Saturday, 31 December 2016
Coleoptera: A rare beetle Pyropterus nigroruber was found in Haw Park on 19th July
Anglers CP: Canada X Greylag Hybrids 5 and Snipe 3.
Wintersett Res: A Cetti's Warbler was singing in the boathouse reeds and another was on the west bank.
Cold Hiendley Res: A ringed Black-headed Gull was photographed this morning.
Friday, 30 December 2016
Anglers CP: Wigeon 306, Pochard 30 + 4 WRes. and Little Grebe 3 + 3 WRes. + 1 CHRes..
Pits Wood: Nuthatch 1.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler - 1m north west bank and 1 singing male west bank marsh. Tawny Owl 1.
Haw Park Wood: Siskin 20, Goldfinch 50.
Gull Roosts Notables: The adult Caspian Gull with the black-tipped bill was in ACP at 16.05hrs.
2 x 1stW Yellow-legged Gulls were on WRes..
Totals: Herring Gull 2150 550 ACP + 1600 WRes.
Great Black-backed Gull 205 105 ACP + 100 WRes.
Lesser Black-backed Gull 3 1 ACP + 2 WRes.
Two Raven flying over Silkstone Golf Course towards Dodworth about 1330, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker same location and 10+ Goldcrest at Silkstone Sewage Works
Thursday, 29 December 2016
Cold Hiendley Field: 500 Skylarks, including one pale bird, were seen today, along with 45 Yellowhammers and 30 Reed Buntings.
Wintersett Res: 12 Grey partridge were in the area. A Cetti's Warbler was on the north west bank and a singing male Cetti's was in the west bank marsh. 2 Willow Tit were in the south east corner. 490 Pink-footed Geese flew west in three skeins - 220 at 10.35hrs, 90 at 11.15hrs and 180 at 11.18hrs. Shoveler 8, Teal 6.
Anglers CP: A Ring-necked Parakeet flew over south east at 09.24hrs. Dunlin 1. A Barn Owl was seen at 15.40hrs. A Water Rail was seen on the shallows and another was on the east bank WRes..
Gull Roosts: The adult Caspian Gull with the black-tipped bill was on Anglers CP at 15.40hrs.
Totals: Great Black-backed Gull 200 - 100 ACP + 100 WRes
Herring Gull 1600 - 500 ACP + 1100 WRes
Lesser Black-backed Gull 4 - 2 ACP + 2 WRes
Steve Denny was befriended by a ferret when watching the WRes Roost from the concrete chamber.
Highlights today were a teal, a wigeon and a flock of siskin. I've visited the site 28 times in the last two years and all three were new site records for me.
Carrion crow, woodpigeon, starling, blackbird, jay, mistle thrush, blue tit, robin, great tit, dunnock, black-headed gull, magpie, goldcrest, bullfinch, wren, kingfisher, siskin, long-tailed tit, mallard, little grebe, teal, coot, nuthatch, mute swan, goldfinch, tufted duck, Canada goose, great-crested grebe, wigeon, moorhen, common gull.
Wednesday, 28 December 2016
Wintersett Res: Grey Partridge 9.
Anglers CP: The gulls were spooked tonight, though the adult Caspian with the black tipped bill came in at 16:00hrs. 52 Teal also present per Steve Denny.
(Mick Cunningham Tweeted - The adult Caspian Gull sounds like the one I had at Blackmoorfoot last week. It's not been seen there for a few days, including this evening.)
This Gull has been seen regularly in the Wintersett Roost since 22.12.16.
Tuesday, 27 December 2016
At least 9 GCGrebe were on the reservoir, with c.20 Siskin, 13 Bullfinch and 2 Water Rail (including a very confiding individual) around the Country Park.
A Dipper was seen again on Warren Dike, Old Park Wood. On the ponds at Rockley were 7 Wigeon, 1m Teal and a Little Grebe. A decent record for the valley were 2 Raven flying west over Stainborough at 11:54.
A check along the river Dove later in the afternoon only produced a male Dipper, with no sign of the second bird.
Wintersett Res: A Little Egret flew over south east at 09.55hrs. A Cetti's Warbler made its way along the west bank, showing well on two quite long flights. A Grey Wagtail was on the spillway. Wigeon 12.
Cold Hiendley Res: A Water Rail was calling in the corner by the ruin.
Cold Hiendley Field: A flock of 230 skylarks flew up very high as we approached CH village, but dropped back in to the field eventually.
Old Royston Flash: The Pink-footed Goose was still present.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: Great Black-backed Gull 210, Herring Gull 740 and Lesser Black-backed Gull 1. A juvenile Peregrine flew over at 15.30hrs and a Woodcock flew over at dusk.
WRes. Gull Roost: 2 Yellow-legged Gulls were notables - an adult and a 1st W. The Pink-footed Goose flew in to roost.
Monday, 26 December 2016
Haw Park Wood: 3 Siskin
Anglers CP: A Woodcock flew over the car park at dusk.
Old Royston Flash: 1 Pink-footed Goose per Carl and Gary
Cold Hiendley Field: Grey Partridge 6 and Skylark 100+ per Carl and Gary.
Poor gull roost ACP most flying to Top Res . Probable adult Caspian Gull (with dark band near bill tip) from ACP towards Top Res 16.09hrs per Jonathan Wasse (@JohnoGull)
Wintersett - 100+ plus Skylark and at least 6 Grey Partridge in the fields at Cold Hiendley. Nearby, there was a single Pink-footed Goose at Old Royston Flash.
Wilthorpe Marsh - Dropped on Mr Green for his guided tour of the local birding hotspots. The sewage works held between 40-50 Pied Wagtail, although viewing is poor. Other birds included 4 Jack Snipe, 10+ Snipe, Water Rail, c.25 Teal, female Pintail (rare at this site), 3 Little Grebe, Green Sandpiper and 1 Chiffchaff. In other news ... a UFO sighting turned out to be Mr Green's hat flying south.
A dead Barn Owl was on the slip road along junction 38 (northbound) of the M1 where they merge, therefore an awkward place to check for rings!.
Worsbrough - Called in at the res on the way home: 7 GCGrebe, 13 Coot, 2 male Tufted and Herring Gull.
Sunday, 25 December 2016
Saturday, 24 December 2016
Anglers CP: Pochard 24. Teal 32 throughout the area
Wintersett Res: Water Rail 1 boathouse reeds.
WRes. Gull Roost: A 1st W Caspian Gull was in at 15.45hrs. (Different bird to last night) An adult Caspian Gull was in at 16.15hrs.
Friday, 23 December 2016
Thursday, 22 December 2016
Worsbrough - 6 Wigeon at Rockley (Rockley ponds have been more productive for wildfowl than the reservoir in recent years!). Two Dipper were along the river Dove (Worsbrough Dale), with one bird constantly singing. Great Crested Grebes have dropped unusually low to only 4 on the reservoir (24 present on the same date in Nov). A flock of 70 Jackdaw flew south and a Crossbill was heard calling heading west at 15:50. The Grey Wagtail roost contained 8 birds tonight. At least 7 Water Rail have been recorded in the Worsbrough area this winter with only 2 tonight.
Wintersett Res: Chiffchaff 1 south west corner. Cetti's Warbler 1 m boathouse reeds.
Anglers CP: Teal 37 and Shoveler 7 + 4 WRes..
Anglers CP Gull Roost: An adult Caspian Gull and the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull were notables. 23 Goosander were in at dusk and a Barn Owl flew over the Pol.
Of interest: 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were in Pugneys roost - per Mick Hemingway
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Anglers CP: A female Brambling was near the feeders in the car park. 3 Shelduck were new in. Teal 18.
Cold Hiendley: A Tawny Owl was calling late afternoon.
Wintersett Res. Gull Roost: 2 notables today - A 1st W Yellow-legged Gull and an adult Caspian Gull were in. The Hampole Gulls came in very late.
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Wintersett Res: Chiffchaff 1 heard on west bank.
Moorhouse Lane: A Water Rail ran across road between swamps at the junction of Moorhouse Lane this morning - per Chris Swaine.
Anglers CP Gull Roost : An adult Caspian Gull, in from 15.15hrs, was the only notable this afternoon.
Monday, 19 December 2016
Wintersett Res: A Chiffchaff was heard on the west bank.
7,200 Corvids left the Ruin field to roost in Haw Park at 16:30 - per Steve Denny. NB - the Ruin field is the one next to the track leading to the west bank. The Ruin refers to what's left of the pumping station.
Disposal point: Green Woodpecker 1, Grey Partridge 2, Redwing 30, Yellowhammer 2 - per Chris Swaine.
I wish to announce that I will now be collating bird records for the Barnsley recording area. If anyone has records dating between 2014 to the current year, could you please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org , or if you prefer an alternative way to submit records, please contact me.
Preferably, could all records be submitted in species order (systematic list) with records including any relevant and noteworthy counts (no need to submit 3 Great Tits on someone's nuts etc!). A report of some sort will be produced, but this depends upon how soon records are submitted.I'm sure that anyone reading this blog recognises how fantastic the Barnsley recording area is and it would be a shame to lose any data of the important bird populations we have in the borough. The area also has a long history of recording, with some of the pioneer birdwatchers still birding to this day. I think it's essential that we now keep up with past efforts of recording and report writing, especially at a time when conservation is important as ever.
Sunday, 18 December 2016
Dave Standish saw it again on the scrape at 16.09hrs as it flew further into the marsh. 6 Snipe left at dusk.
Greylag Goose 188, Pink-footed Goose 1, Canada Goose 75, Mallard 340, Teal 320, Wigeon 174, Gadwall 64, Shoveler 33, Pochard 17, Cormorant 8, Grey Heron 9, Little Egret 2, Lapwing 205.
And from Ferry Moor (Sash pond);-
Mallard 107, Teal 31, Goosander 7,
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 2 - west bank and boathouse reeds.
Anglers CP: Barn Owl 1.
Stubbs Wood: A Crossbill was calling this morning.
Walton Hall Lake: The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull (Psycho) was eating a fish on the cormorant roost island.
Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult, Mute Swan 2, Canada Goose 35, Cormorant 16, Coot 75, Moorhen 5, Great Crested Grebe 2, Little Grebe 1, Mallard 5, Tufted Duck 167, Pochard 3, Grey Heron 1.
Mute Swan 6, Canada Goose 124, Greylag Goose 116, Cormorant 16, Coot 378, Moorhen 27, Great Crested Grebe 23, Little Grebe 10, Mallard 27, Wigeon 167, Teal 13, Shoveler 6, Gadwall 30, Tufted Duck 167, Pochard 20, Goldeneye 53, Goosander 14, Grey Heron 5, Water Rail 2, Kingfisher 1, Lapwing 110.
Saturday, 17 December 2016
Cold Hiendley Field: Skylark 700. Yellowhammer 18. Reed Bunting 25.
Haw Park Wood: Siskin 3
Wintersett Res: A male Cetti's Warbler was heard in the boathouse reeds. Chiffchaff 1.
Birds ringed today:- Archie caught a first year female, Green Woodpecker at WRes. - the first for many years. At ACP 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Chaffinch and 2 Redwing were ringed and a Mealy Redpoll, ringed on the 11.12.16, was retrapped.
Both Gull Roosts were watched this afternoon:
Notables were 2 adult Caspian Gulls and a 1st W Yellow-legged Gull all on WRes.
Totals were: Great Black-backed 63 (30 ACP + 33 WRes.)
Lesser Black-backed 8 ( 5 ACP + 3 WRes.)
Herring 1610 (730 ACP + 880 WRes.)
Common 1600 WRes.
Black-headed Gull 10000 WRes.
|Green Woodpecker 1stY female WRes BBailey|
|Fabulous Fieldfare CHRes CSwaine|
Friday, 16 December 2016
Wintersett Res: 3 Whooper Swan flew south west at 11.50hrs. 2 Cetti's Warbler were singing - boathouse reeds and west bank. 2 Water Rail were heard - west bank and also a Chiffchaff.
Thursday, 15 December 2016
Anglers CP: A flock of around 150 Redpoll was seen this morning. Little Grebe 5 + 3 WRes..
Wintersett Res: Water Rail 2 west bank. A flock of 300 Feral Pigeon was in the south west field.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 50+ Teal, 43 Wigeon, 16 Tufted Duck, 14 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 45 Cormorant, 4 Moorhen, 110+ Lapwing, 72 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 41 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 5 Pochard, 3m+2f Goosander, 2m+2f Goldeneye, 3 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 164 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 20 Common Gull and 11 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Jay.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Wintersett Res: Shoveler 6 + 4 ACP, A male Cetti's Warbler was singing in the boathouse reeds and a Chiffchaff was in the same area.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 86 Canada Geese, 64 Teal, 42 Wigeon, 16 Tufted Duck, 15+ Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 7 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10+ Snipe,76 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 80+ Redwing.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 41 Tufted Duck, 10 Goosander, 6 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 183 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 25 Common Gull and 7 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay and 2 Stonechat.
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 51 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 17 Shoveler, 15 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 5 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Sparrowhawk, 7 Cormorant, 4 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 83 Lapwing, 10+ Snipe, 110+ BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
TPT - A Song Thrush was singing near the entrance gates to Old Moor RSPB. Also 4+ Redpoll, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Reed Bunting and 30+ Goldfinch.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 39 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 7 Pochard, 4m+3f Goosander, 3m+3f Goldeneye, 4 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 168 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 19 Common Gull and 7 BH Gull.
Monday, 12 December 2016
Sunday, 11 December 2016
Anglers CP: Redpoll 70. Pochard 30 + 1 WRes. Little Grebe 5.
Birds ringed today included 1Siskin , 6 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Mealy Redpoll including one Becky ringed, a 1st year male bird with a massive wingspan of 80.5mm! Usual wingspan being 73 - 78mm.
Disposal Point: A Red Kite drifted west at 09.55hrs, and then was seen blogging around Botany Hill area at 10.50hrs.
Moorhouse Lane Pond: Green Woodpecker 1, Grey Partridge 8.
Wintersett Res: 2 Shelduck were in this morning but then transferred to ACP. A female Pintail flew over. Buzzard 3.
Wintersett Village: A weasel was by the pond.
Wintersett Res Gull Roost : Notables - Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult at 14.55hrs. Mediterranean Gull 1adult at 15.55hrs. Caspian Gull 1adult at 16.15hrs. Leucistic Black-headed Gull 1 adult.
Also Herring Gull 810, Great Black-backed Gull 67, Lesser Black-backed Gull 8, Black-headed Gull 13,000. Many big gulls were coming in at dark.
1stY male Mealy Redpoll with 80.5mm wing length
ringed by Becky Bailey ACP
Saturday, 10 December 2016
Wintersett Res: Archie ringed 2 Mealy Redpoll and 12 Lesser Redpoll this morning. A Chiffchaff, a Water Rail and a singing Cetti's Warbler were in the boathouse reed area.
Anglers CP Roost: Plenty of large gulls came in, but no notables were seen so a quick dash to Wintersett Res at dusk, revealed a huge roost with 20,000 Black-headed Gulls and many big gulls, with lots arriving from Hampole Tip when it was too dark to for identification.
|Mealy Redpoll ringed by Archie WRes CSwaine|
Friday, 9 December 2016
Anglers CP Vis. Mig: A surprising movement of thrushes going south this morning. 55 Fieldfare and 1265 Redwing from 09.15 - 11.00hrs. An adult Mediterranean Gull flew over the fields at 10.37hrs. 9 Snipe were on the Pol.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1m boathouse reeds and Little Grebe 3.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 17 Tufted Duck, 12 Goosander, 9 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 2m+1f Goldeneye, 2 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 167 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 42 BH Gull and 27 Common Gull. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel and 1 Green Woodpecker.
Thursday, 8 December 2016
Anglers CP: A KNOT flew off west at 14.15hrs. Redwing 30 south, Cormorant 40.
Wintersett Res: A male Cetti's Warbler was in the south east corner.
Wombwell Ings - By 9.30am the rain had stopped and the light improved so off to the ings. Present were 220+ Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 123 Wigeon, 83 Teal, 27 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 1 Goosander, 3 Grey Partridge, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Moorhen, 11 Lapwing, 28 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, c50 Redwing and 4 Reed Bunting.
TPT - 1 Sparrowhawk, 7+ Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch and 1 Goldcrest(in a flock of 5+Long Tailed Tits).
Bolton Ings - Highlight was the Bittern flying west along the reedbeds on the northern shore at 11.35am. On the open water were 4 Mute Swan, 23 Tufted Duck, 7m+2f Goosander, 7 Mallard, 2m+2f Goldeneye, 3 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 171 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 5 BH Gull and 10 Common Gull. Also present were 3 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant and 2 Sparrowhawk.
Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Anglers CP: A Curlew flew west at 15.23hrs.
Haw Park Wood: Redpoll 30, Siskin 15, Nuthatch 1 and Treecreeper 3.
|Treecreeper HPW CSwaine|
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 3 Mute Swan, 34 Wigeon, 20 Shoveler, 15 Teal, 9 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 2 Pochard, 1 Goosander, 9 Cormorant, 7 Moorhen, 6 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 56 BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull and 120+ Redwing.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 17 Tufted Duck, 14 Mallard, 3m+2f Goosander, 4m+1f Goldeneye, 2 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 151 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 22 Common Gull and 16 BH Gull. Also present were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard and 7 Long Tailed Tit.
Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Anglers CP: A Brambling flew over the car park at 09.20hrs. Teal 56 + 3 CHRes..
Wintersett Res: Pochard 14. Shoveler 8 + 2 CHRes.. A Water Rail and a Chiffchaff were in the boathouse reeds.
Sunday, 4 December 2016
Cold Hiendley Field - The amazing Skylark feeding flock is up to 650 today, probably more too. Also Yellowhammer 35, Grey Part 4 per GJS. (This is the huge field from Cold Hiendley towards Old Royston . There is a footpath down the middle from Ryhill Pits Lane down to Cold Hiendley Common Lane/Church Lane . Please park with due regard for residents and other traffic.)
Haw Park Wood: Siskin 36 + 11 ACP.
Anglers CP: Redpoll 100+, Mealy Redpoll 2, Little Grebe 5, Teal 49, Wigeon 8 and Woodcock 2.
ACP Gull Roost: The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull was in at 15.25hrs but left later and flew to WRes. An adult CASPIAN GULL was seen at 15.55hrs. Another adult Yellow-legged Gull was in at 16.10hrs..
Wintersett Res: Wigeon 8. A Harvest mouse nest was found on the north east bank.
|Harvest Mouse nest WRes. ASmith|
|Kestrel ACP LHarston|
Saturday, 3 December 2016
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 35 west at 08.10hrs + 49 west at 10.08 hrs. Teal 45. Little Grebe 4. Snipe 12. Goldeneye 18. Goosander 26 at dusk.
Birds ringed today included: 1 Snipe, 6 Redwing and 1 Lesser Redpoll.
Wintersett: Little Owl 1.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1m boathouse reeds.
Haw Park Wood: Siskin 15, CROSSBILL 2 females.
Haw Park Lane: Green Woodpecker 1.
Cold Hiendley Field: A fantastic flock of 550 SKYLARK. Yellowhammer 35 and Grey Partridge 4.
Gull Roosts Notables: An adult Yellow-legged Gull was in at 14.40hrs and the usual YL adult at 15,50hrs. A further adult YL Gull was on WRes..
Roost Totals: Herring Gull 1570 (760 ACP + 810 WRes)
Great Blackbacked Gull 50 ( 40 ACP + 10 WRes)
Lesser Black-backed Gull 23 ( 3 ACP + 20 WRes)
|Snipe - ringed ACP RHL|
Friday, 2 December 2016
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 45 Shoveler, 30+ Wigeon, 24 Teal, 17 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 1 female Goldeneye, 1 Cormorant, 7 Golden Plover, 78 BH Gull, 8 Common Gull, c200 Redwing and c50 Fieldfare.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 78 Wigeon, 13 Tufted Duck, 11 Shoveler, 11 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 5 Pochard, 3 Goosander, 1m+2f Pintail, 2 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 161 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 15 BH Gull and 17 Common Gull. Also present were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Redshank, 2 Jay and 1 Green Woodpecker.