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Saturday 29th December 2018

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DEARNE VALLEY – Old Moor (SE4302) – 1 Pink-footed Goose, 11 (5m+6f) Goldeneye, 63 (11f) Shoveler (Jeff Wragg per Twitter)

DON VALLEY – Firsby Res.(SK4995) – 3 Mallard; 1 Cormorant; 8 Fieldfare; 2 Redwing; 12 Long-tailed Tit (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Ravenfield Park – 1 Tawny Owl; 2 Treecreeper; 4 Goldcrest; c.50 Goldfinch; 3 Siskin; 5 Bullfinch; 2m Chaffinch (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Silver Wood (SK4893) – 100+ Rook (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Sprotbrough Flash (SE5300F) – 3 Wigeon, 2 BITTERN, 2 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 2 Kingfisher (Martin Roper)

Bittern at Sprotbrough Flash today © Martin Roper 2018

DON VALLEY – Thrybergh CP – 10 Great Crested Grebe; 5 Little Grebe; 8 Cormorant; 1i Grey Heron; 6a Mute Swan; c.55 Pink-footed Geese E; 87 Canada Geese (inc 1 grey col feral); 5 Gadwall; 10 Pochard; 52 Tufted Duck; 1 Buzzard; 1 Kestrel; 1 Water Rail; 8 Moorhen; 80+ Coot; 200 Lapwing; 200+ Black-headed Gull; 5 Herring Gull (1S); 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull; 4 Pied Wagtail; 13 Blue Tit; 1 Treecreeper; 60+ Starling; 5+ House Sparrow (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors area (SE7106D & SE6905X) – 2 birds showing characteristics of COUE’S ARCTIC REDPOLL (but very flighty and hard to get a good view of)) along with c.200 Lesser and a few COMMON REDPOLL (Justin Carr and Bob Usher). Also 1a/m+1 (3cy/m)+1f HEN HARRIER (Mark Paine) For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG. Added to Birdtrack except possible Coue’s.

One of the probable Coue’s Arctic Redpolls today © Justin Carr 2018

WEATHER REPORTS (based on Scampton)

LOCALWeather: mainly clear skies with scattered cloud and plenty of sunshine; mainly dry. Visibility: mainly excellent/very good. Temperatures: +7.2°C to +7.5°C to +?.?°C to +12.0°C to +3.7°C. Wind: 25mph-8mph but gusting at times to 39mph; variable in direction but wholly from SW quarter until 1100hrs; then wholly from NW quarter thereafter. Surface pressure: 1031hPa-1025hPa-1033hPa. Fronts etc.: none.

SURFACE PRESSURE CHART (29th chart not available at time of writing)

MOON PHASE – Waning gibbous/Third quarter.
Crown copyright 2018, the Met Office

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