A record breaking 5 adult Common Terns on the scrape this morning (JP). Along with 2 Whooper Swans and a Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler and 2 Kingfisher.
Hobby was hunting over the Royston Road area of Upper Cudworth at 08.45hrs (JP).
4 Common Terns were feeding on the scrape until 15.00hrs (L & A Corrall). 2 returned at 16.05hrs and 4 were present at 17.30hrs (D. Standish). Also male Kingfisher and Little Egret .
c40 Peacock larvae were on Stinging Nettles. A NB 5 Spot Burnet Moth was flying and a Teneral Black-tailed Skimmer was at rest in a meadow (CG).
A Red Kite flew over Cudworth Parish Church this morning (Gary Standish).
Anybody recognise these dodgy looking blokes
3 Common Terns were feeding this morning, one presenting fish to the other before copulation took place. Also 1 Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher (1 adult female), Tufted Duck with 8 very small young and 20 House Martins, all on the scrape (k. Bannister/L & A Corrall).
This evening there were no Terns! Both Whoopers, 3 LBB Gulls, Cetti's Warbler and Tawny Owl calling (CG).
The Common Terns left west at 09.40hrs but one returned 10 minutes later and stayed (JP). They may be visiting Carlton Memorial Lake.
With the Whooper Swans were 3 Dabchick, Little Egret and a new brood of 10 very young Tufted Ducks. (JP/CG)
An adult Mediterranean Gull flew south at 08.13hrs.
Wigeon 1 male. Little Grebe 1 + 1 WRes..
Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull flew through at 09.20hrs.
Sand Martin 40.
White-letter Hairstreak 5 at Botany Farm + 3 Botany/Pits Railway.
Mammals included Hedgehog, Fox and weasel (K. Bannister).
Insects included 5 Red Admiral, 66 Small Tortoiseshell, 14 Comma and loads of Peacock larvae and 2 Emerald Damselfly (Chris Parkin).
Oystercatcher 5. Common Sandpiper 1. Wigeon 1 drake.
Mallard 1 small young ( from 3).
Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull, caused a commotion mid morning, as he flew around the islands.
A Painted Lady was on the north bank WRes..
Red-eyed Damselfly 11 males + 1 female at Botany Bay.
Both Common Terns were on the scrape for the 6th day along with 2 Kingfishers and 2 Cetti's Warblers. A Goldcrest sang again near hide and 40 LBB Gulls were on the wader scrape. (JP/L & A. Corrall)
An Oystercatcher flew south over White Cross Road, Cudworth at 19.00hrs and 4 went the same way yesterday at 16.00hrs (L & A Corrall).
Also an Ichnuemon wasp (Pimpla rufipes) and a Grass Snake (Chris Parkin).
Common Sandpiper 1. Canada Goose 108.
A male Lesser Whitethroat was near the Pol Hide.
Mallard Young 8 small + 2 small young CHRes..
Haw Park Lane:
Common Tern 4.
Cold Hiendley Res:
Pochard 1 male. Gadwall young 2 small + circa 7 very small?.
A White letter Hairstreak was seen on Haw Park Lane. A Painted Lady was seen at CHRes..
A Four Spotted Chaser was seen over Botany Bay, also 5 male Red-eyed Damselflies.
An Odemera nobilis beetle was in HP Wood, west of the woodyard.
A Rutpela Maculata was in the Willow Wood.
Most birds in two's today, 2 Kingfishers, 2 Common Terns, 2 Whooper Swans and 2 Lapwings. A brood of 3 very young Tufted Duck.
Dragons included 6 Emperor (3 females ovipositing), 1 Brown Hawker and 1 male Banded Demoiselle.
Butterflies counted by Chris Parkin included 6 Red Admiral, 12 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 17 Speckled Wood, 214 Meadow Brown, 103 Ringlet, 9 Small Heath, 18 Large Skipper and 8 Small Skipper.
A Hobby flew WNW over Beech Avenue, Cudworth at 11.55hrs (Geoff Miller)
Black-necked Grebe 1.
Wigeon 1 drake. Little Ringed Plover 2 adults. A Hobby flew over.
Big Pond Disposal Point:
Mallard 2 small young.
Little Grebe - a second brood of 3 very small + 1 on Anglers CP.
Cold Hiendley SF:
A single Yellow Wagtail was the on SF late afternoon.
Ruddy Darter 2 at Big Pond DP.
3 male Red-eyed Damselflies at Botany Bay.
5 White-letter Hairstreak on 2 Elms at Botany Farm this afternoon.
Toadlets were seen in the north east corner, Wintersett Res..
Ringing provided 2 adult Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (1 a retrap from 2021) 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap and 1 Sedge Warbler.
Odonata Botany Bay:
A male Lesser Emperor was cruising around late morning.
Also 3 Emperors, 3 male Red-eyed Damselflies and 2 Four -Spotted Chasers.
Goldeneye 1 female. Grey Wagtail 1. Kingfisher 1.
Mallard 5 large/fledged young.
2 Treecreepers were in trees at the bottom end of Willow Wood.
2 juvenile Sedge Warblers were on west bank.
Little Ringed Plover 1. Wigeon 1 drake. Common Tern 3.
Mole - 1 deceased on path behind the boathouse, Wintersett Res.
The Wintersett Area Annual Report for 2021 is out now!!
Wigeon 1 drake. Little Ringed Plover 1 adult. Bar-headed Goose 1.
Mallard 8 small young + 3 small young + 7 large young.
A male Lesser Whitethroat was seen from the path that leads down to the golf course.
(The path that passes by the Cauldron from the Room on the Broom Trail.)
A Pyramidal Orchid Anacamptis pyramidalis was seen at ACP this morning.
Painted Lady 1 ACP. White-letter Hairstreak 2 Haw Park Lane.
Georgie W-S found this uncommon wasp
in a log in Haw Park Wood 11.06.2022
Ischnoceros sapporensis is a parasitoid wasp from ichneumonid family that parasitizes long-horned beetles of next species: Aromia moschata, Rhagium mordax, Rhagium bifasciatum, Saperda carcharias,.
The pair of Common Terns are still present. A Little Egret joined the Whooper Swans and 2 Kingfishers on the scrape. 2 Cett'is Warblers and a Goldcrest sang (JP/L & Corrall/ D. Standish/K. Bannister)
A butterfly survey of the Western Meadow provided 32 Meadow Brown, 8 Ringlet, 5 Common Blue, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Small Skipper. Moths included 1 Blackneck, 1 Common Wave and 2 Burnet Companion (CG).
Here is the Wintersett WeBs count for Jun 2022:
Mute Swan 52 Canada Goose 98 Greylag Goose 49 Coot 103
Moorhen 14 Great Crested Grebe 21 Mallard 80 Gadwall 25
Tufted Duck 61 Pochard 2 Goldeneye 1 Common Scoter 2
Common Sandpiper 1 Lapwing 35 Common Tern 2
Oystercatcher 5 Grey Heron 1.
Wigeon 1 drake. Little Ringed Plover 1.
A drake Teal was new in on the shallows, as was the Bar-headed Goose.
Mallard Young : 4 small + 7 large. .
Oystercatcher 2 adults + 1 juvenile on the boathouse lawn.
Goldeneye 1 female .
Cold Hiendley Res:
A Comma was in the Willow Wood.
A Brown Hawker was on the west bank WRes..
Common Scoter 2 males. Common Sandpiper 1.
16 birds were ringed this morning.
2 Cetti's Warbler (male and female), 1 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Tree Sparrows.
Only caught two warbler juveniles!! - (1 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler)
Emperor 2 males. Black-tailed Skimmer 1 male.
Red Admiral 1. Silver Y 1. Small Heath 1. Ringlet 4.
Rutpela maculata 2 Anglers CP back path.
40 LBB and 10 Herring Gulls were on the wader scrape and a Yellow-bellied Slider was on the main scrape with the Whooper Swans (L & A Corrall).
Insects included 2m Orange-tip, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Large Skipper several Banded Demoiselle and a metre long female Grass Snake (CG).
Wigeon 1 male. Little Ringed Plover 1 adult.
Gadwall 13 + 4 WRes..
Common Tern 4.
Small Heath 1 ACP.
Overnight moth trapping produced:
Red-necked Footman. Cream- bordered Green Pea. Poplar Kitten.
Green Siver-lines 3. Beautiful Hook-tip 2. Ghost Moth 1 male.
Red necked Footman 17/06/2022 Pete Smith
Cream Bordered Green Pea 17/06/2022 Pete Smith
Both Whooper Swans present along with Kingfisher, Garden Warbler, 2 Tawny Owl Juvs. and a Coal Tit.
Wigeon 1 male. Canada Goslings 27.
Black-necked Grebe 1 adult. Goldeneye 1 female.
Mallard 6 fledged young.
Painted Lady 1 ACP and 1 on west bank WRes..
Common Darter 1 male ACP.
Red-eyed Damselfly 1 male north west corner WRes..
A male Banded Demoiselle flew north west over WRes. at 14.50hrs.
14.06.2022 Anglers CP
Wigeon 1 drake. Mallard young - 7 large + 4 small/medium + 9 large/fledged.
Great Crested Grebe 1 young in the shallows.
Ringlet 1. Meadow Brown 1.
A Broad-bodied Chaser was in the Golf Course field.
A male Banded Demoiselle was in the north east corner of Anglers CP.
15.06.2022 Anglers CP:
Common Scoter 1 female. Oystercatcher 4 adults + 1 juvenile.
An adult Mediterranean Gull flew north at 14.25hrs.
Great Crested Grebe 7 (but no young).
Common Tern 2.
2 Oystercatchers flew south and a Garden Warbler sang near the wind turbine. Sadly there are now only 2 Mute Swan cygnets left out of 6.
Butterflies included 2m & 1f Brimstone and 25 Common Blue (CG).
Chris Parkin recorded 17 species of butterfly that included 1 Comma from a new brood, 1 Painted Lady, 38 Small Tortoiseshell, 45 Speckled Wood, 18 Large Skipper, 4 Small Copper, 3m Brimstone and 4m Orange-tip. Other insects included 56 Chimney Sweeper Moths, c300 Banded Demoiselle, 2m Emperor dragonfly, a 14 spot ladybird and lots of Small Tortoiseshell larvae.
On the scrape 2 Whooper Swans, 8 pairs of Tufted Duck and a new brood of 7 Gadwall. A Coot with 3 young has a white darvic ring on its left leg, the numbers/letters yet to be determined. A Stock Dove is breeding in one of our nest boxes.
Gray Speight saw a dark phase adult Arctic Skua fly the over country park, mobbed by Black-headed Gulls, left south at 09.35hrs.
Wigeon 1 male. Gadwall 11. Greylag Goose 49.
A male Cetti's Warbler was in the south west corner + another male was on the north bank Wintersett Res..
Goldeneye 1 female. Common Tern 5.
Both juvenile Tawny Owls were showing this evening (Dave Standish).
Earlier Chris Parkin surveyed the meadows. He noted 14 species of butterfly; 2 Painted Lady, 4 Red Admiral, 19 Speckled Wood, 9 Small Tortoiseshell, 22 Meadow brown, 2 Ringlet, 8 Large Skipper, 3 Dingy Skipper, 16 Small Heath, 1 Brown Argus and 3 Common Blue. Moths included 1 Blackneck, 3 Burnet Companion and 2 Yellow Shell.
Very little to report today.
The drake Wigeon is still on Anglers CP.
The female Sabre Wasp Rhyssa persuasoria was seen again, in Haw Park Wood.
Female Sabre Wasp Rhyssa persuasoria in Haw Park Wood, Paul Meredith
Both Whooper Swans seem content on the scrape. Gadwall have 2 + 6 new young.
Butterflies included 7 Speckled Wood, 3 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 1 Meadow Brown, 3 Small Heath and 1m Orange-tip. 3 Mother Shipton, 1 Silver Y moth and a male Emperor dragonfly were of note (CG).
Golf Course Marsh:
Cetti's Warbler 1 male.
Common Shrew 1 deceased.
Haw Park Wood:
This morning we saw the longest British parasitoid wasp.
Sabre Wasp Rhyssa persuasoria Haw Park Wood, Wintersett.
Georgie W-S 11.06.2022
Sometimes called the Giant Ichneumon, this is the largest ichneumon in Britain and one of the largest in Europe (10–40 mm).
An easy species to identify due to the striking pattern of small white
spots along the entire length of the thin, black body (not just the
abdomen), red legs, long ovipositor and large size .
An adult Mediterranean Gull flew north at 09.07hrs.
Shoveler 1 male. Wigeon 1 male.
Canada Goose 95 adults. Greylag goose 32.
Little Ringed Plover 1. Grey Wagtail 1.
Mute Swan 34 + 2 + 4 CHRes..
Cold Hiendley Field:
Yellow Wagtail 2 males.
2 Holly Blues at Anglers CP
Meadow Brown 1 north east corner Wintersett Res.
15 species of butterfly included 1 Brown Argus, 1 Ringlet, 14 Large Skipper, 55 Common Blue, 43 Small Heath and 18 Meadow Brown. (Chris Parkin)
Littleworth Park - Monk Bretton 10/6/22
10 Red Admirals were feeding on Dogwood flowers, 3 Brown Argus, 36 Common Blue, 18 Meadow Brown, 57 Small Heath and 12 Large Skipper. A 6 Spot Chaser was on the wing with 1 Burnet Companion and a pair of Broad-bodied Chasers were mating. (Chris Parkin)
Lapwing 26. Wigeon 1 male. Oystercatcher 4 adults + 1 large young.
Cormorant 3. A Mink disturbed the shallows this morning.
A brood of Cetti's young were calling in the north east area.
Goldeneye 1 female. An adult Black-necked Grebe was near the boathouse.
A male Orange Tip at Botany Bay.
A 1st summer Mediterranean Gull dropped in in the shallows this morning.
Cormorant 1. Sand Martin 3. Grey Wagtail 1 juvenile.
Canada Goslings 28. Wigeon 1 male.
Goldeneye 1 female. Common Tern 3.
A Male Emperor was seen in the boathouse reeds.
3 Cetti's Warblers were singing from their respective breeding territories this morning. Also present Grey Wagtail, 3 Dabchick, Red-legged Partridge, 2 Small Copper, 1 Holly Blue and 8 Speckled Wood. A male Banded Demoiselle was near the hide. (L & A Corrall/K. Bannister)
The highlights this morning were; 2 Whooper Swans, Cuckoo (not singing) Gadwall with 7 very small young, 3 adult Dabchick, Cetti's Warbler, Goldcrest singing, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker and a singing Garden Warbler. (L & Corrall/CG)
This evening Tawny Owl, and 2 Redshanks on the wader scrape. (Tony Harding/Dave Standish)
Wigeon 1 male. Little Ringed Plover 1. Shelduck 3 + 1, the 3 left south east.
Oystercatcher 4 adults + 1 large young. Canada Goose 25 young.
Goldeneye 1 female. Common Tern 5.
Mallard young: 5 medium/large, also 2 fledged young on Botany Bay.
Cold Hiendley Res:
Mute Swan 1 young.
This morning a Hobby was chasing hirundines over the scrape. 20 Swift, 10 Swallow and 20 House Martins were feeding low due to the cool conditions. Both Whoopers Swans were present and 2 Cetti's Warbler sang. (JP)
This evening 2 Oystercatchers flew south at 19.32 hrs.
On the scrape, Kingfisher and 3 adult Little Grebe +1 juvenile. A Garden Warbler sang near the hide and a Great Spot Woodpecker was making more feeding trips to feed its young. Then at 21.25hrs a thud 10 yards from the hide was a Tawny Owl pouncing on a vole, which it carried straight towards me and then over the hide to feed its calling owlets. The owl returned about 5 minutes later and perched about 20 yards from the hide where I could see it in good light, before it went off to hunt again.
2 Terrapins were just visible by their heads in the scrape. As darkness fell several Pipistrelle were abroad along with 2 Swift-like Noctule Bats. As I left at 22.30hrs the owlets were still calling and some Reed Warblers still were belting their song out (CG).
A Garden Warbler sang near the hide and the 2 juvenile Tawny Owls were sitting out. Both Whooper Swans were on the scrape frequently vocalising to each other. 47 Gadwall were present, the males going into eclipse plumage, and there was a mallard with 2 new young and a Coot with 5 new young. 8 Reed Buntings were singing along with a Cetti's warbler.
A Fox was seen with a half grown cub.
Amongst the butterflies on show were a male Orange-tip and a male Brimstone, and Large Red Damselfy was of note. (CG).
The male Hairy Dragonfly showed briefly this morning, but mostly elusive!
Moorhouse Lane Big Pond:
Great Crested Grebe 1 pair + 3 large young.
Little Grebe 1 pair + 2 well grown young.
Garden Warbler 1 male.
Wigeon 2 males were in the shallows. Lapwing 15.
Oystercatcher 4 adults + 1 young. Mute Swan 4 young.
Cetti's Warbler 1 male SW corner + 1 male north bank WRes..
Four-spotted Chaser 1 over Botany Bay.
Butterflies included 39 Wall Brown, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Small Copper, 4 Small Heath and 4 Green Tiger Beetle.
Botany Bay Insects: @Fitzybirder
A Hairy Dragonfly showed well this morning.
At 10.45hrs it was being harassed by a Four-Spotted Chaser.
Red-eyed Damselfly: A total of 37. 16 males + 15 + 6.
3 male Red-eyed Damselflies were seen in the north east corner.
A Four-spotted Chaser was also in the north east corner.
A pair of Dabchick have at least 1 young. A male Cuckoo sang near the hepatic female that was perched over looking the reed beds on the scrape. At least 2 Sedge Warblers and 1 Cetti's Warbler were singing, a Little Egret flew north, Treecreeper was present and a Grey Partridge was seen in a nearby field. (K. Bannister/L& A Corrall) Photographs per Dave Smith.
The two Whooper Swans are still on the main scrape with a single Mute Swan and 14 (8m) Tufted Ducks, and broods of 4 Mallard and 3 coot. A male Cuckoo sang, but the 'hepatic' female hasn't been reported for more than a week. (CG).
A great Spotted Woodpecker made several feeding trips and 2 Juvenile Tawny Owls were 'branching'. (Dave Standish).
Wigeon 1. Dunlin 1. Swift 350, but very few hirundines.
12 Broods of Black-headed Gulls. Common Tern 8.
MuteSwan 35 + 2 ACP. Goldeneye 1. Common Tern 8.
Cetti's Warbler 3. Cuckoo 1 male.
Old Royston Flash:
At least 3 broods of Lapwing. Yellow Wagtail 1.
Dunlin 1. Little Ringed Plover 2. Wigeon 1 drake.
A Cuckoo called twice from trees near the boathouse bench at Wintersett Res. at 12.10hrs.
A fisherman on the edge of Willow Wood had told me one had been calling at 04.50 hrs in the south east corner.
Cold Hiendley Field
Steve Denny counted 10 male Yellow Wagtails this morning.
Little Ringed Plover 2. Wigeon 1 male. Dunlin 1.
Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull paid a visit.
Common Tern 14. Mute Swan 15. Cetti's Warbler 1 male north bank + 1 male east bank.
Botany Bay Insects:
Orange Tip 1 male. Red-eyed Damselfly 1 male.
An Oystercatcher paid a brief visit to the wader scrape at 10.40hrs (Richard Laverack). Also present Kingfisher and Great Spotted Woodpecker. 2 Peregrines were circling Ardagh Glassworks (Mick Littlewood).
A survey of insects on the three meadows with Richard Laverack produced counts of, 5 GV White, 7 Large White, 5 Common Blue, 7 Small Copper, 19 Small Heath and 6 Dingy Skipper. Day flying moths included 4 Straw Dot, 2 Mother Shipton, 2 Latticed Heath and 4 Burnet Companion on the managed western meadow.
Oystercatcher 1 young (south pair), north pair have failed.
Wigeon 1 male. Dunlin 1. Shoveler 1 male + 1 female.
A Water Rail was calling on the north bank, near boathouse at 09.45hrs.
Mute Swan 23 +2 Anglers CP + 4 Cold Hiendley Res..
Botany Bay + Odonata:
Goldcrest 2 males.
Hairy Dragonfly 1 male. Red-eyed Damselfly 30. Azure Damselfly 2 pairs.
Disposal Point: Big Pond:
Little Grebe 2 large young. Great Crested Grebe 2 young. Pochard 1 male.
Disposal Point Insects:
Dingy Skipper 4. Small Heath 2. Small Yellow Underwing 3. Orange Tip 1.Erynnis tages Disposal Point Georgie W-S
Greylag Goose 51.
Canada Goose 58.
Gadwall 10. Wigeon 1 male. Little Ringed Plover 2. Dunlin 1.
Golf Course Field and Marsh:
A drake Mandarin was on the edge of the marsh.
A male Cetti's Warbler was heard.
Oystercatcher 2 and 1 young
Mute Swan 8 young.
A Painted Lady and a Red Admiral were seen in the Car Park.
Common Tern 16 + 1 Anglers CP.
5 Shelduck flew in from the west at 11.30hrs.
Goldeneye 1 female
A Red Kite flew south west at 12.20 hrs.
Mallard young - 9 medium/large, 1 medium and 9 small.
Wigeon 1 male.
Swollen-thighed beetle, Oedemera nobilis - 2 males on Wintersett Res. Dam wall.
This afternoon a Cuckoo sang. A butterfly count included 5 Common Blue, 11 Dingy Skipper and 13 Small Heath. Day flying moths on show were 3 Mother Shipton and 2 Burnet Companion, on the Western Meadow. The latter are new for the reserve. (Chris Parkin).
Two Cuckoos this morning included the 'Hepatic' female. Both Whooper Swans are still present, one on the scrape and the other on the wader scrape.
Also of note a Mallard with 5 new young, Kingfisher, Great Spot Woodpecker, Cetti's Warbler and a single holly Blue. ( L & A Corrall/CG).
Wigeon 1 male. Oystercatcher 1 young + 1 young. Little Ringed Plover 2.
Common Tern 4.
Odonata over Botany Bay:
A Hairy Dragonfly was the second record for the area.
Red-eyed Damselfly 32 males + 2 females.
Orange Tip 1 male on north bank WRes..
A visit from Georgie W-S this morning produced numerous species of insects..
Here are just a few of the highlights, and we also had 10 Agapanthia villosoviridescens and 15 Wasp Beetles.
All photos and information by Georgie Wightman-Smith. (Twitter @GeorgieWightman)
Red eyed Damselfly, Erythromma najas Botany Bay
Fly : Otites guttatus, on dock at Wintersett Res.