March 31, 2016


Thursday 31st March 2016

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CANTLEYRosehill Cemetery – 2 Coal Tit and 4+ Siskin (Ian Stubbs)

DEARNE VALLEYAdwick Washlands (SE4602) – 2 Little Egret, 11 AVOCET, c.20 Redshank, 8 Snipe, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Sandpiper, c.50 Lapwing, 2 Shelduck, 2 Chiffchaff (Gary Stones per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY Bolton Ings (SE4302) – 2 Mute Swan, 14 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 28 Tufted Duck, 13 Pochard, 8 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 2f Goldeneye, 6 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 48 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 363 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 3 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing and 1 Sand Martin (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEY Old Moor (SE4302) – 1 BITTERN, 1f Brambling, 1s Cetti’s Warbler, 1 GS Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1+ Kingfisher, 4 LBB Gull, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1+ Water Rail (RSPB-DEARNE VALLEY-RECENT SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYWarbler Way – 11s Chiffchaff, 2 Green Woodpecker and 1 WILLOW TIT (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYWombwell Ings (SE4102) – 2 Mute Swan, 98 Canada Geese, 14 Greylag, 3 Pink Footed Geese, 5 Shelduck, 54 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 12 Shoveler, 11 Tufted Duck, 7 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 9 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 95 Golden Plover, 6 Lapwing, 4 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Kestrel, 17 BH Gull, 5+ Skylark, 2 Mistle Thrush and 3s Chiffchaff (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DON VALLEYDoncasterMarshgate to Newton Farm to St Mary’s Bridge – an unconfirmed report from RBA of a NIGHT HERON in flight from HMP Doncaster during the morning (Observer unknown). Late afternoon – 4s Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 7 (1d) Lapwing, 1+c LRP but no sign of the Night Heron (Chris Robinson)

DON VALLEYThorpe Marsh (SE5909Z) – 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 1 Barn Owl, 2 (m+f) Kingfisher, 7 Swallow, 1 Redwing, 20+ ChiffChaff, 1 WILLOW TIT (Neil Shaw and Mick Townsend)

DON VALLEYThrybergh CP (SK4795 and SK4796) – 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 67 Mute Swan, 37 Tufted Duck, 1f Goldeneye, 3 Buzzard, 56 Coot, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank N, 40 Black-headed Gull, 2a Herring Gull, 8s Skylark, 12 Sand Martin, 3 Meadow Pipit N, 19 (18s) Wren, 34 (19s) Dunnock, 27 (20s) Robin, 1f Wheatear, 2s Song Thrush, 1s Mistle Thrush, 16 (1s) Blackbird, 7s Chiffchaff, 3p Long-tailed Tit, 12 Bullfinch, 2 Siskin N, 8 (4m3s) Reed Bunting, 5 (2s) Yellowhammer, 1 OSPREY E at 0835 (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDSHatfield Moors area (SE7106D & SE6905X) – 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Curlew, c.200 Fieldfare, 1 FLAVA WAGTAIL W, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Sand Martin, 6 Shelduck, 2 Stonechat, 1 Swallow, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL, 1 Whooper Swan, 1 Woodlark (John Wozencroft, Chip Rhodes and Dave Hursthouse). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG

POTTERIC CARR (SE5900) – 1b BITTERN, 2 BLACK-NECKED GEBE, 1m Marsh Harrier, 1p/d Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzard, 1p Coot with two chicks; 1 Kingfisher, 1 GS Woodpecker, 3 Siskin, 5 Bullfinch (Andy Dalton). 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 clear skies with warm sunshine with some scattered cloud, frost in places during the early morning and a shower of rain during the evening. Visibility: mainly very good/excellent, occasionally good/moderate during the early hours and early morning. Temperatures: -0.7° to +11.2°C. Wind: very light throughout; variable in direction mainly from the NW quarter until late afternoon, then variable in direction from the SE quarter thereafter. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting on 1012hPa and rising steadily through the day to finish on 1019hPa. Fronts etc.: none.



MOON PHASE – Third quarter.

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