Saturday, 29 April 2017

Wintersett VIS. MIG. DREAM 29.04.17

A NEW  BIRD FOR THE WINTERSETT LIST.
Ringing was poor this morning for Pete Smith and Jonathan Holliday so they packed up early and headed to the car park,   On the way  back they picked up a Tweet from John Wozencroft alerting birders that John O'Malley had reported an immature WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew  north west from Stainton Quarry near Doncaster at 10.40hrs. 
Pete and Jonathan calculated that Wintersett is NW from Stainton so maybe they would be in with a chance of a fly through.  They put on a pace to get to Vis. Mig. Hill at Anglers CP.  When they too far away!
Within a few minutes Jonathan had picked up a huge bird flying west over Haw Park Wood.  Pete got on it quickly and  together they confirmed it was the  WHITE-TAILED EAGLE.  They observed it for 5 minutes as it headed west towards the moors.
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE is a new, and dreamed of,  bird for the Wintersett List. 
Many thanks to John Wozencroft for putting the news out.   Huge congratulations to the finders.
     
Other sightings today (from the dippers, through  gritted teeth for a short time)  although the day was still very good, with  a further  3 new birds for the year list.   
Anglers CP:  Avocet 1 in shallows + 3 south west 11.30hrs.   Shelduck 2 flew north.  Long-tailed Duck 1 immature male.  Goldeneye 1 imm. male + 1 female.    Wigeon 1 male + 1 female.  Common Tern 5 + 2 north.  Common Sandpiper 2.  Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull flew in at 12.15hrs. 
Anglers CP afternoon Vis. Mig:   Little Ringed Plover 2.  Dunlin  1.  Sanderling 1.  Arctic Tern 1.  Goosander 1 drake  south.  Peregrine 1 over.    Whimbrel  2 north.
Cold Hiendley Res: Mallard 5 very small young - first young of the year.
Wintersett Res:  Going north: Great Black-backed Gull 1 1st summer.   Common Gull 1 1st summer. Yellow Wagtail 1.  Redpoll 3.

Avocet                             Anglers CP        CSwaine

Long-tailed Duck            Anglers CP   PMeredith

Carlton Marsh

The highlights of today were 3 LRP, 2 Redshank and Little Egret on Wader Scrape. A female Wheatear was on a nearby pasture, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 4 Reed Warbler, Coal Tit, 2 House Martin and 37 immature Herring Gull south.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Carlton Marsh

3 Little Ringed Plovers were with 2 Redshanks on the wader scrape this morning and the first brood of Mallards emerged. (K. Bannster/Rod Heeley) Our resident pair of Mute Swans are now constructing a nest and Buzzard was about.
Photographs by Tony Harding


2 Swifts were flying over nearby Beech Avenue this evening. (Geoff Miller)

Wintersett 28.04.17

6 - 10 degrees with 7/8 cloud and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP: An adult LITTLE  GULL in summer plumage flew in at 09.00hrs.  It circled up high and left at 09.25hrs..  The immature male Long-tailed Duck was still present - associating with a Goldeneye.   Curlew 1.  Oystercatcher 7 + 1 MLPond (intruder/resident?).   Swift 13 + 10 WRes..   Common Sandpiper 1. 
Cold Hiendley Res: Common Tern 5 + 1 ACP.
Wintersett Res:  Redpoll 3.  Goldeneye 1 f +  1 m..  
Critter: A stoat was seen near Botany Bay.
Lepidoptera:  3 Orange Tip,  a Speckled Wood and a Peacock were on the west bank WRes..

                      Little Gull                      ACP                ASmirh

The Edge 28/04/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 17 Greylag, 12 Canada Geese, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 2 Shelduck, 40 Gadwall, 14 Mallard, 10 Wigeon, 9 Tufted Duck, 5 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 7 Coot, 8+ Lapwing, 3 Avocet, 3 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 22 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 4+ Skylark and 60+ Sand Martin.
Warbler Way - Singing males included 22 Chiffchaff, 13 Willow Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Grasshopper Warbler. Thanks to radio directions from K.Pickering and a gap cut in the trees by the RSPB, I was able to pick up the two Arctic Terns on the Mere late AM.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 4 Mute Swan, 12 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag, 11 Pochard, 10 Gadwall, 10 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 44+2y Coot, 1 Moorhen and 320+ BH Gull. Also present were 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel and 1 Song Thrush.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 25 Canada Geese, 14 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 18 Tufted Duck, 11 Mallard, 10 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 1 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Little Grebe, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 13 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 7+ Lapwing, 225+ BH Gull and 5 Herring Gull.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Wintersett 27.04.17

5 - 10 degrees with 8/8 cloud, drizzly showers and a cold northerly.
Anglers CP: The immature male Long-tailed Duck is still diving all around the lake. Little Ringed Plover 2.   Redpoll 1 north.  Teal 1 m + 1 f..  Wigeon 1 m + 1 f..  Goldeneye 1 immature male +  1 female WRes..   Garden Warbler 1. 
Disposal Point :  4 Whitethroat.   2 Grey Partridge.
Cold Hiendley Res:  Common Tern 6
Wintersett Res:  Lesser Whitethroat 1 m..  Cetti's Warbler 7 males. 
700 Sand Martin were in the area.

The Edge 27/04/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 16 Canada Geese, 15 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 32 Gadwall, 12 Mallard, 12 Wigeon, 10 Tufted Duck, 4 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 7 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 6 Lapwing, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Avocet, 3 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 15 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 6 Skylark, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash -  Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 7 Canada Geese, 2 Shelduck, 14 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 5 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Wigeon, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebe, 11 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 7 Lapwing, 6 LBB Gull and 5 Herring Gull.
TPT -  Singing males 12 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap and 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 5 Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 11 Tufted Duck, 6 Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 47+1y Coot, 240+ BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 1 Swift, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Whitethroat, 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler, 1 singing Sedge Warbler  and 2 Bullfinch.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Hooton Pagnell

Although outside the Barnsley recording area, I am sure the Donny lads will be interested in a Red Kite that was on a post at the sheep field in the village before it drifted slowly away. (Keith Bannister)

Wintersett 26.04.17

3 - 7 degrees with 7/8 cloud and a cold northerly wind.
Anglers CP: The immature male Long-tailed duck was diving around the lake.  Common Tern 3.  Common Sandpiper 3.   Goldeneye 2 immature males.    Wigeon  1 m + 1 f.   Teal 1m + 2 f.   Snipe 1.  Sand Martins have excavated 15/24 holes in the Box.
Haw Park Lane: Redpoll 1. 
Wintersett Res: A Lesser Whitethroat was singing by the boathouse  WRes. + 1 on the west bank and 1 on the Pol ACP.   700 Sand Martins were in the area.

The Edge 26/04/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 27 Greylag, 22 Canada Geese, 3 Shelduck, 34 Gadwall, 12 Wigeon, 7 Mallard, 7 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 8 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 4 Lapwing, 4 Avocet, 3 Redshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 17 BH Gull,  6+ Skylark, 4 Rook, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Wheatear, 2 Pied Wagtail and 5 Linnet. K.Fisher also had a female Peregrine over at 7.30am and 4 Teal.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 12 Canada Geese, 2 Shelduck, 3 Greylag, 15 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 4 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 18 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 9 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 5 Herring Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 35 Swallow.
TPT - Singing males 16 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap and 1 Mistle Thrush.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 10 Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 9 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 1 Teal, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 49+3y Coot and 320+ BH Gull. 2 Whitethroat, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler were singing near the hide. Also present were 1 Kestrel and 1 LBB Gull.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Carlton Marsh

After a sunny start there were some beefy hail showers this afternoon/evening.
Little Egret, 2 Redshank and LRP were on the wader scrape this morning along with a Fox. Also present Willow Tit, Whitethroat and lesser Whitethroat.
2 Sand Martins were with several Swallows this evening.  (Dave Standish)

Wintersett 25.04.17

2 - 5 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a cold northerly breeze this morning.  Short hail and sleet shower this afternoon.
Anglers CP: The immature, drake Long-tailed Duck was still diving around the lake.  Little Ringed Plover 1. Common Sandpiper 3.  Yellow Wagtail 1 over. Goldeneye 3.  Wigeon 1 m + 1 f.   Swift 8.
Cold Hiendley Res: Common Tern 5.
Wintersett Res:  Garden Warbler  1 NE corner + 2 west bank and 1 Pol ACP.  A Lesser Whitethroat was singing on the west bank.   Cetti's Warbler 6 singing males. 
700 Sand Martins, 70 Swallows and 30 House Martins were in the area.

Long-tailed Duck,-  immature male             ACP   CSwaine

The Edge 25/04/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 27 Greylag, 19 Canada Geese, 4 Shelduck, 36 Gadwall, 21 Tufted Duck, 12 Wigeon, 11 Mallard, 5 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 7 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 5 Redshank, 4 Lapwing, 3 Avocet, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 32 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 5+ Skylark, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Linnet and 4 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 19 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 16 Gadwall, 14 Tufted Duck, 6 Pochard, 4 Mallard, 2 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Little Grebe, 14 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 6 Lapwing, 8 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Swift.
TPT - Singing males 12 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap and 1 Mistle Thrush. On the return walk, a group of 20+ House Martins and 5+ Swallows were hawking for insects in a sunny, sheltered spot alongside the golf course.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 4 Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 10 Gadwall, 10 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, 7 Mallard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 40+1y Coot, 1 Moorhen, 280+ BH Gull and 3 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Lapwing over, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker and 2 singing Whitethroat.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Scout Dyke Res

6p.m - 7p.m - 6 degrees - cold wind
2 x LRP sheltering from wind on dam wall with 2 Grey and 6 Pied Wag. Otherwise quiet - c30 swallow over res, 2 s Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Great Tit, 3 G-C-Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 4 Tufted, 2 Dabchick, 2 lapwing
***Red Kite at 5:30 p.m just off Haigh roundabout J38 - following a plough!

Carlton Marsh

As the afternoon brightened up, hirundines were on the move. At least 20 Swallow, 15 House Martin and 3 Sand Martin headed north. New in today Common Sandpiper with 2 LRP, 2 Redshank, 2 Lapwing and Little Egret. Also present on the marsh Kingfisher, 3 pairs of Tufted Duck, Willow Tit calling and Coal Tit singing.

A Fox was hunting around the scrape caching small prey.

Wintersett 24.04.17

7 - 13 degrees with 8/8 cloud, light drizzle showers and a cold north westerly.
4 new birds for the year list today.
Anglers CP:  The Pugneys immature male Long-tailed duck finally paid us a visit and was diving all around the lake.  Common Sandpiper 2 + 1 WRes..  Wigeon 2.  Goldeneye 3.  Pochard 1m.  Curlew 1.
Cold Hiendley Res: Common Tern 3 + 1 ACP.
Wintersett Res: A Cuckoo sang briefly by the boathouse bench.  A  male Common Scoter was off the north bank.  A male Garden Warbler was singing on the north east bank.   Yellow Wagtail 1.  Swift 4.   Whitethroat 1 west bank and 1 north east corner.  Cetti's Warbler 6 males. 

The Edge 24/04/2017

Wombwell Ings - A good day for waders with 4+ Lapwing, 3+ Redshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Avocet, 1 Black Tailed Godwit and 1 Ringed Plover ( My first for the year on the ings ).  Also present were 29 Greylag, 25 Canada Geese, 32 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, 12 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 10 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 18 BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull, c50 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 6+ Skylark, 1 Wheatear, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash -  Noted were 3 Mute Swan, 21 Canada Geese, 8 Greylag, 22 Gadwall, 10+ Tufted Duck, 8+13y Mallard, 6 Pochard, 4 Teal,1 Wigeon, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Little Grebe, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 13 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 5 Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Herring Gull and 2 LBB Gull.
TPT - Singing males 12 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap and 2 Mistle Thrush. Also 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Willow Tit and 2 Bullfinch.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 7 Greylag, 3 Canada Geese, 12 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 49+4y Coot, 1 Moorhen, 330+ BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Willow Tit.
Common Sandpiper - Wombwell Ings

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Hordron Road and LDV 23/4/17.

Dry and sunny and great to be out and about. The only complaint was the heat haze now and again. Good birding with a Red Kite for a good 5 minutes up harden clough before drifting off west. Merlin 1, Buzzard 6+, Kestrel 1 and a Peregrine reported by another birder. Also 3 Ravens, 6 Ring Ouzels, 4 Wheatears, 20 Siskin with probably a lot more in the conifers. 2 Oystercatchers in the barmings area and a report of a Stonechat just west of upper hordron barn.

Cudworth Area

A Swift was over 'The Grove' housing estate this evening. (Jim Plant)

Storrs Mill Wood
Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail and 2 Cormorant on the river.

Butterflies included Red Admiral, Peacock 13,  Holly Blue, Small Copper, Brimstone 7, orange-tip 47 and Small Tort 52. (Chris Parkin) Holly Blue is now starting to occur in suburban gardens locally.

Wintersett - Make that 7 Cetti's 23.04.17

4 - 13 degrees with sun,  light  cloud and a westerly breeze.
Cetti's Warblers:  A concerted effort, early this morning,  confirmed  7 male Cetti's Warblers were in the area.  6 on WRes. -  north bank,  north east corner,  south east corner,  west bank,  ruin area  and boathouse reeds and  1  in the SW corner of Anglers CP.    3 new males have arrived on site since March 28th.
Wintersett Res:  Sedge Warbler 2 m north bank.  A Whitethroat was on the west bank.
Haw Park Wood: Redpoll 1.  Green Woodpecker 1.
Cold Hiendley Res:  Common Tern 4. 
Anglers CP:   Little Ringed Plover 1.  Redshank 1.  Common Sandpiper 1. (This counts as a wader fest here!)  Snipe 1. Oystercatcher 5.    Teal 5. Goldeneye 8 + 2 WRes.. 
Critter: A Weasel was hunting near the hide ACP.  A Holly Blue and a Brimstone were  was seen and a Beefly was by the boathouse bench WRes.