Saturday, 19 April 2014

More Mediterranean Magic

Following Thursdays 6 Mediterranean Gulls at Old Moor there are now 7 birds present. We suspected 7 yesterday and today it was confirmed when the 2 full winged and ringed adults were seen together on Island 1. Just to recap the 7 birds are as follows:- 2E26 and his one legged mate on island 2, the 3 ringed adults and the unringed first summer on island 1, these have been seen displaying to each other but sexes not determined yet. The 7th bird is the first summer with the red darvic ring which frequents the central banking.

Also seen at Old Moor today were Curlew 1, Little Ringed Plover 3, Common Sandpiper 1, Snipe 1, Wigeon pair, Peregrine and a booming Bittern.

Wombwell ings - Greenshank 2, Ruff 1, Little Ringed Plover 1, White Wagtail 1.

Broomhill Flash - Arctic Tern 1 at 17.30 flew towards Wombwell Ings then towards Old Moor.

WeBS count day tomorrow so I will get the abacus out.

Carlton Marsh

New for today were Sedge Warbler (1 singing) and 2 House Martins.

River Don @Deepcar

A pair of dippers carrying nesting material and pair of grey wagtails feeding young in a nest on R Don nr Soughley Bridge plus kingfisher this afternoon

Wintersett WeBS count April 2014

Mute Swan  12, Canada Goose 23,  Greylag Goose 2,  Cormorant 2, Goldeneye 4,  Tufted Duck 133, Mallard 36,  Gadwall 29,  Teal 3,  Coot 75,  Moorhen 17 and Great Crested Grebe 19.

Wintersett 19.04.14

3 - 9°C,  8/8 grey,  with a very cold easterly. 
Anglers CP:  An Arctic Tern came in at 09.35 hrs, followed by a Grey Plover at 09.45hrs  Common Sandpiper 2, Little Ringed Plover 1,  Redshank 1, Snipe 3,  Lapwing 8,  Greylag 2 Swift 2,  Meadow Pipit 1 over, Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult, Oystercatcher 6 and a Goosander redhead west at 11.30hrs.
Wintersett Res:  Singing males in the area were:   A Garden Warbler and a  Sedge Warbler 1sts for the year.  Reed Warbler 2,  Cetti's Warbler 1 ,  Whitethroat 1,  Lesser Whitethroat 1 and Yellow Wagtail 1.   Little Owl 1,
Haw Park Wood: Brambling 4
Mammals:  Hare 2 ACP and Fox 1 Pol.
Insect:  Bee-fly 1 WRes and Small White Butterfly ACP
All photos by Paul Meredith.
Grey Plover                        ACP
Grey Plover            ACP
Arctic Tern                                       ACP

Friday, 18 April 2014

Edderthorpe, Good (well decent) Friday..

The Flash was watched morning and evening with the highlights being;- Shelduck 2, Mallard 110 plus the first brood of 7 young, Teal 25, Goosander 2, a/the Egyptian Goose flew in at dusk 20.45 to roost on the islands, Greenshank 2, LRP 4, Ringed Plover 1, Common Sand 1, Lapwing 66, Oystercatcher 2, Snipe 6, Common Buzzard 8, Cuckoo 1, Grasshopper Warbler 1 - behind Symphony, Yellow Wagtail 1, Whitethroat 1,

Carlton Marsh

A Cuckoo was singing good and strong, especially this morning. Then a Red Kite flew north up the marsh at 09.30hrs. ( Jim Plant) I missed it again! Also of note 2 Buzzards, 2 Coal Tits, but no Whitethroat yet.

A Swift flew north over Bow Street at 08.15hrs followed by another or the same one at 09.20hrs. ( Rod Heeley)


More Hall Tip - 1 drake Mandarin Duck on the River Don again today (per SBSG website). I have been reliably informed that this drake can be seen regularly between here at Tin Mill Rocher, Deepcar, where it is regularly seen on Tin Mill Fishing Ponds.

Edderthorpe Flash

This morning, 2 Greenshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Cuckoo and a Grasshopper Warbler.

Wintersett Afternoon Delight - 18.04.14

2 - 11°C by midday,  but felt much cooler with a moderate northerly.
A quiet morning was livened up this afternoon by the appearance of a SCANDINAVIAN  ROCK PIPIT on the shallow at Anglers CP.  As we set off to leave, an obliging TREE PIPIT gave brief, but brilliant close views in trees behind the hide before leaving north at 13.50hrs.  A White Wagtail also dropped in this afternoon before leaving NW at 15.40hrs.  All photos by Paul Meredith

Scandinavian Rock Pipit   ACP

Tree Pipit             ACP

Tree Pipit     ACP
Wintersett Res: The first Reed Warbler  of the year was in the SW corner.  Cetti's Warbler 1 male.  Up to 8 Whitethroats were around the area (3 MHLPonds + 4 Disp. Point + 1 Canal flash).  Grasshopper Warbler 1 male MHLPonds,  Lesser Whitethroat 2  male + 1 Botany + 1 Canal Flash,  Willow Tit 1 + 1 Disp.Point,  Little Owl 1,  The first 2 Mallard broods, c.11 + c.7y , were seen.
Haw Park Wood:  Brambling 10.
Old Royston Flash: Yellow Wagtail 1 male.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 2,  Swift 2,  Redshank 1, Goldeneye 1 male and 1 female + 1 male WRes., Teal 1 male and 1 female,  Oystercatcher 4, Snipe 1

Insects: The first Large White butterfly was on the Disposal Point.    1 Bee-fly  at 12.05 hrs had increased to 4 by 14.50hrs at WRes.
Bee-fly  Bombylius major         WRes.
Bee-fly  Bombylius major      WRes.

First Whinchat

Whitley Common - no signs of yesterdays Whimbrel, 1 Whinchat and "a few" Wheatears moving N.
per John McLoughlin via Twitter.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Mediterranean Magic

At Old Moor today 6 Mediterranean Gulls were seen on the Mere. The regular late shift, myself and Wath Coot saw 5 birds this evening but we couldn't find the red ringed first summer seen and photographed this afternoon. The birds we did see were as follows - 2E26 and his one legged mate on Island 2, the ringed adult male with the missing primary commuting between Islands 1 and 2, the full winged ringed adult on Island 1 and the unringed first summer also on Island 1. A great sight and who knows how many we will end up with, some may even breed if they can sort themselves out.

2 Bitterns booming 'loud and proud' throughout, a Common Sandpiper on the Reedbeds, a Little Ringed Plover on the Field Pools and a Dunlin on the Wader Scrape.

Continuing with the Gull theme, an adult Black Headed Gull with a white Darvic on its right leg seen on the Field Pools but too far away to read the ring number.

Wintersett - Not bad Thursday 17.04.14

7°C,  cold and overcast with a brisk westerly. 
The day got off to a good start with 2 Red Legged Partridges at Ellis Laithe, the first sighting of this species here for 2 years!  Then there was a Black-tailed Godwit on the shallows at Anglers CP along with the adult YL and LBb Gulls. A walk round Wintersett Res brought, in the space of 3 minutes,  a Yellow Wagtail N,  the first SWIFT and a Greenshank NW at 09.55hrs.     A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling and displaying in the NE corner.  The first 2 Whitethroats were in the west bank corner and the Cetti's was also belting it out.  Onto Haw Park Wood where  there was a flock of 14 Bramblings and 20 Redpoll.
Also seen in the area today were: 
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 1,  Snipe 1, Curlew 2 and Little Ringed Plover 2.  Herring Gull 1 and Great Black-backed Gull 8 over,  Teal 2 male + 1 female, Goldeneye 1 male + 3 female,    
Wintersett Res: Meadow Pipit 2 N.
Cold Hiendley Res: Willow Tit 2.
Old Royston Flash:  Lesser White throat 1

Carlton Marsh

A Cuckoo was singing in the Western Meadow briefly from 18.40hrs. (Dave Standish)

The Edge 17th Apr

Wombwell Ings mid AM- Present were 2 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 58 Canada Geese, 9 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 28 Gadwall, 16 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 4 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 4 Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 35 BH Gull, 1 Kestrel, 9 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin and 1 White Wagtail.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM-On the open water were a Coot with 3 young, 7 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Mute Swan, 39 Tufted Duck, 11 Pochard, 10 Gadwall, 10 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, c500 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 21 Canada Geese, 10 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 3 Oystercatcher,  2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 House Martin, 3 Swallow and 1 Sand Martin.
Warbler Way-Singing males included 9 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Common Whitethroat and 1 Song Thrush. Also heard a 'booming' Bittern c12.30pm.
Broomhill Flash early PM- Noted were 4 Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 31 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 3 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 2 Kestrel and 2 Red Legged Partridge. A Common Sandpiper was seen early AM. Jim Thompson saw a Little Owl on the top lane mid AM.


Whitethroat returns to the Common,

Wheater (male) 2 Ringed Plover and 2  Red legged Partridge. (Les Corrall)

Elsecar & Ingbirchworth

Elsecar Reservoir - 2 Canada Geese, c70 Mallards, 4 Tufted Ducks, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Moorhens, 10 Coots, 15+ Black-headed Gulls, 2 Sand Martins and c50 Swallows.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 21 Mallards, 6 Tufted Ducks, 2 Little Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 18 Coots, 30+ Swallows, 10+ House Martins and 1 male Wheatear.
Whitley Common - 10 Lapwings, 1 Whimbrel and 2 Curlews on the 'airfield'.

Edderthorpe Flash 17 April am

1 Greenshank, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Dunlin, 7 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, 50+ Swallows and 5 House Martins.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Low Barugh

Lesser Whitethroat singing and showing very well by electricity sub-station a.m.


A Peregrine Falcon flew over Beech Avenue at 16.50hrs. (Geoff Miller)