Sunday 31 July 2016

Carlton Marsh

The only report I have received today is of butterflies. 15 species included Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 12, Peacock 5, Comma 12 and a female Brimstone. (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett Variety Show 31.07.16

Up to 18 degrees with sun and scattered cloud with a cooling westerly breeze.
We've had the best day here for a long time with most of the area covered between early morning  and dusk.
Anglers CP: Opening the show - COMMON SCOTER  1,  Common Sandpiper 2,  Pochard 6,  Greylag x Canada Hybrids 6 and Grey Wagtail 1.
Walking from ACP up to Disposal Point, Moorhouse Lane Ponds, Botany back to WRes. we were entertained by:
Lepidoptera: . Brimstone 1 ACP,  Small Skipper 1 MLPond,  Ringlet 1 Disp. Pt,  Painted Lady 1 WRes
Odonata:   An Emerald Damselfly  m + f  and  a  Ruddy Darter m  on the Disposal Point  and an Azure Damselfly m on Big Pond,   were all new for the year.  Emperor 1 WRes. + 1 MLBigPond
Moorhouse Lane Pond:  Little Grebe  4 small young + 2 large young.   Great Crested Grebe 2 Fledged and  1 small young (2nd brood)
Wintersett Res:  Just before the lunchtime interval  A BITTERN flew low into the boathouse reeds at 12.15hrs. (probably a juvenile because it was pale and not in wing moult).  Also Common Tern 11 + 2 ACP and Tufted Duck  6 M/L young + 1f and 1 small young MLP.
The second half of the show opened  on  Cold Hiendley Res: .  A female GOLDENEYE (possibly the bird that returned early last year)  and 2 GARGANEY were found.  6 Grey Wagtail were on the spillway
The Grand Finale  this evening  was a cracking juvenile ARCTIC  TERN  performing over CHRes this evening with Garganey and Goldeneye still present.  

Juvenile Arctic Tern   CHRes.     PMeredith

Juvenile  Arctic Tern     CHRes    PMeredith

Low Moor 31/7/16. J. Wasse, D. Simmonite, Mr. Wasse senior, S. Green.

Dry and sunny with very good light. Marsh Harrier 1 which could be an imm. male showed a few times on barnside moor and last seen on pike lowe. Hobby 1 over barnside up with 4 Kestrels and the Harrier at one point. Kestrels 7 could be more, Buzzard 5, Raven 6 in 3 pairs, Crossbill 2, Stock Dove 2. Hardly any waders left with no Snipe or Lapwing and just 1+ Curlew.

Saturday 30 July 2016

Carlton Marsh

A Hobby flew south at 19.55hrs and 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Snipe were feeding on the wader scrape.

Wintersett 30.07.16

Up to 18 degrees with sun, scattered cloud and a  westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: The white Black-headed Gull was present this morning.   Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull, came in at 14.05hrs and killed and ate a young Coot/Moorhen.  Later he attacked a young Black-headed Gull, but it was too big for him, and it's parents attacked him.  Another adult Yellow-legged Gull flew west.
Wintersett Res: A CROSSBILL flew high west, calling, at 06.05hrs.  Cetti's Warbler 1m,  Common Tern 6,  Common Sandpiper 2 + 1 ACP    8 Reed Warbler and 10 Sedge Warbler were ringed this morning.
Cold Hiendley Res: Grey Wagtail 2.
Odonata: Common Darter 1 WRes.
Lepidoptera: White-letter Hairstreak 1 HPLane.

Friday 29 July 2016

Ewden cabin and return 29/7/16.

Midday start but spoilt by low cloud and drizzle which the forecast said would be gone by late morning. Still, not a total disaster with clear spells inbetween. The cc Marsh Harrier seen on broomhead moor flying towards pike lowe. Later seen hunting over ewden height and seen again near the lodge on brusten croft. Possibly 2 birds or 1 that's very mobile. Also 3 Ravens, Kestrels thought to be 6, 60+ House Martins blogging with the conditions along with a few Swallows and Swifts going south. Green Pecker calling regular ewden beck.

Wintersett 29.07.16

16 degrees with rain from mid morning onwards and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP: 4 adult Black-tailed Godwit, in summer plumage , flew in to shallows at 09.13hrs, then left south at 10.00hrs.    Common Sandpiper 1,  Common Tern 2 and  Common Gull 1 adult.
8 Cormorant were on the rocks and a flock of 13 flew over west at 10.05hrs.  A Kingfisher provided more entertainment, showing off its fishing skills. 

                              Kingfisher          ACP    ChrisSwaine

                       Black-tailed Godwit     ACP  Chris Swaine

Thursday 28 July 2016

The Edge 28.08.16

Wombwell Ings - A good start to the day was the 7 Mistle Thrush in Broomhill Park. Also present on the Ings were 38 Canada Geese, 11 Greylag, 54 Mallard, 1 Garganey, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 25 Lapwing, 6 Black Tailed Godwit, 2+2 juv Ringed Plover, 3 juv Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Pied Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 singing Willow Warbler, 2 Linnet and a flock of 30+ Goldfinch.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 6 Canada Geese, 40 Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 6+25y Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 19 Little Grebe, 1+1y Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 105 Coot, 16 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 91 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe and 5 BH Gull.
TPT - Singing males 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap. Also 1 Jay.
 Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+3y Mute Swan, 41 Canada Geese, 22 Greylag, 27 Pochard, 18 Gadwall, 12 Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 3 Cormorant, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 83 Coot, 1 Moorhen and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Lapwing and 1 Kingfisher.

Wintersett 28.07.16

A much cooler 16 degrees with 8/8 and a light southerly breeze.  Rain showers from 11.00hrs.
Wintersett Res:  A brood of 4 young Cetti's Warblers, just out of the nest, was caught and ringed on the north bank.  The male was retrapped and found to be one of last years juveniles.  Common Tern 5
Anglers CP: 3 Little Egret,  3 Redshank and a Common Sandpiper were on the shallows.   A Canada and Greylag goose pair with 6 hybrid juveniles  and a Mallard with 6 large/fledged young were also seen.  
An adult Yellow-legged Gull  was in this evening.- not Psycho the regular bird. Per Steve Denny

Wednesday 27 July 2016

Wintersett 27.07.16

17 - 24 degrees, with 5/8 cloud and a westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 9 (including 2 juvs),  Common Sandpiper 2 and Cormorant 7.  House Martin 100 over fields.
Wintersett Res: Grey Wagtail 3.  Quite a few Tufted Ducks in wing moult.
Odonata: A male Emperor on CHRes.. 

The Edge 27.07.16

Wombwell Ings - Pleasantly surprised to see 2 Garganey on the ings today. Also present were 6 Mute Swan, 37 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 65 Mallard, 16 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 2 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 7 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 44 Lapwing, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 32 BH Gull, a flock of 30+ Goldfinch and a singing Willow Warbler.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 43 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 9 Gadwall, 5+24y Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1+1y Great Crested Grebe, 18 Little Grebe, 57 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greeen Sandpiper, 1 Snipe and 25 BH Gull.
TPT - Singing males 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+3y Mute Swan, 23 Canada Geese, 23 Pochard, 11+2y Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 86 Coot and 1 Moorhen. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Carlton Marsh

New in today Common Sandpiper. Also present Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover and 2 Willow Tit.

Tuesday 26 July 2016

Wintersett 26.07.16

19 degrees,  mainly cloud with sunny spells and a south westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 4,  Pochard 1m and  Tufted Duck 6 m/l young.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1 and Green Woodpecker 1 juvenile.
There's lots of Sand Martin activity around the box again,  as many second broods are being fed.

The Edge 26.07.16

Wombwell Ings - Highlight was a Garganey flushed out of the safety of the grassy shoreline into the flash by horses wanting a drink.Also present were 4 Mute Swan, 31 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 87 Mallard, 9 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 5 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, 8 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 23  Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 61 BH Gull, 3 Linnet and a singing Willow Warbler on the Bulling Dyke.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 52 Canada Geese, 16 Little Grebe, 1+1y Great Crested Grebe, 28 Gadwall, 7+19y Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 107 Coot, 7 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl, 77 Lapwing, 7 Snipe, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper,  23 BH Gull and  1 LBB Gull.
TPT - Singing males 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap. Also 3 Jay.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+5y Mute Swan, 4 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 26 Gadwall, 21 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 9 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 77 Coot and 1 Moorhen.Also present were 1 Grey Heron,1 Marsh Harrier (through at 12.30pm), 1 Kingfisher and 1m+1f+1juv Grey Wagtail (on the Dearne, downstream of the Five Arches Bridge).

Monday 25 July 2016

Wintersett 25.07.16

Up to 19 degrees, with sun,  scattered cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP:    A Black-tailed Godwit,  a Redshank  and 2 Common Sandpiper were on the shallows in front of the hide this morning.   4 Common Tern and 2 Pochard were also seen.

The Edge 25.07.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 3 Mute Swan, 11 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 68 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 5 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 6 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 29 Lapwing, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 46 BH Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Pied Wagtail nd 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Highlight was a Black Tailed Godwit.Also noted were 2 Mute Swan, 40 Gadwall, 7+30y Tufted Duck, 3 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 19 Little Grebe, 1+1y Great Crested Grebe, 103  Coot, 9 Moorhen, 88 Lapwing, and 27 BH Gull.
TPT - Singing males 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap. Also 1 Jay.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 22 Greylag, 4 Canada Geese, 26 Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe and 75 Coot. Also present were 4 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 1 Kinfisher, 1 Jay and 1 Kingfisher.


A good variety of common species today but nothing out of the ordinary.
Whitley Common - 50+ Rooks.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 71 Canada Geese, 1 Grey Heron (1-4 on my last four visits), 1 Willow Tit (attached to a Willow Warbler/Blue Tit flock), 30+ Swallows, 400+ House Martins, 18+ Willow Warblers, 5+ Blackcaps, 6 Common Whitethroats and 2 Grey Wagtails.
Midhope Reservoir - 24 Greylags, 1 Curlew, 11 Coal Tits, 60+ Swallows (continuing on with the hirudine theme) and 4 Siskins

Sunday 24 July 2016

Carlton Marsh

2 Green Sandpiper, Snipe & 2 Little Ringed Plover were on the wader scrape this evening. (Dave Standish)

Wintersett WeBS for July 2016

The Wintersett area WeBS totals for July were:

Mute Swan 11,   Canada Goose 88,   Greylag Goose 8,   Cormorant 4,   Grey Heron 2,  Great Crested Grebe 31,  Little Grebe 1,  Moorhen 17,   Coot 318,  Mallard 57,  Tufted Duck 258,    Gadwall 8,   Pochard 3,   Lapwing 132,  Common Tern 4,  Common Sandpiper 1,   Kingfisher 1.

Wintersett - Another First 24.07.16

16 degrees at 05.30 hrs - 20 degrees midday,  humid with 8/8 cloud and a light southerly.
Anglers CP:  Common Tern 4,  Common Sandpiper 1, Grey Wagtail 2 and Cormorant 4.
Lepidoptera:  Red Admiral 1 ACP
Moth trapping overnight produced another first for the area. A SCARCE SILVER Y.    Also A Buff Footman,  Scarce Footman 2, Dingy Footman 9,  Double Lobed and Pinion-streaked Snout 2.

             Scarce Silver Y record shot through glass     ASmith
                    Scarce Silver Y - just before take off.      ASmith
                                       Buff Footman                       ASmith

Ewden cabin and return 24/7/16.

Very cloudy and rained all the way up but mostly dry. A cc Marsh Harrier showed well in the white carr area and a juv Cuckoo flew past at the cabin landing in the heather briefly chased by 2 helpful Meadow Pipits. + - Buzzard 1, Kes plentiful with 5 up together at 1 point, Raven 1, LBB Gull 1. The usual pair of Stonechats were at the s bends along with a juv. Swifts about 30 looked to be moving sw. 1 Snipe was chipping briefly on moor side.

Saturday 23 July 2016

Carlton Marsh

Friday 22nd. A new brood of 5 Tufted Duck. The female took them to a Coot nest and was quietly brooding them, when along came the owner of the nest. Both Coot tried to oust her and her family, but the Tufted Duck lunged at both Coot, chasing them away, before taking her family to safety. And they all lived happily ever after.

At least 2 Kingfisher were about along with 2 more broods of Tufted Duck and 15 immature Canada Geese and 3 Grey Herons. Little Owl and Tawny Owl were out at dusk and a Green Sandpiper was keeping its distance from a young full grown Fox patrolling the bank on the Wader Scrape.

Brown Hawker and 2 Purple Hairstreaks were on the wing.

Earlier in the day a Leopard Moth was found on Storrs Mill Lane, Cudworth - alive.

Saturday 23rd at Carlton Marsh a Black-tailed Godwit was heard calling this morning, but out of sight - too many trees! (Jim Plant)

Storrs Mill Wood
Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and Buzzard. Insects included 9 Purple Hairstreak, 6 Red Admiral, 1 male Brimstone, 22 Comma, 2 Small Copper, and 44 Small Tortoiseshell. A Black-tailed Skimmer was also of note. (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett Saturday 23.07.16

Up to 23 degrees,  hot and humid, sunny start but 8/8 cloud by mid morning,  and a light south westerly. 
Anglers CP: Grey Heron 5 + 1 CHRes,   Common Tern 4 and  Pochard 1m.
Wintersett Res: A female Cetti's Warbler was retrapped this morning.
Haw Park Area:  Treecreeper 1,  Green Woodpecker 1 and  Goldcrest 1m
Cold Hiendley Res: Grey Wagtail 3 and Willow Tit 1 + 1 HPGully.
Walton Hall: Great Crested Grebe 1 large young.
Odonata: Southern Hawker 1 m + 1f HPWood.
Lepidopdera: Red Admiral 1 HPWood + 1 HPLane

Friday 22 July 2016

Wintersett 22.07.16

Up to 24 degrees,  hot and humid, with scattered cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: An adult Sandwich Tern flew over north, calling, then flew back south at 05.40hrs,   Common Tern 8 adults + 2 juveniles.  Teal 2.  A 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull and a Black-tailed Godwit were on the islands this evening and a Cetti's Warbler was heard singing on the Pol.
Moth trapping overnight produced: Pine Hawk-moth,  Pinion Streaked Snout 3,  Plain WAve,  Marbled White Spot 2,  Scarce Footman,  Dingy Footman 6,  Blackneck,  Small Yellow Wave 2,  Dingy Shears,  Southern Wainscott,  Sycamore,  Gold Spangle,  True Lover's Knot,  Suspected and Silky Wainscott.
Pine Hawk-moth      HPW    21.07.16      ASmith

The Edge 22.07.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 4 Mute Swan, 16 Greylag, 14 Canada Geese, 54 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 9 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 26 Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 24 BH Gull, 1 Skylark, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Linnet and a flock of 30+ Goldfinch. A Willow Warbler was singing in Broomhill Park and a Chiffchaff along the R. Dove.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 3 Mute Swan,10 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 14+18y Gadwall, 6+32y Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 19 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1+1y Great Crested Grebe, 83 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 80+ Lapwing, 35 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Kestrel, 2 Barn Owl and 1 Little Owl.
TPT -  Singing males 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 50 Gadwall, 18 Pochard, 8+6y Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 1 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 5 Little Grebe, 4 Great Cretsed Grebe, 84 Coot, 2 Moorhen, and 6 BH Gull. Also present were 3 Canada Geese, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Bullfinch.

Thursday 21 July 2016

Wintersett MEGA 21.07.16

16 - 21 degrees, with 4/8 scattered cloud and a light westerly.
Anglers CP: Pochard 2m,  Common Term 5 ( 3 adults + 2 juvs).  Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull left west.  Common Gull 2 ( a 1st Summer and an adult).  The adult, white Black-headed Gull was on the rock wall. 
Coleoptera:  A  BEETLE  MEGA was attracted to the light trap on Tuesday 19.07.16.  (Pete Smith)
Pyropterus nigroruber      Haw Park 19.07.16       ASmith
Many thanks to Mike Denton for identifying and providing information regarding this beetle.
Pyropterus nigroruber.   It was  found  previously, in Haw Park by Dave Beardsell on 4th August 2012. It has a national status of Na (thought to occur in less than 30 10 km squares). It has two centres of population - south Yorkshire/Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire and north Yorkshire. Its great rarity is due to the fact that it is saproxylic (found in dead wood).

Carlton Marsh

At least 4 Kingfishers (3 juvs and an adult male from last year) also Green Sandpiper and 2 Little Ringed Plover on the Wader scrape tonight. (Dave Standish)

The Edge 21.07.16

Wombwell Ings - High evaporation rates in the last couple of weeks have caused the flash to shrink quite a bit. The shallow water is proving attractive to Little Egrets(6) and Grey Herons(4). The Greenshank that dropped in at 9.30am was my first of this autumn migration. Also present were 4 Mute Swan, 29 Canada Geese, 20 Greylag, 45 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler. 12 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 25 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 32 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 3 Pied Wagtail and 4 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 47 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 16+12y Gadwall, 15+23y Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 6+3y Pochard, 12 Little Grebe, 1+1y Great Crested Grebe, 89 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 48 Lapwing, 25 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Common Tern.
TPT - Singing males 3 Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcap. Also 1 Bullfinch and 1 Mistle Thrush.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+5y Mute Swan, 41 Gadwall, 22 Pochard, 8+1y Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard, 8 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 82 Coot, 1 Moorhen, and 10 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch and 1 Blackcap.

Low Moor corner 21/7/16.

Couple of hours this aft very steady with not much to report. Highlight was a group of 5 Ravens over midhope moors, also 1+ Crossbill over heard only, Buzzard 1 pair, Siskin 5, Oystercatcher 1+, still 1 chippering Snipe with it or another flying over the road. Only a few Curlews remain and the same with Lapwings with a flock of 26 flying e over midhope res.

Royd Moor & Ingbirchworth

Highlights were:-
Royd Moor Reservoir - 87 Greylag Geese, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Garden Warbler, 8+ Whitethroats and 1 juvenile Redstart.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 27 Tufted Ducks, 4 Grey Herons (third record here this year and obviously passing through), 1 Cormorant and 2 Grey Wagtails

Wednesday 20 July 2016

Carlton Marsh

A Redshank and a Green Sandpiper were feeding on the wader scrape this evening. (Dave Standish)

Wintersett 20.07.16

19 - 27 degrees today with sunshine and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: A Cetti's Warbler was 'chick' calling near the Pol  boardwalk pond. This is the first time a Cetti's has been heard at ACP.  Common Sandpiper 1,  Common Tern 1 adult and 2 juveniles and Mallard 1 very small duckling.
Wintersett Res: Mallard 1 very small young off the NE bank.

The Edge 20.07.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 7 Mute Swan, 13 Greylag, 6 Canada Geese, 39 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 5 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 10 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 65 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 21 BH Gull, 1 Kestrel, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Skylark and 25+ House Martin.
 Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 44 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 30 Tufted Duck, 26 Gadwall, 1+5y Pochard, 3 Mallard, 14 Little Grebe, 1+1y Great Crested Grebe, 89 Coot, 63 Lapwing, 2 Kestrel, 53 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
TPT - Singing males 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap. Also 7 Mistle Thrush.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+3y Mute Swan, 12+2y Tufted Duck, 13 Pochard, 7 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 83 Coot and 9 BH Gull. Also present were 3 Canada Geese, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 3 LBB Gull, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Blackcap and 1 Whitethroat.

Tuesday 19 July 2016

Wintersett 19.07.16

Hottest day of the year so far.  19 - 28 degrees, sunny with a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: A juvenile Black-necked Grebe  was seen this afternoon and a Black-tailed Godwit in summer plumage was on the shallows.  Pochard  1f,  Oystercatcher 5
Cold Hiendley Res:  Gadwall 1 f with 6 fledged  young +  7 m young on Big Pond,  Moorhouse Lane.  Shoveler 1
Wintersett Res: A Yellow Wagtail flew over.   Common Tern 1 adult + 2 juveniles. A Cetti's Warbler was heard on the west bank.  A juvenile Goldcrest was ringed this  morning  and an adult female Cetti's Warbler was retrapped. 
Odonata:  Common Darter 1 ACP + 1 MLP.  4 Spotted Chaser MLPond.

Carlton Marsh - Monday 18th

A Hobby few over the car cark while we were preparing to put out the light traps for a moth catching session. 6 Pipistrelles and a Noctule Bat were feeding on the myriad of insects and male and female Tawny Owl were calling.
Present were H. E. Baumont, E. Evans, D.M.Smith, R Laverack and me. The very warm humid conditions (still 20c at 1.15am) were perfect allowing us to identify at least 48 species of macro moths with perhaps as many micro moths. The highlights were; Small Yellow Wave, Bordered White, The Engrailed, Silky Wainscot, Small Rufous, Beautiful Hook-tip, Dingy Shell, The Miller, Dingy Shears and Blue Bordered Carpet,

Monday 18 July 2016

The Edge 18.07.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 9 Mute Swan, 24 Greylag, 37 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 15 Coot, 1 Mooorhen, 25 Lapwing, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Lttle Ringed Plover, 18 BH Gull, 60+ Swift, 2 Skylark, 3 Pied Wagtail and 6 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 44 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 6+25y Tufted Duck, 4+19y Gadwall, 1+3y Pochard, 2 Mallard, 10 Little Grebe, 1+1y Great Crested Grebe,1 Little Egret,  87 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 5 Kestrel, 1cc Marsh Harrier (through at 11.15am), 29 Lapwing, 41 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Common Tern and 1 Linnet. J. Thompson had a reeling Grasshopper Warbler on the top lane.
TPT - Singing males 3 Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcap. Also a juvenile Green Woodpecker.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+3y Mute Swan, 13 Gadwall, 9 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 84 Coot and 60+ BH Gull.Also present were 2 Cormorant, 2 LBB Gull,1 Grey Wagtail and 3 Whitethroat.

Wintersett 18.07.16

Hot and humid.  19 - 24 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a westerly wind.
Anglers CP: Pochard 1 female and Mallard 2 vs young.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 3 ( 1 adult and 2 juveniles),  Common Sandpiper 1 and Cetti's Warbler 1 on north bank.
Lepidoptera:  There were a few more butterflies evident this morning - Gatekeeper,  Ringlet, Meadow Brown and several Small Skippers.   Still not great numbers for this time of year. 
Odonata: A handful of Brown Hawkers and an Emperor were on WRes.  Again - numbers poor.

Langsett - Ingbirchworth

Gilbert Hill, Langsett - Kestrel mobbing 2 Ravens.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir (full list) - 37 Canada Geese; 71 Mallard (+ one brood of 2 fresh ducklings); 23 Tufted Ducks; 1 crowing Pheasant; 1 Grey Heron (first here this year); 2 Little Grebes (first here since April), 3 Great Crested Grebes; 1 Moorhen (first here since April), 14 Coots; 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls W; 5 Black-headed Gulls; 11 Woodpigeons, 1 Kingfisher (first here this year), 1 Kestrel; 1 adult Hobby (first here this year); 7 Carrion Crows; 4 Blue Tits; 1 Great Tit; 4 Swallows; 22+; 30+ House Martins; Willow Warblers; 7 2 Blackcaps; 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat; Common Whitethroats (including 1 singing); 6 Wrens; 9 Blackbirds; 3 Robins; 2 juvenile Redstarts; 1 Pied Wagtail; 2 Chaffinches; 3 Linnets; 4 Goldfinches, 1 singing Yellowhammer, and 2 Reed Buntings.
Whitley Common - 21 Black-headed Gulls and 43 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

All records entered on Birdtrack

Sunday 17 July 2016

Carlton Marsh

Reducing water levels on the wader scrape produced a Green Sandpiper today. Tufted Duck still have 7 young and Coot have a new brood of 2 young.

Dragonflies included Brown Hawker, Broad-bodied Chaser, Emperor, Banded Demoiselle and Emerald Damselfly.

Butterflies; Gatekeeper 4, Comma 2 and Large White 6.

Moths; Brown China Mark and Burnet Moths were also on the wing.

Wintersett 17.07.16

Up to 22 degrees,  hot with scattered cloud and a light westerly.
Wintersett Res: Ajuvenile grasshopper Warbler (migrant), was ringed by Archie this morning.   A Little Egret  flew over  at 10.35hrs, going north.  A Cetti's Warbler was heard in the SW corner.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1,   Common Tern 1,  Pochard 1f and Oystercatcher 3.    A Fox was thwarted from swimming over to the Sand Martin Box by Pete Smith.
Stubbs Wood: I inadvertently flushed a Woodcock from the edge of the field.
Cold Hiendley Res:Steve Denny counted 10 Grey Wagtails on the spillway - probably 2 family parties.
epidoptera: A Large Skipper, a male Emperor and an Oak Eggar were all seen at ACP.

Saturday 16 July 2016

Wintersett 16.07.16

Up  to 22 degrees with scattered cloud and a light westerly breeze this morning.
Anglers CP: A Whimbrel flew SW, calling,  at 09.47hrs.   Common Sandpiper 2,  Kingfisher 2,  Shoveler 2 and Teal 3.    The small Mute Swan cygnet from the brood of five was missing today. 
Disposal Point: Green Woodpecker 1.
Lepidoptera: A Large Skipper and a male Brimstone were on Anglers CP.

Friday 15 July 2016

Wintersett 15.07.16

15 - 18 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.  Rain from midday to mid afternoon.
Anglers CP: Teal 3
Wintersett Res: Grey Wagtail 2 + 3 CHRes spillway.    Yellow Wagtail 1 in west bank track field.
Birds ringed this morning Included: 6 Garden Warbler,  6 Sedge Warbler and 1 Lesser Whitethroat.  A male, a female and 2 juvenile Cetti's Warblers were retrapped.

The Edge 15.07.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 4 Mute Swan, 11 Greylag, 17 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 4 Cormorant (+11 through at 9.25AM), 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 12 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 26 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 30 BH Gull, 2 Skylark, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 juv Yellow Wagtail, 2 Linnet and 1 Sedge Warbler.
 Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 52 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 16+21y Gadwall, 11 Mallard, 6+11y Tufted Duck, 6+3y Pochard, 13 Little Grebe, 2+1y Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 106 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 5 Kestrel, 15+ 1y Lapwing, 41 BH Gull, 3 Common Tern (through at 10.30AM ), 1 LBB Gull and 1 Pied Wagtail. A Fox showed well near the owl box on the hill.
TPT - Singing males 4 Chiffchaff and 4 Blackcap
Bolton Ings - Highlight was the female Marsh Harrier which made several passes over the reed beds on the northern shore. On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 36 Gadwall, 12+2y Pochard, 8+9y Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 91 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 61 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 60+ Swift, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Whitethroat.

Thursday 14 July 2016

Wintersett 14.07.16

Up to 20 degrees, hot with long sunny spells, scattered cloud and a westerly breeze.
Anglers CP:  Common Sandpiper 1.
At last a  few more butterflies were out this morning, including new for the year White-letter Hairstreak.  Also seen Small Skipper, Small White,  Comma,  Ringlet and Meadow Brown.
Odonata:  A Brown Hawker, on the north bank of WRes, was  another species new for the year. Also Black-tailed Skimmer male and female.

Ewden cabin and return, 14/7/16.

Midday till 3-30 ish. Quite breezy but warm and dry with spells of sun. Very steady with a Merlin hunting and chasing in the white carr area. Kes 5+ with 3 together on the way up. Scarce for Buzzard with only 1 and same for Raven with just 1 spending most of its time on the ground. The noisey pair of Stonechats still at the s bends with the male still in top plumage. 3 Siskin over.

The Edge 14.07.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 7 Mute Swan, 9 Greylag, 19 Mallard, 17 Gadwall, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 13 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 37 Lapwing, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 41 BH Gull, 2 Kestrel, 2 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 43 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 34+15y Gadwall, 3+17y Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard, 2+2y Pochard, 10 Little Grebe, 2+1y Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret (colour rings Red-left and Green-right), 98 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 3 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 24 Lapwing, 39 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
TPT - Singing males 3 Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcap.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1+3y Mute Swan, 64 Gadwall, 14 Pochard, 7+2y Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard, 6+3y Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 74 Coot, 57 BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Whitethroat.

Wednesday 13 July 2016

Wintersett 13.07.16

16 degrees with scattered cloud and a cool westerly.  A rain shower at 12.30hrs.
Chris Swaine saved a metre long Grass Snake from the oncoming traffic on the road to the disposal point this morning.

The Edge 13.07.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 5 Mute Swan, 2 Greylag, 19 Mallard, 14 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, 13 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 23 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 17 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 2 Skylark, 4 Pied Wagtail, 2 juv Yellow Wagtail and 4 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 44 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 35 Gadwall, 3+12y Tufted Duck, 2 Mallard, 1+3y Pochard, 5 Little Grebe, 2+1y Great Crested Grebe, 2 Kestrel,1 Cormorant, 73 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 43 BH Gull aand 1 LBB Gull. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling near the brickworks pond (J.Thompson).
TPT - Singing males 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 19 Gadwall, 10+2y Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 84 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 53 BH Gull and 3 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 1 Greylag, 2 Oystercatcher,1 Common Sandpiper and 3 Whitethroat. A Marsh  Harrier dropped into the phragmites at the western end of the eastern pool at 11.40PM.

Tuesday 12 July 2016

Old Moor Nocturnal Report

Arrived at Old Moor tonight at 19.30 and headed straight for the Field Pool West hide as I had just had a text saying 4 Little Egrets were present. From the hide the 4 Egrets could be seen, 3 adults and 1 juvenile, almost immediately the Egrets flew to roost in the willows on the Willow Pool. Therefore I followed the Egrets down to the Wath Ings Hide.

Roosting in the willows tonight were Grey Heron 1, Cormorant 13 & Little Egret 15. The Egrets came in as follows: 4 @ 19.30, 2 @ 19.45, 1 @ 19.54, 1 @ 20.18, 3 @ 21.19, 1 @ 21.27, 1 @ 21.38, 1 @ 21.54 and finally 1 @ 21.58. All the Egrets came in tonight from up the valley apart from the first 4 and the 1 @ 21.38 which came in from down the valley.

At about 8 o'clock 2 Curlews flew over the Main Marsh towards the Wader Scrape and a Barn Owl was hunting.

Wintersett 12.07.16

19 degrees and sunny until 11.00hrs, then clouded over,  8/8 by midday, with a westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: The west bank male Cetti's Warbler sang twice this morning.  Common Tern 2,  Water Rail 1 and Grey Wagtail 2.
Lepidoptera: A Gatekeeper was on the east bank WRes. - the first this year.

New species for Barnsley !!

Took this photo this afternoon of a juv Blackbird in the back garden.

Cannot recall seeing any Blackbird with such even grey tones like this before. Usually they are either near all white or with a proportion of white like the image below taken in Broomhill village on 11/03/15. Some people may recall this bird?

Old Moor Sofa

An update on the number of species recorded in the Old Moor Area this year, at the end of April the total was 146.

A further 10 species were added in May as follows - Whinchat on 4th (147), Wood Sandpiper on 5th (148), Black Tern on 6th (149), Turnstone on 6th (150), Spotted Flycatcher on 8th (151), Grey Plover on 9th (152), Red Footed Falcon on 12th (153), Sanderling on 15th (154), Laughing Gull on 25th (155) and Little Tern on 29th (156).

Only one species was added in June, Little Bittern on 4th (157).

Already in July a further species has been added, White Winged Black Tern on 7th (158).

Last year the total at the end of May was 144 therefore this year we are 12 species better off. However 6 species had been seen by then last year but not this year, Merlin, Mandarin, Bean Goose, Rock Pipit, Tree Pipit and Curlew Sandpiper.

Last year the total at the end of June was 149 therefore this year we are 8 species better off. However 10 species had been seen last year but not this year, the 6 species mentioned above plus Crane, Gull Billed Tern, Long Eared Owl and Red Necked Phalarope.

The good spring this year has continued in both May and June, not in quantity but definitely in quality. Another 2 new birds for the area have been added - Red Footed Falcon and Laughing Gull but arguably the star bird for the year sofa has been the male Little Bittern. Surely the returning Male from last year and is still present today, it has been seen very well and can frequently be heard "barking".

For comparison some other inland sites totals are as follows:- Swillington Ings, West Yorkshire 160, Upton Warren, Worcestershire 133, Hatfield Moors, South Yorkshire 162 and Potteric Carr, South Yorkshire 148.

The Edge 12.07.16

Wombwell Ings - Highlight was the juvenile Wheatear  located by 'Keith from Donny' at 9.40am. It stayed on the open area of short grass in front of the hide for 10 minutes before flying west. Also present were 3 Mute Swan, 10 Greylag, 8 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 12 Coot, 4+2y Moorhen, 39 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 28 BH Gull, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Skylark, 5 Linnet and a flock of 10 Goldfinch. In Broomhill Park were 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 singing Whitethroat.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 44 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 21+10y Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 1 Pochard,  6 Little Grebe, 2+1y Great Crested Grebe, 5 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard and 1 Little Owl (Top lane).
TPT - Singing males 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap and 1 Willow Warbler.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+5y Mute Swan, 28 Gadwall, 12 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 103 Coot, c90 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 2 Common Tern through at 11.30am, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 singing Whitethroat.

Windleden - Ingbirchworth

Very steady again. 'Highlights' were:-
Windleden Edge - 45+ Meadow Pipits.
Winscar Reservoir - 162+ Black-headed Gulls including 18+ juveniles and 5 (3 juvenile) Oystercatchers.
Whitley Common - 80+ Rooks with 'many' juveniles.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - fresh broods of 4 + 6 Mallard ducklings, 18 Tufted Ducks and 1 Common Sandpiper,

Monday 11 July 2016

Wintersett 11.07.16

Up to 19 degrees with 8/8 cloud and nowhere near the heavy rain that was forecast.  A light sprinkling mid morning and a short light shower early afternoon.  A warm westerly breeze throughout.
Very little to report today.
Wintersett Res: Tufted Ducklings 8 + 2 ACP.  Hobby 1 over.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1 and Barn Owl 1.

Sunday 10 July 2016

Wintersett 10.07.16

14 - 19 degrees with a very heavy downpour early morning, then 8/8 and humid with a light south westerly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig: 08.00 - 12.00 hrs.  A flock of  11 Bar-tailed Godwits  going west at 08.13hrs, was the second highest total recorded at Wintersett. A flock 53 on 7th July 1979 is by far the highest. ( per GJSpeight) A further 2 flew W at 11.38hrs.  Curlew 2 S at 08.30hrs +  2 into ACP at 08.50hrs,  1 W at 09.55hrs and 1 E at 10.05hrs.  A Hobby flew over 08.30hrs and 1 at 13.40hrs.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1,  Oystercatcher 4.    
50 Warblers were ringed this morning, including: 11 Whitethroat and 19 Willow Warblers.
Lepidoptera:  A Lunar Hornet moth at ACP.

Saturday 9 July 2016

Wintersett 09.07.16

Heavy rain from 09.15 - 13.00hrs but warm - up to 20 degrees with a light south westerly.
For this area  - a bit of a wader day!
Anglers CP: An adult Redshank came in to the shallows but flew off south late morning.  At 15.45hrs a flock of 6 adults dropped in.  Common Sandpiper 1 + 1 WRes..  A juvenile Little Ringed Plover flew around at 16.05hrs but then left north.    Common Tern 1.  Oystercatcher 4 adults + 3 juveniles..
Haw Park Lane: Nuthatch 1 and Treecreeper 1. 

                                      Redshank            ACP      CSwaine

Wintersett Friday 08.07.16

17- 20 degrees, warm with a south westerly breeze.
Cold Hiendley Res: Common Tern 1,  Grey Wagtail 1 and Mallard 4 fledged young.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 2 and Cormorant  6. 
Wintersett Res: Tufted Duck 1f  with 9 vsy + 1f and 7 vsy ACP.

Low Moor corner 9/7/16.

2pm to 4pm. Good start but spoilt by rain not surprisingly. Still, becoming a reliable place for Crossbill with 5 seen. A male was perched and calling on arrival and 2 Ravens were hunting barnside ridge. Not much else but still 1 Snipe displaying, possibly 2, LBB Gull 2, Kes 1, a few Siskin.

Edderthorpe, first week of July

The first signs of autumn are becoming evident here with a few waders returning even though there are virtually no muddy edges for resting or feeding. Each time a bit of mud appears a new front passes through and the rains push the water levels back up!
Two broods of Shoveler are on Houghton (7 and 2+), along with a good number of Mallard and Gadwall broods. Only 2 Tufted broods up to now though.
Little Egrets have peaked at 6, all adults, including one with colour rings.
Up to 3 Avocets have been on Houghton most of the week ,One or two Green Sandpipers are daily on Houghton with a few Common Sandpipers usually on Edderthorpe. Up to 3 Redshank remain including a couple of juveniles, presumably reared nearby. Common Snipe are arriving back in the last 3 days, up to 7 on 9th. Just single Ringed Plovers have been seen and Little Ringed Plovers also appear to have had a bad breeding season. The first week in July is usually the peak time for LRP numbers;- 28 in 2013, 24 in 2015 at Edderthorpe, but this year birds have been seen on only 2 days during this first week with a max of two. On the plus side the two LRPs were juveniles so they have bred successfully somewhere (probably) locally. A single Dunlin was present on 7th and a Black-tailed Godwit on 5th. A newly hatched Lapwing chick was by the Flash on 8th and adult Lapwings have reached 77 as the moult build-up begins.
Not too many passerines around but a family party of Willow Tits by the western railway is noteworthy.

Thursday 7 July 2016

Wintersett 07.07.16

19 degrees, warm with mainly 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Wintersett Res: Tufted Duck 8 small young left, from a brood of 10.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 2 and Grey Wagtail 1.
Butterflies  in the area today, per Ralph Hibbert and Les Corrall:  Ringlet 194,  Meadow Brown 11 (a very low number for this time of year), Speckled Wood 8,  Tortoiseshell 1, Large Skipper 3 and Large White 1  
Of interest: Les Corrall found a Marbled White Butterfly at South Kirkby Stack  04.07.16
Moth trapping  overnight produced  Sycamore , Golden Plusia (not seen here for many years),  3 Lilac Beauty, Green Arches and Beautiful Carpet.

              Golden Plusia                 ASmith

                       Sycamore                 ASmith

Ingbirchworth 07.07.16

Ron Marshall took these super shots of a Little Owl near  Ingbirchworth today.

Wednesday 6 July 2016

Wintersett 06.07.16

14 - 18 degrees,  sunny start but 8/8 cloud by mid morning with a light south westerly.
Wintersett Res:  Common Sandpiper 2.  A wandering  male Cetti's Warbler was ringed this morning.  Common Buzzard 1 + 1 Botany.
Cold Hiendley Res: Grey Wagtail 3.
Disposal Point:  Grey Partridge 2.
Odonata:  A Black-tailed Skimmer was on the path by big pond  Moorhouse Lane.

Midhope & Barnside

Quiet at Scout Dike, Broasdstone & Ingbirchworth Reservoirs.
Midhope Reservoir - 69 Greylag Geese including 45+ juveniles), 2 Teal and 6 Crossbills.
Barnside - 230+ Rooks and 1 Curlew in freshly cut grass.

Tuesday 5 July 2016

Low Moor/Midhope.

Just over an hour late aft. yesterday had 3 pairs of Crossbills to and fro to langsett and back. A fem. was showing well with scope at midhope res. Also 1 Snipe showing well over the road, Oystercatcher thought to be 2 pairs, Buzzard 1 , Kes 1 , 3+ Siskin.

Wintersett 04 + 05. 07.16

Monday 04.05.16  18 degrees,  4/8 scattered cloud and a brisk westerly.

Wintersett Res:  3 juvenile Cetti's Warblers were ringed this morning.  Water Rail 1 and Common Sandpiper 1. 
Disposal Point: Green Woodpecker 1.
Cold Hiendley Res:  Grey Wagtail 1 on spillway.
Anglers CP:  Kingfisher 1.

Tuesday 05.07.16  18 degrees 2/8 thin high cloud and a cooling north westerly breeze.

Wintersett Res:  A juvenile Peregrine flew over at 07.30hrs - too far away to see if any rings.    Tufted Duck 1 female plus 9 vs young.    Mallard 1 large young,   Common Sandpiper 1 + 1 ACP.  Just the west bank  male Cetti's Warbler heard today.
Anglers CP: The adult Yellow-legged Gull  (Psycho) flew over at 09.45hrs.  Common Tern 1.  Gadwall 10 + 1 CHRes.
Lepidoptera:  Large Skipper north bank  WRes.

Sunday 3 July 2016

Hordron road 3/7/16.

Bright and sunny with no rain. Hordron farm - Ring Ouzel 2, Wheatear 3, Mistle Thrush 6, Stock Dove 2, 1 LBB Gull through. Upper Hordron barn - Ring Ouzel 1 pair gathering worms. Plenty Ravens with a party of 5 and thought to be 10 + in the area. Raptors scarce with Merlin 1, only 1 Buzzard, 2 Kes. Mistle Thrush 2.

Wintersett 03.07.16

13 - 18 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a cool westerly breeze until mid morning, then sunny spells.
Anglers CP:  An adult Mediterranean Gull in summer plumage (unringed) was on the rock wall this morning. It seemed to have only one leg and was very clumsy when moving about.  A female Tufted Duck showed off 10 very small young + 1 f and 1 vsy WRes..    Gadwall 6,  Oystercatcher 5 adults + 3 juveniles and Cormorant 5.    4 Common Terns were present this evening.
Pits Wood: Nuthatch 2.
Wintersett Res:  A new Grasshopper Warbler was heard reeling in the far SW field.  The boathouse and north bank Cetti's Warblers were heard this morning.

Mediterranean Gull adult       ACP     ASmith

Mediterranean Gull adult       ACP     ASmith

Saturday 2 July 2016

Wintersett 02.07.16

14 degrees with 8/8 cloud, prolonged showers until late morning and a gusty westerly.
Anglers CP:  After a long absence, Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull flew around and over at 10.15hrs.  Ringed Plover 1 over at 10.45hrs. Common Tern 1,  Grey Wagtail 1,   Coromorant  4 and Mallard 6 small young.  Swift 470 over and Sand Martin 250 over.  See Chris Swaine's SloMo Flybys on Twitter -  @Croftonbirder

Low Moor corner 2/7/16.

2-15 TO 4-15pm. Turbulent with wind,rain,wind,sun but warm and quite productive. Hobby 1 at midhope res., went out of view behind conifers. Brief views but showed white facial area and streaked breast. Thought to be the same again over the res later on but trees in the way and bird very fast. Buzzard 2, Kes 1. Crossbill 4, 2 different pairs towards langsett, 1 a red male. Raven 1 a few times over barnside moor, Snipe still 2 displaying, 1 LBB Gull towards langsett, Siskin 3, a steady trickle of about 40 Swifts west.

Friday 1 July 2016

Wintersett 01.07.16

A cool 10 - 14 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a fresh westerly.  A couple of short showers early morning and again late afternoon.
Anglers CP: At 09.20hrs, a juvenile Peregrine flew over, stooped, but missed, a Black-headed Gull.  Possibly a Wakefield bird but was too far away to see Darvics.  Common Tern 2 and Mallard 7 vs young.   No young Lapwings were seen today.
Wintersett Res: Common Sandpiper 2.

The Edge 01.07.16

Wombwell Ings mid AM - Present were 5 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Greylag, 18 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 4 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 12 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 10 Lapwing, 1 juv Ringed Plover, 24 BH Gull, 2 Skylark and 5 Linnet.
TPT - Singing males 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler , 3 Whitethroat and 1 Green Woodpecker yaffling.
Bolton Ings late AM - On the open water were 1+4y Mute Swan, 37 Gadwall, 12+3y Tufted Duck, 4+8y Mallard, 11 Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 52+8y Coot, c150 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Canada Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Kestrel.
Broomhill Flash early PM - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 41 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 10 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, 2+5y Pochard, 2+2y Great Crested Grebe, 6+3y Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 52 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 33 Lapwing, 3 Kestrel, c90 BH Gull and  2 LBB Gull.