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Potteric Carr Sightings: June 2018

Posted: Friday 1st June 2018 by Potteric

Fox - credit Allen HolmesFox - credit Allen Holmes

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23rd June - Saturday

  • 8 Little egret - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
  • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Little ringed plover - West Scrape
  • 33+ Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh and Decoy Lake
  • 4 Redshank - adult and 3 juvs at West Scrape
  • 11 Oystercatcher - West Scrape
  • 1 Common tern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4+ Cetti's Warbler
  • 1 Garden Warbler - Piper Marsh

Butterflies: one Purple hairstreak - Willow Bank, Meadow brown, Ringlet, Large skipper, Small skipper, Comma, Red admiral, Speckled wood, Small Tortoiseshell, White sp.

Moths: Brown china mark

Dragonflies: Black-tailed skimmer, Southern hawker, Brown hawker, Emperor, Common darter

Damselflies: Azure, Blue-tailed, Common blue, Emerald, Large red

Bumblebees: Red-tailed, Buff-tailed, Tree

Other: 1 Smooth newt - Dragonfly Ponds

Records received from AB


22nd June - Friday

  • Mute Swan - pair with one young on Piper Marsh and a pair with 5 young on 3b
  • Gadwall - female with 9 young on Piper Marsh
  • 2 Teal - West Scrape
  • 5 Cormorant - cell 1b
  • 2 Bittern
  • 10 Little egret
  • Great crested grebe - pair with 3 new young on cell 2b
  • 2 Marsh harrier - females
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - over Black Carr Wood
  • 3 Buzzard - Huxter Welll Marsh
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 3 Water rail - 2 calling on Willow Marsh and one with 2 young on Loversall Pool
  • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 3 Oystercatcher West Scrape
  • 42 Lapwing - plus 4 young Decoy Lake and one young on West Scrape
  • 3 Little ringed plover - adult and 2 juveniles on West Scrape
  • 3 Dunlin - West Scrape
  • 5 Redshank - including 3 young on West Scrape
  • 14 Black-headed Gull - West Scrape
  • 8 Swift - over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Magpie - juveniles on Central grassland
  • 4 Sand martin - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 House martin - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2+ Cetti's warbler - family calling in the brambles in Big Hedge

Records received from SB, RB, visitor reports 


21st June - Thursday

  • 5 Little egret - in flight over Loversall Pool
  • 3 Marsh harrier - male and 2 females
  • 2 Hobby - from Duchess Hide
  • 5 Water rail - one with 3 young on Loversall Pool and one from Beeston Hide
  • 4 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Oystercatcher - West Scrape
  • 4 Little ringed plover - West Scrape
  • Lapwing - pair in front of the VC still have 4 chicks today
  • 5 Dunlin - West Scrape
  • 6 Redshank - pair with 4 young
  • 2 Common tern
  • 1 Lesser whitethroat - still singing throughout the day in the hedges around the VC

Other: Water vole showing well in Division Drain, Roe deer

Records received from GPD, AD, visitor reports per AD


20th June - Wednesday

  • 5 Teal
  • 1 Bittern
  • 2 Marsh harrier
  • 2 Avocet
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 5 Little ringed plover - 4 adults and a juv
  • Lapwing - 4 young in front of the VC and one on West Scrape
  • 5 Redshank - adult and 4 young
  • 2 Common tern
  • 10 Swift
  • 2 Cetti's warbler

Records received from AA


19th June - Tuesday

  • c80 Gadwall - and females with broods of 13 and 8 young on cell 1b
  • 6 Teal
  • 12 Shoveler
  • 19 Pochard
  • 4 Tufted duck
  • 2+ Bittern
  • 7 Little egret - 6 on the Lagoon and one flew in from Carr Lodge in the afternoon
  • 3 Grey heron
  • 3 Little grebe
  • 3 Great crested grebe - plus 2 young
  • 5 Marsh harrier - 3 different females and an adult and sub-adult male at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Buzzard 2 over Corbett Wood and 2 over Seven Arches Carr
  • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Water rail - Piper Marsh
  • 3 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 5 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 92 Lapwing - 86 on West Scrape including 1 young, also a pair have 4 young in front of the VC
  • 2 Little ringed plover - West Scrape
  • 6 Redshank - 2 adults and 4 young on West Scrape
  • 3 Common tern - Huxter Well Marsh, one remained in the afternoon
  • 10 Lesser black-backed gull - West Scrape
  • 3 Herring gull - one on West Scrape and a pair nesting on the roof of Sedum House
  • 20 Swift - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Cetti's warbler
  • 3 Song thrush - adult and young behind the VC and one on Rossington Bank

Butterflies: Skippers, Meadow browns, Speckled wood, Gatekeepers and Ringlets

Dragonflies/Damselflies: Brown hawker on Rossington Bank, 2 Banded demoiselle in front of VC

Butterflies skippers meadow browns speckled wood gatekeepers and ringlets

Other: Water shrew in grass at the edge of the Old Eaa path

Records received from SB, DC, KL, MAB, AL


18th June - Monday

  • Pochard - female with 4 young from Beeston Hide
  • 1 Bittern
  • 6 Little egret
  • Little Grebe - pair with 4 young from Hawthorn Bank Hide
  • 3 Marsh harrier
  • 3 Hobby - hunting over Huxter Well Marsh at 12.30, one giving great views low over the Lagoon and in the dead oak tree
  • 3 Avocet
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 2 Redshank - with one young
  • 2 Lesser whitethroat - singing in the hedge by the VC and at Loversall Field

Other: 2 Emperor dragonfly, 1 Emerald damselfly, 3 Banded demoiselle, 2 Thick-legged Flower beetle, 2 Knotgrass Leaf beetle, 4 Coreus marginatus (Bug), 1 Sloe Bug, 1 Scorpion fly, 1 Nemophora degeerella (moth), 2 Knot Grass larvae (moth), 2 Beautiful China-mark (moth), 2 Robin's Pincushion Gall, 2 Grass snake

Records received from AD, MR, AHo, DP


17th June - Sunday (includes WeBS count)

  • 111 Gadwall - including c80 on West Scrape
  • 5 Teal - West Scrape
  • 92 Mallard
  • 61 Pochard - including 4 young on Willow Marsh
  • 2 Cormorant - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Bittern
  • 10 Little egret
  • 3 Grey heron
  • 17 Little grebe
  • 11 Great crested grebe
  • 2 Marsh harrier - male and female
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - over Black Carr Wood
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 2 Hobby - over Huxter Well Marsh in the afternoon, one sat on a post in Loversall Carr Field in the morning
  • 1 Water rail - feeding 2 young at Loversall Pool
  • 119 Coot
  • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 10 Lapwing - including the bird still sitting at Decoy Lake
  • 2 Little ringed plover - West Scrape
  • 5 Redshank - including 4 young on West Scrape
  • 2 Common tern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 30 Swift - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - calling at the back of Loversall Pool
  • 10 Sand martin - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Song thrush - singing behind VC

Records received from SB, RB, MR 


16th June - Saturday

  • 1 Shelduck
  • 120+ Gadwall
  • 2 Teal
  • 4 Shoveler
  • 2 Little egret
  • 1 Grey heron
  • 1 Marsh harrier - cc
  • 2 Buzzard - over
  • 1 Moorhen - with 4 young
  • 2 Avocet
  • 23 Lapwing - including 1 young
  • 1 Ringed plover
  • 2 Little ringed plover
  • 7 Redshank - including 4 young
  • 10 Black-headed gull

Records received from MAB


15th June - Friday

Black-necked grebes - credit Rob Mokryj

female Black-tailed skimmer (taken on 9th) - credit Allen Holmes

Black-necked grebes - credit Rob Mokryj

female Black-tailed skimmer - credit Allen Holmes


  • Mute swan - with 3 young on Lagoon
  • 2 Bittern
  • 8 Great crested grebe - and 4+ young
  • 2 Black-necked grebe
  • 1 Marsh harrier - female
  • 1 Kestrel - Central Grassland
  • 1 Hobby - hawking insects at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 5 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 4 Oystercatcher - West Scrape
  • 2 Ringed plover - West Scrape
  • 2 Little ringed plover - West Scrape
  • 3 Redshank - and 2 young on West Scrape
  • 1 Common tern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • Black-headed gull - juvenile in flight at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Lesser black-backed gull - West Scrape
  • 1 Great black-backed gull - West Scrape
  • 2 Stock doves - on the island in front of the VC
  • 4 Cetti's warbler
  • 2 Garden warbler
  • 1 Whitethroat
  • 3 Song thrush

Other: Fox, 4 Roe deer, Banded demoiselle and Black-tailed skimmer - St Catherine's Field
 

Records received from AD, AHo


14th June - Thursday

  • 3 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 3 Lapwing - chicks on West Scrape
  • 1+ Redshank - West Scrape
  • 1 Common tern - Huxter Well Marsh

Records received from MR


13th June - Wednesday

Spoonbill - credit Paul Paddock

Spoonbill - credit Paul Paddock

Spoonbill - credit Paul Paddock


  • 1 Bittern
  • 3 Little egret
  • 4 Grey heron
  • 1 SPOONBILL - on cell 1b and then West Scrape
  • 2 Black-necked grebe
  • 2 Marsh harrier - male and female
  • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Oystercatcher - West Scrape
  • 4 Redshank - adult and 3 young on West Scrape

Records received from PP


Moth Trapping Report for Monday Night, 11th June

Following a fairly mild night, a healthy total of 59 species was recorded. Many micro-moths are now appearing and one of these, Lobesia reliquana, provided the highlight of the session. Lobesia reliquana is a small but well coloured Tortricid moth and a new record for Potteric Carr. It is a recent addition to the Yorkshire moth fauna, having been first recorded in the County in 2004. Although there are only a handful of records, several of these are from the Doncaster area and the moth would seem to be becoming established locally.

Other species of note included White-pinion Spotted, Orange Footman, Maiden’s Blush and Cochylis nana.

Ian and Janet Heppenstall


12th June - Tuesday

Water rail - credit Amy Thompson

Little egret and Grey heron - credit Vernon Barker

Water rail - credit Amy Thompson

Little egret and Grey heron - credit Vernon Barker


  • Mute swan - pair with one cygnet at Piper Marsh
  • 1 Shelduck
  • 140+ Gadwall
  • 3 Teal
  • 7 Shoveler
  • 11 Pochard
  • 5 Tufted duck
  • 3/4 Bittern - several sightings
  • 5 Little egret
  • 3 Grey heron
  • 6 Little grebe
  • 4 Great crested grebe - plus 2 young
  • 2 Black-necked grebe
  • 3 Marsh harrier - male and 2 females
  • 5 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel - hunting on St Caths Field
  • 1 Hobby - Loversall Carr Fields
  • 1 Water Rail - Loversall Pool
  • 3 Avocet - flew between Huxter Well Marsh and the iPort lakes, using West Scrape for food provisioning
  • 2 Oystercatcher - West Scrape
  • 52 Lapwing - including a pair taking new young to West Scrape
  • 1 Little ringed plover - West Scrape
  • 2 Redshank - and 4 young on West Scrape
  • 2 Lesser black-backed gull
  • 1 Stock dove - flew towards St Caths field trees several times
  • 2 Great spotted woodpecker - one on Hawthorn Bank and one in Young Eaa
  • 1 Jay - Beeston Plantation
  • 2 Skylark - Central Grassland and singing on Loversall Carr Fields
  • 2 House martin - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 5 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 Song thrush
  • 1 Mistle thrush - at the entrance
  • 2 Pied wagtail - an adult feeding a fledged young
  • 4 Bullfinch
  • 1 Greenfinch - car park

Other: 2 Speckled Wood butterfly and 1 rabbit

Records received from KL, MAB, BGAB, PG, DH, SB, DC, AD, VB, visitor reports 


10th June - Sunday

Drinker moth caterpillar - credit Debbie Ross

Drinker moth caterpillar - credit Debbie Ross


  • 3 Teal
  • 1 Cormorant - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1+ Bittern
  • 4+ Little egret
  • 2 Grey heron - in breeding plumage on Decoy Marsh
  • 3 Black-necked grebe
  • 2 Marsh harrier - male and female
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel - female at nest site
  • 2 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Water Rail - feeding 1 young on Loversall Pool
  • 2 Avocet
  • 2 Lapwing - a pair still sitting at Decoy Lake
  • 5 Redshank - pair with 3 young at West Scrape
  • 10 Black-headed gull - Old Eaa, 2 nests still, one nest has one young
  • 6 Swift - over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Great spotted woodpecker - one calling in Beeston Plantation, one in Loversall Delph and one calling on Low Ellers Curve
  • 2 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 Blackcap - feeding fledged young near Hawthorn Field
  • 1 Pied wagtail - collecting food in front of VC
  • 1 Bullfinch - calling on Willow Bank

Other: 2 Roe deer at Piper Marsh, Fox asleep at Loversall Pool

Records received from SB, RB, SC, visitor reports 


9th June - Saturday

Marsh harrier - credit Vernon Barker

Marsh harrier - credit Vernon Barker


  • Mallard - with 10 young at Loversall Pool
  • 2 Bittern - in flight
  • 4 Little egret
  • 5 Black-necked grebe
  • 2 Marsh harrier
  • 4 Hobby - seen in flight together
  • 1 Water rail - young bird at Loversall Pool
  • 8 Avocet
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 4 Lapwing chicks
  • 1 Little ringed plover
  • 2 Redshank - with four young
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - access track
  • 1 Skylark - singing over Central Grassland
  • 3 Cetti's warbler

Records received from AA, MAB, HW, Aho, visitor reports


8th June - Friday

Little egret - credit Boguslawa Piatkowska

Bittern - credit Steve Ditch

Little egret - credit Boguslawa Piatkowska

Bittern - credit Steve Ditch


  • 1 Bittern - seen 3 times in flight
  • 2 Little egret
  • 2 Black-necked grebe
  • 3 Marsh harrier - including one seen to catch 2 young coots
  • 3 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 6 Cetti's warbler - singing
  • 2 Bullfinch

Records received from RP


7th June - Thursday

Mute swan (with young) and Grey heron - credit Vernon Barker

Mute swan (with young) - credit Vernon Barker

Grey heron - credit Vernon Barker


  • 19 Mute swan - plus 6 young
  • 32 Greylag geese
  • 31 Canada geese
  • 4 Shelduck
  • 140 Gadwall
  • 5 Teal
  • 3 Shoveler
  • 18 Pochard
  • 23 Tufted duck
  • 3 Bittern
  • 6 Little egret
  • 5 Little grebe - plus 3 chicks on Loversall Pool
  • 5 Great crested grebe - plus 6 young in 2 broods of 3
  • 3 Black-necked grebe
  • 3 Marsh harrier
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 3 Hobby
  • 11 Avocet
  • 3 Oystercatcher
  • 4 Ringed plover
  • 1 Little ringed plover
  • 20 Lapwing - plus 2 young
  • 2 Redshank
  • 2 Stock dove
  • 1 Swift
  • 1 Jay
  • 6 Cetti's warbler
  • 5 Chiffchaff
  • 2 Willow warbler
  • 6 Blackcap
  • 2 Whitethroat
  • 17 Reed warbler
  • 1 Bullfinch
  • 1 Greenfinch
  • 8 Reed bunting

Records received from DB, MR, GPD and FA per Twitter  


6th June - Wednesday

Orchid sp. - credit Debbie Ross

Orchid sp. - credit Debbie Ross


  • 1+ Bittern - seen in flight from Duchess and Mitchell hides
  • 6 Little egret
  • 3 Marsh harrier - 1 seen hunting and catching a small passerine.
  • 2 Hobby - resting in dead tree and catching dragonflies over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 7 Ringed plover
  • 2 Little ringed plover
  • 4 Redshank - West Scrape

Records received from AHo 


Moth Trapping Report for Monday Night, 4th June

Ingrailed clay, Elephant hawk-moth and Pale tussock - credit Derek Parker

Ingrailed clay - credit Derek Parker

Elephant hawk-moth - credit Derek Parker

Pale tussock - credit Derek Parker


The change to cooler conditions led to a quite disappointing trapping session, with only 34, mostly common, species recorded. Elephant Hawk-moth (5), Treble Lines (1) and an uncommon Gelechid, Recurvaria leucatella, were the pick of the bunch.

Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont, Janet Heppenstall


5th June - Tuesday

Rabbit - credit Allen Holmes

Redshank - credit Sheila Bury

Rabbit - credit Allen Holmes

Redshank - credit Sheila Bury


  • 2 Shelduck - West Scrape
  • 104 Gadwall
  • 3 Teal
  • 7 Pochard
  • 18 Tufted duck
  • 1 Pheasant - female with 5 young near the underbridge
  • 1 Cormorant - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Bittern
  • 4 Little egret
  • 1 Grey heron
  • 3 Little grebe
  • 9 Great crested grebe - including one and 3 young
  • 3 Black-necked grebe
  • 3 Marsh harrier - male and 2 females
  • 6 Buzzard
  • Kestrel - pair feeding young and one over St Caths Field
  • 2 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 10 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 2 Oystercatcher - West Scrape
  • 24 Lapwing
  • 5 Ringed plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Little ringed plover
  • 2 Redshank - adults brought 4 new young from Central Grassland to West Scrape
  • 1 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • Black-headed gull -  those on the tern raft cell 1b have all gone overnight, c10 pairs with eggs or young. Two pairs are still sitting on Old Eaa
  • 6 Lesser black-backed gull
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - flew in to Black Carr Wood
  • 4 Magpie - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 6 House martin - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 Mistle thrush - calling in St Caths Field
  • 1 Pied wagtail - collecting food along the waters edge on island in front of VC
  • 1 Greenfinch - singing at entrance

Orchids: 5 Bee orchids on Willow Bank and a single Pyramidal orchid at the Reedbed Filtration Ponds, plus plenty of Southern marsh and hybrid marsh orchids at various locations and a good number of Common spotted orchids on Loversall Bank

Other: 2 Rabbits, 1 Pike (18 inches long in Mother Drain)

Records received from KL, MAB, GPD, SB, DC, SBu, IH


4th June - Monday

Great crested grebe with young - credit Keith Horton

Great crested grebe with young - credit Keith Horton


  • 6 Teal - West Scrape
  • 2 Shoveler - pair on West Scrape
  • 2 Bittern - seen regularly
  • 2 Little egret
  • 3 Grey heron - including 2 juveniles on West Scrape
  • 5 Black-necked grebe
  • 2 Marsh harrier - male and female
  • 2+ Buzzard - one seen to catch a vole
  • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 6 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Oystercatcher - over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 23 Lapwing - on West Scrape
  • 2 Ringed plover
  • 2 Little ringed plover - West Scrape
  • 2 Redshank - West Scrape
  • 2 Common tern
  • c50 Swift - feeding low over reserve
  • 1 Jay - Hawthorn Bank
  • c10 Sand martin - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Cetti's warbler - singing at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 6+ Sedge warbler
  • Wren - 6 young near Tofield Hide
  • 1 Song thrush - near VC
  • 1 Bullfinch - in front of Hawthorn Bank Hide

Other: 2 Hare on Loversall Carr Fields, 4 Bee Orchid (2 Willow Bank and 2 half way along the ring main), Large Skipper along the ring main, 1 Muntjac in front of St Caths Hide

Records received from SB, RB, RP


3rd June - Sunday

Banded demoiselle - credit Allen Holmes

Common tern - credit Adrian Andruchiw

Banded demoiselle - credit Allen Holmes

Common tern - credit Adrian Andruchiw


  • 1 Bittern
  • 4 Little egret
  • 4 Grey heron
  • 2 Great crested grebe - with 3 young on cell 3b
  • 3 Black-necked grebe
  • 1 Buzzard - Huxter well
  • 1 Kestrel - St Cath's Field
  • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 6 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 5 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Little ringed plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Redshank - West Scrape
  • 2 Common tern
  • 2 Jay - Hawthorn Bank

Other: Several new dragonflies emerging including Black-tailed skimmer, Common darter & Banded demoiselle, Roe deer and Muntjac

Buffer Area - Carr Lodge

  • 1 Greylag goose, 7 Canada geese, 2 Barnacle geese of unknown origin, 3 Lapwing, c15 Jackdaw

Records received from AHo, AA, CCR, KH, SC


Mompha bradleyi - Another New Moth Record

I have another new moth record to report, that of Mompha bradleyi. A single example was found in a bird hide on Hawthorn Bank on 5 May but has only now been critically examined and identified. Mompha bradleyi is a very recent colonist in Yorkshire, having spread from the south. It’s a moth I was expecting to find sooner or later and its discovery came as no great surprise.

As a larva, the moth feeds on Great Willowherb. The adult moth emerges in late summer or early autumn and overwinters, re-appearing in Spring.

Mompha bradleyi is the 7th newly recorded moth species already this year. The new records keep on coming!

Ian Heppenstall


2nd June - Saturday

Sparrowhawk - credit Allen Holmes

Sparrowhawk - credit Allen Holmes


  • 1 Bittern
  • 7 Little egret
  • 2 Great crested grebe - with 3 young on cell 3b
  • 2 Black-necked grebe
  • 1 RED KITE - (Worcestershire wildlife group)
  • 3 Marsh harrier - one attempting to predate young Black-headed gulls
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 6 Buzzard
  • 2 Hobby
  • 10 Avocet
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 2 Little ringed plover
  • 2 Redshank

Other: Fox with a vole and a mole, 3 Roe deer, 1 Black-tailed skimmer, Bee orchid - path at Central Grassland

Records received from AHo, Worcestershire wildlife group


1st June - Friday

Roe deer and Mute swans - credit Vernon Barker

Roe deer - credit Vernon Barker

Mute swans - credit Vernon Barker


  • 2 Mute swan - the pair on Piper Marsh have only one young left
  • 6 Shoveler - 4 males on cell 1b and a pair on West Scrape
  • 1 Bittern - seen 3 times near Mitchell Hide
  • 5 Little egret - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Grey heron - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Great crested grebe - with 3 new young from Tofield hide
  • 2 Black-necked grebe
  • 1 Marsh harrier - female
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Buzzard - 2 from Beeston Hide and 2 at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Kestrel - hunting over Central Grassland
  • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Water rail - on reed edge on Loversall Pool
  • 4 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Oystercatcher - West Scrape
  • 5 Lapwing - West Scrape
  • 2 Little ringed plover - West Scrape
  • 2 Black-tailed godwit - West Scrape
  • 1 Redshank - West Scrape
  • Black-headed gull - 7 chicks on the raft on cell 1b
  • 1 Jay - Hawthorn Bank
  • 5 Sand martin - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Wren - with newly fledged young near Tofield Hide
  • 2 Pied wagtail - Decoy Lake
  • 1 Bullfinch - Loversall Triangle
  • 1 Greenfinch - singing in Big Hedge
  • 4 Reed bunting - all males seen from Mitchell Hide

Butterflies: 4 Common blue - 3 Reedbed Filtration Ponds and one on Black Carr Field, 2 Large skipper - Central Grassland, 1 Orange tip

Other: good numbers of Marsh orchid at the Reedbed Filtration Ponds and on Central Grassland

Records received from SB, RB, DC

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