January 27, 2016


Wednesday 27th January 2016

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DEARNE VALLEYBolton Ings – 7 Mute Swan, 24 Mallard, 23 Tufted Duck, 19 Shoveler, 9m+3f Pochard, 3m+5f Goldeneye, 7 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 1f Goosander, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 125 Coot, 68 BH Gull, 29 Common Gull and 7 Herring Gull. Also noted were 23 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Geese, 2 Cormorant, 4 Moorhen, 1 Lapwing, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Jay (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS).

DEARNE VALLEYBroomhill Flash – 24 Pink-footed Geese (John Hewitt per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYOld Moor – 2 Brambling, 58r Cormorant, 8 Goldeneye, 53r Goosander, 6r Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 1f Sparrowhawk, 1 Yellowhammer (Jeff Wragg and Barnsley Birders per Twitter and today’s RSPB-DEARNE VALLEY-RECENT SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYWombwell Ings – 1 Ringed Plover ( An early bird for the year but B.Emson had recorded one at Edderthorpe 10 minutes earlier on Twitter ). Also present were 2 Mute Swan, 231 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 125 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 13 Mallard, 5m+4f Goosander, 7 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 2m+1f Pochard, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 11 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 214 Golden Plover, 126 Lapwing, 33 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull and 1 Kingfisher (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

HAMPOLE TIP – a white-winged Gull thought to be a first or second winter ICELAND GULL was seen in poor viewing conditions during the late afternoon, left with the last few hundred Gulls at approx. 1635hrs most birds left W but a few went NE, but probably left W as it couldn’t be located amongst the NE group (John Parkin)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDSHatfield Moors – 1 SHORT-EARED OWL, 1 Snipe, 2 WOODCOCK (Lukas Rowe). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG

WENT VALLEYAskern Lake – 1a MEDITERRANEAN GULL (David Franklin)


As many will know, the YWT are intent in erecting a large two-storey visitor centre with a large wind turbine included in one of the fields bordering the Canal Scrape, which the vast majority of local residents believe will ruin the scenic views down Spurn peninsula and visiting birders believe will do that as well as be damaging to migrating birds. If you would like to add your support please go to GAZPICSVIEW.WORDPRESS.COM to sign the ipetition.


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 skies with occasional brighter spells and some light rain showers during the late afternoon/early evening. Visibility: mainly excellent occasionally very good and good. Temperatures: 14.0° to +4.5°C. Wind: moderate/strong throghout SW/WSW until mid-afternoon, then W for the rest of the day. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting the day on 1003hPa falling to 997hPa by early afternoon before gradually rising to end the day on 1012hPa. Fronts etc.: two NE/SW cold front moved SE over the District during the late morning and early afternoon.



Moon phase – Waning gibbous
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