Thursday, 3 December 2020

Wintersett 03.12.20

 3 - 5 degrees, 8/8 dull cloud. Damp with light drizzle at 11.00hrs and a very ligh north easterly.

 Anglers CP: Highlight this morning was a Red Kite circling over Wintersett Village at 11.05hrs, before leaving south west.  Shoveler 6,  Pochard 8 and  Little Grebe. 

ACP - North west field: The male and female Stonechat still present.

Wintersett Res: 2 Water Rails were in the boathouse reeds.  Goosander 15.  Cormorant 4 + 4 ACP + 1 CHRes..

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Cudworth Common

This afternoon's walk saw 7 Siskins with 1 Redpoll, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Snipe, 1 Goldcrest and 60 Greylags south.

Ferrymoor Flash (Sash Pond)  

140 Canada Geese, 5 Greylags, 2 Wigeon, 4 Tufted Duck and 17 Shovelers, mostly drakes. 

Wintersett + Gull Roost: 02.12.20

 3 - 7 degrees with 6/8,  but increasing cloud, and a light westerly 

Anglers CP:  A Merlin flew over at 11.40hrs.  3 adult Whooper Swans flew in.  Mute Swan 47 + 4 WRes. + 11 CHRes..  Shelduck 1.  A Woodcock was seen at dusk. 

Wintersett Res: Goosander 17.   Shoveler 42. Pochard 27.   Siskin 3 south.  Water Rail  1 west bank + 1 northbank. Little Grebe 9. Greylag Goose 126. Canada Goose 34.  Lesser Redpoll 60    Treecreeper 2 in south east corner.  A Chiffchaff was in the north east corner.  

Disposal Point: Lesser Redpoll 70.  

Anglers CP Gull Roost: Numbers are increasing.  Herring Gull 728.  Great Black-backed Gull 176,  

Goosander 28,  Goldeneye 42.

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Carlton Marsh

Our wildlife group smashed the November record of 75 bird species set in 1993. Grey Partridge and a Whooper Swan yesterday took the monthly total to 77. Well done everybody.

Today was nice, but quiet. Our resident Buzzards were in the air, 2  Redpolls, 1 Treecreeper, 10 Redwings, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Goldcrests, 2 Water Rails, Kingfisher, 12 Lapwings and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were reported. (Dave Smith)

Wintersett + Gull Roost 01.12.20

4 - 7  degrees with 1/8 cloud and a light westerly.

Wintersett Res: A 1stW Caspian Gull was in at dawn  (black bill),   Shoveler 29  + 2 Anglers CP.  Goosander 13.  Cormorant 12.  Kingfisher 1.  

Cold Hiendley Res. SF: Green Sandpiper 1.  Chiffchaff 4 (2 unringed) +  1 north west bank WRes + 1 Walton Hall.

A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds.  

Haw Park Wood: 3 Nuthatch were around Blue Bridge area. 

Anglers CP: Snipe 10.   20 Linnet and a male and a female Stonechat were in north west field  + 1 female Stonechat WRes. dam wall.  

Anglers CP Gull Roost: 137 Great Blackbacked Gulls in tonight, with 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls  and a 1st winter Caspian Gull. 

Fungi -Haw Park Wood  - Francis Hickenbottom

https://twitter.com/Fhickenbottom/status/1333797544778862594


Monday, 30 November 2020

Wintersett 30.11.20

 5 - 8 degrees, cool, dull and damp with,  a light north westerly.

Anglers CP: 7 Shoveler 59 Teal + 27 WRes..  4 Dunlin. 

Wintersett Res: A Water Rail on north bank.   Canada Goose 37.  Greylag Goose 92.  Kingfisher 2.  Goosander 7 + 1 ACP.  A Chiffchaff was calling in the Ruin area.  3 Whooper Swans dropped in at 16.00hrs. A Willow Tit was on the west bank.

Canal Flash: Goldfinch 60.  Yellowhammer 25.

Sunday, 29 November 2020

Wintersett 29.11.20

 6 - 10 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light westerly.

Anglers CP: Pintail 8 (4m + 4f).   Teal 29 + 9 WRes..

Wintersett Res: Goosander 9.   Cormorant 4 +  6 over.  Cetti's Warbler  1 male at,   Ruin.  Whooper Swan 2 adults joined by another adult at 11.50hrs.  Common Scoter 1 male.  A Chiffchaff was on the west bank.  Kingfisher 1. 

Carlton Marsh

This morning on the wader scrape 15 Herring Gulls with 21 Common Gulls. A Whooper Swan flew NE and a Peregrine was hunting. Also present Grey Wagtail, c20 Redpolls, Cetti's Warbler and Willow Tit. (JP/Mick Littlewood)

This afternoon with Dave Standish 4 Fieldfares SE, 2 Greenfinches, 3 Water Rails, male Peregrine north at 15.40hrs and 6 + 15 Pied Wagtails SW heading for the Ardagh glassworks roost. A Kingfisher and the Mallard x Gadwall hybrid were present.

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Carlton Marsh

Quiet today 27 Herring and 3 Common Gulls, Mallard x Gadwall hybrid, 19 Lapwings, 2 Fieldfares, 10 Redwings, 5 Jays and 110 Canada Geese SE. A Mistle Thrush was singing too.

Low Cudworth

A male Blackcap was seen in Les Corrall's garden. (Andrew Corrall)

Wintersett + Ringing 28.11.20

 Dull and damp with  1 - 6 degrees C,  with 8/8 cloud and a north easterly breeze.

Wintersett Res:

Pink-footed Goose 67 flew west.

Willow Tit 1 calling on south bank.  Little Grebe 8

Cetti's Warbler 3 males - west bank marsh, north east bank and south west corner. 

Water Rail  6  -  2 west bank marsh + 1 north bank WRes.  + 3 Cold Hiendley SF.

Chiffchaff  6 -  2 west bank  + 1 north bank WRes. + 3 Cold Hiendley SF. 

Botany Bay: Goosander 2 males + 5 redheads. 

Anglers CP:  7 Pintail dropped in at 08.10hrs.    42 House Sparrows in fields. 

Cold Hiendley SF: Meadow Pipit 16.  Grey Wagtail 2.

17 birds were ringed at Wintersett Res. before rain stopped play.  

Highlights  were - 8 Lesser Redpoll,  1 Reed Bunting,  2 Chiffchaff,  2 Goldcrest and 1 Blackbird.

 

Friday, 27 November 2020

Carlton Marsh

Sightings from this morning included 5 Reed Bunting, 6 Bullfinch, Treecreeper, 4 Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Water Rail, 8 Herring Gulls down and 25 SW. (JP/Dave Smith)

Wintersett + Ringing + Vis.Mig + Gull Roost 27.11.20

 3 - 6 degrees with 8/8 cloud, but decreasing to sunny with 1/8, by late morning and a light south easterly.

Wintersett Res:  

Teal 5.  Chiffchaff 1 west bank.  Goosander 7

 Cold Hiendley SF:  +  Ringing  - per Pete Smith

 5 Chiffchaffs were ringed this morning.   A Female Stonechat and a Green Sandpiper were notable.

CHSF Vis.Mig:  1000 Starlings in 3 close flocks flew south at 11.00hrs. 

Wintersett Gull Roost:  per Graham Speight and Steve Denny

A new Caspian Gull 1st Winter,  Yellow-legged Gull  2 adults,  Herring 480,  

Great Black-backed Gull 86.   Goosander 11 and Barn Owl 1.

Stonechat   CHSF. 27.11.20   ASmith

      Chiffchaffs CHSF  27.11.20  ASmith

             

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Carlton Marsh

Our dedicated small wildlife group are gradually winning back the Western Meadow from scrub that has grown over the years during the dispute over ownership. We are now about halfway, reaching the big pond this morning. The entrances have been blocked to this area and signs put up to say it is a conservation area and we are hoping to have part of the meadow cut soon to promote wildflower growth. 

Meanwhile sightings included c110 Canada Geese south at 10.20hrs, 5 Shoveler, The Mallard x Gadwall hybrid, 16 Lapwing, 34 Herring Gull, 5 Common Gull, 2 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, male Sparrowhawk, 15 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Coal Tit, 4 Cormorant and 1 Willow Tit. (JP/CG)  

Wintersett + Ringing 26.11.20

 5 - 9 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light westerly breeze.

Wintersett Res: Mallard 67 + 22 ACP.   Pink-footed Goose 36 north west.  A Rock/Water Pipit flew over.

Botany Bay: Kingfisher 1.  

Anglers CP: Wigeon 274 + 180 WRes.   Gadwall 72.  

Cold Hiendley SF + Ruin: Cetti's Warbler 1 north bank + 1 SE corner WRes.  Chiffchaff  5 + 1 Ruin.  Blackcap 1 Ruin.

37 birds were ringed this morning.  Highlights were 22 Lesser Redpoll,  8 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Redwing and 1 Blackbird.

26/11/20 Wharncliffe Woods/Heath NR (round walk)

Two spells birding in the Wharncliffe area today. A fantastic sunrise first thing with still conditions and views for miles to the east:

Woodpigeon 660 SW, Starling 56 NW, Redwing 39, Goldfinch 18, Fieldfare 10, Herring Gull W, Chaffinch 11 SW + 10, Stock Dove 5+, Greenfinch, Cormorant NW, Reed Bunting 4 in field hedgerow, Yellowhammer


Then in the afternoon I did a circular walk into Wharncliffe Woods, past the nature reserve and back through farmland to Wharncliffe Reservoir

Redpoll c50 in woods below the nature reserve plus another 10 elsewhere.Siskin c20 with Redpolls, Buzzard 2, Kestrel, 







Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Cudworth Common

Green Woodpecker, Kestrel and 3 Mistle Thush.

Ferrymoor Flash 

Pochard 7, Tufted Duck 3, G.C. Grebe 1, 9 Shoveler, 1 adult LBB Gull, 17 Common Gull and a flyover Redpoll. (Les Corrall/CG)

Dave Smith caught yet another December Moth in his Carlton light trap last night.

Wintersett 25.11.20

 6 - 10 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.

Anglers CP: A Weasel was in the north east corner.

Wintersett Res: Chiffchaff 1 west bank + 1 north bank and 1 north bank CHRes.. Cetti's Warbler 1 west bank + 1 south bank CHRes..  Gadwall 221 + 31 CHRes.  Shoveler 45.  Bullfinch 20.

Cold Hiendley SF: Meadow Pipit 25.  Pied Wagtail 35. 

Walton Hall: Psycho - the adult Yellow-legged Gull.  Mute Swan 11,  Cormorant 9,

Great Crested Grebe 1, Mallard 46,  Gadwall 49,  Shoveler 19, Tufted Duck 21,  Pochard 1,  

Goosander 4 and Coot 84, Moorhen 8, Kingfisher 1 and Grey Heron 2.  Tawny Owl 6 (4 female + 2 male).

 

Fleets Dam 25/11/20.

Parakeets 10, GC Grebe 2.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Carlton Marsh

This morning on the wader scrape 3 Cormorants, 20 Common Gulls, 12 Herring Gulls. 4 Redpoll and a few Fieldfares flew over. (JP) 

This afternoon, Water Rail, Kingfisher, 2 Shoveler, c300 Wood Pigeons in to roost. (Dave Smith)

c800 Wood Pigeons flew SE over Cudworth at 08.25hrs (Rod Heeley)

Is the gull below Herring Gull or one of the yellow -legged gulls?

Dave Smith





Wintersett 24.11.20

 10 - 12 degrees, mild with 8/8 cloud and a light southerly breeze.

Anglers CP:  Stonechat 1m + 1f in north west field.  

Wintersett Res: Water Rail 4 north bank + 1 west bank marsh. Kingfisher 1.  Cetti's Warbler 1 male north bank.  Canada Goose 37.  Goosander 5.  Pochard 21.  The drake Gadwall X Mallard hybrid was back in the south west corner.  A Willow Tit was in the west bank clump area.