Saturday, 20 September 2014


Harden Reservoir - 2 Tufted Ducks
Harden - 6 Cormorants N, 1 juvenile Cuckoo, 3+ Chiffchaffs and 100+ Meadow Pipits.

Carlton Marsh

This morning a Greenshank flew south at 10.30hrs and a Wheatear was in a field nearby. (Jim Plant)

Friday, 19 September 2014

Edderthorpe Friday am

Little Egret 13, Golden Plover 10, Snipe 5, Widgeon 15,Pochard 6. Got a count of 32 Little Grebe.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Carlton Marsh

This evening's ringing produced 20 birds from 2 nets and included a record catch of 15 Chiffchaffs, 3 Reed Warblers, 1 Blackcap and a Treecreeper.

This was a bird from elsewhere. One for you Martin
Reed Warbler Z171763 juv 63mm wing 12 grams

c100 Swallows came in to roost and a Water Rail was calling. As the light faded 2 Daubenton's bats were feeding over the scrape.

Rabbit Ings
A pair of Stonechats and a Snipe were present. (Dave Standish)

Wintersett, gulls 'n' stuff

The gull roost on the Top Res this evening held;- GBBGull 1, LBBGull 750, Herring Gull 1, Yellow-legged Gull 2 adults, Caspian Gull 1 adult, Black-headed Gull 4200. A female Mandarin was on here in the afternoon. And at Edderthorpe Flash, 14 Little Egrets were present this morning.

Adwick Washlands

Late morning
A walk along the path to the north of the reserve that borders on to farmland gave the following that are not visible from the main path and hide.

Small flocks of Reed Bunting and Tree Sparrows,
1Yellow Hammer
2 Whinchat, and
1 LRP.

Highlights from the main path and hide were
2 Kingfishers
1 Kestrel
2 LBB Gull


Elsecar Reservoir - a quick look produced 8 Great Crested Grebes, 74 Mallards, 17 Coots and 1 Grey Wagtail on the overflow.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Carlton Marsh

Gulls following the plough this afternoon included at least 1 adult and 1st winter Yellow legged Gull  with 20 Lesser Blacked-backed Gulls.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Anyone lost a Zebra?

This fine specimen was feeding in Cudworth Park this afternoon

Lower Ewden Valley

MoreHall Reservoir - 2 Canada Geese, 4 Teal, 94 Mallards, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Moorhens, 3+ Nuthatches, 1 immature/female Redstart and 15+ Pied/White Wagtails.
Broomhead Reservoir - 5 Teal, 48 Mallards, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 4 Moorhens and 20+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Weekend news, saturday 13th, sunday 14th.

Wilthorpe Marsh saturday, a brief visit had  Little Egret still + Green Sandpiper 4, Mistle Thrush 27 and Willow Tit 2. Low Moor/ Midhope on sunday for 3 hours had constant cloud cover which produced only 2 species of raptor but plenty of movement,. Results - Common Buzzard 5, one of which was extremly pale, almost white underneath with a white head, Kestrel 5, Green Woodpecker 1, Meadow Pipit 50 to 100, Cormarant 1, Mistle Thrush a total of 76,  Siskin 18,  Crossbill 3, Grey Heron 1, Starling 50.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Wintersett 15th September - Gullfest total update!!

Still very quiet with regards to migrants, although there does seem to be a lot of dispersal activity from Jays over the last few days, including parties of 10 and 11 north earlier today.

The Gull roosts were difficult again due to the continuing easterlies / almost flat calm conditions and it appears that Graham was the unlucky one tonight viewing the Top Res unbeknown to me on the Country Park. It really is hit and miss which site to pick, but the Country Park appears to be the main site at the moment.

A 2nd winter Caspian Gull was on the Country Park from 19.00 hrs - presumably the same bird from last week.

An adult Great Black-backed Gull was also in the Country Park roost, along with 17 Yellow-legged Gulls (15 adults, a 1st and a 2nd winter), bringing the area total to 19 with the two on the Top Res.

The highlight though, was a new Wintersett record of 1,859 Lesser Black-backed Gulls with 1219 on the Country Park and 640 on the Top Res. The previous record was 1,700 on July 12th 1990.

Carlton Marsh

This morning a Spotted Redshank flew south at 09.33hrs calling repeatedly. This was the first for this locality since 30th August 1992. At around the same time a 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull was following the plough along with 20 LBB Gulls and a Common Gull. (Jim Plant)  

Wintersett gulls

The Top Res gull roost was rather disappointing this evening, presumably many gulls were on the Country Park. Lesser Black-backed Gull 640, Herring Gull 1, Yellow-legged Gull 2. A Hobby was hunting over the res at dusk and a Tawny Owl was calling from Pits Wood.

Goose Fair

Brown Edge, Langsett - 40+ Greylag Geese.
Windleden Edge - 1 second-winter Great Black-backed Gull W.
Harden - 1 juvenile Cuckoo and 1 Chiffchaff (with Mick Cunningham).
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 15 Greylag Geese, 255 Canada Geese, 3 Wigeon, 159 Mallards, 5 Tufted Ducks, 4 Little Grebes, 7 Moorhens, 6 Coots, 250+ Lapwings, 1 Common Sandpiper and 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
Ingbirchworth Common - 30 Greylag Geese S.
Royd Moor Hill - 1 Raven.
Langsett Reservoir - 74 Greylag Geese, 52 Canada Geese, 41 Mallards and 50+ Pied/White Wagtails on the dam wall including 2+ White Wagtails.
Upper Midhope - 100+ Meadow Pipits flushed by an immature Sparrowhawk and c35 Pied/White Wagtails on the rooftops in the village.
Midhope Reservoir - 41 Greylag Geese, 6 Mallards, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe and 1 Moorhen.

Edderthorpe, Monday morning

A damp, misty start with a light easterly wind - ideal conditions for drift migrants. But not this morning. Wigeon up to 34, Pochard 15, Golden Plover 10 and Common Snipe 6 are the only things counted. There will be migrants somewhere though......

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Carlton Marsh

Looking back over the past week the highlights for us were;

Sunday 7th
4 Buzzards, 35 Meadow Pipits, 3 Kingfishers, Common Sandpiper, Spotted Flycatcher, the first Goldcrest of autumn, and 12 Red Admirals. (Jim Plant Chris Parkin)

Thursday 11th
Black Darter (Dave Smith)

Friday 12th 3 Reed Warblers, 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff ringed.

Tonight Saturday 13th Little Owl, Noctule and Daubenton's Bat and a foraging Hedgehog.

Wentworth 13 September

Maybe of interest, a newly ploughed field adjacent to the garden centre at Wentworth, 2 Wheatear, 57+ Meadow Pipit, numerous Pied Wagtails. Possible 4or5 White Wagtails (alba) which can be very tricky to identify in Sept/Oct and 2 Buzzards near by.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Broomhill Flash (am)

9am, Female Goosander moving along the west side, unable to find it 10 minutes later but it was a grey morning.
1 Ruff,
1 Spot Redshank,
15 Tufted Duck,
1 Mute Swan + 1 juv,
1 Common Sand,
1 Little Egret,
21 Cormorant,
1 Pochard,
1 LBB Gull juv,
6 Snipe,
12 Gadwall,

Edderthorpe, Friday morning

As the early morning mist slowly cleared the following wildfowl became visible;- Shoveler 140, Gadwall 106, Teal 275, Wigeon 15, Little Egret 7, Golden Plover 2. A Tawny Owl was calling early morning from Houghton Washland area. Houghton Washland is now heavily overgrown and it is difficult to see anything on there.