3 - 5 degrees, with 8/8 but decreasing cloud, a light covering of melting snow, a few icy patches, and a very cold south westerly wind. Anglers CP: Cormorant 12. Shoveler 4. Walton Hall: 26 Cormorants roosted. Woodcock 1 It's taken a while, but today, Barnsleybirdsblogspot.com has had over half a million unique page views.
5 degrees, dull with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly breeze. Anglers CP: Siskin 1,. Grey Partridge 16 in the area. Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1male on NW bank. Magpie 14 roosting on west bank. WRes. Gull Roost was checked, but no notables tonight.
4 degrees, dull with 8/8 cloud and a south easterly breeze. Anglers CP: Shoveler 5. Wintersett Res: 120 Pink-footed Geese flew west at 14.50hrs. 14 Yellowhammers were on the south east side. 4 Water Rail - 1 boathouse reeds + 3 NW bank. 3 Nuthatch - Pits Wood + Stubbs Wood + Walton Canal. WRes. Gull Roost: An adult Mediterranean Gull was in at 15.20hrs. Great Black-backed Gull 17. Lesser Black-backed Gull 3 and Herring Gull 1100.
Brief late afternoon visit turned out quite productive with Water Pipit away from the sewage farm on wires and in hawthorn before seen going to roost with c.90 Meadow Pipits. 2 Common and 1 Jack Snipe nearby, Green Sand 1, Redwing 70. Oxbow pond had 7 Wigeon, Little Egret 1.
Today's highlights were 57 Pink Feet Geese NW at 3pm just as Bittern flew across the scrape. It showed again briefly at 16.20hrs as it flew into its usual roosting area at the back of the scrape. If the hide is locked, it can seen just as easily from the disused railway embankment. (Dave Standish/CG) Also of note Kingfisher and 1 Fieldfare. There no reports of this species in December for the first time since records began in 1972!
As dusk approached 4 Water Rails called (2 seen in front of hide) and at least 2 Tawny Owls (1 seen ) were calling.
5 degrees, dull with 8/8 cloud and a light south easterly. Anglers CP: 60 Pink-footed Geese flew west at 10.45hrs. 32 Fieldfare were in the back field. Disposal Point: Yellowhammer 5. Wintersett Res. Gull Roost: Plenty of gulls in tonight but no notables were seen.
I hope you saw Pete Wall, Carlton Marsh and the Dearne Valley feature by Tom Clarke on Channel 4 News this evening. The weather for filming the Willow Tits was drizzly, but the camera picked them out okay.
This morning was quiet apart from 2 pairs of Tufted Duck a male Shoveler, 2 pairs of Willow Tits, Coal Tit and Mistle Thrush singing. Little Egret and 12 Herring Gulls were feeding on the wader scrape and corvids included 36 Magpies, 23 Crows and c25 Jackdaws. A Peregrine was lurking nearby.
To round the day off Bittern stood in front of one of the islands from 15.50hrs to 16.05hrs before swimming across to an adjacent island. (Karen Pickard)
This morning 4 degrees with mainly 8/8 but decreasing cloud and a very light north westerly. Wintersett Res: A male Cetti's Warbler, asingingWillow Tit and a Water Rail were on the west bank. A Grey Wagtail was on the spillway. Cold Hiendley Res: 2 Shoveler and 127 Greylag Geese were seen.
A Channel 4 news crew arrived this morning to interview Pete Wall about the Willow Tit 'Back from the Brink' project. Thankfully two birds visited the feeder (at least one colour ringed) allowing the jubilant camera crew to film them. I was told the feature will go out on tomorrow night's Channel 4 News at 7pm.
2 more colour ringed Willow Tits were seen at the southern end of the reserve, 2 Coal Tits were singing and 2 Redwing were feeding on Haws.
Wombwell Ings - Present were 134 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 134 Wigeon, 86 Teal, 8 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 1 Little Egret, 11 Moorhen, 1 Coot, c30 Lapwing, 6 Golden Plover, 79 BH Gull, 1 Mistle Thrush, 7 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail and 2 Stonechat. Broomhill Flash - Noted were 7 Mute Swan, c300 Canada Geese, 53 Greylag, 26 Gadwall, 20+ Teal, 9 Shoveler, 9 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 2 Pochard, 1m+1f Goldeneye, 1 Wigeon, 13 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 244 Lapwing, 22 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull and 1 Hawfinch. Bolton Ings - Highlight was a female Goshawk, picked up by Seev as it flew east over the reedbeds before landing in a tree on the eastern end of the eastern pool. During its ten minute stay , from 12.45 to 12.55, it was briefly joined on the opposite side of the tree by a male Sparrowhawk, This offered a good comparison in terms of size, breast colour and eye stripe. Unfortunately the Goshawk was observed to have jesses on its legs. On the open water were 3 Mute Swan, 64 Greylag, 27 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 8 Pochard, 5 Wigeon, 1f Goldeneye, 359 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 11 Herring Gull, 7 Common Gull and 3 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Marsh Harrier ( mid AM ), 1 female Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Marsh Tit.
Thanks to Mike Jackson for such a speedy reply regarding the Herring Gull with a Yellow Darvic Ring Y J88 that was seen on WRes. on Monday 08.01.18 by @Carloslad 91.
"Thank you for reporting your sighting of
a colour ringed Gull. It’s a bird which was colour-ringed
ringed at Harewood Whin landfill site, to the west of York, (53.960 -1.177).
The bird was caught using a Cannon Net and is one of around 2500 Gulls which
have been caught and colour ringed to date. Harewood Whin is one of the decreasing
number of Landfill sites in the UK where it is possible to operate for the
catching and ringing of gulls. Whilst with us the gulls feed on the Landfill
site during the day and roost on the floods in Lower Derwent Valley National
Nature Reserve or on the Humber Estuary.
The bird was rung on 28th
July 2017 and yours is the first sighting since it was rung
I hope you find this of interest and
many thanks for taking the time to report your sighting."