The Wintersett Area
Thursday, 31 December 2020
Linnet and GBB Gull over recent days gave us 73 species, a new December record, beating 71 in 1993!
All the water areas were just about frozen over after a moderate frost last night. Buzzard 3, Treecreeper, Coal Tit 2, Long-tailed Tit 3 groups totalled 22, Goldcrest 2, Water Rail 2.
Fox and Mink were seen again today.
Male Blackcap on Dave Smith's Carlton garden feeder
A snow covered cold start, -1 to 3 degrees with sunny spells and a light wind from the north west.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 1 + 12 over north west. A Nuthatch was on the Pol feeders.
Wintersett Res.: Coot 387. Cetti's Warbler 1 south west bank +1 on south bank CHRes..
Cold Hiendley SF: Green Sandpiper 1. Chiffchaff 1.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: 2 adult Caspian Gulls and an adult Yellow-legged Gull were notable tonight.
Wednesday, 30 December 2020
This cold and frosty morning 80% of the wetland was iced over. 15 Herring Gulls, 2 GBB Gulls, 2 Common Gull, 2 Greylag Geese and 2 Canada Geese. 3 Coal Tits and a Water Rail were around the feeder with c10 Blue Tit and about the same number of Great Tit. Also of note Great Spot Woodpecker, Goldcrest and c50 Redwing (Dave Smith).
This afternoon 20 Redpoll feeding on Birch seeds, 1 Siskin, 13 Long-tailed Tit and 3 Water Rail called.
There were 2 close sightings of Fox and a Mink swam across the main scrape (CG/Dave Standish).
0 - 3 degrees, mostly cloudy with a cool westerly breeze.
Greylag Goose 282. Canada Goose 165. Pink-footed Goose 1.
Wigeon 558 + 5 WRes. Shoveler 12. Pochard 24 + 8 WRes.. Teal 59. Goldeneye 47.
Lapwing 140, Snipe 32.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:
2 Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Caspian Gull were notable.
1400 Herring Gulls and 230 Great Black-backed Gulls were in tonight.
Tuesday, 29 December 2020
c70 Pink Feet flew west at 10.26hrs. The water surfaces were 50% frozen over with around 1 inch of snow. The highlights were 6 Bullfinch, 2 + 2 Greenfinch, single Redpoll, 75 Stock Dove, 24 Teal, Great Spot Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Treecreeper and 3 House Sparrow. Around the feeder 3 Coal Tit and Water Rail.(JP/CG/D.M. Smith)
A good covering of SNOW this morning, with sun, 4/8 cloud and a cold westerly breeze.
A Nuthatch was on the car park feeders. A Skylark flew over. Snipe 5. Lapwing 215
Canada Goose 169. Greylag Goose 237. Pink-footed Goose 1.
Shoveler 28 + 4 WRes. + 1 CHRes.. Little Grebe 3.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:
4 Yellow-legged Gulls were notable - 3 adults and a 2nd Winter. Great Black-bakced Gull 200.
Monday, 28 December 2020
It was very quiet this morning in the mist. The best we could come with was Buzzard, Kestrel, Greenfinch, 2 Coal Tit, a good view of a Willow Tit, 3 Linnet, a few Fieldfare, c30 Redwing, 20 Blackbird, Snipe and 5 Herring Gull SE (JP/ D. Lomas/CG)
1 - 3 degrees with a foggy start, and a light north westerly.
Wintersett Res: Several flocks of Pink-footed Geese were heard moving north west.
A Nuthatch was showing well at the feeding station on the left hand side of the path that leads to the lake,
Anglers CP Gull Roost:
An adult Caspian Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were notable. Common Gull 500.
Sunday, 27 December 2020
2 - 4 degrees with 6/8, but increasing cloud, and a light breeze from the south west.
Anglers CP: Pochard 20 + 7 WRes. Snipe 16.
Wintersett Res. A Water Rail was on the north bank. 50 Lesser Redpoll and a Willow Tit were in the Willow Wood.
Cold Hiendley SF: Chiffchaff 2 + 1 Willow Wood WRes.
Cold Hiendley Res.: Great Crested Grebe 7 + 5 WRes. + 2 ACP.
Saturday, 26 December 2020
3 - 5 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a cool west, south westerly breeze.
Pintail 8 (3m + 5f). Cormorant 14 + 5 WRes.. Snipe 10.
Willow Tit 1 west bank. Little Grebe 12. Nuthatch 1 Pits Wood + 1 Anglers CP car park.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:
2 Yellow-legged Gulls - an adult and a 1st winter were notable tonight.
Wintersett Res. Gull Roost:
An adult Yellow-legged Gull and 70 Great Black backed Gulls were notable tonight.
Friday, 25 December 2020
Wintersett Res.: Goosander 7. A Cetti's Warbler was in the south west corner.
ACP Gull Roost: Pete Smith had a nice Christmas present of a juvenile Iceland Gull in at 16.05hrs and an adult Yellow-legged Gull in tonight. Lesser Black-backed Gull 2.
Thursday, 24 December 2020
3 - 5 degrees, 0/8 cloud to start, then cloud building with light showers late morning and a light westerly veering northerly.
Anglers CP: Snipe 22. Goosander 13. Goldeneye 45.
Wintersett Res.: Little Grebe 12. Woodcock 1 west bank.
Canal flash field: Chaffinch 60 + 4 Cold Hiendley SF. Yellowhammer 20 + 20 Cold Hiendley SF.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: An adult Mediterranean Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull were notables tonight.
Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Tuesday, 22 December 2020
Today's highlights included 2 Water Rail, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Great Spot Woodpecker, Fieldfare, c100 Redwing, 60 Goldfinch, 2 Redpoll, Siskin, 3 Goldcrest, singing Cetti's Warbler, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk (JP, L.& A. Corrall/D.M. Smith/CG)
4 - 6 degrees with /8 cloud and a light south easterly.
Wintersett Res: A singing male Cetti's Warbler and a Water Rail were on the north bank.
Anglers CP: Barn Owl 1.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: Caspian Gull 1 adult, Yellow-legged Gull 2 adults, Mediterranean Gull 1 adult, Herring Gull 750, Great Blackbacked Gull 144, Lesser Black-backed Gull 4.
Monday, 21 December 2020
Sunday, 20 December 2020
8 - 10 degrees with sun and a light south westerly. Cloud increasing in the afternoon.
Another quiet day.
Wintersett Res.: Shoveler 42. A Chiffchaff in the north east corner and Siskin 1 flew over.
5 - 8 degrees with 3/8, but increasing cloud, and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Pintail 3 south. The male Stonechat is still in the north west field.
Walton Hall: Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.
Cold Hiendley Sewage Works: Chiffchaff 5. Grey Wagtail 3. Green Sandpiper 1.
Saturday, 19 December 2020
This morning Little Egret, Great Spot Woodpecker, Cetti's Warbler, 12 Common Gulls, Kestrel and Buzzard. (CG/Richard Laverack)
JP is back after his encounter with Covid 19 and Pnuemonia - well done Jim! He saw 10 Meadow Pipits, 20 Skylarks and a Snipe over a stubble field on the east bank, they were all new to the December list.
Friday, 18 December 2020
I created some maps of the Wintersett recording area in August, but since then I have been asked for them a few times and it’s always a hassle to refind them on my phone.
So here they are for future reference, they should be easier for people to search on here.
Thursday, 17 December 2020
Mild - 8 - 10 degrees, sunny with a light southerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Pochard 33 + 9 WRes..
Wintersett Res: 2 Willow Tit west bank. Cetti's Warbler 1 male west bank + 1 east bank + 2 calling birds on south bank CHRes.. Water Rail 2 west bank. Chiffchaff 1 west bank + 4 Cold Hiendley SF.. Little Grebe 15. Goosander 16. Lesser Redpoll 20. A Nuthatch was in the Willow Wood.
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
5 - 9 degrees cloudy with rain and a moderate southerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult. Shoveler 54 + 33 WRes.. Teal 37. Cormorant 11 + 3 WRes.. Linnet 1.
Wintersett Res: Redwing 100 + Fieldfare 100 on the east bank. Little Grebe 9 + 4 ACP.
Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Today's highlights 2 Grey Wagtails, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels, 50 Redwings, 20 Blackbirds, 4 Shoveler and 20 Teal. (Dave Smith/Les Corrall)
Andrew Corrall saw a Mink near the sluice on the main scrape.
Winter Moth has appeared on patio windows in Cudworth & Carlton in recent days. (CG Dave Smith)
Monday, 14 December 2020
4 - 6 degrees. Cold and dull with 8/8 cloud and rain.
Anglers CP: 10 Snipe.
Milder today. 7 - 9 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light southerly.
Anglers CP: Shoveler 38. Little Grebe 5.
Wintersett Res: A male Cetti's Warbler was in the boathouse reeds. Kingfisher 1. Chiffchaff 1 west bank + 1 at ruin. Water Rail 2 in west bank marsh. Siskin 1 south. Willow Tit 1 west bank clump.
Sunday, 13 December 2020
Here are the Wintersett WeBS counts for December 2020:
Mute Swan 66 Canada Goose 41 Greylag Goose 174 Cormorant 13 Coot 929 Moorhen 28 Water Rail 4 Great Crested Grebe 10 Little Grebe 15 Mallard 99 Gadwall 313 Shoveler 68 Wigeon 477 Teal 49 Tufted Duck 282 Pochard 35 Goldeneye 87 Goosander 22 Grey Heron 4 Lapwing 70 Snipe 1 Kingfisher 1.
Saturday, 12 December 2020
5 - 8 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a westerly breeze.
Cetti's Warbler 3 males - west bank bench + boathouse reeds + ruin area.
Chiffchaff 2 - north bank + 1 Moorhouse Lane Pond.
Anglers CP: Grey Wagtail 1.
Pink-footed Geese moving - 85 north east + 80 east ACP and 59 north east WRes.
Moorhouse Lane Pond: Redpoll 250
Gull Roosts Wintersett Res. + Anglers CP:
Notables: Caspian Gull 1 1stW WRes. and Mediterranean Gull 1 adult ACP.
Herring Gull 960 WRes. + 262 ACP. Great Black-backed Gull 46 WRes. + 73 ACP.
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 WRes. + 4 ACP. Black-headed Gull 10,000 WRes.
Today's list began with a 'new in' drake Wigeon on the wader scrape. It was accompanied by 2 Cormorants, 3 Common and 5 Herring Gulls. Elsewhere Cetti's Warbler, 1 Fieldfare, c70 Redwings and 90 Canada Geese east at 10.40hrs. (K. Bannister/CG)
Sophie Pinder and her Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Volunteers did a great job of resurfacing around the picnic tables in the car park with woodchip yesterday. This is in addition to the rest of the paths they have resurfaced with crushed road chippings.
Friday, 11 December 2020
7 - 8 degrees, dull and damp with 8/8 cloud and a very light south easterly. The fog rolled in late morning, cleared by mid afternoon, then rolled in late afternoon.
Anglers CP: A Chiffchaff (ringed individual), was in vegetation on the edge of the water, in front of the hide. Whooper Swan 20.
Wintersett Res: An adult Yellow-legged Gull was on buoy number 9. Kingfisher 1.
Water Rail 1 west bank + 1 north bank CHRes.. Cetti's Warbler 1 south west bank + 1 east bank.
Cold Hiendley Res. Canal Flash field: Chaffinch 70. Yellowhammer 15. Meadow Pipit 6.
Thursday, 10 December 2020
We were busy on the Western Meadow cutting scrub around the big pond so not much time for birding. However we did see a Siskin flyover and 6 Grey Partridge were skulking in the Northern Meadow. The drake Pochard was with 2 Tufted Duck.
This afternoon 2 Shoveler, 32 Mallard, 21 Teal, Water Rail and Coal Tit
Earlier c100 Pink Feet flew west over Lea Lane, Royston at 10.00hrs (Dave Smith).
4 - 6 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south easterly.
Pink-footed Goose 80 west + 57 west. Whooper Swan 12 north west. Willow Tit 1 west bank clump. Chiffchaff 1 west bank + 1 north east bank. Water Rail 1 north bank + 1 west bank. Pochard 14. Cetti's Warbler 3 - north bank, south west bank + east bank. 47 Skylarks south of Botany Bay.
Anglers CP + Gull Roost:
Caspian Gull 2 adults, Yellow-legged Gull 2 adults, Mediterranean Gull 1 adult, Great Black-backed Gull 250, Lesser Black-backed Gull 4, Herring Gull 1700. Greylag Goose 220. per Gray Speight
Wednesday, 9 December 2020
The best thing that happened today as far as I am concerned was seeing Sophie Pinder and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust with their grass cutting machine mowing the meadow! A sight for sore eyes., We have been gradually cutting invasive Hawthorn, Birch and Willow over the last two winters in readiness for this day.
Birdlife this morning included 1 drake Pochard, 2 Shoveler, Water Rail, 2 Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, 2 Coal Tits, 3 Goldcrest, 4 L. Redpoll, Willow Tit, Great Spot Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3 Song Thrush amongst a notable influx of Redwing and blackbird. (Richard Laverack/CG)
This afternoon 38 Pink Feet Geese flew west at 13.42hrs, 15 Fieldfare, c70 Redwing, c25 Blackbird, 15 Long-tailed Tit 15. (Dave Smith)
This may be of interest to some people who are familiar with the area or not, but this year during Covid-19 lockdown I did a complete survey of all species in Hugset Wood, Higham and one of my regular haunts. Strangely, the last full survey was in 1985 and since then some species populations have remained just about the same while others have changed dramatically. The highlights are as follows. In 1985 there were 254 all species territories and now 252 which is remarkably close but three Turtle Dove territories, 12 Tree Pipit, 9 Whitethroat and 12 Yellowhammer which all disappeared by the early 90s. 1985, four Willow Tit territories now one, Garden Warbler 12 but now down to two and Willow Warbler 39 now one! Incomers are Buzzard two and Nuthatch two. Big changes upwards are Chiffchaff 4 in 1985 and now 27 and Blackcap 12 and now 28.
These mirror the National changes with some species but the habitat has changed over time.
Tuesday, 8 December 2020
5 - 7 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Siskin 1 + 1 over WRes.. Golden Plover 20 over.
Wintersett Res: Water Rail 1 boathouse reeds + 2 west bank marsh. Cetti's warbler 1 boathouse reeds. Kingfisher 1. Whooper Swan 5 flew north west at 10.23hrs. Pink-footed Goose 11 flew north west. Shoveler 50 + 9 ACP. Chiffchaff 3.
Wintersett Res. Gull Roost- Herring Gull 1300, Great Black-backed Gull 200.
Monday, 7 December 2020
3 - 6 degrees, partly cloudy and a gentle south westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: 3 Cetti's Warblers - a male on north bank + calling birds on west bank and in south west corner. A Chiffchaff was on the west bank + 2 at Cold Hiendley Sewage Farm. 4 Water Rails - 1 north bank + 3 west bank. Kingfisher 1. Goosander 16.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: A 1st winter and an adult Caspian Gull in tonight, along with with a 1st winter and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls.
Sunday, 6 December 2020
3 - 5 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south easterly.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose: 33 south, 135 north east and 28 north west. Wigeon 380 Teal 52 Shoveler 13 Pintail 1 female Great Crested Grebe 5 Little Grebe 5. A Kingfisher was showing again in front of the main hide. A pair of Stonechat were in the north west field.
Wintersett Res: Wigeon 103, Shoveler 42, Teal 3, Goosander 15, Great Crested Grebe 13 and Little Grebe 1.
Cold Hiendley Res SF: Chiffchaff 1.
ACP Gull Roost: A 1st winter Caspian Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull were notables in the roost tonight.
Anglers CP north west field: Winter feeders were filled up this morning by @CroftonBirder
Saturday, 5 December 2020
3 - 6 degrees with sun, 4/8 cloud and a light north westerly.
10 Birds were ringed this morning - Slow going! per @BeckyBailey
6 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Redwing.
Anglers CP: Little Egret 1. Teal 53. Cormorant 22. PF Goose 38 west. Kingfisher 1. Snipe 11. Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.
Wintersett Res.: Cetti's Warbler 1 male at boathouse, 1 west bank clump, + 1 CHRes..
Redpoll 60 around boathouse.
Cold Hiendley SF: Green Sandpiper 1. Chiffchaff 2 + 1 Haw Park Lane.
A drake Pochard on the scrape was new in today. Also present a singing Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, male and female Kestrel, male Sparowhawk, 12 Redwing 4 Redpoll, 4 Bullfinch, 7 Stock Dove and a calling Willow Tit. (JP/Richard Laverack)
This afternoon 4 Peacock butterflies and 24 Herald moths were found hibernating. (Chris Parkin)
Friday, 4 December 2020
Thursday, 3 December 2020
3 - 5 degrees, 8/8 dull cloud. Damp with light drizzle at 11.00hrs and a very ligh north easterly.
Anglers CP: Highlight this morning was a Red Kite circling over Wintersett Village at 11.05hrs, before leaving south west. Shoveler 6, Pochard 8 and Little Grebe.
ACP - North west field: The male and female Stonechat still present.
Wintersett Res: 2 Water Rails were in the boathouse reeds. Goosander 15. Cormorant 4 + 4 ACP + 1 CHRes..
Wednesday, 2 December 2020
This afternoon's walk saw 7 Siskins with 1 Redpoll, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Snipe, 1 Goldcrest and 60 Greylags south.
Ferrymoor Flash (Sash Pond)
140 Canada Geese, 5 Greylags, 2 Wigeon, 4 Tufted Duck and 17 Shovelers, mostly drakes.
3 - 7 degrees with 6/8, but increasing cloud, and a light westerly
Anglers CP: A Merlin flew over at 11.40hrs. 3 adult Whooper Swans flew in. Mute Swan 47 + 4 WRes. + 11 CHRes.. Shelduck 1. A Woodcock was seen at dusk.
Wintersett Res: Goosander 17. Shoveler 42. Pochard 27. Siskin 3 south. Water Rail 1 west bank + 1 northbank. Little Grebe 9. Greylag Goose 126. Canada Goose 34. Lesser Redpoll 60 Treecreeper 2 in south east corner. A Chiffchaff was in the north east corner.
Disposal Point: Lesser Redpoll 70.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: Numbers are increasing. Herring Gull 728. Great Black-backed Gull 176,
Goosander 28, Goldeneye 42.
Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Our wildlife group smashed the November record of 75 bird species set in 1993. Grey Partridge and a Whooper Swan yesterday took the monthly total to 77. Well done everybody.
Today was nice, but quiet. Our resident Buzzards were in the air, 2 Redpolls, 1 Treecreeper, 10 Redwings, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Goldcrests, 2 Water Rails, Kingfisher, 12 Lapwings and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were reported. (Dave Smith)
4 - 7 degrees with 1/8 cloud and a light westerly.
Wintersett Res: A 1stW Caspian Gull was in at dawn (black bill), Shoveler 29 + 2 Anglers CP. Goosander 13. Cormorant 12. Kingfisher 1.
Cold Hiendley Res. SF: Green Sandpiper 1. Chiffchaff 4 (2 unringed) + 1 north west bank WRes + 1 Walton Hall.
A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds.
Haw Park Wood: 3 Nuthatch were around Blue Bridge area.
Anglers CP: Snipe 10. 20 Linnet and a male and a female Stonechat were in north west field + 1 female Stonechat WRes. dam wall.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: 137 Great Blackbacked Gulls in tonight, with 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and a 1st winter Caspian Gull.
Fungi -Haw Park Wood - Francis Hickenbottom
Monday, 30 November 2020
5 - 8 degrees, cool, dull and damp with, a light north westerly.
Anglers CP: 7 Shoveler . 59 Teal + 27 WRes.. 4 Dunlin.
Wintersett Res: A Water Rail on north bank. Canada Goose 37. Greylag Goose 92. Kingfisher 2. Goosander 7 + 1 ACP. A Chiffchaff was calling in the Ruin area. 3 Whooper Swans dropped in at 16.00hrs. A Willow Tit was on the west bank.
Canal Flash: Goldfinch 60. Yellowhammer 25.
Sunday, 29 November 2020
6 - 10 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light westerly.
Anglers CP: Pintail 8 (4m + 4f). Teal 29 + 9 WRes..
Wintersett Res: Goosander 9. Cormorant 4 + 6 over. Cetti's Warbler 1 male at, Ruin. Whooper Swan 2 adults joined by another adult at 11.50hrs. Common Scoter 1 male. A Chiffchaff was on the west bank. Kingfisher 1.
This morning on the wader scrape 15 Herring Gulls with 21 Common Gulls. A Whooper Swan flew NE and a Peregrine was hunting. Also present Grey Wagtail, c20 Redpolls, Cetti's Warbler and Willow Tit. (JP/Mick Littlewood)
This afternoon with Dave Standish 4 Fieldfares SE, 2 Greenfinches, 3 Water Rails, male Peregrine north at 15.40hrs and 6 + 15 Pied Wagtails SW heading for the Ardagh glassworks roost. A Kingfisher and the Mallard x Gadwall hybrid were present.
Saturday, 28 November 2020
Quiet today 27 Herring and 3 Common Gulls, Mallard x Gadwall hybrid, 19 Lapwings, 2 Fieldfares, 10 Redwings, 5 Jays and 110 Canada Geese SE. A Mistle Thrush was singing too.
A male Blackcap was seen in Les Corrall's garden. (Andrew Corrall)
Dull and damp with 1 - 6 degrees C, with 8/8 cloud and a north easterly breeze.
Pink-footed Goose 67 flew west.
Willow Tit 1 calling on south bank. Little Grebe 8.
Cetti's Warbler 3 males - west bank marsh, north east bank and south west corner.
Water Rail 6 - 2 west bank marsh + 1 north bank WRes. + 3 Cold Hiendley SF.
Chiffchaff 6 - 2 west bank + 1 north bank WRes. + 3 Cold Hiendley SF.
Botany Bay: Goosander 2 males + 5 redheads.
Anglers CP: 7 Pintail dropped in at 08.10hrs. 42 House Sparrows in fields.
Cold Hiendley SF: Meadow Pipit 16. Grey Wagtail 2.
17 birds were ringed at Wintersett Res. before rain stopped play.
Highlights were - 8 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and 1 Blackbird.
Friday, 27 November 2020
3 - 6 degrees with 8/8 cloud, but decreasing to sunny with 1/8, by late morning and a light south easterly.
Teal 5. Chiffchaff 1 west bank. Goosander 7
Cold Hiendley SF: + Ringing - per Pete Smith
5 Chiffchaffs were ringed this morning. A Female Stonechat and a Green Sandpiper were notable.
CHSF Vis.Mig: 1000 Starlings in 3 close flocks flew south at 11.00hrs.
Wintersett Gull Roost: per Graham Speight and Steve Denny
A new Caspian Gull 1st Winter, Yellow-legged Gull 2 adults, Herring 480,
Great Black-backed Gull 86. Goosander 11 and Barn Owl 1.
Stonechat CHSF. 27.11.20 ASmith
Chiffchaffs CHSF 27.11.20 ASmith
Thursday, 26 November 2020
Our dedicated small wildlife group are gradually winning back the Western Meadow from scrub that has grown over the years during the dispute over ownership. We are now about halfway, reaching the big pond this morning. The entrances have been blocked to this area and signs put up to say it is a conservation area and we are hoping to have part of the meadow cut soon to promote wildflower growth.
Meanwhile sightings included c110 Canada Geese south at 10.20hrs, 5 Shoveler, The Mallard x Gadwall hybrid, 16 Lapwing, 34 Herring Gull, 5 Common Gull, 2 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, male Sparrowhawk, 15 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Coal Tit, 4 Cormorant and 1 Willow Tit. (JP/CG)
5 - 9 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: Mallard 67 + 22 ACP. Pink-footed Goose 36 north west. A Rock/Water Pipit flew over.
Botany Bay: Kingfisher 1.
Anglers CP: Wigeon 274 + 180 WRes. Gadwall 72.
Cold Hiendley SF + Ruin: Cetti's Warbler 1 north bank + 1 SE corner WRes. Chiffchaff 5 + 1 Ruin. Blackcap 1 Ruin.
37 birds were ringed this morning. Highlights were 22 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Redwing and 1 Blackbird.
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Green Woodpecker, Kestrel and 3 Mistle Thush.
Pochard 7, Tufted Duck 3, G.C. Grebe 1, 9 Shoveler, 1 adult LBB Gull, 17 Common Gull and a flyover Redpoll. (Les Corrall/CG)
Dave Smith caught yet another December Moth in his Carlton light trap last night.
6 - 10 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: A Weasel was in the north east corner.
Wintersett Res: Chiffchaff 1 west bank + 1 north bank and 1 north bank CHRes.. Cetti's Warbler 1 west bank + 1 south bank CHRes.. Gadwall 221 + 31 CHRes. Shoveler 45. Bullfinch 20.
Cold Hiendley SF: Meadow Pipit 25. Pied Wagtail 35.
Walton Hall: Psycho - the adult Yellow-legged Gull. Mute Swan 11, Cormorant 9,
Great Crested Grebe 1, Mallard 46, Gadwall 49, Shoveler 19, Tufted Duck 21, Pochard 1,
Goosander 4 and Coot 84, Moorhen 8, Kingfisher 1 and Grey Heron 2. Tawny Owl 6 (4 female + 2 male).
Tuesday, 24 November 2020
This morning on the wader scrape 3 Cormorants, 20 Common Gulls, 12 Herring Gulls. 4 Redpoll and a few Fieldfares flew over. (JP)
This afternoon, Water Rail, Kingfisher, 2 Shoveler, c300 Wood Pigeons in to roost. (Dave Smith)
c800 Wood Pigeons flew SE over Cudworth at 08.25hrs (Rod Heeley)
Is the gull below Herring Gull or one of the yellow -legged gulls?
10 - 12 degrees, mild with 8/8 cloud and a light southerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Stonechat 1m + 1f in north west field.
Wintersett Res: Water Rail 4 north bank + 1 west bank marsh. Kingfisher 1. Cetti's Warbler 1 male north bank. Canada Goose 37. Goosander 5. Pochard 21. The drake Gadwall X Mallard hybrid was back in the south west corner. A Willow Tit was in the west bank clump area.
Monday, 23 November 2020
8 - 11 degrees with sun, 5/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Botany Bay: Goosander 3. Cetti's Warbler 1male in the marsh.
Anglers CP: Pintail 1 male. Linnet 1. Chiffchaff 1 + 1 on Pol. Stonechat 1m + 1f in north west back field. Teal 24. Snipe 7. Greylag Goose 179. Fieldfare 290 west. Lesser Redpoll 200.
Cold Hiendley Sewage Farm: Green Sandpiper 1.
Wintersett Res.: A 1stW Caspian Gull was in the roost at dawn.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:
Nothing exciting in the roost tonight, apart from this 'Curlew-billed' Herring Gull. 😉😗 perSteve Denny @StevieD131
Sunday, 22 November 2020
This morning Cetti's Warbler, Willow Tit, Kingfisher, Great Spot Woodpecker, 20 Fieldfare, 5 Cormorant, 11 Herring Gull and 5 Common Gull. (JP)
This afternoon Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, c20 Redwing, single Redpoll and Snipe. 4 Water Rails called at dusk and a Tawny Owl vacated its roost and alighted again nearby. (CG/Dave Standish/Paul & Ruth Thorpe)
6 - 9 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
An amazing 11 Chiffchaffs were rcorded in the area today with 1 on Pol + 5 CH Sewage Farm + 3 NE WRes..+ 1 NB CHRes + 1 ACP.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 20 east at 09.40hrs. Greylag Goose 191. The pair of Stonechat still in the back field to the north west.
Haw Park Wood: A Raven was flying over being mobbed by Crows.
Walton Hall: Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull still present on the island..
Wintersett Res: Russ Boland was studying/sketching the Great Crested Grebes this morning.
Saturday, 21 November 2020
7 - 10 degrees with 7/8 cloud and a light, north westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: A Nuthatch was on the Pol.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 north bank, 1 south bank + 1 male boathouse reeds. Chiffchaff 1 north east bank + 1 west bank. Teal 7. Little Grebe 15. A Water Rail was in the west bank marsh.
Walton Hall + Back Field: A pair of Stonechats still northwest of ACP - on back path to Walton in right hand corner of second field. Gadwall 41. Shoveler 6. Feral Pigeon 54 on Hall roof.
Mammal: A Hare was in the north bank field.
Friday, 20 November 2020
5 - 10 degrees, cold, dull and damp this morning, with 8/8 cloud and a very light south westerly.
Anglers CP VisMig: Pink-footed Goose 4 west. Starling 35 west. Fieldfare 105 south west.
Anglers CP: A Nuthatch was in the car park.
Wintersett Res: Little Grebe 9 + 5 Anglers CP. Kingfisher 1. A Chiffchaff was in the north west corner. Cetti's Warbler 2 - south west corner and north bank.
Thursday, 19 November 2020
5 - 7 degrees, with sun, scattered cloud and a cold, north westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Visiting birder, Simon Cooper had heard the Yellow-browed Warbler calling behind the hide by the time we arrived. It started calling and then showed very well for a time. It was then elusive until mid afternoon. At 15.00hrs it showed well for 5- 10 minutes behind the main hide.
A Chiffchaff and a pair of Pintail were other notables. A Woodcock was seen late afternoon.
Going north: Red Kite 1.
Going south: Wood Pigeon 1700 + 160 north
Going south west: Fieldfare 140.
Going west: Starling 614. Redwing 105. Pink-footed Goose 90 + Graylag Goose 3
Anglers CP. Gull Roost: A great roost this afternoon.
Notables were:- an adult and 1st W Caspian Gulls, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, and an adult Mediterranean Gull,
85 Great Black-backed Gulls, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 434 Herring Gulls were counted.
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
c300 Wood Pigeon, 30 Stock Dove, Treecreeper, 3 Goldcrest, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Cormorant, c50 Redwing, 17 Lapwing. (Dave Smith/Les and Andrew Corrall)
As it was so mild 16c we decided to try a moth session. Chris Parkin, Dave Smith and I had a great evening sat around the light trap in the car park from 4pm until 10pm. We were rewarded with 6 species of macro moth. 2 (probably 3) December Moths (one got away) which were to to the reserve. 4 The Brick, 1 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 12 Red Green Carpets, 1 Winter Moth and 1 Large Wainscot. Also 3 species of micro Alectris sparsana 2, Epiphyas postivittana 2 and Blastobasia lacticolella which was our 2nd record. An Orange Ladybird (Hayzia sedecimguttata) also visited the light.
Low and behold when I got home there was a another December Moth in my garden light trap. They must be having a good year as Dave Smith had one in his Carlton garden recently.
Today Wednesday 18/11/20
12 Common Gulls, 32 Herring Gulls, 280 BH Gulls and 11 Lapwings were on the wader scrape. 10 House Sparrows around the car park entrance was unusual and 4 Red-legged Partridges were on the fields. 40 Stock Doves was a good number. (JP/CG Les & Andrew Corrall))
7 - 9 degrees, with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Wintersett Res.VisMig: 135 Fieldfare flew south + 110 over eastBank + 50 Santingley + 27 Botany Paddock.
Wintersett Res. Gull Roost: A 1stW Caspian Gull at 16.10hrs and an adult Mediteranean Gull from 16.20hrs were notables tonight.
Tuesday, 17 November 2020
12 - 15 degrees with 7/8 cloud and a light to moderate south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: The Yellow-browed Warbler still present behind the main hide. Chiffchaff 2 - Pol ACP + north east WRes. Siskin 2 Pol ACP.
Wintersett Res.Vis.Mig: Pink-footed Goose 220 east at 09.25hrs.
Wintersett Res: Brambling 2 near the boathouse bench. Little Grebe 17 + 4 ACP. Cetti's Warbler 1 male + 1 north bank + 1 north east corner + 1 west bank marsh.
Monday, 16 November 2020
11 - 13 degrees with 7/8 cloud and a south westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res.: Whooper Swans were moving eastwards, with 53 in 5 flocks (4, 11, 30, 4, 4) up to 10.00hrs + 4 flew south. Pink footed Goose 175, Golden Plover 150. Goosander 2. Peregrine 1 over. Shoveler 39.
Anglers CP: 4 adult Whooper Swans dropped in 10.25hrs then left after a brief stay. The Yellow-browed Warbler still present, to rear of hide, calling occasionally giving brief views. A female Brambling and 25 House Sparrow were at the feeding station just after the entrance from the car park. Chiffchaff 1 + 1 WRes.bridge.
Sunday, 15 November 2020
7 - 10 degrees with sunny spells, 4/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Chris Swaine found a Yellow-browed Warbler calling, and showing on an off behind the main hide, until mid afternoon. This is the 5th record for the Wintersett area, following the 4th which was trapped and ringed on October 11th 2020. Previous records were Botany Bay 12th & 13th October 1988, 30th October 2013 and Cold Hiendley Res.6th November2018.
Chiffchaff 1 + 1 WRes. + 1 CHRes.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warblers 3 Goosander 1. Grey Heron 2. A Water Rail was heard near the boathouse.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: 2 Yellow-legged Gulls - an adult and a 2nd W.
Odonata: A Common Darter was on Anglers CP.
Here are the Wintersett WeBS counts for November 2020
Mute Swan 64 Canada Goose 137 Greylag Goose 146 Cormorant 14 Coot 973 Moorhen 30 Great Crested Grebe 21 Little Grebe 13 Mallard 80 Teal 49 Shoveler 34 Wigeon 439 Gadwall 228 Tufted Duck 324 Pochard 31 Goldeneye 39 Goosander 4 Water Rail 1 Grey Heron 4 Lapwing 52 Snipe 2.
Saturday, 14 November 2020
9 - 11 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 4 males. Chiffchaff 2. A Brambling was in the south east corner + 1 ACP feeders. Mallard 41 + 15 CHRes. A Water Rail was on the north bank. Goosander 1.
Botany Bay: Teal 3.
Anglers CP: Snipe 18. Goldeneye 34.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: Just 2 notables tonight - An adult Mediterranean Gull and a 2nd W Yellow-legged Gull.
Many thanks to Mike Denton for identifying this ground beetle found at Cold Hiendley Res 13.11.2020 by Chris Swaine.
This beetle is called Nebria brevicollis.
The adults overwinter and can therefore be found at any time of year. The extract
below is from the beetles of Wintersett (note that Chris's record has
Nebria brevicollis (Fabricius, 1792) is a fairly large (10.0-14.0mm)
black ground beetle. It has no particular habitat specificity, being
extremely abundant in situations ranging from the shore, through
woodland to high moorland. This is one of the commonest ground beetles
and occurs throughout the British Isles.
Although there are six records from Haw Park, the only others are from
Cold Hiendley Res on 20th May 1978 and 12th November 2020, around the
Top Res on 24th September 1992 and 12th May 1999, and Anglers CP on 26th