Monday, 20 February 2017

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights were; 5 Redwing, 2 Buzzard and Water Rail. (Chris Parkin)
200 + Pink Feet headed North at 15.50hrs and Bittern and alighted in full view, just a few yards in front of the hide, at 15.53hrs. (Dave Standish)

Wintersett 20.02.17

Up to 10 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a westerly wind.
Moorhouse/Back Lane: Firecrest 1 male just beyond the crosspaths towards Nostell.
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher 6 - 2 pairs on the rock wall + 2 on the reserve.   Green Woodpecker 1 and Shoveler 12.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 male in boathouse reeds.   Goosander 1 redhead.   Golden Plover 8 flew west. 

The Edge 20/02/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 51 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 91 Wigeon, 19 Gadwall, 18 Teal, 15 Shoveler, 9 Mallard, 4 Goosander, 4 Goosander, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 11 Coot, 7 Moorhen, 11 Lapwing, 124 Golden Plover, 120+ BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 3 Skylark, 1 Song Thrush, 3+ Pied Wagtail,  c10 Linnet and 3 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 4 Mute Swan, 31 Canada Geese, 1 Shelduck, 47 Wigeon, 31 Shoveler, 18 Tufted Duck, 18 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 6 Tufted Duck, 6 Teal, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 26 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 50+ Lapwing, 250+ BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the very choppy water were 2 Mute Swan, 19 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 6 Goldeneye, 3 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 191 Coot, 220+ BH Gull, 25 Common Gull, 4 Herring Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Jay and 2 Willow Tit.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Low Barugh Sewage Farm / Low Moor Midhope 19/2/17.L

Low Barugh - As expected, fewer birds in milder weather. Common Chiffchaff 2, Pied Wag 50, Reed Bunting 6, Linnet flock 32 down in nearby field. Low Moor - Misty here on arrival so anything welcome. A short stay had 25 Lapwing and 1 Curlew back, all down until flushed by a Sparrowhawk which perched on a post for a good 15 minutes. Top bird here was a Merlin through, before lost to view over pike lowe. Siskin 15 and 20 Teal on midhope res. No sign of any Goldeneye.

Carlton Marsh

Goldcrest, Song Thrush (5) Blackbird (2) were all singing today. 2 Kingfishers were very active and a Barn Owl was hunting from 16.00hrs. Bittern flew across the scrape at 16.32hrs and 6 Redwing came in to roost later.

More signs of spring - Blackthorn in flower and Hazel catkins extending.

Wintersett 19.02.17

Up to 9 degrees with 8/8 hazy cloud and a light westerly.
Moorhouse LanePonds  Area:  Firecrest 1 male.   Lesser Redpoll  Mealy Redpoll
Haw Park Wood:  A male and a female Crossbill were seen in treetops on path between 5 ways and the mushrooms.
Anglers CP: Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.   Curlew 1.  Lapwing 110.   Little Grebe 3.    Peregrine 1 north at 10.35hrs.   Goldeneye 60 + 46 WRes.. 
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 singing male in the boathouse reeds.  Tawny Owl 1.

Chris Swaine took these great shots of the Curlew this morning.



Lynz Harston took these lovely shots of the  Grey Wagtails at ACP this morning.



Edderthorpe

Lots of water in both Edderthorpe & Houghton.
 Shelduck 8, Pintail 1 drake, Wigeon 117, Teal 73, Gadwall 45, 6 Common Buzzards were circling Storrs Mill Wood with another 2 over Houghton, Oystercatcher 2, Golden Plover 40 flew northwards and 2 Ringed Plover on the black ash at Sash.

Scout Dyke Res Sun 19/2/2017

Overcast 9C 12p.m - 1p.m

Stonechat, Willow Tit 1, Blue Tit 6, Great Tit 2, Greenfich 3, Goldfinch 6, Chaffinch 1, Redwing c50, Fieldfare 10, Song Thrush, Cormorant 2, Dabchick 5, Tufted 5, Mallard 20, Kestrel, Common Gull 1, B-Headed Gull c30, Woodpigeon 3, Magpie, Robin 5

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Wintersett + Gull Roost 18.02.17

7 - 9 degrees with sunshine, patchy cloud and a light south westerly.
Moorhouse/ BackLane: John and Matthew Armitage paid a visit to the Firecrest site and got excellent views of the bird. It was very mobile but present about 30m along the top of the old railway embankment path before you dip down to the "crossroads" of four paths.  It was with Long-tailed Tits, Blue Tits and a Goldcrest.
Anglers CP: 60 Pink-footed Geese flew over west at 10.35hrs.  Goldeneye 68 + 32 WRes..
Also a single Siskin, a Stock Dove and several Curlew (5  ? ) in fields to north calling and in flight per John and Matthew Armitage.
WRes. Gull Roost Notables :   A 1stW Yellow-legged  Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gulls an adult  +  a 1stW  were seen tonight  per GJS
Wintersett Res:  The boathouse Cetti's Warbler was singing this morning.  Barn Owl 1. 
Chris Swaine took these cracking pictures of the  Oystercatchers this afternoon.




Friday, 17 February 2017

Wintersett 17.02.17

7 degrees, flat calm with  8/8 cloud, drizzly and damp.
Anglers CP:  Oystercatcher 4 -   that's both pairs back.  Green Woodpecker 2.  Shoveler 16.  Gadwall 5 + 2 WRes.. 
Wintersett Res: The boathouse Cetti's Warbler was"chicking" and showing well,  on the west bank.  Goosander 5. 

Carlton Marsh

It was overcast, but mild with a high of 10.2c SW/W L-M. Again the latter part of the afternoon was watched the most. Barn Owl was hunting from 16.50hrs. (2 last night from 17.00hrs - Ian & Karen Pickard) Little Egret came in to roost at 16.57hrs and Bittern flew across the scrape at 17.39hrs. (Dave Standish)

Newmillerdam - 17 February 2017

A new unringed juvenile mute swan was in today and joined the resident family. A grey heron was seen over Wood Lane flying east to the lake and today's black-headed gull count was the highest of the year so far.

Black-headed gull (254), Canada goose (33), coot (26), goosander (2f), great crested grebe (1), grey heron (1), lesser black-backed gull (1), mallard (202), moorhen (10), mute swan (7), pochard (2), teal (1), tufted duck (12), whooper swan (1).

The Edge 17/02/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 3 Mute Swan, 11 Canada Geese, 1 Shelduck, 189 Wigeon, 37 Teal, 17 Shoveler, 16 Mallard, 14 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Goosander, 1 Pochard, 1 Grey Heron, 13 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 211 Golden Plover, 51 Lapwing, 191 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull, 5 Skylark, 4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, c20 Linnet, 8 Yellowhammer and 5 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash -  Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 69 Canada Geese, 69 Wigeon, 31 Shoveler, 27 Gadwall, 9 Tufted Duck, 8 Teal, 3 Pochard, 3 Cormorant, 32 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 200+ BH Gull and 3 Common Gull.
TPT - 3 Redwing and 2 Bullfinch
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 4 Mute Swan, 41 Tufted Duck, 11 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 6 Goldeneye, 5 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 192 Coot, 88 BH Gull and 13 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Willow Tit and 2 Bullfinch.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Wintersett 16.02.17

Up to 7 degrees,   bright start again, but 8/8 cloud by late morning, with a cold south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP:  Mealy Redpoll 2,  Brambling 1 female,  Siskin 6.  Oystercatcher 2 - the south pair standing on rock wall.   Greylag Goose 82.
Wintersett Res: Grey Wagtail 2 on spillway.   A  male Cetti’s Warbler  gave excellent views while  'chicking',  (ring on right leg) - boathouse bench   A ringed Treecreeper  was in the Willow Wood.   Skylarks were displaying in the west bank field.
Chris had  3 Oystercatchers flying around - The pair from ACP chasing off an intruder.

                       Treecreeper          Willow Wood WRes.      CSwaine

Newmillerdam - 16 November 2017

Calm and bright day. Fairly steady today. The great crested grebe is still around and still alone.

Black-headed gull (37+, difficult to count due to disturbance from a chap with a loaf of Hovis), Canada goose (41), coot (25), goosander (3 - 2f/1m), great crested grebe (1), kingfisher (1), little grebe (1), mallard (211), moorhen (7), mute swan (6), pochard (3), tufted duck (18), whooper swan (1).

Berry Gobblers +.16/2/17.

7 Waxwings at Goldthorpe asda at 7-15am but no sign on return at 4-10pm. Merlin yesterday over A635 flew towards Billingley village at billingley green.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Wintersett 15.02.17

5 - 7 degrees with a bright start and a cool south easterly breeze.  Cloud increased to 8/8 by late morning.
Anglers CP: Cormorant 12 + 2 WRes..   Pochard 13.  Shoveler 14.  Shelduck 1.
Wintersett Res: 3 Oystercatchers flew over displaying territorial behaviour.

The Edge 15/02/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 5 Canada Geese, 4 Shelduck, 169 Wigeon, 42 Teal, 19 Gadwall, 17 Mallard, 11 Shoveler. 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Goosander, 1 Pochard. 1 Little Egret, 11 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 180+ Golden Plover, 10 Lapwing, 52 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 8+Skylark, 1 Song Thrush, c20 Linnet, 12 Yellowhammer and 5 Reed Bunting.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 35 Canada Geese, 22 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, 6 Goldeneye, 5 Pochard, 4 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe,  2 Cormorant, 198 Coot, 16 BH Gull and 9 Common Gull. Also present were 2 Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 3 Song Thrush,2 Mistle Thrush and 2 Willow Tit.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Carlton Marsh

A late afternoon visit with Dave Smith saw Barn Owl at 17.10hrs, Little Egret in to roost (2 last night) and Bittern flew from its favoured reed bed to roost in the marsh. On my way home Tawny and Long - eared Owl called as it got dark. Earlier Dave had a Woodcock going out to feed.

Wintersett 14.02.17

1 - 4 degrees, with 8/8 cloud and a cold couth easterly wind.
Wintersett Res: 2   Buzzards,   1 male Cetti's in boathouse reeds and  16 Yellowhammer on SW bank.
Cold Hiendley SF:   6 Pied  Wagtails.

               Common Buzzards      ACP             CSwaine