Saturday, 2 August 2014

Old Moor Nocturnal Report - Friday 1st August

Mere - Green Sandpiper 1, Barnacle Goose 1.

Wader Scrape - Common Sandpiper 3.

Main Marsh - Mute Swan 19. Wigeon 2, Lapwing 530, Oystercatcher 6, Dunlin 1 adult, Green Sandpiper 2, Snipe 3, Common Tern 1 adult + 1 juv, Kestrel 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Green Woodpecker 1.

Roost in willows on Willow Pool - Grey Heron 5, Cormorant 7, Little Egret 16, Great White Egret 1.

The Great White Egret dropped into the roost at 20.21, it came in from up the valley.

The Little Egrets came in as follows - 6 already in, 1 at 19.05, 3 at 19.56, 1 at 20.05, 3 at 20.31, 1 at 20.40 and finally 1 at 20.53. We thought we might break the record tonight but failed miserably, our optimism was based on the numbers seen in the valley during the day. At 10.45 there were 2 on the Main Marsh, 16 at Adwick, 2 at Edderthorpe and 7 at Denaby making a grand total of 27 birds. Obviously not all the Egrets are roosting at Old Moor, the most suitable other roost site is Denaby, does anyone have any evidence of a roost at Denaby? All the Little Egrets we saw fly in tonight came in from down the valley - Adwick?

As I was leaving tonight a Tawny Owl was perched on the Cafe Balcony at the Visitor Centre.


Friday, 1 August 2014

Low Cudworth

Richard Laverack sent these recent photos of Little Owl and Tawny Owl



recently

The Edge 1st Aug

Wombwell Ings mid AM-The dead hawthorn bush next to the park gate  entrance is worth checking. This morning it had 20+ Goldfinch, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat and 2 Willow Warbler. Also on the Ings were 4 Grey Heron, 157 Greylag, 121 Canada Geese, 118 Mallard, 18 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 50+ Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 74 BH Gull, 5 young Grey Partridge, 6 Linnet, 7+ Pied Wagtail and 4+ Yellow Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash late AM-  Noted were 2 Cormorant, 26 Little Grebe, 1 Black Necked Grebe, 1 juv Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mute Swan + 2 juv, 37 Mallard, 31 Gadwall, 18 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler,1 Pochard, 6+ Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail and c60 Sand Martin.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM- On the open water were 10 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 5a+1juv Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mute Swan +4 juv, 36 Gadwall, 11a+5y Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 6 Shoveler, 6 Teal, 2 Pochard, 1 Wigeon and 17 BH Gull. Also present were 2 Grey Heron, 27 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 LBB Gull and 3 Bullfinch.

Wintersett - Yorkshire Day 01.08.14

Up to 20°C warm with 8/8 cloud,  and a brief light shower mid morning. 
Wintersett Res: 400 Swallows left the roost at dawn.  Yellow-legged Gull adult (Psycho).  
Anglers CP Vis. Mig.  Swift 190 SW and Black-tailed Godwit 2 over, left east,
Anglers CP: Common Tern 3 and Grey Wagtail 4 juveniles. 

Adwick am)

Little Egret 16, Heron 5, Black t Godwit 4, LRP 1, Dunlin 1, Snipe 6, Grey Partridge 5, Little Owl 1, Greenfinch 3 (feeding  along central path with around 40 House Sparrows), Yellow Wagtail 4.

Edderthorpe, Friday morning

Lots of wildfowl to look through on the Flash;- Shoveler 14, Mallard 460, Gadwall 127, Teal 14, but I can't find anything different amongst them. Little Egret 1, Little Grebe 17. Not many waders still but then again there weren't yesterday morning either and then a few were seen later in the day;- this morning - Green Sandpiper 1, Common Sandpiper 5, Oystercatcher 1, Ringed Plover 6, Dunlin 3.

Old Moor Nocturnal Report - Thursday 31st July

Mere - Green Sandpiper 2, Common Sandpiper 2.

Wader Scrape - Barnacle Goose 1.

Main Marsh - Mute Swan 19, Wigeon 1, Lapwing c250, Oystercatcher 5, Black Tailed Godwit 4, Green Sandpiper 2, Snipe 1, Kestrel 1.

Roost in willows on Willow Pool - Grey Heron 5, Cormorant 8, Little Egret 13, Great White Egret 1.

The Little Egrets came in as follows - 2 already in, 1 at 19.54, 2 at 20.09, 1 at 20.10, 3 at 20.15, 2 at 20.18, 1 at 20.35 and finally 1 at 21.15. Of the 11 Egrets I saw come in 10 came from down the valley and 1 from up the valley.

The main news tonight was the Great White Egret which had been present all day (I think), while I was in the Field Pool West hide tonight I saw the Great White flying towards the willows on the Willow Pool. However there was no sign of it from any of the hides and we weren't sure if it had gone to roost or not? Then at 21.15 it flew out of the willows had a fly round and then flew back in. Hopefully it will still be with us tomorrow.

There was a dead adult Lesser Black Back on the breeding island tonight, don't know if it was one of the pair or more lunch?

Thursday, 31 July 2014

More Hall & Broomhead

More Hall Reservoir - 9 Greylag Geese, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Coot.
Broomhead Reservoir - 1 creamcrown Marsh Harrier.

Wintersett 31.07.14

17°C, warm but cloudy with a light south westerly.
Anglers CP:  A Whimbrel dropped onto the rocks, very briefly at 09.38hrs.  It left north when flushed by BH Gulls.   Yellow-legged Gull 1adult and Common Gull 1.  Common Tern 2 adults.  Grey Wagtail 2.  Tufted Duck 2 vs young ACP,  1 female + 2m/L young WHall, 1 female + 2s/m young CHRes and 6 L/Fl young WRes..
Hare Park: Buzzard 3 and Swift 70.
Cold Hiendley Res: Willow Tit 1,  Goldeneye 1 female, Pochard 1 and Mallard 3 young.
This afternoon we had a jaunt to the Dearne Valley and saw the Great White Egret on Bolton Ings briefly, before it returned to Wath Ings.

Great White Egret     Wath Ings from hide.       ASmith

Summert un nowt

Winscar Reservoir - 21 Canada Geese, 64 Mallards, 1 Kestrel and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
Broadstone Reservoir - 8 Mallards, 1 Kestrel and 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 1 Canada Goose, 105 Mallards, 24 Tufted Ducks,1 Grey Heron, 5 Little Grebes, 2 Great Crested Grebes + 1 y, 9 Moorhens and 23 Coots.
Gunthwaite Dam - 27 Mallards, 7 (4 juveniles & 3 adults) Grey Heron, 3 Moorhens + 3 young and a pair of Coots + 1 young.
Castle Dam - 21 Mallards + a brood of 4 small ducklings, 4 Moorhens and 15 Coots.
Roughbirchworth Common - 300+ Jackdaws and 15+ Rooks.

The Edge 31st July

Wombwell Ings mid AM- Present were 5 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 174 Canada Geese, 123 Greylag, 102 Mallard, 18 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 29+ Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 61 BH Gull, 1 Greater Spoted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6+ Pied Wagtail, 4+ Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail and 3 Linnet. 1 Garganey +2 Little Ringed Plover seen early AM by J.Hewitt.
Broomhill Flash late AM-  Noted were 26+ Little Grebe, 1 Black Necked Grebe, 2 Mute Swan + 2 juv, 56 Gadwall, 21 Mallard, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard. 3 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Barn Owl and c60 Sand Martin.
Bolton Ings early PM- Highlight was the Great White Egret. Got the closest view from Warbler Way when it was on Wath Ings.   It left Wath Ings about 1.30pm for the Bolton Ings west pool but the dense vegetation  prevented its relocation. Fortunately for the few souls who ventured down the TPT to the Cormorant Hide, it flew onto the east pool but after a few minutes it flew back to Wath Ings. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 9 Little Grebe, 4a+1y Great Crested Grebe, 3 Mute Swan + 11 juv, 13 Canada Geese, 12 Greylag, 69 Gadwall, 13 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 4 Mallard, 17 BH Gull, 2a+1juv LBB Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Oystercatcher and 18 Lapwing
Great White Egret on Wath Ings - from Warbler Way


Edderthorpe Flash 31st July

This morning, 1 Turnstone, 4 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Curlew.Re Ivan Martin.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Edge 30th July

Wombwell Ings mid AM- Highlight was the juvenile Peregrine which came a-hunting at 9.22am. Having no joy chasing BH Gulls and Lapwing it started flying low over the water . A young Moorhen inadvisedly took flight and was immediately caught by the Peregrine. It flew with its load towards the shore but any hopes of photos were dashed when it landed out of view behind some juncus grass, its presence marked  by a mad dash of 10+ Mallard for the safety of the open water. Surprisingly, it emerged less than two minutes later and began to harry the birds before making its exit north over Darfield Church. Probably just had  a quick snack  of the Moorhen's brain. Ah summertime and the living is easy ( for some! ). Also present were 4 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan,  118 Canada Geese, 65 Greylag, 62 Mallard, 21 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Garganey, 45+ Lapwing, 56 BH Gull, 5 Linnet, 3+ Pied Wagtail and 1 Skylark.
Broomhill Flash late AM- Noted were 32+ Little Grebe, 1 Black Necked Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 6 Mute Swan +2 juv, 48 Gadwall, 23 Mallard, 19 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 6+ Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 2a+3juv LBB Gull, 2 Red Legged Partridge and 1 Barn Owl( box at  top of Clegg's Meadow).
Bolton Ins late AM/early PM- On the open water were 9 Little Grebe, 5a+2y Great Crested Grebe, 1Mute Swan +2 juv, 96 Gadwall, 16a+5y Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 8 Pochard, 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 2a+3juv LBB Gull and 13 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 7 Cormorant, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Grey Wagtail.
Green Woodpecker - Bolton Ings

Old Moor Nocturnal Report - Tuesday 29th July

Mere - Green Sandpiper 2, Common Sandpiper 2.

Field Pool - Green Sandpiper 1.

Main Marsh - Mute Swan 19, Wigeon 1, Oystercatcher 3, Lapwing c350, Black Tailed Godwit 4, Green Sandpiper 2, Barn Owl 1.

Roost in willows on Willow Pool - Grey Heron 5, Cormorant 9, Little Egret 15.

There were 9 Little Egrets already into roost (the Teatime team) before I arrived and another 6 came in as follows - 2 at 20.25, 1 at 20.51, 1 at 20.54, 1 at 21.20 and finally 1 at 21.32. All the 6 birds came in from down the valley.

Wintersett 30.07.14

Cool and cloudy start, but up to 19°C by midday, with a westerly breeze.
Anglers CP:  A  Wheatear  was on the north bank, also 2 Grey Wagtails. The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull flew in mid morning, as did 2 adult Common Terns.   Green Woodpecker 1,  Teal 1, Little Grebe 1, Great Crested Grebe 18, House Martin 50, Sand Martin 20 and  Swift 6. 
Cold Hiendley Res:There are lots of Tufted Duck in wing moult  here and on ACP.  Tufted broods: 2 vs ACP + 6L WRes..   Great Crested Grebe broods  5 s/m + 1fl + 1m + 1L + 1s/m..  Pochard 1.

Wheatear                               PMeredith





The reason the shallows were quiet ....              Lynz Harston

Ingbirhworth & Midhope

Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 3 Canada Geese, 63 Mallards, 21 Tufted Ducks, Little Grebe + 2 young, Great Crested Grebe + 1 young, 6 Moorhens, 18 Coots, 10+ Swifts and c100 Swallows.
Midhope Reservoir - 14 Mallards, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 1 Lapwing, 7 Little Grebes (including well-grown young).
Broomhead Reservoir - 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Moorhens and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Carlton Marsh

A ringing session tonight provided 13 new birds and 2 retraps that included 9 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap and 1 Garden Warbler. A juv Tawny Owl was calling at dusk.

Earlier Chris Parkin counted 222 Peacock butterflies, 5 Red Admirals and a Large Wainscot Moth was of note.

The Edge 29th July

Wombwell Ings mid AM- Present were 7 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 91 Greylag, 11 Canada Geese, 49 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 1 Garganey, 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 108 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Kestrel. 3+ Yellow Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail,1 Skylark and 6 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash late AM- Noted were 29 Little Grebe, 1 Black Necked Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan +2 juv, 51 Gadwall, 21 Tufted Duck, 8 Shoveler, 6 Teal, 2 LBB Gull, 5 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper,and 1 Barn Owl.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM- On the open water were 11 Little Grebe, 4a+1y Great Crested Grebe, 3 Mute Swan+8 Juv, 21 Greylag, 49 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard and  13 BH Gull . Also present were 8 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Kestrel and 3 Kingfisher.

Old Moor Nocturnal Report - Monday 28th July

Mere - Green Sandpiper 4, Common Sandpiper 2.

Wader Scrape - Common Sandpiper 5, Black Tailed Godwit 1.

Main Marsh - Mute Swan 21, Wigeon 1, Oystercatcher 10, Lapwing c500, Black Tailed Godwit 2, Dunlin 1, Common Tern 1, Barn Owl 1, Kestrel 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Kingfisher 1, Green Woodpecker 1.

Roost in willows on Willow Pool - Grey Heron 1, Cormorant 10, Little Egret 21.

Couldn't quite break the Little Egret record tonight, no times or directions either. By the time I got to the Wader Scrape at 19.40 there were already 11 Egrets tucked up in the willows and they had increased to 14 by Wath Ings. Another 7 came in mostly from down the valley with the last 1 at approx. 21.10.


Wintersett 29.07.14

No blog yesterday due to another successful jaunt. This time for Pacific Golden Plover at Middleton Lakes, Staffs.
19°C,  hot and sunny first thing but clouded over mid morning with a light westerly.
Anglers CP:  A juvenile Cuckoo flew into vegetation near the main hide at 11.08hrs.  A 2nd summer Yellow-legged Gull flew SW at 10.45hrs.  Oystercatcher 1,  Pochard 2,  Cormorant 6, Tufted Duck 4 vs young and Willow Tit 1.