Potteric Carr wildlife sightings

Potteric Carr wildlife sightings

(C) Jono Leadley

Daily wildlife sightings at Potteric Carr nature reserve.

Please send your Potteric Carr wildlife sightings and photos to pottericsightings@gmail.com or enter your sightings in the logbook situated on the lectern in the Visitor Centre observation kiosk.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - The reserve and Visitor Centre are closed until further notice and the sightings blog has been suspended. Thank you for your understanding during these extraordinary times. Further details can be found on the YWT website

    Sightings by month

    March 2020

    male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (taken on 19th March) © Rob Mellor 2020

    male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (taken on 19th March) © Rob Mellor 2020

    Muntjac © Pam Grimstone 2020

    Muntjac © Pam Grimstone 2020

    Stonechat © Darren Ward 2020

    Stonechat © Darren Ward 2020

    Monday 23rd

    • 1 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 8 Avocet
    • 2 Redshank

    Butterflies : 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock

    Mammals: Muntjac at Willow Pool

    Ian and Janet Heppenstall, Pam Grimstone

    Comma © Darren Ward 2020

    Comma © Darren Ward 2020

    Sunday 22nd

    • 1 Marsh Harrier - over Willow Pool
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 7 Snipe
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 1 Stonechat - female
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • 1 Marsh Tit - Dipping Pond
    • 4 Bullfinch
    • 2 Greenfinch

    Darren Ward

    Carr Lodge

    • 1 Grey Heron
    • 2 Little Grebe
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 2pr Lapwing
    • Noctule Bat flying around at 12 noon!

    Richard Scott

    Pheasant © Zafar Ali 2020

    Pheasant © Zafar Ali 2020

    Kestrel © Zafar Ali 2020

    Kestrel © Zafar Ali 2020

    Saturday 21st

    • 10 Shelduck
    • 108 Teal
    • 89 Shoveler 
    • 1 Bittern - flew across Huxterwell Cell 1b at 9:30hrs
    • 5 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 3 Sparrowhawk - 2m 1 f
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 2 Water Rail - calling
    • 8 Avocet
    • 3 Oystercatcher
    • 5 Lapwing 
    • 5 Snipe - Decoy Lake
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 6 Sand Martin
    • 8 Cetti's Warbler - singing around reserve
    • 12 Chiffchaff - singing around reserve
    • 3 Coal Tit
    • 3 Treecreeper
    • 40 Redwing
    • 2 Mistle Thrush - over St Caths Field
    • 3 Meadow Pipit
    • 4 Greenfinch - 3 at the V.C. feeders and 1 St. Caths 

    Amphibians : 1 Smooth Newt
    Mammals: 1 Roe Deer

    Darren Wozencroft, Richard Scott

    Spring Day © Derek Parker 2020

    Spring Day © Derek Parker 2020

    Wild Daffodil © Allen Holmes 2020

    Wild Daffodil © Allen Holmes 2020

    Avocet © Allen Holmes 2020

    Avocet © Allen Holmes 2020

    Friday 20th

    • 10 Shelduck
    • 2 Bittern
    • 5 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - female
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 3 Kestrel
    • 3 Oystercatcher
    • 9 Avocet - West Scrape
    • 4 Snipe
    • 7 Sand Martin
    • 3 Redwing
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler
    • 4 Chiffchaff

    Mammals : 1 Red Fox, 1 Bank Vole

    Reptiles : 2 Grass Snake - Loversall Delph

    Butterflies : 2 Comma, 1 Peacock

    Bees : female Tawny Mining Bee, 2 Tree Bumblebee, several White/Buff-tailed Bumblebee

    Flora : Wild Primrose, Cowslip, Ground Ivy, Lesser Celandine, Wild Daffodil, Colt's-foot.

    Allen Holmes, Derek Parker, Zafar Ali, Lynda Christou and Darren Wozencroft

    Early Thorn © Derek Parker 2020

    Early Thorn © Derek Parker 2020

    Yellow Horned © Derek Parker 2020

    Yellow Horned © Derek Parker 2020

    The Engrailed © Derek Parker 2020

    The Engrailed © Derek Parker 2020

    Moth Trapping Report for Tuesday Night, 17th March

    Following a very mild but rather wet and very breezy night, we were pleased with the numbers of moths trapped, of 14 species, albeit mostly common ones. Caloptilia stigmatella, Diurnea fagella, Early Thorn and Yellow Horned were additions to the 2020 list. There were good numbers of some species, for example 18 Small Quaker, 13 Common Quaker, 6 Hebrew Character and 4 each of Twin-spot Quaker and Clouded Drab.

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont and Janet Heppenstall

    Shoveler © Nidge Nilsen 2020

    Shoveler © Nidge Nilsen 2020

    Thursday 19th

    • Bittern - heard booming in the afternoon/evening

    Short Lane Fields - 1 Chiffchaff - singing, 1 Buzzard

    Richard Scott, Lynda Christou

    Gadwall © Iain Macaulay 2020

    Gadwall © Iain Macaulay 2020

    Wednesday 18th

    • 10 Shelduck - Cell 1B Huxterwell
    • 1 Bittern - flying over Loversall Bank towards Willow Marsh
    • 1 Grey Heron - flying over Central Grasslands
    • 2 Little Egret - West Scrape and Cell 1B Huxter
    • 7 Avocet - West Scrape
    • 1 Redshank - Cell 1B
    • 1 Barn Owl
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 
    • 3 Cetti’s Warbler singing around the reserve
    • 6 Chiffchaff - singing
    • 1 Marsh Tit - Black Carr Field

    Paul Paddock, Lynda Christou

    Tuesday 17th

    • 7 Shelduck – Huxter Well Marsh
    • Mallard – predated egg
    • 1 Bittern – Piper Marsh
    • 3 Grey Heron – East Scrape
    • 1 Little Egret – cell 1b
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 2 Oystercatcher – Huxter Well Marsh
    • 7 Avocet – West Scrape
    • 2 Kingfisher – Mother Drain
    • 2 Jackdaw on feeders
    • 6 Cetti’s Warbler - singing
    • 8 Chiffchaff – singing

    Mammals : Weasel - seen twice

    Dave Carroll, Phil Goacher, Dave Harding and Iain Macaulay

    Monday 16th

    • 14 Shelduck
    • 60 Teal
    • 19 Shoveler
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 2 Buzzard
    • Peregrine - from VC mid-afternoon
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 6 Avocet
    • 1 Barn Owl
    • 5 Sand Martin - briefly dropped into Decoy Lake around 1pm.
    • 2 Goldcrest

    Butterflies : Comma, Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and a Brimstone

    Rob Leach, Andy Dalton and Lynda Christou

    Sunday 15th

    • 1 Barn Owl
    • 4 Sand Martin - over Huxterwell in the evening

    Darren Wozencroft, Gracie Corner and Lynda Christou

    Stoven's Plantation

    • 2 Kingfisher on the drain
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker 
    • 2 Jay
    • 4 Blue Tit were 2 pair
    • 2 Great Tit a pair
    • 4 Long-tailed Tit were 2 pairs
    • 2 Chiffchaff 
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • 2 Nuthatch
    • 3 Blackbird
    • 20 Redwing on Gladstone Fields
    • 1 Song Thrush 
    • 2 Mistle Thrush a pair
    • 3 Robin
    • 1 Chaffinch singing
    • 2 Bullfinch a pair

    Sue and Roger Bird

    Saturday 14th

    • 8 Whooper Swan - on cell 1 b
    • 8 Shelduck - West Scrape
    • 34 Teal - West Scrape
    • 2 Bittern - booming 3 times around 14.45 Huxterwell and a female Piper Marsh 15:47 until at least 17:00
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 5 Avocet - West Scrape
    • 1 Barn Owl
    • 2 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 2 Sand Martin - Piper Marsh

    Andy Dalton, Lynda Christou and visitor reports

    Friday 13th

    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 6 Buzzard
    • 2 Water Rail - calling
    • 5 Avocet - West Scrape
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
    • 4 Redwing
    • 1 Stonechat - male, RBF Ponds
    • 6 Cetti's Warbler - singing
    • 7 Chiffchaff
    • 1 Goldcrest

    Amphibians : 24 Common Frog - Piper Marsh

    Visitor reports, Andy Dalton, Darren Wozencroft, Sue and Roger Bird

    Thursday 12th

    • 2 Bittern one on the Lagoon and one flew on to cell 4
    • 2 Little Egret flew over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Buzzard over  M18
    • 1 Kestrel at the Visitor centre 
    • 2 Oystercatcher on 2a
    • 2 Kingfisher

    Sue and Roger Bird, Jim Horsfall, visitor reports.

    Wednesday 11th

    • 1 Peregrine - low over Huxterwell 16:55hrs
    • 2 Avocet - on West Scrape in the evening

    Mammals : Stoat - near the Visitor Centre

    Signs of Spring : the first Grass Snake, Small Tortoiseshell (2), Peacock and Tree Bumblebee of the year.

    Visitor reports, Lynda Christou, Darren Wozencroft and Ian Heppenstall

    Acleris Cristana © Derek Parker

    Acleris Cristana © Derek Parker

    Oak Beauty © Derek Parker 2020

    Oak Beauty © Derek Parker 2020

    Water Carpet © Derek Parker 2020

    Water Carpet © Derek Parker 2020

    Moth Trapping Report for Saturday Night, 7th March

    Despite the far from ideal overnight weather (mild but wet and with a stiff breeze), we were very satisfied with the 13 species we recorded, a decent total for early March. The star find was a single Acleris cristana, the second Potteric Carr record and a Yorkshire rarity, with just a handful of county records. We also trapped its close relative, Acleris hastiana, a rather more common species.

    The other moths trapped were all common and widespread late winter/early spring species, specifically: Agonopterix heracleana, March Moth, Engrailed, Water Carpet, Oak Beauty, Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character, Common Quaker, Twin-spot Quaker, Small Quaker and Chestnut.

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont, Janet Heppenstall

    Buzzard © Nidge Nilsen 2020

    Buzzard © Nidge Nilsen 2020

    Early Dog-violet © Keith Lynes 2020

    Early Dog-violet © Keith Lynes 2020

    Tuesday 10th

    • 10 Shelduck on West Scrape 
    • 2 Wigeon on 2a 
    • 8 Cormorant on 2a 
    • 3 Buzzard over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Peregrine over the Visitor centre 
    • 2 Water Rail calling
    • 3 Snipe on Decoy Lake
    • 2 Redshank over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Lesser  Black-backed Gull adults on West Scrape 
    • 1 Stock Dove over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 1 Kingfisher along Mother drain 
    • 2 Jay along the Access track 
    • 10 Magpie on Central Grassland
    • 2 Coal Tit at the under bridge
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler singing 
    • 3 Chiffchaff  singles in Piper Marsh Scrub, Rossington Bank and the Access track 
    • 2 Treecreeper 
    • 1 Grey Wagtail on Mother drain at the entrance
    • 6 Bullfinch were 3 pairs

    Sue Bird, Dave Carroll, Andy Dalton and Lynda Christou

    Monday 9th

    • 10 Shelduck
    • 43 Shoveler
    • 92 Teal
    • 16 Gadwall
    • 34 Tufted Duck
    • 6 Pochard
    • 1 Bittern - Huxterwell
    • 5 Little Egret
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 3 Water Rail
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 9 Lapwing
    • 4 Avocet - West Scrape
    • 1 Snipe - Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 3 Stock Dove
    • 1 Barn Owl - Piper Marsh
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 2 Redwing
    • 6 Cetti's Warbler
    • 3 Chiffchaff

    Keith Lynes. Rob Leach, Adrian Andruchiw and Chris Bell

    Sunday 8th

    • 8 Shelduck 
    • 166 Teal
    • 91 Shoveler
    • 48 Tufted Duck
    • 20 Pochard
    • 16 Cormorant
    • 1 Sparrowhawk 
    • 2 Buzzard 
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 2 Water Rail - calling
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 4 Avocet - 3 on West Scrape and one on 2a
    • 6 Snipe
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 2 Song Thrush
    • 10 Redwing
    • 3 Cetti's Warbler
    • 4 Chiffchaff
    • 1 Goldcrest - Hawthorne bank 
    • 3 Treecreeper
    • 2 Song Thrush - feeding on the path in Main carpark 
    • 2 Greenfinch - on the feeders in the Butterfly garden 

    Adrian Andruchiw, Sue and Roger Bird, Paul Clover, Helen Womack and Mark Roberts

    Saturday 7th

    • 11 Whooper Swan - NW at 8:30hrs
    • 22 Shelduck
    • 3 Wigeon
    • 4 Great Crested Grebe
    • 18 Cormorant
    • 1 Bittern - Lagoon late morning
    • 5 Little Egret
    • 6 Buzzard
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Peregrine
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 3 Water Rail - calling
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 1 Snipe
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Big Hedge
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 2 Skylark - over
    • 10 Pied Wagtail - over at dusk
    • 5 Mistle Thrush
    • 9 Song Thrush
    • 3 Redwing
    • 6 Cetti's Warbler - singing around the reserve
    • 1 Chiffchaff - Loversall Bank
    • 1 Goldcrest - singing Black Carr Wood
    • 3 Coal Tit
    • 2 Treecreeper
    • 1 Greenfinch

    Mammals : 1 Bank Vole, 2 Roe Deer

    Butterflies : a male Brimstone in Black Carr Field

    Darren Wozencroft

    Sunset over Huxterwell © Lynda Christou 2020

    Sunset over Huxterwell © Lynda Christou 2020

    Reed Bunting © Pam Grimstone 2020

    Reed Bunting © Pam Grimstone 2020

    Friday 6th

    • 16 Shelduck
    • 4 Wigeon
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
    • 1 Sparrowhawk - male
    • 3 Water Rail - calling after dark
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 5 Curlew - west at 17:30hrs
    • 1 Woodcock
    • 1 Snipe
    • 7 Redwing
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler

    Mammals : 1 Weasel - near the V.C/Car Park, 3 Roe Deer, 1 Muntjac

    Andy Dalton, Darren Wozencroft, Lynda Christou and Matthew Christou

    Dunnock © Adrian Andruchiw 2020

    Dunnock © Adrian Andruchiw 2020

    Kestrel © Nidge Nilsen 2020

    Kestrel © Nidge Nilsen 2020

    Thursday 5th

    • 15 Shelduck
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Water Rail - calling at Piper Marsh
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
    • 3 Cetti’s Warbler
    • 2 Treecreeper

    Adrian Andruchiw

    Tuesday 3rd

    • 6 Shelduck  4 on West Scrape and 2 on Old Ea
    • 1 Little Grebe from Willow Pool hide
    • 2 Little Egret on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Sparrowhawk over Old Ea
    • 1 Marsh Harrier a male over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 3 Buzzard 
    • 1 Kestrel from Visitor Centre 
    • 2 Water Rail calling on Willow Marsh and Old Ea 
    • 2 Avocet dropped on to West Scrape about 2pm
    • 6 Snipe on Love Island from the Visitor Centre 
    • 1 Herring Gull was harassing the few Black-headed Gulls that are setting up territories on Decoy Marsh
    • 4 Coal Tit 2 at Willow Pool feeders and 2 at the feeders in the Butterfly garden 
    • 1 Willow/Marsh Tit behind the hide at Willow Pool 
    • 1 Bearded Tit from St Caths hide
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler singing one from the Visitor Centre and one in Seven Arches Carr
    • Long-tailed Tit are very busy setting up their territories 
    • 1 Blackcap a male was seen near the viewing shelter at Decoy Lake
    • 3 Treecreeper singles in Piper Marsh Scrub, behind the compound and Loversal Bank
    • 3 Redwing near the Iron bridge
    • 2 Song Thrush feeding along the paths
    • 6 Bullfinch 
    • 2 Greenfinch a male and female to the feeders in the Butterfly Garden
    • 4 Reed Bunting a pair visiting Willow Pool feeders and the Butterfly garden feeders, one was singing in the Reedbed Filtration ponds

    Mammals : 2 Roe Deer along Loversall Bank

    Sue Bird, Dave Carroll, Phil Goucher, Dave Harding, Helen Womack, Chris Bell, David Horncastle and visitor reports

    Monday 2nd

    • 18 Shelduck
    • 100 Teal
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 3 Buzzard over Huxter Well Marsh, one was actively hunting over the marsh
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 2 Avocet on West Scrape 
    • 1 Woodcock in Beeston Plantation 
    • 10 Snipe on the island in front of the Visitor centre 
    • 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - male 
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in Beeston Plantation a male
    • 12 Jackdaw in the main carpark 
    • 2 Mistle Thrush
    • 1 Willow Tit near Willow Pool late afternoon 
    • 2 Bullfinch near the Visitor centre 

    Sue and Roger Bird, Andy Dalton, Rob Leach, Mark Roberts

    Sunday 1st

    • 16 Shelduck 
    • 2 Wigeon on 2a 
    • 165 Teal on 2a
    • 3 Great Crested Grebe on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Little Egret - Mother drain 
    • 13 Cormorant - Cell 2a 
    • 1 Sparrowhawk 
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - female over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 40 Lapwing on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 130 Black-headed Gull on 1b early afternoon
    • 2 Common Gull on 1b
    • 1 Barn Owl
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in Black Carr wood 
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler calling 
    • 1 Chiffchaff 
    • 3 Goldcrest 2 along Hawthorne bank and one along the M18/HW
    • 4 Treecreeper 
    • 10 Redwing in St Caths copse
    • 1 Song Thrush along Path near M18
    • 5 Bullfinch 
    • 15 Goldfinch from St Caths hide
    • 3 Reed Bunting to Willow Pool feeders

    Buffer Area : Curlew south over Short Lane/Low Ellers 17.30

    Low Ellers

    • Mute Swan – 6 (a pair with 4 imms) 
    • Greylag Goose 
    • Shoveler 3 (2m, 1f) 
    • Pochard 10 (6m, 4f)
    • Tufted Duck – 14 
    • Gadwall 3 (1m, 2f)
    • Coot – 7 
    • Moorhen - 1 Childers Marsh
    • Water Rail – 1 calling from Childers Marsh
    • Buzzard 1
    • Lesser Black-backed Gull – 2 
    • Black-headed Gull 2

    Sue and Roger Bird, Sue Cullen, Lynda Christou, Dave Carroll and Richard Scott

    February 2020

    Saturday 29th

    • 12 Shelduck
    • 4 Wigeon
    • 1 Bittern - booming
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 2 Grey Heron
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 6 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 1 Peregrine
    • 1 Water Rail
    • 18 Lesser Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 300 Herring Gull - roosted
    • 15 Great Black-backed Gull- roosted
    • 1 Stock Dove - over
    • 1 Willow or Marsh Tit - near Willow Pool
    • 3 Pied Wagtail - over

    Richard Scott, Chris Bell

    Wednesday 26th

    • 6 Cormorant
    • 1 Bittern - Huxterwell Marsh
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 1 Barn Owl - near the V.C at dusk
    • 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
    • 2 Bearded Tit - Huxterwell Marsh

    Mammals : 1 Muntjac, 3 Roe Deer, 1 Brown Rat

    Lynda Christou, visitor reports

    Tuesday 25th

    • 4 Shelduck
    • 5 Wigeon
    • 70 Shoveler
    • 80 Gadwall
    • 38 Pochard
    • 35 Tufted Duck
    • 4 Little Grebe
    • 1 Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 Grey Heron
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - c/c
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 17 Lapwings
    • 2 Barn Owl
    • 1 Song Thrush - at the back of Decoy Lake
    • 5 Cettis Warbler - singing
    • 2 Treecreeper - Hawthorn Bank
    • 2 Lesser Redpoll - Access Track
    • 2 Siskin - including one singing, Piper Marsh

    As part of the national Willow Tit survey in 2020 Potteric Carr returned no registrations today, but the survey continues through to mid-April. Reserve visitors are requested to report all sightings of Willow Tit in the sightings logbook which is located in the visitor centre.

    Keith Lynes. Michael Bird, Dave Carroll, Sue Bird, Lynda Christou and visitor reports.

    Monday 24th

    • 2 Egyptian Geese
    • 200 Teal
    • 2 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Barn Owl
    • 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - male
    • 1 Siskin

    Rob Leach, Lynda Christou and visitor reports

    Shoveler © Nidge Nilsen 2020

    Shoveler © Nidge Nilsen 2020

    Sunday 23rd

    • 8 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Wigeon - Cell 2a 
    • 3 Little Grebe - Cell 2 on 2a and one on Lagoon
    • 2 Great Crested Grebe - Cell 2a
    • 2 Bittern -  one on Lagoon and stood on the bank between 1b and 3b
    • 3 Little Egret  - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 12 Cormorant - Cell 2a
    • 2 Sparrowhawk 
    • 1 Marsh Harrier cc
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel 
    • 35 Lapwing
    • 1 Woodcock
    • 1 Barn Owl
    • 1 Tawny Owl - near the Visitor Centre at dusk
    • 15 Redwing - Big Hedge
    • 3 Cetti's Warbler - singing 
    • 12 Long-tailed Tit - in front of St Caths hide
    • 2 Goldcrest - Hawthorn Bank and 
    • 2 Bullfinch
    • 1 Siskin
    • 4Reed Bunting - to the feeders 

    Buffer Area : Short Lane Fields - 50 Redwing

    Sue and Roger Bird, Lynda Christou, Darren Wozencroft, Richard Scott and visitor reports

    Iceland Gull © Richard Scott 2020

    Iceland Gull © Richard Scott 2020

    Roe Deer © Darren Wozencroft 2020

    Roe Deer © Darren Wozencroft 2020

    Saturday 22nd

    • 2 Egyptian Geese - flew towards the I-Port
    • 11 Shelduck
    • 4 Wigeon
    • 3 Great Crested Grebe
    • 3 Little Egret - NW late afternoon
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 1 Peregrine - high over the reserve 1225hrs
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 3 Water Rail - one at the Lagoon and 2 at Old Eaa
    • 2 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
    • 35 Lapwing
    • 1 Woodcock
    • 8 Common Gull - roosted
    • 5 Great Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 32 Lesser Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 215 Herring Gull - roosted
    • 1 ICELAND GULL - first-winter on cell 1b at dusk flew towards Lakeside after dark, where it had been seen in the morning (RJS, DW)
    • 1 Barn Owl
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 1 Grey Wagtail - west at 1245hrs
    • 30 Redwing - St Caths Field
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler
    • 3 Goldcrest - Hawthorn Bank
    • 1 Coal Tit
    • 1 Treecreeper - Access Track
    • 2 Rook - west
    • 1 Greenfinch - VC
    • 6 Bullfinch
    • 6 Reed Bunting

    Mammals : 2 Wood Mouse, 3 Bank Vole, 5 Roe Deer

    Michael Bird, Darren Wozencroft, Richard Scott and Lynda Christou

    Wednesday 19th

    • 10 Shelduck
    • 4 Great Crested Grebe
    • 10 Cormorant
    • 1 Grey Heron
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc Huxterwell
    • 1 Buzzard
    • 2 Peregrine - Huxterwell
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 4 Cetti’s Warbler - singing around the reserve
    • 1 Treecreeper
    • 2 Song Thrush

    Mammals : 5 Roe Deer

    Paul Paddock

    Tuesday 18th

    • 10 Shelduck
    • 5 Wigeon
    • 126 Gadwall
    • 75 Shoveler
    • 150 Teal
    • 31 Pochard
    • 34 Tufted Duck
    • 2 Marsh Harrier
    • 5 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 2 Oystercatcher - Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 42 Lapwing
    • 1 Woodcock 
    • 1 Barn Owl - near the VC
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 4 Song Thrush 
    • 1 Cettis Warbler from St Catherines Hide.
    • 5 Bullfinch

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Dave Carroll and Jim Horsfall

    Storm Dennis flooding © Lynda Christou 2020

    Storm Dennis flooding © Lynda Christou 2020

    Sunday 16th

    • 1 Pink-footed Goose - east
    • 4 Shelduck
    • 2 Wigeon
    • 30 Pochard
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 2 Water Rail - Loversall Pool and the Lagoon
    • 120 Lapwing - cell 2a
    • 6 Snipe - high west
    • 1 Willow Tit - singing
    • 6 Cetti's Warbler
    • 1 Song Thrush - singing at the car park

    Richard Scott

    Saturday 15th

    • 12 Shelduck
    • 9 Wigeon
    • 1 Great Egret - Mother Drain
    • 2 Little Egret - over
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Peregrine - hunting low over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 9 Common Gull - roosted
    • 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 330 Herring Gull - roosted
    • 38 Great Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 1 Collared Dove - over
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
    • 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
    • 1 Treecreeper - Access Track
    • 4 Pied Wagtail - SW at dusk

    Richard Scott, Chris Bell

    Grey Squirrel © Lynda Christou 2020

    Grey Squirrel © Lynda Christou 2020

    Friday 14th

    • 16 Shelduck
    • 4 Wigeon
    • 1 Bittern
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - both cc
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 1 Water Rail - calling Willow Marsh
    • 195 Lapwing
    • 7 Snipe
    • 1 Barn Owl
    • 3 Redwing
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler
    • 1 Treecreeper

    Adrian Andruchiw, Andy Dalton, Lynda Christou and Darren Wozencroft

    Rainbow over Piper Marsh © Malcom Cook 2020

    Rainbow over Piper Marsh © Malcom Cook 2020

    Thursday 13th

    Gadwall © Rob Leach

    Gadwall © Rob Leach

    Marsh Harrier © Nidge Nilsen 2020

    Marsh Harrier © Nidge Nilsen 2020

    Wednesday 12th

    • 12 Shelduck
    • 4 Wigeon
    • 1 Bittern - Huxterwell Marsh
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - Huxterwell Marsh
    • 1 Peregrine
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 4 Moorhen
    • 1 Barn Owl - Loversall Bank/RBF Ponds
    • 50 Redwing
    • 1 Goldcrest

    Mammals : 3 Bank Vole, 2 Roe Deer, 1 Muntjac

    Darren Wozencroft, Lynda Christou and visitor reports

    Wood Mouse © Lynda Christou 2020

    Wood Mouse © Lynda Christou 2020

    Storm Ciara damage © Darren Wozencroft 2020

    Storm Ciara damage © Darren Wozencroft 2020

    Sunday 9th

    • 21 Mute Swan
    • 87 Greylag Geese
    • 2 Canada Geese
    • 2 Egyptian Geese - flew over Huxterwell 15:40hrs
    • 16 Shelduck
    • 4 Wigeon
    • 305 Gadwall
    • 171 Teal
    • 81 Mallard
    • 110 Shoveler
    • 55 Pochard
    • 58 Tufted Duck
    • 14 Cormorant
    • 1 Bittern
    • 8 Little Egret - including 6 NW at dusk
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 7 Little Grebe
    • 3 Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 2 Moorhen
    • 118 Coot
    • 1 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
    • 81 Lapwing - cell 2a
    • 14 Common Gull - pre-roost at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 16 Lesser Black-backed Gull - pre-roost at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 90 Herring Gull - pre-roost at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 8 Great Black-backed Gull - pre-roost at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Stock Dove
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 2 Meadow Pipit - over Huxter Well Marsh at dusk
    • 7 Redwing - St Caths 
    • 2 Treecreeper
    • 1 Greenfinch - over

    Richard Scott, Mark Roberts and Darren Wozencroft

    Bank Vole © Ron Parke 2020

    Bank Vole © Ron Parke 2020

    Saturday 8th

    • 14 Shelduck - mainly West Scrape
    • 6 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 1 Great Crested Grebe
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc Huxterwell
    • 2 Sparrowhawk 
    • 5 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 1 Oystercatcher
    • 1 Woodcock - Big Hedge at dusk
    • 1 Bearded Tit -  calling near Mitchell Hide
    • 2 Treecreeper

    Mammals : 3 Bank Vole, 1 Roe Deer

    Bumblebees : a Buff-tailed (queen) near the V.C

    Darren Wozencroft and visitor reports

    Mother Drain at dawn © Nidge Nilsen 2020

    Mother Drain at dawn © Nidge Nilsen 2020

    Friday 7th

    • 1 Marsh Harrier - imm. cream crown Huxterwell Marsh
    • 1 Oystercatcher
    • 2 Avocet - West Scrape mid morning
    • 8 Snipe

    Andy Dalton, visitor reports

    Goldcrest © Rob Burns 2020

    Goldcrest © Rob Burns 2020

    Thursday 6th

    • 6 Shelduck
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - flying the length of Mother drain from Hawthorne bank
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 1 Oystercatcher - Huxterwell cell 2a
    • 3 Snipe
    • 1 Barn owl
    • 1 Chiffchaff - singing Piper Marsh Scrub
    • 1 Goldcrest - on the path from the Railway Bridge to Black Carr field

    Mammals : 1 Bank Vole, Roe Deer

    Butterflies : 1 Peacock - near to the Visitor Centre

    Rob Burns, Lynda Christou and Christopher Sigsworth

    Wednesday 5th

    • 1 Shelduck - Huxterwell cell 1b
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier (cream crowned) - Huxterwell Marsh
    • 1 Buzzard - Huxterwell Marsh
    • 2 Snipe
    • 2 Song Thrush
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler Singing
    • 2 Bearded Tit -Piper Marsh

    Mammals :1 Roe Deer, 1 Bank Vole

    Paul Paddock

    Tuesday 4th

    • 10 Shelduck
    • 16 Wigeon
    • 32 Shoveler
    • 75 Teal
    • 54 Gadwall
    • 38 Tufted Duck
    • 37 Pochard
    • 2 Grey Heron
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 3 Kestrel
    • 41 Lapwing
    • 1 Jay at Willow Pool feeders

    Keith Lynes, Lynda Christou

    The Chestnut © Derek Parker 2020

    The Chestnut © Derek Parker 2020

    Pale Brindled Beauty © Derek Parker 2020

    Pale Brindled Beauty © Derek Parker 2020

    Monday 3rd

    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 1 Water Rail - Reedbed Filtration
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 1 Cetti's Warbler
    • 4 Bearded Tit - Mitchell Hide

    Rich Collis

     

    Moth Trapping Report for Friday Night, 31st January

    Although January and February are probably the quietest months of the year for moths, it can be worth having an occasional trapping session in order to record species which only fly at this time of year. You never get much and it was no surprise that we only trapped 5 common species, as follows:

    Tortricodes alternella 1

    Acleris ferrugana 1

    Pale Brindled Beauty 1

    Dotted Border 1

    Chestnut 4

    We also spotted a Mompha ssp. on the inside window of the Visitor Centre. It looked like, and proved to be, Mompha jurassicella

    Finally, a larval mine of Coptotriche marginea was noted on a bramble leaf near the Compound.

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont and Janet Heppenstall

    Great and Blue Tit © Darren Ward 2020

    Great and Blue Tit © Darren Ward 2020

    Saturday 1st  (night)

    Mammals : 1 Wood Mouse, 1 Bank Vole, 2 Roe Deer

    Darren Wozencroft

    January 2020

    Wednesday 29th

    • 1 Kestrel - near the VC

    Buffer Area : Short Lane Fields - 1 Sparrowhawk to the Starling roost, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Cetti's Warbler singing in drain, 50,000 Starling started to arrive about 4.30pm and went in to roost at 5.05pm on Low Ellers Marsh.

    Sue and Roger Bird, Lynda Christou

    Tuesday 28th

    • 11 Shelduck
    • 35 Teal 
    • 20 Wigeon 
    • 50 Shoveler
    • 70 Gadwall
    • 8 Pochard
    • 14 Tufted Duck
    • 1 Aythya hybrid duck – cell 2b
    • 1 Great Crested Grebe
    • 2 Grey Heron
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 8 Cormorant – cell 2a
    • 3 Marsh Harrier - male,cc and immature – Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel – over Decoy Lake
    • 1 Water Rail – Loversall Pool
    • 83 Lapwing
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (m) – Willow Pool feeders
    • 3 Song Thrush
    • 30 Redwing
    • 1 Coal Tit
    • 1 Goldcrest – Loversall Triangle
    • 15 Chaffinch – near old wardens car park
    • 2 Reed Bunting – Willow Pool feeders

    Mammals : 4 Roe Deer

    Dave Carroll, Sue Bird, Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Helen Womack, Lynda Christou, Janet and Ian Heppenstall

    Sunday 26th

    • 36 Greylag Geese - on cell 1b at dusk
    • 11 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 30 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Great Crested Grebe - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5 Little Egret - including 3 NW at dusk
    • 4 Grey Heron - cell 2a
    • 1 RED KITE - seen from Piper Marsh (RM)
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 23 Common Gull - roosted
    • 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 300 Herring Gull  - roosted
    • 1 CASPIAN GULL - 2cy (1st-winter) roosted (RJS)
    • 120 Great Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 1 Tawny Owl - calling from Young Eaa after dark
    • 50,000 Starling - went to roost at 5pm

    Richard Scott, Rob Mellor

    Saturday 25th

    • 6 Shelduck
    • 1 Wigeon
    • 1 Bittern - in flight from Duchess Hide
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 2 Water Rail
    • 2 Snipe
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 7 Redwing
    • 1 Cetti's Warbler - heard on main path near Piper Marsh
    • 5 Goldcrest - 3 Access Track, 2 Hawthorn Field
    • 2 Bearded Tit - East Scrape
    • 4 Treecreeper

    Mammals : 1 Roe Deer

    Darren Wozencroft, Gracie Corner, Andy Dalton, John Purrington and visitor reports

    Friday 24th

    • 1 Bittern - Mitchell Hide
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc Huxterwell Marsh
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Peregrine - at the Starling roost
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 40,000 Starling - roosting birds 

    Buffer Area : Short Lane Fields - 6 Redwing, 60 Jackdaw, 20 Goldfinch, 12 House Sparrow

    Tina Langford, Darren Wozencroft, Sue and Roger Bird

    Wood Jelly Ear © Lynda Christou 2020

    Wood Jelly Ear © Lynda Christou 2020

    Robin © Richard Scott 2020

    Robin © Richard Scott 2020

    Wednesday 22nd

    • 1 Little Egret – Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Marsh Harrier cc – Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Buzzard – Access Track tree
    • 1 Water Rail – Willow Marsh
    • 3+ Bearded Tit – heard and later seen near Mitchell Hide 
    • 2 Jay – Mother Drain embankment
    • 1 Song Thrush – singing
    • 1 Cetti’s Warbler – singing

    Two new grit trays for Bearded Tits have been installed near Roger Mitchell Hide and Tofield Hide, adding to the ones located near Dutchess Hide and Beeston Hide.

    Dave Carroll, visitor reports.

    Tuesday 21st

    • 11 Shelduck
    • 80 Teal
    • 8 Wigeon
    • 150 Shoveler
    • 27 Tufted Duck
    • 2 Grey Heron
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 3 Marsh Harrier - cc Huxter Well Marsh, cc high east, male high south
    • 3 Sparrowhawk
    • 5 Buzzard
    • 2 Water Rail - Willow Marsh and Loversall Pool
    • 1 Moorhen in Mother Drain at the pumping station
    • 120 Lapwing
    • 2 Snipe - cell 2a
    • 28 Common Gull - roosted
    • 21 Lesser Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 800 Herring Gull - roosted
    • 80 Great Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 1 Tawny Owl - calling at 5.15pm at Decoy Marsh near Sedum House
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 3+ Great Spotted Woodpecker - 2 in Black Carr Wood, Hawthorn Bank, Decoy Marsh
    • 2 Redwing
    • 5 Song Thrush one on Piper Marsh path was carrying a snail and 4 Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Cetti's Warbler
    • 7 Goldcrest - 4 Black Carr Wood, 2 Short Lane and Beeston
    • 1 Coal Tit singing in Triangle Plantation
    • 7 Bearded Tit - including 2 males near Mitchell Hide
    • 1 Skylark - singing over Central Grassland
    • 2 Treecreeper - Black Carr Wood and Beeston
    • 50,000 Starling
    • 3 Reed Bunting from Totfield Hide

    Mammals : 1 Stoat on the path near 2b, 5 Roe Deer

    Butterflies : 1 Peacock

    Richard Scott, Sue Bird, Dave Carroll, Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Helen Womack, Chip Rhodes, Janet and Ian Heppenstall.

    Bearded Tit © Richard Scott 2020

    Bearded Tit © Richard Scott 2020

    Monday 20th

    • 9 Shelduck
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
    • 3 Sparrowhawk - including a pair displaying
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 1 Water Rail - cell 2a
    • 3 Stock Dove - over
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Big Hedge
    • 4 Bearded Tit - near Mitchell Hide
    • 4 Treecreeper - 3 in Beeston Plantation and one in Black Carr Wood

     

    Richard Scott, Lynda Christou and visitor reports

    Sunday 19th

    • 2 Egyptian Geese - over
    • 9 Shelduck
    • 10 Wigeon
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 1 Water Rail - Loversall Pool
    • 2 Woodcock - Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Snipe - cell 2a
    • 5 Stock Dove - over
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Young Eaa and Beeston Plantation
    • 30 Redwing
    • 4 Mistle Thrush
    • 2 Coal Tit - Hawthorn Bank
    • 6+ Bearded Tit - Piper Marsh, also heard at East Scrape and Mitchell Hide
    • 3 Treecreeper - Black Carr Field, Loversall Bank and Beeston Plantation
    • 2 Raven - low over the reserve 11:45hrs and high west at 12:40hrs
    • 2 Jay
    • Siskin - heard around the Pumping Station

    Mammals : 4 Roe Deer

    Richard Scott, Keith Rich, Darren Wozencroft and visitor reports

    Saturday 18th

    • 10 Shelduck
    • 30 Wigeon
    • 100 Shoveler
    • 40 Gadwall
    • 2 Little Grebe
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 4 Redwing

    Mammals : 5 Roe Deer

    Michael Bird

    Thursday 16th

    • 7 Shelduck on 2a
    • 2 Little Egret on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 60 Lapwing on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Marsh Harrier on continually hunting on Huxter Well 
    • 1 Kestrel hunting over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 3 Treecreeper together along Willow bank 
    • 3 Bearded Tit from Mitchell hide 

    Sue and Roger Bird, visitor reports 

    Tuesday 14th

    • 15 Whooper Swan - 10 adult and 5 juveniles,  flew on to 1b at 10.55 and left towards the Iport at 12.05
    • 5 Shelduck on 2a
    • 1 Little Egret on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 7 Cormorant on 2a
    • 1 Sparrowhawk to Willow Pool feeders 
    • 2 Marsh Harrier on Huxter Well Marsh. A female and juvenile male
    • 1 Buzzard Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker 4 in Black Carr wood were chasing and displaying and one was on the feeders at Willow Pool
    • 1 Willow Tit at Willow Pool 
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler singing 
    • 2 Goldcrest one in Black Carr Wood and one Hawthorn Field
    • 3 Treecreeper 2 at Hawthorn field and one at the main gate
    • 20 Redwing
    • 1 Song Thrush at the  Visitor centre 
    • 10 Bullfinch 4 at iron bridge and 6 near the visitor centre
    • 6 Lesser Redpoll and 4 Siskin in a mixed flock with Goldfinches near the pumping station 

    Mammals : 3 Roe Deer

    Sue Bird, Dougie Smith, Michael Bird, Phil Goucher, Nick Whitehouse, Carl Dutton, Sue Brookes and Lynda Christou

    Bullfinch © Adrian Andruchiw 2020

    Bullfinch © Adrian Andruchiw 2020

    Monday 13th

    • 50 Pink-footed Geese - west at 11:20hrs
    • 9 Shelduck
    • 39 Wigeon
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female at the Starling roost around 16:00hrs and one seen over Huxterwell in the morning
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Peregrine - over the V.C midday and again at dusk
    • 2 Kestrel - RBF ponds and Rossington Carr
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 9 Pied Wagtail - over V.C at dusk
    • 15 Redwing
    • 1 Cetti's Warbler
    • 2 Goldcrest - Cottage Drain
    • 1 Willow Tit 
    • 3 Coal Tit
    • 1 Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide
    • 4 Treecreeper
    • 50,000 Starling - started gathering early at 15:30hrs but took an hour to go down, probably due to the presence of Buzzard, Marsh Harriers, Sparrowhawk and Peregrine in the vicinity
    • 4 Siskin

    Mammals : 2 Bank Vole

    Darren Wozencroft, Andy Dalton, Adrian Andruchiw, Lynda Christou and visitor reports

    Scarlet Elfcup © Lynda Christou 2020

    Scarlet Elfcup © Lynda Christou 2020

    Sunday 12th

    • 95 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 156 Gadwall
    • 124 Mallard
    • 112 Teal
    • 149 Shoveler
    • 61 Tufted Duck
    • 42 Pochard
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
    • 3 Sparrowhawk
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel - VC
    • 124 Coot
    • 2 Snipe - cell 2a
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Willow Marsh
    • 2 Song Thrush - singing on Low Ellers Bank at dusk
    • 3 Cetti's Warbler singing 
    • 3 Goldcrest - St Caths Copse, Cottage Drain and Black Carr Wood
    • 3 Bearded Tit - near Mitchell Hide
    • 1 Treecreeper - Beeston Plantation
    • 60,000 Starling - started to gather over Low Ellers Marsh and dropped in at 16.40
    • 3 Jay
    • 15 Siskin - Beeston Plantation
    • 1+ Lesser Redpoll in a small flock of Goldfinch and Siskin 
    • 10 Bullfinch together along Piper Marsh path 

    Mammals : 1 Roe Deer in St Caths Copse

    Sue and Roger Bird, Richard Scott, Mark Roberts

    Saturday 11th

    • 14 Mute Swan
    • 4 Pink-footed Geese - over
    • 10 Shelduck
    • 32 Wigeon
    • 75 Teal
    • 47 Mallard
    • 33 Shoveler
    • 19 Pochard
    • 21 Tufted Duck
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 2 Sparrowhawk 
    • 1 Peregrine - attacking the Starling roost at dusk over Low Ellers
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 65 Coot
    • 110 Lapwing
    • 19 Common Gull - roosted
    • 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull
    • 270 Herring Gull
    • 110 Great Black-backed Gull
    • 900 Woodpigeon - seen distantly to the east of the reserve
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - calling near West Scrape
    • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker- Willow Feeders and Black Carr Wood
    • 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - male
    • 49 Redwing
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler
    • 1 Goldcrest - Black Carr Wood
    • 1 Willow Tit
    • 1 Coal Tit
    • 1 Bearded Tit
    • 2 Treecreeper
    • 240 Jackdaw - 140 distant to the east of the reserve 100 on the reserve at dusk
    • 50,000 Starling - roosted at Low Ellers and put on a good show as they were attacked repeatedly by a peregrine at dusk
    • 20 Goldfinch - near the Pumping Station
    • 1 Siskin - with the Goldfinches

    Mammals : 4 Roe Deer - Loversall Bank

    Darren Wozencroft, Adrian Andruchiw, Richard Scott, Tom Hibbert, Chris Bell and visitor reports

    Friday 10th

    • 5 Shelduck on 2a 
    • 20 Wigeon on 2a 
    • 1 Bittern flew from the Lagoon to 1a
    • 1 Little Egret on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Marsh Harrier a female hunting over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 
    • 1 Willow Tit at the Education Centre
    • 2 Treecreeper  one at Balby Copse and one in St Caths copse
    • 5 Bullfinch together in St Caths copse
    • 2 Siskin near the pumping station

    Mammals : Roe Deer from Hawthorn bank hide. Vole on the banking near Decoy Marsh Hide

    Fungi : Elfcup in St Caths Copse near the notice board

    Sue and Roger Bird, Mick Bellas, Andy Dalton

    Tuesday 7th

    • 10 Shelduck
    • 16 Wigeon
    • 50Teal
    • 80 Gadwall
    • 200 Shoveler
    • 38 Tufted Duck
    • 35 Pochard
    • 1 Great Crested Grebe
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 4 Grey Heron
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - female and juv
    • 5 Buzzard
    • 3 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Kestrel - in front of the VC
    • 60 Lapwing
    • 1 Woodcock - disturbed in Piper Marsh Scrub whilst checking Willow tit nest boxes
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 12 Redwing
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler
    • 2 Coal Tit
    • c40,000 Starling went in to roost on Low Ellers Marsh at 4pm, plenty of murmuration due to 2 Sparrowhawk attacking the flock.
    • 6 Bullfinch

    Sue and Roger Bird, Dave Carroll, Keith Lynes, Michael Bird and Helen Womack

    Sunday 5th

    • 6 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 13 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 70 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Hawthorn Field

    Buffer Area : Short Lane Fields - 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 100 Wood Pigeon, 60 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 60,000 Starling went in to roost on Low Ellers Marsh at 4.25pm. They started to arrive at 3.55pm and put on an excellent spectacle.

    Richard Scott, Sue and Roger Bird

    Saturday 4th

    • 59 Greylag on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Shelduck on1b and later 2 on 2a possibly the same birds
    • 40 Wigeon on 2a
    • 3 Little Grebe on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 3 Little Egret on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Sparrowhawk  one on Piper Marsh and one from the Visitor centre 
    • 2 Marsh Harrier a male and a female over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Buzzard over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • c200 Lapwing on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 6 Woodcock - 4 flushed around Loversall/Willow,  one in Beeston Plantation and one at dusk from the Visitor centre 
    • 3 Snipe on 2a 
    • 2 Common Gull on 1b 
    • 1 Kingfisher on Mother drain 
    • c60,000 Starling were seen from the Visitor centre. The majority dropped in to Low Ellers Marsh and some went in to Decoy Marsh.
    • 4 Redwing in Beeston Plantation

    Sue and Roger Bird, Dave Carroll and Michael Bird

    Goldcrest © Darren Ward 2020

    Goldcrest © Darren Ward 2020

    Wednesday 1st

    • 10 Shelduck
    • 14 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 3 Marsh Harrier - male and 2 cc
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 2 Water Rail - calling along Mother Drain near the underbridge
    • 2 Snipe
    • 1 Tawny Owl perched in bushes along the path towards Decoy Marsh hide. Was mobbed by a tit flock, blackbirds and jays.
    • 1 Kingfisher - from Underbridge
    • 1 Green Woodpecker
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 3 Cetti's Warbler
    • 3 Goldcrest
    • 1 Willow Tit - Willow Marsh 
    • 1 Coal Tit - Willow Pool
    • 2 Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide
    • 3 Treecreeper
    • 1 Nuthatch - Beeston

    Richard Scott, Rich Collis, Sue Cullen, Sue and Roger Bird, Dave Carroll and Darren Wozencroft

    December 2019

    Marsh Harrier © Barry Wardley

    Marsh Harrier © Barry Wardley

    Tuesday 31st

    • 6 Shelduck
    • 2 Wigeon
    • 120 Teal
    • 65 Shoveler
    • 70 Gadwall
    • 36 Pochard
    • 24 Tufted Duck
    • 2 Little Grebes
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 2 Grey Heron
    • 3 Marsh Harrier one male and two juveniles
    • 1 Buzzard
    • 200 Lapwing
    • 2 Redwing
    • 2 Cettis Warblers

    Mammals : 6 Roe Deer and 1 Stoat

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Helen Womack and Barry Wardley

    Buffer Area : Carr Lodge - 1 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Kestrel, 8 Meadow Pipit, 170 Redwing

    Starling murmuration © Allen Holmes 2019
    Starling murmuration © Allen Holmes 2019

    Starling murmuration © Allen Holmes 2019

    Monday 30th

    • 6 Shelduck
    • 14 Wigeon
    • 1 Bittern - from Mitchell Hide 09:25hrs
    • 6 Little Egret
    • 5 Grey Heron
    • 2 Marsh Harrier -  male and cc on Huxterwell Marsh
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 3 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Peregrine - one chased a Snipe near the Visitor Centre 3p.m. then headed west and another hunting the Starlings over Huxterwell 4p.m.
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 115 Lapwing
    • 1 Snipe - chased by a Peregrine from Decoy Lake
    • 2 Woodcock - flushed to Willow Marsh midday and another Big Hedge at dusk
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
    • 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - briefly Hawthorn Bank 10:30hrs
    • 50 Redwing - Beeston Plantation
    • 4 Mistle Thrush - Loversall Carr Fields
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler 
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • 2 Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide 09:00hrs
    • 3 Coal Tit
    • 5 Treecreeper
    • 50.000 Starling - many roosting on Decoy Marsh for the first time this winter
    • 8 Bullfinch

    Butterflies : a Small Tortoiseshell reported from the Warden's Car Park and a Peacock were both unseasonal but perhaps not too surprising considering the recent mild conditions.

    Darren Wozencroft, Sue and Roger Bird, Allen Holmes, Andy Dalton plus visitor reports.

     

     

    Marsh Harriers © Roy Day 2019

    Marsh Harriers © Roy Day 2019

    Saturday 28th

    • 5 Shelduck
    • 14 Wigeon
    • 2 Pintail - male and female on Huxterwell cell 1b
    • 5 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - cc and young male
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 200 Lapwing
    • 2 Snipe
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 2 Coal Tit - Willow pool feeders
    • 50,000 Starling 

    Buffer Area : 2 Little Egret 110 Redwing - Short Lane

    Mammals : 6 Bank Vole and 1 Wood Mouse

    Michael Bird, Darren Wozencroft and Richard Scott

    Friday 27th

    • 6 Shelduck 
    • 8 Wigeon on 2a 
    • 8 Little Egret on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 6 Grey Heron  5 on 2a and one on Decoy Marsh 
    • 2 Marsh Harrier on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Buzzard over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 3 Sparrowhawk - around the Starling murmuration at dusk
    • 1 Kestrel over Decoy Lake later Willow Marsh and Huxterwell
    • 200 Lapwing over Huxter Well Marsh were continually disturbed by the Marsh Harrier 
    • 3 Snipe - Decoy Lake
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker to the Willow Pool feeders 
    • 2 Goldcrest one along Hawthorne bank and at the Iron bridge 
    • 3 Cetti's Warbler calling 
    • 1 Willow Tit - outside Field Centre/Old Cafe
    • 1 Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide
    • 2 Treecreeper along Decoy Marsh path
    • 1 Song Thrush at the entrance 
    • 4 Bullfinch

    Buffer Area : 120 Redwing on Short Lane fields 

    Mammals : 4 Roe Deer and a bat sp (probable Pipistrelle) at dusk.

    Sue and Roger Bird, Darren Wozencroft

    Tuesday 24th

    • 6 Shelduck
    • 13 Wigeon
    • 4 Little Egret - St Caths Field
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and cc
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Tawny Owl - calling from Old Eaa/Childers Wood
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
    • 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 200 Herring Gull - roosted
    • 220 Great Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 3+ Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide
    • 60,000 Starling - roosted around the Lagoon

    Richard Scott

    Monday 23rd

    • 7 Shelduck
    • 3 Wigeon
    • 72 Shoveler
    • 36 Pochard
    • Aythya hybrid - male (pochard x tufted duck)
    • 5 Little Egret - Mother Drain
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and cc over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 1 Peregrine - sparring with Marsh Harrier 1530 hrs over Huxterwell
    • 3 Stock Dove
    • 1 Collared Dove - over
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 12 Redwing
    • 1 Mistle Thrush
    • 3 Cetti's Warbler - singing
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • 4+ Bearded Tit - included a male in front of Mitchell Hide
    • 7 Siskin - Pumping Sation

    Mammals : 1 Red Fox, 1 Roe Deer, 1 Rabbit, 1 Bank Vole

    Richard Scott, Darren Wozencroft, Alfie Bloor and visitor reports

    Sunday 22nd

    • 50 Greylag Geese - cell 1b
    • 3 Shelduck - cell 1b
    • 1 Bittern - flew by Mitchell Hide at 3.55pm and landed in reeds at cell 3b
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier a male and female 
    • 3 Sparrowhawk -  chasing Starlings on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Kestrel - in front of the Visitor centre 
    • 1 Water Rail - calling in front of Duchess hide 
    • 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 250 Herring Gull - roosted
    • 160 Great Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 1 Tawny Owl - calling at Old Eaa at dusk
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker -  Beeston Plantation 
    • 3 Jay -  2 in St Caths copse and one in Beeston Plantation 
    • 1 Goldcrest in St Caths copse 
    • 1 Cetti's Warbler singing in front of Duchess hide 
    • 15 Long-tailed Tit along Willow Bank 
    • 1 Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide
    • 1 Treecreeper in Beeston Plantation 
    • 50-80,000 Starling went in to roost to the left of Duchess Hide. An excellent spectacle!
    • 3 Song Thrush in Beeston Plantation 
    • 12 Redwing in Beeston Plantation 
    • 4 Bullfinch along  Willow Bank 

    Mammals : 2 Roe Deer in Loversall Carr Fields 

    Richard Scott, Sue and Roger Bird 

    Saturday 21st

    • 2 Shelduck
    • 18 Wigeon
    • 10 Little Egret - mainly on St Caths Field
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and cc
    • 2 Sparrowhawk - attacking the starling murmuration
    • 3 Water Rail - one in Willow Marsh and 2 at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1000 Black-headed Gull - roosted
    • 11 Common Gull - roosted
    • 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 270 Herring Gull - roosted
    • 140 Great Black-backed Gull - roosted

    Mammals : 1 Stoat

    Richard Scott and Allen Holmes

    Water Rail © Michael Short 2019

    Water Rail © Michael Short 2019

    Tuesday 17th

    • 2 Shelduck
    • 2 Wigeon
    • 250+ Teal
    • 7 Little Egret incl 6 in Mother Drain late afternoon
    • 5 Grey Heron incl. 5 in Mother Drain late afternoon 
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Sparrowhawk 
    • 1 Kestrel along Willow bank 
    • 1 Water Rail calling on Huxter Well Marsh late afternoon
    • 200+ Lapwing - over
    • 2 Snipe 
    • 1 Kingfisher on Mother Drain 
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker 
    • 6 Redwing
    • 1 Cetti's Warbler
    • 1 Goldcrest in Piper Marsh Scrub
    • Bearded Tit - calling Huxterwell/Ringmain
    • 1 Song Thrush at the pumping station 
    • 6 Bullfinch - 2 at Willow Bank, pumping station and Piper Marsh Scrub 
    • Several Siskin calling at Piper Marsh Scrub

    Mammals : 6 Roe Deer

    Sue Bird, Dave Carroll, Keith Lynes, Michael Bird and Mark Roberts.

    Sunday 15th

    • c.490 Pink-footed Geese - 52 SW at 09.45hrs, 40 south at 15.00 and 400 flying around to the east of the reserve at 15.15. Many of these appeared to drop down onto Bessacarr Fields and of the remaining birds 150 flew west at 15.20
    • 5 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 113 Shoveler
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male in the afternoon and cc over Huxter Well Marsh at dusk
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 3 Water Rail
    • 10 Common Gull - roosted
    • 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 350 Herring Gull - roosted
    • 300 Great Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 2 Kingfisher - Mother Drain from the underbridge and Piper Marsh
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Central Grassland
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Young Eaa
    • 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - near Ironbridge with a tit flock
    • 3 Cetti's Warbler
    • 3 Goldcrest
    • 1 Willow Tit - Seven Arches Carr
    • 4 Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide and Cell 4, 2 at Piper Marsh
    • 80,000 Starling into roost between the Lagoon and 2a. Started to arrive about 15.20 and were all in by 16.10 with a leucistic bird in the roost.
    • Siskin calling along Piper Marsh path and Cottage Drain

    Mammals : 8 Roe Deer

    Richard Scott, Sue and Roger Bird, Mark Roberts

    Starlings © Ian Parnell

    Starlings © Ian Parnell

    Saturday 14th

    • 6 Shelduck
    • 4 Wigeon
    • 3 Goosander - 2 males and a female arrived on Huxterwell cell 1b at 1130hrs
    • 1 Bittern - from Mitchell Hide at 1600hrs
    • 7 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Sparrowhawk - killed a Starling at the roost
    • 2 Peregrine - at least one adult, both over Seven Arches Carr late morning
    • 1 Kestrel - Willow Marsh
    • 1 Water Rail - calling infront Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 7 Lapwing
    • 2 Woodcock - St Cath's 1630hrs
    • 164 Great Black-backed Gull - roosting on Huxterwell cell 1b
    • 181 Herring Gull - roosting on Huxterwell cell 1b
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 8 Redwing
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • 4 Treecreeper
    • c50,000 Starling

    Mammals : 1 Red Fox, 5 Roe Deer

    Darren Wozencroft and Ian Parnell

    Friday 13th

    • 5 Shelduck on 2a
    • 7 Wigeon on 2a 
    • 1 Marsh Harrier a male hunting over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Buzzard 
    • 2 Water Rail calling on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Woodcock - Beeston Plantation
    • 60 Wood Pigeon went to roost on Piper Marsh 
    • 1 Grey Wagtail - Mother Drain
    • 1 Goldcrest feeding silently in Bramble next to Hawthorn Bank hide 
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler singing 
    • 70,000 Starling went in to roost on 1a at 4pm. Duchess hide gave good views. 200 went in to roost in front of the visitor centre at 4.30pm
    • Small numbers of Blackbird and Redwing feeding on the last berries
    • 30 Siskin

    Sue and Roger Bird, Jim Horsfall and visitor reports

    December Moth © Derek Parker 2019

    December Moth © Derek Parker 2019

    Red-green Carpet © Derek Parker 2019

    Red-green Carpet © Derek Parker 2019

    Moth Trapping Report for Friday Night, 6th December

    It is usual to undertake a final moth trapping in early winter, so as to record some of the very few species that only fly at this time of year. Normally, the final trapping session takes place around the middle of November. Unfortunately, this year the weather in November was so poor, either extremely wet or very cold, that trapping was out of the question. Hence the very late date for this year’s final trapping. This was not without consequences. It was no great surprise that we only trapped 3 individual moths. Single December Moth and Mottled Umber were, however, additions to the 2019 list. A Red-green Carpet was the third species recorded.

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont, Janet Heppenstall

    Monday 9th

    • 1 Red Kite - Junction 3 M18 11:30 a.m.

    Chris Needham per Twitter

     

    Sparrowhawk and Mallards © Darren Ward 2019

    Sparrowhawk and Mallards © Darren Ward 2019

    Goldcrest © Keith Horton 2019

    Goldcrest © Keith Horton 2019

    Saturday 7th

    • 2 Shelduck
    • 29 Wigeon
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and cc
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 90 Lapwing
    • 11 Common Gull
    • 16 Lesser Black-backed Gull
    • 400 Herring Gull
    • 250 Great Black-backed Gull
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 1 Bearded Tit - West Scrape
    • 40 Redwing
    • 5 Siskin

    Richard Scott

    Friday 6th

    • 1 Barn Owl - Willow Marsh
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 2 Willow Tit

    Louise Hill, visitor reports

    Tuesday 3rd

    • 30 Greylag Goose
    • 170 Teal
    • 10 Wigeon
    • 14 Shoveler
    • 80 Gadwall
    • 17 Pochard
    • 29 Tufted Duck
    • 3 Goldeneye - fem/imm
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 1 Sparrowhawk - at starling roost
    • 2 Marsh Harrier (cc and male) - male at starling roost
    • 1 Buzzard - at starling roost
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 2 Water Rail -calling
    • 33 Lapwing
    • 7 Snipe – 4 Decoy Lake island, 2 Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Tawny Owl - calling at dusk
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 36 Redwing
    • 1 Song Thrush
    • 3 Cetti’s Warbler - heard
    • 1 Chiffchaff
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • 6 Bearded Tit - Huxterwell
    • 1 Treecreeper
    • 100,000 Starling - murmuration peaked at 4pm
    • 1 Siskin - over

    Butterflies : male Brimstone along Access Track 12:20pm

    Dave Carroll, Sue Bird, Keith Lynes, Ian and Janet Heppenstall, Michael Bird, Helen Womack, Dave Harding, Geoff Chatterton,  Andy Dalton and Mark Roberts

    Treecreeper © Darren Ward 2019

    Treecreeper © Darren Ward 2019

    Sunday 1st

    • 3 Shelduck
    • 15 Wigeon
    • 2 Marsh Harrier -  male and cc
    • 1 Sparrowhawk - caught a starling in the murmuration
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 55 Golden Plover - very distant circling over iPort at dusk
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 100,000 Starling
    • 70 Redwing
    • 1 Siskin

    Richard Scott, Lynda Christou

    November 2019

    Saturday 30th

    • 68 Pink-footed Geese - 15 SW at 10.15a.m, then at 2.55p.m 10 flew NW & 43 SW
    • 7 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 13 Wigeon
    • 7 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Peregrine
    • 3 Water Rail
    • 6 Snipe
    • 720 Black-headed Gull - roosted
    • 9 Common Gull - roosted
    • 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 400 Herring Gull - roosted
    • 1 Yellow-legged Gull - 1cy roosted
    • 112 Great Black-backed Gull - roosted
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 1 Mistle Thrush
    • 30 Redwing
    • 4 Goldcrest
    • 5 Cetti's Warbler - 4 calling and one singing
    • 2 Treecreeper
    • 1 Siskin

    Mammals : 1 Red Fox, 3 Roe Deer, Harvest Mouse nests were found at two locations at the east end of the reserve.

    Richard Scott, Darren Wozencroft, Louise Hill, Adrian Andruchiw

    Friday 29th

    • 5 Shelduck on West Scrape 
    • 1 Water Rail calling on East Scrape 
    • 1 Marsh Harrier over Piper Marsh and later at Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Buzzard over Huxter Well Marsh at dusk
    • 1 Sparrowhawk a male perched at the back of Piper Marsh chased Starlings at the roost
    • 4 Skylark over Piper Marsh
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler singing 
    • 100,000+ Starling were spectacular due to the Sparrowhawk causing mayhem
    • 12 Redwing at the back of Piper Marsh 

    Sue and Roger Bird 

    Thursday 28th

    • 1 Goosander - male, Huxterwell
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier

    Sue Cullen

    Tuesday 26th

    • 250+ Greylag Geese
    • 1 Shelduck
    • 280+ Teal
    • 90+ Gadwall
    • 29 Wigeon
    • 18 Shoveler
    • 30 Tufted Duck
    • 11 Pochard
    • 2 Great Crested Grebes
    • 8 Little Egret - flew across Huxterwell Marsh at dusk
    • 1 Grey Heron
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Buzzard
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 1 Snipe from Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 1 Mistle Thrush
    • 50 Redwing
    • 70+ Goldfinch in Alders near the old wardens car park
    • 100.000 Starling b/w/ 15:45 and 16:15 hrs

    Mammals : 1 Roe Deer

    Keith Lynes, Sue Bird, Dave Carrol, Ian and Janet Heppenstall and Lynda Christou

     

    Sunday 24th

    • 5 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 91 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 36 Pochard - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Goosander - female flew south from Huxterwell over Gt Yorkshire Way at dusk
    • 7 Little Egret - St Caths Field
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Peregrine - over Huxterwell at 2p.m.
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 2 Common Gull - roosting on cell 1b
    • 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull - roosting on cell 1b
    • 350 Herring Gull - roosting on cell 1b
    • 60 Great Black-backed Gull - roosting on cell 1b
    • 1 Tawny Owl - calling from Old Eaa at dusk

    Richard Scott. Darren Wozencroft

    Sparrowhawk © Rob Burns

    Sparrowhawk © Rob Burns

    Thursday 21st

    • 11 Mute Swan
    • 25 Wigeon
    • 25 Shoveler
    • 1 Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - adult and juvenile over Huxterwell
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 9 Snipe
    • 30 Redwing - flock at Ironbridge
    • 1 Goldcrest - Access Track
    • 50+ mixed tit flock
    • 5 Jay
    • 3 Bullfinch

    Mammals : 1 Roe Deer

    Amphibians : 2 Common Frogs in Black Carr Field were unseasonal.

    Rob Burns, Lynda Christou, Sue and Roger Bird

     

    Mute Swan © Steve Ditch

    Mute Swan © Steve Ditch

    Tuesday 19th

    • 8 Wigeon
    • 100 Teal
    • 1 Great Crested Grebe
    • 3 Little Grebe
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - juv around Huxterwell Marsh
    • 1 Sparrowhawk  - over Huxterwell Marsh
    • 50 Lapwing
    • 8 Snipe - Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 20 Redwing
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • 6 Bearded Tit - Huxterwell/Ringmain
    • 2 Willow Tit - Willow Bank
    • 2 Treecreeper - at the end of Hawthorn Bank
    • 4 Jay
    • 10 Siskin
    • 3 Lesser Redpoll

    Mammals : 1 Bank Vole, 1 Roe Deer

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Helen Womack, Phil Goacher, David Harding, Lynda Christou, Adrian Andruchiw, Mark Roberts and Darren Wozencroft

    Monday 18th

    • 1 Chiffchaff - Piper Marsh

    Dragonflies : 3 Common Darter

    visitor reports

    Sunday 17th

    • c200 Pink-footed Goose went NW at 11.30, distant over the M18 bridge
    • 4 Shelduck
    • 15 Wigeon
    • 202 Teal
    • 1 Sparrowhawk to the Starling roost
    • 1 Kestrel hunting over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Peregrine chased Starlings going in to roost
    • 2 Water Rail
    • 2 Woodcock - St Cath's Copse
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker to Willow Pool feeders 
    • 3 Goldcrest along Cottage drain 
    • 100,000+ Starling went in to roost on Huxter Well Marsh with much murmuration due to the Peregrine. All were in by 15.55
    • c60 Redwing along Cottage drain 
    • 30 Siskin were in treetops along Willow Bank and later Cottage Drain

    Mammals : 3 Roe Deer, 2 near Decoy Marsh hide and one near Hawthorne field, a Weasel ran across the path near Decoy Marsh hide.

    Sue and Roger Bird, Mark Roberts

    Saturday 16th

    • 140 Pink-footed Geese - 90 ENE at 9.15am and 50 ENE at 3.10pm
    • 65 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh, 40 arrived mid-afternoon
    • 3 Little Egret - over at dusk
    • 1 Bittern - from Duchess Hide
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 10 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 120 Woodpigeon - Piper Marsh/Black Carr Wood
    • 1 Bearded Tit - heard from St Caths Hide
    • 10s of 1000s Starling - seen from Hawthorn Bank from 3.55pm
    • 30 Fieldfare - SW

    Mammals : a Weasel and a large bat sp. presumed Noctule feeding over high HWM from 12.35 for at least 30 mins.

    Richard Scott, visitor reports.

    Friday 15th

    • 4 Whooper Swan - dropped on to Cell 1b late afternoon then left NE 15 minutes later
    • 6 Wigeon 
    • 3 Little Egret - flew along Mother Drain at dusk
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Sparrowhawk - attacked starlings as they went in to roost
    • 1 Buzzard - over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Snipe - Huxterwell Cell 2a
    • 6 Jay - were busy across the Reserve 
    • 3 Cetti's Warbler - singing 
    • 100,000 Starling - went in to roost between 15.45 and 16.20
    • 2 Redwing - Visitor Centre 

     

    Sue and Roger Bird

    St. Catherine's Field © Richard Scott

    St. Catherine's Field © Richard Scott

    Tuesday 12th

    • 1 Pintail - male
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier cream crown hunting Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Buzzard – hunting Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 12 Lapwing
    • 1 Snipe
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 4 Cetti’s Warbler
    • 5 Goldcrest
    • 1 Treecreeper
    • 1 Grey Wagtail
    • 12 Goldfinch

    Mammals : 1 Roe Deer

    Dave Carroll, Sue Bird, Michael Bird, Adrian Andruchiw, Andy Dalton.

    Monday 11th

    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 1 Willow Tit - Access Track, western end

    Mark Roberts

    Sunday 10th

    • 2 Egyptian Geese - cell 3a
    • 7 Shelduck - cell 1b
    • 6 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 184 Teal - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Little Egret - over
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 3 Sparrowhawk
    • 10 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 1 Peregrine - from the VC
    • 2 Water Rail
    • 10 Snipe - cell 2a
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 1 Mistle Thrush
    • 2 Siskin

    Invertebrates : 1 Peacock - Loversall Bank.  12 Common Darter

    Richard Scott, Andy Dalton, Darren Wozencroft

    Red-crested Pochard © Richard Scott 2019

    Red-crested Pochard © Richard Scott 2019

    Friday 8th

    • 6 Shelduck - cell 1b
    • 172 Teal - cell 2a
    • 1 Red-crested Pochard - drake on cell 2b
    • 6 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Peregrine - at dusk chasing the Starlings
    • 26 Lapwing
    • 12 Snipe
    • 1 Kingfisher - cell 2a
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 11 Fieldfare
    • 38 Redwing
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler
    • 1 Bearded Tit - calling in front of Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 100,000 Starling - at dusk Cell 3a, East Scrape
    • 5 Siskin - near the entrance

    Richard Scott, Sue and Roger Bird, Andy Dalton

    Great Spotted Woodpecker

    Great Spotted Woodpecker © Darren Ward 2019

    Thursday 7th

    • 1 Red-crested Pochard - cell 2b
    • 6 Little Egret - St Cath's Field
    • 2 Woodcock

    Andy Dalton, David Beresford, Dave Carroll

    Roe Deer © Steve Ditch 2019

    Roe Deer © Steve Ditch 2019

    Tuesday 5th

    • 106 Greylag Gese - cell 1b
    • 8 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 16 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 140 Teal - West Scrape 
    • 3 Goldeneye - female/imm. cell 1b
    • 1 Goosander - male on cell 2a
    • 11 Cormorant - cell 1b
    • 3 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Buzzard - over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Kestrel - Willow Pool 
    • 4 Common Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Barn Owl - from Duchess Hide
    • 1 Kingfisher - Willow Pool
    • 3 Jay - Willow Pool feeders 
    • 1 Goldcrest - Hawthorn Bank
    • 2 Coal Tit to Willow Pool feeders 
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler - singing 

    Sue Bird, Dave Carroll, Keith Lynes

    female Small White ¨© Darren Wozencroft 2019

    female Small White ¨© Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Sunday 3rd

    • 120 Pink-footed Geese - ENE at 08.50
    • 6 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Water Rail - West Scrape
    • 3 Bearded Tit - from Mitchell Hide
    • 1 Lesser Redpoll

    Other: 5 Bank Vole, 1 Small White was an exceptionally late record

    Richard Scott, Darren Wozencroft

    Saturday 2nd

    • 7 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 15 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 21 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Stonechat - near Mitchell Hide

    Richard Scott

    Friday 1st

    • 6 Shelduck - cell 1b
    • 10 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 2 Sparrowhawk - on cell 4 waiting for the Starlings to come in to roost
    • 3 Buzzard - over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Water Rail - calling on East Scrape at dusk
    • 40 Lapwing - cell 1b
    • 6 Snipe - cell 2a
    • 2 Common Gull - cell 1b at 15.30
    • 22 Herring Gull - cell 1b at 15.30
    • 3 Goldcrest
    • 7 Cetti's Warbler - singing 
    • 25,000 Starling - went to roost on cell 4 between 16.00 and 16.15
    • 1 Siskin - over Willow Pool

    Sue and Roger Bird

    October 2019

    Sunset © Lynda Christou 2019

    Sunset © Lynda Christou 2019

    Great White Egrets © Allen Holmes 2019

    Great White Egrets © Allen Holmes 2019

    Sunday 27th

    9 Whooper Swan - NE at 08.10
    4 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    3 GREAT WHITE EGRET - together on cell 3b very early morning but flew off
    1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    1 Marsh Harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
    10 Buzzard
    3 Kestrel
    3 Sparrowhawk
    1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain near the entrance
    1 Green Woodpecker - Hawthorn Bank
    1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Piper Marsh
    3 Goldcrest - along the Access Track near the entrance
    1 Coal Tit - Loversall Field
    4+ Bearded Tit - at least 2 at Piper Marsh flew to Huxter Well Marsh and at least 2 near Mitchell Hide
    2 Chiffchaff - Cottage Drain and Big Hedge
    1 Treecreeper - Cottage Drain
    1000's Starling - left their roost at cell 4 at dawn
    12 Redwing - west
    1 Grey Wagtail - over West Scrape
    10 Bullfinch - including 4 south
    2 Siskin - over

    Other: 3 Migrant Hawker, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 1 Muntjac along Piper Marsh path

    Richard Scott, Allen Holmes, Andy Dalton

    Saturday 26th

    • 61 Greylag Geese - cell 1b
    • 3 Shelduck - West Scrape
    • 26 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Buzzard
    • 14 Snipe - from Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Willow Pool feeders
    • 2 Coal Tit - Willow Pool feeders
    • 10 Blackbird - Access Track/Decoy Marsh
    • 2 Stonechat - on the left island from Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 1 Pied Wagtail - Huxter Well Marsh

    Following the heavy rain, the paths around Piper Marsh and Huxter Well Marsh have lots of puddles, so walking boots will be needed tomorrow. The path through Hawthorn Field is well flooded at both ends.

    Richard Scott

    Friday 25th

    • 8 Whooper Swan - on cell 1b in the afternoon

    Darren Wozencroft

    Feathered Thorn © Derek Parker 2019

    Feathered Thorn © Derek Parker 2019

    Frosted Orange © Derek Parker 2019

    Frosted Orange © Derek Parker 2019

    Large Wainscot © Derek Parker 2019

    Large Wainscot © Derek Parker 2019

    Moth Trapping Report for Wednesday Night 23rd October

    This turned out to be another, weather affected, and disappointing night’s moth trapping. We only logged 13 moths in total, involving 7 common autumn species, as listed below:

    • Acleris emargana (1)
    • November Moth (3)
    • Feathered Thorn (1)
    • Large wainscot (5)
    • Pink-barred Sallow (1)
    • Red-line Quaker (1)
    • Frosted Orange (1)

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont and Janet heppenstall

    Thursday 24th

    • 22 Mute Swan
    • 36 Greylag Geese
    • 3 Shelduck
    • 19 Wigeon
    • 60+ Gadwall
    • 78 Teal
    • 53 Shoveler
    • 35 Pochard
    • 37 Tufted Duck
    • 20 Cormorant
    • 2 Little Egret 
    • 2 Grey Heron
    • 6 Little Grebe
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 20 Snipe - from Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 50+ Lapwing
    • 60+ Black-headed Gull
    • 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
    • 3 Herring gull
    • 1 Great Black-backed Gull
    • 5 Jay
    • 6 Goldcrest
    • 2 Coal Tit
    • 8 Cetti's Warbler
    • 1 Mistle Thrush - at the entrance
    • 6 Bullfinch

    Other: 5 Roe Deer including a family of 4 in Beeston Plantation

    Buffer Area

    • Little Egret, 2 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff at Short Lane Fields, 3 Goldcrest along the edge of Gladstone's Fields by the Red Path

    David Beresford, Sue and Roger Bird, Richard Scott

    Red Admiral © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Red Admiral © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Common Blue Damselfly © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Common Blue Damselfly © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Wednesday 23th

    • 3 Shelduck
    • 19 Wigeon
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 2 Snipe
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 3 Fieldfare - south
    • 1 Bearded Tit

    Butterflies : 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 male Brimstone

    Odonata : 1 Common Blue Damselfly, c50 Common Darter

    Darren Wozencroft

    Stigmella glutinosae © Derek Parker 2019

    Stigmella glutinosae © Derek Parker 2019

    STIGMELLA GLUTINOSAE. A new moth record for Potteric Carr

    Almost all of the tiniest moths we have in this country are, in the larval stage, leaf-miners. Many of them belong to the family Nepticulidae. Autumn is the peak time for finding Nepticulid (‘Nep.’) mines and they are found on most native deciduous trees and shrubs.

    On 18 October, whilst searching for Nep. mines, I spotted an occupied mine on alder. Upon closer examination, it was clearly one or other of Stigmella glutinosae or Stigmella alnetella, neither of which had previously been recorded at Potteric Carr.

    I needed a closer look at the larva inside the mine, so I asked Trust volunteer and keen photographer, Derek Parker, to take a close up photograph of the larva. Derek’s excellent photograph provided the evidence I needed. The larva was that of Stigmella glutinosae. I still needed to get it checked by County Moth Recorder, Charles Fletcher. Thankfully, he agreed with the identification.

    Stigmella glutinosae is a scarce species in Yorkshire, recorded very thinly across the County,  most frequently in VC63.

    Ian Heppenstall

    Roe Deer © Darren Ward 2019

    Roe Deer © Darren Ward 2019

    Tuesday 22nd

    • 2 Shelduck
    • 35 Wigeon
    • 60+ Gadwall
    • 68 Teal
    • 45+ Shoveler
    • 45+ Pochard
    • 24 Tufted Duck
    • 1 Bittern
    • 12 Cormorant
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 4 Little Grebe
    • 2 Great Crested Grebe
    • 2+ Sparrowhawk
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 1 Water Rail - from Tofield Hide
    • 7 Lapwing
    • 3 Snipe
    • 2 Common Gull
    • 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull
    • 1 Herring Gull
    • 1 Great Black-backed Gull
    • 2 Kingfisher - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Iron Bridge
    • 3 Goldcrest
    • 2 Coal Tit
    • 8 Bearded Tit - over the Stilling Pond
    • 2 Skylark - over
    • 1 Swallow - south
    • 7 Cetti's Warbler
    • 1 Chiffchaff - calling near Mitchell hide 
    • 3 Treecreeper - one along link road and 2 in St Caths Copse
    • 3 Redwing - over Piper Marsh 
    • 2 Meadow Pipit - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Bullfinch - St Caths Copse
    • 1+ Brambling - Willow Pool feeders and the compound

    Michael Bird, Helen Womack, Phil Goucher, Dave Harding, Sue and Roger Bird, Mark Roberts, Dave Carroll, visitor report

    Great Spotted Woodpecker © Lynda Christou 2019

    Great Spotted Woodpecker © Lynda Christou 2019

    Sunday 20th

    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Willow Pool feeders

    Lynda Christou

    Shaggy Parasol © Andrew Thomson 2019

    Shaggy Parasol © Andrew Thomson 2019

    Collared Earthstar © Andrew Thomson 2019

    Collared Earthstar © Andrew Thomson 2019

    Saturday 19th

    • 2 Shelduck - cell 1b
    • 34 Wigeon
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Peregrine - NW over the VC
    • 2 Water Rail - calling from cell 2a and Old Eaa
    • 15 Snipe - cell 2a
    • 2 Common Gull
    • 2 Kingfisher
    • 1 Green Woodpecker
    • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 10+ Jay
    • 3 Goldcrest
    • 2 Coal Tit - Willow Pool
    • 2 Skylark - west
    • 10 Cetti's Warbler
    • 5 Chiffchaff
    • 24 Redwing
    • 4 Stonechat - Central Grassland
    • 10 Bullfinch
    • 1 Lesser Redpoll - Cottage Drain
    • 5 Siskin - over

    Other: 8 Roe Deer , 1 Red Admiral

    Richard Scott, Michael Bird, Lynda Christou

    Shoveler © Allen Holmes 2019

    Shoveler © Allen Holmes 2019

    Friday 18th

    • 1 Grey Heron
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 2 Kingfisher - Loversall Pool
    • 1 Jay
    • 1+ Goldcrest
    • 2 Coal Tit
    • 2 Willow Tit
    • 4 Skylark - over
    • 7 Cetti's Warbler - including 3 calling at Loversall Pool
    • 1 Chiffchaff - heard near Loversall Delph
    • <10 Redwing - flew over in a flock

    Butterflies: Painted Lady (fresh looking) near the Dip-In shelter by Decoy Lake

    Richard Collis, Lynda Christou, Andy Dalton, Allen Holmes

    Thursday 17th

    • 21  Mute Swan
    • 9 Greylag Geese
    • 2 Shelduck
    • 41 Wigeon
    • 110+ Gadwall
    • 56 Teal
    • 45 Shoveler
    • 34 Pochard
    • 28 Tufted Duck
    • 9 Cormorant
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET
    • 4 Grey Heron
    • 9 Little Grebe 
    • 2  Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 150 Lapwing
    • 50+ Black-headed Gull
    • 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
    • 1 Great Black-backed Gull
    • 2 Kingfisher
    • 1 Green Woodpecker
    • 6 Jay
    • 2 Coal Tit
    • 9 Cetti's Warbler
    • 1 Treecreeper

    Butterflies: male Brimstone, Small White, 2 Peacock and a Comma.

    Damselflies: a single Common Blue on Square Pond is the latest reserve record by 10 days (previous latest 7th October 2006). This is the fifth species of Odonata this year to make its latest ever appearance on the reserve in this mild autumn.

    David Beresford, Darren Wozencroft

    Snail sp. © Roy Day 2019

    Snail sp. © Roy Day 2019

    Wednesday 16th

    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - female over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Peregrine - over VC towards Low Ellers
    • 2 Goldcrest - Access Track to Hawthorn Bank hide
    • 4 Chiffchaff - Access Track to Hawthorn Bank hide

    Other: 4+ Migrant Hawker, 1 Common Darter, Comma in the flutterby garden

    Andy Dalton, Lynda Christou

    a recent photo of Great White Egret © Steve Ditch 2019

    a recent photo of Great White Egret © Steve Ditch 2019

    Grass Snake © Andrew Thompson 2019

    Grass Snake © Andrew Thompson 2019

    Helvella crispa fungus © Janet Heppenstall 2019

    Helvella crispa fungus © Janet Heppenstall 2019

    Tuesday 15th

    • 21 Mute Swan - including 7 young
    • 24 Wigeon
    • 180+ Gadwall
    • 60+ Teal
    • 70+ Shoveler
    • 23 Pochard
    • 32 Tufted Duck
    • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 2 GREAT WHITE EGRET - at Huxter Well Marsh in the afternoon
    • 4 Little Grebe
    • 2 Great Crested Grebe
    • 2 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 5 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel - males over Decoy Lake had a territorial dispute
    • 200+ Lapwing
    • 7 Snipe
    • 2 Kingfisher - one on Mother Drain and one on Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
    • 2 Jay
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • (lots of) Bearded Tit - 8 males in front of Mitchel Hide, a group on East Scrape, birds calling near the VC
    • 7+ Cetti's Warbler
    • 1 Chiffchaff
    • 260 Redwing - mainly SW
    • 1 Stonechat - male seen from Duchess Hide on the top of the reeds at the back of the Lagoon
    • 15 Siskin

    Other: Comma, 9 Migrant Hawker, Great Diving Beetle, Queen Hornet, 3 Roe Deer

    Rob Burns, Darren Wozencroft, Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Sue Bird, David Carroll, Helen Womack, David Harding, Geoff Chatterton, Andy Dalton, visitor reports

    Collared Earthstar © Andrew Thomson 2019

    Collared Earthstar © Andrew Thomson 2019

    Snipe © Allen Holmes 2019

    Snipe © Allen Holmes 2019

    Monday 14th

    • 3 Wigeon - West Scrape
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and cc
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 8 Snipe - West scrape (6 were feeding on top of bank in front of hide)
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Willow Pool feeders

    Allen Holmes

    Stoat © Darren Ward 2019

    Stoat © Darren Ward 2019

    Great Diving Beetle © Darren Ward 2019

    Great Diving Beetle © Darren Ward 2019

    Sunday 13th (including WeBS count)

    • 2 Shelduck - West Scrape
    • 21 Wigeon
    • 100 Gadwall
    • 74 Teal
    • 80 Mallard
    • 85 Shoveler
    • 58 Pochard
    • 34 Tufted Duck
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 15 Little Grebe
    • 4 Water Rail
    • 139 Coot
    • 210 Lapwing
    • 20 Snipe
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - perched in small oak on cell 1b
    • 1 Buzzard - perched low in Hawthorns along Mother drain/cell 1b
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - flew across Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Willow Pool feeders
    • 4+ Bearded Tit - at least 3 near Mitchell Hide (2 males) and one calling in front of Duchess Hide
    • 36 Skylark - north
    • 3 Swallow - NE
    • 9 Cetti's Warbler
    • 6 Chiffchaff
    • 6 Blackbird - in a mixed group of thrushes on hawthorns along Mother Drain/Huxter Well
    • 2 Song Thrush - in a mixed group of thrushes
    • 5 Redwing - in a mixed group of thrushes

    Other: 4 Roe Deer

    Mark Roberts, Richard Scott, Sue and Roger Bird, Andy Dalton

    Kingfisher © Richard Scott 2019

    Kingfisher © Richard Scott 2019

    Saturday 12th

    • 13 Wigeon
    • 4 Sparrowhawk
    • 8 Buzzard
    • 1 Peregrine
    • 3 Water Rail
    • 2 Kingfisher
    • 2 Goldcrest
    • 7 Chiffchaff
    • 15 Redwing

    Odonata: hundreds of Common Darters, dozens of Migrant Hawkers

    Other: Stoat, Great Diving Beetle, Grass Snake

    Richard Scott, Sean Marsden, Darren Ward, Andrew Thompson

    Friday 11th

    • 1 Bittern - flew high from cell 1a to cell 4 
    • 1 Little Egret 
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - female hunting over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Water Rail - calling on the Lagoon
    • 1 Kingfisher - in front of West Scrape hide
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Willow Pool feeders
    • 2 Jay - from Duchess hide 
    • 1 Goldcrest - Hawthorn Bank 
    • 1 Bearded Tit - calling in front of Duchess Hide 
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler - singing in front of Duchess Hide and one on Decoy Marsh
    • 1 Chiffchaff - with a large tit flock near the underbridge 
    • 1 Song Thrush - along the Access Track 

    Dragonflies: 2 Migrant Hawker 

    Sue and Roger Bird, visitor reports

    Dock Bug © Martin Warne 2019

    Dock Bug © Martin Warne 2019

    Spiked Shieldbug © Martin Warne 2019

    Spiked Shieldbug © Martin Warne 2019

    Thursday 10th

    • 2 Little Egret
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 9 Cetti's Warbler
    • 3 Chiffchaff

    Richard Collis

    Wednesday 9th

    Damselflies: a late Emerald at the square pond (the latest for the reserve after one on 7th October 2006)

    Buffer Area - Carr Lodge

    • 1 Coal Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Speckled Wood butterfly

    Lynda Christou, Richard Scott

    Red-green Carpet © Derek Parker 2019

    Red-green Carpet © Derek Parker 2019

    Beaded Chestnut © Derek Parker 2019

    Beaded Chestnut © Derek Parker 2019

    Moth Trapping Report for Monday Night 7th October

    For various reasons, mostly weather related, no trapping had been undertaken since August. We were, therefore, keen to have a go on Monday night. The results, however, were disappointing. We might hope to see 20-25 species on a night’s trapping in early October, so the 8 species recorded was a really poor outcome.

    As might be expected, the moths recorded were all, generally common, autumn flying species and they are listed below:

    Red-green Carpet (2), Sallow (1), Lunar Underwing (1), Pink-barred Sallow (9), Large Wainscot (7), Red-line Quaker (3), Beaded Chestnut (3) and Black Rustic (1).

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont, Janet Heppenstall

    Fungi spp © Martin Warne 2019

    Fungi spp © Martin Warne 2019

    Tuesday 8th

    • 40+ Wigeon
    • 100 Gadwall
    • 55+ Teal
    • 30+ Pochard
    • 11 Tufted Duck
    • 10 Shoveler
    • 1+ Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 1 Grey Heron
    • 7 Little Grebe
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 8 Buzzard
    • 2+ Kestrel
    • 1 Hobby - reported by visitor perched in the dead oak (the hobby not the visitor!)
    • 1 Peregrine - male flew low over Huxter Well Marsh hunting
    • 250+ Lapwing
    • 6 Snipe
    • 1 Kingfisher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Green Woodpecker
    • 5+ Jay
    • 2 Coal Tit - Willow Pool feeders
    • 3 Cetti's Warbler
    • 40 Starling
    • 4 Meadow Pipit - over Central Grassland

    Butterflies: single Comma, Red Admiral and Peacock in the flutterby garden

    Keith Lynes, Dave Carroll, Lynda Christou, Sue Bird, Helen Womack, Michael Bird, Adrian Andruchiw, visitor reports

    yesterday's Stonechat © Darren Ward 2019

    yesterday's Stonechat © Darren Ward 2019

    Monday 7th

    • 34 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 54 Gadwall - Old Eaa
    • 1 Little Egret - West Scrape 
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - high over the Access Track 
    • 2 Sparrowhawk - hunting over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Buzzard - over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Peregrine - a male causing mayhem on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • c200 Lapwing - on Huxter Well Marsh continually disturbed 
    • 10 Snipe -Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 6 Jay
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • 5 Cetti's Warbler - singing 
    • 2 Chiffchaff - calling 
    • 60 Goldfinch - in the trees between Childers Wood and Old Eaa

    Sue and Roger Bird, Andy Dalton

    Rufous Milkcap © Derek Parker 2019

    Rufous Milkcap © Derek Parker 2019

    Fly Agaric © Derek Parker 2019

    Fly Agaric © Derek Parker 2019

    Sunday 6th

    • 54 Wigeon
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 11 Snipe - including one SW
    • 2 Kingfisher
    • 1 Green Woodpecker
    • 27 Swallow - south
    • 5 House Martin  - feeding high over Piper Marsh
    • 6 Chiffchaff
    • 94 Redwing - west and SW
    • 1 Stonechat - male on the island at Decoy Lake in front of the VC
    • 2 Siskin - Iron Bridge

    Richard Scott, Jenny Kingsland, Sue Cullen, Sue Richardson

    Golden Plovers © Allen Holmes 2019

    Golden Plovers © Allen Holmes 2019

    Cicadellidae spp © Martin Warne 2019

    Cicadellidae spp © Martin Warne 2019

    Saturday 5th

    • 50 Pink-footed Geese - east at 10.30
    • 29 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Bittern - seen from Hawthorn Bank hide
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 19 Buzzard - 13 up together in the Beeston area and 6 to the east of the reserve
    • 4 Water Rail
    • 22 Golden Plover - West Scrape
    • 13 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Tawny Owl - Decoy Marsh
    • 1 Kingfisher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Green Woodpecker
    • 2+ Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 3 Jay
    • 4+ Goldcrest
    • 3 Coal Tit
    • 2+ Bearded Tit - 'pinging' at West Scrape
    • 8 Skylark - 5 NE and 3 over
    • 1 Swallow - south
    • 7 Cetti's Warbler
    • 12 Chiffchaff
    • 1 Blackcap
    • 3 Treecreeper
    • 3 Redwing - SW
    • 3 Mistle Thrush - south
    • 2 Grey Wagtail - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Bullfinch
    • 2 Siskin - Access Track

    Other: 10 Common Darter, 2 Migrant Hawker, 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Vapourer Moth 1 Loversall, 1 Silver Y Moth

    Richard Scott, Allen Holmes, Michael Bird, Adrian Andruchiw, Martin Warne, Richard Pauline

    baby Bank Voles © Sue Bird 2019

    baby Bank Voles © Sue Bird 2019

    Friday 4th

    • 18 Wigeon - Huxter Well Warsh
    • 2 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Buzzard - over Young Eaa
    • 2 Water Rail - calling on cell 2a and West Scrape
    • 320 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 11 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - flew along Hawthorn Bank 
    • 2 Jay - collecting acorns
    • Bearded Tit - heard from Mitchell Hide (visitor)
    • 5 Cetti's Warbler - singing 
    • 3 Chiffchaff - at the Iron Bridge, 2 were singing
    • 2 Redwing - along the Access Track at 2.45pm
    • 3 Bullfinch - along Piper Marsh path
    • 3 Reed Bunting - dropped in to Huxter Well Marsh 

    Sue and Roger Bird

    Whooper Swan © Allen Holmes 2019

    Whooper Swan © Allen Holmes 2019

    Roe Deer fawn © Allen Holmes 2019

    Roe Deer fawn © Allen Holmes 2019

    Thursday 3rd

    • 1 WHOOPER SWAN - on cell 1b but left east at 8am (AH)
    • 14 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 1 Bittern - from Mitchell Hide
    • 3 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Sparrowhawk - over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Buzzard - flew across Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Kestrel - hunting over Central Grassland 
    • 1 Water Rail - calling on the Lagoon 
    • 1 Snipe - cell 2a
    • 1 Tawny Owl - flew from the septic tank!
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Willow Pool feeders 
    • 4 Jay
    • 3 Goldcrest
    • 1 Willow Tit - calling along Cottage drain 
    • 15+ Bearded Tit - at least 15 flew across cell 1a and dropped into cell 3a, later 11 were seen from Mitchell Hide and 4 were along the reed edge on the Lagoon
    • 1 Skylark - over Loversall Carr Fields 
    • 3 Chiffchaff - calling 
    • 7 Redwing - south

    Other: Roe Deer fawn still with spots

    Buffer Area

    • 6 Stock Dove went to roost at Low Ellers Curve, Chiffchiff calling at Short Lane

    Sue and Roger Bird, Allen Holmes, Richard Scott, visitors

    Buzzard © Richard Scott 2019

    Buzzard © Richard Scott 2019

    Wednesday 2nd

    • 80 Pink-footed Geese - NE at 10.30
    • 24 Wigeon
    • 65 Shoveler - cell 1b
    • 54 Pochard
    • 67 Tufted Duck - 3 flocks arrived on Huxter Well Marsh. The largest count since January.
    • 1 Bittern - in the reeds at the back of cell 1b
    • 3+ Little Egret
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - on cell 3b during the morning but flew to Piper Marsh late afternoon
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - near the VC
    • 3 Sparrowhawk
    • 9 Buzzard
    • 3 Kestrel
    • 1 Hobby - reported
    • 2 Water Rail - calling from cells 2a and 3b
    • 3 Common Gull
    • 1 Great Black-backed Gull
    • 4 Stock Dove - over
    • 1 Kingfisher - from Tofield Hide
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - in the dead oak from Duchess Hide
    • 1 Bearded Tit - heard calling from Duchess Hide
    • 9 Skylark - 4 north and 5 south
    • 24 Swallow - south
    • 3 House Martin - feeding over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 9 Cetti's Warbler - singing
    • 18 Chiffchaff
    • 2 Blackcap
    • 1 Grey Wagtail - over Reedbed Filtration Ponds
    • 1 alba Wagtail - south

    Richard Scott, Paul Paddock, Tina Langford, Adrian Andruchiw, Gary Dyson, visitor reports

    Parasol Mushroom © Sue Bird 2019

    Parasol Mushroom © Sue Bird 2019

    Tuesday 1st

    • 27 Wigeon - 11 flew onto cell 1b and later 16 were on cell 2a
    • 66 Gadwall - Old Eaa
    • 11 Cormorant - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Bittern - flew across cell 1b and later flew to cell 1a
    • 6 Little Egret 
    • 2 Buzzard 
    • 1 Kestrel - hunting over Central Grassland 
    • 3 Water Rail - juvenile on East Scrape and 2 calling on cell 3b
    • 320 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 13 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Kingfisher - pumping station 
    • 5 Jay
    • 4 Goldcrest 
    • 1 Bearded Tit - in front of Mitchell Hide 
    • 5 Cetti's Warbler - singing 
    • 2 Chiffchaff - calling 
    • 1 Meadow Pipit - in front of Mitchell Hide 
    • 3 Bullfinch - along Piper Marsh path

    Sue Bird, Dave Carroll, Andy Dalton

    September 2019

    Sunday 29th

    • 18 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Bittern - flew to the Lagoon
    • 5 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - cell 3b
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Water Rail - West Scrape and cell 3b
    • 2 Golden Plover - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Redshank - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 14 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Kingfisher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5+ Bearded Tit - including 2 males seen from Mitchell Hide
    • 10 Chiffchaff
    • 7 Blackcap
    • 1 Reed Warbler - near Mitchell Hide

    Richard Scott, Jenny Kingsland, Sue Cullen, Sue Richardson, Ian and Janet Heppenstall, visitor reports

    Red Admiral © Lynda Christou 2019

    Red Admiral © Lynda Christou 2019

    Saturday 28th

    • 18 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 GREAT WHITE EGRET - Piper Marsh and Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - Huxter Well Marsh and Piper Marsh
    • 3 Sparrowhawk
    • 8 Buzzard - including one south
    • 2 Kestrel - one catching dragonflies almost hobby-like
    • 1 Hobby - at times hanging in the wind almost kestrel-like
    • 1 Water Rail - calling from Old Eaa
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 7 Snipe - including 2 south
    • 1 Common Tern - an adult arrived during heavy rain late morning and remained on Huxter Well Marsh into the afternoon
    • 1 Yellow-legged Gull - 1cy on cell 1b
    • 2 Kingfisher
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Willow Pool
    • 3 Goldcrest - Hawthorn Bank
    • 1 Coal Tit - Hawthorn Bank
    • 1 Marsh Tit - called several times on Hawthorn Bank near Mother Drain
    • 2 Skylark - south
    • 30 Swallow - south
    • 3 House Martin - south
    • 12 Chiffchaff
    • 1 Treecreeper - Hawthorn Bank
    • 1 Song Thrush - south
    • 1 Pied Wagtail
    • 600 Meadow Pipit - south between 9am and 1pm. By far the largest count for the reserve.

    Butterflies: 4 Red Admiral, 1 Comma

    Richard Scott, Neil Sainthouse, Chris Bell, Lynda Christou

    Friday 27th

    • 1 Marsh Harrier - overhead
    • 1 Coal Tit - between car park and Loversall Delph
    • 3 Chiffchaff - between car park and Loversall Delph
    • 5 Blackcap - between car park and Loversall Delph
    • 1 Treecreeper - between car park and Loversall Delph
    • 4 Meadow Pipit - overhead
    • 1 Grey Wagtail - overhead

    Andy Dalton

    Rosy Bonnet © Derek Parker 2019

    Rosy Bonnet © Derek Parker 2019

    Orange Peel Fungus © Derek Parker 2019

    Orange Peel Fungus © Derek Parker 2019

    Thursday 26th

    • 20 Mute Swan
    • 8 Wigeon
    • 80+ Gadwall
    • 160+ Teal
    • 43 Shoveler
    • 63 Pochard
    • 11 Tufted Duck
    • 10 Little Grebe
    • 4  Great Crested Grebe
    • 19 Cormorant
    • 8 Little Egret
    • 2 GREAT WHITE EGRET - Huxter Well Marsh and Piper Marsh
    • 5 Grey Heron
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Hobby - seen mobbing a buzzard
    • 1 Peregrine - over Piper Marsh
    • 610+ Lapwing
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 6 Snipe
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Willow Pool feeders
    • 4 Jay
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • 4 Bearded Tit - from Mitchell Hide
    • 7 Cetti's Warbler
    • 1 Chiffchaff
    • 5 Blackcap
    • 1 Mistle Thrush

    David Beresford, Dave Carroll, Gary Dyson

    Chiffchaff © Allen Holmes 2019

    Chiffchaff © Allen Holmes 2019

    Wednesday 25th

    • 2 GREAT WHITE EGRET - first seen on Piper Marsh but later flew off
    • c10 Bearded Tit - in front of Tofield Hide

    Gary Johnston

    Great White Egret © Richard Scott 2019

    Great White Egret © Richard Scott 2019

    Tuesday 24th

    • 5 Little Egret
    • 2 GREAT WHITE EGRET - one on cell 3b all day and one seen on cell 1b, West Scrape and Piper Marsh
    • 26 Wigeon - on and over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Water Rail - imm. at East Scrape, adult on West Scrape, adult and imm. on cell 3b
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 3 Hobby - up together over Hawthorn Bank and Black Carr Field during a brief lull in the rain
    • 2 Dunlin - one on cell 1b and one south
    • 2 Green Sandpiper
    • 18 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Kingfisher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • 1 Bearded Tit - heard calling near Mitchell Hide
    • 12 Chiffchaff
    • 3 Blackcap
    • 1 Reed Warbler - East Scrape
    • 1 Grey Wagtail - cell 3b
    • 1 Pied Wagtail - cell 1b
    • 3 Greenfinch - Big Hedge

    Richard Scott, Richard Collis

    Great Crested Newt © Lynda Christou

    Great Crested Newt © Lynda Christou

    Monday 23rd

    • 7 Little Egret - Piper Marsh and Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - from Tofield Hide
    • 5 Sparrowhawk - family party in dead oak tree chasing magpies and jays
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 2 Hobby - Black Carr Field and Huxter Well Marsh
    • 6 Snipe
    • 1 Green Woodpecker
    • 5 Bullfinch

    Other: 1 Mole (deceased), 11 roe deer including 3 young, 1 Great Crested Newt

    Derek and Anna Parker, Richard Patterson, Lynda Christou

    Roe Deer © Allen Holmes 2019

    Roe Deer © Allen Holmes 2019

    Sunday 22nd

    • 20 Pink-footed Geese - on cell 1b
    • 18 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Bittern - flew to cell 1a
    • 5 Little Egret
    • (2+ Great White Egret - 2 flew from iPort towards Potteric and shortly after one flew over Lakeside towards Potteric)
    • 11 Grey Heron
    • 1 Hobby
    • 1 Water Rail - imm. on cell 3b
    • 2 Green Sandpiper
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 4+ Bearded Tit - in front of Mitchell Hide

    Neil Sainthouse, Richard Scott, Gary Dyson, Chris Robinson, Darren Wozencroft

    Ringing totals for 21st - 9 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackbird, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Wren, 2 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blue Tit

    Rebekah Beaumont

    Golden Plovers © Richard Scott 2019

    Golden Plovers © Richard Scott 2019

    Saturday 21st

    • 19 Pink-footed Geese - cell 1b
    • 8 Wigeon
    • 1 Bittern - cell 1b
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 5 Buzzard
    • 3 Kestrel - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Hobby - feeding over Hawthorn Bank and Willow Marsh, sometimes interacting with the kestrels
    • 15 Golden Plover - West Scrape
    • 3 Green Sandpiper
    • 2 Kingfisher
    • 12+ Ring-necked Parakeet - flew over Huxter Well Marsh during the afternoon. By far the largest number seen at Potteric. (NS)
    • 11 Chiffchaff
    • 2 Willow Warbler
    • 2 Blackcap

    Other: Stoat at Iron Bridge, 2 Painted Lady, 3 Comma

    Richard Scott, Michael Bird, Lynda Christou, Neil Sainthouse, visitor reports

    Barnacle Goose © Allen Holmes 2019

    Barnacle Goose © Allen Holmes 2019

    Friday 20th

    • 19 Pink-footed Geese - departed cell 1b at 5.30pm
    • 1 Barnacle Goose - on Loversall Pool with a small group of canada geese, but gone by 9.30am
    • 2 Wigeon
    • 1 Pintail - eclipse male on cell 1b
    • 5 Buzzard - up together east of Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1+ Hobby - over Willow Marsh and Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Peregrine - over Huxter Well Marsh at 4.30pm
    • 3 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
    • 1 Kingfisher - Loversall Pool
    • 1 Bearded Tit - seen in flight in front of Duchess Hide
    • 1 Chiffchaff - singing at Iron Bridge
    • 2 Blackcap

    Other: 7 Roe Deer (3 young), 1 Silver Y moth, Weasel on the Access Track, 1 Black Darter  - male still at square pond, 3 Brown Hawker

    Allen Holmes, Andy Dalton, Rob Mellor, Darren Wozencroft

    Fox © Barry Wardley 2019

    Fox © Barry Wardley 2019

    Thursday 19th

    • 19 Pink-footed Geese - on West Scrape
    • 2 Shelduck
    • 8 Wigeon - West Scrape
    • 4 Little Egret  
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 1 Hobby
    • 2 Water Rail - East Scrape and Piper Marsh
    • 700+ Lapwing
    • 1 Ringed plover - juv
    • 1 Dunlin
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - East scrape
    • 4 Snipe - 2 on both cell 3b and West Scrape
    • 1 Kingfisher - cell 3b
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker 
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • 2 Coal Tit
    • 7 Cetti's Warbler
    • 4 Chiffchaff 
    • 3 Blackcap
    • 1 Garden Warbler - close to Michell Hide
    • 2 Whitethroat
    • 1 Sedge Warbler
    • 1 Wheatear - East Scrape screen
    • 1 Grey Wagtail

    Odonata: 5 Banded Demoiselle, 8 Emerald Damselfly, 9 Common Blue Damselfly, 34 Migrant Hawker, 2 Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker, 2 Black Darter, 9 Ruddy Darter, 210 Common Darter, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer (latest ever record)

    Butterflies: 3 Brimstone, 4 Large White, 6 Small White, 9 white sp., 8 Comma, 5 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady,
    4 Speckled Wood

    Other: 2 Grass Snake, 2 Roe Deer

    David Beresford, Allen Holmes, Darren Wozencroft

    Muntjac © Amy Thompson 2019

    Muntjac © Amy Thompson 2019

    Wednesday 18th

    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Hobby - from Duchess Hide
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - Piper Marsh
    • 1 Kingfisher - from Tofield Hide

    Other: Muntjac near Piper Marsh

    Amy Thompson

    Pink-footed Geese © Richard Scott 2019

    Pink-footed Geese © Richard Scott 2019

    Tuesday 17th

    • 26 Pink-footed Geese - 19 on cell 1b at 07.30, 6 west at 09.04, one on cell 1b with 29 greylags at 09.20. Nineteen is probably the highest number which have been grounded on the reserve.
    • 2 Shelduck
    • 1 Wigeon
    • 180+ Gadwall
    • 68 Teal
    • 80 Pochard
    • 14 Tufted Duck
    • 22 Cormorant
    • 7 Little Egret
    • 5 Grey Heron
    • 4 Little Grebe
    • 3 Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 1 Hobby
    • 2 Water Rail - Lagoon and West Scrape
    • 870 Lapwing
    • 2 Green Sandpiper - East Scrape
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 3 Jay - Hawthorn Bank
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • 1 Coal Tit
    • 7 Cetti's Warbler
    • 20 Chiffchaff
    • 6 Blackcap
    • 1 Whitethroat - Huxter Triangle (scrub to east of West Scrape)
    • 1 Reed Warbler - Huxter Triangle
    • 1 Treecreeper - Hawthorn Bank
    • 2 Grey Wagtail - singles south and west over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 20+ Goldfinch

    Butterflies: 1 Comma, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Common Blue, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Red Admiral, 5 Small White

    Other: Grass Snake in Hawthorn Field, 3 Roe Deer and 2 Rabbit

    Richard Scott, Darren Wozencroft, Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Helen Womack, Barry Wardley, Dave Carroll

    Ringing Totals for Saturday 14th

    • 14 Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 2 Blue Tit. Retraps: 1 Blackcap, 1 Blue Tit. Control: 1 Blackcap.
    • A Blackcap caught on 1st September was originally ringed by Doncaster Ringing Group on 21st July 2019 on Carr Lodge.

    Rebekah Beaumont

    Monday 16th

    • 46 Pink-footed Geese - west at 7.40am. These were later seen heading west over Norwood, Sheffield at 8.05am (per Martin Wells).
    • 2 Shelduck
    • 2 Wigeon
    • 2 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Water Rail - immature on cell 1b and one calling at cell 3b
    • 1 Redshank - cell 3b
    • 2 Green Sandpiper
    • 7 Snipe - 5 West Scrape, one cell 3b, one Decoy Lake
    • 1000 Black-headed Gull - the roost was building up nicely until a marsh harrier flew over and all of the gulls flew off towards Lakeside
    • 4 Common Gull
    • 30 Lesser Black-backed Gull
    • 1 Great Black-backed Gull
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 3 Rook - west
    • 2 Goldcrest
    • 2 Willow Tit - Iron Bridge
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Iron Bridge
    • 1 Whitethroat - Iron Bridge
    • 1 Sedge Warbler - Big Hedge
    • 1 Treecreeper - Iron Bridge
    • 1 Wheatear - on a fence post between West Scrape and Central Grassland
    • 1 Grey Wagtail - over Reedbed Filtration Ponds
    • 30 Goldfinch - VC/Access Track

    Richard Scott

    Great Tit © Darren Ward 2019

    Great Tit © Darren Ward 2019

    Sunday 15th (including WeBS count)

    • 17 Pink-footed Geese - circled Huxter Well Marsh and flew east (11.25)
    • 2 Shelduck
    • 1 Wigeon
    • 120 Gadwall
    • 77 Teal
    • 78 Mallard
    • 90 Pochard
    • 9 Little Egret
    • 2 Water Rail - Reedbed Filtration Ponds and the Lagoon
    • 162 Coot
    • 572 Lapwing
    • 1 Redshank - cell 3b
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 5 Snipe - including one flying SW
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 1 Raven - SW over Hawthorn Bank. Only the second sighting of the year.
    • 3 Swallow - south
    • 9 Cetti's Warbler
    • 1 Nuthatch - Young Eaa
    • 1 Grey Wagtail - over
    • 1 Pied Wagtail - SW
    • 1 Linnet - south

    Mark Roberts, Richard Scott

    Hornet © Darren Ward 2019

    Hornet © Darren Ward 2019

    Saturday 14th (includes Vis Mig 08.30 - 10.40)

    • 2 Shelduck
    • 2 Wigeon
    • 2 Marsh Harrier
    • 3 Sparrowhawk
    • 8 Buzzard
    • 3 Kestrel
    • 1 MERLIN - female south at 10.19. The first sighting of the year.
    • 1+ Hobby - over Piper Marsh, Huxter Well Marsh and Old Eaa
    • 1 Water Rail - cell 4
    • 1 Dunlin - cell 3b
    • 3 Green Sandpiper - East Scrape/cell 3b
    • 1 Redshank - cell 3b
    • 8 Snipe - 2 south-west and 6 on cell 3b
    • 3 Stock Dove
    • 6 Swift - south
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 4 Jay
    • 20 Sand Martin - south
    • 63 Swallow - south
    • 7 House Martin - south
    • 1 Treecreeper - singing in Black Carr Wood
    • 2 Tree Sparrow - flew south-west and landed in Big Hedge. The first sighting of the year.
    • 1 Grey Wagtail - south-east
    • 1 alba Wagtail sp. - south
    • 99 Meadow Pipit - 8 on Central Grassland and 91 south
    • 11 Greenfinch - 9 south and singles at Big Hedge and VC
    • 5 Goldfinch - south

    Butterflies: Small White, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Common Blue

    Odonata: Black Darter (Square Pond), Common Darter, Ruddy Darter, Migrant Hawker, Southern Hawker, Emerald Damselfly

    Other: Muntjac Deer on St. Catherine's Field path, 3 Roe Deer (female with 2 fawns) near dipping ponds

    Richard Scott, Michael Bird, Andy Bell

    Black Darter © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Black Darter © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Friday 13th

    • 2 Shelduck
    • 2 Wigeon
    • 27 Cormorant
    • 2 Bittern
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 6 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 2 Water Rail
    • 1 Dunlin
    • 4 Green Sandpiper
    • 1 Common Gull - juv in the roost
    • 1 Swift
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 2 Sand Martin
    • 18 Swallow
    • 2 House Martin
    • 1 Grey Wagtail - near the underbridge
    • 8 Meadow Pipit - SW

    Odonata: 5 Banded Demoiselle, 14 Emerald Damselfly, 13 Common Blue Damselfly, 29 Migrant Hawker, 2 Southern Hawker, 1 Brown Hawker, 3 Black Darter (visitor centre and square pond), 21 Ruddy Darter, 265 Common Darter.

    Butterflies: 9 Red Admiral, 6 Comma, 2 Common Blue, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White, 17 Small/Green-veined Whites

    Richard Scott, Richard Collis, Tina Langford, Darren Wozencroft, Lynda Christou

    Thursday 12th

    • 2 Shelduck
    • 5 Wigeon
    • 144 Teal
    • 129 Mallard
    • 1 GARGANEY - from Duchess Hide
    • 52 Pochard
    • 1 Water Rail - cell 3b
    • 2 Dunlin - cell 3b
    • 1200 Black-headed Gull - Huxter Well Marsh at dusk
    • 2 Mediterranean Gull - juv/1st-winter and 2nd-winter on cell 1b at 7pm
    • 200 Lesser Black-backed Gull - Huxter Well Marsh at dusk 
    • 10 Herring Gull - Huxter Well Marsh at dusk
    • 2 Yellow-legged Gull - adult and near adult on Huxter Well Marsh at dusk
    • 6 Swift
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 3 Rook - south
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • 1 Bearded Tit - calling in front of Duchess Hide
    • 2 Sand Martin
    • 2 Swallow
    • 18 House Martin
    • 9 Cetti's Warbler
    • 22 Chiffchaff
    • 7 Blackcap
    • 1 Mistle Thrush - over
    • 12 Meadow Pipit - south

    Richard Scott

    Wednesday 11th

    • 2 Shelduck - Lagoon/West Scrape
    • 4 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Peregrine - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Water Rail - Lagoon
    • 1 Curlew - on West Scrape in the evening
    • 3 Dunlin - 2 on West Scrape and one on cell 3b
    • 3 Swift - through
    • 2 Kingfisher
    • 1 Willow Tit - between Reedbed Filtration Ponds and Loversall Pool
    • 1 Grey Wagtail - over

    Buffer Area - Short Lane Fields

    • female Marsh Harrier, Cetti's Warbler singing, 4 Chiffchaff calling

    Paul Paddock, Richard Scott, Andy Dalton, Sue and Roger Bird, Mark Roberts

    family of Wood Mice in a peanut drum © Roger Bird 2019

    family of Wood Mice in a peanut drum © Roger Bird 2019

    Tuesday 10th

    • 2 Shelduck - cell 1b
    • 5 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 120+ Gadwall
    • 40 Teal
    • 49 Pochard
    • 8 Tufted Duck
    • 3 Bittern - one flew across cell 1b, one was at the back of Piper Marsh near the depth guage and one was at Loversall Pool
    • 10 Little Egret
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 6 Little Grebe
    • 5 Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - immature male on Piper Marsh
    • 3 Sparrowhawk -over Piper Marsh, 2 harassed the Marsh Harrier
    • 6 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Hobby - watched from Mitchell Hide, gave excellent views from Duchess hide, present from mid morning
    • 1 Water Rail - Piper Marsh
    • 650+ Lapwing
    • 2 Dunlin - West Scrape
    • 5 Green Sandpiper - 2 on Piper Marsh and later on cell 3b and 3 on West Scrape
    • 5 Snipe
    • 4 Swift - south
    • 3 Jay
    • 3 Goldcrest - one along Piper Marsh path and 2 at the under bridge
    • 1 Bearded Tit - juvenile at West Scrape
    • 5 Swallow - south
    • House Martin - small numbers continuously moving south
    • 5 Cetti's Warbler - singing
    • 8 Chiffchaff - 7 calling and one singing
    • 1 Willow Warbler - calling
    • 3 Blackcap - calling
    • 1 Reed Warbler - Loversall Pool
    • 16 Goldfinch - near VC

    Other: 1 Lizard (probably Common), 3 Rabbit, 1 Muntjac at Piper Marsh, 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell

    Sue Bird, Dave Carroll, Barry Wardley,  Andy Dalton, Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Helen Womack, David Harding, Geoff Chatterton, Lynda Christou

    Monday 9th

    • 2 Shelduck - West Scrape
    • 4 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - a juvenile disturbed everything on Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Water Rail - heard from Duchess Hide
    • 450 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Curlew - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Black-tailed Godwit - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Dunlin - singles on West Scrape and cell 3b
    • 1 Common Sandpiper - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 7 Snipe - 6 on West Scrape and one on cell 3b
    • 4 Swift - south
    • 4 Jay - very vocal and collecting and acorns
    • Sand Martin - a small number in with the House Martins
    • 6+ Swallow - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • c100 House Martin - feeding over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler - singing
    • 2 Chiffchaff - singing
    • 2 Blackcap - calling

    Other: Roe Deer on the path to East Scrape

    Sue and Roger Bird, Rob Leach, Alan Jenness

    Little Egret © Richard Scott 2019

    Little Egret © Richard Scott 2019

    Sunday 8th

    • 2 Shelduck - cell 1b
    • 4 Wigeon - cell 1b
    • 2 Bittern - one gave prolonged views on cell 3b from Mitchell Hide and one flew across cell 1a seen from Duchess Hide
    • 6 Little Egret
    • 6 Grey Heron
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Sparrowhawk
    • 10+ Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Water Rail - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Black-tailed Godwit - juvs on cell 1b and West Scrape
    • 2 Dunlin - West Scrape
    • 1 Common Sandpiper - over
    • 2 Green Sandpiper - East Scrape
    • 2 Swift - through
    • 1 Kingfisher - from Tofield Hide
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Seven Arches Carr
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Big Hedge
    • 2 Sand Martin - through
    • 14 Swallow - through
    • 3 House Martin - through
    • 1 Bearded Tit - heard from Duchess Hide
    • 9 Cetti's Warbler
    • 26 Chiffchaff
    • 1 Willow Warbler
    • 4 Blackcap
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Big Hedge
    • 1 Whitethroat
    • 5 Reed Warbler
    • 2 Greenfinch - Huxter Well Marsh
    • Other: Muntjac along Piper Marsh path

    Butterflies/Moths: 1 Comma, 5 Large White, 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Silver Y, 1 The Drinker (larvae)

    Bugs: 1 Sloe Bug, 2 Green Shield Bug, 16 Dock Bug (11 which were late instar and 5 adult)

    Other: Chub in Mother Drain and a jack Pike in Cottage Drain

    Richard Scott, Sue Cullen, Jenny Kingsland, Sue Richardson, Darren Wozencroft, John Wozencroft, Roger and Sue Bird, Derek Parker, visitor reports

    Reed Warbler showing fault bar in the tail © Rebekah Beaumont 2019

    Reed Warbler showing fault bar in the tail © Rebekah Beaumont 2019

    Reed Warbler showing fault bar in the wing © Rebekah Beaumont 2019

    Reed Warbler showing fault bar in the wing © Rebekah Beaumont 2019

    Saturday 7th

    • 2 Marsh Harrier
    • 3 Sparrowhawk
    • 6 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 2 Hobby - hunting together over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Peregrine - adult high over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Dunlin - West Scrape
    • 2 Green Sandpiper
    • 9 Snipe
    • 2 Common Tern - juvs
    • 1 Common Gull - cell 1b
    • 18 Lesser Black-backed Gull - cell 1b
    • 16 Herring Gull - cell 1b
    • 1 Yellow-legged Gull - near adult on cell 1b
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 2 Goldcrest
    • 1 Bearded Tit - seen and heard from Mitchell Hide
    • 6 Sand Martin
    • 6 Swallow
    • 23 House Martin
    • 9 Cetti's Warbler
    • 28 Chiffchaff
    • 10 Blackcap
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Big Hedge
    • 1 Whitethroat
    • 1 Sedge Warbler
    • 3 Reed Warbler
    • 1 Grey Wagtail - over East Scrape
    • 9 Meadow Pipit - 2 on Central Grassland and 7 over

    Ringing totals: 7 Blackcap, 4 Robin, Dunnock, Whitethroat, Goldfinch, Reed Warbler, 3 Blue Tit. Retraps - 2 Blackcap, Great Tit

    Other: Weasel on the path near Tofield Hide

    Richard Scott, Rebekah Beaumont, Michael Bird, Helen Womack, Darren Wozencroft, Adrian Andruchiw, visitor reports

    Nuthatch © Darren Ward 2019

    Nuthatch © Darren Ward 2019

    Great Spotted Woodpecker © Darren Ward 2019

    Great Spotted Woodpecker © Darren Ward 2019

    Friday 6th

    • 45 Canada Geese - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 34 Teal - Piper Marsh
    • 9 Cormorant - cell 1b 
    • 1 Bittern - cell 1a
    • 3 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - cc and a male on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Sparrowhawk 
    • 3 Buzzard - over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Kestrel - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Hobby - chasing dragonflies and hirundines over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Water Rail - one calling on cell 2a and a juvenile feeding along the reed edge on West Scrape 
    • 1 Dunlin - cell 3b
    • 1 Snipe - West Scrape 
    • 3 Common Tern - juveniles on cell 2a
    • 25+ Swift - over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Kingfisher - one from Tofield Hide and later one on Mother Drain
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 1 Jay - Piper Marsh path
    • 2 Goldcrest
    • 1 Marsh Tit - calling in a large mixed flock of warblers and tits between the VC and Loversall Pool
    • 20+ Sand Martin - over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 6 Swallow
    • 50+ House Martin
    • 1 Cetti’s Warbler - singing in front of Hawthorn Bank Hide 
    • 9+ Chiffchaff
    • 1 Willow Warbler
    • 8 Blackcap
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat
    • 1 Nuthatch - Black Carr Wood
    • 1 Treecreeper
    • 1 Meadow Pipit - over
    • 1 Reed Bunting - on Central Grassland was disturbed by a fox

    Other: Fox on Central Grassland, Stoat along the path near St Caths Field and one in Loversall Field, 2 Roe Deer

    Sue and Roger Bird, Andy Dalton, Lynda Christou, Darren Ward, visitor reports 

    spider and prey © Ron Parke 2019

    spider and prey © Ron Parke 2019

    Thursday 5th

    • 19  Mute Swan - inclusing 7 young
    • 16 Greylag Geese
    • 5 Canada Geese 
    • 180+ Gadwall
    • 80 Teal
    • 12 Shoveler
    • 67 Pochard
    • 8 Tufted Duck 
    • 17 Cormorant
    • 2+ Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 6 Little Egret  
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 9 Little Grebe 
    • 3  Great Crested Grebe
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 700+ Lapwing
    • 1 Dunlin
    • 35 Black-headed Gull 
    • 5 Common Tern
    • 5 Swift
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker 
    • 2 Coal Tit
    • 1 Swallow
    • 20 House Martin
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler
    • 8  Chiffchaff 
    • 1 Blackcap
    • 1 Nuthatch - by Willow Pool Hide

    David Beresford, Andy Dalton, Mark Roberts

    Wednesday 4th

    • 1 Marsh Harrier - imm. male
    • 1 Dunlin - cell 3b
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 5 Common Tern - 3 adults and 2 juvs
    • 105 Black-headed Gull - cell 2a
    • 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull
    • 1 Great Black-backed Gull
    • 1 Tawny Owl
    • 20 Swift
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 30+ Sand Martin
    • 30+ House Martin

    Other: Bank Vole, Muntjac in Black Carr Field

    Andy Dalton, Richard Scott, Darren Wozencroft

    Comma © Darren Ward 2019

    Comma © Darren Ward 2019

    Comma © Darren Ward 2019

    Comma © Darren Ward 2019

    Tuesday 3rd

    • 1 Wigeon
    • 165+ Gadwall
    • 60+ Teal
    • 60+ Pochard
    • 5 Tufted Duck
    • 3 Bittern - West Scrape, cell 1b and cell 3a
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 3 Little Grebe
    • 10 Great Crested Grebe - including 2 young
    • 3 Sparrowhawk
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 3 Kestrel
    • 1 Peregrine - over the compound
    • 780+ Lapwing
    • 1 Dunlin - cell 3b
    • 3 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b/East Scrape
    • 6 Snipe - West Scrape
    • 5 Common Tern - including 2 juvs
    • 50 Swift - through
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - over Iron Bridge
    • 12 Sand Martin - through
    • 1 Swallow - through
    • 30 House Martin
    • 1 Wheatear - Central Grassland
    • 1 Yellow Wagtail - over Iron Bridge
    • 2+ Grey Wagtail - 2 near the pumping station/underbridge and one over Iron Bridge
    • 2 Meadow Pipit - south

    Butterflies: 6 Speckled Wood, 5 Red Admiral, 1 Common Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell 

    Richard Scott, Sue and Roger Bird, Helen Womack, Dave Carroll, Keith Lynes, Michael Bird

    Long-tailed Tit © Allen Holmes 2019

    Long-tailed Tit © Allen Holmes 2019

    Sunday 1st

    • 2 Wigeon - cell 1b
    • 1 Bittern - stood at the edge of the reeds at the back of cell 1b
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Sparrowhawk - sparring with 2 kestrels over West Scrape
    • 2 OSPREY - following heavy rain showers, one seen at long range from Hawthorn Bank Hide flew south at 12.50 and a second bird flew south over the compound at 1.20pm (RJS)
    • 3 Kestrel
    • 1 Hobby - from Duchess Hide
    • 4 Green Sandpiper
    • 11 Snipe
    • 7 Common Tern - 2 adults and 5 juvs
    • 45 Swift
    • 1 Kingfisher - West Scrape
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 1 Sand Martin
    • 1 Swallow
    • 120 House Martin
    • 10 Blackcap - Loversall Field
    • 1 Garden Warbler - Loversall Field
    • 2 Lesser Whitethroat - Loversall Field
    • 1 Whitethroat - Big Hedge
    • 2 Sedge Warbler - West Scrape
    • 1 Reed Warbler - cell 3b
    • 1 Nuthatch - Loversall Delph

    Other: 1 Grass Snake Basking along Big Hedge, a shrew feeding next to Piper Marsh path

    Richard Scott, Allen Holmes, Sue Cullen, Jenny Kingsland, visitor reports

    August 2019

    Saturday 31st

    • 4 Wigeon - cell 1b
    • 57 Teal
    • 95 Mallard
    • 40 Shoveler
    • 20 Cormorant - cell 1b
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 6 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 2 Water Rail - East Scrape and cell 2a
    • 2 Greenshank - one SW at 06:30 and on cell 1b at 10.05
    • 5 Green Sandpiper - East Scrape/cell 3b
    • 5 Snipe
    • 8 Common Tern - 2 adults and 6 juvs
    • 80 Swift
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Iron Bridge
    • 5 Sand Martin
    • 2 Swallow
    • 90 House Martin
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Iron Bridge
    • 2 Reed Warbler - Iron Bridge
    • 8 Bullfinch - Iron Bridge

    Richard Scott, Helen Womack

    Cricket © Roy Day 2019

    Cricket sp © Roy Day 2019

    Friday 30th

    • 1 Wigeon
    • 1 Pintail - imm/female on cell 1b was only the second sighting of the year
    • 1 Hobby - access track at 8.10pm
    • 1 Peregrine
    • 3 Green Sandpiper
    • 3 Common Tern
    • 1 Tawny Owl - calling
    • 40 Swift

    Odonata: 17 Migrant Hawker,  3 Southern Hawker, report just received of a male LESSER EMPEROR on 17th August (Sarah and David Orwin per Darren Wozencroft) is the second sighting for Potteric

    Other: 1 Wood Mouse

    Derek Gaffney, Richard Scott, Andy Dalton, Adrian Andruchhiw, Darren Wozencroft

    Stoat © Allen Holmes 2019

    Stoat © Allen Holmes 2019

    Thursday 29th

    • 300 Lapwing - West Scrape
    • 1 Greenshank - on West Scrape late afternoon
    • 1 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER - in a tit flock along the access track near the pumping station

    Mark Roberts

    Common Darters © Iain Macaulay 2019

    Common Darters © Iain Macaulay 2019

    Common Spreadwing © Iain Macaulay 2019

    Common Spreadwing (Emerald Damselfly) © Iain Macaulay 2019

    Wednesday 28th (evening following a rainy afternoon)

    • 2 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 4 Snipe - 2 on West Scrape and 2 on cell 3b
    • 8 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 12 Swift

    There were very few birds on Huxter Well Marsh in the evening, e.g. only 2 Lapwings, wildfowl numbers much reduced and no roosting gulls.

    Richard Scott

    Celypha lacunana © Derek Parker 2019

    Celypha lacunana © Derek Parker 2019

    Blood-vein © Derek Parker 2019

    Blood-vein © Derek Parker 2019

    Bordered Beauty © Derek Parker 2019

    Bordered Beauty © Derek Parker 2019

    Moth Trapping Report for Saturday Night 24th August

    When we examined the trap on Sunday morning, there were plenty of moths and a good variety (60 species) but, disappointingly, there was really very little to get excited about, no new records or scarce species to report.

    The most notable record was a single Tawny Speckled Pug. Not a rare species but, even so, this was the first reserve record for 19 years. The reason for the absence of records in the meantime could be because the foodplants – yarrow and sneezewort – are not particularly common in the vicinity of the trap site, although yarrow certainly occurs nearby.

    Also trapped were 2 Swammerdamia species, S.caesiella and S.pyrella. Again, not rare but not recorded every year.

    A single Bordered Beauty was certainly the most attractive species trapped.

    Late August is, typically, a time when a reduced range of species is counterbalanced by good numbers of individuals of many of the more common species. For example, we recorded 30 Large Yellow Underwing, 17 Setaceous Hebrew Character and 16 Square-spot Rustic.

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont, Janet Heppenstall

    Spotted Flycatcher © Richard Scott 2019

    Spotted Flycatcher © Richard Scott 2019

    Roe Deer © Allen Holmes 2019

    Roe Deer © Allen Holmes 2019

    Tuesday 27th

    • 6 Wigeon - one on the Lagoon and 5 on cell 1b
    • 146 Gadwall
    • 32 Pochard
    • 16 Tufted Duck
    • 7 Pheasant - 2 family parties
    • 4 Bittern
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 5 Little Grebe
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 1 Peregrine - over Old Eaa
    • 7 Water Rail
    • 675 Lapwing
    • 4 Green Sandpiper
    • 2 Snipe
    • 5 Common Tern - adult and 4 juvs
    • 8 Swift
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 1 Green Woodpecker
    • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 4 Jay
    • 1 Goldcrest - singing
    • 2 Coal Tit
    • 7 Blackcap
    • 5 Garden Warbler
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat
    • 2 Whitethroat
    • 40 Starling
    • 2 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER - one between West Scrape and Mitchell Hide and one at Willow Pool
    • 1 Wheatear - flew from the SE corner of Central Grassland
    • 1 Yellow Wagtail - over
    • 9 Goldfinch – family parties at the butterfly garden

    Butterflies: 8 Speckled Wood, 25 Red Admiral, 7 Painted Lady, 1 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Common Blue, 1 Comma, 1 Small Copper

    Other: Stoat on the path between West Scrape and Mitchell Hide, Grass Snake, 8 Roe Deer

    Richard Scott, Allen Holmes, Helen Womack, Dave Carroll, Keith Lynes, Sue and Roger Bird, Chris Bell, Lynda Christou

    Goat Moth caterpillar © Norman Clarkson 2019

    Goat Moth caterpillar © Norman Clarkson 2019

    Second Goat Moth Caterpillar Found at Potteric Carr

    As a postscript to the recent blog report detailing the discovery on 15 August of a caterpillar of the very rare Goat Moth, I can now report that a second caterpillar was photographed on 24 August by Norman Clarkson. Like the first caterpillar, this second one was also spotted along the access track. It seems that we have a small colony established in the vicinity of the access track, which is excellent news for the reserve.

    With luck (admittedly, a lot of luck!), we might be able to attract an adult to the moth trap in June or July of next year!

    Ian Heppenstall

    Mint Leaf Beetle © Allen Holmes 2019

    Mint Leaf Beetle © Allen Holmes 2019

    Monday 26th

    • 1 Wigeon - Lagoon
    • 1 GARGANEY - cell 3b
    • 1 Bittern - stood at the reed edge at cell 1b
    • 1 Water Rail - calling near Mitchell Hide
    • 615 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 6 Black-tailed Godwit - 5 adults on cell 3b for a few minutes from 9.30am and an adult on cell 3b from noon.
    • 7 Green Sandpiper - 5 on East Scrape and 2 on cell 3b
    • 10 Snipe
    • 4 Common Tern - adult and 3 juvs
    • 3 Stock Dove
    • 3 Swift
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Hawthorn Bank
    • 1 Coal Tit - Iron Bridge
    • 2 Sedge Warbler
    • 1 Treecreeper
    • 1 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER - Cottage Drain near to the underbridge (AB)
    • 1 Yellow Wagtail - over

    Butterflies: 60 Red Admiral and 15 Painted Lady south-west, 1 Comma

    Buffer Area - Stoven's Plantation and hedgerows

    • 1 Goldcrest, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper In a large mixed tit flock

    2 Song Thrush an adult and a juvenile along the path

    Richard Scott, Adrian Andruchiw, Andy Bell, Simon Mitchell, Katie Smith, Sue and Roger Bird, Sharon Knott

    Lesser Whitethroat © Allen Holmes 2019

    Lesser Whitethroat © Allen Holmes 2019

    Garden Warbler © Allen Holmes 2019

    Garden Warbler © Allen Holmes 2019

    Sunday 25th

    • 1 Wigeon - cell 1b/West Scrape
    • 1 GARGANEY - on cell 3b from early morning and still present early afternoon.
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 3 Sparrowhawk - female with 2 juvs over Black Carr Field
    • 1 Water Rail - West Scrape
    • 1+ Curlew - heard over Piper Marsh shortly after 2 were reported flying east at the iPort
    • 4 Green Sandpiper - East Scrape
    • 7 Snipe - 4 on West Scrape/Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Common Tern - including 2 juvs
    • 2 Kingfisher
    • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 5 Jay - Loversall Pool
    • 1 Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide
    • 3 Willow Warbler - Black Carr Field
    • 4 Blackcap
    • 1 Garden Warbler - Big Hedge
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Big Hedge
    • 3 Whitethroat
    • 1 PIED FLYCATCHER - in Black Carr Field at 8am (RJS). Presumably not the same bird as yesterday.
    • Song Thrush - one in Black Carr Wood and an adult with 3 juvs neat the VC
    • 100+ mixed warblers and tits worked their way along Big Hedge between West Scrape and Mitchell Hide before heading south through the willow scrub in Central Grassland

    Butterflies: 30 Red Admiral, 5 Painted Lady, 12 Common Blue (1 taken by Black-tailed Skimmer), 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 6 Large white, 5 Speckled Wood, 2 Small White, 2 Peacock

    Other: freshly dead Hedgehog in Black Carr Field, 1 Grass Snake, 6 Roe Deer, 2 Mint Leaf Beetle

    Richard Scott, Allen Holmes, Dave Carroll, Sue and Roger Bird, Jenny Kingsland, Sue Cullen, Sue Richardson

    Great Crested Newt eating a dragonfly © Darren Ward 2019

    Great Crested Newt eating a dragonfly © Darren Ward 2019

    Spotted Flycatcher © Richard Scott 2019

    Spotted Flycatcher © Richard Scott 2019

    Saturday 24th

    • 1 GARGANEY - on West Scrape early morning (RJS)
    • 6 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1+ Marsh Harrier - juvs at Huxter Well Marsh and Loversall Carr Fields
    • 1 Hobby - in the dead oak from Duchess Hide
    • 1 Water Rail - juv on cell 3b
    • 1 Ruff - flew over West Scrape
    • 2 Green Sandpiper - East Scrape and West Scrape
    • 1 Snipe - cell 1b
    • 6 Common Tern - including 4 juvs
    • 2 Kingfisher
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 2 Willow Tit - Loversall Delph
    • 3 Willow Warbler - including one singing
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Iron Bridge
    • 1 Nuthatch - Loversall Triangle
    • 3 Treecreeper
    • 4+ SPOTTED FLYCATCHER - at least 2 next to the compound early morning and 2 next to the Mother Drain at Iron Bridge in the afternoon (RJS)
    • 1 PIED FLYCATCHER - seen briefly in the copse at the back of Decoy Lake near the screen (DW)
    • 3 Greenfinch

    Other: several Red Admirals, Painted Lady, 10 Small Red-eyed Damselflies on Loverall Pool, male Black Darter at the square pond in Loversall Field (DW), Goat Moth caterpillar photographed on the access track (NC)

    Richard Scott, Allen Holmes, Darren Wozencroft, Norman Clarkson, visitor reports

    Goat Moth caterpillar © India Ashfield 2019

    Goat Moth caterpillar © India Ashfield 2019

    Caterpillar of Rare Moth Found Recently at Potteric Carr

    On 15 August, 3 TNLs (Tomorrow's Natural Leaders) – India Ashfield, Rebecca Eyre and Jessica McMaster – found and photographed a large caterpillar on the access track. They tentatively identified it as a larva of the Goat Moth Cossus Cossus, an identification I was happy to confirm (see photograph).

    The Goat Moth (so called because the larva is supposed to smell of goat) is a scarce and declining species nationally, a Nationally Notable and BAP Priority Species. It is also extremely rare and local in Yorkshire. The only recent Yorkshire records prior to the Potteric record are all from the Doncaster area, specifically Rossington and, more recently, Austerfield. So this Potteric record is an important discovery. Potteric Carr is a typical location for the Goat Moth, which seems to prefer low-lying wetland areas, such as the Fens or, otherwise, ancient woodland locations, especially the New Forest.

    Goat Moth caterpillars feed within the trunks of various, usually deciduous, trees, with a preference for old and/or damaged trunks. Feeding continues for 3-4 years after which the full-grown larva will leave the trunk in search of a suitable place to pupate. The Potteric caterpillar will have been full-grown and seeking out a pupation site when discovered on the access track.
    The Goat Moth tends to create colonies in the same location year after year, so it is quite likely that other examples of the species will be found here in future years.

    Goat Moth is the 10th new Potteric Carr moth record, so far, in 2019, and a particularly important one.

    Ian Heppenstall

    Thursday 22nd

    • 19 Mute Swan - including 7 young 
    • 1 Wigeon
    • 130+ Gadwall - including 4 young
    • 37 Teal
    • 17 Shoveler
    • 37 Pochard
    • 10 Tufted Duck 
    • 12 Cormorant
    • 1 Bittern - from Cottage Drain hide
    • 5 Little Egret
    • 12 Little Grebe 
    • 3 Great Crested Grebe
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and juvenile on Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Sparrowhawk 
    • 3 Buzzard - from Hawthorn Bank hide 
    • 1 Kestrel - hunting over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Hobby - present all morning sat in the dead oak and chasing dragonflies
    • 580+ Lapwing
    • 3 Oystercatcher - cell 1b
    • 3 Curlew - briefly on cell 1b in the evening
    • 3 Green Sandpiper - one on East Scrape 2 flitting between West Scrape and cell 3b
    • 1 Snipe
    • 5 Common Tern
    • 1 Mediterranean Gull - juv moulting into 1st-winter with a pre-roost gathering of black-headed gulls on cell 1b
    • 18 Lesser Black-backed Gull - cell 1b in the evening
    • 70+ Swift - continuous movement SW
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - female
    • 2 Jay
    • 1 Coal Tit
    • 3 Cetti's Warbler 
    • 15 Chiffchaff - included one singing along along Cottage Drain and 3 in a flock of Long-tailed Tit
    • Blackcap - family party in front of Duchess Hide
    • 1 Treecreeper - Loversall Delph

    Other: Pygmy Shrew, Stoat

    Sue and Roger Bird, David Beresford, Richard Scott

    Grass Snake © Darren Ward 2019

    Grass Snake © Darren Ward 2019

    Wednesday 21st

    • 3 Little Egret
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 4 Great Crested Grebe - 2 adults and 2 juveniles on cell 1b
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
    • 4 Buzzard - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Peregrine - 2 over Carr Lodge and Huxter Well March
    • 2 Hobby - over Seven Arches Carr
    • 4 Common Tern
    • 20+ Swift
    • 1 Kingfisher - cell 1b
    • 10+ Long-Tailed Tit - flock
    • 6 Sand Martin
    • 2 House Martin
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler - Piper Marsh and Huxter Well Marsh

    Mark Roberts, Paul Paddock

    Meadow Grasshopper © Keith Lynes 2019

    Meadow Grasshopper © Keith Lynes 2019

    Tuesday 20th

    • 80+ Gadwall
    • 60 Pochard
    • 19 Tufted Duck - including 2 young
    • 3 Little Egret - 2 on Huxter Well and one on Piper Marsh
    • 9 Little Grebe
    • 5 Great Crested Grebe - including 3 young
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - a new female over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 6 Buzzard - 3 from Mitchell Hide included one with a white rump and 3 together on Loversall Carr Field
    • 1 Water Rail - dashing over the access track from Mother Drain towards Old Eaa
    • 350 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 2 Redshank - juveniles on cell 1b
    • 4 Common Tern
    • 80+ Swift - constant movement SW
    • 1 Kingfisher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Jay - calling Loversall Bank
    • 100+ Sand Martin - continuous movement SW
    • 2 Swallow
    • 9 House Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 6 Chiffchaff - calling
    • 5 Blackcap - feeding on the brambles
    • 1 Treecreeper - Black Carr Wood

    Butterflies: 1 Brown Argus, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Gatekeeper, 2 Common Blue, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell

    Sue Bird, Dave Carroll, Mick Bellas, Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Helen Womack, Dave Harding, Geoff Chatterton, Tuesday Volunteers

    Roe Deer © Allen Holmes 2019

    Roe Deer © Allen Holmes 2019

    Green Sandpiper © Allen Holmes 2019

    Green Sandpiper © Allen Holmes 2019

    Sunday 18th

    • 11 Cormorant
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and juv
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 5 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 300 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Green Sandpiper - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 30 Swift
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 40 Sand Martin

    Other: Grass Snake at the dipping pond

    Richard Scott, Jenny Kingsland, Sue Cullen, Sue Richardson, Darren Ward

    Sparrowhawk © Allen Holmes 2019

    Sparrowhawk © Allen Holmes 2019

    Peregrine © Allen Holmes 2019

    Peregrine © Allen Holmes 2019

    Saturday 17th

    • 2 Marsh Harrier - 2+ cc over Huxter Well, 2 in the air together and 1 sparring with the Peregrine
    • 1 Sparrowhawk - from Mitchell Hide
    • 2 Hobby - chasing swifts and hirundines over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Peregrine - youngster causing havoc on Huxter Well, with several failed attempts to take something.
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain

    Others: Roe deer - Mum and fawn Central Grassland, Birch Shieldbug Elasmostethus interstinctus, Bishop's mitre shieldbug Aelia acuminate, Common green shieldbug Palomena prasina final instar several seen

    Chris Elliot, Allen Holmes

    Friday 16th

    • 1 Wigeon - cell 3b
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 4 Marsh Harrier - male, female and 2 juvs
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 1 Water Rail - East Scrape
    • 1 Common Sandpiper - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Snipe - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5 Common Tern - including 2 juvs on Huxter Well Marsh
    • 90 Swift - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Kingfisher
    • 100 Sand Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Swallow - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 110 House Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler
    • 2 Treecreeper - Access Track and Loversall Delph
    • 1 Pied Wagtail - over

    Richard Scott

    Thursday 15th

    • 11 Mute Swan - including 5 young
    • 67 Gadwall
    • 16 Teal
    • 26 Shoveler
    • 67 Pochard
    • 17 Tufted Duck
    • 6 Cormorant
    • 6 Little Egret
    • 4 Grey Heron
    • 10 Little Grebe 
    • 5 Great Crested Grebe
    • 3 Marsh Harrier
    • 3 Oystercatcher
    • 4 Common Tern
    • 8 Swift
    • 2 Kingfisher
    • 60+ Sand Martin
    • 3 House Martin
    • 1 Cetti's Warbler
    • 5 Chiffchaff
    • 1 Blackcap
    • 5 Whitethroat - including a family group of 4 near filtration ponds
    • 1 Reed Warbler
    • 1 Treecreeper
    • 2 Bullfinch
    • 20+ Goldfinch - flock near VC

    David Beresford

    Tuesday 13th

    • 150+ Gadwall
    • 22 Teal
    • 41 Pochard
    • 27 Tufted Duck
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 7 Little Grebe
    • 5 Great Crested Grebe - including 2 young
    • 4 Marsh Harrier - male, female and 2 juvs
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Water Rail - from Tofield Hide
    • 200+ Lapwing
    • 2 Green Sandpiper - East and West Scrape
    • 12 Common Tern
    • 25 Swift - through
    • 2 Kingfisher
    • 5 Jay
    • 10+ Great Tit - Loversall Bank
    • 1 Willow Tit - Access Track
    • 2 Marsh Tit - Loversall Bank
    • 100+ Sand Martin - through
    • 1 Swallow
    • 50+ House Martin
    • 1 Cetti's Warbler - Decoy Marsh
    • 30+ Long-tailed Tit - Loversall Bank
    • 5 Blackcap
    • 1 Garden Warbler
    • 6+ Whitethroat - singles at the Iron bridge and Tofield hide and a family party at Mitchell Hide 
    • 2 Reed Warbler
    • 6 Treecreeper - Loversall Bank
    • 1 Song Thrush - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Bullfinch
    • 19 Goldfinch

    Butterflies: 6 Painted Lady, 5 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma, 2 Meadow Brown, 1 Gatekeeper

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Sue Bird, David Carroll, Philip Goucher, Doug Smith, Geoff Chatterton, David Harding, Helen Womack, Rob Burns, Chris Bell

    Monday 12th

    • 2 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Marsh Harrier - male and 3 juveniles seen from Mitchell Hide
    • 1 Sparrowhawk - hunting continually on Huxter Well Marsh causing chaos
    • 2 Buzzard - seen from Mitchell Hide
    • 1 Hobby - chasing a Swift over Huxter Well Marsh that managed to evade capture
    • 1 Water Rail - calling on cell 3b
    • 3 Oystercatcher - cell 1b
    • 175 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Common Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 12 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 35+ Swift - trickled through south
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - pumping station
    • 3 Bearded Tit - very active juveniles seen from Mitchell Hide
    • 36 House Martin - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler - singing
    • 7 Chiffchaff - calling
    • 2 Blackcap - calling
    • 4 Reed Warbler
    • 4 Bullfinch - between VC and dragonfly ponds

    Butterflies: 3 Comma, 5 Gatekeeper, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Large White, 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 4 Speckled Wood

    Moths: 1 Large Yellow Underwing

    Other: 2 Roe Deer, 1 Frog, 1 Green Shieldbug

    Sue and Roger Bird, Lynda Christou, Derek Parker

    Emperor Dragonfly © Gary Binder 2019

    Emperor Dragonfly © Gary Binder 2019

    Sunday 11th

    • 1 Bittern - flew from the Stilling Pond to Piper Marsh
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - female and juv
    • 3 Sparrowhawk - including a juv calling in Corbett Wood
    • 6 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Green Sandpiper
    • 12 Common Tern
    • 5 Stock Dove
    • 30 Swift
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 3 Jay
    • 20 Sand Martin

    Other: a Stoat crossed the path between East and West Scrape

    Richard Scott, Jenny Kingsland, Sue Cullen, Sue Richardson, Stuart Churchill

    © Lynda Christou 2019

    © Lynda Christou 2019

    Saturday 10th

    • 3 Wigeon - Lagoon
    • 3 Marsh Harrier - male, female and juv
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 1 Peregrine - chasing Common Terns in front of Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 2 Common Sandpiper - cell 1b
    • 16+ Common Tern
    • 1 Yellow-legged Gull - adult south
    • 1 Great Black-backed Gull - south
    • c200 Swift - through

    Other: Hornet Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) - near the VC

    Richard Scott, Allen Holmes, Lynda Christou

    Small Phoenix © Derek Parker 2019

    Small Phoenix © Derek Parker 2019

    The Crescent © Derek Parker 2019

    The Crescent © Derek Parker 2019

    Moth Trapping Report for Wednesday Night 7th August

    The night had been cooler than anticipated and, as a consequence, moth numbers were well down on recent trappings. A total of 57 species were counted and, really, there was little to get excited about.

    The only highlight was the third reserve record of the Tortricid,  Hedya ochroleucana, the  larvae of which feed upon rose; also apple.

    Other less frequently recorded species trapped on the night included Monopis weaverella, Cnephasia genitalana, Blastobasis lacticolella, Six-striped Rustic, Least Yellow Underwing and Brown-veined Wainscot.

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont, Janet Heppenstall

    Roe Deer © Gary Binder 2019

    Roe Deer © Gary Binder 2019

    Friday 9th

    • 48 Teal
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - juv
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 2 Dunlin - cell 1b
    • 1 Snipe - cell 3b
    • 1 Kingfisher - cell 3b
    • 1 Bearded Tit - near Mitchell Hide

    Richard Scott

    Small Red-eyed Damselfly © Allen Holmes 2019

    Small Red-eyed Damselfly © Allen Holmes 2019

    Leef-cutter Bee sp © Richard Scott 2019

    Leef-cutter Bee sp © Richard Scott 2019

    Thursday 8th

    • 21 Mute Swan - including 9 young (4 and 5)
    • 2 Greylag Geese
    • 2 Canada Geese 
    • 1 Wigeon - Lagoon
    • 130+ Gadwall - including 4 young
    • 18 Teal
    • 8 Shoveler
    • 61 Pochard
    • 31 Tufted Duck - including 2 young
    • 7 Little Egret  
    • 6 Grey Heron
    • 7 Little Grebe
    • 6 Great Crested Grebe - including 2 young
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Sparrowhawk - high over Black carr Wood and a juv calling in Corbett Wood
    • 3 Buzzard - from Duchess Hide
    • 1 Peregrine
    • 1 Black-tailed Godwit - cell 1b
    • 1 Dunlin
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
    • 16+ Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 500+ Black-headed Gull - feeding high over reserve, after flying ants
    • 2 Swift
    • 2 Kingfisher - from Hawthorn Bank Hide and Decoy Lake
    • 2 Jay
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • 7 Chiffchaff - calling
    • 2 Blackcap - calling in front of Duchess Hide
    • 5 Reed Warbler
    • 12 Starling - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Bullfinch - by the dipping ponds

    Butterflies: 1 Silver-washed Fritillary

    Odonata: 1 Small Red-eyed Damselfly

    Other: 3 Roe Deer

    Sue and Roger Bird, Mick Bellas, Lynda Christou, David Beresford, Allen Holmes

    Dark Green Fritillary © Keith Lynes 2019

    Dark Green Fritillary © Keith Lynes 2019

    Dark Green Fritillary © Keith Lynes 2019

    Dark Green Fritillary © Keith Lynes 2019

    Tuesday 6th

    • 1 Mandarin Duck - female-type on cell 1b
    • 1 Wigeon - male on cell 1b
    • 180+ Gadwall
    • 34 Teal –  cell 1b
    • 45+ Pochard
    • 28 Tufted - including one with 2 young
    • 1 Bittern
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 6 Little Grebe - including 2 young
    • 2 Great Crested Grebe
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 3 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Peregrine - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 85+ Lapwing
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
    • 2 Greenshank - cell 1b
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 15+ Common Tern
    • 42 Swift - SW through the day
    • 2 Kingfisher
    • 8 Swallows - low over Central grassland
    • 1 House Martin
    • 2 Pied Wagtail
    • 1 Greenfinch - near the VC

    Butterflies: 1 Dark Green Fritillary (third record for Potteric), 6 Speckled Wood, 7 Painted Lady, 5 Gatekeeper, 3 Meadow Brown, 1 Common Blue, 2 Brimstone - females

    Keith Lynes, Dave Carroll, Sue Bird, Mick Bellas, Gary Dyson, Andy Dalton, Richard Scott, visitor reports

    Cinnamon Bug © Derek Parker 2019

    Cinnamon Bug © Derek Parker 2019

    Monday 5th

    Butterflies: 15 Gatekeeper, 4 Large White, 1 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood, 3 Ringlet

    Others: 1 Cinnamon Bug (second record for Potteric), 3 7-spot ladybird, 1 Twin Lobed Deerfly, 1 Green Shieldbug (4th Instar), 1 Wolf Spider with egg sac, 1 Roe Deer

    Derek Parker

    Common Blue © Lynda Christou 2019

    Common Blue © Lynda Christou 2019

    Sunday 4th WeBS Count

    • 85 Mallard
    • 84 Gadwall
    • 2 Wigeon
    • 1 Goldeneye (female)
    • 152 Coot
    • 55 Pochard
    • 31 Tufted Duck
    • 9 Little Egret
    • 8 Grey Heron
    • 12 Cormorant
    • 25 Common Tern
    • 5 Water Rail
    • 510 Lapwing
    • 2 Green Sandpiper
    • 1 Dunlin
    • 1 Oystercatcher

    Mark Roberts

    Sunday 4th

    • 3 Wigeon - 2 on the Lagoon and one on cell 2a
    • 1 Goldeneye - female on cell 1b
    • 39 Cormorant - a flock of 34 NW and 5 on Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 7 Grey Heron - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Marsh Harrier - male, cc and 2 juveniles
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 3 Water Rail - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Oystercatcher - West Scrape
    • 1 Dunlin - cell 1b
    • c25 Common Tern
    • 60 Swift - through
    • 1+ Kingfisher - Huxter Well Marsh and Piper Marsh
    • 2 Bearded Tit - calling near East Scrape and Mitchell Hide
    • 1 Yellow Wagtail - over
    • 4 Pied Wagtail - over
    • 2 Greenfinch - St Caths Field

    Other: 2 young Stoats at Loversall Delph

    Richard Scott, Mark Roberts, Sue and Roger Bird, Jenny Kingsland, Sue Cullen, Sue Richardson, Lynda Christou, Chris Cull

    Saturday 3rd

    • 2 GARGANEY - on the island at the back of cell 1b
    • 1 Bittern - seen from Mitchell Hide
    • 6 Little Egret
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - seen at Decoy Lake and Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Marsh Harrier - male, female and cc (juv not seen)
    • 2 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Water Rail - calling at East Scrape
    • 2 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b and East Scrape
    • 23+ Common Tern
    • 2 Stock Dove - over
    • 105 Swift - through
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 1 Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide

    Richard Scott, Helen Womack, Adrian Andruchiw, Tina Langford

    male Banded Demoiselle © Iain Macaulay 2019

    male Banded Demoiselle © Iain Macaulay 2019

    Friday 2nd

    • 2 GARGANEY - East Scrape
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - seen from Duchess Hide
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Water Rail - calling at East Scrape
    • Moorhen - 6 small young on cell 2a
    • 1 Ringed Plover - cell 1b
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
    • 20+ Common Tern
    • 1 Kingfisher - Huxter Well Marsh

    Richard Scott, Andy Dalton

    Holly Blue © Lynda Christou 2019

    Holly Blue © Lynda Christou 2019

    Peacock © Lynda Christou 2019

    Peacock © Lynda Christou 2019

    Thursday 1st

    • 2 GARGANEY - East Scrape
    • Tufted Duck - female and 3 small young on cell 1b
    • 2 Bittern - sat on the reed edge on cell 1b and one flew to the reeds at Decoy Lake
    • 6 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - Lagoon
    • Little Grebe - adult with 2 small young from the Tofield Hide 
    • 3 Marsh Harrier - male, female and a juvenile seen from Mitchell Hide
    • 2 Buzzard 
    • Moorhen - pair with a small young on cell 2a
    • 475 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Green Sandpiper - East Scrape and cell 3b
    • 21 Common Tern -including at least 9 juveniles on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Sand Martin - over East Scrape
    • 1 Bearded Tit - calling at East Scrape

    Butterflies: 17 Painted Lady, 11 Peacock, 1 Holly Blue

    Sue and Roger Bird, Lynda Christou,Chris Bell

    July 2019

    Wednesday 31st

    • 1 Bittern
    • 6 Little Egret
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - seen briefly on cell 3a
    • 6 Grey Heron
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Curlew - calling over the Education Centre at 9.50am
    • 3 Dunlin - on cell 1b in the evening
    • 2 Common Sandpiper - cell 1b
    • 20+ Common Tern
    • 1 Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide
    • 2 Reed Warbler

    Other: 2 Stoats on the path between West Scrape and Mitchell Hides

    Paul Paddock, Mark Roberts, Richard Scott

    Painted Lady © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Painted Lady © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Tuesday 30th

    • 2 Shelduck - juvs flew over the Lagoon
    • 4 Wigeon - Lagoon/cell 1b
    • 180+ Gadwall
    • 2 GARGANEY - East Scrape
    • 21 Tufted Duck - also a female with 4 small young on cell 1b. Reduced to 3 young when a passing Herring Gull dropped in for a snack.
    • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 9 Little Egret
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - on Huxter Well Marsh favouring cell 3a
    • 6 Grey Heron
    • 4 Great Crested Grebe - including 2 young
    • 3 Marsh Harrier - male, female and juvenile
    • 2 Sparrowhawk - also young calling in Corbett Wood
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 1 Hobby - in the dead oak near Duchess Hide
    • 1 Water Rail - cell 2a
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 283 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Ringed Plover - cell 1b
    • 1 Dunlin - cell 1b
    • 3 Common Sandpiper - West Scrape/cell 3b
    • 6 Green Sandpiper - East Scrape
    • 1 Greenshank - cell 1b/West Scrape
    • 23 Common Tern - including 9 juvs
    • 3 Stock Dove - over
    • 30 Swift
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 2 Green Woodpecker - Iron Bridge and Hawthorn Bank
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Willow Bank
    • 1 Jay
    • 6 Bearded Tit - one heard calling from East Scrape screen and 5 seen from Mitchell Hide
    • 3 Blackcap - juvs
    • 1 Song Thrush - singing
    • 3 Linnet - flew from Big Hedge

    Butterflies: count of 1 Holly Blue, 1 Common Blue, 20+ Peacock, 6 Meadow Brown, 14 Speckled Wood, 8 Painted Lady, 5 Gatekeeper. On the buddleia patch in the VC car park were 15 Peacock, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Comma and 2 Gatekeeper. There was a westerly movement of Peacocks.

    Other: a Grass Snake swam across cell 1b

    Richard Scott, Gary Dyson, Andy Dalton, Sue Bird, Dave Carroll, Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Mick Bellas

    Common Tern © Rob Burns 2019

    Common Tern © Rob Burns 2019

    Monday 29th

    • 4 Gadwall - female and 3 small young
    • 30+ Mallard - cell 3a
    • 6 Little Egret
    • Little Grebe - 2 adults with 3 young on cell 3a. Pair with 3 young on the Lagoon
    • 50+ Lapwing
    • 1 Black-tailed Godwit - cell 3b
    • 1 Dunlin - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 3 Common Sandpiper - 2 on West Scrape and one on Old Eaa Marsh
    • 15 Common Tern - including 3 juvs at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Greenfinch - heard near main entrance gate

    Butterflies: included 2 Red Admiral, Common Blue and 4 Painted Lady, 7 Peacock

    Rob Burns, Mark Roberts, Adrian Adrian Andruchiw, Dave Carroll

    Slender Brindle © Derek Parker 2019

    Slender Brindle © Derek Parker 2019

    Argyresthia goedartella © Derek Parker 2019

    Argyresthia goedartella © Derek Parker 2019

    Blastobasis adustella © Derek Parker 2019

    Blastobasis adustella © Derek Parker 2019

    Moth Trapping Report for Wednesday Night, 24th July

    The hot weather meant the trap was, once again, heaving with moths. There were almost too many, as it was impossible to record them without a good many escaping unidentified.

    108 recorded species is the highest total so far this year, although well below the highest ever 142 species trapped on 23 July, 2016.

    The most significant discovery this time was a single example of Psoricoptera gibbosella, an oak-feeding Gelechiid. Only the 5th Yorkshire and 2nd VC63 record, this is a notable find. Plus, it is, of course, an addition to the Potteric Carr moth fauna.

    There was nothing else of this calibre trapped on Wednesday night but the big reed-feeding Pyralid, Schoenobius gigantella, a regionally very scarce and local species, was recorded once again. Other, less common, species included Recurvaria leucatella, Digitivalva pulicariae, Monopis weaverella, Slender Brindle, Double Lobed and Least Yellow Underwing.

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont and Janet Heppenstall

    Roe Deer © Matthew Christou 2019

    Roe Deer © Matthew Christou 2019

    Sunday 28th

    • 3 Wigeon - Lagoon
    • 2 GARGANEY - Piper Marsh
    • 1 Bittern - Piper Marsh
    • 7 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Peregrine - adult plucking a Black-headed Gull on the island on cell 1b
    • 4 Water Rail - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Oystercatcher - cell 1b
    • 3 Ringed Plover - one on cell 3b and 2 on cell 1b
    • 3 Little Ringed Plover - 2 adults on cell 3b and a juv on cell 1b
    • 1 Black-tailed Godwit - cell 3b
    • 1 Dunlin - cell 3b
    • 1 Common sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 3 Green Sandpiper - one on cell 3b and 2 on East Scrape
    • 1 Snipe - cell 3b
    • 16 Common Tern - including 3 juvs on Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Common Gull - through
    • 2 Collared Dove - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1+ Kingfisher
    • 1 Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide

    Richard Scott, Ian and Janet Heppenstall

    Mediterranean Gull © Richard Scott 2019

    Mediterranean Gull © Richard Scott 2019

    Saturday 27th

    • 2 Wigeon - Lagoon
    • Gadwall - female with 6 small young on West Scrape
    • 2 GARGANEY - together on Piper Marsh. In the afternoon one was on West Scrape and later on cell 1b
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Peregrine - a juvenile gave excellent views as in flew low over West Scrape and cell 1b pursued by about 10 Common Terns
    • 2 Water Rail - calling from cell 1b and West Scrape
    • 1 Ringed Plover - adult on cell 1b
    • 3 Little Ringed Plover - 2 adults on cell 3b and a juv on cell 1b
    • 2 Black-tailed Godwit - cell 3b/West Scrape
    • 1 Dunlin - cell 3b
    • 1 Common Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 3 Green Sandpiper - East Scrape
    • 1 Snipe - cell 3b
    • 14 Common Tern - including 3 juvs
    • 1 Mediterranean Gull - adult with Black-headed Gulls on West Scrape
    • 1 Common Gull - adult on cell 1b
    • 25 Swift
    • 2 Kingfisher - Piper Marsh, Mother Drain, Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Old Eaa and Hawthorn Bank
    • 2 Bearded Tit - heard calling from Duchess and Mitchell Hides
    • 30 Sand Martin
    • 20 Swallow
    • 10 House Martin

    Richard Scott, Chris Bell

    Friday 26th

    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - Piper Marsh
    • 2 Snipe - West Scrape (the first of the season)

    Lynda Christou

    Thursday 25th

    • 8 Mute Swan + 6 young
    • 1 Shelduck - juv on West Scrape
    • 2 Wigeon
    • 180+ Gadwall
    • 8 Teal
    • 1 GARGANEY - juvenile on Piper Marsh (SB, RB)
    • 3 Shoveler
    • 34 Pochard 
    • 22 Tufted Duck + 2 young
    • 7 Greylag Geese
    • 14 Canada Geese 
    • 19 Cormorant - cell 1b
    • 8 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Grey Heron
    • 7 Little Grebe 
    • 8+ Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Sparrowhawk - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Buzzard - over Seven Arches Carr
    • 1 Kestrel - over Central Grassland
    • 1 Oystercatcher
    • 420 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Black-tailed Godwit
    • 2 Green Sandpiper - East Scrape
    • 10 Common Tern - at least 2 were juveniles on Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Stock Dove - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 600+ Black Headed Gull 
    • 3 Herring Gull
    • 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull
    • 5 Swift - over Piper Marsh
    • 1 Kingfisher - over the Lagoon
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - calling in Black Carr Wood
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - male and female in Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Coal Tit
    • 1 Bearded Tit - calling from Tofield Hide
    • 1 Swallow - over Piper Marsh
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler
    • 6  Chiffchaff
    • 1 Blackcap
    • 6 Reed Warbler
    • 3 Treecreeper
    • 1 Song Thrush
    • 2 Bullfinch
    • 1 Greenfinch - singing near the main gate

    Odonata: c140 Small Redeye, 12 Banded Demoiselle, 23 Emperor Dragonfly, 9 Brown Hawker, 3 Southern Hawker, 133(!) Black-tailed Skimmer, 6 Four-spot Chaser, 17 Ruddy 28+ Common Darter

    Other: 1 Brown Long-eared Bat roosting in the compound was identified by Helen Norford (YWT bat expert) after the moth trap session, 16 Smooth Newt - Loversall Delph

    Sue and Roger Bird, Dave Carroll, Darren Wozencroft, David Beresford

    Ruddy Darters © Iain Macaulay 2019

    Ruddy Darters © Iain Macaulay 2019

    Little Egret © Vernon Barker 2019

    Little Egret © Vernon Barker 2019

    Wednesday 24th

    • 11 Cormorant
    • 10 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 6 Common Tern
    • 3 Lesser Black-Backed Gull - Huxter Well Marsh

    Paul Paddock

    Marsh Harrier © Nidge Nilsen 2019

    Marsh Harrier © Nidge Nilsen 2019

    Selfheal © Derek Parker 2019

    Selfheal © Derek Parker 2019

    Tuesday 23rd

    • c220 Gadwall
    • 31 Pochard
    • 17 Tufted Duck
    • 1 Bittern - cell 3a
    • 8 Little Egret
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - next to a Little Egret on Huxter Well Marsh (visitor report)
    • 4 Grey Heron
    • 5 Little Grebe
    • 4 Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - female
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Hobby
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 122 Lapwing
    • 1 Green Sandpiper  - cell 3b
    • 6 Common Tern
    • 1 Kingfisher - Piper Marsh
    • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 1 Bearded Tit - calling from Duchess Hide

    Butterflies: Silverwash Fritilary, White letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Painted Lady, 20+ Gatekeepers 9 Speckled Wood, 25+ Ringlets, 3 Red Admiral, 6 Skipper species 15+ Meadow Browns 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 12 Small Whits, 5 Large Whits

    Odonata: c.200 Small Redeye (70+ Willow Marsh, 70+ H/well cell 3a, c.40 West Scrape, 10+ Piper Marsh), 2+ Large Redeye (Huxterwell cell 3a), c.80 Black-tailed Skimmer, Banded Demoiselle

    Other: 3 Cinnabar larva, 2 Common Soldier Beetle, 2 Twin-lobed Deerfly, 100's of one or more of the Grass Moth species

    Sue Bird, Dave Carroll, Darren Wozencroft, Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Helen Womack, Vernon Barker, Derek Parker and the Tuesday volunteers, visitor reports

    Silver-washed Fritillary © Derek Parker 2019

    Silver-washed Fritillary © Derek Parker 2019

    Emperor Dragonfly ovipositing © Iain Macaulay 2019

    Emperor Dragonfly ovipositing © Iain Macaulay 2019

    female Brown Hawker © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    female Brown Hawker © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Monday 22nd

    • 2 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Hobby
    • 9 Common Tern
    • 1 Kingfisher

    Butterflies: 3 Essex Skipper, 3 Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 15 skipper sp., 1 Brimstone - male, 2 Large White, 7 Small White, 4 Green-veined White, 17 white sp., 1 White-letter Hairstreak, 12 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Holly Blue, 71 Meadow Brown, 40 Gatekeeper, 19 Ringlet, 8 Speckled Wood, 4 Peacock, 7 Red Admiral, 12 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell

    Odonata: 2 Banded Demoiselle, 15 Emerald Damselfly, 4 Azure Damselfly, 89 Common Blue Damselfly, 14 Blue-tailed Damsel, 20+ SMALL REDEYE -  from Cottage Drain Hide. New for Potteric, 10 Redeye sp., 14 Emperor Dragonfly, 7 Brown Hawker, 4 Southern Hawker, 36 Black-tailed Skimmer, 5 Four-spot Chaser, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser  - female, 19 Ruddy Darter, 76 Common Darter

    Darren Wozencroft

    Butterflies: 1 of Silver-washed Fritillary, 18 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 12 Gatekeeper, 3 Meadow Brown, 2 Speckled Wood, 11 Ringlet, 5 Peacock, 1 Comma, 1 Brimstone

    Moths: 1 of 5-spot Burnet, 2 of Yellow Shell, 7 of Cinnabar Larva

    Other: 3 Roe Deer in Beeston Plantation, 12 Common Red Soldier Beetles, 2 7-Spot Ladybirds, 2 Twin-lobed Deerfly, 1 Common Froghopper, 1 Birch Shield Bug, 1 Common Shrew (deceased)

    Derek Parker

    Small Skipper © Allen Holmes 2019

    Small Skipper © Allen Holmes 2019

    Sunday 21st

    • 3 Wigeon - Lagoon
    • Great Crested Grebe - adults with 2 small young and one small young on cell 1b
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - female and cc
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh and Piper Marsh
    • 3 Water Rail - calling at cells 1b and 4. Fully grown juv at cell 3b
    • 3 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
    • 1 Black-tailed Godwit - cell 1b
    • 3 Green Sandpiper - 2 on East Scrape and one on West Scrape/cell 3b
    • 1 Redshank - cell 1b
    • 11 Common Tern - including 3 juvs
    • 50 Swift
    • 1+ Kingfisher - several sightings at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - calling at East Scrape/cell 4
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - over St Caths Field
    • 3 Bearded Tit - one near Mitchell Hide and 2 at the back of the Lagoon

    Other: 3 Field Voles

    Richard Scott, Allen Holmes, Adrian Andruchiw, Jenny Kingsland, Sue Cullen, Sue Richardson

    Black-tailed Godwits © Richard Scott 2019

    Black-tailed Godwits © Richard Scott 2019

    Saturday 20th

    • 1 Wigeon - Lagoon
    • 26 Cormorant - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 8 Grey Heron - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Marsh Harrier - male, female and cc
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 2 Hobby
    • 1 Peregrine
    • 1 Water Rail - calling from West Scrape
    • 3 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Black-tailed Godwit - on West Scrape from 12.00 to 12.20 when they departed east
    • 3 Green Sandpiper - East Scrape
    • 1 Redshank - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 14 Common Tern - including 3 juvs
    • 3 Common Gull
    • 2 Kingfisher - Huxter Well Marsh and Mother Drain

    Richard Scott, Adrian Andruchiw, visitor reports

    Friday 19th

    • 3 Wigeon - Lagoon
    • 1 Bittern - perched in the reeds at cell 1a
    • 1 Water Rail - juv cell 3b
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 3 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 30 Swift
    • Cetti's Warbler - family party near Tofield Hide
    • 1 Greenfinch - singing at the entrance

    Richard Scott

    Grass Snake © Barry Wardley 2019

    Grass Snake © Barry Wardley 2019

    White-letter Hairstreak © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    White-letter Hairstreak © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Thursday 18th

    • 11  Mute Swan - plus 6 young
    • c250 Gadwall 
    • 3 Shoveler
    • 54 Pochard 
    • 14 Tufted Duck - plus 2 young
    • 9 Little Grebe - plus 2 young including one being piggy-backed
    • 5 Great Crested Grebe
    • 11 Greylag Geese
    • 12 Canada Geese 
    • 19 Cormorant - cell 1b
    • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 6 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 10 Grey Heron
    • 4 Great Crested Grebe - 2 adults and 2 small young on cell 1b
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 3 Buzzard - from Tofield Hide
    • 1 Hobby - hunting from the dead oak in front of Duchess Hide
    • 1 Water Rail - calling on cell 1b
    • 65 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Green Sandpiper - 2 on East Scrape and one on cell 3b
    • 8 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 29 Black-headed Gull 
    • 35+ Swift - continuous movement SW
    • 1 Kingfisher - Piper Marsh and Willow Marsh
    • 2 Willow Tit - main car park and Young Eaa
    • 2+ BEARDED TIT - heard and later seen from Mitchell Hide
    • 12 House Martin - over Old Eaa
    • 3 Cetti's Warbler
    • 4 Chiffchaff
    • 1 Blackcap
    • 1 Whitethroat
    • 8 Reed Warbler
    • 1 Greenfinch
    • 1 Reed Bunting

    Other: 2 Roe Deer, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Gatekeeper, several Ringlet

    Sue and Roger Bird, David Beresford, Mark Roberts, Chris Bell, visitor reports

    Labyrinth Spider (Agelena labyrinthica) © Allen Holmes 2019

    Labyrinth Spider (Agelena labyrinthica) © Allen Holmes 2019

    Tuesday 16th

    • c250 Gadwall
    • 30 Pochard
    • 24 Tufted Duck - including 4 young
    • 4 Pheasant - female and 3 young on Loversall Carr Fields
    • 3 Bittern - 2 at Huxter Well Marsh and one circled Decoy Lake and dropped into the Reedbed Filtration Ponds
    • 5 Little Egret
    • 2 Grey Heron
    • 6 Great Crested Grebe
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - females
    • 1 Hobby - perched in the dead oak near Duchess Hide
    • 1 Peregrine - flew towards Huxter Well Marsh from the Visitor Centre
    • 138 Lapwing
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 5 Common Tern
    • 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull - adult and 2 young on Sedum House roof
    • 5 Herring Gull - 2 adults and 3 well grown young on Sedum House roof
    • 2 Stock Dove - Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Kingfisher - perched at the Lagoon
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - calling in Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Jay - Beeston Plantation
    • 2 Willow Tit - in a large mixed tit flock on the Access Track
    • 2 House Martin - from the Visitor Centre
    • 1 Reed Warbler - singing in the pond in Beeston Plantation
    • Wren - family party in Beeston Plantation

    Butterflies: 1 SILVER-WASHED FRITILLARY in Beeston Plantation (different from Sunday's), 1 Purple Hairstreak from Duchess Hide also 3 others, 45+ Ringlet, 7 Meadow Brown, 1 Speckled Wood, 6 Gatekeeper, 1 Red Admiral, 1 White-letter Hairstreak, 4 Essex Skipper

    Other: 2 Hare in Loversall Carr Field, 2 Cinnabar Moth, 10+ Cinnabar Moth larvae

    Sue Bird, Keith Lynes, Dave Carroll, David Harding, Geoff Chatterton, visitor reports, YWT staff, Derek Parker on behalf of the Tuesday Volunteers, Darren Wozencroft

    Silver-washed Fritillary aberration © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Silver-washed Fritillary aberration © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Essex Skipper © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Essex Skipper © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Lunar Hornet Moths © Pauline Greaves 2019

    Lunar Hornet Moths © Pauline Greaves 2019

    Sunday 14th

    • 13 Shelduck -  cell 1b
    • 2 Wigeon - Lagoon
    • 71 Mallard
    • 14 Shoveler
    • 14 Tufted Duck - also 2 juvs on Piper Marsh and 3 juvs on the Lagoon
    • 2 Bittern - several sightings of birds in flight over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 7 Little Egret
    • 6 Grey Heron
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 2 Sparrowhawk - including one carrying prey
    • 4 Kestrel - family party near the iPort
    • 1 Hobby - perched in the dead oak near Duchess Hide
    • 1 Peregrine - carrying prey over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Water Rail - calling from cells 1b, 3b and 4
    • 2 Oystercatcher - over
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
    • 258 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Dunlin - over
    • 2 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 1 Redshank - over
    • 12 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Common Gull - adult and first-summer flew west
    • 1 Barn Owl
    • 1 Kingfisher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Green Woodpecker - one calling near Iron Bridge and a juv on Hawthorn Bank
    • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker - one on Hawthorn Bank and 2 at Seven Arches Carr
    • 2 Jay - Young Eaa
    • 3 BEARDED TIT - singles heard at East Scrape and West Scrape and seen near Mitchell Hide
    • 1 Nuthatch - Young Eaa

    Butterflies: 1 SILVER-WASHED FRITILLARY aberration (2nd Reserve record), 2 White-letter Hairstreak in Beeston Plantation, 6 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Red Admiral, 10 Comma, 1 Essex Skipper near the VC, 5 Small Skipper, 7 skipper sp., 44 Ringlet, 5 Gatekeeper, 6 Meadow Brown, 4 Speckled Wood, 2 Green-veined White, 5 Small White

    Other: 2 Lunar Hornet Moth

    Richard Scott, Tony Elliott, Michael Bird, Jenny Kingsland, Sue Richardson, Allen Holmes, Pete Greaves, Darren Wozencroft, Mark Roberts, Gary Dyson, Sue and Roger Bird, Steve Elliott, The Army Ornithological Society, visitor reports

    Roe Deer © Roger Hancocks 2019

    Roe Deer © Roger Hancocks 2019

    Saturday 13th

    • 2 Wigeon - Lagoon
    • 200 Gadwall
    • 12 Teal
    • 70 Pochard
    • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5 Little Egret
    • Little Grebe - 4 juv Lagoon, independent juvs on West Scrape and cell 1a
    • Great Crested Grebe - 2 very small young on cell 1b
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 4 Kestrel
    • 1+ Hobby - one over Willow Marsh in the morning and one perched in the dead oak near Duchess Hide in the afternoon
    • 1 Peregrine - over M18 and perched on a pylon
    • 4 Water Rail - one cell 1b, juv and one calling at cell 3b, one West Scrape
    • 1 Oystercatcher
    • 105 Lapwing
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - cell 1b
    • 7 Black-tailed Godwit - on West Scrape in the evening
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 1 Greenshank - cell 1b/West Scrape
    • 6 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Stock Dove - singing near the viaduct
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - calling near Iron Bridge
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Hawthorn Bank and Seven Arches Carr
    • 2 BEARDED TIT - calling near Mitchell Hide
    • Whitethroat - family party in Big Hedge

    Butterflies: Red Admiral, 2 Essex Skipper

    Other: Broad-bodied Chaser. Lancaster bomber flew very low SW past Mitchell Hide

    Richard Scott, Michael Bird, Helen Womack, Daren Wozencroft, visitor reports

    Friday 12th

    • 1+ Bittern - seen in flight and watched in the reeds for 15 mins
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Hobby - hawking insects over the north-west corner of Huxter Well Marsh during the afternoon
    • 1 Oystercatcher
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b

    Chris Bell

    Thursday 11th

    • 20 Cormorant - cell 1b
    • 1 Bittern - flew across West Scrape towards Seven Arches Carr and possibly the same one flew back with a full crop on to cell 3a/3b
    • 7 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female hunting
    • 3 Buzzard - up together over Seven Arches Carr
    • 1 Kestrel - over Piper Marsh and Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Hobby - catching dragonflies over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Oystercatcher - cell 1b
    • c100 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 8 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 20 Swift - west
    • 1 Kingfisher - hover-fishing on cell 3a
    • Willow Warbler - adults feeding newly fledged young on the Access Track
    • 1 Song Thrush - juvenile on Loversall Bank

    Butterflies: 1 Painted Lady and a Purple Hairstreak in front of Hawthorn Bank Hide

    Other: Roe Deer with a fawn in Black Carr Field

    Sue and Roger Bird, Dave Carroll, Ian and Janet Heppenstall

    Sunset © Matthew Christou 2019

    Sunset © Matthew Christou 2019

    Tuesday 9th

    • 200+ Gadwall
    • 3 Teal
    • 1 Shoveler
    • 34 Pochard
    • 28 Tufted Duck
    • 12 Cormorant
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 5 Grey Heron
    • 1 Little Grebe
    • 5 Great Crested Grebe
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 32 Lapwing
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover - on West Scrape and later in front of Mitchell Hide
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
    • 2 Common Tern
    • 1 Kingfisher - in front of Piper Marsh Hide
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler
    • 2 Greenfinch - in front of Duchess Hide

    Butterflies: 60+ Ringlet, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma

    Other: Roe Deer with fawn in Black Carr field, 2 White Plume Moth

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Philip Goucher, Doug Smith, Geoff Chatterton, David Harding, Derek Parker, Tuesday volunteers

    Buff Arches © Derek Parker 2019

    Buff Arches © Derek Parker 2019

    Small Magpie © Derek Parker 2019

    Small Magpie © Derek Parker 2019

    Hedya ochroleucana © Derek Parker 2019

    Hedya ochroleucana © Derek Parker 2019

    Moth Trapping Report for Friday Night, 5th July

    Another mild night and another bumper haul of moths, although some marauding beast, probably of the Avian variety or, possibly, a Hornet, had very obviously entered the trap, judging by the number of loose moth wings scattered about, after the moth bodies had been removed and eaten.

    Nevertheless, we identified a total of 106 species, including another 2 first reserve records. Rhumatha senex (Round-winged Muslin) is a small Footman moth that is scarce and quite localised in VC63. Like other Footman species, its larva feeds upon lichens and mosses. Argyresthia glaucinella is a rarely encountered species, with very few Yorkshire records, mostly from other VC63 locations. The larva of this one feeds upon the bark of oak and horse chestnut trees.

    There were some other notable records, including second reserve records of 3 Tortricid species: Eana incanana, Hedya ochroleucana and Epagoge grotiana. The nationally rare Gelechiid, Gelechia muscosella was also recorded. It was first found at Potteric Carr in 2008 and odd ones have turned up occasionally since then.

    Other good records from this trapping included Coleophora trifolii (2), Schoenobius gigantella (2), Phycitodes binaevella, Dwarf Cream Wave, Blackneck (3), Buff Footman and Eyed Hawk-moth.

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont and Janet Heppenstall

    Sunday 7th WeBS Counts

    • Coot 206
    • Bittern 3
    • Grey Heron 6
    • Little Egret 6
    • Lapwing 48
    • Gadwall 120
    • Mallard 50
    • Pochard 66
    • Shoveler 8
    • Teal 6
    • Kingfisher
    • Green Sandpiper

    Mark Roberts, Sue and Roger Bird

    Grass Snake © Barrie Shilton 2019

    Grass Snake © Barrie Shilton 2019

    Sunday 7th

    • Tufted Duck - with 7 new young on the Lagoon
    • 19 Cormorant - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2+ Bittern - several sightings of at least 2 birds at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 6 Little Egret
    • Little Grebe - juv on cell 1b
    • 3 Marsh Harrier
    • 6 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 2 Peregrine - M18
    • 3 Water Rail - East Scrape, cell 1b, cell 4
    • 3 Oystercatcher - cell 1b
    • 100 Lapwing
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover - cell 1b
    • 1 Common Sandpiper - West Scrape
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 5 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Stock Dove - Central Grassland
    • 1 Kingfisher - Loversall Delph and Mother Drain
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Seven Arches Carr
    • Coal Tit - family party in Black Carr Field
    • 5 BEARDED TIT - 4 near Mitchell Hide and one flew by Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 1 Nuthatch - Black Carr Field

    Butterflies: 1 Gatekeeper along the Access Track, 1 MARBLED WHITE on Loversall Bank near the Education Centre

    Other: Grass Snake near the VC

    Richard Scott, Rob Burns, Mark Roberts, Barrie Shilton, Sue Cullen, Sue Richardson, Sue and Roger Bird, Allen Holmes

    Common Tern © Vernon Barker 2019

    Common Tern © Vernon Barker 2019

    Saturday 6th

    • 22 Cormorant - cell 1b
    • 2+ Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 6 Little Egret - 5 at Huxter Well Marsh and one at Willow Marsh
    • 1 SPOONBILL - adult on East Scrape departed SW at 11.55 (RJS and visitor report)
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 8 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel - M18 and Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Peregrine - M18
    • 1 Water Rail - cell 1b
    • 3 Avocet - adult and 2 fully grown young on cell 3b
    • 3 Oystercatcher - 2 over the VC and one on cell 1b
    • 3 Little Ringed Plover - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 11 Black-tailed Godwit - 9 circled Huxter Well Marsh at 9.05am and continued south. One on cell 1b in the morning was joined by another in the afternoon.
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 4 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 30 Swift - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Kingfisher - Loversall Delph and Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Seven Arches Carr
    • 2 Willow Tit - St Caths Copse
    • 1 BEARDED TIT - calling near Mitchell Hide
    • 1 Whitethroat singing in front of VC
    • 2 Treecreeper - one along Willow Bank and one in St Caths copse

    Butterflies: 6 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, c100 Ringlet along Willow Bank, Cottage Drain and Loversall Bank

    Other: 2 Southern Hawker, one along Willow Bank and one along Loversall Bank, 1 Young Roe Deer along Willow Bank 

    Richard Scott, Michael Bird, Helen Womack, Sue and Roger Bird, visitor reports

    Kingfisher © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Kingfisher © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Friday 5th

    • 1 Hobby - high over Huxter Well Marsh from Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 1 Kingfisher - Loversall  Delph
    • 2 Goldcrest - Loversall Delph

    Andy Dalton

    Thursday 4th

    • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Ringed Plover - cell 1b
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape/cell 3b
    • 1 WOOD SANDPIPER - on West Scrape at 8pm but flew off high at 8.20
    • 2 Redshank - cell 1b/West Scrape
    • 5 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 200 Starling - going to roost at cell 4

    Other: 2 Roe Deer fawns in the car park

    Richard Scott

    Roe Deer fawn © Matthew Christou 2019

    Roe Deer fawn © Matthew Christou 2019

    Wednesday 3rd

    • 8 Tufted Duck - female and 7 new young on Old Eaa 
    • 3 Pheasant - female and 2 young at the Visitor Centre 
    • 3 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Buzzard - over Seven Arches Carr 
    • 1 Hobby - over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Oystercatcher - adult and young on cell 2a
    • 1 Avocet - Huxter Well Marsh
    • c50 Lapwing - flew onto cell 1b
    • 1 Black-tailed Godwit - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Common Tern - fishing on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 4 Herring Gull - the 2 pairs that were nesting on the raft on cell 1a and on Decoy Lake have both failed
    • 1 Kingfisher - flew across cell 2a

    Butterflies: 1+ Essex Skipper, 5 Purple Hairstreak

    Odonata: 4 Red-veined Darter (1 at West Scrape, 3 at cell 3a), 1 Red-eyed Damselfly

    Sue and Roger Bird, Darren Wozencroft, visitor reports

    Elephant Hawk-moth © Sue Trout 2019

    Elephant Hawk-moth © Sue Trout 2019

    Green Silver-lines © Sue Trout 2019

    Green Silver-lines © Sue Trout 2019

    Moth Trapping Report for Saturday Night, 29th June

    Because Saturday night had been so mild, we had a huge catch of moths to sort out on Sunday morning. So far we have recorded 105 species, with, perhaps, another 3 moths remaining to be identified.

    Particularly pleasing was the identification of 3 new reserve records: Coleophora tamesis Eana incanana and Parapoynx stratiotata (Ringed China-mark). Coleophora tamesis is regionally scarce, whilst the other 2 are moderately common.

    The larvae of Coleophora tamesis feed in a mobile case on seedheads of Jointed Rush. Eana incanana is associated mainly with Bluebells, also Dog Daisy. The Ringed China-mark is an aquatic species whose larvae feed upon pondweeds and other aquatic plants.

    Other notable species we recorded included 1 Parachronistis albiceps ; 2 Cream-bordered Green Pea ; 2 Schoenobius gigantella ; 1 Blackneck ; 3 Beautiful Hook-tip ; and 2 Scarce Silver-lines. 

    Best of the rest were 6 Elephant Hawk-moths ; 3 Common Emerald ; 1 Peach Blossom ; 1 Small Yellow Wave ; and 2 Green Silver-lines.

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont and Janet Heppenstall

    immature Hobby © Vernon Barker 2019

    immature Hobby © Vernon Barker 2019

    Tuesday 2nd

    • 4 Mute Swan - pair with 2 young on Low Ellers Marsh (seen from train)
    • 170 Gadwall
    • 65 Pochard
    • 18 Tufted Duck - plus new broods of 6 and 2 young
    • 14 Cormorant
    • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 4 Grey Heron
    • 2 Great Crested Grebe - adult with well-grown young on cell 2b
    • 2 Marsh Harrier
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 2-3 Hobby - 2 on Willow Marsh and 1 hunting dragonflies on Huxter Well Marsh
    • Coot - a Carrion Crow pounced on a Coot nest and stole one of the eggs
    • 2 Oystercatcher - adult and juv
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover - cell 2a
    • 2 Common Sandpiper - cell 1b
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
    • 2 SPOTTED REDSHANK - cell 2a (SB, DC)
    • 2 Redshank - cell 2a
    • 4 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Herring Gull - adult and 3 juvs on Sedum House roof
    • 1 Stock Dove
    • 30 Swift - SW
    • 2 Kingfisher - Piper Marsh, Huxter Well Marsh, Mother Drain
    • 2 Jay
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Hawthorn Field
    • 3 Swallow
    • 1 Treecreeper
    • 1 Blackbird - juv near St Catherine's Field

    Butterflies: 9 Meadow Brown, 40+ Ringlet, 2 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Wood, 5 Painted Lady

    Dave Carroll, Sue Bird, Mick Bellas, Ian and Janet Hepenstall, Helen Womack, Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Richard Scott, visitor reports

    female Common Darter © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    female Common Darter © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    female Banded Demoiselle © Richard Scott 2019

    female Banded Demoiselle © Richard Scott 2019

    Monday 1st

    • 2+ Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 1+ Hobby - immature hunting over Huxter Well Marsh and perching in the dead oak. Also seen in pursuit of the Peregrine over Hawthorn Bank.
    • 1 Peregrine - carrying prey over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 BEARDED TIT - one calling and 2 juvs seen briefly in flight from Duchess Hide

    Sue Brook, Karl Dutton

    June 2019

    Buzzard © Richard Scott 2019

    Buzzard © Richard Scott 2019

    Sunday 30th

    • 28 Cormorant - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - female
    • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 60 Swift - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1+ BEARDED TIT - calling near Mitchell Hide

    Odonata: 

    • 2 Banded Demoiselle
    • 1 Emerald Damselfly
    • c25 Blue-tailed Damsel
    • c100 Azure/Common Blue Damsel
    • 2 Red-eyed Damselfly  -  on the surface algae, Cell 3a Huxter Well
    • 14 Emperor
    • 2 Southern Hawker
    • 1 Brown Hawker
    • 38 Black-tailed Skimmer
    • 12 Four-spot Chaser
    • 12 Common Darter
    • 3 Ruddy Darter
    • 1 Red-veined Darter  -  Cell 3a Huxterwell 1230hrs

    Butterflies:

    • 10 Large Skipper
    • 2 Small Skipper
    • 4 skipper sp.
    • 1 Brimstone
    • 1 Green-veined White
    • 1 Small White
    • 9 Painted Lady
    • 6 Red Admiral
    • 2 Small Tortoiseshell
    • 6 Comma
    • 1 Common Blue
    • 1 Speckled Wood
    • 23 Meadow Brown
    • 44 Ringlet

    Mammals: Field Vole on the Central Grassland path, Brown Hare in Beeston,  3 Roe Deer

    Richard Scott, Darren Wozencroft

    Kingfisher © Vernon Barker 2019

    Kingfisher © Vernon Barker 2019

    Saturday 29th

    • 3+ Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4+ Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Water Rail - East Scrape and Cell 4
    • 1 Avocet - cell 1b
    • 4 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • Lesser Black-backed Gull - adult and 3 juvs on Sedum House roof
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Seven Arches Carr

    Odonata:

    • 5 Banded Demoiselle
    • 4 Emerald Damselfly
    • 4 Large Red Damselfly
    • 82 Azure Damselfly
    • 104 Common Blue Damselfly
    • 27 Blue-tailed Damselfly
    • 17 Emperor  -  a new site record - previously 12 on 4/7/2015
    • 1 Southern Hawker
    • 48 Four-spotted Chaser  -  a new site record - previously 46 on 31/5/1998
    • 26 Black-tailed Skimmer  -  best count since 2006
    • 12 Ruddy Darter
    • 61 Common Darter
    • 1 Red-veined Darter  -  male on West Scrape 1730hrs

    Butterflies:

    • 19 Large Skipper
    • 3+ Small Skipper
    • 12 skipper sp.
    • 2 Brimstone - both males
    • 1 Orange Tip - a late female on Loversall Bank
    • 3 Small White
    • 2 white sp.
    • 47 Painted Lady  -  probably a reserve record?
    • 8 Red Admiral
    • 1+ Peacock
    • 2 Small Tortoiseshell
    • 7 Comma
    • 4 Common Blue
    • 56 Meadow Brown
    • 46+ Ringlet
    • 3 Speckled Wood

    Richard Scott, Pete Greaves, Keith Lynes (butterflies), Darren Wozencroft (butterflies and odonata)

    Hobby © Matthew Christou 2019

    Hobby © Matthew Christou 2019

    Friday 28th

    • 2 Bittern - several sightings of birds in flight at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Grey Heron
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Kestrel - M18
    • 3 Hobby - birds seen over Huxter Well Marsh all day. At one point 3 were in the air together.
    • 1 Water Rail - cell 4
    • 4 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
    • 7 Common Tern - including a juv at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain near the entrance
    • 2 BEARDED TIT - near Mitchell Hide
    • 5 Swallow - over cell 4

    Butterflies: Painted Lady flew by East Scrape

    Richard Scott, Adrian Andruchiw, Andy Dalton, Vernon Barker, visitor reports

    Marsh Harrier © Nidge Nilsen 2019

    Marsh Harrier © Nidge Nilsen 2019

    Thursday 27th

    • 40+ Gadwall - West Scrape
    • Tufted Duck - female with 5 young on Piper Marsh
    • 1+ Bittern - in flight over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 6 Little Egret
    • 1+ Marsh Harrier
    • 3 Buzzard - over East Scrape
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 2 Hobby
    • 3 Little Ringed Plover - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
    • 1 Common Sandpiper - East Scrape and West Scrape
    • 5 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Barn Owl
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 4 Jay - 2 adults and 2 young near Royal Mail depot
    • 1 Coal Tit - juv
    • 1 Treecreeper - Black Carr Field area
    • 2 Bullfinch - pair in Black Carr Field

    Other: Bank Vole - Piper Marsh path, China Mark moths

    John Purrington, Andy Dalton, Gary Benn

    Black and yellow longhorn Beetle © Matthew Christou 2019

    Black and yellow longhorn Beetle © Matthew Christou 2019

    Wednesday 26th

    • 19 Teal - 14 males and 5 females
    • 1+ Bittern - in flight over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 1 Ringed Plover - juv on cell 1b
    • 3 Little Ringed Plover - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Curlew - landed on the island on cell 1b at 9pm
    • 2 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Tawny Owl - begging calls from juvs
    • 100 Swift - over Huxter Well Marsh in the evening
    • 200 Sand Martin - over Huxter Well Marsh in the evening
    • 1+ BEARDED TIT - calling near Mitchell Hide

    Richard Scott

    Common Tern © Nidge Nilsen 2019

    Common Tern © Nidge Nilsen 2019

    Tuesday 25th

    • 8 Little Egret
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover
    • 1 Common Sandpiper
    • 5 Redshank
    • 2 Common Tern
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 3 Cetti's Warbler
    • 8 Chiffchaff
    • 7 Blackcap
    • 4 Whitethroat
    • 4 Reed Warbler
    • 1 Treecreeper
    • 2 Bullfinch

    Ryan McClarence

    Small Tortoiseshell © Matthew Christou 2019

    Small Tortoiseshell © Matthew Christou 2019

    Sunday 23rd

    • 24 Cormorant
    • 2 Bittern - flying together at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 6 Buzzard
    • 3 Kestrel
    • 2 Hobby - adult over Decoy Lake and a first-summer at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Water Rail - cell 4
    • 5 Oystercatcher - 2 adults and juv on West Scrape and 2 adults on cell 2a
    • 1 Avocet - West Scrape
    • 82 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Little Ringed Plover - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Dunlin - an early returning adult on cell 3b
    • 2 Redshank - cell 3b
    • 3 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Tawny Owl - Willow Bank
    • 1 Kingfisher - Piper Marsh

    Other: 3 Roe Deer including Mum and Fawn on Central Grassland, 2 Emerald Damselflies - Dragonfly Ponds

    Richard Scott, Col Neale, Jenny Kingsland, Sue Cullen, Sue Richardson, Gary Dyson, Allen Holmes

    Fox-and-Cubs (Pilosella aurantiaca) © Debbie Ross 2019

    Fox-and-Cubs (Pilosella aurantiaca) © Debbie Ross 2019

    Saturday 22nd

    • 3 Teal - 2 males and a female on cell 1b
    • Pochard - females with 2 young on cell 2a and 4 young on cell 2b
    • 16 Cormorant - cell 1b
    • 1 Bittern - seen in flight a few times over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 10+ Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 2 Hobby
    • 1 Water Rail - cell 4
    • 3 Oystercatcher - 2 adults and a juv on cell 3b
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 6 Common Tern - 2 at Huxter Well Marsh on 4 flew east
    • 1 Cuckoo - an adult flew over East Scrape to cell 4
    • 70 Swift - including a few flying south
    • 1 BEARDED TIT - calling in front of Hawthorn Bank Hide

    Richard Scott, Helen Womack, Michael Bird

    Friday 21st

    • 1 Hobby - still hunting insects at 10.10pm
    • 2 Collared Dove - in the VC car park
    • 1 Barn Owl
    • Tawny Owl - begging calls from young
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - singing near the VC

    Richard Scott, Dave Carroll

    male Four-spotted Chaser © Debbie Ross 2019

    male Four-spotted Chaser © Debbie Ross 2019

    Thursday 20th

    • 14 Mute Swan - plus young in broods of 5, 7 and 2
    • 31 Greylag Geese
    • 14 Canada Geese 
    • 170+ Gadwall
    • 1 Teal
    • 3 Shoveler
    • 45 Pochard - including 3 juvenile
    • 12 Tufted Duck
    • 10 Little Grebe - plus 2 young
    • 9 Great Crested Grebe
    • 4 Cormorant
    • 2 Bittern
    • 6 Little Egret
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 1 Oystercatcher
    • 8 Avocet
    • 15 Lapwing - including 1 chick
    • 1 Common Tern
    • 25 Black Headed Gull - plus 3 chicks on Old Eaa
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 2 Jay
    • 30+ Swift
    • 30+ Sand Martin
    • 2 House Martin
    • 8 Cetti's Warbler
    • 8 Chiffchaff
    • 1 Willow Warbler
    • 5 Blackcap
    • 5 Whitethroat
    • 10 Reed Warbler
    • 2 Song Thrush
    • 2 Greenfinch
    • 7 Reed Bunting

    Other: 2 Roe Deer

    David Beresford

    Wednesday 19th

    2 Willow Tit - Loversall Delph

    VC logbook

    Pellucid Fly © Debbie Ross 2019

    Pellucid Fly © Debbie Ross 2019

    Grey Heron © Matthew Christou 2019

    Grey Heron © Matthew Christou 2019

    Tuesday 18th

    • 16 Mute Swan - pairs with 5 and 7 young
    • 71 Gadwall
    • 2 Shoveler
    • 70 Pochard - including one with one young and one with three young
    • 9 Tufted Duck
    • Pheasant - 3 young
    • 1 Bittern - flew along the edge of cell 2a and dropped down near Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 3 Grey Heron - including one juvenile
    • 6 Little Grebe
    • 5 Great Crested Grebe
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - including  male
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 2 Hobby - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Oystercatcher
    • 13 Avocet
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover
    • 27 Lapwing
    • 1 Common Tern
    • Black-headed Gull - adult with 3 young still on Old Eaa
    • 2 Herring Gull
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 2 BEARDED TIT - from Mitchel Hide
    • c40 House Martin - over Decoy Lake
    • 14 Cetti's Warbler - including 3 which were caught and ringed near the VC
    • 4 Bullfinch

    Lepidoptera: 10 Painted Lady, 2 Meadow Brown, 1 Common Blue, 1 Brimstone, 1 Speckled Wood, 4 Small tortoiseshell, 1 Six-spot Burnet, 1 Cinnabar

    Other: 5 Roe Deer including 3 fawns, 1 Bank Vole, 5 Harlequin Ladybirds, 2 22-spot Ladybirds, 1 Dock Bug, 1 Male four spotted chaser around dipping ponds near the VC, 2 Pellucid Fly, 3 Common Spotted Orchid

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, David Carroll, Barry Wardley, Derek Parker, Tuesday volunteers, Debbie Ross

    Black-spotted Longhorn Beetle © Matthew Christou 2019

    Black-spotted Longhorn Beetle © Matthew Christou 2019

    Monday 17th

    • 4 Pochard - female with 3 small young on cell 2b
    • 1 Little Egret - Decoy Lake
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male hunting over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Oystercatcher - adult feeding young cell 3b
    • 11 Avocet - 3 adult and 3 juvs West Scrape, 2 adult and 3 juvs on cell 3b
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - singles on cells 1b and 3b
    • 1 Common Tern - fishing on cell 2b
    • 60 Swift - feeding low over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5 Cetti's Warbler - singing
    • 1 Garden Warbler - singing along Hawthorn Bank

    Dave Carroll

    Painted Lady © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Painted Lady © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Broad-bodied Chaser © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Broad-bodied Chaser © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Sunday 16th including WeBS count

    • 175 Gadwall
    • 1 Teal - a male on cell 1b was the only one present on the reserve!
    • 78 Mallard
    • 69 Pochard - plus broods of 1 and 5 on Huxter Well Marsh
    • 22 Cormorant
    • 5 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Hobby
    • 6 Avocet - including 3 juvs
    • 4 Oystercatcher
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover
    • 2 Common Tern
    • 75 Swift
    • 1 BEARDED TIT - in front of Duchess Hide
    • 60 hirundines

    Odonada: 1 Banded Demoiselle, 1 Emerald Damselfly, 7 Large Red Damselfly, 216 Azure Damselfly, 62 Common Damselfly, 26 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Hairy Hawker - Loversall Delph, 3 Emperor, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser - male at Square Pond, 13 Four-spot Chaser

    Butterflies: 3 Large Skipper, 2 Brimstone, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Meadow Brown (also one last Monday), 7 Speckled Wood. A Painted Lady seen yesterday was part of a national influx.

    Mark Roberts, Darren Wozencroft

    Bee Orchids © James & Beryl Myers 2019

    Bee Orchids © James & Beryl Myers 2019

    Elephant Hawk-moth © James & Beryl Myers 2019

    Elephant Hawk-moth © James & Beryl Myers 2019

    Saturday 15th

    • 5 Bee Orchids and an Elephant Hawk-moth on Willow Bank
    • 1 Painted Lady in the flutterby garden

    James & Beryl Myers, Darren Wozencroft

    Rustic Sailor Beetle © Matthew Christou 2019

    Rustic Sailor Beetle © Matthew Christou 2019

    Thursday 13th

    • 7 Cettis Warbler
    • 8 Blackcap
    • 9  Chiffchaff
    • 1 Willow Warbler
    • 7 Whitethroat
    • 1 Greenfinch
    • 16 Reed Warbler
    • 9 Reed Bunting
    • 3 Song Thrush 
    • 30+ Swift
    • 3 House Martin
    • 30+ Sand Martin
    • 2 Cormorant
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 1 Bittern
    • 2 Oystercatcher and 1 juvenile on West Scrape
    • 21 Avocet (a record count)
    • 18 Lapwing including 1 chick
    • 1 Marsh Harrier, male 
    • 180+ Gadwall including 8 ducklings
    • 19 Tufted Duck
    • 78 Pochard including 3 juvenile
    • 3 Teal
    • 2 Shoveler
    • 11  Mute Swan +5 young
    • 8 Little Grebe
    • 8 Great Crested Grebe
    • 17 Grey Lag Geese
    • 6 Canada Geese 
    • 2 Common Tern
    • 31 Black Headed Gull +3 chicks on old EAA
    • 3 Herring Gull
    • 4 Lesser Black Backed Gulls
    • 1 Kingfisher on square pond
    • 1 Collared Dove
    • 1 Water Rail on West Scrape
    • Other -  3 Roe Deer

    David Beresford

    Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle © Matthew Christou 2019

    Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle © Matthew Christou 2019

    Wednesday 12th

    • 3 Shelduck
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 1 Buzzard - Black Carr Field
    • 9 Avocet - 3 adults and 2 juveniles on Huxter cell 3b,  and 2 adults and 2 juveniles on West Scrape
    • 3 Oystercatcher
    • 1 Ringed Plover
    • 2 Redshank
    • 100+ Swift - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 20+ Sand Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 10+ House Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Reed Bunting

    Other: 2 Roe Deer (female with fawn), 1 Bank Vole

    Paul Paddock

    Banded Demoiselle © Matthew Christou 2019

    Banded Demoiselle © Matthew Christou 2019

    Sunday 9th

    • 2 Shelduck
    • Pochard - female with 6 young on 2a
    • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male hunting over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 15 Buzzard
    • 2 Hobby - together over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4+ Water Rail - 2 calling at West Scrape and at least 2 calling from cell 3b close to Mitchell Hide
    • 1 Avocet - West Scrape
    • 5 Oystercatcher - 3 adults and 2 juvs
    • 1 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 70 Herring/Lesser Black-backed Gull - a group of mainly herrings flew south
    • 150 Swift
    • 2 Kingfisher - on the square pond, one was a juvenile, both were probably juvs
    • 4 Willow Tit - 2 adults and 2/3 in a large mixed tit flock along Loversall Bank
    • 5 BEARDED TIT - 2 male and 3 female/juv near Mitchell Hide
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - singing next to West Scrape Hide

    Sue and Roger Bird, Richard Scott, Andy Bell, visitor reports

    Roe Deer © Matthew Christou 2019

    Roe Deer © Matthew Christou 2019

    Saturday 8th

    • 2 Shelduck
    • 2 Bittern
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 2 Hobby
    • 2 Water Rail - West Scrape and cell 4
    • 3 Avocet - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Oystercatcher - 2 adult and 2 young on West Scrape
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
    • 1 Redshank
    • 11 Common Tern - 2 on regular feeding flights from the iPort and 9 dropped in ahead of rain, landed on cell 1b before departing east at 9.15am
    • 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull - cell 1b
    • 1 Yellow-legged Gull - sub-adult cell 1b
    • 4 Herring Gull - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Great Black-backed Gull - 2cy cell 1b
    • 90 Swift
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Young Eaa/Childers Wood
    • 6 BEARDED TIT - 2 males, one female and 3 juvs seen from Mitchell Hide
    • Cetti's Warbler - family party near West Scrape Hide
    • 2 Pied Wagtail - adult and juv on West Scrape

    Richard Scott, Michael Bird, Gary Dyson, visitor reports

    Hobby © Vernon Barker 2019

    Hobby © Vernon Barker 2019

    Dingy Skipper © Matthew Christou 2019

    Dingy Skipper © Matthew Christou 2019

    Thursday 6th

    • 16 Mute Swan + 12 young
    • 11  Greylag Geese
    • 11 Canada Geese + 3 goslings
    • 120+ Gadwall
    • 26 Pochard
    • 14 Tufted Duck
    • 10 Little Grebe
    • 7 Great Crested Grebe
    • 6 Cormorant - cell 1b
    • 3 Bittern - 2 on Piper Marsh and one at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 10 Little Egret - including 6 on cell 3b
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 3 Buzzard - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Hobby - over Huxter Well Marsh and Piper Marsh
    • 3 Avocet - 2 on 3b and one on West Scrape
    • 4 Oystercatcher - on West Scrape 2 adult and 2 young
    • 30 Lapwing - 22 and one young on West Scrape, 4 on 2a and 3 on Loversall Pool
    • 1 Dunlin - cell 1b
    • 2 Redshank
    • 3 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 21 Black Headed Gull + 3 chicks - Old Eaa
    • 4 Herring Gull
    • 100 Swift - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Kingfisher - flew over Loversall Bank
    • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker - an adult feeding a fledged young in Black Carr Wood and one in Beeston Plantation
    • 3 BEARDED TIT - 2 juveniles from Mitchell Hide and one in front of Tofield Hide
    • 10+ House Martin
    • 4 Cettis Warbler
    • 9 Chiffchaff
    • 4 Willow Warbler
    • 14 Blackcap
    • 3 Whitethroat
    • 2 Garden Warbler - one near the under bridge and one at the end of Willow Marsh
    • 6 Reed Warbler
    • 1 Treecreeper
    • 30 Starling - feeding on Huxter Well Marsh and flying back to Bessacarr to feed their young
    • 6 Song Thrush - including family of 5 in triangle by pumping station and Old Eaa path
    • 2 Bullfinch - near Piper Marsh Hide
    • 1 Greenfinch
    • 3 Reed Bunting

    Other: 3 Red Admiral, single Orange Tip, Peacock and Brimstone, Emperor Dragonfly in front of Piper Marsh hide, Common Spotted Orchids along Loversall Bank

    David Beresford, Sue and Roger Bird, Vernon Parker, Barry Wardley, visitor reports

    Large Skipper © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Large Skipper © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Black-tailed Skimmer © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Black-tailed Skimmer © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Wednesday 5th

    • 2 Bittern - different birds seen in flight at 11.20 & 11.40 at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and cc
    • 1 Sparrowhawk - male at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 1 Hobby - in the dead tree on Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Water Rail - heard at Decoy Marsh
    • 1 Common Tern
    • 60 Swift
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - one on the Access Track and one calling on Hawthorn Bank
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler - heard from the Access Track

    Other: 1 Great Crested Newt, 1 Smooth Newt, 1 Bank Vole, 5 Roe Deer, 4 Large Skipper, 2 Common Blue, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Hairy Hawker, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 3 Four-spot Chaser

    Sue Brook, Darren Wozencroft

    Green Silver-lines © Derek Parker 2019

    Green Silver-lines © Derek Parker 2019

    Moth Trapping Report for Saturday Night, 1st June

    The warm weather provided perfect conditions for moth trapping and, as a consequence, a very healthy total of 80 species were recorded, including one new reserve record and one or two other noteworthy species.

    The new reserve record was a single Epagoge grotiana, a rare and very local Yorkshire Tortricid moth, with just a handful of records concentrated in the south and east of VC63. The larvae feed on oak, hawthorn and bramble.

    Also recorded were a male and female of Schoenobius gigantella, a Pyralid moth and a reedbed specialist, first seen on the reserve in 2017, when it was only the second VC63 record, then again in 2018 and now in 2019. Once largely restricted to coastal reedbeds in southern England and East Anglia, this species has clearly become established at Potteric Carr.

    Two infrequently recorded species were trapped. Epinotia demarniana and Freyer’s Pug were both last observed in 2010.

    Best of the rest included Eyed Hawk-moth (1), Orange Footman (1), Alder Moth (3), Green Silver-lines and White-pinion Spotted.

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont and Janet Heppenstall

    male Bearded Tit © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    male Bearded Tit © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Cantharis rustica © Matthew Christou 2019

    Cantharis rustica © Matthew Christou 2019

    Tuesday 4th

    • Mute Swan - 2 adults with 7 young from Duchess Hide, 2 adults with a small young on Piper Marsh
    • 4 Shelduck
    • 49 Gadwall - including a female with 4 young on Piper Marsh
    • 2 Shoveler
    • 30 Pochard
    • 20 Tufted Duck
    • 2+ Bittern - 6 sightings of 2 or more birds
    • 6 Little Egret
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 8 Great Crested Grebe - also a small young on cell 2b
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 5 Buzzard
    • 1 Hobby
    • 1 Avocet - cell 3b
    • 4 Oystercatcher - 2 adults with 2 young on West Scrape
    • 12 Lapwing - also one juv on West Scrape 
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
    • 4 Redshank 
    • 2 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Black-headed Gull - with 2 young on Old Eaa
    • 6 Herring Gull - 3 pairs on cell 1a, Decoy Lake and Sedum House roof
    • 20 Swift - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5+ Great Spotted Woodpecker - adults feeding fledged young in Beeston Plantation and one calling along Cottage drain 
    • 2 Jay - Beeston Plantation
    • 2+ Coal Tit young with a large tit flock
    • 6 BEARDED TIT - a single male was seen at the same time as another male in a family party of 5
    • 8 Sand Martin - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 5 Cetti's Warbler
    • 2 Treecreeper - Beeston Plantation 
    • 2  Blackbird - one collecting food in Beeston Plantation and one on a nest in the compound 
    • 2 Song Thrush - collecting food in Beeston Plantation 
    • 1 Mistle Thrush - collecting food along Loversal Bank near Beeston Plantation 
    • 1 Greenfinch - singing in the old wardens carpark
    • 2 Bullfinch - a pair at the Iron Bridge

    Other: 3 Bee Orchid along Willow Bank

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Adrian Andruchiw, Sue and Roger Bird, Dave Carroll

    male Common Blue © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    male Common Blue © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    female Common Blue © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    female Common Blue © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Monday 3rd

    • 1 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Hobby - seen from VC
    • 1 Avocet
    • 4 Oystercatcher - 2 adults and 2 juvs
    • 1 Black-tailed Godwit
    • 2 Common Tern
    • 170 Swift - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Willow Tit - juvs seen in copse near the screen at the Reedbed Filtration Ponds
    • 6 BEARDED TIT

    Butterflies: 1 Large Skipper, 1 Dingy Skipper (Reedbed Filtration Ponds), 4 Brimstone (2m 2f), 2 Orange Tip (1m 1f), 4 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 3 Peacock, 1 Brown Argus (Flutterby Garden), 9 Common Blue, 14 Speckled Wood

    Odonata: 10 Banded Demoiselle, 4 Large Red Damselfly, c300 Azure Damselfly, c200 Common Blue Damselfly, 45 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 
    6 Hairy Hawker, 1 Emperor (teneral), 3 Black-tailed Skimmer, 2 Broad-bodied Chaser (1m 1f), 27 Four-spot Chaser

    Other: 2 Great Crested Newt, 1 Common Frog, 1 Grass Snake, 1 Roe Deer

    Darren Wozencroft, Dave Carroll, visitor report per Dave Carroll, Mark Roberts

    male Bittern © Alan West 2019

    male Bittern © Alan West 2019

    Sunday 2nd

    • 4 Shelduck
    • 2 Bittern - one had a dangling leg
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 RED KITE - a tatty bird flew west over Seven Arches Carr at 10.15
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Avocet
    • 7 Oystercatcher - 2 adults and 2 young on West Scrape, 3 over
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - cell 1b
    • 1 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
    • 6 Redshank - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Common Tern
    • 2 BEARDED TIT - male and a female/juv near Mitchell Hide

    Richard Scott, Allen Holmes, Jenny Kingsland

    Wheatear © Richard Scott 2019

    Wheatear © Richard Scott 2019

    Saturday 1st

    • 4 Shelduck
    • Gadwall - female with 5 young on Piper Marsh
    • Pochard - female with 7 young on cell 1b
    • 1 Bittern -  a few sightings at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 6 Little Egret
    • 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 10 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel - M18
    • 3 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Water Rail - cell 4
    • 1 Avocet - West Scrape/cell 3b
    • 5 Oystercatcher - the 2 adults and 2 young have relocated to cell 3b. Another adult on cell 1b.
    • 2 Ringed Plover - on cell 1b early morning
    • 3 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape/Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape/Huxter Well Marsh
    • 6 Redshank - West Scrape/Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Common Tern
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 3 BEARDED TIT - juvs near Mitchell Hide
    • 14 Cetti's Warbler - 13 singing and one calling
    • 1 Wheatear - on Central Grassland early morning
    • 3 Greenfinch

    Richard Scott, Michael Bird

    May 2019

    colour-ringed Avocet © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    colour-ringed Avocet © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Friday 31st

    • Bittern - 5 sightings on Huxter Well Marsh from 12.10 - 2.30pm. One was booming on Willow Marsh and then circled high and flew towards Huxter Well Marsh.
    • 3 Little Egret 
    • 2 Grey Heron - over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 4 Buzzard - from Duchess hide 
    • 2 Hobby - perched in the dead oak tree and hunting over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Avocet - flew to West Scrape from the iPort
    • 3 Oystercatcher - 2 adults and one young
    • Barn Owl - chicks were ringed at 2 nests, each containing 5 young
    • 200 Swift - over Huxter Well Marsh 

    Sue and Roger Bird, Helen Womack, Jim Horsfall, visitor reports

    first-summer Hobby © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    first-summer Hobby © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Thursday 30th

    • Bittern - seen 5 times
    • 3 Marsh Harrier - male and 2 females
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 2 Hobby
    • 2 Avocet - from Mitchell Hide
    • 3 Lapwing chicks - 2 on West Scrape one on cell 3b
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
    • 22 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
    • 2 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler

    Adrian Andruchiw

    Black-tailed Godwits © Paul Paddock 2019

    Black-tailed Godwits © Paul Paddock 2019

    Bittern © Paul Paddock 2019

    Bittern © Paul Paddock 2019

    Wednesday 29th

    • 6 Shelduck
    • 3 Bittern - 2 females undertaking feeding flights and a third bird flew high towards Lincoln Carr. Also, one dead bird found.
    • 8 Little Egret - flying together over Huxter
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 4 Hobby - eating dragonflies on the wing
    • 2 Avocet
    • 4 Oystercatcher - 2 adults with 2 young on cell 2a
    • 4 young Lapwing - 3 on West Scrape and one on cell 3b
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape and cell 3b
    • 23 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
    • 4 Redshank
    • 2 Common Tern
    • Cetti's Warbler - several singing around the reserve
    • 100 Swift - feeding low over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 3 BEARDED TIT
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - carrying food near Mitchell Hide

    Dave Carroll, Sue and Roger Bird, Paul Paddock, Gary Dyson, Adrian Andruchiw, visitor reports

    Sandy Carpet © Derek Parker 2019

    Sandy Carpet © Derek Parker 2019

    Pale Tussock © Derek Parker 2019

    Pale Tussock © Derek Parker 2019

    Pale Prominent © Derek Parker 2019

    Pale Prominent © Derek Parker 2019

    Peppered Moth © Derek Parker 2019

    Peppered Moth © Derek Parker 2019

    Moth Trapping Report for Saturday Night, 25th May

    Following what had been a very mild night, we were pleased to see a big improvement in the number and variety of moths trapped. A total of 46 species were identified, with one more, a Gelechiid, awaiting determination. 

    Although none of the recorded moths were new or particularly rare, there were several less frequently recorded species, notably Sandy Carpet (last observed in 2011); Aphomia sociella or Bee Moth; Brown Rustic; and Oak Nycteolene.

    Poplar Hawk-moth (5), Pale Tussock (2), Alder Moth (4), White-pinion Spotted, Broken-barred Carpet, Monopis weaverella (2), Seraphim and Oak-tree Pug were best of the rest.

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont and Janet Heppenstall 

    Lapwing © Matthew Christou 2019

    Lapwing © Matthew Christou 2019

    Tuesday 28th

    • 28 Pochard
    • 11 Tufted Duck
    • 9 Cettis warblers
    • 1 Greenfinch near Old Eaa
    • 61 Gadwal
    • 7 Shelduck
    • 2 Grey Heron
    • 21 Cormorants
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 6 Little Egrets
    • 1 Garden Warbler
    • 50 plus Swifts
    • 1 House Martin
    • 1 Swallow
    • 12 Sand Martins
    • 1 LRP on West Scrape
    • 2 Lapwing and 1 young on West Scrape
    • 1 male Marsh Harrier
    • 3 Great Crested Grebes
    • 2 Shoveler
    • 2 Lapwing and 1 young on cell 3B
    • 1 Little Grebe
    • 2 Bittern 
    • 1 Hobby over Huxter Well
    • 1 Lapwing and 1 young on cell 2A
    • 2 Oystercatcher and 2 young on cell 2A
    • 1 Common Tern

    Other: 1 Roe Deer, 3 Rabbits, 5 Brimstones 1 orange tip 3 common blues 2 small white and 3 banded demoiselles, 1 Dingy Skipper, Small Copper, 2 Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 4 Four-spotted Chaser

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Phillip Goucher, Dave Harding, Geoff Chatterton, Ian and Janet Heppenstall

    Red-headed Cardinal Beetle © Matthew Christou 2019

    Red-headed Cardinal Beetle © Matthew Christou 2019

    Monday 27th

    • 3 Shelduck
    • 2 Bittern - several sighting of birds in flight across Huxter Well Marsh
    • 6 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 10 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 2 Hobby - one catching dragonflies in front of Hawthorn Bank Hide and one distantly chasing swifts
    • 5 Oystercatcher - pair with a single juv and 2 over
    • 3 Common Tern
    • 2 BEARDED TIT - calling near Mitchell Hide and Hawthorn Bank Hide

    Richard Scott, Sue and Roger Bird, Gary Dyson, Chris Bell

    Hairy Dragonfly © Allen Holmes 2019

    Hairy Dragonfly © Allen Holmes 2019

    Sunday 26th

    • Mute Swan - pair with 7 young on the Lagoon
    • 4 Shelduck
    • 1 Bittern
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 8 Great Crested Grebe - seen from Mitchell Hide, including 2 pairs displaying
    • Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Avocet
    • 2 Oystercatcher - flew towards the iPort
    • Lapwing - pair with 3 small young on West Scrape
    • 4 Redshank
    • 13 Lesser Black-backed Gull
    • 10 Herring Gull
    • 2 Great Black-backed Gull
    • 200 Swift - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Jay
    • 2 BEARDED TIT - male and one heard near Mitchell Hide

    Richard Scott, Sue Richardson, Sue Cullen, Mark Roberts

    Four-spotted Chaser © Matthew Christou 2019

    Four-spotted Chaser © Matthew Christou 2019

    Saturday 25th

    • Mute Swan - 7 juvs on West Scrape, 5 juvs on cell 2a
    • 6 Shelduck
    • 3 Bittern - seen in flight several times at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 7 Little Egret
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 3 Marsh Harrier - male and 2 females
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 2 Hobby
    • 1 Peregrine
    • 2 + 2 juv Oystercatcher
    • 15 Lapwing including 1 chick - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover - from Hawthorn Bank Hide 
    • 6 Redshank
    • 3 Common Tern
    • 70 Swift
    • 4+ Chiffchaff
    • Blackcap - 1 male and 1 fledgling seen at Hawthorn bank hide and also another male and fledgling close to Piper Marsh
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - near Tofield Hide
    • 3 Whitethroat
    • 3 Starling
    • 2 Linnet - Big Hedge
    • 4 Reed Bunting

    Other: 

    Other Wildlife - at the dragonfly pools were Hairy dragonfly, Grass Snakes and Pirate wolf spider, Hornet along Mother Drain, Banded Demoiselle

    Richard Scott, Allen Holmes, Katie Smith

    Crane (record shot) © Michael Dyson 2019

    Crane (record shot) © Michael Dyson 2019

    Friday 24th

    • 1 Black Swan
    • 3 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 CRANE - on cell 1b, last seen at 11.30. As far as I know the first time one has been grounded.

    Michael Dyson, Andy Dalton

    Red-and-black Froghopper © Matthew Christou 2019

    Red-and-black Froghopper © Matthew Christou 2019

    Thursday 23rd

    • 6 Cettis Warbler
    • 1 Bullfinch
    • 19 Blackcap
    • 7  Chiffchaff
    • 4 Willow Warbler
    • 7 Whitethroat
    • 14 Reed Warbler
    • 6 Reed Bunting
    • 1 Song Thrush
    • 1 Jay
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker – Beeston plantation
    • 10+ Swift
    • 2 House Martin
    • 4 Cormorant
    • 1 Bittern - West Scrape
    • 7 Little Egret
    • 2 Grey Heron
    • 4 Oystercatcher - 2 adults and 2 chicks on 2a
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover
    • 2 Redshank
    • 14 Lapwing including 2 chicks
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Hobby 
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 80 Gadwall
    • 1  Shoveler
    • 19 Tufted Duck
    • 16 Pochard
    • 14  Mute Swan +14 young
    • 7 Little Grebe
    • 6 Great Crested Grebe
    • 8  Grey Lag Geese
    • 14 Canada Geese +3 goslings
    • 2 Common Tern

    David Beresford, Mark Roberts

    Orange-tip on a fingertip © Matthew Christou 2019

    Orange-tip on a fingertip © Matthew Christou 2019

    Tuesday 21st

    • 1 Song Thrush near Loversal Delph ares
    • 1 Avocet on West Scrape
    • 5 Cettis
    • 4 Shoveler
    • 3 Bitterns two seen flying left to right at different times across the front of Mitchell Hide and one seen later flying across the front of Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 1 Golden Plover on island in front of Mitchell Hide
    • 24 Pochard
    • 23 Tufted Duck
    • 3 Tree Creepers on Oak tree in Black Carr field
    • 1 Linnet near Mitchell Hide
    • 1 Bullfinch near the old cafe
    • 4 Common Terns on Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Lapwings
    • 2 Little Egrets
    • 6 Buzzards
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Little Grebes
    • 3 Great Crested Grebes
    • 5 Herring Gulls
    • 1 Redshank on West Scrape
    • 1 Hobby over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 7 Shelduck
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover from Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 1 Oystercatcher from Hawthorn Bank Hide

    Other: 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock, 1 Brimstone, 1 Orange Tip and 1 Common Blue and 3 rabbits

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Phil Goucher, Dave Harding, Dougie Smith, Barry Wardley, visitor reports

    • 14 Mute Swan     2 pairs with 5 young each Huxter Well Marsh
    • 17 Pochard      males cell 1b
    • 3 Bittern     thought to be different birds
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 5 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Hobby
    • 1 Oystercatcher    cell 2a
    • 2 Avocet    1 West Scrape, 1 cell 1b
    • 1 Redshank   West Scrape
    • 4 Lapwing young from two broods   (3 and 1)
    • 1 Golden Plover    on cell 1b
    • 6 Ringed Plover    on cell 1b (arrived afternoon, MB)
    • 4 Common Tern   Huxter Well Marsh (2 headed for iPort)
    • 40 Swift    over Huxter Werll Marsh

    Other:  1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Brimstone, 2 Common Blue, 1 Dingy Skipper, 1 Green-veined White.

    Dave Carroll, Sue Bird, Mick Bellas

    Ingrailed Clay © Derek Parker 2019

    Ingrailed Clay © Derek Parker 2019

    Lesser Swallow Prominent © Derek Parker 2019

    Lesser Swallow Prominent © Derek Parker 2019

    Moth Trapping Report for Saturday Night, 18th May

    This proved to be a very disappointing moth trapping, with only 13 recorded species, all in low numbers. It had obviously been a cooler night than anticipated. The only highlights were a single Orange Footman and 2 Maiden’s Blush. Brown Silver-line is a common species associated with Bracken but the single individual recorded was the first on the reserve since 2002.

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont and Janet Heppenstall
     

    Blue Tit removing a faecal sac © Nidge Nilsen 2019

    Blue Tit removing a faecal sac © Nidge Nilsen 2019

    Monday 20th

    • 1 Willow Tit - Hawthorn Bank
    • 2 BEARDED TIT - a male and female/juv at Huxter Well Marsh

    Mark Roberts

    • Cetti`s Warbler x 5 around site
    • Common Tern x 2 Huxter Well
    • Lesser Whitethroat x 2 around site
    • Hobby x 1 hawking Huxter Well
    • Bullfinch 1 male

    Butterflies: Comma x 1, Orange Tip x 5 also ovum x 4 on Cuckoo Flower & Garlic Mustard, Peacock x 3, Speckled Wood x 3, Small Copper x 1 pond at Beeston Plantation, Dingy Skipper x 1 pond at Beeston Plantation

    Moths: Glyphipterix simpliciella x 12, Adela reaumurella x 1 female, Anthophila fabriciana x 3

    Martin Warne

    Dingy Skipper © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Dingy Skipper © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Sunday 19th

    • 6 Shelduck
    • 3 Bittern - 2 booming and one seen in flight over West Scrape
    • 1+ Hobby - birds seen high over Hawthorn Bank in the morning and at Huxter Well Marsh in the afternoon
    • 1 Water Rail - calling near Mitchell Hide
    • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • Lapwing - chicks seen at Decoy Lake (2), cell 2a and cell 3b
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
    • 2 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Rook - over
    • 4 BEARDED TIT - 4 birds were seen together, of which 3 were seen well enough to confirm they were juveniles. The first confirmed breeding record for the reserve.
    • 1 Song Thrush - along the path near Decoy Marsh
    • 6 Bullfinch - pairs near Decoy Marsh and Old Eaa and singles at Iron Bridge and Hawthorn Bank

    Butterflies: 4 Dingy Skipper, 2 Brimstone, 1 Green-veined White, 4 Orange Tip, 1 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 2 Peacock, 3 Speckled Wood

    Damselflies/Dragonflies: 1 Red-eyed Damselfly (teneral male), c.10 Large Red Damselfly, c.50 Azure Damselfly, c.50 Common Blue Damselfly, 4 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Hairy Hawker, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 7 Four-spot Chaser

    Other: 2 Grass Snake, 1 Great Crested Newt, 5 Smooth Newt

    Richard Scott, Mark Roberts, Sue Richardson, Darren Wozencroft, Sue and Roger Bird, Dave Carroll, Sheila Bury, Ian and Janet Heppenstall

    Four-spotted Chaser © Richard Scott 2019

    Four-spotted Chaser © Richard Scott 2019

    Saturday 18th

    • 6 Shelduck - 5 on Huxter Well Marsh and one on Old Eaa
    • 2 Bittern - one booming quietly and one in flight
    • 1 Avocet - Huxter Well Marsh/West Scrape
    • 1 Oystercatcher
    • Lapwing - small juv on cell 2a
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - Huxter Well Marsh/West Scrape
    • 1 Common Sandpiper - West Scrape/cell 1b
    • 1 Redshank - West Scrape
    • 2 Common Tern - fishing at Huxter Well Marsh and flying to the iPort Lakes
    • 1 Cuckoo - singing along Hawthorn Bank. The first of the year.
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - singing between VC and car park
    • 1 BEARDED TIT - calling at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 7 Cetti's Warbler
    • Treecreeper - family party along Hawthorn Bank

    Other: Four-spotted Chaser on a window frame in Hawthorn Bank Hide and a Shrew was inside the hide

    Richard Scott, Michael Bird

    Osprey (record shot) © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Osprey (record shot) © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Thursday 16th

    • 5 Cettis Warbler
    • 19 Blackcap
    • 1 Garden Warbler
    • 9  Chiffchaff
    • 6 Willow Warbler
    • 9 Whitethroat
    • 8 Reed Warbler
    • 4 Reed Bunting
    • 1 Greenfinch
    • 1 Song Thrush
    • 1 Pied Wagtail
    • 10+ Sand Martin
    • 60+ Swift
    • 2 Swallow
    • 10+ House Martin
    • 12 Cormorant
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 1 Avocet
    • 14 Lapwing
    • 1 Marsh Harrier (M)
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Hobby in dead oak
    • 5 Shelduck
    • 48 Gadwall
    • 2 Teal
    • 1  Shoveler
    • 25 Tufted Duck
    • 27 Pochard
    • 5 Little Grebe
    • 6 Great Crested Grebe
    • 8  Grey Lag Geese
    • 11 Canada Geese + 6 goslings
    • 33 Black Headed Gulls
    • 5 Lesser Black Backed Gulls
    • 35 Herring Gulls
    • 2 Common Tern
    • 1 OSPREY
    • 3 L.R.Plover
    • 2 R.Plover
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 1 Redshank

    David Beresford, Adrian Andruchiw

    Tuesday 14th

    • 7 Shelduck - some were displaying
    • 33 Gadwall
    • 2 Shoveler
    • 28 Pochard
    • 11 Tufted Duck
    • 1 Bittern - seen twice at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Grey Heron
    • 6 Great Crested Grebe
    • 3 Marsh Harrier - male and two females 
    • 6 Buzzard
    • 2 Hobby - feeding high over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
    • 18 Lapwing - 9 pairs counted
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
    • 1 Common Sandpiper - cell 2a
    • 2 Redshank - Huxter Well Marsh/West Scrape
    • 4 Common Tern - some display and small fish gift on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 3 Great Black-backed Gull - cell 1b
    • 2 Stock Dove - over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 14 Swift - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Green Woodpecker
    • 1 Jay - Huxter Well Marsh (feeding flights?)
    • 3 Rook - over the compound
    • 1 BEARDED TIT - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 6 Cetti's Warbler
    • 2 Song Thrush
    • 1 Greenfinch - singing in the old wardens carpark

    Butterflies: 9 Orange Tips 4 Small Whites 2 Speckled Wood 4 Brimstone and 2 Peacock

    Dragonflies/Damselflies: Hairy Dragonfly, 4 Spot Chaser, Broad Bodied Chaser and Common Blue, Blue Tailed and Red Damselfly

    Other: Grass Snake in Black Carr Wood

    Sue and Roger Bird, Dave Carroll, Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Mick Bellas

    Sunday 12th

    • 1 Little Egret - from the Visitor centre this afternoon
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - a female carrying nesting material flew over Willow Marsh towards Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 4 Buzzard - watched from the Visitor centre in the afternoon 
    • 1 Water Rail - calling in the Reedbed filtration ponds
    • 1 Oystercatcher - chased a Marsh Harrier over the pumping station
    • 2 Lapwing - still sitting on Love Island
    • 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull - on Sedum House 
    • 3 Herring Gull - on the raft 2 adults and one 3rd call year
    • 15 Swift - over Willow Marsh 
    • Great Tit - young have fledged the first of the season
    • 2 Coal Tit - in Beeston Plantation
    • 4 Greenfinch - in the old Wardens Carpark
    • 2 Bullfinch - a pair behind the compound
    • 4 Reed Bunting - singing in Willow Marsh 

    Other: Hairy Dragonfly, 4 Large Red Damselfly and a Grass Snake swam across the channel from Beeston hide

    Sue and Roger Bird, Robin Mokryj, visitor reports

    Lapwing © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Lapwing © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Saturday 11th

    • 4 Shelduck - cell 1b
    • Mallard - with 3 small young on West Scrape
    • 1 Bittern - booming at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Sparrowhawk - up together over Hawthorn Bank
    • 3 Hobby - hawking insects over Huxter Well Marsh between 3.30 and 4pm
    • 2 Water Rail - calling at cell 2a and West Scrape
    • 2 Avocet - West Scrape (copulating)
    • 4 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Little Ringed Plover - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Dunlin - cell 2a
    • 1 Common Sandpiper - cell 2a
    • 1 WOOD SANDPIPER - over Huxter Well Marsh at 1.55pm
    • 2 Redshank - West Scrape
    • 2 Coal Tit - Beeston Plantation
    • 1 BEARDED TIT - calling at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 7 Cetti's Warbler

    Richard Scott, Michael Bird, Adrian Andruchiw, Nigel Walker

    Willow Warbler © Nidge Nilsen 2019

    Willow Warbler © Nidge Nilsen 2019

    Bird Ringing

    A male Lesser Whitethroat ringed at Potteric Carr on 12th May 2018 was re-trapped at Carr Lodge on 28th April 2019

    Doncaster Ringing Group

    Thursday 9th

    • 20  Mute Swan
    • 21  Grey Lag Geese
    • 21 Canada Geese
    • 4 Shelduck
    • 71 Gadwall
    • 2 Teal
    • 4  Shoveler
    • 26+ Pochard
    • 33+ Tufted Duck
    • 4 Cormorant
    • 1 Bittern - chased around cell 1b by Black-headed Gulls
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 1 Grey Heron
    • 5 Little Grebe
    • 4 Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 5 Avocet
    • 1 Oystercatcher
    • 3 Ringed Plover
    • 3 Dunlin
    • 2 Common Sandpiper
    • 2 Redshank
    • 40+ Swift
    • 70+ Sand Martin
    • 10+ Swallow
    • 40+ House Martin
    • 7 Cettis Warbler
    • 9  Chiffchaff
    • 6 Willow Warbler
    • 16 Blackcap
    • 8 Whitethroat
    • 12 Reed Warbler
    • 1 Song Thrush
    • 12 Reed Bunting

    David Beresford, Dave Carroll, Mark Roberts

    Knot © Richard Scott 2019

    Knot © Richard Scott 2019

    Wednesday 8th

    • 2 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Wigeon - male and female on cell 1b
    • 1 Bittern - seen in flight at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 1 OSPREY - hovered over cell 1b before heading off north (11:30)
    • 5 Avocet - Huxter Well Marsh/West Scrape
    • 1 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 GREY PLOVER - one through high at 11:17 and the next came through low over cell 1b at 11:22. Both were heading north-east.
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 6 KNOT - 5 east (09:20) and one was on West Scrape all afternoon. A record count for the reserve. All previous sightings have been of singles.
    • 2 Redshank - West Scrape
    • 3 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull - cell 1b
    • 33 Herring Gull - cell 1b
    • 1 Yellow-legged Gull - 4cy on cell 1b
    • 5 Great Black-backed Gull - cell 1b
    • 5 Stock Dove - over
    • 40 Swift - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 BEARDED TIT - male seen and another heard 
    • 2 Skylark - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 70 Sand Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 10 Swallow - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 30 House Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Lesser Whitethroat - singing at VC and West Scrape
    • 2 Pied Wagtail - Huxter Well Marsh

    Other: Fox at West Scrape

    Richard Scott

    Tuesday 7th

    • 10 Canada Goose - two broods of three new goslings each pair near visitor centre
    • 7 Shelduck
    • 28 Gadwall
    • 6 Teal
    • 15 Mallard - three females with new broods totalling 12 ducklings
    • 2 Shoveler
    • 17 Pochard
    • 16 Tufted Duck
    • 1 Goldeneye - female seen from from Mitchell Hide
    • 1 Bittern  - showed at reedbed edge for 30 mins cell 1b
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 1 Little Grebe
    • 4 Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 Marsh harrier - male at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 2 Water rail - calling
    • 6 Coot  - family of 5 new chicks
    • 1 Oystercatcher -  West Scrape
    • 6 Lapwing
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Dunlin - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Black-headed Gull  2 pairs on Old Eaa
    • 100+ Swift - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 1 Jay - Seven Arches Carr
    • 20+ Long-tailed Tit - two family parties
    • 2 BEARDED TIT - male and female at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5 Cetti's Warbler
    • 3 Lesser Whitethroat - singing males in different areas (VC, PM and Mitchell Hide)
    • 2 Treecreeper
    • 1 Pied Wagtail - Decoy Lake
    • 2 Reed Bunting

    Butterflies: 3 Orange Tip, 1 Small White

    Other: Rabbit, Bank Vole

    Keith Lynes, Dave Carroll, Sue Bird, Mark Roberts

    Monday 6th

    2 Egyptian Geese
    1 Goldeneye - a late female on cell 2b
    1 Bittern - seen in flight from West Scrape Hide
    2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    2 Avocet - West Scrape
    2 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
    4 Little Ringed Plover - Huxter Well Marsh
    2 Redshank - cell 3b
    20 Swift - Huxter Well Marsh
    1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - male was feeding on the ground in Beeston Plantation
    1 BEARDED TIT - Huxter Well Marsh
    1 Skylark - Huxter Well Marsh
    170 Sand Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
    12+ Long-tailed Tit - family party in St Caths Copse
    5 Garden Warbler
    2 Lesser Whitethroat - singing near the VC and West Scrape Hide
    2 Treecreeper - Cottage drain and Willow Bank
    2 Song Thrush - Beeston Plantation 
    1 Mistle Thrush - singing in Beeston Plantation 
    1 Greenfinch - male in St Caths Field
    3 Linnet - Central Grassland

    Richard Scott, Mark Roberts, Ian Heppenstall, Gary Dyson, Sue and Roger Bird

    Little Egret © Allen Holmes 2019

    Little Egret © Allen Holmes 2019

    Sunday 5th

    • 4 Shelduck
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - seen from VC
    • 4 Buzzard - together
    • 4 Avocet - West Scrape
    • 1 Oystercatcher
    • 1 Goldcrest - Black Carr Field
    • 1 BEARDED TIT - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Garden Warbler - singing along Mother Drain near Piper Marsh Hide
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - singing along Mother Drain near Piper Marsh Hide
    • 1 Greenfinch - Loversall Triangle

    Sue Cullen, Mark Roberts, Andy Dalton

    Saturday 4th

    • 5 Shelduck - cell 1b
    • 1 Goosander - 1st-summer male on cell 1b, seen earlier flying over the iPort
    • 2 Bittern
    • 5 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 1+ Hobby - 3 sightings over Huxter Well Marsh/Hawthorn Bank
    • 1 Oysteratcher - cell 2a
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover - cell 1b
    • 1 Common Sandpiper - cell 2a
    • 1 Common Tern - SW towards the iPort
    • 1 ARCTIC TERN - north through Huxter Well Marsh (12.47pm)
    • 30 Swift
    • 1 Rook - over
    • 1 BEARDED TIT - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 100 Sand Martin
    • 2 Lesser Whitethroat - singing along Mother Drain near Piper Marsh Hide and just south of Mitchell Hide

    Richard Scott

    Little Ringed Plovers © Allen Holmes 2019

    Little Ringed Plovers © Allen Holmes 2019

    Friday 3rd

    • 4 Canada Goose - pairs with 3 young on Decoy Lake and 3+ young on Willow Marsh 
    • 3 Shelduck - a pair on cell 1b and one on cell 3b
    • 22 Teal - 20 on West Scrape and 2 on cell 1b
    • 2 Bittern - booming and one flew across cell 2a and one perched on cell 1b
    • 2 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male hunting on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 3 Buzzard - watched from the Visitor centre 
    • 1 Hobby - over Huxter Well Marsh (visitor report)
    • 3 Avocet - West Scrape 
    • 2 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Common Sandpiper - cell 3b
    • 3 Redshank - 2 on West Scrape and one on cell 3b
    • 10 Swift - over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Jay - Loversal Delph 
    • 150 hirundines - a mix of Swallow, Sand Martin and House Martin 
    • 3 Garden Warbler

    Sue and Roger Bird

    Common Frog © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Common Frog © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Thursday 2nd May

    • 17 Mute Swan
    • 30 Greylag Geese
    • 31 Canada Geese
    • 5 Shelduck
    • 93 Gadwall
    • 8 Teal
    • 5 Shoveler
    • 20+ Pochard
    • 30+ Tufted Duck
    • 4 Cormorant
    • 2 Bittern - booming
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 4 Little Grebe
    • 3 Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Redshank
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover
    • 1 Common Sandpiper
    • 5 Swift
    • 50+ Sand Martin
    • 4 Swallow
    • 6 Cetti's Warbler
    • 12 Chiffchaff
    • 6 Willow Warbler
    • 20 Blackcap
    • 2 Garden Warbler
    • 7 Whitethroat
    • 2 Sedge Warbler
    • 11 Reed Warbler
    • 4 Greenfinch
    • 8 Reed Bunting

    David Beresford

    Willow Warbler © Carol Hall 2019

    Willow Warbler © Carol Hall 2019

    Wednesday 1st

    • Bittern - booming
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 1 Hobby - hunting at Huxter Well Marsh and perched in the large dead oak
    • 5 Avocet - on West Scrape in the evening
    • 2 Lapwing - pair at Decoy Lake
    • 3 Little Ringed Plover - including a pair copulating at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Common Sandpiper - cell 2a
    • 3 Redshank - West Scrape
    • 1 Stock Dove - Loversall Pool
    • 15+ Swift - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 100+ Sand Martin - over Huxter Well Marsh in the evening
    • 1 Swallow
    • 2 Garden Warbler
    • 2 Lesser Whitethroat
    • 6+ Whitethroat
    • 2 Sedge Warbler
    • 2 Greenfinch - VC Feeders

    Buffer Area - Carr Lodge

    • 2 Red-legged Partridge
    • 5 Blackcap - singing
    • 1 Garden warbler - singing
    • 2 Lesser Whitethroat - singing
    • 8 Whitethroat - singing

    Mick Bellas, Andy Dalton, Gary Dyson, Mark Roberts, Allen Holmes, visitor reports

    April 2019

    Tuesday 30th

    • 5 Shelduck
    • 85 Gadwall
    • 25 Teal
    • 1 Shoveler
    • 18 Pochard
    • 22 Tufted Duck
    • 10 Little Egrets - including 7 together
    • 3 Little Grebe - 2 on Decoy Lake and 1 from Duchess Hide
    • 3 Great Crested Grebe
    • 3 Oystercatcher
    • 5 Lapwing
    • 1 Redshank
    • 1 Herring Gull - Decoy Lake
    • 7 Swift - the group spent some time over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Jay - along the access track
    • 6 Cetti's Warbler
    • 1 Garden Warbler - singing beside the Access Track
    • 1 Song Thrush - near St Caths Field

    Butterflies: 5 Brimstone, 11 Orange Tip, 2 Speckled Wood

    Keith Lynes, David Harding, Geoff Chatterton, Dave Carroll, Sue Bird

    Little Ringed Plover © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Little Ringed Plover © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Monday 29th

    • 5 Shelduck
    • 1 Bittern
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
    • 2 Redshank - West Scrape
    • 6 Cetti's Warbler
    • 3 Whitethroat - near West Scrape

    Adrian Andruchiw

    April Ringing Totals from Doncaster Ringing Group

    Totals for two visits to Carr Lodge YWT was 69 birds processed (from 6 nets on each visit, totalling c.100m) including:

    • 5 Chiffchaff (7 in March)
    • 14 Willow Warbler
    • 11 Blackcap (4 in March)
    • 6 Whitethroat
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat

    One of the Blackcaps and the Lesser Whitethroat were controls - possibly locals from Potteric Carr.

    Other notable birds included Reed Buntings, Redwings, a pair of Treecreepers and a Great Spotted Woodpecker but no Willow Tits despite luring. Buzzards and a Marsh Harrier overhead, Grey Partridge on the deck

    Saturday 27th

    • 4 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Wigeon - male on cell 1b
    • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 6 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
    • 1 Ringed Plover - over
    • 1 Curlew - SW
    • 1 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Common/Arctic Tern - west
    • 2 Common Gull - both 2cy on cell 1b
    • 5 Stock Dove - over
    • 2 Kingfisher - chasing each other along the bridleway
    • 2 BEARDED TIT - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 10 Swallow - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 100 Sand Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 20 House Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - along Mother Drain near Piper Marsh

    Richard Scott, Gary Dyson, Bernard Featherstone

    Muslin Moth © Derek Parker 2019

    Muslin Moth © Derek Parker 2019

    Chocolate-tip © Derek Parker 2019

    Chocolate-tip © Derek Parker 2019

    MOTH TRAPPING REPORT FOR MONDAY NIGHT, 22 APRIL, 2019

    20 species were recorded, which is a healthy total for a trapping night in April. The highlight was the 2nd Potteric record of Chocolate-tip Clostera curtula. The first was in May, 2018. Chocolate-tip remains a very scarce moth in Yorkshire but is evidently increasing. Its larvae feed on various poplar and willow species.

    Other, previously recorded Potteric moths trapped for the first time this year included Dyseriocrania subpurpurella, Flame Carpet, Early Tooth-striped (2), Double-striped Pug, Lunar Marbled Brown (2), Lesser Swallow Prominent (3), Pebble Prominent, Muslin Moth (3) and Shuttle-shaped Dart (3).

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont, Janet Heppenstall

    Wren © Allen Holmes 2019

    Wren © Allen Holmes 2019

    Friday 26th

    • 1 Bittern - booming
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 5 Buzzard - up together
    • 1 Peregrine - through Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
    • 1 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
    • 1 FIRECREST - at the junction of Loversall Bank and Willow Bank (AD)
    • 1 BEARDED TIT - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 150+ Sand Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5 House Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Lesser Whitethroat - near Piper Marsh and Decoy Marsh

    Dave Carroll, Sue and Roger Bird, Ian Heppenstall, Andy Dalton

    female Reed Bunting © Keith Horton 2019

    female Reed Bunting © Keith Horton 2019

    Thursday 25th

    • 2 Greylag Goose - with 4 new young on 3a
    • 2 Shelduck - cell 1b 
    • 3 Wigeon - males on cell1b
    • 2 Mallard females with 5 new young 3b and 8 on 1b
    • 11 Cormorant - cell 1b 
    • 2 Bittern - booming on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 7 Little Egret - cell 1b
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - a pair were seen from Tofield hide
    • 2 Buzzard - over Black Carr Wood 
    • 1 Peregrine - in front of the Visitor Centre (from the log book)
    • 2 Water Rail - cell 2a
    • 5 Avocet - West Scrape
    • 2 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Common Sandpiper - cell 2a
    • 1 Redshank - West Scrape 
    • 2 Snipe - cell 3a
    • 56 Herring Gull - dropped on to cell 1b in front of the rain
    • 1 Great Black-backed Gull - cell 1b 
    • 2 Kingfisher - at the under bridge were very vocal and copulating
    • 1 Skylark - singing over Huxter Well Marsh dropped on to the grassy knoll
    • c100 Sand Martin - were feeding low during a heavy shower
    • 2 Swallow - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 House Martin - were with the Sand Martins
    • 5 Cetti's Warbler - singing
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Mother Drain opposite Piper Marsh
    • 1 Whitethroat - singing next to the car park
    • 1 Bullfinch - a male was feeding on seeds on the path past Old Eaa

    Sue and Roger Bird, SC, Gary Dyson, Richard Scott

    female Blackcap © Steve Martin 2019

    female Blackcap © Steve Martin 2019

    Wednesday 24th

    • 6 Canada Geese - Piper Marsh
    • 17 Teal - West Scrape
    • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Redshank - West Scrape
    • 1 Willow Tit
    • 2 Linnet - a pair nest-building at Rossington Carr Fields

    Rob Burn, Mark Roberts

    Tuesday 23rd

    • 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Bittern - booming
    • 2 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover
    • 3 Redshank
    • 8 Common/Arctic Tern - a flock at Huxter Well Marsh included at least one Arctic
    • 4 BEARDED TIT - including 2 males at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Grasshopper Warbler - 'reeling' between Decoy Lake and Loversall Pool

    Steve Furber, Adrian Andruchiw

    Bank Vole © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Bank Vole © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Monday 22nd

    • 5 Shelduck - cell 1b
    • 4 Wigeon - cell 1b
    • 2 Bittern - booming
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Marsh Harrier
    • Coot - 3 adults with 4 chicks on Piper Marsh
    • 3 Oystercatcher
    • 22 Lapwing - 4 Loversall Pool, 18 cell 1b
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
    • 3 Redshank
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
    • 2 BEARDED TIT - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - near Tofield Hide
    • 7 Whitethroat - mainly around the perimeter of Huxter Well Marsh and one in Willow Marsh next to Loversall Bank
    • 1 Grasshopper Warbler - 'reeling' in Willow Marsh (west end)
    • 2 Nuthatch - together in Black Carr Wood
    • 4 Song Thrush - pair in St Caths Copse, 1 Black Carr Field, 1 Seven Arches Carr
    • 1 Yellow Wagtail - over
    • 2 Greenfinch - both singing at St Cath Field

    Other: Pike - Mother Drain near the underbridge

    Richard Scott, Mark Roberts, Dave Carroll, Sheila Bury, Andy Bell

    Golden-bloomed Grey longhorn © Derek Parker 2019

    Golden-bloomed Grey longhorn © Derek Parker 2019

    Sunday 21st including WeBS count

    • 2 Shelduck - cell 1b
    • 3 Wigeon - cell 1b
    • 70 Gadwall
    • 37 Teal
    • 23 Shoveler
    • 24 Pochard
    • 26 Tufted Duck
    • 3 Bittern - booming at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 8 Great Crested Grebe
    • 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 1 Hobby - over Piper Marsh
    • 3 Avocet
    • 2 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
    • 19 Lapwing
    • 3 Redshank - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 7 Snipe - including 6 on Loversall Pool
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain behind Education Centre
    • 1 Goldcrest - singing along Cottage Drain
    • 2 Willow Tit
    • 1 BEARDED TIT - male on Reedbed Filtration Ponds flew over Loversal Pool
    • 1 Greenfinch - singing in St Caths Field

    Other: 5 Bank Voles,  2 Grass Snake,  5 Great Crested Newt,  3 Smooth Newt,  1 Common Frog

    Buffer Area - Short Lane Fields

    • Cetti's Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat

    Mark Roberts, Sue and Roger Bird, Darren Wozencroft, Allen Holmes, Richard Scott, visitor reports

    Lapwing © Richard Scott 2019

    Lapwing © Richard Scott 2019

    Saturday 20th

    • 3 Wigeon - cell 1b
    • 3+ Bittern - at least 3 booming, one at Willow Marsh and at least 2 at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 SPOTTED CRAKE - Loversall Pool
    • 1 Avocet - West Scrape
    • 3 Oystercatcher
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - cell 2a
    • 4 Redshank - West Scrape
    • 4 Snipe - Loversall Pool
    • 1 Stock Dove - singing in Black Carr Wood
    • 2 BEARDED TIT - male and female near Mitchell Hide
    • 1 Skylark - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Garden Warbler
    • 3 Mistle Thrush - singing at Beeston Plantation, Black Carr Wood and cell 4
    • 2 Pied Wagtail - Huxter Well Marsh

    Buffer Area - Short Lane

    • Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat

    Richard Scott, Andy Dalton, Helen Womack, Pete Greaves, Sue Bird, Alan Hobson

    Snipe © Martin Roper 2019

    Snipe © Martin Roper 2019

    Friday 19th

    • 2 Egyptian Geese
    • 4 Shelduck
    • 3 Wigeon
    • 4+ Bittern - booming from Willow Marsh and 3 locations around Huxter Well Marsh also a number of sightings.
    • 5 Little Egret
    • 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Marsh Harrier
    • 3 Sparrowhawk
    • 10 Buzzard`
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Peregrine
    • 5 Water Rail - including 3 at Loversall Pool
    • 1 SPOTTED CRAKE - Loversall Pool
    • 50 Coot
    • 1 Avocet - cell 1b
    • 3 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 WHIMBREL - north
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - Loversall Pool
    • 2 Greenshank - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Redshank - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5 Stock Dove - 3 on Loversall Carr Fields and 2 over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
    • 1 Skylark - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 12+ Cetti's Warbler
    • 13 Willow Warbler
    • 2 Sedge Warbler
    • 10 Reed Warbler
    • 1 Yellow Wagtail
    • 1 Pied Wagtail
    • 1 White Wagtail

    Richard Scott, Robin Mokryj, Stuart Churchill, visitor reports

    Ring Ouzel © Richard Scott 2019

    Ring Ouzel © Richard Scott 2019

    Thursday 18th

    • 12 Mute Swan
    • 18  Greylag Geese
    • 12 Canada Geese
    • 4 Shelduck
    • 9 Wigeon
    • 80 Gadwall
    • 70+ Teal
    • 12 Mallard - a female with brood of 11 chicks on Loversall Pool
    • 1 GARGANEY - drake on cell 1b and West Scrape
    • c100 Shoveler
    • 10 Pochard
    • 30+ Tufted Duck
    • [1 BUFFLEHEAD - a female on cell 2a seen from Hawthorn Bank Hide. This is the presumed escaped bird which has been seen at a number of sites in the East Midlands. The bird has a ring on its right leg.] Also reported on Tuesday afternoon (Peter Hendry)
    • 8 Cormorant
    • 3 Bittern - all booming
    • 6 Little Egret
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 6 Little Grebe
    • 3 Great Crested Grebe
    • 2 Marsh Harrier 
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 SPOTTED CRAKE - Loversall Pool
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
    • 1 Redshank - West Scrape
    • 6 Snipe
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
    • 9 Cetti's Warbler
    • 11 Chiffchaff
    • 3 Willow Warbler
    • 14 Blackcap
    • 2 Treecreeper
    • 1 Song Thrush - singing Rossington Bank
    • 1 Yellow Wagtail - north
    • 1 Pied Wagtail
    • 4 Linnet - over Tofield Hide
    • 6 Reed Bunting

    Butterflies: 20 Orange Tip, 8 Speckled Wood, 3 Peacock, 15 Brimstone 

    Buffer Area - Carr Lodge

    • 1 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker a pair in courtship flight, 2 male RING OUZEL (AD et al), 2 Mistle Thrush on feeding flights, 1 Lesser Redpoll over

    Gary Johnston, Andy Dalton, David Beresford, Dave Carroll, Steve Furber, Sue and Roger Bird, Richard Scott, Ian and Janet Hepenstall, Pete Greaves

    Wednesday 17th

    • 3 Wigeon - cell 1b
    • 17 Cormorant - departed NE in the evening
    • 3 Bittern - including 2 boomers
    • 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
    • 4 Water Rail - 2 at Loversall Pool and singles at Reedbed Filtration Ponds and cell 2a 
    • 1 SPOTTED CRAKE - Loversall Pool
    • 2 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Curlew - over West Scrape
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - Loversall Pool
    • 3 Redshank
    • 34 Snipe - 8 on cell Loversall Pool and 26 in 3 groups lifted off from Huxter Well Marsh in the evening, mainly heading SE
    • 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull - Sedum House roof
    • 2 Herring Gull - Decoy Lake
    • 100 Woodpigeon - St Caths Field
    • 1 Willow Tit
    • 2 Treecreeper
    • 1 Pied Wagtail - Huxter Well Marsh

    Other: Pike in Mother Drain, Pheasant predated an egg near cell 4, Grass Snake, Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Brimstone, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Orange Tip, Bank Vole

    Gary Dyson, Col Neale, Dave Carroll, Richard Scott

    Oystercatchers © Martin Roper 2019

    Oystercatchers © Martin Roper 2019

    Tuesday 16th

    • 2 Egyptian Geese - cell 1b
    • 3 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 1 GARGANEY - male on cell 2a
    • 2 Bittern - booming on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 3 Little Egret - cell 1b
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - female over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Sparrowhawk - over Black Carr Wood 
    • 1 Buzzard - over Hawthorn Bank 
    • 3 Water Rail - Loversall Carr pool
    • 1 SPOTTED CRAKE - Loversall Pool 
    • 18 Lapwing - 16 on cell 1b and 2 on Loversall pool 
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - flew from Decoy Lake to Loversall Pool
    • 2 Redshank - 2 on Loversall pool and later 2 on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 8 Snipe - 7 on Loversal Pool and one on Piper Marsh
    • 2 Swallow - north
    • 5 Cetti's Warbler - singing and one showed well in front of Hawthorn Bank Hide 
    • 8 Willow Warbler - singing
    • 1 Reed Warbler - Seven Arches Carr 
    • 1 Nuthatch - calling along Hawthorn Bank and seen in Black Carr Wood 
    • c50 Redwing - in Beeston Plantation were very vocal
    • 1 Mistle Thrush - St Caths Field

    Sue Bird, Dave Carroll, Phil Goucher, Mick Bellas, Dave Harding, Dougie Smith, Graham Sharply

    Song Thrush © Nidge Nilsen 2019

    Song Thrush © Nidge Nilsen 2019

    Monday 15th

    • SPOTTED CRAKE - still on Loversall Pool

    Gary Dyson

    Arctic Tern © Steve Furber 2019

    Arctic Tern © Steve Furber 2019

    Blackcap © Allen Holmes 2019

    Blackcap © Allen Holmes 2019

    Sunday 14th

    • 11 Shelduck - 9 on cell 1b and 2 on Old Eaa
    • 11 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 94 Shoveler - cell 1b
    • 3 Bittern - including 2 boomers
    • 2 Little Egret - cell 1b
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 5 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel - at the VC 
    • 1 Water Rail - calling on the Reedbed Filtration Ponds, Loversall Pool and Willow Marsh
    • 1 SPOTTED CRAKE - Loverall Pool
    • 3 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover - flew from the direction of the iPort to cell 3b
    • 6 Snipe - one in front of Mitchell Hide, 2 at Piper Marsh, 3 at Loversall Pool
    • 1 ARCTIC TERN - flew low east over Huxter Well Marsh at 8.04am (SF, RJS)
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - drumming in big trees in the dip on Hawthorn Bank North
    • 2 Goldcrest - a male singing and a female in St Caths copse
    • 1 Willow Tit
    • 1 BEARDED TIT
    • 6 Cetti's Warbler
    • 4 Willow Warbler - singing across the reserve
    • 2 Treecreeper - St Caths Copse and Hawthorn Field
    • 1 Pied Wagtail - over West Scrape 

    Other: 4 Hare on Loversall Carr Fields, Tawny Mining Bee

    Sue and Roger Bird, Richard Scott, Sue Cullen, Steve Furber, Justin Parker, Stuart Churchill, Peter Williams

    Spotted Crake © Martin Roper 2019

    Spotted Crake © Martin Roper 2019

    Marsh harrier © Vernon Barker 2019

    Marsh harrier © Vernon Barker 2019

    Saturday 13th

    • 3 Shelduck
    • 2 GARGANEY - a pair on West Scrape late afternoon flushed by a harrier and moved over to cell 1b (RJS)
    • 2 Bittern - booming at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Marsh Harrier - male, female and cc
    • 5 Water Rail - 2 calling at Loversall Pool, singles calling at cell 1b, West Scrape and Willow Marsh
    • 1 SPOTTED CRAKE - on Loversall Pool all day but elusive at times
    • 2 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
    • 4 Redshank - 2 on Loversall Pool and 2 at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 25 Herring Gull - cell 1b
    • 20 Great Black-backed Gull - cell 1b
    • 1 Green Woodpecker
    • 1 Rook - N
    • 30 Sand Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Reed Warbler

    Buffer Area - Short Lane Fields

    • Cetti's Warbler and Whitethroat

    Rob Burns, Richard Scott, Col Neale, Martin Roper, Dave Meikle, Sue and Roger Bird

    Kestrel © Allen Holmes 2019

    Kestrel © Allen Holmes 2019

    Friday 12th

    • 4 Shelduck - cell 1b
    • 3 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 3 Bittern
    • 6 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - pair displaying 
    • 1 Sparrowhawk - over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Buzzard - over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 OSPREY - over Loversall Pool at 11.55 (TL)
    • 2 Water Rail - one calling on Loversall Pool and one singing in Seven Arches Carr
    • 1 SPOTTED CRAKE - on Loversall Pool all day
    • 2 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
    • 2 Redshank - cell 2a
    • 8 Snipe - 7 on Loversall pool and one on cell 2a
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - in Black Carr Wood and later on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • c30 Sand Martin - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 BEARDED TIT - male seen from Mitchell Hide
    • 5 Cetti's Warbler - singing on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Willow Warbler - singing in Piper Marsh Scrub and in cell 4

    Buffer Area

    • Ring-necked Parakeet at Short Lane Farm in the morning, flew towards Bessacarr

    Sue and Roger Bird, Tina Langford, Pete Greaves, Richard Collis, John Burdall, visitor reports

    Spotted Crake © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Spotted Crake © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Black-tailed Godwit © Steve Furber 2019

    Black-tailed Godwit © Steve Furber 2019

    Thursday 11th

    • 22 Mute Swan
    • 11  Greylag Geese + 6 Goslings
    • 15 Canada Geese
    • 4 Shelduck
    • 18 Wigeon
    • 54 Gadwall
    • 80+ Teal
    • c150 Shoveler
    • 17 Pochard
    • 42 Tufted Duck
    • 5 Little Grebe
    • 4 Great Crested Grebe
    • 8 Cormorant
    • 2 Bittern - booming at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5 Little Egret
    • 5 Grey Heron
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 2 Water Rail - Loversall Pool
    • 1 SPOTTED CRAKE - found on Loversall Pool by visiting birders. The first since 1999.
    • 2 Oystercatcher - over
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
    • 4 Redshank - 2 at West Scrape and 2 at Loversall Pool
    • 7 Snipe
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Beeston Plantation
    • 2 Coal Tit
    • 6 Cetti's Warbler
    • 19 Chiffchaff
    • 1 Willow Warbler
    • 14 Blackcap
    • 1 Nuthatch - Hawthorn Bank
    • 1 Treecreeper
    • 2 Song Thrush
    • 30+ Redwing - Beeston plantation
    • 4 Bullfinch

    Steve Furber, Adrian Andruchiw, Richard and Tricia Scott, David Beresford, visitor reports

    Tufted Duck © Vernon Barker 2019

    Tufted Duck © Vernon Barker 2019

    Wednesday 10th

    • 2 Wigeon - West Scrape
    • 2 Teal - Piper Marsh
    • 8 Pochard - Piper Marsh
    • 6 Tufted Duck - Piper Marsh
    • 2 Bittern - booming
    • 7 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 1 Water Rail - Reedbed Filtration Ponds
    • 2 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Redshank - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Snipe - Piper Marsh
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 1 Jay - Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Swallow
    • 1 House Martin
    • 1 Reed Warbler - Seven Arches Carr
    • 1 REDSTART - male in bushes at the edge of Loversall Field next to Division Drain. Still present in the early evening. (GD et al)

    Other: 3 Peacock, 7 Orange Tip, 1 Bank Vole, 2 Roe Deer

    Gary Dyson, Gary Johnston, Vernon Barker, Derek and Anna Parker, Richard Collis, Richard Scott, Allen Holmes, Mark Roberts

    Tuesday 9th

    • 1 Bittern - booming
    • 7 Little Egret
    • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE

    Phil Goacher

    Indian Meal Moth © Derek Parker 2019

    Indian Meal Moth © Derek Parker 2019

    Plodia interpunctella Indian Meal Moth – a new moth record for Potteric Carr N.R.

    In early April, I was presented with a moth for identification, one of 3 that had emerged from a package of wild bird food. The date was 2 April and staff member, Abi Gibbons had opened the package in the Visitor Centre stock room and managed to capture one of the moths. The moth was distinctively marked, with dark brown forewings marked with a broad pale yellow band near the base of the forewing. It was not a moth I recognised but Harry Beaumont quickly identified it as Plodia interpunctella Indian Meal Moth.

    Plodia interpunctella is a member of the Pyralidae and is a synanthropic species (associated with human activity). Its larvae feed upon a variety of stored grain, cereals, fruits, nuts, etc. It is particularly associated with wild bird food stored in warehouses, shops, etc and can be a minor pest species. The Potteric moths appear to have pupated within the box, which contained individually wrapped packets of suet pellets, which themselves were undamaged. So the larvae must have fed on material previously stored in the box.

    Yorkshire records of this species are very thinly distributed across the county, with only 4 records from VC63, the most recent one being in 2005. So this is an interesting, albeit slightly unusual new record and, as a minor pest species, perhaps a rather unwelcome one!

    Ian Heppenstall

    Grey Birch © Derek Parker 2019

    Grey Birch © Derek Parker 2019

    Moth Trapping Report for Saturday Night, 6th April

    A modest total of 10 species were trapped, of which 2 were additions to the 2019 list. Digitivalva pulicariae and Grey Birch are not uncommon species but, nevertheless, are not recorded every year. Digitivalva pulicariae is a micro-moth associated with fleabane and was last recorded in 2015. The Grey Birch, as a larva, feeds mainly on birch and this one was last seen in 2016.

    Diurnea fagella, Brindled Pug, Brindled Beauty, Yellow Horned, Hebrew Character, Common Quaker, Twin-spot Quaker and Clouded Drab were the other species trapped.

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont, Janet Heppenstall

    Monday 8th

    • 4 Shelduck - cell 1b
    • 18 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 6 Cormorant - cell 1b 
    • 1 Bittern - booming on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 3 Little Egret - cell 1b
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - displaying over Seven Arches Carr then a female hunting over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Sparrowhawk - pair displaying over Black Carr Wood
    • 2 Buzzard - circling together over the compound 
    • 3 Water Rail - calling on cell 4, West Scrape and cell 2a
    • 2 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 8 Lapwing
    • 8 Snipe - 6 on Loversall pool and 2 on Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Bearded Tit - calling at cell 3b
    • 1 Skylark - singing over Mitchell Hide 
    • 12 Sand Martin
    • 7 Cetti's Warbler - singing 
    • 1 Willow Warbler - singing along the Access Track

    Butterflies: Brimstone, Peacock, 2 Orange Tip, Comma and Green-veined White

    Buffer Area

    • Ring-necked Parakeet over Short Lane Fields at dusk, Cetti's Warbler at Short Lane Fields pond

    Sue Bird, Dave Carroll, Sheila Bury, Mark Roberts, Richard Scott

    Roe Deer © Keith Horton 2019

    Roe Deer © Keith Horton 2019

    Sunday 7th

    • 2 Egyptian Geese - Piper Marsh
    • 2 Bittern - one seen flying near Mitchell hide and one booming
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
    • 3 Redshank - cell 2a
    • 7+ Snipe - Loversall Pool
    • 7 Stock Dove - Loversall Carr Fields
    • 1 Tawny Owl
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
    • 4 Willow Warbler - 3 along Cottage drain and one near the VC
    • 2 Treecreeper - Black Carr Wood
    • 1 Wheatear - female on Central Grassland seen from East Scrape screen
    • 2 Siskin - over Access Track

    Sue Cullen, Mark Roberts

    Little Egret © Richard Scott 2019

    Little Egret © Richard Scott 2019

    Saturday 6th

    • 3+ Bittern - including 2 booming
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 2 Sparrowhawk - displaying
    • 10 Buzzard
    • 1 OSPREY - over Piper Marsh around 10.30 (HW)
    • 6 Water Rail - West Scrape, East Scrape, cell 1b, cell 4 and 2 at Reedbed Filtration Ponds
    • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
    • 3 Oystercatcher - over
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
    • 32 Lapwing - 30 at Huxter Well Marsh and 2 at Loversall Pool
    • 2 Redshank - West Scrape
    • 1 Green Woodpecker
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 1 Goldcrest - singing at Black Carr Wood/Black Carr Field. No sign of the firecrest today.
    • 3 Coal Tit - Black Carr Field
    • 1 Willow Tit
    • 4 BEARDED TIT - 2 seen near Mitchell Hide, singles heard near East Scrape and Tofield Hide
    • 1 Skylark - singing over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Treecreeper - singing along Hawthorn Bank
    • 1 REDSTART - in trees near pond on purple route in Discovery Zone (per BirdGuides)
    • 1 Grey Wagtail - over the Access Track to Decoy Marsh

    Other: 2 Foxes, 1 Weasel

    Richard Scott, Helen Womack, Gary Johnston, John Burdall, Keith Rich, Dave Carroll, visitor reports

    Peregrine © Vernon Barker 2019

    Peregrine © Vernon Barker 2019

    Firecrest © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Firecrest © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Friday 5th

    • 4 Shelduck
    • c20 Wigeon - over Huxter Well Marsh towards iPort
    • 2 Bittern
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - Huxter Well Marsh and Mother Drain near Iron Bridge
    • 2 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 OSPREY - flew east over Loversall Carr Fields towards Huxter Well Marsh about 10.15 (SO, SB et al)
    • 1 Peregrine
    • 1 Water Rail - East Scrape
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 3 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Willow Marsh
    • 1 Rook - south
    • 1 FIRECREST - singing in the pines at the edge of Black Carr Wood/Field (JW et al)
    • 1 BEARDED TIT - calling and seen briefly near Mitchell Hide
    • 5 Cetti's Warbler
    • 1 Stonechat - male seen from Mitchell Hide

    Other: Water Vole

    Simon Oliver, Steve Bellamy, Richard Scott, Vernon Barker, Adrian Andruchiw, Andy Dalton, Nidge Nilsen, Jonathan Walker

    male and female Shoveler © Vernon Barker 2019

    male and female Shoveler © Vernon Barker 2019

    Thursday 4th

    • 100+ Shoveler - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Cormorant
    • 3 Bittern - booming at Decoy Marsh/Old Eaa Marsh and 2 booming at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 8 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - cell 1b
    • 3 Marsh harrier - male and 2 females
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 7 Buzzard - mostly distant views
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 2 Lapwing - pair at Loversall Pool
    • 6 Snipe - 1 Loversall Pool, 1 Decoy Marsh, 1 Piper Marsh, 3 Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Herring Gull - pairs at Decoy Lake and Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Stock Dove - Decoy Lake
    • 1 Green Woodpecker
    • 8 Jackdaw - foraging in cut grass next to Visitor Centre
    • 2 Coal Tit - singing
    • 1 Willow Tit
    • 200+ Sand Martin - feeding over Huxter Well and groups purposefully west
    • 6 Swallow - through Huxter Well Marsh
    • 8 Cetti's Warbler - singing
    • 1 Willow Warbler
    • 14 Blackcap
    • 1 Mistle Thrush - singing in Hawthorn Field
    • 2 Brambling - Loversall Triangle near the viaduct
    • 4 Reed Bunting - singing

    Other: 3 Roe Deer at Huxter Well Marsh, Fox at Loversall Carr Fields

    Gary Johnston, Andy Dalton, Dave Carroll, Sue and Roger Bird, Saxilby U3A birdwatchers

    Bittern © Paul Paddock 2019

    Bittern © Paul Paddock 2019

    Wednesday 3rd

    • 6 Shelduck
    • 15 Teal - Loversall Pool
    • 2 Bittern - booming
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - West Scrape
    • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE
    • 1 RED KITE - with distinctive feather loss on left wing
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - pair displaying
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 1 Water Rail
    • 2 CRANE - thermalling high over Hawthorn Bank at 1pm heading north (IM, AL)
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 2 Lapwing - pair at Loversall Pool
    • 1 JACK SNIPE - with 8 Snipe on Loversall Pool
    • 13 Snipe
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Hawthorn Bank
    • 50 Sand Martin - dropped into Huxter Well Marsh between showers
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler
    • 2 BEARDED TIT - near Mitchell Hide
    • 2 House Sparrow - between Sedum House and the Royal Mail building. The first sighting on the reserve for a few years?

    Buffer Area - Carr Lodge

    • Green Woodpecker, Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcap

    Ian Morris, Andrew Leggett, Andy Dalton

    Ringing  Recoveries

    Cetti's Warbler ringed at Potteric Carr on 12th July 2018 was controlled at Leighton Moss, Lancashire on 28th March 2019. This is the first recovery of a Doncaster ringed Cetti's Warbler.

    Great Tit trapped Potteric Carr on 2 March 2019 had been ringed at Renishaw, Derbyshire on 25th November 2018.

    Bev Baxter and Bekah per Jim Horsfall

    Grass Snake © Matty 2019

    Grass Snake © Matty 2019

    Tuesday 2nd

    • 2 Egyptian Geese - flew from cell 1b to Piper Marsh
    • 4 Shelduck
    • 48 Gadwall
    • 48 Teal
    • 150+ Shoveler
    • 22 Pochard
    • 40 Tufted Duck
    • 7 Little Grebe
    • 11 Great Crested Grebe
    • 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh. 3 males were identified.
    • 8 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - pair
    • 7 Buzzard
    • 2 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
    • 8 Lapwing
    • 9 Snipe
    • 1 Tawny Owl
    • 2 Green Woodpecker - calling on Huxter Well Marsh and in Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - calling in Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Willow/Marsh Tit - Willow Pool feeders
    • c100 Sand Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5 Swallow
    • 5 Cettis Warbler
    • 20+ Chiffchaff
    • 1 Willow Willow - on the edge of Beeston Plantation
    • 20 Blackcap
    • 4 Treecreeper - 2 pairs in Beeston Plantation
    • c50 Redwing - Beeston Plantation
    • 2 Mistle Thrush - Beeston Plantation
    • 3 Bullfinch
    • 1 Lesser Redpoll - Beeston Plantation

    Other: 7 Roe Deer - 4 in Beeston Plantation and 3 on Loversall Carr Fields

    Sue Bird, Dave Carroll, Mick Bellas, Dave Harding, Steve Furber, Keith Lynes, Phil Goucher, Dougie Smith, Geoff Chatterton, Paul Paddock, Chris Bell, S Brook, K Dutton, I Richardson

    Wheatear © Richard Scott 2019

    Wheatear © Richard Scott 2019

    Monday 1st

    • 5 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5? Bittern - 2 Bittern booming and 2 seen on Huxter Well Marsh and one on Piper Marsh
    • 4 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 6 Great Crested Grebe - 3 pairs displaying on Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - a pair displaying
    • 3 Sparrowhawk - 2 over Willow Bank and one over Old Eaa
    • 5 Buzzard
    • 1 Water Rail - calling in the Reedbed Filtration Ponds
    • 19 Lapwing - 17 on cell 1b and 2 on Decoy Lake island
    • 1 Common Sandpiper - flew across Piper Marsh
    • 1 Green Sandpiper - Loversall Pool
    • 3 Snipe - one on Piper Marsh and 2 on cell 3b
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - calling in Black Carr Wood
    • 2 Jay - Decoy Marsh
    • 2 Jackdaw - in the nest box next to Mother drain near Decoy Lake
    • 50+ Sand Martin - over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 6 Blackcap - singing

    Buffer Area

    • Curlew NW over Gladstones Fields at 6.45pm, Cetti's Warbler singing at the Short Lane pond, 2 Wheatear on Short Lane Fields and the rough field near the rail college, 2 Mistle Thrush at Short Lane Fields

    Dave Carroll, Sheila Bury, Sue and Roger Bird, Allen Holmes, Rob Leach, Richard Scott

    March 2019

    The toilet near the education centre and compound has been temporarily closed due to continued vandalism and misuse

    Mark Roberts (Field Officer)

    Mute Swans © Keith Horton 2019

    Mute Swans © Keith Horton 2019

    Sunday 31st

    • 60 Whooper Swan - north at 9.40am
    • 21 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 2 Bittern - booming at Piper Marsh and cell 4
    • 7 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - Huxter Well Marsh but elusive
    • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - pair sky-dancing
    • 3 Sparrowhawk
    • 10 Buzzard
    • 2 Peregrine - immature over the iPort and later an adult mobbing a buzzard near the iPort
    • 2 Water Rail - cell 1b and cell 4
    • 4 Avocet - West Scrape
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
    • 9 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 BEARDED TIT - calling near Mitchell Hide
    • 1 Skylark - singing over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 60 Sand Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Meadow Pipit - over
    • 1 Brambling - Hawthorn Bank
    • 1 Greenfinch - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Siskin - over

    Richard Scott, Sue Cullen

    Pochard © Vernon Barker 2019

    Pochard © Vernon Barker 2019

    Saturday 30th

    • 9 Shelduck - 7 on Huxter Well Marsh and 2 on Old Eaa
    • 3 Bittern - one booming at Piper Marsh and 2 seen a number of times near Mitchell Hide
    • 6 Little Egret
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - on Huxter Well Marsh during the afternoon but elusive
    • 3 Marsh Harrier - pair and cc
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 10 - Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Peregrine - immature drifted east and was mobbed by a sparrowhawk
    • 4 Water Rail - 2 on Loversall Pool, Cell 4, Old Eaa
    • 2 Avocet - dropped into West Scrape mid afternoon
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 2 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
    • 1 Curlew - on cell 2a late afternoon but was flushed by a black-headed gull just before 5pm and flew off NW
    • 4 Snipe - 3 at Decoy Lake and one at Loversall Pool
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - ranging from Iron Bridge to Hawthorn Bank
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
    • 1 BEARDED TIT - calling in front of Mitchell Hide
    • 50 Sand Martin - over Huxter Well Marsh in the afternoon
    • 1 Swallow - over Huxter Well Marsh in the afternoon
    • 1 House Martin - over Huxter Well Marsh in the afternoon
    • 1 Meadow Pipit - Central Grassland
    • 3 Siskin - over

    Buffer Area - Gladstones Fields

    • Tawny Owl calling overnight, Green Woodpecker

    Richard Scott, Helen Womack, Andy Dalton

    Little Grebe © Vernon Barker 2019

    Little Grebe © Vernon Barker 2019

    Bittern © Vernon Barker 2019

    Bittern © Vernon Barker 2019

    Friday 29th

    • 2 Mute Swan - pair at Piper Marsh
    • 6 Gadwall - Piper Marsh
    • 4 Teal - Piper Marsh
    • 1 Pochard - Piper Marsh
    • 2 Bittern - Piper Marsh. One booming.
    • 5 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - female high over the centre of the reserve
    • 3 Little Grebe - Piper Marsh
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 3 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Snipe - Piper Marsh
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - 'yaffling' in Black Carr Wood
    • 9 Cetti's Warbler - singing. One giving good views along Willow Bank.
    • 15+ Chiffchaff - singing
    • 10 Blackcap - singing. A big arrival.
    • Bullfinch - 2 pairs Willow Bank/Cottage Drain area

    Butterflies: 4 Brimstone, 3 Peacock, singles of Orange Tip, Speckled Wood and Small Tortoiseshell 

    Vernon Barker, Pat and Janet Heath, Keith Horton

    Peacock © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Peacock © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Dark-edged Bee-Fly ©​​​​​​​ Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Dark-edged Bee-Fly © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Thursday 28th

    • 2 Bittern - one booming at Huxter Well Marsh and one seen at Loversall Pool
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - pair
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 7 Avocet - West Scrape
    • 2 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
    • 5 Ruff - cell 1b
    • 2 Snipe - Piper Marsh
    • 2 Green Woodpecker
    • 1 Coal Tit - singing Black Carr Field
    • 1 Willow Tit
    • 8 Sand Martin
    • 3 Blackcap - 2 males and a female

    Butterflies: 6 Orange Tip, 8 Comma, 28 Peacock, 6 Brimstone, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood

    Other: 1 Fox, 3 Dark-edged Bee-Fly

    Dave Carroll, Helen Womack, Sue and Roger Bird, Darren Wozencroft, Paul Bowker

    Sparrowhawk © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Sparrowhawk © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Wednesday 27th

    • 4 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Bittern - booming at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 4 Grey Heron
    • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 1 Willow Tit
    • 1 Marsh Tit - seen and heard in Big Hedge
    • 100+ Sand Martins - over Huxter Well Marsh at 1pm
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler
    • 1 Blackcap - Black Carr Wood
    • 2 Treecreeper - Black Carr Wood and Beeston Plantation

    Other: 4 Roe Deer

    Buffer Area - Carr Lodge

    • 3 Redshank

    Ray Harrison, Paul Paddock, Andy Dalton, Mark Roberts, Mick Bellas

    Snipe © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Snipe © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Tuesday 26th

    • 5 Shelduck
    • 38 Gadwall
    • 39 Teal
    • 122 Shoveler
    • 15 Pochard
    • 22 Tufted Duck
    • 1 Bittern - at 11am crossed the path between two reedbeds just to the left of Mitchell Hide
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET -  flew off East Scrape circled Huxter Well Marsh then flew off
    • 1 Grey Heron
    • 15 Little Grebe
    • 7 Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 5 Buzzard
    • 1 Peregrine - female flew low over Huxter Well Marsh and over Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 2 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
    • 1 Water Rail - Old Eaa
    • 6 Lapwing
    • 12 Snipe
    • 1 Green Woodpecker
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
    • 12 Sand Martin - in small groups SW
    • 4 Coal Tit - all singing in separate territories.
    • 2 Willow Tit
    • 1 Goldcrest - singing St Caths Copse
    • 16 Chiffchaff
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler
    • 2 Treecreeper - Black Carr Wood
    • 2 Reed Bunting

    Dave Carroll, Sue Bird, Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Phil Goucher, Dougie Smith, Dave Harding, Adrian Andruchiw

    Grass Snake © Gary Binder 2019

    Grass Snake © Gary Binder 2019

    Monday 25th

    • 5 Shelduck - 2 on Old Eaa and 3 on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 1+ Bittern - 3 sightings at Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 7 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - Huxter Well Marsh  
    • 4 Marsh Harrier - a pair over Low Ellers and 2 cc over Piper Marsh/Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Sparrowhawk - over Black Carr Wood and at the visitor centre
    • 4 Buzzard
    • 1 Water Rail - calling on cell 2a
    • 4 Avocet - cell 1b
    • 4 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Redshank - cell 2a
    • 8 Snipe - 5 on cell 2a and 3 on Piper Marsh 
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - calling along Hawthorn Bank 
    • 2 BEARDED TIT - heard between Mitchell Hide and Tofield Hide and one heard calling from Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 100 Sand Martin - north in 3 groups of 10, 50, 40
    • 20+ Chiffchaff - singing
    • 1 Treecreeper - Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Pied Wagtail - male at Decoy Lake
    • 3 Greenfinch - St Caths fields
    • 1 Linnet - a male singing next to Tofield hide
    • 5 Lesser Redpoll

    Butterflies: 5 Peacock, 4 Comma, 1 Brimstone

    Keith Lynes, Richard Collis, Sue and Roger Bird, Mark Roberts

    Sunday's sightings have been updated to include WeBS counts

    Black-necked Grebe © Richard Scott 2019

    Black-necked Grebe © Richard Scott 2019

    Sunday 24th

    • 46 Gadwall
    • 35 Wigeon - cell 1b
    • 59 Teal
    • 109 Shoveler
    • 64 Tufted Duck
    • 45 Pochard
    • 2+ Bittern - heard booming at 8am and singles seen near Mitchell Hide and Tofield Hide
    • 5 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 24 Little Grebe
    • 8 Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 3 Sparrowhawk - over Piper Marsh
    • 1 Peregrine - seen distantly from Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 3 Water Rail - 2 calling from Old Eaa and one calling from cell 2a
    • 120 Coot
    • 2 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
    • 15 Snipe
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - near Iron Bridge
    • 2 BEARDED TIT - one calling near Mitchell Hide and a male seen in front of Tofield Hide
    • 2 Skylark - one singing over Huxter Well Marsh and one flew west
    • 40 Sand Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Treecreeper - Beeston Plantation
    • 3 Meadow Pipit - W

    Buffer Area - Carr Lodge

    • Woodcock, singing Goldcrest

    Richard Scott, Mark Roberts, Sue Cullen, Adrian Andruchiw, Andy Dalton, Derek and Anna Parker

    AGONOPTERIX PURPUREA, a micro-moth new to Potteric Carr

    On 19 February, a small micro-moth was spotted in one of the bird hides on Hawthorn Bank. This is not unusual at this time of year, when micro-moths of the Genus Mompha are regularly found in these hides. This, however, looked much more like an Agonopterix species, though not one that I recognised. The colour was unusual, a mixture of red-brown and black. The moth was collected and, subsequently, dissected. The genitalia appeared to be those of Agonopterix purpurea and the moth, itself, looked very like the illustrations of this species in the published literature and online.

    The Yorkshire Moths website showed no records of this species in the county, so the moth and genitalia slide were passed to Harry Beaumont, County Microlepidoptera Recorder for consideration. Harry was able to confirm the identification and added that there had, in fact, been a couple of recent Yorkshire records, in 2017 and 2018, both in South Yorkshire localities. The Potteric Carr Agonopterix purpurea represents, therefore, the 3rd Yorkshire record. Plus, of course, it is the first Potteric Carr record of this species.

    The larvae of Agonopterix purpurea feed on various Umbellifers and the moths hibernate as an adult, which is why the moth could be found in a bird hide in February.

    Ian Heppenstall

    Brindled Beauty © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Brindled Beauty © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Twin-spotted Quaker © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Twin-spotted Quaker © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Red Chestnut © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Red Chestnut © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Lead-coloured Drab © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Lead-coloured Drab © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Moth Trapping Report for Thursday Night 21st March

    It had been a very mild night and, as a consequence, we trapped an excellent total of 21 species of moths, with good numbers of some of the commonest ones. Eriocrania sangii, Diurnea fagella, Agonopterix ocellana, Acleris hastiana, Oak Beauty, Brindled Beauty, Brindled Pug, March Moth, Early Thorn, Lead-coloured Drab and Red Chestnut were all additions to the 2019 year list.

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont, Janet Heppenstall

    Redshank © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Redshank © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Great White Egret © Richard Scott 2019

    Great White Egret © Richard Scott 2019

    Saturday 23rd

    • 9 Shelduck - 7 at Huxter Well Marsh and 2 at Old Eaa
    • 130 Shoveler - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - arrived from the east onto Huxter Well Marsh at 12.00
    • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - pair displaying
    • 3 Sparrowhawk
    • 15 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 2 Peregrine - mobbed a buzzard over the M18
    • 8 Water Rail - calling at Reedbed Filtration Ponds, Old Eaa, cell 1b, cell 4, East Scrape, Lagoon, Piper Marsh, West Scrape
    • 2 Oystercatcher - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Little Ringed Plover - flew over Huxter Well Marsh at 12.15
    • 1 Curlew - over Huxter Well Marsh at 6.50am
    • 1 Ruff - on the island at the back of cell 1b at 8am
    • 2 Redshank - West Scrape
    • 5 Snipe - 2 on cell 2a and 3 at West Scrape
    • 3 Stock Dove - over
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Seven Arches Carr/Iron Bridge
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - over Seven Arches Carr and Old Eaa
    • 3 Jay
    • 1 Willow Tit
    • 3 Skylark - one singing at Huxter Well Marsh and 2 over
    • 40 Sand Martin - mainly west through Huxter Well Marsh
    • 14 Cetti's Warbler - singing
    • 21 Chiffchaff - singing
    • 1 Blackcap - male in Loversall Triangle
    • 1 Nuthatch - Black Carr Field
    • 2 Song Thrush - singing at Rossington Bank and Hawthorn Bank
    • 4 Mistle Thrush - 3 on Loversall Carr Fields and one singing in Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Meadow Pipit - Central Grassland
    • 3 Greenfinch - one at St Caths Field and 2 in Big Hedge

    Butterflies: 5 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell

    Richard Scott, Adrian Andruchiw, John Burdall, Pete Greaves

    Scarlet Elf Cups © Gary Binder 2019

    Scarlet Elf Cups © Gary Binder 2019

    Thursday 21st

    • 70 Wigeon - 20 on cell 2a and c50 flew on to 2a at 12.45 from the iPort
    • 1 'Brewers' Duck - West Scrape 
    • 1 Bittern - Piper Marsh
    • 8 Little Egret - 7 on Huxter Well Marsh and one on Short Lane Fields 
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - cell 1b and later 2a
    • 1 Grey Heron - Willow Pool
    • 3 Marsh Harrier - including a pair displaying 
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Buzzard - over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Water Rail - calling on West Scrape 
    • 10 Avocet - West Scrape 
    • 3 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Lapwing - displaying over Decoy Lake
    • 1 Curlew - flew over N calling
    • 3 Snipe - 1 on cell 2a and  2 on 3b
    • 2 Coal Tit - Access Track 
    • 1 Willow Tit
    • 1 Treecreeper
    • 5 Chaffinch - Willow Pool
    • 2 Siskin - Access track 
    • 2 Reed Bunting - Willow Pool

    Rob Burns, Gary Dyson, Brenda Mccabe, Sue and Roger Bird, Andy Dalton, Michael Bird, visitor reports

    male Teal © Ron Parke 2019

    male Teal © Ron Parke 2019

    Tuesday 19th

    • 3 Shelduck
    • 78 Wigeon - dropped on to cell 2a at 2pm
    • 51 Gadwall
    • 35 Teal
    • 1 Pintail - male on West Scrape
    • 91 Shoveler
    • 30 Pochard
    • 33 Tufted Duck
    • 1 Bittern - cell 3b at 12.20pm
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 9 Little Grebe
    • 5 Great Crested Grebe
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - female and immature male
    • 1 Buzzard over Black Carr Wood above 11.45am
    • 4 Water Rail - calling in the Reedbed Filtration ponds, 2 females were singing
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 14 Lapwing
    • 2 Redshank - cell 1b
    • 4 Snipe
    • 2 Herring Gull - on the raft on Decoy Lake
    • 2 Green Woodpecker - one in Black Carr Wood and one in Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
    • 5 Coal Tit - 3/4 territories and some territorial dispute along Cottage Drain
    • 2 Willow Tit
    • 1 Sand Martin - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 11 Cetti's Warbler - singing
    • Long-tailed Tit - very busy nest bulding across the reserve
    • 11 Chiffchaff - singing
    • 2 Treecreeper - Beeston Plantation and Black Carr Wood
    • 1 Song Thrush - near Sedum House
    • c120 Redwing - St Caths Field
    • 1 Mistle Thrush - singing in Beeston Plantation
    • 8 Bullfinch four pairs, 2 pairs in Seven Arches Carr, one pair in Piper Marsh scrub and a pair along Cottage drain
    • 2 Greenfinch - St Caths Field
    • 4 Lesser Redpoll - Piper Marsh Scrub
    • 15 Siskin

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Dave Harding, Geoff Chatterton, David Horncastle, Gary Dyson, Sue Bird, Dave Carroll, Andy Dalton

    Siskin © Martin Roper 2019

    Siskin © Martin Roper 2019

    Monday 18th

    • 5 Shelduck - West Scrape
    • 6 Wigeon
    • 5 Little Egret
    • 2 Grey Heron
    • 2 Little Grebe - from Cottage Drain hide
    • 4 Oystercatcher
    • 3 Snipe
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Buzzard - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Barn Owl
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - St Caths Field
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - male drumming in Black Carr Wood
    • 3 Sand Martin
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler - singing
    • 8 Chiffchaff - singing
    • 5 Redwing 
    • 1 Greenfinch
    • 3 Lesser Redpoll - Willow Bank
    • 2 Siskin

    Other: 3 Great Crested Newt, 8 Smooth Newt, 1 Common Frog, 1 Brimstone, 3 Roe Deer

    Buffer Area

    • Marsh Harrier over Low Ellers, 2 Song Thrush singing along Short Lane

    Pat Heath, Derek and Anna Parker, Darren Wozencroft, Richard Scott

    Grey Heron © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Grey Heron © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Sunday 17th

    • 8 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh and Old Eaa
    • 22 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Snipe - 2 Decoy Marsh, 1 Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Grey Heron
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - cream-crowns over Huxter Well Marsh and Old Eaa
    • 2 Sparrowhawk - pair over Piper Marsh
    • 4 Buzzard - up together over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Oystercatcher - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Redshank - cell 2a
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
    • 1 Sand Martin
    • 4 Cetti’s Warbler - singing
    • 4+ Chiffchaff - singing
    • 2 Greenfinch - singing male and a female in St Caths Field
    • 20 Siskin - Access Track

    Other - Grass Snake in Black Carr Field

    Buffer Area - Carr Lodge

    • 79 Wigeon, 17 Gadwall, 24 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Redshank,  1 Jay

    Richard Scott, Michael Bird, Ian and Janet Heppenstall, Sue Cullen, Martin Roper, Chris Robinson, visitor reports
     

    Bumblebee © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Bumblebee © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Saturday 16th

    • 2 Egyptian Geese - circled Huxter Well Marsh before flying towards iPort Lakes
    • 7 Shelduck
    • 2 Bittern - landed together in a reedbed at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Little Egret - St Caths Field
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - cream crowns at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 2 Peregrine - a pair circling over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Water Rail - Old Eaa
    • 3 Oystercatcher - up to 3 flying between iPort Lakes and the reserve
    • 1 Dunlin - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 27 Snipe - 2 on cell 2a and a flock of 25 put up by a harrier. The highest count of the year so far.
    • 2 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Hawthorn Bank
    • 1 Sand Martin - SW
    • 7 Chiffchaff - 5 singing and 2 calling
    • 2 BEARDED TIT - a male called and flew past Mitchell Hide while another was still calling in the reeds in front of the hide. A surprising find considering the challenging conditions.
    • 1 Skylark - singing at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1000+ Starling - small murmuration near the VC after 6pm
    • 5 Greenfinch - west at dusk

    Other: 4 Roe Deer

    Richard Scott

    Grass Snake © Ron Parke 2019

    Grass Snake © Ron Parke 2019

    Friday 15th

    • 4 Shelduck
    • 1 Bittern
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Buzzard - over Black Carr Wood
    • 2 Oystercatcher
    • 1 Redshank
    • 4 Snipe
    • 300 Black-headed Gull - on cell 1b during the morning
    • 150 Herring Gull - on cell 1b during the morning
    • 2 Kingfisher
    • 1 Sand Martin - over Loversall Pool at 13:25 going SW
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler
    • 3 Chiffchaff
    • 12 Reed Bunting

    Other: 3 Roe Deer, 1 Grass Snake, 8 Frogs in Decoy Marsh, 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell

    Darren Wozencroft, Sue and Roger Bird

    Thursday 14th

    • 1 Shelduck
    • 2 Wigeon
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - one seen eating a coot at Piper Marsh
    • 1 Oystercatcher
    • 2 Snipe - on the island on Piper Marsh 
    • 300+ Black-headed Gull - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 6 Common Gull - cell 1b
    • 20 Herring Gull - cell 1b
    • 1 Kingfisher - flew across Piper Marsh 
    • 2 Coal Tit - along Cottage Drain
    • 6 Cetti's Warbler - singing 
    • 1 Chiffchaff - singing along Hawthorn Bank 
    • 1 COMMON REDPOLL - with 2 Lesser Redpolls at Hawthorn Bank at 10.15am

    Other: 6 Roe Deer, Muntjac near Piper Marsh, Grass Snakes in Black Carr Field and Loversal Delph, 1 Tree Bumblebee, 4 Buff/White-tailed Bumblebee

    Sue and Roger Bird, Darren Wozencroft, visitor reports

    Tuesday 12th

    • 2 Little Egret - St Caths Field
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - female at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Oystercatcher - cell 2b
    • 10 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Herring Gull - on raft on cell 1a
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 11 Carrion Crow - in a tree Corbett Wood
    • 2 Coal Tit - pair in Black Carr Field
    • 2 Willow Tit
    • 8 Cetti's Warbler - singing in separate areas
    • 2 Chiffchaff - singing
    • 50 Redwing - St Caths Field

    Dave Carroll, Sue Bird, Ian and Janet Heppenstall

    Grey Shoulder-knot © Roger Bird 2019

    Grey Shoulder-knot © Roger Bird 2019

    Moth Record for Tuesday 5th March

    A Grey Shoulder-knot moth was found on the breeze blocks in the compound. This species isn't recorded every year, although we did have one last year. This is the first for 2019. They like to rest on greyish backgrounds that mirror their own colouring, which is why this one was resting on the breeze blocks.

    Roger Bird, Ian Heppenstall

    Gadwall pair © Vernon Barker 2019

    Gadwall pair © Vernon Barker 2019

    Monday 11th

    • 2 Shelduck -  West Scrape
    • 5 Little Egret - from Mitchell Hide
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - from Mitchell Hide
    • 10 Little Grebe - across reserve
    • 8 Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - two Sightings
    • 2 Chiffchaff - Black Carr Wood and Hawthorn Bank

    Other: 2 Grass Snakes and 3 female Roe Deer

    Pat Heath

    Little Egret © Vernon Barker 2019

    Little Egret © Vernon Barker 2019

    Sunday 10th

    • 4 Shelduck
    • 2 Wigeon
    • 9 Little Grebe
    • 4 Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - a bird in summer plumage seen from Mitchell Hide
    • 6 Little Egret   -  4 in St Caths and 2 on cell 1b
    • 3 Marsh Harrier - cream-crowns. One carrying a small prey item.
    • 6 Buzzard
    • 4 Peregrine - a record count. A pair seen late morning to the east of the reserve and in the early afternoon 4 were up together in the same area, one stooping on pigeons. Later one flew low over Huxter Well Marsh and straight over Hawthorn Bank Hide giving brilliant views. One later seen carrying a large prey item over Hawthorn Bank.
    • 1 Oystercatcher - over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Black-tailed Godwit - over cell 2b at 2.55pm, circled but left east
    • 7 Snipe  -  5 on cell 2a, singles on cell 1b and in front of the VC
    • 20 Common Gull - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - calling from Hawthorn Bank and Corbett Wood
    • 1 Skylark - singing over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler
    • 2 Chiffchaff  -  Hawthorn Bank
    • 1 Song Thrush
    • 1 Mistle Thrush
    • 1 Meadow Pipit - Central Grassland
    • 1 Greenfinch - singing in St Caths Field
    • 40 Siskin - 20 at the car park and 20 at Piper Marsh

    Other: 3 Roe Deer, 1 Bank Vole along Hawthorn Bank

    Darren Wozencroft, Richard Scott, visitor reports

    Saturday 9th

    • 30+ Pochard - cell 2a
    • 1 Bittern - flew (probably) from the rear of Piper Marsh to the middle of the Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 3 Marsh Harrier - male and 2 cream-crowns, with one seemingly driven off SW
    • Buzzard - several sightings
    • 2 Snipe - Decoy Marsh and cell 2a
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler - calling at various locations
    • 3 Chiffchaff - 2 in the Hawthorn Bank area and one at Old Eaa
    • 9 Lesser Redpoll - 3 in a tree at Black Carr Field and 6 on Hawthorn Bank
    • 10+ Siskin - 4 feeding on path near Willow Pool Hide and at least 6 feeding near Piper Marsh

    Other: Roe Deer in St Catherines Field

    Chris Bell

    Goldcrest © Carol Hall 2019

    Goldcrest © Carol Hall 2019

    Friday 8th

    • 3 Shelduck - 2 on 1b and one on Old Ea
    • 3 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - female on Willow Marsh 
    • 1 Buzzard - over Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Curlew - flew from 1b at 12.40 and went west
    • 5 Snipe - cell 2a
    • 5 Common Gull - cell 1a
    • 1 Goldcrest - singing in St Caths Copse
    • 1 Willow Tit - heard in St Caths Copse 
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler - singing in Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Chiffchaff - singing along Hawthorn Bank and in Willow Marsh
    • 1 Siskin - male singing near the pumping station
    • 2 Lesser Redpoll - Willow Bank 
    • 2 Bullfinch - pair in St Caths copse 

    Other: 3 Roe Deer on Huxter Well Marsh 

    Sue and Roger Bird

    Engrailed © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Engrailed © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Yellow Horned © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Yellow Horned © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Shoulder Stripe © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Shoulder Stripe © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Hebrew Character © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Hebrew Character © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Moth Trapping Report for Thursday Night, 28th February

    It hadn’t been an especially mild night but, nevertheless, there were plenty of moths around on Friday morning to keep the interest going. There was a total of 12 species trapped, none of them unexpected or uncommon, but it was the number of individuals that was impressive. Totals included 37 Common Quaker, 11 Small Quaker, 7 each of Clouded Drab and Chestnut, 4 Yellow Horned, 3 each of Twin-spot Quaker and Hebrew Character, plus singles of 5 other species.

    Yellow Horned, Shoulder Stripe, Small Quaker, Clouded Drab, Engrailed, Common Quaker, Twin-spot Quaker and Hebrew Character were all additions to the 2019 year list.

    Ian and Janet Heppenstall

    Thursday 7th

    • 2 Marsh Harrier - pair displaying high above the reserve this morning
    • 2 Snipe - flushed off the edge of Decoy Lake
    • 2 Kingfisher - along Mother Drain half way down the Access Track
    • 1 Sand Martin - over Piper Marsh
    • c30 Siskin - around the Pumping Station

    Andy Dalton, visitor report

    Shoveler © Vernon Barker 2019

    Shoveler © Vernon Barker 2019

    Wednesday 6th

    • 4 Shelduck
    • 2 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh, seen from Duchess Hide and Tofield Hide
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler - 3 at Huxter Well Marsh and one at Decoy Marsh

    Other: 2 Roe Deer

    Adrian Andruchiw, Paul Paddock