Saturday, 22 September 2018

Ewden valley 22/9/18. G and J Wasse, D Simmonite, S Green.

Cold breeze and slow birding until well into the afternoon. Peregrine 3 together and at times down, 1 ad. 2 imm. Merlin 1, Red Kite 1,C Buzzard 4, Kestrel 6. Raven 5, Meadow Pipit total seen 1657, Redpoll flock 20, Siskin total 12, Mistle Thrush 6. Stonechat 3 includes 2 males, Swallow 65, House Martin c 100, LBB Gull 1 imm s., 140 Grey Geese nw.,presumed Pinkfeet.

Wintersett - a big vis-mig day

Westerly wind, cloudy all day.
The day belonged to a terrific vis-mig session overlooking the CP lake. Birds were moving from first light and most of them were Meadow Pipits, heading southwards in a broad front to the west and east of the lake (which is normal). Fortunately we were in position on the hill early and counting started at 7am. By 8am we had counted over 2000 birds and just a half hour later we were up to 5000 and new records were being made (the previous best count was of 4735 in September 2011). The 10,000th bird passed at 10.45am after which passage tailed off a bit but we stayed counting until 2.05pm by which time we had a grand total of 11,169.  To put this fantastic passage into some context - this is the sixth highest count of migrant Meadow Pipits in the UK during the last ten years, only two sites in the whole of the country have counted more - Spurn Point on 4 occasions and Christchurch (Dorset) just once.
A single Tree Pipit and a single Rock Pipit went over us calling, clearly part of the same movement.
Other species seen heading southwards included;-
Common Buzzard 4, Peregrine 1, Kestrel 1, Pink-footed Goose 13, Golden Plover 23, Great Spotted Woodpecker 8, Skylark 26, Alba Wagtail 23, Grey Wagtail 1, House Martin 251, Swallow 169, Chaffinch 42, Goldfinch 46, Siskin 104.

The Juvenile Black Tern is still on the CP lake and it was joined by an adult Little Gull mid morning which remained all day. Shoveler 61, Goosander 2, Little Egret 1, Dunlin 1, Sand Martin 20.

Ringing;- a total of 71 birds were ringed including;- Blackcap 8, Reed Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 6, Goldcrest 5, Meadow Pipit 2, Chaffinch 20, Reed Bunting 6.

Carlton Marsh

This morning 225 Canada Geese were on the main scrape. Meadow Pipits were heading south and a Mink was photographed in front of the hide.

North American Mink (Richard Laverack)

This evening another Cetti's Warbler was ringed, this time a male.  A group of 12 Meadow Pipits were followed by two singles moving south. 3 Water Rails were calling and 3 Swallows and a few Yellow Buntings came in to roost.

A Fox was found dead on the bypass. (Rod Heeley)

Friday, 21 September 2018

Carlton Marsh

More than an inch of overnight rain flooded the valley floor. 10 House Martins were feeding over the scrape, 34 Canada Geese were on the wader scrape with 2 Shoveler, c30 Gadwall and an adult Common Gull.

A Red Kite circled over Carrs Lane, Low Cudworth at 09.52hrs before drifting NW over the Newtown Estate in the direction of Carlton Marsh. Alas nobody there to see it. (Richard Laverack)

A Red Underwing was found alive and well after Storm Bronagh, in Geoff Miller's garden in Upper Cudworth.

Wintersett 21.09.18

7 - 15 degrees with 8/8 cloud,  intermittent showers and a strong westerly
Anglers CP:  Black Tern 1.  Common Tern 1 immature.   Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult + 1 juvenile.  A Pintail,  a Common Sandpiper and a Dunlin were in.  Wigeon 50.  Little Egret 1.  Sand Martin 2. 

  Yellow-legged Gull juvenile      ACP SDenny
                        Yellow-legged Gull  adult        ACP SDenny
                                          Dunlin                   ACP   SDenny
                                           Pintail              ACP   SDenny

Low Moor/Midhope 21/9/18.

Cool and very windy with dry spells fewer as the afternoon went on . Peregrine  was mobbed by a  Merlin over barnside moor, C Buzzard 2 , Kestrel 2. Raven 1 pair, single calling Golden Plover  south, 3 redhead Goosander through south, Meadow Pipit total 52 going south. Siskin 6, Mistle Thrush 7, Starling 50, mostly attracted by the feeding station. On the res. Little Grebe 7, Tufted Duck 6.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Carlton Marsh

On the scrape before it was disturbed for desilting-reed removal, 190 Canada Geese, 6 Greylags, 4 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck and Kingfisher. A Grey Wagtail flew south, Buzzard was hunting and 2 Sparrowhawk were displaying.

(Rod Heeley)
The view from the hide had become obscured, its much better now thanks to the expertise of Dan Bichan and his machine.

During the heavy rain of this afternoon, Geoff Miller was kept fully entertained by a Great Spotted Woodpecker in his garden. It frequented his apple tree for 90 minutes.

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. 20.09.18

 16 - 19 degrees with scattered cloud and a strong south westerly. Very heavy rain from mid afternoon.
Wintersett Res: Vis.Mig.: 
Going south: Meadow Pipit 1458.  Skylark 3.  Linnet 6.   Siskin 10. 
Wintersett Res:  Hobby 1.  Cetti's Warbler 2.  Water Rail  1. 
Anglers CP: Black Tern 1 juvenile.  A soaked Wheatear was on the south bank.

 Wheatear        WRes.  SDenny

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Wintersett + Gull Roost 19.09.18

14 - 18 degrees, warm with 6/8 cloud and a moderate south westerly wind.
Anglers CP: The Garganey and the  Black Tern were still present at 16:50.   Dunlin  1.  Siskin 3 flew south.  
Wintersett Res:  2 Willow Tits were on the west bank.  A late lesser Whitethroat was on the ruin.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:  Yellow-legged Gull  2 1stW + 5 adults.
Cold Hiendley Res: A Grey Wagtail was on the Sewage Farm.

Wilthorpe Marsh 19/9/18. + Fleets.

Oxbow pond area continues to look good for crakes and rails. Late aft. visit had 2, but possibly 4 Green Sands, 3 L Egrets, 3 W Rails, 8 Teal, 6 Stock Doves. Fleets, nowt much here with no sign of any parrots with early morning still probably the best time. 1 GC Grebe.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Carlton Marsh

Today still a large number of Canada Geese (220) on the main scrape with 7 Greylags, 14 Shoveler, Kingfisher and Little Egret. There was a steady passage of Swallows throughout the morning and 6 LBB gulls and 1 Herring Gull flew south from the wader scrape. 

Insects included
Green Veined White 3, Speckled Wood 12, Small Copper 15, Painted Lady 1, Red Admiral 7, Brown Argus 1, Comma 4 and Small Tortoiseshell 2. 
Day flying moths were Vapourer Moth 2, Lesser Treble Bar 4 and Silver Y.
Migrant and Southern Hawker were on the wing in the warm sunshine (Chris Parkin).

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 18.09.18

A warm 15 - 18 degrees with scattered cloud and a moderate south westerly.
Reports taken from Twitter  - per SDenny,  CSwaine and DLangston.
Anglers CP: Black Tern & Garganey still present . Also Dunlin,    61 Wigeon,   61 Great Crested Grebe.  A Common Sandpiper and  the Little Egret were in earlier.
Wintersett Res. Gull Roost: The 1st W Caspian Gull  was in with 6 Yellow-legged Gulls and 150 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 
Anglers CP Gull Roost: 220 Lesser Blackbacked Gulls,  8 Yellow-legged Gulls, 11 Herring Gulls  and 3 Great Black-backed Gulls
Botany Paddock: Willow Tit 1.  

Monday, 17 September 2018

Carlton Marsh

There were 250 Canada Geese on the main scrape today along with 6 Greylags and at least 6 Shovelers. Also of note Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawks, Kestrel, Kingfisher, 1 Siskin and Cetti's Warbler singing.

Wintersett 17.09.18

17 - 21 degrees with sun, scattered cloud and a moderate south westerly.
Anglers CP: The juvenile Black Tern was in until 09.45hrs but could not be located later, or on WRes..   The Garganey is still present on the shallows.  2 Snipe flew west.  Little Grebe 4.
Wintersett Res: A flock of 80 House Martin drifted through south.
Odonata west bank WRes.:  Southern Hawker 1.  Brown Hawker 1.
Lepidoptera: A small Copper west bank WRes.  A Comma on ACP.

            Souther Hawker            WRes  ASmith

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Carlton Marsh

On the main scrape today 245 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag Geese, 11 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail, Little Egret, 4 Swallows, 2 LBB. Gulls + 4 west, Snipe, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk.

A Lancaster bomber flew over the Wader Scrape and over Cudworth at 15.20hrs

Wintersett, Sunday 16th September

A much stronger south-westerly wind than yesterday although the predicted rain failed to materialise.

The Black Tern remains on the CP as does the Garganey on the shallows. An influx of Great Crested Grebes onto the park lake with 65 on here and a further 13 on the res. Cormorants are also clearly finding the feeding good with 67 present.
Two juvenile Hobbies were clearly liking the windy conditions and were on view for much of the day, particularly around the Top Res.

Vis-mig - the whole morning was spent counting south bound migrants although it was slow going much of the time;- Pink-footed Goose 20 flew west, Ringed Plover 1, Dunlin 2 singles, Common Snipe 8 west, Swift 1, Wheatear 1, Meadow Pipit 112, House Martin 875, Sand Martin 2, Swallow 34, Starling 99.

Low Moor / Midhope 16/9/18.

Still raining here at 4pm so only midhope res. news. = 106 LBB Gulls down, L.Grebe 6, Teal 3, Tufted Duck 3, C Buzzard 2.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Carlton Marsh

This evening 192 Canada Geese and 6 Greylag Geese were on the main scrape before they moved to the wader scrape. Also present 12 Shoveler, 5 Little Grebe, 14 Teal, Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, Water Rail, Snipe, Green Woodpecker, 18 Lapwing, 36 Jackdaw, 20 Linnet and Sparrowhawk hunting at dusk.
2 Foxes were hunting at 18.36hrs.

Wintersett Ringing 15.09.18

77 Birds were ringed today.  Highlights were: 12 Chiffchaff.  2 Willow warblers.  6 Blackcap.  1 Reed Warbler.  11 Goldfinch.  15 Meadow Pipit.  3 Goldcrest.
          Juvenile Black Tern   (BOCshot)          ACP   KDenny

Wintersett, Saturday 15th Sept

South-west wind dropping off in afternoon, cloudy with 'murk' in morning,

Top Res- remnants from last nights gull roost were still present at dawn, Great Black-backed Gull 2 adults, Caspian Gull 1 juvenile, Yellow-legged Gull at least 5 adults and 3 juveniles.
A juvenile Black Tern relocated to the CP about nineish where it remained for the remainder of the day.
Country Park - the high congregation of Cormorants remain with at least 76 present. The regular Little Egret came in during the afternoon, Shoveler 13, Lapwing 180, Common Sandpiper 1, Water Rail 1, Hobby 1.

Vis-mig - one of the better days of recent years with a good movement from early morning to midday. An Osprey went south-west over Haw Park at 10.40, a Marsh Harrier south at 13.25. three skeins of Pink-footed Geese (first of the autumn) totaled 105, 4 Ringed Plovers south and a total of 23 Golden Plovers went west. However, the main movers were a local favourite (many vis-miggers favourite) - Meadow Pipits - a total of 2264 flew south, almost all before midday. This is our fifth ever highest count since regular counts began in 2011, but still some way behind the record of 4735 in September 2011. Hirundines were also moving with 523 House Martins (plus 120 feeding), 54 Swallows and 3 Sand Martins.

Ringing - a few warblers were caught, the best being a Willow Warbler.

Ewden valley 15/9/18.

Very changeable weather with summer still hanging on at times but mostly cloudy. Cold and dark at times but stayed dry. Very steady for birds again with a juv. Ring Ouzel near the s bends. Steady for raptors with Peregrine, Sparrowhawk 2, C Buzzard 4, Kestrel 6. Raven 6, small flock of 5 calling Golden Plover went south. Meadow Pipit total 152 mostly going south, Goldfinch flock 30, Siskin 1 over.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Wintersett 14.09.18

13 - 17 degrees with sun and scattered cloud and a moderate westerly.
Anglers CP: Dunlin 2.  Garganey 1 juvenile.  Teal 12.  Wigeon 21.   Cormorant 69.  Sand Martin 1.    Wintersett Res: Goldeneye 1 female.   Mallard 43   Hobby 1.
Lepidoptera: Green-veined White 2  north east WRes.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Wintersett 13.09.18

13 - 16 degrees with scattered cloud and a moderate south westerly.
Anglers CP: Garganey 1 juvenile.  Snipe 1.  A Dunlin flew over at 08.55hrs.
Wintersett Res: Goldeneye 1 female.  Hobby 1 juvenile.  Shoveler 18.  Teal 9.  Flocks of 6 + 2 Jays flew south.
24 Birds were ringed, including: 1 Chiffchaff.  8 Blackcap.  2 Reed Warbler.  6 Reed Bunting.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Carlton Marsh

News came this morning that Carlton Marsh had been awarded Platinum in the 2018 Yorkshire in Bloom 'Open Spaces category, again. Well done to our small dedicated band of volunteers and other partners Yorkshire Wildlife Trust volunteers.

Tonight Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, Willow Tit and Cetti's Warbler. The latter, a female, was ringed along with a Yellow Bunting.

Cetti's Warbler (CG)
South Kirkby Tip
There were 4 dead cygnets on the lake with just one adult nearby.
Butterflies included an amazing number of 24 Small Copper and 3 Painted Lady (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett + Vis.Mig + Gull Roosts + Ringing 12.09.18

 12 - 16 degrees with sun, scattered cloud and a light westerly.
Anglers CP: Hobby 1. Garganey 1,  Common Sandpiper 1,  Sand Martin 10,   House Martin  200,  Swallow 150, Little Egret 1.  Tufted Duck 178,  Pochard 5,  Teal 1.  Cormorant 50.
A total of 69 birds were ringed: Highlights were: Chiffchaff 18.  Blackcap 14.  Meadow Pipit 9,  Goldfinch 10,  Goldcrest 1.  A Whitethroat was retrapped.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: 08:00-12:00.    
Going south:  Meadow Pipit 501.   Yellow Wagtail 2.    alba Wagtail  2.  Siskin 3.
Ringed Plover 1 left SW.  2 Black-tailed Godwits flew SW
Gull Roosts : 380 Lesser Blackbacked Gulls roosted, (90 on WRes.  290 on ACP.)  The first calendar year Caspian Gull was on Top Res again.
Lepidoptera: A Small Copper was on the Pol.

The Edge 12/09/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 36 Canada Geese, 45 Teal, 12 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 32 Lapwing, 6 Ruff, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 29 BH Gull, 6 Pied Wagtail, 5+ Yellow Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting and 1 Yellowhammer.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 127 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 39 Mallard, 21 Tufted Duck, 18 Teal, 9 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 1 Garganey, 17 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 31 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 21 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 5 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Wintersett + Gull Roost 11.09.18

13 - 16 degrees with scattered cloud and a moderate westerly.
Anglers CP: The juvenile Garganey and the Little Egret still present.
Wintersett Res:  Goldeneye 1 female.   2 juvenile Hobbies showed off their flying skills in the wind.
Teal 6 + 2 CHRes..
Wintersett Res.Gull Roost: A first winter Caspian Gull was in the  roost tonight, but rather distant.
Lepidoptera WRes: A Small Copper was on the NE bank and a Small White was on the west bank.

1stW  Caspian Gull      WRes. Roost      11.09.18     SDenny

Carlton Marsh

The only reports received were of 3 Shovelers, 2 Kingfishers, 2 Water Rails and Buzzard.

Another photo of the dark Grey Heron 1/9/18 (Rob Lindley)

Tyers Hall Farm-Darfield
3 Buzzards (1 juv.) and c20 Meadow Pipits on a rape field.

Storrs Mill Wood
A Nuthatch was seen in a stand of mature Oaks. (CG)

Beech Avenue, Upper Cudworth
A Nuthatch called and was seen this afternoon in this urban fringe garden. It was a first for my garden, I have waited 30 years for this bird. (Geoff Miller)

The Edge 11/09/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 31 Canada Geese, 49 Teal, 21 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 24 Lapwing, 12 Snipe, 5 Ruff, 1 Ringed Plover, 17 BH Gull, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet and 3 Reed Bunting. K.Fisher also had 1 Hobby (over at 8.50am), 1 Black Tailed Godwit, c10 Mistle Thrush and 1 Yellowhammer. A flock of 10+ Black Tailed Godwits and 5+ Ringed Plover was seen late morning by a visiting birdwatcher.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 78 Canada Geese, 1 Shelduck, 147 Mallard, 21 Tufted Duck, 20 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 1 Garganey, 15 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 6 Red Legged Partridge, 31 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 8 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Kingfisher and 6 Pied Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 136 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 28 Mallard, 18 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 5 Little Grebe, 3+2y Great Crested Grebe, 22 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 208 Coot, 1+2y Moorhen and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 11 Lapwing, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Grey Wagtail and 1 Pied Wagtail.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Wintersett + Gull Roost 10.09.18

14 - 16 degrees with scattered cloud and a south westerly wind.
Anglers CP: Meadow Pipits 31 south.  Garganey 1.   Goosander 2  ,  Grey Wagtail 3
Wintersett Res: Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull was on buoy number 9. The Little Egret was near the boathouse.
WRes.Gull Roost:  Lesser Black-backed Gull 372,   Yellow-Legged Gull 4,  Herring Gull 4,  Great Black-backed Gull 1 immature  and  Black-headed Gull 1500.

Psycho the adult  Yellow-legged Gull       WRes.    SDenny
                                   Little Egret                       WRes.   SDenny

Hobbys over Haw Park Wood by Paul Evans 09.09.18

Too good to leave on Twitter!

Carlton Marsh

Ringing today provided 4 Blackcaps, 4 Reed Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs and a late Willow Warbler.
Present were Mallard 64, Shoveler 3, Water Rail 2, Kingfisher 2, Meadow Pipit 2, Grey Wagtail and Willow Tit 2.

The Edge 10/09/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 3 Mute Swan, 118 Canada Geese, 42 Teal, 12 Mallard, 1 Kestrel, 38 Lapwing, 14 Snipe, 5 Ruff, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 48 BH Gull, 6+ Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit and 2 Yellowhammer.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 26 Canada Geese, 22 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 146 Mallard, 21 Teal, 18 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 1 Garganey, 15 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 6 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 27 Coot, 12 Moorhen, 8 Lapwing, 2 Kingfisher, 6+ Pied Wagtail and 4 Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 43 Greylag, 31 Canada Geese, 27 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 6 Little Grebe, 3+3y Great Crested Grebe, 35 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 237 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 4 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 2 Buzzard, 19 Lapwing and 3 Chiffchaff.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Wintersett WeBS September 2018

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

Mute Swan 27   Canada Goose 121   Greylag Goose 26   Cormorant 44   Coot  440    Moorhen  22     Mallard 119   Gadwall 85   Wigeon 20  Pochard 13   Tufted Duck 283    Shoveler 59   Goldeneye 1f   Teal 21  Great Crested Grebe 52    Little Grebe 8   Garganey 1.      

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. 09.09.18

14 - 19 degrees with scattered cloud and a south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: An Osprey flew over  Haw Park Lane Wood at 08.05hrs.  A Grey Plover flew SW at 08.45hrs.  A Buzzard flew south at 11.20hrs.  4 Black-tailed Godwit went south at 11.54hrs.   A Siskin flew over + 3 west.
Cold Hiendley Res: Goldeneye 1 female.
Anglers CP: Little Egret 1.  Sand Martin 1.  A Hobby flew over. Garganey 1.
Odonata: A Brown Hawker and 4 Common Darters were on Botany.

                           Garganey                ACP   SDenny

 Grey Plover                     ACP  PMeredith

Wilthorpe Marsh / Low Moor, Midhope 9/9/18.

Very steady at both sites. Wilthorpe oxbow pond this morning, - 2 Green Sand, 6 C Snipe, 1 L Egret, 2 W Rails, 8 Teal, Kingfisher 2, C Buzzard 3. Low Moor, - Red Kite 1, C Buzzard 6+, Kestrel 4, Raven 1, Mistle Thrush 20. Meadow Pipit 6, Siskin 2, 100+ House Martin.

Carlton Marsh

Wildfowl Counts
Mute Swan 2, Greylag 6, Grey Heron 2, Mallard 40, Gadwall 45,Teal 21, Shoveler 9, Coot 28, Moorhen 10, Little Grebe 5, Little Egret 1, Water Rail 2, Lapwing 13, Black Headed Gull 19, Kingfisher 2 and Grey Wagtail 1. 
Also of note a singing Cetti's Warbler and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers-together. Just after we left 3 Black-tailed Godwits arrived on the wader scrape at c13.00hrs (Dave Standish)

Insects included Vapourer Moth, Green Veined White and Migrant Hawker.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Wintersett 08.09.18

12 - 15 degrees with 8/8 cloud, light rain from mid morning until early evening, with a light south westerly.
Cold Hiendley Res: Garganey 1.  Goldeneye 1 f.
Wintersett Res: Pintail 1.  A Dunlin flew over 11.05hrs.  Cetti's Warbler 1m west bank.
Anglers CP: Little Egret 1.  Sand Martin 8.  Yellow Wagtail 2.  Cormorant 37.  Teal 19 + 3 WRes..
Mammal: A Stoat was on the north bank CHRes..

Friday, 7 September 2018

Carlton Marsh

5 Shoveler (4 on the wader scrape) were feeding in the shallows with a single Snipe and 18 Teal. At least 2 Kingfishers were on the main marsh.

Insects noted by Chris Parkin were; 8 Speckled Wood, 4 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 4 Comma, 4 Brown Argus, 1 Small Heath, 4 Large White and 9 Small Copper.
Bloodvein, Vapourer and Silver Y Moth
Southern Hawker 2, Ruddy Darter 2 and Common Darter ,    

Chris's Garganey and Hobby Photos at Wintersett 07.09.18

    Garganey         CHRes  CSwaine

                          Hobby             Disposal Point    CSwaine

Wintersett 07.09.18

12 - 16 degrees, sunny with a westerly breeze.
Cold Hiendley Res: Steve Denny found a Garganey in the weed and algae this morning.  Little Grebe 3.
Anglers CP: Grey Partridge 13  House Martin 200.  Sand Martin 1.  A Peregrine flew SW at 09.50hrs.. 
Disposal Point: Green Woodpecker 1.

                                          Garganey                      CHRes.        SDenny

The Edge 07092018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 23 Greylag, 35 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 31 Lapwing, 7 Snipe, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Ruff, 25 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 female Wheatear, 6 Pied Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Reed Bunting and 2 Yellowhammer.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 3+4y Mute Swan, c500 Canada Geese, 39 Greylag, 1 juvenile Shelduck, 310 Mallard, 21 Tufted Duck, 19 Teal, 8 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 1 Garganey, 28 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 15 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 15 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 1 Greenshank,  5+ Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail and 1 Linnet.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1+2y Mute Swan, 28 Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 21 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Teal, 5 Little Grebe, 4+3y Great Crested Grebe, 8 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 245 Coot, 3y Moorhen and 3 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Dipper.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Carlton Marsh

On the wader scrape today Shoveler, 12 Teal, Little Egret, 4 Little Grebes, 61 BH Gulls, 2 adult LBB Gulls, 1 adult Herring Gull and 13 Lapwings.

Also of note Coal Tit and Cetti's Warbler singing south of the 1st seat. 4 Siskins were our first this autumn.

A late Swift flew north over my Cudworth home this afternoon at 15.45hrs.

The Edge 06/09/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 41 Canada Geese, 32 Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel,  24 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 2 Snipe, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 24 BH Gull, 10+ Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 30+ Goldfinch, 2 Yellowhammer and 2 Reed Bunting. Failed to connect with the Spotted Flycatcher, seen early morning, in the hawthorns alongside the R. Dearne.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 500+ Canada Geese, 31 Greylag, 175+ Mallard, 17 Tufted Duck, 8 Teal, 7 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 1 Garganey, 33 Little Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 22 Coot, 7 Moorhen, 23 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 2 Kingfisher and 1 Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 75 Mallard, 45 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 5 Pochard, 3 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 7 Little Grebe, 3+5y Great Crested Grebe, 192 Coot, 1+1y Moorhen and 11 BH Gull. Also present were 6 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 11 Lapwing and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Wintersett 06.09.2018

13 - 17 degrees , sunny with cloud increasing to mid morning with a light north westerly breeze.  Drizzly shower from 11.00 - 12.00hrs.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 1.  Whitethroat 1 west bank.  Cetti's Warbler 1 male - Ruin area.   Siskin 1 flew north.
Cold Hiendley Res: Wigeon 6.  Shoveler 6 + 6 WRes..
46 + 17 birds were ringed: Blackcap 22.  Lesser Whitethroat 1.  Reed Warbler 9.  Sedge Warbler 1.  Chiffchaff 14.  Willow Warbler 3.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018


Today we learned the sad news of the death of an icon of the Barnsley birding scene. Anyone with an interest in the birds of the Barnsley area during the 1970s and 80s will have come across Phil Wordsworth. He was the 'face' of the local birders and the 'first call' for anyone with an interest in birds. Along with Dave Standring he helped formed Barnsley Bird Study Group, co-wrote the first modern checklist and helped establish the local annual bird reports. However, it was public relations that Phil excelled at; he was the bird groups first chairman and secretary and with him at the helm he was usually the first contact for anyone starting birding in the 1970s. His enthusiastic and infectious nature coupled with his mischievous wit and comments, as well as an eye to detail made him a natural 'leader' and a good friend.

He co-ordinated bird ringing in the Barnsley area and all the areas ringers were trained by Phil. His big love was catching Swifts, not an easy task but great fun as it involves quickly lifting a mist net on poles in front of a flying Swift before the bird has time to change direction! Eye - hand co-ordination are everything and most of the young birders of the time were more than keen to give a hand. What could have been a British birding historical moment happened whilst catching Swifts at Wath Ings (now Old Moor) in the early 1970s - he caught a pale sandy Swift, allegedly just after a great Saharan dust storm, thought it looked 'odd' and let it go - potentially Britain's first ever Pallid Swift!

He was instrumental in the setting up of Wath Ings as a nature reserve and without his enthusiastic input it is unlikely the superb Old Moor reserve would be as it is today.

Another lifelong memory to many will be his distinctive mode of transport - a Bedford motor-caravan. He used to fill it with birders and ferry them around the area, or if you were lucky Spurn or the Solway, or especially lucky the Camargue!

And he wasn't named Wordsworth by accident - his poems about the local birding scene such as  'Hewitt's Lament', 'Mick the Tick' and many others always brought a tear to the eye (in a humorous way) and some even made print in the nationwide birding magazines.

For much of his life Phil lived in Kensington Road, Barnsley but after marrying Barbara he moved to Bell Bank View at Worsbrough where he could make daily visits to a site he loved - Worsbrough Res.
He moved to a nursing home in Sheffield in 2012/13 after being diagnosed with dementia, a condition which deteriorated his life rapidly and he passed away on 13th March 2017 aged 83.
After moving to the home all contact was lost with local birders and Phil's family until a bit of detective work by Dave Pearce led him to Sheffield town hall register office and we learned of the belated sad news.

Many will have their own memories of Phil, but one thing is for sure, we all owe him a lot!!!

Wintersett 05.09.18

13 - 16 degrees with 7/8 cloud and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP: Little Egret 1.  Black Tern 1 juvenile.  6 Pintail flew in.  Shoveler 75.  Wigeon 21.  Mallard 190.  Pochard 11.  Lapwing 170. 

Wintersett Res: Common Tern 3. 

ACP Vis.Mig: A slow morning!!  Meadow Pipit 13 south.
38 Birds were ringed: Highlights were - Sparrowhawk 1.  Chiffchaff 17.  Willow Warbler 1.  Blackcap 3.  Reed Warbler 1.  Goldfinch 8. 

Carlton Marsh

Shattered to hear of the passing of P.B. Wordsworth. As it turns out he must have died almost exactly one year before D.J. Standring. 
For me Phil was Mr. Birds (of Barnsley). He inspired a whole generation to watch and record birds. He was a leading light in setting up the recording system and running BBSG along with others. He liked his cheese and wine parties too.
Phil has played an immense part in my life and Keith Bannister's. He encouraged us to make Carlton Marsh a nature reserve in 1976 and was Chairman of the first committee of 18 members.
He started ringing here in 1975 and then he trained Keith and I to be ringers along with Geoff Carr and others. I will never forget 1977/78 when he used to bring his camper van onto the disused railway bank so that we had a base for processing hundreds of Swallows and Sand Martins as they came into the reedbeds to roost. We joined by Pete Smith, Ed Blunt, Martin Wells and Mike Pysden.
My second child was due in April 1977, so Phil said it might be a good idea to call it Sylvia if its a girl or John Dartford if its a boy. He said this after the Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata) turned up. He was over the moon to have caught it for ringing. In the end we called our daughter, Claire!
Now qualified as C ringer in the late 1970's, I assisted Phil a couple of times at Wath Ings catching Corn Buntings and then he helped me to catch them at New Monckton, which is now known as Rabbit Ings. He continued to visit us at Carlton Marsh and to see how the ringing was going, but we didn't see him a great deal after he started taxi driving and then got married, to a lovely lady I might add. 
We shall be forever grateful to a great man, who  guided us the right way. R.I.P. Phil.
Keith just recalled to me the time when he and Phil went on a winter trip to Chew Valley Lake. While they were there they were told about a Wallcreeper in the Cheddar Gorge. Phil was never a 'tick hunter', as he called it, but he and Keith and young Peter Senior did go and see it. Apparently it spent two winters there. Keith also went on other trips, to Wales and the Solway Firth, with Phil in the Bedford van. 

Not much change on the reserve today. 37 Canada Geese flew west this evening. This is one of the reasons why.
Photograph by Richard Laverack

The Edge 05/09/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 350+ Canada Geese, 11 Greylag, 11 Teal, 5 Mallard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 27 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 1 Ruff, 1 Ringed Plover, 42 BH Gull, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Pied Wagtail,, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff and 4+ Yellowhammer. A novelty was a screeching Cockatiel that flew towards Broomhill village.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 200+ Canada Geese, 25 Greylag, 170 Mallard, 18 Tufted Duck, 13 Teal, 9 Gadwall, 1 Garganey, 35 Little Grebe, 5 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 35 Coot, 15 Moorhen, 19 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 LBB Gull and 15 Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swans, 9 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 61 Mallard, 12 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 1 Teal, 7 Little Grebe, 4+3y Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 199 Coot and 2+1y Moorhen. Also present were 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 28 Lapwing, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Dipper, 1 Jay, 1 Grey Wagtail and 3 Chiffchaff.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Carlton Marsh

This morning first thing 7 Snipe were feeding out on the wader scrape. By 09.00hrs 3 Black-tailed Godwits had arrived (Rod Heeley) and were tweeted soon after by Ian Morris. 2 Little Egrets were also present. However, the Godwits had gone by 13.00hrs.

This afternoon they were replaced by 24 Lapwings and there were 74 Gadwall and 14 Teal.

This evening 
2 Kingfishers were streaking around the main marsh together and a Goldcrest was singing. 20 birds ringed included 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 3 Reed Warblers, 1 Willow Warbler and a female Cetti's Warbler

Wintersett + Gull Roost 04.09.18

 Much cooler today.  13 - 18 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light northerly.
 Wintersett Res: A juvenile Black Tern was flying around, then flew over to ACP.   Cetti's Warbler 1 singing male boathouse reeds + another male in SE phragmites.   Common Tern 10,  of which 7 flew to ACP then left east. 
Anglers CP:  A Whinchat was on the east bank.  Little Egret 1.  A juvenile  Hobby flew over.  Yellow Wagtail 3.    Common Sandpiper 1.    Chiffchaff 29.   Sand Martin 1.   Pochard  9.   Shoveler 45.   Wigeon 10 + 6 WRes..  Cormorant 28.   Greylag Goose 64.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: per SDenny.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 256.  Yellow-legged Gull 9.  Herring Gull 8.  Common Gull 1. 

                          Whinchat                           ACP     SDenny

The Edge 04/09/2018

Wombwell Ings- Highlight was a Whinchat sat on a fence alongside a dyke that takes water from Broomhill Flash to the sluice on the Bulling Dyke. A Mute Swan and a Kingfisher were seen on the R.Dearne. In the back field were 150+ Canada Geese and 21 Greylag. Present on the main flash were 72 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 2 Mallard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 61 Lapwing, 7 Snipe, 3 Greenshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 47 BH Gull, 3 LBB Gull and 8 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 300+ Canada Geese, 27 Greylag, 245 Mallard, 30 Gadwall, 25 Tufted Duck, 6 Teal, 1 Garganey, 30 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 35 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 29 Lapwing, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 2 LBB Gull, 4 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Pied Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - A Bittern flew over from Wath Ings at 12.20p and landed in the reeds along the north shore of the eastern pool. A cc Marsh Harrier was hunting over the main island in the eastern pool at 1.00pm. A Stonechat was seen along the fence line between the eastern and western pools. The juvenile Dipper was again showing well downstream of the five arches bridge. Seeing these four highlighted  birds on the same reserve ,on the same day, explains why we make the trek no matter the weather to Bolton Ings. You never know what will turn up ( The beauty of Birdwatching ). On the open water were 16 Canada Geese, 17 Mallard, 13 Gadwall, 7 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 4+3y Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 11 Cormorant, 7 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 226 Coot, 2+1y Moorhen and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Jay and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Carlton Marsh

Looking back over recent days. On Saturday 1st September a Greenshank was with a Redshank on the wader scrape at 07.30hrs. The Greenshank  left south at 07.45hrs (Dave Smith). Also present 75 Gadwall, 20 Teal, 50 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 5 Grey Heron, Little Egret, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail.

Dragonflies on show were, Migrant Hawker 4, Southern Hawker 4.

Butterflies at Cudworth Bridges included 3 Painted Ladies, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock all feeding on the flowers of Spur Valerian. 16 Commas were mainly on blackberry bushes (Chris Parkin).

Today on the wader scrape Monday 3rd
Little Egret, 2 LBB Gulls, 2 Tufted Duck, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 2 Snipe and 10 Canada Geese.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 03.09.18

17 - 21 degrees with thin high cloud and a very light northerly.  Intermittent showers from 17.30hrs. onwards.
Anglers CP: Golden Plover 1 over.  A Wheatear dropped in at 13.33hrs.  Common Sandpiper 1.  Teal 101.  Shoveler 59.  Wigeon 4.  Common Tern 1 adult + 1 juvenile.  A Sedge Warbler was in east bank reeds.  A Hobby flew east carrying prey this morning.  2 Hobbys were seen later.   3 Green Sandpipers left SE this evening. 
ACP Gull Roost: Yellow-legged Gull 6,  Herring Gull 5,  Lesser Black-backed Gull 167 + 40 on WRes.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 m in boathouse reeds.  Whitethroat 1 west bank.
Overnight Moth trapping was disappointing.  Numbers were good, but very few of note.
Highlights were:- Pinion-streaked Snout,  Old Lady and 3 Brindled Green.
Lepidoptera: A Holly Blue was on Botany hedge.

                  Brindled Green      ACP       ASmith

The Edge 03/09/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 300+ Canada Geese, 17 Greylag, 34 Teal, 14 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 19 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 52 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 8 Yellow Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 450+ Canada Geese, 29 Greylag, 181 Mallard, 32 Tufted Duck, 20 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 1 Garganey, 49 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Egret, 26 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 15+ Lapwing, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Pied Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1+2y Mute Swan, 4 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 43 Gadwall, 34 Shoveler, 6 Mallard, 6 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 4 Little Grebe,  3+3y Great Crested Grebe, 42 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 197 Coot, 2+2y Moorhen, 31 BH Gull and 5 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 21 Lapwing and 2 Blackcap.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Wintersett + VisMig 02.09.18

18 - 24 degrees,  with sun and a very light southerly.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: Golden Plover 1 over. .  Siskin 3 east.  Curlew 1 south west.  
Going south:  Sand Martin 7.  Yellow Wagtail 2.  
Anglers CP: Snipe 2.  Common Tern 1 adult + 2 juveniles.  Swift 1.  Little Egret 1.  Herring Gull 44.  Great Black-backed Gull 1.  Teal 25. 
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 boathouse.
Lepidoptera: A Comma, a Peacock  and a Small White were on Botany  old railwayA Large White and a Red Admiral were on Disposal Point. 
WRes.: A Common Darter on north bank, a Blue-tailed Damselfly and a female Common Blue Damselfly west bank.   
MLPond:  A male Darter and 2 Common Blue Damselfly.  
ACP: Small Copper.

Ewden valley 2/9/18.

Very steady with a lot more expected. Seen were 2 Peregrines, 1 ad, 1 imm, C Buzzard 7+, Kestrel 5+. Raven 6, Stonechat 1, Meadow Pipit 65 with a similar count of House Martins south. RAF Lancaster bomber over low towards Manchester at 15-39pm.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Wintersett + VisMig 01.09.18

17 - 20 degrees with  2/8 cloud and a vey light south westerly.
Anglers CPVis.Mig: A male Cape Shelduck and a female Ruddy Shelduck flew in to the shallows at 09.00hrs.  Cormorant 8 SW + 6NE.    
Going south: Little Egret 1.  Grey Wagtail 3.  Sand Martin 19.  Swallow 161.  Meadow Pipit 1. Greenfinch 4.   Grey Wagtail 3.  
Anglers CP:  Common Tern 1 adult + 1 juvenile.  A Nuthatch was on the car park feeders. 
Wigeon 11.  Shoveler 31.  Teal 19.    Little Egret 2.  Swift 3.  Snipe 1.  Hobby 1 juvenile.  Little Grebe 4.  Herring Gull 30.  Cormorant 21. 
Wintersett Res:  Kingfisher 1.
57 Birds were ringed: Highlights were -  16 Blackcap.  1 Garden Warbler.  Chiffchaff 17.  Willow Warbler 2.  Reed Warbler 2.
Odonata:  Brown Hawker 1 NE corner WRes.
Here's a great selction of the Cape and Ruddy Shelduck on Anglers CP All taken by Chris Swaine.

 Cape Shelduck and a female Ruddy Shelduck 
ACP  Chris Swaine
Cape Shelduck             ACP           CSwaine
Ruddy Shelduck                 ACP  CSwaine

Friday, 31 August 2018

Carlton Marsh

This afternoon 95 Gadwall were counted-a new record. A Shoveler was new in on the scrape and Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egrets and 10 Lapwing were on the wader scrape. c50 Swallows were feeding over the marsh.
A melanistic Grey Heron on the marsh today (Dave Smith)

2 Southern Hawkers and 10 Common Darters were on the wing (Dave Smith)

This evening 2 Snipe accompanied the Green Sandpiper and a Kingfisher was diving from one of the perching posts. A Grey Wagtail flew south off the dike. 15 Canada Geese and 6 Greylags were resting up. Both Little Egrets left south together at 20.06hrs to roost.

Several Oyster mushrooms are growing on a fairly large Ash.

2 Foxes were hunting the wader scrape at dusk.

Thurlstone butterflies (Chris Parkin)
200 Small White were identified along with 15 Wall Brown, 9 Small Copper, 3 Red Admiral and 3 Comma.

Wintersett + VisMig 31.08.18

14 - 19 degrees,  sunny with high cloud and a light south easterly.
Anglers CP Vis. Mig. A Black-tailed Godwit flew south.  8 Curlew flew south west at 09.10hrs, and returned ar 11.45hrs.  Shelduck 1.  A Raven  circled over high west,  then left high west at 11.45hrs.
Anglers CP:  Swift 3.  Shoveler 25.  Mallard 109.  Teal 35.   Little Egret 1. Cormorant 26 + 6 east.  A Peregrine flew over at 10.35hrs.  Spotted Flycatcher 1.
Haw Park Wood: Hobby 1.  
Wintersett Res: Arctic Tern 1 juvenile. 

The Edge 31/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 200+ Canada Geese, 25 Teal, 1 Mallard, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 32 Lapwing, 7 Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 1 Ruff, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 82 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 4 Mistle Thrush, 6 Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 2 Yellowhammer and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were  2+4y Mute Swan, 250+ Canada Geese, 130 Mallard, 29 Tufted Duck, 22 Gadwall, 15 Teal, 39 Little Grebe, 11 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 35 Coot, 9 Moorhen, 28 Lapwing, 3 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 11 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Kingfisher and 3 Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 91 Greylag, 78 Canada Geese, 18 Mallard, 17 Gadwall, 9 Teal, 9 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 5 Little Grebe, 2+3y Great Crested Grebe, 169 Coot and 1+1y Moorhen. Also present were 10 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Lapwing, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Carlton Marsh

This morning our wildlife group was busy grass cutting. A Goldcrest in Scots pine was our first this Autumn. A Buzzard flew over calling, 2 Kingfishers were on the main scrape and a Grey Wagtail was feeding on the dike. 
New in this evening on the wader scrape, immature Shelduck, the first this year. Also present Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 2 Little Egrets and 3 Little Grebes.

A Swift flew south over Beech Ave, Cudworth this evening (G. Miller)

Painted Lady and Red Admiral have been relatively scarce this year so far, but singles have appeared in some Cudworth gardens over the past few days. Lets hope it's the start of a late influx.

Wintersett 30.08.18

13 - 18 degrees with high cloud and cool north easterly.
Anglers CP: Wigeon 7 + 8 Wres + 3 CHRes.    Shoveler 17   Swift 5  Cormorant 23 + 6 WRes + 2CHRes.  Buzzard 28 up in the area.  A Tree Pipit flew south.
Wintersett Res: Yellow Wagtail 2 south.  Dunlin 1 over 09.10hrs.
Haw Park Wood: Hobby 3.
Botany:  Nuthatch 2
64 Birds were ringed Wintersett Res.-   15 Reed Warbler  1 Sedge Warbler  15 Blackcap  4 Whitethroat     7 Chiffchaff  1 Willow Warbler   and 1 adult male Sparrowhawk .   A Lesser Whitethroat was retrapped.
Lepidoptera:  A Painted Lady, a Comma and a Green-veined White were on Botany.

The Edge 30/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Good start to the day with 13 Mistle Thrush and a Greater Spotted Woodpecker in Broomhill Park. Things got better along the Bulling Dyke with 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff. Around the quickly dying-out flash were 27 Teal, 2 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 28 Lapwing, 5 Black Tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Linnet. In the back field were 200+ Canada Geese and 9 Greylag.
Broomhill Flash -  Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, c300 Canada Geese, 59 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 112 Mallard, 34 Tufted Duck, 16 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 39 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 7 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 48 Coot, 9 Moorhen, 18 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 7 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Pied Wagtail and 1 Linnet. Dave Bamforth had a Garganey late morning.
Bolton Ings - Highlight was the  juvenile Dipper on the R. Dearne, viewable  from the bridge next to the Cormorant Hide ( Nige's Bolton Sofa ). This outshone a Hobby hunting over the eastern pool at noon and later at 12.40pm. On the open water were 1+2y Mute Swan, 34 Greylag, 17 Canada Geese, 15 Mallard, 11 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 6 Little Grebe, 3+3y Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 181 Coot and 2y Moorhen. Also present were 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Lapwing, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Grey Wagtail. Dave Bamforth had a Bittern early morning.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Wintersett + Gull Roost 29.08.18

13 - 17 degrees with sun,  2/8 cloud and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1. Wigeon 1.  Teal 6 + 1 CHRes..   Swift 2 + 1 WRes..
Pits Wood: Nuthatch 2. 
Wintersett Res:  Pochard 9 + 7 ACP + 1 CHRes.    Kingfisher 1 WRes.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: Lesser Black-backed Gull 210.   Yellow-legged Gull 11.  Herring Gull 3.  Great Black-backed Gull 1 immature.  Black-headed Gull 1500.  No gulls on WRes. this evening.

The Edge 29/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 Mute Swan, 23 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag, 31 Teal, 2 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 2 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Moorhen, 56 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 157 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, c350 Canada Geese, 13 Greylag, 134 Mallard, 30 Gadwall, 26 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, 43 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 8 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard,  52 Coot, 26 Moorhen, 16+ Lapwing, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 6+ Yellow Wagtail and 3 Pied Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - Thanks to hawk-eye Seev  I was able to watch a juvenile Dipper, downstream from the bridge  next to the hide, from 12.40 until we left at 1.10pm. On the open water were 3+2y Mute Swan, 136 Greylag, 37 Canada Geese, 42 Mallard, 13 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 6 Little Grebe, 2+3y Great Crested Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 197 Coot and 2+1y Moorhen. Also present were 4 Lapwing and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Wintersett + VisMig. 28.08.18

14 - 18 degrees, cloudy with a light south westerly. 
Anglers CP:  Shoveler 14, Pochard 8, Common Tern 1,  Common Sand 2.  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.  
Wintersett Res:  Swift 6
Haw Park Wood:  At least 5 Hobby over - 2 adults and 2 juveniles for sure,  but not sure about age of the other. One adult was carrying a dead bird! 
Vismig 09.15hrs to 12.30hrs.
A Common Buzzard flapped and glided straight through to south-west at 10.40. We normally call these migrants!  7 Curlew  and 3 Whimbrel went  south-west at 10.47hrs.
Going south:  4 Swift,   1 Swallow,   9 House Martin,  26 Sand Martin  and 1  Meadow Pipit.

Langsett Reservoir Mountain Bike Trail and Footpaths

 Just got wind of a proposed permissive footpath, plus mountain bike track, on the southern side of the reservoir. Can I ask every one with an interest in this site, no matter how keen, has a look and comments. I would be very surprised if the associated disturbance didn't impact on Nightjars and breeding waders, particularly the latter when the water levels are low, and roosting gulls. Comments need to be in by 31st of August.

Carlton Marsh

24 birds caught this morning included 8 Blackcaps, 6 Reed Warblers, 2 Sedge Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler and 3 Reed Buntings from 1 net.
2 Kingfishers and a Great Spot Woodpecker were present and a Grey Wagtail flew south.
5 Little Egrets on the wader scrape this afternoon equalled the previous maximum on 13/8/17 (Rod Heeley)
A phone camera record shot of the Little Egrets (Rod Heeley)
A Fox was right out on the mud on the wader scrape at dawn in pursuit of duck!

The Edge 28/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 133 Canada Geese, 28 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrel, 2 Moorhen, 62 Lapwing, 5 Black Tailed Godwit, 4 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 52 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Whitethroat, 1 singing Chiffchaff, 5 Linnet and 20+ Goldfinch.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 300+ Canada Goose, 31 Greylag, 1 juv Shelduck, 57 Mallard,  27 Gadwall, 27 Tufted Duck, 8 Teal, 1 Pochard, 51 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 8 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 52 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 18 Lapwing, 11 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1  Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 11 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 75+ Sand Martin, 50+ House Martin, 15+ Swallow, 10 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Pied Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 3+2y Mute Swan, 34 Greylag, 15 Canada Geese, 48 Mallard, 6 Teal, 5 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 6 Little Grebe, 3+2y Great Crested Grebe, 8 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 213 Coot, 2 Moorhen and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 15 Lapwing, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Wilthorpe Marsh 26/8/18.

Oxbow pond area, 4 RN Parakeets, 5 Green Sand, 6 C Snipe, 1 L Egret, 1 Rail, 1 GS Pecker. Very big Starling flock at the sewage farm had 800 to 1000 birds.

Carlton Marsh

New in today Common Sandpiper on the main scrape. Also present 4 Little Egrets, 13 Lapwings, 2 Sand Martins, 20 House Martins, 1 Swift, 2 Kingfishers, 1 Water Rail, 1 male Peregrine, 45 Jackdaws and 2 Willow Tits. 
2 Foxes were patrolling the wader scrape this afternoon and a male Southern Hawker was near the hide.

Low Moor/Midhope 27/8/18. G Wasse, J Wasse, S Green.

Rain cleared to leave a cold and breezy afternoon. Still, decent for birds with cc Marsh Harrier, at least 3 Red Kites, Merlin chasing what was thought to be a small wader. C Buzzard 7, Kestrel 4, Sparrowhawk 1 completing the raptors. Raven 4, LBB Gull 6, Crossbill 4, Yellow Wagtail 5 down with the cattle. Mistle Thrush flock 17, Sand Martin 2, Siskin 2, Meadow Pipit 3 and c 90 Red Grouse include a flock of 50 flushed by a kite.

Wintersett 27.08.18

14 - 17 degrees with a showery start, with 8/8 cloud, then a short a sunny spell mid morning, with a light, westerly  breeze.
Anglers CP: Swift 1.  Sand Martin 70.  Common Tern 1.  Common Sandpiper 1.  A Meadow Pipit flew south west.  Shoveler 13.  Teal 3.  Little Egret 1 and Hobby 1.
60 Bird were ringed: Highlights were: Willow Warbler 17.  Chiffchaff 14.  Blackcap 8.  Reed Warbler 10.  Sedge Warbler 1 and Song Thrush 1.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Wintersett + Vis.Mig 26.08.18

13 - 16 degrees with 8/8 cloud, rain from 10.30hrs and a cold south westerly.
Anglers CP + Vis Mig:  Yellow-legged Gull 1 juvenile south. Goosander 8 northRinged Plover 1 adult south. 
Anglers CP: Black Tern 1 juvenile.  House Martin 600.  Swift 6. Swallow 150.  Sand Martin 30.   Little Egret 1.    Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.  Pochard 7.  Shoveler 23.  Cormorant 19.  Yellow Wagtail 2.  Common Sandpiper 1.  Hobby 1.

Carlton Marsh

It was very autumnal with heavy pulses of rain from late morning and a maximum of only 13.5c.
The Black-tailed Godwit was present for the third day running along with 4 possibly 5 Little Egrets, 10 Teal, 50 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck and 75 Gadwall, a new record count for this site. Also present 3 Grey Herons, 4 Greylags and 16 Lapwings.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Wintersett + Vis.Mig 25.08.18

12 - 18 degrees with light scattered cloud and a cold north westerly wind.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: A Dunlin and 3 Yellow Wagtail flew over.  
WRes:VisMig A Ringed Plover flew south west at 10.30hrs. and  a WOOD SANDPIPER flew over south west over at 19.49hrs (new for year). 
Anglers CP: Little Egret 1.  Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the rocks. Swift 5.  Common Tern 2 adults + 1 juvenile + 1 Walton Hall.  Pochard 7.  Teal 2.  Common Sandpiper 1.  Great Black-backed Gull 1 1st summer.  A Snipe was on the golf course marsh. 
Wintersett Village:  Barn Owl 1.
Wintersett Res:  Water Rail 1.  Pochard 1.
Little Grebe 31 + 1 CHRes + 3 ACP this morning.  At  20.30 hrs 39  Little Grebes were counted on WRes.,  Hobby 1. 
Cold Hiendley:  Teal 4.  Wigeon 2.
64 Birds were ringed WRes.. Highlights were:  Blackcap 11.  Whitethroat 5.  Lesser Whitethroat 1.  Sedge Warbler 4.  Reed Warbler 12.  Willow Warbler 12.  Chiffchaff 7.
Lepidoptera: Red Admiral  1 west bank WRes.. 

Carlton Marsh

Thanks to Keith Bannister for looking after the place while I was away. He is down early every morning to open the gate for the public.
The Black-tailed Godwit from yesterday was present along with 4 Little Egrets (KB).

Friday, 24 August 2018

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. Mega!! 24.08.18

12 - 15 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a very cold westerly wind.  A couple of short showers late morning.
Anglers CP + Vis. Mig.: An adult HONEY BUZZARD flew south 10.20 - 10.25hrs.. Little Egret 2 north at 07.10hrs + 1 on shallows.  A Hobby flew over at 11.30hrs.  Common Tern 2 adults.  Cormorant 14.   Swift 7.  Common Sandpiper 2.  Yellow Wagtail 1.  Mallard 196 + 27 WRes..
Wintersett Res:  An Arctic Tern adult left south 06.25hrs and 2 Ringed Plover 2 flew south at 09.30hrs.   Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.  Cetti's Warbler 1 north bank.  Willow Tit 1 east bank.  House Martin 50 + 30 ACP. 
Lepidoptera: Meadow Brown 1 MLPond.

Photo of the Silver-washed Fritilliary in Blenheim Road, Barnsley, 29.07.18

This Silver Washed Fritillary was found in the late Dave Standring's garden, on  Blenheim Road, Barnsley, in August 2018.  It was found by Dave's wife Maureen and photographed by son in law Terry Kilkenny.    This is the 3rd record for the Barnsley area.   Chris Standring (Dave's son) said,
"Dad would have been very pleased to see that." 

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Wintersett 23.08.18

13 - 17 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a cool westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull was on a raft.  Just one adult Common Tern was on the shallows.  Common Sandpiper 2.  Swift 5.  Yellow Wagtail 1.
Walton Hall Lake: Great Crested Grebe 1 + 4 young.  Mute Swan 6 fledged young.