Sunday 31 December 2023

Low Moor/Midhope 31/12/23.

G and J Wasse, S Green. Showery but good light inbetween. Merlin 1 fem. type, C Buzzard 6, Sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 2. Barn Owl hunting early from about 1 pm. Raven 1, Fieldfare 300+, Redwing 50+, Linnet flock 200+ on wires and fields on midhope lane. Lapwing flock c70, Siskin 7.

Carlton Marsh

 c110 Pink Feet flew west at 12.10hrs. 

Finches included c50 Redpoll, 17 Siskin, c30 Goldfinch. 

30 Fieldfare was the most we've had this year! 

Also present 2 Goldcrest, a singing Cetti's Warbler, Water Rail and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

3 Cormorant and 11 Tufted Duck (7m), were on Bleachcroft Farm Pond (R. Laverack/C. Parkin/CG).

Wintersett 31.12.2023

Wintersett Res:

A 2nd Winter Mediterranean Gull was seen at dawn. (GJS).

Anglers CP:

Goosander 6.   3 Nuthatch were in the car park.   

A Water Rail was in the south west corner.   Siskin 14.

3 Tree Sparrows and 3 Yellowhammers were at the Pol feeders.

Cold Hiendley Res:

Kingfisher 1.   A Cetti's Warbler was heard on the south bank.

A cream-crowned Marsh Harrier flew south over CHRes. at 12.10hrs. (GJS, PS, AS).

Saturday 30 December 2023

Carlton Marsh

 3 Little Egrets were present this morning (Keith Bannister).

Friday 29 December 2023

Wintersett 29.12.2023

Anglers CP:  

Shoveler 1 male.

Pol Feeding Station

Siskin 1.   Tree Sparrow 1.   Yellow Bunting 1.

Wintersett Res:

Goosander 2 males.   28 Pink-footed Geese flew over  west.

60 Redwing flew over north west.

Thursday 28 December 2023

Carlton Marsh

 Its still very quiet, the only birds of note today were 3 Greylag south, Kingfisher and 20 Redpolls (D. Standish/CG).

Wednesday 27 December 2023

Wintersett 27.12.2023

Wintersett Res:

A 1st W Drake Scaup was seen on Wintersett Reservoir this morning,  off the west bank.

Great Crested Grebe 3 + 2 Cold Hiendley Res.

Anglers CP:

2  Canada Goose X Greylag Goose hybrids were on this morning.

Tuesday 26 December 2023

Low Cudworth

 c200 Pink Feet Geese NW at 10.40hrs (R. Laverack/L. Corrall). 

Carlton Marsh
Drake Goosander, Cormorant, Kestrel, 11 Redwing, Siskin and 5 Redpoll (CG/C. Parkin).

Wintersett 26.12.2023

Anglers CP:

Shoveler 5.  

2 Tree Sparrows and a female Brambling were on the Pol Feeders.

Wigeon 229 + 10 CHRes. + 10 Moorhouse Lane Pond + 24 WRes.. 

Little Grebe 2 + 1 CHRes.. 

Wintersett Res:

Goldeneye 65 + 30 ACP + 17 CHRes.   

Gadwall  61 CHRes.. + 8 WRes.

Cold Hiendley Res:

Great Crested Grebe 2 + 2 ACP.

Haw Park Wood:

2 Nuthatch on trees at Blue Bridge. 

Old Royston Canal: 

Mallard 28 + 6ACP  + 5 CHRes. + 15 WRes..

Monday 25 December 2023

Carlton Marsh

This morning c70 Pink Feet flew NW at 10.34hrs and 2 drake Goosander and a Redhead were on Bleachcroft Farm Pond (CG).

This afternoon a Little Egret flew south ((D. Standish) and c80 Pink Feet flew west at 13.40hrs (C. Parkin). 

Cudworth TPT to Ardsley Viaduct
25 Siskin, Great Spot Woodpecker, 12 Fieldfare & Buzzard (C. Parkin).

Wilthorpe Marsh 25/12/23.

P Middleton, S Green. Productive morning for Pinkfeet in the area with c 600 seen. 3 skeins over the marsh late morning and c 300 over Mapplewell at 9am. Stonechat 2, Raven 1, Redpoll flock 10, Siskin 5, Greenfinch 5, Chaffinch 4. L Egret 4, Cetti's 2, Stock Dove 21.

Wintersett 25.12.2023

Anglers CP:

A male Brambling was on the Pol feeders.   

70 Pink-footed Geese flew east + 110 flew west.

Shoveler 3.   Siskin 12.   

Wintersett Res:

A male Cetti's Warbler was in the boathouse reeds.

Cold Hiendley Res:

Kingfisher 1.

Sunday 24 December 2023

Carlton Marsh

 31 Teal were on the wader scrape and a Drake and 'Redhead' Goosander were on Bleachcroft Farm Pond.

Saturday 23 December 2023

Carlton Marsh

 On the water 2 drake Goosander (Bleachcroft Farm Pond), 22 Teal, 1 Cormorant (Chris Parkin).

Also 4 Redwing, 2 Siskin, 4 Mistle Thrush (1 singing) and 25 Goldfinch (CP/CG).

A Small Tortoiseshell, out in the mild weather, was found in Low Cudworth (CG). 

Friday 22 December 2023

Wintersett 22.12.2023

Wintersett Res:

A Water Rail was heard near the boathouse bench,

Haw Park Lane:

A male Brambling was in Haw Park Lane field. 

Anglers CP: 

Woodcock 1.

Wintersett - Island clearing 20.12.2023 + 21.12.2023

20.12.2023 Anglers CP:

A small group Wintersettt regulars worked with 2 Rangers to clear

some of the islands in front of the hide this morning. 

21.12.2023 Anglers CP:

Teal 37   Shoveler 2   Little Grebe 4. 

Tuesday 19 December 2023

Wilthorpe Marsh west 19/12/23.

Very steady with most birds in the sewage farm area. Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 4, L Egret 4, Redwing c 100, just 1 Fieldfare the best.

Carlton Marsh

2 Little Egret, 13 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 drake Goosander (Bleachcroft Pond), 3 Redpoll, 1 Siskin (K. Bannister/CG).

Wintersett 19.12.2023

Anglers CP:

Black-headed Gull 1 adult, white with black wing tips.

11 Redwing flew west. 

Wintersettt Res:

Goosander 1 male.  Shoveler 3. 

Monday 18 December 2023

Carlton Marsh

It was another lovely day, but not a lot to see. 2 Cormorants, 3 Cetti's Warbler sang, 2 Siskins,

2 Water Rails called, a Mistle Thrush sang and 14 Canada Geese and a Greylag were present.

(L & A Corrall/CG).

Wintersett WeBS - December 2023

Here are the Wintersett WeBS counts for December 2023

Mute Swan 18   Canada Goose 42   Greylag Goose 2   

Cormorant 15   Coot 193   Moorhen 22   Water Rail 1   

Great Crested Grebe 5   Little Grebe 7   Mallard 32   

Teal 36   Wigeon 150   Gadwall 89   Shoveler 1   Tufted Duck 219

Pochard 26   Goldeneye 73   Goosander 17   Grey Heron 7   

Lapwing 50  Snipe 5.

Sunday 17 December 2023

Ferrymoor Flash - Grimethorpe

 2 drake Goosanders, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Great Spot Woodpecker and 5 Linnets flew over.

Cudworth Common 
A few Redpoll with a Tit flock, Green Woodpecker and a Mistle Thrush sang.

Low Cudworth to Littleworth Park
20 Fieldfares, 9 Redwings, 4 Siskins, 2 Greenfinches, 2 Coal Tits, 4 Bullfinches, 15 Linnets and 4 Chaffinches (C. Parkin).

A Pale Brindled Beauty was attracted to Dave Smith's moth trap last night!

Pale Brindled Beauty

Wintersett + Walton Hall 17.12.2023

Anglers CP:

Shoveler 4.  

Cold Hiendley Res:

A Cetti's Warbler was on the south bank.

Walton Hall - 10.15 - 10.35hrs.

Greylag Goose 84.  Grey Heron 1.  Mute Swan 12.  

Canada Goose 65.   Great Crested Grebe 1.  Coot 59,

Tufted Duck 6.   Mallard 39.   Moorhen 4.   

Shoveler 2.  Cormorant 4.

Saturday 16 December 2023

Low Moor/Midhope 16/12/23.

2 to 4pm. Very windy with poor light but a scenic sunset behind Pike Lowe at the end. Pinkfeet c 200 e at 2-30pm, Golden Plover flock c20 seen a couple of times in flight. Fieldfare c 200 came in to roost, C Buzzard 3.

Carlton Marsh

3 Water Rails and a Cetti's Warbler called from the reedbeds. Single Redpoll and Siskin flew around. 

22 Teal were on the wader scrape and 2 drake Goosanders were on Bleachcroft Farm pond. 

52 Jackdaws were on a nearby field (C. Parkin/CG).

Locally a Small Tortoiseshell was tempted out of hibernation by the mild temperatures and sunshine in Les Corrall's Low Cudworth garden.

Wintersett 16.12.2023

Wintersett Res:

A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds.

Anglers CP:

80 Pink-footed Geese flew over east.

A Raven flew over west. 

A Cetti's Warbler was on the east bank.

Friday 15 December 2023

Wintersett 15.12.2023

Anglers CP:

6 Siskin were on the Pol.   A Treecreeper was in the car park.

A female Pintail was on the lake this morning. 

A Red Kite flew south.   Green Woodpecker 1.   

Little Grebe 5 + 1 WRes..

Water Rail 1 in south west corner  +  1 in boathouse reeds  W.Res..

Cold Hiendley Res:

Kingfisher 1.   A male Cetti's Warbler was on the south bank.

Wednesday 13 December 2023

Low Moor/Midhope 13/12/23.

1-30 till 4 pm. Red Kite 1, Sparrowhawk 1, C Buzzard 1, Kestrel 3+. Raven 2, Linnet flock c200, Fieldfare c 25.

Wintersett 13.12.2023

Anglers CP: 

Two birds of note this morning:  

A Jack Snipe flew up from the east bank

and a Raven flew over at 11.27hrs.

Tuesday 12 December 2023


For your interest, a Mute Swan, darvic ring 295Y, was found dead on Elsecar Reservoir by Russ Boland on the 4th of December 2023. It was ringed at Stockton on Tees on the 19th of August 2014 in its 2nd calendar year.

Monday 11 December 2023

Woolley Dam 11/12/23.

Grey Heron 13, Teal 11, Woodpigeon c 500. GS Pecker 1, Skylark 2.

Wintersett 11.12.2023

Anglers CP:

A Raven flew over several times, from 11.35hrs to 12.00hrs.

A 2nd bird flew in from the south,  

then U turned back south at 11.58hrs.  

A Red Kite flew over at 12.05hrs. 

An adult Yellow-legged Gull flew over at 12.15hrs.  

(Probably Psycho!).

Sunday 10 December 2023

Wilthorpe Marsh 10/12/23.

C Dixon, S Green. - Raven 2, Peregrine 1 male, L Egret 5, L Grebe 3, Goosander 2, Teal 13. Goldcrest c 12, Goldfinch c25, G Pecker 1. Roe Deer 2.

Wintersett 10.12.2023

Anglers CP:

Little Grebe 5 + 1 WRes.   Goosander 2.   

Wintersett Res:

A Cetti's Warbler was in the boathouse reeds.

A Treecreeper  and 30 Lesser Redpoll were in the Willow Wood.

Carlton Marsh

 Cormorant, Kingfisher, Buzzard and 2 Cetti's Warbler sang. A pair of Tawny Owls were calling to each other at dusk, but no sign of a Bittern yet (Dave Standish).

Yesterday 3 December Moths and a Winter Moth were caught in Dave Smith's Carlton garden.

December Moth (Dave Smith)

Friday 8 December 2023

Carlton Marsh

Barnsley Council Countryside Rangers did a great job yesterday as usual cutting back scrub at the viewing points along the embankment. Today Yorkshire Wildlife Trust were on our Western Meadow removing scrub and trees in readiness for it to be fenced in the New Year. Then we can finally get it grazed with cattle. 

A Woodcock was flushed this morning (Neil Lunn). More flooding seems have left little in the way of wildfowl on, except for a few Gadwall and a Shoveler. A Kingfisher was present and a Grey Wagtail flew west at dusk. 17 Redwings and 40 Magpies roosted (CG).

Thursday 7 December 2023

Wintersett 07.12.2023

 Anglers CP:

A Tree Sparrow was at the Pol Feeders,

Wintersett Res: 

Little Grebe 1. 

Pochard 13 + 16 CHRes..

Cold Hiendley Res:

Shoveler  2.

Wednesday 6 December 2023

Carlton Marsh

All water areas have been largely frozen of late. A Tawny Owl was roosting in a Hawthorn this morning. Also present Great Spot Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Siskin, 12 Redwing and a Water Rail called (L & A Corrall).

A quick walk over Cudworth Common only provided a Green Woodpecker and a Grey Wagtail. The open water was frozen over.

Wintersett + Ice 06.12.2023

ICE :  ACP 1%.    WRes..85%   CHRes: 80%

Anglers CP:

A Brambling was in the car park.   Great Crested Grebe 4.

Cormorant 25.   Shoveler 3.

Wintersett Res:

A Bittern and a Water Rail were in the boathouse reeds

at 15.10 hrs. 

A male Cetti's Warbler was on the north bank. 

Tuesday 5 December 2023

Carlton Marsh

At least 4 Water Rails called at dusk. A few Redwings roosted with Blackbirds and 6 Buntings that came in to roost were thought to be Yellow Buntings (CG/D. Standish).

Wintersett 05.12.2023

Anglers CP:

24 Skylarks were in the Pol field.

A Weasel was seen near the Pol.

Wintersett Res:

Pochard 10.

Monday 4 December 2023

Wintersett 04.12.2023

Wintersett Res:

A Bittern was roosting in the boathouse reeds 

dropped down at 08.04hrs. 

Anglers CP:

Teal 53.

Sunday 3 December 2023

Wilthorpe Marsh 3/12/23.

Very steady. Common Snipe 7, Grey Partridge 3, Teal c 60, Meadow Pipit 1, Green Pecker 2, Fieldfare 2 the best.

Wintersett - Ringing Recovery - Becky Bailey @BeckyBailey101 ·

Wintersett Ringing Recovery - Becky Bailey    ·

Black-headed gull 5441604 

was found dead at Wintersett on 2/11/23;

It was ringed as a pullus in Hallig-Norderoog, 

Nordfriesische Inseln, Germany on 2/7/16; 

656km West (2679 days). 


Wintersett 03.12.2023

Anglers CP:

Canada Goose 325.  Greylag Goose 100.

Skylark 8 flew north.  Little Grebe  5.  Siskin 10.

Wintersett Res:

A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds.

Great Crested Grebe 4 + 1 Anglers CP. 

Saturday 2 December 2023

Carlton Marsh

c100 Pink Feet Geese NW at 16.05hrs (yesterday) (CG) and 20 west at 14.15hrs today (K. Bannister). Also Cetti's Warbler. 10 Lesser Redpolls.

Wintersett + Anglers CP Gull Roost. 02.12.2023

Wintersett Res:

A Bittern was in the boathouse reeds at 08.59hrs.

A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds.  

Cold Hiendley Res:

Cetti's Warbler 1 male on north bank + 1 male on south bank.  

Anglers CP:

Shoveler 4   Cormorant 8   Great Crested Grebe 3   Siskin 1.

A Waxwing flew north at 10.20hrs. 

ACP Gull Roost:  (photos - Steve Denny)

There was an influx of 250 Herring Gulls in to the CP roost,    

from fewer than 20 in recent weeks.  


 A 1st winter Caspian Gull was with them.  


                and an Egyptian Goose came in to roost at 16:00 hrs             

Friday 1 December 2023

Wintersett 01.12. 2023

Wintersett Res:

A Bittern was seen briefly in the boathouse reeds (SD).

2 Skylarks flew over.

Anglers CP:

Stock Dove 25.   Little Grebe 3 + 1 CHRes..

Cold Hiendley Res: 

Gadwall 117 + 6 ACP.  Cormorant 4.

Wigeon 328 - (68 CHRes + 18 WRes. + 242 ACP)

Great Crested Grebe  2 CHRes.+ 1 WRes. + 1 ACP.

Shoveler 1 CHRes. + 2 ACP. 

Thursday 30 November 2023

Low Moor/Midhope 30/11/23.

2 till 4pm. Barn Owl hunting the fields from 3pm onwards. Pinkfeet c 25 w at 3-15 pm, Fieldfare c100, Raven 2. C Buzzard 2, Kestrel 2.

Wintersett 30.11.2023

Steve Denny sightings:

Wintersett Res:

3 Shelduck - left north west at 09.17hrs. 

Anglers CP:

Canada Goose  92.  Siskin 10.  Teal 27.

73 Pink-footed Geese flew north west at 08.35hrs.

Wednesday 29 November 2023

Carlton Marsh

c70 Pink Feet flew west at 09.30hrs (JP), 

The highlight of the day was a Green Woodpecker, the first since August. Also present 2 Goldrest, Buzzard, Kestrel, Water Rail, Kingfisher, 12 Redwing, Treecreeper and a pair of Shoveler (L. & A. Corrall)..

Wintersett 29.11.2023

Steve Denny sightings:

Anglers CP:

Wigeon  307 +  6 WRes..

Snipe 13 in south west corner.

Wintersett Res:

Water Rail - one off the  north west bank.

Wintersett 28.11.2023

Steve Denny sightings:

Wintersett Res: 

Water Rail 2.  Cetti's Warbler 2

Anglers CP:

Goosander 8.

Tuesday 28 November 2023

Carlton Marsh

On the surrounding set aside fields 26 Stock Dove, 60 Linnet, 15 Skylark and the odd Reed and Yellow Bunting. On the disused railway embankment, 2 Siskin, 2 Great Spot Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush and Treecreeper. In the marsh a Cetti's warbler and a Water Rail called (L. & A. Corrall/CG).

2 Foxes were on the prowl.

Monday 27 November 2023

Nether Cudworth

 A Waxwing spent around 20 minutes at the top of a large Sycamore in Les Corrall's garden from 13.15hrs.

Wintersett Ringing Recovery - Becky Bailey

A Lesser Redpoll BNB2188 

was ringed at Fontburn Nature Reserve, Northumberland on 01/10/23 

and retrapped by  @PeteSmith1254

 on 16/10/23 @Anglers CountryPark (@Wintersett1). 

A move of 181km South in 15 days.


Wintersett 27.11.2023

Anglers CP: 

Wigeon 174 + 3 WRes..   Teal 22.   Snipe 16. 

A Water Rail was in the shallows.

A male Brambling. was at the Pol Feeders.

Sunday 26 November 2023

Low Moor /Midhope 26/11/23.

Steady couple of hours this aft. Pinkfeet 70 w at 2-20 pm., Fieldfare 120 +, Linnet flock c 150. Raven 2 with few raptors just Buzzard and 2 Kestrels.

Wilthorpe marsh 26/11/23.

Pinkfeet c 350 in 2 skeins between 10 and 10-30 am. Stonechat 2, Raven 2, Siskin 2, Peregrine 1, C Snipe 1. Pipit sp 1 flew towards s.f.

Carlton Marsh

 c200 Pink Feet Geese flew west at 10.15hrs  and 10 Common Gulls were on the fields (JP).

4 Mute Swans flew north but soon returned they way they came (K. Bannister).

Wintersett Ringing + Update 26.11.2023

81 birds were ringed this morning:

Highlights were:

Common Redpoll 2,   Lesser Redpoll 63   Coal Tit,   Goldcrest 2, 

Redwing,  and  2 Blackbirds  

(including photo below of rufous adult female, likely from NE Scandinavia)

and 1 control Lesser Redpoll  - (details awaited).  - Becky Bailey.


Anglers CP: 

A Water Rail called from the outflow and another Water Rail was in the CP shallows. 

Going west: Pink-footed Geese in 3 skeins - 55 + 170 + 220.  

Haw Park Wood: 

17 Pink-footed Geese flew over at 10.55hrs.

Saturday 25 November 2023

Carlton Marsh

4 Siskin, 2 Great Spot Woodpecker, 2 Water Rail called and 22 Teal. The wader scrape was 70% iced over after an overnight air frost. However, tucked away relatively sheltered and warm 24 Herald Moths (CG/C. Parkin)

Wilthorpe Marsh 25/11/23.

P Middleton, S Green. Jack Snipe 1, Common Snipe 3, Raven 2, Goldfinch c45. Greenfinch c12, Parakeet 1 heard only sewage farm area.

Wintersett 25.11.2023

Wintersettt Res:

Water Rail 1 boathouse reeds + 1 north east corner + 1 west bank.

Cetti's Warbler 1 boathouse reeds,  1 north bank + 1 male west bank marsh.

Anglers CP: 

Snipe 13.   Pintail 1 female.  Goosander 13.  Teal 22.   

Great Crested Grebe 5 + 1 WRes. + 1 CHRes..

Cold Hiendley Res: 

A Dunlin flew over.  

Goldeneye 36  + 32 ACP + 1 WRes.

Friday 24 November 2023

Wintersett 24.11.2023

Wintersett Res:

Common Scoter 2 juveniles.   

A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds + 2 were in ACP shallows. 

Anglers CP:

26 Goldfinch were on the Pol feeders.   Cormorant 13.  

ACP at Dusk: Dunlin 4.  Goldeneye 47.  Goosander 10.  

Haw Park Wood:

Siskin 1.

Low Cudworth To Ardsley Viaduct TPT

5 Red-legged and 4 Grey Partridge, 2 Buzzard, 5 Redwing. Also 15 Herald moths hibernating (C. Parkin)

Thursday 23 November 2023

Carlton Marsh (22/11/23)

Yesterday a Raven came in from the north and alighted in a large Ash tree behind the wader scrape. It was last seen near the Cudworth Parkway underpass at 10.05hrs (JP).

Also of note Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Redpoll, and a Cetti's Warbler sang.

Later in the day 25 Magpies and c300 Wood Pigeons roosted (L & Corrall/CG).

Woodcocks were flushed from Coal Pit Lane and near Edderthorpe Flash (A. Vincent).

Wilthorpe Marsh west 23/11/23.

Very steady. Woodcock 1 flushed, Grey Partridge c10, Goldcrest 4, Siskin 1, Starling flock 200+.

Wintersett 23.11.2023

Wintersett Res:

Common Scoter 2 juveniles.   

Going east: 32 Pink-footed Geese flew over.

Anglers CP: 

A Dunlin  dropped in this morning.   Pochard 8.

Green Woodpecker 1.

Wednesday 22 November 2023

Wilthorpe Marsh west 22/11/23.

P Middleton, S Green. Peregrine 1, Raven 1 over calling with another 3 corvids but lost to view behind trees. Stonechat 2, Cetti's 2, Siskin 7, Redwing c 120.

Wintersett 22.11.2023

 Anglers CP:

A Raven flew over the west bank side.  Teal 31.   Cormorant 7. 

Moorhouse Lane Pond: 

A Marsh Harrier flew over, and then over to the west of ACP.

Wintersett Res: 

Common Scoter 2 juveniles.    

23 Stock Doves were in the east bank field. 

An unringed Cetti's Warbler was in the north west corner.

Tuesday 21 November 2023

Wintersett + Photos by Derick Elvidge. 21.11.2023

Wintersettt Res:

Whooper Swan 10 flew over east at 09.00hrs.

Common Scoter 2 juveniles.   Teal 3.

Cold Hiendley Res:

 8 Whooper Swans dropped in at 10.15hrs - 2 + 2 were juveniles.

 5 Whooper Swans (1 juvenile)  dropped in at 10.50hrs. 

A Cetti's Warbler was on the south bank.  

Anglers CP:

Photos by Derick Elvidge. 

A Beautiful Male Siskin and lovely Blue Tit at Anglers Country Park, West Yorkshire.

May be an image of bird 


Monday 20 November 2023

Wintersett 20.11.2023

Anglers CP:

Green Woodpecker 1.  Herring Gull 91.   A Dunlin was in the shallows.

Lesser Redpoll 22.   A Raven at Botany flew to ACP at 11.00 hrs. 

Going west: Pink-footed Goose 50. 

Wintersett Res:  Common Scoter 2 juveniles.  

Cold Hiendley Res: Kingfisher 1.  Goosander 3 + 1 WRes..

Sunday 19 November 2023

Wintersett WeBS for November 2023

Here are the Wintersett WeBS counts for November 2023.

Mute Swan 28   Canada Goose 6   Greylag Goose 71   

Cormorant 6   Coot 323     Water Rail 1   Moorhen 13

Great Crested Grebe 7   Little Grebe 9   

Mallard 46   Teal 46   Shoveler 13   Wigeon 94   Gadwall 79   

Tufted Duck 242   Pochard 19   Goldeneye 55   Goosander 1   

Common Scoter 2   Grey Heron 3   Lapwing 132   Snipe 18.

Upland Reservoirs - November WeBS Counts


Ingbirchworth Reservoir 07.35-08.35

Great Crested Grebe 11, Little Grebe 3, Moorhen 2, Mallard 40 (23 male, 17 female), Greylag Goose 2

Black Headed Gull 79, Common Gull 1

Broadstones Reservoir 08.50 - 09.20

Mallard 10 ( 7 male, 3 female)

Black Headed Gull 43, Common Gull 12, Lesser Black Backed Gull 1

Royd Moor Reservoir 09.55- 11.20

Little Grebe 1, Moorhen 2, Mallard 42 (26 male, 16 female), Tufted Duck 24 (14 male, 10 female), Teal 10 (7 male, 3 female), Wigeon 1 (male), Cormorant 2, Canada Goose 152

Black Headed Gull 249, Common Gull 5

Wintersett 19.11.2023

Anglers CP:

Going north west:  80 Pink-footed Geese. 

Herring Gull 160.

Martin Weir recorded 44 species on BirdTrack at Anglers CP this morning.

Click on link for full list.

Wintersett Res:

Common Scoter 2 juveniles.

Cold Hiendley Res:

Gadwall 77 + 2 ACP.  Wigeon 52 + 32 ACP

Goosander 4 + 1 ACP.  Pochard 15 + 3 ACP.

Saturday 18 November 2023

Carlton Marsh

There was no sign of the Goldeneye from yesterday. 2 Cormorant, 21 Teal, 2 Water Rail, 8 Common Gull, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Siskin, 2 Great Spot Woodpecker, c25 Redwing, 20 Starling, 17 Magpie and a Tawny Owl at its usual; roost. (5 were seen with a nightscope yesterday night) (CG/D. Standish).

Fungi - Candlesnuff, Shaggy Ink Cap and Clouded Agaric.

Male Common Darter

Newtown, Cudworth
A Mottled Umber and a December Moth (with eggs) were attracted to the MV lamp, along with the Orange Ladybird (Halyzia sedecimguttata) (CG).

Wilthorpe Marsh west 18/11/23.

P Middleton, S Green. Raven 2 on pylon went w, Peregrine ad male through in same direction. Not much else, Woodpigeon c 135, G Pecker 1, Kingfisher 1.

Wintersett + Walton Hall 18.11.2023

Anglers CP:

A Linnet flew over.  Little Grebe 5.

Water Rail 1 in south west corner.

Going east:  Pink-footed Goose 120.

Golf Course Field:

Cetti's  Warbler 1. 

Walton Hall 11.00 - 11.15hrs.

Mute Swan 9.  Greylag Goose 3.  Canada Goose 55.  

Moorhen 4.  Coot 63.  Great Crested Grebe 2.  

Mallard 19.  Wigeon 1 female.  Shoveler 17.  Tufted Duck 9. 

Cormorant 3.  Heron 1.

Wintersett Res:

2 juvenile Common Scoters.

Friday 17 November 2023

Carlton Marsh

A female Goldeneye, on the scrape at 07.45hrs, stayed all day, (K. Bannister et al) and c200 Pink Feet headed east at 09.40hrs (D. Standish).

Present were 2 Goldcrest, Treecreeper, 4 Skylark, 2 Linnet, 4 Redwing, Buzzard, Kestrel, Cetti's Warbler and 2 adult Common Gulls (L & A Corrall).

Low Cudworth to Ardsley Viaduct
3 Red-legged Partridge, 30 Redwing, Coal Tit, 4 Jay, 3 Mistle Thrush and 2 Bullfinch.

Insects included Green Shield Bug, Common Darter and a White-tailed Bumble Bee (C. Parkin)

Goldeneye duck (D. Standish)

Wintersett 17.11.2023

Anglers CP:

The Red-throated Diver was on Wintersett Res. to  09.05hrs, 

then on Anglers CP  to 09.15hrs,  then left high south west.

Pink-footed Goose  220 east  + 350 west.

Wintersett Res: 

Cetti's Warbler:  1 male in boathouse reeds + 2 males in north east corner,  + 1 south east corner,  and 1 male in west bank marsh.

Water Rail:  1 in boathouse reeds. + 1 north bank +  1 north west corner.

A flock of 20 Greenfinch was on north east bank.  

Common Scoter 2 juveniles.  A Linnet flew over.

Thursday 16 November 2023

Wilthorpe Marsh west 16/11/23.

Peregrine male again on pylons. Little Owl calling again in railway line area. 11 + Goldcrests, Redpoll 7, Siskin 2, Cetti's 2, T Creeper 2. Goosander 4 w, L Egret 1.

Wintersett 16.11.2023

Wintersett Res:

Red-throated Diver  1.  

Common Scoter 7 juveniles.

Wednesday 15 November 2023

Wintersett 15.11.2023

Wintersett Res:

The Red-throated Diver still present.  

A Cetti's Warbler was in the boathouse reeds. 

A murmuration of 500 Starlings dropped in the boathouse reeds to roost at 17.00hrs.

Anglers CP:

Common Scoter 1 immature female.  Peregrine 1 juvenile male.

A Water Rail was in the south west corner + 1 in the boathouse reeds WRes..

ACP Rangers and a small group of Friends of Haw Park Wood  

cleared the vegetation from some of the islands.

Tuesday 14 November 2023


 A male Brimstone butterfly was feeding on Ivy in Les Corrall's garden this morning.

A female Sparrowhawk sat less than 2 yards from an apparently ailing Goldfinch under a feeder, but didn't make any attempt to kill it. (Arthur Vincent's garden).

Wintersett 14.11.2023

 Wintersett Res:

 Red-throated Diver still present. 

Cetti's Warbler 1 male boathouse reeds + 1 male in west bank marsh.

A Water Rail called from the boathouse reeds.   Goosander 4. 

Anglers CP:

A Tree Sparrow was on the Pol feeders.

A Brambling was on the Pol.

Monday 13 November 2023

Wintersett 13.11.2023

Anglers CP: 

Pintail 1 female.  A male  Brambling was on the Pol feeders.

Wintersett Res:

Red-throated Diver 1 still present.  Pochard 5 + 11 CHRes.

Sunday 12 November 2023

Wintersett Ringing 12.11.2023

Anglers CP Ringing: 

18 birds were ringed this morning :

Highlights were :  
4 Redwing,   8 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Common Redpoll and 1 Brambling.


Brambling   ACP  Becky Bailey

Saturday 11 November 2023

Low Moor/Midhope 11/11/23.

Very steady 3 hours. Red Kite 1, Sparrowhawk 1, C Buzzard 6+, Kestrel 3. Fieldfare c 200, Woodpigeon c70, Linnet c65, Redpoll c25. Siskin 4 Jay 1.

Wintersett + Ringing 11.11.20023

 Anglers CP:

3 Waxwings were in trees at the entrance to car park at 11.00hrs per Bird Guides.

Wintersett Res:  

A Cetti's Warbler  and a Water Rail were in the boathouse reeds. 

A Nuthatch was calling near the boathouse bench.

The Red-throated Diver still present.  A Water Rail was in the westbank marsh.

Going east:  Little Egret 1.  Pink-footed Goose 160.

19 birds were ringed at Wintersett this morning;

Highlights were:  

4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Coal Tit,  5 Goldcrest and 1 Chiffchaff.

Friday 10 November 2023

Carlton Marsh

1 Siskin, 2 Redpoll, 30 Goldfinch, 3 Skylark SW, Water Rail and another Cetti;s Warbler was ringed (6 this year). 

(R. J. Boland)

Wintersett 10.11.2023

 Wintersett Res:

A Chiffchaff was in the boathouse reeds + another on the Pol,  Anglers CP.

A Cetti's Warbler was in the boathouse reeds.

The Red-throated Diver still present.

Thursday 9 November 2023

Upland news 9/11/23.

Broadstones res. - Lapwing 200+ over, Stonechat 1 pair, 2 Meadow Pipits, 1 singing Tree Sparrow. Low Moor/Midhope. - Brief period here ruined by rain. - Heard only in the cloud a flock of Crossbills. Fieldfare 200+, Raven 1, Woodpigeon 100+, Siskin 1, Kestrel 2.

Wintersett 09.11.2023

 Anglers CP:

A Brambling flew south west. 

62 Pink-footed Geese flew west.

Teal 18.   Snipe 25.    

Wintersett Res:

The Red-throated Diver still present.  

Cetti's Warbler 1 in boathouse reeds + 1 in south west corner. 

Wednesday 8 November 2023

Monk Bretton

 A Red Kite flew low south over Carr Street at 13.57hrs (Dave Smith).

Wilthorpe Marsh 8/11/23.

P Middleton, S Green. - Pinkfeet 33, w at 2-07pm. Jack Snipe 1, Common Snipe 5, Siskin flock 24, Cetti's 1 singing after a quiet recent spell. Meadow Pipit 4, Green Pecker 2.

Wintersett Ringing Recovery - Becky Bailey

Willow warbler NCD394 was ringed by  @PeteSmith1254

as a breeding female on 11/08/20  @Wintersett1

Retrapped at Stanford Reservoir, Northants on 21/08/23. 

1105 days, 137km South.


Wintersett 08.11.2023

Anglers CP:

Little Grebe 7.   Goosander 4.   Teal 10.   Little Egret 1.

Greylag Goose 100.   Canada Goose 70.

Wintersett Res:

Red-throated Diver 1. 

Pink-footed Goose 50 north.

Water Rail 1 boathouse reeds.

Tuesday 7 November 2023

Wilthorpe Marsh west 7/11/23.

Very steady. Little Owl calling from railway line area. Fieldfare c 250, L Egret 2, Kingfisher 1, Siskin 1. Peregrine yesterday but no sign today.

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. + Odonata 07.11.2023

Anglers CP Vis.Mig   GJ Speight, P.Smith

Going west: Pink-footed Goose  280.  Goosander 1.

 Going east: Pink-footed Goose 119.

Going south east: Collared Dove 1.

Going south west:  Wood Pigeon 250.  Skylark 10.  Starling 132. Song Thrush 1. 

Redwing 152.  Fieldfare 62.  alba Wagtail 2.  Lesser Redpoll 19.  Goldfinch 10.

Siskin 27.

Wintersett Res:

The Red-throated Diver still present.

A Marsh Harrier flew over the reeds,  left west over CHRes., then to Haw Park  at 10.52hrs.

Goosander 6.  Little Egret 2.

Odonata: Migrant  Hawker 1 at the boathouse bench.

Going east: 

A Short-eared Owl flew over Pits Wood at 09.39hrs.(GJS), first of the year.

Going south: Whooper Swans 3 + 8Little Egret 1.

Haw Park Wood: Brambling 1. 

Cold Hiendley Res.

A Water Rail was on the south bank.  Gadwall 74 + 2 ACP.

Going north east: A Crossbill flew over at 10.50hrs. 


Started very slowly, picked up around 09.00 for a couple of hours before going quiet again. 

An eastbound Short-eared Owl took the podium, with 2 small Whooper herds, 

5 Pink-feet skeins and a blogging Marsh Harrier the other highlights.

Monday 6 November 2023

Wintersett 08.11.2023

Wintersett Res:

Red throated Diver still present.

Anglers CP:

Going south: Whooper Swan 6

Pink-footed Goose 1 juvenile.

Pochard  7 ACP + 14 WRes. +  2 CHRes. 

Sunday 5 November 2023

Carlton Marsh

c250 Canada Geese were on the wader scrape, a Water Rail Rail called, Kingfisher, a Cetti's Warbler sang near the hide and another male was caught in the marsh along with an adult Redwing. c80 Linnets were in a nearby field. (K. Bannister/C. Parkin/D. Standish/CG).

Wintersett + Ringing 05.11.2023

26 birds were ringed at Anglers CP:  

Highlights of  Redwing 10,   Blackcap 1 female,  Reed Bunting 1,  Lesser Redpoll 10, and a large Common Redpoll with a wing of 80mm, weight of 13.1g. 

         Image       Image  


 Anglers CP:

Little Grebe 3.  Snipe 9.

- Going east:

Pink-footed Goose 80 + 50 + 65

Wintersett Res:

The Red throated Diver and the male Common Scoter still present on Wintersett Res.

28 Whooper Swans flew over Wintersett Res. at 12.15hrs. 

11 Whoopers left and 17 flew in to Anglers CP.

Cold Hiendley Sewage Works:

Chiffchaff 1.

Saturday 4 November 2023

Carlton Marsh

70 Pink Feet flew north over Low Cudworth at 10.05hrs before they were seen at 10.08hrs still heading north just east of Carlton Marsh (R. Laverack/G. Miller/JP).

Wintersett + Ringing 04.11.2023

Wintersett Res:

Red-throated Diver 1.   Common Scoter 1 male.


Red-throated Diver 1.  Photo S.Denny   

Double Click link below for video.

Anglers CP + Ringing:

47 birds were ringed this morning:

Highlights were:  Redwing 12,  Goldcrest,  Chiffchaff, 
Lesser Redpoll 23 and 2 cracking Common Redpoll!
 Common Redpoll   ACP Pol  04.11.2023  Simon Cooper
ACP Feeding Station:   
A Nuthatch  was on the feeding station this morning.  - photo by Simon Cross

Friday 3 November 2023

Carlton Marsh

180 Canada Geese were on the wader scrape late afternoon. Also Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler on main marsh.

A male Brimstone was flying around Ivy in a garden on the Birkwood estate around mid-day (A. Vincent) 

Wintersett + Vis Mig. 03.11.2023

Wintersett Res:

Red-throated Diver 1.  Common Scoter 1 male.   

Cetti's Warbler 1 male north east corner + 1 male boathouse reeds.

Anglers CP:

Peregrine 1 juvenile male.   Kingfisher 1.   

Brambling 1.  Goosander 3.

Anglers CP  Vis.Mig:

Going east: Pink-footed Goose 17 + 150 + 150

Going west: Pink-footed Goose 30.

Going south west: 

Fieldfare 1,130.   Wood Pigeon 2,590.  Redwing 175.

Going south: Crossbill 6.

Wild goose chase

 What's happening with the geese?  In the nine years we've lived at Carlton the goose count on our nearby Athersley Memorial Fishing Lake has been a consistent zero.  This autumn we've had loads of movement over the house more than once every day and I was happy to see a couple of Canadas on the lake recently rising to a dozen later.  A few days ago I was well surprised to count 56 Canadas on there!  Today I lost count at 200 Canadas and over 100 Greylags on the lake!!

Thursday 2 November 2023

Carlton Marsh

 c70 Pink Feet flew east at 08.30hrs (Keith Bannister).

Low Cudworth
A female Blackcap flew into Les Corrall's patio window on 29th October and died of shock. Then today a male was in his Apple Tree at 12.40hrs.

Wintersett 02.11.2023

Wintersett Res:

Red-throated Diver 1.  Common Scoter 1 male. 

Teal 14 + 2 ACP.

Going west: 

Pink-footed Goose 110.  

Anglers CP Pol +  Feeders:

1 Tree Sparrow + 2 Nuthatch on feeders this morning.  Chiffchaff 1.

Anglers CP:

Little Egret 1.  Snipe 17.  Goosander 2 males. 

Hawfinch, 1 in Hawthorn bushes on west side. 

Pintail 1 male on, then flew to Wintersett Res..

A Rock Pipit flew east at 10.43.

Wednesday 1 November 2023

Carlton Marsh

 This morning c25 Redwing, c25 Fieldfare, 2 Cormorants and 2 Skylarks (K. Bannister)

This afternoon Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and c400 Canada Geese flew SE (of which c75 alighted on the wader scrape) at 16.25hrs. c20 Greylags were with them and continued SE at 16.30hrs. (CG)

60 Pink Feet flew SE over the Birkwood estate, Cudworth at 09.20hrs (A. Vincent).

Wintersett + Insects 01.11.2023

Anglers CP:

 A Chiffchaff was on the Pol.  Little Egret 1.  

Little Grebe 7 + 9 WRes.  Shoveler 61.

Golden Plover 32 over CP fields. 

Going south: Swallow 2.  Dunlin 1.

ACP Insects: 

European Hornet 1.  Common Darter 1,

Wintersett Res: 

Red-throated Diver 1.  Common Scoter 1 male.

Great Northern Diver 1 juvenile at 08.50hrs, left north at 09.00hrs. (GJS, SC, SD)

A hunting  Cream-Crowned Marsh Harrier flew over.

Little Gull 1 adult,  then over to ACP.   Little Grebe 9 + 7 ACP.

Goldeneye 21 + 8 ACP + 7 CHRes..

Haw Park

Peregrine 1.

Tuesday 31 October 2023

Wintersett 31.10.2023

Wintersett Res:

The juvenile Red-throated Diver  still present. 

Common Scoter 1 male.   A Water Rail heard on the north bank.

Anglers CP:

Goosander 1 male.   Little Egret 1.  Little Grebe 7.

Cold Hiendley Res:

Willow Emerald Damselfly egg scars,  on  Crack Willow,  north east bank.

Carlton Marsh

It has has been very quiet of late, most of our wildfowl left during the floods. I suppose with this much water around they are spoiled for choice as to where they can go to feed. Today just a pair of Mute Swans (a different pair), 2 Cormorants, 2 Tufted Ducks, a Grey Wagtail and a Cetti's Warbler.

180 Linnets on nearby telegraph wires is a good number at any time of year though (K. Bannister).

Monday 30 October 2023

Wintersett Ringing Recovery


Sedge Warbler AXT4882 was ringed at Wintersett  

 by  @emilymustafa6   on 26/07/23

 and retrapped by ringers in 

Frossay, Loire-Atlantique, France on 20/08/23. 

A move of 709km South in 25 days.


Wintersett 30.10.2023

 Wintersett Res:

The juvenile Redthroated Diver still present. 

Common Scoter 1 male.

Goosander 1.   Little Grebe 6  and 1 CHRes.. 

2 Great White Egrets flew over NNE at 10.50hrs.    

Sunday 29 October 2023

Wintersett + Vis.Mig + Insects 29.10.2023

Wintersett Res: 

The juvenile Red-throated Diver still present.

Anglers CP + Vis Mig:

Shoveler 54.

Going west:  Brambling 1.

Going south:  Wood Pigeon 1000.  Skylark 104.  

Fieldfare 2760.  Redwing 645, Meadow Pipit 50,  

Linnet 30,  Yellowhammer 

Cold Hiendley Skylark field looks good: GJS.

Meadow Pippit 50,  Skylark 20,  Linnet 30,  Yellowhammer 15

Moorhouse Lane Ponds:  Chiffchaff 1 (Martin Weir) 

Pits Wood: Nuthatch 4.

Odonata:   Common Darter 1.  Migrant Hawker 1.

Lepidoptera:  Red Admiral 1. 

Saturday 28 October 2023

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. + Ringing 28.10.2023

Anglers CP Vis.Mig:  

08.00 - 15.10hrs. P.Meredith - 12.30 G.J.Speight,    P.Williamson, ASmith. to 12.30hrs.

Going south: 

Golden Plover 8.  Snipe 1.  Skylark 2.  Redwing 720

Blackbird 2.   Fieldfare 2250    alba Wagtail 6  

Going east: 

Redwing  27    Fieldfare 19.   Siskin 27.

Going west: 

Dunlin 1.  Starling 380.  Hawfinch 1.

Wintersett Res: 

Little Gull 1 adult.  Red throated Diver 1 juvenile.  

Little Egret 1.  Peregrine 1.

Comments: could have been a very good day had it not been for the FOG!

Wintersett Res:

The Red-throated Diver still present in front of boathouse. 

Anglers CP:  Becky Bailey, Pete Smith.

56 birds were ringed on the Pol,  this is morning: 

Highlights were:  11 Lesser Redpoll,  2 Goldcrest,  2 Blackbird and 

27 Redwing,  including this adult with a bill deformity. 


Redwing with bill deformity  ACP R.Bailey

Ron Marshall - Photos October 2023

 Follow link below: for photos

                            Tree Sparrow Bempton RSPB Yorkshire England October 2023 por birdmanron    Brambling Yorkshire England October 2023 por birdmanron

      Great Crested Grebe County Durham England por birdmanron    Black Necked Grebe Swillington Ings RSPB Yorkshire England por birdmanron  Linnet Lincolnshire England por birdmanron


Common Sandpiper - Broomhill Flash   


Gadwall in Flight   RSPB Old Moor. 

Wintersett Ringing + Vis.Mig: 28.10.2023

Wintersett Res:

The Red-throated Diver still present in front of boathouse. 

Anglers CP:  Becky Bailey, Pete Smith.

56 birds were ringed on the Pol,  this is morning: 

Highlights were:  11 Lesser Redpoll,  2 Goldcrest,  2 Blackbird and 

27 Redwing,  including this adult with a bill deformity. 

                     Image    Image

  Redwing   Anglers CP    28.10.2022  Becky Bailey

Anglers CP:  Vis.Mig: 

G. Speight,  P. Meredith,  P.Williamson,  A.Smith    

Going south:

Golden Plover 8   Snipe 1   Skylark 2   Redwing 720  Blackbird 2.

Going south west:   Fieldfare 2250   alba Wagtail 6   

Going west:  

A Hawfinch flew west, calling at 12.50hrs  G.Speight   

Starling 380   Dunlin 1.

Going east:  Redwing 27  Fieldfare 19  Siskin 27

Anglers CP:  Little Egret 1.  Peregrine1.