Friday, 20 April 2018

Carlton Marsh

A drake Shoveler was on the main scrape and a Little Egret, 9 Herring Gulls and 2 LBB Gulls were on the wader scrape. Cetti's Warbler sang near the hide and 3 Rooks (1 west & 2 north are unusual for this site). Willow Tits called from two sites.

Wintersett 20.04.18

13 - 17 degrees,  sun with scattered cloud and a cool north westerly breeze.
Anglers CP:  A Dunlin was on the shallows.  A singing Lesser Whitethroat was on the Pol and another was on the north bank WRes..   A male Whitethroat was on the north bank + 1 on the Disposal Point.  A Green Woodpecker was in Hare Park + 1 on the Disposal Point. Wigeon 1m + 2 f.  Goldeneye 3 + 3 WRes.. Shoveler 1..
Wintersett Res: A Sedge Warbler was on the west bank.  A male Whitethroat was on the west bank.  5 singing male Cetti's Warblers  were heard/seen this morning: north bank,  south east bank,  west bank, ruin area and boathouse reeds.  A Grey Wagtail was on the spillway.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Carlton Marsh

Phew 26.3c recorded in the shade in my garden today! New in at the marsh, on the wader scrape, Little Ringed Plover, and 2 Sand Martins north. 20 Herring Gulls and a Little Egret were also in evidence. A BTO ringed Willow Tit sang from that area and a Peregrine was resting nearby. (Richard Laverack/CG)

Storrs Mill 
Orange Tip 4, GV. White 2, Brimstone 4.
Grass Snake, Buzzard, Grey Wagtail (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett Scorchio! 19.04.17

13 - 23 degrees with sun and a very light south westerly. The warmest Yorkshire April day since records began.
Anglers CP: Lesser Whitethroat 1 Pol + 1 ruin area, WRes..   Snipe 1.  Wigeon 1 m + 1 f..
Wintersett Res:  Willow Tit 1.  A Sedge Warbler was on the north bank.  Goldeneye 3 + 2 ACP..    3 Bramblings were in sycamore trees in the ruin area.
Lepidoptera: The first Green-veined White of the year was seen at ACP.
Overnight moth trapping produced good numbers of 10 species and Plenty of Quakers.
Highlights were: Pale Pinion,  Streamer and Chestnut.
Coleoptera: 2 Nicrophorus humator were in the moth trap.
Reptile: A  1.25metre Grass Snake gave great views at Wintersett Res. - a first here for  Wintersett stalwart Pete Smith.

The Edge 19/04/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 5 Mute Swan, 55 Canada Geese, 11 Greylag, 2 Pink Footed Geese, 3 Shelduck, 28 Tufted Duck, 24 Gadwall, 12 Mallard, 9 Shoveler, 8 Wigeon, 2 Pochard, 2 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 11 Coot, 1 Kestrel, 5 Avocet, 5 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 18 BH Gull, 4+ Skylark, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap and 3+ Reed Bunting. Early morning P.Kent also had 1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Common Tern.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 21 Tufted Duck, 11 Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 13 Coot, 6 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 250+ BH Gull, 3 LBB Gull and 2 Herring Gull. A Sandwich Tern, seen early morning, flew towards Old Moor Rspb at 8.23am.
Trans Pennine Trail - Singing males 11+ Willow Warblers, 9 + Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap. Also 1 Grey Heron over.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 11 Greylag, 6 Canada Geese, 28 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 15 Coot, c300 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 5 Cormorant 1 Buzzard and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Carlton Marsh-18/4/18

Last night's remarkably warm air saw our first mothing session of the year, with Harry Beaumont. 6 new species were taken. They were Water Carpet 6, Early Tooth Striped 2 (male & female), Twin Spot Quaker 1, Small Quaker 1, Brindled Pug 1 and Pale Pinion 1. Also of note Purple Thorn, Early Thorn, Shoulder Stripe, Satellite and Chestnut. 16 macro species. The micro Acleris cristana is the 7th VC63 record and the first for the Barnsley area (HEB).

At dusk a Woodcock was 'roding' over the car park plantation followed later by Tawny Owl and Barn Owl and later still by a calling Long-eared Owl high over the car park. Our recently arrived Cetti's Warbler sang until after dark, but was seen earlier with another that was almost certainly a female (CG, D. M. Smith, G, Miller, C. Parkin & H.E. Beaumont).

 Pale Pinion
 Early Tooth Striped
 Purple Thorn
Water Carpet

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Dodworth Tip

Bee-fly time; one of a number seen at Blackthorn on Dodworth tip this afternoon

Wintersett (Bart 'at and coyt at last!) 18.04.18

A wonderful,  warm 13 - 20 degrees with sun,  scattered cloud and a very  light southerly.
Wintersett Res: Common Sandpiper 1 (and then on ACP).   Cetti's Warbler 3 m - north bank, west bank and south east bank.  Goldeneye 5 + 13 ACP.  A Willow Tit was on the east bank.
Anglers CP: The Tree Pipit was still present, in the area  behind the main hide.  A pair of Pintail were in mid morning and stayed all day.  A Sand Martin was digging out in the top row of the box.  Common Tern 1.  Wigeon 3.  Great Black-backed Gull 1.  A  Yellow Wagtail flew over.  2 Bar-tailed Godwits flew over south west at 20:00 hrs
Cold Hiendley Res: Grey Wagtail 2
Lepidoptera in very small numbers.  Comma,  Peacock,  Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone.
Diptera: The first Bee-fly of the year was in the north west area of WRes..

The Edge 18/04/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 4 Mute Swan, 29 Canada Geese, 11 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 2 Shelduck, 15 Mallard, 11 Gadwall, 10 Wigeon, 10 Tufted Duck, 5 Shoveler, 3 Goosander, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Coot, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 16 BH Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Skylark, 1 Blackcap and 2 Linnet. Also seen early morning were 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 1 Curlew and 1 Peregrine. On Doveside K.Fisher had 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 calling Water Rail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 4 Mute Swan, 11 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 18 Tufted Duck, 17 Shoveler, 16 Gadwall,  9 Mallard, 7 Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 6 Lapwing, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 250+ BH Gull and 14 Herring Gull. When opening up the hide early morning, Mick Rushton heard a Cuckoo calling.
TPT - Singing males included 9 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap and 1 Lesser Whitethroat. Also 2 Jay.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 4 Mute Swan, 8 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 26 Tufted Duck, 11 Pochard, 7 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 2 Goldeneye, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 15 Coot, c300 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 3 Buzzard, 6+ Sand Martin, 3+ Swallow, 2 Jay and 4 Bullfinch.

Carlton Marsh

New in today on the wader scrape Common Sandpiper. (Dave Smith) Also present Cetti's Warbler (near the hide), Little Egret, 25 Herring Gulls, Grey Wagtail, 10 Willow Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps and Willow Tit, all singing.

A stoat was seen on the embankment (Richard Laverack).

Butterflies were enjoying the warmest day of the year so far (21c) Peacock 24, Comma 10, S. Tortoiseshell 16 and Brimstone 4 males. (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett Ringing Recoveries

A juvenile Linnet ringed at Anglers Country Park on 14th August 2017
was found dead at Carquefou (Loire-Atlantic) FRANCE on 20th March 2018
at a distance of 706 kms to the south.

A first year male Lesser Redpoll ringed at Anglers Country Park
on 1st October 2016 was caught by ringers at Chilworth (Surrey)
on 6th April 2018 at a distance at 276kms to the south, south east.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Wintersett 17.04.18

9 - 14 degrees witn 8/8 cloud and a moderate south westerly.
3 new birds for the year list today.
Anglers CP:   Common Tern 1.  A Tree Pipit was in trees behind the main hide this afternoon.   Yellow-legged Gull  1 adult (Psycho).  A Willow Tit was on the Pol.
Wintersett Res: 2m  Cetti's Warblers - west bank marsh and south east bank.
Disposal Point:  Wheatear 1 male.
                   Tree Pipit                     ACP    CSwaine

                              Male Wheatear            Disposal Point          CSwaine

The Edge 17?04/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 5 Mute Swan, 31 Canada Geese, 11 Greylag, 2 Pink Footed Geese, 2 Shelduck, 13 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 6 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 3 Goosander, 3 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 4 Lapwing, 11 BH Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin,  2 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff. Two  Ring Plover were recorded late morning.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 11 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 16 Tufted Duck, 10+ Teal, 9 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe,1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Red Legged Partridge,  8 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 6 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, c300 BH Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull.

Carlton Marsh

New in today Lesser Whitethroat . Also present Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Buzzard, 37 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Willow Tit singing at wader scrape.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Wintersett 16.04.18

6 - 11 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light southerly.
A good day , with 3 new birds for the year list.
Wintersett Res: The first Sedge Warbler of the year was in the south east corner. Willow Tit 1 west bank + 1 ACP north bank.   Cetti's Warbler 4 m - north bank, south east bank, west bank and ruin.
Moorhouse Lane Pond: Lesser Whitethroat 1 male.
Cold Hiendley Res: Common Sandpiper 1.
Anglers CP:   Yellow Wagtail 1 Santingley.    A calling Raven,  mobbed by two crows,  flew over south west at 08.30hrs  Goldeneye 15 + 10 WRes.  Cormorant 3.  Snipe 1 + 3 Santingley.   Wigeon 9 + 1 WRes.  Shoveler 4 + 4 WRes.  Green Woodpecker 1. 

The Edge 16/04/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 6 Mute Swan, 34 Canada Geese, 8 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 2 Shelduck, 13 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 9 Teal, 9 Wigeon, 3 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 7 Coot, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 6 Lapwing, 22 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Common Tern, 3+ Skylark, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, and 3 Reed Bunting.
Broom Hill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 12 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 19 Gadwall, 11 Mallard, 10+ Tufted Duck, 7 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 5 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 16 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 9 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 300+ BH Gull, and 1 Herring Gull. A Common Tern and an Arctic Tern were seen early morning.
TPT - Singing males included, 8 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Song Thrush and 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 21 Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 4 Mallard, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 28 Coot, 400+ BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 female Goosander over, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 4 Lapwing over,  1 Kingfisher, 1 Jay, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6+ Sand Martin, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Bullfinch and 2 Reed Bunting.

Carlton Marsh

New in today Oystercatcher at 07.30hrs. It was here until 08.25hrs and Whitethroat (not singing). The Cetti's Warbler from yesterday continued to sing good and loud, but it was more mobile. It had moved further down the disused railway embankment. 2 Lesser Black-back Gulls and a Little Egret were on the wader scrape (K. Bannister/R. Laverack)

A Fox on the prowl.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Wilthorpe Marsh, Woolley Dam 15/4/18.

Very steady at both sites. Wilthorpe - 2 Green Sands, 2 C Snipe, 6 Fieldfare. Scarce but hanging on, 1 pair of Grey Partridges, G and GS Peckers, 1 LBB Gull through, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap. Sewage farm area had 35 Swallows, 10 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin. 5 Sand Martins on territories. Woolley Dam,- 6 Teal still, 1 drumming GS Pecker, c 100 Woodpigeon, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Blackcap.

Wintersett + VisMig. 15.04.18

5 - 9 degrees with 8/8 cloud, decreasing towards midday, and a light south westerly.
Wintersett Res: 8 Whooper Swans  flew in at 08.30hrs and left north at 08.45hrs.  A Merlin flew north at 08.45hrs.   5 male Cetti's Warblers were around the area: west bank,  ruin,  boathouse reeds,  Botany road,  south east corner.
Anglers CP: An adult Mediterranean Gull in summer plumage flew south at 09.05hrs.  Wigeon 14. Curlew 1.  Teal 1m + 1f..   2 Black Swans flew south over fields at 12.05hrs.  A Red Kite flew south at 13.55hrs.
Lepidoptera: A male Brimstone was seen.

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights were Short Eared Owl 07.20hrs that left east, the first since May 2013. (k. Bannister).
Later with R. Laverack a Cetti's Warbler that sang from the periphery of the main scrape (near the hide) intermittently all morning, was our 4th record.
3 Redwing frequented the same area with a Redpoll. 9 immature Herring Gulls joined the Black Headed Gulls and 8 Greylags on the wader scrape.
Birds of prey included 2 Buzzards, Peregrine and a pair of Sparrowhawks and a pair of Kestrels displaying.
Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Grey Wagtail and 2 Water Rails were also present.
3 Willow Tits were seen together in the car park (Martin Weir) and we heard one singing near the ringing rides.

Brimstone and Peacock butterfly made an appearance in the brief bit of sunshine around mid-day.

2 Foxes were hunting the wader scrape.

A male Brambling was in Dave Smith's Carlton garden with a male and female Blackcap this morning.