Saturday, 19 August 2017

Wintersett 19.08.17

14 - 17 degrees with sun, 4/8 cloud, a cold westerly wind and a couple of short showers this morning.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig from 06.30 - 09.30 Nothing moving.
Anglers CP:  Pink-footed Goose 1. Cormorant 7. Wigeon 3. Pochard 4. Shoveler 1.  Little Grebe 4. Snipe 1.  Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull,  was on the small raft this afternoon.
Haw Park Wood: Hobby 1.
Wintersett Res: Swift 40. Common Tern 3.
Lepidoptera: A Gatekeeper was on the west bank WRes.   A Red Admiral  was at ACP.

Dunford Bridge 19th Aug.


A new plant-gall for the Barnsley area (as far as I know), the spectacular tongue-like growth Taphrina alni, caused by an ascomycete fungus infecting the scales of female alder catkins.
Formerly rare but spreading.

Friday, 18 August 2017

The Edge 18/08/2017

Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+4y Mute Swan, 13 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 15 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant and 53 Coot. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 3 Kestrel, 1 LBB Gull over, 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker and 1 Grey Wagtail.
Wombwell Ings early pm- Walked on to the sound of a singing Chiffchaff in the hawthorns alongside the Bulling Dyke. Present were 2 Mute Swan, 24 Greylag, 15 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 263 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 54 BH Gull and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan,  57 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 33 Tufted Duck, 19 Mallard, 8 Pochard, 7 Shoveler, 21 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 138 Coot, 13 Moorhen, 2 Kestrel, 115 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 12 BH Gull and 1 juv Grey Wagtail. Also seen early AM by PWK were c120 Gadwall, 1f+1juv Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Snipe, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 4 LBB Gull and 8 Yellow Wagtail.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Silkstone Wagonway

At least 2 Spotted Flycatcher on the Wagonway and 9 Buzzards on the grassy bank above Low Mill Farm

Wintersett 17.08.17

16 - 19 degrees with 6/8 cloud and a south westerly wind.  Sunny and hot this afternoon for a couple of hours.
Anglers CP: Snipe 2, Teal 1,   Pochard 6.
Stubbs Wood: Sparrowhawk 1 young calling.  Buzzard 1.
Haw Park Wood: Hobby 1 juvenile.
Cold Hiendley Res: Little Grebe 2.  Shoveler 1.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 4.
Moorhouse Lane Pond: Wigeon 1 female,  Gadwall 29, Tufted Duck 5 medium young.
Lepidoptera MLPond:   Gatekeeper 1,  Small Heath 4 and Common Blue 2.
Odonata MLPond: Emperor 6,  Ruddy Darter 20,  Common Darter 4,  Blue-tailed Damselfly 3, Migrant Hawker 1 and Souther Hawker 1 female + 1 HPWood.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wintersett 16.08.17

18 degrees with sun, light scattered cloud and a cool, light southwesterly.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: A Tree Pipit flew south west at 07.00hrs. (new for the year list).
Anglers CP: Pochard 6.  Snipe 3.  Common Sandpiper 1,  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull came in, and was seen later on the small raft.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 2 ( 1 ad + 1 juv).  Grey Wagtail 1.
Odonata: Black-tailed Skimmer 1 ACP.

another one for Cliff

Is this a Hebrew Character?
On thistle at Low Moor watchpoint.

The Edge 16/08/2017

Wombwell Ings - Highlight was the Spotted Flycatcher that Ken Foundation and I noticed briefly at 9.54am  in the hawthorns near the Broomhill Park kissing gate entrance. Also present were 1 Mute Swan, 35 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 33 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Lapwing, 36 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash -2+6y Mute Swan, 8 Greylag, 5 Canada Geese, 73 Gadwall, 23 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 8 Pochard, 6 Shoveler, 18 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 167 Coot, 27 Moorhen, 34 Lapwing, 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Sparrowhawk, 34 BH Gull and 5 Yellow Wagtail.
 Bolton Ings - Best sighting was a Marsh Harrier being mobbed by three Kestrels over Bolton tip at high noon. On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 6 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 1 Mallard, 10 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, and 41 Coot. Also present were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Lapwing, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch and c50 Goldfinch.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Edge 15/08/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 4 Mute Swan, 14 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 44 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 12 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 37 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 29 BH Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 76 Gadwall, 24 Tufted Duck, 11 Mallard, 11 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 22 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 137 Coot, 10 Moorhen, 63 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 41 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 2 Pied Wagtail. Early AM Chaz also had 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel and 10+ Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1+1y Mute Swan, 11 Gadwall, 10 Mallard, 7 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 9 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant and 81 Coot. Also present were 60+ Lapwing, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron,  2 Bullfinch, 2 singing Willow Warbler and 1 singing Chiffchaff.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Little Ringed Plovers

A total of  four pairs have bred at or close to moorland/upland reservoirs this year and fledged a total of 10+ chicks.
With the exception of a pair that bred close to an upland reservoir, all young fledged relatively late in late July & early August.
The reason for this was no doubt the unsuitability of the reservoir sites until the falling water levels in mid May produced a 'shoreline'.
This total is double that of the previous best years of 1978, 1984 and 1992.

Carlton Marsh

On the wader scrape today 4 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher and a Yellow Wagtail. (K. Bannister/Rod Heeley)

Wintersett WeBS August 2017.

Here are the Wintersett WeBS totals for August 2017.

Mute Swan 12 + 11 young   Canada Goose 28   Greylag Goose 3   Pink-footed Goose 1.   Cormorant 1   Great Crested Grebe 28   Little Grebe 8   Coot 265   Moorhen 16   Mallard 79   Gadwall 30  Shoveler 2  Tufted Duck 299   Pochard 5   Goldeneye 1 female   Lapwing 24   Common Sandpiper 1  Grey Heron 1.  

    

Wintersett 14.08.17

Rain from 08.30 until 10.30hrs.  Up to 17 degrees with decreasing cloud, short sunny spells and a south westerly wind.
Wintersett:  Little Owl 1.
Anglers CP: Pochard 4.  Little Grebe 1. Pink-footed Goose 1.  Yellow Wagtail 1 over.  Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull dropped in. 
Bird Ringing was cut short by the rain this morning: Garden Warbler 4,  Blackcap 6,  Willow Warbler19,  Whitethroat 2.

                                   Psycho                 ACP            ASmith

The Edge 14/08/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 5 Mute Swan, 61 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Teal, 3 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Moorhen, 22 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 29 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 2 Linnet.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1y Mute Swan, 29 Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 21 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 6 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 8 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 31 Coot and 1 Common Tern. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 69 Lapwing and 2 Green Sandpiper over.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 28 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 44 Gadwall, 25 Mallard, 18 Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard, 19 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 144 Coot, 14 Moorhen, 76 Lapwing, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 19 BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Carlton Marsh

5 Little Egrets ( a new site record) and a Green Sandpiper were on the wader scrape this morning. Also present 2 Buzzard, 2 Kingfisher and Treecreeper.

Wintersett + VisMig: 13.08.17

14 degrees, sunny with 0/8 cloud 06.45hrs. A very cold south westerly was blowing so it was 2 coats colder on VisMigHill.  Cloud increased through the morning to 4/8.  Up to 19 degrees this afternoon.
Anglers CP VisMig: 06.45 - 12.00hrs.   Going south- 2 Little Egrets at 07.15hrs,  Swallow 3,  Sand Martin 7,  Grey Wagtail 1,  Yellow Wagtail 1,  Reed Bunting 1.
3 Cormorants flew south east.  2 adult Common Gulls flew west.
Anglers CP: A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was in at 08.10hrs.  Common Tern 2.  Pochard 1. Mallard 48.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  5 Black tailed Godwits dropped onto shallows at 15:20hrs.
Cold Hiendley SF: Grey Wagtail 6.  Yellow Wagtail 2.  Sparrowhawk 1 + 1 WRes.
Wintersett Res: A Cetti's Warbler was in the south west corner.  40 Linnets were in the south west field.
Haw Park Wood: 2 Hobbies were mobbing a Buzzard.  Nuthatch 2.
Critter:  A Weasel was seen in HPWood.

 Juvenile Mediterranean Gull     ACP    PMeredith

5 Black-tailed Godwits          ACP              SDenny
                                                     Weasel                   HPWood    CSwaine

Ewden lodge + 13/8/17.

Good conditions but surprisingly poor for raptors. A Whinchat was among 5 Stonechats near the s bend and another Stonechat was at the lodge. Fem. Redstart was on the plantation fence just on the left at the entrance gate. Curlew 2, a pair of Ravens showed well a few times and a Snipe was flushed near the s bend. Sparrowhawk 1, have been scarce this summer, C Buzzard total about 8 includes a kettle of 6. Kestrel 5, Stock Dove 2, juv. Bullfinch 1. Wilthorpe Marsh this a.m. very steady with 3 Green Sand, L Egret, 5 Willow Tits.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Wintersett + VisMig. 12.08.17

17 - 19 degrees, sunny and warm early start, but cloud increased to 5/8 by mid morning, with a cold, moderate south westerly wind.
Anglers CP VisMig: 06.15 - 12.00hrs An OSPREY flew south at 09.45hrs, mobbed by 3 Hobbies and a Buzzard over Haw Park Wood.  A Buzzard flew south.  Little Grebe 1. 
Anglers CP: Grey Partridge 2 young in fields.  Pochard 4.  Lapwing 180.  Peregrine 1 over 08.35hrs Pink-footed Goose 1. 
Moorhouse Lane Big Pond: Tufted Duck 4 vs young. 
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 2. Swift 100.  Sand Martin 400 in area.

Red Underwing       ACP   CSwaine

Friday, 11 August 2017

Broomhill Flash 11.08.17

An obliging Common Sandpiper  taken by Ron Marshall at Broomhill Flash.


Wintersett 11.08.17

15 - 17 degrees with 8/8, but decreasing cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig. 0500 - 07.30hrs  Dunlin 1 over and a Little Egret flew west.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 1. Pochard 1 drake. Green Woodpecker 1. Buzzard 1 adult + 1 fledged juvenile.
Wintersett Res: Dunlin 3 over at 06.15hrs.   A BITTERN flew over north at 07.50hrs.  A juvenile, female Cetti'sWarbler was retrapped.  A Barn Owl flew over HPLane at dawn.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 2.
63 Birds were ringed this morning. Highlights were: Willow Warbler 13,  Chiffchaff 11.  Blackcap 7,  Garden Warbler,  Reed Warbler 8,  Whitethroat 4 and Sand Martin 15.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Carlton Marsh Update

A Spotted Flycatcher was sallying for insects at the back of the main scrape this evening. Also present 2 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, juv Sparrowhawk attacking Wood Pigeons (unsuccessfully), Peregrine, 3 Jays, 2 Green and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and Water Rail.
A Painted Lady butterfly was in my garden.


Wintersett 10.08.17

14 - 18 degrees with decreasing cloud throughout the morning, sunny and warm with a westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 1.  Pochard 1.  Cormorant 4. 
75 birds were ringed today.  Highlights were: Blackcap 16,  Reed Warbler 8,  Chiffchaff 11,  Willow Warbler 13,  Linnet 6,  Treecreeper 1 and Yellowhammer 1.
Lepidoptera: Meadow Brown 1 and Gatekeeper 1.

The Edge 10/08/2017

Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 54 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 45 Gadwall, 25 Mallard, 21 Tufted Duck, 16 Pochard, 19 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 99 Coot, 10 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 61 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 29 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Common Tern and 1 Kingfisher.
TPT - 2 singing Willow Warbler, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Sparrowhawk.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+3y Mute Swan, 13 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Mallard, 12 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 39 Coot and 1 Moorhen. Also present were 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, and 11 Shoveler over.
Wombwell Ings early PM- Present were 1 Mute Swan, 22 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Moorhen, 73 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kestrel, 3 BH Gull, 40+ Goldfinch and 3 Linnet.

Carlton Marsh 9/8/17

A Bittern was perched in a large Willow at the far side of the main scrape at 13.00hrs. (Tony Harding)

Record shot from Tony Harding
Today 10th Management work on wader scrape flushed Little Egret and Snipe. Ragwort pulling and strimming vegetation.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Wintersett 09.08.17 + Eddethorpe Cattle Egrets

The rain finally stopped at 07.30hrs.  13 - 17 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a cool northerly breeze.
Anglers CP: A juvenile Peregrine flew over north east at 09.30hrs and another, or the same bird, flew high over at 11.05hrs .   2 Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper were on the shallows.  Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull flew in to the small raft, calling.  The adult eclipse drake Wigeon,  a Little Grebe and the Pink-footed Goose still present.
Wintersett Res: 7 Common Tern,  40 Swift and 300 Sand Martin  were in the area as we got a call and a text to say that 3 Cattle Egrets were flying north from Edderthorpe. (Thanks Ivan Martin and John Hewitt) 
We dashed to the dam wall but  within minutes, another call told us the Cattle Egrets were back at Edderthorpe.  A quick twitch over, got us great views before the Cattle Egrets flew off again.  We stopped at a high point in Cold Hiendley on the way back to Wintersett and scanned for a while , but no luck.   The 3 Cattle Egrets are the first in the Barnsley Area.  Hopefully they'll join the roost at Old Moor tonight. 
Cattle Egrets at Edderthorpe      Gary Stones
more on Twitter @StonesGary
Added  15.08.17  The Cattle Egrets didn't fly into the  Old Moor Roost, and weren't picked up elsewhere.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Wintersett 08.08.17

12 - 14 degrees,  with rain, rain and more rain and a cool northerly breeze.
Anglers CP:  An adult, eclipse drake  Wigeon was on the rock wall.  Pochard 1 m + 1 f.  Teal 8. Little Grebe 1.  Greylag Goose 38.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Yellow Wagtail 2. 
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 4. Shoveler 4.  Grey Wagtail 4.
Mammal: A Mink was under and around the Sand Martin Box this morning.

Wintersett Monday 07.08.17

Sunny spells with a cool westerly wind.
Anglers CP:  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Little Grebe 1 + 2 CHRes..
Cold Hiendley Res: Shoveler 4.  Goldeneye 1 female.
Moorhouse Lane Pond: Wigeon 1 female. 
Wintersett Res: Swift 20.  Common Tern 7.   Garden Warbler 1 on west bank. 
Lepidoptera WRes:  A Painted Lady was on the east bank.  Gatekeeper 1.  Meadow Brown 1.

The Edge 08/08/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 3 Mute Swan, 110 Mallard, 55 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Moorhen, 52 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 12 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 3 Pied Wagtail and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 20+6y Tufted Duck, 18 Gadwall, 12 Mallard, 11 Pochard, 1+5y Shoveler, 25 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 152 Coot, 13 Moorhen, 89 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 16 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Carlton Marsh

A Bittern was seen on the main scrape from the hide at 16.55hrs. It flew from the disused railway side of the scrape to the opposite bank and 5 minutes later it took another flight to a reed bed a little further along. (Dave Smith)
Also present 3 Little Egret (wader scrape) 3 juv. Sparrowhawk, 3 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail and a Fox.

The Edge 07/08/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 3 Mute Swan, 25 Canada Geese, 36 Greylag, 89 Mallard, 10 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 42 Lapwing, 11 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 juvenile Yellow Wagtail, c40 Goldfinch  and 3 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 40 Canada Geese, 45+ Gadwall, 19 Mallard, 17 Tufted Duck, 11 Pochard, 25 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 16 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 153 Coot, 18 Moorhen, 65 Lapwing, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 45 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 3 Common Tern and 1 Sparrowhawk.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+4y Mute Swan, 29 Greylag, 3 Canada Geese, 14 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 1 Mallard, 8 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe and 75 Coot. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Common Tern, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Bullfinch.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Carlton Marsh

2 Little Egrets were on the wader scrape and a Green Sandpiper flew north at 07.45hrs. 40 birds ringed today included 12 Long-tailed Tits, 5 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldfinch and a Willow Tit. In addition a Chiffchaff that was ringed at Wintersett.

Butterflies included counts of 42 Peacock, 20 Red Admiral, 10 Comma, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Common Blue and 1 Small Copper. (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett 06.08.17

15 - 18 degrees with 7/8 cloud and a light south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP + Vis.Mig: 8 Blacktailed Godwit flew south west 07.45hrs.   4 + 6 Cormorantsflew high west (after 12 doing same yesterday evening).  A Great Crested Grebe flew high northeast which is a little unusual.  The Pink-footed Goose is flying again.
Critters:  A Meadow Brown and a Black-tailed Skimmer were at ACP. 

Great Crested Grebe   flying high north east  ACP        PMeredith

Wath Ings, pm.


Wood Sandpiper at Wath Ings this afternoon

Ewden valley lodge + return 6/8/17. + w.m. 5/8/17.

Ewden - Mostly dry but too windy with bird views brief or poor. Very strong wind with drizzle ending it around 3pm. Seen were a calling Ring Ouzel flying up the valley which landed on a rock briefly then lost. CC Marsh Harrier seen twice, Hobby a few times, C Buzzard 3, Kestrel 5. Stonechat 4, Raven 1 pair, Curlew 1 and 21 Lapwings on and over broomhead moor. Yesterday at Wilthorpe Marsh oxbow pond 5 Green Sand, Peregrine, Willow Tit. Also displaying C Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and dry conditions making for good Chub watching on the river with a shoal of 12.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Wintersett 05.08.17

14 - 17 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a cool westerly wind.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig 06.30 - 12.00hrs Very quiet all morning.  Dunlin 1 south west.  Whimbrel 2 west at 09.40hrs. Cormorant 12 west.
Anglers CP: Green Sandpiper 2 stayed all day , left south west at 19.30  Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull dropped in after a long absence.  10 Black-tailed Godwit were in this evening followed by another at 20.40hrs.   900 Black-headed Gulls left to roost on WRes..
A juvenile Grasshopper Warbler was ringed and a juvenile, female Cetti's Warbler was retrapped.
Wintersett Res: Redshank 1 north. Common Tern 12.   Kingfisher 2.
Odonata: Migrant Hawker 1 north east bankWRes.

Edderthorpe & Houghton weekly update

Still ideal water levels on Edderthorpe Flash, Houghton remains pretty full of water with no/little muddy edge.
Wildfowl are congregating quickly as each day passes with a good spectacle now each early morning. Canada Geese are up to 256 and Greylag Geese 266 as August begins. Mallard are also in good numbers - 556 on 5th August and should increase more as the cereal fields are beginning to be harvested. Up to 2 Garganey (eclipse drake and a juvenile) have been present since 25th July and are usually on the near edge (to the old railway), but Teal are struggling to reach double figures yet. Shoveler are increasing each day with up to 60 present on 5th August, and Gadwall peaked at 105.

The most surprising occurrence was of 17 Avocet on 2nd August which included a colour-ringed bird (no details yet). This is the largest count ever from Edderthorpe, as expected they were gone the next day but the following day (4th) a group of 9 (no colour-ringed birds) were present. A single adult Black-tailed Godwit was present throughout. Good numbers of Common Sandpipers are passing through with peaks of 7 on a couple of days and up to 3 Green Sandpipers are usually on Houghton. Little Ringed Plovers have mostly departed with just 1 or 2 remaining and Ringed Plovers are now less than daily with just a few passage birds being seen. A Sanderling was grounded in heavy rain on 28th July with another on 5th August. The first juvenile Dunlin of autumn appeared on 1st August. Lapwing still remain jittery after the recent Peregrine attention but up to 377 have been present the last few days

Friday, 4 August 2017

Wintersett 04.08.17

15 - 17 degrees with sun, scattered cloud and a westerly breeze.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: Greenshank 2 dropped in 08.00hrs, then left south west.  
Anglers CP: Little Egret 1.  Pochard 1.  Little Grebe 1 + 1  CHRes..  Common Sandpiper 1 + 1 CHRes.  Buzzard 1 adult + 1 juvenile in Hare Park area.  An adult Hobby flew over + a 1st summer Hobby was over Botany Bay.
Cold Hiendley Res: Shoveler 4.  Goldeneye 1 female in wing moult. Tufted Duck 196, with most in wing moult.  
Moorhouse Lane Big Pond: Wigeon 1 female.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 17.  An adult Arctic Tern was in the north east corner.
Lepidoptera: A range of butterflies were seen in the area this morning, but not in any great numbers.
Meadow Brown 1, Small White 4 CHRes..   Brown Argus 1,  Holly Blue 1,  Green-veined White 1 and Gatekeeper 1 west bank WRes..   Small Skipper east bank WRes..  Brimstone 2 ACP.
Critters: 2 Mink were seen at Anglers CP.

The Edge 04/08/2017

Wombwell Ings -  Present were 3 Mute Swan, 19 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 29 Mallard, 1+3y Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 40+ Lapwing, 52 BH Gull, 1 Skylark, 3 Pied Wagtail, 10 Linnet and 30+ Goldfinch.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 35 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 45+ Gadwall, 30+ Mallard, 23 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 1+6y Shoveler, 28 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 128 Coot, 18 Moorhen, 2 Kestrel, 121 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 28 BH Gull, 3 LBB Gull and 2 Common Tern.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1+1y Mute Swan, 5 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard,11 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 43 Coot and 2 Moorhen. Also present were 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 100+ Sand Martin and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Carlton Marsh

A Little Egret was present and Grasshopper Warbler is still singing.

Littleworth Park (Monk Bretton reclaimed spoil tip)
A Skipper butterfly taken on Friday 28th July, by Chris Parkin, was confirmed as Essex Skipper by Steve Mattock and David Smith yesterday on photographic evidence (YNU).
A far as I know the only previous records for this locality are 3 at Wintersett in July 1996, which were the first for Yorkshire - taken by M. A. Thompson et al)

The Edge 03/08/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 3 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 37 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 1 Tufted  Duck, 1 Pochard, 1 Garganey, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Moorhen, 46 Lapwing, 58 BH Gull, 1 Common Tern, 5 Pied Wagtail, 2 Linnet and c50 Goldfinch.
Broomhill Flash - Eigthth day of residence for the Wood Sandpiper. Noted were 2+6y  Mute Swan, 30 Canada Geese, 33+12y Gadwall, 32 Mallard, 21 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 17 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 128 Coot, 19 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 62 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 11 BH Gull and 1 Common Tern. A Garganey noted early AM was seen flying towards Wombwell Ings at 9 o'clock.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+3y Mute Swan, 14 Tufted Duck, 13 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 1 Mallard, 6 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 71 Coot and 1 Moorhen. Also present were 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 100+ Sand Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Linnet and 100+ Goldfinch.

Wintersett 03.08.2017

16 - 18 degrees with mostly  8/8 cloud,  showers around midday and a moderate south westerly.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: A Turnstone dropped on the shallows 07.40hrs.  A Greenshank flew over at 08.00hrs (new for the year list).  A Green Sandpiper flew south at 08.15hrs.  2 Little Egrets dropped in at 08.40hrs, then left west. Shoveler 4 over, then left west. Per Paul Meredith and Steve Denny.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 1. Pochard 1.  Little Grebe 1. 
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 22.  Sand Martin 300.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Wintersett 02.08.17

Up to 17 degrees with sun, scattered cloud and a south westerly breeze.  A couple of light drizzle showers during the morning.
Wintersett Res: A Hobby took a Sand Martin.  Cetti's Warbler 1 male.  Sand Martin 400.  Common Tern 19.
100 birds were ringed this morning including: Blackcap 8.  Garden Warbler 2.  Reed Warbler 9.  Sedge Warbler 4.  Whitethroat 5.  Willow Warbler 4.  Chiffchaff 18.  Sand Martin 38.
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher 1.  Pink-footed Goose 1.

The Edge 02/08/2017

Wombwell Ings - Highlight was a pair of Garganey in eclipse plumage. Also present were 3 Mute Swan, 38 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 66 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 2+3y Tufted Duck. 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 24 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 51 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1+1y Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 7 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 5 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 8 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe and  61 Coot. May have been a raptor disturbing things on Old Moor because c150 Lapwing, 3 Redshank and 2 Dunlin flew in from that direction about 11.00am. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Common Tern, 1 Jay and 1 Grey Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Arrived at Noon to find the Wood Sandpiper feeding along the north shore.Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 27 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 46+19y Gadwall, 19+6y Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 2 Teal, 1+6y Shoveler, 21 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 118 Coot, 14 Moorhen, 45+ Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 24 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Common Tern. Also seen mid-AM were 1 Greenshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Kestrel and 1 Kingfisher.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Wintersett 01.08.17

HAPPY  YORKSHIRE DAY.    Up to 16 degrees with 8/8 cloud that broke up gradually throughout the morning.  Short shower early afternoon with a cool south westerly wind.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1.  Grey Wagtail 2,
Pits Wood: Treecreeper 1.
Wintersett Res: An Oystercatcher flew over south.  Common Tern 12. 
100 Birds were ringed this morning.  Highlights were:- 20 Blackcaps,  5 Garden Warblers,  7 Reed Warblers,  19 Chiffchaffs and 20 Willow Warblers.
In July we added 3new birds to the Wintersett  year list, bringing the year to date total to 155

The Edge 01/08/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 3 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 41 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 1+2y Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 4 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 61 BH Gull, 1 Common Tern, 1 Pied Wagtail, 50+ Godfinch and 7 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Owzat? A hat trick of very good birds on Yorkshire Day. Arrived to find the Wood Sandpiper in the usual area on the north side of the flash. Shortly afterwards a Garganey appeared on the near edge. At 10.35 an Osprey caused a stir when it flew in from the west but it circled to gain height then gradually drifted north towards Edderthorpe. Also noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 37 Canada Geese, 45+8y Gadwall,  21+6y Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 5 Pochard, 1+6y Shoveler, 16 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 128 Coot, 14 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl, 100+ Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Snipe.
 Bolton Ings - Highlight was a Bittern that dropped into the reeds on the north shore of the east pool. On the open water were 2+5y Mute Swan, 18 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 2 Mallard, 9 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 64 Coot and 1 Moorhen. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Tern, 1 Grey Wagtail, c100 Goldfinch, c100 Sand Martin, 2 Blackcap and 1 Whitethroat.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Carlton Marsh

A Grasshopper Warbler was 'reeling' on the Western Meadow around mid-day. Also present Peregrine, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Coal Tit and Willow Tit. (CG)

Insects included 2 Painted Lady, 27 Red Admiral, 9 Peacock, 12 Comma, 2 Small Copper and a male Brimstone. (Chris Parkin)

Also 2 male Southern Hawker & a male Banded Demoiselle and male Vapourer Moth. (CG)


Ewden valley lodge and back 31/7/17.

Changeable weather but the light good for viewing apart from a prolonged shower with low cloud just before 2pm. The best day of the year here with 7 species of raptor. Highlights were 2 Merlins, ad.male and juv.fem. type both showed well chasing near the lodge. Peregrine ad., 5 Kestrels and a Hobby completed the 4 falcon species. CC Marsh Harrier was on white carr also Red Kite here with another over ewden height. C Buzzard 5, Raven 1 pair towards dukes road, LBB Gull 1 blogged in the valley for a while. Stonechats 4 together near the s bends, Siskin 1, Swift 1 and 3 Lapwing near start of track.

Wintersett 31.07.17

15 - 17 degrees with scattered cloud and a cool south westerly wind.
Wintersett Res: Redshank 2 on the boathouse slipway.  Common Tern 16.  Canada Goose 2.
Cold Hiendley Res: Gadwall 11.
Anglers CP: Yellow Wag 2.  Pochard 1 drake.  Common Sandpiper 1.  Barn Owl 1.  Green Woodpecker 3 including 1 juvenile + 2 Moorhouse Lane Ponds + 1 Hare Park,.
Odonata WRes:   Emperor 2 males south west corner.    Brown Hawkers into double figures on the west bank.
Brown Argus       CHRes                      
                                                      and a record shot of the underside.                      ASmith
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The Edge 31/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present on a quiet ings were 3 Mute Swan, 11 Canada Geese, 11 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 161 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 73 BH Gull, 5 Pied Wagtail, 30+ Goldfinch and 5 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - A Wood Sandpiper was still present and showing well on the north shore. Also noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 46 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 30 Mallard, 20+8y Gadwall, 21+6y Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 21 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 123 Coot, 14 Moorhen, 63 Lapwing, 6+ Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper and 95 BH Gull.
Bolton Ings - Highlight was a Marsh Harrier quartering over the reeds of the eastern pool at 11.45am. On the open water were 2+4y Mute Swan, 7 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 3 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 12 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 70 Coot. Three flocks of Lapwing flew over, the largest containing about 150 birds. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Wintersett + VisMig 30.07.17

15 - 19 degrees,  warm start but cooler from 08.00hrs with 4/8 cloud and a south westerly breeze.  Warm and sunny with scattered cloud and a strengthening south westerly this afternoon.
Anglers CP + Vis Mig:  A juvenile Arctic Tern flew west.   The first Buzzard was moving through west.  Pochard 1.  Little Ringed Plover 1.  A flock of 100 Goldfinch were enjoying the Knapweed seeds in front of the hide.
Haw Park Wood: A juvenile Peregrine flew north over at 11.00hrs.
Wintersett Res: 2 adult Willow Tits with 3 begging juveniles were in the Willow Wood + 1 heard Disposal Point.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Wintersett + VisMig 29.07.17

14 - 16 degrees with 6/8 cloud and a cool south westerly wind.
Anglers CP + Vis Mig.: 110 Swift drifted south, along with  a trickle of Sand Martins throughout the morning.   Whimbrel 1 west at 07.57 hrs.   Little Ringed Plover 1 juvenile.  A Hobby flew over Santingley and was seen over again at 15,25hrs.  Pochard 1 male.  Common Sandpiper 1.  Common Tern 4. Pink footed Goose 1.  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult. 
Wintersett Res: Yellow Wagtail 1 over.  A female Cetti's Warbler was ringed.   Little Egret flew south at 07.25hrs  Common Tern 20.

Ewden valley lodge and return. D Simmonite, S Green. 29/7/17.

Good conditions with excellent light and kept dry. Highlights were raptors with 2 Red Kites which were together late aft over ewden height. Male Merlin showed well but brief, Peregrine 1, C Buzzard 5, Kestrel 6+. Raven 5, Carrion Crow party of 3 w. calling, well up the track. Stonechat 4 included at least 2 juvs, Curlew only 1 so well worthy of a mention as with Siskin 1 and a male Reed Bunting.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Wintersett 28.07.17

15 - 17 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a light south westerly.  Rain from midday.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 12.   A Knot, in the boathouse area at 16:35, was flushed by a Mink, and then left east
Golf Course Field: Linnet 50
Walton Hall: Teal 1.  LittleGrebe 3.  Gadwall 6.
Anglers CP: Cormorant 4.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Goldfinch 30.    20 Black-tailed Godwits flew south at 18.30 hrs.
Critters:  A Painted Lady ACP.  Emerald Damselfly GCfield.  Ringlet WRes.

A couple of shots of the Black-tailed Godwits  over ACP       PMeredith

The Edge 28/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 27 Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 15 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 1+3y Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Moorhen, 19 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 104 BH Gull, 3+ Pied Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch and 5 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - The Wood Sandpiper showed intermittently throughout the morning,  moving inbetween clumps of soft rush as it fed along the north shore. Also noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 57 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 44+8y Mallard, 15 Tufted Duck, 7+8y Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 16 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl, 107 Coot, 16 Moorhen, 41 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper and 74 BH Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+3y Mute Swan, 43 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard, 10 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe and 77 Coot. Also present were 2 Kestrel, 1 Common Tern over and 2 Little Egret.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Carlton Marsh

Today's sightings included 2 Water Rail, 35 Swift, 3juv Sparrowhawks, 2 Buzzard, 2 Willow Tit, Green Woodpecker, Little Egret and Tawny Owl.

Insects - Emperor dragonfly, Southern Hawker and Red Admiral

(Dave Smith)

Wintersett WeBS for July 2017

Here are the WeBS Totals for the Wintersett Area July 2017.

Mute Swan 9    Canada Goose 46   Greylag Goose 11   Pink-footed Goose 1   Cormorant 2   Coot 177   Water Rail 1   Moorhen 17   Great Crested Grebe 25   Mallard 60   Teal 1   Gadwall 9   Tufted Duck 176   Pochard 1   Goldeneye 1   Common Scoter 1   Lapwing 64   Common Sandpiper 2   Grey Heron 2   Kingfisher 1.      

Wintersett 27.07.17

15 - 18 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a cool westerly wind.  Heavy shower late morning.  Dry from early afternoon with sunny spells and a south westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 10.  Sand Martin 350 
Botany Bay: Mallard 1 m Young.
Anglers CP:  A Hobby flew over hunting at the north end.   Pink-footed Goose 1.  Yellow Wagtail 1 over.  Grey Wagtail 1 m + 3.  Common Sandpiper 1. Pochard 1.  Tufted Duck 1 in wing moult. 

The Edge 27/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 Mute Swan, 25 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 7 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 1+3y Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Moorhen, 16 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 9 Pied Wagtail and 5 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Highlight was a Wood Sandpiper. First located at 8.10am by PWK , it was still showing well on the north shore when I left at 10.50am. Also noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 51 Canada Geese, 33 Mallard, 14+3y Tufted Duck, 1+9y Gadwall, 3 Pochard, 15 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 125 Coot, 14 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 57 Lapwing and 5 Snipe.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1y Mute Swan, 32 Gadwall, 10 Pochard, 9+3y Tufted Duck, 8 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 89 Coot. Flyovers included 1 LBB Gull and 1 Common Tern.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Wintersett 26.07.17

16 degrees,  Rain all morning. 
Anglers CP:  Common Sandpiper 3.  Grey Wagtail 1 male.  Pochard 1.  Pink-footed Goose 1.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 10.

The Edge 26/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 25 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 40 Mallard, 11 Gadwall, 1+3y Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Moorhen, 22 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 71 BH Gull, 2 Kingfisher, 4 Pied Wagtail and 7 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 45 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 12+23y Gadwall, 10 Mallard, 9+3y Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 14 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 99 Coot, 14 Moorhen, 3 Kestrel,  38 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 1 Curlew over at 10.20am, 1 Green  Sandpiper, 44 BH Gull and 1 Common Tern.
TPT - 1 singing Willow Warbler.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+3y Mute Swan, 32 Gadwall, 9 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 6 Mallard, 12 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 88 Coot and 1 Moorhen. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Tern and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Conehead


Good to see Short-winged Coneheads colonizing the Barnsley area. This, and one a couple of weeks ago found by Derek Whiteley, from New Park Spring.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Edge 25/07/2017

Wombwell Ings -  Present were 2 Canada Geese, 35 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 1+3y Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 10 Lapwing, 33 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 11 Pied Wagtail and 8 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 78 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 19 Mallard, 13+7y Tufted Duck, 12+30y Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Little Grebe, 123 Coot, 20 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 78 Lapwing, 2 Snipe and 30 BH Gull. 1+6y Shoveler, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank and 4 juv Yellow Wagtail were seen early AM.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 59 Gadwall, 11 Pochard,  5 Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard, 17 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 89 Coot, 1 Moorhen and 1 Common Tern. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 singing Blackcap.

Wintersett 25.07.17

12 - 19 degrees , cool start with 8/8 cloud and a light south easterly.  Sunny and warm this afternoon, with scattered cloud and the wind turning easterly.
Wintersett Res: Whimbrel 1 over south, calling, at 04.30hrs.  Shelduck 4 over at 05.50hrs Water Rail 1 west bank.  Common Tern 15. Goldeneye 1 female. Little Grebe 1. Cetti's Warbler 1 male west bank.  Sand Martin 300. A Little Egret was on the boathouse slipway.
Moorhoue Lane Pond:  Lesser Whitethroat 2 adults with 2 juveniles begging for food.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 1.
Critter:  A Grass Snake slithered away from me in Haw Park Wood clearing area, late morning,

Monday, 24 July 2017

Wintersett 24.07.17

14 - 18 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a north westerly wind.
Wintersett Res: 20 Common Tern + 1 adult Arctic Tern at 19.00hrs. A Hobby flew over the Willow Wood.
Disposal Point: Willow Tit 1.
Anglers CP: Pochard 1.  Sand Martin 300.
Lepidoptera: 5 Purple Hairstreak at Botany Quarry.

Pete Smith putting finishing touch to the VisMigbenches   ACP

                                             Arctic Tern       WRes.                       PMeredith

            Juvenile Common Tern      WRes                             PMeredith
Common Tern          WRes   PMeredith

The Edge 24/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 33 Mallard, 9 Gadwall, 2+3y Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 18 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 54 BH Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Pied Wagtail and 5 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 55 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 35+3y Mallard, 21 Tufted Duck, 11+3y Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 1 Teal, 18 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 115 Coot, 22+4y Moorhen, 57 Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher and 81 BH Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 48 Gadwall, 11 Pochard, 10+3y Tufted Duck, 2 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 16 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, and 92 Coot. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Wintersett + another new bench! 23.07.17

15 - 18 degrees with mostly cloud and a north westerly breeze.  Heavy rain from late afternoon.  Easing off, but still steady rain towards 20.00hrs.
Wintersett Res: Sand Martin 40 over going south.  Common Gull 6.  Common Tern 6.  Grey Wagtail 1.  A Red Kite flew over north at 13.00hrs.  Kingfisher 1.  A Water Rail was in the west bank marsh. 
Cold Hiendley Res:  Teal 1,  Goldeneye 1 female.
Anglers CP: A Turnstone flew south east, calling at 08.50hrs.   Common Scoter 1 drake.  Common Sandpiper 2.
A total of 117 birds were ringed today.
Highlights were:  22 Sand Martins.  13 Willow Warblers.  14 Chiffchaffs.  14 Blackcaps.  4 Garden Warblers.  6 Whitethroat.  8 Reed Warblers.  2 Sedge Warblers.  1 Treecreeper.
The 2nd new, luxury bench was installed on Vis.Mig Hill, legacy of the late John Cudworth.


Paul Meredith,  Chris Swaine,  Graham Speight,  Steve Denny
This is my spot - Ange Smith .       Chris still suffering from blisters!
Anglers CP VisMig Watchpoint     Bring on the Autumn.

Ewden lodge and return 23/7/17 +.

11-30am to 4-45pm. Dry, apart from a shower about midday. Sunny at times but cool when it clouded over. Totals - Hobby 1 in the valley lost to view over ewden height. Peregrine 1 ad. near the lodge, C Buzzard scarce till later with a total of 4. Kestrel plenty, 7+. Raven 3, possibly 6, LBB Gull 1 over lodge. 3 juv Stonechats were on the broomhead moor side of the track at moor side. 40 House Martins were blogging in the valley with 1 Swift s. Also, Stock Dove 1, GS Pecker 1, Siskin 2, Redpoll 1. Yesterday morning at oxbow pond, wilthorpe marsh, 5 Green Sand, 2 Little Egret, party of 4 Willow Tits.

Edderthorpe area, weekly roundup

Wildfowl are slowly returning after their breeding season, Greylag Geese are up to 58, Mallard 260, Teal 9, and Gadwall 60. A brood of Tufted Duck has finally appeared, 4 on the river, hopefully they'll evade the Mink.
A count of 46 Moorhen for todays WeBS and the juvenile Water Rail is still showing on Houghton.
Wader numbers have been slowly dwindling through the week (always seems to happen as the WeBS count day approaches), Ringed Plover peaked at 22 at the start of the week and are down to just a single today, Little Ringed Plover at 8 down to 3 today, Lapwing have reached almost 300, just 56 today, Green Sandpipers up to 7 on Houghton, just 2 today. On the plus side a juvenile Avocet is new in today and the good numbers of Common Sandpipers remain with 7 today. A Greenshank has been present all week. A countrywide Whimbrel passage on Thursday sent some Edderthorpe way with 1 down and another flock of 8 flying west, a Curlew was present on Wednesday and a few Black-tailed Godwits were seen.
Peregrines are causing a lot of disturbance at present with at least 3 birds in the area and probably is partially to blame for the decline in waders through the week.
A good flock of large gulls on Thursday morning included 60 Lesser Black-backed, 7 Herring and a near-adult Caspian

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Carlton Marsh

2 Little Egrets and a Green Sandpiper were on the wader scrape today along with 16 Canada Geese. A family of Willow tits were calling nearby.

Dragonflies included Emperor, Broad-bodied Chaser and Banded Demoiselle.

White Cross Road, Cudworth
1 Painted Lady (Les Corrall)

Wintersett 21.07.17

15 - 19 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a south easterly breeze.
Very quiet again today.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 1.  Pink-footed Goose 1 in wing moult.   Grey Wagtail 1.  Pochard 1.
Critter: Mink seen again on road between WRes and Botany Bay.

Wintersett + New VisMig Bench 22.07.17

Rain until 09.45 hrs, 16 - 18 degrees, mostly  dull with 8/8 cloud and a light south easterly.
Wintersett Res: Mallard 17.  Tufted Duck 45
Anglers CP: Sand Martin 350.  Common Sandpiper 3.  Whimbrel 1 over 08.45hrs. Common Tern 3.  Pink-footed  Goose 1.  Pochard 5.  Goldeneye 1 female.  Siskin 3 flew west.
Critters: A Lesser Emperor was seen from the south east bench, Wintersett Res. at 14.50hrs.   A Holly Blue was in Pits Wood.  3 Ringlets were at ACP.   A Mink crossed  the road near Botany Bay again.
The old VisMig bench was replaced with a deluxe version,  legacy of the late John Cudworth.  Graham Speight on joinery,  Chris Swaine on digging, with a little help from Paul Meredith.

Paul - just cos he's not tall enough!   Goodbye old bench.
Chris got his first blister so Paul had a go with the spade

Luxury back rest added.    Paul doing what he does best.
Testing, testing.      Excellent reviews!    Well done all.  

Friday, 21 July 2017

The Edge 21/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 Greylag, 38+3y Mallard, 2+3y Tufted Duck, 3 Gadwall, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 128 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 127 BH Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail and 9 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 39 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 18+10y Tufted Duck, 18 Mallard, 11+30y Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 20 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 118 Coot, 13 Moorhen, 31 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 2 Kestrel, 66 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1+5y Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 119 Gadwall, 11+2y Tufted Duck, 11 Pochard, 2 Mallard, 8 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron,  83 Coot and 1 Common Tern. Also present were 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Bullfinch.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Edge 20/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 10 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 23+2y Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Moorhen, 18 Lapwing, 5 Ringed Plover, 42 BH Gull, 1 Common Tern, 2 Pied Wagtail and 9 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 31 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 23+26y Gadwall, 17+5y Tufted Duck, 10+7y Mallard, 3 Pochard, 13 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 104 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 18 Lapwing, 14 Snipe, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 58 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 76 Gadwall, 7+3y Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 6 Mallard, 9 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron and 87 Coot.Heard singing were 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap and 1 Willow Warbler.  Also present were 1 Common Tern, 1 Jay and c50 Sand Martin.

Wintersett 20.07.17

Dry start for the ringers at dawn but rain from 07.00 put a stop to that.
Wintersett Res:  A Whimbrel was flying around calling,   and also over ACP from 04.45hrs - 05.10hrs.   Another Whimbrel flew west calling 05.30hrs.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1 and Grey Wagtail 1.

 A couple of  Swallow shots from Anglers CP     CSwaine 



Wilthorpe Marsh 20/7/17.

Oxbow pond, just north of tinkers pond this aft. had juv LRP, 3 Green Sand, Little Egret, ad W Rail showing well, fem Tufted Duck with 5 chicks, calling Willow Tit.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Wintersett 19.07.17

19 degree, humid with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Very quiet today.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 1.  Pochard 1.
Moorhouse Lane Big Pond: Wigeon 1 female.  3 Gadwall broods 3 + 3 + 4.

The Edge 19/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 21 Mallard, 1 Garganey, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Moorhen, 24 Lapwing, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 24 BH Gull, 4 Pied Wagtail and 8 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y  Mute Swan, 16+21y Gadwall, 12+11y Tufted Duck, 7+19y Mallard, 2 Teal, 2 Pochard, 14 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 107 Coot, 15 Moorhen, 54 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 1 Snipe and 61 BH Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+5y Mute Swan, 7 Canada Geese, 85 Gadwall, 14 Pochard, 6 Mallard, 5+1y Tufted Duck, 6 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 81 Coot and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 3 Oystercatcher over at 12.27pm, 1 Green Woodpecker, c40 Sand Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap and 1 Song Thrush.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Wintersett 18.07.17

Up to 25 degrees with sun, a little high thin cloud  and a light easterly breeze.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1,  Pink-footed Goose 1,  Common Tern 2,  Little Grebe 2,  Green Woodpecker 1,  Pochard 2.  Dunlin 1over, left south.
Wintersett Res: Grey Partridge 15.

The Edge 18/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 Mute Swan, 5 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 18 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 1 Cormorant,  7 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 37 Lapwing, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Pied Wagtail and 3 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Highlight was a Whimbrel which flew off east at c10.40am. Also noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 50 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 16+9y Tufted Duck, 16+6y Mallard, 10+9y Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 21 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 92 Coot, 10 Moorhen, 2 Kestrel, 56 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 92 BH Gull and 1 Common Tern.
Bolton Ings - A Great White Egret flew east over the reedbeds at the back of the east pool at approx.11.45am. It gave very good views when it perched at the top of a tree on the side of  Bolton Tip. After 20 minutes it flew west and landed in the long grass between the east and west pools, where only its neck and head were visible.On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 75 Gadwall, 10 Pochard, 8+6y Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 9 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 83 Coot, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Common Tern. Also present were 3 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap,1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Bullfinch.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Wintersett 17.07.17

15 - 19 degrees, sunny with a light scattering of cloud and a  very light north westerly.
Anglers CP: An adult Water Rail was on the shallows.  Common Sandpiper 1.  Oystercatcher 1.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Pochard 2.
Moorhouse Lane Ponds: Wigeon 1 female.
Disposal Point: Lesser whitethroat  1 and Green Woodpecker 1.
Wintersett Res: A flock of 2 summer plumage Black-tailed Godwit and 10 Redshank were flying over looking for a place to settle betwwen 15.25 and 15.30hrs.  They  were attacked  by an adult Peregrine, unsuccessfully.   The flock of waders cleared off,   and the Peregrine flew off south west at 15.30hrs.
Lepidoptera:  2 Ringlet and 2 Small Skipper ACP.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Wintersett 16.07.17

12 - 21 degrees with sunshine and scattered cloud and a north westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 male on west bank.  Grasshopper Warbler 1.   200 Sand Martin were around.
A total of 190 birds were ringed by Pete Smith today. 
Highlights were: 85 Sand Martin,  16 Willow Warbler,   11 Chiffchaff,   12 Reed Warbler,  4 Sedge Warbler,   10 Whitethroat,  1 Lesser Whitethroat,   20 Blackcap,  5 Garden Warbler,   1 Willow Tit,  2 Treecreeper  and 1 Jay. 
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 1.  Pochard 6.  Common Gull 1.  A Peregrine flew north west 14.27hrs.  There was an influx of Black-headed Gulls mid afternoon. 
Critters: A Common Darter was on west bank WRes.  A Hedgehog was on Haw Park Lane. 

               Sand Martin ringed today.       WRes     CSwaine

Ewden valley, Wilthorpe Marsh 16/7/17.

Ewden lodge and return. Plenty afternoon sunshine with the valley in full summer greenery. Worth the walk for an adult Hobby showing well a couple times near the lodge. Still, the only species in number were the 6+ Kestrels in the area. Male Merlin was in the valley but lost to view around brown edge. C Buzzard scarce, just 1. 3 juv Stonechats were in the bracken at moor side but not seen on the way down. Also here a few Redpolls and Siskins. Wilthorpe Marsh this morning very steady with 3 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, singing Sedge Warbler, only the second of the year and 1 Willow Tit.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Wintersett 15.07.17

15 - 18 degrees,  drizzly start, dry by mid morning with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: A Whimbrel flew south at 09.30hrs.  Common Sandpiper 1.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Barn Owl 1.  Sand Martin 200.  Mallard 1 vs young.
Cold Hiendley Area: Feral Pigeon 75.  Goldcrest 1 singing male + 1 HPWood.  Oystercatcher 1.
Wintersett Res: A Meadow Pipit flew south.   Common Tern 5.  Pochard 1 male.

                                Whimbrel (Record Shot)      ACP  CSwaine

Edderthorpe & Houghton weekly roundup

It's been mainly waders again this last week.
The adult Greenshank has been present throughout, has have a couple of Oystercatchers. Ringed Plovers have peaked at 26 on Wednesday 12th with 22 on both Tuesday 11th and Saturday 15th with a maximum of 6 juveniles among them which is a rather low ratio. Little Ringed Plovers were at 14 (8 juvs) at the beginning of the week and have dwindled down to 8 (4 juvs) by the weekend. It is generally thought that both these 'ringed plovers' are probably fairly local breeding birds, congregating at a local wetland before heading off towards wintering grounds, however, a colour-ringed adult Little Ringed Plover seen on Wednesday has been traced to an origin in Slovenia! (that's at the northern tip of the former Yugoslavia). Clearly not all local birds at all.
Green Sandpipers are usually to be found on Houghton where they have now reached 6 and Common Sandpipers usually on Edderthorpe also peaked at 6. Dunlins are present daily, all adults up to now with a peak of just 3 including a very rusty coloured bird.
Black-tailed Godwits, just a flock of 4 stayed a short while until flushed on Wednesday.
A juvenile Water Rail is on Houghton where they have bred again.
Grey Heron up to 5 and Little Egret just a couple.
Not much happening duck wise;- an adult and juvenile Shelduck, Teal up to 8, yawn....  Still not a single brood of Tufted Ducks has been seen, could be the first time 'ever' of no breeding, and surely no coincidence the Mink is still being seen on the river.
A juvenile Yellow Wagtail joined the numerous Pieds on the Flash on Friday.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Wintersett 14.07.17

12 - 15 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1.    The egg has gone from the Great Crested Grebe nest on the shallows.  Mallard Ducklings  2 vs + 2 vs Botany Bay. 
Moorhouse Lane Big Pond: The female Wigeon has relocated here.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 4.  Oystercatcher 1.  Shelduck 1.

The Edge 13/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Highlight was a Garganey giving  good views on the near edge of the water. Also present were 7 Mute Swan, 28 Greylag, 13 Mallard, 7+9y Gadwall, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 23 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover, 48 BH Gull, 3 Pied Wagtail and 9 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 6+2y Mute Swan, 43 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 15+7y Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 4 Mallard, 22 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 113 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 1 Barn Owl, 73 Lapwing and 2 Pied Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water 2+6y Mute Swan, 164 Gadwall, 11+3y Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 6 Mallard, 12 Little Grebe, 3+2juv Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 84 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 4 BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull. Singing males near the hide included 2 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat and 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler. Also present were 2 Jay, c50 Sand Martin and 2 Bullfinch.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Wintersett 13.07.17

13 - 17 degrees with scattered, but increasing cloud, and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Teal 2.  Common Tern 2.  Oystercatcher 2.  Common Sandpiper 1.  The Great Crested Grebe nesting on the rock in the shallows has one egg.
Wintersett Res: Willow Tit 2 on the north east bank.

Carlton Marsh

2 Little Egrets were feeding on the wader scrape today. (Rod Heeley)

Cudworth
A Humming-bird Hawk-moth was in Chris Parkin's Barnsley Road garden.

South Kirkby Tip
A Clouded Yellow was seen here this morning. (Les Corrall/ Ralph Hibbert)

The Edge 13/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Highlight was two Yellow Wagtail on the top of the hawthorns alongside the Bulling Dyke. Also present were 8 Mute Swan, 19 Greylag, 7 Mallard, 1+9y Gadwall. 4 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 2 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 23 Lapwing, 61 BH Gull, 1 Skylark, 5 Pied Wagtail, 5 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 51 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 18 Gadwall, 15+7y Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 4 Mallard, 14 Little Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 85 Coot, 9 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 37 Lapwing, 120+ BH Gull and 1 juv Grey Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+3y Mute Swan, 1 Greylag, 116 Gadwall, 10 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard, 9 Little Grebe, 3+2juv Great Crested Grebe, 92 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 14 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 2 Jay, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap 1 Whitethroat and 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Wintersett 12.07.17

14 - 18 degrees, warm with scattered cloud and a light north easterly this morning.
Anglers CP: Common Ten 2.  Oystercatcher 4.  Pochard 1 male.Mallard 1 VS young.  Pink-footed Goose 1. Grey Wagtail 1.
Odonata: A male Southern Hawker was on Haw Park Lane.

The Edge 12/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present on a quiet Ings were 17 Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 12 Mallard, 1+3y Gadwall, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Moorhen, 19 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 46 BH Gull, 1 Skylark, 5 Pied Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush and 7 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 34 Canada Geese, 9 Greylag, 25+ Gadwall, 17 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 1 Mallard, 1 Teal, 14+ Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 101 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 36 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Kestrel, 120+ BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull.
 TPT -  Singing 5 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 152 Gadwall, 15 Tufted Duck, 14+1y Pochard, 13 Mallard, 9 Little Grebe, 3+2juv Great Crested Grebe, 94 Coot, 2 Moorhen and 19 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap and 3 Bullfinch.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Carlton Marsh

Members of our wildlife group assembled this morning to show David Elcock, the Yorkshire in Bloom judge, around the site. Special guests included Ange Smith and Pete Wall.

 Dryad's Saddle
 Sedge Warbler caught on Sunday
Carlton Marsh Wildlife Group

Wintersett 11.07.17

11 - 13 degrees  with a light north easterly and steady light rain more or less all day.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 3,  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Common Sandpiper 1.  Oystercatcher 1.
Wintersett Res:  Common Tern 8.   A Hobby was hunting over.  300 Sand Msrtin were over the water early evening..


The Edge 11/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 10 Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 5 Mallard, 4+9y Gadwall, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Moorhen, 25 Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2 Skylark, c40 House Martin, 5 Pied Wagtail and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 37 Canada Geese, 9 Greylag, 14 Mallard, 13+7y Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 21 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 98 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 38 Lapwing, 10+ Snipe, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Sandpiper, 97 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull and c100 Swift.
TPT - Quiet with only 5 Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap singing.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 128 Gadwall, 13+3y Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 4 Mallard, 1 female Wigeon, 6 Little Grebe, 3+1juv Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 83 Coot, 2 Moorhen and 35 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 3 Whitethoat, 2 Bullfinch and 2 Linnet.

Edderthorpe area recent sightings

The first two weeks of July are traditionally the peak time for gatherings of Little Ringed Plovers in the Dearne Valley and this year has gone to form after a poor showing last year. June ended with 7 birds (1 juvenile) and the maximum came on 6th July when 21 (4 juvs) were present. There are still 14 (8 juvs) today (Tuesday 11th) and the 8 juveniles are the most seen.
Ringed Plovers are also present in good numbers peaking at 22 on 11th with a maximum of 6 juveniles among them.
Green Sandpipers favour the shallow water on Houghton  with up to 5 present and Common Sanpipers are being seen daily again with up to 5 present on Edderthorpe.
Avocets were at 13 at the beginning of July with birds departing daily until the last couple on 8th.
The first returning Greenshank are usually in the first week of July, one appeared right on cue on 5th and is still present. A male Ruff was present for the first few days of July and the last of the 'breeding' Redshank had departed the valley by 7th after a poor breeding season in which only a single fledged  juvenile has been seen. Lapwing have also had another poor breeding success in this part of the valley with adults quickly returning to the Flash and up to 234 counted on 6th.
Surprisingly few Black-tailed Godwits are being seen up to now (hopefully a sign of a good breeding season in Iceland), there were 5 on 4th.

Up to 5 Little Egrets including 1 juv are on the Flash with a similar number of Grey Herons. A Grey Heron was watched attempting to swallow a Little Grebe which it had killed but it just couldn't get it down and gave up in the end (or maybe returned for another go later).

A Peregrine was hunting the Flash on 10th and was seen to take a Lapwing.
A flock of 6 Common Terns flew north on 7th.
Green Woodpeckers seem to have had a good breeding season with a count of 10 on 4th.
And finally, a party of 2 juvenile Willow Tits were seen by the river proving successful breeding again.

Stonechats

It has been a particularly good year for breeding Stonechats in the moorland and moorland fringe areas of the Barnsley recording areas this year, with a minimum of at least seven pairs holding territories or breeding - most on the heather moorland, as follows:-

a) one pair fledged 3 young.
b) one pair fledged 2+ young.
c) one pair fledged 3 young.
d) one pair held a breeding territory.
e) one pair taking food to a nest.
f) 1 singing male
g) one pair fledged 2+ young.
h) bird(s) calling but not located.

The moorland above Mickleden Beck and West of Far Cat Clough was not checked, so I'm guessing that in excess of ten pairs bred/held breeding territories in the Barnsley area.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Low Moor 10/7/17.

A productive couple of hours this afternoon with 2 Hobbys hunting barnside moor ridge and shaw clough. They were fighting at one point over a prey item which looked like an hirundine. Also a Merlin was mobbing a Buzzard over midhope moors. Kestrel 4, C Buzzard total 4, Sparrowhawk 1 fem., again found by the upper midhope Swallows. Snipe 1 showed well, Grey Heron 1 w. over fenny common, 1 GS Pecker, 4 Siskin.

Wintersett 10.07.17

12 - 16 degrees, warm but rainy start.  Dry from mid morning with 8/8 cloud and a very light westerly.
Anglers CP: 3 male Ruff, moulting out of breeding plumage, landed on the shallows briefly, but were chased off by a Lapwing.  They flew off south east at 09.40hrs.  Meadow Pipit 1 flew south east.  Common Tern 2.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Pochard 3.  Grey Wagtail 3.
Wintersett Res: A Grey Partridge was in the ruin field. 
Cold Hiendley Res: Gadwall  2 broods:  6 medium + 2 small young.
Critters: Yet another Mink was seen this morning.  This one was on the road between WRes. and Botany Bay.

The Edge 10/.07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 13 Greylag, 7+5y Mallard, 5+5y Gadwall, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Moorhen, 23 Lapwing, 2+2juv Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 52 BH Gull, 3 Skylark, 7 Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit and 9 Linnet.
 Broomhill Flash - Noted were2+6y Mute Swan, 45 Canada Geese, 14 Greylag, 15+15y Tufted Duck, 11 Mallard, 11 Pochard, 1 Gadwall, 14 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 99 Coot, 9 Moorhen, 2 Kestrel, 37 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 125 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Kingfisher.
TPT - Singing males included 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap and 2 Song Thrush, Also 1 drumming Greater Spotted Woodpecker and several calling Jays.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 121 Gadwall, 15 Mallard, 12+5y Tufted Duck, 11 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 1 female Wigeon, 8 Little Grebe, 2+1juv Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 93 Coot, 3 Moorhen, and 37 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 1 LBB Gull, 4+ Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Linnet.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Wintersett 09.07.17

16 - 20  degrees with sunny spells, scattered cloud and a light westerly.
Anglers CP:  Hobby 2 over at 09.15hrs.   Red Kite 1 over Santingley at 09.20hrs.  Sand Martin 14 south.   Common Tern 2.  Oystercatcher 2.  Common Sandpiper 1.  Grey Wagtail 2.  Pochard 1 male.  Great Crested Grebe 12.  Pink-footed Goose 1. A Coot with a white colour ring on left leg and a metal ring on right leg was seen.
Cold Hiendley Res: Mallard 3 fledged young.  A Cetti's brood was calling in the ruin area,  2 Cetti's Warblers together were calling and alarming on the north bank path, opposite SF.  Gadwall  3 broods - 3 vs young + 6 m young + 3 s young.  Also 2 broods on MLPond 9 s young + 3 m young.
Moorhouse Lane Pond:   Little Grebe 2 juveniles.
Critters:  A Lesser Emperor was off the west bank WRes.    2 Purple Hairstreaks were on Oak MLPond path.   A Mink was on the north bank CHRes.

Hordron Road, Sunday afternoon 9/7/17.

Birds surprisingly difficult to find today with over 2 hours before the first raptor. An increase in Wheatears with 3 at the hordron barn but not much else here. The bird of the day was an adult male Ring Ouzel on the wall at upper hordron barn with it or another calling earlier near the river. Also viewed from here, Merlin 2 with the male a bit closer but still no top views. C Buzzard 3, Kestrels scarce, just 1 and the same with Raven, just a single. The usual number of about 4 calling Golden Plovers includes 1 showing well on long moor edge. A Grey Heron was in fox clough on the way back + a Curlew chick showing well. Great news last night with 4 to 5 Long Eared Owl juvs calling at wilthorpe marsh, so a good weekend for this species.