Saturday, 22 July 2017

Carlton Marsh

2 Little Egrets and a Green Sandpiper were on the wader scrape today along with 16 Canada Geese. A family of Willow tits were calling nearby.

Dragonflies included Emperor, Broad-bodied Chaser and Banded Demoiselle.

Wintersett 21.07.17

15 - 19 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a south easterly breeze.
Very quiet again today.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 1.  Pink-footed Goose 1 in wing moult.   Grey Wagtail 1.  Pochard 1.
Critter: Mink seen again on road between WRes and Botany Bay.

Wintersett + New VisMig Bench 22.07.17

Rain until 09.45 hrs, 16 - 18 degrees, mostly  dull with 8/8 cloud and a light south easterly.
Wintersett Res: Mallard 17.  Tufted Duck 45
Anglers CP: Sand Martin 350.  Common Sandpiper 3.  Whimbrel 1 over 08.45hrs. Common Tern 3.  Pink-footed  Goose 1.  Pochard 5.  Goldeneye 1 female.  Siskin 3 flew west.
Critters: A Lesser Emperor was seen from the south east bench, Wintersett Res. at 14.50hrs.   A Holly Blue was in Pits Wood.  3 Ringlets were at ACP.   A Mink crossed  the road near Botany Bay again.
The old VisMig bench was replaced with a deluxe version,  legacy of John Cudworth.  Graham Speight on joinery,  Chris Swaine on digging, with a little help from Paul Meredith.

Paul - just cos he's not tall enough!   Goodbye old bench.
Chris got his first blister so Paul had a go with the spade

Luxury back rest added.    Paul doing what he does best.
Testing, testing.      Excellent reviews!    Well done all.  

Friday, 21 July 2017

The Edge 21/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 Greylag, 38+3y Mallard, 2+3y Tufted Duck, 3 Gadwall, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 128 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 127 BH Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail and 9 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 39 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 18+10y Tufted Duck, 18 Mallard, 11+30y Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 20 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 118 Coot, 13 Moorhen, 31 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 2 Kestrel, 66 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1+5y Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 119 Gadwall, 11+2y Tufted Duck, 11 Pochard, 2 Mallard, 8 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron,  83 Coot and 1 Common Tern. Also present were 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Bullfinch.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Edge 20/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 10 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 23+2y Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Moorhen, 18 Lapwing, 5 Ringed Plover, 42 BH Gull, 1 Common Tern, 2 Pied Wagtail and 9 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 31 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 23+26y Gadwall, 17+5y Tufted Duck, 10+7y Mallard, 3 Pochard, 13 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 104 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 18 Lapwing, 14 Snipe, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 58 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 76 Gadwall, 7+3y Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 6 Mallard, 9 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron and 87 Coot.Heard singing were 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap and 1 Willow Warbler.  Also present were 1 Common Tern, 1 Jay and c50 Sand Martin.

Wintersett 20.07.17

Dry start for the ringers at dawn but rain from 07.00 put a stop to that.
Wintersett Res:  A Whimbrel was flying around calling,   and also over ACP from 04.45hrs - 05.10hrs.   Another Whimbrel flew west calling 05.30hrs.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1 and Grey Wagtail 1.

 A couple of  Swallow shots from Anglers CP     CSwaine 

Wilthorpe Marsh 20/7/17.

Oxbow pond, just north of tinkers pond this aft. had juv LRP, 3 Green Sand, Little Egret, ad W Rail showing well, fem Tufted Duck with 5 chicks, calling Willow Tit.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Wintersett 19.07.17

19 degree, humid with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Very quiet today.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 1.  Pochard 1.
Moorhouse Lane Big Pond: Wigeon 1 female.  3 Gadwall broods 3 + 3 + 4.

The Edge 19/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 21 Mallard, 1 Garganey, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Moorhen, 24 Lapwing, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 24 BH Gull, 4 Pied Wagtail and 8 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y  Mute Swan, 16+21y Gadwall, 12+11y Tufted Duck, 7+19y Mallard, 2 Teal, 2 Pochard, 14 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 107 Coot, 15 Moorhen, 54 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 1 Snipe and 61 BH Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+5y Mute Swan, 7 Canada Geese, 85 Gadwall, 14 Pochard, 6 Mallard, 5+1y Tufted Duck, 6 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 81 Coot and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 3 Oystercatcher over at 12.27pm, 1 Green Woodpecker, c40 Sand Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap and 1 Song Thrush.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Wintersett 18.07.17

Up to 25 degrees with sun, a little high thin cloud  and a light easterly breeze.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1,  Pink-footed Goose 1,  Common Tern 2,  Little Grebe 2,  Green Woodpecker 1,  Pochard 2.  Dunlin 1over, left south.
Wintersett Res: Grey Partridge 15.

The Edge 18/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 Mute Swan, 5 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 18 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 1 Cormorant,  7 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 37 Lapwing, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Pied Wagtail and 3 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Highlight was a Whimbrel which flew off east at c10.40am. Also noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 50 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 16+9y Tufted Duck, 16+6y Mallard, 10+9y Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 21 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 92 Coot, 10 Moorhen, 2 Kestrel, 56 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 92 BH Gull and 1 Common Tern.
Bolton Ings - A Great White Egret flew east over the reedbeds at the back of the east pool at approx.11.45am. It gave very good views when it perched at the top of a tree on the side of  Bolton Tip. After 20 minutes it flew west and landed in the long grass between the east and west pools, where only its neck and head were visible.On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 75 Gadwall, 10 Pochard, 8+6y Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 9 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 83 Coot, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Common Tern. Also present were 3 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap,1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Bullfinch.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Wintersett 17.07.17

15 - 19 degrees, sunny with a light scattering of cloud and a  very light north westerly.
Anglers CP: An adult Water Rail was on the shallows.  Common Sandpiper 1.  Oystercatcher 1.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Pochard 2.
Moorhouse Lane Ponds: Wigeon 1 female.
Disposal Point: Lesser whitethroat  1 and Green Woodpecker 1.
Wintersett Res: A flock of 2 summer plumage Black-tailed Godwit and 10 Redshank were flying over looking for a place to settle betwwen 15.25 and 15.30hrs.  They  were attacked  by an adult Peregrine, unsuccessfully.   The flock of waders cleared off,   and the Peregrine flew off south west at 15.30hrs.
Lepidoptera:  2 Ringlet and 2 Small Skipper ACP.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Wintersett 16.07.17

12 - 21 degrees with sunshine and scattered cloud and a north westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 male on west bank.  Grasshopper Warbler 1.   200 Sand Martin were around.
A total of 190 birds were ringed by Pete Smith today. 
Highlights were: 85 Sand Martin,  16 Willow Warbler,   11 Chiffchaff,   12 Reed Warbler,  4 Sedge Warbler,   10 Whitethroat,  1 Lesser Whitethroat,   20 Blackcap,  5 Garden Warbler,   1 Willow Tit,  2 Treecreeper  and 1 Jay. 
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 1.  Pochard 6.  Common Gull 1.  A Peregrine flew north west 14.27hrs.  There was an influx of Black-headed Gulls mid afternoon. 
Critters: A Common Darter was on west bank WRes.  A Hedgehog was on Haw Park Lane. 

               Sand Martin ringed today.       WRes     CSwaine

Ewden valley, Wilthorpe Marsh 16/7/17.

Ewden lodge and return. Plenty afternoon sunshine with the valley in full summer greenery. Worth the walk for an adult Hobby showing well a couple times near the lodge. Still, the only species in number were the 6+ Kestrels in the area. Male Merlin was in the valley but lost to view around brown edge. C Buzzard scarce, just 1. 3 juv Stonechats were in the bracken at moor side but not seen on the way down. Also here a few Redpolls and Siskins. Wilthorpe Marsh this morning very steady with 3 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, singing Sedge Warbler, only the second of the year and 1 Willow Tit.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Wintersett 15.07.17

15 - 18 degrees,  drizzly start, dry by mid morning with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: A Whimbrel flew south at 09.30hrs.  Common Sandpiper 1.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Barn Owl 1.  Sand Martin 200.  Mallard 1 vs young.
Cold Hiendley Area: Feral Pigeon 75.  Goldcrest 1 singing male + 1 HPWood.  Oystercatcher 1.
Wintersett Res: A Meadow Pipit flew south.   Common Tern 5.  Pochard 1 male.

                                Whimbrel (Record Shot)      ACP  CSwaine

Edderthorpe & Houghton weekly roundup

It's been mainly waders again this last week.
The adult Greenshank has been present throughout, has have a couple of Oystercatchers. Ringed Plovers have peaked at 26 on Wednesday 12th with 22 on both Tuesday 11th and Saturday 15th with a maximum of 6 juveniles among them which is a rather low ratio. Little Ringed Plovers were at 14 (8 juvs) at the beginning of the week and have dwindled down to 8 (4 juvs) by the weekend. It is generally thought that both these 'ringed plovers' are probably fairly local breeding birds, congregating at a local wetland before heading off towards wintering grounds, however, a colour-ringed adult Little Ringed Plover seen on Wednesday has been traced to an origin in Slovenia! (that's at the northern tip of the former Yugoslavia). Clearly not all local birds at all.
Green Sandpipers are usually to be found on Houghton where they have now reached 6 and Common Sandpipers usually on Edderthorpe also peaked at 6. Dunlins are present daily, all adults up to now with a peak of just 3 including a very rusty coloured bird.
Black-tailed Godwits, just a flock of 4 stayed a short while until flushed on Wednesday.
A juvenile Water Rail is on Houghton where they have bred again.
Grey Heron up to 5 and Little Egret just a couple.
Not much happening duck wise;- an adult and juvenile Shelduck, Teal up to 8, yawn....  Still not a single brood of Tufted Ducks has been seen, could be the first time 'ever' of no breeding, and surely no coincidence the Mink is still being seen on the river.
A juvenile Yellow Wagtail joined the numerous Pieds on the Flash on Friday.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Wintersett 14.07.17

12 - 15 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1.    The egg has gone from the Great Crested Grebe nest on the shallows.  Mallard Ducklings  2 vs + 2 vs Botany Bay. 
Moorhouse Lane Big Pond: The female Wigeon has relocated here.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 4.  Oystercatcher 1.  Shelduck 1.

The Edge 13/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Highlight was a Garganey giving  good views on the near edge of the water. Also present were 7 Mute Swan, 28 Greylag, 13 Mallard, 7+9y Gadwall, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 23 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover, 48 BH Gull, 3 Pied Wagtail and 9 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 6+2y Mute Swan, 43 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 15+7y Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 4 Mallard, 22 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 113 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 1 Barn Owl, 73 Lapwing and 2 Pied Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water 2+6y Mute Swan, 164 Gadwall, 11+3y Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 6 Mallard, 12 Little Grebe, 3+2juv Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 84 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 4 BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull. Singing males near the hide included 2 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat and 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler. Also present were 2 Jay, c50 Sand Martin and 2 Bullfinch.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Wintersett 13.07.17

13 - 17 degrees with scattered, but increasing cloud, and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Teal 2.  Common Tern 2.  Oystercatcher 2.  Common Sandpiper 1.  The Great Crested Grebe nesting on the rock in the shallows has one egg.
Wintersett Res: Willow Tit 2 on the north east bank.

Carlton Marsh

2 Little Egrets were feeding on the wader scrape today. (Rod Heeley)

A Humming-bird Hawk-moth was in Chris Parkin's Barnsley Road garden.

South Kirkby Tip
A Clouded Yellow was seen here this morning. (Les Corrall/ Ralph Hibbert)