Thursday 13 June 2024

Carlton Marsh

The highlights for today were Kingfisher, 1 LRP, 2 Treecreepers, a singing Goldcrest and a Dabchick (K. Bannister/L & A Corrall).

A Meadow Brown and a Burnet Companion moth were the only insects on show due to the cooler conditions (CG).

Wintersett + Insects 13.06.2024

Anglers CP + Insects:

A Lesser Whitethroat was on the south west bank.

Mallard 3 small young (from 4),  off south west bank.

Lepidoptera: Large Skipper 1.    

Botany Bay:

Red-eyed Damselfly 5 males. 

Mallard 7 fledged young (1 white).

Gadwall 2 very small.

Wintersett Res:

Common Tern 2.   Goldeneye 1 female.

Wednesday 12 June 2024

Carlton Marsh

There were several warbler species singing notably 8 Chiffchaffs, 10 Reed Warblers, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Willow Warblers and several Blackcaps.

There were also family groups of Long-tailed Tits and Great Tits. A Goldcrest sang in the car park and 2 Yellow Buntings were in full song from the tops of nearby hedgerows.

When the sun came out 2 Meadow Browns, a beautiful male Common Blue and a Large Skipper were visible. 

Also the first Emperor Dragonfly of the year, 1 Four Spotted Chaser and 2 Emerald Damselflies, our first for 3 years!

18 Burnet Companion moths are now looking worse for wear.

4 spikes of the Common Spotted Orchid and several South Marsh orchids added even more colour.

Wintersett 12.06.2024

Anglers CP:

A Redshank was in the shallows.   Barnacle Goose 1.

A Lesser Whitethroat 1 male south west bank.  

Shoveler 1 male.   Common Tern 3.

A Lesser Black-backed Gull took a Black-headed Gull chick.

Tuesday 11 June 2024

Carlton Marsh

A Grey Wagtail, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Lapwing and an Oystercatcher were seen on the wader scrape today (JP/L & A Corrall/S. Cox).

A Cuckoo sang first thing (K. Bannister) and a Mallard had 3 small young on the scrape.

The wader scrape is being topped up from the dike by the neighbouring farmer with a large pump.

Wintersett 11.06.2024

Anglers CP:

Barnacle Goose 1 (PW   Redshank 1 in the shallows.

Shoveler 1 male.  Cormorant 1.  Common Tern 3. 

Common Sandpiper 1.

The Lesser Black-backed Gull took a young Black-headed Gull chick.

4 very small Mallard young were in the CP shallows.

Oystercatcher 2 fledged young + 1 fledged young.

Wintersett Res:

Grey Wagtail 2 juveniles were on the boathouse slipway.

Carlton Marsh 10/6/24

2 Avocets on the wader scrape at 07.51hrs were the first since 30/5/2019! 4 Sand Martins and c20 House Martins were on the main scrape and a Cormorant flew north.

2 Foxes were on the prowl (Keith Bannister).

Monday 10 June 2024

Wintersett 10.06.2024

Wintersett Res:

Common Tern 10.   Mute Swan 5 young.  Goldeneye 1 female. 

Anglers CP:

Shoveler 1 male.  An adult Redshank was in the shallows,

Mallard - 4 small young in CP shallows,  

also 2 medium/large young,   2 fledged young, + 2 small young.  

A Great White Egret, with a yellow bill, flew in to the CP shallows,

but Black-headed Gulls chased it off. 

It flew east  and looked to drop in Moorhouse Lane Ponds at 11.30hrs.

Oystercatcher - 2 fledged young + 1 young.  Greylag Goose 30.     

A male Lesser Whitethroat was on the Pol.

Sunday 9 June 2024

Carlton Marsh

A Common Tern diving this morning at 09.15hrs for at least 10 minutes was the first for this year (R. Frost/P. Rawson/P. Bishop et al)

A Grey Wagtail was present his afternoon.

Wintersett 09.06.2024

Anglers CP: 

A male Lesser Whitethroat was calling on the Pol.

Shoveler 1 male.  Oystercatcher 6 adults.  

A male Sedge Warbler heard at the ACP Hide. 

Wintersett Res:

Common Tern 5.  A Grey Wagtail  was on the boathouse slipway. 

Saturday 8 June 2024

Carlton Marsh & South Kirkby Industrial Park

We were joined by about 12 members of the Barnsley Naturalists Society. They split into two groups taking turns to pond dip and walk the Western Meadow. The meadow produced 4 species of damselfly and a female Black-tailed Skimmer.

A Common Blue, 2 Small Heath and 2 Dingy Skippers.

Also a few Burnet Companion and Yellow Shell moths, 2 Thick-legged Beetles and 4 Bee and Southern Marsh Orchids.


                                     Green Shield Bugs mating (CG)

                                                     Bee Orchid

                                     Carlton Village

                                    Puss moth (Dave Smith's garden)

South Kirkby Industrial Park
In all the years I have been recording butterflies, I have never known numbers as low. Today, my earliest Ringlet by one day, 6 Brimstone, 1 Brown Argus, 14 Common Blue, 9 Small Heath, 2 Dingy Skipper, 10 Large Skipper, 8 Meadow Brown,  and a pair of Coot with 3 well-grown young (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett 08.06.2024

Anglers CP:

Black-headed Gull 1 juvenile. (Not Local).   Common Tern 2.

8 very small Mallard were in the CP shallows (new).

Mallard young:  2 medium + 2 large + 2 small.


Pyramidal Orchid 1 north west bank ACP. 


A Black-tailed Skimmer 1 ACP.

A Meadow Brown Butterfly was in the east bank meadow ACP.

Friday 7 June 2024

Carlton Marsh

1 LRP today on the wader scrape with a Lapwing and 2 Grey Herons. This evening 7 House Martins and c20 Swifts. A Leopard Slug (Limax maximus) was only our second record it (K. Bannister).

Around mid-day this year's first Meadow Brown was airborne along with 1 Common Blue. 

Other insects of interest were 34 Burnet Companion and a Blood Vein moth. 

Also of note a Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis) that was new to the data base, a Two-banded Spearhorn (Chrysotoxum bicinctum) and our first Banded Demoiselle of the year. A Spotted Orchid was also found (Chris Parkin).

Blood Vein Moth (C. Parkin)
House Martin (S. Cox)
Speckled Wood (S. Cox)
Wasp Beetle ( Clytus arietis) (C. Parkin)

Wintersett 07.06.2024

 Anglers CP:

Canada Goose 29 young.    2 medium young Mallard were in the CP shallows.

Oystercatcher 1 young (south).  16 Lapwing were in the CP shallows.

Wintersett Res:

Common Tern 4.   Cormorant 1. 


A female Broad-bodied Chaser  was seen behind the CP hide.

Thursday 6 June 2024

Carlton Marsh & Littleworth Park - Monk Bretton

Carlton Marsh
2 Little ringed plovers had left by late morning. There were 3 Grey Herons and 40 Gadwall, many in eclipse plumage. A Little Egret flew north during the evening (S. Cox).
This year's first Red Admiral and a Small Heath were on the embankment, and a male and female Broad -bodied Chaser were of note (L & A Corrall./CG).
Littleworth Park
3 Meadow Brown were my first for this year. Also present 23 Small Heath, 21 Common Blue and 3 Small Copper. 
The first Common Darter and a Emperor Dragonfly was on the wing, and 7 day-flying Mother Shipton, 7 Burnet Companion and Six-spot Burnet larvae was found.
There were c200 Bee Orchids in flower (Chris Parkin).

Wintersett Area: 06.06.2024

Wintersett Res:

A Sanderling,  in summer plumage,  was on the boathouse slipway this morning. (SD et al.) 

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Goldeneye 1 female.   Common Tern 4.   Cormorant 1. 


A Weasel was seen in the south west corner Wintersett Res..

Anglers CP:

Oystercatcher 5 adults + 2 young + 1 young. 

Shelduck 2.

Wednesday 5 June 2024

Carlton Marsh

2 Little Ringed Plovers again today on the wader scrape with a Little Egret. There's not much water in and its receding fast, which is  beyond our control for the moment. 

During grass cutting a Dingy Skipper and a Burnet Companion were seen.

Wintersett + Odonata + Lepidoptera: 05.06.2024

Anglers CP:

Oystercatcher 2 young + 1 young.   Shoveler 1 male.  

Sand Martin 3.  Gadwall 9. 

Mallard 3 Medium/Large young ,  

+ 3 Medium young + 2 very small young ACP hide.

A 3rd summer Lesser Black backed Gull was in the shallows.

Anglers CP  Odonata:  Emperor 1 male.  

George's  Corner:  Lapwing 2 adults.

Disposal Point: Lepidoptera

Common Blue 1 male,   Small Heath 1.  

Disposal Point - Plant: Yellow Stone Crop 

Moorhouse Lane Big Pond:  Odonata:

Broad-bodied Chaser 1 female.    4 Spotted Chaser  2. 

Azure Damselfly 1 male.

Tuesday 4 June 2024

Carlton Marsh

Everything of note today began with the letter L - Little Ringed Plover 1, Lapwing 2, LBB Gull (3rd summer), Little Egret, the first since 17th April!

Large Skipper butterfly, our first this year (L & A Corrall).

Wintersett 04.06.2024

Wintersett Res:

Common Scoter 1.  (SC)   Common Tern 5.  Herring Gull 1.  

Goldeneye 1 female.

Botany Bay.

Mallard 7 L/FL young +  7 L/Fl young (1 white).

Monday 3 June 2024

Wintersett 03.06.2024

Wintersett Res:

A male Cuckoo  was on the east bank..

Common Tern 5. 

Anglers CP:  

An Egyptian Goose was seen this morning, on the rock wall. It flew off north west at 10.20hrs

Mallard 2 medium young + 2 Large young.

A 3rd summer Lesser Black-backed Gull took 2 more Black-headed Gull chicks! 

A Lapwing was chasing Crows in Stubbs Wall field.

Oystercatcher 2 young +  1 young.

Carlton Marsh

A juvenile Tawny Owl was 'branching' this morning (Terry Smith) and 2 Little Ringed Plovers were on the wader scrape.

Juvenile Tawny Owl (Terry Smith)

Sunday 2 June 2024

South Kirkby Industrial Park

Butterfly numbers are really low so far this year. However, I saw my first Painted Lady, 18 male Brimstone, 25 Common Blue, 28 Small Heath, 10 Large Skipper, 1 Brown Argus and 3 male Orange-tips.

Birds sightings included 2 Grey Partridges and 10 Mistle Thushes (Chris Parkin).

Wintersett + Ringing 02.06.2024

Anglers CP:

Oystercatcher 2 young + 1 young..  Shoveler 1 male + 1 female.

A male Hairy Dragonfly was seen south west corner,

along the path this morning,   First for CP.  (PM, AS) .    

An Emperor Dragonfly was seen on west bank clump. 

Herring Gull 2 adults + 4 north.  Canada Goose 28 young + 1 very small young new.

21 plus Odemera Nobilis + 1 Hornet were counted on vegetation in the Golf Course Field.

Haw Park Wood:

2 adult  + 2 juvenile Treecreepers were seen this morning.

Golf Course Field.:

Hornet 1.

Wintersett Ringing -  Pete Smith.  R.Bailey.

12 birds were ringed this morning @Wintersett

Highlights of 1 juvenile Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff (2 juv), 2 Bullfinch.

Common Tern 4.    


Brimstone 2 males  ACP.

Saturday 1 June 2024

Carlton Marsh

The wader scrape had 1 LRP, 1 Lapwing and 1 LBB Gull. A family of 5 Mistle Thrush were on a nearby horse pasture and a pair were feeding fledged young in the car park.

So as it was quiet I went to look for day flying moths etc. Although there was little sunshine, I managed to find 3 Yellow Shell and 24 Burnet Companion moths along with single Small Heath and Common Blue butterflies. (CG)

News from the B.T.O of a local recovery of a Blue Tit S395266 that was ringed at Carlton Marsh as a 2nd calendar year bird at 14.29hrs on 19/1/2020. 
It was found after it flew into a glass window on Royston Road, Cudworth on 27/5/2024 at the home of Mr. Brian Guest. A distance of 2kms 1,590 days after it was ringed.
This is prime site for the Small Blue butterfly 92 were counted today. Along with 3 Large Skipper, 12 Common Blue, 2 male Brimstone, 1 female Orange-tip and 2 Brown Argus -13 species.
Also of note 2 Grey Partridge, 12 House Martin, a Common Lizard and Spotted Orchid (Chris Parkin).

Wintersett 01.06.2024

Wintersett Res:

Mute Swan 36,  and 4 young + 2 CHRes. + 3 ACP.

A Red kite flew over.   Grey Wagtail 1.

Common Tern 6.  Goldeneye 1 female.

Mallard - 8 large young at Boathouse + 7 large young Botany Bay (6+ 1 white).

Anglers CP: 

Teal 1 male + 1 female.  Oystercatcher 2 young + 1 young.


Grass Snake 1.  

Friday 31 May 2024

Carlton Marsh

The only birds of note today were the 2 Little Ringed Plovers that were on the wader scrape (L & A Corrall).

3 Oystercatchers that flew west from the Pinfold Hotel, Cudworth at 10.00hrs were probably the same 3 that left Edderthorpe Flash north at 11.00hrs. Were they the Ferrymoor Flash adults with their 1 fledged young?

A male Banded Demoiselle was seen near the gate at Edderthorpe Flash (CG).

A Little Owl has been seen in Low Cudworth over recent days (L & Corrall).

Wintersett 31.05.2024

Wintersett Res:  06.15hrs   -   Steve Denny

Mute Swan 37 + 4 CHRes.. + 3 Anglers CP

Oystercatcher 3.    Goldeneye 1 female. 

Anglers CP  - Odonata:

Emperor 1.

Thursday 30 May 2024

Carlton Marsh & Low Cudworth

Carlton Marsh

A Little Ringed Plover was on the wader scrape again.

Our working group was busy strimming the embankment path all along its length (3/4 of a mile).

A Red Kite was seen flying low (at about 20ft) over White Cross Road, Cudworth at 11.00hrs (Andrew Corrall).

Wintersett - 30.05.2024

Anglers CP:

200 Swifts flying high over the lake,

and over the banks at Anglers CP all morning.

Wednesday 29 May 2024

Carlton Marsh

2 Little Ringed Plover and a Kingfisher were on the wader scrape this evening (CG).

Half a mile east of the the reserve, a Red Kite flew over The Grove at 09.00hrs.(Bob Embleton)

Red Kite (Bob Embleton)

Tuesday 28 May 2024

Carlton Marsh

A Little Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwings, a drake Teal and a Lesser Black-backed Gull were on the wader scrape this afternoon with a Mallard and her brood of 10. 

The LBB Gull tried to nick one, but the female Mallard made sure it didn't.

A large female Grass Snake swam across the water.

Short-tailed Field Vole (CG)
This little chap was one of two found feeding out in the open beside the path towards Cudworth Park.

Wintersett 28.05.2024

Anglers CP:

Light but persistent rain all morning. 

Goslings 23.   2 Oystercatchers in the shallows.

Monday 27 May 2024

Carlton Marsh

A Little Ringed Plover and a drake Teal were on the wader scrape. Flying over it were 2 Swallows, 2 Swifts, and 12 House Martins flew north (Les & Andrew Corrall).

Ferrymoor Flash
A pair of Canada Geese have 6 goslings and a pair of Coot have 2 small young. 2 Sand Martins, 2 House Martins and 3 Swallows were hawking for insects. An Oystercatcher called and 4 Pairs of Lapwing were alarming nearby (CG).
Southern Marsh Orchid (CG)

Wintersett 27.05.2024

Walton Hall:

Female Wigeon 1.

Anglers CP:

Mallard 3 large young. 

Wintersett Res: 

Mute Swan 32.

Botany Bay:

Cetti's Warbler  2.

Sunday 26 May 2024

Wintersett 26.05.2024

Wintersett Res:

Goldeneye 1 female.   Pochard 1 male.    

A singing  male Cuckoo on west bank Wintersett Res.. 06.35hrs.

+ another male Cuckoo at Santingley Grange.

Common Tern 2 + 7 Wintersett Res..

Anglers CP: 

A 3/4th Summer Lesser Black-backed Gull was in the shallows.   

Saturday 25 May 2024

Littleworth Park - Monk Bretton & Carlton Marsh

Littleworth Park

Insects on this interesting site included 24 Small Heath, 20 Dingy Skipper and 7 Common Blue butterflies.

Moths on show, 13 Burnet Companion, 9 Yellow Shell, 24 Mother Shipton and 1 Straw Dot.

Also of note 1 Squash Shield Bug and 2 Broad-bodied Chasers.

27 Bee Orchids are in bloom (Chris Parkin).

Carlton Marsh

This evening 6 House Martins, 3 Swallows and 3 Swifts were feeding over the wader scrape and a drake Teal was feeding on it.

An Orange-tip butterfly was seen during the morning (CG).

Wintersett + Ringing: 25.05.2024

Anglers CP:

Cormorant 2.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 1, 09.51hrs..  

Mallard 3 medium young. (AS).   Oystercatcher 4.

Big Pond:(Disposal Point)

A Cetti's Warbler was singing.  5+  4 Spotted Chasers (all teneral)

6 Azure Damselflies,  1 male Red-eyed and a few Common Blue and blue-tailed. (PM)

Wintersett Res:

Common Tern 4.   Hobby 2 over for most of morning. (GJS)

A calling Ringed Plover flew over north 08.30hrs  (PS)

A Hairy Dragonfly on west bank Clump  + 5 more (GJS)

 + 1 male and 1 female north east WRes..  

Cuckoo 1 male south of WRes..  Red Kite 1.

Wintersett Res. Ringing: (RB, PS)

7 birds were ringed this morning:

Highlights  were 2 Reed Warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler.

Botany Bay: (PM)

4 Spotted Chaser 1,  1 Azure Damselfly,  Red-eyed Damselflies 110.

Friday 24 May 2024

Carlton Marsh

A Mallard was found with 7 eggs but no sign of the duck. Another female was on the wader scrape with 10 small young.

A Little Ringed Plover was on the wader scrape in the evening (Andy Morgan).

Insects included 2 Burnet Companion and a Cinnabar moth and 4 Thick-legged Beetles.

A Fox was on the prowl and spring flowers included Southern Marsh Orchid and Kidney Vetch (Chris Parkin).

A Red Kite circled over Field Drive in Low Cudworth from 09.00hrs until 09.35hrs (Richard Laverack).

Red Kite (Richard Laverack)

Wintersett 24.05.2024

Wintersett Res: 

An Osprey flew over north  at 06.55hrs.

Common Tern 2. 

Anglers CP: 

A Turnstone and 3 Dunlin were on the CP rocks.

A male Cuckoo was heard.

Thursday 23 May 2024

Carlton Marsh

The only thing of note today was a Little Ringed Plover that called in during late morning (L & A Corrall). 

Meanwhile our group was busy mowing and strimming the grass around the car park and ringing rides.

Wintersett 23.05.2024

Wintersett Res:

Common Tern 11. 

Anglers CP:

Cuckoo 1 male.    Tufted Duck 31 + 13 WRes..

400 Swifts were in the area.   A Dunlin was in the CP shallows.

Shoveler 1 female.  Greylag Goose 7.   A Red Kite flew over.

Canada Goose young 29 (including a new brood of 2 young).

Wednesday 22 May 2024

Wintersett 22.05. 2024

 Anglers CP:

A male Cuckoo was on the Pol.

A large fledged young Lapwing was in the Pol field.

Oystercatcher 3 young + 1 young.

Swift 150 + 70 Wintersett Res..

Wintersett Res:

Goldeneye 1 female.

Common Tern 14.

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Carlton Marsh & Ferrymoor Flash

Carlton Marsh

There were 6 LBB and 1 Herring Gull on the wader scrape this morning. (K. Bannister).

Yesterday a Peregrine Falcon attacked a Red Kite at nearby West Green (N. Lunn).

Ferrymoor Flash
Drake Pochard, 17 Greylags, 3 pairs of Canada Geese with broods of 5, 4 and 12. Mallards with broods of 7 and 8 very small young and 3 that were well-grown. A Moorhen pair have 3 young. 2 Oystercatchers were feeding at least 1 well-grown young and 1 Little Ringed, and 1 Ringed Plover were nearby. 

Cudworth Common

Although the ash plain and the flashes are very much abused by off-roaders, squads and 4 by 4's, the site still manages to produce a good deal of flora and fauna. Today 2 pairs of Lapwing, probably with young, with Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Mistle Thrush and 2 singing Reed Warblers.

Cotton Grass is thriving on the ash plain and Southern Marsh Orchids are common.
A female Broad-bordered Chaser added even more colour.

Wintersett 21.05.2024

A very quiet day here.

Anglers CP: 

Shoveler 2 males + 1 female.

Wintersett Res: 

Common Tern 3.

Monday 20 May 2024

Carlton Marsh

A female Shoveler was new in today and a mallard was with 10 very small young (K. Bannister).

Also present 2 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Great Spotted Woodpecker. 

A Goldcrest, 4 Song Thrush and 1 Mistle Thrush were all singing (L & A Corrall).

Wintersett 20.05.2024

 Anglers CP:

A female Marsh Harrier flew over west.  

(Primary missing - so likely to be bird seen at Calder Valley and Pugneys in recent weeks.).

Shoveler 1 male.  A Red Kite flew over.  Cormorant 1

Oystercatcher 3 young + 1 young + 6 adults.

Wintersett Res: 

Common Tern 2.    Goldeneye 1 female.

150 Swifts were in the area.

Sunday 19 May 2024

Carlton Marsh

All the common birds are settling down to breed and the migration is largely over consequently it was fairly quiet on the bird front.

So our attention will be switching to other forms of wildlife over the next few weeks.

Today's servey of the Western Meadow produced 1 Common Swift, 2 Silver Y and 10 Burnet Companion Moths. 

Butterflies included 1m Brimstone, 1 Dingy Skipper, 1 Small Copper and 2 Small Heath (CG)

In addition a Common Blue was seen to the east of the reserve (JP).

Wintersett + Ringing 19.05.2024

Anglers CP:

Cuckoo 1 male calling.    Shoveler 2 males. 

Wintersett Res:

A Hobby flew over. 

Ringing - Becky Bailey:  17 new birds were ringed:

Highlights  - 2 Garden Warbler,   1 Reed Warbler,  2 Blackcap, 
1 Whitethroat,   1 Treecreeper,  1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, (first since 2019),  
and a Reed Bunting, originally ringed in July 2017.

                                                     Image                                                                                 Photos - Becky Bailey.

Saturday 18 May 2024

Carlton Marsh 14th to 18th May

 2 Ringed Plovers and 1 Little Ringed Plover were on the wader scrape on the 14th (R.J. Boland). They were followed by a Redshank on the 15th and 16th (K. Bannister et al). A Cuckoo was also present.

Today 18th May. A late arriving Lesser Whitethroat was singing and 2 Lapwings were present (JP).

South Kirkby Industrial Park

1 Grey Partridge.

The first Brown Argus (2) and Common Blue (2) of the year were on the wing. Also 27 Dingy Skipper, 16 Small Heath and 14m Brimstone. 
Day flying moths include 4 Small Yellow Underwing, 8 Mother Shipton and the more nocturnal Ruby Tiger. 
Dragonflies abroad an early Emperor, 3 Broad-bodied Chaser, and 8 Large Red Damselfly.
34 Thick-legged Beetles were counted.
Southern Marsh and 3 Bee Orchids were in bloom (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett 18.05.2024

Anglers CP:

Cuckoo 1 male.   Shoveler 1 male    Tufted Duck  27.   

Wintersett Res:

Goldeneye 1 female.  2 Hobbies were flying over at 15.06hrs. 

A male Cuckoo was calling from the south east corner,

and the south west corner at 15.10hours. 

Disposal Point:

Lesser Whitethroat 1 male.   

Lepidoptera:  Small Heath 1.  Mother Shipton 1.

Big Pond:   

Sedge Warbler 1 male.  Cetti's Warbler 1 male.

Big Pond Odonata 

Large Red Damselfly 1. Azure  Damselfly 1.   

Four Spotted Chaser 2. 

Friday 17 May 2024

Wintersett 17.05.2024

Wintersett Res:

Common Tern 1.   Goldeneye 1 female.    Hobby 2 over. 

A male Cuckoo was on the west bank + ACP

Mallard Young:  

9 small on west bank  WRes. 

 and  5 medium +3 very small  young at ACP.

Anglers CP: 

Oystercatcher  3 young + 1 young.

Odonata Botany Bay:

Red-eyed Damselfly 4 males + 2 females.

Thursday 16 May 2024

Wintersett + update 16.05.2024

Anglers CP:

Redshank 1.   Oystercatcher 3 young + 1 young.

1 young  Lapwing in Pol Field.  Shoveler 1 male.   

Tufted Duck 23.  Dunlin 1.

Mallard - 7 small young on south bank.

Wintersett Res: afternoon update

A Cuckoo was calling from the west bank.

Common Tern 1.

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Wintersett 15.05.2024

 Anglers CP:

The south pair of Oystercatchers have 1 young.

The first Black headed Gull chick was seen this morning.

 Haw Park Wood:

A Treecreeper was on the wall.

Wintersett Res:

A male Cuckoo was calling from the south east corner at 15.00hrs,

then the south west corner at 15.10hrs

2 Hobbies flew over at 15.06hrs.   

Common Tern 4.

Mallard Young: 

6 medium young at the boathouse WRes. + 4 small young on west bank ACP.

Tuesday 14 May 2024

Wintersett 14.05.2024

Anglers CP:

Oystercatcher 3 young.   Shoveler 1 male.

Wintersett Res:

Pochard 1 male.   Common Sandpiper 2. 

Common Tern 2.     Barn Owl 1 east bank.   

Goldeneye 1 female.

Monday 13 May 2024

Wintersett 13.05.2024

Wintersett Res:

2 Red Kites flew east.  

A Hobby flew over - (Simon Cooper)

Anglers CP:

Lapwing 1 young in Pol field.

Oystercatcher 3 young CP + ? young hatched south pair?

Rock Wall: Dunlin 1 in summer plumage.  Common Sandpiper 1.

Canada X Greylag Goose hybrid 1.  Canada Goose 22 young.  

Little Grebe 2.

Mallard young 

5 small CP + 6 very small  + 9 small + 6 medium + 6 small/medium + 9 very small.

Pol Boardwalk Pond: Large Red Damselfly 1.

Walton Hall:

Redstart 1 male.

Sunday 12 May 2024

Wintersett WEBS counts for May 2024

 Here are the Wintersett WeBs counts for May 2024.

Mute Swan 22   Canada Goose 16   Greylag 7   

Great Crested Grebe 15   Little Grebe 2   Coot 49   Moorhen 13  

Mallard 51   Gadwall 12   Tufted Duck 17   Goldeneye 1   

Grey Heron 2  Lapwing 5   Oystercatcher 5   Common Sandpiper 1.

Wintersett 12.05.2024

2 Grey Partridge in the area. 

Anglers CP:

Common Sandpiper 1.   Shoveler 1 male.

Pol Boardwalk Pond:

Large Red Damselfly 1.  

Walton Hall:

Redstart 1 male.

Saturday 11 May 2024

Wintersett 11.05.2024

Walton Hall:

Yesterday the male Redstart was still singing from the tree tops.

Today the male Redstart gave 2 bursts of song at 15.15hrs on Anglers CP Hill - Steve Denny.

Anglers CP:

Common Sandpiper 1.   A Red Kite flew over.

Oystercatcher 3 young.   

Canada Goose 9 young + 4 young + 2 young.

Canal Flash Cold Hiendley:

Cuckoo 1 male  (PW)

Wintersett Res:

Great Crested Grebe 6.  Goldeneye 1 female.

Disposal Point: Lepidoptera  

Small Yellow Underwing  1.

Friday 10 May 2024

Carlton Marsh

An Oystercatcher flew north from the wader scrape at 06.55hrs (Keith Bannister).

           This Fox was pictured at its regular chilling out spot (Simon Cox)

A Peregrine in stoop mode was seen over Royston Road, to the east of the reserve recording area, and 2 Lesser Whitethroats sang from the Albert Street Allotments (JP).

A Waved Umber moth found its way into Dave Standish's kitchen last night at Firth Avenue, Low Cudworth.

                                    Waved Umber (Dave Standish)

Littleworth Park- Monk Bretton
A new species of butterfly here - Wall Brown! 13 species of butterfly also included 7 Small Copper, 14 Dingy Skipper, 2 Small Heath, 1 Holly Blue,  and 2 male Brimstone. 
Day flying moths were 1 Burnet Companion, 5 Small Yellow Underwing,  7 Mother Shipton, 1 Brown Silver Line and 2 Silver Y.
Also 3 female Broad-bodied Chaser, 18 Squash Bugs, the beetle Cantharis rustica, the Weevil Platyrhinus resinous and 7 Smooth Newts (Chris Parkin).

Wintersett 10.05.2024

Anglers CP:

The north pair of Oystercatchers have hatched 2 very small young.

Common Sandpiper 1. Canada Goose 2 very small young.

Wintersett Res:

Goldeneye 1 female.  A Grey Partridge was in the west bank clump field. 


A Small White Butterfly and a male Orange Tip were on the north bank WRes..


A male Blue tailed Damselfly was on the north bank WRes..

Thursday 9 May 2024

Carlton Marsh

2 Tawny Owls were in their regular roost this morning, but had moved out of site by mid-day.

A Goldcrest sang near the hide and 3 House Matins flew north over the wader scrape.

Butterflies included 2m Brimstone. A Blue-tailed Damselfly was the first for this year.

Francis Hickenbottom visited this morning and provided us with a new species of fungi - Hawthorn Leaf Blight (Monilinia johnsonii).

South Kirkby Industrial Estate
2 Grey Partridges and a pair of Coot with 2 young.
12 Dingy Skippers were the first this year. Also 21 male Brimstone and 48 Orange-tips. A Small Yellow Underwing  moth was interesting (C. Parkin)

Wintersett 09.05.2024

 Anglers CP:

Goldeneye  1 adult male CP   + 1 female WRes..

Oystercatcher 5 adults CP 

+ a flock of 11 flew  north west over CP at 09.46hrs.

Mallard 9 young ( 1 yellow).

Wednesday 8 May 2024

Carlton Marsh

A Common Sandpiper spent the day on the wader scrape (JP et al).

It's good to know there are still 2 Grey Partridges around.

Insects included the first Small Heath of the Year, 12 Peacock, 2 Comma, 5 Speckled Wood, 2m Brimstone, 49 Orange-tips (15 of which were female), 1 Large White, 7 G.V. White, and 5 Small White.

Also of note Brown Silver Line moth, Green Tiger Beetle, Click Beetle (Athous haemorrhoidalis). Common Blue and Azure Damselfly were on the wing and the first Four Spot Chaser of the year. (Chris Parkin).


Wintersett 08.05.2204

Anglers CP: 

Shoveler 1 male.  Common Tern 3.

Goldeneye 1 adult male ACP, + 1 female WRes. 

Lapwing 2 adults + 1 small young in the Pol field. 

Mallard young:  3 small/medium CP + 10 (from 12) very small young.

Wintersett Res:

Pochard 1 male.   

Tuesday 7 May 2024

Carlton Marsh

A Peregrine flew over the wader scrape this morning (JP).

This afternoon 2 Cetti's Warblers sang as did Cuckoo and it gave good views.

There are several Greylag and Canada Goose broods now.

A Fox was laid in the sun for quite awhile. 

The beautiful Yellow Archangel (CG)

07.05.2024 Wintersett

Wintersett Res:

 Common Tern 4.  Arctic Tern 1 east at 08.48hrs.  Swift 100

Anglers CP:

An adult Kittiwake was in this morning to 08.00hrs at least. (GJS)

Common Sandpiper 1.  Goldeneye 1 male ACP +  1 female WRes..

Green Woodpecker 1.  Grey Wagtail 1.  Little Egret 1.  

Oystercatcher 6. Red Kite 1 1st summer. Yellow Wagtail 3. (GJS)

Golf Course field:  (PS)

 Lapwing 2 adults + 1 small young.

Old Royston Flash: (SD) 

3 medium/large young Lapwings in field next to traveller camp.

Walton Hall: (PS)

Redstart 1 male still singing.    Treecreeper 1.  Red Kite 1.  

Canada Goose 5 young + 8 young.

Wigeon 1 injured  female (still).  Tawny Owl 1. 

Monday 6 May 2024

Wintersett + Ringing 06.05.2024

Wintersett Res:

14 birds were ringed today:

Highlights of 3 Sedge Warblers,  1 Reed Warbler,   2  Garden Warblers, 

1 Blackcap and 1 female Cetti's Warbler (brood patch).   Common Tern 1.

A Green Woodpecker and a male Lesser Whitethroat were on the west bank. 

Also a control Sedge Warbler,  apparently ringed yesterday,  (but not here!!) 

Will be nice to see how far it moved overnight. 


  Sedge Warbler  06.05.2024  R.Bailey


A Small  Yellow Underwing was on the west bank clump

Walton Hall: 

A male Redstart was seen. 

Anglers CP: 

Great Crested Grebe 7.  Cormorant 2.  Oystercatcher 6.

Goldeneye 1 male + 1 female WRes..

Sunday 5 May 2024

Carlton Marsh

 3 Swifts returned to the nearby Beech Avenue colony today.
(Geoff Miller)

Cuckoo this evening by courtesy of Simon Cox.

Wintersett 5th May 2024

Wintersett Res:

Common Sandpiper 2.  Goldeneye 1 male + 1 female.

Anglers CP:

Little Grebe 1.  Long-tailed Tit fledged young.

Mallard young  6 medium + 1 very small + 7 small young. 

A Whimbrel flew north 10.08hrs (PS, RD, AS).

An adult Little Gull flew over.  (PS, AS).  Common Tern 2.  

A Tawny Owl was seen on the Woodland Walk. (SD).


A male Orange Tip flew over CP.


A Common Blue Damselfly flew over north bank. WRes..

Saturday 4 May 2024

Carlton Marsh

The Common Sandpiper spent its 4th day on the wader scrape along with a Grey wagtail.

A Water Rail called, a Cuckoo sang and a Kingfisher flew over the scrape (C. Parkin/CG).

Wintersett - Vis.Mig + Ringing 04.05.2024

Anglers CP:

Vis.Mig:  (PM + PW)

Arctic Tern 2.   Swift 80.

Walton Hall:

A Redstart was singing

in good breeding woodland.

north east corner.

Ringing: (PS + RB)

8 birds were ringed this morning:

Highlight was 1 Reed Warbler.

Friday 3 May 2024

Carlton Marsh

The only report received today was of the Common Sandpiper, which has spent the last 3 days on the wader scrape (K. Bannister).

Storrs Mill/River Dearne
c6 Sand Martins look as though are going to nest on the river bank.

Ring Farm, Low Cudworth
A Lesser Whitethroat sang from a hedgerow alongside Cudworth Dike.

Carlton Village
A Flame Carpet was caught overnight on 1st of May.
Flame Carpet (D. M. Smith)

Wintersett 03/05/2024

Wintersett Res:

28 Herring Gulls  flew north + 10 Anglers CP.

Goldeneye 1 female.

Thursday 2 May 2024

Carlton Marsh

A Common Sandpiper spent its second day on the wader scrape (JP/K. Bannister et al), but there was no sign of the Pink Feet Geese.

Newtown, Cudworth
A male Lime Hawk Moth was my first since 1993! (CG)

Agonopterx alstromeriana (Hemlock Moth)

Wintersett 02.05.2024

Anglers CP:

A Lesser Redpoll was on the Pol.  A Red Kite was in the ruin field.

Goldeneye 1 adult male + 1 female.  

A Mediterranean Gull was calling. 

Moorhouse Lane Pond:

Goldcrest 1 male.

Wednesday 1 May 2024

Carlton Marsh

This morning 2 singing Cetti's Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff and 6 Blackcap.

2 Grey Partridge were on a tilled field (L & A Corrall).

This afternoon a Common Sandpiper was on the wader scrape at 14.00hrs and an Oystercatcher flew south over the scrape at 16.00hrs. A Kingfisher flew over the reed beds (CG).

The Pink Feet had gone AWOL and were seen at Anglers Country Park (G.J. Speight)

Wintersett - Birding Big Day! 01.05.2024

86 species of bird were recorded in the area today - GJ Speight.

Biggest Dip - SWIFT! (there were 50 yesterday!)

Wintersett Res:

Goldeneye 1 male + 1 female.   

A Water Rail was calling from the south east reed bed.

Cormorant 3.  A Curlew flew south.

21 birds were ringed @Wintersett1 this morning with highlights of:

Reed Warbler 2,   Garden Warbler 2,   Blackcap 1,

Lesser Redpoll 5,  Willow Warbler 1 and Chiffchaff 1. 

Also - A Treecreeper was trapped on the clump.  Pete Smith.

Disposal Point - Ponds/Santingley - Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, Little Grebe.   Steve Denny

Woodcock, Both woodpeckers,  Meadow Pipit,

Mediterranean Gull,  Water Rail.   

Anglers CP: 

A Whimbrel was in the car park field.

Meadow Pipit 1 in CP fields. Pink-footed Goose 2.  

Sparrowhawk  - Paul Meredith

Haw Park: 

1 Woodcock.

Tuesday 30 April 2024

Carlton Marsh

2 male Wheatears were on a tilled field late morning (1 much brighter than the other is thought to be the Greenland race). Also of interest Goldcrest, Meadow Pipit and 3 Reed Warblers (L & A Corrall).

Earlier a Cuckoo sang along with 5 Whitethroats and a Sedge Warbler (JP).

Treecreeper, both Pink Feet and a Lapwing were of note (K. Bannister/CG).

Wheatears (Dave Standish)
 79 species were recorded in April. Well done everybody.
Storrs Mill to Ardsley Viaduct
4 Buzzards, Kingfisher, 7 Sand Martin's showing interest in nesting in the river bank, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Grey Partridges and 1 R.L. Partridge.
Butterflies included Holly Blue, 10m & 4f Brimstone, 36 male Orange-tip & 29 Peacock.
7 Large Red Damselflies were on the wing & Green and Sloe Shield Bugs were about (Chris Parkin).

Wintersett 30.04.2024

Anglers CP:

Little Egret 1.   A Whimbrel flew north west at 09.03hrs.

Lesser Whitethroat 1 male Pol + 1 male east bank WRes.. 

Shelduck 2.  Mallard 6 young.   A Hobby flew over.  

Greylag Goose 2 adults + 5 young

Wintersett Res:

Goldeneye 1 adult male + 1 female. 

Tufted Duck 71 + 45 ACP + 17 CHRes..

Great Crested Grebe 4 + 2 ACP + 4 CHRes..

Common Tern 5.   Swift 50.  


A Large White on Haw Park Lane +  1 in the Willow Wood. 


A Large Red Damselfly was over the golf course pond.

Monday 29 April 2024

Carlton Marsh

This morning 2 Oystercatchers came onto the the wader scrape at 10.58hrs to join 2 Pink Feet Geese and a Grey Wagtail.

2 LBB Gulls flew south, 6 Skylarks and 3 Yellow Buntings were seen on fields to the east (A. Corrall/CG).

This afternoon 4 Swifts were over the scrape and an 18 inches long Grass Snake was encountered on the embankment.

3 Male and 1 female Brimstone butterflies were abroad, a Common Carpet moth was flushed and the larvae of a Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing was found (C Parkin).

Wintersett 29.04.2024

Wintersett Res:

Redpoll 1 in Willow Wood + 3 in south west corner.

Shelduck 1.   Common Sandpiper 1 + 1 ACP.  Swift 40.  

Mute Swan 13 + 4 Cold Hiendley Res. + 4 Anglers CP. 

A male Goldcrest was at the boathouse.

2 male Sedge Warblers - Botany Road.

Cold Hiendley Res: 

Goldeneye 1 male. 

Anglers CP:

Common Tern 3.   A fledged young Pied Wagtail with adult, north east corner.

Common Gull 1 1st Winter.

Sunday 28 April 2024

Wintersett 28.04.2024

 Wintersett Res:

Sand Martin 500.   CommonTern 3.

Mediterranean Gull 2 north.

Anglers CP:

Arctic Tern 1 + 4 in at 11.50hrs.

Common Sandpiper 1.   Snipe 1.  Yellow Wagtail 2.

Goldeneye 1 adult male  + 1 female ACP  and 1 female WRes.

Lesser Black-backed Gull 7.   Herring Gull 6.   Pochard 1 drake.

Saturday 27 April 2024

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights were; Little Egret, Oystercatcher (Wader Scrape) Simon Cox..

2 Pink Feet Geese, 1 Lapwing NW, 1 Redpoll north (CG).

Photos by Simon Cox