Thursday 30 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

Additional to yesterday's sightings (29/9/21) a Red Kite that drifted east at 10.10hrs (Dave Smith). This brings the September total to 91, which is a new record beating the 1994/1995 total of 90! It could have been more if the usual waders had visited. A very good effort by all.

Red Kite (Dave Smith)

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. 30.09.2021

Anglers CP Vis.Mig:    GJ Speight, S Denny, P.Meredith, A Smith. 

Highlight of the morning was a Red-breasted Merganser that dropped in at 09.20hrs, then left very high west at 10.30hrs.  It returned to the lake 11.20hrs, stayed to 12.25hrs when it left south. It  returned  again  at 13.03hrs and was still present at 13.30hrs.  

A Ruff dropped in at 10.50hrs. 


            Red-breasted Merganser  Anglers CP  30.09.2021  P.Meredith

 Video link

Going north:

Jay 1.

Going south:  

Sand Martin 2.   Swallow 73.  House Martin 130.  Meadow Pipit 334. 

Common Gull 1 adult.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 54.  Skylark 23.  Song Thrush 3.

Grey Wagtail 1.   alba Wagtail 30.   Chaffinch 16 (some south, some west).

Greenfinch 4.   Linnet 8.  Goldfinch 12.  Reed Bunting 1.  

Going west

Shoveler 2.  Snipe 5 (2 + 2 +1).  

Today was better in terms of quality.   RBM is not annual here these days,  

and Ruff is becoming increasingly scarce, this being only the second of the year  Full count per @Fitzybirder

Wednesday 29 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

This morning Willow Tit near wader scrape (SE3709), 2 Siskin calling, Coal Tit, Great Spot Woodpecker & Cetti's Warbler (JP).

This afternoon 73 Gadwall, 22 Shoveler, 20 Teal, Coal Tit, , Kingfisher, Common Gull, 3 Chiffchaff, 

c20 Migrant Hawker and 2 Red Admiral (CG).

South Kirkby industrial estate
7 Red Admiral, 13 Comma, 7 Speckled Wood and 1 Small Copper (C. Parkin)

Wintersett + Vis.Mig 29.09.2021

Wintersett Res: 

A female Scaup was new in this morning.

Wintersett Vis.Mig:  P Meredith,  G J Speight,  S.Denny.

Going south:

Red Kite 1  (probably different to last 2 days).   Jay 6 (2 + 2 +2).   

Meadow Pipit 586.   Skylark 34.   Swallow 62.   House Martin 35.   

alba Wagtail 24.  Greenfinch 4.  Linnet 29.  Goldfinch 5.  

Siskin 2.  Reed Bunting 2.    Jay 6 (2 + 2 + 2).

Going south west:

Greylag Goose  54 + 13 north. 

Going west:  

Golden Plover 23  (6 + 17). 

Snipe 52 in 10 parties - 3rd highest vis.mig. Snipe count!

Going east:

Mistle Thrush 2.

Full count per @Fitzybirder

Tuesday 28 September 2021

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. 28.09.2021

Anglers CP Vis.Mig:      P Meredith,  G Speight,  S.Denny.

Meadow Pipits started well enough,  with 500 through by 08.30,  

but soon fizzled out to an  intermittent trickle.   

Going south: 

Common Gull 1.   Meadow Pipit  698.  Swallow 46.   House Martin 76.  

Grey Wagtail 1.   alba Wagtail 37.  Greenfinch 10.  Goldfinch 30.  Siskin 6.

Skylark 35  + 1 east.      Reed Bunting 1.

Going south west:

Song Thrush 1.    Mistle Thrush 8 (1 + 2 + 4 + 1).

Going west:  

Pink-footed Goose 30.   Goosander 1.   Cormorant 4.  

Snipe 27 (5 + 15 + 3 + 4).   Chaffinch 19. 

Going north:

Red Kite 1 - presumably yesterday's bird. 

Pol Field:

Pied Wagtail  25.

Monday 27 September 2021

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. 27.09.2021

 Anglers CP Vis.Mig:  

per @Fitzybirder

A few birds moving after the rain cleared but pretty disappointing really   

Going west:  

Red Kite 1.   Wigeon 5 + 9 south west.   Snipe 31 + 1 east.  

Going south:

Golden Plover 1.  Swallow 63.   House Martin 85.   alba Wagtail 2.  

Meadow Pipit 112.   Goldfinch 4.

Anglers CP:

Peregrine 1.

Sunday 26 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

A butterfly count today was good, a late Meadow Brown, 4 Small Copper, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Painted Lady, 25 Red Admiral, 21 Speckled Wood and 13 Comma (Chris Parkin).

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. 26.09.2021

 Anglers CP:

Peregine 1 juvenile.   Chiffchaff 1 male.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 55.

Anglers CP Vis.Mig:

Going south:

Meadow Pipit 509.   Rock Pipit 1. Siskin 1.  Swallow  337.  Golden Plover 2.  

Skylark 11.  Chaffinch 4.   Greenfinch 5.  Linnet 41.  Goldfinch 44.    

Grey Wagtail 1.   alba Wagtail 28.    Snipe 1 + 1 east.

Going south west.

Greylag Goose 14 + 2 north east.   

Snipe 26.    Mistle Thrush 8 + 1 south east,    Siskin 9. 

Going west:

Reed Bunting 1. 

Going east:

Pink-footed Goose 32.

Wintersett Res:

The juvenile Scaup still present.  Goldeneye 5 females.  Goosander 1 redhead. 

Shoveler 86 + 9 ACP. Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.  

Lepidoptera ACP:

Speckled Wood 1.  Small White 1.

Ewden valley 25/9/21. G and J Wasse, S Green.

Had its drizzly periods but decent movement with 3 Pinkfeet skeins 31, c90 and c35 all west. South were 875 Meadow Pipit, c 60 House Martin and c 20 Swallows. Raptors too steady with Red Kite 1, Peregrine 1 fem. imm., C Buzzard 5, Sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 5+. Raven 5, Stonechat 5, Chaffinch c5 blogging. Snipe 5w., Siskin 5, 2 Pied and 1 Grey Wagtail through.

Saturday 25 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

 A Wheatear was in a nearby pasture this morning (JP) and 35 Pink Feet Geese headed west at 08.05hrs.

Also of interest Willow Tit (SE3709) near ringing rides, Coal Tit, Chiffchaff and Cetti's singing, 6 Swallows south and a few high Meadow Pipits and Skylarks. 

A Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff and 5 Blackcaps were ringed.

My phone died on me today so if you need to contact me please use my e-mail or enter your sightings in the log in the hide. Thank you.

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. + Ringing 25.09.2021

 Anglers CP Vis.Mig:

A better morning that expected with good mipits,  mainly after 9am - per @Fitzybirder

Going south:  

Meadow Pipit 1406.   Black-tailed Godwit 3.  Swallow 141.   Grey Wagtail 4.   

alba Wagtail 12.   Greenfinch 27.  Linnet 28.  Goldfinch 27.  Siskin 14  (4 + 10).   

Yellowhammer 1.   Reed Bunting 2.


                       Black-tailed Godwit   Anglers CP  PMeredith 25.09.2021

Going south west:

Skylark 14.   Mistle Thrush 1. 

Going west:  

Cormorant 10 in one high flock.    Snipe 1.   Jay 5 in one flock.

Going north:   

Pink-footed Goose 82 + 30 and 5 dropped in from west and left west after a couple of hours.


              Pink-footed Geese - 5 dropped in Anglers CP  SDenny   25.09.2021

Wintersett Res

The juvenile Scaup still present. 

24 birds were ringed this morning 

Highlights were 2 Chiffchaff,  5 Blackcap,  1 Whitethroat,  1 Sedge Warbler,  1 Reed Warbler,  4 Reed Bunting,  2 Goldfinch and 2 Grey Wagtail.


                       Grey Wagtail ringed Wintersett Res. 25.09.2021 RBailey.

 Did you know?....   Late in the season, many warblers put on large amounts of fat to migrate large distances without refuelling. Examples this morning of  Sedge Warbler at 18.7g (usually 10-11g), Whitethroat 19.6g (13-14g) and Blackcaps 22.3g, 24.0g and 24.8g (16-18g). Probably going direct to the Mediterranean at least!

Anglers CP:   Little Egret 1.

                                 Little Egret   Anglers CP    SDenny  25.09.2021

Migrant Hawker 1 Anglers CP.

Migrant Hawker  Anglers CP  SDenny 25.09.2021


Friday 24 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

Today's best 1 Snipe, 12 Shoveler, Cetti's Warbler, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. 

2 Terrapins were hauled out in the scrape and 5 Red Admirals were feeding on Buddleia. (JP/L & A Corrall).

Littleworth Park - Monk Bretton
1 Painted Lady, 1 Comma, 1 Meadow Brown, 6 Speckled Wood, 2 Small Heath, 1 Small Copper 
(C. Parkin).

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. 24.09.2021

 Wintersett Res:

The juvenile Scaup still present.   Goosander 1 redhead. Wigeon 25.    

Shoveler 103.   Reed Warbler 1 on north bank.   

Anglers CP:

Pintail 1.  Peregrine 1 over.  Pochard 6.

ACP Vis.Mig.  

Going west: 

Pink-footed Goose  130  + 9 north east.

Going south:

Red Kite 1.  Siskin 6.  Meadow Pipit 178.  Chaffinch 13.  Greenfinch 3.

Swallow 13.  House Marin 10.  Grey Wagtail 4.


Speckled Wood 1 Anglers CP.


Hornet 1.

Thursday 23 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

150 Black Headed and 8 LBB Gulls were on the wader scrape and Shoveler increased to 17. 4 Red-legged Partridge were in a nearby field (JP).

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. + evening update 23.09.2021

Anglers CP + Vis.Mig.                           

Goosander 1 redhead.   House Martin 40 + 5 Anglers CP.    Swallow 10. 

An adult White Wagtail was on CP shallows this afternoon.

A Little Egret flew over north at 11.00hrs.

A Rock Pipit flew over south at 08:07hrs. 
Pink footed Geese 110 north west. 
Evening update: 32 Pinkfeet NW and 9 Blacktailed Godwits SW this evening

Wintersett Res. 

An immature Scaup was in this morning,  then flew to Cold Hiendley Res. when the boats came out.

It was back on Wintersett Res. at 17.30hr - per SDenny (See photograph)


Wintersett Res. Gull Roost: Per Steve Denny

Yellow-legged Gull 2 adults,  Herring Gull 2,  

Lesser Black-backed Gull 2,   Common Gull 1, 

Black-headed  Gull 2000.

Wednesday 22 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

A Spotted Flycatcher was sallying for insects at the back of the wader scrape this morning (JP). Also present Willow Tit (wader scrape SE 3709), Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler, 12 Shoveler, Peregrine, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk.

4 comma and 1 Red Admiral were on buddleia.

Sophie Pinder hard at work today giving the Western Meadow its annual cut.

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. 22.09.2021

 Wintersett Res + VisMig.

 A juvenile Scaup was spotted at 11.10hrs, by Pete Smith. (NFY).   A Hobby flew over.  

 A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds.  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.

Cetti's Warbler 3 males - south east corner,  west bank marsh and boathouse reeds. 

Goosander 1 redhead.  Shoveler 106

Little Grebe 17 + 1 ACP.   Wigeon 23 + 3 ACP.  

Going south: 

Little Egret 1 at 07.45hrs +  1 over Anglers CP at 09.45hrs.  

Sand Martin 1.  Meadow Pipit 41.   House Martin 34 south + 10 over.

Anglers CP:

A juvenile Peregrine flew over the Pol fields. 

Pochard 4 + 3 WRes.     Teal 29. 

Haw Park Woodyard Area:

Goldfinch 200.


A Southern Hawker was near the Woodyard Haw Park Wood. 

Fungus at Anglers CP:


Thanks to @Fhickenbottom and @CliffGorman 47 

for identification of Japanese parasol - Parasola plicatilis

Parasola plicatilis is a small saprotrophic mushroom with a plicate cap. It is a widely distributed species in Europe and North America. This ink cap species is a decomposer which can be found in grassy areas, alone, scattered or in small groups. Wikipedia

Tuesday 21 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

 A juv/female Redstart was present this morning (JP).

Wintersett + VisMig + Insects + Ringing

 Warm and sunny this morning, with a cool westerly breeze.

 Anglers CP + Vis.Mig:

 Lapwing 200. 

The first skein of autumn - 20 Pink-footed Geese heading east,  

Shoveler 9 east.  Wigeon 12 east, 8 west and 8 south.  

Wintersett Res: 

Whitethroat 1 west bank.  Reed Warbler 1 in boathouse reeds.

A 1stW Mediterranean Gull was in early morning.   

Pintail  11.   Goosander 1 redhead.   

Wigeon 32 + 5 ACP.   Shoveler 104 + 11 ACP.   Teal 26. Pochard 1 + 3 ACP.

9 Birds were ringed ACP this morning.

Chiffchaff 4.   Goldfinch 3.  


Blue-tailed Damselfly 1 male  Anglers CP.

A male Common Darter and a Brown Hawker were around the boathouse reeds, Winterset Res..


Small Copper 1 Anglers CP.

Monday 20 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

New in today 2 Bramblings, they alighted briefly in a Silver Birch near the wader scrape. Also present 2 Goldcrests and 2 House Martins. 
Butterflies included 1 Painted Lady, 6 Red Admirals and 4 Commas all on Buddleias (L & A. Corrall).

Storrs Mill to Ardsley Viaduct
16 Red Admiral, 23 Comma, 117 Speckled Wood, 3 Large White and 2 male Vapourer moths (C. Parkin)

Wintersett + Butties and Dams 20.09.2021

Anglers CP: 

Goosander 4 redheads.

Wintersett Res:

A male Cetti's Warbler was in the northeast corner.  Canada Goose 2.


A Small White and a Speckled Wood were seen at Anglers CP.  

A Green-veined White was in north area Wintersett Res..

A Red Admiral  and 2 Commas were on ivy at Pits Wood.

Odonata - Wintersett Res..

A Common Darter was in the boathouse hedge.  A Brown Hawker was in the north east corner.  A male Common Blue Damselfly was on the west bank.

Sunday 19 September 2021

Wintersett + VisMig + Moths. 19.09.2021

Anglers CP Vis.Mig.

Going west:

Greylag Goose  11 + 6 north .    Snipe 4.  Mistle Thrush 2. 

Going south:

Swallow 22.  Grey Wagtail 1.  alba Wagtail sp. 4.  Meadow Pipit 112.  Linnet 2.

Anglers CP:

Dunlin 1 over.  Pochard 7.  A Little Egret flew in from the east  at 11.03hrs. 

Wintersett Res:

A juvenile Peregrine flew over.

Haw Park Wood:

2 Hobby flew over.  A flock of 100 Goldfinch.

Overnight moth trapping was quiet in the Wintersett Area.

Highlights were: A Dusky-lemon Sallow, Vine's Rustic and 6 European Hornets.

Dusky-lemon Sallow     P.Smith

Saturday 18 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

The highlights today were adult male Redstart at back of wader scrape and juv Pintail on on main scrape (CG/JP). Also present resident Buzzards in the air with their one offspring, Great Spot Woodpecker, Treecreeper, 38 Teal, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Cormorant and Kingfisher.

11 Red Admiral were feeding on Buddleias.

Littleworth Park, Monk Bretton
3 Small Copper, 1 Brown Argus, 2 Common Blue, 6 Small Heath, 6 Meadow Brown, 22 Speckled Wood and 4 Red Admiral. Also male Vapourer moth and 12 Silver Y (Chris Parkin). 

Low Cudworth
1 Painted Lady and 1 Hornet mimic hoverfly (Velucella zonaria) on buddleia in Les Corrall's garden.

Wintersett - Osprey Photos by Chris Swaine 18.09.2021

An adult Osprey flew over Anglers CP  at 10.14hrs.      

Great photos by Chris Swaine  @CroftonBirder

Wintersett + Vis.Mig + Ringing + Gull Roost18.09.2021

Anglers CP.    

Wigeon 46.    Pintail 2.   Snipe 1.    Kingfisher 1, Hobby 2.

Anglers CP Vis.Mig:   Per @Fitzybirder

Going west:

Common Scoter  25 high west.  

Going south 

Meadow Pipit 60 south +  60 in car park field, only seen when got up to mob a Sparrowhawk.     

Great Crested Grebe - 3 circled the lake several times before leaving.  

2 Cormorants went through very high.    

An adult Osprey flew through at 10.14hrs. 

                                            The first Osprey of the 2021 autumn 

                                     Anglers CP      Paul Meredith   18.09.2021

A Dunlin flew through at 10.32hrs.   Skylark 1, the first mover of the autumn!  

Sand Martin 1.   Swallow 77.   alba Wagtail sp. 9.   Goldfinch 4. 

Going south west: 

Jay 7 flying high (2+4+1).   Mistle Thrush 5 (2 + 1 + 1)

Going north east:

A little Egret dropped in ACP for 5 minutes, then left north east. 

Wintersett Res. + Ringing    Per @Pete Smith1254 

 A male Cetti's Warbler and a Water Rail were in the west bank marsh. 

30 birds were ringed this morning.

Highlights were: Chiffchaff 11.   Reed Warbler 6.   Sedge Warbler 1.  Blackcap 7. Reed Bunting 1.


Red Admiral 5 flew south. 

Wintersett Res. Evening Gull Roost: per @StevieD131

An adult Mediterranean Gull was in the roost tonight.

Click the link below to see video.

Friday 17 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

There was a steady movement of Meadow Pipits this morning with c50 feeding in a stubble field nearby (JP). Also 6 Shoveler.

The female Mute Swan Y643 that arrived yesterday continued to deteriorate even though her wings and legs were in good condition. So a call to the Swan Rescue Service resulted in the bird being collected this evening by Dave Pointon, who took it to be kept locally overnight before it goes to the Selby Swan Rescue Hospital tomorrow. A huge thanks to Dave and Dan from the Rescue Service for coming so quickly (CG). She was ringed at Thrybergh Country Park on 6th October 2020 after an injury to her wing.

Storrs Mill to Ardsley Viaduct
Kingfisher and Red-legged Partridge. 14 Red Admiral, 21 Comma, 45 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Copper and 4 Snout moths in the vegetation (Chris parkin)

A new pond, one of 5 on the Tyas Hall estate, is in in the process of being excavated near Storrs Mill by Wildscapes.

Wintersett + Odonata 17.09.2021

 Anglers CP:

A Little Ringed Plover flew over.  

A Kingfisher and a Dunlin were seen on the shallows 

12 Pintail circled over at 09.13hrs,  then left west. 

Cormorant 8 + 4 WRes..  Shoveler 66 + 32 WRes..

Wintersett Res:

Pochard 5.  Wigeon 13.


A Brown Hawker was around Botany hedge. 

2 male Common Blue Damselflies were on the east bank Cold Hiendley Res..

Thursday 16 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

A Willow Tit called and sang briefly near the ringing ride just after dawn (SE3709).  Catches are still low here 1m Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler and 2 Chiffchaffs.

A Grey Wagtail flew north, 3 single Meadow Pipits high south, 2 Buzzards were in the air, 30 House Sparrows was notable and 4 Wigeon were our first this year! (JP/CG)

An adult Mute Swan Yellow Y643 came waddling down from the car park and was ushered into the dike for safety. This is not one our birds, it must have crash landed.

2 Foxes were hunting the wader scrape.

Butterflies enjoying the autumn sunshine were 19 Red Admiral, 4 Comma and 17 Speckled Wood (L & A Corrall).

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. + Insects 16.09.21

Anglers CP Vis.Mig.: 

An enjoyable morning with a steady stream of migrants going south.

1060 Meadow Pipit,  515 Swallow and a Ruff at 07.15hrs, were the highlights. 

Sand Martin 1 south.   

Yellow Wagtail 1 south west.

Anglers CP:

A Peregrine flew over.  A Hobby flew over.   Wigeon 14 + 4 WRes.. Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.

Wintersett Res: 

Shoveler 85.  Pochard 3.   Goldeneye 5 females. 

Little Grebe 20.   A Sedge Warbler was on the west bank.


Red Admira1 1 ACP.

Odonata - Wintersett Res:

Brown Hawker 4 over boathouse reeds.  Common Blue Darter 1 male.  Common Darter 1 female.

Vespid -Wintersett Res:

A European Hornet was on the west bank.

Wednesday 15 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

At least 1 Whinchat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 20 Meadow Pipits, on stubble, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Red-legged Partridge, 12 Shoveler and 13 Swallows in at dusk to roost (K. Bannister/JP/CG).

Butterflies included 23 Red Admiral, 14 Comma, 20 Speckled Wood, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Common Blue and 8 Small Copper. 4 Silver Y moths were in the southern meadow (Chris Parkin).

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. + Ringing 15.09.2021

Wednesday at Wintersett was a bit of a novelty,  with birds moving today!  

Anglers CP + VisMig:

Hobby 3.  Marsh Harrier 1 west,   Golden Plover 1 over.

12 Buzzards were in the area. 

Going south:

Red Kite 2,   Tree Pipit 2,  Meadow Pipit 210,  Swallow 109,  Teal 23.  Sand Martin 1.

Going north west:

Ringed  Plover 2.

Wintersett Res:

Shoveler 104.   Little Grebe 19 + 5 Anglers CP. 

21 Birds were ringed this morning. 

Highlights were - 8 Chiffchaff,  1 Goldcrest and 4 Blackcap.

Tuesday 14 September 2021

Wintersett 14.09.2021

Anglers CP:

A juvenile Arctic Tern flew east.   Chiffchaff 4.

Teal 13 + 1 Anglers CP.   Wigeon 8 + 1 Wintersett Res.   Pochard 2. 

Wintersett Res:

2 Golden Plover flew east.  Goldeneye 3 females.   A Water Rail was on Botany Road.  

Little Grebe 15 + 6 Anglers CP.   Shoveler 84 + 7 Anglers CP.

Carlton Marsh

The adult and juvenile Whinchat were still present. Also of note a 'Cream Crown' Marsh Harrier west at 08.45hrs, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, a singing Chiffchaff, Kingfisher, 3 Swallows and 8 Mistle Thrush (JP/K. Bannister/L & A Corrall).

A Barn Owl was hunting the western meadow at dusk (D. Standish).

Monday 13 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

The juvenile Whinchat from yesterday was still present, this time with an adult ( about a half a mile from the reserve on the path that leads to Sidcop in Cudworth) sallying for insects from  low bushes and concrete fence posts.

On or near the reserve 2 Cetti's Warblers sang, 6 Swallows, 12 Shovelers, 2 Kestrels, Sparrowhawk, 12 Mistle Thrushes and 1 adult Collared Dove (JP CG)

A Cream Crown Marsh Harrier over upper Cudworth at 07.50hrs was harassed by a Herring Gull as it drifted north (Keith Bannister). 

Wintersett 13.09.2021

Today was a one bird day!

Anglers CP:

A cream-crowned Marsh Harrier flew east at 08.05hrs.

Sunday 12 September 2021

Wintersett WeBS for September 2021

 Mute Swan 30    Canada Goose 311   Greylag Goose 216   Cormorant 7   

Coot 406   Moorhen 18   Great Crested Grebe 53   Little Grebe 15   Mallard 259   

Teal 15   Shoveler 96   Wigeon 1   Gadwall 44    Tufted Duck 307   Pochard 2   

Goldeneye 6   Lapwing 180   Snipe 1   Grey Heron 6.

Wintersett Catch Up Part Two 8th, 9th and 12th - September 2021

 8th September 2021

Anglers CP:

Greylag Goose 238. Shoveler 86 + 32 W.Res..  Wigeon 1 + 7 WRes..   Teal 9 + 3 WRes.. 
Sand Martin 3.

Wintersett Res:

Cetti's Warbler 2 males north bank. Goldeneye 3 females.  Little Grebe 20 + 1 ACP.  


Brown Argus 1 Anglers CP.   Green-veined White 1 east bank WRes..   

A Red Admiral and a Small Tortoiseshell  Pits Wood.  


9th September 2021

Anglers CP:

A Willow Warbler and a  Reed Warbler in south west corner + a Reed Warbler  north bank WRes. 

Shoveler 81.  Wigeon 10.  Mallard 273.  Teal 16.  

A Hobby flew over.  Swift 1.  


12th September 2021

23 birds were ringed:  

Highlights were :  Chiffchaff 10.  Blackcap 8.  Goldfinch 3.  

Wintersett Res: 

Reed Warbler 1 on north bank.  

Cetti's Warbler 3 males - north bank and north east bank WRes. + 1 male Ruin area,

+ 1 dead on road at Botany Bay.


Green-veined White 1 north bank WRes..


A Grass Snake was in the area.

Carlton Marsh

This morning 2 Common Sandpiper flew south over the wader scrape, a Cetti's Warbler sang from the scrape, 3 Coal Tit, and a Juv. Whinchat was in a nearby field (JP).

This afternoon a Willow Tit called from the marsh (SE3710) at 12.15hrs (D. Standish).

Then at 14.20hrs a Cream Crown Marsh Harrier came up the valley and gradually climbed, heading NE. 2 Red-legged Partridge were in a field nearby (K. Bannister). 

An adult Hobby was catching dragonflies at 14.30hrs landing briefly in a Silver Birch (CG). 

Also present Water Rail, Kingfisher, 11 Shoveler and Buzzard.

Wintersett Catch Up Part One. 5th - 7th September 2021

 5th September 2021

72 Birds were ringed at Wintersett

Highlights were: 26 Chiffchaff ,  3 Willow Warbler,  5 Reed Warbler,  6 Sedge Warbler, 8 Blackcap,  1 Lesser Whitethroat,  1 Whitethroat and 1 Goldcrest.

Wintersett Res:

A male Cetti's Warbler  and a Water Rail were in the west bank marsh. 

Anglers CP + Vis.Mig:

Pintail 2 in.   Common Tern 1.  Hobby 1.  Chiffchaff 23. A Peregrine flew over.

Going south: 

Ringed Plover 3, (+ 1 north over WRes..)  Teal 12.  Meadow Pipit 4.  Red Kite 1 over Haw Park.   

Going north:  Goosander 8.

Lepidoptera:  A Green-veined White was in the Willow Wood, Wintersett Res..

6th September 2021

Anglers CP:  

A Yellow Wagtail flew over.   A Greenshank and 7 Black-tailed Godwit  flew south west.  

Common Tern 1.

27 Birds were ringed:

13 Chiffchaff,  2 Willow Warbler,  2 Reed Warbler,  9 Blackcap and 1 Whitethroat. 


2 Grass Snakes were in the area.  


7th September 2021

Anglers CP: 

3 Black-tailed Godwit flew around before leaving north at 08.15hrs.  Wigeon 2.  


Anglers CP.:   Brown Argus  1,  Large White 1 

Wintersett:  Small Tortoiseshell 3

Pits Wood :  Small Tortoiseshell  2,  Holly Blue 1.  Red Admiral 1.

Disposal Point Big Pond: Comma 1.


Disposal Point and Big Pond:  

Ruddy Darter 1 male.   Southern Hawker 1 male,  Common Blue Damselfly 1  and Common Blue 1.

Another 1st for the area - per Georgie W-S

                                          Conocephalus fuscus, the long-winged conehead 

                                              Anglers CP   07.09.2021 Pete Smith

Conocephalus fuscus, the long-winged conehead, is a member of the family Tettigoniidae, the bush-crickets and is distributed through much of   Europe and temperate Asia. This bush-cricket is native to the British Isles where it may confused with the short-winged conehead.      

Saturday 11 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

Still very quiet here especially for waders. Best today c10 Shoveler, 30 + Teal, 1 Little Egret north, 1 juv. and adult Buzzard and 1 ad & 1 juv. Collared Dove (not common here).

Butterflies included 10 Comma, 6 Red Admiral and 20 Speckled Wood.

There were at least 15 Brown Hawker, c 10 Migrant Hawker and 2 Southern Hawker males on the wing.

The last of 5 seats was refurbished and stained yesterday by Peter Rawson. 

Thursday 9 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

A Redstart was found by John Finch this morning. 

40 Meadow Pipits and 6 Skylarks were feeding in stubble (JP).

This evening Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, 8 Shoveler and 57 Teal. This was the highest count for 20 years! 15 Swallows came in to roost.

A Southern Hawker along with several Migrant Hawkers were hunting.

Wednesday 8 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

10 species of butterfly today included 1 Brown Argus, a very late Gatekeeper, 4 Small Heath, 2 Small Copper, 1 Painted Lady, 3 Red Admiral, 44 Speckled Wood, 6 Small White and 4 Green Veined White (Chris Parkin).

Tuesday 7 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

Today A Willow Tit called from the Whin Pool area of the embankment at SE 3709. A Cetti's Warbler sang from the reedbeds and a Snipe and 41 Lapwings were additional to the 20 Teal and other resident wildfowl on the wader scrape (JP/K. Bannister).

Butterflies of note included 2 Painted Lady, 20 Speckled Wood, 12 Red Admiral, 3 Comma and at least 9 Brown Hawker dragonflies (L & A Corrall).

As dusk approached 2 Water Rails called, 3 Cetti's Warbler sang and a female Tawny Owl called (D. Standish/P & R Thorpe).

The ups and downs of life. I reported recently how well the renovated seats looked on the old railway embankment, well last night some morons decided to fire one of the picnic tables in the car park, which the fire brigade put out, but not before it was annihilated!

South Kirkby Reclamation site butterflies
1m Brimstone, 4 Small Copper, 2 Brown Argus, 27 Common Blue, 9 Small Heath, 3 Meadow Brown and 9 Small Tortoiseshell (C. Parkin).

Sunday 5 September 2021

Wintersett Ringing 05.09.2021

 72 birds were ringed this morning:

Highlights were 3 Willow Warbler,  26 Chiffchaff,  5 Reed Warbler,  

6 Sedge Warbler,  8 Blackcap,  1 Lesser Whitethroat,  

1  Whitethroat,  3 Swallow,  1 Goldcrest and 2 Linnet.


Ewden valley 5/9/21.

Very steady all round. WT Eagle 1, Red Kite 1, C Buzzard 6+, Hobby 1, Kestrel 6+, Sparrowhawk 1. Raven 2, Stonechat 4, Meadow Pipit c 85 s. Swallow c 25 s, Siskin 2, 1 m Blackcap and 1 Fox.

Friday 3 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

Another dreary day was brightened up a bit by some decent birds. This morning c500 Geese on the top fields comprised of Greylags, but most were Canadas. Also present Green Woodpecker, 2 single Willow Tits on the embankment  at SE3710 & SE 3709) (JP).

This afternoon 7 Shoveler, 28 Teal, 1 Swift south, 1 Hobby north at 15.13hrs, 1f Great Spot Woodpecker, Kingfisher, 1m Cetti's Warbler, 1 Water Rail, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Herring and 4 LBB Gulls.

c10m Migrant Hawker & 1m Southern Hawker & 1 Red Admiral (CG). 

One of 4 Midgley seats bought with a grant about 20 years ago were restored by Peter Rawson for us. All 4 have been difficult to use over recent years, as a design fault meant that they sloped to far downwards. Peter, without being asked, mended them cheaply and then stained them. He has probably prolonged the life of them for many more years - a magnificent job, Thank you.

Wintersett 03.09.2021

 8/8 cloud,  cool with a light easterly.

Anglers CP:

Hobby 1.  Swift 9.   Sand Martin 5.  Snipe 1.  Whitethroat 1 on east bank. 

A Nuthatch was at the feeding station.  

Wintersett Res:

Little Grebe  16 + 6 Anglers CP.   Cormorant 6 + 4 Anglers CP.   Pochard 3.

Thursday 2 September 2021

Cudworth Common & Littleworth Park

 c400 Canada & c20 Greylag Geese were on Ferrymoor Flash with a juv Cormorant and 3 Shoveler. 

Littleworth Park- Monk Bretton
Butterflies included 3 Brown Argus, 27 Common Blue, 2 Small Copper, 12 Small Heath, 15 Speckled Wood and 41 Meadow Brown (Chris Parkin).

Wintersett + Ringing 02.09.2021

Anglers CP:

Swift 3.   Sand Martin 1.  Teal 7.  Wigeon 1.  A Little Egret was in the shallows. 

Cormorant 5 +  2 Cold Hiendley Res 

Wintersett Res:

Shoveler 40 + 9 Anglers CP.   Goldeneye 3 females + 1 female Cold Hiendley Res.

37 birds ringed  were  ringed at Wintersett this morning.

Highlights were:  Willow Warbler 1,  Chiffchaff 9,   Blackcap 6 ,  Linnet 6  

and Reed Bunting 2.

Haw Park:

Hobby 1 over.  


A Green-veined White was on the west bank, Wintersett Res.

Wednesday 1 September 2021

Carlton Marsh

Peter Rawson made a cracking job of repairing the damaged seats on the embankment this afternoon and the YWT cut the vegetation on the island in  the scrape. 

Today's birds included juv. Kingfisher, 29 Teal, 1 Cormorant north, 4 Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe, Water Rail, 3 juv. Sparrowhawk and Buzzard (CG)

This evening 630 Canada Geese and 107 Greylags came to feed on an adjacent stubble field at dusk (D. Standish).

Butterflies on show were 2 Red Admiral, 3 Peacock and 4 Speckled Wood.

Wintersett 01.09.2021

 Cloudy with a cool, moderate northerly breeze.

 Anglers CP:

7 Black-tailed Godwit flew into the shallows at 09.48hrs,  left east at 10.11 hrs.

Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.  Wigeon 5.

Wintersett Res:

Cetti's Warbler  1 male on east bank  + 1 male on north bank Cold Hiendley Res..

Cold Hiendley Res:

Teal 5.