Wednesday 30th March 2016


DEARNE VALLEYAdwick Washlands (SE4602) – 3 Shelduck, 8 Shoveler, 8 Wigeon, 2 Oystercatcher, 7 AVOCET, 20+ Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover (Nigel Smith per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYBolton Ings (SE4302) – 3 Mute Swan, 2 Greylag, 22 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 7 Mallard, 3m+1f Goldeneye, 2 Shoveler, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 74 Coot, 283 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also noted were 5 Canada Geese, 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 WILLOW TIT and 2s Chiffchaff (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYOld Moor (SE4302) – 2 BEARDED TIT (ho), 1+ BITTERN, 6 Buzzard, 2 Goldeneye, 2 House Martin, 1 Kestrel, 1 Redshank, Sand Martins, 2 Shelduck, 3 Water Rail, 1+ WHITE WAGTAIL (Per today’s RSPB-OLD MOOR-RECENT SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYTPT (Wombwell Ings to Bolton Ings) – 2s Chiffchaff (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYWombwell Ings (SE4102) – 61 Golden Plover, 5+ Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Dunlin. Also present were 2 Mute Swan, 65 Canada Geese, 3 Pink Footed Geese, 4 Shelduck, 54 Wigeon, 18 Teal, 14 Mallard, 10 Pochard, 8 Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 3 Little Egret, 8 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 5+ Skylark, 1 Swallow, 1 Mistle Thrush and 1 Buzzard (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DONCASTER LAKESIDE (SE5901) – c.15 Herring Gull, 3 LBB Gull, 20+ Sand Martin (Chris Robinson)

DON VALLEY Rawmarsh Haugh Road – 1 Swallow N (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYSilver Wood (SK4893) – 8s Chiffchaff (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYSilverwood Lagoon (SK4793) – 1s Blackcap, 3s Chiffchaff, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Snipe (Per today’s SBSG-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY Thorpe Marsh (SE5909Z) – 1 OSPREY W of reserve near E Coast Main line flying N (Neil Shaw)

DON VALLEYThrybergh CP (SK4795 and SK4796) – 1m Brambling, 1 House Martin, 2 Oystercatcher and 4 Sand Martin (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

FRICKLEY CP – No sign of the possible Siberian Chiffchaff along Frickley Beck just 2s Chiffchaff and a 4cy CASPIAN GULL was on the flood opposite the CP (Justin Carr, Tina Langford and Chris Robinson)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDSHatfield Moors area (SE7106D & SE6905X) – 1 Curlew, 1 Peregrine, 1 RED KITE, 2 Shelduck and 1 WHITE WAGTAIL (John Wozencroft and Chip Rhodes). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG

IDLE VALLEYMISSON Slaynes Lane – 1 SHORT-EARED OWL (S J Furber per Twitter)

POTTERIC CARR (SE5900) – 2 AVOCET, 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE, 3 Buzzard, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Shelduck (P Paddock). For further detail see today’s POTTERIC CARR-SIGHTINGS


See some of Simon’s photographs of the Firecrest on today’s DONCASTER BIRDING PHOTOGRAPHS

“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


LOCAL Weather: mainly sunny and bright with scattered cloud and occasional rain showers. Visibility: mainly moderate occasionally good until mid-morning then very good/excellent for the rest of the day. Temperatures: +1.1° to +11.4°C. Wind: very light/light throughout; WSW/SW and W. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting on 1001hPa and rising steadily through the day to finish on 1011hPa. Fronts etc.: none.



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