Friday, 22 July 2016

Wintersett 22.07.16

Up to 24 degrees,  hot and humid, with scattered cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: An adult Sandwich Tern flew over north, calling, then flew back south at 05.40hrs,   Common Tern 8 adults + 2 juveniles.  Teal 2.  A 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull and a Black-tailed Godwit were on the islands this evening and a Cetti's Warbler was heard singing on the Pol.
Moth trapping overnight produced: Pine Hawk-moth,  Pinion Streaked Snout 3,  Plain WAve,  Marbled White Spot 2,  Scarce Footman,  Dingy Footman 6,  Blackneck,  Small Yellow Wave 2,  Dingy Shears,  Southern Wainscott,  Sycamore,  Gold Spangle,  True Lover's Knot,  Suspected and Silky Wainscott.
Pine Hawk-moth      HPW    21.07.16      ASmith

The Edge 22.07.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 4 Mute Swan, 16 Greylag, 14 Canada Geese, 54 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 9 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 26 Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 24 BH Gull, 1 Skylark, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Linnet and a flock of 30+ Goldfinch. A Willow Warbler was singing in Broomhill Park and a Chiffchaff along the R. Dove.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 3 Mute Swan,10 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 14+18y Gadwall, 6+32y Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 19 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1+1y Great Crested Grebe, 83 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 80+ Lapwing, 35 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Kestrel, 2 Barn Owl and 1 Little Owl.
TPT -  Singing males 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 50 Gadwall, 18 Pochard, 8+6y Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 1 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 5 Little Grebe, 4 Great Cretsed Grebe, 84 Coot, 2 Moorhen, and 6 BH Gull. Also present were 3 Canada Geese, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Bullfinch.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Wintersett MEGA 21.07.16

16 - 21 degrees, with 4/8 scattered cloud and a light westerly.
Anglers CP: Pochard 2m,  Common Term 5 ( 3 adults + 2 juvs).  Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull left west.  Common Gull 2 ( a 1st Summer and an adult).  The adult, white Black-headed Gull was on the rock wall. 
Coleoptera:  A  BEETLE  MEGA was attracted to the light trap on Tuesday 19.07.16.  (Pete Smith)
Pyropterus nigroruber      Haw Park 19.07.16       ASmith
Many thanks to Mike Denton for identifying and providing information regarding this beetle.
Pyropterus nigroruber.   It was  found  previously, in Haw Park by Dave Beardsell on 4th August 2012. It has a national status of Na (thought to occur in less than 30 10 km squares). It has two centres of population - south Yorkshire/Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire and north Yorkshire. Its great rarity is due to the fact that it is saproxylic (found in dead wood).

Carlton Marsh

At least 4 Kingfishers (3 juvs and an adult male from last year) also Green Sandpiper and 2 Little Ringed Plover on the Wader scrape tonight. (Dave Standish)

The Edge 21.07.16

Wombwell Ings - High evaporation rates in the last couple of weeks have caused the flash to shrink quite a bit. The shallow water is proving attractive to Little Egrets(6) and Grey Herons(4). The Greenshank that dropped in at 9.30am was my first of this autumn migration. Also present were 4 Mute Swan, 29 Canada Geese, 20 Greylag, 45 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler. 12 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 25 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 32 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 3 Pied Wagtail and 4 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 47 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 16+12y Gadwall, 15+23y Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 6+3y Pochard, 12 Little Grebe, 1+1y Great Crested Grebe, 89 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 48 Lapwing, 25 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Common Tern.
TPT - Singing males 3 Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcap. Also 1 Bullfinch and 1 Mistle Thrush.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+5y Mute Swan, 41 Gadwall, 22 Pochard, 8+1y Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard, 8 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 82 Coot, 1 Moorhen, and 10 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch and 1 Blackcap.

Low Moor corner 21/7/16.

Couple of hours this aft very steady with not much to report. Highlight was a group of 5 Ravens over midhope moors, also 1+ Crossbill over heard only, Buzzard 1 pair, Siskin 5, Oystercatcher 1+, still 1 chippering Snipe with it or another flying over the road. Only a few Curlews remain and the same with Lapwings with a flock of 26 flying e over midhope res.

Royd Moor & Ingbirchworth

Highlights were:-
Royd Moor Reservoir - 87 Greylag Geese, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Garden Warbler, 8+ Whitethroats and 1 juvenile Redstart.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 27 Tufted Ducks, 4 Grey Herons (third record here this year and obviously passing through), 1 Cormorant and 2 Grey Wagtails

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Carlton Marsh

A Redshank and a Green Sandpiper were feeding on the wader scrape this evening. (Dave Standish)

Wintersett 20.07.16

19 - 27 degrees today with sunshine and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: A Cetti's Warbler was 'chick' calling near the Pol  boardwalk pond. This is the first time a Cetti's has been heard at ACP.  Common Sandpiper 1,  Common Tern 1 adult and 2 juveniles and Mallard 1 very small duckling.
Wintersett Res: Mallard 1 very small young off the NE bank.

The Edge 20.07.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 7 Mute Swan, 13 Greylag, 6 Canada Geese, 39 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 5 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 10 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 65 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 21 BH Gull, 1 Kestrel, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Skylark and 25+ House Martin.
 Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 44 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 30 Tufted Duck, 26 Gadwall, 1+5y Pochard, 3 Mallard, 14 Little Grebe, 1+1y Great Crested Grebe, 89 Coot, 63 Lapwing, 2 Kestrel, 53 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
TPT - Singing males 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap. Also 7 Mistle Thrush.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+3y Mute Swan, 12+2y Tufted Duck, 13 Pochard, 7 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 83 Coot and 9 BH Gull. Also present were 3 Canada Geese, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 3 LBB Gull, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Blackcap and 1 Whitethroat.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Wintersett 19.07.16

Hottest day of the year so far.  19 - 28 degrees, sunny with a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: A juvenile Black-necked Grebe  was seen this afternoon and a Black-tailed Godwit in summer plumage was on the shallows.  Pochard  1f,  Oystercatcher 5
Cold Hiendley Res:  Gadwall 1 f with 6 fledged  young +  7 m young on Big Pond,  Moorhouse Lane.  Shoveler 1
Wintersett Res: A Yellow Wagtail flew over.   Common Tern 1 adult + 2 juveniles. A Cetti's Warbler was heard on the west bank.  A juvenile Goldcrest was ringed this  morning  and an adult female Cetti's Warbler was retrapped. 
Odonata:  Common Darter 1 ACP + 1 MLP.  4 Spotted Chaser MLPond.

Carlton Marsh - Monday 18th

A Hobby few over the car cark while we were preparing to put out the light traps for a moth catching session. 6 Pipistrelles and a Noctule Bat were feeding on the myriad of insects and male and female Tawny Owl were calling.
Present were H. E. Baumont, E. Evans, D.M.Smith, R Laverack and me. The very warm humid conditions (still 20c at 1.15am) were perfect allowing us to identify at least 48 species of macro moths with perhaps as many micro moths. The highlights were; Small Yellow Wave, Bordered White, The Engrailed, Silky Wainscot, Small Rufous, Beautiful Hook-tip, Dingy Shell, The Miller, Dingy Shears and Blue Bordered Carpet,

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Edge 18.07.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 9 Mute Swan, 24 Greylag, 37 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 15 Coot, 1 Mooorhen, 25 Lapwing, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Lttle Ringed Plover, 18 BH Gull, 60+ Swift, 2 Skylark, 3 Pied Wagtail and 6 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 44 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 6+25y Tufted Duck, 4+19y Gadwall, 1+3y Pochard, 2 Mallard, 10 Little Grebe, 1+1y Great Crested Grebe,1 Little Egret,  87 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 5 Kestrel, 1cc Marsh Harrier (through at 11.15am), 29 Lapwing, 41 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Common Tern and 1 Linnet. J. Thompson had a reeling Grasshopper Warbler on the top lane.
TPT - Singing males 3 Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcap. Also a juvenile Green Woodpecker.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+3y Mute Swan, 13 Gadwall, 9 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 84 Coot and 60+ BH Gull.Also present were 2 Cormorant, 2 LBB Gull,1 Grey Wagtail and 3 Whitethroat.

Wintersett 18.07.16

Hot and humid.  19 - 24 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a westerly wind.
Anglers CP: Pochard 1 female and Mallard 2 vs young.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 3 ( 1 adult and 2 juveniles),  Common Sandpiper 1 and Cetti's Warbler 1 on north bank.
Lepidoptera:  There were a few more butterflies evident this morning - Gatekeeper,  Ringlet, Meadow Brown and several Small Skippers.   Still not great numbers for this time of year. 
Odonata: A handful of Brown Hawkers and an Emperor were on WRes.  Again - numbers poor.

Langsett - Ingbirchworth

Gilbert Hill, Langsett - Kestrel mobbing 2 Ravens.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir (full list) - 37 Canada Geese; 71 Mallard (+ one brood of 2 fresh ducklings); 23 Tufted Ducks; 1 crowing Pheasant; 1 Grey Heron (first here this year); 2 Little Grebes (first here since April), 3 Great Crested Grebes; 1 Moorhen (first here since April), 14 Coots; 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls W; 5 Black-headed Gulls; 11 Woodpigeons, 1 Kingfisher (first here this year), 1 Kestrel; 1 adult Hobby (first here this year); 7 Carrion Crows; 4 Blue Tits; 1 Great Tit; 4 Swallows; 22+; 30+ House Martins; Willow Warblers; 7 2 Blackcaps; 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat; Common Whitethroats (including 1 singing); 6 Wrens; 9 Blackbirds; 3 Robins; 2 juvenile Redstarts; 1 Pied Wagtail; 2 Chaffinches; 3 Linnets; 4 Goldfinches, 1 singing Yellowhammer, and 2 Reed Buntings.
Whitley Common - 21 Black-headed Gulls and 43 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

All records entered on Birdtrack

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Carlton Marsh

Reducing water levels on the wader scrape produced a Green Sandpiper today. Tufted Duck still have 7 young and Coot have a new brood of 2 young.

Dragonflies included Brown Hawker, Broad-bodied Chaser, Emperor, Banded Demoiselle and Emerald Damselfly.

Butterflies; Gatekeeper 4, Comma 2 and Large White 6.

Moths; Brown China Mark and Burnet Moths were also on the wing.

Wintersett 17.07.16

Up to 22 degrees,  hot with scattered cloud and a light westerly.
Wintersett Res: Ajuvenile grasshopper Warbler (migrant), was ringed by Archie this morning.   A Little Egret  flew over  at 10.35hrs, going north.  A Cetti's Warbler was heard in the SW corner.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1,   Common Tern 1,  Pochard 1f and Oystercatcher 3.    A Fox was thwarted from swimming over to the Sand Martin Box by Pete Smith.
Stubbs Wood: I inadvertently flushed a Woodcock from the edge of the field.
Cold Hiendley Res:Steve Denny counted 10 Grey Wagtails on the spillway - probably 2 family parties.
epidoptera: A Large Skipper, a male Emperor and an Oak Eggar were all seen at ACP.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Wintersett 16.07.16

Up  to 22 degrees with scattered cloud and a light westerly breeze this morning.
Anglers CP: A Whimbrel flew SW, calling,  at 09.47hrs.   Common Sandpiper 2,  Kingfisher 2,  Shoveler 2 and Teal 3.    The small Mute Swan cygnet from the brood of five was missing today. 
Disposal Point: Green Woodpecker 1.
Lepidoptera: A Large Skipper and a male Brimstone were on Anglers CP.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Wintersett 15.07.16

15 - 18 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.  Rain from midday to mid afternoon.
Anglers CP: Teal 3
Wintersett Res: Grey Wagtail 2 + 3 CHRes spillway.    Yellow Wagtail 1 in west bank track field.
Birds ringed this morning Included: 6 Garden Warbler,  6 Sedge Warbler and 1 Lesser Whitethroat.  A male, a female and 2 juvenile Cetti's Warblers were retrapped.

The Edge 15.07.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 4 Mute Swan, 11 Greylag, 17 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 4 Cormorant (+11 through at 9.25AM), 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 12 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 26 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 30 BH Gull, 2 Skylark, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 juv Yellow Wagtail, 2 Linnet and 1 Sedge Warbler.
 Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 52 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 16+21y Gadwall, 11 Mallard, 6+11y Tufted Duck, 6+3y Pochard, 13 Little Grebe, 2+1y Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 106 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 5 Kestrel, 15+ 1y Lapwing, 41 BH Gull, 3 Common Tern (through at 10.30AM ), 1 LBB Gull and 1 Pied Wagtail. A Fox showed well near the owl box on the hill.
TPT - Singing males 4 Chiffchaff and 4 Blackcap
Bolton Ings - Highlight was the female Marsh Harrier which made several passes over the reed beds on the northern shore. On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 36 Gadwall, 12+2y Pochard, 8+9y Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 91 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 61 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 60+ Swift, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Whitethroat.