Monday, 16 July 2018

July Hobby increase.

One found by the shooting lodge Swallows in the ewden valley on the 7th and it or another yesterday carrying a prey item and being mobbed by 6+ Swallows in the same place. One found by Swallows this evening went west over Staincross.

Carlton Marsh

The Iceland Gull was relocated at a glass recycling plant on the Carlton Industrial estate at 11.45hrs (R. J. Boland)

Butterfly counts today were Peacock 151, Painted Lady 1, Red Admiral 5, Comma 12, Purple Hairstreak 1, Brown Argus 4, Small Copper 5, and Holly Blue 5,
(Chris Parkin)

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Carlton Marsh

A nice surprise today, a 1st summer Iceland Gull! It came onto the Wader Scrape at 12.09hrs and was still present when I left at 14.30hrs. It was a site tick for Keith Bannister, Jim Plant, Dave Standish and Chris Parkin. Jim was on a roll having seen the Audouins Gull at Sheffield yesterday and the Greater Sand Plover at the coast this morning.
Also present 35 LBB Gulls, 20 Herring Gulls, Coal Tit singing, Lesser Whitethroat singing and Willow Tit 2 + 2 calling
All photographs of Iceland Gull by Dave Standish

Butterflies included 20 peacock, 6 Comma, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Purple Hairstreak and 2 Red Admiral.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Carlton Marsh

New in today- Green Sandpiper, on the wader scrape (Jim Plant). There were 57 LBB Gulls, 30 Herring Gulls and c250 BH Gulls.

Storrs Mill area
18 species of butterfly included Small Copper 12, Holly Blue 7, Purple Hairstreak 16, Brown Argus 2, Brimstone 2, Comma 25, Red Admiral 3 and Peacock 22.
Buzzard and Kingfisher were around and there were 12 Little Egrets on Edderthorpe Flash (Chris Parkin)

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Wintersett 12.07.18

15 - 19 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a light north easterly.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 1. 
Wintersett Res: Oystercatcher 1. 
Cold Hiendley Res: Gadwall 5 small young down to 4 seconds later, when a fish took one!  Tufted Duck 1 male in wing moult.  Mallard 4 young. 
Haw Park Wood: Nuthatch 1 + 2 Fox Well

Carlton Marsh

A Common Sandpiper was feeding in the shallows on the main marsh and 40 LBB Gulls, 30 Herring Gulls and 120 BH Gulls were on the wader scrape. Kingfisher and Peregrine were around. (Les Corrall/Ralph Hibbert)

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Wintersett 11.07.18

15 - 21 degrees with 4/8 but increasing cloud and a light easterly.
Wintersett Res: A male Grasshopper warbler was reeling this morning + juveniles, and still reeling late morning on the north east bank.  Common Tern 4.  Mallard 8 small young.  Little Grebe 2.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Wintersett 10.07.18

15 - 20 degrees with 7/8 but decreasing cloud and a light north easterly.
Wintersett Res: Common Sandpiper 1.  Mallard 56 + 10 ACP.  Little Grebe 1 adult. 
Anglers CP: Common Tern 2.  Sand Martin 10.  Grey Wagtail 2.
Haw Park Wood: Grass Snake 1.

Scarce Butterflies in the Barnsley recording area.



Photos by Geoff Carr.
At least 15 Brown Argus recorded at Lundwood in May by Geoff Carr and Jeff Lunn. The site was revisited recently and the habitat completely dried out with no butterflies seen - lets hope the colony survives.

Photo by Geoff Carr
25-30 Essex Skipper around the Park Hill area, Wombwell last week and found by Jeff Lunn and Geoff Carr.
And.....Marbled White now at Adwick on the old tip site per Ken Foundation and Jeff Lunn.


Monday, 9 July 2018

Ringed Robin Recovery per Becky Bailey 08.07.18

We don't get many recoveries of robins, but one came in this week:
S396912 was ringed at Winterset on 06/09/16
and recaptured by Sorby Breck Ringing Group,  just down the M1 in Woodhouse,
on 12/05/18 and showing signs of breeding.

Wintersett 09.07.18

15 - 18 degrees with sun and scattered, but increasing cloud, with a light north easterly.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 2.  Great Crested Grebe 10.  Oystercatcher 1.
Overnight moth trapping highlights: Pine Hawk moth 1.  Clay Triple-lines 1.  Dingy Shell 1.  Pinion Streaked Snout 2.  Purple Clay 1.  Scallop Shell 1.  Dingy Shears 3.  Dingy Footman 13.  Scarce Footman 5.

White Plume Moth

In answer to Ziggy. Yes White Plume Moth is quite common.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Wintersett 08.07.18

18 - 24 degrees with light scattered cloud and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP: Hobby 1 north.  Common Tern 2.  Pochard 2.
Wintersett Res: Mallard 8 small young.   Grasshopper Warbler 1m on west bank.
Cold Hiendley Res: Tufted Duck 114 coming in to moult. 
Odonata WRes: A male Lesser Emperor was seen from the south bank and again from the south east corner bench.   Four Spotted Chaser  1.   White letter Hairstreak 1 north east corner.
Lepidoptera: There was a large movement of Small White Butterflies with some Large Whites going nort east over Wintersett Res. from 11.00hrs.

Mortimer road, dukes road, ewden valley, 8/7/18.

Not many birds in near perfect conditions. Ewden shooting lodge the most productive with a Merlin mobbing a Red Kite a few times. 2 Red Kites seen together and possibly 3 in the area. 5 C Buzzards and 2 Kestrels completed the raptors. 5 Ravens, 3 Siskins and 42 Meadow Pipits counted on the walk.

Woolley Colliery - correction

The second local record - one was recorded by Andy Godfrey from Mapplewell in 2014.

Woolley Colliery

A new species of solitary wasp for the Barnsley area, Cerceris rybyensis.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Wintersett 07.07.2018

17 - 23 degrees with 0/8 cloud and a light north westerly.
Wintersett Res: 2 male Grasshopper Warblers were reeling - west bank and north east bank.  A Yellow Wagtail flew over west bank.  Common Tern 3.  Willow Tit 1 north bank.
44 birds were ringed this morning.  Highlights were:  5 Blackcap ,  2 Garden Warbler,   6  Whitethroat,   1 Lesser Whitethroat,  9 Reed Warbler,  1 Sedge Warbler,  5 Willow Warbler,   3 Chiffchaff,  1 Grasshopper Warbler,  2 Treecreeper and 1 Coal Tit.   A male Cetti's Warbler was retrapped on the west bank.
Lepidoptera: Purple Hairstreaks were seen in Haw Park Lane Wood and in Haw Park Wood per @StevieD131
Odonata: A Broad -bodied Chaser was in the Willow Wood, WRes.
2  male Lesser Emperors were seen from the south east corner WRes.  per @Fitzybirder.

Ewden valley 7/7/18.

Late a.m. early aft. Very cloudy so excellent light at times. Hobby 1, at last. Red Kite 1 constant, C Buzzard 4, Kestrel 3. Raven 2, Siskin 2, Meadow Pipit 15 and 1 juv Curlew down, near adult size.

Friday, 6 July 2018

River Dearne, Storrs Mill

On another beautiful sunny day. These white butterflies were coming down to take minerals from the edge of the water. There was as many as 50 Green Veined and Small White.

(Brian Dearnley)
A Kingfisher shot under the bridge and there were around 20 male Banded Demoiselles and a Brown Hawker.

Wintersett + Good and Bad News 06.07.18

18 - 22 degrees with 2/8 cloud and a light north easterly.
Wintersett Res: 2 Redshank were on the boathouse slipway.  A Nuthatch was near the boathouse bench + another was in HPWood.  
Cold Hiendley Res: Mute Swan 35 + 2 WRes.    Gadwall 4 vs young + 5 small young.
Mallard young in the area:  WRes: 10vs.    CHRes: 10 vs + 5 vs + 5 m + 2 large + 3 fledged
Lepidoptera: Large Skipper 1 west bank WRes..
Bad news: A Mink was eating the eggs of a Coot, from a nest on the edge of the algae/weed, CHRes..  This could explain why we have no young Coot or Great Crested Grebe in the area.

Mink eating eggs from a Coot nest   CHRes.   ASmith
 Good News: I found the first Bee Orchid forAnglers CP yesterday.
First Bee Orchid for ACP   ASmith

The Edge 06/07/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 3 Mute Swan, 29 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 1 Teal, 2 Cormorant, 7 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4+3y Moorhen, 2 Coot, 8 Lapwing, 56 BH Gull, 2 Skylark, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Sedge Warbler,  3 Reed Bunting and 1 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 56 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 16+6y+4y Tufted Duck, 13+8y+6y Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 17 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 1+1y Kestrel, 101+12y Coot, 3 Moorhen, 10+3y Lapwing and 1 LBB Gull.
TPT - Singing males 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat and 1 Song Thrush.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 3 Greylag, 75 Gadwall, 17m+3f+2y Pochard, 10+6y Tufted Duck, 1 Mallard, 5 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant and 123+17y Coot. Also present were 4 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel and 3 LBB Gull.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Wintersett 05.07.18

16 - 23 degrees with 0/8 cloud and a light north easterly breeze.
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher 2.  Common Tern 2 on old, small raft.
Wintersett Res: 2 juvenile Little Ringed Plovers (new for year) and a Common Sandpiper were on the boathouse slipway.  A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling in the north east corner.  10 vs Mallard ducklings were off the south bank.
Lepidoptera: A White letter Hairstreak was on Wych Elm, on the roadside at the north east corner.
A Softshell Turtle, seen more than 4 years ago ( 21.05.2014), was found by Pete Smith this morning at Wintersett Res.  It was basking in the water off the fishing platform nearest to the boathouse bench.  "With their long snout and tubelike nostrils, these turtles can "snorkel" in shallow water" per Wikipedia
            Softshell Turtle        WRes   ASmith

Here's the original blog post from 21st May 2014
A 20cm grey/brown Soft-shelled  Turtle was basking in the shallow water off the north bank of WintersettRes this morning.  It was well camouflaged against the mud.  It was probably an unwanted pet and could have been here since the Ninja Turtle craze in the 1990s.

The Edge 05/07/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 19+6y Mallard, 18 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 12 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 2 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 10 Lapwing, 1 Skylark, 2 Sedge Warbler and 3 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 45 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 33+8y Gadwall, 11+9y+6y Tufted Duck, 7 Teal, 4+6y Mallard, 1 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 4+2y Kestrel, 97+17y Coot, 2 Moorhen, 9 Lapwing and 1 Oystercatcher.
TPT - Singing males 6 Blackcap,2 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat and 1 Sedge Warbler. Also present were 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Bullfinch.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 76 Gadwall, 9m+2f+5y Pochard, 9+10y Tufted Duck, 7 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant and 91+12y Coot. Also present were 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Partridge, 2 LBB Gull, 14 Black Tailed Godwit, 2 Kingfisher and 2 Grey Wagtail.

Carlton Marsh

Ringing this morning saw the return of Y392572, a male, ringed here 29/6/13. That makes him at least 6 years old, as he was an adult when ringed. Also cock Reed Bunting Z171843 adult ringed at Wintersett. Details to come later.
Yesterday 2 LRP were on the wader scrape (K. Bannister). Today 44 LBB Gulls and c70 Herring Gulls.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Wintersett + NocMig + Ringing 04.07.18

18 - 22 degree, sun with scattered cloud and a light south easterly.
Wintersett NocMig: A Redshank called at 22.30hrs last night.
Wintersett Res:  A Cetti's Warbler was singing occasionally and a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling on the west bank.
A total of 84 Birds were ringed this morning:  Highlights were: 24 Blackcaps.  9 Garden Warblers.  1 Whitethroat.  1 Lesser Whitethroat.  7 Reed Warblers.  14 Willow Warblers.   17 Chiffchaff  and 1 Yellowhammer. 
Anglers CP: 3 Oystercatcher.   2 Common Tern on small, old raft. 
Lepidoptera: A Lunar Hornet Moth was on a net at 10.00hrs WRes.

The Edge 04/07/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 21+7y Mallard, 12 Gadwall, 2 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 2 Coot, 1+1y Moorhen, 9 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 55 BH Gull, 1 Skylark, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Linnet and 1 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 7 Canada Geese, 17+12y Tufted Duck, 9+7y Mallard, 9+8y Gadwall, 5 Teal, 10 Little Grebe, 56 Coot, 2+1y Moorhen, 7 Lapwing, 1 Herring Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
TPT - Singing males 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 43 Gadwall, 12m+2f+2y Pochard, 7+8y Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard, 2 Teal, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant and 107+9y Coot. Also present were 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 3 LBB Gull and 1 Common Tern.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Wintersett 03.07.17

16 - 21 degrees with a little high thin, but decreasing, cloud this morning and a north easterly breeze.
Wintersett Res: A Grasshopper Warbler.was reeling in the north east corner.  Little Grebe 1.   
Anglers CP: Common Tern 3.  Common Gull 1 1st summer.  Oystercatcher 3 +2 WRes..  Grey Wagtail 2.
Odonata:   No sign of Lesser Emperor today.
Lepidoptera: White letter Hairstreak 1 north east area WRes.

Carlton Marsh

2 Little Ringed Plovers were on the wader scrape along with 12 LBB Gulls, 6 Herring Gulls and the first juv. Black Headed Gulls from elsewhere. 2 Sedge warblers were singing from the marsh and around 6 Herons were feeding in the shallows.

Butterflies included Red Admiral and 2 Gatekeepers.

2 Banded Demoiselles were flitting over the dike.

South Kirkby Tip (Chris Parkin)
Marbled White 5, Painted Lady, Gatekeeper 123 and Black-tailed Skimmer.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Wintersett + Evening Update 02.07.2018

16 - 23 degrees with a few scattered clouds this morning, and a north easterly breeze.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 3.  Pochard 1.  Little Grebe 1.  Great Crested Grebe 6.  Grey Watail 1.
Wintersett Res: Oystercatcher 2.  A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling on the north east bank.  Tufted Duck 36.
Cold Hiendley Res:  A Curlew flew over west at 20.30 hrs. 
Lepidoptera: White Letter Hairstreak 2  NE  WRes.   In the evening 39 Purple Hairstreak were counted from Station Road Pits Wood via west bank track to Haw Park Lane Oak Wood.
Odonata: A male Lesser Emperor was off the SE bank WRes at 11.08hrs. Still present at 16.30hrs  per @scraggybirder. A Four Spotted Chaser was in the NW field edge WRes.   

Carlton Marsh

Not much time today we were showing the Yorkshire in Bloom judge around the reserve. We will have to wait until September for the outcome.

We did manage to see 3 broods of Tufted Duck totalling 22 young and several Grey Herons including 1 that shows a good deal of melanism.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Wintersett 01.07.18

16 - 22 degrees with 2/8 thin high cloud and a light north easterly.
Anglers CP: Common Gull 1.  Common Tern 1.  Little Grebe 1.  Oystercatcher 3.  Cormorant 2.  Mallard 6 fledged young.  Reed Warbler 2 males west bank.
Lepidoptera: Brimstone 1 female ACP
Odonata: Southern Hawker 1 ACP.

Carlton Marsh

There were at least 6 Grey Herons (one very dark individual), Kingfisher, Mute Swans still with 2 cygnets and groups of Canada and Greylag geese with their young. Two drake Teal were on the main scrape.

Dragonflies included at least 8 male Broad-bodied Chasers, Emperor and Brown Hawker (2)

The Yorkshire in Bloom judge arrives at 09.30hrs tomorrow if anyone wants to be there.

Cudworth Station area
A Hummingbird Hawk-moth and 32 Small Tortoiseshells were feeding on Valerian and a Purple Hairstreak was flying around the top of an Oak (Chris Parkin).

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Wintersett 30.06.18

14 - 23 degrees with 0/8 cloud and a cool north easterly breeze.
Anglers CP: A Red Kite flew through south over Santingley mid morning.   4 Common Terns here and then over to WRes.
Wintersett Res: 2 male Cetti's Warblers were singing - west bank and ruin.
46 Birds were ringed this morning, including: 10 Blackcap,   1 Whitethroat,  1 Lesser Whitethroat,  4 Garden Warbler,   7 Reed Warbler,   6 Chiffchaff and  1 Coal Tit.  Worryingly, not a single Willow Warbler  was trapped and ringed!
Lepidoptera:  A Lunar Hornet Moth was on a net at WRes at 09.50hrs.

                                          Lunar Hornet Moth            WRes         RBail

Home Patch

Athersley Memorial Lake ~ the Mallard is still looking after 8 ducklings which are now almost fully grown.  Near the lake today was a Comma.  On the rolling hill behind our house (former slag heap) ~ there has been a buzzard on 6 out of the last seven days ~ today there were two together being harassed by crows and a Kestrel.

Low Moor 30/6/18.

2 hours this aft. had Merlin, Red Kite, C Buzzard 5, Kestrel 2. Raven 2, LBB Gull 1, Grey Heron 1, Siskin 5. Small passage of Martins distant but thought to be mostly House but 1 Sand Martin seen.

Carlton Marsh 29-6-18

Last night's mothing session with H.E. Beaumont, J.D Colwell (and wife Lyn), Elaine Evans & CG produced 41 macro species. They included Swallow-tailed, Dingy Footman, Barred Straw, Angle Shades, Light Emerald, Barred Yellow, Old Lady, Peppered, Silky Wainscot, Engrailed and Dingy Shears. The following were some the most eye catching.

 Blackneck
 Elephant Hawk
 Large Emerald
 Peach Blossom
Pebble Hook-tip
A new brood of 8 Tufted Duck were seen today 30th (K. Bannister)

Friday, 29 June 2018

Wintersett 29.06.18

17 - 22 degrees with 0/8 cloud and a light north easterly breeze.
Anglers CP: 2 migrant Black-headed Gulls and 6 Herring Gulls were present.    Grey Wagtail 2.  Common Tern 1 + 1 WRes..   Oystercatcher 3 + the south pair, who chose the old raft to build a  second nest and have failed.
Odonata: 2 male Ruddy Darter and 2 male Common Darter were on Moorhouse Lane Big Pond.   A male Banded Demoiselle was on the east bank of Anglers CP.

                            Male Banded Demoiselle       Anglers CP          ASmith


Barnside Moor / Midhope 28/6/18.

10-30pm. Nightjar 4, LE Owl 5 include 4 juvs and 1 hunting adult. Midhope res. - adult Tawny Owl with prey item.

The Edge 29/05/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 4 Mute Swan, , 2 Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 32+7y Mallard, 11 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 9 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 2 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 5 Lapwing, 38 BH Gull, 2 Skylark, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting and 2 Linnet. Early AM, P.Kent also had 2 Ringed Plover, 1+2juv Little Ringed Plover and 1 Greenshank.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 33 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 14+7y Tufted Duck, 6+7y Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 9+6y Little Grebe, 2+3y Kestrel, 61+12y Coot, 4 Moorhen and 7 Lapwing.
TPT - 6 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Song Thrush were singing.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+4y Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 82 Gadwall, 15m+4f+4y Pochard, 6+7y Mallard, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4+2y Little Grebe, 86+19y Coot and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 3 Cormorant, 1 Bittern (Flew in at 11.40am), 1 Little Egret and 1 Kestrel.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Wintersett 28.06.18

16 - 23 degrees, 0/8 cloud with a light north easterly.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 3.   Little Grebe 1.  Oystercatcher 4. 
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 east bank WRes..  A Water Rail was calling in the south east phragmites. 
Lepidoptera:   1 Large Skipper ACP.   10 Small Skippers and the first Gatekeeper of the year were on on  east bank WRes..
Odonata WRes: A 4 Spotted-Chaser was on south bank and a male Black-tailed Skimmer was in the south east corner.  Several Emperors and Brown Hawkers were also seen.

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights were Grasshopper Warbler singing from the western meadow, Kingfisher, Herring Gull 30+, LBB Gull 26, Gadwall still with 20 ducklings, Willow Tit 2 calling SE3709, Heron 6, and Juv. Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Butterflies included Comma 2, and Ringlet 50 +.
Emperor, Brown Hawker, Banded Demoiselle 2m and at least 6m Broad-bodied Chasers on the scrape.

The Edge 28/06/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 25+7y Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 12 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2+3y Moorhen, 2 Coot, 9 Lapwing, 3 Skylark, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet and 1 Yellowhammer. Also seen early AM by P.Kent were 3 Cormorant, and 1 Ring Plover.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 50+5y Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 20+11y Tufted Duck, 10 Mallard, 10 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 10+5y Little Grebe, 59+15y Coot, 3 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 8 Lapwing and 3 LBB Gull.
TPT - Singing males 5 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat and 2 Song Thrush.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 69 Gadwall, 15m+4f+10y Pochard, 11+2y Tufted Duck, 4+7y Mallard, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 4+2y Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant and 84+27y Coot. Also present were 1 Kingfisher and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Wintersett 27.06.18

A cooler start. 16 degrees to 23 degrees with 0/8 from 09.30hrs and a light north easterly breeze. Quiet again.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 1.
Wintersett Res: Kingfisher 1 juvenile south east bank.    Cetti's Warbler 1 west bank. 

The Edge 27/06/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 4 Mute Swan, 20+7y Mallard, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 2+2y Moorhen, 2 Coot, 9 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 31 BH Gull, 3 Skylark, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Pied Wagtail, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Linnet and 3 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 37 Canada Geese, 21+11y Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 7+9y Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 10+8y Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron,  61+12y Coot, 1 Moorhen, 7 Lapwing and 2 Redshank.
TPT - Singing males 6 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, and 2 Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 76 Gadwall, 10m+3f+5y Pochard, 1 Mallard, 6 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 84+24y Coot. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

Phew! I recorded 30.1c in my garden this afternoon. The hottest June day I have recorded since 27/6/2011 when the temperature reached 30.6c (in my garden).
This mornings highlights were Grey Heron 5, Grey Wagtail 2 (1juv), 10 LBB Gulls, 80 Herring Gulls, Kingfisher, Dabchick with new brood of 3, Coot with 4 new young, Gadwall female with 20 young and 1 with 1 young, Coal Tit 2, Sand Martin and Peregrine.

Dragonflies included Emperor 2, Brown Hawker, Broad-bodied Chaser 2, Banded Demoiselle and loads of Azure Damselfly.
A new brood of Comma is on the wing, Ringlet have increased to 12 and Meadow Brown 5.

The Edge 26/06/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 19+7y Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 10 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Coot, 1 Kestrel, 11 Lapwing, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 26 BH Gull, 3 Skylark, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 25+12y Canada Geese, 25+12y Tufted Duck, 6+1y Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 11 +5y Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 54+11y Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 11 Lapwing and  1 Oystercatcher.
TPT - Singing males 7 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler and 2 Whitethroat. Also present 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Jay.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 62 Gadwall, 17m+2f+2y Pochard, 14 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe and 82+31y Coot. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe and 3 LBB Gull.

Monday, 25 June 2018

The Edge 25/06/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 5 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 12 Mallard, 5+7y Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 11 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Coot, 6 Lapwing, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 36 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 3 Skylark, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet  and 1 Yellowhammer.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 25 Canada Geese, 21+11y Tufted Duck, 15 Mallard, 10 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 8+3y Little Grebe, 45+2y Coot, 1 Moorhen, 7 Lapwing, 3 LBB Gull and 3 Common Tern.
TPT - Singing males 5 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff and 1 Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 46 Gadwall, 17m+3f+2y Pochard, 14 Tufted Duck, 7 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 75+28y Coot, 49+ BH Gull chicks and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 3 Grey Heron, 1 Common Tern and 1 Linnet.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

Green and Great Spotted woodpecker, 2 Kingfishers, Grasshopper Warbler and a Cuckoo singing were the highlights of today (Jim Plant).


Wintersett 24.06.18

17 - 22 degrees,  hot and sunny with a very light north westerly.
Anglers CP:  Common Tern - 2 pairs looking interested in new rafts. 
Wintersett Res: Nuthatches are dispersing with 1 on the west bank and 1 on the north east bank.
Cetti's Warbler 2 singing males - west bank and ruin area. 
Ringing WRes.: An adult female Cetti's Warber was retrapped and is the same bird from last year..
34 birds were ringed this morning, including: 9 Blackcaps,  3 Whitethroats,  1 juvenile Garden Warbler,  2 juvenile Willow Warblers,  1 Reed Warbler,  1 Chiffchaff,  1 Coal Tit and 1 Treecreeper.
Cyclists and motorists be aware: The road from Wintersett Village to Station Road, Ryhill  has been top dressed so there are lots of small lose stones that may take some time to bed in.  

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

10 Lesser Black-backed and 73 Herring Gulls were on the wader scrape this morning. 2 Kingfishers were chasing each other around the main scrape and a Cuckoo perched up singing. Cormorant, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine and Sparrowhawk were on the wing.

3 Banded Demoiselle were flying over the dike and Ringlet and Meadow Brown were quartering the wild flowers.

Storrs Mill Wood
14 species of butterfly were seen today including a late male Orange-tip, 3 Red Admiral, 16 Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Comma and lots of Peacock larvae (Chris Parkin).  

Wintersett 23.06.18

13 -18 degrees with sun, 0/8 cloud and a cool, light north westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 2. Oystercatcher 4. 
Wintersett Res:  Nuthatch 2 behind the boathouse bench.  Cetti's Warbler 1 male - ruin area.
Lepidoptera: White-letter Hairstreak 2 north east WRes.  (same tree as yesterday).

Friday, 22 June 2018

South Kirkby Tip

18 species of butterfly included Painted Lady, 2 Red Admiral, 12 Small Skipper, 3 Marbled White, Brown Argus and Brimstone (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett 22.06.18

15 - 19 degrees with clear blue sky and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP: Teal 2 drakes.  Oystercatcher 3. 
Botany Bay: Mallard 7 large young.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 2.
Lepidoptera:  The first White-letter Hairstreak of the year was on the Wych Elm tree over the road from the fisherman's barrier on the east bank WRes.  Large Skipper 2 ACP + 1 east bank WRes..  Brimstone 1 female ACP.

The Edge 22/06/2018

Warbler Way - Singing males included 11 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and 1 Sedge Warbler.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 3+4y Mute Swan, 1+3y Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 26+8y Gadwall, 14+8y Tufted Duck, 8m+1f Pochard, 8 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 4+2y Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe and 67+37y Coot. Also present were 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Egret, 3 LBB Gull and 1 juv Grey Wagtail.
Wombwell Ings - Present were 19 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 69+9y Gadwall, 33+4y Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 2 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 8 Coot, 7 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 49 BH Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Skylark, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Linnet and 3 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 29 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 21+4y Tufted Duck, 18+9y Mallard, 12 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 1 female Pochard, 6+5y Little Grebe, 52+10y Coot, 6 Moorhen and 14 Lapwing.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

Not much time to look today as it was our work day. There were 2 Buzzards up, 2 Peregrines nearby, a female Grey Wagtail feeding 2 fledged young and Kingfisher. On the wader scrape 22 LBB Gulls and 78 Herring Gulls.

Also on the wing Brown Hawker and Emperor dragonfly. 2 Ringlets were our first this year.

Wintersett + Tree Sparrows 21.06.18

10 - 15 degrees with sun, scattered cloud and a cool north westerly wind.
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher 2 adults + 1 juvenile.  Herring Gull 2.
Odonata:  A Ruddy Darter was in the CP back field.
Tree Sparrows: After brilliant first broods with no losses and broods of 5 young, 2nd broods are very poor.  Only 30 to 40% of pairs are having a 2nd broods whereas it's usually around 80%..  The reason this is happening is a mystery. All 3 nestbox sites around the area are experiencing the same results.  


The Edge 21/06/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 19 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 31 Gadwall, 13 Mallard, 1 Shoveler,2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 10 Coot, 7 Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 31 BH Gull, 3 Skylark, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 31+4y Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 14+4y Tufted Duck, 11 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 7+4y Little Grebe, 52+14y Coot, 3 Moorhen, 13 Lapwing and 1 LBB Gull.
TPT - Singing males 7 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, and 2 Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings - Highlight was the excellent views of a reeling Grasshopper Warbler sitting on top of an Hawthorn sapling, just 30 metres in front of the Cormorant Hide. On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 23 Tufted Duck, 13m+4f Pochard, 12 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2+2y Little Grebe and 70+29y Coot. Also present were 2 LBB Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch and 1 Linnet.

Midhopestones, Gill Royd Lane 20/6/18.

9-30 to 11pm. Good despite the cold wind. Nightjar 2, Woodcock 2, 2 broods LE Owl and 1 adult. 1 displaying Snipe, 1 singing Willow Warbler.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Wintersett 20.06.18

Up to 16 degrees with sun, scattered cloud and a north westerly breeze.  Still quiet.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 1.
Anglers CP: Sand Martin 5.  Oystercatcher 2 adults + 1 juvenile.  Great Crested Grebe 5.

Carlton Marsh 19/6/18

Last nights mothing session with Chris Parkin produced 33 species (28 macro). It was a beautiful very mild night. A Bittern flew over at 22.50hrs giving the 'Gull-like call' three times at intervals, not every few seconds like they do when they are leaving the area after wintering. Nearer to midnight a Redshank called from the wader scrape and a Lapwing from the nearby fields. When we left at 01.20hrs a Reed Warbler and a Grasshopper Warbler were still singing good and loud.
The moths caught included Elephant and Poplar Hawk, Peppered Moth, Beautiful Hook tip (2) Brown Rustic, Fan Foot, Marbled White Spot (2) and Short Cloaked.

 Common Emerald CG
 Buff Arches CG
 Light Emerald CG
 Sallow Kitten CG
Shoulder Striped Wainscot CG
This morning (20/6/18)
A drake Pochard was on the scrape (Keith Bannister)

The Edge 20/06/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 7 Mute Swan, 8 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 23 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 9 Coot, 12 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover, 33 BH Gull, 4 Skylark, 4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Pied Wagtail, 8 Linnet and 3 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 35+19y Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 22+11y Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 6+2y Little Grebe, 45+9y Coot, 3 Moorhen, 9 Lapwing, and 1 Kestrel.
TPT - Singing males 6 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat and 1 Lesser Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 13 Tufted Duck, 10m+3f Pochard, 6 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2+2y Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant and 58+27y Coot. Also present were 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Lapwing, 1 LBB Gull, 2 Green Woodpecker and 2 Linnet.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Wintersett 19.06.18

16 - 18 degrees with sun, 2/8 scattered cloud, increased to 8/8 cloud by midday and a moderate south westerly breeze.
Another quiet day.
Wintersett Res: A Lesser Whitethroat was on th north east bank.  Common Tern 1.  2 male Cetti's Warblers - west bank and ruin.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Wintersett 18.06.18

15 - 18 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Little Grebe 1.   Oystercatcher 3 + 2 adults and 1 juvenile Walton Hall Field.
Cold Hiendley Res:  Common Tern 2.  A Carrion Crow was catching small fish at the end of the spillway. 
Walton Hall: Mute Swan 6 young.  Mallard 4 l/fl young and 7y + 1 vs young CHResL..  Sand Martins were still around the lake wall. 
Lepidoptera:  Chimmner Sweeper 4  WH Golf Course.

Carrion Crow fishing like a bear!      CHRes.    ASmith

The Edge 18/06/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 18 Mute Swan, 22 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 8 Coot, 6 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 31 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 4+ Skylark, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 36+9y Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 24 Gadwall, 21 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 6+2y Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 34+2y Coot, 9 Lapwing, 1 Redshank and 1 LBB Gull.
TPT - Singing males 7 Blackcap, 6 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff and 1 Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 18 Tufted Duck, 7+1y Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe and 71+45y Coot. Also present were 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Reed Bunting.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Wintersett 17.06.18

15 - 17 degrees with sunny spells,  scattered cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Herring Gull 12 south.  A curlew flew east at 14.45hrs.
Wintersett Res: 2 singing male Cetti's Warblers - west bank and ruin.
Wintersett Res.Ringing per Becky Bailey:
24 new birds were ringed this morning; starring 3 juvenile Blackcaps,  3 adult Reed Warblers, a juvenile Whitethroat, a juvenile Chiffchaff,  2 adult Willow Warblers (already in wing moult) and flocks of both Great and Blue Tits.

Low Moor / Ewden valley 17/6/18.

Steady at both sites and cool for mid June. One hour spent at Low Moor with Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel 2, 5 displaying Snipe showed well, 4 LBB Gulls. Ewden, - 1 hour at the cabin and return had Peregrine, C Buzzard 7, included 6 together, Sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 1. Ring Ouzel 2, Raven 10+ included a party of 9. Golden Plover 3, Meadow Pipit total 64, Swift 5.

Carlton Marsh

Wildfowl counts today were Mute Swan 2 ad + 2yg, Canada Goose 6 ad + 14 yg, Greylag 6 ad + 7 yg, Herring Gull 22 imm. LBB Gull 2 imm, Tufted Duck 4m 2f, Mallard 23 ad +16 young, Gadwall 12 ad + 17 yg, Heron 1, Cormorant 1, Kingfisher 1, Coot 14 ad + 22 yg, Dabchick 1 singing male.
Also of note Cuckoo singing (some Sussex tagged birds have already departed to France),  Buzzard, Cetti's Warbler and Grasshopper Warbler singing in the western meadow. Family groups of Coal Tit, Great Tit and Willow Tit were moving through the canopy. The latter near the wader scrape.

Butterflies included Red Admiral and our first Meadow Brown of the year.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Wintersett WeBS June 2018


Here are the June 2018  WeBS totals for the Wintersett Area.

Mute Swan 23 + 9 young   Canada Goose 95 + 5 young   Greylag Goose 40   Canada X Greylag Goose 1   Cormorant 3   Coot 74   Moorhen 5   Mallard 69   Gadwall 46   Wigeon 1 f.   Little Grebe 1   Great Crested Grebe 16   Oystercatcher 2 + 1 juv.   Lapwing 11   Grey Heron 1.

Wintersett 16.06.18

14 - 17 degrees with scattered cloud and a light westerly breeze.  A 30 minute, heavy thunderstorm late afternoon.
Wintersett Res:  A Cuckoo was heard early morning. 
Cold Hiendley Res:  Mallard young  10 small +  2 small +  5 large.  Also 7 medium young Botany Bay.
Anglers CP: Wigeon 1 female.  Sand Martin 1.  Common Tern 1,  Little Grebe 1,  Oystercatcher 1 fledged young.
Mammal:  Water Shrew 1 dead south west corner WRes
Lepidoptera ACP: Ringlet  1 - first of the year.  Red Admiral 1.  Painted Lady 1,  Large Skipper 2 + 1 WRes..
Odonata: Broad-bodied Chaser 1 male.

Carlton Marsh

A couple of hours this morning saw 56 Herring, 19 L.B.B. Gulls and a new brood of 6 Coot on the wader scrape. On the main marsh Buzzard, Gt. Spot. W. Pecker, Mute Swan 2 plus 2 Cygnets, kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, Garden Warbler and a new brood of 17 Gadwall (yes 17 all the same size with one female)!
A Grasshopper Warbler was 'reeling' on the western meadow and a single Willow Tit jumped briefly out of cover, too quick to see if it was colour ringed.
We haven't seen Pink Footed Goose since the 7th, are there any still in the Dearne Valley?

Pink Footed Goose 31/5/18 (Richard Laverack)

Friday, 15 June 2018

Wintersett 15.06.18

Up to 17 degrees, sunny with scattered, but increasing cloud,  and a westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: 2 Black-headed Gulls were sitting on the large new raft.  Common Tern 2.  Little Grebe 1 adult. 
Wintersett Res: 3m Cetti's Warblers were heard - Botany road,  east bank and west bank.  4 juvenile Whitethroats were on the west bank.
Botany Paddock: Lesser Whitethroat 1 pair.
Cold Hiendley Res: 4 juvenile Grey Herons were together on the north bank. 

Old Royston Flash: Lapwing - 2 large flying juveniles + at least 1 very small young.  Yellow Wagtail 1 female.

Lepidoptera: Red Admiral 1 south east corner WRes.. 
Odonata: A Brown Hawker on the east bank WRes. was the first of the year.

one for Cliff

After our conversation a couple of days ago Cliff - the Athersley lake produced a Common Tern today for the second time in 4 years!  Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler still singing but not Reed Warbler.  Mother Mallard now has 10 well grown ducklings.

The Edge 15/06/2019

Warbler Way -Singing males included 11 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Cettis Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Song Thrush.
Bolton Ings - Highlight was a Cuckoo that gave a brief view on the power lines at 9.45am before flying towards Bolton west end. On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 16 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 6+9y Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 3+1y Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 52+21y Coot, 4 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. The first young Black Headed Gull of the year was seen flying over the east pool. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Woodpecker and 2 Bullfinch.
Wombwell Ings - Present were 19 Mute Swan, 7 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 94+9y Gadwall, 11+5y Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 13 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 6 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 15 BH Gull, 3+ Skylark, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail,1 Sedge Warbler and 3 Linnet. 20+ House Martin were busy collecting mud from the front edge of the flash.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 26+9y Canada Geese, 11 Greylag, 1 Bar Headed Goose, 17 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 5+2y Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 37+4y Coot, 2 Moorhen, 12 Lapwing and 1 Redshank.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Wintersett 14.06.18

17 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a very strong and gusty westerly wind. (Storm Hector)
Anglers CP: The fledged young Oystercatcher flew between islands.   The feisty 1st summer Back-headed Gull, on the island in front of the hide, has hatched a chick.  Gadwall 23.  Cormorant 4.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 1.   Mallard 4 fledged young.    2 Great Crested Grebe nests were swamped by waves due to the high winds.
Cold Hiendley Res: Several Coot nests were swamped by waves.


1st Summer Black-headed Gull with chick    ACP     ASmith

The Edge 14/06/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 19 Mute Swan, 1 Shelduck, 56+9y Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Coot, 4 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 18 BH Gull, 3 Skylark, 1 Pied Wagtail and 3 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 31+9y Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 1 Bar Headed Goose, 22 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 8+2y Little Grebe, 28+3y Coot, 5 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 1 Red Legged Partridge and 1 LBB Gull.
TPT -  Singing males 6 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 17 Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 5+6y Mallard, 4+1y Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 44+17y Coot, 2 Cormorant and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 2 LBB Gull and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Barnside Moor, Mortimer road/ Gill Royd lane junction.

Rather windy but churring began at 9-40 pm. Nightjar 3, Woodcock 2.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

Our resident Mute Swans are the proud parents of 2 Cygnets! A Drake Teal, 75 Herring Gulls and 12 L.B.B. Gulls were on the wader scrape. 2 Peregrine Falcons were seen nearby. 3 Yellow Buntings and 3 Garden Warblers were singing.
Did anybody see our mate Vivien Hartwell on Springwatch tonight tracking Starlings?

Insects include Large Skipper, Large White and Red Admiral, the first of the year, 3 Banded Demoiselle, Emperor and Cinnabar Moth.

Littleworth Park- Monk Bretton
Ringlet 1, Small Heath 82, Common Blue 56, Large Skipper 23 and Meadow Brown 57. Also Banded Demoiselle, 5 & 6 Spot Burnet Moths and Bee Orchid (Chris Parkin).

Wintersett 13.06.18

Up to 17 degrees with sun,  4/8 cloud and a light south westerly.  A quiet day.
Anglers CP:  Oystercatcher 4 adults + 1 large young.  Gadwall 17.  Yellow Wagtail 1.

The Edge 13/06/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 19 Mute Swan, 4 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 82+9y Gadwall, 11+4y Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 3 Grey Heron, 12 Coot, 6 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 3 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Linnet and 1 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 38 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 1 Bar Headed Goose, 21 Tufted Duck, 13 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 5+2y Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 35+3y Coot, 2 Moorhen, 12 Lapwing and 1 Redshank.
TPT - Singing males 6 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Sedge Warbler. Also seen were 1 Buzzard and 1 Sparrowhawk.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 15+4y Mallard, 13 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 3+2y Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 65+31y Coot and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Bittern( flew from east to west corner along front edge of eastern pool at 12.36pm), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Common Tern, 1 Lapwing and 2 Bullfinch.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Wintersett 12.06.18

11 -17 degrees with 4/8 cloud,  a sprinkle of drizzle and a, light north easterly.
Anglers CP: A Red Kite flew over Wintersett village at 10.45hrs
Cold Hiendley Res: Gadwall 3.  Mallard young  4 very small + 4 medium/large  + 6 large + 5 large.  

The Edge 12/06/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 19 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Greylag, 96+8y Gadwall, 26+6y Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 10 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 7 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 16 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 5 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler,  3 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 21 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 1 Bar Headed Goose, 23 Tufted Duck, 7 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5+2y Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Barn Owl (hunting over Clegg's Meadow and the tip mid morning), 33+3y Coot, 1 Moorhen, 6 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher and 1 Dunlin.
TPT- Singing males 7 Blackcap, 6 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat and 1 Song Thrush.
Bolton Ings - Highlight was the Bittern that dropped into the reedbed on the northern shore at 12.10pm. On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 16 Tufted Duck, 10m+3f  Pochard (+ broods of 9and 6), 10+6y Mallard, 4+5y Gadwall, 2+2y Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 52+22y Coot and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Tern, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Jay.

Old Moor Sofa

An update on the number of species recorded in the Old Moor Area this year, at the end of April the total was 153.

A further 9 species were added in May as follows - Whinchat on 3rd (154), Ruff on 4th (155), Sanderling on 8th (156), Spoonbill on 14th (157), Glossy Ibis on 15th (158), Red Necked Phalarope on 19th (159), Black Tern on 24th (160), Temmincks Stint on 26th (161) and finally Grey Plover on 29th (162).

At the end of May 2015 the total was 144 and at the end of May 2016 the total was 156 therefore a lot better than 2015 and slightly up on 2016.

A further 10 species were seen up to the end of May in those two years but not seen this year - Red Necked Grebe, Egyptian Goose, Red Crested Pochard, Red Footed Falcon, Turnstone, Laughing Gull, Little Tern, Alpine Swift, Spotted Flycatcher and Rock Pipit.

A fairly "standard" May after an average March and April, a purple patch mid to late month with Spoonbill, long staying Glossy Ibis, Red Necked Phalarope for three days and Temmincks Stint certainly made a visit worthwhile. However the general opnion was still of a poor spring with low numbers of summer visitors and vitually no wader passage with Turnstone absent for probably the first time ever although the species count at 162 is probably the highest ever count at the end of May. A very confusing year 2018 is turning out to be.

For comparison some other inland sites totals are as follows:- Swillington Ings, West Yorkshire 163, Upton Warren, Worcestershire 133 and Potteric Carr, South Yorkshire 144.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

An evening visit produced the following - Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, 10 Herring Gulls, drake Teal, 11 Canada Goose and 8 Greylag goslings, 2 juv. Kingfishers, Gadwall with 7 young, and a new Garden warbler. That's 4 males singing from their respective territories.

Carrs Lane, Cudworth (reference Sand Martins)
Ziggy, Pete Wall has been to see the site manager of the Barratts Salters Brook housing development. The site manager James Swan and supervisor Dominic Pickard have given Pete an assurance that the Sand Martin colony will be protected during their breeding cycle and seem happy to do this. Their co-operation in this matter is much appreciated.

Wintersett + Moths 11.06.18

Up to 18 degrees, hot and sunny with scattered, but increasing cloud, and a very light north easterly.
Anglers CP: Pochard 1m.  Little Grebe 2.  Gadwall 12.  Oystercatcher 1 large young.
Wintersett Res: Mallard 4 small/medium young.
Lepidoptera: The first Brown Argus of the year was on the back path at ACP.  A male Orange Tip was on the north east bank WRes..
Overnight moth highlights: Beautiful Hook-tip 1.  Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1.  Marbled White Spot 1.  May Highflyer 1.  White-pinion Spotted 1.

 Buff-tip Moth ACP  (my favourite)  ASmith

The Edge 11/06/2018

Wombwell Ings -Present were 20 Mute Swan, 6 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 49+8y Gadwall, 15 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 8 Lapwing, 22 BH Gull, 3 Skylark, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 1 Mute Swan, 31+11y Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 19 Tufted Duck, 9+10y Mallard, 9 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 6+1y Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 24+9y Coot, 2 Moorhen and 5 Lapwing.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

A family group of fledged Willow Tits were the first for this year (Jim Plant).

Wintersett 10.06.18

11 - 16 degrees with 8/8 cloud, calm with a very light south easterly.
Wintersett Res: A Dunlin was on the boathouse slipway.   Common Tern 1.
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher 1 large young.  Mallard 6 m young + 4 l/fl young WRes..  Yellow Wagtail 3.  Sand Martin 3.
Lepidoptera: Orange Tip 1m + 1 f  west bank WRes..  Meadow Brown 2 MLPond + 1 ACP.
Odonata: Moorhouse Lane Pond:  3 males + 1 female egg laying  Emperor  + 1 male at ACP.   Broad-bodied Chaser 5 males +1 female.  Black-tailed Skimmer 1 male.  Red-eyed Damselfly 4 males - a new site for this species + 2 males at Botany Bay.

South Kirkby reclaimed tip

A Buzzard was up and a Cuckoo was singing.

Butterflies
14 Meadow Brown, 165 Common Blue, 6 Brown Argus and 1m Brimstone (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett Ringing Recovery

A juvenile Goldfinch, ringed by Becky Bailey at Wintersettt on 27th Aug 2017,
was recaptured by ringers on 24th Mar 2018 in Wirwignes, France:
209 days and 394km later!   An excellent recovery!

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Wintersett 09.06.18


14 - 20 degrees with sun,  light scattered cloud and a south easterly breeze.
Anglers CP:  A Shelduck flew over south west.  Yellow Wagtail 1.  Oystercatcher 1 large young.  Cormorant 4.  Blackheaded Gull 2 m/l young.  Herring Gull 25. 
Wintersett Res: A male and female Cetti's Warblers were retrapped on the ruin area + a singing male on the west bank.  Hobby 1 over.
Odonata  Golf Course field pool:  3 large Red Damselflies.   3 males and a female Broad-bodied Chaser + 1 male MLPond.  Moorhouse Lane Pond:  4 x Four-spotted Chasers.  Banded Demoiselle 1 male.  Emperor Dragonflies 2m.
Lepidoptera: 2 female Brimstone were egg laying at Anglers CP.


Carlton Marsh

The highlights today were Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher, Great Spot Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtails and a brood of 7 Gadwall, our first this year (Jim Plant).

Butterflies included Painted Lady, Large Skipper 14, Brown Argus 2, Common Blue 26 and Small Copper 2.
Also abroad Emerald Damsel 8, Common White Wave Moth, Mother Shipton 2, Straw Dot 2 and Cinnabar Moth 8 (Chris Parkin).  

Friday, 8 June 2018

Cudworth Common

A Cuckoo was singing from one of the pylons this afternoon and an Eyed Hawk-moth was found and photographed at the Sash window factory (per Lee Griffiths).

A pair of Grey Wagtails were feeding fledged young at Storrs Mill river bridge and there were at least 5 Little Egrets on Edderthorpe Flash.

The Edge 08/06/2018

Generally a quiet day with very little change on most sites.
Wombwell Ings - Present were 18 Mute Swan, 5 Canada Geese, 2 Shelduck, 26 Gadwall, 16 Mallard, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Heron, 10 Coot, 6 Lapwing, 1 calling Redshank, 13 BH Gull, 5+ Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail and 3 Linnet
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 1 Mute Swan, 42 Canada Geese, 9 Greylag, 21 Tufted Duck, 9+6y Mallard, 5 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 22 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 4 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher and 1 LBB Gull.
TPT - Singing males 7 Blackcap, 6 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff  and 3 Whitethroat .
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 22 Tufted Duck, 7+4y Mallard, 6 Pochard, 5 Gadwall, 3+2y Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 49+26y Coot and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Bittern (brief views at 12 and 12.20pm), 2 LBB Gull, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Sedge Warbler. 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Bullfinch and 1 Linnet.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

The Edge 07/06/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 18 Mute Swan, 24 Canada Geese, 16 Greylag, 1 Bar Headed Goose, 31 Gadwall, 14 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 10 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 7 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 15 BH Gull, 5+ Skylark, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Linnet and 4+ Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 1 Mute Swan, 29 Canada Geese, 1 Bar Headed Goose, 23 Tufted Duck, 16+7y Mallard, 10 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 4+2y Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 23 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 5 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher and a singing Chiffchaff in the car park.
 TPT - Singing males included 7 Blackcap, 7 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat and 1 Song Thrush. Also first for the year was a Cinnabar Moth.
Bolton Ings - Highlight was a reeling Grasshopper Warbler in front of the hide. On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 20 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, 7 Pochard, 5+2y Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 43+27y Coot, and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 3 Herring Gull, 1 LB Gull, 1 Common Tern, 1 Bittern, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch and 3 Linnet.

Carlton Marsh

This morning Garden Warbler, Kingfisher, Buzzard, Cetti's Warbler and Pink Foot Goose.

Along the old rail embankment at least 20 Yellow-barred Long-horn (Nemophora degeerella) micro moths were dancing above the flowers in the sunshine.

We saw our first sightings of male Emperor dragonfly and male Banded Demoiselle for this year and Richard Laverack and I witnessed a Dog Fox predate a day old Moorhen chick right in front of us about 10 yards away.

My thanks to our amazing volunteers for the work they do to manage the habitat week in week out.

Thurlstone Edge
Wall Brown is thriving on the higher ground this is evident, 32 were seen today.

Ingbirchworth
Red Admiral 1 and Wall Brown 2 (Chris Parkin) 

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Barrow Tip

The very rare Forester Moth was photographed on Tuesday 5th June. Also present were 45 Burnet moths (6 and 5 spot) and 109 Small Heath butterflies (Chris Parkin).

Athersley Memorial Fishing Lake

June 5th ~ last year a pair of Mallard raised nine young to full size and today there is a brood of 12 which are all half grown.  Also for the first time in the four years I have been watching this site - a singing reed warbler.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

The Edge 05/06/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 18 Mute Swan, 16 Greylag, 13 Canada Geese, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 31 Gadwall, 16 Mallard, 11 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 10 Coot, 5 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 12 BH Gull, 5 Skylark, 15+ House Martin, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Linnet and 1 Reed Bunting. A Little Ring Plover was seen late morning.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 27 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 1 Bar Headed Goose, 22 Tufted Duck, 13 Mallard, 11 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 1 Teal, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 19 Coot, 16 Lapwing and 2 Redshank.
TPT - Singing Males 6 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler and 2 Song Thrush.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 8+8y Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 21 Tufted Duck, 11 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 5+8y Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 51+29y Coot and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Wintersett 04.06.16

13 -16 degrees, mostly cloudy with some short sunny spells and a light north easterly.
Wintersettt Res: Common Tern 3 + 1 ACP.  4 Male Cetti's Warblers - Botany Road,  east bank,  west bank and ruin area. 
Cold Hiendley Res: Gadwall 11.
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher 2 young.  Grey Wagtail 1.   Mallard 6 m + 3 vs + 4 vs WRes.. Swift 600.

The Edge 04/06/2018

Wombwell Ings - Surprised to see a Bar Headed Goose amongst the 39 Canada Geese, 28 Greylag and 1 Pink Footed Goose in the back field. It later walked over the brow to the Broomhill Flash side of the field. Also present were 17 Mute Swan, 21 Gadwall, 19 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 13 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 8+ Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 16 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 4 Skylark, c20 House Martin, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting. As Keith Fellows and 1 walked off at 10am, a Bittern flew across from Broomhill Flash and landed in the large central ditch. My first ever on the Ings.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 1 Mute Swan, 36 Canada Goose, 4 Greylag, 1 Bar Headed Goose, 26 Tufted Duck, 17+6y Mallard, 11 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Coot, 5 Lapwing, 2 Redshank and 2 LBB Gull.
TPT - Singing males 6 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler and 2 Song Thrush.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 22 Tufted Duck, 17 Gadwall, 6+6y Mallard, 6 Pochard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 51+32y Coot and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

The Pink Foot Goose is still here with a group of 20 Canada Geese. 3 Garden Warblers were singing this afternoon and a Little Ringed Plover was on the wader scrape this evening (Dave Standish).

Butterflies included 4 Small Heath and 5 Common Blue. A Mother Shipton moth was feeding on Trefoil.

Ziggy, in light of the Sand Martins trying to nest on Carrs Lane, it might be a good idea to make the developers of the housing estate aware, so as not to disturb them. 
I have been seeing a few coming for a quick drink to the wader scrape and wondered where they were coming from. Now I know, thanks.

Wintersett + Ringing 03.06.18

15 - 18 degrees with sun and light high cloud and a light north easterly.
Anglers CP: Egyptian Goose 1.  Gadwall 6 + 2 WRes..  Cormorant 3.  Greylag Goose 6 + 2 WRes..  Canada Goose 46 + 5 young .
Old Royston Flash: Lapwing 3 large young.
Wintersett Res: 3 male Cetti's Warblers were singing, ruin area, west bank and east bank.  Common Tern 2 + 1 ACP.    Mute Swan young 8 + 6 ACP..
Odonata: Black-tailed Skimmer 1 m ACP + 1 m east bank WRes..  Red-eyed Damselfly 1 male WRes..
Ringing: A juvenile Tree Sparrow caught today at Wintersett Res.., had been ringed as a nestling in a brood of 5, on the 14.05.18, at Cold Hiendley Village.

Juvenile Tree Sparrow ringed this morning at WRes..   RBailey

Ewden valley 3/6/18.

Warm and dry with excellent light at times. Raptors - Marsh Harrier 1 possibly 2, Red Kite 1, C Buzzard 6+, Peregrine 1, Merlin 1, Kestrel 4+, Sparrowhawk 1. Also, - Ring Ouzel 2 pairs feeding young with a nest full of chicks found near the track. Raven 6+, Golden Plover 5 with 2 down, chipping Snipe 2, Cuckoo 1, Meadow Pipit total 63, Siskin 1 over.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Wintersett + Moths + Noc.Mig 02.06.18

16 - 19 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 1 + 3 WRes..  Oystercatcher 2 large young.  Gadwall 5.   Canada/Greylag Goose 1.  Sand Martin 1. Egyptian Goose 1.
Overnight Moths: Alder Moth 3.   Seraphim 2.  Cream Wave 1.  Sandy Carpet 1.
Noc.Mig. 01.06.18  A Ringed Plover flew over calling after dark.

Carlton Marsh

Two hours watching the wader scrape late morning provided 26 +8 yg Canada Goose, 6 Greylag + 6yg, Pink Foot Goose, 32 Herring Gulls (including adult with yellow darvic ring left leg) and 10 LBB Gulls. Singing were Song Thrush (2), L. Whitethroat and Cuckoo.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Wintersett 01.06.18

16 - 20 degrees , hot with sunshine, then high cloud and a light south easterly.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 1 + 3 WRes..   Cormorant 2.   Mute Swan young 4 east bank + 6 west bank..   Egyptian Goose 1.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 male west bank. 
Golf Course Ponds:  Greylag Goose 3 broods totalling 9 young.  
Odonata:
WRes: Red-eyed Damselfly 1m west bank .  + 1m 
CHRes: Blue-tailed Damselfly 2m west bank
Golf Course Pond:  Common Blue Damselfly  2 west bank WRes..  Broad-bodied Chaser 3 m.  Large Red Damselfly 4.
Lepidoptera: Dingy Skipper 3,  Large Skipper 1,  Orange Tip 1m..
In May, 6 new birds were added to the list, bringing the year to date  total to 137.

      Dingy Skipper        CHRes   ASmith
Large Skipper       CHRes    ASmith

Carlton Marsh

A Common Tern flying over the main scrape at 07.07hrs had moved to the wader scrape by 07.20hrs before leaving south 3 minutes later. (K. Bannister) This was our first since August 2016!

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Wintersett + Moths 31.05.18

15 - 19 degrees, warm and sunny with a light east to south easterly.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 4.
Anglers CP: An Egyptian Goose was on the east bank.   2 medium young Black-headed Gulls left from the 3 on small raft.
Reptile: A Red-eared Terrapin was in the north east corner of Wintersett Res..
Odonata:  2 male Red-eyed Damselflies were on Persicaria amphibia, north east corner Wintersett Res..
Lepidoptera: Overnight moth trapping highlights included: Yellow-barred Brindle 1,  Seraphim 3,  Orange Footman 1,  Green Silver-lines 1,  Dingy Shell 1,  Alder Moth 1,  Marbled White-spot 1 and Silver Y 33 - clearly an influx!

                                          Egyptian Goose        ACP           A Smith

The Edge 31/05/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 9 Mute Swan, 22+6y Canada Geese, 16 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 23 Gadwall, 11 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 10 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 5 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 16 BH Gull, 4 Skylark, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 1 Mute Swan, 15 Canada Geese, 13 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 25 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 5 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Lapwing, 1 Redshank and 1 LBB Gull.
TPT - Singing males 5 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler and 2 Song Thrush.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 3 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 19 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 29+14y Coot, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch and 1 Linnet.

Carlton Marsh 30/5/18

(Wednesday) On the wader scrape there were 12 L.B.B. Gulls (1 with a dark green darvic ring left leg) and 70 Herring Gulls (1st summer with yellow darvic ring left leg ).
Later in the evening Harry Beaumont joined us in a moth session. It was a good night with muggy overcast conditions around 14c. Here are some of the scarcer more colourful of the 43 macro species caught.

 Alder Moth (CG)
 Clouded Bordered Brindle
 Marbled White Spot
 Peach Blossom
 Peppered Moth
 Small Elephant Hawk Moth
Others in included the beautiful Lime Hawk Moth, Blood Vein, Figure of Eighty, Mottled Pug, Silky Wainscot, Pale Tussock, Pebble Hook-tip and White Pinion-spotted.

Today (Thursday 31/5/18)
Keith Bannister saw what he thought was a Egyptian Goose leaving the wader scrape around 8am. I believe that one turned up at Anglers soon after.
Then at 08.52hrs Russ Boland phoned in to say that a male Mandarin was on the wader scrape. It had relocated to the main scrape and was still here this evening.

 Mandarin (Dave Standish)
Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher, Buzzard and Pink Foot Goose were present.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Wintersett 30.05.18

Just back from a successful cruise from Aberdeen to Svalbard with Nigel Goodgame for Wild Wings.  Wonderful mammals, cetaceans and birds.

12 - 14 degrees with rain at first.  Dry but dull by mid morning with 8/8 cloud and a light easterly.
Anglers CP: Arctic Tern 1 1st summer.  Common Tern 4 + 3 WRes..  Swift 400.  Oystercatcher 1 large young to north pair.  South pair Oystercatchers have lost their young.  The Mute Swans nesting on the east bank have young.    One very small  Canada Goose was killed by a Mute Swan in front of the hide this morning. 

The Edge 30/05/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 19 Mute Swan, 41+6y Canada Geese, 39 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 23 Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 13 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 4+ Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Redshank, 19 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 4 Skylark, 50+ House Martin, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Pied Wagtail and 1 Sedge Warbler.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 13 Tufted Duck, 11+11y Mallard, 11 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 14 Coot, 4 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher and 150+ Swift.
TPT - Singing males 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler and 2 Song Thrush
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 1 Greylag, 31 Tufted Duck, 16 Gadwall, 9 Pochard, 4 Mallard, 1 female Goosander, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 41+31y Coot, and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant and 1 LBB Gull.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Carlton Marsh

14 Herring Gulls, 12 LBB Gulls and a Sand Martin were on the wader scrape this afternoon. Garden Warbler and Red-legged Partridge were also present.

The Edge 29/05/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 19 Mute Swan, 51 Canada Geese, 19 Greylag, 2 Pink Footed Geese, 27 Gadwall, 12 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Buzzard, 9 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 5 Lapwing, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Avocet, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Redshank, 26 BH Gull, 3+ Skylark, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Linnet and 3 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 23 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 16 Mallard, 15 Tufted Duck, 8 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 16 Coot, 12 Common Tern (flew towards Wombwell Ings at 10.20am ) and 100+ Swift.
TPT - Singing males included 8 Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Song Thrush.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+8y Mute Swan, 8 Greylag, 22 Tufted Duck, 8 Gadwall, 7 Pochard, 4 Mallard, 1female Goosander, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 23+2y Coot and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Kingfisher.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Carlton Marsh

The highlights today were; Kingfisher, Buzzard, Pink Footed Goose, 3 Sand Martin briefly on the wader scrape (unusual here at this time of year), Lesser Whitethroat and a female Cuckoo calling as she flew over.

Dragonflies included Blue-tailed Damsel, c50 Azure Damsel, 16 Four Spot Chaser and 3 male Broad-bodied Chaser.
Butterflies on show were; GV White, Orange-tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, 7 Dingy Skipper and 2 Common Blue mating.

Ewden valley 28/5/18. G Wasse, J Wasse, S Green.

Mist started to lift late morning and the viewing improving as it went on but never perfect light and always hazy. Another good day with Osprey, cc Marsh Harrier, Merlin 2, probably more with 4 sightings which included a pair. C Buzzard 10+, Peregrine 1, Kestrel 5. Raven 5+ and probably into double figures. Ring Ouzel 2+ includes 1 singing on the cabin fence, 1 chipping Snipe, 2 calling Cuckoo, 3 Golden Plover. Total Meadow Pipits 40, 5 Swifts north and calling Siskin at entrance gate.