Potteric Carr

Today I went on (would you believe) my first trip to Potteric Carr in Doncaster. I went specifically to find water rails, and failed miserably, even though the ones there are uncharacteristically brazen and feed from under the birdfeeders. Maybe next time!

Highlights of the trip included a little egret, a skein of pink-footed geese overhead, large flocks of golden plover and lapwing, a green woodpecker and a great spotted woodpecker, a kingfisher darting past, the (obviously escapee) black swan that seems to be resident there now, and a few small flocks of redwings.

We were just about to call it a day, and popped into the hide on Low Ellers Marsh for one last look and I’m very glad I did, as we were greeted by a gorgeous male mandarin duck, the first “wild” male I’ve ever seen. And to top that, I scoped a patch of white by a bank, expecting it to be nothing in particular, and was greeted with the sight of a sleeping drake pintail! I may have dipped the water rails, but at least I got one off my winter wish list…

Some pics…

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker


Golden Plover
Golden Plover and Lapwings

Black Swan
Black Swan


And a full list for today (in rough order of sightings…)

Robin, Goldfinch, Coot, Magpie, Mallard, Jackdaw, Greenfinch, Blackbird, Mute Swan, Black-headed Gull, Moorhen, Teal, Carrion Crow, Long-tailed Tit, Woodpigeon, Wren, Great Tit, Kingfisher, Pheasant, Grey Heron, Jay, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Gadwall, Shoveler, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Pochard, Green Woodpecker, Little Grebe, Canada Goose, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Lapwing, Starling, Greylag Goose, Little Egret, Golden Plover, Meadow Pipit, Snipe, Redwing, Wigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pink-footed Goose, Bullfinch, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Sparrowhawk, Mandarin, Pintail (+ Black Swan).


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