Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Edderthorpe Bank Holiday

Loads of wildfowl here over the holiday period, peak counts include;- Greylag Goose 285, Garganey 3 (including 1 drake), Shoveler 215 (the record is 243 on 31st October 2014), Teal 137. However, the shooting season opened today (1st Sept) and it seems the shooters were out this evening so it will be interesting to see how numbers compare in the coming week.
Waders continue to be attracted although in lower numbers after all the recent rain pushed up the water levels and since a juvenile Peregrine has been in daily attendance and terrifying everything. Highlights are, a Little Stint which arrived today and a couple of juvenile Knot which arrived yesterday (Monday) and are still present today. Up to 910 Lapwing, 20 Golden Plover, 5 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ringed Plover, 4 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper are also present. At least 7 Common Buzzards were flying as the rain ceased yesterday afternoon.

Carlton Marsh

This evening a Barn Owl was hunting from 19.10hrs and Little Egret and Green Sandpiper are on the Wader Scrape. (Dave Standish)

Ingbirchworth and Broadstone Reservoirs

Common Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Grey Heron, 4 Willow Tit (family group), c200 Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Weasel. Continuous passage west of mainly Swallows but a few House Martin.

Redstart, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Willow Tit and Painted Lady.

The Edge 1st September

Wombwell Ings- Present were 1 Mute Swan, 25 Canada Geese, 9 Mallard, 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, 1 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 24 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 45 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 10+ House Martin and 50+ Goldfinch.
Broomhill Flash - A Buzzard gave very good views for over an hour. As it sat on a fence at the back of the flash, two other Buzzards soared high above Darfield church. Also noted were 2a+5y Mute Swan, 159+ Gadwall, 28 Teal, 17 Tufted Duck, 11 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 1 Garganey, 1 Little Egret, 29 Little Grebe, 112 Coot, 9 Moorhen, 16 Lapwing, 3 Snipe,  1 Wheatear and 4 Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings -Highlight was a cc Marsh Harrier hunting over the Eastern Pool followed by a different cc Marsh Harrier making brief sorties over the same pool. The second bird was distinguishable by the lack of a primary in each wing. On the open water were 5a+5y Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 47 Gadwall, 41 Tufted Duck, 17 Mallard, 8 Pochard , 4 Grey Heron, 5 Cormorant, 27 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 147 Coot, 5 Moorhen and 2 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 180+ Lapwing, 2 Green Woodpecker and 1 singing Chiffchaff on Warbler Way.

Wintersett 01.09.15

11 - 16°C with 5/8 cloud and a cooling north westerly. 
Wintersett Res: A Ringed Plover flew over at 07.30hrs. 
Haw Park Wood:  Hobby 2
Anglers CP:  Meadow Pipit  1 S,  Siskin 12 over.
39 birds were ringed today, including: Garden Warbler 1,  Whitethroat 2,  Reed Warbler 2,  Willow Warbler 6,  Chiffchaff 19  and Blackcap 5.  A Spotted Flycatcher was a welcome catch. The first for many years.
Butterfly: Common Blue 1 ACP.
Spotted Flycatcher   ACP    ASmith

Monday, 31 August 2015

Wintersett 31.08.15

11°C , cool with steady/light rain until mid afternoon and a light north westerly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig:   3 Ringed Plover flew east at 09.00hrs.  2 Dunlin went over south at 09.40hrs.  A Wheatear came in from the east at 15.55hrs.
Anglers CP:   Greylag Goose 138,  Pochard 31, Teal 13, Wigeon 6,  Shoveler 3, Little Grebe 4 Lapwing 270,  Goldfinch 70, Common Sandpiper 1,  Grey Wagtail 2 and Snipe 1.
2 Hobbies were over,  hunting hirundines this afternoon.

Wilthorpe Marsh 31/8/15.

West end-, a Hobby at the sewage farm was the first of the year down here. A party of 5 Whinchats were in the reeds + 5 Common Snipe and 2 Willow Tits on the river. Definetly 5 probably 6 Green Sandpipers at the oxbow pond + 1 Buzzard.

The Edge 31st August

Wombwell Ings - Present were 10 Canada Geese, 89 Teal, 23 Mallard, 5 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 2 Moorhen, 21 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 3 BH Gull and 2 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2a+5y Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 123 Gadwall, 24 Teal, 11 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 1 Garganey, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 18 Little Grebe, 129 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 1 juv female Peregrine through at  10.55am, 22 Lapwing, 4+ Snipe, 1 Greeenshank, 1 Dunlin, 2 LBB Gull, c100 Swallow and 6+ Linnet.
Bolton Ings Eastern Pool- On the open water were 2a+2y Mute Swan, 13 Greylag(+21 over), 2 Canada Geese, 32 Tufted Duck, 21 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, 17 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 133 Coot, 6 Moorhen and 2 LBB Gull. Also present were 46 Lapwing, 1 cc Marsh Harrier through at 1pm, c100 House Martin, 1 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Moorlands 30/8/15. S Green, D Simmonite.

Ewden stone circle track. Just to the left of the entrance gate in the fenced area we had a feeding party of 1 Spotted Flycatcher, a pair of Redstarts, 3 Stonechats, 6 Chiffchaffs and a juv Robin. 10 Siskins and a Nuthatch over the road in broomhead hall wood. Up to the lodge where we had 8 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 2 GS Peckers, 2 Stock Doves before being bit to death by the flys. Low Moor/Midhope, away from the midges here but very quiet with Peregrine and still a good southerly movement of Swallows.

Wintersett 30.08.15

Up to 17°C with 8/8 cloud and a light south westerly.
Anglers CP Vis. Mig:   Buzzard - a group of 6 went south at 11.20 and 7 were in the area.  A juvenile Red Kite drifted slowly south west at 12.15hrs.  Sand Martin 1 S and Siskin 13 W.
Anglers CP: Hobby 1 juvenile over,  Grey Wagtail 1,   Common Sandpiper 1, Wigeon 5,  Gadwall 14,  Pochard 20 and Shoveler 1.  Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the rock wall. 
Wintersett Res:  Cetti's Warbler 1 ♂ and Water Rail 1. 
116 birds were ringed this morning, including:  a WHINCHAT - new for the year,  18 Chiffchaff,  7 Willow Warbler,  8 Reed Warbler,  2 Sedge Warbler,  5 Whitethroat,  1 Garden Warbler,  22 Blackcap,  35 Swallow and 1 Sand Martin.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Carlton Marsh

Two Little Egrets, Greenshank and  a juv Shelduck were on the wader scrape this morning. 21 Greylags arrived on the main marsh and a Water Rail called. Also present Willow Tit 2 (SE 3709) 1 (SE3710) Coal Tit 2, Kingfisher 2, Grey Wagtail and c50 Goldfinches.

A male Vapourer moth was on the wing.

Low Moor/ Midhope, 29/8/15, 2-15pm to 5-15pm.

Greeted by the WAW team who looked to be at full strength. Somehow they all managed to fit in one vehicle. Very steady birding with just the norm of Hobby 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 4, Kestrel 5, Raven 1 pair, Siskin 3. A regular southerly passage of Swallows of 700+ but probably many more.

Wintersett 29.08.15

Up to 18°C with 4/8 cloud and a cool south westerly.
Anglers CP Vis Mig: Buzzard 3 SW,  Hobby 1 SW at 15.40hrs + 2 over HPWood,  Siskin 3 over,  Yellow Wagtail 2 over,  Sand Martin 7 S and  SWIFT 1 SW + 3 over WRes.
Anglers CP:  A Ruff  and a Little Egret were new in the shallows.  Little Grebe 3,  Cormorant 10 and Canada Goose 291.
Butterflies: Gatekeeper 1 MLPond,  Common Blue 3 Disp.Pt. and a  late Meadow Brown  1  ACP.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Carlton Marsh

This morning a Little Egret, a Juvenile Shelduck and a Greenshank were on the wader scrape. (Keith Bannister) The Greenshank had left by early afternoon and was replaced by a Redshank. (Rod Heeley)
This evening the Shelduck and the Little Egret were still present, but the latter didn't roost. Also present were 2 Kingfishers, a family of 5 Tufted Ducks, 21 Gadwall and a Water Rail. As darkness fell a male and female Tawny called and a Barn Owl was hunting over the marsh.

There were no Swallows roosting tonight, although there had been up to c150 roosting daily.

Also this morning a Swift flew over Keith Bannister's Cudworth garden at 10.02hrs.

Wintersett 28.08.15

Up to 18°C,  with 4/8 cloud and a cool, moderate south westerly.
Anglers CP: Common Sandpiper 2,  Grey Wagtail 5,  Sand Martin 4,  Yellow Wagtail 1,  Pochard 16,  Teal 3 and Wigeon 1.  1000+ Black-headed Gulls,  with a scattering of juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gulls, were taking advantage of the easy food supply in the fields being ploughed and then coming into the lake to wash and brush up. 

Edderthorpe Friday

With the rising water levels many of the waders have now moved on although it is clearly excellent feeding for dabbling duck. A few counts today include;- Canada Goose 560, Shelduck 1, Mallard 320 (probably many were out in the fields), Garganey 2, Gadwall 52, Shoveler 202 is a very high count for August and not too far off the Barnsley record count which according to the 2012 BBSG annual report is 210 at Edderthorpe during 2006 and again in 2008.
Waders seen;- Lapwing 815, Black-tailed Godwit 4, Ruff 5, Knot 1 (first seen yesterday), Dunlin 1, Ringed Plover 1 and Greenshank 2. Lesser Black-backed Gulls were dropping in to bathe with 33 during the early morning. A Reed Warbler is still on the corner pond.

The Edge 28th August

Wombwell Ings - Present were 1 Mute Swan, 50+ Greylag over, 24 Canada Geese, 37 Teal, 5 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 2 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 35 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull,1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Yellow Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2a+5y Mute Swan, 13 Canada Geese, 187 Gadwall, 18 Mallard, 17 Tufted Duck, 5 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Garganey, 4 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 145 Coot, 18 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 27 Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover ( over 10.34am ). 3 LBB Gull and 7+ Yellow Wagtail.
Bolton Ings -( pp J.Seeviour) Present were 2a+10y Mute Swan, 38 Gadwall, 29 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 2 Mallard, 21 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1cc Marsh Harrier and 69 Lapwing.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Carlton Marsh

I didn't manage to get down again today, but here is what was reported.  Little Egret possibly 2, Buzzard, Grey Wagtail and 20 Goldfinch.

A Lime Hawk Moth larvae was found in a garden nearby and a really fresh male Southern Hawker was caught thanks to the quick hands of Scott Gorman, before it was safely released.

Richard Laverack
I thought you might like to see this shot of a Wryneck taken at Filey.
Richard Laverack

The Edge 27th August

    Over 200 skittish Lapwing were constantly moving between Wombwell Ings and Broomhill Flash, trying to avoid the attention of a juvenile Peregrine practising its hunting technique.
Wombwell Ings - Present were 2 Canada Geese, 50+ Teal, 7 Mallard, 5 Shoveler, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, 1 Moorhen, 4 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 11 BH Gull and 4 LBB Gull. 
Broomhill Flash - Noted were 2a+5y Mute Swan, 16 Canada Geese, 143 Gadwall, 61 Teal, 19 Tufted Duck, 18 Mallard, 5 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, 142 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 2 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine(on back area of mud 9.45 - 10.15am ), 6 Snipe, 1 Dunlin and 2 LBB Gull. A group of 17 LBB Gull passed over Cat Hill heading towards Old Moor at 11.30am.

Wintersett 27.08.15

Up to 19°C with scattered cloud and a gusty south westerly.
Anglers CP: Dunlin 1,  Common Sandpiper 1,  Kingfishers 1,  Little Grebe 3,  Wigeon 2 and Grey Wagtail 5.  Siskin 1 over.