Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Wintersett 01.07.15

16 - 29°C,  very hot and sunny with a light south easterly.
Anglers CP: Teal 1 m,  Willow Tit 1 and Oystercatcher 2 adults + 1 juvenile.
Overnight moth trapping: Lilac Beauty,  Beautiful Carpet,  Small Yellow Wave,  Sandy Carpet and Marbled White Spot.
Odonata: Common Darter 1m,  Emperor 1m + 1f and Black-tailed Skimmer 20.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Wintersett 30.06.15

A very hot  22-27°C  with a little scattered cloud and a south easterly breeze.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 4,  Cormorant 3 and Oystercatcher 3 adults + 1 young.
Overnight moth trapping highlights were a female Oak Eggar a May Highflyer.  Also caught were a Beautiful Hook-tip,  Plain Wave and a Silky Wainscot.
             Oak Eggar -female                    ASmith
            May Highflyer           ASmith

Cudworth Common

A Little Egret was feeding on Ferrymoor ponds at 13.40hrs (Keith Bannister)

Hugsett Wood
A male Orange-tip was seen there with what was thought to be a couple of White-letter Hairstreaks. (Ralph Hibbert/Les Corrall)

Carlton Marsh

Last night's moth session (29th) with Elaine Evans, Chris Parkin, Dave Smith, Keith Webster and Richard Laverack provided 24 species of macro moth, which included 2 that were new for the list - Brown Rustic and Dingy Shell. Other beauties of note were Clouded Silver, Large Emerald, Sandy Carpet, Herald and Blackneck. The micro Donacuala furficella was also new.
A Tawny Owl flew over the scrape at dusk and 2 Long Eared Owls were calling high above the car park after midnight. A calling Oystercatcher flew north at 00.30hrs and a Barn Owl was still singing when we left at .01.00hrs!  At least 3 Noctule bats were still feeding over the scrape after midnight. 
 Brown Rustic
 Dingy Shell
 Large Emerald
 Sandy Carpet
The Miller

Monday, 29 June 2015

Wintersett 29.06.15

16 - 23°C hot and humid with 8/8 cloud until mid morning, then sunny with a light south easterly.
Anglers CP: A Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Common Sandpipers were new in on the shallows this morning.  Yellow- Wagtail 1,  Grey Wagtail 1,  Common Tern 1,  Willow Tit 1 and Oystercatcher 3 adults + 1 juvenile.
           Black-tailed Godwit      ACP                 ASmith

The Edge 29th June

Wombwell Ings - Very quiet with 5 Gadwall (with broods of 8 and 4), 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Mallard, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Little Egret, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1+1y Coot, 2 Moorhen, 6 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Skylark, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Song Thrush , 5 Linnet and a group of of 12 young Carrion Crow.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan +5 cygnets, 34 Canada Geese, 3+3y Greylag, 11 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 2 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Kestrel, 55 Lapwing, 103 Coot and 4 Moorhen.
Warbler Way  - Singing males included 8 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Yellowhammer.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan +7 cygnets, 1 Canada Goose, 66+14y Gadwall, 19+5y Mallard, 16 Tufted Duck, 6+9y Pochard, 1 Wigeon, 3+1y Great Crested Grebe, 6+1y Little Grebe, 141 Coot, 3 Moorhen, and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 1 Grey Heron and 1 LBB Gull. Nature in the raw was shown by a Carrion Crow attacking and killing a recently fledged Black Headed Gull. This gruesome assault took place despite the 50+ adult Black Headed Gulls circling and dive bombing the Crow.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Edderthorpe weekend

The highlight was on Saturday when a Red Kite graced the skies; It was seen over Bolton Ings and finally came into Edderthorpe airspace about 20 minutes later at 10.10 although very distantly over Darfield. Twenty minutes later it was much closer over Storrs Mill Wood as it slowly made its way northwards. Little Egrets are quickly coming into the area, 9 on Saturday and 5 on Sunday. Still up to 14 Ringed Plover and 4 Little Ringed Plovers on the mud. Redshank are slowly heading away and back to the coast with numbers now into single figures. Two Green Sandpipers on Houghton Washland where there is still a chipping Common Snipe. Most of the Lapwing chicks from the late broods are surviving and growing well.

Sunday 28/6/15.

Firstly I would like to pay a tribute to Mike Richardson. I know he made top contributions to birds and birding through his photography and lectures, some of which I have attended at the Barnsley meetings. Having read the comments on this blog and on twitter this morning he made himself very popular in doing so. Cheers Mike from Stu Green. Very steady birding this morning at Wilthorpe Marsh with a Green Sandpiper on the river. Joined Dave Simmonite at Midhope/ Low Moor at 2-30pm until 5-30pm.- again very steady with Buzzard 2, Kestrel 6, Oystercatcher 5, a party of 4 + 1 single, Raven 3, BH Gull 14, LBB Gull 6, Siskin 8, Goldfinch 8, Snipe 2 chipping is quite a reduction. Swifts still moving w. today with 250 + counted and 10 House Martins.

Wintersett 28.06.15

12 - 17°C with scattered cloud and a light westerly.
Anglers CP: Curlew 4 flew west at 10.35hrs.  Grey Wagtail 1 and  Cormorant 3.
Wintersett Res:  A Hobby flew over this morning. 
Fitzwilliam CP: An adult Hobby was seen at 16.00hrs.
Overnight mothing highlights were 2 Marbled White Spot and a Plain Wave.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Carlton Marsh

Little Owl 2 adult and 1 juv showing this morning along with Grey Wagtail. A juv Kingfisher was photographed before it was caught later. A Barn Owl was hunting over the main marsh at 21.16hrs and Campion moth was feeding on Bladder Campion at dusk.
Both photos were taken by Richard Laverack.

 juv Kingfisher
Reed Warbler

Wintersett 27.06.15

17 - 23°C,  hot and humid,  with scattered cloud and a light westerly breeze.:
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher 3 adults + 1 fledged young.
Wintersett Res:  Grasshopper Warbler 1 female.  Siskin 1 over.
32 birds were ringed this morning,  a poor number for the end of June.  Highlights were single juvs. of  Goldcrest, Coal Tit  and Willow Tit.  Also only one juv. Willow Warbler.  Others were - Chiffchaff  10 juvs and   Blackcap 9 - 3 adult and 6 juvs.
Butterfly: A male Orange Tip flew along Haw Park Gully.
Juvenile Goldcrest    WRes    RHill


With great sadness we have to report the passing away of the larger than life character Mike Richardson. He died early this morning. Mike was a top bird photographer and a superb speaker, his annual 'show' at the BBSG Meetings was always well anticipated, well attended and always very well received (despite his often colourful language). There is no one else like Mike, his superb photography could have carried a show alone, but add in his fantastic humour and wit and a entertaining evening was guaranteed. He will be sorely missed but his memory will live long in all who knew him. RIP Mike, a true birding character.


One for you Cliff.  Have you any idea what this 'Woolly Bear' is?
Seen at Mickleden Edge on 24th June. (about 8cm in length).

Friday, 26 June 2015

Wilthorpe Marsh 25/6/15.

Nocturnal visit at 11-30 pm was disappointing. The only thing heard and seen of note were 1+ Little Owl at hill end farm. No sign of any Tawny Owl or Long Eared's. The last l.e. owl sighting was what was thought to be a roosting male on 25th April.

Wintersett 26.06.15

15 - 21°C.  Rain first thing then hot and humid with a couple of light showers and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Grey Wagtail 1, Teal 1m,  Common Tern 1,  Cormorant 2 and Oystercatcher 2 adults + 1 young.  A Yellow Wagtail, with food,  flew towards the north bank WRes..  
Butterflies in the area: 20+ Ringlet,  Small Heath 2,  Painted Lady 1 and Red Admiral 1.
Overnight moth trapping highlights were: Beautiful Hooktip,  Marbled White Spot and Beautiful Carpet.  True Lover's Knot (usually feeds on heather) and White Pinion Spotted were the first caught for 3 years.  Also Buff Ermine and Figure of 80.

      True Lover's Knot       ACP              ASmith
                Beautiful Hooktip    ACP     ASmith
         Marbled White Spot    ACP      ASmith

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Wintersett 25.06.15

15-21°C very warm with scattered cloud and a light southerly.
Anglers CP: Grey Wagtail 1 and Oystercatcher 4 adults + 1 young.
 Golf Course Pond: Siskin 2.
Haw Park Wood: Nuthatch 1.
Lepidoptera: Orange Tip  1m Stubbs Wood and 1m ACP.  The first Black-tailed Skimmer of the year was on ACP.  A Pine Hawk-moth was the highlight of overnight moth trapping in Haw Park Wood.

Pine Hawk-moth  Haw Park Wood   ASmith

Cliff Wood

Cliff Wood
Met up with Michael Angel and we came up with these revised breeding figures:
Redstart - two pairs fledged 7 + 2+ young.
Pied Flycatcher - two pairs fledged 7 + 7 young.
Spotted Flycatcher probably two pairs - one pair had 5 eggs predated (perhaps by Jays) and another pair one hundred yards or so away.
Also 1 Hobby N, fp Treecreepers, plenty of young Blue & Great Tits and Nuthatches. At least one pair of Blackcaps has fledged 4 young. All in all it looks as though both resident and migrant species have had a good breeding season.
Of the 32 nest-boxes erected here, 28 were occupied (14 of these by Blue Tits).

Cudworth Common

Had a stroll over here early morning to see how breeding waders were doing. Lapwing, most have given up on the breeding season, 58 flying birds and a brood of 3 recently hatched young behind the Symphony fence and another brood on the Common ponds. Ringed Plover at least 7 adults in the Symphony enclosure, one pair with a recently hatched brood of chicks. Little Ringed Plover, a pair acting as though they had young in the grass although I failed to see any. Little Grebe, a pair with chicks on the moat around the ponds. Judging by the number of Skylarks it would appear they have had a good breeding season.

The Edge 25th June

Wombwell Ings - Present on a rather nice day were 2 Greylag, 12+14y Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Shoveler, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 5 Lapwing, 3 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 chipping Snipe, 7 BH Gull, 2 Skylark. 20+ House Martin, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan +5 cygnets, 37 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 12 Tufted Duck, 10+7y Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 2+1y Pochard, 6 Little Grebe, 56 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 26 Lapwing, 2 Kestrel, 118 BH Gull and 1 Little Owl.
Warbler Way - Singing males included 10 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Grasshopper warbler.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 6 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 74 Gadwall, 27 Tufted Duck, 14 Pochard, 9 Mallard, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 6+2y Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 51 Coot ( quite a drop from yesterday's 110 ), 1 Moorhen, 181 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Avocet, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail and the first Painted Lady butterfly of the year.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Wintersett 24.06.15

Hooray - weather as it should be.  16-22°C,  hot and sunny with high wispy cloud and a very light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Siskin 2 SW,  Oystercatcher 1 adult + 1 young and Cormorant 1.
Wintersett Res: Yellow Wagtail 1,  Common Tern 1.
33 birds were ringed this morning, including: an adult female Grasshopper Warbler and juveniles of Blackcap, Chiffchaff,  Whitethroat, Garden Warbler and Willow Warbler.
Lepidoptera: A range of species but still very low numbers.  Meadow Brown,  Red Admiral,  Peacock and Chimmney Sweeper were seen in ones or twos.