Sunday, 23 October 2016

Carlton Marsh

58 Pink Feet Geese flew very high west at 08.25hrs. A Bittern flew at reed top height from the southern part of the marsh before alighting near the ringing rides. (Rod Heeley) I had been watching one in front of the hide for a while so obviously there are still two birds here.  The one in the reed bed to the left of the hide climbed up the reeds and was preening for at least 25 minutes before it took flight to the opposite reed bed at 11.08hrs. It was seen again at 17.45hrs.  I know it's awkward for visitors because we have to keep the hide locked, but if you are lucky one of us may be on site to open it. Luckily the visiting birders we had yesterday and today managed to get really good close views from the hide.
Also of note were 10 Siskin, 2 Water Rail calling, Grey Wagtail, Buzzard, 14 Shoveler and several Goldcrests.
A Fox was prowling the Wader Scrape at dusk.

Low Moor corner 23/10/16. D Simmonite, S Green.

Similar weather to yesterday but colder with the need for gloves. Plenty of birds with Hen Harrier, juv Goshawk hunting and perched on a post, Red Kite 1, Merlin 1, Sparrowhawk 2, C Buzzard 6 which included a pale phase perched on a post, Kestrel 3. Raven 4 possibly 6, 600+ Fieldfares, flock of 300 Woodpigeon, Lapwing flock about 70 looking towards hartcliffe hill road, Carrion Crow 7, LBB Gull 6, Siskin 11, Redpoll 1.

Wintersett 23.10.16

6 - 10 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a very cold north easterly breeze.
Anglers CP Vis. Mig: Pink-footed Goose 170 west  in 2 skeins 100 + 70.  Starling 168 W,  Skylark 53 NE + 31 S and  Fieldfare 39 N.
Anglers CP:  Redshank 2 on north bank, left north.  Goosander 1.    Little Egret 1.   Snipe 9.  Water Rail 1 south west corner.    Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.  Shoveler 39.
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 1m north bank. 

Low Moor corner, Saturday 22/10/16.

Sunny at times but rain showers eventually stopped the birding. So dark at 2-30 it felt like dusk. Highlights were - Hen Harrier at head of shaw clough, Sparrowhawk constantly flushing thrushes, C Buzzard 3, Kestrel 3, Raven 1, Fieldfare 400+. Meadow Pipit 150+ down on barnside moor and flushed a few times by the raptors. Siskin flock 40 at midhope res. and 1 GS Pecker.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Carlton Marsh 21/10/16

Bittern was seen from 16.50hrs (RL) and 70 Pink Feet Geese flew north at 17.30hrs (Dave Standish)

Photos by Richard Laverack

Wintersett 22.10.16

6 - 10 dgrees with 8/8 cloud and a light northerly.  A very light shower mid morning.
Anglers CP Vis Mig: 07.50 - 10.00  Not much moving until 09.00hrs  
Going NW: Starling  249,  Brambling 4, 
Going W:  Fieldfare 58
Going SW:  Wood Pigeon 100,  Redwing 97.
Anglers CP:  Little Egret 1,  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult,  Peregrine 1 over.
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 1m  north bank + 1 boathouse reeds.
Wintersett Village: A Barn Owl flew over the road a t dawn.
Bird Ringing:   Lesser Redpoll 44,  Goldfinch 22 and Siskin 1.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Wintersett 21.10.16

6 - 11 degrees, with 8/8 and a cool , light northerly.
Anglers CP:  Whooper Swan 2 NW at 08.30hrs.   Redwing 120 W.  Redshank 5.   Great Black-backed Gull  2 adults.   Yellow-legged Gull  1 adult.  Grey Heron 5.   Canada X  Greylag Goose hybrid 6.  Green Woodpecker 1.
Botany Bay:  Kingfisher 1.
Wintersett  Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 north bank.   Water Rail 1.
Pits Wood:  Nuthatch 1.
Cold Hiendley Res: A male  Peregrine flew over and then over  WRes..

Wilthorpe Marsh 21/10/16.

Late afternoon main highlights were the Snipe with 7 Jacks and 19 Commons. Also - 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 calling W Rails, 150 Redwing, 2 Redpoll, 1 G Pecker and the only owl, a Little Owl.


With the winter months quickly approaching here are the dates for your diaries of the forthcoming BBSG winter Meetings and speakers;-

Thursday 3rd November 2016 - Tony Sawbridge, 'A tour around China', Expect to see some superb photography in this still little known country.

Thursday 1st December 2016 - Mike Pilsworth, 'A year at Blacktoft Sands'. How the wildlife changes across the calendar.

Thursday 5th January 2017 - Matthew Capper, 'RSPB Dearne Valley reserves'. See how the valley has been transformed over the last twenty years.

Thursday 2nd February 2017 - Mark Pearson, 'Filey Bird Observatory'. The sites and the wildlife with superb photography from this acclaimed speaker.

Thursday 2nd March 2017 - Ron Marshall, 'Top to the Bottom', A birding tour around the World with Ron's usual classy images.

All Meetings will be held as usual at the Old Moor visitor centre starting at 7.15pm.
There is a £2.50 entrance charge which includes a warm drink at the interval.
And please be aware that all sessions are weather dependent - if we experience snow on around the dates then the RSPB close the site for safety. This has only ever happened twice though and details will be posted on this site (and Twitter) if this is the case.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Carlton Marsh

c20 Redwing in Hawthorns and 18 Shoveler. Bittern flew between reedbeds close to the hide at 15.35hrs giving brief but great views.

Richard Laverack

Wintersett 20.10.16

7 - 10 degrees with 8/8 cloud,  clearing to 4/8 by 09.30, and a north westerly breeze.
Anglers CP:  Pink-footed Goose 170 E at 10.15hrs and 90 E at 10.25hrs. Redwing 22 W,  Skylark 21 N,  Fieldfare 13 W and Golden Plover 1S.    Little Egret 1.
Wintersett:  Little Owl 1.
Bird ringing highlights: 43 Goldfinch,  38 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Siskin.

                 Siskin              ACP  ASmith

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Carlton Marsh

Bittern flew across the scrape at 10.50hrs and again at 13.10hrs. (Ziggy Golebiewski/Dick Laverack)Then I heard it at 15.40hrs clunking through the reeds to the left of the hide about 15yds distant. It showed briefly then flew to the reedbed opposite, but by 17.45hrs it was back in the reeds near the hide before flying to its favourite roost opposite.  
Meanwhile a ringed adult male Kingfisher perched up nearby, 45 Fieldfare flew west and 31 Lapwing flew north. Barn Owl was hunting from 18.15hrs. (Dave Standish)

Also of note 1 Red Admiral and 2 male Migrant Hawkers.

Woodpigeon movement - Higham

That time of year again - with at least 1000 Woodpigeon south up to 9am this morning following the M1 corridor.

Wintersett 19.10.16

9 - 11 degrees  and sunny, with 4/8 cloud and a light north westerly.
Wintersett Res:  3 Whooper Swans flew north west to Pugneys at 07.20hrs.   Chiffchaff 1.  Cetti's Warbler 1m boathouse reed  Cormorant 6.  1st W Caspian Gull 13.35 -13. 45hrs, then left west
Anglers CP Vis Mig:  In 45 minutes 873  Pink-footed Geese  flew east in 7 skeins! (58 + 80+ 100 + 25 + 190 + 30 + 200 + 190),   The Little Egret was perched on the fence that goes into the water.    45 Fieldfare went west.  .

    1stW Caspian  Gull   WRes.     CSwaine 

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Carlton Marsh

Not much coverage today, but this morning there were 50 Gadwall, Grey Wagtail and 29 Shoveler, which is a new record. The maximum before September was 14.

Wintersett 18.10.16

9 degrees with 8/8 and showers mid morning and mid afternoon.
Anglers CP:  A  HAWFINCH  flew south at 09.20hrs  - the first seen here since 1992.  That's  24 years!   A Little Egret flew over to  CHRes and then dropped into the shallows at 09.30hrs.  it was still present at 18.00hrs.
Wintersett Res:  2  male Cetti's Warblers  were heard - boathouse reeds and Botany Bay.   Water Rail 1.   

Wintersett Monday 17.10.16

9 degrees,  scattered cloud and a light north easterly.
Anglers CP:  Little Egret 1,  Grey Heron 4,  Cormorant 43 and Chiffchaff 1. A Golden Plover flew over.
Wintersett Res:  A MERLIN flew over at 09.50hrs.  A Peregrine flew over at 09.55hrs and again at 10.45hrs.    60  Fieldfare  and 150 Redwing  were around  the NE bank.    2 male Cetti's Warblers were heard - boathouse reeds and west bank. 
Odonata:  Migrant Hawker 1.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Carlton Marsh

Another beautiful largely sunny very mild day produced a late Swallow at 11.56hrs. A Bittern flew across the scrape at 12.15hrs (Hibbert & Corrall) and was seen again from the hide at 18.00hrs and was still showing at the time of leaving at 18.50hrs. (Dave Standish/Dick Laverack) Increasing numbers of wildfowl are being attracted to the scrape helped I am sure by the increased open water in the reed beds that were created last year by Pete Wall. 53 Gadwall, 21 Teal and 24 Shoveler (a new record) were counted today. Also present Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 2 Great Spot Woodpeckers, Buzzard, 20 Fieldfare and a similar amount of Redwing. Single Redpoll and Siskin were constantly flying around. 
Insects included a male Brimstone, 8 Red Admiral, 7 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Copper and 1 Comma. A Migrant Hawker and several Common Darters were flying in the sun. (Chris Parkin)

Richard Laverack


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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Carlton Marsh

14 Shoveler, 1 Siskin and 1 Redpoll south. Bittern came out of the reeds at 18.20hrs for 20 minutes. (Dave Standish)
The hide will definitely be open from at least 17.30hrs tomorrow.