Monday, 27 February 2017

Newmillerdam - 27 February 2017

Dark afternoon with heavy rain during part of the visit. A second unringed 1st winter mute swan has arrived, bringing the total to 8. The adult female, four of her sygnets from last year, one that was ringed at Wombwell Canal on 18 Aug 2016 (Red 299Y) and these two unringed swans. In addition, there is the juvenile whooper swan that acts like it's a mute swan too.

The pochard was not seen for the second day in a row, so may have now departed.

Mallards and Canada geese not counted on account of the rain, and there were hardly any black-headed gulls on site by late afternoon.

Black-headed gull (2), bullfinch (5), Canada goose, coot (30), goosander (3f), great crested grebe (2), kingfisher (1), mallard, moorhen (17), mute swan (8), rook (2), tufted duck (4), whooper swan (1).

BARNSLEY BIRD STUDY GROUP

THURSDAY 2nd MARCH at the OLD MOOR VISITOR CENTRE, Start 7.15 pm.
The final meeting of the winter sessions.

RON MARSHALL with a photographic tour 'TOP TO THE BOTTOM'. Expect some top class photography from around the World.

All welcome, £2.50 entrance charge includes interval drink.

Wintersett 27.02.17

3 - 5 degrees with intermittent showers from 09.30hrs onwards and a light westerly.
Anglers CP: An adult Yellow-legged Gull was in at 16.07hrs.
Wintersett Res: A Curlew flew west at 17.20hrs.  Little Grebe 4.  Cetti's Warbler 1 singing male west bank.

The Edge 27/02/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 87 Canada Geese, c200 Wigeon, 31 Teal, 12 Shoveler, 11 Mallard, 11 Pochard, 7 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 1 Goosander, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 12 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 4 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 76 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 2 GBB Gull, 5+ Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail and 2 Reed Bunting. K.Fisher also had a skein of 18 Whooper Swan over west at 8.30am, 16 Linnet and 2 Chiffchaff (Broomhill Park).
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 61 Wigeon, 46 Shoveler, 19 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 4 Mallard, 2 Goldeneye, 41 Coot, c200 Lapwing, c150 Golden Plover, and 220+ BH Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 15 Tufted Duck, 11 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 6 Goldeneye, 4 Pochard, 2 Goosander, 2 Shoveler, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 184 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 61 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Bullfinch.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Carlton Marsh

Three hours after waiting patiently in the hide, as the weather deteriorated, Dave Standish was rewarded with a good sighting of the Bittern as it flew into its favourite roosting site at 16.55hrs. A Little Egret arrives a minute later. Also present Cormorant, Buzzard, 41 Gadwall and Water Rail.   

Brierley
8 Waxwings were perched in a tree at Bollingbrook House at 08.00hrs this morning. (Jim Plant) 

Wintersett + Gull Roost 26.02.17

5 - 7 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a south westerly breeze.
Moorhouse Lane Area: The Firecrest was reported present on Bird Guides News Extra at 08.35 hrs.
Anglers CP: 5 Linnets flew west. 
Haw Park Wood: Siskin 20.
Cold Hiendley Res: A Grey Wagtail was feeding on the spillway.
Cold Hiendley Field: Skylark 20 and Yellow Bunting 25.
Wintersett Res: The boathouse Cetti's Warbler was singing this morning. Goosander 2.  Steve Denny has had all 4  singing male Cetti's Warblers,  over the last two weeks, at first light.
WRes.Gull Roost: The regular 3rdW Iceland Gull was in for 5 minutes, then left for ACP at 16.10hrs.  The usual adult Iceland Gull was picked up shortly after. A 1stW Glaucous Gull and a 1st W Yellow-legged Gull were also seen.  Herring Gull 500. 

                       Iceland Gull  adult            WRes                SDenny

Newmillerdam - 26 February 2017

I arrived back at the dam wall at the end of my visit and was relieved that I'd got a gull count in before the latest visitor decided to chuck a loaf of bread into the lake and send the gulls frantic. The juvenile herring gull I'd been watching took to the air giving me an additional view, but it was then joined in flight by another herring gull and a magnificent yellow-legged gull flying directly overhead, fighting with the black-headed gulls for the bread.

Large gulls are something of a rarity at Newmillerdam, so three together and a new record for the year as well, was quite a good way to end the day.

The day had started off with a sparrowhawk flying over, then a flock of 100+ redwing off Wood Lane and a couple of grey partridge flying from the rough grassland at Woodmoor Farm. The new unringed mute swan was still on the lake and a third great crested grebe was in.

Black-headed gull (246), Canada goose (29), coot (33), goosander (3 1m/2f), great crested grebe (3), great spotted woodpecker (1), grey partridge (2), greylag goose (12), herring gull (2), mallard (150), moorhen (1), mute swan (7), redwing (100+), sparrowhawk (1), teal (3), tufted duck (8), whooper swan (1), yellow-legged gull (1).

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Carlton Marsh

A Little Egret was on the wader scrape this morning and later 2 came in to roost. Notables today were Goldcrest singing, 3 Coal Tits (1 singing) 2 Mistle Thrush in song, 34 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and 2 Woodcock at 18.25hrs going out to feed. (Dave Standish et al)

Wintersett + Gull Roost 25.02.17

9 degrees, mild with a few sunny spells,  scattered cloud to 8/8 and a south westerly wind.
Anglers CP + fields:  A RAVEN flew south over fields, calling at 08.05hrs, and then seen over CP going towards Haw Park Wood at 11.00hrs. A Dunlin flew over at 09.20hrs.   Stock Dove 21.  Redwing 22 (Hare Park).  Jack Snipe 1.  Oystercatcher 5.  Kingfisher 1.  Shoveler 23 .  Pochard 14 + 3 WRes..  Greylag Goose 80.  Goosander 2. 
Cold Hiendley Res:  A RED  KITE flew over west at 15.20 per SDenny.
 Wintersett Res: Gadwall 12 + 3 ACP.  Goldeneye 131 (49WRes + 66 ACP + 16 CHRes).  Cetti's Warbler 1 singing male in the boathouse reeds.
WRes. Gull Roost:  An adult Yellow-legged Gull was the only notable today.  Herring Gull 450.  Lesser Black-backed Gull 8.  Great Black-backed Gull 1.  Black-headed Gull 5000.


BEFORE  did some cutting along the edge of  ACP lake this  morning.  

AFTER. 

Friday, 24 February 2017

Carlton Marsh

Sightings today included Goldcrest, 8 Tufted Duck, Treecreeper, Sparrowhawk, and 14 Lapwing. (Rod Heeley) Barn Owl and Little Owl were also seen.

Cudworth
A Red Admiral was sunning itself in Arthur Vincent's Stanley Street garden at mid-day!

Ardagh Glassworks - Monk Bretton
A Peregrine was seen here at 10.30hrs yesterday 23rd. (Dave Smith)

Wintersett 24.02.17

2 - 6 degrees with sun, scattered cloud and a south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: 2 Shelduck left north at 07.30hrs.   Woodcock 1. The ringed adult Black-headed Gull, left leg AYA black on white, right leg metal was seen this morning.  Goosander 4 + 2 WRes..   Canada X Greylag Hybrids 5.
Cold Hiendley Field: Skylark 50.  Yellowhammer 40.
Moorhouse Lane: Firecrest 1m.  Willow Tit 1 + 1 WRes.. 
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 singing male in boathouse reeds.
Mick Hemingway took these Firecrest shots between the crossroads and the road.




Newmillerdam - 24 February 2017

Today saw a second great crested grebe arrive and the two greylag geese that arrived last Saturday (18th) were still present. The greylags were in first thing last Saturday, (new for the year) and were later joined by 41 others that flew in and hung around for a few hours before leaving the original two in residence. A buzzard was perched up in the woodland to the south-west of the lake.

Black-headed gull (83), buzzard (1), Canada goose (16), coot (26), goldfinch (4), goosander (3 2f/1m), great crested grebe (2), great spotted woodpecker (1), greylag goose (2), kingfisher (1), mallard (156), moorhen (15), mute swan (7), pochard (1), teal (1), tufted duck (11), juvenile whooper swan (1).

The Edge 24/02/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 124 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 203 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 10 Mallard, 9 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 6 Goosander, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Grey Heron, 10 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 205 Golden Plover, 2 Lapwing, 207 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull, 6+ Skylark and 2 Meadow Pipit.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 32 Canada Geese, 66 Wigeon, 56 Shoveler, 29 Teal, 18 Gadwall, 14 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 3 Little Grebe, 42 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 2 Buzzard, 50+ Lapwing, 150+ BH Gull and 2 Common Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 14 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 4 Goldeneye, 3 Teal, 2 Pochard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 184 Coot, 3 Moorhen and 71 BH Gull. Also present were 4 Cormorant 1 Grey Heron and 2 Willow Tit.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Carlton Marsh

Storm Doris wreaked havoc nationwide with Strong to gale force winds and a deep depression down to 975 millibars. Late afternoon saw 2 Little Egrets in to roost, 3 Snipe, Tawny Owl and a Woodcock going out to feed at dusk. (Dave Standish)

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Wintersett 22.02.17

Up to 8 degrees,  sunny spells this morning but with a cool, strong south westerly.
Rough Bottom: 14 Lapwings were  mobbing a Red Kite at 08.30 per John Gardner @WildscenesUK
Anglers CP:  9 Eurasian White-fronted Geese flew north at 09.40 hrs and were reported at Swillington Ings , on the ridge & furrow,  at 10.50hrs. These are the first since 2011!  Goosander 1 male.  Pochard 15 + 1 WRes:  Great Black-backed Gull 2 x 1stW.  Cormorant 10.  Green Woodpecker 1. 
Wintersett Res: The boathouse Cetti's Warbler was singing very loudly this morning.  A Treecreeper was in the Willow Wood.
Santingley area: Redwing 17,  Fieldfare 2 and Meadow Pipit 2 per Chris Swaine

 Redwings           CSwaine

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Wintersett 21.02.17

7 - 10 degrees,  sunny spells early morning but cloud increased to 8/8 with a south westerly breeze.
Moorhouse Lane Pond:  Firecrest still present in  the Silver birch copse at 9.50am - per Jonathan Holliday.
Angler CP: Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the rock wall this morning.   Shoveler 24. Pochard 14,  Little Grebe 1.  Snipe 1. Curlew 1.   Oystercatcher 2 + 2 WRes..
Wintersett Res: 50  Pink-footed Geese flew west at 08.40hrs per Rod & Carol.   The boathouse Cetti's Warbler was singing loudly late morning.  Pochard  2.

Psycho the magnificent  adult Yellow-legged Gull       Anglers CP     AS

The Edge 21/02/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 Mute Swan, 64 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 6 Shelduck, c200 Wigeon, 26 Shoveler, 23 Gadwall, 21 Mallard, 20+ Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Goosander, 3 Pochard, 1 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 13 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 35 Lapwing, 100+ Golden Plover, 194 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 3 Skylark and 2 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 36 Canada Geese, a skein of c120 Pink Footed Geese, through west at 10.20am , 71 Wigeon, 36 Shoveler, 14 Gadwall, 13 Tufted Duck, 9 Teal, 8 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Cormorant, 1 Red Legged Partridge. 2 Kestrel, 29 Coot, 174 Lapwing, 150+ BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull.
TPT -1 Buzzard and 2 Mistle Thrush.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 19 Tufted Duck, 8 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 5 Goldeneye, 2 Pochard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 172 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 66 BH Gull and 10 Common Gull. Also present were 6 Canada Geese, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Willow Tit.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Carlton Marsh

Today's highlights were; 5 Redwing, 2 Buzzard and Water Rail. (Chris Parkin)
200 + Pink Feet headed North at 15.50hrs and Bittern alighted in full view, just a few yards in front of the hide, at 15.53hrs. (Dave Standish)

Wintersett 20.02.17

Up to 10 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a westerly wind.
Moorhouse/Back Lane: Firecrest 1 male just beyond the crosspaths towards Nostell.
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher 6 - 2 pairs on the rock wall + 2 on the reserve.   Green Woodpecker 1 and Shoveler 12.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 male in boathouse reeds.   Goosander 1 redhead.   Golden Plover 8 flew west. 

The Edge 20/02/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 51 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 91 Wigeon, 19 Gadwall, 18 Teal, 15 Shoveler, 9 Mallard, 4 Goosander, 4 Goosander, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 11 Coot, 7 Moorhen, 11 Lapwing, 124 Golden Plover, 120+ BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 3 Skylark, 1 Song Thrush, 3+ Pied Wagtail,  c10 Linnet and 3 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 4 Mute Swan, 31 Canada Geese, 1 Shelduck, 47 Wigeon, 31 Shoveler, 18 Tufted Duck, 18 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 6 Tufted Duck, 6 Teal, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 26 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 50+ Lapwing, 250+ BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the very choppy water were 2 Mute Swan, 19 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 6 Goldeneye, 3 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 191 Coot, 220+ BH Gull, 25 Common Gull, 4 Herring Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Jay and 2 Willow Tit.