2 Snipe and Little Egret on the wader scrape. Cormorant, 2 Whooper Swans on the main scrape with a Yellow-bellied Slider. (K. Bannister/JP)
A Dark Swordgrass moth was caught in Carlton on the 29th-30th July.
Goldeneye 2 females.
Common Scoter 1 1st summer male, which then flew to CHRes.
An adult Yellow legged Gull flew over north.
An eclipse drake Wigeon was on the Country Park. Plenty of juvenile Common Terns, but a migrating Bittern going west 09:00 was a surprise & presumably a dispersing bird. per @StevieD.
Common Sandpiper 3. Redshank 1.
Pochard 6 flew over, then left north east, + 2 on ACP + 2 CHRes..
Going west from Anglers CP:
A Bittern at 09.00hrs. An adult Arctic Tern at 10.10hrs. 2 Shoveler.Vis. mig. Bittern West ACP 09.00hrs PMeredith
Holly Blue 1 Wintersett Res..
A Curlew flew over. Barn Owl 1.
Flying south: A Green Sandpiper, then 2 Yellow Wagtails.
50 birds were ringed today, after a delayed start due to rain.
4 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Whitethroat,
1 Sedge Warbler, 11 Reed Warbler, 2 Tree Sparrow and 6 House Sparrow.
Today's sightings included Treecreeper, Kingfisher, Cormorant, Little Egret, 2 Snipe and 2 Buzzard (L & A Corrall).
Also 7 LBB Gull, Tufted Ducks with 9 and 11 young. 3 male Banded Demoiselles were chasing a female and hoverfly Sphaerophoria scripta. (Chris Parkin)
News came from Kane Brides of a Coot seen here. This bird was BTO ringed GV71369 as an adult at Westport Lake, Longport, Stoke, Staffordshire Grid ref SJ8550 on 24/9/19.
The metal ring was read again there on 28/12/19 and 25/11/20. A white darvic ring JX6 was fitted to it there on 5/8/21 and it was seen again there on 21/9/21 and 27/10/21.
It was seen then with 2 young at Carlton Marsh from at least 13/6/22 and is still here raising young.
Common Sandpiper 4. Wigeon 1 male. Little Grebe 1 male.
Tufted Ducklings: 2 small WRes. and 2 small + 1 fledged young CHRes.
Pochard 7. A Barn Owl was on the east bank. Common Tern 22. Goldeneye 1 female.
Great Crested Grebe 28 + 5 CHRes.. + 4 ACP. A Yellow Wagtail flew over.
Mute Swan 46 + 3 CHRes. + 6 ACP.
Wigeon 1 male. Common Sandpiper 1. Grey Wagtail 1.
Steve Denny was entertained by this early morning Barn Owl.
Black-necked Grebe 2. Little Grebe 1 juvenile. Cormorant 3 + 2 ACP.
Common Tern 22.
Late news!! An OSPREY flew south over Wintersett Res at 17.05hrs - Steve DennyIt was seen later over @RSPB_OldMoor at 17:25 then headed east towards Adwick! Per @SBOmad
A Red-eyed Damselfly male and 2 Small Red-eyed Damselfly males,
were on Botany Bay.
Several Long-winged Coneheads were seen at Anglers CP.
The vegetation was set on fire during the hot weather but despite the scorched ground 18 species of butterfly were recorded. A second brood Dingy Skipper, 3 Brown Argus, 5 Holly Blue, 5 Small Copper, 34 Common Blue, 5 Small Heath, 6 Comma, 345 Gatekeeper and 307 Meadow Brown. Southern Hawker and Brown Hawker were also present. (Chris Parkin).
Black-necked Grebe 1 adult + 1 juvenile. A Greenshank flew over.
Common Tern 16. Pochard 6 + 2 CHRes..
Mute Swan 3 small young in north east corner.
Common Sandpiper 2. Snipe 1.
Emperor 1 female. Red-eyed Damselfly 3 males.
Small Red-eyed Damslefly 1 male at Botany Bay.
A Black-tailed Skimmer was on the north bank WRes..
Lepidoptera Botany Bay:
Holly Blue 1.
The Red-eared Terrapin and the Yellow-bellied Slider were in the north east corner.
81 birds were ringed today.
Highlights were: 11 Willow Warbler, 24 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap,
8 Garden Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 10 Reed Warblers, 7 Goldfinch,
2 Song Thrush and a Magpie.
13 Greenfinch were in the north east corner.
Black-necked Grebe 2.
A Brown Argus on the Pol was new for the year. ASmith.
2 Southern Hawkers were on the Disposal Point + another was near the railway bridge.
Black-necked Grebe 1 adult + 1 juvenile.
Mistle Thrush 14 flew over. Common Sandpiper 2. Wigeon 1 male.
Greylag Goose 162. Tufted Ducklings 6 very small.
Common Blue 1 . Small Copper 1. Small Skipper 1.
Migrant Hawker 1 ACP.
Cheilosia illustrata, seen at Wintersett Res. today by Georgie W-S.
4 Egrets were on the wader. scrape all day (L. & A. Corrall et al). 6 Dabchick included 2 young and the juvenile Buzzard was airborne. Both Whooper Swans are fine, feeding on the scrape. Female Tufted Ducks have 3 and 10 young.
Insects included 2 Brown Hawker, 1f Southern Hawker, 1m Emperor, 1 Holly Blue and 3 Gatekeeper.
Common Sandpiper 2. Wigeon 1 male. Common Tern 16 (10 were juveniles).
Swift 172 south west:
Cold Hiendley Res:
Tufted Ducklings: 2 small +1 medium. Mallard Duckling: 1 medium.
Gadwall Ducklings: 5 medium + 1 medium young. Pochard 2 males.
Black-necked Grebe: 1 adult in summer plumage + 1 juvenile.
Little Grebe 1 adult.
A Ringlet was in Haw Park Wood.
Common Sandpiper 3. Common Tern 4 juveniles.
172 Swifts flew south west. Hobby 1 1st summer.
Mediterranean Gull 1 juvenile.
The Black-necked Grebe in summer plumage is still present.
88 birds were ringed at Wintersett this morning:
16 Willow Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, 15 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler,
2 Whitethroat, 10 Reed Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting,
1 Swallow and 1 Kingfisher.
Kingfisher Wintersett Res. 23.07.2022 RBailey
Reed warbler S396640 was retrapped today at Wintersett,
having been originally ringed on 02/09/16 by Archie.
as a first year bird. It hasn't been caught in the intervening 6 years!!
Common Sandpiper 1.
Common Tern 6 + 3 ACP. Pochard 2 + 3 CHRes.. Tufted Duck 4 small young.
The adult Black-necked Grebe still present.
2 Redshank were on the shallows. A Curlew called as it flew over.
Ringing: per Pete Smith
A damp start delayed ringing until 09.00hrs.
45 birds were ringed today:
6 Chiffchaff. 7 Willow Warbler, 13 Blackcap, 6 Garden Warbler,
1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, and 1 Reed Warbler.
A Green Sandpiper paid a brief visit to the wader scrape this evening.
A juvenile cuckoo was found dead near the hide (Dave Standish). Mrs Tufted Duck still has 11 ducklings on the scrape and a Kingfisher was whizzing around.
2 male Southern Hawkers were patrolling the embankment.
Pete Smith was attending to a moth trap and found a new beetle for the area. 18.07.2022
Nicrophorus vespillo Pete Smith
Mike Denton reported the main ID features:
The distinct inward curve of the hind tibiae can be clearly seen on the photograph.
Although there should be a fringe of brown hair along the front of the thorax, this has been rubbed off.
You will be pleased to know that this is yet another new species for the Wintersett area!
Common Sandpiper 2 Wigeon 1 male.
Black-necked Grebe 1 adult in summer plumage.
Goldeneye 1 female.
Here are the Wintersett WeBs counts for July 2022:
Mute Swan 54 Canada Goose 141 Greylag Goose 59
Cormorant 1 Coot 152 Moorhen 16
Great Crested Grebe 20 Little Grebe 1 Black-necked Grebe 1
Mallard 52 Gadwall 11 Tufted Duck 154 Pochard 7 Goldeneye 2 Wigeon 1
Grey Heron 5 Common Tern 4 Redshank 2 Common Sandpiper 1
A Record breaking temperature of 39 degrees centigrade this afternoon!!
Oystercatcher 1. Black-necked Grebe 1. Goldeneye 1 female.
Kingfisher 1 + 1 at Cafe Pond ACP.
Common Sandpiper 2. Grey Wagtail 1.
A male Lesser Emperor was off the south bank of Anglers CP at 11.00hrs..
Moth trapping over the last 2 nights produced:
Barred Hook-tip 1. Brown-veined Wainscot 2.
Bordered Beauty 3. Gold Spangle 1.
Maiden's Blush 1. Scarce Silver-lines 2.
Muslin Footman 1. Pine Hawk-moth 1.
Sycamore 2. Oak Nycteoline 1.
Beautiful Carpet 1. Clay Triple-lines 2.
Buff Footman 1. Dingy Shell 1. Gothic 1.
Small Yellow Wave 2. Coronet 2. Slender Brindle 2
in addition to many other species!
Brown-veined Wainscot Anglers CP. 18.07.2022 Pete Smith
Barred Hook-tip Anglers CP 18.07.2022 Pete Smith
Bordered Beauty Anglers CP 18.07.2022 Pete Smith
The hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures over 30 degrees centigrade by late afternoon!
Oystercatcher 1. Green Sandpiper 1. Common Sandpiper 1.
Little Ringed Plover 1. Lapwing 36. Hobby 1.
Common Tern 2 adults, each with a juvenile.
Tufted Duck 1 very small young.
Black-necked Grebe 1 in summer plumage.
Lepidoptera at ACP:
Small Skipper 2. Brimstone 1 male.
Common Tern 3 adults + 2 juveniles flew south.
2 Red Kites flew low, north at 08.48hrs. Tufted Duck 1 female with 7 small young.
Black-necked Grebe 1 adult.Ringing:
89 birds were ringed at Wintersett Res this morning.
Rutpela maculata 1 ACP hill + 2 Willow Wood WRes..
Agapanthia villosoiridescens 1 on Dam Wall, WRes..
A butterfly count today produced 15 species that included 4 Red Admiral, 14 Peacock, 12 S. Tortoiseshell, 13 Comma, 1 Purple Hairstreak, 16 Speckled Wood, 125 Meadow Brown, 72 Ringlet, 112 Gatekeeper, 8 Large Skipper, 58 Small Skipper, 1 Holly Blue and 19 Large White (Chris Parkin).
The adult Med Gull was on the wader scrape from 07.30hrs (JP/ K. Bannister) and was still there until 10.32hrs, but had left by mid-day. An adult Common Gull was the first since March.
2 Redshank were in the shallows. Common Sandpiper 1.
Wigeon 1 male. Oystercatcher 2.
Grey Heron 3. Pochard 5. Little Grebe 1.
Goldeneye 1 female + 1 female on Anglers CP
Lepidoptera at Anglers CP.
Essex Skipper 1. Small Skipper 2. Ringlet 1.
A pheromone lure, that has been in Pete Smith's freezer for 13 years!!,
attracted a Six-belted Clearwing Moth within five minutes!!
Rutpela Maculata 1.
A Southern Hawker was found dead on Botany Road.
A Ruddy Darter was in the north east corner WRes.
A Red-eared Terrapin and a Yellow-bellied Slider were basking in the north east corner.
An adult Med Gull was on the wader scrape at 08.40hrs (JP). Kingfisher and Cetti's called and 6 Mistle Thrush were on a nearby pasture (K. Bannister).
This evening Little Grebe with 2 very small young and 17 LBB Gulls.
2 Purple Hairstreak were flying around the top of an Oak.
An Humming Bird Hawk Moth was in Les Corrall's Low Cudworth garden on Tuesday 12th.
A Dunlin was on the shallows this morning.
82 Birds were ringed today: Pete Smith
13 Willow Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 9 Garden Warbler,
3 Whitethroat, a juvenile Cetti's Warbler, 17 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting,
1 Linnet, and a juvenile Willow Tit!
An adult Mediterranean Gull flew north at 08.37hrs.
3 Black-tailed Godwits, in summer plumage, were on the shallows
A Common Sandpiper dropped in this morning,
Wigeon 1 male. Canada X Greylag Goose 1.
A Tufted Duck, with 5 very small young, moved them over the dam wall to Cold Hiendley Res.
Goldeneye 2 females.
Wigeon 1 male. Oystercatcher 1.
Cold Hiendley Res:
Pochard 2 males in wing moult.
Shoveler 1 young. Gadwall 1 large young.
Mallard young - 2 small/medium + 2 large.
A Holly Blue was in the Willow Wood. A Ringlet was in Haw Park Wood.
A Small Tortoiseshell was on the west bank WRes.
A Southern Hawker was in Haw Park Wood.
Goldeneye 2 females. The Oystercatcher family of 2 adults + 1 young.
Common Tern 6. Cormorant 2.
The remains of a Banded Demoiselle were on the path in the south west corner.
Wigeon 1 male. Little Ringed Plover 1 juvenile.
Four-spotted Chaser 1 WRes.
A Ringlet was on the north bank WRes.
Oystercatcher 1. Common Sandpiper 2. Grey Wagtail 1. Wigeon 1 male.
Mallard Young - 3 + 1 small/medium off north bank.
Little Owl 1.
Small Skipper 1. Ringlet 1. Purple Hairstreak 1. Brimstone 1 male.
The 2 Whooper Swans are still present. 2 Little Egrets were also on the scrape and a Coal Tit sang. Only 1 Common tern was reported today.
c6 Emperor and at least 2 Brown Hawker dragonflies were flying in front of the hide.
The Willow Tit 'Back from the Brink' display board was vandalised last night.
A male Lesser Whitethroat was singing near the main hide.
3 Purple Hairstreaks were seen on oaks on Anglers CP back path. (The first for this part of the area!)
Drinker Moth 1 at Disposal Point.
A male Ruddy Darter was flying over the railway pond on the Disposal Point.
Of 100 Blue Damselflies checked at the railway pond - 20 were Azure Damselflies.
Common Darter 2 males.
72 new birds were ringed at Wintersett this morning:
17 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Treecreeper, 6 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler,
14 Reed Warbler, 8 Sedge Warbler, 2 juvenile Cetti's Warrble (male and female),
2 Reed Bunting and 1 Goldfinch.
Cormorant 2. Wigeon 1 male. A Curlew flew in to the shallows.
A male Lesser Whitethroat was on the Pol.
Large Skipper 1.
A male Lesser Emperor was seen from the north bank WRes..
2 male Red-eyed Damselflies and a Four-spotted Chaser were seen at Botany Bay.
Long term residents, the Red-eared Terrapin and the Yellow-bellied Slider,
were seen basking in the sun in the north east corner, WRes. this morning.
Last night's moths session produced 36 species of macro and 11 species of micro moths. They included Elephant, Poplar and Lime Hawk Moths, Poplar Grey, V Pug, Engrailed and Beautiful Golden Y.
2 Noctule and a few Pipistrelle were flying over the scrape at dusk. At least 2 Tawny Owl juvs. were calling. (C. Parkin/CG).
Little Egret (Trevor Naylor)
Littleworth Park-Monk Bretton
A Red Kite flew NE at 11.40hrs. A butterfly count provided 5 Comma, 479 Meadow Brown, 177 Ringlet, 68 Gatekeeper and 108 Small Skipper. Moths included hundreds of Burnet moths, The Clay, Dingy Footman and a 6 Belted Clearwing! (Chris Parkin).
Wigeon 1 male. Lesser Whitethroat 1 male. Greylag Goose 52.
Oystercatcher 3. Mallard 48 + 1 medium/large young on Botany Bay.
Grey Wagtail 1.
Cold Hiendley Res:
Pochard 1 male.
A MINK was on the water's edge, west bank WRes..
A Holly Blue was seen at ACP.
A Small Skipper was on the east bank WRes..
A Small Tortoiseshell was on the north bank WRes.
A Large Skipper was on Botany Bay.
A Four-spotted Chaser was on Botany Bay.
A male Odemera nobilis, (swollen-thighed beetle), was on the north bank WRes.
Oystercatcher 4. Wigeon 1 drake.
Odonata over Anglers CP
A male Lesser Emperor, 6 Emperors, a Four-spotted Chaser and a Black-tailed Skimmer were seen in and around the south west corner.
2 Purple Hairstreak were seen over trees at Pits Wood.
The two Whooper Swans and an adult Common Tern were joined by 3 more Common Terns arriving from the north. Only one remained at mid-day. Little Egret and Kingfisher were also on the scrape with a Yellow-bellied Slider hauled out on one of the islands.
This evening a Red Kite flew over Cherry Tree Close heading towards the reserve at 18.40hrs (Steve Grove)
A Southern Hawker was patrolling part of the embankment and 2 Brown Hawkers were competing with Emperor Dragonflies on the scrape. 2 Purple Hairstreak butterflies were typically flying around the top of an Oak tree, and without counting, the Western Meadow was really busy with Ringlets and Meadow Browns, not forgetting 1 Comma and an abundance of 'White' species.
Photographs supplied by Richard Laverack
Wigeon 1 male. Cormorant 1.
Mallard young 3 large + 1 small/medium .
Common Tern 13 + 3 ACP. Goldeneye 2 females.
Oystercatcher 3. Grey Wagtail 1. Little Grebe 1 adult.
Tufted Duck young: 1 very small + 1 small and 3 small young in north east corner WRes..
Cold Hiendley Res:
Grey Heron 4 + 2 WRes.
Just one male Red-eyed Damselfly on a Water Lily at Botany Bay.
One Common Tern was joined by 2 more on the scrape late morning. None were present later in the day. Elsewhere 6 Starlings flew over and 13 LBB Gulls were on the wader scrape. This evening 2 juvenile Tawny Owls were seen high in the canopy (R. Laverack/CG/L & A Corrall /JP/D. Standish).
Brown Hawker & 3 Emperor were hawking for insects.
Photos by Richard Laverack