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Friday 29th April 2016

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BESSACARR14:30 – 1 OSPREY high flying NW (Mark Smedley)

DEARNE VALLEYBolton Ings (SE4302) – 1 Mute Swan, 2 Greylag, 12 Tufted Duck, 6 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 1m Goosander, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 35 Coot, c400 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 7 Canada Geese, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Moorhen, 1 Lapwing, 3 Swift and a flock of c80 Sand Martin and House Martins. A group of c20 Swallows were feeding over the R.Dearne and a Common Sandpiper was on the river bank (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYDenaby Ings (SE4900, SE4901, SE5000 A and SK5199E) – 2 HOBBY over(J Little per Ken Foundation) Entered on Birdtrack.

DEARNE VALLEYHarlington Sewage Treatment Works – 1 Yellow Wagtail (Rich Collis)

DEARNE VALLEYOld Moor (SE4302) – 1 Common Tern, 8 AVOCET, 2 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 MEDITERRANEAN GULL, 1 CETTI’S WARBLER (Barnsley Birders per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYTPT (Wombwell Ings to Bolton Ings) – 3s Willow Warbler and 1s Chiffchaff. Also 1 Blackcap (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEY Wombwell Ings (SE4102) – 33 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 14 Tufted Duck, 11 Mallard, 9 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Coot, 1 Kestrel, 7 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 12 BH Gull, 3 LBB Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Linnet (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DONCASTER LAKESIDE (SE5901) – 2m (1s) Blackcap, 3 House Martin, c.300 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 1s Willow Warbler (Chris Robinson)

FRICKLEY CP (SE4609, SE4709, SE4610, SE4710) – 4 Wheatear, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 WHITE WAGTAIL, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 1 rather late Fieldfare (Jonathan Holliday)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS Hatfield Moors area (SE7106D & SE6905X) – c.20 Fieldfare, 1 Kingfisher, 4 LRP, 1 Mandarin, 2 RING OUZEL, 11 Ringed Plover (Chip Rhodes, John Wozencroft and Col Neale). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG

IDLE VALLEYHagg Lane Flash (Notts SK6793) – 1 House Martin and 1 Yellow Wagtail (Darren Minto)

MARR – 1 Swift N (Rich Collis)

WENT VALLEYAskern/Campsall CP/Norton Common – 2 Common Sandpiper (Campsall CP clay pits), 1 ad +1 juv Grey Wagtail (Askern Lake), 1s Lesser Whitethroat, 2s Reed Warbler, 1 House Martin, 7+ Sand Martin, 25+ Swallow, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Owl (David Franklin)


LOCALWeather: cloudy with plenty of sunshine, but some heavy showers during the mid-afternoon. Visibility: excellent/very good throughout. Temperatures: +0.9° to +7.7°C. Wind: light SW/SSW/W until early morning; then moderate/strong WSW/W gusting to 44mph until late afternoon; then strong/moderate/light with gusts to 45mph WNW/NW until mid-evening; then light/very light W thereafter. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting on 1005hpa and falling to 1004hPa by early afternoon then rising for the rest of the day to end on 1013hPa. Fronts etc.: an occluded front wrapped around the low pressure system centred off the Northumbrian coast moved NE over the District during the late morning/early afternoon, additionally several troughs developed in the region at the same time.



MOON PHASE – Third quarter.

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