Monday, 29 May 2017

Wilthorpe Marsh 29/5/17.

Quiet with not much to report. LRP 2, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing chicks 2 and 1 nest with 4 eggs. 2 pairs of Grey Partridge flushed. Still 2 Lesser Whitethroats singing. 100+ House Martins at sewage farm and 18 goslings in the Canada Goose crèche.

Wintersett 29.05.17

12 - 15 degrees,  grey 8/8 cloud and drizzly rain from 09.45hrs.
Anglers CP: A Red Kite flew over CP fields, heading south at 08.55hrs.  Wigeon 1 pair and Oystercatcher 3 young.  A Hobby flew over at 19.00hrs.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 1.  House Martin 150 and Swift 400.
   House Martins  WRes        CSwaine

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Carlton Marsh

4 Buzzards were seen over nearby Beech Avenue (2 over the marsh later) Redshank, Lapwing and LRP were on the wader scrape with 2pairs of Greylags with their 8 goslings and a pair of Canada Geese with 4 goslings. Also of note a female Mallard with 4 new young and another with 7 new young.
Butterflies included Painted Lady, 9 Common Blue, 20 Speckled Wood and 2 Orange-tip. Straw Dot moth was disturbed in grassland.
Blue-tailed and Azure Damselfly were flying with 4 Spot Chaser and a male Broad-bodied Chaser.

Langsett, Low Moor, G and J Wasse, S Green. 28/5/17.

Wood Warbler still singing and showing at 5pm at NW corner of langsett res., grid ref SE 200 006. Very steady at low moor with Peregrine fem., C Buzzard 6+, Kestrel 1. Raven 1, Crossbill 1 male, Siskin 2, LBB Gull 6+, Jay 1. Cuckoo calling in the shaw brook area and 2 C Crows.

Wintersett 28.05.17

15 - 19 degrees with variable cloud and north easterly breeze.
Moorhouse Lane Pond:  A 1st summer drake Scaup was showing well. 
Anglers CP: Wigeon 1 pair.  Common Tern 1.  Canada Goslings 20.  Mute Swan 5 goslings.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's 6 males.    Swift 600.
Odonata:  Red-eyed Damselflies, including a pair in cop.  on three water bodies, show that this species is becoming established in the area.  3males + the pair in cop on Bistort at Botany Bay.  2 males on Bistort off the north east bank WRes., and 2 males on Water Lily, Golf Course Pond.
A Large Red Damselfly pair in cop and an Emperor were also on the Golf Course Pond.

   1st summer drake Scaup              MLPond       PMeredith

 Barn Owl Hunting    Wintersett    PMeredith

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Carlton Marsh

Members of the YNU visited today concentrating mainly on botany. Octogenarian Don Grant opened my eyes to the amazing variety of Brambles, showing me at least 6 different species on the disused railway embankment. Southern Marsh Orchids are now proliferating in the meadows along with Lesser Stitchwort and others.
Butterflies included 2 Common Blue and 2 Small Heath.
LRP, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker and Garden Warbler were the only birds of note today.

Moorland news + 27/5/17.

Last nights nocturnal jaunt. - Ewden stone circle track had 1 churring Nightjar on broomhead moor at 10-08pm. Also heard clapping but not seen, + 3 Woodcocks, 2+ Golden Plovers, 1 chipping Snipe, 5 displaying Lapwings. Better Nightjar news at Mortimer road/ Gill Royd lane junction with 2 churring and 2 showing. Also here Woodcock and 3+ displaying Snipe. Nowt audible in the midhope res./low moor area apart from displaying Snipe. This afternoon at wharnclffe wood no sign of any Wood Warblers and at cliffe wood 3 Pied Flycatchers showing well and 1 Spotted Flycatcher. A birdwatcher in cliffe wood reckons on about 8 males in there. Does anyone have any news on Wood Warbler at wharncliffe wood ?.

Wintersett 27.05.17

15 - 20 degrees with sun, scattered cloud and a light south westerly.  A short but heavy thunderstorm mid-afternoon.
Anglers CP: Little Ringed Plover 2.  Common Tern 1.  Wigeon 1 pair.  Oystercatcher 3 young.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 6 singing males - with the boathouse, north bank and north east bank birds being more mobile.  SE corner, west bank and ruin are more ore less static.
Lepidoptera: Red Admiral 2 ACP.
Another good moth night. Small Mottled Willow was the 3rd record for the Wintersett Area.  Silver Y,  Poplar Hawkmoth, Eyed Hawkmoth and Elephant Hawkmoth were the other notables.
Odonata: 2 male Red-eyed Damselflies were on Persicaria this morning.  A Broad-bodied Chaser was seen at ACP.

Small Mottled Willow       ACP  CSwaine

Red-eyed Damselfly  WRes.  PMeredith    (Record Shot)

Friday, 26 May 2017

Wintersett + a Moth 1st 26.05.17

Hot!  15 - 24 degrees with a few scattered clouds and a light easterly to south easterly breeze.
Wintersett Res:  2  Black-necked Grebe in summer plumage were off the east bank.  2 Shelduck flew towards Walton Hall. 
Anglers CP:  Herring Gull 1.  A Cuckoo was singing to the north.  Wigeon 1 pair.  Mallard young  1 + 2 M/L  and 5 small.
Lepidoptera: A Dingy Skipper was on the Disposal Point.
It was a brilliant for moths last night.  2 Waved Umber were a 1st record for the area. Seraphim, Alder Moth,  Pale Pinion, 6 Grass Rivulet, Dingy Shell,  2 Rivulet. and White Pinion Spotted were the other notables.
Waved Umber  1st for Wintersett Area       ACP     ASmith

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Wintersett 25.05.17

15 - 24 degrees - Sunny and hot with 1/8 cloud and a warm south easterly breeze.
Anglers CP: Grey Wagtail 1.  Pochard 1 m. Wigeon 1 pair.
Young birds:  Coot 7.  Oystercatcher 3. Canada Goslings 6.  Black-headed Gull 2 + 2.
Wintersett Res: A Kingfisher flew over to Botany Bay.  A Hobby flew over at 19.05hrs.
Lepidoptera: Very small numbers but a variety of species.
Orange Tip  HPLane.
2 Small Copper and the first Dingy Skipper for WRes..
Painted Lady 1 ACP + 1 Disp.Pt.
2 Small Heath and 2 Common Blue  DispPt. 

Carlton Marsh

A last minute decision to go mothing last night (Wednesday 24th) with Chris Parkin proved very interesting. Amongst the 14 species taken were; Scalloped Hazel (2nd record) Sallow Kitten (2nd record-first since 1979) and Pale Prominent.
May Highflyer (3), Pale Tussock and Grey Birch were all new to the list.
 Pale Tussock
 May Highflyer
 Grey Birch
 Sallow Kitten

Cliffe Wood, Langsett 25.05.17

Four lovely images from Cliffe Wood taken by Ron Marshall.


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Wintersett 24.05.17

13 - 20 degrees with sun, scattered cloud and a light westerly.
Disposal Point:  Chris Swaine picked up yet another great bird for the year list.   This time a ringtail Hen Harrier going over north east at 07.45hrs.  A Cuckoo was singing.
Anglers CP:  Kev Denny had a Whimbrel on the rocks and a Curlew bubbling in the back field.   A Common Tern flew through.  The Wigeon pair are still hanging around. The 2 resident pairs of Oystercatchers were having a set to with  an intruding pair and a single bird at 17.30hrs.
Wintersett Res: Mallard 5 medium young.
Cold Hiendley Res: The Mute Swan pair have made another nest.

                             Whimbrel                 ACP     KDenny

             Ringtail Hen Harrier                    Disposal Point    CSwaine

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Wintersett 23.05.17

11 - 20 degrees, sunny with scattered cloud and a light westerly. 
Not a lot to report  because of a very pleasant jaunt to Adwick Washlands this morning.
Anglers CP:  Dunlin 1 over.  Shelduck 5 south,  Oystercatcher  3 young.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Wintersett 22.05.17

12 - 17 degrees and warm all day.  Varying amounts of cloud and a westerly breeze.

Anglers CP: Shelduck  4 left south at 05.20hrs.  Oystercatcher 6 adults + 3 young.   Wigeon 1 pair.  Moorhen (2nd brood) 4 young.
Pits Wood:  Nuthatch 1 south of road.
CH Res. SF: Yellow Wagtail 1.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 2.  Cuckoo 1 male still singing all around.
Odonata: The first Blue-tailed Damselfly of the year was on the west bank WRes..

                        Blue-tailed Damselfly                WRes.  ASmith

Whoo hoo! It's a Wintersett 1st 20.05.17

I have the great pleasure of announcing that Mike Denton has confirmed  the 2  GREEN  TIGER  BEETLES seen on 20.05.17  are the first for the Wintersett Recording Area.  Congratulations to Paul Meredith  aka Fitzy.

                    Green Tiger Beetle                  CSwaine

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Wintersett Interesting Chiffchaff 20.05.17 Possible Iberian?

This interesting Chiffchaff  showing characterisitics of the Iberian species Phylloscopus ibericus was trapped and ringed at Wintersett Res.  20.05.17    Any comments welcomed.

Ewden valley to lodge and return, 21/5/17.

Cool breeze but not a problem sheltering at the lodge. Nowt new apart from a singing Tree Pipit at Moor Side. Also, - Buzzard total of 7 which includes a kettle of 6 which were joined by a Red Kite. Falcons scarce with a Peregrine on and off and seen chasing a Mallard but failed. Kestrel just one. Raven 2, Golden Plover 4 with 1 showing very well down near the track, 1 calling distant on broomhead moor and a pair on white carr. 1 chipping Snipe, Swift 30, House Martin 2, Redpoll 1, singing Reed Bunting, Cuckoo 1 heard more distantly near brown edge. Meadow Pipits counted on the way to and at the lodge, total 45+.

Carlton Marsh

Oystercatchers were on the move this morning, 3 SE at 07.15hrs, 1N at 09.05hrs and 2 more minutes later. 2 Redshanks, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 4 Lapwings were on the Wader Scrape and 1 Ringed Plover flew north. Also present Buzzard, Kingfisher and Water Rail (Jim Plant).
Unfortunately no-one was on site when I received a call from Angie that an Osprey was heading our way.

South Kirkby Tip & Pond
Birds included a singing Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker, 4 Tufted Duck and Buzzard.
Butterfly counts included 10 Orange-tip (7 females) 53 Dingy Skipper, 25 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue and 2 male Brimstone (Chris Parkin). 

Wintersett 21.05.17

9 - 16 degrees with sunny spells and scattered, increasing cloud and a light southerly.
Wintersett Res: Grey Wagtail 1 m.  Cetti's Warbler 6 singing males.
Disposal Point: Cuckoo 1 singing male.
Anglers CP: A rather quiet morning -  Oystercatcher 3 young. Pochard 1m.  Wigeon 1 pair.  Herring Gull 1. - but finished with a very nice OSPREY circling over, then leaving south at 12.10hrs.
Lepidoptera Disposal Point: Dingy Skipper 3 and Small Heath 1
Coleoptera: A great find by Paul Meredith was 2 Green Tiger Beetles Cicindela campestris on the Disposal point.  Not sure if these are the first for this area - ~will check with Mike Denton and update later.  (22.05.17Mike Denton confirmed Green Tiger Beetles are the first for the Wintersett recording area.)
CHRes:  Yellow Wagtail 1.  5 Oystercatchers flying around.                   
Santingley Area.  A Barn Owl was hunting at dusk.

                              Dingy Skipper   Disposal Point                CSwaine
                                Green Tiger Beetle    Disposal Point    CSwaine
                                                        Osprey                             ACP   PMeredith