October 27, 2016


Thursday 27th October 2016

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BRODSWORTH COMMUNITY WOODLAND (SE5207)9.50am to 11.50am – 12 Bullfinch (3W); 2 Buzzard, 700+ Fieldfare S/SW (many parties of 50+ birds), 3 Goldcrest, c.120 Goldfinch (c.80 SW); 10+ Jay acorning around site; 17 Meadow Pipit (8SW); 2 Mistle Thrush S, 5 Redpoll (3SW); 300+ Redwing S/SW, 2 Reed Bunting (1SW); 2 Siskin (1SW); 1 Snipe, 2 Sparrowhawk (1W); 9 Yellowhammer (3W) (Chris Robinson)

DEARNE VALLEYOld Moor (SE4302) – 130 Pink-footed Geese NE (Paul Gould per Twitter)

DON VALLEYFirsby Res. (SK4995) – 1 Moorhen, 4 Cormorant, 10+ Mallard, 4 Black-headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Buzzard, 4 Magpie, 8 Jackdaw, 50+ Fieldfare, 40+ Redwing, 4 Bullfinch, 8 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Pheasant (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYRavenfield Church – 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Mistle Thrush (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYThrybergh CP (SK4795 and SK4796) – 8 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 14 Cormorant, 8 Mute Swan, 80 Canada Goose, 68 Tufted Duck, 2 Water Rail, 14 Moorhen, 37 Lapwing (15S); 80 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Grey Wagtail, 14 Wren, 26 Dunnock, 23 Robin, 2 Song Thrush, 18 Redwing, 70 Fieldfare S, 8 Goldcrest, 12 Great Tit, 28+ Long-tailed Tit, 18 Magpie, 2 Tree Sparrow, 16 Lesser Redpoll, 28 Goldfinch, 8+ Bullfinch (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

POTTERIC CARR (SE5999, SE6099, SE5900 and SE6000) – 6 Whooper Swan (SF, RJS), 2 Shelduck, 60 Pochard, 1 BITTERN, 2 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 135 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 4 Common Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Jay, 17 Goldcrest, 4 CETTI’S WARBLER, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Treecreeper, 1m+1f Stonechat, 2 Pied Wagtail, 10 Chaffinch, 50 Redpoll, 30 Goldfinch, 5 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: overcast through much of the day, otherwise cloudy with some clear skies during the early hours, dry throughout. Visibility: good/moderate from 5am to 8am; otherwise excellent/very good through rest of day. Temperatures: +7.2° to +13.7°C. Wind: very light until 9am, then light occasionally moderate thereafter; mainly WSW/SW occasionally SSW. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting the day on 1028hPa and rising to 1029hPa by 10am; then falling to 1026hPa by 8pm before stabilizing on 1027hPa thereafter. Fronts etc.: a strengthening E/W occluded front moved N over the District during the afternoon.



MOON PHASE – waning crescent.
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