Sunday, 22 October 2017

Wintersett 22.10.17

10 degrees with 8/8 cloud,  dull and damp,  with a cold and blustery south westerly to north westerly.
Anglers CP:  The female Scaup present for 6th day.  Goosander 3 flew SW  + 1 flew west.  Greylag Goose 133.  Pink-footed Goose 1.  A Knot flew west at 14.20hrs.  Goldeneye 6.  Cormorant 15
Wintersett Res: Little Grebe 7 + 5 ACP.  Cetti's Warbler 1 male west bank.

2016 Wintersett Area report now available

2016 Wintersett report now available, 
£5 + £1 for p&p for mailed copies. 


Wilthorpe Marsh, Midhope , Broadstones, 22/10/17.

Wilthorpe - Quiet with Snipe the highlight, 3 Jacks and 19 Common. 100+ Carrion Crows in feeding flock, 15 Teal, 20 Redwing. Midhope - Very steady with horrendous wind. On the res., drake Tufted Duck, Teal 2, Little Grebe. Raven the top bird on the moor + 2 C Buzzard, Kestrel 2. Small flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare. At Broadstones res. late aft. no sign of Scaup in shocking wind but 15 Golden Plover over.

Barnsley NATs, Celebrating 150 Years


'The Ups and Downs of Yorkshire's Birds, the Red List', a presentation by Tim Melling.
Barnsley Nats are holding an evening meeting of special interest to birders on Wednesday 1st November. Barnsley Town Hall, 7pm.
All welcome. 

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Wintersett + VisMig. 21.10.17

10 - 13 degrees with 6/8 cloud and a light south easterly wind.  Rain and strengthening wind from mid afternoon.   
Anglers CP VisMig: 07.2012.00hrs.  A very interesting morning with more than 2500 birds through.
 http://www.trektellen.org/count/view/1100/20171021   See PM's comments
Going south west: Redwing 1294.  Dunlin 2.  Song Thrush 2. Mistle Thrush 3.  Greenfinch 5.  Reed Bunting 2.
Going south: Chaffinch 23.  Goldfinch 55.  Pied Wagtail 4.  Grey Wagtail 2.   Meadow Pipit 2.   
Going west: A HAWFINCH at 07.53hrs (CS.  new for year list)   Starling 1150 (including a very pale bird).    Yellowhammer 5. 
Anglers CP: Female Scaup present for 5th day.  Goldeneye 6. Todds Canada Goose 1. Great Black-backed Gull 1. 
Wintersett Res: Grey Partridge 4.
Lepidoptera: Red Admiral 1 south ACP.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Wintersett + VisMig 20.10.17

10 - 12 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly. Poor visibility to the west.
Anglers CP VisMig: 09.00 - 12.00hrs 
Going south west:   REDWING were on the move, with many groups flying in fast succession over the trees behind the watchpoint. 1230 were counted in the first hour. By midday the total was 2060 with a further 100 at 15.25hrs    A Brambling flew through at 09.30hrs. Skylark 36.  Chaffinch 12.    Song Thrush 1. 
Going west:  Starling 350.   Redpoll 4.  Fieldfare 5.  Yellowhammer 4.   Siskin 1. 
Anglers CP: The female SCAUP  still hereYellow-legged Gull  2 adults. Wigeon 88.  Teal 5. 
A bird showing characteristics of  'Todds'  Canada Goose, race interior,  was in the Canada Goose flock today and yesterday.  (Note shorter neck,  lack of white breast shield,  clearcut edge to black into brown at rear  base of neck and lacking white collar,  with slightly darker brown body plumage. 
Cold Hiendley:  Yellowhammer 68 in hedgerow adjoining stubble field.
Lepidoptera: Red Admiral 1 WRes..
Here's a selection of Chris Swaine's photos showing the
ID features of  'Todds' Canada Goose race interior





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The Edge 20/10/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 young Mute Swan, 19 Canada Geese, 3 Shelduck, 77 Wigeon, 49 Teal, 12 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 3 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 16 Grey Partridge, 1 Kestrel, 108 Golden Plover, 72 Lapwing,  14 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Redpoll and 2 Bullfinch. K.Fisher had a Tawny Owl on Doveside on Wednesday and 2 Siskin today.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 45 Shoveler, 24 Teal, 19 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 1 Wigeon, 4 Little Grebe, 9 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 16 Grey Partridge, 7 Red Legged Partridge, 7 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 36 Lapwing, 10 Ruff, 10 Dunlin, 7 Snipe, 49 BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Kestre1 2. Early AM PWK also  had 150 Redwing, 25+ Skylark and 1 Grey Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1 young Mute Swan, 100+ Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 12 Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 5 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 109 Coot, 37 BH Gull, 4 Common Gull, 3 LBB Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 4 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 5+ Jay, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Bullfinch and 1 Siskin. Dave Waddington also had 2 Stonechat and 3 Cettis Warbler on Bolton West End.

Storrs Mill-Cudworth

20 Redwing north, Grey Wagtail, Buzzard and 10+ Alba Wagtails in fields.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Wintersett 19.10.17

12 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a light southerly.  Dull and damp with rain from midday.
Anglers CP: A female SCAUP was new in.  27 Redwing and 1 Fieldfare flew south west.  Song Thrush 15.  Goldeneye 2 and   Shoveler 24.
Wintersett Res: 4 male Cetti's Warblers were heard:- north bank,  north east bank,  south east corner (new?), and west bank.  A Water Rail  was in the boathouse reeds.

The Edge 19/10/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1young Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 3 Shelduck, 68 Wigeon, 39 Teal, 10 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 102 Lapwing, 4 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 73 BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 40+ Skylark ( in the air at the same time over the back field ) and 2 Redpoll.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+8y Mute Swan, 48 Shoveler, 26 Tufted Duck,  20 Teal, 11 Mallard, 11 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 5 Wigeon, 2f Goldeneye, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Red Legged Partridge, 1 juv Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 7 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 140+ Golden Plover over,  39 Lapwing, 6 Ruff, 3 Snipe,32 BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull and 1 Grey Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1+3y Mute Swan, 2 Canda Geese, 10 Mallard, 7 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 114 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 44 BH Gull, 4 LBB Gull, 2 Common Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Buzzard.

Carlton Marsh

A small group of distant Pink Feet flew high to the west at 11.00hrs and 17 Fieldfares flew SW at 11.03hrs. 18 Shoveler and 3 Tufted Duck were on the scrape.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Wintersett 18.10.17

10 - 12 degrees with 7/8 cloud and a light south easterly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig:  Pink-footed Goose 505 west in 3 skeins.( 180 at 09.00hrs,  105 @ 09.05hrs and 220 at 10.45hrs.
Anglers CP: Marsh Harrier 1 south at 14.10hrs.  Cormorant 11 in + 14 flew SW.  Herring 15 south.  Snipe 4.
Wintersett Res: A male Cetti's Warbler was singing in the boathouse reeds.
Haw Park Wood: Redpoll 60 west.  House Martin 1 west.
129 Birds were ringed today, including: - Lesser Redpoll 85,  Goldfinch 24,  Goldcrest 9,  Song Thrush 1 and Jay 1.
Lepidoptera: Red Admiral  7 south.

Langsett

A walk around Langsett Res this morning had, c50 PF Goose east, 4 Buzzard, 4 Stonechat, c10 Lesser Redpoll and 6 Greenfinch. Also a few small groups of migrating Woodpigeon.

Higham 0730-0830 at least 1500 Woodpigeon south, c50 PF Goose west, 10+ Redwing and 25 Meadow Pipit.


                                          Stonechat near North America farm ruin Langsett

Carlton Marsh

Looking back over recent days the highlights were; 56 Pink Feet Geese west on 13th and  a 'Cream Crown' Marsh Harrier south at 14.10hrs on 15th. This bird was hunting the reed beds at 15.00hrs on 16th. (Rod Heeley)

Away from the reserve, at Carrs Lane in Cudworth, a fresh dead Jack Snipe was found by Don Crossland on the 14th, in adjacent field where a housing development is taking place. 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Wintersett + Gull Roost 17.10.17

11 - 14 degrees with 7/8 decreasing, scattered cloud and a westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Pink-footed Goose 1.  Teal 5.  Goldeneye 3.  Pochard 124 and Cormorant 15.  ROCK PIPIT 1.
Wintersett Res:  2 adult drake SCAUP were sleeping among the Tufted Ducks.  A Nuthatch was in Pits Wood. A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds. 
WRes. Gull Roost: Yellow-legged Gull 2,  Lesser Black-backed Gull 150
Critters:  A Red Admiral was on NE bank WRes.,  and a Migrant Hawker flew in front of the boathouse bench. 

The Edge 17/10/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 4young Mute Swan, 196 Canada Geese, 16 Greylag, 24 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 11 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 105 Lapwing, 33 Golden Plover, 5 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 84 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 Kestrel, 9 Skylark, 2 Redwing, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Redpoll, 27 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+7y Mute Swan, 201 Canada Geese, 28 Greylag, 57 Shoveler, 31 Tufted Duck, 24 Teal, 12 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 1m+2f Pintail, 2 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 9 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret (15 early AM ), 1 Grey Heron, 10 Coot, 7 Moorhen, 42 Lapwing, 30+ Golden Plover, 6 Ruff, 99 BH Gull, 4 Common Gull and 3 Herring Gull. PWK also had c60 Pink Footed Geese over east at 8.42am, 1 Buzzard, 1 juv Peregrine and 3 Kestrel.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+1y Mute Swan, c225 Greylag, 57 Canada Geese, 12 Pochard, 11 Gadwall, 11 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 131 Coot, 31 BH Gull, 19 Herring Gull and 2 Common Gull. Also present were 4 Cormorant and 2 Grey Heron.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Wintersett 16.10.17

13 - 18 degrees, warm with 8/8 mist, that cleared slowly.  It was calm to a very light south westerly by midday, but the sky was an eerie pale yellow with a red sun.  This was caused by ex hurricane Ophelia picking up Saharan sand and particles from forest fires in Portugal.  Wind picked up speed to fresh and gusty during afternoon.
Anglers CP:  5 Grey Partridge were in the car park field.  4 Goosander.  Shoveler 37 + 8 WRes.,
Wintersett Res: 3 male Cetti's Warblers were heard - north bank,  north west bank and west bank marsh.  A Water Rail was in the boathouse reeds.  Wigeon 75 + 59 CHRes.,   Goldeneye 1.  Chiffchaff 1.  Yellow-legged Gull 1.
Lepidoptera:  3 Red Admiral were on ivy at Pits Wood.
Overnight moth trapping was disappointing.  Best were: Grey shoulder Knot,  Brick,  Yellow-line Quaker,  Red-line Quaker.  A Light Emerald was  a very late 2nd brood emergence.

Sun with Saharan Sand  11.00 hrs    WRes.   ASmith

Wintersett  Res.  sparkling red at  11.10hrs       ASmith

The Edge 16/10/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2y Mute Swan, 12 Canada Geese, 56 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 17 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 10 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 103 Lapwing, 9 Ruff, 31 BH Gull, 4 LBB Gull, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Bullfinch and 5 Redpoll. K.Fisher also had 1 Brambling, 4 Redwing and 1 Kestrel in Broomhill Park and 17 Meadow Pipit on the Ings.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 4+7y Mute Swan, 49 Shoveler, 27 Teal, 24 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall, 11 Mallard, 5 Pochard, 3 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 3 Little Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 10 Coot, 5 Moorhen , 1 Buzzard, 45 Lapwing, 5 Ruff, 62 BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+5y Mute Swan, 250+ Canada Geese, 200+ Greylag, 29 Tufted Duck, 14 Pochard, 8 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 107 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 63 BH Gull, 7 Common Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel and 1 Snipe.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Ewden valley 15/10/17. D Simmonite, S Green.

Dry, bright and sunny but strong sw winds making raptors scarce, the best being a juv Merlin which showed well briefly. Also 5 C Buzzard, 5 Kestrel. Flock of 50 Golden Plover went w. with another 2 s. later. Raven total of 6+. Meadow Pipits still on the move with 111 mostly going s., 2 Stonechats were at the dried up stream on the way down. On the way up, 16 Siskin, 6 Redpoll, 4 Skylark, Coal Tit 2. Bullfinch and 7 Linnets at the lodge and 53 Woodpigeon in the valley. Thrushes just about non existent with just 1 Mistle. Calling Nuthatch at the entrance gate.

Wintersett WeBS October 2017

Here are the October WeBS totals for the Wintersett Area.

Mute Swan 40   Canada Goose 188   Greylag Goose 111   Pink-footed Goose 1   Coot 655   Moorhen 15   Cormorant 9   Mallard 14   Teal 10   Shoveler 40   Wigeon 203   Gadwall 97   Tufted Duck 398   Pochard 95   Goldeneye 3   Great Crested Grebe 31   Little Grebe 11   Grey Heron 5   Lapwing 70   Water Rail 1.