Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Carlton Marsh

Todays highlights were Kingfisher, Water Rail, 60 Greylags north and Barn Owl hunting the reed beds at 17.15hrs. (Dave Standish) A single Lapwing was the first since last autumn. The Goldeneye is still here along with 12 Tufted Duck.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 10.02.15

3 - 7 degrees,  cold but sunny with a light south westerly this morning, westerly this afternoon.
Wintersett Res: Goosander 11
Cold Hiendley Res: Water Rail 1
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher 1,  Cormorant 13.
ACP Gull Roost: Very good numbers of large gulls came in quite close, after 17.00hrs , and the light was good.   Ideal viewing conditions, but the only notable was Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull  on the small raft at 17.40hrs.
Of interest: Female Ferruginous Duck on Pugneys reserve lake today.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Brodsworth Area

Our Doncaster friends maybe interested in fields of stubble and smaller areas of game crops not far from Hampole Wood, which contained c350 finches, c250 Linnet, c75 Chaffinch and smaller numbers of Greenfinch and Brambling. (Hibbert & Corrall)


Wintersett + Gull Roosts 09.02.16

4 degrees,  cold but sunny with a south westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher 1,  Little Grebe 4, Snipe 6 and Goosander 31.
Both roosts were watched today.
ACP roost  per Jonathan Holliday: Just one notable - Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull at 16.20hrs.  Herring Gull circa 550 and Great Black-backed Gull 60.
WRes Roost per Pete Smith:  Lots of big gulls came in late again and formed a tight pack, making it difficult to pick up notables.  However, an adult Mediterranean Gull was in at 16.45hrs and  2 x 1st W Caspian Gulls - one at 17.00hrs and the other at 17.05hrs.   The leucistic Black-headed Gull was in at 17.05 hrs.

The Edge 09.02.16

Wombwell Ings  - Highlight was a female Peregrine being chased by two crows at 10.10am. Also present were 2 Mute Swan, 136 Canada Geese, 4 Pink Footed Geese, 1 Greylag, 59 Wigeon, 16+ Mallard, 9 Teal, 3m+3f Goosander, 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 9 Coot, 1 Sparrowhawk, 87 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 155 Golden Plover, 41 Lapwing and 4 Skylark.
 Bolton Ings -  On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 9m+6f Pochard, 13 Tufted Duck, 4m+3f Goosander, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1m+1f Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 118 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 49 BH Gull, 10 Common Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also noted were 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron and c50 Lapwing.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Monday 8/2/16.

Wilthorpe Marsh - Very steady, 1 J Snipe and 1 W Rail flushed from regular spots. Buzzard 2, Sprawk 1. Info received from the new landowner of old north gawber pit stack of breeding LE Owls last year. Adult with 1 chick seen. Fleets Dam - Pair of Parakeets this aft. asleep in hawthorn on north bank. Yesterday on the moors a brief stop at low moor had a pair of Ravens. Ewden very quiet with no sign of any harriers after an hour at the lodge. From the road Peregrine again near ewden height which flushed 60 Fieldfares and 100+ Starlings. Roll on the Ospreys.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 08.02.16

4 - 6 degrees with rain and a westerly breeze this morning.   
Anglers CP: Dunlin 1 and Oystercatcher 1.
Wintersett Res: Water Rail 1 SW corner.
WRes. Gull Roost:  An adult Mediterranean Gull was in at 16.25hrs and the leucistic Black-headed Gull  was in at 17.10hrs.   The other big gulls were hopeless.  They didn't start to arrive from Hampole until 17.20hrs, then large flocks were arriving at 17.40hrs when it was dark.

The Edge 08.02.16

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 212 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 4 Pink Footed Geese, 101 Wigeon,17 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 5 Teal, 3 Pochard, 2 Goosander, 1 Shoveler, 5 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 13 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 157 Golden Plover, 82 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Skylark, 18+ Magpie and a group of 6 Pied Wagtail.
 Bolton Ings - On the open water were 4 Mute Swan, 12 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 3m+3f Pochard, 2m+1f Goosander, 1m+2f Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 115 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 32 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull and 2 Herring Gull. Also present were 9 Canada Geese, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 12+ Lapwing and 1 calling Green Woodpecker.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Dearne Valley Weekender

Old Moor - Saturday 6th February

News of Fridays Red Necked Grebe on the Mere saw me in the Wader Scrape before first light yesterday morning. However despite searching the Mere when enough light allowed sadly the Grebe had left overnight. Birds seen leaving the roost included 45 Cormorants, 49 Goosanders and 4 Little Egrets. The wintering Ruff was on the Wader Scrape but left towards the Main Marsh when a Peregrine flew through. A Barn Owl was still out hunting and there were 12 Goldeneye (5 drakes) on the Main Marsh and 65 Shoveler counted across the site. The rain set in about 8 oclock and after spending an hour in the Bittern hide I sought refuge in the café.

Wombwell Ings - Sunday 7th February

Following news of c140 Pink Footed Geese down on Wombwell Ings I made my way onto the Ings to have a look. The Pink Feet were a great sight and sound, I had a go at counting them and ended up with 184. However they were difficult to count and 192 birds were logged later in the day. There were a couple of Little Egrets present and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were in Broomhill Park.

Adwick Washland - Sunday 7th February

Onto Adwick for my weekly visit where the highlight was 4 Little Egrets together, the regular Little Owl was in it's usual place and a Buzzard was up. Other birds seen included the following:- Shelduck 3, Teal 73, Wigeon 45, Gadwall 29, Shoveler 2, Grey Lag Goose 77, Lapwing 50+, Grey Partridge 2.

Old Moor - Sunday 7th February

Onto Old Moor for the roost but first into the Field Pool East hide with news of a Redshank on there, sure enough it was as was the Ruff. Another new bird for the year was an Oystercatcher on the Mere. The roost was good again tonight with 49 Cormorants coming in and 8 Little Egrets. The Egrets conveniently landed on the Main Marsh first and included a colour ringed bird. At first I thought it was FJ, it wasn't but unfortunately it was too dark to read the ring. We didn't really concentrate on the Goosanders tonight but 39 were seen on the Wader Scrape along with the regular redhead Goldeneye that thinks its a Goosander. On the Main Marsh were a further 20 Goldeneye, 7 drakes, 3 immature drakes and 10 females and 49 Shoveler were busily feeding.

Also seen/heard today at Old Moor were 2+ Bearded Tits and 3 Cetti's Warblers on the Reedbeds.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 07.02.16

4 degrees,  cold but sunny with a light south westerly this morning.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 male on north bank.  Grey Wagtail 1,  Willow Tit 2 in SE corner.  The Oystercatcher was on the slipway this morning, but was on ACP this afternoon. 
Anglers CP: Golden Plover 31 over,  Shoveler 2 and Canada Goose 163 + 2 WRes.  A female Peregrine flew south at 15.20hrs.
Wintersett Res Gull Roost: Reasonable numbers of gulls today, but again, many of them coming in late.  The leucistic Black-headed Gull was in at 15.50hrs.  A 1stW Caspian Gull was in at 15.57hrs and the 2nd W Iceland Gull was in at 17.05hrs.

Newmillerdam - 7 February 2016

A lovely, dry winter walk round this morning brought a personal best of 37 for Newmillerdam. Sparrowhawk was my first here and brings my site list to 45 for the year.

Black-headed Gull, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Coal Tit, Coot, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Greylag Goose, Jackdaw, Long-tailed Tit, Mallard, Moorhen, Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Sparrowhawk, Tufted Duck, Wren, Blackbird, Canada Goose, Chaffinch, Collared Dove, Cormorant, Goldcrest, Goosander 10, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Kingfisher, Magpie, Mistle Thrush, Mute Swan (three of last year's young remain with their parents), Pheasant, Redwing 6, Song Thrush, Treecreeper, Woodpigeon.

Carlton Marsh

Daffodils, Crocus and loads of Blackthorn in flower due mild temperatures and lack of frost.
This morning 15 Tufted Duck, Cormorant and female Goldeneye. Also present Buzzard, 6 Common Gull, 6 Yellow Bunting, 2 Willow Tit, 10 Skylark and 10 Meadow Pipits. (Jim Plant/Rod Heeley)

Ringing Recoveries

X076317  first-year female  12-08-2015 Old Moor.
                controlled             19-09-2015 Stanford Reservoir (Northamptonshire).
124 km S   38 days

D384897 second-year male  12-04-2013 Wentworth Park.
                controlled              27-04-2015 Old Moor
7 km NNE  989 days

Reed Bunting
Z393562 second-year male  25-05-2015 Blackburn Meadows, Sheffield
               controlled              02-10-2015 Old Moor
12 km N  130 days.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Carlton Marsh

70 Pink Feet flew west at 13.35hrs (Rod Heeley)

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 06.02.15

4 - 8 degrees,  mild with rain most of the day.
Anglers CP: The first  Oystercatcher returning is a sign of Spring,  along with flowering Blackthorn. Snipe 8,  Pochard 67 and Gadwall 17 + 8 WRes.
Wintersett Res: Bullfinch 12.
The Gull Roosts were very frustrating again this afternoon.  The vast majority of large gulls arrived on dark and after.  Notables seen on Wintersett Res were the 2nd W Iceland Gull at 17.20hrs and the juvenile Kumlien's Gull at 17.30hrs. 

Friday, 5 February 2016


2 skeins of c100 Pink Feet flew west at 10.25hrs, as seen driving back from Barnsley. (Dave Standish)

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 05.02.16

9 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a strengthening south westerly.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 male and Water Rail 1,  both west bank.
Anglers CP: Greylag 105.
Botany Farm: A flock of around 50 Fieldfare were in fields.
Both Gull Roosts were watched today, with good numbers of  large gulls coming in.
Herring Gull  2010  (500 CP + 1510 WRes),  Great Black-backed Gull 66 (40 CP + 26 WRes),  Lesser Black-backed Gull 14 (2 CP + 12 WRes).
Notables in chronological order were:- 
A 2nd W Iceland Gull at 16.35hrs  WRes. (GJS)
The juvenile Kumlien's Gull at 16.40hrs ACP.  (JH, PS)
The adult Kumlien's Gull was on WRes at 17.10hrs  (GJS)
 The adult Caspian Gull was picked up on ACP at 17.10hrs by  a very welcome visitor.   @jonnybirder - still got it!

The Edge 05.02.12

Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Mute Swan, 176 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 165 Wigeon, 12 Mallard, 11 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck, 5m+3f Goosander, 7 Shoveler, 1m Pochard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 1 Water Rail (in Bulling Dyke near Old Moor Tavern ),74 Lapwing, c70 Golden Plover, 1 Kestrel, 11 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 2 Mistle Thrush and 2 Redwing.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 5 Mute Swan, 66 Greylag, 4 Canada Geese, 19 Tufted Duck, 8m+6f Pochard, 9 Gadwall, 4m+1f Goosander, 4 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 1m+1f Goldeneye, 1 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 107 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 171 BH Gull, 28 Common Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret and c80 Lapwing.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Hampole area

I know it's in the Doncaster area, but today a flock of about 130 finches comprising of mainly Chaffinches contained an estimated 40 Bramblings. They were feeding in a game cover crop not far from Rat Hall Farm up the old Roman Lane in a field to the left towards Doncaster Road. (Ralph Hibbert/Les Corrall)

Wintersett + Surprising Gull Roost 04.02.16

10 degrees with 8/8 and a cold north westerly breeze.
Anglers CP: Cormorant 15,  Little Grebe 3 + 3 WRes and Fieldfare 2 west.
Wintersett Res: Goldeneye 24.
ACP Gull Roost was much better this afternoon, with many more large gulls coming in, up to and after dark.  Notables were a 1st W Caspian Gull at 16.35hrs and the juvenile Kumlien's Gull at 16.45. Then, unbelievably, another Kumlien's Gull was picked up by Pete Smith, an adult, at 17.00hrs.  What a great surprise!