Tuesday 30 August 2022

Carlton Marsh

9 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Reed Warblers were ringed this morning. Also around, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Water Rails and Little Egret. The two Whooper Swans are still with the Mute Swan on the scrape and seem fine.

This evening from the top of Sunny Bank 1 Fox and 4 Snipe were feeding on the wader scrape.
(Dave Standish).

Thurlstone Edge
Another good count of 46 Wall Brown (56 3 weeks ago) and 8 Small Copper (Chris Parkin).

Monday 29 August 2022

Carlton Marsh

Most of the activity took place on the scrape this morning with 7 Shoveler, Kingfisher, Cormorant and Water Rail. Also present 10 Teal, c40 Gadwall, 5 House Martins and Great Spotted Woodpecker.
(JP/CG/L & Corrall)
c50 Swallows came in to roost at dusk and male and female Tawny Owls called (D. Standish).
Does anyone know what these are?

Wintersett + Vis.Mig 29.08.2022

 Anglers CP Vis.Mig:

Going west:  5 Snipe.

Going south: 18 Swallow and  5 Sand Martin.

Anglers CP:

Ringed Plover 1.  

Wintersett Res:

Little Grebe 6 +  1 adult on ACP.  

Sunday 28 August 2022

Carlton Marsh

First of all congratulations to the Wintersett Ringing Group on the ringing of a Barred Warbler on 27/8! With the hours and years you put in, it is well deserved.

These are the highlights of recent days; on Wednesday (24th) another Willow Emerald was seen in front of the hide on the leaf of Typha latifolia (D Smith/CG). Then on Friday another 2 were seen near the hide on nettles beside the dike ( L & A Corrall).

Meanwhile a Clouded Yellow butterfly flew past the observer, the first since September 2013 (JP). Also on that date a Goldcrest and 4 Swifts.

A Humming Bird Hawk Moth was feeding in Les Corrall's Low Cudworth garden on 26/8.

Willow Emerald Damselfly 24/8/22 (D.M. Smith)
Tawny Owl 26/8/22 (Karen Pickard)

Today Sunday (28/8/22)

Little Egret.

Butterflies included 1 Painted Lady, 8 Red Admiral, 59 Speckled wood, 4 Meadow Brown, 4 Brown Argus, 5 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper,  8 Large White and 24 unidentified white species.

Yet another Willow Emerald was resting on the Western Meadow gate, our 5th record (C. Parkin).

Ewden valley, G and J Wasse, S Green.

8 species of raptor today with the surprise return of the WT Eagle which looks in fine adult plumage. 2 rt Hen Harriers were together, 1 cc Marsh Harrier, c 3 Hobby, Red Kite 2, Kestrel c 10. C Buzzard 10+, Sparrowhawk 1. Raven 6+, Ring Ouzel 1, Stonechat 6+, Linnet flock c20. Hundreds of Swallows and House Martins blogging at times probably feeding up before drifting south + 1 Swift.

Wintersett + Insects 28.08.2022

Anglers CP:

28 Goosander,  in one flock, flew east.   121 Swallow flew south. 

Green Woodpecker 3. 

Wintersett Res:

Linnet 80 on north bank.  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.  Goldeneye 4 females.

A Tree Pipit flew over.    


A Brown Argus was on the west bank WRes. 


6 Roesel's Bush Crickets,  Roeseliana roeselii,   were seen this morning,   at two locations,   thanks to Georgie W-S' hearing!   Wintersett Res.west bank +   Anglers CP.

                            Roesel's Bush Cricket  Roeseliana roeselii, 28.08.2022  P.Smith

A Long-winged Conehead,  Conocephalus fuscusas, was in the Willow Wood meadow + 3 were seen  on the Pol at Anglers CP.


            Long-winged Conehead,  Conocephalus fuscusas 28.08.2022 PMeredith 


Roesel's Bush Cricket  Roeseliana roeselii, 28.08.2022  P.Meredith

A Common Green Grasshopper was also seen at Anglers CP this morning. 

                          Brown Argus 28.08.2022 Wintersett Res. Georgie W-S.

Saturday 27 August 2022

Wintersett does it again! 47 years + 1 day later!! 27.08.2022

Wintersett Res: 

 A Bittern flew over the west bank marsh to Cold Hiendley Res. at 06.05hrs. 

 A Yellow Wagtail flew south.  These birds were  closely followed by scenes,  

as the team were alerted, by the the ringers,  that  a first year Barred Warbler

had been caught at 07.40hrs. 

Amazingly, only the second record here,  after the first was trapped on 26th August 1975! 

Here are four classic shots of Pete Smith's hand - 47 years and one day since it 

last held a Barred Warbler at Wintersett. 

Lots of hard work by Pete & Becky ringing every year which occasionally pays 

off for all of us!


 Barred Warbler ringed this morning at Wintersett  PMeredith


Barred Warbler ringed today at Wintersett  27.08.2022 RBailey  


Barred Warbler ringed today at Wintersett  27.08.2022 CSwaine


Barred Warbler ringed today at Wintersett  27.08.2022 Steve Denny

Botany Bay Dell:

A Garden Warbler,  a Whitethroat and a Kingfisher.

Anglers CP: 

Little Ringed Plover 1. 

Thursday 25 August 2022

Wintersett + Ringing

Anglers CP:

Peregrine 1.  Shoveler 5.  Pochard 44 + 1 WRes..  

 67 birds were ringed today:

Highlights were:  Chiffchaff 17.  Willow Warbler 12.  Blackcap 3.  

Whitethroat 1.  Lesser Whitethroat 1. 

Wintersett Res:  

A Greenshank flew over.

Late report from east bank WRes.

On the 26th July 2022,  

a Bittern flew over and dropped into the boathouse bench reed bed.


A Stoat was on the Pol, Anglers CP.

Wednesday 24 August 2022

Wilthorpe Marsh 24/8/22.

Very quiet but still a few surprises. Calling Willow Tit at the western end of the canal his probably the first record of the year here. Also 2 singing Cetti's Warblers with 1 on the canal near tinkers pond which also revealed a Lesser Whitethroat. Family party of Sparrowhawks are in the conifer plantation here and calling all the time. Pair of Kingfishers have been regular this month from the river bridges with shoals of Chub and Minnows in the shallows.