Friday, 31 October 2014

Edderthorpe, Friday evening

No sign of the Grey Phalarope that was present here yesterday morning but a very good last hour none the less;- Shoveler 243-a new site record (and if all the others were still insitu in other areas in the valley - 147 Old Moor, 10 Broomhill, that makes a total of 400 in the valley WOW!). Pintail 3, Greylag Goose 254, Pink-footed Goose 1, Golden Plover 1080. Unfortunatly it got dark too quickly to count anything else.

Ewden, stone circle track/ shooting lodge, 31-10-14.

A few hours this aft. revealed birds a bit scarce apart from Fieldfares which totalled about 500 going south. Peregrine 1 [ 2 reported earlier] , Common Buzzard 3, Kestrel 1, a total of 8 Ravens , Bullfinch 2, Golden Plover 1 heard only.

Wintersett 31.10.14

15°C - 20°C,  extremely mild with 8/8 cloud and a light south easterly, sunny by mid morning.
Anglers CP Vis Mig: 06.55 - 09.15hrs
A BEWICK'S Swan flew east with 4 WHOOPER Swan
Going south: Fieldfare 785,  Starling 790, Redwing 315,  Golden Plover 64,  Goosander 2 and alba Wagtail  6.
Going west: Stock Dove 14,  Lesser Redpoll 3,  Blackbird 2,  Reed Bunting 1 and Skylark 1.
Anglers CP: Grey Wagtail 1,  Green Woodpecker, Cormorant 44,  Snipe 54 and Goldeneye 2 drakes.

Thrushes everywhere

Ewden Height - 1 Jay WSW, 1 Raven. 814 Fieldfare S/SW, 324 Redwings S/SW all in one hour before it got too windy. 1 male Stonechat at Thorpe's Brow.
Barnside - 14 Mallards, 8 Red Grouse on pastureland and 8 Lapwings.
Midhope Reservoir - 30 Mallards, 1 Cormorant and 2 Jays.
Low Moor, Upper Midhope - 1 Common Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, c350 Starlings, 500+ Fieldfares, 80+ Redwings and 1 Mistle Thrush.
Whitley Edge - 115 Lapwings, 300+ Jackdaws, 150+ Carrion Crows, 3200+ Starlings and 40+ Fieldfares.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 94 Canada Geese, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Coots, 220+ Black-headed Gulls, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, c100 Fieldfare and c70 Redwings.
Small flocks and groups of Starlings, Fieldfares & Redwings noted at several sites between the above locations.
Still no Rough-legged Buzzard!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Wintersett 30.10.14

A very mild start 11°C and foggy.  Still misty with 8/8 cloud and 16°C at 11.30hrs.
Anglers CP Vis Mig: 07.15 - 11.30hrs.
Starling 609 W,  Rewing 200 SW,  Fieldfare 50 dropped in then left SW and 40 S,  Skylark 23 W,  Snipe 5W.
Anglers CP:   A  calling Twite flew west over the car park at 07.45hrs.    Yellow-legged Gull 2 adults (including Psycho). at 09.30hrs.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 198 at 09.30hrs., Black-backed Gull 2,  Snipe 25,  Pochard 60 + 17 WRes..
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 male and Goldeneye 4.

Long way for nowt

After a record of Rough-legged Buzzard just outside the Barnsley recording area yesterday, I thought I'd have a good look around. Nowt of course!
Broomhead Reservoir - 3 Goosanders, 2 Cormorants and 2+ Great Spotted Woodpeckers.
Midhope Reservoir - 12 Mallards, 1 Little Grebe, 20+ Goldcrests and 15+ Redwings W.
Winscar Reservoir - 30+ Redwings.
Flight Hill - 1 Kestrel and 6 Blackbirds in one field - must have been migrants,
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 33 Canada Geese, 5 Wigeon, 67 Mallards, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Moorhens, 1 Coot, c100 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Common Gulls and 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Wintersett 29.10.14

3°C with 2/8 cloud and a light south easterly.  A cold but productive morning.
Anglers CP Vis Mig:  06.30 - 12.00    16200 Wood Pigeons  moved through SW in numerous parties of all shapes & sizes, often at great height, with a mega flock of 2600 at 07.05 hrs and several others in excess of 1000 birds for the first hour,   but almost completely over by 08.00.
Also going SW - Golden Plover 7,  Skylark 26,  Fieldfare 5 and Redwing 8. 
Going west:  Starlings were on and off all morning with a maximun party of 350 and a final total of  3070.     Mistle Thrush 5  and Chaffinch 1.
Also seen: 6 Whoopers flew NE and 14 came in from NW and landed on WRes. at 09.35hrs.   A total of 240 Pink-footed Geese- 200NW + 40 W.    Jackdaw 30 S,  Buzzard 1 S,  alba Wagtail 1 S,  Lesser Redpoll 1 E
Anglers CP:  42 Cormorant  (14 present were joined by 16 + 12 from the west) and 27 Goosander  that also dropped in from the west,  presumably having been flushed from Bretton park due to maintenance work there.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Wintersett 28.10.14

16°C very mild,  2/8 cloud and a light southerly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig:  06.45 - 09.30hrs.
This morning saw the first big push of continental Starling with 1365 W.   Redpoll 1 W.
Going south: Jackdaw 92,  Golden Plover 16,  Skylark 7,  Meadow Pipit 1 and  alba Wagtail 4.
Going southwest: Wood Pigeon 480,  Collared Dove 3. 
Also:  A Little Egret flew NE at 08.57hrs.  Brian Lee had 63 Pink-footed Geese flying west over Royston at 10.15a.m.

More bits

Can't better the previous posting!
Elsecar Reservoir - 7 Great Crested Grebes, 180+ Black-headed Gulls, 10 Common Gulls, 3 Jays and 1 Grey Wagtail.
More Hall Reservoir - 3 Canada Geese, 78 Mallards, 1 Cormorant, 4 Moorhens and 1 Common Crossbill (first for a few months).

Ring Ouzel

Whilst having a coffee outside this morning my wife picked up a possible Ring Ouzel on call in the garden at Greenmoor nr Penistone.. We only got fleeting views at the back of a rowan tree  so were not sure. Later it reappeared and we got excellent views and the attached photos. It was an unexpected  addition to our garden list.
Also present were the usual 15 or so tree sparrows, house sparrows, blue and great tits, goldfinches chaffinches and greenfinches  on the feeders

Monday, 27 October 2014


Langsett Banks - 14 Redwing W.
Langsett Reservoir - 103 Mallards. Gull roost - 730 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Common Gulls, 231 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull and 6 Herring Gulls.


Cranberry - 200+ Lapwings.
Castle Dam - 26 Mallards, 2 Tufted Ducks, 8 Moorhens,18 Coots, c100 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and c40 Jackdaws.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 133 Greylag Geese, 201 Canada Geese, 64 Mallards, 7 Moorhens and 1 Coot.
Whitley Common - 110+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls, c150 Jackdaws 30+ Carrion Crows and c200 Starlings.

Wintersett 27.10.14

A very mild  and calm15°C with 3/8 cloud.  A strengthening southerly by midday.
Anglers CP Vis Mig:  2000 Wood Pigeon SW 
Anglers CP:  Goosander 1.   
Wintersett Res: Water Rail 2,  Goldeneye 3 + 1 CHRes.,   Little Grebe 14,  Buzzard 1.
Also flying.   Migrant Hawker 1 in the car park.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Wintersett Sun 26th Oct 2014 - Gulls start in earnest

The major event of the daytime was a passage of Pin-footed Geese between 08.10 and 09.00 hrs, with a total of 650 birds moving east in 7 skeins.

Four Siskin were in Haw Park, along with 2 Nuthatches.

With the clocks going back, the gull roost watches can start in earnest at the end of the normal birding day, instead of an additional evening visit.

A first-winter Med Gull flew from the Country Park to the Top Res at 14.55 hrs. A phenomenal number of large gulls were in the Country Park roost for the time of year with the following counts:-

Lesser-black Backed Gull - 404
Herring Gull - 280
Great Black-backed Gull - 61
Yellow-legged Gull - 2 adults and a second winter.

I've only had a quick scan through the archives but I can't see anything even approaching the Herring & GBB numbers in October before.

highlight of reds match

Best bit of the match yesterday was a peregrine flying over the pitch.

Adwick (am)

Pink footed Geese 250 east at 08.30, 120 east at  09.10,  80 east at 09.40.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Barn Owl

Tankersley - 1 over the road south of Taybarns yesterday (24th October).
per SBSG website.

Wintersett 25.10.14

7°C, cool with 1/8 cloud but calm.
Anglers CP Vis Mig: 
Pink-footed Goose 180 E at 09.15hrs and 200 at 11.50 hrs. Wood Pigeon 1300 SW and  Starling 112 W.
Going south: Kestrel 1 at 07.45hrs. Goldfinch 36,  Greenfinch 15,  Skylark 7,  Jackdaw 9,   Linnet 4,  Grey Wagtail 1,  Meadow Pipit 1,  Siskin 1 and  alba Wagtail 1.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 male and Willow Tit 1.
A total of 35 birds were ringed this morning, including, 14 Lesser Redpoll,  6 Greenfinch,  5 Reed Bunting and 3 Goldcrest.
Anglers CP:  A juvenile Water Rail walked along the shallows towards the outflow + 1 WRes..  Goldeneye 2 + 1 CHRes.,  Pochard 55, Teal 12,   Goosander 7,  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult and Herring Gull 6.
An adult CASPIAN GULL  left west at 15.35hrs.

Been Sniping

After a very steady vis-mig session this morning over at Harden, I donned the wellies to look for Jack Snipe at Scout Dike. As well as a single Jack I counted 20 Common Snipe - by far the largest count I've had here. Not that I spend much time here these days but it's pleasing to report that some small areas of this site remain relatively undisturbed. Let's hope it continues.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Wintersett 24.10.14

11°C with 8/8 cloud,  mild with drizzle first thing this morning, dry by 09.30hrs.  Quiet.
Anglers CP: 2 skeins of  Pink-footed Geese were moving despite the weather conditions.  54 NE at 10.15 and 50 NE at 10.38hrs.   Redpoll 10.