Monday 28th March 2016


DEARNE VALLEY Adwick Washlands (SE4602) – 11 AVOCET, 1 Curlew W (prob same as Bromhill bird below), 1 Little Egret, 2 Little Owl, 1 Oystercatcher, 20+ Redshank, Ringed Plover, 2 Shelduck, 16 Shoveler, c.30 Wigeon (Nigel Smith and Ken Foundation per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYBolton Ings (SE4302) – 3 Mute Swan, 23 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag, 19 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 1m+1f Goldeneye, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 69 Coot and 259 BH Gull. Also present were 2 Moorhen, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 120+ Golden Plover ( through 12.15pm ), 7 Sand Martin and 1 Grey Wagtail (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEY Broomhill Flash (SE4102) – 4 AVOCET, 1 Curlew and 3 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Swallow (David Bamforth per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYDenaby Ings (SE4900, SE4901, SE5000 A and SK5199E) – 4 AVOCET, 3 Buzzard, 1 GC Grebe, c.40 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow (Ken Foundation). 2 AVOCET, 1 RED KITE SW@1645UTC, 1m+1f Peregrine, the colour ringed Cormorant ASZ( first seen on 02/02/2016)ringed as a nestling on 07/07/2013 at Bullers of Buchan near Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire,still present. Also Nuthatch at feeding station (Karl A Dutton)

DEARNE VALLEY Old Moor (SE4302) – 8 Goldeneye, 8 Little Egret, 8 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank (Barnsley Birders per Twitter). 1 SANDWICH TERN through at 1546UTC (Treespers42 per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYWarbler Way – 6s Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYWombwell Ings (SE4102) – 2 Mute Swan, 129 Canada Geese, 9 Shelduck, 8 Greylag, 3 Pink Footed Geese, 82 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 21 Mallard, 13 Tufted Duck, 10 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 2 Goosander, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 3 Redshank, 2 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 162 Bh Gull, 1 Common Gull, 4 Skylark and 4 Reed Bunting (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DON VALLEYNearcliff Wood – 3 Buzzard up over Fowlsyke Flash and 1 Nuthatch (Paul & Barbara Shepherd)

DON VALLEY Firsby Res. (SK4995) – 2 Mute Swan, 8 Tufted Duck, 1p Gadwall, 3 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 1d/p Buzzard, 1 Lapwing, 1 Jay, 3 Rook W, 1c Treecreeper, 3 (2s) Chiffchaff (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYThrybergh CP (SK4795 and SK4796) – 8 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 63 Mute Swan, 31 Tufted Duck, 1 Buzzard to E, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Gull, 3 Herring Gull W, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 8 Wren, 21 Dunnock, 16 Robin, 2s Chiffchaff, 11 (3s) Chaffinch, 20c/s Goldfinch, 10 Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

FRICKLEY CP and Flood – 1 WHITE WAGTAIL and 1 WOODLARK flushed from centre path edge and headed away East 0922UTC (Jonathan Holliday)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDSHatfield Moors area (SE7106D & SE6905X) – 1+s Chiffchaff, 2 Dunlin through, 2 Ringed Plover, 20+ Sand Martin through, 1 Swallow (Darren Watson, Andy Marshall and Chip Rhodes). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG

POTTERIC CARR (SE5900) – 45 Shoveler, 16 Pochard, 1+b BITTERN, 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE, 1 RED KITE (RJS), 2 Marsh Harrier, 9 Buzzard (2N, 1W and 6), 2 Kestrel, 2+ Peregrine, 2d Redshank, 3 Snipe, 2 Common Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 2+ Kingfisher, 4 RAVEN (1W, 1NE@0819UTC, 1NE@1045UTC, 1NW@1324UTC), c160 Sand Martin (mainly NW), 4 Swallow, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, c.10 Chiffchaff, c100 Starling, c.140 Redwing (3N, 14 Rossington Carr Fields, c90 low over Hawthorn Bank, 30 Beeston Plantation), 7 Meadow pipit (6N, 1E) and 2 Siskin (Richard Scott, PSh and Mark Roberts). For further detail see today’s POTTERIC CARR-SIGHTINGS


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 overcast with heavy rain and strong winds during the early hours and morning, then brightening to give a cloudy but bright afternoon and skies clearing during the early evening. Visibility: mainly moderate/good until late morning, then very good/excellent thereafter. Temperatures: +8.7° to +3.6°C. Wind: light for the first few hours, then moderate/strong/very strong gusting from 44-32mph until late afternoon, then returning to light thereafter; variable in direction from within the SSE eighth until earl morning, then variable from within the WNW eighth until late afternoon; then variable from within the WSW eighth thereafter. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting on 991hPa and falling to 973hPa by mid-morning, then rising for the rest of the day to finish the day on 994hPa. Fronts etc.: an occluded front associated with the fast moving Storm Kate passed quickly E over the District during the morning.



MOON PHASE – Waning gibbous.

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