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.

Migration from Royd Moor Hill

Had four hours from dawn observing migration with Jeff Lunn and Russ Boland.
39 Pink-footed Goose east and 2111 Woodpigeon, 6 Alba Wagtail, 52 Redwing, 29 Meadow Pipit, 50 Linnet, 20 Starling, 2 Brambling, 11 Skylark and 7 Lesser Redpoll all south. Probable adult Yellow-legged Gull in distant fields with Lessers, 6 Buzzard and 2 Sparrowhawk local birds.



                                          Pink-footed Geese, Geoff Carr

Wintersett + VisMig. + Evening Update 15.10.17

12 - 18 degrees with 6/8 but decreasing cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP VisMig: 07.10 - 12.00hrs.
Golden Plover 32 SW + 7 NE. Bullfinch 8 west.  SWALLOW 2 south
Going southwest. : Dunlin 1.  Wood Pigeon 1170.   Stock Dove 1 Starling 138.  Skylark 39.  Redwing 53.  Song Thrush 3.  Mistle Thrush 2.  Grey Wagtail 1.  Pied Wagtail 25.  Meadow Pipit 16.  Chaffinch 21.    Greenfinch 47.  Linnet 2.  Lesser Redpoll 50.  Siskin 3  + 6.  Reed Bunting 3.
VisMig. Highlights were a bit weird this morning:  The Dunlin was migrating in a flock of  circa 70 Wood Pigeons. A  high flying Dunnock went west  and a midday Noctule bat was a surprise.
All VisMig records can be found at   http://www.trektellen.nl/count/view/1100/20171015
Anglers CP: Teal 3.  Pink-footed Goose 2.
Wintersett Res: 17.45 - 19.00 hrs Kingfisher 1. 3 male Cetti's Warblers were heard - Boathouse Reeds,  NBank and WBank.  A Tawny Owl was calling from the Willow Wood.  The day had an exciting end when 2 Bitterns were picked up from the dam wall,  flying left in front of the boathouse 18.30hrs.   They continued to the end of the boathouse reeds before turning back and flying back to the boathouse, along the north bank, down the east bank and across to the  south west corner   One dropped into the willows on the west bank and one dropped into the west bank marsh at 18.40hrs.  The birds seemed to be looking for somewhere to roost  and were probably new in to the area.
We also have Belated Bittern Reports at Wintersett Res . on 17th, 18th, 21st, 23rd, 26th & 28th September 2017.
Lepidoptera:Pits Wood Ivy:   Speckled Wood 1.  Comma 4  and Red Admiral 10. 

Wintersett Catch Up 02.10.17 - 13.10.17

Here are the Wintersett Area Sightings while I've been away.
Monday 02.10.17
Anglers CP VisMig:   REDWING  11 SW.  Pink-footed Goose 100 E 10.45hrs.
Anglers CP: Cormorant 17 + 1 WRes.   Shoveler 53 + 3 Wres..  Teal 6.  Little Grebe 4 + 7 WRes..  Pink-footed Goose 1.
Lepidoptera: Speckled Wood 1 EB WRes + 1 NB CHRes..   Red Admiral 1 ACP.

Tuesday 03.10.17
Anglers CP VisMig::  SWALLOW 2. Siskin 2 south. Pink-footed Goose 68 west 09.40hrs.  Whooper Swan 1 SE 0950hrs. 
Anglers CP: Chiffchaff 2 + 1 WRes..  Goosander 1 redhead.  Teal 5.
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 2 m - NW Botany and boathouse reeds.
Odonata: Migrant Hawker 1.
Lepidoptera: Small White 1.

Wednesday 04.10.17
Anglers CP:  A Merlin flew south at 11.52hrs.  House Martin 1.  Pink-footed Goose 1 in back field.  Teal 7.
Wintersett Res: A male Cetti's Warblers and 2 Chiffchaff  in ruin area.
Cold Hiendley Res: Mute Swan 20 + 11 WRes + 1 ACP.  Goldeneye 1 female. 
Mammal:  A Weasel was on Haw Park Lane.

Thursday 05.10.17
Anglers CP:  Siskin 1 south,  Pink-footed Goose 1.
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler males 3 - boathouse reeds,  NE  and N banks.  Chiffchaff 4.  Shoveler 16. 
Critters: Migrant Hawker 1  and Speckled Wood 1 both on Botany Bay.

Friday 06.10.17 
Anglers CP: Siskin 4 south.  Goldeneye 1 new in.  Pink-footed Goose1.  Little Grebe 6.  Linnet 4.
3 Chiffchaff were ringed  this morning. 
Critters:  Comma 1 ACP,   Red Admiral 1 WRes.   Migrant Hawker 1 WRes..

Saturday  07.10.17 
Anglers CP Vis.Mig:
Pink-footed Geese 16 SW + 70 NE.   Whooper Swan 10 NE at 10.15hrs.  Red Kite 1 west.
Going south west:  Snipe 16,  Skylark 7,  Swallow 5,  House Martin 10,  Starling 4,  Song Thrush 1,  Pied Wagtail 16,  Chaffinch 10,  Lesser Redpoll 23,  Goldfinch 27 and Siskin 4.
Anglers CP: Sparrowhawk 2  and Peregrine 2 juveniles. 

Sunday 08.10.17
Anglers CP VisMig:  Pink-footed Goose 276 west  (55 at 07.50hrs,  91 at 10.22hrs and 130 at 10.40hrs.)  Whooper Swan 10 north at 10.15hrs ( 1 immature).  Greylag 2 high west.   Little Egret 2 north at 10.28hrs.  .  Hobby 2 south (late date),  Coal Tit 1 high west, calling.   REDWING 1627 west. 
Going south west:Cormorant 4,  Swallow 5,  House Martin 3,  Starling 79,  Song Thrush 2,  Mistle Thrush 5,  Pied Wagtail 42,  Meadow Pipit 88,  Chaffinch 48, Skylark 102.   Linnet 19,  Lesser Redpoll 65,  Goldfinch 179,  Siskin 16,  Reed Bunting 5.
Anglers CP: Goosander 2.  Peregrine 1.  Pintail 1.  Goldeneye 2.
Wintersett Res: Pink-footed Goose 1 in ruin field.  Chiffchaff 2 + 1 HPWood.  Cetti's Warbler 3 males NB, WB and BHreeds.  Goosander 2. 

Monday 09.10.17
Haw Park Wood:  A RAVEN flew east out of Corvid roost  at 07.00hrs.

Tuesday  10.10.17
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 2 males - NE and Ruin.
Lepidoptera: A Peacock was on Haw Park Lane.

Wednesday 11.10.17
Anglers CP: Shoveler 28.  Cormorant 12.

Friday 13.10.17
Anglers CP Vis Mig:  Goosander 8 west.  2 skeins of Pink-footed Goose 100 + 30.
Disposal Point: Peregrine 1.

October WeBs count for the Wintersett Area will be posted separately.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Wintersett 14.10.17

Back from a bird filled  jaunt around Hungary with @HeatherleaBirding, led expertly by Gerard Gorman and Ian Ford.   Here's the Wintersett Area sightings for today.  I'll do a catch up of other sightings tomorrow.
Up to an unseasonally warm 20 degrees,  with 8/8 but decreasing cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP VisMig 08.30 - 12.00hrs!:  Whooper Swan 2 flew north east.   Goosander 4 north over WRes..
Anglers CP: Siskin 4. 
Cold Hiendley SF: Chiffchaff 2.   Mute Swan 33 here and WRes.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler  3 - boathouse, north bank and north east bank.   Water Rail 1 boathouse reeds. 
Lepidoptera: Brimstone 1 Pol,ACP,    Comma, 1 NE WRes,   Red Admiral 1 WRes..
55 Birds were ringed this morning, including: 26 Goldfinch,  20 Lesser Redpoll,  2 Siskin.

Adult male Siskin                ACP   RBailey
Juvenile Lesser Redpoll      ACP  RBailey
(a very late date for a bird in full juvenile plumage)

Wilthorpe Marsh 14/10/17.

Very quiet with most of the warblers gone and no arrival of thrushes. The first Jack Snipe of the autumn was in + Green Sandpiper, 4 Teal, 3 Stock Doves.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Migration

Woodpigeon on the move already this autumn with 1160 south following the M1 corridor at Higham between 0730 and 0830 yesterday including a white individual and 590 today 0730 to 0815 then a sudden drop-off.

The Edge 13/10/2017

Wombwell Ings - A big passage of Pink Footed Geese this morning with at least 7 skeins, totalling 800+ birds flying west. On the Ings were 45Wigeon, 32 Teal, 14 Mallard, 10 Shoveler, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, c200 Lapwing, 100+ Golden Plover, 9 Ruff, 7 Dunlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 46 BH Gull, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 5 Skylark and 5 Redpoll.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 36 Tufted Duck, 27 Shoveler, 21 Teal, 12 Gadwall,4 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 9 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret ( 12 early AM by PWK ), 2 Little Grebe, 10 Coot, 9 Moorhen, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 42 Lapwing, 8 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 67 BH Gull and 6 LBB Gull. A Great White Egret, seen by PWK, flew north at 7.31am.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+4y Mute Swan, 113 Greylag, 77 Canada Geese, 5 Pink Footed Geese, c30 Wigeon over west, 7 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 117 Coot, 39 BH Gull, 7 LBB Gull, 2 Common Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron  and 1 Kestrel.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Edge 12/10/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 49 Wigeon, 28 Teal, 13 Shoveler, 8 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 171 Lapwing, 60+ Golden Plover, 9 Ruff, 8 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 51 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Common Gull, 12 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldcrest(Broomhill Park), 40+ Linnet and 10+ Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan,37 Shoveler, 23 Tufted Duck, 20 Teal, 10 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 6 Little Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret( 12 early AM by PWK ), 1 Grey Heron, 6 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 10 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 38 Lapwing, 9 Ruff, 3 Dunlin, 138 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Barn Owl and 1 Kingfisher.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 4+4y Mute Swan, 183 Greylag, 11 Canada Geese, 10 Pochard, 8 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 97 Coot, 31 BH Gull, 26 LBB Gull, 1 Herring, 1 Yellow Legged Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 7 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 133 Lapwing over, 4 Jay and 1 Grey Wagtail.