Saturday, 31 December 2011
And there was no excuse this year with Two Mad Fridays for you to achieve the goal and aspiration of getting thi 'head darn lav' on at least more than one occasion before the close of play.
Lets make it a bigger and better year in the Dearne Valley this year. On the strength of my unwavering support for the valley I have purchased a larger diary (records book) for the Old Moor this time in the certain believe that we will fill it to the brim with wonderful and exotic bird species the like the whole country will be envious and proud of.
So happy and prosperous NEW YEAR to all the genuine serious ornithologists out there. And not to be discourteous: lets hope the 'LISTERS' out there have a middling good year as well.
A Pink-footed Goose was with the Greylags but little else of note.
|Great Grey Shrike, Haigh/High Hoyland - Geoff Carr|
Other news: A juv White-front was with Greylags at Royd Moor. The Bittern was seen going to roost on the Reedbeds at Old Moor tonight and 30 Goosanders roosted on the Mere.
Morning visits to Elsecar and Broomhill produced very little, although six Goldeneye were at the latter and a small party of Pink-feet had passed through before I arrived. A visitor reported all as quite at Old Moor with no sign of the Bittern by late morning, though you can bet it will be there somewhere.
Pager News - American Wigeon still at Wintersett.
And just to clarify - the SEO's yesterday were in a roost at the west end of the Barnsley (not Wath) area.
Friday, 30 December 2011
A really interesting record that has reached me today concerns no less than four Short-eared Owls at a roost site in the west of the area. A blast back to the good old days at Wath Ings!
1 adult Yellow-legged Gull, c40 Common Gulls and single figures of Herring (8) and Great Black-backed Gulls (3) and c250 Black-headed Gulls. Also 7 Blackbirds here - high count for this reservoir.
Had a nip to the sluice on Wombwell Ings while I was down there. There's still about 9 inch depth of water to go on Wombwell Ings before it reaches its maximum level. We should easily get this amount of water in the next couple of months and it will then be ready for the breeding waders come springtime. It looks really good on there at the moment. A few hundred duck and a peregrine chasing lapwings. Also 2 grey wags along the River Dove.
Thursday, 29 December 2011
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
eg when in doubt leave um out!
Next on to Ingbirchworth. News reached me that yesterdays report of 'some Beans' referred to a report of five 'Tundra Beans' apparently hiding behind walls in fields at the west (inlet) end of the Reservoir. They were first seen flying over with c100 Canada Geese. Anyway, spent a couple of hours looking but nothing other than a small flock of Greylags. There are a lot of fields up there and it has hosted Beans before including the Barnsley areas second ever record, a party of nine on 27th December 1987 - 19th February 1988, so keep looking.
30 Canada Geese, 32 Teal, 78 Mallard and 2 drake Tufted Ducks.
300+ Fieldfares and 20 Collared Doves (a very high count here).
1 redhead Goldeneye.
3 Canada Geese, 114 Mallard, c10 Meadow Pipits and c100 Goldfinches.
Tuesday, 27 December 2011
The American Wigeon and 'Greenland' White-front are still at Wintersett on the Country Park.
Pretty much no change at Old Moor today, the highlights being Bittern, Cetti's, Peregrine, 322 Gadwall, 30 Goosanders, six Goldeneye and five Shelduck.
Meanwhile, a Peregrine was seen at Ewden and a second-winter Med' Gull roosted on Broomhead Res. There was also an as yet unconfirmed report of 'some' Bean Geese at Ingbirchworth so if anybody knows more please let us know.
Monday, 26 December 2011
Big contrast to last winter when we had all that snow.
There's not many birds in the garden this year compared to last year. The most visible change has been in the number of reed buntings. There was at least 42 last winter. I've only seen up to 4 this winter.
Sunday, 25 December 2011
Saturday, 24 December 2011
|'Greenland White-fronted Goose', Anglers CP - John Hewitt|
|'Greenland White-fronted Goose', Anglers CP - John Hewitt. It's the one on the left!|
|flavirostris with Greylags - John Hewitt|
Friday, 23 December 2011
Bittern and Cetti's Warbler were still at the Reedbeds yesterday and apparently 600 Pink-feet passed over Worsbrough.
Thursday, 22 December 2011
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Pager News - Yankee Wigeon and Greenland White-front still at Wintersett CP.
And yesterday - single Black Grouse, Midhope.
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Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Monday, 19 December 2011
News from Old Moor (Chris Harris et al) - Bittern roosted at Reedbeds. 42 Goosander, Goldenete, five Shelduck, Green Sand, 200+ Fieldfare.
Meanwhile, a skien of Pink-feet that passed over were later counted at 55 thanks to digital technology! (John Seeviour). What, no abacus?
Belated news from yesterday of at least one Hen Harrier at Ewden Beck and a Jack Snipe at Wilthorpe Marsh. It's quite amazing really how scarce Jack Snipe have become in the Barnsley area when you consider that a recent estimate of the British wintering population was 100,000. Obviously many go undetected due to the species secretive nature but anybody who has been 'jacking' over the years in Barnsley will tell you how the species has declined.
Pager News - Yank Wigeon and 'Greenland Yfront' still at Wintersett. Potential split? - that's pants!
Sunday, 18 December 2011
90% frozen but on the ice were;- 197 Teal, 173 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 4 Wigeon, 60 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, and 6 Golden Plovers. 20 Skylark are on Park Springs Tip.
A adult 'Greenland' White-fronted Goose was found amongst the 96 Greylags and 201 Canada Geese. This is the first time this race of White-front has been identified in the Barnsley Area, all other records are of the nominate European race, and a warning to would-be listers -this is a possible future split!! There is also a Pink-foot amongst the geese and a further 6 flew through in the afternoon. The American Wigeon was on the Country Park Lake with 503 Wigeon. Other counts of note are;- Gadwall 227, Tufted 259, Pochard 70, Goldeneye 53, Goosander 22, Great Crested Grebe 29, Coot 1025, GBBGull 58 and Common Gull 2100.
Saturday, 17 December 2011
The American Wigeon is still present, along with almost 500 Eurasian Wigeon. A influx of Teal-62, and Goosanders 28 probably reflecks smaller, shallower waters being frozen. The gull roost wasnt as good as last weekend but, GBBGull 55, Herring Gull 402 is still a decent count. A whooper Swan was on the park lake late afternoon.
Friday, 16 December 2011
Thursday, 15 December 2011
|The Cetti's Warbler currently in residence at the Old Moor Reedbeds - Jeff Wragg|
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
|Barnacle Goose, Old Moor - Keith Pickering|
|Drake Goosander at Old Moor - Keith Pickering|
|Female Goldeneye at Old Moor - Keith Pickering|
1 Barnacle Goose (present here and at More Hall Reservoir since early November) and 118 Mallard (a very high count here for December).
Very quiet, with only a drake Goldeneye of note.
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
2 Wigeon, 35 Mallard, c65 Common Gulls and c10 Herring Gulls.
252 Canada Geese, 106 Mallard and 7 Tufted Ducks.
A flock of 14 Yellowhammers
Royd Moor Reservoir
53 Greylag Geese, 2 White-fronted Geese (same as late November), 41 Mallard, 8 Teal, 2 Shoveler (unusual here) and 1 drake Tufted Duck.
Scout Dike Reservoir
23 Mallard, 1 redhead Goldeneye and flock of 14 Lesser Redpolls.
Salter Hill (SE255006)
c350 Jackdaws & c150 Rooks.
Monday, 12 December 2011
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Both the drake American Wigeon and the drake Smew are still present. The gull roost on the Top Res was again excellent with;- GBBGull 180, LBBGull 20, Herring Gull 1020. These numbers are unprecedented in the last decade at this time of year, only after freezing weather and a northerly wind have we seen these sorts of numbers and even then never before the Christmas period. Hopefully it will continue to build and attract a few white-wingers.
Looking good this morning with;- Shelduck 4, Teal 480, Shoveler 21, Wigeon 50, Dunlin 12, Lapwing 600, Golden Plover 3000, Goosander 3. A single Pink-footed Goose in with the resident Greylags but no sign of the White-fronts for over a week now.
Saturday, 10 December 2011
Both the drake American Wigeon and the drake Smew are still on the Top Res. The gull roost on the Top Res was again very good with;- GBBGull 152, LBBGull 6, Herring Gull 703, Common Gull 2000, and Black-headed Gull 6000. One of the Cettis Warblers showed very well on the west bank in the usual area.
Friday, 9 December 2011
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Monday, 5 December 2011
Annat Royd Lane
90 Pink-footed Geese and 188 Canada Geese.
7 adult Whooper Swans, 13 Tufted Duck, c25 Common Gulls and 6 Moorhen.
1 ringtail Hen Harrier.
Sunday, 4 December 2011
First an apology;- anyone who travelled to see the 'lesser scaup' reported last Wednesday and Thursday well sorry ,it wasn't one. New information has come to light and it seems the underwing pattern is not diagnostic of that species and it looks like it was simply a juvenile Tufted.
Onto merrier things;- the American Wigeon drake is still present, a fine drake Smew was on the top res in the morning but couldn't be found in the afternoon and a drake Pintail was on the park lake. The gull roost was pleasantly surprising tonight on the top res with 40 GBBG, 220 Herrings, 10 LBBG and about 6,000 Black-heads present. This is a vast increase on last weekend and also on the last few Decembers; hopefully it will continue.
Saturday, 3 December 2011
Friday, 2 December 2011
Thursday, 1 December 2011
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Sunday, 27 November 2011
|Drake American Wigeon, Wintersett|
|note the gleaming white axilleries (armpits), a feature you would need to|
see on a juvenile or female to help clinch identification .
The drake American Wigeon contiues it's residence, usually on the Top Res from the boathouse but flies to the Country Park lake when the boats come out. Also over 400 Wigoen are present and the Cettis can be heard (usually) on the west bank of the Top Res- the male is singing in short bursts again.
Saturday, 26 November 2011
A Snow Bunting was at Whitley Common this morning. It was, apparentley re-located in a sheep field on Spicer House Lane by members of the Huddersfield Birdwatcher's Club. However it was unfortunately disturbed by the farmer as he entered the field to feed the sheep. There are a four good photos of it on the Hudderfield Birdwatchers Club website.
Friday, 25 November 2011
My visit to Old Moor today was well rewarded. 29 White-fronted Geese on the Wader Scrape were a splendid sight as well as a site record. Apparently they had been inadvertently flushed by a birder from Edderthorpe Flash earlier in the morning which a few people weren’t too chuffed about. Being a Wath stalwart however, the only complaint I have is why didn’t he do the same with the Marsh Warbler that was there a couple of summers ago! As well as the usual suspects present at Old Moor today a Peregrine paid a visit and the Reedbed Bittern had a ‘showy day’ whilst the Cetti’s Warbler also remained in situ. And as for the record 29 White-fronts – they flew up to Broomhill Flash and were joined by a further six……………………………
White Stork, Silkstone - Colin Bower
A White Stork visited
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Monday, 21 November 2011
The bottom end of this (Little Houghton Marsh) has been drained by the Environment Agency two years ago. They put deeper ditches in to attract water voles and by doing so its dried the marsh out. The RSPB have taken over the management of this particular part of the washland but they still haven't started work on the site yet.
The top half of the washland is where the old lake used to be (old records of breeding BN Grebes in this area). Its been flooded for the last few years and turned some good stuff up, especially good numbers of waders. However, last year the Environment Agency allowed the farmer to drain it. The lake is just a field of rough grass now.
A walk all way around the site from top to bottom today produced 1 heron and 2 moorhens.
Sunday, 20 November 2011
WEBS count day. Foggy until 2pm so all counts from last couple of hours of daylight.
White-fronted Goose 29, Greylag Goose 150, Canada Goose 183, Ross's Goose 1, Mute Swan 2, Shelduck 1, Mallard 258, Gadwall 6, Teal 202, Wigeon 51, Shoveler 46, tufted 10, Pochard 2, Cormorant 10, Little Grebe 2, Coot 5, Lapwing 450, Golden Plover 1000, Dunlin 12, Snipe 1, Common Buzzard 1.
Mallard 90, Shoveler 31, Teal 6, Tufted 12, Coot 7.
Saturday, 19 November 2011
The flock of 29 White-fronted Geese are still in the valley with the Greylag flock - this afternoon they were all in the field over the river from the flash. The golden Plover flock is impressive with at least 3700 birds, over 400 Lapwing and 11 Dunlin.
The drake American Wigeon is still present, usually on the Top Res but if flushed by boats it retreats to the Country Park lake. Pink-footed Goose in with the 'resident' goose flock. Water Rails are conspicuous around the Top Res at present with at least a dozen there. Both Cettis Warblers were recorded today although the male is not very vocal or singing at present. A Chiffchaff was seen around the Top Res.
Friday, 18 November 2011
Good numbers of plovers and starlings still about but the number of gulls (particularly Common Gulls) has fallen significantly. The totals were:
450+ Lapwing, 116 Golden Plover and 300+ Starling.
36 Greylag Geese, 110 Canada Geese and 10 Tufted Duck.
A high late November count of c50 Linnets.
Royd Moor Res.
25 Grey Lag Geese.
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Soon after a line of white fronts went very low over the back garden and just over the top of the house heading towards Broomhill.
Couldn't see the back end of the line but there was at least 5.
These birds keep disappearing.
I think this dispels the rumour that the Dearne Valley is snowed under with birders.
This might be so at Old Moor but nowhere else is watched throughout the day.
If a flock of geese can go missing for days then what else is out there?
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
A juv Aythya sp was also on Anglers which had a bill pattern similar to that of Lesser Scaup. What are the chances of there being two North American duck? . . ,
See image below
Flock of 35+ Coal Tits with 3-4 Goldcrests.
74 Pink-footed Geese east at 10:55hrs (and a skein later over Underbank Reservoir but these were only heard and must have been high and above the low cloud), and 2 Brambling with Chaffinches.
6 Black Grouse at Edge Cliff Brook moving to Spring Moor.
1 ringtail Hen Harrier leaving south over Ewden Height.
Been down to Tyreshall Farm and scanned the fields there and then been down Edderthorpe Lane checking the fields there.
Nowt found but these fields are smallish and many of them are used for grazing cattle so on the face of it they look suitable for bean geese.
Had about a hour sat on Greys Bench at Edderthorpe - and Edderthorpe at the moment is looking fantastic.
The white fronts are still there but they were on and behind the flood banking near the river. I'd guess there's still about 10 there.
Also about 3000 goldies, 15 dunlin and loads of ducks including a shelduck.
The wind pump has been installed by the RSPB and with any luck this will provide the right conditions in the spring to produce all the passage and breeding birds year after year. Which is great news !!!
However, I don't know how secure the structure of the wind pump is because its easily accessible as things stand now and so consequently its likely to end up being weighed in.
Monday, 14 November 2011
Saturday, 12 November 2011
Thursday, 10 November 2011
Some locally uncommon species present today, including 2 Little Grebe, 2 Goldeneye(pair), 2 Gadwall (pair), 4 Green Sandpiper and 1 Redshank.
The American Wigeon was present near the boathouse all day. A Shelduck was also present in the area.
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Another excellent day here and another new species for the site. A fine drake American Wigeon was found on the Country Park lake early afternoon and is still present at dusk. It is feeding on weed brought to the surface by Coot directly out from the hide and is showing well. There were also 4 White-fronted Geese seen early morning flying over the Top Res and heading south. A flock of about 100 Pink-footed Geese flew west at dusk.
A late Swallow was over the res in the morning.
Monday, 7 November 2011
All day from dawn to dusk was spent unsucessfully searching for yesterdays Penduline Tit. This wasn't a wasted day though as scrutiny of the reedbeds turned up a new Cettis Warbler as well as the resident bird. A short-eared Owl circled the top res at mid day before heading off southwards and a Lesser Spotted woodpecker flew up the top bank in the morning. Visable migration was poor- the Woodies must have all move out yesterday
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Wintersett Reservoir did the business today with a new bird for the Barnsley Area; Pete Smith found a Penduline Tit this morning near the boathouse. It played very hard to get but eventually in the next hour or so seven birders managed to see the bird with some good photographs being obtained. Unfotunatly at about 1pm it decided to fly across the reservoir towards another reedbed and despite being looked for all afternoon by many birders it wasnt seen again. This is a very rare bird in Yorkshire being only the fifth record in the County and the first since 1992.
A extreamly large passage of Wood Pigeons flying south in the first few hours after dawn resulted in a record count of over 28,000 moving, easily beating the previous record count of 8,000.
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Sunday, 30 October 2011
Into roost at Anglers at 4pm ~ 3 Goosanders - all redheads.
First of winter for me if not for the site.
Also a party of 15 Redpolls on the west bank of Anglers - didn't get a good look at all of them but the ones I did examine were all Lessers. Then two more Lessers on the east bank.
Shelduck 3, Golden Plover 600, Dunlin 6,
Shoveler 60, Pintail 1, Goldeneye 5, Cormorant 60, Common Buzzard 5 plus another flying south, Fieldfare 400 and Redwing 200 were flying south, A calling Crossbill flew over the Country Park towards Haw Park wood.
Friday, 28 October 2011
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Friday, 14 October 2011
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Sunday, 9 October 2011
Red-crested Pochard 4 still on the res near the boathouse. First Goldeneye of the winter returned today. Vis migging from the country park produced 5 Pintail flying sw and a good Snipe movement totalling 74 flying west by lunchtime. No doubt about the biggest frustration of the day (or year)- a fly-over golden plover with dusky underwings and auxillaries giving a double note call;- surely a American! The perils of vis-migging leaving a couple of observers feeling mugged. The autumns first Redwings, a couple of small flocks also went west today. For more on Anglers CP vis-mig please visit trektellen.com
Lapwings and Golden Plovers in good numbers.
A lone Ruff flew around before settling on the near shoreline.
The recent Greenshank were not found.
At least three Snipe were visible.
Ducks; Shoveler, Teal, Mallard, Wigeon, Tufted Duck and the 4 immature Shelduck.