Wednesday 31 May 2023

Carlton Marsh

 The drake Garganey showed well again on the scrape and a new brood of 7 Mallard was evident. A Cuckoo sang and a presumed female was nearby. 

5 Mistle Thrush included 2 fledged young, c60 Starlings were feeding in a nearby pasture and a Little Egret was present this morning (K. Bannister/S. Grove/L & A Corrall).

A Mole was found dead on the embankment (CG)

Ewden valley 31/5/23.

Cold on arrival, 9 degrees with low cloud well into the afternoon. Seen briefly was what was thought to be the recently reported WT Eagle, Red Kite, C Buzzard 3, Kestrel 3. Raven 2, LBB Gull 3 e, C Snipe 1 flushed near track and it or another chipping. More Golden Plovers with c 5 with 1 seen, Cuckoo 3 singing males, Ring Ouzel 1 pair, Stonechat 4+. Spotted Flycatcher 1, Meadow Pipit c 33 with 6 feeding young, 2 young Curlews seen. Mallard 1 male flew ne at the lodge.

Wintersett 31.05.2023

Anglers CP:

6  Black Terns on the Country Park at 07.00hrs  and later over Wintersett Res..

Wintersett Res:

10 Common Scoter  were on in a tight flock this morning. 

Tuesday 30 May 2023

Carlton Marsh

Garganey pair for the 27th day on the scrape. Redshank and Shoveler on the wader scrape. Also 2 singing Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Great Spot Woodpecker and Goldcrest (JP).

Wintersett + Moths 30.05.2023

Wintersett Res:

4 male Cetti's Warblers were the best of a very slow day!


Georgie found some nice moths found at Wintersett today,  including 2 lifers, Cream Wave and Ptycholoma lecheana, 2 forms. Also a Common Swift swept from Red Clover. #MothsMatter

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Monday 29 May 2023

Carlton Marsh

Male and female Garganey were on the scrape this morning and Little Egret and drake Shoveler were new in to the wader scrape (K. Bannister/JP). 

2 Cetti's Warbler sang from the reedbeds and a pair of Black Swans had 4 small cygnets at nearby Bleachcroft Farm.

Insects included a Mother Shipton moth and a Holly Blue butterfly (CG).

Mother Shipton

Wintersett 29.05.2023

 Wintersett Res: 

A Hobby flew over. 


A Hairy Hawker flew over the north bank.

A Broad-bodied Chaser was seen on Haw Park Lane.

(per @StevieD131) 

 Coleoptera: Georgie W-S

I was lucky enough to find 8 Agapanthia villosoviridescens at Wintersett Res yesterday, one of our most beautiful longhorn beetles. Always one of my highlights of May finding these!       

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Sunday 28 May 2023

Wintersett Ringing Recovery

A Chiffchaff NRE419 

was ringed at Wintersett on 3/7/22 

 and has been retrapped on 1/11/22 

at Sant-Philbert-de-Grand-Lieu,
Loire-Atlantique, France.
That's a move of 723km South in 121 days.


Wintersett 28.05.2023

Anglers CP:

Oystercatcher 5 adults + 1 young. Common Gull 1 adult.  

2 Collared Doves flew over the car park. 

Wintersett Res:  

Goldeneye 1 female. Common Sandpiper 2.

Common Tern 1. 

The Wintersett Annual Report is now
available from Anglers Country Park Visitor Centre -  Price £7 
Copies by post available with £1.50 p&p.
from  @StevieD131   


Saturday 27 May 2023

Carlton Marsh

The male Garganey showed well again today on the scrape. As did Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail. Cetti's sang and Great Spotted Woodpecker was also seen. A Mallard had 7 very small young on the wader scrape and a Sparrowhawk was seen carrying a small passerine.

There has been no sign of of the Whooper Swan since 11th May. It could fly, so it looks like its finally gone on to pastures new.

Insects found on the western meadow included 1m Brimstone, 7 Dingy Skipper, 8 Common Blue, 6 Small Heath, 6 Burnet Companion, 1 yellow Shell and 1 Silver Y moth. 3 Four Spot Chaser and 1f Broad-bodied Chaser.

Sloe Shield Bug

The Wintersett Annual Report for 2022 is out now!

The Wintersett Area Annual Report for 2022  is out now!!

Front cover of Barred Warbler 

and details of our “first British record” inside.

Available from Anglers Country park Visitor Centre

Price only £7.00 


Copies by post available with £1.50 p&p.
from  @StevieD131  

Wintersett 27.05.2023

Anglers CP:

Shoveler 6 males.   Common Gull 1 adult.   Oystercatcher 5.   


Hairy Dragonfly 1 male over Botany Bay.

Broad-bodied Chaser -1 female near Pol Hide + 1 female in Willow Wood+ at least 2 in the field at the back of boathouse, the female below  and an immature male.