Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Ringing Recoveries

Cetti's Warbler
Z076547   3 f  19/08/16   Old Moor.
                   v   28/09/16   Knutsford Moor, Cheshire.
70 km WSW in 40days.

Tree Sparrow
TT58529   1    10/05/16  Old Moor.
                  v    30/01/17  Butterfly House, North Anston
23 km SSE in 265 days (one of brood of 4)

Lesser Redpoll
Z209910   3   13/12/15  Marston, Cheshire.
                  v   25/10/16  Old Moor.
81 km ENE in 317 days.

Z076707   3   25/10/16   Old Moor
                  v   11/11/16   Clumber Park, Worksop, Nottinghamshie.
37 mm SE in 17 days.

The Edge 29/03/2017

Wombwell Ings - Highlight was the Bar Tailed Godwit which was busy feeding near the large bush on the western end of the main flash. Also noted were 2 Mute Swan, 1 Whooper Swan, 42 Canada Geese, 17 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 138 Wigeon, 16 Tufted Duck, 15 Mallard, 15 Teal, 12 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 2 Goosander, 2 Little Egret, 9 Coot, 8+ Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 37 BH Gull, 4+ Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush and 3 singing Chiffchaff. K.Fisher also had 25 Redwing and 1 male and 1 female Blackcap in the canyon.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 29 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 40+ Wigeon, 20+ Tufted Duck, 6+ Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 1 Goldeneye, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 25 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 11 Lapwing, 10 Golden Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 190+ BH Gull, 15+ Sand Martin and 1 Chiffchaff.
TPT - 13 singing Chiffchaff, 1yaffling Green Woodpecker and 1 Jay.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 4 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 12 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 7 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 81 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 200+ BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail and 2 Reed Bunting.

Wintersett + Little Gull update 29.03.17

10 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly. 
Wintersett Res: 4 male Blackcap, a male Green Woodpecker and a male Willow Tit were heard and/or seen this morning.  A Redpoll flew over.  4 male Cetti's Warblers were singing - north bank,  south east bank near cattle stiles,  west bank and,  the roving, tail-less bird was on the north east bank, and then in the boathouse reeds about 90 minutes later.
Anglers CP:  Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull and his mate a Lesser Black-backed Gull attacked a Herring Gull and Psycho took the first egg from a Canada Goose nest early this morning.    Sand Martin 13,  Willow Tit 1m,  and Snipe 2.  At 15.45hrs Psycho struck again:-  another Canada Goose egg from another nest, down the hatch!  At 16.05hrs an adult LITTLE  GULL in winter plumage, flew in.  Another new bird for the year list.  Here's some flying shots from Chris Swaine.



Barwit showed well but then flew to left of bush and beyond and dropped out of sight about midday.
Also 1 Whooper.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Carlton Marsh

On the wader scrape today Little Egret, 2 Redshank, 5 Lapwing and a Ringed Plover our first this year. Also of interest Sand Martin north at 12.20hrs, Peregrine, 2 Coot on nests, Kingfisher, 4 Siskin and 5 Linnet. A Barn Owl was hunting from 18.53hrs. (R. Hibbert/L. Corrall/D Standish/CG)

Cudworth Park
Great Spotted Woodpecker was 'drumming' and Nuthatch was a first for this site. (Keith Bannister)

Wintersett 28.03.17

7 degrees with8/8 and a light south westerly this morning.  Up to 14 degrees mostly sunny with a vey short shower this afternoon.
Anglers CP:  Snipe 1.   40 Sand Martin were flying high over this afternoon.
Pits Wood: Treecreeper 1.
Wintersett Res:Blackcap 3 singing males.  Kingfisher 1.  Willow Tit 2 singing males.
The Cetti's Warbler saga continued today with 5 singing males  heard today.  The north bank, west bank and south east corner  birds were performing as usual.  The boathouse bird was heard in the northeast corner this morning.  By late afternoon afternoon he was singing on the north bank and then, shortly after, back in the boathouse reeds.  A new bird was singing loudly on Cold Hiendley Res, in trees at the bottom left of WRes spillway bridge at midday.

The Edge 28/03/2017

Wombwell Ings - Got out of the car to the sound of two singing Chiffchaff and the sight of two young Mistle Thrush. A good selection of waders this morning with 8+ Lapwing, 5 Redshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Avocet. Also present were 67 Canada Geese, 21 Greylag, 166+ Wigeon, 3 Shelduck, 17 Tufted Duck, 16 Shoveler, 15 Gadwall, 13 Teal, 12 Mallard, 2 Goosander, 2 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 11 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 34 BH Gull, 4 Skylark, 3 Sand Martin, 4 Meadow Pipit and 2 Pied Wagtail. K.Follows also had 2 adult Mistle Thrush and a Song Thrush in Broomhill Park and a singing Blackcap near the Dearne Bridge.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 17 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 60+ Wigeon, 20+ Tufted Duck, 16 Pochard, 10+ Teal, 15+ Shoveler, 14 Gadwall,  4 Mallard, 3 Goldeneye, 15 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 15+ Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 200+ BH Gull, 48 Herring Gull, 1 Kestrel and 7+ Sand Martin.
TPT - 14 singing Chiffchaff between Old Moor RSPB entrance gates and the Cormorant Hide plus a drumming Greater Spotted Woodpecker.
 Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Goose, 4 Greylag, 17 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 7 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 88 Coot, 110+ BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. A light coloured Buzzard was on its usual perch on the fourth set of double poles whilst a Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail were visible from the bridge.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Carlton Marsh

New in today - female Blackcap near the hide. Little Egret, 2 Redshank, 2 Buzzard, Grey Wagtail and 28 Canada Geese were of note. (Rod Heeley)
As dusk approached Barn Owl was hunting from 19.22hrs and a Fox was on the prowl. (Dave Standish/Tony Harding)

Wintersett 27.03.17

Up to 9 degrees but felt a lot colder, dull with 8/8 cloud and south easterly wind.
Anglers CP:  Green Woodpecker 1 Hare Park + 1 HP Gully.  A Curlew was in the back field. 
Wintersett Res:  We're back to 4 male Cetti's Warblers today, with the tailless bird seen by Steve Denny,  back in the boathouse reeds, early this morning.   The north bank bird was over on Botany,  The south east corner bird was near the cattle stiles and the west bank bird stayed put.  John Baxter saw a male Blackcap on the west bank and a Water Rail was heard from the north bank.

Hordron Road 27/3/17.

Mixed fortunes with smoke from moorland burning spoiling views over the harden and howden areas so no sign of any Merlins. On the plus side thought to have been 5 Ring Ouzels with a group of 3 and later on a pair near upper hordron barn. Raven 5 which includes a group of 4 at barmings. Not much else apart from a calling Golden Plover on long moor and 2 Buzzards, 1 Kes.

The Edge 27/03/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan,73 Canada Geese, 31 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 181 Wigeon, 17 Shoveler, 17 Mallard, 16 Tufted Duck, 14 Teal, 10 Gadwall, 9 Pochard, 2 Goosander, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 11 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 8+ Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 48 BH Gull,  4+ Skylark, 4+ Meadow Pipit,1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 15 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 70+ Wigeon, 25 Tufted Duck, 16 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 7+ Shoveler, 4+ Teal, 3 Goldeneye, 3+ Mallard, 7+ Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 25 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 2 Kestrel, 8 Lapwing, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 3 Sand Martin, 180+ BH Gull and 5 Herring Gull.
TPT - 9 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush and 2 Jay.
 Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 12 Gadwall, 11 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 7 Shoveler, 4 Mallard, 1 Wigeon, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 87 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 169 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 12 Snipe, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Sand Martin and 2 Willow Tit.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Low Moor/Midhope 26/3/17.

Very steady with a Woodcock in flight showing well briefly. A single Golden Plover over calling, 30 Lapwing, 4+ Oystercatchers, 1 chipping Snipe. Buzzard 5, Kes 2, Raven 2. Crossbill heard only over and small flocks of Siskin and Redpoll in the conifers with some showing well. The feeding station had a fem. Crossbill in the bush on the 13th. Very steady this morning at Woolley Dam with a singing male Blackcap the main highlight. + 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrest singing, 2+ TCreepers, 2 GS Peckers, Teal 1, Buzzard.

Carlton Marsh

An early start produced a count of 16 singing Chiffchaffs along with Mistle and Song Thrush. 2 Lesser Redpolls were feeding on Scots pine seeds again and 11 Linnets were on the fields. Little Egret and 2 Redshanks were on the wader scrape and both Buzzards were riding the thermals. A Coot was on a nest and a Moorhen has 4 eggs. There were at least 2 Water Rails, 30 Canada Geese and, Barn Owl was hunting from 19.07hrs. (Jim Plant/Dave Standish/CG)

Today's butterflies included 5 Peacock, 9 Small Tort, 2 male Brimstone, 17 Comma and this year's first Green Veined White.

A Bee Fly was also active west of the nearby Midland Railway. (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett 26.03.17

Another beautiful, sunny and warm day - up to 14 degrees by midday with a very light easterly.
Wintersett Res:  5 male Cetti's Warblers were heard this morning:- north bank,  north east corner,  south east bank near cattle stiles,  west bank and boathouse reeds.   Willow Tit Pits Wood bank + 1 ACP.  Kingfisher 1. 
Anglers CP:  3 Redwings and a Curlew  in back field.   Snipe1.  Green Woodpecker 1.  Wigeon 175.  Shoveler 16.  Teal 4.  Little Grebe 1 + 2 WRes..
Lepidoptera: Peacock 1 ACP and Comma 1 WRes.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Orange Tip

First Orange Tip of the year on local patch by Athersley Memorial Lake.
Also first Chiffchaff of the year on the patch.

Carlton Marsh

It was a gorgeous day with wall to wall sunshine and a light NE 17.1c the warmest day of the year so far. The wader scrape was disturbed by a dog and its owner flushing everything this morning. However, 2 Redshank and a Little Egret returned. A pair of Peregrines were seen nearby, our resident Buzzards mated and Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were about. 24 Canada Geese and 6 Greylags were being hassled by the resident Mute Swans, 6 Chiffchaff were singing and Kingfisher was seen. Then at 17.43hrs a herd of 30 Whooper Swans flew over, heading north. (Rod Heeley/Dave Standish)

Butterflies included 3 male Brimstone, Small Tort and Comma.

Dearne Valley Park
Several Brimstone butterflies were on the wing along with 22 Commas and 3 freshly emerged Orange-tips. (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett 25.03.17

Beautiful day!  3 - 11 degrees,  sunny with a light easterly.
Anglers CP:  A drake Scaup was found by Jonathan Holliday early this morning.
Cold Hiendley Res:  2 Grey Wagtails were on the spillway + 2 at the Sewage Farm.
Wintersett Res:  3 male Cetti's Warblers were singing:- west bank,  south east corner and, surprisingly , the boathouse reedbed.    Shoveler 7.
16 Common Buzzards were up  around the area. 
Pits Wood:  Alan Preece (the owner), and Dean supplied 19 nest boxes which were sited around the wood with help from Pete Smith and Chris Swaine.
Lepidoptera: A Comma and a Small Toroiseshell  were around the west bank.  A male Brimstone was seen in Pits Wood.

                                     Drake Scaup    ACP                   CSwaine

Friday, 24 March 2017

Wintersett 24.03.17

Light frost to start, then up to 11 degrees with sun and blue sky and an easterly breeze.
Anglers CP: A Sand Martin was checking out the Box at 09.15hrs, presumably a breeder from last year.  3 Curlew were in the back fields.
Moorhouse Lane Pond: The first  male Blackcap of spring was seen by Chris Swaine late this afternoon.
Cold Hiendley Res:  Grey Wagtail 1.
Wintersett Res: 
4 male Cetti's Warblers were singing this morning:- north bank,  north east corner, south east corner and west bank.  The north east corner bird is ringed and has no tail. It is presumed to be the boathouse reedbed bird that has relocated, after surviving a predator attack, when it lost its tail.
A siskin flew over and a trickle of Meadow Pipits were moving north west.
Of interest: A Ring-necked Parakeet flew over Walton CP at 11.00hrs.

The Edge 24/03/2017

Wombwell Ings - Highlight was 7 Buzzard in the air at the same time, with 3 over Cat Hill and 4 over Darfield Church. Otherwise a return to normality  this morning with 61 Canada Geese, 28 Greylag, 194 Wigeon, 3 Shelduck, 10 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck, 8+ Teal, 7 Goosander, 6+ Mallard, 6 Pochard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Coot, 8 Lapwing, 5 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 50 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 8+ Skylark, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush and 1 singing Chiffchaff. K.Fisher also had 24 Snipe on the corner pond, 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker and 3 Linnet.
Warbler Way - First walk down  this year hoping to hear and see some fresh migrant warblers. Chiffchaffs were highly visible and vocal with 16 singing males. Also 3 Grey Heron over, 2 yaffling Green Woodpecker and 1 Kestrel.
 Bolton Ings - Quiet with wildfowl preferring the shelter of the phragmites, On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 6 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag, 21 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 101 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 251 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also 1 Willow Tit.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 22 Canada Geese, 46 Wigeon, 15+ Pochard, 15 Tufted Duck, 11 Gadwall, 10+ Teal, 8+ Mallard, 8 Shoveler, 5 Goldeneye, 10+ Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 31 Coot, 5+ Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 23+ Lapwing, 7 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, c300 BH Gull, 32 Herring Gull and 2 Common Gull. PWK also had c125 Pink Footed Geese over west at 7.40am and 5 Whooper Swan over west at 8.10am.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Dearne Valley Park

A Red Kite drifted north at 08.00hrs (Rod Heeley) Also present a pair of Goosander, Treecreeper and 2 Grey Wagtails. Butterflies included 12 Small Tortoiseshell and 6 Comma. (Chris Parkin)

Carlton Marsh
Busy this morning scrub bashing so didn't see much. 2 Redshanks were on the wader scrape with a few Lapwings and Teal. 30 Yellow Buntings were in a nearby field and our resident Buzzards were milling around. 3 Water Rails were heard or seen. (KB/CG)