30th March – April 11th

Hi Guys,

well it’s been nearly 2 weeks since I updated but not been out too much and busy with other things for which I apologise but not a lot has happened really. I will do the updates now though so here goes, starting at present first and working backwards.

 

12th April Wombwell Ings

Present were 31 Canada Geese, 11 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 25 Gadwall, 17 Tufted Duck, 16 Shoveler, 11 Mallard, 12 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 3 Pochard, 6 Coot, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6Lapwing, 4 Golden Plover in breeding plumage, 4 Redshank, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Curlew over 9.10 am, 6 Skylark, 7 Sand Martin, 4 Wheatear, 3 Pied Wagtail and 2 Linnet. Singing in the park were Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap.
Broomhill Flash

I would like to thank Peter Kent (PWK ) for diligently recording his sightings in the log book. They form the basis of my reports for the flash. His early morning visits are often more productive than  for those who follow later in the day, For instance, today he had a Grey Plover through at 8.33am and a Curlew came in at 8.18am and stayed until 9.10am. Also present were 2 Mute Swan, 33 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag,16 Tufted Duck, 11 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 3 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 1 Wigeon, 9 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 12 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 160+ BH Gull. 88 Herring Gull, 4 LBB Gull, 66 Sand Martin and 3 House Martin. Two Willow Warbler and 1 Mistle Thrush were singing in the carpark.

TPT

Singing males 15 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler and 5 Blackcap.
Bolton Ings

On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 4 Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 13 Pochard,  12 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 46 Coot +4 young, 260+ BH Gull and 3 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, and 1 Willow Tit.

 

Alan Cawthrow

 

It is with a deep sadness that we have to announce the death of Alan Cawthrow who passed away at his Goldthorpe home yesterday. A well known character around his birding haunts of Old Moor (it was always Wath to Alan) and more recently Adwick on Dearne as well as at Spurn Point. His acidic wit meant he was always blunt, straight to the point but everything in his life was infused with humour, meet up with Al and a session of laughter was guaranteed to follow. His killer one-liners are legendary amongst those fortunate enough to have been in his company.

Alan or Judas as he was widely known (due to his teenage resemblance to a certain rock band, nothing to do with his actions) took on the role of recorder for BBSG from 2007 and compiled and wrote every BBSG annual report from that year until the last one published in 2012.

He will be missed but the character of the guy means he will not be forgotten

RIP ‘Judas’ mate.

 
 
11th April Wombwell Ings
Walked through Broomhill Park to the sound of singing Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Willow Warbler plus a Kestrel flying overhead. On the Ings were 2 Mute Swan, 28 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 27 Gadwall, 21 Tufted Duck, 14 Shoveler, 12 Teal, 8 Mallard, 1 Goosander, 6 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Lapwing, 3 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 15 BH Gull, 4 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit and 2 stunning male Wheatear.
Broomhill Flash
Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 21 Canada Geese, 1 Shelduck, 18 Tufted Duck, 8 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 4 Teal, 2 Pochard, 1 Wigeon, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4+ Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 16 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 150+ BH Gull, 70 Herring Gull, 40+ Sand Martin, 8+ Swallow and 2 House Martin.
TPT
Singing males 12 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler and 4 Blackcap. Also 1 Jay.
Bolton Ings
The first Coot chicks were seen today with broods of 2 and 3 noted amongst a total of 51 adult birds. On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag, 5 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 190+ BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 2 Redshank over, 1 Kingfisher, 8+ Sand Martin, 1 Song Thrush and 2 Reed Bunting.
 
 
10th April Wombwell Ings
Present were 2 Mute Swan, 32 Canada Geese, 9 Greylag, 29 Tufted Duck, 14 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler, 10 Teal, 9 Wigeon, 8 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 11 Coot, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1 Bar Tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 8 Skylark, 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff.
Broomhill Flash
Highlight was a Peregrine through at 10.45 am. Also noted were 2 Mute Swan, 29 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 15 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 2 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6+ Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 12 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 16, Lapwing, 1 Redshank,  160+ BH Gull and 12 Herring Gull. Also seen early AM were 2 LBB Gull, 1 GBB Gull, 60 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow and 2 House Martin.
TPT
From the entrance gates to Old Moor Rspb  3 Black Tailed Godwits could be seen flying west. CB radio confirmed these were not part of the group of 5 Black-tailed Godwits on the reserve. Singing males included 11 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 3+ Blackcap and1 yaffling Green Woodpecker. Also 1 Jay.
Bolton Ings
As Spring progresses fewer and fewer waterfowl can be seen on the eastern pool. On the open water were 3 Mute Swan, 5 Greylag, 15 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 6 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 46 Coot, 1 Moorhen,  c220 BH Gull, 3 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Grey Wagtail. 
 
 
9th April Broomhill Flash
Green Sandpiper only thing recorded.
 
 
8th April Broomhill Flash
Mute Swan 2, Great-crested Grebe 2, Little Grebe 6+, Wigeon 10, Teal, Gadwall, Mallard 8+, Tufted Duck 23+, Pochard 7+, Shelduck 2, Oystercatcher 2, Cormorant 2, Red-legged Partridge 1, Goldeneye 1♀, Herring Gull 10+, Mistle Thrush 1,  Kestrel 3, Buzzard 1, Sparrowhawk 2, Grey Heron 1, Sand Martin 1.
 
 
7th April Broomhill Flash.
 
Mute Swan 2, Cormorant 4, Great-crested Grebe 2, Oystercatcher 3, Shelduck 2, Little Egret 2, Goldeneye 1♀, Greylag Goose 15, Sand Martin 21, Tufted Duck 23, Pochard 11, Red-legged Partridge 3, Shoveler 2, Gadwall 14, Snipe 1, Wigeon 10, Herring Gull 28, Little Grebe 12, Mallard 8.
 
 
6th April Broomhill Flash
Great-crested Grebe 2, Mute Swan 2, Shelduck 2, Yellow Wagtail 1, Herring Gull 12, Tufted Duck 26, Pochard 9, Wigeon 1, Teal 4, Red-legged Partridge 1, Grey Heron 1, Shoveler 6, Snipe 1, Oystercatcher 2, Sand Martin 3, Golden Plover 25, Redshank 1, Goldeneye 1♀, Ringed Plover 1, Lesser black-backed Gull 1.
 
5th April Broomhill Flash.
Mute Swan 2, Great-crested Grebe 2, Shelduck 2, Snipe 1, Goldeneye 1♀, Sparrowhawk 2, Wigeon 14, Sand Martin 10, Lesser black-backed Gull 1, Pochard 8, Little Grebe 8+, Little Egret 1, Peregrine Falcon 1, Oystercatcher 2, Herring Gull 30, Curlew 1.
 
 
4th April Wombwell Ings
Present were 43 Canada Geese, 24 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 25 Wigeon, 21 Tufted Duck, 18 Shoveler, 16 Gadwall, 13 Teal, 11 Mallard, 5 Pochard, 1 female Goosander, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 11 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 6 Lapwing, 5 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Bar Tailed Godwit, 13 BH Gull, 8 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit and 1 singing Blackcap.
Broomhill Flash
Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 2 Shelduck, 21 Tufted Duck, 15+ Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 11 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 7 Mallard, 6 Pochard, 1 Goldeneye, 10 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Owl, 21 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 10+ Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Sandpiper, and 16+ Sand Martin.
TPT
Singing males 14 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler and 2 Blackcap. Also 2 Jay and 1 Kestrel..
Warbler Way
( K.Foundation ) Singing males 8 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. Also 4 Willow Warbler around Manvers Lake.
Bolton Ings
On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 5 Greylag, 3 Canada Geese, 10 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 8 Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 59 Coot, 1 Moorhen and 82 BH Gull. Also present were 1 Kingfisher, 3+ Sand Martin, 1 House Martin ( through 12.45pm ) and 1 Grey Wagtail.
 
 
3rd April Wombwell Ings
Present were 43 Canada Geese, 16 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 42 Wigeon, 17 Tufted Duck,14 Gadwall, 14 Teal, 13 Mallard, 9 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 4 Goosander, 11 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 8+ Lapwing, 4 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Bar Tailed Godwit, 14 BH Gull, 10 Skylark, 1 Wheatear and 5 Meadow Pipit. In Broomhill Park were 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest and 1 singing Blackcap plus 2 Grey Wagtail in the Greensand Dyke. K.Fisher also had 2 Kingfisher and 1 Willow Tit on Dove side.
Broomhill Flash
Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 44 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 37 Wigeon, 29 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 17 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 4+ Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 17 Lapwing, 5 Golden Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Little Owl, 1 Barn Owl, c200 BH Gull, 2 GBB Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Swallow and 3 Sand Martin.
Warbler Way
Singing males 22 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 yaffling Green Woodpecker + 1 Jay.
Bolton Ings
On the open water were 3 Mute Swan, 5 Greylag, 5 Canada Geese, 9 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 51 Coot and 170+ BH Gull. Also present were 2 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Willow Tit. 
 
 
1st April Broomhill Flash
Bar-tailed Godwit (Wombwell Ings), Yellowhammer 1(Gates), Chiffchaff 1, Blackcap 1, Oystercatcher 2, Goldeneye 1♀, Great-crested Grebe 2, Mute Swan 2, Shelduck 1, Grey Heron 2, Sand Martin 10+, Red-legged Partridge 1, Buzzard 1, Sparrowhawk 4, Pochard 13, Swallow 1, Little Grebe 1, Tufted Duck 22, Shoveler 4, Gadwall 23, Greylag Goose 2, Herring Gull 2, Wigeon 24, Cormorant 1, Lesser black-backed Gull 2.
 
 
31st March Wombwell Ings
Present were 2 Mute Swan, 56 Canada Geese, 15 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 103 Wigeon, 21 Tufted Duck, 18 Teal, 16 Mallard, 16 Gadwall, 13 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 2 Goosander, 10 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 8+ Lapwing, 5 Redshank, 1 Bar Tailed Godwit, 34 BH Gull, 1 male Wheatear, 2 Sand Martin, 6+ Skylark, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail and 3 singing Chiffchaff. A Black Tailed Godwit dropped in for a short stay at lunchtime. K.Fisher also had 1 Blackcap in Broomhill Park, 2 Red Legged Partridge in the field next to the Dearne bridge and 1 Buzzard.
Warbler Way
Singing males 19 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Cetti’s Warbler( from reedbeds on Old Moor ) and 2 yaffling Green Woodpecker.
 
Bolton Ings
On the open water were 4 Mute Swan, 8 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 11 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 5 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 225+ BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Snipe.
Broomhill Flash – Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 49 Canada Geese, 11 Greylag, 35+ Wigeon, 20+ Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 9 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye, 4 Teal, 6+ Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank and 40+ Sand Martin. A Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler were singing in the carpark ( J.Thompson ).
 
30th March Wombwell Ings
Present were 52 Canada Geese, 29 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 175 Wigeon, 17 Gadwall, 15 Mallard, 14 Tufted Duck, 13 Shoveler, 8 Teal, 1 Goosander, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 18 Golden Plover over, 6 Lapwing, 35 BH Gull, 3 Redshank, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Mistle Thrush, 6 Skylark, 12 Meadow Pipit and 2 singing Chiffchaff.  A Wheatear was reported late morning. K.Fisher had a calling Grey Partridge at 5.45am on the ings  and a Blackcap on  Old Pontefract Road.
Broomhill Flash
Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 47 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 40+ Wigeon, 19 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall, 12 Pochard, 7 Mallard,  6 Shoveler, 6 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 6+ Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 17 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 10 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 210+ BH Gull and 3 Herring Gull.
TPT
12 singing Chiffchaff, 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker, 3 Buzzard and 1 Jay.
 
Bolton Ings
On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 5 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 10 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 5 Gadwall, 4 Mallard, 1 female Goosander, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 72 Coot, 180+ BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk,1 Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, and 1 Grey Wagtail. 
 
 
Well that’s it for the updates, hopefully be more for you tomorrow.
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