Sunday, 7 February 2016

Dearne Valley Weekender

Old Moor - Saturday 6th February

News of Fridays Red Necked Grebe on the Mere saw me in the Wader Scrape before first light yesterday morning. However despite searching the Mere when enough light allowed sadly the Grebe had left overnight. Birds seen leaving the roost included 45 Cormorants, 49 Goosanders and 4 Little Egrets. The wintering Ruff was on the Wader Scrape but left towards the Main Marsh when a Peregrine flew through. A Barn Owl was still out hunting and there were 12 Goldeneye (5 drakes) on the Main Marsh and 65 Shoveler counted across the site. The rain set in about 8 oclock and after spending an hour in the Bittern hide I sought refuge in the café.

Wombwell Ings - Sunday 7th February

Following news of c140 Pink Footed Geese down on Wombwell Ings I made my way onto the Ings to have a look. The Pink Feet were a great sight and sound, I had a go at counting them and ended up with 184. However they were difficult to count and 192 birds were logged later in the day. There were a couple of Little Egrets present and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were in Broomhill Park.

Adwick Washland - Sunday 7th February

Onto Adwick for my weekly visit where the highlight was 4 Little Egrets together, the regular Little Owl was in it's usual place and a Buzzard was up. Other birds seen included the following:- Shelduck 3, Teal 73, Wigeon 45, Gadwall 29, Shoveler 2, Grey Lag Goose 77, Lapwing 50+, Grey Partridge 2.

Old Moor - Sunday 7th February

Onto Old Moor for the roost but first into the Field Pool East hide with news of a Redshank on there, sure enough it was as was the Ruff. Another new bird for the year was an Oystercatcher on the Mere. The roost was good again tonight with 49 Cormorants coming in and 8 Little Egrets. The Egrets conveniently landed on the Main Marsh first and included a colour ringed bird. At first I thought it was FJ, it wasn't but unfortunately it was too dark to read the ring. We didn't really concentrate on the Goosanders tonight but 39 were seen on the Wader Scrape along with the regular redhead Goldeneye that thinks its a Goosander. On the Main Marsh were a further 20 Goldeneye, 7 drakes, 3 immature drakes and 10 females and 49 Shoveler were busily feeding.

Also seen/heard today at Old Moor were 2+ Bearded Tits and 3 Cetti's Warblers on the Reedbeds.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 07.02.16

4 degrees,  cold but sunny with a light south westerly this morning.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 male on north bank.  Grey Wagtail 1,  Willow Tit 2 in SE corner.  The Oystercatcher was on the slipway this morning, but was on ACP this afternoon. 
Anglers CP: Golden Plover 31 over,  Shoveler 2 and Canada Goose 163 + 2 WRes.  A female Peregrine flew south at 15.20hrs.
Wintersett Res Gull Roost: Reasonable numbers of gulls today, but again, many of them coming in late.  The leucistic Black-headed Gull was in at 15.50hrs.  A 1stW Caspian Gull was in at 15.57hrs and the 2nd W Iceland Gull was in at 17.05hrs.

Newmillerdam - 7 February 2016

A lovely, dry winter walk round this morning brought a personal best of 37 for Newmillerdam. Sparrowhawk was my first here and brings my site list to 45 for the year.

Black-headed Gull, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Coal Tit, Coot, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Greylag Goose, Jackdaw, Long-tailed Tit, Mallard, Moorhen, Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Sparrowhawk, Tufted Duck, Wren, Blackbird, Canada Goose, Chaffinch, Collared Dove, Cormorant, Goldcrest, Goosander 10, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Kingfisher, Magpie, Mistle Thrush, Mute Swan (three of last year's young remain with their parents), Pheasant, Redwing 6, Song Thrush, Treecreeper, Woodpigeon.

Carlton Marsh

Daffodils, Crocus and loads of Blackthorn in flower due mild temperatures and lack of frost.
This morning 15 Tufted Duck, Cormorant and female Goldeneye. Also present Buzzard, 6 Common Gull, 6 Yellow Bunting, 2 Willow Tit, 10 Skylark and 10 Meadow Pipits. (Jim Plant/Rod Heeley)

Ringing Recoveries

X076317  first-year female  12-08-2015 Old Moor.
                controlled             19-09-2015 Stanford Reservoir (Northamptonshire).
124 km S   38 days

D384897 second-year male  12-04-2013 Wentworth Park.
                controlled              27-04-2015 Old Moor
7 km NNE  989 days

Reed Bunting
Z393562 second-year male  25-05-2015 Blackburn Meadows, Sheffield
               controlled              02-10-2015 Old Moor
12 km N  130 days.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Carlton Marsh

70 Pink Feet flew west at 13.35hrs (Rod Heeley)

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 06.02.15

4 - 8 degrees,  mild with rain most of the day.
Anglers CP: The first  Oystercatcher returning is a sign of Spring,  along with flowering Blackthorn. Snipe 8,  Pochard 67 and Gadwall 17 + 8 WRes.
Wintersett Res: Bullfinch 12.
The Gull Roosts were very frustrating again this afternoon.  The vast majority of large gulls arrived on dark and after.  Notables seen on Wintersett Res were the 2nd W Iceland Gull at 17.20hrs and the juvenile Kumlien's Gull at 17.30hrs. 

Friday, 5 February 2016


2 skeins of c100 Pink Feet flew west at 10.25hrs, as seen driving back from Barnsley. (Dave Standish)

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 05.02.16

9 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a strengthening south westerly.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 male and Water Rail 1,  both west bank.
Anglers CP: Greylag 105.
Botany Farm: A flock of around 50 Fieldfare were in fields.
Both Gull Roosts were watched today, with good numbers of  large gulls coming in.
Herring Gull  2010  (500 CP + 1510 WRes),  Great Black-backed Gull 66 (40 CP + 26 WRes),  Lesser Black-backed Gull 14 (2 CP + 12 WRes).
Notables in chronological order were:- 
A 2nd W Iceland Gull at 16.35hrs  WRes. (GJS)
The juvenile Kumlien's Gull at 16.40hrs ACP.  (JH, PS)
The adult Kumlien's Gull was on WRes at 17.10hrs  (GJS)
 The adult Caspian Gull was picked up on ACP at 17.10hrs by  a very welcome visitor.   @jonnybirder - still got it!

The Edge 05.02.12

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 176 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 165 Wigeon, 12 Mallard, 11 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck, 5m+3f Goosander, 7 Shoveler, 1m Pochard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 1 Water Rail (in Bulling Dyke near Old Moor Tavern ),74 Lapwing, c70 Golden Plover, 1 Kestrel, 11 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 2 Mistle Thrush and 2 Redwing.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 5 Mute Swan, 66 Greylag, 4 Canada Geese, 19 Tufted Duck, 8m+6f Pochard, 9 Gadwall, 4m+1f Goosander, 4 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 1m+1f Goldeneye, 1 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 107 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 171 BH Gull, 28 Common Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret and c80 Lapwing.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Hampole area

I know it's in the Doncaster area, but today a flock of about 130 finches comprising of mainly Chaffinches contained an estimated 40 Bramblings. They were feeding in a game cover crop not far from Rat Hall Farm up the old Roman Lane in a field to the left towards Doncaster Road. (Ralph Hibbert/Les Corrall)

Wintersett + Surprising Gull Roost 04.02.16

10 degrees with 8/8 and a cold north westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Cormorant 15,  Little Grebe 3 + 3 WRes and Fieldfare 2 west.
Wintersett Res: Goldeneye 24.
ACP Gull Roost was much better this afternoon, with many more large gulls coming in, up to and after dark.  Notables were a 1st W Caspian Gull at 16.35hrs and the juvenile Kumlien's Gull at 16.45. Then, unbelievably, another Kumlien's Gull was picked up by Pete Smith, an adult, at 17.00hrs.  What a great surprise!

The Edge 04.02.16

A good start to the day with a Water Rail and a Little Egret in the Bulling Dyke, opposite the Old Moor Tavern.
Wombwell Ings - Present were 222 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 197 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 5 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 2m+3f Goosander, 3 Shoveler, 1m+1f Pochard, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 10 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 121 Golden Plover, 60+ Lapwing, 66 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull and 2+ singing Skylark.
TPT - 1 Jay
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 5m+8f Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 7 Mallard, 3m+3f Goosander, 1m+2f Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 134 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 107 BH Gull and 6 Common Gull. Also present were 6 Cormorant ,1 calling Green Woodpecker and 1 Snipe.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Townhead - Whitwell Moor

Townhead - c100 Starlings and c100 Fieldfares.
Victoria - 2 Kestrels.
Broadstone Reservoir - 2 Skylarks on Broadstone Road.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 39 Mallards, 8 Tufted Ducks, 2 Moorhens, 10 Coots, c600 Black-headed Gulls, 11+ Common Gulls and 20+ Carrion Crows.
Royd Moor Reservoir - 118 Greylag Geese, 1 Pink-footed Goose (but no sign on the Greenland White-fronted Goose), 6 Mallards, 1 drake Goldeneye, 1 Cormorant (well marked sinensis - green sheen and white-head), 2 Little Grebes, 1 Moorhen, 1 Willow Tit (in a small tit flock) and 1 Yellowhammer.
Midhope Reservoir - 12 Mallards and 1 Common Buzzard.
Whitwell Moor - 1 male Stonechat on Long Lane.

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 03.02.16

5 degrees with a cooling north westerly, but sunny this morning.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1singing male, west bank.  Water Rail 1 + 1 ACP
Anglers CP: Golden Plover 3 over and Teal 2.
Gull Roosts: There were fewer big gulls tonight with around 300 on ACP and just a small number on WRes.  The notables were a 2ndW Iceland Gull  on WRes at 17.05hrs and the juvenile Kumlien's Gull on ACP at 17.10hrs.

Carlton Marsh

On a visit this morning Russ Boland had 2 female Goldeneye, which remained for most of the day until 1 left north.
The Barn Owl was hunting from 16.55hrs and 7 Snipe were seen leaving at dusk to feed elsewhere. (Dave Standish/Richard Laverack)

Wintersett Ringed Herring Gull

The Herring Gull, J8620,  seen at Anglers CP  27.11.15 had been ringed on the small island of Ando N Norway as an adult 21st Jun 2015 - per Steve Denny.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Old Moor Sofa

99 species have been recorded in the Old Moor Area this year, the full list as follows :- Mute Swan (1), Whooper Swan (2), Pink Footed Goose (3), Grey Lag Goose (4), Canada Goose (5), Egyptian Goose (6), Shelduck (7), Wigeon (8), Gadwall (9), Teal (10), Mallard (11), Pintail (12), Shoveler (13), Pochard (14), Tufted Duck (15), Goldeneye (16), Smew (17), Goosander (18), Red Legged Partridge (19), Grey Partridge (20), Pheasant (21), Cormorant (22), Bittern (23), Little Egret (24), Grey Heron (25), Little Grebe (26), Great Crested Grebe (27), Sparrowhawk (28), Buzzard (29), Kestrel (30), Peregrine (31), Water Rail (32), Moorhen (33), Coot (34), Oystercatcher (35), Golden Plover (36), Lapwing (37), Ringed Plover (38), Ruff (39), Dunlin (40), Green Sandpiper (41), Jack Snipe (42), Snipe (43), Woodcock (44), Black Headed Gull (45), Common Gull (46), LBB Gull (47), Herring Gull (48), Yellow Legged Gull (49), GBB Gull (50), Stock Dove (51), Woodpigeon (52), Collared Dove  (53), Barn Owl (54), Little Owl (55), Tawny Owl (56), Kingfisher (57), Green Woodpecker (58), Great Spotted Woodpecker (59), Magpie (60), Jay (61), Jackdaw (62), Rook (63), Carrion Crow (64), Goldcrest (65), Blue Tit (66), Great Tit (67), Coal Tit (68), Willow Tit (69), Bearded Tit (70), Skylark (71), Cetti's Warbler (72), Long Tailed Tit (73), Nuthatch (74), Treecreeper (75), Wren (76), Starling (77), Blackbird (78), Fieldfare (79), Song Thrush (80), Redwing (81), Mistle Thrush (82), Robin (83), Dunnock (84), House Sparrow (85), Tree Sparrow (86), Grey Wagtail (87), Pied Wagtail (88), Meadow Pipit (89), Chaffinch (90), Brambling (91), Greenfinch (92), Goldfinch (93), Siskin (94), Linnet (95), Lesser Redpoll (96), Bullfinch (97), Yellowhammer (98), Reed Bunting (99).

For comparison in January 2015 the number of species recorded was 97.

8 species have been seen this January but not last - Egyptian Goose, Smew, Oystercatcher, Ruff, Yellow Legged Gull, Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler and Siskin.

However 6 species were seen last January but not this - Curlew, Redshank, Mediterranean Gull, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Stonechat.

We have had a great start to the year especially on the Reedbeds with up to 8 Cetti's Warblers and 4 Bearded Tits, lets hope we have no prolonged cold spell and both species could stay around into the breeding season.

For comparison some other inland sites totals to date are as follows:-

Lound, Nottinghamshire 105.
Swillington Ings, West Yorkshire 109.
Upton Warren, Worcestershire 85.
Potteric Carr, South Yorkshire ??.
Hatfield Moors, South Yorkshire ??.

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights; the female Goldeneye is still with us along with 5 pairs of Tufted Ducks. The Barn Owl was hunting from 16.35hrs to 17.05hrs. A male and female Tawny Owl were calling and 64 Yellowhammers came in to roost.
Just as it was getting dark a dog Fox started barking and 2 Snipe left the roost to feed.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 02.02.16

10 degrees, with 8/8 cloud and a very strong south westerly.
Anglers CP:  51 Goosanders were roosting tonight.  Barn Owl 1.
ACP Gull Roost was a poor show, with small numbers of birds coming in at dark. No notables picked up tonight.