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.

Red throated Diver Video - in front of boathouse, Wintersett Res: 28th October 2023 Steve Denny

 Wintersett Reservoir: 

Red throated Diver Video -  in front of boathouse,  

Wintersett Res:  28th October 2023 -   Steve Denny

Click on link  to see video

 Embedded video 


Thursday 26 October 2023

Snowden Hill - 26-10-2023

Snowden Hill - 26-10-2023

Little Owl -1 ,  Stonechat -1 M, no sign of the Black Redstarts

25-10-2023 Snowden Hill, Near Green Moor

Snowden Hill - 25-10-2023

Black Redstart 3 - all female type

Wintersett - Red-throated Diver + Vis.Mig 26.10.2023 + 27.10.2023 - Gulls

 Wintersett Res:  26.10.2023

Thursday morning - The Red throated Diver is still on, 

currently off the dam wall in misty and wet conditions.  

It is a a bit less elusive today, but sticking to centre of Res. 

You can now obtain a copy of #birdsofwintersett 
from the Visitor Centre at Anglers Country Park. Opening hours 10am to 4pm every day. 
27. 10.2023   
Wintersett Res:  Steve Denny
An adult Mediterranean Gull & at least 500 Common Gulls in ACP roost  @Wintersett1with 260 Lesser Black-backeds & an adult Yellow Legged Gull.

Wednesday 25 October 2023

Ewden valley 25/10/23.

Quite cold out of the sun but good light when it shone. Hen Harrier 1 rt, Peregrine 2 together and possibly a 3rd with a single later over the lodge. C Buzzard 3, Kestrel at least 6. Raven 3, Fieldfare c 100 s, Linnet flock c 60, Redpoll 5. 9 Meadow Pipits about, Skylark 4 s.

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. + Red throated Diver 25.10.2023

Wintersett Vis.Mig Highlights:  - GJS + SD

Going north:  Great White Egret 4.   Whooper Swan 6

Going south: Waxwing 5 at 08.38,   Woodpigeon 5940,  Swallow 1.

Going south east: Pink-footed Goose 700

Going west:  Fieldfare 420 W, Redwing 760 W.

Follow link   https://trektellen.org/count/view/1100/20231025   for full counts.

Evening Update:  - Wintersett Res: Steve Denny

The Red-throated Diver has withstood the first test with the boats.

Still here at dusk and  feeding off SETR reedbed for most of time. 

Two Swallows over Top Res left west 16:45.  

Still no gull roost to speak of on TR!

Tuesday 24 October 2023

Wilthorpe Marsh west 24/10/23.

Raven 1 over calling, Peregrine back on the pylons presumably the one from previous winters. 300+ Woodpigeon went to roost in nearby woodland. Common Gull 2 down, Greenfinch 3, 2 G Peckers.

Wintersett Red throated Diver 24.10.2023

Wintersettt Res:

The Red Throated Diver still on  this morning.  


Anglers CP:

Two Waxwings  in from the east at 09:20,  dropped in near Pol hide,

but unable to relocate them. (SD).

Fungus : Francis Hickenbottom

It was good to see some Collared Earthstars (Geastrum triplex) at Haw Park today. 


Monday 23 October 2023

Wilthorpe Marsh west 23/10/23.

5 redhead Goosanders together on the river, R L Partridge 1 pair, Pinkfeet heard only at 1-15. Siskin 3, Redpoll 1, both G and GS Peckers.

Wintersett + Red-throated Diver 23.10.2023


Anglers CP:  Thick mist until 11.30 this morning.

Simon Cooper had a pair of Brambling brightening up a misty morning at the feeding station.  Click on link for video   https://twitter.com/i/status/1716424662811373611

Wintersett Res:

 Cracking views of the R T Diver on top res this aft. Bonus Little Gull too. Some video grabs.

A Red throated Diver was off the boathouse at 13.30hrs. @Fitzybirder.  

 Having not seen the Diver since 2.10hrs, I thought it may have snuck off - Steve Denny.

Just relocated it off south bank 15.00hrs.  It's diving alot and not easy to find!

Viewing from the fishing pog on, Ferry top Lane, (between SE corner and Pits Wood)

the RTD was near  Buoy 4 at 15.45 - 15.49hrs.  A. Smith

By  15.52hrs it was to the right and far behind Buoy 5,  

near the bridge, on the far side of the Res.


       Red throated Diver  Wintersett Res. 23.10.2023  

Photos by Simon Cooper

Cracking views of the R T Diver on top res this aft.
 Bonus Little Gull too. 
Wintersett Res.  23.10.2023  Chris Harris.

Sunday 22 October 2023

Low Moor/Midhope 22/10/23.

3 hours this aft. Main highlight 3 Crossbills towards Langsett and probably the same birds back towards Midhope res later. Fieldfare c 500 about among the berries. Raven 2, C Buzzard 6, Kestrel 3, Redpoll 3. 3 hirundine sp. distant s over Shaw clough.

Wintersett 22.10.2023

Wintersett Res:

A Peregrine flew over.

Anglers CP:

A Merlin flew south.  A Whooper Swan flew over.

A Brambling flew west,  and 1 male and 1 female at the Pol Feeders. ( Simon Cooper)

A Kingfisher  on the fence at the edge of the lake provided entertainment as it caught fish this morning.   Photo by Steve Denny

Embedded video 

Kingfisher   ACP   22.10.2023

Wintersett Fungi Foray 22.10.2023

There was a  good turn out  for the Fungi Foray in Haw Park Wood,

led by Francis Hickenbottom and Hiram Windgust. 


Francis gave us lots of interesting information about  the fungi found on the walk.  He told  us what each part of the fungus was called and explained what to look for and described the smell!   Some were very pungent and others had very little smell.    

The photos show the wide range of colour and shape. 

Carlton Marsh

2 Tawny Owls were seen and heard at dawn and a Barn Owl was flying (Gemma Shearing).

A large centipede found today is the Western Yellow Centipede (Haplophilus subterraneus), which is new to the reserve's list (Chris Parkin). Also 1 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood.

Western Yellow Centipede (C. Parkin)

A Red Kite was seen over 'The Grove', Cudworth at around 11.20hrs (Dave Tattershall).

A Short-eared Owl flew west towards the reserve over Beech Avenue, Cudworth at 16.20hrs (Geoff Miller).

Saturday 21 October 2023

Low Moor/Midhope 21/10/23.

2 hours this aft. Pinkfeet c 200 e at 4-28 pm. Plenty Fieldfare, 1100 +. Red Kite 1, C Buzzard, 3 Kestrel.

Wintersett + Vis.Mig: 21.10.2023

Anglers CP: + Vis.Mig:

 https://trektellen.org/count/view/1100/20231021  P.Meredith

A Raven was calling in the CP field.

Going east: Pink-footed Goose 270 at 09.46hrs + 40 east at 09.50hrs.  Siskin 11.

A Brambling was in the car park.  A Dunlin was in the shallows.  

Little Egret 1.   Shelduck 1 juvenile. 

Going south: 

Scaup 2 juveniles flew to Wintersett Res at 09.02hrs, and then returned to ACP 

when yachts came out.

Skylark 47.   Mistle Thrush 2.  Redwing 337.  Fieldfare 436. 

alba Wagtail 3.Meadow Pipit 5.

Going west:   

22 Pintail flew west at 10.15hrs..  

Goosander  2 west + 6 dropped on ACP.  Starling 7.

Going north east:   

A juvenile Red Throated Diver was on  Anglers CP at 10.45hrs, flew off low north east at 11.12hrs. 

Wintersett Res: 

Whooper Swans 3 adults.


Red Admiral 1. 

Steve Denny:

At 60.02 masl Top Res water level is at its highest recorded value since new spillway

was built in 1979, what must the level have been this time last night?

Friday 20 October 2023

Wintersett + Little Gulls 20.10.2023

Anglers CP:

Shoveler 81.  Shelduck 1 juvenile.  Little Egret 1.  

A Dunlin was in the shallows.  Goosander 1 redhead.

3 adult Little Gulls,  briefly at 10.15hrs.  (PS, GJS, AS.)

 Wintersett Res:

A Bittern was in the south east corner reed bed at 08.00hrs. (GJS)

Goldeneye 14. 

11  Little Gulls -   6 adults +  5 1stW  at 12.25hrs. 

15 Little Gulls  - 10 adults + 5 1stW  at 12.50hrs.

4 Little Gulls - 3 adults + 1 1st W  remained at 13.45hrs.

Thursday 19 October 2023

Carlton Marsh

A 'Redhead' Goosander flew north and a Dunlin was on the wader scrape until around 10.45hrs (R.J. Boland/JP). Teal have increased to 46 and 6 Shoveler and 4 Common Gulls were also present. c200 Greylag & Canada Geese flew SE at around 11.30hrs.

Wintersett + Vis.Mig: 19.10.2023

 Full list  https://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1100/20231019

Anglers CP  + Vis. Mig:

A Dunlin flew over.   Teal 241 in shallows + 2 WRes..  Little Egret 2.

Wigeon 93.   Shoveler 44.  Shelduck 1 juvenile.  Mallard 43.   

Pintail 1.

Going east:  Siskin 43.   

Going south: Merlin 1.  Brambling  20 south in 1 flock + 1 east. 

Going west:  Starling 1330.

Going south west: Fieldfare 465.  Redwing 925.   

Odonata:  Migrant Hawker 1.

Lepidoptera: Red Admiral 3.  Comma 1.

Wednesday 18 October 2023

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights were 38 Teal, 6 Shoveler, Grey Wagtail, Siskin and a singing Cetti's Warbler.

2 Painted Lady and 22 Red Admiral were feeding on Ivy flowers. Flying 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Small White (C. Parkin).

Wintersett Vis.Mig: 18.10.2023


 Anglers CP Vis.Mig:  - Paul Meredith  07.20 - 12.20.    

Weather: Wind - East 3, cloud cover 6/8

Going north west:  

Pink-footed Goose 47   + 1 flew south west, then went back east.

Going north:  Little Egret 1.

Going south:  Merlin 1.   Skylark 35 + 5 north.  

Grey Wagtail 1.  alba Wagtail 3.  Meadow Pipit, 11 in one flock.   

Lepidoptera: Red Admiral 1 south.

Going west:  Starling 29.  Chaffinch 1.

Going south west:   

Redwing 955.  

Fieldfare 1030 - (All directions from NW to south , but mostly SW)

Present ACP:  

Shelduck 1 juvenile.  Pintail 1.   Goldfinch 15. Peregrine 1 juvenile  male.

Tuesday 17 October 2023

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. + Ringing 17.10.2023

Anglers CP Vis. Mig. 07.25 - 12.25 

Highlights this morning were:   
Going north west:  2 juvenile Gannets at 10.51hrs.,   
3 Ravens flew east south east over ACP - 1 being chased off! 
Going east: 13 Crossbills and a few thrushes and continental starlings. 
Pink-footed Goose 110 ENE +  6 W. 
Going south:Golden Plover 2.  Dunlin 2. 

55 birds were ringed this morning, 

with highlights of  Blackcap 1 female,  Coal Tit 1,  Lesser Redpoll 27  and Redwing 15.

                               Coal Tit   Anglers CP  17.10.2023   A.Smith

Carlton Marsh & Cudworth Common

A juvenile male Blackcap was ringed and a female Cetti's Warbler was re-trapped from September. The Blackcap had fattened up to 22grammes, extra petrol ready for the off.

Also present 12 Fieldfare, c40 Goldfinch, Grey Wagtail, 4 Siskin, 4 Shoveler,  and 78 Greylag east (JP/CG/C. Parkin).

Butterflies around mid-day were 3 Red Admiral, 2 Comma 2 Speckled Wood and 1 Small White 
(C. Parkin).

Cudworth Common
A male Peregrine and 3 Buzzards were in the air. 

Also present c20 Fieldfare and 20 Redwing, 6 Goldcrest (singles) 6 Reed Buntings, 6 Meadow Pipits, c10 Skylark flew SW and a Green Woodpecker called (L. A. Corrall).

Monday 16 October 2023

Wilthorpe Marsh 16/10/23. P Middleton, S Green.

Pinkfeet 34 w at 10-20am. Fieldfare c 50, Cetti's 6, Redwing c 30, Redpoll 2, Green Pecker 1.

Carlton Marsh

Note the car park will be closed for the next two days for resurfacing work to be completed.

Present today 1 Snipe, 30 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 1 Common Gull and 1 Cetti's Warbler sang. Also Great Spot Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Goldcrest and 5 Siskin (CG/L & A. Corrall).

Once again congratulations to the Wintersett Wildlife Group and in Particular, Steve Denny for  a really great book of the 'Birds of Wintersett'.

A must have book that would make a really great Christmas present. See their site for details of how to acquire it.

Wintersett WeBs for October 2023

 Here are the Wintersettt WeBs Counts for October 2023

Mute Swan 33   Canada Goose 17   Greylag Goose 16    

Cormorant 6   Great Crested Grebe 14   Little Grebe 14   Coot 334

Moorhen 23   Mallard 58   Teal 17   Shelduck 1   Gadwall 205   

Shoveler 66   Wigeon 83   Tufted Duck 275   Pochard 11

Goldeneye 2   Lapwing 100    Grey Heron 4   Little Egret 2.

The Birds of Wintersett - by Steve Denny

 Birds of the Wintersett Area

Available now,  simply email   @StevieD13  for details.

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Wintersett + Ringing + Vis.Mig. 16.10.2023

Wintersett Ringing:  Pete Smith

61 birds were ringed at  Anglers CP this morning, with highlights of:

Chiffchaff,   4 Goldcrests,  5 Redwing,    1 Song Thrush,  

37 Lesser Redpoll,   Reed Bunting  and Goldfinch

Wintersett Res. + Vis.Mig:  S.Denny   G.Speight   P.Smith

Shelduck 1.   Goosander 7.   Chiffchaff 1.  Brambling 1.

Going north:

Pintail 2. 

A slow start,  got going with geese and thrushes for a hour from 09.00, then died.

Going north:

Rock Pipit over the north bank  of the Res.towards  Anglers CP at 16:30 - SDenny.

Going north east: 

Golden Plover 4,

Going south east: 

Pink-footed Goose 100  in 2 skeins

Going  south west:

Pink-footed Goose 228 in 8 skeins. GJS.    Wood Pigeon  2150.  Snipe 1.

Skylark 50   Song Thrush 1    Redwing 685   Fieldfare 414   alba wagtail sp. 4

Meadow Pipit 6   Chaffinch 7   Greenfinch 1   Goldfinch 12.

Going West:

Pink-footed Goose 156 in 2 skeins  at 13.10hrs  and 13.15hrs.

Sunday 15 October 2023

Low Moor/Midhope 15/10/23.

Couple of hours this aft turned out quite productive although most sightings brief. Male Merlin was mobbing before lost to view in Shaw clough. Peregrine imm. soared over Midhope res drifted e with what was thought to be another shortly after in the same direction. Hen Harrier rt briefly, Sparrowhawk 1, C Buzzard c 7 with 5 up together. Kestrel 2, Raven 1 pair, LBB Gull 12, H Gull 3 w. Fieldfare total c 110, Siskin 2, Grey Heron 1.

Wilthorpe Marsh west 15/10/23.

Raven 1 soaring and calling. C Snipe 4, Meadow Pipit 1, Cetti's 2, Kingfisher 1.

Wintersett 15.10.2023

Anglers CP:  The 1st Frost!

Little Egret 1.   Pochard 7.    Shelduck 1 juvenile.

5 Whooper Swans (3 juveniles)  flew in  at 09.20hrs.

Shelduck 1 juvenile.  

Going east:  

Pink-footed Geese  52 at 09.20hrs  + 2 more skeins  10 + 60

Wintersett Res:

A male Cetti's Warbler was in the boathouse reeds + another male was on the north east bank.

Chiffchaff  1 on the west bank  + another at Botany Bay.  

Goldeneye 2,


A female Common Darter was in the boathouse reeds.

A Speckled Wood butterfly was in Pits Wood.

Saturday 14 October 2023

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. 14.10.2023

Anglers CP + Vis.Mig:

Little Egret 2.   Kingfisher 1.  Cetti's Warbler 1 male on south bank.

Peregrine 1.  Pochard 6.  A Water Rail and a Shelduck were in the shallows.

Whooper Swan 9 adults flew in at 09.30hrs., left south east at 11.45hrs.  

Going north:

A Cream-crown Marsh Harrier flew north over 

Botany Bay to Wintersett  Village at 15.25hrs.

Going south: 

A Red Kite flew south + 1 in ACP field.  

An adult male Merlin flew over south. 

Little Egret 1.  Skylark 46.  alba Wagtail 5.  Meadow Pipit  19. 

Greenfinch 6.  Lesser Redpoll 65. Goldfinch 85.  Reed Bunting 3.

Going west: Jackdaw 41 (16 + 19 + 6).  Redwing 17.  Fieldfare 5. 

Going south west:   Dunlin 1.  Stock Dove 4.  Wood Pigeon 2150.

Going east:   Pink-footed Goose 120.

Going south east:   Whooper Swan 9.

Haw Park Wood:   A Raven flew over calling.

Odonata ACP:   

A Willow Emerald was in a tree over the boardwalk pond.  

Migrant Hawker 1.


Red Admiral 4 south.

Friday 13 October 2023

Anglers CP 13.10.2022

Anglers CP:  Very quiet this morning.  

2 Pied Wagtails were in the shallows.  

Little Grebe 2.   Snipe 1.  Stonechat 1.

Stonechat  ACP 13.10.2023   S.Denny

Thursday 12 October 2023

Low Moor/Midhope 12/10/23.

Steady couple of hours this aft. Main highlight were 6 Crossbills which flew towards Langsett. Lapwing flock 40+, Redwing flock c50, Linnet 35+, Redpoll 4. C Buzzard 6+, Sparrowhawk 2, Kestrel 3.

Anglers CP + Vis.Mig. 12.10.2023

 Anglers CP + Vis.Mig.  12.10.2023

Shelduck 1 juvenile flew in from Wintersett at 10.55hrs.  

Little Egret 1,  Marsh Harrier 2, 

Red Kite 2 blogging - 1 south 12.32hrs + 1 south 13.48hrs

Little Grebe 1.  Common Buzzard 19,   Peregrine 1 juvenile male. Whooper Swan 9.


Pink-footed Goose:

Going north west:  Pink-footed Goose  35  + 35  + 70.   Starling 4

Going south east:   Pink-footed Goose  21 +  150 + 220

Going South:  Common Buzzard 1.   Skylark 123   House Martin 2.

alba Wagtail sp. 2.   Meadow Pipit 49.   Lesser Redpoll 12.  Siskin 8.

Reed Bunting 2

Going  southwest:  Wood Pigeon  1300.   

Going west: Mistle Thrush 1.  Redwing 10.  Fieldfare 1.

Lepidoptera: Going south:    Comma 1 south.  Red Admiral 36.


Whooper Swans   Anglers CP  12.10.2023  Sue Bilcliffe   

Wilthorpe Marsh west 12/10/23.

Very steady again with Pinkfeet the main highlight. 48 w at 9-12am and 67 e at 11-04 am. Still a few Skylarks s with c6. Kingfisher 2 on the river, Green Pecker 1.

Anglers CP Whooper Swans 12.10.2023 - Photos by Sue Bilcliffe



Anglers CP:  

9 Whooper Swans were on this morning - Photos - Sue Bilcliffe



Anglers CP Vis.Mig: 12.10.2023

 Vis.Mig.  Anglers CP:   07.25hrs -  14.00.hrs

Observers: P Meredith throughout: + P Williamson (to 10.00) and A Smith (09.00 to 11.30)



Shelduck 1 juvenile.   Little Egret 1,  

Going south:

Red Kite 1  blogging  south 12.32 hrs.  + 1  south 13.48hrs.  Common Buzzard 1 very high.

Skylark 123.  House Martin 2.  alba Wagtail 2 south.  

Meadow Pipit 49.  Lesser Redpoll 12.   Siskin 8.  Reed Bunting 2.  

Going north west: Pink-footed Goose:  35 + 35 + 70.  Starling 4.

Going south east: Pink-footed Goose:  21 + 120 + 250.  

Going west:

Marsh Harrier 2  - a juvenile male + a juvenile female, (with white patch on belly).

+ 1 female adult high west over ACP.  + 1 juvenile female.

Mistle Thrush 1.  Redwing 10.  Fieldfare 1. 

Going north east:

Wintersett Res: Raven 2 over  north east at 11.29hrs, calling.  

Then 2 over Santingley, presumably the same 2,  at 13.15hrs, 

joined by a third, all of which left north east.

Skylark 13.


Going south:   Comma 1.   Red Admiral 36.

Wednesday 11 October 2023

Wintersett 11.10. 2023

 Anglers CP:

Just 2 birds of note this morning.  

Little Egret and Juvenile Shelduck,

Rain stopped play at 09.45hrs, lasted until 15.00hrs.

Wilthorpe Marsh west 11/10/23.

Pinkfeet c 110 w at 10-18am. Nowt much else, 5 Redpoll, covey of 10 Grey Partridge yesterday.

Tuesday 10 October 2023

Carlton Marsh

 c250 Pink Feet west at 08.50hrs and another skein of c100 at 09.05hrs (K. Bannister/D. Standish/JP). 

2 Wigeon on the scrape were new for this year! Also 12 Shoveler, 20 Teal, 2 LBB Gulls, Grey Wagtail, 4 Goldcrest, and 2 Cetti's Warbler sang (L. & A. Corrall).

3 Willow Emerald damselfly were near the hide, 2 in tandem over the dike (CG).

Wintersett Vis.Mig. 10.10.2023

 Anglers CP Vis.Mig:       


Going south:  Pink-footed Goose 161  (91 SE + 70 south).  

Golden Plover 4.  Skylark 78 + 9 east.  Swallow 18.  

Song Thrush 4.   Mistle Thrush 2.  Blackbird 1.   alba Wagtail 17.  

Meadow Pipit 181.   Bullfinch 3.   Goldfinch 44.   Reed Bunting 2. 

Going north east:  Pink-footed Goose 959.

Going west:  

Redwing 1330.   Fieldfare 30.  Snipe  5.   Grey Heron 1. 

Chaffinch 43. 

Going south west:  

A  Great White Egret with a Litte Egret.  at 11.18hrs.   Siskin 24. 

Going south east: Collared Dove 1.

Going east: Little Egret 1.


Going south:  Comma 1  Red Admiral 16.

Monday 9 October 2023

Carlton Marsh

 At least 210 Redwings moved SW in smallish groups from around 8am. A juvenile female Blackcap and a juvenile Reed Warbler were ringed this morning. 2 Redpoll and a Siskin were flying around and a Cetti's Warbler sang (CG). 

2 Willow Emerald were on the dike near the hide enjoying the lovely sunshine (L & A Corrall).

Storrs Mill to Ardsley Viaduct
Butterflies included 1 Common Blue, 2 Painted Lady, 1 Red Admiral, 17 Comma and a late male Ruddy Darter (C. Parkin).

Wilthorpe Marsh west 9/10/23.

3 Stonechats in the reedbeds, 2m and 1f. Party of c 12 C Snipe dropped in. Going south c 250 Redwing, c 15 Skylark, c 15 Meadow Pipit. Redpoll c 15 in the area, 2 L Egrets on the river.

Wintersett Vis.Mig. Redwings. 09.10.2023

Wintersett Res. Vis.Mig.   09.15 - 11.00hrs  - Ange Smith

A Rock Pipit flew north and a flock of 60 Skylarks flew south at 09.00hrs. Steve Denny.

The Rock Pipit moved to the east bank, but was still present at lunch time - Chris Swaine.

Flocks of Redwings were steadily moving west over Ryhill village this morning.I was in the north bank field,  and counted 980 in the first thirty minutes.  More flocks followed.

The Redwing flocks kept coming.   

I held on until 10.15hrs, as the farmer was ploughing the field, by which time I had counted 2045 Redwings!   By 10.40hrs the total was 3145.Redwings still going west, but I had to move off, as the farmer was coming too close.  

Total count

980 by 09.35 hrs + 830  by 09.55hrs 

+ 1220 by 10.15hrs  + 475 by 12.40 hrs + 620 by 1245hrs

The total Redwing count was  4125!

Anglers CP:

Snipe 3.   Pied Wagtail 2.  Shelduck 1 juvenile.

Sunday 8 October 2023

Ewden valley 8/10/23.

Moorland burning on broomhead moor all day with huge clouds of smoke going in the Penistone direction. Fortunately the top end of the valley was clear. Top two highlights were a pair of Brambling down briefly in a birch and a Nuthatch in the top of a rowan before flying past the lodge. Going south c 300 Redwings, c 100 Meadow Pipits, c 20 Skylarks, c 15 Redpoll. Hard work for raptors again with 1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 C Buzzard, 3+ Kestrels. Raven 1, Stonechat 3.

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights were Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Redpoll, 1 Siskin, and a few Redwings and a Fieldfare arrived this evening (CG/D. Standish).

Butterflies included 1m Brimstone, 23 Red Admiral, 23 Comma, 5 Speckled Wood and 2 Small Copper (C. Parkin).

Wintersett + Vis.Mig. + Ringing 08.10.2023

Anglers CP: Vis.Mig.  @Fitzybirder 

A Woodcock was flushed  from the Vis. Mig. Benches early this morning. 

A Pintail flew south.    11 Redwing, and  6 Fieldfare  flew west. 

A Cetti's Warbler was in bushes on the path to the hide.

A decent enough session once the fog cleared. Managed to get Redwing over the 1.5k mark, just, but the birds had largely given up before I did. The first (11) did not come through until 09.50, then very slow for the next hour with peak numbers (and biggest flocks of 170 & 150) just prior to midday. Tailed off quickly after 1 pm. Plenty of buzzard activity early afternoon inc a few that seemed to be going straight through. The slightly raggy looking marsh harrier was a different bird to yesterday 

Follow link below for full list.


25 Birds were ringed this morning.  Pete Smith

Highlights were:  

Chiffchaff 2.   Blackcap 1 female.  Lesser Redpoll 11.

Saturday 7 October 2023

Cudworth Common & Carlton Marsh (6/10/23)

Cudworth Common
Raven north 10.43hrs, c300 Greylags heading for Edderthorpe Flash, Redpoll and Siskin.

Carlton Marsh (6/10/23)
Treecreeper, 2 Cetti's warbler and 1 Dunlin (L & A Corrall).

Mothing with Chris Parkin from 19.00hrs to 22.20hrs produced 14 species of macro moth in the very mild conditions. The best of which were 1 Blair's Shoulder Knot, 7 Barred Sallow, 1 Beaded Chestnut, 3 The Brick, 2 male Feathered Thorn and Large Wainscot.
Blair's Shoulder Knot
Green Brindled Crescent
Large Wainscot
The Brick

Not forgetting the micro Box Tree moth, which is new for Carlton Marsh, although I have caught it in my garden over recent years.

Box Tree Moth (in the right light the white area shows a lot of purple in it)