Monday, 28 July 2014

Scout Dike & Royd Moor

Scout Dike Reservoir - 19 Mallards, 2 Tufted Ducks, 8 (3 full-grown juveniles) Great Crested Grebes, 8 Moorhens, (only) 6 Coots and a family party of  4+ Willow Tits.
Royd Moor Reservoir - 38 Greylag Geese, 63 Canada Geese, 20 Mallards, 2 Tufted Ducks, 2 juvenile Little Grebes, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Moorhens, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, a family party of 4+ Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 10+ Common Whitethroats, 2 Tree Sparrows, 10+ Yellowhammers and 15+ Reed Buntings.
Midhope Reservoir - 5 Greylag Geese, 17 Canada Geese, 10 Mallards, 2 Little Grebes + 2 young, 5 Moorhens and 1 juvenile Redstart.

Old Moor Nocturnal Report - Sunday 27th July

Mere - Green Sandpiper 4, Common Sandpiper 3.

Field Pool - Little Egret 4, Oystercatcher 1, Green Sandpiper 1.

Wader Scrape - Little Egret 1, Common Sandpiper 2.

Main Marsh - Mute Swan 21, Wigeon 1, Little Egret 5, Oystercatcher 3, Lapwing c350, Black Tailed Godwit 8+, Green Sandpiper 1, Common Tern 1, Barn Owl 1, Green Woodpecker 1, Swift 55 north.

Roost in willows on Willow Pool - Grey Heron 3, Cormorant 10, Little Egret 16 came into roost as follows - 5 already in, 2 at 20.11, 1 at 20.15, 1 at 20.27, 3 at 20.30, 1 at 20.44, 1 at 20.51, 1 at 21.01 and finally 1 at 21.33.

The Egrets came in early tonight compared to last week, the 5 already on the main marsh included an adult with colour rings, red on left leg and green on right leg. It was right in front of the hide but the rings were covered in weed and I couldn't read the numbers/letters. Tonight 7 came in from down the valley and only 4 from up the valley.

Edderthorpe Flash 28th July

1 Common Redstart, 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, 9 Snipe and 3 Common Tern 1 juvenile.

Edderthorpe, weekend highlights

Best bird of the weekend was a cream-crown Marsh Harrier that flew around flushing everything early morning Saturday (JCC). Up to 3 Little Egrets, Mallard 290, Teal 10, Gadwall 108, Wigeon 2, Tufted 15, Little Grebe 24, Coot 114, Lapwing 480, Green Sandpiper 4, Common Sandpiper 5, Dunlin 1, Ringed Plover 7 (none on Sunday), Common Tern 1, Little Owl 1. BROOMHEAD;- a stroll around the woods Saturday morning;- no crossbills of any type were found even though there is a excellent pine crop this year. On the reservoir - Mallard 64, Tufted 1. In the woods - Nuthatch 7, Blackcap 15, loads of Coal tits and Goldcrests. A Peregrine and a Kestrel were the only raptors seen on a 3 hour watch!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Wintersett 27.07.14

Up to 20°C by midday,  sunny with scattered cloud and a light north westerly.
Wintersett Res: Oystercatcher 1 over. 
Cold Hiendley Res: Common Tern 4 adults + 1 juv. and Pochard 2.  Great Crested Grebe young 4s + 1s. The number of Tufted Duck in the area is rising with 345 counted  (202 +  135 ACP + 8 WRes), also 2 small young  CHRes + 6m/L young WRes. 
Anglers CP:  Common Scoter 1 male,  Goldeneye 1 female, Shelduck 1 juv,  usual adult Yellow-legged Gull, Grey Wagtail 1 juv and Ringed Plover 1 juv..  Mallard 2 small young.  A Little Egret flew north over at 14.04hrs.
Butterflies:  Brimstone 1male and Holly Blue 1. 

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Langsett Gull Roost

Langsett Resservoir - 27 Canada Geese, 55 Mallards, 5 Tufted Ducks, 1 Common Sandpiper and c100 Swallows.
Gull Roost - 123 Black=headed Gulls, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and 59 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Wintersett 26.07.14

26°C,  very hot and sunny with a very light westerly.
Anglers CP: The juvenile Black-necked Grebe is still present.  Oystercatcher 1.
Cold Hiendley Res: Tufted Duck broods - 7 vs + 6s/m + 2s
Wintersett Res:  2 juvenile Grasshopper Warblers were ringed this morning.  Common Tern 2.  Kingfisher 1 and the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull.
Butterfly: White-letter Hairstreak  on Haw Park Lane.

Underbank & Midhope

Underbank Reservoir - 88 Mallards, 3 Grey Herons, 5 Moorhens and 4 Coots.
Midhope Reservoir - 2 Greylag Geese, 5 Canada Geese, 1 female Teal, 28 Mallards, 7+ Little Grebes, 1 Common Buzzard and 1 Curlew.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Wintersett 25.07.14

26°C,  hot and sunny with a north easterly breeze.
Walton Hall: Great Crested Grebe 4 adults + 3 s + 2Fl young.  Mallard  young 5 fl. + 2 fL + 1 fL and 3s ACP.  Tufted Duck 1m/l young.  Mute Swan 2 adults + 2 young and Kingfisher 1.
Anglers CP:  Greenshank 1 over at 05.30hrs.  Black necked Grebe 1 juv.,  Common Tern 2 adults + 1 juv., Pochard 1 female,  Grey Wagtail 2,  Mallard 3 small young,  Water Rail 1 and  Oystercatcher 1 over. The adult Yellow-legged Gull was present. 
Here's a link to Mick Hemingway's photograph, taken yesterday,  of Psycho's latest kill. The BHGull chick wasn't even eaten because Psycho was hassled away by the adult Black-headed Gulls .
https://twitter.com/mhemingway25/status/492343152704249857

The Edge 25th July

Wombwell Ings mid AM- Present were 8 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Mute Swan, 52 Canada Geese, 53 Greylag, 64 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Garganey, 40+ Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Skylark, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 singing Chiffchaff. A mid PM revisit saw an increase to 16+ Pied Wagtail and the addition of 2 Little Ringed Plover.
Broomhill Flash late AM- Noted were 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 28 Little Grebe, 1 Black Necked Grebe, 1 Mute Swan, 38 Gadwall, 27a+3y Tufted Duck, 20 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 2 Snipe and 2 Green Sandpiper. Also seen mid AM were a Barn Owl( box at top of Clegg's Meadow ) and 1 Little Egret.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM- On the open water were 1 Cormorant, 8 Little Grebe, 5a+1y Great Crested Grebe, 3 Mute San+8 cygnets, 68 Gadwall, 10a+4y Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 8 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Wigeon, 31 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 41 Greylag, 38 Canada Geese, 200+ Lapwing and 10 Oystercatcher.

Bit of belated.

Sunday 20-7-14. Ewden shooting lodge- Hobby showing well on and off, Raven 2, at least 6 kestrels. Not much else of note apart from the breeding pair of swallows in the lodge which must be in contention for the highest in the Barnsley area along with a pair of stock doves.

Adwick (am)

Little Egret 2, Black t Godwit 4, Common Sandpiper 1, Green Sandpiper 1, LRP 1, Redstart 1 still present.

Edderthorpe, Friday morning

No early morning fog, unlike the previous two days. Plenty of birds on the Flash but not too much changing day to day. Wigeon 2, Common Sandpiper 5, Ringed Plover 9, Dunlin 1. Surprisingly, no egrets by 07.00.

Old Moor Nocturnal Report - Thursday 24th July

Mere/Wader Scrape - Green Sandpiper 7, Common Sandpiper 2.

Main Marsh - Mute Swan 22, Wigeon 1, Oystercatcher 9, Ruff 1, Dunlin 1, Barn Owl 2, Green Woodpecker 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1.

Roost in willows on Willow Pool - Grey Heron 3, Cormorant 6, Little Egret 14 came into roost as follows - 1 already in, 2 at 21.01, 1 at 21.05, 2 at 21.17, 1 at 21.33, 1 at 21.34, 2 at 21.39, 1 at 21.41, 2 at 21.44 and finally 1 at 21.48. The Egrets came in late tonight with only 1 in by 9 o'clock and only 6 in by half past. It was nearly dark when the last 1 came in at 21.48, tonight 8 came in from up the valley and 5 from down the valley.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Carlton Marsh

3 Little Owls were showing well this morning (Keith Bannister)

Barrow Tip (yesterday)
18 species of butterfly recorded included 334 Gatekeepers and a Painted Lady, which so far this year is very scarce. The much sought after Silver Washed Fritillary at Hugset wasn't found after several observers searched the area today.

Chris Parkin

Adwick mid afternoon

Little Egret 2, Black t Godwit 4, Common Sandpiper 1, Lapwing c200, Buzzard 1, Yellow Wagtail 2 juvs.

Wintersett 24.07.14

25°C,  hot and sunny with an easterly breeze.
Anglers CP:  The juvenile Black-necked Grebe and the 1st Summer Little Gull are still here.  A Golden Plover flew over west at 09.35hrs.   3 juvenile Grey Wagtails wereon rocks on the north end.  2 Common Gull  and Psycho - the adult Yellow-legged Gull flew in mid morning.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Old Moor Nocturnal Report - Wednesday 23rd July

Main Marsh - Mute Swan 22, Wigeon 1, Oystercatcher 10, Green Sandpiper 3, Common Tern 2, Barn Owl 2, Green Woodpecker 1, Kingfisher 1.

Roost in willows on Willow Pool - Grey Heron 2, Cormorant 6, Little Egret 15 came into roost as follows - 3 at 20.40, 1 at 21.20, 1 at 21.21, 1 at 21.22, 2 at 21.25, 1 at 21.28, 1 at 21.34, 1 at 21.35, 3 at 21.40 and finally 1 at 21.42. Tonight 11 Egrets came in from up the valley (10 from Broomhill + 1 ? ) and 4 from down the valley.

Earlier 2 Redshank and 3 Dunlin were seen by the Teatime Team.

Scoters

Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 11 Common Scoters

Wintersett 23.07.14

Cloudy start, then up to 24°, very hot and sunny with a north easterly breeze.
Anglers CP: The usual 1st Summer Little Gull, a juvenile Black-necked Grebe, a drake Common Scoter were all in early doors. An adult Dunlin and 10 Common Sandpipers dropped in. Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull came in with a Lesser Black-backed Gull.  A Common Gull flew over and  Teal 1.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 1 adult and Oystercatcher 2. 
Botany Bay:  Kingfisher1. 
Moorhouse Lane Big Pond: Little Grebe 6 very small young (in 2 or 3 broods?)
Butterfly: A MARBLED WHITE flew north in front of the hide.
Odonata: 2 year firsts.   Broad-bodied Chaser 1 female (Golf Course pond) and Migrant Hawker (Disp. Pt.).
Moths caught last night included: Small Yellow Wave,  2 Dark Spinach,  Scarce Silver-lines, Slender Brindle,  Buff Footman,  Southern Wainscott,  Campion,  2 Double Lobed and Clay Triple-lines.

Small  Yellow-wave                          AS
Dark Spinach                               AS
Slender Brindle                                AS
      Campion                                   AS