Monthly Archives: January 2012

Potteric Carr

Yet another visit to Potteric Carr today we arrived at about 12:30pm just in time for dinner after a morning’s shopping. As we made our way towards the cafe we had great views of Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tits and especially great views of two Treecreepers as we strolled down for dinner. After dinner we tried getting in the Willow Pool hide but couldn’t do so so we made our way down to the Hawthorn Bank Hide from here we saw lots of wildfowl including, Mute Swan, Greylag Geese, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Mallard, Wigeon, Moorhen and Coot and finally the bird I was hoping for the female Ring-necked Duck my first female Ring-necked giving excellent views, similar to Tufted Duck, no tuft at the back of the head, white spectacles around the eyes, faint white flash down the flank and the white around base of bill. We made our way back to Decoy hide in the vain hope of seeing a Bittern as we were making our way to Decoy we had great views of a male Kingfisher along the Mother Drain part of the reserve and a skien of Pink-footed Geese flying thru. The Decoy hide wasn’t fruitful on the Bittern side but there was a lone Common Snipe giving good views in front of the hide. Well worth coming to Potteric today had a little boost with its species list with 3 new birds taking it upto 98 now [Potteric List] these were Pink-footed Goose, Treecreeper and Ring-necked Duck

The Day List (in no particular order) :-

Treecreeper, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Blackbird, Robin, Willow Tit, Reed Bunting, Common Snipe, Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal, Wigeon. Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Ring-necked Duck (female), Greylag Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Pochard, Magpie, Crow, Kingfisher, Wren, Coal Tit, Lapwing

Great Grey Shrike

Off to a New Start with the first port of call being Fairburn Ings RSPB near Castleford taking in firstly the Lin Dike area. Down here I found Redwings and Teal on the nearby field pools, scanning the nearby fields Canada and Greylag Geese then a Fieldfare flew over nearby where I was standing, on further towards the hide and Spoonbill flash Goldeneye, Mute Swan, Little Egret (2), Grey Heron, Cormorants, Black-headed Gulls, Wigeon and more Teal. I moved on then to the visitor centre area but not before finding two Lesser Redpolls on my return journey along Lin Dike. At the centre the feeding area is always a good place to catch up with some common birds at close quarters namely Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Blackbirds, House Sparrows and Tree Sparrows but the surprise today was a Red-legged Partridge feeding quiet happily around the feeders.

Red-legged Partridge

My visit to Fairburn was over so I came back via Pugneys Country Park to pick up the two Great Northern Divers still on the main lake and hearing news of a Drake Smew over at Calder Wetlands I couldn’t resist going over to have a look. The Smew (white nun) was easily found on the left hand pond near the footpath which bisects both ponds and was in full view giving great views to see him in all his splendor. Other birds about with him were Teal, Goldeneye, Tufted Duck, Wigeon and Mallard, the same guy who put me on to this Smew also told me about another bird, one of the butcher birds, on my local patch area so I wasn’t spending as much time with the Smew as I would have liked I was soon off heading towards the Bretton Park area. The bird was in an area of farmland along Jebb Lane near to High Hoyland than Haigh by the directions I had been given and it took some finding as there wasn’t any other birders about at the time I arrived but I found it eventually, Great Grey Shrike (last seen in 2004) was the bird and a bird hard to see in the Huddersfield Area and now was safely on my Patch List taking it now to 157. I enjoyed the bird for quiet a while and by now a few more were too, the first day out birding in 2012 had got the year off to a great start (Last Great Grey was seen 31st December 2004 at Carsington Water)

The Day List :-

Great Northern Diver, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Smew, Goosander, Kestrel, Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Great Grey Shrike, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting

Happy New Year

So that was 2011 looking forward to 2012 and the new wildlife and photos it will bring, I would like to wish everybody a Happy New Year and I hope 2012 is full of fantastic wildlife days out for you all.

If you would like to view my summary for 2011 and all lists please view HERE and don’t forget the 2011 highlights Page HERE