23rd – 28th March

Hi Folks,

well we’re officially into spring now and the clocks have gone forward, the first Martins are coming through and the weather is cloudy but very warm. A weeks worth of sightings to get through so here goes.

 

28th March Wombwell Ings

Got out of the car to the sound of two singing Chiffchaff and the sight of two young Mistle Thrush. A good selection of waders this morning with 8+ Lapwing, 5 Redshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Avocet. Also present were 67 Canada Geese, 21 Greylag, 166+ Wigeon, 3 Shelduck, 17 Tufted Duck, 16 Shoveler, 15 Gadwall, 13 Teal, 12 Mallard, 2 Goosander, 2 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 11 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 34 BH Gull, 4 Skylark, 3 Sand Martin, 4 Meadow Pipit and 2 Pied Wagtail. K.Follows also had 2 adult Mistle Thrush and a Song Thrush in Broomhill Park and a singing Blackcap near the Dearne Bridge.
Broomhill Flash

Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 17 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 60+ Wigeon, 20+ Tufted Duck, 16 Pochard, 10+ Teal, 15+ Shoveler, 14 Gadwall,  4 Mallard, 3 Goldeneye, 15 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 15+ Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 200+ BH Gull, 48 Herring Gull, 1 Kestrel and 7+ Sand Martin.

TPT

14 singing Chiffchaff between Old Moor RSPB entrance gates and the Cormorant Hide plus a drumming Greater Spotted Woodpecker.

Bolton Ings

On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Goose, 4 Greylag, 17 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 7 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 88 Coot, 110+ BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. A light coloured Buzzard was on its usual perch on the fourth set of double poles whilst a Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail were visible from the bridge.

 

27th March Wombwell Ings

Present were 2 Mute Swan,73 Canada Geese, 31 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 181 Wigeon, 17 Shoveler, 17 Mallard, 16 Tufted Duck, 14 Teal, 10 Gadwall, 9 Pochard, 2 Goosander, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 11 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 8+ Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 48 BH Gull,  4+ Skylark, 4+ Meadow Pipit,1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Pied Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash

Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 15 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 70+ Wigeon, 25 Tufted Duck, 16 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 7+ Shoveler, 4+ Teal, 3 Goldeneye, 3+ Mallard, 7+ Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 25 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 2 Kestrel, 8 Lapwing, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 3 Sand Martin, 180+ BH Gull and 5 Herring Gull.

TPT

9 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush and 2 Jay.
Bolton Ings

On the open water were 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 12 Gadwall, 11 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 7 Shoveler, 4 Mallard, 1 Wigeon, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 87 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 169 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 12 Snipe, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Sand Martin and 2 Willow Tit.

 

26th March Broomhill Flash

Shelduck 2, Pochard 10, Great crested Grebe 2, Tufted Duck 12, Teal 6, Little Grebe 2, Gadwall 18, Shoveler 11, Lapwing 18, Greylag Goose 2, Canada Goose 42, Wigeon 60, Black-headed Gull c200, Mute Swan 2, Magpie 12, Starling c100, Little Egret 1, Mallard 5, Brown Hare 1.

 

25th March Broomhill Flash

Goldeneye 3ā™€2ā™‚, Greater black-backed Gull 11, Wigeon 70+, Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 3,Great crested Grebe 2, Mute Swan 2, Red-legged Partridge 1, Oystercatcher 2.

 

24th March Wombwell Ings

Highlight was 7 Buzzard in the air at the same time, with 3 over Cat Hill and 4 over Darfield Church. Otherwise a return to normality  this morning with 61 Canada Geese, 28 Greylag, 194 Wigeon, 3 Shelduck, 10 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck, 8+ Teal, 7 Goosander, 6+ Mallard, 6 Pochard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Coot, 8 Lapwing, 5 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 50 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 8+ Skylark, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush and 1 singing Chiffchaff. K. Fisher also had 24 Snipe on the corner pond, 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker and 3 Linnet.

Warbler Way

First walk down  this year hoping to hear and see some fresh migrant warblers. Chiffchaffs were highly visible and vocal with 16 singing males. Also 3 Grey Heron over, 2 yaffling Green Woodpecker and 1 Kestrel.
Bolton Ings

Quiet with wildfowl preferring the shelter of the phragmites, On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 6 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag, 21 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 101 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 251 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also 1 Willow Tit.

Broomhill Flash

Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 22 Canada Geese, 46 Wigeon, 15+ Pochard, 15 Tufted Duck, 11 Gadwall, 10+ Teal, 8+ Mallard, 8 Shoveler, 5 Goldeneye, 10+ Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 31 Coot, 5+ Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 23+ Lapwing, 7 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, c300 BH Gull, 32 Herring Gull and 2 Common Gull. PWK also had c125 Pink Footed Geese over west at 7.40am and 5 Whooper Swan over west at 8.10am.

 

23rd March Wombwell Ings

The 2 Whooper Swan and 2 Avocet were probably the birds flushed off of Broomhill Flash, as seen by PWK. Also present were 91 Canada Geese, 25 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 154 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 11 Gadwall, 10+ Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 4 Goosander, 3 Pochard, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron.12 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 8 Lapwing, 4 Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 28 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 8 Skylark, 12 Meadow Pipit and 3 singing Chiffchaff. K. Fisher also had a Willow Tit on Dove side and 3 Linnet.

Broomhill Flash

Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 2 Whooper Swan, 16 Canada Geese, 46 Wigeon, 27 Tufted Duck, 17 Pochard, 6+ Teal, 5 Shoveler, 4 Goldeneye, 4 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 7+ Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Kestrel, 25 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 16 Lapwing, 2 Avocet,  2 Golden Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 150+ BH Gull and 35 Herring Gull.

TPT

1 Buzzard, 9 singing Chiffchaff and 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker.

Bolton Ings

On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 2 Greylag, 11 Tufted Duck, 3 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, 2 Goosander, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested  Grebe, 1 Cormorant 105 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 230+ BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull ( with a pink dyed rump?). Also present were 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Grey Wagtail and 1 Willow Tit.

 

Well that’s it for now but i’ll be posting today’s sightings this evening.

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