Saturday, 31 January 2015

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 31.01.15

4°C,  dry but mostly cloudy with a very cold north westerly. 
9 Whooper Swans did a tour of the district today.  First seen at Anglers CP. They left north at 10.03,  were seen at Pugneys shortly afterwards before being picked up again on Wintersett Res at 10.50.  They left west at 12.35hrs and were seen mid afternoon on Wath Ings, RSPB Old Moor.
Wintersett Res: Pochard 26 + 1 ACP and  Willow Tit 1.  A Weasel was seen in the SE corner.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: 4 notables tonight with a 2nd W Mediterranean Gull at 15.00hrs,  A juvenile Iceland Gull at 16.08hrs, a 3rd W Caspian Gull at 16.45hrs and the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull at 17.03hrs.  Great Black-backed Gull 200,  Lesser Black-backed Gull 5 and Herring Gull 1050.
NB: Pugneys had a 2ndW Yellow-legged Gull - per @MickgCunningham
Bar Lane, Knaresborough had a 1st W Yellow-legged Gull per @andyjowett
Poolsbrook CP, Derbyshire had a juvenile Glaucous Gull per @Linacreblogger

A61 Woolley Dyke/ Mill Lane/ Seckar Dyke. 31/1/15.

A short circular just over half a mile. Stunning habitat here with old deciduous in the dykes, looks text book ls woodpecker. Highlights- 1 fem. Goosander, 12 Teal, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Kestrel.


Kestrel 1, Coot 7, Mallard 53, Moorhen 5, Little Grebe 1, Tufted Duck 11, Black Headed Gul 30, Pied Wagtail 2, and what looked like a Sandpiper flushed from near the wooden bridge? Anyone with any thoughts what it could be? It looked like a Common in Flight?

Friday, 30 January 2015

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 30.01.15

This afternoon: 4°C with sunshine but very cold in the westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res Roost: A 1st W Mediterranean Gull was in at 16.20hrs.
There was a large number of big gulls in the Anglers CP Roost tonight until dusk, when they were disturbed by shotgun blasts in nearby fields.  Notables tonight were: the juvenile Iceland Gull in at 16.50hrs,  the adult Iceland Gull  in at 17.05hrs and the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull  in at 17.07hrs.
NB: 3rdW Glaucous Gull at Fairburn Ings Main Bay - per Darren Starkey
Juvenile Glaucous Gull Poolsbrook, Derbyshire per @MSh2209 
Yellow-legged Gull adult at Bar Lane Knaresborough roost - per  @andyjowett 
Lynz Harston took these great photos in Haw Park Wood today.

Common  Buzzard     HPWood                          LH
Wren      HPWood                            LH

Bretton 30/1/15.

Usual fare. Decent variety but no big numbers.- Goosander 14, Teal 48, Tufted Duck 23, Coot 20, Gadwall 8, Little Grebe 5, Great Crested Grebe 3, Shoveler 3, Wigeon 2, Pochard 1, GS Woodpecker 2, Redwing 21, Fieldfare 10, Kingfisher 1, Mute Swan 7. At nearby Pugneys the drake Smew was on the river opposite the fishing pond at 1-30 pm + 6 Goldeneye.

The Edge 30th Jan

Wombwell Ings mid/late AM-Present were 2 Mute Swan, 115 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 174 Wigeon, 22 Mallard, 20 Teal, 12 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 1m+1f Goosander, 1 Tufted Duck, 4 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 116 BH Gull, 4 Common Gull, 24 Lapwing, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 26 Meadow Pipit and 1 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash mid AM- Noted by J. Seeviour were 2 Mute Swan, 44 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 12 Mallard, 9 Pochard, 9 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Gull , 1 Sparrowhawk and 4 Red Legged Partridge. A Little Owl was at the entrance to the western owl box( B.Emson).
Bolton Ings mid AM- The most noteworthy birds seen by J.Law and K.Foundation were 1 Stonechat, 1 Little Egret and 5 Goldeneye.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Carlton Marsh

Little Owl 2, Tawny Owl male calling and Kingfisher.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 29.01.14

1°C, very cold with a light westerly and a thin layer of snow put down in a very short time mid afternoon. 
Anglers CP: 6 Whooper Swans left south at 14.00hrs and Pink-footed Goose 1.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: Much the same as yesterday - even same 2 notables.  The juvenile Iceland Gull was in at 16.52hrs and the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull was in at 16.55hrs. 

Wilthorpe Marsh 29/1/15.

Strange. The expected increase in Snipe numbers in the usual places resulted in just 5 Commons. Of note,- 300 Starlings, 300 Woodpigeons, 1 Goldcrest.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Wintersett Gull Roost 28.01.15

3°C,  with 8/8 cloud. sleet showers and a changeable, strong, gusty wind,  north westerly, westerly, south westerly, westerly.    All this and a jogger in front of the hide all the way through the reserve! 
Anglers CP Gull Roost was slow going again tonight.  Sometimes the viewing was good, then when the wind changed the birds were head on.  Just two notables were spotted.  The juvenile Iceland Gull came in at 16.50hrs and the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull came in at 17.00hrs. There were loads of big gulls flying over from Wintersett Res at dark.

strange bird sighting

Hi guys has anyone any ideas on what this bird is .
It was seen last week in my friends garden in Rose Grove Wombwell .
The picture isn't very good

The Edge 28th Jan

Wombwell Ings mid AM-Just over half way onto the ings when a torrential squall struck. My walking stick enabled me to make a passable imitation of a tripod as I braced myself against the strongest winds I've encountered on the ings. Wet and bedraggled I reached the comfort and safety of the hide(never thought I'd be positive about the metallic structure). Eventually, the rain and wind eased and 1 was able to see 2 Mute Swan, 300+ Canada Geese, 64 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 2 Shelduck, 101+ Wigeon, 15+ Teal, 10 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 1f Goosander, 1 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 4 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 32 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 4 Lapwing and 2 Meadow Pipit.
Broomhill Flash late AM- The Little Owl in the eastern box was viewable from Wombwell Ings. Also noted were 2 Mute Swan, 16 Canada Geese, 32 Wigeon, 8+ Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 23 Coot, 59 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull and 50+ Lapwing.

Due to the predicted stormy weather, I decided not to risk Bolton Ings with my dodgy knee.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Wintersett + Gull Roost 27.01.15

6°C with 8/8 cloud and a light westerly this morning.
Wintersett Res: Willow Tit 1,  Yellowhammer 1,  Water Rail 1 and Shoveler 2.
Cold Hiendley: Grey Partridge 10 and  Golden Plover 33 over.
Anglers CP: Lapwing 195.
There was an impressive number of birds in Anglers CP Gull Roost this afternoon. Most came in from the direction of Hampole Tip.  The notables were difficult to pick out because they were facing head on to the hide. The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull flew in at 15.40hrs.  The adult Iceland Gull was in at 16.05hrs and the juvenile Iceland Gull was in at 16.25hrs.
NB: Pugneys roost had 2 Yellow-legged Gulls.

The Edge 27th Jan

Wombwell Ings mid AM-Present were 208 Canada Geese, 11 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 145+ Wigeon, 21 Teal, 10 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 5 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Cormorant (over), 1 Grey Heron, 81 BH Gull, 4 Common Gull, 4 Coot, 2 Moorhen and 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker. A Kingfisher was seen along the Bulling Dyke. 14 Redwing, 1 singing Mistle Thrush and 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker were in Broomhill Park.
Broomhill Flash late AM-Noted were 32 Wigeon, 10 Pochard, 10 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 1m Shoveler, 3 Red Legged Partridge, 108 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 16 Coot, 7 Lapwing and 1 Hare. The Little Owl, in the box on the eastern side, was only viewable from the Broomhill Park entrance to Wombwell Ings.
Bolton Ings late AM/ early PM-On the open water were 4 Mute Swan, 32 Shoveler, 15 Pochard, 13 Tufted Duck, 2m+6f Goldeneye, 5 Mallard, 2m+1f Goosander, 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 19 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 32 BH Gull, 12 Common Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 42 Canada Geese, 1 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1m Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Bullfinch.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Wintersett Gull Roost 26.01.15

7°C with a little weak sunshine early morning, but felt cold in the north westerly,  then clouded over late morning.
 Anglers CP Gull Roost turned into the late, late show today, with only 3 notables.  The usual adult Yellow-legged  was in at 16.40hrs.  The juvenile and the adult Iceland Gulls flew in at 17.05 and 17.07hrs respectively, from the Wintersett Res. direction.  
NB Pugneys Roost  had 3 Yellow-legged Gulls +  drake Smew.

Ingbirchworth area

Whitley Edge - c40 Jackdaws, c20 Rooks, 20+ Carrion Crows and c1200 Starlings.
Whitley Common - 700+ Starlings.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 4 Pink-footed Geese, 18 Greylag Geese, 72 Canada Geese, 45 Mallards, 7 Tufted Ducks, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Moorhens, 6 Coots, 50+ Black-headed Gulls, 5+ Common Gulls, 5 Herring Gulls and 2 Willow Tits.

The Edge 26th Jan

Wombwell Ings mid AM-Present were 204 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 173 Wigeon, 14 Mallard,  9 Teal, 7 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 6 Grey Heron, 4 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 145 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Sparrowhawk, and 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker.
Broomhill Flash late AM- Noted were 29 Greylag, 16 Canada Geese, 34 Wigeon, 10 Mallard, 9 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 5 Tufted Duck, 112 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 4 Grey Partridge, 4 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Kestrel and 1 Little Owl.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM- On the open Water were 6 Mute Swan, 6 Greylag, 38+ Shoveler, 14 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 9 Pochard, 2m+4f Goldeneye, 4 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 1 Cormorant, 19 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 27 Common Gull and 27 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel and 3 Bullfinch(TPT).

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Bolton Ings et al - Sunday 25th January

Weather springlike this morning when I set out, 5c with a few clouds and little wind, however the paths still had ice and snow in sheltered places. Generally quiet today, highlights being the pair of Stonechats surviving, 10 Goldeneye and Shoveler a healthy 78. Full list :- Grey Heron 1, Mute Swan 9, Canada Goose 20, Great Crested Grebe 2, Little Grebe 1, Mallard 16, Teal 16, Gadwall 35, Shoveler 78, Pochard 13, Tufted Duck 57, Goldeneye 10 (4 drakes), Coot 39, Moorhen 4, Black Headed Gull 28, Common Gull 10, LBB Gull 1, Stonechat pair, Goldcrest 1.

Comparing todays numbers with this date last year showed 2 big differences, Coot 224 last year down to 39 today and Shoveler 3 last year up to 78 today. Has the food in the Ings changed for these 2 species?

Visited Old Moor for the roost this evening, Goosander 48 on the Wader Scrape and Little Egret 2 and Cormorant 3 in the willows. 

Prediction, first Oystercatcher of the year tomorrow.

Broomhead Gull Roost

Just to complete the picture for the Barnsley area the following counts were made by Roy Twigg via Twitter at
Broomhead Reservoir - c1000 Black-headed Gulls, 46 Common Gulls, 87 Herring Gulls, 2 (1 first-winter & 1 third-winter) Caspian Gulls and 19 Great Black-backed Gulls.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 25.01.15

A much milder 5°C, with scattered cloud and a light south westerly this morning.
Wintersett Res: Cettii's Warbler 1 and  Water Rail 1.
Moorhouse Lane Ponds: Wood Pigeon 2000
Golf Course Field: Fieldfare 40. 
Anglers CP: The juvenile Glaucous Gull dropped in for a short time at 11.30hrs.  Goosander 28,  Cormorant 21,  Goldeneye 42,  Pochard 44, Shoveler 1 and Pink-footed Goose 1.  
Anglers CP Gull Roost was more than well attended today.  Up to 30 observers crammed  in the hide at one point.  However, it was slow going, with birds facing  head on to the hide in bright sunshine.  The adult Iceland Gull flew in at 14.45hrs and then it was a long wait until a 1st W Yellow-legged Gull was seen at 16.00hrs.  A juvenile Iceland Gull was in at 16.10hrs and the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull came in aggressively at 16.45hrs. Unfortunately, the Glaucous Gull didn't show this afternoon.