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.
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