Sunday, 16 May 2021

Ewden valley 16/5/21.

Changeable weather, warm at times but ending with rain. rt Hen Harrier 1, C Buzzard 6, Raven 6. Ring Ouzel 2, Stonechat 4, includes 3 males, Cuckoo 2 males possibly 3 with 1 showing well looking for Pipit nests. Golden Plover 5, Curlew 10, chipping Snipe 1. Meadow Pipit c 42, Swift 1, Siskin c 4, 1 male Reed Bunting at the s bends.

Saturday, 15 May 2021

Wintersett 15.05.2021

 Wintersett Res:

2 male Cuckoos were in the area - one at Wintersett Res. and one at Anglers CP.

Common Tern 9.     Goldeneye - one female, plus  another  female on Cold Hiendley Res..  

Anglers CP:

2 Mediterranean Gulls, a 1st Summer and a 2nd summer, flew over  briefly, then left north east.

Friday, 14 May 2021

Carlton Marsh

8 House Martins were over the wader scrape this afternoon and  a Little Egret was seen here earlier. 

The Cuckoo continued to sing (K. Banister/D. Standish).

14/05/2021 - Wharncliffe Heath NR

Pied Flycatcher - 13+ (10+ singing males, 3 females)

Tree Pipit - 2

Wintersett 14.05.2021

Haw Park Wood:

Redpoll 5. 

Golf Course Field: 

Greylag Goose 31. 

Wintersett Res:

Goldeneye 2 females and 1 female Cold Hiendley Res. 

Mallard Young:

5 medium and 6 small/medium off north east bank, Wintersett Res..

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Carlton Marsh

A male Cuckoo sang this morning and the 'Hepatic' female continues to give good views. A Garden Warbler was in full voice near the hide and 2 juv. Grey Wagtails were on the southern end of the dike. 

Butterflies included a male Brimstone and the years' first Small Copper (K. Bannister/R. Laverack/CG).

Cudworth Common
Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed  and Sedge Warbler were all singing, a Redshank called and 3 Buzzards were up together.
2 Dingy Skipper, male Brimstone and 2 Small Heath were among the butterflies on show. 
(Les & Andrew Corrall).

Littleworth Park
Butterflies included male Brimstone, 3 Small Copper,28 Dingy Skipper and 4 Small Heath. 2 Small Yellow Underwing and a Bramble Shoot Moth were flying along with 4 Broad-bodied Chasers. 
(C. Parkin).

Wintersett 13.05.2021

Anglers CP: 

Common Tern 10.  Little Grebe 1.

Wintersett Res:

Goldeneye 1 female + 1 female CHRes..

Pits Wood:

Great Spotted Woodpecker 2. 

Moorhouse Lane Pond:

Pochard 1 male+ 1 female.   


2 Grass Snakes were seen in the area.  


A Common Blue Damselfly  was seen on the east bank Wintersett Res..

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Wintersett 12.05.2021

Very quiet today.

Anglers CP:

2 Shelduck on the shallows.    A high flying Red Kite went over south west.

Wintersett Res:   

Goldeneye 1 female  + 1 female Cold Hiendley Res.

A Willow Tit was in the south west corner.

 Mallard Young

Anglers CP:  6 very small   

Wintersett Res:  3 small/medium in south east corner  and 4 medium/large north bank. 

12/05/2021 - Wharncliffe Heath Nature Reserve

A nice morning after yesterdays meteor hail! A site record of at least 16 singing male Pied Flycatchers was the highlight, though there was no sign of any female birds, which seem thin on the ground so far this year. Also seen were 6 Tree Pipit, 44 Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Great-spotted Woodpecker and 2 Cormorants over NW.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Carlton Marsh & South Kirkby

Not much change, the only notables were Cuckoo and Garden Warbler singing.

South Kirkby reclamation
Cuckoo 1 singing and 3 pairs of Tufted Duck. 

Butterflies included 12 Small Heath, 13 Dingy Skippers, 1 Brimstone male, 16 male Orange-tips, Cinnabar and Silver Y Moth (Chris Parkin).

Wintersett 11.05.2021

 Anglers CP:

An Osprey flew over from Wintersett Res,  circled over at 09.40hrs for 10 mins,  before drifting low north west.  

Cuckoo 1 male.    A female Wheatear was in the back field.  Swift 150.

Lepidoptera: A male and female Brimstone were seen late morning.

Monday, 10 May 2021

Carlton Marsh

 Best this morning 2 singing Garden Warblers (Dave Smith).

Cudworth Common
Redshank, at least 3 pairs Lapwing (Symphony). 17 singing Whitethroats, 9 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 14 Willow Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Skylarks, 1 Coal Tit and Coot with 2 young.

Butterflies included 5 Peacock (CG).

Wintersett 10.05.2021

Anglers CP: 

Whimbrel 2 flew south at 09.40hrs.   Common Tern  16.   

An aberrant  Swift flew south, late morning.

Tufted Duck  34.  Lesser Redpoll 25.

Wintersett Res: Goldeneye 1 female.    

The first overnight moth trap of the year with 9/9 -  per Pete Smith

Highlights: Oak Nycteoline,  Spectacle,  Herald and  Poplar Hawk.  Could have been better.

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Ewden valley + 9/5/21.

More comfortable this Sunday in warmer winds but very steady and time and patience required. 4 hours at the lodge went by pretty quickly with 2 Merlin, 3 Red Kites, 4 C Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 6 Ravens. Male Redstart in the clough at the lodge briefly, Stonechat 4, Ring Ouzel 1, Cuckoo 1. Meadow Pipit 38 with a few nest building. Chipping Snipe 2, pair of calling Oystercatchers e., Greylag 2 n., Stock Dove 3, Linnet 5. Movement poor with only 2 Swifts, 2 House Martins, 15 Swallows and a party of 8 LBB Gulls w. Friday 7th, Lesser Whitethroat in garden at Bolton on Dearne at the former Angel pub car park. Worthy of a mention as this species is down 50 per cent so far this year at Wilthorpe Marsh.

Carlton Marsh

2 Little Egrets and 6 pairs of Tufted Ducks were on the wader scrape. Elsewhere a Cuckoo sang along with 2 Garden Warblers and a Cetti's Warbler. 10 Swifts flew over and 16 were over the local Beech Avenue colony this evening (JP/G. Miller).

16 Orange-tips and a Dark-edged Bee Fly were on the wing (C. Parkin).

Wharncliffe Heath NR - 09/05/2021

Pied Flycatcher - 10 (9 singing males, 1 female), one nest under construction

Tree Pipit - 3 singing in southern heath section

Willow Warbler - 40+

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. 09.05.2021

 Anglers CP:

A Ringed Plover was on the shallows.  A Dunlin  flew over.  Lesser Redpoll 25.   5 Siskin flew west. 

Greylag Goose 2.  

Pochard 1 male + 1 female flew over.   Teal 1 female. 

Little Grebe 1.  Snipe 1.   Peregrine 1 over.

Anglers CP Vis.Mig:

Going north:    Common Tern 2 + 2.   Sand Martin  91.  Swallow 22.

Going south:  Shelduck 2 over. 

Going west:  Siskin 5. 

Wintersett Res:

Common Tern 12 + 2 Anglers CP.   

Canada Goose 4 over.

Old Royston Flash:

Lapwing 4 very small. 

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. 08.05.2021

Anglers CP Vis.Mig:

Going east:  2 Dunlin at 07.05hrs.    2 Shelduck at 07.45hrs.

Going north:  Herring Gull 59.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 4.

Going north west: An Osprey flew through at 16.40hrs.  

Full count per @Fitzybirder

Anglers CP:

A Wood Sandpiper (still present at 17.30hrs),  and a Redshank were on the shallows.   

Teal 1 female.   Lesser Redpoll 25.  Snipe 2. 

Wintersett Res: 

Common Tern 12.    

Friday, 7 May 2021

Carlton Marsh

This morning I was told the sad news that my long-time 'Mothing' companion (since 1992), Elaine Evans, had died after a long illness aged 74. Elaine, like Ralph Hibbert, will be remembered when a seat is placed on the embankment. 

The 'Hepatic' Cuckoo flew into the car park yesterday (CG).

Today 2 Cetti's Warblers were squabbling suggesting rival males and 2 Red-legged Partridges were in fields nearby (JP).

Littleworth Park Monk Bretton

10 Dingy Skippers were on the wing with the first Small Copper of the year (Chris Parkin).

Wintersett 07.05.2021

 Anglers CP:

 Dunlin 1 on shallows.  Common Sandpiper 2.   Little Grebe 1.  Snipe 1.

Common Tern 9.   Greylag Goose 4. 

Teal  1 male + 1 female.  Shelduck 3 flew over , left east. 

Lesser Redpoll 8.  Lesser Whitethroat  1 male on west bank.

Going north: 

Herring Gull  147 (including a flock of 65).   Lesser Black-backed Gull 18.  

Wintersett Res:

Swift 150. 

Goldeneye 1 female  and 1 female Cold Hiendley Res.