Friday 22nd January 2016


DEARNE VALLEYBolton Ings – A female SMEW, first noticed by J.Seeviour, was the highlight of the day. Also present were 2 Mute Swan, 17 Canada Geese, 23 Tufted Duck, 13 Mallard, 7m+5f Pochard, 3m+3f Goldeneye, 2 Gadwall, 1m+1f Goosander, 1 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 161 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 10 Lapwing over, 67 BH Gull, 14 Common Gull and 1 Herring Gull (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS).

DEARNE VALLEYOld MoorBEARDED TITS seen but no details, 3 Buzzard,  4 Cetti’s Warbler, 46r Cormorant, 29r Goosander, 5r Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 8 Water Rail (Barnsley Birders per Twitter and today’s RSPB-DEARNE VALLEY-RECENT SIGHTINGS)

Cetti’s Warbler 4, Little Egret 5, Cormorant 46, Goosander 29, Water Rail

DEARNE VALLEYTPT (Wombwell Ings to Bolton Ings) – 30+ Siskin (Jeff Wragg per Twitter).

DEARNE VALLEYWombwell Ings – 98 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 104 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 11 Mallard, 6 Shoveler, 2m+2f Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1m+2f Goosander, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Coot, 314 Golden Plover(the highest total on the ings this winter), 159 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 122 BH Gull, 7 Common Gull and a group of 6 Pied Wagtail (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DON VALLEYSilverwood Lagoon – 18 Golden Plover (Per today’s SBSG-RECENT NEWS)

SPROTBROUGH (NEWTON) INGS – 1 JACK SNIPE and 1 Snipe lowest January count ever at this site (Chris Robinson). We’re doomed!

DON VALLEYThrybergh CP – 18 Mute Swan, 10 Little Grebe, 185+ Greylag Goose, 90+ Canada Goose, 14 Gadwall, 5 Wigeon, 18 Pochard (13m5f), 90 Tufted Duck, 2 Water Rail, 190+ Lapwing, 1 Golden Plover, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 26 Robin, 34 Blackbird, 15 Great Tit, 2 Rook S, 15+ Tree Sparrow, 30+ Goldfinch (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

HAMPOLE TIP – the juv. KUMLIEN’S GULL was today joined by a juv GLAUCOUS GULL and a second winter ICELAND GULL (John Wozencroft, Garry Taylor, Ryan McClarence and Mick Sherwin per Twitter)

See Mick’s photo of the Glaucous on today’s DONCASTER BIRDING PHOTOGRAPHS


The Hatfield Chargers team (John Wozencroft, Chip Rhodes, Col Neale and myself) in the Mike Clegg Memorial Bird Race raising funds for Common Crane conservation on the Humberhead Levels currently has pledges totalling £306.80. Thank you.

If you wish to make payment please either send cheques made payable to Barnsley Bird Study Group to Graham Speight at 58 Locke Avenue, Barnsley S70 1QH and note the back of the cheque FOR HATFIELD CHARGERS. Please also email me at or text/phone me at 07534271254 to advise that you have paid and so I can note my debtors sheet and and therefore avoid unnecessary chasing.


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 until mid-morning with some rain during the early hours and early morning, clearing thereafter with scattered cloud but dry thereafter. Visibility: mainly good, occasionally moderate and very good. Temperatures: 3.0° to +9.0°C. Wind: light SSE until mid-morning, then light S until early afternoon, then light/very light and variable in direction but wholly from the SW quarter thereafter. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting on 1018hPa falling to 1011hPa by late afternoon, then rising thereafter to finish the day on 1018hPa. Fronts etc.: NNW/SSE warm front moved E over the District during the early morning, followed by a parallel occlusion during the late morning/early afternoon and a parallel cold front during the mid-afternoon.

Surface Pressure Chart


Moon phase – Waxing gibbous
Crown copyright 2016, the Met Office

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