Thursday, 24 April 2014

Rabbit Ings


Yellow Wagtail this afternoon. A Grass Snake was also seen near the large pond. (Ray Dye)

Carlton Marsh

First visit of the day at 17.00hrs produced our first Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler and Whitethroat, at last, and a new Lesser Whitethroat was singing. 2 Water Rails and Cuckoo were calling.

By 20.00hrs 3 Reed Warblers, 2 Sedge Warblers and 2 Whitethroats were singing. Also present 2 Grey Wagtails, Willow Tit and 2 Water Voles together.

Wintersett - Black and Blue 24.04.14

Very misty start 8°, up to 15°C and sunny by 09.00hrs. 
Wintersett Res:  A summer plumage BLACK TERN  put on a good display at 11.00hrs and was still around late afternoon.  Common Tern 2, Great Black-backed Gull 2 NW,  Pochard 1 male, Shoveler 4 male and 1 female,  2 broods Mallard 9 vs + 11 and Kingfisher 1.  Singing males: Grasshopper Warbler 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Garden Warbler 1 + 1 ACP and Reed Warbler 2ACP.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 2, Snipe 4,  White Wagtail , Yellow Wagtail 1,  Shelduck 2, Teal 1male and 1 female,  Goldeneye 1 adult male and 1 female, Green Woodpecker 1 male and Water Rail 1.
Haw Park Wood:  Siskin 1  
Insects:  Bee-fly 1 WRes., and the 1st  HOLLY  BLUE  ACP.
Thanks to Lynz Harston for the following photo.

Mute Swan with at least 5 eggs    

The Edge 24th Apr

Wombwell Ings mid/late AM-Present were 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 4 Mute Swan, 42 Canada Geese, 23 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 42 Gadwall, 25 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 4 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 20+ Lapwing, 4 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1m+1f Wheatear, 1 calling Green Woodpecker from canyon, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Willow Warbler.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM- Singing males on Warbler Way included 11 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, and 4 Whitethroat. On the open water were 2 Black Necked Grebe, 7 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 33 Tufted Duck, 17 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 400+ BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 11 Canada Geese, 8 Greylag, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank and 3 Buzzard.

Elsecar

Elsecar Reservoir (11:45) - 6 Canada Geese, c50 Mallards, 1 drake Tufted Duck, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Moorhens, 8 Coots and 10 Black-headed Gull.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Edderthorpe Flash

Cuckoo singing, Grasshopper Warbler singing (north end) Little Egret and 3 Grass Snakes together included a definite male. (south side)

Cudworth Common
Wheatear female

Symphony
Ringed Plover 1 and the first Lapwing chick.

(Les Corrall)

Wintersett 23.04.14

14°C,  warm, sunny spells with a light south easterly.
Anglers CP: Singing males: Sedge Warbler 1,  Garden Warbler 1 and Lesser Whitethroat 1 + 1 WRes.. Fieldfare 1, Common Sandpiper 2, Snipe 1, Goldeneye 1 male + 1 female WRes.,  Teal 1 male, Oystercatcher 5,  Green Woodpecker 1 male,  Grey Partridge 2,  Grey Wagtail 1 S and Buzzard 5 + 3 HPWood.  A Brambling was in the Vis Mig Hill area this evening.
Wintersett Res: Cuckoo 1 male,  Grasshopper Warbler 1 male + 1 MHLPonds and Willow Tit 1.

The Edge 23rd Apr

Wombwell Ings mid AM- Present were 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret(flew east 9.10am), 4 Mute Swan, 18 Canada, Geese, 10 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose,  3 Shelduck, 32 Gadwall, 22 Tufted Duck, 10 Mallard, 6 Teal, 4 Pochard, 4 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 6 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 5 Skylark, 1m+1f Wheatear, 3 Linnet, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 2 Song Thrush and 2 Common Whitethroat. Additions from a late afternoon visit were 1 Whinchat ( found by J.Thompson c 11am ), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Egret and 3 Linnet.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM- On the open water were 2 Black Necked Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 48 Tufted Duck, 15 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler and 400+ BH Gull. Also present were 10 Canada Geese, 8 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 2 Buzzard and 1 Oystercatcher. Singing males on Warbler Way included 11 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat and 1 Song Thrush. A booming Bittern on Old Moor was heard at 2pm.

Just Like Scandinavia

More Hall Reservoir - 64 Mallards + 1 female with 4 ducklings, five pairs of Moorhen, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Garden Warblers and 1 Lesser Whitethroat.
Broomhead Reservoir - 8 Mallards, 1 Cormorant, five pairs of Moorhen, a pair of Coot, a pair of Grey Wagtail feeding young, 1 singing Brambling, 5 singing Siskins, 1 singing Two-barred Crossbill and c10 Common Crossbills (some singing).

Edderthorpe Flash Wed am

Little Egret, Greenshank, Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 5 Redshank and 4 Snipe.

Wilthorpe Marsh early a.m.

Little Ringed Plover displaying over industrial est. viewed from w. end. A lot of migrant warblers are here but some species haven't arrived yet so early May will give a more accurate picture.

Adwick am

2 Garganey still on the pool at the western end of the reserve. Far bank. 16 Avocets, 3 sitting. 3 broods of young Lapwing seen.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The late Edgetra 22nd Apr

Sorry for the late post. Got home at 5.10pm to find out I was going to Owlerton Dogs at 5.30pm.
Wombwell Ings mid AM- T.Hibberd who relocated the Bar Tailed Godwit also had 3 Yellow Wagtail early AM. Also present were 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 7 Mute Swan, 25 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 39 Gadwall, 21 Tufted Duck, 16 Mallard, 7 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 12+ Lapwing, 6 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 27 BH Gull, 120+ Hirundines(75% Swallow, 20% Sand Martin and 5% House Martin), 4 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Mistle Thrush and 1 Song Thrush. A mid PM visit noted that the Barwit was still showing well on the grass at the eastern end of the side pool. Additional to the morning count were 1 female Wheatear, 1 Cormorant and 2 Linnet.
 Bolton Ings late AM/early PM-On the open water were 1 Black Necked Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Mute Swan, 31 Tufted Duck, 17 Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 400+ BH Gull and 2 Common Gull. Also present were 13 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 3 LBB Gull, 1 Swift(12.55pm) and 2 Grey Wagtail.
TPT-Singing males included 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcap + 2 Bullfinch and 1 Jay.
Broomhill Flash mid PM- Noted were 5 Little Grebe, 3 Mute Swan, 55 Canada Geese, 11 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 29 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 2 Pochard and 2 Red Legged Partridge.
Mick Turton had a group of 13 Arctic Tern fly through at 10.30 am which added to the 4 he had seen earlier.

Carlton Marsh

New in today Common Sandpiper.

Wintersett Terns, Meds and Cuckoo 22.04.14

Back in wellies today. 9°C, grey, damp start with increasingly heavy showers.  Sunny by 17.00hrs.
CUCKOO was heard on the Disposal Point.
Old Royston Flash Area: Red-legged Partridge 2
Anglers CP:  A total of 17 Arctic Terns and a Common Tern around the area.  2 Adult Mediterranean Gulls flew in at 14.30 and left west at 14.50hrs One was wearing a yellow DARVIC (unreadable) on left leg and a metal one on the right leg.  Yellow-legged Gull adult and Leser Black-backed Gull.  Common Sandpiper 2, Snipe 4, Dunlin 2,  Garden Warber 1,  Little Ringed Plover 1 + 1 over at 09.17hrs., Yellow Wagtail 1 over + 1 NW + 1 ORFlash.   Goldeneye 1 male + a pair on WRes.,  Teal 1 male.
All photos by Paul Meredith
Adult Mediterranean Gull     AnglersCP

Adult Mediterranean Gulls     Anglers CP

Arctic Tern                    Anglers CP

Adwick washlands (am)

Garganey 1 pair early am (M Gough), male seen later to the left of the viewpoint,  Little Egret 1.

Bit of belated news.

saturday 19-4-14,wilthorpe marsh- hobby at w end towards industrial est. 2 calling cuckoos. On to midhope for the afternoon, a bit disapointing but a good selection, 3 buzzards, 2 kestrels, 1 sparrowhawk, a pair cf crossbills again showing well, goldfinch 16, siskin 12, willow warbler 1, curlew 10, gs pecker drumming, snipe 2, swallow 12, house martin 1, oystercatcher 2, greylag 9, lapwing 10, rl partridge 1. monday 21st at wilthorpe marsh had little ringed plover at w end, 2 displaying lapwings, 3 displaying lapwings at e end. 3 calling water rails- 1 at oxbows, 1 central, 1 at w end.

Edderthorpe, Tuesday

Cold, wet and misty. And it still failed to deliver anything new here at dawn! The Egyptian Goose is still present - roosting on the Flash before heading over to Houghton. Shelduck 2, Common Sandpiper 1, and Yellow Wagtail 2.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Half Wits find Bar Wit



Today's Bar tailed Godwit Wombwell Ings. Nice one Alan. 

Adwick washlands (am)

Grey Heron 2, Shelduck 4, Shoveler 8, Tufted 10, Teal 2, Curlew 2 west at c11.00, Dunlin 2, LRP 5, Ringed Plover 4, Redshank 12, Grey Partridge 2 pair, Yellow Wagtail 2, Grasshopper Warbler 1 (Adwick tip), Lesser Whitethroat 1, also reported from yesterday 1 pr Lapwing seen with young.