Wednesday 30th December 2015


DEARNE VALLEYBolton Ings – 107 BH Gull, 2 Buzzard, 3 Canada Geese, 32 Common Gull, 165 Coot, 2 Cormorant, 2 Gadwall, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 9 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 4 Mute Swan, 7 Pochard, 3 Shoveler, 1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Teal, 41 Tufted Duck, 15 Wigeon (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS and Jeff Wragg and Ken Foundation per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYBolton Tip – 1 Barn Owl and a ringtail HEN HARRIER (Jeff Wragg and Barnsley Birders per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYOld Moor – 1 Barn Owl, 1 Bittern, 4m Bullfinch, 1 Coal Tit, 44 Cormorant, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Golden Plover, 37 Goosander, 50 Greenfinch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, 2 Siskin, 1 Snipe, 1 WILLOW TIT (Jeff Wragg and Barnsley Birders per Twitter and RSPB-DEARNE VALLEY-RECENT SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYTPT (Wombwell Ings to Bolton Ings) – 7+ Siskin (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS

DEARNE VALLEYWombwell Ings – 241 Canada Geese, 11 Coot, 1 Cormorant, 2 Gadwall, 2 Goldeneye, 80+ Golden Plover, 2 Goosander, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Greylag Geese, 24 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 12 Mallard, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Moorhen, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 2 Song Thrush, 41 Teal, 5 Tufted Duck, and 91 Wigeon (Alan Whitehouse per BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DON VALLEYSprotbrough0855UTC – 250+ Pink footed Geese NW (K H Pearson)

DON VALLEYThrybergh CP – 250+ Black-headed Gull, 29 Canada Geese, 7 Gadwall, 20+ Goldfinch, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Herring Gull, 7 Little Grebe, 7 Mute Swan, 24 Pochard, 74 Tufted Duck, 2 Water Rail (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

POTTERIC CARR – c.350 BH Gull, 1 Buzzard, 2 Bittern, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 9 Common Gull, 11 Cormorant, 5 GBB Gull (4SE), 1 r-t HEN HARRIER W, 132 Herring Gull (18SE), 8 LBB Gull (2SE), 1 Meadow Pipit, 34 Pochard, 1 Pochard x Tufted Duck hybrid, 5 Shelduck, 2 Snipe, c.30,000r Starling, 38 Wigeon (R J Scott) For further detail see today’s POTTERIC CARR-SIGHTINGS


On Sunday 3rd Janyary the Mike Clegg Memorial Bird Race 2016 will take place. It is raising funds for the Common Crane conservation project 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 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 rules of the race click HERE


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


LOCALWeather: overcast throughout, with persistent rain from late morning onwards. Visibility: very good until 1300UTC then good until 1600UTC and moderate thereafter. Temperatures: +13.4° to +8.5°C. Wind: light to moderate/strong gusting from 32-54mph as Storm Frank made landfall; mainly S occasionally SSW/SSE. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting at 1013hPa and falling through the day to end at 1002hPa. Fronts etc.: a N/S warm front was over the District during the late morning/early afternoon eventually merging with a N/S cold front which moved E over the District during the afternoon.

Moon phase – Waning gibbous.
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