Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Hollins Wood/Storrs Mill Wood-Cudworth

Treecreeper, Willow Tit, Coal Tit, c60 mixed Swallow & House Martin over.

Butterflies included 51 Comma from a second brood and 25 Red Admiral. (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett 19.09.17

12 - 15 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a light south westerly.   .
Wintersett Res:  The Little Gull and a female Goldeneye were present early morning.  A male Cetti's Warbler was singing from the boathouse reeds.



Monday, 18 September 2017

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 18.09.17

9 - 12 degrees with 7/8 to 5/8 cloud this morning and a cold, light north westerly.  Sunny spells this afternoon.   Rain from 18.00hrs.
Anglers CP: Shoveler 1 + 13 MLPond,   Teal 3   Little Grebe 3.  SWIFT 1. 
Wintersett Res: The Little Gull was present until late morning.  An Arctic Tern was flying around this afternoon.   3 male Cetti's were singing - north bank, east bank and boathouse reeds.   Willow Tit 1 SE corner. 
Moorhouse Lane Pond: Marsh Harrier 1 CC,   Wigeon 1,  Kestrel 2,  Buzzard 2. 

Gull Roosts:                             Wintersett Res              Anglers CP
Yellow-legged Gull               10                    3                                 7
Lesser Black-backed Gull   414                240                             174
Great Black-backed Gull        5                                                        5

               Arctic Tern          WRes   CSwaine

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Carlton Marsh

A Cetti's Warbler was ringed here for the first time and it was also a new site record for me! A juv Reed Warbler from Wintersett was ringed on 21/8/17. 3 Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff were also ringed.
A few Skylarks were moving south. Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, Buzzard, Water Rail and 6 Teal were of note.

A Painted Lady visited Dave Standish's Cudworth garden this morning.
Photos by Dave Standish



Ewden lodge and return, 17/9/17.

All the seasons in one day here. Some horrible rain and cold wind, warm in the sun and spring like with singing Chiffchaff and Wren. No Harriers but Merlin mobbing ad. fem. Peregrine with a good size comparison. Sparrowhawk 1, C Buzzard 8, Kestrel 6+. 4 Ring Ouzels showed well in flight with another one among 21 Mistle Thrushes south of the s bend. Two groups of Stonechats with 4 low down the track at the dried up stream and 3 in the s bend area. Ravens, a total of 9, Curlew 1, heard twice near the lodge, Siskin 4. 150+ House Martins were blogging near holt farm with a few going s. with Swallows at the lodge. Still Meadow Pipit movement with a total of 118 going south, mostly at the lodge.

Wintersett 17.09.17

9 - 14 degrees with mostly  8/8 cloud and a cold, light  northerly.  A heavy shower mid afternoon.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig. 07.00 - 12.00hrs 
1 Snipe north.   4 Redshank north east.  
50 Meadow Pipit  south east.  
 2 Jay west.   2 Grey Wagtail,  5 Chaffinch  and 2 Cormorant south west.
Anglers CP:  13 Wigeon dropped in (8 + 5) .  SWIFT 1,  Hobby 1
Wintersett Res:  A Marsh Harrier flew over low, going west 15.30 during heavy shower.
The Little Gull was present until mid morning when it flew over to Anglers CP.  It was  back on WRes. by mid afternoon. . Yellow-legged Gull 1.  Grey Wagtsil 4.  Hobby 3 over and then over CHRes..  A singing male Cetti's Warbler was in the north east corner and another was on the west bank marsh.  The female Cetti's Warbler from the ruin area was retrapped in the west bank clump this morning. 
56 birds were ringed including:  14 Chiffchaffs,  5 Blackcaps,  4 Reed Warblers, 1 Sedge Warbler,  8 Reed Buntings and 2 Grey Wagtails.

Little Gull                ACP    PMeredith
  Grey Wagtail        WRes  RBailey (above)   JHolliday (below)


Late report : An Osprey flew  south over WRes.    19:30 hrs   15/9/17 (Vernon - fisherman))

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Carlton Marsh

Shooting on adjacent land made the wildfowl very spooky. However, Little Egret, Kingfisher, 6 Tufted and 4 Shoveler stayed. 44 Pink Feet flew east at 10.02hrs. Another skein was heard but not seen.
Also of note Peregrine, 2 Coal Tit, Willow Tit, Goldcrest and Spotted Flycatcher on the disused railway.
A Red Admiral south was really belting along. (Jim Plant/CG)

Wintersett + VisMig + Roost 16.09.17

9 - 12 degrees,  dull with 6/8 cloud  and a very cold northerly wind.
Wintersett Res. Dawn Roost: Lesser Black-backed Gull 600.  Yellow-legged Gull  10.
Wintersett Res: The 1st W Little Gull still present.   Cetti's Warbler 1 singing male boathouse reeds.  Hobby 1. Blackcap 3, Chiffchaff 2. 
Cold Hiendley Res: Barn Owl 1.
Anglers CP VisMig: 06.30 - 12.00hrs 
Going east: A total of  258 Pink-footed Goose in skeins 17 at 09.15hrs,  + 37 at 09.20hrs + 60  at 09.35hrs + 75 at  09.45hrs + 45 at 09.55hrs + 24 at 10.30hrs.
Going west: Pintail 3.  Snipe 3 + 1 north
Going north: Golden Plover 1,  Snipe 4
Going south:Swift 1 south
Anglers CP: Pochard 95 ,  Lesser Redpoll 1, Sand Martin 2,  Swift 1,   Peregrine 1.  Little Grebe 6 + 3 WRes..
Chris Swaine has been busy building nest boxes.  Today he  sited two more  in the area.   Great job!
 

Friday, 15 September 2017

Storrs Mill Wood-Cudworth

5 Buzzards in the air included at least 1 immature calling.

Wintersett 15.09.17

9 - 13 degrees with 2/8 cloud and a cold, light, north westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: A total of 145 Pink- footed Geese  were on the move this morning:-  38 E at 09.10hrs,  40 E at 09.35hrs,  10 E at 09.40hrs, 45 E at 10.00hrs,  12 north at 10.25hrs.   2 Pintail dropped in  at 10.30hrs.  A Little Egret was on the shallows.  Swift 1,  Sand Martin 2,  Willow Warbler 1,  Chiffchaff 12,    Shoveler 11,   Wigeon  5 + 15 dropped in at 10.30hrs.
Wintersett Res:  The 1st W Little Gull was still present.  Cetti's Warbler 1 male on the north bank.  Yellow Wagtail 1 on north bank + 1 ACP. 
Cold Hiendley Res:  Little Grebe 2 + 7 ACP,    Wigeon 8.
Haw Park Wood:  Hobby 2.
Lepidoptera: Comma 1 WRes..

Ewden shooting lodge and return 15/9/17.

Mostly dry and bright but cool and refuge was taken at the south facing gable of the lodge. On arrival here rt Hen Harrier and cc Marsh Harrier were showing well, together at one point. Also 2 Sparrowhawks, 7 C Buzzards with one carrying a rabbit, 6 Kestrels were the only falcon species seen, surprising, given the number of Pipits. Party of 5 possibly 6 Ring Ouzels flew into a rowan tree and were feeding on the berries but dropped near heather and lost to view. Total of 7 Ravens and plenty of Meadow Pipit movement going south with a total of 223. Hirundine movement but most too high and distant to do any accurate counts.

The Edge 15/09/2017

Wombwell Ings - There continues to be 600+ Canada and 164+ Greylag spread over the ings, back field and Broomhill Flash. On the ings were 3 Mute Swan, 21 Shoveler, 16 Teal, 14 Gadwall, 11 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1+1y Moorhen, 2 Kestrel, 83 Lapwing, 1 LBB Gull, 50+ House Martin  along the R.Dove, 3 Pied Wagtail  and 10+ Long Tailed Tits along the Bulling Dyke.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 331 Mallard, 29 Gadwall, 17 Shoveler, 13 Tufted Duck, 6 Pintail, 5 Teal, 1 Pochard, 11 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 25 Coot, 7 Moorhen, 7 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 juvenile Ringed Plover, 12 LBB Gull, 5 BH Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 9 Swallow and 1 Sand Martin.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+4y Mute Sawn, 4 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 5 Gadwall, 4 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 78 Coot and 2 Moorhen. Also present were 2 Kestrel, 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, c50 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Willow Tit.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Carlton Marsh

Shoveler had increased to 8 and a Pochard was with 4 Tufted Duck. Kingfisher put a good show continually hovering. 40 House martins flew south with Swallows. Goldcrest and Willow Tit were also present.
3 Red Admiral were feeding on Buddleja and 4 Migrant and 1 Brown Hawker were flying in the sunnier sheltered spots.
A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was feeding on Jasmine in Geoff Miller's Cudworth garden this morning.

Wintersett 14.09.17

15 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a light north westerly.
Wintersett Res: A 1stW Little Gull flew around before moving on to CHRes.  A male Cetti's Warbler sang by the boathouse.  A Whitethroat was on the west bank.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 1.  Little Grebe 6 + 2 WRes..   Teal 2.  Swift 1.
Critters: A Small White and a Brown Hawker were on the west bank WRes..

The Edge 14/09/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 41 Shoveler, 29 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 female Goosander, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 144 Lapwing, 1 Kestrel, 3 BH Gull, 50+ House Martins along R.Dove, 3 Pied Wagtail and 2 Reed Bunting. Also 300+ Canada Geese and 14 Greylag in back field.
Broomhill Flash - Present were 2+6y Mute Swan, c500 Canada Geese, 61 Greylag, 223 Mallard, 19 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 9 Tufted Duck, 3 Pintail, 2 Pochard, 16 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 38 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 19 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings -  On the open water were 1+3y Mute Swan, 1 Greylag, 7 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 8 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 89 Coot and 1 Moorhen. Also present were c30 Sand Martin and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Carlton Marsh

Little Egret was on the Wader scrape with 3 Teal and 12 Gadwall. The latter have steadily increased over the past week to about 30 overall.  There were at least 6 Shoveler again today with 4 Tufted. 2 Swifts flew south.

Another Harvest Mouse nest containing 6 blind young was discovered during reed cutting. This nest was approximately 200 yards north of the one found a week ago, suggesting that they are more common here that we could have hoped.

The results of the Yorkshire In Bloom competition were announced at York racecourse yesterday. Carlton Marsh was awarded Platinum in the 'Open Spaces' category. A big thank you to all who helped.

Low Moor/Midhope. D Simmonite, S Green, aft. 13/9/17.

Rain showers easing this aft and the dry window produced 1 cc Marsh Harrier at shaw brook, lost to view over pike lowe. Sparrowhawk chasing a pipit, C Buzzard 5, Kestrel 5. Snipe 2 flushed by the farmer, Mistle Thrush 17, Meadow Pipit total of about 33 mostly flushed off barnside moor by the raptors. 1 calling Skylark flew e.

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 13.09.17

12 - 15 degrees with 5/8 cloud and a westerly wind.
Anglers CP: Wigeon 7 + 6 WRes.,  Gadwall 19 + 18 WRes.,  Pochard 56 + 1 WRes.,  Shoveler 13,  Teal 1.Cormorant 11 + 1 CHREs.  House Martin 20,  Sand Martin 20,  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.
Wintersett Res: Swift 1. Blackcap 1.
Gull Roosts Totals:                    Wintersett Res       Anglers CP
Lesser Black-backed Gull                     503                         83
Yellow-legged Gull                                  6                           5
Common Gull                                          1
Little Gull                                                 1  dropped on for 6 or 7 minutes, then left. 
Lepidoptera:  A Painted Lady was on the west bank WRes..

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Wintersett Gull Roosts 12.09.17

All counts per Steve Denny.
Wintersett Res. Gull Roost: Lesser Black-backed Gull 463,  Yellow-legged Gull 5,  Common Gull 2,  Black-headed Gull 2500.   Swift 21
Anglers CP Gull Roost: Lesser Black-backed Gull 427,  Yellow-legged Gull 6. 

The Edge 12/09/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 78 Greylag, 35 Shoveler, 20 Gadwall, 15 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 107 Lapwing, 8 BH Gull, 50+ House Martin, 5 Pied Wagtail, 3+ Yellow Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit and 13 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 300+ Canada Geese, 61 Greylag, 183 Mallard, 13 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck, 8 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 3 Pintail, 22 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 BH Gull, 1 Jay and 3 Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 14 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 76 Coot and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 1 cc Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 1 Jay, 1 Swift and 150+ hirundines