Monday, 1 September 2014

The Edge 1st Sept

Wombwell Ings mid AM- Present were 2 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Mute Swan, 122 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 13 Mallard, 13 Teal, 5 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 238 Lapwing, 3 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 5 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Kestrel, 6+ Pied Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 2 singing Chiffchaff and1 Whinchat.
Broomhill Flash late AM- Noted were 17 Little Grebe, 8 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1a+2y Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 31 Mallard, 17 Tufted Duck, 12 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 64 Lapwing, 5 Spotted Redshank, 3 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kestrel, 6+ Yellow Wagtail and 2 Skylark.
Bolton Ings early PM- Highlight was the brief appearance of a Bittern at 1.50pm. Spotted by J.Seeviour, it dropped back into the reeds before 'Too Slow' Whitehouse could pick it up. Also present were 13 Little Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 5a+7y Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 32 Tufted Duck, 27 Gadwall, 7 Pochard, 6 Mallard. 2 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 58 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Partridge, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker and 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker.

Wintersett 01.09.14

18°C warm and humid,   6/8 cloud with a steady north westerly.
Anglers CP Vis. Mig: Swallow 101 S,  Meadow Pipit 32 S,  Tree Pipit 1 S at 09.30hrs,   Pintail 3 dropped in + 2 west with a flock of 25 Wigeon, Dunlin 4 NW at 15.15hrs,   Snipe 2 SW + 3 present and   Yellow Wagtail  2 SW.
Anglers CP. : Wigeon 4 + 4 WRes.,  Teal 6,  Common Sandpiper 1,  Little Grebe 4 + 1  WRes.,   Shoveler 5+ 1 Wres., Canada/Barnacle Hybrid 4 and Cormorant 9.
Wintersett Res: Yellow-legged Gull  usual adult.  and 6 SWIFT.
Butterfly:  Common Blue 1 ACP.
Pintail   ACP                      SDenny

Dearne Valley Weekender

Friday Night - August 29th - Old Moor

Main Marsh - Wigeon 6, Dunlin 2, Peregrine 1, Common Tern 1, LBB Gull 15.

Roost in willow on Willow Pool - Grey Heron 1, Cormorant 20, Little Egret 16.

Tonight the Egrets came in as follows - 2 at 19.33, 2 at 19.46, 1 at 19.50, 2 at 20.03, 1 at 20.07, 1 at 20.12, 4 at 20.19, 2 at 20.22 and finally 1 at 20.34. 10 birds came in from down the valley and 6 birds from up the valley.

Saturday Morning - August 30th - Old Moor

I arrived at the Wath Ings hide at 05.25, The Egrets started calling at 05.30 and the first 5 of 19 left down the valley at 05.36. These were followed by 1 at 05.43, 4 at 05.47, 3 at 05.51 and 6 at 06.11. This morning 11 birds left up the valley and 8 birds down the valley. The last 9 to leave flew out of the willows and onto the mud on the Willow Pool giving great views as they woke up. Also seen this morning were the following:- Spotted Redshank 2, Black Tailed Godwit 7, Ruff 3, Dunlin 3, Green Sandpiper 10, Common Sandpiper 2, LRP 2, Wigeon 6, Peregrine 1, Chiffchaff 1 singing behind hide and a group of 13 Cormorants flew in from down the valley.

Sunday Morning - August 31st - Bolton Ings

A late start this morning, 10.00 am when I set off, the highlight today was a bird I didn't see. A Marsh Harrier seen by Cliff dropping into the reeds at 11.50 before I could get on it. Good counts of 13 Great Crested Grebes and 341 Coot as well as 2 singing Chiffchaffs. Full list - Grey Heron 2, Mute Swan 18, Canada Goose 2, Grey Lag Goose 4, Cormorant 5, Great crested Grebe 13, Little Grebe 23, Mallard 32, Gadwall 76, Wigeon 1, Shoveler 12, Tufted Duck 30, Pochard 4, Coot 341, Moorhen 10, Lapwing 57, Black Headed Gull 3, Kestrel 1, Sparrowhawk 2, Green Woodpecker 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Grey Wagtail1, Chiffchaff 2.

Sunday Night - August 31st - Old Moor

Mere/Main Marsh - Drake Garganey, Spotted Redshank 7, Greenshank 1, Redshank 1, Black Tailed Godwit 13, Ruff 4, Dunlin 6, Green Sandpiper 8, Common Sandpiper 1, Ringed Plover 1, LRP 2, Peregrine 1, Barn Owl 1.

Roost in willows on Willow Pool - Grey Heron 3, Cormorant 15+, Little Egret 21.

Tonight the Egrets came in as follows - 1 already in, 1 at 19.32, 1 at 20.06, 1 at 20.12, 1 at 20.15, 2 at 20.22, 9 at 20.25, 1 at 20.27, 1 at 20.33, 1 at 20.35 and finally 1 at 20.42. Tonight 10 birds came in from down the valley and 11 birds from up the valley. Some interesting behaviour seen tonight, the bird already in flew out onto the Main Marsh, it was continuously calling and eventually the 2nd bird in joined it. After more calling by both birds they took off and flew higher and higher until out of sight, still calling. They then dropped back in and after doing the same routine another twice they settled in to roost. Are they preparing to leave?









Elsecar

Elsecar Reservoir - 9 Great Crested Grebes, 11 Coots and 1 juvenile Arctic Tern.

Adwick a.m.

Little Egret 3; Green Sandpiper 2; Black-tailed Godwit 3; Hobby 1 (KF); Swallow 50+; Yellow Wagtail 10+.

Edderthorpe Monday AM

little Egret 4, Snipe3, Pochard 12, Widgeon 12. Influx of Gulls inc 7LBBs.Also of note Buzzard over Dearne, Swift 2,Swallow 8 S. Spotted Flycatcher end of Royston Lane /Wheatshaw lane.



Sunday, 31 August 2014

Bolton Ings

I called in this morning on my way to Adwick and had half an hour with Nige. A Cream Crown showed briefly at 11.50hrs and again when I returned, at about 15.20 and 15.40hrs. A Buzzard was hovering over the wood on the far bank around 15.00hrs and a Green Woodpecker called.

Ardsley Viaduct area

This afternoon 2 Spotted Flycatchers together, 4 Buzzards and a male Brimstone Butterfly.

Edderthorpe
3 Little Egrets (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett Sunday

A lighter westerly breeze (f2-3) with a mostly sunny day. Well, Sunday was very similar to Saturday for visible migration - hardly any birds moving, but unfortunatly today there were no highlights either. The best of a morning session are;- Common Buzzard 1 south (plus 6 locals), Swallow 78 south, House Martin 21 south, Meadow Pipit 10 south, yawn....zzzzz. 'Psycho' the adult Yellow-legged Gull spent most of the day stood on his raft on the Country Park, the four hybrid Canada/Barnacle Geese are still here, Pochard 28, Goldeneye 1, Common Sandpiper 1, Swift still 8 over the Top Res and a Nuthatch in Pits Wood. And Edderthorpe was no better early morning with virtually no change from yesterday;- Shoveler 90, Pochard 10, Little Egret 5.

Broadstones Reservoir

Few bits and pieces here today.

Redstart - along track to resv
Sand Martin 1, Chiffchaff (singing), Lapwing 100+

Harden vis mig

Harden Quariies - 2 Tree Pipits W was the highlight of a poor vis mig session this a.m.
per Mick Cunningham

Royd Moor

Royd Moor Reservoir - 128 Greylag Geese, 171 Canada Geese, 19 Mallards, 2 Tufted ducks, 3 Little Grebes, 1 Great Crested Grebe, c25 Black-headed Gull, 1 adult Common Gull, 15+ Swallows and 3 Willow Warblers.
Gilbert Hill, Langsett - 1 Common Buzzard.
Midhope Reservoir - 21 Canada Geese, 1 Tufted Duck and 4 Little Grebes.

Butterflies - six species of common butterflies at Royd Moor Reservoir  plus 2 Walls (that I believe are not so common now in this area).

Adwick (am)

Little Egret 5, Black t Godwit 3, Dunlin 1, Redshank 1, Hobby 1, Buzzard 2, Whinchat 4, Wheatear 1, Whitethroat 3, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Blackcap 1, Yellow Wagtail 10.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Wintersett Saturday

Overnight rain followed by a brisk westerly wind (f3-4) with cloud all morning and sunny spells through the afternoon. Highlights of the day went to the vis migging team on the hill (most birders here);- a dark Marsh Harrier went south at 09.40. It carried obvious tags on its wings (white on the right, yellow-orange on the left at the carpels) and hopefully we'll be able to trace its origin from these. A Common Buzzard went east (in addition to 7 local birds). Two adult Hobbies flew south together at 12.55. The highlight was a Osprey which was picked up circling towards Wakefield (Pugneys way)and as it gained height the strong wind pushed it our way before it obviously gained enough height and glided off southwards over Haw Park at 15.50 to 15.55. Two Swifts and around 50 Swallows were the only other birds moving during a ten hour watch! Greylag Goose 131 and Canada Goose 483 were on the park lake. A Spotted Flycatcher was on the west bank of the Top Res and 6 Swifts are still feeding over there.

Edderthorpe, Saturday morning

Still loads of waterbirds here;- Gadwall 285, Shoveler 84, Teal 145, Wigeon 14, Little Grebe 49, Little Egret 4 (but nothing larger with them). A Yellow-legged Gull dropped on with LBBGulls yesterday afternoon.

The Edge 30th Aug

Wombwell Ings mid/late AM- Present were 2 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 16 Canada Geese, 22 Teal, 10 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 1 Garganey, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 BH Gull, 150+ Lapwing, 4 Dunlin, 3 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 11+ Yellow Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Swift, 4 Whinchat and 1 Wheatear. T. Hibberd  had a female Redstart along the Bulling Dyke.
Broomhill Flash lateAM/early PM- Noted were 9 Little Grebe, 1 juv Great Crested Grebe, 8 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1a+2y Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 16 Tufted Duck, 11 Mallard, 6 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 114 Lapwing, 3 Common Sandpiper, 43 BH Gull and 1 Wheatear.

Whimbrel

Harden Quarries - 1 Whimbrel W.
per Mick Cunningham

Friday, 29 August 2014

Great White Egret

Apologies for the late post, have been unable to get on here all day.

Great White Egret - 1 flying east(ish) over Scout Dike Reservoir at 0655 this morning. Cue frantic for binoculars as driving! Presume this then touched down in Edderthorpe at 0715 (post below).

Edderthorpe

Great white egret dropped in this morning about 07-15, sadly I couldn't stop as I had work commitments, so no idea how long it stopped?

Wintersett 29.08.14

16°C but felt cooler in the north easterly,  6/8 cloud.   Today was what passes for a wader day here!
Anglers CP:  Dunlin 1 left 09.20hrs,  A Whimbrel flew over SW at 10.43hrs, Common Sandpiper 2 and Snipe1. Common Gull 1 juv.,  Shoveler 3,  Teal 3, Mallard Young 1 fledged+ 1 medium. 
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 1 adult and  Swift 1 + 1 ACP.