Monday, 16 July 2018

July Hobby increase.

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

Carlton Marsh

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

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

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Carlton Marsh

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

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

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Carlton Marsh

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

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

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Wintersett 12.07.18

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

Carlton Marsh

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

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Wintersett 11.07.18

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

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Wintersett 10.07.18

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

Scarce Butterflies in the Barnsley recording area.

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

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

Monday, 9 July 2018

Ringed Robin Recovery per Becky Bailey 08.07.18

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

Wintersett 09.07.18

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

White Plume Moth

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

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Wintersett 08.07.18

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

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

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

Woolley Colliery - correction

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

Woolley Colliery

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

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Wintersett 07.07.2018

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

Ewden valley 7/7/18.

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

Friday, 6 July 2018

River Dearne, Storrs Mill

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

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

Wintersett + Good and Bad News 06.07.18

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

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

The Edge 06/07/2018

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

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Wintersett 05.07.18

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

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

The Edge 05/07/2017

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

Carlton Marsh

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

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Wintersett + NocMig + Ringing 04.07.18

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

The Edge 04/07/2018

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

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Wintersett 03.07.17

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

Carlton Marsh

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

Butterflies included Red Admiral and 2 Gatekeepers.

2 Banded Demoiselles were flitting over the dike.

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

Monday, 2 July 2018

Wintersett + Evening Update 02.07.2018

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

Carlton Marsh

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

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

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Wintersett 01.07.18

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

Carlton Marsh

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

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

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

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