Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Wintersett 23.07.19

A scorcher !   20 - 27 degrees with  sun and a light south easterly breeze.
Anglers CP: A Blacktailed Godwit,  a Common Sandpiper  and the first Teal of autumn  were on the shallows.  Oystercatcher 1.  An adult Hobby flew over late afternoon. 
Botany Bay: A young Little Grebe was calling.
Wintersett Res: Goldeneye 3.
Moorhouse Lane Big Pond: Great Crested Grebe 1 juvenile and 4 small young.  Little Grebe 2 small young.
Odonata MLPond: Four Spotted Chaser 3 
Lepidoptera: A Small Skipper,  a Small Tortoiseshell,  a Ringlet and a Brown Argus were on MLPonds.   Holly Blue 1 ACP..

Carlton Marsh

The highlights of ringing this morning were 6 Reed Warblers, 8 Blackcaps and 2 Willow Tits.
AVE6582 juv. wing 58mm, weight 10 grams SE3709. Colour ringed Orange over BTO ring right leg
Red left leg.
AVE6583 juv. wing 57mm, weight 10 grams SE3709. Orange over BTO ring right leg, Yellow left leg. 
Willow Tit  

Monday, 22 July 2019

The Edge 22/07/2019

Wombwell Ings  - Highlight was a calling Whimbrel that passed over west at 9.14am, landing briefly on the Fleet before continuing its' journey. Present were 9 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 24 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 35 Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 81 BH Gull, 3 Skylark, 4 Pied Wagtail, 6 Linnet and 1 Reed Bunting. Early morning Peter Kent also had 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 juv Yellow Wagtail.
The Fleet - Viewable from Wombwell Ings Hide were 25 Canada Geese, 1 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 16 Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover, 68 BH Gull, 3 LBB Gull and 2 Herring Gull. P. Kent also had 5+3juv Little Ringed Plover and 1 Oystercatcher.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+3y Mute Swan, c70 Greylag, 13 Canada Geese, 15+14y Tufted Duck, 13 Mallard, 9+16y Gadwall, 11 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 83 Coot, 9 Lapwing, c10 Snipe, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper and 2+3y LBB Gull. Peter Kent also had 2 Peregrine, 1 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Dunlin and 1 Redshank.
Bolton Ings - Highlight was a Bittern that flew in at 11.57am and landed on the front edge of the eastern pool. It flew off west towards Old Moor Rspb at 12.05pm.  On the open water were 18+4y Mute Swan, 29 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, 9+2y Little Grebe, 3+2y Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 4 Cormorant, 176+7y Coot, 12 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Herring Gull and 3 Common Tern. Also noticed were 2 Chiffchaff, 1 female Blackcap and 2 Linnet.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Local patch

Athersley Memorial Lake this afternoon Reed Warbler in full song.  Only second record here for me in 5 years of very frequent visits.

Carton Marsh

On the wader scrape this afternoon Adult Mediterranean Gull 16.06hrs (it left around 16.10hrs), Little Egret, 10 LBB Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls.
Also 3 broods of Tufted Duck on the marsh, Buzzard and Juv. Sparrowhawk.

Butterflies included Ringlet 10+, Gatekeeper 4, Red Admiral 1, Comma 5 (3 together on Bramble) GV White 2, Small White 2 and Large White 2.

 Adult Med Gull
 Alder Leaf Beetle larvae has decimated this Alder Tree
The beautiful Harebell 

Ewden valley 21/7/19.

3 hours at the shooting lodge started very steady but improved with a regular Hobby, possibly 2. Adult Peregrine and 2 Kestrels completed the falcons. C Buzzard 2, Raven 5, noisy adult pair of Stonechats at the s bend, 55 Swift south and just 1 Swallow. Meadow Pipit 25 with some still feeding young.

Wintersett + Ringing 21.07.19

17 - 21 degrees with sun, scattered cloud and a light south westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: Water Rail 1  and a Cetti's Warbler brood on west bank.   Oystercatcher 2 over.   Yellow Wagtail 1 over.  Goldeneye 2 male + 1 female.  Tufted Duck 124 (+CHRes).   Great Crested Grebe 48 + 4 CHRes + 4 ACP.  Common Tern 25.
Anglers CP: A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was on the shallows at 09.30hrs,  then left north with an unidentified but adult gull.  Greenfinch 41.
115 birds were ringed Wintersett Res.. Highlight were -  20 Blackcap.  4 Garden Warbler.  !0 Whitethroat.  9 Reed Warbler. 5 Sedge Warbler.  17 Chiffchaff.  7 Willow Warbler.  1 juvenile Cetti's Warbler.  2 Yellowhammer and the first Woodpigeon since 2004!

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull (unringed)  ACP    ASmith

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Wintersett + VisMig + Mammals 20.07.19

15 - 17 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a westerly breeze.
Anglers CP VisMig: 07.50 - 12.50hrs A good movement of Swift with 950 south this morning.
Anglers CP: 3 young Black-headed Gulls have fledged from the new raft.  Peregrine 1 pale juvenile.  Sand Martin 70.  Lapwing 150.
Wintersett Res:  Common Tern 20 + 3 juveniles. Common Sandpiper 2.  Goldeneye 2 male + 1 female.  Great Crested Grebe 40 + 4 ACP + 4 CHRes..  Tufted Duck 52 + 4 ACP.  Pochard 3.  Mallard 161 + 12 ACP.
Overnight Mammal Trapping at Anglers CP with Friends of HPWood and Wintersett revealed:11 Wood Mice.  14 Bank Voles.  1 Field Vole and 2 Common Shrew.

Colour Ringed juvenile Peregrine  over ACP   PMeredith
Wood Mouse  Anglers CP     ASmith

Friday, 19 July 2019

Carlton Marsh

A walk around this afternoon saw a juv. Grey Wagtail on the main scrape and a juv Garganey (the first for 4 years) on the wader scrape. Also of note 2 Kingfishers, Little Egret, Teal, 6 LBB Gulls and 200+ BH. Gulls (one with a white Darvic ring (right leg) and one with a BTO ring. 6 Lapwing, 2 Jays and at least 2 Willow Tits calling amongst a Tit flock.
Despite the rain a Clouded Border morth was active.

 Juv Garganey
 A daily visitor to the wader scrape
 Red-tailed Bumble Bee (I think)
Darvic-ringed BH Gull

The Edge 19/07/2019

Wombwell Ings - Present were 10 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 21 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 1 Moorhen, 42 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 41 BH Gull, 1 juv Yellow Wagtail and 5 Linnet.
The Fleet - Viewable from Wombwell Ings Hide were 51 Greylag, 5 Canada Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 58 BH Gull and 4+ Skylark. Early morning, Peter Kent also had 70+ Herring Gull, 40+ LBB Gull and 1 Yellow Legged Gull.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+3y Mute Swan, 41 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 12+14y Mallard, 11+15y Gadwall, 9+10y Tufted Duck, 6+1y Little Grebe, 98 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 19 Lapwing, 10 Snipe, and 33+3y LBB Gull. Early morning, P. Kent also had 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl and 1 Common Tern.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 17+3y Mute Swan, 16 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 82 Gadwall, 9 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 5+2y Little Grebe, 4+3y Great Crested Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 178+5y Coot, 1 Moorhen, 6BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Wintersett + Pics 18.07.19

16 - 20 degrees with sun, scattered cloud and a light westerly.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 20.  Grey Wagtail 1 over.  Goldeneye 2 1st Summer males and 1 female.  Pochard 4.  A brood of young Cetti's Warblers were on the north bank.
Anglers CP: Yellow-legged Gull 1 2nd summer.  Arctic Tern 1 juvenile.  Common Sandpiper 1.  Redshank 1.  Lapwing 170.   4 Meadow Pipits were singing in the banck fields.    Hobby 2 flew over high.
Lepidoptera W.Res: Small Tortoiseshell 1 north bank.  Small Skipper 6 east bank WRes..

   One of the Common Terns seems to have an issue with its upper mandible.
WRes.   SDenny

Wintersett + Vis Mig 16.07.19

17 - 21 degrees with sun and scattered cloud and a light westerly.
Anglers CP + Vis Mig:  per Graham Speight.  Black necked Grebe juvenile still present. 
Little Gull 7 adults went south at 08.40,   Green Sandpiper 1, Common Sandpiper  1,  Curlew 1 flew east,  Snipe 1 flew north west,  Lapwing 130.  Greenfinch 30. Oystercatcher 3.  A Hobby flew over east. Tufted Duck 7 very small young.
Wintersett Res: Pochard 4. Goldeneye 1 female.  Common Tern 8.
45 Birds were ringed ACP this morning:  Chiffchaff 9.  Willow Warbler 1.  Blackcap 17.  Garden Warbler 6.  Whitethroat 1.  Lesser Whitethroat 1.  Reed Warbler 5.
Lepidoptera: Holly Blue 1MLPond.  

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Wintersett + Insects 17.07.19

16 - 20 degrees with sun,  scattered cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Yellow Wagtail 1 over.
37 Birds were ringed WRes: 3 juvenile Cetti's Warbler (2m + 1f).  4 Blackcap.  3 Whitethroat.  2 Reed Warbler.  1 Sedge Warbler.  4 Chiffchaff.  4 Willow Warbler.  5 Reed Bunting.
Odonata: Common Hawker 1 male on west bank ACP.
Lepidoptera: Small Skipper 1 west bank ACP. 
Overnight moth trapping highlights:  Pine Hawk Moth 3.  Oak Eggar 1 female.  Dingy Footman 2.  Scarce Footman 5.  Dingy Shears 1. 

Carlton Marsh

Not much time today busy showing Yorkshire in Bloom judge around the site with Keith Bannister, Rod Heeley, RJ Boland, Pete Wall and council officials. However, we did hear Buzzard and there were 3 very young broods of Tufted Ducks totalling 17 young.

A male Southern Hawker was patrolling its territory and the judge couldn't help seeing and picking up on the wonderful aroma of Ladies Bedstraw, Hedge Bedstraw, Wild Marjoram and Musk Mallow, to name a few, along the disused railway embankment. 

 Dead Man's Fingers (Xylaria polymorpha) on a dead tree stump in the car park
(Dave Smith)

Les Corral had a visit from a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in his garden this afternoon, it was feeding on Buddleja.

Silkstone wagonway 17/7/19.

Dipper on stream at sewage farm looked in ad plumage but appeared to be without a tail. 2 Little Owls at nest hole.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Wintersett + Insects 15.07.19

17 - 21 degrees with sun, scattered cloud and light south easterly.
Anglers CP: The juvenile Black-necked Grebe still present off the north east bank.  A Black-tailed Godwit and a Redshank were on the shallows.  Oystercatcher 2.   Mallard 1 small young + 2 small young. Grey Wagtail 1.
Wintersett Res: Mallard 73 + 3 Botany Bay + 13 ACP.    A Hobby flew over. 
Botany Bay: Willow Tit 1.
Moorhouse Lane Ponds: Gadwall 1 female + 9 medium young. 
Reptiles: 2 Terrapins ( 1 Red-eared) on NE corner WRes..
Lepidoptera: Small Tortoiseshell 1  ACP. 
Odonata: Four Spotted Chaser 1 Botany Bay.   A male Lesser Emperor was on ML Skimmer Pond at 11.35hrs.  A male Red-veined Darter was off the north east bank ACP at 12.40hrs. 

The Edge 15/07/2019

Wombwell Ings - Present were 4 Mute Swan, 17 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk,  41 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 39 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 12 Linnet and 3 Reed Bunting.
The Fleet - Viewable from Wombwell Ings Hide were 1 Mute Swan, 41 Greylag, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 3 Lapwing, 2+1y Little Ringed Plover, 71 BH Gull, 7 LBB Gull, 7 Herring Gull and 3 Skylark.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+3y Mute Swan, 31 Canada Geese, 15+7y Tufted Duck, 12+26y Gadwall, 11+9y Mallard, 8+1y Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 83+5y Coot, 8 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 1+3y LBB Gull, 60+ Swift and 2juv Yellow Wagtail.
TPT- 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat and 1 Chiffchaff.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 17+3y Mute Swan, 5 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 64 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 7+3y Little Grebe, 4+3y Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 161+9y Coot and 1 Common Tern. Also present were 2 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, and 1 Kingfisher.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Wintersett Weekend + Ringing + Insects + Pics 13.07.19 and 14.07.19

 SATURDAY 13.07.19
13 to 19 degrees, mainly cloudy with a light northerly.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1.  Oystercatcher 2.  A Curlew flew west at 11.02 hrs.   Lapwing 152 0n the shallows.
Wintersett Res: Great Crested Grebe 22 + 12 ACP + 2 CHRes..  Pochard 2.  Goldeneye 3.
Cold Hiendley Res: Tufted Duck 116.
Haw Park Wood: Nuthatch 1 + 1 in Willow Wood, WRes..
48 birds were ringed: Highlights were:- 17 Willow Warbler.  15 Chiffchaff.  7 Blackcap. 1 Whitethroat  and 3 Reed Warbler.
Insects: A Lunar Hornet Moth  was on the Pol ACP.  15+ Purple Hairstreak butterflies were flying over oaks on Haw Park Lane early evening.    2 Ichneumons were photographed at WRes.  Any Help with ID appreciated.

Possibly    Diphyus quadripunctorius  WRes.  PMeredith
Possibly   Ichneumon sarcitorius   WRes.  PMeredith
SUNDAY 14.07.19
14 - 19 degrees,  cloudy with hazy,  sunny spells and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP: An adult and a juvenile Black-necked Grebe were off the east bank.

Wintersett Res: Kingfisher 1.  Goldeneye 3.  Oystercatcher 2.
Moorhouse Lane Ponds: A Yellow Wagtail flew over, calling.  A Great Crested Grebe with a 2nd brood of 3 small young  + 1 large young from the 1st brood. 
40 Birds were ringed: Willow Warbler 6.  Chiffchaff 13.  Blackcap 5.  Whitethroat 4.  Lesser Whitethroat 1.  Reed Warbler 7.  Goldcrest 1.
Insects: 2 Lunar Hornet Moths on west bank WRes.

Juvenile and adult Black-necked Grebe      ACP  PMeredith
              Adult Black-necked Grebe      ACP      SDenny
Juvenile Black-necked Grebe      ACP      SDenny
A Sedge Warbler hopping around on the shore, taking flies    ACP   PMeredith

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Carlton Marsh

Last nights moth session with Dave Smith produced 36 species and included 'The Suspected', which was new to the list. Also of note The Miller, Dingy Shears, Engrailed, Double Lobed and White Satin.
At least 6 Pipistrelle and 2 Noctule Bats were feeding over us.

 The Suspected (CG)
 The Miller (CG)
 Dryad's Saddle (Dave Smith)
Bolbitius vitellinus (Dave Smith)

5 Little Egrets were on the wader scrape this morning (Keith Bannister)

Male and female Thick Legged Flower Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) were found this afternoon (Chris Parkin).

Ewden valley 12/7/19.

A lot quieter than expected and slow in the stiff nw wind. Biggest surprise was a party of 3 Sand Martins south. Swift 6 south, Stonechat 6+, Raven 7+, Meadow Pipit 25+ some feeding young, Stock Dove 1. Very steady for raptors with ad. Hobby the best, C Buzzard 1, Kestrel 3.