Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Carlton Marsh

Resident Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpipers, c50 Lapwings and 20 Pied Wagtails over as if they were heading for the roost at Ardagh Glass in Monk Bretton.
A Common Shrew was walking and feeding in front of me without fear on the disused rail embankment just as the Swallows were coming in to roost..

Wintersett 04.08.15

A very pleasant 16 -19°C with sunny intervals and a moderate SW breeze.
Anglers CP: 3 Black-necked Grebes were new in today. An adult in summer plumage and 2 juveniles.  Pochard 2 and Grey Wagtail 1.  The white  Black-headed Gull was on the shallows  this afternoon.   
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 4.

The Edge 4th August

Wombwell Ings - Present were 156 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 51 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret ( 3 late AM ), 1 Kestrel, 5 Lapwing, 1 Snipe and 58 BH Gull.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan+5 cygnets. 10 Canada Geese, 27 Mallard, 13+14y Gadwall, 11+9y Tufted Duck, 5 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 11 Little Grebe, 148 Coot, 7 Moorhen, 26 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 8 LBB Gull,1 Little Owl and 2 Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - Only bird heard singing was 1 Yellowhammer. On the open water were 3 Mute Swan +7 cygnets, 13 Canada Geese, 70 Gadwall, 13+31y Tufted Duck, 13 Pochard, 9 Mallard, 16 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 226 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 66 BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull. Also present were 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrel, 12 Lapwing, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail and 100+ Swift.

Cudworth Common

A leisurely stroll with Hibbert & Corrall saw a family of Mute Swans (5 cygnets)  2 Little Grebes and a Little Egret on the fast drying Ferrymoor ponds.
Butterflies included 142 Gatekeepers and 22 Large Whites and Broad Bodied Chaser was airborne.

Edderthorpe Flash
At around mid-day we could only see 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Dunlins, Shelduck and 1 Little Egret. A Dusky Sallow moth was feeding on Knapweed.

Forgot to mention 1 Siskin north

Monday, 3 August 2015

An Intriguing Gull

What, in August, never!
Came across this bird at Ingbirchworth Res. briefly on Saturday morning and then yesterday morning (2nd), when I had a better chance to observe it. Oddest feature about the bird was the slimmer, smaller jizz compared to the Lesser Black-backs. I'd estimate about 20% smaller. This, allied with the angular head, strikingly long primaries and the way it seemed to sit lower in the water gave it a pretty distinct look. This time of year's obviously the worst period of all to observe young gulls, with lots of them looking 'clapped out'. In this bird's case I couldn't even make out the tertial pattern, which  reckon was due to wear. The jizz reminded me of a 1st year Caspian Gull but the bill was too heavy and the mantle too consistent with  1st summer LBBG for this species. Probably a 'runt' LBBG, but then again...
Obviously Id welcome any comments. I've a few hour spare on Wednesday so will have another look then.


A Peregrine flew SE over Beech Avenue today at 14.35hrs.(Geoff Miller)

Wintersett 03.08.15

18 - 22°C cloudy with hot sunny intervals and a southerly breeze. 
Anglers CP: Mallard 233 + 17 WRes.,  Tufted Duck 3 young,  Cormorant 6 and  Grey Wagtail 2.
Wintersett Res: The juv. Oystercatcher was on the boathouse slipway.  Common Tern  11.
Other Critters seen at Wres.,by the Carlton Dream Team: A Stoat was on the west bank.  25 Gatekeeper and 10 Green-veined White Butterflies were counted.

Barn Owl

Apparently  there's  one around the Darfield area with jesses on. Does anyone know where as I know it's possible owner.  It's  the man who shows them at Elsecar heritage centre, it flew off a few weeks ago but a picture has been on Facebook  and he thinks it's the one. Nobody can contact the poster to narrow it down. Any help appreciated.

Windleden - Midhope

Uppper Windleden Reservoir - 1 drake Common Scoter.
Winscar Reservoir - 32 Canada Geese and 85+ Mallard.
Broadstone Reservoir - 25 Mallard, 3 Tufted Ducks and 2 Little Grebes.
Inbirchworth Reservoir - 3 Canada Geese, 68 Mallards, 7 Tufted Ducks, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Moorhens, 8 Coots, 1 Curlew E, 2 Whimbrel in from W, 24 Black-headed Gulls, 60 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 3 (2 adults & 1 first-summer) Yellow-legged Gulls and 5+ Pied Wagtails.
Royd Moor - 2 Tree Sparrows at Windmill Nurseries.
Fullshaw - 23 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 1 (second-summer) Yellow-legged Gull.
Midhope Reservoir - 12 Canada Geese, 10 Mallard and 1 Sparrowhawk.

The Edge 3rd August

Wombwell Ings -Very quiet with 5 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 29 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 8 Lapwing, 12 BH Gull, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 20+ House Martin and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan+5 cygnets, 17 Canada Geese, 27 Mallard, 16 + 18y Gadwall, 9 + 5y Tufted Duck, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 16 Little Grebe, 166 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 25 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 LBB Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Little Owl , 2 Yellow Wagtail and 5 Linnet.
Bolton Ings - The only warbler heard singing was a Grasshopper Warbler reeling near the Cormorant Hide. On the open water were 4 Mute Swan + 7 cygnets, 14 Canada Geese, 77 Gadwall, 25+29y Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard, 8 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 18 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 229 Coot, 8 Moorhen and 121 BH Gull.Also present were 2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Carlton Marsh

A Little Egret roosted again tonight, it was in by 21.10hrs. after spending all day on the new wader scrape. It was accompanied by 60 Lapwings and a Green Sandpiper came in this evening. A Buzzard spent most of the day overseeing all this from its usual tree perch.
As the light began to fade about 100 Swallows came to roost in Typha and Phragmites at the southern end of the original scrape.
You can't fail to see or hear a Kingfisher on every visit now, these two were on show today.
(Rod Heeley)

Ewden, shooting lodge and return 2/8/15.

Hobby 1, Peregrine 1 fem., Buzzard 4, Kestrel 4, Raven 1, Stonechat 1, Mistle Thrush 20.

Wintersett 02.08.15

15°C, mild with 8/8 cloud and a light south easterly. Sunny intervals from late morning. Not much to report.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 18 (at least)  and Tufted Duck 150.
Anglers CP: Grey Wagtail 2.

Old Moor Early Morning Visit Sunday 2nd August

Decided to have an early morning visit to Old Moor to count the Little Egrets leaving the roost for a change. I arrived at the Wath Ings Hide at 04.40, it was still dark and I heard Black Headed Gull, Oystercatcher, LBB Gull and Lapwing walking to the hide. I could see 1 Little Egret in the Willows and the first signs of movement was actually 2 Cormorants into the roost at 04.50, had they been night fishing?

I first heard the Egrets calling at 04.56 and the first 10 flew out and up the valley at 05.03. These were followed by 1 @ 05.05, 4 @ 05.08, 2 @ 05.23, 3 @ 05.38 and finally 8 @ 05.47. All the Egrets left up the valley apart from 3 which left down the valley. The Cormorants were flying out and then back in all the time and there were still 14 in the willows when I left

There were 5 Barn Owls out hunting, 3 around the hide and 2 on the Reedbeds, also on the Main Marsh were 5 Kingfishers, 2 Green Sandpipers and 2 Common Sandpipers.

On the Wader Scrape were 2 juvenile Shelduck, 1 juvenile Avocet, 4 Redshank, 2 Dunlin and 3 Oystercatchers.

A walk onto the Reedbeds revealed at least 6 Reed Warblers singing??

After a cuppa at home and breakfast in the Old Moor Café I had a drive down to Adwick Washland. There is not a lot of water left at Adwick but there were 5 Grey Herons, 4 Little Egrets, 120 Grey Lag Geese, 122 Lapwings, 1 adult and 1 juvenile Avocet and 1 Sparrowhawk.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Wintersett 01.08.15

9 - 14°C with 7/8 cloud and an intermittent cool breeze.
Anglers CP: A Little Egret flew SW over the car park at 04.35hrs.
Wintersett Res: Water Rail 1,  Common Tern 6 and Common Gull 1 flew SW.
47 birds were ringed this morning, including: 12 Reed Warbler,  2 Sedge Warbler,  3 Blackcap,  2 Willow Warbler,  13 Chiffchaff.  7 Reed Bunting and 1 Yellowhammer.

Carlton Marsh

This morning 1 Little Egret was roosting in a Willow on the scrape. Also of note Grey Wagtail, 2 Buzzards, 2 Willow Tits calling separately (SE 3709/10) 2 Kingfisher and a Siskin north at 07.05hrs.
Last nights moths
Fen Wainscot
 Silky Wainscot (det. by H. E. Baumont)
Southern Wainscot (det. by H.E. Baumont)

Ingbirchworth and Scout Dike - early doors

An hour and a half this morning before work commitments intervened!
At Ingbirchworth, at least 2 Yellow Wagtails among a party of Pieds and a single Grey, c.50 House Martins, single LRP and an adult Yellow-legged Gull with 30 Lesser Black-backs.
Only birds of note at Scout Dike, where a bit of exposed mud is showing in the SW corner, were c.70 Lapwings, 12 Tufted Duck and a calling Willow Tit.

Old Moor Nocturnal Report

Yet another record breaking evening at Old Moor tonight with 32 Little Egrets coming into the willows on the Willow Pool to roost. When I arrived at the Wath Ings hide at 19.15 I couldn't see or hear any Egrets already in. However after a while 2 birds flew out, 1 onto the Main Marsh and the other over to Bolton Ings. With the calm conditions tonight the Egrets were again late coming in, they came in as follows :- 4 @ 20.35, 1 @ 20.38, 4 @ 20.44, 2 @ 20.47, 2 @ 20.54, 9 @ 21.02, 1 @ 21.12 and finally 9 @ 21.24. All the Egrets came in from up the valley tonight apart from 5. This ties in nicely with 25 birds at Edderthorpe and 6 at Adwick this afternoon. I am not sure all the birds in the valley are roosting at Old Moor and the roost at Denaby will be checked shortly. Looking at my notes 13 Little Egrets were roosting on this day last year.

Also roosting tonight were 21 Cormorants. Other birds recorded tonight were as follows:- Shelduck 2 juvs, Avocet 1 juv, Oystercatcher 5, Snipe 3, Redshank 9, Dunlin 3, Black Tailed Godwit 13, Common Sandpiper 3, Green Sandpiper 2, Common Tern 2 adults + 2 juvs, Barn Owl 6 hunting.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Wintersett 31.07.15

Anglers CP: Greenshank 1 over,  Siskin 1 over, Yellow Wagtail 1 over,  Grey Wagtail 1,  Cormorant 5 and Oystercatcher 1 adult + 1 juvenile.
37 birds were ringed this morning, including: 3 Garden Warbler,  3 Lesser Whitethroat,  6 Blackcaps, 6 Willow Warbler and 5 Chiffchaff.
Wintersett Res: Common Gull 1,  Dunlin 1 adult and Common Tern .9


Langsett Reservoir - 3 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag x Canada Goose, 31 Mallards, 3 Tufted Ducks, 4 Grey Herons and 1 Common Sandpiper. Disappointing numbers in the gull roost with 88 Black-headed Gulls and 17 Lesser Black-backed Gulls,