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Potteric Carr Sightings: November 2017

Posted: Wednesday 1st November 2017 by Potteric

Starling murmuration - credit Keith HortonStarling murmuration - credit Keith Horton

Sightings and Photos for the Blog

Please send sightings and photos (taken at Potteric Carr) to pottericsightings@gmail.com

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Disruption....

Works to connect the iPort development to the electricity substation on Mallard Way (near Potteric Carr Visitor Centre) will start on the area of Potteric with footpaths on Monday 6th November, for several weeks. The footpaths will remain open, but the junction of the paths at the end of Loversall Bank/hawthorn tunnel by White Rose Way will have machinery and work going on which will be noisy and unsightly. So you may want to avoid this area. Ask in the visitor centre if you want advice on an alternative route. Later in the month machinery will be in the car park, but will not block the track round the car park.

More disruptive works will occur at night (after 5pm), so please avoid the Loversall Bank area completely after 5pm for the duration of the works.


16th November - Thursday

Great spotted woodpecker - credit Amy Thompson

Great spotted woodpecker - credit Amy Thompson


  • 1 Whooper swan - Decoy Marsh
  • 34 Mute Swan
  • 21 Greylag geese
  • 5 Shelduck
  • 10 Wigeon
  • 29 Gadwall
  • 188 Teal
  • 76 Shoveler
  • 29 Tufted duck
  • 10 Cormorant
  • 1 Bittern
  • 3 Little egret
  • 6 Little grebe
  • 2 Great crested grebe
  • 2 Marsh harrier - a female on cell 1b tried many times to catch the same coot from open water, it kept diving, eventually it went on the island where 2 Magpie kept pulling it's tail!! A male went in to the Starling flock which caused a nice display but didn't get one.
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 1 Peregrine
  • 3 Water rail - calling on the Lagoon and cell 4 and one swimming along the reed edge on cell 2a
  • 76 Lapwing
  • 2 Snipe
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 4 Jay
  • 1 Carrion crow - eating a Mole on the island on cell 2a!
  • 3 Goldcrest
  • 3 Coal tit
  • 2 Willow tit - at Willow Pool. One with a ring on.
  • 2 Cetti's warbler
  • 2 Treecreeper
  • c50000 Starling - went in to roost between 4.10 and 4.20pm
  • 9 Blackbird - near the dragonfly ponds
  • 5 Redwing
  • 2 Stonechat - in front of St Caths Hide
  • 9 Pied wagtail - including 8 flying over Central Grassland towards Lakeside

Records received from DB, SB, RB, DC, visitor reports


15th November - Wednesday

Brambling - credit Adrian Andruchiw

Brambling - credit Adrian Andruchiw


  • 4 Shelduck
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Woodcock - over the VC at 5pm
  • 3 Goldcrest
  • 4 Cetti's warbler
  • 20+ Redwing
  • 1 Brambling - male at Willow Pool feeders

Records received from AA, GD, DC


14th November - Tuesday

Large flowered hemp nettle - credit Keith Lynes

Starling murmuration (taken from East Scrape viewing screen yesterday) - credit Derek Parker

Large flowered hemp nettle - credit Keith Lynes

 

 


  • 1 Whooper swan - Decoy Marsh
  • 130 'grey geese' - SW at 1.30pm
  • 6 Shelduck
  • 5 Wigeon
  • 16 Gadwal
  • c120 Teal
  • c55 Shoveler
  • 18 Tufted duck
  • 3 Bittern - very active today, maybe due to conservation work being carried out on Huxter Well Marsh. At least 10 sightings, including 2 seen close together from Duchess Hide.
  • 3 Little egret
  • 6 Grey heron
  • 4 Little grebe
  • 3 Great crested grebe
  • 4 Marsh harrier
  • 4 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 2 Water rail - Old Eaa
  • 50 Golden plover
  • c50 Lapwing
  • 1 Curlew - W at noon
  • 3 Snipe - Loversall Pool
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - over the compound
  • 4 Goldcrest
  • 2 Willow tit - Willow Pool feeders. Including a ringed bird.
  • 5 Cetti's warbler
  • c3000 Starling - streaming to Huxter Well Marsh from Lakeside area, distant view from VC decking
  • 2 Song thrush - VC
  • 35+ Redwing
  • 2 Stonechat - male and female on Central Grassland
  • 1 Brambling - male at Willow Pool feeders
  • 2 Siskin - with Goldfinches Balby Carr Copse

Other: 5 Roe deer, 1 Fox, 2 Common darter, Red Admiral at Loversall Pool, Toad along Old Eaa path

Records received from KL, MAB, BGAB, PG, DH, DS, HW, BW, SB, RB, DC, GD, IH, MR, visitor reports


13th November - Monday

Venus-Jupiter conjunction (taken from Duchess Hide at 6.45am) - credit Tim Prosser

Venus-Jupiter conjunction (taken from Duchess Hide at 6.45am) - credit Tim Prosser


  • 95 Greylag geese - cell 1b
  • 1 Canada goose - cell 1b
  • 4 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 5 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 52 Teal - West Scrape
  • 10 Cormorant - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Little egret - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Grey heron - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Marsh harrier - male and juvenile on - Huxter Well Marsh. One caught a small duck or moorhen
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 4 Water rail - calling at cell 2a (2), Lagoon and Willow Marsh
  • 2 Lapwing - West Scrape
  • 2 Snipe - one on cell 2a and one on the edge of Division Drain
  • 3 Common gull - cell 1b
  • 1 Kingfisher - Decoy lake and Mother Drain
  • 1 Jay - Piper Marsh Scrub
  • c90 Carrion crow - over Childers Wood
  • 5 Goldcrest
  • 2 Coal tit
  • c20 Redwing - in hedgerows near the VC
  • 1 Pied wagtail - in front of VC
  • 1 Greenfinch - VC feeders
  • 2 Bullfinch - near Iron bridge

Records received from SB, RB, AD, CT, visitor reports


12th November - Sunday

Jay - credit Amy Thomson

Jay - credit Amy Thomson


  • 5 Shelduck - cell 1b
  • 19 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 3+ Little egret
  • 1 Marsh harrier - imm. male
  • 1 Raven - NE over the iPort and Seven Arches Carr at 11am
  • 1 BEARDED TIT - calling in front of Hawthorn Bank Hide
  • 2 Chiffchaff - calling from East Scrape and near Mitchell Hide

Records received from RJS, JK


11th November - Saturday

Bleeding broadleaf crust (taken on 25th October) - credit Derek Parker

Bleeding broadleaf crust (taken on 25th October) - credit Derek Parker


  • 2 Bittern - one at Huxter Well Marsh and one flew from Old Eaa towards Decoy Marsh
  • 1 BEARDED TIT - seen from Mitchell Hide

Buffer Area - Short Lane Fields

  • 3 Goosander - W
  • 1 Water rail - calling in the drain
  • 3 Jay in the field
  • 4 Wren in same bramble patch
  • 11 Blackbird eating berries
  • 1 Song Thrush
  • 1 Grey wagtail - in the drain going in to Low Ellers
  • 3 Greenfinch
  • 12 Goldfinch

Records received from SB RB, JPW, visitor reports 


Habitat Management

Clearing out 20 years of sediment from the stilling pond on the Reedbed Filtration System and lowering the island in front of the visitor centre, with the hope that it will be able to flood in future to aid management and make it better for things like snipe. (credit Jim Horsfall)

credit Jim Horsfall


9th November - Thursday

Muntjac - credit Luke (age 12)

Muntjac - credit Luke (age 12)


  • c220 Pink-footed geese - W at 3.20pm
  • 1 Bittern
  • 2 Little egret
  • 3 Marsh harrier
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 75 Golden plover
  • 4 Dunlin
  • 5 Goldcrest
  • 2+ BEARDED TIT - at least a pair in front of Mitchell Hide
  • 4 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 Blackcap - female
  • 3 Stonechat
  • 3 Siskin

Other: 1 Red admiral, 7 Common darter

Records received from DW, GD, MR


8th November - Wednesday

Marsh harrier - credit Barry Wardley

Marsh harrier - credit Barry Wardley


  • 1 Marsh harrier - caused chaos when it flew over the roosting starlings
  • 1 Barn owl
  • 20000+ Starling - started to gather at 4.05pm and went into roost at 4.20pm at cell 4

Records received from SB, RB, MR


7th November - Tuesday

Jay - credit Chris Cull

Jay - credit Chris Cull


  • 1 Whooper swan - Decoy Marsh
  • 8 Shelduck
  • 4 Wigeon
  • 12 Gadwall
  • c170 Teal
  • c 70 Shoveler
  • 14 Tufted duck
  • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh and Piper Marsh
  • 1 Little egret
  • 3 Little grebe
  • 3 Great crested grebe
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and juv
  • 3 Kestrel - together near the pumping station
  • 1 Water rail - West Scrape
  • c30 Golden plover
  • c100 Lapwing
  • 4 Dunlin - West Scrape
  • 3 Woodcock - Black Carr Wood, St Caths Field and Hawthorn Bank
  • 4 Snipe
  • 5 Common gull
  • 2 Kingfisher
  • 5 Goldcrest
  • 6 Cetti's warbler
  • c5000 Starling - went in to roost on Decoy Marsh at 4.05pm viewable from the VC
  • c240 Fieldfare - over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 50 Redwing - mainly W
  • 2 Stonechat - Central Grassland
  • 1 Pied wagtail
  • 1 Meadow pipit
  • 40 Goldfinch
  • 40 Siskin

Other: Roe deer

Records received from KL, MAB, BGAB, HW, PG, DH, DW, GD, SB, MR, AD  


6th November - Monday

Apologies for posting 4 photos of the Starling murmuration, but I couldn't choose between them!

It's well worth a visit in the late afternoon to witness the spectacle, but don't forget the VC car park closes at 5pm.

Starlings - credit Paul Paddock

Starlings - credit Paul Paddock

Starlings - credit Paul Paddock

Starlings - credit Paul Paddock

Starlings - credit Paul Paddock


  • 6 Shelduck - one on Piper Marsh and 5 on West Scrape
  • 1 MANDARIN - female tucked under the near bank at West Scrape at 3.30pm (MSn)
  • 12 Cormorant - cell 1b
  • 1 Bittern - seen several times at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Little egret - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Marsh harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Peregrine - over Huxter Well Marsh in the morning
  • 28 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 104 Lapwing - West Scrape
  • 1 Snipe - cell 2a
  • 4 Common gull - cell 1b
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother drain
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - Beeston Plantation
  • 2 Jay - Beeston Plantation
  • 8 Goldcrest
  • 2 Coal tit - Beeston Plantation and Black Carr field
  • 1 Willow tit - Cottage drain
  • 1 Treecreeper - Beeston Plantation
  • 4 Redwing - eating Hawthorn berries at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Stonechat - Central Grassland
  • 2 Meadow pipit - Central Grassland
  • 1 Siskin - Pumping Station

Records received from SB, RB, AD, MSn, visitor records

Mandarin takes the year list to a record breaking 164 species


5th November - Sunday

Green elfcup fungus - credit Derek Parker

Pink-footed goose - credit Adrian Andruchiw

Green elfcup fungus - credit Derek Parker

Pink-footed goose - credit Adrian Andruchiw


  • 42 Pink-footed geese - 2 circled Huxter Well Marsh before heading off NW at 9.55am. Distant skeins of 18 and 22 flew W at 10.20 and 10.28 (presumed Pink-feet)
  • 6 Shelduck
  • 1 Goosander - redhead on the Lagoon
  • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Marsh harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Water rail
  • 3 Jay
  • 10000+ Starling - murmuration started at 4.10 and the birds went to roost on cell 4 at 4.25pm
  • 2 Lesser redpoll - E

Buffer Zone - Carr Lodge view point

  • 21 Pheasant
  • 1 Grey heron
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 30 Woodpigeon
  • 15 Magpie
  • 1 Jay
  • 2 Goldcrest - in a mixed tit flock

Buffer Zone - Manor Farm

  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Cetti's Warbler

Buffer Zone - Rossington Carr field

  • 1 Skylark - over

Records received from SB, RB, RJS, AA, KH, C&JS, RCC, PP


4th November - Saturday

  • c300 Pink-footed geese - high W at 3.50pm
  • 7 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 38 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Pintail - landed on cell 2a in the morning but not seen later
  • 92 Shoveler - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 58 Pochard - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 28 Cormorant - cell 1b
  • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Little egret - Lagoon
  • 2 Marsh harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 1 Peregrine - chased lapwings over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Water rail - calling at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 70 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Black-tailed godwit - West Scrape
  • 1 Dunlin - cell 1b
  • 1 Redshank - West Scrape
  • 7 Snipe
  • 5 Common gull - on cell 1b at dusk
  • 100 Lesser black-backed gull - on cell 1b at dusk
  • 300 Herring gull - on cell 1b at dusk but birds still arriving
  • 12 Great black-backed gull - on cell 1b at dusk
  • 3 Collared dove - 2 and 1 W late afternoon
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker
  • 100+ Jackdaw - over at dusk
  • 6 Goldcrest
  • 3 Coal tit
  • 2 Skylark - over
  • 8 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • Starling - several thousand went into roost at cell 4 (near the East Scrape screen) at 4.30pm
  • 25 Fieldfare - W in a single flock
  • 6 Redwing - over
  • 2 Meadow pipit
  • 6 Chaffinch - W
  • c25 Bullfinch - including 6 W
  • 2 Greenfinch - Big Hedge
  • 5 Lesser redpoll - one near the pumping station, one over and 3 E
  • 3 Goldfinch - S
  • c40 Siskin - circled over Piper Marsh Scrub

Other: 2 Common darter

Records received from RJS, DW, MAB 


3rd November - Friday

Kestrel - credit James Burton

Kestrel - credit James Burton


  • 1 Whooper swan - Decoy Lake
  • Pink-footed geese - some heard distantly at 1.40pm
  • 20+ Wigeon
  • 1 Little egret - Lagoon
  • 4 Grey heron - from Duchess hide
  • 4 Marsh harrier
  • 2 Buzzard
  • 2 Water rail - calling at the Lagoon and cell 2a
  • 30+ Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Black-tailed godwit - West Scrape
  • 12 Snipe
  • 1 Kingfisher - Decoy Lake
  • 5 Goldcrest
  • 2 Coal tit
  • 1 Willow tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • 20-25000 Starling - started to gather at 3.45pm and went in to roost on cell 4 at 4.25pm
  • 1 Stonechat - male at Central Grassland
  • 3 Lesser redpoll - over
  • 1 Siskin - over
  • 3 Reed bunting - Huxter Well Marsh

Records received from SB RB, RJS, VC logbook


2nd November - Thursday

Grey wagtail - credit Darren Wozencroft

Grey wagtail - credit Darren Wozencroft


  • 18 Mute swan
  • 1 Whooper Swan - Decoy Lake
  • 8 Shelduck
  • 30 Wigeon
  • 62 Gadwall
  • 157 Teal
  • 1 Pintail - briefly on the Lagoon at 1pm but left S
  • 81 Shoveler
  • 27 Pochard
  • 25 Tufted duck
  • 10 Cormorant
  • 1 Bittern - seen from Tofield Hide at cell 2b
  • 2 Little egret
  • 8 Little grebe
  • 6 Great crested grebe
  • 2 Marsh harrier
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 1 MERLIN - imm/fem heading S over Huxter Well Marsh at 11.45 (DW)
  • 1 Water rail - calling at dusk at Decoy Lake
  • 50 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 300+ Lapwing
  • 1 Black-tailed godwit - West Scrape
  • 2 Dunlin - West Scrape
  • 10 Snipe - West Scrape
  • 1 Curlew - over Huxter Well Marsh at 12.40
  • 3 Water rail - calling
  • 2 Kingfisher
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker
  • 2 Coal tit
  • 1 Willow tit
  • 2 BEARDED TIT - male and female over cell 3a towards cell 2a
  • 7 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • c25 Redwing
  • 1 Grey wagtail - showing well in front of Willow Pool Hide
  • 2 Pied wagtail
  • 1 Lesser redpoll
  • 12 Siskin - Access Track

Other: 1 Peacock butterfly, 1 Red admiral, 15 Common darter, Roe deer, 2 Fox

Records received from DW, DC, AD, DB 


1st November - Wednesday

No reports for today but there was a late report of a Short-eared owl yesterday


Colour-ringed Avocet (seen at Potteric Carr on 1st May 2017). Details received from Mike Marsh.

Many thanks for your sightings of colour-ringed Avocet (Yellow over Blue left / Yellow over Red right) at Potteric Carr on 01/05/2017. Unfortunately we cannot say for certain where this bird was ringed because two Avocets have been fitted with the same colour-ring combination. Firstly we ringed one as a chick at Orfordness, Suffolk in 2014 and then in error an Avocet chick was fitted with the same colour-combination at Rutland Water in 2015.

A full list of the sightings we have received of this colour-ring combination are attached. In my mind there is little doubt that the bird you saw is the one from Rutland Water due to the fact that what was assumed to be “our” bird was present at Orfordness from March to June this year and was confirmed to be breeding.

Sightings of the Rutland Water Avocet

 
Date Location
15/07/2015 Rutland Water (ringed as a chick)
29/07/2015 Rutland Water (last sighting)
12/05/2016 Finningley Quarry, Nottinghamshire
19/06/2016 Idle Valley NR, Nottinghamshire
01/05/2017 Potteric Carr, South Yorkshire

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