Tuesday 20 February 2024

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights were Water Rail, Kingfisher, 25 Canada Geese, 2 Cormorants, 2 Lapwings, 6 Fieldfares and 3 Redwings (Les & Andrew Corrall/Keith Bannister).

Monday 19 February 2024

Wintersett 19.02.2024

Anglers CP: 

Siskin 14.    Scaup 1 - 1st Winter male.

Cold Hiendley Res:

Goosander 5.

Wintersett Res: 

Great Crested Grebe 12 + 1 CHRes..   Grey Wagtail 1.  

A MINK! was reported in the south west corner. 😟

Sunday 18 February 2024

Carlton Marsh

A drake Goosander was on Bleachcroft Farm pond this afternoon. Elsewhere 27 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Water Rails (1 flew across the reedbeds), and 2 Tawny Owls were sat 1ft apart in an Ivy clad tree before dusk, using a nightscope. (CG/Dave Standish)

Velvet Shank (Flammulina velutipes)

Ardsley Viaduct
2 Peacock butterflies were flying in the mid-day sunshine (Chris Parkin 

Low Moor/Midhope 18/2/24.

Observers, G and J Wasse, S Green. Weekend roundup with Merlin fem. today showed well on stone wall. C Buzzard 8+, Kestrel 2. Raven 3, Curlew c 40, Lapwing c 65, Oystercatcher 6. Woodpigeon c 40, Meadow Pipit c 15, Fieldfare 7 w, Stock Dove 9. Linnet flock c 40, Siskin 5, Redpoll 1, Nuthatch 1 in village.

Saturday 17 February 2024

Wintersett February 17th 2024

Anglers CP:  - Pete Smith

Scaup 1 1stW male.   Cormorant 12.   

Pink-footed Goose  166 going west in 3 skeins.

Teal 44.   Wigeon 136.   Snipe 9.   

Wintersett Res. - Steve Denny

The dominant adult male Mute Swan on the Wintersett Res.,  

was found dead last week, leaving this territory available. 

Ringing data shows that it was at least 20 years old, 

having been ringed as an adult in February 2007 at Pugneys Country Park. 


Friday 16 February 2024

Carlton Marsh

Most wild birds are responding to the warm weather just like us. Canada and Greylag geese are staking out breeding territories; 30 Canada and 14 Greylags were present along with 26 Teal and 2 drake Goosanders.

Also of note today our first butterfly of the year, a Small Tortoiseshell on Blackthorn, and Coltsfoot and Daffodil are in flower. (All sightings from Chris Parkin).

Velvet Shank fungi is growing on an Owler Tree (CG).

Thursday 15 February 2024

Carlton Marsh

Today's sightings included 3 Cormorants, 3 Common Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls, 1 Lesser B B Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler, and 4 Water Rails called.

Also present 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Goldcrests (2+1) and a singing Mistle Thrush (L. & A. Corrall/K. Bannister).

A mink was seen briefly on the Northern Meadow (S. Grove).

Wintersett + Anglers CP 15.02.2024

Wintersett Res:

A male Cetti's Warbler and a Water Rail were in the west bank marsh.

Anglers CP:

The 1st Winter male Scaup still present. 

Goosander 1 male + 1 female.   Teal 29.

Oystercatcher 3.

Wednesday 14 February 2024

Carlton Marsh

A Little Egret was present first thing this morning (K. Bannister). 

This afternoon 18 Canada Geese, Grey Wagtail, 2 Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk. 

3 Mistle Thrush and 50 Fieldfare were on a ploughed field and a delightful Water Rail swam across the reed beds opposite Ralph's seat (CG).

Wintersett + Moths + Gull Roost 14.02.2024

Moths on  Anglers CP  Security Lights:

Dotted Border 2.   March Moth 1.  Pale Brindled Beauty 1.

Cold Hiendley Res:

Goosander 5.

Wintersett Res: West Bank Marsh:

Cetti's Warbler 1 male.   Water Rail 2.

The Wintersett Res. roost had:
350 Herring Gulls,  a single Great Black-backed Gull and
a Yellow-Legged Gull,   9 Lesser Black-backed  Gulls 
and  8000 Black Headed Gulls.   
Also a first winter Mediterranean Gull. @Barnsleybsg .
Darvic ringed Black-headed Gulls,  
on Anglers CP shallows this morning, 
originated from  Cumbria and Denmark!

Tuesday 13 February 2024

Wintersett 13.02.2024

 Anglers CP:

A Tree Sparrow was on the Pol feeders.

The 1stW male Scaup still present.

Wintersett Res:

Shoveler  6.

Monday 12 February 2024

Carlton Marsh

Today's sightings were all from various times this morning. 26 Teal, Little Egret, 8 Greylag, 14 Canada Geese included the resident Canada x Greylag, The Cob Mute Swan was showing aggression to the Canada Geese, hopefully a sign they might breed this year.

2 Buzzard, Kestrel (with prey) and Sparrowhawk put in an appearance. Amongst the finches 6 Siskin and 1 Redpoll. 

3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were very vocal  one of which was 'drumming' in the car park.

1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 6 Skylark and 3 Mistle Thrush were on the fields, and a Song Thrush and a Reed Bunting were singing.

A Weasel on the embankment is a scarcity nowadays (S Grove/L & A Corrall/CG).

Ardsley Viaduct
3 Buzzards were in the air together, along with 80 Lapwing. Also of note 5 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Greenfinch and 12 singing Robins (C. Parkin).

Wintersett + Gull Roost - Steve Denny 12.02.2024

Anglers CP:

Scaup 1 1stW drake.   Oystercatcher 3 + 2 Walton Hall.

Steve Denny had  2 colour ringed Black-headed Gulls on the shallows this morning. One ringed in Cumbria 2021,  and the other from a Danish scheme.

Wintersett Res: Steve Denny

A male Cetti's Warbler and a Water Rail  were in the west bank marsh.

The Wintersett roost  had 350 Herring Gulls,  a single Great Black-backed  Gull and a   Yellow-legged Gull,  9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 8000 Black-headed Gulls.  Also a first winter Mediterranean Gull.

Darvic ringed Black headed Gulls on the shallows this morning 
originated from  Cumbria & Denmark!

Sunday 11 February 2024

Carlton Marsh & Ferrymoor Flash

Carlton Marsh 
10 Tufted Duck, 20 Canada and 6 Greylags, Cormorant, 22 Teal, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Cetti's Warbler. 3 Buzzard were in the air, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were calling, 6 Fieldfare were on a wheat field and a Grey Wagtail flew in (D. Standish/C. Parkin).

Cudworth Common
23 Canada and 10 Greylag, 17 Mallard, 3 drake Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 3 Mute Swan, 10 drake Goosander + 1 Redhead (a record at this site for me) (CG).

Wilthorpe Marsh 11/2/24.

Very steady with the marshy areas left un disturbed. Male Stonechat the best with Skylark 2, Goldcrest 4, Green Pecker showing, Cetti's 1.

Low Moor/ Midhope 11/2/24.

Observers, G Wasse, S Green. Very quiet few hours. Hunting Barn Owl from 5-09pm, Curlew 2 dropped in out of sight in the Range moor area. Linnet flock heard only, C Buzzard 1 pair, Kestrel 1, Siskin 2.

Wintersett 11.02.2024

Anglers CP:

Shelduck 2.   Oystercatcher 4 (1 pair + 1 + 1).

Teal 13.   Scaup 1 male 1st Winter.

Wintersett Res: 

Pochard 23 + 1 CHRes..   Goosander 4.   

Great Crested Grebe 2.  

Haw Park Lane:

Fieldfare 200. 

Saturday 10 February 2024

Wintersett 10.02.2024

Anglers CP: Pete Smith

The 1st W male Scaup still here.  Goosander 2 redheads.

Pintail 2 males + 2 females.   

A Skein of 30 Pink-footed Geese flew over west.

2 calling Ravens flew over west at 11.12hrs. 


A Pygmy Shrew + 5 Wood Mice were seen this morning, when clearing nest boxes. 

Graham Speight sightings:

A skein of 11 PF Geese flew north west. 

Shoveler 3 Cold Hiendley + 1 Anglers CP. 

Wintersett Res:  

Goldeneye 108 (45 drakes)   + 10 (2drakes) CHRes..  + 42 (16 drakes) ACP

= 160 including 63 adult drakes!

Great Crested Grebe 6 CH + 4 ACP.

Cold Hiendley Fields:

Grey Partridge 2.   Skylark 150.   Meadow Pipit 55.   Linnet 2.

20 Redpoll  in Willow Wood.

Friday 9 February 2024

Wilthorpe Marsh 9/2/24.

Jack Snipe 2, Common Snipe 4, Oystercatcher 1, Grey Partridge 2. Gadwall 11, Fieldfare total c 32, Meadow Pipit flock c15, Siskin 4 showing well. Bullfinch 2, Goldcrest 4, Peregrine 1 at the end on pylon just n of the sewage farm.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 09.02.2024

Anglers CP:

A male Cetti's Warbler was on the east bank, 

another male Cetti's Warbler was in the west bank marsh.

Green Woodpecker 1.

The 1st winter drake Scaup on the Country Park lake   

is progressing nicely into adult plumage.  Photos by Steve Denny.


Gull Roost - Graham Speight 

Not the best Gull roost in drizzle -

Great Black-backed Gull 1.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 6

Herring Gull 400 -  still coming in as I left.

Better are 2 Grey Partridge in Cold Hiendley Field (at Corn Bunt corner),

and 300 Skylarks in the usual field behind village.