March 22, 2020


Saturday 21st March 2020

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Due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic it has been decided to cancel future DDOS meetings until September by which time hopefully things will be calmed down. If by any chance the September meeting cannot take place this message will be updated.

During the Pandemic please keep yourself and others safe by maintaining your physical distance from others – science suggests at least 2m to be on the safe side. Please remember that, should you catch the virus it is not only yourself that you are putting at risk of illness and even death.


ARMTHORPE – Yorkshire Way – waste ground near Next – 3 Ringed Plover (Bob Usher)

DEARNE VALLEY – Adwick Washlands – 1 Little Egret, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Little Grebe, 21 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 3 Goosander, c.100 Lapwing, 19 Avocet, 3 Oystercatcher, 25 Redshank, 3 Snipe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Grey Partridge, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Kingfisher (Nigel Smith per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY – Denaby Ings to Adwick Washlands – 14s Chiffchaff (John Law)

DEARNE VALLEY – Denaby Ings – 7 Avocet (Ken Foundation)

DEARNE VALLEY – The Fleet – 1s CETTI’S WARBLER (Daniel Langston)

DEARNE VALLEY – Manver’s – Aldi – 36 Whooper Swan over NW, probably included in Dan Langston’s 127 below (Nigel Smith per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY – Mexborough North Ings (SE4801) – 1 Pheasant, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 4 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting (Mark Wigglesworth) Added to Birdtrack by MW.

DEARNE VALLEY – Wombwell Ings – 127 Whooper Swan NW, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew, 1 (2cy) ICELAND GULL over, 1 RAVEN and a ROCK/WATER PIPIT heard only (Daniel Langston). 1 Dunlin, 1 LRP, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Oystercatcher, 6 Avocet, 1p Goosander, 2p Shelduck, 1 MERLIN E @ 1553hrs (Dave Waddington and Russ Haywood per Twitter)

DON VALLEY – Firsby Res. – 2 Coot; 1 Moorhen; 3 Mallard; 2 Mute Swan; 1 ‘y’ Green Woodpecker; 2 Bullfinch; 6 Goldfinch; 1s Chiffchaff; 1 Pied Wagtail; 1s Skylark; 1 Meadow Pipit; 1p Bullfinch; 1 Kestrel; 1 Mistle Thrush (per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS).

DON VALLEY – Ravenfield Park – 30+ Black-headed Gull; 1 Grey Heron; 2 Coot; 1 Moorhen, 1r Tawny Owl; 4 Red-legged Partridge; 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 2 Song Thrush; 2 (1s) Chiffchaff; 1 Goldcrest (per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS).

DON VALLEY – Silverwood Lagoon – 2 Whooper Swan in E calling at 08:15. First attacked by resident Mutes and chased into reeds. Fate unknown, but stopped calling. Second circled a few tines then off W; 5s Chiffchaff; 5m (2s) Reed Bunting; 4 ‘tr’ Little Grebe; 1 Lapwing W; 1 Kestrel over N; 1+c Buzzard to E; 3s Skylark; 1p Mute Swan (per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS).

DON VALLEY – Stainforth – Hatfield Pit Tip – 17 Buzzards, 6 Kestrels, Sparrowhawk, 8 Fieldfare, Redwing, 4 Little Grebes, 4 Lapwings, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Green Sandpiper, c100 Wigeon, 4 Shelducks, 7 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, and 2 Oystercatchers (Andy Lakin)

DON VALLEY – Thrybergh CP – 132+ Whooper Swan  several parties inc.55_17at 0755@60 at 0815 all NW (per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS).

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors – 1 Goldeneye, 2 LRP, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, 1 WHEATEAR, 1m FIRECREST (AB et al) and 1 GREAT GREY SHRIKE (Bob Usher, Andy Bell, Andy Marshall, Col Neale, Rich Collis et al). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG.

Firecrest on Hatfield Moors today © Bob Usher 2020.

IDLE WASHLANDS – Misson – East flood (Notts) – 7 Whooper Swan, 6 PINTAIL, 5 Dunlin, 1 RUFF, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 BARN OWL, 1 RAVEN, 1 Siskin (Steve Furber). Added to Birdtrack.

IDLE WASHLANDS – Misson – Slaynes Lane (Notts) – 31 Whooper Swan and 1f Goosander (Steve Furber and Mark Roberts). Added to Birdtrack.

IDLE WASHLANDS – Newington Flash (S. Yorks) – 28 Whooper Swan, 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET, 18 Redshank and 30+ Sand Martin (Steve Furber and Mark Roberts)

IPORT LAKES – 2 Oystercatcher, 1 LRP, 5 Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank and 7 Sand Martin (Bob Usher)

POTTERIC CARR – 10 Shelduck, 108 Teal, 89 Shoveler, 1 BITTERN, 5 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 (2m) Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2c Water Rail, 8 Avocet, 3 Oystercatcher, 5 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Sand Martin, 8s CETTI’S WARBLER, 12s Chiffchaff, 3 Coal Tit, 3 Treecreeper, 40 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush over, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Greenfinch (Darren Wozencroft, Richard Scott). For further detail see today’s POTTERIC CARR-WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS.

Please note that although the Potteric Visitor Centre is closed due to the Cornavirus crisis the reserve remains open to visitors.

SKELBROOKE/WRANGBROOK/HAMPOLE TIP AREA – 1 Buzzard, 3p Grey Partridge, 2p Red-legged Partridge, 1 Peregrine, 70+ Fieldfare, several Chiffchaff and 4+ Yellowhammer (Jonny Holliday per SESKUBIRDS via WhatsApp)

SOUTH KIRKBY – Jonny Brown’s Common – 1m Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, 19 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, c.60 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 4 Chiffchaff (Paul Jackson and Paddy Martin). Added to Birdtrack by JPM.

TICKHILL – Mill Pond – 1 Little Grebe (Andy Bell)

UPTON CP – 39 Whooper Swan N @ 0830hrs (Jonny Holliday per SESKUBIRDS via Whatsapp)

Unless otherwise noted all above have been added to the DDOS’ Birdtrack.


LOCAL Weather: mainly clear skies with occasional scattered cloud; dry throughout. Temperatures: +4°C to +2°C to +8°C to +°4C to +?°C. Wind: 21mph-8mph, E/ENE until 0500hrs; then 21mph-9mph ESE/E but gusting from 29mph-30mph during the late morning and afternoon. Visibility: mainly very good/excellent, very occasionally good. Surface pressure: 1032hPa-1028hPa-103?hPa. Fronts etc.: none.


Crown copyright 2020, the Met Office.

MOON PHASE: Waning gibbous (7%)

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