Monday, 27 June 2016

The Edge 27.06.16

Wombwell Ings - Highlight was a hunting Hobby eating a dragonfly as it flew around the flash at 9.35am. Also present were 8 Mute Swan, 2+3y Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 11 Gadwall, 4 Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 2 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 24 Coot, 1 Moorhen,19 Lapwing, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 14 BH Gull, 2 Skylark, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush and 4 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 41 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 12 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard, 2+2y Pochard, 2 Teal, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 47 Coot, 1 Kestrel, 19 Lapwing, c80 BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull.
TPT - Singing males 6 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+7y Mute Swan, 54+6y Gadwall, 21 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard 2 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 57 Coot, 1 Moorhen, c200 BH Gull , 2 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 1 cc Marsh Harrier and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Wintersett - Full House 26.06.16

13 - 18 degrees with scattered, then increasing,  cloud and a light northerly this morning.
Wintersett Res: 2 male Yellow Wagtails were in SW field +  a further 3 males in Cold Hiendley field.  House Martin 100.
Cold Hiendley Res: Gadwall 1 female and 6 medium young  + 3 small young ACP.   Mallard 3 fledged young.
Lepidoptera: A Painted Lady was seen in the field just before Haw Park Wood.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 1. Pochard 1 drake.  Curlew 16 W at 18.30hrs. 
Good news from the Sand Martin Box:
Over the past week the last two available nest holes have been excavated and all 24 nest holes  are now occupied.  The earliest broods have already fledged and it's looking like a successful season so far, with 300 Sand Martins  counted over Wintersett Res today.
Nationally, there can't be many, if any,  artificial Sand Martin nest sites, that can boast an amazing 100%  occupancy. 

Low Moor/Midhope 26/6/16.

Late morning, early aft. Too steady, highlights - Crossbill 2 flew towards thickwoods, Raven 3, Oystercatcher 3, Siskin 2, Snipe still about 3 displaying but reducing compared to 10+ mid month, Skylark still 1 singing, Buzzard 3, Kes 2.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Wintersett 25.06.16

16 - 19 degrees, mainly cloudy with a light westerly.
Wintersett  Res:  An adult and a juvenile Grasshopper Warbler were ringed this morning.  Just 2 male Cetti's were heard. - the boathouse and west bank birds. Singing has decreased markedly this week.
Cold Hiendley Field:  Yellow Wagtail 4. 
Chris Swaine had 63 species on his morning list.  Here's a couple of photos he took.

               Sedge Warbler         WRes

This  Mallard is the odd one out in the family.   ACP

Friday, 24 June 2016

Wintersett 24.06.16

14 - 19 degrees with 8/8 and a light westerly.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1,  Tufted Duck 4 + 54 WRes..
Wintersett Res: A Barn Owl was seen at dawn.
Overnight Moth trapping highlights were: Scallop Shell,  Purple Clay and Map-winged Swift.
Mammal: A juvenile Mink (deceased) was on the road SE corner, WRes..

Little Don - Hordron Road - 24-06-16

Early morning visit with 4 Ring Ouzel (1 Adult and 3 well grown Juveniles); 2 Common Sandpiper; 2 Grey Wagtail; 4+ Wheatear; 1 Common Buzzard; 2 Grey Heron; Numerous Blackcap

Woodcocks & Nightjars

There are decent numbers of Nightjars on the moorland fringe this year.
A total of 14+ males have been found 'churring' at six sites in our area. I have been reliably informed that they are present at a further two sites, but these are bit too remote for me to check out.
Woodcock are present at at least five of these sites, with 16+ 'roding' birds present.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Broomhill Flash Appreciation Note

Upon entering Broomhill Flash hide tonight I found this little note upstairs on the shelf. A very nice sentiment from who ever wrote it and to take the time to do it. Cheered me up no end! (All other notes must have a queens head on) Only kidding.

Thank You.

Wintersett 23.06.16

14 - 18 degrees, warm with sun first thing, but clouded up by mid morning.
Anglers CP:  An adult Black-necked Grebe, in summer plumage,  was off the west bank. Common Tern 2.   We still have 3 young Lapwing.  The first brood of 6vs Gadwall were seen, but without a female.
Botany:  4 small Mallard  ducklings were noted.
Odonata:  3 Large Red Damselfly and a male Emperor Dragonfly  were on the golf course pond.  On ACP there were 2m + 1 f Emperor Dragonfly ovipositing,  4 m Black-tailed Skimmer and 6 Four Spot Chaser.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Wintersett 22.06.16

16 - 20 degrees hot and humid with  8/8 cloud and a light southerly.  A couple of very short sunny spells
Anglers CP:  Common Tern 3 this morning and/or 7 this evening.    8 very small Mallard ducklings.
Wintersett Res: 4 Great Crested Grebe broods 1 y  NE + 2 y SB WRes and  1y left from 4 + 2 l y CHRes. 
Odonata: A male Emperor dragonfly was off the NE bank WRes..

The Edge 22.06.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 5 Mute Swan, 3+2y Greylag, 3+1y Canada Geese, 15 Gadwall, 12 Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 20 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 21 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 8 BH Gull, 1 Kestrel, 3 Skylark, 6 Linnet and 1 singing Sedge Warbler. Duck numbers may appear low due to birds entering eclipse and so seeking cover while they moult.
Broomhill Flash - Highlight was a pair of Great Crested Grebe with their 3 very young chicks ( We only noticed 2 chicks yesterday on the back of a parent bird.). Also present were 2 Mute Swan, 26 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 14+8y Mallard, 9 Gadwall, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 1+5y Pochard, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 35 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 11 Lapwing, 80+ BH Gull and 1 Buzzard.
TPT - Singing males included 9 Willow Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Song Thrush. Also 1 Bullfinch.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+7y Mute Swan, 34 Gadwall, 27 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 4+3y Pochard, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 70+17y Coot, 3 Moorhen, c200 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail and 5 Whitethroat. A Grasshopper Warbler and a Sedge Warbler were singing directly in front of the hide.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Wintersett 21.06.16

A very warm 20 degrees with a few scattered clouds and a very light westerly.
Anglers CP:  Common Tern 4,  Oystercatcher 4 adults + 3 fl. young.  6 Mallard  broods were seen in the area today: 1 sy + 2 vsy,  5 fl y + 6 fl y + 4 fl y and 3 l y WRes.  Lapwing 3 vs young.
Wintersett Res: Lots of Toad metams were seen on the path to the boathouse bench.
Lepidoptera: This year's first Ringlet and a Large Skipper were flying around the Marsh Orchids next to the path to the Main Hide ACP.

The Edge 21.06.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 5 Mute Swan, 3+1y Canada Geese, 2+3y Greylag, 14 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, 21 Coot, 26 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 8 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 3 Skylark, 5 Linnet and 1 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 30+6y Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 21 Mallard, 15 Gadwall, 3+6y Pochard, 1 Teal, 8+2y Little Grebe, 2+2y Great Crested Grebe, 36 Coot, 12 Lapwing, c60 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Barn Owl.
TPT - Singing males 7 Blackcap, 7 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, and 1 Sedge Warbler. Also 2 Bullfinch and 1 Song Thrush.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 +7y Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 24+1y Gadwall, 21+2y Tufted Duck, 7+3y Pochard, 1+1y Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 61+14y Coot, 2 Moorhen, and c200 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Whithroat and 1 Bullfinch.

A magical night

Full moon last night coinciding with the Summer solstice - first time since 1967!  Good night to visit the stone circle - but not for mystic rituals.  Three or more nightjars calling, churring, flying.  Four sightings of woodcock may have involved just two birds.  Later at corner of Mortimer Road and Shaw Lane the nightjars were flying around within a few metres in a spectacular manner as well as calling and churring - again at least three birds.  Snipe drumming too.

Fleets Dam 21.06.16


   Adult Ring-necked Parakeet feeding two juveniles.
Hope it works!

FLEETS DAM 21.06.16

21.06.16 - 8.50am Linda and I saw an adult Ring-necked Parakeet feeding two juveniles in willow on East bank of Fleets Dam with video evidence. Unfortunately having problems uploading video - will try later!

Monday, 20 June 2016

Wintersett MEGA!! 20.06.16

16 - 19 degrees, with rain until late morning and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: Steve Denny had a great start to his week early this morning. A Little Egret was on the shallows but left south at 06. 45hrs.  Then, from the hide,  he picked up a LONG-TAILED SKUA, (with a long tail ) going over/through,  being mobbed by Black-headed Gulls at 06.55hrs.  Common Tern 3,  Oystercatcher 5 adults + 3 young.   5 new very small  Mallard Ducklings  were seen.   70 Greylag Goose and 95 Canada Goose in wing moult with 11 Canada fledged young.  Mute Swan 5 young (south pair), no young with north pair. 

Fleets Dam 20/6/16.

A reliable report from 2 of the regulars this morning is the Parakeets have bred and raised 2 young. So now 5 birds in the area best seen and heard early mornings.

The Edge 20.06.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 6 Mute Swan, 2+3y Greylag, 1+1y Canada Goose, 27 Gadwall, 14+5y Mallard, 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 21 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 42 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 8 BH Gull, 1 Kestrel, 4 Skylark, 3 Mistle Thrush, 5 Pied Wagtail and 4 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 36+6y Canada Geese, 14 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 1+4y Pochard, 6+2y Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 29 Coot, 13 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, c60 BH Gull and 1 Common Tern.
 TPT - Singing Males 6 Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff and 2 Whitethroat. A Kingfisher flew along Knoll Beck.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 29 Tufted Duck, 24 Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 4+3y Pochard, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 62+12y Coot, c200 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Canada Goose, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 LBB Gull, 2 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Oystercatcher and 1 Lapwing.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Wintersett 19.06.15

16- 19 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly. The sun broke through twice for a very short time.
Anglers CP: A Little Ringed Plover flew over at 08.58hrs.  Common Tern 1,  Grey Wagtail 1,  Shoveler 1m and Greylag Goose 61.  Lapwing 3 young.  4 broods of Black-headed Gull 1 + 3 + 2 + 2. 
Wintersett Res: Willow Tit 2 and Water Rail 1.  Grasshopper Warbler 1 adult + 2 fledged young.  Great Crested Grebe 1 sat + 1 large and 2 medium young.
Lepidoptera: A Painted Lady  was on the NE bank WRes.
Lynz Harston took this great shot of a Wren before the Marathon runners and other visitors arrived this morning. 
Wren                    ACP     LHarston