Thursday 30 June 2022

Ewden valley 30/6/22.

Can be a scarce bird this month so a soaring flock of 10 Ravens were welcome. Steady and slow birding but good conditions and staying dry. Hobby 1, Peregrine 1 imm carrying prey, Kestrel 3, Red Kite 2, C Buzzard 5. Ring Ouzel 1 ad pair, Stonechat 6+ with 4 imm seen. Cuckoo ad male 1 flew into bracken, LBB Gull 1, Golden Plover 2, Meadow Pipit c 21, 2 singing Reed Buntings.

30/6/22 Midhope, Langsett and Underbank Res late evening

Midhope Res

Sadly the juvenile Oystercatcher has died but there were 6 adults around the res itself.  However, the juvenile Common Sandpiper is now independent and there were at least another 4 adults too. 2 separate Little Ringed Plovers were seen and 7 juvenile Lapwings. There are two broods of Tufted Ducks (3 ducklings total), 95 Greylags (at least 28 goslings) and 6 Little Grebes, a pair of which were nest building. A juvenile Mandarin appeared briefly from vegetation on the dam wall before returning to hide again. A Hobby flew low across the fields towards Midhopestones and a Raven flew up the valley towards Langsett. 

Langsett Res

7 adult Great Crested Grebes were on the res, 2 briefly displayed on the western shore and 2 fed close to the dam wall. 4 or 5 Common Sandpipers were around, 4 Oystercatcher, a pair of Tufted Ducks, 114 Canada Geese and a Kestrel family too. A Buzzard circled lower down the valley carry a young rabbit.

Underbank Res

3 Little Ringed Plovers were flushed by a dog walker as rain fell around 7pm. A Common Sandpiper adult was tending to at least one juvenile. 


Carlton Marsh

 There were 3 Common Terns present this morning and 2 Little Egrets (Richard Laverack).

Kingfisher (Trevor Raynor)

Littleworth Park - Monk Bretton
14 species of butterfly included 506 Meadow Brown, 324 Ringlet, 136 Small Skipper and 2 Gatekeeper. Also Ruptela maculata (formerly (Strangalia maculata) Spotted Longhorn Beetle.

Barnsley Road, Cudworth
Megachile centuncularis (Patchwork Cutter Bee) (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett 28.06.2022 + 30.06.2022


Wintersett Res:

Common Tern 6.  

2 Little Egrets were in trees on  the south bank at 10.00hrs, then on south bank Cold Hiendley Res..

Cold Hiendley Res:

Mallard young - 2 small/medium  + 1 medium.

Gadwall young - 8 small + 6 small/medium + 6 very small. 

Pochard 1. 



Anglers CP:

Common Sandpiper 3.   Tufted Duck 5 very small young.  Wigeon 1 drake.

Wednesday 29 June 2022

Carlton Marsh

 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).

Barnside Moor area 28/6/22.

Not an ideal late evening for weather. Cool and breezy with rain by 10-30pm. 1 Nightjar showed well with at least another churring. c 4 LE Owl young calling with nothing else of note. Surprisingly no sign of any Woodcock.

Tuesday 28 June 2022

Cliffe Wood

 Failed on Pied fly again, anyone had any this year? But consolation was a Spotted Flycatcher just by the steps into the wood.

Carlton Marsh

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

Tony Guest, Dave Smith, Peter (Rowdy) Senior on a trip to Spurn 1991.

Monday 27 June 2022

Carlton Marsh

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). 

Wintersett 27.06.2022

 Anglers CP:

A Willow Tit was heard by the main hide.   Wigeon 1 male.

Little Ringed Plover 1 adult.  Gadwall 6 very small young.  

Sunday 26 June 2022

Carlton Marsh

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)

Wintersett 26.06.2022

 Anglers CP:

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.

Wintersett Res: 

Sand Martin 40.


White-letter Hairstreak  5 at Botany Farm + 3  Botany/Pits Railway.

Saturday 25 June 2022

Carlton Marsh

Both Whoopers Swans and the 2 Common Tern are still present with 2 Kingfishers and a Little Egret. A large bird of prey this morning reported by several dog walkers may have been a Cream Crown Marsh Harrier?
A Snipe flew over the scrape (K. Bannister) and 2 Oystercatchers flew west at 20.40hrs (Geoff Miller).

Mammals included Hedgehog, Fox and weasel (K. Bannister).

Ringing Recovery
Reed Warbler AZK0399 ringed as a juvenile at 09.12hrs on 26th July 2021 at Carlton Marsh. Wing 65mm weight 11.4g.
Controlled by C. Beale at 07.05hrs on 16th June 2022 at the University of York, campus east, York. 325 days from ringing, 32 degrees NNE. wing 68mm weight 10.9g. 

Storrs Mill bridge to Ardsley Viaduct on the River Dearne
Birds included Grey Wagtail, Mallard with 3 young, 2 Buzzards, 2 Cormorants and a pair of Mute Swans with 1 cygnet.

Insects included 5 Red Admiral, 66 Small Tortoiseshell, 14 Comma and loads of Peacock larvae and 2 Emerald Damselfly (Chris Parkin).

Wintersett + Insects 25.06.2022

 Anglers CP:

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.

Friday 24 June 2022

Carlton Marsh

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).

South Kirkby Industrial Estate
16 species of butterfly included 1 Painted Lady, 4 Comma, 3 Gatekeeper, 1f Brimstone, 408 Meadow Brown, 465 Ringlet and 22 Marbled White.

Also an Ichnuemon wasp (Pimpla rufipes) and a Grass Snake (Chris Parkin).

Wintersett + Insects 24.06.2022

 Anglers CP:

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:

 Nuthatch 2

Wintersett Res:

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.

Rutpela maculata  Willow Wood WRes..
24.06.2022  A.Smith

Thursday 23 June 2022

Carlton Marsh

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)

Wintersett + Dragons, Damsels, Butties + Amphibians. 23.06.2022

 Wintersett Res:

Black-necked Grebe 1.  

Anglers CP:

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..

Royston Canal

 Singing Cetti's this afternoon by the bridge where Cronkhill Lane crosses the Royston Canal 

Wednesday 22 June 2022

Carlton Marsh 21/6/22

Ringing provided 2 adult Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (1 a retrap from 2021) 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap and 1 Sedge Warbler.

Sedge warbler

A Tufted Duck was with 4 very small young, but the Common Terns were nowhere to be seen. A Treecreeper was seen in the car park and a Banded Demoiselle were near the hide.

Wednesday 22/6/22
Both Common Terns were on the scrape again this morning. A female Toad was found squashed in the car park and a Mole was found fresh dead near the hide (K. Bannister)

Littleworth Park - Monk Bretton -Insects
4 Red Admiral, 467 Meadow Brown, 206 Ringlet, 57 Large Skipper, 47 Small Skipper, 32 Small Heath, 1m Banded Demoiselle and 1 ichneumon wasp (Pimpla hypochondriaca) Chris Parkin. 

Wintersett + Lesser Emperor 22.06.2022

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. 

                      Four spotted Chaser  Botany Bay  22.06.2022  SDenny

Wintersett Res:

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.

Anglers CP:

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!! 

Available from the Information Centre at Anglers CP
 Price £7.  
 Copies by post available with £1.50 p&p.
from  @StevieD131 

Tuesday 21 June 2022

Wintersett 21.06.2022

 Anglers CP:

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.

Monday 20 June 2022

An Uncommon Wasp - Georgie W-S 11.06.2022



Georgie W-S found this uncommon wasp  

                                                             in a log in Haw Park Wood  11.06.2022

Ischnoceros rusticus

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Ischnoceros sapporensis
Scientific classification
I. sapporensis
Binomial name
Ischnoceros sapporensis

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,.[1]

Carlton Marsh

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.

Wintersett 20.06.2022

 Anglers CP:

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.  .

                                           Bar-headed Goose  ACP shallows  SDenny

Wintersett Res:

Oystercatcher 2 adults + 1 juvenile on the boathouse lawn.

Goldeneye 1 female .

Cold Hiendley Res:

Pochard 2. 


A Comma was in the Willow Wood.


A Brown Hawker was on the west bank WRes..

The Wintersett Annual Report for 2021 is out now!

The Wintersett Area Annual Report for 2021  is out now!!

Available from the Information Centre at Anglers CP
 Price £7.  
 Copies by post available with £1.50 p&p.
from  @StevieD131  


Ewden valley 19/6/22.

Very steady and not as productive as previous visits. Hobby 2, male Merlin mobbing, Kestrel 3, Red Kite 2, C Buzzard 3. Ring Ouzel 1 ad fem., Swift 6n, Meadow Pipit c25.

Sunday 19 June 2022

Carlton Marsh

A Kingfisher and 2 Common Terns accompanied the 2 Whooper Swans and Mute Swan on the scrape. The Terns were still here when I left at 2pm. (JP).

Common Terns (CG)

Wintersett 19.06.2022

 Wintersett Res:

A Snipe was displaying over the west bank this morning.

Sand Martin 10.   A Greenfinch was at the boathouse. 

Saturday 18 June 2022

Wintersett + Ringing + Insects 18.06.2022

 Anglers CP:

Common Scoter 2 males.   Common Sandpiper 1. 

16 birds were ringed this morning.

Highlights were:  

2 Cetti's Warbler (male and female), 1 Whitethroat,  3 Willow Warbler,  2 Tree Sparrows. 

Highly worrying

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.

Friday 17 June 2022

Carlton Marsh

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).

Storrs Mill River Bridge
A family of Grey Wagtails are still feeding young (2nd clutch) and a Garden Warbler sang nearby.

Insects included 2m Orange-tip, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Large Skipper  several Banded Demoiselle and a metre long female Grass Snake (CG).

Wintersett + Moths 17.06.2022

 Anglers CP:

Wigeon 1 male.   Little Ringed Plover 1 adult.

Gadwall 13 + 4 WRes..  

Wintersett Res:

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

Poplar Kitten 17/06/2021 Pete Smith

Thursday 16 June 2022

Carlton Marsh & Littleworth Park

Both Whooper Swans present along with Kingfisher, Garden Warbler, 2 Tawny Owl Juvs. and a Coal Tit.

Sparrowhawk (Tony Harding)

South Kirby Industrial Estate (Wednesday 15/6/22)
Butterflies included 1 Small Skipper, 22 Large Skipper, 1 Dingy Skipper, 72 Meadow Brown, 60 Ringlet, 21 Marbled White, 2 Holly Blue and 9m Brimstone. Moths included 1 Forester, 1 Blackneck, 1 N.B. 5 Spot Burnet Moth and 12 Cinnabar. Also 4 Broad-bodied Chaser ( C. Parkin).

Littleworth Park-Monk Bretton (Thursday 16/6/22)
A butterfly count produced 249 Meadow Brown, 43 Ringlet, 42 Large Skipper, 6 Small Skipper, 59 Small Heath, 41 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue and 1m Brimstone. Also of note 4 Burnet Companion, and 4 Broad-bodied Chaser (C. Parkin).

Wintersett 16.06.2022

Anglers CP:

Wigeon 1 male.  Canada Goslings 27.  

Wintersett Res:

Black-necked Grebe 1 adult.   Goldeneye 1 female.  

Botany Bay:

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. 

Wednesday 15 June 2022

Wintersett 14th and 15th June 2022

 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).

Wintersett Res: 

Common Tern 2.

Tuesday 14 June 2022

Cudworth Common & Storrs Mill

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).

Storrs Mill Bridge to Ardsley Viaduct
A pair of Grey Wagtails were feeding a clutch from a second brood with  several Azure Damselflies (A. Vincent).

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. 

Monday 13 June 2022

Carlton Marsh

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.

One of two 'summering' Whooper Swans (Tony Harding)
Tawny Owl owlet (Tony Harding)

Wintersett Arctic Skua 13.06.2022

 Anglers CP:

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..

Wintersett Res:

Goldeneye 1 female.  Common Tern 5. 

Sunday 12 June 2022

Carlton Marsh

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. 

Wintersett + Sabre Wasp 12.06.2022

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

Saturday 11 June 2022

Carlton Marsh

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).

Wintersett + Sabre Wasp 11.06.2022

 Anglers CP:

Shelduck 1. 

Golf Course Marsh:

Cetti's Warbler 1 male.

Walton Hall:

Oystercatcher 6.

Haw Park:

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 .

Widespread but localised, particularly in coniferous woodland

Friday 10 June 2022

Wintersett 10.06.2022

 Anglers CP:

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. 

Wintersett Res:

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.

Woolley 9/6/22

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) 

Thursday 9 June 2022

Wintersett 09.06.2022

 Anglers CP:

Lapwing 26.  Wigeon 1 male.  Oystercatcher 4 adults + 1 large young. 

Cormorant 3.    A Mink disturbed the shallows this morning. 

Wintersett Res:

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. 

Wednesday 8 June 2022

Wintersett 08.06.2022

 Anglers CP:

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.

Wintersett Res:

Goldeneye 1 female.  Common Tern 3.  


A Male Emperor was seen in the boathouse reeds.

Tuesday 7 June 2022

Carlton Marsh

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)

Cudworth Common 
A pair of Mute Swan have 6 cygnets and a Little Egret was feeding on the flashes. A Garden Warbler sang near the Ash Plain and an Oystercatcher was calling nearby. Perhaps they are feeding their fledged young from the nest on Ferrymoor Flash? A single Bee Orchid was flowering.
Butterflies included 21 Common Blue, 1 Small Heath, 2m Orange-tips, 1 Meadow Brown and 3 Dingy Skippers. 3 Mother Shipton, 2 Straw Dot and 1 Silver Y were some of the moths and a Banded Demoiselle was resting on a branch in the wooded area. (CG)

Mute Swan family to parents Y981 female (red Darvic) & Y763 male (red darvic)
Bee Orchid
South Kirkby Industrial estate
15 species of butterfly included 1 Marbled white, 2 Painted Lady, 2 Red Admiral, 12 Brimstone (8m), 86 Common Blue, 53 Small Heath, 9 Large Skipper and 1 Brown Argus. A Mint Moth was flying and 4 larvae of the Mullein Moth were feeding on the leaves of a Moth Mullein flower. (C. Parkin)

Wintersett 07.06.2022

 Anglers CP:

Wigeon 1 male + 1 male Wintersett Res..

Pochard 2 males. 


Large Skipper 1.

Monday 6 June 2022

Carlton Marsh

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)

Wintersett 06.06.2022

 Anglers CP:

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.  

Wintersett Res:

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.  

Sunday 5 June 2022

Wintersett 05.06.2022

 Anglers CP:

Oystercatcher 4.   Little Ringed Plover 1.  Wigeon 2 males.  

Wintersett Res:

Goldeneye 1 female.  Common Tern 5.

Saturday 4 June 2022

Carlton Marsh

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).

Wintersett 04.06.2022

 Anglers CP:

Wigeon 1 drake.   


A Grass Snake was in the area. 



Miris striatus (  Fine-streaked bugkin) from the woods behind Botany Bay.    

Georgie W-S  04.06.2022                                                    

Friday 3 June 2022

Carlton Marsh

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).

Littleworth Park-Monk Bretton - Insects
This year's first Meadow Brown, 75 Small Heath, 73 Common Blue, 2 Red Admiral, 6 Large Skipper, 1 Brown Argus, 2 Small Copper and 4 Burnet Companion Moths. Also male Banded Demoiselle, 1m & 2f Broad-bodied Chaser and 2 Thick-legged Beetle. (Chris Parkin)

Ewden valley 3/6/22. G and J Wasse, S Green.

WT Eagle from 12.55pm and still present at 4pm on departure. Spent a lot of time on the ground so very elusive. All 4 falcons seen with 1/2 Merlin, 1/2 Hobby, 3/4 Kestrel and 1 imm Peregrine. Red Kite hard to miss and thought to be 6+, pretty much the same with C Buzzard. SE Owl 2, Raven party of 7, LBB Gull 10 and a party of 6 BH Gulls n. Golden Plover 3, Stonechat 6 +, Cuckoo 1, Swift c 10n, H Martin 1 n. Fox adult with cubs.

Wintersett + Odonata 03.06.2022

Botany Bay:

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. 

Anglers CP:

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.

Thursday 2 June 2022

Thurlstone Edge

Butterflies included 39 Wall Brown, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Small Copper, 4 Small Heath and 4 Green Tiger Beetle.

Dunford Bridge
2 singing Cuckoo, 2 Curlew and 7 young Grey Partridge.

Also 5 Wall Brown, 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Brown Silver Line moth and a few Common Heath moths. (Chris Parkin) 

Wintersett Insects 02.06.2022

 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.  

Wintersett Res.

3 male Red-eyed Damselflies were seen in the north east corner.

A Four-spotted Chaser was also in the north east corner. 

Insects:   @GeorgieWightman 

       Black-spotted longhorn beetle   Rhagium mordax  
found on a sign. Wintersett Res..
@GeorgieWightman  02.06.2022

Slender Groundhopper  Tetrix subulata
found on Ferry Top Lane, Wintersett Res.
@GeorgieWightman 02.06.2022

Wednesday 1 June 2022

Carlton Marsh

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.

Mute Swan (left Y229) with the Whooper Swans 
Azure Damselfy
A more unusual coloured female Blue -tailed Damselfly

Wintersett 01.06.2022

A quiet day!

Anglers CP:

Little Ringed Plover 1.   Dunlin 1.

Wintersett Res:

Mute Swan 22 + 3 Cold Hiendley Res.