Sunday 30 November 2014

Wintersett + Gull Roost 30.11.14

7°C with blue sky and sunshine and a very light northerly.
Wintersett Res:  Pink-footed Goose 55 flew SE at 10.32hrs.  A rattling Cetti's Warbler alerted us to a Tawny Owl in the reeds. A further Cetti's was heard off the west bank. Water Rail 3 and Wigeon 16.
Haw Park Wood:  Nuthatch 1 in woodyard area.
Anglers CP:  Fieldfare 60 and  Greylag Goose 129.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: The usual adult Yellow-legged came  in at 13.50hrs.  A new adult Caspian flew in at 13.55hrs. The usual adult Caspian came in at 14.50hrs.  The adult ringed Mediterranean Gull arrived at 15.50hrs.  5 Black-tailed Godwits into the shallows were a surprise at 15.55hrs.  A sub-adult Herring Gull was in at 16.10hrs.  The usual 3rd W Caspian Gull made a late entrance at 16.15hrs.

New Adult Caspian Gull      ACP           K Denny

Adult Med Gull              ACP              PMeredith

Adult Mediterranean Gull/Black-head Gull Comparison  AS

Tawny Owl causing alarm    WRes                PMeredith


Thursday 4th December 2014, at the Old Moor RSPB visitor Centre, starting at 7.15pm. The speaker will be JOHN MCLOUGHLIN (Johnny Mac) on BIRDING IN OMAN. Usual entrance fees, drinks at interval etc. All welcome.

More on the Rough-legs.....

A visit on to the Moors this afternoon, enticed by nice clear weather for a change and news that the Great Grey Shrike which has been residing just outside the Barnsley recording area had made the short hop to Cowell Flat which is just inside the Barnsley boundary. Met John Hewitt here who was already looking and we found out from the original observer (Roy Twigg) that it was in the area at the eastern end of Cowell Flat where the wires run across the moor and also on the northern side of the road at Canyards. We failed to find it but for anyone who wishes to look again, that's where to start. We then spent a couple of very enjoyable hours on Dukes Road, the Barnsley recording area border line;- a juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard was over the valley and continuously in view for around two hours and just before dusk a second Rough-leg was up over the ridge towards Holling Dale. Both birds headed off towards Holling Dale, presumably to roost. Technically, both these birds were outside Barnsley airspace as we watched them but at least one of them was seen in our area earlier and it was quite a show it put on for us. A ringtail Hen Harrier put in two or three appearances, at one stage alongside the Rough-leg (and that did fly into Barnsley airspace), a couple of Kestrels and two Ravens made up the numbers.


2 Kestrel, c120 Canda Geese, 42 Mallard,2 Reed Bunting, 2 Cormorant, 6 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, c 100 Black Headed Gulls and 1 WILLOW TIT.

Also saw the Snow Bunting at Broomhill Flash,  Beautiful!


Cowell Flat & Broomhead

Broomhead Moor - 1 juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard and 3 Kestrels on the edge of the moor near Canyard Hills.
Cowell Flat - 2 Kestrels (different to above).

Saturday 29 November 2014


Between 200 and 250 Pink Feet Geese were seen heading NW over the Birkwood estate and moments later over White Cross Road, in the mist this morning at 11.10hrs. (Arthur Vincent & Les Corrall)

Wintersett + Gull Roost 29.11.14

8°C, dull and grey, with rain from 09.00 - 10.00hrs ,  and a light southwesterly. 
Anglers CP:  Golden Plover 3 south. A Dunlin flew over at 14.28hrs.    Goosander 16,  Teal 51,  Goldeneye 41 + 15 WRes, Water Rail 1.   A large skein of 520 Pink-footed Geese went west at 15.50hrs.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull came in at 13.50hrs.  An adult Caspian flew in at 14.05hrs.  The Polish ringed, adult Mediterranean Gull arrived at 16.05 hrs.  Great Black-backed 171 and Lesser Black-backed 23. 
NB Pugneys Roost had  the 2nd W Caspian, the large 3rd W Caspian, 4 Yellow-legged and a leucistic Black-headed Gull.
Thanks to Paul Meredith for adult Caspian wing shots.

Adult Caspian Gull       ACP              PM
Adult Caspian Gull         ACP              PM
Adult YL Gull  - Psycho        ACP          PM

Friday 28 November 2014

Broomhill Flash & Wombwell Ings

Todays sightings for Broomhill Flash included:-

Snipe 1, Dunlin 1, Shoveler 7, Teal 9, Mallard 50, Tufted Duck 9, Pochard 5, Wigeon 7, Mute Swan 1 juvenile, Gadwall 4, Black-headed Gull c170, Pied Wagtail 4, Grey Wagtail 1, Lapwing 34, Sparrowhawk 1, Cormorant 2, Lesser Black-backed Gull 2, Red-legged Partridge 8.

Wombwell Ings.

Wigeon 120+, Teal c20, Gadwall 8, Shoveler 8, Cormorant 3, Dunlin 1, Mallard 8, Goldcrest 1 (Park entrance), Goldeneye 1♀, Redwing & Fieldfare flock c30, Canada Geese c100, Greylag Geese 3, Greater Spotted Woodpecker 1, Grey Wagtail 1 ( Bridge over Dearne).

Wintersett + Gull Roost 28.11.14

7°C,  misty, gloomy day with drizzle at times. 
Anglers CP:  Golden Plover 1 over and Teal 26.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:  After yesterdays brilliant roost , poor weather and bad viewing conditions resulted in only the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull being seen today from 14.58hrs.  A north easterly breeze was blowing drizzle onto scope lenses in the hide  and the birds were facing away, so identification was not possible.   

Thursday 27 November 2014

Wintersett + Gull Fest 27.11.14

8°C, calm and mild with fog and drizzle.  Around mid morning the fog cleared with a light nort easterly.
Anglers CP:  Carlton Dream Team had a 2nd W Mediterranean Gull on the rocks at 10.40 until it left north at 10.50hrs.  Golden Plover 35 over, Snipe 18 and greylag Goose 129.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: It was another interesting roost tonight.  The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull came in at 14.35hrs, followed by the usual, (large), 3rd W Caspian at 14.58, thought to be a male.  At 15.20hrs last nights, (small)  3rd W Caspian came in. This bird is thought to be a female.  When she was near the rafts the large, (male) 3rd W Caspian swam out of the main flock of big gulls, and headed straight towards her, calling, and bowing his head. The call was similar to that of an Eider duck.  When he swam close to her, she feigned indifference and swam off slowly.  The adult Caspian came in at 15.58hrs and the Polish ringed, adult Mediterranean Gull came in at 16.10 hrs.

Many thanks to Ralph Hibbert using Les Corral's 'scope for the following photo.

2nd W Med Gull      ACP           RH/LC

Many thanks to Tom Grose,   @tomgoose144,  for the following photos.

(Large/male?)  3rdW Caspian Gull   ACP        TG

(Small/female?) 3rdW Caspian  ACP         TG
Small and large  3rdW Caspian Gulls    ACP   TG
Polish ringed, adult Med. Gull       ACP          TG
The magnificent 'Psycho' - adult YL Gull    ACP     TG

Carlton Marsh

On a dull and dank afternoon 2 'Redheads' left west only to be replaced by an immature male and another Redhead that stayed to roost. A pair of Wigeon and a Little Grebe were keeping the Mute swans company along with a Kingfisher and 2 Water Rails. Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker were evident and at least 4 Snipe left at dusk.

Broomhill Flash & Bolton Ings

A walk on the TPT to Bolton Ings didn't produce anything on the way on but did produce 20+ Redpoll on the way off.

Broomhill Flash.

Grey Heron 1, Dunlin 2, Golden Plover 1+, Teal 17, Wigeon 10, Pochard 5, Tufted Duck 5, Mallard 20, Shoveler 6, Gadwall 3, Little Owl 1, Mute Swan 1 juvenile, Lapwing c52, Black-headed Gull c79, Kingfisher 1, Common Gull 2.

Bolton Ings.

Tufted Duck 45, Pochard 13, Great-crested Grebe 5, Little Grebe 3, Grey Heron 2, Mallard 4, Gadwall 4, Goosander 4 (2 pair), Common Gull 27, Mute Swan 4 ( 2 adult & 2 juvenile), Teal 3, Wigeon 4, Snipe 10, Cormorant 4, Green Woodpecker 1 (TPT Calling), Greater Spotted Woodpecker 1. Herring Gull 5, Lesser Black-backed Gull 2.


Redpoll c20.

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Wintersett + Gull Roost 26.11.14

5°C,  cold with 8/8 cloud and drizzle on and off  from mid morning and a light north easterly.
Anglers CP:  Golden Plover 22 over.  Snipe 18.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:  Good numbers of birds present tonight included the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull at 14.55hrs. An adult Caspian came in at 15.30hrs.  The Polish ringed Mediterrranean Gull came in at 15.55hrs and a  NEW 3rd W Caspian came in at 16.00hrs.  
NB Yesterday at Fairburn 1stW Iceland Gull.

Broomhill Flash mid morning

Shoveler 8, Teal 4, Wigeon 8, Gadwall 4, Tufted Duck 6, Mallard 8, Pochard 4, Goldeneye 2♀, Mute Swan 2 juvenile, Black-headed Gull c105, Common Gull 2, Cormorant 1, Little Owl 1.

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Wintersett Gull Roost 25.11.14

5°C, cold with 7/8 cloud and a light easterly.
Anglers CP:  Watr Rail 1, Grey Wagtail 2  and Cormorant 29.
ACP Gull Roost: An adult Caspian came in at 15.35 and a 3rd W Caspian followed at 15.50hrs.  The Polish ringed, adult Mediterranean Gull flew in at 16.00hrs.  There was a huge number of small gulls as those from Wintersett Res flew over to Anglers at dusk.

Broomhill Flash & Bolton Ings

Today's sightings for Broomhill Flash were a little spars till Shaun Roebuck gave a call out saying there was a Med Gull present. Photo John Seeviour.

Here are the rest of the sightings for Broomhill Flash.

Mute Swan 2, Shoveler 6, Teal 22, Pochard 5, Tufted Duck 5, Goldeneye 2♀, Gadwall 6, Mallard 6, Canada Gees129, Greylag Geese 4, Lapwing 35, Red-legged Partridge 2, Black-headed Gull c95, Pied Wagtail 2, Fieldfare 2, Golden Plover c1000, Snipe 3, Common Gull 2, Mediterranean Gull 1, Greater Black-backed Gull 4, Cormorant 1, Sparrowhawk 1.

Bolton Ings.

Greater spotted Woodpecker 1 (TPT), Bittern 1, Tufted Duck 27, Gadwall 4, Great-crested Grebe 4, Little Grebe 2, Pochard 4, Common Gull 11, Snipe 3, Mute Swan 7, Cormorant 4, Grey Heron 3, Green Wood pecker 1, Goldeneye 1♀, Stonechat 1♂.


A Magpie killed, plucked and eat a Goldfinch on Geoff Miller's bird table this morning.

Monday 24 November 2014

Ewden Black Grouse.

An interesting conversation today with one of the Gamekeeper's lads. I asked him about any recent Black Grouse sightings and he informed me that about 3 weeks ago he saw one which was wearing what appeared to be a radio collar.  It was seen in the area below Ewden Height which is where they were normally located. I can't vouch for the accuracy of this sighting but I was just wondering if anyone had any info about the history of the released birds with regards to the possibility of it being correct ?


Wintersett Gull Roost 24.11.14

5°C, cold with 6/8 thin cloud and a light south westerly. 
No early birding here due to succesful jaunt for Isabelline Wheatear at Seaton Snook  and Hume's Leaf Warbler at Brier Dene,Whitley, 3 Waxwing were an added bonus.
Steve Denny covered Anglers CP Gull Roost.  130 Pink-footed Goose flew east.  The 3rd W Caspian and the adult ringed Mediterranean Gull were the most notable tonight.
NB Pugneys had 2nd W Caspian and 4 Yellow-legs.

Ewden Shooting Cabin

Another nippy day ....

Results were;
Common Buzzard 3, Rough-Legged Buzzard 1 seen over Upper Commons, Kestrel 3, Hen Harrier 1 (ringtail,) Raven 14, best count for some time, all 14 were in the air in 1 flock. Pink-Footed Goose, flock of c150 flew East over Upper Commons. Also flushed 1 (poss 2) Woodcock on the way back down the track.

Ewden Valley

After a successful stray out of the Barnsley recording area (just) for Great Grey Shrike, had the following on the way back to Stocksbridge.
Broomhead Reservoir - 14 Mallards.
More Hall Reservoir - 3 Canada Geese, 108 Mallards, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Moorhens, 50+Black-headed Gulls and 1 Raven over Ewden Village,
Bolsterstone - 35+ House Sparrows.

Sunday 23 November 2014

Garden Blackcap

A male Blackcap visited Dave Smith's Carlton garden bird table this morning!

Ewden / stone circle track / shooting lodge + 23/11/14.

Got the day off to a good start with a garden tick of 10 Whooper Swans going e. calling at 9-56am. Joined Mr Simmonite at the lodge just after midday. Results- 2 ring tailed Hen Harriers, 1 Goshawk, 3 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, at least 7 Ravens, 6 Bullfinchs, 80 Pink Footed Geese going e. We were informed both RL Buzzards were  further south at Holling Dale.

Edderthorpe, Sunday morning

Not too much to shout about here;- Pintail 2, Shoveler 28, Pochard 17, Tufted 28, Little Egret 1, Cormorant 7, Common Snipe 36, Lapwing 150, Golden Plover 10. Some white 'farmyard geese' were dumped/liberated here in the week, the day after news of birdflu in Yorkshire was on the news. A worried allotment owner?

Wintersett + Gull Roost 23.11.14

7°C  with 8/8 cloud with a light north westerly this morning.  10°C, sunny this afternoon, dropping cooler at dusk.  Frost forecast for tomorrow.
Wintersett Res: Water Rail 1
Botany Bay: Redwing 80
Anglers CP:  Whooper Swan 2 NE at 10.10.hrs.  Golden Plover 25 S,  Shoveler 29 and Goldeneye 32.
Anglers CP Roost: The roost held  a very good number of gulls for this date.  The adult, ringed  Mediterranean  Gull came in at 16.05hrs.  The sub adult White Herring Gull came in at 16.15hrs. The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull came in calling at 15.35hrs and a 1st W YL was seen on WRes earlier.  An adult, DARVIC ringed Black-headed Gull was on the rocks in front of the hide. Right leg black on white AYA, left leg metal.  There was a massive count of 1272 Herring Gull, with many coming  in very  late on.  Also Greater Black-backed Gull 130.  81 Goosanders counted at dusk is the largest number so far this winter.
NB Pugneys roost had the 3rd W Caspian reappear and 3 Yellow-legs, 2 adults and a 2nd W.  Orgreave Roost had an adult Yellow-leg.

Bretton yesterday (22/11/14)

After early morning mist the weather brightened to reveal 18 Cormorant, 32 Goosander, 8 Little Grebe, 26 Great Creasted Grebe, 17 Tufted Duck, Shoveler, 33 Teal, 32 Gadwall, 18 Wigeon, 9 Mute Swan, Water Rail, 3 Kingfisher, 26 Lapwing (on the mud), Nuthatch 4 and 5 Bullfinch.
Water levels still down half a metre and Carrion Crows having a feast on Swan Mussels.
Interesting that Gadwall were once quite scarce here and are now abundant. Did not find any Mandarin Duck but could have been hiding?

Saturday 22 November 2014

Wintersett + Gull Roost 22.11.14

7 - 10°C,  mild with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP:  Golden Plover 1 over,  Snipe 20 W and Grey Partridge 8 in field.
Cold Hiendley Res: Whooper Swan 4 (2adults + 2 juvs) flew south at 11.50hrs.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: It was a large roost tonight but with no Caspians.  However it was quite exciting with several records of interest.  An adult male Red-breasted Merganser came in at 14.10 and left SW at 14.15hrs..  A very small, elegant looking 1stW Lesser Black-backed type arrived at 15.10hrs.   Next in were 2 Yellow-legs, the usual adult and a 1stW.  A White-winged Herring Gull, (not the same as Pugneys bird) flew in at 15,30hrs.  The adult Mediterranean Gull flew to its usual island for the third night in a row. Good light allowed its DARVIC to be read.  Left leg white on red 5P4, metal ring on right leg. A 1stW Little Gull came in briefly at 16.15hrs before flying SW towards Wintersett Res..
NB: Pugneys roost had a 2ndW Caspian and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls tonight. 

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White-winged Herring Gull       ACP   SDenny

1stW Lesser Black-backed type   ACP   SDenny

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1stW Lesser Black-backed type     ACP   SDenny

Adult Mediterranean Gull      ACP       SDenny

Broomhill Flash

Mute Swan 4 (1 juvenile), Shoveler present, Tufted Duck 6, Pochard 10, Wigeon 4, Common Gull 4, Teal 9, Grey Heron 1, Cormorant 3, Golden Plover 4, Sparrowhawk 1.

Friday 21 November 2014

Bretton 21/11/14.

Green Sandpiper 1, Mandarin 1 pair, Siskin 25, Lapwing 80 over.

Broomhill Flash and Bolton Ings

Broomhill Flash mid morning.

Canada Goose c140, Mute Swan 5 ( 2 Juvenile), Wigeon 5, Shoveler 13, Teal 10, Gadwall 4,
Pochard 2, Tufted Duck 4, Mallard 16, Lapwing 6, Black-headed Gull c180, Common Gull 1,
Pied Wagtail 3, Peregrine ♀, Cormorant 1, Mistle Thrush 1.

Bolton Ings mid morning- early afternoon.

Pochard 5, Mallard 6, Great-crested Grebe 4, Little Grebe 2, Tufted Duck 12, Goldeneye ♀♂, Cormorant 4, Common Gull 30, Black-headed Gull 39, Mute Swan 3 (1 juvenile), Grey Heron 1,
Snipe 1, Wigeon 1, Gadwall 1, Black-tailed Godwit 1.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 21.11 14

7°C with 8/8 cloud and a cold easterly breeze.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 calling in SE reedbed.  Water Rail  and Teal 2.
Anglers CP: Pochard 102 + 8 WRes, Wigeon 149 and  Little Grebe 3.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: Viewing conditions were very poor tonight  It was raining  and was darker earlier. The/A  ringed adult Mediterranean Gull came in to the islands at 16.15hrs.  The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull was in at 15.55hrs.
N.B a 2nd W Caspian Gull and 3+ Yellow-legged Gulls were at Pugneys tonight.

Thursday 20 November 2014

Wintersett + Gull Roost 20.11.14

8°C mild and calm. A foggy start with visibility improving towards mid morning.
Anglers CP:  Fieldfare 40 S,  Siskin 3 over and Water Rail 1 .
A total of 44 Lesser Redpoll were ringed on the Pol.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:  The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull was in at 15.25hrs.   An adult Mediterranean Gull was on WRes At 14.55hrs and then presumably the same bird moved to ACP shallows at 16.10hrs.  It was wearing a white on red DARVIC ring on its left leg and a metal ring on its right leg.  Unfortunately the lettering couldn't be read due to the dull conditions.

Broomhill Flash

Today's sightings for dull Thursday mid-morning.

Grey Heron 2, Mute Swan 4 (1 juvenile), Teal 9, Goldeneye 1♀, Mallard 17, Pochard 4, Tufted Duck 6, Shoveler 9, Wigeon c52, Cormorant 1, Lapwing 6, Canada Goose c121, Greylag Goose 3, Pied Wagtail 4, Black-headed Gull c100, Fieldfare c20, Kestrel 1, Grey Partridge 4.

Surprise at t' dam

Castle Dam, Penistone - 66 Canada Geese, 2 Wigeon, 2 Mallards, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron. 7 Moorhens, 19 Coots, 80+ Black-headed Gulls, 1 Kingfisher, c50 Jackdaws and 1 Yellowhammer,
Midhope Reservoir - 38 Mallards, 1 Little Grebe and 1 Common Buzzard.

Wednesday 19 November 2014

Wintersett 19.11.14

11°C,  very mild with 5/8 cloud and a light easterly.
Anglers CP:  43 Starling flew west and a Siskin went over. Little Grebe 9,  Pochard 98  + 9 WRes.,  Teal 16, Greylag Goose 105 and Water Rail 1.   
Anglers CP Gull Roost: The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull was the only notable tonight.
Sad News:  A dead juvenile Mute Swan was found on the bank. Ring Nos Black on Yellow 871, Metal Ring W38571.   It had been quite cleanly decapitated, and there was no evidence that it had put up a fight.

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Wintersett + Gull Roost 18.11.14

10°C with 8/8 cloud, a light easterly and a short shower mid morning.
Haw Park Wood:  9000 Corvids left the roost early this morning.
Wintersett Res: Shelduck 2, Goosander 6, Teal 5 and Water Rail 2.
Anglers CP: Curlew 1 over
Anglers Gull Roost: 2 Caspian Gulls - 1 adult at 16.00hrs and 1 3rd W at 16.10hrs.  The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull at 15.15hrs.
(NB.  A  2nd W Caspian Gull was at Fairburn Ings tonight.  Adult Med Gull and 3 YL Gulls Pugneys.  Adult Caspian Gull Orgreave)

Town Centre Peregrine

A peregrine flew low (well, top floor height!) east past the Digital Media Centre in 'tarn' at 13.45 hrs today. Looks like an adult but without binos it's difficult to say with any certainty. Incidentally, I also had what may well be the same bird flying south past Westgate Plaza at about 15.15 hrs on 6th November. Again, I got the impression of an adult bird. I reckon Barnsley's suited to a wintering peregrine - there's a nice lofty roost atop the Town Hall and lots of feral pigeons to go at!


Winscar Reservoir - 82 Mallards and 1 Red Grouse drinking from the res.
Harden Reservoir - 1 Tufted Duck.
Broadstone Reservoir - 3 Mallards, 1 redhead Goldeneye, c30 Black-headed Gulls and 2 Ravens.
Low Common, Ingbirchworth - 300+ Starlings.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 13 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 38 Mallards, 3 Tufted Ducks, 2 Cormorants, 2 Little Grebes, 3 Moorhens, c30 Black-headed Gulls and 3 Common Gulls.
Midhope Reservoir - 2 Teal, 35 Mallards and 1 Little Grebe.

Edderthorpe. 18 November

It's surprising why a small Flash or Lake can attract so many birds. 3 Little Egret, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Pintail, 264 Greylag Geese, 157 Lapwing, 146 Canada Geese, 10 Little Grebe, and numerous Shoveler and Gadwall, with smaller numbers of Pochard, wigeon and Tufted duck.

Monday 17 November 2014

Wintersett + Gull roost 17.11.14

10°C, mild with rain to 09.00hrs and a light north easterly.  Wintersett Res west bank track flooded after heavy rain overnight.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 and Water Rail 2
Anglers CP:  40 Golden Plover flew over northwards at 09.10hrs.  Siskin 1,  Goosander 12 + 1 WRes and Shoveler 43.
Anglers Gull Roost: 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, the usual adult (Psycho) and a 3rd W, were the only notables tonight.

storrs mill

Sorry for very late add work commitments, Merlin over my house 11-20 , heading towards syphony!

Sunday 16 November 2014

Storrs Mill Wood - Cudworth

75 Fieldfares SW followed by c40 Pink Feet Geese SE at 12.27hrs.

Wintersett + Anglers Gull Roost 16.11.14

10°C, mild and calm and clear.
Anglers CP Vis Mig:  Pink-footed Goose 35 N at 07.25,  26 NW at 08.35 and 80 NW at 09.00.  Fieldfare 530 SW and 60 Starling W at 10.35hrs.
Anglers CP: Lesser Redpoll 30,  Greylag Goose 83,  Green Woodpecker 1, Water Rail 1+ 1 WRes and  Whooper Swan 1 adult.
(The usual adult  and a 3rd W Yellow-legged Gull were present all day) 
Anglers CP and Wintersett Res Gull Roosts held excellent totals for this time of year and in such mild weather!  Highlights were a 2nd W Caspian Gull in at 15.50hrs,  and a total of 4 Yellow-legs 1stW, 2ndW, 3rdW and the usual adult with his Lesser Black-backed mate. Common Gull 1300,   Herring 520,  Great Black-backed 90 and Lesser Black-backed 33.
It's worth noting that Pugneys also had a good Gull Roost tonight with a 3rdW Caspian Gull,  3YLGulls (1stW- which probably came to Anglers,  and  a 3rdW and and adult still present there at dusk.) So at least 6 YL's around.  
2nd W Caspian Gull      ACP                 PMeredith
Adult  Whooper Swan     ACP     PMeredith
2nd W Caspian Gull     ACP                         ASmith


Langsett Reservoir - 10 Canada Geese, 11+ Teal, 80+ Mallard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 7 Lapwings and 2 Ravens over Pike Lowe.
Gull roost - Small gulls only with numbers difficult to count and birds arriving from all directions in the calm conditions. c20% left or continued west. the count was just 630+ Black-headed Gulls and 6+ Common Gulls.

Saturday 15 November 2014

Wintersett 15.11.14

10°C but cold, damp and foggy all morning.
Anglers CP:  A Pink-footed Goose flew low, through the fog over the lake at 10.00 this morning.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: No regular birders present tonight but a tweet from  Joe Eckersley reported "3rd winter Caspian gull on water Anglers country park 15:30."    

Bretton. 15/11/14.

Atrocious light and weather conditions here made doing any counts a bit of a joke. Still, a good count of 93 Goosanders, 150 Jackdaws going to roost, a feeding party of 20 Siskins, 1 Lapwing down and last but not least 1 Willow Tit in the tit flock.

Friday 14 November 2014

Wintersett 14.11.14

10°C mild with rain all morning.  Dry and brighter this afternoon with a light southerly.
Wintersett Res:  Little Grebe 9,  Water Rail 1,  Cormorant 2 + 14 ACP.
Anglers CP +  Gull Roost:  Shoveler 29.  2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls.
(Adult Caspian and 3 Yellow-legged at Pugneys)

News from Barnsley Birders on Twitter yesterday:  A juv Cetti's Warbler ringed at Wintersett in July dispersed c100km northwest being re-trapped at Middleton near Heysham in late September.  It was seemingly a one-day bird along with two others present at this non-breeding location. 

Thursday 13 November 2014

Wintersett 13.11.14

9°C with 8/8 cloud and a south easterly breeze.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:  2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were the only birds of note tonight.


Midhope Reservoir - 2 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 72 Mallards and 2 Little Grebes.


Elsecar Reservoir - 64 Mallard, 2 Tufted Ducks, 1 Cormorants, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 13 Moorhens, 9 Coots, c120 Black-headed Gulls and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Wintersett 12.11.14

9°C with 8/8 cloud and a light south easterly.  Rain shower mid morning.
Anglers CP:  130 Pink-footed Geese NW at 12.00hrs.  An adult Whooper Swan was in from15.15hrs.  Redshank 1 and Teal 30.
Anglers Gull Roost: The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull came in at 16.15hrs.   (NB the adult Caspian Gull was in the roost at Pugneys tonight.)

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Wintersett 11.11.14

9°C,  mild with 4/8 cloud and a south easterly breeze. Very, very quiet  here today.
Wintersett Res:  A Linnet flew east and a Goosander redhead was present.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: The only birds of note were the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull and his Lesser Black-backed mate that came in at 16.07hrs. 

Breeding Bird Atlas

Just to update on the BBSG Breeding Bird Atlas. It is still being written but progress is slow. This is due to a few circumstances;- problems we never envisaged at the outset such as the actual amount of data that would have to be processed, other work commitments, being badly let down by a 'professional' outfit generating the maps and having to get them all redone again after 18 months of frustration. Yes, we are behind the schedule we set originally but work progresses and it is slowly coming together. Fear not anyone who has parted with hard earned money to sponsor a species, it will be published - hopefully in the not too distant future.....

BBSG Atlas

Can anyone provide me with an update on the progress of this, please? I was one of sponsors of it but haven't heard a thing (dicky bird?) for ages.

I did try to contact Ian Hey without any response. it is possible that I had the wrongs address I suppose.


Monday 10 November 2014

Wintersett + Gull Roost 10.11.14

8°C with 4/8 cloud and a light south easterly this morning.
Anglers CP: A Rock/Water Pipit went east.  Goosander 28,  Snipe 16,  Teal 22 and Shoveler 14 + 1 WRes..
Wintersett Res: Willow Tit 1 and Little Grebe 8 + 2 ACP..
Gull Roost:  Both ACP and WRes were checked tonight. On Anglers Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull was in at 15.55hrs.  An adult Caspian Gull came in at 16.20hrs.  A Little Egret came into the shallows and landed on the rocks at 16.30hrs. Later it flew over WRes and onto CHRes, presumably to roost.  There was no sign of the Azorean Gull on WRes. tonight. 

Duck Day

It may appear very tame to the lowland birders but the following counts of wildfowl were very good for the uplands & moorlands and represent a substantial influx.
Upper Windleden Reservoir - 5 Teal and 29 Mallards (usually the odd Canada Goose here (if you're lucky)).
Winscar Reservoir - 4 Canada Geese, 3 drake Wigeon, 86+ Mallards and c20 Black-headed Gulls.
Harden Reservoir - 1 Tufted Duck.
Whitley Common - c120 Lapwings.
Ingbirchwortth Reservoir - 102 Canada Geese, 17 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 68 Mallards, 7 (2 drakes) Shoveler (only the fourth record here since August 2011), 10 Tufted Ducks, 3 Little Grebes, 7 Moorhens, 120+ Black-headed Gulls, 3 Common Gulls and 1 Willow Tit in a tit flock.
Langsett Reservoir - 14 Teal, 89 Mallards, 2 Tufted Ducks and 1 Grey Wagtail.
Low Moor, Upper Midhope - 80+ Fieldfare.
Midhope Reservoir - 10 Teal, 56 Mallards, 1 Tufted Duck and 3 Little Grebes.

Sunday 9 November 2014

Edderthorpe WeBS count Sunday

A very disappointing count of wildfowl this morning, not sure if it's the cold snap midweek or fireworks which seem to have moved the duck on. Highlights include;- Mallard 350, Teal 130, Wigeon 85, Gadwall 48, Shoveler 43 (exactly 200 less than 9 days ago), Pintail 2, Goldeneye 1, Pochard 29, Tufted Duck 17, Cormorant 14, Little Egret 1, Golden Plover 840, Lapwing 174, Common Snipe 30. As mentioned in a earlier blog by Paul, a cream-crown Marsh Harrier came in just after 10 o clock and settled in juncus near the wind turbine. The highlights from Ferrymoor/Cudworth Common are;- Mallard 180, Goosander 5.

Wintersett 09.11.14

7°C, cool and calm with 3/8 cloud at 09.00hrs.  8/8 cloud by midday.
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 1 male west bank area and 1 south west corner.
A total of 38 birds were ringed this morning including: 24 Lesser Redpoll,  5 Goldcrest,  1 Chiffchaff and a female Kingfisher.

Wintersett WEBS & Gulls Sun 9th Nov 2014

Webs count highlights were 77 Canada Geese, 98 Greylgs, 94 Pochard, 282 Tufted Duck, 37 Goldeneye, 634 Coot, 27 Moorhen, 208 Wigeon, 44 Gadwall, 70 Mallard, 29 Teal and 15 GCG’s.

At least 6 Nuthatches and 2 Treecreepers were seen in Haw park, along with plenty of Coal Tits. A Brambling flew over the Country Park and the Cettis Warbler was singing on the west bank of the Top Res at dusk.

                                            Caspian Gull - 3rd Winter (S Denny)

                                          Azorean Gull ( S Denny)
                                           Azorean Gull ( S Denny)
Azorean Gull ( P Meredith)
Gull roost excitement began with a third winter Caspian Gull being picked up in the Country Park roost by at 15.40 hrs. However, we didn’t get very long with it before we got a call from Graham Speight who had located an adult Azorean Gull on the Top Res where he had been watching it on and off since 15.30 hrs. It remained there till dusk and we managed to get these record shots despite the fading light and maximum zoom views.

Rough-legged buzzards

Single Rough-legged Buzzards were at Broomhead Moor/Upper Commons and Winscar Reservoir drifting slowly south over Harden Edge towards Carlecotes. A photo of the latter, taken by Nick Mallinson, is shown below.


Carlton Marsh

80 Pink Feet Geese flew NW at 14.20hrs (Dave Standish)

Horse Carr Wood Ardsley
c20 Redpolls with Goldfinches

Edderthorpe AM

Highlights was a very nice cream crown showing very well for a good 10 minutes, circa 30 snipe and 2 common buzzards

Saturday 8 November 2014

Wintersett 08.11.14

Nothing birdwise to report yesterday.  Weather was 10°C mild, calm and sunny with rain from 11.00hrs

Today 5°C  with 4/8 cloud and a light south westerly.  Rain late morning.
Anglers CP:  350 Fieldfare and 11 Stock Doves went south this morning.  4 Dunlin went south west at 16.05 hrs.  Present: 18 Goosander,  Shoveler 8,  Teal  5 and the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull with his Lesser Black Backed Gull dropped in at 16 .10hrs. 
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 1 male.

Broomhead Rough-leg...

Walked across Broomhead Moor fairly early as Keeley Donovan had told me we were in for some rain late morning. A pale Common Buzzard with lots of white in its tail just before the shooting lodge had me wondering and with the low cloud and mist I wasn't expecting too much anyway. Flocks of Fieldfare and Starlings were heading southwards and westwards, about a thousand of the former went over. At 09.50 the Rough-legged Buzzard appeared well up the valley beyond the shooting lodge, hovering and hunting for about 5 minutes before dropping out of sight. A nice juvenile. The drizzle started but still Common Buzzards were in the sky constantly (must be hungry after yesterdays rain)and a hour later the Rough-leg came down the valley again towards me at the shelter of the shooting lodge. By now the drizzle was quite heavy rain and after 5 minutes flying around (interacting with a Common Buzzard) the Rough-leg landed in a tree for a further 5 minutes. Sounds brill doesn't it, - well it would have been had it not been throwing it down and watching it through mist! It flew off towards the Dukes Road side at 11.10 and I trudged back to the car to dry off. It would seem the place to see this bird at present is from the shooting lodge beyond the stone circle on Broomhead Moor, a good half hours walk. It would be too distant from any of the roads and out of sight from Ewden Heights (which is a much shorter walk).

Friday 7 November 2014

Whitwell Moor

Whitwell Moor - 3+ Bramblings with Chaffinches at Millstones Wood.

Little Auk update...

After being picked up last night, the Anglers CP Little Auk was transported to the east coast by Dave Pearce and taken to North Landing, Flamborough early morning where it was released. It swam out into the bay swiftly and strongly, constantly diving. After giving so much enjoyment to so many people yesterday its fingers crossed the little fella makes it......

Thursday 6 November 2014

Wintersett 06.11.14

1°C with 8/8 cloud and a light south easterly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig: Probably the last session of the year.
Going south west:  Wood Pigeon 930,   Skylark 15 and   Siskin 1.
Going south:  Fieldfare 130.
Going west:  Starling 290 and Bullfinch 5.
Anglers CP:  Snipe 39,  LITTLE AUK 1.
Wintersett Res: Goldeneye 11 (2 m + 9 f)  and Goosander 4.
2 hunting foxes were seen in the area today.

Hunting  voles........       ACP                           LHarston
.....  but settling for rosehips.          LHarston

Wintersett - What?? Another 6th November MEGA!! (Penduline Tit Anniversary 2011)

Sorry no blog yesterday.  I went to Spurn  and got a Snow Bunting Brit tick and 3 lifers,  Black Brant,  Pomarine Skua and  and  Little Auk.  I watched a Little Auk come off the sea and join a flock of Starlings flying west up the Humber. This information came in very useful today.
After Vis Migging for two and a half hours I did a circuit of Wintersett Res and had an hour to kill before lunch so I decided to go round Anglers CP, because I'd read on Twitter that 62 Little Auks had been seen as far as the Humber Bridge .... so maybe.....
While scanning the lake, I picked up a very small black and white bird diving in the middle at the northern end of Anglers CP.  Little Auk????  Nooo!.  It can't be....started shaking,  tried not to panic.   It was diving continously and difficult to relocate. I picked it up again and phoned Paul (Fitzy), who'd left forty minutes earlier, and told him what I'd seen.  I then stewed for a very long and difficult twenty minutes trying to relocate it, and keep on it while he drove back.   When Paul arrived I told him the bird was flicking its wings as it dived, which got him excited . However, it took a further ten minutes to find it before he could finally confirm what I'd thought.  LITTLE AUK  -  MEGA!    I jumped for joy for a minute,  phoned Pete Smith (who had to come back from Spurn), and then put it out on Twitter.
The bird continued diving and then made a short flight over towards the east bank, where it started diving again.   Fortunately the wind was in the right direction to drift it back to us, which took 30 minutes.  It then performed really well and was down to ten metres at one point. Eventually it made a long flight towards the southern end of the lake.  I'm not sure if anyone picked it up while it was down there.  It wasn't seen for the next hour, but at last someone scoping from the south bank picked it up again towards the northern end where it was still diving.  At about 15.00hrs it got out onto the edge of the lake and then settled down under some rushes to rest.
(There was then an unfortunate incident when a questionable birder was getting too close to the bird, standing right on the waters edge within 10 feet.  He had a scope, so could have watched from the opposite bank like everyone else.  He was reluctant to leave it and said the bird needed taking into care, but  having been with the bird for nearly four hours I knew it was tired and needed to rest.  It wasn’t exhausted,  its wings were not splayed.and it was alert. I told him a decision would be made at dusk.  He was shamed into leaving when I got my camera out.)
About fifteen minutes after that the Little Auk was  pushed back onto the water after being disturbed by a crow.   Luckily  it swam/drifted near  to where it had originally been found. It came out onto the edge and huddled under rocks. I was surprised how small it was.  I left it with three observers at 16.30hrs.  They stayed  until dark and then decided to take it into care. Later, James tweeted the bird "was rather plump and fairly aggressive when picked up, so had plenty of fight"   Graham  tweeted "with gull roost, crows and foxes there was little chance of it surviving overnight, so apologies to those who didn't get to see it,  but it will be at BBSG meeting tonight, then off to the east coast in the morning." 
An amazing set of coincidences combined to make it one of my luckiest days yet.  My first, self  found mega.   WHOO HOO!!!  
Here's a great set of photos by Paul Meredith.

Other than being a  FIRST FOR WINTERSETT and the first Barnsley Area twitchable Little Auk for 40 years,  I'm not sure of the stats/dates of Little Auks in the area.  Could someone who knows please add a comment.  Thanks. 
Here's a link to a 7 second video of the Anglers Little Auk, by John Gardner.

Carlton Marsh

c60 Pink Feet Geese flew NW at 09.27hrs. 80 Fieldfares and 40 Redwings were feeding on the reserve.

Woolley Pit / Grange reclaimation.

Nowt to shout about here. Don't know what wakefield council are doing with this but some of it looks like its been soiled and grassed for arable use. Only notable birds were 25 Linnets and 6 Grey Partridges and a flock of  50 Pinkfeet west at 9-35 am.  Just had time to count 44 Goosanders at Bretton before dashing off to Anglers cp.


Annat Royd Lane, Ingbirchworth - 4 Pink-footed Geese, 164 Greylag Geese, 100+ Black-headed Gulls and 5 Common Gulls.

Wednesday 5 November 2014

Woodpigeon Migration

Last few days been getting similar numbers of Woodpigeon in the early morning as what Wintersett have been recording, so presume the same birds have been crossing Wintersett south-west to the Cawthorne/Silkstone corridor then appearing to then turn more south in a direction to Oxspring (viewed from Higham). They are possibly then following the River Don south?
On Trektellen migration watch other sites are getting large number such as - Berry Hill Stoke on Trent on 4/11 had 43350 birds SW for example and the pattern seems to be down the centre of the UK.
Additionally, on Trektellen 25100 birds were seen over Start Point, Devon heading out to sea (and France).
The BTO Migration Atlas suggests UK birds are sedentary and rarely leave the UK and that we rarely receive Continental birds? So, maybe we are missing Continental birds coming very high over the East Coast? or they are UK birds leaving for the Continent? Has the Atlas got both ideas wrong?
Perhaps more Woodpigeon watching needed - its as easy as counting sheep!!

Tuesday 4 November 2014

Wintersett 04.11.14

2°C,  clear skies and a light southerly. 
Anglers CP Vis Mig: The first frost of autumn did not yield the mass migration expected..  However Going south:  Wood Pigeon  3210,  Stock Dove 7,  Lesser Black-backed Gull 56, Redwing 49,  Fieldfare 5,  Greenfinch 4,  Chaffinch 5,   Pied Wagtail 4,  Reed Bunting 2, Mistle Thrush 1. 
Going west: Pink-footed Goose 163 at 08.27hrs.  Starling 204 and Skylark 13.
Wintersett Res:  Water Rail 1 NE corner. 

Ewden- stone circle track/ shooting lodge, 4/11/14.

Rough Legged Buzzard 1, on and off from 10am, Hen Harrier 1 ringtail high over ewden height, Peregrine 2+, Merlin 1, Sparrowhawk 2, Common Buzzard 5, Kestrel 3, Raven 7, Stonechat 1 near entrance gate, Bullfinch 10, Siskin 4, Linnet 12, Brambling 1 heard only again near entrance gate, presumed to be in chaffinch flock.

Midhope & Underbank

Barnside Moor - 1 Rough-legged Buzzard slowly SE at 10:55hrs
Midhope Reservoir - 66 Mallards, 6 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebes, 2 Common Buzzards and 1 Kestrel.
Underbank Reservoir - 179 Canada Geese, 31 Mallards, 9 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 7 Lapwings, c80 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 15+ Siskins.

Monday 3 November 2014

Bretton a.m. 3-11-14.

Highlights- 1 Green Sandpiper, 38 Lapwings, 40 Goosanders and just 1 drake Mandarin, all on the lower lake.

Wintersett 03.11.14

7°C - 10°C with 1/8 cloud and a light southerly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig:
A SNOW BUNTING was heard calling but not seen so direction unknown.
360 Pink-footed Geese went east.    37 Snipe and 6 Lesser Redpoll west.   130 Starling NNW.   1500 Wood Pigeons and 8 Skylarks south west.   20 Redwing,  2 Meadow Pipits and 1 alba Wagtail south.
A Grey Wagtail was present.

Wrong Place Wrong Time

Up to Winscar Reservor this morning; but no Rough-legged Buzzard (or Common Buzzard). Then down to Broomhead Moor after a text from JH. Missed them here too. Here's the meagre list of what I did see.
Windleden Edge - 1 Kestrel and 4 Ravens feeding on a rabbit carcass on the road.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 1 Pink-footed Goose, 126 Greylag Geese, 151 Canada Geese, 5 Wigeon, 59 Mallards, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Moorhens, 2 Coots, c120 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Common Gulls, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 7 Herring Gulls.
Royd Moor Reservoir - 7 Teal, 38 Mallards, 2 Tufted Ducks, 2 Little Grebes, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Moorhens c80 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Common Gulls and 23 Redwings SW.
Broomhead Moor - 1 Kestrel.

Butterflies - 1 Red Admiral at Royd Moor.

Sunday 2 November 2014

Wintersett & Gull Roost 02.11.14

12°C,  8/8 and a light southwesterly.  Rain shower early but brightened up by mid morning.
Wintersett Res: The juv Black Tern reported this morning could not be verified by any of the locals.   Water Rail 1 west bank marsh and  Goldeneye 6,  
Haw Park Wood: Siskin 1
Anglers CP Gull Roost:  A 1st winter Caspian Gull  was the star bird of the roost this evening. Also in were an adult and a 1st W Yellow-legged,  62 Great Black-backs,   250 Herrings and  300 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  A Dunlin was also present.

1st W  Caspian Gull                           SDenny

The Dearne

It just shows how the River Dearne is cleaning up. I watched Trout jumping the rapids and into the waterfall  just below ASDA  on Wakefield Road today. I saw at least 10 in one hour. (Ray Dye)

(Ray Dye)

Harden/Vis Mig

Harden Quarries/Harden - 1 Cormorant SW, c130 + c60 Pink-footed Geese E, 1 Common Buzzard S, 78 Lapwing SW + 60 NE, 1335 Woodpigeon S/WSW + 347 N, 30 Meadow Pipits SW, 2 alba Wagtails SW, 3 Blackbirds S/SE, 3853 Fieldfares S/SE + 13 NE, 5 Song Thrush S/SE, 2957 Redwings S/SE + 22 NE, 2 Mistle Thrush S/SE, 59 Jackdaws SW, 5 Raven SW, 258 Starlings WNW + 68 NE, 31 Chaffinch S/SE, 1 Brambling S/SE, 8 Greenfinch S/SE, 27 Goldfinch S/SE, 14 Siskins S/SE, 8 Linnets S/SE, 8 Lesser Redpolls S/SE, 7 Bullfinch S/SE and 1 Reed Bunting SW.
Also present (not moving) - 2 Common Buzzards, 1 juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard, 3 Kestrels and 1 Peregrine.


Yes, it's that time of year again and the winter meetings are ready to begin. First up - THURSDAY 6th NOVEMBER at the OLD MOOR RSPB visitor centre starting 7.15 pm is Ron Marshall with 'Birding Manitoba, Canada'. This should be a visual treat as all Rons are, full of superb photography. Everyone is welcome, £2.50 entrance includes interval drink

02/11/14 Rabbit Ings plus

Male and female Stonechat at Rabbit Ings this morning.
Also garden tick yesterday for our new address in Carlton ~ Willow Tit at feeding station on and off all day and again today.  Favouring sunflower hearts.

Saturday 1 November 2014

Wintersett Latest date Black Tern for Barnsley Area 01.11.14

The juvenile Black Tern at Anglers CP,  and Wintersett Res., has been confirmed as the latest recorded for the Barnsley area.  The previous latest  Black Tern was at Ingbirchworth in 17th October 1979.

Thanks John

Carlton Marsh

A visit just before dusk produced Little Owl, c50 Redwings and roughly the same amount of Fieldfares, Goldcrest, Water Rail and c250 Starlings came in to roost. Earlier during the morning Dave Smith had a Chiffchaff. This bird was calling noticeably loudly as it seems to me some wintering birds do.

Rabbit Ings
A pair of Stonechats were there yesterday.

Wintersett First of/for November 2014

10°C unseasonably mild at 05.30hrs. 
A successful second twitch, for Eastern Crowned Warbler at Brotton this morning,  was followed by a big surprise for Pete when he found a juvenile BLACK TERN on Anglers CP at 15.00hrs.  It flew to Wintersett Res. at 15.52hrs and was still present at 16.45hrs.
This is an amazing record  for this date and the first November record for here,  maybe even for the Barnsley area, probably due to warm southerlies over the last few days.
A Little Egret flew south east over WRes at 14.10hrs.  A 3rd W  Yellow-legged Gull and 6 Goldeneye were on ACP..    Shoveler 17 WRes +  11 ACP,  Pochard 3 WRes + 102 ACP.
Also flying:  Common Darter 1.