Sunday, 5 July 2020

Wintersett WeBS for July 2020

Here is the WeBS count for the Wintersett Area July 2020

Coot 96   Mallard 84   Greylag Goose 33   Canada Goose 128   Mute Swan 10   Tufted Duck 78   Moorhen 6   Great Crested Grebe 16   Common Sandpiper 1   Lapwing 38   Oystercatcher 3. Goldeneye 1  Pochard 2  Gadwall 4   Common Tern 10.  

Wintersett 05.07.20

13 - 16 degrees, warm, sunny with a breezy  westerly and strong gusts from late afternoon.
Wintersett Res: Goldeneye 1 female.    Pochard 2.  Gadwall 4.   
Anglers CP: Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult  flew south.   Swift 160 flew south west.  Common Tern 10.
Haw Park Wood:  Siskin 5.
Odonata: Emperor 1 male in Haw Park Wood.

Wintersett 3rd and 4th July 2020

Anglers CP:  Redshank 1.  Common Tern 6.   Pochard 1 + 2 WRes..
Wintersett Res: Tufted Duck 87.  Goldeneye 1 female.  A brood of Cetti's Warblers by the boathouse bench.  Oystercatcher 4 flew over.  Curlew 1 south.  
Cold Hiendley Res: Mallard 1 very small young. 
Lepidoptera: A Small Skipper and a Large Skipper were on the north bank WRes..

18 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a moderate south westerly. 
Anglers CP.Vis.Mig. 
Mediterranean Gull  1 adult north 08.15.  Crossbill 8 south at 08.18.   Siskin 25 south.
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher 2. 
Wintersett Res: Goldeneye 1 female. Common Sandpiper 1.  


Saturday, 4 July 2020

Carlton Marsh

On the wader scrape this morning 32 LBB and 30 Herring Gulls. (JP)

This evening 1 Sand Martin with c30 House Martins, a Green Sandpiper and a Little Egret. At least 3 fledged Chiffchaffs were being fed by the parent birds.

This juvenile female Peregrine came down in a garden in Monk Bretton today. Karen Pickard contacted Ian Fletcher from Clayton West, who has nursed this type of bird back to health before. As its wings were good, he tried to release it in a lane nearby, but it couldn't stand so he took it home with a view to taking to a specialist for an assesment tomorrow. He had been home about half an hour when he phoned Karen to say it was frothing at the mouth and what was coming out of the vent was a sign that it could be from poisoning.
Ian is going try and get the RSPB to carry out a PM to try and ascertain if it was poison that killed it.
Thanks to Karen and Ian Pickard for caring enough to try and save the bird. It is almost certain to be one of the Adargh Glassworks fledged juvs.

Friday, 3 July 2020

Carlton Marsh

New in today Common Sandpiper on the wader scrape. The only other birds of note were Kingfisher, 3 Siskin feeding on Alder seeds and 6 LBB Gulls.

A few Ringlets, 1 Comma and 1 Large Skipper were eclipsed by 2 male Banded Demoiselles.

Meanwhile two Hornet Mimic Hoverflies (Volucella zonaria) were feeding on Privet (Ligustrum) flowers in Geoff Miller's Beech Avenue, Cudworth garden, which is about 3/4 of mile east of the reserve. One was photographed at Carlton Marsh on 3rd August 2019. I believe it's a migrant from the Mediterranean.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Carlton Marsh

I have opened the sluice in the wader scrape to try and reduce the water levels after recent rain. Birds today 2 Grey Wagtails, breeding Meadow Pipit and 2 more broods of 4 + 4 small young Gadwall. 3 Siskins flew out of a Scots Pine and a drake Teal was on the wader scrape. 

A Green Woodpecker seen earlier across the main scrape, was the first this year (Dave Tattershall)

3 Peregrine Falcons were flying around the Ardagh Glassworks chimneys and Fish Dam Lane at 11.30hrs. (Dave Smith).

Wintersett 02.07.20

A cooler 14 degrees with 8/8 cloud,  drizzly rain showers  and a light north easterly.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 9.  Gadwall 3.  Greylag Goose 31. 

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Carlton Marsh

The wader scrape is pretty full right now so no waders yet, but a few big gulls included 7 LBB and 3 Herring Gulls with the first 3 juvenile Black Headed Gull juveniles from elsewhere. A pair of Dabchicks have one well-grown young with them.
5  Siskins were feeding on Silver Birch seeds along the embankment and at least 3 Song Thrushes were in full cry.
A pair of Dabchicks on the main scrape were accompanied by several Tufted Ducks, 2 Kingfishers and several juv. Reed Warblers feeding on very small green caterpillers on Common Reed.

Littleworth Park Yesterday
12 species of butterfly included Small Copper, Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 416 Meadow Brown and 228 Ringlet. (Chris Parkin)

Carlton (last night)
Dave Smith caught a Small Ranunculus in his garden moth trap. If you include the Angler's one taken on 28/6/20, this is the 5th record for barnsley of this once extinct moth. Cudworth & Old Moor 2013 and Wombwell 2018.
 Small Ranunculus (Dave Smith)

Wintersett 01.07.20

14 - 17 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a north easterly breeze.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: A Crossbill flew south.  A Snipe flew over.
Anglers CP: Tufted Duck 54.  Common Tern 4.  Common Sandpiper 1. A Willow Tit was near the cafe.
Wintersett Res: Goldeneye 1 female.  Mallard 6 very small young.  Mute Swan 4 young.
WRes. Ringing: 2 juvenile Garden Warblers were ringed,  at the ruin, by Archie.
Odonata: Red-eyed Damselfly 1 male on Botany Bay.
Moth trapping highlightst: Blackneck 1.  Beautiful Hook-tip 3.  Scarce Footman 2. Sycamore 1.
Eyed Hawk-moth 1.  Dingy Shears 1.  White Satin 1.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Cudworth Common

Quiet for birds today. A walk round with Les Corrall this morning produced Buzzard, Kestrel, Garden Warbler, Coal Tit, 2 Stock Dove and Redshank alarming inside Symphony compound.

Butterflies included 95 Meadow Brown, 205 Ringlet and 35 Small Skipper. Day flying moths, Shaded Broad Bar, Cinnabar, Silver Y and 2 N. B. Five Spot Burnet Moths.

Wintersett 30.06.20

14 - 18 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Very little to report today.
Wintersett Res: Redshank 1.
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher 5. 

Monday, 29 June 2020

Wintersett 29.06.20

Much cooler today. 14 - 16 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a cool west, south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult. Arctic Tern 2. Common Tern 5.  A Curlew flew south west at 10.05hrs.   Mallard 4 large young.  Black-headed Gull 1 very small young.
Wintersett Res:  Tufted Duck 36.  Goldeneye 1 female.  A female Mandarin was in the north east corner at 16.15hrs.   500 Swifts were  feeding over this afternoon.
Coleoptera: A longhorn beetle,  Rutpela maculata,  found at Anglers CP, by Steve Denny,  on 27th June 2020 was a first for this part of the Wintersett Area.

Rutpela maculata     Anglers CP  27.06.20         ASmith

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Cudworth Common

A late evening walk - Willow Tit calling at 'What 3 Words' Index.Home.Raft.
3 singing Garden Warblers, 2 Grey Partidge and Kestrel with prey.
Two nice plants of interest Marsh Woundwort and Agrimony.

 Marsh Woundwort

Low Moor 28/6/20.

Birds difficult to come by in shocking wind and showers. The highlight 4 Raven includes a scavenging group of 3. Sparrowhawk 1, C Buzzard 1, Kestrel 2. LBB Gull 2, still a few chipping and displaying Snipe, Oystercatcher 2. Meadow Pipit 6, RL Partridge 1 pair and surprisingly only 1 Swift.

Wintersett and another 1st for the area

Cooler today, 15 - 18 degrees with  8//8 cloud and a gusty south westerly wind.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: per @grayspeight and @StevieD131 Peregrine 1 over.
Going south: Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.  Swift 334.  Starling 157.   Sand Martin 7.  Teal 1.  Grey Wagtail 1.  Siskin 1.
Another 1st for the area! 
Pete Smith had a pleasant surprise when he returned to Anglers CP car park at lunchtime.  He saw a moth resting on the front grill of his car.  On closer inspection, he realised it was a much wanted Small Ranunculus, Hecatera dysodea.   A  new species for the Wintersett area and the 387th for the macro moth species list!

Small Ranunculus, Hecatera dysodea. 1st for Wintersett        ASmith

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Wilthorpe Marsh 27/6/20.

Oxbow pond. - Green Sand 3, Oystercatcher 2, Parakeets 2, L Egret 2.

Carlton Marsh

10 Siskins, Little Egret and a displaying Meadow Pipit best for today.

Wintersett 27.06.20

15 - 19 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a light south westerly.  A couple of short, very heavy downpours this afternoon.
Anglers CP: 2 Siskin flew south east. Teal 1.  Oystercatcher 6.  Mallard 7 very small young with the pale female + 8 very small young WRes.
Wintersett Res: Pochard 1 female.   Common Tern 5.
Odonata: A Southern Hawker was seen in Haw Park Wood.

26/6/20 Ewden Height + Moorland fringe

A late evening watch from 20.00 in warm weather with a soft southerly breeze.

Ewden Height highlight was a fine Hobby observed insect catching for a good 5 minutes before it drifted towards Bolsterstone. Also - 2 Buzzard, 4 Swift, Siskin, 10+ Curlew, 3 Snipe, 10+ Meadow Pipit (many food carrying), 2 Pied Wagtails south, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 LBBG, 5 Linnet, 3 BHG.

Later on at sites nearby -

Nightjar - 2 churring at separate sites, 3 seen in total with one particularly confiding bird regularly perching on a post on moorland.
Long-eared Owl - Adult seen hunting over moorland  around dusk with juveniles heard calling from 2 separate sites.
Hobby - flew low over fields at 21.45.
Curlew - party of 5 south at 21.45.
Woodcock - 2 roding at dusk

Friday, 26 June 2020

Cudworth Common

A Willow Tit was calling at location nearer to Edderthorpe Flash this morning.