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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

Link to Monthly Highlights

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


31st December - Sunday

  • 1 Whooper Swan - Old Eaa
  • 2 Shelduck - Lagoon
  • 1 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 15 Cormorant - cell 1b
  • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Little egret
  • 2 Marsh harrier - male and cc at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Buzzard - over Rossington Carr Fields
  • 1 Water rail - calling on the Lagoon
  • c100 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Snipe - one on Lagoon and 3 on cell 2a
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - on cell 1b at 4pm
  • 1 Kingfisher - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Green woodpecker
  • 2 Goldcrest - in a mixed tit flock along Hawthorn Bank
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool
  • 1 Cetti's warbler - singing in cell 1a
  • 2 Treecreeper - along Hawthorn Bank
  • 20,000 Starling - seen from the VC. They may have gone to Low Ellers to roost
  • 1 Song thrush - behind VC
  • 1 Pied wagtail - cell 1b
  • 5 Siskin - bathing next to path down to Willow Pool Hide
  • 2 Bullfinch - at underbridge
  • Reed bunting - coming to the feeders at the VC

Records received from SB, RB, DSt


30th December - Saturday

  • 1 Whooper swan - cell 2a
  • 4 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Little egret
  • 1 Marsh harrier
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 3 Snipe - cell 2a
  • 1 Green woodpecker - on the embankment in front of St Caths Hide
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • Starling - thousands were piling through Huxter Well Marsh towards the centre of the reserve around 4pm. Murmuration seen from the visitor centre.
  • 1 Stonechat - male on Central Grassland

No sign of iceland gull by 4.10pm. 

Records received from RJS, PKG, visitor reports


29th December - Friday

roosting Starlings flattening the reeds (taken yesterday) - credit Allen Holmes

roosting Starlings flattening the reeds - credit Allen Holmes


  • 1 Sparrowhawk - attending the starling flock
  • 1 Kestrel - attending the starling flock
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - reported on BirdGuides
  • c7000 Starling - seen from the VC decking. Went to roost at Decoy Marsh at 4.10pm

Records received from SB, RB


28th December - Thursday

a well camouflaged hibernating Grey Shoulder-knot moth (taken on 24th) - credit Derek Parker

Iceland gull (phonescoped) - credit Richard Scott

Grey Shoulder-knot - credit Derek Parker

Iceland gull - credit Richard Scott


  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • 2 Shelduck - West Scrape
  • 38 Pochard - cell 2a
  • 3 Bittern - seen from Duchess Hide
  • 3 Little egret
  • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - N at dusk
  • 2 Marsh harrier - cc and imm. male
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 1 Peregrine - harrying the starlings over Huxter Well Marsh at dusk
  • 1 Water Rail - calling on Loversall Pool at dusk
  • 1 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 13 Lesser black-backed gull - on cell 1b at 4.10pm
  • c800 Herring gull - on cell 1b at 4.10pm
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - already present on cell 1b at 2.50pm
  • c430 Great black-backed gull - on cell 1b at 4.10pm
  • 1 Kingfisher - near the entrance on Mother Drain
  • 2 Goldcrest - near Old Eaa
  • 1 Willow tit - calling in Piper Marsh Scrub
  • 4 BEARDED TIT - seen from Mitchell Hide
  • 2 Treecreeper - along path near Decoy Marsh
  • 50,000+ Starling - fragmented flocks gathered over Huxter Well Marsh, Willow Marsh, VC, Old Eaa and probably Low Ellers
  • 4 Fieldfare - N
  • 1 Pied wagtail - West Scrape
  • 4 Bullfinch
  • 10 Siskin - near Decoy Marsh Hide

Records received from RJS, GD, SB, RB, SC, IH, JH 


26th December - Tuesday

Starling murmuration and Siskin - credit Allen Holmes

Starling murmuration - credit Allen Holmes

Siskin - credit Allen Holmes


  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • 2 Shelduck
  • 16 Wigeon
  • 2 Little egret
  • 2 Marsh harrier
  • 2+ Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 1 Peregrine - over Huxter Well Marsh late afternoon
  • 1 Water rail - calling from Old Eaa
  • 12 Snipe - 3 on cell 2a and 9 on Central Grassland
  • 5 Lesser black-backed gull - on cell 1b at 4pm
  • 700 Herring gull - on cell 1b at 4pm
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - juv arrived at cell 1b at 4.10pm
  • 350 Great black-backed gull - on cell 1b at 4pm
  • 1 Kingfisher - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Green woodpecker - in front of St Caths Hide
  • 3 Great spotted woodpecker - one at Willow Pool and 2 in Beeston Plantation
  • 1 Willow tit - Willow Pool (unringed)
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool (ringed)
  • 2 Cetti's warbler
  • 2 Nuthatch - Beeston Plantation
  • 6 Treecreeper - 3 in Beeston Plantation and 3 elsewhere on the reserve
  • c80,000 Starling - went in to roost near Tofield Hide around 4pm
  • 3 Stonechat - pair in St Caths Field and a male at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Pied wagtail
  • 1 Meadow pipit
  • c110 Siskin - in alders between the pumping station and Loversall Triangle

Records received from RJS, AHo, MR


24th December - Sunday

record shot of Red kite - credit Richard Scott

Red kite - credit Richard Scott


  • 1 Whooper Swan - Old Eaa
  • 3 Shelduck
  • 5 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Little egret
  • 1 RED KITE - S along Hawthorn Bank at 12.25
  • 3 Marsh harrier - imm. male and 2 cc
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 4 Kestrel
  • 2 Water rail - cell 4 and Lagoon
  • c150 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Woodcock - between Mother Drain and Piper Marsh Drain
  • 9 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - juv arrived at cell 1b at 3.25
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Green woodpecker - Central Grassland and Mother Drain
  • 3 Goldcrest
  • 1+ Willow tit - Willow Pool and near the Education Centre
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool
  • 4 BEARDED TIT - near Mitchell Hide
  • 9 Cetti's warbler - calling or singing at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Chiffchaff - Seven Arches Carr
  • 3 Treecreeper
  • 80,000 Starling - in to roost on cell 3b next to Mitchell Hide by 4.05pm
  • 4 Stonechat - pairs at Central Grassland and Huxter Well Marsh
  • 5 Meadow pipit - Central Grassland and Huxter Well Marsh
  • 10 Siskin along the path near Decoy Marsh hide

Records received from RJS, SB, RB, D&AP 


23rd December - Saturday

Roe deer - credit Carol Hall

male Stonechat - credit Richard Scott

Roe deer - credit Carol Hall

male Stonechat - credit Richard Scott


  • 1 Whooper swan - Decoy Marsh
  • 4 Shelduck
  • 5 Wigeon
  • c250 Teal
  • 36 Pochard
  • 58 Tufted duck
  • 1 aythya hybrid - male (Pochard x Tufted duck)
  • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Little egret
  • 6+ Grey heron
  • 2 Little grebe
  • 3 Marsh harrier - imm. male and 2 cc
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Water rail - cell 2a
  • c350 Lapwing
  • 4 Snipe - 3 on cell 2a and one at West Scrape
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - juv again on cell 1b from 3.20pm
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Green woodpecker - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2+ Great spotted woodpecker - Willow Marsh (male), Young Eaa and Black Carr Wood
  • 2+ Willow tit - 2 at Willow Pool feeders (one ringed) and one calling from Old Eaa
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool feeders (ringed). Out of willow and marsh, the marsh tit appears to be the most frequent visitor to the feeders.
  • 6 Cetti's warbler
  • c80,000 Starling - went in to roost at cell 4 at 4.05pm. More than 20 poeple came to watch the spectacle.
  • 2 Fieldfare - S
  • 2+ Redwing - Beeston Plantation
  • 4 Stonechat - pairs at Central Grassland and Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Meadow pipit - Central Grassland
  • 2 Lesser redpoll
  • 6+ Reed Bunting - Huxter Well Marsh

Other: Red admiral at Seven Arches Carr, Roe deer at St Caths Field

Records received from RJS, AB, MAB, visitor reports


22nd December - Friday

Sunrise through the pond-dipping shelter at Decoy Lake - credit Nidge Nilsen

Nuthatch - credit Richard Scott

Sunrise through the pond-dipping shelter at Decoy Lake - credit Nidge Nilsen

Nuthatch - credit Richard Scott


62 species were reported during the day

  • 1 Whooper swan - cell 2a
  • 3 Shelduck - cell 1b
  • 6 Wigeon
  • 2 Bittern - Decoy Marsh and Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Little egret
  • 1 Marsh harrier
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 3 Water rail - Decoy Marsh and 2 at cell 3b
  • 4 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 5 Snipe - cell 2a
  • 4 Lesser black-backed gull - cell 1b at dusk
  • 320+ Herring gull - cell 1b at dusk
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - a juv again on cell 1b from 3.25pm (RJS et al). It flew in from the south so wouldn't have been seen at the Lakeside pre-roost.
  • 170+ Great black-backed gull - cell 1b at dusk
  • 2 Great spotted woodpecker - Beeston Plantation and Willow Pool
  • 8 Coal tit
  • 2 Marsh tit - Willow Pool
  • 1 Skylark - over
  • 3 Cetti's warbler
  • 2 Nuthatch - seen and heard in Beeston Plantation and Black Carr Wood
  • c80,000 Starling - went to roost at cell 4 at 4pm
  • 1 Stonechat - male at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 6 Greenfinch - VC/Loversall Field

Buffer Area - Carr Lodge

  • c50 Redwing

Records received from RJS, SB, RB, DC, AD


21st December - Thursday

Marsh tit - credit Steve Furber

Marsh tit - credit Steve Furber


  • 1 Whooper swan - cell 2
  • 3 Shelduck - cell 1b
  • 3 Bittern - 2 at Decoy Marsh and one seen from Tofield Hide
  • 3 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Water Rail - calling on Huxter Well Marsh
  • c100 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Herring gull - colour-ringed bird on the raft on Decoy Lake
  • 1+ Great spotted woodpecker - one in Beeston Plantation and one over Reedbed Filtration Ponds flying towards Beeston Plantation
  • 2 Goldcrest
  • 4 Coal tit - 2 at Willow Pool feeders, singles at St Caths Copse and VC feeders
  • 2+ Willow tit - at least one at Willow Pool feeders (one ringed). At one point 3 willow/marsh tits were briefly on the bird table. One calling from Piper Marsh Scrub
  • 1+ MARSH TIT - Willow Pool feeders and called loudly between the compound and the old café.
  • 1 Treecreeper - Beeston Plantation
  • c30 Redwing - Loversall Carr Fields
  • 2 Stonechat - pair on Central Grassland
  • 11 Bullfinch
  • 1 Lesser redpoll - over
  • 30 Siskin - Piper Marsh
  • 30 Goldfinch - VC area
  • Reed bunting - a ringed bird at the VC feeders

Buffer Area - Stoven's Plantation and Gladstones Fields

  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker
  • 1 Jay
  • 2 Goldcrest - in large tit flock
  • 2 Coal tit - in a large tit flock
  • 1 Nuthatch - in a large tit flock
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 5 Blackbird
  • 1 Song thrush
  • 10 Redwing
  • 14 Greenfinch
  • 25 Goldfinch

Records received from SF, RJS, SB, RB, DC, AD, VC logbook


20th December - Wednesday

Mute swan - credit Allen Holmes

Mute swan - credit Allen Holmes


  • 1 Whooper swan - cell 2a
  • 1 Marsh harrier
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 1 Willow tit
  • 4 Bullfinch
  • 4 Siskin

Buffer Area - Bridleway

  • 1 Little egret - in Mother Drain near bridge
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - seen several times over Seven Arches Carr and eventually in to the Starling flock twice
  • 1 Buzzard - perched on wires over Rossington Carr Fields
  • 1 Jay - calling in Seven Arches Carr
  • 1 Cetti's warbler - singing in cell 4
  • c60,000 Starling - in to roost in cell 4, finally all in by 4.10pm, it took 20 mins
  • 17 Redwing - on the edge of Seven Arches Carr
  • 2 Stonechat - male and female in Rossington Carr Fields

Records received from SB, RB, EJ, RH, MP, VC logbook


19th December - Tuesday

Starlings gathering at dusk (taken yesterday) - credit Allen Holmes

Starlings at dusk - credit Allen Holmes

Starlings gathering at dusk - credit Allen Holmes

Starlings gathering at dusk - credit Allen Holmes


  • 1 Whooper swan
  • 2 Shelduck
  • 4 Little egret - over Huxter Well Marsh at dusk
  • 2 Marsh harrier
  • 2 Buzzard - over Willow Marsh
  • 1 Peregrine - S towards iPort
  • 2 Water rail - calling at Old Eaa and the Lagoon
  • 3 Lesser black-backed gull - cell 1b at dusk
  • 620+ Herring gull - cell 1b at dusk
  • 210+ Great black-backed gull - cell 1b at dusk
  • 1 Jay - Beeston Plantation
  • 2 Goldcrest - Loversall Bank and Beeston Plantation
  • 4 Coal tit - 2 at Willow Pool and 2 in Beeston Plantation
  • 1 Willow tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • 1 BEARDED TIT - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Cetti's warbler - singing at Reedbed Filtration Ponds, Lagoon and West Scrape
  • c80,000 Starling - in to roost on cell 4 by 4.05pm
  • 6 Redwing - feeding under trees on the Access Track
  • 1 Stonechat - East Scrape screen
  • 8 Bullfinch

Other: Foxes in front of Duchess Hide and on Central Grassland at dusk, 2 Roe deer

Records received from GD, SB, RB, DC, SBu, RJS, BGAB, MAB, VC logbook


18th December - Monday

  • 1 Bittern - Lagoon
  • 1 Marsh harrier
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 2 Goldcrest
  • 4 Fieldfare - Piper Marsh path
  • 11 Bullfinch

Records received from C&JS, VC logbook


17th December - Sunday

  • 7 Little grebe - all together on cell 2a
  • 1 Marsh harrier - cc perched on edge of cell 2a
  • 1 Willow tit - ringed bird on Willow Pool feeders

Buffer Area

  • 1 Ring-necked parakeet - over Gladstones Fields

Records received from JK, RJS

Ring-necked parakeet takes the year list to a record breaking 166 species


16th December - Saturday

  • 1 Whooper swan - cell 2a
  • c120 Greylag geese - cell 1b
  • 5 Shelduck - cell 1b
  • 2 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • c150 Teal - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Bittern - in flight at Huxter Well Marsh at dusk was the only one reported
  • 5 Little egret - 4 on Mother Drain/cell 1b and one NW at dusk
  • 9 Little grebe - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Marsh harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 3 Water rail - calling from cell 2a and Old Eaa (2)
  • c140 Coot - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Dunlin - cell 1b
  • 2 Snipe - cell 2a
  • 5 Lesser black-backed gull - roosting on cell 1b
  • c1200 Herring gull - roosting on cell 1b
  • c270 Great black-backed gull - roosting on cell 1b
  • c240 Woodpigeon - up over Seven Arches Carr
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Green woodpecker - near Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Willow tit - Willow Pool
  • 1 Skylark - NE
  • 1 Cetti's warbler
  • c100,000 Starling - gathered over central Grassland and the pylons near the iPort from 3.40pm and went to roost near Tofield Hide, Central Grassland and cell 4
  • 10 Fieldfare - W
  • 4 Stonechat - pairs at Huxter Well Marsh and Central Grassland
  • 1 Pied wagtail - cell 1b
  • 30+ Siskin - near pumping station

Other: Fox, 5 Roe deer

Records received from RJS, MAB, IH, JH, PKG, visitor reports, VC logbook


15th December - Friday

Treecreeper - credit Allen Holmes

Treecreeper - credit Allen Holmes


  • 1 Whooper swan - cell 2a
  • 4 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh and Piper Marsh
  • 2 Little egret - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Marsh harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 1 Water rail - calling on cell 2a
  • 21 Lapwing - cell 1b
  • 1 Dunlin - cell 1b
  • 1 Snipe - Central Grassland
  • 14 Great black-backed gull - cell 1b at 1pm
  • 1+ Green woodpecker - Hawthorn Bank/St Caths Field and Iron Bridge
  • 1 Goldcrest - near the pumping station
  • 2 Coal tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • 1 Willow tit - Hawthorn Field
  • 3 Treecreeper
  • 1 Song thrush - St Caths Field
  • c20 Robin - along the paths
  • 1 Stonechat - female on Central Grassland
  • 1 Pied wagtail - cell 2a
  • 6 Bullfinch
  • 2 Siskin - near the pumping station

Other: 6 Roe deer along Mother Drain by Piper Marsh

Records received from AHo, SB, RB, visitor reports

Yesterday's sightings have been updated


14th December - Thursday

female Stonechat - credit Richard Scott

female Stonechat - credit Richard Scott


  • 28 Mute swan
  • 1 Whooper swan - cell 2a
  • 2 Egyptian geese - cell 2a
  • 4 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Wigeon
  • 71 Gadwall
  • 109 Teal
  • 46 Shoveler
  • 14 Pochard
  • 32 Tufted duck
  • 9 Cormorant
  • 3 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 8 Little egret - 2 on Huxter Well Marsh and 6 NW at dusk
  • 3 Grey heron
  • 5 Little Grebe
  • 1 Marsh harrier
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Water rail - calling from cell 2a
  • 30+ Lapwing
  • 1 Dunlin - cell 1b
  • 9 Snipe - 6 on Decoy Lake and 3 at cell 2a
  • c200 Woodpigeon - up over Seven Arches Carr
  • 3 Goldcrest
  • 2 Coal tit
  • 1 Willow tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • 1 MARSH TIT - Willow Pool feeders. Calling frequently.
  • 3 Cetti's warbler
  • 4 Treecreeper
  • c60,000 Starling - gathered over Central Grassland from 3.40pm. Going to roost near Tofield Hide and cell 4
  • 2 Stonechat - pair on Central Grassland
  • 3 Pied wagtail - one on cell 1b all day was joined by 2 more at dusk
  • 1 Meadow pipit - Central Grassland
  • 7 Bullfinch
  • 20+ Siskin

Other: 2 Roe deer

Buffer Area

  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - calling from Bessacarr Bank

Records received from RJS, DB, visitor reports


13th December - Wednesday

2 Bitterns (taken yesterday) - credit Allen Holmes

2 Bitterns (taken yesterday) - credit Allen Holmes


  • 2 Bittern - Old Eaa and West Scrape
  • 1 Barn owl - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Greenfinch - VC feeders
  • 24 Siskin - near the pumping station

Records received from MR, VC logbook


12th December - Tuesday

Roe deer - credit Allen Holmes

Roe deer - credit Allen Holmes


  • 1 Whooper swan - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 120 Greylag geese - came in to Huxter Well Marsh at dusk
  • 15 Wigeon
  • c60 Gadwall
  • c180 Teal
  • c70 Shoveler
  • 7 Bittern - one at Decoy Marsh seen in the morning and afternoon and 6 at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2+ Little egret
  • 3 Grey heron
  • 6+ Little grebe - together in a small area of open water on cell 1b
  • 1 Marsh harrier - cc at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 5 Water rail - one on the Mother Drain, 2 at Huxter Well Marsh and 2 at Old Eaa
  • 5 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Common gull
  • 1 Herring gull
  • 7 Great black-backed gull
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Green woodpecker - Iron Bridge
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - calling along Hawthorn Bank
  • 1 Jay
  • 2 Willow tit - Willow Pool (one ringed)
  • 1 BEARDED TIT - approx 50m from Mitchell Hide
  • 2 Cetti's Warbler
  • 10 Long-tailed tit - along the bridlepath/ring main
  • 2 Treecreeper - Black Carr Field and Black Carr Wood
  • 75,000 Starling - in to roost on cell 4, large group went in at 3.40pm and finally all in by 3.50pm
  • 8 Redwing - VC
  • 2 Stonechat - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 5 Bullfinch
  • 1 Siskin - over Willow pool
  • 2 Reed bunting

Other: Fox took a Snipe in the reed edge on Huxter Well Marsh, 6 Roe deer

Records received from KL, MAB, SB, DC, RMcC, KDu, IR, SBr, PP, AHo, AD


11th December - Monday

Starlings heading to roost (taken on 8th) - credit John Evans

Bittern - credit Richard Scott

Bearded tits - credit Steve Furber

Starlings heading to roost (taken on 8th) - credit John Evans

Bittern - credit Richard Scott

female Bearded tit - credit Steve Furber

male Bearded tit - credit Steve Furber


  • 1 Whooper swan - cell 2a
  • 3 Shelduck - cell 1b
  • 4 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • c200 Teal
  • Aythya hybrid - female on cell 1b
  • c4 Bittern - prolonged views from Mitchell and Hawthorn Bank Hides (photo above), close views of one on the ice right in front of Tofield Hide, plus several flight views
  • 5 Little egret
  • 5 Grey heron
  • 10 Little grebe
  • 1 Great crested grebe
  • 5 Marsh harrier - adult male and 4 noticeably different looking cream-crowns
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 2+ Peregrine - one beyond the M18 and soon after 2 were hunting together right in front of Hawthorn Bank Hide
  • 3 Water rail - calling from Willow Pool, Old Eaa and cell 2a
  • 1 Golden plover - flew around Huxter Well Marsh and attempted to land in the gull roost at 3.45pm
  • 1 Redshank - flew over Huxter Well Marsh calling
  • 9 Snipe
  • 5 Lesser black backed gull - cell 1b at dusk
  • c1000 Herring gull - cell 1b at dusk
  • 210 Great black-backed gull - cell 1b at dusk
  • 3 Stock dove - over
  • 1 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER - a male in the trees between the old café and Willow Pool Hide (SF, DW et al)
  • 1 MARSH TIT - Willow Pool feeders
  • 4 BEARDED TIT - 3 males (one with an all dark eye) and a female showed for 30mins near Mitchell Hide
  • 3 Cetti's warbler
  • c50,000 Starling - clouds of starlings came over Huxter Well Marsh and went straight into roost at cell 4 around 4pm
  • 3 Song thrush - Hawthorn Bank
  • 3 Stonechat - pair on central Grassland and a female on the brambles between cells 1a and 1b
  • 8 Pied wagtail - one on cell 1b, 3 NW, 4 N at dusk
  • 1 Brambling - feeding with chaffinches and goldfinches at the VC feeders
  • 5 Bullfinch
  • 20 Siskin - flew over pumping station area

Records received from PH, RJS, AW, SF, DW, visitor reports

Selected WeBS counts have been added to yesterday's sightings


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
  • 97 Gadwall
  • 213 Teal
  • 129 Mallard
  • 99 Shoveler
  • 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
  • 161 Coot
  • 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)
  • 60,000+ Starling

Records received from SF, JE


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 SPOTTED 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

male 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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