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