Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Edge 14/12/2017

Wombwell Ings - 90% ice-cover. Present were 139 Canada Geese, 23 Greylag, 26 Teal, 5 Mallard, 3 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 55 Golden Plover, 51 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 52 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 9 Skylark and 4 Redwing.
Broomhill Flash - 75% ice-cover. Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, c200 Canada Geese, 43 Shoveler, 31 Mallard, 26 Wigeon, 23 Gadwall, 19 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 female Goldeneye, 1 Pochard, 12 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 88 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 52 BH Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 2 Common Gull.
Bolton Ings - 70% ice-cover. On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 17 Mallard, 7 male+3 female Goosander, 7 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 288+ Coot, 7 Common Gull, 5 BH Gull and 3 Herring Gull. Also present were 8 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Willow Tit and 1 Marsh Tit.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Wintersett 13.12.17

1 - 4 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a south westerly wind.
Anglers CP:  Teal 73.
Wintersett Res: Pink-footed Goose 1.  Greylag Goose 113.  Water Rail 1 west bank.

The Edge 13/12/2017

Wombwell Ings - Still completely iced over until I left at 9.45am. Present were 124 Canada Geese, 73 Greylag, 11 Mallard, 8 Teal, 2 Wigeon over, 71 Golden Plover, 38 Lapwing, 106 BH Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Common Gull, 4 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Pied Wagtail and 2 Stonechat.
Broomhill Flash - A Hawfinch was feeding in the roadside trees of the car park between 10.20 and 10.25am. Noted by J.Seeviour were 8 Mute Swan, 48 Shoveler, 33 Mallard, 29 Gadwall, 16 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 1 Buzzard, 50 Lapwing, 4 Herring Gull and 4 Common Gull.
Bolton Ings - 85% ice-cover.  On the open water were 2+5y Mute Swan, 78 Gadwall, 25 Mallard, 13 Tufted Duck, 2 Wigeon, 2 male Goosander, 1 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 200+ Coot, 13 BH Gull, 11 Common Gull and 5 Herring Gull. also present were 7 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Willow Tit and 2 Bullfinch.

Carlton Marsh 12th December

Two more Willow Tits were colour-ringed.

Lying dormant for the winter are 2 Peacock butterflies and 23 Herald Moths in a nearby bridge. (Chris Parkin)

c100 Pink Feet Geese flew west over Rotherham Road, Monk Bretton at 15.55hrs. (Ralph Hibbert)

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

WORSBROUGH VILLAGE 12-12-2017

6 Hawfinch at least in usual spots, also a nice Kestrel and lots of thrushes around the Yews including this territorial Mistle Thrush.



























Ewden valley/Dukes road/Mortimer road circ, + Low Moor. 12-12-17.

Ewden circular always a cracking walk in dry weather which improved today in what felt like a sw wind. Just over two and half hours steady away, with not many birds but enjoyable. Last hour spent at low moor/midhope res.- Fem. type Stonechat was near stone circle and a pair of Ravens showed and performed well in the dukes road area. Only two species of raptor but healthy totals at the end with 12 Kestrels and 10 C Buzzards. 2 GS Peckers at low moor feeding station and a Woodcock flushed at midhope res. Not much on the water today with L.Grebe and 40 Mallards with no sign of the Goldeneye pair.

Wintersett 12.12.17

-2 to 2 degrees with thin, high, but increasing cloud and a light south westerly.
ICE: WRes. 80%,  CHRes. 98%,  ACP 20% and Botany Bay 100%.. 
Anglers CP: Siskin 7 + 5 HPWood,  Pink-footed Goose 2,  Pochard 97 + 13 WRes,  Gadwall 40 + 160 WRes. + 45 CHRes.,   Wigeon 328 + 122 WRes + 4 CHRes.,  Shoveler 7,  Mallard 74 + 34 WRes. + 30 CHRes.,  Snipe 4,  Goosander 4 + 13 WRes.,  Grey Heron 3 + 2 WRes + 1 CHRes.,  Little Grebe 8 + 9 WRes.,  Teal 117 + 4 WRes..
Cold Hiendley SF: Meadow Pipit 3,  Grey Wagtail 2.
Wintersett Res: 2 Water Rails - boathouse reeds and north bank.

The Edge 12/12 2017

Wombwell Ings - 100% ice-cover. Present were c100 Canada Geese, c50 Greylag, 17 Grey Partridge(banking next to hide), 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk,  4 Cormorant, 1 Moorhen, 35 Lapwing, 34 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull, 1 male Stonechat, 2 Bullfinch and 1 Reed Bunting. Near the bridge 1 Little Grebe, 1 Moorhen, 7 Mallard and 2 Teal were seen on the R. Dearne.
Broomhill Flash - Having spent 20 minutes at Broomhill Pond trying to locate an Hawfinch, I was more than pleased to find it feeding in the Garganey Trust car park. Ten minutes later at 10.30am, It was scared off by a Magpie. 95 % of the flash was ice-covered. Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, c200 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag, 29 Shoveler, 15 Mallard, 7 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 1 Wigeon, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 9 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 95 Lapwing, 11 Common Gull, 9 Herring Gull, 1 Mistle Thrush and 3 Greenfinch.
Bolton Ings - Waterfowl were crammed into the 10% of the eastern pool that was ice-free. Numbers included 4+2y Mute Swan,157 Mallard, 74 Gadwall, 49 Shoveler, 29 Teal, 7 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck, 2m+1f Goosander, 2 Coot, 4 Cormorant, 332 Coot, 9 BH Gull, 8 Common Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker.1 Song Thrush, 1 Marsh Tit, I Willow Tit and 1 Bullfinch.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Wintersett 11.12.17

-2 to 0 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a very cold north westerly wind.
Ice: Cold Hiendley Res. 95%.  Wintersett Res. 20%
Anglers CP: Greylag Goose 116,   Pink-footed Goose 1,  Canada Goose 110 + 1 CHRes..
Great Crested Grebe 14 + 5 WRes.,  Little Grebe 9 + 14 WRes.,   Snipe 3,  Shoveler 7 + 2 WRes,  Teal 55 + 2 WRes.,  Water Rail 1 west bank  + 1 east bank WRes..

Bretton cp 11/12/17

Both lakes had small areas of open water but no sign of the Mandarins, possibly hidden on the lower lake island. Green Sandpiper was flushed off the spillway and thought to be the one from wilthorpe. 4 Siskin in alders near boathouse, male GS Pecker showed well, 4 Nuthatch, 1 TCreeper. Only the Coot counted with a total of 140, 70 on each lake.

The Edge 11/12/2017

Wombwell Ings - 100% ice-cover on the main flash and the corner pond resulted in no geese or ducks being present. 2 Moorhen were seen on the R.Dearne. Also present were 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 17 Lapwing, 1 Cormorant over, 15 Golden Plover, 37 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 53 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail and 2 Bullfinch.
Broomhill Flash - 75% ice-cover.Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 300+ Canada Geese, 56 Shoveler, 26 Teal, 21 Mallard, 14 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Buzzard, 9 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 123 Lapwing, 125 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Herring Gull.
TPT- Mistle Thrush. A Little Egret could be seen on Knoll Beck.
Bolton Ings - 30% ice-cover. On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 74 Gadwall, 44 Mallard, 17 Teal, 12 Tufted Duck, 2m Shoveler, 1m Pintail, 1f Goosander, 1f Pochard, 1 Little Grebe, 274 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 13 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 8 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Snipe, 1 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1f Stonechat,1 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit and 2 Bullfinch.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Woolley Dam, Wilthorpe, Fleets, 10/12/17.

Woolley Dam area,- No sounds from the woodland species in bitter cold. The sheltered dam was ice free and held the best ever count of 28 Teal. Winter game bird gathering held 10 RL Partridge and 8 Pheasants. 50 c. Goldfinch on mill lane. An after breakfast visit to the asda incorporated a walk round the Fleets Dam which was half frozen over. 7 Parakeets showed well on the south bank feeding on hawthorn berries and what looked like alder buds. Also 2 imm. Herring Gulls, 4 Common Gull, 6 Bullfinch. Wilthorpe Marsh this aft. very steady in constant snow. 3 Jack Snipe flushed off the marsh edge could have been new in. Thin on Pipits again with only 3 Meadow on the sewage farm. 8 Goldcrests in the area.

Wintersett 10.12.17

-1 to 0 degrees,  with 8/8 cloud and a very cold northerly wind.  Just a light dusting of snow fell late morning.
Wintersett Res:  Water Rail 1 + 2 ACP.  Cetti's Warbler 1 west bank.
Anglers CP: A Dunlin flew south at 15.10hrs. Teal 94.  Shoveler 1.  Greylag Goose 116.  Pink-footed Goose 2.
ACP Gull Roost: Plenty of gulls came in to roost tonight, but none of note.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Wintersett WeBS December 2017

Here are the December WeBS totals for the Wintersett Area.
Mute Swan 44   Canada Goose 21   Greylag Goose 64   Pink-footed Goose 1   Coot 633   Moorhen 17   Water Rail 3   Mallard 62   Wigeon 373   Gadwll 162   Teal 95   Goldeneye 47   Pochard 101   Tufted Duck 238   Goosander 16   Cormorant 12   Great Crested Grebe 14   Little Grebe 12   Grey Heron 5   Snipe 3   Lapwing 131   Kingfisher 3.

Wintersett Gull Roosts 09.12 17

-1 to 2 degrees,  clear sunny start,  8/8 cloud by mid morning and a light south westerly.
Gull Roosts:  
An adult Caspian Gull was on WRes..
                                                        Area total            WRes              ACP
Great Black-backed Gull                     251                    37                  214
Lesser Black-backed Gull                       5                      1                      4
Herring Gull                                      1430                  730                   700 

Low Moor 9/12/17.

Steady one and half hours this aft. in bitterly cold weather. Always the chance of a top raptor in these conditions but not today. Still, more raptors than expected with 5 C Buzzards with 3 over midhope res. and 2 at thickwoods. Kestrels 4 and Sparrowhawk 1. Goldfinch 20, GS Pecker at feeding station, RL Partridge calling.

Worsbrough Village 09-12-2017

Worsbrough Village 09-12-2017

Early morning visit and 3 Hawfinch were present near the old Hall. Very elusive but we had a few views. Numerous Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush and Blackbirds also taking the Yew berries. Also had at least four Bullfinch.















Wilthorpe Marsh 8/12/17.

Not much news with Pipits unpredictable. None seen and only one Meadow heard at dusk. The usual Green Sand was on the sewage farm and nearby Woodcock and C Snipe flushed, 2 Willow Tits here. The town centre evening Pied Wagtail roost looked to be well over 400 opposite the no.7 pub. Another stunning slide show was done by Ron Marshall at Thursday nights meeting about Spain. Fine photos and commentary. Felt like I was almost there. Cheers.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Wintersett 08.12.17

Frosty,   0 - 1 degree with clear sky and a very cold north westerly wind. Quiet again.
Anglers CP:  4 pink-footed Geese few west at 09.05hrs.  Lapwing 124 and Cormorant 10.

The Edge 08/12/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 Mute Swan, c300 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 135 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 97 Lapwing, 145 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 15 Pied Wagtail, 6 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing and 1 Mistle Thrush.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 3+6y Mute Swan, 137 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag, 44 Shoveler, 12 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 2f Goldeneye, 23 Cormorant, 12 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 120 Lapwing, 165 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull and 4 Herring Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1y Mute Swan, 8 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 6 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 2m+1f Goosander, 2f Goldeneye, 2 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 201 Coot, 3 BH Gull and 2 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 17 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Song Thrush 2 Bullfinch and 1 Redpoll.

Carlton Marsh

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust volunteers, led by Sophie Pinder, were cutting Phragmites reed today.
Earlier Little Egret and an immature Herring Gull were on the wader scrape. (K. Bannister)


Thursday, 7 December 2017

Carlton Marsh - 6th December

Yesterday (6th) ringing session provided 63 birds (19 re-traps + 1 control) They included; 17 Great Tit, 19 Blue Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker & 1 Treecreeper. A colour ringed Willow Tit was re-trapped and fitted with a very small transmitter. (Vivien Hartwell/Paul Bellamy RSPB)
A Great Tit Y392667, ringed as an adult male on 18/11/2013, means it is at least 5 years old.

A siskin flew south, Water Rail called and Little Egret was present, but elusive.

The Edge 07/12/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 Mute Swan, 7 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 131 Wigeon, 29 Teal, 12 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 242 Lapwing, 152 Golden Plover, 30+ BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 Skylark, 4 Redwing and 1 Grey Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 300+ Canada Geese, 58 Shoveler, 30 Teal, 10 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 5 Wigeon, 2 Pochard, 1f Goldeneye, 10 Cormorant, 5 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 98 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 100+ BH Gull, 6 Common Gull, 4 Herring Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 3+2y Mute Swan, 32 Mallard, 11 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 7 Pochard, 5 Shoveler, 2m+3f Goosander, 1m+2f Goldeneye, 1 Little Grebe, 219 Coot, 13 BH Gull and  8 Common Gull. Also present were 20 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 5+ Redpoll and 3 Bullfinch.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Worsbrough village 6/12/17.

Late morning, 12 Hawfinch, some showing well in trees to the rear of the old school and churchyard. Patience required with the birds very mobile and mornings appear to be better with no sign again in the afternoon. Skein of about 200 Pinkfeet over nw at 2pm.

HAWFINCH - WORSBROUGH VILLAGE - 06-12-2017

06-12-2017 - Worsbrough Village

Just had to pay another visit today before the weather hits. I had at least 7 birds although 12 had been reported. Sightings in Churchyard and across the road. I got a little closer as you can see. I have only ever seen a handful of these birds so this was special.

















Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Wintersett 05.1217

5 - 8 degrees with 8/8 and a cold, gusty south westerly.
Anglers CP: Cormorant 11.  Lapwing 130.
Cold Hiendley Res: Canada Goose 47 and Greylag Goose 124.  Pink-footed Goose 1.
Wintersett Res: Water Rail 2 - boathouse reeds and south east corner. A Kingfisher was on reeds in front of the boathouse bench.

Wilthorpe Marsh 5/12/17.

Steady away with more Grey Wagtails than pipits on the sewage farm. Snipe checked today with 5 Jacks and 4 Common. Also 2 Rails, 15 Teal, 1 Little Egret, flock 5 Redpoll. No sign of any Hawfinch late aft. in worsbro. village, just GS Pecker, Nuthatch.

Carlton Marsh

7 Cormorants flew north at 08.20hrs. (K. Bannister) Present Buzzard, 2 Water Rail and 6 Tufted Duck. 18 Greylags arrived from the north at 16.05hrs and a female Tawny Owl called.

HAWFINCH - Worsbrough Village - 05-12-2017

05-12-2017 Worsbrough Village

Five or six around the village this lunchtime; very mobile and difficult to get great views but here are a few distant and heavily cropped shots.














Monday, 4 December 2017

Wintersett 04.12.17

Frosty start but soon warmed up to 7 degrees. Clear sky, with scattered cloud later and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP:  A female Brambling and 8 House Sparrow were in the car park.   Little Egret 1. 
Wintersett Res:  Kingfisher 1.  Shoveler 3.  Great Crested Grebe 6 + 2 CHRes. + 8 ACP.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

BARNSLEY BIRD STUDY GROUP

Thursday 7th December, 7.15 pm, at the Old Moor RSPB visitor centre

Ron Marshall on 'Wild Images of Spain'.
Expect the usual high quality photography which makes Rons talks special.

All welcome, £2.50 cover charge includes interval drink.

Upland news 3/12/17.

Very mild and at times sunny, creating excellent light, but few birds on offer. Ewden valley - Highlight here were the 6+ Ravens. Also c. 60 Fieldfare, 4 C Buzzard, 3 Kestrel. Low Moor/Midhope - Raven 2, Siskin 10, Goldcrest 4 and on the res. a pair of Goldeneye, Teal 18 and Little Grebe. Highlights at the feeding station are the now regular Willow Tit and GS Pecker.

Wintersett + Gull Roosts + Super Moon 03.12.17

4 - 7 degrees, calm  with 6/8 cloud. A light  north easterly from mid morning.
Anglers CP:  14 Redwing flew west.  40 Golden Plover flew over north.  Teal 50.  Little Grebe 9.
45  Goosander  and 44 Goldeneye were on at dusk.
Wintersett:   Little Owl 1.
Wintersett Res:  A Cetti's Warbler was heard north bank.   6 Water Rails were vocal today - south west corner,  south bank,  2 west bank marsh,  ruin and boathouse reeds.
Gull Roosts:  An adult Yellow-legged Gull was on WRes..
                                                        Area Totals          ACP            WRes:
Lesser Black-backed Gull                             9                  8                   1
Great Black-backed Gull                          139               121                 18
Herring Gull                                              827               557                270

Super Moon  at 16.30hrs          ACP    SDenny

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Wintersett 02.12.17

3 degrees with 0/8 but increasing cloud and a cold north westerly.
Anglers CP: Siskin 20.  Teal 80 + 1 WRes.,  Pink-footed Goose 1.  
ACP at dusk: Goosander 42  and Goldeneye 33.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:
A 1st W Yellow-legged Gull was the only notable tonight.  Great Black-backed Gull 118.  Herring Gull 460.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 4.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Wintersett 01.12.17

Freezing 0 - 2 degrees with 0/8 cloud that increased to 8/8 cloud by mid morning, and a moderate north westerly.
Anglers CP:  Siskin 4.  Water Rail  1 south west corner + 1 east bank WRes..  Greylag Goose 119.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Canada Goose   Teal 71 + 18 WRes.    Pochard 80 + 10 WRes..
Wintersett Res:Willow Tit 1 east bank.  Goosander 2.   Little Grebe 6. Cormorant 5.    Shoveler 2 + 5 CHRes..  

The Edge 01/12/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 212 Canada Geese, 37 Greylag, 4 Shelduck, 131 Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, 5 Teal, 2 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 male Goosander, 71 Lapwing, 104 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 8 Grey Partridge, 7 Skylark, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Fieldfare and 5 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, c200 Canada Geese, 47 Shoveler 35 Teal, 11 Wigeon, 10 Mallard, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 1m+1f Goldeneye, 1 Pochard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 12 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 32 Lapwing, 67 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 41 Wigeon, 16 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, 6 Shoveler, 3m+3f Goosander, 5m+1f Pintail, 1f Goldeneye, 242 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 6 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Bullfinch. John Clarkson had 2 Willow Tit and 1 Marsh Tit at the feeding station c400 metres west of the Cormorant Hide on Warbler Way.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Ringing Recovery

Barn Owl
GF36647    nesting     08/06/2016  Broomhill.
                 controlled   28/04/2017  near Horbling, Sleaford (Lincolnshire). 97 km SE
sexed as a female and breeding in a nest-box.

Wintersett 30.11.17

0 - 2 degrees, 0/8 cloud increasing to 8/8 by mid morning, with a freezing north westerly wind.
Cold Hiendley Res.  1% ICE. 
Anglers CP:  2 Dunlin were on the shallows.   Teal 37 + 3 WRes.  Cormorant 20 + 6 WRes.. A Water Rail walked along the south west bank. 
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 north bank.    2 drake Pintail off the west bank flew up  and joined 2  drake Pintail flying over at 11.15hrs.  All 4 left south west.
No new birds were added to the area year list in November, so the year to date total is still 166.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Wintersett 29.11.17

2 - 5 degrees, dull with 8/8 cloud and a cold north westerly wind.
Another quiet day.
Anglers CP: A Peregrine flew over the back field at 09.35hrs. Pink-footed Goose 1.   Shoveler 5.   Teal 1.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Wintersett. 28.11.17

Frosty 2 - 6 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light north westerly.
Another quiet day here.
Anglers CP: Siskin 1.  Little Grebe 8.  Greylag Goose 95 and Pink-footed Goose 1.

Carlton Marsh

8 birds caught this morning with Vivien Hartwell included 7 retraps. They were; 10 blue Tits, 10 Great Tits, 3 Willow Tits, 2 Coal Tits, 2 Robins and a male Goldcrest.
The Willow Tits were colour-ringed as part of the 'Back from the Brink' scheme to track them. Two of them were already BTO ringed previously X076227 was ringed here as an adult on 5/9/15. All three were fitted with a red plastic ring over the BTO ring on the right leg, which signifies that they were fitted at Carlton Marsh. The left leg was fitted with an individual colour i.e. red on the first bird, yellow on the second bird and orange on the 3rd.

 Coal Tit
Goldcrest (male)

Monday, 27 November 2017

Wintersett 27.11.17

Rain until 09.30hrs,  3 - 6 degrees  with 8/8 cloud, decreasing slightly and a cool, light north westerly.
Wintersett Res: Little Grebe 9.   Water Rail 2 -  boathouse reeds + north bank.  Cetti's Warbler 1 boathouse reeds.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Bretton Park

An early morning walk around the lakes here hoping to find some finch flocks and of course Hawfinch feeding on the beechmast crop - disappointingly few finches were seen, just a very few of the commoner species and a single Brambling.
Water birds were far better represented with the following counts;- Shoveler 15, Teal 11, Goosander 24, Great Crested Grebe 12, Little Grebe 2, Cormorant 8 and Coot 92. Nine Nuthatch and 3 Treecreeper were in the plentiful tit flocks.

Carlton Marsh

This afternoon's highlights were; 2 Peregrine, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 5 Water Rail, 6 Tufted Duck, Kingfisher, 2 Cormorant and 3 Goldcrest. 2 Coal Tit and 1 Willow Tit were visiting the feeder.

A Fox was hunting at dusk.

Fleets Dam plus on 26/11/17.

Fleets Dam - 7 Parakeets at car park end early aft. 3 ad. Common Gulls. Woolley Dam - very quiet, GS Pecker 1, Nuthatch 1, RL Partridge 10. Low Barugh sewage farm.- No sign of the Water Pipit this morning but can be elusive. Green Sandpiper the best here and the usual dozen or so Meadow Pipits. Town centre last night,- Pied Wagtail roost looked to be around the 300 mark opposite the no.7 pub.

Wintersett + Gull Roosts. 26.11.17

Light frost.  2 - 5 degrees with 4/8 scattered cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP:  Siskin 4.  Water Rail 1 west bank.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Goosander 33 at dusk.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 south east corner.
Moorhouse Pond:  Teal 23.   64 Pied Wagtails came in to roost.
Gull Roosts:                      Area Total         ACP                   WRes.
Herring Gull                           660                  500                        160
Great Black-backed Gull         69                    66                            3
Lesser Black-backed Gull         8                      4                            4
Black-headed Gull              7200                 2000                     5200

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Wintersett 25.11.17

Frosty start, 3 - 6 degrees with 4/8 scattered cloud and a light westerly.
Wintersett Res:  2 Water Rails were heard. One in the boathouse reeds + one west bank.  A Brambling was by the boathouse.  190 Pink-footed Geese flew west at 10.45hrs.   61 Blackbirds and 31 Bullfinches were counted around here and  Botany Bay.
Cold Hiendley field: 130 Golden Plover. 
Anglers CP: Pochard 109 + 12 WRes..   Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull flew in at 16.10hrs. 

Wilthorpe Marsh 25/11/17.

Sewage Farm this morning. - Water Pipit 1, possibly 2, Chiffchaff 1, Green Sand 1, Grey Wagtail 6. Pied Wagtail not many seen despite the cold about 20+. Similar with Meadow Pipit, 10+. Large flock of Pinkfeet over staincross at 5-20pm.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Wintersett 24.11.17

Frost, 3 - 6 degrees with 3/8 cloud and a light westerly.
Anglers CP: 73 Pink-footed Geese flew east at 09.12hrs..
Cold Hiendley: 120 Golden Plover were over the field. 
Wintersett Res:  35 Fieldfare flew south + 100 were over Wintersettt Village.  A Cetti's Warbler was on the north bank.  Shoveler 4 + 2 CHRes..  A Kingfisher was seen by the boathouse.  2 Water Rails  were heard - north east bank and south east corner + 1 was seen in the boathouse reeds.
Haw Park Area:  Siskin 1.  Grey Partridge 5.

Wilthorpe Marsh 24/11/17.

Very steady with a big skein of 200+ Pinkfeet high east at 10-40am. Male Goosander thru towards Bretton. Green Sand 1, G Pecker 1, Wren 8 with 1 singing.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Wintersett 23.11.17

6 - 9 degrees with 8/8 cloud but decreasing, with a light southerly.
Habitat management has been ongoing this week, hence the condensed blog posts. 
Anglers CP:  A Crossbill flew over at 11.40hrs was the only record of note this morning.


Carlton Marsh

The working group this morning reported 3 Willow Tits around the feeder, Cormorant, Shoveler, Tufted and 4 Green Woodpeckers (together) presumably 'Anting' in the meadow.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Wintersett Mon. 20.11.17. Tues. 21.11.17. Wed. 22.11.17

7 - 11 degrees, drizzly start with 8/8 cloud and a light westerly.
Monday 20.11.17.
Anglers CP: The juvenile Common Scoter was present.

7 - 11 degrees with 4/8 and a light southerly.
Tuesday  21.11.17
Anglers CP: 8 Snipe flew from the SW bank.

11 - 16 degrees with 8/8 and a south westerly with strengthening gusts.
Wednesday 22.11.17
Anglers CP:  150 Pink-footed Geese flew west  08.40hrs.  Golden Plover 70 west. 

The Edge 20/11/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 377 Canada Geese, 34 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 148 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 16 Shoveler, 6 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 2 Moorhen, 41 Lapwing, 25 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 31 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 5 Skylark, 2 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush and 2 Stonechat.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 26 Teal, 22 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, 10 Wigeon, 5 Mallard, 2 Pochard, 6 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 75 Lapwing, 71 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 18 Grey Partridge.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 3+1y Mute Swan, 17 Mallard, 11 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 3+1f Goosander, 3 Tufted Duck, 1f Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 234 Coot, 11 Common Gull and 5 BH Gull. Also present were 5 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay,14 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing and 4 Bullfinch.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Wintersett WeBS November 2017

Here are the November WeBS totals for the Wintersett Area.

Mute Swan 47,   Canada Goose 63,   Greylag Goose 92,   Pink-footed Goose 1,   Cormorant 11,   Great Crested Grebe 17,   Little Grebe 9,   Coot 580,   Moorhen 17,   Mallard 69,   Gadwall 145,   Shoveler 5,   Wigeon 276,   Tufted Duck 293,   Pochard 104,   Goldeneye 42,   Goosander 28,   Grey Heron 4,   Water Rail 3,   Lapwing 126,   Snipe 1,   Kingfisher 1, 

Wintersett + VisMig . 19.11.17

Frosty, 2 - 5 degrees with 4/8 high cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig: 08.00 - 12.00hrs
180 Pink-footed Geese, in three skeins (80 + 40 + 60) flew west.  
Anglers CP: A Woodcock flew over.   88 Great Black-backed Gulls came in to roost.
Wintersett Res: A Cetti's Warbler was in the SW corner.
Cold Hiendley Big Field:  Golden Plover 100 and Grey Partridge 4.
21 birds were ringed today, including: 7 Lesser Redpoll,  4 Goldfinch,  1 Reed Bunting,  4 Redwing and 3 Blackbirds,

BLACK SWAN AT INBIRCHWORTH

Photo of the Black Swan at Ingbirchworth which was with c70 Grey Lags and 3 Pink feet.
Also 3 Little Grebe,2 Kestrel,and a Goldcrest



Saturday, 18 November 2017

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 18.11.17

4 - 7 degrees with 2/8 but increasing cloud, and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP:  100 Pink-footed Geese dropped in to the back fields this afternoon.  40 Goosanders were in at dusk.  
Wintersett Res: 50 Chaffinch.  4 Water Rail - 1 west bank,  1 south east corner and 2 in boathouse reeds.   A female Common Scoter was near the boathouse.
Gull Roosts:                              Area Total                  ACP                   WRES
Lesser Black-backed Gull                  6                             6
Great Black-backed Gull                  65                            60                            5
Herring Gull                                    525                          400                        125
Common Gull                                 800                          500                        300
Black-headed Gull                        7000                       4000                      3000       

Friday, 17 November 2017

Wintersett 17.11.17

Frosty start, 2 - 6 degrees with 0/8 cloud, but increasing ad a light westerly.
Anglers CP:  Several huge skeins, totalling 610 Pink-footed Geese,  over ENE at 09.30hrs + 75 west over WRes.   The lone PF goose is still present.   Canada Goose 53.    Canada X Greylag Goose hybrids 2.  Water Rail 1 west bank.
Cold Hiendley SF: Grey Wagtail 4.   Meadow Pipit 6. 
Wintersett Res: Green Woodpecker 1 west bank.  Brambling 2 over.  Grey Partridge 5 in ruin field.

The Edge 17/11/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 359 Canada Geese, 22 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 146 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 14 Shoveler, 9 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 68 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 92 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 20+ Skylark, 1 male Stonechat, 30+ Redwing, 4 Fieldfare and 7 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 31 Greylag over west, 24 Teal, 23 Shoveler, 10 Tufted Duck, 9 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 6 Cormorant, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 female Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 9 Coot, 3 Moorhen, c100 Golden Plover, 26 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 1 Ruff, 46 BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 30+ Skylark and c20 Pied Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - Highlight was a Bittern flying over the reedbeds at the eastern end at 12.05pm. On the open water were  2+2y Mute Swan, 12 Greylag, 57 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 2m+2f Goosander, 1f Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 218 Coot, 7 Common Gull, 5 BH Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 8 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 calling Chiffchaff and 2 Bullfinch.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Wintersett 16.11.17

10 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP: Common Scoter 1 juvenile.  Siskin 8.  Teal 2.  Green Woodpecker 1.  Goosander 2.  A male Cetti's Warbler was in the boathouse reeds.    
Wintersett Res: A Brambling  flew over north east bank.  Water Rail 1 east bank.  Shoveler 6.

Low Moor/Midhope 16/11/17. D Simmonite, S Green.

Cold but bearable in the sun regards standing about. Goshawk shoed off towards ewden again this time by a Merlin. Also Kestrel 4+, C Buzzard 2, Raven 3. Highlights on the feeders were GS Pecker and Willow Tit. Goldeneye fem. on the res.

Wilthorpe Marsh 16/11/17.

Water Pipit on sewage farm filters this morning + Green Sand, 4 Grey Wags.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Wilthorpe Marsh 15/11/17.

Highlights - male Stonechat, L Egret, Green Sandpiper, 9 RL Partridge, GS Pecker. Pipits very mobile and not many, probably due to the mild weather. River fish watching from the sewage farm footbridge revealed my first Brown Trout and a shoal of 12 Chub.

Wintersett 15.11.17

9 degrees with 6/8, but increasing cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: A male Blackcap was ringed on the Pol.  The juvenile Common Scoter still present,  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Siskin 5.
Wintersett Res: The boathouse hedges were full of birds this morning and a flock of 80 Redwings flushed off the north bank field.  An adult Yellow-legged Gull was on a buoy.  A male Cetti's Warbler sang in the boathouse reeds.   2 Water Rails were heard - north bank and west bank. 
45 birds were ringed this morning, including: 12 Redwing,  2 Blackbird,   1 Treecreeper,   1 Blackcap,  14  Lesser Redpoll  and  9 Goldfinch.

The Edge 15/11/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 45 Canada Geese, 1 Shelduck, 119 Wigeon, 16 Shoveler, 16 Teal, 7 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 2 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 14 Grey Partridge,  35 Lapwing, 55 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 9 Skylark, 3 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Redpoll and 7 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted by J. Seeviour were 2+6y Mute Swan, c340 Canada Geese, 52 Greylag, 22 Teal, 21 Shoveler, 12 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 6 Pochard, 5 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl, 6 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Red Legged Partridge, 3 Snipe and 10 Redwing.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 3+4y Mute Swan, 12 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 214 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 15 Common Gull and 9 BH Gull. Also present were 7 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Song Thrush.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Wilthorpe Marsh 14/11/17.

Not many Pipits away from the sewage farm so only 6 Meadows on the mud. Green Sandpiper nearby and 2 Woodcocks were flushed off the canal path. 2 Jacks and 2 C Snipe flushed off marsh edge and Linnet flock c 50. Again no sign of any Cetti's at oxbow lake and canal areas.

Wintersett 14.11.17

9 degrees with 6/8 cloud and a south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP:  The female/immature Common Scoter still present.   Teal 10.  Field Fare 80 went west.  Green Woodpecker 1.   3 Goosander dropped in, then left south. 
Cold Hiendley Big Field:  A flock of 125 Golden Plover were at the bottom of the slope.
Cold Hiendley Res: Shoveler 4 + 2 ACP.   
Wintersett Res:  A male Cetti's Warbler was in the south east corner.  A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds.  A Siskin flew over. Grey Wagtail 1.    Pochard 6.
Lepidoptera:  Ralph Hibbert  and Les Corrall  saw 2 Red Admirals this morning - over boathouse reeds and on west bank Wintersett Res..

The Edge 14/11/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 161 Canada Geese, 11 Greylag, 114 Wigeon, 11 Shoveler, 10 Teal, 3 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 108 Golden Plover, 47 Lapwing, 105 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 9 Skylark, 1 female Stonechat, 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Redwing and 11 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 43 Shoveler, 35 Teal, 11 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon, 3 Mallard, 1 male Pintail, 1 female Goosander, 1 Little Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 male Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl, 21 Lapwing, 20+ Snipe, and 4 Fieldfare over south.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 3+2y Mute Swan, 1 Greylag, 10 Pochard, 9 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 5 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 204 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 7 BH Gull, 4 Common Gull and 2 Herring Gull. Also present were 5 Cormorant, 35+ Lapwing over west, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Bullfinch.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Low Moor 13/11/17.

Bitterly cold but decent light given the forecast for the uplands. Main highlight accipiters with a Goshawk low over shaw clough but lost to view before again high over barnside moor and shoed over ewden height by 2 Ravens. Sparrowhawk chased a Blackbird through midhope res. conifers and it or another around the res. area later on. Not much else with 3 C Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, GS Pecker 1, Fieldfare 30, Siskin 2. Willow Tit constantly at the feeders.

Carlton Marsh

3 Little Egrets, 2 left north. Also present 2 + 1 Willow Tits, 2 Common Gull, 2 Siskin, Water Rail, 1 Meadow Pipit west and Song Thrush.

A Fox was on the prowl.

Wintersett 13.11.17

3 - 6 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: A female/immature  Common Scoter was new in.    Siskin 1 over.  Little Grebe 9.  Teal 4 + 4 WRes..  Greylag Goose 103.  Pink-footed Goose 1. 
Wintersett Res: 3 Water Rail were heard:- west bank, south east corner and north bank.  Shoveler 3 + 2 CHRes..  Gadwall 52 + 24 CHRes..  Goosander 2. 

The Edge 13/11/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 348 Canada Geese, 14 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 161 Wigeon, 13 Shoveler, 6 Teal, 4 Mallard, 1 female Goldeneye, 2 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 81 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 14+ Grey Partridge,1 Sparrowhawk,  82 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull, 13 Stock Dove, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Skylark, 9 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Bullfinch and 25+ Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 8 Mute Swan, 88 Canada Geese, 39 Shoveler, 27 Teal, 13 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 7 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 2 Kestrel, 16 Lapwing and 21 BH Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 5+4y Mute Swan, 57 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 4 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 219 Coot, 10 Common Gull and 9 BH Gull. Also present were a skein of c100 Pink Footed Geese over east at 12.40pm, 5 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat and 3+ Bullfinch.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Carlton Marsh

Water Rail, 9 Lapwing, 2 Common Gull, 6 Canada Geese, 37 Gadwall, 11 Shoveler,
8 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, Little Egret and 2 Goldcrest.

Sash Pond, Grimethorpe
Goosander 1 male, Pochard 1male, Tufted Duck 4 and Teal 3. (Keith Bannister)

Wintersett + VisMig. + Gull Roosts 12.11.17

A very cold 3 - 7 degrees with 0/8,  but increasing cloud,  and a north westerly breeze.
Anglers CP Vis Mig: 07.00 - 09.00hrs
Going west:  Fieldfare 85,  Redwing 20,  Starling 39 and Chaffinch 1.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose  1.   Little Grebe 7 + 8 WRes..
Golf Course: .A Jack Snipe was in the field marsh.  2 Nuthatch were on the  cafe feeders
Haw Park Canal:  Siskin 1.
Cold Hiendley SF: Grey Partridge 4.
Wintersett Res: A Water Rail was calling in the boathouse reeds.  16 Whooper Swans dropped on briefly this morning and 9 more (4 adults + 5 juveniles) flew north at 15.25 hrs.   A Linnet flew over.  At dusk, a  BITTERN flew from the south east corner reeds,  following the east bank before curving over the water and dropping in the west bank marsh. A Woodcock flew over the west bank field.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:   21 Great Blackbacked Gulls,   8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and, 200 Herring Gulls
Wintersett Res. Roost: Poor number of big gulls,  with just 17 Herring Gulls in tonight.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Carlton Marsh

Just 2 Cormorants, Little Egret, 15 Fieldfare and 5 Siskin reported today.
The highlight of the day was phoned in by Keith Bannister.  This one's for Chis Parkin, Les Corrall and John Seevior. The first Jubilee Class 4 6 0 to frequent the old Midland Railway at Carlton for 50 years. No 45699 Galatea ran from Carnforth via Wakefield past Carlton Marsh to Ardagh Glass (formerly Redfearn's) along the old Monk Bretton branch. What a wonderful sight to behold. After gaining permission the owner (on the footplate) decided to take his mates for a nostalgic trip.

Thanks to Ian Morley for the photos.




Wilthorpe Marsh 11/11/17.

Sunny and almost springlike with a couple of singing Wrens. 1,possibly 2 Water Pipits in the area with 1 showing well briefly on wires and dropped on to mud to feed with Meadow Pipits before flying to sewage farm. No joy at the sewage farm but Green Sandpiper and Willow Tit here. Nearby 2 Jack and 2 C Snipe flushed off the marsh edge. Pinkfeet heard only at 12-30pm.

Wintersett + VisMig 11.11.17

6 - 8 degrees with 8/8 and a north easterly breeze.
Anglers CP Vis Mig: 07.30 - 09.30hrs
Starling 165 NW.   Meadow Pipit 1 S. Golden Plover 2 N. 
Anglers CP:  2 Brambling were in the car park 07.15hrs.  Pink-footed Goose 22 E at 10.05hrs. A HAWFINCH flew SW at 10.09hrs The lone Pink-footed Goose is still present.   25 Goosander were on at dusk. 
Wintersett Res:  A Water Rail was calling on the north west bank.  A Cetti's Warbler was heard on the dam wall + a male was in the NE corner.   A Grey Wagtail was on the spillway.
79 Birds were ringed this morning including: 23 Redwing,  2 Blackbirds,  1 Treecreeper,  3 Goldcrest,  18 Lesser Redpoll,  5 Goldfinch and 19 Long-tailed Tits.
Critter: A Stoat was on the Botany south path.

Friday, 10 November 2017

The Edge 10/11/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 286 Canada Geese, 9 Greylag, 148 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 1 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, c150 Golden Plover, 64 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 82 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 5 Skylark, 10 Stock Dove, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 7 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch, 14 Linnet and 2 Redpoll.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 1y Mute Swan, 32 Teal, 27 Shoveler, 14 Tufted Duck, 9 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 9 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 59 Lapwing, 3+ Snipe, 1 Dunlin and 31 Stock Dove.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 4+4y Mute Swan, 1 Greylag, 31 Mallard, 21 Gadwall, 11 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 205 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 22 BH Gull and 4 Common Gull. Also present were 5 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Jay.
TPT- A  group of 4 Little Egret could be seen on the Field Pool RSPB Old Moor and a Peregrine gave good views as it circled overhead.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Wintersett 09.11.17

4 - 8 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a cool, westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: A male and a female Pintail left south west at 09.07hrs. A Dunlin flew over at 09.15hrs.  Teal 3.   Snipe 2.  Goosander 3.  Cormorant 20 + 3 WRes..  Little Grebe 6 + 2 WRes.. Water Rail 1 west bank.
Wintersett Res:  130 Fieldfare flew over west.    60 Pink-footed Geese flew west at 11.15hrs.  A male Cetti's Warbler was in the south east corner reedbed, 
189 Wigeon were in the area:-   144 WRes.,  39 CHRes and  6 ACP.

The Edge 09/11/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 204 Canada Geese, 8 Greylag, 129 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 16 Shoveler, 6 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Cormorant, 1 Peregrine through at 9.05am, 1 Kestrel, 34 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 113 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, c50 Redwing and 1 Willow Tit.
 Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 30+ Teal, 19 Tufted Duck, 18 Pochard, 14 Gadwall, 11 Wigeon, 6 Mallard, 1 female Goldeneye, 1 male Goosander, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 8 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 31 Lapwing, 14 Dunlin, 8 Snipe, 63 BH Gull, 4 Herring Gull and 2 Common Gull. Early AM, PWK also had c350 Golden Plover, c150 Fieldfare over west and c80 Redwing over south.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 1 Greylag, 13 Pochard, 9 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Moorhen, 175 Coot, 17 BH Gull and 9 Common Gull. Also present were 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Lapwing over west and 1 Bullfinch.
Warbler Way - Adam Hutt had 1 calling Marsh Tit, 2 Willow Tit and 1 calling Cettis Warbler.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Wintersett 08.11.17

3 - 7 degrees 4/8 but increasing cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: A Woodcock was flushed on the Pol this morning.   The 2 juvenile Scaup still present.  Goosander 3.  A female Pintail was on the shallows. 
42 birds were ringed this morning, including: 20 Redwing,  4 Goldcrest,  1 Coal Tit,  8 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Goldfinch.  A control Lesser Redpoll was also caught.

Carlton Marsh

This afternoon 2 Buzzards, 2 Cormorants, 9 Lapwing, 14 Teal, 22 Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret south, 2 Goldcrest, Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Linnet west. At dusk 30 Redwing, 8 Meadow Pipits SW, 3 Water Rails called, 2 Snipe left and 1male and 2 Female Tawny Owls called. (Dave Standish)

A Fox was hunting the wader scrape.

Red Admiral 1 (Chris Parkin) & 1 in my garden.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The Edge 07/11/2017

Wombwell Ings - Just started walking through Broomhill Park when I met Keith Fisher. His answer to "Owt abaht?" was " Been down since first light and its been very quiet even on Doveside and from the hide".  As I made my way across the park a calling Greater Spotted Woodpecker gave its position away on top of the hawthorns., otherwise there were few birds to be seen. The occasional Blackbird and Wren provided the only interest in the hedge along the Bulling Dyke. Then the CB radio crackled into life. Keith Fisher put me onto a female Peregrine which gave an amazing  hunting display over the eastern end before settling on a  metal pylon with its prey. There was little change on the Ings with 2 Mute Swan over west, 7 Greylag, 127 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 2 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, c50 Lapwing, 8 Golden Plover, 28 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 female Stonechat, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail and 5 Linnet present. Walking off  I had 3 Skylark in the back field, 1 male Stonechat on the eastern end of the Ings and c10 Fieldfare, 5+ Redwing and 1 Song Thrush in Broomhill Park.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 56 Teal, 20 Shoveler, 17 Mallard, 15 Gadwall, 14 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 1 male Goosander, 1 Little Grebe, 11 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 117 Lapwing, 35 Golden Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Snipe and 48 BH Gull.
PWK had a good passage of winter thrushes with 300+ Fieldfare and 300+ Redwing.
TPT- Best was a Goldcrest in a flock of 12 Long Tailed Tit. Also 1 Jay.
Bolton Ings - Duck numbers can vary greatly on the eastern pool depending on human/ raptor disturbance on Old Moor( they fly over to the Ings ) and/or the wind conditions( they shelter in the reeds or under the near edge ). Today's count of 4 Tufted Duck contrasts with yesterday's total of 52 . On the open water were 2+1y Mute Swan, 13 Pochard, 10+ Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 male Goosander, 1 male Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 172 Coot, 76 BH Gull and 24 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Wintersett 07.11.17

9 dropping to 7 degrees with 7/8 and a light south westerly, then  north westerly when rain started 12.15hrs.
Anglers CP:  A Cetti's Warbler was calling in the Pol ditch + 2 males WRes., north bank and north east corner.   A Water Rail ran on the shore in front of the hide + 1 north bank WRes..     Shoveler 7 + 3 WRes., 
Wintersett Res: 2 juvenile Scaup still presentA Dunlin flew over and left west at 09.35hrs + 1 flew over ACP and left south at 11.45hrs.  Cormorant 15.    

Monday, 6 November 2017

Carlton Marsh

4 Little Egrets were on the wader scrape this afternoon. (Rod Heeley)

Jack Snipe at Old Moor 06.11.17

Ron Marshall took these shots  of the  Jack Snipe at Old Moor today.



Wintersett 06.11.17

Ground frost, 3 - 8 degrees with 2/8 cloud and a light southerly.
Anglers CP: A cream crowned Marsh Harrier flew south east at 11.09.hrs.  2 juvenile Scaup still present.  Teal 5.  Goosander 2.
Wintersett Res: Pink-footed Goose 300 east at 09.15hrs.    Pochard 7.   Cetti's Warbler 1 male, west bank marsh.  Water Rail 1. 
Lepidoptera: Red Admiral 1 WRes..

The Edge 06/11/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1y Mute Swan, 7 Greylag, 4 Canada Geese, 117 Wigeon, 29 Teal, 12 Shoveler, 5 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 2 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 94 Lapwing, 4 Golden Plover, 250+ BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 2 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Skylark, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Redwing, 2 Stonechat and 2 Bullfinch.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 200+ Canada Geese, 31 Teal, 30+ Shoveler, 12 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon, 5 Pochard, 4 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 11 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 46 Lapwing, 4 Golden Plover and 2 Ruff.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 8+1y Mute Swan, 66 Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 4 Shoveler, 3 Mallard, 1 female Goldeneye, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 179 Coot, 28 Common Gull and 27 BH Gull. Also present were 5 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel and 2 Jay.

Bolton Ings and Old Moor

An early morning walk on here was rewarding;- highlight were 2 Hawfinch that flew over constantly calling, quite low that headed off to the north-west. A pair of Bearded Tits at the eastern end reedbed are the first occurrence on Bolton apparantly and could be birds from across the river at Old Moor or perhaps immigrants from further afield, either way it bodes well for the future. At least 6 Cettis Warblers were located calling from the reedbeds and a drake Pintail on the water. Two pair of Stonechats in the reed edges.
Old Moor.
A large (presumably male) Bittern had a mid morning fly around, a Marsh Harrier earlier at Broomhill did a circuit of the marsh and was joined by a second bird (both cream-crowns) over the reedbeds early afternoon. Common Buzzards were noticeable in the morning sun, a 'stack' of 8 from Wombwell Ings as well as many singles around the area. Two Pintail and a Goldeneye on the Mere but there is a very noticeable lack of waders - acres of mud, mostly empty mud, just 2 Green Sandpipers and a couple of Common Snipe, no Lapwing or Golden Plover - where are they? Another pair of Stonechat were distant from Wath Ings hide.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Wintersett + VisMig. + Gull Roost

Cool start,  5 - 9 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a light north westerly .
Anglers CP VisMig:  06.45hrs - 10.30hrs
Going south west:  Wood Pigeon 1720.  Fieldfare 55.  Stock Dove 2. 
Going west:  Starling 1020.  Goldfinch 39.  Siskin 10.  Meadow Pipit 1.  Chaffinch 2.
Others:  Pink-footed Goose 35 NE.   Skylark 6 N.  
Anglers CP:  Pintail  1 female.   Scaup.2 juveniles.   Goldeneye 29.  Goosander 17. Teal 6. 
Anglers CP Gull Roost: Great Black-backed Gull  36,  Lesser Black-backed Gull 8,  Herring Gull 81,  Black-headed Gull 5000,   Common Gull c500.
Cold Hiendley:  Tawny Owl 1
Lepidoptera:Red Admiral 1. CHRes..

Carlton Marsh

Sunny with cloud increasing in the afternoon NW L-M maximum 10.5c. Today's highlight were; Little Egret, 22 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, 20 Canada Geese, 3 Water Rail, 2 Siskin, 9 Lapwing, 2 Willow Tit, 30 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, Peregrine and 4 Buzzard riding thermals in clear blue sky.
A large skein of Pink Feet Geese flew west after dark at 18.07hrs. (Geoff Miller)

Storrs Mill Wood
Red Admiral 1, Comma 2 & Small Copper 3. (Chris Parkin)

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Wintersett + Roost 04.11.17

Rain to 09.00hrs.  Cool 7 - 9 degrees with 8/8 cloud, slowly decreasing,  and a light westerly.
Anglers CP: 3 Shelduck left north at 10.05hrs.  2 juvenile  Scaup, a male and a ? female.  Goosander 12.  Pochard  99.  Goldeneye 35.  Little Grebe 9.    Teal 3.  Snipe 3.  Water Rail 1+ 3 WRes.  Greylag Goose 88.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Cormorant 10.    6 Dunlin flew over at 15.15hrs, then left west.
Anglers CP Roost: An adult Yellow-legged Gull flew in.  At 16.30hrs Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull, flew in to the small raft.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Wilthorpe Marsh. 3/11/17.

Water Pipit seen twice this morning at sewage farm but mobile and elusive. Also 15+ Meadow Pipits and 20+ Grey Partridge in nearby field.

The Edge 03/11/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 81 Canada Geese, c120 Pink Footed Geese over west at 8.50am, 1 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 138 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 17 Shoveler, 8 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 35 Lapwing, 2 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 50 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 17 Grey Partridge, 1 Kestrel, 3 Skylark, 5 Redwing and 1 Bullfinch. J.Thompson also had 2 Stonechat and K.Fisher had 15 Meadow Pipit and 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+7y Mute Swan, c300 Canada Geese, 27 Greylag, 36 Teal, 21 Shoveler, 14 Tufted Duck, 9 Wigeon, 6 Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Moorhen, 7 Coot, 58 Lapwing, c35 Golden Plover, 56 BH Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 17 Grey Partridge and c40 Skylark.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 14 Tufted Duck, 14 Pochard, 8 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 2 male Goldeneye, 3 Little Grebe, 177 Coot, 13 BH Gull and 12 Common Gull. Also present were 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Sonechat and 2 Bullfinch.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Wintersett 02.11.17

9 - 13 degrees. mild with 5/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP:  Whooper Swan 1 adult.  Goosander 1 m.   The immature drake Scaup still present. 
Wintersett Res:   Brambling 2 on ruin.   Cetti's Warbler 1 north bank.
Just 1 new bird was added to the area year list in October, bringing the total to 166.

Wilthorpe Marsh / Fleets Dam. 2/11/17.

Water Pipit showed well on sewage farm filter beds but quite shy and eventually flew to nearby fields. Also here 10+ Meadow Pipits, 4 Grey Wagtails, Chiffchaff. Nearby, 6 Jack Snipe, 7 Common Snipe, 6 Water Rails include 2 showing well. 3 Willow Tits in mixed tit flock, 18 Teal and Little Egret flew in from the west, possibly from Bretton. Fleets Dam. - Top fly around by group of 7 Parakeets which continued to show well in willow in sw corner at car park end + 1 ad. Common Gull.

The Edge 02/11/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1y Mute Swan, 77 Greylag, 131 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 16 Shoveler, 11 Mallard, 9 Gadwall, 3 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron,1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel,  45 Lapwing, 8 Golden Plover, 1 Ruff, 65 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 Skylark, 9 Redwing, 50+ Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch and 2 Reed Bunting. K.Fisher also had 5 Grey Partridge, 1 Treecreeper and 7 Fieldfare.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, c300 Canada Geese, 29 Teal, 21 Shoveler, 14 Tufted Duck, 7 Wigeon, 5 Pochard, 5 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 1 Goosander, 9 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 16 Grey Partridge, 10 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 38 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 23 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull and 2 Grey Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 1 Greylag, 65 Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 178 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 12 Common Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 5 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Jay, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch and 1 Redpoll.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Carlton Marsh

Little Egret 2, Shoveler 14, Tufted 8, Gadwall 40, Canada Goose 17, Water Rail 2, Kingfisher, Buzzard and Siskin 2.  76 Pink Feet flew NW over low Cudworth at 15.15hrs (Dick Laverack/Dave Standish) and were last seen over Carlton heading NW (Dave Smith)

The Edge 01/11/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1y Mute Swan, 54 Canada Geese, 2 Shelduck, 107 Wigeon, 23 Teal, 16 Shoveler, 12 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 1 Little Grebe,1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 31 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 51 BH Gull, 9 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 10+ Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, c10 Long Tailed Tit and 5 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 300+ Canada Geese, 26 Teal, 25 Shoveler, 18 Tufted Duck, 5 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 1 Goosander, 1 Little Grebe, 12 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 8 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 41 Lapwing, 15+ Snipe, 4 Ruff, 79 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Early AM,  PWK also had 1 female Marsh Harrier ( 8.15 to 8.30am ), 1 juv Peregrine and 16 Grey Partridge.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 4+3y Mute Swan, 30 Tufted Duck, 16 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 2 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 158 Coot, 21 BH Gull and 11 Common Gull. Also present were 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Jay and 1 Stonechat.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Wintersett + Vis Mig + Roosts 31.10.17

8 - 12 degrees, mild with 8/8 cloud and a very light south westerly.
Haw Park Wood:  5000 Corvids left the roost at dawn. ( 3500 NNE +  1500 SSE)
Anglers CP VisMig: 06.30 - 12.00hrs 
Going west
:   Fieldfare 230. Meadow Pipit 1 + 6 W from MLPond just before dusk.  Bullfinch 5.  Goldfinch 83.
Going east:   33 Pink-footed Geese at 09.15hrs.  Skylark 4.
Going north west:   2453 Starling
Going south:   Wood Pigeon 12.  Blackbird 4.  Pied Wagtail 2.  Brambling 1.
Going south west: Redwing 45.  Chaffinch  13.  Greenfinch 5.  Reed Bunting 2.
Anglers CP: A female Pintail dropped in.  Dunlin 1.  The 1st W drake Scaup still present, also the Todd's Canada Goose.  An adult male Common Scoter circled over, before leaving  north at 11.02hrs. 
Wintersett Res: Common Scoter 1 female.   Yellow-legged Gull 1.  Cetti's Warbler 1 boathouse reeds.
Moorhouse Lane Pond:  92 Pied Wagtails were counted in the evening roost. 

Bretton + 31/10/17.

Couple of surprises on the lower lake late morning with 3 ad. Whooper Swans and a Little Egret near the dam wall. Also 1 pair of Goosander on here and 8 Wigeon on the top res. Total of 9 calling Nuthatchs, 3 GS Peckers, 1 G Pecker, 1 Redpoll. Brief visit to Wilthorpe Marsh with a covey of 12 Grey Partridge, 2 Willow Tit, 4 C Snipe off the edge of marsh.

Barnsley BSG Christmas Dinner

The Christmas Dinner has been booked for 7.30pm on Monday 18th December 2017 at the Old Moor Tavern in Broomhill village. Details of choices and cost can be seen on the  menu underneath
( Double click on the menu to enlarge it ). Please let me know if you are interested in coming to this very enjoyable sociable event by contacting me by Email at bigalwhitey@tiscali.co.uk or at the meeting this Thursday evening.

The Edge 31/10/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1y Mute Swan, 69 Canada Geese, 2 Shelduck, 119 Wigeon, 23 Teal, 14 Shoveler, 14 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 17 Lapwing, 69 BH Gull, 9 Skylark, 20+ Redwing,  2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Redpoll.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, c200 Canada Geese, 30+ Shoveler, 25+ Teal, 16 Tufted Duck, 8 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 2 Wigeon, 1 female Goosander, 1 male Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe, 16 Grey Partridge, 7 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Kestrel, 10 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Coot, 7 Moorhen, 48 Lapwing, 3 Ruff, 32 BH Gull, 1 Kingfisher, c40 Fieldfare and 1 Grey Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 4+1y Mute Swan, 17 Tufted Duck, 11 Mallard, 7 Pochard, 7 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 179 Coot, 43 BH Gull and 17 Common Gull. Also present were 8 Canada Geese, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Ewden valley 30/10/17. D Simmonite, S Green.

Excellent light and mostly sunny but a cold sw wind. More raptor species expected but that's birding. Peregrine 1, possibly 2 showed a few times, C Buzzard 7, Kestrel 5. Pinkfeet c.100 went w. over the lodge at 3-35pm. More Fieldfare flocks today going w., total about 700. 2 pairs of Stonechats, 1 pair near the lodge and the other at stone circle near the track. Raven scarce, just a pair. Meadow Pipit 50 included a flock of 40 on white carr. Redwing 10, Mistle Thrush 2 with another singing at the entrance gate. Also, and scarcely mentioned, 8 Wrens with good numbers of this species in the valley. Lastly, 2 Mountain Hares.

Wintersett + VisMig 30.10.17

First air frost of Autumn.  3 - 10 degrees with 0/8 cloud and a very light south westerly.
Anglers CP VisMig: 06.30 - 10.20 hrs + 12.00 - 13.30hrs
Per PMeredith: We expected much better from Wood Pigeons in these weather conditions. Starlings were good though, with probably more than a third of the total in one really productive spell,  which included an impressive flock of 420 birds. Starlings were still moving in small packs into early afternoon but had slowed down to the point of tedium by the time I left at 13.30hrs.
Going south west: Wood Pigeon 4600.  Stock Dove 1.  Skylark 9 +  9 NE. Goldfinch 2.  Reed Bunting 1 Greenfinch 2.
Going west: Starling 2815. Pink-footed Goose 70 at 08.30hrs + 150E at 09.45hrs.  Jackdaw 3.  Fieldfare 1043.  Redwing 106.  Song Thrush 2.  Pied Wagtail 2 + 1S.  Meadow Pipit 1 + 2S.   Chaffinch 14 + 3 SW.  Linnet 2.  Lesser Redpoll 2. 
Anglers CP:  The juvenile drake Scaup present for 3rd day.  Snipe 3. 
Cold Hiendley Res: 3 adult Whooper Swan + 1 juvenile WRes.  All 4 left north east at 11.35hrs.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 male boathouse reeds. 
Moorhoue Lane Pond: 94 Pied Wagtails were in the reedbed roost per CSwaine.

The Edge 30/10/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 juv Mute Swan, 147 Canada Geese, 2 Shelduck, 99 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 17 Shoveler, 11 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 16 Grey Partridge, 55 Lapwing, 3 Ruff, 203 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull,1 Sparrowhawk, 9 Skylark, 4 Redwing, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Bullfinch, 9 Linnet and 3 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, c350 Canada Geese, 16 Greylag, 32 Shoveler, 23 Teal, 15 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon, 4 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, 12 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 8 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 150+ Golden Plover, 14 Lapwing, 6+ Snipe, 4 Ruff, 48 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Red Legged Partridge and 1 Kingfisher.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 58 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 7 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 7 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 157 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 45 BH Gull and 10 Common Gull. Also present were 4 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Jay and 4 Bullfinch.

BARNSLEY BIRD STUDY GROUP

We're back to that time of year when winter meetings start again!!

THURSDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 2017 at the Old Moor visitor centre beginning at 7.15 pm (everything as usual);-

DAVID HUNT on 'COMBATING BIRD OF PREY PERSECUTION'
David works for the RSPB in this well publicised area of bird protection which is very relevant to birders in Barnsley, living alongside the notorious grouse moors of the Peak District.

All welcome, £2.50 entrance charge includes interval drink. 

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Carlton Marsh

A Little Egret was on the wader scrape and 4 Water Rails called from the main marsh. (Dave Standish)

2 Foxes were abroad at dusk.

Red Admiral, Comma and a Southern Hawker were reported. (Chris Parkin)

Away from the reserve 6 Red Admirals were seen in Jim Plant's Cudworth garden.

Wintersett + VisMig 29.10.17

9 - 13 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a very cold, moderate northerly
Anglers CP VisMig: 06.30 - 10.30hrs.    Most birds went through in the first couple of hours and then very few moving.
A  Hawfinch flew east over WRes at 07.09hrs followed by a party of  5 going  west  over ACP at  07.23hrs.   1 + 3 Little Egrets dropped onto the shallows  for 10 minutes before leaving north at 07.45hrs.  A Red Kite flew south at 08.30hrs.    15 Whooper Swans flew east at 08.42hrs.
Going south west:  6 Golden Plover.  515 Wood Pigeon. 100 Redwing.  54 Fieldfare.   210 Starling.1 Meadow Pipit.   11 Goldfinch. 
Going east:  A flock of 30 Siskin.
Anglers CP:  24 Goosanders at dawn.  The juvenile male Scaup still present.  Pink-footed Goose 1.   Pochard 158  and Goldeneye 17.   Chiffchaff  1.
Wintersett Res: Brambling 1 over.  A male Cetti's Warbler  and a Water Rail were in the boathouse reeds
Cold Hiendley Res:   Whooper Swan 1 juvenile.
Odonata: A Migrant Hawker  south west bank WRes. 

              Juvenile Whooper Swan                  CHRes     SDenny

Low Moor, D Simmonite, S Green. 29/10/17.

Bright and sunny but cold in the northerly wind. Very steady birding with a Merlin over the res. mobbing a Buzzard. Sparrowhawk at least 3, C Buzzard 6, Kestrel 6. Raven 2, Fieldfare c.50, Siskin flock 15, Redpoll 1, Lapwing 7, Jay 2, Mistle Thrush 2, Cormarant 1, Willow Tit 1 at feeders. Almost forgot 1 noisy Curlew still around res. and surrounding fields.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Wintersett + VisMig 28.10.17

9 - 11 degrees with 7/8 cloud and a moderate SSW wind.
Anglers CP VisMig: 07.20 - 16.15hrs.
No big numbers, but nice variety of birds, considering the strength of the wind.  A Red Kite flew low over back fields and left north 08.20hrs.  The highlight of the day was 2 Hawfinch west at 09.15hrs, which were seen by everyone present.(Phew!)  6  single Bullfinch were heading deliberately west  (after eight doing the same on 15th) - Where are these coming from/going to?
Also going west:  Fieldfare 382.  Redwing 370.  Starling 195. Brambling 2.  Siskin 3.  Snipe 3.  Goldfinch 64. Skylark 6.  Song Thrush 4. Reed Bunting 6.  Chaffinch 8.  Green Finch 6.  Lesser Redpoll 3.  Common Buzzard 1. 
Also:  Wood Pigeon 170 south.  House Martin 4 south  and  Golden Plover 7 south west.
Anglers CP: Goosander 18 at dawn. Goldeneye 8.  Little Grebe 6. 



                     Drake Scaup juvenile              ACP   PMeredith


Friday, 27 October 2017

Wintersett 27.10.17

9 - 11 degrees, cool with 0/8 cloud and a light westerly.
A small group of volunteers cleared vegetation from most of the islands.
Anglers CP: Female Scaup still present.   Linnet 1 over. 
62 Birds were ringed. Highlights were:- 24 Lesser Redpoll.  15 Redwing.  1 Blackbird.  2 Goldcrest.  16 Goldfinch and 1 Sparrowhawk.

Ewden valley, D Simmonite, J Hindley, S Green. 27/10/17.

Bright and sunny with a cold nw wind. Raptors,- a surprise Marsh Harrier, possibly an imm. male. Peregrine 3 with 1 near the cabin and 2 together near holt farm. C Buzzard 6, Kestrel 5. Also, Raven 6, Golden Plover 17 n., Stonechat total 3, 2+1, Fieldfare c.60, Meadow Pipit 19 mostly going s., Redpoll 1, Siskin 1, Linnet 2. 4 BH Gulls going n. well up the valley.