Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Wintersett + Gull Roost: 14.11.18

A very mild 7 - 13 degrees with 3/8 cloud and a south westerly.
Anglers CP: Common Scoter 1 female/immature.  Goosander 23.  Water Rail 1.  Bittern 1 sat up in SW corner reeds.  Believe it or not,  new for the year list!!  Grey Partridge 8.
Wintersett Res: Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.  An unringed Chiffchaff on the north bank flew to the NE corner.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: Low numbers tonight. Great Black-backed Gull 33.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 5.  Herring Gull 71.

            Bittern                                     ACP       SDenny

THe Edge 14/11/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 3 Mute Swan, 194 Canada Geese, 26 Greylag, 54 Teal, 15 Shoveler, 7 Wigeon, 2 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 106 Lapwing, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 179 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Skylark, 10 Stock Dove, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat and 21 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+3 juv Mute Swan, 42 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 26 Shoveler, 16 Tufted Duck, 13 Mallard, 13 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 12 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 58 BH Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 60+ Fieldfare over south.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1+3 juv Mute Swan, 1 Greylag, 2 female Pochard, 1 female Goosander, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 346 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 10 Herring Gull, 7 BH Gull, 6 Common Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Bullfinch.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Wintersett 13.11.18

7 - 10 degrees with 6/8 cloud and a moderate south westerly.
Anglers CP: Common Scoter 1 female/immature.  Siskin 1 south. 
Cold Hiendley Res: Scaup 1 juvenile drake.   A Willow Tit and a Water Rail were on the south west bank. 

The Edge 13/11/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 200+ Greylag, 74 Canada Geese, 38 Teal, 14 Shoveler, 11 Wigeon, 2 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 177 Lapwing, 11 Golden Plover, 2 Snipe, 235 BH Gull, 1 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 10+ Fieldfare, 5+ Redwing and 21 Linnet.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1juv Mute Swan, 31 Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 2 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 312 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 7 Herring Gull, 3 Common Gull, 1 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 37 Lapwing, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Bullfinch.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Carlton Marsh

On the wader scrape this afternoon 4 Cormorants, 300+ BH Gulls, 50 Herring Gulls, 6 Common Gulls, 1 LBB Gull and 1 GBB Gull disturbed at least twice by a Sparrowhawk and once by a Buzzard. On the main marsh Green Woodpecker, c40 Redwing and 1 Fieldfare.

A Small Copper butterfly was found on Common Ragwort (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett 12.11.18

7 - 10 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a southerly breeze.  Heavy rain shower mid afternoon.
Anglers CP: Common Scoter 1 fem/imm.   Siskin 1. 
Pits Wood: Nuthatch 2.
Cold Hiendley Res: Scaup 1 juvenile male.
Wintersett Res:  2 Chiffchaffs on north east bank, 1 ringed, right leg. 

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. + Ringing 11.11.18

9 - 12 degrees,  dull and damp, with 8/8 cloud and a light southerly.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: 
Going south: Stock Dove 4. Fieldfare 160.  Redwing 162.  Mistle Thrush 1.  Meadow Pipit 3.   Chaffinch 22 south + 16 west. Siskin 3. 
Going east: Pink-footed Goose 35 at 10.28hrs.  Golden Plover 1.
Going west: Greenfinch 2.  Goldfinch 18
Going north west: Rock/Water Pipit at 09.30hrs.
Going west north west:  Starling  50.
49 Birds were ringed:  Common Redpoll 2.  Lesser Redpoll 33.  Goldfinch 6.  Redwing 3.  Blackbird 2.

Common Redpoll         ACP  RBailey
Common Redpoll         ACP   RBailey

Wintersett WeBS October 2018

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

Mute Swan 13   Canada Goose 59   Greylag Goose 11   Great Crested Grebe 33  Little Grebe 18      Cormorant 27   Coot  436    Moorhen  11     Mallard 71     Teal 11   Shoveler 38   Gadwall 51  Wigeon 68  Tufted Duck 299    Pochard 46    Goldeneye 52   Scaup 1   Goosander 41  Common Scoter 1     
Pink-footed Goose 1   Water Rail 2   Lapwing 30   Snipe 3.
 

The Edge 12/11/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 125+ Greylag ( Spring Bank Field ), 37 Teal, 27 Wigeon, 9 Shoveler, 4 Goosander, 1 Kestrel, 1 Moorhen, 107 Lapwing, 52 Golden Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 185 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 12 Rook over south, 2 Pied Wagtail and 2 Stonechat.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 1+3 juv Mute Swan, 64 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 25 Teal, 21 Shoveler, 16 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 1 Pochard, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 6 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Buzzard, 3 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 42 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 57 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
TPT - A flock of c35 Redpoll contained a Mealy Redpoll.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1 juv Mute Swan, 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, 8 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 316 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 13 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 26 Lapwing, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Song Thrush and 1female Stonechat.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Carlton Marsh

To Martin Weir, could you please supply me with details of the Great White Egret sighting today please. Thanks

BarnsleyBSG Xmas Dinner

It will be held at Old Moor Tavern, Broomhill on Monday, 17th December 2018 at 7.00pm.
Cost - 2 Course £13.99 / 3 Course £16.99
Menu:-
Starters- Creamy Garlic Mushrooms
               Soup of the day
                Prawn Cocktail
                Chicken Goujons
                Pate

Mains-    Roast Turkey
                Roast Beef
                Pork Diane
                Oven Baked Cod
                Chicken & White Wine Sauce
                8oz Sirloin & Pepper Sauce  ( +£4.50
                Vegetarian Option

Desserts-  Christmas Pudding
                 Sherry Trifle
                 Chocolate Fudge Cake
                 Strawberry Cheesecake
                 Yorkshire Ice Cream

If you are interested in attending then either see me in Broomhill hide on most weekdays between 10-11pm or contact me by email at bigalwhitey@tiscali.co.uk


Saturday, 10 November 2018

Wintersett + Vis.Mig 10.11.18

6 - 12 degrees with 2/8 cloud  and a light southerly.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig:
Going south: Rock Pipit 1 at 07.20hrs.  Skylark 23.  Song Thrush 1.  Meadow Pipit 1. Crossbill  7  over CHRes. at 11.30hrs.
Going west: Starling 134.  Fieldfare 32.  Chaffinch 10.  Linnet 4. Goldfinch 32. Yellowhammer 2. Going north west: Redwing 28. 
Anglers CP: Common Scoter 1 fem/imm.  Goosander 29.  Water Rail 1 SW corner. Greylag Goose 65. Teal 12.  Shoveler 46.  Little Grebe 3.  The Cormorant with the pike lure entangled in its wing was seen.
Cold Hiendley Res:  Scaup 1 juvenile drake. Siskin 1 over. Tufted Duck 163 + 42 ACP.
Wintersett Res: 3 male Cetti's Warblers - north bank,  west bank and boathouse reeds. 
Lepidoptera: A Red Admiral was seen on Golf Course. 

Royd Moor Visible Migration

Up here at sunrise and looked a good start but soon faded. Cold, trapped my thumb in the car door and had enough at 9am. But....had 950 Woodpigeon, 5 Stock Dove. 24 Fieldfare as migrants SW. 250 Lapwing, Peregrine and two Raven local.

Carlton Marsh

The wader scrape was busy with gulls coming and going all morning. A maximum count of 109 Herring Gulls, c200 B.H. Gulls, 12 Common Gulls (10 adults), 2 adult LBB Gulls, 4 Cormorants and 45 Lapwings south. Also present on the reserve Sparrowhawk, Treecreeper, Redpoll, Goldcrest, 19 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 22 Gadwall, 2 Meadow Pipits south, Fieldfare and Skylark.

A Peacock Butterfly was a surprise sighting for Chris Parkin.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Wintersett 08.11.18

8 - 12 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a south easterly breeze.
Anglers CP: 2 female/immature Common Scoters here for the 8th day.  Teal 11.  Cormorant 27.
Botany Marsh: Cetti's Warbler 1 male.
Wintersett Res:  Little Grebe 13.  Shoveler 16 + 18 ACP.  A Little Egret came in on dark.

Wintersett 09.11.18

8 - 11 degrees, dull with 8/8 cloud and a south easterly breeze.  Showers from 15.00hrs.
Anglers CP: The redhead Smew was back on the lake.   2 female/immature Common Scoter still present.  Goosander 7.
Cold Hiendley Res: The juvenile drake Scaup still present.
Wintersett: Cetti's Warbler 1 male in boathouse reeds + 1 male south east corner.  A Water Rail was on the north bank.   A Willow Tit was on the west bank.

The Edge 09/11/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 30 Greylag, 6 Canada Geese, 45 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 12 Shoveler, 4 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 347 Golden Plover, 178 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 3 Dunlin, 96 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, and a flock of 100+ Fieldfare over south.
Broomhill Flash - Highlight was a rather late Sand Martin. Located by Simon Cooper at 10.40am, it made a few passes over the flash before flying off to the south east. Also noted were 3 juv Mute Swan, 34 Canada Geese, 19 Shoveler, 18 Teal, 15 Tufted Duck, 7 Mallard, 5 Wigeon, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 4 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 35 Lapwing, 53 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull and a flock of 120+ Fieldfare over south.
TPT - With radio help from the hide, Seev and I were able to pick up the Cattle Egret on Wath Ings.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1 juv Mute Swan, 30 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 12 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 346 Coot, 13 BH Gull, 6 Common Gull, 5 LBB Gull and 3 Herring Gull. Also present were 1 cc Marsh Harrier, 113 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Carlton Marsh

A Brambling called from the top of a Beech in the car park at 10.00hrs. On the wader scrape c20 Lapwings, 2 LBB Gulls, 6 Common Gull, 10 Herring Gulls, c150 BH Gulls and 3 Cormorants. Also of note c20 Redwings feeding in Hawthorns, 2 Redpolls, Water Rail, Goldcrest and 21 Fieldfares south at 12.30hrs. 

The Edge 08/11/2018

Wombwell Ings - Highlight was a Little Owl in the hedge alongside the back field. Also present were 250+ Canada Geese, 120+ Greylag, 45 Teal, 44 Wigeon, 10 Shoveler, 2 Mallard, 2 Goosander, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Moorhen, 152 Lapwing, 80+ Golden Plover, 8 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 59 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 4 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Stonechat and c25 Linnet. K. Fisher also saw for a couple of minutes a Brambling at 10 o'clock in Broomhill Park.
Broomhill Flash - The best bird, a Great White Egret, was picked up by Seev flying south east at 10.40am. His morning got even better when he located a Peregrine hunting through a flock of Lapwings at 11 o'clock. Also noted were 2+3 juv Mute Swan, 26 Shoveler, 23 Teal, 17 Tufted Duck, 5 Wigeon, 4 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 19 Lapwing,  c.150 winter thrushes(c70% Fieldfare and 30% Redwing) and c40 Linnet.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2 juv Mute Swan, 1 Greylag, 46 Tufted Duck, 15 Mallard, 7 Teal, 3 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Cormorant, 313 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 11 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull and 3 LBB Gull. Also present were 39 Lapwing, 1 cc Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Jay and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Wintersett 07.11.18

9 - 13 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly. Rain from midday.
Anglers CP: Common Scoter 2 female/immatures.   Water Rail 1 SW corner.   Goosander 3.
Cold Hiendley Res: Scaup 1 juvenile male.   Teal 9. 

Carlton Marsh

Over recent days. 5 Cormorants on the wader scrape on the 5th was a new maximum count (of birds down) K. Bannister. 
Yesterday 6th 5 Shoveler, 3 Common Gull, 7 Herring Gulls and 31 Lapwings. 57 Fieldfares south were followed by 55 more south and 20 west and 2 Song Thrushes were feeding on rather large Sloe berries with Redwings.
Today 7th 2 Little Egrets were feeding on the wader scrape. (KB)

The Edge 07/11/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 249 Greylag, 135 Canada Geese, 84 Teal, 59 Wigeon, 13 Shoveler, 12 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Moorhen, 196 Lapwing, c150 Golden Plover, 3 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, c40 Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit and c25 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 1+3 juv Mute Swan,58 Canada Geese, 31 Shoveler, 25 Teal, 13 Tufted Duck, 10 Wigeon, 7 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Red Legged Partridge, 4 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 22 Lapwing, 73 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 23 Stock Dove, c40 Fieldfare and 10+ Redwing.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1 juv Mute Swan, 13 Gadwall, 7 Pochard, 7 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 295 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 7 Herring Gull, 7 BH Gull and 2 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 127 Lapwing, 4 Black Tailed Godwit over west at 12.04 pm, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. + Ringing 06.11.18

11 -13 degrees with 6/8, but increasing cloud, and a strengthening south easterly.
Incidental Vis.Mig: Brambling 2 west.  Starling 80 west.  Pink-footed Goose 40 east.
Anglers CP:  Common Scoter 2 immature/female type. Pink-footed Goose 1.  Water Rail 1 SW corner. Shoveler 33.
Cold Hiendley Res: Steve Denny found a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER on the south west bank. (A MEGA here, and new for the year.)  The juvenile drake Scaup still present.
Wintersett Res: 3 Rock Pipits were on the west bank, then left south at 10.50hrs.  Water Rail 2.
Gull Roost WRes: per Chris Swaine.  Hardly any big gulls in tonight.    Circa 1500 Black-headed Gulls and a weird Common Gull.   500 Starlings.   Around 800 Corvids were in fields by HPWood.
40 birds were ringed: Highlights 31 Lesser Redpoll.  2 Goldfinch.  5 Redwing.
Odonata: A Migrant Hawker was around SW corner Cold Hiendley Res..

   Weird  Common  Gull ?                             WRes  CSwaine

The Edge 06/11/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 Mute Swan, 250+ Canada Geese, 87 Greylag, 69 Wigeon, 52 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 5 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 238 Golden Plover, 137 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 3 Dunlin, 51 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 17+ Skylark, 20+ Redwing, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 30+ Linnet and 4 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 1+3 juv Mute Swan, 28 Teal, 26 Shoveler, 20+ Tufted Duck, 14 Wigeon, 5 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Red Legged Partridge, 3 Cormorant, 4 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 24 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Curlew over west at 10.24am, 53 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull and 2 Stonechat.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 4+5 juv Mute Swan, 4 Pochard, 4 Teal, 2 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 291 Coot, 12 Common Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 5 BH Gull and 3 LBB Gull. Also present were 37 Lapwing, 3 Black Tailed Godwit over west at 12.18pm, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Wintersett + Ringing 05.11.18

9 - 11 degrees with  8/8 cloud,  foggy patches  and a light south easterly.
Anglers CP: A Brambling flew west.  Siskin 4.  Golden Plover 12 over.  Flocks of Starlings and Thrushes were moving west through the fog.
Wintersett Res: Kingfisher 1.  Cetti's Warbler 1 south east corner.
68 birds were ringed: Highlights were - 41 Lesser Redpoll,   18 Goldfinch,  1 Siskin,   1 Goldcrest 2 Redwing and 1 Song Thrush.

                Siskin                   ACP   ASmith
   

The Edge 05/11/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 133 Canada Geese, 63 Wigeon, 51 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 5 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 168 Golden Plover, 84 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 25 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Stonechat, 10+ Redwing, 2 Fieldfare and 1 Mistle Thrush.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 4+3y Mute Swan, 90 Canada Geese, 39 Greylag, 29 Teal, 24 Shoveler, 14 Tufted Duck, 8+ Wigeon, 5 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 21 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 35 BH Gull, 4 LBB Gull, 2 Herring Gull and 2 Common Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1y Mute Swan, 7 Mallard, 2 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 306 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 14 Common Gull, 3 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 2 Herring Gull. Also present were 27 Lapwing, 3 Black Tailed Godwit over 11.45am, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Grey Wagtail.
Manvers Lake - John Law had a flock of c30 Redpoll near the boathouse, one of which was a Mealy Redpoll.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Wintersett + VisMig. 04.11.18

6 - 10 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light southerly.
AnglersCP VisMig: 
Going south : Great Spotted Woodpecker 1.  Jackdaw 288.  Rook 56.  Carrion Crow 20.  Lesser Redpoll 9Siskin 16. 
Going south west: Snipe 4.  Stock Dove 7.  Fieldfare 399.  Redwing 249. Meadow Pipit 5. Chaffinch 20. Goldfinch 14.
Going west:Yellow-hammer 1+ 1 south east.
Going northwest:
Going north east:  Pink-footed Goose 11.  
Anglers CP:  Common Scoter 2 immature females.  Water Rail 1 south west corner. Grey Heron 12.  Pochard 33 + 22CHRes..  Teal 9 + 3 CHRes..   Yellow-legged Gull 1 3rd winter.
Haw Park Wood: Siskin 1.
Cold Hiendley Res:  Scaup 1 juvenile drake - been here for 2 weeks nowPochard 22.  Teal 3.  Goldeneye 14.   
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 3 - 1 boathouse reeds + 1 west bank + 1 south east corner.  Water Rail 1 north bank.  Siskin 13 over.  Goldeneye 24 + 12 ACP..  Shoveler 16 + 3 ACP. 
Odonata: Southern Hawker 1 HPWood. 

Wilthorpe Marsh 3/11/18.

Water Pipit mobile and favouring the dykes but seen down briefly. Also c40 Meadow Pipit, 5 J Snipe, 13 C Snipe, 2 Green Sand, 6 calling Water Rail. 200+ Redwing, 1 GS Pecker, 1 G Pecker, 3 Grey Partridge. Cetti's Warbler 1, seen very briefly, Linnet flock 20, Redpoll 3 singles. Raptors, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 C Buzzard, 2 Kestrel.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Carlton Marsh

On the wader scrape this morning 200 B.H. Gulls, 40 Herring Gulls, 8 Common Gulls, 2 Cormorants and 19 Lapwing + 17 in the surrounding fields. Also of note 2 Green Woodpeckers and 20 Redwing south (Jim Plant/Richard Laverack).

Wintersett + Vis.Mig + Gull Roost + Pics 03.11.18

7 - 12 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
ANGLERS CP VIS.MIG  per Graham Speight and Paul Meredith  A Waxwing south east at 07.03hrs  was a very good start to another interesting day, with good variety and a reasonable passage of Fieldfare and Starling all morning. Hooded Crows south at 08.25 and west at 12.15 were the major highlight though - the last Hoodie here was in May 2014, before that November 1981! We possibly overlooked a significant corvid moment today - not easy to detect here as we have a large roost.
Going south: Lapwing 4.  Golden Plover 12.  Snipe 7.  Great Spotted Woodpecker 1.  Jackdaw 110.  Hooded Crow 1 + 1 west.  Blackbird 2.  Bullfinch 5.  Linnet 1.

Going south west: Stock Dove 24.  Wood Pigeon 200.  Skylark 11. Grey Wagtail 2.  Meadow Pipit 3.
Going south east: Waxwing 1 circled WRes, then left.
Going west: Fieldfare 1290 + 60 east.  Redwing 243.  Chaffinch 47.  Brambling 14.  Goldfinch 97.  Yellowhammer 1.  
Going west north west: Starling 941.
Going east: Mistle Thrush 6 + 2 south.  Siskin 6.
ANGLERS CP:  Shelduck 1.  Scaup 1.  Common Scoter 2 female/immature.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Shoveler 16.  Greylag Goose 65. 
Cold Hiendley Res:  The juvenile male Scaup still present.
WINTERSETT RES.  Cetti's Warbler 1 male boathouse reeds.
GULL ROOST Wintersett Res: per Steve Denny Herring Gull 856.  Great Black Backed Gull 170.  Lesser Black Backed Gull 6.  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.  Caspian Gull 1 adult.
Odonata: Common Darter 1 ACP.  Red Admiral 1 MLPond. 

Hooded Crow              ACP   CSwaine
Hooded Crow              ACP   CSwaine
Hooded Crow              ACP   CSwaine
Hooded Crow              ACP   CSwaine
 
                     Caspian Gull adult      WRes.   SDenny
Caspian Gull adult      WRes.   SDenny






























































































































































Friday, 2 November 2018

Carlton Marsh

On the wader scrape 2 Cormorants, 10 Herring Gulls, 18 Lapwings and numerous Black Headed Gulls that were kept alert by 2 hungry Foxes.

Insects in the mid-day sun were 9 Small Copper, Comma, Small White and 2 Common Darter (Chris Parkin)

The Edge 02/11/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 127 Greylag, 81 Canada Geese, 78 Wigeon, 51 Teal, 13 Shoveler, 3 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 2 Moorhen, 22 Lapwing, 12 Golden Plover, 3 Dunlin, 99 BH Gull, 6 Common Gull, 5+ Skylark, 3 Pied Wagtail and 2 Redwing.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 5 Mute Swan, c350 Canada Geese, 98 Greylag, 52 Shoveler, 36 Teal, 17 Wigeon, 13 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 2 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 14 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 96 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Early morning  P. Kent also  had a Merlin through at 7.35am, a Peregrine and 25 Fieldfare.
Bolton Ings - Highlight was a Bittern flying over the reeds on the far bank of the east pool at 12.23am. On the open water were 2+2 juv Mute Swan, 28 Greylag, 15 Mallard, 6 Pochard, 2m+1f Goosander, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 298 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 12 Common Gull, 9 Herring Gull, 6 LBB Gull and 6 BH Gull. Also present were 1 cc Marsh Harrier, 8 Lapwing, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Jay.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Wintersett 01.11.18

6 - 10 degrees with 8/8 but decreasing cloud,  sunny by late morning with a very light southerly.
Anglers CP: Common Scoter 2 per Ralph Hibbert and Les Corrall.

Cold Hiendley Res:No sign of  Redhead Smew today but Immature drake Scaup still present per SDenny.  A male Cetti's Warbler was on the south edge + a male in south east corner WRes..
Wintersett Res: Water Rail north bank.  Little Grebe 11.   An Oystercatcher flew south west.
                      Immature drake Scaup         CHRes.   SDenny
                Common Scoter             ACP   SDenny

Wilthorpe Marsh additions 28/10/18, Jeff Lunn.

270 Pinkfeet west, 1 Peregrine male.

The Edge 01/11/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 27 Canada Geese, 75 Wigeon, 62 Teal, 16 Shoveler, 3 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Moorhen, 98 Lapwing, 3 Golden Plover, 3 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 73 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 15+ Skylark, 4 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Pied Wagtail, 7 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting and 1 Yellowhammer,
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 3 Mute Swan, 250+ Canada Geese,43 Shoveler, 26 Tufted Duck, 24 Teal, 20+ Wigeon, 11 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 6 Red Legged Partridge, 38 Lapwing, 48 BH Gull and 2 Common Gull. Seen early morning were 1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl and 1 Curlew (K. Fisher).
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2 juv Mute Swan, 11 Pochard, 8 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 3 female Goosander, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 271 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 7 BH Gull, 6 Common Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 2 Herring Gull. Also present were 1 Little Egret, 7 Lapwing, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Redwing.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Carlton Marsh

On the wader scrape - 11 Herring Gulls, 3 LBB Gulls, 3 Common Gulls, 335 BH Gulls and 3 Cormorants. Elsewhere on the reserve Little Egret north, Grey Wagtail, Siskin, Redpoll, Water Rail (seen) 17 Redwings came in to roost and 10 Pied Wagtails headed for Ardagh Glassworks to roost.

Wintersett 31.10.18

6 - 9 degrees with 3/8 cloud and a light, cool south easterly.
Cold Hiendley Res: The redhead Smew and the drake Scaup are still present.
Wintersett Res: A male Cetti's Warbler west bank.  A Water Rail north bank.
Smew redhead        CHRes.     SDenny
Smew redhead        CHRes.     SDenny

The Edge 31/10/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 4 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag, 73 Wigeon, 57 Teal, 14 Shoveler, 1 Kestrel, 1 Moorhen, 134 Golden Plover, 41 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 93 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 17 Skylark, 1 Grey Wagtail and 9 Linnet.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 3+2 juvenile Mute Swan, 3 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 292 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 5 Common Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 3 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Carlton Marsh

On the wader scrape this morning 4 Cormorants, 7 Herring Gulls , 4 Common Gulls and 1 LBB Gull. Also noted 7 Shoveler, 1 Meadow Pipit over, 2 Goldcrests, 20 Starlings north followed by 40 Fieldfares north, 2 Siskin, Grey Partridge and Buzzard.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 30.10.18

2 - 6 degrees with  a light westerly.
Sightings per SDenny @StevieD131
Anglers CP: A Redhead Smew was at the south end of the lake first thing,  but was not seen later.  Perhaps it was Bretton bird that came in to roost with Goosanders?  2 Common Scoters still present.
Cold Hiendley Res: The 1stW drake Scaup is still here.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:  Gull numbers ramped up tonight.   Herring Gull 826,  Great Black Backed Gull 166,  Lesser Black Backed Gull 10.   Also 39 Goosander came in to roost at dusk.

The Edge 30/10/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 25 Greylag, 16 Canada Geese, 61 Wigeon, 47 Teal, 16 Shoveler, 2 Mallard, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 31 Lapwing, 7 Snipe, 3 Dunlin, 1 Golden Plover, 82 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 2 Skylark, 2 Stonechat, 50+ Linnet and 1 Reed Bunting. K. Fisher also had a Willow Tit and Coal Tit on Doveside, a Nuthatch on Spring Bank and 3 Grey Wagtail on the R.Dearne.
Broomhill Flash - Highlight was a cc Marsh Harrier that flew in at 10.39am and was still hunting over the flash  when we left 25 minutes later. Also noted were 3 Mute Swan, 350+ Canada Geese, 63 Greylag, 20 Pink Footed Geese over west (P. Kent), 50 Shoveler, 44 Teal, 15 Wigeon, 14 Tufted Duck, 10 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 3 female Goldeneye, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 19 Lapwing, 7+ Snipe, 25 BH Gull, 30+ Stock Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail and 30+ Linnet.
TPT - 10+ Fieldfare over and a Jay.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 9 Pochard, 3 Mallard, 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 321 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 6 Common Gull, 3 Herring Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 19 Lapwing and 4 Black Tailed Godwit,

Monday, 29 October 2018

Wintersett + Vis Mig. 29.10.18

2 - 7 degrees with frosty start, 1/8 cloud and a light northerly.
Anglers CP:  Common Scoter  2 female typeMeadow Pipit 4 in field by Willow Wood.
Cold Hiendley Res:  Scaup  1  1CY drakeA male Cetti's Warbler was singing quietly on the north bank.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: 06.30 - 10.00hrs
Going west: Pink-footed Goose 28.  Starling  2310.  Blackbird 1.  Mistle Thrush 2.  Chaffinch 3. Lesser Redpoll 1.
Going south: Rock Pipit 1.  Reed Bunting 1.
Going south west: Snipe 1.  Wood Pigeon 600.    
Going north west: Starling 2310.  Fieldfare 220.  Redwing 244.
Going east: Dunlin 1.

 
          1CY Drake Scaup       Cold Hiendley Res.    SDenny
1CY Drake Scaup       Cold Hiendley Res.    SDenny

The Edge 29/10/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 Mute Swan, 69 Wigeon, 51 Teal, 24 Shoveler, 2 Mallard, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 119 Golden Plover, 81 Lapwing, 6 Dunlin, 106 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 5 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 10+ Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 30+ Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+3 juv Mute Swan, 350+ Canada Geese, 44 Greylag, 43 Teal, 41 Shoveler, 21 Wigeon, 16 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier (left north at 8.40am ), 2 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 19 Lapwing, 5+ Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 73 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Early morning, K. Fisher and P. Kent had a good passage of winter thrushes with c3000 Fieldfare and 50+ Redwing.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2 juv Mute Swan, 127 Greylag, 6 Mallard, 6 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Cormorant, 306 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 16 Common Gull, 7 BH Gull, 3 LBB Gull and 3 Herring Gull. Also present were 1 Marsh Harrier, 17 Lapwing, 1 Snipe and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

BARNSLEY BIRD STUDY GROUP

We've reached that time of year again, the clocks have gone back and the winter bird meetings are due to start again. Here are the details of the first one this coming Thursday;-

THURSDAY 1st NOVEMBER at 7.15pm at the Old Moor visitor centre

speaker JOHN McLOUGHLIN on 'BIRDING IN MONGOLIA'
Johnny Mac has visited this huge country many times and this entertaining talk will show us some of the amazing birdlife there.

All welcome, £2.50 entrance fee includes interval drink. See you there!

Wilthorpe Marsh and Midhope 28/10/18.

Wilthorpe- Water Pipit showed well on wires at sewage farm. Also nearby 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Green Sand, singing Cettis Warbler. 6 Meadow Pipits, 6 C Snipe, 1 G Pecker, 1 Redpoll. Midhope - this aft. Goshawk, Peregrine, 3 C Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 4 Raven. Heavy sleet shower at 3-30 just about ended it.

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights 10 +10 Redwings north, c50 Starlings NW, Treecreeper, Siskin and Redpoll. On the wader scrape 3 Cormorants, c100 BH Gulls, 8 adult Common Gulls, 1 Lesser BB Gull and 20 Herring Gulls.

Wintersett + Excellent Vis.Mig. + Gull Roost 28.10.18

2 - 6 degrees with 3/8 cloud and a very cold north wind, to NNE in afternoon.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig  06.30 - 16.30hrs per Paul Meredith et al.
Going west north west: An all day Starling movement totalling 6235 , is almost double our previous vis mig record, with strongest movement late morning.  
Going west:  A juvenile Gannet at 12.58hrs - the 2nd of this autumn.  Fieldfare 1553.  Redwing 71.  Mistle Thrush 1. Skylark 24 + 11 east.  Snipe 6.  Grey Heron 1 high.  Dunlin 5.
Going north:  Knot 4 at 13.15hrs, new for the year list.
Going north west: Brambling 13.
Going south west: Wood Pigeon 1240.
Anglers CP: A Jack Snipe dropped on the shore of the shallows from high east at 08.15hrs.  Whooper Swans 4 flew in from the south at 09.17h and left east at 16.15hrs.  A female Common Scoter dropped in at 11.05hrs and stayed until dark. 
Anglers CP Gull Roost at dusk: per Steve Denny - 300  Herring Gulls, 150 Great Black Backed Gulls. 33 Goosander.

                                    Juvenile Gannet             Anglers CP     PMeredith

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Carlton Marsh

On the wader scrape this morning 100+ BH Gulls, 3 Common Gulls, 2 LBB Gulls, 17 Herring Gulls and 2 Cormorants. Also present Sparrowhawk, Goldcrest and 10 Redwings (Jim Plant).

Circa 150 Pink Feet flew east over South Kirkby at 12.33hrs (CG)

Wintersett + VisMig + Gull Roost

Only 4 - 5 degrees with light rain and a very cold north westerly all morning,  but 5/8 cloud with a  cold northerly from mid afternoon.
Anglers CP VisMig:  08.00 - 11.30hrs   and 15.00 - 17.00hrs
Going west: Fieldfare  259.   Starling 154.  Redwing 85.  Goosander 2. Brambling 1. Snipe 14.
Anglers CP: Grey Partridge 8 in fields.  Golden Plover 28 over. Snipe 2.  Peregrine 1.
Wintersett Res: Goldeneye 31 + 6 ACP + 3 CHRes..
Cold Hiendley Res:  The juvenile, drake Scaup still present.
WRes.Gull Roost:. Herring Gull 170.

Midhope 27/10/18.

Steady with c 600+ Fieldfare, c 250 + Woodpigeon, c 30 Redpoll flock. Sparrowhawk 1, C Buzzard 4, Kestrel 4. Raven 3, Siskin 2. On the res. 2 fem Goldeneye, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 L Grebe.

Friday, 26 October 2018

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. 26.10.18

6 - 8 degrees with cloud increasing to 8/8 by mid morning and a very cold north westerly wind.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig:  08.00hrs - 10.00hrs
Going south west: Fieldfare 326.  Wood Pigeon 600.
Going west: Redwing 26.  Starling 40.  Chaffinch 10.
Going east: Pink-footed Goose  Total 349 in 3 skeins (117  at 09.20hrs + 102 at 09.35hrs + 130 at 09.37hrs).
Anglers CP: No sign of Slavonian Grebe today.   Pink-footed Goose 1.
Wintersett Res: A male Cetti's Warbler was in the boathouse reeds.
Haw Park Wood: Crossbill 1.  Siskin 4.
Cold Hiendley Res: Juvenile male Scaup still present.  Goldeneye 5 + 4 WRes. + 1 ACP.

Wintersett Reed Warbler Ringing Recovery per Becky Bailey

A Reed warbler APB6902 ringed at Wintersett on 01/08/18 took 18 days to get to Chew Valley Lake where it was an excellent 2.2g heavier - clearly doing well on migration - 268km so far!

The Edge 26/10/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 64 Teal, 34 Wigeon, 33 Shoveler, 8 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 226 Lapwing, 100+ Golden Plover, 1 Dunlin, 132 BH Gull, 7 Common Gull, 2 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail and 30+ Goldfinch. Keith Fisher also had 1 Kestrel, 1 Black Tailed Godwit and c12 Redwing.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 1+3 juv Mute Swan, 100+ Canada Geese, 41 Shoveler, 32 Tufted Duck, 24 Tufted Duck, 14 Wigeon, 7 Mallard, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Pintail, 1 female Smew, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 15 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 66 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull and 60+ Fieldfare( K. Fisher ). 20+ Redwing were seen by J. Thompson near the brickyard.
Bolton Ings - On the west pool were 1 Mute Swan, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Teal, 4 Wigeon,  1 Little Grebe,  2 Little Egret and 12 Coot. On the open water of the east pool were 2+2y Mute Swan, 8 Mallard, 2+5juv Pintail, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Goosander, 1 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 9 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 291 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 7 LBB Gull, 3 Herring Gull and 3 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 39 Lapwing, 2 Snipe and 1 Green Woodpecker. Russ Hayward also had a Peregrine, 2 Grey Wagtail and a skein of  36 Pink Footed Geese over east at 9.35am. K. Foundation reported 8 Redpoll along Warbler Way.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Wintersett - 3 MEGAS for Pete Smith 25.10.18

9 - 12 degrees with sun,  1/8 cloud and a cold westerly wind.
Anglers CP:  The first mega find for Pete Smith was a Woodlark, heard calling as it flew over west at 09.15hrs.  Surrounded by trees, he could not get any views.  The second was a Slavonian Grebe,  not seen here since one on October 13th 2012!   Brambling 2 west.  Chiffchaff 1 SW corner.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Goosander 1.  Teal 21.
Haw Park Wood: 3 Crossbills seen by Steve Denny this morning, led Pete Smith to return to the wood this afternoon.  As he was scanning, he heard, then saw his third mega for the day!  A skein of 28 White -fronted Geese, going west overhead at 14.50 hrs.  These birds were then picked up at 15.15hrs, by Nick Mallinson, still going west over Denby Delph and Sovereign at 15.15,  viewed from Piper Wells Road,  and being watched from Oldfield by Dave Pennington, and still going west!
Pete described the geese as having prominent and extensive black patches on the belly, indicating that these were Greenland race birds, reorientating to their wintering grounds on the west coast or in Ireland, after being drifted in to the North Sea, due to strong west to north westerly winds between Iceland and Scotland.  
Cold Hiendley Res: The juvenile drake Scaup  is still present.
Wintersett Res: A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds.
Lepidoptera: Speckled Wood 1 HPWood + 1  boathouse reeds WRes..
Slavonian Grebe                     ACP  CSwaine
Slavonian Grebe        ACP    RMarshall
Slavonian Grebe        ACP    RMarshall
What a fantastic day! 

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Carlton Marsh

Quiet here again today, Buzzard, 3 Shoveler and 38 Lapwing.
Butterflies included 18 Small Copper and 1 Speckled Wood (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett 24.10.18

10 - 12 degrees with 2/8 cloud and a north westerly breeze.
Haw Park Wood: Crossbill 10.
Cold Hiendley Res: The drake juvenile Scaup still present.  Pochard 20 + 11 ACP + 2 WRes..  Goldeneye 4 + 2 ACP + 2 WRes..
Wintersett Res:  Siskin 2 over west + 1 HPWood.   Willow Tit 2 west bank.  Cetti's Warbler  1 male in boathouse reeds.
Anglers CP: Snipe 2.  Teal 13 + 7 CHRes. 
Lepidoptera Haw Park Wood: Red Admiral 1.  Speckled Wood 2. 

The Edge 24/10/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 162 Canada Geese, 64 Teal, 53 Wigeon, 18 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Moorhen, 177 Lapwing, 120+ Golden Plover, 2 Dunlin, 114 BH Gull, 6 Common Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 10+ Skylark, 1 Kingfisher, 30+ Linnet and 1 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Highlight was the 2 female Smew located at 9am by Peter Kent. An added bonus whilst watching these two birds was the 14 Whooper Swan that flew over the flash and landed on Wombwell Ings. Also noted were 2 Mute Swan, 61 Shoveler, 23 Teal, 16 Tufted Duck, 13 Wigeon, 11 Gadwall, 10+ Mallard, 1 Pochard, 4 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 12 Lapwing, 3 LBB Gull, 1 Common Gull and 1 Fieldfare.
Bolton Ings - Good views of a Bittern were had as it flew from the front edge to land in the reeds on the back edge of the east pool. On the open water were 4+1 juv Mute Swan, 14 Mallard, 7 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 1 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 319 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 6 Common Gull, 3 LBB Gull and 3 BH Gull. A mixed tit flock contained 15+ Long Tailed Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit and 1 Chiffchaff. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 55 Lapwing, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush and a male Bullfinch.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Wintersett + Gull Roost

14 degrees with 3/8 cloud and a moderate north westerly.
Anglers CP: Goldeneye 4.  An immature Cormorant with pike lure and fishing line around one wing was on the rock wall.
Cold Hiendley Res: The juvenile drake Scaup  is still present.  Siskin 1.
Critter: A Mink was seen on CHRes. spillway late morning, by Ralph Hibbert and Les Corrall.
Gull Roost Wintersett Res.  The adult Mediterranean Gull was in tonight.

     Mediterranean Gull   adult      WRes.       SDenny
  Mediterranean Gull   adult      WRes.       SDenny
                          Juvenile drake Scaup         CHRes..       ASmith

The Edge 23/10/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 194 Canada Geese, 55 Wigeon, 54 Teal, 26 Shoveler, 3 Mallard, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 157 Lapwing, 133 Golden Plover, 2 Dunlin, 137 BH Gull, 6 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 4 Skylark, 1 Pied Wagtail and 32 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 3 juv Mute Swan, 12 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 68 Shoveler, 19 Teal, 17 Tufted Duck, 15 Mallard, 7 Wigeon, 4 Pochard, 3 Gadwall, 4 Little Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 3 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 19 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 55 BH Gull, 4 Common Gull, 1 Herring Gull and  1 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - Highlight was a Bittern making three short flights across the front edge of the east pool. On the open water were 2+2 juv Mute Swan, 12 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 4 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 9 LBB Gull, 3 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 326 Coot and 1 Moorhen. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 29 Lapwing, 7 Golden Plover over west and 1 Bullfinch.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Storrs Mill/Hollins Wood

2 Buzzard, 2 Red-legged Partridge, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Speckled Wood, 7 Small Copper and Small White (Chris Parkin). 

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. 22.10.18

10 - 14 degrees with 3/8 scattered cloud and a light westerly.
Cold Hiendley Res: The juvenile drake Scaup still present.  Goldeneye 3 +2 WRes. + 1 ACP.
WRes.Vis.Mig.: 54 Pink-footed Geese flew east at 10.06hrs.
Wintersett Res: Goosander 3 + 2 ACP.  Water Rail 1 east bank + 1 north bank.  Cetti's Warbler 2 males - north bank + east bank.  Grey Partridge 6 in field.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 1 in with Greylags.  Lesser Redpoll 70.
Lepidoptera: Red Admiral 1 WRes.boathouse.
                            Juvenile drake Scaup                        CHRes    SDenny
  Juvenile drake Scaup                        CHRes    SDenny

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Ewden valley/ Midhope 21/10/18.

Started ok but ruined by the weather with low cloud,drizzle and strong wind. Ewden- on arrival hundreds of Woodpigeon going down the valley toward broomhead res. Raven 2,C Buzzard 2,c 100 Fieldfare, Meadow Pipit 18. Midhope- 48 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck and 3 L Grebe on res. Also c200 Fieldfare,12 Redpoll.

Carlton Marsh

Another beautiful day encouraging birds to move. During the first hour of daylight 22 Redwing flew west, 60 Starlings NW followed by 20 more NW and 141 (5 groups) of Wood Pigeon flew high SW. A Brambling called near the ringing rides and 2 Song Thrushes (1 ringed) were very flighty. Also present 15 Skylarks (on the fields), 2 Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, 3 Siskin, 2 Redpoll and 5 Bullfinch. Meanwhile 2 Cormorants, 3 Herring Gulls and 2 Common Gulls were on the wader scrape and a skein of Pink Feet were heard in the distance heading east. 

Wintersett Vis.Mig + Ringing 21.10.18

9 - 13 degrees with 2/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: A Great White Egret flew high south west at 11.18 hrs..  5 Whooper Swan flew south east.  A total of 341Pink Footed Geese went east in 4 skeins (54 + 130 +110+47).    43 Brambling flew west.
Anglers CP:  7 Goldeneye were new in.  Little Grebe 5. Pink-footed Goose 1.
Wintersett Res:  2 singing male Cetti's Warblers - boathouse and north bank.
Cold Hiendley Res: Scaup  1 juvenile drake.  Pochard 16.  Tufted Duck 174.  Grey Heron 5.  A Peregrine flew over at 15.00hrs.
26 Birds were ringed: Highlights were:- 13 Goldfinch + 10 Lesser Redpoll.
Lepidoptera ACP. : Red Admiral  1,  Speckled Wood 1  and a Small White  1.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Carlton Marsh

On show today 2 Cormorants, 36 Lapwings, 2 Common Gulls, 1 LBB Gulls, 8 Herring Gulls, Little Egret, Water Rail, Grey Wagtail and 7 Shovelers. Single Redpoll, Siskin and Skylark flew over.

Insects included 2 Speckled Wood and an amazing 28 Small Copper butterflies. Also of note, Orange Ladybird (Chris parkin)

Wintersett + Vis.Mig + Ringing + Evening 20.10.18

7 - 14 degrees with 3/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: 
Going south: Whooper Swan 1 at 08.35hrs.   Mute Swan 3 at 10.13hrs.  Peregrine 1.
Going south west: Wood Pigeon 260.
Going west: Pink-footed Goose 90 at 10.10hrs.  Skylark 3.  Fieldfare 658. Redwing 329.  Brambling 32 (7+2+ 7+16).  Siskin 1.
Going north west: Starling 1904.
Going east: Hawfinch  5 circled boathouse WRes at 16.35 then left east.
Anglers CP: Grey Heron 10.  Teal 15.  Little Grebe 3.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  
Wintersett Res: 2 singing male Cetti's Warblers - north bank and boathouse reeds.   Starling 650 roosted.  A Great White Egret flew over low and may have dropped in 17.50hrs.   10 adult Whooper Swans dropped in at 18.10hrs.
111 Birds were ringed: Highlights were- 77 Lesser Redpoll.  14 Goldfinch.  Greenfinch 8.  Reed Bunting 1.  Redwing 7.


                                           Great White Egret          WRes        PMeredith

Friday, 19 October 2018

Wintersett + VisMig + Gull Roost 19.10.18

6 - 13 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a light westerly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig: An excellent morning with a good number of Wood Pigeons and the first really good push of continental Starlings (more tomorrow hopefully :-). A highlight was the first vig mig Woodcock for ACP hill!
Going south west: Wood Pigeon 6100Skylark 44.  Fieldfare  67.  Redwing  120.  Meadow Pipit 19.
Song Thrush 1.  Lesser Redpoll 16. 
Going west: Woodcock 1 at 10.20hrs, (a firstVisMigfor this sp.).    Starling 1351. Brambling 28 (9+1+14+1+3) Pink-footed Goose 32.  Snipe 5.  Chaffinch 69 (record count broken by 6!)
Going east: Rock Pipit 2 at 08.05hrs. 
Going south: Mistle Thrush 3. Golden Plover 2.  Green Finch 5.  Siskin 15.
3 Whooper  Swans flew south at 07.45hrs and 15 dropped in from the west at  09.40hrs, stayed on ACP lake all day then left east at sunset.
For complete counts, per Paul Meredith,  see  https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1100/20181019
Anglers CP: Goosander 19.  Wigeon 77.  Pochard 19 + 6 WRes. + 17 CHRes..
Wintersett Res:  2  Water Rail were heard - one east bank and one in the boathouse reeds.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: per Steve Denny. Herring Gull 240,  Great Black Backed Gull 140, Lesser Black backed Gull 132.

  Some of the Whooper Swans      ACP at dusk       SDenny

The Edge 19/10/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 103 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 57 Teal, 38 Shoveler, 37 Wigeon, 2 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Coot, 125 Lapwing, 27 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 112 BH Gull, 1 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtail, 3 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Park - Peter Kent had 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron, 2300 Woodpigeon over south, 2 Fieldfare, 25+ Long Tailed Tit and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+3 juv Mute Swan, 16 Teal, 16 Tufted Duck, 15 Shoveler, 5 Mallard, 5 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 5 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 25 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 28 LBB Gull and LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2 juv Mute Swan, 5 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 1 female Goosander, 2+4 juv Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 277 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 6 LBB Gull, 5 BH Gull and 4 Common Gull. Also present were 42 Lapwing.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Wintersett + VisMig + Ringing + Gull Roost

6 - 15 degrees with sun,  2/8 high cloud and a light southerly.
Anglers CP VisMig:  A decent morning.  Whooper Swan 15E.   Pink footed Goose 174 in 4 skeins (25 W, 15W, 4S, 130 NE).   Wood Pigeons 6600 SW.  Stock Dove 11 SW.   Brambling 31W.  Curlew 1W.    Redwing 520 W.   Fieldfare 160 SW.  Skylark 34 SW.  

Carlton Marsh

5 Herring Gulls, 1 LBB Gull. 2 Common Gulls and c150 Black Headed Gulls were on the wader scrape with 2 Herons and a Cormorant. On the main marsh a Water Rail called and a Redpoll flew over. A Grey Wagtail was feeding in front of the hide and several, single Skylarks headed SW.
3 Speckled Wood butterflies were on the wing along with numerous Common Darters.

Carlton Memorial Lake 
This morning a Golden Plover flew north at 10.10hrs followed by 117 Pink Feet west at 10.14hrs. On the adjacent fields were 4 Meadow Pipits, 10 Skylarks and 6 Pied Wagtails. (Dave Smith)

Rabbit Ings
A Barn Owl was hunting the meadows this morning (Mick Birkinshaw).

The Edge 18/10/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 105 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 46 Teal, 37 Shoveler, 8 Mallard, 5 Wigeon, 1 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 232 Lapwing, 181 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 132 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 15+ Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 60+ Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Park - Peter Kent had c50 Pink Footed Geese over east, 1 Peregrine, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 2650 Woodpigeon over south, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Treecreeper.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+3juv Mute Swan, 26 Tufted Duck, 14 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 7 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 5 Little Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 13 Lapwing and 24 BH Gull.
Bolton Ings - Highlight was a Barn Owl hunting over the eastern end of the East Pool. On the open water were 2+2 juv Mute Swan, 51 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 3 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 1 female Goosander, 2+ 4juv Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 274 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 4 Common Gull and 3 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 1 Bittern, 61 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Green Woodpecker and 2 Jay.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Carlton Marsh

122 Pink Feet Geese flew SE at 10.27hrs and another skein, not seen, were heard heading NE at 10.50hrs. (Dave Smith) 20 Fieldfare came in later. Also present Grey Wagtail, Cormorant, 4 Jays and 18 Lapwing.

Insects flying in the mild conditions were, single Painted Lady and Speckled Wood, 9 Small Copper and 12 Common  Darter. 
Harlequin Ladybird is often common at this time of year, 166 were counted in the car park. (Chris Parkin)
 Grey Wagtail (Dave Smith)
Shaggy Pholiota (Pholiota squarrosa) (Dave Smith)
This pristine Swallow-tailed Moth was taken in Dave Smith's garden light trap last night. Normally this beautiful moth is on the wing in late June early July!


Wintersett + VisMig 17.10.18

8 - 12 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP: Little Egret 1.  Grey Heron 8  Shoveler 53.  A Pink-footed Goose was in with the Greylag Geese.
Wintersett Res: A singing male Cetti's Warbler was on the north bank.  A Water Rail was on the east bank.  A Kingfisher seen north east bank + 1 ACP. 
Haw Park Wood: 2000 Corvids flew out of the roost at 07.00hrs.
Anglers CP VisMig:
Going south west: Wood Pigeon 1360.  Stock Dove 3.  Goldfinch 51.  Siskin 10.  Reed Bunting 4.
Going south: Pied Wagtail 14.   Linnet 38.  Meadow Pipit 1.  Great Spotted Woodpecker 5.
Going east:  Pink-footed Goose 533 +  100 west
Going west:   Brambling 63 (including a flock of 42 which is probably the biggest flock seen here)    Goosander 12Starling 306.  Chaffinch 43.  Blackbird 1.  Mistle Thrush 5.  Fieldfare 633.  Redwing 1363.  Song Thrush 2.  Skylark 102.  Lesser Redpoll 2.  Lapland Bunting 1.
Per Paul Meredith @Fitzybirder: The Lapland Bunting was only the 3rd ever  here during a VisMig. Watch.  Lapland Bunting, previous records being in 2010 and 2014, these in turn being the first at all here since the flush of records during 1987 to 1990 (which included up to five wintering birds in early 1988).
Lepidoptera: Red Admiral 1 ACP.