Thursday, 8 December 2016

Wintersett 08.12.16

6 - 10 degrees with overnight rain continuing until 10.30hrs, then dry with a light south westerly.
Anglers CP: A KNOT flew off west at 14.15hrs.  Redwing 30 south,  Cormorant 40. 
Wintersett Res: A male Cetti's Warbler was in the south east corner.

Carlton Marsh

Last night albeit very wet produced the warmest December night I have recorded, the temperature didn't fall below 11.8c. With a high of 13.5c it was very mild during today. Birds seen today included 2 Buzzards soaring over the marsh, 2 Kingfishers, c100 Redwings, Goldcrest, Fieldfare, Cormorant, Willow Tit and 21 Jackdaws north. c350 Wood Pigeons came in to roost, Tawny Owl sang from his usual roost and Barn was hunting from 16.37hrs. 
I wonder if our Bittern is commuting. When it's not seen here I have noticed that one has been seen at Bolton Ings and when its here there haven't been any sightings reported on the blog at Bolton, or is it just coincidence?

The Edge 08/12/16

Broomhill Flash - Started here rather than getting soaked in the very heavy rain trudging onto Wombwell Ings. Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 22 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 7 Teal, 5 Cormorant, 4 Moorhen, 48 Lapwing, 4+ Snipe, 19 BH Gull and c120 Redwing.
Wombwell Ings - By 9.30am the rain had stopped and the light improved so off to the ings. Present were 220+ Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 123 Wigeon, 83 Teal, 27 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 1 Goosander, 3 Grey Partridge, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Moorhen, 11 Lapwing, 28 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull,  c50 Redwing and 4 Reed Bunting.
TPT - 1 Sparrowhawk, 7+ Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch and 1 Goldcrest(in a flock of 5+Long Tailed Tits).
Bolton Ings - Highlight was the Bittern flying west along the reedbeds on the northern shore at 11.35am. On the open water were 4 Mute Swan, 23 Tufted Duck, 7m+2f Goosander, 7 Mallard, 2m+2f Goldeneye, 3 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 171 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 5 BH Gull and 10 Common Gull. Also present were 3 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant and 2 Sparrowhawk.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Wintersett 07.12.16

An exceptionally warm  6 - 14 degrees and cloudy this morning,  sunny this afternoon with a light to moderate south westerly.
Anglers CP:  A Curlew flew west at 15.23hrs.
Haw Park Wood: Redpoll 30,  Siskin 15,  Nuthatch 1 and Treecreeper 3.

                            Treecreeper        HPW                CSwaine

The Edge 07/12/16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 Mute Swan, 225 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 128 Wigeon, 28 Teal, 6 Mallard,4 Tufted Duck, 2 Goosander, 2 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Moorhen, 54 Golden Plover, 6 Lapwing, 21 BH Gull,1 Common Gull and 50+ Redwing.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 3 Mute Swan, 34 Wigeon, 20 Shoveler, 15 Teal, 9 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 2 Pochard, 1 Goosander, 9 Cormorant, 7 Moorhen, 6 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 56 BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull and 120+ Redwing.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 17 Tufted Duck, 14 Mallard, 3m+2f Goosander, 4m+1f Goldeneye, 2 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 151 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 22 Common Gull and 16 BH Gull. Also present were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard and 7 Long Tailed Tit.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Wintersett 06.12.16

0 - 5 degrees, with 8/8 cloud and a very light south westerly. 
Anglers CP:  A Brambling flew over the car park at 09.20hrs.   Teal 56 + 3 CHRes..
Wintersett Res:  Pochard 14.   Shoveler 8 + 2 CHRes..  A Water Rail and a Chiffchaff were in the boathouse reeds.

Carlton Marsh

The Bittern flew across the scrape today at 12 noon. (Ralph Hibbert/Les Corrall)

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Wintersett + Gull Roost 04.12.16

5 degrees, calm with  sun and 5/8 cloud.
Cold Hiendley Field - The amazing Skylark feeding flock is up to 650 today, probably more too. Also Yellowhammer 35, Grey Part 4 per GJS.   (This is the huge field from Cold Hiendley towards Old Royston . There is a footpath down the middle from  Ryhill Pits Lane down to Cold Hiendley Common Lane/Church Lane . Please park with due regard for residents and other traffic.)
Haw Park Wood: Siskin 36 + 11 ACP.
Anglers CP: Redpoll 100+,  Mealy Redpoll 2,  Little Grebe 5,  Teal 49,  Wigeon 8 and Woodcock 2.
ACP Gull Roost:  The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull was in at 15.25hrs but left later and flew to WRes.  An adult CASPIAN GULL was seen at 15.55hrs.  Another  adult Yellow-legged Gull was in at 16.10hrs..
Wintersett Res: Wigeon 8.   A Harvest mouse nest was found on the north east bank.

                  Harvest Mouse nest    WRes.       ASmith
Lynz Harston paid his first visit for a long time and this little beauty dropped on the gate near the hide.
                 Kestrel         ACP   LHarston

Ewden, 4/12/16.

Noon to 4pm. Very cold but plenty of sun giving top views looking towards Margery hill. Raptors few all singles - ad. Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, C Buzzard, Kestrel. Raven 1 pair seen twice, Woodpigeon flock of 60 n., Fieldfare 200 up the beck late aft. presumably to roost. Good for Brambling with about 60 up the beck valley with 2 showing well and 30 + at the entrance to broomhead farm in mixed finch flock + Nuthatch. Redpoll 1 over.

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights were Kingfisher 2, Water Rail 2 (1 seen) Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Bittern. As seen from the hide it flew at reed top height across the scrape at 14.01hrs onto one of the islands out of sight. It emerged about 10 minutes later before finally disappearing into its favourite reed bed.
Apologies for the poor quality (CG)

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Carlton Marsh

Good numbers of thrushes included c150 Redwing. Also present Cormorant, 5 Shoveler, Green Woodpecker, 14 Skylarks and 3 Goldcrests. A Fox was hunting around the wader scrape during the afternoon.

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 03.12.16

6 degrees with 8/8 and a light easterly.
Anglers CP:  Pink-footed Goose 35 west at 08.10hrs + 49 west at 10.08 hrs.  Teal 45.  Little Grebe 4.   Snipe 12.   Goldeneye 18.  Goosander 26 at dusk.
Birds ringed today included:  1 Snipe,  6 Redwing and 1 Lesser Redpoll.
Wintersett:  Little Owl 1.
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 1m boathouse reeds.
Haw Park Wood:  Siskin 15,  CROSSBILL 2 females. 
Haw Park Lane:  Green Woodpecker 1.
Cold Hiendley Field: A fantastic flock of  550  SKYLARK.  Yellowhammer 35 and Grey Partridge 4.
Gull Roosts Notables:   An adult Yellow-legged Gull  was in at 14.40hrs  and the usual YL adult at 15,50hrs.  A further adult YL Gull was on WRes..
Roost Totals:  Herring Gull                             1570    (760 ACP  + 810 WRes)
                         Great Blackbacked Gull               50    (  40 ACP  +   10 WRes)
                         Lesser Black-backed Gull            23     (    3 ACP  +   20 WRes)

               Snipe    - ringed ACP           RHL

 
 Record shots of the 2 female Crossbills   HPW   CSwaine

Friday, 2 December 2016

Wintersett 02.12.16

6 degrees, calm  with 8/8 cloud.  Still quiet.
Anglers CP:  Greylag Goose 121,  Teal 32,  Shoveler 2 + 4 WRes.,  Little Grebe 3 and Siskin 2.

The Edge 02/12/16

Wombwell Ings -Present were 202 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 78 Wigeon, 18 Teal, 13 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 1 male Goosander, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Moorhen, 5 Red Legged Partridge, 119 Golden Plover, 7 Lapwing, 4 BH Gull, c50 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush and 3 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 45 Shoveler, 30+ Wigeon, 24 Teal, 17 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 1 female Goldeneye, 1 Cormorant, 7 Golden Plover, 78 BH Gull, 8 Common Gull, c200 Redwing and c50 Fieldfare.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 78 Wigeon, 13 Tufted Duck, 11 Shoveler, 11 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 5 Pochard, 3 Goosander, 1m+2f Pintail, 2 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 161 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 15 BH Gull and 17 Common Gull. Also present were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Redshank, 2 Jay and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Wintersett 01.12.16

A mild 10 degrees with 5/8 cloud and a light north westerly.  Another quiet day.
Anglers CP:   Wigeon 228,  Teal 20,  Shoveler 3 and Little Grebe 1.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Wintersett 30.11.2016

5 - 6 degrees with 4/8 cloud and a light westerly. A very quiet day without any new birds in.
Anglers CP:  Wigeon 241  and Shoveler 5 + 2 CHRes +  1 WRes..

The Edge 30/11/16

Wombwell Ings - 100% ice cover of the main flash meant there were few birds to count. Present were 2 Mute Swan over, 15 Wigeon, 2 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 3 Moorhen, 25 Lapwing, 56 BH Gull and c40 Redwing.
Broomhill Flash - About 80% ice cover. Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 55+ Shoveler, 45 Wigeon, 13 Gadwall, 12 Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, 2 Pochard, 5 Cormorant, 4 Moorhen, 50+ Golden Plover, 40+ Lapwing, 7+ Snipe, 123 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Red Legged Partridge and 1 Kingfisher.
Bolton Ings - About 66% ice cover. On the small area of open water were 2 Mute Swan, c70 Mallard, 57 Tufted Duck, 11 Shoveler, 10 Pochard, 8 Goosander, 2 Teal, 2 female Goldeneye, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 212 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 28 BH Gull and 12 Common Gull. Also present were 4 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Song Thrush and 3 Bullfinch.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Moorlands + 29/11/16.

Broomhead Moor, dukes rd., ewden, circular. Very cold with bright sunshine for this classic walk. Shame the birding wasn't as good with not much seen. Smoke from heather burning spoiling the views in the ewden valley. 1+ Brambling were in the elusive Chaffinch flock at the Mortimer road entrance gate + Nuthatch. Woodcock flushed off and a Stonechat on broomhead moor. On to midhope/low moor which had very poor visibility due to the sun and smoke from heather burning. 17 Teal on the res. On to ingbirchworth with some of the Brambling flock showing well. All the geese were too far away in fields above the nw corner of the res.

Wintersett + Gull Roost. 29.11.16

A very cold and  frosty  -2  to 4 degrees.  mostly calm with clear blue sky.
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 1m west bank.  Chiffchaff 1 boathouse area.  Shoveler 3.
Anglers CP:  50 Pink-footed Geese were in the fields.   2 Barn Owls were seen - 16.00hrs and 16.07hrs.   Teal 37.  Woodcock 1.
ACP Gull Roost: The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull was the only notable in the roost tonight.

The Edge 29/11/2016

Bolton Ings - Highlight was the Bittern that flew along the north side of the eastern pool at 11.37am. On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 1 Greylag, 50 Tufted Duck, 25 Mallard, 12 Teal, 6 Pochard, 4 male Goosander, 4 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 female Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 141 Coot, 26 BH Gull and 16 Common Gull. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 48 Lapwing, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Jay, c150 Redwing, 20+ Fieldfare, 1 Greenfinch and 6 Bullfinch.
Broomhill Flash - per J. Seeviour  Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 76 Greylag, 60+ Teal, 55+ Shoveler, 50+ Wigeon, 30+ Gadwall, 25 Mallard, 10+ Tufted Duck, 8+ Cormorant, 3 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 200+Redwing and 20+ Fieldfare.