Mainly butterflies at Welton Waters

5.7.14 Had a look round Welton Waters, for the first time in nearly a month, on Saturday afternoon. As expected this late in the season only one Chiffchaff and a few Blackcaps and Reed Warblers singing. Lots of sporting activity on the sailing pit so the only birds were a pair of Mute Swans with two recent cygnets. However a large number of Sand Martin were hawking for insects over the south-east corner. Nothing seen on Brough Angling Complex ponds. Up to three Marsh Harriers in the area including a female hunting over BAE airfield then food passing to a juvenile on over the marsh. Also feeding over the marsh was a Common Tern, possibly part of the pair lingering from spring-time.

The lack of birds was made up for by good number of butterflies including my first gatekeeper.

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Also one of my first Commas.

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Comma

Lots of fresh Small Tortoiseshell.

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Small Tortoiseshell

Good number of Ringlet

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Ringlet

But only a few Large Skippers.

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Large Skipper

The only moths seen were a small number of Yellow Shell.

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Yellow Shell

No news on the Common Crane at Leven Carrs since Tuesday evening. Intend looking for it tomorrow.

For news  from Hornsea Mere area check here.

News from Paull Holme Strays here.

Check Beverley Birder for news including Swinemoor as well as Moth trapping.

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