Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wintersett 22.10.14

8°C with 3/8 cloud and a very cold WNW breeze. 
Anglers CP Vis Mig: 07.30 - 11.00  
Going south west: There were many Wood Pigeon moving during the first hour after dawn with a total of  6160 by 09.00 hrs and 6300 in total.   Redwing 50.
Going south:  9 Whooper Swan were present at dawn. They left at 09.20hrs and were seen 20 minutes later over Old Moor.   A group of 8 dropped in at 09.30.  They were joined by another 20 at 10.20 and 2 at 11.00.  They formed a flock of 30 which included 2 juveniles.  26 birds flew off at 11.25 and were seen over Old Moor at 11.43hrs.  (I calculated that these birds had an average speed of 29mph.)   Skylark 178,  Stock Dove 6,  Meadow Pipit 14,  alba Wagtail 3,  Jackdaw 53,  Linnet 18 and  Reed Bunting 1.
Going west: Snipe 19,  Fieldfare 2,  Siskin 1,  Lesser Redpoll 1 and Yellowhammer 1.
Also:  Dunlin 1 E,  Cormorant 8 ( 5NW + 3 W) and  Mistle Thrush 4  (1 S + 3 W).
Anglers CP:  Walkers flushed a Jack Snipe from grass very near the watchpoint at 11.17hrs.  It flew towards the Pol.  A female Brambling was at the feeding station in the car park.
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1 male.

Still steady on t' tops

Whitley Edge - 1,200+ Starling, c70 Jackdaws and c70 Carrion Crows.
Whitley Common - 1 Grey Partridge.
Broadstone Reservoir - 1 Cormorant, 35+ Black-headed Gulls, 5 Common Gulls, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Herring Gull and 1 Great Black-backed Gull.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 56 Mallards, 8+ Moorhens, 150+ Black-headed Gulls, 1 Common Gull and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
Royd Moor Reservoir - 1 Cormorant.
Scout Dike Reservoir - 1 Cormorant.
Midhope Reservoir - 3 Canada Geese, 32 Mallards, 2 Tufted Ducks and 1 Little Grebe.
Barnside Moor -3 Kestrels.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Bretton update lunchtime, 21/10/14.

A quick dash round didn't reveal much new. The most obvious were the water levels on the lower lake which have been dropped for work to be carried out on the dam and spillways. It might attract a few more waders with a juv. Dunlin and 2 Lapwings on the mud today. 5 Mandarin still present, with up to 9 last week.

Wintersett 21.10.14

9°C,  cool with 4/8 cloud and a moderate north westerly.  Rain and a gusty westerly on and off from 10.00hrs.  Nothing new happening birdwise this morning despite the after effects of hurricane Gonzalo.
Anglers CP: Snipe 14 and Canada x Barnacle Hybrid Geese 4.  

Monday, 20 October 2014

Wintersett 20.10.14

12°C with 4/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP VisMig:
This morning had the first big push of Wood Pigeon, with 1940 moving south west in just over an hour. 
Going south: Redwing 264,  Grey Wagtail 3,  Pied Wagtail 3, Goldfinch 4,  Jackdaw 19.
Going west: Golden Plover 11 at 09.25hrs., Song Thrush 4,  Skylark 11, Siskin 2.
Also: Stock Dove 1SW.
Anglers CP: The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the small raft at 09.00hrs.  Goosander 1 redhead,  4 Canada x Barnacle Hybrid Geese, 
Walton Hall: Great Crested Grebe 3 large young and Mute Swan 2 fledged
Wintersett Res: Cetti's Warbler 1male,  Brambling 1 over,  Goldeneye 3 and Water Rail 1.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Wintersett 19.10.14

12°C,  mild with 2/8 cloud and a brisk south westerly.
Anglers CP VisMig: 393 Pink-footed Geese E  (13 at 09.30,  50 at 10.25,  120 at 10.35,  210 at 10.57hrs).)   Redwing 283 S or W,  Starling 92 W,  Skylark 5 W,  Meadow Pipit 1 ENE,  Peregrine 1 S at 10.20hrs,    Song Thrush 1 W,  Mistle Thrush 1 W,  Goldfinch 15 S and Greenfinch 3 S..
Anglers CP: Redshank 1, Cormorant 16,  Shoveler 49 and Teal 27.
Wintersett Res: Goosander 1 and  Little Grebe 17 + 6 ACP

Visible Migration at Flight Hill

Visible migration at Flight Hill between 0800 - 1100 with Jeff Lunn had 1220 Pink-footed Geese flying south-east in various skeins, 5 single Snipe south, 50 Goldfinch in various groups, 7 Redwing south, Bullfinch south, 2 Cormorant west and a local Raven.

Edderthorpe, Sunday morning

Walks around Houghton Washland and Edderthorpe Flash this morning;- Houghton is well overgrown and difficult to see birds on there although it is holding lots of duck and Edderthorpe is full of water again after all the recent rain. Highlights include;- Shoveler 184, Pintail 3, Little Grebe 16, Cormorant 14, Dunlin 1, Golden Plover 1, Pink-footed Goose 274 flew south-east in 4 skeins during a five minute period around 09.10, Stonechat 1 male where it was yesterday in the grass in front of the bench. And butterfly - Comma 1.

Carlton Marsh

c80 Pink Feet Geese flew SE at 10.16hrs followed another skein of c50 SE at 10.25hrs. (Geoff Miller)

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Carlton Marsh

It was exceptionally warm overnight and during today with a maximum of 19.2c (my garden)
At first light c500 Black Headed Gulls flew south and some quite sizeable groups of Redwings were continually moving through, some stopping off. I estimated c500, but I didn't manage to catch any. It would appear that all our summering birds have vacated the reserve as only a few residents were caught.
2 Fieldfares flew south with 4 Redpolls heading the same way and 2 Water Rails were calling and 2 Sparrowhawks were on the prowl along with a buzzard.
A Common Darter was on the wing and a Small White and 2 Red Admirals appeared in my garden this afternoon.

Wintersett 18.10.14

A very mild 16°C start with 8/8 cloud.  Some sun later and a very light southerly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig 08.45 - 11.00hrs. There was a steady trickle of Redwings throughout the watch with a final total of 785 south.  Starling 95 west, Fieldfare 3 SW,  Brambling 1SE and Redpoll 1 south.
Anglers CP:  Rock Pipit 1.  A ringed Coot was seen - pink on left leg and white above metal on right leg.   Snipe 14,  Goldeneye 3,  Teal 17 and  Shoveler 57.
Wintersett Res: Water Rail 1.
Old Royston: Brian Lee had 250 Pink-footed Geese flying east at 17.20hrs.
Cold Hiendley Res: Tufted Duck 249 + 85 ACP.
A Common Darter was on ACP and there was a dead Hedgehog on Haw Park Lane.
Footnote: has had  a quarter of a million hits since it began.

Wilthorpe Marsh saturday 18/10/14.

Jack Snipe 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Common Snipe 30, Teal 30.

Edderthorpe flash AM

Highlights today, 1 male stonechat showing well in front of the "members lounge" also peregrine paid a visit suspect male due to size, pintail 2 little egret 3 redwing circa 30 goldies circa 60

Friday, 17 October 2014

Ewden, stone circle track / shooting lodge. Friday aft. 17/10/14.

Hen Harrier 1 ringtail, Red Kite 1, Peregrine 1, Buzzard 4, Sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 2, Raven 2, Stonechat 1 fem/imm. Linnet 15, Goldfinch 12, Redwing 9, Mistle Thrush 4, Song Thrush 1, Pied Wagtail 1, Peacock butterfly 3.     Brambling- 1 heard only near entrance to Broomhead farm.

Wintersett 17.10.14

No blog yesterday due to jaunting to Spurn where another fantastic birding day was had by all present.  Definitely the place to have been any day this week!    See for full lists and photographs of Pallid Swift (which was one bird I didn't see!).

Back to today -Friday: 12°C, very mild, 0/8 and sunny but damp underfoot.
Anglers CP Vis Mig: 09.00 - 10.00   Redwing 40 W,  Starling 60 W.    Rod and Carol had 200 Pink-footed Geese over Old Royston at 09.00hrs.

Very quiet

Ingbirchworth Reservoir - 1 Teal, 85 Mallards, 1 Little Grebe, 7 Moorhens, c20 Lapwings, c200 Black-headed Gulls and 28+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
Whitley Edge - 1 Common Gull and 75+ Carrion Crows.
Midhope Reservoir - 1 Teal, 2 Little Grebes and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Thursday, 16 October 2014


Just after mid-day a Little Owl was present and a Kingfisher was showing well. During the hour that we were there 6 Red Admirals (in singles) all flew south in the very warm conditions.

Hartcliff and nearby

On the hill this morning were c.200 Redwing, with at least 160 moving south, a mixed feeding flock including 12 Yellowhammers, with single Redpoll, Grey wag (probably a migrant as I'm not sure I've had them here before) Little Owl and Sprawk blogging.
A quick visit to Scout Dike early doors revealed a Redshank in the SW corner and a quick call to Royd Moor before home revealed single male Pochard and 4  Buzzards over together.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Bretton 15-10-14.

First visit of autumn/winter produced a juv. Scaup feeding among the goosanders but it could not be relocated after a circular walk round the lakes. Most of the birds were on the lower lake which had 7 Mandarins with 4 drakes seen. Possibly more as they like the cover on the islands. They all were shy and wary. Counts were Great C. Grebe 23, Goosander 17 all females, Cormarant 64, Tufted Duck 14, Gadwall 29, Shoveler 4, Teal 8, Little Grebe 7, Mute Swan 8, Wigeon 11, Kingfisher 5, Siskin 6, 1 pair of Sparrowhawks. This morning around 250 Pinkfeet went e. over Shafton village club at 11am.

Wintersett 15.10.14

9°C,  8/8 drizzle with a light south easterly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig: 07.00 - 10.00  We were hoping for a big movement of Redwing after the falls on the east coast yesterday.  Towards the end of the first hour a flock of 200  and then another 20 west, were the only birds moving.  A shower reduced visibility so went to the hide.
Around 09.00 hrs the rain stopped and the sky cleared a little. Redwings started moving west in small groups. Drizzle set in at 09.45 and stopped movement again.  Final total 575 Redwing.
Also: 26 Snipe dropped in to join the 9 already present.   50 Wood Pigeon went south.  30 Starling flew west.