Pintail 1 drake.
Mediterrranean Gull 1 1st Winter.
Wintersett Res. Vis. Mig:
Pink-footed Goose 690 + 55 east. Starling 10. Fieldfare 48.
Going north west:
Golden Plover 16.
OLD MOOR & BROOMHILL AREA YEAR LIST SOFA 2021
The Old Moor & Broomhill Area Year List SOFA 2021, 165 species recorded, not bad considering the reduced coverage due to the pandemic restrictions & the unavoidable disturbance, during habitat creation & protection works at various sites in the area throughout the year. However it was still well below the best ever year list total 179 in 2017. There were no major rarities & nothing new was added to the area list, which remains at 260. More details below.
Happy New Year & Best Wishes for a bird filled 2022.
1)Mute Swan, 2)Pink-footed Goose, 3)Greylag Goose, 4), Canada Goose, 5)Shelduck, 6)Wigeon, 7)Gadwall, 8)Teal, 9)Mallard, 10)Shoveler, 11)Pochard, 12)Tufted Duck, 13)Goldeneye, 14)Goosander, 15)Red-legged Partridge, 16)Pheasant, 17)Little Grebe, 18)Great Crested Grebe, 19)Cormorant, 20)Bittern (BI on 7th), 21)Little Egret, 22)Grey Heron, 23)Marsh Harrier, 24)Sparrowhawk, 25)Buzzard, 26)Kestrel, 27)Merlin (1 BH on 10th), 28)Peregrine, 29)Water Rail, 30)Moorhen, 31)Coot, 32)Oystercatcher (1 BH on 22nd), 33)Golden Plover, 34)Lapwing, 35)Snipe, 36)Green Sandpiper, 37)Black-headed Gull, 38)Common Gull, 39)Herring Gull, 40)Lesser Black-backed Gull, 41)Great Black-backed Gull, 42)Feral Pigeon, 43)Stock Dove, 44)Woodpigeon, 45)Collared Dove, 46)Barn Owl, 47)Tawny Owl, 48)Kingfisher, 49)Green Woodpecker, 50)Great Spotted Woodpecker, 51)Skylark, 52)Meadow Pipit, 53)Water Pipit (1 flushed from WI flew towards BH on 2nd), 54)Grey Wagtail, 55)Pied Wagtail, 56)Wren, 57)Dunnock, 58)Robin, 59)Stonechat, 60)Blackbird, 61)Fieldfare, 62)Song Thrush, 63)Redwing, 64)Mistle Thrush, 65)Cetti’s Warbler, 66)Chiffchaff, 67)Goldcrest, 68)Bearded Tit, 69)Long-tailed Tit, 70)Coal Tit, 71)Blue Tit, 72)Great Tit, 73)Nuthatch, 74)Treecreeper, 75)Jay, 76)Magpie, 77)Jackdaw, 78)Rook, 79)Carrion Crow, 80)Starling, 81)House Sparrow, 82)Chaffinch, 83)Brambling (1 River on 31st), 84)Greenfinch, 85)Goldfinch, 86)Siskin, 87)Linnet, 88)Lesser Redpoll, 89)Bullfinch, 90)Yellowhammer, 91)Reed Bunting.
92)Great White Egret (1 BI on 3rd), 93)Curlew (1 OM on 5th), 94)Egyptian Goose (2 BH on 9th), 95)White-fronted Goose (1 BH on 13th), 96)Pintail (2 BH on 16th), 97)Red Kite (1 OM on 18th), 98)Raven (4 BWP on 22nd), 99)Mediterranean Gull (2 OM on 25th).
100)Ringed Plover (2 WI on 1st), 101)Redshank (1 WI on 3rd), 102)Swallow (1 BH on 3rd), 103)Little Ringed Plover (1 WI on 5th), 104)Sand Martin (1 OM on 5th), 105)Avocet (1 OM on 6th), 106)Kittiwake (1 OM on 6th), 107)Dunlin (5 WI on 11th), 108)Tree Sparrow (TSF), 109)Rock Pipit (1 ‘Scandi’ Fleet on 14th), 110)Whooper Swan (11 BH + 19 OM on 19th), 111)Jack Snipe (1 flushed BH on 19th), 112)Caspian Gull (1 OM on 20th), 113)Little Owl (1 Park Farm Paddock on 25th), 114)Osprey (1 BH on 26th), 115)Wheatear (1 OM on 28th), 116)Blackcap (3 WW on 30th), 117)Willow Warbler (1 OM on 31st), 118)Yellow Wagtail (1 WI on 31st).
119)Common Scoter (1 OM on 1st), 120)House Martin (1 WI on 2nd), 121)Common Sandpiper (1 OM on 3rd), 122)Iceland Gull (1 OM on 4th), 123)Yellow-legged Gull (1 OM on 4th), 124)Mandarin (River on 11th), 125)Sedge Warbler (1 BI on 11th), 126)Reed Warbler (1 OM on 13th) 127)Black necked Grebe (2 OM on 14th), 128)Whimbrel (1 BH on 14th), 129)Spoonbill (1 over BWP/WI on 15th), 130)Whitethroat (1 BH Tip on 17th), 131)Greenshank (1 WI on 18th), 132)Common Tern (1 OM on 20th), 133)Garden Warbler (1 BHP on 23rd), 134)Hobby (1 MM on 24th) 135)Spotted Redshank (1 WI on 27th), 136)Swift (4 OM on 27th), 137)Grasshopper Warbler (1 GM on 28th), 138)Little Gull (3 WI on 28th), 139)Wood Sandpiper (3 WI on 28th), 140)Arctic Tern (11 north OM on 29th), 141)Lesser Whitethroat (1 WI on 29th).
142)Black-tailed Godwit (7 OM on 1st), 143)Whinchat (1 WI on 4th), 144)Barnacle Goose (2 OM on 8th), 145)Sanderling (1 OM on 8th), 146)Turnstone (1 OM on 8th), 147)Quail (1 WI/Fleet on 19th), 148)Curlew Sandpiper (1 WI on 20th), 149)Grey Partridge (2 GPF on 22nd).
150)Cuckoo (1 WI on 1st), 151)Ruff (2 WI on 18th), 152)Willow Tit (1 TPT on 26th), 153)Crossbill (2 SW Bolton Ings on 29th).
154)Garganey (1 MM on 4th).
155)Redstart (1 GM on 12th), 156)Long eared Owl (2 young calling late August).
157)Little Stint (2 WI on 3rd), 158)Grey Plover (1 MM on 14th), 159)Black Tern (1 BI on 15th), 160)Knot (2 BI on 20th).
161)Common Crane (3 south BH/OM on 10th), 162)Hawfinch (1 BHV + 1 Cyn south over BHP on 18th).
163)Hen Harrier (1 ringtail west Bolton Tip on 6th), 164)Woodcock (1 BI on 6th), 165)Ring necked Parakeet (Cliff Road on 10th).
Key to Abbreviations
BH = Broomhill Flash, WI = Wombwell Ings, BI = Bolton Ings, OM = Old Moor, BWP = Brickworks Pond, TSF = Tree Sparrow Farm, WW = Warbler Way, BHP = Broomhill Park, MM = Main Marsh, GM = Gypsy Marsh, GPF = Golden Plover Fields, TPT = Trans Pennine Trail, BHV = Broomhill Village, Cyn = Canyon.
This morning the first of 3 skeins of Pink Feet flew west at 08.40hrs (c120) (K. Bannister/D. Standish), c250 NW at 09.25hrs and c150 NW at 09.27hrs (JP). On the wader scrape were 9 Greylags and a Little Egret.
This afternoon produced a calling Chiffchaff, 3 Cetti's Warbler, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Siskins, 58 Stock Doves, Water Rail, 12 Yellow Buntings roosted, as did the Little Egret, and male and female Tawny Owl called..
A Dog Fox was barking as dusk approached (D. Standish/CG).
70 species were recorded here in December 2021 and the total for the whole year was a very respectable 122 species.
Thankyou to everyone who has contributed to the database this year.
Happy 2022 to Everyone.
Wintersett Visible Migration,
Autumn 2021 – the top 6 movers
Autumn vis mig normally peaks here from around mid-September to early November with the hill usually being manned regularly from mid-August through to the end of the season. This year 308 hours of timed observation produced 148,806 birds of 79 species, mostly heading south or west. The early part of the period was poor with generally low numbers of just about everything, though things picked up nicely for a few weeks from mid-October.
The six most numerous species recorded are predictable enough, but this year no fewer than five of these topped 20,000 individuals, four of them for the first time, and for each of these, record day counts also occurred:
Wood Pigeon (44,110): Late autumn movements can usually be anticipated if conditions are favourable, with most of this year’s annual total occurring during ideal calm weather on the early mornings of November 2nd (20,510) and 3rd (13,750). These numbers are great, but not that exceptional for this common species.
Starling (24,625): flocks of continental Starlings usually start to appear heading purposefully
west during early October, slowly building momentum and peaking late that
month. This year’s total beats the previous best of 14,511 recorded in 2018
with a record day count of 7,360 on 25th October.
Winter thrushes, Redwing (22,830) and Fieldfare (20,145): a bit of a late start this year with the first Redwing not recorded until 7th October and the first Fieldfare not until 24th. A major national influx of Redwing mid-month caused barely a ripple here and it was looking like we had missed out on any significant numbers – until November 4th dawned to see Wintersett at the epicentre of a large exodus from Scandinavia. Between first light and midday 31,900 winter thrushes (13,820 Redwing, 18,080 Fieldfare) passed through to the west offering one of the best vis mig spectacles recorded here to date. Needless to say these are both record day counts for the area.
Pink-footed Goose (20,343): the last of the top five to reach 20,000, with >19,000 recorded by mid-November but generally poor weather during the last 6 weeks of the year meant that the count was still c.430 short as dawn broke on December 31st. However, the final task proved much easier than expected when a series of loose straggly skeins totalling 600 birds went through west just before 09.30 hrs! Pink-footed Goose is an increasingly common autumn migrant through (or at least visible from!) the area with a record day count this year of 7,830 heading southeast on 6th October.
Meadow Pipit (6,821): the main disappointment of the autumn, presumably following a poor breading season. Meadow Pipit is always the most numerous species passing through from mid to late September with the peak usually during the last week of that month, although this year’s annual total and high count of 1,406 on 25th September seem rather humble compared to the 30,171 (and day count of 12,225) recorded in 2019!
Although they will never make it onto the top six numbers wise, three other species recorded impressive enough (and record movements) this year, two of which were in spring:
Whooper Swan: 680 flew north on five dates between 19th March and 2nd April with a record peak of 253 on the last day.
Swift: 1,837 went south over the weekend of 7th & 8th July including a record vis mig day count of 1,083 on the first day.
Sand Martin: 1,036 north on 11th April is a record vis mig count for the area.
Paul Meredith aka @Fitzybirder
The Wintersett Area recorded 162 species of bird in 2021.
Today was the warmest December day I have ever recorded (in my garden) at 16.3c. The previous warmest was 15.2c on 26/12/2011 and 7/12/2015!
Birds on show were Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Fieldfare north, Red-legged Partridge, 2 Siskin, 2 Snipe, Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret, 6 Common Gull and 20 Teal (JP/L & A Corrall/CG).
Anglers CP: Going west: Pink Footed Goose 50 + 20
Cormorant 26 + 12 WRes. Shoveler 9 + 2 WRes. Pochard 128 + 24 WRes.
A Woodcock was on the west bank. A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds.
Meadow Pipit 12 over east bank. Cetti's Warbler 1 west bank + 1 south east bank.
Cold Hiendley Res. Sewage Works:
Bittern 1 in boathouse reeds.
Pochard 101. Wigeon 227 + 4 WRes.. Shoveler 16 + 2 WRes..
Teal 60 + 3 WRes.. Goosander 46. Snipe 19.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:
Great Black-backed Gull 7. Lesser Black-backed Gull 2. Herring Gull 210.
Blackbird 34. Cormorant 20 + 4 WRes. + 1 CHRes.. Wigeon 203 + 4 WRes..
Little Grebe 1.
A Dunlin flew over at 15.55hrs. Great Black-backed Gull 51.
An estimated 200 Pink Feet Geese headed west at 08.45hrs. 35 Herring and 11 Common Gulls frequented the wader scrape. Also of note 6 Fieldfares, 3 Redwings, c30 Goldfinches, 4 Siskins, 1 Greenfinch and 3 Linnets added colour to an otherwise grey day (JP/L & A. Corrall).
Whooper Swan 6 adults. Pintail 1 male + 1 female.
Cormorant 25 + 1 WRes. + 2 CHRes..
Little Grebe 1.
The Bittern showed in the boathouse reeds at 10.23hrs.
A Water Rail was seen in the south west corner.
Cetti's Warbler 1 south west corner + 1 north bank.
An adult Mediterranean Gull was on at 11.05hrs.
60 west at 09.30hrs ACP. 130 west north west at 11.10 hrs.WRes.
80 Pink Feet Geese flew NW at 12.35hrs (G. Miller). Earlier Green Woodpecker called, as did 2 Water Rails and a Woodcock was flushed by a dog.
8 Herring Gulls, 5 Common Gulls and 14 Teal frequented the wader scrape and a Fox was hunting a field at the back (L & A Corrall).
Mute Swan 6. Canada Goose 126. Greylag Goose 146. Cormorant 25.
Coot 152. MoorHen 17. Water Rail 1. Great Crested Grebe 27. Little Grebe 2.
Mallard 46. Teal 52. Shoveler 11. Gadwall 14. Wigeon 179. Tufted Duck 213.
Pochard 182. Goldeneye 83. Goosander 19.
Grey Heron 6. Lapwing 133. Snipe 3.
The Bittern showed in the boathouse reeds at 09.35hrs, and again at 10.25hrs.
Goldeneye 50 + 25 ACP. Little Grebe 2.
Pintail 1 drake. Teal 47. Shoveler 11. Cormorant 14. Siskin 1.
120 NNW at 09.20hrs, 30 W at 10.15hrs, 26 SW at 10.37hrs,
58 NW at 14.47hrs and 20 dropped in field near Golf Course at 15.20hrs.
Anglers CP Gull Roost:
Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull flew in from Walton Hall at 15.45hrs.
Great Black-backed Gull 31. Lesser Black-backed Gull 2. Herring Gull 510.
Following two earlier records this year, in November and May,
the adult female Lesser Redpoll AJN9625, caught last week,
was ringed at RSPB Geltsdale, Cumbria on 21/07/21.
The male CinammonTeal was off the west bank, then came into the shallows mid morning.
Teal 52 + 2 WRes. Shoveler 11. 75 Pink-footed Geese were in the back fields.
Lapwing 133. Snipe 3. Lesser Redpoll 18.
2 Nuthatch are regular visitors to the feeding station.
A Water Rail was calling in the boathouse reeds. Goosander 19 + 3 Botany Bay.
Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult. A Grey Wagtail was on the spillway.
The Cinammon Teal was back on the shallows this morning.
Shoveler 8 + 2 WRes.. Pochard 121 + 21 WRes.. Snipe 5.
Wintersett Res. + Gull Roost.
2 Pink-footed Geese flew over east.
An adult Yellow-legged Gull was notable in the gull roost late afternoon.
Today's best birds were Buzzard, Kestrel, Green and Great Spot Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Song Thrush, Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Siskin, Water Rail, 4 Shoveler and 25 Teal (JP/I. Morris/A. Leggat/L. & A Corrall/K. Bannister.
Yesterday (14/12/21) a Peregrine was perched on the tallest chimney at Ardagh Glassworks. A Chiffchaff (possibly 2) called repeatedly from the same piece of wet woodland as on previous days and 51 Magpies entered the roost (CG).
A clump of Velvet Shank fungi was fruiting on a Willow tree and Candlesnuff fungi was growing on rotting wood.
Today Cetti's Warbler, Water Rail, 12 Canada Geese, 2 Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Great Spot Woodpecker, 15 Skylarks, and 15 Pied Wagtails were on the ploughed fields. (JP/C. Parkin/K. Bannister).
A Fox was seen with a Wood Pigeon its mouth (CP).
Pochard 116 + 43 WRes. + 2 CHRes.. Teal 22. Shoveler 3 + 1 WRes..
Shelduck 1 + 1 WRes.. Cormorant 15 + 4 Wintersett Res..
Little Grebe 3 + 1 ACP. Cetti's Warbler 1 west bank.
Water Rail 1 boathouse reeds + 1 north east bank.
Anglers CP + Ringing
A Woodcock was on the Pol.
Siskin 1 + 6. Lesser Redpoll 10.
8 Birds were ringed this morning:
Highlights were 3 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Blackbirds and a control Lesser Redpoll
Control Lesser Redpoll, adult female
ringed at Anglers CP by R. Bailey.
Moorhouse Lane Pond Railway:
Treecreeper 1 + 1 Botany Bay.
A male Cetti's Warbler singing on the north bank.
25 Herald Moths are hibernating under a bridge again (Chris Parkin)
The Bittern was seen in the boathouse reeds at 08.45hrs. Cetti's Warbler 1.
A Kingfisher was by the boathouse and a Peregrine flew over. Shoveler 3.
Redwing 33. Fieldfare 9.
Anglers CP:Teal 41 + 1 WRes.. Cormorant 13 + 2 WRes.. Pochard 117. Goosander 3.
Golden Plover 11 in nearby field.
Today a Grey Wagtail was feeding in front of the hide. Linnet and Siskin flew over and a Chiffchaff called from the same piece of woodland again. Also of note, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, c20 Redwing, c25 Blackbird and a Mistle Thrush sang (CG)
A Fox tried to grab a Pheasant without success (JP).
23 House Sparrows and 2 Nuthatch at the feeding station.
A calling Raven flew over west at 10.55hrs. Green Woodpecker 1. Siskin 1
Anglers CP Vis.Mig:
Starling 29 (9 + 7+ 13) Fieldfare 12 Redwing 179
Going north west:
The Bittern showed in the boathouse reeds.
This afternoon a Little Egret left the wader scrape south at 15.50hrs, a Tawny Owl called at dusk and a Snipe left to feed just after dark (Dave Standish).
2 Nuthatch are regular visitors to the feeding station.
Pochard 112 + 35 WRes. Cormorant 9 + 5 WRes. Wigeon 251. Snipe 6.
The Bittern showed in the boathouse reeds at 09.50hrs. Water Rail 1.
Cetti's Warbler 1 west bank + 1 south west bank + 1 south east bank + 1 north bank.
Goosander 27. Little Grebe 4 + 1 Anglers CP. Shoveler 3.