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Monday 30th December 2019

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Col Neale, Bob Usher, Justin Carr and myself (Hatfield Moorons) are entering the Michael Clegg Memorial Bird Race on Sunday 5th January 2020 which is in aid of Jean Thorpe’s Ryedale Wildlife Rehabiltation Centre. If you would like to learn more about the race and Jean’s work please click HERE. If you would like to sponsor us please email Chris at the amount you would like to pledge or leave a comment in the box below. If you would prefer to directly fund Jean’s work then please make a donation at her Gofundme page HERE


BESSACARR – 1m Blackcap (Richard Scott)

Blackcap in Bessacarr © Richard Scott 2019

DON VALLEY – Cusworth Park – 2 Nuthatch (Keith Saunders)

DEARNE VALLEY – Old Moor – 2 PINTAIL; 6 GOLDENEYE; 6 BEARDED TIT; 2 CETTI’S WARBLER; 50 Golden Plover flew onto Goldie Fields (Barnsley BSG per Twitter)


DON VALLEY – Silverwood Lagoon – 16 Greylag Goose S @ 0740hrs; 1s Song Thrush; 3 Gadwall; 7 Tufted Duck; 2 Teal; 1 Cormorant; 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull; 60 Black-headed Gull; 2 Mute Swan; 2 Moorhen; c.25 Coot; 1 Kestrel; 2 Buzzard; 2 Jay; 5+ Reed Bunting; 25+ Long-tailed Tit (per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Public footpath from Sprotbrough to Cusworth Park – 2 Yellowhammer in a mixed finch/bunting flock in fields (Keith Saunders)

DON VALLEY – Stainforth – Hatfield Pit Tip – 1 RED KITE over; 1 ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD; 1 TWITE (Andy Shooter; Rich Collis, Bob Usher, Justin Carr, Paul Coombes)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors – 200+ Wigeon; 3 MARSH HARRIER; 1 Snipe; 1 Tawny Owl; 4 STONECHAT; 1 GREAT GREY SHRIKE (Chip Rhodes and John Robinson). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG

IDLE WASHLANDS – Slaynes Lane – 285 Whooper Swan (Paul Gould)

IPORT LAKES – 6 Canada Geese; 44 Greylag Geese; 5 Mute Swan; 4 Gadwall; 77 Wigeon; c.10 Mallard; 52 Pochard; c.40 Tufted Duck; 1f/i GOLDENEYE; 8 Little Grebe; 3 Great Crested Grebe; 1 Grey Heron; 3 Little Egret; 30 Lapwing; 10 Meadow Pipit; 1 WATER PIPIT (Chris Robinson). Added to Birdtrack.

Water Pipit at the Iport Lakes – Chris Robinson

POTTERIC CARR (SE5999, SE6099, SE5900 and SE6000) – 6 Shelduck; 14 Wigeon; 1 BITTERN; 6 Little Egret; 5 Grey Heron; 1m + 1 cc MARSH HARRIER; 4 Buzzard; 3 Sparrowhawk; 2 PEREGRINE; 1 Kestrel; 115 Lapwing; 1 Snipe; 2 WOODCOCK; 1 Kingfisher; 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 1 LESSER SPOTTED WIOODPECKER; 50 Redwing; 4 Mistle Thrush; 4 CETTI’S WARBLER; 1 Goldcrest; 2 BEARDED TIT; 3 Coal Tit; 5 Treecreeper; 50.000r Starling; 8 Bullfinch (Darren Wozencroft, Sue and Roger Bird, Allen Holmes, Andy Dalton plus visitor reports). For further detail see today’s YWT-POTTERIC CARR-SIGHTINGS BLOG

WENT VALLEY – Southfield Res. – 530+ Pink-footed Geese; 163 Wigeon; 1 r-h RED-BREASTED MERGANSER; 4 GOOSANDER; 900+r Herring Gull; 1m PEREGRINE; 1 Kingfisher; 50+ Redwing; 1 Grey Wagtail (Adrian Scutt and Rich Collis)

WENT VALLEY – Went Ings – 1c Tawny Owl (Adrian Scutt)


LOCALWeather: mainly clear skies with some scattered cloud during the early hours and some overcast skies during the evening; dry throughout. Visibility: moderate/poor until 1100hrs; then good/very good until 1800hrs; then moderate thereafter. Temperatures: +5°C to +4°C to +9°C to +6°C to +7°C. Wind: 16mph-6mph and wholly from the SW quarter. Surface Pressure: 1028hPa-1025hPa-1026hPa-1024hPa-1030hPa. Fronts etc.: a weakening NE/SW cold front moved SE over the District during the evening.


MOON PHASE: Waxing crescent (18%).
Crown copyright 2019, the Met Office

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