December 27, 2015

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Sunday 27th December 2015

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BIRD REPORTS

DEARNE VALLEYAdwick Washlands – c60 mix of finches 25 Gadwall, Kingfisher, 2 Little Egret, 4 Shelduck, 8 Shoveler, 76 Teal, 47 Wigeon, Yellowhammer (Gary Stones per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYDenaby Ings – 2 Buzzard, 1 Goosander, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Pochard, 1 Treecreeper (Paul & Barbara Shepherd)

DEARNE VALLEY Old Moor – 1 Brambling, 1+ Kingfisher over, 1+ Goldcrest, 2 Golden Plover over, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Little Egret, 3+ Little Grebe, 65+ Pink-footed Geese E, 1 Ruff , 2 Siskin (Barnsley Birders per Twitter and RSPB-DEARNE VALLEY-RECENT SIGHTINGS)

DONCASTER LAKESIDE – c.3000 BH Gull came into roost but only c.1500 stayed, c.50 Common Gull, 3 GBB Gull left before dark, c.70 Herring Gull all left before dark, 2 LBB Gull all left before dark; 30,000+ Starling could be seen giving a good murmuration over Short Lane/Low Ellers (Chris Robinson)

DON VALLEYAldwarke SF – 2 Bullfinch, 1 Buzzard SW, 4 Coot, 2 Cormorant NE, 7 Great Black-backed Gull S/SW in 80mins; 2 Grey Wagtail, 30 Herring Gull S/SW in 80mins; 1a/m Kestrel, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull SW in 80mins; 2 Lesser Redpoll, c.10 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Moorhen, 5 Mute Swan (5NE/1SW), 5 Pheasant, 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Song Thrush, 1a/m Sparrowhawk, 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYCadeby Rattles1150UTC – 80 Pink-footed Geese (Ken Foundation)

DON VALLEYFirsby Res. – 4 Bullfinch, 1 Buzzard, 6 Carrion Crow, 6 Fieldfare, 5 Goldfinch, 16 Jackdaw (7 over), 4 Lesser Redpoll, 15+ Long-tailed Tit, 10+ Magpie, 20+ Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 2 Redwing, 1 Reed Bunting, 6 Siskin, 1m Sparrowhawk, 2+ Teal, 3+c Tawny Owl, 10+ Tree Sparrow, 1 Wigeon, 2 WILLOW TIT (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYSilverwood Lagoon – 1 JACK SNIPE (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYThorpe Marsh – 2 Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest, 10 Redwing, 3 Shelduck, 5 Siskin, 2 Shoveler, 1+ WILLOW TIT (Neil Shaw)

DON VALLEYThrybergh CP0748UTC – 1+ skein of Pink-footed Geese high W (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

HAMPOLE TIP – though not seen at the Tip the juvenile GLAUCOUS GULL came into roost on Wintersett from that direction at 1607UTC (Wintersett1 per Twitter)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDSHatfield Moors area – 1 Peregrine, 2 SHORT-EARED OWL, 1 Snipe, 3 Water Rail, 1 WOODCOCK (Col Neale and John Robinson). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG

POTTERIC WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FROM 25TH – 28TH DECEMBER INCLUSIVE

MIKE CLEGG MEMORIAL BIRDRACE

On Sunday it is the Mike Clegg Memorial Bird Race which is raising funds for Common Crane conservation on the Humberhead Levels. Myself, John Wozencroft, Chip Rhodes and Col Neale have formed a team to cover the Hatfield Moors area. If you would like to sponsor us, every little helps, please email me at Sabsgull@hotmail.co.uk or text me at 07534271254 to advise the amount you would like to sponsor us for, we can complete the paperwork on collection of the funds. FOR THE RULES OF THE RACE click HERE

NEW SPURN BIRD OBSERVATORY

As you may be aware, Spurn Bird Observatory have started a fundraising campaign to purchase a new Observatory building in Kilnsea to help with their migration studies and other educational work. If you have a few £s to spare and would like to help you can access the Just Giving appeal by clicking HERE

WEATHER REPORTS

LOCALWeather: mainly overcast through the early hours and into the early morning, clear skies until early afternoon, then cloudy/overcast thereafter, some light rain fell during the late afternoon. Visibility: variable from very good-very poor. Temperatures: +11.8° to +4.1°C. Wind: starting the day moderate, but soon becoming very light, variable in direction from SSW to NNW until late morning then SSE/SE thereafter. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting at 1009hPa rising throughout the day and ending the day on 1022hPa. Fronts etc.: an E/W warm front moved N over the District during the late afternoon.

Moon phase – Full.
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