Friday, 26 May 2017

Wintersett 26.05.17

Hot!  15 - 24 degrees with a few scattered clouds and a light easterly to south easterly breeze.
Wintersett Res:  2  Black-necked Grebe in summer plumage were off the east bank.  2 Shelduck flew towards Walton Hall. 
Anglers CP:  Herring Gull 1.  A Cuckoo was singing to the north.  Wigeon 1 pair.  Mallard young  1 + 2 M/L  and 5 small.
Lepidoptera: A Dingy Skipper was on the Disposal Point.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Wintersett 25.05.17

15 - 24 degrees - Sunny and hot with 1/8 cloud and a warm south easterly breeze.
Anglers CP: Grey Wagtail 1.  Pochard 1 m. Wigeon 1 pair.
Young birds:  Coot 7.  Oystercatcher 3. Canada Goslings 6.  Black-headed Gull 2 + 2.
Wintersett Res: A Kingfisher flew over to Botany Bay.  A Hobby flew over at 19.05hrs.
Lepidoptera: Very small numbers but a variety of species.
Orange Tip  HPLane.
2 Small Copper and the first Dingy Skipper for WRes..
Painted Lady 1 ACP + 1 Disp.Pt.
2 Small Heath and 2 Common Blue  DispPt. 

Carlton Marsh

A last minute decision to go mothing last night (Wednesday 24th) with Chris Parkin proved very interesting. Amongst the 14 species taken were; Scalloped Hazel (2nd record) Sallow Kitten (2nd record-first since 1979) and Pale Prominent.
May Highflyer (3), Pale Tussock and Grey Birch were all new to the list.
 Pale Tussock
 May Highflyer
 Grey Birch
 Sallow Kitten

Cliffe Wood, Langsett 25.05.17

Four lovely images from Cliffe Wood taken by Ron Marshall.


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Wintersett 24.05.17

13 - 20 degrees with sun, scattered cloud and a light westerly.
Disposal Point:  Chris Swaine picked up yet another great bird for the year list.   This time a ringtail Hen Harrier going over north east at 07.45hrs.  A Cuckoo was singing.
Anglers CP:  Kev Denny had a Whimbrel on the rocks and a Curlew bubbling in the back field.   A Common Tern flew through.  The Wigeon pair are still hanging around. The 2 resident pairs of Oystercatchers were having a set to with  an intruding pair and a single bird at 17.30hrs.
Wintersett Res: Mallard 5 medium young.
Cold Hiendley Res: The Mute Swan pair have made another nest.

                             Whimbrel                 ACP     KDenny

             Ringtail Hen Harrier                    Disposal Point    CSwaine

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Wintersett 23.05.17

11 - 20 degrees, sunny with scattered cloud and a light westerly. 
Not a lot to report  because of a very pleasant jaunt to Adwick Washlands this morning.
Anglers CP:  Dunlin 1 over.  Shelduck 5 south,  Oystercatcher  3 young.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Wintersett 22.05.17

12 - 17 degrees and warm all day.  Varying amounts of cloud and a westerly breeze.

Anglers CP: Shelduck  4 left south at 05.20hrs.  Oystercatcher 6 adults + 3 young.   Wigeon 1 pair.  Moorhen (2nd brood) 4 young.
Pits Wood:  Nuthatch 1 south of road.
CH Res. SF: Yellow Wagtail 1.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 2.  Cuckoo 1 male still singing all around.
Odonata: The first Blue-tailed Damselfly of the year was on the west bank WRes..

                        Blue-tailed Damselfly                WRes.  ASmith

Whoo hoo! It's a Wintersett 1st 20.05.17

I have the great pleasure of announcing that Mike Denton has confirmed  the 2  GREEN  TIGER  BEETLES seen on 20.05.17  are the first for the Wintersett Recording Area.  Congratulations to Paul Meredith  aka Fitzy.

                    Green Tiger Beetle                  CSwaine

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Wintersett Interesting Chiffchaff 20.05.17 Possible Iberian?

This interesting Chiffchaff  showing characterisitics of the Iberian species Phylloscopus ibericus was trapped and ringed at Wintersett Res.  20.05.17    Any comments welcomed.

Ewden valley to lodge and return, 21/5/17.

Cool breeze but not a problem sheltering at the lodge. Nowt new apart from a singing Tree Pipit at Moor Side. Also, - Buzzard total of 7 which includes a kettle of 6 which were joined by a Red Kite. Falcons scarce with a Peregrine on and off and seen chasing a Mallard but failed. Kestrel just one. Raven 2, Golden Plover 4 with 1 showing very well down near the track, 1 calling distant on broomhead moor and a pair on white carr. 1 chipping Snipe, Swift 30, House Martin 2, Redpoll 1, singing Reed Bunting, Cuckoo 1 heard more distantly near brown edge. Meadow Pipits counted on the way to and at the lodge, total 45+.

Carlton Marsh

Oystercatchers were on the move this morning, 3 SE at 07.15hrs, 1N at 09.05hrs and 2 more minutes later. 2 Redshanks, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 4 Lapwings were on the Wader Scrape and 1 Ringed Plover flew north. Also present Buzzard, Kingfisher and Water Rail (Jim Plant).
Unfortunately no-one was on site when I received a call from Angie that an Osprey was heading our way.

South Kirkby Tip & Pond
Birds included a singing Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker, 4 Tufted Duck and Buzzard.
Butterfly counts included 10 Orange-tip (7 females) 53 Dingy Skipper, 25 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue and 2 male Brimstone (Chris Parkin). 

Wintersett 21.05.17

9 - 16 degrees with sunny spells and scattered, increasing cloud and a light southerly.
Wintersett Res: Grey Wagtail 1 m.  Cetti's Warbler 6 singing males.
Disposal Point: Cuckoo 1 singing male.
Anglers CP: A rather quiet morning -  Oystercatcher 3 young. Pochard 1m.  Wigeon 1 pair.  Herring Gull 1. - but finished with a very nice OSPREY circling over, then leaving south at 12.10hrs.
Lepidoptera Disposal Point: Dingy Skipper 3 and Small Heath 1
Coleoptera: A great find by Paul Meredith was 2 Green Tiger Beetles Cicindela campestris on the Disposal point.  Not sure if these are the first for this area - ~will check with Mike Denton and update later.  (22.05.17Mike Denton confirmed Green Tiger Beetles are the first for the Wintersett recording area.)
CHRes:  Yellow Wagtail 1.  5 Oystercatchers flying around.                   
Santingley Area.  A Barn Owl was hunting at dusk.

                              Dingy Skipper   Disposal Point                CSwaine
                                Green Tiger Beetle    Disposal Point    CSwaine
                                                        Osprey                             ACP   PMeredith

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Wintersett 20.05.17

8 -11 degrees with blue sky and a light south westerly.  Increasing cloud and showers in the afternoon
Wintersett Res:  Cuckoo 1m.  Common Tern 2 + 1 ACP.  Arctic Tern 1 over at 09.05hrs.
Anglers CP:  Wigeon 1 pair.  Oystercatcher 3 young.  Mallard 1 small young.  Black-headed Gull young in both nests on small raft.    Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull flew over.

Low Moor 20/5/17.

Early afternoon. Cold, with both heavy and horizontal rain. Inbitween were 10+ Crossbills, 6+ Snipe, Buzzard 3, Kestrel 2. Filling up the seed feeder had quick results with a male Siskin and the white breasted male Chaffinch. A pair of Grey Partridges should have been included in last nights post from Wilthorpe Marsh. A scarce bird now.

Carlton Marsh

We don't seem to have much look with Mute Swans, the pen appears to have abandoned the nest! A male Cuckoo was singing first thing this morning and a female gave her babbling call later. A single LRP was on the Wader Scrape with Lapwing, but other than that it was quiet. (Dave Smith/Jim Plant)
Turning our attentions to insects, day flying moths included Silver Y, Silver Ground Carpet and Dingy Shell (our 5th record).
Butterflies on show were, 2 Peacock, 2 Common Blue, 6 Orange-tip, 1 Small Copper and 3 Dingy Skipper. (Chris Parkin/CG) 

A Goldcrest was singing in my Cudworth garden again today!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Wintersett 19.05.17

7 - 13 degrees with 8/8 cloud and drizzle until mid morning, then dry with a cool westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: The southern pair of Oystercatchers have 3 young.  Little Ringed Plover 1.  An Avocet flew in  to the shallows briefly, calling. at 09.45.  Cormorant 4. 
Wintersett Res: Common Scoter 2 m + 2 f  on at 07.45hrs, then flew off north.  Arctic Tern 1.  Cuckoo 1m.  Teal 1m.  An increase in House Martins today, with 200 in the area.

Wilthorpe Marsh 19/5/17.

Early evening. Quiet but enjoyable with a Hobby showing well going towards cawthorne. Also LRP flew into small muddy area which I assume is just a feeding area. They have bred in the adjacent industrial est. in the past and probably doing so again. Broods seen were 2 very recently hatched Lapwings, 6 Mallards, Greylag 7, a 4 and a 3.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Cliffe Wood Langsett 18.0517

Ron Marshall took these excellent images of a Pied Flycatcher  at Cliffe Wood
Langsett today.  Also in the wood Redstart and Spotted Flycatcher.

Wintersett 18.05.17

8 - 10 degrees  with scattered cloud and a light north westerly.
Wintersett Res: Cuckoo 1m + 1m Disposal Point.  Common Tern 1.  Cetti's Warbler 6m.
Anglers CP: Herring Gull 5 over.  Wigeon 1 pair.   The pair of Oystercatchers at the northern end of the shallows have failed to rear their chick.  The parent was bringing in small white grubs but  the chick refused to eat them.  The Oystercatcher pair nearest the hide have presumably hatched young. These parents are also bringing in white grubs which are being refused.  In both cases the parent birds eat the grubs themselves.  What's going on?? 
Critter: The resident Yellow-bellied Slider was basking on the reeds by the boathouse bench this morning.

The Edge 18/05/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 5+6y Greylag, 26 Mallard, 21 Gadwall, 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 11 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 10 Lapwing, 4 Redsahank, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 31 BH Gull, 6 Skylark, 2+1y Pied Wagtail and 8 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 42 Canada Geese, 14 Greylag, 2 Pink Footed Geese, 16 Gadwall, 16 Tufted Duck, 7 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 15 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Barn Owl, 8 Lapwing and 23 Herring Gull.
TPT - Singing males 12 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Song Thrush. Also 1 Jay.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 5 Greylag, 4 Canada Geese, 23 Tufted Duck, 6 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 4+3y Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 41+5y Coot, c200 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Kestrel,  2 Whitethroat, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Whitethroat.