Trip reports

Potteric Carr

Potteric Carr
Golden plover and lapwing - Jill Islam

Sunday, 15 October 2017

After meeting at Birch Services on the M62, we drove over to Doncaster to the new visitor's centre of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's Potteric Carr Reserve, where we were met by a couple more of our members.

It was a warm October day, but there had been some flooding recently so a couple of the hides on the Eaa Marsh near the centre were inaccessible.

As we wandered along the footpath to the main pools and scrapes we had sightings of a few common woodland birds including willow tit, long-tailed tit, coal tit, goldcrest, and great spotted woodpecker.

We then did a circuit of the marshes and scrapes visiting the half a dozen hides which afford good views over these areas.
The wildfowl seen were, shelduck, wigeon, gadwall, teal, shoveler, tufted duck, mallard, and pochard, along with mute swan, greylag goose, and canada goose.

Little grebe and great crested grebe were also present.

The wading birds seen included lapwing, golden plover, snipe, grey heron, little egret, and a bittern which flew across the pools. Some cormorants were fishing, and amongst the black headed gulls, and lesser black backed gulls were a few common gulls and a yellow legged gull.
A marsh harrier flew low across the reed bed briefly before disappearing into a ditch.

A Cetti's warbler was heard and then seen flitting about the margins of the pools.

There were no winter thrushes just a few blackbirds and song thrushes.

As it was a warm day some butterflies were still active, mainly comma, with a few red-admiral.

We walked back via the old Education Centre, where there was nothing of note on Willow Marsh. The feeders at the visitor's centre had the usual goldfinch, chaffinch, blue tit, great tit, and woodpigeon.

Despite the good and inviting café at the centre, we returned to the car park for our sandwiches. We also had the added bonus of cakes, and more cakes, as Robyn's mum had done a charity bake, and there'd been plenty left over.

After lunch we had a short walk round the woodland and grasslands.
Here there were plenty of dragonflies still active, but very few birds. The only bird of note was a lone whooper swan resting on one of the smaller pools.

Then it was time for more cakes and home.

9 attended, 50 species seen