Sunday 31 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

71 species for January is one more than than the 1998 record, following on from record breaking totals in November and December 2020. Red-legged Partridge on Friday got us over the line. Well done everybody.

Today the water areas were almost frozen over after another frost. Present were, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 18 Redwings, 5 Fieldfares, 2 Siskins, Coal Tit, Cetti's Warbler (singing north of ringing rides), Little Egret, 15 Herring Gulls and Water Rail under the feeder (JP/R. Laverack/K. Bannister/CG).

2 Foxes were seen today, one fast asleep in one of the drier parts of the marsh.

Also fast asleep far away from the 'madding crowds' were, 25 Herald Moths and a Peacock butterfly. 
(C. Parkin)

There was no sign of the male Blackcap in Dave Smith's garden, but c40 Goldfinches and 35 House Sparrows came for sunflower hearts.
An adjacent field was ploughed and c300 BH Gulls, c100 Herring Gulls, c20 Common Gulls and c100 Crows were attracted to it.

Wintersett 31.01.2021

 ICE:  Anglers CP 90%.  Wintersett Res 95%

Anglers CP: 

Snipe 9.   Shoveler 2m.   Little Grebe 5 + 2 WRes.   Grey Wagtail 1.

Wintersett Res: 

Goldeneye 41 ACP + 38 WRes. + 6 CHRes..  

Great Crested Grebe 8 + 5 ACP + 4 CHRes.  .

Cetti's Warbler 1 male west bank.  Goosander 2. 

Saturday 30 January 2021

Worsbro Res. 30/1/21.

2 drake Mandarins flew into sw corner 10-30 am.

Friday 29 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

Today was much better than forecasters predicted. There are signs that we are very gradually heading towards springtime. The days are lengthening, Snowdrops are flowering and Canada and Greylag Geese are back in small groups to stake out breeding territories. Blue Tits were seen inspecting nest boxes and the green shoots of Bluebells are pushing  through. 

Today's highlights were, 4 Red-legged Partridges (1 singing), Linnet west, Stock Dove singing, 6 Bullfinches, 6 Redpolls, 10 Skylarks, 22 Redwings, 11 Fieldfares, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler (singing), 12 Canada Geese, 10 Greylag Geese, Little Egret and 6 Tufted Ducks. (K. Bannister/JP/R. Laverack/CG). 

Dave Smith's garden Blackcap visited again today and therefore qualifies for the 'Big Garden Birdwatch'.
In a field near his home 30 Common Gulls, c100 Herring Gulls and c100 BH Gulls were resting. There were none at the nearby Recycling Centre as someone was working on the roof.

Wintersett 29.01.2021

 per  @PeteSmith1254  and  @StevieD131

Wintersett Res:  

Cetti's Warbler  - 1m north east corner,  1m west bank marsh,  1m north west bank + 1 south west bank.

Goldeneye count today -  39 Wintersett Res. +  4  Cold Hiendley Res. +  48 Anglers CP.

Anglers CP:  No gulls roosted tonight - presume all on WRes..   


Thursday 28 January 2021

Wintersett 28.01.2021

 Wintersett Res:   

Cetti's Warbler 2 males - west bank clump and south west corner.

Anglers CP:

A Nuthatch was on the Pol feeders.   A Treecreeper  was in car park trees.  

Nuthatch on Pol Feeder  Anglers CP     ASmith

Wednesday 27 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

This morning 10 Canada & 3 Greylags, 6 Lapwings and 2 Coal Tits (JP).

A milder more pleasant afternoon allowed to us to continue clearing unwanted trees in the Western Meadow. This ongoing work has been in progress for more than 12 months, but as you can see we are getting there. 

As dusk approached mist began to form (CG)

Today's best bits were 15 Herring Gulls, female Shoveler, 3 Tufted Ducks, 18 Teal, 35 Gadwall, 4 Water Rails called, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 9 Mistle Thrushes, 120 Carrion Crows, 50 + 8 Jackdaws south, Little Egret, 4 Jays, 3 Fieldfares, Kingfisher, 2 + 1 Great Spot Woodpeckers and a Cetti's Warbler sang from the main scrape (D M Smith/CG/D. Standish/D./ Lomas)

Cudworth Common
10 Yellow Buntings, 8 House Sparrows, 6 Chaffinches, 6 Skylarks, 10 Reed Buntings, 3 Kestrels, Green Woodpecker and 30 Fieldfares

Ferrymoor Flash
30 Canada Geese, 7 Greylags and 2 Common Gulls (L & A Corrall).

Wintersett + Gull Roost 27.01.2021

 Wintersett Res: per @PeteSmith1254

A male Cetti's Warbler was in the north east corner.

Cold Hiendley Res. + SF : A Cetti's Warbler was calling in the south west corner (PS)  The Green Sandpiper was seen this morning. (SD)

Anglers CP: Cormorant 10   Goosander 9   Snipe 12.   (PS)

Anglers CP  Gull Roost - per @StevieD131 and @PeteSmith1254

3 Yellow-legged Gulls roosted tonight -  2 x 1st winters  and an adult.     Calm conditions often result in a very restless roost,  and that was the case tonight, with most large gulls moving over to Wintersett Res..

                                           Anglers CP  Gull Roost    SDenny    27.01.2021

Tuesday 26 January 2021

Wintersett + Gull Roost 26.01.2021

 Wintersett Res: 

Cetti's Warbler 1 male west bank clump + 1 north west  corner.   A Water Rail was on the west bank.

Anglers CP Gull Roost:   

2200 Herring Gulls were in tonight.  

Carlton Marsh

Another frost meant that most of the water was frozen. However, 110 BH Gulls and 63 Herring Gulls managed to bathe in a small open area of the wader scrape. Little Egret and 10 Canada Geese were present and 4 Greylags flew over. 

Elsewhere 2 Great Spot Woodpeckers, Cetti's Warbler (sang), 4 Fieldfares, 6 Lesser Redpolls, Kestrel and Buzzard.

Monday 25 January 2021

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 25.01.2021

Ice on all waters this morning, but breaking up during the day because of the  westerly wind!

See Twitter pics

Anglers CP: 

Wigeon 505    Teal 34 + 2 WRes..   Shoveler 4     Goosander 7     Litle Grebe 6 + 5 WRes..

Great Crested Grebe 4 + 2 WRes. + 1 CHRes.  A Whooper Swan flew over high to the east at 09.15hrs.

Cormorant 8.   A Nuthatch was in the car park. 

Wintersett Res:   Goldeneye 56.  

Gull Roost Wintersett Res: 

Herring Gull 550.  Great Black-backed Gull 10 + 80 Anglers CP.   Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 + 1 ACP. 

Yellow-legged Gull 1 1stW .

Anglers CP Gulls were mainly standing on ice so were too difficult to count.


Carlton Marsh

Most of today's sightings came from nearby farm land with up to 30 Redwings, 14 Fieldfares, 10 Pied Wagtails, 2 Meadow Pipits, 20 Linnets and 7 Mistle Thrushes. 

The scrapes were iced over again, but a Little Egret, 2 Canada Geese and 9 Herring Gulls managed to break a bit open. Elsewhere 10 Lesser Redpolls were feeding in Silver birch trees (K. Bannister/JP/R. Laverack).

The male Blackcap visited Dave Smith's Carlton garden feeder again.

Cudworth Common
A stroll this morning provided 20 Skylarks, 6 Reed Buntings  and 2 Meadow Pipits in a stubble field. In the wooded part of the Common 3 Redpolls, 2 Siskins and 20 Redwings.

Ferrymoor Flash (Sash Pond)
The flash was 97% frozen over and with very little wildfowl. The resident pair of darvic ringed Mute Swans were present along with a few Coot, Mallard and 7 Teal. 10 Lapwings flew south (CG)

Low Cudworth to Storrs Mill via the TPT and Ardsley Viaduct
2 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 45 Lapwing, 6 Bullfinch, 2 Cormorant over, 5 Goldcrest, Coal Tit and a Peregrine mobbed by 8 Jackdaw (L & A Corrall).

Sunday 24 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

After a moderate frost the ground was pleasantly hard to walk on. The scrapes were mostly iced over and largely devoid of wildfowl. However, a small number of Coot kept a small area free of ice on the wader scrape for 30 Herring Gulls and a similar amount of BH Gulls. 

Very few passerines were on show, the only ones of note were Willow Tit, Cetti's Warbler and a single Skylark flying over. Buzzard can always be relied upon (JP/CG/Dave Standish/ K. Bannister).

2 Foxes were hunting together this morning.

Dave Smith's male Blackcap was on the fat balls again, so that means its been coming to his Carlton garden everyday for the past month.

Wilthorpe Marsh 24/1/21 weekend roundup. J Lunn, C Dixon, S Green.

Water Pipit 1, Jack Snipe 7, Common Snipe 1, Green Sand 1, Water Rail 5. Stonechat 3, Peregrine 1, 2 L Egret, 2 very noisy spring like Green Peckers.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 24.01.2021

 per  @PeteSmith1254  and @CroftonBirder

Anglers CP:  Shoveler 5.  Great Crested Grebe 3 + 2 WRes. + 2 CHRes.. 

Wintersett Res:  Skylark 3 south.   Little Grebe 3 + 1 Anglers CP.   A Nuthatch was at the boathouse.  Cetti's Warbler 1 north bank + 1 south east corner.  A Water Rail south west area. 

Cold Hiendley SF:  Pied Wagtail 43.    

Anglers CP Gull Roost    per @StevieD131

2300 Herring Gulls in roost tonight,  but just 80 Great Black backeds and 3 Lesser Black backed Gulls. 

An adult Mediterranean Gull also in. 

Saturday 23 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

New in today 6 Greylags, which brought the monthly total up to 69 species.

Also present 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 19 Herring Gull, 6 Common  Gull and c400 BH Gull, Great Spot Woodpecker, 15 Redpoll and 2 Coal Tit. 
A Fox walked within 10 yards until it saw me and did an about turn.

Dave Smith's garden Blackcap visited at 08.55hrs and 3 Lesser Redpolls came to feed.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 23.01.2021

Wintersett Res: per  @PeteSmith1254

20 Lesser Redpoll were in the Willow Wood.  50 Pink-footed Geese  flew west.  A Willow Tit was on the west bank.

Anglers CP Gull Roost:  per @StevieD131

2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and a 1st winter were in  tonight.  Also an adult Caspian Gull, but otherwise very few large Gulls roosting at the moment.

Friday 22 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

Today was very pleasant with 'Wall to Wall' sunshine after the recent monsoon like conditions. Two Buzzards were in the air while c200 BH Gull, 3 Common  and 3 Herring Gulls were on the wader scrape. Elsewhere 11 Tufted Duck (6m), 2 Shoveler, Kingfisher, 3 Canada Geese, Willow Tit, 2 Great Spot Woodpeckers and 10 House Sparrows near the entrance to the car park (K. Bannister/JP/R. Laverack)

A male Blackcap is still visiting Dave Smith's Carlton garden.

Flooded scrape yesterday
Shaw Dike overtops bridge to hide

Cudworth Common

This morning in a stubble field at back of Pinfold Hotel 14 Stock Doves, 10 Fieldfares, Green Woodpecker, 12 Skylarks, 25 Yellow Buntings, 10 House Sparrows, 5 Chaffinches and 8 Reed Buntings. Also 2 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Cormorant over (Les & Andrew Corrall).

Wintersett Catch Up. January 19th, 21st, 22nd, 2021

 19th January 2021

Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 1 male north bank WRes.


21st January 2021

Wintersett Res:  A Willow Tit west bank clump. 


22nd January 2021

Anglers CP: An Early Moth dead in a puddle is the first moth of the year!   

Wintersett Res:  70 Pink-footed Geese flew over north east this morning.  

Wellies recommended!     Wintersett Res.  west bank path   Jan 19th 2021

Monday 18 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

Today's birds 2 Grey Wagtails, a pair of Shovelers, 7 Tufted Ducks, 26 Teal, , 2 Cormorants, Buzzard, Kestrel and 2 Goldcrests.

The male Blackcap didn't visit Dave Smith's Carlton garden feeder until 15.00hrs.

Cudworth Common
5 Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker, 13 Long-tailed Tits, 6 Redpolls, 3 Redwings, 14 Skylarks and a Woodcock.
Ferrymoor Flash (Sash Pond)
1 pair Pochard, 3 pairs of Tufted Duck

Wintersett 18.01.2021

Wintersett Res: 

A Willow Tit was on the west bank.  A Water Rail and a Cetti's Warbler were in the west bank marsh.   A Peregrine flew over.

Sunday 17 January 2021

Low Moor/Midhope 17/1/21.

Late aft. rt Hen Harrier, C Buzzard 4, Raven l, Fieldfare c 40, Redpoll flock 8. GS Pecker high over Shaw Clough flew n.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 17.01.2021

Anglers CP:  A Nuthatch visited the Pol feeding station.  The male Stonechat is still in the north west field. 

Wintersett Res: A Cetti's Warbler Botany Road.   Skylark 5 west.  

Cold Hiendley SF: Chiffchaff 2,  Grey Wagtail 2. 

Walton Hall: Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the lake.  A Weasel was on the hotel wall.

Anglers CP Gull Roost: 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were notable tonight.

Wintersett WeBS count for January 2021

 Here are the Wintersett WeBS counts for January 2021

Mute Swan 32   Canada Goose 83   Greylag Goose 230   Cormorant 12   Coot 534    Moorhen 17    Great Crested Grebe  12   Little Grebe 5   Mallard 66   Teal 41   Gadwall 83   Shoveler 9   Wigeon 488   Tufted Duck 185   Pochard 47   Goldeneye 63   Goosander 8   Grey Heron  2   Lapwing 146   Snipe 11.

Wilthorpe Marsh 17/1/21.

Water Pipit 1, Jack Snipe 2, Parakeet 2, Linnet 10, L Egret 1.

Carlton Marsh

Wildfowl Counts today 35 Gadwall, 14 Mallard, 3 pairs Tufted Duck, 1 pair Shoveler, 2 Cormorant, 3 Water Rail (1 under bird feeder), Kingfisher. Also present Willow Tit, Goldcrest, 20 Linnet, single Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Redpoll, Coal Tit, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Tawny Owl and 10 Yellow Buntings in to roost at dusk (JP/D. Standish/CG).

Saturday 16 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

Just one report today, from JP. 50 Herring and 150 BH Gulls on the wader scrape and Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck and Gadwall mating on the main scrape. Also present Buzzard, and 30 Goldfinches.

Dave Smith's Carlton Blackcap came to the fat balls again.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 16.01.2021

After snow yesterday, main roads were open and side roads were slushy, as the temperature rose today.

 4 - 5 degrees with some sun this morning. 

Anglers CP: Teal 41   Snipe 11   Little Grebe 4   

Wintersett Res: A Water Rail heard on west bank.   Cetti's Warbler 1 north west bank. 

Anglers CP Gull Roost: 2 Yellow-legged Gulls were notable tonight.

Friday 15 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

According to my records today was the coldest since 1/3/18 with a maximum of just 0.04c. This afternoon's sightings included 190 BH Gulls, 2 Common Gulls and 4 Lapwings on the wader scrape. A skein of Pink Feet Geese flew west above the fog at 14.20hrs. Also present single Redpoll, Song Thrush, Fieldfare, Redwing, Greenfinch and Sparrowhawk. The snow has flattened most of the reed beds, its been a while since I have witnessed that! (Chris Parkin/CG)

A Fox was on the prowl.

Both male Blackcaps in Dave Smith's Carlton garden at 09.00hrs today

Wintersett 14.01.2020 SNOW! + 15.01.2021

Wintersett  14.01.2021.   

A heavy fall of snow overnight stopped play today.  Roads around the district were treacherous so no birding today. 


Wintersett  15.01.2021

Up to 5 degrees,  grey and misty with a light southerly. Amazingly. all 3 waters were virtually ice free today!

Walton Hall:  Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull was seen this morning. 

Haw Park Lane: Nuthatch 1.

Anglers CP: Shoveler 5.

Thursday 14 January 2021


The male Blackcap was having to compete with loads of House Sparrows and Goldfinches in Dave Smith's snowy garden today.  

Wilthorpe Marsh, P Middleton, S Green.

Water Pipit 2, Meadow Pipit c 30. Jack Snipe 3, Common Snipe 22. Stonechat 2, Grey Partridge covey 18, Lapwing flock c 75 down.

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Wintersett + Gull Roost 13.01.2021

Anglers CP:  318 Greylag Geese were in this afternoon.

Anglers CP Gull Roost:  A 2nd W and an adult Yellow-legged Gull were also notable tonight.

Carlton Marsh

Another dull drizzly day with not a great deal happening. 20 Herring and c100 BH Gulls were on the wader scrape. Also present 4 Tufted Ducks, 30 Redwings , 5 Bullfinches and Buzzard (JP R. Laverack).

Tuesday 12 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

This afternoon's exercise walk saw 13 Herring Gulls, 3 Water Rails (1 under the bird feeder), 23 Teal and a pair of Shovelers habitually diving, never once reverting back to dabling mode! Also 8 Fieldfares, Great Spot Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Treecreeper and 35 Magpies roosting.

Cudworth Common 
25 Yellow Buntings, the males looking really good in the sunshine this morning. 12 Reed Buntings, 5 Chaffinches, 20 Fieldfares, Buzzard, kestrel and 8 Canada Geese (Les & Andrew Corrall).

A male Blackcap visited Dave Smiths Carlton garden feeder for the 12th consecutive day. When it isn't on the feeder it languishes in a Laurel bush during the rest of the day.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 12.01.2021

Anglers CP: Greylag Goose 345.  Canada Goose 170.   Wigeon 498 + 5 WRes..  Shoveler 12 + 2 WRes..  Teal 61.  Little Grebe 5 + 1 WRes..  Moorhen 20.  Lapwing 160.  A Nuthatch was in the car park. 

Wintersett Res: Goosander 12.  Great Crested Grebe 3 + 2 ACP + 2 CHRes..  

Cold Hiendley SF: Chiffchaff 6.

Anglers CP Gull Roost:  

Great Black-backed Gull 300.  Herring Gull 2250.  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult + 1 1st winter.

Monday 11 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

This mornings sightings included, 14 Lesser Redpolls, a charm of 30 Goldfinches, Kingfisher, 3 Shoveler, Cormorant, 10 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Willow Tits, 7 Herring Gulls and 3 Common Gulls. 
D.M. Smith/JP/CG)

Just one male Blackcap at Dave Smith's Carlton garden today. 

You either love them or loath them (Steve Kane)

A rather shy Kestrel (Steve Kane)

Wintersett 11.01.2021

Anglers CP: Teal 58.  Pochard 43 + 10 WRes..  Cormorant 9 + 3 WRes..

Wilthorpe Marsh 11th/10th January 2021.

Today, Jack Snipe 4, Common Snipe 2, 2/4 L Egret. Yesterday per D Waddington, 2 Water Pipit, 1 pair Peregrine, 20 Lapwing.

Sunday 10 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

The only report today was from Dave Standish on his late afternoon walk. 3 Lapwings, Cetti's Warbler sang, Kingfisher, 3 Water Rails and a Tawny Owl called at dusk and, as it got dark 6 Snipe left to feed elsewhere.

This morning 2 male Blackcaps were on Dave Smith's Carlton garden feeder again, but they were difficult to photograph, as they constantly chased each other off competing for food. 

Wintersett 10.01.2021

Anglers CP: 

A juvenile Peregrine flew over.   A Nuthatch was on the car park feeders.  Wigeon 604.   

Wintersett Res:

Cetti's Warbler 1 boathouse reeds + 1 south west corner.    Tufted Duck 152 + 20 Anglers CP. 

Cold Hiendley SF:   Chiffchaff  6. 


Saturday 9 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights c50 Pink Feet first seen in Low Cudworth headed NW over the reserve at around 10.30hrs.24 Herring, 3 Common and 1 GBB Gull were on the wader scrape with 3 Lapwings. Elsewhere Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Siskin, 2 Fieldfares west, Water Rail, Kingfisher, 2 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk and 2 Greenfinches (JP/CG Chris Parkin)

Details of the Herring Gull photographed on the wader scrape by Dave Smith the other day.

Yellow Darvic YG11    GV58527     5    30/06/17     Rufforth Waste Disposal site, York

                                                                13/03/20     Old Moor, Bolton on Dearne, South Yorkshire 

                                                                                                               (51 k SSW, 2 yrs 257days)

                                                                07/01/21     Carlton Marsh

This is a bird that was ringed at Harewood Whin landfill site, to the west of York, (53.960 -1.177). The bird was caught using a Cannon Net and is one of around 2,500 Gulls which were caught and colour ringed over a 3-year period from March 2015.
Harewood Whin was one of the decreasing numbers of Landfill sites in the UK where it was possible to operate for the catching and ringing of gulls. The landfill site has now closed and no longer attracts large number of Gulls.
One of the main reasons for carrying out this work was to examine if and how the movements of Gulls altered with the closure of the Landfill site, which used to be a major food source throughout the year.
To date there have been over 3,000 sightings reported from as far apart as the Barents Sea and Morocco.

Mike Jackson

A male Blackcap visited Dave Smith's Carlton garden for the 9th consecutive day this year.

Believe it or not, a Peacock butterfly was tempted out by the winter sunshine in Low Cudworth. 

(Chris Parkin junior)

Wintersett + Gull Roost 09.01.2021

Anglers CP: A Nuthatch was in the car park.   Snipe 22.   Little Grebe 4 + 2 WRes.. Greylag Goose 253.  A Barn Owl flew over.  

Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warber 1 north west corner.  A Water Rail 1 north bank.

Anglers CP Gull Roost: An abberant  Black-headed Gull with all white plumage and black wing tips was in tonight.

Low Moor/Midhope 9/1/21.

RT Hen Harrier 1 possibly 2, Peregrine 2 together. C Buzzard 5, Kestrel 2. Raven 5, Greylag c 70, Red Grouse 500+. Pinkfeet ? heard only.

Friday 8 January 2021

Wintersett 08.01.2021

Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler  1 male north bank + 1 Botany Road + 1 south west corner.

Grey Heron 3 + 1 Anglers CP.

8/1/21 Howbrook/West Wood, Tankersley and surrounding farmland

A female Wigeon amongst c130 Mallards on a small pond off Storrs Lane, Howbrook was a nice surprise this afternoon. 

Also 8 Cormorant on a pylon over fish ponds, c40 Siskin and 8 Redpoll in West Wood and c40 Blue Tits in 5 roving groups with one in full song. 

Thursday 7 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

This morning on the wader scrape 97 Herring Gulls, 2 Common Gulls, 80 Black Headed Gulls. Elsewhere Willow Tit, 2 Coal Tits and Great Spot Woodpecker on the feeder again. 2 Redwings and Buzzard (JP).

This afternoon 2 Song Thrushes, 15+ Blackbirds, single Redpoll, 3 Jays and 33 Gadwall. 35 Herring Gulls included an adult with a yellow Darvic ring left leg Y .G11. 1 GBB Gull, c300 BH Gulls and 3 Lapwings were stood on the ice. 2 Foxes were prowling around the scrape looking for an east meal (Dave Smith)

Just one male Blackcap to Dave Smith's Carlton garden feeder this morning.

Meanwhile the rest of us continued to cut down unwanted scrub and trees in the Western Meadow.

Herring Gull It looks like Y:G11 (Dave Smith)

Wintersett 07.01.21

 ICE:   Anglers CP 85% .   Wintersett Res. 95% . Cold Hiendley Res. 99%

Anglers CP:  

Teal 74.  Pochard 52 + 4 Wintersett Res..  Great Crested Grebe  9 + 2 WRes..  Little Grebe 1 + 6 WRes..

Cold Hiendley SF:  Chiffchaff 1.

Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 south west bank + 1 north west bank WRes..

Wednesday 6 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

This morning 1 GBB Gull, 20 Herring Gulls, 2 Common Gulls, c60 BH Gulls and adult Yellow-legged Gull at 11.00hrs on wader scrape with 30 Teal. Elsewhere 2 Song Thrushes, 5 Goldcrests, Treecreeper, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 40 Goldfinches and a Water Rail (JP).

This afternoon Kingfisher, Cormorant, 8 Stock Dove north, 6 Bullfinches, Grey Wagtail and a single Redpoll. 2 Coal Tits and a female Great Spot Woodpecker were on the feeder.
Fox was on the prowl again (C. Parkin/CG).

2 male Blackcaps were on Dave Smith's garden feeder together at 09.55hrs.

Carlton Memorial Lake 
This morning in fields adjacent 55 Herring Gulls, 1 GBB Gull, 15 Meadow Pipits, 30 Yellow Buntings and 3 Fieldfares (Dave Smith). 

Wintersett + Gull Roost 06.01.21

Wintersett Res: A Cetti's corner was on the north west bank.  A Willow Tit was on the west bank.  A Water Rail was in the west bank marsh.

Haw Park Lane: Nuthatch 1. 

Anglers CP Gull Roost:

A lot fewer gulls were in tonight.  2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were the only notables. 

Snowden Hill 06-01-2021

 Highlights were Little Owl x 1 , Stonechat x 2, Fieldfare circa 20

Also Little Owl x 1 at Green Moor plus 6 Tree Sparrows (daily counts up to 10 this week)

Tuesday 5 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

Very quiet in the 60% icy conditions. Single Tufted Duck and Shoveler, 30 Gadwall, 30 Teal, 9 Herring Gulls, 3 Lapwings, 2 Coal Tits and Greenfinch.

Cudworth Common
Buzzard, 3 Kestrels, Green Woodpecker, 7 Yellowhammers, 5 Reed Buntings, female Brambling (L & A Corrall).

Wintersett + Gull Roost. 05.01.20

 Anglers CP: 

Pink-footed Goose 1 in and  80 flew north west.  Greylag Goose 347.  Teal 63.  A Tawny Owl was calling at dusk.

Anglers CP  Gull Roost was excellent tonight.

Herring Gull 2680.   Great Black-backed Gull 345.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 1.  A 3rdW Caspian Gull was in at 15.20hrs.  A 2nd W Yellow-legged Gull was in at 15.40hrs.

Snow Buntings - Late Report

On New Years Eve a neighbour from Greenmoor had a flock of c5 snow buntings, including at least one male, below Edge Mount at Dean Head just west of Green Moor village. Will be looked for again in next few days

Monday 4 January 2021

Wintersett + Ice 04.01.21

Anglers CP  had 10% ice

The male Stonechat is still in the north west field.  Shoveler 13.  Pink-footed Goose 1. 

Greylag  Goose 290. 

Wintersett Res. had 30%  ice. 

Kingfisher 1.  Cetti's Warbler 3 - north east bank,   east bank and south west bank.  

Little Grebe 7 + 2 ACP.  Goosander 2.

Carlton Marsh

This morning the water areas were 90% frozen. Present Little Egret, Great Spot Woodpecker, 6 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, 4 GBB Gul north, 3 Greenfinch with 20 Goldfinch and 2 Coal Tit and Willow Tit at the feeder. (JP/R. Laverack)

This afternoon Cetti's Warbler 1 singing very briefly (previously not heard singing since 22/12/20), 11 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Goldcrest, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kingfisher, 2 Water Rails (1 seen) 3 Lapwing north, 7 Herring & 1 GBB Gull north and c20 Pied Wagtails roosted in the reedbeds (D Standish/D Smith/CG).

Wilthorpe Marsh 4/1/21.

Late aft. No noteables until the very end with Peregrine thro the sewage farm. 3 Goosanders on the river here and c 50 Pied Wagtails.

4/1/21 Midhope Res/Low Moor

Midhope Res - Pintail pair plus 25 Mallard

Low Moor - Pink footed Goose feeding with 97+ Greylags. Had an injured leg but able to fly. Another birder reported a second bird later. Also: 2 Crossbill, 4 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 3 Jay, 5 Coal Tit, c30 Redwing, c20 Fieldfare, c30 Goldfinch, Siskin.

Sunday 3 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

 It was a very bleak scene at the marsh today with few birds on show. 6 Herring Gulls, Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Water Rail and Willow Tit were evident (JP).

The Mink seen over recent days showed at 15.20hrs on the ice, before scampering off into the reed beds (CG).

Two male Blackcaps visited Dave Smith's Carlton garden this morning to feed on fat balls.

Wilthorpe Marsh 3/1/21 J Lunn, S Green .

Jack Snipe 10, 1 of which showed well briefly. Common Snipe 6, L Egret 2, Peregrine 1 on pylon. Water Pipit 2, Pied Wagtail seen, c70. Grey Wagtail 2.

Wintersett 03.01.21

Anglers CP: Jack Snipe 1.  Snipe 40.  Peregrine 1 juvenile.  The male Stonechat is still in the north west field. 

Wintersett + Res.: Barn Owl 2.  Pink-footed Goose 1 + 80 west at 09.48hrs.   A Little Egret flew over north west, and then over ACP.   Pintail 3 south. 

Walton Hall Lake: Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull was present.

Cold Hiendley SF: Green  Sandpiper 1.  Chiffchaff 2 + 1 in village. 

Canal Flash Field: Yellowhammer 40.

Saturday 2 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

Today's sightings included 30 Redpolls, Song Thrush, Kingfisher, Treecreeper, 2 Coal Tits, 6 Linnets, 19 Teal, 13 Herring Gulls north, 3 + 2 GBB Gulls north.

Mink as seen from Ralph's seat this morning (Dave Smith)

115 bird species recorded in 2020 included Common Crane, Great White Egret, Iceland Gull, Crossbill, Hobby, Stonechat, Whinchat, Redstart, Whooper Swan, Yellow Legged Gull, Dunlin, Grasshopper Warbler and 'hepatic' Cuckoo. Up to 1000 Swallows roosted in August and a male Cetti’s Warbler in October was the first for 2 years. Buzzard, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Meadow Pipit were among the 52 species that bred.

103 Macro moths included 6 new species, Brown Veined Wainscot, December Moth, Dark Spectacle, Green Silver Lines, Varied Coronet and Yellow barred Brindle. Of the 66 Micro moths identified 9 were new to the list. Well done everybody.

Wintersett + Ice and Snow 02.01.21

Ice covered  25% ACP and 70% WRes. 

5cm snow settled quickly around midday. 

Anglers CP:

2 Skylark flew north east.    A Jack Snipe flew in to the shallows at 09.30hrs..   The male Stonechat is still in the north west field.  Snipe 17

Cold Hiendley SF: Chiffchaff 2 + 1 west bank clump WRes..

Friday 1 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

Happy New Year Everyone. Thankyou to all our regular contributors.

Today on the wader scrape we saw more Herring Gulls (60) than we have seen for quite awhile. They were stood on the ice with 2 GBB Gulls, 3 Common Gulls and c50 BH Gulls.

Also of note single Shoveler, Snipe, Treecreeper, Grey Wagtail, 18 Redpoll, 10 Skylarks, 22 Redwings, Willow Tit and Water flew between the reedbeds (JP/CG/D. Standish)

A male Blackcap was feeding on fat balls in Dave Smith's Carlton garden again.

Wintersett + Gull Roost + Psycho 01. January 2021

Wintersett Res: Mallard 140 + 75 ACP.  Little Grebe 5 + 3 ACP.  Great Crested Grebe 3 + 8 ACP.  Water Rail 5.  Willow Tit 1. Cetti's Warbler 2 + 1 CHRes.

Cold Hiendley SF: Chiffchaff 5.

 Anglers CP: Greylag Goose 202.   Pink-footed Goose 1 + 70 NW.    Gadwall 324 + 36 WRes.. 

Wigeon 605 + 6 WRes..    Teal 52 + 9 WRes..    Pochard 65 + 2 WRes..    Shoveler 15 + 1 WRes..  

Goldeneye 68.     A Nuthatch was on the Pol feeders + the car park feeders + 1 in Pits Wood.

Anglers CP Gull Roost was disappointing tonight.  3 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls were the highlight.

Walton Hall Lake:  Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged is Gull still here.  He has mellowed in recent years, and is much admired by all the Wintersett birders. Follow the link to see @kriswhitts photograph. 


 @StevieD131 agrees - Psycho is 10 years old now, having first turned up as a second summer bird in 2012.   He regularly paired up with a LBB Gull, but has been single for a couple of years now.


Low Moor/Midhope 1/1/21

Very cold and very steady but good for Pinkfeet with 3 skeins. c 250 w at 3-20pm, c 140 se at 1-30pm , 36 nw at 1-10pm. Also Goshawk w over ewden height, Kestrel 2. Raven 1, GBB Gull 2, Pintail pair still on midhope res and a couple of Teal.