Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Adwick late news yesterday

Cuckoo 1 (Paul Shepherd, J. Little)

Edderthorpe Flash 16 April

Sunny mid morning with a cool breeze. 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Greenshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Avocet, 7 Redshank, 5 Snipe, 2 Wigeon, 2 Shelduck and a few Swallows.

Tuesday highlights

Old Moor: Bittern 2, Common Sand, Med Gull 4.

Adwick: LRP 8, Curlew, (Presumed) Little Stint (still mostly distant), White Wag 4. No reports of yesterday's Ring Ouzel.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


More Hall Tip - 1 drake Mandarin Duck on the River Don.
per SBSG website.

The Edge 15th Apr

Wombwell Ings mid AM- Present were 2 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 29 Canada Geese, 15 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 33 Gadwall, 27 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 9 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 15+ Lapwing, 6 Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 72 BH Gull, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Mistle Thrush.
Broomhill Flash late AM- Noted were 6 Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 15 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 27 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 130+ BH Gull and 3 Red Legged Partridge.
Wombwell Ings late AM/early PM- Highlight was 5 Buzzards low over the eastern end. One easily distinguishable bird has a missing secondary in each wing. On the open water were 8 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 11 Canada Geese, 8 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 30 Tufted Duck, 11 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 1 Shoveler and 574 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Oystercatcher and 1 Grey Wagtail.
TPT- Singing males included 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat and 1 Song Thrush.

A Willow Day

A walk around each of  the Ingbirchworth group of reservoirs produced a total of 78+ Willow Warblers and 3 Willow Tits. This gives a total of four (possibly five) birds holding territories around the reservoirs.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 1 Greylag Goose, 3 Canada Geese, 24 Mallards, 7 Tufted Ducks, a pair of Goldeneye, 3 Great Crested Grebes, four pairs of Moorhen, 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Common Gull, 1 Blackcap, 2 Common Whitethroats, 18 Willow Warblers,15 Wheatears, 3 Yellowhammers and 3 Reed Buntings.
Ingbirchworth Fishing Pond - a pair of Canada Geese and 3 drake Mallards.
Royd Moor Reservoir - 1 drake Teal, 4 Mallards, a pair of Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, a pair of Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kestrel, five pairs of Moorhen, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Blackcaps, 35 Willow Warblers, 3 Yellowhammers and 5 Reed Buntings.
Scout Dike Reservoir - 10 Mallards including 1 drake Mallard paired with a Muscovy Duck x Mallard hybrid, 3 Tufted Ducks, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Moorhens, 15 Coots, 2 Blackcaps and 22+ Willow Warblers.
Langsett Reservoir (from the dam wall) - 13+ Canada Geese and 1 Canada Goose x Greylag Goose.
Midhope Reservoir - 4 (a pair + 2 drakes) Teal, 7 Mallards, a pair of Little Grebe and a pair of Moorhen.
Barnside - 5 Greylag Geese and 1 Snipe.

Wintersett 15.04.14

0°C  frosty start, but blue sky and sunshine prevailed,  temperature rose to 17°C.
Wintersett Res: Lesser Whitethroat 1 male, Cetti's Warbler 1 male,  Grasshopper Warbler 1 male,  Greylay Goose 6 over,  Little Owl 1,  Goldeneye 10 + 6 ACP, 
Cold Hiendley Res:  Grey Wagtail 1
Anglers CP: The 1st of the year Yellow Wagtail flew north at 07.20hrs, and the second went north at 11.40 hrs. Dunlin 1,  Common Sandpiper 1,   Teal 1 male + 2 female.  Stock Dove 2 + 12 going east and Common Gull 1 north.    9  Buzzards were up at once.
Haw Park Wood:  50 Golden Plover flew over. 
Lepidoptera:  Green-veined White 1 HPLane,  Large White 1 ACP  and Orange Underwing 1.

Edderthorpe, Tuesday a.m.

A frosty and misty start to what looks like is going to be a glorious weather day. The Egyptian Goose is back on the Flash. Oystercatcher 1, Greenshank 1, Ringed Plover 2, Snipe 9, but most of the water remained shrouded in mist to my leaving. Tawny Owl 1.

A few extras

Old Moor: 2 Bitterns, 2 Med' Gulls, 2 Dunlin.

Adwick: male Ring Ouzel this evening.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Wintersett 14.04.14

10°C,  sunny but with a cool and gusty south westerly.
Anglers CP: Little Ringed Plover 1 NW at 08.40hrs,  Common Sandpiper 2,  Curlew 1 + 1 SW,  Snipe 3 and Teal 1 male + 2 female.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 male,  Pochard 1 drake,  Buzzard 2,  Little Owl 1,  Green Woodpecker 1 male. 
Haw Park Wood:  BRAMBLING 1 male + 3 female,  Siskin 1,  Redpoll 20.

Gentle Reminder - Part 2

Further to my post yesterday,  I have been asked to add the following link after some were seen tape luring birds in territory! 
For those who need further information/guidelines regarding sensitive birding go to
and scroll down the right hand side to  'popular posts'.
There is an article called Social Media and the risk of disturbance to Rare Breeding Birds which has the protection laws, species and timings information.

For the majority who know all this - please lead by example.  


Avocet 15+;  LRP 6+; Oystercatcher 2; Dunlin 2; Ringed Plover 2; White Wagtail 2+; Yellow Wagtail 2; wallow 3+; Sand Martin 2; Ring Ousel 1 male.

A distant stint with the two Dunlin was quite grey-looking and thought to be Temminck''s at first, but later consensus moved towards Little Stint when it came marginally closer. 

Cliff Wood, Low Moor and Broomhead

Cliff Wood - 1 Pied Flycatcher showed well, G.S Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Mistle Thrush, Swallow

Low Moor - 3 Crossbill, Snipe, Curlew, Lapwing, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Red-Legged Partridge, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel

Broomhead - No sign of Two Barreds or Common Crossbills. G.S Woodpecker, Siskin, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, male and female Blackcap

Sunday 13-4-14

Wilthorpe Marsh a.m. Pair of goosanders on river and house martin at sewage farm. No sign of l.e. owl since 28th march. Up to the moors via kexboro with 4 curlews still present on upperfield lane which were here on 23rd february. Arrived at low moor at 12-15pm and raptors were hard to come by so an osprey showing well over midhope res. at 2-50pm was welcome.It showed again at 3pm over upper midhope village as it headed for langsett. Also seen were buzzard 2, kestrel 2, sparrowhawk 1,lbb gull 7,crossbill 3 showing well in tree behind watchpoint, raven 1, grey heron 1, siskin 10, swallow 2, snipe 4 displaying, lapwing 5 displaying, greylag 7 looks like the pink foots moved on.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Carlton Marsh

New in today Lesser Whitethroat beating our previous record in 2009 by 1 day. L. B.B Gull 2 + 2 north, and a steady passage of Swallows and Sand Martins. Also present 2 Willow Tit, 2 Coal Tit, Buzzard, Little Owl and Brimstone and Comma butterfly.

Tony Guest sent me this photo. It was when we went to Humberston around Easter time about 25 years ago. We saw practically nothing until a White-tailed Eagle flew over the caravan park, making it a memorable weekend. It was later accepted by British Birds.

Me, Geoff Miller, Tony Guest

Gentle Reminder

 I came across this  new site on Twitter - Birders against Wildlife Crime.   They have this reminder which I think is very appropriate at this time of year.

We birders often have ‘insider’ knowledge of nesting birds and therefore we have a particular responsibility to be careful with that information.
Egg thieves are known to mingle with birders looking to pick up information, and follow birding forums and birding websites.
Please do not make it easy for egg thieves by openly discussing or posting information about the location of breeding birds – even if the breeding season is over (the thieves will monitor the site for the birds to return the following year).
The identity of anyone suspected of being an egg thief should be made known to the police.

Also, please think twice before posting Grid References for locally sensitive bird species, so that they are not overwhelmed with listers and photographers.

Wintersett 13.04.14

8°C, scattered cloud,  warm in the sun, but cool in the brisk westerly.
 Wintersett Res: A juvenile Iceland Gull went north over at 08.43 hrs  and then over ACP at 08.45hrs giving all the locals good views.   Cetti's Warbler 1 male.  Sand Martin 180 and then increased to 280 by late afternoon.  Kingfisher 1 (Botany) and Lesser Whitethroat 1 male. 
Big Gulls were moving north or north west. Lesser Black-backed 51,  Herring 42,  Great Black-backed 1.
Cold Hiendley Res: Swallow 20.
Haw Park Wood: Siskin 1.
Anglers CP: An Egyptian Goose, a Common Sandpiper, a White Wagtail and a Dunlin were all new in.  Redshank 1, Cormorant 16, Snipe 2,  Teal 3, House Martin 5,  Goosander 1 W, Goldeneye 6 + 7 WRes.,  Golden Plover 10 (George's field).  The adult Lesser Black-backed and the adult Yellow-legged Gulls came in this afternoon.  There are several Canada Goose eggshells on the islands!
Butterflies:  Speckled Wood 1 ACP + 1 WRes.,  Brimstone male 1 WRes.,  Orange Tip 1 ACP + 1 Disp. Pt. and large numbers of Peacock around the area.

Iceland Gull                           PMeredith

Low Moor 13/4/14

Osprey over at 3pm as per message from Upland Tyke.

Male Garganey at Old Moor today

A few reasonable shots of the Male Garganey at Old Moor today which appeared 20 seconds after we entered the Family Hide; that doesn't normally happen to me!!

Also 2 Blackcap, 2 x Willow Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff

13 April 2014 Wharncliffe Chase and woodland edge

A 3 hour circuit around the Chase this morning gave the following highlights:

Linnet -16 (3 breeding colonies)
Raven - pair low north together
Tree Pipit - 2 singing/ disputing territory near Wharncliffe Farm
Swallow - 3 north separately
House Martin - 1 north with a Swallow
Crossbill - 18 in a single group
Skylark - 10
Wheatear - 17 (14 males and 3 females in 3 separate groups)
Curlew - 2
Chiffchaff - 2
Willow Warbler - 6
Yellowhammer - 2
Stock Dove - pair
Reed Bunting - 3 males