Sunday 31 March 2024

Low Moor/Midhope 31/3/24.

G and J Wasse, S Green. Cold wind but good light. Top birds here were Crossbills with an adult pair with a juv showing well. Linnet flock c50 still on Midhope lane, Siskin c15, Redpoll 1. Woodpigeon flock c75, Raven 2, Oystercatcher 2, Snipe 1.Red Kite 2 probably 3, C Buzzard c10, Kestrel 3, Sparrowhawk regular c4.

Wintersett + Vis.Mig 31.03.2024

 Anglers CP: 

Barnacle Goose 1.  Shoveler 1 male and  2 males + 1 female WRes.

Oystercatcher 4.  Snipe 4.  Scaup 1 1stW male.  

Teal 1 male + 1 female. Willow Warbler 1 male on the Pol,  ACP.   

2 Curlew flew north.   A Golden Plover flew east.  Redwing 12.  

Blackcap 2 males + 6 males WRes.. 

2 adult Little Gulls on at 14.45hrs.  Chiffchaff 16 males + 21 WRes.  

A Willow Warbler was singing on the Pol. 

7 Little Gulls on at 16.00hrs,  (Andy Dalton)  left north east at 16.25hrs. (Pete Smith).

Wintersett Res. + Vis.Mig:

Sand Martin 11. Cetti's Warbler 4 males.  Blackcap 4 males.

A Short-eared Owl flew over high west  at 10.20hrs. 

3 Brambling were at the boathouse bench.  Canada Goose 3.

5 adult Little Gulls were flying low over the south west corner  at 12.05hrs. (Pete Smith)

A Kittiwake  and an adult Mediterranean Gull were on this morning.

Anglers CP Vis.Mig: 

For more details see

Going east:  Golden Plover 1. 

Going north:  Curlew 2 singles.

Going west: Short-eared Owl 1 circled high at 10.20hrs.

Going north west: Meadow Pipit 6.

Present: Redwing 12.   2 adult Little Gulls at 15.04hrs.

Follow link for Sue's Sunset Photos.

Saturday 30 March 2024

Moorland news 30th and 29th March 2024.

30/3/24 Ewden valley, J Wasse, S Green. Very steady. 1 male Ring Ouzel, Stonechat 2 pair, Crossbill 1 n, Meadow Pipit c35, Grey Wagtail 1 w. Golden Plover flock c 40 sw, Raven 4, Red Kite 1+, Peregrine 2, C Buzzard c10, Sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel c 6. 29/3/24 Low Moor/Midhope, G and J Wasse, S Green. Good light but cold. Goshawk 1 imm seen a few times, Merlin 1 through ne, C Buzzard 6+, Kestrel 3. Raven 3, Golden Plover 2, LBB Gull 3, G Heron 1, Snipe 2. Oystercatcher 4, Crossbill 2 males into res conifers, Siskin c 10, Nuthatch 1.

Carlton Marsh

The highlights this morning were 2 Pink Feet in a nearby wheat field, 2 Cetti's Warbler sang, a Great Spotted Woodpecker was 'drumming' in the car park, a pair of Kestrels were displaying near Bleachcroft Farm, Grey Wagtail and 2 Treecreepers near the wader scrape viewpoint (CG/DM Smith/Simon Cox).

This afternoon a Willow Warbler sang, our first this year. 

Also of note a Stoat near the double seats. Insects included 5 Dark-edged Bee Fly, 1 male Orange-tip, 1male Brimstone, 13 Peacock and 13 Comma (Chris Parkin).

                                  Photos by courtesy of Simon Cox


Brimstone butterfly

At nearby Brierley 14 Common Buzzards were in the air together drifting towards the reserve (Dave Standish).

Wintersett 30.03.2024

Anglers CP:

Scaup 1 1st Winter male.    

Black-necked Grebe 1 in summer plumage.

Barnacle Goose 1 still present.

Wigeon 15 + 2 Wintersett Res.

Wintersett Res:

Blackcap 7 males + 1 male ACP.


A Dark-edged Bee Fly was by the boathouse bench.

Cold Hiendley Res:

Greylag Geese 3.   

Moorhouse Lane Pond:

A Red Kite flew over.

Friday 29 March 2024

Carlton Marsh

A Dark Edged Bee Fly yesterday was our first this year.(L & A Corrall).

Not much change today, the 2 Pink Feet were in a nearby pasture. On the reserve 2 Cetti's continued to sing along with 2 Water Rails, and a female Blackcap was present (L & A Corrall/D Standish)

Wintersett 29.03.2024

Anglers CP:

A Barnacle Goose was in the CP shallows.

Black-necked Grebe 1 in summer plumage.

Scaup 1 1st winter male.   Wigeon 20 + 2 WRes.. 

Sand Martin 2.   Shoveler 3 males + 1 female.  Teal 8.

An adult Kittiwake circling over,  flew south at 09.57hrs, 

to Wintersett Res.,  still on at 10.15hrs. 

Wintersett Res:   

A Mediterranean Gull  adult in summer plumage was on this morning.

2 Greylag Geese flew over.  


A Peacock and a Red Admiral  were seen near Willow Wood.

Thursday 28 March 2024

Wintersett - Anglers CP 28.03.2024

Anglers CP:

Black-necked Grebe 1 male in summer plumage.

Scaup 1 1st Winter male.  Common Scoter 2 males + 1 female.

Shoveler 3 males + 1 female.   Wigeon 18 + 1 male WRes.. 

Greylag Goose 10.   

Pochard 1 female ACP  and  1 male + 1 female  WRes.. 

Great Black-backed Gull 1 1st Winter.   Stock Dove 14.   Redpoll 1.

A Willow Warbler was singing on the Pol.

Wintersett Res:

Sand Martin 11.   Cetti's Warbler 4 males.  Blackcap 4 males.

Wednesday 27 March 2024

Carlton Marsh

New in overnight 4 Wheatears on arable land also there 2 Red-legged and 1 Grey Partridge (JP).

An adult female Marsh Harrier quartered over the reed beds at 09.03hrs before leaving south (Dave Smith). It had been seen at Wintersett earlier.

 2 Cetti's sang and a Tawny Owl called. The 2 Pink Feet were feeding in a nearby horse pasture

Wintersett 27.03.2024

 Wintersett Res:

A Marsh Harrier flew over south west at 07.45hrs

A Redshank flew over.   Swallow 1.  

Cetti's Warbler 3 males - north bank, west bank marsh and south east corner.

Anglers CP: 

The male 1st Winter Scaup still present.

Black-necked Grebe 2.   Redpoll 8 on west bank.

A male Blackcap  was on the west bank. Teal 17.

Wigeon 17.   Shoveler 1 male + 1 female.

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Carlton Marsh

Both Pink Feet geese frequented a nearby horse pasture before alighting on the scrape for a wash and brush up. One is markedly larger than the other (K. Bannister).

A male Wheatear was found on a freshly harrowed field on the east bank, and a pair of Blackcaps were located near the ringing steps (the male sang). (Les & Andrew Corrall)

Also of note 2 Cetti's Warblers, Grey Wagtail and singing Tawny Owl, Goldcrest and Water Rail (CG).

Wintersett 26.03.2024

Wintersett Res:

29 Whooper Swans flew from Edderthorpe at 08.38hrs, 

reached Wintersett  08.48hrs!!.  then continued north west.

80 Meadow Pipits in north bank field.

Shoveler 3 males.  A Yellowhammer was on the east bank road.

2 male Blackcaps -  1 south west corner + 1 south east corner. 

Anglers CP: 

Common Scoter 1 female off east bank. 

2 Black-necked Grebes in summer plumage.

Teal 1 male + 1 female.   Wigeon 34 + 2 WRes..

A Dunlin was in the shallows.  Scaup 1 1st Winter male.

Anglers CP Pol:

Willow Warbler 1 male.

Moorhouse Lane Pond:

Cetti's  Warbler 1 male on big pond + 1 male south east corner Wintersett Res. 

Pochard 2 males + 1 female. 

Low Moor/Midhope 26/3/24.

Cold 11 degree's here when the sun went in. Red Kite 3 but probably 4 all drifting e. 1 has missing left wing primaries. C Buzzard 6, Sparrowhawk 3, Kestrel 2. Raven 3, LBB Gull 3, Curlew c 20, Lapwing c 20, Snipe 1. Grey Heron 2, Oystercatcher 4, Meadow Pipit c 15.

Monday 25 March 2024

Wintersett 25.03.2024

 Wintersett Res:

Whooper Swan 27 + 48 flew north west.

Wigeon 2 + 33 ACP.   Pochard 1 female. 

Teal 2 males + 1 female.   Snipe 4.

Anglers CP:

Scaup 1 1st Winter male.  

A male Stonechat was on hawthorn/bramble clump, briefly,  

between the 2 owl boxes.  -Simon Cooper.

Shoveler 1 male + 1 female.  A male Willow Warbler was on the Pol. 

1st winter Little Gull on the Country Park this afternoon and both 
Norwegian Blackhead Gulls still on the Rockwall - Steve Denny.

Disposal Point:

A Red Kite flew over - Pete Smith.

Sunday 24 March 2024

Carlton Marsh

 The 2 Pink Feet were still around (JP), 2 Water Rails were singing (CG), Kingfisher and 3 LBB Gulls.

12 Comma (C. Parkin).

Low Moor/Midhope 24/3/24.

Very good light in the sun with plenty cloud moving through. Top bird an imm. Marsh Harrier through flushing all the waders. C Buzzard 4, Sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 3, Barn Owl at 3-55 pm. Raven scarce, just 1, Curlew c35 in the area, Oystercatcher 8 but probably 10, Snipe 1, Grey Heron 1. Fieldfare flock c 50 through e, 1 singing Chiffchaff, Siskin c 5, Meadow Pipit c 6, Nuthatch 1. Displaying Goshawk on the 18th but no sign since.

Wintersett 24.03.2024

 Anglers CP:

The 1st Winter drake Scaup still here!

Common Scoter 1 male.  

A male Willow Warbler was singing on the Pol.

Pochard 1 female.   Cormorant 10.   

Wintersett Res:

A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds.

A male Blackcap was in the south east corner.  

33 Meadow Pipits were on the north bank.

Saturday 23 March 2024

Wintersett 23.03.2024 - Steve Denny

Anglers CP:   Steve Denny

Missed the pair of Mediterranean Gulls on the shallows by 5 mins.

 but found another Norwegian BH Gull

 rung as a nestling on June 15th 2023 at Selnesskjaeret, Rogaland NORWAY. 



Carlton Marsh

The best of today was 17 singing Chiffchaffs, a single Redpoll, 1m 1f Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Pink Feet Geese and a singing Water Rail.

Phone record shot of the Pink Feet in a nearby pasture

Wintersett 23.03.2024

Anglers CP:

An adult Mediterranean Gull, in summer plumage, was on the shallows. 

The male 1st winter  Scaup still present.  

A male Willow Warbler was on the Pol. 

A 1st Winter Little Gull was on  briefly at 15.40hrs. 

A Red Kite was over the CP fields. 

A 1st winter Little Gull on the Country Park this afternoon, 
and both Norwegian Blackheaded Gulls still on the Rockwall.

Wintersett Res.

30 Sand Martins were over and around this morning.   Swallow 1.

A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds.   Pochard 1 female.

A male Blackcap was at the boathouse, and another male Blackcap was in the south east corner.

Friday 22 March 2024

Wintersett 22.03.2024

 Anglers CP:

Scaup 1 1st Winter.    Greylag Goose 28.   Redpoll 3.

Mediterranean Gull 2 adults,  in summer plumage, Simon Cooper. 

A  Black-headed Gull with a white ring,  J0682, on right leg,  

was in the shallows this morning. Pete Smith.

Cormorant 5.   Snipe 3.   Teal 12.

Wintersett Res:

Sand Martin 1.    

Lepidoptera: Anglers CP

Small Tortoiseshell 1. 

Carlton Marsh

New in today 2 Pink Feet Geese on the scrape (L & A Corrall) They took up with several Greylags and flew onto Wigley's horse pasture at 16.15hrs.(CG).

Also present Kingfisher, Cormorant, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 2 Mistle Thrush. 

1 Orange Underwing moth flew in the sun (LC/AC). 

Thursday 21 March 2024

Low Moor/Midhope 21/3/24.

Windy and very cold but good light with a full blanket of cloud. Red Kite 1, Peregrine 1, C Buzzard 6. Curlew c 40 down but mobile, Oystercatcher 2, Snipe 1 chipping, Meadow Pipit increasing c 25.

Wintersett 21.03.2024

 Anglers CP:

1,000 Black-headed Gulls were in this morning.

Common Scoter 1 female.  Scaup 1 x1stW male. 

15 Whooper Swans flew north west. 

Oystercatcher 6.  Shoveler 2 male+ 1 female.  

Pochard 1 male + 1 female.

Wintersett Res: 

Sand Martin 4.   3 Little Egret flew south.  

Shoveler  3 males + 1 female.

Cetti's Warbler  - 4 males

- north bank, east bank, west bank marsh + boathouse reeds.

A Green Woodpecker was on Haw Park Lane.

Wednesday 20 March 2024

Wintersett + Update 20.03.2024



Anglers CP:  

Shoveler 9 + 2 WRes.   Oystercatcher 4 + 2 WRes..

Goosander 1 redhead.   Snipe 26.

    Scaup 1 1st  Winter male.   Shelduck 1. 

Steve Denny -

 This Black-headed Gull at Wintersett today,  

was rung as a nestling at 

Langoya syd, Ostfold in NORWAY on June 8th 2023 

and turned up on rocks in front of the hide! 



 Wintersett Res. Roost: - Steve Denny

Massive exodus of gulls over the last week. 

Just 950 BH Gulls and a single Common Gull remaining in the Top Res roost tonight!

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Carlton Marsh

10 Buzzards were in the air together this morning (JP). 28 Teal, 25 Magpies.

8 Chiffchaffs sang, a Water Rail called and a Coat Tit sang.

A Pipistrelle was hunting at dusk (D M Smith/C. Parkin/CG)

Wintersett 19.03.2024

 Anglers CP:

1st W male Scaup.  Wigeon 133 +2 WRes..

Redwing 9.   Green Woodpecker 1. 

A Redpoll flew north.

Wintersett Res: 

A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds.

Monday 18 March 2024

Carlton Marsh

5 Buzzards were in the air together, 7 Chiffchaff's sang, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Water Rail, 2 Stock Doves sang and displayed and a Redpoll flew north. (L.& A .Corrall/C. Parkin/CG)

A Golden Plover called (JP).

An Oystercatcher was on the wader scrape yesterday (Martin Weir).

Butterflies enjoying the spring sunshine today included 17 Comma, 7 Peacock, 5 Small Tortoiseshell and 6 male Brimstone (C. Parkin).

Wintersett 18.03.2024

Anglers CP:

Common Scoter 1 drake.  Wigeon 187.   Teal 26.   

Oystercatcher 7.  Snipe 26.

Scaup 1, 1stW male.   Follow link below for video - Simon Cooper

Wintersett Res:

Pochard 5 + 1 ACP.   Shoveler 2 drakes.   

Goldeneye 86 + 36 ACP + 9 CHRes.

Great Crested Grebe 5 + 2 ACP + 4 CHRes.

Sunday 17 March 2024

Low Moor/Midhope 17/3/24.

Steady 3 hours in good light. Red Kite 1, C Buzzard 6, Kestrel 3, Barn Owl showing well from 4-09pm. Large accipiter through east was probably a male Goshawk. Raven 3, Curlew c 60 with the large part of about 50 moving off e. Lapwing c 25, Snipe 2, Oystercatcher 2, 15+ Meadow Pipits, Siskin 5, Crossbill 1 heard only.

Cudworth Common

Dabchick, Redshank, 3 Chiffchaffs sang, 

Ferrymoor Flash
3 LBB Gulls north, 1 Common Gull, 2 Herring Gulls, 3 Pochard (2f), a Snipe flew south and 2 Oystercatchers came in.

Wintersett 17.03.2024

Anglers CP:

1st Winter male Scaup still present.   

Snipe 2.   Teal 22.   Green Woodpecker 1. 

Great Black-backed Gull 1 juvenile in the shallows.

Wintersett Res:

Pochard 1 male. 

Saturday 16 March 2024

Carlton Marsh

 A Redshank and 2 Lapwings were new in to the wader scrape this morning (JP/K. Bannister).

40 Whooper Swans flew NW over Beech Avenue, Cudworth at 07.40hrs before entering Carlton Marsh airspace moments later (G/ Miller). Another Herd flew over at 08.30hrs (per KB).

Present were 6 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Water Rail and 4 Buzzards up together.

Ardsley Viaduct
8 Red-legged and 2 Grey Partridge, Grey Wagtail, 2 singing Chiffchaff and 2 Buzzards.

2 Comma and 1 Peacock butterfly and the first flowering Bluebell and Wood Anemone (C. Parkin).

Cudworth Common 
A male Brimstone butterfly was out in the sun (A. Vincent).

Wintersett 16.03.2024

Wintersett Res:

A Water Rail was in the boathouse bench reed bed.

A Black-necked Grebe in summer plumage. (GJS et al).

40 Meadow Pipit in the Clump field. 

52 Buzzards were in the air at the same time!   Red Kite 1.

Peregrine 1.  Sparrowhawk 10.  Golden Plover 21.  Fieldfare 141. 

Pochard 3.  Sand Martin 12.  

Going north:  6 Sand Martin.

Going west:  Curlew 1 WRes. 

Going north west:  Fieldfare 61 + 70 at Cold Hiendley.

Cold Hiendley:  21 Golden Plover flew over.   Redwing 10.

Anglers CP:  The 1st Winter drake Scaup still present. 

Friday 15 March 2024

Wintersett 15.03.2024

Anglers CP:

1st Winter male Scaup still present.

Oystercatcher 4 + 2 Wintersett Res..

Little Grebe 1.   Pochard 6.

Wintersett Res:

An injured female  Goldeneye was seen today.

Martin Weir reported 3 Sand Martins flying around at 16.10hrs!  Firsts for the year!

Thursday 14 March 2024

Carlton Marsh

5 Whooper Swans flew west at 07.00hrs and 11 Fieldfares flew north at 08.45hrs (D. Standish).

Present were Grey Wagtail, 2 singing Chiffchaffs, 2 Cetti's Warblers and a Grey Wagtail (L. A. Corrall/CG) 

Wintersett 14.03.2024

Anglers CP:

A Linnet flew over.   2 Shelduck flew south west.

Mediterranean Gull 1 x 1st Winter.    Scaup 1 x 1st Winter male.  

2 Red Kites flew over Santingley Fields.   Teal 30.  

Going north:  Brian Lee had 46 Whooper Swans  at 06.50 a.m and

circa 30 Fieldfares south  at 16.15 hrs,  over Royston.  

Wednesday 13 March 2024

Carlton Marsh

 Our first spring migrant, Chiffchaff, sang this morning near the wader scrape viewpoint. 

Also present 2 Buzzards, Kestrel, Goldcrest, Treecreeper and 2 Cetti's Warblers.

The first Primrose and Cowslip added colour to the scene (K. Bannister/L. & A. Corrall/C. Parkin).

Wintersett + Gull Roost. 13.03.2024

Anglers CP:

The 1st Winter male Scaup still here.

Steve Denny:18 Whooper Swans flew north.  

A Pair of Grey Wagtails were on the south bank.

A Mediterranean Gull was in the shallows in the afternoon. 

The Mediterranean  Gull joined the pre roost on the Country Park.

Wintersett Res. Roost:   Steve Denny

 Still 450 Common Gulls in the Top Res roost,  

 along with 3,000 Black Head Gulls and 60 Herring Gulls.  

Circa 60 Herring Gulls were in Wintersett Res. Roost.


 The Black-headed Gull at Anglers CP yesterday, 

was ringed as an adult on 15-05-2021 

at Jez. DÄ…bie, Lubczyna in Poland.  -Steve Denny

Wilthorpe Marsh 13/3/24. P Middleton, S Green.

Jack Snipe 1, Common Snipe 2, Chiffchaff 1 , the first Spring singer. Cetti's 2 with 1 showing well briefly. 1 singing Yellow Bunting.

Tuesday 12 March 2024

Carlton Marsh

The mild conditions this afternoon, after the rain this morning, created the perfect opportunity for our first Orange Underwings of the year to fly. One near the double seats, the other south of the wader scrape on the embankment.

The Canada Goose flock numbered 35, which included the greylag cross and there were at least 6 Greylags. 

Also present 20 Teal, 2 Cetti's  Warblers, Great Spot Woodpecker and a male Kestrel mobbed a Buzzard.

Wintersett 12.03.2024

 Anglers CP:

Teal 37.   Pochard 2 + 11 WRes.  Snipe 3.   Little Grebe 1.

A Scaup and a 1stW Mediterranean Gull were in today. 

A Polish Black-headed Gull, with a blue ring,  was in the shallows with a 1st W Mediterranean Gull. 

Photo -Steve Denny.


Wintersett Res:

A Linnet flew over.

4 male Cetti's Warblers 

- north bank,   Boathouse reeds,  north east bank  and  west bank - Pete Smith.

Monday 11 March 2024


 c25 Whooper Swans over Oulton Drive appeared to be heading SW at 10.20hrs (K. Bannister)

Wintersett 11.03.2024

Anglers CP:

19 Whooper Swans were in this morning.

Chiffchaff 2 singing.  Pochard 1 male.   Cormorant 11. 

The immature drake Scaup now looking like the real deal on the Country Park this morning.


 Steve Denny - @StevieD131

Sunday 10 March 2024

Wintersett 10.03.2024

Anglers CP:

A 1st Winter male Scaup and a Little Grebe were notable this morning.

Saturday 9 March 2024

Carlton Marsh

c25 Whooper Swans at 16.30hrs may have been the same herd (37) that were seen over Anglers Country Park a few minutes later. (I was amongst trees which made it harder to count them).

Wintersett 09.03.2024

Anglers CP:

Whooper Swan 30 ACP,  left north west  + 3 flew west.  

37 Whooper Swans flew north west at 16.37hrs.

Goldeneye 97 WRes. + 43 ACP + 10 CHRes.. 

A 2nd Winter Mediterranean Gull was in the shallows.

Scaup 1 x 1st W male.  

Goosander 1 redhead ACP + 1 drake WRes..

Wintersett Res:

Pochard 14.   Cetti's Warbler 1 male south east corner + 1 male in boathouse reeds.

Great Crested Grebe 4 + 2 ACP + 6 CHRes..

A male Chiffchaff was in the Willow Wood,  another male  Chiffchaff was on the west bank.

4 Redwing flew over the Willow Wood.  7 Canada Geese flew over. 

Cold Hiendley Res:

Mute Swan 4 + 2 ACP.   Tufted Duck 26.   Coot 18.   Mallard 13.

Gadwall 2.   A Grey Heron flew over.  Cormorant 2.

Haw Park Wood:

A Red Kite flew over.   Siskin 10. 

Willow Wood:

Fieldfare  15.

Friday 8 March 2024

Carlton Marsh

Herds of Whooper Swans were on the move this morning here and the Dearne Valley. Edderthorpe Flash had record numbers through (per J. C. Clarkson).

c50 headed north at 07.10hrs (K. Bannister), another 80 followed at 08.45hrs (KB/G. Miller) and another 80 the same way at 09.15hrs (G. Miller). These beat the previous record of 54 on 6/3/2011 & 4/4/2014!

Low Moor/Midhope 8/3/24.

Cold and windy this aft with poor light. Presumed Hen harrier briefly over barnside ridge. Red Kite 1, C Buzzard 5, Kestrel 2. Raven 3, Curlew c6 with no sign of the large flock, Lapwing 20+, Oystercatcher 2 very mobile. No sign of any Snipe, presumably too cold. Siskin 1, Nuthatch 1.

Wintersett 08.03.2024

Anglers CP:

54 Whooper Swans flew north west at 08.40hrs.

Scaup 1 x 1st Winter drake.

A male Chiffchaff  was in the willow wood + 1 male on the Pol.

Shoveler 5 males + 3 females  ACP.   Lapwing 48.  

Teal 14.  Cormorant 6.

Wintersett Res:

Pochard 7.   Goosander 1 male. 

Thursday 7 March 2024

Carlton Marsh

A Redshank south at 09.50hrs was the first for this year (JP). 

Present were Treecreeper, a singing Goldcrest and a Water Rail (L & A Corrall).

Wintersett 07.03.2024

Anglers CP:

Shelduck 2.  A male Cetti's Warbler was very vocal on the east bank hedge.

A male Chiffchaff was on the east bank + 1 male on the Pol.

Linnet 2.   Redwing 15.   Goldcrest 4.   Black-tailed Godwit 1.

Scaup 1 1st Winter male.   Goosander 1 male.  Pochard 2.

Shoveler 1 male.  Teal 12. 

Wednesday 6 March 2024

Carlton Marsh

 80 Pink Feet Geese SE at 17.20hrs (Chris Parkin).

Dan Bichen clearing ditches and profiling the two ponds on the Western Meadow yesterday.


Wintersett 06.03.2024

Anglers CP:  

Black tailed godwit  on the bank at left side of hide 16.30  - Photo by Helen Todd

Tuesday 5 March 2024

Carlton Marsh & Cudworth Common

Carlton Marsh
Cetti's Warbler, 3 Buzzards, 2 Great Spot Woodpeckers, 8 Tufted Ducks and 14 Common Gulls (JP).

Cudworth Common
Green Woodpecker, 2 Linnets, 2 Siskins, Lapwing displaying and a Redshank flew over. 
10 Common Snipe and 1 Jack Snipe erupted from the Ash Plain 

Ferrymoor Flash
Drake Goosander, 5 Teal, 9 Pochard (6m), 6 Greylags and 2 Oystercatchers (CG).

Wintersett + Whoopers 05.03.2024

Anglers CP:

Black-tailed Godwit 1.

Whooper Swan: 43 left north west, 1 returned. 

Follow the link to see video.

 A male Cetti's Warbler was singing on the east bank - 

in the hedge,  just past path to Cold Hiendley, Wintersett Res.  @Fitzybirder.

The 1st Winter male Scaup still present.  

Redwing 6.  Green Woodpecker 1.


An immature Drake Goldeneye was on the Country Park this morning- Steve Denny.

Monday 4 March 2024

Carlton Marsh & Ardsley Viaduct

This mornings highlights were 7 Siskins, a Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Moorhen sitting on 5 eggs, 3 Buzzards and 2 Mistle Thrushes (CG).

2 Peregrines were on the chimneys at Ardagh Glassworks (K. Bannister).

Ardsley Viaduct
A 'Redhead' Goosander was on the Dearne below. 26 Fieldfares, a Coal Tit, 2 Greenfinches, 3 Buzzards a Woodcock and a Common Shrew made for an interesting visit. But perhaps best of all was a Peacock butterfly and a fresh Oak Beauty moth resting on a nearby fence post (C. Parkin).

Oak Beauty (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett 04.03.2024

 Anglers CP:

The 1st winter Scaup still present.

Shoveler 6   Siskin 10   Chiffchaff  1 male + 1.

A Redshank and a Black-tailed Godwit were in the shallows.

Green Woodpecker 1.  

A Chiffchaff was singing by the path to Walton - Simon Cooper.

Wintersett Res:

A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds.

Sunday 3 March 2024

Carlton Marsh

 A Curlew flew west at 09.40hrs (JP). 9 Greylags flew north a Goldcrest sang in the car park and a Mistle Thrush sang.

Low Moor/Midhope 3/3/24.

Very good light with areas of snow still on Pike Lowe. Steady couple of hours this aft with waders the highlight and raptors thin. Curlew c 70 down late aft, Lapwing c 60 in the area, Snipe 2, Oystercatcher 6, Grey Heron 1. C Buzzard 4, Kestrel 1, Siskin 2.

Wintersett 03.03.2024

Anglers CP:

A male and a female Yellowhammer were in the Pol field.

Green Woodpecker 1.   Scaup 1 - 1st Winter male.

Siskin 10.  Goosander 2 males. 

Wintersett Res:

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

Grey Wagtail 3.   Pochard 16.   

A Treecreeper was in Pits Wood.   A Redshank flew north.

12 Golden Plover flew over Cold Hiendley fields.   

Saturday 2 March 2024

Wintersett - Whooper Swans 02.03.2024

 Wintersett Res:

A singing male Chiffchaff was at the boathouse.

14 Whooper Swans were on this morning,

Anglers CP:

The 1st Winter male Scaup still present. 

Green Woodpecker  1.  Black-tailed Godwit 1.  Snipe 6.

15 Whooper Swans were on this morning,  

and then joined by the 14 from Wintersett Res.. this afternoon. 

Ashleigh had 65 + 8 Whooper Swans flying north over Wintersett Res. at 17.10hrs

Simon Cooper took a couple of videos this morning.

Follow the link to watch.  

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Friday 1 March 2024

Wintersett Gull Roost 1st March 2024

Wintersett Res. Gull Roost  - Steve Denny

2 x 1st Winter Mediterranean Gulls  and 231 Herring Gulls  

were in the roost tonight.

Fleets Dam 1/3/24.

Parakeet 2, Goosander 3 all males, GC Grebe 8, Cetti's 1 singing sw corner.

Wintersett 01.03.2024

Anglers CP:

44 Pink-footed Geese flew over north west.

The 1st W male Scaup still present.