Thursday, 21 August 2014

The Edge 21st Aug

Wombwell Ings mid AM- Present were 1 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Shelduck, 28 Teal, 10 Mallard, 1 Garganey, 107 Lapwing, 12 Black Tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 15 BH Gull, 60+ Goldfinch, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap and 3 Swift.
Broomhill Flash late AM- Noted were 23 Little Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan +2y, 14 Tufted Duck, 14 Mallard, 6 Teal, 1 Pochard, 100+ Lapwing, 3 Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard and 1 Barn Owl.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM-Present were 8 Little Grebe, 9a+3y Great Crested Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan + 7y, 6 Canada Geese, 43 Gadwall, 19 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 3 Mallard, 58 Lapwing, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Wintersett 21.08.14

14°C,  6/8 cloud  with a south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: A Little Egret flew over north at 07.25hrs.  3 Shelduck flew in from WRes at 07.40.  A juv. Shelduck was on the islands mid morning.   Swift 2 + 1 WRes..
Wintersett Village:  Little Owl 1
Walton Hall: Common Tern 1 adult.  A Nuthatch was heard at Stoneheaps (on the canal).

Adwick (am)

Little Egret 4, Lapwing 80, Redshank 1 west at 10.30, Peregrine 1, Grey Partridge 6, Little Owl 1, Yellow Wagtail 4, Willow Tit 3,

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Edge 20th AUG

Wombwell Ings mid AM-Highlight was the cream crowned Marsh Harrier that flew in at 9.10am but mobbing by Lapwings resulted in it leaving northwards. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 1 Shelduck, 7 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, c150 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank(flew towards Broomhill at 8.55am), 1 Kestrel, 43 BH Gull, 10+ Yellow Wagtail and 6+ Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash late AM- Noted were 8 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 27 Little Grebe, 1 Mute Swan +2y, 3 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 21 Mallard, 19 Tufted Duck, 8+ Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 1 Garganey(seen early AM leaving Wombwell Ings by J.Hewitt), 80+ Lapwing, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 17 BH Gull and 1 Barn Owl.
Bolton Ings early PM-Present were 4 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 9 Little Grebe, 6a+2y Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan +6y, 53 Greylag, 14 Canada Geese, 45 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, 6 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 3 Mallard, 14 Lapwing, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Swift.

To Tesco & back

Elsecar Reservoir - 1 Grey Heron, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 14+ Coot and 3 Grey Wagtails.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 19 Canada Geese, 90 Mallards, 13 Tufted Ducks, 6 Little Grebes, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Moorhen, 4 Coots, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtails and 14 Pied Wagtails.
Midhope Reservoir - 34 Canada Geese, 2 Tufted Ducks, 7 Little Grebes and 1 male Redstart.

Wintersett 20.08.14

13°C,   some sunshine with 4/8 cloud and a cool north westerly.  There was a light shower early afternoon.
Anglers CP: Teal 8 left east  + 1 WRes., Shoveler 1,  Pochard 6 + 15 WRes. and  Gadwall 2. Canada Goose 276,  Greylag Goose 108,  Mallard 84.   A Curlew flew NW at 14.55hrs..
Wintersett Res: Yellow-legged Gull,  usual adult,  Swift 1 + 2 ACP,  Common Tern 2 adults + 2 juvs., Goldeneye 1 female.  Cetti's 1 male.  Tufted Duck 5 fledged young + 2 fledged CHRes..
Archie was ringing in the NE corner this morning: His catch included:-  Garden Warbler 1, Blackcap 14 and Chiffchaff 10.
Alien: The long term resident  Red-eared Terrapin Trechemys scripta elegans, was seen basking just under the surface of the water in the NE corner of WRes..

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Edge 19th Aug

Wombwell Ings mid AM- Highlight was the 2  Redstart in Broomhill Park. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Mute Swan, 23 Canada Geese, 7 Teal, 5 Mallard, 1 Garganey, 44+ Lapwing, 5 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 53 BH Gull, 1 Kestrel, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash late AM- Noted were 10 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 23+ Little Grebe, 1 Mute Swan +2y, 29 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 35 Mallard, 16+ Tufted Duck, 13 Teal, 5 Gadwall, 60+ Lapwing, 11 BH Gull, 1 GBB Gull, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel and 1 Hobby.
Bolton Ings early PM-  Present were 6 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 8 Little Grebe, 6a+2y Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan +6y, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Greylag, 32 Gadwall, 19 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 2 Mallard, 8 Lapwing, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Swift .

Wintersett 19.08.14

15°C,  sunny but cool with a light north westerly. 
Anglers CP: Yellow Wagtail 4 + 1 SE WRes., Grey Wagtail 1,  Common Tern 1 + 1 NW,  Shelduck 1 juv. east,  Pochard 4,  Shoveler 2,  usual adult Yellow-legged Gull, Buzzard 4 and a Meadow Pipit went south.
Wintersett Res: Redshank 2,  Sand Martin 400,  Swift 1,  Common Tern 2 adults + 2 juvs. and a Hobby over at 14.22hrs.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Old moor Nocturnal Report - Monday 18th August

Mere - Green Sandpiper 4, Common Sandpiper 2, Dunlin 2, Ringed Plover 1, Little Ringed Plover 3.

Main Marsh - Barnacle Goose 1, Wigeon 1, Lapwing 900+, Black Tailed Godwit 2, Greenshank 1, Green Sandpiper 4, Snipe 5,  LBB Gull 13, Common Gull 1, Peregrine 1, Hobby 1.

Roost in willows on Willow Pool - Grey Heron 3, Cormorant 20, Little Egret 25.

The Little Egrets came in as follows - 1 at 19.55, 1 at 20.06, 1 at 20.08, 1 at 20.17, 1 at 20.19, 5 at 20.26, 4 at 20.28, 2 at 20.31, 2 at 20.32, 1 at 20.34, 1 at 20.41, 2 at 20.44, 2 at 20.45 and finally 1 at 20.56. Tonight 9 came in from up the valley and 16 from down the valley.

Wintersett 18.08.14

14°C start,  dry but cold with 8/8 cloud and a moderate north westerly.  Very quiet birdwise.
Anglers CP: Swift 1,  Snipe 1, Grey Wagtail 1,  Pochard 9 + 1 CHRes., Teal 3,  Shoveler 3, Mallard Broods  1 large young + 1 small young.  Buzzard 2 and the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull.
Botany Bay: Cetti's Warbler 1 calling on the north bank.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 1 adult and 2 juveniles.    Goldeneye 2 female + 1 female CHRes..   Yellow Wagtail 2 over and  Goldfinch 35.

The Edge 18th Aug

Wombwell Ings mid AM- Present were 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 11 Teal, 5 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Garganey, 188 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 25 BH Gull, 1 Kestrel, 2 Whitethroat, 20+ Goldfinch and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash late AM- Noted were 9 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 21 Little Grebe, 1 Mute Swan +2y, 3 Greylag,  18 Mallard, 17 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 76 Lapwing, 4+ Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Barn Owl.
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM- Present were 6 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 10 Little Grebe, 6a+2y Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan +6y, 11 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 54 Gadwall, 19 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 1 Teal, 56 Lapwing, 5 Black Tailed Godwit and 1 Kestrel.

Edderthorpe Flash 18 August

This morning, Black-tailed Godwit, Golden Plover s/p, 3 Little Egret, 1 Dunlin, 12 Little Grebe 6 Snipe and 124 Lapwing.

Bolton Ings - Sunday 17th August

I started out at 09.30, the weather was dry but with a very strong wind. Highlight was a juvenile Marsh Harrier quartering over the reeds before making its way onto the Western pool and out of sight. Full list :- Grey Heron 1, Little Egret 1, Mute Swan 16, Canada Goose 3, Grey Lag Goose 10, Cormorant 6, Great Crested Grebe 11, Little Grebe 16, Mallard 28, Teal 1, Wigeon 3, Gadwall 91, Tufted Duck 32, Pochard 6, Coot 262, Moorhen 4, Lapwing 21, Black Headed Gull 5, Marsh Harrier 1, Kestrel 1, Sand Martin c50.

Not the Nocturnal Report - Saturday 16th August

Decided to check the Little Egret roost on Saturday morning, that meant an early start, a very early start.  Up at 04.30 I was in position in the Wath Ings hide at 04.55, still dark the roost was quiet. At 05.10 2 Grey Herons flew out of the roost and the Little Egrets started calling. At 05.23 the first 8 Egrets flew out, followed by 6 at 05.26, 2 at 05.28, 4 at 05.29, 3 at 05.31 and the last 2 at 05.33. The 25 Egrets had all left the roost in ten minutes, 20 left up the valley and 5 down the valley.

Also seen were Greenshank 3, Ruff 1, Common Sandpiper 6, Green Sandpiper 7, Little Ringed Plover 3, Black Tailed Godwit 12, Golden Plover 3, Dunlin 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, Chiffchaff 1 singing, Sand Martin c650.

Went to the Bird Fair at Rutland Water later and only saw 2 Little Egrets, thats rubbish. Heard that the roost on the Ouse Washes was a bit better with 299 counted last week.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Wintersett 17.08.14

Oops!  I made two omissions yesterday.  A juvenile Cuckoo was seen on the Disposal Point and a Common Sandpiper was on Anglers CP
16°C,  sunny spells and a light shower this morning, with a brisk westerly.
Anglers CP: Yellow-legged Gull, usual adult, Shoveler 4,  Goldeneye 2 female, Pochard 9,  Common Sandpiper 1 and Swift 2.
Butterfly:  Holly Blue near the boathouse bench WRes..


Help!!!

 

Can anybody identify this for me please.
Insects? I must be catching the bug

Adwick a.m.

Male Redstart still on fence from animal pen. Little Egret 2.

Of interest: Dipper still at Conisbrough this morning, 100m upstream of hairdressers near traffic lights, on small stream.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Langsett

Langsett Reservoir - 1 Canada Goose, c60 Mallards and 5 Tufted Duck.
gull roost - a difficult evening but the following counts - 314+ Black-headed Gulls, 3+ Common Gulls, 222+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 3 (2 first-winters & 1 third cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, 1 first cy/second cy Caspian Gull (plus a possible adult that disappeared behind some large rocks and into a 'gutter' on landing and could not be relocated), 2 juvenile Herring Gulls and possibly the best of all for this site - 1 Common Tern.

Wintersett 16.08.14

13°C start,  7/8 cloud and a cool north westerly this morning.
Anglers CP: Common Tern 1 + 2 adults and 2 juvs north,  Grey Wagtail 1,  Greylag Goose 108, 
Haw Park Lane: Tawny Owl 1
Wintersett Res: Swift 1,  Sand Martin 400,  Yellow Wagtail 1over and Canada Goose 32.   The usual Yellow-legged Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull adults were present.
101 birds were ringed this morning including: 18 Chiffchaff,  15 Reed Warbler,  Garden Warbler 1,  Sedge Warbler 4,  Blackcap 5,  Sand Martin 44,  Lesser Whitethroat 1,  Whitethroat 1 and Willow Warbler 4.
(Oops!   I omitted  the following: A juvenile Cuckoo was seen on the Disposal Point and a Common Sandpiper was on Anglers CP)

Carlton Marsh

Where have all the Sylvia warblers gone? Blackcap and Whitethroat adults returned in good numbers during the spring, but judging by recent ringing results productivity in both species appears to be surprisingly low. Conversely Chiffchaffs here are being caught in record numbers with 53 so far and Willow Warbler just 23. Evening sessions are particularly good for catching both species. When I think back to the 1980's Chiffchaff was only a passage migrant here!
Of the 20 adult Reed Warblers caught here during the spring, some may have left already and the remainder are double brooding. However, juveniles are not exactly queuing up to be caught at 19 so far. As for Sedge Warbler, it's another disastrous year here with only 2 adults caught during the spring, both appear to have moved on. This must be a bird in crisis if this situation is reflected more widely. I know that Wintersett for example is well down on singing birds and ring captures.

Today's ringing produced 2 Reed Warblers, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Whitethroats and 2 Chiffchaffs.

A pair of Water Rails spent some considerable time calling/singing whilst feeding at least 2 very small chicks in the shallows. Another adult called near the ringing rides and a Treecreeper somehow managed to avoid the nets. All in all though it was good to be out.