It didn’t take much effort to drag me out on new years day with the invitation of a days birding and a breakfast at Potteric Carr one of my favourite Yorkshire birding venues. We arrived at 10am and were soon adding the species to the new year list Bullfinch was first with Reed Bunting second we didn’t add anything else till we hit the Willow Pool hide near the cafe site and this is were the boys wth the toys where long lenses and fancy cameras so there was much room for our little group in fact a couple stayed outside I managed a seat and was able to see Willow Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Moorhen, Water Rail, I got called out of the hide to see a nice flock of Siskin ( a Potteric first for me) It was then time for the famous Potteric Carr New Years Day Breakfast, good call, finished off with Christmas Cake. After this splendid breakfast we had this we made our way back to the car slowly adding very little else to the seen list except Coal Tit.
The way home had us calling in to Sands Lane to try and locate the Ring Billed Gull not finding this I found Pochard [Video Link] , Tufted Duck, Goosander [Video Link], Common Gulls, Black Headed Gulls, Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Mallard, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush and Linnet. The 2011 year was off to a start
Day List :-
Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Popchard, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Pheasant, Cormorant, Water Rail, Coot, Moorhen, Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Siskin, Linnet, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting
A few Photos from the day to finish off :-