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.
Cheers
https://pam.peakdistrict.gov.uk/07180606

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. 

Carlton Marsh

The only report received today from KB was 1 Little Egret and 12 Lapwing.

Tomorrow Yorkshire Wildlife Trust volunteers will continue pulling Glyceria and Juncas from the wader scrape, which is still partially blocking water leaving the exit sluice. Apologies for the disturbance.

The Edge 23/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 25 Canada Geese, 10 Teal, 1 Mallard, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 32 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 73 BH Gull, 4 LBB Gull and 3 Yellow Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 16 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 1 juvenile Shelduck, 32 Tufted Duck, 14 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 2 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 3 Cormorant, 46 Little Grebe, 8 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 1 juvenile Great Crested Grebe, 81 Coot, 12+ Moorhen, 50+ Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 13 BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull. P. Kent also had 1 Kingfisher and 1 Hobby ( over 8.03am ).
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1y Mute Swan, 128 Greylag, 86 Canada Geese, 17 Mallard, 11 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 5+ Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 161 Coot and 2+3y Moorhen. Also present were 8 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 30+ Lapwing and 1 LLB Gull.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Carlton Marsh

3 Little Egrets were present again today along with 2 Swifts and a Snipe. (Keith Bannister)
I would just like to say hello to Tara and Mark from Pontypridd, who I met at Shapwick/Ham Wall RSPB. today.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 22.08.18

16 - 21 degrees, with 8/8 light cloud and a moderate westerly.
Anglers CP: A Green Sandpiper flew SW at 07.20hrs..  A Tree Pipit flew S at 07.45hrs.  A Greenshank flew north at 07.52hrs.  A Little Egret was on the shallows.  Common Tern 3 adults + 1 juvenile. Snipe 2.  Little Grebe 3. Shoveler 5.  Teal 11. Pochard 11. Cormorant 10.  Yellow Wagtail 1.
Moorhouse Lane Fields:  Hobby 2 flying over.  
Lepidoptera MLPond:  Common Blue 1,  Small Heath 3,  Brown Argus 1.  Small Copper 1 and Meadow Brown 1.
Odonata: Blue-tailed Damselfly NB WRes..
GULL ROOST:
Steve Denny finally got a decent gull roost  on Anglers CP this evening with 10 Yellow-legged Gull 206  Lesser Black-backed Gull,  5 Herring Gull and1500 Black-headed Gull.  No Gulls roosted on Wintersett Res..

Wintersett 21.08.18

19 - 22 degrees with 8/8 but decreasing cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 1 adult + 1 juvenile.  A Little Egret was on the shallows from 09.30hrs..
Wintersett Res: Water Rail 1.  Cetti's Warbler 1male.  A Yellow Wagtail 1 south.  A Greenshank flew over at 11.20hrs. 
66 Birds were ringed: Highlights were-  15 Reed Warbler.  10 Blackcap.  2 Whitethroat.  1 Lesser Whitethroat.  3 Willow Warbler.  8 Chiffchaff.  1 Goldcrest.  10 Goldfinch.  1 Willow Tit.
Lepidoptera:  A Green-veined White  SW area, WRes..  A Holly Blue was seen at Pits Wood WRes.. + 1 ACP.

The Edge 22/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 21 Canada Geese, 17 Teal, 2 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 13 Grey Heron, 9 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel,  25 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 102 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Skylark and 9 Yellow Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 33 Tufted Duck, 22 Mallard, 10 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 1 Pochard, 46 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 7 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 118 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 25 Lapwing, 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 11 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Early morning P. Kent also had 7 Ringed Plover over west  and 35 Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings -  A Hobby gave a superb hunting display from 11.40 to 11.55am. On the open water were 1+1y Mute Swan, 184 Canada Geese, 116 Greylag, 22 Mallard, 14 Gadwall, 7 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 7 Cormorant, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 166 Coot and 1+2y Moorhen. Also present were 3 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 2 Lapwing and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Carlton Marsh

Much the same as yesterday on the wader scrape 3 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7 Teal and 1 Kingfisher.
11 Swifts at 13.20hrs, over the fields, had increased to 19 by 14.38hrs before they all left south. There was also a good number of Swallows moving south. (Keith Bannister)

The Edge 21/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 21 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 14 Teal, 3 Cormorant, 17 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret,1 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Kestrel,  45 Lapwing, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 85 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker on Doveside, 1 Skylark, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Whitethroat and 1 Blackcap.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 4+4y Mute Swan, 99 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 31 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 6 Gadwall,  4 Teal, 1 Pochard, 51 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 94 Coot, 14 Moorhen, 24 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Kingfisher and 23+ Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 182 Canada Geese, 101 Greylag, 12 Mallard, 8 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 1 Teal, 6+ Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 171 Coot and 2+2y Moorhen. Also present were 11 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Carlton Marsh

A Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe and 3 Little Egrets were present today (K. Bannister/Rod Heeley)

A Swift flew over Upper Cudworth (G. Miller)

The Edge 20/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 Canada Goose, 2 Mallard, 2 Teal, 14 Grey Heron, 11 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 21 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 91 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 15+ Long Tailed Tit, 30+ Goldfinch, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 42 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 41 Tufted Duck, 32 Gadwall, 17 Mallard, 5 Teal, 2 Pochard, 42 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 7 Little Egret, 107 Coot, 24 Moorhen, 20 Lapwing, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 13 BH Gull, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Pied Wagtail.
 Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1y Mute Swan, 203 Canada Geese, 94 Greylag, 24 Gadwall, 20 Mallard, 9 Pochard, 7 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, 8+ Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 138 Coot and 1+2y Moorhen. Also present were 9 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 2 Lapwing and 1 Green Woodpecker. A. Hutt had a Bittern mid morning.

Wintersett 20.08.18

18 - 21 degrees, humid,  with 8/8 cloud and a wrm, light south easterly.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 4 adults + 1 juvenile.  Teal 5.    Pochard 3.   Yellow-legged Gull 1adult.  Tree Pipit 1.  Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the rocks and one of the new rafts, this afternoon.  A migrant Oystercatcher flew in at 15.20hrs.  Snipe 2.
Wintersett Res: Little Grebe 9.  A Whimbrel flew south at 11.55hrs.  Grey Partridge 2 + 3 vs young.

Lepidoptera:  A Common Blue was on the Pol, ACP.  A Small Heath was on the east bank WRes..
31 birds were ringed today: Highlights were -   9 Chiffchaff.  4 Willow Warbler.   4 Blackcap.
3 Garden Warbler.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Carlton Marsh

Today 2 Little Egrets (3 yesterday with a good passage of hirundines), 2 Kingfishers and 6 Swifts. (Keith Bannister)

Wintersett 19.08.18

17 - 20 degrees with thin high cloud  and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP: A Dunlin flew over at 09.15hrs.. An Arctic Tern was on the shallows at 14.55hrs.   Cormorant 6 + 2 CHRes..  A Hobby flew over.  Swift 9.  Sand Martin 20.  Yellow Wagtail 1 m.    Herring Gull 4.     Mallard 142 + 21 Wres. + 15 CHRes.  Teal 4 + 2 CHRes..  Pochard 2.  Yellow-legged Gull 1. 
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 3. 
Cold Hiendley Res: Grey Wagtail 2.  Little Grebe 1.

Wilthorpe Marsh / Low Moor, Midhope 19/8/18.

Wilthorpe oxbow pond this morning. - Green Sand 6, C Snipe 8, L Egret 2, W Rail 3, GS Pecker 1. Fish news, - Plenty of Minnows on view in the river from the sewage farm bridge but Chub scarce. Low Moor, - 2-15 to 5-15 pm. Slow start with over one and half hours before the first raptor. Very distant Owl hunting pike lowe was presumed to be a Short Eared Owl. Red Kite 1, Sparrowhawk 1/2, C Buzzard 3, Kestrel 2. Single male Crossbill flew towards langsett, Mistle Thrush 15, LBB Gull 7.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

How quickly can you get to the south coast? Becky Bailey

How quickly can you get to the south coast?
Sedge warbler APB6970 was ringed  at Wintersett Res  on 04/08/18 and made it to Icklesham, East Sussex on the morning of 07/08/18  
- 3 days and 334km!! 

Wintersett 18.08.18

19 - 22 degrees with sun and scattered cloud and a warm south westerly wind.
Anglers CP: Swift 2.  Teal 2.  Cormorant 7  + 7 west.  Pochard 3.  Redshank 1  + 3 flew west.  Common Tern 2.   A juvenile Hobby was hunting House Martins.
Moorhouse Lane Area:  @paulevans1200  had a Cream- crowned Marsh Harrier briefly. 
Pits Wood: Nuthatch 2.
Lepidoptera: A Small Copper was on the north east bank WRes..  A Small Heath,  a Common Blue and a Holly Blue were at MLane Ponds.
Odonata: A male Common Hawker was on the east bank WRes..
33 birds were ringed this morning: Highlights were - 9 Blackcap,  3 Reed Warbler   1 Garden Warbler,   11  Chiffchaff and  5 Willow Warbler.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Carlton Marsh

The water level in the wader scrape is now slowly receding after the exit sluice to the dike was cleared of some choking Glyceria on Tuesday. At teatime the following were present. 3 Little Egrets, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 14 Lapwings, 8 Teal, 32 Gadwall, 2 LBB Gulls, 1 Herring Gull and 1 Sand Martin.

Cudworth
A Red Kite drifted SE over the Aldi store at 09.20hrs (Rod Heeley) 

The Edge 17/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Spotted Flycatcher continued to show well at times today. Unfortunately not when I've being looking for it. What I did see were 65 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag, 3 Mallard, 2 Teal, 3 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret (30 early AM- P. Kent),  5 Grey Heron (18 early AM), 21 Lapwing, 321 BH Gull and 2 Grey Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan,24 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 33 Tufted Duck, 29 Gadwall, 15 Mallard, 2 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 44 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 118 Coot, 18 Moorhen, 25 Lapwing, 10 Snipe, 3 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 13 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, c100 Sand Martin and 2 Swift.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 143 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 32 Mallard, 31 Gadwall, 13 Pochard, 7 Shoveler, 6 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 8+ Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 151 Coot and 1+2y Moorhen. Also present were 5 Cormorant, 5 Lapwing, 2 Bullfinch and 20+ Goldfinch.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Wintersett 16.06.18

A much cooler 14 degree start with 8/8 cloud. Rising to 20 degrees, with decreasing, scattered cloud, sunny, with a moderate south westerly to westerly wind by midday.
Anglers CP: A Little Ringed Plover flew north at 09.50hrs.   Common Tern 7.  Teal 3.  Swift 6.  Yellow Wagtail 4.  Pochard 2 + 1 WRes..  Greylag X Canada Goose hybrid 1.  House Martin 450.
Pits Wood: Young Sparrowhawks were calling.
Cold Hiendley Res: Gadwall 116 + 26 ACP.
Wintersett Res: A Little Egret flew west at 12.28hrs.  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.  Little Grebe 9.

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights were; Hobby south over the main scrape at 12.20hrs. Buzzard, 11 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, c40 Gadwall, Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, LBB Gull, Swift, 2 Willow Tit and Yellow Wagtail, 

1 male Southern and 1 Migrant Hawker.

Wood Sandpiper at Old Moor by Ron Marshall 15.08.18






The Edge 16/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 29 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 4 Mallard, 4 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Moorhen, 37 Lapwing, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 182 BH Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Willow Warbler and 1 Yellowhammer.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 7 Canada Geese, 41 Gadwall, 41 Tufted Duck, 26 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 1 Pochard, 39 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 116 Coot, 9 Moorhen, 15+ Snipe, 13 Lapwing, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 12 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, c140 Sand Martin, 50+ Swallow, and 6 Yellow Wagtail. P. Kent had a Hobby over the flash between 8.50 and 8.55am.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1+1y Mute Swan, 13 Canada Geese, 21 Pochard, 15 Gadwall, 4 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 5 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 141 Coot, 2 Moorhen and 2 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Lapwing, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 60+ Swift and 3+ Bullfinch.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Wintersett 15.08.18

19 - 24 degrrees with sun, scattered cloud and a very light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Swift 15.  House Martin 220.  Lapwing 120. Common Tern 8,  including the ringed U33.  Teal 2.  Pochard 3. Tufted Duck 3 small young.  Cormorant 8.  Great Crested Grebe 47 + 15 WRes. + 4 CHres.. 
Wintersett Res:  Little Grebe 9 + 1 ACP.  Gadwall 6 + 83 CHRes.. Water Rail 2 south east corner. 

Sulphur Surprise Laetiporus sulphureus   Pits Wood   ASmith

The last stretch of hedge removed from west bank field at Wintersett Res. ASmith

The Edge 15/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 86 Canada Geese, 9 Teal, 3 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Moorhen, 21 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 187 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Herring Gull ,1 Common Gull, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Yellowhammer. A good early morning for P. Kent with 10+ Willow Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Garden Warbler in Broomhill Park, 5 Yellow Wagtail on the Ings and  2 Spotted Flycatcher from the bridge.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 76 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 36 Tufted Duck, 24 Mallard, 23 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 2 Pochard, 45 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 8 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 118 Coot, 9 Moorhen, 14 Lapwing, 3 LBB Gull and 6+ Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+3y Mute Swan, 31 Canada Geese, 29 Greylag, 21 Gadwall, 19 Pochard, 9 Mallard, 7 Tufted Duck, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 162 Coot, 1+2y Moorhen and 2 LBB Gull. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel,1 Common Tern, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Blackcap.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Carlton Marsh

We were a bit busy today removing Glyceria from the outlet sluice on the wader scrape. We haven't been able to reduce the level for waders due to the reeds clogging up the outlet into the dike. Hopefully enough reed was removed to allow some water to get away.
Little Egret, Green Sandpiper and Yellow Wagtail were present while were working there.

Wintersett 14.08.18

17 - 20 degrees with sun, scattered, but increasing,  cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Peregrine 1 adult + 1 juvenile.  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult. Pochard 11.  Common Tern 13.  Yellow Wagtail 2.
83 birds were ringed this morning:
Highlights were -  11 Reed Warbler.  4 Sedge Warbler.  20 Blackcap.  3 Garden Warbler .  12 Whitethroat.  9 Willow Warbler.  12 Chiffchaff.    1 Treecreeper.  1  Cetti's Warbler  juvenile male.
Lepidoptera: Holly Blue 1 WRes.

The Edge 14/08/2018

Wombwell Ings -  A Spotted Flycatcher was seen in Broomhill Park by P. Kent between 8.00 and 8.25am. It was viewable late morning near the bridge over the R. Dearne on Old Pontefract Road. Also present were 86 Canada Geese, 13 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 2 Moorhen, 38 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 160+ BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull. In the hedge along the Bulling Dyke were Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat and a singing Yellowhammer.
Broomhill Flash - Highlight was a female Wheatear sat on a fence post at the back of the flash. Also noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, c100 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 45 Tufted Duck, 45 Mallard, 27 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 1 Pochard, 45 Little Grebe, 18 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrel, 120 Coot, 29 Moorhen, 15 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 3 LBB Gull, 1 Kingfisher, and 6 Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+4y Mute Swan, 30 Canada Geese, 15 Gadwall, 10 Pochard, 8 Mallard, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Shoveler, 8 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 151 Coot, 2+2y Moorhen, 3 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 7 Greylag over, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 2 Lapwing, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Carlton Marsh

Just to let you know that the car park entrance gate could be locked from as early as 4pm.
Apologies for disturbance on the Wader scrape tomorrow morning for essential management work.
Today's highlights were, Green Sandpiper 2 (K. Bannister) Little Egret, Teal 8, Grey Wagtail 2, Swift 2, House Martin 25 and Kingfisher 2.


Wintersett 13.08.18

17 - 22 degrees, dull with 8/8 but decreasing cloud, a couple of very short light showers. then sunny spells and a light north westerly.
Wintersett Res Black-necked Grebe  1 juvenile.  A Water Rail was in the west bank marsh. 
Anglers CP:  Common Tern 7.  Swift 3.  Pochard 10.   Shoveler 1 + 1 CHRes.
Disposal Point: Goldfinch 40.
Cold Hiendley Res: Goldeneye 1 f.   Teal 2.  Cormorant 2.  Grey Wagtail 3.
Lepidoptera:  Green-veined White 1.   Meadow Brown 1 WRes.   Holly Blue 1 ACP.

Wintersett WeBS August 2018

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

Mute Swan 37   Canada Goose 132   Greylag Goose 57   Cormorant 8   Coot  266   Moorhen  22     Mallard 170   Gadwall 46   Tufted Duck 309  Goldeneye 1    Teal 8   Great Crested Grebe 57   Black-necked Grebe 1  Little Grebe 4   Pochard 1   Lapwing  44   Grey Heron 2   Common Tern 8 .

LITTLE OWL - Green Moor 13-08-2018

LITTLE OWL - (5) Successful breeding again this year with 2 Adults and three owlets

Recent 4K video of two Owlets dust bathing (3.5 mins)



The Edge 13/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 202 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 19 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 38 Little Egret, 17 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 2+1y Moorhen, 36 Lapwing, 400+ BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Reed Warbler.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 131 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 36 Tufted Duck, 20 Gadwall, 18 Mallard, 3 Teal, 1 Pochard, 38 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 7 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 115 Coot, 9 Moorhen, 4 Red Legged Partridge, 28 Lapwing, 8 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper and 9 Swift.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1y Mute Swan, 21 Pochard, 18 Gadwall, 14 Mallard, 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 129 Coot and 2+1y Moorhen. Also present were 4 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Lapwing, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 2 Blackcap and 1 Whitethroat.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Wilthorpe Marsh 12/8/18. J Lunn, S Green.

Very steady with 7 Green Sands, 4 L Egrets, 2 C Snipe, 2 Water Rail, 10 Greenfinch.

Wintersett 12.08.18

14 - 18 degrees, humid,  with 8/8 cloud and rain until 10.00hrs.  Dry with a southerly breeze.
Anglers CP:   A juvenile Black-necked Grebe was on the shallows early doors, still present late morning.  Common Tern 7.  Swift 2,  Pochard 1.  Tufted Duck 4 small young without the female + adult and 3 small young CHRes..   A Yellow Wagtail flew over.  Sand Martin 30.  A juvenile Hobby was unsuccesful in attempts to take a Sand Martin early this evening.
Wintersett Res: A Ruff flew over south at 11.13hrs, then flew over and around ACP, before leaving north at 11.17hrs.  Mallard 9 fl y + 8 fl young WRes. + 3m y + 3  fl young CHRes..
Cold Hiendley: Barn Owl 1.  Tawny Owl 1.  A brood of Cetti's Warbler were on the north bank.
Lepidoptera: Meadow Brown 1.

                     Juvenile Black-necked Grebe   ACP            SDenny

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Wintersett 11.08.18

15 -18 degrees with sun, scattered cloud and a cool westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: A Barn Owl was flying at dawn.
Anglers CP: Swift 1.  Common Tern 8.
61 birds were ringed in the area:  Highlights were:- 19 Blackap,  4 Whitethroat,  1 Lesser Whitethroat,  3 Reed Warbler,  19 Willow Warbler,  6 Chiffchaff.  A Garden Warbler was retrapped.
Lepidoptera:  Small Heath 1 MLPond.  Brown Argus 1 MLponds + 1 ACP.
Odonata: A male Small Red-eyed Damselfly was seen MLPond.

Friday, 10 August 2018

Wintersett 10.08.18

Cooler today.  13 - 17 degrees with sun, scattered cloud, a short shower mid morning,  with a light to moderate, north westerly wind.
Anglers CP: Pochard 7.  Common Tern 7. 
Wintersett Res: Tufted Duck 3 vs young.  Mallard 5 s/m young.  A Cetti's brood was on the north bank. 

The Edge 10/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 195 Canada Geese, 22 Greylag, 1 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 47 Little Egret ( Early AM by P. Kent ), 16 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrel, 2 Moorhen, 16 Lapwing, 311 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 169 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 93 Mallard, 37 Tufted Duck, 21 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 38 Little Egret, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 21 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 135 Coot, 9 Moorhen, 19 Lapwing, 9 Snipe, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Pied Wagtail and 2 Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 47 Greylag, 24 Canada Geese, 29 Mallard, 22 Gadwall, 16 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 7 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 148 Coot and 2+2y Moorhen. Also present were 3 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 2 Lapwing, 6+ Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, a singing Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap and 50+ Goldfinch.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

The Edge 09/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 200+ Canada Geese, 19 Greylag, 7 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 37 Little Egret, 15 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrel, 1 Moorhen, 24 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper,  225 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, c50 House Martin, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 30+ Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting and 1 Yellowhammer. Early AM,  P. Kent also had 1 Peregrine and 1 Dunlin over.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 88 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 49 Mallard, 32 Tufted Duck, 21 Gadwall, 11 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 43 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Kestrel, 128 Coot, 7 Moorhen, 21 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Swift, c60 Swallow and 50+ Sand Martin.
Bolton Ings - Highlights were a Bittern that flew east across the front of the hide at 12.30pm and a Marsh Harrier that stood precariously on a fence post over the water as it plucked away at a dead Black Headed Gull. . On the open water were 2+1y Mute Swan, 46 Canada Geese, 23 Greylag, 18 Mallard, 14 Gadwall, 11+1y Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 7 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 163 Coot, 3 Moorhen and 2 LBB Gull. Also present were 2 Kestrel, 2 Lapwing, 1 Swift, 3 Jay, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 singing Willow Warbler and 1 Blackcap.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Wintersett 08.08.18

17 - 23 degrees, hot and humid with sun, scattered cloud and a cooler westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 6.  A juvenile Peregrine flew over.  Pochard 2.  Tufted Duck 1 female + 4 small young.  A Green Sandpiper was on the shallows this morning, and still present at 19.50hrs.  Yellow Wagtail 1.  Sand Martin 10. Coromorant 6.  An adult Yellow-legged Gull left north with Lesser Black-backed Gulls this evening.

Carlton Marsh

I only got as far as the wader scrape today. Present were 9 Lapwings, 4 Teal, 8 Greylags, 5 LBB Gulls, 4 Herring Gulls, c 120 BH Gulls and a Juv. Med Gull from 14.10hrs to 15.00hrs when most of the gulls left north. This is almost certainly the same un-ringed bird, which has now been seen on 6 dates since July 27th. A Willow Tit called and a Green Woodpecker flew over.

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull (CG)

Cudworth
All the Swifts at the Beech Avenue/Park Avenue colony have gone. The last 4 were seen yesterday.(Geoff Miller)




The Edge 08/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 133 Canada Geese, 29 Greylag, 11 Mallard, 3 Little Egret ( P. Kent had 41 early AM ), 10 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 2 Moorhen, 22 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 221 BH Gull, 1 Skylark, 1 Swift, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Linnet and 1 Yellowhammer.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 88 Canada Geese, 74 Mallard, 22+3y Tufted Duck, 15 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 35 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 5 Red Legged Partridge,  1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 144 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 13 Lapwing, 7 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Green Sandpiper.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 65 Canada Geese, 48 Greylag, 19 Gadwall, 17 Mallard, 8 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 143 Coot and 2+2y Moorhen. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 LB Gull, 2 Swift, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap and 30+ Goldfinch.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Carlton Marsh

A juvenile Med Gull was on the wader scrape from at 13.40hrs until 15.20hrs (Dave Smith/CG) when everything was disturbed by a shooter on private land nearby. All the gulls left  north. However, the Med Gull returned and was still present when Richard Laverack left the site at 20.33hrs. Today's gulls included 10 LBB, 7 Herring and c150 BH Gulls. A Willow Tit called near the view point.

Insects included Red Admiral, Brown and Southern Hawker, Black-tailed Skimmer and Common Darter, which seem to be scarce this year so far.

Wintersett 07.08.18

18 - 21 degrees with sun, scattered, but increasing cloud and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 8.  Common Sandpiper 1.
Wintersett Res: A brood of young Cetti's Warblers were on the north bank - probably the brood from Botany Area.  
Lepidoptera:  MLPond:  Brown Argus 1 + 1 ACP.  Small Heath 5.  Common Blue 1.  Holly Blue 1 + 1 ACP.  Small Copper 1 + 1 WRes..     ACP:  Meadow Brown 1.
Odonata: MLPond: Small Red-eyed Damselflies  2 male + 1 m Botany Bay.
Reptile: A 2 metre long Grass Snake was found dead on Haw Park Lane.  It looks like it was run over by a car.

Wintersett Monday 06.08.18


17 - 24 degrees with sun, scattered cloud and a light north westerly breeze.
Moorhouse Lane Pond:  2 Tree Pipits flew around 08.35hrs.
Disposal Point: Willow Tit 1.  Green Woodpecker  1.  Grey Partridge 2.
Anglers CP: A Green Sandpiper was on the north west bank 07.00hrs.  Common Sandpiper 1.  Common Tern 9.  Peregrine 1 juvenile.  Pochard 1.  Tufted Ducklings 4 vs young + 3 vs young WRes..
Lepidoptera: Small Heath 1 west bank WRes..   Common Blue 1 MHLane Pons.  Holly Blue 1 ACP.
Odonata:  2 Small Red-eyed Damselfly were on Moorhouse Lane Pond.  

The Edge 07/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 218 Canada Geese, 6 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 36 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2+2y Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 35 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, c150 BH Gull, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Yellowhammer and 3 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted Were 2+4y Mute Swan, 116 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 46 Mallard, 34 Tufted Duck, 22 Gadwall, 11 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 31 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Kestrel, 191 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 10+ Lapwing, 2 Snipe and 1 Common Sandpiper.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 71 Greylag, 36 Canada Geese, 15 Gadwall, 13+3y Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 6 Pochard, 9 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 128 Coot, 2+2y Moorhen and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Lapwing, 1 Common Tern, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Whitethroat.

Monday, 6 August 2018

The Edge 06/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 139 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 8 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 18 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 2 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 23 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 131 BH Gull, 6 LBB Gull, 1 Skylark and 3 Pied Wagtail. Along the Bulling Dyke were  2 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 7 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 108 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 67 Mallard, c50 Gadwall, 28+9y Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 1+10y Shoveler, 30 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 220+ Coot, 11 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 33 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 LBB Gull, 2 Swift, 60+ Swallow, 50+ Sand Martin and 20 House Martin.
Bolton Ings -  Highlight was was a juvenile Bittern that climbed up the reeds in the western corner of the east pool  and enjoyed the sun from 12.10 to 12.28pm. On the open water were 54 Canada Geese, 52 Greylag, 21 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 7 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 7 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 156 Coot and 1+2y Moorhen. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 2 Lapwing, 1 Green Woodpecker ( pursued by a Swallow as it zigzagged over the TPT ! ), 1 Grey Wagtail, 50+ Goldfinch, 3 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.

Carlton Marsh

My internet was cut off last Thursday, coincidently after a scam phone call saying it would be! It turned out to be BT engineers in the green box.
A Dunlin at the weekend (Dave Smith), was our first, believe it not, since September 1998!
Andy Wood and Keith Bannister had a nice surprise this morning at the arrival of 11 Black-tailed Godwits on the wader scrape, a record number and the first to come down to feed since October 1995! They stayed until at 17.30hrs, but were gone on my return at 20.55hrs. Our last fly over was a single in July 2016.
Visiting birder, Ian Morris, saw them too along with a juv. Med Gull this morning.
Also present c150 BH Gulls, 5 Herring Gulls, 15 LBB Gulls and 3 Snipe.

 Richard Laverack




Sunday, 5 August 2018

Wintersett - 05.08.18 Details of DARVIC ringed Common Tern

 Chris Swaine has traced the ringers of the Common Tern,  with Darvic U33 black on white right leg and metal on left leg at Anglers Country Park.  (The DARVIC was actually bleached out pale green)
 
Andy Smith, Watermead Country Park Leicester, gave him the following information
 
Yes it does look like one of ours. The colour rings are Lime green that can appear pale.
Lime U33 metal SR45297 was rung at Watermead Country Park, which is on the northern edge of the City of Leicester, on 23/6/2014.   Looks like it is starting to moult into winter plumage. This is a great record as we have had none of this bird since it was rung. Also you become the 20th person to send me records. This year I have had records from Merseyside, Dorset, Spurn, Lincolnshire, France and Namibia.
This year we colour rung 25 juvs. This brings our total to 135 since 2014.
Many thanks for taking the trouble to send me your sighting.

Wintersett - New Species for the area 05.08.18

19 - 25 degrees,  sunny, hot and humid, with scattered cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 4.  A Little Egret flew north at 08.50hrs.  A Tree Pipit flew east at 08.58hrs.  Snipe 2.  A Curlew flew west at 10.30hrs.  Herring Gull 10.  Tufted Ducklings 4.  Common Sandpiper 1.
Moorhouse Lane Pond: Green Sandpiper 1.
Lepidoptera:  ACP: Holly Blue 1.  Meadow Brown 1.  MLPond: Common Blue 1m.  Small Heath 1.  Small Copper 1.  Small Skipper 2.
Odonata:
ACP: Black-tailed Skimmer 1m..  MLPond: Emperor 2m.. Blue-tailed Damselfly 2.  Ruddy Darter 10.  Common Darter 4  
NEW SPECIES FOR  THE  AREA:
After Carl found the Small Red-eyed Damsel flies at 2 sites in Worborough yesterday,  we were inspired to go check Moorhouse Lane Ponds area, just in case!!  The weather was perfect for odonata so lunch was delayed and our quest was on.  
Within a few minutes  of arriving at the ponds a SMALL RED-EYED DAMSELFLY was spotted by Pete Smith and Paul Meredith, flying very fast and low over the extensive weed bed. When it landed it  'disappeared', but was picked up again in flight, a few frustrating minutes later.  A second one was found shortly after that.  This is the first record of this species in the Wintersett Area. Steve Denny went this afternoon and photographed one at 14.10hrs.

Small Red-Eyed Damselfly  MLP     First Record for Wintersett      SDenny.    

Ewden valley 5/8/18.

Quite breezy this aft but dry and warm. Very steady and sometimes slow birding with cc Marsh Harrier, Peregrine ad.fem., with possibly 2 birds, Merlin 1, C Buzzard scarce, just 1, Kestrel 10, plentiful. Raven scarce, just 1, Curlew not many left with just a party of 5 juvs. Stonechat 2 juvs were the first of the year here. 6 Redpolls near the cabin and big numbers of Swallows and House Martins going south with some feeding up in the heather + 15 Swifts.

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Wintersett 04.08.18

17 - 24 degrees,  sunny with scattered cloud and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP:  A Dunlin flew over this morning.  Common Sandpiper 1.  A DARVIC ringed Common Tern - U33 black on white right leg and metal on left leg,  perched on a tern post this morning. 
Wintersett Res: Water Rail 1 west bank.  Common Tern 2.
Cold Hiendley Res: Goldeneye 1 f.Teal 1.  Grey Wagtail 3 on the lower spillway.  Little Grebe 2.
Overnight Noc.Mig: A Little Ringed Plover at 11.55hrs.  A Dunlin at 02.50 hrs + another at 04.00hrs.
68 birds were ringed WRes: Highlights were - 10 Blackcap,  7 Whitethroat,  8 Reed Warbler,  5 Sedge Warbler,  10 Willow Warbler and 10 Chiffchaff.
Critter:  A Grass Snake was seen Haw Park Wood.

                                 Southern Hawker        HPWood    CSwaine

Worsbrough - Small Red-eyed Damselflies 4th Aug

A total of 9+ Small Red-eyed Damselflies have been recorded at two sites today in Worsbrough. This is a new species for the area (and Barnsley?).

I had at least 3 male and a female at Dark Lane Pond, Barrow (SE 361035). This included a mating pair which was later seen ovipositing.

At least 5 males were then observed on the Worsbrough Canal. There are more suitable ponds to be checked in the area so numbers are likely to be much higher.

Plenty of other dragonfly species present at Dark Lane Pond. Other highlights were willow tit and grass snake.

Gary Lee has also had a Dark Green Fritillary at Langsett today.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Wintersett 03.08.18

19 - 23 degrees ,  hot and humid, with dull  8/8 cloud and light north westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 3 + 4 WRes..  Cormorant 5 + 1 WRes..  Tufted Duck 5 very small young.  A Greenshank flew over.  Common Tern 3.  Pochard 2. 
Wintersett Res: Mallard young 7 l/fl young  +  3 l/fl young CHRes..  Willow Tit 1 north east bank.  A Curlew felw over at 10.55hrs.
Lepidoptera: Holly Blue 1 WRes..

Wintersett Ringing Recovery per Becky Bailey 03.08.18

A Blue tit ANA6288, ringed as a Juv on 05/09/17 at Wintersett,
was retrapped by Doncaster RG at Frickley Country Park on 21/02/18.
A great Yorkshire recovery, that I really should have processed on Yorkshire Day 2018!

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Another Silver-washed Fritillary

A message from Chris Standring (Dave's son) - "Had a Silver-washed Fritillary in mum's garden (Blenheim Road, Barnsley) last Friday. That's a garden tick. Dad would have been very pleased to see that." And it was photographed by Chris's sister Julie.
So I guess this is the third modern Barnsley occurrence following those at Hugset Wood.  Clearly there are a few around and if they are in central Barnsley surely there are more in the wider countryside.

Wintersett 02.08.18

18 - 24 degrees with sun, scattered cloud  and a south westerly wind.
Wintersett Res: Little Grebe 5.  Shoveler 1. 
Botany Paddock: A Spotted Flycatcher was new for the year list. 
Anglers CP: Common Tern 8.  Pochard 1.   Tufted Duck 1 female + 5 vsyoung.  A Red Kite flew over at 11.45hrs.  Common Sandpiper 1. 
48 Birds were ringed this morning. Highlights were:- Blackcap 11.  Garden Warbler 2.  Lesser Whitethroat 1.  Reed Warbler 3.  Sedge Warbler 1.  Chiffchaff 7.  Willow Warbler 9.  Reed Bunting 5. 
Lepidoptera:
ACP - Meadow Brown 1.  Gatekeeper 2.  Green-veined White 1.   Botany  Purple Hairstreak 1. CHRes - Comma 1.  Green-veined White 1.  Small Copper 2.  Gatekeeper 1.  Common Blue 1.  Holly Blue 1.   
Reptile:  The Soft-shelled Turtle was feeding off the fishing pog next to the boathouse bench.

 Spotted Flycatcher   Botany Paddock   CSwaine

 Small Copper - under and upper   CHRes    ASmith


Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Wintersett 01.08. 2018

 HAPPY YORKSHIRE DAY
17 - 22 degrees, 6/6 cloud this morning, 8/8 by mid afternoon,  and a south westerly wind.
Wintersett Res:  2 Lttle Egrets flew over south at 07.25hrs + 1 south over Haw Park at 09.45hrs. A Redshank was on the boathouse slipway. 
Anglers CP:  Arctic Tern 3    Snipe 1.   Common Tern 6.  Common Sandpiper 1.  Lesser Whitethroat 1.  Green Woodpecker 1 + 1 ringed by Archie at the ruin + 2 Walton Hall.   Tufted Duck 5 vs young.  An unringed juvenile Peregrine was hunting Black-headed Gulls at 15.05hrs - unsuccessfully!
125 Birds were ringed WRes.  Highlights were:  52 Swallow.  13 Blackcap.  1 Garden Warbler.  17 Reed Warbler .  3 Sedge Warbler .  7  Willow Warbler.  8 Whitethroat.   1 Lesser Whitethroat.  10 Chiffchaff.
Critter: A Grass Snake was seen at Walton Hall.

 Juvenile Peregrine (unringed)  ACP      CSwaine



Carlton Marsh

A Little Egret was flushed at 07.00hrs when shooting started. Visiting birder, Ian Morris, tweeted a juv Med Gull on the wader scrape at 10.20hrs.
This afternoon 5 LBB Gulls, 1 Herring Gull and c80 B.H. Gulls and a Green Sandpiper (Dave Smith).

The Edge 01/08/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 94 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 56 Mallard, 1 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 30 Little Egret, 13 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 2+4y Moorhen, 32 Lapwing, 116 BH Gull, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Linnet and 3 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 37 Mallard, 14+9y Tufted Duck,  6 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 1+10y Shoveler, 21 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 10 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 152 Coot, 12 Moorhen, 16+ Lapwing , 3 Snipe and 1 Common Sandpiper.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1y Mute Swan, 43 Canada Geese, 39 Greylag, 28 Gadwall, 11 Pochard, 9 Mallard, 7+5y Tufted Duck, 4 Teal, 8 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 135 Coot, 1+1y Moorhen, 5 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 1 Marsh Harrier (Sat on a fence post on far side  of pool , directly opposite the hide, for an hour.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper (On stones in R. Dearne downstream of bridge), 1 Common Tern, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Reed Bunting and a flock of about 40 Goldfinch.