Monday 31 January 2022




1)Mute Swan, 2)Whooper Swan, 3)Pink-footed Goose, 4)Greylag Goose, 5), Canada Goose, 6)Shelduck, 7)Wigeon, 8)Gadwall, 9)Teal, 10)Green-winged Teal, 11)Mallard, 12)Pintail, 13)Shoveler, 14)Pochard, 15)Tufted Duck, 16)Goldeneye, 17)Goosander, 18)Red-legged Partridge, 19)Pheasant, 20)Little Grebe, 21)Great Crested Grebe, 22)Cormorant, 23)Bittern, 24)Little Egret, 25)Great White Egret, 26)Grey Heron, 27)Red Kite, 28)Marsh Harrier, 29)Sparrowhawk, 30)Buzzard, 31)Kestrel, 32)Merlin, 33)Peregrine, 34)Water Rail, 35)Moorhen, 36)Coot, 37)Oystercatcher, 38)Golden Plover, 39)Lapwing, 40)Snipe, 41)Woodcock, 42)Curlew, 43)Green Sandpiper, 44)Mediterranean Gull, 45)Black-headed Gull, 46)Common Gull, 47)Herring Gull, 48)Yellow-legged Gull, 49)Caspian Gull, 50)Lesser Black-backed Gull, 51)Great Black-backed Gull, 52)Feral Pigeon,  53)Stock Dove, 54)Woodpigeon, 55)Collared Dove, 56)Ring-necked Parakeet, 57)Barn Owl, 58)Tawny Owl, 59)Little Owl, 60)Kingfisher, 61)Green Woodpecker, 62)Great Spotted Woodpecker, 63)Skylark, 64)Meadow Pipit, 65)Water Pipit, 66)Grey Wagtail, 67)Pied Wagtail, 68)Wren, 69)Dunnock, 70)Robin, 71)Stonechat, 72)Blackbird, 73)Fieldfare, 74)Song Thrush, 75)Redwing, 76)Mistle Thrush, 77)Cetti’s Warbler, 78)Chiffchaff, 79)Goldcrest, 80)Bearded Tit, 81)Long-tailed Tit, 82)Coal Tit, 83)Blue Tit, 84)Great Tit, 85)Marsh Tit, 86)Nuthatch, 87)Treecreeper, 88)Jay, 89)Magpie, 90)Jackdaw, 91)Rook, 92)Carrion Crow, 93)Starling, 94)House Sparrow, 95)Chaffinch, 96)Brambling 97)Greenfinch, 98)Goldfinch, 99)Siskin, 100)Linnet, 101)Lesser Redpoll, 102)Bullfinch, 103)Yellowhammer, 104)Reed Bunting.   

An excellent start to the year.


A drake Green-winged Teal on Old Moor Wader Scrape on 23rd/24th. A Great White Egret at Old Moor on 8th & 11th. A Red Kite passed through north west on 13th. An immature male Merlin at Broomhill Flash on 9th. A Woodcock at Bolton Ings on 1st & an early Curlew at Bolton Ings/Old Moor on 20th, an adult Med Gull south over Bolton Ings on 21st, both Yellow legged Gull & Caspian Gull roosted at Old Moor during the month. A Ring necked Parakeet on 22nd  & 1-2 Water Pipit occasionally on Wombwell Ings. At least 5 Chiffchaff wintering along the Dearne/Dove rivers at Wombwell Ings including 3 ‘Siberian’ Chiffchaff. A Marsh Tit along Warbler Way on 1st.

Carlton Marsh

This mornings sightings included Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Goldfinches, 1 Linnet north, 3 Jays, 4 Buzzards 'thermalling' included last years juv. calling, 1 Dabchick and 15 Herring Gulls. The adult Mute Swan with 2 cygnets on the scrape are all yellow darvic ringed, the numbers yet to be read. (JP/CG/R. Laverack)

Everyone has said how quiet this winter has been bird-wise, and yet, the number of species seen here in January has smashed the all time record with 73 species. The previous January record was 70 in 1998 and 2020. Shoveler and Goosander took us over the line last week and a Linnet today just adds to the total. 

A great effort by all our observers, who spends most days on their own patch. The highlights of this month were Collared Dove (its scarce here), Curlew and Chiffchaff. 

Sunday 30 January 2022

Wilthorpe Marsh w end, 30/1/22.

Water Pipit 1, Raven 1, Siskin 2, singing Chaffinch 1.

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights included 6 Mute Swans (2 cygnets) on the main scrape (K .Pickard). Meanwhile on the wader scrape, 2 Cormorants, 300 BH Gulls, 42 Herring Gulls, 16 Common Gulls and a Little Egret. Also of note Kingfisher, Greenfinch, 2 Great Spotted and a Green Woodpecker. (JP/R. Laverack/C. Parkin).

This afternoon 3 Peregrine Falcons (2 Tiercels) were tusselling above the wader scrape before they went their different ways (K. Bannister). 

It was lovely to see these Mute Swans, as our resident ones left awhile ago. (Karen Pickard)

The flower of Blackthorn was out today (C. Parkin)

Saturday 29 January 2022

Carlton Marsh

This morning the 'Redhead' Goosander was back along with a drake Wigeon (first this year), but they had both left by late morning. Also present Buzzard, Kestrel, 32 Teal, Cormorant, c20 Siskins, and 2 Redpolls (JP).

A Green Woodpecker called at mid-day (Paul Baine) and a Fox was hunting the wader scrape.

On Thursday I noticed this Robin, it was feeding okay, but it looked decidedly odd and a bit tatty. Both eyes look the same. Could it be some kind of Mycroplasma bacteria that affects poultry and game birds. Karen Pickard also saw this bird and took the photograph below today.

Karen Pickard

Friday 28 January 2022

Carlton Marsh

This mornings highlights were; 1 'Redhead' Goosander, 12 Stock Dove and a singing Song Thrush.

A male Blackcap came to feed on Chris Parkin's Barnsley, Road, Cudworth garden feeder this morning.

Meanwhile on the reserve, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Volunteers were doing a great job of barrowing crushed road material to lay on the sloping path down the embankment that has been treacherous to walk down. 

Photos by Sophie Pinder

Wintersett + Gull Roost 27.01.2022

 Walton Hall:  10.45 - 11.15hrs   - Pete Smith

Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult (Psycho).  Cormorant 2.  Grey Heron 2.  Goosander 2.  Tufted Duck 7.

Mallard 10.  Gadwall 4.  Coot 120.Little Grebe 1.  Mute Swan 18.  Greylag Goose 82.  

Canada Goose 66.  Wigeon 1m + 1 f.  Feral Pigeon 75.

Anglers CP Gull Roost: - Steve Denny

Herring Gull 4000.    Great Black-backed Gull 140.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 2.

The adult Yellow-legged Gull, 'Psycho' was in too and looking well buff!

Here's the video link

Thursday 27 January 2022

Carlton Marsh

The best birds from this morning were; Mistle & Song Thrush singing, 16 Siskins feeding on Alder seeds, 2 Redpolls, 2 Redwings, 2 Goldcrests and 21 Common Gulls on the wader scrape (JP/L&A Corrall).

Wednesday 26 January 2022

Carlton Marsh

The highlights of of today were, 2 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Greylags, 2 Canada Geese, 16 Common Gulls, 35 Teal, ' Redhead Goosander, 5 Tufted Duck and 1 Little Egret. 

Also present Green Woodpecker and 28 Magpies assembling to roost before dusk (JP/R. Laverack/S. Grove/CG).

Wintersett 26.02.2022

 Anglers CP:

Little  Grebe 1.  Gadwall 11.  

Pink-footed Goose 110 flew west.

Tuesday 25 January 2022

Wintersett 25.01.2022

Wintersett Res:

Willow Tit 1 west bank.  Goldeneye 104 + 4 Cold Hiendley Res.  + 46 Anglers CP.

Golden Plover 1 over.  Shoveler 4.  A Cetti's Warbler was in the south west corner. 

Anglers CP:

Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.  Little Grebe 1.  Shelduck 2 flew in at 11.10hrs.  

Monday 24 January 2022

Carlton Marsh

 A pair of Shoveler were new in today. A Green Woodpecker was calling, 6 Bullfinch were feeding along with 2 Redpolls a Siskin and 1 Redwing. 3 Buzzards were in the air. (R. Laverack/L & A Corrall/CG).

This afternoon a 'Red Head' Goosander flew north at 16.33hrs and 40 Stock Doves and up to 15 Blackbirds were counted (Dave Smith)

Sunday 23 January 2022

Roesel's Bush Cricket - a new species for Wintersett - @GeorgieWightman

 A Roesel's Bush Cricket 

was found in the north west corner of the Dam Wall, 

Wintersett Res. on the 19th August 2021

by @GeorgieWightman

                            Roesel's Bush Cricket   NW corner of Dam Wall Wintersett Res.

19.08.2021     Georgie W-S                    

Carlton Marsh

Present this morning 3 Cormorants, 2 Greylags, Little Egret, 10 Herring and 6 Common Gulls. Good numbers of finches included c50 Goldfinches and c30 Siskins. 

Also of note Goldcrest, Cetti's Warbler, Green Woodpecker and 6 Redwings (Dave Smith/Dave Standish).

Around 150 Pink Feet Geese flew west over the Newtown estate, Low Cudworth

Wilthorpe Marsh 23/1/22.

Water Pipit on wires preening then flew to sf. Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 1, Raven 1, L Egret 1. Grey Partridge 1 pair, 1 singing Cetti's.

Wintersett 23.01.2022

 Wintersett Res:

Willow Tit 1 on west bank.   Lesser Redpoll 1.  Pink-footed Goose 48 west. 

                       Willow Tit   west bank Wintersett Res. P.Meredith  23.01.2022                 

                     Willow Tit  west bank Wintersett Res. Georgie W-S  23.01.2022

Disposal Point: 

Siskin 1.  Redpoll 4.  Green Woodpecker 1.

Botany Bay:

Redwing 31. 

Lepidoptera on Green Building Anglers CP Car Park:

Early Moth 5.  Engrailed 1.  

                                           Engrailed  Anglers CP Bulding in Car Park

                                                      Georgie W-S  23.01.2022

Saturday 22 January 2022

Carlton Marsh

 A few Siskins were singing again this morning in the car park, Coal Tit, Great Spot and Green Woodpecker were calling and Treecreeper and Coal Tit were present.

On the water Cormorant, 2 Grey Herons, Little Egret, 5 Herring Gulls and a a female Goosander that left south at 12.15hrs. A Fox flushed a Snipe from the wader scrape (JP/Rob Lindley/Ruth & Paul Thorpe).

Three bespoke Woodpecker boxes, 2 Blue Tit boxes and a Bat box made by John Finch were put up around the reserve this morning.

Wintersett WeBS January 2022

Here is the Wintersett WeBS count for January 2022

Mute Swan 6.   Canada Goose 78.   Greylag Goose 138.   Cormorant 12

Coot 139,  Moorhen 13.   Great Crested Grebe 25.   Mallard 41.   Teal 58.   

Shoveler 8.  Gadwall 16.   Wigeon  271.   Tufted Duck 192.   Pochard 158.   

Goldeneye 85.   Goosander 20.   Lapwing 219.   Snipe 4.   Grey Heron 5. 

Wintersett + Gull Roost 22.01.2022

 Wintersett Res:

The Willow Tit was on the west bank.  

A calling Raven flew north at 08.50hrs.   

Shelduck 1. 

Anglers CP:

Snipe 4. 

Anglers CP Gull Roost:

175 Great Black-backed Gulls were in tonight. 

Walton Hall:

Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull was present this morning.  

Wigeon 1 male + 1 female.

Friday 21 January 2022

Wintersett + Gull Roost 21.01.2022

 Wintersett Res:

26 Meadow Pipits were in the east bank field.   Goosander 19. 

Anglers CP:

Snipe 28 

Anglers CP Gull Roost:

3,000 Herring Gulls,   210 Great Black-backed Gulls  

and 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were in tonight.

Thursday 20 January 2022

Wintersett + Gull Roosts. 20.01.2022

 Wintersett Res:

Cetti's Warbler 1 male north bank,  1 south west bank and 1 south bank Cold Hiendley Res.

Little Grebe 2.  Shoveler 8 +  3 Anglers CP.   A Willow Tit was on the west bank.

Gull roosts:

The gulls roosted on Anglers  Country Park  tonight,  but an adult Caspian Gull 

was amongst the 500 Herring Gulls on Wintersett  Res.   

A Woodcock flushed from the clump.

Carlton Marsh

BMBC Rangers and our wildlife group were hard at it this morning removing regenerating scrub from the middle of the marsh and on the embankment.

Meanwhile 4 Grey and 4 Red - legged Partridges were feeding in nearby fields along with 2 Mistle Thrushes (JP).

On the marsh this afternoon were Great Spotted Woodpecker, Water Rail and 20 Stock Doves. As dusk approached Tawny Owl called and c500 BH Gulls and 10 Herring Gulls headed north (Dave Smith). 

At mid-day a Little Owl flew across Carrs Lane, Low Cudworth (Richard Laverack).

Wednesday 19 January 2022

Wintersett Ringing Recovery - Becky Bailey

Reed warbler AJN7123 was ringed as a juv on 8/8/2020. 
  @PeteSmith 1954 retrapped it on 24/08/20.
implying that it was bred in the area.

It wasn't recaptured at Wintersett in 2021. 
It was however caught by ringers
 in Noyant, Maine-et-Loire, France on 20/08/21 (678km S).

Tuesday 18 January 2022

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights were 3 Grey Partridges, 1 Lesser Redpoll with c50 Siskins and c200 BH Gulls with 10 Herring and 15 Common Gulls on the wader scrape (JP/L & A Corrall).

Geoff Miller lives about a half a mile to the east of the reserve on Beech Avenue, Cudworth. Over the years Geoff has seen many good birds in his garden and over his home. Arguably one of the best was the Bittern today that came in low over the house at 17.02hrs from the direction of the reserve heading ESE, perhaps towards Edderthorpe Flash!

Cudworth Common
20 Redwing, 1 Redpoll, 9 Skylarks and a male Peregrine west (CG). 

Wintersett with Ice and a Surprise. 18.01.2022

Calm,  minus 2 degrees  with ice on all water bodies.

Wintersett Res. 80%.   Cold Hiendley Res. 98%.   Anglers CP 50%.

Wintersett Res:

The female Ring-necked Duck was spotted off the west bank by visitor John Fowler this morning.

A Kingfisher was new for the year.   

A Cetti's Warbler was in the west bank marsh and one was singing on the north bank.  

 21 Great Crested Grebe + 7 Anglers CP.    Gadwall 2 + 20 Anglers CP.

23 Whooper Swans with one Pink-footed Goose flew in at 11.20hrs,  circled around the area, before landing  on Cold Hiendley Res. at 11.30hrs.  

7 more Whooper Swans with a Greylag Goose, flew over and joined the flock on Cold Hiendley Res..  

All 30 flew off west at 14.15hrs. 

As we walked back to the Dam Wall,  Pete Smith heard a very welcome call.  

It was an unringed Willow Tit on the west bank!  Also new for the year and a very nice suprise.  

Anglers CP:

Cormorant 10.  Little Grebe 3.  Teal 65. Wigeon 303. Leucistic Greylag Goose 1.   

                                                   Ring-necked Duck female   

                                  Wintersett Res. 18.01.2022  Dave Dawson                                              

Monday 17 January 2022

Carlton Marsh

36 Teal and 15 Herring Gulls on the the wader scrape. A Treecreeper was the first this year and a Green Woodpecker and a Siskin were singing in the sunshine. A Song Thrush was under the bird feeder and 3 Buzzards included last years juvenile (L & A Corrall/CG).

Edderthorpe Flash
2 Whooper Swans and a Herring Gull with a Yellow Darvic ring, but too far away to read (Richard Laverack).

Dearne Valley Park - Hoyle Mill
3 Buzzards, 18 Fieldfares, Grey Wagtail, 2 Greylags and 46 Mallards (Chris Parkin).

Sunday 16 January 2022

Wintersett 16.01.2022

 Wintersett Res: 

Russ Boland saw 4 Whooper Swans fly high south west at 10.10hrs.  

A Shelduck flew over, then left at 10.15hrs.     Shoveler 7.

Cold Hiendley Res:

Gadwall 13.  


An  Early Moth was on a security light on the Green Building in the car park.

A first for Georgie W-S @GeorgieWightman who visited this morning.

Low Moor/Midhope 16/1/22.

Very good light with a blanket of cloud blocking the sun. Rt Hen Harrier 1, C Buzzard 3, Kestrel 2. Raven 2, Greylag c100, Nuthatch 1, Bullfinch 3, LT Tit 15 on fatballs.

Wilthorpe Marsh 16/1/22. G Haywood, C Dixon, S Green.

Water Pipit 1 calling in flight. Jack Snipe 2, Teal c45, Cinnamon Teal 1. L Egret 2, Siskin 4 includes a singing male. Goldcrest 2, Green Pecker 1.

Saturday 15 January 2022

Wintersett 15.01.2022

Wintersett Res:

The female Ring-necked Duck,  last seen on 06.01.2022, 

 was seen with a female Tufted Duck at 11.30hrs in the south west corner.  


              Female Ring-necked Duck at WRes. 15.01.2022  SDenny

A Cetti's Warbler was in the area behind the bench in the south west corner.  

Anglers CP:

Lapwing 228.  Siskin 30.   Shoveler 4 + 4 WRes..  Snipe 16. 

Friday 14 January 2022

Carlton Marsh

 Todays' highlights included a calling Chiffchaff, 10 Common Gulls and a fly over Curlew (JP).

A Buzzard was dive bombed by a Peregrine at Ardagh glassworks at 13.43hrs (Dave Smith).

 Edderthorpe Flash
5 Whooper Swans and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (Richard Laverack).

Wintersett 14.01.2022

 Wintersett Res:

A Cetti's Warbler was in the south west corner.  

Anglers CP + Roost. 

Pink-footed Goose 2 in the east bank field.   Gadwall 13.  Grey Heron 1.

An adult Yellow-legged Gull was the only bird of note in the roost tonight. 


                        Rat Catcher at Anglers CP- Brian Lee 

Thursday 13 January 2022

Carlton Marsh

36 Teal, 20 Greylag circled before leaving south + 4 on the wader scrape with Little Egret and 4 Common Gulls. A Peregrine Falcon flew high to the north, a Fieldfare flew west and a Goldcrest was in the car park (R. Laverack/L & A Corrall/CG).

Wilthorpe Oxbow pond, 13/1/22.

Cetti's 1, Parakeet 5, Goosander m on river, 2 Little Grebe, c 40 Teal but no sign of the Cinnamon. 1 Fox.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 13.01.2022

 per  Steve Denny  @StevieD131

Wintersett Res:

A female Mandarin was in the south west corner. 

Anglers CP: 

A Jack Snipe and 30 Snipe were on the shallows.

Anglers CP Gull Roost:

Circa 3300 Herring Gulls were roosting tonight, almost all on ACP.  

Great Black-backed Gull 198.    Lesser Black-backed Gull 5.  

Yellow-legged Gull 2 adults.   Black-headed Gull  circa 15000.  

Wednesday 12 January 2022

Wintersett 12.01.2022

Anglers CP:

Snipe 6.  Gadwall 6. 

Pochard 140  + 61 WRes..  

Goldeneye 44 + 78 WRes. + 8 CHRes.

Wintersett Res:

Wigeon 9.  A Cetti's Warbler was on the north bank.  


3 Early Moths were near the security lights on the Green Building in the car park.

Tuesday 11 January 2022

Woolley Dam 11/1/22.

12 Grey Heron, 10 Teal, 1 pair Gadwall, 1 Coot. Poor for smaller birds and no sign of any Peckers.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 11.01.2022

Wintersett Ruin Area:

Bullfinch 6.    Cetti's Warbler 1 male + 1 male in west bank marsh WRes.. 

Anglers CP: 

Linnet 1 over.  Siskin 4.  

Wintersett Res Gull Roost: per Steve Denny. 

2040 Herring Gulls came into roost on Wintersett Res.,  arriving from the south & southeast, with a further 1000 arriving from the northwest to Anglers Country Park Lake. 

Both groups gathered on the latter lake after dark. Around 120 Great Black-Backed Gulls roosting, most of which arrived from the NW.

Monday 10 January 2022

Wilthorpe Marsh 10/1/22.

Water Pipit 1, Raven 1 pair, Little Owl 1, Rail, Lapwing 5 down, Redpoll 1 over.

Carlton Marsh

c150 Pink Feet Geese headed NW over low Cudworth at 09.55hrs (CG) passing over the reserve at about 09.58hrs (D. Lomas/A/ Wood/JP).

6 Common Gulls, 3 Herring Gulls, 60 BH Gulls and Little Egret were on the wader scrape. 

Elsewhere Great Spot Woodpecker, 4 Siskin, Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler, Buzzard and Kestrel.
(L & A Corral/R. Laverack).

Wintersett 10.01.2022

 Anglers CP:

A Water Rail was in the shallows.    Wigeon 233.

Green Woodpecker 1.  Pink-footed Goose  65 west and 90 flew north west at 10.30hrs.

Sunday 9 January 2022

Wilthorpe Marsh 9/1/22.

Eagle sp. thought to be White Tailed flew e down the river over the oxbow area about 3pm. Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrests at the sf. Lapwing 7 down, Fieldfare 4 down, 2 Parakeets, 1 Siskin over.

Carlton Marsh

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was 'Drumming' in the car park this morning. 

This afternoon Little Egret, Goldcrest  and 130 Pink Feet Geese NW at 14.30hrs (Chris Parkin). 

Wintersett 09.01.2022

 Anglers CP: 

Pochard 160.   Siskin 3.  

Haw Park Wood:

Goldcrest 2.  Nuthatch 1.  Treecreeper 1.  

Wintersett Res:

45 Pink-footed Goose flew east at 10.15hrs.  A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds.

Saturday 8 January 2022

Wintersett 08.01.2022

 Anglers CP:

Pochard 137 + 20 WRes. + 11 CHRes..  Lapwing 252 on the shallows.   

Siskin 3.   Lesser Redpoll 1.

Wintersett Res:

Meadow Pipit  11 on the east bank. 

Walton Hall Lake:

Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull was present  this morning. 

Friday 7 January 2022

Bretton cp 7/1/22.

No duck surprises here with the top res nearly covered with slush and ice. Shoveler c 60, Goosander 4, Pochard 4. Nuthatch 4, Song Thrush 7, Treecreeper 4.

Thursday 6 January 2022

Wintersett MEGA SURPRISE + Gull Roost 06.01.2022

Anglers CP:

Wigeon 301 + 4 WRes..    Teal 82.    Pochard 144 + 7 WRes + 6 CHRes..  

Gadwall 9 + 2 WRes + 4 CHRes..    Shoveler 10 + 6 WRes..  Cormorant 15 + 4 WRes..

Wintersett Res. + Gull Roost

90 Pink-footed Geese flew west.  Goosander 12.  

50 Fieldfares and 24 Feral Pigeons  were in the south west field.

We continued strolling around the Res. and as we reached the south east corner, 

Pete Smith had a great surprise when he spotted a female Ring-necked Duck 

 with a female Tufted Duck  close to the bank at 11.40hrs.

Over the next hour, it swam around with various groups of Tufted  Ducks, 

but Pete noted  that it wasn't  feeding.  

At 12.45hrs it flew over to Cold Hiendley Res. with four Tufted  drakes, 

where it began feeding.   It was still there at dusk!  

There was a HUGE  Gull roost tonight!

Most birds were on Wintersett Res, with 4,700 Herring Gulls,   374 Great Black-backed Gulls,

 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls,  1 Yellow-legged  Gull and 10,000 Blackheaded Gulls.


      Female Ring-necked Duck feeding with Tufted Ducks & Pochard. 

                                     Cold Hiendley Res.   Steve Denny 


          Ring-necked Duck on Cold Hiendley Reservoir   Mick Hemingway

Carlton Marsh

Most of the water areas were iced over, but 39 Teal was a good number. A Little Egret flew over and 6 Common Gulls and 28 Herring Gulls were present. There was another 60 + Herring Gulls resting on a nearby wheat field. 

Also of note 12 Fieldfares west, 4 Grey Partridges, Water Rail and 5 Siskins in the car park + c30 near the wader scrape were feeding on Alder seed (R. Laverack/L & A Corrall/CG).

Wilthorpe Marsh 6/1/22.

Water Pipit 1 accidentally flushed. Plenty of colour with 4 Parakeets, Green Pecker and the Cinnamon Teal still in the oxbow area. GS Pecker 2, L Egret 1, singing Cetti's 1.

Wednesday 5 January 2022

Woolley Dam. 5/1/22

Grey Heron 11, Gadwall 1 pair, Teal 4. Nothing much smaller notable apart from Blue Tits.

Wilthorpe Marsh. 5/1/22, J Lunn, S Green.

Water Pipit 1, J Snipe 1, Parakeet 2, L Egret 1, Raven 1, Redpoll 1.

Tuesday 4 January 2022

Cudworth Common

Green Woodpecker, 15 Redwings, 5 Lesser Redpolls and Coal Tit. 

Ferrymoor Flash
Sparrowhawk, 4 Tufted Duck, 25 Canada Geese, 5 Teal, 5 Common Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls, Cormorant and the resident Mute Swan pair. 13 Lapwing and 16 Golden Plovers circled overhead before heading back down the Dearne Valley.

Mortimer Rd,Dukes Rd, Ewden valley circular walk, 4/1/22.

Rt Hen Harrier 1, Sparrowhawk 1, C Buzzard 2, Kestrel 2, Bullfinch 5.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 04.01.2021

 Anglers CP:

Teal 59.   Goldeneye 55 + 59 WRes. + 5 CHRes.   

Pochard 152 + 13 WRes. + 2 CHRes..   Shoveler 11.  

Pink-footed Goose 1.  Little Grebe 3 + 2 WRes..  Woodcock 1.  

Wintersett Res:

Whooper Swan 2.  

Cold Hiendley Fields:

GoldenPlover 28.


A Weasel was on Haw Park Lane.

Anglers CP Gull Roost:

Decent numbers in the roost tonight.

722 Herring Gull.   109 Great Black-backed Gull,   3 Yellow-legged  Gull

2 Lesser Black-backed Gull      41 Goosanders came in to roost.

Monday 3 January 2022

Carlton Marsh

On the wader scrape 6 Greylags, c20 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck and a 'Redhead' Goosander (this afternoon Dave Standish).

Also present 2 Great Spot Woodpeckers together in the car park area. The male was wearing a ring. It is probably the juvenile male I ringed there on 6/12/17 and re-trapped on 20/3/20, 4 years and 28 days ago! It was one of the highlights from my first ringing session with Vivien Hartwell. A transmitter was fitted to a Willow Tit that day. 4 years on, it has become a scarce bird here. 

2 Redpolls today were the first for 6 weeks. There was at least one Siskin, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk and 2 Buzzards.

Meanwhile, Andrew Corrall had a Red Admiral flying in the late morning sunshine in his Dad's Cudworth garden. Yet more proof that at least one is overwintering. 

Wilthorpe Marsh west end 3/1/22.

Water Pipit flushed off mud flew to sf. 2 Water Pipits on the 1st, per J Lunn. Pair of Ravens, Siskin 1 over, Goldfinch c 40.

Sunday 2 January 2022

Wintersett 02.01.2022

Anglers CP:

Snipe 48.  Jack Snipe 1.   Little Owl 1.  Little Grebe 3 + 1 WRes..

Disposal Point:

Woodcock 1.   

Wintersett Res:

Fieldfare 70 west.  

Saturday 1 January 2022

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. + Gull Roost. 01.01.2022

Anglers CP:

Snipe 22   Greenfinch 1 over.  Teal 52.   Cormorant 18 + 1 WRes..  

Tree Sparrow 5 at the Pol FeedersNuthatch 2.  Siskin 1.

Wintersett Res:

Grey Wagtail  5 over at dusk + 1  Anglers CP.   Goldeneye 48. Little Grebe 1.  Pied Wagtail 1.

A Water Rail called in the boathouse reeds.  A Cetti's Warbler was in the west bank marsh at dusk.

 110 Fieldfare and a few Redwing were in the north bank field.

Vis.Mig: Pink-footed Goose 60 flew west at 11.29hrs.  

WRes. Gull Roost

A Lesser Black-backed Gull and 12  Great Black-backed Gulls were the notables in a poor roost this evening,

Walton Hall:

Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull was present today.

Carlton Marsh

Today's sightings included 10 Common Gull and 10 Herring Gulls on the wader scrape with 3 adult LBB Gulls moving south at 12.23hrs. Also present 2 Cormorants, Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler, Grey Wagtail, 4 Siskins, 25 Goldfinches and Green Woodpecker (K. Bannister/JP/C. Parkin/CG).

Looking back, 2021 was a good year for this site. It became a 'Site of Special Scientific Interest, thereby protecting it more from greedy developers. The Reserve also received a 'Cetificate of Excellence' in the Yorkshire in Bloom Awards, and to top it off, our wildlife group won a prestigious award in the 'Love Where Live' category at the Proud of Barnsley Awards.

A massive thankyou to all our observers and supporters

The highlights for me in 2021 were;

Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult 6th January

Bittern from 24th February to 20th March

Grasshopper Warbler 19th April

Spoonbill 1 north 17th May

Marsh Harrier on 17th May & 14th September

Spotted Flycatcher 1 on 31st May & 1 22nd September

Mediterranean Gull 1 adult on 21st July

Whinchat 1 adult & 1 juvenile 12th to 15th  September 

Hobby 1 12th September

Brambling 2 on 20th September

Tree Pipit 1 6th October

Common Crane 3 south on 10th October

Marsh Tit 1 16th October

Rock Pipit 1 west 16th October

Not forgetting the outstanding 'Hepatic' female Cuckoo from 30th April to 10th June

Up to  6 singing Cetti's Warblers

New Moths included Coronet on 14th July and Freyer's Pug on 7th June.

Coronet (CG)

Silver Washed Fritillary was new to the list on 28th July (Les Corrall).

Broad-leaved Helleborine was also new (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett New Year Day List 01.01.2022

 A Very Happy  New Year to all our  readers.

63 species of bird were recorded in the Wintersett area this morning:

1. Canada Goose.  2. Mallard   3. Gadwall   4. Shoveler   5. Wigeon  6. Teal,   

7. Pochard,  8. Tufted Duck,  9. Goldeneye  10. Goosander,  11. Pheasant 

12. Little Grebe  13. Great Crested Grebe  14. Cormorant  15.Grey Heron  

16. Common Buzzard   17. Sparrowhawk  18. Kestrel   19. Water Rail   

20. Moorhen.  21 Coot.  22.  Lapwing  23. Snipe   24.  Black-headed Gull   

25. Common Gull  26. Herring Gull   27. Yellow-legged Gull adult (Psycho). 

28. Lesser Black-backed Gull 1  29. Great Black-backed Gull 12   

30. Stock Dove.  31. Wood Pigeon  32. Feral Pigeon. 

33. Great Spotted Woodpecker34. Meadow Pipit . 35.Pied Wagtail  

36. Grey Wagtail   37. Dunnock  38. Robin  39. Mistle Thrush  40. Redwing   

41. Fieldfare  42. Blackbird   43. Wren  44. Cettis Warbler45. Great Tit   

46. Coal Tit   47. Blue Tit,   48. Long-tailed tit   49.Nuthatch  50. Magpie  

51. Jay  52. Jackdaw 53. Rook  54. Carrion Crow  55. Starling   

56. House Sparrow  57. Tree Sparrow  58  Chaffinch    59. Goldfinch  

60. Greenfinch  61. Siskin.   62. Reed Bunting.  63. Yellowhammer.