Monday, 23 October 2017

Carlton Marsh

It was a lovely mild afternoon nearly 16c. 22 Shoveler, 6 Tufted and c50 Gadwall present along with 8 Teal, 2 Water Rails, Cormorant and 8 Lapwing. 4 Buzzards were in the air and a Peregrine was perched up.  Amongst the goldfinches were 2 Siskin and a Redpoll. A Fieldfare flew south with 3 Redwings and 2 Willow Tits (1 ringed) were with the tit flock.

2 Red Admirals, 1 Speckled Wood and a Migrant Hawker were enjoying the warm conditions.

Wintersett + VIsMig 23.10.17

9 - 12 degrees with 5/8 cloud and a very light south westerly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig: 0730 - 11.00hrs 
Going south west: Wood Pigeon 1600.  Skylark 82. 
Going south:  Redwing 335.  Fieldfare 17.  Yellowhammer 3.  SWALLOW 1 south.
Going west: Starling 73.  Song Thrush 7.
Anglers CP: Dunlin 2 over 10.10hrs.  Scaup 1 female.  Todd's Canada Goose 1.  Fieldfare 3.   Siskin 3 over.  Meadow Pipit 5 in back field.  Water Rail 1 SW corner + 2 WRes.  north bank + boathouse reeds.  Canada Goose 164. Tufted Duck 283 + 52 WRes. + 8 CHRes..
Wintersett Res: Redshank 1.  Cetti's Warbler 1 male in boathouse reeds.  Goosander 3 +1 ACP.   Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult on buoy.
Moorhouse Lane Pond:  Peregrine 1 adult  female over. at 14.45hrs.
Critters: A Noctule Bat was at MLPond 14.30hrs.  Red Admiral  1 ACP

Migration over Higham

From 0745 until 0830 this morning 4200 Woodpigeon passed south which included a constant stream of over 2000 five minutes either side of 0800. Other species were 400+ Redwing, 100 Meadow pipit, 6 Alba Wagtail, 8 Redpoll spp and steady numbers of both Chaffinch and the rare Greenfinch! Sadly no Hawfinch - yet. 

The Edge 23/10/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2+1y Mute Swan, 31 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 85 Wigeon, 29 Teal, 11 Mallard, 9 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 89 Lapwing, c80 Golden Plover, 3 Ruff, 105 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Common Gull, 3 Skylark, 18 Redwing, 3 Pied Wagtail, 9 Linnet, 5 Reed Bunting, 2 Redpoll and 1 Yellowhammer.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 26 Tufted Duck, 25 Shoveler, 21 Teal, 4 Mallard, 4 Wigeon, 5 Little Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 8 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 1, c20 Grey Partridge, 7 Red Legged Partridge, 9 Coot, 9 Moorhen, c200 Golden Plover, 15 Lapwing, 10+ Snipe, 7 Ruff, 41 BH Gull and  1 Common Gull. Early AM, PWK also had 1 Barn Owl,  20+ Skylark, 100+ Redwing, 10 Fieldfare and 50+ Linnet.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 19 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 13 Mallard, 9 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 3 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 122 Coot, 36 BH Gull, 7 Common Gull, 5 LBB Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Jay, 2 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Reed Bunting.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Wintersett 22.10.17

10 degrees with 8/8 cloud,  dull and damp,  with a cold and blustery south westerly to north westerly.
Anglers CP:  The female Scaup present for 6th day.  Goosander 3 flew SW  + 1 flew west.  Greylag Goose 133.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  A Knot flew west at 14.20hrs.  Goldeneye 6.  Cormorant 15
Wintersett Res: Little Grebe 7 + 5 ACP.  Cetti's Warbler 1 male west bank.

2016 Wintersett Area report now available

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Wilthorpe Marsh, Midhope , Broadstones, 22/10/17.

Wilthorpe - Quiet with Snipe the highlight, 3 Jacks and 19 Common. 100+ Carrion Crows in feeding flock, 15 Teal, 20 Redwing. Midhope - Very steady with horrendous wind. On the res., drake Tufted Duck, Teal 2, Little Grebe. Raven the top bird on the moor + 2 C Buzzard, Kestrel 2. Small flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare. At Broadstones res. late aft. no sign of Scaup in shocking wind but 15 Golden Plover over.

Barnsley NATs, Celebrating 150 Years


'The Ups and Downs of Yorkshire's Birds, the Red List', a presentation by Tim Melling.
Barnsley Nats are holding an evening meeting of special interest to birders on Wednesday 1st November. Barnsley Town Hall, 7pm.
All welcome. 

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Wintersett + VisMig. 21.10.17

10 - 13 degrees with 6/8 cloud and a light south easterly wind.  Rain and strengthening wind from mid afternoon.   
Anglers CP VisMig: 07.2012.00hrs.  A very interesting morning with more than 2500 birds through.
 http://www.trektellen.org/count/view/1100/20171021   See PM's comments
Going south west: Redwing 1294.  Dunlin 2.  Song Thrush 2. Mistle Thrush 3.  Greenfinch 5.  Reed Bunting 2.
Going south: Chaffinch 23.  Goldfinch 55.  Pied Wagtail 4.  Grey Wagtail 2.   Meadow Pipit 2.   
Going west: A HAWFINCH at 07.53hrs (CS.  new for year list)   Starling 1150 (including a very pale bird).    Yellowhammer 5. 
Anglers CP: Female Scaup present for 5th day.  Goldeneye 6. Todds Canada Goose 1. Great Black-backed Gull 1. 
Wintersett Res: Grey Partridge 4.
Lepidoptera: Red Admiral 1 south ACP.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Wintersett + VisMig 20.10.17

10 - 12 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly. Poor visibility to the west.
Anglers CP VisMig: 09.00 - 12.00hrs 
Going south west:   REDWING were on the move, with many groups flying in fast succession over the trees behind the watchpoint. 1230 were counted in the first hour. By midday the total was 2060 with a further 100 at 15.25hrs    A Brambling flew through at 09.30hrs. Skylark 36.  Chaffinch 12.    Song Thrush 1. 
Going west:  Starling 350.   Redpoll 4.  Fieldfare 5.  Yellowhammer 4.   Siskin 1. 
Anglers CP: The female SCAUP  still hereYellow-legged Gull  2 adults. Wigeon 88.  Teal 5. 
A bird showing characteristics of  'Todds'  Canada Goose, race interior,  was in the Canada Goose flock today and yesterday.  (Note shorter neck,  lack of white breast shield,  clearcut edge to black into brown at rear  base of neck and lacking white collar,  with slightly darker brown body plumage. 
Cold Hiendley:  Yellowhammer 68 in hedgerow adjoining stubble field.
Lepidoptera: Red Admiral 1 WRes..
Here's a selection of Chris Swaine's photos showing the
ID features of  'Todds' Canada Goose race interior





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The Edge 20/10/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 young Mute Swan, 19 Canada Geese, 3 Shelduck, 77 Wigeon, 49 Teal, 12 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 3 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 16 Grey Partridge, 1 Kestrel, 108 Golden Plover, 72 Lapwing,  14 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Redpoll and 2 Bullfinch. K.Fisher had a Tawny Owl on Doveside on Wednesday and 2 Siskin today.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 45 Shoveler, 24 Teal, 19 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 1 Wigeon, 4 Little Grebe, 9 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 16 Grey Partridge, 7 Red Legged Partridge, 7 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 36 Lapwing, 10 Ruff, 10 Dunlin, 7 Snipe, 49 BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Kestre1 2. Early AM PWK also  had 150 Redwing, 25+ Skylark and 1 Grey Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1 young Mute Swan, 100+ Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 12 Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 5 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 109 Coot, 37 BH Gull, 4 Common Gull, 3 LBB Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 4 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 5+ Jay, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Bullfinch and 1 Siskin. Dave Waddington also had 2 Stonechat and 3 Cettis Warbler on Bolton West End.

Storrs Mill-Cudworth

20 Redwing north, Grey Wagtail, Buzzard and 10+ Alba Wagtails in fields.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Wintersett 19.10.17

12 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light southerly.  Dull and damp with rain from midday.
Anglers CP: A female SCAUP was new in.  27 Redwing and 1 Fieldfare flew south west.  Song Thrush 15.  Goldeneye 2 and   Shoveler 24.
Wintersett Res: 4 male Cetti's Warblers were heard:- north bank,  north east bank,  south east corner (new?), and west bank.  A Water Rail  was in the boathouse reeds.

The Edge 19/10/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1young Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 3 Shelduck, 68 Wigeon, 39 Teal, 10 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 102 Lapwing, 4 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 73 BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 40+ Skylark ( in the air at the same time over the back field ) and 2 Redpoll.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+8y Mute Swan, 48 Shoveler, 26 Tufted Duck,  20 Teal, 11 Mallard, 11 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 5 Wigeon, 2f Goldeneye, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Red Legged Partridge, 1 juv Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 7 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 140+ Golden Plover over,  39 Lapwing, 6 Ruff, 3 Snipe,32 BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull and 1 Grey Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1+3y Mute Swan, 2 Canda Geese, 10 Mallard, 7 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 114 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 44 BH Gull, 4 LBB Gull, 2 Common Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Buzzard.

Carlton Marsh

A small group of distant Pink Feet flew high to the west at 11.00hrs and 17 Fieldfares flew SW at 11.03hrs. 18 Shoveler and 3 Tufted Duck were on the scrape.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Wintersett 18.10.17

10 - 12 degrees with 7/8 cloud and a light south easterly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig:  Pink-footed Goose 505 west in 3 skeins.( 180 at 09.00hrs,  105 @ 09.05hrs and 220 at 10.45hrs.
Anglers CP: Marsh Harrier 1 south at 14.10hrs.  Cormorant 11 in + 14 flew SW.  Herring 15 south.  Snipe 4.
Wintersett Res: A male Cetti's Warbler was singing in the boathouse reeds.
Haw Park Wood: Redpoll 60 west.  House Martin 1 west.
129 Birds were ringed today, including: - Lesser Redpoll 85,  Goldfinch 24,  Goldcrest 9,  Song Thrush 1 and Jay 1.
Lepidoptera: Red Admiral  7 south.

Langsett

A walk around Langsett Res this morning had, c50 PF Goose east, 4 Buzzard, 4 Stonechat, c10 Lesser Redpoll and 6 Greenfinch. Also a few small groups of migrating Woodpigeon.

Higham 0730-0830 at least 1500 Woodpigeon south, c50 PF Goose west, 10+ Redwing and 25 Meadow Pipit.


                                          Stonechat near North America farm ruin Langsett

Carlton Marsh

Looking back over recent days the highlights were; 56 Pink Feet Geese west on 13th and  a 'Cream Crown' Marsh Harrier south at 14.10hrs on 15th. This bird was hunting the reed beds at 15.00hrs on 16th. (Rod Heeley)

Away from the reserve, at Carrs Lane in Cudworth, a fresh dead Jack Snipe was found by Don Crossland on the 14th, in adjacent field where a housing development is taking place. 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Wintersett + Gull Roost 17.10.17

11 - 14 degrees with 7/8 decreasing, scattered cloud and a westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 1.  Teal 5.  Goldeneye 3.  Pochard 124 and Cormorant 15.  ROCK PIPIT 1.
Wintersett Res:  2 adult drake SCAUP were sleeping among the Tufted Ducks.  A Nuthatch was in Pits Wood. A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds. 
WRes. Gull Roost: Yellow-legged Gull 2,  Lesser Black-backed Gull 150
Critters:  A Red Admiral was on NE bank WRes.,  and a Migrant Hawker flew in front of the boathouse bench. 

The Edge 17/10/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 4young Mute Swan, 196 Canada Geese, 16 Greylag, 24 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 11 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 105 Lapwing, 33 Golden Plover, 5 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 84 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 Kestrel, 9 Skylark, 2 Redwing, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Redpoll, 27 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+7y Mute Swan, 201 Canada Geese, 28 Greylag, 57 Shoveler, 31 Tufted Duck, 24 Teal, 12 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 1m+2f Pintail, 2 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 9 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret (15 early AM ), 1 Grey Heron, 10 Coot, 7 Moorhen, 42 Lapwing, 30+ Golden Plover, 6 Ruff, 99 BH Gull, 4 Common Gull and 3 Herring Gull. PWK also had c60 Pink Footed Geese over east at 8.42am, 1 Buzzard, 1 juv Peregrine and 3 Kestrel.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1y Mute Swan, c225 Greylag, 57 Canada Geese, 12 Pochard, 11 Gadwall, 11 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 131 Coot, 31 BH Gull, 19 Herring Gull and 2 Common Gull. Also present were 4 Cormorant and 2 Grey Heron.