Friday, 24 April 2015

Edderthorpe, Friday

Sightings through the day included;- Shelduck 4, Mallard 170, Oystercatcher 2, Redshank 22, Greenshank 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Common Sandpiper 2, Ringed Plover 5, LRP 4, Curlew 1,

Storres mill wood

Grasshopper warbler reeling in farmers fields adjacent "Kezzy bridge" at about 5pm

The Edge 24th April

Wombwell Ings mid AM-Present were 2 Mute Swan, 15 Canada Geese, 10 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 27 Tufted Duck, 13 Teal, 9 Mallard, 9 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 4 Wigeon, 3 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 16 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 9 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 9 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 5+ Skylark, 4 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 1 male Wheatear, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet and 4+ Reed Bunting.
Warbler Way late AM- Singing males 13 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler and 1 Grasshopper Warbler.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM-On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 11 Canada Geese, 8 Greylag, 28 Tufted Duck, 13 Pochard, 10 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 43 Coot, 350 + BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Barn Owl and 3 Kingfisher.
Broomhill Flash mid AM-(per J.Seevior)
Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 20 Gadwall, 18 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 5 Pochard, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Common Sandpiper.
Meadow Pipit - Wombwell Ings


Thursday, 23 April 2015

Carlton Marsh

Early morning fog lifted and another fabulous day ensued. New in today a singing Reed Warbler. Water Rail, Kingfisher and Cuckoo were all evident.

Newtown estate-Cudworth
House Martin and Swift, the former stayed, but the Swift moved on. (Dave Standish)

The Edge on St. George's Day

Wombwell Ings mid AM-Still thickish fog by the the time this pensioner got on the ings and so a visit  to the corner pond was in order and it revealed a Pink Footed Goose in the back field and 1 singing Sedge Warbler. With a return to the hide( now called 'The Little House on the Prairie') I was able to see 2 Mute Swan, 7 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Shelduck, 21 Tufted Duck, 8 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 5 Mallard, 4 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 14 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 15 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 12 BH Gull, 12+ Swallow, 2 Sand Martin and 1 House Martin. Also heard were 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler , 3 Skylark and 1 drumming Greater Spotted Woodpecker.
Broomhill Flash late AM- Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 19 Tufted Duck, 15 Mallard, 13 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 9 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 15 Coot, 2 Moorhen and 250+ BH Gull.
Warbler Way-Certainly lived up to its name with singing males- 16 Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, 12 Balckcap, 5 Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler,1 Garden Warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler + 1 Song Thrush.
Bolton Ings early PM-On the open water were 3 Mute Swan, 14 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag, 23 Tufted Duck, 18 Pochard, 6 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 43 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 350+ BH Gull and 4 LBB Gull. Also seen were 1 Cormorant, 12 Grey Heron and 1 Kingfisher.

A raptor seen over the oilseed rape field, near the bridge on Old Pontefract Road, was an Harris Hawk but ,unlike the recently seen individual, it did not have jesses.

Cliff Wood

The following were singing/holding breeding territories at Cliff Wood this morning:
Common Pheasant (1), Moorhen (1), Woodpigeon (2), Tawny Owl (2 owlets), Green Woodpecker (1), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), Jackdaw (3), Blue Tit (8), Great Tit (5), Willow Warbler (3), Nuthatch (3), Wren (6), Blackbird (2), Mistle Thrush (1), Robin (3), Restart (1), Pied Flycatcher (3), Chaffinch(3).
A poor showing from Willow Warblers and still no Blackcaps. Time yet though I suppose.

Barn Owl Recovery

A Barn Owl ringed as a chick at Broomhill on 29th May 2014 was found dead at Parsonage Farm, Louth, Lincolnshire on 20th November 2014. A distance of 83km to the East after 175 days.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Carlton Marsh

The hide is now open again for key holders after the lock was repaired thanks to Russ Boland and BMBC Rangers.
This series of photos were sent in by Richard Laverack.

 Chiffchaff
 Whitethroat
Yellow Bunting
 
Water Rail (John D. Coldwell)
 

 

The Edge 22nd April

Wombwell Ings mid AM-Present were 2 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 14 Tufted Duck, 13 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 5 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 14 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 15 Lapwing, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 12 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 5+ Skylark, 1 Swallow, 2 Sedge Warbler(corner pond) and 4 Reed Bunting.
Warbler Way- Singing males 12 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, 11 Blackcap and 4 Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM-On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 10 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 28 Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 49 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 400+ BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull. Also present were 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing and 2 Grey Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash mid/late AM-(per J.Seeviour) Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 21 Gadwall, 15 Tufted Duck, 6 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 7 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel and 3 LBB Gull.
Sedge Warbler - Wombwell Ings


Common Whitethroat - Bolton Ings

Hartcliff Ouzels

A few hours around the hill and environs this glorious morning. Highlight was at least 6 (4 males)Ring Ouzel blogging around a ploughed field just N of the rendering plant. The number's not surprising, given how many's around, but the location was -it's usually sterile and crap! The usual area had nowt! With them were a single Fieldfare and male Wheatear. Also of note: 18 Willow Warblers, 3 (2 male) Blackcaps, singing Nuthatch, Little Owl, and another Wheatear.
Cheers
Russ

Steady

Winscar Reservoir - 3 Common Sandpipers, 35+ Black-headed Gulls with at least 4 birds 'sitting', a pair Lesser Black-backed Gulls, at least three pairs Stock Dove and 1 Cuckoo.
Harden - 2 female Wheatears.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 26 Mallards, three pairs Tufted Ducks, a pair Little Grebes, two pairs Great Crested Grebe, two pairs Moorhen and 18 Coots.
Midhope Reservoir - 4 drake Mallards and 1 'whinneying' Little Grebe.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Carlton Marsh

New in on this beautiful day was a singing Lesser Whitethroat. Also this morning 13 Willow Warblers, 23 Wrens, 8 Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs and Cuckoo all singing. 2 Kingfishers are still here and with any luck they will breed.

Storrs Mill - Ardsley viaduct
Sand Martin 3 (entering nest holes on the Dearne banks) Grey Wagtail and 4 Buzzards. (Chris Parkin)

Wintersett (again)

Here's a crap photo of the Red-necked Grebe and one of the Yellow-bellied Slider. A good afternoon at Wintersett.

Wintersett, Tuesday, another good grebe....

No sign of the Black-necked Grebes that have graced the Top Res for the last 3 days but a new arrival on the Country Park Lake is a cracking breeding plumaged Red-necked Grebe. It spent all day on here, diving, taking insects from the surface or simply sleeping. This is the first occurrence here for four years - a similar plumaged bird present on 17th & 18th July 2011 being the last. Two Common Terns were present and the first Lesser Whitethroat of the year was singing on the east bank of the Top Res. Looks like you picked a good week to go away Angie!

The Edge 21st April

Wombwell Ings mid AM-Present were 2 Mute Swan, 6 Canada Geese, 12 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 1 Shelduck, 17 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 9 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 5 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 8 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 9 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 11 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 2 Swallow, 6+ Skylark and 1 Meadow Pipit.
Broomhill Flash late AM-Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 20 Canada Geese, 9 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 23 Gadwall, 13 Tufted Duck, 10 Mallard( +10 ducklings), 5 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 1m Pochard, 3 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Cormorant, 7 Little Grebe, 21 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 2 Buzzard, 15 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Redshank and 150+ BH Gull.
Warbler Way-Singing males 11 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, 9 Blackcap and 4 Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings early PM-On the open water were 3 Mute Swan, 11 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 37 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 45 Coot, 475+ BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull. Also present were 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker,1 Lapwing, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Grey Wagtail.
Little Egret - Wombwell Ings
Little Egret - Wombwell Ings

Skylark - Wombwell Ings

Edderthorpe PM

Quick visit at lunchtime. Redshank 22, RP 2, LRP 2, Green Sand 1, BT Godwit1, Snipe 1.
The birds scattering off the flash was the result of a Sparrowhawk swooping onto a duck at the edge of the far bank.After a struggle it dragged it onto the bank where it started to pluck it .It looked like a Gadwall but did not have a great view!
Cuckoo calling north end towards symphony.





Monday, 20 April 2015

Carlton Marsh

A Curlew flew west at 11.48hrs and 2 Cuckoo were sat side by side in the Western Meadow.

2 House Martins were flying over the Birkwood estate in Cudworth.

8 species of butterfly included male Brimstone, 13 Orange-tip and 8 Speckled Wood.

(Chris Parkin/Dave Standish)

Wintersett, Monday

When the thick early morning fog finally cleared the 4 Black-necked Grebes were still present on the Top Res for their third day. A Tree Pipit was grounded in the north-east corner and a early Garden Warbler was in the Clump. The Garden Warbler is ringed and presumably a local breeding bird. A Grasshopper Warbler sang in the Clump and 4 Yellow Wagtails were seen on the Country Park.

Ingbirchworth reservoirs

Broadstone Reservoir - 12 Mallards, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kestrel, pair Moorhen, pair Coot, 2 Oystercatchers, 130+Black-headed Gulls, 3 Willow Warblers and c10 Linnets.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 2 Canada Geese, 24 Mallards, pair Tufted Ducks, pair Goldeneye, pair Little Grebes, two pairs Great Crested Grebes, 1 Common Buzzard, two pairs Moorhen, 19 Coots, 4 Lapwings, 8 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Common Gull, 1 'yaffling' Green Woodpecker, 4 Fieldfares and 30+ Willow Warblers.
Ingbirchworth Fishing Pond - 1 female Mallard with 3 ducklings - my first this year.
Royd Moor Reservoir - 4 Mallards, pair Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Moorhens, two pairs Coot, 3 Chiffchaffs, 41 Willow Warblers,1 Common Whitethroat and 1 Tree Sparrow.
Butterflies, 30+ Peacocks, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 male Orangetips.
Mammals - Grey Squirrel and Weasel with prey (looked like a Bank Vole).
Midhope Reservoir - 4 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 2 drake Teal, 5 Mallards and 1 Sparrowhawk

The Edge 20th April

Wombwell Ings mid AM-Present were 2 Mute Swan, 8 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 17 Mallard, 23 Tufted Duck, 10 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 4 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 4 Red Legged Partridge,1 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 8 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 19 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 11 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 6+ Skylark, 10+ Swallow, 5 Sand Martin, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap.
Broomhill Flash late AM-Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 15 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 13 Gadwall, 14 Tufted Duck, 7 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Little Grebe, 28 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 24 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kestrel, 167 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
Warbler Way- Singing males 13 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcap and 2 Whitethroat.
Bolton Ings early PM-Highlights were 1 Barn Owl and 2 Grey Partridge. On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 14 Canada Geese, 9 Greylag, 26 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Little Grebe, 51 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 250+ BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Woodpecker1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Bullfinch.