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A very Happy New Year to all the contributors and readers of Doncaster Birding


BLAXTON COMMON – c.4500 Woodpigeon (R A Marshall)

COVE FARM GP (Bird’s Wood NR, Lincs) – 9m+3f Pochard (R A Marshall)

DEARNE VALLEYBolton Ings – 28 BH Gull, 1 Bullfinch, 15 Common Gull, 153 Coot, 3 Cormorant, 6 Goldeneye, 7 Goosander, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Mallard, Moorhen, 2 Mute Swan, 17 Pochard, 36 Tufted Duck (A. Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYBroomhill Flash – 24 BH Gull, 1 Buzzard, 62 Canada Geese, 1 Common Gull, 11 Coot, 1 Cormorant, 27 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 6 Pochard, 7 Shoveler, 8 Teal, 18 Tufted Duck, 11 Wigeon (A. Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYOld Moor – 1 Brambling, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 32r Cormorant, 4 Fieldfare, 3+ Goldcrest, 4 Goldeneye, 42r Goosander, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4r Little Egret, 1 Ruff, 2 Shelduck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail (Jeff Wragg and Barnsley Birders per Twitter and RSPB-DEARNE VALLEY-RECENT SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYTPT (Wombwell Ings to Bolton Ings) – 1 Green Woodpecker calling and 7 Siskin (A. Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYWombwell Ings – 26 BH Gull, 1 Buzzard, 258 Canada Geese, 8 Coot, 1 Cormorant, 114 Golden Plover, 6 Grey Heron, 2 Greylag Geese, 42 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 13 Mallard, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Moorhen, 5 Shelduck (2W, 3S), 7 Shoveler, 9 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Whooper Swan W and 76 Wigeon (A. Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS and M. Rushton per twitter)

DON VALLEYBarnby Dun Sailing Lake – 2m Goosander (Neil Shaw)

DON VALLEYThorpe Marsh NR – 4 Bullfinch, 6 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 1 WILLOW TIT, 1 WOODCOCK (Neil Shaw)

DON VALLEYThorpe Marsh (Marsh Lane) – 1f Brambling trapped and ringed and 1 RAVEN rested on pylon briefly at 0915UTC before moving off E (Ken Pearson)

DON VALLEYThrybergh CP – 150 BH Gull, 16 Bullfinch, 1 Buzzard, 92 Canada Goose, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Common Gull, 15 Dunnock, 5 Gadwall, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Greylag Geese, 1 Grey Wagtail, 100 Lapwing, 13 Little Grebe, 13 Mute Swan, 18m+6f Pochard, 16 Robin, 54 Tufted Duck, 2 Water Rail (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

IDLE VALLEYMisson (Notts) – 1 SHORT-EARED OWL, 1m+1f STONECHAT (T Rhodes)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDSHatfield Moors area – 650+ Pink-footed Geese, 11 Redshank, 2 SHORT-EARED OWL, 1 Tawny Owl, 12 Tree Sparrow, 4 Whooper Swan (H R Kirk, R A Marshall, J Wozencroft, T Rhodes, R Collis and D Watson). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG

POTTERIC CARR – 4 Buzzard, 1 Bittern, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, c.30 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Kestrel, 2 Little Egret, 7 Mistle Thrush, c.70 Redwing, 5 Shelduck, 6 Snipe, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1m STONECHAT, 16 Wigeon, 1 WOODCOCK (R J Scott, A Dalton and KH) 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 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 rules of the race click HERE.

Thank you to all those who have already volunteered to sponsor us.


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: mainly overcast/cloudy during the early hours and late afternoon/evening with some heavy rain during the late afternoon, skies mainly clear with bright sunshine through the daylight hours. Visibility: very good/excellent throughout. Temperatures: +9.4° to +3.6°C. Wind: very light to light during the early hours, then light/moderate/strong thereafter gusting from 29-52mph. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting at 1000hPa rising through the course of the day to end on 1014hPa. Fronts etc.: a N/S occluded front moved E over the District during the late afternoon.

Moon phase – Waning gibbous.
Crown copyright 2015, the Met Office

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