Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Carlton Marsh

Juv Buzzard, kingfisher 2, Water Rail, Barn Owl and 2 Tawny Owls. Also 1 Painted Lady, 1 Peacock and 1 Holly Blue.

A Red Kite flew north over upper Cudworth at 14.18hrs. (Geoff Miller)

South Kirkby Tip
2 Spotted Flycatcher (Corral & Hibbert) and 90 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper and 5 Brown Argus (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett 23.08.16

Up to 25 degrees today, sunny with scattered cloud and a light south easterly.
Anglers CP: A Ringed Plover flew SW at 06.35hrs.  A  RAVEN flew east over the car park at 09.03hrs.    Snipe 1.
Wintersett Res: A juvenile LITTLE  GULL was on early,  but couldn't be relocated mid morning.
A Tree Pipit flew over.  Shoveler 2.
40 birds were ringed today, including 1st year male REDSTART (the first ringed here for several years),  a Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Garden Warblers. Hardly any Willow Warblers here, in contrast to the east coast.
Overnight moth trapping produced Twin-spotted Wainscott,  Crescent,  3 Dingy Footmen,  3 Dusky Thorn and Cenre-barred Sallow.  Also attracted to the light trap was this Sexton Beetle.

Nicrophorus humator      ACP   ASmith

The Edge 23.08.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 59 Canada Geese, 27 Greylag, 28 Mallard, 17 Teal, 13 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 76 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 32 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 singing Willow Warbler along the Bulling Dyke. J. Thompson also had 4 Grey Wagtail on the R.Dearne near the bridge and 3 Yellow Wagtail+2 Pied Wagtail feeding amongst the feet of the horses.
Broomhill Flash - Highlight was the elusive Wheatear in the north east corner. Also present were 2 Mute Swan, 72 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 56 Gadwall, 29 Tufted Duck, 20 Mallard, 4 Teal, 1 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 33 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 10 Little Egret, 57 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 113 Lapwing, 12 Snipe, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Hobby, 32 BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+5y Mute Swan, 326 Canada Geese, 8 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 19 Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 10 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 9 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 61 Coot, and 2 Moorhen. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel and 1 Willow Tit.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Wintersett 22.08.16

16 - 20 degrees with sunny spells and a warm south westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 2 adults + 1 juvenile.   Great Crested Grebe  2 small young and Little Grebe 2. 
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1,  WIGEON 2,  Gadwall 7 and Teal 2.

Carlton Marsh

Higher water levels, shooting and the daily presence of a juv Buzzard (as nice as that is) is probably reducing the capability of the wader scrape. However, a Shoveler, 2 Kingfishers, 3 Lapwings, 5 Greylags, 4 Little Grebes, several Teal and Tufted Duck were in evidence.
A Little Egret flew over The Manse in Upper Cudworth at 17.05hrs heading straight towards the reserve.
Insects included Migrant and Brown Hawker and 10 Speckled Wood butterflies. The lack of the Peacock butterfly over recent weeks is blatantly obvious and must be the worst year for them since the 1960's!

Ingbirchworth

Ingbirchworth Reservoir - full list - 306 Canada Geese; 206 Greylag Geese; 110 Mallards; 11 Tufted Ducks; 1 Little Egret; 1 Grey Heron; 2 Little Grebes; 1 Great Crested Grebe; 3 Moorhens; 12 Coots; 1 Common Sandpiper; 20+ Black-headed Gulls; 200+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Fox Hill; 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull; 9 Woodpigeons; 1 Magpie; 14 Jackdaws; 11 Carrion Crows; 2 Goldcrests; 7 Swallows S; 40+ House Martins; 1 Great Tit; 7 Long-tailed Tits; 1 Chiffchaff; 6 Willow Warblers; 1 Blackcap; 1 Robin; 5 Pied/White Wagtails, and 1 Bullfinch.

The Edge 22.08.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 62 Teal, 41 Gadwall, 35 Mallard, 3 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 24 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel (flew west at 9.10am), 31 BH Gull, 3 Pied Wagtail and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 14 Canada Geese, 45 Gadwall, 31 Tufted Duck,15 Mallard, 10 Teal, 1 Pochard, 2 Cormorant, 10 Little Egret, 28 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 83 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 18 Lapwing, 7 Snipe, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 18 BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1y Mute Swan, 149 Canada Geese, 18 Greylag, 20 Tufted Duck, 14 Pochard, 11 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 7 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 79 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 9 BH Gull and 3 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Lapwing and 1 Bullfinch.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Wintersett 21.08.16

15 - 20 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP Vis Mig:  A much better watch today.    A Greenshank and 2 Sanderling were in briefly, early doors. An adult KITTIWAKE flew in to shallows at 08.30hrs and left south at 10.15hrs.   A KNOT  came over 09.55hrs and left north.  A Little Egret went south at 10.50hrs and 2 more dropped on shallows from 13.30hrs onwards.   A juvenile, male Peregrine flew over at 14.30hrs, harassing the Black-headed Gulls and Starlings.  2 Ringed Plover went south at 15.35hrs  2 Common Tern were around for a short time.    2 Teal came in and 4 Shoveler went south.  A Yellow Wagtail flew over, so did a Swift + 1 over WRes.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1 + 2 WRes.,    A Cetti's Warbler sang briefly, but loudly, from the Pol area early morning.  3 Pochard and 4 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were also present.
Haw Park Area: Hobby 1 over and  Buzzard 5 over.
Here's a couple of flight shots of the adult Kittiwake per Paul Meredith.



Edderthorpe & Houghton, Monday 15th to Sunday 21st August

It's been quite a week down here now the water levels are ideal and the feeding perfect for resident and migrant birds. Houghton is a bit low now and most of the following birds are to be found on Edderthorpe. The WeBS count today (Sunday) is one of our highest totals ever, 3056 waterbirds were counted (not including any gulls) and the following are selected highlights;-
Canada Goose 402, Greylag Goose 183, Mallard 840, Teal 240, Shoveler 104, Gadwall 209, Garganey 4, Pochard 22, Moorhen 77, Water Rail 1, Lapwing 830, Common Sandpiper 4, Green Sandpiper 4, Knot 1 adult, Little Ringed Plover 1, Ruff 2, Greenshank 13 (largest count for many years).
During the week a Little Stint has been present most days, 3 Turnstone on Thursday, 5 Greenshank on Monday, Dunlin most days, up to 19 Little Egrets, cream-crown Marsh Harriers have been seen most days with 2 hunting together on Friday. The Marsh Harriers are causing havoc amongst the waders and smaller wildfowl, as is a Peregrine which is also visiting regularly.
However, these were all put firmly in the shadow this morning (Sunday) when a adult Honey Buzzard went over the Flash disturbing all the waders as it slowly circled away southwards watched by 4 lucky observers at 09.20 for 5 minutes (it would have been 5 but John Clarkson had just left for his breakfast - unlucky). Quite a week! (and we haven't been able to say that often during the last few relatively barren years!)

Low Moor + 21/8/16.

Low Moor - 12-30 to 4pm. Weather improving as it went on but steady birding. Results - Marsh Harrier 1, C Buzzard 6, Kes 3, Raven 1 pair, Common Gull 1 ad., LBB Gull 6, GS Pecker 2, Spotted Flycatcher 1 in hawthorns, House Martin about 150 blogging and going w. Ingbirchworth - drk Common Scoter still at 5pm + Common Sand 2, Redshank 1, Oystercatcher 1. Only 1 Little Egret of note in yesterdays brief visit to Wilthorpe Marsh.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Wintersett WeBS for August 2016

The WeBS totals for the Wintersett area for August 2016 are:

Mute Swan 25,   Canada Goose 145,   Greylag Goose 93,   Cormorant 9,   Coot 482,   Moorhen 27,   Great Crested Grebe35,   Little Grebe 2,   Mallard 101,   Teal 5,   Gadwall 37,   Pochard 7,   Tufted Duck 378,   Goldeneye 1,   Lapwing 320 and Grey Heron 2.

Wintersett 20.08.16

13 - 17 degrees with a fresh  south westerly wind.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: A very disappointing watch with hardly any movement.  67 Swift south best of day.
Anglers CP: Yellow-legged Gull 3 adults and 1 juvenile (including Psycho).  The adult, white Black-headed Gull flew over south.  Feral Pigeon 160 in field.  Common Tern 4,  Teal 4,  Lapwing 320.  Hobby 2 over at 09.25hrs.
Wintersett Res: Yellow Wagtail 2 over. 

Friday, 19 August 2016

Wintersett 19.08.16

             
14 - 16 degrees with 8/8 cloud and rain from 11.00hrs - 15.30hrs and a moderate easterly.
Anglers CP: Yellow-legged Gull 3 adults.   Swift 3 + 1 WRes.,  Teal 6 and  Shoveler 2.   Curlew 4 flew east at 15.15hrs
Wintersett Res:  Yellow Wagtail 2 over.
55 birds were ringed this morning, including 1 Goldcrest,  17 Chiffchaff, 10 Reed Warblers.and  15 Willow Warblers.  One of the Willow Warblers was a 1st year female of the Northern, - Scandinavian, Acredula race, brought in by the easterly winds.  Becky took photos of the bird and a 'regular' 1st year female Willow Warbler to show the differences. A female Cetti's Warbler and a juvenile female Cetti's Warbler were retrapped.

1st year female Willow Warbler of  Acredula race
                                                                 RLBailey

1st year female Willow Warbler   RLBailey

The Edge 19.08.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 20 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 33 Mallard, 36 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Wigeon, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 37 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 39 BH Gull, 8 Pied Wagtail and c100 House Martin.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 27 Canada Geese, 57 Gadwall, 29 Mallard, 29 Tufted Duck, 24 Teal, 28 Little Grebe, 1+1y Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 10 Little Egret, 112 Coot, 22 Moorhen, 41 Lapwing, 10+ Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank and 32 BH Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+4y Mute Swan, 71 Canada Geese, 25 Greylag, 20 Pochard, 18 Gadwall, 13 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 1 Wigeon, 7 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 66 Coot, 1 Moorhen and 5 LBB Gull. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron and 41 Lapwing (+ a flock of c150 flying NE at 11.40am ).

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Ingbirchworth

Ingbirchworth Reservoir - highlights - 106 Mallards; 1 Grey Heron; 180+ Black-headed Gulls, c100 Lesser black-backed Gulls; 2 (1 adult & 1 second-summer/third-winter) Yellow-legged Gulls, 1 adult Caspian Gull; 3+  juvenile Herring Gulls, and 1 Siskin.

The Edge 18.08.16

Wombwell Ings - As I walked onto the ings I noticed a Marsh Harrier quartering over the backfield, gradually moving onto Broomhill Flash where it was joined by a second cream crown( Seen by PUK ). Also present were 2 Mute Swan, 59 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 38 Gadwall, 31 Mallard, 26 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 1 Cormorant, 12 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 33 Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover, 39 BH Gull, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 7+ Pied Wagtail, 50+ Goldfinch and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 46 Gadwall, 29 Mallard, 10+ Teal, 32 Tufted Duck, 6 Pochard, 7 Cormorant, 8 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Red Legged Partridge, 26 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 115 Coot, 18 Moorhen, 49 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 32 BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+4y Mute Swan, 35 Greylag, 25 Canada Geese, 28 Tufted Duck, 16 Gadwall, 13 Pochard, 4 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 8+ Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 66 Coot and 4 Moorhen. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 9 Lapwing and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Wintersett 18.08.16

13 - 19 degrees with sunny spells and a light to moderate easterly.
Anglers CP: A Golden Plover flew north at 08.20hrs.  Yellow Wagtail 2 over.    Pochard 15 + 1 CHRes and  Common Tern 1.
Cold Hiendley Res:  Kingfisher 1.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 and Shoveler 3. 


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Langsett + roost

Langsett Reservoir - full list - movement of Greylag Geese with 114 + 14 SE + 35 + 8 all arriving from the W; 20 Canada Geese; 5 Teal; 43 Mallards; 3 Tufted Ducks; 1 Little Egret (only the second record here); 1 Sparrowhawk; 1 Woodcock; 1 Common Tern; 16 Woodpigeons; 1 calling Tawny Owl; 1 Green Woodpecker; 1 Willow Warbler; 1 Blackbird, and 2 Robins.
Gull roost - 353 Black-headed Gulls; 11 Common Gulls; 4+ (2 adults, 2 second-summers + 2 juveniles?); Yellow-legged Gulls; 644 Lesser Black-backed Gulls; 3+ juvenile Herring Gulls, and 1 adult Caspian Gull. 

Wintersett 17.08.16

13 - 21 degrees with 8/8 cloud and flat calm this morning, sunny spells  and a light to moderate easterly this afternoon.
Wintersett Res: A Peregrine flew over at 11.40hrs.  Common Tern 1 adult.
Anglers CP: Yellow-legged Gull 3 adults, including Psycho.  Grey Wagtail 2,  Pochard 2,  Greylag Goose 83 and  Canada x Greylag Hybrid Goose 6.  A total of  42 Great Crested Grebe in the area. 15 ACP + 21 WRes, + 6  CHRes..

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Wintersett 16.08.16

15 - 21 degrees with scattered cloud and an easterly breeze turned southerly late morning.
Anglers CP: A flock(!) of 5 Little Egret flew over west at 06.09hrs.  A juvenile Mediterranean Gull came off the lake onto the rock  wall.   Common Tern 2,  Little Grebe 2 + 1 CHRes.,  Teal 3 + 1 CHRes..  3 Goosander redheads flew north over the hill at 13.30hrs.
Wintersett Res: Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult flew over to south west corner.
Cold Hiendley Res: Gadwall 17,  Goldeneye 1 female in wing moult.
Haw Park Wood: 4 Swift flew over south.
Lepidoptera: Purple Hairstreak 1 HPLane.