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  1. Large gulls going up valley all afternoon, began returning 1500, a few settled on Astley. Shortly afterwards Barn Owl hunting along the back of Astley which then went into swilly park.

    Comment by Julian — November 19, 2017 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

  2. A Jack Snipe flew a short distance low over r&f at first light. Three Green Woodpeckers between old lock and Methley copse. Of note were Bullfinch numbers, at least nine between old lock and the Warren, two at Gropper corner, with six more around Lowther and three around the car park.

    Comment by Rob P — November 18, 2017 @ 8:16 pm | Reply

  3. A ‘flock’ of nine Greenfinches in hedges by the Dragonfly Pond on Colton Beck is the largest count since 2013. A couple of dozen House Sparrows on Fleet/Eshald Lanes and four Yellowhammer in the Fleet Lane hedges. One Water Pipit on the south edge of the Main Lake from the Rabbit Warren.

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 18, 2017 @ 7:14 pm | Reply

  4. Common Scoter still on Bowers Lake this morning. 2 Red Kite over the hillside this morning. Not much moving overhead though. 1 Yellowhammer from the hillside bench was probably best. It seems to be a decent spot for Yellowhammer up there as I’ve had at least one every time I’ve watched from there over the last month (flyovers).

    Numbers in the main lake gull roost were much better tonight, however birds coming in too late really.
    Most birds came in between 16:15 – 16:30 but a few hundred more dropped in up until 16:45
    1300+ Herring Gull and c150 GBBG.
    A couple of dozen Herring Gull had come through from the tip and then gone south over the rabbit warren before the main group came in.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — November 18, 2017 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

  5. Still hundreds of gull around the tip at 1615. Gull roost on main bay 1620-1645, 320 Herring, 50 GBB. May be better Sat/Sun if tip shuts earlier. 11 Goldeneye splash landed in Black Pipe Bay at 1630. Common Scoter still on Bowers at 1535.

    Comment by petegriff — November 17, 2017 @ 5:50 pm | Reply

  6. Barn Owl N/W corner of Astley Lake 13.00 – !4.30 not there at 15.50. 4 Dunlin on Astley.
    Water Pipit filter beds 12.50 – 15.45 but no sign of Green Sandpiper.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — November 17, 2017 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

  7. Barn Owl on post N/W corner of Astley 13.00 – 14.30 not there at 15.50. 4 Dunlin Astley Water Pipit filter beds 12.50 – 15.45 but no sign of Green Sandpiper.
    3 Redpoll South side of Lowther. 14 Fieldfare over Reedbeds.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — November 17, 2017 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  8. Up to 6 Common Redpolls with mixed Goldfinch and Tit(Blue; Great & L/Tail) party Astley Lane this am.

    Comment by JK — November 17, 2017 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

    • Lesser or Mealy (in old money)?

      Comment by petegriff — November 17, 2017 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

      • Mealy I think

        Comment by JK — November 17, 2017 @ 7:32 pm | Reply

        • Correction – Lesser Repoll

          Comment by JK — November 18, 2017 @ 9:14 am | Reply

  9. c150 Pink-footed Geese flew east at 1000hrs. Female Common Scoter on Bowers Lake. Immature female Marsh Harrier over the ridge and furrow area. Water Pipit still on the filterbeds at Lemonroyd.

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 17, 2017 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

    • c60 Fieldfare Old Astley lane , Coach rd area, this morning, plus a Snowy Owl with it’s owner, (falconer) in adjacent field off Old Astley lane. I didn’t see the falconer at first just a big white Owl flying over the field, i soon saw it had jesse’s on thank God, i then saw it’s owner. I had heard that there has been one seen on an earlier date with it’s owner on the top of the hillside , so assumed it was the same combination of Owl & man.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — November 17, 2017 @ 4:55 pm | Reply

  10. This morning, F/im Common Scoter on Bower’s Lake, c150 Pink footed Geese East at 1000 hrs. At least 24 Blackbirds on North side of Lowther Lake.

    Comment by John Martin — November 17, 2017 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

  11. Gull roost tonight, from 4pm, 200 Herring, 35 GBB. Late ducks in to main bay Inc Lemonroyd, 18 Goldeneye, 13 Pintail, 4 Goosander. Also Marsh Harrier. Gulls looked settled off main spit.

    Comment by petegriff — November 16, 2017 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

  12. Water Pipit eastern reedbed, total of 6 Pintail(3 Astley,3 Lemonroyd). Marsh and Willow Tits coming to the warren feeder.

    Comment by Vaughan — November 16, 2017 @ 3:25 pm | Reply

  13. Peregrine perched on pylon 2 1330 flew SW taking it over the west side of Astley, nothing got up! not even the Lapwings, 14 Golden Plover or 4 Dunlin that were on large island. Drake Pintail and female Goosander also present. Large gulls started flying thro’ 1530 and by dark there were over 300 viewable from warren, some lifted off and went south.

    Comment by julian — November 15, 2017 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

  14. One Water Pipit still on the filterbeds at Lemonroyd and one on the north bank of the Main Lake. Cetti’s Warbler singing in the north-east corner of Lowther Lake.

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 14, 2017 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

  15. Belated report from 13th November. Raven flew south near new sluice – reported by Paul W (RSPB Volunteer)

    Comment by Rob Hunton — November 14, 2017 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

  16. Three adult Whooper Swans on Skelton Lake this morning. Three Dunlins on Boomerang Island. Plenty of Blackbirds and several Grey Squirrels feeding on Yew berries in Temple Newsam, but not the desired target bird.

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 13, 2017 @ 6:33 pm | Reply

  17. Water Pipit on Bulge Main Lake viewed from Rabbit Warren plus Grey Wagtail, 2 Little Egrets, Male Marsh Harrier.
    Willow Tit on Warren feeder.
    Recently Willow Tit regular on feeders at Little Preston.

    Comment by John Martin — November 12, 2017 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

    • Green Woodpecker and Jay on hillside path early morning. Two woodcock came off the hillside somewhere and flew towards Swilly Park, large tit flock in tree line north of Goose Fields, also Treecreeper and a number of Bullfinches.

      Comment by Jim Welford — November 12, 2017 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

  18. Water Pipits on filter beds at 8:30am. 4 Bullfinch near railway bridge. Goldcrest on path from Lemonroyd bridge to warren. Predominantly Reed Bunting on feeder this morning. 3 Redshank over main bay. Female Marsh Harrier over r&f.

    Comment by Andy Hopkinson — November 12, 2017 @ 2:19 pm | Reply

  19. No sign this morning of the Dartford Warbler.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — November 12, 2017 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  20. Dartford Warbler still present 15:00 viewable from the black bench at the bottom of the hillside. ( Path between the ridge n furrow & hillside ). (JW. RDH. DIH ).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — November 11, 2017 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

    • Purely coincidental, but in 2005 when we had our first Dartford Warbler (before the site was open to the public) we also had our first Yellow-browed Warbler. We had our second Yellow-browed Warbler last month and now the second Dartford Warbler.

      Comment by Paul Morris — November 11, 2017 @ 7:26 pm | Reply

      • I wonder if there are meteorigical similarities in both years

        Comment by Linda Jenkinson — November 12, 2017 @ 8:52 am | Reply

      • What’s next then Paul?

        Comment by Andy Hopkinson — November 12, 2017 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

        • I’d settle for a Hawfinch, as they seem to be everywhere else, but Hen Harrier, Great Grey Shrike or Snow Bunting is possible at this time of year

          Comment by Paul Morris — November 12, 2017 @ 4:31 pm | Reply

    • A few photo’s in the Gallery of the Dartford Warbler.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — November 11, 2017 @ 7:53 pm | Reply

  21. Dartford Warbler found by Rob Hunton about 9.30am in the first, low gorse bushes along the hillside north from the Dragline. Flighty, but seen by many birders by midday. This is the second record for the site of a species which is true rarity in Yorkshire. Great White Egret flew from Western Reedbed east over Ridge and Furrow about 8.15 (RP / AJR). 5 redshanks together on Western Reedbed and then Main Lake and 4 Dunlin Western Reedbed where 2 Water rails also seen. Immature female Marsh Harrier also about the site. 7 Pintail Main Lake (6M, 1F). 6 siskin & 4 Redpolls in Methley Copse.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — November 11, 2017 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

    • Also, Cettis Warbler was at far end of Lowther, in the area adjacent to boardwalk.

      Comment by Rob P — November 11, 2017 @ 12:38 pm | Reply

    • 2 Water Pipits filter beds also Green Sandpiper. (MB, GYL ).
      Nuthatch & 2 Treecreepers Coach Rd (DN).

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — November 11, 2017 @ 3:31 pm | Reply

  22. Green Sandpiper at the flooded area between the filterbeds at Lemonroyd. Marsh Harrier and Red Kite over the reedbeds.

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 10, 2017 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

  23. Water Pipit on the eastern reedbed. Bittern flew into the western reedbed from the eastern reedbed 11:30 am.
    7 Dunlin western reedbed.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — November 9, 2017 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

  24. Still two Water Pipits at Lemonroyd despite maintenance on the filterbeds. Five Dunlins on the lagoon islands. At least 51 Red-legged Partridges in the field across Astley Lane.

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 8, 2017 @ 6:33 pm | Reply

  25. Woodcock flew across Astley Lane and landed in St Aidan’s at 0845

    Comment by sibgchairman — November 7, 2017 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

  26. Eight Dunlins on Large Island, Astley Lake. Two Marsh Harriers (male and immature female) over the reedbeds and ridge and furrow area. Two Water Pipits on the filterbeds at Lemonroyd in spite of the disturbance due to the work being carried out there.

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 7, 2017 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

  27. Green sandpiper on leventhorpe horse meadow with a dozen Curlew. A few large gulls flew over @1530, half an hour later one dropped in then a few more but most kept going and there were a good number. By 1700 all had joined those going down the valley.

    Comment by julian — November 6, 2017 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

  28. Female B/cap in thicket opp. Newsam Green Farm this am.

    Comment by JK — November 6, 2017 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

  29. 4 Bullfinch on warbler alley. Stonechat ERB. 4 Roe Deer on hillside plantation. 3 Ruff on main bay. Very approachable Willow Tit on path from Shan bridge to Lemonroyd.

    Comment by Andy Hopkinson — November 6, 2017 @ 12:55 pm | Reply

  30. Fleet plantation; goldcrest, treecreeper and great spotted woodpecker all in quick succession. Willow opposite hide also had a goldcrest type although it stayed still for a while and looked a little large!

    Comment by Julian — November 5, 2017 @ 10:01 pm | Reply

  31. Probably 2 water pipits on filter beds this afternoon, and 1 bird over the rabbit warren towards main spit this morning.
    Peregrine over old coach road and a Parakeet sp by the entrance to the fishery was heard but not really seen.
    c14 goldeneye around the site, and a few pintail with at least 13 down together on main lake, but 1 group of 4 and then 2 groups of 8 went west.
    Kingfisher fishing from bank island and a water rail calling from there also.
    1 shelduck opposite Caroline spit.
    2 dunlin still.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — November 5, 2017 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

    • Hi,
      Where is the entrance to the fisheries?
      Steven

      Comment by Steven — November 11, 2017 @ 9:41 am | Reply

      • It’s on coach road in Swillington, off of Wakefield Road near the junction with Bullerthorpe Lane

        Comment by Rob Hunton — November 11, 2017 @ 5:07 pm | Reply

        • Thanks

          Comment by Steven — November 13, 2017 @ 9:17 am | Reply

  32. Very quiet this morning, small passage of starlings with 222 moving west.
    Redwings were moving in the opposite direction mainly, 26 east & 1 west. 10 fieldfare went south.
    6 shelduck were in black pipe bay before flying west. A little later 5 flew back east, and then even later 3 were in flight over swilly park.
    A dunlin flew south, and another was on Astley later in the afternoon.
    Marsh Tit still coming to the feeding station at the rabbit warren.

    Outside of the area, but AR had a Hawfinch on Barrowby Lane, Garforth this morning (c11.30) – not a million miles from Temple Newsham. Hawfinch has only been recorded once in the recording area and only seen by PRM. With the widespread invasion across the country, there hasn’t been a better time to find another one

    Comment by Rob Hunton — November 4, 2017 @ 5:09 pm | Reply

    • Woodcock flew over oddball and dropped into the trees behind about 15:30. Possibly flushed off the hillside as there were two dogs running about in the scrub where they flushed two Roe Deer. When they got to the end of the hillside path they walked down the wrong side of the fence line and flushed a second woodcock from the long grass at the bottom, this one only relocated a short distance.

      Anyone know where the Hornbeam are in Temple Newsam?

      Comment by Jim Welford — November 4, 2017 @ 6:04 pm | Reply

      • Back of the house Jim. Odd one elsewhere.

        Comment by Rob P — November 4, 2017 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

      • Don’t know about Hornbeam, but the Yews are on the right of The Avenue between first seat and the bridge, walking away from Bullerthorpe Lane. Only a Squirrel eating berries on Sat aft.

        Comment by petegriff — November 4, 2017 @ 9:18 pm | Reply

  33. Yesterday p.m., Treecreeper with L-t Tits in plantation next to Lemonroyd filter beds. Kingfisher near causeway “xroads”.

    Comment by Doug Milne — November 3, 2017 @ 8:55 pm | Reply

  34. Some of the Yew trees in Temple Newsam are dripping with berries this year, so could end up being a magnet for the Hawfinches which seem to have arrived in the country en masse. Not this morning though.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — November 3, 2017 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

  35. GWE picked up the over reedbeds. Landed near Bowers, probably on the ridge and furrow 2.30pm. Also Peregrine.

    Comment by Reuben Mew — November 3, 2017 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

  36. Pink-footed Goose passage this morning; 130 flew east at 09.43, 114 flew south-east at 10.08, c300 flew south-east at 10.10. The male Marsh Harrier still around. A Water Pipit on the main spit briefly then flew towards the ridge and furrow area (no sign on filterbeds due to work there).

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 3, 2017 @ 1:37 pm | Reply

  37. I’m on with the 2017 Annual Report now. I’m a Luddite as far as new technology is concerned (as those that have seen my phone will know). I’m not on Facepack, InstantGran, WhatsUpDoc or any other whimsically named social media platform, so if records are not entered into the logbook in the hide or on the Latest Sightings page on the website they are unlikely to be picked up.
    Below are the latest last dates that I have for summer migrants. Please let me know if you have any later ones.

    Little Ringed Plover 23/8
    Common Sandpiper 16/9
    Garganey 4/9
    Common Tern 27/8
    Hobby 22/9
    Cuckoo 27/7
    Swift 17/9
    Sand Martin 1/10
    Swallow 18/10
    House Martin 2/10
    Yellow Wagtail 17/9
    Wheatear 16/9
    Whinchat 5/10
    Reed Warbler 26/9
    Sedge Warbler 20/9
    Grasshopper Warbler 28/7
    Whitethroat 16/9
    Lesser Whitethroat 6/9
    Garden Warbler 29/7
    Blackcap 18/10
    Willow Warbler 19/9

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 28, 2017 @ 6:14 pm | Reply

  38. 2 lurcher type dogs on ridge and furrow with 2 “girls”, the dogs seemed quite proficient and serious when chasing hares and were on from 1600ish for at least an hour. The dogs looked like some that a man from Swillington (?) used to bring down to hunt with!

    Comment by Julian — October 5, 2017 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

    • did you call the police, hare coursing is an illegal activity and the authorities seem to be interested in the activity

      Comment by Rob Hunton — October 5, 2017 @ 10:25 pm | Reply


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