Monthly Archives: March 2019

Sunny Days

A warm sunny day couldn’t be missed so I headed down to Adwick Washlands again to try to catch up with a couple of birds I missed out on last week.

Egyptian Goose, one I’d missed before, was soon found on arrival mixed in with Canadas and Greylags, the Pink footed Goose took a bit longer but was located further down the reserve,Ringed Plovers however were missed again. Other birds about were still plenty of Redshank and Avocets along with a couple of Oystercatchers, a soaring Common Buzzard, a few Black tailed Godwits, Gadwall, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, and Pochard

A couple of butterflies species were on the wing, Brimstone and Peacock but no photos

Birds at Adwick :-  Avocet, Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Egyptian, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pink footed Goose, Pochard, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Woodpigeon, Wren

On then to Old Moor and hopefully a few butterflies on the wing, the day was beginning to warm up. The obvious birds on arrival were Black headed Gulls, they were now everywhere and very noisy but my objective was Green Lane for butterflies and here I saw Brimstone, Comma, my first Orange-tips of the year, Peacocks and the years first Small White, a good start and since the sun was shining I was joined by plenty of Gorse Shieldbugs along with a single Hairy Shieldbug.

Bird highlights were a single Green Sandpiper from wader scrape hide, Redshank and Pied Wagtail

Birds at Old Moor:- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Coot, Cormorant, Gadwall, Great Tit, Green Sandpiper, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, lapwing, Lesser Black backed Gull, Little Grebe, magpie, Mallard, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Pied wagtail, Redshank, Robin, Shelduck, Shoveler, Starling, Teal, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Woodpigeon

Avocet at Adwick Washlands

Avocet

Gorse Shieldbug at Old Moor

Gorse Shieldbug

The Dearne Valley Tour

Todays tour was to take in four of the Dearne Valley Nature Reserves, Old Moor, Adwick Washlands, Edderthorpe NR, and Wombwell Ings. Due to business over the boarder I didn’t arrive at Old Moor till 11:30am.

Tree Sparrow Farm was the first area of viewing were a Male Brambling could be seen along with a female Yellowhammer, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Reed Buntings, Tree Sparrow, Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Bullfinch. Next it was on to the family hide where I finally found the Mediterranean Gull again along with lots of Black headed gulls, Wigeon, Gadwall, Tufted Duck. On then to the wader Scrap hide where I picked up on a Green Sandpiper

Birds seen at Old Moor :- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Brambling, Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Chaffinch, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Green Sandpiper, Greenfinch, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Lapwing, Lesser black Backed Gull, Little Grebe, Magpie, mallard, Mediterranean Gull, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pochard, Robin, Shelduck,Shoveler, Starling, Stock Dove, Teal, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Woodpigeon, Yellowhammer (41 species)

On then to a new site Adwick Washlands another site owned by the RSPB along the Dearne Valley, an open site no cafe or toilet here but plenty of birds and nice to see so many Avocets (13) and lots of  Redshanks about, Buzzards overheard, and the Chiffchaff could still be heard calling from the wooded area. A few Reed Buntings could be see along the footpath margins with a few Pied Wagtails nearby, plenty of Greylag Geese were scattered about the site along with a few Canada Geese. Wildfowl about were Tufted Duck, Shelduck, Shoveler, Mallard, Wigeon, Pochard, and Gadwall, 

Birds seen at Adwick Washlands :- Avocet, Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Crow, Chiffchaff, Coot, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Greylag Goose, Lapwing, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pheasant, Pied wagtail, Pochard, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shelduck, Shoveler, Starling, Teal, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Wren (31 Species)

On then to Edderthorpe hopefully for a Pintail, on arrival a Buzzard watched me park up, bit of a walk down to the seat where I set up camp and scanned the waters. Little Egret and Grey Heron were in the margins whilst Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Mallard, Pochard, Shoveler, Wigeon and more Redshank, and finally the site gave up the splendid male Pintail…lovely

Birds seen at Edderthorpe :- Black headed Gull, Buzzard, Cormorant, Gadwall, Grey Heron, Lapwing, Lapwing, Little Egret, Mallard, Pintail, Pochard, Redshank, Shelduck, Shoveler, Starling, Tufted Duck, Wigeon (16 Species)

Last port of call for the day was Wombell Ings were the walk down to the hide produced lots of Goldfinch, a couple of Mistle Thrush, and a couple of Red legged Partridge were nice to catch up with as they flew across the field. Viewed from the hide male and female Goosander, more Redshank and Pied Wagtail.

Birds at Wombwell Ings :- Black headed Gull, Canada Goose, Collard Dove, Coot, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Goosander, Lapwing, Little Egret, Magpie, Mistle Thrush, Oystercatcher, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Red legged Partridge, Redshank, Robin, Shoveler, Wigeon, Woodpigeon (20 Species)

Jackdaw

Jackdaw

Targets

Heading out today with three target birds on mind Med Gull, Pintail and Green winged Teal, Old Moor and Blacktoft Sands are the places to try to find them.

I started at Old Moor arriving at 9:30pm and after clocking in went around to the Tree Sparrow farm, Tree Sparrows were there along with Reed Bunting, Blue Tit, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Dunnock, but no Greenfinch and Brambling at the moment. On to my next stop the Family Hide hoping for target 1, but after scanning most of the Black headed Gulls I couldn’t find the Med Gull (gone fly around), Common Gulls, Herring Gulls and Lesser Black Backed Gulls, also here, Tufted Ducks, Mallard, Little Grebe, Shoveler, Cormorants and no Pintail.

Field Pool hide was my next hope but no Pintail again did find Redshank which was new for the day, Pochards, Shovelers, Mallards, a couple of Mute Swans and the Black tailed Godwit was still here

Went on down to Wath Ings then where I picked up a group of Goldeneye, mixed ♂ and ♀, Grey Heron up at the back.

Down then to Wader Scrape hide where there was a Oystercatcher close to the hide, Lapwings and Starlings on the Islands, a couple of fly thru Shelducks, plenty of birds I’d seen earlier but not the two target birds for here.

So back to the Family Hide and scan the gulls again and this time I located the Mediterranean Gull  back on its favourite Island, 1 down 2 to go

Dunnock

Dunnock

Moved away from Old Moor and on to Blacktoft Sands minus the Pintail but arriving at Blacktoft and the recent sightings board held promise for Pintail but not the hoped for Green Winged Teal :(.

First sightings at Blacktoft of course were the Tree Sparrows around the feeder along with Chaffinch and Dunnock. After the feeders and the Robin at the entrance to the reserve onward up to Ousefleet Hide where there was plenty of Teal but no Green Winged, a few Curlew went thru, Greylag Geese, Pied Wagtail, Coots, Tufted Ducks and Black headed Gulls.

Moving the various other hides on the reserve I saw Green Sandpiper along with a Redshank, 5 Marsh Harriers (mainly at Townend Hide), Oystercatcher, Shelduck and a Common Buzzard. Stopping on for the roost didn’t provide anymore raptors for the day.

Robin

Robin

Birds at Old Moor :- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Brambling, Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Crow, Chaffinch, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Lapwing, Lesser Black backed Gull, Little Grebe, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Mediterranean Gull, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied wagtail, Pochard, redshank, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shoveler, Stock Dove, Teal, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Woodpigeon,

Birds at Blacktoft Sands:-  Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Crow, Chaffinch, Coot, Curlew, Dunnock, Gadwall, Great Tit, Green Sandpiper, Greylag Goose, Lapwing, Little Grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Redshank, Robin, Rook, Shelduck, ,Shoveler, Stock Dove, Teal, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Woodpigeon, Wren