April 11, 2017


Tuesday 11th April 2017

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The very sad news today, was of the passing away of Alan Cawthrow who was a long-term stalwart of the Barnsley Bird Study Group and a great friend to many Doncaster birders. I am sure that many people around the area will miss Alan greatly and will wish to send their condolences to his friends and relatives. Alan RIP.


DEARNE VALLEY – Adwick Washlands (SE4602) – 3 Wigeon, 2 GARGANEY, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Partridge, 12 AVOCET, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 LRP, 2 Ringed Plover, 7 BLACK-TAILED GODWIT, 1 Little Owl, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2m Yellow Wagtail, 1 WHEATEAR (Ken Foundation, Tom Hibbert and Gary Stones per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY – Bolton Ings (SE4302) – 1 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag, 5 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 46a+3j+2j Coot, 190+ BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 2 Redshank over, 1 Kingfisher, 8+ Sand Martin, 1 Song Thrush and 2 Reed Bunting. (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEY – Broomhill Flash (SE4102) – 2 Mute Swan, 21 Canada Geese, 1 Shelduck, 18 Tufted Duck, 8 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 4 Teal, 2 Pochard, 1 Wigeon, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4+ Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 16 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 150+ BH Gull, 70 Herring Gull, 40+ Sand Martin, 8+ Swallow and 2 House Martin (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEY – TPT – 12s Chiffchaff, 9s Willow Warbler and 4s Blackcap. Also 1 Jay (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEY – Wombwell Ings (SE4102) – Walked through Broomhill Park to the sound of singing Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Willow Warbler plus a Kestrel flying overhead. On the Ings were 2 Mute Swan, 28 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 27 Gadwall, 21 Tufted Duck, 14 Shoveler, 12 Teal, 8 Mallard, 1 Goosander, 6 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Lapwing, 3 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 LRP, 15 BH Gull, 4 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit and 2 stunning male WHEATEAR (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS and Peter Walsh and Danny Fardell per twitter)

DON VALLEY – Thrybergh CP (SK4795 and SK4796) – 2p+1 Great Crested Grebe, 54 Mute Swan, 2 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Buzzard, 280+ Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 4s Blackcap, 1s Reed Warbler, 8s Willow Warbler, 11s Chiffchaff, 6 (3s) Yellowhammer (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

FINNINGLEY GP – 1p+2 Mute Swan, 4p Greylag Geese, 8 Canada Geese, 12 Shelduck, 2p Gadwall, 14 Mallard, 28 Tufted Duck, 2 Buzzard, 1m PEREGRINE, c.25 Coot, 2 GC Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 LRP, 2 Ringed Plover, 1p Lapwing, 7 Snipe, c.10 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow N, 1s Song Thrush, 1s Blackcap, 2s Willow Warbler, 2s Chiffchaff (Chris Robinson)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors area (SE7106D & SE6905X) – 1 MARSH HARRIER, 1 PEREGRINE, 4 LRP, 3p Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL, 6 WHEATEAR (Chip Rhodes and John Robinson). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG

IDLE VALLEY – Newington Flash (S Yorks) – SK6693 – 12 LRP, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 37 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 8 Lapwing, c70 Teal, 20+ Sand Martin , 1 WHITE WAGTAIL and 2 Yellow Wagtail (Derick Evans, Neil Braund and Steve Furber)

IDLE VALLEY – Misson – Slaynes Lane (SK6793, SK6794, SK6893, SK6894) – 1m MANDARIN (Steve Furber)

POTTERIC CARR (SE5999, SE6099, SE5900 and SE6000) – 2 Shelduck, 41 Gadwall, 32 Teal, c.35 Shoveler, 12 Pochard, c.33 Tufted Duck, 2 BITTERN, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 4 BLACK-NECKED GREBE, 4 MARSH HARRIER, 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzard, 1 PEREGRINE over, 3 Oystercatcher, 5 Lapwing, 1 Kingfisher, c.100 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 7 CETTI’S WARBLER, 11 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 12 Blackcap, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Bullfinch (Keith Lynes, Brian Buckle, Michael Bird, Phil Goacher, Dave Harden, Geoff Chatterton, DS, Dave Carroll) For further detail see today’s YWT-POTTERIC CARR-SIGHTINGS BLOG

UPTONOystercatcher heard passing over (Jonathan Holliday per Twitter)

WENT VALLEY – Askern/Norton Common area – 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Partridge, 1s WHITETHROAT, multiple s Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap (David Franklin)Birding Abroad web ad landscape


LOCALWeather: mainly clear skies until 11am; then cloudy but still bright with some sunshine thereafter, dry throughout. Visibility: mainly very good/excellent, occasionally good. Temperatures: +7.9°C to +1.8°C to +12.6°C to +11.8°C to +12.6°C to +14.3°C to +?.?°C. Wind: very light WNW until 4am; then very light W, SW and WSW until 8am; then light, moderate occasionally strong, light W thereafter; gusting 29-30mph during the late afternoon to early evening. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: 1027hPa-1022hPa. Fronts etc.: none.


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