Wednesday 31 January 2024

Carlton Marsh

 On the scrapes were 13 Tufted Duck (6 at Bleachcroft), 24 Teal, 7 Common Gull.

On the nearby fields 17 Fieldfare, and in the car park, Treecreeper, 20 Siskin with a single Redpoll and a Great Spotted Woodpecker (L. & A. Corrall). 

A total of 63 species for January.

My first moth of the year when it came to the patio window after dark.

Dotted Border (CG)

Notton 31/1/24.

Single Waxwing preening in oak tree on George Lane just west of the village at 12-30 pm. Chaffinch flock c 14 at Woolley crossroads.

Wintersett 31.01.2024

Wintersett Res: 

140 Pink-footed Geese flew over west.

2 Goosanders were seen this morning.


Steve Denny: 

1st winter Med Gull riding the peaks & troughs 

in the Wintersett (Top Res roost)  with the adult also making an appearance.  

Lesser Black Backed Gulls  going up at 15,   

Great Black Backed Gulls going down at just 4.

Tuesday 30 January 2024

Low Moor/Midhope 30/1/24.

Observers, A Deighton, S Green. Pinkfoot 1 down with the Greylags. Otherwise a very quiet couple of hours. The Linnet flock still here 300+, Raven 1, Sparrowhawk 2, C Buzzard 4, Kestrel 2, Siskin 2.

Carlton Marsh

It was nice to see the sun out after the mist and rain yesterday!

Today's sightings included 14 Tufted Duck (9 at Bleachcroft Farm Pond), 10 Canada Geese included a hybrid) and a Cetti's Warbler sang. 

On the fields were 30 Starlings, 30 Fieldfares, 12 Redwings and c80 Linnets.

Also present Treecreeper, Goldcrest, c35 Siskins with 1 Redpoll, 10 Chaffinches, 2 Song Thrushes and 2 Skylarks.

Later at dusk c30 Yellow Buntings came in to roost, 5 Tawny Owls called (3m) and 2 Water Rails called.

(K. Bannister/L. A. Corrall/D. Standish/CG)

Wintersett 30.01.2024

Wintersett Res:

100 Pink-footed Geese flew over west + 31 flew north west.

A male Cetti's Warbler was in the west bank marsh.

Cold Hiendley Res:

A male Goosander was on this morning.

Anglers CP:

The drake Scaup still present.   An adult Peregrine flew over. 

Haw Park Wood:

50 Redwing were around the canal area.

Monday 29 January 2024

Carlton Marsh

Yesterday 28/1/23
Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawks, 1 Grey Wagtail.

3 Herald moths were tucked up in their winter hideaway, but that's way down from 24 on the 25th of November 2023! (Chris Parkin).

Today 29/1/23
A Lapwing, was the first this year! It is a scarce bird in winter up this valley nowadays (KB).

Wintersett 29.01.2024

 Anglers CP:

The 1st W male Scaup still present.

Wintersett Res :

An Oystercatcher was on the boathouse slipway.

A Cetti's Warbler was in the boathouse bench reeds.

Sunday 28 January 2024

Wintersett 28.01.2024

Anglers CP:

The Scaup still present - J.Holliday

100 Pink-footed Geese flew north west at 09.50hrs - S.Denny

1035 Pink-footed Geese flew west in 12 skeins, mostly 09.50 - 10.20hrs. (GJS)

Goldeneye 143 - (84 WRes. + 10 CHRes. +  49ACP). (PS)

Pochard 14.  Scaup 1.  Oystercatcher 1 ringed female. (PS)

Wintersett Res: - G.Speight

Goosander 3.   Great Crested Grebe 12.  

A 1st W Caspian Gull was in early.

Red Kite 1 south.   Oystercatcher 1.   

Green Woodpecker 1 west bank.

Wilthorpe Marsh news, 28/1/24.

Today, signs of Spring with singing Skylark and Goldcrest. Pinkfeet c 115 w at 9-55am. Peregrine 1 male, Skylark 1 pair, Goldcrest 4. Covey of 9 Grey Partridge on the 26th and male Stonechat on 25th.

Saturday 27 January 2024

Low Moor/Midhope 27/1/24.

Testing conditions. Cold and windy with poor light looking west. Rt Hen Harrier briefly before lost to view in the gloom. C Buzzard 4, Kestrel 1, Thrushes scsrce with c 24 Fieldfare.

Carlton Marsh

This morning Grey Wagtail, Cormorant, drake Goosander (Bleachcroft Pond), 13 Canada Geese, Water Rail, 10 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 5 Starling east and a Kestrel.

Yesterday Ardsley Viaduct
Peregrine Falcon, Buzzard, 25 Lapwing and 2 Greenfinch.

9 Herald moths hidden away were down from 15 in December (C. Parkin).

A Red Admiral was seen in a garden in Smithies (Pat Jobling).

Snowdrops in the car park

Wintersett 27.01.2024

 Anglers CP:

Siskin 5.   

Oystercatcher 1 ringed female bird (south pair back).

Bang on time!!  It's returned on the 27th for the last three years now - Steve Denny

Scaup 1 1stW male.   Shoveler 1 male + 1 female. 

Going west:  Pink-footed Goose 125.  

 Wintersett Res:

Cetti's Warbler 1 in south west corner. 

89 Goldeneye were on at dusk. 

Friday 26 January 2024

Wintersett 26.01.2024

 Anglers CP:

Still very quiet here. 

The 1st Winter male Scaup and 2 Little Grebes were notables this morning. 

A juvenile Great Black backed Gull was in the shallows yesterday - Simon Cooper.

Thursday 25 January 2024

Wintersett 25.01.2024

 Anglers CP:

The 1st W male Scaup still present.   Snipe 21.

Wintersett Res: 

A 1st Winter Caspian Gull was in the roost tonight.   

Photo - Steve Denny.

Wednesday 24 January 2024

Wilthorpe Marsh west 24/1/24.

Marsh Harrier in the area again this am. before moving off w. per P Middleton. No more bird noteables today but a Roe Deer was at the sewage farm.

Wintersett 24.01.2024

Cold Hiendley Res:

Goosander 7.

Anglers CP:

The 1st Winter male Scaup still present.

Wigeon 294 + 14 WRes..

Wintersett Res: 

A Woodcock was on the west bank. 

Tuesday 23 January 2024

Carlton Marsh

 2 Little Egrets were on the wader scrape this morning (K. Bannister).

Wintersett 23.01.2024

Anglers CP: 

The 1st Winter male Scaup still  present.

40 Redwings were seen this morning.

Monday 22 January 2024

Carlton Marsh

The only birds of note today were c80 thrushes that included mostly Fieldfare with a few Redwing and Mistle Thrush. 2 Red-legged Partridge were in a horse pasture near the stables (Stephen Grove).

Wilthorpe Marsh 22/1/24.

A cc Marsh Harrier was in the area on and off for half an hour before moving off west. Not much else apart from 1 Common Snipe flushed.

Wintersett + Strong Winds 22.01.2024

Anglers CP:

The 1st Winter male Scaup still present.  

Wintersett Res:  

Very challenging conditions today,  but an adult Iceland Gull and a 1st winter Caspian Gull 

were in the Top Res roost tonight.   (Steve Denny)

Pity they just missed the #WinGSweekend counts. 

Image  Image

Sunday 21 January 2024

Wintersett 21.01.2024

 Anglers CP:

The 1stW male Scaup was the only bird of note on a very windy day.


Photo- Steve Denny 

Broomhill Flash Twitch: AS. PS. AO.

A Lesser White-fronted Goose was on today.

Carlton Marsh

Present today 2 drake Shoveler, Cormorant, Treecreeper, Buzzard and a Mink on the ice with a fish (K. Bannister/C. Parkin).

Saturday 20 January 2024

Wintersett 20.01.2024

Anglers CP:  6 degrees C

A 1st Winter male Scaup  still present. 

An Oystercatcher is the first spring migrant in the shallows! 

An Oystercatcher  18th January 1997 is the earliest, but was a migrant, as was one on the 19th January 1980.  

The earliest a breeding bird has returned seems to be

 27th January in 2018 and 2020.  So if it's a breeder it's the earliest!

Wintersett Res:

A Cetti's Warbler was on the west bank.

Wntersett Res. Gull Roost: 

An adult Mediterranean Gull was in the roost tonight. 

Friday 19 January 2024

Carlton Marsh

New in today our first Shoveler of the year. 36 Fieldfares and 2 Redwings were feeding in a nearby field while 2 Buzzards watched on (K. Bannister).

A female Blackcap visited Karen Pickard's Monk Bretton garden (after a male last week).

On Wednesday 17th, 3 skeins of Pink Feet, c150 in each skein, flew west at 08.50hrs (K. Bannister).

On Thursday18th, our group put up 3 more Great Tit/Blue Tit, 1 Robin and a Woodpecker nest box up on the south side of the reserve. A colonial nest box for House Sparrows was placed in the car park. Our thanks to John Finch for the superbly made stone fronted boxes.

12 Chaffinch and a Grey Wagtail entertained at Littleworth Park, Monk Bretton, and 2 Kingfishers were on Cudworth dike near the old railway station (C. Parkin).

Low Moor/Midhope 19/1/24.

Top bird here was a cracking male Stonechat on the walls. Linnet flock still but mobile 300+ probably more like 500. Raven 1 pair, Fieldfare flock c 30 quickly moving s. C Buzzard 1, Kestrel 1, Siskin 1.

Wintersett 19.01.2024

Wintersett Res.

Shoveler 14 + 7 Anglers CP.    Wigeon 20 + 324 Anglers CP.

Pochard 21 + 25 Anglers CP. 

Anglers CP:

Teal 48.   Greylag Goose 119.  

Little Grebe 2 + 1 WRes.  Scaup 1 1stW male. 

Goosander 10.   Peregrine 1 adult male.

Thursday 18 January 2024

Wintersett + ICE! 18.01.2024

Anglers CP + Wintersett Res. + Cold Hiendley Res:

0 degrees C +  ICE:  ACP 15%,  WRes. 85%,  CHRes. 95%

Great Crested Grebe 12 + 1 WRes..   Shoveler 6 + 12 WRes.

Pochard 17 + 19 WRes + 8 CHRes.  

Gadwall 46 + 14 WRes. + 59 CHRes..

Canada Goose 248.   Little Grebe 2.  Wigeon 287 + 17 WRes..

Scaup 1 1st Winter male.   Goosander 1 redhead + 1male CHRes..

Redwing 30.   Fieldfare 30.   Skylark 70 in CP field.

Mallard 34  + CHRes. + 11 + WRes. 21  Cormorant 17.

WRes: A Green Woodpecker was on the west bank.

Wednesday 17 January 2024

Wintersett + ICE! 17.01.2024

 -2 degrees C +  ICE:  ACP 1%,  WRes. 85%,  CHRes. 95%

Anglers CP:

A Short-eared Owl flew over and dropped into the Pol field at 09.42 hrs. (PS,AS) 

It had been flushed shortly before on the path to the main hide, 09.28 hrs, (SC)

The 1stW male Scaup still present.  Teal 41.   Greylag Goose 38.  Snipe 18.

Great Crested Grebe 5 + 1 WRes.  Little Grebe 2.  

Wintersett Res:

A Green Woodpecker flew over the west bank. 

Pochard 16.   Shoveler 6. 

Tuesday 16 January 2024

Carlton Marsh

On a visit this morning c50 Pink Feet Geese flew west at 08.45hrs. Most of the water areas were iced over, but small numbers of Canada Geese, Gadwall, Tufted Duck and Mallard were present along with a Grey Wagtail.
Also present were 2 very light breasted Buzzards, a Kestrel and 5 Long-tailed Tits.
(Stephen Grove)

Wintersett + Gull Roost 16th January 2024

Wintersett Res. + Gull Roost

50 Great Black-backed Gulls were on at dawn.

Shoveler 5.   Goldeneye 70 + 36 ACP. 

Evening Gull Roost:  

An increase in Herring Gulls over last three days, 

presumably due to the cold weather & northerly wind. 

634 Herring Gulls,  35 Great Black-backed Gulls 

and 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls in WRes. roost - Steve Denny.

Anglers CP: 

The 1stW male Scaup  still present. 

A Peregrine flew over the CP fields.  

Monday 15 January 2024

Carlton Marsh

 5m 2f Tufted Ducks, Cetti's Warbler, 20 Starlings, Grey Wagtail, 10 Fieldfare and 5 Mistle Thrushes.

Wilthorpe Marsh west 15/1/24.

The wintering Stonechat pair were at the far western end in some sheltered juncas. Common Snipe 6, Grey Partridge 3 together, Meadow Pipit 1 down. Not many Thrushes and down were 4 Mistle, 6 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare.

Wintersett 15.01.2024

 Anglers CP: 

4 Siskin were at the Pol feeding station.

The 1stW Scaup still present.   Cormorant 12.

Sunday 14 January 2024

Low Moor/Midhope 14/1/24.

1pm till dusk. Red Kite 1, C Buzzard 5, Kestrel 3. Raven 2, Linnet c 250/300, Goldcrest 1 still present near the feeders. Siskin 1, Nuthatch 1 in village, Mountain Hare 1.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 14.01.2024

Anglers CP:

Greenfinch  6 in the car park.  

Scaup 1x 1st Winter male.  Teal 11.

3 Yellow Buntings  were at the Pol Feeders.

A male Merlin flew over the car park.   . 

Going east:  4 Pink-footed Geese.

Going west:  69 Pink-footed Geese.

Cold Hiendley:

A Barn Owl flew along the road at dawn. 

Wintersett Res Gull Roost:

441 Herring Gulls were inthe roost tonight!  

Of note: A 1stW Glaucous Gull was in the Swillington Roost tonight!

Saturday 13 January 2024

Low Moor/Midhope 13/1/24.

Surprises today with the arrival of the legendary Week a Wednesday team, A Archer and R Marshall. Together we sorted a fem. Merlin preening on a stone wall. Stonechat also and a Goldcrest at the feeders. The Linnet flock still mostly on wires on Midhope lane 250+. Raven 1, C Buzzard 3, Kestrel 1, Siskin 6.

Carlton Marsh

9 Canada Geese, 2 Greylags, 3 Common Gulls, 25 BH. Gulls, 6 Coot, 1 Cormorant, 3 Water Rails, 3 pairs of Tufted Duck, 8 Gadwall, 8 Teal, drake Goosander (Bleachcroft Farm Pond).

Also Buzzard, 2 Siskin, 1 Redpoll (C. Parkin/CG)

Walton Hall WeBS for January 2024

Walton Hall WeBs  for January 2024.  10.30 -  11.00hrs.

Greylag Goose 102.   Canada Goose 48.   Mallard 8.   Cormorant 1.

Mute Swan 12.  Tufted Duck 2.   Coot 56.   Gadwall 4.   

Wigeon 1 female.   Moorhen 4.  Grey Heron 1.

Wintersett WeBS for January 2024

 Wintersett WeBS for January 2024.

Mute Swan 4.   Canada Goose 104.   Greylag Goose 2.    

Cormorant 13.  Coot 138.   Moorhen 10.   Mallard 52.   

Gadwall 35.   Teal 4.   Wigeon 187.   Pochard 16.   

Tufted Duck 146.  Goldeneye 71,   Goosander 7.  

Great Crested Grebe 12.   Little Grebe 3.  

Lapwing 38.   Scaup 1.

Wintersett Gull Roosts 13.01.2024

Wintersett Res. Gull Roost:

Great Black-backed Gull 7.   Lesser Black-backed Gull 4.

Herring Gull 190.  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.   

Common Gull 1800.  Black-headed Gull 9500. 

Anglers CP: 

ZERO Gulls roosting tonight!

Friday 12 January 2024

Storrs Mill Area

 A Brambling called from a tree on the old Midland Railway north of Storrs Mill at mid-day.

Wintersett 12.01.2024

Anglers CP: 

Snipe 37.   Jack Snipe 1.

Teal 20.  Scaup 1 x 1stW male.

2 Yellowhammers were in the Pol field.

Canada Goose 77.  Greylag Goose 1.

Wintersett Res: 

Shoveler 5, then flew to ACP.  Wigeon 28,  

A Cetti's Warbler was in the boathouse reeds.

Thursday 11 January 2024

Wilthorpe Marsh 11/1/24.

Stonechat 1 pair, Peregrine 1 male, Lapwing 7 down, 2 redhead Goosander on river. Teal 16, Goldcrest 5, G Pecker 2.

Wintersett 11.01.2024

 Anglers CP:

Snipe 29.  

The 1stW male Scaup  still present. 

7 Whoopers flew NW at 16:18. 

Wintersett Res. Roost:

240 Herring Gulls,  

9 Great Black-backed Gulls and 4  Lesser Black-backed Gulls in the roost tonight. 

Wednesday 10 January 2024

Wintersett 10.01.2024

Anglers CP: 

The 1st Winter male Scaup still present.

Wintersett Res: 

A Merlin flew over, left south west at 15.00hrs. (SDenny)

Tuesday 9 January 2024

Wintersett 09.01.2024

 Anglers CP:

Immature drake Scaup still present.  

40 Stock Doves were in the Pol field.

A Yellow Bunting was at the Pol Feeders.

Monday 8 January 2024

Low Moor/Midhope 8/1/24.

Very cold with a few dustings of snow on Pike Lowe. Barn Owl hunting from 3-45pm. Raven 2, C Buzzard 4, Kestrel 2. Flock of Linnets still on Midhope lane c 200.

Wintersett 08.01.2024

 Anglers CP:

The 1stW male Scaup still present.

Wintersett Res:

Shelduck 1.   Shoveler 5.   

3 Whooper Swans flew over south east.

A  male Cetti's Warbler was in the west bank marsh.

71  Pink-footed Geese flew over north.

Sunday 7 January 2024

Wilthorpe Marsh west 7/1/24.

Peregrine 1, Grey Partrige 2, Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 2. Siskin 2, Redpoll 2. Green Pecker 1, Fox 2 together.

Wintersett 07.01.2024 + Bird Race

Chris Swaine did a solo Bird Race today:

Moorhouse Lane Big Pond:   Cetti's Warbler 1.  

Disposal Point:  Woodcock 2.  Barn Owl 1.

Cold Hiendley Res:  

Shoveler 1. A Pair of Raven flew over Cold Hiendley, in the direction of Ellis Laithe.

Cold Hiendley Sewage:

Chiffchaff  1.   Shoveler 1 on ruin spit.

Wintersett Res. Going over north west: 

2 Skeins of Pink-footed Goose  120 + 60.

Haw Park Wood: Nothing!

Anglers CP:

2 Shelducks.  3 Tree Sparrows and 2 Yellow Buntings were on the Pol feeders.

Goosander 1 male + 1 redhead.  Little Grebe 2. 

A Water Rail was on the west bank  + 1 in boathouse reeds WRes..

Saturday 6 January 2024

Carlton Marsh

 Of note today 2 Goldcrests, 12 Siskins, 3 Water Rails, Cetti's Warbler, Song Thrush and Tawny Owl sang.

As dusk approached a Bank Vole came to food put down for the birds, an a Fox was on the prowl (C. Parkin/D. Standish/CG).

Low Cudworth
20 Pink Feet flew East at 10.25hrs (R. Laverack).

Wintersett 06.01.2024

Anglers CP:

A Water Rail was in the south west corner.

Greenfinch 2.   Fieldfare 100 in ACP fields.  

Little Grebe 1.   Goosander 1 redhead + 2 males Wintersett Res..

Wintersett Res: 

2 Water Rails - 1 north bank +  1 Boathouse reeds.

Friday 5 January 2024

Carlton Marsh

4 Little Egrets were on the wader scrape and a drake Goosander was on Bleachcroft Farm Pond (K. Bannister).

Cudworth Common 
50 Redwings and 30 Redpolls (CG).

Wintersett 05.01.2024

Anglers CP:

3 Tree Sparrows were at the Pol feeders.

A Redhead Goosander here + 2 male Goosanders on Wintersett Res..

Pink-footed Geese:  110 east + 200 west.

Wintersett Res: 

A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds.

The 1st Winter male Scaup still present.

Haw Park Lane: 

A Waxwing was reported on Haw Park Lane by Bird Guides.

Thursday 4 January 2024

Broadstones res. 4/1/24.

Pinkfeet c 150 w at 12-30 pm. Tree Sparrow 1 singing, at least 4 Common Gull, Lapwing 1 over.

Wintersett 04.01.2024

Anglers CP: 

Jack Snipe 1.  Snipe 28.  Woodcock 1. 

 A skein of  220  Pink-footed Geese flew over west at 16.15hrs.

Wintersett Res:

A 1stW Caspian Gull on a buoy at dawn.

Sue Billcliffe posted Geese flying over on Twitter  Jan 4th 2024: Follow link below for photos.

Wednesday 3 January 2024

Woolley Dam circ. 3/1/24.

Pinkfeet c 170 w at 12-24pm. Grey Heron 13, Woodpigeon c 300, Grey Partridge 1 flushed, Teal c 10. GS Pecker 1, Nuthatch 2, Goldcrests 5 includes 1 singing. Fox 2 together.

Wintersett 03.01.2024

Wintersett Res:

A Peregrine flew over.  

2 Skeins of Pink-footed Geese  - 58 north west  +  80 west. 

Scaup 1 1stW male,  moved to Cold Hiendley Res. when disturbed by boats.

Tuesday 2 January 2024

Silkstone wagonway 2/1/24.

Surprise in the rain with a skein of 45 Pinkfeet w at 11-30am. 5 RL Partridges were in the short grass opposite the sewage farm. Goldfinch flock c 20, Siskin c 15 with up to 100 here over Christmas. C Buzzard 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Goldcrest 7.

Wintersett 02.01.2024

Anglers CP:

Great Crested Grebe 2.   Little Grebe 4  

Going west:  2 skeins of Pink-footed Geese 140 + 40

Wintersett Res:

The 1st W male Scaup still present.

Wigeon 22.   Pochard 15 + 2 CHRes..

Carlton Marsh (1st January 2024)

37 Canada Geese were new in and 30 Siskins were preening, some singing in the sunshine (D. Standish/CG).

A male Blackcap was feeding on Pyracantha berries in Karen Pickard's Monk Bretton garden.

117 species were identified in 2023.

The highlights were Goldeneye (November), Garganey (May-July - bred), Jack Snipe (January), 

Wood Sandpiper (July), Spotted Redshank (June), Dunlin (September-October), Caspian Gull (June), 

Hobby (May-June-July), Red Kite (February-May-June), Marsh Harrier (May), Tree Pipit (August), 

Raven (September-November). 

A Happy New Year to you all, and a very big thank you to everyone who sent in their sightings in 2023.

Monday 1 January 2024

Wintersett 01.01.2024

Anglers CP: per Pete Smith

A Red Kite flew over the north bank fields.

3 Tree Sparrows were at the Pol feeders.    

Snipe 3. 

Wintersett Res. Gull Roost - per Graham Speight

Great Black-backed Gull 10.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 2. 

Herring Gull 320. 

All Gulls came in late  -  not surprising after the fireworks last night!

Pink-footed Goose 10 flew west.

Cold Hiendley Skylark Field:

20 Skylarks and 50 Meadow Pippits  were in today.

Wintersett - New Years Day Bird List 1st January 2024

 76  species of bird were seen today in the Wintersettt Area

 (Anglers CP,   Haw Park Wood,  Cold Hiendley Res. Wintersett Res.)

1. Yellowhammer           26. Lapwing                   51. Coal Tit

2. Magpie                       27. Pied Wagtail             52. Goldcrest

3. Reed Bunting             28. Canada Goose          53. Shoveler

4. Tree Sparrow             29. Greylag Goose         54. Bullfinch

5. House Sparrow          30. Moorhen                  55. Song Thrush

6. Dunnock                    31. Kingfisher               56. Gadwall

7. Robin                         32. Coot                        57. Feral Pigeon         

8. Blackbird                   33. Goldeneye              58. Great Black-backed Gull

9. Chaffinch                   34. Fieldfare                 59. Starling

10. Blue Tit                    35. Tufted Duck           60. Lesser Redpoll

11. Great Tit                   36. Redwing                61. Rook

12.. Long-tailed Tit        37. Pochard                  62. Mute Swan

13. Jackdaw                   38. Mistle Thrush        63. Red Kite

14. Crow                        39. Wigeon                  64. Meadow Pipit

15 Jay                            40. Common Gull        66. Great Spotted Woodpecker

16. Pheasant                  41. Goosander              67. Siskin

17. Wren                       42. Nuthatch                 68. Treecreeper             

18. Cormorant              43. Teal                         69.  Grey Wagtail

19. Herring Gull           44. Sparrowhawk   70.  Scaup (1 imm. male WRes)

20.Herring Gull            45. Buzzard                  71. Little Grebe

21. Wood Pigeon          46. Great Crested Grebe    72.  Grey Partridge 11.

22 Stock Dove              47. Grey Heron                  73. Skylark

23 Black-headed Gull  48. Kestrel                          74. Pink-footed Goose

24. Goldfinch              49. Snipe                              75. Great Black backed Gull

25. Mallard                 50. Cetti's Warbler                76. Lesser Black backed Gull.



The Old Moor & Broomhill Area (Wath Area) Year List total for 2023 amounted to 180 species. A new area record beating the existing record of 179 set in 2017. The highlights included Ring necked Duck, Quail, Red throated Divers, Cattle Egrets, Common Cranes, Black winged Stilts, Dipper, Pied Flycatcher, Short eared Owl, Little Tern, Brent Goose,  Corn Bunting & Snow Bunting. Breeding highlights included Cormorant & Buzzard confirmed breeding for the first time, and Bittern, Marsh Harrier & Bearded Tit all bred successfully again this year. Sadly all is not well and others species are declining rapidly, there were very few records of previously regular breeding species like Grey Partridge, Willow Tit & Tree Sparrow. Two new species Marsh Warbler & Great Northern Diver were added to the area list which now stands at 262. Thanks to Old Moor RSPB, Garganey Trust and everyone else who have contributed time, effort and sightings. Happy New Year & Best Wishes for a bird filled 2024.       



1)Mute Swan, 2)Whooper Swan, 3)Pink-footed Goose, 4)Greylag Goose, 5)Canada Goose, 6)Brent Goose, 7)Egyptian Goose, 8)Shelduck, 9)Wigeon, 10)Gadwall, 11)Teal, 12)Mallard, 13)Pintail, 14)Shoveler, 15)Pochard, 16)Tufted Duck, 17)Scaup, 18)Goldeneye, 19)Goosander, 20)Red legged Partridge, 21)Pheasant, 22)Little Grebe, 23)Great Crested Grebe, 24)Cormorant, 25)Bittern, 26)Little Egret, 27)Grey Heron, 28)Red Kite, 29)Marsh Harrier, 30)Sparrowhawk, 31)Buzzard, 32)Kestrel, 33)Peregrine, 34)Water Rail, 35)Moorhen, 36)Coot, 37)Oystercatcher, 38)Golden Plover, 39)Lapwing, 40)Dunlin, 41)Jack Snipe, 42)Snipe, 43)Woodcock, 44)Green Sandpiper, 45)Little Gull, 46)Black headed Gull, 47)Common Gull, 48)Herring Gull, 49)Yellow legged Gull, 50)Caspian Gull, 51)Lesser Black backed Gull, 52)Great Black backed Gull, 53)Feral Pigeon, 54)Stock Dove, 55)Woodpigeon, 56)Collared Dove, 57)Barn Owl, 58)Tawny Owl, 59)Kingfisher, 60)Green Woodpecker, 61)Great Spotted Woodpecker, 62)Skylark, 63)Meadow Pipit, 64)Water Pipit, 65)Grey Wagtail, 66)Pied Wagtail, 67)Wren, 68)Dunnock, 69)Robin, 70)Stonechat, 71)Blackbird, 72)Fieldfare, 73)Song Thrush, 74)Redwing, 75)Mistle Thrush, 76)Cetti’s Warbler, 77)Chiffchaff, 78)Goldcrest, 79)Bearded Tit, 80)Long tailed Tit, 81)Coal Tit, 82)Blue Tit, 83)Great Tit, 84)Treecreeper, 85)Jay, 86)Magpie, 87)Jackdaw, 88)Rook, 89)Carrion Crow, 90)Raven, 91)Starling, 92)House Sparrow, 93)Chaffinch, 94)Brambling, 95)Greenfinch, 96)Goldfinch, 97)Siskin, 98)Linnet, 99)Lesser Redpoll, 100)Mealy Redpoll, 101)Bullfinch, 102)Yellowhammer, 103)Reed Bunting.


104)Black tailed Godwit (3 OM on 7th), 105)Ringed Plover (1 WI on 9th), 106)Kittiwake (1 ad WI on 13th), 107)Redshank (1 WI on 16th), 108)Curlew (1 BH/WI on 17th), 109)Great White Egret (1 east OM on 21st), 110)Avocet (4 OM on 21st), 111)Barnacle Goose (18 OM/WS on 27th), 112)Merlin (1 BI on 28th).

MARCH 2023

113)Rock Pipit ‘Scandi’ (1 W/S on 6th), 114)Sand Martin (2 OM on 11th), 115)Little Ringed Plover (2 WI on 14th), 116)Mediterranean Gull (2 OM on 17th), 117)Wheatear (1 (f) WI on 18th), 118)Grey Partridge (2 BH on 19th), 119)Ring necked Duck (1 male MM/OM on 20th), 120)House Martin (1 BH on 24th), 121)Spoonbill (1 MM on 25th), 122)Swallow (1 BH on 28th), 123)Willow Warbler (1 BH + 1 OM on 29th), 124)Osprey (1 north OM on 29th), 125)Common Scoter (1 (m) MM on 31st), 126)Little Owl (1 BH on 31st), 127)Black necked Grebe (2 BH on 31st).

APRIL 2023

128)Blackcap (1 BHP on 3rd), 129)Yellow Wagtail (1 Fleet on 11th), 130)Reed Warbler (1 OM on 12th), 131)Common Sandpiper (1 OM on 14th), 132)Common Tern (1 W/S on 16th), 133)Turnstone (1 OM on 18th), 134)Bar tailed Godwit (1 OM on 18th), 135)Arctic Tern (2 OM on 19th), 136)Swift (1 BH on 20th), 137)Sedge Warbler (2 WI on 23rd), 138)Whitethroat (1 BWP + 1 Cat Hill on 24th), 139)Lesser Whitethroat (1 OM on 24th), 140)Cuckoo (1 OM on 25th), 141)Wood Sandpiper (1 WI on 26th), 142)Whimbrel (4 BH/OM on 27th), 143)Redstart (1 WW on 27th), 144)Greenshank (1 WI on 27th), 145)Garganey (1 (m) BH on 28th), 146)Whinchat (4 Fleet/WI on 30th).

MAY 2023

147)Garden Warbler (1 OM on 1st), 148)Hobby (1 OM on 2nd), 149)Common Crane (2 BH/OM on 3rd), 150)Little Tern (1 OM/WI ? BH on 4th), 151)Sanderling (1 OM + 1 WI on 4th), 152)Ruff (1 WI on 4th), 153)Grey Plover (1 OM on 5th), 154)Grasshopper Warbler (1 MM on 11th), 155)Spotted Redshank (1 BH/WI on 22nd), 156)Mandarin (20 (broods of 11y & 7y) on River Dearne on 26th), 157)Black winged Stilt (2 OM on 29th May).

JUNE 2023

158)Black Tern (3 OM on 1st), 159)Marsh Warbler (1 BHV on 10th), 160)Little Stint (1 WS on 13th), 161)Dipper (1 Darfield Bridge on 18th), 162)Quail (1 heard OM on 20th), 163)Long-eared Owl (1 juv SW on 22nd June).

JULY 2023

 164)Cattle Egret (1 WI/BH on 17th), 165)Pied Flycatcher (1 OM on 22nd).


166)Tree Pipit (1 WI on 21st), 167)Willow Tit (1 OM on 22nd), 168)Sandwich Tern 1 WI on 23rd), 169)Spotted Flycatcher (2 BHP on 23rd August), 170)Ring necked Parakeet (1 BHP on 24th), 171)Tree Sparrow (1 Big Hedge on 27th).


172)Curlew Sandpiper (1 MM on 5th), 173)Knot (1 OM on 16th).


174)Nuthatch (Reported earlier in year Cliff Road), 175)Short eared Owl (1 Cortonwood/OM on 14th), 176)White-fronted Goose (8 over area on 21st), 177)Corn Bunting (1 Big Hedge on 26th).


178)Red-throated Diver (1 WI on 3rd), 179)Snow Bunting (1 WI on 22nd).


180)Great Northern Diver (1 OM/ML on 1st),