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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


30th January - Tuesday

Marsh harrier - credit Barry Wardley

Robin - credit Keith Lynes

Marsh harrier - credit Barry Wardley

Robin - credit Keith Lynes


  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • 1 Shelduck - Old Eaa
  • c28 Wigeon
  • c40 Gadwall
  • c150 Teal
  • c15 Shoveler
  • 26 Pochard
  • c21 Tufted duck
  • 1 Bittern - cell 1b
  • 2 Great crested grebe
  • 3 Marsh harrier - male and 2 females
  • 2 Kestrel
  • c170 Lapwing
  • 2 Common gull
  • 2 Great spotted woodpecker
  • 1 Goldcrest - side of Mother Drain
  • 1 Cetti's warbler - near Piper Marsh
  • 1 BEARDED TIT - male in front of Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Treecreeper - Black Carr wood
  • 2 Stonechat - male and female on Central Grassland
  • 7 Bullfinch
  • 1 Lesser redpoll

Records received from KL, BGAB, DS, PG, GC, DH, visitor reports


29th January - Monday

Starlings (viewed from Short Lane yesterday) - credit Chris Cull

Starlings viewed from Short Lane yesterday) - credit Chris Cull


  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • 1 Shelduck - Lagoon
  • 16 Wigeon - 2a
  • 1 Little egret
  • 2 Marsh harrier - male and female at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel - Black Carr Field
  • 1 Water rail
  • 70 Lapwing
  • 1 Snipe
  • 2 Common gull
  • 8 Lesser black-backed gull
  • 120 Herring gull
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - on cell 1b from 4.20pm
  • 60 Great black-backed gull
  • 1 Kingfisher - Division Drain
  • 2 Jay
  • 1 Goldcrest - Loversall Delph
  • 4 Coal tit - 3 on Willow Feeders
  • 1 Willow tit - Young Eaa
  • 2 Cetti's warbler - singing at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Treecreeper
  • 1 Meadow pipit - Central Grassland

Records received from DW


28th January - Sunday

Kestrel - credit Paul Naylor

Bittern - credit Ron Parke

Kestrel - credit Paul Naylor

Bittern - credit Ron Parke


  • 1 Shelduck - cell 1b
  • 18 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 3 Little egret
  • 3+ Bittern - at least 2 on Huxter Well Marsh and one at Piper Marsh
  • 3 Little grebe
  • 2 Great crested grebe - courtship, nest building and copulation noted
  • 1 Marsh harrier - male and female
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 1 Peregrine - chasing starlings, managed to catch one in front of the VC
  • 1 Common gull - cell 1b
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - into roost at 4.40pm
  • 2 Great spotted woodpecker
  • 1 Cetti's warbler - cracking view from Cottage Drain Hide
  • c10 Long-tailed tit - near Cottage Drain Hide
  • c35,000 Starling - murmuration best viewed from the visitor centre
  • 4 Bullfinch

Other: 1 Roe deer, single Brimstone and Red admiral butterflies

Records received from JK, AW, AH, PN, SBu 


27th January - Saturday

Song Thrush - credit Boguslawa Piatkowska

Song Thrush - credit Boguslawa Piatkowska


  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • 2 Shelduck
  • 18 Wigeon
  • 1 Bittern
  • 3 Great crested grebe
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 210 Herring gull
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - 2cy at 4.40pm on cell 1b
  • 1 GLAUCOUS GULL - 2cy at 4.50pm on cell 1b (DW)
  • 70 Great black-backed gull
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 1 Willow tit - Willow Pool
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool
  • 3 Cetti's warbler
  • 2 Treecreeper
  • c25,000 Starling

Other: 3 Roe Deer

Buffer Area - iPort Lakes

  • 1 ICELAND GULL - (same as above) present mid-afternoon departing over the Amazon buildings at 4.15pm (CCR)

Records received from DW, CCR, Leeds RSPB Group per DPh


26th January - Friday

  • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh and Piper Marsh
  • 70 Lapwing
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - Willow Bank
  • 1 Goldcrest - Willow Bank
  • 3 Cetti's warbler - heard at West Scrape and Piper Marsh (2)
  • 1 Nuthatch - Willow Bank
  • 1 Treecreeper - Willow Bank
  • c50 Siskin - near Education Centre

Records received from DC, AD, visitor reports


25th January - Thursday

  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • 3 Shelduck - cell 1b
  • 21 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Bittern - plenty of aerial activity over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Little egret
  • 2 Snipe - cell 2a
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 2 Goldcrest
  • 3 Cetti's warbler
  • 1Treecreeper
  • 2 Stonechat - pair in Central Grassland
  • 1 Song thrush

Records received from DW, RJS, BP

yesterday's sightings have been updated


24th January - Wednesday

  • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh and Piper Marsh
  • 1 Little egret
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Peregrine - Piper Marsh
  • 2 Snipe - Piper Marsh
  • 1 Jay
  • 1 Willow tit - Willow Marsh
  • 1 Nuthatch - Loversall Bank
  • c30,000 Starling - seen from the VC of which 10,000 went to roost between the VC and Loversall Pool

Other: 3 Roe deer - Loversall Bank

Records received from AD, PW, PP


23rd January - Tuesday

  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa and Huxter Well Marsh
  • 7 Shelduck
  • 19 Wigeon
  • c60 Gadwall
  • c300 Teal
  • c50 Shoveler
  • c50 Pochard
  • c50 Tufted duck
  • 12 Cormorant
  • 2/3 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Little egret
  • 3 Grey heron
  • 2 Little grebe
  • 1 Marsh harrier
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • c130 Lapwing
  • 2 Snipe - from Hawthorn Bank Hide
  • 1 Common gull
  • 3 Herring gull
  • 3 Great black-backed gull
  • 1+ Great spotted woodpecker - sightings at Hawthorn Field, Hawthorn Bank and Willow Marsh
  • 2 Jay - Hawthorn Bank
  • 2 Goldcrest
  • 4 Treecreeper
  • 4 Fieldfare - St Catherines Field
  • c35 Redwing - St Catherines Field
  • 3 Mistle thrush - St Catherines Field
  • c60 Siskin - Access Track

Other: 6 Roe deer, 1 Fox

Records received from SBr, KL, BGAB, DH, GC,HW, BW, S&BT, RJS, IH, JH


22nd January - Monday

Water rail - credit Adrian Andruchiw

Water rail - credit Adrian Andruchiw


  • 1 Bittern - Piper Marsh
  • 1 Marsh harrier
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Water rail - Willow Pool
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - reported on cell 1b at 2.50pm
  • 1 Cetti's warbler - Piper Marsh
  • 1 Nuthatch
  • c5000 Starling - over Decoy Marsh/Low Ellers
  • 2 Bullfinch

Records received from AA, visitor reports per AW

yesterday's sightings have been updated


21st January - Sunday

including selected WeBS counts

  • 5 Shelduck - cell 1b
  • 91 Gadwall - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 450 Teal - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 131 Mallard - Reserve total
  • 72 Shoveler - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Marsh harrier - female
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Water rail - Willow Pool at feeding station and Decoy Marsh near the path
  • 201 Coot - Reserve total
  • 3 Snipe - cell 2a
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain East
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - Willow Pool feeders
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool feeders (unringed)
  • 8 Bullfinch

Other: fox was seen at feeding station by Visitor Centre

Buffer Area - iPort Lakes

  • 2 Egyptian geese
  • 71 Wigeon
  • 1 Redshank
  • 1 JACK SNIPE

Records received from MR, CCR, SC, JK, SR


20th January - Saturday

Willow Bank (taken on 8th Jan) - credit Derek Parker

Bittern - credit Nidge Nilsen

Willow Bank - credit Derek Parker

Bittern - credit Nidge Nilsen


  • 1+ Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Little egret - Mother Drain
  • 1 Marsh harrier - cc
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - arrived in the roost at 4.33pm
  • 3 Goldcrest - St Catherines Copse
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool
  • 3+ Cetti's warbler - singing
  • 2 Treecreeper - Willow Bank
  • 8 Bullfinch

Records received from KL, BS


19th January - Friday

Buffer Area

  • 4 'Grey geese' - small looking birds flew over iPort Lake towards Potteric late afternoon
  • 1 JACK SNIPE - iPort Lakes
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - 2cy over iPort Lakes towards Potteric at 3.40pm
  • c30,000 Starling - murmuration over Short Lane Fields towards Low Ellers

Records received from CCR


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
  • 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
  • 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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