Too busy to blog recently so I’ll attempt to summarize the last 2 weeks.
21/7 Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit With the summer appearing to temporary put in an appearance thought trip no.3 might be worthwhile. Had Marbled White almost on leaving Kiplingcotes Stn, but flighty, with many more on the reserve.
Also a few Small Heath.
Also good number of Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Six-spotted Burnet, a Common Wainsot and a few micro moths.
Again no sign of Turtle Dove, which I would have written off for the year except Eric Clubley heard and saw one a few days later just down from the Stn.
Tophill Low NR As is my habit have made several visits to “mecca”. Wader passage is well underway with several sightings of Green Sandpiper, Greenshank and Black-tailed Godwit although not lingering long on the reserve. Also John Hirschfield found a juvenile Little Ringed Plover on Watton NR on 29/7, the 1st sighting since the failed breeders departed.
The warmer weather brought out the insects with good number of Brown and Southern Hawkers and Gatekeeper present in good number end of last week. As well as many Hoverflies including Helophilus pendulus.
Roy and I had this Grey/Dark Dagger on L-shaped hide steps on 22/7.
Great find by John Hirschfield of Four-banded Longhorn Beetle on 29/7.
Finally managed to photograph a Grass Snake this week.
High Eske NR Also prayed at this site on several occasions. On 23/7 the water was still very high and therefore no chance of waders. Like many sites this has been a terrible year for breeding birds with 6 pairs of Great Crested Grebes which have either failed or given up on breeding. However not all bad news as there was a recent Tufted Duck brood of 4.
Also bad news is the amount of Himalayan Balsam, an invasive garden escape.
To be more positive, dragonflies present in good numbers with Common Blue Damselflies ovipositing.
As well as a few Brown Hawkers and Black-tailed Skimmers.
A pair of Common Terns with 2 young on site on 28/7 joined by a 3rd adult on 1/8.
On 1/8 had a Greenshank briefly and photographed a small white moth
Small Fan-footed Wave.
Swinemoor Visited several times but only waders have been Lapwing, although Steve Webb managed 14 Black-tailed Godwits on 27/7 and Whimbrel on 28/7.
24/7 North Cave Wetlands Good to see good numbers of Cinnabar caterpillars.
Paull Holme Strays Had 2 visits to here. On 25/7 went with Roy Lyon and Martin Lonsdale for Small Red-eyed Damselfly on the car park pond.
Also 2 Emperors and few Black-tailed Skimmers and Common Blue Damselflies.
Also a few moths including a Narrow-bordered Five-spotted Burnet, my 1st this year.
Went on 30/7 to count waders with Roy. Had Black-tailed Godwit 97, Dunlin 1000, Golden Plover 2000, Redshank 2 and a Ringed Plover.