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Tuesday 29th March 2016

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CANTLEY Rosehill Cemetery – 2 Siskin still (I J Stubbs)

DEARNE VALLEYAdwick Washlands (SE4602) – 6 AVOCET, 20+ Redshank, c.60 Lapwing, 3 Ringed Plover, 4 Snipe, 2 Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Water Rail, 2 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, 7 Shoveler, 10 Wigeon, c.50 Teal, 1c Grey Partridge, 1 WHEATEAR (G Stones and M Gough per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYBolton Ings (SE4302) – 3 BLACK-NECKED GREBE, 2 Mute Swan, 14 Greylag, 13 Canada Geese, 24 Tufted Duck, 7 Mallard, 6 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 6 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 69 Coot, 3 Moorhen,256 BH Gull,1 Common Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Sand Martin and 1 Kingfisher (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEY Denaby Ings (SE4900, SE4901, SE5000 A and SK5199E) – 2 HOUSE MARTIN and 1 RAVEN over (Ken Foundation)

DEARNE VALLEYOld Moor (SE4302) – 1 Marsh Harrier NE, 1 Redshank (Aaron Miller and Kare Williams per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYWarbler Way – Influx of Chiffchaffs with 9 singing males + many more birds visible in trees and bushes. Also 2 Jay, 2 Sand Martin and 1 Bullfinch (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYWombwell Ings (SE4102) – 1 Little Ringed Plover, 74 Canada Geese,23 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 3 Pink Footed Geese, 47 Wigeon, 17 Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, 6 Teal, 5 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 6 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 4 Lapwing, 3 Redshank, 1 Golden Plover, 62 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Kestrel, 6+ Skylark, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Redwing. One of the BH Gulls had been ringed – metal ring right leg + blue ring with 2H37 on left leg (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DON VALLEYSandall Sewage Treatment Works – 1 Green Sandpiper (Rich Collis)

DON VALLEYThorpe Marsh (SE5909Z) – 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Buzzard, 2 Sand Martin – also a report by a visitor of a dead Barn Owl seen on Fordsteads Lane last Weds (Neil Shaw)

FRICKLEY CP – A possible Siberian Chiffchaff was seen briefly during the morning but not after. Also 3 WHEATEAR and a WHITE WAGTAIL (Jonathan Holliday per Twitter)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDSHatfield Moors area (SE7106D & SE6905X) – 100+ Fieldfare, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Kestrel, 1 KNOT (JR, TR), 2+ Marsh Harrier, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Peregrine, 1 Redshank, 5 Sand Martin, 8 Shelduck, 2 Stonechat, 2 Swallow, 1 Tawny Owl, c.30 Wigeon (John Wozencroft, Col Neale, John Robinson and Chip Rhodes). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG

POTTERIC CARR (SE5900) – 2 Shelduck, 16 Pochard, 1b BITTERN, 3 Little Egret, 9 Little Grebe, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1p Sparrowhawk, 8+ Buzzard, 1 OSPREY N (AAs), 2 Water Rail, 2 Oystercatcher, 10 Snipe, 3 Kingfisher, 2 Jay, 1 Goldcrest, c.25 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 6 Cetti’s Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Treecreeper, 12 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 30 Redwing, 9 Bullfinch (B G A Buckle, M A Bird, D Harden, P Goacher, G Chatterton, DS, K Lynes, H Hunt, H Womack, D Carroll, S Bury, J Kingsland, A Ashworth). For further detail see today’s POTTERIC CARR-SIGHTINGS

WENT VALLEYAskern – 1 Shelduck S (David Franklin)

“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 Observatory 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 clear spells and some heavy rain/hail showers. Visibility: mainly very good/excellent, occasionally moderate. Temperatures: +2.6° to +10.4°C. Wind: light/moderate occasionally strong with gusts to 36mph during the afternoon; mainly SSW/SW occasionally S. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting on 994hPa and mainly rising slowly through the day to finish on 1001hPa. Fronts etc.: none.



MOON PHASE – Waning gibbous.

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