Tuesday 31 August 2021

Carlton Marsh

4 Sparrowhawks were seen  today (3 of them juveniles), 48 Canada Geese, 4 Shoveler, 12 Teal and 1 Swift (L & A Corrall).

Wintersett + Gull Roost etc 31.08.2021

Wintersett Res: 

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.  

Anglers CP:

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.

                                     Palomena prasina or Common Green Shield Bug

                                    on the edge of Pits Wood, Station Road -  Pete Smith

Monday 30 August 2021

Sad news - RIP - Lester Young

We are sad to hear that Lester Young passed away on the 21st July 2021
He was a regular visitor to the Wintersett Area  
with a particular passion for watching Bitterns during the winter.
 For the last few years he has been following the breeding antics of Bitterns at Fairburn.
   Lester Young on the Dam Wall at Wintersett Reservoir  S.Denny 

Wintersett + Insects + another 1st for area! 30.08.2021

 Anglers CP:

A Little Egret was in this morning but left south east3 Little Egrets were in this evening.

Swift 6.  Yellow Wagtail 1.   

Wintersett Village:

250 Starlings  flew over

Haw Park:

Hobby 2 over.

Wintersett Res:

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!!

Lauria cylindracea  - 1st for Anglers CP 19/08/2021
Lauria cylindracea  - 1st for Anglers CP 19/08/2021

More information here:    https://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/common-chrysalis-snail

Carlton Marsh

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)

Ewden Valley 30/8/21.

WT Eagle 1, Marsh Harrier 1 cc, Hen Harrier 1 rt, Red Kite 2, C Buzzard 5. Peregrine 2, Kestrel 5, Sparrowhawk 1. Meadow Pipit c 33.

Sunday 29 August 2021

Ewden Valley 29/8/21, C Green, G and J Wasse, S Green.

Good light with plenty of cloud but at times quite cool. Nine species of raptor with WT Eagle, cc Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier presumed rt, Red Kite 4 together, C Buzzard 5. Sparrowhawk 1, Peregrine 1 imm., Hobby 2, Kestrel 5. Raven c 10, Meadow Pipit c 42, Swallow 2, Siskin 1.

Wintersett + Ringing 29.08.2021

Anglers CP:

Snipe 5.   Lapwing 370. 

Wintersett Res:

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. 

41 birds were ringed this morning.    

Highlights were:

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.