been quite busy over the last week or with the schools being on holiday and running to Barnsley College and one thing and another so a few updates to do.
So here goes starting with the latest.
12th February Wombwell Ings.
Present were 2 Mute Swan, 21 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 147 Wigeon, 15 Gadwall, 13 Teal, 11 Mallard, 7 Tufted Duck, 5 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, a pair of Goosander, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 12 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 85+ Golden Plover, 7 Lapwing, 146 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull and 2 Skylark.
On the open water were 4 Mute Swan, 26 Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 17 Goosander, 9 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 4 Teal, 2m +1f Goldeneye, 2 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 117 Coot, 95 BH Gull, 16 Common Gull and 3 LBB Gull. Also present were 4 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 15 Cormorant and 2 Grey Heron.
9th February Wombwell Ings
Highlight was a female Peregrine being chased by two crows at 10.10am. Also present were 2 Mute Swan, 136 Canada Geese, 4 Pink Footed Geese, 1 Greylag, 59 Wigeon, 16+ Mallard, 9 Teal, 3m+3f Goosander, 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 9 Coot, 1 Sparrowhawk, 87 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 155 Golden Plover, 41 Lapwing and 4 Skylark.
On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 9m+6f Pochard, 13 Tufted Duck, 4m+3f Goosander, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1m+1f Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 118 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 49 BH Gull, 10 Common Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also noted were 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron and c50 Lapwing.
8th February Wombwell Ings
Present were 2 Mute Swan, 212 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 4 Pink Footed Geese, 101 Wigeon,17 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 5 Teal, 3 Pochard, 2 Goosander, 1 Shoveler, 5 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 13 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 157 Golden Plover, 82 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Skylark, 18+ Magpie and a group of 6 Pied Wagtail.
On the open water were 4 Mute Swan, 12 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 3m+3f Pochard, 2m+1f Goosander, 1m+2f Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 115 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 32 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull and 2 Herring Gull. Also present were 9 Canada Geese, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 12+ Lapwing and 1 calling Green Woodpecker.
7th February Wombwell Ings
Following news of c140 Pink Footed Geese down on Wombwell Ings I made my way onto the Ings to have a look. The Pink Feet were a great sight and sound, I had a go at counting them and ended up with 184. However they were difficult to count and 192 birds were logged later in the day. There were a couple of Little Egrets present and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were in Broomhill Park.
Onto Adwick for my weekly visit where the highlight was 4 Little Egrets together, the regular Little Owl was in it’s usual place and a Buzzard was up. Other birds seen included the following:- Shelduck 3, Teal 73, Wigeon 45, Gadwall 29, Shoveler 2, Grey Lag Goose 77, Lapwing 50+, Grey Partridge 2.
Onto Old Moor for the roost but first into the Field Pool East hide with news of a Redshank on there, sure enough it was as was the Ruff. Another new bird for the year was an Oystercatcher on the Mere. The roost was good again tonight with 49 Cormorants coming in and 8 Little Egrets. The Egrets conveniently landed on the Main Marsh first and included a colour ringed bird. At first I thought it was FJ, it wasn’t but unfortunately it was too dark to read the ring. We didn’t really concentrate on the Goosanders tonight but 39 were seen on the Wader Scrape along with the regular redhead Goldeneye that thinks its a Goosander. On the Main Marsh were a further 20 Goldeneye, 7 drakes, 3 immature drakes and 10 females and 49 Shoveler were busily feeding.
6th February Old Moor
News of Fridays Red Necked Grebe on the Mere saw me in the Wader Scrape before first light yesterday morning. However despite searching the Mere when enough light allowed sadly the Grebe had left overnight. Birds seen leaving the roost included 45 Cormorants, 49 Goosanders and 4 Little Egrets. The wintering Ruff was on the Wader Scrape but left towards the Main Marsh when a Peregrine flew through. A Barn Owl was still out hunting and there were 12 Goldeneye (5 drakes) on the Main Marsh and 65 Shoveler counted across the site. The rain set in about 8 oclock and after spending an hour in the Bittern hide I sought refuge in the café.
Also seen/heard today at Old Moor were 2+ Bearded Tits and 3 Cetti’s Warblers on the Reedbeds.
5th February Wombwell Ings
Present were 2 Mute Swan, 176 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 165 Wigeon, 12 Mallard, 11 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck, 5m+3f Goosander, 7 Shoveler, 1m Pochard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 1 Water Rail (in Bulling Dyke near Old Moor Tavern ),74 Lapwing, c70 Golden Plover, 1 Kestrel, 11 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 2 Mistle Thrush and 2 Redwing.
On the open water were 5 Mute Swan, 66 Greylag, 4 Canada Geese, 19 Tufted Duck, 8m+6f Pochard, 9 Gadwall, 4m+1f Goosander, 4 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 1m+1f Goldeneye, 1 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 107 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 171 BH Gull, 28 Common Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret and c80 Lapwing.
That’s all the news for now.