Bird & wildlife sightings from the Barnsley recording area.
Monday, 17 October 2016
Another beautiful largely sunny very mild day produced a late Swallow at 11.56hrs. A Bittern flew across the scrape at 12.15hrs (Hibbert & Corrall) and was seen again from the hide at 18.00hrs and was still showing at the time of leaving at 18.50hrs. (Dave Standish/Dick Laverack) Increasing numbers of wildfowl are being attracted to the scrape helped I am sure by the increased open water in the reed beds that were created last year by Pete Wall. 53 Gadwall, 21 Teal and 24 Shoveler (a new record) were counted today. Also present Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 2 Great Spot Woodpeckers, Buzzard, 20 Fieldfare and a similar amount of Redwing. Single Redpoll and Siskin were constantly flying around.
Insects included a male Brimstone, 8 Red Admiral, 7 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Copper and 1 Comma. A Migrant Hawker and several Common Darters were flying in the sun. (Chris Parkin)