Monday, 18 December 2017

Wilthorpe Marsh sewage farm 18/12/17.

Late aft. Water Pipit again on filter bed carousel then flew e. down valley at 3-40pm presumably to roost. Meadow Pipit 20, Pied Wagtail c.70 flew towards town centre at dusk. 5 Goldcrests and still a Magpie roost here. Counted tonight with about 160 birds but possibly more as copse only seen from one side.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Wilthorpe Marsh sewage farm 17/12/17.

Sunny late morning and productive. Infested with flies on the filter beds and surprisingly no Chiffchaffs. Water Pipit showed well a few times preening on the filter bed carousel wires. Also 15+ Meadow Pipits, c.60 Pied Wagtail, 6 Grey Wagtail, 1 Green Sandpiper. 6 Siskin were feeding in alders, 2 Goldcrests and 1 C Snipe flushed. Fly overs were 6 Herring Gulls, 3 Cormarants, C Buzzard, Kestrel.

Wintersett + Gull Roost 17.12.17

1 - 7 degrees, dull, with 8/8 cloud, rain from 10.30 for a couple of hours,  with a cool north westerly breeze.
ICE: ACP 50%.  WRes. 80%.  CHRes. 98%.  Botany Bay 100%
Anglers CP:  Wigeon 430.  Teal 147.  Goosander 24. Mallard 90 + 30WRes/CHRes..   Great Crested Grebe 14 + 3 WRes,  Little Grebe 9 + 6 WRes.,   Coot 173 + 556 WRes..  Cormorant 15.
ACP Gull Roost: Great Black-backed Gull 277.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Cudworth

50 Pink Feet flew west over Cudworth at 09.50hrs (K. Bannister).

Wintersett + Gull Roosts 16.12.17

-1 to 2 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a very cold north westerly wind. Still some small areas of ice on WRes, CHRes.  Botany still 100% ice    ACP clear.
Anglers CP: Snipe 7.
Wintersett Res:  2 Water Rail were in the boathouse reedbed.    2 Cetti's Warblers - northbank and south west corner + 1 north bank CHRes..
Area Duck totals Wigeon     532         (295 ACP + 237 WRes/CHRes.)
Record Count of   Gadwall    355         (    6 ACP + 349 WRes./CHRes) 
                             Mallard     115          (  70 ACP +  45  WRes./CHRes)
                             Pochard    122          (  89 ACP + 23 WRes.
                             Teal           98  ACP
                             Shoveler     5  CHRes.
Gull Roosts:
A influx  of large gulls, but just 2 notables tonight:-  An adult Caspian Gull and Psycho, the adult Yellow-legged Gull on WRes..
Totals:                                                                Area Total        WRes          ACP
Herring Gull                      (1430 last week)            2950               2650            300
Great Black-backed Gull   ( 251 last week)              391                   47                4
Lesser Black-backed Gull                                             4                                       4
Black-headed Gull                                                   7000                                 7000

       Snowball the Fox seen regularly at ACP                     SDenny

Friday, 15 December 2017

Wintersett + Gull Roost 15.12.17

0 - 2 degrees with some sun early on, but increasing cloud and a very cold north westerly wind.
Black ice on roads and areas of ice on. WRes and CHRes.  Botany 100 % ice
Anglers CP: Teal 125.   Pink-footed Goose 1.  Grey Partridge 5 in fields.
ACP Gull Roost: Plenty of gulls in tonight, including:-  1 Lesser Black-backed Gull,  270 Great Black-backed Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull.

The Edge 15/12/2017

Wombwell Ings -60% ice-cover. Present were 315 Canada Geese, 32 Greylag, 16 Teal, 10 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 73 Golden Plover, 48 Lapwing, 102 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 6 Stock Dove, 9 Skylark and 1 Bullfinch.
Broomhill Flash - 30% ice-cover.Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 60 Wigeon, 48 Shoveler, 25 Gadwall, 21 Mallard, 12 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 female Goldeneye, 1 Pochard, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 14 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 58 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 63 BH Gull, 5 LBB Gull, 3 Herring Gull and 2 Common Gull. A Hawfinch was feeding in the carpark at 9.15am.
Bolton Ings - 30% ice-cover. On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 29 Gadwall, 8m+7f Goosander, 12 Mallard, 9 Tufted Duck, 8 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 7 Cormorant, 291 Coot, 3 Common Gull, 2 Herring Gull and 2 BH Gull. Also present were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 20+ Long Tailed Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Willow Tit and 1 Bullfinch.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Edge 14/12/2017

Wombwell Ings - 90% ice-cover. Present were 139 Canada Geese, 23 Greylag, 26 Teal, 5 Mallard, 3 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 55 Golden Plover, 51 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 52 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 9 Skylark and 4 Redwing.
Broomhill Flash - 75% ice-cover. Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, c200 Canada Geese, 43 Shoveler, 31 Mallard, 26 Wigeon, 23 Gadwall, 19 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 female Goldeneye, 1 Pochard, 12 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 88 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 52 BH Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 2 Common Gull.
Bolton Ings - 70% ice-cover. On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 17 Mallard, 7 male+3 female Goosander, 7 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 288+ Coot, 7 Common Gull, 5 BH Gull and 3 Herring Gull. Also present were 8 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Willow Tit and 1 Marsh Tit.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Wintersett 13.12.17

1 - 4 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a south westerly wind.
Anglers CP:  Teal 73.
Wintersett Res: Pink-footed Goose 1.  Greylag Goose 113.  Water Rail 1 west bank.

The Edge 13/12/2017

Wombwell Ings - Still completely iced over until I left at 9.45am. Present were 124 Canada Geese, 73 Greylag, 11 Mallard, 8 Teal, 2 Wigeon over, 71 Golden Plover, 38 Lapwing, 106 BH Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Common Gull, 4 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Pied Wagtail and 2 Stonechat.
Broomhill Flash - A Hawfinch was feeding in the roadside trees of the car park between 10.20 and 10.25am. Noted by J.Seeviour were 8 Mute Swan, 48 Shoveler, 33 Mallard, 29 Gadwall, 16 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 1 Buzzard, 50 Lapwing, 4 Herring Gull and 4 Common Gull.
Bolton Ings - 85% ice-cover.  On the open water were 2+5y Mute Swan, 78 Gadwall, 25 Mallard, 13 Tufted Duck, 2 Wigeon, 2 male Goosander, 1 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 200+ Coot, 13 BH Gull, 11 Common Gull and 5 Herring Gull. also present were 7 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Willow Tit and 2 Bullfinch.

Carlton Marsh 12th December

Two more Willow Tits were colour-ringed.

Lying dormant for the winter are 2 Peacock butterflies and 23 Herald Moths in a nearby bridge. (Chris Parkin)

c100 Pink Feet Geese flew west over Rotherham Road, Monk Bretton at 15.55hrs. (Ralph Hibbert)

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

WORSBROUGH VILLAGE 12-12-2017

6 Hawfinch at least in usual spots, also a nice Kestrel and lots of thrushes around the Yews including this territorial Mistle Thrush.



























Ewden valley/Dukes road/Mortimer road circ, + Low Moor. 12-12-17.

Ewden circular always a cracking walk in dry weather which improved today in what felt like a sw wind. Just over two and half hours steady away, with not many birds but enjoyable. Last hour spent at low moor/midhope res.- Fem. type Stonechat was near stone circle and a pair of Ravens showed and performed well in the dukes road area. Only two species of raptor but healthy totals at the end with 12 Kestrels and 10 C Buzzards. 2 GS Peckers at low moor feeding station and a Woodcock flushed at midhope res. Not much on the water today with L.Grebe and 40 Mallards with no sign of the Goldeneye pair.

Wintersett 12.12.17

-2 to 2 degrees with thin, high, but increasing cloud and a light south westerly.
ICE: WRes. 80%,  CHRes. 98%,  ACP 20% and Botany Bay 100%.. 
Anglers CP: Siskin 7 + 5 HPWood,  Pink-footed Goose 2,  Pochard 97 + 13 WRes,  Gadwall 40 + 160 WRes. + 45 CHRes.,   Wigeon 328 + 122 WRes + 4 CHRes.,  Shoveler 7,  Mallard 74 + 34 WRes. + 30 CHRes.,  Snipe 4,  Goosander 4 + 13 WRes.,  Grey Heron 3 + 2 WRes + 1 CHRes.,  Little Grebe 8 + 9 WRes.,  Teal 117 + 4 WRes..
Cold Hiendley SF: Meadow Pipit 3,  Grey Wagtail 2.
Wintersett Res: 2 Water Rails - boathouse reeds and north bank.

The Edge 12/12 2017

Wombwell Ings - 100% ice-cover. Present were c100 Canada Geese, c50 Greylag, 17 Grey Partridge(banking next to hide), 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk,  4 Cormorant, 1 Moorhen, 35 Lapwing, 34 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull, 1 male Stonechat, 2 Bullfinch and 1 Reed Bunting. Near the bridge 1 Little Grebe, 1 Moorhen, 7 Mallard and 2 Teal were seen on the R. Dearne.
Broomhill Flash - Having spent 20 minutes at Broomhill Pond trying to locate an Hawfinch, I was more than pleased to find it feeding in the Garganey Trust car park. Ten minutes later at 10.30am, It was scared off by a Magpie. 95 % of the flash was ice-covered. Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, c200 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag, 29 Shoveler, 15 Mallard, 7 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 1 Wigeon, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 9 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 95 Lapwing, 11 Common Gull, 9 Herring Gull, 1 Mistle Thrush and 3 Greenfinch.
Bolton Ings - Waterfowl were crammed into the 10% of the eastern pool that was ice-free. Numbers included 4+2y Mute Swan,157 Mallard, 74 Gadwall, 49 Shoveler, 29 Teal, 7 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck, 2m+1f Goosander, 2 Coot, 4 Cormorant, 332 Coot, 9 BH Gull, 8 Common Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker.1 Song Thrush, 1 Marsh Tit, I Willow Tit and 1 Bullfinch.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Wintersett 11.12.17

-2 to 0 degrees with 8/8 cloud and a very cold north westerly wind.
Ice: Cold Hiendley Res. 95%.  Wintersett Res. 20%
Anglers CP: Greylag Goose 116,   Pink-footed Goose 1,  Canada Goose 110 + 1 CHRes..
Great Crested Grebe 14 + 5 WRes.,  Little Grebe 9 + 14 WRes.,   Snipe 3,  Shoveler 7 + 2 WRes,  Teal 55 + 2 WRes.,  Water Rail 1 west bank  + 1 east bank WRes..

Bretton cp 11/12/17

Both lakes had small areas of open water but no sign of the Mandarins, possibly hidden on the lower lake island. Green Sandpiper was flushed off the spillway and thought to be the one from wilthorpe. 4 Siskin in alders near boathouse, male GS Pecker showed well, 4 Nuthatch, 1 TCreeper. Only the Coot counted with a total of 140, 70 on each lake.

The Edge 11/12/2017

Wombwell Ings - 100% ice-cover on the main flash and the corner pond resulted in no geese or ducks being present. 2 Moorhen were seen on the R.Dearne. Also present were 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 17 Lapwing, 1 Cormorant over, 15 Golden Plover, 37 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 53 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail and 2 Bullfinch.
Broomhill Flash - 75% ice-cover.Noted were 2+6y Mute Swan, 300+ Canada Geese, 56 Shoveler, 26 Teal, 21 Mallard, 14 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Buzzard, 9 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 123 Lapwing, 125 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Herring Gull.
TPT- Mistle Thrush. A Little Egret could be seen on Knoll Beck.
Bolton Ings - 30% ice-cover. On the open water were 2+2y Mute Swan, 74 Gadwall, 44 Mallard, 17 Teal, 12 Tufted Duck, 2m Shoveler, 1m Pintail, 1f Goosander, 1f Pochard, 1 Little Grebe, 274 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 13 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 8 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Snipe, 1 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1f Stonechat,1 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit and 2 Bullfinch.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Woolley Dam, Wilthorpe, Fleets, 10/12/17.

Woolley Dam area,- No sounds from the woodland species in bitter cold. The sheltered dam was ice free and held the best ever count of 28 Teal. Winter game bird gathering held 10 RL Partridge and 8 Pheasants. 50 c. Goldfinch on mill lane. An after breakfast visit to the asda incorporated a walk round the Fleets Dam which was half frozen over. 7 Parakeets showed well on the south bank feeding on hawthorn berries and what looked like alder buds. Also 2 imm. Herring Gulls, 4 Common Gull, 6 Bullfinch. Wilthorpe Marsh this aft. very steady in constant snow. 3 Jack Snipe flushed off the marsh edge could have been new in. Thin on Pipits again with only 3 Meadow on the sewage farm. 8 Goldcrests in the area.

Wintersett 10.12.17

-1 to 0 degrees,  with 8/8 cloud and a very cold northerly wind.  Just a light dusting of snow fell late morning.
Wintersett Res:  Water Rail 1 + 2 ACP.  Cetti's Warbler 1 west bank.
Anglers CP: A Dunlin flew south at 15.10hrs. Teal 94.  Shoveler 1.  Greylag Goose 116.  Pink-footed Goose 2.
ACP Gull Roost: Plenty of gulls came in to roost tonight, but none of note.