Saturday 23rd January 2016

BIRD REPORTS

ARKSEY INGS – 6 Grey Heron, 16 Greylag Geese, 2 Goosander NE, 2 Little Egret, c.15 Mallard, 50+ Teal (Chris Robinson)

SKELLOW – Former Bullcroft (previously called Carcroft in error) Colliery Spoil Heap – 1 Kestrel, 2 SHORT-EARED OWL, 6 Siskin W and 1 Sparrowhawk (Justin Carr, Chris Robinson)

DEARNE VALLEYAdwick Washlands – 2 Goosander, 1 HEN HARRIER (BB), 2 Kestrel, 3 Little Egret, 3 Shelduck, 1f Sparrowhawk (Gary Stones and Birdguides Birdmap), 2 SHORT-EARED OWL also reported.

DEARNE VALLEYBolton Ings – 1 Barn Owl, 1 BITTERN, 15 Tufted Duck, 9m+7f Pochard, 5 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander, 2 Great Crested Grebe (Nigel Smith per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYOld Moor – 2 Brambling, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Ruff, 4 Siskin, 1 Water Rail, 2 Yellowhammer (Barnsley Birders and RSPB_Old Moor per Twitter)

DONCASTER LAKESIDE – 1 Blackcap by the Travel Lodge and c.80 large Gulls mainly Herring came in to roost (Simon Mitchell per Twitter)

DON VALLEY Firsby Res. – 1m Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 1 Kingfisher, 40+ Jackdaw over NW, 10+ Magpie, 3 Jay, 10+ Bullfinch, 15+ Siskin, 1 Goldcrest, 1 WILLOW TIT, 2 Reed Bunting, 5+ Fieldfare (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYOld Ravenfield – 1c Little Owl (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYRavenfield – 1c Tawny Owl (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYSprotbrough Flash – 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Kingfisher (Tina Langford)

DON VALLEYThrybergh CP – 11 Little Grebe, 19 Mute Swan, 195 Greylag Goose, 80+ Canada Goose, 8 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon dep.W, 3m+2f Pochard, 90 Tufted Duck, 2 Water Rail, 1 Peregrine SW, 33 Robin, 21 Bullfinch (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYThrybergh Tip – 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron (1N), 14 Cormorant (12S), 15 Mute Swan (8S), 55 Teal, 42 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, 2p Shoveler, 75 Tufted Duck, 6 Pochard, 1m Goosander S, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1c Water Rail, 1 Snipe S, 1 Common Gull S, 8 Herring Gull S, 3 Great Black-backed Gull S, 7 Stock Dove, 1 SHORT-EARED OWL S low over Roundwood @ 10.10hrs and continued towards steelworks; 1 Green WoodpeckeR, 2 Skylark over, 1 Pied Wagtail over, 56 Redwing (50N), 1 Fieldfare s, 2s Song Thrush, 1 Coal Tit, 1 WILLOW TIT, 3 Jay, 10 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

HAMPOLE TIP – 5 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, the juv. KUMLIEN’S GULL was today joined by a juv GLAUCOUS GULL and a second winter ICELAND GULL, 17 Pink-footed Geese N, 2 Mute Swan S, 1+ first W Yellow-legged Gull (Justin Carr, Pete Wragg, John Wrampling, Chris Robinson)

See JCs photos of the Glaucous Gull and two of the second CY Caspian Gulls on today’s DONCASTER BIRDING PHOTOGRAPHS

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDSHatfield Moors area – 1 BARNACLE GOOSE of unknown origin; 1 Goldeneye, 2 Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, 1m Marsh Harrier, 1f MERLIN, 1+ Peregrine, 500+ Pink-footed Geese, 2 Stonechat, 80+ Whooper Swan (John Wozencroft, John Robinson and Mark Lynes). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG

SKELBROOKEFields to W of village – 1 GLAUCOUS GULL (believed to be a different juvenile to the one seen earlier Hampole Tip being smaller billed and having more blotchy upper-parts, also 1 second CY and 1a Yellow-legged Gull. There were c.1000 large Gulls on the fields and 1500+ could still be seen circling over Hampole Tip mainly Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull (Justin Carr, Chris Robinson and David Binns). Also a Peacock Butterfly here (CCR, JC).

WENT VALLEYAskern Area – 1 Little Egret (on path beside Stream Dike south of woodyard, until spooked by first shots from nearby shooting, when it flew towards Campsall), 1 Kingfisher, 3 Grey Partridge, 1 Tufted Duck (David Franklin)

WENT VALLEYSouthfield Res – 5f+1m Goldeneye, 16 Goosander, 1 Little Egret, 475 Mallard, 1m Marsh Harrier, 8 Shelduck, 18 Shoveler, 184 Teal, 508 Wigeon (Adrian Scutt)

FINAL CALL FOR OUTSTANDING SPONSORSHIP MONEY PLEDGED FOR MIKE CLEGG MEMORIAL BIRD RACE

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 Sabsgull@hotmail.co.uk 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.

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 clear skies with sunshine until late afternoon, then cloudy, overcast. Visibility: mainly good, occasionally moderate. Temperatures: 4.7° to +8.8°C. Wind: light/very light SSW until mid-afternoon, then light S thereafter. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting the day on 1020hPa rising to 1020hPa by midday, then falling thereafter to end the day on 1023hPa. Fronts etc.: a N/S warm and a linked E/W cold front both moved E over the District during the late afternoon/evening.

Surface Pressure Chart

See DONCASTER BIRDING PHOTOGRAPHS

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


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