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Friday 24th October 2020

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As from midnight we are in Covid Level 3 and the following apply:

People must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of their household or support bubble. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs. They must also not meet with people outside of their household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues.
People may continue to see friends and family they do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) in groups of 6 or less in certain outdoor public spaces such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venues.
All pubs and bars must close unless they are serving substantial meals
People should try to avoid travelling outside the Very High alert level or entering a Very High alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey
Residents should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in the Very High alert area



BESSACARR – a garden – 2 Chiffchaff (Richard Scott)

DEARNE VALLEY – Adwick Washland – 4 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret (2 to Old Moor, 2 to Denaby), 2 Cormorant, 247 Wigeon, 10 Shoveler, 156 Canada Geese, 244 Greylag Geese, 4 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 2 Kestrel (Nigel Smith per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY – Old Moor – 1 GREAT EGRET, 1 Mandarin duck, Shelduck, Sparrowhawk plucking Snipe, 23 Dunlin, Ruff, Little Egret, 4 Pintail (2 drake 2 Female), Green Sandpiper (Gerald Lax per Twitter)

DON VALLEY – Aldwarke – 19 Canada Goose N @ 0850hrs; 1 Cormorant SW @ 0730hrs (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Aldwarke – Liberty Steel – 2a Peregrine; 11 Cormorant (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Parkgate – 26 Mallard E/NE, 0835-0838hrs (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS

DON VALLEY – Parkgate – ‘Banana’ plantation – 6 Song Thrush (2 ‘in’ & 2 NE); 14 Redwing (8 SW; 3 W; 3 E); 3 Long-tailed Tit; 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull (2 W/NW; 1 SW); 1 BRAMBLING heard over; 2 Pied Wagtail (single ‘alba’ wagtails SW & SE); 7 Chaffinch (5 S; 2 W); 2 Blackbird; 1m Pheasant; 7 Greenfinch (6 N/NW); 140+ Woodpigeon E (inc a flock of c.100); 13 Lesser Redpoll W/SW; 6 Herring Gull (3 NW; 3 SW); 1 Linnet S; 3 Jackdaw SE; 1m Kestrel; 1 Reed Bunting SW; 2 Bullfinch; 3 Mallard E/NE @ 0749hrs (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Stainforth – Hatfield Pit Tip – 6 Greenfinch, Yellowhammer, c.100 Greylags, c.50 Canada Geese, c.600 Pink-footed Geese E (1 skein), 1 Little Egret, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Green Sandpiper, 9 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Goldcrests, 5 Jays, 1 Whooper Swan SE, 3m Stonechats, 1 Short-eared Owl and a 1 Water Rail (Andy Lakin)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors – 440 Pink-footed Geese S, 8 Redwing, 7 Goldcrest, 500+ Redpoll (Col Neale and Paul Shawcroft)

MISSON SPRINGS – Finningley GP. (Notts) – WeBS+ – 316+ Canada Geese, 800+ Greylag Geese, 7 Mute Swan, 10 Shoveler, 9 Gadwall, 265+ Wigeon, 1 Teal, 11 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 10 Coot, 25 Curlew, 89 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, c.170 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 14 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackbird, 30+ Fieldfare, 11 Redwing, 1 Redpoll SW (Chris Robinson). Also 2000+ Pink-footed Geese in flight to NE probably Bank End Rd area heading N/NE (not included in WeBS as not in area. 

MISSON SPRINGS – Finningley Quarry (S. Yorks) – WeBS+ – 125 Greylag Geese, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Shelduck, 2 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 10+ Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, c.200 Starling SW, 3 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing, 6 Pied Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch (Chris Robinson)

POTTERIC CARR – 3 Shelduck, 65 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 1m Goosander S at 1420hrs, 1 BITTERN, 4 Little Egret, 1f Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 110 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Dunlin SW, 2 Common Gull, 1 RAVEN, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 5s Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Treecreeper, 30 Redwing, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 50 Siskin (Gary Dyson, Allen Holmes, Darren Wozencroft)



LOCALWeather: mainly clear skies with some occasional scattered cloud until 0300hr; then overcast with some occasional rain until 1600hrs; then bright with scattered cloud until 1800hrs; then clear skies thereafter. Temperatures: +6°C to +5°C to +12°C to +11°C to +12°C to +5°C to +7°C. Wind: 9mph-1mph, wholly from the SW quarter until 0500hrs; then 3mph-6mph, wholly from the SE quarter until 0900hrs; then 6mph-16mph, wholly from the SW quarter thereafter. Visibility: very good/excellent until 0700hrs; then good/poor/good/moderate/good until 1400hrs; then very good/excellent thereafter. Surface pressure: 1009hPa-1004hPa-1007hPa. Fronts etc.: a N/S occlusion moved E over the District during the early afternoon.

Crown copyright, the Met Office 2020
Moon phase: First quarter 49%

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