Sunday, 21 October 2018

Ewden valley/ Midhope 21/10/18.

Started ok but ruined by the weather with low cloud,drizzle and strong wind. Ewden- on arrival hundreds of Woodpigeon going down the valley toward broomhead res. Raven 2,C Buzzard 2,c 100 Fieldfare, Meadow Pipit 18. Midhope- 48 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck and 3 L Grebe on res. Also c200 Fieldfare,12 Redpoll.

Carlton Marsh

Another beautiful day encouraging birds to move. During the first hour of daylight 22 Redwing flew west, 60 Starlings NW followed by 20 more NW and 141 (5 groups) of Wood Pigeon flew high SW. A Brambling called near the ringing rides and 2 Song Thrushes (1 ringed) were very flighty. Also present 15 Skylarks (on the fields), 2 Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, 3 Siskin, 2 Redpoll and 5 Bullfinch. Meanwhile 2 Cormorants, 3 Herring Gulls and 2 Common Gulls were on the wader scrape and a skein of Pink Feet were heard in the distance heading east. 

Wintersett Vis.Mig + Ringing 21.10.18

9 - 13 degrees with 2/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: A Great White Egret flew high south west at 11.18 hrs..  5 Whooper Swan flew south east.  A total of 341Pink Footed Geese went east in 4 skeins (54 + 130 +110+47).    43 Brambling flew west.
Anglers CP:  7 Goldeneye were new in.  Little Grebe 5. Pink-footed Goose 1.
Wintersett Res:  2 singing male Cetti's Warblers - boathouse and north bank.
Cold Hiendley Res: Scaup  1 juvenile drake.  Pochard 16.  Tufted Duck 174.  Grey Heron 5.  A Peregrine flew over at 15.00hrs.
26 Birds were ringed: Highlights were:- 13 Goldfinch + 10 Lesser Redpoll.
Lepidoptera ACP. : Red Admiral  1,  Speckled Wood 1  and a Small White  1.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Carlton Marsh

On show today 2 Cormorants, 36 Lapwings, 2 Common Gulls, 1 LBB Gulls, 8 Herring Gulls, Little Egret, Water Rail, Grey Wagtail and 7 Shovelers. Single Redpoll, Siskin and Skylark flew over.

Insects included 2 Speckled Wood and an amazing 28 Small Copper butterflies. Also of note, Orange Ladybird (Chris parkin)

Wintersett + Vis.Mig + Ringing + Evening 20.10.18

7 - 14 degrees with 3/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: 
Going south: Whooper Swan 1 at 08.35hrs.   Mute Swan 3 at 10.13hrs.  Peregrine 1.
Going south west: Wood Pigeon 260.
Going west: Pink-footed Goose 90 at 10.10hrs.  Skylark 3.  Fieldfare 658. Redwing 329.  Brambling 32 (7+2+ 7+16).  Siskin 1.
Going north west: Starling 1904.
Going east: Hawfinch  5 circled boathouse WRes at 16.35 then left east.
Anglers CP: Grey Heron 10.  Teal 15.  Little Grebe 3.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  
Wintersett Res: 2 singing male Cetti's Warblers - north bank and boathouse reeds.   Starling 650 roosted.  A Great White Egret flew over low and may have dropped in 17.50hrs.   10 adult Whooper Swans dropped in at 18.10hrs.
111 Birds were ringed: Highlights were- 77 Lesser Redpoll.  14 Goldfinch.  Greenfinch 8.  Reed Bunting 1.  Redwing 7.


                                           Great White Egret          WRes        PMeredith

Friday, 19 October 2018

Wintersett + VisMig + Gull Roost

6 - 13 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a light westerly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig: An excellent morning with a good number of Wood Pigeons and the first really good push of continental Starlings (more tomorrow hopefully :-). A highlight was the first vig mig Woodcock for ACP hill!
Going south west: Wood Pigeon 6100Skylark 44.  Fieldfare  67.  Redwing  120.  Meadow Pipit 19.
Song Thrush 1.  Lesser Redpoll 16. 
Going west: Woodcock 1 at 10.20hrs, (a firstVisMigfor this sp.).    Starling 1351. Brambling 28 (9+1+14+1+3) Pink-footed Goose 32.  Snipe 5.  Chaffinch 69 (record count broken by 6!)
Going east: Rock Pipit 2 at 08.05hrs. 
Going south: Mistle Thrush 3. Golden Plover 2.  Green Finch 5.  Siskin 15.
3 Whooper  Swans flew south at 07.45hrs and 15 dropped in from the west at  09.40hrs, stayed on ACP lake all day then left east at sunset.
For complete counts, per Paul Meredith,  see  https://www.trektell en.nl/count/view/1100/20181019
Anglers CP: Goosander 19.  Wigeon 77.  Pochard 19 + 6 WRes. + 17 CHRes..
Wintersett Res:  2  Water Rail were heard - one east bank and one in the boathouse reeds.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: per Steve Denny. Herring Gull 240,  Great Black Backed Gull 140, Lesser Black backed Gull 132.

  Some of the Whooper Swans      ACP at dusk       SDenny

The Edge 19/10/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 103 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 57 Teal, 38 Shoveler, 37 Wigeon, 2 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Coot, 125 Lapwing, 27 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 112 BH Gull, 1 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtail, 3 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Park - Peter Kent had 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron, 2300 Woodpigeon over south, 2 Fieldfare, 25+ Long Tailed Tit and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+3 juv Mute Swan, 16 Teal, 16 Tufted Duck, 15 Shoveler, 5 Mallard, 5 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 5 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 25 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 28 LBB Gull and LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2 juv Mute Swan, 5 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 1 female Goosander, 2+4 juv Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 277 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 6 LBB Gull, 5 BH Gull and 4 Common Gull. Also present were 42 Lapwing.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Wintersett + VisMig + Ringing + Gull Roost

6 - 15 degrees with sun,  2/8 high cloud and a light southerly.
Anglers CP VisMig:  A decent morning.  Whooper Swan 15E.   Pink footed Goose 174 in 4 skeins (25 W, 15W, 4S, 130 NE).   Wood Pigeons 6600 SW.  Stock Dove 11 SW.   Brambling 31W.  Curlew 1W.    Redwing 520 W.   Fieldfare 160 SW.  Skylark 34 SW.  

Carlton Marsh

5 Herring Gulls, 1 LBB Gull. 2 Common Gulls and c150 Black Headed Gulls were on the wader scrape with 2 Herons and a Cormorant. On the main marsh a Water Rail called and a Redpoll flew over. A Grey Wagtail was feeding in front of the hide and several, single Skylarks headed SW.
3 Speckled Wood butterflies were on the wing along with numerous Common Darters.

Carlton Memorial Lake 
This morning a Golden Plover flew north at 10.10hrs followed by 117 Pink Feet west at 10.14hrs. On the adjacent fields were 4 Meadow Pipits, 10 Skylarks and 6 Pied Wagtails. (Dave Smith)

Rabbit Ings
A Barn Owl was hunting the meadows this morning (Mick Birkinshaw).

The Edge 18/10/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 105 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 46 Teal, 37 Shoveler, 8 Mallard, 5 Wigeon, 1 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 232 Lapwing, 181 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 132 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 15+ Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 60+ Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Park - Peter Kent had c50 Pink Footed Geese over east, 1 Peregrine, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 2650 Woodpigeon over south, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Treecreeper.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+3juv Mute Swan, 26 Tufted Duck, 14 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 7 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 5 Little Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 13 Lapwing and 24 BH Gull.
Bolton Ings - Highlight was a Barn Owl hunting over the eastern end of the East Pool. On the open water were 2+2 juv Mute Swan, 51 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 3 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 1 female Goosander, 2+ 4juv Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 274 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 4 Common Gull and 3 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 1 Bittern, 61 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Green Woodpecker and 2 Jay.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Carlton Marsh

122 Pink Feet Geese flew SE at 10.27hrs and another skein, not seen, were heard heading NE at 10.50hrs. (Dave Smith) 20 Fieldfare came in later. Also present Grey Wagtail, Cormorant, 4 Jays and 18 Lapwing.

Insects flying in the mild conditions were, single Painted Lady and Speckled Wood, 9 Small Copper and 12 Common  Darter. 
Harlequin Ladybird is often common at this time of year, 166 were counted in the car park. (Chris Parkin)
 Grey Wagtail (Dave Smith)
Shaggy Pholiota (Pholiota squarrosa) (Dave Smith)
This pristine Swallow-tailed Moth was taken in Dave Smith's garden light trap last night. Normally this beautiful moth is on the wing in late June early July!


Wintersett + VisMig 17.10.18

8 - 12 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP: Little Egret 1.  Grey Heron 8  Shoveler 53.  A Pink-footed Goose was in with the Greylag Geese.
Wintersett Res: A singing male Cetti's Warbler was on the north bank.  A Water Rail was on the east bank.  A Kingfisher seen north east bank + 1 ACP. 
Haw Park Wood: 2000 Corvids flew out of the roost at 07.00hrs.
Anglers CP VisMig:
Going south west: Wood Pigeon 1360.  Stock Dove 3.  Goldfinch 51.  Siskin 10.  Reed Bunting 4.
Going south: Pied Wagtail 14.   Linnet 38.  Meadow Pipit 1.  Great Spotted Woodpecker 5.
Going east:  Pink-footed Goose 533 +  100 west
Going west:   Brambling 63 (including a flock of 42 which is probably the biggest flock seen here)    Goosander 12Starling 306.  Chaffinch 43.  Blackbird 1.  Mistle Thrush 5.  Fieldfare 633.  Redwing 1363.  Song Thrush 2.  Skylark 102.  Lesser Redpoll 2.  Lapland Bunting 1.
Per Paul Meredith @Fitzybirder: The Lapland Bunting was only the 3rd ever  here during a VisMig. Watch.  Lapland Bunting, previous records being in 2010 and 2014, these in turn being the first at all here since the flush of records during 1987 to 1990 (which included up to five wintering birds in early 1988).
Lepidoptera: Red Admiral 1 ACP.   

The Edge 17/10/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 58 Canada Geese, 43 Shoveler, 37 Teal, 5 Wigeon, 5 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 182 Lapwing, 31 Golden Plover, 38 BH Gull, 7 Skylark, 9 Meadow Pipit and 2 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Park - Early morning P. Kent had c400 Redwing over, 50+ Fieldfare, 6 Siskin, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+3 juv Mute Swan, a skein ofc200 Pink Footed Geese over east at 10.08am, 125 Canada Geese, 22 Tufted Duck, 21 Shoveler, 15 Mallard, 5 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 18 Lapwing and 5 BH Gull. Early AM K. Fisher also had 1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Snipe,1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker and c50 Linnet.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+2 juv Mute Swan, 16 Shoveler, 10 Pochard, 10 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Teal, 2+3y Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 12 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 8 BH Gull, 4 Common Gull, 3 LBB Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 45 Lapwing, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Jay.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Wintersett + Gull Roost Oddity 16.10.18

10 - 15 degrees with sun,  4/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: A Brambling flew over.  Little Egret 1.   Shoveler 51.  Teal 2.  Goldeneye 1 female.   
Golf Course Field: A flock of 50 Redwing flew over west mid morning.
Cold Hiendley Res: 6 Noctule Bats flew over at dusk.
Wintersett Res: 2 singing male Cetti's Warblers - west bank and north bank.  A Great White Egret dropped in to west bank at 17.45hrs.   
Wintersett Res Gull Roost:Per Steve Denny @StevieD131 .
This Laugher imposter caused a stir for a while in the  Wintersett roost tonight. Went down as aberrant Common Gull but hybrid Med may be an option.  The mask wasn’t as clear cut in real life, I think the photos have enhanced the contrast a bit and make it stand out more.
Here is a couple of photos to discuss/comment on.




Odonata: Common Darter 2 ACP.

The Edge 16/10/2018

Wombwell Ings - Present were 150+ Canada Geese, 79 Teal, 32 Shoveler, 16 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 91 Lapwing, 1 Golden Plover, 5 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat  and 1 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Park - K. Fisher had 20 Fieldfare and 3 Redwing. P. Kent had 2 Treecreeper.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+3 juv Mute Swan, 7 Canada Geese, 23 Tufted Duck, 21 Shoveler, 5 Teal, 3 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 3 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 5 Little Grebe, 6 Red Legged Partridge, 5 Coot, 5 Moorhen and 21 BH Gull. Early AM, K. Fisher also had 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl and 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 5 Tufted Duck, 5 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 1 Mallard, 4+2 juv Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 11 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 312 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 23 BH Gull, 8 Common Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 1 Sparrowhawk, 35 Lapwing, and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Wintersett WeBS October 2018

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

Mute Swan 16   Canada Goose 22   Greylag Goose 57   Cormorant 46   Coot 449   Moorhen 30   Great Crested Grebe 38   Little Grebe 17   Mallard 43   Teal 10   Shoveler 62   Gadwall 68   Wigeon 85   
Tufted Duck 229   Pochard 16   Goldeneye 3   Goosander 4   Water Rail 2   Grey Heron 12   Lapwing 168   Little Egret 1.

Wintersett p.m 15.10.18

10 degrees, grey and  damp with a north easterly wind.
Limited number of sightings due totwitching/ dipping/no show of the White-rumped Swift at Hornsea Mere this morning.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 1.
Wintersett Res: A singing male Cetti's Warbler was on the north bank.  A Chiffchaff was in the ruin area.

Wintersett 14.10.18

8 - 10 degrees with 8/8 cloud and rain until late morning with a northerly breeze.
Anglers CP:  Quality over quantity today.  A Rock Pipit was on the shallows.  A Brambling  in the car park. The  Little Egret was
 on the rock wall.  
Wintersett Res: A Green Sandpiper flew from the north bank.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Wilthorpe Marsh / Bretton 14/10/18.N

Wilthorpe Marsh - Jack Snipe 4, Common Snipe 5, Green Sand 3, L Egret 3, Starling c200, Redwing c120, Swallow 1. Bretton cp.- L Egret 2 at dam spillway, Nuthatch 5, GS Pecker 1. Goosander 9, GC Grebe 20, L Grebe 6, Shoveler 40, Coot 88, Gadwall 23, Tufted Duck 20, Teal 3, Wigeon 2.

Old Moor Sofa


An update on the number of species recorded in the Old Moor Area this year, at the end of August the total was 168.

A further five species were added in September as follows - Crossbill on 2nd (169), Spotted Crake on 15th (170), Turnstone on 19th (171), Cattle Egret on 21st (172) and finally Grey Phalarope on 21st (173), 

At the end of September 2015 the total was 160 therefore we are a further thirteen species better off this year.

A further 16 species were seen up to the end of August in 2015 and 2016 but not seen this year - Red Necked Grebe, Egyptian Goose, Bean Goose, Little Bittern, Night Heron, American Wigeon, Red Crested Pochard, Red Footed Falcon, Curlew Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Gull Billed Tern, Long Eared Owl, Alpine Swift, Redstart & Rock Pipit.

As the weather got cooler in September the birding got hotter, a Spotted Crake appeared on the Reedbeds on 15th and on the 21st a new species for the area when a Cattle Egret was at Wombwell Ings and Broomhill Flash early morning. The Egret quickly moved on but later in the day a Grey Phalarope was found on the Main Marsh. Fortunately the Phalarope is still present today, a stay of 24 days and counting, it must have found something it likes. And finally the first Turnstone of the year was on Broomhill Flash on 19th, just the one and for one day but they all count. The count total of 173 is surely near a record with still about ten weeks to New Years Eve, who knows what will turn up in those ten weeks?

For comparison some other inland sites totals are as follows:- Swillington Ings, West Yorkshire 172, Upton Warren, Worcestershire 144 and Potteric Carr, South Yorkshire ???