Saturday, 30 April 2016

Wood Warbler Wharncliffe Woods 30/4/16


Singing Wood Wardbler in Wharncilffe Woods  this Morning!


Friday, 29 April 2016

Carlton Marsh

A Swift flew north over my home in Newtown, Cudworth at 16.23hrs and minutes later Geoff Miller reported one over his home in Beech Avenue a mile to the north. At 19.20hrs one was over the wader scrape at Carlton Marsh briefly before it headed towards Beech Avenue and continued to feed over the fields in between. I feel sure all these sightings involved the same bird.
A Sand Martin, House Martin and 6 Swallows were also of note and Kingfisher, 2 Redshanks and a Grey Wagtail were present

Wintersett 29.04.16

3 - 6 degrees with rain/sleet from mid to late morning and a  moderate, very cold, north westerly.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1,  Herring Gull 1 and  Wigeon 2m.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 3.  Sand Martin 200 in the area.

The Edge 29.04.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 33 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 14 Tufted Duck, 11 Mallard, 9 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Coot, 1 Kestrel, 7 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 12 BH Gull, 3 LBB Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Linnet.
TPT - Very quiet due to strong cold wind. Only 3 Willow Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff singing. Also 1 Blackcap alarm calling.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 2 Greylag, 12 Tufted Duck, 6 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 1 male Goosander, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 35 Coot, c400 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 7 Canada Geese, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Moorhen, 1 Lapwing, 3 Swift and a flock of c80 Sand and House Martins. A group of c20 Swallows were feeding over the R.Dearne and a Common Sandpiper was on the river bank.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Carlton Marsh

I managed to get down for an hour this evening in the sun, then it chucked down again. Oh well, at least it was worth the walk. Greenshank, Redshank, drake Teal, 2 Grey Wags, one dive bombing a Little Owl that had a Wood Mouse hanging out of its cakehole. A Kingfisher flew down the dyke and 2 Water Rails were seen together at nearby Bleachcroft Farm.

Cudworth Common -this morning
The male Whinchat was feeding in a meadow near the Symphony factory and a Cuckoo was singing on the Common. 3 Brown Hares were in the Symphony compound. (L. Corrall & R. Hibbert)



Photographs by Les Corrall

Wintersett 28.04.16

0-4 degrees, sunny start but increasing cloud  and a cold westerly.  Rain showers from early afternoon.
Anglers CP: A female Redstart was on the Pol.  A Whimbrel flew over )8.55hrs.  Common Sandpiper 1,  Wigeon 2m,  Teal 6,  Curlew 1 and Sand Martin 200.
Wintersett Res: Redpoll 1 north,  Garden Warbler 1m and Grasshopper Warbler 1m, both west bank.  Sedge Warbler 5m (3m north bank and 2m boathouse reeds)  + 2m ACP.

The Edge 28.04.16

Wombwell Ings - First Yellow Wagtail of the year for me on the Ings. Also noted  were 2 Mute Swan, 51 Canada Geese, 12 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 16 Mallard, 11 Gadwall, 11 Tufted Duck, 8 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 5 Lapwing, 3 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Swift, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush,2 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Whitethroat.
TPT - Singing males 9 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat  and 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker.
Bolton Ings - Highlight were the two Black Necked Grebe in full summer plumage. On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 19 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 1 drake Pintail, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 46 Coot, c500 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 7 Greylag, 5 Canada Geese, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff.
Oystercatcher - Wombwell Ings

Yellow Wagtail - Wombwell Ings

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Carlton Marsh

It felt slightly warmer today until the snow came at teatime. First thing this morning Redshank and Greenshank on the wader scrape. (R.J. Boland) Then they were joined by a Little Ringed Plover at 10.00hrs, but it gone by 15.00hrs.
2 Water Rails were 'Sharming' on the main marsh and 2 pairs of Willow Tit were also present.
Greater Stitchwort and Dog Violet are now in flower here.

Wintersett 27.04.16

3 - 5 degrees,  sunny start, then increasing cloud and a cool westerly.   Intermittent hail and snow showers from mid afternoon with rumbles of thunder!
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1,  Snipe 1, Curlew 1, Water Rail 1,  Wigeon 2m and Herring Gull 2.
Wintersett Res:  Grasshopper Warbler 2m west bank.  Redstart 1m north east bank,  Goldeneye 1m + 1f,  Shelduck 3 and Carrion Crow 56.

The Edge 27.04.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 41 Canada Geese, 18 Greylag, 5 Shelduck, 10 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 7 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 10 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 12 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull. In Broomhill Park were 2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush and singing Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap.
TPT - Singing males  9 Willow Warbler,7 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap and 1 Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings - From the sofa we could hear a reeling Grasshopper Warbler and singing Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Whitethroat. On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 5 Greylag(+brood of 5 goslings), 19 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 7 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 44 Coot, 1 Moorhen, c500 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 2 Bullfinch and 1 Willow Tit.

Ingbirchworth Area

Whitley Edge - pair Oystercatcher and pair Little Owl.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 2 Mute Swans (taken up residence?), 1 Greylag Goose, 8 Canada Geese, a pair Teal, 38 Mallards, 22 Tufted Ducks, 3 Great Crested Grebes, pair Little Grebes, 4 Moorhens, 11 Coots, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 53 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Raven E, 250+ Swallows, 40+ House Martins, 21 s Willow Warblers, 3 s Blackcaps, 1 s Common Whitethroat, 50+ Pied Wagtails and 4+ White Wagtails, 8+ Meadow Pipits, 8+ Bramblings, 5+ s Chaffinches, 12 Linnets, 1 s Yellowhammer and 3 s Reed Bunting.
Midhope Reservoir - 6 Greylag Geese, pair Teal, 4 drake Mallards and 1+ Moorhens.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Wintersett 26.04.16

2 - 4 degrees, with a little sun first thing then 8/8 cloud, hail and sleet showers from late morning and a very cold north westerly.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 2,  Wigeon 2m, Goldeneye 1 imm. m + 1 f and  Herring Gull 4
Wintersett Res: Sand Martin 200,  Peregrine 1 adult over south west,  Common Tern 4 and Hobby 2 over north at 14.40hrs.

Wintersett 25.04.16

3 - 9 degrees with some sun but a very cold northerly.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 1,  Common Sandpiper 1,  Teal 8 + 1 WRes.,   Wigeon 2,  Goldeneye 3 (2m 1f) ,  Herring Gull 4 and Grey Partridge 2
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 3,  Grasshopper Warbler 1 reeled briefly.   51 Carrion Crow were feeding in the  SW field.

The Edge 26.04.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 62 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 10 Mallard, 8 Tufted Duck, 8 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 7 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Greeenshank, 13 BH Gull, 3 LBB Gull, 1 Mistle Thrush and 1 Chiffchaff.
TPT - Singing males 11 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap and 1 Lesser Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag, 16 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 32 Coot, 448 BH Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 6 Canada Geese, 1 Kestrel, 1 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Whitethroat and 1 singing Sedge Warbler.

Monday, 25 April 2016

The Edge 25.04.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 Mute Swan, 53 Canada Geese, 11 Greylag, 5 Shelduck, 13 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 8 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Coot, 6 Lapwing, 3 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher,  23 BH Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 6+ Skylark, 2 Mistle Thrush and 2 Willow Warbler.
TPT - Singing males  10 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap and 1 Song Thrush.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 3 Mute Swan, 19 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 4 Mallard, 4 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, c500 BH Gull, 3 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 7 Greylag, 5 Canada Geese, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Jay, a group of c50 House Martin, 6+ Sand Martin, 2 singing Whitethroat and 1 singing Sedge Warbler.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Carlton Marsh

This morning Greenshank, Redpoll, 2 Water Rails, 3 singing Lesser Whitethroats and our first Reed Warbler. 
This afternoon the Greenshank was joined by a Common Sandpiper, Redshank and Grey Wagtail.
(CG Jim Plant Rod Heeley)

Wintersett 24.04.16


4 - 8 degrees.  Dry but cold,  with sunny spells a light northerly.
Anglers CP:  Sparrowhawk 5,   WHIMBREL  2,  Curlew 2,  Common Tern  north + 3 WRes.,  Herring Gull 6 over,  Wigeon 2m,  Goldeneye 9,  Teal 6,  Lesser Whitethroat 1m,   Siskin 1 over,
Cold Hiendley SF: Yellow Wagtail 2
Wintersett  Res: Swift 20 anD House Martin 40.  A HOBBY flew east over Pits Wood  13.45hrs
Many thank to Chris Swaine for this great shot of Cetti's Warbler.  See also his short video on Twitter of this bird belting it out this morning  @CroftonBirder  (You can click on the link on the right of the page and scroll down. even if you don't have a Twitter account)
 
                      Cetti's  Warbler     WRes boathouse.   CSwaine

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Wintersett 23.04.16

A fisherman reported  -3 degrees during the night,  frosty at dawn.  Sunny morning up to 11 degrees and a light northerly, with increasing cloud and a brief shower this afternoon. 
Anglers CP: Curlew 1, Snipe 2, Mallard 4 vs young,  Wigeon 2m,  Goldeneye 8, and Herring Gull 1.   The first 5 Canada Goslings were seen. 
Cold Hiendley Res: A GREEN  SANDPIPER flew in 08.09 - 08.12hrs, then flew to ACP.  Common Sandpiper 1.
Cold Hiendley SF: Yellow Wagtail 4.
Wintersett Res:  Common Tern 2,  Swift 16,  Whitethroat 2m,   Lesser Whitethroat 4m,  Sedge Warbler 1m + 1m  ACP,  Nuthatch 2m Pits Wood and Garden Warbler 1m.  An OSPREY flew north at 10.15hrs.  A Peregrine was circling high at 15.05hrs.   An OSPREY, presumably this morning's bird returning, flew over west at 15.21hrs,  hovered briefly, then went over CHRes. before circling high over CH village and drifting away high south at 15.31hrs.
Osprey                   WRes    PMeredith

Friday, 22 April 2016

Carlton Marsh

This evening a Greenshank was feeding on the wader scrape from 17.30hrs and 5 Redpolls were feeding in a Silver Birch. The first brood of 12 Mallard chicks yesterday had reduced to 9 today. Also present 5 pairs of Tufted Duck and a pair of Grey Wagtails. A LBB Gull flew north.

Wintersett 22.04.16

5 - 10 degrees,  mostly cloudy with a cold north easterly wind.
Anglers CP: A Black-tailed Godwit was on the east bank until flushed by a dog walker at 08.47hrs. Wigeon 2 m ,  Goldeneye 5 and Snipe 2 .
Haw Park Wood: Redpoll 1
Cold Hiendley Res and field: An Arctic Tern flew north east.  Wheatear 1 m and Yellow Wagtail 11.
Wintersett Res:  A cream crowned MARSH  HARRIER flew east over north bank 14.53hrs.  Swift 17,  Common Tern 2,  Goldeneye 8,  Mallard 2 vs young,   Shoveler 1 pair,   Grasshopper Warbler 1 west bank, Sedge Warbler 2, Garden Warbler 1,  Yellowhammer 4 and Stock Dove 7.
                Black-tailed Godwit       ACP     SDenny