Saturday, 1 October 2016

Carlton Marsh

This morning c20 Pink Feet flew south and a Golden Plover called in the mist. 10 Shoveler were on the wader scrape with 5 Lapwing. Also present were 3 Willow Tit, Kingfisher, Coal Tit, and 2 Chiffchaff. 25 Skylark and 10 Meadow Pipit were on adjacent fields and a Fox was on the prowl. (Jim Plant)
A Greenshank dropped in this afternoon. (Rod Heeley)

A report came in at dusk of two men on the wader scrape, one with a crossbow, the other throwing some sort of food into the water to entice wildfowl. Our informant said they were still there after dark. The incident was reported to the police!

Wintersett + Gull Roost 01.10.16

A very clear, cold 6 degrees start,  but mist drifted  in at 07.45hrs.  At  08.30 it cleared  for 30 promising minutes, but at 09.00hrs a wall of fog rolled in and didn't disperse until 11.30hrs.  Disappointing!
Anglers CP Vis. Mig: Swallow 10S + 15NE,  Siskin 1S and Meadow Pipit 83S.  Golden Plover 1 over.  After the fog lifted at 12.30hrs a flock of 21 Skylark went south.
Bird ringing highlights included:  Chiffchaff 19,   LESSER  REDPOLL 4,  Blackcap 2  and  Reed Warbler 1. 
Anglers CP:  Common Sandpiper 1,   Snipe 5 + 2 NW,  Cormorant 46,  Greylag Goose 144.   Goosander 1,  Shoveler 59 + 3 CHR,   Wigeon 230 + 12 ACP,   Gadwall 16 + 108 CHR,   Mallard 10 + 103 WR,   Water Rail 1 + 2 WR+ 2 CHR.  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.
Cold Hiendley Res:  Red-crested Pochard 1 eclipse drake,  Goldeneye 1 female.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 male.  Goldcrest 24 + 4 ACP.   Robin 80  incl. CHRes..
WRes Gull Roost per S Denny:   Got dark very early tonight but  a noted increase of Great Black-backed Gulls to 11, plus 7 Herring Gulls  &  22 Yellow-legged Gulls until  bad light & storm ended watch.

Wilthorpe Marsh + 1/10/16.

Very steady - Green Sandpiper 1, Snipe 8, Swallow 6, Mistle Thrush 10, Little Owl. 40 Pinkfeet w this morning over Staincross at 9-06 am.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Wintersett + Gull Roost

12 - 16 degrees with scattered cloud,  and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP Vis. Mig:  09.00 - 11.30hrs. Birds  moving throughout.
Going south: Meadow Pipit 585,  House Martin 25, Swallow 10,   Linnet 33,  Skylark  41,   Grey Wagtail 2,   Pied Wagtail 7,   Siskin 8 and  Reed Bunting 2.
Pink-footed Goose 19 high east at 09.15hrs + 15 west at 09.25hrs.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1,  Chiffchaff 1 + 2 WRes + 2 CHRes..
Wintersett Res: Goldeneye 1 female.
Cold Hiendley Res: Red-crested Pochard 1 eclipse drake.
Anglers CP Gull Roost: Yellow-legged Gull 29 adults + 1 1st W,    Great Black-backed Gull 1 adult and   Herring Gull 7 adults + 3 x 3rd W + 2 x 1st W.

Red-Crested Pochard - eclipse drake   CH Res 29.09.16   MHemingway
                                                   

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Higham

Two pairs of Raven flying around in the morning west of Higham and a strong passage of Meadow Pipits south averaging 500 per hour between 0730 and 1130.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 29.09.16

13 - 16 degrees with  sunny spells and a cool westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Water Rail 1,  Teal 5 and Cormorant 53.
Wintersett Res: Goldeneye 1 female.
Cold Hiendley Res: Red-crested Pochard drake in eclipse plumage. 
Anglers CP Gull Roost:   1st W Caspian Gull,   21 Yellow-legged  Gulls and  1000 Lesser Black-backed Gulls roosted this evening.   None roosted on Wintersett Res..

Ingbirchworth

Ingbirchworth Reservoir - bits - 210 Greylag Geese; 1 Buzzard; 35+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls (mostly juvs/first-winters); 1 Willow Tit; 1 Chiffchaff (10+ on Monday), and 22 Meadow Pipits S/SW..

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Wintersett 28.09.16

15 - 18 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Cormorant 45,  Shoveler 83 + 3 CHRes.,  Teal 5.  House Martin 12,  Swallow 20, Water Rail 1 + 1 Wres..
Cold Hiendley Res: Pintail 1m,  Red-crested Pochard 1 eclipse drake,  Wigeon 96 + 2 ACP,  Siskin 1 south.
Wintersett Res: Archie ringed a Garden Warbler and a Chiffchaff  this morning.
Lepidoptera: Speckled Wood  WRes,   Comma and Small White ChRes..

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Wintersett 27.09.16

13 - 16 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a south westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: The first REDPOLL of the autumn flew over south.   Swallow 6.  House Martin   Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult and Water Rail 1.
Anglers CP: Cormorant 39 and  Shoveler 76.  Little Grebe 6 + 6 CHRes + 3 WRes..

Monday, 26 September 2016

Wintersett 26.09.16

11 - 13 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a very light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Cormorant 43,  Shoveler 81,  Little Grebe 6
Cold Hiendley Res: Red-crested Pochard drake in eclipse plumage. 
Wintersett Res: Siskin 6 south.  Cetti's Warbler 1 male heard and 1 female retrapped,   House Martin 50,  Swallow 6 + 10 Botany fields.   Goldfinch 30 + 50 MLPonds.
Birds ringed this morning included:  10 Chiffchaff,  1 Blackcap,  2 Reed Warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler. 

Ingbirchworth

Ingbirchworth Reservoir - full list - 147 Greylag Geese; 7 Canada Geese; 2 Teal; 1 Pheasant; 3 Grey Herons; 3 Little Grebes; 1 Great Crested Grebe; 1 Sparrowhawk; 2 Moorhens; 2 Coots; 2 Redshanks; 60+ Black-headed Gulls;100+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls; 1 fw Yellow-legged Gull; 20 Woodpigeons; 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 1 Magpie; 4 Jackdaws; 15 Carrion Crows; 1 Goldcrest; 14 Blue Tits; 3 Great Tits; 1 Swallow; 9 Long-tailed Tits; 10+ Chiffchaffs; 1 Wren; 30+ Starlings; 1 Blackbird; 14 Robins; 6 Meadow Pipits; 3 Chaffinches, and 4 Goldfinches.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Wintersett WeBS September 2016

The  Wintersett WeBS  totals  on  17th September 2016:

Coot 530,   Moorhen 21,   Mute Swan 20,   Canada Goose 596,   Greylag 56,   Little Grebe 10,   Great Crested Grebe 34,   Cormorant 9,   Mallard 56,   Teal 16,   Wigeon 99,   Gadwall 137,   Shoveler 6,   Red-crested Pochard 1,   Pochard 56,   Tufted Duck 399,   Goldeneye 1,   Lapwing  400,   Redshank 1  and Grey Heron 4.

Wintersett 25.09.16

Rain overnight to 07.30hrs.  10 - 15 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig:  Not a lot moving.
Going south: Meadow Pipit 29,  House Martin 5,  Siskin 7, Pied Wagtail 11, Skylark 5,  Snipe 5,  Lesser Black-backed Gull 1, and Sparrowhawk 1.  Shoveler 65 + 3 CHRes.
Anglers CP:  Pintail 3,  Snipe 3,  Common Sandpiper 1,  Yellow-legged Gull 1. Little Egret 1 on shallows late afternoon, then in SW corner at 19.00hrs. 
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 1 male north bank,  Chiffchaff  4 + 1 ACP + 1 CHRes and  Water Rail 1.  
Cold Hiendley Res: Red-crested Pochard 1 eclipse drake.

Ewden lodge + return, 25/9/16.

4 seasons in one day with a very cool breeze, warm sunshine and a few wintry rain showers. Very steady for birds with the wind to blame for lack of larger species. Only 1 C Buzzard, 2 Kestrels and 4 Ravens. Main highlight were a total of 7 Stonechats on broomhead moor 5 + 2. A small party of 4 House Martins went s past the lodge and just 1 Swallow which flew in the lodge but no young audible. About 60 Meadow Pipits, 15 Linnets and a few Siskins heard only in the beck woods.

Carlton Marsh

Little Egret was back on the wader scrape and Mink was seen from the hide (Dave Standish)

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Carlton Marsh

This morning 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Shoveler. (Rod Heeley/Jim plant)
This evening 2 Grey Wagtail, Snipe, 2 Goldcrest, Water Rail, 16 Canada geese and 2 tawny Owl. (Dave Standish)

Wintersett 24.09.16

10 - 17 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light southerly.
Anglers CP:  A GREAT  WHITE  EGRET  gave great, close views as it flew over  the lake and Vis Mig hill,  going south,  at 08.42hrs.  Only the 4th record for this site.  We shared the news immediately  so we could track its progress.   The bird must have doubled back  because by 08.50hrs it was picked up flying west at  Pugneys. (Chris Nickerson).   Around 10ish it landed on Wath Ings, then seen flying to Bolton Ings around 12 ish.  Later at Adwick,  it was seen flying towards Denaby Ings. (Ken Foundation).
Cormorant 37,  Snipe 1,   Little Grebe 6 + 5 CHRes + 2 WRes.,
Anglers CP Vis Mig: A small but steady passage for the first two hours
Going south: Swallow 146,  Meadow Pipit 51,  House Martin 41,  Sand Martin 1.  Linnet 9,  Pied Wagtail 19,  Goldfinch 11, Greenfinch 1,  and Chaffinch 1.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 7.   Siskin 10 + 6 west.
Cold Hiendley Res:   Red Crested Pochard 1 eclipse drake,   Wigeon 203 + 2 ACP + 1 WRes.  Chiffchaff  1.
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's  Warbler 2 (west bank and SW corner).  Goldeneye 1 female.

Paul Meredith filled his boots and took  these  great shots of the bird of the day!

Great White Egret     ACP  PMeredith

Low Moor corner, 24/9/16.

Too windy. Main highlights a party of 12 Ravens over ewden height were the most I have ever seen together on the open moor. 3 Crossbills were in the conifer tops at midhope res with a fem showing well. On Thursday aft., C Buzzard 9 which included a kettle of 6, Siskin 20 and 2 Crossbills going and returning to thickwoods.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Wintersett 23.09.16

10 - 17 degrees, sunny with thin, high cloud and a light south westerly.
Wintersett Res: 2 Wheatears were on the north bank.  Skylark 9 south.
Anglers CP:  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult.  Cormorant 35.
Cold Hiendley Res: A Little Egret flew over to WRes and was seen on ACP at 12.15hrs..

                      Wheatear               WRes.   CSwaine

                          Wheatear                    WRes    CSwaine

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Ingbirchworth

Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 172 Greylag Geese; 135 Canada Geese; 3 Wigeon; 2 Cormorants; 1 Grey Heron; 5 Little Grebes; 1 Green Sandpiper; 1 Sand Martin; 11 Swallows; 1 House Martin, 5 Chiffchaffs, and 1 Blackcap.