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RE: South Yorkshire Birding


Langsett Reservoir & Moor 11.30-15.00

With a very strong Westerly blowing the reservoir was very choppy and largely devoid of birds.

Any waterfowl was concentrated along the sheltered Western bank, and consisted mainly of Mallard, plus 30 Teal and 1 Shoveler.

A single male Stonechat was seen along the edge of the reservoir, and there were plenty of common garden birds by the car park.

A single plucky Pied Wagtail defied the storm and dodged the waves that battered the sluice.

On the moor a single Kestrel was the only bird seen apart from a dozen Red Grouse.

Kestrel food was noticed too, a Field Vole rushed across the path on the moorland edge.


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Having a good reason to be over in South Yorkshire - a trip to Bramall Lane to see Sheffield United lift the Div 1 Champions trophy and rack up 100 points! - Carys always comes too and pops up to Old Moor RSPB. As she picked me up she asked if I fancied a small detour on the way home to go back to Broomhill Flash so I said yes. It's many years since I've been and the improvement is massive, a lovely 2 tier hide and small carpark, great. Once there we saw the birds that she had taken me back to see, 6 gorgeous summer plumaged Black Terns. The birds paraded up and down the flash in front of the hide, almost showing off, and why shouldn't they? They are gorgeous at this time of year. Too soon we had to leave, grabbed some Yorkshire fish n chips and headed home, a great day for many reasons biggrin



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Mud, mud glorious mud. Sunday 15th January

The possibility of going out birding this Sunday looked very slim with rain forecast for most of the day and with illness etc, we decided to give it a miss. Whilst I sat in my night attire, watching it rain and contemplating having to watch the millionaires of Manchester & Liverpool ballet teams trying to cheat the good referees of premier, foreign football, the phone rang. It was Bob K asking if I would like to go for the Black throated Thrush at Adwick upon Dearn, Yorkshire. Certainly I would, we met at 11-45am and Chris B joined us. We followed Bob`s trusty sat nav and arrived around 1pm, nobody told us of the long muddy walk to the area the bird was frequenting. We found around 20 birders but, you guessed it no bird. It had been chased off by the local Sparrowhawk about 10 minutes prior to our arrival. Nige S from York had arrived and he told us that Adam Hutt had found the thrush (famous for finding the Rock Thrush at Spurn / Kilnsea a few years ago) this morning. After about an hour of searching and wandering around the birders all moved with a purpose, the bird had been found in a field near the village.

The same muddy trail back to the car park was followed, then lots more mud to splash through. After the 20 minute hike to the village a crowd of birders seemed to be looking at something, scopes all pointed down into a field with a green crop in it, was the thrush there? Yes it was, if a little distant, a few borrowed scope views of the bird soon confirmed the identification. After 10 minutes the flock of thrushes flew up into the tallest tree and began to preen, again distant scope views were made, time to move on we thought. Bob K had a bright idea to follow another very muddy trail to get to where the thrush had been sat, okay we did follow him and saw a couple of Siskin for our troubles, but alas no thrush. We all arrived back at Bob`s car looking like we had been playing football, steaming & muddy. The Black throated Thrush had been a new bird for Chris B, so the effort we made was well worth it. We arrived back in Rochdale by 6pm.

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Lunchtime visit today.
Bolton upon Dearne / Adwick Washlands.


1 Black-throated Thrush (Lifer)
A beautiful 1st winter female that I saw virtually on arrival, not even half a mile from the car.
She was very active and disappeared for a few minutes before reappearing in the next boggy field. She showed well before flying into the hedgerow trees then flew off distantly away from us and she was lost to view, much to the frustration of the arriving birders but I could only think how lucky I was and how valuable Ian's text service was today!

Other birds of note...
1 Song Thrush
1 Redwing
2 Blackbird
(all with the Thrush)
2 Little Egret
Plus all the usual winter Wildfowl






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Any help with the sex of the Dotterel would be much appreciated. The other bird was a lot paler than the photo. Some suggesting a juvenile, but unfortunately I couldn't get a picture.



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Finally broke my Dotterel duck today with a trip over to Edge Mount in South Yorkshire this afternoon. At least 2 were showing well from the pea field off Bolsterstone Road where it is opposite Peat Pits Lane.

Also present were 10+ Golden Plover, 2 Dunlin, 20 Lapwing and House Martin. Both Short and Long Eared Owls reported too.



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Belated report from some survey work I was completing in Barnby Dun last Thursday 18th Aug. All surveys completed between 8am and 3pm. A definite change of scene from last month, with many of the summer migrants now bigger in numbers from the youngsters knocking about, or absent altogether, with passage very much underway along the River Don and Dun Navigation. But many of the summer visitors such as Oystercatcher and Shelduck have now completely left, but have been replaced by Green Sandpipers and Goosander.

Little Grebe 3
Mute Swan 6
Gadwall 2
Tufted Duck 8
Goosander 2
Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 3
Green Sandpiper 4
Common Sandpiper 2
Kingfisher 2
Green Woodpecker 4
Great Spotted Woodpecker 6
Stock Dove 12
Meadow Pipit 4
Yellow Wagtail 12
House Martin 60+
Swallow 30+
Swift 15+
Whitethroat 20+
Willow Warbler 10+
Chiffchaff 4
Blackcap 2
Reed Bunting 3

One more trip to this site then its my 12 months up, so will be a shame to be leaving this site after becoming so familiar with its avifauna. So far a I've seen a total of 101 species, but who knows I might just get an extra one today!!


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26th July.

In Sheffield Town centre early this afternoon on a non-birding visit and I was walking down towards the lower end of The Moor when all the Feral Pigeons and Starlings suddenly went frantically up in the air before a Peregrine Falcon came in fast and came down to low level as it hunted. A great but brief spectaclebiggrin.gif....provided you are not a Starling or a Feral Pigeon of course!bye.gif


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Just completed several surveys at Barnby Dun, South Yorks yesterday afternoon and today. Lots of activity this week, especially this morning just after sunrise for a common bird census. As well as seeing lots of birds I also came across a few eggs today, unfortunetely on the paths and under bushes that had been predated by fox? Crows?, not sure! I found a smashed up Oystercatcher egg first, then later found a blackbird egg with yolk still running out so must have been very freshly stolen from a nest, shame no.gif. On the plus side lots of other bird have successfully bred, with young Blackbirds, Mistle Thrushes, Mallard, Coot and Moorhen across the site biggrin.gif.

Mute Swan 12
Gadwall 9
Tufted Duck 6
Shelduck 7
Oystercatcher 4
Lapwing 3
Sparrowhawk 2
Kestrel 4
Peregrine 3 (two diving around together, with a third in view at same time a distance away also sky diving!?)
Barn Owl 1
Kingfisher 1
Green Woodpecker 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Cuckoo (heard and seen a few times)
Stock Dove 6
Sand Martin 3
House Martin 10+
Swallow 20+
Swift 20+
Skylark 2
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Whitethroat 20+
Willow Warbler 15+
Chiffchaff 15+
Blackcap 20+
Sedge Warbler 10
Reed Bunting 8
Yellowhammer 5

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Just spent a couple of days completing surveys and having a general mooch about in South Yorks (and a little over the border into Lincs).

Barnby Dun (26th/27th)
Mute Swan 16
Gadwall 14
Tufted Duck 12
Shelduck 3
Oystercatcher 4
Lapwing 8
Sparrowhawk 2
Kestrel 3
Peregrine 1
Kingfisher 1
Green Woodpecker 4
Stock Dove 3
Sand Martin 3
House Martin 20+
Swallow 40+
Skylark 2
Yellow Wagtail 2
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Whitethroat 20+
Willow Warbler 15+
Chiffchaff 25+
Blackcap 30+
Sedge Warbler 7
Reed Bunting 8
Yellowhammer 7

Owston Hall Hotel (26th/27th)
Little Owl 1
Tawny Owl 2
Chiffchaff 2
Willow Warbler 3
Blackcap 2

Hatfield Moore (27th)
Truely wonderful area. I visited it between a few surveys for a couple of hours spreading myself between a walk round a body of water near the main reserve car park, followed by a visit to another smaller lake nearby and then to Ten Acres Lake. I won't bore you with all the birds I saw, but highlights below from each site:

Main Reserve
Common Sandpiper
Oystercatcher 8
Yellow Wags 5
Wheatear 6
Whitethroat 3

Small Water body nearby
Little Grebe 4
Great Crested Grebe 12
Black-necked Grebe 3 biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
Tufted Duck 14
Yellow Wagtail 12
Lots of Warblers

Ten Acres Lake
A really brilliant little spot, with a wide range of warblers singing all over, but the main bird for me was a Red-necked Grebe in full summer plumage headbang.gif
Apparently it has been coming to the lake for the last 4-5 summers and tries to pair up with the local Great Cresteds, poor thing. It was diving lots, but did swim about with nest material from time to time, well you can't knock it for trying heh!? Seeing them in summer plumage is a real delight and if you have not seen one then why not treat yourself to a visit some time. I can now fully understand how it gets its scientific name of podiceps grisegena, which translates as grey (grise) cheeked (gena) podiceps (grebe), as although the red neck is lovely and stands out it is the light grey cheek that makes it stand out so much.

A lovely couple of days, although up very early and tired now!? yawn.gif Off to Heysham tomorrow though, so no rest for the wicked!? wink.gif

-- Edited by Sean Sweeney on Tuesday 27th of April 2010 08:24:08 PM

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any one going to poteric.
assuming you're on your way over from here and going by the woodhead.

once you reach meadowhell keep your eye out for grey heron flying over the motorway as it seems to spend much of it's life flying backwards and forwards over here to start your day off.

then as you get between junctions 1 and 2 sky watching to the left may well get you a couple of buzzard ticks, occasionally you will mis them though as they sit on the fence and watch the cars go by. giving a brief yet very close up view.

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No at all Mike but it seems the Manchester Birding website is often overlooked as the resource it truely is and as it takes up so much of my time...

Advertising what already exisits of the website just means that less folk look there in the first place and encourages others to post similar news. With the turnover of threads on this forum due to the large amounts of posts each day, any information on here is quickly lost. Hence it's rightful place on the website

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..Ian I hope that isn't a "slap on the wrist" for advertising wink.gif

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Mike, if people were that interested they'd already know that the full Stockport Birdwatching Society's indoor and outdoor programme is and always has been, available on the Manchester Birding website

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If any of you are free, interested and in the area on Wednesday (the 31st March).....

Stockport Birdwatching Society (SBS) have a talk on "A Year at Potteric Carr" by Alan Parker. Alan 'does' Potteric at least once a week. He has time for this as his "job" is to give evening talks. His slides are very good and he speaks knowledgeably and passionately about his subject.

All SBS Indoor Meetings are held at Tiviot Dale Methodist Church, Tiviot Dale, Stockport SK1 1TA - 2 for non-members

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I would have explored the area more Andy, had it not been smookin down frustrated.gif
........I bought the `Old Moor Wetlands Area Bird Report 2007` from the shop, and after having a brief sken through it the whole area appears to be very interesting.

Cheers wink.gif

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If you are at Old Moor, a trip 2 minutes the other side of roundabout at Wombwell Ings is a must!

If anything this has been more productive than Old Moor itself this year. Also Bolton Ings (which you can walk to from Wombwell Ings) has had Red Crested Pochard last few days.

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29/3/10

Old Moor RSPB

And so it came to pass that Ellie-birder pulled "WTWBI Yorkshire" off the shelf last night, and fate dealt me a cruel blow........"Lets go there," she said, "We`ve never been before."
"The weather is going to be sh*&e," I said.
"It`s got a cafe and hides," she said.....


Brambling (m) at the feeders was probably the bird of the day,

4+ Ringed Plover
1 Shelduck
6+ Redshank
5+ Oystercatcher
6 Snipe
Tree Sparrows
2 Linnet
many Wigeon
2 Willow Tit
1 Stock Dove

Weather was atrocious. Might go back one day........wink.gif

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Having spent the winter completing surveys around Barnby Dun I am now able to get to others sites with the light being longer, so hope to post more sightings from my visits from now on, from South Yorkshire in general. It is interesting to see some of the wintering birds reducing in numbers, but some like Woodcock and Green Sandpiper are still knocking about. With other birds like LT Tits, Bullfinches and Yellowhammers it is nice to see them now paired up along hedgerows and bushes preparing for the breeding season ahead.

Tuesday 23rd (am) - Barnby Dun

Little Grebe 2
Shelduck 2
Wigeon 2
Tufted Duck 15
Gadwall 30+
Teal 20+
Goosander 4
Buzzard 2
Kestrel 2
Sparrowhawk 2
Peregrine 2
Oystercatcher 2
Woodcock 2
Green Sandpiper 1
Swallow (1 north at 07:10hrs, possibly my earliest record ever)
Chiffchaff 8
Meaow Pipit 20+ (mostly flying north overhead)
Bulfinch 4
Willow Tit 2
Yellowhammer 4

Tuesday 23rd (pm) - Potteric Carr

After survey work I popped in to Potteric Carr, just south of Doncaster, cracking place which I hope to visit again. Although not a great deal about yesterday, it was lovely to catch up with Sand Martins again, plus a few other birds of interest:

Shoveller 6
Tufted Duck 30+
Gadwall 20+
Teal 200+
Wigeon 4
Buzzard 2
Redshank 2
Oystercatcher 2
Kingfisher 1
Sand Martin 19
Chiffchaff 4


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