1 flock. Pink-Footed Goose, flock of c150 flew East over Upper Commons. Also flushed 1 (poss 2) Woodcock on the way back down the track.

Ewden Valley

After a successful stray out of the Barnsley recording area (just) for Great Grey Shrike, had the following on the way back to Stocksbridge.
Broomhead Reservoir - 14 Mallards.
More Hall Reservoir - 3 Canada Geese, 108 Mallards, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Moorhens, 50+Black-headed Gulls and 1 Raven over Ewden Village,
Bolsterstone - 35+ House Sparrows.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Garden Blackcap

A male Blackcap visited Dave Smith's Carlton garden bird table this morning!

Ewden / stone circle track / shooting lodge + 23/11/14.

Got the day off to a good start with a garden tick of 10 Whooper Swans going e. calling at 9-56am. Joined Mr Simmonite at the lodge just after midday. Results- 2 ring tailed Hen Harriers, 1 Goshawk, 3 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, at least 7 Ravens, 6 Bullfinchs, 80 Pink Footed Geese going e. We were informed both RL Buzzards were  further south at Holling Dale.

Edderthorpe, Sunday morning

Not too much to shout about here;- Pintail 2, Shoveler 28, Pochard 17, Tufted 28, Little Egret 1, Cormorant 7, Common Snipe 36, Lapwing 150, Golden Plover 10. Some white 'farmyard geese' were dumped/liberated here in the week, the day after news of birdflu in Yorkshire was on the news. A worried allotment owner?

Wintersett + Gull Roost 23.11.14

7°C  with 8/8 cloud with a light north westerly this morning.  10°C, sunny this afternoon, dropping cooler at dusk.  Frost forecast for tomorrow.
Wintersett Res: Water Rail 1
Botany Bay: Redwing 80
Anglers CP:  Whooper Swan 2 NE at 10.10.hrs.  Golden Plover 25 S,  Shoveler 29 and Goldeneye 32.
Anglers CP Roost: The roost held  a very good number of gulls for this date.  The adult, ringed  Mediterranean  Gull came in at 16.05hrs.  The sub adult White Herring Gull came in at 16.15hrs. The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull came in calling at 15.35hrs and a 1st W YL was seen on WRes earlier.  An adult, DARVIC ringed Black-headed Gull was on the rocks in front of the hide. Right leg black on white AYA, left leg metal.  There was a massive count of 1272 Herring Gull, with many coming  in very  late on.  Also Greater Black-backed Gull 130.  81 Goosanders counted at dusk is the largest number so far this winter.
NB Pugneys roost had the 3rd W Caspian reappear and 3 Yellow-legs, 2 adults and a 2nd W.  Orgreave Roost had an adult Yellow-leg.

Bretton yesterday (22/11/14)

After early morning mist the weather brightened to reveal 18 Cormorant, 32 Goosander, 8 Little Grebe, 26 Great Creasted Grebe, 17 Tufted Duck, Shoveler, 33 Teal, 32 Gadwall, 18 Wigeon, 9 Mute Swan, Water Rail, 3 Kingfisher, 26 Lapwing (on the mud), Nuthatch 4 and 5 Bullfinch.
Water levels still down half a metre and Carrion Crows having a feast on Swan Mussels.
Interesting that Gadwall were once quite scarce here and are now abundant. Did not find any Mandarin Duck but could have been hiding?

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Wintersett + Gull Roost 22.11.14

7 - 10°C,  mild with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP:  Golden Plover 1 over,  Snipe 20 W and Grey Partridge 8 in field.
Cold Hiendley Res: Whooper Swan 4 (2adults + 2 juvs) flew south at 11.50hrs.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: It was a large roost tonight but with no Caspians.  However it was quite exciting with several records of interest.  An adult male Red-breasted Merganser came in at 14.10 and left SW at 14.15hrs..  A very small, elegant looking 1stW Lesser Black-backed type arrived at 15.10hrs.   Next in were 2 Yellow-legs, the usual adult and a 1stW.  A White-winged Herring Gull, (not the same as Pugneys bird) flew in at 15,30hrs.  The adult Mediterranean Gull flew to its usual island for the third night in a row. Good light allowed its DARVIC to be read.  Left leg white on red 5P4, metal ring on right leg. A 1stW Little Gull came in briefly at 16.15hrs before flying SW towards Wintersett Res..
NB: Pugneys roost had a 2ndW Caspian and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls tonight. 

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White-winged Herring Gull       ACP   SDenny

1stW Lesser Black-backed type   ACP   SDenny

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1stW Lesser Black-backed type     ACP   SDenny

Adult Mediterranean Gull      ACP       SDenny

Broomhill Flash

Mute Swan 4 (1 juvenile), Shoveler present, Tufted Duck 6, Pochard 10, Wigeon 4, Common Gull 4, Teal 9, Grey Heron 1, Cormorant 3, Golden Plover 4, Sparrowhawk 1.