Monday, 20 April 2015

Carlton Marsh

A Curlew flew west at 11.48hrs and 2 Cuckoo were sat side by side in the Western Meadow.

2 House Martins were flying over the Birkwood estate in Cudworth.

8 species of butterfly included male Brimstone, 13 Orange-tip and 8 Speckled Wood.

(Chris Parkin/Dave Standish)

Wintersett, Monday

When the thick early morning fog finally cleared the 4 Black-necked Grebes were still present on the Top Res for their third day. A Tree Pipit was grounded in the north-east corner and a early Garden Warbler was in the Clump. The Garden Warbler is ringed and presumably a local breeding bird. A Grasshopper Warbler sang in the Clump and 4 Yellow Wagtails were seen on the Country Park.

Ingbirchworth reservoirs

Broadstone Reservoir - 12 Mallards, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kestrel, pair Moorhen, pair Coot, 2 Oystercatchers, 130+Black-headed Gulls, 3 Willow Warblers and c10 Linnets.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 2 Canada Geese, 24 Mallards, pair Tufted Ducks, pair Goldeneye, pair Little Grebes, two pairs Great Crested Grebes, 1 Common Buzzard, two pairs Moorhen, 19 Coots, 4 Lapwings, 8 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Common Gull, 1 'yaffling' Green Woodpecker, 4 Fieldfares and 30+ Willow Warblers.
Ingbirchworth Fishing Pond - 1 female Mallard with 3 ducklings - my first this year.
Royd Moor Reservoir - 4 Mallards, pair Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Moorhens, two pairs Coot, 3 Chiffchaffs, 41 Willow Warblers,1 Common Whitethroat and 1 Tree Sparrow.
Butterflies, 30+ Peacocks, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 male Orangetips.
Mammals - Grey Squirrel and Weasel with prey (looked like a Bank Vole).
Midhope Reservoir - 4 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 2 drake Teal, 5 Mallards and 1 Sparrowhawk

The Edge 20th April

Wombwell Ings mid AM-Present were 2 Mute Swan, 8 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 17 Mallard, 23 Tufted Duck, 10 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 4 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 4 Red Legged Partridge,1 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 8 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 19 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 11 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 6+ Skylark, 10+ Swallow, 5 Sand Martin, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap.
Broomhill Flash late AM-Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 15 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 13 Gadwall, 14 Tufted Duck, 7 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Little Grebe, 28 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 24 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kestrel, 167 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
Warbler Way- Singing males 13 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcap and 2 Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings early PM-Highlights were 1 Barn Owl and 2 Grey Partridge. On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 14 Canada Geese, 9 Greylag, 26 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Little Grebe, 51 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 250+ BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Woodpecker1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Bullfinch.

Edderthorpe AM

Nice morning after misty start. Redshank 16, Greenshank 1,RP 2,LRP 1, Common Sandpiper 2, Green Sandpiper1,Little Egret 1,Snipe 4. Good numbers of Chiffchaff,Blackcap and Willow Warbler+ Whitethroat 1. My first Sedge Warbler (settling pond).
Sash/Symphony.RP 4,Redshank1. There is a Saxony type duck sitting.Wonder what chicks will be like!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Wintersett Sunday

There are still 4 Black-necked Grebes present on the Top Res, the other 2 having departed to Pugneys CP. Combined totals for the Res and CP wildfowl counts;- Goldeneye 25, Tufted 150, Shelduck 1, Wigeon 2, Oystercatcher 4, Redshank 1, Common Tern 2, Swift 5, Kingfisher 1, Grasshopper Warbler 1, Reed Warbler 1, Sedge Warbler 1, Yellow Wagtail 1.

Edderthorpe, Sunday

April WeBS counts came up with the following highlights;- Shelduck 4, Mallard 122, Gadwall 103, Teal 43, Shoveler 9, Tufted 55, Goosander 1, Little Egret 1, Cormorant 3, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 58, Redshank 25, Greenshank 1, Ringed Plover 2, Common Snipe 5, Coot 54, Moorhen 52, Kingfisher 2, Yellow Wagtail 1.

Moorlands + 19/4/15.

Ewden, stone circle track - 1 cc Marsh Harrier, male Merlin, 4 Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 1 Golden Plover, 2 chipping Snipe. Low Moor/ Midhope - Merlin 1, possibly a pair with the other lost to view, Buzzard 3, Kestrel 2, Sparrowhawk 1, Raven 3, Siskin 1, chipping and displaying Snipe thought to be 10. Woolley this a.m.- quiet, 1 male GS Pecker, 2 Nuthatch. No peckers at all yesterday morning.

Carlton Marsh

A singing Sedge Warbler was a new arrival today. Also present 12 Blackcaps, 10 Willow Warblers and 10 Chiffchaffs all singing and Treecreeper and 2 Buzzards. 

Wildfowl Counts included 2 Mute Swan, 13 Canada Goose, 11 Greylag Goose, 1 Water Rail, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 4 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 1 Lapwing.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Little Don Valley 18th April

A fantastic Morning (Thank you Martin for the directions, Perfect!) Ring Ouzels 7 (5 Males) Wheateaer 2 (m&f) Redstart (m)Willow Warbler 2, Curlew, c 30 Meadow PIpits, 2 Pied Wagtails, 2 Siskin,Skylark,Mistle Thrush.

Wintersett, Saturday

Your usual reporter is off on her jollies yet again, so todays highlights;- Black-necked Grebe 6 breeding plumaged birds on the Top Res is a record high count for the BBSG recording area!! Showing very well in the bay around near Botany. Goldeneye 13, Wigeon 2, Common Sandpiper 4, Redshank 1, Water Rail 1, Yellow Wagtail 1 (first of the year), House Martin 8, Sedge Warbler 3, Common Whitethroat 3, Reed Warbler 1.

Pied Flycatcher

                                                                             Photo Nick Mallinson

Male Pied Flycatcher at Cliff Wood today.

Cudworth Common, Saturday morning

Counts on Ferry Moor (Sash pond) Symphony and the Common;- Canada Goose 25 with at least 5 sitting on nests, Greylag Goose 14, Mallard 64, Gadwall 12, Wigeon 2, Teal 2, Tufted Duck 9, Coot 16, Moorhen 22, Grey Heron 3, Lapwing 46, Ringed Plover 8, LRP 1, Common Snipe 1, Redshank 6, Little Grebe 4, Skylark 37 singing birds (an amazing total), Whitethroat 2, Kingfisher 2. And loads of butterflies;- Brimstone, Small Tortoishell, Peacock, Orangetip......

Edderthorpe, Saturday

A good walk around the site in glorious spring weather revealed;- Whooper Swan no sign of the bird that's been grounded on Houghton Washland for the last week (nor any obvious sign of a corpse so hopefully it's moved on) but 2 Whoopers flew north at 08.40. Shelduck 4, Little Egret 2, Oystercatcher 1, Redshank 20, LRP 2, Ringed Plover 3, Common Snipe 3, Common Buzzard 6, Sparrowhawk 4, Whitethroat 4, Blackcap 6, Willow Warbler 27.

Carlton Marsh

Today Buzzard 2, Water Rail, Cormorant 1 + 3 north, Sand Martin 1 + 3 north, House Martin, Coal Tit, Willow Tit SE3710, Whitethroat, possible Ring Ouzel. (Dick Laverack/Jim Plant)

This Phyllosc doesn't appear to be one of ours, it has an H in the number
Both photos sent in by Dick Laverack

Hartcliff Hill

An early call this morning produced a very showy (and vocal) male Ring Ousel, 7 Wheatears (6 males), 50+ Golden Plover and Yellowhammer, Song Thrush and Snipe on territory. The RO is bang on the book with regards the date here. The third weekend of the month always seems to produce. Even if it's just a single bird. Very nice, as always.

Old Royston Flash

LRP still on Old Royston Flash midday today.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Carlton Marsh

Cormorant, Grey Wagtail, Water Rail, Cuckoo, Little Owl, 4 Teal, 10 Tufted Duck.

A bird of prey soaring really high over Cudworth's old railway station site and Burton Grange at 15.06hrs gradually flew south towards Storrs Mill/Edderthorpe Flash. It was a long way away, but I believe it was an Osprey? So it might be worth watching for it tomorrow in case it is still in the area.

Cudworth Common
Cuckoo 1 singing at 11.00hrs

Gunthwaite - Midhope

Gunthwaite Dam - 3 Canada Geese, 2 Mallards, pair Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Moorhens and 4 Coots.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 28 Mallards, 5 Tufted Ducks, 1 drake Goldeneye, a pair Little Grebe, two pairs Great Crested Grebe, 4 Moorhens, 21 Coots, 6 Swallows and 5 Willow Warblers.
Midhope Reservoir - 2 drake Teal, 3 drake Mallards, 1 drake Tufted Duck and a pair Little Grebe.

Wintersett6 17.04.15

9°C with scattered cloud and a cool light north easterly.
Wintersett Res:  A COMMON TERN  was a 1st for the year.  Grasshopper Warbler 1m,  Sedge Warbler 3m,  Whitethroat 1m and Water Rail 2.
The 1st Ring session of the year produced 15 new birds, including: Grasshopper Warbler,  Sedge Warbler and 3 Chiffchaff.  Interestingly, 2 retrapped Blackcaps and 2 male Willow Warblers had been ringed here as juveniles last year.
Anglers CP: Shoveler 1m,  Teal 2,  Wigeon 1m + 1f,  Snipe 1, Goldeneye 11 + 2 WRes, Snipe 1 and   Common Sandpiper 1
Butterfly: The first SPECKLED WOOD was on the east bank WRes..