Thursday, 29 September 2016

Higham

Two pairs of Raven flying around in the morning west of Higham and a strong passage of Meadow Pipits south averaging 500 per hour between 0730 and 1130.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 29.09.16

13 - 16 degrees with  sunny spells and a cool westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Water Rail 1,  Teal 5 and Cormorant 53.
Wintersett Res: Goldeneye 1 female.
Cold Hiendley Res: Red-crested Pochard drake in eclipse plumage. 
Anglers CP Gull Roost:   1st W Caspian Gull,   21 Yellow-legged  Gulls and  1000 Lesser Black-backed Gulls roosted this evening.   None roosted on Wintersett Res..

Ingbirchworth

Ingbirchworth Reservoir - bits - 210 Greylag Geese; 1 Buzzard; 35+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls (mostly juvs/first-winters); 1 Willow Tit; 1 Chiffchaff (10+ on Monday), and 22 Meadow Pipits S/SW..

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Wintersett 28.09.16

15 - 18 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Cormorant 45,  Shoveler 83 + 3 CHRes.,  Teal 5.  House Martin 12,  Swallow 20, Water Rail 1 + 1 Wres..
Cold Hiendley Res: Pintail 1m,  Red-crested Pochard 1 eclipse drake,  Wigeon 96 + 2 ACP,  Siskin 1 south.
Wintersett Res: Archie ringed a Garden Warbler and a Chiffchaff  this morning.
Lepidoptera: Speckled Wood  WRes,   Comma and Small White ChRes..

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Wintersett 27.09.16

13 - 16 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a south westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: The first REDPOLL of the autumn flew over south.   Swallow 6.  House Martin   Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult and Water Rail 1.
Anglers CP: Cormorant 39 and  Shoveler 76.  Little Grebe 6 + 6 CHRes + 3 WRes..

Monday, 26 September 2016

Wintersett 26.09.16

11 - 13 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a very light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Cormorant 43,  Shoveler 81,  Little Grebe 6
Cold Hiendley Res: Red-crested Pochard drake in eclipse plumage. 
Wintersett Res: Siskin 6 south.  Cetti's Warbler 1 male heard and 1 female retrapped,   House Martin 50,  Swallow 6 + 10 Botany fields.   Goldfinch 30 + 50 MLPonds.
Birds ringed this morning included:  10 Chiffchaff,  1 Blackcap,  2 Reed Warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler. 

Ingbirchworth

Ingbirchworth Reservoir - full list - 147 Greylag Geese; 7 Canada Geese; 2 Teal; 1 Pheasant; 3 Grey Herons; 3 Little Grebes; 1 Great Crested Grebe; 1 Sparrowhawk; 2 Moorhens; 2 Coots; 2 Redshanks; 60+ Black-headed Gulls;100+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls; 1 fw Yellow-legged Gull; 20 Woodpigeons; 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 1 Magpie; 4 Jackdaws; 15 Carrion Crows; 1 Goldcrest; 14 Blue Tits; 3 Great Tits; 1 Swallow; 9 Long-tailed Tits; 10+ Chiffchaffs; 1 Wren; 30+ Starlings; 1 Blackbird; 14 Robins; 6 Meadow Pipits; 3 Chaffinches, and 4 Goldfinches.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Wintersett WeBS September 2016

The  Wintersett WeBS  totals  on  17th September 2016:

Coot 530,   Moorhen 21,   Mute Swan 20,   Canada Goose 596,   Greylag 56,   Little Grebe 10,   Great Crested Grebe 34,   Cormorant 9,   Mallard 56,   Teal 16,   Wigeon 99,   Gadwall 137,   Shoveler 6,   Red-crested Pochard 1,   Pochard 56,   Tufted Duck 399,   Goldeneye 1,   Lapwing  400,   Redshank 1  and Grey Heron 4.

Wintersett 25.09.16

Rain overnight to 07.30hrs.  10 - 15 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig:  Not a lot moving.
Going south: Meadow Pipit 29,  House Martin 5,  Siskin 7, Pied Wagtail 11, Skylark 5,  Snipe 5,  Lesser Black-backed Gull 1, and Sparrowhawk 1.  Shoveler 65 + 3 CHRes.
Anglers CP:  Pintail 3,  Snipe 3,  Common Sandpiper 1,  Yellow-legged Gull 1. Little Egret 1 on shallows late afternoon, then in SW corner at 19.00hrs. 
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 1 male north bank,  Chiffchaff  4 + 1 ACP + 1 CHRes and  Water Rail 1.  
Cold Hiendley Res: Red-crested Pochard 1 eclipse drake.

Ewden lodge + return, 25/9/16.

4 seasons in one day with a very cool breeze, warm sunshine and a few wintry rain showers. Very steady for birds with the wind to blame for lack of larger species. Only 1 C Buzzard, 2 Kestrels and 4 Ravens. Main highlight were a total of 7 Stonechats on broomhead moor 5 + 2. A small party of 4 House Martins went s past the lodge and just 1 Swallow which flew in the lodge but no young audible. About 60 Meadow Pipits, 15 Linnets and a few Siskins heard only in the beck woods.

Carlton Marsh

Little Egret was back on the wader scrape and Mink was seen from the hide (Dave Standish)

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Carlton Marsh

This morning 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Shoveler. (Rod Heeley/Jim plant)
This evening 2 Grey Wagtail, Snipe, 2 Goldcrest, Water Rail, 16 Canada geese and 2 tawny Owl. (Dave Standish)

Wintersett 24.09.16

10 - 17 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light southerly.
Anglers CP:  A GREAT  WHITE  EGRET  gave great, close views as it flew over  the lake and Vis Mig hill,  going south,  at 08.42hrs.  Only the 4th record for this site.  We shared the news immediately  so we could track its progress.   The bird must have doubled back  because by 08.50hrs it was picked up flying west at  Pugneys. (Chris Nickerson).   Around 10ish it landed on Wath Ings, then seen flying to Bolton Ings around 12 ish.  Later at Adwick,  it was seen flying towards Denaby Ings. (Ken Foundation).
Cormorant 37,  Snipe 1,   Little Grebe 6 + 5 CHRes + 2 WRes.,
Anglers CP Vis Mig: A small but steady passage for the first two hours
Going south: Swallow 146,  Meadow Pipit 51,  House Martin 41,  Sand Martin 1.  Linnet 9,  Pied Wagtail 19,  Goldfinch 11, Greenfinch 1,  and Chaffinch 1.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 7.   Siskin 10 + 6 west.
Cold Hiendley Res:   Red Crested Pochard 1 eclipse drake,   Wigeon 203 + 2 ACP + 1 WRes.  Chiffchaff  1.
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's  Warbler 2 (west bank and SW corner).  Goldeneye 1 female.

Paul Meredith filled his boots and took  these  great shots of the bird of the day!

Great White Egret     ACP  PMeredith

Low Moor corner, 24/9/16.

Too windy. Main highlights a party of 12 Ravens over ewden height were the most I have ever seen together on the open moor. 3 Crossbills were in the conifer tops at midhope res with a fem showing well. On Thursday aft., C Buzzard 9 which included a kettle of 6, Siskin 20 and 2 Crossbills going and returning to thickwoods.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Wintersett 23.09.16

10 - 17 degrees, sunny with thin, high cloud and a light south westerly.
Wintersett Res: 2 Wheatears were on the north bank.  Skylark 9 south.
Anglers CP:  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.  Cormorant 35.
Cold Hiendley Res: A Little Egret flew over to WRes and was seen on ACP at 12.15hrs..

                      Wheatear               WRes.   CSwaine

                          Wheatear                    WRes    CSwaine

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Ingbirchworth

Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 172 Greylag Geese; 135 Canada Geese; 3 Wigeon; 2 Cormorants; 1 Grey Heron; 5 Little Grebes; 1 Green Sandpiper; 1 Sand Martin; 11 Swallows; 1 House Martin, 5 Chiffchaffs, and 1 Blackcap.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 22.09.16

Per Steve Denny:
Anglers CP The first Goosander of autumn was in. .   Also 6 Dunlin and 1 Pintail.
ACP Roost:  15 Yellow-legged Gulls of various ages , though no juveniles.   Also still around 1000 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  ( WRes. wasn't checked but probably more  gulls on there.)

Wintersett + Gull Roost Wednesday 21.09.16

Per Steve Denny.
Wintersett Res:  14 Chiffchaffs were counted  on the east bank and over the road on Botany path.                          
Anglers CP Gull Roost:  An adult Caspian Gull and over 1000 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were in this evening.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Low Moor Midhope / Wilthorpe Marsh / Ewden.

Today - 21/9/16. Wilthorpe Marsh a.m. - 45 Pinkfeet west at 10-08a.m., 6 Common Snipe with no sign of any Jacks, Little Owl 1, GS Pecker 1, Willow Tit 2. Low Moor / Midhope p.m. - Very steady with 2 Crossbills over from langsett which landed at midhope res conifers and did the return flight later on. Also here Raven 1, Siskin 35 total, GS Pecker 1, C Buzzard 5, Kes 4. Yesterday here 20th, Red Kite showing well over range moor in the afternoon, Siskin 15, and at ewden from the road Raven 1, juv Curlew 1 in the valley.

Mallards

Midhope Reservor - 104 Mallards (x5 the usual number).