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Potteric Carr Sightings: December 2017

Posted: Friday 1st December 2017 by Potteric

Bullfinch - credit Allen HolmesBullfinch - credit Allen Holmes

Sightings and Photos for the Blog

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

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Café News

Please note for the next few Mondays the café will be offering only a limited menu (hot and cold sandwiches, cakes and drinks)

New Year's Day - Bev's Big Breakfast - 9am to 3pm


10th December - Sunday

Kestrel and Marsh tit - credit Richard Scott

Kestrel - credit Richard Scott

Marsh tit - credit Richard Scott

Marsh tit - credit Richard Scott


  • 1 Whooper swan - cell 2a
  • 4 Shelduck
  • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 5 Little egret - Huxter Well Marsh/Mother Drain
  • 5 Little grebe
  • 2 Great crested grebe
  • 1 Marsh harrier - imm. male
  • 2 Water rail
  • 6 Snipe
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - Willow Pool
  • 1 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER - Willow Bank (RSPB Lincoln)
  • 2 Coal tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • 1 Willow tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • 1 MARSH TIT - Willow Pool feeders
  • 2 Stonechat - pair on the brambles between cells 1a and 1b

Records received from RJS, MR, SC, SR, RSPB Lincoln Group


9th December - Saturday

Robin and a record shot of the Iceland gull - credit Richard Scott

Robin - credit Richard Scott

Iceland gull - credit Richard Scott


  • 1 Whooper swan - on Old Eaa but flew off
  • 29 Pink-footed geese - W at 3.20pm
  • 5 Shelduck
  • 7 Wigeon
  • 190 Teal
  • 125 Shoveler
  • 23 Pochard
  • 50 Tufted duck
  • 2 Aythya hybrid - males
  • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 9 Little egret - Huxter Well Marsh/Mother Drain
  • 4 Little grebe
  • 1 Great crested grebe
  • 1 Marsh harrier - imm. male
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - to the Starling murmuration
  • 2 Water rail - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Green sandpiper - flew across Huxter Well Marsh from Mother Drain? towards the iPort lakes
  • 5 Snipe - cell 2a
  • 10 Common gull - West Scrape/cell 1b
  • 1770 Herring gull - cell 1b at 4pm
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - 1st-winter bird on cell 1b at 4pm (RJS)
  • 270 Great black-backed gull - cell 1b at 4pm
  • 1+ Green woodpecker - seen in front of Duchess Hide and heard at Seven Arches Carr
  • 2 Coal tit - Willow Pool feeders (both ringed)
  • 1 Willow tit - Willow Pool
  • 1 Treecreeper - underbridge
  • 40-50,000 Starling - roosting at cells 3a (in front of Tofield Hide) and cell 4 (near East Scrape screen)
  • 30 Fieldfare - W
  • c40 Redwing
  • 2 Stonechat - pair on the brambles between cells 1a and 1b
  • 1 Pied wagtail - cell 1b
  • 10+ Bullfinch
  • 60+ Goldfinch - VC

Other: Fox at Huxter Well Marsh and Roe deer in St Caths Field

Records received from RJS, MAB, visitor reports

Iceland gull takes the year list to a record breaking 165 species


8th December - Friday

  • 1 Whooper swan - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Egyptian goose - flew from the iPort Lakes and landed on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 5 Little egret - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Marsh harrier - adult male on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Peregrine - over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Green woodpecker - Hawthorn Bank
  • 1 Willow tit - Willow Pool (unringed)

Records received from SF 


7th December - Thursday

  • 27 Mute swan
  • 6 Shelduck
  • 11 Wigeon
  • 26 Gadwall
  • 247 Teal
  • 20 Shoveler
  • 63 Tufted duck
  • 42 Pochard
  • 14 Cormorant
  • 2 Little grebe
  • 3 Great crested grebe
  • 2+ Bittern - at least one on Huxter Well Marsh and one seen on Loversall Pool was later seen flying over the Access Track to Decoy Marsh
  • 4 Little egret - on the island in front of the VC
  • 5 Grey heron
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 90+ Lapwing
  • 150 Black-headed gull
  • 3 Lesser black-backed gull
  • 17 Herring gull
  • 4 Great black-backed gull
  • 1 LESSER SPOTTER WOODPECKER - near Duchess Hide (visitor report)
  • 3 Jay
  • 2 Coal tit
  • 1 Willow tit - ringed bird
  • 2 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 20+ Redwing
  • 11 Bullfinch
  • 20+ Siskin

Records received from DB, AD, RS, visitor reports


6th December - Wednesday

  • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 5 Shelduck - cell 1b
  • 13 Cormorant - cell 1b
  • 3 Little egret - West Scrape
  • 1 Marsh harrier - cc over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Green woodpecker - near Duchess Hide
  • 2 Stonechat - male and female on Central Grassland

Records received from PP


5th December - Tuesday

Blackbird and Redwing - credit Allen Holmes

Blackbird - credit Allen Holmes

Redwing - credit Allen Holmes


  • 1 Whooper swan - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Shelduck
  • 16 Wigeon
  • 27 Gadwall
  • c300 Teal
  • 25 Shoveler
  • c50 Pochard
  • c35 Tufted duck
  • 18 Cormorant
  • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Little egret
  • 4 Grey heron
  • 1 Little grebe
  • 3 Great crested grebe
  • 1 Marsh harrier - female hunting on Loversall Pool
  • 2 Sparrowhawk - male and female
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 2 Water rail - calling from Old Eaa heard from Access Track
  • 22 Lapwing
  • 1 Lesser black-backed gull
  • 6 Great black-backed gull
  • 2 Kingfisher - Loversall Pool
  • 1 Green woodpecker - in front of Duchess Hide
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - in hedgerow along Black Carr Field/Mother Drain
  • 1 Jay - Willow Pool feeders
  • 3 Goldcrest - Willow Bank
  • 2 Coal tit - Willow pool feeders
  • 2 Willow tit - Willow Pool feeders (one ringed, one unringed)
  • 1 Cetti's warbler - singing near VC
  • 3 Treecreeper - near Loversall Pool Hide, Hawthorn Bank and Willow pool
  • 1 Jay
  • 55 Redwing
  • 2 Stonechat - pair on Central Grassland
  • 11 Bullfinch
  • c20 Siskin - at side of Access Track

Records received from KL, MAB, BGAB, DH, GC, SB, DC, SBu  


4th December - Monday

Roe deer - credit Mark Revitt

Roe deer - credit Mark Revitt


  • 4 Little egret - Lagoon
  • c2000 Starling - low over Old Eaa flying towards Huxter Well Marsh at dusk

Other: female brimstone flying by the bridge next to the portocabins, then resting on brambles alongside Mother Drain

Buffer Area - Short Lane

  • c250 Jackdaw - collected on Low Ellers Curve at 3.35pm
  • 2 Goldcrest
  • c3000 Starling - flew towards Decoy Marsh at 4pm
  • 2 Mistle thrush

Records received from AD, SB, RB 


3rd December - Sunday

Stonechat and aythya hybrid - credit Richard Scott

Stonechat - credit Richard Scott

aythya hybrid - credit Richard Scott


  • 465+ Pink-footed geese - 250+ W over the iPort 9.50am and c215 reportedly flying SE (?) past the VC at 10am
  • 1 Egyptian goose - cell 2a
  • 6 Shelduck - one at Old Eaa and 5 on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 5 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • c150 Teal - West Scrape
  • 30 Pochard - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 35 Tufted duck - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 aythya hybrid - male (Pochard x Tufted duck) on cell 1b
  • 4 Little egret
  • 2 Great crested grebe - cell 1b
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 4 Kestrel - including one eating a small mammal near St Caths Copse
  • 3 Water rail - calling from Willow Marsh, Lagoon, cell 1b
  • 1 Dunlin - cell 1b
  • 1 Green sandpiper - flying around cell 1b
  • 3 Snipe - cell 2a
  • 2 Kingfisher
  • 2 Great spotted woodpecker
  • 2 Coal tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • 2 Willow tit - Willow Pool feeders (1 ringed, 1 unringed)
  • 1 MARSH TIT - a ringed bird was photographed again at the Willow Pool feeders
  • 3 Cetti's warbler
  • c50 Redwing
  • 4 Stonechat - near Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Pied wagtail
  • 1 Meadow pipit
  • c40 Siskin - in alders near the pumping station

Records received from RJS, JK


2nd December - Saturday

Sparrowhawk - credit Allen Holmes

Sparrowhawk - credit Allen Holmes


  • 5 Egyptian geese - flew in from the east at 2.55pm and landed on cell 1b
  • 5 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 33 Wigeon
  • 1 Goldeneye - male on cell 2a
  • 1 Bittern - Lagoon
  • 4+ Little egret - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Great crested grebe - cell 1b
  • 2 Marsh harrier - imm. male and cc
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 2 Peregrine - chased isolated starlings heading to roost
  • 2 Water rail - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 36 Lapwing - West Scrape
  • 3 Dunlin - West Scrape
  • 4 Snipe - cell 2a
  • 6 Lesser black-backed gull - on cell 1b at 4.10pm
  • 1100 Herring gull - on cell 1b at 4.10pm
  • 190 Great black-backed gull - on cell 1b at 4.10pm
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 2 Great spotted woodpecker
  • 3 Jay
  • 9 Goldcrest
  • 1 Coal tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • 1 MARSH TIT - a ringed bird was photographed at the Willow Pool feeders (NS)
  • 4 Cetti's warbler
  • 2 Treecreeper - St Caths Copse and Beeston Plantation
  • 50,000+ Starling - went to roost in cell 4 around 3.50pm
  • c20 Redwing - St Caths Copse
  • c40 Siskin - in the alders near the pumping station

Other: 4 Roe deer

Records received from RJS, MAB, HW, IH, JH, AF, MRe, SB, RB, NS, visitor reports


1st December - Friday

  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • c150 Pink-footed geese -. SW at 3.40pm
  • 4 Shelduck
  • 2 Goldeneye - male and female on cell 1b
  • 1 Bittern - in front of Hawthorn Bank Hide
  • 4 Little egret
  • 2 Grey heron
  • 1 Great crested grebe
  • 2 Marsh harrier - female and imm. male
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - into the starlings at dusk
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 2 Water rail - calling near Hawthorn Bank Hide
  • 3 Snipe - cell 2a
  • 1 Green woodpecker - Big Hedge
  • 2 Great spotted woodpecker - near the pumping station and VC car park
  • 1 Jay - Willow Pool feeders
  • 2 Goldcrest - Loversall Delph
  • 2 Coal tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • 2 Willow tit - Willow Pool feeders and Cottage Drain
  • 1 Treecreeper - near Decoy Marsh Hide
  • 50,000 Starling - in to roost on cell 4 at 3.57pm
  • 20 Fieldfare - in bushes behind VC
  • 1 Song thrush - near the compound
  • 40 Redwing
  • 2 Stonechat - St Caths Field
  • 25 Siskin

Records received from SB, RB, DC, SBu, DW
 

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