Sunday 30 June 2024

Wintersett Ringing - Pete Smith 30.06.2024

Anglers CP:  

52 birds were ringed this morning - with highlights of:

Chiffchaffs 13,   Willow Warbler 8,   Treecreeper,   

Long Tailed Tit 17,   Blackcap 4, 

and a Kestrel was a nice surprise!

A Little Owl was in Cold Hiendley Village, on Tuesday at dusk. (PS).


Saturday 29 June 2024

Carlton Marsh

A Little Egret was on the scrape and 2 Mistle Thrushes were in the car park with 3 juvenile Robins.

A Lesser Whitethroat singing near the wader scrape viewpoint was the first since 18th May!

A pheromone lure was used to attract a Currant Clearwing moth in Chris Parkin's Cudworth allotment. It came out of nowhere almost immediately.

                               Current Clearwing (CP)

Wintersett 29.06.2024

 Anglers CP:

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

Common Tern 6.   Common Sandpiper 2 + 1 WRes..

 3 Pochard flew over.   

An adult  Little Ringed Plover was in the shallows.

An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull took 2 Black headed Gulls chicks.

A summer plumaged Black-tailed Godwit was in the shallows.

Great Crested Grebe 2 adults + 2 young.   A Hobby flew over.

A Shelduck flew north west.

Friday 28 June 2024

Bon Voyage

David Michael Smith has been involved with Carlton Marsh since 1982, training to be a bird ringer from 1983 and went on to ring more than 10,000 birds until he retired in 2013. His most famous control was a Sedge Warbler that he ringed here in August 1986 and was found a month later in September as a skeleton in an Eleonora’s Falcon nest in Lanzarote. This was the first ever British ringed Sedge Warbler to be recovered on the Canary Islands.

Then there was the Icterine Warbler, which he famously trapped in September 1988, and that was the first record for South Yorkshire. A very rare bird in land.

Dave has contributed many records of birds and other forms of wildlife over the years, and joined our ‘Mothing group’ from 2016. More importantly, he has co-written our Annual Natural History Report since 1983.

Dave became the Chairman of the Barnsley Birds Study Group in the 1990’s and went on to lead Birding trips with Naturetrek to Majorca until his health deteriorated.

Our loss will be Northumberland’s gain, as I am sure Dave will contribute to their wildlife sightings.

We here at Carlton Marsh wish you, Linda, Karen and Stuart a very happy, healthy new life in your new home at the coast.

Best wishes


                            Linda & Dave - Carlton Marsh November 2007

Dave giving a bird ringing demonstration to the public on one of our open days in the Noughties.

Cudworth & Woolley

A Red Kite flew over the Star Hotel on the high street at 09.10rs (D. Standish).

The weather was't ideal nevertheless 10 species of butterfly were seen. 1 Painted Lady, 25 Small Blue, 40 Marbled White and 192 Ringlet. Also a Gorse Shield Bug (C Parkin).

Wintersett 28.06.2024

Anglers CP: 

Shoveler 1 female.  Sand Martin 50.  

Swift 100 + 100 WRes.   House Martin 50.

Common Sandpiper 1.

Wintersett Res: 

Grey Wagtail 1.   Common Tern 3.   Cormorant 1 WRes. + 1 ACP.

Goldeneye 1 female.  

 Cold Hiendley Res:

Mute Swan 1 young, east bank.  

Botany Bay:

Mallard 2 large young.

Thursday 27 June 2024

Carlton Marsh

The wader scrape is almost dry that's why the Grey Herons are predating on what fish etc. is left to catch. There are a few Teal as well. 

This afternoon at 17.51hrs a juvenile Peregrine chased a Kestrel over the hillside (Simon Cox). 

Geoff Carr reliably informs me that this is almost certainly one of the 3 that were ringed at Ardagh Glassworks this spring. They are fitted with a B.T.O. ring on the right leg and an Orange ring on the left leg. Certainly ones to watch for now that they are fully fledged.

Simon Cox
This moth was trapped in Chris Parkin's Cudworth garden last night

Plain Golden Y moth (C. Parkin)

Wintersett 27.06.2024

 Anglers CP:

Common Sandpiper 1.    

3 very small Tufted Ducks were in the shallows.

Common Tern 2.  

A Barn Owl was seen at Santingley  at  09.00a.m.

Wednesday 26 June 2024

Cudworth - Moths

A few moths from my garden last night

   Buff Tip

Box Tree Moth (3)
Elephant Hawk Moth

Wintersett + Ringing 26.06.2024

Wintersett Res:

50 birds were ringed this morning at Wintersett by Pete Smith,

with highlights of  Chiffchaffs 13,  Willow Warbler 4,  Treecreeper 1,  

Blackcap 5,  Garden Warbler 3, Whitethroat 3,  Sedge Warbler 3,  

Reed Warbler 9  and an adult male Cettis Warbler was controlled. 

An Osprey flew south over Wintersett Res at 09.53hrs,

seems to be a bird hanging around! 

Anglers CP:

An Osprey flew over Anglers CP being mobbed by Gulls at 11.00hrs. (PSmith)

2 very small Tufted Ducks were at the south end of the  CP Lake.

Tuesday 25 June 2024

Carlton Marsh

This morning female, Peregrine, Buzzard and Kestrel (Keith Bannister).

This evening 3 adult Oystercatchers, 1 Lapwing, 5 Teal and 1 3rd summer LBB Gull on the wader scrape.

A Southern Hawker patrolling the embankment was the first for this year (CG).

A Red Kite flew over Booth's scrapyard, Shafton at 18.50hrs (Dave Standish)

South Kirkby Industrial Park
Butteflies included 1 rather worn Painted Lay, 61 Marbled White, 265 Ringlet, 127 Meadow Brown, 12 Large Skipper, 21 Small Skipper, 12 Small Heath, 12 Common Blue 1f Brimstone and 2 Latticed Heath moths. There was an obvious lack of White species again (Chris Parkin).

Wintersett + Update 25.06.2024

Wintersett Res:

A Little Tern was seen at 06.29hrs,  then 2 at 06.53,

both circled high and were lost at 07.12hrs.

1 was back at 08.06hrs, then left north at 08.36hrs (SD et al.)

1 was still present at 12.30hrs. 

Cold Hiendley Village: 

A Little Owl was in Cold Hiendley Village yesterday, at dusk.  Pete Smith.

Update per Brian Leeman.

The Little Tern still on Top Res. (Wintersett) at 17.45hrs.  

Monday 24 June 2024

Wintersett + Ringing + Osprey Update 24.06.2024

Anglers CP:

A Ring-necked Parakeet flew east along Haw Park Lane at 08.00hrs. - Steve Denny.

Lapwing 1 adult + 1 very small young.  All young were in the Pol Field.

Kingfisher 1.   A Large Red Damselfly was on the Pol Boardwalk Pond.   

Grass Snake 1.

Wintersett Res:  Pete Smith

 34 birds were ringed this morning at Wintersett,

with highlights of:  8 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap 

and a juvenile male Cettis Warbler.  

It's been a long time since Willow Warbler out scored Chiffchaff !  

Also a Grass Snake was swimming in the edge off the west bank marsh!  

Cold Hiendley Village: 

A Little Owl was in the village at dusk yesterday. - Pete Smith.

Osprey over small ponds
near the junction of Swine Lane and Back Lane 
Wintersett 16.40pm.
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Sunday 23 June 2024

Carlton Marsh

A Red Kite flew north over the Newtown estate in Low Cudworth at 08.40hrs (Dave Standish) and what was presumably the same bird was over Carlton Marsh at 14.40hrs for 10 minutes before it drifted north (Gary Standish). 

Also of interest Little Egret, Kingfisher, a fly over Greenfinch, 2 singing Cetti's Warbler and 4 Grey Herons. 

Butterflies other than Ringlet and Meadow Brown were few and far between. 5 Large Skipper, 3 Small Heath and 2 Common Blue.

Also present 1m Banded Demoiselle, 2m Emperor dragonflies, 6 Four Spot Chasers, 5 Broad-bodied Chasers (3m) and 3f Common Darters.

8 Burnet Companion moths and a Golden - bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle were of note (C. Parkin/CG).

Wintersett + Insects 23.06.2024

Anglers CP: 

Azure Damselfly 1 male.  

Wintersett Res:

A Brown Hawker was on the west bank clump. 

Common Tern 3.  

Cold Hiendley Res: 

Mute Swan 3 young + 2 young.

Saturday 22 June 2024

Carlton Marsh - Insects

Butterflies included 58 Meadow Brown, 73 Ringlet, 3 Large Skipper, 2 Peacock, 5 Small Heath, 2 Common Blue and 2 Large White.
Broad-bodied Chaser male (C. Parkin)
Emerald Damselfly, 5m 1f Broad-bodied Chaser, 3 Common Darter and 5 Burnet Companion moths. (C. Parkin)

Wintersett - Steve Denny 22.06.2024


This Great Crested Grebe has hatched 2 young & continues to incubate the remaining 2 eggs at Wintersett.

Generally a poor year so far, this may be the only brood we see.

Wintersett 22.06.2024

Anglers CP: 

An adult and a 1 young Lapwing were in the Pol field, (next to the car park.)

Wintersett Village:

2 Red Kites were over the cut silage field on George's corner.

Wintersett Res: 

Common Tern 3.   

Sedge Warbler 3 fledged young (west bank clump).

Friday 21 June 2024

Carlton Marsh

 Today 7 Teal, Little Egret, Kingfisher and Great Spot Woodpecker.

Insects included 4 Ringlet, 4 Meadow Brown, 2 Speckled Wood,  and male and female Banded Demoiselle (L & A Corrall/CG).

River Dearne - Storrs Mill to Ardsley Viaduct
Despite the farmer ploughing up the large majority of nettles, 10 lots of Peacock larvae survived. Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn (Agapanthia villosoviridescens), Black-tailed Skimmer 1f, Chimney Sweeper moth, c50 Banded Demoiselle, and a Grey Partridge (C. Parkin).

Wintersett 21.06.2024

Anglers CP:

Shoveler 1 male.   Common Tern 2.  Herring Gull 6.   Gadwall 5.

Mallard 7 very small young (from 12) in the shallows.

Wintersett Res:

Mute Swan:  5 small young north west area,  

1 very small young in south west area,  + 2 very small young in north east area.

Botany Bay:

A Red Kite flew over this afternoon - Martin Weir.

Cudworth Moths

 The best of last nights moths in my garden.

Box Tree Moth
Small Elephant Hawk Moth

Thursday 20 June 2024

Littleworth Park- Monk Bretton

Butterflies - 172 Meadow Brown, 1 Peacock, 36 Ringlet, 13 Large Skipper, 10 Small Heath, 5 Common Blue, 10 Small Heath and 1 Small Copper. 

Also 3 Burnet Companion and 2 Six-spot Burnet moths and 3m Broad-bodied Chasers (C. Parkin).

Wintersett + Insects + Ringing 20.06.2024

Wintersett Res:

Common Scoter 1 male.   

An Osprey flew low north over the west bank clump at 09.12hrs, 

being mobbed by a Black headed Gull.

56 birds were ringed this morning,  (Pete Smith),  

with highlights of:  Chiffchaffs 13,  Willow Warbler 1,  Treecreeper 2,  

Blackcap 9 and a Garden Warbler.

 Anglers CP:  +  Insects: 

A male Banded Demoiselle and a Large Red Damselfly 

flew over the Pol Board Walk pond. 

A female Brimstone Butterfly flew over.   Mute Swan 2 young.   

Mallard 12 very small young were in the shallows.  

Common Tern 1.  

Wednesday 19 June 2024

South Kirkby Industrial Park & Cudworth Common

2 Grey Partridge. 

Butterflies included my first Marbled Whites -18, 41 Meadow Brown, 89 Ringlet, 1 Brown Argus and 3m Brimstone (C. Parkin)

Cudworth Common
An Osprey flew south at 20.55hrs accompanied by an irate Oystercatcher heading towards Edderthorpe Flash (CG).

Wintersett + Insects. 19.06.2024

Wintersett Res:

Common Scoter 1 male.  

Anglers CP:

A 3rd Summer Lesser Black-backed Gull took a 

Black-headed Gull Chick.

A male Lesser Whitethroat was on the Pol.   

Mute Swan 2 very small young.

Common Tern 1. 

A Barn Owl flew over north bank.


A female Brimstone butterfly  flew over  Anglers CP.


A Large Red Damselfly was flying over the Pol Board Walk Pond.

Tuesday 18 June 2024

Carlton Marsh

3 Teal, 2 juvenile Grey Herons and 2 Lapwings were on the wader scrape. Elsewhere a Goldcrest sang in the car park and 3 juvenile Robins were feeding nearby. A Cuckoo sang from the marsh.

Insects on show today were the odd Common Blue Damsel and the more common Blue-tailed with a single of the variant rufescens. 

Also 3 Burnet Companion moths, a Blood-vein and a Latticed Heath moth. Butterflies were represented by a Common Blue, 6 Ringlets and a Meadow Brown (K. Bannister/CG}.

Blood-vein (CG)
Thick-legged Beetle (CG)

Wintersett + Insects 18.06.2024

Wintersett Res:

Common Scoter 1 male. 

Mute Swan 1 very small young,  south east corner 

+ 5 young north west corner.

Cold Hiendley Res:

Mallard 7 fledged young.

Anglers CP:

A Barn Owl flew over the  east bank.

Shoveler 1 male.   Oystercatcher 7.   Common Tern 1.

A Lesser Whitethroat was on the Pol.

Lepidoptera: ACP:

Ringlet 2.   Brimstone 1.

Monday 17 June 2024

Carlton Village

This scarce moth was a first for Dave Smith when he found it in his light trap this morning.

Bird's Wing (Dave Smith)

Wintersett Sunrise - Sue Bilcliffe

Sue Billcliffe snapped a photo of this incredible sunrise over Ryhill.

Wintersett 17.06.2024

Anglers CP:

Common Tern 3.   Lesser Whitethroat 1 male on the Pol.

A Barn Owl was  hunting  around Vis.Mig. Hill at 09.40hrs. (SC)

Wintersett Res:

Goldeneye 1 female.

Sunday 16 June 2024

Carlton Marsh

Birds present at some point during the day Little Egret, Kingfisher, Lesser BB Gull, 2 Lapwings, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Cetti's warbler and a pair of Teal.

Insects included a male Common Blue Damselfly, Four Spotted Chaser, 4 Meadow Brown, and our first Ringlet of the year.

Day flying moths included 1 Mother Shipton and 7 Burnet Companion.

Wintersett + Insects 16.06.2024

Anglers CP:

Gadwall 4.   Oystercatcher 7 (2 families).  Sand Martin 2. 

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was on the south east corner.

Botany Bay:  Mallard young - 3  small/medium.  

Wintersett Res:  Grey Wagtail 1. 

Odonata - Anglers CP:

Emperor 1.  4 Spotted Chaser 1.   Black-tailed Skimmer 3. 

Saturday 15 June 2024

Carlton Marsh

Today's best 5 Greylags, a pair of Teal, Kingfisher, A Little Egret flew north at 12.21hrs and a Cetti's Warbler sang.

Wintersett + Ringing 15.06.2024

44 Birds were ringed before rain at Wintersett Res..

Highlights were:  

Cetti's Warbler 1,  Blackcap 9,   Garden Warbler 1,   Reed Warbler 1,

Reed Bunting 1,  Chiffchaff 15 and Willow Warbler 2.   - R.Bailey.

5 young Cetti's Warblers were in the clump.

Anglers CP:  A Grey Heron was at the board walk pond.

A Little Egret was on the shallows.  Shoveler 1 male.

Friday 14 June 2024

Carlton Marsh

A Hobby flew low over the reed beds south at 12.20hrs. A Goldcrest continued to sing in the car park and a Lesser Black-backed Gull called in (Andrew Corrall).

Cudworth Common
A Garden Warbler sang from bushes near the wind turbine, they seem to be quite scarce this year. 
Banded Demoiselle males are now very common along the River Dearne near Edderthorpe Flash (CG).
A Little Owl was showing well this morning in Les Corrall's Cudworth garden.

Wintersett 14.06.2024

Anglers CP:

Gadwall 3.   Common Tern 2.

A Red Kite flew over west.

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.) 

Follow link for Video:

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.