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Monday 29th February 2016

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DEARNE VALLEYBolton Ings – 3 Mute Swan, 65 Greylag, 31 Tufted Duck, 22 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 1m+4f Goldeneye, 4 Mallard, 2 Pochard, 1m+1f Goosander, 5 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 101 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 135 BH Gull,8 Common Gull and 5 LBB Gull. Also present were 4 Canada Geese, 1 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing and 1 WILLOW TIT (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS).

DEARNE VALLEYBroomhill Flash – 100+ Pink-footed Geese (John Hewitt per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYBulling Dyke – 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Water Rail (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS).

DEARNE VALLEYOld Moor – 2 BEARDED TIT, 1 Bittern, 810 BH Gull, 2 Brambling, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 6 Common Gull, 2 Goldeneye, 13 Goosander, 1 GBB Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 8 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 1 MEDITERRANEAN GULL, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Peregrine, 2 Shelduck, 83 Shoveler, 4+ Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 2 Whooper Swan (Keith Pickering, Barnsley Birders, Peter Walsh and Tom Hibbert Twitter and today’s RSPB-DEARNE VALLEY-RECENT SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYWombwell Ings – 2 Mute Swan, 37 Canada Geese 3 Greylag, 254 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 10 Tufted Duck, 8 Gadwall, 4 Mallard, 2 Pochard, 11 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 2 Grey Heron, 35 Lapwing, 227 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 4 Skylark and 1 Mistle Thrush (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DONCASTER LAKESIDE – 3000+ BH Gull, 2 (2cy) CASPIAN GULLS were in the pre-roost one of which left towards Potteric prior to the second bird being located, second bird was much darker with a more indistinct necklace than the first, also 300+ Herring Gull, c.15 LBB Gull, 2m Pochard, a mermuration of c.1000 Starling (Chris Robinson)

DON VALLEYThrybergh CP – 3 Great Crested Grebe, 180 Pink-footed Goose NW at 09:36; 10 Little Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 29 Mute Swan, 9 Greylag Goose, 15 Canada Goose, 1f Teal, 6m+1f Pochard, 49 Tufted Duck, 1m+1f Goldeneye, 1 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 13+ Moorhen, 39 (22s) Dunnock, 23 (9s) Robin, 21 Blackbird, 10+ Tree Sparrow, 14 (5s) Chaffinch, 12 (6p) Bullfinch (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

IDLE VALLEYHagg Lane Flash – 200 Wigeon, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin (Lance Degnan)

IDLE VALLEYNewington Flash – 1200 Wigeon, 250 Teal, 3 Oystercatcher, 12 Redshank, 32 Shelduck (Lance Degnan)

IDLE VALLEYMISSONSlaynes Lane – 1m Marsh Harrier, 2 Egyptian Geese, 125 Wigeon (Lance Degnan)

POTTERIC CARR – 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 WOODCOCK, 1 CASPIAN GULL same as one of Lakeside birds; 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c.100 Redwing (Andy Dalton, PWi, Chris Robinson). For further detail see today’s POTTERIC CARR-SIGHTINGS

WENT VALLEYNorton Sewage Treatment Works – 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Little Egret (Ryan McClarence

“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, the new Spurn Bird Observatory is almost complete and will be opened by Mike Dilger at 2pm on Sunday 27th March. All are welcome.


LOCALWeather: mainly clear skies until midday then cloudy/overcast thereafter, dry throughout. Visibility: mainly poor, occasionally good, moderate and very poor until late morning, then very good/excellent for the rest of the day and through the evening. Temperatures: -3.5° to +6.3°C. Wind: very light throughout, very variable in direction but settling on S by early evening. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting on 1028hPa and fluctuating beteen 1028 and 1027hPa until early afternoon, then falling to end the day on 1020hPa. Fronts etc.: a N/S warm front moved E towards the District as the evening progressed.



MOON PHASE – Waning gibbous.

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