December 30, 2018


Sunday 30th December 2018

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DEARNE VALLEY – Old Moor (SE4302) – 27 Pink-footed Geese over @ 1130hrs; Teal, Shoveler, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 2+ BEARDED TIT, 1 Blackcap, 1 CETTI’S WARBLER, 1 PEREGRINE, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 20 Common Gull, 4 Snipe, 2m Goldeneye, 32 Cormorant, 1 Herring Gull, 4 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, c.400 Lapwing, 32 Cormorant, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Linnet, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, (Andrew Leggett and Jeff Wragg per Twitter and today’s RSPB-DEARNE VALLEY-RECENT SIGHTINGS)

DON VALLEY – Aldwarke SF (SK4494) – 1a Mute Swan; 2f Tufted Duck; 1a Grey Heron; 1a Great Black-backed Gull SW; 1 Moorhen; 2 Grey Wagtail; 5 Herring Gull SW; 12 Gadwall; 7 Magpie; 1f Reed Bunting; 3 Pheasant; 3 Song Thrush (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

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 – 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)

FRICKLEY CP (SE4609, SE4709, SE4610, SE4710) – a few Siskin and Redpoll over but no sign of Friday’s 2 COUE’S ARCTIC REDPOLLS (Paddy Martin per SESKUBIRDS via Whatsapp)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors area (SE7106D & SE6905X) – 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET and a large number of Redpoll including some COMMON (Mealy) REDPOLL (Col Neale). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG.

WEATHER REPORTS (based on Scampton)

LOCALWeather: mainly overcast with some rain until 0900hrs; then mixture of clear skies with some scattered cloud and occasional overcast spells but dry. Visibility: good until 0400hrs; poor until 0600hrs; then moderate until 1000hrs; then good until 1200hrs; then excellent/very good until 1900hrs; then good thereafter. Temperatures: +4.4°C to +11.7°C to +6.3°C to +?.?°C. Wind: 6mph-16mph; variable in direction but wholly from SW quarter. Surface pressure: 1033hPa-10315hPa-103?hPa. Fronts etc.: a N/S warm front moved E during the early hours/early morning.


MOON PHASE – Third quarter.
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