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Potteric Carr Sightings: January 2018

Posted: Monday 1st January 2018 by Potteric

Little egret - credit Allen HolmesLittle egret - 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


18th January - Thursday

Great spotted woodpecker - credit David Marfleet

Great spotted woodpecker - credit David Marfleet


  • 16 Mute swan
  • 18 Wigeon
  • 29 Pochard
  • 2 Shelduck
  • 60+ Gadwall
  • 140+ Teal
  • 40+ Shoveler
  • 48+ Tufted duck
  • 12 Cormorant
  • 3 Little egret
  • 3 Grey heron
  • 3 Little grebe
  • 210+ Lapwing
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Kingfisher - Loversall Pool
  • 2 Jay
  • 2 Coal tit
  • 1 Marsh tit - (ringed)
  • 1 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 1 Pied wagtail
  • 1 Reed bunting

Other: Roe deer in St Catherine’s field, Wood mouse

Records received from DB 


17th January - Wednesday

rainbow over Piper Marsh - credit Nidge Nilsen

rainbow over Piper Marsh - credit Nidge Nilsen


  • 1 ICELAND GULL - into roost at approx 4.30pm

Records received from SBr, Kdu


16th January - Tuesday

  • 1 Whooper swan - in front of Old Eaa in morning but moved to Huxter Well Marsh in the afternoon
  • 2 Shelduck
  • 7 Wigeon
  • c60 Gadwal
  • c30 Teal
  • c15 Shoveler
  • c24 Pochard
  • c35 Tufted duck
  • 1 Bittern - Piper Marsh
  • 3 Little egret
  • 3 Grey heron
  • 1 Marsh harrier - female
  • c120 Lapwing
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - in the gull roost on cell 1b
  • 2 Green Woodpecker - one heard near Iron Bridge and one seen on ground in front of St Catherines Hide
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - Willow Pool
  • 2 Jay
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool feeders (ringed)
  • 1 Cetti's warbler - singing
  • 9 Bullfinch
  • c40 Goldfinch - mainly around the VC
  • 4 Siskin

Other: 1 Roe deer in St Catherines field, 2 Fox

Records received from KL, PG, DH, GC, DS, DW, AA, DM


15th January - Monday

Pheasant - credit Kieron Wobschall

Pheasant - credit Kieron Wobschall


Buffer Area - Short Lane Fields

  • 1 Little egret
  • 1 Grey heron
  • 1 Marsh harrier - cc made several sorties across the starling flock
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - made several sorties in to the Starling flock
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 130 Woodpigeon
  • 60+ Magpie
  • 150 Jackdaw
  • (1 Ring-necked parakeet - near the Lakeside flats)
  • 20,000 Starling - went in to roost on Low Ellers at 4.45pm. Put on a display for 30 mins
  • 6 Blackbird
  • 1 Song thrush
  • 100 Redwing
  • 1 Mistle thrush
  • 2 House sparrow - Gladstone Fields

Records received from SB, RB 


14th January - Sunday

Caring for Potteric - credit Kieron Wobschall

Caring for Potteric - credit Kieron Wobschall


  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • 2 Egyptian geese - cell 1b
  • 3 Shelduck - cell 1b
  • 70+ Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh and Piper Marsh
  • 2 Little egret
  • 1 Little grebe
  • 2 Marsh harrier
  • 1 Water rail - calling from Decoy Marsh
  • 1 Snipe - cell 2a
  • 1 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER - male on Loversall Bank
  • 2 Jay - Willow Pool
  • 1 Willow tit
  • 1 Nuthatch - Beeston Plantation

Records received from JK, RCC, VC logbook


13th January - Saturday

one of the highland cattle used for habitat management - credit Justin Parker

one of the highland cattle used for habitat management - credit Justin Parker


  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • 5 Shelduck
  • 24 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 2 Bittern
  • 2 Little egret
  • 1 Marsh harrier - cc
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - male hunting low over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel - male mobbing Buzzard along M18
  • 230 Lapwing
  • 3 Snipe
  • 1 Green woodpecker
  • 3 Goldcrest - Hawthorn Field, Black Carr Wood and behind St. Caths Hide
  • 3+ Coal tit
  • 2 Treecreeper
  • 1 Redwing - Black Carr Wood
  • 14 Chaffinch
  • 17 Bullfinch - 12 at side of Mother Drain and 5 on Willow Bank
  • 30 Siskin

Records received from KL, DW


12th January - Friday

Jay and Little egret - credit Justin Parker

Jay - credit Justin Parker

Little egret - credit Justin Parker


  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • 1 Little egret - East Scrape
  • 1 Grey heron - West Scrape
  • 1 Marsh harrier - cc
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Snipe - Lagoon
  • 2 Common gull - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Jay - Willow Pool
  • 1 Willow tit - Willow Pool
  • 1 Cetti's warbler - East Scrape
  • 2 Song thrush - Hawthorn Bank and Piper Marsh
  • 6 Bullfinch

Other: 5 Roe deer

Buffer Area - Short Lane Fields

  • 110 Redwing

Records received from JP, SB, RB


11th January - Thursday

Marsh tit (taken on Monday) - credit Allen Holmes

Marsh tit - credit Allen Holmes


  • 18 Mute swan
  • 1 Whooper swan - Lagoon
  • 7 Canada geese
  • 3 Shelduck - 2 on Huxter Well Marsh and one on Decoy Marsh
  • 9 Wigeon
  • 34 Gadwall
  • 120+ Teal
  • 25 Shoveler
  • 16 Pochard
  • 30+ Tufted Duck
  • 14 Cormorant
  • 1+ Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Little egret - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Grey heron
  • 2 Little grebe
  • 1 Marsh harrier - cc at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Peregrine - over Central Grassland at 11.30am
  • 1 Water rail
  • 220+ Lapwing
  • 22 Snipe - disturbed by the marsh harrier
  • 1 Kingfisher - Division Drain and Mother Drain
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - Beeston Plantation
  • 3 Goldcrest
  • 2 Coal tit
  • 1 Willow tit
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool
  • 2 Cetti's Warbler - singing on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Treecreeper - Hawthorn Bank
  • c20,000 Starling - over Low Ellers a distant view from Mitchell Hide. Went in at 3.55pm.
  • 1 Song thrush - VC
  • 1 Pied wagtail - Lagoon
  • 2 Stonechat - pair in the middle of Huxter Well Marsh
  • 9 Bullfinch
  • c50 Siskin
  • 3 Reed bunting

Other: 5 Roe deer

Records received from DW, SB, RB, NH, TR, DB


9th January - Tuesday

Water rail and Marsh tit (taken on Monday) - credit Allen Holmes

Water rail - credit Allen Holmes

Marsh tit - credit Allen Holmes


  • 3 Shelduck
  • 1 Wigeon
  • c50 Gadwall
  • c250 Teal
  • c55 Shoveler
  • 2 Pochard
  • 19 Tufted duck
  • 2+ Bittern - at least one at Huxter Well Marsh and one at Piper Marsh
  • 2 Little egret
  • 1 Little grebe
  • 1 Marsh harrier - female
  • 1 Water rail - calling on Old Eaa
  • c120 Lapwing
  • 2 Snipe - from Hawthorn Bank Hide
  • 1 Green woodpecker
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - Loversall Bank
  • 1 Goldcrest along Piper Marsh path
  • 1 Marsh tit
  • 1 Cetti's warbler - calling on the main track in Old Eaa
  • 4 Treecreeper - 2 in Black Carr Wood and 2 at the compound
  • 6 Bullfinch

Buffer Area

  • 1 Sparrowhawk - a male took a small bird on Short Lane, while watching the Starlings
  • 12,000 Starling - in to roost on Low Ellers at 4pm, started to gather at 3.35pm. Watched from Short Lane

Other: 2 Roe deer on Loversal Bank, Fox on Loversal pool

Records received from KL, MAB, SB, RB, DC, HW, KB, SBu 


8th January - Monday

Iceland gull and Cetti's warbler - credit Steve Furber

Iceland gull - credit Steve Furber

Cetti's warbler - credit Steve Furber


  • 2 Bittern - good view of birds on the ice near Tofield Hide, one showing for 40 mins.
  • 2 Little egret
  • 3 Water rail - 2 along Mother Drain and one foraging in the leaf litter at Willow Pool
  • 1 Marsh harrier - cc
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Snipe - in flight at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - 2cy dropped on to Huxter Well Marsh (cell 1b) at 3pm
  • 1 Kingfisher - on Mother Drain near the pumping station
  • 1 Jay - Willow Pool
  • 1 Willow tit - Willow Pool (ringed)
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool (ringed)
  • 1 Cetti's warbler - Cottage Drain
  • 30 Siskin - Old Eaa

Other: Fox near Mitchell Hide, Bank vole at Willow Pool

Buffer Area

  • 150 Jackdaw - in the trees on Low Ellers Curve
  • 20,000+ Starling - in to roost on Low Ellers Marsh at 4pm, started to gather at 3.45pm
  • 12 Redwing - Short Lane Fields
  • 45 Goldfinch - Short Lane Fields

Records received from AH, SF, TL, SB, RB 

Yesterday's sightings have been updated


7th January - Sunday

  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • 6 Shelduck - 5 on Huxter Well Marsh and one on Old Eaa
  • 20+ Wigeon
  • 1+ Bittern - a number of flight views
  • 3 Little egret - Lagoon
  • 1 Little grebe - cell 2a
  • 1 Marsh harrier
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 2 Common gull - West Scrape
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - came in to roost on cell 1b at dusk
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker
  • 4 Goldcrest - 3 in Beeston Plantation and one near the pumping station
  • 2 Coal tit
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool feeders. This individual wasn't wearing a ring, so this proves there are 2 birds in the area.
  • 2 Cetti's warbler - singing at Huxter Well Marsh and calling at Piper Marsh
  • 2 Nuthatch - Beeston Plantation
  • 3 Treecreeper
  • 2 Bullfinch
  • 2 Greenfinch - VC feeders

Buffer Area

  • 2 Ring-necked parakeet - over Short Lane Fields
  • 1 Cetti's warbler - singing in the drain near the pond on the edge of Short Lane
  • 20,000 Starling - went in to roost at 4.24pm on Low Ellers Marsh, watched from Short Lane

Other: a Grey squirrel without a tail was near Duchess Hide

Records received from JK, PN, SB, RB, DW, SBr, RS


6th January - Saturday

  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • c50 Teal - cell 2a
  • c50 Pochard - cell 2a
  • 4 Little grebe - cell 2a
  • 2 Bittern - both flew from cell 2b into 2a in front of Hawthorn Bank Hide, one after the other
  • 2 Little egret - Mother Drain
  • 1 Marsh harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
  • c200 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh, mainly on cell 1b
  • 6 Snipe - cell 2a
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Green woodpecker - along bank in front of Hawthorn Bank Hide
  • Starlings - seen to head towards Low Ellers to roost
  • 8 Bullfinch - between the pumping station and Loversall Triangle
  • c50 Siskin - between the pumping station and Loversall Triangle

Records received from MAB, SB 


5th January - Friday

  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • c80 Pink-footed geese - 2 skeins over the VC, c30 W at 10.30am and c50 E at 11.20am
  • 2 Canada geese - Willow Marsh
  • 2 Shelduck
  • 2 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Little egret
  • 2 Grey heron
  • 1 Great crested Grebe - cell 3a
  • 1 Marsh harrier - cc on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Water rail - Willow Pool
  • 100+ Lapwing - cell 1b
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - 1st-winter (2cy) arrived at the gull roost on cell 1b with a large group of herring gulls at 4.12pm
  • 2 Jay - Willow Marsh
  • 2 Goldcrest - next to Old Eaa Hide
  • 2 Coal tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • 1 Willow tit - Willow Pool feeders (ringed)
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool feeders (ringed)
  • 1 Cetti's Warbler - singing next to Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Blackcap - calling in the car park scrub near the main gates (AD)
  • 1 Nuthatch - Beeston Plantation
  • c20,000 Starling - put on a good display from the VC before going to roost at 4.25pm. Roughly half going to roost at Decoy Marsh and half in front of the VC around Decoy Lake.
  • 1 Pied wagtail - cell 1b
  • 2 Bullfinch - at main gate
  • 1 Lesser redpoll - with goldfinches near the wooden bridge over Mother Drain
  • 60 Siskin - in alders in front of Willow Pool Hide

Records received from SB, RB, AD, SF


4th January - Thursday

  • 3 Little egret - Loversall Pool
  • 1 Water rail - Loversall Pool
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - Beeston Plantation
  • 1 Nuthatch - Beeston Plantation
  • 10,000+ Starling - put on a good show from the VC at 3.45pm for 15 mins. Went into roost on Decoy Marsh

Records received from AD


2nd January - Tuesday

Robin - credit Allen Holmes

Robin - credit Allen Holmes


  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • 3 Shelduck
  • c20 Wigeon
  • 32 Gadwall
  • c27 Shoveler
  • c230 Teal
  • c40 Pochard
  • c50 Tufted duck
  • 11 Cormorant
  • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Little egret
  • 2 Grey heron
  • 1 Little grebe
  • 1 Marsh harrier - female
  • 1+ Water rail - Old Eaa
  • c170 Lapwing
  • 4 Snipe - from Hawthorn Bank Hide
  • 4 Lesser black-backed gull
  • 6 Great black-backed gull
  • 1 Barn owl - flew over Willow Pool in the rain
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - Willow Pool feeders
  • 3 Jay
  • 1 Willow tit - Willow pool feeders (ringed)
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow pool feeders
  • 1 Pied wagtail
  • c50 Siskin - between the pumping station and Loversall Triangle

Records received from KL, MAB, BS, SB, visitor report


1st January - Monday

Whooper swan - credit Allen Holmes

Whooper swan - credit Allen Holmes


Combined daylist (71 species): Mute swan, Whooper swan, Greylag goose, Canada goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted duck, Pheasant, Cormorant, Bittern, Little egret, Grey heron, Little grebe, Marsh harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Water rail, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Snipe, Black-headed gull, Common gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Herring gull, Iceland gull, Great black-backed gull, Feral rock dove, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Kingfisher, Green woodpecker, Great spotted woodpecker, Lesser spotted woodpecker, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Goldcrest, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Willow tit, Marsh tit, Cetti's warbler, Long-tailed tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Song thrush, Redwing, Mistle thrush, Robin, Stonechat, Dunnock, Pied wagtail, Meadow pipit, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Lesser redpoll, Goldfinch, Siskin, Reed bunting

Highlights

  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • 3 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 13+ Cormorants - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Bittern - 3 at Huxter Well Marsh and one at Piper Marsh
  • 4 Little egret - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Marsh harrier
  • 3 Sparrowhawk - one at Huxter Well Marsh and 2 chasing Starlings
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 3 Water rail
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - 1st-winter arrived at 4.05pm from the NW
  • 1 Collared dove - near M18
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Green woodpecker - Seven Arches Carr
  • 1 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER - near Sedum House in Balby Carr Copse
  • 2 Great spotted woodpecker - Beeston Plantation and Black Carr Wood
  • 5 Goldcrest
  • 1 Willow tit - Willow Pool feeders (unringed)
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • 3 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 Nuthatch - calling in Beeston Plantation
  • 2 Treecreeper - Beeston Plantation and next to Duchess Hide
  • c40,000 Starling - put on a good display, watched from the VC decking, went in to roost on Low Ellers at 4.10pm
  • 2 Stonechat - middle of Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Meadow pipit
  • 2 Pied wagtail - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Lesser redpoll - over Beeston Plantation
  • c60 Siskin - c40 on the edge of Beeston Plantation and c20 in Loversall Triangle

Other: Fox near the Education Centre

Records received from SB, RB, SBu, RJS, PKG, JK, SC, SR, AS, AA, DW, JW, RD, AH, AndyB, visitor reports

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