May 12, 2019


Sunday 12th May 2019

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DEARNE VALLEY – Adwick Washlands (SE4602) – 40 AVOCET, c.20 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Shelduck, 2 WHEATEAR, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Nigel Smith per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY – Old Moor (SE4302) – 4 Shelduck, 1 BITTERN, 5 Oystercatcher, 2LBB Gull, 2 HOBBY, 1 BARN OWL, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 BEARDED TIT, (Peter Walsh per Twitter and today’s RSPB-OLD MOOR-RECENT SIGHTINGS)

ALDWARKE LIBERTY STEEL – 1s Chiffchaff, 1s Willow Warbler, 1s Whitethroat, 1s Blackcap (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Aldwarke – River Don – 1i Cormorant; 1 Greenfinch; 1s Song Thrush; 4 (2s+1f+1a/c) Blackcap; 2s Whitethroat; 2 (1s) Chiffchaff; 1m Gadwall; 1 Jay; 2m Mallard; 1c Kingfisher; 1s Willow Warbler; 1s Garden Warbler; 2 Buzzard (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Kilnhurst – 2 CRANE N @ 1440hrs (Russ Haywood per Twitter)

DON VALLEY – Parkgate – ‘Banana’ Plantation – 1c Sparrowhawk; 2s Blackcap; 3 Swift; 1s Whitethroat, 1s Chiffchaff; 1 Kestrel c/f; 1s Chaffinch (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Silver Wood (SK4893) – 1 Buzzard (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – River Don – Thrybergh Banks – 1i Cormorant left NE; 1s Stock Dove; 4 (3m+1f) Mallard; 1p Gadwall; 1s Willow Warbler (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Thrybergh – Bluebell Wood – 2s Blackcap; 1c Mistle Thrush; 1 Tawny Owl being mobbed (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Thrybergh CP (SK4795 and SK4796) – 1p Great Crested Grebe; 23 Mute Swan; 2p Gadwall; 4p Tufted Duck; 1 Buzzard; 20+ Swift; 1 Sand Martin; 2 Swallow; 3 Yellow Wagtail; 2a Grey Wagtail; 6s Blackcap; 2s Reed Warbler; 7s Whitethroat; 2s Willow Warbler; 5s Chiffchaff; 10 (8+fp) Long-tailed Tit (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Thrybergh Tip (SK4596 and SK4696) – 2s Willow Warbler; 8 (5s) Song Thrush; 2 Bullfinch; 1p Gadwall presumed to prospecting; 5 (1+p) Linnet; 12 (8s) Reed Warbler; 14 (12m/9s) Whitethroat; 10 (9s) Blackcap; 6s Chiffchaff; 4 ‘cr’ Pheasant; 1 Kestrel; 3 (2m) Reed Bunting; 2 Long-tailed Tit; 4s Garden Warbler; 4 Mute Swan (1p – nest apparently deserted; signs of human interference!); 2 Canada Goose; 10 Coot; 3p Mallard; 5 Gadwall (Per today’s SBSG-RECENT NEWS)

IPORT LAKES AND PARSONS CARR (Daw Lane) – 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Shelduck, 1m GARGANEY, a new bird for the site (KR); 1m Shoveler, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, c.10 Buzzard in surrounding area; 6 Oystercatcher, 5a+4j+3j AVOCET, 6+ Ringed Plover (4 tundrae dropped in, but waders all flushed by some kids and at least 2 more RP were in flock of c.15 birds which all left NE); 6+ Dunlin, 6 COMMON TERN, c.30 Swift, 1 HOBBY, 2 RAVEN (1E+1 distant to SW a few mins later); 2 WHEATEAR (Richard Scott, Keith Rich, Bob usher and Chris Robinson)

Today’s Garganey at the Iport © Chris Robinson 2019

POTTERIC CARR (SE5999, SE6099, SE5900 and SE6000) – 1 Little Egret, 1f MARSH HARRIER c/n-m, 4 Buzzard, 1c 1 Water Rail, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing o/n; 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Herring Gull; 15 Swift over; Great Tit young have fledged the first of the season; 2 Coal Tit, 4 Greenfinch, 1p Bullfinch, 4s Reed Bunting (Sue and Roger Bird, Robin Mokryj, visitor reports). For further detail see today’s YWT-POTTERIC CARR-SIGHTINGS BLOG

SKELBROOKE/WRANGBOOKE AREA – 4 Gadwall, 3+p Grey Partridge, 1 GS Woodpecker, 1 PEREGRINE, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 3+ Yellow Wagtail, c.10 Yellowhammer (Jonny Holliday and Paddy Martin)

SOUTH ELMSALL – Westfield Lane – 16 Swift over (Paul Jackson)

SOUTH KIRKBY – Recycle Lagoon/Mutton Flatts (SE4512) – Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1 GS Woodpecker, 1 Swift W, c.20 House Martin, 2 CUCKOO, 1 IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF (Paul Jackson and Colin Bradford per SESKUBIRDS via Whatsapp)


LOCALWeather: mainly clear skies with some scattered cloud and some mist in places during the early hours; dry throughout. Visibility: good to very poor until 1000hrs; then very good thereafter. Temperatures: +7°C to +4°C to +15°C to ?°C. Wind: 3mph to 5mph, from the W/WNW until 0200hrs; then 3mph to 1mph from the NE quarter until 0600hrs; then 1mph to 3mph WSW/W until 0800hrs; then 1mph to 11mph and wholly from the SE quarter thereafter. Surface Pressure: 1031hPa-1039hPa. Fronts etc.: none.


MOON PHASE – First quarter
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