Sunday, 22 January 2017

BirdTrack Barnsley

In order to obtain as many bird records as possible, it has been suggested that BirdTrack may prove very useful in achieving this goal. In recent years, the submission of records by individual observers has become more infrequent, with the majority of records coming from local site reports. With the increasing popularity of Twitter, blogs etc, sightings are getting lost within the multitude of entries (although I am now keeping track of both on a daily basis).

Without regurgitating the information about BirdTrack, please find the link below which will explain what it is and how to join. However, I would like to stress that any species list from a site should also include noteworthy counts (a list of  just species isn't really useful data).

Again, if anyone has any records for 2014, 2015 and 2016, please email me these to . Many thanks to everyone that has already done so.



Newmillerdam 22 January 2017

Hour and a half round the lake this morning. The whooper swan and pochard are still present, and a second pochard has also arrived, though this one much closer to the dam. The two teal were also seen again today.

Carlton Marsh

A Little Egret came in to roost at 16.05hrs and 25 Herald Moths wintering nearby was a  new maximum. Also here a Peacock butterfly and at least 30 Honey bees - Ralph Hibbert/CG

Cudworth - Rose Tree Estate
7 Waxwings were last seen heading east at 13.38hrs - Geoff Miller

Cudworth Common
A Little Egret left here towards Brierley at 13.34hrs - Keith Bannister

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 22.01.17

-1 to 4 degrees, dull  with 7/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP:  A Barn Owl was seen at dawn.  A Golden Plover flew over. A Water Rail  was in the south west corner.   Siskin 4.
Golf Course Field:  Snipe 3 and  Jack Snipe  4
Wintersett Res: A male Cetti's Warbler was singing  in the  boathouse reeds.   A Little Egret flew over south.     Wigeon 45.
Cold Hiendley Field:  Skylark 320. 
Birds ringed today: Redwing 7,  Goldfinch 1,  Great Tit 1 and  Blue Tit 1. 
Both Gull Roosts were observed this afternoon:  The adult Iceland Gull was in from  14.40hrs to dusk.  An adult Yellow-legged Gull was the only other notable picked up.
Totals:   Great Black-backed Gull       80              60  ACP  +   20  WRes.
               Herring Gull                       1920          1020 ACP  +  900 WRes. 
               Lesser Black-backed Gull        8                5 ACP  +      3 WRes.

Woolley Dam circ. 22/1/17.

Very steady but enjoyable with 600+ Woodpigeon, Teal 10, GS Pecker 2, Buzzard 2, Redpoll 1, Tcreeper 1, Redwing 15, Fieldfare 4.

Cudworth - Rose Tree Estate

There were still 10 Waxwings feeding at 08.23hrs - Keith Bannister

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 21.01.17

2- 6 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a very light south easterly.
Anglers CP: 83 Pink-footed Geese flew west at 09.05hrs.  A Jack Snipe and 2 Snipe were in the golf course field.  26 Redwings were in the back field.  Lapwing 80.
Cold Hiendley Field: Just 70 Skylarks were seen today with  hardly any corvids and Feral Pigeons remaining.  Shooters  and crop spraying are the cause of the massive decline in numbers.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 2 singing males - boathouse reeds and west bank.  Golden Plover 1 over.
Both Gull Roosts were watched today.  There were plenty of big gulls on Anglers CP.  Just one notable,  the usual adult Caspian Gull,  in at 16.30hrs.  Wintersett Res. roost was a total disaster with hardly any large gulls until after dark,  when (typically) loads  piled in!

Newmillerdam - 21 January 2017

Hardly seemed to get light at all today, but it was a calm and mild day nonetheless. No sign of yesterday's goldeneye or teal.

A flock of c50 redwing were at Hill Top off Lodge Lane and there were much smaller flocks of goldfinch (10), siskin (15) and long-tailed tit (8) throughout the woodland.

Coot (32), little grebe (2), mute swan (6), whooper swan (1), Canada goose (31), goosander (9 - 3m/6f), kingfisher (1), moorhen (12), pochard (1), tufted duck (38), mallard & black-headed gull.

A good figure of 39 species were seen today including kestel, great spotted woodpecker and a song thrush belting out the tunes.

Low Barugh Sewage Farm 21/1/17.

No sign of this mornings water pipit but Peregrine, Chiffchaff, Green Sandpiper, 50 ish Pied Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipit, pair Gadwall, pair Reed Bunting, 14 C Snipe flushed from small reedbed just s. of fence.

Cudworth - Rose Tree Estate

There were still 9 Waxwings at 13.29hrs -Keith Bannister

Friday, 20 January 2017

Carlton Marsh

Somebody switched on the light today so we could see after nearly a week of low cloud. 40 Pink Feet Geese flew west at 08.05hrs (Keith Bannister) Our resident Buzzard pair were perched up together, Water Rail, Coal Tit, Song Thrush, Willow Tit, 2 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swans north were in addition to the residents and 10 Greylags came in at dusk. 

Cudworth - Rose Tree Estate
The Waxwing flock dwindled today from 16 this morning to 9 by late afternoon, most of the berries have been eaten. Today's sunshine allowed us to see them in their finery. (Geoff Miller et al)

Wintersett + Gull Roost 20.01.17

A much brighter day,  5 degrees with 0/8 clear sky and a very light south easterly.
Anglers CP:  Green Woodpecker 1  and Shoveler 17 + 2 WRes,
Wintersett Res:  2 skeins of Pink-footed Geese flew west, 110 at 09.30hrs  + 110 at 09.40hrs.  4 Cetti's Warblers were around the Res today.  3 singing males- north bank, boathouse reeds and west bank. Another bird was calling on the east bank.
WRes Gull Roost: Guest observer Jonathan Holliday  picked up the 3rdW Iceland Gull  at 16.30hrs.   He also got these great shots. 

3rdW Iceland Gull     WRes       JHolliday

 Cold Hiendley Res. looking grand this evening    JHolliday

Newmillerdam - 20 January 2017

A pair of goldeneye were on the lake today, as well as two teal. Both new records for the year.

Black-headed gull (120), little grebe (1), mute swan (6), teal (2), whooper swan (1), Canada goose (35), coot (26), goldeneye (2), goosander (6 - 3m/3f), kingfisher (1), moorhen (9), siskin (5), tufted duck (35).

The whooper swan was ringed last Sunday and interestingly of the five cygnets with the female adult, only four are hers, the other W42199/299Y was ringed in August at Wombwell Canal.

The Edge 20/01/2017

Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 104 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 55 Wigeon, 47 Shoveler, 29 Mallard, 23 Teal, 20+ Gadwall, 17 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 5 Goldeneye, 4 Cormorant, 1 Peregrine, 25 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 54 Lapwing, 5 Golden Plover 82 BH Gull, 4 Common Gull and 1 LBB Gull.
TPT - 2 singing Song Thrush, 1 Jay and 1 Bullfinch.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 49 Tufted Duck, 11 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 6 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 2m+1f Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, 207 Coot, 48 BH Gull, 26 Common Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Redshank, 1 Green Woodpecker and 2 Willow Tit.

Green Moor - 20-01-2017

Waxwings 60+ at Green Moor (my home); fantastic, birds present on 19th also, left at 9 am today as most of food gone on Chapel Lane.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 19.01.17

5 - 8 degrees, calm with  with 8/8 cloud this morning.
Anglers CP:  Pink-footed Goose 1,  Ruff 1,  Teal 19 and Shoveler 13.
Wintersett Res:  3 singing male Cetti's Warblers - north bank,  boathouse reeds and west bank.   Wigeon 32 and Goosander 6.
Both Gull Roosts were checked:  Good numbers of birds on Wintersett Res with a huge number of big gulls arriving from Hampole on dark.  Very frustrating.   Only one notable was picked up, a 3rdW Iceland Gull at 16.35hrs.

Carlton Marsh

Busy scrub bashing today so not much time to watch. However, there were 2 Cormorants, Kingfisher, 9 Tufted Duck, Water Rail and later a Little Egret came in to roost at 16.30hrs (Dave Standish)

The Edge 19/01/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 4 Greylag, 4 Shelduck, 120+ Wigeon, 23 Teal, 17 Mallard, 11 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 11 Moorhen, 4 Coot, 124 Golden Plover, 16 Lapwing, 16 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 24 Linnet and 5 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 93 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 39 Teal, 31 Shoveler, 28+ Wigeon, 21 Gadwall, 10 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 1 Goldeneye, 6 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 19 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 53 Lapwing, 34 BH Gull and 6 Common Gull.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 3 Mute Swan, 27 Shoveler, 22 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 4m+2f Goosander, 3m+2f Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 219 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 32 BH Gull, 26 Common Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Greenfinch and  10 Lesser Redpoll.


The Waxwing flock had increased to 45 by 12.15hrs. (Keith Bannister) If they are not in the berry tree on Rose Tree Avenue they will be on nearby tall trees at the Health Centre.

Adwick Washlands - 19-01-2017


Finally after 4 starts at dawn, bad light and rain and a number of encounters got close enough (pure luck) to get a few average you go..