Friday, 26 August 2016

Carlton Marsh

2 Green Sandpipers paid a brief visit at 12.31hrs and a Barn Owl was hunting from 18.50hrs. Also present juv Buzzard, Kingfisher 2, Greylag 6, Shoveler and 20 Swallows came in to roost.  Southern Hawker male and female were on the wing and a Stoat killed a rabbit yesterday. (Dave Standish)

Littleworth (Monk Bretton tip)
Red Admiral, Brown Argus, Holly Blue, 19 Common Blue and Gold Spot moth. (Chris Parkin)  

Edderthorpe, Monday 22nd to Friday 26th August

It's been much quieter since the excitement of last Sunday but still plenty of good birds to be seen. The rains on a couple of days this week have pushed the water levels up, particularly on Houghton and the mud area on Edderthorpe was about half the expanse at the end of the week from the beginning.
The goose flock has been rapidly building up and although it's possible to visit and see no geese when they are in the fields feeding, Canadas reached an all time high on Friday when 1177 along with 239 Greylags were counted. Dabbling duck numbers are also raising daily with Teal up to 265, Shoveler 156 and Wigeon 5. The four Garganey have been present all week and can usually be found on the water area closest to the layby (by the fence in the water). Greenshank are still seen daily with 3 in the area, 2 Ruff, the adult Knot was still present Monday, up to 4 Green Sandpipers and similar counts of Common Sandpipers, Black-tailed Godwits on a couple of days with 3 on Friday and a Little Ringed Plover all week. Water Rails are regular on Houghton. The Marsh Harrier was still present early in the week and a Peregrine is a regular visitor. A Moorhen with just hatched chicks was very late in the season.

The Edge 26.08.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 57 Teal, 24 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 1 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 1 Moorhen, 87 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 25 BH Gull, 8 juv LBB Gull and 2 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 79 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 31 Tufted Duck, 24 Teal, 9 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 3 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 38 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Cormorant, 15 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 57 Coot, 14 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 40+ Lapwing, 10+ Snipe, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 27 BH Gull and 1 Linnet.
TPT - A Chiffchaff was singing  near the entrance gates to Old Moor Rspb.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+4y Mute Swan, 23 Greylag Geese, 17 Tufted Duck, 16 Pochard, 11 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 5 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 78 Coot, 23 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 42 Lapwing and 1 Kestrel.

Ingbirchworth

Royd Moor Hill - 1 Kestrel.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - highlights - 174 Greylag Geese; 295 Canada Geese; 111 Mallards; 1 Cormorant; 2 Little Egrets; 2 Grey Heron; 2 Little Grebes; 1 Great Crested Grebe; 2 Common Sandpipers; c120 Lapwings; 50+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls; 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull; 1 Willow Tit; 20+ House Martins; 14 Willow Warblers, 1 Whitethroat; 1 juvenile Redstart, and 4 Pied/White Wagtails.
Hartcliff Hill - 2 Kestrels.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

The Edge 25.08.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 5 Canada Geese, 46 Gadwall, 43 Teal, 39 Mallard, 11 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Moorhen, 75 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 29 BH Gull and 3 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 12 Canada Geese, 61 Gadwall, 27 Tufted Duck, 16 Teal, 4 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 1 Garganey, 31 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Cormorant, 56 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 27 Lapwing, 10 Snipe, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 45 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Common Tern.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+3y Mute Swan, 286 Canada Geese, 51 Greylag, 16 Tufted Duck, 16 Mallard, 11 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 8 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 52 Coot, 2 Moorhen and 4 BH Gull. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 13 Lapwing, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Bullfinch.

Wintersett 25.08.16

A cool 14 degrees,  damp after overnight rain, with 8/8 cloud, a north easterly breeze and variable visibility.
Anglers CP:    A Grey Plover flew in from the north east  at 07.20hrs,  circled for five minutes and left  north east.  A Greenshank flew north east.   An adult Common Tern flew north at 10.35hrs and 2 Yellow Wagtails 2 south.  Wigeon 1 and Pochard 5.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Wintersett 24.08.16

17 - 22 degrees,  humid with high cloud and a very light north easterly.
Anglers CP: Teal 1 + 1 CHRes. and Pochard 5 + 1 WRes..  
2 GREENSHANK were in this evening. 
Cold Hiendley Res: Shoveler 3,   Yellow Wagtail 1 south,   Wigeon 3 and Goldeneye 1 female.
Wintersett Res: Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult. 
Moorhouse Lane Pond: Tufted Duck 1 large fledged young. 
Lepidoptera: Red Admiral 1 HPWood.   Brown Argus 1 Disposal Point.
Odonata: Southern Hawker  1 HPWood + 1 Disp.Pt..  Emerald Damselfly 1 Disp.Pt.   A Blue-tailed Damselfly  and several Ruddy Darters were on Moorhouse Lane Pond.

Broomhead OSPREY 24.08.16

Ron Marshall  was in the right place at the right time and got these great shots of the
Osprey at Broomhead  today at 12-15pm.



The Edge 24.08.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 27 Canada Geese, 13 Greylag, 20 Mallard, 10 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 43 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank and 42 BH Gull.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 6 Mute Swan, 46 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 63 Gadwall, 35 Teal, 31 Tufted Duck, 21 Mallard, 2 Wigeon, 2 Garganey, 1 Pochard, 31 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Little Egret, 6 Cormorant, 59 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 5 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Sparrowhawk, 51 Lapwing, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 67 BH Gull and 3 LBB Gull.
TPT - A Chiffchaff was singing near the entrance gates to Old Moor Rspb. At 1.55pm a Curlew could be heard calling as it circled Wath Ings.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+3y Mute Swan, 96 Canada Geese, 29 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 20 Tufted Duck, 17 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 4 Mallard, 13 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 56 Coot, 56 BH Gull and 5 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret (dropped in at 1.20pm ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 22 Lapwing and 2 Blackcap.

Osprey at Broomhead

Broomhead Reservoir - 1 Osprey S at 12:15hrs - Dave Standring, Alan Archer, Ron Marshall and Jim Gosling.

Ingbirchworth

Ingbirchworth Reservoir - highlights - 282 Greylag Geese; 154 Canada Geese; 153 Mallards; 1 Little Egret; 1+ Common Sandpiper; 1 Peregrine hunting fields to the S; 1 Spotted Flycatcher; 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Lesser Redpoll.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Carlton Marsh

Juv Buzzard, kingfisher 2, Water Rail, Barn Owl and 2 Tawny Owls. Also 1 Painted Lady, 1 Peacock and 1 Holly Blue.

A Red Kite flew north over upper Cudworth at 14.18hrs. (Geoff Miller)

South Kirkby Tip
2 Spotted Flycatcher (Corral & Hibbert) and 90 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper and 5 Brown Argus (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett 23.08.16

Up to 25 degrees today, sunny with scattered cloud and a light south easterly.
Anglers CP: A Ringed Plover flew SW at 06.35hrs.  A  RAVEN flew east over the car park at 09.03hrs.    Snipe 1.
Wintersett Res: A juvenile LITTLE  GULL was on early,  but couldn't be relocated mid morning.
A Tree Pipit flew over.  Shoveler 2.
40 birds were ringed today, including 1st year male REDSTART (the first ringed here for several years),  a Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Garden Warblers. Hardly any Willow Warblers here, in contrast to the east coast.
Overnight moth trapping produced Twin-spotted Wainscott,  Crescent,  3 Dingy Footmen,  3 Dusky Thorn and Cenre-barred Sallow.  Also attracted to the light trap was this Sexton Beetle.

Nicrophorus humator      ACP   ASmith

The Edge 23.08.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 59 Canada Geese, 27 Greylag, 28 Mallard, 17 Teal, 13 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 76 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 32 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 singing Willow Warbler along the Bulling Dyke. J. Thompson also had 4 Grey Wagtail on the R.Dearne near the bridge and 3 Yellow Wagtail+2 Pied Wagtail feeding amongst the feet of the horses.
Broomhill Flash - Highlight was the elusive Wheatear in the north east corner. Also present were 2 Mute Swan, 72 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 56 Gadwall, 29 Tufted Duck, 20 Mallard, 4 Teal, 1 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 33 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 10 Little Egret, 57 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 113 Lapwing, 12 Snipe, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Hobby, 32 BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+5y Mute Swan, 326 Canada Geese, 8 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 19 Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 10 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 9 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 61 Coot, and 2 Moorhen. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel and 1 Willow Tit.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Wintersett 22.08.16

16 - 20 degrees with sunny spells and a warm south westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 2 adults + 1 juvenile.   Great Crested Grebe  2 small young and Little Grebe 2. 
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1,  WIGEON 2,  Gadwall 7 and Teal 2.

Carlton Marsh

Higher water levels, shooting and the daily presence of a juv Buzzard (as nice as that is) is probably reducing the capability of the wader scrape. However, a Shoveler, 2 Kingfishers, 3 Lapwings, 5 Greylags, 4 Little Grebes, several Teal and Tufted Duck were in evidence.
A Little Egret flew over The Manse in Upper Cudworth at 17.05hrs heading straight towards the reserve.
Insects included Migrant and Brown Hawker and 10 Speckled Wood butterflies. The lack of the Peacock butterfly over recent weeks is blatantly obvious and must be the worst year for them since the 1960's!

Ingbirchworth

Ingbirchworth Reservoir - full list - 306 Canada Geese; 206 Greylag Geese; 110 Mallards; 11 Tufted Ducks; 1 Little Egret; 1 Grey Heron; 2 Little Grebes; 1 Great Crested Grebe; 3 Moorhens; 12 Coots; 1 Common Sandpiper; 20+ Black-headed Gulls; 200+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Fox Hill; 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull; 9 Woodpigeons; 1 Magpie; 14 Jackdaws; 11 Carrion Crows; 2 Goldcrests; 7 Swallows S; 40+ House Martins; 1 Great Tit; 7 Long-tailed Tits; 1 Chiffchaff; 6 Willow Warblers; 1 Blackcap; 1 Robin; 5 Pied/White Wagtails, and 1 Bullfinch.

The Edge 22.08.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 62 Teal, 41 Gadwall, 35 Mallard, 3 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 24 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel (flew west at 9.10am), 31 BH Gull, 3 Pied Wagtail and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 14 Canada Geese, 45 Gadwall, 31 Tufted Duck,15 Mallard, 10 Teal, 1 Pochard, 2 Cormorant, 10 Little Egret, 28 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 83 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 18 Lapwing, 7 Snipe, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 18 BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1y Mute Swan, 149 Canada Geese, 18 Greylag, 20 Tufted Duck, 14 Pochard, 11 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 7 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 79 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 9 BH Gull and 3 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Lapwing and 1 Bullfinch.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Wintersett 21.08.16

15 - 20 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP Vis Mig:  A much better watch today.    A Greenshank and 2 Sanderling were in briefly, early doors. An adult KITTIWAKE flew in to shallows at 08.30hrs and left south at 10.15hrs.   A KNOT  came over 09.55hrs and left north.  A Little Egret went south at 10.50hrs and 2 more dropped on shallows from 13.30hrs onwards.   A juvenile, male Peregrine flew over at 14.30hrs, harassing the Black-headed Gulls and Starlings.  2 Ringed Plover went south at 15.35hrs  2 Common Tern were around for a short time.    2 Teal came in and 4 Shoveler went south.  A Yellow Wagtail flew over, so did a Swift + 1 over WRes.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1 + 2 WRes.,    A Cetti's Warbler sang briefly, but loudly, from the Pol area early morning.  3 Pochard and 4 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were also present.
Haw Park Area: Hobby 1 over and  Buzzard 5 over.
Here's a couple of flight shots of the adult Kittiwake per Paul Meredith.



Edderthorpe & Houghton, Monday 15th to Sunday 21st August

It's been quite a week down here now the water levels are ideal and the feeding perfect for resident and migrant birds. Houghton is a bit low now and most of the following birds are to be found on Edderthorpe. The WeBS count today (Sunday) is one of our highest totals ever, 3056 waterbirds were counted (not including any gulls) and the following are selected highlights;-
Canada Goose 402, Greylag Goose 183, Mallard 840, Teal 240, Shoveler 104, Gadwall 209, Garganey 4, Pochard 22, Moorhen 77, Water Rail 1, Lapwing 830, Common Sandpiper 4, Green Sandpiper 4, Knot 1 adult, Little Ringed Plover 1, Ruff 2, Greenshank 13 (largest count for many years).
During the week a Little Stint has been present most days, 3 Turnstone on Thursday, 5 Greenshank on Monday, Dunlin most days, up to 19 Little Egrets, cream-crown Marsh Harriers have been seen most days with 2 hunting together on Friday. The Marsh Harriers are causing havoc amongst the waders and smaller wildfowl, as is a Peregrine which is also visiting regularly.
However, these were all put firmly in the shadow this morning (Sunday) when a adult Honey Buzzard went over the Flash disturbing all the waders as it slowly circled away southwards watched by 4 lucky observers at 09.20 for 5 minutes (it would have been 5 but John Clarkson had just left for his breakfast - unlucky). Quite a week! (and we haven't been able to say that often during the last few relatively barren years!)