Thursday, 20 October 2016

Wintersett 20.10.16

7 - 10 degrees with 8/8 cloud,  clearing to 4/8 by 09.30, and a north westerly breeze.
Anglers CP:  Pink-footed Goose 170 E at 10.15hrs and 90 E at 10.25hrs. Redwing 22 W,  Skylark 21 N,  Fieldfare 13 W and Golden Plover 1S.    Little Egret 1.
Wintersett:  Little Owl 1.
Bird ringing highlights: 43 Goldfinch,  38 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Siskin.

                 Siskin              ACP  ASmith

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Carlton Marsh

Bittern flew across the scrape at 10.50hrs and again at 13.10hrs. (Ziggy Golebiewski/Dick Laverack)Then I heard it at 15.40hrs clunking through the reeds to the left of the hide about 15yds distant. It showed briefly then flew to the reedbed opposite, but by 17.45hrs it was back in the reeds near the hide before flying to its favourite roost opposite.  
Meanwhile a ringed adult male Kingfisher perched up nearby, 45 Fieldfare flew west and 31 Lapwing flew north. Barn Owl was hunting from 18.15hrs. (Dave Standish)

Also of note 1 Red Admiral and 2 male Migrant Hawkers.

Woodpigeon movement - Higham

That time of year again - with at least 1000 Woodpigeon south up to 9am this morning following the M1 corridor.

Wintersett 19.10.16

9 - 11 degrees  and sunny, with 4/8 cloud and a light north westerly.
Wintersett Res:  3 Whooper Swans flew north west to Pugneys at 07.20hrs.   Chiffchaff 1.  Cetti's Warbler 1m boathouse reed  Cormorant 6.  1st W Caspian Gull 13.35 -13. 45hrs, then left west
Anglers CP Vis Mig:  In 45 minutes 870 Pink-footed Geese  flew east in 7 skeins! (58 + 80+ 100 + 2 + 190 + 30 + 200 + 190),   The Little Egret was perched on the fence that goes into the water.    45 Fieldfare went west.  .

    1stW Caspian  Gull   WRes.     CSwaine 

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Carlton Marsh

Not much coverage today, but this morning there were 50 Gadwall, Grey Wagtail and 29 Shoveler, which is a new record. The maximum before September was 14.

Wintersett 18.10.16

9 degrees with 8/8 and showers mid morning and mid afternoon.
Anglers CP:  A  HAWFINCH  flew south at 09.20hrs  - the first seen here since 1992.  That's  24 years!   A Little Egret flew over to  CHRes and then dropped into the shallows at 09.30hrs.  it was still present at 18.00hrs.
Wintersett Res:  2  male Cetti's Warblers  were heard - boathouse reeds and Botany Bay.   Water Rail 1.   

Wintersett Monday 17.10.16

9 degrees,  scattered cloud and a light north easterly.
Anglers CP:  Little Egret 1,  Grey Heron 4,  Cormorant 43 and Chiffchaff 1. A Golden Plover flew over.
Wintersett Res:  A MERLIN flew over at 09.50hrs.  A Peregrine flew over at 09.55hrs and again at 10.45hrs.    60  Fieldfare  and 150 Redwing  were around  the NE bank.    2 male Cetti's Warblers were heard - boathouse reeds and west bank. 
Odonata:  Migrant Hawker 1.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Carlton Marsh

Another beautiful largely sunny very mild day produced a late Swallow at 11.56hrs. A Bittern flew across the scrape at 12.15hrs (Hibbert & Corrall) and was seen again from the hide at 18.00hrs and was still showing at the time of leaving at 18.50hrs. (Dave Standish/Dick Laverack) Increasing numbers of wildfowl are being attracted to the scrape helped I am sure by the increased open water in the reed beds that were created last year by Pete Wall. 53 Gadwall, 21 Teal and 24 Shoveler (a new record) were counted today. Also present Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 2 Great Spot Woodpeckers, Buzzard, 20 Fieldfare and a similar amount of Redwing. Single Redpoll and Siskin were constantly flying around. 
Insects included a male Brimstone, 8 Red Admiral, 7 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Copper and 1 Comma. A Migrant Hawker and several Common Darters were flying in the sun. (Chris Parkin)

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Carlton Marsh

14 Shoveler, 1 Siskin and 1 Redpoll south. Bittern came out of the reeds at 18.20hrs for 20 minutes. (Dave Standish)
The hide will definitely be open from at least 17.30hrs tomorrow.

Wintersett + WeBS October 2016

The WeBS totals for the area 16th October 2016

Great Crested Grebe 53,    Little  Grebe 21,   Coot 558,   Moorhen 32,   Mute  Swan 37,   Canada Goose 178,  Greylag Goose 138,  Cormorant 35,   Mallard 66,   Teal 22,   Gadwall 127,  Shoveler 62,   Wigeon 500,   Tufted Duck 369,   Pochard 22,   Goldeneye 9,   Grey Heron 1,   Lapwing 60,   Snipe 10.

Also present:  2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls ACP.
Odonata:  Migrant Hawker WRes..

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Wintersett 15.10.16

Cold Hiendley Res:   The Great White Egret was still present  early this morning.  It flew over to ACP at 09.40hrs.   It appeared on Botany Bay at 11.40hrs,  and then flew back to CHRes.
Wintersett Res:   Pink-footed Goose  31 east at 11.05hrs.  Fieldfare 1.    Cetti's Warbler  2 m - north bank and northwest corner.  Chiffchaff 1.  Water Rail 2 + 1 ACP. 
Anglers CP:  Green Woodpecker 1,  Snipe 7,  Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult + 1 WRes..  Teal 28.  Goldeneye 4 + 5 WRes..
Odonata:  Migrant Hawker 1 WRes + 1 ACP..

                       Great White Egret                  SDenny

Carlton Marsh

This morning 150 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, Kingfisher, 10 Bullfinch, 14 Shoveler and a Grey Plover flew NW calling in the mist. (Jim Plant)
A Brambling visited Geoff Miller 's garden in Cudworth.
This evening the Bittern came out to preen at 18.10hrs until dusk before flying to the opposite reedbed. A Barn Owl came out to hunt at 18.52hrs and earlier 500 plus Black Headed Gulls headed north to the Wintersett roost  .

Friday, 14 October 2016

Wintersett 14.10.16

8 degrees with sunn spells and a light north easterly.
Wintersett Res:  Redwing 10 SE + 50 in trees on east bank.  Skylark 21 over.  Meadow Pipit 2 over.
Redpoll 2.   Cetti's Warbler 1m west bank.  Water Rail 1.
Cold Hiendley Res: A GREAT  WHITE  EGRET was viewed from the dam wall, on the south bank near the SF, at 11.30hrs. It was flushed and chased around the west bank field, by a Grey Heron. at 11.35hrs.    The GW Egret returned to the near north bank  but was flushed  by the Heron after 10 minutes.  The pair flew over and around but after a few minutes the GW Egret  landed further down the north bank where it stayed for approximately 15 minutes before it flew even further down the north bank  and dropped in out of sight at 12.10hrs. 
Here are some record shots taken by Chris Swaine.

Carlton Marsh

Bittern showing well again at 07.20hrs. A Little Egret flew south and 3 Pintail circled the scrape three times before continuing east almost colliding with a Kestrel at 07.45hrs. (Dave Smith)

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Carlton Marsh

Both Bitterns were flying over the marsh 11.40hrs for a few minutes before alighting within feet of each other on the scrape. One of them stayed to preen in full view of the happy observers in the hide for 20 minutes. Then both flew around again before disappearing into the reeds. (Les Corrall/Ralph Hibbert)
When I arrived at 12.50hrs, all was quiet, then at 13.40hrs one of the Bitterns struck up from the reeds just 12 yards in front of the hide and quickly disappeared in the reeds again as heavy rain began to descend.
Later in the day one them flew from the eastern corner of the scrape at 17.52hrs into the reeds, but was on its usual rostrum in full view from 18.30hrs to 19.40hrs. (Dave Smith)
Also present at least 10 Redwing buzzed by a Sparrowhawk, 6 Jay, and 2 Great Spot Woodpeckers.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Carlton Marsh

2 Bittern chasing each other around the marsh at 08.05hrs and again at 08.13hrs (Keith Bannister) The original bird was on its favourite preening spot at 13.40hrs for about 3 minutes and later at 17.46hrs. A Little Egret flew north at 14.25hrs. Also present 9 Shoveler, Grey Wagtail, Willow Tit and Buzzard. 70 Lapwing flew east and Water Rail called. The Coot chick was being kept warm by the adult on the nest.

As I don't see them much can anyone with more experience age and sex this bird from this record shot?

Monday, 10 October 2016

Carlton Marsh

26 Greylags flew south at dawn and a few minutes later 56 flew north. 25 Canada Geese dropped in shortly after. A Water Rail was feeding out in the open and 10 Shoveler were feeding nearby. Passerines included a Redpoll (first this autumn) 8 Siskin, Treecreeper, 20 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush (feeding on Whitebeam berries) Also present Little Owl, Green & Great Spot Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard & Bittern. It was stood at its usual favoured spot on the edge of the reeds, seeable from the hide, at 14.00hrs.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Carlton Marsh

Bittern was seen flying over the marsh at 13.50hrs and was back in its favourite spot at 16.10hrs offering good views. After 10 minutes it flew into reeds on the eastern side of the scrape. (Chris Parkin/Dave Standish)

5 Red Admiral, 5 Comma and 5 Speckled Wood butterflies were on the wing. (CP)

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Carlton Marsh

This morning provided Little Egret, 3 Kingfisher, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 1 singing Chiffchaff, 10 Jay, Siskin, 30 Redwing, 56 Gadwall (a record count) and 75 Goldfinch. (Dave Smith/Chris Parkin)
This evening's session saw the Bittern out in full view at 18.18hrs for 5 minutes before it flew into the marsh. It returned to its favourite preening spot at 17.39hrs and spent its time posing and catching insects until 18.54hrs. At the same time Barn Owl was hunting as darkness fell. Earlier a pair of Coot were feeding a day old chick, I can't remember seeing one this late! c350 Black Headed Gull headed north to the Wintersett roost in the leaden sky. (Dave Standish/CG)