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