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Potteric Carr Sightings: February 2018

Posted: Thursday 1st February 2018 by Potteric

Treecreeper - credit Boguslawa PiatkowskaTreecreeper - credit Boguslawa Piatkowska

Sightings and Photos for the Blog

Please send sightings and photos (taken at Potteric Carr) to pottericsightings@gmail.com

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iPort lakes access arrangements

A few people have been asking about how to get there and where to park. At present, there are no official access or parking arrangements in place as the site is still under development. Birders parking at the iPort buildings have been asked not to park there. The only other way to get to the iPort lakes is to walk in from Carr Lodge or drive from Loverall along Rakes Lane and park near the farm buildings.


21st February - Wednesday

  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • 2 Shelduck - cell 1b
  • 1 Bittern - over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Little egret
  • 1 Marsh harrier - female at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Stonechat - male at Central Grassland

Records received from PP


20th February - Tuesday

  • 1 Whooper swan - Decoy Marsh
  • 6 Shelduck
  • c50 Wigeon
  • c130 Gadwall
  • c80 Teal
  • c50 Shoveler
  • c25 Pochard
  • c80 Tufted duck
  • 5 Little egret
  • 1 Grey heron
  • 2 Little grebe
  • 5 Great crested grebe
  • 3 Marsh harrier
  • 3 Sparrowhawk
  • 5 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel - from VC
  • 6 Oystercatcher
  • c 250 Lapwing
  • 1 Woodcock - Beeston plantation
  • 1 Snipe
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
  • 2 Goldcrest - St Caths Copse
  • 2 Coal tit - Willow Pool
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool
  • 3 Cetti's warbler
  • 2 Treecreeper - Beeston Plantation
  • 40,000 Starling - went in to roost on Low Ellers at 5.40pm, put on a fantastic show for 45 mins as 2 Sparrowhawk continually harassed them.
  • 3 Song Thrush
  • 1 Stonechat - Seven Arches Carr
  • 1 Pied Wagtail - Lagoon
  • 1 Bullfinch - over to the access track
  • 1 Siskin - calling round the Pumping Station

Other: 1 Roe Deer in St Catherines Field

Records received from KL, AA, SB, DC, TK, JWa, visitor reports 


19th February - Monday

Scarlet elfcup - credit Derek Parker

Scarlet elfcup - credit Derek Parker


  • 1 Whooper swan - Decoy Marsh
  • 5 Shelduck
  • 4 Wigeon - Piper Marsh
  • 1 Marsh harrier - cc on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 6 Great Black-backed Gull - on cell 1b at 3pm
  • 2 Jay - Black Carr Wood
  • 1 Willow tit
  • 2 Cetti's warbler - singing at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Song thrush singing at Seven Arches Carr, Young Eaa and VC 

Buffer Area - iPort lakes

  • 1 Oystercatcher
  • 1 Ringed plover
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - present from mid-morning. Departed for Potteric just after 4pm
  • 1 SNOW BUNTING

Records received from SF, JP, DC, SB, RB


18th February - Sunday

Snow Bunting - credit Chris Robinson

Snow Bunting - credit Chris Robinson


  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • 30 Teal - Loversall Pool
  • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Little egret
  • 2 Grey heron
  • 1 Marsh Harrier - Piper Marsh
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Kestrel
  • 1 Peregrine - after the Starlings
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER
  • 1 Willow/Marsh tit - Willow Pool
  • c140,000 Starling

Other: 3 Roe deer

Buffer Area - iPort lakes (selected sightings)

  • 2 Egyptian geese
  • 1 "Brewer's duck"
  • 22 Tufted duck
  • 3 Little egret
  • 2 Grey partridge
  • 2 Red-legged partridge
  • 2 Oystercatcher
  • 25+Skylark
  • c15 Pied wagtail
  • c40 Linnet
  • 1 SNOW BUNTING - (CCR)

Records received from SC, SR, CCR, JS, AW, Hull RSPB group, Doncaster Birding, D&AP


17th February - Saturday

  • 2 Little egret - Mother Drain
  • c100 Siskin - Loversall Triangle/Old Eaa/Childers Wood

Buffer Area

  • 1 Little egret - iPort lakes
  • 1 Grey heron - iPort lakes
  • 1 Golden plover - iPort lakes
  • 1 Kingfisher - iPort lakes
  • c50,000 Starling - Short Lane

Records received from BU, RJS, KL


16th February - Friday

Roe deer - credit Paul Paddock

Roe deer - credit Paul Paddock


  • 1 Whooper swan - Decoy Marsh
  • 6 Shelduck
  • 33 Wigeon
  • 2 Bittern - one seen from Duchess Hide flew high then over towards Willow Marsh and one booming
  • 2 Little egret - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Great crested grebe - on the Lagoon in breeding plumage and calling to one another
  • 1 Marsh harrier - cc on Huxter Well Marsh was hassling the coot
  • Coot - colour-ringed bird was on Piper Marsh
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Peregrine
  • 1 Woodcock - flushed Piper Marsh track
  • 9 Snipe - disturbed by the marsh harrier at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - flew towards Huxter Well Marsh at dusk. However, there was no gull roost as all were flushed by a marsh harrier
  • 2 Great spotted woodpecker - Beeston Plantation
  • 1 Raven - east in the morning
  • 1 Willow tit - Piper Marsh Scrub
  • 2 Skylark - east
  • 1 Nuthatch - Beeston Plantation
  • 4 Treecreeper
  • c120,000 Starling - 3 flocks noted. Being hunted by peregrine, marsh harrier and sparrowhawk!
  • 4 Blackbird - feeding in leaf litter by Sedum House/Access Track
  • 1 Stonechat - female on Central Grassland at dusk
  • 2 Bullfinch - near the underbridge
  • 35 Siskin - near the pumping station

Other: Celandine and Coltsfoot in flower near Old Eaa hide

Records received from SB, RB, AD, TR, AJ, JS, DW, AD


15th February - Thursday

  • 7 Snipe - noted at the edge of Decoy Lake while the sand martin wall was being re-sanded

Records received from DC


14th February - Wednesday

Sparrowhawk and Bittern (with iPort and M18 in the background) - credit Paul Paddock

Brewer's duck with female Gadwall - credit Steve Furber

Sparrowhawk - credit Paul Paddock

Bittern (with iPort and M18 in the background) - credit Paul Paddock

Brewer's duck with female Gadwall - credit Steve Furber


  • 2 Shelduck - cell 1b
  • 1 "Brewer's duck" - a male hybrid Mallard x Gadwall on the Lagoon
  • 2/3 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Little egret - Mother Drain
  • 4 Great crested grebe - cell 1b
  • 2 Marsh harrier - female at Huxter Well Marsh and male over Loversall Pool
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Buzzard - Piper Marsh
  • 100+ Carrion crow - in and around the large poplars along Mother Drain
  • 1 Willow tit - Piper Marsh Scrub
  • 1 Marsh tit - ringed bird was calling at Willow Pool
  • c40,000 Starling - viewable from the VC over Decoy Marsh and Low Ellers tonight
  • 60+ Siskin - around the pumping station

Records received from PP, AD, MR, SF


13th February - Tuesday

  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • 6 Shelduck
  • 1 Bittern - flew from Piper Marsh late afternoon
  • 1 Marsh harrier - cc on Huxter Well Marsh and from VC
  • 1 Kestrel - from the VC, hovering in the rain this morning
  • 1 Woodcock - disturbed from Piper Marsh Scrub
  • 2 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Coal tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • 1 Treecreeper - near Willow Pool Hide
  • 1 Song thrush - Access Track
  • 2 Redwing - main carpark
  • 3 Mistle thrush - St Catherines Fields

Records received from SB, DC, PG, DH, DS, IH, JH 


12th February - Monday

Buffer Area

  • 2 Mallard - pair on Rossington Carr Fields
  • 1 Little egret - Rossington Carr Fields
  • 1 Kestrel - Manor Farm
  • 11 Magpie - Rossington Carr Fields
  • 25 Starling - Rossington Carr Fields
  • c40,000 Starling - over Short Lane Fields at 5.10pm
  • 2 Fieldfare - Rossington Carr Fields
  • 6 Redwing - Rossington Carr Fields
  • 3 Mistle thrush - Rossington Carr Fields
  • 2 Robin - Rossington Carr Fields
  • 11 Bullfinch - in bridle path hedgerow

Records received from SB, RB, RJS


11th February - Sunday

  • 1 Shelduck
  • 1 Bittern - flew in front of Beeston Hide
  • 3 Little egret
  • 5 Little grebe
  • 3 Grest crested grebe
  • 2 Marsh harrier - pair seen displaying
  • 1 Kestrel - VC
  • 2 Coal tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • 1 Marsh/Willow tit - Willow Pool feeders

Records receiveed from JK, SR, visitor reports


10th February - Saturday

  • 8 Shelduck
  • 36 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 3 Bittern - 2 in flight at Huxter Well Marsh and one seen from Beeston Hide down the right hand channel
  • 3 Little egret
  • 2 Oystercatcher - cell 2a
  • 120 Lapwing
  • 1 Snipe - cell 2a
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 Green woodpecker
  • 3 Jay
  • 1 Coal tit
  • 2 Cetti's warbler - singing Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Mistle thrush - St Cath's Field
  • 2 Pied wagtail
  • c30 Siskin - Black Carr Wood

Other 1 Fox - Central Grassland, 1 Common shrew

Buffer Area - iPort lakes

  • 124 Greylag geese
  • 2 Canada geese
  • 1 Little grebe
  • 2 Great crested grebe
  • 2 Red-legged partridge
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - present late afternoon
  • c10 Linnet
  • 1 Redpoll - over

Records received from DW, CCR, RCP, SE, DoncasterBirding


9th February - Friday

Bittern - credit Roy and Grace Day

Bittern - credit Roy and Grace Day


  • 6 Shelduck - 5 on Huxter Well Marsh and one on Old Eaa
  • 1 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 26 Pochard - 16m and 10f on cell 1b
  • 13 Cormorant - cell 1b
  • 3 Bittern - 2 at Huxter Well Marsh and one seen from Beeston Hide caught a frog
  • 1 Little egret - Loversall pool
  • 1 Kestrel - male hunting in front of the VC
  • c250 Lapwing - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Woodcock - disturbed from Piper Marsh Scrub
  • 8 Snipe - took flight from Decoy Lake
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - 2cy again in the roost late afternoon. It's now been appearing on and off for 2 months!
  • 1 Green woodpecker - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - Black Carr Wood
  • 1 Nuthatch - Loversall Bank
  • 2 Stonechat - pair on Central Grassland
  • 4 Siskin - over Loversall Bank

Records received from DC, DW, SB, RB, GD, visitor reports


8th February - Thursday

  • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh

Buffer Area - iPort lakes

  • 187 Greylag geese
  • 2 Canada geese
  • 2 Egyptian geese
  • 5 Wigeon

Records received from BirdGuides, CCR


7th February - Wednesday

  • 1 Whooper swan - Decoy Marsh
  • 1 Marsh harrier - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Green woodpecker - flew in front of Tofield Hide
  • 2 Great spotted woodpecker - Beeston Plantation and St Catherine's copse area
  • 1 Marsh/Willow tit - St Catherine's Copse
  • 4 Treecreeper - 2 along Loversall Bank and 2 in Beeston Plantation
  • 1+ Lesser redpoll - near West Scrape
  • 3 Siskin - Old Eaa

Buffer Area - Short Lane Fields

  • 2 Mute swan
  • 2 Little grebe
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 4 Coot
  • 15 Redwing
  • 7 Siskin

Buffer Area - iPort lakes

  • 148 Greylag geese
  • 1 Canada goose
  • 5 Wigeon
  • 10 Gadwall
  • 4 Mallard
  • 19 Teal
  • 1 Pochard - male
  • 18 Tufted Duck
  • 8 Cormorant
  • 1 Little egret - SW
  • 1 Grey heron
  • 1 Little grebe
  • 2 Great crested grebe
  • 2 Moorhen
  • 24 Coot
  • c130 Lapwing
  • 1 Redshank
  • 3 Lesser black-backed gull
  • c20 Herring Gull
  • c10 Great black-backed gull

Records received from CCR, TL, JE


6th February - Tuesday

Roe deer - credit Amy Thompson

Roe deer - credit Amy Thomson


  • 1 Whooper swan - Decoy Marsh
  • 6 Shelduck
  • 103 Wigeon
  • c130 Gadwall
  • c180 Teal
  • c50 Shoveler
  • c50 Pochard
  • c70 Tufted duck
  • 1 Bittern
  • 4 Grey heron
  • 1 Little egret
  • 4 Little grebe - 2 on cell 2a and 2 on Decoy Lake
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel - VC
  • c 300 Lapwing
  • 5 Common gull
  • 2 Herring gull
  • 1 Great black-backed gull
  • 1 Green woodpecker
  • 1 Jay
  • 1 Coal tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • 1 Willow tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool feeders (ringed)
  • 4 Goldcrest
  • 2 Song thrush
  • 2 Stonechat - Central Grassland
  • 1 Pied wagtail - cell 2a
  • 10 Bullfinch
  • 45 Siskin - in trees near the pumping station

Other: 7 Roe deer, 1 Fox

Buffer Area

  • 1 ICELAND GULL - 2cy present on the iPort lakes at 9am
  • 30,000+ Starling - started to gather at 4.30pm and went to roost on Low Ellers Marsh at 5.05pm, watched from Short Lane

Records received from KL, BGAB, TR, CCR, SB, DC, AT, visitor reports


4th February - Sunday

  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa
  • 1 SMEW - 'redhead' on West Scrape before noon until it flew off when disturbed by a coot. It was later relocated on East Scrape.
  • 1 ICELAND GULL - first-winter seen again late afternoon from Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - drumming in Black Carr Wood
  • 1 Willow tit - seen and heard near Piper Marsh Hide
  • 1 Willow/Marsh tit - Willow Pool feeders (unringed)
  • 2 Stonechat - Central Grassland

Moths: Early Moth Theria primaria and Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria both attracted to the security lights at the VC

Buffer Area - iPort lakes

  • 97 Greylag geese
  • 2 Egyptian geese
  • 1 pr Gadwall
  • 2 pr Mallard
  • 8 Cormorant
  • 3 Little grebe
  • 2 Great crested grebe
  • 18 Coot
  • 2 Moorhen
  • 5 Great black-backed gull
  • c20 Herring gull
  • 1 Lesser blackbacked gull
  • c100 Black-headed gull
  • 2 Skylark
  • 4 Linnet

Records received from SC, IH, JH, AW, BirdGuides, CCR (per Doncaster Birding)


3rd February - Saturday

Roe deer along the Mother Drain - credit Arthur Rogerson

Roe deer along the Mother Drain - credit Arthur Rogerson


  • 1 Whooper swan - Old Eaa Marsh
  • 1 Goldeneye - male on cell 2a
  • 1 Little egret - Loversall Pool
  • 5 Snipe - cell 2a
  • 1 Green woodpecker - Central Grassland
  • 1 Willow tit - calling at Piper Marsh
  • 1 Nuthatch - Beeston Plantation
  • 1 Treecreeper - Beeston Plantation
  • 3 Jay - Beeston Plantation
  • 20+ Redwing - St.Catherine's Field
  • 2 Mistle Thrush - St.Catherine's Field
  • 2 Stonechat - pair on Central Grassland
  • c10 Siskin - over path near Loversall Pool

Other: Roe deer in St.Catherine's Field, 1 male Muntjac in front of Duchess Hide late morning

Buffer Area

  • c30,000 Starling - Low Ellers

Records received from AB, RJS, SBr


2nd February - Friday

Smew - credit Steve Furber

Smew - credit Steve Furber


  • 1 Whooper swan - on Old Eaa Marsh
  • 2 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 SMEW - 'redhead' on West Scrape (DW et al)
  • 1 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Marsh harrier
  • 1 Water Rail - calling at Decoy Marsh
  • 8 Snipe - Decoy Lake
  • 1 Kingfisher on Mother Drain
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - Beeston Plantation
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool feeders
  • 1 BEARDED TIT - male from Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Cetti's warbler - Reedbed Filtration Ponds
  • 3 Stonechat - 2 on Central Grassland and one on Huxter Well Marsh

Other: 4 Roe deer

Buffer Area - Carr Lodge

  • 1 Buzzard
  • 15 Pied wagtail

Records received from DW, SF, DC, AD, AA

Yesterday's sightings have been updated


1st February - Thursday

Bittern - credit Ron Parke

Bittern - credit Ron Parke


  • 1 Whooper swan - Decoy Marsh
  • 3 Shelduck
  • 11 Wigeon - cell 2a
  • 1 Great crested grebe
  • 3 Bittern - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Marsh harrier
  • 1 Buzzard sp. - one showing some features of rough-legged buzzard flew across Huxter Well Marsh
  • 140 Lapwing
  • 1 Snipe
  • 250 Herring gull
  • 50 Great black-backed gull
  • 1 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER - in a tit flock in Beeston Plantation near the viewing screen
  • 1 Goldcrest - Access Track
  • 1 Marsh tit - Willow Pool feeders (ringed)
  • 1 Cetti's warbler - cell 3b
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 8 Bullfinch - Hawthorn Field
  • 1 Greenfinch - VC Feeders

No sign of the Iceland gull today

Other: 6 Roe deer, 3 Rabbit, 4 Grey squirrel, 1 Brown rat, 1 Bank vole

Records received from JC, DW, AH, VC logbook

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