Monday, 30 March 2015

Carlton Marsh

Our first Sand Martin today headed north. (D M Smith G. Miller)
Present were Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Little Owl, Kingfisher, Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker and Lesser Blacked Gull 1 immature north.

Butterflies 2 Peacock, Comma & Small Tortoiseshell. (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett 30.03.15

6°C and dry until late afternoon, with a gusty south westerly.   Quiet again.
Anglers CP: Sand Martin 6 + 1 NW + 4 WRes. and Goosander 1.
Wintersett Res:  Common Scoter 2 f,  Pochard 1f,  Golden Plover 50 over.   

The Edge 30th March

 Wombwell Ings mid AM-Present were  5 Mute Swan, 58 Canada Geese, 13 Greylag, 1 Egyptian Goose, 68+ Wigeon, 11 Tufted Duck, 9 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 1 Grey Heron, 11 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 16 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 9 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 6 Skylark and 3 Pied Wagtail.
Broom Hill Flash late AM- Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 11 Canada Geese, 16 Tufted Duck, 14 Pochard, 11 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 6 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 8 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 21 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 13 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 250+ BH Gull and 3 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM-On the open water were 3 Mute Swan, 7 Greylag, 18 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 5 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 2 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye, 7 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 35 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 378 BH Gull, 3 LBB Gull and 3 Common Gull. Also present were7 Canada Geese, 3 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker and 6 Chiffchaff.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Wintersett 29.03.15

6°C with 8/8 cloud, dry until mid morning then drizzle followed by showers later.
Anglers CP: Common Scoter 1f + 1f  WRes.,   Redshank 1,   Sand Martin 22,   Snipe 20,  Curlew 4,  Goosander 2,  Wigeon 47,   Goldeneye 73 + 11 CHRes.,   Tufted Duck 27 + 96 CHRes.,  Teal 2,  Green Woodpecker 1 and Pied Wagtail 15.  
There was a stand off  between the Adult Yellow-legged Gull/Lesser Black-backed Gull  pair and the nesting pair of Canada Geese this morning.   The Geese backed off.   This afternoon Psycho stole the 1st Canada Goose egg from the nest.  Here they are just before they shared the loot. 

Lesser and Psycho          ACP       SDenny

Upper Midhope G G Shrike

Finally got to grips with the Shrike today at 4.15pm after a number of failed visits. Was just passing by and not a soul in site. Here's a few grainy shots, not good light, well that's my excuse anyway!



















Wilthorpe Marsh, winter v's spring 29/3/15.

Definitely felt like winter but 2 Barn Swallows feeding over the oxbow lake. + 5 Lapwings, 1 displaying and still holding on as a breeding bird here mostly at the e end. 1 pair of Goosanders on the river thought to be last years breeding pair. Jack Snipe 3, Common Snipe 7, Oystercatcher 2, Water Rail 1, C Buzzard 1.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Carlton Marsh

A Barn Owl was hunting at dusk last night. (Rod Heeley)
Today Little Owl, Woodcock, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Willow Tit (SE3710) Cormorant.

Butterflies; warm conditions provided Peacock 7, S. Tort 8, Comma 2 & 1 day flying Orange Underwing moth. (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett 28.03.15

8°C with 8/8 cloud, some light rain showers and a strong,  gusty  south westerly.
Anglers CP:  Common Scoter 1 female,  Snipe 3.  The usual  adult Lesser Black-backed Gull seized  a piece of fish as a Cormorant was regurgitating it.  Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull flew over and took it from her and ate half of it.  The piece left can't have been appetising because,  after a short tug of war,  Psycho gave up,  and the Lesser Black-backed Gull pecked at it half heartedly before leaving it. 
 
 Tug-of War                             ACP                             ASmith

Friday, 27 March 2015

Wintersett 27.03.15

8°C and very pleasant in the sunny intervals,  with a light north westerly.
Anglers CP:   Common Scoter 1 female,  Sand Martin 1,  Goosander 1 redhead,   Shoveler 1m,  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult,  Lesser Black-backed Gull  1 adult,  Redwing 2 and  Fieldfare 5.
Moorhouse Lane Pond: Teal 4,  Great Crested Grebe 2 and Little Grebe 4.

The Edge 27th March

Wombwell Ings mid AM-Present were 3 Mute Swan, 74 Canada Geese, 21 Greylag, 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 105+ Wigeon, 14 Teal, 9 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 2f Goosander, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 2 Grey Heron, 12 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 7 Lapwing, 3 Redshank, 14 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 4 Skylark, 3 Reed Bunting and 1 Chiffchaff.
Broomhill Flash late AM-Not so fresh in was Seev whose got a cold due to his recent migration from the Far East. Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 32+ Wigeon, 15 Tufted Duck, 11 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 4 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 2 Goldeneye, 8 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 32 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 15 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 250+ BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull (not looking good for BH Gull chicks if they nest!!!), 1 Common Gull, 1 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM-On the open water were 23 Mute Swan, 8 Greylag, 7 Canada Geese, 13 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 7 Mallard, 5 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 41 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 243+ BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were the light-coloured Buzzard hunting between the pools, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker and 5 Chiffchaff.

Edderthorpe AM

Shelduck 17,all sat on far bank together. Redshank 12, Little Egret 2, Goosander 1 (female) ,Wigeon 60+ , Common Buzzard 1, Jay (5 in South copse) Chiffchaff 2 singing.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Wintersett 26.03.15

6°C with sunny intervals and a cool, strong and gusty north westerly.  Not a great deal to report today.
Anglers CP: Sand Martin 1,  Wigeon 155 and Teal 2.  The adult Yellow-legged Gull and the Lesser Black-backed Gull  were in until mid-morning then flew off towards Walton Hall.

Bretton / Midhope , 26/3/15.

Bretton - 2 Green Sandpipers, 6 singing Chiffchaffs, GS pecker 1, G pecker 1. Not much wildfowl with just 1 pair of Goosander and 30+ Teal. Midhope - GG shrike showing well at times this aft. Nowt else apart from a Raven w. over barnside moor.

Carlton Marsh

Here are a couple of recent aerial photos taken by a drone commissioned by Pete Wall of the Dearne Valley Green Heart Partnership. I think you will agree they are amazing.
The highlights today were Kingfisher, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Redwing west and a male Peregrine.



The Edge 26th March

Wombwell Ings mid AM- Highlight was the two short views of a male Wheatear at the western end of the side pool. Also present were 4 Mute Swan, 58 Canada Geese, 17 Greylag, 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 110+ Wigeon, 18 Tufted Duck, 14 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 3 Goosander, 3 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 11 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 14 Golden Plover, 12 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 28 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Song Thrush.
Broomhill Flash late AM- Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 16 Canada Geese, 42+ Wigeon, 12 Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck, 4 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 8 Little Grebe, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 2 Cormorant, 21 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 6 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 250+ BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM- Wind had really increased in strength by the time I reached the Cormorant Hide. As a result many of the waterbirds were avoiding the wind/waves  and sheltering in the juncus grass on the islands or staying in the lee of the near bank. With birds only occasionally venturing out, it meant several recounts of most species. The final numbers  were 2 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 18 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 3 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Shoveler, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 299 BH Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtail and 3 Chiffchaff.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Carlton Marsh

The lads, along with BMBC Environment team, tidying the site up. Altogether 26 bags of rubbish included tyres, beer bottles, cans, carpet etc. Meanwhile Buzzard was overhead, Great Spot Woodpecker was 'drumming, Green Woodpecker was 'yaffling' and 4 Chiffchaffs were singing along with Coal Tit. Water Rail and Kingfisher were also present.


Photos by David Gill

Wintersett 25.03.15

3°C frosty start with 4/8 cloud and a very light southerly.
Anglers CP:  Redshank 2,  Meadow Pipit 17 and Snipe 24.  A WILLOW TIT  visited the car park feeding station.
Wintersett Res:  Water Rail 1.   The first Small Tortoiseshell of the year was seen in a sunny sheltered area.

Woolley Dyke. 25/3/15.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker seen and heard at 7-45 am, viewable from A61 + 1 GS Woodpecker. If anyone visits here don't park on the A61 as its very very busy.

The Edge 25th March

Wombwell Ings mid AM-Present were 8 Mute Swan, 65 Canada Geese, 24 Greylag, 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 157 Wigeon, 19 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 5 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 1m Goosander, 1 Grey Heron, 15 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 14 Golden Plover, 12 Lapwing, 4 Redshank, 27 BH Gull, 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker, 1 drumming Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 8/9 Skylark and 1 Song Thrush.
Broomhill Flash late AM-Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 28 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 49+ Wigeon, 17 Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 10 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 2 Teal, 2f Goosander, 2 Goldeneye,1 Shoveler, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 8 Little Grebe, 24 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 11 Lapwing, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 321 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Kestrel.
Bolton Ings early PM- Highlight was seeing 5 Buzzard  drifting slowly north with two passes involving talon grappling. Later a 'light-coloured' Buzzard was hunting in the area between the pools. Also present were 1 Mute Swan, 7 Greylag, 4 Canada Geese, 26 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 7 Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Wigeon, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 52 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 283 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull,1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Jay, 1 Grey Wagtail and 3 Chiffchaff.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Wintersett 24.03.15

7°C with 4/8 cloud and a light westerly.
Anglers CP: Common Scoter 1m + 1f,  Redshank 1,  Snipe 10,  Green Woodpecker 1,  Goosander 1,  Teal 3,  Redwing 5 and Water Rail 1.
Wintersett Res:  WILLOW  TIT 1 SW corner.  2 Buzzards and a Peregrine were circling together. high over the Res,  at 10.50hrs.