Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Moorlands, bank holiday weekend.

Very steady at both Ewden and Low Moor. - Ewden valley 28th, 6 Buzzards together was the raptor highlight. Just 1 brief Kestrel was the only falcon sighting and 1 Sparrowhawk. Raven 2, Golden Plover 3, one seen, 1 chipping Snipe, 1 pair of Stonechats at the s bends with the male in stunning plumage, Swift 10 blogging in the valley. Low Moor 29th, a few hours late aft only produced 2 Ravens, 2 Buzzards, 3 Kestrels together. Wharncliffe Wood 30th - 1 singing Wood Warbler showing well late a.m. from track at e side of wood.

Carlton Marsh

Seen at distance, with the naked eye only, a Glossy Ibis flew south at 07.55hrs this morning. (Geoff Miller)

Cudworth Common
A quick walk around Ferrymoor ponds revealed 1 Little Ringed Plover at least 3 Redshanks and a pair of Mute Swans with their very young family of 6 cygnets.

The Edge 31.05.16

Wombwell Ings - Felt cold after the sun of Extremadura. Greeted with the flyover of 5 calling Oystercatcher. Also present were 10 Mute Swan, 75+1y Canada Geese, 13 Greylag, 20 Gadwall, 19 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 5 male Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Cormorant, 21 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 5 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 30+ BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 5+ Skylark, 1 Mistle Thrush and 1 singing Song Thrush.
Broomhill Flash - Highlight was the 2 Black Necked Grebe in the south-west corner of the flash. Also noted were 2 Mute Swan, 19 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, 7+4y Pochard, 1m Shoveler, 4 Mallard, 23 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 LBB Gull and 1 Common Tern.
TPT - Singing males 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 5 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag,41 Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, 2 Mallard, 48 Coot,and 163+ BH Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 30+ Swift and good numbers of hirundines low over the water.

Gunthwaite - Midhope

Gunthwaite Dam - pair Canada Geese + 5 goslings; pair Tufted Duck; 6 singing Blackcaps, and 3 singing Whitethroats.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 1 drake Teal; 30 Lesser Black-backed Gulls; 50+ Swifts; 1 fp Willow Tits; 4 s Blackcaps, 2 s Garden Warblers; 2 s Whitethroats, and 1 s Lesser Whitethroat.
Whitley Edge - 8+ Lapwing + 4 very small chicks on the road (returned to field - good deed for the day).
Midhope Reservoir - 1 drake Teal; two fp (2 young each) Little Grebes, and 1+ Curlew chick in fields at the bottom end of Low Moor.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Carlton Marsh

Not much to report, but 7 pairs of Tufted Duck is good for here. Also of note Garden Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Grey Wagtail, 80 Swifts, 2 Willow Tits and a Tawny Owl called at 17.05hrs. It also pleasing to see Chub feeding in the depths of the mucky dyke.

Barrow Tip - near Worsbro - yesterday
Butterflies included Dingy Skipper 67, Small Heath 16, Small Copper 1, Brown Argus 1.
Also present Mother Shipton moth 9, Burnet Companion 32 and Bee Fly. (Chris Parkin) 

Friday, 27 May 2016

Excitement at Goldthorpe

After a gap of around 15 years the Great Crested Grebes are again breeding on the Brick Ponds

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Wintersett 26.05.16

9 - 12 degrees with 8/8 cloud and drizzly showers until midday.
Wintersett Res:  Common Tern 12. 
Anglers CP:  Arctic Tern 1 over at 10.40hrs.,  Dunlin 1 over,  Herring Gull 7 flew SW,  Pochard 3.
3 broods of Black-headed Gull on small raft.  6 Mute Swan cygnets were on the shallows and 2 broods of Mallard 6 m/l + 5m were seen.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Ingbirchworth - Midhope

Highlights were
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 2 Cormorants. 4 Oystercatchers. 7+ Swifts, 130+ Swallows, 60+ House Martins, 1 s Chiffchaff, 14 s Willow Warblers, 4 s Blackcaps, 1 s Garden W, 3 s Whitethroats and a pair of Bullfinch.
Fullshaw - at least six pairs of Rook nesting on an electricity pylon.
Midhope Reservoir - 1 drake Teal (still) and a pair of Little Grebe with 2 young.

Wintersett 25.05.16

7 - 9 degrees, with 8/8 cloud and a very cold northerly wind.  Rain from 13.00hrs.
Anglers CP: Cuckoo 1m.  Oystercatcher young 2 x 2. Mute Swan young (south pair).  House Martin 130.  Wigeon 1 1stS  male.  Canada Goose 47 and Greylag Goose  16.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 6.  All 4 Cetti's were heard.  Swift 200.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Wintersett 24.05.16

9 -15 degrees, warm with clear blue skies until midday, when cloud increased quickly to 8/8 and the breeze went north easterly.
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher broods still  2+ 2 young.  The Cuckoo is still singing on Golf course and around WRes..
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 1,  Cetti's Warbler 3m heard, east bank bird not heard.
Haw Park Wood:  A Bee Fly was on the path near the woodyard.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Wintersett 23.05.16

Sunny but clouded over, then afternoon showers, but flat calm.
Anglers CP: Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull flew around at 17.15hrs, then left west.  2 Herring Gull flew north west.  Oystercatcher 2 broods with 2 young each.  A Cuckoo was singing near the golf course.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 2.

Carlton Marsh

A Hobby flew south from Bleachcroft Farm at 06.30hrs. (Tony Guest) A Cuckoo was singing and a male Tawny Owl gave away its presence by uttering the typical hoot.
A few Lesser Black-back Gulls passed over this afternoon and 2 new broods of Coot were out of the nest along with a new brood of 8 Mallard chicks. A single Rook flew west, a species we don't see much of here and a Willow Tit was foraging near the hide.

May blossom is filling the air with perfume and Red Campion abounds on the disused railway embankment. 
I saw my first Red Admiral butterfly of the year, in my south facing garden, this morning. This insect has almost certainly overwintered close by.

Whitley - Midhope

Highlights were
Whitley Edge - 1 Little Owl.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - five broods of Mallard, 1 Oystercatcher, 23 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 second-summer Yellow-legged Gull, 3 (1 first-summer & 2 second-summer) Herring Gulls. and singing Blackcap, Garden Warbler and Common Whitethroat.
Midhope Reservoir - 1 drake Teal (where's the female of a couple of weeks ago??) and a pair Little Grebe + 2 young.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Hordron road to Upper Hordron and return 22/5/16 .

Seen were 1 pair of Merlin, Buzzard 6, Kestrel 1, Raven 5, Ring Ouzel thought to be 6+ in the area, 1 pair taking food to nest. 5 Crossbills showing well at swinden, Golden Plover 2 down, Lapwing about 6 pairs on barmings and long moor with 5 young seen. On Sunday 15/5/16 at Ewden stone circle track - Hobby 1, Peregrine 1 imm., Kestrel 1, Buzzard 3, Raven 1, Stonechat 1 fem., Swift 8.

Carlton Marsh

3 Oystercatchers left north this morning. Also present a reeling Grasshopper Warbler and a family of 7 Grey Partridge

A female Broad-bodied Chaser and a Four-spotted Chaser were on the wing along with this year's first Small Yellow Underwing moth.

Four-spotted Chaser (Keith Webster)

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Wintersett 21.05.16

13 - 15 degrees warm, with rain until mid morning, then 4/8 sunny spells and a south westerly breeze.   Rain from mid afternoon.
Wintersett Res:  2 Little Ringed Plover were on the slipway.  The male Cuckoo was on the east bank.  Common Tern 4 and Mallard 1 medium young, 
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher  - just 2 young were seen this morning .  The Oystercatcher pair sitting on the Sand Martin box have 2 hatched young and the female is still sitting. Cormorant 4,  Shoveler 1m. 
Critters: The Red-eared Terrapin was showing off NE bank.  This year's first SMALL  COPPER was on the  north bank.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Wintersett 20.05.16

11 - 15 degrees ,  warm with 5/8 cloud and a south westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: Cuckoo 1m in the Willow Wood and then on the east bank.  Common Tern 3, Red-legged Partridge 1. 
Botany: A Tawny Owl was calling.  Yellow Wagtail 1m in the paddock.
Disposal Point: Great Crested Grebe young 2+. 
Around the area: 8 pairs of Lapwing seen.  8 young were in the Botany paddock.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Wintersett 19.05.16

10 - 13 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.  Rain from mid afternoon.
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher 5 adults + 3 young.  Mallard 6 medium young + 10 small young WRes..  Black-headed Gull 2 young on small raft.  Curlew 1 alarm calling.  Cormorant 2.
Wintersett Res:  Common Tern 3 and Cuckoo 1m. It was warm enough for the Red-eared Terrapin to haul out onto a reed pile, north west bank.

                   This is what the Reed Buntings were eating this morning.  ACP      Lynz Harston

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Wintersett 18.05.16

9 degrees with intermittent, short rain showers all day and a light north westerly.
Wintersett Res: An adult LITTLE  GULL was on at 14.55hrs until 15.05hrs. 
Anglers CP: Common Tern 2.  Cuckoo 1m.  This year's first young Black-headed Gull was seen on the big raft.   3 of the young Oystercatchers are plumping up, but the fourth is much smaller. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Wintersett 17.05.16

9 - 15 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a  south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP:  Oystercatcher 4 young,  Cormorant 1 and  Cuckoo 1m CP.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 2 and Cetti's Warbler 4m.
Insects: Common Blue Damsel Fly 1 north west bank,  and Bee Fly 1 west bank track.