Monday, 18 March 2019

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Recent Sightings for February 2019 in the Sheffield area


Lapwings are now taking up territories in the fields around the reservoirs.
Curlews are back from their winter holidays and are busy performing fly-pasts with plenty of calling.

Red Grouse are showing well along the conduit with the males standing on the walls and croaking belligerently at passers-by.

Golden Plover are setting up territories in the heather. Although difficult to see, their plaintive peeps can be clearly heard.

Meadow Pipits are returning to the moors and Skylarks are in full song.

A few Brambling are still present in the trees along the top reservoir and I find a few Crossbills and Siskin in the roadside conifers several times a week.

Despite work on the dams and low water levels, last weekend 7 Oystercatchers and 2 Ringed Plovers were at the top reservoir. 22 Teal were present on Monday 4th.

An early evening drive along Brownhills Lane, looking for owls produced a bonus bird when a Woodcock flew across the road in the car headlights. By huge coincidence, next day, at the top reservoir my eye was caught by a movement at the edge of the conifer plantation where I had a brief view of a Stoat, which quickly disappeared. Another movement seconds later proved to be a Woodcock! Obviously disturbed by the Stoat, it too had melted into cover and I saw neither again.

Peregrine reported back at the St George's nest site. Presumably last year's bird returning.
Waxwings: 42 reported at Ellesmoor Green - the maximum number locally this year.
Two Sand Martins and a singing Chiffchaff reported at Orgreave Lakes. Time to look and listen for migrants.