Posted: Saturday 1st October 2016 by Potteric

young Rabbit - credit Richard Scott young Rabbit - credit Richard Scott

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Decoy Lake path diversion and out of hours access

The diversion route around the construction site at Decoy Lake Field is now going to be staying open after further discussion with the contractor and them seeing the amount of visitor traffic using the path on week days. Health and safety remain a prime concern, so please do as directed by the construction workers if they ask you to move, or if they have to temporarily have to close the path during delivery by large trucks. There may be some short term closures (during peak activity), you will be advised by YWT staff of this on entry to the site, and we ask that you do not hang around the edge of the construction site, but instead have a quick look and carry on further onto the nature reserve.

The out of hours exit gates cannot be used during this period. Visitors must be off site before the reserve closes at 5pm.

OUT OF HOURS ACCESS ( updated 31st October )

The issue with the locks on the main gates has been resolved ( per MR)


31st October - Monday

white Starling - credit Adrian Andruchiw

white Starling - credit Adrian Andruchiw


  • 2 Little egret
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 2 Water rail - calling at Decoy Marsh
  • 50+ Golden Plover - West Scrape
  • 2 Snipe
  • 1 Cetti's warbler
  • 15000+Starling - gathered over the reserve between 4.10 and 4.35pm and appeared to go to roost at Low Ellers. A group of 30 at West Scrape included a white (leucistic) individual.
  • 2 Pied wagtail

Records received from MR, AA

Yesterday's sightings have been updated


Moth trapping report for Sunday night, 30th October

As the mild spell was about to come to an end, it was decided to run the trap once again on Sunday night. A modest total of 9 species were trapped, none of which were new for 2016. There was another early December Moth and the other species trapped were Acleris emargana , Red-green Carpet, November Moth, Autumnal Moth, Feathered Thorn, Large Wainscot, Red-line Quaker and Yellow-line Quaker.

Ian & Janet Heppenstall


30th October - Sunday

  • 7 WHOOPER SWAN- flew east over the centre of the reserve at noon (MR, RJS, ARB). Possibly the same 7 flew south over Wintersett 30 minutes earlier.
  • 1 Shelduck
  • 83 Wigeon
  • 44 Pochard
  • 1+ Bittern- Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Little egret
  • 1 Marsh harrier- juv at Huxter Well Marsh all day
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 4 Water rail - calling
  • 1 Green sandpiper- Huxter Well Marsh
  • 5 Snipe
  • 25 Lesser black-backed gull - cell 1b
  • 2 Kingfisher
  • 1 Green woodpecker - Seven Arches Carr
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - Young Eaa
  • 17 Goldcrest
  • 6+ Cetti's warbler
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • Starling - several thousand over Sedum House at dusk dropped into the reedbeds at Decoy Marsh and Old Eaa
  • 1 Grey wagtail- over Short Lane
  • 3 Pied wagtail - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 7 Redpoll - SW
  • 15 Siskin - Old Eaa

Other: 1 Bank vole - Black Carr Field

Records received from RJS, MR, ARB


Moth trapping report for Wednesday night, 26th October

The total of 14 species recorded is quite respectable for late October. Better still, one was a new reserve record. Exapate congeletella is a slightly unusual looking Tortricid moth which flies in October and November. Although its larva feeds on a variety of shrubby plants, it is thinly recorded in Yorkshire. Two examples were trapped, which suggests that the species is resident on the reserve.

New for 2016 were an early December Moth, a Yellow-line Quaker and two Autumnal Moths. Slightly more surprising were single examples of Carcina quercana and Pseudargyrotoza conwagana . These are traditionally single-brooded summer-flying species. Increasingly, we are seeing what can only be second-brood examples of summertime moths flying later in the year, a clear reflection of the changing climate.

Ian and Janet Heppenstall


29th October - Saturday

credit Allen Holmes

credit Allen Holmes


  • 1 Shelduck - cell 3a
  • 89 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 52 Pochard - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Bittern- flew around Huxter Well Marsh and landed in front of Hawthorn Bank Hide
  • 2 Little egret
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Peregrine- adult male chased a Golden plover over West Scrape
  • 3 Water rail - calling
  • 315 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 3 Snipe - West Scrape
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 Green woodpecker - flew past West Scrape Hide
  • 4 Jay
  • 10 Goldcrest
  • 9 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 Fieldfare - over
  • 64 Redwing
  • 4 Stonechat- Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Pied wagtail
  • 10 Redpoll - over Cottage Drain

Records received from RJS, HW, KL


28th October - Friday

Golden plovers and Guelder rose - credit Allen Holmes

Golden plovers - credit Allen Holmes

Guelder rose - credit Allen Holmes


  • 1 Shelduck - cell 1b
  • 11 Cormorant - cell 1b
  • 1 Bittern- seen twice at cell 2a
  • 2 Little egret
  • 1 Marsh harrier- cc at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 2 Water rail - calling at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 209 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 485 Lapwing - West Scrape
  • 3 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 12 Goldcrest
  • 1 Willow tit- Loversall Triangle
  • 8 Cetti's warbler- included one in the drain at Short Lane Fields
  • 1 Song thrush - Big Hedge
  • c10 Redwing
  • 2 Stonechat- pair seen from Hawthorn Bank Hide
  • 1 Pied wagtail - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 6 Reed bunting - Big Hedge

Records received from SB, RB


27th October - Thursday

Wood mouse - credit Steve Furber

Whooper swans - credit Richard Scott

Wood mouse - credit Steve Furber

Whooper swans - credit Richard Scott


  • 6 WHOOPER SWAN- dropped onto cell 1b at 12.40pm (SF, RJS)
  • 2 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 60 Pochard
  • 1 Bittern- dropped in the reeds in front of Hawthorn Bank Hide
  • 2 Little egret
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 135 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Snipe
  • 4 Common gull - cell 1b
  • 1 Green woodpecker - Piper Marsh/Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - Young Eaa
  • 4 Jay
  • 17 Goldcrest
  • 4 Cetti's warbler
  • 4 Chiffchaff - 2 along the Access Track and singles at Iron Bridge and Piper Marsh
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 2 Stonechat- male and female in the middle of Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Pied wagtail
  • 10 Chaffinch
  • 50Redpoll - 45 around the Iron Bridge before heading W and 5 near the Access Track
  • 30 Goldfinch
  • 5 Siskin

Other: 4 Roe deer, 1 Wood mouse

Records received from DW, RJS, SF


26th October - Wednesday

  • 121 Pink-footed geese- c120 E at 1.55pm and one on cell 1b
  • 1 Shelduck - cell 1b
  • 90 Pochard
  • 1 Bittern- flew from cell 1b to cell 4
  • 1 Little egret
  • 1 Marsh harrier
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Water rail
  • 75 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 2 Snipe - West Scrape
  • 2 Great spotted woodpecker
  • c20 Goldcrest
  • 1 Coal tit
  • 1 Willow tit- St Caths Copse
  • 2+ BEARDED TIT- in front of Mitchell Hide
  • 4 Cetti's warbler
  • 2 Chiffchaff - Access Track/Old Eaa reedbed. One grey individual
  • 1 Stonechat- 1st-w/fem in St Caths Field
  • 1 Fieldfare
  • 15 Redwing
  • 1 Grey wagtail- E over access track 1000hrs
  • 1 Redpoll - over
  • 15 Siskin

Records received from SF, RJS, DW


25th October - Tuesday

  • 130 Greylag geese - cell 1b
  • 50 Canada geese - cell 1b
  • 10 Cormorant - cell 1b
  • 1 Little egret - Piper Marsh
  • 1 Marsh harrier- cc at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Buzzard
  • 1 Water rail - cell 2a
  • 75 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • c300 Lapwing - West Scrape
  • 7 Snipe - 6 at Huxter Well Marsh and one over the Access Track
  • 2 Kingfisher
  • 3 Jay
  • 1 Green woodpecker - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - Willow Bank/Loversall Pool
  • 21Goldcrest - scattered across the reserve including 9 together on Willow Bank
  • 4 Skylark - singles over calling
  • 7+ Cetti's warbler
  • 1 Chiffchaff - with a large tit flock near Willow Pool
  • 50 Fieldfare - over
  • Redwings - feeding on Hawthorn berries across the reserve
  • 2 Stonechat- male and female worked their way along the bank next to the ring main, cell 3b and ended up on Central Grassland
  • 1 Pied wagtail - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 12 Redpoll - over
  • 1 Siskin - over
  • 11 Reed bunting - Huxter Well Marsh/Big Hedge

Other: Fox was hunting small mammals in front of Loversal pool,

Records received from SB, SBu, DC, RB, PG, DH, HW, KL


24th October - Monday

  • 96 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Willow tit- Piper Marsh

Records received from MR


23rd October - Sunday

  • 1 Shelduck
  • 63 Wigeon
  • 304 Teal
  • 125 Shoveler
  • 2 Bittern- Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Marsh harrier
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 5 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 1 Peregrine- stooped over Willow Marsh and then headed over the M18
  • 93 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 5 Dunlin- West Scrape
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 4 Jay
  • 18 Jackdaw - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 12 Goldcrest
  • 1 Coal tit - St Caths Copse
  • 1 Willow tit- Cottage Drain
  • 27 Skylark - mainly N
  • 6 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 Chiffchaff - Big Hedge
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 35 Fieldfare - mainly N
  • c80 Redwing
  • 3 Pied wagtail - over
  • 10 Meadow pipit - Central Grassland
  • 3 Redpoll - over
  • c50 Goldfinch - Wardens Car Park
  • 11 Siskin
  • c20 Reed bunting - Big Hedge/Central Grassland

Records received from RJS, AA, GJ, MR


22nd October - Saturday

  • 1 Shelduck
  • 121 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Bittern - flew from West Scrape to cell 3b
  • 2 Little egret
  • 2 Marsh harrier
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 5 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 3 Water rail
  • 42 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 550 Lapwing
  • 1 Dunlin- West Scrape
  • 12 Snipe
  • 2 Kingfisher
  • 2 Green woodpecker - Corbett Wood and Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker - Iron Bridge
  • 5 Jay
  • 1 Rook
  • 12 Goldcrest
  • 1 Coal tit
  • 5 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 Chiffchaff - heard along the Access Track
  • 2 Treecreeper
  • 5 Fieldfare - Piper Marsh
  • 145 Redwing - including 50 at Big Hedge and 60 at Piper Marsh/Seven Arches Carr
  • 2 Grey wagtail- over car park
  • 6 Meadow pipit
  • 1 Redpoll
  • 9 Siskin - flocks of 3 and 6 at Iron Bridge and Loversall Delph
  • 10 Bullfinch
  • 7 Reed bunting

Records received from DW, RJS 


18th October - Tuesday

Great white egret - credit Keith Lynes

Great white egret - credit Keith Lynes


  • 57 Greylag geese
  • 1 Shelduck
  • 60+ Wigeon
  • 1 Red-crested pochard
  • 32 Pochard
  • 1 Bittern- cell 4
  • 3 Little egret
  • 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET- on East Scrape before disappearing in cell 4 at 10.50am
  • 1 Marsh harrier- cc on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 1 Water rail - calling
  • 90 Golden Plover - SW
  • 300+ Lapwing
  • 2 Snipe
  • 1+ BEARDED TIT- West Scrape
  • 5+ Cetti's Warbler
  • 1 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER- Access Track near the entrance
  • 2 Chiffchaff - Cottage Drain scrub
  • 2 Treecreeper
  • 1 Redpoll
  • 2 Siskin

Records received from SB, DC, KL, MAB, SBu, HW, ST, BT, DH, MR


17th October - Monday

Common earthball - credit Derek Parker

Snipe with Lapwings on West Scrape - credit Malcolm Cook

Common earthball - credit Derek Parker

Snipe with Lapwings on West Scrape - credit Malcolm Cook


  • 4 Pink-footed geese- on cell 1b with Greylags
  • 1 Bittern- flew over cell 1b
  • 2 Marsh harrier- cc at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 6 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 2 Water rail - calling at the Lagoon
  • 18 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 6 Goldcrest
  • 4 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER- reported
  • c20 Redwing
  • 2 Mistle thrush - Loversall Carr Fields
  • 4 Bullfinch - Loversall Delph
  • c50 Goldfinch - wardens car park
  • 7 Redpoll - compound
  • 4 Siskin - over in singles

Other: young Grass snake, Roe deer, 2 Fox, Common darter - still good numbers, 2 Migrant hawker

Records received from SF, SB, RB, GCo, JA, MC, MR, visitor reports


16th October - Sunday

Toad - credit Roger Bird

Toad - credit Roger Bird


  • 1 Shelduck - West Scrape
  • 77 Wigeon - cell 1b
  • 90 Gadwall
  • 269 Teal
  • 1 Pintail- female seen on cell 1b and 2a
  • 2 Red-crested pochard- male and female on or near the raft on cell 1b
  • 40 Pochard
  • 10 Little egret - including 5 on Short Lane Fields
  • 2 Marsh harrier- cc on Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 8+ Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 6 Water rail - widespread across the reserve but one gave good views in the ditch in front of West Scrape Hide
  • 147 Coot
  • 70 Golden plover
  • 1 Ringed plover- flying around Huxter Well Marsh but not seen to land
  • 5 Snipe
  • 1 Kingfisher - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Jay
  • 2 Rook - through
  • 12 Goldcrest scattered over reserve.
  • Willow tit- in front of Duchess Hide and along Cottage Drain
  • 11 Skylark - S
  • 6 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER- calling from the NE corner of the Decoy Lake/Reedbed Filtration Ponds area (MR)
  • 4 Chiffchaff
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • c450Fieldfare - mainly SW between 8.15 and 1pm
  • c1000Redwing - mainly SW between 8.15 and 3pm, but a lull during the heavy rain mid morning
  • 1 Grey wagtail- S
  • 1 Pied wagtail - West Scrape
  • c50 Goldfinch - around the wardens car park. The flock also included the odd Chaffinch and Siskin
  • 11 Redpoll - at the back of Piper Marsh
  • 7 Siskin
  • 5 Bullfinch
  • c15 Reed bunting - Huxter Well Marsh

Records received from RJS, MR, AF, SB, RB


15th October - Saturday

  • 1 Shelduck
  • 50 Wigeon
  • 110 Shoveler
  • 2 Red-crested pochard- pair
  • 1 Little egret
  • 1 Water rail
  • 4 CRANE- adults, circled from 12.00 to 12.05 and departed NE (DW, KL)
  • 3 Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Buzzard
  • 1 Peregrine- hunting over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 300 Lapwing
  • 4 Golden plover
  • 1 Ringed plover
  • 9 Snipe - 1 on Decoy Marsh and 8 on West Scrape
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 Great spotted woodpecker
  • 3 Jay
  • 2 Rook
  • 11 Goldcrest
  • 3 Coal tit
  • 1 Willow tit
  • 2 Skylark
  • 6 Cetti's warbler
  • 2 Treecreeper
  • 8 Redwing
  • 25 Robin
  • 1 Grey wagtail
  • 2 Pied wagtail
  • 7 Bullfinch

Other: 5 Roe deer, 2 Specked wood butterflies

Records received from DW, KL, JA

Sightings back to the Tuesday moth trapping session have been updated 


14th October - Friday

juv Pallid harrier (heavily cropped record shots) - credit John & Linda Lilleyman

juv Pallid harrier - credit  John & Linda Lilleyman

juv Pallid harrier - credit  John & Linda Lilleyman


  • 1 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 72 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Red-crested pochard- male on the raft on cell 1b
  • 2 Bittern- Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Little Egret - Piper Marsh
  • 1 PALLID HARRIER- a juvenile made two sorties over West Scrape at 12.20 (SB, RB, J&LH). The first record for the reserve and the second for the Doncaster area.
  • 2 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 2 Water rail - Piper Marsh and the Lagoon
  • 11 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Ringed plover- cell 1b
  • 1 Skylark - Central Grassl and and several over
  • 7+ Cetti's warbler- calling and singing

Records received from SB, RB, DC, J&LH

Pallid harrier  takes the year list to 160 species


13th October - Thursday

  • 1 Shelduck - West Scrape
  • 2 Red-crested pochard- male and female
  • 1 Bittern- seen in flight over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Little egret
  • 1 Marsh harrier- cc
  • 64 Golden plover
  • 1 Snipe
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 3 Jay
  • 6 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER- Access Track
  • 1 Chiffchaff
  • 100+ Redwings - some eating berries near Iron Bridge, others flying over
  • 6 Bullfinch

Records received from GJo, JK


12th October - Wednesday

  • 1 Marsh harrier- cc trying to catch moorhens and coots on the Lagoon
  • 49 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 1 LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER- flew from near the bee hives towards Mother Drain mid morning (AD, MR)
  • 1 Goldcrest
  • 2 BEARDED TIT- from Duchess Hide
  • 6+ Chiffchaff - Decoy Lake area
  • 100+ Redwing - flew west in 3 flocks early morning
  • 10 Mistle thrush - Loversall Carr Field
  • 4 Siskin
  • 1 Bullfinch

Records received from AD, MR, IH, JH


Moth Trapping Report for Tuesday night, 11th October

November moth - credit Derek Parker

November moth - credit Derek Parker


A very poor catch of only 10 moths, representing 6 species, was the disappointing outcome of the latest moth trapping effort. November Moth was new for 2016; the other species trapped were Pink-barred Sallow, Angle Shades, Large Wainscot, Red-green Carpet and Red-line Quaker.

Ian & Janet Heppenstall


11th October - Tuesday

Green woodpecker - credit Adrian Andruchiw

Green woodpecker - credit Adrian Andruchiw


  • 75 Pink-footed geese- E at 3.30pm
  • 1 Shelduck
  • 43 Wigeon
  • c350 Teal
  • 55 Shoveler
  • 2 Red-crested pochard- pair on cell 2b
  • 28 Pochard
  • 1 Little egret
  • 1 Marsh harrier
  • 2 Sparrowhawk - male and female
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 25 Golden plover
  • c250 Lapwing
  • 5 Water rail - calling at Loversall Pool, Willow Marsh; seen at West Scrape, Old Eaa and the Lagoon
  • 1 Ringed plover- cell 1b but flew high S at dusk
  • 5 Snipe
  • 4 Common gull
  • c50 Lesser black-backed gull - came in to roost at dusk
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 Green woodpecker
  • 1 Jay
  • 7 Goldcrest
  • 5+ BEARDED TIT- Lagoon
  • 6 Skylark - over
  • 9 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER- present all day near the Access Track
  • 5 Chiffchaff
  • 1 Blackcap
  • 300 Redwing - over
  • 24 Pied wagtail - W in small groups at dusk

Other: Common darter, Migrant hawker, Roe deer, Bank vole, Field vole

Records received from BGAB, MAB, KL, HW, SB, RB, DC, SBu, DHc, RJS, JG, DW


10th October - Monday

Beaded chestnut and Red-green carpet (from last Tuesday's moth trapping session) - credit Derek Parker

Beaded chestnut - credit Derek Parker

Red-green carpet - credit Derek Parker


  • 1 Shelduck - cell 1b
  • 169 Teal - West Scrape
  • 2 Red-crested pochard- a pair on cell 1b
  • 1 Bittern- Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Little egret - West Scrape
  • 2 Marsh harrier- cc (including a juv) at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 5 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Water rail - cell 2a and the Lagoon (2)
  • 1 Ringed plover- cell 1b
  • 240 Lapwing - West Scrape
  • 1 Green sandpiper- West Scrape
  • 9 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 4 Common gull - West Scrape
  • 1 Green woodpecker- St Caths Field
  • 2 Great spotted woodpecker - Black Carr Field and over the Access Track towards Young Eaa
  • 9 Goldcrest
  • 2 Coal tit - in a mixed tit flock near Beeston Hide
  • 1 Willow tit- in a mixed tit flock near Beeston Hide
  • 12+ BEARDED TIT - 3 at West Scrape and 12 reported in the reed edge at the Lagoon late morning
  • 2 Skylark - N
  • 3 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER- present throughout the day along the Access Track
  • 2 Chiffchaff
  • 2 Treecreeper - in a mixed tit flock near Beeston Hide
  • c10 Redwing
  • 1 Grey wagtail- over St Caths Hide
  • 2 Pied Wagtail - West Scrape
  • 20 Goldfinch - seen from Duchess Hide

Records received from SB, RB, SF, AD, AA, visitor reports


9th October - Sunday

Yellow-browed warbler (not the Potteric bird, but taken at Spurn last month) - credit Richard Scott

Yellow-browed warbler - credit Richard Scott


  • 55 Pink-footed geese- E at 12.05
  • 1 Shelduck - West Scrape
  • 2 Little egret
  • 2 Marsh harrier- both cream crowns
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 3 Buzzard
  • 2 Kestrel
  • 1 Water rail - calling at Old Eaa
  • 31 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Ringed plover- cell 1b
  • 1 Woodcock- flushed from the side of the access track
  • 6 Snipe
  • 1 Common gull
  • 2 Kingfisher
  • 3 Jay
  • 2 Coal tit - Hawthorn Field
  • 2 Willow tit- Hawthorn Field and Willow Pool feeders
  • 7+ BEARDED TIT- 4 in the reeds between West Scrape and cell 1b were calling loudly and made a short flight at 8.50am (RJS). In the early afternoon 7 (including 2+ males) were seen from Duchess Hide (SB, RB et al )
  • 1 Skylark - SE
  • 1 Swallow - NW
  • 5 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER- seen and heard several times during the day either side of the access track, between Decoy Marsh and Young Eaa, but very elusive.
  • 3 Chiffchaff
  • 1 Blackcap
  • 1 Reed warbler- a late bird at Old Eaa
  • 1 Treecreeper - access track
  • Blackbird - increase in numbers was noted
  • 2 Fieldfare- flew out from Decoy Marsh, the first of the season
  • c50 Redwing - W
  • 2 Pied wagtail
  • 2 Lesser redpoll - over
  • 1 Siskin - over

Other: 1 Red admiral

Records received from RJS, DC, SB, RB, TR, RCC, MR, JK, SC


8th October - Saturday

  • 4 Pink-footed geese- rested briefly on cell 1b before flying off east
  • c300 Greylag geese - included 2 with neck collars (orange SBJ and SAU)
  • 1 Bar-headed goose - (escape) flew over the access track towards Lakeside
  • 1 Shelduck - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Little egret
  • 2 Buzzard
  • 1 Kestrel
  • 3 Water rail
  • 56 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Ringed plover- West Scrape
  • 2 Snipe
  • 2 Common gull - West Scrape
  • 1 Lesser black-backed gull - West Scrape
  • 1 Great black-backed gull - cell 1b
  • 1 Stock dove
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 1 Green woodpecker
  • 2 Great spotted woodpecker
  • 1 Jay
  • 12 Goldcrest
  • 1 Willow tit- St Caths Copse
  • 6 Skylark - over
  • 7 Cetti's warbler
  • 1 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER- heard and then seen in the willows beside Young Eaa near the Access Track at 7.35am (RJS). Despite searching, it was not seen again until 2.30pm, when it was again picked up on call before giving good views in the willows on the Old Eaa side of the track (DW). The bird was in a mixed flock including Long-tailed tits, Blue tits, Great tits, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaffs. This is only the second record for the reserve, the first being in October 2013.
  • 7 Chiffchaff
  • 2 Blackcap - males
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 96 Redwing - mainly west including flocks of 30 and 50.
  • 3 Mistle thrush - over
  • 5 Meadow pipit - over
  • 1 Greenfinch
  • 1 Lesser redpoll
  • 6 Siskin - over

Other: 2 Red admiral, 1 Comma, 10 Migrant hawker

Records received from RJS, BGAB, HW, DW, DC, SBu, TR

Yellow-browed warbler takes the year list to 159 species


7th October - Friday

  • 1 Bar-headed goose - (escape) seen from Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Shelduck - Lagoon and West Scrape
  • 56 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 1 Bittern- seen from Mitchell Hide
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - Beeston Plantation
  • 1 Kestrel - Black Carr Field
  • 3 Water rail - calling at Loversall Pool, Lagoon and cell 2a
  • 25 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Dunlin- West Scrape
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 3 Jay
  • 9 Goldcrest
  • 1 Coal tit - Willow Pool
  • 1 Willow tit- Hawthorn Bank
  • 2 Skylark - E
  • 7 Cetti's warbler- singing at Piper Marsh, Big Hedge, Decoy Marsh, Reedbed Filtration Ponds, Lagoon area (2), Short Lane Fields drain
  • 2 Chiffchaff - Access Track
  • 2 Blackcap - Access Track and wardens carpark
  • 1 Treecreeper - Hawthorn Bank
  • 37 Redwing - through and others calling along Piper Marsh Drain
  • 2 Mistle thrush

Other: Hare and 3 Roe deer on Loversal Carr Field

Records received from SB, RBm DC, SBu, RJS, AF, JW


6th October - Thursday

  • 48+ Wigeon - flew onto cell 1b at 10.10am
  • 55 Pochard - cell 2a. 
  • 2 Red-crested pochard- cell 1b
  • 8+ Grey heron
  • 2 Marsh harrier
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 6+ Buzzard
  • 1 Water rail - flushed from ring main near the M18
  • 1 Ringed plover- West Scrape
  • 1 Dunlin- West Scrape
  • 1 Snipe - flushed from ring main near the M1
  • 9+ Jay
  • 3 Skylark - over
  • 8 Cetti's warbler
  • 3 Bullfinch

Other: 5 Roe deer

Records received from RP


Moth Trapping Report for Tuesday night, 4th October

The most significant of the 19 species recorded was a single Epinotia caprana , a Tortrix moth which has only been recorded at Potteric Carr once previously, as long ago as 1988. The species had been assumed to be extinct on the reserve but clearly this is not the case. Epinotia caprana is, however, a very rare moth in Yorkshire. There have been no other VC63 records since 1992 and only a handful of records in the county as a whole. So this is a notable discovery.

Also of interest was a single Small Fan-footed Wave. This is a common enough species in June and July but a second brood example is unusual this far north and is an indication of the effect which a changing climate is having on our moth fauna.

Otherwise the catch was characteristic of the autumn months and included, for example, Green-brindled Crescent, Lunar Underwing, Red-line Quaker, Red-green Carpet, Beaded Chestnut and Large Wainscot.

Ian & Janet Heppenstall


5th October - Wednesday

Ringed plover and Common gull - credit Adrian Andruchiw

Ringed plover  - credit Adrian Andruchiw

Common gull - credit Adrian Andruchiw


  • 3 Buzzard
  • 1 Ringed plover- juv
  • 1 Black-tailed godwit
  • 1 Common gull
  • 3 Cetti's warbler

Records received from AA


4th October - Tuesday

  • c250 Greylag geese - included 2 with neck collars (orange SBJ and SAU) which were seen last month
  • 42 Wigeon
  • c280 Teal
  • c60 Pochard
  • 12 Cormorant
  • 1 Bittern- an adult flew across Huxter Well Marsh at 10.50am
  • 3 Little egret
  • 2 Marsh harrier
  • 2 Sparrowhawk
  • 4 Buzzard
  • 3 Kestrel
  • 1 Water rail
  • 1 Snipe
  • 1 Common gull
  • 1 Green woodpecker
  • 4 Goldcrest
  • 8 Cetti's warbler
  • 4 Chiffchaff
  • 1 Mistle thrush
  • 5 Lesser redpoll

Dragonflies: Common darter, Migrant hawker

Records received from BGAB, MAB, KL, DH, GC, DC, SB, SBu 


3rd October - Monday

Doncaster Lakeside

  • 2 Raven- NW at 4pm
  • 1 Grey wagtail

Records received from DW


2nd October - Sunday

record shot of the pale Buzzard and Black-tailed godwit - credit Richard Scott

pale Buzzard - credit Richard Scott

Black-tailed godwit - credit Richard Scott


  • 26 Wigeon
  • 3 Little egret
  • 1 RED KITE- circled near the iPort with 2 Buzzards before drifting off west at 2.40pm
  • 1 Marsh harrier- juv
  • 3 Sparrowhawk
  • c10 Buzzard - including a pale bird
  • 3 Kestrel
  • 1 Black-tailed godwit- West Scrape and cell 1b
  • 1 Greenshank- West Scrape
  • 3 Snipe
  • 2 Common gull
  • 24+ Lesser black-backed gull - 4 on cell 1b and 20+ NW
  • 1 Kingfisher
  • 2 Green woodpecker - Big Hedge and Willow Bank/Beeston Plantation
  • 3 Great spotted woodpecker - Seven Arches Carr, Black Carr Wood and Willow Marsh
  • 11 Goldcrest
  • 2 Willow tit- Cottage Drain and Willow Pool feeders
  • 3 Skylark - over
  • 14 Swallow - S
  • 9 Cetti's warbler
  • 12 Chiffchaff
  • 1 Treecreeper
  • 2 Song thrush - Willow Marsh
  • 40 Redwing- mainly SW (the first of the season)
  • 1 Mistle thrush - E
  • 2 Grey wagtail- one over the entrance and one along Mother Drain near the underbridge and Cottage Drain
  • 1 Pied wagtail - over
  • 1 Lesser redpoll- over (the first of the season)
  • 1 Siskin - SW

Butterflies: 2 Comma

Records received from RJS, HW, RB, SB, JK, SC, SR

Yesterday's sightings have been updated


1st October - Saturday

Red-crested pochards and Greenshank - credit Richard Scott

Red-crested pochards - credit Richard Scott

Greenshank - credit Richard Scott


  • 33 Wigeon - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 250 Teal - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 180 Shoveler - Huxter Well Marsh and Piper Marsh
  • 2 Red-crested pochard- a moulting male and a female flew from cell 1b and settled on cell 3a
  • 45 Pochard - cell 2a
  • 2 Bittern- one seen from Cottage Drain Hide and one gave a few flight views at Huxter Well Marsh
  • 2 Little egret
  • 3 Marsh harrier- including 2 juvs together over Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Kestrel
  • 1 Water rail - calling at West Scrape
  • 15 Golden plover - West Scrape
  • 1 Black-tailed godwit- West Scrape and Cell 1b
  • 1 Green sandpiper - Lagoon and West Scrape
  • 1 Greenshank- West Scrape
  • 5 Snipe - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 3 Common gull - over
  • 1 Collared dove - over
  • 2+ Kingfisher
  • 2 Green woodpecker - Seven Arches Carr and Lagoon
  • 3 Great spotted woodpecker - Seven Arches Carr, Beeston Plantation and Young Eaa
  • 3 Jay - Huxter Well Marsh
  • 6 Goldcrest
  • 1 Coal tit - Piper Marsh Drain
  • 2 Willow tit- Seven Arches Carr and Willow Bank
  • 15 Swallow - S
  • 1 House martin - S
  • 10  Cetti's warbler
  • 10 Chiffchaff
  • 1 Blackcap
  • 1 Treecreeper - in a tree near the Lagoon
  • 1 Pied wagtail - over
  • 2 Meadow pipit - over
  • 2 Greenfinch - over
  • 50+ Goldfinch - near the compound
  • 2 Siskin - over

Other: Weasel in Hawthorn Field, 3 Roe deer

Records received from RJS, MAB, KL, MR, TL

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