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 has re-opened. Further details can be found on the YWT website

Sightings by month

September 2020

Golden Plover and Lapwing © Richard Scott 2020

Golden Plover and Lapwing © Richard Scott 2020

Wednesday 23rd

  • 1 Shelduck - West Scrape
  • 31 Wigeon - mainly on cell 2a
  • 1 Pintail - cell 1b
  • 2 GARGANEY - singles on the Lagoon and cell 2a
  • 2 Marsh Harrier
  • 2 Hobby
  • 2 Water Rail - calling
  • 3 Golden Plover - dropped into West Scrape during heavy rain in the afternoon
  • 3 Dunlin - West Scrape
  • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
  • 25 Snipe - West Scrape and cell 1b
  • 1 Kingfisher - cell 1b
  • 1 Raven - flew south high
  • 1 Bearded Tit - near Mitchell Hide
  • 13 Chiffchaff
  • 2 Blackcap
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 2 Grey Wagtail - flew south together
  • 9 Redpoll

Richard Scott, Mick Bellas, visitor reports

Moth Trapping Report for Monday Night, 21st September

The night had been cooler than initially forecast and the catch was disappointing. The total of 18 species recorded is below average for this time of year and there was little of note to report apart from a single Phyllonorycter messaniella, the 5th reserve record of a species particularly associated with Holm Oak, which is not recorded on the reserve. It will, however, lay on other species of oak, such as Pedunculate Oak, which is a more likely pabulum at Potteric Carr.

Amongst the other moth species recorded were Lunar Underwing, Large Wainscot, Black Rustic, Brindled Green, Rosy Rustic and Pinion-streaked Snout.

Ian and Janet Heppenstall

Grass Snake © Lynda Christou 2020

Grass Snake © Lynda Christou 2020

Snipe © Allen Holmes 2020

Snipe © Allen Holmes 2020

Tuesday 22nd

  • 22 Mute Swan - cell 1b
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Hobby – hunting over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Dunlin - West Scrape
  • 9 Snipe – West Scrape
  • 1 Barn Owl
  • 3 Cetti's Warbler
  • 13 Greenfinch – 10 in small flock SW, and 3 on the VC feeders

Other: 6 Common Darter, Grass Snake

Dave Carroll, Andy Dalton, Derek Parker, Lynda Christou

Jay carrying acorn © Allen Holmes 2020

Jay carrying acorn © Allen Holmes 2020

Marsh Harrier © Allen Holmes 2020

Marsh Harrier © Allen Holmes 2020

Monday 21st

  • 1 Pintail - cell 1b
  • 2 GARGANEY - cell 1b
  • 9 Little Egret
  • 5 Grey Heron
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and cc
  • 3 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Peregrine
  • 3 Water Rail
  • 1 Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 2 Dunlin - West Scrape
  • 2 Green Sandpiper - East Scrape and cell 3b
  • 1 SPOTTED REDSHANK - West Scrape and cell 1b
  • 1 Greenshank - West Scrape
  • 9 Snipe - West Scrape
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 10 Bearded Tit - 8 near Mitchell Hide and 2 at West Scrape
  • 8 Swallow - flew south in a single flock
  • 6 Cetti's Warbler
  • 7 Chiffchaff
  • 2 Blackcap
  • Meadow Pipit - small numbers flying south in the morning
  • 1 Linnet - over
  • Redpoll - single figures
  • Siskin - single figures

Other: Walnut Orb-weaver spider, Grass Snake

Richard Scott, Allen Holmes, Mark Roberts, Sue and Roger Bird, Lynda Christou, visitor reports

Sunday WeBS Count

Mute Swan 25, Greylag Goose 6, Canada Goose 3, Wigeon 18, Gadwall 86, Teal 309, Pintail 1, Mallard 48, Garganey 3, Shoveler 120, Pochard 50, Tufted Duck 15, Cormorant 14, Little Egret 6, Grey Heron 5, Little Grebe 24, Great Crested Grebe 2, Water Rail 1, Moorhen 2, Coot 245, Lapwing 475, Ringed Plover 2, Turnstone 1, Spotted Redshank 1, Snipe 7

Mark Roberts

Spotted Redshank © Richard Scott 2020

Spotted Redshank © Richard Scott 2020

Stonechat © Richard Scott 2020

Stonechat © Richard Scott 2020

Reed Warbler © Richard Scott 2020

Reed Warbler © Richard Scott 2020

Sunday 20th

  • 1 Pintail - cell 1b
  • 3 GARGANEY - cell 1b
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Hobby
  • 2 Ringed Plover - one briefly on cell 1b in the morning and one on West Scrape in the afternoon
  • 1 TURNSTONE - departed West Scrape at 09.14
  • 1 SPOTTED REDSHANK - juv on West Scrape in the afternoon. The first sighting of the year.
  • 7 Snipe 
  • 1 Common Gull - juv on cell 1b
  • 1 Green Woodpecker
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 2 Bearded Tit - male and female near Mitchell Hide
  • 4 Cetti's Warbler
  • 14 Chiffchaff
  • 5 Blackcap
  • 2 Reed Warbler
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 1 Stonechat - male perching in the reeds and willow saplings near Mitchell Hide. The first since March.
  • 12 Meadow Pipit - Central Grassland and Huxter Well Marsh
  • 5 Redpoll

Richard Scott, Sue and Roger Bird, Mark Roberts

Ringing totals: 8 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock, 1 Wren

Rebekah Beaumont

record shot of Crane following Greylags © Allen Holmes 2020

record shot of Crane following Greylags © Allen Holmes 2020

Saturday 19th

  • 1 Marsh Harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 CRANE - flew east with 4 Greylags at 09.35
  • 4 Snipe - West Scrape
  • 3 Bearded Tit - in front of Tofield Hide

Allen Holmes

Common Inkcap © Lynda Christou 2020

Common Inkcap © Lynda Christou 2020

Friday 18th

  • 1 Shelduck - cell 1b
  • 27 Wigeon
  • 2 GARGANEY - cell 1b
  • 8 Little Egret - including the grey bird
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and cc
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 1 OSPREY - flew SE over Huxter Well Marsh at 09.30 
  • 4 Jay
  • 2 Goldcrest
  • 1 Swallow
  • 3 Cetti's Warbler
  • 12 Chiffchaff
  • 1 Blackcap
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 1 Yellow Wagtail - over West Scrape
  • 1 Grey Wagtail - Decoy Lake

Richard Scott, visitor reports

Garden Spider © Nidge Nilsen 2020

Garden Spider © Nidge Nilsen 2020

Thursday 17th

  • 1 Shelduck - West Scrape
  • 12 Wigeon
  • 3 GARGANEY - cell 1b
  • 7 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - cc and juv
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Water Rail
  • 1 Dunlin - dropped into cell 1b at 11.20 
  • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
  • 4 Snipe
  • 1 Tawny Owl - calling near the entrance at dusk
  • 1 Green Woodpecker
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 1 Coal Tit
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 1 Marsh/Willow Tit
  • 1 Skylark - west
  • 6 Cetti's Warbler
  • 19 Chiffchaff
  • 11 Blackcap
  • 1 Reed Warbler
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 4 Meadow Pipit - SE
  • 2 Redpoll
  • 10 Siskin

Richard Scott, Lynda Christou

Pink-barred Sallow © Janet Heppenstall 2020

Pink-barred Sallow © Janet Heppenstall 2020

Sallow © Janet Heppenstall 2020

Sallow © Janet Heppenstall 2020

Angle Shades © Janet Heppenstall 2020

Angle Shades © Janet Heppenstall 2020

Moth Trapping Report for Monday Night, 14th September

Having been unable to undertake any trapping during the Spring and Summer months, it was a real pleasure to do so on Monday night. Although we are now well into Autumn, there are still plenty of moths to be found and we recorded 33 species. Particularly pleasing is the fact that one of these, Caloptilia semifascia, is a new reserve record.

Caloptilia semifascia is a rare moth in Yorkshire, with only a handful of, mostly recent, scattered records. Its larvae feed on field maple, of which there is a good supply on the reserve, so there is every probability that it will become an established breeder in the near future.

There was also a good range of autumnal species recorded, including Acleris rhombana, Acleris laterana, Light Emerald, Dusky Thorn, Sallow, Pink-barred Sallow, Barred Sallow, Centre-barred Sallow, Large Wainscot, Frosted Orange, Black Rustic, Rosy Rustic and Svensson’s Copper Underwing.

Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont and Janet Heppenstall

Mute Swan © Keith Horton 2020

Mute Swan © Keith Horton 2020

Marsh Harrier © Keith Horton 2020

Marsh Harrier © Keith Horton 2020

Tuesday 15th

  • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - the first since 15th February
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 1 Reed Warbler

Keith Horton

Robber Fly © Nidge Nilsen 2020

Robber Fly © Nidge Nilsen 2020

Common Darter © Nidge Nilsen 2020

Common Darter © Nidge Nilsen 2020

Monday 14th

  • Little Egret - the grey bird was seen
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 3 Bearded Tit - near Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Nuthatch - Rossington Bank
  • 6 Siskin

Mark Roberts, Mike Bellas

Grey Heron © Richard Scott 2020

Grey Heron © Richard Scott 2020

2 Garganey © Richard Scott 2020

2 Garganey © Richard Scott 2020

Sunday 13th

  • 11 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 146 Teal
  • 2 GARGANEY - feeding on cell 1b early morning before moving to cell 2a for a sleep
  • 5 Little Egret - including the grey bird
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - male at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Sparrowhawk
  • 6 Buzzard
  • 1 OSPREY - flew south at 12.15, circled once but continued straight through
  • 3+ Hobby - seen over Piper Marsh, Huxter Well Marsh, Hawthorn Bank and towards the iPort. No more than 3 seen up together but possibly 5 birds involved.
  • 3 Water Rail - calling from Old Eaa and cell 2a (2)
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - cell 1b and 2a
  • 2 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
  • 1 Redshank - West Scrape
  • 1 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Yellow-legged Gull - juv on cell 1b
  • 1 Stock Dove - south
  • 14 Swift - south
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Piper Marsh
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 13 Swallow - south
  • 34 House Martin - south
  • 7 Cetti's Warbler
  • 17 Chiffchaff
  • 4 Blackcap
  • 1 Grey Wagtail - south
  • 6 Meadow Pipit - 3 on Central Grassland and 3 south
  • 1 Chaffinch - south
  • 14 Greenfinch - 2 around Seven Arches Carr/East Scrape and a flock of 12 flew east
  • 30 Redpoll - flying around Piper Marsh/Rossington Bank
  • 40 Siskin - odd ones around the reserve and a flock of 30 flew south

Other: Grass Snake swam across cell 1b pursued by several Coots

Richard Scott

Friday 11th

  • 10 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 57 Teal - cell 2a
  • 2 GARGANEY - cell 2a
  • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Water Rail - Old Eaa
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - cell 2a

  • 1 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape

  • 72 Lesser Black-backed Gull - 56 West Scrape. 16 SW

  • 1 Tawny Owl - Access Track at dusk

  • 7 Swift - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 2 Sand Martin

  • 2 Blackcap

Andy Dalton, Darren Wozencroft

Hobby © Mick Woodward 2020

Hobby © Mick Woodward 2020

Red Admiral © Richard Scott 2020

Red Admiral © Richard Scott 2020

Thursday 10th

  • 16 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 2 Pintail - a moulting male and a female/imm on cell 1b
  • 2 GARGANEY - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 8 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc on Huxter Well Marsh 
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - in big oak on Huxter Well Marsh 
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 3 Hobby - over Huxter Well Marsh settling in the big oak and chasing dragonflies
  • 5 Water Rail - calling on Old Eaa, Seven Arches Carr and 3 around Huxter Well Marsh
  • c500 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
  • 3 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Swift - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker - 2 flew from Willow Marsh to Beeston Plantation and one calling in Triangle Plantation
  • Jays - very vocal and collecting acorns around the reserve
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 3 Willow Tit - singles around the reserve
  • 3 Swallow - over the Visitor Centre 
  • 3 Cetti's Warbler - singing in Old Eaa, Seven Arches Carr and Huxter Well Marsh 
  • 50+ Chiffchaff
  • 15 Blackcap
  • 2 Grey Wagtail - south
  • 7 Bullfinch
  • 10+ Redpoll - Piper Marsh
  • 30+ Siskin - around the reserve

Butterflies: Small Copper in Black Carr field and 2 Red Admirals on buddleias 
Other: dead Water Shrew on Hawthorn bank 

Richard Scott, Sue and Roger Bird, Dave Carroll, Sue Cullen, Chris Johnson

Wednesday 9th

  • 3 Little Egret - including ‘grey’ bird at Huxter Well Marsh
  • Buzzard - over Piper Marsh and Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Hobby - West Scrape
  • 1 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 3+ Swift - Huxter Well Marsh and Black Carr Field

Paul Paddock

Common Frog © Lynda Christou 2020

Common Frog © Lynda Christou 2020

Bittern © Barry Wardley 2020

Bittern © Barry Wardley 2020

Tuesday 8th

  • 2 GARGANEY - cell 2a
  • 1 Bittern - flew over West Scrape towards Piper Marsh, where presumably the same bird was later seen
  • 2 Little Egret - cell 2a
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Hobby - perched on fence post in Loversall Carr Fields
  • 1 Water Rail - West Scrape
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - cell 2a
  • 2 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 2 Goldcrest- Willow Bank
  • 1 Cetti's Warbler - West Scrape
  • 2 Willow Warbler - Willow Bank
  • 1 Treecreeper - Willow Bank

Other: 3 Common Frogs 

Sue Brook, Judith Craigmile, Lynda Christou

Monday 7th (late afternoon/evening)

  • 1 Sparrowhawk - chasing a Hobby
  • 2 Hobby - hawking dragonflies over Huxter Well Marsh and Piper Marsh
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - cell 1b
  • Green Sandpiper - West Scrape/cell 3b
  • 20 Swift
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 50 Siskin - Hawthorn Bank

Richard Scott, Darren Wozencroft

Sunday 6th

  • 11 Wigeon
  • 133 Teal - West Scrape
  • 2 GARGANEY - cell 2a
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 5 Grey Heron
  • 1 Marsh Harrier
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Hobby - hunting dragonflies low over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Water Rail
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - back of cell 1b
  • 2 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape/cell 3b
  • 1 Snipe
  • 2 Swift
  • 2 Kingfisher
  • 1 Green Woodpecker - Iron Bridge
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Hawthorn Field
  • 2 Goldcrest
  • 2 Coal Tit
  • 2+ Bearded Tit - calling from the reedbed nearest to Duchess Hide
  • 2 Swallow - south
  • 9 Cetti's Warbler - singing
  • 23 Chiffchaff
  • 9 Blackcap
  • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Big Hedge
  • 2 Whitethroat
  • 1 Reed Warbler
  • 1 Treecreeper - Hawthorn Field
  • 1 Yellow Wagtail - west
  • 1 Grey Wagtail - SW
  • 2 Pied Wagtail - one on cell 3b and an alba flew over
  • 4 Meadow Pipit - south
  • 5 Bullfinch
  • 8+ Redpoll sp - 6 at Old Eaa and 2+ near Mitchell Hide
  • 40+ Siskin - several calling in Young Eaa, 18 south, 4 Seven Arches Carr

Richard Scott

Saturday 5th

  • 16 Wigeon
  • 131 Teal
  • 2 GARGANEY - on cell 2a all day
  • 52 Shoveler
  • 1 Bittern - flew over cell 1a in the afternoon
  • 2 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 3 Sparrowhawk
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 1 Hobby - adult in the dead Oak at Huxter Well Marsh 1000hrs
  • 650 Lapwing
  • 1 Dunlin - West Scrape in the afternoon
  • 1 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 16 Lesser Black-backed Gull - singles and small groups moving west through the day
  • 42 Swift - 17 west in the morning, 25 over Huxter Well Marsh 1700hrs
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 1 Coal Tit
  • 16 Sand Martin
  • 6 Swallow - SW
  • 31 House Martin
  • 2 Cetti's Warbler - singing
  • 14 Chiffchaff
  • 5 Blackcap
  • 2 Treecreeper
  • 1 Grey Wagtail - west over Mitchell 1030hrs and probably the same also west nr Tofield/cell 2b at 1050hrs
  • 1 alba Wagtail - West Scrape 1630hrs
  • 2 Lesser Redpoll - in the Alders on North end of Beeston flew to Willow Marsh
  • 5 Siskin

Odonata : 2 Banded Demoiselle, 8 Emerald Damselfly, 9 Common Bluet, 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 28 Migrant Hawker, 2 Southern Hawker, 1 Black Darter - female Central Grassland, 2 Ruddy Darter, 135 Common Darter

Butterflies : 2 Large White, 8 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 6 white sp., 1 Common Blue, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 4 Comma, 1 Meadow Brown, 5 Speckled Wood

Darren Wozencroft

Little Grebe © Richard Scott 2020

Little Grebe © Richard Scott 2020

Friday 4th

  • 13 Wigeon
  • 2 GARGANEY - cell 2a
  • 1 Bittern - Loversall Pool (seen from the viewing slots below the hide as the hide remains closed)
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male flew SE and cc at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Kestrel - M18
  • 605 Lapwing
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - at the back of cell 1b
  • 5 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 1 Snipe - cell 3b
  • 50 Swift
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 2 Coal Tit
  • 2 Sand Martin
  • 14 House Martin
  • 2 Swallow - south
  • 50 Long-tailed Tit
  • 17 Chiffchaff
  • 2 Willow Warbler
  • 7+ Blackcap
  • 1 Reed Warbler - Ring Main
  • 1 Nuthatch - near Hawthorn Field
  • 2 Treecreeper
  • 1 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER - Loversall Delph/dragonfly ponds
  • 1 Wheatear - on the right hand island in front of Hawthorn Bank Hide. The first sighting on the reserve this year.
  • 1 Redpoll sp - flew over Iron Bridge. The first since February.
  • 30 Goldfinch - VC
  • 30+ Siskin - 20 at the Pumping Station and others calling between Black Carr Wood and Seven Arches Carr

Richard Scott, Allen Holmes, Darren Wozencroft

Curlew (from Tuesday) © Barry Wardley 2020

Curlew (from Tuesday) © Barry Wardley 2020

Thursday 3rd

  • 1 Shelduck - over
  • 7 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 3 Pintail - one on cell 1b and 2 on West Scrape
  • 2 GARGANEY - cell 2a
  • 7 Cormorant – cell 2b
  • 2 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 2 Water Rail - calling from Old Eaa and cell 1b
  • 3 Green Sandpiper – 2 West Scrape, 1 cell 1b
  • 200+ Coot - of which 193 were on cell 1b
  • 2 Kingfisher – Mother Drain and Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Reed Warbler - West Scrape

Richard Scott, Dave Carroll

Avocet © Barry Wardley 2020

Avocet © Barry Wardley 2020

Chiffchaff © Richard Scott 2020

Chiffchaff © Richard Scott 2020

Wednesday 2nd

  • c30 Wigeon - cell 2a. A big increase in numbers today
  • 1 Pintail - cell 1b. The first returning bird.
  • 1 Bittern
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 1 Hobby - hunting at Black Carr Field and Piper Marsh
  • 1 Water Rail - Lagoon
  • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 2 Common Sandpiper
  • 4 Green Sandpiper
  • 5 Snipe
  • 12 Swift - south
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 5 Jay
  • 21 Swallow - south
  • 3 Cetti's Warbler - singing
  • Siskin - several calling at Old Eaa and Seven Arches Carr

Richard Scott, Barry Wardley, Paul Paddock, Gary Dyson

Common Sandpiper © Richard Scott 2020

Common Sandpiper © Richard Scott 2020

Tuesday 1st

  • 1 Marsh Harrier
  • 350 Lapwing
  • 1 Curlew - West Scrape
  • 1 Common Sandpiper
  • 2 Green Sandpiper 
  • 1 Greenshank - arrived on West Scrape at 18.55 and stayed for ten minutes
  • 7 Chiffchaff
  • 2 Blackcap - m&f 
  • 2 Reed Warbler

Odonata: 3 Southern Hawker, 9 Migrant Hawker, 3 Brown Hawker

Darren Wozencroft, Barry Wardley

August 2020

Snipe © Richard Scott 2020

Snipe © Richard Scott 2020

Monday 31st

  • 10 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 1+ Bittern - one flew low across Central Grassland from cell 4 to cell 3b. Later one flew low over Central Grassland from West Scrape to cell 4.
  • 1 Marsh Harrier
  • 1 Hobby - landed in a tree in Black Carr Field early morning
  • 8 Buzzard
  • 1 Water Rail - calling from Old Eaa
  • 1 WHIMBREL - heard calling flying SW? over Huxter Well Marsh at 09.05
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - cell 1b
  • 4 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape/cell 3b
  • 1 Snipe - cell 3b
  • 3 Common Tern - flew over the Access Track
  • 1 Kingfisher - East Scrape
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 12 Swallow - south
  • 1 Garden Warbler - Big Hedge
  • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Big Hedge
  • 2 Whitethroat - singles in Big Hedge and near Iron Bridge
  • 8 Reed Warbler - calling around Huxter Well Marsh and one seen in Big Hedge
  • 2 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER - one in Black Carr Field early morning and one near Iron Bridge
  • 1 PIED FLYCATCHER - in Black Carr Field early morning
  • 30+ Siskin - Sedum House to Young Eaa

Richard Scott, Andy Dalton, Sue and Roger Bird

Sunday 30th

  • 3 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 6 Buzzard
  • 1 Hobby - adult circling over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Peregrine - juv NE over West Scrape
  • 1 Water Rail - calling from Loversall Pool
  • 1 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 1 Common Tern - juv on cell 1b
  • 1 Whitethroat - calling near Iron Bridge
  • 9 Siskin - Loversall Bank

Richard Scott

Saturday 29th

  • 4 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 2 GARGANEY - cell 3b
  • 5 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - the female moulting the tail feathers
  • 1 Water Rail - calling from cell 2a
  • 400 Lapwing
  • 5 Dunlin - West Scrape
  • 1 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 1 Snipe - over Huxter Well Marsh
  • wader sp - 3 small waders flew NW
  • 1 Common Tern - adult at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Great Black-backed Gull - juv on cell 1b
  • Swift - small numbers going south
  • 3 Yellow Wagtail - SW low over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 6 Siskin - Access Track

Richard Scott, Andy Dalton

Friday 28th

  • 8 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 1 Green Sandpiper
  • 1 Swift
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 30 Sand Martin
  • 5 Swallow
  • 100 House Martin
  • 4 Chiffchaff
  • 30 Starling

Andy Dalton, Lynda Christou, Darren Wozencroft, Richard Scott

Thursday 27th

  • 3 Shelduck - NW
  • 2 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 2 GARGANEY - on the Lagoon then flew to cell 1a
  • 13 Pochard - cell 2a
  • Pheasant - with 3 small young in the butterfly garden
  • 16 Cormorant - 2 on cell 1b and 14 on cell 2a
  • 6 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 5 Grey Heron - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - the moulting female on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Kestrel - hunting over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Water Rail - calling on cell 2a
  • 530 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Green Sandpiper - 2 on East Scrape and singles on West Scrape and cell 3b
  • 10 Swift - feeding over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Goldcrest - in a large mixed tit flock in Black Carr Field
  • 1 Coal Tit - in a large mixed tit flock in Black Carr Field
  • House and Sand Martin - good numbers feeding over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 10 Chiffchaff - calling
  • 6 Blackcap - calling and feeding on berries
  • 1 Reed Warbler - West Scrape
  • 2 Treecreeper - in mixed tit flock in Black Carr Field
  • 30 Starling - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2+ Bullfinch - Hawthorn Bank
  • Siskin - calling in Old Eaa

Sue and Roger Bird

Tuesday 25th

  • 3 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 1 GARGANEY - cell 2a
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - female with the missing tail feathers
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Hobby - one flew high east in the morning and one was hunting low over Central Grassland in the afternoon
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - juv on cell 1b/West Scrape
  • 4 Curlew - SW at 13.50
  • 3 TURNSTONE - on cell 1b for 5 mins until they flew west at 13.25
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 2 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 1 Redshank - cell 1b/West Scrape
  • 4 Common Tern - 2 adults and 2 juvs on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 50 Swift
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain by the Access Track
  • 2 Willow/Marsh Tit - Loversall Triangle
  • 90 Sand Martin
  • 55 House Martin
  • 1 Yellow Wagtail - over
  • 3 Pied Wagtail - cell 3b

Richard Scott, Gary Dyson, Darren Wozencroft

Green-veined Whites © Lynda Christou 2020

Green-veined Whites © Lynda Christou 2020

Monday 24th

  • 5 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 7 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - over Piper Marsh
  • 2 Sparrowhawk - up together over Seven Arches Carr
  • 5 Buzzard - seen from Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Hobby - over Huxter Well Marsh
  • c450 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
  • 1 Kingfisher - on Mother Drain at the entrance
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Iron bridge
  • 5 Jay
  • hirundines - continual movement SW
  • 2 Cetti's Warbler - singing on Huxter Well Marsh
  • Chiffchaff - good numbers calling and singing
  • 6 Blackcap - calling and feeding on Elderberries
  • 1 Reed Warbler - along Loversall Bank
  • 2 Siskin - calling on Loversall Bank

Sue and Roger Bird, visitor reports

Sunday 23rd

  • 5 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 2 GARGANEY - one was seen on the Lagoon mid-afternoon and later 2 were briefly on West Scrape
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - female with some missing tail feathers over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2+ Sparrowhawk
  • 5+ Buzzard
  • 1 Hobby - over Huxter Well Marsh in the afternoon
  • 2 Water Rail - Lagoon
  • 2 Ringed Plover - a juv was later joined by an adult on West Scrape
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - adult on West Scrape
  • 1 Black-tailed Godwit - adult in winter plumage on West Scrape
  • 3 Dunlin- one flew through calling and 2 dropped onto West Scrape during a thunderstorm
  • 4 Green Sandpiper - East and West Scrape
  • 3 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 18 Swift
  • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker - 2 in Young Eaa and one in Black Carr Wood
  • 1 Coal Tit - pumping station
  • 15+ Sand Martin
  • 2 Swallow
  • 40+ House Martin
  • 1+ Lesser Whitethroat - Big Hedge
  • 5 Reed Warbler
  • 1 Sedge Warbler - West Scrape
  • 1 Nuthatch- calling in Corbett Wood
  • 1 Mistle Thrush - over
  • 1 Greenfinch - VC
  • 4 Siskin - Young Eaa

Richard Scott, Gary Dyson, Sue and Roger Bird, Dave Carroll, Ian and Janet Heppenstall

Ringing Totals

15 Blackcap, 6 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blue Tit. Robin, Wren, 2 Goldfinch, Chaffinch.

Rebekah Beaumont

WeBS Highlights

  • 559 Lapwing
  • 9 Little Egret
  • 24 Little Grebe
  • 2 Water Rail
  • 4 Green Sandpiper
  • 1 Black-tailed Godwit
  • 5 Wigeon
  • Duck numbers were underwhelming as you can imagine, with the species having by far the highest count being Gadwall at 251. 

Mark Roberts

female Common Darter © Darren Wozencroft 2020

female Common Darter © Darren Wozencroft 2020

Saturday 22nd

  • 3 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 82 Teal
  • 33 Shoveler
  • 23 Cormorant - cell 2a
  • 4 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - female
  • 3 Sparrowhawk - pair over Black Carr/Piper and a female over Decoy Lake
  • 410 Lapwing
  • 1 Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Green Sandpiper - Piper Marsh
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - cell 2a
  • 4 Common Tern
  • 12 Swift
  • 1 Coal Tit
  • 1 Cetti's Warbler - singing
  • 11 Chiffchaff
  • 4 Blackcap
  • 1 Whitethroat
  • 1 Reed Warbler - Access Track
  • 2 Greenfinch - VC feeders
  • 2 Siskin - Access Track

Odonata : 7 Banded Demoiselle, 10 Emerald Damselfly, c65 Common Bluet, 4 Blue-tailed Damselfly, c35 Small Redeye, 2 Southern Hawker, 21 Migrant Hawker, 4 hawker sp., 4 Emperor, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer. 1 Black Darter - male Decoy Lake, 9 Ruddy Dater, c140 Common Darter

Butterflies : 1 Brimstone, 4 Large White, 6 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 16 white sp., 4 Common Blue, 7 Red Admiral, 21 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Meadow Brown, 2 Gatekeeper, 19 Speckled Wood

Darren Wozencroft

Friday 21st

  • 1 Marsh Harrier
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Green Sandpiper
  • 4 Common Tern
  • 36 Swift - over Huxter Well/Piper Marsh
  • c30 Sand Martin
  • 3 Swallow
  • c10 House Martin
  • 6 Chiffchaff
  • 1 Goldcrest - Loversall Delph

Other : 1 Common Frog, 1 Pipistrelle Bat

Darren Wozencroft, Lynda Christou

Small Red-eyed Damselfly © Allen Holmes 2020

Small Red-eyed Damselfly © Allen Holmes 2020

record shot of the 2 Garganey © Richard Scott 2020

record shot of the 2 Garganey © Richard Scott 2020

Thursday 20th

  • 2 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 2 GARGANEY - on the Lagoon but flew further into Huxter Well Marsh
  • 5 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh/Piper Marsh 
  • 3 Sparrowhawk - up together over Black Carr field, one hunting over Huxter Well Marsh earlier
  • 2 Buzzard
  • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
  • c400 Lapwing
  • 3+ Green Sandpiper - cell 3b/Piper Marsh
  • 1 Snipe - West Scrape
  • 6 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain near the underbridge
  • 1 Swift
  • 9 House Martin
  • 8 Chiffchaff - calling
  • 4 Blackcap - calling
  • 1 Siskin - calling at the Pumping Station

Butterflies: 2 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Red Admiral, 12 Common Blue (ring main bank), Green-veined Whites

Odonata: Dozens of Migrant Hawkers hawking over St Catherine's. Huge increase would suggest a large hatch or possibly continental dragonflies boosting numbers.
Amongst these were a few Southern Hawkers. 2 Emperors at Decoy lake, 2 Small Red-eyed Damselflies on vegetation by the footpath outside Mitchell Hide, plus a dozen or so from dipping platform on Decoy Lake. 1 Ruddy Darter, Common Darter widespread, 2 Black Darter along ring main path

Other: Water Stick Insect from dipping platforms

Sue and Roger Bird, Richard Scott, Allen Holmes

Wednesday 19th

  • 2 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 1 GARGANEY - on cell 3b in the evening
  • 4 Little Egret
  • 4 Grey Heron
  • 1 Sparrohawk
  • 2 Green Sandpiper
  • 8+ Common Tern
  • 1 Cetti’s Warbler - Big Hedge

Paul Paddock, Lynda Christou, Richard Scott

Tuesday 18th

  • 1 Shelduck - juv on West Scrape
  • 1 Wigeon
  • 1 GARGANEY - cell 3a
  • 8+ Little Egret - Willow Marsh and Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Kestrel - female sat on top of bird feeders by the VC
  • 1 Dunlin - moulting adult on West Scrape
  • 2 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b/West Scrape
  • 5 Common Tern
  • 2 Swift
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

Odonata : 5 Migrant Hawker, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer

Mike Snook, Lynda Christou, Darren Wozencroft

Painted Lady © Sue Bird 2020

Painted Lady © Sue Bird 2020

Common Sandpiper © Richard Scott 2020

Common Sandpiper © Richard Scott 2020

Monday 17th

  • 3 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 2 GARGANEY - cell 1b
  • 9 Little Egret - including the grey bird
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 3 Water Rail - 2 showing on cell 3b and one calling from cell 2a
  • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Golden Plover - in the Lapwing flock on West Scrape. The first sighting of the year.
  • 4 Ringed Plover - cell 1b/West Scrape, all adults
  • 2 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 1 Dunlin - cell 1b/West Scrape
  • 3 Common Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 3 Green Sandpiper - cell 3
  • 2 Snipe - West Scrape
  • 7 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 6 Swift
  • 1 Kingfisher - chased by a Black-headed Gull over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Iron Bridge
  • 6 Reed Warbler
  • 2 Greenfinch - over
  • Siskin - several calling in Old Eaa

Butterflies: 1 Painted Lady in the car park, 4+ Purple Hairstreaks on Oak in Black Carr Field, 2 Common Blue on Central Grassland

Odonata: good numbers of Small Red-eyed Damselflies in front of Piper Marsh Hide

Richard Scott, Sue and Roger Bird, Mick Bellas, Lynda Christou

Sunday 16th

  • 2 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 24 Cormorant - roosted in the dead trees at Old Eaa
  • 7 Little Egret - including the grey bird
  • 2 Water Rail - cell 3b and West Scrape
  • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 3 Oystercatcher - cell 1b
  • 1 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 3 Ruff - West Scrape
  • 2 Dunlin - West Scrape
  • 8 Green Sandpiper - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Redshank - West Scrape
  • 10 Snipe - West Scrape
  • 7 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Common Gull
  • 7 Swift - over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Lesser Whitethroat
  • 1 Whitethroat
  • 1 Sedge Warbler
  • 1 Reed Warbler
  • 1 Yellow Wagtail - south
  • 3 Pied Wagtail

Richard Scott, Sue and Roger Bird

2 Ruffs with Lapwings © Richard Scott 2020

2 Ruffs with Lapwings © Richard Scott 2020

Saturday 15th

  • Little Egret - the grey bird was on cell 1b
  • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 3 Ruff - West Scrape. The first sightings of the year.
  • 2 Dunlin - West Scrape
  • 2 Green Sandpiper - singles on West Scrape and cell 3b
  • 3 Snipe - West Scrape
  • 5 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Common Gull - 2cy on cell 1b
  • 10 Swift - over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 9 Siskin - Willow Marsh

Richard Scott, Lynda Christou

Tench speared by a Heron © Nidge Nilsen 2020

Tench speared by a Heron © Nidge Nilsen 2020

History of sightings of a colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit seen on 19th July

13-Aug-12 Ringed at Levington, River Orwell, Suffolk, SE England
21-Jan-13 Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire, E England
31-Jan-13 Mistley Walls, Stour Estuary, Manningtree, Essex, E England
12-Feb-14 Stutton Mill, Stour Estuary, Manningtree, Suffolk, E England
14-Feb-14 Stutton Mill, Stour Estuary, Manningtree, Suffolk, E England
18-Feb-14 Stutton Mill, Stour Estuary, Manningtree, Suffolk, E England
10-Mar-14 Fen Drayton Gravel Pit RSPB reserve, Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire, E England
30-Dec-15 Mistley Walls, Stour estuary, Essex, E England
02-Apr-16 Mistley Walls, Stour estuary, Essex, E England
19-Jul-20 Potteric Carr NR, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, E England

 

Small Redeye © Darren Wozencroft 2020

Small Redeye © Darren Wozencroft 2020

grey Little Egret © Richard Scott 2020

grey Little Egret © Richard Scott 2020

Thursday 13th

  • 2 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 14 Little Egret - including the grey bird
  • 10 Grey Heron
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 526 Lapwing
  • 5 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 6 Green Sandpiper
  • 2 Snipe - one over the Lagoon and one at Reedbed Filtration Ponds
  • 9 Common Tern
  • 1 Green Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Field and Corbett Wood
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 5 Cetti's Warbler
  • 39 Chiffchaff
  • 8 Willow Warbler
  • 18 Blackcap
  • 1 Reed Warbler
  • 1 Nuthatch - calling in Black Carr Wood
  • 30 Siskin - Young Eaa

Richard Scott, Mick Bellas, Gary Dyson

Common Gull © Richard Scott 2020

Common Gull © Richard Scott 2020

Wednesday 12th

  • 2 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 83 Teal - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 13 Little Egret - including the one with grey on the wings
  • 10 Grey Heron
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Water Rail - Lagoon
  • 5 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 2 Common Sandpiper - one calling over the Access Track and one on cell 3b
  • 5 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape/cell 3b
  • 1 Snipe - West Scrape
  • 4 Common Tern
  • 1 Common Gull - adult on West Scrape
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Iron Bridge
  • 3 Siskin - Access Track

Odonata: c.170 Small Redeye - Decoy Lake, Willow and Piper Marsh and cell 3a and a female Black Darter on Willow Bank.

Other: 2 Grass Snakes at Loversall Delph and Willow Marsh

Richard Scott, Darren Wozencroft

Common Darter © Darren Wozencroft 2020

Common Darter © Darren Wozencroft 2020

Black Darter © Darren Ward 2020

Black Darter © Darren Ward 2020

Tuesday 11th

  • 2 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 2 GARGANEY - cell 2b
  • 9 Little Egret - including one with grey on the wings
  • 11 Grey Heron
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - juv
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Water Rail - calling from cell 2a
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover - juvs on cell 1b/West Scrape
  • 5 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 7+ Green Sandpiper - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Snipe - West Scrape
  • 1 SANDWICH TERN - during a shower at 11am one flew around calling in front of Mitchell Hide and appeared to land on West Scrape. Unfortunately, it flew off just as we walked into West Scrape Hide.
  • 9 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Swift
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 Green Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Willow Marsh
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 1 Bearded Tit - near Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Nuthath - calling in Black Carr Wood
  • 30+ Siskin - Young Eaa/Access Track

Odonata: 4 Migrant Hawker, 6 Southern Hawker, female Black Darter - Cottage Drain, c110 Small Redeye

Other: Stoat downclimbing a large oak in the car park a

Richard Scott, Adrian Andruchiw, Darren Wozencroft

Monday 10th

  • 34 Teal - West Scrape
  • 12 Cormorant - cell 1b
  • 9 Little Egret - cell 1b
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - juvenile over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - hunting along the banks on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Buzzard
  • 1 Hobby - juvenile perched in the dead tree on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Water Rail - calling on the Lagoon
  • c550 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 7 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 5 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape/cell 3b
  • 12 Common Tern
  • 1 House Martin - over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 10 Chiffchaff - calling
  • 3 Blackcap - calling
  • 2 Reed Warbler - calling
  • 1 Treecreeper - calling near Old Eaa

Butterflies: 6 Purple Hairstreak on the big oak in Black Carr field, 3 Common Blue along the ring main/bridle path, 1 Painted Lady

Sue and Roger Bird, Andy Dalton, Darren Wozencroft

Curlew © Richard Scott 2020

Curlew © Richard Scott 2020

Sunday 9th

  • 2 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 2 GARGANEY - on the island on cell 1b in the afternoon
  • 14 Cormorant
  • 2 Bittern - in flight at Huxter Well Marsh and Seven Arches Carr
  • 12 Little Egret
  • 9 Grey Heron
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - female and juv
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 5 Buzzard
  • 6 Ringed Plover - 4 on cell 1b briefly from 07.05 and 2 on cell 1b early afternoon
  • 1 Curlew - on West Scrape from 09.43
  • 2 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 2 TURNSTONE - juv on cell 1b from 11.30 was joined by an adult at 11.55. One seen flying SE with a Ringed Plover at 13.00
  • 3 Dunlin - singles briefly on cell 1b and West Scrape
  • 7 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 6 Redshank - on cell 1b all day
  • 19 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 ARCTIC TERN - juv on cell 1b from 09.35
  • 1 Common Gull - 2cy east
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Field
  • 2+ Goldcrest
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 1 Bearded Tit - heard calling from St Caths Hide
  • 23 Chiffchaff - calling
  • 1 Nuthatch - calling in Black Carr Wood
  • 2 Treecreeper

Richard Scott, Richard Collis, Rob Mellor

Avocet © Allen Holmes 2020

Avocet © Allen Holmes 2020

Common Darter © Allen Holmes 2020

Common Darter © Allen Holmes 2020

Saturday 8th

  • 15 Cormorant - cell 1b
  • 14 Little Egret - including 12 together on Piper Marsh
  • 3 Grey Heron
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male over Willow Marsh and a juv over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 2 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - cell 3b 
  • 4 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 19 Common Tern - cell 1b
  • 5 Swift
  • 1 Green Woodpecker
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

Odonata : 6 Banded Demoiselle, 16 Emerald Damselfly, 7 Azure Bluet, c100 Common Bluet, 9 Blue-tailed Damselfly, c100 Small Redeye - incl. 2 from Decoy Lake dipping platform. 5 Southern Hawker, 3 Migrant Hawker, 8 Brown Hawker, 11 Emperor, 1 Four-spot Chaser, 11 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Black Darter - Decoy Lake, 14 Ruddy Darter, 58 Common Darter, 30+ darter sp.

Butterflies : 1 skipper sp. 1 male Brimstone, 6 Large White, 10 Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 11 white sp. 5 Purple Hairstreak, 10 Common Blue, 5 Red Admiral, 24 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma, 32 Meadow Brown, 13 Gatekeeper, 7 Speckled Wood.

Richard Scott, Darren Wozencroft, Lynda Christou

Brimstone © Allen Holmes 2020

Brimstone © Allen Holmes 2020

Banded Demoiselle © Allen Holmes 2020

Banded Demoiselle © Allen Holmes 2020

Friday 7th

  • 5 Little Egret
  • 3 Grey Heron
  • 3 Marsh Harrier - female and 2 juvs
  • 3 Avocet
  • 2+ Green Sandpiper

Butterflies: 5 Brimstone, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red admiral

Odonata: 1 Banded Demoiselle

Allen Holmes, Adrian Andruchiw

Thursday 6th (evening)

  • 2 Wigeon
  • 11 Little Egret
  • 1 Water Rail - calling from the Lagoon
  • 1 Black-tailed Godwit - cell 3b
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 4 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b/West Scrape
  • 37 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 200+ Swift - feeding beyond the M18

Richard Scott, Lynda Christou

Little Egret © Richard Scott 2020

Little Egret © Richard Scott 2020

Wednesday 5th (early morning)

  • 2 Marsh Harrier - juvs on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - cell 3b
  • 5 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b/West Scrape
  • 25 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh

Richard Scott

Tuesday 4th (evening)

  • 1 GARGANEY - cell 2a
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - juvs
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - juv on West Scrape
  • 2 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 1 Snipe - West Scrape
  • 22 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Siskin - over Young Eaa

Richard Scott

tagged Marsh Harrier © North West Norfolk Ringing Group 2020

tagged Marsh Harrier © North West Norfolk Ringing Group 2020

Details of the wing-tagged Marsh Harrier

A wing-tagged juvenile Marsh Harrier was photographed at Potteric Carr on 31st July. Phil from the North West Norfolk Ringing Group has kindly sent us the history of the bird, as follows:

This bird is indeed one of this years, and in fact is the first to be reported away from it's natal area.

She was ringed and tagged on the Holkham Estate in North Norfolk and was one of three young in the nest, plus an infertile egg. Her two siblings were a male and female. I've attached a picture of her on the date of tagging which was 17.06.2020. For more information on the scheme take a look at our website at www.nwnrg.co.uk and follow the link to the Marsh Harrier project.

4 Marsh Harriers over Piper Marsh © Eileen Gray 2020

4 Marsh Harriers over Piper Marsh (taken on 1st August) © Eileen Gray 2020

Monday 3rd

  • 2 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 74 Teal - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Little Egret
  • 5 Grey Heron
  • 4 Marsh Harrier - adult and 3 juvs
  • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 740 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - juv on West Scrape
  • 4 Black-tailed Godwit - on West Scrape in the evening
  • 2 Common Sandpiper - cell 3b
  • 6 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b/West Scrape
  • 32 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Swift
  • 1 Siskin - Old Eaa

Richard Scott, Darren Wozencroft

Garganey © Allen Holmes 2020

Garganey © Allen Holmes 2020

Green Sandpipers © Allen Holmes 2020

Green Sandpipers © Allen Holmes 2020

Saturday 1st

  • 4 Grey Heron - including 2 juveniles on West Scrape
  • 1 GARGANEY - eclipse male on West Scrape
  • 4 Marsh Harrier - juveniles over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 7 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 1 Tawny Owl - calling near the compound
  • 1 Green Woodpecker - Hawthorn Bank
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Cottage Drain
  • 1 Bearded Tit - calling from Piper Marsh

Allen Holmes, Eileen Gray

July 2020

Brown Argus © Darren Wozencroft 2020

Brown Argus © Darren Wozencroft 2020

Reed Warbler © Nidge Nilsen 2020

Reed Warbler © Nidge Nilsen 2020

wing-tagged Marsh Harrier © Adrian Andruchiw 2020

wing-tagged Marsh Harrier © Adrian Andruchiw 2020

Friday 31st

  • 2 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 33 Teal
  • 1 GARGANEY - West Scrape
  • 35 Shoveler
  • 1 Little Egret on cell 1b
  • 11 Cormorant on cell 1b
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - wing-tagged juvenile over Huxter Well Marsh. I've sent the details to the ringing scheme in Norfolk.
  • 2 Buzzard
  • 1 Oystercatcher - West Scrape 
  • 2 Avocet - cell 1b
  • 646 Lapwing - 355 on West Scrape and 291 on cell 3b
  • 3 Ringed Plover - cell 1b
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - cell 1b
  • 5 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 29+ Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 645 Black-headed Gull  - 352 on West Scrape and 293 on cell 1b
  • 12+ Common Tern - some bringing fish for young on cell 1b
  • 55 Swift - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 8 Sand Martin - feeding low over cell 1b
  • 8 Chiffchaff - calling 
  • 7 Blackcap - calling
  • 1 Greenfinch - singing in the main carpark

Butterflies: 1 Silver-washed Fritillary on the teasels at the link road end of Loversall Bank, 2 Small Skipper, 2 Essex Skipper, 3 skipper sp., 2 Brimstone (m&f), 5 Large White, 7 Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 7 white sp., 2 White-letter Hairstreak, 1 Small Copper, 2 Brown Argus, 6 Common Blue, 2 Red Admiral, 46 Peacock, 8 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 27 Meadow Brown, 36 Gatekeeper, 1 Ringlet, 5 Speckled Wood

Odonata: 5 Banded Demoiselle, 5 Emerald Damselfly, 3 Azure Bluet, c50 Common Bluet, 21 Blue-tailed Damselfly, c.120 Redeye sp. mainly Small - from Cottage Drain Hide and Beeston Hide. 1 Migrant Hawker in Black Carr Field, 2 Southern Hawker, 2 hawker sp., 8 Brown Hawker, 12 Emperor, 1 Four-spot Chaser, 11 Black-tailed Skimmer, 6 Ruddy Darter, 13 Common Darter

Sue and Roger Bird, Darren Wozencroft

Wednesday 26th

  • 3 Little Ringed Plover - juvs on cell 3b

Allen Holmes

Sunset over Carr Lodge © Lynda Christou 2020

Sunset over Carr Lodge © Lynda Christou 2020

Copper Underwing © Jim Horsfall 2020

Copper Underwing © Jim Horsfall 2020

Tuesday 28th

  • 3 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 27 Teal
  • 1 GARGANEY - eclipse male on the Lagoon at 17.45
  • 1 Little Egret - Piper Marsh
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - juvenile over Huxter Well Marsh 
  • 4 Avocet
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover - juvs on West Scrape
  • 4 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
  • 12 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh 
  • Swift - small numbers moving SW 
  • 1 Kestrel - seen from Visitor Centre 
  • 1 Hobby one over Piper Marsh
  • 1 Peregrine - over M18 seen from Willow Bank
  • 1 Song Thrush - on the path near Visitor Centre

Moth: Copper Underwing on a fence post at East Scrape

Roger and Sue Bird, Dave Carroll, Sheila Bury, Mick Bellas, Jim Horsfall, Darren Wozencroft

Bittern © Freddie Oxley 2020

Bittern © Freddie Oxley 2020

juvenile Marsh Harrier © Nidge Nilsen 2020

juvenile Marsh Harrier © Nidge Nilsen 2020

Sunday 26th

  • 1 Wigeon
  • 1 Bittern
  • 3 Marsh Harrier - Piper Marsh
  • 2 Avocet
  • 3 Little Ringed Plover
  • 1 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape

Chris Elliott, Leah Mayo, Nidge Nilsen

Hobby © Nidge Nilsen 2020

Hobby © Nidge Nilsen 2020

Saturday 25th

  • 2 Little Egret
  • 1 Hobby
  • 3 Avocet
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 2 Ringed Plover
  • 6 Black-tailed Godwit
  • 3 Green Sandpiper
  • 1 Stock Dove

Nidge Nilsen, John Burdall

Black-tailed Godwits © Allen Holmes 2020

Black-tailed Godwits © Allen Holmes 2020

Comma © Allen Holmes 2020

Comma © Allen Holmes 2020

Grass Snake © Allen Holmes 2020

Grass Snake © Allen Holmes 2020

Friday 24th

  • 2 Wigeon - Lagoon
  • 6 Little Egret
  • Great Crested Grebe - adult with a small juv on cell 1b (new brood)
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - female and juv
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Kestrel - male
  • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 2 Oystercatcher - West Scrape
  • 395 Lapwing
  • 2 Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - juv on West Scrape
  • 5 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 6 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape/cell 3b
  • 2 Snipe - cell 2a
  • 27 Common Tern
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Hawthorn Bank
  • 4 Pied Wagtail
  • 2 Siskin - Access Track

Butterflies: 2 Comma, 2 Brimstone, 4 Silver-washed Fritillary, 7 White-letter Hairstreak, 1 Essex Skipper, 1 Red Admiral and c25 Peacock

Odonata: 4 Black-tailed Skimmer, Emperor Dragonfly

Other: 3 Grass Snake, Southern Hawker, 2 Comma x 2

Richard Scott, Allen Holmes, Darren Wozencroft

Green Sandpiper © Richard Scott 2020

Green Sandpiper © Richard Scott 2020

Thursday 23rd

  • 4 Wigeon
  • Great Crested Grebe - adult and small juv on cell 3a
  • 4 Marsh Harrier - male, female and 2 juvs
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 1 Hobby
  • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 320 Lapwing
  • 1 Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - juv on West Scrape 
  • 3 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 6 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape/cell 3b
  • 26 Common Tern
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Willow Marsh and Iron Bridge
  • 1 Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide
  • 2 Bullfinch - Access Track
  • 1 Siskin - calling along the Access Track

Richard Scott, Roger and Sue Bird

Wasps nest © Lynda Christou 2020

Wasps nest © Lynda Christou 2020

Kingfisher © Malcolm Cook 2020

Kingfisher © Malcolm Cook 2020

male Marsh Harrier © Malcolm Cook 2020

male Marsh Harrier © Malcolm Cook 2020

Wednesday 22nd

  • 4 Marsh Harrier - male, female and 2 juvs seen from Piper Marsh Hide
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 14 Black-tailed Godwit
  • 1 Common Sandpiper
  • 5 Green Sandpiper
  • 1 Kingfisher - Piper Marsh

Malcolm Cook, Adrian Andruchiw

juvenile Marsh Harrier © Adrian Andruchiw 2020

juvenile Marsh Harrier © Adrian Andruchiw 2020

Tuesday 21st

  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 5 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 13 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 4 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape/cell 3b

Butterflies: 1 Comma, 1 Peacock, 5 Gatekeeper

Sue Brook

Purple Hairstreak © Allen Holmes 2020

Purple Hairstreak © Allen Holmes 2020

Monday 20th

  • 3 Wigeon
  • 5 Teal
  • 3 Marsh Harrier - including the 2 juvs
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 8+ Avocet
  • 3 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Curlew - heard from Hawthorn Bank but couldn't be seen
  • 1 Black-tailed Godwit
  • 1 Common Sandpiper
  • 6 Green Sandpiper
  • 18 Common Tern

Butterflies: 2 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Essex Skipper, 1 Red Admiral, 10 Peacock, 6 Comma, 8 Gatekeeper

Odonata: 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer (female)

Other: 1 Grass Snake

Allen Holmes, Darren Wozencroft

Black-tailed Godwits © Richard Scott 2020

Black-tailed Godwits © Richard Scott 2020

Sunday 19th

  • 2 Wigeon - Lagoon
  • 2+ Bittern - several sightings at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 9 Little Egret
  • 5 Grey Heron
  • 4 Marsh Harrier - male, female and 2 juveniles
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 2 Hobby - together over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Water Rail - cell 3b and the Lagoon
  • 13 Avocet - West Scrape/cell 1b
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 340 Lapwing
  • 2 Ringed Plover - cell 1b
  • 3 Black-tailed Godwit - on cell 3b early morning. One was colour-ringed.
  • 6 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape/cell 3b
  • 16+ Common Tern
  • 1 Cuckoo - juv over the entrance
  • 1+ Kingfisher - cell 1b, East Scrape and Mother Drain
  • 4 Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide and Hawthorn Bank Hide
  • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - near VC
  • 1 Yellow Wagtail - briefly on West Scrape
  • 1+ Siskin - calling along the Access Track

Other: Grass Snake in the Mother Drain near the underbridge

Saturday 18th

  • 5 Wigeon
  • 1 GARGANEY - Lagoon
  • Tufted Duck - female with 7 very small young on Stilling Pond (possibly those from cell 2a)
  • 11 Cormorant - cell 1b
  • 1 Bittern - flew to cell 1b
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and juvenile
  • 1 Water Rail - Lagoon
  • 7 Avocet
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 340 Lapwing
  • 3 Ringed Plover - cell 1b
  • 5+ Green Sandpiper - West Scrape/cell 3b
  • 1 Greenshank - over
  • 23 Common Tern - including 9 juvs
  • 20 Swift

Friday 17th

  • 3 Wigeon
  • 11 Teal
  • 1 GARGANEY
  • 1 Bittern - near Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - sub-adult male
  • 3 Oystercatcher
  • 7 Avocet - 3a,4j on West Scrape
  • 380 Lapwing
  • 1 Ringed Plover - adult on 1b/3b
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - on cell 1b
  • 5 Green Sandpiper
  • 18 Common Tern
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 20 Swift
  • 1 CROSSBILL - south at 10am

Odonata : 1 Southern Hawker

Thursday 16th

  • 1 GARGANEY - Lagoon
  • 1 Bittern - stood in the reeds at the back of cell 1b
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 1 Hobby - Decoy Lake
  • 5 Avocet
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 2 Ringed Plover - cell 1b
  • 5 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape/cell 3b
  • 10 Common Tern
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Bearded Tit - juv near Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Siskin - calling in Young Eaa

Tuesday 14th

  • 2 Wigeon
  • 2 GARGANEY - Lagoon and cell 3b
  • Tufted Duck - female with 7 very small young on cell 2a
  • 8 Cormorant - cell 1b
  • 1 Bittern - cell 2a
  • 4 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - female
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 9 Avocet - including 4 juvs
  • 280 Lapwing
  • 2 Ringed Plover - cell 1b
  • 3 Little Ringed Plover - adult and 2 juvs on West Scrape
  • 2 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 6 Green Sandpiper
  • 8 Common Tern - including 2 juvs
  • 12 Swift
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Song Thrush - Piper Marsh Path
  • 2+ Siskin - calling in Black Carr Wood and Young Eaa
Silver-washed Fritillary © Darren Wozencroft 2020

Silver-washed Fritillary © Darren Wozencroft 2020

White-letter Hairstreak © Darren Wozencroft 2020

White-letter Hairstreak © Darren Wozencroft 2020

Sunday 12th

  • 5 Wigeon
  • 1 Bittern - flew to cell 1b
  • 5 Little Egret
  • Great Crested Grebe - independent juv on cell 3a
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 2 Hobby
  • 2 Peregrine - male and female together. Female carrying prey
  • 1 Water Rail - calling from the Lagoon
  • 8 Avocet
  • 3 Black-tailed Godwit
  • 290 Lapwing
  • 3 Green Sandpiper
  • 7 Common Tern - including 2 juvs
  • 2+ Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide
  • 2 Linnet - near Mitchell Hide

Butterflies : 1 Large Skipper, 7 White-letter Hairstreak, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 6 Red Admiral, 5 Comma, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock, 3 Silver-washed Fritillary. plus usual common species

Odonata : 2 Banded Demoiselle, c40 Small Redeye, 1+ Large Redeye, 3 Brown Hawker, 5 Emperor, 4 Four-spot Chaser, 8 Black-tailed Skimmer, c10 Common Darter

Large Skipper © Darren Wozencroft 2020

Large Skipper © Darren Wozencroft 2020

Saturday 11th

  • 6 Wigeon
  • 2 GARGANEY - Lagoon
  • 6 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Hobby
  • 8 Avocet
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - juv on West Scrape
  • 3 Black-tailed Godwit
  • 1 Green Sandpiper
  • 20 Swift
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Raven - tumbling as it flew SE at 1.15pm
  • Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide

Butterflies : 1 Large Skipper, 12 Small Skipper, 2 Essex Skipper, 16 skipper sp., 6 Large White, 15 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 15 white sp., 1f Brimstone, 1 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Small Copper, 1 Painted Lady, 12 Red Admiral, 9 Comma, 7 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock, 1m Silver-washed Fritillary, 59 Ringlet, 48 Meadow Brown, 5 Gatekeeper, 2 Speckled Wood.

Odonata : 7 Emerald Damselfly, 2 Large Red Damselfly, c100 bluet sp. - at least 19 Azure and 21 Common, 16 Blue-tailed Damsel, 5 redeye sp., 3 Brown Hawker, 9 Emperor, 5 Four-spot Chaser, 1f Broad-bodied Chaser, 11 Black-tailed Skimmer, 3 Ruddy Darter, 12 Common Darter, 8 darter sp.

Friday 10th

  • 2 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • Little Grebe - pairs with 1 and 2 small young on the Lagoon
  • Great Crested Grebe - juv on cell 2b
  • 10 Avocet
  • 1 Ringed Plover - cell 1b
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover - over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Black-tailed Godwit - flew SE from Huxter Well Marsh at 06.35
  • 4 Redshank - arrived on West Scrape early morning but flew off
  • 18 Common Tern - including 2 juvs
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Old Eaa/Young Eaa
  • 1 Goldcrest - singing along the Access Track near Decoy Marsh
  • 1 Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide
  • 2 Song Thrush - singing at Young Eaa and Hawthorn Field

Thursday 9th

  • 3 Little Egret - Decoy Lake
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - juv on the fence at Decoy Lake
  • 10 Avocet - including 4 juvs
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 2 Ringed Plover - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
  • 5 Green Sandpiper - Piper Marsh, West Scrape and 3 on cell 3b
  • Common Tern - 2 juvs on the Lagoon being fed
  • 1 Barn Owl - on the fence then around Decoy Lake
  • Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide

Wednesday 8th

  • 1 Shelduck
  • 2 Wigeon
  • 29 Teal
  • 1 GARGANEY - eclipse male on the Lagoon
  • 4 Little Egret
  • 3 Grey Heron
  • Little Grebe - independent juv on cell 2a
  • Great Crested Grebe - adult and juv on the Lagoon
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - female
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 10 Avocet
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 3 Ringed Plover - West Scrape and cell 1b
  • 7 Little Ringed Plover - 5 adults and 2 juvs on West Scrape
  • 5 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape and cell 3b
  • 12 Common Tern - including 2 juvs
  • 12+ Swift - Huxter
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Willow Tit - singing
  • 3 Bearded Tit - from Roger Mitchell hide
  • 2 House Martin - Huxter Well Marsh

Tuesday 7th

  • 1 Shelduck
  • 2 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 2 GARGANEY - Lagoon
  • 10 Avocet
  • 2 Ringed Plover - West Scrape/cell 1b
  • 4 Little Ringed Plover - including a juv (from iPort?) on West Scrape
  • 3 Green Sandpiper
  • 9 Common Tern - including a juv (from iPort?)
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Young Eaa
  • 5 Pied Wagtail - West Scrape
  • Siskin - several calling from Young Eaa and Black Carr Wood

Sunday 5th

  • 3 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 2 GARGANEY - Lagoon
  • 15 Cormorant - cell 1b
  • 2 Little Egret
  • 1 SPOONBILL - SE over A6182 into Potteric at 20.45
  • Little Grebe - pair with 2 small young on the Lagoon
  • Great Crested Grebe - pair with 2 juvs and an orphaned juv on cell 1b
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 2+ Hobby - 2 at Huxter Well Marsh and one over Loversall Carr Fields 
  • 9 Avocet - including 4 juvs
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 4 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
  • 1 Barn Owl
  • 30 Swift
  • 2 Kingfisher
  • 1 Bearded Tit - near Mitchell Hide
  • 4 Pied Wagtail - West Scrape
  • 20 Siskin - Access Track/pumping station

Saturday 4th

  • 4 Shelduck
  • 3 Wigeon
  • 2 GARGANEY - eclipse male and female on the Lagoon
  • Pochard - female with 3 small juvs on Stilling Pond
  • 2 Little Egret
  • Little Grebe - adult and juv on cell 1a. Independent juv on Stilling Pond
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 1 Hobby
  • 9 Avocet - including 4 juvs on West Scrape
  • 1 Oystercatcher - cell 1b
  • 2 Ringed Plover - cell 1b
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 4 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b and West Scrape 
  • 15 Common Tern
  • 2 Bearded Tit - near Mitchell Hide
  • 6 Siskin - Pumping Station

Wednesday 1st

  • 2 Shelduck
  • 2 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 1 GARGANEY - eclipse male on the Lagoon
  • Pochard - female with a single juv on cell 2a
  • 7 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - female
  • 1 Hobby
  • 9 Avocet - including 4 juvs on West Scrape
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 2 Ringed Plover - cell 1b
  • 5 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 4 Green Sandpiper - cell 1b/West Scrape
  • 1 Kingfisher - Lagoon
  • 3 Bearded Tit - near Mitchell Hide

June 2020

juvenile Bearded Tit 8th July © Paul Paddock 2020

juvenile Bearded Tit 8th July © Paul Paddock 2020

variant female Bearded Tit 8th July © Paul Paddock 2020

variant female Bearded Tit 8th July © Paul Paddock 2020

variant female Bearded Tit 8th July © Paul Paddock 2020

variant female Bearded Tit 8th July © Paul Paddock 2020

variant female Bearded Tit 8th July © Paul Paddock 2020

variant female Bearded Tit 8th July © Paul Paddock 2020

Tuesday 30th

  • 8 Mute Swan - pair with 6 young Cell 2b
  • 2 Shelduck
  • 3 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 adults and 2 small young on cell 1b and 1 adult and 1 young on cell 2a
  • 2 Bittern - one flew over the Compound towards Willow Marsh. Possibly the same flew between Huxter Well Marsh and Willow Marsh. Another bird doing feeding flights.
  • 4 Little Egret - 3 on cell 3b and 1 on Piper Marsh
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female. Food-pass noted.
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 2 Oystercatcher - West Scrape
  • 9 Avocet - including 3 juvs at West Scrape
  • 75 Lapwing
  • 3 Ringed Plover - cell 2a/West Scrape
  • 7 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 3 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b/West Scrape
  • 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 adult and 2 young on Sedum House roof
  • 13 Common Tern
  • 1 Stock Dove - Black Carr Wood
  • 30 Swift
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Young Eaa
  • 1 Jay
  • 1 Hobby - adult chasing dragonflies over the Lagoon
  • 2 Jay - Access track 
  • 4 Bearded Tit - 3 near Mitchell Hide and one heard in front of Duchess hide
  • 3 Cetti’s Warbler
  • 1 Treecreeper - Hawthorn bank 
  • 2 Greenfinch - singing near entrance gate and the pumping station

Other: Pyramidal Orchid flowering along pathside at Huxter Well Marsh

Monday 29th

  • 1 Barn Owl - carrying prey from Carr Lodge towards Potteric
  • 30 Siskin - Compound

Sunday 28th

  • 2 Shelduck
  • 3 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 GARGANEY - eclipse male on cell 2b
  • 1 Bittern - feeding flights
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female. Female took a juv black-headed gull
  • 1+ Hobby
  • 9 Avocet - 5 adults and 4 juvs
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 2 Ringed Plover
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover
  • 1 Green Sandpiper
  • 1 Redshank
  • 15 Common Tern
  • 117+ Swift - 30 feeding over Huxter Well Marsh until is started raining. A steady southerly passage all morning was counted from 9-10am, totalling 87. 
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 2 Goldcrest - singing along the Access Track and near Cottage Drain Hide
  • 1 Willow Tit - singing along the Access Track
  • 4 Sand Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 30 House Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Pied Wagtail - West Scrape
  • 1 CROSSBILL - west over the Access Track 06.35. The first since 2013.
  • 3+ Siskin - Compound, Pumping Station and Black Carr Wood

Saturday 27th

  • 3 Shelduck - 2 on West Scrape and one over
  • 2 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 19 Teal - West Scrape
  • 1 GARGANEY - eclipse male on cell 2a
  • 1 Bittern - feeding flights
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 3 Hobby - up together over Huxter Well Marsh and Piper Marsh
  • 1 Water Rail - calling at cell 1b
  • 7 Avocet - 4 adults and 3 juvs
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Ringed Plover
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover
  • 6 Black-tailed Godwit - in breeding plumage on West Scrape
  • 3 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 1 Redshank
  • 15 Common Tern
  • 2 Mediterranean Gull - adults visited the gull colony early afternoon
  • 100+ Swift - many going south
  • 2+ Kingfisher - 2 together along Mother Drain and one over West Scrape
  • 4+ Bearded Tit - near Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Skylark - iPort
  • 4 Siskin - Young Eaa

Friday 26th

  • 22 Teal
  • Great Crested Grebe - pair with 2 small juvs on cell 1b
  • 1 Hobby
  • 10 Avocet - including 3 full grown juvs
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 2 Ringed Plover
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover
  • 4 Black-tailed Godwit - in breeding plumage on cell 3b but flew off at 4.45pm. Seen earlier in the day at the iPort
  • 2 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain

Thursday 25th

  • 2 Shelduck
  • 2 Wigeon
  • 19 Teal
  • 1 Bittern
  • 9 Little Egret
  • 7 Grey Heron
  • 1 Marsh Harrier
  • 1 Hobby
  • 4 Avocet - including a full grown juv
  • 3 Oystercatcher
  • 220 Lapwing
  • 2 Ringed Plover
  • 6 Little Ringed Plover - 4 SE from West Scrape and 2 on cell 3b
  • 4 Green Sandpiper
  • 1 Redshank
  • 9 Common Tern
  • 1 Kingfisher - East Scrape
  • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 7+ Bearded Tit - at least 3 calling in the reeds in front of Mitchell Hide and 7 flew past West Scrape Hide
  • 2 Swallow
  • 3 Pied Wagtail
  • 3 Siskin - Iron Bridge

Odonata: 10 Banded Demoiselle (5m,5f), 6 Large Red Damselfly, 5 Emerald Damselfly, c500 Common/Azure Bluet, 29 Blue-tailed Damselfly, c50 Redeye sp. - of which min. 2 Large and min. 10 Small, 3 Hairy Hawker, 1m Common Hawker - male in Black Carr Field, 1 Brown Hawker, 19 Emperor Dragonfly, 22 Four-spot Chaser, 1f Broad-bodied Chaser, 49 Black-tailed Skimmer, 3 Ruddy Darter, 2 Common Darter, 2 darter sp.     17sp.!!!

Butterflies: 19 Large Skipper, 3 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 13 skipper sp., 5 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 8 white sp., 1 Purple Hairstreak, 1 blue sp., 6 Red Admiral, 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 13 Comma, 104 Meadow Brown, 38 Ringlet, 4 Speckled Wood.

Wednesday 24th

  • 1 Bittern - flew across West Scrape towards cell 2b
  • 4 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 3 Avocet
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Ringed Plover
  • 1 Green Sandpiper
  • 2 Redshank
  • 12 Common Tern
  • 1 Bearded Tit - near Mitchell Hide

Other: 1 Pike in Mother Drain, 1 Emperor Dragonfly

Tuesday 23rd

  • 5 Green Sandpiper - cell 3b

Monday 22nd

  • 6 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 1 Siskin - compound

Sunday 21st

  • 2 Shelduck
  • 6 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 330 Gadwall - Huxter Well Marsh and Old Eaa
  • 1 Bittern - feeding flights
  • 5 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Hobby - over Piper Marsh
  • 3 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Oystercatcher - over
  • 1 Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 3 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 2 Redshank - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Stock Dove - singing near the viaduct
  • 10 Common Tern
  • 90 Swift
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Young Eaa
  • 5+ Bearded Tit - 3 seen but several calling near Mitchell Hide

Friday 19th

  • 2 Wigeon
  • 10 Shoveler
  • 5 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 5 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Redshank - cell 3b
  • 2 Green Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 13 Common Tern
  • 50 Swift
  • 2 Bearded Tit

Saturday 13th

  • 11 Canada Geese
  • 5 Shelduck
  • 1 Wigeon - Lagoon
  • 1 GARGANEY - eclipse male on cell 2a. Primaries and body moult almost complete.
  • 2 Bittern - one calling as it flew around cell 1b followed around by a second bird
  • 5 Little Egret
  • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - cell 1b
  • 3 Marsh Harrier - male and 2 females
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Hobby
  • 1 Peregrine - adult flew low over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Water Rail - adult and juv on cell 3b and one calling from cell 1b
  • 10 Avocet
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 90 Lapwing - cell 3b
  • 3 Little Ringed Plover
  • 2 Black-tailed Godwit - cell 1b
  • 2 Redshank
  • 8 Common Tern
  • 5 Bearded Tit - near Mitchell Hide

Friday 12th

  • 7 Shelduck
  • 1 Wigeon - Lagoon
  • 4 Teal - West Scrape
  • 1 GARGANEY - partial eclipse male on cell 2a
  • 11 Shoveler
  • Pochard - female with 1 small juv on cell 2a
  • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - cell 1b
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 13 Avocet
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 4 Little Ringed Plover
  • 2 Black-tailed Godwit - cell 1b
  • 1 Green Sandpiper - an early returning bird on West Scrape
  • 3 Redshank
  • 7 Common Tern
  • 1 Bearded Tit - female near Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Garden Warbler - Access Track
  • 4 Pied Wagtail - 2 adults and 2 juvs

Thursday 11th

  • 4 Shelduck
  • 1 Wigeon - Lagoon
  • 225+ Gadwall - 170 dropped into cell 1b, 50 Lagoon, 5 cell 3b, later 150 on Old Eaa may have been the birds from cell 1b 
  • 6 Teal - 5 m 1 f
  • 11 Shoveler - 8 m and 3 f
  • 5 Little Egret - Lagoon
  • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - cell 1b
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - female
  • 16 Avocet
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 2 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 2 Redshank - cell 3b
  • 3 Common Tern

Wednesday 10th

  • 5 Shelduck
  • 12 Shoveler
  • 66 Pochard - plus 3 young on cell 3a
  • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - cell 1b 
  • 1 Bittern - flying across cell 1a
  • 5 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - female around Huxter Well Marsh
  • 8 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 29 Lapwing
  • 1 Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 3 Little Ringed Plover
  • 2 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 3 Redshank
  • 4 Common Tern
  • 20 Swift
  • 2 Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide

Tuesday 9th

  • 2 Shelduck - cell 1b
  • 1 GARGANEY - eclipse male on the Lagoon
  • 90 Pochard - loafing on Lagoon islands
  • 7 Little Egret - 1 Piper Marsh, 2 cell 3b, 3 cell 1b and 1 cell 2b
  • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - cell 1b
  • 1 Water Rail - heard West Scrape
  • Coot - with small young cell 1b
  • 5 Avocet - West Scrape (iPort birds food provisioning)
  • 54 Lapwing - 24 West Scape, 30 cell 3b and a chick on one of the Lagoon islands
  • 1 Ringed Plover - cell 3b
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 2 Black-tailed Godwit - cell 3b
  • 2 Redshank - copulating cell 3b
  • 4 Common Tern
  • c70 pairs Black-headed Gull - on islands at cell 2b, small young in double figures
  • 60 Swift
  • 3 Bearded Tit - from Mitchell Hide
  • 5 Cetti’s Warbler - singing birds well apart

Sunday 7th

  • Mute Swan - the pair at the Lagoon have abandoned the nest
  • 4 Shelduck
  • 4 Shoveler - 3 males and a female
  • 1 Bittern
  • 4+ Little Egret
  • 6 Grey Heron
  • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - cell 1b
  • 3 Marsh Harrier - male and 2 females
  • 1 Hobby - caught a Swift low over the Lagoon
  • 3 Water Rail - one on West Scrape. Adult and juv on cell 3b
  • 9 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 2 Ringed Plover
  • 6 Little Ringed Plover
  • 2 Black-tailed Godwit
  • 3 Redshank
  • 4 Common Tern
  • 1 Cuckoo
  • 5+ Bearded Tit - several near Mitchell Hide and West Scrape
  • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Big Hedge
  • Reed Bunting - male feeding a juv near Mitchell Hide

Saturday 6th

  • 2 Shelduck
  • 77 Pochard
  • 1 Bittern - feeding flights noted
  • 6 Little Egret
  • 2 Grey Heron
  • Great Crested Grebe - pair with 2 small young on cell 2a
  • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - cell 1b
  • 3 Marsh Harrier - male and female. Male chased off a second female. 
  • 8 Avocet
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 3 Little Ringed Plover
  • 1 Redshank
  • 2 Common Tern
  • 1 Mediterranean Gull - 3cy+ north over Huxter Well Marsh. The first sighting of the year.
  • 60 Swift
  • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Big Hedge
  • 6 Greenfinch - 5 near the entrance and one singing near the pumping station

Friday 5th

  • 3 Shelduck
  • 1 Bittern - feeding flights noted
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 3 Water Rail - 2 calling near Mitchell Hide and one at West Scrape
  • 6 Avocet
  • 1 Ringed Plover
  • 4 Little Ringed Plover
  • 4 Black-tailed Godwit
  • 5 Redshank
  • 3 Common Tern
  • 1 Cuckoo
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 1 Bearded Tit - juv near Mitchell Hide

Wednesday 3rd

  • 2 Shelduck
  • 3 Teal - male and 2 females on cell 3b
  • 1 GARGANEY - male on cell 2a and the Lagoon
  • 1 Bittern - in flight at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 11 Little Egret
  • 6 Grey Heron
  • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - cell 1b
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc moulting primaries
  • 1 Hobby - feeding low over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Peregrine - circled high and drifted towards the iPort
  • 2 Water Rail - calling from cell 4 and the Lagoon
  • 12 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • Lapwing - 2 small juvs on the Lagoon and a pair copulating on West Scrape
  • 5 Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 5 Little Ringed Plover - 4 on West Scrape and one on cell 3b. A pair were both feigning injury when a magpie was close by.
  • 5 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape/cell 1b
  • 4 Redshank - including a pair copulating on West Scrape
  • 2 Common Tern
  • 1 Cuckoo - singing at Hawthorn Bank and Piper Marsh
  • 50 Swift
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Access Track
  • 5+ Bearded Tit - including a variant female with a streaky lateral crown stripe
  • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Big Hedge
  • 2 Pied Wagtail - male and juv on West Scrape

Tuesday 2nd

  • 6 Shelduck
  • 1 Teal
  • 3 Shoveler
  • 35 Pochard
  • 8 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • c70 Lapwing
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 3 Black-tailed Godwit - Cell 1b
  • 4 Redshank - 2 each on Cell 3b and West Scrape
  • 3 Common Tern

Odonata : 9 Banded Demoiselle, 4 Large Red Damselfly, 00's Common & Azure Bluet, 29 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 5 Large Redeye - Cell 3a, 9 Hairy Hawker, 10 Emperor Dragonfly, 25 Four-spot Chaser, 2 Broad-bodied Chaser, 16 Black-tailed Skimmer, 9 Common Darter.

Butterflies : 3 Large Skipper, 3 Common Blue, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 4 Meadow Brown, 2 Speckled Wood

May 2020

Cattle at Carr Lodge 10th May © Lynda Cristou 2020

Cattle at Carr Lodge 10th May © Lynda Cristou 2020

Dingy Skipper 8th May © Darren Wozencroft 2020

Dingy Skipper 8th May © Darren Wozencroft 2020

Dingy Skipper 8th May © Darren Wozencroft 2020

Dingy Skipper 8th May © Darren Wozencroft 2020

Sunday 31st

  • 4 Shelduck
  • 1 Bittern - in flight
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 6 Grey Heron
  • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE - cell 1b
  • 2 Marsh harrier - male and cc
  • 2 Sparrowhawk - displaying
  • 1 Hobby
  • 1 Water Rail - cell 3b
  • 7 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 3 Oystercatcher
  • 4 Little Ringed Plover - 2 pairs prospecting on West Scrape
  • 5 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape/cell 1b
  • 4 Redshank - cell 3b
  • Black-headed Gull - several chicks on cell 2a
  • 3 Common Tern
  • 1 Cuckoo - Loversall Pool
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Beeston Plantation
  • 5 Bearded Tit - 3 males and 2 females together near Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Seven Arches Carr

Saturday 30th

  • 6 Shelduck
  • 1 Bittern - in flight
  • Great Crested Grebe - with 2 small young at cell 2b
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
  • 1 Hobby
  • 3 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 58 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Little Ringed Plover - 2 pairs prospecting on West Scrape
  • 5 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape/cell 1b
  • 2 Redshank - cell 3b
  • 2 Common Tern
  • 2+ Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide
  • 2 Lesser Whitethroat - VC and Big Hedge
  • 1 Song Thrush - VC
  • 1 Mistle Thrush - Black Carr Field

Wednesday 27th

  • 1 Cuckoo - Access Track

Monday 25th

  • Mute Swan - pair with 7 cygnets on cell 1b
  • 5 Shelduck
  • 2 Shoveler
  • 39 Pochard
  • 1 Bittern
  • 5 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 1 Kestrel - flew SE over Huxter Well Marsh carrying prey
  • 1 Hobby
  • 2 Avocet
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Greenshank - West Scrape
  • 3 Common Tern
  • 1 Cuckoo - singing long Loversall Bank
  • 60 Swift
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - calling in Young Eaa and Black Carr Wood
  • 1 Willow Tit - singing
  • 1+ Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Treecreeper - singing along Hawthorn Bank

Odonata : 9 Banded Demoiselle, 41 Large Red Damselfly, 145 Common Bluet, 553 Azure Bluet, 32 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 2 Large Redeye, 12 Hairy Hawker, 37 Four-spot Chaser, 5 Broad-bodied Chaser, 7 Black-t Skimmer.

Butterflies : 3 Brimstone, 3 Large White, 1 Small White, 2 Orange Tip, 3 white sp., 1 Small Copper, 6 Common Blue, 4 Peacock, 2 Comma.

Sunday 24th

  • 4 Shelduck
  • 1+ Bittern - seen twice in flight at Huxter Well Marsh and also at Piper Marsh
  • 6 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 7 Avocet
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 3 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 1 Greenshank - West Scrape
  • 1 Redshank
  • 3 Common Tern
  • 1 Cuckoo
  • 100 Swift
  • 1 LITTLE SWIFT - first seen low over West Scrape at 09.20, again at 09.34 and then over cell 1b at 10.08. This represents the first record for the Reserve and the second for the Doncaster district. Subject to acceptance by BBRC.
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Beeston Plantation
  • 3 Bearded Tit - juvs together in front of Mitchell Hide
  • 5 Sand Martin
  • 10 Swallow
  • 20 House Martin

Account of finding the Little Swift

On Sunday morning I had a bit of a lie in and was in no rush to go out birding. The skies were thick with cloud and it looked good for a decent wader to drop in. As I drove along White Rose Way, I was undecided about whether I should go to Potteric Carr or the iPort Lakes. As I approached the traffic lights near Potteric, I thought I would let the lights make the decision for me. If they were green I'd go straight on to the iPort or if they were red I'd do a left to Potteric. They were on red, decision made, I went to Potteric.

As I was getting my gear out of the car, Mark Roberts arrived. I asked Mark if he wanted to head to Huxter Well Marsh with me. Mark said he would have a walk around Beeston Plantation first. I arrived at Duchess Hide to be greeted by someone sleeping in the hide! I then headed over to West Scrape Hide to check for waders. I started scanning the muddy margins through my binoculars and straight away saw 3 Black-tailed Godwits. As I continued to scan for waders, I noticed a bird flying low over the water at really close range. It was blackish and had a white rump and I initially thought "House Martin", but it quickly dawned on me I was looking at a small swift with a white rump.  Once I'd got over the initial shock, I knew it had to be a Little Swift, a species I've seen lots of before. To be sure, I carefully studied the tail shape and the extent of the white rump. Once I was 100% confident of the identification, I gave Mark a call. As I waited for Mark to arrive, I watched the Little Swift as it returned to fly around West Scrape. Mark eventually arrived, having speed-walked/jogged almost the full length of the reserve. After a few minutes of anxious searching, I picked up the bird over the adjacent cell 1b. As it flew back and forth amongst many swifts and hirundines, I got Mark onto it. It soon disappeared from view and was not seen again, despite searching for another 4 hours.

Unfortunately, as the reserve was closed due to the Covid-19 lockdown, I took the decision to delay releasing the news of the bird. I was thrilled to find such a rare bird, which occurs less than annually in the UK, but keeping the news to myself really took the gloss off the experience.

Richard Scott

Saturday 23rd

  • 5 Shelduck
  • 1 Teal - drake on the Lagoon
  • 1 GARGANEY - drake on the Lagoon
  • 42 Pochard
  • 27 Tufted Duck
  • 2 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 1 Hobby
  • 3 Avocet
  • 1 Lapwing - on a nest at cell 2a
  • 2 Oystercatcher - one still on the nest at cell 2a
  • 1 SANDERLING - on cell 1b for just 10 mins during a brief shower from 15.05
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - cell 2a
  • 1 Greenshank - West Scrape
  • 2 Common Tern
  • 100 Swift
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood

Friday 22nd

  • 3 Shelduck
  • 78 Gadwall - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 1 Hobby
  • 3 Avocet
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
  • 1 Greenshank - West Scrape
  • 2 Common Tern
  • 210 Swift
  • 1 Jay - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2+ Bearded Tit - near Mitchell Hide
  • 2 Pied Wagtail

Buffer Area (Short Lane) - leucistic Dunnock still present and a singing Lesser Whitethroat

Thursday 21st

  • 2 Barnacle Geese (of unknown origin) - cell 1b
  • 2 Bittern - in flight at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 RED KITE - circled high over the reserve at 11.40
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Hobby
  • 5 Avocet
  • 5 Oystercatcher - including the one sitting on cell 2a
  • 1 Black-tailed Godwit
  • 1 Dunlin
  • 2 Common Tern
  • 3 Stock Dove
  • 2 Bearded Tit - near Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Treecreeper - juv Hawthorn Field
  • 2 Pied Wagtail

Wednesday 20th

  • 5 Shelduck
  • 1 Bittern - seen in flight over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 6 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - females
  • 2 Hobby
  • 1 Avocet
  • 2 Oystercatcher - one still sitting
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
  • 1 TURNSTONE - cell 3b from mid morning into the afternoon
  • 2 Redshank
  • 3 Common Tern
  • 1 Kingfisher - 3 sightings
  • 1 Cuckoo - west end of reserve
  • 2+ Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide and East Scrape screen
  • 3 Swallow
  • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - VC
  • 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Central Grassland
  • 2 Treecreeper - singing along the Access Track and Hawthorn Field
  • 2 Mistle Thrush - Black Carr Field

Sunday 17th

  • 8 Shelduck
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 OSPREY - over Piper Marsh and Huxter Well Marsh at 08.20
  • 3 Hobby
  • 2 Water Rail
  • 10 Avocet
  • 2 Oystercatcher - including one sitting on cell 2b
  • 3 Ringed Plover
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover
  • 1 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 2 Redshank
  • 1 Yellow-legged Gull - sub adult
  • 4 Common Tern
  • 4 Stock Dove
  • 2 Cuckoo - singing
  • 60 Swift
  • 1 Jay
  • 1+ Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Treecreeper - singing at Cottage Drain
  • 1 Mistle Thrush - Huxter Well Masrsh
  • 1 White Wagtail
  • 1 Pied Wagtail
  • 1 Greenfinch - Big Hedge
  • 2 Linnet - Central Grassland

Saturday 16th

  • 6 Shelduck
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Hobby
  • 3 Water Rail - seen at West Scrape, calling at east Scrape and cell 1b
  • 3 Avocet
  • 1 Ringed Plover - Lagoon
  • 2 Stock Dove
  • 1 Cuckoo - Piper Marsh
  • 70 Swift
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Jay

Friday 15th

  • 1 Oystercatcher - sitting at cell 2b
  • 10 Black-tailed Godwit - east at 06.50
  • 1 Dunlin - West Scrape
  • 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 300 Herring Gull - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 5 Great Black-backed Gull - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Cuckoo - one in flight at Piper Marsh and one singing along Hawthorn Bank
  • 1 Treecreeper - singing along the Access Track

Wednesday 13th

  • 2 Hobby
  • 1/2 Cuckoo - one at Loversall Field and an hour later one at Piper Marsh Scrub

Sunday 10th

  • 5 Shelduck - West Scrape
  • 1 Bittern- sat in a bunch of reeds at the edge of West Scrape
  • 3 Little Egret - West Scrape
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and cc
  • 8 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Oystercatcher - sitting on cell 2a
  • 1 GREY PLOVER - West Scrape
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover
  • 1 Dunlin - West Scrape
  • 1 Redshank
  • 3 Common Tern
  • 3 Stock Dove - Central Grassland
  • 1 Cuckoo - singing from Piper Marsh
  • 50 Swift
  • 1 White Wagtail - cell 2a
  • 1 Pied Wagtail

Saturday 9th

  • 7 Shelduck
  • 1 Bittern - took off from lagoon 
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Hobby
  • 2 Water Rail - West Scrape and Lagoon
  • 7 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover
  • 1 Redshank
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover
  • 4 Common Tern
  • 1 Yellow-legged Gull - 3cy
  • 2 Bearded tit

Buffer Area (Short Lane Fields): Green Woodpecker 'yaffling'

Friday 8th

  • Canada Goose - with 3 young Huxter Well Marsh
  • 9 Shelduck - West Scrape
  • 1 Bittern - flew across Huxter Well Marsh to the ring main
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 3 Marsh Harrier - male, female and cc
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 2 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 10 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 3 Oystercatcher - one sitting on cell 2a and 2 on West Scrape
  • 1 Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 3 Little Ringed Plover - 2 on cell 3b and one on West Scrape
  • 1 Redshank - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Common Gull - both 2cy birds on cell 1b
  • 1 Yellow-legged Gull - 4cy bird with a group of Lesser Black-backed, Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls on cell 1b
  • 1 SANDWICH TERN - east at 12.35
  • 4 Common Tern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Bearded Tit - male and female
  • 2 Lesser Whitethroat - Big Hedge and VC
  • 1 Yellow Wagtail - flew over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Pied Wagtail - West Scrape
  • 1 White Wagtail - cell 3b

Butterflies : 4 Dingy Skipper - RBF Ponds

Thursday 7th

  • 1 Marsh Harrier - female
  • 2 Hobby - hunting insects over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Kestrel - over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 11 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Bearded Tit - male near Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - singing ring main bushes/M18

Butterflies : 1 Dingy Skipper - RBF Ponds, 5 Brimstone, 6 Large White, 5 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 11 white sp., 18 Orange Tip, 23 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Speckled Wood

Odonata : 2 Banded Demoiselle, 67 Large Red Damselfly, 24 Common Blue, 111 Azure Blue, 15 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 7 Hairy Hawker, 5 Four-spot Chaser, 4 Broad-bodied Chaser

Wednesday 6th

  • 3 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Common Tern
  • 130 Black-headed Gull - in the colony on cell 2a
  • 1 Cuckoo - hepatic morph female came in from the south west and perched briefly on the dead oak before flying to mother drain perching briefly again and carried on flying north east
  • 3+ Bearded Tit - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 13 Garden Warbler

Monday 4th

  • 6 Shelduck
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
  • 7 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 2 Oystercatcher - including one sitting on cell 2a
  • 10 Dunlin - West Scrape, including 7 which arrived at 16.25
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - West Scrape
  • 1 Redshank
  • 2 Common Tern
  • 2 Stock Dove
  • 100 Swift
  • 1 Bearded Tit

Sunday 3rd

  • 7 Shelduck
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 3 Grey Heron
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Hobby
  • 1 Water Rail - West Scrape
  • Coot - with 3 and 2 young on the Lagoon
  • 14 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 7 Oystercatcher - 2 at cell 2a (1 sitting) and 5 on West Scrape
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 3 Redshank
  • 1 Snipe - West Scrape
  • 2 Common Tern
  • 150 Swift
  • 5 Bearded Tit - near Mitchell Hide
  • 5 Garden Warbler

Saturday 2nd

  • 1 Marsh Harrier
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 5 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Hobby - over Huxter Well Marsh 11:15 hrs
  • 8 Avocet
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 70 Swift
  • 1 Kingfisher

Buffer Area: 3 Lesser Whitethroat - 1 at Short Lane Fields and 2 at Carr Lodge

Friday 1st

  • 3 Common Tern
  • 3 Rook

April 2020

Thursday 30th
Buffer Area ( Carr Lodge): 3 Lesser Whitethroat singing around the perimeter

Wednesday 29th

  • 1 Wigeon - female on Old Eaa
  • 2 Bittern - one in flight around cell 1a and one perched in the reeds at West Scrape
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - m&f
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 1 Peregrine - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 CRANE - circled the reserve at 18.07 and departed west after 10 mins
  • 9 Avocet
  • 2 Oystercatcher - Lagoon
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover
  • 3 Redshank
  • Black-headed Gull - about 35 pairs on cell 2a
  • 50 Swift
  • 2 Willow Tit
  • 2 Bearded Tit - a pair flying above reeds around Mitchell Hide, male perched in reeds
  • 15 Sand Martin
  • 5 Swallow
  • 5 House Martin
  • 1 Garden Warbler - singing by the compound
  • 3 Lesser Whitethroat - singing near V.C., Lov. Delph Copse, Ringmain bushes, prob. another Rossington Carr end
  • 1 White Wagtail - Cell 3b islands 11: 30hrs, flew off east
  • 1 Pied Wagtail - cell 3b

Monday 27th

  • 17 Greylag Geese - adults on Rossington Carr Fields plus 14 Gosling's (2, 5, 7)
  • 1 Little Egret - flew over M18
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
  • 1 Sparrowhawk 
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 2 Oystercatcher - Rossington Carr Fields
  • 6 Lapwing - Rossington Carr Fields
  • 2 Redshank - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Hobby - hawking over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 9 Jackdaw - feeding on Rossington Carr Fields
  • 4 Cetti's Warbler - singing 
  • 1 Chiffchaff - singing
  • 1 Willow Warbler - singing
  • 3 Blackcap
  • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - singing
  • 1 Whitethroat - singing
  • 6 Reed Warbler - singing
  • 1 Mistle Thrush - Rossington Carr Fields
  • 2 Reed Bunting 

Odonata: 1 Four Spot Chaser

Sunday 26th

  • 3 Shelduck
  • 1 Bittern - booming from cell 1a
  • 2 Marsh Harrier
  • 1 Hobby - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 12 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 2 Ringed Plover
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover
  • 2 Redshank - copulating on West Scrape
  • 1 Snipe - West Scrape
  • 2 Common Tern
  • 1 Jay - Loversall Field
  • 4+ Bearded Tit - near Mitchell Hide
  • 14 Cetti's Warbler
  • 22 Chiffchaff
  • 13 Willow Warbler
  • 29 Blackcap
  • 1 Garden Warbler - Piper Marsh Path
  • 2 Lesser Whitethroat - VC and Big Hedge
  • 8 Whitethroat
  • 3 Sedge Warbler
  • 28 Reed Warbler
  • 2 Fieldfare - Hawthorn Field

Buffer Area (Carr Lodge): 1 singing Goldcrest, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat

Saturday 25th

  • 3 Shelduck
  • 1 Wigeon - male on Huxter Well Marsh
  • Mallard - with 8 small young on cell 2a
  • Shoveler - pair copulating on cell 2a
  • 2 Bittern - booming at cell 1a and cell 4
  • 2 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male at Huxter Well Marsh and a moulting female over Old Eaa
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 6 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 3 Water Rail - Decoy Lake, Lagoon, cell 4
  • 10 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 2 Oystercatcher - Huxter Well Marsh (no longer sitting)
  • 2 Ringed Plover - cell 2a/Lagoon
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover - West Scrape
  • 2 Redshank - cell 2a
  • 2 Snipe - West Scrape
  • 1 Common Tern - on Huxter Well Marsh, probably from iPort
  • 6 Swift
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Big Hedge
  • 5 Bearded Tit - flew across Central Grassland and landed in the reeds near East Scrape screen
  • 11 Swallow
  • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - singing at VC, Bridleway and Big Hedge
  • 5 Whitethroat
  • 1 Mistle Thrush - Hawthorn Bank
  • 1 Dunnock - leucistic bird on Short Lane
  • 1 Meadow Pipit - Central Grassland
  • 2 Linnet - Central Grassland

Wednesday 22nd

  • 3 Wigeon
  • 70 Teal
  • 2/3 Bittern - in reeds 1b and flying across 1a/Lagoon, booming cell 4
  • 7 Avocet
  • 2 Redshank
  • 6 Swift
  • 1 Green Woodpecker
  • 1 Lesser Whitethroat - near VC
  • 1 WHINCHAT - Iron Bridge

Butterflies : 7 Brimstone, 23 Orange Tip, 2 Large White, 4 Small White, 8 Green-veined White, 20 Peacock, 2 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Speckled Wood

Odonata : 11 Large Red Damselfly, 1 Azure Damselfly, 1 Common Blue Damselfly (all 4 species recorded so far this year have been earliest reserve records.)

Tuesday 21st

Buffer Area (Gladstones Fields): BAR-TAILED GODWIT in breeding plumage flew east over at 07:25

Monday 20th

  • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
  • Sunday 19th
  • 2 Bittern - one flew across cell 3b and one booming from cell 1a
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 3 Avocet 
  • 1 Oystercatcher - sitting
  • 1 Redshank
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 1 Willow Tit - calling
  • 1 Bearded Tit - calling from cell 3b
  • 1 Yellow Wagtail - north over Piper Marsh

Butterflies : 9 Brimstone, 42 Orange Tip, 2 Large White, 6 Small White, 12 Green-veined White, 12 white sp., 36 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 11 Speckled Wood.

Odonata : 1 Hairy Hawker (earliest VC record by 10 days), 13 Large Red Damselfly

Saturday 18th

  • 3 Shelduck
  • 1 Wigeon - male at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Bittern - booming at cell 1a and cell 4
  • 1 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 2 Water Rail - cell 2a and cell 4
  • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 2 Oystercatcher - including one sitting on cell 2a
  • 3 Ringed Plover - cell 2a including one nest-scraping
  • 8 WHIMBREL - flew NE at 11.55 during a rain shower
  • 2 Redshank - Central Grassland and later on the Lagoon
  • 1 Snipe - West Scrape
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Iron Bridge
  • 1 Bearded Tit - calling near Duchess Hide
  • 60 Sand Martin - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 6 Willow Warbler
  • 2 Sedge Warbler - Decoy Lake and cell 3b
  • 4 Reed Warbler
  • 2 Song Thrush - singing at Iron Bridge and cell 4 by the bridleway
  • 2 Mistle Thrush - Loversall Carr Fields
  • 1 Pied Wagtail - male on Central Grassland

Buffer Area (Carr Lodge): 9 Teal, 2 prs Lapwing, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Mistle Thrush

Friday 17th 

  • 6 Shelduck
  • 1 Wigeon - male on West Scrape
  • 62 Teal
  • 23 Shoveler
  • 1 Red-legged Partridge - at the western end of Access Track. Partridges are rare visitors to the reserve.
  • 1 Bittern - booming at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 6 Avocet
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 8 Lapwing
  • 1 Ringed Plover - cell 2a
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover - mating on West Scrape
  • 1 Snipe - West Scrape
  • 60 Sand Martin
  • 3 House Martin
  • 3 Swallow

Thursday 16th

  • 4 Bittern - booming at cell 1a and cell 4 also 2 flew up from Willow Marsh, flew around and dropped back in
  • 2 Marsh Harrier
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - female displaying
  • 2 Buzzard - displaying
  • 8 Avocet - 4 pairs on West Scrape
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover - pair on West Scrape
  • 4 Redshank - pair on West Scrape
  • 1 Swallow - north
  • 10 Cetti's Warbler
  • 20 Chiffchaff
  • 9 Willow Warbler
  • 12 Blackcap
  • 1 Sedge Warbler
  • 5 Reed Warbler

Butterflies : 5 Brimstone, 41 Orange Tip, 1 Large White, 4 Small White, 4 Green-veined White, 52 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma

Odonata : 6 Large Red Damselfly

Monday 13th

  • 2 Shelduck
  • 1 Wigeon - female on Old Eaa
  • 80 Teal
  • 2 Bittern - booming
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Water Rail - Reedbed Filtration Ponds and cell 3b
  • 4 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Oystercatcher - sitting
  • 2 Redshank - cell 3b
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Willow Tit - singing
  • 3+ Bearded Tit - including 2 males near Mitchell Hide
  • 20 Sand Martin
  • 3 Swallow
  • 3 House Martin
  • 6 Willow Warbler
  • 5 Reed Warbler
  • 1 Sedge Warbler

Sunday 12th

  • 3 Marsh Harrier - 2 males and a female up over the reserve

Saturday 11th

  • 3 Marsh Harrier - 2 males and a female up over the reserve

Buffer Area: singing Treecreeper at Gladstone's Fields, Cetti's Warblers singing at Low Ellers Marsh, Low Ellers Curve and Short Lane Fields pond

Friday 10th

  • 1 Bittern - booming Huxter Well Marsh
  • 9 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Kestrel
  • 2 Avocet - West Scrape 1700hrs
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 2 Little Ringed Plover - male and female on cell 3b all day
  • 4 Redshank - West Scrape 1700hrs, when 2 departed
  • 2 Kingfisher
  • 3 Swallow
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 2 Bearded Tit - females from Mitchell and Hawthorn Bank hides
  • 12 Willow Warbler
  • 1 Sedge Warbler - subsong Reedbed Filtration Ponds

Reptiles/Amphibians : 2 Grass Snake - crossing Ringmain and Hawthorn Bank, single male Great Crested and Smooth Newts.

Odonata : a Large Red Damselfly in Hawthorn Field was the earliest reserve record by five days (previous earliest 15th April 2007)

Butterflies : 4 Brimstone, c20 Orange Tip, 1 Large White, 3 Small White, 5 Green-veined White, c50 Peacock, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood

Buffer Area (Short Lane): single Whitethroat and Swallow
(Carr Lodge): 4 Wigeon, 1 Little Egret, 1 Jay

Thursday 9th

  • 4 Shelduck
  • 47 Shoveler
  • 2 Grey Partridge
  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 2 Grey Heron
  • [2 escaped Sacred Ibis - circling over Central Grassland 12.50hrs, drifted south then headed east]
  • 10 Great Crested Grebe
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - female
  • 10 Buzzard
  • 2 Sparrowhawk - displaying over Hawthorn Bank/Huxter Well
  • 2 Water Rail - calling at cell 4 and Reedbed Filtration Ponds
  • 6 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 4 Oystercatcher - Lagoon
  • 12 Lapwing
  • 2 Ringed Plover - cell 3b
  • 6 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • 2 Great Black-backed Gull
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 
  • 1 Coal Tit
  • 4 Sand Martin
  • 1 Swallow
  • 5 Cetti's Warbler - singing
  • 5 Willow Warbler
  • 16 Blackcap
  • 1 REDSTART - female in hedge alongside railway track near Old Eaa hide 14.50hrs

Butterflies : first Speckled Wood of the year.

Bumblebees : 3 Red-tailed, 3 Common Carder, 1 Tree, 1 Cuckoo sp. and c.25 White/Buff-tailed

Wednesday 8th
Buffer Area: male and female Marsh Harrier over Low Ellers, Cetti's Warbler at Short Lane Fields pond. In Stoven's Plantation: 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Long-tailed Tit taking feathers into a nearly complete nest, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap , 2 Nuthatch

Tuesday 7th

  • 8 Shelduck
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - m&f
  • 2 Sparrowhawk - 4 sightings
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel -  female VC
  • 12 Lapwing
  • 1 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 2 Redshank - West Scrape then 2b
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 2 Bearded Tit - m&f at cell 3b
  • 1 Sand Martin
  • 4 Willow Warbler
  • 12 Blackcap

Butterflies : 4 Brimstone, 16 Orange Tip, 1 Large White, 2 Green-veined White, 62 Peacock, 10 Comma, 17 Small Tortoiseshell.

Monday 6th

  • 1 Marsh Harrier - female
  • 1 OSPREY - north low over the reserve at 5pm
  • 1 Black-tailed Godwit - West Scrape
  • 1 Common Tern - east
  • 200 Sand Martin

Sunday 5th

  • 1 Bittern
  • 4 Little Egret
  • 3 Grey Heron
  • 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Water Rail - calling Lagoon
  • 4 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 10 Lapwing
  • 6 SANDWICH TERN - east over Huxter Well Marsh at 13:40hrs. A record count.
  • 6 Sand Martin
  • 1 Swallow
  • 3 Blackcap
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 2 Pied Wagtail

Butterflies : 7 Brimstone, 6 Orange Tip, 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 32 Peacock, 9 Comma, 9 Small Tortoiseshell.

Buffer Area (Carr Lodge): 25 Wigeon, 2 Grey Heron, 1 RED KITE flew east at 11.50, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 1 singing Skylark, 1 Willow Warbler, 18 Fieldfare, 16 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Bullfinch
(Short Lane): 1 Willow Warbler

Saturday 4th

  • 10+ Shelduck
  • 15 Pochard - 10 males and 5 females
  • 39 Tufted Duck
  • 1+ Bittern - booming at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 6 Little Egret
  • 4 Grey Heron
  • 4 Great Crested Grebe - 2 on cell 1b and 2 on cell 3a
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - pair
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 10 Buzzard
  • 3 Kestrel
  • 2 Water Rail - cell 1a and cell 4
  • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 2 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - cell 3b
  • 2 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Green Woodpecker - Seven Arches Carr
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Beeston Plantation
  • 2 Jay
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 2 Bearded Tit - East Scrape
  • 1 Skylark - over
  • 6 Sand Martin
  • 13 Cetti's Warbler
  • 33 Chiffchaff
  • 7 Blackcap
  • 2 Treecreeper - singing in Black Carr Field and Hawthorn Bank
  • 1 Song Thrush - singing in Black Carr Wood
  • 1 Mistle Thrush - singing at Beeston Plantation
  • 1 Meadow Pipit - over
  • 5 Bullfinch - 3 Willow Bank and 2 at Rossington Bank

Friday 3rd

  • 1 Goosander - female on the Lagoon
  • 2 Bittern - booming on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Redshank - West Scrape
  • 2 Kingfisher
  • 1 Willow Tit - singing
  • 1 Sand Martin
  • 16 Chiffchaff
  • 2 Blackcap
  • 3 Pied Wagtail

Wednesday 1st

  • 2 Shelduck - Lagoon
  • 4 Gadwall - 2 pairs on the Lagoon
  • 50 Teal - 15 on Loversall Pool and 35 on the Lagoon
  • 26 Shoveler - Lagoon
  • 3 Goosander - over the VC towards Carr Lodge/iPort at 09.30am
  • 2 Bittern - one booming on Huxter Well Marsh and one flew around Decoy Lake and landed in reeds
  • 2 Great Crested Grebe - pair on the Lagoon
  • 2 Snipe - Decoy lake
  • 4 Stock Dove

March 2020

Monday 30th

  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 1 Blackcap 
  • 1 Redwing

Saturday 28th

  • 12 Shelduck
  • 115 Teal
  • 104 Shoveler
  • 8 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 3 Kestrel
  • 3 Water Rail - cell 4, Seven Arches Carr, Stilling Pond
  • 2 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
  • 2 Snipe - cell 4 and near Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Common Gull - over
  • 3 Stock Dove - singing at Hawthorn Field and 2 over
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Old Eaa
  • 3 Jay - over St Caths Field
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 2 Bearded Tit - calling near Mitchell Hide and Hawthorn Bank Hide
  • 7 Sand Martin
  • 14 Cetti's Warbler
  • 27 Chiffchaff
  • 3 Blackcap
  • 3 Treecreeper - 2 were singing
  • 1 Song Thrush - Loversall Delph

Buffer Area (Short Lane Fields): 2 Chiffchaff, 7 Redwings

Friday 27th

  • 1 Marsh Harrier
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 5 Avocet
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Snipe
  • 55 Redwing - Loversall Junction
  • 3 Blackcap

Butterflies : 19 Peacock, 8 Comma, 8 Small Tortoiseshell

Tuesday 24th

  • 2 Bittern
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 9 Avocet
  • 1 Redshank
  • 5 Sand Martin
  • 5 Redwing

Butterflies : 5 Brimstone, 14 Peacock, 3 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell

Buffer Area (Gladstones Fields): 3 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 blackcap

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