March 27, 2016


Sunday 27th March 2016

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DEARNE VALLEYAdwick Washlands (SE4602) – 13 AVOCET, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Curlew, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Owl, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Oystercatcher, 20+ Redshank, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Shelduck, 1 Snipe, 2 Swallow (Malc Gough)

DEARNE VALLEYBroomhill Village – 1 Swallow (Barnsley Birders per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYOld Moor (SE4302) – 1 BITTERN, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander, 6r Little Egret, 8 Oystercatcher, 9 Redshank, c.30 Sand Martin, 3 Shelduck, 52 Shoveler, 23 Snipe (Nigel Smith and RSPB_Old Moor per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYWarbler Way – 1 FIRECREST (Ken Foundation per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYWombwell Ings (SE4102) – 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Pink Footed Goose, 7 Redshank, 2 Shelduck (Barnsley Birders per Twitter)

DON VALLEYFoulsyke FlashChiffchaff (Tina Langford)

DON VALLEYKilnhurst Ings (SK4596) – 1 Chiffchaff and 1 nearby on bank of River Don (Paul Gould)

DON VALLEYSprotbrough FlashChiffchaff (Tina Langford)

DON VALLEYSprotbrough Village – 1 Buzzard, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 RED KITE drifted over fields to the west of Spring Lane between 1032-1039UTC, 2 Skylark and 1 Sparrowhawk (Simon Noble)

DON VALLEYThrybergh CP (SK4795 and SK4796) – 20 Blackbird , 4 Bullfinch, 1 Buzzard, 4 (3s) Chiffchaff, 33 (21s) Dunnock, 60+ Fieldfare NW, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Herring Gull, 3 Little Grebe, 16 Magpie, 60 Mute Swan, 1 Oystercatcher, 4 Reed Bunting, 17 (10s) Robin, 12 Sand Martin, 6s Skylark, 1s Song Thrush, 33 Tufted Duck, 10s Wren (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS Hatfield Moors area (SE7106D & SE6905X) – 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE (AM), 11 Chiffchaff, 1 CROSSBILL SW, 2 Goldcrest, 1 r-t HEN HARRIER, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Stonechat, 3 WHITE WAGTAIL, 1 WILLOW TIT, 1 WOODCOCK (Andy Marshall and Adrian Scutt). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG

IDLE VALLEYMISSONSlaynes Lane – 1 GLOSSY IBIS on floods south of new workings (Per today’s NOTTINGHAMSHIRE BIRDWATCHERS-SIGHTINGS)

POTTERIC CARR (SE5900) –2 Shelduck, 1 BITTERN, 3 Little Egret, 6 Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 RED KITE dep N (MR), 1m Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 4 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1y Green Woodpecker, 1 WILLOW TIT, c.80 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Siskin  (Jenny Kingsland, Derek & Anne Parker, Mark Roberts, GJ). For further detail see today’s POTTERIC CARR-SIGHTINGS


“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


During a recent birding trip to Sri Lanka we received occasional assistance to find birds by young birders who bird without optics. Our guide Uditha Hettige of the Ceylon Bird Club explained that many of them are from poor families who could never afford to buy them optics.

The conversation soon developed into how we could help. We explained that many birders in the UK have at least one and possibly more binoculars some of which we could possibly collect and send to Uditha for distribution.

So, if you have any binoculars or spotting scopes which are gathering dust and you are unlikely ever to use again and you wish to help bird finding and indirectly conservation in Sri Lanka, please do consider donating them, even if they are not in tip-top condition, they can be repaired/cleaned in Sri Lanka.

If you would like to make a donation, please leave a quick comment here and I will get back to you to arrange collection. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS AS THE COMMENTS GO PUBLIC AND I WILL AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE THEM VIA THE COMMENT NOTIFICATION I RECEIVE FROM WORDPRESS. Alternatively, you can email me direct at


LOCALWeather: mainly cloudy but bright with some sunshine through most of the daylight hours, some heavy showers of rain/hail during the late afternoon. Visibility: very good/excellent throughout. Temperatures: +4.7° to +10.8°C. Wind: light SW/SSW/S until mid-morning; then moderate/strong SSW/SW/S/SSW until mid-evening; then light S thereafter. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting on 995hPa and rising to 997hPa by late morning, then falling to finish the day on 992hPa. Fronts etc.: a N/S occluded/warm front moved rapidly east over the District during the late afternoon.



MOON PHASE – Waning gibbous.

Crown copyright 2016, the Met Office

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