Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Carlton Marsh

The lads worked hard this morning trying to create better views over the new scrape. Thanks go to everyone especially Chris Wharton Lovett for the chainsaw work he did. Work continues in the marsh, but more of that from my boss Russ Boland later. I can say that this work will rejuvenate this site well into the future with Pete Wall at the helm.

Later in the day Buzzard, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, 2 Water Rail, Kingfisher, Linnet west and Grey Wagtail were on show before dusk.

White-frontless

Had a good look around Ingbirchworth & Scout Dike Res. before the bitterly could wind got the better of me, but failed to find the White-fronts.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 2 Pink-footed Geese, 18 Greylag Geese, 195 Canada Geese, 31 Mallards, a pair Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Moorhens, 14 Coots and 1 Curlew W.
Scout Dike Reservoir - 28 Greylag Geese, 153 Canada Geese, 4 Mallards, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Coots and 22 Carrion Crows.
Castle Dam - 34 Canada Geese, 10 Wigeon, 10 Mallards, 4 Moorhens and 16 Coots.
Snowden Hill - 4 Golden Plovers, 150+ Lapwings and 4 Stock Doves.

The Edge 3rd March

Wombwell Ings mid AM- First for me on the Ings, this year,  were 13 Golden Plover and 1 Oystercatcher. Is it 'Spring'? Also present were 91 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 78+ Wigeon, 9 Tufted Duck, 6 Teal, 4 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 8 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 9 Lapwing, 6 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 singing Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 5 Skylark, 1 Grey Wagtail over and 1 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash late AM- Noted were 19 Canada Geese, 32+ Wigeon, 12 Mallard, 11 Tufted Duck, 9 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 5 Gadwall, 1m+1f Goldeneye, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 25 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 300+ BH Gull and 3 Common Gull.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM- On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 9 Greylag, 13 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 7 Teal, 6 Mallard, 2m+2f Goldeneye, 3 Pochard, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 39 Coot, 84 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker,  2 Stonechat and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Wintersett 02.03.15

1°C with 8/8 cloud and snow falling on and off all morning, and a strong, gusty south westerly. Some sunshine late morning.
Anglers CP: Green Woodpecker 1,  Mute Swan 9 juveniles,  Shoveler 2 male + 2 female,  Oystercatcher 2,  Snipe 6 and  Cormorant 15.
Wintersett Res:  A pair of Great Crested Grebes were displaying, undeterred by the snow. 

The Edge 2nd March

Generally, a quiet day due to snowstorms(NOT to Seev being away in Malaya!!!)
Wombwell Ings mid AM-Present were 2 Mute Swan, 75 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 85 Wigeon, 9 Mallard, 8 Tufted Duck, 7 Teal, 5 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 3 Grey Heron, 9 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 3 Lapwing, 83 BH Gull, 6 Common Gull, 4 LBB Gull, c15 Meadow Pipit and 1 singing Skylark( a redoubtable soul considering the snowstorms).
Broomhill Flash late AM-Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 26 Canada Geese, 50+ Wigeon, 11 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 1m+2f Goldeneye, 3 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 3 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 28 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 253 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 6 Lapwing and 1 Kestrel.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM- On the choppy open water were 2 Mute Swan, 15 Shoveler, 13 Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck, 2m+1juv+2f Goldeneye, 3 Mallard, 3 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 1m Goosander, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 53 Coot, 49 BH Gull, 2 Herring Gull and 1 Common Gull. The pair of Stonechat were favoring the fenceline to the front and right of the Cormorant Hide(AKA Nigel's sofa).

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Bolton Ings et al - Sunday 1st March

Very un-spring like weather when I started out this morning at 08.00 am, 7c but with a strong cold wind felt a lot colder. The strong wind made viewing difficult and today was quiet with few highlights. A pair of Buzzards were up early displaying and the pair of Stonechats are surviving on the fence by the Western pool. A couple of Skylarks were singing which was nice, full list :- Grey Heron 1, Mute Swan 6, Canada Goose 13, Cormorant 1, Great Crested Grebe 5, Little Grebe 6, Mallard 31, Gadwall 57, Shoveler 24, Teal 8, Pochard 21, Tufted Duck 45, Goldeneye 3, Coot 65, Moorhen 2, Oystercatcher 1, Black Headed Gull 110, Common Gull 10, Buzzard 2, Stonechat pair, Grey Wagtail 2, Goldcrest 1, Skylark 2.

Visited Old Moor this evening for the roost, on the Mere were 18 Goldeneye with another 1 on the Wader scrape with 41 Goosanders. Also on the Mere was a Ringed Plover, the Med Gull and a Curlew. On the Main Marsh were 18 Shelduck and 2 Redshank and in the Willows were 1 Little Egret and 3 Cormorants. Also seen were 4 Oystercatchers and a Goldcrest.

BARNSLEY BIRD STUDY GROUP

THURSDAY 5th MARCH 2015 at the OLD MOOR RSPB VISITOR CENTRE 7.15 pm. JON HORNBUCKLE will give an illustrated talk on 'WORLD BIRDING'. Jon has seen more species of bird than anyone else in the World and has probably travelled more extensively around the globe than anyone else. Come along and hear of some of his travels and experiences at the final meeting of the 2014-15 winter season. All welcome, £2.50 entrance fee includes interval drink.

Carlton Marsh

Just received details of one of our new resident Mute Swans. BTO Ring W31790 Darvic Y890 Ringed by Sorby Breck Group at Doncaster Dome on 12/9/11. This pair will hopefully breed, the previous resident pair did not.

(Rod Heeley)

Wintersett 01.03.15

6°C with 6/8 cloud and a brisk, cold westerly.
Anglers CP: Shoveler 1 male and 1 female.  Oystercatcher 4,  Cormorant 15 and Mute Swan 8 juveniles.
Wintersett Res: Grey Wagtail 1 on spillway.
Haw Park Wood: Lesser Redpoll >20,  Siskin >12, Goldfinch >150,  Goldcrest >10,  Treecreeper 3, Coal Tit 1 and Great Spotted Woodpecker 2.  Common Buzzard 1.
Thanks to Mark Dillingham for the Lesser Redpoll photos.



Great Spotted Woodpecker     Stubbs Wood      Lynz Harston

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Edderthorpe, Saturday

A nice herd of 11 Whooper Swans were on the Flash first thing (and still present at Mid day), Shelduck 4 in the morning but a flock of 14 were seen in the afternoon, Wigeon 195, Shoveler 13, Gadwall 83, Pintail 2, Tufted 33, Pochard 12, Pink-footed Goose 1 with 14 Greylag Geese, Grey Heron 5, Little Egret 2, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 250, Redshank 1 and Common Buzzard 6.

Wintersett 28.02.15

6°C,  mild with 5/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP:  Great Crested Grebe 5 + 5 WRes, Mute Swan 5 juveniles, Cormorant 25,  Oystercatcher 5, Grey Wagtail 1, Green Woodpecker 1,  Meadow Pipit 5, Dunlin 1 and Jack Snipe 3.   Buzzard 1 + 2 displaying Cold Hiendley.  The first Curlew of Spring was on the rock wall this afternoon.
Wintersett Res Gull Roost: Caspian Gull 1 adult,  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult (usual).  Herring Gull 420.  Great Black-backed Gull 15 and Lesser Black-backed Gull 14. 

                       Curlew                   ACP            SDenny

Carlton Marsh

Work is progressing in the marsh. This morning 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, Kestrel, Water Rail, c70 Fieldfare and a Weasel were on show.

Broomhill Flash & Wombwell Ings

Broomhill Flash mid am

8 Pochard, 6 Tufted, 2 LBB Gull, 2 Pair of Goldeneye displaying, 1 Little Grebe, 2 RL Partridge, 57 Wigeon, and 2 Buzzard & a Kestrel over Cathill

Wombwell Ings late am

6 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 11 Shelduck, 260 Wigeon, 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swan, 200 + Canadas, 2 Grey Lag

INGBIRCHWORTH AND SCOUT DYKE 28TH FEB

INGBIRCHWORTH; Yellowhammer 3, Coot 14, Tufted Duck 4, Little Grebe 4, Great Crested Grebe 3,Canada Geese 4, Moorhen 3, Mallard 37, Black Headed Gull 65,Common Gull 20, Oystercatcher 3 (1 being chased by Gulls and 2 copulating on the weir wall.)

SCOUT DYKE; Mallard 10, Coot 4, Cormorant 1, Great Crested Grebe 2 (courtship displaying), Willow Tit 1, Grey Wagtail 1, c 200 Cananda Geese in far feilds with one hybrid with white on face,No sign of White Fronted Geese at either site?

Also a Great Spotted Woodpecker on my Garden feeders in Springvale Penistone, first one in 16 years?

Friday, 27 February 2015

Storrs Mill Wood

Buzzard 6, Nuthatch 2, Coal Tit 4, Goldcrest and Great Spot Woodpecker. (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett 27.02.15

5°C with 7/8 cloud at first and a cool south westerly,  some sunshine by late morning.
Anglers CP:  The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull and his mate the Lesser Black-backed Gull were on the raft this afternoon.  At least 15 Snipe were seen.  Cormorant 15,   Oystercatcher 2,  Skylark 1  and Teal  2 male.  
Walton Hall:  Little Grebe 1 and Great Crested Grebe 1.  (At present Grebes are rare in the Wintersett Area).

The Edge 27th Feb

Wombwell Ings mid AM-Present were 2 Mute Swan, 116 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 11 Shelduck, 260+ Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 1m Goosander over, 1 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 11 Coot, 12 Moorhen, 18 Lapwing, 122 BH Gull, 4 Common Gull, 1 singing Song Thrush, 7 Skylark, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Coal Tit and 4 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash late AM-Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 12 Canada Geese, 28+ Wigeon, 14 Gadwall, 13 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 2 Teal, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 5 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 260+ BH Gull, 6 Common Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Grey Wagtail.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM-On the open water were 4 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 13 Tufted Duck, 9 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 4 Mallard, 1m+1juv+2f Goldeneye, 2 Gadwall, 6 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 45 Coot, 66 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull and 2 Herring Gull. An Oystercatcher investigating the islands on the east pool suggested it was a new arrival. Certainly been a dearth of waders so far this year. A female Stonechat was working its way between the east and west pools.

Edderthorpe Friday AM.

Pintail 2 (males), Oystercatcher 2, Little Egret 1,Pink-footed goose(with Graylags) Pochard 14, Goosander 1(male). Mute Swans 13. Also 5 Goosander ( 3 male, 2 female)+ 8 Pochard on Sash pond.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Carlton Marsh

Three new signs put up this morning by courtesy of Russ Boland Countryside and Parks Officer for BMBC

Dodworth Capitol Park industrial est. wasteland, 26/2/15.

No sign of any construction workers but one Jack Snipe which didn't go far and a pair of Mallards.