A female Wheatear was on the east field and a Mallard was with 12 very small young on the wader scrape (K. Bannister).
Sunday, 30 April 2023
8 Dunlin were flying around CP at 06.59hrs. Another Dunlin at 07.37hrs. (PM).
Common Gull 1 adult . Common Sandpiper 1. Sedge Warbler 2 males on the east bank.
Reed Warbler 1 male east bank.
Holly Blue 1 ACP + 1 east bank ACP meadow. Green-veined white 1 ACP.
Saturday, 29 April 2023
20 Swifts flew west over Firth Avenue, Cudworth this morning (R. Laverack) and 3 had returned to the Beech Avenue estate, Cudworth this evening (G. Miller).
As for the reserve an immature Cormorant was on the scrape and 7 Teal and a Whooper Swan were on the wader scrape. There are a total of 4 Sedge and 4 Reed Warblers singing from the reedbeds now and a Goldcrest was singing in the car park.
Butterflies included 3m Brimstone and 5m & 1f Orange-tip (R. Laverack/D. Standish/CG).
A Reed Warbler sang, 2 Red-legged Partridge and a Green Woodpecker were present. Also 1 Small Copper, 6m Brimstone and 45m Orange-tip (C. Parkin).
Snipe 1. Common Gull 1 adult. Oystercatcher 5. Canada Goose 4 young.
A male Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Garden Warblers were on the west bank.
17 new birds were ringed this morning.
2 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 4 Sedge warbler, 2 Reed Warbler,
1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting
and a retrapped Common Whitethroat that was ringed in 2021!
Lesser Whitethroat ringed today - Becky Bailey
A Holly Blue was in the car park.
A Grass Snake was in the area.
Friday, 28 April 2023
Best today was 2 Redshanks (C. Parkin/R. Laverack) and 2 singing Sedge warblers on the wader scrape. Sadly 2 adult Black Headed Gulls 1 fresh dead and predated and 1 dying with what looks like Avian Flu!
Cuckoo sang along with up to 3 Cetti's Warblers.
2 Foxes were laid out enjoying the late evening sunshine.
A chance encounter with Francis Hickenbotton and Hiram Windgust on a Fungi search, revealed
Calocybe gambosa (St. George's Mushroom) - a new one for the Wintersett list. Photos by Francis.
2 summer plumaged Dunlin were flying around early morning. Redwing 2.
2 Whimbrel flew over then dropped into north bank CP field at 09.08hrs.
Common Gull 1 adult. Shoveler 1 male.
Mallard Ducklings 10 very small. Common Tern 9.
5 male Cetti's Warblers were seen/heard this morning:
An unringed male was singing its head off by the boathouse bench.
A second was on west bank clump WRes.
A third male Cetti's Warbler was singing on the north bank.
A fourth male on north bank /Botany Bay, and a fifth male in north east corner WRes.
Goldeneye 1 female.
Lesser Whitethroat 1 male northeast bank + 1 male east bank.
A female Wheatear was on the north bank late morning, still present 14.45hrs.
Thursday, 27 April 2023
A Little Egret flew north west. 3 Swifts + 5 WRes.. Common Sandpiper 1.
A Grey Wagtail flew over. Common Gull 1 adult. Lapwing 4. Dunlin 1 on the shallows.
A Dunlin in summer plumage was on the boathouse slipway + 1 ACP.
Goldeneye 1 female. Common Tern 13. Swift 5 over.
A male Garden Warbler was in the west bank clump + 1 male north east corner.
5 males west bank clump + 2 males Dam Wall + 1 male east bank ACP.
Wednesday, 26 April 2023
New in today Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Oystercatcher (stayed 25 minutes before it was disturbed) and a Little Ringed Plover flew NW (JP/LC/AC/CP). 4 LBB Gulls also called in.
Hirundines were moving in good numbers from 15.30hrs until I left at 16.45hrs. Groups of up to 23 House Martins totalling 53 birds, 7 Swallows and 5 Sand Martins all heading north. An Oystercatcher flew north. A female Mallard had a brood of 13 very small young and the female Mute Swan was on a nest.
2 Shelduck were on 07.02hrs. (PM)
The Green Sandpiper was on the west bank. 07.07hrs (PM). Steve Denny had a Green Sandpiper in a muddy puddle on the Disposal Point at 17.05hrs..
Common Sandpiper 2. Common Gull 1 adult.
A Lesser Whitethroat was around the Pol Hide + 1 male in the car park.
Lesser Redpoll 1. A Fieldfare flew west. Snipe 1.
2 very small young Mallards were off the west bank.
A Treecreeper was on the south bank.
5 male Whitethroats were in the area.
Tuesday, 25 April 2023
There at least 8 singing Blackcaps, 7+ Chiffchaffs, 7 Willow Warblers, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 2 Goldcrests. A new brood of very small young Greylags and 5 Swallows flew through.
Butterflies included 4m 1f Orange-tip, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Speckled Wood and 2 GV White (CG/L & A Corrall).
22 House Martins, 5 Sand Martins, 10 Swallows and a Mallard on 8 eggs.
Green Sandpiper 1. Goldeneye 1 1st Summer male + 1 female Wintersett Res..
In the north bank field were a male Whinchat,
a 1st summer male Redstart - (see photo below), a female Redstart,
a female Wheatear and a male Lesser Whitethroat!!
A Curlew flew over CP fields.
A male Sedge Warbler was on the east bank. Common Gull 1 adult.
A Little Ringed Plover was in the shallows.
Common Tern 10. Swift 1. A Hobby flew over. Sand Martin 150. Teal 4.
A male Garden Warbler was in the north east corner.
Monday, 24 April 2023
Yesterday's count details:
Great Crested Grebe 11, Little Grebe 4, Moorhen 3, Coot 1, Greylag Goose 5, Canada Goose 2, Mallard 12
Great Crested Grebe 1, Mallard 3
Royd Moor Reservoir
Great Crested Grebe 3, Little Grebe 2, Moorhen 2, Cormorant 1, Mallard 7, Tufted Duck 2
Plenty of Curlew over and in the fields around each reservoir and a big influx of Willow Warbler overnight - singing birds: Ingbirchworth 10, Broadstone 2, Royd Moor 12
Stoat at Broadstone glared at me for nearly a minute.
Wintersett Res. -Ruin Area:
A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling in the Elder bush next to the metal gate.
A female Common Scoter was off the south bank.
A Lesser Whitethroat was in the north east corner.
2 male Reed Warblers were in the west bank marsh + 2 males on north bank.
Common Tern 12. Swift 2.
Arctic Tern 1. Common Sandpiper 4. Little Ringed Plover 1.
A Lesser Whitethroat was singing near the main hide.
Common Gull 1 adult + 1 adult over north WRes..
Old Royston Flash:
Teal 1 pair.
Sunday, 23 April 2023
The highlights of the previous week included Wheatear, Kingfisher and Red-legged Partridge on 16th, A Greenshank was on the wader scrape on 18th (Steve Grove), 1 possibly 2 Golden Plover calling to the east on 19th (JP), drake Shoveler and a drake Mandarin on 22nd (K. Bannister/N. Lunn).
A Cuckoo sang throughout the morning from 06.40hrs (K. Bannister et al). 3 Cetti's Warblers sang and 21 Tufted Duck and a Green Woodpecker were present (JP/D. Tattershall).
The long suffering Whooper Swan moved back on to the main scrape on 18th and is still there.
Here are the Wintersett WeBs counts for April 2023
Mute Swan 16 Canada Goose 41 Greylag Goose 1 Cormorant 1
Coot 54 Moorhen 11 Great Crested Grebe 14 Mallard 34 Teal 7
Gadwall 38 Shoveler 7 Tufted Duck 152 Goldeneye 2 Oystercatcher 4
Lapwing 2 Dunlin 1 Little Ringed Plover 1 Black-tailed Godwit 25
Common Sandpiper 1.
A Green Woodpecker was on the west bank. A Shelduck flew in this morning.
A male Sedge Warbler was on the west bank and 3 more males were in the west bank clump.
A 1st summer male Goldeneye + a female Goldeneye were in today.
A Curlew flew north west.
Whitethroat 1 male.
Old Royston Flash: per @StevieD131
A Green Sandpiper was on Old Royston Flash for around 30 minutes from 12:25.
Little Ringed Plover 1.