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Sunday 15th March 2020

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Please note that the DDOS is offering free membership to new/long absent members who wish to attend a few meetings to see what we do. So, please come along. The meetings are held on last Thursday of each month January to May and again from September to December (unless otherwise notified), they are held in a private room at the Parklands Sports and Social Club, off Wheatley Hall Road, Doncaster DN2 4LT at 7.15pm. The meetings include a summary of the birds seen within a ten mile radius of Doncaster Museum since the previous meeting, followed by a speaker, generally from outside, speaking on a variety of birding topics and a chance to meet up with other local birders, There is also access to the Club’s bar. We look forward to meeting you.

Next meeting: 26th March. Speaker: Graham Catley.


DEARNE VALLEY – Adwick Washlands – 56 Whooper Swan left NW @ 0800hrs; 1 Mute Swan, 8 Tufted Duck, 1p Stonechat, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Avocet, 16 Redshank, c.100 Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Snipe, 8 Grey Partridge, 2 Shelduck, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 5 Chiffchaff, c.40 Fieldfare, c.20 Redwing, c.15 Skylark, c.20 Meadow Pipits (Gary Stones and Nigel Smith per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY – Bolton Tip – 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET (Daniel Langston per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY – Old Moor – 25 Whooper Swan over, 2 Shelduck, Gadwall, Wigeon, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, 39 Cormorant, 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET over (same as above), Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 40 Lapwing, 3 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, Black-headed Gull, 2 MEDITERRANEAN GULL, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Peregrine, 1 CETTI’S WARBLER, 5 Chiffchaff, Tree Sparrow, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting (Per today’s RSPB-DEARNE VALLEY-SIGHTINGS BLOG)

Details of a Darvic ringed Herring Gull Yellow Y:G11 sighted @RSPB_OldMoor in roost on 14/2/20 and 13/3/20 which was ringed as a 5 on 30/06/17Rufforth Waste Disposal site. Also details of a second Herring Gull sighted @RSPB_OldMoor Yellow Y:K5 which is a partial sequence-there should be an extra digit ie Y:K5?. This was one of 10 Herring Gulls ringed at Harewood Whin on 22/12/17 but the ringer can be no more specific. (Jeff Wragg per Twitter)

DON VALLEY – Firsby Res. – 2 Coot; 1p Grey Wagtail; 1 Pied Wagtail; 1m Kestrel; 1 ‘y’ Green Woodpecker; 2 (1s) Goldcrest; 6 Bullfinch; c.60 Linnet; c.10 Yellowhammer; c.20 Reed Bunting; 1 Kestrel (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Ravenfield Church – 4 (3m+1f) Tawny Owl calling and flying round trees near at dusk (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Ravenfield Park – 2 Coot; 1 Moorhen; 4 Mallard; 2 Mute Swan; 1f Sparrowhawk; 2 Tawny Owl; 5 Black-headed Gull; 1 Red-legged Partridge; 1p Skylark; 1 Meadow Pipit over; 1s Chaffinch; 2s Chiffchaff (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors – 9 RUSSIAN WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 36 Whooper Swan, 100+ Wigeon, 1 Sparrowhawk, 20 Oystercatcher, 1 Peregrine, 4 Fieldfare, 1 GREAT GREY SHRIKE (Col Neale). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG.

IPORT LAKES – 3 Mute Swan, 2 Shelduck, 116 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 24 Pochard, c.30 Tufted Duck, 20 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron S, 7 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 6 Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, 10 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Gull, c.15 Skylark, 3 Sand Martin, 1s Mistle Thrush, 4 Pied Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting (John Burdall and Chris Robinson) Added to Birdtrack.

LOVERSALL – Hall Balk Lane – 2 Grey Heron S, 50+ Pied Wagtail and 20+ Meadow Pipit around sheep (Chris Robinson)

POTTERIC CARR – Stoven Plantation – 2 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 2p Blue Tit, 1p Great Tit, 2p Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Blackbird, 20 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1p Mistle Thrush, 3 Robin, 1s Chaffinch, 1p 2 Bullfinch (Sue and Roger Bird). Elsewhere – 1 BARN OWL, 4 Sand Martin (Darren Wozencroft, Gracie Corner and Lynda Christou)

SOUTH ELMSALL – Frickley CP – 4×4 Centre – 1 RED KITE over (Colin Bradford per SESKUBIRDS via WhatsApp)

TICKHILL – Apy Hill – 1m Stonechat (Paul Bibby)

WENT VALLEY – Southfield Res. – 69 Whooper Swan N and 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET N @ 0827hrs (Adrian Scutt)

Highlights added to Birdtrack


LOCAL Weather: mainly overcast with some rain (early morning) until late morning; then mainly clear skies with variable cloud until early evening; then clear skies thereafter. Temperatures: +10°C to +8°C to +9°C to +8°C to +?°C. Wind: 24mph-?mph, gusting from 30mph-38mph until 0800hrs; wholly from the SW quarter. Visibility: mainly excellent/very good, very occasionally moderate/good. Surface pressure: 1005hPa-1002hPa-101?hPa. Fronts etc.: a NE/SW cold front moved SE over the District during the late morning/early afternoon.


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MOON PHASE: Waning gibbous (60%)

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