Friday, 20 January 2017

Carlton Marsh

Somebody switched on the light today so we could see after nearly a week of low cloud. 40 Pink Feet Geese flew west at 08.05hrs (Keith Bannister) Our resident Buzzard pair were perched up together, Water Rail, Coal Tit, Song Thrush, Willow Tit, 2 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swans north were in addition to the residents and 10 Greylags came in at dusk. 

Cudworth - Rose Tree Estate
The Waxwing flock dwindled today from 16 this morning to 9 by late afternoon, most of the berries have been eaten. Today's sunshine allowed us to see them in their finery. (Geoff Miller et al)

Wintersett + Gull Roost 20.01.17

A much brighter day,  5 degrees with 0/8 clear sky and a very light south easterly.
Anglers CP:  Green Woodpecker 1  and Shoveler 17 + 2 WRes,
Wintersett Res:  2 skeins of Pink-footed Geese flew west, 110 at 09.30hrs  + 110 at 09.40hrs.  4 Cetti's Warblers were around the Res today.  3 singing males- north bank, boathouse reeds and west bank. Another bird was calling on the east bank.
WRes Gull Roost: Guest observer Jonathan Holliday  picked up the 3rdW Iceland Gull  at 16.30hrs.   He also got these great shots. 

3rdW Iceland Gull     WRes       JHolliday

 Cold Hiendley Res. looking grand this evening    JHolliday

Newmillerdam - 20 January 2017

A pair of goldeneye were on the lake today, as well as two teal. Both new records for the year.

Black-headed gull (120), little grebe (1), mute swan (6), teal (2), whooper swan (1), Canada goose (35), coot (26), goldeneye (2), goosander (6 - 3m/3f), kingfisher (1), moorhen (9), siskin (5), tufted duck (35).

The whooper swan was ringed last Sunday and interestingly of the five cygnets with the female adult, only four are hers, the other W42199/299Y was ringed in August at Wombwell Canal.

The Edge 20/01/2017

Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 104 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 55 Wigeon, 47 Shoveler, 29 Mallard, 23 Teal, 20+ Gadwall, 17 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 5 Goldeneye, 4 Cormorant, 1 Peregrine, 25 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 54 Lapwing, 5 Golden Plover 82 BH Gull, 4 Common Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
TPT - 2 singing Song Thrush, 1 Jay and 1 Bullfinch.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 49 Tufted Duck, 11 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 6 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 2m+1f Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, 207 Coot, 48 BH Gull, 26 Common Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Redshank, 1 Green Woodpecker and 2 Willow Tit.

Green Moor - 20-01-2017

Waxwings 60+ at Green Moor (my home); fantastic, birds present on 19th also, left at 9 am today as most of food gone on Chapel Lane.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 19.01.17

5 - 8 degrees, calm with  with 8/8 cloud this morning.
Anglers CP:  Pink-footed Goose 1,  Ruff 1,  Teal 19 and Shoveler 13.
Wintersett Res:  3 singing male Cetti's Warblers - north bank,  boathouse reeds and west bank.   Wigeon 32 and Goosander 6.
Both Gull Roosts were checked:  Good numbers of birds on Wintersett Res with a huge number of big gulls arriving from Hampole on dark.  Very frustrating.   Only one notable was picked up, a 3rdW Iceland Gull at 16.35hrs.

Carlton Marsh

Busy scrub bashing today so not much time to watch. However, there were 2 Cormorants, Kingfisher, 9 Tufted Duck, Water Rail and later a Little Egret came in to roost at 16.30hrs (Dave Standish)

The Edge 19/01/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 4 Greylag, 4 Shelduck, 120+ Wigeon, 23 Teal, 17 Mallard, 11 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 11 Moorhen, 4 Coot, 124 Golden Plover, 16 Lapwing, 16 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 24 Linnet and 5 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 93 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 39 Teal, 31 Shoveler, 28+ Wigeon, 21 Gadwall, 10 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 1 Goldeneye, 6 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 19 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 53 Lapwing, 34 BH Gull and 6 Common Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 3 Mute Swan, 27 Shoveler, 22 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 4m+2f Goosander, 3m+2f Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 219 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 32 BH Gull, 26 Common Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Greenfinch and  10 Lesser Redpoll.


The Waxwing flock had increased to 45 by 12.15hrs. (Keith Bannister) If they are not in the berry tree on Rose Tree Avenue they will be on nearby tall trees at the Health Centre.

Adwick Washlands - 19-01-2017


Finally after 4 starts at dawn, bad light and rain and a number of encounters got close enough (pure luck) to get a few average you go..

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Carlton Marsh

2 Little Egrets came in to roost at dusk. (Dave Standish)

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 18.01.17

6 - 8 degrees,  8/8 lighter cloud with an occasional sunny break, and a very light westerly.
Disposal Point: Redpoll 60.
Anglers CP: A Ruff,  on the shallows with the Lapwings,  was picked up by visitors and identified by Mark Dillingham.    A  Pink-footed Goose was in the back field with the Canadas and then  flew on to the south bank.  Redwing 20.   Shoveler 14 + 5 WRes..
                              Pink-footed Goose      ACP        CSwaine

 Wintersett Res: The male Cetti's Warbler was in the boathouse reeds.
Both Gull Roosts were checked today, but, yet again, it was very frustrating because birds were switching between waters.  There were good numbers of big gulls on WRes. but they were swimming around in a tight pack and this reduced all chances of picking up notables to zero. Also, lots of birds were coming in late when it was dark. 
Of interest: 22 Waxwings were near the Slipper in Crofton this morning, but the group split up and some went to other parts of the village. By late afternoon there were 30  birds present.  Chris Swaine et al were interviewed  at Anglers CP, and then broadcast on Radio Leeds!


There are at least 38 Waxwings feeding on a Swedish Rowan in Rose Tree Avenue. Two Mistle Thrushes are guarding the tree and interrupt their feeding. When they are not feeding they move to tall trees in the Avenue and at the back of the Health Centre. Apparently they have been seen there for the past 4 days at least.

Silverstone Avenue
4 Waxwings were seen here at 15.53hrs (Keith Bannister) This site is approxamately a quarter of a mile east of Rose Tree Avenue off Belle Green Lane. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Carlton Marsh

150 Pink Feet flew west at 10.05hrs (Russ Boland)

400 plus Pink Feet flew west at 10.05hrs (Chris Parkin)

Newtown Cudworth
7 Pink Feet flew West at 10.14hrs. (CG)

Upper Cudworth
25 Waxwings were hanging out in a Silver Birch opposite Dootson's garage on the entrance to the Rose Tree Estate from 15.50hrs. The were dropping into a nearby garden and may have roosted. (Geoff Miller)

Ardagh Glass - Monk Bretton
A Peregrine Falcon was seen here at 15.22hrs. (Dave Smith) 

Wintersett + Gull Roost 17.01.17

5 - 6 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP:  Shelduck 3.
Wintersett Res: 3 skeins of Pink-footed Geese  flew west - 37  at 09.10hrs  + 61 at 09.55hrs + 200 at 10.05hrs.     2 singing male Cetti's Warblers - boathouse reeds and west bank.  An adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the  boathouse slipway.
WRes.Roost: Plenty of birds were in tonight, including the leucistic Black-headed Gull and 2 Iceland Gulls - a 3rd W in at 16.00hrs and an adult in at 16.15hrs.
Of interest: 30 Waxwings were seen at Crofton - not far outside the recording area.

The Edge 17/01/2017

A good day for the movement of Pink Footed Geese. K.Fisher estimated c685 birds in the 5 skeins that passed through the valley heading west between 9.30am and 10.30am. The largest group of c175 birds passed through at 9.45am.
Wombwell Ings - Present were 4 Shelduck,  c150 Wigeon, 70+ Teal, 14 Mallard, 8 Shoveler,  6 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, 1 Cormorant, 9 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 176 Golden Plover, 71  Lapwing, 25 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stonechat (K.Fisher), c20 Linnet, c10 Reed Bunting and 1 Yellowhammer.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 7 Canada Geese, 3 Shelduck, 45+ Shoveler, 27 Gadwall, 22 Teal, 13+ Wigeon, 10 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard,  1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 18 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 14 Lapwing, 28 BH Gull, 4 Common Gull and 2 Herring Gull.
Bolton Ings-  On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 24 Tufted Duck, 11 Mallard, 9 Pochard, 8 Shoveler, 5 Goosander, 5 Goldeneye, 4 Gadwall, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 232 Coot, 1 Cormorant, 22 Common Gull and 11 BH Gull. Also present were 9 Snipe and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Wintersett Gull Roost 16.01.17

5 degrees with 8/8 grey cloud and drizzle from mid morning.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:  Lots of gulls came in today, including many small ones.  Conditions were very murky but a 3rd W Iceland Gull was picked up at 16.35hrs.   Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull appeared on the small raft at 16.45hrs.

Carlton Marsh

Today 'Blue Monday' certainly was pretty dismal. These were the best birds today, 6 Lapwing, 8 Greylags, 8 Teal, 16 Bullfinch, 8 Tufted Duck and Little Egret. (Rod Heeley)

c20 Waxwings came in low from the east over Park Avenue towards the Park at 16.46hrs. (Geoff Miller)

The Edge 16/01/2017

Wombwell Ings - Highlight was six Whooper Swans on the main flash. Also present were 3 immature Mute Swans, 3 Shelduck, 70+ Wigeon, 35 Teal, 13 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 5 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 7 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 175 Golden Plover, 69 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 27 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull and 1 Pied Wagtail .
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag, c45 Shoveler, c40 Wigeon, 30+ Teal, 18 Gadwall, 10 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 3 Mallard, 2f Goldeneye, 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 12 Coot, 41 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 31 BH Gull and 4 Common Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 5 Canada Geese, 19 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 6 Pochard, 2 Goosander, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 216 Coot, 9 Common Gull and 2 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 2 Green Woodpecker and 2 Willow Tit.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Wintersett 15.01.17

5 - 8 degrees,  8/8  grey cloud,  drizzle and a cool north westerly.
Wintersett Res:  80 Yellowhammers  were in the SW field.  Goosander 10.   Wigeon 14.  2 singing, male Cetti's Warblers -  boathouse reeds and west bank.
Gull Roosts were frustrating again this afternoon.  Poor numbers of birds came in early.  Notables were all at WRes.   A  1st W Iceland Gull flew SW over with 2 Herring Gulls at 15.10hrs.  Large numbers of birds  started arriving , from the south east,  at dark.  A 3rd W Iceland Gull was picked up at 16.45 hrs!  The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull was in.
Area Totals:
Great Black-backed Gull          200       100   WRes   +  100  ACP
Herring Gull                           1600      1050  WRes  +  550  ACP