Monday, 21 January 2019

Carlton Marsh

This morning on the wader scrape - 14 Herring Gulls, 4 Common Gulls, 75 BH Gulls and 2 Foxes, chasing each other at high speed. (Rod Heeley)

At mid-day, still 14 Herring Gulls, 8 Common Gulls, 26 Lapwings, 1 Little Egret and a Willow Tit (not ringed). Elsewhere there were 15 Redwings, 6 Bullfinch and a Kingfisher (Richard Laverack).

When I arrived at 15.00hrs 33 Herring Gulls and 1 adult GBB Gull was on the wader scrape with the Lapwing and the Little Egret. Sitting in the hide, as dusk approached, a Buzzard passed over followed by a Sparrowhawk and then a Woodcock, the first of the year. By now 2 Tawny Owls were calling to each other from the car park plantation.

The Edge 21/01/2018

Wpmbwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 224 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 84 Wigeon, 17 Mallard, 13 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 1 male Goosander, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 39 Lapwing, 35 Golden Plover, 75 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 3 Skylark, 4 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush and 4 Greenfinch.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 1 Mute Swan, 12 Canada Geese, 57 Teal, 36 Wigeon, 20 Gadwall, 15 Mallard, 13 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 3 Shoveler, 12 Cormorant, 25 Coot, 1 Buzzard, 7 Lapwing, 84 BH Gull, 9 Common Gull, 9 Herring Gull and 3 LBB Gull. Two Barn Owl and 1 Little Owl were seen early AM by P. Kent and K. Fisher.
Bolton Ings - Three skeins of Pink Footed Geese passed over west; 50+ at 11.30am, 80+ at 11.40am and 200+ at 12.10pm. On the open water were 4 Mute Swan, 16 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, 2m+6f Goosander, 5 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 10 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 383 Coot, 1 Herring Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay and 4 Bullfinch.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Carlton Marsh

On the wader scrape today - 132 Herring Gulls, 104 BH Gulls, 3 Common Gulls, 6 GBB Gulls, 2 cormorants, 1m Goosander and 1f Wigeon. 
Elsewhere on the reserve - Willow Tit (thought to be dark green - colour ring), 15 Redwings, 2 Kingfishers, 1 Redpoll, c35 Goldfinch, 72 Jackdaws and 17+ Blackbirds.
(Reports from K. Bannister/C. Parkin & D. Standish)

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Wintersett + Gull Roost 19.01.19

2 -4 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a vey cold south easterly wind.
Anglers CP: Whooper Swan 1 north east at 08.05hrs  + 6 north at 08.40hrs.  Teal 43.  Little Grebe 5 + 3 WRes..  Green Woodpecker 1. 
Wintersett Res:  Shoveler 2.    Willow Tit 1 south west bank. 
Walton Hall:  Coot 81.  Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull  and then into ACP at 15.55hrs.    Pink-footed Goose 2 +  150 west at 11.15hrs  + 80 west at 11.25hrs over CHRes. 
Anglers CP Gull Roost:  The adult Kumlien's Gull came in at 15.40hrs.  Great Black-backed Gull 170.  Herring Gull 1360.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 2.   Goosander 43 at dusk. 

Carlton Marsh

On the wader scrape at mid-day 144 Herring Gulls and 1 GBB Gull, but something spooked them and they all left south. However, 219 Herring Gulls, 6 GBB Gulls and 2 Common Gulls had returned by 14.30hrs to join 50 BH Gulls. Also present Treecreeper, 4 Redwings and 1 Fieldfare (DM Smith/CG).

Friday, 18 January 2019

Wintersett + Gull Roost 18.01.19

Frosty. 0 - 5 degrees with 4/8, but increasing cloud and a very cold south easterly wind.
Anglers CP: Teal 48.  Lesser Redpoll 40.   
Wintersett Res: Shoveler 1.  A Willow Tit was in the south east corner.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull was in.  The 1stW Mediterranean Gull came in at 15.55hrs.

The Edge 18/01/2019

Wombwell Ings -  100% ice-covered main pool. Present were 2 Mute Swan, 151 Canada Geese, 44 Greylag, 144 Wigeon, 8 Mallard, 2m+1f Goosander, 1 Coot, 1 Kestrel, 45 Golden Plover, 6 Lapwing, 69 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull and 1 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - 50% ice-cover.  Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 256 Canada Geese, 51 Greylag, 57 Teal, 56 Wigeon, 22 Gadwall, 18 Tufted Duck, 16 Mallard, 11 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 3 Cormorant, 20 Coot, c150 Lapwing, 68 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull and 2 Herring Gull. K. Fisher and P. Kent also  had a Barn Owl and a skein of 73 Pink Footed Geese ( over west at 8.20am ).
Trans Pennine Trail - A skein of c200 Pink Footed Geese flew over west at 10.45am. A Grey heron flew over from the golf course to Wath Ings. Thanks to Gerald Lax's directions we were able to see the 2 Whooper Swans on Wath Ings.
Bolton Ings - On an ice-free east pool were 7+2 juv Mute Swan, 79 Tufted Duck, 26 Pochard, 10 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 2m+1f Goosander, 1 male Goldeneye, 25 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 395 Coot, 28 BH Gull, 17 Herring Gull, 4 Common Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Jay.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Wintersett + Kumlien's Gull Roost 17.10.19

Frosty start.  0 - 5 degrees with clear blue sky and a cold north westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: A Water Rail and 4 Snipe were on the SW bank.  Pink-footed Goose 2.  Teal 20.  Little Grebe 2.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: The adult Kumlien's Gull came in at 16.10hrs.  Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull came in at 16.20hrs, followed by a 3rdW Kumlien's Gull at 16.25hrs.  A Little Egret flew west at 16.35hrs.

                         Kumlien's Gull  3rdW          ACP             SDenny

The Edge 17/01/2019

Wombwell Ings -Present were 3 Mute Swan, 12 Canada Geese, 156 Wigeon, 22 Mallard, 8 Shoveler, 6 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 163 Lapwing, 119 BH Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 3 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Redwing and 1 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 3 Mute Swan, 268 Canada Geese, 36 Greylag, 40 Teal, 26 Wigeon, 11 Tufted Duck, 24 Gadwall, 9 Pochard, 3 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 1 male Goldeneye, 7 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 16 Coot, 2 Common Gull and 2 Snipe. P. Kent also had 3 Buzzard and 1 Marsh Harrier .
Bolton Ings - Highlight were 3 Marsh Harriers visible at the same time. Whilst two birds quartered over the eastern pool and reedbeds, a third Marsh Harrier was on the ground between the two main pools. When they came in,  they flushed a lot of gulls from the Goldy Fields onto the eastern pool; c200 BH Gulls, 63 Common Gull and 15 Herring Gull. Also on the open water were 9 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 3m+3f Goosander, 5 Mallard, 7 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron and 447 Coot. Also noted were c30 Pink Footed Geese over north west, 1 Kestrel and 1 Jay.

Carlton Marsh

On the wader scrape this morning - Little Egret, 24 Lapwings, 2 Cormorants, 5 Common Gull, 1 GBB Gull and 45 Herring Gulls. Also of note 2 Siskin and Barn Owl.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Wintersett + Gull Roost 16.01.19

4 - 7 degrees with 8/8 cloud, some fine drizzle and a westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: The adult Kumlien's Gull came in at 09.35hs, then flew off north west at 10.23hrs.  A Little Egret flew over north west at 10.23hrs.  Snipe 4.  Teal 18.  Goosander 48 at dusk.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: The 1stW Mediterranean Gull came in at 15.50hrs.

 Adult Kumlien's Gull   Anglers CP  a.m.      SDenny

The Edge 16/01/2019

Wombwell Ings - Generally all three sites were quiet. Present were 2 Mute Swan, 137 Canada Geese, 9 Greylag, 193 Wigeon, 14 Mallard, 12 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Moorhen 1 Coot, 92 Lapwing, 84 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 Pied Wagtail, 5 Fieldfare and 3 Redwing.
 Broomhill Flash - Noted were 27 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag, 80+ Teal, 25 Wigeon, 21 Gadwall, 10 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 7 Pochard, 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 21 Coot, 4 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Peregrine, 157 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull, 3 Herring Gull and 2 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 4 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 17 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 6 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 2m+1f Goosander, 14 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 388 Coot, 12 Herring Gull, 5 BH Gull and 4 Common Gull. Also present were c100 Lapwing over west, 1 Jay and 1 Song Thrush.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Woolley Dam/Mill Lane and Wilthorpe Marsh 15/1/19.

Woolley Dam,- 2 GS Peckers, 5 Nuthatch very noisy, c 20 Fieldfare, c 20 Teal, Gadwall 4, the first here for me, RL Partridge 3. Wilthorpe Marsh sewage farm, 2/3 Water Pipits, c20 Meadow Pipits.

Carlton Marsh

On the wader scrape this morning 20 Lapwings, 1 Cormorant, 25 Herring Gulls and 2 adult GBB Gulls. The area is still subject to disturbance for a few days more until the contractor has completed felling of a number of Hawthorns.
Also of note 2 Redpolls, 2 Siskins, 12 Yellow Buntings (on stubble field), 16 Coot, Kingfisher, Treecreeper, Willow Tit, Song Thrush singing and c25Linnets on arable land.

A Fox was on the prowl.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 15.01.19

5 - 9 degrees with 4/8 but increasing, cloud and a south westerly wind.
Anglers CP: Snipe 1.  House Sparrow 25 on the car park feeding station.  Gadwall 11 + 2 WRes..
Wintersett Res: A Linnet flew over.  A Willow Tit was on the west bank.  A Cetti's was on the north west bank.
WRes. Gull Roost: A 1stW Caspian Gull  X Herring Gull was in at 16.00hrs.

The Edge 15/01/2019

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 192 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 4 Shelduck, 195 Wigeon, 17 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe (on R. Dearne ), 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 117 Lapwing, 118 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Redwing and 1 Fieldfare. K.Fisher also had c20 Linnet in the backfield, a Tawny Owl calling on Doveside and a Greater Spotted Woodpecker in Broomhill village.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 1+1 juv Mute Swan, 32 Greylag,  27 Canada Geese, 45 Teal, 28 Wigeon, 16 Gadwall, 14 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 7 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 11 Coot, 1 Kestrel, 14 Lapwing, 150+ BH Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 5 Common Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 4 Mute Swan, 8 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 1m+1f Goosander, 10 Cormorant, 398 Coot, 4 Herring Gull, 2 BH Gull and 2 Common Gull. Also present were 2 Green Woodpecker.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Wilthorpe Marsh, Silkstone sf, Low Moor. 14/1/19.

Wilthorpe Marsh, - sewage farm, Water Pipit 1, Pied Wag 60, Green Sand 1, L Egret 1. Silkstone sewage farm, pair of Dippers on dyke at rear, from footbridge. Low Moor,- Poor light here with plenty of dark cloud. Main highlight here were 6+ Crossbills showing well in midhope res conifers. Mostly females but one male seen, also 3 Ravens, 2 C Buzzards, Kestrel.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 14.01.19

5 - 7 degrees with 3/8 cloud and a westerly wind.
Wintersett Res: A male Cetti's Warbler was on the west bank.
Cold Hiendley SF: Siberian Chiffchaff 1.  Chiffchaff 3.
Anglers CP: Redwing 1.  Shoveler 1.  A Red Kite flew south over Wintersett Village.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: The 1stW Mediterranean Gull came onto the rockwall at 15.25hrs.

The Edge 14/01/2019

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 200+ Canada Geese, 162 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 11 Shoveler, 7 Goosander, 3 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 98 Lapwing, 132 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 3 Skylark and 11 Fieldfare.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 4 Mute Swan, 16 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 6 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 375 Coot, 2 Herring Gull and 1 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Wintersett + Gull Roost 13.01.19

7 - 9 degrees with 3/8 cloud and a cool north westerly wind.
Wintersett Res: Shoveler 1.
Anglers CP: Golden Plover 11 flew over.  Pink-footed Goose 2.  Cormorant 25.  Gadwall 6.  Goosander 35.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: The 1stW Mediterranean Gull came on to rockwall at 15.30hrs.  The adult Yellow-legged Gull came in to roost at 15.40hrs.  Great Black backed Gull 720.  Lesser Black backed Gull 1.