Potteric Carr wildlife sightings 2021

Potteric Carr wildlife sightings 2021

(c) Matthew Roberts

Daily wildlife sightings at Potteric Carr nature reserve.

Please send your Potteric Carr wildlife sightings and photos to pottericsightings@gmail.com

The 108 page 50 year review of the Birds of Potteric Carr can be bought at the Visitor Centre or from the YWT Shop

Sightings by month

April 2021

Wheatear © Adrian Andruchiw 2021

Wheatear © Adrian Andruchiw 2021

male Orange Tip © Lynda Christou 2021

male Orange Tip © Lynda Christou 2021

Song Thrush © Adrian Andruchiw 2021

Song Thrush © Adrian Andruchiw 2021

Sunday 18th

  • 4 Wigeon - 2 pairs on cell 2a
  • 2 Bittern - both booming
  • 2 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - pair displaying
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 2 Water Rail
  • 4 Avocet- West Scrape
  • 4 Lapwing
  • 1 Common Sandpiper - on the thin strip of mud at the back of cell 1b. The first for the year.
  • 2 Redshank
  • 1 Coal Tit - singing
  • 2 Bearded Tit - from Hawthorn Bank Hide
  • 2 Skylark
  • 9 Sand Martin
  • 11 Cetti's Warbler
  • 1 Reed Warbler
  • 1 Mistle Thrush - singing on Hawthorn Bank
  • 1 Wheatear - male on Central Grassland close to East Scrape Screen. The first for the year.
  • 1 Meadow Pipit

Richard Scott, Adrian Andruchiw, Gary Dyson, Lynda Christou
 

Chiffchaff © Allen Holmes 2021

Chiffchaff © Allen Holmes 2021

Saturday 17th

  • 1 Egyptian Goose - cell 1b
  • 5 Shelduck
  • Mallard - 6 small young on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 4 Little Egret
  • 3 Marsh Harrier - male, female and a dark cc
  • 3 Sparrowhawk 
  • 10 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 3 Water Rail
  • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 4 Oystercatcher - over
  • 5 Lapwing
  • 1 Curlew - on cell 1b in the morning
  • 1 Redshank - West Scrape
  • 2 Snipe - Decoy Lake
  • 1 Mediterranean Gull - adult flew over Huxter Well Marsh towards the iPort Lakes
  • 2 Stock Dove
  • 2 Bearded Tit - male and female near Mitchell Hide 
  • 3 Skylark
  • 5 Sand Martin
  • 9 Willow Warbler
  • 1 Whitethroat - Big Hedge
  • 1 Sedge Warbler
  • 1 Reed Warbler - singing at West Scrape. The first for the year.

Butterflies: 2 Brimstone, 9 Orange Tip, 2 Green-veined White, 10 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma

Amphibians: male Smooth Newt, Common Frog

Richard Scott, Darren Wozencroft, Lynda Christou, visitor reports

Friday 16th

  • 1 GARGANEY - drake seen on cell 2a and the Lagoon
  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 1 Great White Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 4 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Snipe - cell 2a
  • 1 Stock Dove - checking out a nest box
  • 1 Bearded Tit - calling in front of Hawthorn Bank Hide
  • 7 Willow Warbler
  • 1 Treecreeper - singing
  • 1 Mistle Thrush - singing

Buffer Area

  • 1 Whitethroat at Carr Lodge

Richard Scott, Gary Dyson, Andy Dalton

Thursday 15th

  • 1 Cormorant
  • 1 Little Egret
  • 1 Grey Heron
  • 3 Great Crested Grebe
  • 1 Water Rail - calling
  • 6 Avocet
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Jay

Butterflies: 12 Orange tip, 1 Speckled wood, 3 Peacock, 3 White sp, 1 Brimstone, 1 Comma

Mammals: 1 Bank Vole
 
Lynda and Matthew Christou

Cuckooflower © Martin Warne 2021

Cuckooflower © Martin Warne 2021

female Orange Tip © Martin Warne 2021

female Orange Tip © Martin Warne 2021

Kestrel © David Shaw 2021

Kestrel © David Shaw 2021

Wednesday 14th

  • Greylag Goose - the first young were seen at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Shelduck
  • 2 Bittern - booming
  • 4 Little Egret
  • 1 Great White Egret - cell 1b
  • 3 Grey Heron
  • 4 Marsh Harrier
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 10 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 6 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • 77 Herring Gull
  • 61 Great Black-backed Gull
  • 1 Green Woodpecker
  • 6 Jay
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 53 Sand Martin
  • 7 Cetti's Warbler
  • 3+ Willow Warbler
  • 1 Whitethroat - Central Grassland Scrub. The first for the year.
  • 1 Sedge Warbler - Huxter Well Marsh. The first for the year.
  • 1 Treecreeper

Mammals: Wood Mouse, American Mink, Bank Vole

Butterflies: 5 Green-veined White, 4 Orange Tip, 7 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Speckled Wood

Mark Roberts, Ray Harrison, David Shaw, Martin Warne, Darren Wozencroft, Lynda Christou, Richard Scott, Paul Paddock

Tuesday 13th

  • 2 Wigeon
  • 1 GARGANEY - drake on the Lagoon
  • 64 Shoveler
  • 16 Pochard
  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 1 Great White Egret - seen from Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - female
  • 6 Buzzard
  • 2+ Willow Tit

Phil Goacher, Gary Dyson

male Marsh Harrier © Allen Holmes 2021

male Marsh Harrier © Allen Holmes 2021

Monday 12th

  • 1 GARGANEY - drake on the Lagoon
  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 1 Great White Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - female
  • 2+ Willow Tit
  • 3 Willow Warbler
  • 4 Lesser Redpoll - Black Carr Wood

Gary Dyson, Mark Roberts

female Blackcap © Barry Wardley 2021

female Blackcap © Barry Wardley 2021

Garganey © Richard Scott 2021

Garganey © Richard Scott 2021

Sunday 11th

  • 1 GARGANEY - drake on the Lagoon
  • 2 Bittern - one booming and one seen in flight
  • 1 Great White Egret
  • 7 Little Egret
  • 1 RED KITE
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 4 Sparrowhawk
  • 8 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 2 Water Rail
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 3 Lapwing
  • 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull - on cell 1b during the afternoon
  • 80 Herring Gull - on cell 1b during the afternoon
  • 21 Great Black-backed Gull - on cell 1b during the afternoon
  • 1 Barn Owl
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 2 Goldcrest - singing on Loversall Bank and Hawthorn Field
  • 67 Sand Martin
  • 7 Swallow
  • 2 Willow Warbler
  • 2 Treereeper
  • 2 Linnet
  • 6 Lesser Redpoll

Butterflies: 1 Peacock, 1 White sp.

Richard Scott, Darren Wozencroft, Ray Harrison, Sue and Roger Bird, Mark Roberts, Allen Holmes

Long-tailed Tit © Richard Scott 2021

Long-tailed Tit © Richard Scott 2021

Saturday 10th

  • 8 WHOOPER SWAN - seen distantly from Hawthorn Bank Hide heading N or NW at 11.10
  • 1 GARGANEY - drake on Huxter Well Marsh all day but mobile
  • 2+ Bittern - 2 booming and one seen in flight
  • 1 Great White Egret - cell 1b
  • 9 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 3 Sparrowhawk
  • 5 Buzzard
  • 4 Water Rail
  • 1 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - arrived from the east and flew around Huxter Well Marsh calling, before heading towards iPort
  • 4 Snipe
  • 2 Mediterranean Gull - adults with a small group of black-headed gulls over Huxter Well Marsh before heading towards iPort
  • 1 Stock Dove
  • 1 Raven - landed in a tree at Seven Arches Carr
  • 1 Coal Tit - singing
  • 4 Skylark
  • 1 Bearded Tit
  • 54 Sand Martin - mostly passing through but some over Huxter Well Marsh while it was snowing!
  • 4 Swallow
  • 1 Willow Warbler
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 5 Lesser Redpoll
  • 1 Siskin

Richard Scott

Friday 9th

  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 1 Great White Egret 
  • 9 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and cc
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 5 Buzzard
  • 2 Water Rail - calling
  • 1 Snipe
  • 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull - light passage
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 2 Coal Tit
  • 1 Skylark
  • 12 Sand Martin - (8-SW)
  • 1 Swallow - west
  • 13 Cetti's Warbler
  • 39 Chiffchaff
  • 2 Willow Warbler
  • 19 Blackcap
  • 3 Song Thrush
  • 9 Lesser Redpoll

Butterflies: female Orange Tip and a Speckled Wood

Buffer Area - Stoven's Plantation

  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch

Darren Wozencroft, Sue and Roger Bird

Cowslip © Darren Wozencroft 2021

Cowslip © Darren Wozencroft 2021

Thursday 8th

  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 11 Little Egret - cell 1b
  • 1 Great White Egret - cell 3b
  • 1 Grey Heron
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Little Ringed Plover - west over Huxter Well Marsh. The first for the year.
  • 1 Green Sandpiper - cell 2a
  • 6 Sand Martin
  • 1 Willow Warbler - near Mitchell Hide
  • 7 Blackcap

Butterflies: 1 Orange Tip, 1 Peacock

Darren Wozencroft

Wednesday 7th

  • 14 Shelduck
  • 4 Wigeon - 2 males and 2 females on cell 2a
  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 8 Little Egret - cell 1b
  • 1 Great White Egret - cell 1b
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Snipe - cell 2a
  • (150 large gulls - cell 1b)
  • 2 Willow Tit
  • 9 Blackcap
  • 2 Treecreeper
  • 4 Song Thrush
  • 1 Pied Wagtail
  • 20 Lesser Redpoll

Darren Wozencroft, Paul Paddock, visitor reports

Tuesday 6th

  • 2 Shelduck
  • 3 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 1 Oystercatcher

Lynda Christou

Monday 5th

  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 1 Little Egret - cell 1b
  • 1 Great White Egret - cell 1b
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - male
  • 1 Water Rail
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Redshank
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 22 Sand Martin
  • 2 Swallow
  • 1 Treecreeper - singing
  • 2 Fieldfare
  • 3 Lesser Redpoll

Richard Scott, Darren Wozencroft, Lynda Christou

Bank Vole © Allen Holmes 2021

Bank Vole © Allen Holmes 2021

Sunday 4th

  • 8 Shelduck
  • 85 Gadwall
  • 56 Teal
  • 14 Mallard
  • 150 Shoveler
  • 19 Pochard
  • 48 Tufted Duck
  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 1 Great White Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 15 Little Grebe
  • 3 Great Crested Grebe
  • 3 Marsh Harrier - male, female and cc
  • 4 Sparrowhawk
  • 10+ Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel - male and female
  • 1 Peregrine - east
  • 6 Water Rail
  • 8 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 2 Snipe
  • 1 Common Tern - flew by the VC at 12.45. The first for the year
  • 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • 8 Herring Gull
  • 41 Great Black-backed Gull
  • 4 Stock Dove
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 7 Jay - all in the same tree at Seven Arches Carr
  • 2 Skylark
  • 118 Sand Martin - 63 through and 55 present late afternoon
  • 2 Swallow - through
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 11 Fieldfare - SW
  • 1 Meadow Pipit
  • 2 Lesser Redpoll - over

Butterflies: 4 Peacock, 2 Comma, 1 Orange Tip

Mammals: 1 Bank Vole

Buffer Area

  • Short Lane Fields: Cetti's Warbler singing
  • Gladstone's Fields: 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Song Thrush

Richard Scott, John Burdall, Andy Dalton, Darren Wozencroft, Lynda Christou, Sue and Roger Bird, visitor reports

Dark-edged Bee-fly © Allen Holmes 2021

Dark-edged Bee-fly © Allen Holmes 2021

Saturday 3rd

  • 4 Water Rail
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 2 Snipe
  • 2 Bittern - booming
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 3 Sparrowhawk
  • 10 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 2 Jay
  • 3 Skylark
  • 1 Bearded Tit - calling
  • 67 Sand Martin - flew through during the morning
  • 2 Linnet - south
  • 60 Lesser Redpoll - Seven Arches Carr/Piper Marsh Scrub

Ringing: 6 Chiffchaff and 1 retrap youngster from last year, 3 Blackcap, 3 Long-tailed and 1 retrap, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Dunnock, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 retrap Blue Tit

Buffer Area

  • Willow Warbler singing at Gladstone's Fields and a Nuthatch in Stoven's Plantation

Richard Scott, Lynda Christou, Allen Holmes, Rebekah Beaumont, Sue and Roger Bird

Great White Egret © Paul Paddock 2021

Great White Egret © Paul Paddock 2021

Dace © Paul Paddock 2021

Dace © Paul Paddock 2021

Friday 2nd

  • 13 Shelduck
  • 2 Bittern
  • 5 Little Egret
  • 1 Great White Egret - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and female
  • 4 Sparrowhawk
  • 10 Buzzard
  • 5 Water Rail
  • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 3 Redshank - West Scrape
  • 1 Snipe
  • 3 Stock Dove
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 1 Bearded Tit
  • 1 Skylark
  • 74 Sand Martin - through, including a flock of 39 flying east
  • 2 Swallow - the first for the year
  • 9 Cetti's Warbler
  • 29 Common Chiffchaff
  • 12 Blackcap
  • 80 Fieldfare - flew north in a single flock
  • 1 Lesser Redpoll

Butterflies: 2 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma

Richard Scott, Darren Wozencroft, Gary Dyson, Lynda Christou

Greylag Goose © Lynda Christou 2021

Greylag Goose © Lynda Christou 2021

Thursday 1st

  • 6 WHOOPER SWAN - on the Lagoon early morning departed north at 09.05
  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - pair displaying
  • 1 Water Rail
  • 2 Avocet - West Scrape
  • 2 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
  • 100 Sand Martin - present early evening

Mark Roberts, Lynda Christou

March 2021

male Reed Bunting © Richard Scott 2021

male Reed Bunting © Richard Scott 2021

Wednesday 31st

  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 1 Great White Egret
  • 2 Grey Heron
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - male and cc
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 4 Lapwing
  • 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • 1 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER
  • 1 Raven - SW
  • 1 Rook - SW
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 1 Coal Tit
  • 3 Bearded Tit - calling
  • 10 Cetti's Warbler
  • 1 Willow Warbler - near VC. The first for the year.
  • 33 Chiffchaff
  • 6 Blackcap
  • 2 Song Thrush

Butterflies: 5 Brimstone, 3 Orange Tip, 26 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma

Darren Wozencroft, Lynda Christou, visitor reports

male Marsh Harrier © Richard Scott 2021

male Marsh Harrier © Richard Scott 2021

Great White Egret © Barry Wardley 2021

Great White Egret © Barry Wardley 2021

Tuesday 30th

  • 2 Shelduck
  • 2+ Bittern - two booming and one seen
  • 4 Little Egret
  • 1 Great White Egret - on Piper Marsh in the morning
  • 3 Marsh Harrier - including a displaying male
  • 3 Sparrowhawk
  • 16 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Peregrine
  • 4 Water Rail
  • 3 Avocet - up to 3 birds on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Oystercatcher - cell 1b
  • 1 Curlew - flew in from the east at 10.40 landing on cell 1b. Departed east at 10.55
  • 2 Ringed Plover - circled Huxter Well Marsh at 11.20
  • 1 Redshank - flew over Huxter Well Marsh. The first for the year
  • 9 Snipe - 8 on Decoy Lake early morning and one on cell 1b
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 1 Coal Tit - singing at Black Carr Field
  • 3 Bearded Tit
  • 1 Skylark - singing over Central Grassland
  • 56 Sand Martin - 6 through during the day and 50 present early evening
  • 14 Cetti's Warbler - possibly a record count
  • 28 Chiffchaff - a big increase in numbers
  • 7 Blackcap - the first for the year
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 1 Meadow Pipit - over
  • 1 Greenfinch - south

Butterflies: 17 Peacock, 3 comma, Brimstones, Small Tortoiseshells

Richard Scott, Phil Goucher, Mark Roberts, Gary Dyson, Barry Wardley, Lynda Christou, Martin Kaye, visitor reports

Comma © Lynda Christou 2021

Comma © Lynda Christou 2021

Peacock Butterfly © Lynda Christou 2021

Peacock Butterfly © Lynda Christou 2021

Monday 29th

  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 1 RED KITE - flew over Hawthorn Field at 07:45
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - pair displaying

Butterflies: 18 Peacock, 4 Comma, 2 Brimstone, 2 whites

Moths: 3 Orange Underwing

Mark Roberts, Lynda Christou, Ian Heppenstall

Sunday 28th

  • 18 Canada Geese - north
  • 4 Shelduck
  • 2 Bittern - one booming and one in flight
  • 4 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier
  • 6 Sparrowhawk - 4 up together over Piper Marsh and 2 over Beeston Plantation
  • 6 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 1 Peregrine - west high over Piper Marsh
  • 1 Water Rail
  • 1 Oystercatcher - Lagoon
  • 5 Snipe - Central Grassland
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - 2cy dropped onto cell 1b at 10.50 and then flew NW at 11.08. This bird was tracked as it flew north-west through the district. It had been seen flying over Slaynes Lane, Misson at 10.30 and was spotted at Cusworth about 15 mins after leaving Potteric.
  • 5 Stock Dove
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 2 Raven - circled high over Rossington Carr Fields before heading off south
  • 2 Goldcrest - one of which was singing
  • 1 Skylark
  • 33 Sand Martin
  • 6 Cetti's Warbler
  • 11 Chiffchaff
  • 2 Redwing

Saturday 27th

  • 7 Shelduck
  • 1 Bittern
  • 4 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier
  • 3 Sparrowhawk
  • 7 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 3 Water Rail
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 3 Lapwing
  • 3 Stock Dove
  • 50 Jackdaw
  • 2 Raven - Loversall Carr Fields
  • 1 Coal Tit
  • 1 Skylark
  • 39 Sand Martin
  • 9 Cetti's Warbler
  • 18 Chiffchaff
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 5 Song Thrush
  • 1 Pied Wagtail
  • 1 Meadow Pipit

Friday 26th

  • 14 Shelduck
  • 113 Shoveler
  • 1 Bittern - booming from Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 3 Lapwing
  • 44 Sand Martin
  • 5 Chiffchaff
  • 1 Treecreeper

Thursday 25th

  • 1 Bittern - booming on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh. A Marsh Harrier half attempted to catch one but it got away
  • 1 Sparrowhawk -  Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - cc over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Buzzard  2 perched on oak in Willow Marsh and one on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Oystercatcher - on island on cell 2a
  • 3 Avocet
  • 1 Curlew - flew east in the morning
  • 2 Jay - Willow Marsh
  • 3 Coal Tit - singing 2 along Willow Bank and one in Blackcarr Field
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 6 Chiffchaff - singing
  • 2 Goldcrest - singing
  • Lesser Redpoll - heard over the tree tops
  • 2 Siskin - calling St Caths Copse

Wednesday 24th

  • 8 Great Crested Grebe
  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 4 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 5 Buzzard
  • 1 Water Rail - calling
  • 1 Woodcock
  • 20 Snipe - near the VC
  • 150 Black-headed Gull
  • 1 Mediterranean Gull - adult in the roost cell 1b
  • 8 Common Gull - roost
  • 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull - roost
  • 95 Herring Gull
  • 8 Great Black-backed Gull
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 2 Sand Martin
  • 3 Cetti's Warbler
  • 2 Chiffchaff
  • 2 Song Thrush
  • 18 Redwing
  • 8 Bullfinch - 4 pairs
  • 20 Lesser Redpoll

Butterflies: 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell

Tuesday 23rd

  • 13 Shelduck - 11 at Huxter Well Marsh and a pair on Old Eaa
  • 1+ Bittern - booming
  • 1 Great White Egret - Huxter Well Marsh 
  • 2 Sparrowhawk - together over Huxter Well Marsh 
  • 5 Buzzard
  • 1 Water Rail - calling on the Lagoon
  • 4 Lapwing - on cell 2a
  • 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull - on cell 2a island
  • 3 Kingfisher -  Mother Drain
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - calling on Loversall Bank
  • 1 Goldcrest - singing in St Caths Copse
  • 2 Willow Tit
  • 1 Sand Martin - east from Cottage Drain Hide 
  • 2 Cetti's Warbler singing
  • 7 Chiffchaff - singing 
  • 2 Song Thrush - Loversall Bank
  • 6 Bullfinch - 3 pairs along Cottage Drain 
  • 15 Lesser Redpoll -  Loversall Bank 
  • 1 Reed Bunting - cell 2a

Butterflies: 1 Peacock

Monday 22nd

  • 1 Kingfisher

Butterflies: 3 Peacock and 3+ Comma

Sunday 21st

  • 10 Shelduck
  • 120 Shoveler
  • 57 Gadwall
  • 51 Teal
  • 35 Mallard
  • 26 Pochard
  • 52 Tufted Duck
  • 1 Pochard x Tufted Duck (hybrid)
  • 1 Grey Partridge - one calling from Huxter Well Marsh. A rare bird on the reserve and in an unusual location.
  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 7 Little Egret
  • 16 Little Grebe
  • 8 Great Crested Grebe
  • 2 Marsh Harrier
  • 2 Sparrowhawk - displaying
  • 11 Buzzard
  • 1 ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD - photographed over Mitchell Hide at 10.30 as it drifted WNW. This is a new species for the reserve. Subject to acceptance by the YNU.
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 6 Water Rail
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 12 Lapwing
  • 2 Snipe
  • 3 Common Gull
  • 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • 4 Herring Gull
  • 1 KITTIWAKE - adult lifted from cell 1b circled, gaining height and disappeared from view at 13.39. Watched from West Scrape Hide
  • 1 Stock Dove - singing
  • 1 Green Woodpecker
  • 4 Jay
  • 1 Goldcrest - singing
  • 1 Coal Tit - singing in Black Carr field
  • Long-tailed Tit - very active across the reserve
  • 1 Bearded Tit
  • 5 Skylark - 3 on Central Grassland and 2 NE
  • 2 Sand Martin
  • 9 Chiffchaff
  • 8 Cetti's Warbler
  • 2 Song Thrush singing 
  • 58 Meadow Pipit - north
  • 6 Bullfinch
  • 14 Lesser Redpoll
  • 8 Goldfinch - north
  • 6 Siskin

Butterflies: 2 Peacock, 2 Brimstone, 2 Small Tortoishell and a Speckled Wood

Saturday 20th

  • 8 Shelduck
  • Teal - pair copulating
  • 1 Pochard x Tufted Duck (hybrid)
  • 2 Bittern
  • 9 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 8 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 3 Water Rail
  • 3 Avocet
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Woodcock
  • 4 Snipe
  • 2 Common Gull
  • 1 Stock Dove
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 2 Jay
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 1 Skylark
  • 7 Cetti's Warbler
  • 13 Chiffchaff
  • 2 Treecreeper
  • 1 Mistle Thrush
  • 2 Lesser Redpoll
  • 6 Siskin

Friday 19th

BufferArea

  • 50-60 Wigeon at Carr Lodge

Thursday 18th

  • 2 Shelduck - pair on Old Eaa 
  • 1 Bittern - booming 
  • 1 Great White Egret - on Huxter Well Marsh then flew to Piper Marsh
  • 2 Little Egret - Huxter Well Marsh 
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - female hunting on Huxter Well Marsh 
  • 1 Buzzard - over Black Carr Wood 
  • 1 Water Rail - calling on the Lagoon 
  • 2 Oystercatcher - flew over Loversal Bank 
  • 1 Sand Martin - over Huxter Well Marsh 
  • 1 Goldcrest - Loversall Bank 
  • 3 Chiffchaff
  • 1 Cetti's Warbler - singing in the Lagoon
  • 1 Song Thrush - Loversall Delph
  • Lesser Redpoll - small numbers calling over the treetops
  • Siskin - small numbers calling over the treetops

Butterflies: 1 Peacock

Wednesday 17th

  • 5 Shelduck
  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 8 Little Egret
  • 1 Great White Egret - on Piper Marsh late afternoon. It flew over Old Eaa with 8 Little Egrets towards Low Ellers
  • 2 Marsh Harrier
  • 3 Sparrowhawk
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Water Rail
  • 1 Woodcock - calling at dusk
  • 14 Snipe on the island on Decoy Lake first thing
  • 3 Common Gull
  • 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • 65 Herring Gull
  • 8 Great Black-backed Gull
  • 5 Stock Dove
  • 4 Jay
  • 1 Coal Tit
  • 2 Willow Tit - one singing
  • 4 Sand Martin - feeding over West Scrape late afternoon
  • 4 Cetti's Warbler
  • 6+ Chiffchaff
  • 7 Redwing
  • 4 Linnet - over

Butterflies: 3 Brimstone, 1 Comma

Tuesday 16th

  • 3 Marsh Harrier
  • 6 Buzzard
  • 1 Water Rail - calling in the Reedbed Filtration Ponds 
  • 23 Snipe - flew from Decoy Lake
  • 1 Barn Owl
  • 2 Goldcrest - behind the Education Centre 
  • 1 Cetti's Warbler - singing in the Reedbed Filtration Ponds 
  • 5+ Chiffchaff
  • 4 Bullfinch - near Visitor Centre 
  • 2 Lesser Redpoll - along the path near Decoy Lake

Butterflies: 1 Brimstone, 2 Peacock Butterfly

Monday 15th

  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 1 Oystercatcher over Hawthorn Bank
  • 2 Herring Gull - mobbing a Buzzard over Decoy Lake
  • 2 Jay
  • 3 Goldcrest singing
  • 1 Willow Tit - singing
  • 3 Cetti’s Warbler - singing
  • 3 Chiffchaff - singing
  • 2 Song Thrush

Sunday 14th

  • 11 Shelduck
  • 1 Bittern - booming and seen in flight
  • 2 Little Egret
  • 3 Marsh Harrier - cream-crowns
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 6 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Snipe
  • 1 Barn Owl
  • 2 Goldcrest - one singing
  • 1 Coal Tit - singing
  • 1 Willow Tit - singing
  • 1 Bearded Tit - calling at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Cetti's Warbler
  • 6+ Chiffchaff
  • 2 Grey Wagtail - singles NW and W
  • 1 Siskin

Saturday 13th

  • 16 Shelduck
  • 35 Teal
  • 82 Shoveler
  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 5 Buzzard
  • 1 Peregrine - male flew west over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Water Rail
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 1 KITTIWAKE - adult in winter plumage circled over the Lagoon and cell 1b for 5 mins without landing, then departed north at 08.05
  • 1 CASPIAN GULL - 2cy on cell 1b mid-morning
  • 1 Skylark
  • 1 Treecreeper - singing
  • 1 Song Thrush
  • 10 Redwing
  • 5 Lesser Redpoll

Friday 12th

  • 12 Shelduck
  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 2 Little Egret
  • 6 Great Crested Grebe
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 3 Lapwing 
  • 1 Snipe
  • 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull - 5 ads
  • 3 Great Black-backed Gull - 2CY's
  • 1 Collared Dove - flying over Piper Marsh/Black Carr Wood
  • 1 Barn Owl
  • 10 Redwing - western boundary
  • 4 Cetti's Warbler
  • 3 Chiffchaff
  • 5 Lesser Redpoll - Hawthorn Bank

Thursday 11th

  • 6 Shelduck
  • 1 Bittern
  • 2 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier
  • 3 Sparrowhawk
  • 8 Buzzard
  • 1 Water Rail
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 15 Snipe - including 13 in a tight flock over Decoy Marsh which departed west
  • 2 Stock Dove
  • 1 Raven - 4 sightings from Hawthorn Bank Hide
  • 3 Chiffchaff
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 4 Lesser Redpoll

Wednesday 10th

  • 13 Mute Swan - cell 1b and 3b
  • 8 Shelduck
  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
  • 3 Sparrowhawk - 2f,1m hunting and sparring low over H/well   (seen together at one point)
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Goldcrest - Access Track
  • 5 Cetti's warbler - singing
  • 1 Chiffchaff - calling Access Track
  • 2 Redwing
  • 1 Song Thrush
  • 2 Pied Wagtail - south
  • 5 Goldfinch

Tuesday 9th

  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc perched in Huxter Well Marsh
  • c10 Buzzard
  • 2 Peregrine - up over the compound with the Buzzards
  • 2 Oystercatcher - flew from Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER - seen and heard calling
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 1 Goldcrest - along Hawthorn Bank
  • 4 Chiffchaff
  • 3 Cetti's Warbler - heard from Hawthorn Bank
  • 1 Treecreeper

Monday 8th

  • 4 Shelduck
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 2 Jays
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 4 Cetti's Warbler - singing
  • 107 Redwing - 7 at entrance and c100 foraging at edge of Black Carr Field
  • 1 Bullfinch

Sunday 7th

  • 21 Mute Swan
  • 10 Shelduck
  • 92 Shoveler
  • 94 Teal
  • 27 Pochard
  • 40 Tufted Duck
  • 5 Water Rail
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 1+ Bittern - booming and seen
  • 1 Great White Egret - Piper Marsh
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 4 Grey Heron
  • 3 Marsh Harrier - all were cream-crowns
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 5 Buzzard
  • 20 Lapwing
  • 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • 2 Kingfisher
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 4 Jay
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 2 Coal Tit
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 1 Skylark
  • 6 Chiffchaff
  • 9 Cetti's Warbler
  • 20 Long-tailed Tit - including 3 pairs nest-building
  • 3 Goldcrest
  • 5 Treecreeper
  • 4 Song Thrush
  • 2 Redwing
  • 3 Greenfinch
  • 14 Lesser Redpoll
  • 21 Siskin
  • 5 Reed Bunting - Willow Pool feeders (4m,1f)
  • 1 Yellowhammer - male perched in a tree along the Access Track

Saturday 6th

  • 9 Shelduck
  • 115 Shoveler
  • 2 Bittern
  • 6 Little Egret
  • 5 Great Crested Grebe
  • 2 Marsh Harrier
  • 3 Sparrowhawk
  • 8 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 3 Water Rail
  • 2 Avocet
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 25 Lapwing
  • 1 Curlew
  • 8 Snipe
  • 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • 4 Stock Dove
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 8 Goldcrest
  • 3 Coal Tit
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 3 Chiffchaff
  • 3 Treecreeper
  • 8 Song Thrush
  • 22 Redwing
  • 3 Lesser Redpoll
  • 5 Siskin
  • 1+ Yellowhammer - at least one along the Access Track. A rare sighting on the reserve.
  • 3 Reed Bunting

Friday 5th

  • 6 Shelduck - 4 Huxter Well Marsh and 2 on Old Eaa
  • 1 Bittern - booming (visitors reported booming on Wednesday and Thursday)
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - over Decoy Lake 
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - female hunting over Huxter Well Marsh 
  • 1 Buzzard - over Huxter Well Marsh perched in the dead Oak and the Marsh Harrier kept buzzing it
  • 1 Kestrel - over Piper Marsh
  • 2 Water Rail - Decoy Marsh and West Scrape 
  • 2 Common Gull - West Scrape 
  • 1 Great Black-backed Gull - on 1b
  • 2 Jay -  Beeston Plantation 
  • 3 Willow Tit 
  • 2 Cetti's Warbler - singing 
  • 2 Chiffchaff - one near Decoy  Marsh hide and West Scrape
  • 2 Goldcrest - along Piper Marsh path 
  • 2 Treecreeper - one along Access Track (R Leach) one in Black Carr Wood 
  • 6 Redwing - Piper Marsh Scrub 
  • 4 Bullfinch
  • 6 Lesser Redpoll 
  • 2 Siskin - Black Carr Wood 

Thursday 4th

  • 1 Bittern - booming

Wednesday 3rd

  • 9 Shelduck
  • 6 Great Crested Grebe
  • 1 Bittern - booming
  • 1 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
  • 45 Lapwing - cell 2a
  • 1 Black-tailed Godwit - cell 2a
  • 14 Snipe - 8 on island outside visitor centre, 5 on Decoy, one on cell 2a
  • 1 Barn Owl - Cottage Drain
  • 1 Jay
  • 2 Coal Tit
  • 2 Willow Tit
  • 2 Bearded Tit - cell 3b
  • 3 Chiffchaff - calling around H/Well
  • 3 Redwing

Tuesday 2nd

  • 1 Bittern - booming

February 2021

Sunday 28th

  • 2 Water Rail - calling at West Scrape
  • 2 Willow Tit

Saturday 27th

  • 9 Shelduck
  • 15 Wigeon
  • 1 Little Egret
  • 10 Great Crested Grebe
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 6 Buzzard
  • 3 Water Rail
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Snipe
  • 7 Common Gull
  • 6 Goldcrest
  • 3 Coal Tit
  • 3 Willow Tit
  • 5 Skylark
  • 6 Cetti's Warbler - singing 
  • 3 Chiffchaff - St Caths Copse, Big Hedge and Piper Marsh Track
  • 6 Treecreeper
  • 2 Song Thrush
  • 1 Redwing
  • 1 Pied Wagtail
  • 1 Meadow Pipit
  • 15 Lesser Redpoll
  • 3 Siskin - Piper Marsh path
  • 13 Reed Bunting

Friday 26th

  • 1 Chiffchaff - at the bridge over Mother Drain near the entrance

Thursday 25th

  • 2 Shelduck West Scrape
  • 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc at Piper Marsh
  • 2 Buzzard - over Black Carr Wood
  • 2 Kingfisher Mother Drain near Pumping station
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Young Eaa
  • 5 Jay - Young Eaa and 4 Seven Arches Carr (very noisy)
  • 3 Cetti's Warbler
  • 1 Grey Wagtail - near Mother Drain, main entrance

Wednesday 24th

Butterflies: Brimstone in Loversall Carr Fields

Monday 22nd

  • 1 Oystercatcher - on the island on cell 2a
  • 1 Kingfisher - on Mother Drain from the underbridge.
  • 3 Snipe - Decoy Lake
  • 2+ Willow Tit - one heard singing and 2 seen together

Sunday 21st

  • 14 Shelduck
  • 13 Wigeon
  • 4 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - cc's
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 10 Water Rail - around the reserve
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 150 Lapwing
  • 1 Stock Dove
  • 1 Willow Tit - singing
  • 1 Bearded Tit - calling from cell 4
  • 7 Cetti's Warbler - singing
  • 9 Skylark - 5 NE, 2 W, 2 (1 singing) at Central Grassland
  • 1 Stonechat - female at Loversall Field
  • 3 Song Thrush - singing
  • 20 Redwing - St Caths Field

Saturday 20th

  • 18 Shelduck
  • 15 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 2 Great Crested Grebe
  • 1 Bittern - between Mitchell and West Scrape Hides
  • 2 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc around Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Buzzard - one sparring with the harrier
  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 85 Lapwing
  • 5 Snipe
  • 10 Common Gull
  • 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull - roost
  • 160 Herring Gull - roost (more gulls arriving after dark)
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - flew south through cell 1b at 11:00
  • 45 Great Black-backed Gull - roost
  • 5 Stock Dove
  • 2 Tawny Owl - calling from Childers Wood and Young Eaa after dark
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 1 Raven - flew over West Scrape landing in Big Hedge briefly 11:20
  • 4 Goldcrest - including 3 singing birds
  • 1 Coal Tit
  • 1 Willow Tit
  • 10 Skylark - some S and E
  • 6 Cetti's Warbler - singing
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 2 Song Thrush
  • 30 Redwing
  • 2 Pied Wagtail
  • 3 Meadow Pipit
  • 7 Chaffinch
  • 7 Bullfinch
  • 1 Greenfinch
  • 10 Lesser Redpoll

Buffer Area

  • Bullfinch singing at Gladstones Fields

Thursday 18th

  • 3 Shelduck
  • 11 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 74 Teal - cell 2a
  • 2 Red-crested Pochard - males on cell 1b
  • 8 Cormorant - cell 1b
  • 1 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 6 Buzzard
  • 1 Peregrine
  • 1 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
  • 6 Snipe - Central Grassland
  • 1 CASPIAN GULL - 2cy in the roost
  • 1 Barn Owl
  • 1 Tawny Owl
  • 1 Cetti's Warbler - singing
  • 2 Goldcrest - St Catherine's Copse
  • 1 Treecreeper - St Catherine's Copse 
  • 2 Meadow Pipit - Central Grassland
  • 12 Redwing - St Catherine's Copse 
  • 3 Bullfinch - St Catherine's Copse 

Wednesday 17th

  • 3 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 20 Mallard - Decoy Marsh
  • 7 Grey Heron - Loversall Carr Fields
  • 1 RED KITE - flying west over Huxter Well 16:25
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - cc
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Water Rail - Willow Marsh
  • 1 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
  • 85 Lapwing
  • 1 Green Sandpiper - calling near Beeston Plantation
  • 1 Woodcock
  • 1 Snipe - Central Grassland
  • 650 Black-headed Gull
  • 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • 350 Herring Gull
  • 65 Great Black-backed Gull
  • 1 Tawny Owl - calling from Childers Wood
  • 6 Jackdaw - entrance gate/Sedum House
  • 1 Jay
  • 3 Cetti's Warbler - singing
  • 1 Treecreeper - Young Eaa
  • 2 Song Thrush - singing
  • 10 Lesser Redpoll - Access Track

Tuesday 16th

  • 1 Woodcock
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Black Carr Wood 
  • 1 Cetti's Warbler - singing in East Scrape
  • 1 Skylark - singing heading north over entrance

Monday 15th

  • 8 Shelduck
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - imm. male
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Woodcock
  • 10 Common Gull
  • 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • 270 Herring Gull 
  • 65 Great Black-backed Gull
  • 1 Tawny Owl - calling
  • 1 Skylark
  • Starling - roost went down 17:30 but numbers much less than a week ago

Mammals: Pipistrelle sp. - Black Carr Field at 17:45

Sunday 14th

  • 1 Peregrine - over the M18 at 14:20
  • 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • 400 Herring Gull
  • 50 Great Black-backed Gull

Mammals: 1 Vole sp. near the VC

Saturday 13th

  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Snipe - Decoy Lake
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 10 Redwing
  • 1 Siskin

Friday 12th

  • 2 Canada Geese
  • 2 Shelduck
  • 140 Shoveler - cell 2a
  • 2 Bittern - reported on BirdGuides
  • 1 Little Egret - Mother Drain
  • 4 Grey Heron
  • 3 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Peregrine
  • 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull - roosted
  • 900 Herring Gull - roosted
  • 120 Great Black-backed Gull - roosted
  • 1 Barn Owl
  • 2 Tawny Owl
  • 1 Kingfisher - chased along Division Drain by a sparrowhawk
  • 2 Jay - Access Track
  • 12 Blackbird - feeding in leaf litter
  • c50 Redwing - feeding in leaf litter along the paths
  • 1 Fieldfare - SE
  • 1 Grey Wagtail - on Mother drain at the entrance
  • 4 Bullfinch - at the underpass bridge
  • 6 Lesser Redpoll - at the underpass bridge
  • Siskin calling - over Access track

Wednesday 10th

  • 1 Shelduck
  • 1 Great Crested Grebe
  • 3 Little Egret - going to roost
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 5 Common Gull
  • 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • 575 Herring Gull
  • 1 CASPIAN GULL - 2cy
  • 160 Great Black-backed Gull
  • 2 Tawny Owl - calling after dark
  • 3 Goldcrest
  • Starling roost - mainly in Low Ellers, some still at Huxter Well Marsh, none at cell 4

Monday 8th

  • 4 Shelduck
  • 2 Little Egret
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Kestrel - Rossington Carr Fields
  • 1 Peregrine - over Huxter Well Marsh at 15:15
  • 3 Snipe - flying over West Scrape
  • 2 Common Gull
  • 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull - roosting on cell 1b
  • 550 Herring Gull - roosting on cell 1b
  • 120 Great Black-backed Gull - roosting on cell 1b
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 2 Song Thrush
  • 12 Redwing
  • 5 Chaffinch
  • 5 Bullfinch

Sunday 7th

  • 6 Egyptian Geese - dropped onto cell 1b in the afternoon (a record count)
  • 9 Shelduck
  • 1 Wigeon
  • 110 Shoveler
  • 36 Pochard
  • 2 Great Crested Grebe
  • 1 Bittern - in the flooded willow scrub on Central Grassland
  • 1 Great White Egret - cell 3b
  • 2 Buzzard
  • 1 CASPIAN GULL - 2cy on cell 1b from 10.50
  • 5 Jay
  • Starling - a dead bird found on the path at Huxter Well Marsh had been ringed at Ventė Cape Ornithological Station, Lithuania on 9th July 2020. It looked like it was a recent victim of a predator.
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 12 Redwing
  • 2 Song Thrush
  • c100 Lesser Redpoll - feeding in birch trees between St Caths Field and M18

Saturday 6th

  • 1 Stonechat - male at Huxter Well Marsh

Friday 5th

  • 12 Shelduck
  • 1 Great Crested Grebe
  • 1 Little Egret
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - at the Starling roost
  • 2 Peregrine - together at the Starling roost 17:25
  • 2 Water Rail - Access Track/Old Eaa (seen)
  • 110 Lapwing
  • 2 Green Sandpiper - flew low around cell 1b 16:30 landed in SE corner
  • 1200 Black-headed Gull - single huge flock on cell 1b
  • 15 Common Gull
  • 60 Herring Gull
  • 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • 3 Great Black-backed Gull
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 4 Cetti's Warbler
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 50,000 Starling - went down to roost in cell 4 at 17:30

Wednesday 3rd

  • 8 Shelduck
  • 3 Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Green Sandpiper - flew around Decoy Lake
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 1 Chiffchaff - near the bridge over the Mother Drain near the entrance
  • 45 Redwing
  • 1 Song Thrush
  • 4 Pied Wagtail
  • 50 Lesser Redpoll

Monday 1st

  • 8 Shelduck
  • 1 Bittern - late afternoon on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 2 Marsh Harrier - cc's, harassing birds on 1b in the morning
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 3 Sparrowhawk - 2m, 1f
  • 2 Peregrine - at the Starling roost 16:50, 17:02 and again 17:06
  • 300 Lapwing
  • 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull - 2 ads on 2b midday and 1st-w in pre-roost
  • 10 Common Gull
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 4 Goldcrest
  • 1 Coal Tit
  • Willow Tit
  • 1 Skylark - Central Grassland
  • 4 Cetti's Warbler - singing
  • 5 Treecreeper
  • 80 Lesser Redpoll  - mobile flocks incl 40 St.Caths
  • 7 Siskin

January 2021

Saturday 30th

  • 9 Shelduck
  • 5 Wigeon
  • 1 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Water Rail
  • 1 Tawny Owl
  • 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull - pre-roost
  • 170 Herring Gull - pre-roost
  • 35 Great Black-backed Gull - pre-roost
  • 100,000 Starling - went to roost near East Scrape Screen at 17.10

Monday 25th

  • 1 Peregrine

Sunday 24th

Buffer Area

  • 13 Pied Wagtails at Carr Lodge

Saturday 23rd

  • 10 Shelduck
  • 1 Wigeon
  • 1 Goldeneye - male on cell 1b
  • 1 Bittern
  • 1 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Water Rail
  • 8 Snipe
  • 300 Woodpigeon
  • 1 Tawny Owl
  • 5 Jay
  • 100 Carrion Crow - roosted
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 4 Cetti's Warbler
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • Starlings - went to roost at cell 4 at 5pm
  • 2 Pied Wagtail
  • 50 Lesser Redpoll

Ringing: 2 male Bearded Tits and a Cetti's Warbler

Friday 22nd

  • 2 Marsh Harrier - different birds seen at Huxter Well Marsh and Decoy Marsh
  • 1 Grey Wagtail - Mother Drain

Thursday 21st

Buffer Area

  • 30 Redwing at Short Lane Fields

Wednesday 20th

  • 8 Shelduck
  • 2 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 31 Pochard
  • 4 Great Crested Grebe
  • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc with wing panels
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 3 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Kestrel - Overflow Car Park
  • 230 Lapwing
  • gulls - the regular gull roost on cell 1b did not materialise
  • 1 Stock Dove
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 50,000 Starling - chaotic murmuration in the wind/rain
  • 1 Brambling - male at Willow Pool feeders
  • 50 Lesser Redpoll - St. Cath's/Hawthorn Bank
  • 10 Siskin - Old Eaa

Tuesday 19th

  • 1 Marsh harrier - cc at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Buzzard - Huxter Well Marsh
  • [ICELAND GULL - a sub-adult 'white-winged gull', probably Iceland, was on cell 3b with c100 other large gulls at 1pm]
  • 1 Kingfisher - Mother Drain
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 58 Siskin

Monday 18th

  • 1 Woodcock - over the compound

Buffer Area

  • 5 Grey Herons on Carr Lodge

Sunday 17th

  • 8 Shelduck
  • 2 Wigeon
  • 2 Little Egret
  • 1 Great White Egret - west over iPort
  • 1 Great Crested Grebe
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 2 Sparrowhawk - at the Starling murmuration
  • 2 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Peregrine - at the Starling murmuration
  • 420 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 JACK SNIPE - Central Grassland
  • 9 Snipe - one on Decoy Marsh and 8 on Central Grassland
  • 1 Barn Owl
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 4+ Jay
  • 4 Goldcrest - from entrance to Decoy Marsh Hide
  • 3 Skylark - over
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 35 Redwing
  • 8 Blackbird
  • 1 Robin - very confiding bird near Decoy Marsh Hide
  • 9 Chaffinch - Willow Pool feeders 
  • 2 Bullfinch - St Caths Copse
  • 2 Reed Bunting - Willow Pool feeders 

Friday 15th

  • 2 Sparrowhawk - one attacking birds at Willow Pool
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Water Rail - floodwater on Central Grassland path 
  • 2 Snipe
  • 1 Meadow Pipit
  • 1 Pied Wagtail
  • 1 Song Thrush
  • 10 Redwing
  • 12 Lesser Redpoll
  • 18 Bullfinch

Wednesday 13th

  • 9 Shelduck
  • 98 Shoveler
  • 1 Bittern - cell 2a
  • 1 Little Egret
  • 4 Grey Heron
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - cc
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - female
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Water Rail - calling
  • 350 Lapwing
  • 4 Snipe
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - pair along Loversall Bank
  • 3 Goldcrest
  • 2 Willow Tit - calling and briefly sang
  • 2 Cetti's Warbler
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 5 Redwing
  • 20 Robin
  • 1 Grey Wagtail - Mother Drain near the entrance
  • 4 Chaffinch
  • 8 Bullfinch
  • 25 Lesser Redpoll

Tuesday 12th

  • 1 Bittern - flew to Huxter Well Marsh from beyond the M18
  • 1 Water Rail - calling from cell 4
  • Bearded Tits - calling in Willow Marsh
  • 90,000 Starling - started to gather at 16.10pm and all were in to roost on cell 4  by 16.37pm
  • 1 Grey Wagtail - Mother Drain near the entrance

Sunday 10th

  • 6 Shelduck
  • 60 Shoveler
  • 1 Bittern
  • 1 Little Egret
  • 2 Sparrowhawk - to the Starling murmuration
  • 2 Buzzard
  • 1 Peregrine - over Huxter Well Marsh at dusk
  • 340 Lapwing - cell 1b
  • 1 Woodcock - over Hawthorn Bank at dusk
  • 3 Common Gull - roosted
  • 130 Herring Gull - roosted
  • 3 Great Black-backed Gull - roosted
  • 1 Barn Owl - over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Tawny Owl - calling at dusk
  • 1 Coal Tit
  • 2 Willow Tit
  • 50,000+ Starling - went to roost at 16.33

Saturday 9th

Buffer Area

  • 1 Little Egret and 1 Stonechat at Short Lane Fields
Bittern © Darren Wozencroft 2021

Bittern © Darren Wozencroft 2021

Wednesday 6th

  • 6 Shelduck
  • 1 Bittern - adjacent to cell 2a
  • 2 Little Egret
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - female
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Buzzard 
  • 2 Water Rail
  • 360 Lapwing
  • 2 Bearded Tit - males
  • 1 Chiffchaff - by the bridge near the entrance, feeding on the banks of the Mother Drain
  • 80 Lesser Redpoll/Goldfinch - flock at Black Carr

Buffer Area

  • 3 Stonechat at Rossington Carr Fields

Darren Wozencroft, Andy Dalton, Mark Roberts

Tuesday 5th

  • 1 Chiffchaff - by the bridge near the entrance, feeding on the banks of the Mother Drain

Andy Dalton

Monday 4th

  • 8 Mute Swan
  • 7 Shelduck
  • 85 Teal
  • 125 Shoveler
  • 5 Tufted Duck
  • 6 Cormorant
  • 2 Grey Heron
  • 2 Little Grebe
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 280 Lapwing
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 5 Goldcrest
  • 1 Cetti's Warbler
  • 2 Treecreeper
  • 45 Redwing
  • 20 Siskin

Darren Wozencroft, Christopher Keil (via eBird)

Mark Roberts has produced a spreadsheet of wildfowl totals which indicates a slight recovery in numbers. This can be found further down the page.

Sunday 3rd

  • 8 Mute Swan - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 40 Greylag Goose - E at 2:06 pm
  • 53 Gadwall - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 5 Teal - cell 2a
  • 2 Mallard - cell 2a
  • 63 Shoveler - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Grey Heron
  • 3 Little Grebe
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - over cell 1b
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Moorhen - Willow Marsh
  • 80 Coot - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 200 Lapwing - cell 1b
  • 98 Black-headed Gull - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Herring Gull - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Pied Wagtail - walking on the ice with the gulls!
  • 3 Fieldfare - south over Central Grassland
  • 2 Redwing
  • 2 Chaffinch - Willow Marsh
  • 2 Bullfinch
  • 1 Reed Bunting - female at Willow Marsh

Joseph Angus, Sue Cullen

Friday 1st

  • 5 Shelduck
  • 1 Bittern - flew by Mitchell  Hide
  • 2 Little Egret

  • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET - cell 1b 15:00hrs
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 170 Lapwing
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 5 Goldcrest
  • 1 Coal Tit
  • 3 Cetti's Warbler - singing
  • 4 Treecreeper
  • 14 Fieldfare - west
  • 31 Redwing - mainly west
  • 2 Pied Wagtail
  • 40 Lesser Redpoll - Piper Marsh path
  • 30 Siskin - Pumping Station area

Buffer Area

  • 50+ Fieldfare and 50+ Redwing at Carr Lodge

Sue Cullen, Darren Wozencroft, Richard Scott

Highlights of 2020

White-fronted Goose, Tundra Bean Goose, Garganeys from May to November, Spoonbill, Black-necked Grebe, 3 Osprey, 2 Crane, Grey Plover, 9 Whimbrel, 7 Turnstone, Knot, Sanderling, Little Stint, Spotted Redshank, 8 Sandwich Tern, 2 Caspian Gull, 2 Iceland Gull, Little Swift, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Siberian Chiffchaff, Waxwing, Ring Ouzel, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Whinchat, 2 Crossbill.

Willow Tits are still clinging on and Bittern, Marsh Harrier and Bearded Tit are all established breeding species.

Total number of species by year

2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
166 166 163 166 163 161 159 155 155 152 155 157 156 152 153 143

Highlights

Sightings from previous years