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

    January 2019

    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 - Beeston Plantation
    • 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 - male in Beeston Plantation
    • 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: