The Barn Owl was hunting the Western Meadow at dusk and 2 Tawny Owls called. A Tawny found dead slumped in a tree earlier may have been one of this year's juveniles (Dave Standish).
Friday, 30 September 2022
Anglers CP:A Spotted Redshank flew over calling at 09.20hrs, went south west.
Pink-footed Geese:10 flew south east.
3 Shelduck were present all morning.
Wigeon 51. Shoveler 25. Goldeneye 4.
Redwing 4. House Martin 120. Swallow 40. Chiffchaff 8.
45 Pied Wagtails were in field!
Haw Park Wood:
A Red Kite flew over with Buzzards.
Thursday, 29 September 2022
Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Today's sightings included a Grey Wagtail, 12 Swallows, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker and 12 Shovelers. 3 Willow Emerald Damselflies and 2 Common Darters were on the dike side again (DM Smith/Les & Andrew Corral).
Butterflies on show, 10 Red Admiral, 3 Comma, 7 Speckled Wood, 5 Small White and 18 Small Copper! Also 1 Southern Hawker and 2 Migrant Hawker (Chris Parkin).
c50 Pink Feet Geese flew ESE over Beech Avenue, Cudworth at 17.38hrs (Geoff Miller).
A new one for the Wintersett list:
Clitocybe phaeophthalma (chicken-run funnel).
If you've ever cleaned out a birdcage, you'll know the smell!
Another good day!
Pink-footed Goose: 1042 going south to east in 16 Skeins.
A great White Egret came in from the north, then left north west. Little Egret 1.
Tufted Duck 347. Pochard 115.
Great Crested Grebe 46. Little Grebe 16.
3 Ruff were in north bank field with the Lapwing (seen from hill).
Caspian Gull 1st CY. Yellow-legged Gull 2 adults.
Lesser Black-backed Gull 165. Great Black-backed Gull 3.
Redwing 3. A Cetti's Warbler was in the south west corner.
Best of all! alba wagtails - 22 south + 190 grounded!,
in newly ploughed fields around the lakes.
Botany Dell: @StevieD131
A clear out of many warblers.
No Blackcaps remaining in Dell, Chiffchaffs in much reduced numbers.
27 Greenfinch flew out of Dell at dawn.
9 Pintail were on this morning.
Pintail ACP @StevieD131
Disposal Point: @Croftonbirder
Redwing 1. A juvenile Peregrine with pigeon prey
Moorhouse Lane Ponds:
Pink-footed Goose: 48 north west at 08.38hrs and 43 south over.
Odonata: Wintersett Res.
Common Darter 1 on Dam Wall + 1 by the boathouse.
Tuesday, 27 September 2022
The BMBC Rangers spent the morning clearing the charred ruins of the hide ready to take it away to make the site more presentable.
The only wildlife reports today were from Les & Andrew Corrall. 7 Greylags on the scrape, 2 Goldcrests, 10 Linnets, 20 Meadow Pipits and 12 Swallows.
At least 1 Yellow bellied Slider was present (usually 3) and 2 Red Admirals and a Large White. 6 small white species were also on the wing.
A Great White Egret was in the south west corner at 07.05hrs and then moved to the 'mousehole'!
Wintersett Vis.Mig: @grayspeight
Going east to north east: Pink-footed Geese 1922 in 31 skeins.
Red Kite 1. The first Fieldfare and 2 Redwing of the autumn.
Meadow Pipit 265.
Great White Egret present all day in southwest corner of the Top Res. SDenny
Monday, 26 September 2022
Hobby 1 juvenile. A Reed Warbler was in the boathouse reedbed.
Little Grebe 7 + 4 ACP. Common Gull 1.
Botany Dell: 6 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs and 5 Greenfinch.
Anglers CP: Greylag Goose 257. Teal 5. Snipe 1.
Going north: A Little Egret at 07.50hrs.
Going north west: 5 Pintail at 08.00hrs.
38 Meadow Pipit. 1 adult Common Gull. 20 Swallow.
3 alba Wagtail. 2 Grey Wagtail.
Going south east: 22 Pink-footed Goose at 07.50hrs.
Going west: 1 Snipe. 3 Skylark.
Going east: 10 Golden Plover high over.
Sunday, 25 September 2022
A juvenile Peregrine flew over. Little Grebe 19. Kingfisher 1.
Going north: Pintail 2.
Going east: Pink-footed Goose: 274 in 6 skeins - 12 + 63 + 16 + 100 + 51 + 32
Canal Flash Field:
2 Common Darters were by the boathouse, WRes..
Saturday, 24 September 2022
Water Rail, Kingfisher, 3 Shoveler, 3 Swallow, 1 Whooper Swan (the poorly one). Perhaps its mate left after completing its moult cycle.
2 Willow Emerald Damselflies were seen flying briefly over the dike near the hide. One then alighted on the leaf of a Gypsywort on the dike side. It was a male.
2 Reed Warblers on north bank.
Blackcaps 5, Goldcrest 2.
A Little Egret flew over.
31 birds were ringed this morning, before the rain set in:
Highlights were: 2 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff,
3 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Snipe.
Grey Wagtail ringed WRes. 24.09.2022 RBailey
Snipe ringed WRes. 24.09.2022 RBailey
Lepidoptera: Pits Wood:
Red Admiral 1. Comma 1. Speckled Wood 5.
Friday, 23 September 2022
Male and female Tawny Owl and Water Rail called at dawn. 6 Blackcaps, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush and 3 Cetti's Warbler were ringed.
Butterflies included 14 Red Admiral, 10 Comma, 14 Speckled Wood, 10 Small Copper, 1 Large White, 14 Small White and 2 G.V. White (Chris Parkin).
Lesser Redpoll 1. Whitethroat 1. Blackcap 5. Chiffchaff 21 (incl.WRes).
Greylag Goose 329. A juvenile Hobby flew over. A Reed Warbler on north bank.
21 Pintail with 1 Wigeon dropped in at 10.07hrs, then left west at 10.15hrs.
Going West: A flock of 18 Snipe. Golden Plover 1.
The Red-eared Terrapin and the Yellow-bellied Slider
were in the north east corner WRes.
Red Admiral 1 ACP + 2 Pits Wood. Comma 1 Pits Wood.
Speckled Wood 1 near boathouse. Small White 8.
A Common Darter was on the north bank WRes..
A Hornet was in the south east corner WRes.
and 2 more were seen on Pits Wood Ivy.
Thursday, 22 September 2022
A Willow Emerald Damselfly was resting on a Stinging Nettle on the dike near the hide
A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was feeding on Honeysuckle in Geoff Miller's Beech Avenue, Cudworth garden.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig:
alba Wagtail 19. Reed Bunting 2. Swallow 120. Linnet 11. House Martin 6.
Meadow Pipit 18. Grey Wagtail 4. Dunlin 1 at 08.52hrs + 1 at 08.57hrs.
Skylark 1. Ringed Plover 1 at 08.57hrs. Sand Martin 2.
A Cream Crowned Marsh Harrier at 09.34hrs.
Pink-footed Goose 90 at 10.35hrs.
Pintail 3 at 06.53hrs. An adult female Marsh Harrier flew west at 08.47hrs.
Pink-footed Goose 20 at 07.38hrs. Snipe 15.
Hobby 1 juvenile.
Gadwall 84. Shoveler 15. Teal 5. Wigeon 38.
Wednesday, 21 September 2022
A Swallow this evening was followed by a Barn Owl hunting over the marsh at dusk and after dark. Also on the wing, a Noctule Bat, several Pipistrelles, and a Tawny Owl called (Dave Standish).
On the river 3 Dabchicks, Grey Wagtail, 2 Cormorants and 2 Buzzards in the air.
Butterflies included 1 Painted Lady, 15 Red Admiral, 14 Comma, 4 Small Copper and 3 Large White. (Chris Parkin).
The Dearne Valley 'herons' have finally found Edderthorpe and appear to like it;-
today there are;
Spoonbill 7, Great White Egret 4, Grey Heron 14, Little Egret 8, Avocet 1, Golden Plover 6, Ruff 6 and Dunlin 12. It's quite a spectacle.
A juvenile Marsh Harrier left the boathouse reedbed at 06.45hrs
Yellow-legged Gull 3 adults. Lesser Black-backed Gull 81 at dawn.
Pintail 2. Wigeon 17. Shoveler 15. Lapwing 240.
A Water Rail was in the south west corner. Kingfisher 1. Little Grebe 4.
A Hobby flew over. Peregrine 1 over. Sparrowhawk 8. Cormorant 12.
A kettle of 23 Buzzards ! were circling together, east of ACP.
Anglers CP Vis Mig:
A Cream crowned Marsh Harrier flew high west 11.17hr.
A Curlew Sandpiper flew over, then left west at 11.00hrs.
7 Pink-footed Geese circled, then left west + 38 west.
A Cream-crowned Marsh Harrier flew south at 12.07hrs.
Swallow 229. Meadow Pipit 249.
Going south east:
Pink-footed Goose 165 in 4 skeins.
Tuesday, 20 September 2022
A Great White Egret left the wader scrape, north at 07.07hrs (Keith Bannister).
Other sightings included 3 Goldcrests, a Treecreeper, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Cetti's Warbler sang from the ringing rides, 3 Snipe were feeding and a Water Rail called (Les & Andrew Corrall).
An Osprey was perched on a telegraph pole near the entrance to Wharncliffe Res at 7.35am for 5 minutes before leaving towards Howbrook. Is this the same bird that was at Howbrook Res a week ago and also reported over the weekend from Ecclesfield Pond?
A Snipe called as it flew NW and around 10 Meadow Pipits moved south with 4 Swallows in the area.
There was no sign of the Osprey mid-afternoon but c150 Linnets were in the same area and a Kestrel made a successful catch. In fields at nearby Bromley their were c150 Meadow Pipits in two separate groups.
Wintersett Res + Vis.Mig
A Great White Egret was in the south west corner 08.00 - 08.15hrs..
Pochard 34. Goldeneye 3 females.
Going south: Meadow Pipit 171.Going south east: Pink footed Goose: 571 in 10 skeins.
A Speckled Wood was seen at CHRes..
Monday, 19 September 2022
Kingfisher 1. A Water Rail was in the south west corner
Anglers CP Vis. Mig:
Going south: Alba Wagtail 4. Swallow 8. Meadow Pipit 71.
Going north: Heron 1. Snipe 5.
Pink-footed Goose 11 north east at 10.28hrs. 55 east at 10.48hrs. 30 east at 10.49hrs.
Wintersett Village: Little Owl 1.
Botany Dell: Blackcap 6. Song Thrush 4.
38 Birds were ringed this morning:
8 Blackcap. 9 Chiffchaff. 3 Reed Warbler. 3 Gold Crest. Swallow 7. House Martin 2.
Fungus: Another 1st for Francis Hickenbottom
Sunday, 18 September 2022
Hobby 1. Kingfisher 1. Swift 1. Sand Martin 3. Shoveler 10
Going south east: 785 Pink-footed Geese in 17 skeins.
35 Pink-footed Geese south east over Disposal Point at 08.59hrs (CS)
Going west: Snipe 6
Going south: Meadow Pipit 50.
Anglers CP: Lapwing 235.
Lepidoptera: 5 Red Admirals were on Haw Park Lane Hedge.
Odonata: A Willow Emerald was by the boathouse.
Saturday, 17 September 2022
A Clouded Yellow on the reclaimed Carlton Woodmoor spoil heap was almost certainly the one that has been seen several times on Carlton Marsh of late. Also there 11 Red Admiral and 1 Painted Lady. (C. Parkin)
On the reserve 1 Painted Lady, 3 Comma, 9 Speckled Wood, 10 Small Copper, 2 Large White and 29 Small White (C. Parkin)
Gary Lindley had a very nice surprise this morning, when he found a pristine
Camberwell Beauty at Netherwood CP.
Local birders were alerted and arrived to share the joy.
The Camberwell Beauty was perched in rough vegetation,
at the far end of the CP, with its wings held upright.
It opened it's wings frequently, to reveal it's full glory, over the next couple of hours.
It moved position several times before flying off over the hedgerow and was lost to view.
Camberwell Beauty Netherwood CP 17.09.2022 PMeredith
Gary Lindley with Gray Speight and Paul Meredith Netherwood CP 17.09.2022
Wintersett Res. + Vis.Mig:
A Bittern flew into the boathouse reedbed at 06.05hrs.
2,445 Pink-footed Geese, in 44 skeins, flew east/southeast this morning.
Swift 1. Sand Martin 2. 46 Linnets were in the north bank field.
Flying over: A Red Kite south. Hobby 1. Peregrine1.
Friday, 16 September 2022
Wintersett Res. Early morning Gull Roost: (GJS)
An adult Caspian Gull, 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls
and 44 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were in.
Wintersett Res. + Vis.Mig: (GJS, PS)
A Reed Warbler was on the north bank. Swift 1. Hobby 1. Goldeneye 3.
A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds. Little Grebe 16.
Wintersett Res: Evening Gull Roost (SD)
A juvenile Arctic Tern was in.
Going south east:
Pink-footed Geese, 1815 in 32 skeins - 07.30 - 10.50hrs.
Going south: Sand Martin 1.
Going west: Golden Plover 7. Skylark 28.
Going north: An Osprey at 10.30hrs.
Botany Dell: Whitethroat 1.(SD)
Peregrine 1 juvenile. Snipe 3.
Willow Emerald 1 near boathouse WRes. + 1 Pol boardwalk ACP. Southern Hawker 1 Anglers CP
Brown Hawker 1 and Common Darter 1 in boathouse reeds WRes.
Red Admiral 1 boathouse reeds.
A Comma, a Green-veined White, a Small White and a Speckled Wood were in the Willow Wood.
Thursday, 15 September 2022
Swift 1. Sand Martin 6 south. Little Grebe 10 + 3 ACP.
Mallard 87 + 22 ACP. Wigeon 4 + 7 ACP. shoveler 6. Pochard 12 + 70 ACP.
A Red Kite flew over at 10.25hrs.
Anglers CP + Vis.Mig:
Willow Warbler 1.
Going mainly south: Pink-footed Goose 1295 in 13 skeins, up to 09.15hrs.
Going west: Siskin 6.
Common Darter 1 female Botany Road. Common Blue Damselfly 1 male Botany Bay.
Wednesday, 14 September 2022
Anglers CP VisMig:
5 skeins of Pink-footed Geese migrated through this morning.
70 south east at 08.56hrs. 64 south at 08.57hrs.
120 north west at 08.45hrs. 42 east at 08.55hrs 130 east at 09.02hrs..
45 Meadow Pipits flew south.
Canada Goose 214. Greylag Goose 333.
Hobby 1. A Whitethroat was in the Dell.
A Reed Warbler was in the boathouse reeds. Wigeon 6. Goldeneye 3.
Shoveler 12. Sand Martin 2.
Tuesday, 13 September 2022
Two Tawny Owls called at dawn and 6 Blackcaps and 2 Chiffchaffs were ringed.
Also of note, 50 Canada Geese, Grey Wagtail, Coal Tit, Treecreeper, Goldcrest and 40 Meadow Pipits on the top field.
Butterflies included 2 Red Admiral, 2 Small Copper, 1 Comma and 1 Large White.
2 Whinchats and 30 Goldfinch. Also 13 Wall Brown, 8 Small Copper and 3 Comma (Chirs Parkin)
The Sallow Nycteoline, Nycteola degenerama
trapped at Wintersett Country Park on 03/9/2022
is a female, and the genitalia are not the most distinctive,
however, they did agree well with the female photos
on the Lepidoptera Dissection Group website.
This is the 1st confirmed record for Britain!
Many congratulations to Pete Smith.
Sallow Nycteoline Nycteola degenerama
1st for Britain 03.09.2022 Pete Smith.
Many thanks to Harry Beaumont and Charles Fletcher for confirmation.
Reed Warbler 1. Common Sandpiper 1. Grey Wagtail 6. A Grass Snake skin was seen.
ACP Vis. Mig:
Going south: Yellow Wagtail 1. Going north west: Goosander 1.
Sand Martin 1.
Vespa: A Hornet on ivy in the south east corner WRes.
ACP: Small Copper 1
WRes: 2 Speckled Wood and a Green veined White on west bank. A Comma on north west bank.
Odonata: A Brown Hawker and a Willow Emerald were by the boathouse.
Monday, 12 September 2022
Sunday, 11 September 2022
A much quieter day the highlights being insects. A Clouded Yellow, 2 Painted Lady, 6 Red Admiral, 6 Small Copper and a Silver Y moth (C. Parkin).
The Wagtail in the photographs taken by Dave Standish suggest White Wagtail, but with what appears to be a dark rump, it is probably a leucistic Pied Wagtail.
Here are the Wintersett WeBS counts for September 2022
Mute Swan 30 Canada Goose 45 Greylag Goose 236
Cormorant 10 Great Crested Grebe 39 Little Grebe 10
Mallard 88 Wigeon 11 Gadwall 68 Shoveler 10 Teal 7
Tufted Duck 356 Pochard 72 Goldeneye 4 Coot 435
Moorhen 20 Lapwing 250 Grey Heron 2.
Anglers CP + Vis.Mig:
A Treecreeper was calling on the hill.
Meadow Pipit 264. Linnet 20. Grey Wagtail 5. Snipe 3.
House Martin 3. Goldfinch 3. Sand Martin 1.
A 1st summer Hobby at 07.15hrs, (also seen by Pete Smith over WRes.)
Wigeon 3. Shoveler 5 + 9 south west.
A Water Rail was in the west bank marsh.
41 birds were ringed this morning at Wintersett:
Highlights were: 12 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 7 Blackcap,
1 Whitethroat, 4 Reed Warbler and 1 Grey Wagtail (photo @BeckyBailey)
A Common Darter was on the north bank WRes..
Saturday, 10 September 2022
A Little Egret, Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper were on the wader scrape. Elsewhere a Spotted Flycatcher was seen near Cudworth Parkway underpass and 2 Whinchats on the hedgerow of a pasture nearby.
On the reserve 10 Shoveler, 29 Teal, Grey Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler, Goldcrest and 2 duck NE thought to be Common Scotor. A Painted Lady was on the embankment.
A Weasel was seen near the double seats on the embankment (JP/K. Bannister/R/ Laverack/CG)
Anglers CP Vis.Mig:
Going north: 11 Pintail at 06.48hrs. 7 Wigeon at 08.19hrs.
Going northeast: 4 Snipe.
5 adult Great Black-backed Gulls left. A Red Kite flew through at 11.48hrs.
A Peregrine flew over at 08.14hrs. Common Sandpiper 2.
Cold Hiendley Res:
Tufted Duck 315 + 4 WRes. + 20 ACP. Teal 5 + 3 WRes.
Goldeneye 1 female + 3 females WRes.
Circa 90 Linnets.
A male Common Blue Damselfly, a Comma and a Small White butterfly,
were around brambles at edge of Willow Wood, WRes.
A Red Admiral was at ACP.
Friday, 9 September 2022
Dunlin 1 flew over.
A Ringed Plover flew south. Green Sandpiper 1. Common Sandpiper 2.
Pintail 3 dropped in. Cormorant 7. A Willow Tit was on the Pol.
Anglers CP Pol: Odonata around the boardwalk pond.
A male and female Willow Emerald in cop + 3 males
Common Darter 6. Southern Hawker 1. Brown Hawker 1.
Thursday, 8 September 2022
Red-crested Pochard 2 drakes in eclipse. Wigeon 12 + 2 WRes..
A Green Sandpiper flew east. A Whitethroat was on the east bank.
A Reed warbler was on the east bank + a family party seen in south east corner WRes..
A Hobby flew over and a juvenile Hobby was seen at Big Pond. Disposal Point.
Grey Wagtail 5. Common Sandpiper 2. Shoveler 6 + 2 WRes.. Teal 7.