October 26, 2016


Wednesday 26th October 2016

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DEARNE VALLEYMexborough North Ings (SE4802) – 3 Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron, 1m+1f Stonechat, c.40 Skylark, 8 Linnet, 30+ Red-legged Partridge, 1 Grey Wagtail on river (Ken Foundation)

DEARNE VALLEYOld Moor (SE4302) – 45 Cormorant left roost, 13 Little Egret left roost; 3 Black Tailed Godwit, 2 RUFF, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 5 Dunlin, 1 JACK SNIPE, Snipe (p), 6+ BEARDED TIT, 1 WILLOW TIT, 2 CETTI’S WARBLER, 10 Water Rail, 1m+1f Stonechat, c.40 Redpoll  (Barnsley BSG per Twitter and per today’s RSPB-DEARNE VALLEY-RECENT SIGHTINGS)


POTTERIC CARR (SE5999, SE6099, SE5900 and SE6000) – 121 Pink-footed Geese (c.120 E @ 1.55pm); 1 Shelduck, 90 Pochard, 1 BITTERN, 1 Little Egret, 1 MARSH HARRIER, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 75 Golden Plover, 2 Snipe, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c.20 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 1 WILLOW TIT, 2+ BEARDED TIT, 4 CETTI’S WARBLER, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Stonechat, 1 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail E, 1 Redpoll over, 15 Siskin (S Furber, R J Scott, D Wozencroft). For further detail see today’s YWT-POTTERIC CARR-SIGHTINGS BLOG

Roger Bird has drawn my attention to the fact that on 31st October 2016 there is a debate in parliament on Hen Harriers and Moorland Issues. Roger and I have emailed our respective MPs asking them to attend the debate and to represent our concerns regarding Driven Grouse shooting and the plight of Hen Harriers.
Doncaster MPs and their email addresses are:
Ed Miliband MP – ed.miliband.mp@parliament.uk
Rosie Winterton – rosie.winterton.mp@parliament.uk
Caroline Flint – caroline.flint.mp@parliament.uk
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LOCALWeather: mixture of cloudy and overcast through the early hours and early morning, with fog in places; then clear and sunny until late afternoon; then cloudy until 8.00pm; then overcast thereafter, dry throughout. Visibility: moderate poor until noon; then good until 7.00pm; then moderate thereafter. Temperatures: +5.3° to +13.7°C. Wind: very light throughout, variable in direction NNE/N until 08.00am; NW until 10.00am; WSW/W/SW/S until 5.00pm; S until 10.00pm; SSE thereafter. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting the day on 1019hPa and rising through much of the day to end on 1028hPa. Fronts etc.: the NW/SE section of an occluded front moved N over the District during the late evening.


2610mapMOON PHASE – waning crescent.
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