Saturday, 21 May 2022

Wintersett 21.05.2022

 Anglers CP:

 Wigeon 1 male.  Mallard young 8 small. 

 Common Sandpiper 1.   Little Ringed Plover 2.  

Cetti's Warbler  1 male south west corner + 1 Ruin area CHRes..

Herring Gull 1.  Common Gull 1 adult.  Common Tern 3.  

Wintersett Res: 

10 juvenile Mute Swans were off the  north east bank/ Botany road area,


Orange Tip 1 male. 


A dead Stoat on Haw Park Lane this morning.


                                               Tenthredo species of Sawfly  ACP 21.05.2022

Pete Smith and Becky Bailey ringed some of the young Peregrines at Wakefield Cathedral this morning.


The chicks were ringed earlier this morning and were found to be healthy. Each was given a metal BTO ring & an orange plastic one. Details of the plastic rings are: VJZ - male - 480g VJX - female - 460g and the smallest chick VHX - male - 540g VFX - female - 670g 

Wilthorpe Marsh 21/5/22.

Very steady. Ravens 5 flying together a short distance and down to feed in meadow. Other breeding success Mute Swan with 8 cygnets, Lapwing with 2 chicks at the w end where they are usually unsuccessfull. Cetti's singing at the sewage farm and thought to be about 7 singing males in the valley this Spring. Oystercatcher 2, Little Owl 1, LBB Gull 2 down briefly. Colony of Tree Bees are in a Woodpecker hole in an oak tree.

Friday, 20 May 2022

Wintersett + Moths 20.05.2022

 Anglers CP: 

Wigeon 1 male.  Oystercatcher 1 young + 1 young.    

Little Ringed Plover 2.  Common Tern 4.   Shoveler 1 male + 1 female


Moths last night were interesting with several migrants: 

5 Chocolate Tip.   4 Orange Footman.   4 Alder Moth.  18 Silver Y.   

3 Diamondback Moth and a Rush Veneer .

                                                                Alder Moth      A.Smith 

                                                               Orange Footman   ASmith

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Wintersett 19.05.2022

 Anglers CP:

A Sandwich Tern  flew over calling from 06.05hrs - 06.08hrs -per Steve Denny.  @StevieD131 on Twitter.

Wigeon 1 drake.  

Wintersett Res.

Common Tern 8. 

Wintersett 18.05.2022

 Anglers CP:

Little Ringed Plover 2.   Oystercatcher 1 young + 1 young + 6 adults.

Wigeon 1 male.  A male Sedge Warbler was on the CP shallows. 

A Whimbrel flew in to the shallows at 09.15hrs.  Common Tern 3. 

Greylag Goose 30.   Cormorant 2.   Long-tailed Tit fledged young.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Wintersett 17.05.2022

 Anglers CP:

Oystercatcher 1 young + 1 young.  Wigeon 1 male.  

A drake Mandarin was in the shallows very early this morning - no sign at 09.00hrs. 

Botany Bay:

Nuthatch 1 male.   Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 male.   A Green Finch wheezed at Botany Farm.

Moorhouse Lane Pond:

2 small Great Crested Grebe young.   Little Grebe 2 large young.


A male Red-eyed Damsel fly was a first for the year on a Botany Bay Lily pad.

A male Azure Damselfly was at Big Pond.


A Red Admiral was on the north bank WRes.

A Holly Blue was on Botany railway.  

At the Disposal Point were:-

A Small Heath,  4 Dingy Skippers,  3 male Common Blue and  6 Small Yellow Underwing.

Monday, 16 May 2022

Wintersett WeBS for May 2022

 Mute Swan 12   Canada Goose 33   Cormorant 1   Coot 83

Moorhen 9   Great Crested Grebe 28   Little Grebe 1   Mallard 43

Gadwall 20   Tufted Duck 41   Goldeneye 1 Wigeon 1

Oystercatcher 4   Common Sandpiper 1 Little Ringed Plover 2

Lapwing 5   Grey Heron 1   Common Tern 22.

Wintersett 16.05.2022

 Anglers CP:

Wigeon 1 drake.   

Wintersett Res:

Pochard 1 male + 1 female.  Common Tern 24 + 4 Anglers CP. 

Mallard   4 large fledged young.


A micro moth, Lobesia reliquana, at Wintersett Res. was the 2nd site record, Georgie W-S 15.05.2022.



Tipula lunata,  cranefly on grass at Wintersett Res. - Georgie W-S  on 15/05/2022. -


Sunday, 15 May 2022

Ewden valley 15/5/22.

Nearly in full leaf now and looking very green. Weather staying dry but the birding very slow at times and no surprises. Merlin 1 male, Peregrine 1, Red Kite 1, C Buzzard 6+, Kestrel 1. Raven 3, Golden Plover 2 down, Ring Ouzel 1, Stonechat 4, Cuckoo 2 males and a calling female. Meadow Pipit c 40, Carrion Crow 1, 2 Mountain Hares on track.

Wintersett + Insects. 15.05.2022

 Anglers CP:

A drake Mandarin Duck was in the shallows this morning.  

Photos by Steve Denny -


A Dunlin flew over, then left north.  5 Black-tailed Godwits flew over north at 10.07hrs.  

Little Ringed Plover 2.  Wigeon 1 drake.  Shoveler 2 drakes. 

A male Lesser Whitethroat was on Haw Park Lane. 

Mallard young 2 small.    Oystercatcher 1 young.

Coleoptera at Wintersett Res: 

Photos by Georgie Wightman Smith taken this morning.

 Wasp Beetle Clytus arietis on Hogweed at Wintersett Res.

 Rhagium bifasciatum on brambles at Wintersett Res.

   Agapanthia villosoviridescens on hogweed at Wintersett Res.  

                                                It's just too beautiful!

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Wintersett + Surprise Aircraft. 14.05.2022

 Anglers CP:

An Avocet flew south at 07.00hrs.  A Little Egret flew north west at 07.10hrs.  

Common Sandpiper 1.  Little Ringed Plover 2.  Wigeon 1 male. 

A Cream crowned Marsh Harrier flew through and left south at 09.10hrs. 

A Red Kite flew over Haw Park Wood at 10.40hrs.  


A Holly Blue was on Haw Park Lane.   


Pete Smith and Steve Denny (photo) saw a Lancaster bomber low East at Wintersett Reservoir shortly after 15.00hrs


 It had been seen over Georgie's house a few minutes earlier.  

Here's his video link:


 Sue Bilcliffe was photo bombed by the Lancaster Bomber flying over Ryhill! 

I was gardening at home and it flew over my street in South Hiendley. 

Wilthorpe Marsh 14/5/22.

Highlight was the Lancaster bomber which went through e at 3-06pm on its dam buster celebration weekend. Quiet for birds with 3 Ravens, 3 singing Cetti's, 1 Parakeet the best.

Friday, 13 May 2022

Carlton Marsh

Both Whooper Swans still present. A Mallard was with 6 v. small young and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was present.

A male Cuckoo sang and the bubbling hepatic female was seen at 09.43hrs and photographed a little later.

A single Holly Blue flew along the embankment.

Another nice shot of the 'hepatic female Cuckoo just before it flew down to take a large caterpillar 
(Les and Andrew Corrall).

Wintersett 13.05.2022

Anglers CP: 

Little Ringed Plover 2.   Common Sandpiper 1.  Wigeon 1 male.

2 x 1st summer Little Gulls were in the shallows at 14.40hrs.  

The southern Oystercatcher pair have failed due to Black-headed Gulls stealing food from the adults. 

Wintersett Res:

Goldeneye 1 female.  Common Tern 25 + 6 ACP.  Sand Martin 40.

Wilthorpe Marsh 13/5/22.

Highlights were c 5 Ravens, includes what looks like 4 young. Hobby 1, over swallow hill road.

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Wintersett 12.05.2022

 Anglers CP:

Wigeon 1 male.   Little Ringed Plover 1.   

Sand Martin 2.  House Martin 50.  

Wintersett Res:

Swift 150 + 1 abberant Swift with large white patch on underpart and a white back.

Black-necked Grebe 2 in summer plumage.  Goldeneye 1 female.  

Common Tern 28 + 1 ACP.  Common Sandpiper 1 + 1 ACP.

Mallard young 7 small off south bank. 

Cold Hiendley Res:

Cormorant 1.

Old Royston Canal Flash:

A 2nd CY Red Kite  flew over. 


Brimstone 3 males + 1 female on the Pol, ACP.

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Carlton Marsh

2 Whooper Swans were on the wader scrape. Birds of prey included a Hobby at 17.40hrs (Brian Todd), 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Tawny Owl. 3 Swallows north before dusk.

A Hobby was also seen over Carrs Lane, Cudworth yesterday (Ziggy Golebiewski).

Wintersett 11.05.2022

 Anglers CP:

 Cetti's Warbler 1 male in south west corner.   Swift 150 + 150 WRes..

Wintersett Res:

Sand Martin 2.   Common Tern 18 + 6 ACP.  

Goldeneye 1 female.  

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Wintersett 10.05.2022

 Anglers CP:

Swift 60.  Common Tern 13.  Little Ringed Plover 1.  Wigeon 1 adult male.  

Sand Martin 2. 


A Holly Blue butterfly was in the car park.

Wintersett Res: 

100 Swifts were flying over and around this evening.   

A Sanderling, in summer plumage,  was on and around the boathouse slipway this evening.


       Sanderling in summer plumage

            WRes. boathouse slipway  

             10.05.2022   Steve Denny.

Carlton Marsh

The 2 Whooper Swans are still on the wader scrape. 6 Swifts came in late morning with a hobby on their tail. Also of note Garden Warbler singing in the car park and 6 pairs of Tufted Duck (Les & Andrew Corrall).

This evening at 17.40hrs the Hepatic Cuckoo showed well while perched up (Karen Pickard).

The female Hepatic Cuckoo taken last week (Tony Harding)

Earlier Chris Parkin recorded these insects 15 Peacock, 2 Small Heath, 5 Dingy Skipper, 4 Holly Blue, 2 Small Copper, 28m Orange-tip, 13 Large White, 5 Small White, 7 Green V. White + 29 unidentified 'Whites'. Moths included 1 small Yellow Underwing, 1 Lesser Treble Bar and 3 Common Carpet. Also Blue-tailed, Common Damsel and Four Sport Chaser.