October 25, 2020


Sunday 25th October 2020

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As from midnight we are in Covid Tier (Tears) 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 – 500+ Pink-footed Geese E in three skeins (John Burdall)

DEARNE VALLEY – Adwick Washland – 4 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 234 Canada Goose, 334 Greylag Goose, 15 Mallard, 87 Teal, 248 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 15 Gadwall, 1f Pintail, 103 Lapwing, 19 Snipe, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 2 Buzzard, 27 Grey Partridge, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Jay, 1p Stonechat (Nigel Smith per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY – Gypsy Marsh – 1 RED KITE over (Barnsley BSG per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY – Old Moor – 3a Whooper Swan, 300 Wigeon, 300 Teal, 4 Pintail, 1 Shelduck, 130 Gadwall, 120 Shoveler, 1 GREAT EGRET, 6 Little Egret, 1 BITTERN, 1 Marsh Harrier, 600 Lapwing, 100 Golden Plover, 1 Ruff, 22 Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpiper, 20 Snipe,  14 (11s) Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Bearded Tit, 250 Redwing, 335 Fieldfare Barnsley BSG per Twitter)

DON VALLEY – Aldwarke – 1 Jay; 2 Chaffinch; 4 Snipe; 1 Jack Snipe; 2 Meadow Pipit; 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker over; 6 Linnet; 1 Buzzard (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Aldwarke – Liberty Steel – 4 Cormorant; 1a Peregrine; 1 RAVEN (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Arksey Ings area – 10 Goosander (Bob Usher)


DON VALLEY – Parkgate Canal Basin – 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull; 3 Herring Gull; 63 Mute Swan (7 1cy); c.70 Mallard; 8 Long-tailed Tit; c.80 Black-headed Gull (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Parkgate – ‘Banana’ plantation – 13 Magpie together; 1m Kestrel; 1 Sparrowhawk over; 1 Goldcrest; 3 Long-tailed Tit (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Silverwood Lagoon – 1+ Whooper Swan heard to south at 09.05. Probably going over Listerdale/Wickersley (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Sprotbrough village – 1 RED KITE E @ 1120hrs (Mick Bellas)

DON VALLEY – Stainforth – Hatfield Pit Tip – 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Egret, 5 Grey Partridges, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Swallow, 20 Wigeon and 6 Teal S, 5 Whooper Swan, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Yellowhammers, c.200 Linnets, 3 Stonechats, c.12 Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 5 Jays and 2 Skeins of Pink-footed Geese N mid afternoon (c.1700 and c.1500 also c2000 SE this morning) (Andy Lakin)

DON VALLEY – Thrybergh CP. – 3a Whooper Swan – 3 – 3 adults flew around but did not land 0900; 12 Pochard; 2 Wigeon; 6 Gadwall; 38 Tufted Duck; 40 Mute Swan; 10 Little Grebe; 2 Great Crested Grebe; 1 Peregrine; 1 Buzzard; 1 Stonechat; 6 Lesser Redpoll; 33 Carrion Crow (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors – 1000+ Pink-footed Geese, 1f+1cc Marsh Harrier, 5 Buzzard, 100 Lapwing, 2c Tawny Owl, 2 Kestrel, 3 Stonechat, 10 Skylark S, 30 Redwing, c.40 Fieldfare, 212+ Lesser Redpoll. (John Robinson, Col Neale, Paul Shawcroft, Andy Marshall) For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG)

IPORT LAKES – 2 Egyptian Geese and 3 Stonechat (John Burdall)

POTTERIC CARR – 575 Pink-footed Geese (75 flew east at 15.40 and 500 high east in 3 skeins); 3 Shelduck, 65 Wigeon, 180 Teal, 2m Pintail, 1 Goldeneye, 6 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3+ Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 3 Water Rail, 850r Black-headed Gull, 4r Common Gull, 95r Lesser Black-backed Gull, 90r Herring Gull, 1a/r Yellow-legged Gull, 6r Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Kingfisher, 4 Goldcrest, 8 Skylark S, 4 Treecreeper, 5000r Starling, 1 Mistle Thrush SW, 2 BRAMBLING S, 5 Bullfinch, 40 Lesser Redpoll, 40 Goldfinch (Richard Scott, Allen Holmes, John Burdall, Lynda Christou). For further detail see today’s POTTERIC CARR-WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS.

SOUTH KIRKBY – Industrial Park – 2 Shoveler, 2m+1f Mandarin, 1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail (Paul Jakson per SESKUBIRDS)

TORNE VALLEY – Wellingley – 1 Whooper Swan in same field as previously reported (Andy Bell). Added to Birdtrack

WENT VALLEY – Norton Common – 72 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 5 Skylark, 21 Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat (Ryan McClarence per Ebird)



LOCALWeather: mainly cloudy but bright until 0200hrs; then mainly clear skies with scattered cloud thereafter. Temperatures: +9°C to +7°C to +13°C to +?°C. Wind: 9-17mph wholly from the SW quarter until 1000hrs; then 17-22mph, gusting from 29-32mph, wholly from SW quarter until 1300hrs; then 18-??mph from SW quarter thereafter. Visibility: excellent throughout. Surface pressure: 992hPa-994hPa-99?hPa. Fronts etc.: none.

Crown copyright, the Met Office 2020
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous 69$

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