Saturday, 30 July 2016

Carlton Marsh

A Hobby flew south at 19.55hrs and 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Snipe were feeding on the wader scrape.

Wintersett 30.07.16

Up to 18 degrees with sun, scattered cloud and a  westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: The white Black-headed Gull was present this morning.   Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull, came in at 14.05hrs and killed and ate a young Coot/Moorhen.  Later he attacked a young Black-headed Gull, but it was too big for him, and it's parents attacked him.  Another adult Yellow-legged Gull flew west.
Wintersett Res: A CROSSBILL flew high west, calling, at 06.05hrs.  Cetti's Warbler 1m,  Common Tern 6,  Common Sandpiper 2 + 1 ACP    8 Reed Warbler and 10 Sedge Warbler were ringed this morning.
Cold Hiendley Res: Grey Wagtail 2.
Odonata: Common Darter 1 WRes.
Lepidoptera: White-letter Hairstreak 1 HPLane.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Ewden cabin and return 29/7/16.

Midday start but spoilt by low cloud and drizzle which the forecast said would be gone by late morning. Still, not a total disaster with clear spells inbetween. The cc Marsh Harrier seen on broomhead moor flying towards pike lowe. Later seen hunting over ewden height and seen again near the lodge on brusten croft. Possibly 2 birds or 1 that's very mobile. Also 3 Ravens, Kestrels thought to be 6, 60+ House Martins blogging with the conditions along with a few Swallows and Swifts going south. Green Pecker calling regular ewden beck.

Wintersett 29.07.16

16 degrees with rain from mid morning onwards and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP: 4 adult Black-tailed Godwit, in summer plumage , flew in to shallows at 09.13hrs, then left south at 10.00hrs.    Common Sandpiper 1,  Common Tern 2 and  Common Gull 1 adult.
8 Cormorant were on the rocks and a flock of 13 flew over west at 10.05hrs.  A Kingfisher provided more entertainment, showing off its fishing skills. 

                              Kingfisher          ACP    ChrisSwaine

                       Black-tailed Godwit     ACP  Chris Swaine

Thursday, 28 July 2016

The Edge 28.08.16

Wombwell Ings - A good start to the day was the 7 Mistle Thrush in Broomhill Park. Also present on the Ings were 38 Canada Geese, 11 Greylag, 54 Mallard, 1 Garganey, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 25 Lapwing, 6 Black Tailed Godwit, 2+2 juv Ringed Plover, 3 juv Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Pied Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 singing Willow Warbler, 2 Linnet and a flock of 30+ Goldfinch.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 6 Canada Geese, 40 Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 6+25y Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 19 Little Grebe, 1+1y Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 105 Coot, 16 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 91 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe and 5 BH Gull.
TPT - Singing males 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap. Also 1 Jay.
 Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+3y Mute Swan, 41 Canada Geese, 22 Greylag, 27 Pochard, 18 Gadwall, 12 Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 3 Cormorant, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 83 Coot, 1 Moorhen and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Lapwing and 1 Kingfisher.

Wintersett 28.07.16

A much cooler 16 degrees with 8/8 and a light southerly breeze.  Rain showers from 11.00hrs.
Wintersett Res:  A brood of 4 young Cetti's Warblers, just out of the nest, was caught and ringed on the north bank.  The male was retrapped and found to be one of last years juveniles.  Common Tern 5
Anglers CP: 3 Little Egret,  3 Redshank and a Common Sandpiper were on the shallows.   A Canada and Greylag goose pair with 6 hybrid juveniles  and a Mallard with 6 large/fledged young were also seen.  
An adult Yellow-legged Gull  was in this evening.- not Psycho the regular bird. Per Steve Denny

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Wintersett 27.07.16

17 - 24 degrees, with 5/8 cloud and a westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 9 (including 2 juvs),  Common Sandpiper 2 and Cormorant 7.  House Martin 100 over fields.
Wintersett Res: Grey Wagtail 3.  Quite a few Tufted Ducks in wing moult.
Odonata: A male Emperor on CHRes.. 

The Edge 27.07.16

Wombwell Ings - Pleasantly surprised to see 2 Garganey on the ings today. Also present were 6 Mute Swan, 37 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 65 Mallard, 16 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 2 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 7 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 44 Lapwing, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 32 BH Gull, a flock of 30+ Goldfinch and a singing Willow Warbler.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 43 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 9 Gadwall, 5+24y Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1+1y Great Crested Grebe, 18 Little Grebe, 57 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greeen Sandpiper, 1 Snipe and 25 BH Gull.
TPT - Singing males 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+3y Mute Swan, 23 Canada Geese, 23 Pochard, 11+2y Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 86 Coot and 1 Moorhen. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Carlton Marsh

New in today Common Sandpiper. Also present Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover and 2 Willow Tit.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Wintersett 26.07.16

19 degrees,  mainly cloud with sunny spells and a south westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 4,  Pochard 1m and  Tufted Duck 6 m/l young.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1 and Green Woodpecker 1 juvenile.
There's lots of Sand Martin activity around the box again,  as many second broods are being fed.

The Edge 26.07.16

Wombwell Ings - Highlight was a Garganey flushed out of the safety of the grassy shoreline into the flash by horses wanting a drink.Also present were 4 Mute Swan, 31 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 87 Mallard, 9 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 5 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, 8 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 23  Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 61 BH Gull, 3 Linnet and a singing Willow Warbler on the Bulling Dyke.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 52 Canada Geese, 16 Little Grebe, 1+1y Great Crested Grebe, 28 Gadwall, 7+19y Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 107 Coot, 7 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl, 77 Lapwing, 7 Snipe, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper,  23 BH Gull and  1 LBB Gull.
TPT - Singing males 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap. Also 3 Jay.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+5y Mute Swan, 4 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 26 Gadwall, 21 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 9 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 77 Coot and 1 Moorhen.Also present were 1 Grey Heron,1 Marsh Harrier (through at 12.30pm), 1 Kingfisher and 1m+1f+1juv Grey Wagtail (on the Dearne, downstream of the Five Arches Bridge).

Monday, 25 July 2016

Wintersett 25.07.16

Up to 19 degrees, with sun,  scattered cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP:    A Black-tailed Godwit,  a Redshank  and 2 Common Sandpiper were on the shallows in front of the hide this morning.   4 Common Tern and 2 Pochard were also seen.

The Edge 25.07.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 3 Mute Swan, 11 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 68 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 5 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 6 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 29 Lapwing, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 46 BH Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Pied Wagtail nd 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Highlight was a Black Tailed Godwit.Also noted were 2 Mute Swan, 40 Gadwall, 7+30y Tufted Duck, 3 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 19 Little Grebe, 1+1y Great Crested Grebe, 103  Coot, 9 Moorhen, 88 Lapwing, and 27 BH Gull.
TPT - Singing males 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap. Also 1 Jay.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 22 Greylag, 4 Canada Geese, 26 Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe and 75 Coot. Also present were 4 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 1 Kinfisher, 1 Jay and 1 Kingfisher.


A good variety of common species today but nothing out of the ordinary.
Whitley Common - 50+ Rooks.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 71 Canada Geese, 1 Grey Heron (1-4 on my last four visits), 1 Willow Tit (attached to a Willow Warbler/Blue Tit flock), 30+ Swallows, 400+ House Martins, 18+ Willow Warblers, 5+ Blackcaps, 6 Common Whitethroats and 2 Grey Wagtails.
Midhope Reservoir - 24 Greylags, 1 Curlew, 11 Coal Tits, 60+ Swallows (continuing on with the hirudine theme) and 4 Siskins

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Carlton Marsh

2 Green Sandpiper, Snipe & 2 Little Ringed Plover were on the wader scrape this evening. (Dave Standish)

Wintersett WeBS for July 2016

The Wintersett area WeBS totals for July were:

Mute Swan 11,   Canada Goose 88,   Greylag Goose 8,   Cormorant 4,   Grey Heron 2,  Great Crested Grebe 31,  Little Grebe 1,  Moorhen 17,   Coot 318,  Mallard 57,  Tufted Duck 258,    Gadwall 8,   Pochard 3,   Lapwing 132,  Common Tern 4,  Common Sandpiper 1,   Kingfisher 1.

Wintersett - Another First 24.07.16

16 degrees at 05.30 hrs - 20 degrees midday,  humid with 8/8 cloud and a light southerly.
Anglers CP:  Common Tern 4,  Common Sandpiper 1, Grey Wagtail 2 and Cormorant 4.
Lepidoptera:  Red Admiral 1 ACP
Moth trapping overnight produced another first for the area. A SCARCE SILVER Y.    Also A Buff Footman,  Scarce Footman 2, Dingy Footman 9,  Double Lobed and Pinion-streaked Snout 2.

             Scarce Silver Y record shot through glass     ASmith
                    Scarce Silver Y - just before take off.      ASmith
                                       Buff Footman                       ASmith

Ewden cabin and return 24/7/16.

Very cloudy and rained all the way up but mostly dry. A cc Marsh Harrier showed well in the white carr area and a juv Cuckoo flew past at the cabin landing in the heather briefly chased by 2 helpful Meadow Pipits. + - Buzzard 1, Kes plentiful with 5 up together at 1 point, Raven 1, LBB Gull 1. The usual pair of Stonechats were at the s bends along with a juv. Swifts about 30 looked to be moving sw. 1 Snipe was chipping briefly on moor side.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Carlton Marsh

Friday 22nd. A new brood of 5 Tufted Duck. The female took them to a Coot nest and was quietly brooding them, when along came the owner of the nest. Both Coot tried to oust her and her family, but the Tufted Duck lunged at both Coot, chasing them away, before taking her family to safety. And they all lived happily ever after.

At least 2 Kingfisher were about along with 2 more broods of Tufted Duck and 15 immature Canada Geese and 3 Grey Herons. Little Owl and Tawny Owl were out at dusk and a Green Sandpiper was keeping its distance from a young full grown Fox patrolling the bank on the Wader Scrape.

Brown Hawker and 2 Purple Hairstreaks were on the wing.

Earlier in the day a Leopard Moth was found on Storrs Mill Lane, Cudworth - alive.

Saturday 23rd at Carlton Marsh a Black-tailed Godwit was heard calling this morning, but out of sight - too many trees! (Jim Plant)

Storrs Mill Wood
Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and Buzzard. Insects included 9 Purple Hairstreak, 6 Red Admiral, 1 male Brimstone, 22 Comma, 2 Small Copper, and 44 Small Tortoiseshell. A Black-tailed Skimmer was also of note. (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett Saturday 23.07.16

Up to 23 degrees,  hot and humid, sunny start but 8/8 cloud by mid morning,  and a light south westerly. 
Anglers CP: Grey Heron 5 + 1 CHRes,   Common Tern 4 and  Pochard 1m.
Wintersett Res: A female Cetti's Warbler was retrapped this morning.
Haw Park Area:  Treecreeper 1,  Green Woodpecker 1 and  Goldcrest 1m
Cold Hiendley Res: Grey Wagtail 3 and Willow Tit 1 + 1 HPGully.
Walton Hall: Great Crested Grebe 1 large young.
Odonata: Southern Hawker 1 m + 1f HPWood.
Lepidopdera: Red Admiral 1 HPWood + 1 HPLane