Saturday, 30 June 2018

Wintersett 30.06.18

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

                                          Lunar Hornet Moth            WRes         RBail

Home Patch

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

Low Moor 30/6/18.

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

Carlton Marsh 29-6-18

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

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

Friday, 29 June 2018

Wintersett 29.06.18

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

                            Male Banded Demoiselle       Anglers CP          ASmith


Barnside Moor / Midhope 28/6/18.

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

The Edge 29/05/2018

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

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Wintersett 28.06.18

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

Carlton Marsh

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

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

The Edge 28/06/2018

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

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Wintersett 27.06.18

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

The Edge 27/06/2018

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

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

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

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

The Edge 26/06/2018

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

Monday, 25 June 2018

The Edge 25/06/2018

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

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

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


Wintersett 24.06.18

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

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

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

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

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

Wintersett 23.06.18

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

Friday, 22 June 2018

South Kirkby Tip

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

Wintersett 22.06.18

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

The Edge 22/06/2018

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

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

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

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

Wintersett + Tree Sparrows 21.06.18

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


The Edge 21/06/2018

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

Midhopestones, Gill Royd Lane 20/6/18.

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

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Wintersett 20.06.18

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

Carlton Marsh 19/6/18

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

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

The Edge 20/06/2018

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

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Wintersett 19.06.18

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

Monday, 18 June 2018

Wintersett 18.06.18

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

Carrion Crow fishing like a bear!      CHRes.    ASmith

The Edge 18/06/2018

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

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Wintersett 17.06.18

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

Low Moor / Ewden valley 17/6/18.

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

Carlton Marsh

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

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

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Wintersett WeBS June 2018


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

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

Wintersett 16.06.18

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

Carlton Marsh

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

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

Friday, 15 June 2018

Wintersett 15.06.18

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

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

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

one for Cliff

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

The Edge 15/06/2019

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

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Wintersett 14.06.18

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


1st Summer Black-headed Gull with chick    ACP     ASmith

The Edge 14/06/2018

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

Barnside Moor, Mortimer road/ Gill Royd lane junction.

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

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

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

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

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

Wintersett 13.06.18

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

The Edge 13/06/2018

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

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Wintersett 12.06.18

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

The Edge 12/06/2018

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

Old Moor Sofa

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 11 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

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

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

Wintersett + Moths 11.06.18

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

 Buff-tip Moth ACP  (my favourite)  ASmith

The Edge 11/06/2018

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

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

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

Wintersett 10.06.18

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

South Kirkby reclaimed tip

A Buzzard was up and a Cuckoo was singing.

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

Wintersett Ringing Recovery

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

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Wintersett 09.06.18


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


Carlton Marsh

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

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

Friday, 8 June 2018

Cudworth Common

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

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

The Edge 08/06/2018

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

Thursday, 7 June 2018

The Edge 07/06/2018

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

Carlton Marsh

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Barrow Tip

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

Athersley Memorial Fishing Lake

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

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

The Edge 05/06/2018

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

Monday, 4 June 2018

Wintersett 04.06.16

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

The Edge 04/06/2018

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

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Carlton Marsh

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

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

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

Wintersett + Ringing 03.06.18

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

Juvenile Tree Sparrow ringed this morning at WRes..   RBailey

Ewden valley 3/6/18.

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

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Wintersett + Moths + Noc.Mig 02.06.18

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

Carlton Marsh

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

Friday, 1 June 2018

Wintersett 01.06.18

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

      Dingy Skipper        CHRes   ASmith
Large Skipper       CHRes    ASmith

Carlton Marsh

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