Saturday, 9 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights c50 Pink Feet first seen in Low Cudworth headed NW over the reserve at around 10.30hrs.24 Herring, 3 Common and 1 GBB Gull were on the wader scrape with 3 Lapwings. Elsewhere Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Siskin, 2 Fieldfares west, Water Rail, Kingfisher, 2 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk and 2 Greenfinches (JP/CG Chris Parkin)

Details of the Herring Gull photographed on the wader scrape by Dave Smith the other day.

Yellow Darvic YG11    GV58527     5    30/06/17     Rufforth Waste Disposal site, York

                                                                13/03/20     Old Moor, Bolton on Dearne, South Yorkshire 

                                                                                                               (51 k SSW, 2 yrs 257days)

                                                                07/01/21     Carlton Marsh

This is a bird that was ringed at Harewood Whin landfill site, to the west of York, (53.960 -1.177). The bird was caught using a Cannon Net and is one of around 2,500 Gulls which were caught and colour ringed over a 3-year period from March 2015.
Harewood Whin was one of the decreasing numbers of Landfill sites in the UK where it was possible to operate for the catching and ringing of gulls. The landfill site has now closed and no longer attracts large number of Gulls.
One of the main reasons for carrying out this work was to examine if and how the movements of Gulls altered with the closure of the Landfill site, which used to be a major food source throughout the year.
To date there have been over 3,000 sightings reported from as far apart as the Barents Sea and Morocco.

Mike Jackson

A male Blackcap visited Dave Smith's Carlton garden for the 9th consecutive day this year.

Believe it or not, a Peacock butterfly was tempted out by the winter sunshine in Low Cudworth. 

(Chris Parkin junior)

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