Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Wintersett 22.08.17

16 - 19 degrees with 3/8 cloud and a very light southerly breeze.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig:to 07.45hrs  Going south - Sand Martin 81.  Swallow 1.  Swift 2. Disappointingly no waders.
Anglers CP:  Pochard 9,  Teal 3,  Common Tern 1 adult,  Pink-footed Goose 1 and Yellow Wagtail 1 over. 
83 birds were ringed today, including: 20 Chiffchaff,  18 Willow Warbler,  15  Blackcap,   9 Reed Warbler,  1  Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Whitethroat.

 
Alder Tongue Gall  Taphrina alni, caused by an ascomycete fungus infecting the scales of female alder catkins.  Information per @oxycera.  The alder tree behind Anglers CP main hide has at least 25 of these  plant galls on it.  Two more trees, on the main path going north.  have a small number of the same plant gall.

The Edge 22/08/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 3 Mute Swan, 83 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 41 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Moorhen, 154 Lapwing, 9 Black Tailed Godwit, 5 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7 BH Gull, 1 Wheatear, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Reed Bunting.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 48 Canada Geese, 35 Greylag, 130+ Gadwall, 80+ Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 20 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 119 Coot, 9 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 23 Lapwing, 5 Black Tailed Godwit, 5 Snipe, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Red Legged Partridge and 12+ Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+4y Mute Swan, 6 Greylag, 27 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 10 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 51 Coot and 1 Moorhen. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 4 Lapwing, 2 Jay and 1 Lesser Whitethroat.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Wintersett 21.08.17

12 - 17 degrees, with 2/8 cloud and a cool southerly.
Disposal Point: A Spotted Flycatcher was to the left of the green barrier on the concrete path.     Peregrine 1 juvenile.
Moorhouse Lane Pond: Wigeon 1 female.  Willow Tit 1. Tufted ducklings 5.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 1. Cetti's Warbler 1 west bank. Yellow Wagtail 1 over.  Water Rail 1.
Haw Park Wood: Hobby  1 adult + 1 juvenile.
Cold Hiendley SF:Grey Wagtail 2. A mixed flock of 150 Goldfinch and 100 Linnets were feeding in the stubble fields
Anglers CP: Little Grebe 4 adults + 2 young. Pochard 2.  Pink-footed Goose 1. Green Woodpecker 1.
97 Birds were ringed today.  Highlights were: Chiffchaff 28,  Willow Warbler 7,  Whitethroat,  Lesser Whitethroat,  Garden Warbler 4,  Blackcap 16,   Grasshopper Warbler 1,  Sedge Warbler 2,  Reed Warbler 15,  Sand Martin 6,  Swallow 1 and Goldcrest 2 juveniles..
Lepidoptera: Speckled Wood 2.   Small White 1,  Green-veined White 4 and Small Tortoiseshell 1.

(Record Shot)    Spotted Flycatcher    Disposal Point.   CSwaine

Lesser Whitethroat ringed              WRes.    RBailey

The Edge 21/08/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 3 Mute Swan, 27 Canada Geese, 20 Mallard, 15 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 3 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 214 Lapwing, 8 Black Tailed Godwit, 4 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Golden Plover, 31 BH Gull and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 39 Canada Geese, 29 Greylag, 150+ Gadwall, 70 Mallard, 9 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 23 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 117 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 18 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 3 Common Sandpiper and 10+ Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1+1y Mute Swan, 10 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 10 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard, 2 Pochard, 15 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron and 49 Coot. Also present were 1 cream crowned Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Swift, 5 LBB Gull and 60+ Goldfinch.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Wintersett + VisMig 20.08.17

16 - 19 degrees with 1/8 cloud and a moderate, cold south west to westerly.
Anglers CP VisMig: 07.00 - 12.00hrs.  Not a lot moving again. A juvenile Arctic Tern flew south 07.15hrs. Dunlin 2 south.  Linnet 5 south.
Anglers CP: A Peregrine flew over.  A Merlin  flew west 11.35hrs.  Kestrel 3.   Pochard 5.  Pink-footed Goose 1. A female Grey Partridge with small young was in the Pol field.  Grey Wagtail 2.  Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the small raft + 2 other adult/sub-adults were also around.  Common Gull 3 juveniles. Common Tern 1 adult + 3 WRes..   Lesser Black-backed Gull 3.
Haw Park Wood: 2 Hobbies were hawking over this morning,  and seen again this evening interacting over Cold Hiendley Res.   One was flying low over WRes. at 20.45hrs. Four species of falcon seen  in one day is a rare occurrence
Cold Hiendley Res: A SPOTTED FLYCATCHER was in the  hedge on the south east corner this afternoon, and still present at 20.00hrs. (new for the year list).
Critter: A partially eaten Grass Snake was seen in CHRes, SF field hedge.

                           Spotted Flycatcher                 CHRes     SDenny

                   Juvenile Common Gull              ACP    PMeredith

Ewden cabin and return + 20/8/17.

Ewden a bit too windy but dry with good spells of sunshine. 3 juv Ring Ouzels together showed well flying about near the lodge and then feeding on the track. Pair of Wheatears were showing well near the metal gate. 4 Stonechats were at the s bend but no sign of the recent Whinchat. Going south were 20 House Martins and a similar number of Barn Swallows. Total of 5 Curlews included a group of 4 blogging high, constantly calling, went west. 1 pair of Ravens showed a few times and raptors were 1 Red Kite, Peregrine 1 fem., 3 C Buzzards, 5 Kestrels. Very steady at Wilthorpe Marsh yesterday with 2 Green Sands and 2 Snipe showing well. Flock of 200 Woodpigeon and 1 Willow Tit on canal.

Carlton Marsh

Looking back over recent days a Spotted flycatcher was present on 18th (Dave Smith) Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret and Goldcrest on 19th (Jim Plant) and Peregrine and Willow Tit today (20th).

A Pipistrelle was out feeding in front of the hide from 11.07hrs to 11.47hrs!

Butterflies included 2 Red Admiral and Gatekeeper. A male Vapourer Moth was whizzing about in the sun.
Emperor, Migrant and Brown Hawker were present.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Wintersett 19.08.17

14 - 17 degrees with sun, 4/8 cloud, a cold westerly wind and a couple of short showers this morning.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig from 06.30 - 09.30 Nothing moving.
Anglers CP:  Pink-footed Goose 1. Cormorant 7. Wigeon 3. Pochard 4. Shoveler 1.  Little Grebe 4. Snipe 1.  Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull,  was on the small raft this afternoon. A Nuthatch visited the feeding station in the car park.
Haw Park Wood: Hobby 1.
Wintersett Res: Swift 40. Common Tern 3.
Lepidoptera: A Gatekeeper was on the west bank WRes.   A Red Admiral  was at ACP.

Dunford Bridge 19th Aug.


A new plant-gall for the Barnsley area (as far as I know), the spectacular tongue-like growth Taphrina alni, caused by an ascomycete fungus infecting the scales of female alder catkins.
Formerly rare but spreading.

Friday, 18 August 2017

The Edge 18/08/2017

Bolton Ings - On the open water were 2+4y Mute Swan, 13 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 15 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant and 53 Coot. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 3 Kestrel, 1 LBB Gull over, 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker and 1 Grey Wagtail.
Wombwell Ings early pm- Walked on to the sound of a singing Chiffchaff in the hawthorns alongside the Bulling Dyke. Present were 2 Mute Swan, 24 Greylag, 15 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 263 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 54 BH Gull and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+4y Mute Swan,  57 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 33 Tufted Duck, 19 Mallard, 8 Pochard, 7 Shoveler, 21 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 138 Coot, 13 Moorhen, 2 Kestrel, 115 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 12 BH Gull and 1 juv Grey Wagtail. Also seen early AM by PWK were c120 Gadwall, 1f+1juv Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Snipe, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 4 LBB Gull and 8 Yellow Wagtail.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Silkstone Wagonway

At least 2 Spotted Flycatcher on the Wagonway and 9 Buzzards on the grassy bank above Low Mill Farm

Wintersett 17.08.17

16 - 19 degrees with 6/8 cloud and a south westerly wind.  Sunny and hot this afternoon for a couple of hours.
Anglers CP: Snipe 2, Teal 1,   Pochard 6.
Stubbs Wood: Sparrowhawk 1 young calling.  Buzzard 1.
Haw Park Wood: Hobby 1 juvenile.
Cold Hiendley Res: Little Grebe 2.  Shoveler 1.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 4.
Moorhouse Lane Pond: Wigeon 1 female,  Gadwall 29, Tufted Duck 5 medium young.
Lepidoptera MLPond:   Gatekeeper 1,  Small Heath 4 and Common Blue 2.
Odonata MLPond: Emperor 6,  Ruddy Darter 20,  Common Darter 4,  Blue-tailed Damselfly 3, Migrant Hawker 1 and Souther Hawker 1 female + 1 HPWood.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wintersett 16.08.17

18 degrees with sun, light scattered cloud and a cool, light southwesterly.
Anglers CP Vis.Mig: A Tree Pipit flew south west at 07.00hrs. (new for the year list).
Anglers CP: Pochard 6.  Snipe 3.  Common Sandpiper 1,  Pink-footed Goose 1.  Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull came in, and was seen later on the small raft.
Wintersett Res: Common Tern 2 ( 1 ad + 1 juv).  Grey Wagtail 1.
Odonata: Black-tailed Skimmer 1 ACP.

another one for Cliff

Is this a Hebrew Character?
On thistle at Low Moor watchpoint.

The Edge 16/08/2017

Wombwell Ings - Highlight was the Spotted Flycatcher that Ken Foundation and I noticed briefly at 9.54am  in the hawthorns near the Broomhill Park kissing gate entrance. Also present were 1 Mute Swan, 35 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 33 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Lapwing, 36 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash -2+6y Mute Swan, 8 Greylag, 5 Canada Geese, 73 Gadwall, 23 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 8 Pochard, 6 Shoveler, 18 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 167 Coot, 27 Moorhen, 34 Lapwing, 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Sparrowhawk, 34 BH Gull and 5 Yellow Wagtail.
 Bolton Ings - Best sighting was a Marsh Harrier being mobbed by three Kestrels over Bolton tip at high noon. On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 6 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 1 Mallard, 10 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, and 41 Coot. Also present were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Lapwing, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch and c50 Goldfinch.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Edge 15/08/2017

Wombwell Ings - Present were 4 Mute Swan, 14 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 44 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 12 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 37 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 29 BH Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 76 Gadwall, 24 Tufted Duck, 11 Mallard, 11 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 22 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 137 Coot, 10 Moorhen, 63 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 41 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 2 Pied Wagtail. Early AM Chaz also had 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel and 10+ Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings - On the open water were 1+1y Mute Swan, 11 Gadwall, 10 Mallard, 7 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 9 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant and 81 Coot. Also present were 60+ Lapwing, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron,  2 Bullfinch, 2 singing Willow Warbler and 1 singing Chiffchaff.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Little Ringed Plovers

A total of  four pairs have bred at or close to moorland/upland reservoirs this year and fledged a total of 10+ chicks.
With the exception of a pair that bred close to an upland reservoir, all young fledged relatively late in late July & early August.
The reason for this was no doubt the unsuitability of the reservoir sites until the falling water levels in mid May produced a 'shoreline'.
This total is double that of the previous best years of 1978, 1984 and 1992.

Carlton Marsh

On the wader scrape today 4 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher and a Yellow Wagtail. (K. Bannister/Rod Heeley)

Wintersett WeBS August 2017.

Here are the Wintersett WeBS totals for August 2017.

Mute Swan 12 + 11 young   Canada Goose 28   Greylag Goose 3   Pink-footed Goose 1.   Cormorant 1   Great Crested Grebe 28   Little Grebe 8   Coot 265   Moorhen 16   Mallard 79   Gadwall 30  Shoveler 2  Tufted Duck 299   Pochard 5   Goldeneye 1 female   Lapwing 24   Common Sandpiper 1  Grey Heron 1.  

    

Wintersett 14.08.17

Rain from 08.30 until 10.30hrs.  Up to 17 degrees with decreasing cloud, short sunny spells and a south westerly wind.
Wintersett:  Little Owl 1.
Anglers CP: Pochard 4.  Little Grebe 1. Pink-footed Goose 1.  Yellow Wagtail 1 over.  Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull dropped in. 
Bird Ringing was cut short by the rain this morning: Garden Warbler 4,  Blackcap 6,  Willow Warbler19,  Whitethroat 2.

                                   Psycho                 ACP            ASmith