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DEARNE VALLEYAdwick Washlands – 39 Gadwall, 7 Grey Partridge, 45 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret, 3 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 63 Teal, 56 Wigeon (Nigel Smith per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYOld Moor – 2 BEARDED TIT, 2 Brambling, 7 Cetti’s Warbler, 62r Cormorant, 240 Gadwall, 9 Goldeneye, 46 Goosander, 7 Little Egret, 1 Little Owl, 1 Peregrine, 1m PINTAIL, 2 Siskin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 40 Tree Sparrow, 4 Water Rail, 1 WILLOW TIT, 6 Yellowhammer, 1 Yellow-legged Gull departed S (Nigel Smith, Jeff Wragg, Andrew Leggett, Ken Foundation and Barnsley Birders per Twitter and today’s RSPB-DEARNE VALLEY-RECENT SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYWombwell Ings – 2 Little Egret, 171 Wigeon, 108 Lapwing, 125 Golden Plover, 1 Peregrine, a Grey Wagtail was feeding on the River Dearne, 1 Water Rail in the Bulling Dyke opposite the Old Moor Tavern (Nigel Smith and Jeff Wragg per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DON VALLEYAldwarke SF – 18 Redwing, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail, 16 Magpie, 3 Pheasant, 4 (1s) Song Thrush, 2 Mute Swan SW, 9 Moorhen, 25 Herring Gull S/SW, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Coot (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYFirsby Res. – 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cormorant, 8 Mallard, 5 Teal, 1 Jay, 1s Robin, 1 Wren, 5 Bullfinch (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYThorneM18 Junction – 1 RED KITE over – first of the year for the District (Andy Marshall)

DON VALLEYThrybergh CP – 2 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 18 Mute Swan (10dep. W), 105 Greylag Goose, 94 Canada Goose, 3 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 6m+1f Pochard, 30 Tufted Duck, 1 Kestrel, 2 Water Rail, 80+ Black-headed Gull, 19 Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull S, 2 Lesser Redpoll S, 1 Siskin N, 18 Bullfinch, 1 Barn Owl (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYThrybergh Tip – 11 Coot, 6 Mute Swan (4W), 1 Grey Heron, 2 Reed Bunting, c.25 Siskin, 1c Green Woodpecker, 7 Cormorant SW between 078-0801hrs; 1s Song Thrush, c.40 Woodpigeon SE, 2 Moorhen, 5 Common Gull SW, 1 Kestrel, 2 Greylag Goose E, 2f Pheasant, 8 Bullfinch (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS Hatfield Moors area – 8 BEWICK’S SWAN, 3 Brambling, 1+ COMMON (MEALY) REDPOLL, 40+ Curlew, 1 JACK SNIPE, 1 Snipe, 90+ Whooper Swan (John Wozencroft, Chip Rhodes). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG

One of John Wozencroft’s photos of a Bewick’s Swan can be seen at Doncaster Birding Photographs

POTTERIC CARR – 1 Bittern, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Kestrel, 5 Shelduck, 6 Siskin, 7 Snipe, 1s Song Thrush, 1 Water Rail, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Bullfinch, 1 WILLOW TIT. CARR LODGE – 1 WILLOW TIT, 1 WOODCOCK (Mark Roberts, Jenny Kingsland, Ian & Janet Heppenstall, Andy Dalton). For further detail see today’s POTTERIC CARR-SIGHTINGS

WENT VALLEYSouthfield Res – 3 Goldeneye, 11 Goosander, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Little Egret, 1i Marsh Harrier, 45m+10f Pochard, 1f SCAUP, 1 Tawny Owl (Adrian Scutt)

“Say No to the New Build YWT’s New Visitor Centre” #keepspurnwild

Spurn is an are of natural beauty, please protect this national and unique treasure for ALL of us to enjoy – visitors, residents and future generations.
The YWT should use their existing visitor centre ‘the Blue Bell Visitor Centre’ which was given to them NOT a new-build!

Why would you wish to spoil the fantastic view down the peninsula with a 2 store building over six and a half metres tall and a large car park?

Spurn Bird Observatorry publicly announce their strong opposition to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s plans. A strong statement that the proposed visitor centre is in totally the wrong location from a conservation, recreational disturbance & bird welfare point of view.

To sign the ipetition objecting to the proposal go to GAZPICSVIEW.WORDPRESS.COM


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 rain showers on and off through the day;  Visibility: very good until mid-morning, then good/moderate/poor until mid-evening then very good thereafter. Temperatures: +2.2° to +11.8°C. Wind: moderate/strong then light WSW/SW/SSW until late morning; then very light S/SE until early afternoon, then very light/light SW/WSW/W thereafter. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting the day on 1007hPa rising to 1008hPa falling to 1001hPa then rising once more to end the day on 1006hPa. Fronts etc.: several NW/SE fronts moved NNE over the District through the course of the morning and afternoon.

Surface Pressure Chart


Moon phase – Third quarter
Crown copyright 2016, the Met Office

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