Monday, 18 June 2018

The Edge 18/06/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 18 Mute Swan, 22 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 8 Coot, 6 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 31 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 4+ Skylark, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 36+9y Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 24 Gadwall, 21 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 6+2y Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 34+2y Coot, 9 Lapwing, 1 Redshank and 1 LBB Gull.
TPT - Singing males 7 Blackcap, 6 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff and 1 Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 18 Tufted Duck, 7+1y Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe and 71+45y Coot. Also present were 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Reed Bunting.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Wintersett 17.06.18

15 - 17 degrees with sunny spells,  scattered cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Herring Gull 12 south.  A curlew flew east at 14.45hrs.
Wintersett Res: 2 singing male Cetti's Warblers - west bank and ruin.
Wintersett Res.Ringing per Becky Bailey:
24 new birds were ringed this morning; starring 3 juvenile Blackcaps,  3 adult Reed Warblers, a juvenile Whitethroat, a juvenile Chiffchaff,  2 adult Willow Warblers (already in wing moult) and flocks of both Great and Blue Tits.

Low Moor / Ewden valley 17/6/18.

Steady at both sites and cool for mid June. One hour spent at Low Moor with Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel 2, 5 displaying Snipe showed well, 4 LBB Gulls. Ewden, - 1 hour at the cabin and return had Peregrine, C Buzzard 7, included 6 together, Sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 1. Ring Ouzel 2, Raven 10+ included a party of 9. Golden Plover 3, Meadow Pipit total 64, Swift 5.

Carlton Marsh

Wildfowl counts today were Mute Swan 2 ad + 2yg, Canada Goose 6 ad + 14 yg, Greylag 6 ad + 7 yg, Herring Gull 22 imm. LBB Gull 2 imm, Tufted Duck 4m 2f, Mallard 23 ad +16 young, Gadwall 12 ad + 17 yg, Heron 1, Cormorant 1, Kingfisher 1, Coot 14 ad + 22 yg, Dabchick 1 singing male.
Also of note Cuckoo singing (some Sussex tagged birds have already departed to France),  Buzzard, Cetti's Warbler and Grasshopper Warbler singing in the western meadow. Family groups of Coal Tit, Great Tit and Willow Tit were moving through the canopy. The latter near the wader scrape.

Butterflies included Red Admiral and our first Meadow Brown of the year.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Wintersett WeBS June 2018


Here are the June 2018  WeBS totals for the Wintersett Area.

Mute Swan 23 + 9 young   Canada Goose 95 + 5 young   Greylag Goose 40   Canada X Greylag Goose 1   Cormorant 3   Coot 74   Moorhen 5   Mallard 69   Gadwall 46   Wigeon 1 f.   Little Grebe 1   Great Crested Grebe 16   Oystercatcher 2 + 1 juv.   Lapwing 11   Grey Heron 1.

Wintersett 16.06.18

14 - 17 degrees with scattered cloud and a light westerly breeze.  A 30 minute, heavy thunderstorm late afternoon.
Wintersett Res:  A Cuckoo was heard early morning. 
Cold Hiendley Res:  Mallard young  10 small +  2 small +  5 large.  Also 7 medium young Botany Bay.
Anglers CP: Wigeon 1 female.  Sand Martin 1.  Common Tern 1,  Little Grebe 1,  Oystercatcher 1 fledged young.
Mammal:  Water Shrew 1 dead south west corner WRes
Lepidoptera ACP: Ringlet  1 - first of the year.  Red Admiral 1.  Painted Lady 1,  Large Skipper 2 + 1 WRes..
Odonata: Broad-bodied Chaser 1 male.

Carlton Marsh

A couple of hours this morning saw 56 Herring, 19 L.B.B. Gulls and a new brood of 6 Coot on the wader scrape. On the main marsh Buzzard, Gt. Spot. W. Pecker, Mute Swan 2 plus 2 Cygnets, kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, Garden Warbler and a new brood of 17 Gadwall (yes 17 all the same size with one female)!
A Grasshopper Warbler was 'reeling' on the western meadow and a single Willow Tit jumped briefly out of cover, too quick to see if it was colour ringed.
We haven't seen Pink Footed Goose since the 7th, are there any still in the Dearne Valley?

Pink Footed Goose 31/5/18 (Richard Laverack)

Friday, 15 June 2018

Wintersett 15.06.18

Up to 17 degrees, sunny with scattered, but increasing cloud,  and a westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: 2 Black-headed Gulls were sitting on the large new raft.  Common Tern 2.  Little Grebe 1 adult. 
Wintersett Res: 3m Cetti's Warblers were heard - Botany road,  east bank and west bank.  4 juvenile Whitethroats were on the west bank.
Botany Paddock: Lesser Whitethroat 1 pair.
Cold Hiendley Res: 4 juvenile Grey Herons were together on the north bank. 

Old Royston Flash: Lapwing - 2 large flying juveniles + at least 1 very small young.  Yellow Wagtail 1 female.

Lepidoptera: Red Admiral 1 south east corner WRes.. 
Odonata: A Brown Hawker on the east bank WRes. was the first of the year.

one for Cliff

After our conversation a couple of days ago Cliff - the Athersley lake produced a Common Tern today for the second time in 4 years!  Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler still singing but not Reed Warbler.  Mother Mallard now has 10 well grown ducklings.

The Edge 15/06/2019

Warbler Way -Singing males included 11 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Cettis Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Song Thrush.
Bolton Ings - Highlight was a Cuckoo that gave a brief view on the power lines at 9.45am before flying towards Bolton west end. On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 16 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 6+9y Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 3+1y Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 52+21y Coot, 4 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. The first young Black Headed Gull of the year was seen flying over the east pool. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Woodpecker and 2 Bullfinch.
Wombwell Ings - Present were 19 Mute Swan, 7 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 94+9y Gadwall, 11+5y Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 13 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 6 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 15 BH Gull, 3+ Skylark, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail,1 Sedge Warbler and 3 Linnet. 20+ House Martin were busy collecting mud from the front edge of the flash.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 26+9y Canada Geese, 11 Greylag, 1 Bar Headed Goose, 17 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 5+2y Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 37+4y Coot, 2 Moorhen, 12 Lapwing and 1 Redshank.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Wintersett 14.06.18

17 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a very strong and gusty westerly wind. (Storm Hector)
Anglers CP: The fledged young Oystercatcher flew between islands.   The feisty 1st summer Back-headed Gull, on the island in front of the hide, has hatched a chick.  Gadwall 23.  Cormorant 4.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 1.   Mallard 4 fledged young.    2 Great Crested Grebe nests were swamped by waves due to the high winds.
Cold Hiendley Res: Several Coot nests were swamped by waves.


1st Summer Black-headed Gull with chick    ACP     ASmith

The Edge 14/06/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 19 Mute Swan, 1 Shelduck, 56+9y Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Coot, 4 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 18 BH Gull, 3 Skylark, 1 Pied Wagtail and 3 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 31+9y Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 1 Bar Headed Goose, 22 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 8+2y Little Grebe, 28+3y Coot, 5 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 1 Red Legged Partridge and 1 LBB Gull.
TPT -  Singing males 6 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 17 Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 5+6y Mallard, 4+1y Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 44+17y Coot, 2 Cormorant and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 2 LBB Gull and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Barnside Moor, Mortimer road/ Gill Royd lane junction.

Rather windy but churring began at 9-40 pm. Nightjar 3, Woodcock 2.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

Our resident Mute Swans are the proud parents of 2 Cygnets! A Drake Teal, 75 Herring Gulls and 12 L.B.B. Gulls were on the wader scrape. 2 Peregrine Falcons were seen nearby. 3 Yellow Buntings and 3 Garden Warblers were singing.
Did anybody see our mate Vivien Hartwell on Springwatch tonight tracking Starlings?

Insects include Large Skipper, Large White and Red Admiral, the first of the year, 3 Banded Demoiselle, Emperor and Cinnabar Moth.

Littleworth Park- Monk Bretton
Ringlet 1, Small Heath 82, Common Blue 56, Large Skipper 23 and Meadow Brown 57. Also Banded Demoiselle, 5 & 6 Spot Burnet Moths and Bee Orchid (Chris Parkin).

Wintersett 13.06.18

Up to 17 degrees with sun,  4/8 cloud and a light south westerly.  A quiet day.
Anglers CP:  Oystercatcher 4 adults + 1 large young.  Gadwall 17.  Yellow Wagtail 1.

The Edge 13/06/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 19 Mute Swan, 4 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 82+9y Gadwall, 11+4y Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 3 Grey Heron, 12 Coot, 6 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 3 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Linnet and 1 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 38 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 1 Bar Headed Goose, 21 Tufted Duck, 13 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 5+2y Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 35+3y Coot, 2 Moorhen, 12 Lapwing and 1 Redshank.
TPT - Singing males 6 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Sedge Warbler. Also seen were 1 Buzzard and 1 Sparrowhawk.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 15+4y Mallard, 13 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 3+2y Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 65+31y Coot and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Bittern( flew from east to west corner along front edge of eastern pool at 12.36pm), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Common Tern, 1 Lapwing and 2 Bullfinch.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Wintersett 12.06.18

11 -17 degrees with 4/8 cloud,  a sprinkle of drizzle and a, light north easterly.
Anglers CP: A Red Kite flew over Wintersett village at 10.45hrs
Cold Hiendley Res: Gadwall 3.  Mallard young  4 very small + 4 medium/large  + 6 large + 5 large.  

The Edge 12/06/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 19 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Greylag, 96+8y Gadwall, 26+6y Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 10 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 7 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 16 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 5 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler,  3 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 21 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 1 Bar Headed Goose, 23 Tufted Duck, 7 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5+2y Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Barn Owl (hunting over Clegg's Meadow and the tip mid morning), 33+3y Coot, 1 Moorhen, 6 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher and 1 Dunlin.
TPT- Singing males 7 Blackcap, 6 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat and 1 Song Thrush.
Bolton Ings - Highlight was the Bittern that dropped into the reedbed on the northern shore at 12.10pm. On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 16 Tufted Duck, 10m+3f  Pochard (+ broods of 9and 6), 10+6y Mallard, 4+5y Gadwall, 2+2y Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 52+22y Coot and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Tern, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Jay.

Old Moor Sofa

An update on the number of species recorded in the Old Moor Area this year, at the end of April the total was 153.

A further 9 species were added in May as follows - Whinchat on 3rd (154), Ruff on 4th (155), Sanderling on 8th (156), Spoonbill on 14th (157), Glossy Ibis on 15th (158), Red Necked Phalarope on 19th (159), Black Tern on 24th (160), Temmincks Stint on 26th (161) and finally Grey Plover on 29th (162).

At the end of May 2015 the total was 144 and at the end of May 2016 the total was 156 therefore a lot better than 2015 and slightly up on 2016.

A further 10 species were seen up to the end of May in those two years but not seen this year - Red Necked Grebe, Egyptian Goose, Red Crested Pochard, Red Footed Falcon, Turnstone, Laughing Gull, Little Tern, Alpine Swift, Spotted Flycatcher and Rock Pipit.

A fairly "standard" May after an average March and April, a purple patch mid to late month with Spoonbill, long staying Glossy Ibis, Red Necked Phalarope for three days and Temmincks Stint certainly made a visit worthwhile. However the general opnion was still of a poor spring with low numbers of summer visitors and vitually no wader passage with Turnstone absent for probably the first time ever although the species count at 162 is probably the highest ever count at the end of May. A very confusing year 2018 is turning out to be.

For comparison some other inland sites totals are as follows:- Swillington Ings, West Yorkshire 163, Upton Warren, Worcestershire 133 and Potteric Carr, South Yorkshire 144.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

An evening visit produced the following - Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, 10 Herring Gulls, drake Teal, 11 Canada Goose and 8 Greylag goslings, 2 juv. Kingfishers, Gadwall with 7 young, and a new Garden warbler. That's 4 males singing from their respective territories.

Carrs Lane, Cudworth (reference Sand Martins)
Ziggy, Pete Wall has been to see the site manager of the Barratts Salters Brook housing development. The site manager James Swan and supervisor Dominic Pickard have given Pete an assurance that the Sand Martin colony will be protected during their breeding cycle and seem happy to do this. Their co-operation in this matter is much appreciated.