December 23, 2019


Sunday 22nd December 2019

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DON VALLEY – Aldwarke – River Don – 1 Moorhen; 8 Great Black-backed Gull SW; 5 Herring Gull SW (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

PARKGATE – Retail World – c.100 Pink-footed Geese E/SE @ 1023hrs (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Silverwood Lagoon (SK4793) – 1 SHORT-EARED OWL mobbed by crows over paddocks at SE corner of lagoon at 09.50; 4 Gadwall; 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull; 1 Cormorant; 4 Herring Gull; 2 Kestrel; 2 Buzzard; 1s Mistle Thrush; c.30 Long-tailed Tit; 15 Rook in stubble to west (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Stainforth – Hatfield Pit Tip – 1 (1cy) ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, 4 Sparrowhawks, 6 Kestrels, 5 Buzzards, 1 Green Sandpiper, c.40 Whooper Swan, 3 GOOSANDER, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 1 JACK SNIPE, 3 Grey Partridge, Grey Wagtail and 3 Jays (Andy Lakin and Roy Twigg). Added to Birdtrack.

DON VALLEY – Thrybergh Tip (SK4596 and SK4696) – 1f Reed Bunting; c.20 Goldfinch; 2 WOODCOCK; 2s Mistle Thrush; 1c Green Woodpecker; 1c Great Spotted Woodpecker; 6 Cormorant SW; 3 Siskin over; 8 Pochard; 4 Tufted Duck; 6p Gadwall; 8+ Coot; 4 Mute Swan inc. 324Y red & 593 yellow, also 2 SW @ 0844hrs; 10 Mallard (2SW); 1 Shoveler; 2 Grey Heron NE; 3+ Moorhen; 2 Jay; 3 Goldcrest; 5 Song Thrush; c.10 Chaffinch; 3 Redwing; 5 Pheasant; 17 Bullfinch; 1m Kestrel; c.50 Teal; 1s Stock Dove (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

FINNINGLEY – Gravel Pits (Notts) – WeBS+ – 64 Canada Geese, 30 Greylag Geese, 2 Shelduck, c.570 Wigeon, 11 Mallard, 27 Teal, 15+ Red-legged Partridge, 4 Pheasant, 35 Lapwing, 38 Curlew, 114 BH Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 1 BARN OWL, 60+ Jackdaw N, c.50 Carrion Crow N, Wren, 2000+ Starling W at dusk, Blackbird, c.10 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, Robin, Dunnock, Chaffinch, 2 Linnet, 16 Goldfinch (Chris Robinson). Added to Birdtrack.

FINNINGLEY Quarry (S. Yorks) – WeBS+ – 25 Shelduck, 3 Shoveler, 4 Mallard, 1 Buzzard, 24 Snipe, 4 BH Gull, 2 Kestrel, Magpie, 4 Carrion Crow, 1 Goldcrest, 80+ Starling, Blackbird, c.25 Fieldfare (Chris Robinson). Added to Birdtrack.

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors – 1 WOODCOCK (Col Neale). Added to Birdtrack.

IDLE WASHLANDS – Misson East Flood – 1 WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, c.200 Whooper Swan, 1 Black Swan, 2 PINTAIL, 3 GOLDENEYE, 1 cc MARSH HARRIER (Steve Furber and Del Evans). Added to Birdtrack.

IDLE WASHLANDS – Newington Flash – 29 Redshank and 1 Green Sandpiper (Bob Usher). Added to Birdtrack.

POTTERIC CARR (SE5999, SE6099, SE5900 and SE6000) – 50 Greylag Geese, 3 Shelduck, 1 BITTERN, 3 Little Egret, 1m+1f MARSH HARRIER, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1c Water Rail, 12r Lesser Black-backed Gull, 250r Herring Gull, 160r Great Black-backed Gull, 1c Tawny Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 1 Goldcrest, 1s CETTI’S WARBLER, 15 Long-tailed Tit, 1c BEARDED TIT, 1 Treecreeper, 50-80,000r Starling, 3 Song Thrush, 12 Redwing, 4 Bullfinch (Richard Scott, Sue and Roger Bird). Added to Birdtrack. For further detail see today’s YWT-POTTERIC CARR-SIGHTINGS BLOG

TORNE VALLEY – Cove Farm – 2 Whooper Swan and 30 Curlew (Bob Usher). Added to Birdtrack.


LOCAL Weather: mainly overcast with occasional cloudy but brighter spells until 0900hrs, some rain during the early hours; then clear with scattered cloud and occasional overcast/cloudy nut bright spells thereafter. Visibility: good/moderate until 0600hrs; then poor/very poor until 1000hrs; then good until 1200hrs; then very good/excellent thereafter. Temperatures: +7°C to +5°C to +8°C to +5°C to +6°C to +5°C. Wind: 6mph-8mph, wholly from the NE quarter until 0300hrs; then 7mph-11mph wholly from the NW quarter until 1500hrs; then 7mph-14mph wholly from the SW quarter thereafter. Surface Pressure: 975hPa-992hPa. Fronts etc.: none.


MOON PHASE: Waning crescent (16%).
Crown copyright 2019, the Met Office

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