Potteric Carr wildlife sightings

Potteric Carr wildlife sightings

(C) Jono Leadley

Daily wildlife sightings at Potteric Carr nature reserve.

Please send sightings and photos to pottericsightings@gmail.com.

    Sightings by month

    March 2019

    Grey Heron © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Grey Heron © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Sunday 17th

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

    Other - Grass Snake in Black Carr Field

    Buffer Area - Carr Lodge

    • 35 Wigeon, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Jay

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

    Bumblebee © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Bumblebee © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Saturday 16th

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

    Other: 4 Roe Deer

    Richard Scott

    Grass Snake © Ron Parke 2019

    Grass Snake © Ron Parke 2019

    Friday 15th

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

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

    Darren Wozencroft, Sue and Roger Bird

    Thursday 14th

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

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

    Sue and Roger Bird, Darren Wozencroft, visitor reports

    Tuesday 12th

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

    Dave Carroll, Sue Bird, Ian and Janet Heppenstall

    Grey Shoulder-knot © Roger Bird 2019

    Grey Shoulder-knot © Roger Bird 2019

    Moth Record for Tuesday 5th March

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

    Roger Bird, Ian Heppenstall

    Gadwall pair © Vernon Barker 2019

    Gadwall pair © Vernon Barker 2019

    Monday 11th

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

    Other: 2 Grass Snakes and 3 female Roe Deer

    Pat Heath

    Little Egret © Vernon Barker 2019

    Little Egret © Vernon Barker 2019

    Sunday 10th

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

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

    Darren Wozencroft, Richard Scott, visitor reports

    Saturday 9th

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

    Other: Roe Deer in St Catherines Field

    Chris Bell

    Goldcrest © Carol Hall 2019

    Goldcrest © Carol Hall 2019

    Friday 8th

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

    Other: 3 Roe Deer on Huxter Well Marsh 

    Sue and Roger Bird

    Engrailed © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Engrailed © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Yellow Horned © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Yellow Horned © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Shoulder Stripe © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Shoulder Stripe © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Hebrew Character © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Hebrew Character © Sue and Brian Trout 2019

    Moth Trapping Report for Thursday Night, 28th February

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

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

    Ian and Janet Heppenstall

    Thursday 7th

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

    Andy Dalton, visitor report

    Shoveler © Vernon Barker 2019

    Shoveler © Vernon Barker 2019

    Wednesday 6th

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

    Other: 2 Roe Deer

    Adrian Andruchiw, Paul Paddock

    Shoveler © Vernon Barker 2019

    Shoveler © Vernon Barker 2019

    Little Egrets © Steve Ditch 2019

    Tuesday 5th

    • 5 Shelduck
    • 75 Gadwall
    • 18 Teal
    • 41 Shoveler
    • 1 Bittern - seen from Duchess Hide
    • 32 Pochard
    • 51 Tufted Duck
    • 5 Cormorant
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 6 Great Crested Grebe
    • 3 Little Grebe
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 5 Buzzard
    • 1 Peregrine - over Huxter Well Marsh at 3pm
    • 1 Water Rail - in the Iron Bridge area
    • c35 Lapwing
    • 1 Curlew - cell 1b at 3pm
    • 1 Woodcock - Loversall Delph
    • 3 Snipe - from Hawthorn Bank Hide
    • 2 Herring Gull - on the raft on Decoy Lake were displaying
    • 2 Kingfisher - pair along Moth Drain
    • 2 Green Woodpecker - Huxter Well Marsh and Seven Arches Carr
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - drumming in Black Carr Wood
    • 3 Goldcrest - Black Carr Wood, Black Carr Field and St Caths Copse
    • 3 Coal Tit
    • 5 Willow Tit - counted during a survey
    • 7 Cetti's Warbler
    • 2 Chiffchaff - singing
    • 1 Treecreeper - Black Carr Wood
    • 1 Redwing - near Decoy Marsh
    • 1 Song Thrush
    • 1 Pied Wagtail
    • 6 Lesser Redpoll - Beeston Plantation
    • 2 Siskin - Rossington Bank

    Other: 5 Roe Deer, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Grass Snake in Black Carr Field, 1 Smooth Newt in Loversall Field pond

    Ray Harrison, Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Helen Womack, Dave Harding, Geoff Chatterton, Darren Wozencroft, Sue Bird, Dave Carroll, David Horncastle

    young Bank Vole © Allen Holmes 2019

    young Bank Vole © Allen Holmes 2019

    young Bank Vole © Allen Holmes 2019

    young Bank Vole © Allen Holmes 2019

    Sunday 3rd

    • 5 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - briefly on cell 1b late morning
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - Old Eaa
    • 6 Buzzard - including one with a white upper-tail
    • 3 Water Rail - 2 calling at Huxter Well Marsh and one at Old Eaa
    • 3 Oystercatcher - commuting between Huxter Well Marsh and iPort Lakes
    • 2 Snipe - some aerial activity over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 4 Stock Dove - together over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain near the entrance
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Willow Marsh
    • 1 Sand Martin - through Huxter Well Marsh at 10.45. The earliest record by 4 days.
    • 1 Skylark - singing over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 7 Cetti's Warbler
    • 6+ Redwing - feeding in St Caths Field
    • 3 Pied Wagtail - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 30 Goldfinch - St Caths Field
    • 30 Lesser Redpoll - in birch trees on Hawthorn Bank near St Catherine's Hide
    • 1 COMMON REDPOLL - with the Lessers on Hawthorn Bank
    • 30 Siskin - in alders near the pumping station

    Other: young Bank Voles on Hawthorn Bank

    Richard Scott, Allen Holmes

    Marsh Harrier © Vernon Barker 2019

    Marsh Harrier © Vernon Barker 2019

    Saturday 2nd

    • 6 Shelduck
    • 2 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - SE following the Mother Drain
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 6+ Buzzard
    • 1 Peregrine - beyond the M18
    • 40 Lesser Black-backed Gull - increase in numbers in the roost
    • 360 Herring - roosting
    • 35 Great Black-backed Gull - a big drop in numbers
    • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker - pair in Beeston Plantation and one drumming in Black Carr Wood
    • 2 Raven - seen between 12.40 and 2.30pm 'blogging' beyond the M18 to the east of the iPort
    • 1 Skylark - SW
    • 4 Goldcrest
    • 1 Marsh Tit - Black Carr Wood
    • 3 Chiffchaff - 2 singing and one trapped and ringed
    • 5 Treecreeper - 4 in Beeston Plantation, 1 in St Caths Copse
    • 40 Lesser Redpoll - over Willow Marsh

    Richard Scott, Nigel Walker

    February 2019

    Little Grebe © Vernon Barker 2019

    Little Grebe © Vernon Barker 2019

    Thursday 28th

    • 24 Mute Swan
    • 19 Greylag Geese
    • 14 Canada Geese
    • 7 Shelduck - West Scrape
    • 150+ Gadwall
    • 40+ Teal
    • 30+ Shoveler
    • 12 Pochard
    • 56 Tufted Duck
    • 13 Cormorant
    • 1 Bittern - dropped into reeds opposite Tofield Hide
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 2 Heron
    • 5 Little Grebe
    • 6 Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - in the dead oak at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Oystercatcher
    • 70+ Lapwing
    • 4 Snipe
    • 2 Green Woodpecker - Willow Bank and Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 2 Goldcrest - Black Carr Wood
    • 4 Coal Tit
    • 5 Cetti's Warbler
    • 4 Song Thrush - singing
    • 10 Redwing
    • 7 Bullfinch
    • 20+ Lesser Redpoll
    • 4 Reed Bunting

    Other: 5 Roe Deer, 1 Fox, 1 Rabbit

    Michael Bird, David Beresford

    Cormorant © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Cormorant © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Wednesday 27th

    • 1 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 1 Water Rail
    • 1 Green Woodpeclker - Black Carr Field
    • 2 (or 4) Great Spotted Woodpecker - pair in Black Carr Wood and a pair at Loversall Triangle
    • 2 Goldcrest - Black Carr Field
    • 1+ Coal Tit - Black Carr Field
    • 2 Chiffchaff - singing at Loversall Pool and Cottage Drain
    • 3+ Song Thrush - singing

    Other: several Brimstones and lots of reports of Grass Snakes 

    Buffer Area - Carr Lodge

    • 7 Greylag Geese, 5 Mallard, 10 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 5 Pheasant, singing Treecreeper

    Mark Roberts, Andy Dalton, Chris Robinson, Vernon Barker, visitor reports

    Great Crested Grebes © Barry Wardley 2019

    Great Crested Grebes © Barry Wardley 2019

    recent video of Jack Snipe © Steve Ditch 2019
    (best viewed full screen)

    Tuesday 26th

    • 1 Whooper Swan - cell 1b
    • 4 Shelduck
    • 160 Gadwall
    • 30 Teal
    • 60 Shoveler
    • 15 Pochard
    • 40 Tufted Duck
    • 4 Little Egret
    • 7 Great Crested Grebe
    • 2 Marsh Harrier
    • 7 Buzzard - up together
    • 2 Water Rail - singing at Decoy Marsh and cell 1a
    • 3 Oystercatcher
    • 50 Lapwing
    • 1 Barn Owl
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Beeston Plantation and drumming at Hawthorn Field
    • 4 Goldcrest - Black Carr Wood
    • 4 Coal Tit - singing in separate areas
    • 1 Skylark - Loversall Carr
    • 5 Chiffchaff - singing in separate areas
    • 5 Cettis Warbler - Decoy Lake, Old Eaa, Huxter Well Marsh, Seven Arches Carr
    • 4 Treecreeper
    • 4 Song Thrush
    • 10 Lesser Redpoll - St Catherine's Copse
    • 5 Siskin - back of Decoy Lake

    Butterflies: 4 Brimstone, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral
    Other: 4 Roe Deer

    Buffer Area - Coronation Meadow

    • 1 Water Rail
    • 1 JACK SNIPE
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Helen Womack, Phil Goucher, Dougie Smith, Dave Carroll, Sue Bird, Sheila Bury, Chris Bell, Andy Dalton, John Burdall, Mark Roberts, visitor reports

    Dunnock © Allen Holmes 2019

    Dunnock © Allen Holmes 2019

    Jackdaw © Allen Holmes 2019

    Jackdaw © Allen Holmes 2019

    Monday 25th

    • 3 Shelduck
    • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Little Egret - on Decoy Marsh in breeding plumage
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Water Rail - from Mitchell Hide
    • 14 Snipe - ​4 in front of the VC,  6 West Scrape, 3 Decoy Marsh, 1 Loversall Pool
    • 20 Black-headed Gull - on Decoy Lake were showing interest in Love Island
    • 1 Kingfisher​ - Mother drain
    • 2 Green Woodpecker​ - Hawthorn bank
    • 1 Great Spotted​ - Black carr wood
    • 11 Jackdaw - at porta-cabins/reserve entrance
    • 3 Coal Tit - 2 along Loversall Bank/Willow Bank and one at Willow Pool feeders 
    • 5 Cetti's Warbler - Huxter Well Marsh, Willow Marsh and Old Eaa
    • 4 Treecreeper - 3 in Beeston Plantation and one on Loverall Bank
    • 1 Song Thrush - singing near reserve entrance/car park
    • Bullfinch​ - several pairs
    • 3 Lesser Redpoll
    • 20 Siskin ​- Hawthorn Bank
    • 2 Reed Bunting - Willow Pool feeders

    Other: 2 Roe Deer​, 1 Fox

    Allen Holmes, Adrian Andruchiw, Sue and Roger Bird, Dave Carroll

    Sunday 24th

    • 5 Great Crested Grebe
    • 8 Little Grebe
    • 2 Shelduck
    • 2 Snipe
    • 2 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 7 Song Thrush

    Sue Cullen, Ian and Janet Heppenstall

    Buzzard and Crows © Vernon Barker 2019

    Buzzard and Crows © Vernon Barker 2019

    Saturday 23rd

    • 55 Wigeon - cell 2a
    • 1 Bittern - booming
    • 5 Little Egret
    • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - on cell 1b briefly in the afternoon
    • 3 Marsh Harrier - cc at Huxter Well Marsh and 2 cc high SW at dusk
    • 1 Water Rail - Decoy Marsh
    • 2 Oystercatcher - low over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 CASPIAN GULL - 2cy arrived in the roost at 4.35pm. There was a dread (a wave of panic) at 5.45 pm and all of the gulls departed SW. 
    • 2 Kingfisher - together on the Mother Drain
    • 1 Green Woodpecker
    • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 1 Willow Tit - Cottage Drain/Hawthorn Bank

    Richard Scott, Helen Womack, visitor reports

    Mallards © Vernon Barker 2019

    Mallards © Vernon Barker 2019

    Crow and Marsh Harrier © Vernon Barker 2019

    Crow and Marsh Harrier © Vernon Barker 2019

    Friday 22nd

    • 4 Shelduck
    • 130 Wigeon on 2a, flew in from the Iport in the afternoon 
    • 1 Bittern in flight on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 4 Little Egret 3 on 1b and one on 3b
    • 10 Great Crested Grebe on Huxter Well Marsh included 4 displaying pairs
    • 1 Marsh Harrier a female on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 1 Sparrowhawk over Black carr Wood 
    • 5+ Buzzard watched from Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 250 Lapwing on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2  Common Gull on 1b
    • 1 Kingfisher on 3a
    • 1 Green Woodpecker on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker in Black Carr Wood were very active
    • 1 Goldcrest in Black Carr Wood 
    • 1 Coal tit singing in Black Carr Field 
    • 7 Cetti's Warbler singing 
    • 1 Treecreeper in Black Carr Wood 
    • 2 Song Thrush singing 
    • 1 Mistle Thrush singing in Black Carr Wood 
    • 8 Bullfinch were 4 pairs

    1 Grass Snake

    SB  RB  DC and visitor records

    c50 Redwing on Short Lane Fields

    Bittern © Nidge Nilsen 2019

    Bittern © Nidge Nilsen 2019

    Toad © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Toad © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Thursday 21st

    • 5 Shelduck
    • 1 Bittern - cell 3a
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 2 Water Rail - calling
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler - singing
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • 6 Coal Tit
    • 1 Treecreeper
    • 10 Redpoll
    • 1 Ring-necked Parakeet - Childer's Wood
    • 1 Common Toad - St Cath's

    Darren Wozencroft, Richard Jenkinson

    • Cetti warbler Decoy marsh
    • Jack snipe Old Eea
    • Pair GSW Black Carr wood
    • 4 little egrets HWM
    • 1 Great White Egret 1b
    • 4 Shell duck 1b
    • 20 Goldfinch St Caths field
    • 6 Brimstone Butterflies

    Michael Bird

    • 3 Coal Tit
    • 1 Bullfinch
    • 1 tree Creeper
    • 3 Cettis Warbler
    • 3 Heron
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 1 Great White Egret
    • 18 Cormorant
    • 6 Snipe
    • 250+ Lapwing
    • 3/4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (female seen on Hawthorne Bank may have been same bird as seen under mother drain bridge)
    • 1 Green Woodpecker
    • 1 Song Thrush
    • 2 Kingfisher
    • 3 Buzzards
    • 3 Shelduck
    • 230+ Gadwall
    • 50+Teal
    • 120,circa, Widgeon
    • 50+ Shoveler
    • 38 Tufted Duck
    • 19 Pochard
    • 26 Mute Swan
    • 6 Little Grebe
    • 3 Great Crested Grebe
    • 5 Grey Lag Geese
    • 5 Canada Geese
    • 9 Lesser Redpoll
    • 2 Coal Tit
    • 3 Gt Black Backed Gulls
    • Other
    • 3 Roe Deer
    • 3 Brimstone

    David Beresford

    Dotted Border © Derek Parker 2019

    Dotted Border © Derek Parker 2019

    The Satellite © Derek Parker 2019

    The Satellite © Derek Parker 2019

    Oak Nycteoline © Derek Parker 2019

    Oak Nycteoline © Derek Parker 2019

    MOTH TRAPPING REPORT FOR SATURDAY NIGHT, 16 FEBRUARY, 2019

    A total of 6 species of moths were recorded. The only record of note was 2 examples of Nycteola revayana Oak Nycteolene. This is quite a small and very variable species, resembling a Tortricid in shape and demeanour, although quite unrelated to that family and, indeed, is classified as a macro-moth, whereas Tortricids are micro-moths.

    Oak Nycteolenes emerge in late autumn, overwinter, and re-appear in earliest spring. It is not a moth which is recorded annually at Potteric Carr, more like every 2-3 years, so is always good to see. It is, as its name implies, an oak-feeding species. The full-grown larva pupates in a boat-shaped cocoon under the surface of an oak leaf.

    Other species recorded, all of them common, were: Tortricodes alternella, Pale Brindled Beauty, Dotted Border, Chestnut and Satellite.

    Ian Heppenstall, Harry Beaumont and Janet Heppenstall

    Great Spotted Woodpeckers © Paul Paddock 2019

    Great Spotted Woodpeckers © Paul Paddock 2019

    Wednesday 20th

    • 3x Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
    • 3x Goldcrest - Black Carr Wood
    • 7x Long Tailed Tit - Black Carr Wood
    • 1x Bittern - flying by Huxter Marsh Cell 1a near tree line
    • 1x Great Crested Grebe - Huxter Marsh Cell 1b
    • 3x Shelduck - 1x on Decoy Marsh and 2x on Huxter Marsh Cell 1b

    Paul Paddock

    Tuesday 19th

    • 2 Jack Snipe one on Decoy Marsh and one on Old Eaa
    • 3 Common Snipe
    • 1 Kingfisher on Mother Drain
    • c 240 Gadwal
    • c 40 Tufted Duck
    • 2 Goldcrest in Black Carr Wood
    • c  70 Shoveler
    • 7 Great Crested Grebes
    • 2 Shelduck
    • c 170 Lapwings
    • 2 Common Gulls
    • c 40 Pochard
    • 15 Cormorant
    • 4 Grey Herons
    • 3 Little Egrets on Piper Marsh
    • c 30 Teal
    • 1 Nuthatch at end of Hawthorn Bank near Mother Drain
    • 10 Siskin near pumping station
    • Little Grebe 2 Willow Marsh
    • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 1 Coal Tit
    • 2 Willow Tit
    • 3 singing Cetti’s Warbler
    • 20 Long-tailed Tit counted
    • 4 Goldcrest
    • 1 Song Thrush at snail anvil
    • 10 Bullfinch counted
    • 15 Lesser Redpoll
    • 3 singing Reed Bunting

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Philip Goucher, Dougie Smith, Dave Harding, Geoff Chatterton, Dave Carroll, Sue Bird, Sheila Bury

    Gadwall © Vernon Barker 2019

    Gadwall © Vernon Barker 2019

    Monday 18th

    • 1 Shelduck a male on Old Eaa
    • 1 Great Crested Grebe cell 3a
    • 1 Bittern Huxter Well Marsh (Keith Fellows)
    • 1 Little Egret cell 3b
    • 11 Cormorant cell 1b
    • 2 Marsh Harrier a female and imm male on Huxter Well Marsh 
    • 2 Sparrowhawk 1over Beeston Plantation and one displaying over Black Carr Wood 
    • 3 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel over Piper Marsh
    • 1 Peregrine very actively hunting over Huxter Well Marsh this afternoon
    • 250 Lapwing Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Water Rail calling on Old Eaa
    • 150 Black-headed Gull cell 1b
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker calling in Beeston Plantation 
    • 1 Green Woodpecker Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5 Cettis Warbler
    • 1 Goldcrest near Old Eaa hide
    • 2 Coal Tit in Beeston Plantation 
    • 1 Skylark over Beeston plantation
    • 2 Treecreeper in Beeston Plantation 
    • 1 Song Thrush singing Old Eaa
    • Large flock of Siskin at the Pumping station
    • 16 Lesser Redpoll in Beeston Plantation in a flock of Goldfinches
    • 1 Reed Bunting at VC feeders

    Sue and Roger Bird, Dave Carroll, Rich Collis

    Stonechat © Richard Scott 2019

    Stonechat © Richard Scott 2019

    Great Spotted Woodpecker © Carol Hall 2019

    Great Spotted Woodpecker © Carol Hall 2019

    Sunday 17th

    Piper Marsh: Grey Partridge flew east

    Mark Roberts

    Black Carr Wood 2Great spotted woodpeckers chasing each other 

    piper marsh hide 10.48 bittern flew straight across the front of the hide great view for all present .

    Paul Naylor

    1 Willow Tit - Piper Marsh

    Stonechat - female near VC

    Richard Scott

    Buffer Area - Carr Lodge

    2 Greylag, 20 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 6 BH Gull SE, 1 Common Gull SE, 2 Herring Gull SE, 1 GBB Gull SE, 20+ Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Magpie, 6+ Blue Tit, 1s Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1s Treecreeper,  2 Mistle Thrush, 1s Chaffinch and 17 Goldfinch W.

    Chris Robinson

    Red Kite (record shot) © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Red Kite (record shot) © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Saturday 16th

    Willow Bank: 20+ Long Tailed tits, Blue Tits, Great Tits 4 Robins

    Willow Pool from cottage Drain Hide: 1 Heron 4 pairs of Mallards, 1 moor hen and 1 coot

    On the reed bed to the right of the old path around Piper pool (so
    left as you reach the iron Bridge)  One BEARDED TIT spooked

    Reed Bed by Old Eaa Pool at least 2 possibly 3 BEARDED TIT singing away.

    Piper hide pool amongst many mallards was a Heron and a mating pair of Mallards.

    Black Carr Wood: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10+ Gold Crests flock of Long Tailed tits
    Marsh Tit (three seen) one possible WIllow tit but picture not good enough for ID.

    Rob Burns

    • 1 Bittern
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 2 GREAT WHITE EGRET
    • c320 Pink-footed Geese - west
    • 1 RED KITE
    • 1 CASPIAN GULL - 2cy
    • 1 Yellow-legged Gull - 2cy
    • 1 Peacock Butterfly

    Pete Greaves, Richard Scott, Adrian Andruchiw

    Brimstone © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Brimstone © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Mole © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Mole © Darren Wozencroft 2019

    Friday 15th

    1 Peacock butterfly behind Sedum house, 1 Male Siskin singing near Willow pool hide, 1 Wate Rail calling Old Eaa, 4 Redpoll Loversall bank

    Richard Collis

    2 male Brimstone - Loversall Triangle, 1 Mole - Access Track

    Darren Wozencroft

    1 GS Pecker in Black Carr Wood, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 310 Gadwall including 130 from Hawthorn Bank Hide, 115 from Duchess Hide and 56 on Piper Marsh. A JACK SNIPE got up from one of the islands from Hawthorn Bank Hide and flew to middle of Huxter Well Marsh, 17 Cormorants from Mitchell Hide and a Fox also in the middle of the marsh.

    Pete Greaves

    Buffer Area - Short Lane Fields

    c80 Redwing

    Richard Scott

    Thanks to Nidge Nilsen, Carol Hall and Vernon Barker for sending in photos. I'll post a selection over the next few days.

    Long-tailed Tit © Rob Burns 2019

    Long-tailed Tit © Rob Burns 2019

    Thursday 14th

    Willow bank Long tailed tits Blue Tits Great Tits Robin and a Brimstone Butterfly

    Over Huxter Well Marsh Harrier. Cell 2a  100+ Lapwings 40+ teal  20+ Gadwall 30+ Mallard  1 Snipe

    At Willow pool hide by the entrance door one marsh Tit and another
    heard on Hawthorne Bank

    Rob Burns

    3 of Great spotted woodpecker, in the wood near Blackcarr field i.e. the one you have to climb over the stile to enter

    I spent 40 mins watching 2, possibly a pair, chasing each other backwards and forwards from tree to tree and from branch to branch when a third arrived and started to chase the pair around.

    I also saw  7-spot ladybird and an early instar of what may be a shield bug of some sort, I need to research that one a bit more before I can confirm that ID.

    Derek Parker

    Bittern and Marsh Harrier

    Nidge Nilsen

    Great Spotted Woodpecker © Paul Paddock 2019

    Great Spotted Woodpecker © Paul Paddock 2019

    Jack Snipe © Paul Paddock 2019

    Jack Snipe © Paul Paddock 2019

    Wednesday 13th

    • Flock of Siskins  30+ 
    • Great spotted Woodpecker
    • Tree creeper
    • 1x Jack Snipe - Decoy Marsah
    • 2x Greater Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
    • 10+ Bullfinch flock - near Piper Marsh Hide
    • 10+ Long-Tailed Tits - near Piper Marsh Hide
    • 1x Song Thrush - near pumping station
    • 2x Cetti’s Warbler singing
    • 4x Shelduck - cell 1B Huxter

    Ray Harrison, Paul Paddock

    Long-tailed Tit  © Carol Hall 2019

    Long-tailed Tit  © Carol Hall 2019

    Tuesday 12th

    • 1 Jack Snipe on Decoy Marsh
    • 2 Song Thrush one at top of access track and one near the pumping station
    • c 250 Gadwall
    • c 60 Shoveler
    • c 140 Teal
    • c 90 Pochard
    • c 50 Tufted Duck
    • c 200 Lapwings
    • 4 Common Gull
    • 11 Cormorants
    • 2 Little Grebes
    • 1 Sparrow hawk
    • 1 Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 Water Rail on Willow Pool
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 2 Jays
    • 1 cc Marsh Harrier HWM
    • 1 Woodcock Rossington Bank
    • 2 Herring Gull Sedum House
    • 4 Stock Dove in tree at St Catherine’s Field
    • 1 Kingfisher flew up Mother Drain
    • 1 GSW Black Carr Wood
    • 20 Redwing St Catherine’s Field
    • 30,000 Starlings over Visitor Centre at 5.10pm
    • 7 Jackdaw Sedum House
    • 9 Bullfinch Rossington Bank
    • 1 Cetti’s Warbler singing
    • 1 Bittern reported

    1 Roe Deer Black Carr Wood

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Dave Carroll

    Green Woodpecker © Amy Thompson 2019

    Green Woodpecker © Amy Thompson 2019

    Monday 11th

    • Water rail and male and female Reed Buntings at Willow Hide
    • Jack Snipe - Decoy Marsh
    • Siskin - 3 in Warden’s car park
    • Water Rail - Willow Pool
    • Cetti’s Warbler - Hawthorn Bank & Willow Pool
    • Bullfinch - numerous locations
    • Song Thrush 
    • Great Spotted Woodpecker - 2 along Hawthorn Bank
    • Oystercatcher
    • Sparrowhawk - 2
    • Tawny Owl - calling from Decoy Marsh area

    Brenda McCabe, John Burdall

    immature Mute Swan © Matty Laycock 2019

    immature Mute Swan © Matty Laycock 2019

    Goldcrest © Carol Hall 2019

    Goldcrest © Carol Hall 2019

    Sunday 10th

    • 1 Whooper Swan - West Scrape
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • 6 Buzzard
    • 2 Kestrel
    • 2+ Peregrine - one around 1pm circling over Black Carr Wood stooped on a flock of pigeons. At 1.55pm a pair circled high with 3 Buzzards
    • 1 Mediterranean Gull - adult on cell 1b from 12.30 to 1.20pm
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 3 Coal Tit - including 2 singing along Loversall Bank
    • 1 Mistle Thrush - singing in Beeston Plantation

    Richard Scott, Carol Hall, visitor reports

    Saturday 9th

    • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Great Crested Grebe - cell 3a
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female cream-crowns at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 5 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Peregrine - adult mobbing a Buzzard
    • 2 Green Woodpecker - Hawthorn Bank
    • 100 Jackdaw - in the distance near Parrot's Corner
    • 13 Lesser Black-backed Gull - roosting on cell 1b
    • 500 Herring Gull - roosting on cell 1b
    • 1 CASPIAN GULL - adult roosting on cell 1b
    • 300 Great Black-backed Gull - roosting on cell 1b
    • 40 Siskin - Access Track

    Buffer Area

    • 2 Ring-necked parakeets arrived separately to roost in trees bordering Low Ellers
    • Starlings circa 30,000 seen briefly from SLFields

    Richard Scott, Allen Holmes, visitor reports

    Thursday 7th

    • 2 Reed Bunting
    • 2 Coal Tit
    • 8 Bullfinch
    • 3 tree Creeper
    • 2 Goldcrest
    • 1 Pied Wagtail
    • 1 Cettis
    • 2 Jay
    • 5 Heron
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 1 Jack Snipe
    • 1 Kingfisher
    • 170+ Lapwing
    • 24 Cormorant
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • Green Woodpecker
    • 5 Shelduck
    • 300+ Gadwall
    • 63 Pochard
    • 50+ Tufted Duck
    • 60+ Shoveler
    • 80+ Teal
    • 2 Little Grebe
    • 18 Grey Lag Geese
    • 5 Canada Geese
    • 23 Mute Swan
    • 1 Marsh Harrier (CC)
    • 1 Water Rail at Willow Pool feeders
    • 10 Siskin
    • 1 Lesser Redpoll in Goldfinch flock
    • 1 Great Black Backed Gull

    David Beresford

    Spring Usher © Derek Parker 2019

    Spring Usher © Derek Parker 2019

    MOTH TRAPPING REPORT FOR TUESDAY NIGHT, 5 FEBRUARY, 2019

    Advantage was taken of a rare mild night, free of strong winds, to begin the year’s moth trapping. In early February, the number of species flying is very limited and, hence, we had just 6, generally common, species to record, as follows:

    Tortricodes alternella (3)

    Acleris ferrugana (1, a male, confirmed by dissection)

    Pale Brindled Beauty (2)

    Spring Usher (1)

    Dotted Border (2)

    Chestnut (14)

    Ian and Janet Heppenstall   

    Darvic Ringed Great Black-backed Gull

    The following details have been returned about a bird found dead near to Mitchell Hide which was ringed last year as a chick in Denmark.

    Date Place km
    06/07/18 Møgholm, Hirsholmene, Frederikshavn, Nordjylland, Denmark  
    14/09/18 Strandby Havn, Frederikshavn, Nordjylland, Denmark 6
    08/01/19 Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Doncaster 859
    Jay © Allen Holmes 2019

    Jay © Allen Holmes 2019

    Wednesday 6th

    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and cc
    • 1 Water Rail - Willow Pool
    • 1 JACK SNIPE - Decoy Marsh
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood 
    • 3 Coal Tit
    • 1 Marsh Tit - Willow Bank
    • 1 Nuthatch - red route near Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Treecreeper
    • 5 Bullfinch
    • 2 Lesser Redpoll - near Education Centre
    • 8 Siskin 
    • 5 Reed Bunting

    David Beresford, Vernon Barker, Alan Stenton

    Darvic Ringed Herring Gull

    The following details have just been returned about a bird seen on Decoy Lake on 28th November 2017

    GR08114 7 27/02/2012 Daneshill Landfill Site: 53°22'N 1°0'W (SK6786) (Nottinghamshire)  
    4G9B VV 27/12/2012 Richmond Bank, River Mersey: 53°22'N 2°39'W (SJ5786) (Warrington) 109km W
    4G9B VV 28/11/2017 Potteric Carr Nature Reserve: 53°29'N 1°8'W (SE5800) (South Yorkshire) 16km NW
    Snowdrops © Keith Lynes 2019

    Snowdrops © Keith Lynes 2019

    Tuesday 5th

    • 5 Shelduck
    • c200 Gadwall
    • c360 Teal
    • c120 Shoveler
    • c20 Pochard
    • c25 Tufted Duck
    • 20 Cormorant
    • 1 Bittern - landed in front of Tofield Hide at 12.15pm
    • 2 Little Egret - Mother Drain
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 2 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Water Rail - showing well in front of Willow Pool Hide
    • c150 Lapwing
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 2 Green Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood and the Iron Bridge area
    • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker - two in Black Carr Wood and one alongside Mother Drain
    • 4 Goldcrest - two in Beeston Plantation and two in Black Carr Field
    • 2 Cetti's Warbler
    • 1 Nuthatch - Beeston Plantation
    • 2 Treecreeper - Beeston Plantation
    • 2 Song Thrush
    • 2 Lesser Redpoll - Beeston Plantation

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Phil Goacher, Doug Smith, Dave Harding, Geoff Chatterton, Helen Womack, Dave Carroll

    Jack Snipe © Allen Holmes 2019

    Jack Snipe © Allen Holmes 2019

    Coot © Amy Thompson 2019

    Coot © Amy Thompson 2019

    Monday 4th

    • 6 Shelduck
    • 50 Shoveler
    • 1 Water Rail - Willow Pool
    • 1 JACK SNIPE - Decoy Marsh
    • c40,000 Starling - visible from the VC

    Amy Thompson, Allen Holmes

    Redwing © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Redwing © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Sunday 3rd

    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Water Rail - Willow Pool
    • 1 JACK SNIPE - Decoy Marsh
    • 4 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Green Woodpecker
    • 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 3 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER                                 
    • 2 Jay
    • 5 Coal Tit
    • 2 Marsh Tit - a very vocal pair in Beeston Plantation
    • 2 Treecreeper
    • 2 Nuthatch – Beeston Wood and Black Carr Wood
    • 70 Redwing - 50 in Beeston Plantation and 20 near the Royal Mail building
    • 12 Bullfinch
    • 1 Greenfinch
    • 9 Lesser Redpoll          

    Other: 5 Roe Deer

    Gary Johnston, Richard Scott, Adrian Andruchiw, Nigel Walker, Sue Cullen, Chris Bell

    Water Rail © Allen Holmes 2019

    Water Rail © Allen Holmes 2019

    Linnet © Richard Scott 2019

    Linnet © Richard Scott 2019

    Saturday 2nd

    • c150 Pink-footed Geese - west at 1.15pm (distant over Bessacarr)
    • 7 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 22 Cormorant - cell 1b
    • 1 Bittern - walking on the ice at 1.30pm seen from Tofield Hide
    • 4 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and cc
    • 2 Sparrowhawk - displaying beyond M18
    • 6 Buzzard
    • 3 Kestrel
    • 2 Water Rail - one at Willow Pool and one on the frozen drain in front of Mitchell Hide
    • 2 Stock Dove - over
    • 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker - 3 in Black Carr Wood (inc. female drumming), singles at Beeston Plantation and Willow Marsh
    • 1 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER
    • 2 Goldcrest
    • 3 Coal Tit
    • 1 Willow Tit - Willow Bank
    • 1 Nuthatch - Beeston Plantation
    • 2 Treecreeper - Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Song Thrush - Hawthorn Bank
    • c50 Redwing - St Caths Field
    • 1 Mistle Thrush - St Caths Field
    • 1 Meadow Pipit - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Linnet - overflow car park
    • c5 Lesser Redpoll - Black Carr Wood
    • 9 Siskin - Willow Pool area

    Other: 8 Roe Deer

    Gary Johnston, Richard Scott, Andy Bell, Michael Bird, Allen Holmes, Col Neale, Ian and Janet Heppenstall, Katie Smith

    Marsh Harrier © Paul Paddock 2019

    Marsh Harrier © Paul Paddock 2019

    Friday 1st

    • 1 Bittern - seen twice over Huxter Well Marsh at 1pm and 1.30pm
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 1 Peregrine - seen from Lakeside but came from Reserve, looked like juv female
    • 2 Water Rail
    • 3 Goldcrest
    • 4 Lesser Redpoll
    • 20 Siskin

    Darren Wozencroft

    January 2019

    Frost and fog © Richard Sykes 2019

    Frost and fog © Richard Sykes 2019

    Thursday 31st

    • 55 Greylag Geese
    • 2 Canada Geese
    • 5 Shelduck
    • 220+ Gadwall
    • 3 Little Grebe
    • 5/6 Little Egret - in Mother drain
    • 1 Grey Heron
    • 1 Water Rail - cottage drain
    • 3 Woodcock - one flushed from path side near West Scrape Hide and 2 in Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Snipe
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - near West Scrape Hide
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - over Willow Pool
    • 2 Goldcrest - Access Track
    • 3 Coal Tit
    • 1 Willow Tit - Access Track
    • 2 Treecreeper
    • 1 Song Thrush - Car Park area
    • 5 Redwing
    • 1 Pied Wagtail
    • 24 Bullfinch
    • 1 Greenfinch
    • 1 Lesser Redpoll - near Education Centre
    • c30 Siskin - Access Track
    • 2 Reed Bunting

    Other: 4 Roe Deer

    David Beresford, Michael Bird, Andy Dalton, visitor reports

    Red Arrows © Paul Paddock 2019

    Red Arrows © Paul Paddock 2019

    Jelly Ear Fungi © Debbie Ross 2019

    Jelly Ear Fungi © Debbie Ross 2019

    Wednesday 30th 

    • 6 Shelduck
    • 1 Marsh harrier - cc at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 3 Snipe
    • 2 Green Woodpecker
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - female in Black Carr and one heard in Corbett Wood
    • 1 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER
    • 4 Jay
    • 2 Goldcrest
    • 10's Blue Tit
    • 10's Great Tit
    • 4 Coal Tit
    • 10's Long-Tailed Tit
    • 1 Nuthatch - Beeston Plantation
    • 4 Treecreeper
    • 1 Redwing - near the pumping station
    • 8 Bullfinch
    • 6 Lesser Redpoll - near the pumping station
    • 2+ Siskin

    Other: 6 Roe Deer. Also the Red Arrows were spotted (see photo)

    Gary Johnston, Sue Brook, Richard Collis, Paul Paddock

    Canada Goose © Richard Scott 2019

    Canada Goose © Richard Scott 2019

    Tuesday 29th

    • 40 Pink-footed Geese - over
    • 6 Shelduck
    • 200+ Gadwall
    • 270+ Teal
    • c60 Shoveler
    • c75 Pochard
    • c55 Tufted Duck
    • 16 Cormorant
    • 2 Bittern - sightings from Tofield Hide and Beeston Hide
    • 1 Little Egret - Mother Drain
    • 6 Grey Heron
    • 1 Marsh Harrier
    • c140 Lapwing
    • 2 Green Woodpecker - Iron Bridge/Huxter Well Marsh and Willow Bank
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 4 Goldcrest
    • 1 Coal Tit - Willow Pool feeders
    • 2 Treecreeper - Loversall Bank
    • 1 Redwing
    • 1 Pied Wagtail
    • 11 Bullfinch

    Other: 5 Roe Deer

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, David Carroll, Ray Harrison, Andy Dalton

    Robin © Richard Scott 2019

    Robin © Richard Scott 2019

    Monday 28th

    • 1 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER
    • 7 Meadow Pipit - Loversall Carr Fields

    Tony and Celia Sawbridge, Mark Roberts

    Sunday 27th

    • 9 Shelduck - cell 1b
    • 370 Teal - cell 1b
    • 91 Pochard
    • 45 Tufted Duck
    • 15 Cormorant - cell 1b
    • 1 Bittern - flew in front of Tofield Hide
    • 1 Little Egret - cell 1b
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and cc
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Peregrine - flew across Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 2 COMMON REDPOLL - in birches between Piper Marsh and West Scrape hides (visitor report per Ashley Watson)
    • 13 Siskin

    Richard Scott, visitor reports

    Treecreeper © Richard Scott 2019

    Treecreeper © Richard Scott 2019

    Saturday 26th

    • c100 Pink-footed Geese - west at 12.15
    • 7 Shelduck - 6 on Huxter Well Marsh and one on Old Eaa
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Buzzard
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Peregrine - over iPort
    • 1 Woodcock - low over Big Hedge/Central Grassland at 5.05pm
    • 1 Mediterranean Gull - adult on cell 1b late afternoon
    • 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull - on cell 1b late afternoon
    • 500 Herring Gull - on cell 1b late afternoon
    • 300 Great Black-backed Gull - on cell 1b late afternoon
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Hawthorn Bank
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - over Willow Bank
    • c200 Jackdaw - Hawthorn Bank at dusk
    • 7 Goldcrest
    • 1 Treecreeper - Young Eaa
    • 80,000 Starling
    • 1 Pied Wagtail
    • 20 Bullfinch
    • 20 Lesser Redpoll
    • 30 Goldfinch
    • 20 Siskin

    Richard Scott, Pete Greaves, Helen Womack, Michael Bird, Darren Wozencroft

    Friday 25th

    • 5 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Willow Bank
    • 1 Willow Tit - seen and heard in a mixed tit flock on Willow Bank
    • 20 Bullfinch - around the reserve but mainly Willow Bank/Cottage Drain area
    • 15 Lesser Redpoll - feeding on birch catkins on Willow Bank
    • 2 COMMON REDPOLL - with the lesser redpolls on Willow Bank. The first sighting since 2011.
    • 20 Redwing - in trees at St Caths Field

    Pat and Janet Heath

    Thursday 24th

    • 2 BEARDED TIT - pair near the dead oak at Huxter Well Marsh at 1.25pm

    Buffer Area

    • 2 Little Egret - south over Short Lane Fields towards Potteric at dusk
    • 1 Kestrel - north over Short Lane Fields at dusk
    • Peregrine - at the starling murmuration at 4.45pm
    • 2 Ring-necked Parakeet - flew in from the north-east at 4.30pm over Short Lane Fields
    • 50,000 Starling - gathered over the Lakeside flats at 4.40pm, where they were attacked by a Peregrine. They headed back to Low Ellers to roost at around 4.50.

    Mark Roberts, Richard Scott

    Wednesday 23rd

    • 9 Shelduck
    • 1 Bittern - flying over Huxter Well Marsh at 12.15pm. Surprisingly the first sighting of the year.
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female together over Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Willow Pool

    Buffer Area

    • 1 Kestrel - north over Short Lane Fields at dusk
    • 1+ Peregrine - one took a starling and 10 minutes later the same or another was also at the starling murmuration
    • 3 Ring-necked Parakeet - flew in silently from the north-east at 4.30pm over Short Lane Fields
    • 50+ Magpie - roosting at Low Ellers Curve
    • 50,000 Starling - spectacular display from 4.30pm over Short Lane Fields, going to roost at Low Ellers at 4.47. The starlings were at a low level, close up and overhead at times - I've got the evidence on my hat and coat to prove it!
    • c60 Greenfinch - small flocks NW over Short Lane Fields at dusk

    Paul Paddock, Richard Scott

    Tuesday 22nd

    • 6 Shelduck
    • c160 Gadwall
    • c150 Teal
    • c40 Shoveler
    • c80 Pochard
    • c35 Tufted Duck
    • 2 Little Egret
    • 5 Grey Heron
    • 2 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Sparrowhawk - Old Eaa
    • 1 Buzzard - near visitor centre
    • c220 Lapwing
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - female in Black Carr Wood and one heard in Beeston Plantation
    • 2 Goldcrest
    • 2 Willow Tit - Beeston Plantation and Willow Pool feeders
    • 1 Treecreeper - Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Song Thrush - near VC
    • c100 Redwing - Beeston Plantation
    • 20+ Bullfinch
    • 9 Lesser Redpoll - Beeston Plantation
    • 10 Siskin - Loversall Bank

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Phil Goacher, Doug Smith, David Harding, Geoff Chatterton, Dave Carroll, Sue Bird, Janet and Ian Heppenstall

    Whooper Swans © Richard Scott 2019

    Whooper Swans © Richard Scott 2019

    Sunday 20th

    • 34 Whooper Swan - 21 arrived from the south-west at 10.40am and landed on cell 1b, 16 departing NW at 12.40pm. A further 13 flew low NW at 4pm while people were waiting for the starling murmuration.
    • 20+ Pink-footed Geese - NW over Willow Marsh at 12.30pm
    • c150 Greylag Geese
    • 10 Shelduck
    • 49 Wigeon
    • 107 Pochard
    • 41 Tufted Duck
    • 1 Goldeneye - male on cell 1b
    • 1 Little Egret - Mother Drain
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Peregrine - harrying the starlings, late afternoon
    • 1 Woodcock - Beeston Plantation
    • 9 Snipe - including 6 at Central Grassland
    • 2 Green Woodpecker - Willow Marsh and Black Carr Field
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Willow Bank and Beeston Plantation
    • 3 Jay
    • 4 Goldcrest
    • 30 Long-tailed Tit - Balby Carr Copse
    • 2 Marsh Tit - Loversall Delph and Loversall Bank
    • 1 Chiffchaff - near Piper Marsh Hide
    • 2 Treecreeper
    • 50+ Redwing - St Caths Field
    • 25 Bullfinch - small groups across the reserve
    • 1 Lesser Redpoll - Access Track
    • 20 Goldfinch - Access Track
    • 15 Siskin - Loverall Bank

    Richard Scott, Sue and Roger Bird, Mark Roberts, Nigel Walker, Pete Freeman, Sue Brook, Indy Kiemel Greene

    Marsh Harrier © Mick Woodward 2019

    Marsh Harrier © Mick Woodward 2019

    Saturday 19th

    • 5 Pink-footed Geese - SE at 12.35
    • 9 Shelduck - cell 1b
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 6 Common Gull - cell 1b
    • 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull - cell 1b
    • 450 Herring Gull - on cell 1b at dusk with many still arriving after dark
    • 1 CASPIAN GULL - 2cy on cell 1b from 3.40pm
    • 400 Great Black-backed - on cell 1b at dusk with many still arriving after dark
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Hawthorn Bank
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Beeston Plantation
    • Starlings - large numbers roosted at Old Eaa
    • 1 Willow Tit - Cottage Drain

    Buffer Area - Short Lane

    • 1 Sparrowhawk - to the Starling roost
    • 2 Ring-necked Parakeet - in to roost on Low Ellers loop at 4pm
    • c50,000 Starling - in to roost on Low Ellers at 4.35pm

    Richard Scott, Sue and Roger Bird

    Gadwalls © Vernon Barker 2019

    Gadwalls © Vernon Barker 2019

    Friday 18th

    • c70 Pink-footed Geese - west at 10.30am. Also 100+ (9.55) and c70 (10.00) SW over Bessacarr would have passed over the reserve.
    • 10 Shelduck
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Peregrine
    • Starlings - watched from the VC, gathering just after 4pm and went to roost at Low Ellers just before 4.30pm. Sparrowhawk and Peregrine in attendance.
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 5 Snipe
    • 2 Green Woodpecker
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 140 Redwing - in Beeston Plantation, left south
    • 1 Willow Tit - pumping station
    • 4 Coal Tit
    • 16 Bullfinch
    • 30 Siskin

    Richard Scott, Darren Wozencroft

    Thursday 17th

    • 37 Mute Swan
    • 16 Greylag Geese
    • 22 Canada Geese
    • 9 Shelduck
    • 130+ Gadwall
    • 150+ Teal
    • 57 Shoveler
    • 90+ Pochard
    • 66 Tufted Duck
    • 21 Cormorant
    • 3 Grey Heron
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 5 Little Grebe
    • 1 Great Crested Grebe
    • 2 Marsh Harrier
    • 1 Peregrine
    • 280+ Lapwing
    • 1 Snipe
    • 1 Woodcock - Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - in dead oak near Duchess Hide
    • 3 Coal Tit
    • 4 Treecreeper
    • Starlings - a photo of the murmuration was shown on BBC Look North this evening
    • 40+ Redwing
    • 10 Lesser Redpoll - 7 around the pumping station and 3 in Beeston Plantation
    • 12 Siskin - 10 around the pumping station and 2 in Beeston Plantation

    David Beresford

    Little Egret © Vernon Barker 2019

    Little Egret © Vernon Barker 2019

    Wednesday 16th

    • 1 Peregrine - at the Starling murmuration

    Stu Davenport

    Tuesday 15th

    • 2 Shelduck
    • c80 Gadwall
    • c300 Teal
    • c60 Shoveler
    • c105 Pochard
    • c75 Tufted Duck
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 5 Grey Heron
    • 1 Great Crested Grebe
    • c 300 Lapwing
    • 1 Snipe - Old Eaa
    • 1 Common Gull
    • 1 Kingfisher on Mother Drain
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - male and female together in Beeston Plantation
    • 3 Jay
    • 2 Marsh/Willow Tit - Loversal Delph and Willow Pool (did not call and only seen briefly)
    • 1 Song Thrush - car park area
    • 4 Lesser Redpoll - Beeston Plantation
    • 26 Siskin - 20 in Beeston Plantation and 6 on the access track

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, Dave Harding, Phil Goucher, Vernon Barker

    male Siskin © Allen Holmes 2019

    male Siskin © Allen Holmes 2019

    Monday 14th

    • 3 Little Egret - Mother Drain
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - immature male seen at Piper Marsh and Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Barn Owl
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother drain
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Piper Marsh
    • 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker - 2 in Beeston Plantation and singles at Black Carr Wood
    •  and Piper Marsh
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • 3 Treecreeper - 2 along Willow Bank and one in Beeston Plantation
    • 6 Bullfinch - Willow Bank
    • c25 Siskin - Piper Marsh and Loversall Triangle

    Allen Holmes, Richard Collis, Darren Wozencroft, Gracie Corner

    drake Mallard © Allen Holmes 2019

    drake Mallard © Allen Holmes 2019

    Sunday 13th

    • 4 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 250 Teal - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 12 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Little Egret - one on Huxter Well Marsh and 2 NW through Huxter Well Marsh at dusk
    • 3 Little Grebe
    • 1 Mediterranean Gull - adult on cell 1b from 4.25pm
    • 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull - cell 1b at dusk
    • 650 Herring Gull - cell 1b at dusk
    • 1 CASPIAN GULL - 1st-winter (2cy) on cell 1b from 3.15pm 
    • 570 Great Black-backed Gull - cell 1b at dusk
    • 1 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER
    • 1 Goldrest - Black Carr Wood
    • 2 Reed Bunting - Willow Pool feeders

    Richard Scott, Sue Cullen, visitor reports

    Saturday 12th

    • 1 Little Egret - flew over Iron Bridge 
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - over Huxter Well Marsh been mobbed by crows 
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - flew in front of Duchess Hide 
    • 3 Jay - together at Willow Bank 

    Other: 4 Roe Deer (2 in Beeston Plantation and 2 along Mother Drain)

    Mark Revitt

    Goldfinch © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Goldfinch © Adrian Andruchiw 2019

    Friday 11th

    • 7 Shelduck
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Sparrowhawk - from Visitor Centre
    • 1 Water Rail - calling in Seven Arches Carr
    • 1 Woodcock - Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood and Beeston Plantation (female)
    • 1 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER
    • 3 Jay
    • 2 Willow Tit - Piper Marsh Scrub and one near VC
    • 1 Marsh Tit - near VC
    • c100,000 Starling - put on a good show from the VC and went in to roost on Decoy Marsh at 4.25pm
    • 10 Siskin - near the pumping station, plus some in Beeston Plantation
    • 20 Lesser Redpoll - near Loversall Triangle, plus some in Beeston Plantation
    • 37 Redwing - 12 in Beeston Plantation and 25 in St Caths Field
    • 6 Bullfinch - Willow Bank/Cottage Drain

    Sue Brook, Sue and Roger Bird, Michael Bird, Andy Dalton, Adrian Andruchiw, Darren Wozencroft

    Thursday 10th

    • 33 Mute Swan
    • 23 Greylag Geese
    • 23 Canada Geese
    • 8 Shelduck
    • 101 Gadwall
    • 7 Wigeon
    • 190+ Teal
    • 33 Shoveler
    • 87 Pochard
    • 67 Tufted Duck
    • 29 Cormorant
    • 3 Little Egret
    • 2 Little Grebe
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male 
    • 2 Sparrowhawk
    • 150+  Lapwing
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 2 Jay
    • 1 Goldcrest
    • 2 Coal Tit
    • 3 Cetti's Warbler
    • Starlings - Stunning Starling murmuration of 150K+ commencing about 3.50pm and most diving into Decoy Marsh to roost between 4.17pm and 4.27pm.  A visitor was heard to comment that it was better than Brighton!!
    • 2 Song Thrush - one near the VC at dusk and one near the viaduct
    • 11 Bullfinch
    • 7 Lesser Redpoll - pumping station
    • 8 Siskin - pumping station

    Other: 2 Muntjac Deer in Beeston Plantation

    David Beresford

    Marsh Harriers © Mick Woodward 2019

    Marsh Harriers © Mick Woodward 2019

    Wednesday 9th

    • 3 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 4 Grey Heron
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - male over Loversall Pool and then Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Kestrel
    • 1 Peregrine - see below
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - Big Hedge
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - male along Loversall Bank
    • 1 Willow Tit - Loversall Bank
    • 2 Treecreeper - Loversall Bank
    • Starlings - tonight's murmuration was smaller than of late but a Peregrine ensured that a good display was seen!
    • 2 Goldcrest - Loversall Bank
    • 10 Lesser Redpoll - showing well near the pumping station
    • 15+ Siskin - showing well near the pumping station

    Paul Paddock, Andy Dalton

    Marsh Harriers © Vernon Barker 2019

    Marsh Harriers © Vernon Barker 2019

    Tuesday 8th

    • 6 Shelduck
    • c80 Gadwall
    • c100 Teal
    • c20 Shoveler
    • c80 Pochard
    • c50 Tufted Duck
    • 4 Little Grebe
    • 1 Great Crested Grebe
    • 1 Little Egret
    • 5 Grey Heron
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - pair seen together. One stood on the water's edge at Piper Marsh.
    • c170 Lapwing
    • 1 Woodcock - Beeston Plantation
    • 1000+ Black-headed Gull - unusually circling the northern areas of the reserve at dusk. Probably when all gulls were flushed from Lakeside (per Ryan McClarence)
    • 4 Stock Dove - over
    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - drumming
    • 250+ corvids - Jackdaws and Carrion Crows over the northern areas of the reserve at dusk. They appeared agitated and didn't settle. 
    • 1 Marsh Tit - near Sedum House/Mother Drain
    • 4 Cetti's Warbler - singing
    • 1 Nuthatch - Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Treecreeper - near dragonfly ponds
    • 1 Song Thrush - in song at dusk
    • 18 Redwing
    • 6 Bullfinch
    • 2 Lesser Redpoll
    • 15 Siskin

    Buffer Area

    • Starlings - murmuration over Short Lane Fields and Low Ellers from 3.50 and went to roost at Low Ellers at 4.25pm

    Keith Lynes, Michael Bird, David Harding, Geoff Chatterton, Dave Carroll, Sue Bird, Ray Harrison, Sophie Pinder, Adrian Andruchiw, Ian and Janet Heppenstall

    Wigeon © Richard Scott

    Wigeon © Richard Scott

    Sunday 6th

    • 5 Shelduck - cell 1b
    • 65 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5 Buzzard
    • 1 Willow Tit - Willow Marsh/Loversall Delph
    • 1 Treecreeper - Hawthorn Field
    • 1 Greenfinch - over the carpark
    • 4 Yellowhammer - north over the access track. An increasingly scarce visitor to the reserve.

    Buffer Area - Carr Lodge

    • 30 Fieldfare
    • 20 Redwing

    Richard Scott, Mark Roberts

    Mute Swan © Richard Scott 2019

    Mute Swan on square pond © Richard Scott 2019

    Magpies on Highland Cattle © Keith Horton 2019

    Magpies on Highland Cattle © Keith Horton 2019

    Saturday 5th

    • 5 Shelduck - cell 1b
    • 11 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 76 Pochard - Huxter Well Marsh, also a drake Pochard x Tufted Duck hybrid
    • 15 Cormorant - cell 1b
    • 2 Little Egret - flew from cell 4 towads the iPort
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and cc
    • 3 Sparrowhawk - 2 attacking the Starling flock and one at Huxter Well Marsh at dusk
    • 2 Water Rail - calling from cells 1b and 2a
    • 236 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull - cell 1b at dusk
    • 550 Herring Gull - cell 1b at dusk
    • 1 CASPIAN GULL - 1st-winter on cell 1b from 3.30pm
    • 280 Great Black-backed Gull - cell 1b at dusk
    • 2 Stock Dove - Piper Marsh
    • 2 Green Woodpecker
    • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • 1 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER - in a tit flock between Willow Pool Hide and Cottage Drain
    • 200 Jackdaw - roosting in trees along Hawthorn Bank
    • 2 Coal Tit - access track
    • 1 Marsh Tit - Willow Marsh
    • 1 Treecreeper - access track
    • c100,000 Starling - watched from the VC. They put on an excellent show from 3.50-4.20pm.
    • 30 Redwing
    • 1 Pied Wagtail - over
    • 6 Lesser Redpoll
    • 10 Siskin - Old Eaa

    Buffer Area

    • 1 Tawny Owl - male calling from Gladstone's Fields at 10.40pm

    Richard Scott, Sue and Roger Bird, Michael Bird

    Kingfisher © Keith Horton 2019

    Kingfisher © Keith Horton 2019

    Friday 4th

    • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain near the VC
    • 1 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER - male 50m south from the VC
    • Starlings - put on a good show from the VC around 4pm and headed off towards Low Ellers to roost. A Sparrowhawk was seen to take one in flight.
    • 25 Siskin - near the pumping station
    • 4 Reed Bunting - VC feeders

    VC logbook, Andy Dalton

    Caspian Gull © Richard Scott 2019

    Caspian Gull © Richard Scott 2019

    Thursday 3rd

    • 8 Shelduck
    • 4 Grey Heron
    • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
    • 1 Sparrowhawk
    • 1 Mediterranean Gull - the adult arrived in the roost on cell 1b at 4.20pm. Interestingly it is choosing to roost with the big gulls at Potteric rather than with the 'black-heads' on Lakeside.
    • 160 Herring gull - on cell 1b late afternoon
    • 1 CASPIAN GULL - 1st-winter on cell 1b from 3.30pm
    • 255 Great Black-backed Gull - on cell 1b late afternoon 
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - over Central Grassland
    • 3 Jay
    • 2 Coal Tit
    • Starlings - gathered over Huxter Well Marsh before heading off towards Low Ellers, showing well from the Visitor Centre
    • 1 Pied Wagtail
    • 9 Bullfinch
    • 2 Reed Bunting

    Buffer Area

    • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - calling from Gladstone's Fields

    David Beresford, Richard Scott, Andy Dalton

    male and female Teal © Vernon Barker 2019

    male and female Teal © Vernon Barker 2019

    Tuesday 1st

    • 3 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 3 Great Crested Grebe - Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc at Huxter Well Marsh
    • 1 Mediterranean Gull - an adult in the gull roost on cell 1b from 4.20pm. The first since June 2017.
    • 1 Green Woodpecker - 'yaffling' along Hawthorn Bank
    • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Willow Bank and Beeston Plantation
    • 1 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER - male with a flock of Long-tailed Tits along Willow Bank
    • 5 Goldcrest
    • 4 Coal Tit
    • 1 Marsh Tit - calling loudly along Willow Bank
    • 1 Nuthatch - Beeston Plantation
    • Starlings - large numbers at dusk at Huxter Well Marsh, but not counted. Many birds still flying around after 4.30pm. Its advisable to use the overflow carpark if you intend to stay for the murmuration. There were 60-70 people observing this evening, mainly from Hawthorn Bank.
    • 11 Blackbird - on the edge of Beeston Plantation 
    • 80 Redwing - along the edge of Beeston Plantation
    • 1 Mistle Thrush - singing in Beeston Plantation
    • 15 Bullfinch
    • 20 Goldfinch - main carpark
    • 10 Siskin - near Decoy Marsh hide

    Sue and Roger Bird, Dave Carroll, Sheila Bury, Richard and Tricia Scott

    Highlights

     

    Sightings from previous years: