4 Sparrowhawks were seen today (3 of them juveniles), 48 Canada Geese, 4 Shoveler, 12 Teal and 1 Swift (L & A Corrall).
Tuesday, 31 August 2021
3 Ruff flew over and then over Anglers CP. Left north at 08.30hrs. Little Egret 1.
Little Grebe 21 + 5 Anglers CP. Shoveler 31.
Teal 16 + 7 Wintersett Res.. Swift 3. Snipe 3. Sand Martin 5.
A Whitethroat was on the east bank.
Gull roost tonight on Wintersett Res. per @StevieD131
Black-headed Gull 2000, Yellow-legged Gull 3 adults, Herring Gull 21,
Common Gull 3. Lesser Black-backed Gull 52.
A Hobby and a Tawny Owl were hunting at dusk.
Pits Wood/Station Road on 30.08.2021
Many thanks to Mike Denton who identifed and confirmed this is a nymph of Palomena prasina or Common Green Shield Bug. The vestigial wing cases make it a nymph - an adult would have the wingcases extending along the abdomen and they would overlap. On a beetle the wing cases join in a straight line - a feature that is very noticeable on ladybirds.
on the edge of Pits Wood, Station Road - Pete Smith
Monday, 30 August 2021
A Little Egret was in this morning but left south east. 3 Little Egrets were in this evening.
Swift 6. Yellow Wagtail 1.
250 Starlings flew over
Hobby 2 over.
A Greenshank flew south at 11.10hrs. Goldeneye 4 females + 2 females Cold Hiendley Res..
The cropped clump field had circa 30 Linnets and the Ruin field held circa 60 Goldfinch.
A Green-veined White was on the north bank Wintersett Res..
On 19/08/2021 @GeorgieWightman found a small snail - Lauria cylindracea, on Birds-foot trefoil, at Anglers CP. There are four surveys of Mollusca that we are aware of, and this species has not been recorded previously. Congratulations Georgie, it's another first for you!!
More information here: https://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/common-chrysalis-snail
Over recent days the Canada Goose and Greylag flock has increased to around 400, feeding on stubble nearby. A Little Egret was present along with a Kingfisher (JP)
A LBB Gull with a green darvic ring that visited the wader scrape on 26th July was almost certainly the dutch ringed bird seen later at Adwick in the Dearne Valley.
Butterflies today included 1 Painted Lady, 6 Red Admiral, 17 Meadow Brown, 2 Gatekeeper, 3 Small Copper and 8 Large White. A Southern Hawker and 16 Common Darter were also of note (Chris Parkin).
An Elephant Hawk Moth larva was found on the embankment (Dave Standish).
Yesterday a Juvenile Hobby was chasing a Swallow over Belle Green Lane, Cudworth at 06.40hrs (K. Bannister)
Sunday, 29 August 2021
Snipe 5. Lapwing 370.
Mediterranean Gull 1 x 1st Winter. Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.
Tufted Duck 3 large young. Goldeneye 4 females. Pochard 11 + 1 Anglers CP. Shoveler 27.
Great Crested Grebe 39 + 16 Anglers CP + 6 Cold Hiendley Res..
Water Rail 1. Willow Tit 1. Cetti's Warbler 1 male. Swift 10 + 5 Anglers CP.
2 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 7 Reed Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler,
9 Blackcap, 1 Linnet and a Sparrowhawk.
Cold Hiendley SF:
Grey Wagtail 1adult + 6 juveniles.