Sunday, 16 May 2021
Saturday, 15 May 2021
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..
2 Mediterranean Gulls, a 1st Summer and a 2nd summer, flew over briefly, then left north east.
Friday, 14 May 2021
Thursday, 13 May 2021
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).
Common Tern 10. Little Grebe 1.
Goldeneye 1 female + 1 female CHRes..
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
Very quiet today.
2 Shelduck on the shallows. A high flying Red Kite went over south west.
Goldeneye 1 female + 1 female Cold Hiendley Res.
A Willow Tit was in the south west corner.
Anglers CP: 6 very small
Wintersett Res: 3 small/medium in south east corner and 4 medium/large north bank.
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
Not much change, the only notables were Cuckoo and Garden Warbler singing.
Butterflies included 12 Small Heath, 13 Dingy Skippers, 1 Brimstone male, 16 male Orange-tips, Cinnabar and Silver Y Moth (Chris Parkin).
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
Best this morning 2 singing Garden Warblers (Dave Smith).
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
16 Orange-tips and a Dark-edged Bee Fly were on the wing (C. Parkin).
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.
Common Tern 12 + 2 Anglers CP.
Canada Goose 4 over.
Old Royston Flash:
Lapwing 4 very small.
Saturday, 8 May 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 https://www.trektellen.org/count/view/1100/20210508
A Wood Sandpiper (still present at 17.30hrs), and a Redshank were on the shallows.
Teal 1 female. Lesser Redpoll 25. Snipe 2.
Common Tern 12.
Friday, 7 May 2021
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).
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.
Herring Gull 147 (including a flock of 65). Lesser Black-backed Gull 18.
Goldeneye 1 female and 1 female Cold Hiendley Res.