Friday, 12 August 2022

Carlton Marsh

Hornet Mimic Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria)

South Kirkby Industrial Estate
15 Brown Argus, 72 Common Blue, 34 Small Heath and 2 Small Copper (C. Parkin).

Wintersett + Insects 12.08.2022

Very hot and sunny all day!

Anglers CP:

2 juvenile Black Terns were flying around, and then moved onto the boathouse slipway at WRes. 

They were back feeding at ACP at 12.55hrs, 

They were still feeding at north end of ACP lake at 18. 25hrs - per Steve Denny and then still at 20.00hrs per Simon Cooper.

Pochard 10.  

Wintersett Res:

Common Tern 2.

 Odonata over Golf Course Pond:

Southern Hawker 1.  Ruddy Darter 2.  Emperor 3.  Willow Emerald 1 male.


A Green-veined White was at WRes.

Halictus tumulorum

 A new bee for the Barnsley area, not uncommon generally so a surprise when I realised there were no previous records.

Thursday, 11 August 2022

Ewden valley 11/8/22.

Shade and a gentle breeze at the lodge more than welcome. Merlin 1 mobbing, Peregrine 2, Kestrel c4. Red Kite 2, C Buzzard c 5, Sparrowhawk 2. Raven 7 includes a group of 6, Stonechat c6, Redpoll 1, very little vis mig with c17 Swallow and c 8 Meadow Pipit south. Spotted Flycatcher 3 and 1 Nuthatch at the entrance gate wood.

Wintersett + Ringing 11.08.2022

Anglers CP + Ringing:

Grey Heron 5.  Pochard 15.  Common Sandpiper 1.  

Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult + 1 adult WRes..


Comma 1 ACP.

79 birds were ringed today:   

Highlights were:   

18 Willow Warbler,  13 Chiffchaffs,  4 Blackcaps,  4 Whitethroat, 

4 Reed Warbler,  Tree Sparrow,  25 Goldfinch and a Tree Pipit!

                                     Tree Pipit ringed by Pete Smith 11.08.2022 ACP.

Wintersett Res:

Goldeneye 4 females. 


Emperor 1 WRes..

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Carlton Marsh 9th August 2022

Last night's mothing session provided 35 species of macro moth. Present were H.E. Beaumont/C Parkin/DM Smith/CG. Angle Striped Sallow is new for this site.

Bulrush Wainscot
Sallow Kitten
Small Phoenix
Brown-veined Wainscot
Angle-striped Sallow

Wintersett + another 1st for the area! 10.08.2022

Wintersett Res:

Goldeneye 4.  Little Grebe 4 + 1 ACP.   

Anglers CP: 

Mallard 156.  Teal 12 + 4 WRes.  Shoveler 1.  Pochard 2.  Cormorant 6.  

Golf Course Marsh Field:

Water Rail 1.


Golf Course Pond:

Emperor 1 male + 1 male ACP.   Common Darter 4.  Ruddy Darter 1 male.  

Blue-tailed Damselfy 1 male.   

WILLOW EMERALD  2.  The first for the area - spotted by Pete Smith, AS et al. 

        Willow Emerald Damselfly  Golf Course Pond 10.08.2022 SDenny (@StevieD131)
 Willow Emerald Habitat   10.08.2022  Pete Smith
 Botany Bay:  

Red-eyed Damselfly 2 males + 1 female.  


Anglers CP:   Gatekeeper . 

Botany Bay: Common Blue Butterfly 1.

Golf Course Field and Pond

Small Skipper 1.  Small Copper 1.  Brimstone 1 male.  Holly Blue 1.

Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Carlton Marsh

 3 Little Egrets were on the wader scrape this morning. Also present Teal and Green Woodpecker.

Thurlstone Edge 
56 Wall Brown and 32 Small Copper (mainly on Heather). Also a Brown Hare. (Chris Parkin), 

Wintersett + Ringing 09.08.2022

62 birds were ringed at Wintersett today:  Per @PeteSmith1254

Highlights were: 

13 Willow Warbler,  7 Chiffchaff,  5 Blackcap 1 Garden Warbler,   

6 Whitethroat,  1 Lesser Whitethroat,  9 Reed Warbler,  

1 Tree Sparrow and 1 Treecreeper.

Anglers CP:

A Willow Tit was on the Pol.  A Yellow Wagtail flew over. 


A Black-tailed Skimmer was flying around the concrete chamber WRes..

A Brown Hawker was seen on the Pol. ACP.

Monday, 8 August 2022

Wintersett 08.08.2022

 Anglers CP:

A juvenile Mediterranean Gull dropped on, then left west after a few minutes.

A Red Kite flew west.  A Merlin flew south - picked up by Pete Williamson.

A Yellow Wagtail flew south.

Sunday, 7 August 2022

Ewden valley 7/8/22.

Heather in flower and very purple in places with good numbers of bee's around presumably from the annual arrival of the hives just west of the ruined Holt Farm. Quite a stiff north westerly breeze but not too bad in the warmth. Slow birding with Hobby 2, Peregrine 1, Kestrel c6. Red Kite 1, C Buzzard 5+, Sparrowhawk 1/2. Raven 1 pair, Stonechat 6+ , Redstart m and f in the lodge bracken. Meadow Pipit scarce c5, Spotted Flycatcher 1 at the entrance gate, Roe Deer 1 briefly on Mortimer road.

Carlton Marsh

7 Little Egrets were on the wader scrape at 07.00hrs (Keith Bannister), 5 left south at 07.15hrs (Neil Lunn).

A stoat was seen from the viewpoint.

Storrs Mill Wood to Ardsley Viaduct along the Dearne
Kingfisher, 3 Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, Mute Swans with 2 cygnets, 

18 species of butterfly included 2 Painted Lady, 19 Red Admiral, 16 Comma, 103 Speckled Wood, 3 Brown Argus, 8 Common Blue, 8 Holly Blue, 8 Small Copper and 1m Brimstone. (Chris Parkin) 

Wintersett + Ringing + Vis.Mig 07.08.2022

Anglers CP Vis.Mig: @Fitzybirder

A total of 138 individuals, 8 (+2) species, 6:30 hours

A female type Marsh Harrier from 10.10hrs - 10.30hrs, then went south west.

An adult Hobby seen at 10.55hrs, 11.50hrs and 12.35hrs (presume same bird).   

Peregrine 1 juvenile present.

Going south:

4 Shelduck dropped in for 45 minutes, then left.  Red Kite 1. 

Going west:

Common Gull 1l.

Going south west:

Swift 61   Sand Martin 10   Swallow 11   House Martin  49. 

114 birds were ringed at Wintersett this morning:  @BeckyBailey101 @PeteSmith1254

Highlights were: 

18 Willow Warbler,   25 Chiffchaff,   2 Goldcrest,   2 Treecreeper,  9 Blackcap,  

6 Garden Warbler,  13 Reed Warbler,   4 Sedge Warbler,  1 Cettis Warbler  (1st year male),   

3 Swallow,  1 Sand Martin,   3 Linnet,  1 Song Thrush,  1 Kingfisher.(photo RBailey)


Saturday, 6 August 2022

Wintersett + Vis.Mig + Ringing 06.08.2022

 Anglers CP + Vis.Mig

A Willow Tit was on the Pol. 

Pochard 7.  Mallard 155. Common Sandpiper 2.

Going south: 

Swift 527.   Swallow 37.   Sand Martin 37.  House Martin 116.  

Flava Wagtail 1.

Wintersett Res: 

Hobby 1.  Peregrine 1.  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult. Goldeneye 2.  

90 birds were ringed this morning:

Highlights were: 14 Willow Warbler,  15 Chiffchaff,   10 Blackcap,  

2 Garden Warbler,  4 Whitethroat,  6 Reed Warbler,  16 Linnet  and a Yellowhammer


A male Common Blue was seen this morning.

Friday, 5 August 2022

Carlton Marsh

10 Egrets were on the wader scrape this morning with 3 Herring Gulls and 2 Lapwings. On the main scrape Kingfisher, Cormorant, 10 Greylags and a female Teal. (L & A Corrall/K. Bannister/JP).

Littleworth Park - Monk Bretton
16 species of butterfly included 77 Common Blue, 7 Brown Argus, 5 Small Copper, 4 Holly Blue, 8 Small Heath and 1 Large Skipper. Also the Hornet mimic hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) (C. Parkin).

Wintersett 05.08.2022

 Anglers CP:

A Little Egret was in the shallows this afternoon.  

Cormorant 5 + 1 Wintersett Res..

Common Sandpiper 1.  Pochard 1 + 1 Cold Hiendley Res..

Wintersett Res:

Common Tern 10.   Tufted Duck 1 small young. 

Cold Hiendley Res:

Swift 30.  Wigeon 1.  Little Grebe 1.


A Ringlet was seen in Haw Park Wood.  


An Emperor was flying around the boathouse reeds.

Thursday, 4 August 2022

Carlton Marsh

10 Little Egrets at 07.15hrs was a new site record (Keith Bannister). 5 left north at 10.40hrs (JP).

There were plenty of Brown Hawkers on the wing, 1 male Banded Demoiselle and a male Vapourer moth (CG).

Yesterday's butterfly count included 2 Painted Lady, 6 Red Admiral, 21 Peacock, 7 Comma, 22 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue, 5 S. Tortoiseshell, 1 Common Blue, 1 Large Skipper, 4 Ringlet and 19 Large White. Also 1 Migrant Hawker and 1 Southern Hawker. (Chris Parkin) 

Volucella zonaria (Hornet Mimic Hoverfly) 2 on Buddleja (Les & Andrew Corral).

Female Cetti's Warbler (CG)

Low Moor/Midhope 4/8/22.

Just over 2 hours from 1pm. Marsh Harrier 1 cc, Peregrine 1, C Buzzard 4, Kestrel 4. Raven 1 pair, LBB Gull 9.

Wintersett 04.08.2022

 Anglers CP:

Yellow legged Gull 1.   Common Sandpiper 1.

Wintersett Res: 

Goldeneye 2 females.


Gatekeeper 3 WRes..


Southern Hawker 1 over west bank marsh WRes.

Red-eyed Damselfly 1 male on Botany Bay.

Small Red-eyed Damselfly 2 males Botany Bay. 

Reptilia: Wintersett Res.

The Red-eared Terrapin and the Yellow-bellied Slider were in the north east corner.

Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Wintersett 03.08.2022

 Anglers CP:

3 Common Sandpipers were around the shallows. 

A Brown Argus butterfly was seen as we pulled a small number of ragwort from the reserve hay meadow.  

4 volunteers cleared the vegetation growing up in front of the hide this morning. 

 Anglers CP Hide - Before and after photographs 03.08.2022  SDenny.