Friday 28th October 2016


DEARNE VALLEY Adwick Washlands (SE4602) – 15 Common Gull, 30 Dunlin, Fieldfare (P), 9 Golden Plover, c.30 Goldfinch, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 JACK SNIPE, 1 Kingfisher, 352 Lapwing, 3 Little Egret, Long-tailed Tit (P), Redwing (P), 11+ Snipe, Starling (P) (Gary Stones and Keith Saunders per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYBolton Ings (SE4302) – 32 Common Gull, 1m+1f Stonechat, 32 Tufted Duck (John Seevior per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYOld Moor (SE4302) – 1 MARSH HARRIER, 1 PEREGRINE, (Paul Gould per Twitter)

DON VALLEYArksey Ings (SE593061) – 1 WHOOPER SWAN (R A Marshall)

DON VALLEYFirsby Res. (SK4995) – 50+ Redwing and 2 Tawny Owl (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYThorpe Marsh (SE5909Z) – 3 Shoveler, 1 MARSH HARRIER, 1 Kingfisher, 2 WILLOW TIT, plus Redwing and Fieldfare (Neil Shaw)

DON VALLEYThrybergh CP (SK4795 and SK4796) – 10 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 8 Mute Swan, 48 Tufted Duck, 1f Goldeneye depd W; 1 Buzzard, 80+ Lapwing, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 1a Herring Gull, 9 Skylark, 1 Grey Wagtail, 14 Wren, 26 Dunnock, 27 (7s) Robin, 4 Song Thrush, 11 Redwing, 62 Fieldfare (12W, c.50 down); 26 Blackbird, 3 Goldcrest, 14+ Long-tailed Tit, 50 Starling W, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 10 Bullfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 7 Yellowhammer (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDSHatfield Moors area (SE7106D & SE6905X) – 2 Barn Owl, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Golden Plover, 2 MARSH HARRIER, 1f MERLIN, c.100 Pink-footed Geese, 110+ Redpoll, 15 Redwing, c.20 Shoveler, 3 Stonechat (Col Neale and Mark Paine). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG)

IDLE VALLEYHagg Lane Flash (Notts SK6793) – 10 Dunlin, 6 RUFF, 11 Redshank, 6 Snipe and MARSH HARRIER over (Per today’s NOTTINGHAMSHIRE BIRDWATCHERS-LATEST SIGHTINGS)

POTTERIC CARR (SE5999, SE6099, SE5900 and SE6000) – 1 Shelduck, 11 Cormorant, 1 BITTERN, 2 Little Egret, 1 cc MARSH HARRIER, 1 Buzzard, 2c Water Rail, 209 Golden Plover, 485 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 12 Goldcrest, 1 WILLOW TIT, 8 CETTI’S WARBLER, 1 Song Thrush, c.10 Redwing, 1p Stonechat, 1 Pied Wagtail, 6 Reed bunting (S Bird & R Bird). For further detail see today’s YWT-POTTERIC CARR-SIGHTINGS BLOG

WENT VALLEYSouthfield Res (SE6519) – 1f/i Goldeneye, 1 Grey Wagtail, 620+ Greylag Geese, 1 Kingfisher, 1 ROCK PIPIT for its third day (Adrian Scutt)

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 –
Rosie Winterton –
Caroline Flint –

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LOCAL – Weather: mainly overcast through the early hours, early morning and evening otherwise cloudy with some sunshine; dry throughout. Visibility: very good/excellent throughout. Temperatures: +11.9° to +15.3°C. Wind: light/very light, variable in direction but wholly from within the SW quarter until 10am; then light/very light, variable in direction but wholly from within the NW quarter until 4pm; then briefly NNE/E until 6pm; then variable in direction but wholly from within the SE quarter thereafter. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting the day on 1027hPa and rising throughout to end the day on 1034hPa. Fronts etc.: an E/W cold front moved SW over the District during the late morning/early afternoon.



MOON PHASE – waning crescent.
Crown copyright 2016, the Met Office

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