Thursday 31 August 2023

Carlton Marsh

Ziggy Golebiewski's funeral is at 10.10hrs on Monday 4th September at the crematorium.

A Water Rail called just after dawn. 14 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 5 Reed Warblers were ringed (CG).

A Little Egret was on the wader scrape with a Snipe and this year's first Willow Emerald Damselfly was found on a Willow twig over the dike near the hide (Les & Andrew Corrall).

Garden Warbler
Great Tit

Single Swifts flew over Beech Avenue, Cudworth at 11.10hrs and 17.00hrs (Geoff Miller)

Ewden valley, J Wasse, S Green.

31/8/23. Steady movement south at the lodge with 3 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Tree Pipit , 80 + Meadow Pipits and c 20 Swallows. Couple of sizeable Siskin flocks and singles totalling about 300. Raptors - At least 2 Hobbies, Red Kite 1, C Buzzard 10, Kestrel 12. Raven 3, Stonechat party 6+.

Wednesday 30 August 2023

Carlton Marsh

Butterflies today included 2 Peacock, 9 Meadow Brown, 33 Speckled Wood, 4 Gatekeeper, 1 Brown Argus, 2f Common Blue, 5 Large White and 10 Red Admiral. Also 2 Migrant Hawker and 1m Ruddy Darter.
43 Red Admiral were counted in the Moncton area (Chris Parkin)

2 Swifts headed south over Carlton Marsh this evening ((Dave Standish).

Wintersett + Insects 30.08.2023

 Anglers CP:

An Osprey flew south at 08.20hrs.

 Little Egret 2, and 1 on boathouse slipway WRes..   

Pochard 7   Grey Heron 1   

 Wintersett Res:

A Water Rail was calling in the boathouse reeds.

A Kestrel was hunting over the north bank field.

Cold Hiendley Res:

A large flock of Goldfinches were in trees at the end of the track, below the Dam Wall.


A Brown Hawker and a Ruddy Darter  were flying at Botany Bay.

Tuesday 29 August 2023

Wintersett 29.08.2023

Cold Hiendley Field (behind Clump):

2 Buzzards were  calling as they flew over.  

Wintersett Res:

A Swallow flew over the Clump reeds.

A Kestrel flew into the Willow Wood.


3 Speckled Wood butterflies were flying over the south east corner reeds.


A Vole was out in the open in the north bank field - most likely, disturbed by the harvester!

Monday 28 August 2023

Carlton Marsh

 Its pretty quiet here, Coal Tit, 2 Kestrels, Cormorant, Kingfisher and the usuals. 

Insects included a Vapourer Moth, Migrant Hawker, 5 Gatekeepers, 1 Small Copper and 3 Purple hairstreaks (L & Corrall/CG).

This evening  Water Rail, male and female Tawny Owl (D. Standish).

photos by Dave Standish
Storrs Mill to Ardsley Viaduct
2 Grey Partridge, 2 Little Grebe, Heron and Cormorant.

Insects on show were 136 Speckled Wood, 48 Red Admiral, 10 Comma, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Small Copper and 1 Gatekeeper (C. Parkin).

Sunday 27 August 2023

Carlton Marsh

7 birds ringed this morning included a female Kingfisher, male Blackcap and 2 Treecreepers, the latter the first sightings here since January! (Dave Pointon/Ayrton Lee).

Wintersett 28.08.2023

Anglers CP:

A very quiet morning,  with little  visible migration.

Highlight was an Osprey  that flew south at 08.20hrs.

Kingfisher 1.   Common Sandpiper 1.   Shoveler 13.   

Pochard 1.   Little Grebe 1.

Saturday 26 August 2023

Wilthorpe Marsh 26/8/23.

Oxbow pond - Green and Common Sandpipers still. Parakeet 2, Gadwall 7.

Wintersett + Ringing 26.08.2023

Anglers CP:

 Swift 1.  A Marsh Harrier flew south at 12.15hrs. 

Wintersett Res:  
Bearded Tits were calling in the west bank marsh at 10.15hrs.
Yellow Wagtail 2 south.  A Water Rail was in the west bank marsh.
68 birds were  ringed at Wintersett this morning:

Highlights were: Chiffchaff 26,  Willow Warbler 6,  Blackcap 5,  

Reed Warbler 18,   Sedge Warbler 4.  Cetti's Warbler 1 female.

Willow Warbler 1st year . pic by Georgie Wightman


This adult male scruffball in moult is Reed Bunting Z889054 which we caught again  at Wintersett this morning, (last 11th June) but was originally ringed on 20th Sept 2015.    

Nearly 8 years since!   Becky Bailey.

Friday 25 August 2023

Carlton Marsh

 A Little Egret was surprisingly the first for this month. A juv. Cormorant and at least 2 kingfishers were on the scrape.

Today we received the sad news that Cudworth birder, Zygmunt Golebiewski (Ziggy) had passed away on 16th August aged 72, after a long illness. 

Ziggy, from Carrs Lane, first started submitting bird sightings from Carlton Marsh to me in 1991 and continued to do so for many years. His rarest find was a Little Tern on 5th May 1995. There hasn't been another since!

In recent times he spent more time visiting Edderthorpe Flash until his failing health prevented him being active. He was a good bloke and will be missed by all who new him.


Wintersett 25.08.2023

Wintersett Res:

A juvenile Ringed Plover, (rare bird here), was on the boathouse slipway this morning.

Photo by Steve Denny


A Juvenile Shelduck,  6 Shoveler,  2 female Goldeneye,  3 Little Grebe were present.

A Chiffchaff, still carrying food,  was alarming on the north east bank.

Cold Hiendley Reservoir:

A Kingfisher was seen this morning.

Odonata:  Botany Bay

Blue-tailed Damselfly  1 male. 

Wilthorpe Marsh 25/8/23.

Oxbow pond this aft. had both Common and Green Sandpipers. 6 Teal.

Thursday 24 August 2023

Wintersett + Overnight Moths 24.08. 2023 - Pete Smith

Anglers CP:

A Garganey was in the shallows. 

Teal 4 + 1 WRes..  Shoveler 11.

Wintersett Res:

A Marsh Harrier was hunting over south west corner,

then circled high south at 11.10hrs.

Little Grebe 1.

Moths overnight were:

White-point at Wintersett is the 2nd site record after the first last September  - Abby King