Trip reports

Potteric Carr

Potteric Carr
Bittern - Jill Islam

Saturday, 12 October 2019

A good start to the outing to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's reserve at Potteric Carr was the sight of 50 plus pink-footed geese flying over as we readied ourselves in the car park.
There wasn't much on the feeders at the information centre with only goldfinch and great tit. As we set off, we passed a couple of jackdaws which were foraging in the leaf mould by the path.
The first pools at Eaa Marsh were sparse of birds with only coot, gadwall, shoveler, moorhen and cormorant being present, and a peregrine falcon did a fly by, perhaps explaining the lack of birds.
In the greenery along the paths we saw robin, and chiffchaff, and passed a vocal Cetti's warbler.
On the Piper Marsh pool were a few tufted ducks, along with some more gadwall and shoveler, and 3 buzzards could be seen drifting on the thermals. On the trails we encountered magpie, carrion crow, and wood pigeon, and then a party of long-tailed tits and great tits, though these were soon dispersed by a marauding sparrowhawk.
The larger Huxter Well Marsh gave us a larger and more varied range of species with little egret, lapwing, mute swan, teal, mallard, pochard, little grebe, great crested grebe, and black-headed gull. A bittern made a brief appearance, and a marsh harrier had a short fly around before disappearing. We lunched in one of the hides where bearded tits had been reported. We did hear water rail, and a great spotted woodpecker flew over, but had no luck in seeing the tits, only perhaps hearing a couple of wishful pings in the reeds.
On the trails back we saw a kestrel and a couple of jays, and on the pool and feeders at Willow Marsh we finished the day off with wren, dunnock, coal tit, blue tit, chaffinch, and pheasant.
A few butterflies and dragonflies were also seen on the outing but not noted. The reserve is also a very good place for mushrooms with a wide variety being present.

41 species seen, 6 attended.