Friday 31 January 2020

Storrs Mill Lane, Cudworth

A Woodcock flew out of the hedge bottom at 12.20hrs.

Storrs Mill
2 Buzzards and a Grey Wagtail

Silkstone wagonway 31/1/20.

Pair of Dippers together feeding and preening rear of sewage farm. Very springlike here with least 3 Goldcrests singing. Little Owl 1.

Thursday 30 January 2020

Wintersett 30.01.20

4 - 7 degrees with 6/8 cloud and a  cool south westerly wind.
Anglers CP: Black-necked Grebe still present SW corner.  Oystercatcher 2.
Wintersett Res: The female Long-tailed Duck was off the east bank mid morning.

Wilthorpe Marsh 30/1/20.

Sewage farm area. - Water Pipit 1, Green Sand 1, Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 7, pair of Willow Tit. Stonechat at rabbit ings this morning per P Middleton.

One from the olden days ......

This is part of Barnsley Ringing Group taken on the Isle of May in October 1985. You may remember some (younger) faces? Bottom left to right - Martin Wells, Dave Southall, Steve Davies and Keith Robertson. Upper left me and right Roy Birch. Actually Roy and Keith were not ringers but good naturalists. We were expecting a great migration but caught very few due to a hot, high pressure week. There were House Mice in the building and on one day we worked through each room and ended up killing 42 which livened the week up. Best bird species caught were Shag (several), Common Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk,  Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Brambling.

Carlton Marsh

Quite large numbers of Pink Feet Geese moved through the area this morning starting with c200 at 09.35hrs, c150 at 10.42hrs and 80 at 10.45hrs all heading NW (RJ Boland/Rod Heeley).

On the ground Buzzard, 5 Greylags, Cormorant, Little Egret and 44 Magpies entering a roost at dusk.

Another skein of c100 Pink Feet headed NW over the Fleets in Barnsley at 11.10hrs (Geoff Miller)

A single Waxwing was feeding on Swedish Rowan berries yesterday on the rose Tree estate (per Keith Bannister).

Wednesday 29 January 2020


2 Peregrine Falcons flew towards the glassworks at Monk Bretton and a Little Egret was feeding on the wader scrape at Carlton Marsh (Keith Bannister).

Dave Smith reported a Small Tortoiseshell in his garden on Monday 27th.

Wintersett 29.01.20

4 - 7 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a  cool south westerly wind.
Anglers CP: Black-necked Grebe still present SW corner.
Wintersett Res: The female Long-tailed Duck was off the east bank mid morning.

Tuesday 28 January 2020

Silkstone wagonway area 28/1/20.

30+ Siskin in alders, Dipper on stream behind sf viewable from footbridge. 2 Little Owls in usual oak the highlights.

Anglers Country Park - Great Crested Grebe eating huge Ruffe

ACP - 27-01-20

Wintersett 28.01.20

3 - 5 degrees,  with 4/8 cloud and a moderate westerly wind.
Anglers CP: Black-necked Grebe still in south west corner.  Snipe 6.  Shelduck 1.  Oystercatcher 1. 
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 male showed well near boathouse bench.  Long-tailed Duck 1 female - off east bank but in deeper water.  Water Rail 1.

ANGLERS COUNTRY PARK - 27-01-20 (Black-necked Grebe)

Black-necked Grebe images from early morning

Monday 27 January 2020

Wintersett 27.01.20

4 - 6 degrees with 2/8 cloud and a light southerly.
Anglers CP: Black-necked Grebe still present.   The first Oystercatcher of the spring was in.
A Barn Owl was flying over VisMig Hill at dusk.
Wintersett Res: The Long-tailed Duck still off the east bank.    2 male Cetti's Warblers - south east orner and west bank marsh.  A Water Rail was in the north east reeds.   25 Fieldfare and 5 Redwing were in the Willow Wood.
Barn Owl  over VisMig Hill Anglers CP             SDenny

Sunday 26 January 2020

Wilthorpe Marsh plus 26/1/20.

Wilthorpe Marsh- 3 Water Pipit, c 40 Meadow Pipit, 1 J Snipe, 3 C Snipe. Redwing c 150 flock, Goldfinch flock c30, Goldcrest 6. Shafton- Red Kite over Sandybridge lane towards Rabbit Ings at 2-17 pm.

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 26.01.20

4 - 7 degrees,   dull and damp with 8/8 cloud and a cold, light westerly, with rain from 11.00hrs.
Wintersett Res: The female Long-tailed Duck still off the east bank.  Cetti's Warbler 3 males - south east corner, north east corner and west bank.  A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds.
Anglers CP: The Black-necked Grebe was in the south west corner.   4 Pink-footed Geese flew over and left west.   A Barn Owl  was hunting over at 16.30hrs.
Both Gull roosts were poor tonight.  The adult Yellow-legged Gull was the only notable!

Saturday 25 January 2020

Wintersett + Gull Roost 25.01.20

5 - 7 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light, but cold,  south westerly wind.
Wintersett Res: The female Long-tailed Duck still present, but mobile today.  Cetti's Warbler 4 males - north east corner, south east corner,  boathouse reeds and west bank.  Water Rail 2 boathouse reeds.   Chiffchaff 1 south west corner
Wintersett Village:  Little Owl. 
Anglers CP:  The Black-necked Grebe was in the south west corner.  Shoveler 6.  Wigeon 220.  Teal 53.  Pochard 109.  Snipe 26.  Siskin 2 + 80 Haw Park Wood.  Raven flew south.  Goldeneye 75   Barn Owl 1 16.20hrs
Cold Hiendley SW: Pied Wagtail 58.  Meadow Pipit 32.   Reed Bunting 25.  Grey Wagtail 2.
Cold Hiendley Res:  Woodcock 1.
Anglers CP Gull Roost Notables: Iceland Gull 1 adult ( 1 of 3 in the Barnsley area today).  Mediterranean Gull 1 adult.  Caspian Gull 1 adult and Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult. Lesser Black backed Gull 1 adult.

Friday 24 January 2020

Wintersett + Gull Roost 24.01.20

6 - 9 degrees with 3/8 cloud and a light westerly.
Wintersett Res: The female Long tailed Duck was off the east bank. The Black-necked Grebe  was in the south east corner.  A calling Raven flew over north.  2 male Cetti's Warblers - boathouse reeds and south east corner.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull came in tonight.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 1.  A Barn Owl flew over at 16.40hrs. 

Thursday 23 January 2020

Wintersett + Gull Roost 23.01.20

A very mild 6 - 9 degrees with 3/8 but decreasing cloud and a light westerly.
Wintersett Res:The adult female Long-tailed Duck was off the east bank.   5 male Cetti's Warblers today, north bank,  east bank,  south east corner, west bank marsh and boathouse reeds. Water Rail 1.
Anglers CP: The male Bearded Tit, still in the reedbed near the Sand Martin Box.had a close call this morning  It flew out and looped back onto reeds and was almost caught by a Sparrowhawk. Phew!!  The Black-necked Grebe still present.
Cold Hiendley Res: Kingfisher 1. 
Anglers CP Gull Roost: The 3rdW Iceland Gull was in again.

3rdW Iceland Gull             ACP Roost  23.01.20

Black-necked Grebe         ACP   ALex Aylward

Wednesday 22 January 2020

Wintersett + Gull Roost 22.01.20

4 - 7 degrees with 3/8 cloud and a light westerly.
Wintersett Res:  Whooper Swan 5  (Russ Boland).    Pink-footed Goose 190 over west at 09.15hrs + 22 north west over Cold Hiendley Res at 10.00hrs (Steve Denny)  150 flew north west and  140 + 200 west (Pete Smith).    Cetti's Warbler males - 1 boathouse reeds, 1 north bank,  1 northeast bank.   The female Long-tailed Duck was off the east bank.  The Black-necked Grebe was in the south east corner.
Anglers CP: A male Bearded Tit was in the reeds behind the Sand Martin Box.  Cormorant 17.  Shoveler 5.  Goldeneye 53.  A Barn Owl was seen at 16.35hrs.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: A 3rd W Iceland Gull was in at15.40hrs. See video

3rdW Iceland Gull                    Anglers CP   SDenny

Carlton Marsh

c210 Pink Feet flew west at 09.53hrs (Dave Smith) and a Little Egret was on the wader scrape (K. Bannister)

16 Whooper Swans flew west and 1 north at 09.50hrs (Keith Bannister)

Tuesday 21 January 2020


4 - 6 degrees with  0/8 cloud, but increasing this afternoon, with a light westerly wind.
Anglers CP:  The drake Ring-necked Duck was back.   A Black-necked Grebe was new for the year list.  Pochard 132 + 8 WRes..  A Bearded Tit was first heard in reed beds on the north bank of Wintersett Res early afternoon, by Dave Bacon, working it's way towards the boathouse. Presumably, the same bird, was then heard calling in the south west corner of Anglers CP. in the reedbed,  A while later it was heard calling in front of the hide and was seen to be a male,  by Ian Allard and Pete Griffin, as it flew past and dropped into the reedbed behind the Sand Martin Box at 15.00hrs. Locals Pete Smith and Steve Denny arrived in the hide two minutes later, to the unbelieveable news. All observers scanned the reeds and,  happily, at 15.15hrs,  a reed stem moved and the rear end of the bird appeared in view. Immense relief for the two locals,  and the bird showed well for the next five minutes.  This is  a very rare bird for the area,  with only 3 chance sightings in 2006, a high flying bird in 1998, then a flock of 10 in 1986 -  per @StevieD 131. Video link       A Raven was flying and calling over the west bank.   2 Barns Owls were flying over VisMig Hill at dusk.
Wintersett Res:  The adult female Long-tailed Duck still present off the east bank.
Pink-footed Goose 120 west at 09.30hrs and 170 west at 11.15hrs + 1 on Anglers CP shallows early this morning.   Kingfisher 1.
Cold Hiendley SF: Green Sandpiper 1.
Anglers CP Gull Roost  An adult Yellow-legged Gull was the only notable tonight.

Wintersett 21-01-2020 - Long-tailed Duck video

Long-tailed duck

Monday 20 January 2020

Wintersett - Mud, Ducks and Gulls 20.01.20

A frosty start, 0 - 5 degrees with 0/8 cloud and a light westerly wind.
A great atmosphere today when lots of visitors came to see our star birds.
It is extremely muddy on the east bank of Wintersett Res.  Wellingtons highly recommended!
Wintersett Res: The adult female Long-tailed Duck was showing close off the east bank.
Little Grebe 1.   Pink-footed Goose 140 flew over north west at 11.00hrs.  A pair of Cetti's Warblers were displaying on the north bank.
Anglers CP: A 1st W female Ferruginous duck still present and showing well today.
See video
Cold Hiendley Res: Gadwall 59
Anglers CP Gull Roost:
A 3rd W Iceland Gull was in at 16.07hrs.    An adult Yellow-legged Gull was in at 16.40hrs.  2 Barn Owls were hunting at 16.42hrs.

Ferruginous Duck at Anglers Country Park 20.01.19 Mick Hemingway

 Ferruginous Duck at Anglers Country Park showing legs - unringed

Anglers Country Park - Ferruginous Duck - 20-01-2020

Ferruginous Duck

Very distant shots but hopefully to support the ID - Left Leg visible without rings

Wintersett - Long-tailed Duck 20-01-2020

Long-Tailed Duck 

A few images from today reduced in size for the web - higher resolution on Twitter/FB

Carlton Marsh

Hidden away for the winter are 13 Herald moths and 3 Peacock butterflies (Chris Parkin)

BBSG Recording Area Breeding Priority Species 2019

Not sure if this is worth doing each year but at least it gives a heads-up on what is happening with some of our more scarce species. These results are taken from this Blog and from Twitter throughout the breeding season and then put onto a master spreadsheet. As always, a few records will not have been passed over for various reasons but at least we have some meaningful records.

Pochard - up to 18 males and a smaller number of females but this year only 3 successful broods.
Grey Partridge - always difficult to record in the breeding season but at least 10 coveys in autumn.
Ringed Plover - 3 pair.
Little Ringed Plover - at least 8 pair.
Redshank - at least 4 pair.
Cuckoo - 7 males recorded (4 lowland and 3 upland habitats).
Merlin - 3 to 4 territories.
Cetti's Warbler - at least 10 territories.
Grasshopper Warbler - 5 territories.
Willow Tit - 45 territories.
Ring Ouzel - 5 to 6 territories.
Yellow Wagtail - 8 territories.
Lesser Redpoll - 8 to 10 territories.

Pochard down from last year, Cuckoo becoming worrying, Cetti's nearly doubling each year, a drop in Grasshopper Warbler, Willow Tit a 50% drop in 5 years, Yellow Wagtail up slightly and Lesser Redpoll about the same (but overlooked?).

To my knowledge there were no Lesser Spotted Woodpecker records, Whinchat, Wood Warbler or Corn Bunting. No records for Tree Pipit but must have been seen at Wharncliffe, the usual site. In due course Martin Wells will have a few more records passed over and hopefully add into these.

Thanks for all of your input

Sunday 19 January 2020

Carlton Marsh

22 birds ringed today included 3 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Longtailed Tit and 9 Great Tit.

c75 Pink Feet Geese flew west at 13.20hrs.

Wilthorpe Marsh, Low Moor , 19/1/20.

Wilthorpe- Water Pipit 2, Chiffchaff 3 together, Cettis 1. Pied Wag c 60, Goldcrest 1. Woodcock 2 flushed by shooters presumably looking for Pheasants. J Snipe 1, scarce this winter, C Snipe 5, Green Sand 1. Low Moor/Midhope this aft.- very steady couple of hours with 2 Raven, 3 C Buzzard, Siskin 6, Redwing 50, Fieldfare 20, 1 fem GS Pecker.

Wintersett Hat Trick for Pete Smith 19.01.20

0 - 4 degrees with 0/8 cloud but increasing  by late afternoon with a light south westerly breeze and a super sunset.
Wintersett Res: The adult, female Long-tailed Duck was close inshore, off the east bank all day.
More pics per @mhemingway2
A male Cetti's Warbler was on the north bank.  
Anglers CP + Gull Roost: Pete Smith's good fortune continued today when he found a 1st Winter female Ferruginous Duck at 16.05hrs,  followed by  3rd W Iceland Gull in the roost at 16.35hrs.  making it a hatrick for him over the weekend.  A Raven was over the field early morning and was heard calling occasionally, in the same area up to 11.10hrs.  Little Grebe 4.  Wigeon 215.  Cormorant 22.  Shoveler 5.. A Barn Owl was hunting past the hide at 16.40hrs. 
3 Birds were ringed ACP: 2 Redwing and a Blue Tit.

Ferruginous Duck 1stW female    ACP   SDenny

Long-tailed Duck adult female     WRes.   SDenny

Iceland Gull 3rd W           ACP     SDenny

Saturday 18 January 2020

Wintersett + Gull Roost 18.01.20

3 - 6 degrees with 0/8 cloud and a westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: Pete Smith found an adult, female Long-tailed Duck, showing rather well, off the north end of the west bank.  It was rather mobile during the morning,  making it's way to the south west corner before returning  to the west bank just before midday.    Kingfisher 2.  Cetti's Warbler 2 males - south east corner and west bank.
Haw Park Wood: Siskin 2.  Nuthatch 2.
Cold Hiendley Res. and SF:  A Grey Wagtail was on the outflow.   5 Meadow Pipit at SF.  20 Golden Plover were over the fields.
Anglers CP and Gull Roost: 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were the notables tonight.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 2.  Great Black-backed Gull 282.   A Barn Owl was hunting over at 16.40hrs.

Long-tailed duck female     Wintersett Res    SDenny      
Long-tailed Duck female   WRes.  PMeredith
Long-tailed Duck female   WRes.  PMeredith

Wintersett + Gull Roost 17.01.20

4 - 6  degrees with 8/8 cloud and a cool westerly wind.
Anglers CP: A Water Rail was at the Pol feeding station + 1 in west bank marshnWRes..    Shelduck 1 and then same bird seen on WRes.
Cold Hiendley SF: Pied Wagtail 35
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 1 male in boathouse reeds.  Kingfisher 1.
Haw Park Wood: A Raven flew over calling in the afternoon.  per Alex Aylward

Raven  over Haw Park Wood               Alex Aylward
Wintersett Res. Gull Roost: per @StevieD131  The Roost was blighted by a female Sparrowhawk spooking gulls and flushing most of them to Anglers Country Park.  We did find this presumed juvenile Viking Gull which is probably as close to a Glaucous Gull as we will get this winter. 
@DLangstonBirder commented.  A Viking would be a hybrid Glaucous x Herring. Have had a few comments on the bird, about what it could be, but probably just a pale argentatus.

     Viking Gull                         Wintersett Res      SDenny

Thursday 16 January 2020

Carlton Marsh

Last Sunday morning a Channel 4 News crew came again to film Willow Tits. This is the link if you want to see it.

Yesterday 2 Little Egrets were on the wader scrape and 1 today (K. Bannister)

Wintersett + Gull Roost 16.01.20

8 - 11 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a strengthening south westerly wind.
Anglers CP: Shoveler 2 drakes.  A Water Rail was at the Pol feeding station.  70 Pink-footed Goose flew west at 10.10hrs.
Haw Park Wood:  70 Siskin were in the woodyard.
Wintersett Reservoir Gulls: 
Steve Denny reported a glorious roost tonight!  Herring Gull 2500, Great Black-backed Gull 150, Black-headed Gull circa 12000.   Yellow-legged Gull 4  (2 x 1st W + 2 adults).   Caspian Gull  1 adult  and 1 x 2nd winter.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 4.  

Wednesday 15 January 2020

Wintersett + Anglers CP Island clearing + Gull Roost 15.01.20

6 - 9 degrees, sunny  with 0/8 cloud and a south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: A work party cleared the vegetation from the islands in front of the hide this morning.  33 Snipe and 3 Jack Snipe were in the rough grassland on the shore.  Cormorant 24.  Teal 56.  Redwing 30.  A Barn Owl was hunting at 16.40hrs.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: 2 notables tonight.   An adult Caspian Gull  at 16.10hrs.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 1.

A good job well done by Friends of Haw Park Wood and Anglers regulars.  

Monday 13 January 2020

44 Pink Feet flew NW at 11.50hrs

Wintersett 13.01.20

6 - 7 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a strengthening south westerly wind.
Anglers CP: A Merlin flew over.  Snipe 10.  Lesser Redpoll 2.
Cold Hiendley STW:  Pied Wagtail 32.  
Haw Park Lane: Pink-footed Goose 90 flew north west at 11.55hrs.

Sunday 12 January 2020

Wilthorpe Marsh 12/1/20.

Water Pipit 1, Chiffchaff 1, Green Sand 1, Goldcrest 3.

Wintersett - Walton Hall WeBS January 2020

Here are the January 2020  WeBS totals for Walton Hall Lake

Mute Swan 6   Canada Goose 81  Greylag Goose 82  Cormorant 5  Coot 41   Moorhen 2    Mallard 29  Wigeon 1   Gadwall 9   Tufted Duck 10  Pochard 3   Goosander 1  Grey Heron 1   Great Crested Grebe 1.

Wintersett WeBs January 2020

Here are the January 2020 WeBS totals for the Wintersett Area.

Mute Swan 23  Canada Goose 57  Cormorant 26   Great Crested Grebe 26  Little Grebe 4  Coot 415  Moorhen 15   Mallard 49   Teal 46    Shoveler 5  Wigeon 102   Gadwall 76  Tufted Duck 162  Pochard 146   Goldeneye 97   Goosander 26   Grey Heron 4  Lapwing 222   Snipe 5 Kingfisher 1
RING-NECKED DUCK 1 drake off north bank, then south east corner and south west corner - hanging round with 2 female Tufted Ducks.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 12.01.20

5 - 8 degrees with rain until 10.15hrs, then sunny with varying cloud and a south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: The drake Ring-necked Duck was a welcome visitor for the WeBS count today.  It moved over to Wintersett Reservoir and was off the north bank by10.30hrs.  Snipe 1  Shoveler 5   Pochard 123.   A Barn Owl was seen at dusk.
Wintersett Res: A male Cetti's Warbler was in the boathouse reeds.
Cold Hiendley Res: Goldcrest 1.
Wintersett and Anglers CP Gull Roosts were counted tonight:  Herring Gull 3450.   Great Black backed Gull 665.  Lesser Black backed Gull 9.  Just 2 notables tonight  1 x 1stW Caspian Gull at 16.30hrs.  and 1 x 1st W Mediterranean Gull at 16.20hrs both on Wintersett Reservoir. 

Saturday 11 January 2020

Wintersett + Gull Roost 11.01.20

7 - 9 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a gusty south westerly.
Anglers CP: Teal 46.  Little Grebe 4.  Barn Owl 1 hunting at dusk.
Anglers CP Gull Roost per @grayspeight: Good totals of large gulls in tonight.  Herring Gull 2220, Great Black-backed Gull 950, but nothing scarcer.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 10.01.20

5 - 6 degrees with sunshine, varying cloud and a cold south westerly.
Very little to report. 
Anglers CP: Shoveler 3 drakes. Little Grebe 2.  Siskin 1. A Water Rail was under the Pol feeders.  A Barn Owl was hunting at dusk.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: Great Black-backed Gull 520.  Lesser Back-backed Gull 1.

Friday 10 January 2020

Low Cudworth - Carlton Marsh

A 20 minute slot from 15.40hrs to 16.00hrs produced 8 large skeins of Pink Feet Geese heading high NW over Low Cudworth and Carlton Marsh. They are always difficult to count, but rough estimates were c300 at 15.40hrs, c100 at 15.45hrs, two skeins of c100 in each at 15.53hrs, c60  and c100  at 15.55hrs and c200 followed by c100 at 15.58hrs. A total of around 1,060. One more skein flew over at 17.00hrs calling in darkness. (Les Corrall/Keith Bannister/CG.

Thursday 9 January 2020

Carlton Marsh

This morning more regenerating scrub was cut down and treated on the Western Meadow and paths were being tidied up in the car park. 
Bird wise it is still very quiet, the best today would be 20 Siskin, 30 Goldfinch, 5 male Bullfinch, Buzzard, 14 Tufted Duck and 15 Teal. (Dave Smith)

Wintersett + Gull Roost 09.01.20

5 - 8 degrees with 6/8 cloud and a northerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Smipe 4.  Siskin 2.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 west bank.  A Lesser Redpoll flew south east.
Old Royson Flash:  Redwing 100+.
Anglers CP Gull Roost per @StevieD131  - Great Black-backed Gull 515,   Herring Gull 1000, Yellow-legged Gull 2 adults,   Lesser Black-backed Gulls 4.

Scarlet Elf cup  Sarcoscypha coccinea      Wintersett Res.   ASmith

Wednesday 8 January 2020

Wintersett + Gull Roost 08.01.20

5 - 7 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: A Merlin flew over at 08.00hrs.  The drake Ring-necked Duck  was present at 15.40hrs to dusk.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: An adult Yellow-legged Gull and a Lesser Black-backed Gull were notable.  With good numbers of  410 Great Black-backed Gulls and 1200 Herring Gulls in tonight. 

Tuesday 7 January 2020

Bretton cp 7/1/20.

Siskin 6+, Goosander 9, Pochard 8, BH Gull 110+ down, Nuthatch 3. Single Pinkfoot on low lake assumed dubious.

Monday 6 January 2020

Wintersett 06.01.20

5 - 7 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a moderate westerly.
Anglers CP: Shoveler 5.  Teal 50.  Greylag Goose 129.
Wintersett Res: A male Cetti's Warbler heard on the NE bank.
NB: The drake Ring-necked Duck reported at Johnny Brown's Common, South Kirkby per @bigpaddymartin on Twitter

Sunday 5 January 2020

Wintersett + Gull Roost 05.01.20

6 - 8 degrees with light cloud and a light south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP:  Siskin 2 + 1 HPWood.  Snipe 4.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler  1 male in boathouse reeds.
Cold Hiendley Res: Grey Wagtail 1 male.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls + an adult Yellow-legged Gull were the only notables tonight.

Saturday 4 January 2020

Wintersett 04.01.20

5 - 8 degrees with 4/8, but increasing cloud  and a south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Lesser Redpoll 1.  Cormorant 26.  Teal 45.  Redwing 60.  The Buzzard roosted on the Sand Martin Box again.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 2 males - boathouse reeds and west bank marsh.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:375 Great Black-backed Gulls (highest count this winter), 800 Herring Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and  2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. 

Friday 3 January 2020

Carlton Marsh

Today's best 3 Buzzards, Kestrel, 6 Bullfinch, Coal Tit, 5 Mistle Thrushes, 3 Redwings and 500 + Wood Pigeons. 11 Tufted Ducks, 26 Gadwall and 20 Teal and a Water Rail.

A Dog Fox was barking at dusk.

Wintersett 03.01.20

 6 - 7 degrees with sun and 4/8 cloud and a north westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: Goosander 25.   50 Fieldfare + 30 Redwing were in the Willow Wood  
Lesser Redpoll 1.  Kingfisher 1.   Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 
Anglers CP: Little Grebe 3 + 2 WRes..  Yellow-legged Gull 1st W.

Moorland news 3/1/20.

Very steady. Ewden valley - Highlight here a Peregrine imm chasing a pigeon and showing regular. Also 5 Ravens, Kestrel. Low Moor - 3 C Buzzard, Kestrel, Nuthatch, Siskin.

Thursday 2 January 2020

Woolley dam 2/1/20.

Very quiet, c 20 Teal, 2 Nuthatch, c 300 Woodpigeon, 12 Goldfinch.

Wednesday 1 January 2020

Wintersett 01.01.20 Counts and Gull Roost

Goldeneye 40 ACP + 42 WRes + 12 CHRes..
Pochard 175 ACP + 34 WRes.. 
Little Grebe  2 ACP + 2 WRes.
Teal 26 ACP
Lapwing 260 ACP
Whooper Swan - 11 flew north west over ACP 16.20hrs.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:  A Lesser Black-backed Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull were the notables tonight.
NB:  The drake Ring-necked Duck was still  present at dusk.

Happy New Year 2020 Wintersett Area Day List 01.01.20

We got off to a good start with 64 species of bird recorded in the area today.

Wintersett Area Day List         1st  January  2020
Mute Swan
LesserBlack-backed Gull
Whooper Swan
Yellow-legged Gull
Greylag Goose
Feral Pigeon
Canada Goose
Stock Dove
Wood Pigeon
Collared Dove
Pintail ♂
Tawny Owl  (heard)
Pied Wagtail
Tufted Duck
Ring-necked Duck ♂
Song Thrush
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Grey Partridge
Blue Tit
Little Grebe
Long-tailed Tit
 Great Crested Grebe
Grey Heron
Common Buzzard
Carrion Crow
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Reed Bunting
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Cetti's Warbler