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BILHAM FISH PONDS – 2s Green Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch and 1 brimstone butterfly (Mike Pilsworth)

CADEBY VILLAGE15:00UTC – 1 RED KITE over at 40 feet (Marko Zalad)

DEARNE VALLEYAdwick Washlands (SE4602) – 12 AVOCET, 15 Redshank, 4 Snipe, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Curlew, 1 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, 1 Shoveler, 112 Teal, 61 Wigeon, 40Gadwall, 23 Mallard, 103 Lapwing, 3 Common Gull, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (Gary Stones per Twitter and per today’s RSPB DEARNE VALLEY-RECENT SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYDenaby Ings –  6 (3m+3f) Goosander, 5 Buzzard up, 2 Kestrel, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Grass Snake, 2 Brimstone, 1 Comma butterfly (Paul & Barbara Shepherd)

DEARNE VALLEYOld Moor (SE4302) – 2+ BEARDED TIT, 2d GC Grebe, 1a MEDITERRANEAN GULL, 2 Snipe, 2+ Water Rail (Barnsley Birders per Twitter and today’s RSPB DEARNE VALLEY-RECENT SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYWarbler Way – 1 Chiffchaff (Paul White)


DEARNE VALLEYWombwell Ings (SE4102) – 1 BAR-TAILED GODWIT, 1 Buzzard, 5 Dunlin, 5 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 8 Shelduck (Paul White and Barnsley Birders per Twitter)

DONCASTER LAKESIDE (SE5901) – 1 (2CY) CASPIAN GULL in the roost late and soon left (Chris Robinson). See record shot at DONCASTER BIRDING PHOTOGRAPHS

DON VALLEYBentley Community Woodland/Shaftholme – c.50 BH Gull, 2 Canada Geese,  8 Coot, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Little Grebe, 3p Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 1p Oystercatcher, 12 Siskin N, 1s Song Thrush, 2 Tufted Duck, 3c Water Rail (two along drain from The Avenue entrance to Lake and one in reedbed at southern end of lake) and one recently killed WOODCOCK, presumed killed by Sparrowhawk (Chris Robinson)

DON VALLEYFirsby Res. (SK4995) – 2 Mute Swan, 1 Tufted Duck, 4 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 1m Song Thrush, 1s Chiffchaff (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYKilnhurst Ings (SK4596) – 18 Greylag Geese, 5  Canada Geese, 52 BH Gull, 26 Wigeon, 9 Lapwing, 8 Mallard, 3 Goosander, 4 Dunnock, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Teal, 1 Pheasant, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Great Tit, 19 Carrion Crow, 7 Woodpigeon, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Chaffinch, 6 Blackbird, 4 Stock Dove, 15 Jackdaw, 4 Cormorant, 4 Magpie, 8 Robin, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Redpoll, 4 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch, 1m Sparrowhawk, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Linnet (Paul Gould per Twitter)

DON VALLEYRawmarsh Haugh Road – 5 Shelduck E @ 1445UTC (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYThorpe Marsh (SE5909Z) – 1 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Redwing, 24 Fieldfare (Neil Shaw)

DON VALLEYThrybergh CP (SK4795 and SK4796) – 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 59 Mute Swan, 1m Gadwall, 39 Tufted Duck, 8 Buzzard (2W-2N-2E-2SE), 3c Pheasant, 1 Water Rail, 1 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher (dep. E), 11 Lapwing (3d/p+5S); 850+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 2y Green Woodpecker, 5s Skylark, 11s Wren, 30 (20s) Dunnock, 20 Robin, 18 (1s) Blackbird, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 4+ Tree Sparrow, 1m Siskin, 4p Bullfinch, 8 Reed Bunting, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Jay N (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

IDLE VALLEYHagg Lane Flash (Notts SK6793) – 4 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 10 Redshank (Steve Furber)

IDLE VALLEYNewington Flash (S Yorks SK6693) – 2 Egyptian Goose, c500 Wigeon, 34 Shelduck, 1 Dunlin, 15 Redshank, 2 Little Egret (Steve Furber)

POTTERIC CARR (SE5900) – 2 Shelduck, 1b BITTERN, 6 Little Egret, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Buzzard, 2 Water Rail, 1 Redshank, 6 Snipe, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 2s Chiffchaff (Jenny Kingsland). For further detail see today’s POTTERIC CARR-SIGHTINGS


SCAWTHORPEScawsby Lane – 14 Corn Bunting on wires (Mike Pilsworth)

WENT VALLEYSouthfield Res – 2 Goosander, 1 Kingfisher, 1 SHORT-EARED OWL (Mike Pilsworth)

“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


Spurn Bird Observatory opens it doors for the first time on Sunday March 27 2016. To be one of the first to stay at the new observatory building call Paul or Rael on 01964 650479 and book a bed for the night.

Charge out rates can be found on our website Free Wi Fi is included plus access to the bird observatory garden.



LOCALWeather: mainly cloudy/overcast with some very light showers during the afternoon. Visibility: mainly good occasionally very good and moderate until early morning then very good until early evening, then good thereafter. Temperatures: +4.1° to +10.2°C. Wind: mainly very light occasionally light; NNW/NW/N until mid afternoon, then NNE until early evening, then E/ESE/SSW/SW thereafter. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: 1028hPa, falling through the day to end on 1025hPa. Fronts etc.: none.



MOON PHASE – Waxing gibbous.

Crown copyright 2016, the Met Office

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