Friday, 17 January 2014

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Potteric Carr & Doncaster Lakeside

I thought I would just do one post for a couple of quick visits we had to two places in Doncaster.

Firstly YWT Potteric Carr reserve.A fantastic reserve and one of our favourites to visit on a day off.
A walk around the cold and frosty reserve on a Sunday morning.
Blue Tit at the feeding station.
 Blackbird searching for food underneath the leaf litter.
 The Mute Swans had taken over the only bit of unfrozen lake available.
 Ice on the logs.
 One of 4 grey squirrels at the feeding station at Willow Hide
 Great Tits fighting for the bird table.
 The star of the day, a Water Rail seen at Cottage Drain Hide.
 A flock of 8 bullfinches graced the tree tops.
 One of a pair of Little Egrets flying around the reserve.
 The kingfisher was in his usual place down on the Mother Drain.
 Quite a few Long Tailed Tits near to the visitor centre.

Doncaster Lakeside
Just a couple of minutes away from Potteric Carr is Doncaster Lakeside.Its a village outlet shopping park with the towns football ground but the highlight for me is obviously the large lake and wildlife on it.
It has mallards,tufted ducks,canada geese,mute swans,coots,little grebes,black headed gulls,great crested grebes,gadwall & cormorants.
Mallard coming in for landing
 Black-headed Gull
 Tufted Ducks

 In this one you can see the nictitating membrane closing to protect the eye as it dives.
 Canada Geese flying over.
 Mute Swan
 Little Grebe or Dabchick
 Great Crested Grebe

Thanks again for looking through my photos.:)

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