On Thursday we went to Potteric Carr only to find the roads when we got there were completely different. The visitor centre had also changed, as had the access route. We walked along the central road as a short cut to the feeding station. No food had been put out, so there was relatively little to see: Chaffinches, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Magpies and a plague of Moorhens. The melanistic Pheasants caused quite a stir. The water had almost dried up, and the pool was almost covered with a strange green slime.Bullfinch
Melanistic Female Pheasant
Ken, or Neil?
On the way back we tried the feeding station, but again no food had been put out. We tried Beeston hide but that was also very poor.In the afternoon we started from the cafe, which allowed us to do a full circuit of the new section which lies along the M18. We were able to see a lot more different wildfowl species including Goldeneye, Shoveler, Wigeon, Gadwall. The waders were represented by Lawpings, Golden Plovers, and a site rarity - a Spotted Redshank. It was really nice to discover an area we'd never visited before.